With there being several accidents and disasters reported Monday, 17 April 2017, the first day of this business week filled with mayhem.

This April 2017 photo provided by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency shows an oil well that was misting natural gas on Alaska’s frozen North Slope. Workers from the Alaska Department of Conservation and the Environmental Protection Agency on Saturday, April 15, 2017, were able to connect hoses to valves that allow pressure in the well to be reduced, according to a statement from the state conservation department. The Environmental Protection Agency says a crack in the BP wellhead near Deadhorse sent up mist of crude oil Friday before it froze over and an initial leak stopped. (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency via AP)

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.

The quake was centred about 155 miles northwest of Vanuatu’s Santo Island. Photo: USGS

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.

The moment PM called for general election

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.

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.

One of the Queen’s own horses was on the racecard at Newbury, while she looked on from the royal box
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Shain E. Thomas, recently graduated with an M.Sc. in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of North Texas, is currently working on an M.Sc. in Library Science. Shain, the senior editor of "Harsh Light," is also the U.S. Correspondent for "The Welshman" and a regular contributor to the "North Texas Daily."