OGN Thursday

Updated: Mar 16

Selection of uplifting, positive news nuggets to brighten the day.


  • The inaugural Frank Hurley Photography Awards attracted over 1,200 entries from 26 countries. Australian photographer Andrew Dickman was declared the winner of the nature category thanks to this amazing snap of gentoo penguins on the Antarctic Peninsula.

  • A “superhero” delivery driver in Hanoi has saved a two-year-old girl who fell 50m from a 12th-floor balcony. Nguyen Ngoc Manh was sitting in his car waiting to make a delivery when he heard a child crying. He got out of his car and climbed on to a shed roof immediately below the balcony. Moments later she fell and he managed to catch her, saving her life. The child was taken to the National Children’s Hospital where doctors said she had dislocated her hip but suffered no other injuries.

  • Volvo has announced that it will only sell electric cars by 2030 in the latest move by a legacy carmaker to abandon fossil fuels, five years earlier than originally planned. The Swedish carmaker also said it would only sell its electric cars direct to consumers online.

  • Winston Churchill painting breaks record: A painting by the wartime British Prime Minister, which he originally gifted to President Franklin D Roosevelt in 1943, has been sold by Angelina Jolie for £8.25 million at auction - more than three times the estimate!

  • YouTube has suspended former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani from its platform again, after breaking the company's rules banning claims of election fraud regarding the 2020 US presidential contest. The suspension is the second strike for Giuliani. According to YouTube's three-strikes policy, if he lies again he'll be permanently banned from the Google-owned platform. He will also be banned if hair-dye drips on his face again. No, not really, but why not?

  • Communities going off-grid: Under a proposed new law, British neighbourhoods could club together to become their own energy suppliers, breaking free from the big utility companies and creating green, cheap energy - and strengthening community spirit.

  • Take inspiration from Lindsay Sobel of California: When she was 13, Lindsay had the idea of collecting shoes that were gathering dust at the back of peoples' cupboards and set up a non-profit called Shoes for Souls. Now, 5 years later, she has distributed over 30,000 pairs to homeless people in need of footwear.

  • The U.S. could cut emissions from its electricity grid in half within the next decade through investments in renewables and transmission, according to a research team backed by Bill Gates. At a cost of $1.5 trillion, the U.S. could reach 70% carbon-free electricity and reduce its emissions by 42% by 2030. The new model comes from Breakthrough Energy Sciences, a division of the Gates-founded organization that works to promote innovation that will help eliminate greenhouse gas emissions.

  • Amazon abandons moustache: Amazon changes app logo that 'resembles Adolf Hitler'.

  • Ben Howies, a 24-year-old entrepreneur has taken over the Oldest Sweet Shop in the World, a Guinness World Record-holding tourist attraction in the Yorkshire Dales but is yet to scoop a single pound of pear drops at the counter because of lockdown restrictions. Howie will be manning the shop alone from 12 April, or as soon as non-essential shops are allowed to reopen, having had a seven-week crash course from the previous owners.

  • New $8 billion US bill to help tackle carbon emissions: The US government is to provide up to a 30% tax credit for companies to expand or build new facilities that make products to reduce carbon emissions.

  • Today's 3 minute nature fix: David Attenborough meets a very glamorous humming bird...


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