World leaders descend on Biarritz, France this weekend to participate in the annual Group of 7 Summit. Also known as the G7, the forum convenes the US, UK, Canada, Germany, France, Italy, Japan, and the European Union to coordinate global policy among the world's leading economies. While a number of topics ranging from social inequality to shared environmental concerns will likely be addressed - presidential host Emmanuel Macron has called for the Amazon fires to be at the top of the docket - economic issues are expected to dominate the three-day event. One of the most notable items is the impending October 31st deadline for the UK to leave the EU - the British economy actually shrunk for the first time in 7 years last quarter, partly due to Brexit fears. The annual meeting has been criticized for not including China and India, two of the world's top five economies - the cumulative global share of GDP of the G7 participants has dropped from 70% to under 50% since the year 2000.
The reintroduction of Russia into the group, supported by President Trump, is also likely to be discussed.
College Football Begins.
The 2019-2020 college football season gets underway this weekend when #8 Florida takes on Miami at a neutral site game in Orlando on Saturday (8pm ET, ESPN). The matchup revives a historic in-state rivalry - the two teams met annually between 1944 and 1987, playing intermittently since then. The game is one of the earliest ever to feature a top ten team and is part of college football's Week 0 slate of games, with the rest of the teams kicking off in earnest the following weekend. Sophomore phenom quarterback Trevor Lawrence leads the preseason favorites and top-ranked Clemson Tigers as they look to defend their title, opening at home against Georgia Tech on Thursday. The rest of the top five - #2 Alabama, #3 Georgia, #4 Oklahoma, and #5 Ohio State - all open next Saturday.
Keep an eye on ESPN's new, much-ballyhooed Player Impact Rating, touted as an objective measure of the value of every player on the field.
Hong Kong Stress Test.
Officials in Hong Kong are preparing for multiple anti-government demonstrations at the city's airports this weekend in what will be the 12th straight weekend of pro-democracy protests. In an attempt to defy a court order that requires any demonstration to receive official approval in advance, organizers are reportedly planning a "stress test" - tens of thousands of people are expected to travel individually to the airport simultaneously, effectively choking transportation in the vicinity. The effort follows a massive peaceful march last weekend but comes just two weeks after protests turned violent when demonstrators occupied the airport, forcing the cancellation of two days of flights. Originally sparked by an extradition bill that would send anyone suspected of a crime to Beijing, the protests are the worst political crisis since the British handed the region back over to China in 1997.
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