The Loop: Guilty verdict in Ahmaud Arbery trial, law on religious discrimination to be introduced, scientists finding a mammoth tusk in the sea and land with too much halloumi
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It is Thursday, November 25th. Here’s what you need to get started today.
One thing to know right now: The white trio charged with the death of the black man Ahmaud Arbery have been found guilty of murder
Here are the following:
- Arbery, 25, was out for a run the US state of Georgia in February 2020 when Greg McMichael and his son Travis McMichael jumped in a pick-up to pursue him
- McMichaels’ neighbor William “Roddie” Bryan participated in the pursuit in his own truck and recorded a cell phone video of Travis McMichael deadly shooter Mr. Arbery
- The conviction came after jurors consulted for about 10 hours
Although state prosecutors did not claim that racism motivated the killing, federal authorities have charged the men with hate crimes, alleging that they hunted and killed Mr Arbery because he was black – that case is scheduled to go to court in February
One thing you will hear about today: the bill on religious discrimination
The Prime Minister is expected to introduce it Parliament Today, men the vote on the bill is expected to be postponed to next year after undergoing further investigation 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 that religious bodies “generally” can act in accordance with their beliefs in certain situations without it being discriminatory – such as. a religious school that can reject students who do not practice that religion
But the legislation has been diluted from its first draft, with the scrapping of a proposal to allow medical staff to refuse treatment to people for religious reasons
Labor has not yet decided whether it will support the bill and withholds comments 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 of these COVID-19 lockdowns meant the brunch was off the table (well, the cafe tables at least).
The creaking cheese is for many an important brunch ingredient, but the global demand for halloumi went into a dive.
It resulted in Mediterranean island of Cyprus stuck with one 6 million kilograms stock of its prized white halloumi.
The Cypriot government mobilizes its embassies abroad to help relocate the backlog in hopes of finding buyers for its warehouses outside European Union.
But cheesemakers fear that if they flood the market, the price of halloumi will drop markedly.
TL; DR: halloumi may soon be as cheap as chips.
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ABC / wires