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Dua Lipa is not Opening for FIFA World Cup, Urges Qatar to Fulfill Pledges

Dua Lipa is not participating in the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

The award-winning artist has dismissed rumors that the World Cup asked her to sing at the opening ceremony in Qatar. In response, she called on them to honor their human rights commitments.

“There is currently a lot of speculation that I will be performing at the opening ceremony of the World Cup in Qatar,” she captioned an Instagram story. “I will not be performing, and nor have I ever been involved in any negotiations to perform.” 

Lipa stated that she would be “cheering England on from afar.” Additionally, she hoped to visit Qatar “when it has fulfilled all of its human rights pledges it made when it won the right to host” the international soccer contest. 

The contest starts on November 20th.

Meanwhile, the Football Association asked BTS’ Jungkook to sing at the opening ceremony, the band said in a statement.The South Korean artist will also appear on the World Cup soundtrack.

Competition organizers face backlash over reports of corruption and abuse of migrant workers from Africa and Asia.

FIFA has employed these workers to build new stadiums for the competition in the country. Moreover, allegations include discrimination based on nationality, exposure to dangerous work conditions leading to deaths, and unpaid wages, USA Today said.

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Human Rights

In 2010, the federation chose Qatar to host the 2022 World Cup. And it was the first time a Middle Eastern country hosted the event. However, international pressure on human rights abuses has prompted the country to implement labor reforms.

However, allegations continue to persist that abuses weren’t alleviating. This urged activists and officials to push for the tournament’s boycott. 

FIFA encouraged World Cup teams to “focus on” the sport instead of the controversy. 

On the other hand, Lipa’s home team voiced their take on the matter. 

“We have always spoken about issues we think should be talked about, particularly the ones we feel we can affect,” England’s manager Gareth Southgate said. 

He added: “Contrary to one or two observations in the last few weeks, we have spoken in the same way other nations have spoken about this tournament, the human rights challenges.

“We’ve been very clear on our standpoint on that.” 

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FIFA World Cup Countries

FIFA, or Federation Internationale de Football Association, is a governing body of football, beach football, and futsal. 

It is an international contest among national associations from Belgium, France, Denmark, the Netherlands, Germany, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland. Currently, the association has 211 memberships. 

To enter the competition, the members must be under one of the six regional confederations in the world. This includes Africa, Asia, Europe, North and Central America and the Caribbean, Oceania, and South America.

Xi and Biden Talk Over Issues During the G-20

United States President Joe Biden and Chinese leader Xi Jinping met during the G-20 and talked about key international community issues.

The meeting lasted for three hours, and the leaders hoped to stabilize a seemingly deteriorating relationship between them. The two superpowers reportedly discussed several issues, including Taiwan, trade, and technology. According to a statement from the White House, Biden said he would continue to compete with China in terms of investments and international alliances.

“(They) reiterated their agreement that a nuclear war should never be fought and can never be won. And underscored their opposition to the use or threat of use of nuclear weapons in Ukraine,” said the White House.

Moreover, China and the U.S. began talks about climate change, health issues, food security, and debt relief. The White House added that Secretary of State Antony Blinken would visit China. However, they remained tight-lipped on when he will visit the Eastern superpower. Before Biden went into the talks with China, he acknowledged the competition between the U.S. and China.

“As the leaders of our two nations, we share responsibility. In my view, to show that China and the US can manage our differences. And prevent competition from becoming anything nearing conflict. And to find ways to work together on urgent, global issues that require our mutual cooperation,” said Biden.

“In our meeting today, I’m ready to have a candid — as we always did. Have a candid and in-depth exchange of views with you,” Xi answered.

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Biden not so optimistic about the meeting

The White House has since expressed low confidence that the meeting will bring significant changes to the existing power relations between the two nations. Instead, experts predict the two nations to get frank about their real intentions as tensions between them linger.

“He’ll have that opportunity to sit, to be straightforward and direct. And to hear President Xi be straightforward and direct in return,” said Jake Sullivan, national security adviser to Biden.

