In today’s world, the news happens so fast that it’s nearly impossible to keep up with the latest, breaking developments. Here are five quick headlines to keep you updated on the stories that might have gotten lost in the shuffle this week.
Mexico’s fútbol federation and Atlas are standing behind Rafa Marquez.
Both the Mexican fúbol federation and the Atlas fúbol club have both issued statements supporting Marquez after being sanctioned by the United States government in connection with drug trafficking.
“We recognize and admire Rafael Marquez’s career,” reads a statement by the federation. “He just completed 20 years as an iconic figure of the Mexican national team and he has represented us in a great way in many international events, always showing a distinctive leadership and commitment. We are confident that Rafael Marquez will clarify these accusations and we will support him and the suitable authorities in order to accomplish that goal.”
Nike, on the other hand, has decided that it is time to review their connection to Marquez following the sanction.
“We are shocked by these deeply disturbing allegations and are reviewing the situation to determine next steps,” a Nike spokesperson told Forbes.
President Trump’s tough rhetoric against Mexico helped start a defense relationship with Mexico and Brazil.
Bloomberg reported that since Trump has taken a hard stance against Mexico and favors a border wall, Mexico has taken its defense business to Brazil. Rather than working with the U.S. in importing defense equipment, Mexico is looking at Brazil to start a new partnership. There has already been a meeting in Brasilia, Brazil, between the Mexican Secretary of National Defense, General Salvador Cienfuegos, and Brazilian Minister of Defense, Raul Jungmann.
“The meetings we had in April were extremely positive,” Brazil Defense Products Secretary, Flavio Basilio, told Bloomberg. “This new proximity can be attributed to the U.S. developments, with American policy contributing to the search for new partners. We see this as a good opportunity.”
Mariah Carey’s ex-choreographer confirmed that she didn’t dance in that viral clip because she just didn’t want to.
Complex was able to get the scoop on Mariah Carey’s lackluster year of performances that all started during her New Years Eve performance in New York City. According to her former choreographer Anthony Burrell, Carey has just ran out of f*cks to give. The conversation comes after a viral video went around the Internet of Carey in a pink leotard being carried around the stage during a live performance, barely moving to the music. Tbh, we could already tell.
“It’s just typical Mariah,” Burrell told Complex. “Mariah is clear: when she doesn’t wanna do something, she doesn’t do it. She’s performing with lackluster and no f*cks given, and it’s taking away her star.”
A huge emerald was recently discovered in Brazil totaling $309 million.
Earlier this week, Forbes reported that a massive emerald cluster was unearthed in a mine in a region of Brazil known for producing great gems. According to Forbes, the emerald weighs almost 800 pounds and has already been bought by a private party. The owner of the gem is not releasing their identity for fear of their family’s safety. The cluster of emeralds is being moved from place to place to keep it secure. The gem cluster is estimated to cost $309 million dollars and is more than four feet tall. It is unclear if the owner plans to resell it or donate it to a museum.
Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro wants a meeting with President Trump to build a relationship between the two countries.
The Washington Post reports that Maduro recently told the newly assembled, and highly controversial, Constituent National Assembly that he wants to have a meeting with Trump to work on building a close relationship. According to The Washington Post, Maduro wants to have the same relationship with the U.S. as he has with Russia. The plea from Maduro comes after the U.S. announced that it will considering stricter sanctions on Venezuela following the humanitarian crisis gripping the country.