This Week’s Politics Crash Course: See What You Missed
Sometimes a week’s worth of news can come and go before you know it — passing you by uninformed. For a quick and visual catch up, we have a weekly update to bring you up to speed.
Ebola continues to take lives in four African countries — Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Nigeria. The death count has risen to 932 as of Thursday, according to The Wall Street Journal, and recently two U.S. workers were returned to the States for treatment. Their return was made somewhat more dramatic by a select few — including Donald Trump — who were concerned about transmission and demanded they be barred from entering. The CDC and modern medicine point out that hospitals are fully equipped to quarantine and safely treat both with next to no risk of exposure.
Nancy Writebol, a missionary, is reportedly showing signs of recovery, though nothing is certain. Doctor Kent Brantly is being given a second dosage of an experimental drug that both were given in Liberia, according to The Chicago Tribune. A separate incident involving a returned U.S. traveler being tested for Ebola is ongoing in New York, but so far it’s entirely possible symptoms are due to a different illness; a similar situation is taking place in London (facilities being prepared there are shown below.)
Meanwhile, aid workers are struggling to contend with the disease within Africa and many medical staff have fallen ill. The WHO reports that it is reviewing its ethical policy on experimental or unproven treatment so as to guide medical workers going forward.
Earthquake in China
This week has seen a growing death toll following a major earthquake in China — recorded at 6.1 magnitude in Yunnan province. On Tuesday, 410 people were confirmed dead, and by Wednesday that number had increased to 589 with 2,401 injured, 230,000 evacuated, and 80,000 homes collapsed, according to The Guardian.
The earthquake has the highest number of mortalities seen in four years and more work to recover people and bodies is ongoing. State-run media reports that relief workers are making efforts to bring drinking water and food for survivors as well as setting up shelters.
President Barack Obama hosted the first U.S./Africa Leaders Summit in which over forty members of African leadership were in attendance. During the meeting, the U.S. promised $17 billion worth of investment. The Summit was more than just a political get-together — it also included ninety U.S. companies; Chevron Corp, Citigroup Inc., Ford Motor Co., Morgan Stanley, Lockheed Martin Corp, and Marriott International Inc. were all in attendance, according to Reuters.
Delegations from Sierra Leone and Liberia went in place of leaders who were unable to attend due to “a very difficult situation back home,” as Obama put it. “I believe a new Africa is emerging. With some of the world’s fastest-growing economies, a growing middle class, and the youngest and fastest-growing population on Earth, Africa will help shape the world as never before,” he said, going on to work out what he called “concrete steps” toward action and partnerships.
Space news tends to be rare and by nature often very slow. Frequently, the news is that something is being done that will, perhaps, be updated on within our lifetimes. Well, this week we have new that’s been ten years in coming as Spacecraft Rosetta has finally caught up with 67P comet, also called Churyumov-Gerasimenko.
The spacecraft began its pursuit of the comet about seven months ago and will attempt to harpoon it and land on the ice in November. The European Space Agency took the above photo using the Rosetta spacecraft camera.
WWI 100th Anniversary
In honor of the hundredth anniversary of WWI, an ocean of red ceramic poppies were “planted” via wire sticks around the Tower of London, flowing from a window and up over the nearby bridge in massive numbers. Each of the 888,246 poppies represents a life lost on the British and Colonial side of the war.
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