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The capital of New Zealand is Wellington
This is the history of the name “New Zealand”: Abel Tasman and his crew sailed to the islands in 1642. He called it Staten Landt, after the States General of the Netherlands. In 1645, Dutch cartographers changed the name to “Nova Zeelandia” (Latin) from “Nieuw Zeeland”, after the Dutch province of Zeeland. Then, the name was englished (a synonym for “anglicised”) to “New Zealand” by British captain James Cook more than 100 years after Abel Tasman originally traveled there.
By Ishaan Bhattacharya
Welcome back to the Giannini Politics Update. Today we will be discussing the passage of a renewable energy bill in New Mexico.
Recently the New Mexico House of Representatives passed The Energy Transition Act on March 11th, 2019, forwarding the carbon-free electricity bill to Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham. The Governor has endorsed the ETA and has supported the share of renewable energy a multitude of times. Once signed, the legislature will ensure the state to attain zero-carbon electricity from public utilities by 2045. The bill also ensures temporary renewable energy targets of 50 percent by 2030 and 80 percent by 2040. California, as well as Washington D.C. and Hawaii have already committed to eradicate carbon emissions from their grids.
HOW IT STARTED
The American Revolutionary War plays a very important part in the United States’ history. The Revolution started when the king of England was taxing the Americans greatly, and the people of the colonies thought that it was unfair. People were smuggling molasses, food, tea, and paper to North America illegally. When King George III found out they had rebelled, he knew that they had no form of defenses-- except for themselves. The King’s soldiers took away all the colonists’ weapons.
He then made the Stamp Act, which meant that everything that they were smuggling required stamps to be considered valid. Since he could not tax them directly anymore, he decided that to get money from them, they would raise the taxes of the resources they were taking from England. They were protesting and demanding for England to stop. Due to the heavy taxes and the Stamp Act, the colonists living in America declared war on England/Britain.
DAILY LIFE BEFORE THE WAR
With all the grief King George III had been giving the colonists, they definitely had a hard time living in the thirteen colonies. King George III raised taxes in the colonies and took away all the colonists weapons to ensure that they don’t rebel. The colonists believed that there was a way to stop the British and to have a home where freedom didn’t have to be earned.
It wasn’t as easy as it sounded, though. The British soldiers (which the colonists called lobsterbacks) were sent from King George III to patrol the streets. They took all of the colonists weapons, so they wouldn’t rebel against King George III.
BOSTON TEA PARTY
The Boston Tea Party took place on December 16, 1773 on a ship in the Boston Harbor. The Sons of Liberty, a secret organization, disguised themselves as Indians by painting their faces. They snuck onto the ship and dumped every crate of tea into the harbor. They did this to say to the king that they didn’t approve of heavy taxes in the colonies.
By Ishaan Bhattacharya
Welcome back to the Giannini Politics update. Today, we will be discussing President Donald Trump’s recent national emergency declaration.
In a controversial act of defiance, President Trump declared a national emergency at the southern border on February 15th. A national emergency is a nationwide crisis or a situation where circumstances threaten the country and call for an immediate response. After Congress’s rejection of his proposed $5.7 bn to fund his planned southern border wall, Trump announced the national emergency. The national emergency would enable the President to avoid the firm veto of Democratic Congressional leaders, and use the Department of Defense funds to construct the wall. Soon after his abrupt proclamation, sixteen states filed a lawsuit objecting Trump’s national emergency declaration. However, Trump’s national emergency was yet to be approved by the U.S. House of Representatives. The House voted to rescind Trump’s declaration on February 26th. The result of disapproval, which passed 245 to 182, must now be taken up by the Senate, where three Republicans have already declared their support, only one short of the number needed for Congress to renounce Trump’s desperate effort. Although it is highly unlikely that opponents will collect the votes required to overtake the affirmed Democratic refusal, Republicans who support the Border Wall will likely give their best effort to ensure it.
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