Each weekday, I'll be writing a little blurb on the news and current events stories of that day, and why they're important or significant. This is just to give the students at CYPA a resource to study some current events in a slightly more distilled setting and perhaps find something that might pique your interest! This is also open to all, so if anyone wants to write a piece on something news-worthy that they find interesting, go ahead and email it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org!
So, without further ado...
Two of the major stories for today have to do with the United Kingdom. There was an attack at mosque in London early today involving a van which drove into a crowd of pedestrians. Reports indicate that the attack left one dead and 10 injured. The driver of the van has been arrested. The other large story involving the U.K. is the onset of Brexit negotiations, supposed to begin today. Brexit has been complicated significantly in recent weeks--with the U.K. General Election not yielding the party majority Prime Minister Theresa May hoped it would. May called an election prior to the beginning of Brexit negotiations in hopes that her party would win a strong majority, helping to consolidate her power and allow for her to take the reigns on Brexit formalities. However, the election ended with a hung parliament, and now the country looks as divisive as ever in its attitudes towards the departure from the European Union. On top of this, European Union leaders are not going to allow Britain to exit the E.U. easily--they desire to achieve financial stability and also send a message that it is difficult to leave the E.U. Some political theorists speculate that the E.U. will attempt to make an example of Britain, and show that leaving the E.U. is a 'bad decision.' There is also the issue of a hard or soft Brexit. The main difference here is in economics--a hard Brexit will see the United Kingdom leave the European single market economy, while a soft Brexit would see them remain, joining Iceland Norway, and Lichtenstein as countries that are not in the E.U., but are a part of the single market economy.
In the United States, the Supreme Court is about to hear a major case on whether or not gerrymandering (the strategic drawing of district lines to favorably impact an election--if that explanation doesn't make sense, hopefully this will help: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2015/03/01/this-is-the-best-explanation-of-gerrymandering-you-will-ever-see/?utm_term=.ac1d49e0bef8) violates the constitution in any way.
In sports, Brooks Koepka won the U.S. Open in golf yesterday, tying a record for lowest score in the tournament.
In science, NASA recently published its Kepler list of 4,034 other possible planets orbiting other stars. Included in this list is one planet that almost matches earth.
That's all for today. Obviously there's more going on in the world than just this, but this is just a little sample!