News & Politics
"In a subtle way, you can shake the world."
― Mohandas Ghandi
― Mohandas Ghandi
Iceland’s New Law For Equal Pay
by Christina Maldonado '19
In many other countries, including the US, they have an enforcement law for payment gap which means that men and women should be paid the same amount for doing the same job, but they do not act upon this law. They find loopholes; they see this law as a voluntary law. Iceland's new law requires employers with twenty-five workers, or more to provide proof that the men and women are being paid a parallel amount for the same job. Iceland seems to be taking their country in a different direction than the rest of the word is. Iceland has created this new law that was put into place on Monday, January 9th, 2018. Since 1961, Iceland has had an equal pay law in effect, and the Icelandic Parliament banned pay discrimination in the workplace.
When a company notices a pay gap, they simply correct their issues. The company will raise the wages of those who were not paid fairly. In most cases, it is the women who are not being paid fairly, but the raises do not always go to them, it goes to the men.
The women who work in U.S. is averagely paid about 80 cents for every dollar a man earns, but the catch is that they have the same job. They should be paid the same amount if they have the same credentials, right? Im the United States, they give their employees different titles, separate them from the other people who have experience on the job, and that’s how they decide their pay rate.
There are audits that demonstrate that a company is built upon a workplace that provides equal pay among their employees. These audits can be expensive, so Iceland is starting out with the larger companies because they consist of more resources. If you want to start a business in Iceland, than you have to be willing to pay your employees an equal amount.
Do you Believe?
by Sydney Teran '18
The Ambush! reporters recently questioned numerous GHS students on whether or not they believed in the Urban Legends we were assigned. 7% percent of students were asked if they did or did not believe in ghosts/spirits. 73% believed in ghosts and 26% said they did not. These students were given a follow up question, "Do you know any background information or how ghosts originated?" 49% of students answered yes.
Christina Maldonado asked 4% of students "Do you believe that breaking a mirror brings you 7 years of bad luck?"
70% of students did not believe in this legend. 30% did believe, but did not know the origin.
Op-Ed: President Trump on Sh*thole Countries
by Sage Addington '18
On January 12th the president denied in a tweet ever using derogatory language. The tweet reads, “Never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country. Never said “take them out.” Made up by the Dems. I have a wonderful relationship with Haitians. Probably should record future meetings - unfortunately, no trust!” In another tweet the president said, “The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used. What was really tough was the outlandish proposal made - a big setback for DACA!”
Despite Trump denying the accusations, many people are still angered and a little caught in disbelief. Senator Richard J. Durbin told reporters, “I cannot believe that in the history of the White House, in that Oval Office, any president has ever spoken the words that I personally heard our president speak yesterday.” Rupert Colville, United Nations human rights spokesperson, said, “There is no other word one can use but ‘racist.’ You cannot dismiss entire countries and continents as ‘sh*tholes,’ whose entire populations, who are not white, are therefore not welcome.”
Comedian Trevor Noah joked on the Daily Show, “Personally as someone from South Sh*thole, I’m offended, Mr. President.” Noah then went on to joke, “I know that everyone's focusing on him calling countries sh*tholes and whatever, I'm like, you can say whatever you want, but... You know what part really put it over the line for me is Norway. When he said where he wanted immigrants to come from, he didn't just name a white country, he named the whitest country. He didn't even go with a more subtle country that might leave it up in the air, you know? Like we need to let in more people from Portugal, like hmmm, what does that mean?” President Trump had met with the prime minister of Norway on Wednesday, January 10th.
Last Week's Poll Results!
Last week we asked Ambush! poll takers if you have ever been cyber-bullied. 66.7% said yes and 33.3% said no.