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In today’s issue of Squirrel News, Maryland lowers the hurdles for entering public service, US states start to found public banks, and Ukrainian refugee families find shelter in seized Mafia properties in Italy.
Maryland state removes degree requirement for thousands of jobs
A common requirement for jobs, whether for good or bad, is a degree and due to the high numbers of roles going unfulfilled, Maryland state has decided to remove this common barrier from thousands of jobs.
How public banks help society – and why the US needs more of them
Public banks invest tax dollars in local projects, green initiatives and disadvantaged entrepreneurs. Now states from New York to California are moving to establish more of them. But so far there is only one public bank in the US.
Kerala start-up designs India’s first amphibious home for floods
After years of heavy flooding, NestAbide decided to create amphibious houses for Indians to better escape the natural disasters.
The Better India
Aminata Toure becomes first Black German in state Cabinet
After being sworn in on 29th June 2022, Aminata Toure will begin her position as the social affairs, youth, family, seniors and equality minister of Schleswig-Holstein.
European-backed scheme in Spain helps refugees find work
In the region of Murcia a European-backed project aims to help NGOs work with local agencies in training and supporting refugees into the workforce.
Seized Italian Mafia properties repurposed for good
One of many families already living in repurposed houses in Rescaldina, Tetiana and her family were given the opportunity to restart their lives after escaping the horrors of their homeland.
Architects complete multi-purpose greenhouse in Michigan
A greenhouse with facilities to host classes and events, grow food, and provide hot meals has been built in Southwest Michigan, and is the first certified organic produce farm in the region.
A circular nursing home for dementia patients
Architects worked with the Icelandic government to design and build a circular facility that provides a safe and comforting environment for patients with dementia.
PR expert switches from fast fashion to help fix environmental impact of industry
After years of working in the fashion industry, Hannah Hamilton found herself wanting to work towards reducing the impact the industry has on the environment.