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California couple deny mass drug rape allegations

A California couple accused of preying on two women, drugging and sexually assaulting them have denied the allegations, their lawyers say.

Grant William Robicheaux, 38, and Cerissa Laura Riley, 31, have been charged with attacking two women they met at a bar and a restaurant in 2016.

But prosecutors say several thousand images on their phones suggest there could be "hundreds" of more victims.

Mr Robicheaux and Ms Riley's lawyers say they plan to fight the charges.

"They have been aware of these accusations for a number of months and each of them will formally deny the truth of these allegations at their first opportunity in court," lawyers Philip Cohen and Scott Borthwick said in a joint statement.

"Dr Robicheaux and Ms Riley believe that such allegations do a disservice to, and dangerously undermine, the true victims of sexual assault, and they are eager to have the proper spotlight shed on this case in a public trial."

On Tuesday, a district attorney in Orange County said the couple worked in tandem to identify victims.

"We believe the defendants used their good looks and charm to lower the inhibitions of their potential prey," said District Attorney Tony Rackauckas said.

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Image captionGrant Robicheaux once appeared on reality TV show Online Dating Rituals of the American Male

He added that prosecutors are now reviewing "thousands and thousands" of videos and images on their mobile phones.

The clips, the officials said, show women who "appear to be highly intoxicated beyond the ability to consent or resist, and they're barely responsive to the defendant's sexual advances".

Dr Robicheaux is a well-known orthopaedic surgeon and once appeared on the cable reality TV show Online Dating Rituals of the American Male.

Portions of the programme - in which he was described as the "total package"- were shown by prosecutors during their press conference on Tuesday.

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"I want to know what's wrong with you," Dr Robicheaux's first date told him over dinner in one episode, "because you seem, like, too perfect".

She told viewers something seemed strange about him and that "there might be some dark skeletons in that closet".

He was also named "Bachelor of the Year" by Orange Coast magazine in 2013.

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Image captionThe couple are also accused of drug and weapons offences

Two women have accused the couple of rape and sexual assault after meeting them at a bar and a restaurant in Newport Beach, 45 miles (72km) south of Los Angeles, prosecutors say.

The pair were arrested earlier this month, and have since been released on bail.

Mr Robicheaux and Ms Riley are also accused of possessing a large quantity of drugs, including GHB (considered a date-rape drug), psychedelic mushrooms, ecstasy and cocaine.

Police said the illegal substances were found during a search of the surgeon's home in January 2018.

Mr Robicheaux is further accused of possessing two unregistered semi-automatic rifles, four other firearms and magazines capable of carrying large amounts of ammunition, according to a press release.

Police say the couple may have met victims at music festivals, and are appealing for anyone to come forward if they suspect they may have been attacked by Mr Robicheaux and Ms Riley.

The pair are due to be formally charged in court on 24 October.

If convicted, Mr Robicheaux and Ms Riley could spend 40 years and 30 years in prison respectively, according to the prosecutor.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-45567107

seth Posted on September 19, 2018 19:53

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YouTube is overhauling its gaming section — and now it looks more like Twitch.

YouTube Gaming will become a part of the main YouTube site as the streaming service struggles to build engagement for fans of video games.

  • YouTube has announced it will discontinue support for its YouTube Gaming app in March 2019 after less than four years.
  • A new web portal, Youtube.com/gaming, will replace the service and allow users to search through video game specific content.
  • More than 200 million users watch gaming content on YouTube everyday, but the company has struggled to endear the sense of community seen on Twitch, a competing streaming service.

The YouTube Gaming app will cease to be in March 2019, as the streaming service reassesses how to better serve one of its largest audiences.

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YouTube users looking exclusively for video game content can now visit a revamped web portal for YouTube Gaming that separates videos by game, and promotes live streamers at youtube.com/gaming.

YouTube Gaming launched in 2015 as a competitor to Twitch, a gaming focused streaming platform that has become wildly popular for gamers looking to build a following and monetize their playtime. YouTube boasts more than 200 million viewers for video game content every day and 50 billion hours of gaming videos watched in the last year, but struggles to build the sort of of dedicated gaming communities seen on Twitch.

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The debut look of YouTube Gaming in 2015.

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Major gaming events and individual content creators alike have chosen to partner with Twitch due to its monetization options and a larger focus on community interaction. While YouTube and Twitch both offer a chat service for viewers, Twitch has built a culture across the site with the use of emotes and moderators who voluntarily watch the live chat for bad behavior. Viewers can also subscribe to specific channels for exclusive emotes, and they can purchase a sitewide currency to tip streamers they enjoy.

The ability to earn money while creating content without relying on viewer counts or ad revenue brought a number of popular non-gaming content creators to Twitch, prompting the company to launch Twitch Creative in 2015, the same year YouTube Gaming rolled out. With the line between gaming specific and creative content blurring, YouTube found itself in competition with Twitch for popular content creators. YouTube began offering its own channel subscriptions in June 2018; viewers receive a special badge next to their name and access to subscriber only chats.

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A view of YouTube's new gaming portal

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The new YouTube Gaming portal feels familiar to Twitch's layout as well, with a handful of featured videos or streams being promoted at the top of the page, and the rest of the content sorted by game or viewer engagement.

For gamers who are looking to avoid the rest of YouTube, the portal is straightforward and organized, but it remains to be seen if the site can spark a greater level of engagement between YouTube gaming channels and the millions of viewers using the side for on-demand video. YouTube has committed to highlighting a "Gaming Creator on the Rise" each week to help promote less popular channels.

Video game content remains a major portion of the greater YouTube audience: Swedish gamer Felix "PewDiePie" Kjellberg has owned the most followed YouTube channel since 2013 and now boasts more than 66 million followers. However, the failure of the YouTube Gaming app shows that the streaming service is still struggling to retain viewer interest and guide them to new content.

https://www.pulse.com.gh/bi/tech/youtube-is-overhauling-its-gaming-section-and-now-it-looks-more-like-twitch-id8876611.html

Albert Ulebe Posted on September 19, 2018 17:52

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Elba returns to host The Best

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  • Actor Idris Elba to host The Best FIFA Football Awards™ 2018
  • Event will be co-hosted by Anne-Laure Bonnet
  • The Best ceremony to take place on 24 September in London

Less than a year on from successfully hosting The Best FIFA Football Awards™ in London, Idris Elba is returning as MC for the 2018 ceremony.

The Golden Globe and SAG-winning actor is to be assisted by co-host Anne-Laure Bonnet at the star-studded event, which will again be staged in the United Kingdom's capital on Monday 24 September.

Renowned for his roles in high-profile films such as The Mountain Between Us, Beasts of No Nation, Thor and Avengers: Infinity War, and the critically acclaimed television series Luther, Elba is also a lifelong devotee of the beautiful game – and passionate supporter of London giants Arsenal.

“I’m a massive football fan, so I am delighted to return again this year to present The Best FIFA Football Awards 2018,” he said. “It’s not just an honour but a huge thrill and a pleasure to be sharing a stage with the greatest footballers in the world.”

Bonnet, meanwhile, is an experienced and multilingual broadcast journalist, who currently works for beINSPORTS in her native France. One of her country’s leading sports presenters, she also speaks fluent English, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish, along with some German and Russian.

The Best finalists were announced on Monday 3 September and you can keep up with the latest news about The Best FIFA Football Awards by visiting our dedicated section on FIFA.com, as well as our Facebook page. You can also join the discussion about who should win this year’s accolades by using the hashtag #TheBest

https://www.fifa.com/the-best-fifa-football-awards/news/elba-returns-to-host-the-best.

kabby Posted on September 19, 2018 17:42

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The 20 richest billionaires who own sports teams.

CEOWORLD magazine recently ranked the 20 wealthiest owners of major league sports teams around the world — and some own more than one team. From Steve Ballmer to Robert Kraft, see which billionaires made the list.

 

  • Billionaires often make extravagant purchases — like buying their own sports team.
  • CEOWORLD magazine recently ranked the 20 wealthiest owners of major league sports teams around the world.
  • Some billionaire owners own more than one team — like Paul Allen, who owns the Portland Trail Blazers and the Seattle Seahawks.

Billionaires have a lot of cash to drop. Some are known to spend it on mansions. Others, private planes and luxury cars. And others still? They just buy their own sports team.

CEOWORLD magazine recently ranked the 20 wealthiest owners of major league sports teams using Forbes' World's Billionaires ranking. They found that of the 62 billionaire team owners around the world, their collected net worth is $375 billion. And for some, one team isn't enough — together, they own 78 teams.

In fact, three among the top five richest billionaire sports team owners own multiple teams, Microsoft cofounder Paul Allen among them. Dietrich Mateschitz and Stanley Kroenke own the most teams on the list, with three and four each, respectively. Only one woman makes the list: Marian Ilitch, the cofounder of Little Caesars Pizza.

From football to basketball, here's a look at the 20 richest owners of major sports league teams.

20. Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, Thailand

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20. Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, Thailand

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Net worth: $5 billion

Team: Leicester City

Source of wealth: Duty-free, self-made

 


 

19. Joe Lewis, United Kingdom

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19. Joe Lewis, United Kingdom

(Dan Istitene/Getty Images)

 

Net worth: $5.1 billion

Team: Tottenham Hotspur

Source of wealth: Investments, self-made

 


 

18. Marian Ilitch, United States

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18. Marian Ilitch, United States

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Net worth: $5.2 billion

Teams: Detroit Red Wings, Detroit Tigers

Source of wealth: Little Caesars Pizza, self-made

 


 

17. Richard DeVos & family, United States

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17. Richard DeVos & family, United States

(Reinhold Matay/AP Images)

 

Net worth: $5.4 billion

Team: Orlando Magic

Source of wealth: Amway, self-made

 


 

16. Jerry Jones, United States

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16. Jerry Jones, United States

(Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

 

Net worth: $5.6 billion

Team: Dallas Cowboys

Source of wealth: Dallas Cowboys, self-made

 


 

15. Charles Johnson, United States

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15. Charles Johnson, United States

(Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

 

Net worth: $5.6 billion

Team: San Francisco Giants

Source of wealth: Money management

 


 

14. Robert Kraft, United States

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14. Robert Kraft, United States

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Net worth: $6.2 billion

Teams: New England Patriots, New England Revolution

Source of wealth: The Kraft Group, self-made

 


 

13. Daniel Gilbert, United States

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13. Daniel Gilbert, United States

(Jason Miller/Getty Images)

 

Net worth: $6.3 billion

Team: Cleveland Cavaliers

Source of wealth: Quicken Loans, self-made

 


 

12. Shahid Khan, United States

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12. Shahid Khan, United States

(Phelan M. Ebenhack/AP Photos)

 

Net worth: $7.2 billion

Team: Jacksonville Jaguars

Source of wealth: Auto parts, self-made

 


 

11. Stephen Ross, United States

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11. Stephen Ross, United States

(Marc Serota/Getty Images)

 

Net worth: $7.6 billion

Team: Miami Dolphins

Source of wealth: Real estate, self-made

 


 

10. Stanley Kroenke, United States

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10. Stanley Kroenke, United States

(Steven Senne/AP Images)

 

Net worth: $8.3 billion

Teams: Los Angeles Rams, Arsenal, Denver Nuggets, Colorado Avalanche

Source of wealth: Sports and real estate, self-made

 


 

9. Mikhail Prokhorov, Russia

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9. Mikhail Prokhorov, Russia

(Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

 

Net worth: $9.6 billion

Team: Brooklyn Nets

Source of wealth: Investments, self-made

 


 

8. Micky Arison, United States

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8. Micky Arison, United States

(Marc Serota/Getty Images)

 

Net worth: $9.7 billion

Team: Miami Heat

Source of wealth: Carnival Cruises

 


 

7. Roman Abramovich, Russia

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7. Roman Abramovich, Russia

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Net worth: $10.8 billion

Team: Chelsea FC

Source of wealth: Steel and investments, self-made

 


 

6. Hasso Plattner & family, Germany

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6. Hasso Plattner & family, Germany

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Net worth: $12.7 billion

Team: San Jose Sharks

Source of wealth: Software, self-made

 


 

5. Philip Anschutz, United States

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5. Philip Anschutz, United States

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Net worth: $13 billion

Teams: Los Angeles Kings, LA Galaxy

Source of wealth: Investments

 


 

4. Paul Allen, United States

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4. Paul Allen, United States

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Net worth: $21.7 billion

Teams: Portland Trail Blazers, Seattle Seahawks

Source of wealth: Microsoft and investments, self-made

 


 

3. Dietrich Mateschitz, Austria

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3. Dietrich Mateschitz, Austria

(Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

 

Net worth: $23 billion

Teams: New York Red Bulls, Red Bull Racing, Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda

Source of wealth: Red Bull, self-made

 


 

2. Steve Ballmer, United States

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2. Steve Ballmer, United States

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Net worth: $38.4 billion

Team: Los Angeles Clippers

Source of wealth: Microsoft, self-made

 


 

1. Mukesh Ambani, India

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1. Mukesh Ambani, India

(Denis Balibouse/Reuters)

 

Net worth: $40.1 billion

Team: Mumbai Indians

Source of wealth: Petrochemicals and oil/gas

https://www.pulse.com.gh/bi/sports/the-20-richest-billionaires-who-own-sports-teams-id8876249.html

Albert Ulebe Posted on September 19, 2018 17:01

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Hong Kong yoga ball: Man found guilty of killing wife and daughter

As the verdict was read out, Mr Khaw (centre) shook his head and one of his children burst into tears

An anaesthetist has been jailed for life for killing his wife and 16-year-old daughter using a yoga ball filled with carbon monoxide in Hong Kong.

Prosecutors said Khaw Kim-sun, a Malaysian national, left the inflatable ball in the boot of a car where the gas leaked out and killed them in 2015.

Police were initially baffled when they found the pair dead inside the vehicle.

Mr Khaw denied the murders, and told police he had been planning to use the ball at home to get rid of rats.

After almost seven hours of deliberation, the jury of five men and four women reached a guilty verdict.

A post-mortem examination showed his wife and eldest daughter had died from carbon monoxide poisoning. Police found a deflated yoga ball in the back of the yellow Mini Cooper in which their bodies were discovered.

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Image captionThere was a yoga ball in the boot of a locked car where Mr Khaw's wife and daughter were found dead

Prosecutors told Hong Kong's High Court that Mr Khaw had deliberately plotted to kill his wife because he was having an affair and she would not grant him a divorce, the South China Morning Post reported.

But they said it was unlikely he wanted to kill his daughter. He allegedly told his younger daughter to stay at home to complete her homework.

Eyewitnesses said they saw Mr Khaw, who is also an associate professor at Hong Kong's Chinese University, filling two balls with carbon monoxide, according to reports.

He told colleagues he was going to kill rabbits with the gas, but he contradicted himself by telling police he wanted to use it to get rid of rats at his home.

As the verdict was being read out, Mr Khaw shook his head and one of his three other children burst into tears.

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https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-45573474

seth Posted on September 19, 2018 16:35

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The 100 best crime movies of all time, according to critics.

The Metacritic data we compiled here to track the most critically acclaimed crime movies in history traces a lineage of great films from contemporary thrillers like "No Country for Old Men" and "Hell or High Water," to classics like "The Godfather" (Parts I and II) and "On the Waterfront."

The old media adage, "If it bleeds, it leads," also describes a common narrative approach in cinema.

Because criminality and violence make for inherently compelling cinematic material, both are featured prominently in many of the greatest films of all time.

The Metacritic data we compiled here to track the most critically acclaimed crime movies in history traces a lineage of great films from contemporary thrillers like "No Country for Old Men" and "Hell or High Water," to classics like "The Godfather" (Parts I and II) and "On the Waterfront."

The list includes all of the highest-rated movies that feature a "crime" tag on the site, which turned out to be a wide-ranging categorization, encompassing feature films and documentaries. That said, we did exclude several movies from Metacritic's list that had no clear relation to crime.

Here are the 100 best crime movies of all time, according to critics:

100. "Animal Kingdom" (2010)

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100. "Animal Kingdom" (2010)

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Critic score: 83/100

User score: 7.8/10

What critics said: "Don't be fooled: In this unpeaceable kingdom, the den mama is also ready to eat her young." — Entertainment Weekly

 


 

99. "Paranoid Park" (2007)

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99. "Paranoid Park" (2007)

(IFC)

 

Critic score: 83/100

User score: 6.6/10

What critics said: "Youth and death meet again in Gus Van Sant’s 'Paranoid Park,' a gorgeously stark, mesmerizingly elliptical story told in the same lyrical-prosaic style that has characterized his latest films." — Los Angeles Times

 


 

98. "Bus 174" (2002)

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98. "Bus 174" (2002)

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Critic score: 83/100

User score: 7.5/10

What critics said: "Tense, engrossing, and superbly structured, 'Bus 174' is not just unforgettable drama but a skillfully developed argument." — Village Voice

 


 

97. "Trainspotting" (1996)

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97. "Trainspotting" (1996)

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Critic score: 83/100

User score: 8.9/10

What critics said: "It would be hard to imagine a movie about drugs, depravity, and all-around bad behavior more electrifying than 'Trainspotting.'" — Entertainment Weekly

 


 

96. "Adaptation." (2002)

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96. "Adaptation." (2002)

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Critic score: 83/100

User score: 8.1/10

What critics said: "'Adaptation,' like 'Being John Malkovich' before it, is far from a well-made film, even on its own flaky terms. But it's a brave, sometimes brilliant one, with a phantasmagoric ending, full of love and hope, that defeats prose description. Never was an adaptation more original." — The Wall Street Journal

 


 

95. "Rocco and His Brothers" (1960)

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95. "Rocco and His Brothers" (1960)

(Titanus Produzione)

 

Critic score: 83/100

User score: 8.1/10

What critics said: "Neither the neighborhood intimacy of 'Mean Streets' nor the grandeur of the 'Godfather' movies is imaginable without Visconti's example. Its richness, though, is inexhaustible." — The New York Times

 


 

94. "Homicide" (1991)

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94. "Homicide" (1991)

(Triumph Films)

 

Critic score: 84/100

User score: N/A

What critics said: "David Mamet's 'Homicide' is a brilliant muddle: compelling, exhilarating and, at the same time, profoundly dubious. Certainly there is greatness in it." — The Washington Post

 


 

93. "The Dark Knight" (2008)

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93. "The Dark Knight" (2008)

(Warner Bros)

 

Critic score: 84/100

User score: 8.9/10

What critics said: "Pitched at the divide between art and industry, poetry and entertainment, it goes darker and deeper than any Hollywood movie of its comic-book kind." — The New York Times

 


 

92. "Volver" (2006)

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92. "Volver" (2006)

(Sony Pictures Classic)

 

Critic score: 84/100

User score: 8.5/10

What critics said: "Part noir-comedy, part ghost story, but it's mostly a potent reflection on how where we come from shapes us, in ways we can't understand until we've been away for a long, long while." — Salon

 


 

91. "Graduation" (2017)

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91. "Graduation" (2017)

(Sundance Selects)

 

Critic score: 84/100

User score: 8.5/10

What critics said: "An intricate, deeply intelligent film, and a bleak picture of a state of national depression in Romania, where the 90s generation hoped they would have a chance to start again." — The Guardian

 


 

90. "Looper" (2012)

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90. "Looper" (2012)

(Sony Pictures)

 

Critic score: 84/100

User score: 8.2/10

What critics said: "A remarkable feat of imagination and execution, entertaining from start to finish, even as it asks the audience to contemplate how and why humanity keeps making the same rotten mistakes." — The AV Club

 


 

89. "Mystic River" (2003)

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89. "Mystic River" (2003)

(Warner Bros.)

 

Critic score: 84/100

User score: 7.0/10

What critics said: "So incrementally does Eastwood's film build toward what seems like an inevitable resolution that when it concludes, you're sucker-punched. You haven't been watching a police procedural, but a Greek tragedy. You haven't been watching a drama about the catharsis of vigilantism, but sitting vigil for a community diminished, and permanently damaged, by violence." — Philadelphia Inquirer

 


 

88. "Lantana" (2001)

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88. "Lantana" (2001)

(Lionsgate)

 

Critic score: 84/100

User score: 8.3/10

What critics said: "Elegant but never overstated, sinister but never coldhearted, this is a note-perfect masterwork on a modest, human scale." — Salon

 


 

87. "The Man Without a Past" (2003)

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87. "The Man Without a Past" (2003)

(Sony Pictures Classic)

 

Critic score: 84/100

User score: 8.3/10

What critics said: "The revered Finnish director Aki Kaurismäki has hit on a way to give you grim social realism and movie-ish sentimentality in one fell swoop." — Slate

 


 

86. "Revanche" (2009)

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86. "Revanche" (2009)

(Janus Films)

 

Critic score: 84/100

User score: 8.1/10

What critics said: "Mr. Spielmann's film is full of surprises and, in its distinctive way, full of life." — The Wall Street Journal

 


 

85. "The Big Risk" (1960)

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85. "The Big Risk" (1960)

(Rialto Pictures)

 

Critic score: 84/100

User score: 7.3/10

What critics said: "A tough and touching exploration of honor and friendship among thieves." — The New York Times

 


 

84. "Out of Sight" (1998)

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84. "Out of Sight" (1998)

(Universal)

 

Critic score: 85/100

User score: 8.6/10

What critics said: "Reveals Soderbergh in peak form, as he endows Leonard’s postmodern yarn with a meticulously detailed mise en scene that helps each member of his terrific ensemble soar." — Variety

 


 

83. "Grisibi" (1954)

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83. "Grisibi" (1954)

(UMPO)

 

Critic score: 85/100

User score: N/A

What critics said: "A wonderful treasure from the seemingly inexhaustible cornucopia of crackling French crime dramas." — Los Angeles Times

 


 

82. "The Old Man and the Gun" (2018)

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82. "The Old Man and the Gun" (2018)

(Fox Searchlight)

 

Critic score: 85/100

User score: N/A

What critics said: "Eschews pastiche for a sweet, affable character study that resurrects Redford’s original star power with a wet kiss. The entire picture amounts to a low-key cinematic resurrection." — IndieWire

 


 

81. "The Last Seduction" (1994)

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81. "The Last Seduction" (1994)

(October Films)

 

Critic score: 85/100

User score: 8.5/10

What critics said: "A devilishly entertaining crime story with a heroine who must be seen to be believed, is as satisfying an ensemble piece as 'Red Rock West.'" — The New York Times

 


 

80. "The Silence of the Lambs" (1991)

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80. "The Silence of the Lambs" (1991)

(Orion Pictures/"Silence of the Lambs")

 

Critic score: 85/100

User score: 8.8/10

What critics said: "Under Jonathan Demme's masterful cinematic surgery, we get into Lecter's twisted skull and, through this outrageous descent, we come to see this sinister in the everyday." — The Hollywood Reporter

 


 

79. "Unforgiven" (1992)

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79. "Unforgiven" (1992)

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Critic score: 85/100

User score: 8.4/10

What critics said: "A sombre, insightful, genre-reinventing western, directed by a filmmaker acutely aware of the western’s history, its limitations and the dubious truths of its legends." — The Telegraph

 


 

78. "Fargo" (1996)

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78. "Fargo" (1996)

(Working Title)

 

Critic score: 85/100

User score: 8.8/10

What critics said: "Rotates its story through satire, comedy, suspense and violence, until it emerges as one of the best films I've ever seen." — Chicago Sun-Times

 


 

77. "The Departed" (2006)

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77. "The Departed" (2006)

(Warner Bros. Pictures/Netflix)

 

Critic score: 85/100

User score: N/A

What critics said: "A triumphant revisiting of territory in which Scorsese is an unchallenged master -- the crime drama." — Premiere

 


 

76. "Tales of the Grim Sleeper" (2014)

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76. "Tales of the Grim Sleeper" (2014)

(HBO)

 

Critic score: 85/100

User score: N/A

What critics said: "The film is an appropriately dour and intense indictment of a law-enforcement community that did not value the lives of some victims enough to devote anything but the slimmest of resources to tracking their killer down." — The Dissolve

 


 

75. "Widows" (2018)

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75. "Widows" (2018)

(Fox)

 

Critic score: 86/100

User score: N/A

What critics said: "Led by a magnificent Viola Davis, the cast is ridiculously stacked. The action is tremendous. And the ultimate message – that nothing comes for free in America – is devastating in its swift brutality." — The Globe and Mail

 


 

74. "Baby Driver" (2017)

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74. "Baby Driver" (2017)

(Sony)

 

Critic score: 86/100

User score: 7.7/10

What critics said: "An awe-inspiring piece of filmmaking from Edgar Wright that plays out as a musical through the lens of an action thriller. Sweet, funny and utterly original — you won’t see a film like it this year." — Empire

 


 

73. "Sweet Sixteen" (2003)

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73. "Sweet Sixteen" (2003)

(Lionsgate)

 

Critic score: 86/100

User score: 8.4/10

What critics said: "It's one of the most emotional and compelling the filmmaker has ever made. Confident, uncompromising and blisteringly realistic, 'Sweet Sixteen' is a gritty and immediate film yet it goes right to the emotions." — Los Angeles Times

 


 

72. "The Player" (1992)

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72. "The Player" (1992)

(Fine Line Features)

 

Critic score: 86/100

User score: 8.0/10

What critics said: "Michael Tolkin's script abounds in such cynical wisdom, but it never loses an appreciation for the grace with which these snakes consume their victims." — Time

 


 

71. "This Is England" (2007)

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71. "This Is England" (2007)

(IFC)

 

Critic score: 86/100

User score: 7.7/10

What critics said: "The movie is taut, tense, relentless. It shows why Shaun feels he needs to belong to a gang, what he gets out of it and how it goes wrong." — Chicago Sun-Times

 


 

70. "The Grifters" (1990)

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70. "The Grifters" (1990)

(Miramax)

 

Critic score: 86/100

User score: 8.9/10

What critics said: "Not only captured the bleak qualities of the old film noir melodramas but supplied an undercurrent that is as sly as it is unsettling." — San Francisco Chronicle

 


 

69. "Traffic" (2000)

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69. "Traffic" (2000)

(USA Films)

 

Critic score: 86/100

User score: 8.9/10

What critics said: "A flat-out electrifying experience." — Philadelphia Inquirer

 


 

68. "Drug War" (2013)

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68. "Drug War" (2013)

(Variance Films)

 

Critic score: 86/100

User score: 7.1/10

What critics said: "The film is a singularly huge, relentless, all-encompassing set piece that mutates and spasms with terrifying lack of foresight. It's all business, business, business." — Slant Magazine

 


 

67. "Deliver Us from Evil" (2006)

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67. "Deliver Us from Evil" (2006)

(Lions Gate)

 

Critic score: 86/100

User score: 8.1/10

What critics said: "Amy Berg's riveting documentary, tracks O'Grady's predatory trail from San Andreas, Calif., to Ireland, where he is now living on a church pension that was apparently meant to buy his silence." — New York Daily News

 


 

66. "In the Bedroom" (2001)

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66. "In the Bedroom" (2001)

(Miramax)

 

Critic score: 86/100

User score: 7.2/10

What critics said: "The surehandedly wrought, beautifully acted, almost unbearably tense 'In the Bedroom' is a rare film, not to be missed." — Time Out London

 


 

65. "Easy Rider" (1969)

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65. "Easy Rider" (1969)

(Columbia)

 

Critic score: 86/100

User score: 7.5/10

What critics said: "Fonda and Hopper’s now-classic film hit the old guard with the force of a rifle shot to the head." — Austin Chronicle

 


 

64. "Boys Don't Cry" (1999)

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64. "Boys Don't Cry" (1999)

(Fox Searchlight)

 

Critic score: 86/100

User score: 7.6/10

What critics said: "A haunting, superbly made film. But it's also an unrelentingly sad and depressing experience." — New York Post

 


 

63. "To Die For" (1995)

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63. "To Die For" (1995)

(Columbia)

 

Critic score: 86/100

User score: 8.8/10

What critics said: "Kidman grabs center stage and never relinquishes the position. Playing mercilessly against her pinup girl image, she's an unforgettable, comic archetype—a more slapsticky corollary to William Hurt's bumbling, handsome newscaster in 'Broadcast News.'" — The Washington Post

 


 

62. "Dreamcatcher" (2015)

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62. "Dreamcatcher" (2015)

(Rise Films)

 

Critic score: 86/100

User score: 6.1/10

What critics said: "Just as Brenda lives by a credo never to judge another woman, so too does the film, which creates an uplifting portrait of redemption and acceptance." — The Hollywood Reporter

 


 

61. "Dog Day Afternoon" (1975)

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61. "Dog Day Afternoon" (1975)

(Warner Bros.)

