Iceland’s four-day working week, world’s first elephant rewilding project, gun owners require liability insurance
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In today’s edition of Squirrel News, we’re talking about Iceland’s successful trial of a four-day working week without reducing employee wages, the world’s first elephant rewilding project, and San Jose’s landmark legislation requiring gun owners to carry liability insurance.
Four-day working week a huge success in Iceland
A countrywide trial which reduced working hours but not wages was considered to be beneficial both to employee mental health and company productivity, with the change set to be permanent in many cases.
Source: Deutsche Welle
World’s first elephant rewilding project will move an entire herd from the UK to Kenya
Thirteen elephants who currently reside in Howletts Wild Animal Park in Kent will be transported to a conservation site over 7,000km away as part of a global reintroduction programme.
San Jose passes first law in the US requiring gun owners to carry liability insurance
The move means that firearms owners will be legally responsible for covering the costs associated with gun violence in the Californian city.
Source: AP News
New barcode technology is helping visually-impaired people shop
Scanning the colourful barcodes will result in the user hearing an audio description of the product, and can be detected at a distance of up to three metres, as well as in low-light conditions or poor focus.
Source: BBC News
Scientists develop wireless pacemaker that dissolves in body
The technology could be used for patients who need only temporary help to regulate their heartbeat.
Source: The Guardian
Argentina becomes the first country in the world to ban salmon farming
The new legislation comes as a result of increasing global concern surrounding the practice, with many countries looking to cultivate more sustainable methods of fishing.
Source: Plant Based News
A new law in Norway will require social influencers to declare modified photos
The move aims to highlight the widespread use of tools such as Photoshop on social media platforms that result in a damaging culture of unrealistic beauty standards.
Source: BBC News
UK hairdressers to learn how to style and cut Afro hair as standard practice
Many UK stylists have never been trained to safely care for textured hair. However, a recent review of the sector’s occupational standards will make this training mandatory in beauty schools.
Source: Sky News
Slum2School is helping children from low-income families receive an education
Founded by Otto Orondaam, the Nigeria-based non-profit organisation aims to enroll some of the region’s most vulnerable children in school – and keep them there.
Source: The Christian Science Monitor
A crowdsourced map tells you whether or not a street is safe to walk down
Originally developed for women in India, the My Safetipin app is now available across the globe, helping people stay safe by avoiding streets that are desolate or have poor lighting.
Source: Reasons To Be Cheerful