US President Trump grants eleven people clemency

On Tuesday, United States President Donald Trump issued a series of seven pardons and four commutations. All of the pardons issued were “full and unconditional”. The commutations included, among others, Democrat Rod Blagojevich, the former governor of Illinois; Trump is a Republican. Blagojevich in 2008 Image: Daniel X. O’Neil. Rod Blagojevich was jailed for corruption after he triedContinue Reading

California lawyer Michael Avenatti convicted of attempted extortion

Yesterday, a United States federal jury convicted Michael Avenatti, the California, US lawyer who represented porn star Stormy Daniels in her lawsuit against US President Donald Trump, of trying to extort Nike, an athletic equipment company. The trial was held in Manhattan, and was one of three facing Avenatti. He was also accused of defrauding clients in California, and ofContinue Reading

sleep and travel

Sleep, or in its travel-related sense, accommodation, is a basic need for travellers. It typically requires more planning and money than other parts of the journey. Finding accommodation Accommodation can either be booked in advance, or found on the day. If the itinerary is set, booking as soon as possible isContinue Reading

2020 United States presidential election: Trump, Sanders win New Hampshire primaries

On Tuesday, United States Senator Bernie Sanders and President Donald Trump won the Democratic and Republican New Hampshire primaries respectively. The Democratic and Republican parties use the primaries to select their nominees for the 2020 United States presidential election. Both Trump and Sanders also won the primary elections in New Hampshire in 2016. Sanders in 2019 Image: Gage Skidmore. Trump in 2017Continue Reading

United States Senate votes against removing President Trump

On Wednesday, in the last part of the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, the United States Senate voted that he had not in their opinion abused his presidential power when asking the government of Ukraine to launch an investigation of Hunter Biden while withholding promised military aid and had not in their opinion obstructed Congress. The officialContinue Reading

Ukrainian president rejects prime minister's resignation over leaked audio recording

Yesterday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky declined Prime Minister Oleksiy Honcharuk‘s offer to resign after the leak of an audio recording in which someone, seemingly Honcharuk, audibly says Zelensky “has a very primitive understanding of economic processes.” Honcharuk filed his resignation after the audio recording was uploaded Wednesday on an anynomous YouTube channel. He said Zelensky is “aContinue Reading

Study: people infected by new coronavirus 'likely' hundreds more than confirmed

On Friday, researchers at Imperial College London posted findings estimating the number of people infected with a new coronavirus may considerably exceed 1000. The SARS-like virus first appeared in December in Wuhan, China. As of today, Chinese officials confirmed it has infected over 200 people mostly in Wuhan and killed three people. Reported cases also appeared in Thailand, SouthContinue Reading

Seismic activity continues to shake Puerto Rico with 5.2 quake

On Wednesday morning, a magnitude 5.2 earthquake hit the already rattled United States commonwealth of Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico has experienced dozens of earthquakes over magnitude 4.5 since late December, including a 6.4 quake that hit on January 7 and caused an island-wide blackout. The United States Geological Survey (USGS) placed the epicenter of the quake about eight kilometers (five miles) southwestContinue Reading