 

Critic score: 86/100

User score: 8.6/10

What critics said: "A masterly reconstruction of a Brooklyn bank siege on August 22, 1972, built around arguably Al Pacino's finest screen performance." — The Telegraph

 


 

60. "The Murder of Fred Hampton" (1971)

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60. "The Murder of Fred Hampton" (1971)

(Facets Multimedia)

 

Critic score: 86/100

User score: N/A

What critics said: "It’s the rare film that decades later can seem as timely as it was the day it came out. The searing documentary 'The Murder of Fred Hampton' is such a film." — Los Angeles Times

 


 

59. "Maria Full of Grace" (2004)

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59. "Maria Full of Grace" (2004)

(New Line Cinema)

 

Critic score: 87/100

User score: 2.6/10

What critics said: "Disturbing. It is impossible to sit through Maria Full of Grace and not be affected by the circumstances of the characters. For that, the credit must go to Marston and his actors." — ReelViews

 


 

58. "Serpico" (1973)

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58. "Serpico" (1973)

(Paramount)

 

Critic score: 87/100

User score: 8.7/10

What critics said: "It is galvanizing because of Al Pacino's splendid performance in the title role and because of the tremendous intensity that Mr. Lumet brings to this sort of subject." — The New York Times

 


 

57. "One False Move" (1992)

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57. "One False Move" (1992)

(Sony Pictures)

 

Critic score: 87/100

User score: 7.4/10

What critics said: "Mixing moments of genuine terror with offbeat comedy, writers Tom Epperson and Thornton have created a script that jumps along wih the energy of 'In Cold Blood.'" — Chicago Tribune

 


 

56. "The Fugitive" (1993)

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56. "The Fugitive" (1993)

(Warner Bros.)

 

Critic score: 87/100

User score: 8.8/10

What critics said: "For dynamite suspense loaded with thrills and wicked fun, you can’t beat 'The Fugitive' — the summer’s best action blaster." — Rolling Stone

 


 

55. "To Kill a Mockingbird" (1962)

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55. "To Kill a Mockingbird" (1962)

(Universal Pictures)

 

Critic score: 87/100

User score: 8.6/10

What critics said: "'To Kill A Mockingbird' is a product of American realism, and it is a rare and worthy treasure." — The Hollywood Reporter

 


 

54. "Gomorrah" (2009)

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54. "Gomorrah" (2009)

(IFC)

 

Critic score: 87/100

User score: 7.1/10

What critics said: "Probably the bleakest, least sentimental study of the Mafia in Italian or American film history." — Time

 


 

53. "Museo" (2018)

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53. "Museo" (2018)

(Vitagraph Films)

 

Critic score: 87/100

User score: N/A

What critics said: "It’s an endlessly entertaining, challenging investigation of history that confirms Ruizpalacios’ status as the next big thing in Mexican cinema." — The Playlist

 


 

52. "Sweet Country" (2018)

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52. "Sweet Country" (2018)

(Samuel Goldwyn Films)

 

Critic score: 87/100

User score: 7.8/10

What critics said: "This shrewdly observed story asks another question: Is civilization possible in a nation where discrimination has such deep roots? In 'Sweet Country,' the answer arrives with a tough fatalism." — The Washington Post

 


 

51. "Hell or High Water" (2016)

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51. "Hell or High Water" (2016)

(Hell or High Water)

 

Critic score: 88/100

User score: 8.2/10

What critics said: "A thrillingly good movie — a crackerjack drama of crime, fear, and brotherly love set in a sun-roasted, deceptively sleepy West Texas that feels completely exotic for being so authentic." — Variety

 


 

50. "Mafioso" (1962)

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50. "Mafioso" (1962)

(Rialto Pictures)

 

Critic score: 88/100

User score: 7.1/10

What critics said: "A small comic masterpiece that dares to deal with that of which many Sicilians dare not speak: the Mafia." — TV Guide

 


 

49. "Band of Outsiders" (1964)

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49. "Band of Outsiders" (1964)

(Columbia Pictures)

 

Critic score: 88/100

User score: 7.2/10

What critics said: "Easily the most brilliant of the genuflections bestowed on the American gangster movie by the French New Wave." — LA Weekly

 


 

48. "Thelma & Louise" (1991)

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48. "Thelma & Louise" (1991)

(MGM/YouTube)

 

Critic score: 88/100

User score: 8.3/10

What critics said: "Sarandon and Davis give superb, wonderfully interactive performances: funky, fierce, funny and poignant." — Newsweek

 


 

47. "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" (2017)

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47. "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" (2017)

(Fox Searchlight)

 

Critic score: 88/100

User score: 7.7/10

What critics said: "While the film continues almost throughout to generate great whoops of shocking laughter, it's the notes of genuine sorrow, compassion and contrition that resonate." — The Hollywood Reporter

 


 

46. "Strangers on a Train" (1951)

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46. "Strangers on a Train" (1951)

(Warner Bros.)

 

Critic score: 88/100

User score: N/A

What critics said: "Intensely enjoyable--in some ways the best of Hitchcock's American films." — The New Yorker

 


 

45. "Capote" (2005)

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45. "Capote" (2005)

(Sony Pictures Classic)

 

Critic score: 88/100

User score: 7.8/10

What critics said: "A fascinating and fine-grained reconstruction of that period in its subject's life, a time when he (Capote) pursued literary glory and flirted with moral ruin." — The New York Times

 


 

44. "On the Waterfront" (1954)

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44. "On the Waterfront" (1954)

(Columbia Pictures via YouTube)

 

Critic score: 88/100

User score: 8.8/10

What critics said: "It's hard to deny that Marlon Brando's performance as a dock worker and ex-fighter who finally decides to rat on his gangster brother (Rod Steiger) is pretty terrific." — Chicago Reader

 


 

43. "Piccadilly" (1929)

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43. "Piccadilly" (1929)

(British International)

 

Critic score: 89/100

User score: N/A

What critics said: "As casually insensitive and careless as you might expect from a film of this era, but it's also surprisingly crafty about finding ways to incite discussion." — Boston Globe

 


 

42. "Quai des Orfèvres" (1947)

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Albert Ulebe Posted on September 19, 2018 16:09

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This $5 million dome-shaped home, known among locals as 'The Star Wars Home,' is hurricane-resistant and available to buy for the first time — take a look inside.

South Carolina's "Eye of the Storm" dome home was constructed in 1991, but on the market for the first time. It was built by inflating a giant balloon before spraying it with concrete and lining it with steel. As a result, the "Star Wars Home" is not only beautiful, but durable.

South Carolina's infamous dome-shaped home, dubbed " target="_blank"The Eye of the Storm," has been listed for sale for the first time ever with a $5 million price tag.

The four-level, 4,047-square-foot home at 2851 Marshall Boulevard in Sullivan's Island was built in 1991 and was designed with the proximity of Mother Nature in mind. Its features render the abode heavily resistant to hurricanes, hence the house's name.

Pareto Group realtor Michael Royal, who is also the nephew of the home's designer, told Business Insider that the home's otherworldly shape has given it another nickname among locals: "The Star Wars Home."

Take a look inside:

The home sits on the northeastern part of Sullivan's Island, a town and island about 20 minutes away from Charleston.

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The home sits on the northeastern part of Sullivan's Island, a town and island about 20 minutes away from Charleston.

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A maritime forest spans out from it before eventually breaking into the sandy South Carolina sea shore.

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A maritime forest spans out from it before eventually breaking into the sandy South Carolina sea shore.

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The story behind the dome-shaped "Eye of the Storm" home started with Hurricane Hugo in 1989.

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The story behind the dome-shaped "Eye of the Storm" home started with Hurricane Hugo in 1989.

(Michael Royal/Pareto Real Estate)

 

Dome-home aficionado and designer George Paul built the abode in 1991 after Hurricane Hugo took out his parents' house. They wanted a home that would be invincible to the elements so that they "would have peace of mind for the rest of their lives," according to the listing.

What resulted was the white concrete and steel shell of a home that can withstand deadly hurricanes coming in from the Atlantic.

 


 

The secret sauce to the home's durability was in the construction. Royal told Business Insider the process consisted of blowing up a gigantic balloon in the shape of the house before spraying the inside of it with concrete and lining it with steel.

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The secret sauce to the home's durability was in the construction. Royal told Business Insider the process consisted of blowing up a gigantic balloon in the shape of the house before spraying the inside of it with concrete and lining it with steel.

(Good Morning America Courtesy of Pareto Real Estate)


 

The material and the aerodynamic nature of the home is what makes it resistant to strong winds and storms.

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The material and the aerodynamic nature of the home is what makes it resistant to strong winds and storms.

(Michael Royal/Pareto Real Estate)


 

The home's elliptical shell is also monolithic, meaning it doesn't have a separate roof like conventionally constructed homes. It's energy efficient as well. Both features give the bungalow an edge in the case of a natural disaster.

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The home's elliptical shell is also monolithic, meaning it doesn't have a separate roof like conventionally constructed homes. It's energy efficient as well. Both features give the bungalow an edge in the case of a natural disaster.

(Michael Royal/Pareto Real Estate)

 

A skylight at the top of the dome lets in natural light.

 


 

The dwelling's dome shape also gets rid of corners. The 3,571 square feet of space on the main floors includes three bedrooms and four full bathrooms.

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The dwelling's dome shape also gets rid of corners. The 3,571 square feet of space on the main floors includes three bedrooms and four full bathrooms.

(Michael Royal/Pareto Real Estate)


 

The home also doesn't require structural support beams — the upper floors are instead hung from the concrete roof. Talk about an open-floor concept plan.

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The home also doesn't require structural support beams — the upper floors are instead hung from the concrete roof. Talk about an open-floor concept plan.

(Michael Royal/Pareto Real Estate)


 

This space is dubbed the "Great Room" on the listing's website. The kitchen, dining room and living room all merge together here.

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This space is dubbed the "Great Room" on the listing's website. The kitchen, dining room and living room all merge together here.

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A contemporary angular fireplace graces the main level's living room.

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A contemporary angular fireplace graces the main level's living room.

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And the kitchen is brand-new and custom-designed.

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And the kitchen is brand-new and custom-designed.

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The home also includes a bank vault room behind the kitchen pantry and a laundry room that could be used as a wine cellar.

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The home also includes a bank vault room behind the kitchen pantry and a laundry room that could be used as a wine cellar.

(Michael Royal/Pareto Real Estate)


 

An elevator can take owners to the master bedroom ...

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An elevator can take owners to the master bedroom ...

(Michael Royal/Pareto Real Estate)


 

... which has a 159-square-foot private deck ....

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... which has a 159-square-foot private deck ....

(Michael Royal/Pareto Real Estate)


 

... and a Japanese soaking tub. The tub is surrounded by Ipe, a Brazilian-sourced hardwood usually used for outdoor furniture. It's known for its ability to withstand the elements.

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... and a Japanese soaking tub. The tub is surrounded by Ipe, a Brazilian-sourced hardwood usually used for outdoor furniture. It's known for its ability to withstand the elements.

(Michael Royal/Pareto Real Estate)


 

Views of the seaside can be seen from the bedroom and tub.

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Views of the seaside can be seen from the bedroom and tub.

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Included in the upper floors is an area for a wet bar and office nook.

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Included in the upper floors is an area for a wet bar and office nook.

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Views of the beach can also be seen from one of the guest bedrooms, which is connected to the main deck.

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Views of the beach can also be seen from one of the guest bedrooms, which is connected to the main deck.

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Aptly called "The Great Deck," the main deck spans the length of the back side of the house.

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Aptly called "The Great Deck," the main deck spans the length of the back side of the house.

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The views from which are stunning, with the beach a mere 230 feet away from the back door. There's a shallow ocean gully closest to the home with the ocean sitting right past it beyond a sandbar. It's a good thing the home is designed to handle whatever the sea throws at it.

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The views from which are stunning, with the beach a mere 230 feet away from the back door. There's a shallow ocean gully closest to the home with the ocean sitting right past it beyond a sandbar. It's a good thing the home is designed to handle whatever the sea throws at it.

(Michael Royal/Pareto Real Estate)

https://www.pulse.com.gh/bi/tech/this-5-million-dome-shaped-home-known-among-locals-as-the-star-wars-home-is-hurricane-resistant-and-available-to-buy-for-the-first-time-take-a-look-inside-id8875786.html

Albert Ulebe Posted on September 19, 2018 14:59

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Proper Regulations Will Boost Confidence in Cryptocurrency Sector: Abu Dhabi Regulator.

The regulatory chief of Abu Dhabi’s international financial center and free zone has called for tighter regulations for cryptocurrency trading and ICOs while recognizing the growing global industry.

Nearly a year after issuing its guidelines for cryptocurrencies and initial coin offerings (ICOs), effectively regulating the industry, the Financial Services Regulatory Authority (FSRA) is sharing its framework with its regulatory counterparts around the world.

“This space needs to be properly regulated, otherwise there is the risk of financial crime,” FSRA chief executive Richard Teng was quoted as saying by The National. “Every time a coin gets stolen or lost, it affects the confidence in this asset class.”

Notably, FSRA chief executive Richard Teng insists that “a lot has changed” over the past few months in a changing landscape that forgoes fears associated to cryptocurrencies to the recognition of a growing industry that requires guidelines to responsibly develop and encourage the sector.

He added:

“We are confident that our comprehensive regime – which we have shared with global regulators like the [U.S.] SEC, the UK Treasury, Financial Conduct Authority and Bank of England, and regulators in Singapore, Hong Kong and Japan – can address these risks and bring greater confidence into this asset class.”

The Abu Dhabi regulator’s comments come at a time when lawmakers in the U.K. urged the government to prioritize regulation of the cryptocurrency and ICO space in a Treasury Committee report published today.

One of the first financial centers and trade zones to outline guidance for cryptocurrency firms in October 2017, the Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM) enforced the regulatory framework by the FSRA for cryptocurrency firms operating in the zone in June. The regulations, which includes stipulations for exchange operators and crypto custody firms (wallet providers) alike, deems cryptocurrencies as commodities akin to precious metals.

“[W]e do a lot of challenges in regulating something which was designed not to be regulated,” FSRA capital markets director Wai Lum Qwok said of regulating cryptocurrencies like bitcoin last year, whilst insisting the authority is open to the idea in the future.

A member of the R3-led banking-centric blockchain consortium, the ADGM acknowledged the advent of cryptocurrencies as a method of payment earlier this year, despite the likes of Saudi Arabia’s central bank outlawing bitcoin trading in the neighboring country.

The Abu Dhabi regulator said earlier this year:

“The FSRA notes that virtual currencies, although not legal tender, are gaining interest globally as a medium of exchange for goods and services.”

https://www.ccn.com/abu-dhabi-cryptocurrency-regulations/

Albert Ulebe Posted on September 19, 2018 14:00

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Liberia investigating disappearance of $100m in bank notes Newly printed money vanished as it was been transported to the central bank, according to officials.

Liberia says it is investigating the disappearance of newly printed bills worth nearly $100m destined for the country's central bank.

"This government will leave no stone unturned to find those responsible for the act," Information Minister Lenn Eugene Nagbe told AFP news agency on Tuesday.

"It is confirmed by the investigation that the amount of the total money is 15 billion," Liberian dollars ($97m, he said.

The investigation was launched on August 8, the justice ministry said, following "information surrounding the arrival of containers and bags of moneys" at the port and the international airport in the capital Monrovia.

This government will leave no stone unturned to find those responsible for the act

Lenn Eugene Nagbe, the information minister



The government said initial findings indicate the cash arrived between November 2017, when Ellen Johnson Sirleaf was still president, and August this year.

The current government led by President George Weah took over in January.

Tracing the money

"The current administration was not informed about the arrival of the containers and bags of moneys into the country," the ministry statement said.

The containers were taken from the port around the end of March by central bank staff but never arrived at their destination, the country's Frontpage daily reported.

The ministry said that apart from tracing the money, investigators are also trying to work out how many Liberian dollars the previous administration had printed overseas and how much was injected into the economy where both US and Liberian dollars are in circulation.

Former football star Weah has vowed to crack down on corruption and unveiled in July a series of monetary and fiscal measures to prop up the local currency and tackle inflation.

He announced the central bank was injecting $25m into the economy to mop excessive liquidity of Liberian dollars.

In March, Weah said he had "inherited a country that is very broke, depleted by political malfeasance".

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/09/liberia-investigating-disappearance-100m-bank-notes-180919092154561.html

Albert Ulebe Posted on September 19, 2018 13:26

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All 5 ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ Movies Ranked, Worst to Best (Photos) AddThis Sharing Buttons Share to Facebook Share to Twitter Share to LinkedIn Share to Reddit Share to Tumblr Share to Email Is “Dead Men Tell No Tales” one of the good ones or on

The "Pirates of the Caribbean" movies may be coming at a slow pace these days, but they are  still coming. How does the Javier Bardem-starring fifth flick stack up among the other entries in the mixed-bag franchise?

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5. "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" At some point, "from the Academy Award-winning director of 'Chicago'" meant something. But Rob Marshall was woefully ill-suited to make a "Pirates of the Caribbean" movie and that, combined with whoever's terrible idea it was to have Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) as the main lead, spelled doom for this horrifically awful experience.

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4. "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales" Pretty much just an attempt to rehash the original movie, though it's less satisfying in every way. It's not horrible, and it does have the decency to be the shortest of the five movies. But its incoherence undoes most of the goodwill granted by the occasional clever dialogue.

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3. "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest" Lots of folks may have been mad about the cliffhanger at the time, but the second "Pirates" movie was still a delight. Even though it wasn't quite as good as the first, the incredible Kraken didn't quite make up for the absence of Geoffrey Rush's Captain Barbossa. "Dead Man's Chest" remains a great example of a sequel that recaptures the magic of the original.

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2. "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End" Get's the edge over "Dead Man's Chest" entirely by virtue of being so weird. This is a movie where our heroes sail their pirate ship through space to the afterlife to rescue Jack, for one thing. And the final battle takes place in a giant whirlpool in the middle of the ocean. Good times. 

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1. "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl" The movie that started it all may seem (relatively) mundane by the standards of this weird franchise, but it's also the funniest, most coherent and complete picture of them all by a long shot. It's no contest, really.

https://www.thewrap.com/5-pirates-caribbean-movies-ranked-worst-best-photos/

Albert Ulebe Posted on September 19, 2018 12:38

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Kim Jong Un agrees to close missile test site after South Korea talks.

North Korea dictator Kim Jong Un has vowed to permanently dismantle a missile test site and a launch pad after talks with South Korea.

The leaders of both countries signed a declaration after agreeing the Korean peninsula should turn into a "land of peace without nuclear weapons and nuclear threats".

After the summit in Pyongyang, South Korea President Moon Jae-in told reporters: "The North agreed to permanently close the Tongchang-ri missile engine test site and missile launch facility in the presence of experts from relevant nations."

North Korea says it will also permanently dismantle its main Nyongbyon nuclear complex but only if the United States takes reciprocal measures, Mr Moon added.

Image:Kim Jong Un has been hosting South Korea's president in Pyongyang

In a joint news conference after the talks, Mr Kim said he had promised to visit Seoul "in the near future".

He would be the first North Korean leader to visit the South's capital since the peninsula was divided at the end of the Second World War.

It was also announced that North and South Korea will seek to co-host the 2032 Summer Olympics.

The two countries will establish a joint military committee to evaluate how to reduce tensions and maintain communication, Mr Moon said.

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Video:Adoration for S Korean leader in Pyongyang

It is part of a commitment to remove "any threat that could cause war" on the Korean peninsula, he added.

Other agreed measures included setting up the first-ever joint search effort at the border for bodies of soldiers killed in the Korean War.

Both countries also vowed to disarm a jointly-controlled border village, starting with the removal of land mines, and to withdraw 11 guard posts from the demilitarised zone by December.

US President Donald Trump said the measures agreed by North and South Korea, including the joint Olympic bid, were "very exciting".

South Korea's president is on a three-day visit to Pyongyang following two previous meetings with Mr Kim this year.

Image:It is the third meeting between the two leaders this year

Both North and South Korean leaders want the US to sign off on formally ending the Korean War, which still technically continues because no peace treaty has ever been signed.

More from Kim Jong Un

Officials in South Korea say Mr Kim has pledged to denuclearise North Korea by the end of MrTrump's first term as US president in 2021.

Mr Kim has requested a second summit with the US president after their first face-to-face meeting in Singapore earlier this year.https://news.sky.com/story/kim-jong-un-agrees-to-close-missile-test-site-after-south-korea-talks-11501967

Dominic Solomon Posted on September 19, 2018 12:24

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Kenyan workers to have their salaries chopped by up to $50 after President Uhuru reinstates low-cost housing fund.

This is according to President Uhuru Kenyatta’s proposal which will see employees’ salaries be deducted by 1.5 per cent.

  • This is according to President Uhuru Kenyatta’s proposal to reinstate a new low-cost housing fund which will see employees’ salaries deducted by 1.5 per cent.
  • What is noticeable is that Mr Kenyatta’s proposal is higher than the Treasury’s earlier proposal by three times.
  • The contribution will be capped at Sh5,000 with employers set to match the contribution.

Kenyan workers will soon have their salaries chopped by up to Sh5000 ($50) with the money going towards financing a new low-cost housing fund.

This is according to President Uhuru Kenyatta’s proposal that among other things has reinstated the levy which was rejected by parliament last month and should it be passed will see employees’ salaries be deducted by 1.5 per cent.

The contribution will be capped at Sh5,000 with employers set to match the contribution.

An employer shall pay to the National Housing Development Fund… 1.5 per cent of the monthly basic salary,” said Mr Kenyatta in a memo to MPs.

play Housing is one of the four pillars of Mr Kenyatta’s agenda for the next four years and the creation of the fund is meant to help the government realise its goal of delivering half a million affordable housing units in five years. (the star)

 

What is noticeable is that Mr Kenyatta’s proposal is higher than the Treasury’s earlier proposal by three times.

Member of Parliament rejected the Treasury’s proposal which was capped at 0.5 per cent of the gross pay per month ,arguing that the move would cause a significant cost burden to companies while hurting workers.

The President’s proposal means an employee earning Sh100,000 will be forced to contribute Sh1,500 every month to the fund – up to a maximum Sh5,000 for those earning Sh330,000 and above.

