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OGN Wednesday

Updated: Sep 12, 2020

Today's round up of positivity and good news snippets.

  • The good news is that one day, in the not too distant future, you will be able to visit any of the multitude of gorgeous places on your Bucket List, like Karijini National Park, known as the Grand Canyon of Australia. Sweet dreams are made of this!

  • Finland: Extraordinarily, a Finnish company has discovered a way to produce a protein-rich food using just air, water and electricity. Helsinki-based startup Solar Foods says its carbon-neutral process does not depend on weather, irrigation or even land.

  • UK: Giant supermarket chain Tesco announces it's creating 16,000 permanent jobs after 'exceptional growth' in online sales with number of delivery customers doubling in recent months.

  • Italy: Antonio La Cava drives his specially adapted Bibliomotocarro to take books to children in remote southern Italy villages. “I was worried about growing old in a country of non-readers,” he says. “Without a book, so often a child is alone."

  • Germany: Scientists have held three pop concerts in a single day (each with different social distancing rules) to investigate the risks posed by mass indoor events during the pandemic. Whilst this may not sound like inherently good news, it's a very important step in the process of getting concerts, trade fairs and sporting events up and running again - as soon and as safely as possible!

  • Brewery and pub company Greene King is to install charging points for electric vehicles across all of its suitable pubs, with 900 to be wired up by the end of this year.

  • Ultra Broadband: Scientists in London claim to have achieved the world’s fastest-ever internet speed - quick enough download the entire Netflix library in a split second. That's fast! Netflix has a combined library of over 50,000 titles.

  • Northern Ireland: If lockdown had a silver lining, for many people, it was a renewed love of nature. Ian McCurley, director of the Woodland Trust Northern Ireland, has seen a huge increase in numbers across the countryside: "I'm seeing people walking in country lanes where I've never seen them before."

  • Congratulations to England's James Anderson as he becomes the first fast bowler in history to reach 600 Test wickets. The 38 year old achieved the milestone by having Azhar Ali caught at first slip on the fifth day of the final Test against Pakistan.

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