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OGN Friday

Updated: Jan 17, 2021

Concluding the week with a collection of uplifting news snippets.

  • The World Health Organization has announced that dogs cannot contract Covid-19. Dogs previously held in quarantine can now be released. To be clear, WHO let the dogs out.

  • Florida: Key West bans large cruise ships from docking to protect coral reefs - a move that’s expected to give a much-needed respite to fragile marine habitats in the area.

  • British billionaire Chris Hohn plans to force hundreds of U.S. and European companies to slash their greenhouse gas emissions by enlisting global investors to demand an annual vote on their climate plans at shareholder meetings, having successfully already done so with a Spanish airport operator. A thoroughly admirable form of activism!

  • Apollo 13: The Dark Side of the Moon is rated as a top online theatrical pick by The Times and the New York Times. The lockdown themes of isolation, helplessness and hope are given a cosmic backdrop in this new play by Torben Betts, marking the 50th anniversary of the aborted Apollo 13 mission. The play revisits the near-disaster (“Houston, we have a problem”) and puts the mission into context with a present-day account by the two surviving astronauts, Jim Lovell and Fred Haise. Get yourself front row seats for £17.50. Available until 31 December.

  • Growing up on a farm in Virginia during segregation, Gladys knew education would be her ticket to freedom. But she never anticipated that her pioneering work would change lives around the world. Gladys was recently inducted into the US air force Hall of Fame.

  • When Harry Field, a widowed WWII veteran told his carer, Hollie, that he felt depressed that he might not get any cards to celebrate his 100th birthday, he hadn't counted on Hollie's support or the power of social media. After she put out the word, he received more than 160. He told Sky News, it was "fantastic."

  • UK sales of vinyl records reach a three-decade high as fans unable to attend live music events during pandemic channel their spare cash into building their record collections. And, very soon, vinyl sales are likely to outstrip CD sales.

  • Just before closing time on 22 November a man walked into a Cleveland jazz joint. It was the night before they were required to close before lockdown restarted. He ordered a Stella Artois, asked for the bill, and wished the owner well. The man asked that the tip he’d left be shared with all the staff. The bar owner looked down at the credit card slip the man had left with him. When he saw the tip was $3,000 “I ran after him, and he said no mistake. I'll will see you when you reopen!”

  • Tesla continues to expand its supercharger network and it just reached another milestone by opening the world’s largest supercharger station.

  • With everyone staying in their houses and getting around to doing those home improvements and DIY projects, U.S. hardware giant Home Depot’s earnings for the third quarter rose 23 percent from the same period in 2019. As a result, the company is now investing in permanent wage increases for frontline employees - both full and part time - totaling $1 billion in raises for their workers annually.

  • Weed-eating goats employed to tackle noxious weeds: For 22 years Lani Malmberg's herd of Spanish cashmere goats has been coming to a Colorado Springs park to do their important job. Professional grazier and owner of several goat herds, Lani Malmberg is a passionate voice and educator against the use of chemicals to control weeds. While tending her herd, she is a prodigious ambassador for taking care of the land without herbicides and machinery.

  • If you haven't got half an hour to enjoy the highlights of Cirque du Soleil's Allegra, watch a bit, put it on pause, and come back to it later. Magical theatrical escapism at its finest!

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