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On the other hand, had the Treasury’s proposal seen the light of the day, workers on a basic pay of Sh100,000 would have only part with Sh500 and a maximum Sh5,000 for those earning Sh1 million and above.

It remains to be seen how parliament will react to Mr Kenyatta’s higher proposal given that the MPs must first debate before adopting the proposal.

President Kenyatta and former Prime minister Raila Odinga spent the better part of yesterday whipping MPs from their camps to pass the tax  proposals when parliament will be debating the matter on Thursday.

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Housing is one of the four pillars of Mr Kenyatta’s agenda for the next four years and the creation of the fund is meant to help the government realise its goal of delivering half a million affordable housing units in five years.

Kenya needs to build 244,000 homes every year in order to meet the ever growing demand, however less than a quarter of these numbers are ever built, according to report by the World Bank dubbed the Kenya Economic Update: Housing—Unavailable and Unaffordable report.

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Already 6 out of 10 urban residents stay in slums and while the situation is not unique to Kenya alone, Nairobi hosts the largest slum in East and Central Africa, the infamous Kibera slum.

Uhuru’s Finance Bill has also introduced amendments to the Central Bank of Kenya Act to include regulation of mortgage refinance companies.

The move paves the way for the establishment of a State-backed Kenya Mortgage Refinancing Company meant to address the demand side of the housing market by offering funds to the mortgage industry.

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Albert Ulebe Posted on September 19, 2018 12:21

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Trump inflames war on Justice Dept. by declassifying Russia docs.

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump showed no signs of backing off his highly unprecedented order to declassify various documents and text messages related to the Russia investigation Tuesday, saying he wants it done for "transparency."

The move, which has prompted renewed unease about the increasing politicization of intelligence materials, is likely to further inflame tensions between the President and intelligence and law enforcement officials, who have been the target of presidential Twitter tirades and who have voiced concerns in the past about potentially jeopardizing sources and methods.

"We want transparency and what I want is I want total transparency," Trump said in the Oval Office Tuesday.

"This is a witch hunt," he added, using his derisive reference to the Russia investigation. "It's a terrible witch hunt and it's hurt our country and the things that have been found over the last couple of weeks about text messages back and forth are a disgrace to our nation. And I want transparency and so does everybody else."

The President directed the Justice Department and Office of the Director of National Intelligence to initiate the "immediate declassification" of selective portions of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act application on former Trump foreign policy aide Carter Page, according to a statement Monday from White House press secretary Sarah Sanders. Most significantly, his request also broadly included "all FBI reports of interviews" prepared in connection with the FISA applications, which are normally closely guarded by the FBI.

When asked Tuesday whether he would declassify other documents relating to the Russia investigation Trump only responded: "We're gonna see."

The President had floated the idea of declassification for several weeks, but Monday's statement from the White House was the first time the full breadth of his intentions was articulated, making clear that he expects materials to be released despite the fact that there's an active investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller into any links between his campaign associates and the Russian government.

Earlier Tuesday, Trump quoted Rep. Peter King, R-New York, on Twitter, saying: "What will be disclosed is that there was no basis for these FISA Warrants, that the important information was kept from the court, there's going to be a disproportionate influence of the (Fake) Dossier. Basically you have a counter terrorism tool used to spy on a presidential ... campaign, which is unprecedented in our history."

"Really bad things were happening, but they are now being exposed. Big stuff!," Trump added in his own voice.

Trump on Monday also ordered the Justice Department to release fully unredacted text messages "related to the Russia investigation" from former officials he's continually lambasted given their connections to the investigation, including FBI Director James Comey, former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, former FBI agent Peter Strzok, former FBI lawyer Lisa Page and Bruce Ohr, a current Justice Department official.

A Justice Department spokesperson said the agency was already working with the ODNI to comply with the President's order.

"When the President issues such an order, it triggers a declassification review process that is conducted by various agencies within the intelligence community, in conjunction with the White House Counsel, to seek to ensure the safety of America's national security interests," the spokesperson said in a statement.

Polarizing decision

 

 

 

Strzok: Russian interference source was credible 00:53

Trump's directive drew fierce criticism from Democrats and praise from a group of conservative Republicans, many who are members of the Freedom Caucus, who have urged Trump to take this declassification step.

"The President shouldn't be declassifying documents in order to undermine an investigation into his campaign or pursue vendettas against political enemies," said Mark Warner of Virginia, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee. "He especially shouldn't be releasing documents with the potential to reveal intelligence sources."

Top Democrats sent a letter Tuesday to Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher Wray expressing "profound alarm" at Trump's decision.

They also requested an immediate briefing for the "Gang of Eight" -- the Republican and Democratic leaders of the House and Senate and their intelligence committees -- from the agency heads prior to any disclosure. House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi of California, Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of New York, House Intelligence Committee ranking member Adam Schiff of California and Warner all signed the letter.

"The action (President Trump) has taken, to direct your agencies to selectively disclose classified information that he believes he can manipulate publicly to undermine the legitimacy and credibility of the Special Counsel's investigation, is a brazen abuse of power," the letter reads. "Any decision by your offices to share this material with the President or his lawyers will violate longstanding Department of Justice policies."

Senate Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr said Tuesday that he would prefer to keep the FISA documents on Page classified. But the North Carolina Republican nevertheless defended Trump's prerogative to declassify the materials.

"I've said before that I prefer not to see things released publicly and it holds true for this as well," Burr told reporters Tuesday. "Anything that's directly involved in an investigation like we're in I'd prefer that those stay confidential or classified."

Burr previously broke with his House Intelligence Committee counterparts after they released a memo with details on the Page FISA. But in this case, he said the President has the unilateral authority to declassify.

"The President has the full authority to declassify anything," Burr said. "Declassification is the executive branch. It doesn't have anything to do with us."

North Carolina Republican Rep. Mark Meadows, the chairman of the conservative House Freedom Caucus and a close ally of the President, praised the move.

"It's time to get the full truth on the table so the American people can decide for themselves on what happened at the highest levels of their FBI and Justice Department," he tweeted.

Thousands of text messages between Page and Strzok have already been released with redactions for personal information and to protect parts of the ongoing investigation, but publicly releasing them in fully unredacted form could run afoul of the federal privacy law guarding against the disclosure of personal information.

Yet the declassification effort represents only the latest front in the larger partisan struggle over the Russia investigation.

Earlier this year, the FBI clashed with the President over a controversial Republican intelligence memo from House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes, which argued that ex-British intelligence agent Christopher Steele, the author of a controversial dossier on Trump and Russia, harbored anti-Trump motivations that were not disclosed in the FISA application and that the FISA court was not told that Steele's dossier was funded through a law firm by the Democratic National Committee and the Hillary Clinton campaign.

Democrats responded with their own memo, which argued that the FBI's interest in Page predated the FBI's knowledge of the Steele dossier. It also argued that it was not the dossier and the Page FISA warrant that prompted the FBI's counterintelligence investigation into Russia, but rather an earlier conversation that former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos had with an Australian diplomat about alleged Russian dirt on Clinton.

Eventually, in a highly unusual move, the FBI released highly redacted versions of the FISA applications in July after news organizations and advocacy groups sued for their disclosure.

Potential for backfire?

 

 

 

FBI agent testifies on controversial Trump texts 02:27

But since that time, certain House Republicans have called for the public release of specific pages, even though they have acknowledged they are not sure whether the documents will help or hurt their arguments about alleged improper conduct in the probe.

Their latest effort could backfire and upend the narrative House Republicans have spent months crafting, should the declassified documents confirm the FBI had more than the dossier to justify the surveillance of Page.

The redacted versions of the FISA warrant applications showed that the agency did raise concerns that Page was a target of Russian recruitment and might have been working with the Kremlin. Page has denied the allegations. A footnote also disclosed a political motivation behind the Steele dossier and said the person behind it was likely looking for information to discredit Trump's campaign, but Trump did not order the vast majority of that portion of the October 2016 FISA declassified Monday.

Some 30 members of Congress have reviewed largely unredacted versions of the highly sensitive FISA applications, but several of the most vocal members of the current declassification campaign have not.

https://edition.cnn.com/2018/09/17/politics/donald-trump-declassify-documents/index.html

Albert Ulebe Posted on September 19, 2018 12:11

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Cathay Pacific spells own name wrong on new plane

The Hong Kong-based airline joked "Oops this special livery won't last long" after the error was pointed out

An airline has had to send a new plane back to the paint shop after the company's name was spelled incorrectly on it.

Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific painted its name as "Cathay Paciic" on the side of the jet.

Eagle-eyed travellers spotted the mistake at Hong Kong International Airport and contacted the airline.

"Oops this special livery won't last long! She's going back to the shop!" the company joked on Twitter.

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The airline said it was a genuine mistake, although some in the industry said it was inexplicable.

"The spacing is too on-point for a mishap," an engineer for Haeco, a sister company of the airline, told the South China Morning Post.

"There should be a blank gap in between letters if it was a real mistake I think."

Social media users saw the funny side, however.

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seth Posted on September 19, 2018 12:05

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Mysterious $720 Million Bitcoin Wallet Wakes Up And Starts Dumping Coins

Some have argued, as first reported by CryptoCoinsNews (CCN), a crypto wallet containing $720 million worth of Bitcoin and an unknown owner have woken up after four years of hibernation, with more than $100 million moved to Bitfinex and Binance over the last several weeks, could have spooked investors.

The mysterious wallet contains a mindboggling 11,114 BTC, equivalent to around 0.52 percent of the total supply.

Redditor u/sick_silk noticed the sudden movement of these dormant coins in late August, through tracking each transaction in detail on the blockchain, accompanied with graphs representing the activity.

According to the Redditor, one of two sources could be the owner of this mysterious Bitcoin whale.

The first post was published on August 31 suggests that the funds may be linked to the now-defunct dark web market Silk Road, which was an online black market, best known as a platform for selling drugs, illegal weapons and pornography, malware, hacking services, and other black market goods.

u/Sick_Silk points out:

“It seems that the owner of a huge SilkRoad related wallet is moving funds actively since 3 days, dividing it in chunks of 100 coins by subwallets. The original wallet owned 111,114.62 BTC / BCH , which is currently valuated ~ $844M (without taking in account other Bitcoin forks). Last movements on these subwallets are 4 years and 5 months old (March 9th, 2014). The chunks have been divided over time to 60,000 coins then to 30,000 / 20,000 / 10,000 / 5,000 / 500 and now 100 coins.”

CCN said u/sick_silk connected the original crypto address to the Silk Road via the following bitcointalk thread in which user assortmentofsorts connects the dots to from an address operated by DPR (Dread Pirate Roberts AKA Ross Ulbricht, creator of the Silk Road) to the one in the Reddit post over the course of six traced transactions.

After more digging, u/sick_silk is more confident that the funds could belong to an old Mt Gox wallet. This theory is backed up by Bitcoin Security specialist WizSec, who tweeted:

They guessed right later in the post; it's an old MtGox whale, unrelated to Silk Road.

— WizSec (@wizsecurity) September 4, 2018

u/Sick_Silk generated custom graphs to represent the movement of the funds. The charts below represent a $100 million being moved to Binance and Bitfinex:

"Below you will find a graph representation of the transactions sent over time from the original 111,114-BTC wallet to the most recent wallets which have received some of the coins. Each branch represents a sequence of transactions sent through several wallets. Red nodes indicate the most recent transactions (< 1 month), blue nodes indicate quite recent ones (<1 year), and green nodes are the older ones ( > 1 year)," said u/Sick_Silk.

Figure 1: Here is the location of the original wallet within the graph (15ihHoGs3onQBNnEH8afDFGvou9nD62Hm7).

Figure 2: Original coins are currently transferred on Binance wallet, in fact, it is a major end-point/aggregate of transactions originated from the 111,114-BTC wallet (1NDyJtNTjmwk5xPNhjgAMu4HDHigtobu1s).

Figure 3: Coins are being sold on Binance, here 100 BTC transferred to Binance wallet on August 29th (174EZQcfnJS5ChVsTbZaJMmjFCYykMLu9t).

Figure 4: Funds are currently actively mixed, you can see a chain of red nodes with no other purpose than transferring n time the coins and splitting/mixing it a bit (3Ah15skNb8R1teRWs6h2Q2vRywkLJWUhhb).

u/Sick_Silk said the wallet's owner had been actively splitting the original 111,114 BTC/USD this past month; some of the coins are currently being dumped on Binance (Figure 2 and 3).

The mysterious Bitcoin whale is actively breaking up the order to conceal the transfers (Figure 4), as it seems the real-world ramifications is that someone is about to dump a whole lot of supply.

u/Sick_Silk firmly believes that the movement of coins could be due to Bitcoin's volatility that was seen in August, and whether that is true or not, CNBC continues to pump Bitcoin telling their audience members that now is the perfect time to buy.

paxex Posted on September 19, 2018 11:27

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Feature: Mikey Garcia, a stumbling block to Commey's world title hopes?

Having vowed to become a world champion before quitting boxing during a private conversation with me at the Bukom Boxing Arena in 2017, the time could be now for Ghana's Richard Commey to achieve that feat after champion, Mikey Garcia, announced his decision to vacate the title and move up in weight. 

 

Commey, despite losing a controversial split decision to Robert Easter Jr in an International Boxing Federation (IBF) lightweight title championship in 2016, worked his way back to the top when he stopped Alejandro Luna in six rounds in an eliminator to set up a rematch with the American but was forced to wait after the latter opted to unify against four-division champion, Mikey Garcia. 

 

Easter Jr went on to lose unanimously to Garcia on Saturday, July 28, in their unification bout at the Staples Center, Los Angeles, paving way for a possible Garcia-Commey slugfest by the end of the year. However, the undefeated champion revealed his decision to move up two weight classes to challenge Errol Spence Jr at welterweight instead. 

 

In what could be a blessing in disguise for the Ghanaian, Commey (26-2, 23 KOs) could fight a different opponent should Garcia (39-0, 30 KOs) vacate the IBF belt in order to fight Spence Jr at 147 pounds. 

 

The Garcia threat 

 

The current turn of events, if it happens, could be to Commey's advantage as Garcia could be a stumbling block to the Ghanaian's quest to add his name to the nation's list of world champions by the end of the year, considering his pedigree and record in the sport. 

 

Garcia has won world titles at four divisions - featherweight, junior lightweight, lightweight, and light welterweight - and could be a hard nut to crack for Commey, especially with his vast experience which has seen him go 39 fights without a loss or a draw.

 

He deserves commendation for his achievement in the sport and I believe it will be in the interest of Ghana boxing should he opt to go after Spence Jr to allow Commey to fight a different opponent for a vacant title and possibly win the nation's second world title this year after Isaac Dogboe snatched the WBO super bantamweight crown earlier in the year. 

 

The uncertainty surrounding Commey's next world title glory ended on Saturday, July 28, after Garcia dominated Easter Jr to win the IBF lightweight belt, putting a world title fight for the Ghanaian on the cards by December. 

 

But before his second shot at the world title, Commey announced his credentials when he destroyed Mexico's Yardley Armenta Cruz in two rounds during a lightweight contest on August 4 at the Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, in New York on the Andre Berto-Devon Alexander bill. 

 

Garcia opts to fight Errol Spence Jr 

 

Per the rules, Garcia is mandated to defend his IBF strap against Commey, with the Ghanaian being the mandatory challenger, but the undefeated American revealed after his win over Easter Jr that he would prefer to move up in weight to challenge Spence Jr in the welterweight division, a move the IBF has kicked against and ordered negotiations between both boxers immediately. 

 

In an interview with the Graphic Sports Online, the Chief Executive Officer of Streetwise Management, managers of Commey, Michael Amoo-Bediako, confirmed that negotiations began between both camps on August 13 and are expected to last for 30 days upon which the IBF would call for a purse bid. 

 

"I can confirm to you that negotiations between both camps started on August 13 and it's expected of us to reach an agreement within 30 days or the IBF would call for a purse bid," he said.

The IBF, through a representative, ordered Garcia to defend his title against Commey since the Garcia-Easter Jr unification was granted on the condition that the winner must fight the available leading contender in a mandatory bout for its lightweight title. 

 

“Robert Easter’s mandatory defence was due on or before March 30, 2018. The unification was granted with the condition that the winner must fight the 

Negotiations should commence immediately and be concluded by August 30, 2018. In the event that you are unable to come to an amicable agreement with Commey, the IBF will call for a purse bid," he added. 

 

However, the coming month could prove crucial in Commey's career as he awaits Garcia's decision on whether to fight him or follow his heart to challenge Spence Jr, another undefeated fighter in 24 fights with an impressive knockout record of 21. He was at ringside to watch Garcia outpoint Easter Jr and welcomed the challenge from his fellow countryman for a possible November-December slugfest. 

 

Should the fight occur, it means Garcia (39-0, 30 KOs) would take the toughest decision yet in his career by moving two weights up to chellenge a knockout expert, a decision many boxing enthusiasts have described as dangerous. But a win will cement a befitting status of a five-division world champion. 

 

"There's only a select few who have accomplished that feat," Garcia said at his post-fight news conference. "I'm here in search of that. I'm not just trying to pick up a belt against a nobody. I'm going after the best fighter, the most dangerous man at welterweight. I'm trying to get that because that's what will cement my name. No one else is doing that right now. There's no other fighter on the planet that's doing what I'm doing. 

 

"I can try to use speed, angles, footwork," he said. "There's a lot of things I can use to overcome that height, that reach, the southpaw [stance], the strength, all that. I'm prepared to do what it takes to win that fight. He's a terrific fighter.

He's an experienced fighter. He's very strong. He's a dangerous man. I don't know if I can surprise him. He knows the kind of fighter I am. I think what will surprise him is how well I can do other things. I ain't asking for no catch weight either," he said. 

 

In his response, Spence Jr said a possible Garcia fight interests him and he is hoping to lock horns with his opponent before the close of the year. 

 

"Definitely I want that fight. I feel like that's the best fight available for me right now with Shawn and Danny fighting in September," Spence said. 

 

"Keith Thurman is still recovering and needs a tuneup. Garcia is daring to be great. He wants to be great. He wants to move up and dethrone me, and it's not going to happen". 

 

"He will be pound-for-pound No. 1 if he beats me, but it's not going to happen. He has great skills, but I see myself winning. I don't really see anything that concerns me. He is technically good, but I don't see him hurting me at 147 pounds," he added. 

 

Commey's chances at a vacant title 

 

Having been at this point in his career before, Commey will be inspired to achieve his ambition of becoming a world champion should he fight for a possible vacant title against a different opponent, with the likes of Russia's Isa Chaniev, Edis Tatli of Finland or Japan's Masayoshi Nakatani on the cards.

 

Commey's chances of winning the championship will be brighter against any of the top-rated in the division than fighting a much experienced Garcia, who will have the odds behind him. 

 

As the saying goes "To be the best, you need to beat the best". Commey must try harder to defy all odds and end Garcia's invincibility in the ring should their fight go on as planned just as the legendary Azumah Nelson did against Wilfredo Gomez in 1984 and Ike Quartey, when he beat Crisanto España in 1994. 

 

But, in my opinion, fighting a different opponent than Garcia provides the Ghanaian pugilist a more realistic opportunity of realising his dreams in the sport.

 

Source: Graphic.com.gh

Veronica Ehwia Posted on September 19, 2018 10:17

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1 in 3 bitcoin millionaires have either strong hands or forgotten passwords.

Hodling is closer to the rule than the exception, even among the richer bitcoin wallets.

A new study by Diar has crunched some numbers in a new way, as studies are wont to do, and discovered a few things about bitcoin holders.

The less surprising part might be that over 55% of bitcoin currently sit in millionaire wallets, defined in this case as wallets holding 200 or more bitcoin, currently worth about US$1.27 million.

Bitcoin's wealth distribution is widely known to be enormously skewed to the rich, with just 1% of wallets holding about half of all bitcoin. That's almost exactly the same as the world as a whole, with the top 1% holding about 50% of global wealth. The trickle-up effect is strong.

Much more surprising might be Diar's findings that over a third of the bitcoin collectively sitting in those millionaire wallets have never made an outgoing transaction. These rich collectors either have some very strong hands, in crypto parlance, or they've forgotten their passwords.

Strong hands

Strong hands refers to having the strength to keep holding "bags" of cryptocurrency regardless of price changes. In bitcoin land it means resisting the urge to sell through faith that it will keep going up forever as its non-traditional economic model attempts to dictate.

According to Google trends, interest in "strong hands" as a search term peaked in December-January right as cryptocurrency prices did, so it might mostly be used in the context of resisting the urge to sell at high prices, or strong hand-havers being rewarded for holding their bitcoin bags over the price slumps of the preceding years.

That time of year also coincided with a new influx of strong hand-havers. If you bought bitcoin at its all time high, there might be some consolation in knowing that many rich people did too.

While a third of millionaire (200+BTC) wallets have never made any outgoing transactions, that number goes up to 42% when you look at the period of December 2017 to September 17. Of that 42%, more than a quarter (27%) have even continued to add to their stashes throughout the year.

These findings are a broad mirror of previous analyses, such as Unchained Capitals' "hodl waves" study which points at a much stronger inclination towards hodling and strong hand-having among most bitcoin holders than one might generally expect.

"Impressively, 1/3 of the Bitcoins that are sitting in these [millionaire] wallets, have never made an outgoing transaction, which, outside of exchange wallets could indicate either lost private keys, lowering real supply, or a very strong resolve by cryptocurrency believers."

"Long-term investors are keeping the faith in the king of cryptocurrencies despite the bears market in 2018," Diar says. "The top-heavy ownership of Bitcoins of course does not indicate a select number of wealthy individuals solely however, as the largest wallets are owned by cryptocurrency exchanges that are holding the coins on behalf of clients. In fact, 3.8% of the total bitcoin supply are currently sitting in the top 5 wallets that are known to be managed by major exchanges – approx. $4.2Bn in value."

https://www.finder.com.au/1-in-3-bitcoin-millionaires-have-either-strong-hands-or-forgotten-passwords

Albert Ulebe Posted on September 19, 2018 09:47

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North and South Korea plan to bid for 2032 Summer Olympics.

The Olympic rings are reflected in a glass as a spectator watches the mixed doubles semi-final curling match between Canada and Norway at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Feb. 12, 2018.  (Associated Press)

PYONGYANG, North Korea –  North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in said in a statement Wednesday that the countries planned to jointly bid for the 2032 Summer Olympics.

At a major summit, the two leaders gave no details of which cities might host certain events at the games, or how advanced the plans were.

The International Olympic Committee traditionally does not announce host cities until seven years ahead of the games. That would give the Koreas until 2025 to put together a joint bid.

 

Germany has already announced plans for a multi-city bid for 2032, as has Brisbane, Australia. The India Olympic Committee has also indicated its interest in hosting the 2032 Games.

A successful bid by the Koreas would mark the second time South Korea hosted or co-hosted the Summer Games, the first being 1988 in Seoul. South Korea also hosted the Pyeongchang Winter Games in February.

Asia also features in the next two Olympics — the 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo and the 2022 Winter Games in Beijing, which also hosted the summer version in 2008.http://www.foxnews.com/sports/2018/09/19/north-and-south-korea-plan-to-bid-for-2032-summer-olympics.html

khojho Posted on September 19, 2018 09:17

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Revealed: Guardiola working on fresh approach to bring Champions League success to Man City

The Catalan's tactical framework is top secret but it has emerged that he is working on specific improvements to help deliver European success

Manchester City fans worried about it, journalists enquired about it.

Would Amazon’s ‘All or Nothing’ documentary leak Pep Guardiola’s closely guarded tactical secrets to the world?

Of course not. For one thing, the Barcelona-based MediaPro are co-producers and their links to City’s Catalans are so established that they would not want to reveal any sensitive information any more than City themselves would.

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And when it comes to the day-to-day life at Manchester City, there is little more sensitive than Guardiola’s tactical secrets.

The Catalan’s methodology is top secret. Only his trusted lieutenants and the club’s head analysts - a group of less than 10 people - have access to the password-protected files containing the Premier League champions’ most detailed plans.

Everybody else, including many City coaches and visitors from governing bodies, is kept well away from rooms where these plans are written down in notepads, or displayed on tactical boards.

One of those boards features heavily in ‘All or Nothing’, but it is one thing to highlight Guardiola’s desire to get his team in behind Liverpool’s high defence. The real information, the advice to players, the triggers, the passing patterns, are quite another.

And with no sign of a third Marti Perarnau tactical opus in the works, the majority of City's plans for domestic and European domination will remain under lock and encryption key.

But sources close to the City boss have told Goal that he has come up with brand new ideas ahead of a fresh assault on the Champions League.

The Catalan is not only working on general improvements, but specific new passing combinations and subtle tweaks specifically designed to be useful in European competition.

There is no coach more scrutinised than Guardiola when it comes to success in the Champions League and in the coming months he will be asked time and again about his record in the competition and whether he can finally win the trophy for a third time - something only two men have achieved in history.

But with a squad as talented, versatile and intelligent as the one he has assembled, it is right that expectations are high of City this season.

And Guardiola is targeting at least a semi-final appearance.

As far back as April, when City were knocked out by Liverpool, he had established three key areas in need of particular improvement.

He believes City can improve individually, collectively and emotionally.

Any player should be capable of individual improvement but Guardiola wants to see more from specific members of his squad. For example, for Raheem Sterling to improve his finishing, for John Stones and Gabriel Jesus to maintain their confidence, and for Kyle Walker and Nicolas Otamendi, among others, to eradicate mistakes in big games.

