5 things to know for February 24: Ukraine, Covid-19, police violence, Trump, Canada
5 things to know for February 24: Ukraine, Covid-19, police violence, Trump, Canada

5 things to know for February 24: Ukraine, Covid-19, police violence, Trump, Canada

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1. Ukraine

2. Coronavirus

The CDC is expected to publish a statement tomorrow new measurements that will guide Covid-19 restrictions such as mask wearing. Current guidance states that people living in counties with significant or high levels of Covid-19 transmission should wear masks indoors. While this will not change, the CDC says it will adjust the way it assesses “societal levels of disease.” In other words, the agency will go from looking at cases alone to looking at “meaningful consequences” of the virus, such as hospitalizations, emergency room visits and deaths. Guidance on various mitigation measures, such as masking and social distancing, will be based on the disease levels in each county. This comes in the heels of new experiments suggesting that tthe subvariant BA.2 may be capable of causing more serious illness than the original Omicron strain.

3. Political violence

The murder of Breonna Taylor and the murder of George Floyd are in the spotlight, while lawsuits are progressing to determine the fate of the former officers involved. In the trial of a former police officer involved in the raid that led to the 2020 shooting of Breonna Taylor, Brett Hankison is the only officer of three involved who was charged with a crime – although his charges are not related to Taylor’s death. Six witnesses were called to testify yesterday, and the juries will all take a trip to see the apartment complex even tomorrow. Separate and jury concluded its first day of discussion yesterday in the civil rights case of 3 former officers associated with George Floyd’s murder. The trial comes about 21 months after Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, was handcuffed and pushed to the sidewalk when Officer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck and back for more than 9 minutes, resulting in Floyd’s death. The jury is expected to resume discussions today.

4. Trump

Two top prosecutors working on the Manhattan District Attorney’s criminal investigation into the Trump organization withdrew yesterday, leaves the year old probe without two key players as it seemed to have entered a crucial phase. The reasons for their departures are still unclear, but officials say the investigation will continue. CNN reported in December that the investigation appears to be coming to fruition, with prosecutors focusing on the accuracy of the Trump organization’s accounts when seeking funding, according to people familiar with the case. Separately, former President Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka, who also served as a senior adviser to the White House now in discussions with Parliament’s committees investigates the January 6 uprising to volunteer for an interview, according to her spokeswoman and two sources familiar with the investigation.

5. Canada

The Canadian government announced that it will repeal the emergency law that allowed the use of the military to counter hauliers’ protests across the country over Covid-19 mitigation measures. “After careful consideration, we are ready to confirm that the situation is no longer an emergency,” Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said during a press conference in Ottawa yesterday, repealing the law that was imposed 10 days ago. Trudeau said police have the tools they need to continue dealing with illegal protesters, which have now been reduced to small pockets of demonstrations across the country. As the situation calms down, a heavy police presence will remain in downtown Ottawa, officials said.

REVIEW FOR BREAKFAST

Pets can increase your brain power, study says

The best type of therapist has fur and four legs! Not only does pet provide stress reduction, our furry (and scaly) friends also improve cognitive health.

Viola Davis plays Michelle Obama in the new series “The First Lady”

The pressure! Davis said it keeps her awake at night knowing that Obama might see her work.

Yeezy Gap unveils the Balenciaga collection, which includes a jacket for $ 440

Any fashion collaboration involving Kanye West = waiting list. Most of the styles in limited edition sold out within minutes after they were posted online.

Bath & Body Works CEO resigns

Despite the change in the ranks, the company has remains one of the biggest pandemic winners thanks to increased demand for its disinfectants, scented candles and air fresheners from people who spend more time at home.

A dog house hit by a meteorite has been sold at auction for $ 44,000

Fun facts: Objects hit by meteorites are actually more valuable than the meteorite itself!

TODAY’S NUMBER

100 USD

That is the price per barrel of oil that was surpassed earlier today when Russia began its attack on Ukraine. Brent oil, the global benchmark, last traded above $ 100 per barrel. barrel in 2014. Oil supplies are already tight, and analysts have warned that any disruption to exports from Russia, the world’s No. 2 oil producer, will drive prices even higher.

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“The idea that the person holding the gun and making it fire is not responsible is absurd to me.”

– Matthew Hutchinsfilm photographer Halyna Hutchins’ widower, about how he believes actor Alec Baldwin should be held accountable for the murder of his deceased wife. Halyna Hutchins died in October after Baldwin fired a prop pistol during a rehearsal on the set of the movie “Rust”. In an interview aired today on NBC, Hutchins said “several responsible parties” did not follow industry standards.

TODAY’S WEATHER

AND FINALLY

Otter-ly sweet

A robot spy posed trapped adorable genuine otters in their natural element. (Click here to see)

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