News briefs – September 24, 2012

Elika Roohi/Sun Star Reporter
September 24, 2012

Suicide kills more Americans than car crashes

A recent study shows that more Americans commit suicide than die in car crashes.  This makes suicide the leading cause of injury deaths in the U.S.  Over the last ten year, the number of deaths from car crashes has slowly declined, which accounts for the difference between the two statistics.  However, Ian Rockett, the author of the study believes that suicides are seriously under counted, and the problem is much worse than it seems.

-U.S. News, Health

No overdue fines ever again

Hernando Guanlao is a librarian in the Philippines who’s shelves hold thousands of books.  He lets his library patrons borrow, take home, bring back, keep or pass on to another any of the thousands of his library’s books.  The Philippines boasts a population of 92 million people with fewer than 700 public libraries, and buying books is a luxury few can afford.  Guanlao called his library the Reading Club 2000, which began 12 years ago as a tribute to his parents who gave Guanlao his love of reading.  In honor of them, Guanlao lets book lovers drop by any time of the day and pick up a book with no strings attached.

-The Guardian

One-third of the world is on the internet

A report from the International Telecommunications Union revealed that about one-third of the world is online.  Twenty percent of households in developing countries have access to the internet currently, and ITU plans to have forty percent online by 2015.  The report said that by the end of 2011, mobile internet users were overtaking fixed connections by two to one.  Other changes include the language the internet is being accessed in.  If current rates keep up, Chinese will outstrip English speakers online by 2015.  Currently, the United States ranks as twenty-third in the world for percentage of individuals online.

Al Jazeera

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