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Sep 08, 2021
Happy Wednesday! The world of sports journalism is notoriously toxic for women. Today you’ll meet three bold female presenters who are defying those odds to reshape the profession. Check out the unlikely fear of children gripping India, Egypt and Britain. And if you want to get away from it all, book a stay at a hotel room deep under the Indian Ocean or at one that’s hanging 1,300 ft high. Don’t forget to check out the winners of last week’s caption contest!
Women’s rights activists in Mexico celebrated a historic victory on Tuesday as the country’s Supreme Court ruled criminal penalties for terminating a pregnancy as unconstitutional. The decision will allow women in all states where abortion is criminalized to undergo the procedure with a judge’s order. Meanwhile, across the border in Texas, two companies have chosen not to host a website used by people looking to report those who violate the state’s new strict anti-abortion law. (Sources: BBC, Guardian)
2 - Old Faces in New Turbans
The Taliban have announced an all-male government made up of tragically familiar faces including hardliners who were part of the regime when they last ruled Afghanistan in the 1990s. Sirajuddin Haqqani, who is on the FBI’s most-wanted list and is accused of kidnapping Americans, is the new interior minister — in charge of Afghanistan’s law enforcement agencies. Mullah Yaqoob, the son of the Taliban’s former emir Mullah Omar is defense minister. With the Taliban government facing a growing economic crisis, U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres said humanitarian aid might be an “entry point” for negotiations with the Islamist group. (Sources: AP, BBC)
3 - Bit By Bitcoin
El Salvador has become the first country in the world to adopt a cryptocurrency as its legal tender. But it hasn’t been smooth sailing with a government e-wallet app going offline for a while and the overall price of Bitcoin going down by nearly 16%. Can cryptocurrencies truly replace traditional ones? Answer here or on Twitter. (Sources: Bloomberg, WSJ)
4 - COVID Collaterals
Researchers have uncovered a tragic new victim of the COVID-19 pandemic: the fight against HIV, tuberculosis and malaria. Inundated hospitals and budget reallocation have meant less testing and treatment for the millions suffering from these other illnesses, rolling back years of advances in the fight against the ailments. (Sources: NYT, The Telegraph)
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“See you on ESPN.” That’s how her classmates signed her high school yearbook. Still a teenager, she knew what she wanted to become. Now she’s living her dream as one of America’s foremost sports presenters, her reporting seen by millions of viewers weekly. She started at ESPN in 2004 and is now with Fox Sports. It’s a journey that has seen her work closely with some of U.S. sports’ biggest stars such as Tom Brady and Derek Jeter — all while fighting and defeating cancer. Watch her on The Carlos Watson Show as she reveals what she likes best about Brady.
On Instagram, this daughter of a Nigerian mother and Lebanese father calls herself Mimibondgirl007. And while she doesn’t have a license to kill, she does have a penchant to thrill with her sports coverage. Fawaz has presented on BBC, CNN, ITV and other global broadcasters. One of the most recognizable faces in African sports television programming, she hosted the reveal of the draw for the African Cup of Nations — the continent’s top soccer championship — in August.
3 - Bibiana Bolson
She sold her car, her furniture and prepared to leave her home in Rio de Janeiro to move to America. The Brazilian sports presenter had lost a close friend and fellow journalist in a plane crash and was struggling. Then she got a gig at ESPN, covering for another reporter who was on maternity leave. Within days, she knew she’d found her calling. That was 2016. Today she’s one of the most famous faces on Brazilian sports TV.
China recently relaxed its two-child policy amid fears of a demographic decline. But other countries are now trying to disincentivize families from having too many kids.
The world’s largest democracy doesn’t seem to have learned from the only nation that’s more populous. Three major states — Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat and Assam — with a collective population of around 300 million people, have introduced or are planning laws that will deny families with more than two children a range of social benefits. This, even though Indian leaders repeatedly tout the country’s young population as a “demographic dividend.” All three states are ruled by the BJP, the right-wing party of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
2 - U.K.
More than seven decades after British rule over India ended, the former colonial power and the crown jewel in its empire continue to share a mindset that looks to punish people with more kids instead of focusing on other family planning initiatives. Since April 2017, Britain has limited social benefits to the first two children in every family, even though experts have argued that the U.K. needs to reconsider that approach — especially amid the pandemic. Britain’s policy is a break from the rest of Europe, where families are incentivized to have more kids to counteract an aging population.
3 - Egypt
Faced with a looming water crisis and a soaring population of more than 100 million people, Egypt has embraced tough new initiatives to discourage couples from having more than two kids. The campaign’s called “Two’s Enough.” Since January 2019, the country is limiting social security benefits to two children per family.
You wake up in the morning to the most exotic sea life around you as sun rays gently pierce through the blue waters of the Indian Ocean. You’re in a one-of-a-kind underwater hotel room. Your windows are a live aquarium just off the coast of Pemba Island in Zanzibar. For sheer adventure and magic, Manta Resort is hard to beat.
2 - Inle Lake, Myanmar
Get greeted by a meow. Or a series of meows. The Inle Heritage stands on bamboo stilts in Myanmar’s Inle Lake, and serves as both a hotel and a conservation initiative focused on Burmese cats. So as you enjoy the warmth of your hosts and delicious flavors of the country’s cuisines, know that you’ll never be alone: feline friends abound, ready for a chat ... or a bite.
How about a good night’s sleep ... suspended in mid-air, 1,300 ft high? That’s the unique Skylodge experience in Urubamba, where your room is a transparent capsule you can access only via a zipline. You’re hanging high above the Sacred Valley.
The odds for monetary success have long been stacked against the Black community. Master P, D.L. Hughley, Michelle Singletary and Hill Harper join us to discuss how to tackle the racial wealth gap. Tune in to this Real Talk, Real Change special, brought to you with our friends at Chevrolet.
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