News roundup: March 14th

Good Morning, today is Tuesday, March 14th and here are the stories that interest me.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon will formally request for a second independence referendum for Scotland. In an address a short time ago, the First Minister has expressed that she would like to hold a vote between Autumn of 2018 and the following spring, coinciding with the conclusion of the Brexit negotiations with the EU. It is currently unclear is Prime Minister Teresa May will allow the act, referred to as “Requesting a section 30” from moving forward questioning the need for a second referendum in 7 years. Current polling puts the question on a 50/50 level.

New Zealand’s Capital, Wellington, is leaking over 1 million liters of water daily due to leaky pipes from last November’s Earthquake. The issue is the uncertainty of where those leaks are. The city will be metering the CBD for several months in order to pinpoint the locations of the leaks.

On Wednesday, the Netherlands will head to the polls for their national elections. Currently, far right candidate Geert Wilders and his party is poised to top the election results. The results will be fractured as 6-7 parties are looking to receive at least 10% of the vote, which will translate to proportional seats. This means there will be at least 2-3 parties that will need to run as a coalition to run Government. This will mean the first Right-Wing Government for Europe, and could impact the French elections next month, and the German elections later this year. Geert has spoken aggressively for a Netherlands exit from the EU as well as run on a strong anti-immigrant anti-islam platform.

South Africa has been stripped of the 2022 Commonwealth Games after failing to meet financial guarantees. The first International multi-sport competition to be hosted in Africa was pulled after Durban officials failed to meet for 2 years after the announcement to begin planning and paying for the games. Despite a revised schedule and budget, the game were taken away from them. Auckland has already stated that it has no interest in hosting the games, however, Liverpool has shown interest in taking over the event.

And that is the news from me, hope you have a great day!

 

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