Thursday, February 25, 2021

The good news of the day despite the coronavirus – West-France evening edition


Here are our five news from this Monday, February 22 to keep morale up, despite the Covid-19 epidemic and the curfew.

1. Who wants to buy this island paradise in the Bahamas?

An island all in length, with white sand beach and turquoise water: it is the dream setting of the Island of Angels, name predestined for this paradise on earth located in the Bahamas, in the Atlantic Ocean. It is currently for sale on the Knight Franck real estate network for the sum of 35 million dollars (or nearly 29 million euros). The property is located in the heart of the Exumas archipelago, it consists of a tropical island of 8 hectares, on which is a house of over 600 m². The lucky owner will also have at his disposal two white sand beaches and will be able to walk along a seafront stretching over nearly 5,300 m².

This island belongs to Faith Hill and Tim McGraw, a couple of country music singers who bought it in 2003. For nine years, they did not live there, for the simple reason that everything had to be built, in due to the lack of basic infrastructure, especially for the supply of fresh water and electricity.

2. Covid-19: young people from Île-de-France detected by dogs

2,000 young people (apprentices, middle school, high school and student) are tested for Covid-19 by dogs, under the leadership of the Maisons-Alfort Veterinary School, with the support of the Île-de-France Region and in partnership with AP-HP (Assistance Publique – Hôpitaux de Paris). How’s it going ? People tested should rub a compress into their neck or under their armpits. This compress is then placed in an olfaction cone and subjected to the dog’s flair. If the latter reacts by stopping, it is a sign of Covid. The results are then compared with the reference PCR screens.

Objective: to verify whether the screening performed by dogs is as effective as the PCR test. The results of this experiment should be known in two to three weeks. If they are conclusive, then the method could be generalized, with certain advantages: the test is fast and, the result, instantaneous.

3. A Viking treasure discovered on the Isle of Man

A collection of valuable Viking artefacts has been discovered on the Isle of Man, midway between the coasts of England and Northern Ireland. Buried in the 950s, these precious objects were not discovered until November 2020, by treasure hunter Kath Giles, the BBC reported on February 18.

As she combed an area with her metal detector, Kath Giles unearthed three exceptional pieces of Viking jewelry: a gold bracelet, a silver armband, and a massive silver brooch. Naturally, she could not keep them: the three jewels will soon be exhibited at the Manx Museum on the Isle of Man, under the name of “Giles’ Treasure”.

4. A Lyon platform to help students is a hit, it will soon be extended to France

With the continuing health crisis, more and more students are falling into precariousness. To help them, two Lyonnaises launched on February 8 a mutual aid platform called “1 bag for 1 student”.

The principle is simple: via a website, a sponsor and a student are put in contact. The first offers the second something to eat, or even a book or a train ticket, up to his means. Beyond this gift, the idea is also to connect people who do not know each other and thus to get students out of isolation.

5. An association launches an appeal to adopt baby goats, near Lyon

In Vaugneray, 20 kilometers from Lyon, the Liberty association struggles every day to try to change the fate of many animals, by finding them an adoptive family. In recent weeks, the association has been fighting to limit the departures of kids to the fattener and then to the slaughterhouse.

At the moment, the association is proposing to adopt two baby goats, Cosmo and Kouma. They are two full-sized males who are just as friendly and cuddly as goats. Liberty will ensure that a few conditions are met among candidates for adoption: it is necessary to have 1000 m² of land per animal, to adopt a minimum pair of kids, to have a suitable shelter (closed) and enough to heat them. first weeks, as well as time to bottle them (three to five bottles a day then two). You also need a suitable fence (these are animals that like to discover what is going on outside their enclosure), do not breed them and sterilize them before 6 months (cost of castration: between 40 and 90 € depending on veterinarians). Interested persons must answer this questionnaire to adopt pet kids.



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