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In today’s edition of Squirrel News, we’re talking about Mexico’s Supreme Court striking down a ban on recreational marijuana use, a fitness entrepreneurship course giving the formerly incarcerated a second chance, and an Appalachian man who has saved over 1,000 rare apple varieties from extinction.
Mexico’s Supreme Court overturns ban on recreational marijuana use
The announcement means that Mexicans will soon be able to apply for permits to use marijuana recreationally, taking money out of the hands of cartels and opening up business opportunities.
Source: Deutsche Welle
Fitness entrepreneurship course offers a second chance to the formerly incarcerated
The free-of-charge programme helps ex-inmates create a sustainable and realistic business plan, teaching them how to close a sale, work with clients and market their fitness brand.
Source: Next City
Gabon is the first African country to be paid for reducing carbon emissions
The results-based payments are made by the UN’s Central African Forest Initiative, stemming from the country’s extensive efforts to reduce CO2 emissions in 2016 and 2017.
Solar-powered fridge keeps vaccines cold in Sub-Saharan Africa
As only 28% of healthcare facilities across the region have consistent and reliable access to power, the fridges offer an eco-friendly solution to the vaccine storage problem.
“Unqualified” Zimbabwean teacher creates tutoring academy on WhatsApp
Despite being unable to afford formal teacher training, Maxwell Chimedza has coached hundreds of A-Level students through his mobile phone classroom.
Source: Rest Of World
French parliament votes to extend IVF rights to lesbians and single women
Under the current law, only heterosexal couples can access medically assisted reproduction methods.
Source: The Guardian
Connecticut becomes first US state to offer free phone calls to inmates and their families
The passing of a new bill will make all voice, video and electronic mail communications services free of charge to inmates – including those in juvenile detention facilities.
Berlin startup repairs damaged sneakers
Sneakers Rescue have also launched their own shoe, which wearers can send back to the company for repair free of charge when the sole gets worn out.
Source: Deutsche Welle
Black farmers are tackling food insecurity in St. Louis neighbourhoods
With a growing body of evidence to suggest that food insecurity and gun violence are linked, local residents are tackling this by improving access to fresh and healthy food.
Source: The Kansas City Star
Appalachian apple hunter rescues over 1,000 “lost” varieties
Tom Brown’s retirement hobby has saved a huge number of at-risk apple species from extinction, to the delight of chefs and conservationists alike.
Source: Atlas Obscura