The Long-Awaited Olympics Under Covid-19 Emergency Status
The 2020 Olympics was postponed one year due to the pandemic. The Olympics are back now, but with a lot of new rules. Japan is trying to figure out how to keep the people safe and happy while still hosting the Games. This is a difficult task. Recent surveys reveal that many Japanese don’t want the Games to go ahead because they will bring lots of foreign visitors. The host city, Tokyo, saw more than 1,000 new COVID cases in four days.
Tokyo 2021 is the first Olympics to limit the audience of significant events to 10,000 people, require masks, and not allow cheering. As the weather in Tokyo in July is extremely hot, masks can be removed if people are ten meters apart – that’s almost 33 feet. Inside, there is to be no flag-waving, high fives with athletes, or asking for autographs.
The Tokyo Olympics may go down in history as the safest – and least fun – Games in history.
Lawmakers in Texas Bolt Out of Town in Protest
Last week, 30 Texas lawmakers fled the state to shut down a special session that would allow state Republicans to pass a new voting law. Democrats claim that the bill restricts the right to vote in Texas, so they went to Washington, D.C., where one of them – state Representative Chris Turner – said: “We are determined to kill this bill.”
But Texas Governor Greg Abbott had a different reaction. Abbott laid down the law: “Once they step back into the state, they will be arrested and brought back to the Capitol, and we will be conducting business.”
A Real Big Fish Story in Minnesota
How is it that a tiny goldfish can wreak havoc on an entire ecosystem? Well, according to the Carver County website, the one-time pets “reproduce rapidly and are hardy… They can live to be 25 years old, and once established, no easy solution exists to remove an invasive species like goldfish.” And they know this first-hand: Last fall, more than 50,000 goldfish were captured at Big Woods Lake in a suburb of Minneapolis in Carver County, not far from Burnsville. Officials there are still attempting to restore the waterway.
Just north of Minnesota, in neighboring Canada, authorities estimate that as many as 50 million goldfish may inhabit Lake Ontario. Goldfish thrive in exceptionally cold conditions and low-oxygenated waters. As a result, the setting free of goldfish or other species is against the law in nearly every state.