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Argentina Fumbles

November 22, 2022
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The context
The Argentinian men's team, led by Lionel Messi, lost to Saudi Arabia today in their first game of the World Cup in Qatar. The loss is one of the greatest upsets in World Cup history.
Argentina Fumbles

Lionel Messi's bad day

  • Lionel Messi has had an incredible soccer career, but he has never won a World Cup with his home country of Argentina.
  • Messi is leading Argentina's men's team at this year's World Cup.
  • Argentina lost 2-1 to Saudi Arabia today.
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The context
A Qatari official acknowledged that 400-500 workers died building stadiums and infrastructure for the 2022 World Cup, which is well underway.
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Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Truth Behind the World Cup Stadiums

The context
A Qatari official acknowledged that 400-500 workers died building stadiums and infrastructure for the 2022 World Cup, which is well underway.
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Qatar World Cup chief says between 400 and 500 migrant workers have died in projects connected to the tournament

  • The World Cup chief, Hassan Al-Thawadi, said today that between 400 and 500 migrant workers have died from work done on projected connected to the tournament.
  • The number is significantly higher than Qatari officials have said before.
  • The Guardian reported that since the country was awarded the World Cup in 2010, 6,500 migrant workers from South Asia have died.
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Higher estimate

  • Hassan Al-Thawadi made the revelation that 400-500 people had died while working on projects connected to the 2022 World Cup during an interview with Piers Morgan.
  • Qatar has enacted some reforms to the country's kafala employment system, including providing employees with higher salaries and food and housing allowances.
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Entertainment

Bob Iger's Back

November 28, 2022
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The context
Newly reinstated Disney CEO Bob Iger held his first town hall, revealing that Disney will keep its hiring freeze and chase profitability instead of subscriber growth.
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Monday, November 28, 2022

Bob Iger's Back

The context
Newly reinstated Disney CEO Bob Iger held his first town hall, revealing that Disney will keep its hiring freeze and chase profitability instead of subscriber growth.
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First town hall back

  • Bob Iger's first town hall back in his role as CEO touched on hot topics before virtual and in-person employees.
  • Disney will continue its hiring freeze, instituted by former CEO Bob Chapek.
  • He also spoke about chasing profitability instead of subscriber growth and said that employees need to return to the office.
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New direction

  • Bob Iger will not lift Disney's hiring freeze as he takes stock of the state of the company.
  • Iger also said that Disney would not be pursuing any major acquisitions in the next year and would focus on making the streaming business profitable.
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The context
A Texas regulator has opened a probe into Tom Brady, Steph Curry, and other athletes who promoted the now-bankrupt cryptocurrency exchange, FTX.
Entertainment
Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Texas Regulator Tackles Celebs Who Endorsed FTX

The context
A Texas regulator has opened a probe into Tom Brady, Steph Curry, and other athletes who promoted the now-bankrupt cryptocurrency exchange, FTX.
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Probe opens

  • While little federal regulation exists about the status of cryptocurrencies, state securities laws could be an avenue to reprimand celebrities for hawking crypto.
  • Celebrities heavily promoted FTX, and its downfall could be the biggest lesson yet about the legal risks of endorsing cryptocurrency coins or companies.
  • The SEC has pursued legal action against other celebrities for similar endorsements, including fining Kim Kardashian $1.26 million for promoting a crypto token on her Instagram.
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Celebs on notice

  • The Texas State Securities Board began investigating FTX last month to determine whether state residents were dealing in unregistered securities by buying and selling yield-bearing cryptocurrency coins or tokens.
  • When the company filed for bankruptcy on November 11th, the board expanded its probe to investigate celebrities like Tom Brady and Steph Curry, who promoted the exchange to uninformed and vulnerable fans.
  • The probe will look at what FTX told the promoters to say about the exchange, what they were paid, and what they told fans
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June 8, 2022

This Week In Technology June 2nd

This week, the COO of Meta, Sheryl Sandberg, is stepping down, Elon Musk demanded employees return to the office, and Clearview AI got some bad news.
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COO No More

Sheryl Sandberg, the COO of Meta (Facebook), announced she would be stepping down after 14 years.

