Good morning. Are you currently searching for your dream job? You never know where life will take you – just ask the 9-year-old Illinois boy who, after being asked not to doodle in class, was hired by a local restaurant to doodle on their main dining room wall.
“I have never developed indigestion from eating my words.”
– Winston Churchill
What’s the deal with Brexit?
While the United Kingdom was scheduled to leave the European Union on October 31, Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s request for a second extension was granted by the 27-member bloc last week. The new deadline is January 31, but Brexit could happen sooner if the UK and EU agree on a deal before then.
How did we get here? In June 2016, the U.K. voted in a nationwide referendum to leave the EU. In March 2017, then-Prime Minister Theresa May sent a letter to the EU formally triggering the departure mechanism, beginning a two-year countdown to the official separation. But Parliament, unable to come to an agreement on Brexit terms, requested an extension before the deadline. At a meeting in April, the Prime Minister and the EU agreed to the October 31 deadline.
Another vote Following the second official Brexit delay last week, British lawmakers approved Johnson’s request for an election, which will determine the next steps in the process. The election will be held on December 12.
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Impeachment Transcripts Released
House investigators released full transcripts of two closed-door depositions related to the impeachment inquiry yesterday. Marie Yovanovitch, the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, testified on October 11, and former senior adviser to the Secretary of State Michael McKinley testified on October 16.
The United States officially notified the United Nations yesterday that it will formally pull out of the 2015 Paris climate agreement next fall. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo cited an unfair economic burden as the reason for the withdrawal.
Iran announced yesterday that it was launching new and more advanced centrifuges to accelerate uranium enrichment. The new centrifuges spin at rates several times faster than those that were permitted under the now-defunct 2015 Iran nuclear deal.
Forbes released its list of the most valuable Major League Soccer franchises on Monday – at the top resides the Atlanta United, with a valuation of $500 million, followed by the LA Galaxy and LA F.C. at $480 million and $475 million respectively. The average MLS team is now worth $313 million, up 30 percent from last year.
Comcast yesterday rebranded its cable ad sales division and launched new tools designed to help advertisers reach a more targeted audience, providing the capability to show up to five different versions of a commercial depending on who’s watching. Comcast subsidiary company NBCUniversal is also expanding the use of its “ShoppableTV” product, which incorporates native ads into programmed content and provides viewers with the ability to purchase products using QR codes.
Down Size Me
The top human-resources executive at McDonald’s – Chief People Officer David Fairhurst – resigned Monday without providing any reasons for the move. Fairhurst’s departure comes days after CEO Steve Easterbrook was fired for violating company policy by engaging in a consensual relationship with an employee.
Uber released its third-quarter earnings report on Monday, beating analysts’ expectations but still reporting a loss of $1.2 billion over the three-month period – their third-largest quarterly loss since the company started reporting earnings in 2017. Chief Executive Dara Khosrowshahi is on the record saying Uber projects a full-year profit on an adjusted basis by 2021.
At 15 years old, Erika Hurt was prescribed opioids for pain related to a staph infection. When the prescription ran out, she found herself reliant on the drug – and continued buying pills off the street. Within four years she was introduced to heroin, and by 21 realized she needed serious treatment. But then, in 2016, she overdosed – and a photo of her, in which her son was crying in the backseat while she was unconscious, holding a syringe behind the steering wheel, went viral.
Erika is now 28 and has been sober for three years. It’s been a long road – after her overdose, she spent time in a rehab program and began devotedly attending Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous meetings. She credits the overdose drug Narcan for bringing her back to life after the overdose and keeping her safe until she wanted to live, she said in a social media post.
To celebrate the three-year milestone, she hired a photographer to document the happy, healthy life she’s now living with her little boy – and to raise awareness about the overdose drug that gave her the opportunity to become the mother that her son deserves. Without Narcan, she wrote, “I would have NEVER had the chance to get sober and my son would be growing up without ever knowing his mom.”
Janelle Boston was a young girl when she planned to climb Mount Tyson – a 2,200-foot summit in Queensland, Australia – but was foiled by bad weather. She promised herself that she’d go back to complete the climb, but before she had the chance, Janelle’s life took a turn that made it all but impossible – in her 20s, she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.
Thirty years later, a community social media group in the area asked its members – including Janelle, now 55 – what’s something you always wanted to do but never got the opportunity? Janelle commented: climb Mount Tyson.
Her story caught the attention of the group’s administrator, who reached out to a local rugby team to see if it might be possible. Excited about the idea, the community jumped to action – a local welder designed a chair that could carry Janelle, and the rugby team developed a plan to carry her up the mountain as a training exercise. Over the course of five hours and with the help of 40 people, Janelle – beaming – finally summited Mount Tyson, decades after her initial attempt.
A whole new world… China has approved the use of a seaweed-inspired drug for the treatment of Alzheimer’s – the world’s first new attempt at treating the disease in over 20 years.
A bounce in their step… Russian military scientists have developed a new mixing blend of concrete with rubber-like qualities, reportedly six to nine times more crack resistant than normal concrete.
Space: the final frontier… NASA scientists released findings from interstellar space – an area free from the influence of stars – captured by the second spacecraft to ever enter that realm.
Rise of the machines… researchers at the University of Utah are using ten human subjects to test a lightweight bionic leg that uses an array of technology (including AI) to give the user more power with less stress on the body.
An Australian cattle dog named Bluey holds the Guinness Record of oldest dog ever. He was obtained in Victoria, Australia in 1910 and worked among sheep and cattle his whole life before he was put to sleep in 1939.