2020 really sucked so bad that now we have to sacrifice bees…

Happening in the World: The UK has temporarily allowed the use of the chemical thiamethoxam for 2021 following the rise of a virus threatening sugar beets. The chemical, which is associated with the endangerment of honeybees, has almost totally been banned by the EU and UK since 2018 in order to prevent damage to bee populations (BBC).

Happening in the US: Three members of the United States House of Representatives announced their contraction of COVID-19 following the insurrection at the Capitol last Wednesday. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ) announced her positive test Monday while Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) and Brad Schneider (D-IL) revealed their positive tests on Tuesday. House Democrats have since proposed a $500 fine to any member of Congress not wearing a mask on the House floor (USAToday).

Happening in NYC: The Vessel structure in Hudson Yards is closed indefinitely after a third suicide was committed there within the past year. Moving forward, Related Companies, the Hudson Yards developer, is consulting with suicide-prevention experts to determine the safest path forward (Gothamist).

Happening in our Community: The Physical Education and Recreation Program is holding a virtual Zumba class over Zoom on Thursday, January 14th, at 5 p.m. All fitness levels are welcome, and RSVP is required.

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