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March 6th, 2022

Good morning, and happy Monday! If you’re looking to procrastinate a bit before you get your day started, see if you can spot the three hidden cats in this drawing of penguins. It took one sharp-eyed member of our team a total of 34 seconds…and some of us are still looking. Let us know if you beat that time!

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In Today’s Brief

  • Greece: Protests over train crash
  • TikTok: Senators seeking a ban
  • Jon Jones: UFC heavyweight champ
  • Victoria’s Secret: Fashion show returning

...and more

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Another train derails in Ohio

On Saturday, a non-passenger Norfolk Southern cargo train derailed in Springfield, Ohio.

20 of the train’s 212 cars reportedly derailed around 4:45 PM local time near State Route 41. Norfolk Southern said no one was injured and no hazardous materials were on board. The derailed cars included four tankers identified with non-hazardous materials. In a statement posted to Facebook, Clark County wrote that two of the four tankers “contained residual amounts of Diesel Exhaust Fluid and the other two tankers contained residual amounts of Polyacrylamide Water Solution.”

A shelter-in-place order was issued for residents living near the derailment site but was later lifted, with Clark County saying, “There is no indication of any injuries or risk to public health at this time.” Saturday’s incident comes one month after the February 3rd derailment of a train operated by Norfolk Southern in East Palestine, Ohio.

Floods in Malaysia

Over 41K people were forced to evacuate their homes in Malaysia after six states were hit by rain-induced floods amid the country’s monsoon season.

The southern state of Johor, which borders Singapore, is the hardest hit of the six affected states. Almost 40K people left their homes in Johor to seek refuge from rising water levels, while the other five states saw over 1K people evacuating. At least four individuals have lost their lives since Wednesday, according to local police, and Malaysia’s national disaster management agency said that more than 200 relief shelters have been set up for displaced people. However, relief efforts in Johor have reportedly been hampered by continued rain.

Malaysia’s weather consists of two monsoon regimes: the Southwest Monsoon which runs from late May to September, and the Northeast Monsoon from November to March. The country’s previous-worst flooding occurred in 2014 when about 118K people fled their homes.

Marine life treaty

Negotiators from more than 100 countries completed a United Nations treaty over the weekend to protect biodiversity in the world’s oceans.

Dubbed The High Seas Treaty, the agreement will create a new body to manage the conservation of ocean life and establish marine protected areas in waters outside of national boundaries. While the U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea first came into force in 1994, an updated framework to protect marine life on the high seas hadn’t been reached despite more than 20 years’ worth of discussions.

The treaty is part of efforts to achieve the U.N. Biodiversity Conference’s recent pledge to protect 30% of the world’s water and land for conservation by the year 2030, an initiative known as the 30 by 30 goal. According to Greenpeace, 4.2M square miles of the world’s oceans must be protected annually until 2030 to meet the target.

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Around the Globe

  • China will expand its defense budget by 7.2% in 2023 and set an official economic growth target of “around 5%” for the year (More)
  • Pakistani police attempted to arrest ex-Prime Minister Imran Khan, reportedly serving him with warrants to ensure his appearance in court on charges of misusing his office to sell state gifts (More)
  • An estimated 10K people protested in Athens yesterday to demand better safety standards on Greece’s rail network following the deadliest train crash in the country’s history; at least 57 people died and dozens were injured last Tuesday when a passenger train collided with a freight train on the same track (More)

On the Homefront

  • Disability rights activist Judy Heumann passed away at age 75 on Saturday in Washington, D.C., according to the American Association of People with Disabilities (More)
  • Senators plan to introduce a bill to prohibit or ban foreign technology products such as ByteDance-owned social media app TikTok this week, according to Senator Mark Warner (More)
  • California couple files a $5M lawsuit against Maui tour company for allegedly being “abandoned” during a snorkeling tour on their honeymoon and forced to swim to shore by themselves, per the court filing (More)

Glitz & Games

  • ‘Creed 3’ sets franchise record with a domestic box office haul of $58M during its opening weekend (More)
  • Jon Jones becomes UFC heavyweight champion after defeating Ciryl Gane in the first round of their fight during Saturday night’s UFC 285 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas (More)
  • The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show is set to return after a four-year hiatus, according to remarks from the brand’s CFO during its quarterly earnings call (More)

Business & Markets

  • Stocks ended Friday’s trading session higher, with the Dow snapping a four-week losing streak (Dow +1.17%, Nasdaq +1.97%, S&P 500 +1.61%)
  • Amazon pauses construction of PenPlace, its second corporate headquarters in Virginia, following the biggest round of layoffs in the company’s history (More)
  • NBA Commissioner Adam Silver is reportedly shortlisted to replace Disney CEO Bob Iger, along with Disney’s entertainment co-chair Dana Walden and Kevin Mayer, former Disney executive & TikTok CEO and current founder & CEO of Candle Media (More)

Tips & Tricks

  • Feel Good: Meet David Zinn, a Michigan street artist who creates 3D scenes of animals on brick walls, sidewalks, and more for everyone to enjoy when they pass by
  • Sneak Peek: Watch Rosario Dawson, Danny DeVito, and Owen Wilson appear in the official teaser trailer for the remake of Disney’s Haunted Mansion, set for release on July 28th (seems like Halloween would have been a better time to release a scary movie, but what do we know?)
  • Bump This: Portugal. The Man released a new song called “Dummy” that, unlike their last big hit, doesn’t rip off “Please Mr. Postman” - listen on Apple Music, Spotify, and YouTube
  • Chow Down: Whether you like it in your tea, juice, or cocktails, ginger is one best superfood ingredients around - check out the new ways ginger has been observed to boost immune system function, even in small amounts
  • Nerd Out: Wrap your mind around recent discoveries of giant superclusters of galaxies and how they are, quite literally, the biggest things in the universe
  • Go Deep: Read about how a new study conducted by UC San Diego’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography found that pollution in the sea transfers to the atmosphere in sea spray aerosol…which can travel across the land and end up in the very air you breathe
  • Life Hack: Who says you need to hit the gym for a workout? If you’re looking for new ways to move, try out this 15-minute upper body workout that you can knock out with just a couple of heavy books or canned goods you’ve got laying around


The U.S. national parks that were the least visited in 2022.

Comparing the height of dinosaurs relative to humans.

Breaking down the realities of being the eldest daughter.

Examining the legacy of the greatest monster movie in history.

A portrait of a gray sky above Moab’s red rock formations.

…and a shot of snow last week on mountains east of Phoenix.

Why Europe wants to give the Moon its own time zone.

Colombia’s plans to deport Pablo Escobar’s cocaine hippos.

Looking Back…

On March 6th: The Alamo in Texas falls to Mexican General Antonio López de Santa Anna after a 13-day siege (1836); Bayer trademarks the name Aspirin for its drug made from acetylsalicylic acid (1899); Cassius Clay takes the moniker Muhammad Ali (1964); economist Alan Greenspan is born (1926).

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