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Tomorrow, thousands of people across North America will — either in person or virtually — meet their partners’ families for the first time over Thanksgiving dinner. Sure, love can be tricky, as you’ll read today. But it's always worth the effort. After all, an unlikely Indian-Jamaican romance is what gave birth to America’s first female Vice President-elect. Dive deeper into that cross-cultural connection with me today, listen to our Hump Day playlist and find the answer to Monday’s question at the end. And about tomorrow night? It’s dinner. The worst thing that could happen is raisins in an appetizer.
A freshrace for trade supremacy has begun. China is ready to consider joining a giant trans-Pacific trade deal that the U.S. was earlier pushing but that President Donald Trump had blocked, the country’s leader Xi Jinping has indicated. Given Beijing’s economic size, it would lead any such accord unless President-elect Joe Biden decides to rejoin negotiations for a pact that could reshape global trade. Meanwhile, the Dow Jones Industrial Average touched a new record high Tuesday afterPresident Trump greenlighted the transition of power to President-elect Biden’s administration. (Sources: South China Morning Post, WSJ)
2. Debt Tsunami
Even as deaths from COVID-19 pile up, a debt epidemic could be next. Zambia has become the first African country to default on debt payments amid the pandemic and aid agencies worry that other nations might follow. (Source: Guardian)
3. And That’s Period
Scotland is the first country to approve legislation under which authorities must provide free tampons and sanitary pads to “anyone who needs them,” in a move aimed at ending period poverty. Do you think your country should follow suit? Vote on Twitter. (Source: BBC)
4. K-Pop the Champagne
Not just yet, but it might be time to celebrate soon for the fans of hit South Korean band BTS, which received the first ever Grammy nomination yesterday for a K-pop group. Their first English single “Dynamite,” reached the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart earlier this year. They’re explosive for sure. (Source: CNN)
Murder, She Snored
If a case involving a drug gang and a hit man who killed the wrong person puts you to sleep, the jury’s probably not the best place for you. A judge in Sydney has discharged a juror after she repeatedly nodded off during a murder trial entering its final stages.
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Kamala Harris’s Indian mother and Jamaican father met in the U.S., but their communities have mingled for generations in the Caribbean, where Indian indentured workers were brought by colonial powers in the 19th century. Their descendants continue to shape the region’s future.
By now you should have figured out how to pronounce Kamala. It means lotus in Sanskrit and is a popular name for Indian girls. Can you match these other popular names below to the country where you’ll most likely hear them?
Actor and comedian Lamorne Morris gets personal. Tune in to hear the hottest gossip from the set of New Girl and his new Hulu show, Woke. What career advice did he get from the late Chadwick Boseman? Watch later today.
Love is addictive, confusing, and continues to capture the imagination of scientists and Hollywood writers alike. But it can have a dark side too.
Monogamy is a valued trait in most societies. But its origins might have been bloody and brutal. Scientists now believe that monogamy in mammals — especially our primate ancestors — took off as a way to stop infanticide. A male would kill newborns if they didn’t belong to him, to quickly return the mother to a fertile state so he could mate with her. So monogamous couples formed, with the male helping take care of — and protecting — his offspring.
2. Cov-estic Abuse
More time with your significant other is good, right? Not always. As a second COVID-19 wave forces new lockdowns, the threat of a fresh surge in domestic violence is also rising. America witnessed a 34 percent increase in people considering divorce between March and June compared to the same period in 2019. And six out of 10 women in the U.K. live with their abusers.
3. Daunting Dating
Dating and apps today go together and pandemic-era travel restrictions have made these platforms even more vital for singles. But 85 percent of dating app users say they feel unsafe, especially as complaints of sexual assaults often go unanswered by the apps. Read more on OZY.
Home Exercises You Really Can Do
How about a date with fitness instead? We’re all going to gorge this weekend, and we will probably end up cursing ourselves, unable to move. Luckily, you don’t need to go anywhere to try these fitness techniques. Turn up the music and get started.
There’s plenty you can do with them — squats, lunges or even runs. But OZY’s editor-at-large and in-house fitness freak Eugene S. Robinson has a favorite routine: Lie on your back on the ground and raise the bag above you in a bench press position. Then stand up. Hard? Yep, that’s the idea. Read more on OZY.
You’ve heard of pushups, dips, and pullups for targeting those arm muscles, but have you tried a superset? It’s a combination of two different exercises without any rest in between. So say you’re at home, and you’re pounding away at pushups, and then pullups, well, this routine helps you marry the two. Read more on OZY.
Who says you can’t enjoy every second of your workout? If weights and routines bore you, Afrobeat dance workouts are what you need. Check out this video by Sherrie Silver, the choreographer behind Donald Glover, aka Childish Gambino’s “This is America.”
On Monday we asked you which Indian industrialist who inherited a liquor business — and expanded it to airlines, F1 and more — is now absconding from the law. Gerry F., Chanda K., Prakash, Tom H., Ojo A., Ravi, Dawn W., Smita, Jackie T., Wendee, Lenny, Anjali R., Jatin R. — you got it right!!! It’s Vijay Mallya.
We'll see you on Friday after Thanksgiving! Have fun!
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