French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announced that tourist sites in Paris will close on Saturday as a protective measure amid plans for violent protests from ‘yellow vest’ demonstrators. Authorities are preparing for the weekend riots by holding emergency meetings and readying thousands of police and security forces. Champs-Elysees shops and restaurants will also close.
In the midst of ‘sustained attacks on search and rescue by European states’ Doctors Without Borders (MSF) was forced to stop rescue efforts in the Mediterranean with vessel Aquarius. The vessel had its registration revoked and has since been stuck in Marseille. The rescue effort saved migrants crossing from Libya and other areas to Europe.
Following the arrest of Huawei chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau commented that his government had no involvement. The arrest increased global skepticism about Huawei with many countries seeing the company as a potential threat for espionage and sabotage. Chinese media accused the US of using ‘hooliganism’ to suppress the company.
Cuba announced that 3G internet will be available for cell phone users across the country starting on Thursday. The historic move comes after access to home internet and public WiFi hotspots were granted in 2017. While nearly half of all Cubans have cell phones the cost of mobile internet will prove too expensive for many.
Comedian Kevin Hart stepped down from hosting the Oscars on Thursday saying he does not want to ‘be a distraction’ at the ceremony after homophobic tweets written between 2009 and 2011 surfaced on Thursday. Hart issued an apology to the LGBTQ community for his ‘insensitive words.’ The Academy has not yet commented on Hart’s announcement.
Lyft beat rival Uber in filing for an initial public offering (IPO) on Thursday looking to bring stability to its uncertain future in the advancement of self-driving cars. Lyft did not specify the number of shares to be sold or the price range. Lyft could go public as soon as the first quarter of 2019.