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October 12, 2021

Inventor of Hand-Cranked Washing Machines Donates the Timesaving Device to Iraqi Refugees

Did you know 70% of the world's population does not have access to an electric washing machine? In order to cleanse their clothing, people hand-wash their clothes with available water. This chore takes a lot of time and is usually performed by women. In an effort to alleviate this burden, a British engineer named Navjot Sawhney has developed an efficient, hand-cranked washing machine which is easy to operate.

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September 24, 2021

Emancipation and Freedom Monument Unveiled as Official Replacement of Robert E. Lee Statue

A project nearly 10 years in the making came to fruition this week on a rainy morning in Richmond, Virginia. On September 22, the long-anticipated Emancipation and Freedom Monument was unveiled and dedicated on Brown’s Island to a crowd of rain-soaked but dedicated onlookers. The arrangements were begun back in 2013 by the Virginia Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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September 10, 2021

Christopher Columbus Statue in Mexico City Will Be Replaced by a Monument To Indigenous Women

Mexico joins the long list of countries gripped in a post-colonial reckoning with problematic historical figures as its capital city puts plans in motion to replace a long-standing monument to Christopher Columbus. Previously located on one of Mexico City’s main thoroughfares, Paseo de la Reforma, the 19th-century bronze statue of the controversial explorer was removed by city officials last October for scheduled restoration.

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June 9, 2021

European Union Bans Single-Use Plastics Including Cutlery Starting July 3, 2021

The profusion of plastic waste is one of the major challenges facing our planet's oceans. Among the contributors to this problem are single-use plastics such as cutlery, balloons, plastic bags, and wrappers. These small items are often swallowed by sea life and their decay is slow. A plastic straw in the ocean can remain for 200 years, while a plastic cup can last up to 450 years.

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