The Milestone explores current events shaping the world

With the combination of work and school, students may find it difficult to stay up to date with the most recent headlining events that affect all those who live within the United States and beyond.  In response, the Milestone de-cluttered and explained two headlines to keep students up to date.

Missiles of ISIS may pose threat for air crews

Most recently in news regarding the Islamic State, heat seeking missiles known as MANPAD, or Man-Portable Air Defense Systems, have become a serious threat to Iraqi and American air crews.  In Baiji Iraq, an Islamic State jihadist fired a manpad towards an Iraqi army Mi-35M, shooting it from the sky and killing all of its crew.

Soon after this attack, the Islamic State released a series of images from a video they shot claiming to capture an attack in northern Iraq.  In the video, a jihadist was shown hiding behind a wall firing a Chinese-made missile, watching it tracking its target and shattering debris along an abandoned country road.

Four issues raised at the House Ebola hearing

Four major concerns were raised during a congressional hearing  on the way the virus Ebola should be handled.

  1. Obama’s Lawyer

The first concern was with the lawyer President Obama invited to the hearing.  The lawyer, Ron Klain, had no experience in medicine, but flourished in managerial positions.  This caused an outbreak of negative feedback from the people.

In the featured story in The New York Times, Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-South Carolina said, “If this were an outbreak of people who don’t have wills in West Africa, or if this were an outbreak on contested elections in West Africa, then I’d say yeah, go hire Mr. Klain, but it’s not. It’s a medical crisis.”

  1. Troops in Africa

According to the story in by the end of this year, over 3,000 troops will have been deployed to West Africa for humanitarian ground efforts.

At the hearing, it was made to be that soldiers would be held an extra 10 days to be isolated from Ebola exposure.  If they then fall into a low risk category, they will be brought back to the United States where they will spend an additional 21 days being monitored.

The story stated, “Major Gen. James Lariviere, , said the 21-day monitoring period in the U.S. is a standard procedure recommended by the CDC. And the initial 10-day period in West Africa is an extra buffer of time to make sure soldiers aren’t exposed to Ebola before they travel to the U.S. and start the three-week monitoring.”

  1. Nurse Training

A survey of  a group of 3,000 nurses at more than 1,000 hospitals in the US showed that 85% admitted to not being adequately trained.  Nurses’ necks and wrists were exposed while alongside Ebola patients in Dallas, and as a result, two nurses contracted the disease.

“This is what happens when guidelines are inefficient and voluntary,” Deborah Burger, President of National Nurse United, stated in an interview in CNN regarding the issue.

  1. Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

Once two nurses who were responsible for taking care of Ebola patients found that they, too, had the disease, it became evident that the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) had not taken proper caution.  Originally, the organization stated that the US was properly prepared for the spread of Ebola.

Featured in the story regarding this issue on CNN, a man involved said he was frustrated with how the CDC tried to educate the public about the Ebola virus, saying you should “never reassure the public when you don’t know.”

Students can become increasingly aware of recent headlines by checking in to YouTube channels such as Test Tube, informative websites like Channel One, CNN Student News, and Huffington Post-Teen.

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