By Janet Curiel |Staff Writer|
Retirement Age decline while work continues (MAY 13)
The U.S. has the largest number of older workers thanks in part to the huge baby boomer generation hitting retirement age, according to Bloomberg News.
Referring to the latest data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, almost 20 percent of Americans ages 65 and older are now working.
Financial problems, liking their jobs, employers wanting older workers to stay, living longer, and for some, retirement isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, are a few main reasons why people are putting off retirement.
Wendy’s gets robotic (MAY 13)
The fast food chain Wendy’s plans to automate the ordering process at 10 percent of its restaurants, according to an article in Tech Insider.
An interview with Wendy’s President Todd Penegor with Investors Business Daily said the move is partially in response to the rising minimum wage.
It is set to begin with the company restaurants, followed by Wendy’s franchise chain operators to opt in as well.
Online Pranksters behind bars (MAY 16)
Members of the controversial YouTube channel, Trollstation, are facing jail time after connection with fake robberies and kidnapping in London, according to BBC News.
The fake robbery at London’s National Portrait Gallery and a fake kidnapping at Tate Britain in July 2015, resulted in four members of the prankster group being sentenced to 16 to 20 weeks for the fake robbery, as well as 8 weeks for the fake kidnapping that will be served back-to-back.
Obama Myanmar sanction lifted (MAY 17)
The Obama administration announced it will lift an array of sanctions against Myanmar, formally known as Burma.
The country, which has faced incredible government suppression through military force in the past, had a democratic election last November with its new formed government.
Although lifting sanctions will allow for openness, the administration stated they do not see Myanmar’s transformation as complete or irreversible, still referring to Myanmar, as an “extraordinary threat,” in an annual notice to Congress, according to The New York Times.
Chibok girl rescued in Nigeria (MAY 18)
Amina Ali Nkeki, one of the 246 girls taken in 2014 by Boko Haram, has been found in Nigeria, according to BBC News.
The now 19-year-old girl was found by a vigilante civilian joint task force, along with a 4-month-old baby.
Her husband, a suspected Boko Haram militant fighter, has been arrested and taken into custody in the regional capital of Maiduguri.
Nkeki has been reunited with her mother, and she and her baby are currently receiving medical attention, according to BBC News.
Portugal powered by renewable energy (MAY 18)
Portugal achieved a zero emissions landmark, functioning on solar, wind and hydro power for 107 hours straight, according to an analysis of National Energy Networks featured in The Guardian.
“The age of inflexible and polluting technologies is drawing to an end and power will increasingly be provided from clean, renewable sources,” said James Watson, CEO of Solar Power Europe, as reported by The Guardian.
Watson also mentions that this great achievement, although a landmark today, will be commonplace in Europe.