Start your week smart: Omicron, Desmond Tutu, Elizabeth Holmes, Myanmar, fitness
By Faith Karimi, CNN
The holiday season can be a difficult time to maintain your health and fitness. Between social events and opportunities for abuse, it’s easy to sabotage your health routine. But there are ways to protect your fitness from the holidays.
Here’s what else you need to know for Start your week smart.
The weekend that was
• As the highly contagious variant of Omicron spreads, experts urge people to upgrade face masks.
• Archbishop Desmond Tutu, anti-apartheid leader and spokesperson for justice in South Africa, has died at the age of 90.
• Airlines have canceled thousands of flights as staff and crew complained during the Omicron wave.
• An attack in Myanmar reportedly left more than 30 dead and Save the Children staff missing.
• European governments have condemned the arrival of “mercenary troops” in the West African nation of Mali.
The coming week
That’s the verdict that awaits as juries reconvene in the separate trials of Ghislaine Maxwell and Elizabeth Holmes. Maxwell is charged with sex trafficking, while Holmes faces criminal fraud charges. The juries will continue their deliberations after a vacation break.
A hearing is scheduled to deal with a motion by a Colorado prosecutor asking the court to reconsider Rogel Aguilera-Medero’s sentence. The truck driver was sentenced to 110 years in prison for an accident that killed four people on Interstate 70 in Denver.
Los Angeles Police are expected to release body camera video, recordings of 911 calls, radio transmissions, CCTV and other evidence of the shooting involving an officer who killed a 14-year-old girl at a factory. Burlington coats. She was in a lodge with her mother. Police shot a man suspected of assaulting a woman in the store, they said.
In Myanmar, a court could deliver a verdict in the latest trial of ousted civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi. She is accused of possessing unlicensed walkie-talkies and other foreign equipment, which, if found guilty, could result in years in prison.
Democrat Eric Adams becomes New York City’s new mayor. A private swearing-in ceremony traditionally takes place at midnight. Adams canceled a public event due to the increase in coronavirus cases.
Want more than 5 things? This week in the Sunday edition of the 5 Things podcast, we chat with CNN chief medical correspondent Dr Sanjay Gupta about our progress in the fight against Covid-19 amid an Omicron-fueled wave. Plus, we’re checking out other great health stories from 2021 and getting tips on crafting New Years Resolutions. Listen now!
Photos of the week
Monkeys warm up around a bonfire at the Japan Monkey Center in Inuyama. Here are 26 moving, fascinating and thought-provoking images from the week, curated by CNN Photos.
What is going on in entertainment
He watched a lot of tv so you don’t have to
Brian Lowry of CNN has put together a ‘best of’ TV list for 2021, a daunting task in an age of unlimited quality content and blurred lines between traditional and new formats. He’s reviewed a lot of headlines and pointed out what’s hot, what’s not and everything in between.
Time for the quiz!
Instead of our regular weekly news quiz, we have a special quiz to keep you in the holiday mood! Here’s a question to get you started:
Many Japanese families have a tradition of eating a Christmas meal at which fast food restaurant?
C. Pizza Hut
Take The CNN Holiday Quiz to see if you’re right!
Raise a glass until 2022
We have arrived at the last weekend of the year! Phew, what a ride. On the way to a much better 2022! (Click here to listen.)
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