6.15.2022

UK Migrant Flights, NHL Finals, and Flirty Trash Cans Everything you need to know for today in five minutes.

Good morning. It's Wednesday, June 15, and we're covering a last-minute block of the UK's migrant resettlement plan, the start of the Stanley Cup Finals, and much more. Have feedback? Let us know at [email protected].

NEED TO KNOW

 

UK Halts Migrant Flight

The first flight scheduled to deport asylum seekers from Britain was grounded at the last minute yesterday, after the European Court of Human Rights intervened, citing a risk of harm to migrants on board. The flight was part of a new controversial partnership between the UK and Rwanda, in which migrants from the Middle East, Sudan, and other countries who enter Britain illegally via the English Channel would be sent to the East African nation for asylum-processing. 

 

Under the plan, the UK would provide an initial investment of about $157M to Rwanda. In exchange, Rwanda would offer migrants who are granted asylum housing, healthcare, and support for five years, or until they are self-sufficient. Migrants sent to Rwanda will also be free to return to their homeland, or any other country that will accept them.

 

Critics have argued the policy is inhumane and question Rwanda's safety. The UK Supreme Court is set to hold a judicial review in July to decide on the policy's legality.

Lightning Eye Three-Peat

The Tampa Bay Lightning and the Colorado Avalanche face off tonight in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals (8 pm ET, ABC), with the Lightning looking to become the fourth franchise in NHL history to win the Stanley Cup three years in a row.

 

Tampa Bay is led by All-Star goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy—who held the top-seeded Florida Panthers to three goals in four games in the second round—and top scorer Steven Stamkos. Across the ice, the red-hot Avalanche enter their first finals in more than two decades, having lost only two games this postseason. Led by defensive phenom 23-year-old Cale Makar, Colorado swept the Edmonton Oilers in the Western Conference finals.

 

Analysts view the series as evenly matched, with both teams featuring high-powered offenses and stout net defense. The Avalanche will have home-ice advantage and enter the finals as the Vegas favorite to lift the Cup. 

Biden Plans Saudi Trip

President Joe Biden will meet with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman as part of a trip to the Middle East in July, the White House announced yesterday. The trip comes amid record-high gas prices, intensified by sanctions on Russian oil over the war in Ukraine, and after OPEC agreed to increase oil output by around 650,000 barrels per day—or more than 200,000 above expectations. Saudi Arabia is the third-largest oil producing country behind the US and Russia. 

 

The visit is seen as an attempt to reset relations with Saudi Arabia and represents a reversal of Biden’s 2019 campaign promise to isolate the country over the killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018. In a joint letter, human rights groups asked Biden to set certain conditions or cancel the trip.

 

The trip will also include visits to Israel and the West Bank as part of a virtual summit with several other world leaders.

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IN THE KNOW

 

Sports, Entertainment, & Culture

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> South Korean K-pop group BTS announces hiatus to allow group members to pursue solo projects (More)

 

> WNBA star Brittney Griner's detention in Russia extended to July 2 (More) | US Open to allow Russian and Belarusian tennis players to compete (More)

 

> The 2022 James Beard Awards announced; Mashama Bailey of The Grey in Savannah, Georgia, named Outstanding Chef, and Asheville, North Carolina's Chai Pani wins Outstanding Restaurant (More)

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Science & Technology

> Federal advisory panel meets to consider recommending Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children 6 months up to 5 years old, Moderna COVID-19 vaccine for children and teens 6 months up to 18 years old (More) | See US vaccination uptake here (More)

 

> Researchers develop new adhesive material from mistletoe for use in biomedical applications; a single berry from the invasive plant can produce up to 6 feet of a glue-like substance known as viscin (More)

 

> Nanoparticle sensors can distinguish between viral and bacterial pneumonia, allowing doctors to avoid prescribing unnecessary antibiotics (More)

Business & Markets

> US stock markets end mixed Tuesday (S&P 500 -0.4%, Dow -0.5%, Nasdaq +0.2%) ahead of today’s Federal Reserve interest rate announcement (More) | Small business owner future optimism index falls to 48-year low (More)

 

> Cryptocurrency trading giant Coinbase to reduce staff by 18% as cryptocurrency prices continue to fall (More) | Real estate firms Compass and Redfin announce roughly 10% cuts to workforces (More)

 

> Jet.com founder raises $350M at $3.5B valuation for Wonder, provider of truck-based ghost kitchens (More)

Politics & World Affairs

> Russia controls at least 80% of key eastern Ukrainian city of Sievierodonetsk; forces have cut off escape routes, isolating the city (More) | See updates on the war (More) | Location of jailed Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny unknown after prison transfer (More

 

> House Jan. 6 Select Committee postpones third public hearing originally scheduled for today, citing time required for presentation materials; next hearing set for 1 pm ET tomorrow (More)

 

> Five-term Rep. Tom Rice (R, SC-7), one of ten House Republicans to vote to impeach former President Donald Trump, ousted in GOP primary by Trump-backed challenger; first-term Rep. Nancy Mace (R, SC-1) fends off Trump-backed challenger (More)

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ETCETERA

 

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Making the world's largest chicken nugget (w/video).

 

Hungry beaver blamed for outages in British Columbia.

 

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Historybook: Magna Carta is sealed by King John (1215); Arlington National Cemetery is established (1864); Henry Ossian Flipper becomes first Black graduate from West Point (1877); RIP jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald (1996).

 

"Where there is love and inspiration, I don't think you can go wrong."

- Ella Fitzgerald

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