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Monday News Recap: Week of March 20th

News Recap

Vancouver:

What started as a simple St.Patrick’s Day promotion at a Vancouver restaurant turned into international outrage. When Railtown Cafe posted a picture of an overflowing Guinness, the picture went viral which made beer drinkers in Ireland and beyond cringe. According to Guinness the proper pour of the beer requires a 45 degree angle, filled three-quarters full then left for 90 seconds while the foam settles.

Canada:

Canada is making strides to create the first spaceport near Canso, Nova Scotia. In a joint venture with several US firms, Maritime Launch Services will create a launchpad to deliver commercial satellites in orbit. The total cost will be $304 million but will be one small step for man, eh? 

US:

Trumps revised travel ban, or travel ban 2.0, was blocked from federal judges in Hawaii and Maryland. The decision stems from previous statements made by Trump and his feelings towards Muslims which prompted the courts to regard the bill as discriminatory rather than an issue of national security. Anti-Muslim remarks made by Trump during his campaign trail in Nashville, Tennessee were quoted to support their case.

International: 

Fresh off the news of Brexit, Scotland is pushing towards a second referendum on independence from the United Kingdom. The first minister blames the UK governments lack of compromise over Brexit. The vote will be held between Autumn 2018 and Spring 2019 after the smoke settles from the European Union separation. 

Tech:   

Imagine wearing glasses that can adjust in seconds from near-sighted to far-sighted. A breakthrough from researchers at the University of Utah produced a prototype for liquid lensed glasses that can adjust to any eye prescription. By inputting your prescription into an app and desired focal point it can signal the glasses to form accordingly through piezoelectric pistons and flexible lenses. The downside is, however, they are ugly beyond words. 

Science:

Finally, the debate of the “five-second rule” can be laid to rest. Germ expert Anthony Hilton from Ashton University said eating food on the floor momentarily isn’t without risks but is safe overall. While he stresses to stay away from visible dirt, otherwise food is unlikely to attract harmful bacteria in seconds. Don’t hesitate to quote this when you pick up that slice of pizza that fell on the floor as your spouse frowns upon you. 

Entertainment:

The godfather of rock and roll Chuck Berry passed away at the age of 90. The American guitarist was said to have influenced the likes of Elvis, The Beatles and Rolling Stones. He was famous for classic songs such as “Johnny B. Goode” and “Roll Over Beethoven”.

Fun:

Not only is it the first day of spring but it’s national proposal day!

News Recap

Monday News Recap: Week of March 6th

Here’s the weekly news debrief, with things to know from around the world for March 6th

Vancouver:

The prime minister came to address the illicit drug crisis affecting Vancouver on Thursday. Justin Trudeau met with first responders and healthcare workers to discuss the drug overdose crisis that claimed the lives of 922 people last year in B.C. He announced $10 million of federal funds for the province to help deal with the epidemic. 

Canada:

Bus operators in Winnipeg, Manitoba are feeling concerned for their safety after a passenger threatened to stab a driver while holding an axe and brass knuckles last week. The suspect was taken into custody and will face charges.  The incident came soon after a bus driver was slain in a stabbing on Feb. 14 outside the University of Manitoba. Now, bus drivers are calling for heightened security measures to enforce a no tolerance policy towards violence.

US:

A Georgia judge sentenced a couple to lengthy prison terms for their involvement of a confederate flag display at an African American child’s birthday party. The hate group arrived with shotguns threatening the lives of the family in 2015. The no tolerance judge gave the man, Jose Torres, 13 years and Kayla Norton six years for uttering “terroristic threats”. 

International:

Ever wanted to become a nanny to a giant, fluffy panda? Well, if you move to China that can be a reality. The China Conservation and Research Centre for Giant Pandas offers full time employment for people to feed, clean and look after pandas around-the-clock. The job only pays 2,000 yuan (USD $290) per month, so don’t expect to get rich but on the other hand, you get to play with pandas!

Tech: 

Engineers in New York created a folded piece of paper. Doesn’t sound very interesting, right? The folded paper is actually a paper-based battery, a big step forward in the field of papertronics. The battery can be printed on a page and is powered through living bacteria. Paper electronics are simple to make and inexpensive, the battery is powered with bacteria, which can be found in most places such a dirty puddle.

Science:

A team of biomedical engineers created a backpack that attaches to a dragonfly that allows them to control their flight patterns.  The project known as DragonflEye can transmit signals to neurons using light, the signal tells the dragonfly where to fly on command. Now we have good reason not to trust the bugs. 

Entertainment:

Disney’s upcoming live action remake Beauty and the Beast will feature a gay character for the first time in the studios history. LeFou is the goofy sidekick to the primary villain Gaston who will come to terms with his sexuality. Of course, the news doesn’t come without controversy. Twitter had polarizing views regarding the inclusion with some believing they are forcing narratives on the viewers. Can’t people just enjoy a movie for what it is?

Fun:

Really Vancouver? More snow!?