News Roundup: April 18

Good Morning, today is Tuesday, April 18 and here are the stories that interest me.

Former President Park Geun-hye of South Korea, has been formally charged with corruption during her time as President. In South Korea, the President enjoys immunity from criminal charges until they leave office, and today, the police formally charged the President for the crimes she was impeached on last month. Already in custody, she will now stand trial for corruption and misuse of the power of the office.

There was an oil leak over the weekend on the Alaska North Shore, where oil production has seen a rise in recent weeks. The blow out occurred on Friday when an Oil and Gas well blew out. Several reports say that aging infrastructure in the area made the recovery efforts harder to control. Latest reports now have it under control, but took several days to cap the leak. Authorities are investigating how the leak began.

In a major settlement announced in New Zealand today, around 55,000 low paying workers, mainly women, will receive increases to their pay. The Settlement affects workers in three areas of government funded service sectors; aged residential care, home support, disability services. These sectors, staffed mostly by women, have been  recognised as jobs that pay less because they are done mainly by women. The settlement is hoping to rectify that. The change in pay will happen over the next 5 years starting in July, and will cost the government around 500 million dollars over 5 years.

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