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Week 11 - (19/09/2020)

Published on 19 September 2020 at 19:04

US Supreme Court Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg Passes Away

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, member of the US Supreme Court since 1993 has passed away. In a statement from the Court Chief Justice John Roberts said, “Our Nation has lost a jurist of historic stature” and that he hopes “future generations will remember Ruth Bader Ginsburg as we knew her - a tireless and resolute champion of justice." With her passing many questions are now being raised as to whether President Donald Trump will nominate a new Justice the polls open on November 3rd with the current Supreme Court demographic giving the Conservatives a majority of 5-4.

 

Dublin Implements Phase 3 Measures

Dublin is “a dangerous place.” Those were the words of Taoiseach Micheál Martin on Friday as he introduced Phase 3 restrictions on Dublin. This comes after consistent daily rates of new Covid-19 cases remain above 100 in Dublin. These new restrictions for Dublin will see visitors to private homes be limited to one household, the closure of all restaurants and pubs but will allow for take-away, no gym classes to be allowed and all church related activities are suspended bar allowing 25 people to attend weddings and funerals. Mr Martin noted at the end of his statement that "As a nation, throughout our history, we have come through every manner of trial and hardship, and this too will pass."

 

No Hard Border Says Raab

Following US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s comments in the past that there would be no trade deal between the UK and US if the Good Friday Agreement wasn’t upheld Ms Pelosi said this week that she was given assure from UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab that there will be no physical construction of barriers at the Irish border. Mr Raab also added on an interview with CNN that the Good Friday Agreement was “not in jeopardy” despite the fact that the UK government attempted to undermine the withdrawal agreement between the EU and the UK only two week with laid out provisions for the region of Northern Ireland and it’s interaction with both the UK and the Republic of Ireland.

 

Trump Set to Block Downloads of TikTok and WeChat

The US Commerce Department are set bar people from downloading the Chinese owned apps TikTok and WeChat. The ban is set to take effect on the 20th of September with ByteDance racing to secure a deal with a number of US based companies to create a new company, TikTok Global. Commerce did however note that even after the 20th they would not penalize individuals who used either app and conceded that the app can still be accessed by traveling to a different country and downloading it or even just using a Virtual Private Network.

 

Coronavirus Cases Surpass 30 Million Worldwide

New figures from the John Hopkins University in the US have recorded that the number of Covid-19 cases have now passed 30 million. Along with this the University also published that more thank 943,000 people have died from the virus. Hans Kluge, the European regional director for the WHO said these new numbers “should serve as a wake-up call” and noted that "Although the numbers reflect more comprehensive testing, it also shows alarming rates of transmission across the region." This news comes after Isreal became the first country worldwide to reintroduce a nationwide lockdown and the US accounting for over one fifth of the virus cases.


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