Category Archives: International

Joseph Kabila et ses proches ont construit un réseau d’entreprises qui touche tous les coins de l’économie congolaise. Est-ce pour cela qu’il ne démissionnera pas?

Avec la fortune de sa famille en jeu, le président Kabila creuse

Par Michael Kavanagh, Thomas Wilson, Et Franz Wild
15 décembre 2016, 12 h 01 HNE

Dans son seul discours public cette année, Joseph Kabila, président de la République démocratique du Congo, s’est montré provocant face à son refus de céder le pouvoir lorsque son dernier mandat prendra fin le 19 décembre. «Je ne peux pas laisser la république prise en otage par un Frange de la classe politique “, at-il déclaré au parlement le mois dernier alors que les membres applaudissaient.

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Satanic books given to children good thing or religious freedom?

U.S. court ruling on religious freedoms has enabled devil worshipers in Florida to hand out educational material about their religion to children in state schools. This year a new book filled with lessons and games it includes 10 pages of activities and includes characters such as Annabel as well as Damien. Who demonstrate rituals to explain Satanism.  This was all made possible after a Florida judge ruled that no one religion can rule over public schools in Florida, and it is religious freedom to release information on other religions to children if Christian groups were going to do the same. The followers of the Anti-Christ ceased on the decision to treat all religions equally.

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Chipotle on the Downfall?

Perhaps the most popular food chain among college students is Chipotle. I’m pretty sure that not a day goes by that I don’t hear the Mexican grill food chain mentioned at least once. Somebody is always talking about how they’re going to go get their burrito bowl after class or about how the guacamole costs way too much extra. However, a new study is showing that Chipotle’s popularity numbers have been going down among teenagers over the past several months.
The study comes from Piper Jaffray’s 2016 “Taking Stock with Teens Survey,” which says that out of the 6,500 teenagers who were surveyed, the majority said that they still liked Chipotle but that they don’t eat there quite as often as they used to. The main reason for this decrease in popularity comes from Chipotle’s health scare that happened earlier this year.
With the E coli breakout that occurred in early 2016, Chipotle took to strategic measures to make sure that customers still kept coming back. When restaurants across the country closed early one day for employee meetings on food safety, the company offered couples through a text deal where customers could receive a coupon for a free burrito on their next visit.
While numbers are still down, this tactic was able to bring some customers in. I myself took part in the deal. From the moment I walked in until the time I got my burrito, I waited almost an hour. Granted, I did go the first day that the coupons were valid. However, it was easy to tell that the company had definitely thought this tactic through. College students were the first to jump at the chance to get their Chipotle burritos for free. I think it will be interesting to see if the chain finds another way to raise customer numbers.

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State of Emergency Declared After A Fatal Earthquake Hit Ecuador.

A recent earthquake shook a nation as this natural disaster hit the northwestern coast of Ecuador. Ecuador was in a state of emergency after the magnitude-7.8 earthquake flattened buildings and ravaged towns Saturday just before 7 p.m. It the strongest earthquake to hit Ecuador since 1979. Unfortunately, at least 247 people were killed as buildings crashed down, power lines fell over, and roads crumbled beneath their feet. More than 2,500 people were injured in the quake, according to a statement from the government. President Rafael Correa said, “The immediate priority is to rescue people in the rubble, everything can be rebuilt, but lives cannot be recovered, and that’s what hurts the most.”  He warned people to be careful to avoid fallen debris and poles and said some areas had lost power. States of emergency were declared for the provinces of Esmeraldas, Los Rios, Manabi, Santa Elena, Guayas and Santo Domingo. The quake was strongly felt in country’s capital of Quito, around 100 miles away. 10,000 military troops and 3,500 police officers have been dispatched to the affected areas, and $600 million in credit was allotted to the emergency. Meanwhile, the Home Ministry said five helicopters and over 80 buses were ferrying 4,000 police to the quake zone, according to NBC Nightly. Men and women are gathered around try aimlessly to find as many survivors as possible before it’s too late.

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ISIS or Assad to blame for chemical weapons in Syria?

Poison gas has been used on Kurdish forces in the city of Aleppo around noon April 7th, it was believed that it was mustard gas that was used on the city. The area hit was the Kurdish held district of Dascatcu. Four people have fallen victim of this attack which has those people hospitalized. The YPG and Kurdish forces do not know who is responsible for the attack but they are assuming that it is one of the rebel groups. This isn’t the first time the city of Aleppo has fallen victim to chemical attack but hopefully the last. It is believed that Saudi Arabia as well as Turkey is partly responsible for supplying these weapons to the rebels which are believed to be ISIS by international whistle blowers.

