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- VOLVO GOES ELECTRIC, DITCHES CARS POWERED SOLELY BY GAS
Volvo plans to build only electric and hybrid vehicles starting in 2019, making it the first major automaker to abandon cars and SUVs powered solely by the internal combustion engine. CEO Hakan Samuelsson said the move was dictated by customer demand. It means that in two years, all new Volvo vehicles will have some form of electric propulsion. Volvo, which is based in Sweden but owned by Chinese firm Geely, will launch five fully electric cars between 2019 and 2021. Samuelsson, who acknowledged that the company had been skeptical about electrification only two years ago, said circumstances have changed. Global Good News service views this news as a sign of rising positivity in the fields of science and business, documenting the growth of life-supporting, evolutionary trends. ‘Things have moved faster; customer demand is increasing. This is an attractive car people want to have.
- MOROCCO STRUGGLING MOROCCAN YOUTH FIND HOPE IN COOKING SCHOOL
A retired French chef is working to solve Morocco’s youth unemployment crisis one clove of garlic and ripe tomato at a time. By giving young Moroccan’s a taste of mincing garlic, stuffing tomatoes and taking notes in a classroom, a non-profit culinary program called Agape is trying to expand their options. Cooking teacher Abdelatif Boutad instructs his students how to retain nutrients while cooking and to expand on their repertoires of couscous, tajines and other Moroccan dishes. Wafaa Kourimi, a 25-year-old from a rural town who never went to high school, is thriving at the cooking school. She says: “It’s teaching me to believe in myself, and work with a team.”
- WASHINGTON CHERRY BLOSSOMS
Every spring, millions of tourists and locals alike flock to see D.C.’s cherry blossoms in full bloom. But there’s another national park tucked away in a corner of D.C. that offers spectacular blossoms over acres of gardens, and that’s the Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens — the only national park dedicated to aquatic gardens. July is when the aquatic gardens shine. And this past month, the park kicked off the Lotus and Water Lily Festival, a weeklong event featuring hands-on activities for the kids, gardening demonstrations for the grown-ups and natural beauty on display for everyone. Visitors from all over the world come to see the exotic water lilies and lotus plants. Many of the plants are from Asia, India and Africa, but Kallal said there are some native plants as well.
Original greenhouses at the site date from 1913 and Kallal said they’re kept warm to nurture the lilies and the lotus plants, which get their start in large bathtub sized containers. On a summer day, it’s not easy being inside the greenhouses for long; the temperature can hit 40 to 50 degrees Celsius on a day when the temperature outdoors climbs into the 30’s. Kallal and gardener Frank Hamilton took reporters out to see how the Victoria lilies are planted. Those are the plants with massive platter-sized pads with rims around the edges. n“That’s the lily that grows up to 10 feet in diameter. Usually in this location, we’ll have 6-foot diameter leaves. So maybe by August or September they’ll be that size.”
- TAXI SERVICE BY WOMEN FOR WOMEN LAUNCHES IN INDIA
Created to prevent harassment of women, this is the first transportation service of its kind in India. a three-wheeler rickshaw equipped with safety features that ferries only women. Because it is a simple solution to the problem of harassment, this new auto-rickshaw service is being hailed as a groundbreaking achievement for women in India. Pink Auto Service is owned and operated by women, and it caters exclusively to women. The business, which was launched by the Surat Municipal Corporation, ensures that females of any age can have safe access to transportation, and guaranteed employment with the service.