The Loop: Guilty verdict in Ahmaud Arbery trial, religious discrimination bill to present, researchers find mammoth tusk in ocean and country with too much halloumi


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It is Thursday 25 November. Here’s what you need to get started today.

One thing to know now: the white trio accused of the death of black man Ahmaud Arbery have been convicted of murder

A mural by Ahmaud Arbery painted on the side of the Brunswick African American Cultural Center in Brunswick, Georgia.(Reuters: Octavio Jones)

Here is the truth:

  • Mr. Arbery, 25, was jogging in the US state of Georgia in February 2020 when Greg McMichael and his son Travis McMichael jumped in a van to chase him
  • The McMichaels’ neighbor William “Roddie” Bryan joined the chase in his own truck and recorded a cell phone video of Travis McMichael fatally killing Mr. Arbery
  • The convictions came after jurors deliberated for about 10 hours
  • Although prosecutors did not argue that racism motivated the murder, federal authorities charged the men with hate crimes, alleging they pursued and killed Mr. Arbery because he was black – this case is set to go to trial in February

One thing you’ll hear about today: the religious discrimination bill

  • The Prime Minister should introduce it in Parliament today, but the vote on the bill is expected to be postponed until next year after having undergone further consideration by a Senate committee.

  • The bill was first promised following the gay marriage debate in 2017, with a first draft released in 2019

  • In a nutshell, the bill says that religious organizations can “generally” act in accordance with their faith in certain situations without this being discriminatory – such as a religious school that can refuse students who do not practice this religion

  • Corn the legislation has been watered down from its first project, with the abandonment of a proposal allowing medical staff to refuse treatment to people for religious reasons

  • Workforce has yet to decide whether he will support the bill and refrain from commenting until he sees the full legislation in the Senate

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People point to an underwater mammoth tusk projected on a television screen.
They initially spotted the tusk in 2019, but could not confirm that it belonged to a Colombian mammoth this year. (Provided: Darrin Schultz, Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute )

One more thing: lockdowns leave Cyprus with 6 million kilos of unwanted halloumi

All of those COVID-19 blockages meant brunches were off the table (well, coffee tables, anyway).

Squeaky cheese is a key ingredient in brunch for many, but global demand for halloumi has plunged.

This resulted in the Mediterranean island of Cyprus being stuck with a stock of 6 million kilograms of his precious white halloumi.

hands in blue gloves grab bundles of halloumi stacked inside blue crate
Cyprus has too many halloumi as stocks build up during the pandemic.(Reuters: Yiannis Kourtoglou)

The Cypriot government is mobilizing its embassies abroad to help clear the backlog, in the hope of finding buyers for its stocks outside the European Union.

But cheese makers fear that if they flood the market, the price of halloumi will drop significantly.

TL; DR: Halloumi may soon be as cheap as crisps.

That’s all for the moment

We will come back later with more good stuff.

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