Guardiola also wants his team to evolve tactically, something that has become evident in the early weeks of the new season. City have used different shapes in each of their five games so far and their two first home matches highlighted Guardiola’s desire to mix things up; in the first he kept his pacey players on the bench and filled the team with central playmakers; in the second he emptied the middle of the pitch and played Sterling and Riyad Mahrez in something resembling a front four.

The City boss accepted long before last season ended that his side would most likely not break all records once again this time around, so he focused instead on making them even more solid - particularly in the biggest games - and, above all, eradicating any complacency. In recent weeks he has repeatedly challenged his charges to avoid some of the early-season problems he endured at Barcelona and Bayern Munich, where his defending champions suffered shock results, and has introduced a raft of training ground fines in a bid to keep players on their toes.



And when it comes to the Champions League he will go even further. As well as the general improvements he is working hard to implement, he has developed new in-game passing patterns.

As one example, which would work on either flank, City have been practising a method of getting in behind a defence by playing the ball out from the goalkeeper to a centre-back, on to a full-back, directly into a forward, back to a midfielder and then out to a winger.

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City are keeping their opponents guessing by switching the positions of two players, for example a full-back and an attacking midfielder. Key to that particular ploy will be Benjamin Mendy, whose increased tactical understanding has already proven important for the Blues this season.

He has been deadly either out wide or through the middle, and his specific instructions are to attack the space if it opens up for him, or to play it to the winger, who would therefore be free, if the space closes. Simple, but it has proven effective so far, and City are hoping his current injury worries are nothing serious.

City’s line-ups, tactics and performances in these opening weeks are proof that Guardiola is searching for new ways to take his side forward. We’ll soon find out if he can find the answers in Europe.

http://www.goal.com/en-gh/news/revealed-guardiola-working-on-fresh-approach-to-bring/gcvvhcetbbsf1ir7m5h7io9rp

 

kabby Posted on September 19, 2018 08:52

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The $100,000 stocks that Kanye West bought Kim Kardashian for Christmas are up by 40% (DE000A1EWW, US02313510).

Kanye West's investments have turned out to be very sound indeed. The rapper gave his wife Kim Kardashian West shares in Netflix, Disney, Adidas, Apple, and Amazon for Christmas last year — and they've certainly paid off.

  • Kim Kardashian West might have a future on Wall Street.
  • The reality TV star was gifted shares in five major companies for Christmas last year by her husband Kanye West.
  • The stocks have since soared 40% on average, according to data from Markets Insider.
  • The companies include Netflix, Adidas, Disney, Apple and Amazon.
  • Top performers were Netflix and Amazon, who rocketed 61% and 74% respectively since Kim was given shares.
  • It is understood that Kanye bought his wife around $100,000 worth of stock in both Adidas and Disney.


You may remember that Kim Kardashian West received some slightly odd Christmas presents from her husband Kanye West last year.

Kanye surprised his wife with hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of stock in major companies, including Netflix, Disney, Adidas, Apple, and Amazon.

It turns out the rapper's investments on Kardashian's behalf were sound ones — at the time of writing, Kim's stocks are up an average of 40%, according to the most recent figures from Markets Insider.

It's not clear how much stock Kanye invested in all the companies. However, we do know from Kardashian's Instagram stories at the time that she was given 995 Adidas shares and 920 Disney shares, which would both have been valued at around $100,000 at the time.

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Kim and Kanye.

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If Kanye bought the equivalent value in shares for the other companies as he did for Adidas and Disney, then Kim's overall profits would be $185,000 — not bad for less than a year.

Kanye's investments extoll the virtues of a diversified portfolio — even though Kim's Disney shares are down 2% since she was given them, they've been more than offset by her other stocks.

Amazon and Netflix were the standout investments. Both companies saw their share prices soar 64% and 84% respectively since Kim got a slice of the action.

Mark Ackred, CEO and Founder of app-only stockbroker dabbl, told Business Insider: "What this shows us is the importance of buying shares in the brands you know, love, and trust rather than trying to pick the next high performing stock, as the former has more longevity."

https://www.pulse.com.gh/bi/finance/the-100-000-stocks-that-kanye-west-bought-kim-kardashian-for-christmas-are-up-by-40-de000a1eww-us02313510-id8873504.html

Albert Ulebe Posted on September 19, 2018 08:44

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How music saved a failing school

A primary school in a deprived part of Bradford has gone from failing school to success story. The transformation, it says, is down to a decision to rebuild its curriculum around music.

Adyan, who is nearly five, can barely stand still in the school's music room. His mother, Rabia, is growing impatient.

"Come on: one, two, three, start," she says. "Please, sing."

But Adyan doesn't. He's scampered off to another part of the room, shouting.

He's meant to be showing me that he can recite the alphabet while playing a simple tune on the piano - a big achievement for a child who could barely speak English when he first arrived at school.

"Adyan is a hyperactive child and he has traces of autism," explains Rabia. "Sometimes it can be really hard to understand him. Being a mummy I always said, 'Yes, I can do it'. But I don't understand it. The music is unlocking some of that communication."

At last, with no warning, Adyan rushes to the piano and launches into his alphabetical journey. Each cautious press of the piano key seems to give him the confidence to sing the next letter.

There's a wobble around "m, n, o, p…", when he begins to shout the letters in a distracted way. But then the soft piano sounds seem to lull him back into a state of concentration.

At "z" a beaming Rabia bursts into applause, with Jimmy Rotheram, the school's music coordinator, joining in.

"He gave him courage," says Rabia, pointing at Rotheram, who is standing by her side. "He didn't let him go.

"Give Mr. Rotheram a high-five, Adyan."

Image captionJimmy Rotheram is Feversham Primary's first music coordinator

Jimmy Rotheram is a man full of nervous energy, who exudes a passion for music.

When not teaching, he plays funk and soul on Yorkshire's live music scene.

In his late 20s and 30s he taught music in secondary schools and colleges. But he left the profession feeling overworked and underpaid, hoping instead to be a full-time musician.

When he couldn't make ends meet, he began supply teaching again, but this time at primary schools, including this one, Feversham Primary Academy. He found the younger children's natural enthusiasm fully ignited his passion for teaching music.

"I always use the analogy of swimming," he says. "If you drop a young baby into the water they will just swim naturally. If you leave it too long they forget how to swim."

He arrived at Feversham Primary at just the right time. In 2013 a new headmaster was looking to make radical changes.

Government inspectors had put Feversham Primary in special measures. This means they thought the school was offering an unacceptable standard of education and needed new leadership. In November 2012 it had become an Academy, run by a trust.

Image captionHeadmaster Naveed Idrees was keen to bring a new ethos to the failing school

"The children were disengaged," explains current headmaster Naveed Idrees. "The curriculum was unstimulating, behaviour was a massive issue, parents were completely switched off. We deserved to be where we were."

Meeting government examination targets would be a challenge for any school in Feversham Primary's position. More than 98% of its pupils, including Adyan, speak English as an additional language, the vast majority being from a Pakistani background.

It's also in a catchment area that, despite a nice suburban veneer, is dealing with high levels of poverty and crime.

But six years on, the school inspectors rate the school very differently. According to performance tables, it is in the top 10% of schools in England when it comes to progressing children's learning in core subjects like maths and English. For the eldest pupils at the school who have come through the system, their progress in reading and maths places them in the top 2% and 1% respectively in England.

So how did it achieve this remarkable turnaround?

Image captionThe vast majority of pupils at Feversham Primary Academy speak English as an "additional language"

It is a myth that English, maths and science are the most important subjects, according to Idrees.

"What we discovered is that children need to be engaged not just at the level of the mind and body, but also the level of the soul."

The school took a gamble by focusing its resources on music, creating a full-time job for Rotheram in a brand new role, that of music coordinator. It was partly able to fund this through pupil premium funding, the extra money schools are given to support their children from the poorest backgrounds.

It also appointed new specialists in drama, science and design technology, but government inspectors and the school's own headmaster highlight music as the catalyst that changed the school.

"When I first started supply teaching, music would often not be taught here at all," recalls Rotheram.

"I don't blame teachers for this, because it's very hard if you've not been trained to do something."

In his experience, music often falls to the bottom of the pile in schools. It is not a core subject in England's education system, unlike maths, English or science. There's no minimum amount of time that schools are obliged to devote to it - there are just a few general targets for musical competence.

"It's just a tick-box exercise. It might be just putting a CD on and writing about Beethoven's trip to the countryside," says Rotheram.

 

Media captionWATCH: The lessons are designed so children actively engage with music

Pupils at Feversham now have three hours of music timetabled into their school week. In fact many pupils are doing up to eight hours a week, explains Rotheram, by choosing to do things like choirs and clubs. This is a much bigger commitment to music than you would get in most state schools.

The music classes built into the school timetable are all highly practical and active - a far cry from children passively listening to a CD.

"My number one rule is that it should always be a joy, never a torture," says Rotheram.


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For the younger pupils, his classes take on a party atmosphere. Children charge around the room, with Rotheram directing the action from behind the piano.

"I like it because it is very energetic and entertaining," volunteers an exhausted year one student.

Other exercises like "Jack in the Box" are like memory games, with children taking it in turn to sing back short musical phrases.

Older children play more complex musical games, as well as sight-reading songs.

Image captionPupils are encouraged to perform at a weekly assembly

Though Rotheram's lessons seem exuberant and party-like, they are actually underpinned by a carefully thought-out musical method that is specially designed for children.

It is known as the "Kodaly method", after the man who invented it, Hungarian musician Zoltan Kodaly (1882-1967).

A celebrated classical composer, he also had a keen interest in folk music and a passion for unlocking children's musical potential.

After much research, he devised a programme for teaching children music that used popular Hungarian folk songs. It was based primarily around singing, so no expensive musical instruments were required.

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Image captionZoltan Kodaly worked with the government in the 1950s to spread his musical method in Hungary

The accessibility of the method appealed to the Communist Party and from the 1950s it was the standard way to teach music in Hungarian schools. It remained so until the fall of Communism in the late 1980s.

Rotheram has been training himself up in the Kodaly method since joining Feversham, taking extra classes during weekends and holidays, to refine what he teaches at the school. He's attracted to the idea that every child has musical potential, whatever their social background.

"It's brilliant here because I've got the chance to nurture children from the parents and babies' group all the way up to age 11. That's phenomenal, you can really develop every step of the way," he says.

Image captionThe school has taken measures to ensure musical exercises even become part of playtime

A conscious decision was made to let music permeate throughout the school. At playtime you can hear the echoes of Rotheram's lessons as older children, appointed as playground leaders, get younger pupils to repeat the musical exercises they learned in class.

There is also a musical assembly every week where pupils perform, and guest musicians too.

These events have been vital in getting parents on board, many of whom were sceptical of the musical revolution. Some parents resisted on religious grounds, complaining to the headmaster.

"When we first started out we'd do concerts and we'd get one or two parents turning up. And they'd be on their phones the whole time, not clapping when the children finished singing," recalls Rotheram.

"So we started getting Muslim musicians to come in to the school, to show children you can be a Muslim and be a good musician. I managed to get Ahmad Hussain, one of the best Nasheed singers in the world.

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Image captionPopular Nasheed singer Ahmad Hussain, a star on YouTube, visits the school

Nasheeds are Islamic songs and Jimmy has incorporated some of these into his lessons, as well as African and East European folk songs, to appeal to his pupils - and their parents.

But can this musical revolution explain the school's improved academic results, which have seen it shoot up the performance tables?

Someone with a keen interest in this is Dr Katie Overy, an academic at the University of Edinburgh.

She has been studying the impact of music on areas like education and therapy for 25 years and has been in contact with Rotheram.

"There are an increasing number of studies that have shown that music can benefit language development, perceptual and social skills," she says.

Music can develop precise timing skills and this might benefit learning in other subjects, says Overy.

Rotheram says that his pupils have enhanced concentration and memory skills.

However, there is no scientifically proven connection between music and improved academic performance. And of course, the changing fortunes of a school can be down to complex reasons.

Image captionSome pupils will do up to eight hours of music each week

Though he acknowledges this, headmaster Idrees still believes music is the key to his school's success and wants others to take notice.

There is pressure on schools to avoid putting resources into music and arts, he explains, in case it negatively affects exam results in core subjects.

"What I can say to headteachers is that music and arts are the bedrock of educational success. Your results will go up, not down."

For Rotheram, it doesn't seem to be school test scores that motivate him. It's the smaller, more personal victories that take place in his music room. Like when a struggling child, such as Adyan, finds the strength through music to complete the alphabet, bringing tears of joy to his mother.

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seth Posted on September 19, 2018 08:15

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EU migration: How has it changed the UK?

When almost 17.5 million people voted for Brexit, concerns about immigration were at the forefront of many of their minds. As the referendum campaign kicked off, official statistics revealed near-record levels of net migration, undermining David Cameron's attempts to show that his policies to control it were working.

But despite almost everyone having a view about EU migration, the evidence for how it really affects the UK was thin on the ground.

A chunky report by the Migration Advisory Committee, an independent public body that advises the government, is a serious attempt to try to explain all the effects of European Economic Area (EEA) immigration.

So let's go through the key facts.

1. The UK has undeniably become more European

There's no disputing this one.

The UK has seen more people arriving to live here than leave for other shores and the population has been rising for two decades.

Going back to the late 1990s, although freedom of movement was already in place, there wasn't substantial concern about EU migration.

Things changed when eastern and central European nations joined in 2004 and the UK (unlike Germany and others) chose not to exercise a seven-year block on workers from these poorer countries accessing the UK's labour market.

And the rest is history. Between 2004 and 2017, the share of the population who were from an EEA country rose from 1.5% to just over 5%.

But things are changing again.

The number of EU citizens moving to the UK has decreased since the Brexit vote.

Workers from the east now earn more at home than before. In 2004, the British pound bought more than seven Polish Zlotys, while now it is less than five.

So for potential eastern European migrants, moving to Britain looks less and less attractive.

2. EEA migrants tend to have more skills than British workers

This stands to reason - the most skilled are the most likely to have the get-up-and-go to move countries - and that's been seen in economic migration the world over.

But that average figure masks a more complex picture.

The most highly skilled EEA migrants to the UK are likely to be from the "old member states" - including the original founding nations such as France, Germany and Italy.

The figures also show that workers from the "new member states" are better qualified than their British peers. But they're not always using those skills to maximise how much they can earn in the UK.

3. There's a big difference in how much European workers earn (*national average)

If you look at the range of hourly rates paid to European workers, those from the east are likely to earn less than those from the old member states.

They also tend to be in jobs earning less than British workers.

In the early days of eastern European migration, there were no end of anecdotal stories of highly qualified people coming to the UK to do very basic jobs because they could earn so much more than at home.

But the all-important question is what effect does this have on the national coffers?

4. EEA workers are paying more in tax than they are taking out in benefits

Figures calculated for the Migration Advisory Committee show that the average adult migrant from the EEA contributes £2,300 more to the UK public purse than the average UK resident.

Old member state citizens contribute the most - but even the lower-paid eastern European workers are making a net public contribution. In all, say the MAC, EEA migrants paid £4.7bn more in taxes than they took out in benefits and public services.

It's a big number - but the MAC says it's small beer. Averaged out over the whole of the UK-born population, it amounts to an extra £1.70 a week, per person.

5. Migration can lead to new jobs - rather than competition for existing ones

Take one example, in the agriculture sector: the graph clearly shows that there had been a long-term decline in British production of asparagus, cherries, raspberries and strawberries. But all four crops have grown or stabilised since 2004 when new workers from the east became available.

Farmers, quite simply, saw an opportunity to expand thanks to a massive supply of cheap labour they didn't have before. They say that British workers, by and large, don't want the jobs, with long hours and not-so-fantastic pay.

What's not remotely clear is how employers would respond if the ready supply of EEA labour dried up, should free movement end.

Critics of the current system say they would inevitably have to offer better terms and conditions to existing workers in the UK and invest more in productivity and technology - think strawberry-picking machine, rather than strawberry picker. That, say critics of free movement, would be a good thing for the UK.

And that brings us to the other big topic - is the disruption caused by mass migration affecting the UK in other ways?

6. There's no evidence that EEA migrants are draining public services.

The MAC report looked at a number of key public services - starting with health - and found EEA migrants contribute more to the NHS and social care than they use.

EEA workers make up an increasing share of the workforce in this sector, although historically the UK has relied more on nurses and doctors born in Commonwealth countries.

The NHS doesn't record the country of birth of patients. So the report used the fact that EEA migrants to the UK tend to be younger - and we know that more is spent on caring for elderly than young people - to conclude that they're contributing more through their taxes than they are taking out.

The MAC did find an effect in both private and social housing, though.

Its analysis suggests that migration has increased house prices and added to the demand for social housing, "inevitably at the expense" of others.

Although migrants are a small fraction of people in social housing, they are a rising number.

However, the report concludes that the reduction in stock - because too few homes for social rent are being built - has a part to play too.

And it adds that the impact of migration on house prices cannot be seen "in isolation from other government policies".

All of which leaves one final question: what has been the effect on communities?

7. It's hard to measure the impact of migration on communities

The MAC says this is the hardest question to answer. Anecdotally, people are concerned about change - and the committee says ministers need to do more to monitor and manage how migration affects local communities.

But it also said it found no evidence that migration had damaged communities through crime.

Citizens of new member states were more likely to receive a caution or conviction, than UK-born people, but there are also disproportionately more younger men among migrant workers - and young men of any background are the most likely to break the law.

The MAC found no evidence that migration, despite all the apparent concern, had damaged people's sense of belonging.

Two academic studies, the British Household Panel Survey and the UK Household Longitudinal study found that people like their neighbourhoods more now than ever.

The government's own annual study of how involved people are in their community has found no alarm bells ringing because of increased migration. However, some critics say the pace of change to the character of some communities, brought on by migration, can't be fully measured by these nationwide studies.

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-45565124

seth Posted on September 19, 2018 08:14

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Shapeshift CEO: Bitcoin Drop Beneficial in Building Market Foundation.

According to Erik Voorhees, the CEO of popular cryptocurrency trading platform ShapeShift, the bear market of Bitcoin is crucial for building market foundation and infrastructure.

He explained:

“Bear markets are for builders. The calm, the quiet, the disillusionment. While the fickle and fair-weather peer around with nervous insecurity, the builders become the market’s foundation, preparing the mortar and stone of tomorrow’s towers.”

Why Corrections Were Historically Important For Crypto

Over the past eight years, in 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016, and 2018, Bitcoin recorded five major corrections, with the latest 67 percent drop this year being the smallest correction in terms of percentage loss since 2010.

Last year, throughout November and December, the cryptocurrency market saw unprecedented levels of speculation and interest, as national television networks and mainstream media outlets continued to fuel hype around the emerging asset class.

In some regions like South Korea, the price of Bitcoin surpassed the $20,000 mark, even reaching $24,000 at one point as a result of the so-called “Kimchi Premium.”

Source: BitcoinWisdom.io

Investors that have been involved in the market since the early days of Bitcoin were understandably unfazed by the correction, given the four previous 80 percent corrections the dominant cryptocurrency experienced.

But, new investors including many in South Korea that invested large sums of capital into the cryptocurrency market with their savings and loans experienced substantial losses.

While the bear market of cryptocurrencies in 2018 was devastating for every investor in the market, Voorhees and other experts like Coinbase chief technical officer (CTO) Balaji Srinivasan emphasized that the correction was needed to ensure that developers and companies within the sector can build proper infrastructure to handle the next wave of interest and demand.

In late 2017, blockchain networks like Bitcoin and Ethereum struggled to handle increasing demand which pushed transaction fees to the $5 to $30 range. The market experienced wild volatility as it saw an influx of new capital at a rate that was previously unseen.

If the market had continued to see similar demand and momentum throughout 2018, blockchain networks would have had failed to support rising user activity and demand.

As Srinivasan said:

“The reason this thing [cryptocurrencies] really had legs was after 2011 when there was a bubble and it went up, and it came down, and it didn’t go to zero. It kind of stabilized and kept coming back up. Around that time was basically when I said ‘okay, this is going to stick around, it’s got legs, it’s not going to zero.’ That was kind of a buidl year. We have this kind of bubble-crash-build phases in crypto.”

Progress in 2018

The bull market of cryptocurrencies in late 2017 was primarily initiated by individual investors and retail traders, as institutions were not involved in the market.

This year, with the efforts, of Bakkt, Coinbase, BitGo, Starbucks, Microsoft, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, and Citigroup, institutions are expected to enter the cryptocurrency market.

Public blockchain networks including major cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum have demonstrated rapid progress in scaling, which will allow the market to support the next wave of hype, demand, and interest towards the cryptocurrency sector.

https://www.ccn.com/shapeshift-ceo-bitcoin-drop-beneficial-in-building-market-foundation/

Albert Ulebe Posted on September 19, 2018 08:00

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Aboriginal man fights possible deportation from Australia

An Aboriginal man has launched legal action against Australia over what he argues is an attempt to deport him to Papua New Guinea (PNG).

Daniel Love, 39, was born in PNG but has lived in Australia since he was five. He has a PNG mother and Aboriginal Australian father.

He does not have Australian citizenship and had his visa cancelled last month after serving a jail term.

Immigration officials say they cannot comment publicly on the case.

Lawyers for Love argue that he cannot be expelled from Australia because he is an indigenous man whose father is an Australian citizen.

"Because Daniel is a member of the Aboriginal race and he is a member of the Australian community, he should not be penalised by laws regarding naturalisation and aliens," law firm Maurice Blackburn said in a statement to the BBC.

Love, the father of five Australian children, has been in an immigration detention facility since his permanent residency visa was cancelled.

According his legal team, Australian authorities cancelled Love's visa due to his recent 12-month jail sentence and "substantial criminal record".

'Lineage here for generations'

Love has launched a case in the High Court of Australia, pointing out that he is also recognised as indigenous by his community, the Murri people.

Image copyrightLOVE FAMILY

Image captionDaniel Love moved to Australia from PNG when he was a boy

His sister, Violet Love, an Australian citizen, acknowledged her brother's criminal history but said he deserved the same rights as Australian nationals.

"[He] probably has more of a sense of his identity being indigenous, being a Murri man, than he has of his PNG heritage," she told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

"Do you need a piece of paper to have the right to remain here after your lineage has been here for generations?"

She added that her brother did not have any connections in PNG, and did not speak the local language.

Love's family has lobbied Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton to use his ministerial discretion to reinstate his visa.

A spokesman for the Department of Home Affairs told the BBC. "As this matter is before the courts it would be inappropriate to comment."

Visa cancellations on rise

The number of visa cancellations in Australia has increased significantly in recent years, according to government statistics.

Since 2014, laws have allowed visas to be revoked if a person has been convicted of a crime carrying a jail sentence of a year or longer.

In recent weeks, Mr Dutton has faced controversy over his intervention in visa cases involving European au pairs.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-45569260

seth Posted on September 19, 2018 07:59

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Mexico corpse trailer: Jalisco forensic chief Luis Octavio Cotero fired

The top forensic official in Mexico's Jalisco state has been fired after it emerged some 150 corpses were being stored in a refrigerated trailer because local mortuaries were full.

But Luis Octavio Cotero denied he was responsible for the storage of the unclaimed bodies, and accused the state government of making him a scapegoat.

The trailer was spotted in at least two areas of Guadalajara city.

Its contents became known when nearby residents complained of the smell.

'It could make us all sick'

"We have a lot of children in this neighbourhood... it could make us all sick," resident José Luis Tovar said.

Laws in Mexico prevent the cremation of bodies linked to violent crime until investigations have concluded and the case is closed.

Local authorities said they were looking for a longer-term solution to store the bodies following a recent wave of violence.

Jalisco state spokesman Gonzalez Sánchez told local radio that Mr Cotero was dismissed because he failed to take responsibility for storing the bodies, Reuters news agency reports.

But Mr Cotero was quoted by the Excelsior newspaper as saying the decision to rent the trailer had been made by the office of the state attorney general two years ago, as a temporary solution to handle the growing number of bodies. He also said there was a second trailer that contained a further 150 bodies.

He told Reuters he believed he was being made a scapegoat because he had questioned the investigation into the disappearance of three film students earlier this year.

"Only now are they looking around ... It's inefficacy that has put our state in such a sorry position," he said.

Foul stench

The refrigerated trailer had previously been parked at a warehouse in the neighbourhood of Duraznera, on the outskirts of Guadalajara, but after two weeks the residents began to complain of a foul stench and said the container was attracting flies.

It was then moved to an empty lot in the suburb of Tlajomulco de Zúñiga, but residents there began to protest at the weekend.

"We don't want it here. They need to put it somewhere else, it stinks," Mr Tovar said.

Mexico has suffered a wave of violent killings in recent years.

More than 200,000 people have been killed or have disappeared since December 2006, when Mexico's government declared war on organised crime.

Mexico experienced its most violent year in 2017 with more than 25,000 murders, official figures suggest. It is the highest annual tally since modern records began. Organised crime accounted for nearly three-quarters of those murders.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-45571111

seth Posted on September 19, 2018 07:57

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Remembering a global luminary: Kwame Nkrumah revisited

Ghana's first President, Dr Kwame Nkrumah

Action without thought is empty. Thought without action is blind. Revolutions are brought about by men, by men who think as men of action and act as men of thought. It is clear that we find an African Solution to our problems and that this can only be found in African unity. Divided we are weak; United, Africa could become one of the greatest forces for good in the world.

