In today’s edition of Squirrel News, we bring you stories about major crime sentencing reforms in Malaysia, a free e-cigarette programme launching in England and Ghana approving a “world changer” malaria vaccine.
Malaysia set to scrap mandatory death penalty for range of serious crimes
The reform could mean reprieves for some of the 1,300 prisoners on death row, including 500 foreigners.
New ‘world changer’ malaria vaccine approved in Ghana
Ghana is the first country to approve a new malaria vaccine that has been described as a ‘world-changer’ by the scientists who developed it.
Free vaping starter kits given out to help people stop smoking tobacco
The ‘swap to stop’ vaping kits will be given to one million people. But charities warn the step is ‘nowhere near sufficient’.
First government-run mental health app and helpline created in Pakistan
Pakistan’s Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif launched the mobile app and toll-free helpline 1166 on World Health Day.
Colorado passes first US right to repair law for farmers
Colorado is set to become the first US state where farmers can legally fix their own equipment, with manufacturers obliged to provide them with manuals for diagnostic software and other aids.
People receive free trees for killing off invasive ones in Kansas and Missouri
The Deep Roots KC programme will give out hundreds of free trees to people who kill invasive ornamental pear trees, which put native plants under strain.
Swedish city creates a giant underground hot water bottle
Caverns below the Swedish city of Västerås, once used to store oil during the Cold War, is tapped to become Europe’s largest thermal storage facility.
This school in Madrid was designed by pupils
With the help of Spanish architect Andrés Jaque, students’ visions of a special school has come to life.
Toronto models housing project after African societies
The African Canadian Affordable Housing project hopes to create affordable and culturally relevant housing, bringing in African values such as connection.
How land reparations improve Black women’s health
Black land collectives provide a place for Black people, particularly women, to address intergenerational trauma and rediscover some of their roots.