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Daylight Saving Time, and good news
Good morning everyone, and happy Saturday! We hope you’re enjoying the weekend, and we’ll see you on Monday!
0:05- Don’t forget to set those clocks
Tomorrow morning at 2am we’ll be “spring”-ing forward an hour and entering Daylight Saving (no, it’s not plural) Time. The concept, which was first introduced in 1916 in Germany during wartime to conserve electricity, persists today to give people more daylight during traditional hours. Not everyone loves it though—both Arizona and Hawaii don’t participate in the practice, and a couple of other states have introduced legislation to squash the idea too.
0:24- The good news keeps coming
After a tumultuous initial rollout, the US has now officially vaccinated more than 101.1M people out of 133.3M doses that have been distributed— a good indicator that President Biden’s tentative goal of a July 4th country reopening is on schedule. In terms of percent, ~19.9% of all US adults are vaccinated, with 52% of those people being fully inoculated. States are also beginning to open the vaccination process as well. Yesterday Michigan announced that vaccines will be available to every adult starting on April 1st, making them the third state to do so behind Alaska and Utah.
0:51- Tensions rise in NY over Governor Andrew Cuomo allegations
As sexual harassment allegations continue to mount, NY Governor Andrew Cuomo has found himself the target over calls for resignation. Yesterday House Judiciary Committee Chairmen Jerrold Nadler called for Cuomo’s resignation on Twitter saying, “Gov. Cuomo has lost the confidence of the people of New York. Gov. Cuomo must resign”, a sentiment that was later echoed by eight other NY legislators including Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Cuomo responded by saying that he wouldn’t be a victim of cancel culture, and that the investigations should go forward with New Yorkers and politicians withholding judgement until there are results.
1:16- $25 billion for 5Gs
Yesterday Verizon announced that it was raising $25Bn in a bond sale to help expand their 5G service—a very expensive endeavor. This move comes after they’ve already won $45.5Bn from the government, and $8Bn in additional payments for the same task.
1:27- Man’s best friend
Is a bird? A recent study conducted by the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research found that people were typically happier when they were surrounded by a wider variety of birds. Apparently avian diversity is just as important as someone’s income (according to the study).
Have a great rest of your day, and we’ll see you tomorrow bright and early!
-The 90 Second News Team
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