Mid week collection of uplifting news nuggets.
Anthony Talley found a simple way to spread kindness in his community. Through his $1 Thursdays program, the LaGrange, Georgia, resident collects donations of $1 each from other residents, and then passes the money along to someone in the city who needs it. Last year, he raised nearly $8,000, most of which was given to a man whose house had burned down, and he is currently raising money to help buy a car for a mother of 10 whose vehicle was totaled in an accident. He also has fun with $1 Thursdays - he once bought ice cream for every elementary school student in LaGrange. "When I do stuff like this it's an overwhelming joy," Talley says. "People say, 'Well, what do you plan to get out of this?' And I tell them I plan to change the world, one life at a time, one dollar a time."
A rare Welsh flower eaten almost to extinction by grazing sheep has made a comeback in Snowdonia after conservationists removed the animals from the area. The Snowdonia Hawkweed, one of the rarest plants in the world, had been thought extinct for almost five decades, nibbled away by sheep grazing on the mountain. But in 2002, a team of botanists spotted the plant clinging to a cliff away from the sheep and launched conservation efforts to revive it. It can now be found flourishing on mountains near Bethesda in Snowdonia and at The National Botanic Garden of Wales in Carmarthenshire.
Elephants kept in captivity in Sri Lanka are to be given biometric identity cards as a way of protecting them from ill treatment. Now, as part of strict measures meant to ensure elephants are properly cared for, owners must send them for a medical check-up every six months. The new regulations also aim to end harsh treatment of working elephants, including at tourist sites where visitors can feed baby elephants and watch cultural events including pageants. Baby elephants can no longer be put to work and must not be separated from their mothers.
After 72 years making intricate matchstick models of military ships, Philip Warren was running out of raw materials. But after the 90-year-old from Dorset appeared in The Telegraph appealing for more wooden matchboxes, his endeavours continued – and he has added three brand new model warships to his collection. Collectors and their families sent him around 300 boxes, which he has now used to construct a three-foot model of the Gerald R. Ford US aircraft carrier.
Researchers and conservationists are celebrating after the discovery of a group of Vancouver Island marmots that signals a great step forward in the recovery of the highly endangered species. Adam Taylor, of the Vancouver Island Marmot Recovery Foundation, said the discovery of the colony complete with adults, yearlings and pups in Strathcona Park was "a thrilling sign." "We've been waiting years to see this," Taylor said. There are now around 200 individuals in the wild population.
Colombia's Medellin plants 'green corridors' to beat rising heat: Colombia's second-largest city has put in place award-winning 'green corridors' to create cooling public spaces, funded and led by city hall. Tens of thousands of native trees, tropical plants, bamboo, and palms have been planted along sidewalks, as well as in squares and parks.
Airbnb has pledged to provide free housing for 20,000 Afghan refugees. CEO Brian Chesky says that the program would begin immediately, and that Airbnb would pay for the stays. Chesky said the company would work closely with NGOs and its nonprofit arm, Airbnb.org, which provides housing to people in need following natural disasters and other crises.
Did you know that the loudest animal relative to size is the Water Boatman? It measures just 12mm long, but can produce 99 decibells by rubbing its genitalia across its abdomen. This is the equivalent noise of operating a circular saw, or a drill.
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Adorable little video of dad and daughter singing Hallelujah together. This will melt your heart!