Current Events and Politics
This past Saturday, an explosion occurred in the capital city of Mogadishu. The attack killed more than 300 people and injured more than 300. Two truck bomb explosions were reported to be Al-Qaeda linked. Officials have reported that this is the most massive, deadliest attack to happen in Somalia. President Mohamed Abdullahi declared a 3 day mourning period for the ravaged country.
This Sunday, Gunman Stephen Paddock killed dozens and injured hundreds at a country music festival in Las Vegas. Approximately 58 innocent civilians were killed.
On September 20, 2017, Science Daily displayed the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s new statement on a study that could save the sea turtles. Despite the fact that sea turtles have historically suffered population declines for reasons that include accidental catch and harvesting adults and eggs, the study on the world's seven sea turtle species gives evidence that their numbers are growing overall, which is unlike many other endangered vertebrates. In past history, sea turtles have had a history of populations decrease, so tactics like strict fishing regulations and beach protection measures were put into action.
On Tuesday, September 5th, 2017, Jeff Sessions announced President Donald Trump’s anticipations to end Obama’s DACA program at a Department of Justice news conference. Leaving many Americans who are undocumented immigrants facing the possibility of being deported.. Donald Trump and his administration are at a loss of control over the issues with illegal immigrants, and deportation is his way of fixing this issue. Sessions claimed the Obama Administration of disrespecting the legislative process bycalling DACA, “an open-ended circumvention of immigration laws.” The US has lain it’s foundation on all backgrounds, ethnicities, religions, and has always been known for being a home to immigrants and a place for people to come with the goals of bettering their lives.
Worldwide rallies were held to protest political interference with the environment. These rallies were held on Earth Day, April 22nd, protesting Trump and his decision to cut funding for science research. Organizers stated that, “it was a celebration of science and a call to support and safeguard the scientific community.”
In France, a law has been passed that bans the use of “extremely thin” models within the industry. This ban is intended to address the amount of eating disorders within the modeling industry.
Skipping Rocks Labs is determined to follow through with the goal of stopping the production of plastic water bottles. Their first product is called Ooho, a biodegradable and edible seaweed extract that is perfectly safe for the environment and to consume. These are supposed to substitute plastic bottles that are not biodegradable. Plastic bottles can take up to 100 years to begin to decompose, this has been a problem for many years.
Interviewing someone who was born in the year 1926 is interesting. Interviewing someone born in 1926 who fought in the Second World War is indescribable. That’s what happened when I spoke with Bill Conklin, a retired Navy Sailor who fought in the Pacific Theater in the mid 1940’s.