Off to a Great Start
Well not really
With a new decade, many people were hopeful for a fresh start. They were very optimistic for what was to come, and were expecting 2020 to be the year everything fell into place: the year everything was going to be great. But, it is January 29th, and that hope for a great new start has already begun to fall short.
There are many things going on with our country and around the world. So let’s give a quick refresher.
Impeachment trials continue to brew:
President Donald Trump continues to be put on trial for multiple things. It is hard to keep track of all the new things he has supposedly done wrong to be impeached. But, the main thing the Democrats are mostly fighting with to impeach Trump is the fact that he withheld aid from Ukraine until their government investigated Democratic presidential candidate Biden and Bidens son, Hunter. As of late, news broke that John R. Bolton testified that Trump had told him to withhold the military aid in August. He was the national security advisor. Though the Republicans had been widely denying this claim, they have now switched their defense claiming that even if the president may have done this, is not an impeachable offense. But perjury is, right?
Coronavirus threat continues:
The deadly virus sweeping through much of China and Asia, continues to take hold of many as January comes to a close. While the first U.S. patient with the virus was identified around January 15th, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website says that they first alerted clinicians on January 8th to be aware of possible coronavirus symptoms. As of today, there are 6,171 known cases of coronavirus and 133 deaths. So far, all deaths have occurred in China. However, the cases of the virus can be found in 17 countries, including, but not limited to, South Korea, France, Germany, Canada, and the United States. There are 5 confirmed cases in the U.S.: 1 in Arizona, 2 in California, 1 in Washington State, and 1 in Illinois. Scientists have yet to pinpoint how the virus is spreading, meaning if human to human contact can spread the disease. However, scientists pinpointed the 2 causes behind the outbreak in China. The first is the consumption of bats in Wuhan, China. It is said that the illness likely was transmitted from bats, snakes, and then to humans. The outbreak is said to have started at a wet market in Wuhan selling a variety of animals. However, there is a theory that the virus was leaked from a facility studying the virus. But, U.S. health officials continue to tell the American public that their risk level to intercepting the virus is low at this point, claiming the flu should be their biggest concern.
Airplane crashes in Iran:
A Ukranian Boeing Plane crashed in Iran on January 8th, killing all 176 people aboard. While at first there was speculation that the crash was a terrorist attack, later evidence came out that Iranian missiles were responsible for the tragedy. After President Trump ordered the assasintation of Iran’s top military commander Qassem Soleimani, American and Iranian tensions heightened resulting in Iran tightening their security. The Islamic Republic reportedly accidentally shot down the plan with their own missiles. And while Iran took responsibility of the tragedy during a time of intense international scrutiny, its president said the root cause of the incident was caused by U.S. actions. At the time, the assasination of Iran’s president, Iran retaliations, and the airplane crash had caused many people to fear a potential new war with Iran.
Australian wildfires continue to spread:
While Australia has a fire season every year during their summer months, due to hot and dry weather, Australia continues to be consumed in the worst wildfires they have had in decades. However, some of the fires are not just due to the climate. 24 people have been arrested for purposefully starting bushfires, while authorities have taken legal action against 183 people for fire related offenses. There have been fires in every Australian state, but New South Wales has taken the hardest blow. Fires have swarmed through wooded areas and national parks like the Blue Mountains. Australia’s major cities have also been affected, including Melbourne and Sydney. In December, Sydney’s air quality was 11 times the hazardous level. About half a billion animals have been affected, but that is not an accurate estimate. The number of total animals affected could reach one billion nationwide. The human death toll is at least 27, including American firefighters who flew out to help.
Helicopter crash kills 9 in Calabasas:
On January 26th, Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna, died in a helicopter crash along with 7 other people. The retired NBA player was on his way to his daughter basketball practice when the chopper was flying through very foggy weather at 9:45 a.m. The National Transportation Board and the Federal Aviation Administration said the helicopter plummeted to the ground 2,000 ft. per minute which resulted in a high-energy-impact crash. The chopper was not equipped with critical safety and precautionary equipment that was missing from many past deadly helicopter crashes as well.
So, the year hasn’t had the best start. Tragedy has stuck across the world, and the beginning of a new decade has started out as grim. However, there are 11 more months left this year, and there are 119 more months left in this decade. There is plenty more time for things to turn around.