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Cristobal is now the earliest third Atlantic named storm on record

  • Right now Cristobal is a tropical storm with sustained winds of 40 mph with higher gusts.
  • On its current track, it is expected to continue to interact with southern Mexico over the next several days.
  • The main risk for this storm will continue to be rain.
  • Ten to 20 inches of rain is possible across the Mexican states of Tabasco, Veracrus and Campeche.
  • There could be isolated amounts of more than 2 feet of rain.
  • In the long term, the storm's forecast gets a little tricky.
  • CNN Meteorologist Brandon Miller says, "The long-term forecast is very complex due to potential interactions with land and strong winds that are expected to influence the vortex.
  • States along the Gulf Coast should closely monitor the situation during the next several days and have a plan in place, should a storm threaten the coast.

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After years of talking about diversity, the number of black leaders at US companies is still dismal

  • Black professionals overall: Black professionals in 2018 held just 3.3% of all executive or senior leadership roles, which are defined as within two reporting levels of the CEO, according to the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
  • Black executives in C-suite and other high power roles: Those most often promoted to CEO or named to corporate boards usually have held one or more specific titles -- CEO, chief financial officer and regional or division president in charge of business units that deliver significant profits to the company overall.
  • But among Fortune 100 companies this year, black professionals account for just 3% of CEOs, 1% of CFOs and 3% of profit leaders like division presidents, according to calculthe Stanford Corporate Governance Research Initiative.
  • While black professionals account for a comparatively high percentage of chief human resource officers (13%) and chief administration executives (43%), the chances of being promoted from there to a CEO or board role are low.

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People from ethnic minorities are up to 50% more likely to die from coronavirus than white people, UK report finds

  • The analysis, conducted by government agency Public Health England (PHE), found that people of Bangladeshi heritage who tested positive for the virus were around twice as likely to die as their white British peers.
  • People from other minority communities, including those of Chinese, Indian, Pakistani and Caribbean descent, also had a 10% to 50% higher risk of death when compared to white Britons, the report found.
  • Commissioned by England's Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty in April, amid fears the coronavirus pandemic was "disproportionately" affecting black and ethnic minority communities, the analysis was due to be published at the end of May, according to PHE.
  • Its publication came as UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet warned that Covid-19 had exposed inequalities within society and was having a major disproportionate impact on racial and ethnic minorities, including people of African descent.

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Scientists say they have found the cleanest air on earth

  • Researchers found that the boundary layer air, which feeds the lower clouds over the Southern Ocean, was free from aerosol particles produced by human activity -- including burning fossil fuels, planting certain crops, fertilizer production, and wastewater disposal -- or transported from other countries around the world.
  • Research scientist and co-author of the study Thomas Hill explained that "the aerosols controlling the properties of SO (Southern Ocean) clouds are strongly linked to ocean biological processes, and that Antarctica appears to be isolated from southward dispersal of microorganisms and nutrient deposition from southern continents," he said in a statement.
  • From the bacterial composition of the microbes, researchers concluded that aerosols from distant land masses and human activities, such as pollution or soil emissions caused by land use change, were not traveling south and into the air.

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Surgeon General warns of coronavirus outbreaks from Floyd protests

  • While a majority of protesters nationwide have worn masks and face coverings as they demand justice for Floyd, an African-American man who died last week while in police custody, the large crowds have made it difficult to social distance.
  • Adams is the latest government leader to express concern over whether the protests could spread coronavirus, as he and other health groups are caught in a balancing act of trying to advise Americans during a pandemic and raise awareness of how racism puts the black community's health at risk.
  • As the protests have continued, several doctors' groups -- the American Academy of Pediatrics, American Medical Association and American College of Physicians -- emphasized that racism is a public health issue and called for police brutality to stop.

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Trump eyes return to rallies amid coronavirus pandemic and protests - Business Insider

  • President Donald Trump's political advisers have been debating how to get him back in front of raucous, arena-sized crowds for campaign rallies that can breathe new life into his embattled reelection effort, possibility as soon as next month, Insider has learned.
  • Trump's campaign rallies, which frequently veered into violence during the Republican's successful 2016 White House bid, halted in early March when the nation started going into lockdown to curb the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Trump's allies see the prospect of campaign rallies as an important signal to the country — and the president's supporters — that the coronavirus pandemic is subsiding and the national lockdown is ending.
  • The return of campaign rallies also raises security concerns for the president and his supporters, both from the coronavirus pandemic and the prospect that peaceful political protests turn violent.

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Trump eyes return to rallies amid coronavirus pandemic and protests - Business Insider

  • President Donald Trump's political advisers have been debating how to get him back in front of raucous, arena-sized crowds for campaign rallies that can breathe new life into his embattled reelection effort, possibility as soon as next month, Insider has learned.
  • Trump's campaign rallies, which frequently veered into violence during the Republican's successful 2016 White House bid, halted in early March when the nation started going into lockdown to curb the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Trump's allies see the prospect of campaign rallies as an important signal to the country — and the president's supporters — that the coronavirus pandemic is subsiding and the national lockdown is ending.
  • The return of campaign rallies also raises security concerns for the president and his supporters, both from the coronavirus pandemic and the prospect that peaceful political protests turn violent.

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Apple News Plus’ new Audio stories appear in iOS 13.5.5 beta

  • The latest iOS 13.5.5 beta has revealed a new audio feature for the company’s Apple News Plus service that adds podcast-style recordings of longform articles to the app, as discovered by 9to5Mac. Apple was reportedly working on the feature earlier this year, but the newly revealed section of the News app marks the first real look at the audio endeavor.
  • Notably, the original report for Apple’s audio ambitions indicates that the company isn’t looking to just license existing podcasting content, but rather produce its own audio versions with professional actors of the same premium news content that it offers with Apple News Plus.
  • Apple’s subscription services (including Apple News Plus) are critical to the company’s long-term plans, and offering a premium, podcast-like experience for major features and longform articles could help draw in more customers.

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Apple further expands into original podcasts with launch of 'The Zane Lowe Interview Series'

  • Apple has quietly expanded its original podcast efforts with Friday’s launch of The Zane Lowe Interview Series, available on Apple Music and via RSS.
  • The episodes in the series will feature Apple’s Global Creative Director, Zane Lowe, in conversations with leading artists like Billie Eilish, Justin Bieber, Kanye West, Hayley Williams, and, most recently, Lady Gaga.
  • Already, there are over a half-dozen episodes available, including the new Lady Gaga interview recorded ahead of the release of Chromatica; an interview with Paramore’s Hayley Williams ahead of her first solo album; one with Justin Bieber to mark his release of Changes; a two-parter interview with Kanye West recorded on the eve of the release of his ninth solo project, Jesus is King; an interview with Selena Gomez on the making of her third album, Rare; and one with Billie Eilish, detailing When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?

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A New Culture Time

  • Choosing the right platform for your digital content needs some thought and much depends on the audiences you are after.
  • This is the ideal platform where to post high-resolution images of your artefacts or products, behind-the-scene information and also user-generated content ( subject to clearance from pertinent owners).
  • Much like Facebook, Twitter allows users to share their posts but has a strict limit of 280 characters per tweet.
  • It also supports links to other sites and media including images, photos, videos or gifs.
  • This is the platform for short looped videos (between 15 and 60 seconds) and allows users to edit videos, add music, insert filters and all sorts of visual content.
  • Digital-first is a communication theory which states that publishers should release content into new media channels first, rather than go to print straight away.

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