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Week 4 - (31/07/2020)

Published on 31 July 2020 at 13:11

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP CALLS FOR THE NOVEMBER PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS TO BE POSTPONED

 

Due to the COVID 19 pandemic, the US is to host its November election via a postal ballot. President of the United States; Donald Trump has suggested that November’s Presidential election be postponed, saying increased postal voting could lead to fraud and inaccurate results. Despite little evidence to support such claims, the President has stood by his remarks. Under the US constitution the President does not have the authority to postpone the election, and it would be up to both houses of Congress to approve such a request, where the Democrats have a majority in the lower house. Even members of Trumps own party have dismissed his plea, with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy both dismissing the very idea.  

 

TAMPEX ADVERT BANNED IN IRELAND AMID COMPLAINTS

 

The add has been branded as Offensive, crude, vulgar, unnecessary, embarrassing and grotesque. The Advertising Standards Authority for Ireland announced that the advert had received over 84 complaints, before it was banned. The Advert featured a talk show called “Tampons and Tea” with the host exclaiming “You gotta get ‘em up there girls!” in response to how to properly use the sanitary product. The ban of the advert has received a significant amount of criticism in recent days, with many saying that it reflects Ireland's conservative past.

 

A CONGRESSIONAL HEARING IN WASHINGTON HAS COMMENCED TO ADDRESS THE DOMINANCE OF TECH COMPANIES

 

The leaders of Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google went head to head with The United States Congress on Wednesday, where both Democrat and Republican Congress members confronted the CEO's for using their market power to crush market competitors and amass data, customers and large profit margins. The hearing played out over 6 hours, with law makers, armed with millions of documents and hours of interviews, whom presented the evidence to the Executives.

 

LARGEST SPIKE IN COVID 19 CASES ACROSS IRELAND, SINCE ITS PEAK

 

Yesterday the NPHET reported an increase of 85 new COVID 19 cases in Ireland. The largest increase since the its peak. Acting Chief Medical Officer, Dr Ronan Glynn described the Pandemic as “Not over.” However, he warned that it “may be a blip associated with a number of specific clusters or it may be a sign of something more significant.” Meanwhile Taoiseach Micheál Martin has said that any increase in cases is concerning and the situation will be monitored carefully over the coming days.

 

EU ISSUES FIRST EVER SANCTIONS AGAINST CYBER ATTACKS

 

Six people and three entities are to be sanctioned over numerous high-profile attacks across Europe. These include the 2018 attack against the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in the Hague. The EU is using its new power to sanction both people and organisations with asset freezes and travel bans for those suspected of committing cyber attacks in both Russia and China


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