WORLDSIGN | Protests in Ecuador, Spain court convicts 12, Deaf Indonesia village, and more news!

WORLDSIGN | Protests in Ecuador, Spain court convicts 12, Deaf Indonesia village, and more news!


The Ecuador president, Lenin Moreno, announced the government
was negotiating with the International Monetary
Fund (IMF) to request $4 billion emergency fund to
help improve its economy. IMF is an international
organization that promotes global economic growth
and financial stability, encourages international
trade, and reduces poverty. To get this funding, the
Ecuador government has to raise taxes, eliminate fuel
subsidies, and cut public spending. This announcement
angered people who protested on the streets
last weekend over significant price increases. It turned violent, and
resulted in seven deaths and thousands of people
were injured and arrested. This week, both the
government and minority group leaders reached an
agreement to cancel the plan. Leaders from both sides say
they would work together to improve the economy
which has been negatively affected by corruption
and mismanagement. -Ecuador, located in South
America, is an oil country and it is a member of
Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC). It produces about
500,000 barrels per day. Its major exports are
cocoa, coffee, and bananas. Ecuador is one of the
friendliest countries in the world, offering little
visa restrictions for citizens of 174 countries. The Spanish Supreme Court convicted 12 Catalan politicians
and activists last week for civil disobedience. Three
of them got life sentences, and the others were fined. After the verdict, people
took to the streets to protest the decision
and it turned violent. What happened? Those 12 Catalans led a
movement to push Catalonia break away from Spain. In 2017, residents of
Catalonia, which is in northeastern Spain, voted
to become independent. The Spanish government
voided the vote, stating it breached the Spanish
Constitution. They intervened to prevent
Catalonia from breaking away, and arrested
a number of Catalan politicians and activists. -Catalonia is located in
the northeastern part of Spain, bordering France. It is an autonomous
community within the Kingdom of Spain, allowing
them to manage their own affairs and run
their own parliament. The people of Catalonia
speak Spanish and Catalan. They have been fighting for
independence from Spain. A powerful typhoon struck some parts of Japan last week, killing at least
70 people and dozens of people were missing. It caused over 200 rivers
to overflow, flooding and damaged thousands of
homes, and cut off power. Japan has advanced
meteorology technology that predicts weather
conditions, but there is an infrastructure crisis. There is little funding
and manpower to replace and improve structures such
as bridges and tunnels to withstand earthquakes
and other disasters. -Japan is often hit
by natural disasters – typhoons, earthquakes,
and volcanic eruptions. In 2011, a powerful
earthquake occurred off the eastern coast of Japan and
it triggered deadly tsunami waves killing more
than 15,000 people and destroying thousands of
buildings across the country. A small village, Bengkala, is located in northern Bali has a
population of about 3,000 villagers including
42 Deaf residents. They communicate in “kata
kolok”, a unique and rural sign language. This village has a
higher than normal deaf-since-birth population
due to a gene that has been present for over
seven generations. Instead of isolating Deaf
villagers, other residents have become used to
their Deaf lifestyle. The hearing villagers
communicate in sign language with them, and
encourage their children to learn kata kolok as a
second or third language. The Deaf villagers have
developed a unique “janger kolok” dance, “the dance
of the deaf” which has attracted media attention. -The Indonesian government
and an energy giant company, Pertamina, have
supplied the village with farming equipment, new
buildings, and vocational training. Sociologists and
Deaf tourists from abroad are visiting the village to
explore the Deaf community and a few of them are
staying long enough to support the community and
make a positive impact. Dr. Terry Riley OBE, an honora ry board member of the World
Federation of the Deaf (WFD) and a powerful
community leader in the British Deaf community,
passed away last October 9th at the age of 75. He held numerous important
positions in national, regional, and international
organizations focusing on supporting and empowering
Deaf communities. He was awarded a number
of prestigious awards including “First Class
International Solidarity Merit Award” from the World
Federation of the Deaf in recognition of his valuable
contributions to the international Deaf community. Riley is also known for
his pioneering role in Deaf television. He was an
editor and producer of BBC2’s television
program, “See Hear”. Soufi’s, a restaurant owned by a Syrian family in
Toronto, Canada reopened its doors last week. Earlier this month, the
owner and his family had decided to permanently
close the restaurant after receiving hate messages
and death threats. It started after Alaa,
the owner’s son, attended a gathering to protest an
anti-immigration rally. At the protest, an old lady
with a walker was trying to cross a street and was
stopped by a group of some protestors who
verbally attacked her. Alaa was not part of that
group, but somehow his presence appears to have
caused others to send hate messages and death threats. He regretted it, wishing
he had stood up for her. -Mohamad Fakih, CEO of
Paramount Fine Foods in Toronto, intervened to
reopen the restaurant. Soufi’s owner, Husam also
contacted the old lady to apologize and expressed
hope they would eat at their restaurant. The
Al-Soufi family immigrated to Canada as refugees in 2015. This week, a Hawaii family has won a place with the Guinness
World Records for growing the world’s heaviest avocado. The Pokini family from the
island of Maui received the Guinness honour this week for the
avocado weighing 2.54 kilograms. The avocado was grown on a
tree which is more than 10 years old and 6.1 meters tall. What did they do with it? They made guacamole
and shared with relatives and friends. Air Canada will instruct all flight attendants to stop saying
“ladies and gentlemen” on its flights. Flight attendants will now
use the term “everybody”. Air Canada says this policy
is part of their efforts to modernize the airline
by respecting gender identity, diversity,
and inclusion. Some have praised it as a
positive step forward to make passengers feel
valued, welcomed and included and others have
criticized it as ridiculous. Across Canada, public
facilities are making efforts to make their
spaces more inclusive and gender-neutral. A number
of Toronto public libraries and universities have introduced gender-neutral bathrooms. -Thank you for watching
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