As I said before, it is crucial to know what’s happening in the world around us. So, I am excited about including news as part of Mia Mangos. There will be an In Case You Missed It each month. If you have more stories from your country or area that you think are important but have not been included in this edition, please write it, with a link, below in the comments! (Also, if you’d like to write a guest post about a topic related to news, let me know as well!)
photo: BBC News
Earthquakes rumbled the cities of Santiago and Valparaiso this past weekend (August 23). No severe damage was reported and no deaths, but there were a few distrubances of electricity and phone lines.
President Bachelet wrapped up her tour to Africa. The tour included three countries (South Africa, Mozambique, and Angola) in the hopes to strengthen Chile’s connections with African countries.
Friday, August 21, was the date of a large student protest in Santiago, Chile. Thousands of students were opposing the new education reform. It ended with in chaos, as police sprayed tear gas into the crowd.
A tragic incident led to complete outrage when Michael Brown was shot and killed by officer Darren Wilson earlier this month in Ferguson, Missouri. Many people took to the streets to protest shouting, “Hands up, don’t shoot!” Some turned violent, while others aimed to keep Brown’s memory alive. People are now hoping for answers and justice.
California was hit by a 6.0 earthquake this past weekend (August 23) around Napa and San Francisco. This was the strongest earthquake the area has experienced in about 25 years! Damage to homes caused some to relocate and damage to buildings caused some shops to temporarily closed.
The Little League World Series wrapped up this past weekend, as 16 teams narrowed to the two finalists. Chicago, Illinois met with Seoul, South Korea for an exciting game that ended with a Korean victory of 8-4 this past Sunday (August 24).
The Ebola outbreak continues to destroy parts of Africa. Borders have closed to try to protect others from contracting the deathly virus. The death toll continues to rise, patients have been released against hospital’s will, and there seems to be no end in sight. Please offer help and support here.
The fighting in the Gaza strip seems to have an end in sight, for now. Israel and Palestine agreed to a long-term cease fire, but there were still reports of rocket attacks.
An earthquake that registered 6.9 hit Peru this past Sunday night (August 24). There was damage to schools, buildings, and homes, as well as some reported landslides in the area.
The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge took over social media this month–worldwide. In case you missed it, this entailed people dumping icy water (or hard, cold cash) over their heads in attempts to raise money and, most importantly, awareness for ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Whether you enjoyed the videos or not, the facts are in. It worked. In just one day, the challenge raised $8.6M (USD) in total, and the donations (and water) are still flowing!
(Unfortunately, it also wasted a lot of water, so please donate to Charity Water, as well…or conserve to the best of your ability this coming month. You rule!)