Coronavirus Fears Lead US to Telework

As universities and government agencies employ telework policies in fear of coronavirus, Alphabet, Google’s parent company has recommended its North American employees to work from home through April 10.

Although governments and schools have implemented telework or online course policies regionally or within its city boundaries, Google is asking everyone in the entire continent to follow this system.

As COVID-19 spread throughout Washington state, Google, Amazon, Microsoft, and Facebook had encouraged its employees to work from home.

Google has also cancelled its annual developer conference Google I/O, due to COVID-19 worries. Furthermore, Google will establish COVID-19 fund which will enable temporary staff and vendors globally to take paid sick leave if they have potential COVID-19 symptoms or cannot work due to quarantine.

The US executive branch plans to meet with representatives from tech companies to discuss COVID-19 response efforts, where they will meet remotely.

Unwittingly, it seems that a virus may trigger a permanent shift in business and administration in the American workforce.

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Unknown Suspects at Large with 8 people dead from shooting in Hanau, Germany

Police guard the scenery in front of a restaurant in central Hanau, Germany Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020. German police say several people were shot to death in the city of Hanau on Wednesday evening. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

Police asked the public for any information related with 8 people that were killed on Wednesday evening shooting in Hanau, Germany.

According to Hanau police department, there were two shooting events. Police are searching for any leads on the identity of suspects and asked the public for help.

A military base located in Hanau, near by Frankfurt and armed police closed two streets where shootings occurred today.

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US Universities: Educational or Multi-billion dollar enterprises with murky financial systems?

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The Education Department sent a letter requesting Harvard and Yale universities to disclose records of contracts or gifts from Iran, Russia, Saudi Arabia, China and Qatar. The Department believes that the universities failed to disclose around $375 million in foreign funding.

Education Department is willing to refer this matter to the Justice Department if schools do not comply, as such funding could impact the quality of education in ways to include the spreading of propaganda.

Department’s investigation is said to have found more than $6.5 billion in foreign funding.

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First Person-to-Person Coronavirus Spread Happens in US

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CDC confirmed that a woman who recently traveled to China and returned through Chicago airport spread the virus to her husband. Now with confirmed 6 cases, Illinois is attempting to verify 21 possible cases. CDC is verifying 92 more people for possible coronavirus infection. CDC already cleared 68 as testing negative for the coronavirus.

There are currently 7,800 confirmed infections globally, with most in China. CDC does not see a need to wear masks to protect oneself in public but did advise washing hands with soap for at least 20 seconds and to avoid close interaction with people who were sick.

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Sun’s surface is like Rice Cake: Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope produces Photo of the Sun

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The National Science Foundation’s 4-meter, preeminent solar telescope on the summit of Haleakala, Maui in Hawai’i captured the clearest image of the Sun’s surface to date, which showed a pattern of turbulent “boiling” plasma, covering the entire star.  Each cell-like structures’ sizes are comparable to the State of Texas.

These cells represent signature of violent motions which allow transportation of heat from the inside of the Sun to its surface, before collapsing back below the surface once cooled by the vacuum of space, in a process called convection.

National Science Foundation’s Inouye Solar Telescope will also be used to map the magnetic fields within the Sun’s corona, and will be used to help predict and understand the Sun’s effect on space weather and Earth.

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Boeing will Evict Peregrine Falcons from the MAX Hangar

After two fatal 737 Max crashes, Boeing plant in Renton, Washington remained idle. However, as the talks of plane crashes ensue, the two peregrine falcons that have nested within the plant will need to leave or risk being locked inside.

As peregrine falcons are typically very difficult to trap and rehomed, but it was also seen as being highly unusual, as in the northwest, birds typically wander and return to familiar areas to breed in spring and nest.

Boeing officials have contacted the USDA and hopes to try to relocate the birds or keep them evicted by closing the hangar, and hope that the birds relocate in time for their mating cycle.

Reaching flight speeds up to 200 mph (about third of 737 Max during flight), it seems almost fitting that one of the fastest birds chose a hangar to rest in.

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The coronavirus outbreak that started in Wuhan, China in US?

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Originating from Wuhan City in China, the coronavirus infected more than 400 people and caused at least 17 people to die. With one confirmed case of infection reported in Washington State, it is unclear whether another infection has taken hold in New Jersey. However, the hospital officials are taking all precautions in attempting to verify the diagnosis.