“Given that China and the U.S. are in a state of near-total rivalry and confrontation, there is not much possibility to anticipate that the major issues can be truly clarified,” said Shi Yinhonh, an international relations professor from Renmin University.

“The Chinese believe the U.S. goal is to keep China down so we can contain it. And the U.S. believes China’s goal is to make the world safer for authoritarian states. And push the U.S. out of Asia and weaken its alliance system,” added Scott Kennedy from the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

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Creating the lines

According to Xi, China remains willing to cooperate with the U.S. to continue its peaceful relationship with its Western counterpart. However, Xi demands several things from Biden. One is respecting China’s political system. And two, staying away from China’s territorial claim over several countries like Hong Kong and Taiwan.

“I think it’s more, how can we find ways to communicate about those issues where we have deep fundamental differences of perspective or concerns, but we need to be having a continued and ongoing conversation,” said a senior Chinese official.

“I would love to be a fly on the wall to see that conversation. Because I don’t think the U.S. or China has been very precise about its red lines. And I also don’t think either has been very clear about what positive rewards the other side would reap from staying within those red lines,” added Kennedy.

Democrat Maxwell Frost Declares Victory and Becomes the First GenZ to Win a Congress Seat

The Democratic candidate Maxwell Alejandro Frost serves as the first member from Generation Z to secure a spot in Congress.

After besting Republican Calvin Wimbish, 72, in Florida’s 10th Congressional District, the 25-year-old Afro-American snatched a seat in Congress. When he finally won, US President Joe Biden called Frost to congratulate the aspiring politician, according to Frost. The two also discussed how remarkable the accomplishment is, given Frost’s young age. At 29, the current US president entered politics and was elected to the Senate.

“He asked me if it was the same situation. I said, ‘No, Mr. President, you had me beat on that. I’m already old enough to be sworn in on January 3.’ So, it was great to talk with him. You know, he was elected at a very young age, too, so he understands that experience,” Frost said.

On combating gun violence, the representative-elect focused his campaign. After a sequence of mass shootings across the nation, this sparked a reaction among Florida residents. As a defense against careless gun sales, Frost stated in an interview that he vowed to pass the legislation requiring a universal background check.

In a Tweet, he wrote, “WE WON! We made history for Floridians, for Gen Z, and for everyone who believes we deserve a better future. I am beyond thankful for the opportunity to represent my home in the United States Congress.”

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A milestone for Frost

Those who run for vital public offices are typically 58 or older. Federal laws prescribe that a candidate for the US House of Representatives, US Senate, or the US president must be at least 25, 30, and 35, respectively. Frost wins a seat and creates history for Generation Z while still at the front line. Pew Research Center categorizes GenZs as those born betweeen 1997 and 2012.

While the law allows 25-year-olds to run for the House of Representatives, only a few do. Running at a younger age implies more problems ahead for many. On the other hand, Frost defied all odds and took the risk. Frost represents the Afro-Cuban community more than his age, as his election makes him the first community member elected to Congress.

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Serving the country

Frost, born on January 17, 1997, witnessed abuse and violence as a child. His mother is Puerto Rican, and his father is Haitian. However, he transferred to another home because his mother’s constant involvement in drugs, violence, and crime.

He said, his community became “ravaged by gun violence. And I’ve experienced how working people and people of color are unjustly marginalized and left behind in our society.”

He became an advocate for gun control as he got older because of his past. Frost became an advocate for gun control following the shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. He took an active role in Barack Obama’s campaign when he ran for president in 2012. As director of national organizing for March for Our Lives, he worked with many advocacy groups.

Sens. Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, Ed Markey, and Rev. Jesse Jackson are just a few of the politicians who have shown him respect and support over the years. The Congressional Progressive Caucus also supported him.


Twitter Executives Hand Resignation After Mass Layoffs

Just days after Elon Musk decided to fire thousands of employees from Twitter, the company’s senior executives resigned from their positions.

The organization’s Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), Lea Kissner, resigned as CISO official on Thursday. The now-vacant role was one of the essential parts of the business, mainly when Twitter deals with a wide range of privacy and security challenges.

