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OGN Saturday

Updated: Aug 17, 2020

Brightening up the day with a collection of good news snippets.

  • The pope has appointed six women to oversee Vatican finances, the most senior roles ever given to women in the Catholic church.

  • Eco-friendly yacht: That might sound like a statement of the bleedin' obvious, but a new design takes everything to another level.

  • In partially good news, the Bank of England says the UK's coronavirus economic downturn is less severe than feared.

  • Japan: A robotics company has developed a rather clever 'smart mask' that can amplify voices, transcribe dictation, and - best of all - translate speech into eight different languages.

  • Gold has smashed through a new price record this week surpassing the psychologically important barrier of $2,000 (£1,522) an ounce, making it the best performing asset this year. Time to check your loft, cupboards and under your bed!

  • Mexico: The southern state of Oaxaca has banned the sale of sugary drinks and high-calorie snack foods to children - a measure aimed at curbing obesity.

  • For everyone in search of a laugh, it's very good news to know that Spitting Image, the once ground-breaking satirical show of 20 years ago, is set to make a revitalised come back later this year.

  • Spain: The first bearded vulture to be born in the Picos de Europa mountains in 75 years flew the nest this week - conservationists christened her Bienvenida, meaning “welcome” in Spanish.

  • Good news trend for holiday-makers, that's likely to be increasingly offered elsewhere too, British holidaymakers who travel to the Canary Islands will find any Covid-related costs are covered by the regional government, should they contract the virus. Of course, it's also very good news for businesses on the Canary Islands too.

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