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Good morning! Sorting out a cupboard recently, we stumbled upon poems my father-in-law once wrote to my mother-in-law (who promptly pointed out that he stopped the moment they were married). Try some fun, lesser-known poetry styles today as you meet the players revolutionizing rugby; visit surprising stock markets on a high and learn about global celebrations that mirror Thanksgiving. Read to the end for the answer to Friday’s chess question.
We’re talking about former South African President Jacob Zuma and his French counterpart Nicolas Sarkozy. When your time in office ends, so does your legal immunity. Both Zuma and Sarkozy are now facing trials over charges of corruption.
There’s more than the fate of a neighborhood bookstore at stake. An Israeli cabinet minister has confirmed that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu flew to Riyadh last weekend to meet with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Riyadh has denied the meeting, but if it did take place, it would suggest Saudi Arabia and Israel might be edging toward a historic deal.
Monkeys are naughty. In Lobpuri, Thailand, they’re note-y too. British pianist Paul Barton is performing concerts to calm hungry macaques who don’t have tourists to feed them amid the pandemic. They like Beethoven — but they also nibble at Barton’s sheet music, play with his hair and walk on the piano keys. Monkey business can be serious stuff. Watch.
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A skip to the left to throw off one opponent, then a swivel and a sprinter's dash to race past the remaining two in his way. Earlier this month,Mo'unga scored 23 points for New Zealand as the team trounced archrivals Australia 43-5. It was no one-off performance. Born to aTongan father and Samoan mother, the 26-year-old was told growing up thathe was too small to succeed at rugby. Today he’s the face and future of the All Blacks — New Zealand’s national team — in a country where rugby racism was once the norm.
2. Zenay Jordaan
The 29-year-old once trained to become a firefighter. Today she puts out fires for the South African women's rugby team on the field. Now the champion player — arguably her country’s all-time best — who used to sneak out of her house to play rugby against boys is preparing for her sixth world championships in 2021, inspiring young women of color to take up the sport.
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Meet the Next Rihanna
Rising music superstar Saweetie reveals her dream to build a billion-dollar, multi-industry global brand on The Carlos Watson Show later today. The woman behind “Icy Grl,” “My Type” and “Tap In” shares the story of her love affair with fellow rapper Quavo, her politics — and why sports is her first love.
Next Big Stock Markets
Unlike the U.S. stock markets, these other surprising exchanges are rising and innovating without the boost of good vaccine news.
Argentina’s exchange should be renamed Marvel. It has grown 25 percent since the start of a year when most other stock exchanges tanked and then barely recovered. The Dow Jones Composite Average, for instance, is just 4.8 percent up since January. Merval’s helped by what analysts are calling a “risk-on” mentality where investors are eyeing low-priced stocks as worthwhile pickings. The country’s escape from a debt crisis has helped.
Being small and nimble has its own advantages (we know that well at OZY). So it is for the MERJ exchange in the offshore banking hub of Seychelles. Its market cap is just $1.2 billion — but it was the fastest-expanding stock market over the past year. And they're experimenting like no one else, letting investors use blockchain-based tokens to invest in shares of collectible luxury cars that were previously available only to the super rich.
Thanksgiving might be a uniquely North American holiday. But the sentiment behind it is shared in diverse cultural celebrations around the world.
It means “hooting at hunger.” But before the hooting comes silence. This harvest festival of Ghana's Ga tribe recalls past deadly famines and starts with the planting of millet, followed with aban on drums for 30 days.Then it's party time — with songs, dances, parades and drumming; and afeast of kpoikpoi, a traditional dish made from maize and palm oil.
2. Moon Festival
Prayers, poems and feasts mark this Chinesemid-autumn full moon festival where families get together to count their blessings. Neighborhoods are decorated with intricately made lanterns and mildly sweet round pastries called mooncakes are the delicacies of the festival. China can at times feel unwelcoming if you don't know the language, but during this three-day celebration, everyone's invited.
This Vietnamese verse form literally means “six eight” — which is appropriate, since lines of six syllables alternate with those of eight syllables. The last syllable of each six-syllable line must rhyme with the last syllable of the previous line and the sixth syllable of the line that follows:
Much like haiku, this traditional Latvian poetry style doesn’t emphasize rhymes. But it has rules: Each poem has four lines, and every line typically starts with a stressed syllable:
On Friday I asked you which of four chess moves were actual openings. The answer? “Hippopotamus Defense” and “Monkey’s Bum” are uncommon — but real — openings! Shari B. and Alexandre I., you got “Hippopotamus Defense” right!