OGN Wednesday

Mid-week collection of good news snippets.

  • Northern Ireland: When a 10 year old boy got a metal detector for his birthday in July, he was really excited and eager to try it. And, astonishingly, the first time he did, he found buried treasure in the form of a 300 year old sword on the banks of the River Blackwater near his family home. How's that for amazing good fortune? An expert says it's a basket hilt-type sword as used by English officers and dragoons from about 1720 to 1780, or it could be a Scottish basket hilt of about 1700 to 1850.

  • New Zealand: As one of the initial success stories, the recently introduced short-term lockdown in Auckland to curb a second wave of coronavirus infections is over, heralding the end of 'phase two'.

  • Mythical Feline Actually Exists: For centuries, its furry tail was the stuff of fairy tales on the French Mediterranean island of Corsica. Proof of its existence is a major relief to shepherds who didn't like accusations of 'crying wolf' or, more accurately, 'crying cat-fox'.

  • Green Climate Fund: GCF to distribute $6.2 billion to help reduce planet-heating emissions and enhance climate resilience.

  • South Africa: The famously beautiful Garden Route in the Western Cape is now home to a new eRadio station that hopes to add to the Good News movement that is growing around the world. Eon Engelbrecht decided to set up an online radio station that focuses on the bright side of life, much like that Monty Python song. eRadio will broadcast music-driven programmes and feature regular contributors from all over South Africa and the world. Tune in to eradiosa.com

  • California: Ships and trucks will be required to cut thousands of tons of air pollution in a pair of rules unanimously adopted by the Air Resources Board last week. The rules overhaul regulations for diesel truck exhaust and expand emission reductions from ships idling in California's ports. The two rules, when fully implemented, are expected to eliminate some 10,000 tons of pollution per year, the state's biggest strike against smog in twelve years.

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