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Happy Thursday! There are few greater athletic sights than Simone Biles demonstrating her gravity-defying skills. Today, meet the 16-year-old champion gymnast who could challenge Biles at the Tokyo Olympics next month. Check out the world of activist investors and the boardrooms they’re planning to invade after an insurrection at ExxonMobil last week. Visit the new migrant hot spots, step out in the coolest new summer shoes … and of course, take our latest spot the difference quiz.
A disparate set of Israeli opposition parties announced a deal Wednesday night that’ll allow them to replace the country’s longest-serving leader, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Far-right politician Naftali Bennett is expected to be the next prime minister. Meanwhile, Israel’s archenemy Iran also might be on the verge of reentering its nuclear deal with the U.S. and other global powers after progress in recent talks in Vienna. Did you support the Iran deal earlier and would you now? Vote here or on Twitter. (Sources: Jerusalem Post, AP)
2. That Sinking Feeling
Not everything’s going swimmingly for Iran though. The country’s largest warship sank in the Gulf of Oman yesterday after catching fire. Further east, a giant cargo ship began sinking off the coast of Sri Lanka Wednesday, sparking fears of an environmental disaster. (Sources: WaPo, CNN)
3. Bang Against Bolsonaro
As Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro addressed the nation last evening, protesters across the country banged pots and pans, angered by his continuing refusal to own responsibility for the mismanagement that’s left Brazil with a COVID-19 death toll second only to America. Meanwhile, the WHO-affiliated COVAX initiative to provide affordable vaccines to poorer nations secured an additional $2.4 billion in funding from rich countries yesterday. (Sources: Reuters, Nikkei)
4. Trumpian Tweet … in Abuja
Twitter has deleted an abusive post from Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari and temporarily suspended his account. Buhari’s tweet referenced the brutal 1967 Biafra War to threaten a military crackdown against an armed secessionist group. (Source: Guardian)
Born in Wuzhou, China, this bespectacled gold-medal hopeful was adopted by her American mother at age 1. Just two years later, she started gymnastics classes. A champion across the floor, beam, uneven bars and the vault, the 19-year-old is regarded as one of the best all-around gymnasts of her generation. When Biles took a year off in 2017, Hurd pounced on the opportunity, winning the world all-around title at the age of 16. Biles’ greatest threat this year might come from within her U.S. camp.
2. Jessica Gadirova
The 16-year-old of Azerbaijani descent stunned the gymnastics world when she won gold in the floor exercises at April’s European Championships in Basel, as well as adding a silver and a bronze to her kitty at the competition. The British teenager, who’s already drawing comparisons with Biles, also has a twin who is a former world junior silver medalist and who only missed the championships because of an injury. They could be double the trouble for Biles.
Last week, two activist investors won seats on ExxonMobil’s board, allowing them to pressure the oil giant to work toward carbon neutrality by 2050. Meet some other companies in the crosshairs of activist investors.
Investment group ShareAction flexed its ownership power earlier this year, filing a landmark shareholder resolution urging this British supermarket group to offer healthier food options. Britain’sobesity problem has already led to a ban on junk food ads. And in May, Tesco — the country’s largest grocery retailer with a 27 percent share of the market — agreed to substantially increase its healthy food offerings.
You’dexpect celebrations if you received a flush of investment that helped youerase losses. But when the investor is Elliott Management — one of the world’s most prolific activist investor groups — it’s a cause for concern for top leadership. So it is with GSK, a pharma giant that failed to match its rivals in the race for a COVID-19 vaccine. Now Elliott is coming after GSK boss Emma Walmsley. Can she survive its wrath?
3. Occidental Petroleum
Headquartered in Houston, this oil and natural gas company found itself at the mercy of minority investor Carl Icahn last year. Holding 9.9 percent of the company's shares, his Icahn Group brought to attention the mismanagement of the firm’s acquisition of rival oil company Anadarko Petroleum and pressured Occidental into accepting three of his nominees for directors on the board.
Today on ‘The Carlos Watson Show’
Controversial boxer and YouTuber Jake Paul joins Carlos to discuss boxing, his mistakes and successes, and learning from Mike Tyson. Meet the man who says he will absolutely be running for president in 2032. Watch now.
The New Migrant Surge
The pandemic made nations shut their borders and cities impose lockdowns. Now, as restrictions are relaxed, fresh migrant crises — and opportunities — are emerging.
Yes, not America’s. U.S. President Joe Biden’s effort to make it easier to seek asylum has sparked a flood of Central American migrants who have entered Mexico on their way to America. That in turn has led to a crackdown by Mexican law enforcement on those migrants, with officials hauling people off trains in a bid to stem the flow.
2. Spain’s African Enclave
It was the quieter route, one that escaped the media attention of the Libya-Italy channel. But Spain’s North African enclave of Ceuta has in recent years been emerging as a transit hub for migrants from Africa headed to Europe. And the lid blew open last month when a record 8,000 migrants crossed into the tiny territory within 48 hours after Morocco eased border restrictions. Spain has pushed most of them back, but is struggling to deal with hundreds of child migrants.
3. Florida, Anyone?
Florida has long been considered America’s retirement home. Now its appeal is broadening. Recent U.S. immigrationtrends suggest almost 330,000 people have moved there during the past year. The weather, of course, is great. But Florida residents also pay no state income tax and a lower property tax than the national average. If you’re working remotely, the cocktail of sun, sand and savings is hard to overlook.
Stylish Summer Shoes
Stepping out but hesitant after a year of little social interaction? Let the latest foot fashion lift you.
Last year’s lockdown-inspired loungewear trend brought forth a wave of stylish sweatpants, robes and slippers. And that trend isn't ending.Suicokes are the Jordans of sandals. The Japanese brand’s ugly-chic shoes are simplistic in style, yet unique with their thick soles, bulky Velcro straps and dope, funky colors.
2. Yeezy’s Sand
Kanye West’s newest shoe collection is bold. The Yeezy Foam Runner Sand is bound to divide opinion and will either be the best-designed shoe you’ve ever had the pleasure of wearing or an atrocious fashion faux pas. Either way, these kicks will turn heads at any pool party this year.
3. Lulu Slippers
These ballet flats have a cozy shearling look and their leather soles allow you to wear them just about anywhere. They pair well with jeans, pants and dresses,and are 95 percent biodegradable. What’s not to like?
Spot the Difference
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