A bit more news

Snap Inc became a publicly traded company on March 2. Snap calls itself a “camera company”. Many of us use the company’s popular messaging app called Snapchat. Snap’s market capitalization is about US$23 billion. (As a comparison, Facebook’s market capitalization is about US$400 billion.) Snap was founded in 2011. Evan Spiegel is the company’s CEO and one of its founders.

The International Women’s Day 2017 (IWD) was celebrated on March 8. IWD is a day when people show respect and appreciation for women. It is also a day when people mark achievements of women. The first IWD was celebrated on March 19, 1911 in Austria, Denmark, Germany, and Switzerland.

Over 60 people have been killed in Ethiopia. There was a landslide at a humongous garbage dump just outside of Addis Ababa, the capital. Some homes near the dump were buried under trash.



St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated on March 17th. This was originally a religious Irish holiday but is celebrated all over the world now. A tradition is to wear something green. For over 40 years, the Chicago River in Chicago, USA has been dyed green as part of St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. This year, the river was colored green on March 11.



The Whanganui River, the third longest river in New Zealand, has been recognized by the country’s government as a “legal person”. The river will have rights just as a human being does.

Here is a video about the garbage dump in Ethiopia, Western Union’s video for IWD, Chicago River turning green, Newsy’s video about the Whanganui River, and a video of a professor that has gone viral.

Image Credits: https://www.internationalwomensday.com for IWD’s image, http://visitwhanganui.nz for Whanganui River’s image, snap.com for its logo image, https://twitter.com/Chicago_Police for the Chicago River image
Sources: https://www.internationalwomensday.com, BBC, http://visitwhanganui.nz, Newsy, Al Jazeera, NewsBeat Social, https://www.snap.com, Chicago Tribune