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Canadians for the [female] win

Hazzah! Women encompass half of something extremely important and extremely influential to society: the Canadian cabinet. ]The newly selected prime minister, Justin Trudeau, implemented one of this intentions when claiming office, which was to appoint fifteen out of thirty seats to up-and-coming female politicians. The response to such an act, has been majorly positive. It has been appreciated and respected by many liberals of the nation and rightfully so, must have spoken to the minds of young women and girls in Canada and potentially around the world.

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Not Just an Everyday Occurance

Another police officer is in critical condition after being shot while serving a warrant in Columbus, Ohio early Sunday morning. This incident occurred at an apartment complex where six families were displaced. The name of the officer has not been released at this time, but officials say that the man was a veteran officer who had a good reputation and was well-liked by many.
Sadly, this type of story has become all too frequent. There seems to be a new story in the news each week about an officer who has been shot in the line of duty. More often than not, these stories tell the tale of an individual who was simply doing his or her job to protect the people of the community.
You often hear these types of stories and aren’t immediately affected. Of course, you instinctively feel “sad,” but unless this story directly affects you, you see the situation from a distant perspective. This generally isn’t something that you mean to happen- it just does. However, late last year I did see this type of story in a new light when an officer from my hometown was killed in the line of duty.
Bill Myers was killed in Shalimar, Florida on September 22, 2015 when he was shot outside a law firm. I did not personally know Bill, but I knew his granddaughter. I had only briefly met Bill one time at Disney World, but I could tell that he was a happy, positive individual. Whenever he died, it rattled my small hometown.
In a time when police officer deaths are so common, it was hard to see such an event happen so close to home. However, Bill’s death reminded me even more that we should take the time to be grateful for those who put their lives on the line for their communities.

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Disney is Opening a New Resort in Shanghai, China and it’s going to be Huge

Shanghai is the home to a new tourist area that will have a Disney resort as their masterpiece. They are counting on 300 million tourists to fuel the economy there, similar to the way our own city, Orlando, is to us in the states. The new Disney Resort takes up about one fifth of the six square mile area of the Shanghai International Tourism and Resorts Zone. It’s about thirty minutes from the financial district of Shanghai, China’s wealthiest and most populous city. The 5,000 acre zone was set aside by Chinese authorities as part of a plan to draw tourists to the location. A Forbes article presented this information: “Disney Chief Executive Officer Robert Iger has called it the greatest opportunity the company has had since Walt Disney himself bought land in Central Florida in the 1960’s.” The plan is for Shanghai to turn itself into a world class tourism destination with Disney as the vehicle to accomplish that. Financial results indicate that Disney’s new park in Shanghai will cost an estimated $5.5 billion and is set to open this spring. The park will feature the tallest Disney castle in the world and a focus on Chinese culture.

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A Light in the Dark

Growing up, I always looked forward to visiting Walt Disney World every few years. It was a trip that I would spend months looking forward to and constantly asking my parents, “How many more days until Disney World?” It’s no surprise that when I chose to attend UCF, I wanted to make sure I made Disney a regular part of my life.
Since I’ve moved down, I’ve visited Disney World at least once per week. It’s become the thing that gets me through all of my stress and troubles that school puts on me throughout the week. Being a frequent visitor, I’ve encountered so much magic and kindness.
Earlier this week, a post went viral about a mother who visited the Fairy Godmother. Her daughter had died soon after birth earlier this year. She brought her daughter’s ashes in a teddy bear. When she met the Fairy Godmother and told her about her daughter and the teddy bear, Fairy Godmother loved on her daughter like she was any other child in line that day. She made the little girl’s mother so happy because she cared. She cared when many people probably didn’t.
The mother made a Facebook post about her meet and it has been shared over 25,000 times since Monday. When I saw this in the news, it really inspired me. It made me realize just how precious life is and that you must always treat others with respect and love because you might never know what life has been like for them.
As for Disney, I’m blessed to be able to experience that magic and love as often as I do. The characters and their friends are some of the most selfless individuals that I’ve ever met. Stories like this one stand out as a light in such a dark world.

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Rise of the far right in Europe for the better or worse?

Nearly all of Europe has seen a rise in Syrian refugees in 2015 and 2016. With this rise we are seeing what is called “Islamophobia” from the far right in Poland, Germany, UK, Russia, Sweden and Greece.  Poland recently elected a new far right government that will not allow any more immigrants due to the fears of terrorism and Poland’s financial status. With the rise of the far right from groups like p.e.g.i.d.a. which stands for “Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamization of the West” has caused a far left socialist group called the Revolutionary Front to form mainly out of Sweden but the group is sweeping across Europe.

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