Shark Scoop - April 24, 2022

Shark Scoop is a weekly roundup of five stories that examine developments in global, national, and local news, as well as a top headline in entertainment and sports. By: MIKHAIL KULINETS / NEWS CO-EDITOR



NYC teachers to be Investigated Over the Use of Fake Vaccine Cards

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Recently, the NY Department of Education (D.O.E.) put several state teachers on unpaid leave while they investigate the use of fake Covid-19 vaccine cards by said teachers. Approximately 70 teachers were put on leave due to the possibility of illegally using fake vaccine cards to continue working. In addition to the D.O.E, the FDNY, the Sanitation Department and several other state departments have also had the same issues with fake vaccination cards being used by their employees. This claim was submitted on behalf of school teachers and psychologists, school social workers, school secretaries and paraprofessionals, however some already received an “error” notice. Toni Gantz, executive deputy counsel for the DOE states that, “ unpaid leave is not a disciplinary measure against lawbreakers, but related more to the employees’ eligibility status for adhering to different procedures.”


Johnny Depp and Amber Heard Face Off in Court

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Court proceedings between Hollywood actor Johnny Depp and actress Amber Heard continue this week. Heard, who is Depp’s ex-wife, and is an actress herself and is an activist for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). The basis of the trial surrounds an article that Heard wrote for the Washington Post in 2018, describing her life as a victim of domestic violence and. In 2019, Depp sued her for allegedly defaming him in the op-ed. Both sides are accusing each other of poisoning their reputation and repeated domestic abuse during their marriage.


Liz Carmouche and Juliana Velasquez take to the Ring

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This Friday night, Liz Carmouche fought for the Bellator flyweight title and claimed it against opponent Juliana Velasquez. In the fourth-round, TKO halted the match over a move made by Velasquez. It was then subsequently evident to all who watched that this verdict made her visibly upset with the referee's decision to interrupt the contest. The fight was enjoyed by and both sides showed some powerful kicks and hits, however by the end Carmouche started dropping elbows thus causing the referee, Mike Beltran, to see he had seen enough to stop the fight at the end of the fourth round.


Emmanuel Macron Projected to Win French Presidential Election

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The current President of France, Emmanuel Macron, is projected to have won by preliminary vote counts with 58.3 percent and over 17 million votes and could be the first French leader to be re-elected since 2002. His opponent this year was far-right politician Marine Le Pen, who made decent headway in this year’s election. In 2017, Macron beat Marine Le Pen with over 66 percent of the votes, possibly making this the second time that he has beat out Le Pen. While projections are usually a reliable source for predictions, there is still plenty of time for Le Pen to pull ahead in the votes as ballots are still being counted.


Update: The Russian Invasion of Ukraine

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President Volodymyr Zelensky recently commented on the invasion of Ukraine and that he believes it is simply just the beginning of a bigger war. “They want to capture other countries,” said Zelensky in an overnight address recently. British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, recently spoke with Zelensky on April 23 to gain further military support. They spoke of imposing stricter sanctions and the next stages of military action which could include transferring heavy tanks to Ukraine through Polish territories. Zelensky also shared a glimmer of hope saying, “we will be able to show the occupiers that the day when they will be forced to leave Ukraine is approaching,” according to a report from the New York Times.

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