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World’s biggest volcano erupts, Black Friday and Cyber Monday break records

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The World’s biggest volcano is erupting; a recall is issued for sippy cups; and this Cyber Monday could break records. These stories and more highlight the midday rundown for Monday, Nov. 28, 2022.

World’s most active volcano erupts

The world’s largest active volcano is erupting in Hawaii for the first time in nearly 40 years. Even though Mauna Loa has been dormant since 1984, officials have noticed an increase in seismic activity over the past few months. The volcano covers half of the island. 

Lava is not threatening downhill communities, but there is an ash-fall advisory in place.

U.S. eases sanctions on Venezuela

Over the weekend, the Biden administration eased oil sanctions on Venezuela, and the Treasury Department granted Chevron permission to pump oil in Venezuela and expand its operations.

Venezuela was slapped with the sanctions 15 years ago for human rights abuses, drug trafficking and corruption. A vast portion of migrants entering the U.S. for asylum come from Venezuela to escape persecution. The move was an attempt to curb revenue to a country that holds the world’s largest oil reserves.

 The Biden administration is easing sanctions after the Venezuelan government opened the door to its opposition party to discuss humanitarian crises.

Recall issued on stainless steel sippy cups

An important recall alert has been issued for parents of toddlers. Potential lead poisoning has caused thousands of sippy cups to be recalled. The stainless steel bottles from Green Sprouts are sold at popular retailers like Whole Foods and Bed Bath and Beyond.

The danger is that if the bottle breaks, it could potentially expose your toddler to a toxic metal that can cause poisoning if ingested.

Black Friday, Cyber Monday break records

It’s the most wonderful time of the year for retail, after a booming Black Friday set records on spending. Cyber Monday is projected to do the same thing.

Black Friday raked in more than 9 billion dollars in sales and now Cyber Monday is projected to break online purchasing record with $11 billion in sales. 

Holiday promotions are tempting consumers even amid high inflation.

Word of the year: Gaslighting

“The word of the year for 2022 from Merriam-Webster is gaslighting. The act or practice of grossly misleading someone, especially for one’s own advantage,” said Merriam-Webster Editor at Large Peter Sokoloski.

Webster’s word of the year is “gaslighting.” Searches of the word on their website increased 1,700% compared to last year. It’s a term frequently heard on the dating scene. 

WORLD’S MOST ACTIVE VOLCANO ERUPTS

THE WORLD’S LARGEST ACTIVE-VOLCANO IS ERUPTING IN HAWAII.

THE FIRST TIME IT’S DONE SO IN NEARLY FORTY YEARS.

THIS BYSTANDER RECORDING LAVA IN THE DISTANCE…STUNNED BY IT’S ERUPTION.

MAUNA LOA HAS BEEN DORMANT SINCE 1984.

IT COVERS HALF THE ISLAND OF HAWAII.

OFFICIALS HAVE NOTICED AN INCREASE IN SEISMIC ACTIVITY IN THE AREA OVER THE PAST FEW MONTHS.

THE LAVA IS NOT THREATENING DOWNHILL COMMUNITIES AT THIS TIME, BUT THERE IS AN ASH-FALL ADVISORY IN PLACE.

U.S. EASES SANCTIONS ON VENEZUELA

OVER THE WEEKEND THE BIDEN ADMINISTRATION EASED OIL SANCTIONS ON VENEZUELA.

AND THE TREASURY DEPARTMENT GRANTING CHEVRON PERMISSION TO PUMP OIL IN VENEZUELA AND EXPAND ITS OPERATIONS.

THE SANCTIONS WERE PLACED ON VENEZUELA 15 YEARS AGO FOR HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES, DRUG TRAFFICKING, AND CORRUPTION. THE SANCTIONS WERE SEEN AS A WAY TO CURB REVENUE TO A COUNTRY THAT HOLDS THE WORLD’S LARGEST OIL RESERVES.

A VAST PORTION OF MIGRANTS ENTERING THE U-S FOR ASYLUM COME FROM VENEZUELA TO ESCAPE PERSECUTION.

THE BIDEN ADMINISTRATION IS EASING SANCTIONS AFTER THE VENEZUELAN GOVERNMENT OPENED THE DOOR TO ITS OPPOSITION PARTY TO DISCUSS HUMANITARIAN CRISES.

