A designer recently produced the first ever all-terrain wheelchair designed for people in developing countries, called SafariSeat.
This wheelchair allows people to gain independence and a life of mobility outside of their home. It's an essential tool for people who want to work outside the home or go to school.
According to the designer, one in every 200 people in East Africa is in need of a wheelchair.
And he's giving it away for free.
So far, the company has raised $17,000 above their goal of $36,539 to design the first 50 wheelchairs at a local workshop in Kenya and release the design freely as an open source toolkit. The chair itself can easily be constructed from bicycle parts.
Fast food chain Taco Bell—the company that has tried to brand an entirely new meal consisting of Mexican food to be eaten in the middle of the night—is once again proving they care very little about social norms or basic nutrition.
British locations of the fast food chain have been experimenting with something called a “Kit-Kat Chocodilla.” It’s exactly what it sounds like: A toasted tortilla stuffed with candy.
There’s no word yet on if—or when—this strange creation will come to America, and that’s probably a good thing. Discuss
The United Nations Children's Funds announced that they had successfully negotiated with the Nigerian military and 876 children who were being detained in army barracks would be released.
The military detains people accused of supporting Boko Haram in Giwa Barracks in Maiduguri. Often, as the military frees people from areas that Boko Haram controls, they will detain some of the people living in those areas.
Earlier this year, Amnesty International called for the barracks to be closed. There have been thousands of documented deaths there, and even children and babies who live in Giwa are subjected to horrible conditions.
UNICEF's West Africa director, Manuel Fontaine, told the Associated Press that the UN is afraid that there are more children being detained. Discuss
Eleven days before the presidential election, the FBI has announcedthat its investigation into Hillary Clinton’s personal email server will be reopened. Earlier this year, FBI Director James Comey told the Justice Department that he did not recommend bringing charges against the former Secretary of State regarding the use of a private email server in connection with her position at the State Department.
Today, however, Comey sent a letter to a Congressional Committee explaining that some new information has caused them to reopen it:
In connection with an unrelated case, the FBI has learned of the existence of emails that appear pertinent to the investigation. I am writing to inform you that the investigative team briefed me on this yesterday, and I agreed that the FBI should take appropriate investigative steps designed to allow investigators to review these emails to determine whether they contain classified information, as well as to assess their importance to our investigation.
The FBI said the new information was not related to recent emails made public by WikiLeaks, and said it could take time for them to determine if the recently uncovered “material may be significant." Discuss
The 2016 Global Gender Gap Report was released earlier this week and revealed that, among various other things, women get paid less than men, but work the equivalent of 39 days more per year than men do.
The report was based in part on data from the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, which is made up of 33 countries all around the world. The OECD took into account unpaid labor, which includes raising children, maintaining a home, caring for other members of the family, and it is work that is still done mostly by women.
The report found that an average day of work is 7 hours and 47 minutes for men and an hour and a half of that day is unpaid. For women, the workday is 8 hours and 39 minutes and more than half of that—4 hours and 47 minutes—are unpaid labor.
Globally, the trend toward improvement appears to be neutral, with half of the countries closing their gender gaps and the other half moving backward based on the four categories of economic participation and opportunity, educational attainment, health and survival and political empowerment.
The report ranks all the participating countries by the four categories and then generally on a global index. Based on the global index, the top 10 countries are Iceland, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Rwanda, Ireland, Philippines, Slovenia, New Zealand and Nicaragua.
France ranked No. 17, the United Kingdom No. 20 and the United States No. 45.
The United States tied for first with 23 other questions in educational attainment. Discuss
The United Nations reports that ISIS killed at least 232 people on Wednesday alone, in addition to using thousands of people as human shields to defend themselves against the Iraqi militia.
According to the UN human rights spokesman, ISIS claimed to be punishing people who defied their orders.
"ISIS executed 42 civilians in Hammam al-Alil, south of Mosul. Also on Wednesday ISIS executed 190 former Iraqi security forces for refusing to join them, in the Al Ghazlani base near Mosul," said Ravina Shamdasani from the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.
Since the beginning of last week, ISIS has taken thousands of people hostage from the outskirts of Mosul into the main parts of the city, and United Nations officials fear that the plan is "to use them as human shields against the Iraqi forces advance on Mosul."
This all comes as the battle for Mosul continues to push further into the city. According to The Guardian, the battle will be the biggest since the United States' invasion in 2003. Discuss