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OGN Thursday

Bite sized snippets of good news to get the day off to a positive start.

  • On Monday we featured the winning picture of the Astronomy Photographer of the Year awards but, since half the team at OGN Towers prefers the runner up, we thought we should show it to you too, today.

  • Urban Farming: Four good reasons it could and should flourish in today's new world.

  • Mallee Cliffs National Park: Conservationists in Australia announce that they have eradicated all feral cats and foxes from a vast 9,570-hectare area, creating the largest feral predator-free safe haven in the country. This, in turn, is great news for biodiversity as it paves the way for the most extensive re-wilding project ever to be undertaken in the state of New South Wales.

  • It had to happen: Charity fundraiser Captain Tom Moore signs movie deal for biopic. The film-makers behind Fisherman’s Friends will dramatise the former British army officer’s ‘unique and inspiring story’.

  • Comedy Podcasts: Podcasts are booming, so here's 5 recommendations that will make you laugh or, at the very least, take your day in a deliciously diverting direction.

  • Harry Harvey was reported missing last Sunday, after he was separated from his walking partner in the Yorkshire Dales, northeast England. After three nights and four days lost in the wild, the 80-year-old hiker was reunited with his family - at a press conference originally planned as a continued effort to try and find him.

  • France's president has called for an international mission under the auspices of the United Nations to visit China's Xinjiang due to concerns over the Muslim Uighur minority.

  • UK: 'Loyalty penalty' to be ended as insurers told to charge existing customers same as new ones. The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has announced plans to outlaw the practice it called “price walking” whereby loyal customers who renew their policies are charged slightly more each year and, frequently, more than new customers for exactly the same policy. Finally!

  • Fabulous news for archaeologists as a hoard of extremely rare ancient gold coins is found in Israel, most dating to the Abbasid period around 1,100 years ago.

  • Cindy McCain said yesterday that she is endorsing the Democratic candidate for president in the 2020 election, despite being a lifelong Republican married to the late Republican senator John McCain, because “Joe Biden is the better man”.

  • Take inspiration from two fellow veterans from Utah: John Nelson and Jonathon Blank, who served in the Marine Corps in Afghanistan, have a remarkable friendship. Blank lost both his legs in combat about 10 years ago, but despite that, the two share a passion for hiking and didn’t stop doing it.⁠ Last year, Nelson decided to carry Blank, weighing 135 lb, on his shoulders up 14.3 miles to Mt. Timpanogos - through steep terrain and as high as 4,500 feet of elevation gain.⁠ "We shed a lot of blood, sweat and tears to get to where we were, and it was all worth it,” Blank said.⁠ The two are now planning to hike Mt. Whitney - the highest mountain in California at 14,5000 feet.⁠ Impressive!

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