The coronavirus can cause fever, cough, shortness of breath and can develop into pneumonia. While China has quarantined Wuhan to prevent the spread of the virus, people who traveled to Wuhan recently could have been exposed to the virus.

It seems however, the general concern is that the risk to the public health is still low.

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Japan’s Nuclear Levels Still Too High for Safe Olympics

The Japanese national safety standard for allowable radioactivity is 0.23 microsieverts per hour. For a good example, Tokyo averages at about 0.04 microsieverts per hour.

Greenpeace urged Japan to abandon Olympic activities including the Olympic torch relay in Fukushima, the site of extensive radioactive damage from the 2011 tsunami. Based on reading as high as 1.7 microsieverts per hour measured at one meter above the surface, and a reading of 71 microsieverts per hour at the surface level.

In response, Japan argued that it read 0.111 microsieverts per hour at the main entrance one day, and one of the fields showed a rating of 0.085 microsieverts per hour.

Given that Japan has been very inconsistent in acting upon its nuclear waste policy, it is unclear whether the data from Japan can be trusted. It is also questionable as to whether Greenpeace’s data can be trusted, given the organization’s reputation.

It would be advisable for a neutral third-party such as the UN or the International Atomic Energy Agency to step in and provide a non-partisan data, as an average person safely absorbs about 3.65 microsieverts a year.

It would be advisable for a neutral third-party such as the UN or the International Atomic Energy Agency to step in and provide a non-partisan data, as an average person safely absorbs about 3.65 microsieverts a year.

Japan’s data may show that it is safe for olympic athletes to engage in sports in Fukushima, but if Greenpeace’s data is correct, then the international community is putting the lives of these valuable athletes in great danger.

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African-American Students Leadership Conference (AASLE) expands to include the Asian-Americans and Latino Americans

After New Year Ball drops down at the Time Square in NYC, Dr.Aminata Njeri starts to pack her travel luggage for the annual student leadership conference.

She carefully places the projector, cords, and all other belongings into her pink luggage.

Every year, she adds new gadgets. She changes out an old part with something new, as she professes to be an early adopter to keep up with the changes.

With longer than 20 years of service in public, She has taught students from all over the states, and now does so worldwide. Dr. Aminata has brought up many influential people through African-Asian Students Leadership Conference, an annual educational event.  She travels coast to coast to give encouraging messages to students everywhere.

At this conference, the Conference decided to open its services to Asian and Hispanic students.

During the 2020 Conference, Dr. Aminata and Dr. Bryant raised the importance of bringing in Asian and Hispanic students to create a more universally represented student conference.

This year, more than 300 college student leaders from North to South, West to East gathered at Fairmont Hotel in DC.

They stayed from Thursday to Sunday (Jan.9, – Jan.12, 2020) to learn from others and to connect with other like-minded students.

 

The main theme of this year conference is “The Year of Yes, No Is Not An Option”.

Full of energy, enthusiastic attitudes, and positive thinking being the focus of this conference, Dr. Aminata explained how to transform obstacles into something positive in our lives.

Dr. Jennifer, who is working to open this event to Asian and Latino students also gave hopeful insights for the future of the Conference.

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Plea from China: Slave Laborer Hides Secret Message in Christmas Card

런던에 살고 있는 6살 소녀는 크리스마스카드 안에 쓰여 있던 노트로 세상의 어두움에 대해 배우게 되었다. 영국의 마트 체인 테스코에서 산 카드 안에는 “우리는 상하이 칭푸 감옥에 있는 외국인 포로입니다. 우리는 현재 강제 노동자입니다. 제발 인권 협회를 연락 할 수 있게 도와주십시오” 라고 적혀 있었다. 그들은 피터 험프리를 연락해 달라고 부탁했다. 그는 약 4년 전 중국 상하이 칭푸 감옥에 잡혀있었던 기록이 있다.

일요일, 테스코는 카드 공장과 모든 관계를 멈추고 조사를 하라고 했다. 중국의 외무 겅슈앙은 피터 험프리가 거짓을 뿌리고 있다고 주장했다. 크리스마스카드 공장의 관리인 슈 윤쟈는 칭푸 감옥과 계약이 없다고 설명했다.

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