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A week in review 12/06/17
Photo courtesy: Hawaii Emergency Management Agency

By Joseph Rios


Egyptian lawyer sentenced to prison - Egyptian lawyer Nabih al-Wahsh has been sentenced to three years in prison after making remarks on a TV panel show, discussing a draft law on prostitution. On the show, he said women who wear ripped jeans should be raped, as punishment. The National Council for Women’s Rights said the lawyer’s comments were a “flagrant call” for rape. Wahsh has said in the past that the Holocaust was “imaginary.”


Fishing boat crashes in South Korea - Thirteen people died when a fishing boat made contact with a tanker that weighs over 330 tons off South Korea’s west coast. The boat was carrying 22 people for a fishing tour, and seven people were rescued and transported to the hospital. South Korean news said the boat crashed only nine minutes after it left from the shoreline.


UK’s social mobility board quits - All members of the United Kingdom’s social mobility board have left their positions. The social mobility board is in charge of examining the United Kingdom’s progress toward ending child poverty, and helping people reach their full potential. Members said they believed the United Kingdom’s government is too focused on Brexit, and said there isn’t evidence of the country pursuing meaningful action for social mobility.

Commercial fishing moratorium agreed upon by countries - A moratorium on commercial fishing in the Arctic Ocean has been agreed upon by Canada, Russia, China, the United States, and other countries. The moratorium will last 16 years and research will be conducted on the marine ecosystem of the area. Commercial fishing is not an issue in the Arctic Ocean yet, and the moratorium covers one million square-miles.

Latin America

Venezuela set to roll out virtual reality currency - Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro is introducing a new virtual reality currency as the country struggles through an economic crisis. The currency will be called Petro, and Maduro said it will help “overcome the financial blockade.” No details about when the currency will be released have been revealed.

Honduras recounting election votes Honduras still doesn’t know who its president will be. The country’s electoral commission has started a partial recount of votes after candidate Salvador Nasralla, a TV star, accused Honduras President Juan Orlando-Hernandez of teetering with election results. The country’s president has not responded to the allegations, and Honduras’ electoral commission is recounting 6 percent of the vote.

North America*

Hawaii tests nuclear attack warning sirens - In response to missile tests from North Korea, Hawaii has started to test a nuclear attack warning siren. The state hasn’t carried out tests since the end of the Cold War, and when the siren starts, residents are warned to stay indoors. The siren tests will be carried out on the first business day of every month.

White House has a rodent problem Amid all of the chaos surrounding the White House are other problems—ants, cockroaches and mice. According to work-orders logs, reported by NBC Washington, rodents have been regularly sighted in the Situation Room and the Navy mess food service area. Cockroaches were sited as an issue in dining rooms, while ants have been found in the Chief of Staff quarters.





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