Wednesday, July 31, 2019 View this email in your browser
 

Sound bites: A new round of Democratic debates kicked off last night • Air Canada is grounding the Boeing 737 MAX 8s until 2020 • North Korea launched two short-range missiles • four people who died in a plane crash in Vancouver included two Americans and one German.
 

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DEM DEBATES

Last night, Democratic presidential hopefuls kicked off another round of debates.
 
Highlight the main points.
It’s a crowded field of 20 Dems hoping to go up against President Trump in 2020. The 10 who took the stage last night were: Steve Bullock, Pete Buttigieg, John Delaney, John Hickenlooper, Amy Klobuchar, Beto O'Rourke, Tim Ryan, Marianne Williamson, Bernie Sanders, and Elizabeth Warren. 37-year-old Buttigieg, mayor of South Bend, Indiana, is the youngest candidate in the running. The oldest is 77-year-old Sanders.
 
Any surprises?
Most people were expecting Senators Sanders and Warren, two of the most recognizable names in the game, to battle it out against each other. Instead, they sided with each other on major issues, i.e. they both agreed that families arriving at the U.S. border looking for refuge shouldn’t be criminalized. Sanders focused his time on healthcare, saying it’s “a human right, not a privilege.” While Warren, who had the line of the night, said she wants Dems to stop fighting about what they can’t do, and focus on what they can. Another stand out moment came from self-help author Marianne Williamson, who offered $200-$500 billion in compensation to descendants of enslaved Africans in the U.S. Here’s more info on where candidates stand on certain issues.
 
Least surprising?
The yawn-stars - i.e. the ones who aren’t making an impact - continued to stay out of the spotlight. It’s not looking good for O’Rourke, Delaney, Senator Klobuchar, or Montana Governor Bullock. Tonight, expect to see Cory Booker, Julián Castro, Kirsten Gillibrand, Michael Bennet, Andrew Yang, Bill de Blasio, Tulsi Gabbard, Jay Inslee, Joe Biden, and Kamala Harris take the stage for round two.



BEAR WITH US

Air Canada dished the details on its upcoming flight schedule and it looks like the Boeing 737 MAX 8 won’t be in it – at least not until early 2020. Reminder: the 737 MAX 8s have been grounded around the world since two accidents, one in October 2018 and another this March, killed 346 people. Investigations into both of the crashes alleged that issues with a part of the plane’s software caused the aircraft to go down. Airlines across the globe didn’t take any chances and bumped the MAX 8s from their fleets.   
 
So, what’s AC saying now?
Canada’s largest carrier said that it's going to have to deal with a decrease in its capacity during a peak travel season. But that doesn’t mean the company is going to take a hit to its bottom line. Quite the opposite, actually. AC just revealed that it cleared a higher profit than was originally expected. To help offset the missing MAX 8s from its fleet, the airline plans to extend the leases on aircrafts it was planning to phase out of service. 


FLYING SOLO

To no one’s surprise, North Korea (NK) is launching missiles again. Early Wednesday morning local time, NK shot two short-range missiles from the Wonsan area that flew 250km before landing in the Sea of Japan. NK said the launch was a warning to South Korea over its military drills with the U.S. Those drills – which NK sees as preparation for war – are scheduled to take place in August.
 
But aren’t relations getting better?
It’s complicated. President Trump and NK leader Kim Jong-un have been on and off for years. Most recently, Trump became the first sitting U.S. president to set foot in North Korea when Kim invited him to cross the line over to NK at the DMZ – a neutral area between the two Koreas. At the time, the leaders agreed to restart renegotiations over the denuclearization of North Korea. But this is the second time in a week that NK has launched missiles off its coast.


FLOATPLANE CRASH

More information was released on four people who died in a floatplane crash on Friday. Three men – two Americans and one German – and a Canadian pilot, Al McBain, died when their plane crashed into Addenbroke Island, B.C. Five other people were injured. The plane was chartered by Seair Seaplanes and was on its way to a popular fishing lodge on Hecate Island, B.C. The cause of the crash is TBD.



GOOD NEWS

Veterinarians in Ottawa are helping out a pup who came from across the Pacific in need of a little… trim. Mercedes was a street dog in Thailand who was adopted by a food vendor. When her owner passed away, other vendors stepped up to help feed her. Unfortunately, all that love left Mercedes a whopping 81 pounds overweight. Thankfully, a woman running a foster home for dogs in Thailand took in Mercedes and helped her shed the excess weight. But the poor pup was left with lots of extra skin, making her prone to sores and infections. Her owner contacted a global pet rescue and raised the money needed to fly Mercedes to Ottawa where a vet agreed to perform a surgery to remove the excess skin. And once that’s done, Mercedes will be looking for her furever home in Canada.


NOW YOU KNOW


Wedding season is in full swing. How many soirées do you have planned this year?
 
Five. Including mine!
Congrats! While you’re busy admiring your new hardware, consider this: your engagement ring is probably going to be the most expensive gift you ever receive. And a diamond is forever unless you lose it. But, did you know? You can easily include expensive gifts (i.e. your engagement ring) in your home insurance. “Scheduling” a ring into your policy gives it extra coverage so that you don’t have to worry about losing it every time you wash your hands.
 
But I’m not Beyoncé.
Who is? Whether your engagement ring is worth $25k or $5k, you might want to consider adding it as a “specialty” item to your home insurance. Because, FYI, while your home insurance covers personal items, there’s a limit; and that limit likely doesn’t cover your new accessory. If your ring is over $5k, you’ll also need to get an appraiser to set an official value to it. Once you do that, it’s easy to get a company like Sonnet Insurance to add it to your plan. Read more about insuring expensive gifts here.
 
Make the switch to Sonnet Insurance. It’ll take 5 minutes and you won’t need to call your mom. Start here.
 


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