– Kwame Nkrumah Francis Nwiaa Kofi Nkrumah [popularly known as Kwame Nkrumah] was born to Kofi Ngonloma and Elizabeth Nyaniba on Saturday, September 21, 1909, in Nkroful, the current administrative capital of Ellembelle District in the Western Region. Kwame Nkrumah commenced his early education at the Roman Catholic Elementary School in Awiane [Half-Assini], now the administrative capital of Jomoro Municipality in the Western Region, where his father, Kofi Ngonloma, operated as a goldsmith. He proved to be an adept student. At the age of sixteen years, Kwame Nkrumah became a student –teacher at the same institution he started his academic life.

In 1927, whilst on an educational tour, Kwame Nkrumah was identified by the Rev. Alec Garden Fraser, Principal of the Government Training College in Accra for advanced studies. Later the Government Training College amalgamated with the Prince of Wales College at Achimota in Accra which meant Kwame Nkrumah had to pursue and complete his studies at the Achimota College. At Achimota College, Dr. Kwegyir Aggrey introduced Kwame Nkrumah to the ideas of Marcus Garvey and Dr. W. E. B. Du Bois.

Kwame Nkrumah later admitted that of all the literature he studied, the book that did more than any other to fire his enthusiasm was Philosophy And Opinions of Marcus Garvey, an influence which gave him a great exposure to his political career, a career which would place him among a pantheon of global iconic figures such as Alexander the Great of Greece, Peter the Great of Russia, George Washington of the USA, Otto von Bismarck of Germany, Lee Kuan Yuan of Singapore, Napoléon Bonaparte of France, etc.

UNMISSABLE DATES IN KWAME NKRUMAH’S LIFE

1930: He was awarded a Teacher’s Certificate from the Prince of Wales College, Achimota 1931: He became a tutor at the Roman Catholic school in Edina [Elmina] and later became a Tutor at another Catholic Educational Institution in Axim.

1932: He took up a teaching appoint at the Roman Catholic Seminary at Amissano in Elmina.

1935: He gained admission to Lincoln University, Pennsylvania, USA. 1939: He was awarded with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Sociology.

1942: He was once more awarded with a Bachelor of Arts in Theology at Lincoln University

1943: He further pursued a Master of Science in Education and a Master of Art programme in Philosophy and completed these programmes in 1945.

1945: He was adjudged the Most Outstanding Professor of the Year by the Lincolnian.

1945: He left the USA for the UK with the sole aim of reading Law and to complete his thesis for a Doctoral Degree. In the UK [London] Kwame Nkrumah came into contact with George Padmore. Nkrumah and Padmore were subsequently appointed as joint Political Secretaries to aid in the promotion and organization of the Sixth Pan African Congress in Manchester,

UK 1947: On the counsel of Dr. Ebenezer Ako Adjei, George Alfred Kaku Nwonda Ekyi Grant provided passage money of one hundred pound sterling to Kwame Nkrumah to return to the Gold Coast to take up an appointment as the General Secretary of the United Gold Coast Convention [UGCC]. 1948: Kwame Nkrumah together with five other Central Committee Members of the United Gold Coast Convention [UGCC] was arrested and detained following the Riots and Disturbances of February 28. They later came to known and referred to as the BIG SIX.

1949: Kwame Nkrumah broke away from the UGCC and formed the Convention People’s Party [CPP] on June 12.

1950: On January 8, Kwame Nkrumah declared Positive Action, the corollary was that he was arrested and detained by the British administrators in the Gold Coast.

1951: Kwame Nkrumah contested and won an Election whilst in prison with a vote of 22,780 from a total ballot cast of 23,122 to win the Accra Central Seat, now known as the Odododiodioo Constituency in the Greater Accra Region. He was subsequently released from prison to become the Leader of Government Business.

1956: Kwame Nkrumah contested and won an Election on the ticket of the Convention People’s Party [CPP] that led to the Gold Coast’s political liberation.

1957: On March 6, Kwame Nkrumah declared the then Gold Coast as an independent state with the new nomenclature Ghana. Kwame Nkrumah was hailed as Osagyefo which literally means the REDEEMER.

1958: Kwame Nkrumah got married to Helena Ritz Fathia, a relative of President Gamal Abdel Nasser of Egypt. The union was blessed with three children namely Gorke, Samia Yaaba [2016 CPP Parliamentary Candidate of Jomoro Constituency] and Sekou.

1959: In November, the All-African Trade Union Federation met to co-ordinate the African Labour Movement

1960: On July 1, Kwame Nkrumah declared Ghana as a Republic.

1961: Kwame Nkrumah extended the Ghana-Guinea Union of 1958 to include Mali under the Presidency of Modibo Keita to become Ghana-Guinea-Mali Union.

1962: There was an assassination attempt on the life of Kwame Nkrumah at Kulungugu in the Northern Region of Ghana.

1963: Kwame Nkrumah’s Organization of African Unity [OAU] now African Union [AU] was inaugurated with a conference attended by thirty-two [32] independent African countries in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia’s National capital city.

1964: With the other political parties disbanded by Parliament except the CPP, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah became the Life President and the CPP was to be the only political force in Ghana.

1966: On February 24, Kwame Nkrumah was ousted in a joint military and police coup d’état whilst on a trip to Hanoi in North Vietnam. He stayed in Conakry, the Guinean National Capital city as Co-President with President Sekou Toure.

1972: On April 27, Kwame Nkrumah passed away in Bucharest the Romanian National Capital at the age of Sixty-two [62].

1972: On May 13 and 14, Sekou Toure and Guinea organized an elaborate Final Funeral Rites in Conakry for a comrade, an educationist, a liberator, a writer, a philosopher, a socialist, a motivational speaker, the visionary, a true Pan Africanist, an astute politician and a legendary statesman, the late Kwame Nkrumah.

1972: On July 7, upon an appeal from General Ignatius kutu Acheampong, Kwame Nkrumah’s mortal remains was flown to Ghana and re-interred in Nkroful, the Original birthplace of Osagyefo Kwame Nkrumah at the very spot he was born.

1992: On July 1, under the leadership of Flt. Lt. John Jeremiah Rawlings, Kwame Nkrumah’s body was re-interred at the very scene where he declared Ghana as an emancipated country at the current Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park in the National Capital of Ghana, Accra. In his lifetime, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah authored so many literature and the collections include the following; 1947: Towards Colonial Freedom 1957:

Ghana: The Autobiography of Kwame Nkrumah 1963: Africa Must Unite 1963: African Personality 1965: Neo-Colonialism: The Last Stage of Imperialism 1967: Axioms of Kwame Nkrumah 1967: Challenge of the Congo 1967: African Socialism Revisited 1968: Dark Days in Ghana 1968: Handbook of Revolutionary Warfare 1970: Consciencism: Philosophy and ideology for De-Colonization 1970: Rhodesia File 1970: Class Struggle in Africa 1973: The Struggle Continues 1973: I speak of Freedom 1973: Revolutionary Path As the First Ghanaian President, Kwame Nkrumah chalked extraordinary successes in infrastructural projects and his accomplishments are monumental and most of these projects include: Tema Township/Metropolis Tema Motorway Tema Harbour Akosombo Dam Peduase Lodge (Presidential Retreat) Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) Adomi Bridge University of Cape Coast Asuatuare Sugar Factory Kumasi Shoe Factory, etc.

A number of Universities around the World decorated Kwame Nkrumah with honorary doctorate degrees and some of them include Lincoln University [USA], Moscow State University [Russia], Cairo University [Egypt], Jagellonian University in Krakow [Poland] and Humboldt University, in Berlin, [Germany]. In 2009, His Excellency Professor John Evans Fiifi Atta Mills of blessed memory declared September 21, the 100th anniversary of Kwame Nkrumah’s birth to be the Founder’s Day, and was to be observed as a statutory holiday to commemorate the life, works and legacy Kwame Nkrumah.

Kwame Nkrumah has perfectly immortalized his name in gold in the political compendium of the World. Kwame Nkrumah is undoubtedly, a reputable institution; the present and future leaders must always strive to learn from and aspire to be. Indeed the World must eternally be grateful to the words, works and worth of Kwame Nkrumah.

Happy Birthday to you, Osagyefo Dr. Francis Nwia Kwame Nkrumah!!!!

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'I lost my entire family to a cult': How one woman escaped Grace Road

A South Korean church which believes global famine is imminent has set up base in Fiji, where it's gained considerable influence but faced growing allegations of abuse. One woman who fled what she believes is a cult told the BBC's Yvette Tan she lost her family in the process - but has no regrets.

Seoyeon Lee had one chance to escape and she took it, running down the road in Fiji in her pyjamas and flip-flops.

"I was crying and I looked hysterical," she told the BBC.

The then 21-year-old was being pursued by members of Grace Road - including her own mother - who she says had tricked her into going to the Pacific island nation.

"I would have killed myself if they'd made me stay," she says.

'I think it's a cult'

A year earlier, in 2013, Seoyeon had come home to South Korea from the US, where she was studying, for the summer. Her mum was suffering from uterine cancer but had refused treatment.

She told Seoyeon she would only seek treatment if she went with her to Grace Road Church.

"It was very bizarre," said Seoyeon. "There were people screaming, crying, speaking in tongues and the sermon was about how the end times were coming.

"I told my mum, I think it's a cult but she didn't believe me."

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Image captionFiji looks like paradise on earth to many, but not for Seoyeon

Once back at university, she found her mother had still not sought treatment and would only do so on one condition - that Seoyeon quit school and went back to South Korea.

Seoyeon, whose father had died of cancer, took leave and went home.

After her mother went through surgery, she told Seoyeon that she wanted to move to Fiji to recover - and insisted that she go along with her. Eventually, Seoyeon agreed to go for two weeks to help her adjust.

"At that point, I didn't know it was an elaborate ruse," she said.

"But when I got to Fiji and saw we were driving to a commune... I was like, how could I have been so stupid?"

The 'great famine'

South Korea has a significant Christian population, and in recent decades many small, fringe churches have sprung up, some of them developing cult-like characteristics.

Grace Road, which insists it is not a cult, started out small in 2002, but now numbers about 1,000 followers, according to Prof Tark Ji-il of Busan Presbyterian University, who has closely studied Korean cults.

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Image captionOne of Grace Road's communes in Fiji

The church's founder and head pastor, Shin Ok-ju, believes that a great famine is imminent, and that her followers "needed to find a new home to prepare for the second coming of Jesus", says Prof Tark.

In 2014 - the same year it was classified as heretical by mainstream churches - the church uprooted to Fiji, declaring that it would be one of the few places saved by God from famine.

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Image captionGR Group claims that Fiji is "the centre of the world"

About 400 of its followers now live in Fiji, mostly working for the company it has set up to manage its operations, GR Group.

Seoyeon says those there have been "handpicked" by the leadership "maybe depending on how much you've donated".

"When my dad died, we were left a certain sum of money. I'm pretty sure my mum took all that and gave it to the church," she said. "They make you sell your property, quit your job, cut off your friends."

The group has built up a sizeable business empire, from construction to restaurants to agriculture.

"Farming is our original mission because we need to prepare for the famine, we need to be self-sufficient," Daniel Kim, president of GR Group and Ms Shin's son told the BBC.

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Image captionDaniel Kim (second from left) is pictured here next to Fijian PM Frank Bainimarama (third from left)

The group's construction business has also won lucrative contracts, including a tender to renovate the Fijian president's residence and its State House, which Mr Kim insists was won through a legal tender process.

In an indication of his good connections, Mr Kim was pictured with Fijian Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama, after the group won the Prime Minister's International Business Award.

'No choice but to stay'

But over the past year, a bleak picture has emerged of life inside Grace Road.

Five church members who had returned to South Korea accused Ms Shin of confiscating their passports and holding them against their will. They alleged the church used forced labour and issued ritual beatings so harsh that they led to the death of one follower.

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Image captionA screenshot taken from an SBS documentary shows Ms Shin slapping one of her congregants

In July, Ms Shin was arrested while back in South Korea on charges of assault and confinement. She was alleged to have abandoned the church members, confiscated their passports, and overseen a brutal regime.

Then in August, Fijian and South Korean authorities conducted a joint raid on the church in Fiji, arresting Mr Kim and several other senior members as part of a slavery investigation.

They were released without charge, but according to Fiji's police commissioner, investigations are "ongoing".

A documentary by South Korean broadcaster SBS last month included footage of Ms Shin beating her followers.

Chief Chun Jae-hong of the Korean National Police Agency told SBS that many had "donated their entire fortune to the church, so even if they go back they are penniless... so they have no choice [but to stay]".

Wilfred Regunamada, a spokesman for the Fiji Methodist Church, recently told New Zealand media that Grace Road members were living in fear, and called on the Fijian government to do more to explain its links with the church.

The government did not respond to requests for interviews with the BBC.

Mr Kim firmly denies wrongdoing and said of his mother: "I don't understand why they are treating her like a criminal.

"It's a very malicious attack [by those] who have run away. They say that me and other senior members are like a ruling cult. It's insane."

He insisted "no ritual beatings" had taken place. "If someone did something very wrong, they might get slapped by our pastor... [but] in a way that a mother would rebuke her child," he said. The cause of the follower's death was cancer and "there's no evidence to connect it to beatings", he said.

Mr Kim says all those in Fiji had volunteered to go, and "it doesn't matter if they bring money or not".

He evaded a question as to whether church members were paid for their work, saying they "have accommodation, food and travel all covered by the company", adding that he himself does "not receive a fixed salary every month".

And what of the allegations that the 400 church members are essentially being held against their will?

"Impossible," he said. "If we really captured their passports it's very simple, they can just go to the embassy and get an emergency passport."

That's exactly what Seoyeon had to do.

'I would have killed myself'

The day before she was due to leave, she realised that her laptop and passport were missing. Her mother admitted she had taken them to stop her leaving.

"I wanted to go back to college, I wanted to meet my friends," she said.

She tried ringing the police, but alleges that the other followers "rang them back, saying it was a joke".

"They tried to block me but I ran out to the road. I was going insane."

She found a police car which took her to the station, and eventually managed to get an emergency passport.

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Image captionA copy of Seoyeon's emergency passport

"They followed me all the way from the station to the embassy in a car. That was when my mum tried to break me. She told me I was adopted - that was how I found out.

"She said my entire family - my aunts, uncles, grandmother and cousins - were all moving here and our apartment had been sold. She was trying to convince me that I had nobody," said Seoyeon.

"But I would never have gotten brainwashed and joined the church. I would have killed myself if they had made me stay."

Now back in South Korea, she says she can't afford to return to studying, but has moved on and has a steady job.

"I am very happy with where I am in life now. I still love my family but as cold as this might sound, I can't really forgive them for what they've done... and after everything that's happened I can never invite them back into my life," she said.

"They are so deep in the cult that there's no way I could change their minds... if they're already in Fiji, they're a lost cause."

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RemoveDebris: UK satellite nets 'space junk'

he short sequence shows a small, shoebox-sized object tumbling end over end about 6-8m in front of the University of Surrey spacecraft.

Suddenly, a bright web, fired from the satellite, comes into view. It extends outwards and smothers the box.

"It worked just as we hoped it would," said Prof Guglielmo Aglietti, director of the Surrey Space Centre.

"The target was spinning like you would expect an uncooperative piece of junk to behave, but you can see clearly that the net captures it, and we're very happy with the way the experiment went."

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Image captionThe net as it was stowed in its firing mechanism

If this were a real capture, the net would be tethered to the deploying satellite, which would then tug the junk out of the sky.

As this was just a demonstration, the net and the box (which was actually pushed out from RemoveDebris to act as a target) will be allowed to fall to Earth on their own. Their low altitude means it should take only a couple of months before they burn up in the atmosphere.

There has been much talk about the need to clean up space, but the Surrey satellite is the first to try out practical solutions.

Shortly, RemoveDebris will test a new camera system to track space junk - again, on a target it has brought along for the experiment.

Later, perhaps early in the New Year, there will be a demonstration of a harpoon that can snare junk. And finally, RemoveDebris will deploy a large membrane - what is termed a "drag sail", which will brush against the high atmosphere and pull the whole mission into a destructive dive towards the planet.

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Image captionArtwork: How the net experiment was envisioned before its deployment

There are now millions of discarded pieces of metal and other materials in orbit - everything from old rocket segments to accidentally dropped astronaut tools, even flecks of paint.

The fear is that if we do not soon start taking this litter out of the sky, it will become a significant threat to active satellites.

Alastair Wayman is an engineer with the aerospace giant Airbus, which is also involved in the RemoveDebris project.

"If there are collisions, as there have been previously, then they will create lots of space debris. That debris then collides with more spacecraft, and you get even more space debris. It's a kind of snowball effect," he told BBC News.

The issue of space junk is particularly pressing because a number of companies are in the planning stages of launching thousands of new satellites.

Already there are calls for a tough new approach to licensing these spacecraft that would demand operators be able to bring down rapidly any of their hardware that fails in orbit.

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Are wasps the bees knees? Scientists think they should be

A new study reveals that wasps are largely disliked by the public, whereas bees are highly appreciated.

The researchers involved say that this view is unfair because wasps are just as ecologically useful as bees.

The scientists suggest a public relations campaign to restore the wasps' battered image.

They'd like to see the same efforts made to conserve them as there currently are with bees.

The survey of 750 people from 46 countries has been published in Ecological Entomology.

Despised by picnickers, feared for their painful stings - wasps are among the least loved of insects according to the new study.

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Image captionResearchers say that wasps carry out as many valuable ecological services as bees

In the survey, participants were asked to rate the insects on a scale which ran from minus five, representing a strongly negative emotion to plus five, representing a strongly positive one.

The vast majority of responses for bees were plus 3 or above, whereas it was the complete reverse for wasps, with the vast majority rating their feelings minus three or below.

When asked to think of words associated with bees, the most popular for bees were "honey", "flowers" and "pollination".

For wasps the most common words that came to mind were "sting", "annoying" and "dangerous".

However wasps also pollinate flowers as well as killing pests and are just as important to the environment as bees.

The problem, according to Dr Seirian Sumner, of University College London, who led the research, is that wasps have had a bad press.

The public are unaware of all the good things they do so they are regarded as nuisances rather than an important ecological asset.

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"People don't realise how incredibly valuable they are," she told BBC News.

"Although you might think they are after your beer or jam sandwich - they are, in fact, much more interested in finding insect prey to take back to their nest to feed their lavae."

Dr Sumner also discovered that there is a lack of research into the mostly positive impact wasps have on the environment.

She analysed scientific research papers and conference presentations for bees and wasps over the last 37 years and 16 years respectively.

Of 908 papers sampled, only 2.4% wasp publications were found since 1980, compared to 97.6% (886 papers) bee publications. Of the 2,543 conference abstracts on bees or wasps from the last twenty years, 81.3% were on bees.

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Image captionThe sting of a wasp is feared but only one percent of the creatures sting

This lack of research is stalling efforts to develop conservation strategies for wasps, whose numbers are declining because of loss of habitat and climate change according to Dr Alessandro Cini of the University of Florence, who collaborated on the study.

https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-45566304

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London Fashion Week: Representation is 'still a problem'

Was this the most diverse London Fashion Week to date?

Victoria Beckham chose 47-year-old Stella Tennant to open her debut show in London, model Winnie Harlow, who has vitiligo, opened for House of Holland and wheelchair user and former Paralympian Samanta Bullock closed at the Fashion's Finest show.

Last week, Kate Moss welcomed the increase in diversity in the fashion industry, saying it had changed for the better.

"There's so much more diversity now, I think it's right. There's so many different sizes and colours and heights. Why would you just be a one-size model and represent all of these people?"

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Image captionWinnie Harlow modelling for House of Holland at London Fashion Week

Designer Steven Tai, who has worked at design houses including Viktor + Rolf, teamed up with photographer Rankin and charity Changing Faces to challenge the fashion industry's perception of beauty. At his show he had models with visible scars or disfigurements alongside conventional models.

Speaking after his show on Sunday, he said: "It enriches the setting and enriches the clothes as well. It gives the context of the collection a lot more depth.

"I just want an accurate reflection of the world that we live in. I think as much as fashion is about telling a story, it needs to be conscious of the social responsibilities as well and the effects that it could have on younger girls growing up.

"Familiarity breeds acceptance."

'Treated like a leper'

Brenda Finn was one of the models in the show and told the BBC the feedback after coming off stage was "amazing".

"They loved that the show looked so much more real. People are interested in how the clothes fit on a different body, and on women who look like me."

Finn, who has had alopecia since she was 14, said she was "treated like a leper" when she was younger, and had to be taken out of school because the bullying became so severe.

"To be seen as different was seen as negative," she says. "Ten years ago I never even thought we'd see someone like Winnie Harlow in a magazine, so we've made great strides.

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Image captionBrenda and Chloe model for designer Steven Tai at London Fashion Week

"I hope that someone seeing this show thinks they are normal and can do what they want to do. It took me a long time - I wasted six years of my life before I got to where I wanted to be - so I hope it can help others."

Chloe Root, who was born with a port wine stain birthmark, which covers about half of her body and two thirds of her face, also modelled in Sunday's show. "I've never seen women who look like me in the mainstream media - it's disheartening to feel like I'd never look like that and never fit in.

"It's frustrating that it's such a mono-culture - not just for someone with an obvious difference, but also for someone who's walking down the street that isn't a size six.

"It creates a unity, that goes beyond fashion."

'No regulation'

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Image captionEunice (centre) closed the show for charity FAD, which offers disadvantaged young people opportunities in fashion

Supermodel Eunice Olumide has added her voice to the discussion: "The fact that we're not able to represent reality in the industry is a problem," she says. "We're looking at life through a very parochial lens. When I started out, people in China and other markets wouldn't even look at you if you're dark-skinned.

"There are no requirements for diversity in the industry," continues the Scottish model. "How can you have an industry that's worth trillions that has no regulation? There's no minimum wage for models, no requirement to make clothes in different sizes. It's common to have hairdressers who have never worked with afro hair before.

"That reflects badly on you as the model because you don't look good, and won't get re-booked."

Fashion commentator and campaigner Caryn Franklin says she's "thrilled" more and more younger designers are taking the issue of representation seriously.

"Teatum Jones have led the way by using models like Kelly Knox and I know they have been hugely influential. This conversation gets louder every season," says the fashion expert.

"Repetition is key - when we see something over and over again we normalise it. That's why it's important to see a range of body shapes.

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Image captionKelly Knox walking at London Fashion Week last year

"Fashion has to wake up to the needs of the end user and show a broader range of people. We all want that. In fact, studies show when the audience can make a connection to the model wearing the clothes, the desire to actually want to make a purchase is increased by 300% - so it's a business no-brainer," she says.

But the obstacles to presenting a show at fashion week with various size models are not only due to "fear of putting their head above the parapet" on the part of the fashion houses, as Franklin puts it, but also one of logistics.

Designers make clothes in sample sizes - meaning that it's, literally, a straight-forward one-size fits all approach to dressing models. For plus-size or "curve" models, there is more work involved planning the show and getting the model in for repeat fittings to make sure the clothes look good on them.

'New York is killing it'

But some don't see that as an excuse.

"The UK is still really far behind," says Beth Willis, co-director at model agency Bridges.

"New York had their best year yet in terms of the number of bigger models and those of colour who were walking in campaigns. London is still using a token plus-sized model here and there."

Willis, who runs an agency for curve models, says none of her models were booked for London Fashion Week - which she says was "not a massive surprise". The plus-size fashion week in May, on the other hand, saw her models booked out: "That's great, but we shouldn't need a plus-size fashion week at all," she says.

She says she's "frustrated" by what she sees as PR stunts on the part of brands.

"Generally a lot of these clients will use a token model and get some good press, but that's it. The repeat bookings are what we need. Designers can't just do one-offs - we need to be changing the face of things regularly."

Brands like River Island, Asos and Figleaf have been lauded for their inclusive advertising campaigns and clothing lines directed at different sections of the population - including plus-size and maternity.

"Fashion week hasn't really been the place where strides are made on diversity," says Willis. "Some people within the industry think it cheapens the brand - and it's not seen as cool.

"Where it needs to come from is the students - so when they're learning pattern-cutting and doing their first shows they need to be thinking about clothes which suit different body shapes. Scaling up a design for a size six doesn't really work.

"It's got better over the past 30 years," Willis says, "but more needs to be done. In terms of the number of brands we work with, that's increased massively - but if you look at New York they are just killing it. You look at the likes of big name models like Ashley Graham, and that doesn't exist here yet. There's a massive difference in what they're doing compared to us."

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Olumide says she's seen fellow models heading to New York agencies because they think they may be more likely to get work there: "In the UK we are much too safe, fashion houses will use people who they know and who they've used before.

"In the US they're interested in who'll sell. There's a migration of models to New York because there they are more likely to take a risk."

In February's fashion week, it was calculated 34.6% of shows represented models of colour in London - compared to New York's 37.3%. The British Fashion Council said in a statement: "Our numbers are above the national UK average representation of 15% but we'd like it to be closer to London's population average of 40%.

"The BFC's objective is for London to become the most diverse Fashion Week."

'LFW diversity has been terrible'

Tamara Cincik, who runs Fashion Roundtable, an organisation which promotes representation in the fashion industry, agrees with Willis and Olumide: "It's always New York that is leading the way. To be world-leading you have to make changes. And make changes within the organisation. It goes deeper than what's on the catwalk.

"Just because Edward Enninful's at Vogue they think that's it," she adds.

"But we're still at the point where you have PRs this London Fashion Week going up to women of colour and asking them why they're sat on the front row at a show.