Elon Musk, Twitter’s newest owner and CEO, is also under fire from the public after making several hasty managerial moves. She would not, however, discuss why she resigned from her position as CISO.

“I’ve made the hard decision to leave Twitter/I’ve had the opportunity to work with amazing people, and I’m so proud of the privacy, security, and IT teams and our work. I’m looking forward to figuring out what’s next,” Kissner wrote.

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More Twitter executives resigned

Yoel Roth, the director of integrity and safety, reportedly decided to leave his position simultaneously, according to sources. Concerned about the adjustments Twitter has to make with Elon as the new owner, Roth has frequently communicated with investors and other stakeholders. For example, he and Musk spoke about how Twitter manages damaging information on the network during a Twitter Spaces conference on Wednesday.

“Verification! Impersonation! Twitter Blue! There’s a lot going on around identity on Twitter — let’s break down what our policies are, and some of the big questions we still need to answer,” he wrote.

“First, impersonation has always been banned on Twitter. Misleading profiles make Twitter worse for everyone. Last year, we banned more than half a million accounts for impersonating people and brands.”

“When Verified accounts use impersonation as a tactic — whether for parody or not — it creates an especially confusing experience. It’s been our long-standing practice to suspend Verified users when they do this.”

“The planned changes to Twitter Blue to make Verification more widely available raise the stakes for this impersonation. Here’s what we’re going to do about it:”

“In the short term, we’ll ramp up a proactive review of Blue Verified accounts that show signs of impersonating another user. When we find them, we’ll suspend them. See something that looks off? You can report it directly in the app.”

“Long-term, we need to invest more in identity verification to complement proof-of-humanness. Paid Verification is a strong (not perfect) signal of humanness, which helps fight bots and spam. But that’s not the same thing as identity verification.”

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FTC and the company

The head of Musk’s legal team, Alex Spiro, said that communication with the FTC is ongoing. He further stated that Twitter would try its utmost to adhere to all legal standards. A source overheard Spiro discussing Musk’s persistence in the face of the FTC. However, an FTC representative said that the agency follows any activity from Twitter “with deep concern.”

“No CEO or company is above the law, and companies must follow our consent decrees. Our revised consent order gives us new tools to ensure compliance, and we are prepared to use them,” the spokesperson added.


Democrats Only Needed Nevada, Now they Control the Senate

After seizing Nevada, Democrats establish Senate control. However, it seems the Republicans inch closer to claiming the House.

In a tense contest in the state, Democratic Senate candidate Catherine Cortez Masto topped Republican Adam Laxalt. Laxalt acted as a previous state attorney general. The Democratic Party now only requires Vice President Kamala Harris’ tie-breaking vote. Control of the House remains unclear as voting stations close elections around the country. However, the Republicans have taken the lead for the time being.

Nevada was expected to be the opportunity for Republicans to retake control of the Senate. The Republicans planned to challenge re-electionist Cortez Masto with Laxalt, who earned former President Donald Trump’s backing. Instead, Cortez won by a scant 5,000 votes. Meanwhile, if re-electionist Raphael Warnock defeats Republican Herschel Walker in a December runoff, the Democratic Party will have a solid lead over the opposition.

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Nevada win for Biden

Following the Nevada success, US President Joe Biden expressed his delight. However, he went on to say that the party is now focused on winning the Georgia runoff.

“We feel good about where we are, and I know I’m a cockeyed optimist, I understand that from the beginning, but I’m not surprised by the turnout. I’m incredibly pleased by the turnout,” the president said.

“And so, I feel good and look forward to the next couple of years. Because we are in a situation where you don’t have to have an even makeup of the committees — so that’s why it is important, mostly, but it’s simply better, the bigger the number, the better,” he added.

Meanwhile, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said the Democratic victory in the Senate opens up a chance for the party to oppose “anti-Democratic, extremist, MAGA Republicans.”

“Oh, and one other thing we did, which I cannot forget, we staunchly defended a woman’s right to choose. Because the American people turned out to elect Democrats in the Senate, there’s now a firewall against a nationwide abortion ban threat that so many Republicans have talked about,” Senator Schumer said.

