✨ Good morning! It’s Tuesday, June 18, 2019, and today’s lesson is this: coughing is a presidential faux-pas.
BULLETIN: MAKING MONEY MOVES
• The Background
Somehow, someway, the U.S. has avoided going to war with Iran — for now. Yesterday, President Trump announced a slew of new economic sanctions on the Middle Eastern nation in an attempt to “cripple” its economy, after the country made some aggressive moves towards the U.S. and its allies. The new sanctions bar Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the supreme leader of Iran, and his office from accessing the international financial system, along with eight Iranian military commanders (including Brigadier Gen. Amir Ali Hajizadeh, who was allegedly responsible for shooting down that American drone). New York Times
• What Else You Need to Know
The move comes amid rising tensions between the two countries, which reached concerning new heights after Iran shot down said U.S. military dronelast week. Shortly after, Trump ordered a retaliatory strike on Iran, but proceeded to call it off at the last minute. Naturally, Iran isn’t too thrilled with Trump’s newly imposed sanctions. Iran’s ambassador to the UN said the new sanctions are “yet another indication of continued U.S. hostility,” against Iran and its leaders. He then went on to say, “we are not in the business of succumbing to pressure.”
• What’s Next?
Hopefully not war. The sanctions are significant, though, so we’ll have to wait and see if Tehran will eventually forfeit the fight and accept negotiations with the U.S.
• Feeling Hot, Hot, Hot
It really took its damn time, but looks like summer’s finally arrived — with a vengeance. Yesterday, city officials across Europe warned residents of an intense heat wave that’s set to envelop the country this week. More than half of France was was placed on an orange alert (the second-highest on the heat scale) with temperatures expected to reach 40°C on Thursday. Similar temperatures are expected this week in Belgium, Switzerland and Germany. If the temps in Germany do in fact crack 40°C, it’ll break the 38.2°C record that’s been in place since 1947. (Hot damn!) CTV News
• U.S.: Dire Straits
Though they’ve somehow escaped headlines in recent months, the migrant children being held in U.S. border patrol facilities are still suffering. Close to 300 migrant children have been removed from one Texas facility, after reports surfaced that the conditions were appalling and unsafe. Several lawyers who visited the facilities describe seeing cruel conditions: children and teenagers not allowed to shower for days or weeks at a time, inadequate food, flu outbreaks and prolonged periods of detention. The kids also claim they had no access to soap or toothpaste. They will stay at a tent detention camp in Texas, where they will remain until they can be placed with the Department of Health and Human Services. NBC News
📣 QUOTE OF THE DAY
“See you soon on mothership Earth!”
– Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques, who returned to Earth last night at 10:47pm ET (with his crewmates, NASA’s Anne McClain and Roscosmos’ Oleg Kononenko) after a 204-day mission on the International Space Station. Saint-Jacques has now set a record for the longest single spaceflight by a Canadian. Twitter
• The Palace Goes Private
Iconic hotel and casino corporation, Caesar’s Entertainment Corp. is being bought out by Eldorado Resorts Inc. for $8.58 billion. The deal (which is being backed by billionaire businessman and activist Carl Icahn) will create the largest gaming operator in America. Icahn had been Caesar’s biggest shareholder, and had long pushed the hotel operator to consider a sale. Caesar’s is still recovering from the fallout of a 2008 buyout by Apollo Global Management LLC and TPG, leaving the company in deep debt. Eldorado’s team of staff will manage the new company, which will continue under Caesar’s name. Caesar’s shares rose 13% in pre-market trading, while Eldorado’s fell 6.8%. Financial Post
• Smarten Up
Samsung wants to make our homes even smarter. The tech company just announced three new gadgets to accompany its SmartThings platform: a high-tech camera to monitor users’ homes, which also allows two-way conversations with anyone on the other side of the camera using an advanced audio system. (You can finally talk to your pet while you’re at work.) There’s also a WiFi plug, which can turn on lamps, small appliances and other electronic devices, and lastly, a dimmable, energy-efficient LED light (a.k.a. a smart bulb) which can also be controlled by your voice. Bonus: the camera and plug can be used without connecting to the SmartThings app. CNET
• Basketball: Riding High
The basketball season may be over, but the Toronto Raptors are still racking up awards and garnering attention from all over the league. At last night’s NBA Awards, Pascal Siakim (who was an absolute superstar in the Finals) was awarded the trophy for most improved player, beating out De’Aaron Fox of the Sacramento Kings and D’Angelo Russell of the New Jersey Nets. For the second year in a row (and third time in his career) L.A. Clippers’ Lou Williamson picked up the sixth man award, while Luka Doncic (of the Dallas Mavericks) took home the trophy for rookie of the year. The Milwaukee Bucks also picked up a couple biggies, with Mike Budenholzer taking home the top honours as coach of the year and Giannis Antetokounmpo winning MVP. Sporting News
• Soccer: The End of the Road
And just like that, Canada’s road at the Women’s World Cup is over. The star-studded team, led by national icon Christine Sinclair, fell to Sweden yesterday 1–0, eliminating them from the tournament. It’s a disappointing finish for the Canucks, who entered the tournament ranked fifth in the world. Sweden will now move on to face Germany in the quarterfinals. TSN
• Dress to (Un)Impress
Especially for female wedding guests, picking out the right outfit isn’t always easy. Common dress codes like “cocktail cool,” “casual chic” or “beach formal” are pretty vague, and it can be hard to narrow down what’s actually appropriate for the occasion. Nonetheless, guests are generally expected to look presentable (i.e., no sweatpants allowed). But clearly, one wedding attendee didn’t get the memo and showed up to her own cousin’s wedding wearing a hooded sweatshirt, jean shorts and sandals. The cousin, who was shamed for her inappropriate outfit selection (naturally), claims she was told by the groom’s mother that it was an extremely “casual” event. Word on the street is, the mother wanted to sabotage her son’s big day, by telling guests to wear casual clothes. (That’s one helluva a monster-in-law.) Mirror
• Lady Leader
On this day 26 years ago, Kim Campell was sworn in as the first ever (and only, sadly) female prime minister of Canada. As we approach our next federal election, some of Canada’s most prominent female political leaders have some important lessons to share.
⚡️ STRAIGHT TO THE POINT
• Ethiopia’s Gen. Asamnew Tsige was killed yesterday, after he allegedly tried to seize control of the country’s Amhara region, masterminding a weekend attack that left five people dead, including the national army’s chief of staff and Amhara’s state president.
• The U.S. Supreme Court is getting a little looser with its language laws. It will now allow Americans to submit trademarks that include foul language.
• In big entertainment news, Warner Bros. did not tap a bro for the position of CEO. BBC’s Ann Sarnoff will take the role later this summer.
• Get ready for some carb-loading: The 2026 Winter Olympics are headed to Milan-Cortina, Italy.
• In Canada’s first potential Olympic opportunity in basketball since 2000, Raptors head coach Nick Nurse has been tapped to lead the team in the main qualifying event for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
• Five years after being diagnosed with Lyme disease, Canadian pop singer Avril Lavigne is finally going back on tour.
• Playing Both Sides
Looks like someone’s getting fired.