Monday January 2, 2016 5 Top Stories to Start Your Day
1. The New Year’s Eve attack on a nightclub in Istanbul, Turkey, death toll rose to 39 and ISIS is now claiming responsibility for the deadly attack. The killer stormed the Reina nightclub in Istanbul armed with an AK-47 injuring 69 during the attack. The alleged shooter is still on the loose with a large manhunt ensuing. The horror began after New Year’s Eve early Sunday morning when the gunman arrived outside the club in a yellow taxi. He then shot dead a policeman stationed outside before storming in and opening fire with an assault rifle.
2. President Elect Donald Trump spoke about computer security and whether there is proof that Russia actually hacked the Democratic National Committee this past summer. Trump stated that “no computer is safe” and that, as far as he has been told, “hacking is a very hard thing to prove.” Fellow Republican, Senator John McCain of Arizona called the actions of Russia involving the hacking of the DNC, “act of war.” McCain questioned the sanctions that President Obama leveled on Russia last week as insufficient, and too little, too late.
3. Leader Kim Jong-un announced Sunday that North Korea was about to test a missile that could be launched at enemies in the US and elsewhere. North Korea has already tested 3 devices while President Obama has been in office. Kim said in a televised speech Sunday that North Korea “will continue to strengthen its ability based on nuclear might to mount a preemptive attack.”
4. A New Year’s day prank left many in Hollywood a bit speechless. The iconic “Hollywood” sign was vandalized by someone who used a black tarp to transform the letters into a message celebrating marijuana. The new logo created, Hollyweed. The transformation was easily repaired as the sign was not painted or cut. Sgt. Robert Payan said of the incident that the vandal was dressed in all black, and he could face a misdemeanor trespassing charges.
5. In France, workers awoke to a new law on New Year’s day that allows employees to skip those after work hours’ email or texts. The new employment law requires French companies with more than 50 employees to begin drawing up policies with their workers about limiting work-related technology usage outside the office hours. Benoit Hamon, Socialist member of Parliament and former French education minister remarked that the law protects employees. Hamon stated that, “Employees physically leave the office, but they do not leave their work. They remain attached by a kind of electronic leash, like a dog.” The new law will stop that.
Agnes Bedard calls herself a daughter of the 60's. She stills believe that one voice can lead us out of darkness, that one person can start a change, and that one act of kindness can change one person's world. Politics is how the world works to change and that is why she is so passionate about it. As Agnes said we need to fight for our f.uture. Agnes Bedard is also the author of "Before I was Me" Bedard is also a wife, mother and grandmother