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Winning a key state

Earlier in the count, the Democratic Party cheered after flipping a critical state, Pennsylvania. Lt. Gov. John Fetterman of the Democratic Party upset Republican Mehmet Oz. Despite Fetterman’s battle with a stroke that pulled him off the campaign trail for a while, he defeated Oz, who earned Trump’s strong endorsement.

“It’s official. I will be the next US Senator from Pennsylvania. We bet on the people of Pennsylvania – and you didn’t let us down. And I won’t let you down. Thank you,” Fetterman said in a Tweet.

“I’m so humbled. Thank you so much. We launched this campaign almost two years ago and had our slogan; it’s on every one of those signs right now — every county, every vote. And that’s exactly what happened. We jammed them up,” he added in a victory speech.

Experts believe that the Democrat’s support for the Roe v. Wade decision opened the path for their victory in the upper chamber. In addition, researchers saw an upsurge in registration among young residents and women after the Supreme Court reversed the crucial verdict. Inflation and the economy are further factors driving increasing voter registration among newer voters.

Meta Removes 11,000 Employees from its Workforce

Meta, Facebook’s parent company, shrinks over 13% of its manpower. This entails the layoff of over 11,000 employees.

On Wednesday, CEO Mark Zuckerberg wrote to his workers that it was the toughest Meta had to make in its history. Furthermore, the letter included several steps to improve the company’s performance. Until the first quarter of 2023, Meta will decrease discretionary spending and freeze employment. Meta’s share increased by 7.7% on the same day.

The company decided to initiate the cutoff because of Meta’s poor performance in the previous quarter. Due to investor uncertainty about the company’s future, the stock dropped by more than 20%. Furthermore, according to Meta investors, the company’s costs and expenses have risen sharply, increasing by approximately 19% per year. And the company’s costs reached around $22.1 billion in the third quarter. The cost increase comes amid a 4% drop in sales.

“I want to take accountability for these decisions and how we got here. I know this is tough for everyone, and I’m especially sorry for those impacted,” said Zuckerberg.

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Meta reducing its workforce

Meta plans to hire fewer people next year, according to the CEO. As a result, the employees who were laid off in large numbers will be compensated by the company. According to Zuckerberg, the company should pay the 11,000 employees for 16 weeks. Furthermore, for every year worked for Meta, the employee receives an additional two weeks’ pay. Zuckerberg also declared to pay for the impacted employees’ healthcare coverage for six months.

“This is a sad moment, and there’s no way around that. So to those leaving, I want to thank you again for everything you’ve put into this place,” the CEO added.

“That means some teams will grow meaningfully, but most others will stay flat or shrink over the next year. So, in aggregate, we expect to end 2023 as either roughly the same size or even a slightly smaller organization than we are today,” he added.

Meta is currently attempting to expand the metaverse. This new ‘universe’ contains another world that can be accessed using augmented reality headsets and virtual reality tools. The expansion has already cost them $9.4 billion, according to Zuckerberg. In terms of completion, Meta anticipates that the completion of the metaverse will require more financial support.

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Zuckerberg’s memo to employees

The following are some snippets from Zuckerberg’s letter to Meta employees:

Today I’m sharing some of the most difficult changes we’ve made in Meta’s history. I’ve decided to reduce the size of our team by about 13% and let more than 11,000 of our talented employees go. We are also taking a number of additional steps to become a leaner and more efficient company by cutting discretionary spending and extending our hiring freeze through Q1.

Everyone will get an email soon letting you know what this layoff means for you. After that, every affected employee will have the opportunity to speak with someone to get their questions answered and join information sessions.

Some of the details in the US include:

  • With no cap, we will pay 16 weeks of base pay plus two additional weeks for every year of service.
  • We’ll pay for all remaining PTO time.
  • RSU vesting. Everyone impacted will receive their November 15, 2022, vesting.
  • Health insurance. We’ll cover the cost of healthcare for people and their families for six months.
  • Career Services. We’ll provide three months of career support with an external vendor, including early access to unpublished job leads.
  • Immigration support. I know this is especially difficult if you’re here on a visa. However, there’s a notice period before termination and some visa grace periods, so everyone will have time to make plans and work through their immigration status. In addition, we have dedicated immigration specialists to help guide you based on what you and your family need.

