Effects of the Paris Attacks, National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week, Cove App, & Faneuil Hall Tree Lighting Spectacular

Weekly Roundup 11.20

Top Story: Effects of the Paris Attacks

Following last weeks terror attacks in Paris, increased security concerns have been raised around the world. Here is a look at how some countries around the world have responded to the attacks:

France

France has increased its air strikes in Syria and its police have conducted around 800 raids since the attacks. France has also sought to extend it’s state of emergency for another three months.

U.S.

The U.S. has stepped up securities in major cities around the nation while also putting a hold on allowing refugee’s coming into the country from Syria and Iraq. On Thursday, the House passed a bill that would suspend the program allowing Syrian and Iraqi refugees into the U.S. until national security agencies certify that these refugee’s do not pose as a security risk. This 289-137 vote created a majority that could override President Obama’s promised veto.

Belgium

Belgian police have carried out a series of raids in Brussels in order to find out information related to one of Paris suicide bombers. In total, they have detained nine people.

Italy

Italy has increased its security in major cities following FBI warnings about specific threats to Vatican City, Rome and Milan. The U.S. has identified St Peter’s Basilica in Rome, Milan’s cathedral and La Scala opera house, churches, synagogues, restaurants, theaters, and hotels as potential targets.

Under the Radar: National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week

Every year, the week before Thanksgiving is dedicated to bring awareness to nation hunger and homelessness. This year’s National Hunger & Homelessness Week, sponsored by the National Coalition for the Homeless and the National Student Campaign against Hunger & Homelessness, takes place from November 14th to the 22nd.

This is a time for us all to start to think about what we are thankful for, a perfect time to share our compassion with our neighbors who are experiencing homelessness, and work toward a world where no one has to experience Hunger and Homelessness.” (source)

This week calls for people to be a part of the solution by donating, organizing, advocating, and volunteering with local shelters in their own communities. 

Tool of the Week: Cove App

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Cove is a new iOS app that allows people to express themselves through music rather than words. This app aims to help people who struggle with anxiety or even just those who find it hard to determine their own moods. At the base of this app, there are 6 harmonically evolving sounds in which you can build off of and play around with.

When you open the app, you select from four base moods of either playful, longing, calm or struggling. The app’s display looks like water and once you start to add your own tune by tapping on the screen, your taps look like stones in the water. Thus, creating your own personal cove.

For more information on this app, just click here.

Around the Hub: Faneuil Hall Tree Lighting Spectacular

Tree lighting

On Saturday, November 21st, the Faneuil Hall Tree Lighting Spectacular will take place. The schedule of entertainment for the day includes:

2 pm The Revels Singers

3 pm Women of the World presented by Scullers Jazz Club

4- 6 pm Dress Rehearsal for the Tree Lighting Spectacular

6 pm Amy and the Engine presented by Hard Rock Café

7 pm Faneuil Hall Tree Lighting Spectacular Live Show

8 pm The Sugarbabies Band

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