News Roundup, February 18

Good morning, today is Saturday, February 18th and here are the stories that interest me.

The heir to Samsung, Lee Jae-yong has been arrested for corruption charges linked to embattled President  Park Geun-hye in the middle of a massive impeachment trial. Lee, the de-facto president of Samsung is accused of giving Missions to President Park in return of the Government’s approval of a controversial merger that secured his hold on Samsung. Both Samsung and Lee deny the allegations.

Around 2,000 people in Belarus are protesting against a “Law against social parasites” which requires people who work less than 183 days a year to pay a fine. The law, passed in 2015 was created to fill the loss of tax revenue from non-traditional and part-time workers. Under the law, people not registered as “unemployed” fall under this law, including housewives/househusbands, freelancers, and people living abroad. This protests marks one of the largest in the country in many years.

The Oroville Dam in Northern California is quickly being shored up ahead of several major storms coming to the state this weekend, threatening the already beleaguered Dam by over-spilling its banks. The Dam, which spill way started to collapse last week, forcing the evacuations of thousands, will be put to the test again as over 100,000 cubic feet of water is predicted to descend from the mountains.

And finally, the first night with the puppy went well! a couple of wake up moments with her crying. She just needed some company before going back to sleep. So, far a very happy puppy.

 

And with that, have a great weekend!

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