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Saturday, February 25th, 2017 09:39 am
Once again, I'm back with another three stories from my mainstream media feeds about what went right, rather than what went wrong.

(In highly local news about what went right: I've just purchased a new laptop for uni - a little HP Stream 11 inch thing, in bright blue. I'm thinking of calling it "Elfadunk".)

Footballers, fans set to swelter in Eagles vs Dockers pre-season derby by Glenn Barndon (ABC Mid West and Wheatbelt, ABC Western Australia)

The pre-season derby match between the West Coast Eagles and the Fremantle Dockers is being held in Geraldton, with the local temperature expected to reach 37C (at that, they're better off than if they'd been playing in Perth, where we're expecting 40C today). Both teams are being allowed to use an extended bench during the game, to reduce the chance of heat injury to players.

'Not Our Way' campaign launched in Dubbo to curb drug abuse in Indigenous communities by Kathleen Ferguson (ABC New South Wales)

A new targetted campaign is working to reduce the chances of young Indigenous people turning to drug abuse. It includes information about the effects of the drugs, and also profiles of people who are former addicts, showing firstly the devastating impact of addiction, and secondly, the possibility of recovery.

All-timber apartments assembled like flat-packed furniture by Mary Lloyd (ABC New South Wales)

There's a revival of using timber (particularly stable forms such as cross-laminated timber) in construction. The components are created in a factory, then assembled on site, rather like flat-pack furniture. It's quieter, faster, cheaper, and more predictable, and needs less staff on site (so less risk of accidents). Plus, of course, timber is a carbon storage material (each piece of timber locks carbon away, rather than emitting carbon the way concrete does), and it's a good insualtor as well.

So there's my three for the day. If you've found any stories about "what went right" in your mainstream media feeds, why not share a link in the comments?
Saturday, February 25th, 2017 02:30 am (UTC)

Major car-paint suppliers join the fight against exploitation of child labour (Guardian)

Two big suppliers of car-paint used world-wide are joining cosmetics multinationals in pledging to eliminate child labour from mica production by 2022.