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May 19 2020 - 04:41 PM
Daily News from Around the World: 5/19/20

Amidst all of the weighty pandemic news, today's selection aims to bring some light to your day by highlighting stories about progress, hope and people helping other people during these unprecedented times. You'll find examples below, from medical developments to individual acts of kindness to constructive legislation. As always, our selections are inspired by the Front Pages posted daily on Newseum.org.


Vaccine by John Keith for the National Cancer Institute. Credit Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.


The New York Times, Published in New York, NY

Moderna Coronavirus Vaccine Trial Shows Promising Early Results

The results of Moderna's first vaccine trial are looking hopeful so far. It was tested in 8 patients and appears to be safe, as well as able to stimulate an immune response against Coronavirus. This is extremely promising news, as a vaccine is looking more and more like our best hope for a safe return to normalcy. Although they will need to undergo more testing in larger groups, these results have already lead to stocks jumping for the Moderna, the manufacturer of the vaccine.


Kaleb Allen, 10, uses one of the computers donated to him and his classmates by Stephenie Tatum. Credit Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.


Montreal Gazette, Published in Montreal, Quebec, Canada 

Pedal power: Teacher cycles to collect computers for disadvantaged students

Ismaël Seck, a special education teacher in a low income area of Montreal, is collecting donated computers to give to students so that they can participate in remote learning. He estimates that about 50% of his students are in need of a computer to be able to continue their education from home. After taking to social media to request donations, Seck, who doesn't have a drivers license, began picking up computers and equipment via bicycle. So far he's collected around 35 donated machines, and he hopes to reach 200.


San Francisco Chronicle, Published in San Francisco, CA

Pandemic widens digital divide - Congress may spend billions to narrow it

This article sheds light on the difficulties low income families are currently facing due to the costs of technology, such as how one in five residents of the Bay Area don't have home internet. Students have had to go to public places, including libraries, during the pandemic to access the internet needed for their schoolwork. However, the coronavirus relief package that the House passed Friday takes this into consideration, allocating $4 billion in broadband support for low income families and the recently unemployed, plus an additional $1.5 for schools and libraries to expand and upgrade their technology.


Pacific Daily News, Published in Hagåtña, Guam

Governor supports bill to give extra annual leave to GovGuam coronavirus workers

Governor Guerrero of Guam is in support for the newly introduced "COVID-19 Heroes Annual Leave" bill, which could offer certain government employees that were required to work between March 20 and May 10 of this year up to 240 hours of annual leave as hazard compensation. The Attorney General stated that "the potential for disparate and unequal treatment under the rule, where frontline health care workers could not receive special emergency compensation under the rule but administrative workers might, would be a travesty of the highest degree."


Calgary Farmers Market by Mack Male. Credit Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.


Cape Breton Post, Published in Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada

Chef helps Cape Breton Farmers' Market raise money with weekly meals

Cape Breton Farmer's Market, a market with too low of a payroll threshold to qualify for the Canada Emergency Business Account, has remained closed through the lockdown. This has been taking a financial toll on both the market itself and the vendors who rely upon the opportunity to sell their products there. Local chef Donald MacInnis has generously begun fundraising for the market by selling takeout meals on site once a week that can be called in and picked up safely. These funds raised from these meals go to the market itself, and have been helping to cover the costs of rent and operation during the closure.


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