Week 6 - 19/02/2021

Published on 19 February 2021 at 13:19

Ireland’s Level 5 Lockdown could be Extended to May


Level 5 restrictions could remain up until May under new plans for living with virus being discussed by the Government.


The Cabinet Committee on Covid-19 agreed to begin a phased reopening of schools on March 1 after the NPHET advised that students could begin returning to class.


However, all other decisions on restrictions were delayed until a meeting on Monday.


A small amount of construction may be permitted next month however most restrictions will remain in place until the end of April or start of May.


Leaving Cert Students can choose between exams or predicted grades 


Leaving Cert Students are to be given the option to sit exams or instead apply for a calculated grade attributed by the State Examinations Commission.


Minister for Education Norma Foley said that the proposals offered “a system that is fair and that provides the opportunity for real progression for students”. 


Students who decide to take an exam will receive whichever result is higher.


Snowstorms hit Texas, as Ted Cruz escapes to Cancun


A huge winter storm sweeping across the southern US has killed at least 21 people and left millions without power.


There have been widespread blackouts in Texas, where the energy grid was overwhelmed by a surge in demand.


Millions of people in the state, which rarely experiences such low temperatures, have been struggling to cope with the lack of power and frigid conditions.


Despite these conditions, it was revealed that Texan Senator Ted Cruz was seen boarding a flight to Cancun in Mexico, citing that he was “trying to be a good dad” by bringing his 

daughters on holiday. Cruz has since returned and apologised claiming that it “felt wrong.”


Uber must classify its drivers as employees 


The UK supreme court has ruled that Uber drivers must be treated as workers rather than self-employed.


The decision could mean thousands of Uber drivers are set to be entitled to minimum wage and holiday pay.


The ruling could leave the app facing a hefty compensation bill and have wider consequences for the gig economy.


Uber said the ruling centred on a small number of drivers and it had since made changes to its business.


NASA’s Perseverance set to land on Mars 


After several months, NASA's Perseverance rover survived the landing phase to touch down on Mars, ready to embark on its mission to search for the signs of ancient microbial life.


 Operations lead Swati Mohan exclaimed “Touchdown confirmed," at around 3.55pm EST (8.55pm GMT) yesterday.


The autonomously guided procedure was completed more than 11 minutes earlier, which is how long it takes for radio signals to return to Earth.


Over the course of several years, Perseverance will attempt to collect 30 rock and soil samples in sealed tubes, to be eventually sent back to Earth sometime in 2031 for lab analysis.

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