5 issues it is best to know on Friday

Biden will comment on the evacuations from Afghanistan

President Joe Biden will make remarks on the “Evacuation of American Citizens and Their Families, SIV Applicants and Their Families, and Vulnerable Afghans” on Friday according to his official schedule. Biden has been impaled by several groups, including Republicans and a host of experts, since the Taliban completed their conquest of Afghanistan much faster than expected. The US was forced to quickly evacuate tens of thousands of people from the country, and the pictures and videos below showed breathtaking chaos. Biden stood firm and said he was still standing by his decision to withdraw the troops. To make matters worse, the US is struggling to accelerate the evacuation rate at Kabul airport, which is being hampered by a number of obstacles, the Associated Press says. But on a hopeful note, the State Department said 6,000 people were cleared for evacuation on Thursday. That would be a significant increase compared to the last few days.

Vote on the Minneapolis vote on police replacement

Minneapolis is again considering major changes to the city’s police force more than a year after a failed attempt to disband the department following the murder of George Floyd. Residents will vote in November on a voting question that would amend the city’s charter and create a public safety department, a proposal that has attracted thousands of local supporters but also fierce community opposition, as well as national attention and money. City officials must complete the ballot question and submit it by Friday. The department will take a “comprehensive approach to public health” and will involve licensed peace officers “if necessary”. It would also no longer be under the sole control of the mayor’s office, giving the city council greater control.

Old Navy is revising its size strategy for more inclusiveness

Old Navy is redefining the sizes of its womenswear on Friday to make shopping more inclusive. With its “BODEQUALITY” effort, Old Navy said it “will be the first low-cost retailer to offer sizes 0-30 and XS-4X for all styles of women with no price difference”. As part of the transformation, Old Navy’s 1,200 stores are foregoing dedicated plus-size areas and mannequins will show clothing in sizes four, 12 and 18 so bras will not be displayed.

Aaliyah’s music was streamed after a long wait for fans

Almost 20 years after her tragic death, the Princess of R&B catalog will be available on streaming starting Friday. Aaliyah’s music will be released in almost chronological order, starting with the release of their platinum album “One in a Million”. The albums “ΛΛLIYΛH” and “I Care 4 U” will follow on September 10th and October 8th, respectively. What took so long? According to Barry Hankerson, her uncle and founder of Blackground Records, the delay was due to a disagreement with Aaliyah’s estate, who had previously expressed a desire to withdraw their catalog from the market. Aaliyah’s estate responded to the deal in a statement by an attorney, saying it was “not made aware of the late singer’s catalog streamed publication”.

Madden 22 comes before the NFL, the Christmas video game seasons

Are you ready for some (video game) soccer? On Friday, fans of the National Football League can enjoy the launch of Madden NFL 22 ($ 69.99 for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X / S; $ 59.99 for PS4, Xbox One, PCs, and Google Stadia) enter digital grid. Not only is Electronic Arts’ release of Madden causing excitement for the upcoming NFL season, but the annual launch also served as an unofficial sign of the start of the all-important Christmas video game season. Two players feature on the game’s cover as Tom Brady of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Patrick Mahomes of the Kansas City Chiefs, the starting quarterbacks of Super Bowl 55, make their second appearances. This new edition will have more statistics, including team-level behavior. For example, the quarterbacks’ pass decisions and ball carrier movements become more realistic. Players can also make halftime adjustments and adjust a game plan based on the opponent’s strategy in the first half.

Contribution: The Associated Press

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