Good morning. On behalf of our hard-working DONUT Ambassadors, we’re proud to announce a $302 donation to Campaign Zero, an organization committed to a data-driven, research-based approach to criminal justice reform in America. Thank you to everyone who participated in our birthday celebration.
“Happiness is the only thing that multiplies when you share it.”
– Albert Schweitzer
Hong Kong Protests: A Year In Review
Yesterday marked the first anniversary of pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong. On June 9, 2019, an estimated one million Hong Kong protesters first gathered in opposition to a controversial extradition bill put forth by the Chinese government.
A deeper dive… The proposed bill (later withdrawn) would have allowed Hong Kong’s government to extradite criminal suspects on a case-by-case basis to stand trial in mainland China. Demonstrators feared the bill would damage Hong Kong’s autonomy by subjecting citizens to China’s justice system.
Summer 2019: Demonstrations escalated despite Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam’s declaration that the extradition bill was “dead.” In August, protesters united behind five demands for the Hong Kong government. You can read about them here.
September 2019: Lam withdrew the extradition bill – one of the five demands – but protesters deemed the action insufficient. Protests continued through the end of the year, seeking concessions on the other four demands.
February 2020: Pro-democracy demonstrations were temporarily halted due to COVID-19. Despite this, Hong Kong continued to crack down on protestors, arresting 15 democracy activists for involvement in so-called unlawful assemblies (an action critiqued by several global human rights organizations).
What’s Next? Late last month, the Chinese legislature approved – but still has to write – a controversial national security law that opponents say would destroy the “one country, two systems” principle put in place when China assumed control of Hong Kong in 1997.
Thousands of demonstratorsgathered Tuesday on the anniversary of the protest’s inception, defying police bans on public demonstrations.
British PM Boris Johnsonpledged to create a pathway to UK citizenship for roughly 3 million Hong Kong residents if Beijing moves forward on the new national security law.
Early results from a 23andMe study published Monday indicate that people with Type O blood are 9% to 18% less likely to test positive for COVID-19. Similarly, a European study published last week found that those with Type O blood are at the lowest risk for the virus, while also finding that people with blood type A are 50% more likely to need a ventilator.
The WHOwalked back its Monday comments that COVID-19 transmission by asymptomatics was “very rare,” saying it’s a “really complex question” and much is still largely unknown.
Protests continued in the U.S. for the 14th straight day as thousands gathered in NYC, Houston, D.C., and LA.
George Floyd’s funeral took place in Houston yesterday. You can find photos and a full video of the service here.
A Washington Post/George Mason poll found that 74% of Americans are supportive of the ongoing protests.
Iran Sentences CIA Informant To Death
The Iranian government on Tuesday announced that one of its citizens – Mahmoud Mousavi Majd – who provided the CIA with information on Qassem Soleimani’s whereabouts has been sentenced to death. Soleimani – considered to be Iran’s second-most powerful figure behind Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamanei – was assassinated in a U.S. drone strike near Baghdad International Airport on Jan. 3.
More: The Department of Defense said Soleimani was assassinated for leading a U.S.-designated Foreign Terrorist Organization and developing plans to attack American diplomats and service members. Read more about the strike on Soleimani here.
Apple, Amazon, Facebook, & Microsoft allclosed at all-time highs on Tuesday, as the Nasdaq hit a new record for the second straight day.
Twitter has begun to fact-check posts that link 5G to the COVID-19 pandemic by adding a label with a link titled ‘Get the facts about COVID-19.’
The number of business owners in the U.S. declined more over the past three months (3.3 million) than any other 12-month period in American history.
AMC Entertainment – the largest U.S. movie theater chain – said it expects to fully open theaters across the globe by July. Likewise, several additional Vegas casinos plan to open their doors by July 1.
In a letter to Congress on Tuesday, IBM CEO Arvind Krishna said the company will no longer offer, develop, or research facial recognition technology. Krishna also called for a “national dialogue” on whether the technology should be used at all. Read the full letter here.
Nikola vs. Tesla
As of Tuesday’s market close, shares of electric vehicle startup Nikola have more than doubled since the company’s IPO last Thursday. The company – which hasn’t sold any vehicles yet – has reportedly received more than $10 billion in pre-orders from commercial clients.
More: Nikola’s market cap rose above $30 billion in intraday trading yesterday, higher than that of Ford (~$28.8B) and Fiat Chrysler (~$20.5B).
The streets of Antonio Gwynn Jr.’s hometown of Buffalo, New York, were littered with broken glass and garbage from protests last Monday. So, the 18-year old grabbed a trash bag and got to work. Beginning at 2 a.m., the high school senior worked by himself for over 10 hours straight to clear the roads so commuters could travel to work safely the next morning.
When Matt Block learned of Antonio’s good deed from the local news, he decided to give the tenacious teen his prized 2004 red Mustang convertible. In recognition of Antonio’s service, Medaille College in Buffalo offered the graduating senior a full scholarship, where he plans to begin studying business in the fall.
Love Conquers All
Kerry Anne and Michael Gordon were overwhelmed and discouraged when they were forced to postpone their dream wedding from its original May 26 date due to the pandemic. Determined to get married this summer, the lovebirds set a new date for a small ceremony in Philadelphia on June 6 – which ended up being the day of the largest peaceful protest in the city’s history.
In a ceremony that was initially intended to be kept a secret, Kerry and Michael were married outside the Logan Hotel in downtown Philadelphia in front of thousands of excited protestors. Enveloped in the sound of supportive shouts, the newlyweds lovingly embraced one another.
The Chester Zoo in Cheshire, England, recently announced it could permanently close its doors due to COVID-19 shutdowns. With government-mandated restrictions preventing the acceptance of visitors, the zoo is struggling to meet the cost of maintaining its many wildlife attractions.
UK frozen food retailer Iceland stepped in to relieve some of the zoo’s financial burden by adopting all of its Humboldt penguins. The supermarket chain’s donation is part of a larger campaign to save the zoo that has raised over 2 million pounds in one short week.
Attention All Tea Lovers:
Here at Cup & Leaf, we’re always on the hunt for new tea to sip and fresh knowledge to share.
We started Cup & Leaf to create an inviting space where experts and novices alike can enjoy our wide selection of tea, without feeling overwhelmed or intimidated. We write about tea on our blog and sell it on our online store.
Cup & Leaf is your one-stop-shop for all things tea, especially if you are:
🥇 First Class… Kathryn Sullivan, the first woman to walk in space, reached the deepest point in the ocean (~6.8 miles down inside the Mariana Trench) over the weekend, becoming the first person to achieve both feats.
™️ Space Race… Netflix has reportedly secured trademark rights in a number of countries for its recently-launched comedy series, Space Force. The company has beaten out the newly-formed American military branch of the same name, whose U.S. trademark application is still pending.
🌐 Net Worth… despite faster internet speeds than ever, the U.S. fell out of the top 10 in the latest annual global ranking of average internet speeds after years of placing between 8th and 10th. Check out the highest-performing countries here.
☎️ Call On Me… the FCC on Tuesday proposed a $225 million fine – its largest ever – against two health insurance telemarketers for spamming people with more than one billion robocalls.
Talk Of The Town
Which country’s residents speak the most unique languages in the world?
A) Papua New Guinea B) Indonesia C) Nigeria D) United States
(keep scrolling for the answer)
Get Your FREE Stuff
Step 1. Use the button below or copy your unique referral link
With a total of 840 different living languages spoken by its residents, Papua New Guinea officially has the most languages in the world. Indonesia ranks second, with 710, while Nigeria is third with 524.