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Colombia Confirms Its First Two Cases Of ZikaFor a brief moment in 2016, the lull in coverage over the terrifying Zika virus led many to believe the problem was under control. That was a mistake. Not only have US officials admitted that the virus is even worse than they initially thought, but it’s also continuing to spread. Public health officials in Colombia have confirmed two cases of microcephaly linked to the Zika virus. Although there have been 33 microcephaly cases recorded in Colombia that are associated with various causes, the health ministry stated that these were the first two directly linked to Zika. Meanwhile, Brazil has reported over 1,046 cases of microcephaly, most of which were caused from the virus.
PNUT READ: Everything You Need To Know About The Zika Virus
How Many Cops Does It Take To Arrest Six Brothel Managers? Apparently, 900. While prostitution is legal in Germany, tax evasion is not. The managers at one Berlin mega-brothel, which belongs to an industry that is now thought to be worth 16 billion euros, are accused of evading 17.5 million euros in social security payments since 2006. Prosecutors also allege that employees were forced to pretend to be self-employed to avoid the payments. Reports estimate that 900 police officers took part in the raid to arrest six individuals, which begs the question: why did it take 900 police officers? Was it a slow night? Did 890 police officers just volunteer to swing by the brothel in support?
The ‘Fight for 15’ Goes Nationwide Protesters in more than 300 cities across the US marched for a $15/hour minimum wage nationwide. While New York, California and Seattle have implemented plans to move to a $15 minimum wage, the current federal minimum is still $7.25. Supporters for the law want to boost wages and reverse widening income inequality. Critics argue that doubling the federal minimum wage would hurt low-skilled workers the most, saying that purchasing power varies dramatically by state. Expect this issue to loom large in the current election cycle.
GOOD TABLE: List Of Countries By Minimum Wage.
Keeping Our Eye On…
- Japan: At least nine people died and 19 houses collapsed after a 6.2-magnitude earthquake struck Japan. While the damage is still being assessed, we know that at least 135 people have been hospitalized. The government warns of aftershocks.
- Germany: In an effort to integrate migrants into the country, Germany is planning new laws that will require refugees to take language lessons. Critics feel obligatory classes are too forceful while proponents argue that it will give refugees access to the job market.
- Brazil: Tensions are high as Brazil’s congress prepares for a Sunday vote on President Rousseff’s impeachment. She’s called the attempts to impeach her a “coup” and promises to “fight to the last minute.”