Top Story: Europe Refugee and Migrant Crisis
The world’s biggest migrant crisis is occurring in the European Union, where refugees are fleeing war and persecution, particularly from Syria. More than 300,000 individuals have crossed the Mediterranean so far this year, exceeding the 2014 refugees and migrants by 81,000.
The Mediterranean passage is incredibly dangerous to cross, accounting for 75% of migrant deaths in the first 9 months of last year.
Just today, a Syrian woman and her 2 sons were buried in their Syrian hometown after drowning during a voyage from Turkey to Greece. The body of 3 year old Aylan Kurdi was found on a beach in Turkey, after the boat he and his family were on capsized. They were among 12 migrants who drowned on Wednesday. This news also comes after the bodies of 71 refugees were found in the back of a truck last week. Today, Austrian authorities stated that the refugees were most likely suffocated.
Also today, a large group of refugees, frustrated with the Hungarian authorities, have began to walk from Budapest to the Austrian border. BuzzFeed News’ Hussein Kesvani is following the refugees on their journey:
Refugees are now heading out of Budapest city pic.twitter.com/Do0i4mG9ed
— Hussein Kesvani (@HKesvani) September 4, 2015
Under the Radar: 2016 Presidential Campaign Updates…and Kanye West 2020
Donald Trump: On Thursday afternoon, Donald Trump signed a pledge to promise his loyalty to the Republican National Committee. This means that Trump has promised to support whoever the Republican nominee may be, and that he will not run as a third-party candidate in 2016. All 17 Reupublican candidates have now pledged to support the eventual nominee.
Joe Biden: Vice President Joe Biden spoke for the first time this week about a potential presidential run, but claims that only one thing matters: his family. Only 4 months after his son Beau passed away from brain cancer, Biden is unsure of whether or not his family is ready for such an emotional commitment.
Kanye West: At the VMAs on Sunday, August 30th, Kanye West announced that he is planning to run for president in 2020 saying,
“It’s about ideas, bro. New ideas. People with ideas. People who believe in truth. And yes, as you probably could have guessed by this moment, I have decided in 2020 to run for president.”
He’s apparently serious, and Donald Trump has stated that he would like to run against him.
Tool of the Week: Eko
Your doctor may soon be checking your heart with an iPhone. Eko Core, a device that attaches to a regular stethoscope, amplifies and records what your doctor is listening to, and sends the sound waves over to an iPhone app. Doctors can save what they have listened to for later use, and they can also use their recordings as a teaching tool.
Recently FDA approved, Eko is also working on an algorithm that will compare heartbeats to identify irregularities. The Mayo Clinic’s cardiovascular heat Dr. Charanjit said,
“This is probably one of the most important innovations in the plain old stethoscope in recent years.”
Around the Hub: Tom Brady Freed
Well, it’s finally over. Tom Brady, the New England Patriots’ quarterback, has been freed for a four-game suspension over the notorious Deflategate. Brady will now be able to lead the Patriots next Thursday in their first regular season game against the Pittsburg Steelers at Gillette Stadium.
When the news was announced yesterday, the New England Patriots Tweeted a photo of Brady pumping his fist during the Super Bowl:
— New England Patriots (@Patriots) September 3, 2015
Now it is a matter of how Brady can clean up his national reputation. It certainly doesn’t seem to be any sort of issue in New England however, where Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker wore a “Free Brady” shirt to a public event, and playfully declared September 3rd “Tom Brady Day.”