LBGTQ Community Makes Historic Finish in 2022 Polls

Several LGBTQ candidates campaigned for office and won, making the 2022 midterm elections a historic milestone for the LGBTQ community.

According to a recent tally, more than 340 LGBTQ candidates won their campaigns, breaking the previous high set in 2020 (336 victories). In addition, the largest number of openly LGBTQ candidates to ever run for office in a US general election, with over 678, was also running for office. The nation sensed positive ripples due to the sizeable non-binary candidate turnout. A group that advocates for the LGBTQ community, Victory Fund, expressed satisfaction with the high level of political representation.

Established in 1991, Victory Fund decided to back LGBTQ candidates running for public office. The group gives the candidates campaigning training and connects them to a broad network using its resources.

This enables them to improve their public image and get knowledge from incumbent LGBTQ candidates. The corporation supported and backed more than 500 candidates in the 2022 elections, according to Sean Meloy, vice president of political programs at the company.

“Normally, when someone gets in [office], they don’t pull the ladder up after. Instead, they’re going to say, ‘Hey, who’s next? Who’s going to take over for me? Who else can I get to join me?’ So I don’t think it’s a coincidence that we have more LGBTQ candidates running than ever at the same time we have the most LGBTQ people in the office,” he said.

“People of color, trans people and nonbinary people. And in places where we need those voices, the mere fact that an LGBTQ person steps forward to run – and then hopefully win – helps change hearts and minds,” Meloy added.

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LGBTQ community creating ripples

The community accomplished many firsts during the midterm elections. The US electorate, for instance, voted for Massachusetts’ Maura Healey and Oregon’s Tina Kotek. They will now serve as its first openly lesbian officers.

For the first time in US history, the first Black LGBTQ person became elected to a state legislature in Connecticut. Meanwhile, in New Hampshire, James Roesener became the first transgender person elected to the state legislature. In addition, Zooey Sephyr also won and will serve as the first openly transgender person to be elected to a state legislature.

“I always hesitate to call an election historic, because the attacks on human rights, education, healthcare, public lands, unions, etc. feel perpetual. However, every election requires our attention. There is always something important worth fighting for. And if we fail to fight to our fullest, there are always groups waiting to strip our rights away,” Sephyr said.

“I think, given how attacks on LGBTQ people have ramped up over the last year has served as a reminder that LGBTQ people need to be in the room where the laws are being written. For example, 300+ anti-LGBTQ pieces of legislation were introduced last year. And over half of which targeted trans people specifically,” she added.

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Looking at a better future

Victory Fund believes it needs more movement. For example, there should be about 35,000 more LGBTQ officials in the US to achieve parity in the political environment. Though more people among Millennials and Gen Zers identify as community members, Meloy remains optimistic about this prospect.

“I think it shows that it’s possible, right? And so many underrepresented people in government – women, young people, people of color, LGBTQ people, disabled people – they’re always told, ‘Oh, you can’t do it […] because it hasn’t been done. So breaking that barrier makes that argument – ‘No.’ Which is a huge starting point,” he said.

Sylvester Stallone Explains Beginning of Clash with Arnold Schwarzenegger

Arnold Schwarzenegger almost had a knockout effect on Sylvester Stallone’s booming career in the 1990s, the 76-year-old actor said.

The action star elaborated on his previous lengthy clash with Schwarzenegger in the industry. It first started when Stallone accused Schwarzenegger of deceiving him into playing a role with Estelle Getty in the widely criticized 1992 comedy, Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot

“We couldn’t stand to be in the same galaxy together for a while,” Stallone stated. He recently appeared on Friday in the UK’s long standing ITV talk series The Jonathan Ross Show. “We truly, truly loathed each other.” 

