Friday, 28 July 2017

Germania wins the newsquiz Champagne

Trainees Danielle Zoellner, Marlene Lenthang, Kayla Brantley, Germania Rodriguez (with the Champagne), Mollie Cahillane, Megan Sheets, Chloe Castleberry and Maggie O'Neill

I said farewell to the trainees in New York today. They spent much of the week preparing for their placements in Dublin and Glasgow and had talks from Sheila Flynn, Anna Hopkins and Mary Kekatos. They pitched some good stories too, some of which should be published soon. They have had five stories published so far. Maggie O'Neill won the best showbiz headline of the week. Good luck to them all on the next stage. They will have seven days learning the system with Nick Enoch before spending some time in the newsroom. Then they head over the Atlantic for work experience. They are a bright and enthusiastic bunch and I look forward to following their inevitable success.
As always, we finished with the newsquiz. Runaway leader Germania Rodriguez was this week's top scorer again with 16 points, just beating Mollie Cahillane on 15 and Danielle Zoellner on 14. Germania was overall winner over the four weeks, an impressive seven points ahead of second placed Mollie, and collected her prize, a bottle of Champagne. Here's this week's quiz. See if you can beat Germania's score.

The health bill dominated this week's news (questions 4, 5 and 6)
1. President Donald Trump tweeted that the military cannot 'be burdened with the tremendous ____ ____ and disruption that transgender in the miltary would entail’. What are the two missing words?
2. Who reacted to Donald Trump’s statement on transgender people in the miltary by saying: 'We should all be guided by the principle that any American who wants to serve our country and is able to meet the standards should have the opportunity to do so - and should be treated as the patriots they are’?
3. Which transgender, who supported Trump during the election, tweeted: 'There are 15,000 patriotic transgender Americans in the US military fighting for all of us. What happened to your promise to fight for them?’
4. Donald Trump took to Twitter to blame the senators who voted down the Obamacare repeal bill. Trump wrote: ‘____ Republicans and ____ Democrats let the American people down. What are the missing numbers? Half a point for each number.
5. The Senate moved to debate an Obamacare repeal bill on Tuesday by a vote of 50 to 50. Who used a casting vote to breaking the tie?
6. Two Republicans, Sen. Susan Collins and Sen. Lisa Murkowski, broke ranks and voted against debating a bill to repeal Obamacare. Which states do they represent. Half a point for each?
7. Anthony Scaramucci branded White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus a 'f***ing paranoid schizophrenic’ when talking to a reporter from which publication?
8. Who released a 3,600-word statement before meeting Senate Intelligence committee investigators?
9. President Donald Trump gave a controversial speech at the 2017 National Scout Jamboree in which state?
10. Ten people died inside a sweltering trailer that lacked ventilation which was found in which store’s car park in San Antonio?
11. Name the driver of the truck who was arrested after ten people were found dead in the back of his trailer.
12. He starred in Big with Tom Hanks, Gladiator, The Pelican Brief and Home Alone. Who is he?
13. Angelika Graswald admitted contributing to the death of her fiance by doing what?
14. Who was Donald Trump referring to when he replied at a press conference 'We will see what happens. Time will tell. Time will tell.’
15. Why was Kenneth Manzanares in the headlines?
16. Which food chain said an employee who came into work sick contributed to the $1 billion in value it lost over five days?
17. How long was Olympian Michael Phelps’s race against a simulated shark?
18. Frank Sinatra’s fourth wife Barabra died this week. How old was she?
19. What was the name of the ride at the Ohio State Fair on which one person was killed and seven injured?
20. Who said this week: 'I lost my soulmate and my children lost their hero - their Daddy. We had a fairytale life and now it has turned into some sick Shakespearean tragedy’?
21. Hillary Clinton's promised tell-all memoir of the 2016 election will be out in September. What will its title be?
22. President Donald Trump awarded five police officers the Medal of Valor today for their bravery during what event? 
23. Who surpassed Bill Gates as the wealthiest man in the world when shares of his company jumped 1.8 per cent to give him a personal fortune of $91 billion?
24. A couple who jumped off a 17-storey Manhattan building because they had medical issues and couldn’t afford health care. Left a suicide note titled what?
25. Angelina Jolie addressed her split with Brad Pitt in an in-depth interview for the September issue of which magazine?

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