Author: Jennifer Philipp

SEATTLE, Washington — Due to unstable political and economic climates, the U.S. federal government sought to provide foreign assistance in Central America to combat the effects of COVID-19. However, statistics are not promising. With all the proposed pandemic assistance, one must wonder: what is not working? Federal aid in Central America has recently been high. However, a shift in focus from immigration to self-sustainability can be the driving force in keeping Central America afloat. The Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center drafted a proposal that can turn aid into foreign investment by financially motivating local businesses and creating more job opportunities.…

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TACOMA, Washington — The COVID-19 pandemic has completely shaken the world. Countries globally have taken measures to flatten the curve but it seems as if some countries have had more success than others. Wisdom and lessons taken from prior epidemics are helping some successfully handle COVID-19. One such country is South Africa. The Spanish flu and the HIV/AIDS epidemic have helped South Africa become better equipped to handle the COVID-19 pandemic. South Africa’s History of Epidemics The first epidemic that struck South Africa in the 20th century was the Spanish flu. Returning South African troops carried the virus from Europe.…

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SEATTLE, Washington — The effects of COVID-19 in Mexico and Argentina have been devastating. Similar to other Latin American countries, their ability to respond has been heavily impacted by financial instability. To ensure the region recovers from the pandemic, AstraZeneca has developed plans for COVID-19 vaccine production in the two countries. COVID-19 in Mexico Mexico saw a large spike in COVID-19 cases in late July, a trend that continued into late November. Although the real COVID-19 fatality rate is about 0.6%, Mexico’s death rate was 13% at the beginning of fall. This difference is often due to insufficient testing resulting…

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HERAT, Afghanistan — A few teenage girls in Afghanistan have taken matters into their own hands in the fight against COVID-19 in their country. The Afghan Dreamers, an entirely female robotics team, has created low-cost ventilators from used car parts for use in hospitals. Learn how these Afghani girls built COVID-19 ventilators to help fight against the virus. COVID-19 in Afghanistan Predictions said the virus would enter the country around March, similar to most of the world. However, there was much unrest in the country due to a large outbreak in the neighboring country of Iran. The situation in Afghanistan…

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SEATTLE, Washington — The Smith Family consists of the famous Jada Pinkett Smith, Will Smith, Willow Smith and Jaden Smith. Many of the Smiths have contributed their time, energy and money to provide and advocate for countries to have more accessible clean water. About the Global Water Crisis As of 2019, 844 million people do not have an accessible source of clean water. Additionally, 2.3 billion people do not have a working sanitation system. Without access to clean water or improved sanitation systems, children, women and refugees continue to be at high risk of contracting a waterborne illness and dying. More than 800 children…

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INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana — The African tourism industry, the second-fastest growing tourism industry in the world, is expected to lose between $53 billion and $120 billion due to the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on tourism. The tourism sector contributes to 7% of Africa’s GDP. Kenya alone has already lost $750 million. Not only is the continent suffering but nearby communities that rely on tourism are as well. The Borgen Project spoke with Charlotte Crofts, the PR consultant for Virgin Limited Edition about how it is handling tourism during COVID-19. Virgin Limited Edition Virgin Limited Edition, a company owned by Sir Richard Branson,…

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SEATTLE, Washington — Capitalism is a political and economic system that focuses on the private production of goods and services through various means. Key facets of capitalism include minimal government or state intervention, an emphasis on the corporations as opposed to the individual and a uniform pricing system. Here is some information about the effects of capitalism on impoverished nations. About Capitalism Sociologists like Adam Smith and Karl Marx pioneered the idea of capitalism, but its modern-day implementation is different from what they predicted. As an economic system, one of the effects of capitalism is that it breeds competition between…

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ROME, Italy — Italy is Europe’s third-largest economy comprising of a population of 60.8 million. The Mediterranean country also has the greatest percentage of citizens of or above the age of 65, making up 21.4% of the population. The aging of the baby boomer generation, longer life expectancy and low birth rates contribute to this demographic. Combined, these are apt conditions to slow possible economic growth as success is contingent upon both the quality and quantity of the workforce. An aging population affects economic sustainability without proper resources. The uncertain future of the Italian economy lays bare the need for…

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SEATTLE, Washington — Sierra Leone holds a special place in the heart of humanitarian and world-renowned actor Idris Elba. Sierra Leone is the birth country of Elba’s late father and home to both of his parents. Elba is also a writer, producer, rapper, singer, songwriter, DJ and now an investor, passionate about revitalizing Sierra Leone. Sierra Leone’s Struggles Sierra Leone is a small West African country, about the same geographical size as Maine but more densely populated; the population of Maine is 1.3 million while Sierra Leone has approximately 6.1 million people. Furthermore, 53% of people in Sierra Leone are living below…

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SEATTLE, Washington — Football, or soccer in America, is one of the most beloved games around the world. While footballers are known for their high-income wages, many footballers give back by donating large amounts of their salary and time to charity organizations. Keep reading to learn more about how five footballers give back to those who need it. 5 Footballers Give Back Using Their Fame And Money Mohamed Salah: Considered to be one of the world’s best players, Mohamed Salah doesn’t disappoint on or off the field. As a forward for the Premier League club Liverpool and Egypt’s national team,…

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