He added: “He’s quite clever. He goes around town saying, ‘I can’t wait to do this film.’ I got to my agent, ‘Get that thing away from him. Get people options on me.’ I got it, and I said, ‘What a piece of s— this is.’ He goes, ‘Ha ha ha!’ At least I wasn’t pregnant in a film, Arnold. We’re even.” 

During another interview on Fox & Friends, the star addressed the situation.

“Schwarzenegger tricked me to do that piece of junk,” Stallone stated of the film. “That’s one of those things that you go, ‘Why am I in this?’ There’s a scene they say, ‘Would you mind wearing diapers?’ I’m going to kill Arnold. I am going to find him and track him.” 

As many may remember, Stallone starred as a police sergeant whose pompous mother (Getty) interferes in his professional life.

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Prankster Schwarzengger

Additionally, he called his Hollywood rival a “prankster”, leading him to believe he “desperately” wanted to be involved with Stop!

“And I go, ‘Well, I’m not going to let that happen,’” Stallone stated. “So, I snatch it. I said, ‘I want this film desperately.’ And once I got it, I realized, ‘I’m in such a turkey, and it’s not even Thanksgiving – it’s not even Thanksgiving, folks.’” 

Although the film received harsh reviews from critics, it ultimately worked well for Stallone and Schwarzenegger. Stallone received his third Oscar nomination 24 years later for his contribution to Creed, a 2015 drama.

Schwarzenegger, meanwhile, won a seat in government in 2003, becoming California’s 38th governor.

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Stallone Start

The action star earned his first critical acclaim in The Lords of Flatbush as Stanley Rosiello. Afterward, he worked as an extra or side character in movies with a considerable budget until his limelight debut. 

In 1976, he started to gain traction as an actor and screenwriter with the character Rocky Balboa in the first installment of the highly acclaimed Rocky franchise. Additionally, he wrote the screenplay for the film series. 

A year later, Stallone became the third actor to earn a nomination for two Academy Awards for Best Original Screenplay and Best Actor. Furthermore, the National Film Registry inducted Rocky into its roster. The industry put the film’s props in the Smithsonian Museum. 

His face is very familiar to action movie enthusiasts as he starred in the Rambo film series. The first film, First Blood, earned him critical and commercial success. 

In the film, he played the soldier John Rambo, who faced challenges with PTSD after the war. 

From the beginning of his career until now, Stallone has proved to be one of the most esteemed action stars.


FTX King of Crypto Collapses in Eight Days

Sam Bankman-Fried went from being the “King of Cryptocurrency” to having his company file for bankruptcy and resigning as CEO in under eight days. 

In addition, he could face federal investigation over how he managed the company’s finances.

Extensive interviews with him have flooded the internet in recent years. In interviews she spoke in video chat from his desk in the Bahamas. Some of them contain an eerie clicking sound.

As the press listens intently to his incredible story of how he became a millionaire in just five years, the rattle of the entrepreneur’s mouse keeps repeating.

“Click, click, click,” it goes repeating outbursts while Bankman-Fried’s eyes stare at the screen.

His video doesn’t show what he does on his computer. But his tweet provides a clue.

“I’m (in) famous for playing League of Legends while on phone calls,” he said on Twitter in February 2021. 

Bankman-Fried is the former boss of the falling cryptocurrency exchange FTX. Moreover, he is a game enthusiast. He explained why in numerous tweets to his nearly one million followers.

Gaming was a way to free him from running two companies trading billions of dollars a day.

“Some people drink too much, some gamble. I play a League,” he stated. 

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FTX Investment Call

Another story resurfaced online this week that he’s been playing fantasy battles for teams, following news that his cryptocurrency empire had collapsed.

Per a blog post from venture capital firm Sequoia Capital, Bankman-Fried played a fierce League of Legends battle in a video call with their investment team. 

However, it didn’t appear to be an issue at all. The group invested $210 million in Bankman-Fried’s firm FTX. 

After the news broke, Sequoia Capital erased that blog post and said it is currently writing off its investment as a loss. 

