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Just Good News Tuesday

Updated: Jul 24, 2023

Today's bite-sized chunks of upbeat news to help put a spring in your step.


Rookie model in his 90s

Andrés García-Carro proves that glamour truly has no age. This nonagenarian has booked campaigns for Zara and Adidas - but he didn't get into the modelling game until his granddaughter started posting photos of him on Instagram during the pandemic. Now 91, García-Carro, also known as 'The Spanish King,' still sports an impressive head of hair, a perma-tan that only comes from a lifetime on the Mediterranean coast and a natural ease in front of the camera, all of which make him a sought-after model. The King said his second act has reinvigorated him: "I look even younger than before!" he said. “I don’t want to be sitting in my living room watching life go by.” Guess he'll have to settle for jet-setting and wearing fabulous clothes.

 
 

Round of Applause

Amy Olson, a professional golfer was competing in the US Women's Open last weekend while seven months pregnant. She wasn't about to miss her 35th major start and the first time the US Women's Open has been held at the prestigious Pebble Beach course in California. She's had to readjust her swing to better suit her changing body, but she doesn't view her pregnancy as an impediment to her success. "Women do this all the time,” Olson said. “I want other women who have gone through this that don’t get the cameras on them as they go about their job ... I just want pregnancy and life to be celebrated."


Swan Song

In good news for fans of The Eagles - one of the most successful and longest-running acts in the history of popular music - as they have announced the first of what they say are their “final” tour dates. After 52 years, more than a thousand concerts and over 150 million albums sold, the group said that the initial 13 dates of their final farewell tour will begin on Sept. 7 in New York, with more to be added. The tour is expected to continue into 2025.


Stone axes discovered in Kent, England
Some of the artefacts discovered by archaeologists in Kent | Credit: UCL Archaeology South-East/PA
Giant Handaxes

Researchers have discovered some of the largest early prehistoric stone tools in Britain, including a foot-long handaxe almost too big to be handled. The excavations, which took place in Kent in south east England, revealed prehistoric artefacts in deep ice age sediments. The researchers discovered 800 stone artefacts, thought to be more than 300,000 years old, buried in material that filled a sinkhole and ancient river channel. The site is thought to date to a period in the early prehistory of Britain when Neanderthal people and their cultures were emerging and may even have shared the landscape with other early human species.


No Clothes Required

Visitors to Japan will soon be able to show up with little more than the clothes they’re wearing, thanks to an initiative by Japan Airlines to offer rental clothing during visits. Describing the initiative as a bid to promote sustainable tourism while offering convenience, the airline said visitors will be able to select apparel based on size and seasonal needs via a website prior to boarding a Japan Airlines-operated flight. The service will run on a trial basis until August 2024. The rentable apparel will be sourced from clothing product overstock, helping to minimize waste. Japan Airlines will calculate the reduction in carbon emissions based on saved aircraft weight, and inform customers.

 

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SeaBubble

Back in 2019, SeaBubbles debuted a foiling electric water taxi in Miami. Following successful certification, the company has now announced the first commercial service of the Bubble in France in collaboration with the Grand Annecy. The commercial operation is part of a sustainable transport project operating near the picturesque Lake Annecy in the south east of France. This includes an electric shuttle service, free seasonal buses and self-service bicycles, with the SeaBubble now joining the mix.


Habitat Safeguard

Colombia has expanded its Cuchilla del San Juan protected area by 45,994 acres, bringing the total size to 73,272 acres. Located in the northern Colombian Andes at the meeting of two of the world’s greatest biodiversity hotspots, the expansion helps safeguard the habitats of over 100 endemic species and protect water sources for thousands of people.

 

"If you feel safe in the area that you’re working in, you’re not working in the right area. Always go a little further into the water than you feel you’re capable of being in. Go a little bit out of your depth, and when you don’t feel that your feet are quite touching the bottom, you’re just about in the right place to do something exciting." David Bowie

 
On this Day

11 July 1914: George Herman (“Babe”) Ruth played in his first major league baseball game, for the Boston Red Sox.

 





 
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