In the News this Week
Debra Brown | Wednesday January 24th 2018
Each Wednesday, we recap the most important headlines from our global community to keep you up to speed on world news.
Cape Town Is 90 Days Away from Running Out of Water.
After three years of unprecedented drought, the South African city of Cape Town has less than 90 days’ worth of water in its reservoirs, putting it on track to be the first major city in the world to run out of water.
The drought has forced the city’s municipality to limit water consumption to 50 liters per person per day to delay what has become known as Day Zero, which has been set for 12 April, when the water supply will be shut.
South African Breweries have offered the Western Cape provincial government a million cases of water bottles or 9 million liters in the event of Day Zero.
Government Shutdown Ends After 3 Days.
Congress brought an end to a three-day government shutdown on Monday as Senate Democrats buckled under pressure to adopt a short-term spending bill to fund government operations without first addressing the fate of young undocumented immigrants.
The House quickly approved the measure which will fund the government through Feb. 8 and extend funding for the popular Children’s Health Insurance Program for six years and Donald Trump signed it on Monday night.
Mr. McConnell said he would have the Senate take up immigration legislation by mid-February if the issue had not been resolved by then. Senator Kamala Harris, Democrat of California, voted against the bill. “I refuse to put the lives of nearly 700,000 young people in the hands of someone who has repeatedly gone back on his word,” she said.
Shooting at Kentucky High School Leaves 2 Dead, At Least 17 Injured.
A 15-year-old high school student will be charged with two counts of murder and several counts of attempted murder after a mass shooting at Marshall County High School in Benton, Ky., according to police.
TSA Imposing Stricter Cargo Screening for 5 Middle East Countries.
The Transportation Security Administration, citing terror concerns, is implementing a stricter screening program for air cargo arriving to the United States from five countries in the Middle East.
The agency is requiring six carriers that depart with US-bound air cargo from seven airports in Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates to be subject to enhanced screening. The five countries were chosen because of a “demonstrated intent by terrorist groups to attack aviation from them,” according to TSA.
Amazon Go Officially Opens to the Public.
Amazon’s first automated grocery store opens to the public. Amazon’s technology detects everything you’re taking or returning to shelves and keeping track in a virtual shopping cart. When you walk out, Amazon charges your account and sends a receipt.
For now, Amazon is testing the concept on a limited basis and has no plans to implement the technology in Whole Foods. According to the Department of Labor, more than 3.5 million Americans held cashier jobs as of May 2016. Nearly 900,000 of those were in grocery stores. Amazon Go does hire people to work in the store, a team of “associates” who prep ingredients, make prepared items, greet customers and stock shelves.
Photo By Tamu McPherson.