The stories that made us smile this week

99-year-old breaks swimming world record
Chimps and bonobos speak the same 'language', and we might too
Turtle egg protection plan is outfoxing predators
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March 02, 2018 23:28:37

George Corones, 99, completed the 50m freestyle swim in 56.12 seconds. (Facebook: Australian Dolphins Swim Team)
Meat, milk, fruit, sauces and rice are some of the products with the new packaging. ‘I might be quadriplegic, but I’m your doctor’

Dr Dinesh Palipana says he is “living his dream” and the best part of being a doctor is the people — patients and colleagues. 99-year-old swimmer breaks 50m freestyle world record

George Corones has always enjoyed swimming. The lions were emaciated and dehydrated when they were rescued by Four Paws. Both lions have received medical care, including vasectomies and dental work, and have gained weight on a steady diet. World’s first plastic-free shopping aisle opensA supermarket in Amsterdam has opened a plastic-free aisle as part of a war on waste.CNN reports the Ekoplaza branch has 700 products with plastic-free packaging and the idea will roll out to all of its 74 branches by the end of this year. External Link:

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Instead of using plastic packaging, the supermarket uses glass, metal and cardboard containers. (AP: Themba Hadebe)
Two endangered African lions have been rescued from neglected zoos in war zones in Iraq and Syria. (Woodlands and Wetlands Trust: Lori Gould)
While we’re on the subject of animals, let’s talk turtles.A new plan is proving to protect these little eastern long-necked turtles from foxes that have been digging up nearly all the turtle nests in Canberra for years.Last spring, rangers and volunteers spent 15 nights following female turtles around, waiting for them to lay eggs.They then secured their nests with a metal grid.This week, 18 hatchlings emerged from their protected nests and were released into the water at Jerrabomberra Wetlands.Now these baby turtles could live for 60 years. This week a freak storm dubbed the “Beast from the East” lashed Europe, and millions of Aussies have been ordered to have potentially deadly airbags removed from cars.But there has been some good news to make you smile going into the weekend and we’re here to remind you of it in case you missed it.This week a doctor who suffered a severe spinal injury revealed how he became Queensland’s first quadriplegic doctor, and for those animal lovers, a plan to protect baby eastern long-necked turtle eggs from foxes is paying off. Sian Sutherland, co-founder of environmental campaign group A Plastic Planet, told CNN it was the future of food retailing. (Facebook: Australian Dolphins Swim Team)
George Corones should surely be in the running for the next Australian of the Year. AP reports Simba and Saeed were saved by an animal welfare group and taken to live at a sanctuary with other animals that survived harsh conditions in captivity elsewhere in the world. Other packaging that appears to be plastic is biofilm made from trees. (Supplied: Griffith University)
Dinesh Palipana told the ABC how he became Queensland’s first quadriplegic doctor, working at one of the state’s busiest hospitals. Dr Palipana was halfway through medical school when he crashed his car on Brisbane’s Gateway Motorway in 2010.He went to Sri Lanka so his mum could look after him but he soon realised he wanted to get back into medicine and came back to Australia to continue his degree.Despite finding it hard to get a job at first, he has been working as a doctor for more than a year and he says he loves his job so much it doesn’t even feel like work.He was even nominated for intern of the year at his hospital in 2017. Lions rescued from war-torn countries

Simba is released into an enclosure at the Lionsrock Lodge and Big Cat Sanctuary in Bethlehem, South Africa‎. During the Commonwealth Games trials on the Gold Coast, the swimmer, who will turn 100 in April, broke a world record when he completed the 50-metre freestyle swim in 56.12 seconds.Mr Corones only started swimming seriously when he turned 80 and was the only swimmer in his 100-104 age group.He also smashed two world records in 2013, at the Masters Swimming Queensland meet on the Gold Coast.Turtle egg protection plan paying off

Eastern long-necked turtles can live for 60 years.
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