Your afternoon mixer is here and it is chalked full of the day’s bits you probably should know about. Sponsored by Crown Ventures (that’s our homewares and travel company) we bring you the PM ‘s newsbites of the day.
- Trump ‘s crony Alan W has surrendered to New York authorities amid his pending tax fraud charges.
Alan is understood to have been one of the masterminds behind the Trump Organisation ‘s failure to disclose a number of cash payments; rent free apartments, and other incentives to its employees. The failure to disclosure likely will spell the end for Alan ‘s career as New York is hoping to either charge him or get him to turn on Trump. It is unclear if the last part is even a consideration he has made.
2. 1619 creator Nikole Hannah-Jones will get her NC tenure after all
Following intense backlash from school officials; residents of the area, and at least one school resignation Chapel Hill has granted tenure to the controversial founder of the 1619 project. Initially, Hannah-Jones had lost out on the tenure following conservative backlash that claimed that the project was false and nothing in it had ever happened (pro tip: racism did happen and happens even to this day.)
3. Rescue efforts in the massive condo failure in Florida have temporarily been paused. It is understood that officials may be preparing to order everyone out of the South towers that collapsed. The South tower is the only remaining one and officials fear a collapse is imminent due to poor inspections and routine work jobs. It is unclear how long the delay will be.
4. U.S passports are getting a ton more inclusive
According to the State Department — American citizens will now be able to choose their gender on their passport. Beginning later this year, citizens will be able to choose the gender they identify with or simply “X” on their passport. The new passport rules aim to be extensively more inclusive with an evolving society around the idea of gender norms. The move was widely applauded on social media as an advancement for equality.
5. A stunning discovery thanks to a new star map has revealed that if there are people or species above us on other planets, chances are, they’re already watching us and know exactly what and where we are at any given time.
According to Scientific American, a new star map published in June appears to show more than 2,000 stars some of which have their own planets nearby. Those planets and their star systems are understood to be in plain view of planet earth and would give inhabitants of the area the ability to see us on earth and pretty much what we’re doing (careful, they may know when you’re sneaking out of work guys.)
“Instead of constantly saying, ‘What can we detect from other worlds?’ and ‘Where are the other worlds that we can detect?’ think about it the other way,” says Jackie Faherty, an astronomer at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City and a co-author of the new study. “What worlds can find us? How many of them and for how long?”