OGN Friday

Collection of good news snippets to brighten the day and round off the week.

  • Super Bowl-winning athlete, Laurent Duvernay-Tardif (offensive lineman for the Kansas City Chiefs), opts out of 2020 NFL season so he can continue working on COVID-19 frontlines.

  • Underwater 'space station': Humanity knows more about the surface of the moon than the bottom of the ocean. An aquanaut thinks it's time to change that?

  • California: A newly repaved stretch of highway in Oroville looks like an ordinary road. But it’s the first highway in the country to be paved in part with recycled plastic - the equivalent of roughly 150,000 plastic bottles per mile of the three-lane road.

  • Cross Culture Kindness: A Lance Corporal has told how he joined the British Army to "repay his debt" to the English family who saved him from a life of poverty in India selling peanuts for £1 a day.

  • Global Energy Monitor, a US research and advocacy group that tracks fossil fuel development, found the closure of coal generators, mostly across Europe and in the US, outstripped stations being commissioned, largely in Asia. It's a start, but it won't be really good news until Asia reverses its course too. Having said that, India has now shut more capacity than it has opened. 

  • Antarctic: In good news for nature lovers and penguin fans, recent satellite images have identified a raft of new Emperor penguin breeding sites.

  • New Zealand: Figures show employment in NZ has risen during the pandemic. Data shows the jobless rate at an eye-popping low of 4% after strict lockdown.

  • New York: In another good news story of communities pulling together to help others in need, thousands within the Jewish communities of New York and New Jersey have donated blood plasma to help those in need.

  • US: The gang-intervention heroes at Homeboy Industries have just been chosen as winners of the 2020 Humanitarian Prize from the Hilton Foundation, and will receive $2.5 million in unrestricted funding. As the world’s largest annual humanitarian award, the Prize is presented to a nonprofit organization judged to have made extraordinary contributions toward alleviating human suffering.

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