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Happy Monday! I sneezed at the dinner table last Saturday and was stared at like I had just dropped a 20-ton bomb. So I gave up plans to make myself a drink and instead sipped on hot water with a shot of lemon. You can taste the best of both with some brilliant vitamin C cocktails today. Raise a toast to the bold women reshaping how sports are run, measure your shoe size with your phone, play a fun game and read to the end for Thursday’s golf quiz answer.
It’s often followed by Sunday delirium. President Donald Trump yesterday briefly appeared to accept that President-elect Joe Biden “won” before insisting that he was not conceding the election. That followed a night of chaos on the streets of Washington, D.C. after clashes between Trump supporters — who had rallied in the thousands mostly peacefully through the day — and counter-protesters. Police arrested 21 people. (Sources: BBC, Al Jazeera, NBC)
2. Peru People’s Power
The country’s interim President Manuel Merino resigned Sunday, bowing to mass protests less than a week after Peru’s corruption-tarnished Congress impeached popular elected former President Martín Vizcarra on unproven bribery charges. Vizcarra is seen as a crusader against corruption but it’s unclear who the country’s next president will be. What is clear, however, is the power of the Peruvian street. (Sources: WaPo, Guardian)
3. Free Trade’s Back ...
… Whether America likes it or not. Fifteen Asia-Pacific nations led by China, Japan and South Korea Sunday joined hands to form the world’s largest trade bloc representing nearly a third of humankind. The giant free trade agreement, called the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, also includes Australia, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, New Zealand, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. Should America once again try to take the helm of global trade deals? Vote on Twitter. (Sources: The Economist, FT)
4. Sahara on Fire
The independence movement of the self-governing Western Sahara region has ended a 29-year-long ceasefire with Morocco following military tensions along their border, that threaten to suck northwest Africa into a fresh conflict. (Sources: CNN, NYT)
No Fighting Over Crumbs
Other pigeons might, but New Kim certainly isn’t. The two-year-old Belgian racing pigeon was sold for $1.9 million at an auction that ended Sunday, after two Chinese suitors and a South African group battled over her. New Kim has raced just once — she won the title of “Best Young Bird” in Belgium. Pigeon racing is growing in popularity in China, driving up the prices of prize racers.
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The 58-year-old Senegalese secretary-general of FIFA, global soccer's governing body, is used to standing her ground in a club of men: she was theonly girl among seven siblings growing up. The most powerful woman in the history of the world's most popular sport, Samoura is leading efforts to clean up FIFA's image, tarnished by a series of corruption scandals; for instance, herpredecessor was accused of misusing private jets. Additionally, she's effectively running African soccer. She wasfalsely accused in 2018 of a conflict of interest relating to Morocco's 2026 World Cup bid. But Samoura, who was a humanitarian executive at the UN before her current role, has made a career out of winning against the odds: She helped foster peace in hot spots from Niger and Sierra Leone to Afghanistan and Timor-Leste. If anyone can bring FIFA to heel, she can.
2. Nita Ambani
She's married toAsia's richest man, Mukesh Ambani, but she's the unquestioned champion of the two in the sporting world. When she took charge of the cricket club Mumbai Indians in 2009,she didn't know much about the sport and the team was struggling after a year of dismal performances. Today the world's most successful cricket franchise, the Mumbai Indians won their fifth Indian Premier League title last week. She's apermanent presence in the team dugout, cheering and high-fiving players. Ambani’s also a trained teacher. And on the field, her teams usually ace their tests.
The year 2020 has shown that the nation’s issues are bigger than ever — from racial injustice to economic turmoil and from growing isolation to technological upheaval. OZY will continue to bring a wide variety of voices to the table to find the path forward. We want to kick this off at SXSW in 2021 — and could use your help to make it happen. Click here to visit the SXSW website, create an account and “vote up” our panel. Also join us on social media for the latest on resetting America.
Beyond the Vaccine
We’re all waiting for that — literal — shot in the arm that could build our immunity to COVID-19. But even once the vaccine is widely available, not everything will go back to “normal”.
Your smartphone scans your feet, measures their size and lets you try out thousands of shoes online. It’s already happening in China and the world is following. From Macy’s to L’Oréal, companies are embracing augmented reality to enable contact-free shopping and immunize their stores from the vagaries of pandemics. It’s safe, it’s cool, and it’s the future of retail.
2. Changing Workplace Benefits
Even once we have a vaccine, you’re unlikely to want to rush to a hospital or clinic if you can avoid it. That’s why more and more employers are turning to telehealth offers in their benefit packages. The pandemic has also cast a stark light on the challenges of child care — whether you’re working from home or have to step out for your job. An increasing number of firms are now offering backup child care.
3. Video Gaming Real Sports
The lines have been forever blurred. With stadiums shut for months and then reopening without — or with very few — fans, leagues and teams have rapidly developed sophisticated video game versions of physical sports. And top sports stars have been nudged into playing esports to keep their fans engaged. It worked — and no one’s going back to that distinction between physical and virtual sports again.
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These unlikely lemony cocktails with immunity as their secret ingredient will give you a healthy high.
On Thursday we asked you to identify the only U.S. state that hasn’t seen an increase in golf rounds during the pandemic. Victoria G., Brian E.H., Steve A., Brad S. and Eric A. — you got that hole-in-one! The answer’s Hawaii.