Life is a highway in the sense that maybe you don’t know when large unexpected events will totally hinder any intentions of being fully functional.

Happening in the World: After images arose of French President Emmanuel Macron and Russian President Vladimir Putin sitting twenty feet apart during their head-to-head talks on how to diffuse a potential conflict in Ukraine, the world was left confused. However, the Palace has stepped forward and clarified that the seating arrangement was a response to Macron’s denial to get a Kremlin-demanded COVID-19 test. While the President is known to be a supporter of COVID-19 safety guidelines, there are rumors that the reason for his denial was to avoid DNA theft. (CNN)

Happening in the US: The United States Department of Homeland Security has issued a warning against threats of trucker protests that may disrupt Super Bowl activities this coming Sunday. Led by a faction of Canadian truckers, the protests aim to criticize the vaccine requirements that are required by transportation employees. Although they have been contained to their Canadian origin of Ottawa for now, law enforcement agencies around the country have been notified of the situation and are preparing against any disruptions that may arise. (BBC)

Happening in NYC: Beginning today, thousands of city employees may face unemployment if they choose to remain unvaccinated. The 3,000 workers who stand to lose their jobs have been identified as those who declined to apply for a medical or religious exemption or were denied one. While no official reports of city-wide employment termination have been made, the city now awaits the next steps of newly elected Mayor Eric Adams. (Gothamist)

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