Category Archives: The World

5 Cool Things That Could Make the World a Better Place

Everyone wants to make the world a better place. With new technology advancing every year, and electric cars being introduced, entrepreneurs are predicting big things for the year of 2030. Bullying, sexual abuse, public education, and many more are some examples of things that need to be changed as we grow up.

Some social entrepreneurs are ” tackling a range of daunting issues: child sexual abuse on the internet, youth unemployment, mental health crises, counterfeit drugs, and lack of access to medicine. (npr.org)” Many people are trying to fund groups that can make a profit to stop these things that are happening in our world today. It would be a big step if social entrepreneurs could help decrease those problems we are having. Although, they are going to try to take it one step at a time.

The first step is to make young unemployment come way down. Many kids across the world that are high school students or graduates are working so that they can have the money they need. However, ” in South Africa, every year 1.1 million young people graduate from high school or college — or else they drop out. (npr.org)” Some of the kids that are still in high school or graduates that are trying to go to college , find a job but over in South Africa, it is a very low number. It is very hard to find a job over there because some of the places that hire are looking at specific things like their work ethic, how well they can speak English and how well they can work with people at public venues.

A nonprofit group called Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator is in effect so that kids that can’t land a job, are able to have one. It is basically training and assessments for kids so that they can be able to perfect their language portion of the job; as well as a stronger work ethic and people skills. If all goes well their prediction is that by 2030 kids who are unemployed and who want to work will get a job when they graduate high school.

The second step is for kids who are feeling depressed. A helpline will be created so that their can be people for kids to talk to when they are feeling helpless, lost, or very emotional. It’s a great way for teens because of how much they are on their phones. A simple text to the Crisis Text Line can really make a huge difference if their are kids out there who are struggling and don’t have anyone to talk to about how they are feeling.

The third step is making sure African pharmacies don’t run out of medicine. To ensure that, ” Rockson came up with a company called MPharma so that there can be negotiation for lower prices because of people buying large quantities of medication. (npr.org)” With that, Africans will be able to get what they need at a reasonable price.

The Fourth step is to have no worries about buying fake drugs. In Africa, buying fake drugs or medicine is a big problem. Bright Simons had made a company called mPedigree to ” give consumers confidence that medicines and seeds they buy are the genuine article and not poor quality knockoffs. (npr.org)” He is hoping that by 2030, people will be able to trust the system so that they can get what they need and not have to worry about it being a knockoff.

The fifth and final step is no more child sexual violence in online images. Social media has taken over teens way of life. Sexual abuse has occurred over the internet and in the U.S it is illegal. However; there are still reports out there. “Cordua the CEO of Thorn, has developed software to help social media companies find the user generated  images and take them down and has created software to assist law enforcement agencies as they try to find the children in abuse materials. (npr.org)” She hopes that by creating this, it will completely diminish child sexual abuse everywhere.

Notre Dame Cathedral Catches Fire

Notre Dame Cathedral of Paris begun construction in 1163 and is the most visited monument in all of France. Nearly 12 million natives and visitors walk through the church each year. From the stong gargolyles to the stained glass Notre is one of the truly great architectual masterpieces in the world. A literal and figurative center of the city, Notre Dame’s significance and maning for the city of Paris and the world is immeasurable. Continue reading Notre Dame Cathedral Catches Fire

2019 Pulitzer Prize Winners Announced

The Pulitzer Prizes were established 103 years ago in order to honor excellence in journalism and the arts. Presented annually by Columbia University, The 2019 winners were announced on Monday, April 15th, as newspapers and online publications around the country were recognized for the achievements regarding reporting and investigating that took place in the last year. Many pieces that were recognized included multiple month coverage, investigation and articles, some lasting up to 18 months. Speaking on both heartbreaking and serious topics, this year’s winners are some of the most deserving.  Continue reading 2019 Pulitzer Prize Winners Announced

