OGN Thursday

Today's eclectic mix of good news snippets.

  • Sustainable packaging is gaining popularity as a way to enjoy environmentally-friendly versions of our favorite products. The latest company to adopt greener packaging is Corona - perhaps the world's most unfortunate brand name in recent times - which is rolling out biodegradable six-pack holders made from barley waste created in the beer-making process. Cheers!

  • A video of a pair of dolphins swimming in New York’s once famously polluted and dirty East River has served as a reminder that the body of water is cleaner than it has been in more than a century.

  • Container ship driving test: A routine competency test for a ship captain turns into a nightmare after he fails a basic three point turn in the Suez Canal. Oops!

  • Covid vaccine hesitancy in England and Wales is being overcome. More than 80% of people who were reluctant to accept a jab in December had changed their mind by February. “We were really sort of taken aback by the magnitude of the shift,” said the study’s author, Dr Parth Patel of University College London.

  • Meanwhile, in America, Krispy Kreme is hoping to boost vaccinations by making them a little sweeter. The doughnut chain has announced that anyone who presents a Covid-19 vaccination card at a US location is eligible for a free glazed doughnut from now until the end of the year.

  • The beauty of India's saree libraries: The 'libraries' provide access to top-end sarees for women who cannot otherwise afford the items critical to every Indian woman’s ability to participate fully in social life.

  • Even though CPR is one of the most important lessons we can learn, it’s also something we hope we’ll never have to use. Can you imagine just completing a life-saving training course and then having to test out your skills the very next day - on your best friend? The two teenagers were in a car crash and Torri had to try and resuscitate her best friend Azzaria. She administered 30 compressions and two rescue breaths before Azzaria regained consciousness. She is now fully recovered.

  • Some campaigns take years to achieve change. Not for Skye Neville, a 10-year-old from a Welsh seaside town who in November became outraged at the cheap plastic toys that came attached to her favourite magazines. Four months on, her campaign against throwaway toys has won plaudits from politicians, environmental activists and children’s champions - and has now prompted action from Waitrose, which has vowed to stop selling children’s magazines containing “disposable” toys, crediting Skye with the inspiration.

  • World's biggest coal miner bets on solar: It marks a major shift for the firm that produces most of India’s coal. Coal India plans to "aggressively" pursue solar energy and continue to close mines, having shut nearly 100 in the last 3 years.

  • Trump lawyer's hilarious defence: Sidney Powell argues that the conspiracies she routinely blabbered on about constituted legally protected first amendment speech, claiming that ‘no reasonable person’ would believe her election lies.

  • Nick Slatten of Tennessee struck it lucky by winning a fortune on the state lottery - but then lost his ticket. When he checked the results and discovered that his ticket was worth $1,178,746 he rushed to his fiancée's office to tell her the good news. Then he ran a few errands, including going to an auto parts store. However, about an hour later he realized that he had lost the ticket. Can you imagine the stress!? Slatten decided to retrace his steps and, happily, found the ticket on the ground in the parking lot of the auto parts store. Phew!

  • The art of balancing stones: uplifting little video that's a lovely, inspiring mood-booster.