Uber driver kills six in Michigan shooting
Late on Saturday night, sporadic shootings led to the death of six people in Kalamaoo, Michigan. The separate incidences were committed by one man: a 45 year old Jason Dalton, who had been working that night as an Uber driver. The cab service has since released a statement that it is “horrified and heartbroken” over the attacks. Prior to the shootings a man being transported by Dalton noticed that his driving was erratic and overall unsafe. The passenger’s fiancé has said that they called the police to report their driver, but that there appeared to be a lack of considerable concern. Jason Dalton then went on to commit the first of three shootings in an apartment complex, where a single woman was shot repeatedly. Two more were killed at a car dealership, and a fourteen-year-old girl was injured. The last incident was the most deadly, with four killed in a restaurant parking lot. Law enforcement apprehended Dalton later Saturday night, but are still speculating what the shooter’s motives were.
Pope Francis criticizes Donald Trump over immigration policies
Following a disagreement with Pope Francis this week, Donald Trump has emerged victorious in the South Carolina primaries. This continues his winning streak from the New Hampshire primaries, where he won over other candidates by double-digit margins, and his second place results from February first’s Iowa Caucus. On the subject of his latest triumph Trump comments that “There’s nothing easy about running for president. It’s tough, it’s nasty, it’s mean, it’s vicious. It’s beautiful. When you win it’s beautiful.” For the Democratic party, Hillary beat out Bernie Sanders in the Nevada caucus, but not by overwhelming numbers. This is striking against predictions from the start of February, which envisioned Mrs. Clinton taking Nevada by double-digits. At a rally in Las Vegas, Hillary addressed the discrepancy stating, “some may have doubted us, but we never doubted each other.”
Cyclone wreaks havoc in Fiji
Viti Levu, Fiji’s main island was hit by a powerful cyclone over the past weekend. This particular storm, named Winston, beat the land with winds over 200 miles per hour in speed, heavy rain and large waves, some of which topped 40 feet. This is the strongest weather system to ever make landfall on the island. The Prime Minister of Fiji, Frank Bainimarama encouraged people to handle the danger in solidarity. “We must stick together as a people and look after each other. Be alert and be prepared” he stated. All flights have been canceled, areas of safety have been cleared out for those evacuating, and curfews have been implemented for all nine-hundred thousand of the Pacific country’s residents.
Britain considers leaving the European Union
The European Union was formed in 1950 with the overall goal of preventing further warfare between France and Germany. Years later, it has grown to include 28 total nations— including the United Kingdom. The U.K., which is the third largest provider of the Union’s funding, has held a referendum in the hopes of removing itself from the group. Its reasons are varied from agriculture to trade to immigration. Britain insists that too much power has been taken from it, and that many of the Union’s policies are actually a detriment to the nation’s economy, citing losses from the poor agriculture policy, and its lack of freedom to form partnerships with rapidly growing economies abroad. Furthermore, there is tension over how money is allotted to the bureaucracy. The U.K. view the Union’s spending habits as wasteful in this regard. Ideally, Britain would have a complete separation from the Union in a Free Trade Agreement. While this utter separation gives them back control over their own markets, trade, and borders, they can potentially lose the ease with which they buy and sell commodities from within Europe, as well as the talents and labors supplied by immigrants, which many argue is crucial to the U.K.’s continued GDP growth.