STAINLESS STEEL SIPPY CUP RECALL

AN IMPORTANT RECALL ALERT FOR PARENTS OF TODDLERS. THOUSANDS OF SIPPY CUPS ARE BEING RECALLED OVER POTENTIAL LEAD POISONING.

IT’S THE STAINLESS-STEEL BOTTLES FROM GREEN SPROUTS THAT’S SOLD AT POPULAR RETAILERS LIKE WHOLE FOODS AND BED BATH AND BEYOND.

THE BOTTLE COULD POTENTIALLY BREAK AND EXPOSE YOUR TODDLER TO A TOXIC METAL THAT CAN CAUSE POISONING IF INGESTED.

BLACK FRIDAY, CYBER MONDAY BREAK RECORDS

IT’S THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR FOR RETAIL, AFTER A BOOMING BLACK FRIDAY SET RECORDS ON SPENDING. CYBER MONDAY IS PROJECTED TO DO THE SAME THING.

BLACK FRIDAY RAKED IN MORE THAN 9 BILLION DOLLARS IN SALES. AND CYBER MONDAY MIGHT JUST TAKE THE CAKE.

WITH A PROJECTION OF MORE THAN 11 BILLION DOLLARS GOING TOWARD ONLINE PURCHASES THIS YEAR.

HOLIDAY PROMOTIONS TEMPTING CONSUMERS EVEN AS HIGH INFLATION PERSISTS.

WORD OF THE YEAR: GASLIGHTING

PETER SOKOLOSKI | MERRIAM-WEBSTER EDITOR AT LARGE: “The word of the year for 2022 from Merriam-Webster is gaslighting. The act or practice of grossly misleading someone, especially for one’s own advantage.”

WEBSTER’S WORD OF THE YEAR…GASLIGHTING.

SEARCHES OF THE WORD ON THEIR WEBSITE INCREASED 17 HUNDRED PERCENT COMPARED TO LAST YEAR. IT’S A TERM FREQUENTLY HEARD ON THE DATING SCENE. AND IF YOU’VE HEARD IT, THAT PROBABLY MEANS YOU’VE DONE SOMETHING WRONG.

The World’s biggest volcano is erupting; a recall is issued for sippy cups; and this Cyber Monday could break records. These stories and more highlight the midday rundown for Monday, Nov. 28, 2022.

World’s most active volcano erupts

The world’s largest active volcano is erupting in Hawaii for the first time in nearly 40 years. Even though Mauna Loa has been dormant since 1984, officials have noticed an increase in seismic activity over the past few months. The volcano covers half of the island. 

Lava is not threatening downhill communities, but there is an ash-fall advisory in place.

U.S. eases sanctions on Venezuela

Over the weekend, the Biden administration eased oil sanctions on Venezuela, and the Treasury Department granted Chevron permission to pump oil in Venezuela and expand its operations.

Venezuela was slapped with the sanctions 15 years ago for human rights abuses, drug trafficking and corruption. A vast portion of migrants entering the U.S. for asylum come from Venezuela to escape persecution. The move was an attempt to curb revenue to a country that holds the world’s largest oil reserves.

 The Biden administration is easing sanctions after the Venezuelan government opened the door to its opposition party to discuss humanitarian crises.

Recall issued on stainless steel sippy cups

An important recall alert has been issued for parents of toddlers. Potential lead poisoning has caused thousands of sippy cups to be recalled. The stainless steel bottles from Green Sprouts are sold at popular retailers like Whole Foods and Bed Bath and Beyond.

The danger is that if the bottle breaks, it could potentially expose your toddler to a toxic metal that can cause poisoning if ingested.

Black Friday, Cyber Monday break records

It’s the most wonderful time of the year for retail, after a booming Black Friday set records on spending. Cyber Monday is projected to do the same thing.

Black Friday raked in more than 9 billion dollars in sales and now Cyber Monday is projected to break online purchasing record with $11 billion in sales. 

Holiday promotions are tempting consumers even amid high inflation.

Word of the year: Gaslighting

“The word of the year for 2022 from Merriam-Webster is gaslighting. The act or practice of grossly misleading someone, especially for one’s own advantage,” said Merriam-Webster Editor at Large Peter Sokoloski.

Webster’s word of the year is “gaslighting.” Searches of the word on their website increased 1,700% compared to last year. It’s a term frequently heard on the dating scene. 

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