Crisis in Christchurch

Mass shooting in New Zealand, Coca Cola is trying to rid the planet of plastic and the highlights from the iHeartRadio Music Awards.

Crisis in Christchurch

Mass shooting in New Zealand, Coca Cola is trying to rid the planet of plastic and the highlights from the iHeartRadio Music Awards.

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✨  Good morning! Today is Friday, March 15, 2019 and this tea tidbit from the Brits is leaving us shaken (not stirred). 


• The Background

We’re surprised it took 14 months, but it looks like President Trump is finally going to use that presidential veto. Yesterday, 12 Republican senators crossed the aisle and voted with Democrats (see…they can get along) to shut down POTUS’s national emergency declaration. The 59–41 vote fell short of the two-thirds needed to override a presidential veto, should Trump decide to use one. (Pretty sure his post-vote “VETO!!” tweet is a surefire sign that he’s going for it.) CBS News 

• What Else You Need to Know

According to reports, several Republican senators attempted a last-ditch effort to get the president to agree to a future bill that would limit presidential emergency declarations to 30 days, but Trump refused to negotiate. The hope was that the party could save itself the embarrassment of having so many lawmakers break from the president. According to Mitt Romney, one of the senators who voted with Democrats, “It’s a question about the balance of power that is core to our constitution. This declaration is a dangerous precedent.” Ahead of the vote (which Trump knew wouldn’t go his way), he expressed his comfort with using the veto, “it’s not going to be overturned […] the legal scholars all say it’s totally constitutional.”

• What’s Next?

Now that the resolution has made its way through the House and the Senate, it’ll go to the president’s desk where he’ll likely use a presidential veto.


• Christchurch Crisis

At least 49 people were killed and dozens of others injured late last night (early Friday afternoon local time) when a gunman opened fire during prayers in two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. Police Commissioner Mike Bush told reporters that three men and one woman had been detained, but so far only a man in his 20s has been charged with murder. One of those detained is an Australian national, according to Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison, and Bush said the person facing charges did not appear on any terrorism watchlists. According to Bush, “a number of IEDs attached to vehicles” were also found, and firearms were recovered from both scenes. New Zealand President Jacinda Ardern deemed the incident a terrorist attack, adding that it appeared to have been well-planned. “Clearly, what has happened here is an extraordinary and unprecedented act of violence,” she told the nation. Police were urging residents not to share posts that were made on Twitter and 8chan, a fringe message board, by someone who appeared to have prior knowledge of Friday’s shootings, messages that included a manifesto full of anti-Muslim rhetoric. NBC News


• World: Downing Street Delay

British parliament just can’t get its act together. MPs voted to delay Brexit by a majority of 211, drowning out the Conservative MPs who voted against delaying Brexit any further. (Leader Theresa May has long promised a March 29 departure date for Britain from the EU.) Now May is forced to try for a new deal and ask the EU for an extension — which member states may not be willing to grant. If the whole Brexit issue isn’t solved soon, she’s warned that British parliament may have to call on U.K. citizens to weigh in again (though at this point, lawmakers have also voted against a second referendum). BBC News


“This is going to be a positive campaign that seeks to bring out the very best from every single one of us, that seeks to unite a very divided country.”

Former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke, making the much-anticipated announcement that he’ll also be seeking the Democratic nomination for the 2020 presidential election. Global News


• Plastics Plan

Coca-Cola may be responsible for three million tonnes of plastic packaging going out into the world in 2017 (but who’s counting?), but the company plans to make up for it by collecting and recycling the equivalent by 2030. To keep its promise, the company aims to make its packaging fully recyclable by 2025, but if it plans to meet its milestone, it’ll also need to ensure that customers are recycling properly and that the proper recycling infrastructure is in place wherever its products are sold. (High hopes?) The company’s first step is to donate $5.4 million to a number of environmental organizations, including the Recycling Partnership; the vice president of environment and sustainability for Coca-Cola North America has said the best approach will be to dole out necessary funding to individual cities to ensure the company’s 11-year plan can be realized. (Too bad no one thought of this sooner.) CNN


• Parking Robot

Forget about the a**hole who took up two parking spaces at the train station today and made you late for work trying to find a spot — self-driving parking robots are here and they’re everything we need. French company Stanley Robotics debuted parking robot Stan at the Lyon-Saint-Exupéry airport today, where he picked up cars at the entrance to the parking lot and drove them to empty spots (we ❤️Stan). The idea is that as airports expand and there becomes less room for parking lots, Stan’s mobility allows for 50% more of any given parking lot to become actual parking space instead of laneways for drivers to navigate. The startup will launch Stan at the end of March, and it only costs travellers €1.60 more to park in Stan’s lot than the other lots for a week. (Your sanity is worth it.) TechCrunch 