But the firm doesn’t stand alone in this dilemma of heart-stopping investment loss since Bankman-Fried’s $32-billion empire fell down. FTX possessed approximately 1.2 million registered users who used the exchange to purchase cryptocurrency tokens like Bitcoin and more. 

Several FTX investors, from massive traders to daily crypto enthusiasts, wonder whether they’ll ever recover their savings from the exchange’s digital wallets. 

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Bankman-Fried Story

It’s a heart-stopping collapse. And the journey of Bankman-Fried to the top is also its own story of twists – risks, rewards, and beanbags. 

The multibillionaire attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he studied math and physics. The school is a distinguished US research university. 

However, the young, intelligent undergraduate states that the lessons acquired in the student forms contributed to his path to riches.

Bankman-Fried said in an interview with BBC radio last month that he recounted being dragged into the “effective altruism” movement. Effective Altruism is a group of individuals “trying to figure out what practical things you can do with your life to have as much positive impact as you can on the world,” he added. 

Therefore, he decided to dig into banking to make money and give it back in greater initiatives. 

Furthermore, he learned to trade stocks on temporary work at the trading company Jane Street in New York. After a while, he got bored and went on to experiment with Bitcoin. 

That’s where everything started.


Cardi Pays Tribute to Takeoff on Social Media

Cardi B praises the “remarkable talent” of recently deceased artist Takeoff.

The rapper took to social media to mourn the musician’s death following his funeral on Nov. 11. Cardi is married to Takeoff’s cousin Offset.

An unidentified attacker shot Takeoff at a private party in Houston on November 1, killing him on the spot.

“Takeoff, your untimely passing has brought a great deal of pain and sorrow to so many lives,” Cardi B said. 

“The impact you had in this world was so considerable. And we have struggled to grasp this tragedy. I am heartbroken, but I am grateful for all the precious memories we got to share while you were here with us.”

Born Kirsnik Khari Ball, Takeoff was one of the members of the rap group Migos along with Offset and his uncle Quavo. The rapper gained prominence through a string of hits like “Bad and Boujee,” “Open It Up,” and “Walk It Talk It.”

Moreover, Cardi teamed up with the group in 2018 with ‘Motorsport’ and 2021 with ‘Type S—‘.

“This has truly been a nightmare, and the pain is incomparable,” she added. 

“The emptiness your brothers are feeling is unbearable, and I pray that you give Offset, Quavo, and your friends and family the strength to keep going as they are trying to cope with this loss. I believe that angels send signs and beautiful dreams to loved ones to assure them that they’re watching them and they’re okay and happy. Send your mom some of those.” 

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All Respect to Takeoff

The “Bodak Yellow” rapper went on to say that Takeoff’s death was painful, even for someone with great respect and appreciation for his work.

“I will remember your remarkable talent and your dope-ass personality. And I pray that you are at peace and in paradise because you deserve every bit of it,” she wrote. “I know God opened the heavenly gates for you with a warm embrace. Rest in power, Takeoff. I will also love you 4L & after.” 

Just last month, Takeoff dropped an album with Quavo called Only Built for Infinity Links. And now, Quavo mourns for him. He posted on social media to honor his nephew’s life and legacy. 

“It’s so hard to tell you Ima miss you because you always with me, and we did everything together,” said the musician in a lengthy Instagram post. 

“Since we were kids, you been by my side lookin up at me, them eyes waiting on me to make the next move… Then you followed up right behind me. You always made sure I did it first so you can do it right with me. You never competed with me. We were always on the same team.” 

Moreover, Quavo appreciated Takeoff’s passion for music and his roots, referring to him as an “angel” who “made our dreams come true” in his lifetime. 

During the funeral on Friday in Atlanta, Justin Bieber and Drake performed in honor of the deceased. They were emotional on stage. 

Migos and Bieber collaborated in 2014 on “Looking for You” and in 2021 on “What You See.” 

Meanwhile, back in 2018, Drake toured with Migos and has been their collaborator for a long time. They have dropped several songs and remixes together, such as “Having Our Way” and “Walk It Talk It.”

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