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It’s Thursday, November 25. Here’s what you need to get going today.
One thing to know right now: The white trio charged over the death of black man Ahmaud Arbery has been found guilty of murder
Here’s the lowdown:
- Mr Arbery, 25, was out on a jog in the US state of Georgia in February 2020 when Greg McMichael and his son Travis McMichael jumped in a pick-up truck to pursue him
- The McMichaels’ neighbour William “Roddie” Bryan joined the pursuit in his own truck and recorded a mobile phone video of Travis McMichael fatally shooting Mr Arbery
- The convictions came after jurors deliberated for about 10 hours
Though state prosecutors didn’t argue that racism motivated the killing, federal authorities have charged the men with hate crimes, alleging that they chased and killed Mr Arbery because he was black — that case is scheduled to go to trial in February
One thing you’ll be hearing about today: the religious discrimination bill
The Prime Minister is expected to introduce it in Parliament today, but voting on the bill is expected to be delayed until next year after it undergoes further scrutiny by a Senate committee.
The bill was first promised in the wake of the same-sex marriage debate in 2017, with a first draft released in 2019
In a nutshell, the bill says religious bodies can “generally” act in accordance with their faith in certain situations without it being discriminatory — like a religious school being able to turn away students who don’t practise that religion
But the legislation has been watered down from its first draft, with the scrapping of a proposal to allow medical workers to refuse treatment to people for religious reasons
Labor is yet to decide whether it will support the bill and is withholding comment until it sees the full legislation in the Senate
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One more thing: lockdowns leave Cyprus with 6 million kilos of unwanted halloumi
All those COVID-19 lockdowns meant brunches were off the table (well, the cafe tables, anyway).
The squeaky cheese is, for many, a key brunch ingredient, but global demand for halloumi went into a nosedive.
That resulted in the Mediterranean island of Cyprus being stuck with a 6 million kilogram stockpile of its prized white halloumi.
The Cypriot government is mobilising its embassies abroad to help shift the backlog, hoping to find buyers for its stockpiles outside of the European Union.
But cheesemakers fear that if they flood the market, the price of halloumi will significantly drop.
TL;DR: halloumi could soon be as cheap as chips.
That’s it for now
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