✨ Good morning! Today is Tuesday, July 30, 2019, and this is a serious shopping game-changer.
BULLETIN: CONVICT CLASH
• The Background
A jail riot at a Brazil prison left at least 57 people dead, after rival gangs battled for hours. Members of a gang from one prison block marched into another part of the jail, located in Altamira, in northern Para state. Officials say 16 of those killed were decapitated, and parts of the prison were set on fire which suffocated many. The prison has a capacity of 200, but was housing 311 prisoners. BBC News
• What Else You Need to Know
The clash lasted a total of five hours, with prison officials unable to quell the conflict. Authorities say this is the second time since May that a clash between rival gangs resulted in extreme violence. The May 27 incident involved a powerful Brazilian gang stabbing and strangling at least 55 inmates in front of their visiting family members.
• What’s Next?
The violence speaks to the mounting instability in Brazil’s notoriously underfunded and overpopulated jails. President Jair Bolsonaro, who was elected last year, has promised to crack down on violent crime.
• Still M.I.A
A tiny Canadian community of less than 500 people is living in fear, as it’s now the primary site of the ongoing manhunt for murder suspects Bryer Schmegelsky and Kam McLeod, who are charged with killing three people in British Columbia. The RCMP says officers have been unable to confirm a reported sighting of the suspects in York Landing, but urge residents to “stay inside” regardless. Officials say the search is especially difficult, since the region is covered with forests, muskeg and waterways. Global News
• Canada: A Grassroots Movement
The people of Grassy Narrows First Nation have suffered from mercury poisoning for the past 50 years, and after increasing disappointment with the Trudeau government’s inadequate response, Chief Rudy Turtle announced plans to run for the NDP in the federal election. Four years after Trudeau came to power, Turtle still hadn’t signed a deal with Ottawa to address his community’s health needs, which includes an on-reserve healthcare facility. Turtle was approached by the NDP after the last attempt at negotiating a failed deal in June. Turtle is one of eight other high-profile Indigenous candidates running for the NDP across Canada. CBC News
• World: Deal or No Deal
Britain’s new leader, Boris Johnson, is vowing to strike a new Brexit deal even though the European Union is refusing to reopen the existing agreement. Following Johnson’s visit to Scotland, the country’s first minister, Nicola Sturgeon, said Johnson had set the U.K. on an “inevitable path to a no-deal Brexit.” Plans to leave the EU without a withdrawal deal are ramping up, and Johnson claims the separation will take place no later than Oct. 31. The concerns swirling around Brexit caused the pound to sink to a 28-month low against the dollar. BBC News
📣 QUOTE OF THE DAY
“It’s just incredibly sad and disheartening that an event that does so much good for our community has to suffer from a tragedy like this.”
– Gilroy police chief, Scot Smithee said at a briefing, after a shooting at the Gilroy Garlic Festival in Northern California. Three people were killed, including two young children, and several more injured. The gunman, identified as 19-year-old Santino William Legan, had posted racist and sexist comments online and was killed by police on the scene. The motive is still unknown. Washington Post
• Big Bank Breach
Capital One Financial Corp. announced the personal information of six million Canadians, and 100 million people worldwide, has been obtained by a Seattle software engineer who allegedly hacked into the bank’s server. The woman, who has been charged with computer fraud, allegedly stole millions of credit card applications and gained access to 120,000 Social Security numbers and 77,000 bank account numbers. The information leaked also consists of personal data, including addresses, ZIP codes, phone numbers, email addresses and self-reported income. New York Times
• Tech: Face It
We now have more details about Google’s Pixel 4, ahead of its presumed launch in October. The company revealed that the phone, much like Apple’s latest devices, will feature facial recognition software. Google also unveiled that the Pixel 4 will come with “Motion Sense,” confirming it will have a Project Solichip that uses radar to detect tiny hand motions near the phone, which will signal certain messages to the device. The Verge
• Perk Up
Book your flights, friends (pun intended). A pop-up experience is coming to Manhattan soon, and it’s all about your favourite sitcom, Friends. In celebration of the show’s 25th anniversary, the pop-up will act as a nod to the Central Perk coffee shop, and will include a recreated set, props and costumes. The pop-up, which will be located in Soho, will be open from Sept. 7 to Oct. 6. CNN
• Bad Cop
An unidentified police officer accused McDonald’s workers of biting into his McChicken sandwich (after he noticed a few small bites) several hours after purchasing it. The officer stormed into McDonald’s, accusing the employees of gnawing on his meal as a sign of disrespect. An investigation was opened into the matter, and police arrived at the conclusion that the officer had already taken a bite of his own sandwich. (The officer admitted to forgetting his initial nibble.) But honestly, we can all relate to the feeling of diving into our food so quickly we feel like we never ate in the first place. USA Today
• Terminate Trafficking
Today is World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, a UN-organized observance to educate the public on the prevalence of human trafficking and the importance of protecting victims. Companies like Outland Denim, an ethical clothing label, are committed to raising awareness about sex trafficking, by offering employment and training to women rescued from exploitation in Cambodia.
⚡️ STRAIGHT TO THE POINT
• An investigative report by the House Oversight Committee found that a longtime Trump insider has been pushing a profit-motive to build nuclear plants in Saudi Arabia.
• A quadruple murder suspect in Markham, Ont., posted chilling messages in an online multi-player video game, shortly after allegedly killing his family members.
• Ride-hailing giant, Uber, is laying off 400 employees in its marketing division, in an effort to cut costs and streamline after its initial public offering in May.
• Dangerously hot weather is blanketing parts of Eastern Canada, with warnings of a heat dome over Ontario, Quebec and the Maritimes. Speaking of hot, the U.K. set an all-time high temperature record yesterday.
• Canada’s chief electoral officer decided to keep Oct. 21 as the set voting date for the federal election, despite complaints that it falls on a Jewish holiday.
• Feel the Burn
The things people do are truly absurd (and frankly very stupid).