News Roundup 9/17/18
By: Amalia Escobedo
Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey agree to testify in public on assault allegations
Brett Kavanaugh the upcoming supreme court nominee supported by president Trump will testify along with Christine Blasey Ford before a panel of judges. Christine Blasey recently announced physical and sexual assault allegations against Mr. Kavanaugh. Depending on the judiciary panel votes, Kavanaugh will either be entered in as the next supreme court justice or ruled away. According to CNN Kavanaugh stated, “I am willing to talk to the Senate Judiciary Committee in any way the committee deems appropriate to refute this false allegation, from 36 years ago, and defend my integrity."
2. 31 Dead after Hurricane Florence sweeps through North Carolina
According to the Huffington post, there have been 31 fatalities in total with 24 of those deaths occurring in North Carolina. On Monday, September 17, the 120,000-population living in Wilmington, NC were cut off from the rest of the land by flooding. Wilmington is North Carolina’s eighth -largest city and according to officials, two dozen truckloads of MREs and bottled water have been provided overnight by the military. Around 420,000 homes and business were left in the dark due to power outages and forecasters expect the storm to continue Northeast.
Source: Huffington Post
3. Trumps sets New Tariffs on Chinese Imports
President Donald Trump declared on Monday, September 17, that he will place new tariffs on Chinese goods estimated at around $200 billion. According to administration officials, the 10% tax on Chinese imports is said to start on September 24, 2018 and increase to 25% by the end of the year. Trump will set the tariffs on thousands of imported goods including luggage and seafood. China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang stated, “If the U.S. imposes any additional tariffs on China, we will have to take necessary countermeasures and resolutely safeguard our legitimate and legal rights and interests.”
Source: The Wall Street Journal
4. Japanese Entrepreneur First Passenger on Space X’s Lunar Tour Mission
The company in charge of the Hawthorne-based SpaceX, have chosen Yusaku Maezawa, Japanese entrepreneur as a passenger for their first lunar tour. Mr. Maezawa plans, to invite six to eight artists along for the 240,000-mile trip, and each will be tasked with creating a work for his project, #Dear Moon, according to Ktla News. Elon Musk owner of the Space X program has decided to sign the world’s first private passage around the moon on the BFR launch vehicle. The rocket intended for the trip is under development with hopes of take-off in the year 2023.
5. Henry Winkler Celebrates Emmy Award Backstage
Henry Winkler professional actor and comedian took home an Emmy on Monday September 17, for his role on HBO’s “Barry” Series. Mr. Winkler started his acting career at age 27 and is now 72 years old. He has been a 6-time Emmy nominee, but had not won an award until tonight’s ceremony. The actor had this to say, “It feels wonderful,” he added before joking that in anticipation of the shock of winning tonight, “I was wearing rubber pants just in anticipation, and I used a little powder, but I had control. I think I had the longest drought between nominations than anyone else in the academy” according to the Los Angeles Times.
Source: Los Angeles Times