A month ago, we all were worried about the scare of Ebola. One victim, Dr. Craig Spencer, has been declared free of the disease, and was discharged from Bellevue Hospital in New York City. Mayor Bill de Blasio and his First Lady hugged Spencer in front of the media and a crowded audience. In another story, the family of Ebola victim Thomas Eric Duncan, who died at Dallas Hospital, reached a financial settlement with the hospital as reported. The negligence case has been closed, and business will be as usual.
Another story gives light to the work of New York City's firefighters, who rescued two men when a scaffolding broke at the 69th floor. They were rescued by the NYFD from the window of the 68th floor. One World Trade Center is the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, at 104 stories and a height of 1,776 feet.
The U.S. and China reached a historic climate control agreement. The media has made many reports about China not cooperating with the rally for climate control. They have been accused of using child labor as well. As reported by CNN World News, "Under the agreement, the United States would cut its 2005 level of carbon emissions by 26-28% before the year 2025. China would peak its carbon emissions by 2030 and will also aim to get 20% of its energy from zero-carbon emission sources by the same year."
This is a very good deal. We all are worried about climate change. However, the deal is not clear and guaranteed. As we all know, the United States is very carefully trying to reduce global warming. Hopefully, the world consumer product leader - China - will follow as they have signed the agreement with President Obama.
Russian President Putin and U.S. President Obama met or passed by each other at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit, Nov. 11, 2014 in Beijing. Per the news, Obama were looking at Putin with a cross eye, and both leaders did not have any formal meetings. They did however have three quick meetings.
Day by day, we are losing control of our data and privacy. If you go online and have some knowledge of programs, you can get any information from anyone you wish by paying just a few bucks. It is dangerous, and it is harder to control. The government says it can control this a lot more than now, but the government has been collecting data and personal information themselves! So it is very difficult for the government to protect people, especially U.S. citizens.
So far, Newark Mayor Ras Baraka has done quite a number of great things. However, to expect Newark to be changed instantly is too much to ask of anyone. The FBI has released its Uniform Crime Report statistics for 2013. Newark - the largest city in the state at a population of over 278,000 people - had 112 murders, which is three times more than the next city on the list (Trenton, 37). Newark also had 2,894 motor vehicle thefts. The next closest city was Elizabeth at 1,001. Newark also recorded 2,433 robberies - almost three times more the next city (Paterson, 848) - and 8,965 property crimes.
While I believe that Mayor Baraka is the transformative leader the city needs, it will take time, as Newark led New Jersey in every major crime category. One key problem is that no one says anything when a crime is committed. This changes when those who do not say anything become victims themselves. The pressure is also on the police, in which many citizens tell us about incidents where they do not give full effort to the job, and only show up to work to collect a check. In no short terms, Mayor Baraka and his team have quite the task ahead of them.
Have a wonderful week. I'll talk to you next week.