5 things to know for 22 December: Kovid-19, Incentives, West Point, Russia, Trump Order

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1. Coronavirus

A new, mutated form of coronavirus that originated in England, which is spreading worldwide – and could potentially be more contagious than we’ve seen. In addition to the United Kingdom, variants have been detected in Denmark, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Australia. Dr. Anthony Fauci says that it is probably already in the US. As scientists hunt for more information, here we know what we know and what not. Pfizer and Moderna are now testing their vaccine to see if they work against the UK version, although experts have said they still expect the vaccines to be effective. Approximately 614,000 vaccines have been administered in the US so far and 7.9 million doses from Modern and Pfizer are expected to be distributed nationwide this week.

2. excitement

Congress approved a partisan gridlock after months of the long-awaited $ 900 billion Kovid relief package. It now goes to President Donald Trump’s desk for signature. The package includes direct payments of up to $ 600 per adult, $ 300 beggar benefits per week, about $ 284 billion in paycheck protection program loans, $ 25 billion in rental assistance, extension of eviction moratorium and $ 82 billion for schools and colleges Are included. It also promises to speed up vaccine delivery. Although it was a bipartisan agreement, both sides had to give up important demands to achieve it

3. West Point

The American Military Academy in West Point is facing its worst fraud scandal in decades. Seventy-three cadets were accused of breaking the academy’s honor code by cheating on a calculus exam in May, when the epidemic school was transferred to virtual classrooms due to the epidemic. Two cases were dropped due to lack of evidence, and four other cadets resigned. The remaining 67 students await a decision on their fate. This is not the first cheat scandal to shake West Point. The institution saw similar incidents in 1951 and 1976, of which 152 cadets were later involved.
Cadets arrive at West Point, New York for the 2020 graduation ceremony on June 13, 2020.

4. Russia

Russian opposition leader and President Vladimir Putin’s hypothesis Alexey Navalny almost died after consuming poison in August. Now we know how he was poisoned: Novichok, the deadly nerve agent, was implanted in his underwear. A Russian agent whom Navalny was sent to tail, accidentally revealed the information during a phone call, which he thought was an officer on Russia’s National Security Council. It turned out that he was talking to Navalny himself. Navalny has long been a thorn in Putin’s side, exposing corruption in high places and campaigning against the ruling United Russia party. He is still recovering from poisoning at a secret location in Germany.

5. Federal Architecture

President Trump wants the nation’s buildings to look beautiful. He signed an executive order on Monday to ensure that the federal buildings have “beautiful” architecture. This order does not really define which buildings must meet to be beautiful, although it states that they must be of classical design. This applies to all federal courts, agency headquarters, DC public buildings and all other public buildings that cost more than $ 50 million. Perhaps, unsurprisingly, some architects are not happy about it.
On December 21, 2020, the sun sets at the White House.


Kevin Green, NFL sack legend and Hall of Famer has passed away

Green, who had the third-most sacks in NFL history, was 58.

Hawaii residents are being asked to stay indoors after the Killoua volcano erupts

Really sounds like this year’s theme.

One of the Midwest’s most influential newspapers apologizes for decades of racist coverage

This is a step in the right direction for the Kansas City Star.

Oh oh no! A Santa impersonator got tangled in some power lines

Perhaps we should leave the more magical elements of Christmas to the real jolly old man in red.

Five high school freshers are being called heroes for saving two children from an icy pond

It is not surprising that all five of them are Boy Scouts.

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How long Taiwan remained coronavirus free with the exception of imported cases. The island recently reported its first locally aired case of coronovirus since April.

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“We represent a figure that truly embodies Virginia’s values.”

Virginia rape. Jennifer wextonConfederate General Robert E. Upon Lee’s statue being removed from the US Capitol. Lee’s statue will be replaced by an African American woman from the late Barbara Johns, who played a key role in the civil rights movement.

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And finally

Time for a deep cleaning

This is a good time to refresh our homes as we wind up the year. There is some inspiration here – at the very least, it is a satisfying watch. (Click here to see.)


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