With there being several accidents and disasters reported Monday, 17 April 2017, the first day of this business week filled with mayhem.
While it was reported the BP Alaskan North Slope oil well which had been leaking oil and natural gas over the weekend had been successfully plugged, it should be noted it is unknown how long the leak had existed. Relatively speaking, the leak had only been discovered Friday.
Meanwhile, in a natural disaster, a 5.7 magnitude earthquake struck 155 miles northwest of the Pacific island nation of Vanuatu. As reported by the United States Geological Survey, the earthquake was recorded at a depth of 12.4274 miles.
Since the earthquake, there has not been any reports of severe damage or injuries.
These were not the only accidents and disasters reported on this day. In China’s Guizhou province, a bus plunged into a river killing ten people and injuring a further four persons; a small Swiss-owned plane crashes in the Portuguese village of Tires, west of Lisbon, killing at least five people; as a result of a boat capsizing off the coast of Rumphi District on Lake Malawi, five people drowned and eleven people were reported missing; and a U. S. Army UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crashed on a golf course in Leonardtown, Maryland.
Anyone keeping tabs of American politics will know that, Tuesday 18 April 2017 saw Democratic candidates face off with Republican candidates in a primary for a U.S. House seat vacated by Tom Price, now Health and Human Services Secretary, in a suburb of Atlanta, Georgia.
While many people might consider the way in which politics is played out in the United States odd, this point is exemplified by the fact that no candidate in the Atlanta special election won. The reason for this is that no candidate reached a majority vote, so the first- and second-place finishers, Jon Ossoff (48.1 percent) and Karen Handel (19.8 percent), will face off in a runoff election on June 20, 2017.
With 48.1 percent of the vote, one could argue the Vox Populi was clear in the vote. The voice of the people had been heard.
On the same day, in a surprise move by British Prime Minster Theresa May, it was announced there would be an early General Election. For the Conservative Party to retain power in the House of Commons, a two-thirds majority is required. The General Election will be held on Thursday, 8 June 2017.
On Wednesday, 19 April 2017, Utah Republican representative Jason Chaffetz, chairman of the House Oversight Committee, announced he will not run for re-election next year. After the announcement, Twitter users question motives.
Mike Opelka wonders: Is Rep. Jason Chaffetz quitting Congress to make himself available for SCOTUS? https://t.co/QQaX5k5L8K
— Twitcher ❦ (@syqau) April 21, 2017
— Gregory McCray (@g_mccray) April 21, 2017
In respect to the upcoming British General Election, on Thursday, 20 April 2017, the leader of the Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn, in positioning himself as an “anti-establishment” candidate, vowed to end the “rigged” system.
It’s nice to end a business week on a happy note.
Closing out the business week, Friday, 21 April 2017, Queen Elizabeth II celebrated her 91st birthday.
The Queen, born on 21 April 1926 in Mayfair, London, England, is the longest reigning British monarch since Queen Victoria.