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Yesterday Hideki Matsuyama became the first Japanese man to win the Masters in the tournament's 87 year history. While he came into the final day leading by four strokes, the last round was tense as he came dangerously close to blowing his lead after hitting a shot into the water, dropping his lead to a single stroke. Luckily he managed to hold on, and win by a single stroke after finishing the four rounds 10-under par. Matsuyama, who is only 29, was overcome with emotion in his victory speech as he described what the win meant, saying, “Hopefully I'll be a pioneer.”
On Friday the much anticipated union election in an Amazon plant in Alabama came to a close. While experts expected a close race, more than 71% of employees voted against the unionization process. Those who voted against the proposal cited concerns about job security, and the overall ability of the organization to meaningfully help the employees increase either their pay or their benefits. Melissa Charlton Myers, a 41-year-old employee in the plant who voted against the measure said, “I work hard for my money, and I don’t want any of it going to a union that maybe can get us more pay, or maybe can get us longer breaks.”
Chinese regulators finally passed down their decision on Alibaba this weekend as they imposed a record breaking $2.8Bn (4% of domestic sales) fine on the organization for “abusing its dominant position over rivals and merchants.” In addition, the eCommerce giant will require Alibaba to completely revamp its operations and submit a “self-examination compliance report” within the next three fiscal years.
NASA announced on Saturday that the $85M Ingenuity Helicopter would be making its first flight on Mars sometime before April 14th. The solar powered device will need to spin at roughly 2.4k RPM to take flight in the thin atmosphere, and will explore hills, ice caps, and basins that are inaccessible to the rovers on the surface.
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