Cape Verde declared malaria-free, soda taxes prove effective, youth club for the lonely
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Today on Squirrel News, Cape Verde achieves a historic milestone by declaring itself malaria-free, soda taxes prove effective in reducing sugary drink consumption, and a Dutch non-profit tackles youth loneliness.
Cape Verde declared malaria-free after decades-long effort
Cape Verde’s intensive health system improvements and mosquito control have led to a malaria-free status, a first in 50 years for a sub-Saharan African nation.
US cities ditch off-street parking minimums for urban development
Across the United States, cities like Austin are removing off-street parking requirements to encourage more affordable housing, better transit, and walkable neighbourhoods.
Study confirms effectiveness of soda taxes in reducing sugary drink sales
Cities implementing soda taxes have seen a significant drop in sugary drink sales, a new study finds, demonstrating the taxes’ effectiveness in curbing unhealthy consumption.
Scientists develop protein test that can identify 18 early-stage cancers
Researchers have developed a less invasive and more accurate blood test that can detect 18 types of early-stage cancers. However, the test is still in the very early stages.
Source: The Guardian
Black homeownership programme launched in Virginia to bridge racial gap
Offering down payment assistance and housing counseling, a new initiative in Richmond, Virginia focuses on empowering Black first-time homebuyers and sets a precedent for future large-scale efforts.
Source: Next City
Philadelphia mayor signs order to eliminate degree mandates for city jobs
The Mayor of Philadelphia signed an executive order to remove college degree requirements for certain city jobs, aiming to diversify the workforce and create more economic opportunities.
Source: The Philadelphia Inquirer
Healthcare to go: roadside clinics help keep Kenya’s truckers rolling
A life on the road puts drivers at risk of hypertension and diabetes but often puts doctors out of reach. A network of clinics on key routes is helping to combat lifestyle diseases among Kenya’s truckers.
Source: The Guardian
How the Confederated Tribes of Colville are restoring lands, species
In the heart of Washington State, the Confederated Tribes of the Colville are addressing a problem born from the past—a disrupted ecosystem caused by colonisation.
Time bank transforms hours into community aid
In Sebastopol, California, residents are partaking in a unique time bank where services like babysitting and home repairs are traded for future assistance.
Source: Reasons to be Cheerful
Non-profit in the Netherlands provides safe space to lonely young people
In response to rising loneliness among young people, a non-profit organisation in the Netherlands is making strides at fostering connections and community for youth.