2020.02.03

News Headlines - 03 February 2020

Teenage climate activist nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

Two lawmakers in Sweden have nominated Swedish teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg for the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize.
Jens Holm and Hakan Svenneling, who are both members of Sweden’s Left Party, said Monday that Thunberg “has worked hard to make politicians open their eyes to the climate crisis” and “action for reducing our emissions and complying with the Paris Agreement is therefore also an act of making peace.”

Hong Kong recession deepens as virus outbreak darkens outlook - Reuters

Hong Kong’s economy contracted for the first time in a decade in 2019 as violent anti-government protests and trade tariffs between Washington and Beijing took more steam out of the economy in the final quarter of last year.
The worst is yet to come, with no end in sight to the protests in the Chinese-ruled city and a new coronavirus outbreak in mainland China.

Billionaire Yusaku Maezawa Calls Off TV Search for Moon Trip ‘Life Partner’ - The New York Times

Yusaku Maezawa sought love in the way only a lonely, 44-year-old fashion billionaire could: asking the women of the internet to apply for a chance to accompany him on a spaceflight around the moon - if they had “bright and positive” personalities and were over 20.
But on Thursday, Mr. Maezawa’s dream, and those, apparently, of more than 27,000 hopefuls, appeared to be in question after he called off a documentary about the weeklong, multimillion-dollar journey.
Mr. Maezawa apologized, saying on Twitter that he had asked for the show’s cancellation “due to personal reasons.”

Japanese comedian Naomi Watanabe bags campaign with luxury fashion label | The Star Online

Japanese comedian Naomi Watanabe has landed a fashion campaign with Kate Spade New York.
The star, who is also an actress and a fashion designer, has teamed up with the fashion and accessories label to front its Spring 2020 handbag campaign.

Tennis rankings: Coco Gauff jumps 16 spots, Kenin now top U.S. player - UPI.com

Australian Open winner Sofia Kenin climbed to No. 7 in the Women's Tennis Association rankings Monday, while fellow American Cori "Coco" Gauff moved from No. 67 to No. 51 after she upset Naomi Osaka in Australia.
Kenin, who beat Gauff in the fourth round of the Australian Open, had been ranked No. 15 entering the tourney. Serena Williams retained her No. 9 spot, but Kenin now is the highest-ranked American player.

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