"One editor of an Italian fashion magazine was sat on the second row while the rest of her team were sat on the front row - because she is of a different ethnicity. It's disgusting.

"Two other editors I know, who are women of colour, were asked whether they were seated in the right seats at two different shows. Both had front row tickets. It plays into a trope of the norm not being women of colour in positions of power and agency - which is what the front row signifies: think front bench in Westminster."

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Image captionAnna Wintour is among those on the front row at Christopher Kane

The former stylist says the fashion industry runs the risk of alienating many would-be customers by its lack of representation.

"I was discussing it with another fashion industry insider and she said she thought the diversity on the catwalk this week has been terrible. Burberry had some inclusion but other big brands had nothing.

"There is a changing demographic. You cannot just have white privilege on the front row, within the organisation and then in the casting, and expect that to resonate with consumers. I think it's got a long way to go."

And that doesn't even take into account the number of shows where disability is not considered - either on stage or off: "At plenty of shows you can't get a wheelchair in them," says Cincik.

"Organisations need to start thinking we can't show here if there is no disability access, however cool it is."

Fashion's Finest was, however, one of the LFW shows which represented disabled people by the inclusion of model Samanta Bullock - a wheelchair user.

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The Brazilian model, a Paralympian and former wheelchair tennis champion, has been working on and off as a model for the past 30 years, and says it feels like "change is coming".

Previously, her work was mainly for fashion aimed at wheelchair users. Now she has done a number of high-end shows and campaigns aimed at the mainstream market and is optimistic about the future.

"If you don't show people in a wheelchair or disabled people in magazines, it's like we don't exist," she says. "A few years ago it was the same for black people, or gay people. It's the right thing to do to show all different types of people.

"It's like opening Pandora's box - people aren't going to go back to how it was before. Once you know what is right, you don't go back."

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Yoghurts (even organic ones) 'full of sugar'

Many yoghurts are full of sugar and the public should not be lulled into thinking they are eating healthy products, researchers say.

The conclusion comes after a study of almost 900 yoghurts on sale in UK supermarkets.

The research found that organic yoghurts were among the most sugary types.

Only natural and Greek-style yoghurts could be classed as low in sugar.

The study comes as government health officials are encouraging manufacturers to reduce the amount of sugar consumed by the public.

Yoghurts have been identified as one of the food types on which Public Health England wants to see progress.

This research was undertaken shortly after the launch of the sugar-reduction programme.

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Unsurprisingly, yoghurt desserts contained the most sugar - an average of 16.4g per 100g.

This category also included some products that did not contain yoghurt, such as chocolate mousse and creme caramel.

The second most sugary product was organic yoghurts with a typical 13.1g per 100g.

Children's yoghurts typically contained 10.8g per 100g, the equivalent of more than two sugar cubes, the study found.

The NHS recommends that children aged four to six have no more than 19g of sugar, or five sugar cubes a day, and it is advised that those aged seven to 10 consume less than 24g daily.

To be classed as low sugar there needs to be no more than 5g per 100g.

Only 9% of products surveyed were below this threshold.

How much sugar was in the yoghurt?

Desserts - 16.4g per 100g

Organic - 13.1g per 100g

Flavoured - 12g per 100g

Fruit - 11.9g per 100g

Children's - 10.8g per 100g

Dairy alternatives - 9.2g per 100g

Drinks - 9.1g per 100g

Natural and Greek - 5g per 100g

Since the fieldwork for the study was carried out - at the end of 2016 - progress has been made on reducing sugar consumption from yoghurts.

A report published in May showed sugar content in yoghurts had been reduced by 6% in the first year, making it the only food category to exceed the 5% target. By 2020, it is expected sugar will be reduced by 20%.

PHE chief nutritionist Dr Alison Tedstone said this showed "positive steps" were being made.

But Dr Bernadette Moore, lead researcher of this study, said: "Even if we take the reduction into account, most of these yoghurts will still not be low in sugar.

"I think people, including parents, will be surprised to know just how much sugar there is in yoghurt.

"My advice would be to buy natural yoghurt and mix in your own fruit."

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'Sexist, unsafe' world experienced by young girls

An "alarmingly high" number of girls and young women feel unsafe outside their home, according to annual research for Girlguiding UK.

The survey of 1,903 13 to 21-year-olds in the UK found nearly two-thirds either felt unsafe, or knew someone who was fearful walking home alone.

More than half had suffered harassment, or knew someone who had, it said.

But girls are responding more robustly than before and were also more likely to call themselves feminists, it said.

The research, the tenth over as many years, found more girls claim to understand what feminism means, with almost half saying they are feminists - up from a third in 2013.

One young woman, from the 11 to 16-year-old age group, told researchers a feminist was "a person who strongly believes in gender equality and that everyone no matter their background should be treated equally."

'More sexism?'

Another, aged between 17 and 21, described feminism as "equal rights and opportunities between men and women in the workplace, education and society".

The researchers said they felt the increased understanding of gender equality and equal rights was down to recent intense media coverage of these areas.

Perhaps linked to this greater awareness was the suggestion that fewer girls expected to encounter equality in all areas of life this year than in 2009.

And more girls and young women say they are seeing or experiencing sexism across all areas of their lives.

The researchers said: "It might mean they are more aware of it in the media, online and in public - the result of campaigns like #MeToo and #TimesUp.

"However, it is also possible it may reflect an increase in the scale of sexism for girls."

Compared to three years ago, more girls aged seven to 10 think the way people treat girls and women is affected by "naked pictures of women in the media, jokes about girls and more attention given to women's clothes than actions".

But there were also very real concerns about girls' safety.

Safety fears

One young woman aged between 11 and 16, said: "One thing that would improve girls' lives would be to make it safe for girls to walk down the street alone."

Another, aged 17 to 21, said: "Girls' lives would be better if things like harassment and stalking were taken seriously and punished properly."

The survey also found that an increasing number of girls have experienced unkind, threatening and negative behaviour online compared to five years ago.

But, it added: "Girls are more likely to ignore abuse and report it more, as well as delete posts."

https://www.bbc.com/news/education-45562134

seth Posted on September 19, 2018 03:10

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Millions overcharged for mobile contracts

About four million people have been charged for mobile phones they already own, spending £500m extra on contracts, according to Citizens Advice.

Three of Britain's biggest mobile networks, EE, Three and Vodafone, continue to charge for handsets even after the cost has been paid off.

Many customers have no idea they are being charged for phones after their contracts have ended.

The practice is "unacceptable", said Citizens Advice boss Gillian Guy.

"We need action," she said. "Other companies have already stopped doing this so we're looking for these three major providers to follow suit."

Mobile users only need to continue paying for calls, texts and data, or "airtime", when contracts end - but millions get stung with unnecessary extra charges.

Citizens Advice's research found that on average customers are overcharged £22 a month. The figure could be as high as £38 for high-end devices such as an iPhone or Samsung Galaxy.

Vulnerable people are most at risk of being overcharged. Older people are twice as likely to be charged for a phone they already own longer than 12 months, which could cost them an average of £264.

"Consumers should check their phone bills to see if they can save money with a SIM-only contract or upgrade to a new phone," advised Ms Guy.

Are you paying extra?

Vodafone, EE and Three customers after end of handset-inclusive two-year fixed term deal

£22

average monthly cost if customers do not buy a new contract

 

 

  • 36% of customers failed to change after their deal

  • 23% of over-65s stayed on after their deal

  • £38 average extra monthly cost of contracts with handsets like the Galaxy S8 or the iPhone 8

  • £46 potential monthly over-charge for customers with a 256GB iPhone 8

Source: Citizens Advice

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Who's affected and what can you do?

  • Anyone who bought a contract from Three, Vodafone or EE that included a handset is being overcharged when their contract ends
  • Users can ask their network to switch them to a cheaper SIM-only deal, or end the contract and move to another provider
  • No-one is automatically entitled to compensation - consumers can only make a claim if it was not made clear in their contract that the deal would continue at the same price

Source: Citizens Advice


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What do the phone companies say?

Regulator Ofcom is consulting on how to address the problem and has proposed sending a single notification to customers before their contract ends.

Citizens Advice said that does not go far enough and that phone companies should separate the cost of mobile service and the phone. O2 has split the cost of its airtime and handset since 2013.

Nina Bibby, chief marketing officer for O2, said: "Charging for phones that have already been paid off does nothing but damage customer trust and the reputation of the industry."

EE said the splitting idea is "overly simplistic and doesn't give the customers either the transparency or best deal that they deserve".

"We agree that customers shouldn't overpay, but we believe that this is best achieved through clear communications with consumers about their options," it said.

Three said: "We make the length of any contract very clear to new customers and make this information available through our customer service channels at all times."

It said it was working closely on the issue of handset financing with the government and regulators.

Vodafone said: "We already contact all of our customers when they are approaching the end of their minimum term to let them know their options. These include upgrading their handset or moving to a SIM-only contract so they are not paying anything for a handset."

It added that from next month, it will give extra data to people who do not opt for either option but stay on their contract after the end of their minimum term.

https://www.bbc.com/news/business-45561044

seth Posted on September 19, 2018 03:08

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PM to announce £2bn for social housing

Two billion pounds of new funding to build affordable and social housing in England will be announced by the prime minister later.

Housing associations, local authorities and other organisations will be able to bid for the money to spend on projects beginning after 2021.

The PM plans to focus on the "stigma" attached to social housing and will say tenants are "not second-rate citizens".

But Labour said the announcement fell "far short" of what was needed.

BBC home editor Mark Easton said the government hopes the money will unlock investment into housing schemes that would otherwise appear too risky.

He said the sector's calls to provide more confidence about future funding - so the 300,000 extra homes required in England each year can be built - had appeared to have been listened to.

Downing Street said the funding was separate to the £9bn of public funding put toward the existing affordable homes programme until 2022.

Mrs May will tell a National Housing Federation summit in London: "Some residents feel marginalised and overlooked, and are ashamed to share the fact that their home belongs to a housing association or local authority.

"On the outside, many people in society - including too many politicians - continue to look down on social housing and, by extension, the people who call it their home."

She will encourage housing associations to change how tenants and society view social housing.

"We should never see social housing as something that need simply be 'good enough', nor think that the people who live in it should be grateful for their safety net and expect no better," she will say.

"Whether it is owned and managed by local authorities, TMOs (tenant management organisations) or housing associations, I want to see social housing that is so good people are proud to call it their home... our friends and neighbours who live in social housing are not second-rate citizens."

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David Orr, chief executive of the National Housing Federation, said the prime minister's announcement was "extremely welcome".

"But the really big news here is the prime minister's long-term commitment to funding new affordable homes," he said.

"This represents a total step change. For years, the way that money was allocated meant housing associations couldn't be sure of long-term funding to build much-needed affordable housing."

He said that by changing the way the funding was allocated, ministers had given "long-term confidence and confirmed that we are trusted partners in solving the housing crisis, building new homes and communities".

But shadow housing secretary John Healey said the reality was spending on new affordable homes had been "slashed" and the number of new social rented homes built last year "fell to the lowest level since records began".

"If Conservative ministers are serious about fixing the housing crisis they should back Labour's plans to build a million genuinely affordable homes, including the biggest council house-building programme for more than 30 years," he said.

The English housing survey for 2016/17 reported that 3.9 million households - about nine million people - lived in the social rented sector, which was 17% of households in the country.

The funding covers the next spending review period, from 2021 through to 2028.

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-45569453

seth Posted on September 19, 2018 03:07

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Almost half of UK internet users 'harmed' online

Almost half of internet users in the UK have suffered "harm" online, suggests research.

The harms include bullying and harassment as well as attacks by malware or cyber-thieves.

The study by regulator Ofcom sought to quantify the type and severity of harm that going online could do to people.

Interactions via social networks and email were deemed to be the most likely to cause harm.

Closer look

The study questioned almost 2,000 Britons and found that 45% reported they had suffered some form of harm online.

Ofcom looked at harm in four areas:

  • online content that people see, hear or watch
  • interactions with other users
  • data and privacy
  • cyber-security and hacking

Bad experiences included unwelcome attention via social media, trolling and bullying as well as theft of data or personal information.

Across all these categories, roughly 20% of people reported that their experience had been "very harmful".

About 20% of those questioned said they reported offensive or harmful content when they encountered it. Hate speech, harassment and illegal sexual content were most likely to be reported.

In addition, many of those questioned were concerned about the effect on children of easy access to the net and potentially harmful content or interaction.

The research has been released shortly before Ofcom boss Sharon White gives a speech at the Royal Television Society conference in which she is expected to say the harms have arisen because of a lack of regulation.

"While the regulation of online content has evolved in recent years, there are significant disparities in whether and how it is regulated," she said in a statement released alongside the research.

Ms White suggested that some of the principles underlying what the UK's broadcasters can show could help shape regulation for social media and other online platforms.

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Image captionSocial networks should remove hateful content within an hour, said Mr Juncker

The final form of regulation should be up to government and Parliament, said Ms White in the Ofcom statement. But she said looking at the way broadcasters handle freedom of expression, transparency and how the enforcement of regulations is handled could guide debate.

If fines are chosen as a punishment, online firms should also be subject to "meaningful financial penalties" if they flout rules or fail to protect users, said Ms White.

The call was echoed by Liam Byrne, Labour's shadow digital minister, who said net firms should "step up to their responsibilities".

The study comes as social media firms face increasing scrutiny over how they handle potentially harmful or inappropriate content.

Earlier this month, Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the European Commission, said Google, Facebook and Twitter must remove extremist content within an hour or face hefty fines.

In his annual State of the Union address to the European Parliament, he said an hour was a "decisive time window".

https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-45519507

seth Posted on September 19, 2018 03:00

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The secret life of a female bodyguard

Jacquie Davis, who says she was the first woman to become a bodyguard in the UK, has protected royals and celebrities, rescued hostages and carried out undercover surveillance in her 30 years in the industry. Now her own life has inspired a Netflix thriller starring Noomi Rapace.

"When I came into the industry it was a very he-man attitude," says Jacquie. "They just always wanted me to look after the female principal or the children which was ironic - as most of them were fathers and I wasn't even a mother!"

Having initially joined the police, Jacquie decided to move into private security in 1980 because it would give her more variety. "I wanted to do close protection, I wanted to do surveillance and wanted to do investigations," she says.

Being a bodyguard is particularly high-profile at the moment thanks to Bodyguard, the BBC One drama starring Keeley Hawes as the UK's Home Secretary and Richard Madden as her personal protection officer. Writer Jed Mercurio's script is full of plot twists, guns - and a steamy relationship between the two lead characters.

"Technically it's been fine - it is a good drama," says Jacquie, but while such relationships do occasionally happen "you'll get sacked immediately, no question".

In her career she's travelled the world staying in five- and six-star hotels, but says "after 12 to 16 hours of thinking on your feet, it's not glamorous". In addition to this, there is the toll on a bodyguard's private life. "You might not go home for eight to 10 weeks."

Jacquie also specialises in the more dangerous end of the business - surveillance and rescue. Once she found herself begging on the streets of Iraq, disguised in a burka, as part of a mission to rescue oil workers.

While the job is about preventing danger to the client by planning ahead to avoid potential risks, sometimes real life can be as dramatic as any film or TV script.

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Image captionRichard Madden and Keeley Hawes in the BBC series Bodyguard

"We were being chased by the Pakistan army and wandered into Kashmir," she told BBC World Service's Business Daily programme. "The Kashmiri rebels were firing at the Pakistan army and we got caught in the crossfire."

She and her team had gone undercover in a rescue mission to free a 23-year-old British woman who'd been tricked into going to Pakistan with her new husband.

Instead the woman was imprisoned, but eventually got a message to her mother telling her she was being held hostage and asking for help. Her mother contacted Jacquie.

One night, Jacquie broke into the villa where the woman was being held, handcuffed to an iron bedstead. "She said she was three months pregnant and was being raped, starved and beaten. I told her, 'We will come back and get you out.'"

But suddenly they got a phone call telling them their cover was blown. "Benazir Bhutto, who I'd worked for [previously], had recognised me and thought she knew why I was there - to rescue somebody," says Jacquie.

It meant they had to rethink their plans and act fast.

"We had to storm the villa by paying a taxi driver to ram the gates," she says. They freed the woman and headed for India with the Pakistani army in pursuit. Going as far as they could in a vehicle they then walked across the mountains.

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Image captionNoomi Rapace in Close - inspired by Jacquie Davis's own experiences as a bodyguard

"We were trained and quite fit, but I've got a pregnant woman who's been beaten, starved and has a pair of flip-flops on. To me she was the real hero."

Happily, they managed to dodge the gunfire in Kashmir and were able to bring the woman home.

Jacquie says there have been two big changes over her three decades in the industry.

More women are now signing up, though they still make up only one in 10 bodyguards in the UK.

The business also has a much higher public profile now. "Because of terrorism, security is in people's minds," she says.

This political instability, coupled with an upsurge in the super-rich in the Middle East, China and elsewhere has driven the growth of the sector in recent years.

Figures from the Confederation of European Security Services show there are more than 230,000 people employed in the security services industry in the UK - and 1.9 million in the EU, with 44,000 security companies operating in the sector in Europe alone. Though only a fraction of these will actually be working as bodyguards.

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Image captionSecurity now has a much higher profile, says Jacquie. Politicians like Theresa May are regularly flanked by security guards....

In the UK, the Security Industry Authority (SIA) is the industry regulatory body responsible for personal licensing and private security regulations, and all newcomers need to do a training course first.

Which is fine as far as it goes, says Jacquie, but points out that "you're never going to come off a course and be a bodyguard or close protection operative immediately".

Anybody working in personal protection needs to remember that they are not the client's friend. "You just have to maintain that slight apartness so you can be there when they need it and pull back when they don't," she says.

Jacquie herself is now the subject of an upcoming Netflix film, Close. The action-thriller starring Noomi Rapace was inspired by Jacquie's life as a bodyguard and she was a consultant on the film.

Director Vicky Jewson has said that working with Jacquie "allowed us to bring an authenticity to the action scenes which was very important to me".

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Image caption....while Cate Blanchett talks to fans at the Venice film festival accompanied by her bodyguard

Despite the stereotype of burly security men in dark glasses, the essence of being a bodyguard is brains not brawn, Jacquie insists.

Recruits need to learn the softer skills of the business to work with clients. For instance, which knife and fork to use in a Michelin restaurant and how to have afternoon tea at the Ritz while blending into the background.

You also need to keep up with current affairs, she advises. "You have to be able to talk about the Nasdaq, not The Only Way Is Essex."

She's not dismissive of the personal risks that are occasionally involved but says you can't worry going into a job.

"You do the job you're trained to do. When you come out, that's when you go, 'Oh my God, what have I just done?'"

Listen to the whole interview with Jacquie Davis on Business Daily.

https://www.bbc.com/news/business-45422900

seth Posted on September 19, 2018 02:51

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Syria's air defenses kill 15 Russian airmen in the latest embarrassing blunder.

If the Russian Il-20 was on a regular patrol route of the Mediterranean, Bronk said the Israelis may have tried to plot an attack under a leg of its planned flight path, that they would have observed via local intelligence assets or in information sharing with the Russians themselves.

Syria's air defenses have again proven ineffective and even dangerous as they killed 15 Russian servicemembers flying aboard an Il-20 spy plane during an air battle over the Mediterranean on Monday night.

Syria has Russian-made air defenses that it's had ample opportunity to use as Israel regularly attacks the country and the US has twice fired missiles at its military facilities in response to chemical weapons use.

But Syria has never credibly recorded an missile intercept. Syria's lone anti-air victory came in February when an Israeli F-16, the same plane rumored to have taken part in Monday night's strike, went down from S-200 fire.

On Monday night, that same missile defense system not only failed to hit a single Israeli plane or verifiably intercept a single incoming missile, but it took down an allied aircraft in the process.

Russia's ministry of defense initially blamed the shoot down on a purposeful attempt by Israel to trick Syria into the friendly fire, but Russian President Vladimir Putin later referred to the event as an accident.

But, according to Justin Bronk, an air combat expert at the Royal United Services Institute, Israel could have planned on using the Russian Il-20 for cover all along.

If the Russian Il-20 was on a regular patrol route of the Mediterranean, Bronk said the Israelis may have tried to plot an attack under a leg of its planned flight path, that they would have observed via local intelligence assets or in information sharing with the Russians themselves.

"One of the Israeli hallmarks when they do these sort of fairly bold strikes within the coverage of the Syrian air defenses is heavy electronic warfare and jamming," Bronk told Business Insider.

So not only do the Syrians face heavy electronic interference and jamming of their radars, the threat of Israeli bombs rocking their position, and a big, obvious Russian target flying just above the shrouded F-16s, history shows they're just not that good at air defense.

When the US struck Syria in April 2018, photography showed Syrian air defense sites firing missiles that burned across the sky leaving long, bright trails even in the instant it takes to snap a photo. But Business Insider consulted experts at the time to find out that Syria likely fired many of these missiles with out any target at all in a helpless, face saving attempt to convince the people of Damascus that they hadn't sat idly by.

"It would be very unlikely that the Israelis were trying to engineer a situation where the Syrians shot down a Russian plane," Bronk said, but perhaps they did intend to use the Il-20 overhead to convince Syria not to shoot.

"The S-200 is not a very sophisictated system," said Bronk. "It's not going to distinguish between a fighter and a big plane."

Syria could have easily communicated with the Russians, but likely relies on voice communications which can easily be overwhelmed in times of crisis.

If it weren't for the Israeli strike, the 15 Russians likely would have survived to this day. But ultimately, the death of the Russians and downing of the Il-20 comes down to "sloppy fire discipline from Syrian air defenses," said Bronk.

And for sloppy work from Syrian air defenses, this example hardly represents the first.

https://www.pulse.com.gh/bi/politics/syrias-air-defenses-kill-15-russian-airmen-in-the-latest-embarrassing-blunder-id8871122.html

Albert Ulebe Posted on September 18, 2018 17:14

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This entrepreneur just got $8.6 million to make advanced AR games for phones (AAPL).

Investors believe that the founder's background in math and machine learning can help the games Illumix makes stand out in a world of games using off-the-shelf AR software like Apple's ARkit.

  • Illumix, a Silicon Valley-based startup, is building augmented reality games and the technology needed to run them.
  • It's attracted $8.6 million in seed funding from top-tier venture capital firms.
  • Its investors believe that the founder's background in math and machine learning can help the games Illumix makes stand out in a world of games using off-the-shelf AR software like Apple's ARkit.

Giant companies like Google and Apple are betting heavily on augmented reality, an emerging technology that enables advanced graphics to be integrated into the real world through your phone's camera lens.

But top-tier venture capital firms are backing a smaller company, Illumix, that's working on the same vision: building the underlying core technology — and focusing on games as one of the first applications for the technology.

"We are designing first and foremost for: What is the user doing? I think we’ve come up with a very distinct tech stack," Illumix founder and CEO Kirin Sinha said in an interview.

"No one knows what a great AR app looks or feels like, to this day, if you ask any consumer what is a great AR experience, most people don’t know. Most people haven’t experienced that before," she continued. "All great content and great applications start with the mentality — what should I do, what is missing, and that is very central to how we have looked at every piece of technology we have developed."

Illumix announced on Tuesday that it had raised $8.6 million in seed funding from firms led by Maveron and Lightspeed Venture Partners.

The first products from Illumix will be a pair of games for smartphones released next year, Sinha said. One is going to be an original title, and the other will used licensed intellectual property from a big game company.

"We are going to see real adoption of AR when there are meaningful, retentive AR experiences, that people start to use every day on their smartphones," Sinha said. "Our goal as a company for right now is to be the premier AR studio, and we are dead set on the applications. If it's not fun, the party is over."

One reason that these investors are betting on Illumix is because it's building its own computer vision technology, or the ability to use a smartphone camera to identify where objects and walls are in the room around the user.

"There are lots of companies — Apple and Google, companies that Sand Hill Road is investing in — they're really building developer tools," Nicole Quinn, partner at Lightspeed Venture Capital, said in an interview. "It's very different from what Illumix is doing."

"They're taking a vertically integrated approach, building out very strong technology that we have not seen elsewhere," Quinn continued. "A lot of others in AR are basically going to be using ARkit, and we think if everyone is just building a game on top of ARkit, then they are going to be similar to one another, but Illumix will be differentiated and unique."

A pure math background

Part of the reason why Illumix is building its own technology — not an easy task — is because its founder, Sinha, is used to tackling difficult problems.

Her career started in academia focusing on math and machine learning research, specifically, at a series of prestigious institutions including MIT, Cambridge, and the London School of Economics.

But it was an accidental company that turned her attention to entrepreneurship. She founded Shine for Girls, a national nonprofit focusing on math advocacy for middle school girls, in 2012. It ended up taking off, to Sinha's surprise.

So she ended up going to business school, and looking to start a company. Lightspeed helped out — she was accepted to its fellowship, which included a bit of money as well as other resources like mentors and startup classes.

It also ended up giving her some early office space. Instead of the apocryphal Silicon Valley garage, Illumix — originally called The Looking Glass — got started in the Lightspeed offices.

"We were actually camped out in Lightspeed's old offices, they did not realize we were there for a solid year," Sinha said. "They gave us the access when we were summer fellows, and then I started hiring people, and telling that this was our official address."

"It was pretty awkward, Lightspeed was like 'Oh, can we come to your offices," and I was like, 'Uh, you'll recognize the address,'" she joked.

Now Illumix has about 11 employees, counts several top-tier firms including Radar Partners, Unusual Ventures, and 451 Media as investors, and it's putting together a team full of experts in computer vision, gaming, and design.

