New History Headlines: November 22nd - December 5th
These are selections from the latest edition of News JustIN.
In her farewell address, German Chancellor Angela Merkel's lessons are to be grateful, show humility, and trust one another:
"Standing before you here today, I feel two things above all: gratitude and humility – humility towards the office that I had the honour of holding for so long, and gratitude for the trust that was placed in me. Trust – of this I was always keenly aware – is the most important capital in politics.It should never be taken for granted. And I am most deeply grateful for it."
"These last 16 years as Federal Chancellor were truly eventful, and often very challenging. They were highly demanding, both politically and personally; at the same time, I always found them fulfilling. The last two years of the pandemic in particular have brought into clear focus how important trust in politics, science and social discourse is – and how fragile this trust can be."
COVID-19 in 2021
The World Health Organization (WHO) called an urgent meeting to discuss and then announce to the public that the new Covid variant with at least 32 mutations in the spike protein; B.1.1.529, first identified in South Africa, will now be classified as a Variant of Concern with the name; Omicron.
The European Union has proposed that residents will need boosters to travel to another country within the EU by next summer.
The CDC says all eligible individuals should get booster shots now.
80% of U.S. Federal employees have received at least one shot.
Holiday Travel is now at pre-pandemic levels.
The White House announced a Winter Plan to fight Against the Delta and Omicron Variants which includes:
Boosters for All Adults
Expanding Free At-Home Testing
Stronger Public Health Protocols for Safe International Travel
Protections in Workplaces
Rapid Response Teams to Help Battle Rising Cases
Supplying Treatment Pills to Help Prevent Hospitalizations and Death
The Air Force says that more than 6% of the Air National Guard and Reserve did not meet the vaccination deadline.
New York City bus daily ridership is about 70% of pre-pandemic levels.
With demand outstripping supply Helene Normandin of Quebec Maple Syrup Producers says Canada will be releasing 50 million pounds of maple syrup into the world market by February. The Canadian reserve can hold up to 100 million pounds of maple syrup.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that the first publicly recognized Overdose Prevention Center (OPC) services in the nation have opened.
Mayor Bill de Blasio:
“Overdose Prevention Centers are a safe and effective way to address the opioid crisis. I’m proud to show cities in this country that after decades of failure, a smarter approach is possible.”
NASA’s Asteroids Atari Playbook
NASA launched operation DART (Double Asteroid Redirection Test), the world’s first full-scale mission to test technology for defending Earth against potential asteroid or comet hazards.
In Memoriam: Senator Bob Dole (1923 - 2021)
Pay Some Attention To The Man Behind The Curtain
Celebrity television doctor and pseudoscience promoter "Dr. Oz" announced his candidacy to become Pennsylvania's next Senator.
Stacey Abrams' Georgia State of Governing Mind
Former minority leader of the Georgia general assembly and 2018 gubernatorial candidate Stacy Abrams is running for Governor, for the second time.