Briefly Speaking – Week of 1/29

Audrey Vieira, Sr. managing editor


Allen Eagle Run (Allen, TX)

The 2019 Allen Eagle Run is scheduled to begin March 7 at 8 a.m. outside Eagle Stadium. The event features a family fun run, a 5K run and a sponsor area with giveaways and mascot photo-ops. Proceeds from the run will benefit students and teachers at Allen ISD.

Mother-Son Dance (Allen, TX)

The 17th annual Mother-Son dance will take place Feb. 16 in the AHS cafeteria. Boys in the sixth grade or below are welcome to participate in the event, which will feature photo-ops and a “Game Time” theme.


U.S. Government Temporarily Reopens (Washington, D.C.)

Following a 35-day shutdown, the longest in U.S. history, President Donald Trump agreed to reopen the government for three weeks while negotiations over his proposed border wall continue. However, Trump remains open to another shutdown or declaring a national emergency if Congress does not reach an agreement before his Feb. 15 deadline.

Democrats Embark On Road To 2020 (Washington, D.C.)

Several Democratic politicians, such as Sen. Kamala Harris of California and Rep. Julian Castro of Texas, have announced campaigns for the 2020 Presidential election. Other prominent figures in the party, including Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, launched exploratory committees for the election and are speculated to declare their candidacy in the near future.


Greece Raises Minimum Wage (Athens, Greece)

Greece prime minister Alexis Tsipras announced plans to raise minimum wage in the country by 11 percent, the first minimum wage increase in almost a decade. The Greek labor ministry estimates as many as 880,000 workers could benefit from the raise.

Canadian Ambassador Fired Over Huawei Remarks (Ottawa, Canada)

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau fired his Chinese ambassador, John McCallum, for suggesting Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou has “strong arguments she can make before a judge” to oppose her extradition to the United States. Meng was arrested in Canada after the U.S. accused her of evading sanctions on Iran.