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The Four-Day Working Week Was A Huge Success At These Companies
A long weekend, every weekend? An Edinburgh-based marketing agency started testing a four-day working week in January 2020. Since then, its profits have risen 30 per cent and its productivity is up 24 per cent. The company kept up with client workloads with an alternate shift pattern, with some people working Monday to Thursday and others working Tuesday to Friday. There have been similar successes at other companies like Microsoft and Unilever. U.K.-based gaming company Big Potato Games has seen sales increase 350% since it started the four-day work week in 2019, to the point where it was written into contracts in 2022.
Meet the Volunteer Doctors Setting Up Mobile Clinics in Ukraine
A team of volunteer specialist doctors has set up a mobile clinic in a small village in Ukraine that was left without access to health care due to the war. The clinic provides much-needed specialist medical help to residents who previously had to travel to the city for treatment. The clinic has been providing follow-up care and childhood vaccinations, and is staffed by volunteer doctors who work in public and private hospitals across Ukraine during the week. The team has been seeing anywhere between a few dozen and 250 patients a day.
Photographers Were Asked to Share Photos of Happiness - These Are the Photos They Chose
oday, March 20, is the International Day of Happiness, a day to recognize the importance of happiness in people's lives around the world. Photographers from around the world have contributed to the celebration by sharing images of kindness and gratitude, such as a mother and her son in Cambodia, a man feeding ducks in New York, a cook in Peru, weavers in Philippines, and a boat in Bolivia bringing hope to communities. The joy found in acts of kindness and gratitude is reaffirmed through these images, and we hope they make you happy too.
Meet the Pizza Shop Owner on a Mission to End Homelessness in His Town
Justin Ayre, owner of a pizza shop in Sydney, Nova Scotia, has teamed up with members of the community to create Huts for the Homeless, an initiative aimed at improving shelter and providing necessary items for people in need in his hometown. They have started a donation drive of toiletries, camping gear, and clothing at any of Justin's pizza shop locations. The items will be distributed through partnerships with local homeless shelters and community kitchens.
A Stunning New Orchid Flower Has Been Discovered in Japan
In a delightful discovery, a new species of orchid has been identified in Japan, where it had been living undetected for hundreds of years. Named Spiranthes hachijoensis, its delicate, glass-like pink-and-white blooms were found near Hachijo Island, and also in other districts across Japan. This is a reminder that new species can be found in unexpected places, including parks, gardens, and even balconies. This rare and vulnerable species is a poignant example of the importance of protecting and studying botanical diversity.
This Baby Crawl Race is the Cutest March Madness Game You'll See
It turns out March Madness doesn't just apply to college basketball. Five adorable babies competed in a crawling race during halftime at a recent basketball game between the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Duke University. The race, called the "Diapers to Dorms Dash," had some unexpected twists and turns as two of the babies stopped just inches from the finish line, causing excitement among the crowd. In the end, a third baby named Brexley emerged victorious, crossing the finish line and winning a college savings plan contribution.
How an Entrepreneur With Autism is Inspiring Others With His Pretzel Business
Marcus Moore, a 29-year-old with autism, started his business "Moore Crunch" in Annapolis last October because he loves pretzels and snacking. Since then, he has sold over 600 bags of pretzels and has created flavors such as Cinnamon Sugar, Maryland Crab, Garlic Ranch, Buffalo, and Smokehouse Ranch. His business has grown, with several stores now carrying his product, and he plans to expand by finding a commercial kitchen and hiring other people with autism or disabilities to help him.
Dubai Has Launched a Campaign to Donate One Billion Meals to Those in Need
The desert nation of Dubai has announced the launch of a campaign to donate one billion meals to the poor and hungry across the world. The campaign will start on the first day of Ramadan and will continue until the goal is reached. The One Billion Meals Endowment campaign began last year, aiming to support efforts to end hunger by 2030 in 50 countries. Last year's 100 Million Meals campaign distributed food parcels and smart vouchers to millions of people across four continents.
This Bus Driver Saved a 9-Year-Old During a Snowstorm
Here's some heartwarming news from Minneapolis! When a young boy was found wandering alone during a snowstorm, bus driver Ambrose Younge knew he had to help. Despite the child being unable to talk and wearing a backpack, Younge was able to communicate with him and convince him to get on the bus. Younge quickly called the transit control center and informed them of the lost boy. Within minutes, it was confirmed that the child was the one who had accidentally wandered away from his home in north Minneapolis, and he was safely reunited with his family.
These Two Sisters Were Finally Reunited After 75 Years Apart
In heartwarming news, after 75 long years, two sisters who were separated at the end of World War II have finally been reunited! Annie Ijpelaar and Sheila Anne Fry, both in their late 70s, have their children to thank for their reunion, who took it upon themselves to track down their long-lost relatives. The sisters are overjoyed to finally be reunited after all these years and are looking forward to spending more time together.
This Man is Teaching Tech Skills to Low-Income Youth Through Video Games
Damon Packwood is the founder of Gameheads, a nonprofit organization that teaches tech and design skills to underserved youth to prepare them for jobs in the tech industry. Packwood recognized the importance of video games in modern society and created Gameheads to give low-income youth and people of color training and resources necessary to strengthen their IT, production, design, and media skills through video games. The company provides free classes, mentorship, equipment, and software/hardware to hundreds of high school and college-aged students.