Plus, it's not just working on technology for the short term — Sinha has a vision for when AR technology comes off of the phone and starts being integrated into glasses or other dedicated augmented reality technology.

"If you see a true consumer headset, glasses or contacts, 10-20 years in the future, I think that's the biggest entertainment opportunity has ever seen, bar none," Sinha said.

https://www.pulse.com.gh/bi/tech/this-entrepreneur-just-got-8-6-million-to-make-advanced-ar-games-for-phones-aapl-id8870827.html

Albert Ulebe Posted on September 18, 2018 16:30

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THE FUTURE OF SMS IS HERE. TRY TELBOT.

The top leading Ghana, Nigeria and African Fintech company Cofred in collaboration with Paxex Ghana have introduced a new service on the Paxex platform called “TELBOT”.

ABOUT TELBOT

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TELBOT gives you the chance to send messages to more than a million recipients all over the world with just a click. Yes, you heard me right. TELBOT is international!!! All you need to do is to input their contacts in the recipient box and type your message.

A text to anyone under normal circumstances costs ghc0.14 to the same network but with TELBOT, you can send messages to anyone anywhere for just 0.5Paxex per the current rate, which is ghc0.7

It also provides a section that makes you, the sender anonymous if you wish to.

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Dominic Solomon Posted on September 18, 2018 16:14

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Before and after photos show how quickly ice is disappearing on Swiss glaciers.

The Rhone Glacier in the Swiss Alps has been shrinking quickly over the last several years. To reduce the amount that disappears, nearby residents have been wrapping the glacier in blankets over the past eight summers. Take a look at how the amount of ice on the Rhone Glacier has changed since 2008.

The Rhone Glacier, a popular tourist spot in the Swiss Alps, has been shrinking quickly over the last several years.

Glaciers and their streams, which were abundant many years ago, are disappearing due to climate change. According to Reuters, glaciologists say half of the small glaciers in Switzerland, as well as the glacier-fed streams, will be gone in less than 30 years.

To reduce the amount that disappears, nearby residents have been wrapping the glacier in blankets over the past eight summers, Quartz reported. According to Swiss glaciologist David Wolken, the method may be reducing the melting by up to 70%.

Take a look at how the amount of ice on the Rhone Glacier has changed since 2008.

The Rhone Glacier is located in Furka, a mountain pass in Switzerland. The top photo shows what it looks like now. On the bottom, a 2009 photo shows how much ice has vanished in the past nine years.

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The Rhone Glacier is located in Furka, a mountain pass in Switzerland. The top photo shows what it looks like now. On the bottom, a 2009 photo shows how much ice has vanished in the past nine years.

(Denis Balibouse/Reuters)


 

The top photo shows the amount of ice on the glacier in September 2018, while the bottom image was taken in July 2008.

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The top photo shows the amount of ice on the glacier in September 2018, while the bottom image was taken in July 2008.

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In addition to covering glaciers with blankets, a Dutch research group has proposed blowing artificial snow across glaciers to help reflect sunlight.

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In addition to covering glaciers with blankets, a Dutch research group has proposed blowing artificial snow across glaciers to help reflect sunlight.

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This method could be applied to the Rhone.

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Another set of photos shows the difference in ice on Rhone Glacier between September 2018 (top) and September 2009 (bottom).

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Researchers are trying to find out what, in addition to water, is lost when a glacier melts.

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A tourist takes a photo inside the Ice Cave in Furka.

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Here, Hannes Peter from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne gathers microorganisms from a stream near Rhone Glacier. He wants to study their DNA and figure out how the organisms have adapted to an extreme environment.

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Here, Hannes Peter from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne gathers microorganisms from a stream near Rhone Glacier. He wants to study their DNA and figure out how the organisms have adapted to an extreme environment.

(Denis Balibouse/Reuters)


 

According to Reuters, the researchers will examine hundreds of streams at the largest glaciers in the world to collect microorganisms.

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According to Reuters, the researchers will examine hundreds of streams at the largest glaciers in the world to collect microorganisms.

(Denis Balibouse/Reuters)

https://www.pulse.com.gh/bi/tech/before-and-after-photos-show-how-quickly-ice-is-disappearing-on-swiss-glaciers-id8870099.html

Albert Ulebe Posted on September 18, 2018 14:02

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The 25 best high-paying jobs in America for 2018.

US News & World Report recently released its 2018 Best Jobs rankings, which determines the best occupations in the US based on various factors. Of the jobs that offer the best prospects, stress levels, and work-life balance, these are also the highest-paying.

When choosing a career, it's important to seek out jobs that are meaningful, will allow balance in your life, and that will be around in the future.

But a high salary doesn't hurt, either.

US News & World Report recently released its 2018 Best Jobs rankings, which determines the best occupations in the US based on median salary, employment rate, job growth, job prospects, stress level, and work-life balance.

The publication then ranked these coveted positions by pay, finding that, unsurprisingly, many of America's top jobs come with six-figure salaries.

Positions in the healthcare sector dominated the list, with anesthesiologists claiming the top spot.

Read on to see the 25 best high-paying jobs in the US, with salary data and projected job growth from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics and job descriptions provided by US News & World report (we included mean annual salary data where specific median annual salary data was not available):

25. Medical and health services manager

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25. Medical and health services manager

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Median annual salary: $96,540

Projected growth (2016 to 2026): 19.8%

Medical and health services managers are the planners, directors and coordinators who work behind the scenes to keep hospitals, nursing homes, group practices, and other health care facilities running efficiently.

 


 

24. Political scientist

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24. Political scientist

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Median annual salary: $114,290

Projected growth (2016 to 2026): 2.1%

Political scientists look back at history and monitor current affairs to understand how the policies and laws affect government, business, and people and to forecast trends. Their employers range from the federal government to nonprofits.

 


 

23. Actuary

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23. Actuary

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Median annual salary: $100,610

Projected growth (2016 to 2026): 22.5%

Actuaries use mathematics, statistics, and financial theory to measure, manage, and mitigate financial risk and uncertainty. They're essential to the insurance industry, and they're increasingly finding niches in other businesses.

 


 

22. Optometrist

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22. Optometrist

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Median annual salary: $106,140

Projected growth (2016 to 2026): 17.3%

Optometrists perform different tests on patients to determine common eyesight issues like near- or farsightedness, for which they can prescribe glasses or contacts, or eye diseases like glaucoma, for which they can prescribe medicines.

 


 

21. Pharmacist

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21. Pharmacist

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Median annual salary: $122,230

Projected growth (2016 to 2026): 5.6%

Imperative to the healthcare industry, pharmacists not only fill prescriptions, but also educate patients on the potential side effects of their medications, teach them how to handle side effects, and monitor which prescriptions each patient is taking to prevent mixing incompatible drugs.

 


 

20. Business-operations manager

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20. Business-operations manager

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Median annual salary: $99,310

Projected growth (2016 to 2026): 9.1%

Business-operations managers take care of the details that are vital to keeping a business running, including hiring new talent, negotiating contracts, making strategy decisions, and building and leading effective teams.

 


 

19. Financial advisor

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19. Financial advisor

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Median annual salary: $90,530

Projected growth (2016 to 2026): 14.4%

Financial advisors meet with clients and counsel them on their finances. This could mean sitting down and creating budgets, firming up retirement plans, giving advice about investing, and investing a client's funds on their behalf.

 


 

18. Sales manager

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18. Sales manager

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Median annual salary: $117,960

Projected growth (2016 to 2026): 7.4%

Sales managers get their company's product into customers' hands. This requires managers to establish client relationships and sales territory, guide sales teams, develop training programs for new hires, outline team strategies, and set short- and long-term goals.

Sales managers typically hold either a bachelor's or master's degree in business administration and have expertise in marketing.

 


 

17. Financial manager

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17. Financial manager

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Median annual salary: $121,750

Projected growth (2016 to 2026): 18.7%

Financial managers are integral to their companies because they advise and control the checkbook. Individuals in this position produce profit projections, oversee the cash flow of projects, and coordinate accounting practices. The job is incredibly detail-oriented and requires finesse in handling numbers and communicating complicated financial statements to other employees.

 


 

16. Lawyer

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16. Lawyer

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Median annual salary: $118,160

Projected growth (2016 to 2026): 9.4%

There are quite a few different career paths and specializations lawyers can take, from working at a private firm to a public position as a district attorney. But one thing holds across the many different iterations: Being a lawyer requires long, committed hours in the office.

 


 

15. Podiatrist

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15. Podiatrist

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Median annual salary: $124,830

Projected growth (2016 to 2026): 9.7%

Podiatrists specialize in feet and ankles, treating conditions that range from ingrown toenails and bunions to fractures and sprains. It's no easy task to become a podiatrist, however. After completing a bachelor's degree, individuals must attend a podiatric medical school, complete a three-year residency program, and pass the American Podiatric Medical Licensing Exam.

 


 

14. Marketing manager

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14. Marketing manager

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Median annual salary: $131,180

Projected growth (2016 to 2026): 10%

Being a marketing manager doesn't come with a set-in-stone list of responsibilities. It requires employees to balance a variety of tasks, including everything from hiring new talent to strategic planning to design work.

 


 

13. IT manager

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13. IT manager

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Median annual salary: $135,800

Projected growth (2016 to 2026): 11.9%

IT managers supervise software and hardware upgrades, protect office networks from hackers and malware, and coordinate technology issues with top executives. The position isn't industry-specific, either. As technology becomes increasingly integral to day-to-day business operations, IT managers have become necessary across all sectors.

 


 

12. Petroleum engineer

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12. Petroleum engineer

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Median annual salary: $128,230

Projected growth (2016 to 2026): 14.5%

Petroleum engineers create new technology or create new ways to apply existing technology to help untap oil. Because the industry and the federal government want to encourage engineering breakthroughs and more environmentally friendly extraction techniques, most university students can expect to get their studies fully underwritten and even receive a stipend.

 


 

11. Nurse anesthetist

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11. Nurse anesthetist

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Median annual salary: $160,270

Projected growth (2016 to 2026): 16%

Nurse anesthetists help doctors complete painful procedures by administering anesthesia through intravenous drugs or inhaled gases. To become a nurse anesthetist, registered nurses must complete at least one year of critical-care experience and earn a master's degree from an accredited nurse-anesthesia program.

 


 

10. Prosthodontist

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10. Prosthodontist

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Median annual salary: $126,050

Projected growth (2016 to 2026): 17.2%

Different from an orthodontist, prosthodontists are dental specialists who build oral prostheses that replace missing teeth. These replacements can help patients in a number of ways, from improving appearances to restoring the ability to speak and eat.

 


 

9. Dentist

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9. Dentist

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Median annual salary: $159,770

Projected growth (2016 to 2026): 17.2%

Dentists help maintain the health of patients' mouths, gums, and teeth by filling cavities, diagnosing oral diseases, and extracting teeth when needed.

 


 

8. Pediatrician

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8. Pediatrician

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Median annual salary: $168,990

Projected growth (2016 to 2026): 17.8%

Pediatricians focus on the physical and mental health of children, from infancy to adolescence. Specialties range from oncology and hematology to developmental behavior and psychiatry, but at the end of the day, it's all about advocating the best course of care and communicating it to parents and patients.

 


 

7. Psychiatrist

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7. Psychiatrist

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Median annual salary: $194,740

Projected growth (2016 to 2026): 13.1%

Unlike podiatrists and surgeons, who deal with physical afflictions, psychiatrists tend to patients' mental health. They diagnose and treat complex conditions like bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, depression, and anxiety. Psychiatrists use a combination of methods to treat these disorders and write prescriptions when necessary.

 


 

6. Physician

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6. Physician

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Mean annual salary: $201,840

Projected growth (2016 to 2026): 14.9%

The term "physician" encompasses everything from primary-care doctors to gynecologists to cardiologists to dermatologists — and every niche in between.

 


 

5. Orthodontist

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5. Orthodontist

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Mean annual salary: $228,780

Projected growth (2016 to 2026): 17.3%

Orthodontists are tasked with constructing beautiful smiles by fixing irregular bites and realigning crooked teeth. This is most often done through braces, but they also use retainers and other appliances to create an optimized plan for each patient.

 


 

4. Oral and maxillofacial surgeon

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4. Oral and maxillofacial surgeon

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Mean annual salary: $232,870

Projected growth (2016 to 2026): 17.2%

Unlike a regular dentist, oral and maxillofacial surgeons go through an additional four years of surgical training to be able to perform surgical procedures pertaining to the face, mouth, and jaw, such as fixing a cleft lip or administering a face-lift. These doctors are also able to administer anesthesia and diagnose cancer.

 


 

3. Obstetrician and gynecologist

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3. Obstetrician and gynecologist

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Mean annual salary: $234,310

Projected growth (2016 to 2026): 17.9%

Obstetricians and gynecologists help maintain women's reproductive health, though the positions differ. Gynecologists screen for HPV and other STDs, help manage contraceptives, and assist patients with issues like abnormal bleeding. Those who are also obstetricians, often referred to as OB-GYNs, deliver babies and monitor mothers-to-be throughout pregnancy.

 


 

2. Surgeon

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2. Surgeon

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Mean annual salary: $252,910

Projected growth (2016 to 2026): 16.8%

Surgeons undertake a heavy job: opening up people's bodies to correct injuries, diseases, or deformities. Surgeons are rigorously trained for the serious nature of the job, however. After completing a bachelor's degree and four years of medical school, they must enter a surgical residency program, which takes a minimum of five years to finish.

 


 

1. Anesthesiologist

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1. Anesthesiologist

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Mean annual salary: $269,600

Projected growth (2016 to 2026): 17.8%

Anesthesiologists are responsible for administering the drugs that allow surgeons to complete painful, invasive procedures without discomforting patients. They also closely monitor a patient's vital signs and critical life functions before, during, and after a surgery.

https://www.pulse.com.gh/bi/strategy/the-25-best-high-paying-jobs-in-america-for-2018-id8866556.html

Albert Ulebe Posted on September 18, 2018 13:49

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I spent 6 weeks in China — here are 5 things the country does infinitely better than the US.

After traveling in China for six weeks, it became apparent to me that there are certain things the country unquestionably does better than the US. High-speed rail is just the start.

  • After traveling in China for six weeks, it became apparent to me that there are certain things the country unquestionably does better than the US.
  • High-speed rail is extensive and convenient; the food is complex, diverse, cheap, and delicious; almost all young Chinese people use mobile payments instead of cash; you can get any kind of errand done with China's on-demand services apps; and China's e-commerce platforms make Amazon look dated.
  • That's not to say visiting the country was easy. Few people speak English and many of China's most convenient services, like mobile payments, won't work for foreigners. But, despite this, I found my time there to be an incredibly enriching experience.

I'm not sure what I expected before visiting China.

Whenever I spoke to people who had visited the country before, the dominant reaction I received — whether the person was white, Chinese-American, or something else — was along the lines of an exasperated sigh and a face that said, "You haven't seen anything yet."

Even when I was in Hong Kong during the first week of my five-month trip, when I told Hong Kongers that I was about to embark on six weeks in China, they smiled knowingly.

"Hong Kong is Diet China," one told me. "Hong Kong is China without all the extra difficulties, weirdness, and inconveniences. Get ready."

After traveling in the country for six weeks, I think I understand a lot of what they were trying to convey. From an American perspective, China does not operate in the way you expect it to.

For example, it is altogether pretty common for companies to have job listings that include qualifiers like "men only" or "only aesthetically pleasing women."

On a smaller scale, times are more or less suggestions. Once when asking the bus station when the last bus to the town I was staying would leave, I was told, "7 p.m., maybe." It left at 6:40 p.m. and I missed the bus. Another time, on top of a mountain, when I asked when the cable car closed, I was told, "whenever the workers decide its time to go home." A sign said 7:00 p.m.. The cable car stayed open until 7:30 p.m.

Among other things: Personal space is nonexistent, few people speak English, and you'll often be told things are not possible with little or no explanation (and that's assuming you understand enough Mandarin to hear the explanation in the first place).

But despite those difficulties, it became apparent to me that there are certain things the country unquestionably does better than the US. Here's a few:

1. High-speed rail and public transport

 

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Fast, seamless cross-country travel.

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Traveling to China can often feel like visiting the future. The cities stretch out for what seems like forever, while new skyscrapers, bridges, and futuristically designed landmarks spring up every year.

Nowhere is this feeling more apparent than when you encounter China's high-speed railway network. At 15,500 miles, the country's "bullet train" is the world's largest.

The practical result of this is that you can pretty much travel in anywhere in China via high-speed rail. It's usually comparable in speed to air travel (once you factor in security lines and check-in) and far more convenient.

What's perhaps most amazing is that the entire system has been built in the last decade. China's first high-speed rail line was a single 70-mile demonstration line built specifically for the Beijing Olympics in 2008.

In many major cities, the high-speed rail station is located towards the center of the city and is directly connected to that city's metro, which creates a fast, seamless public transportation experience.

Read more about China's high-speed rail »

2. Food

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Even after six weeks in China, I wasn't sick of Chinese food.

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Chinese food is considered to be one of the most complex and diverse cuisines in the world by chefs, food critics, and travelers. Americans, and the rest of the West, tend to think of China as one monolithic place, but the opposite is true. China is comprised of over 1.3 billion people, 23 provinces, 56 ethnic groups, and at least as many different cuisines. Libraries-worth of books have been written simply on China's food.

Each cuisine has different flavor profiles, hallmark ingredients, and cooking methods. Sweet and sour is a common taste in Shanghainese cuisine, while Szechuan food is known for its extensive use of the numbing peppercorn of the same name. Steaming is extremely popular in Cantonese cuisine, while a number of western and northern regions boil dishes in a "hot pot." As you can probably guess, none of those hot pots taste remotely similar.

The cuisine is so diverse and specific that it is not uncommon for a particular county or town to be famous for a single dish that is not made anywhere else in the country.

Whenever I talked to friends back home about visiting China for so long, their first question was often, "But didn't you get sick of eating Chinese food all the time?" Friends, if you understood how diverse Chinese cuisine is, you'd know that's a silly question.

Read more about some of the best foods in China »

3. Mobile payments

 

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Even street musicians use QR codes and mobile payments for tips.

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Paying with your phone isn't a novelty in China these days. Paying with cash is.

Over the last 15 years, mobile payments in China have grown into a $16 trillion market dominated by China's two biggest tech giants — Tencent and Alibaba. Mobile payments totaled $9 trillion in 2016, according to iResearch Consulting Group. Meanwhile, the US saw $112 billion in mobile payments in 2016, according to a Forrester Research estimate.

Tencent and Alibaba's competing mobile payment apps — WeChat Pay and AliPay, respectively — are used by just about everyone in China, from fancy restaurants and high-end designer boutiques down to street vendors, taxi drivers, and even panhandlers. All you need is a phone-scannable QR code to give or receive money.

Ninety-two percent of people in China's top cities said that they use WeChat Pay or AliPay as their primary payment method, according to a 2017 study by Penguin Intelligence. And the amount spent per month through those services keeps going up.

The one caveat is that those services don't work for most foreigners as they require a Chinese bank account. When I encountered a cafe that only accepted mobile payments, I had to beg someone in the cafè to use their account to pay for me.

Read more about mobile payments in China »

4. On-demand services

 

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In every Chinese city, there are tens of thousands of workers fulfilling city-dwellers' ever wish on-demand.

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While most people know about Chinese internet giants like Alibaba, Baidu, and Tencent, the hottest concept in Chinese tech and startups over the last several years is on-demand services.

In China's major cities, you can get just about anything done with a mobile phone and the right app. Want a manicure or pedicure done at your home in a few hours? Queue up Heli Jia, a startup connecting freelance nail artists and stylists with customers for in-home treatments. For in-home massages, check out Gongfu Xiong. For food delivery, get Ele.me or Meituan Dianping.

That's just the start. People living in China can hire photographers, personal chefs, and driving instructors through different apps. They can get their car washed, laundry done, or rent a bike or scooter in a few clicks. While the US has many of these services as well, in China, they tend to be more affordable, more convenient, and speedier.

And that's without even getting into e-commerce.

5. E-commerce and logistics

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I know, I know. You've got Amazon Prime and your packages magically show up two days after you order them with free shipping (minus the $119/year and the human costs, revealed by Business Insider's Hayley Peterson).

In China, e-commerce giants Alibaba and JD.com pride themselves on even faster shipping with no fee or membership.

JD.com makes 90% of its deliveries in China within 24 hours. 57% of its deliveries are made within 12 hours of order placement. Let's put it this way: If you realize that you forgot your toothbrush at lunch, it'll be delivered to your hotel before it's time to go to bed.

And it's only going to get more fast and efficient. JD.com is already using drones to expand its high-speed delivery network to over 100 rural villages and counting throughout China. JD's CEO Liu Qiangdong has said he expects drone delivery to cut costs by 70% once it reaches scale.

Both Alibaba and JD.com now have fancy Whole Foods-style supermarkets that offer incredibly fresh high quality food delivered within 30 minutes of an order being placed. It's a marvel to see in action.

There is a human cost. There are 1.2 million kuaidi, or express couriers, in China who suffer low pay and often a brutal schedule of seven-day work weeks with as long as 12 hour shifts.

https://www.pulse.com.gh/bi/strategy/i-spent-6-weeks-in-china-here-are-5-things-the-country-does-infinitely-better-than-the-us-id8869902.html

Albert Ulebe Posted on September 18, 2018 13:41

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Champions League is back: The best games to watch this week

The anthem, the global superstars, the evening football to base your working week around.

The Champions League main tournament returns on Tuesday, 115 days after Gareth Bale's double for Real Madrid helped them beat Liverpool in the 2017-18 final.

It starts with a bang, with several big matches in this week's opening round. Here are the ones we're most excited about watching.

The best strikeforces in the world?

Liverpool v Paris St-Germain (Tuesday, 18 September 20:00 BST)

 

Two of European football's great entertainers - and potential champions -meet, with arguably the best attacking players in world football.

Since the break-up of Real Madrid's 'BBC' - Karim Benzema, Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo - and Barcelona's 'MSN' - Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar, the debate for the top strikeforce is wide open.

Neymar left Barcelona for PSG in the summer of 2017 for a world record £200m, joining £165.7m Kylian Mbappe and the club's all-time top scorer Edinson Cavani in a fearsome front three.

But Liverpool's is equally impressive, with Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah each scoring 10 Champions League goals last season - three of only four players to hit double figures in the tournament.

"They are the two best front threes in world football right now," said French football journalist Julien Laurens on the BBC Euro Leagues podcast.

And then there are the managers.

Paris St-Germain boss Thomas Tuchel's two previous managerial roles have been identical to Reds boss Jurgen Klopp's. He took over at Mainz in 2009, a year after Klopp resigned. And when Klopp left Dortmund in 2015, Tuchel was the man to replace him again. However, he slightly broke tradition this summer when he became PSG manager - a team Klopp has never worked for.

"There are so many narratives," said Laurens. "Klopp against Tuchel - Tuchel facing his mentor really. I don't think there's anyone who knows Klopp as well as Tuchel. I don't think anyone knows Tuchel as well as Klopp either. It'll be fascinating to see how they set up tactically and play the game. The atmosphere will be amazing. I can't wait for it."

Laurens already knows how this year's final will go. "This is PSG's year," he said. "This is Kylian Mbappe's year, Neymar's year and Gianluigi Buffon's year.

"They will win the Champions League in Madrid against Juventus in the final, with Buffon winning his first and last - because I can see him retiring on that peak of his career, winning the only trophy he hasn't won.

"Juventus couldn't win it with him and yet they'll beat them in the final. There's no debate - this is what's going to happen."

A game which guarantees goals

Inter Milan v Tottenham Hotspur (Tuesday, 18 September 17:55 BST)

We all have the same first thought when we hear this game mentioned, right? Arguably the most famous hat-trick on a losing side ever, when Gareth Bale scored three as Spurs lost 4-3 at the San Siro in 2010.

But another notable thing from previous meetings is how high-scoring they have all been. Their four meetings, all in the past decade, have produced 19 goals - and all been won by the home team.

Two weeks after that thrilling defeat in the Champions League group stages, Spurs beat Inter 3-1 at White Hart Lane.

In 2013, they met in the Europa League last 16, with Spurs going through on away goals in extra time after a 3-0 win at home and a 4-1 reverse in Milan.

Harry Kane and Mauro Icardi's scoring records were similar in the league in 2017-18 - although Icardi only needed 101 shots to Kane's 184

The pair have two of European football's top goalscorers.

Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi - with 29 league strikes - was the joint top scorer in Serie A last season, as well as 2014-15.

Kane - who scored 30 league goals - was only denied a third consecutive Premier League golden boot by Salah. In the past four seasons, Icardi has scored an impressive 98 goals, but that is in the shadow of Kane's 135 strikes.

Argentina international Icardi will be making his Champions League debut at the age of 25 - because he only joined in 2013 and Inter have not been in Europe's top competition since 2011-12.

They qualified for the tournament after beating Lazio on the final day to overtake them into fourth spot. Since then they have signed Belgian midfielder Radja Nainggolan from Roma, Netherlands centre-back Stefan de Vrij - who conceded a penalty in that game - from Lazio and Senegalese winger Keita Balde from Monaco.

Tottenham are the only team in their group to have not won the European Cup - with Barcelona having won five, Inter winning three times and PSV Eindhoven lifting the trophy in 1988.

