5 stories to Stay Current this week!

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Protests in Chile: Chile is the latest country whose citizens are taking to the streets to demand political and economic stability. The government announced a rise in subway fares in Santiago, the capital of Chile. This seems to have been the last straw that broke the camel’s back, and sparked huge protests throughout Chile. The citizens are protesting the high price of goods, low salaries, inequality in terms of how much people earn, and poor retirement plans and quality of life for seniors amongst other big things like healthcare and education. They join many countries around the world where people are rising up and demanding better lives.

The US backs out of the Paris Agreement: US President, Donald Trump, has formally notified the United Nations that America will withdraw from the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. This means that the government of one of the world’s largest contributors to carbon dioxide emissions will not be part of global efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to keep the rise in global temperature to within 2 degrees Celsius!

Google buys Fitbit: Google has leapt into the smartwatch market through its $2 billion purchase of the company Fitbit. What does Google get out of this? Fitbit’s marketshare, and a good hardware platform on which to run its smartphone operating system, Wear OS. What does Fitbit get out of this? Maybe better software and better technology, faster than developing it by itself.

Coldplay is releasing a new album! Everyday Life is inspired by the different lives that people around the world are living, and the ups and downs that each one of us feels, regardless of race, ethnicity, citizenship, and status. Coldplay has released 3 songs from this album so far, and will be performing all the songs on the album live on November 22, 2019 from Jordan.

Rugby World Cup: The South African Men’s Rugby team, Springboks, beat England to win their third World Cup title! 20 teams competed in this tournament held in Japan, and the Japanese team was the only Asian one to participate. The Women’s Rugby World Cup will be held 2021 in New Zealand. 

 

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