The United States Postal Service (USPS) has become embroiled in a partisan political struggle over mail-in ballots for the 2020 presidential election. However, the recent struggles of the USPS may not only potentially put mail-in voting in jeopardy, but have already begun hurting many that depend on it, particularly small businesses and those who depend on timely medication deliveries.
Alive Vibe (formerly known as Count Me In) is a platform that strives to connect people throughout the world by hosting virtual events. Ali Debow, the creator of Alive Vibe, is an incoming freshman at NYU Shanghai. Ali shared with OCA her process in creating this platform, as well as where she hopes to take it.
Just last month, Ethiopia began the groundwork for their Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) project to help bolster the country’s majority and struggling agrarian economy. COVID-19 significantly impacted the agrarian and manufacturing sectors for the worse, while simultaneously stressing proper hygiene and sanitation habits to limit the spread of the virus. The $5 billion hydroelectric project has also received pushback from neighboring Egypt in attempts to control domestic water supplies. Will that stop Ethiopia’s five-year completion plan?
Lethal Mobb Entertainment, a record label based out of Philadelphia, PA, was started by Chris Johnson, a rising senior. OCA asked Chris about his company including his inspirations, challenges, and other potential problems young entrepreneurs face.
Since the beginning of 2020, COVID-19 has left the world shattered in pieces, having over 20 million confirmed coronavirus cases and leaving over about 730k deaths worldwide. Currently, the US, Brazil, and India lead in the number of COVID-19 cases. While some countries are still drowning in cases and pandemic precautions, other countries have entirely lifted restrictions. Here is some more information regarding specific countries' stats and how they have approached the pandemic.
OCA [virtually] sits down with four incoming first-year students (Fiona Lemon, Ali Debow, Timothy Fraher, and João Vitor) to discuss themselves, their decisions to attend NYU Shanghai, and how the global pandemic affected their decisions.