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Happy Tuesday! Elon Musk’s Tesla has been riding high, particularly over the past year. But it’s not alone. Test-drive the Chinese electric car that could soon challenge Tesla’s dominance. OZY Fest is back, and as America grapples with the aftermath of the Derek Chauvin trial, get ready to hear from the brain behind #BlackLivesMatter. Read about the brewing COVID-19 crisis in Tunisia … and clench your fists to remember all the goodness we serve up.
Charu Sudan Kasturi, Senior Editor, and Isabelle Lee, Reporter
Over the past decade, the U.S. population grew at its slowest rate since the 1930s, the latest census data shows, with declining birth rates and a decrease in immigration driving that trend. Shifting population centers mean GOP-leaning Florida, Texas and North Carolina are together expected to gain four congressional seats and Electoral College votes at the expense of pro-Democrat New York, Illinois, Michigan and Pennsylvania. Could this determine the 2024 presidential election? Vote here or on Twitter. (Sources: NYT, WaPo)
2. Vaccine Washington
The Biden administration will share up to 60 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine with developing nations, following criticism for hoarding shots America doesn’t need. President Joe Biden spoke with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, promising help to deal with India’s COVID-19 crisis. Meanwhile, Brazil has rejected Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine. (Sources: Al Jazeera, Deutsche Welle)
3. ‘Let the Bodies Pile High’
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is in the midst of a political storm over alleged comments made at a meeting last year where he opposed another lockdown, supposedly saying: “Let the bodies pile high.” Johnson and his government have denied the claim, but multiple independent media groups, including the BBC, have confirmed the comment. (Sources: BBC, Guardian)
4. Tesla Up, Total Down
The electric vehicle manufacturer has announced record quarterly profits despite supply-chain disruptions. But not everyone’s gaining similarly. French energy giant Total has declared a force majeure on its $20 billion natural gas project in Mozambique following last month’s terrorist attacks, putting Africa’s largest foreign investment at risk. (Sources: WSJ, France 24, FT)
Buy Google for $5
Or least the Argentina domain of the tech giant. That’s what Nicolas Kuroña did last week, after Google Argentina failed to renew its domain in time. The result? Argentines couldn’t access Google for three hours, before the firm finally secured the domain.
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Hashtags don’t bring change. People do. And few movements in recent years have grabbed the world’s attention like Black Lives Matter.Co-founder of BLM, Garza has forged a rare momentum for the movement without building political connections, staying outside mainstream politics and eschewing compromises. Now as America tries to use the momentum from former police officer Derek Chauvin’s conviction for the murder of George Floyd to bring deeper changes against racism, Garza’s voice matters more than ever. You get to hear her live.
2. Ming Tsai
Heplayed squash at Yale. Now, food’s his game. The Taiwanese American chef focuses on fusion cuisine and his multiple shows are a testament to his skill — and our collective hunger for East-meets-West cooking. The best part? OnSimply Ming, his Emmy-nominated cooking show, he makes home cooking look fun and easy. Join him as he rustles up something special at OZY Fest.
Guess who else is coming to OZY Fest? Dr. Anthony Fauci, Sevyn Streeter, Tig Notaro, Condoleezza Rice, Mark Cuban, Malcolm Gladwell … we could go on. Register now.
Last week, we asked who among Vladimir Putin, Joe Biden and Donald Trump had attended an earlier edition of OZY Fest. The correct answer? Biden in 2017. Tony G., Dr. Susan R.M., Shelton R., Marisa C., Charmaine C., Julie R. and Heide B., you got it right!!! Congratulations!!
Today on ‘The Carlos Watson Show’
An unforgettable conversation with a former drug-gang boss, convicted murderer, undercover agent and born-again Christian. Meet “Mundo.” He must cover his face to hide his identity under witness protection, but he sheds light on his transition from murder and prison gangs to helping authorities put fellow Mafia men behind bars. Watch later today.
These surprising electric vehicle upstarts might well challenge Elon Musk soon.
This pony is already a full-fledged unicorn (it’s valued at $5.3 billion), and is fast emerging as the horse you want to bet on in the electric vehicle space. Just four years old, Pony.ai is behind China’s first fully self-driving fleet of vehicles. In 2019, it launched a robotaxi service in California. Last February, it drew $462 million in a fresh round of funding, before adding another $267 million in November.
It has just arrived — now it must figure out how to stay. Backed by top investors likeBlackrock, Hyundai, KIA andUPS, the London-headquartered electric vehicle company went public via aspecial purpose acquisition company in December. Valued at over $5 billion, its biggest test lies ahead this year as it prepares to launch an electric bus in Q4.
3. Kiira Motors
It started out as acollege project. Today, Kiira is Africa’s challenger in a market otherwise dominated by the West and China. The state-owned Ugandan firm became the continent’s first to launch a hybrid electric vehicle in 2016, and is now tapping into Africa’s growing hunger for green public transport, with plans for afleet of electric buses in2021.
As India battles a devastating COVID-19 wave, these other countries are struggling too, and could hold important lessons for the rest of the world.
More than half of the country’s adults have received at least one jab, and 38 percent have received both. Still, the country is battling a high caseload after relaxing too soon in the wake of one of the world’s most successful vaccination programs. Now as cases start to dip, it’s keeping its borders closed and guard up. Inoculations must partner with vigilance, Chile’s learned. Will America pay heed?
Like many of its East Asian neighbors, Japan was a success story last year during the initial wave of the pandemic. Now with less than three months to go for the Tokyo Olympics, it has announced a state of emergency as it scrambles against a fresh wave of cases. The country’s death toll, which crossed 10,000 on Monday, has doubled in the past three months. Can it still host the Olympics starting in July?
What were we about to tell you? Ah yes, it’s normal to forget. But these smart tips could help you train your brain to remember more.
If you are right-handed, clench your right fist when someone tells you something you want to remember. Then clench your left fist when you want to recall it. For right-handed people, clenching your left fist activates the right side of the brain, which handles memory.
2. Switch It Up
If you take the same route home every day, you might want to change it up. Doing mentally challenging tasks, like navigating a new route or doing the crossword, helps keep you on your toes and your brain learning.
3. Go for a Run
Okay, so your fitness-obsessed friend might have a point: Running and cardio are good for your brain as well as your body. For optimal results, go for a short jog before you start studying or try to learn something new.
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