'The Thomas Lemar derby'

Thomas Lemar has failed to score in his opening five Atletico Madrid matches

Monaco v Atletico Madrid (Tuesday, 18 September 20:00 BST)

Atletico Madrid are looking to bounce back from last season's disappointment and take on another team who have played in a Champions League final without ever lifting the trophy.

Diego Simeone's side were knocked out in last season's group stages - below Chelsea and Roma. That ended a run of four years when their title dreams were crushed by city rivals Real Madrid - including in the 2014 and 2016 finals.

They are fancied to challenge this season because they have strengthened - with Thomas Lemar, Gelson Martins and Rodri joining - while Real Madrid and Barcelona lost key players without making any superstar replacements.

Beaten 2004 finalists Monaco have been stripped of many of their star players for the second summer running, with Fabinho joining Liverpool and France winger Lemar moving to opponents Atletico for an undisclosed fee which is thought to be more than £50m.

Last summer, Mbappe, Benjamin Mendy and Bernardo Silva were among the players to exit the Stade Louis II.

This is their first meeting in any competition.

Euro Leagues podcast journalist Raphael Honigstein said: "This game has an amazing array of talent. They are always two teams who for different reasons are interesting to watch.

"Atletico are different from all top teams in European football. They're so efficient and brutal at times in how they defend, but they can play as well - as we saw in the Uefa Super Cup when they destroyed a very poor Real Madrid.

"Monaco is always the place to go to see the next talent, to see who is coming through and will be sold for 70m euros in six months' time. It will be an interesting game, but maybe not as free-flowing as PSG v Liverpool."

A new era with Ronaldo

Valencia v Juventus (Wednesday, 19 September 20:00 BST)

A new era starts in the Champions League on Wednesday as the greatest goalscorer the competition has ever seen starts his bid to win a joint record sixth European Cup.

Ronaldo has scored 120 Champions League goals for Manchester United and Real Madrid, winning the competition with both. He has won the golden boot, or been joint top scorer, for the past six seasons. The Portuguese has won the cup five times, including the most recent three - one off Paco Gento's record of six in the 1950s and 60s for Real.

But as he chases that record, he has left the competition's most successful team for a club who have not conquered Europe since 1996.

Having got off the mark for his new side with both goals in a 2-1 Serie A win over Sassuolo on Sunday, he starts his European bid in the country he has just left - against a Valencia side who have not had the best start.

 

"Valencia haven't started the season very well," said Spanish journalist Guillem Balague on BBC Radio 5 live. "They had two draws against Atletico Madrid and Levante and lost to Espanyol with a dangerous lack of intensity, as if they were waiting for a bigger tie, perhaps the Champions League and Juventus and Manchester United.

"But it's strange to see them play that way - Marcelino is an intense coach and they've got quality from the midfield onwards."

Speaking about Juve, Balague added: "They've got Joao Cancelo and he was brilliant for Portugal against Italy, and Paulo Dybala at the moment is mostly on the bench. The manager is using Juan Cuadrado, Douglas Costa, Federico Bernardeschi and Mario Mandzukic - they have all those possibilities up front.

"This will be a crucial game if Valencia want to get out of this group."

This is their first competitive meeting, but five of Juventus' past six defeats in the Champions League have been by Spanish teams - Real Madrid, Barcelona and Sevilla.

What are the other intriguing games?

New Napoli boss Carlo Ancelotti holds the record for most European Cup wins as manager - alongside Bob Paisley and Zinedine Zidane (three)

Both Manchester clubs are kicking off at the same time on Wednesday (20:00 BST), with City at home to Lyon and United - who have won their past two Premier League games after losing two of their first three - at Swiss club Young Boys.

City are favourites to win the tournament this season, but Balague thinks that is "unfair pressure". "They don't have a big enough history in Europe to be considered ahead of many others," he said.

"Unfair pressure? For 10 years they've spent how many hundreds of millions on the team trying to win the Champions League. I think they have a good chance," countered Honigstein. "But I have a feeling Barcelona, who have had some strange games when they've been knocked out in the past few years, might have a big season."

Barca, who have won three domestic doubles in the past four years but have lost in three consecutive Champions League quarter-finals, are at home to PSV Eindhoven.

Balague also fancies Barcelona to win the tournament for the first time since 2015. "Messi said he likes the squad - Arturo Vidal, Arthur, Clement Lenglet and Malcom have been added and it looks like they have the squad depth to win the Champions League," he said.

They have won 24 of their past 26 home games in the Champions League, drawing the other two. Their last such defeat was in May 2013 against Bayern Munich, when they lost 3-0 in the semi-final second leg to exit 7-0 on aggregate.

Red Star Belgrade play their first Champions League group game since 1992 - the year after they beat Marseille on penalties in the final - when they welcome Carlo Ancelotti's Napoli to Serbia.

They will not be able to bring fans to their first two away games, including a trip to Liverpool, after being punished for a pitch invasion and fireworks in their win over RB Leipzig in the play-offs.

Napoli are the eighth club managed by Ancelotti in the Champions League, a tournament record.

Real Madrid start their first Champions League campaign without Ronaldo since 2008-09 as they host last season's semi-finalists Roma.

Real also lost boss Zinedine Zidane in the summer after he led them to three consecutive Champions League titles. Under Julen Lopetegui, they are looking to become the first team to win four European Cups in a row since they won the first five tournaments between 1955-56 and 1959-60.

Bayern Munich visit Benfica - in a repeat of the 2015-16 quarter-final, which the German side won 3-2 on aggregate. Benfica - who have lost their last seven Champions League games - have never beaten Bayern Munich in eight 

https://www.bbc.com/sport/football/45522544

seth Posted on September 18, 2018 13:34

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McDonald's workers strike over sexual harassment policy

Staff at McDonald's restaurants in 10 US cities will walk out on Tuesday over claims the fast food giant is not doing enough to prevent sexual harassment.

The strike comes after 25 women filed complaints against the chain, alleging it failed to enforce company rules against abuse.

The women said they were ignored after reporting incidents including groping, indecent exposure and lewd comments.

McDonald's said there was "no place for harassment" at its restaurants.

Organisers said the strike would target multiple restaurants in cities including Chicago, Los Angeles and Miami.

It is thought several hundred staff will walk out.

McDonald's has a company-wide sexual harassment policy but the protestors - who are backed by the Time's Up Legal Defense Fund - want to see improvements.

They say procedures for responding to harassment complaints are inadequate and that all staff should undergo anti-harassment training.

Complaints ignored

Since 2016, 25 McDonald's workers have filed complaints with the US National Labor Relations Board, alleging their reports of harassment were ignored, mocked or met with retaliation.

The complaints named both McDonald's franchisees and the company itself. However, the firm regards its franchisees as independent business owners.

In one example, Breauna Morrow, a 15-year-old cashier in St Louis, said that she had been "repeatedly harassed" by a co-worker using "graphic, sexual language".

However, when she reported the incident her "supervisors did nothing".

In another incident, an employee said she had reported being groped by a co-worker at a New Orleans outlet.

Instead of taking action, her managers mocked the woman and said "she was probably giving the worker 'sex appeal'".

'Policies in place'

McDonald's spokeswoman Andrea Abate said: "We have policies, procedures and training in place that are specifically designed to prevent sexual harassment at our company and company-owned restaurants, and we firmly believe that our franchisees share this commitment."

McDonald's also continues to face pressure from labour unions over the wages it pays it staff.

The Fight for $15, a national movement seeking to increase the minimum wage, has been pressurising the chain to increase wages and improve working conditions.

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Emmy Awards 2018: The 8 best moments (and 1 that didn't happen)

Monday's Emmy Awards had its fair share of unexpected moments, emotional reactions and impassioned speeches. And some revelations about the destiny of Game of Thrones.

1. She said yes!

 

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It started off like any other slightly dull acceptance speech but ended up putting all the gathered superstars in the shade.

Glenn Weiss thanked his children and the people he worked with on the Oscars, for which he won best directing for a variety special. Then he paid tribute to his mother, who died two weeks ago.

Then, seemingly inspired by her passing, he to seized the moment and he told his girlfriend Jan he wanted to make her his wife.

An overwhelmed Jan made her way up to the stage and Glenn, as an award show director himself, knew how to avoid being played off by the orchestra. He told Emmys director Hamish Hamilton: "Hamish, I'm going to be a moment."

He put his mother's wedding ring on Jan's finger and dropped down on one knee, to ecstatic applause.

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If he hadn't won, he told reporters he might have popped the question at In 'N' Out Burger afterwards instead.

2. Betty White gets due respect at 96

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Betty White made her first TV appearance a full decade before the very first Emmys were handed out in 1949.

Now, at the age of 96, the Golden Girls star was moved by a standing ovation as she accepted a special honour at the 70th annual ceremony.

"Oh my goodness," she repeated as she took to the stage. "I'm just gonna quit while I'm ahead."

She continued: "It's incredible that I am still in this business and that you are still putting up with me." After more applause, she added: "No, believe me, I'm thanking you."

3. RuPaul makes history

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The Drag Race host became the first person to win the reality competition category and outstanding host for a reality or reality competition programme in the same year, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

He gave a typically impassioned acceptance speech, telling "all of the dreamers out there - if you can't love yourself, how in the hell are you going to love somebody else?"

Holding the statuette aloft, he called: "Can I get an amen up in here?"

4. Leslie Jones is more excited about Regina King than Regina King

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Normally the winner is more overjoyed than the presenter.

But when Ghostbusters star Leslie Jones announced Regina King as the winner of best actress in a limited series or movie for Seven Seconds, Leslie's eyes almost popped out of her head, while King sat impassively, seemingly in shock.

Leslie kept screaming in elation as a still stony-faced King eventually made her way to the stage.

Some viewers pointed out that King was the night's first non-white winner - which had been a long time coming.

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5. Teddy Perkins turned up

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Donald Glover submitted the Atlanta episode Teddy Perkins - in which he spent most of the time dressed as the creepy alter-ego of the same name - to voters of the best actor in a comedy category.

So it was perhaps fitting that Teddy himself turned up to the Emmys when that award was announced.

But alas we missed out on Teddy's acceptance speech because in one of the night's biggest upsets, Bill Hader beat Glover to the award.

Hader - who won for Barry - even hugged "Teddy" on his way up to the stage.

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6. Game of Thrones is back - but it could have lasted longer

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Game of Thrones picked up best drama series again, after a year off in 2017 when it wasn't eligible.

Its forthcoming eighth season will be its last. Author George RR Martin revealed on the red carpet that he wanted it to go on for longer, but that showrunners David Benioff and DB Weiss refused.

"We could have gone to 11, 12, 13 seasons but I guess they wanted a life," he told Variety.

"But that's fine, we've got five prequels in development that are based on other periods in the history of Westeros, some of them just 100 years before Game of Thrones, some of them 5,000 years before Game of Thrones."

7. 'A country that allows hatred to grow unfettered and unchecked'

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One of the strongest messages came from director Ryan Murphy, accepting best limited series for The Assassination of Gianni Versace.

He told the ceremony the show was "about a lot of things".

He said: "It's about homophobia, internalised and externalised, it's about a country that allows hatred to grow unfettered and unchecked. One out of every four LGBTQ people in this country will be a victim of a hate crime.

"We dedicate this award to them. We dedicate this award to awareness, to stricter hate crime laws, and mostly, this is for the memory of Jeff and David and Gianni and for all of those taken too soon."

Jeff is Jeffrey Trail and David is David Madson - both also victims of Versace's killer Andrew Cunanan.

8. When in doubt, thank your horse

At the end of his acceptance speech for best supporting actor in a limited series for Godless, after a slightly (very) dull list of thank-yous including his riding trainer and horse wrangler - Jeff Daniels was sure not to forget the most important thank you of all.

"I'd finally like to thank my horse Apollo. He was Jeff Bridges' horse on True Grit and I felt he was making unfair comparisons."

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At least he didn't go so far as to propose to it.

And one moment that didn't happen

"Those who were waiting for a #MeToo moment during Monday night's Emmy Awards just kept waiting," wrote the New York Times.

"Unlike at previous awards shows this year, emblems of the movement weren't pinned to lapels or sequined gowns.

"#MeToo was mostly absent from acceptance speeches and even from the monologue - except for fleeting jokes by the hosts, Michael Che and Colin Jost."


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12 dead babies found stuffed in boxes and plastic bags

The governor of Nairobi has ordered an investigation after he made a surprise visit to a hospital in the Kenyan capital and found 12 dead babies stuffed in boxes and plastic bags.

 

Gov. Mike Sonko said he went to the Pumwani Maternity Hospital on Monday after he received reports of negligence and of employees carrying bodies from hospital rooms. "During the impromptu visit, I uncovered 12 bodies of infants who died at the hospital mysteriously and their bodies hidden in boxes and paper bags inside a room," Sonko said in a statement.

 

The visit was captured on video

 

In a confrontation captured on video and shared online, the governor stormed into the hospital and demanded to know how many children died that day. A hospital employee told him only one has died since Friday, but the governor said he's been told the number is higher.

 

"Don't play with me, I have information on six bodies," Sonko said in Swahili. "You told me there's only one, how many dead babies are there?" Sonko ordered an employee to open several boxes and plastic bags that were sitting in a room, and they counted 12 bodies.

"This is a police case. You cannot lose 12 babies in a day. ... You're hiding bodies in plastic bags. ... these are human beings," Sonko said.

 

Hospitals are overburdened and underfunded

 

It was not immediately clear what killed the babies or what happened to their mothers. CNN has reached out to Pumwani Maternity Hospital.

 

The governor said he's suspended several top hospital officials following the incident, including the superintendent, the administrator and the ob-gyn physician on duty.

 

Public hospitals in Kenya have a history of neglect and mismanagement, with a health care system that's overcrowded, overburdened and underfunded.

 

Last year, the treatment at the nation's hospitals almost ground to a halt when doctors and nurses went on strike for months due to low pay and poor working conditions.

Pumwani has no facilities to store bodies, and it's not uncommon for employees to temporarily put bodies in boxes before they are transferred to the morgue, a doctor wrote in the Standard newspaper.

 

Kenyan officials have demanded changes following the governor's visit to the hospital.

"The situation unearthed at Pumwani is saddening, heartbreaking and undeserving to any family," Nairobi Sen. Johnson Sakaja tweeted. "Spoken to DCI (director of criminal investigations) to investigate concerned parties on the deaths of the babies as well as allegations of child trafficking and baby swaps."

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Venezuela’s president ate steak at Salt Bae's restaurant while people in his country are starving.

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro ate at the Istanbul restaurant of Salt Bae — real name Nusret Gökçe — on Monday as his country grapples with hyperinflation, powers cuts, and food shortages. Food at Nusr Et, the restaurant, is very expensive.

  • Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro ate at viral chef Salt Bae's restaurant in Istanbul on Monday.
  • Food at Nusr Et, the restaurant, is very expensive.
  • Meanwhile, Venezuela is struggling through hyperinflation, powers cuts, and food shortages.
  • Florida Senator Marco Rubio slammed Salt Bae — real name Nusret Gökçe — for serving Maduro.

Venezuela's president feasted on expensive steak at celebrity chef Salt Bae's restaurant while millions of people back home are starving.

Nícolas Maduro was seen dining with his wife on Monday at an Istanbul branch of Nusr Et, the international chain of restaurants by to Turkish chef Nusret Gökçe, also known as "Salt Bae."

Maduro was in Istanbul for a stop-off on his way from China, where he went to ask for more loans for his economically-stricken country.

Recent polls of Venezuelans show that many struggle to afford food, and the country often sees mass protests because of their economic hardship. The government has advised Venezuelans to breed and kill rabbits as a way to beat their hunger.

At one point in his meal, Maduro can be seen smoking a cigar and appearing to pose with Gökçe as he was presented with a cigar and a T-shirt.

Reuters also cited him telling fellow diners: "This is a once in a lifetime moment."

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Gökçe found international fame and earned his nickname in early 2017 after a video of him cutting up steak and sprinkling salt over it went viral.

Meals at his chain restaurants have been panned as overly expensive. While the menu on Nusr Et's website shows no prices, steaks in his New York restaurant run from $70 to $275, according to the New York Observer.

Gökçe thanked Maduro for visiting the restaurant in at least two tweets on Monday, according to Bloomberg. Both of those tweets have since been deleted.

Maduro, however, confirmed the visit in a state broadcast on Monday. He said, according to Reuters: "Nusret attended to us personally. We were chatting, having a good time with him ... He loves Venezuela, he told me several times."

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Meanwhile, Venezuela suffers

Maduro feasted on steak as the rest of his country struggles through a profound economic crisis. Venezuela is suffering from hyperinflation, powers cuts, and food shortages.

Venezuela could see inflation as high as 1,000,000% this year, according to a July forecast from the IMF, with locals needing stacks and stacks of cash just to buy basic food items.

A new study by Venezuelan pollster Meganalisis found that 78.6% of the population found it difficult to feed themselves every day, and almost one in three Venezuelas could only afford to eat once a day.

Maduro also devalued the country's currency, the bolivar, by 95% last month and pegged it to the state-backed cryptocurrency, the petro.

Several Venezuelan women said they turned to sex work in neighboring Colombia because the economic crisis had become so bad.

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"This weirdo Salt Bae"

Gökçe received huge amounts of criticism for serving Maduro on Monday.

Yusnaby Pérez, a journalist in Venezuela, posted a video of Maduro's meal with the caption: "I wonder how every Venezuelan Chavista will feel tomorrow when they have to return to the daily titanic queue," referring to the huge lines where citizens wait for food every day.

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio also joined in the condemnation.

He tweeted on Monday night:

"I don't know who this weirdo #Saltbae is, but the guy he is so proud to host is not the President of #Venezuela.

"He is actually the overweight dictator of a nation where 30% of the people eat only once a day & infants are suffering from malnutrition."

In another tweet, he also provided the number and address of Gökçe's Miami restaurant, and encouraged constituents to visit or call it in protest.

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53 more Ghanaian referees banned after bribery probe

The Referees' Association of Ghana (RAG) has handed life-time bans to six more referees in the wake of an investigation into bribery.

It also banned 47 match officials for 10 years each, while another 14 were exonerated.

RAG also confirmed the sanctions handed down by the Confederation of African Football (Caf) last month - two for life and six others for 10 years.

It brings the total with life bans to eight and those with 10-year bans to 53.

Those on the list released by RAG have until 1 October to appeal against the rulings.

The investigation was launched after the officials were secretly filmed accepting money by investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas.

n a statement RAG said those facing lifetime bans "were found culpable for seriously breaching various portions of Disciplinary Code, Code of the Ethics and Regulations of the football controlling bodies by their actions and inactions."

David Laryea and Reginald Lathbridge had already been banned for life by Caf, they have been joined by Safo Adade, Samuel Sukah, Dally Gagba, Furella Barnie, Charles Duwona and Umar Teni.

This is the latest fallout from Anas' film that has seen the Ghana Football Association president Kwesi Nyantakyi resign from his post, as well as from positions he held with Caf and Fifa.

He has also been suspended for 135 days by football's world governing body, Fifa, as it investigates corruption allegations, Nyantakyi has denied any wrongdoing.

On Thursday Fifa and Caf announced a 4 member normalisation committee to take charge of the football affairs in Ghana for the next six months.

Former football association board member Dr Kofi Amoah will head up the committee, he was in charge of the organising committee when Ghana hosted the 2008 Nations Cup.

The other members are Lucy Quist, a former chief executive of a telecoms company, Dua Adonten, a former Asante Kotoko board member and director general of Ghana Post as well as lawyer Naa Odofoley Nortey.

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Westpac develops blockchain procurement proof of concept.

Learning about blockchain was "like being a caveman coming out into the light".

Plans for the Australian National Blockchain, a legal smart contract network, are well underway. Elsewhere the Australian Stock Exchange has taken a global lead on blockchain upgrades, and Commonwealth Bank has put 17 tonnes of almonds on the blockchain, while also being tapped by the World Bank to create the first blockchain bond.

Westpac doesn't want to fall behind. To the contrary, said Didier Van Not, Westpac's general manager of corporate and institutional banking to the Australian Financial Review, "I want Westpac to be seen as a thought leader in this space."

To that end it quickly cranked out a procurement blockchain proof of concept, built on R3's Corda platform, in partnership with tech consultancy Infosys.

A technology company with a banking licence

It only took three months to develop, but the project isn't necessarily intended to be commercialised, Van Not says. Rather, it's more of an exploration of blockchain and its potential ability to deliver data insights to Westpac and its clients.

"I'm looking to automate as much as I can at Westpac over time and utilise more data analytics and offer services like this to more of our institutional clients.... Corporate Australia is crying out for insights about their businesses, and the data we have about their sectors can have such a big impact and be packaged in such a way that we can provide more insights. It's not about selling the data, but generating insights," he said.

The system itself integrates Internet of things, big data, artificial intelligence and blockchain to create a system that achieves near-perfect buzzword saturation. It's also intended to predict demand and price rises for goods and automate currently manual procurement and payment processes.

"I'm a traditional banker, so for me, this was like being a caveman coming out into the light," Van Not said. "I'd go to conferences and people were talking about a future where machines would help people make better decisions. This was a powerful glimpse of that future."

Ultimately, Van Not said, Westpac sees itself as more of a technology company.

"Looking at the bank nowadays, we're a technology company with a banking licence," he said. "That's why we're spending time with developers, doing this proof-of-concept and talking about these things at conferences."

This might be a necessary approach for financial institutions today, as more and more tech companies start using blockchain and cryptocurrency to make inroads into banking territory.

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Solar Orbiter: Spacecraft to leave UK bound for the Sun

It's taken a little longer than expected but the Solar Orbiter probe is built and ready to begin testing.

UK engineers are putting the finishing touches to the satellite this week before sending it to Germany to begin a year-long test campaign.

Such attention to detail is necessary because of the punishing conditions the spacecraft will experience when studying our star's inner workings.

SolO is going to fly to within 43 million km of the solar surface.

In doing so, the heatshield on the front of the European Space Agency (Esa) satellite will have to cope with temperatures of up to 600C.

If you're thinking, "but I thought we just launched a probe to study the Sun" - you'd be right. That was the US space agency's (Nasa) Parker satellite, which left Earth in August.

The two missions actually have very similar goals - and on many occasions will be working hand in glove, trying to understand what drives our star's activity.

 

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Parker will do it by going even closer than SolO, to within 7 million km of the solar surface.

This will allow the American probe to sit directly in and sample the Sun's outer atmosphere, or corona. This is the place where the "solar wind" - the storm of charged particles (plasma) and the magnetic fields they carry - get accelerated and blown out into space.

Solar Orbiter, on the other hand, will stand back somewhat to provide the wider context for what Parker is sensing.

Daniel Müller is the Esa SolO project scientist: "The overarching science question we're trying to tackle is about how the Sun creates this plasma bubble around it, and how solar activity changes in time and also changes this bubble we all live in."

SolO can make very similar measurements to Parker from its "gentler" vantage point. But, crucially, it will also be taking pictures. The Esa mission's heatshield has peepholes that give telescopes an opportunity to spy the Sun's broiling surface.

Parker can't do this. If any telescope tried to look past its shield, the hardware would rapidly melt in temperatures that exceeded 1,000C.

"We go close enough with Solar Orbiter that we can co-locate with some surfaces of the Sun," explains Helen O'Brien, an instrument manager from Imperial College London. "We'll get to hover over a section to see how it develops, plus how the atmosphere coming out of that region behaves as it goes past us in space."

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And there's another aspect to SolO's mission which is very different to Parker. The European satellite is going to use a series of flybys of Venus to gravitationally manoeuvre itself into an inclined orbit so that it can look down on the Sun's poles.

This would be a first - we've never had pictures of these regions.

"Although we can't see them, the poles are where the Sun's magnetic field is really important," says Imperial's Tim Horbury, a principal investigator on SolO. "The Sun's magnetic field is central to its dynamics; the magnetic field drives all the activity on the Sun."

Solar Orbiter was due to launch this year along with Parker, but a number of technical set-backs mean the European probe won't now set off until February 2020.

The delay is disappointing but it shouldn't harm the research. SolO and Parker are still expected to be able to conduct joint science for a number of years.

And at the end of it all, scientists should have a much clearer idea of the underlying motors for the Sun's 11-year cycles of behaviour.

That's important because the biggest outbursts from our star will rattle the Earth's magnetic field. In the process, communications may be disrupted, satellites in orbit around the planet can be knocked offline, and power grids will be vulnerable to electrical surges.

Missions like SolO and Parker should improve the tools used for forecasting these kinds of disturbances.

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Solar Orbiter has been assembled by Airbus in Stevenage. There's satisfaction at the aerospace giant that the build phase of the project has come to a close.

Engineers have had to work hard to keep SolO as clean as possible, ensuring there is nothing on the spacecraft that might introduce electrical or magnetic interference to the probe's 10 instruments - and to ward off dust. "If you get dust on the telescopes' lenses and then expose them to the Sun, you'll effectively bake that dust on to their surfaces, and you'll lose science," says integration manager Michelle Sprake. "We've had challenges and have had to come up with solutions."

The Stevenage team is currently boxing up the probe for shipment to the IABG company in Munich where it will be alternately baked and frozen (parts of the probe in shadow in space can go down to minus 180C) to demonstrate its readiness for thermal extremes.

SolO will also be shaken, and "shouted at" by big loudspeakers. This will prove it can handle the violence of riding on top of a rocket.

Assuming Solar Orbiter comes through these trials, the satellite will then be despatched to Florida where Nasa has booked an Atlas vehicle to hurl the mission towards the Sun.

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