Sunday, 19 August 2018

The Week in Good News: A 99-Year-Old Baseball Usher, a Yacht Race, Spring Flowers

The Week in Good News: A 99-Year-Old Baseball Usher, a Yacht Race, Spring Flowers
14 Apr

“I’m going to push the boundaries and come back as soon as I can, as best as I can, and try to be even better than before. Why not?” he said. Read more »


“Satellite measurements are critical,” said David T. Allen, a professor of chemical engineering at the University of Texas. Credit Photo Illustration by The New York Times; photo via Environmental Defense Fund

A satellite could help fight climate change by detecting methane leaks.

Methane is a potent greenhouse gas that traps more than 80 times as much heat as carbon dioxide in its first 20 years in the atmosphere. In its pure form, it’s a colorless, odorless gas, so when it leaks, it can be hard to find.

Enter MethaneSAT. On Wednesday, the president of the Environmental Defense Fund announced plans for an orbital eye in the sky that has the potential to monitor industrial methane leaks all over the planet. Identifying where these leaks are coming from could help governments and industry coalitions work together to address the problem.

The satellite launch is planned for late 2020 or early 2021. Read more »


Many of the larger seafront hotels on St. Barts were damaged by Hurricane Irma’s storm surge and have yet to reopen. Credit Jean Vallette for The New York Times

A yacht race is helping St. Barts heal after Hurricane Irma.

The Caribbean island was hit hard by the storm surge and high winds during last year’s destructive hurricane season, and in some parts of St. Barts, the damage is still evident.

But Les Voiles de Saint Barth, an annual sailing regatta created in 2010, will take place as scheduled this week.

St. Barts, at not quite 10 square miles, is too small to host nearly any major sports event. But sailing presents an opportunity to drive business to the island.

Jimmy Buffett, one of the ambassadors for Les Voiles, has also offered support. He sent private planes to help ferry supplies in the early days after the storm and gave a benefit concert at the island in December. Mr. Buffett plans to race aboard a friend’s boat during the regatta. Read more »


Mimi Ndiweni and Paapa Essiedu in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s “Hamlet,” which arrives at the Kennedy Center in May. Credit Manuel Harlan/R.S.C.

A young British actor is bringing his roles in “Hamlet” and “King Lear” to the United States.

A little more than a decade ago, Paapa Essiedu, 27, had a grand total of one production to his name: a Christmas pageant when he was 8. Now he’s regarded as one of the brightest young stars in British theater.

His performance in “Hamlet,” in a production set somewhere that looks like contemporary West Africa, cemented his reputation. When he stepped onstage, Mr. Essiedu became the first actor of color to play the Danish prince at the Royal Shakespeare Company.

“It’s so important,” he said. “The way we live our lives is informed by what we see. And if stories of all kinds don’t appear, it’s like they don’t exist.”

“King Lear” — in which Mr. Essiedu plays the villainous Edmund — runs through April 29 at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and “Hamlet” arrives at the Kennedy Center in Washington on May 2. Read more »


Magnolia blossoms at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Credit Dolly Faibyshev for The New York Times

It’s spring in New York, and that means flowers.

New York has had its share of roller-coaster temperatures as winter gives way to spring, but you can still see plenty of beautiful blooms if you know where to look.

There’s the New York Botanical Garden’s 16th annual Orchid Show, and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s cherry trees. Macy’s shoppers also got a view of “Once Upon a Springtime,” the store’s 44th annual flower show.

New Yorkers, here’s a guide to the great places to get your flower fix. Read more »


The lovebirds. Credit Illustration by Tracy Ma/The New York Times; Getty Images (Prince Harry and Meghan Markle)

We answer everything you might possibly want to know about the royal wedding.

Did you know Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are getting married? (Probably, yes.)

But have you wondered what Ms. Markle has to do in preparation for joining Britain’s royal family? Does Queen Elizabeth II need to give her permission? Is this wedding important, and should we even care?

All these questions, and more, are answered in our guide to the big day (and also please enjoy the illustrations — you’ll see squirrels, birds, crumpets and a bunny in a fancy hat.)

And since spring is the start of wedding season, we’ve got a collection of stories of everyday love as well. Read more »

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A crow plucking some fur from the backside of a panda in Beijing Zoo on Monday, presumably for a very soft nest. Credit Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

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