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OGN Thursday

Updated: Jan 17, 2021

Bundle of good news snippets to brighten the day.

  • No Time To Die going straight to Netflix would only cheapen Bond - even for $600m. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer said the latest installment in the spy franchise was “not for sale”. “The film’s release has been postponed until April 2021 in order to preserve the theatrical experience for moviegoers,” a spokesman said. Phew!

  • A local entrepreneur in the Japanese tourist destination of Nara has developed an alternative to plastic shopping bags, to protect the town's sacred deer.

  • Further proof that vitamin D could protect people from coronavirus has emerged after a study by Cantabria University in Spain found deficiencies in the sunshine nutrient are four times as common among hospitalised patients. A mountain of research from around the world has painted a clear picture - vitamin D should be part of everyone's defence strategy. The good news is that it's easy to avoid vitamin D deficiency. Just buy some supplements.

  • 'Very nice!' Amazingly, Kazakhstan adopts Borat's catchphrase in new tourism campaign. An official said the phrase, popularised by Sacha Baron Cohen’s character, sums up the vast tourism potential of the nation in a ‘short, memorable way’.

  • The Australian outback is set to become home to the world’s largest solar farm, with the project expected to provide power to places as far away as Singapore.

  • Take inspiration from the Ryans: Husband and devoted father, Wesley Ryan, sold his treasured 1993 Ford Mustang to pay for his wife’s cancer treatment. “It’s one of the pieces of his heart,” his daughter Jeni said. Wesley’s wife has been cancer free for 13 years now and recently, his kids orchestrated a surprising gesture for their dad. A week ago, Wesley was amazed to find out that his children, Jeni and Jake, had tracked the priceless car down and brought it back home again.

  • The promise of the Ocean Cleanup project was that it would not only help clean up the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, but also recycle the plastic so it doesn’t become waste again. Now, one year after collecting its first load of plastic waste, the nonprofit unveiled its first ocean plastic product: sunglasses created by star designer Yves Behar. Proceeds are all re-invested.

  • Twenty former U.S. attorneys - all of them Republicans - have publicly called President Trump “a threat to the rule of law in our country,” and urged that he be replaced in November with his Democratic opponent, former vice president Joe Biden.

  • Electric cars 'as cheap to manufacture' as regular models by 2024 according to analysis by UBS, indicating shift away from fossil fuel vehicles may be imminent.

  • Here's a strange fact: There are more dinosaur remains on the Isle of Wight than anywhere else in northern Europe, and a much greater diversity of remains than those found in areas such as the Jurassic Coast.

  • Izzy Keane from Ireland was born with spina bifida which left her paralyzed from the waist down. Her sister Ailbhe, an art student, wanted to help Izzy express her individuality via her wheelchair. As part of a college project, she designed a funky wheelchair cover for Izzy.Izzy loved the design, and so the sisters created more of them together. Now they run their own company - Izzy Wheels. The company works with notable designers to create colorful, fashionable, artistic wheels.“We want to transform a medical device into a piece of fashion and self expression. Our tagline is “If you can’t stand up, stand out!” says Ailbhe.

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