OGN Monday

Updated: Oct 7, 2020

Kick starting the week with a selection of good news snippets.

  • Sir David Attenborough visited Kensington Palace for an outdoor screening of his upcoming film - A Life on our Planet - with the Duke of Cambridge and his family. When visiting two future kings at home, it may be difficult to come up with a suitable gift to mark the occasion. Fortunately Sir David had just the thing in his pocket: the tooth of a 23 million-year-old giant shark. He presented Prince George with the treasure, which he found in the 1960s during a family trip to Malta.

  • Need a Virtual Holiday? WildEarth’s SafariLive broadcasts let you enjoy a sunrise or sunset safari at several different wildlife reserves in Southern Africa. The shows are hosted by expert rangers, who are on the lookout for their favourite characters – from wild dogs and baboons to big cats and elephants. It's live so don't expect an expertly edited all-action BBC style safari show. It's much more charming and authentic than that. If you miss the daily live show, there’s a back catalogue of amazing wildlife videos.

  • Neurodiversity at Work: Companies are hiring autistic people because it benefits everyone.

  • British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will call on other leaders on Thursday to 'build back better' and commit to net zero emission targets. Addressing the United Nations' climate action round table, Johnson will say via videolink that world leaders will have an opportunity to announce new and enhanced Nationally Determined Contributions - their intended reductions in greenhouse gas emissions - at a December summit.

  • Animal Firefighters: Beavers, goats and donkeys are all doing their bit to keep forest fires at bay.

  • Hundreds of frontline and community heroes who played a key role in the coronavirus pandemic response will be recognised in the Queen’s birthday honours next month.

  • Rags to Riches: Once a homeless street vendor in Mumbai, 18-year-old cricketer Yashasvi Jaiswal has now been signed in a $327,000 deal to the richest club-based league in the world.

  • Halloween: Worried about socially distanced Trick-Or-Treating? Build a candy chute like this family!

  • Tom Baker pllayed the Fourth Doctor on Doctor Who, one of the character’s most iconic incarnations. Now, scientists he inspired are returning the favour by having a 450-million-year-old fossil named after him. Discovered by two Australian paleontologists, the fossil is officially called Gravicalymene bakeri. Baker was ecstatic to hear the news, and wrote a letter to the scientists: "I am delighted to be entitled at last. I hope the Who world will share my joy. Will I be allowed to tack “Fossil” on official correspondence?"