Colin Kaepernick Will Be Featured In Nike’s 30th Anniversary Campaign; Tropical Storm Gordon Likely To Hit Gulf Coast as Hurricane; Amazon Reaches $1 Trillion in Value; Reuters Journalists In Myanmar Jailed For Seven Years; First Day of Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s Confirmation Hearings; 87 Elephants Found Dead In Botswana; John Kyl To Take John McCain’s Senate Seat; Update on States Who Replaced “Hearing Impaired” With “Deaf or Hard of Hearing”
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Colin Kaepernick Will Be Featured In Nike’s 30th Anniversary Campaign
Colin Kaepernick will be one of the faces of Nike’s 30th anniversary of the famous ‘Just Do It’ slogan.
Yesterday, he tweeted a picture from the campaign, a black-and-white photo of his face, with the words, “Believe in something, even if it means sacrificing everything.”
Kaepernick, a former San Francisco 49ers quarterback, became a controversial figure in August 2016 when he began kneeling during the anthem before the start of his NFL games. His kneeling was to protest racial inequality and police brutality.
He has not played since the 2016 season, and is currently suing the NFL for collusion in 2017, after he couldn’t get another contract deal with another team. The case is moving forward, the NFL tried to dismiss it, but an arbitrator denied that request.
Nike’s campaign will also feature other athletes like Lebron James, Serena Williams, and Odell Beckham Jr, but the choice of Kaepernick is being perceived as a political move.
Even though Nike signed Kaepernick in 2011 and have sponsored him since, Nike did not use him in marketing campaigns the last two years.
A rep for Nike told ESPN that they believe Colin is one of the most inspirational athletes of this generation, who has used the power of sport to help the move the world forward.
There are many who are angry about this, saying they would boycott Nike. Some posted videos of them burning Nike shoes.
Tropical Storm Gordon Likely To Hit Gulf Coast as Hurricane
Tropical Storm Gordon is expected to become a Cat. 1 hurricane when it reaches land tonight.
It is forecast to bring strong wind of about 70 mph, heavy rain, and potential flooding in coastal areas around Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida
Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards said nobody should panic but everybody should take this seriously.
Overnight and tomorrow the storm is expected to move northwest into the U.S., bringing rain to northern Louisiana and Arkansas.
Amazon Reaches $1 Trillion in Value
There is now a second $1 trillion company — Amazon.
They reached that mark a month after Apple became the first $1 trillion U.S. company.
Amazon has over 550,000 employees and has $178 billion in annual revenue.
Founder and CEO Jeff Bezos is estimated to be worth about $165 billion, he is the world’s richest man.
Many in the U.S. are waiting for Amazon’s announcement on where their second headquarters will be, that decision is expected in the next few months.
Reuters Journalists In Myanmar Jailed For Seven Years
Yesterday in Myanmar, two journalists for Reuters, an international news agency, were sentenced to 7 years in prison for violating a state secrets act. One of them had only been working for Reuters for 3 months before being arrested.
The journalists are nationals (citizens) of Myanmar, and they were collecting evidence on the murders of 10 Muslim Rohingya men that happened in September 2017.
The two men were arrested in December 2017 while carrying official documents that they said had just been given to them by police officers.
The pair said they were set up by police and have maintained their innocence. A police officer testified during the trial that it had been a set-up to entrap the journalists.
Many criticized this, saying it showed oppression on the freedom of press.
The UN called for the pardon and immediate release of the two journalists.
First Day of Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s Confirmation Hearings
Today was the first day of Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings and there was plenty of drama.
Democrat Senators tried to delay the process, objecting because they did not have access to thousands of documents that was withheld by the White House.
Over 20 protesters were pulled out of the room and arrested. There were several protesters dressed as characters from “The Handmaid’s Tale,” apparently out of concern on women’s rights.
Actress Piper Perabo, best known for her role on “Coyote Ugly,” was one of the protesters.
A father of one of the students who died in the Parkland, Florida school shooting said he introduced himself to Kavanaugh and tried to shake hands, but was ignored. The White House said it was because security intervened.
Republican Senators ignored the objections and pushed on with the process. They said Kavanaugh is a good and qualified person, and criticized Democrats for acting like a mob.
The hearings are expected to continue until the end of the week.
87 Elephants Found Dead In Botswana
In Botswana, Africa, a nonprofit group Elephants Without Borders was taking a census of elephants when they discovered 87 dead elephants just outside a protected sanctuary.
Poachers killed then and removed their ivory tusks.
Many of the elephants were killed within the last few weeks, and three white rhinos in the same area were also killed in the last three months.
Each dead elephant had their skulls chopped to remove their tusks, and the bodies were covered up with bushes.
Botswana has the largest endangered elephant population in the world, but over 80% of the elephants in Africa are in legally protected areas, including the 87 elephants that had been poached.
Botswana used to have a shoot-to-kill policy against poachers, but in May, a month after the new president took office, the anti-poaching unit was disarmed. The new government decided to withdraw military weapons and equipment from the Department of Wildlife and National Parks but did not explain why.
John Kyl To Take John McCain’s Senate Seat
Arizona Governor Doug Ducey (R ) announced he would appoint former Arizona Senator Jon Kyl (R ), 76 years old, to take John McCain’s senate seat.
Kyl served 26 years in Congress, 18 of them as Senator, with McCain. He retired at the end of his term in 2013.
He was most recently involved with supporting Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation process.
John’s widow, Cindy, said Kyl is a dear friend of hers and John’s, and that his choice is a great tribute to John.
Update on States Who Replaced “Hearing Impaired” With “Deaf or Hard of Hearing”
Yesterday I did a news video about New York passing legislation to replace “hearing impaired” with “deaf or hard of hearing” in all references in state law. I said New York was the third state to do this.
But I was wrong, as many of you informed me in the comments on Facebook that there are several other states that have done this.
It’s “good news,” as New York is the ninth state!
The other states that have done this are: Michigan, Utah, Louisiana, California, Connecticut, Georgia, Missouri, New Hampshire.
But maybe I missed a state, please let me know and I will add updates in the comments.
Links for the bills for the other states are in the transcript.
That is all for today. See you tomorrow and stay with the light!