August 21st: Catch Up with Coup

The first openly transgender White House staff member has been appointed by President Obama, according to an announcement Tuesday.

Raffi Freedman-Gurspan, a former policy adviser at the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE), will serve as an outreach and recruitment director in the White House Office of Presidential Personnel.

"President Obama has long said he wants his administration to look like the American people. I have understood this to include transgender Americans," said NCTE Executive Director Mara Keisling.

Costa Rica is to become the first country in the world to close its zoos and release the animals back into the wild.

Environmental Minister René Castro says, “We are getting rid of the cages and reinforcing the idea of interacting with biodiversity in botanical parks in a natural way We don’t want animals in captivity or enclosed in any way unless it is to rescue or save them.”

Any animals currently in captivity that would not survive in the wild will be cared for in rescue centres and wildlife sanctuaries. No new zoos will be opened.

Street artist Lembo will be leaving pieces of art on the streets of Cardiff tomorrow for people to take for free. Lembo announced on his Facebook page that around half a dozen pieces of art will be left around the centre of Cardiff from 3pm onwards, adding; “Art should not be kept behind the doors of stuffy galleries or museums, but available to all.”

And finally, for those who didn’t get the GCSE results they wanted, remember; traditional educations isn’t for everyone. Many of the world’s most successful people did not attend University, including Coco Chanel and Sir Alan Sugar. Meanwhile Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and Steve Jobs both started University courses but left before graduating. And I think it’s fair to say they did alright for themselves.