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5 REASONS WHY 2018 IS OFF TO A GREAT START

Although most people tend to believe that everything that could be going wrong with the world is currently happening, here are 5 news-worthy stories that highlight that the world is not yet doomed.

Improvement in Alzheimer’s detection in Australia and Japan:

Although the debilitating disease continues to remain prevalent, early detection blood tests developed by a joint team from Japan and Australia have allowed for early detection of Alzheimer’s up to 20 years before symptoms begin to appear. Professor Masters from the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health who has worked in the field of Alzheimer’s, highlighted the effectiveness of this new blood test, that has a 90% accuracy rate.

War on Plastic commences

The European Union when not being torn apart by Brexit is invested in making all packaging within Europe either reusable or recyclable by 2030. The EU aims to prevent the rise in “single-use plastics that take 5 seconds to produce, you use for 5 minutes and it takes 500 years to break down again”, according to former Dutch diplomat Frans Timmermans.

Male Norway Soccer Team take pay cut so players on the Women’s team earn the same amount

Equal pay between men and women sports players have been granted a boost, as the men of the Norwegian soccer team signed an agreement for equal pay with the women’s team. The Norwegian women’s team in recent months have performed better in International friendlies and tournaments than their male counterparts, winning 3 of their last 5 matches, while the men failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Octavia Spencer

2018 is over a month old, and Octavia Spencer has made the headlines on twice for all the right reasons. Firstly, she revealed how her co-star Jessica Chastain assisted her in getting 5 TIMES her asking salary for her work on The Help. This move by Chastain attempted to buck the trend of women of colour receiving less pay than their white counterparts. Next, she vowed to buy out a theatre in a less-privileged community so children would be able to see the Black Panther movie, involving an all black-cast.

A Blow to the Future of Fur

Norway making the list for a second time, this time with the announcement by their President, Erna Solberg, to shut down all fur farms within the country by 2025. The Humane Society International have stated that Norway are now the 14th European country to signal the end of fur farms, threatening the future of the barbaric treatment of animals. Fur is becoming an unfavourable commodity within fashion as well, as Gucci have declared in 2018 they would be going fur-free, auctioning off all remaining fur items. This follows other labels declaring themselves fur free, such as Ralph Lauren making the pledge in 2006, Hugo Boss in 2015 and Giorgio Armani in 2016.

See? The world isn’t so bad. Keep reading the work of Worldie  for more updates about those striving to make positive changes in the world today. If you want to be one of these people striving to make a difference, contribute now!

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