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Tesla's Back In the Office

Elon Musk declared that Tesla workers should return to the office full time or get lost.

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Facial Technology Clampdown

Privacy watchdogs and AI innovators disagree on the way forward for facial recognition technology.

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May 19, 2022

This Week in Politics

The national formula shortage is finally starting to look up; a racially-motivated shooting in Buffalo left ten dead, and a Supreme Court leak shook the foundations of the court. 

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May 19th, 2022

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Shooting in Buffalo Leaves Ten Dead

May 18th, 2022

Ten people were shot and killed at a supermarket in Buffalo, NY, on Saturday, May 14th, 2022. The shooter, a white 18-year-old, targeted a predominantly black community and used a legally purchased semi-automatic rifle. 

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The context
Crypto finance firm BlockFi filed for bankruptcy today, making it the latest crypto firm to declare bankruptcy in the wake of FTX.
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Monday, November 28, 2022

BlockFi Declares Bankruptcy

The context
Crypto finance firm BlockFi filed for bankruptcy today, making it the latest crypto firm to declare bankruptcy in the wake of FTX.
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BlockFi files

  • BlockFi paused withdrawals on November 10th, and now they have filed for bankruptcy.
  • The company cited an ongoing lack of clarity about FTX's downfall since BlockFi had substantial exposure to the firm.
  • BlockFi has reassured customers that it has enough cash on hand to provide sufficient liquidity.
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FTX related

  • FTX bailed out BlockFi this summer, and when FTX imploded, the company had no choice but to file for bankruptcy.
  • FTX provided BlockFi with $400 million in the form of a revolving credit facility to use as a backstop.
  • Now that those funds are gone, with the rest of FTX's value, BlockFi decided to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
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Politics

Upset in Arizona

November 28, 2022
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The context
The Cochise County Board of Supervisors in Arizona has refused to certify the county's midterm election results by the legal deadline.
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Monday, November 28, 2022

Upset in Arizona

The context
The Cochise County Board of Supervisors in Arizona has refused to certify the county's midterm election results by the legal deadline.
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Cochise votes no

  • Officials in the Republican-controlled Cochise county in Arizona voted to delay certifying the results of the midterm elections past the state's legal deadline today.
  • The county did not produce any evidence of problems with the local vote count.
  • The decision prevents more than 47,000 votes from being certified.
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Delayed certification

  • The Cochise County Board of Supervisors voted to delay certifying the midterm election results until after the state's legal deadline.
  • The vote was 2-1, with the lone democrat, Supervisor Anne English, voting to proceed with the certification.
  • Residents who attended the meeting had mixed reactions; some were confused by the decision because there was no evidence of voting interference in the county, while others believed that the results should be delayed until an audit of statewide machines could be completed.
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Politics

Protests Erupt in China

November 28, 2022
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The context
Protests against China's zero-Covid rule erupted across China in a rare display of public dissatisfaction with government policies.
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Monday, November 28, 2022

Protests Erupt in China

The context
Protests against China's zero-Covid rule erupted across China in a rare display of public dissatisfaction with government policies.
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Protests erupt

  • Protestors took to the streets in China over the weekend to vent their frustrations against the country's zero-Covid policy.
  • The unrest was sparked by growing case numbers and a tightening of controls even after the central policy hinted at easing restrictions earlier this month.
  • Demonstrators held up blank sheets of white paper.
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BBC journalist arrested

  • Edward Lawrence, a journalist with the BBC, was arrested and beaten while covering the anti-lockdown protests in China.
  • In two videos allegedly showing his arrest, Lawrence is led away by three police officers in handcuffs.
  • Chinese citizens have spent almost three years under some of the most strict Covid-19 policies in the world.
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May 19, 2022

This Week in Entertainment

The defamation trial of actress Amber Heard and actor Johnny Depp raged on and singer Eric Clapton’s European tour is on hold.

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Ongoing: Amber Heard V. Johnny Depp

May 20th, 2022 

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