BELatina’s Weekend Recap: Cop26, Meta, American Music Awards, and More

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Happy Monday morning.

We start the week with a package of important international news. Although at BELatina we always try to maintain balance when it comes to politics, the international community has been on edge these past few days, and it’s critical that we keep our finger on the pulse of political events.

From Cop26, climate change, and Facebook rebranding to the American Music Awards, here’s what you need to know to start your week.

World leaders gather for the COP26 climate summit

World leaders arrived in Glasgow, UK, over the weekend for the highly anticipated COP26 climate summit.

The meeting calls on delegates to accelerate action on climate change and commit to more ambitious emission reductions from their countries in a bid to limit global temperature rise.

Since the signing of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in 1992, a meeting of world leaders has never been more urgent.

Facebook says it is now called Meta in an attempt to disassociate its image from scandals

Facebook will now be renamed Meta in an attempt to reposition the brand amid the growing scandals facing the company. The company said the new name better reflects its expansion into virtual and augmented reality. The company’s popular social network will retain the name “Facebook.”

While Mark Zuckerberg tries to sell the idea toward building a dystopian metaverse, many agree with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortéz that the company’s rebranding is symptomatic of its “metastasis” as societal cancer.

Biden to Compensate Families Separated at the Border

The Wall Street Journal reports that the Biden Administration is holding negotiations to pay millions of dollars by way of reparations to families who were separated at the U.S.-Mexico border based on the “zero tolerance” policy implemented by Trump.

FDA clears Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for children 5 to 11 years of age

Regulators on Friday cleared Pfizer-BioNTech’s coronavirus vaccine for children ages 5 to 11, a watershed moment celebrated by parents yearning to get back on track but viewed with ambivalence and frank skepticism by others concerned about the potential risk of unknown side effects.

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Puerto Rico police go on strike

Some 1,900 police officers across Puerto Rico went on strike Friday to demand a better public pension plan, officials said.

The absences are expected to continue through the weekend and have prompted several mayors to declare a state of emergency.

Puerto Rico’s police department has more than 11,500 officers serving an island of 3.3 million people. Upon retirement, they receive no social security or health insurance, earning only 30% to 40% of their salary.

Olivia Rodrigo sweeps the American Music Awards

Olivia Rodrigo leads the 2021 American Music Awards nominations with seven, organizers announced last week.

Rodrigo is up for some of the night’s biggest awards, including artist of the year and new artist of the year.

Following the teen star is five-time AMA winner The Weeknd, who earned six nominations this year. He is also nominated for artist of the year, favorite music video, and favorite pop song.

Bad Bunny, Doja Cat, and Giveon each earned five nominations.

The event will air live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday, Nov. 21 at 8 p.m. EST/PST on ABC and stream the following day on Hulu.