Winter Olympics 2018
This was the final week of the Winter Olympics, with the closing ceremonies occuring on the 25th of February. Here’s what happened in Pyeongchang this week.
Canadians Set Record, winning Gold in Ice Dancing
Canadian pair Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir won the gold for ice dancing this week. They are one of the most celebrated pair of figure skaters in Olympic history, scoring 206.07 and beating the Olympic record of 205.28 set by the French pair Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron only minutes before. The Canadian pair had retired after the Sochi Olympics, but then decided to participate in one more.
U.S. Women’s Hockey Team Wins Gold
The U.S. Women’s Hockey team won gold at the Winter Olympics, beating Canada, their rival. The last time the team won gold was in 1998, 20 years ago. The game ended with a tie, so a 20 minute overtime followed. A winning goal by Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson, followed by a save by goalkeeper Maddie Rooney, sealed the gold for the team.
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US wins gold in Curling
The U.S. Curling team won their first Olympic gold this year, beating the top-ranked Sweden team at 10-7. There was a confusion at the medal ceremony when they received the women’s medals. However, the mix up was quickly fixed. Ivanka Trump was in the arena for the finals, rooting for the American team.
President Trump Moves to Ban Bump Stocks
On Tuesday, President Trump said that he has asked the attorney general to propose a ban on bump stocks, which would make it harder for guns to fire shots quickly. Bump stocks were used by the gunman in Las Vegas last year, which is why those shots were so fast. This is a surprise move for a Republican President, but the mounting pressure from the protesting students is said to be the reason for this. In related news, Florida is proposing an increase of the legal age to buy a gun from 18 to 21.
Mueller releases new indictments against Paul Manafort and Rick Gates
On Thursday, Special Counsel Mueller released criminal charges against former officials from the Trump campaign, Paul Manafort and Rick Gates. The charges include false tax returns and bank fraud. The charges are not related to the Trump campaign, but seem to have occurred during, and after, the campaign.
New Sanctions against North Korea
The US is imposing its “largest package of sanctions” against North Korea, with the goal of pressuring North Korea into giving up its nuclear and missile programs. President Trump spoke at a news conference in Australia, stating that they would go into Phase Two if the sanctions didn’t work, and phase two might be “very, very unfortunate for the world.”
White Roses at the BAFTAs
The BAFTAs took place this week, and again, the Time’s Up and MeToo campaigns made their presence through the use of black clothing and Time’s Up badges. The Duchess of Cambridge, however, chose to not make a political statement, instead wearing a green dress with a black belt. “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” won five awards that night, including best film. This film tells the story of a mother seeking justice for the murder of her daughter.
UN demands truce in Syria
Following some of the bloodiest airstrikes in the eastern region of Syria, the UN demanded a truce between the forces in the country. The bombings had not allowed the UN to count casualties of the airstrikes. Warplanes have been hitting the region for seven days straight, leaving residents in basements without any aid. The UN resolution demands a 30-day ceasefire to evacuate the critically ill without delay.
Cape Town Pushes Back Day Zero
In some good news, the water conservation efforts of the citizens of Cape Town have borne some fruit. The initial date for Day Zero, when the city would run out of water, was projected to be in late April, but it has now been pushed back by almost 10 weeks to July 9th. In recent times, Cape Town has cut its water consumption to 139 million gallons- less than half of what their consumption was four years ago.
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