Timmothy Pitzen

On May 11, 2011 Timmothy Pitzen was dropped off at school by his father for his kindergarten class as Greenman Elementary School. His mother checked him out of class in the morning saying there was a non-existent family emergency. They were missing for a span of 3 days and the last they knew Timmothy was with his mother was between 12:00 pm and 1:30 pm on May 13 in the background of phone calls. She checked into the Rockford Inn where she was found the next morning and she had taken her own life. There was a note left apologizing for the mess she had created along with an explanation that Timmothy would never be found, but he was safe with people who would care for him. During the investigation, there was a concerning amount of blood found in her car that belonged to her son Timmothy. The father, James Pitzen, has stated that he believes his son is still alive.

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U.K Regulators Propose Social Media Regulations

Since the creation of Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter, Instagram and other social media apps, there has been an increase of cyber-bullying taking place all over the world. It is effecting teens tremendously because they are growing up with low self-esteem and more anxiety. It’s happening more and more because when teens feel bored they get on social media and stay on there for hours at a time. All over the world, there has been issues of online harm that has been occurring.

In the U.K, “terrorist groups using the Internet to spread propaganda, criminal gangs inciting violence over social media, and sexual predators going online to groom children for exploitation. (npr.org)” The U.K is working on trying to reach out to the social media groups so that they can work on being more alert when it comes to violence online. Communication online can get very vigorous as well. Many teens hear bad language and then apply it online. Continue reading U.K Regulators Propose Social Media Regulations

Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile

Theodore Robert Bundy, also known as Ted Bundy, was well known for his mischievous lifestyle as a serial killer, kidnapper and rapist in the 1970’s. There is a documentary on Netflix called ‘The Ted Bundy Tapes’ that takes you through the life, and court hearings of what Bundy, and a lot of others were put through. On May 3, 2019, Netflix will be releasing a movie called ‘Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile’, starring a  famous actor, Zac Efron, as the main character playing the character of Ted Bundy. This movie was shot in a jailhouse in Batavia, Ohio. It will focus on the crimes Ted Bundy committed, from the perspective of his girlfriend, who refused to believe the truth about him for years. This movie was filmed in January and February 2018 by academy award-nominated filmmaker, Joe Berlinger.

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Cardinal Pell Sentenced To Six Years In Prison

          George Pell, age 77, was found guilty last December on charges of sexually abusing choirboys after a Sunday mass back in 1996. On top of this, another charge of a second assault just months later. Disgustingly, Pell abused the boys only two months after announcing the ‘Melbourne Response,’ which was a plan on how to deal with sexual abusive clergymen.

          Pell is one of the most most prominent Cardinal’s of the Catholic Church, and is Australia’s most senior cleric (meaning the nation’s most powerful Catholic). Rightfully so, the case has gained traction as the world watches to see how this all plays out. And it seems that waiting may soon be over. Continue reading Cardinal Pell Sentenced To Six Years In Prison

Operation Varsity Blues

As the largest college admissions cheating scandal is at the spotlight of news, many celebrities and CEO’s are under fire as they are accused of paying their children’s way to top universities in the US. Collectively paying $25 million to a college admissions counselor named William Singer, the case is under full investigation as it is reported that the universities had no knowledge of the wrongdoing. Instead, it was coaches and staff that were keeping this secret under wraps.

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Jaguar Attacks Woman Who Tries to Take a Selfie

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An Arizona woman got attacked by a jaguar after she crossed the barrier to take a selfie with the animal. The jaguar will not be punished nor euthanized. The woman suffered injuries in her arm after this incident on Saturday. The feline was said to have dug its claws into the woman after she had jumped the fence for a picture. Witnesses say they heard the lady scream for help. When people showed up to help, they said the jaguar had its claws into the woman’s hand and flesh. Witnesses were trying to distract the jaguar enough to let the woman go by throwing water bottles into the cage. On Sunday, the woman who was attacked has apologized for the incident and admits that she was in the wrong for jumping the barrier. She is recovering well but had to get stitches on her arm.

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