OGN Saturday

Updated: Jul 13, 2020

Round up of good news snippets to kick start the weekend.


  • Italy: Florence's Uffizi gallery launches initiative to highlight black figures in world-class collection of masterpieces, selecting several works for 'Black Presence', a project which highlights role of black people and culture in the Renaissance. Such as Adoration of the Magi by Albrecht Durer (pictured).  

  • BBC Proms: There will be orchestras of Mozart and Beethoven size rather than Mahler and Shostakovich size but at least they will be performing live from the stage of the Royal Albert Hall from 28 August. There will almost certainly not be any physical audience, but flag waving and singing along in front of the TV will be encouraged!

  • New smart glove translates sign language directly into speech. The inventors believe it could allow for easier communication for deaf people.

  • China: Stock market has closed at its highest level in five years after the latest data from the world’s second biggest economy showed the service sector expanding at its fastest pace in a decade.

  • Spain: Women’s football was given a boost this week with the announcement that the Spanish club, Real Madrid, will launch its first female football team next season. Real had been one of the only clubs in Europe without a women’s team.

  • Acts of kindness may not be that random after all. Science says being kind pays off - and in more ways than you might think.

  • Ireland: Pledges to ban shale gas imports from the US, prohibit new drilling for oil and gas, and cut carbon emissions by 51 per cent by 2030.

  • France: The mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, has been re-elected having promised to put a cycle lane on every street in the city during her campaign. 

  • Eau de Space: Could the 'smell of space' be the hit summer fragrance?

  • London: Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap, the world’s longest-running show, plans to welcome back reduced audiences in October as ‘first step in restoring live theatre’.

  • In a sign of the times, Twitter drops 'master' and 'slave' from its coding language.

  • Europe: Hundreds of gangsters arrested as police crack EncroChat - the criminals' private messaging network. Unaware they were being spied upon, gangland bosses were unwittingly providing evidence the police could have only dreamed of. As well as drug deals and gun running, law enforcement agencies intercepted gangsters as they planned assassination hits.

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