#035 — The Best News of Last Week — April 11, 2022

1. Ketanji Brown Jackson confirmed to Supreme Court, making history as first Black female justice

The Senate voted to confirm Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court on Thursday, cementing her place in history as the first Black woman to serve on the nation’s highest court.

-”Her poise during questioning was just incredible. I’m excited to see her work in this role.”

2. Charles Darwin notebooks worth millions, stolen from Cambridge University library 22 years ago, anonymously returned in pink gift bag in good condition

Two “stolen” notebooks written by Charles Darwin have been mysteriously returned to Cambridge University, 22 years after they were last seen. They were left anonymously in a bright pink gift bag containing the original blue box the notebooks were kept in and a plain brown envelope.

On it was printed a short message: “Librarian, Happy Easter X.”

-”I really hope when important notes and books like this reappear we take the time to digitize them. Would be a shame for that work to be lost forever.”

3. Fortnite raised $144 million for Ukraine relief | The fundraising effort has ended after two weeks

In two weeks, Fortnite has raised a total of $144 million for Ukraine relief efforts. Ahead of its most recent season, developer Epic Games said that it would be donating all of its proceeds from the game, along with those from Microsoft, to humanitarian efforts following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine for a period of two weeks.

The game raised $36 million in its first day alone, and today, Epic revealed the final total of $144 million. The funds are being put towards several aid groups, including Direct Relief, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the United Nations Children’s Fund, and the World Food Programme.

4. Barcelona bans cigarettes on the beach

Barcelona beachgoers will no longer have to contend with cigarette butts or passive smoke starting in July when Spain’s second largest city will ban smoking on all its beaches, the city hall said on Friday. The decision comes after a pilot project las year saw smoking banned on four of the city’s 10 local beaches.

The Canary Islands, Andalusia, Galicia and Valencia have followed suit with partial or total bans of smoking on their beaches.

5. A Vancouver Island couple are converting their 15,000-square-foot resort property into a Ukrainian refugee home, called the Ukrainian Safe Haven.

The Holowaychuks are converting their 15,000-square-foot resort property into a Ukrainian refugee home, called the Ukrainian Safe Haven.

The project was a pivot that the Holowaychuks made for the property when Russia invaded Ukraine. Brian’s grandparents came from Ukraine, so this issue was close to their hearts. “We’re in a position, in a place, in a time where we could help make a bit of a difference. And I thought, you know, it’s time to stand up and be counted,” Brian said.

6. Mumbai fully vaccinates 100% adult population against Covid-19, first major city to achieve feat

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation has announced that all eligible beneficiaries above the age of 18 in Mumbai have been fully vaccinated with two doses of Covid-19 vaccine. Mumbai has thus become the first major city in the country to fully vaccinate 100% of its citizens.

-”That’s insane as it is probably top 3 in terms of most populated city in the world”

7. Scotland’s forests are the largest they have been for 900 years

The share of Scotland that is forested has increased from 6 per cent a century ago to around 18 per cent today. The country now has nearly as much forest as it did 1,000 years ago, according to data from researchers at Our World in Data.

That’s it for this week. Until next week, stay safe and don’t forget to share this post with your friends :)



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