Lots of positive news to get the weekend off to a bright start.
Wrexham - who fell out of the Football League in 2008 - are the oldest football club in Wales and the third oldest professional football club in the world having been founded in 1864. Now, extraordinarily, and in great news for the fan-owned club's members, they have voted overwhelmingly for talks to proceed for a prospective takeover by Hollywood heart-throb Ryan Reynolds and fellow American actor Rob McElhenney. It could see them investing around £2 million into the club.
Pals for the elderly: The Miami-based startup Papa has raised $31 million as it looks to expand its business connecting elderly Americans and their families with physical and virtual companions, which the company calls “pals.” It's good news in the battle against loneliness and provides the elderly with help on shopping etc. too.
Japan: Kane Tanaka is the world’s oldest living person, a feat she achieved last March. Now she has set the all-time record for oldest Japanese citizen at 117 years and 261 days old. She puts her longevity down to her favourite drink: Coca-Cola. (Don't tell your kids!)
Looking on the bright side: Yes we are in a pandemic and, yes, the restrictions have been tightened again - but it doesn't have to be all doom and gloom.
China: Chinese President Xi Jinping has just made the unexpected announcement that China plans to become totally carbon-neutral by the year 2060. Doing so would be an incredibly ambitious - and unprecedented - move for a country that currently burns more fossil fuels than any other on Earth, Bloomberg News reports. But it is technically possible and would be a sizeable boon in the global fight against climate change, experts suggest, as long as China fully commits.
McDonalds franchise owner in Louisiana has given away over 10,000 free meals to fellow citizens since Hurricane Laura hit their city.
Green bonds: Global green bond sales are heading for another record year as a flurry of September deals, including Germany’s debut sovereign issue, have roused the market from a lockdown-induced lull. Green issues, which source financing for environmentally beneficial expenditures, are crucial to the growing pool of money dedicated to investing sustainably.
Airbus unveils three hydrogen-powered zero-emission airplanes. Collectively known as the ZEROe concepts, they are expected to hit the skies as soon as 2035.
Take inspiration from a group of neighbours in North Dakota who showed their support for a farmer, Lane Unhjem, who suffered a heart attack after his combine caught fire while he was harvesting crops. While Unhjem was in the hospital, about 40 to 50 farmers came together to finish his efforts, harvesting a total of 1,000 acres of crops in a little over seven hours. "Now that Lane's health is being taken care of, it came time for his friends and neighbours to spring into action, which is common in small town life," a friend explained in a Facebook post, which has since gone viral and shows the large group standing together in the fields.
Have you heard about the Pumped Up Crew? It's a new initiative from Cycling UK to help the extra 1.3 million people who have bought a bike since lockdown, and consists of a group of volunteers to help cyclists feel supported on our roads. The crew can help with bike knowledge, directions and, apparently, even high fives! There are pilot groups in Manchester and Birmingham, and more than 200 people have signed up to become Crew members so far, ranging in age from 24 to 81.
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