• Basketball: Raptors Rebrand

Because Torontonians love naming their buildings just to rename them — and rename them again — the Toronto Raptors have (you guessed it) renamed the team’s training centre after rapper Drake’s record label and clothing line. The OVO (October’s Very Own) Athletic Centre (formerly known as the Toronto Raptors Training Centre, formerly known as the BioSteel Centre) is located on the grounds of Exhibition Place and will receive new signage inside and outside the building. The rebrand is a nod to the strength of Drake’s six-year partnership with Toronto’s basketball team and is one of a few changes that the rapper has had his hand in, including the “We the North” campaign and an alternate OVO-inspired uniform. TSN


• iHeart Music

Last night, music’s biggest stars came together at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles to celebrate the year’s biggest hits. Everyone from Katy Perry to Taylor Swift to Halsey was in the audience for the iHeartRadio Music Awards, which also offered up some amazing performances. Grammy award winner Kasey Musgraves teamed up with Coldplay’s Chris Martin for a performance of her hit “Rainbows,” Jamie Foxx honoured Alicia Keys with 2019’s Innovator Award, Ariana Grande performed her new single “Needy,” and the Backstreet Boys brought the house down with a throwback performance of “I Want It That Way.” But Keys’ Innovator award wasn’t the only trophy handed out last night: Swift won for best tour; Grande won for female artist of the year; Maren Morris, Zedd and Grey won for song of the year (“The Middle”); Drake won for male artist of the year; and Ella Mai swept the R&B categories, winning best R&B artist, best *new* R&B artist and best R&B song. People

• Style Spotlight

Mark Burnett is trading in his survival skills for satin and lace. The reality TV veteran (and current chairman of MGM Worldwide Television Group) is teaming up with Rachel Zoe to bring a brand-new fashion competition series to life. Much like Project Runway, the show will focus on launching undiscovered designers through a series of challenges, that will have contestants creating “original designs with a new and unique look.” There will also be an opportunity for competitors to have their creations made available for sale immediately following each episode. According to Zoe, who starred on her own reality TV show for five seasons, The Rachel Zoe Project, the show “will spotlight some of the most talented designers from around the world.” Deadline


• Beauty Stars

Ever since Republicans took control of the government, there’s been a near constant assault on American women’s health and healthcare. But that fight is getting some serious support from two of the world’s biggest beauty brands: MAC and Benefit Cosmetics. This week, the companies (which it must be noted, are competitors) came together to make the announcement, pledging a huge amount of financial aid. MAC will donate $500,000 over the next two years to Planned Parenthood (specifically to its online chat/text program and new sexual health mobile chatbot, Roo) through the sale of its Viva Glam lipstick collection. Benefit’s added Planned Parenthood to its Bold is Beautiful initiative, which receives 100% of the company’s brow-waxing proceeds through the month of May, as well as 100% of the proceeds from a new magenta-tinted 3D BROWtones in rose-gold packaging that will be available year round. Allure


• Sexy Tech

Viewer discretion is advised for this one: U.K. company Julz just released a wearable penis camera, also known as a “Co*k Cam.” 🤦🏻‍♀️ The silicone penis ring weighs less than an ounce, and comes with a built-in camera that can record up to 90 minutes (kudos to those people) of 1080p, H.264 MP4 video. To top off the usability of this handy device, it can connect to WiFi so that the wearer can share their sex-capades with the world. (Um, OK then.) While users can rest easy knowing nothing ever gets sent to the cloud and that hackers would need direct access to their phone or other devices to get to Co*k Cam’s recordings, the warning of cameras overheating if used for long periods are especially worrisome. Oh, but users should make sure their Mom’s contact info is hidden away — there’s a FaceTime option on the device. CNET


• Forward Thinking

Students around the world are planning to walk out of class today and march in favour of increasing efforts to reduce climate change. The #FridaysForFuture movement was started by 16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg, who was just nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize (nbd) for her efforts.  


• In a rare show of bipartisanship, the House of Representatives passed a resolution to release Robert Mueller’s report to the public by a vote of 420–0

• Johnson & Johnson has been ordered to pay $29 million to a woman who says asbestos in the company’s talcum-powder-based products caused her cancer.

• In an attempt to take on Amazon and Apple, Walmart is apparently building its own low-priced tablet

• Former One Directioner Louis Tomlinson’s 18-year-old sister passed away yesterday from an apparent heart attack

• Despite being hated by the entertainment industry for a good long time, YouTube’s co-founders are finally getting the recognition they deserve: an Emmy for lifetime achievement


• Green With Envy

Don’t ever doubt Canadians’ dedication to St. Patrick’s Day.

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