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Chinese man to be deported from Kenya after being caught on video making racist comments

NAIROBI (AFP) - Kenya has arrested a Chinese businessman after a video of him making a string of racist remarks was widely shared on social media, the government said on Thursday (Sept 6).

The Chinese national, identified as Liu Jiaqi, has been arrested and is being processed for deportation, said Kenya's immigration department.

"His work permit has been cancelled and (he) will be deported on racism grounds," the immigration service said on its Twitter feed.

 

In the two and a half minute video shared on Twitter and elsewhere, Liu, who appears to be in the midst of a dispute with one of his employees, is recorded issuing a litany of racist slurs.

"Every one, every Kenyan... like a monkey, even Uhuru Kenyatta. All of them," he said. Mr Kenyatta is Kenya's President.

After the employee suggests Liu should "go back to China" if he feels that way, the businessman responds with further abuse.

 

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"I don't belong to here. I don't like here, like monkey people, I don't like talk with them, it smells bad, and poor, and foolish, and black. I don't like them. Why not (like) the white people, like the American?"

 

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Chinese National by the Name Liu Jiaqi who was captured on video yesterday using abusive words has been arrested. His work permit has been canceled and will be deported on racism grounds. Via @GKihalangwa CC. @984inthemorning@K24Tv #AskImmigrationKEpic.twitter.com/WwU3XpCm8E

— Road Alerts (@RoadAlertsKE) September 6, 2018

He added that he only stays in Kenya because "money is important". It was not clear from the video exactly what Liu's job was in Kenya.

Some Kenyans on social media have called for Liu to be charged rather than simply deported.

This is not the first time Chinese workers in Kenya have been accused of racism.

Three years ago, a small Chinese restaurant in the capital Nairobi was shut down by the authorities and the owner charged for operating a "no blacks" policy after 5pm.

Earlier this year, Kenyan workers on a new Chinese-built railway alleged racism and discrimination by Chinese staff and managers.

However, the government dismissed allegations of racism on the US$3.2 billion signature infrastructure project.

Kenyatta was this week in Beijing attending a conference where China promised to invest another US$60 billion in Africa.

The arrest comes a day after Kenyan police raided the African headquarters of the China Global Television Network in Nairobi, briefly detaining several journalists as part of an ongoing crackdown against illegal immigrants.

The Chinese embassy said in a statement it would express its concern through diplomatic channels, after several incidents in which nationals with legal documents were hauled into police stations for verification.

Knii Odoi Posted on September 06, 2018 09:10

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Ethiopia, Somalia leaders urge dialogue to resolve Eritrea and Djibouti border dispute

 

 

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The leaders of Somalia, Ethiopia and Eritrea have agreed to initiate dialogue as they seek to resolve a border dispute between the latter and Djibouti, according to Abdinur Mohamed, the communications director in the office of the Somali president.

The leaders, who were meeting in the Eritrean capital of Asmara, agreed to resolve the impasse in the interest of peace and development in the Horn of Africa region.

 

Djibouti in July petitioned the United Nation’s security council, asking the body to ‘facilitate an agreement between them upon a mutually acceptable means of peaceful dispute settlement’.

The disputed land in question is the Dumeira mountain and Dumeira island which Djibouti claims is being illegally occupied by Eritrea.

Both Somalia and Ethiopia have been actively working to achieve the normalisation of relations between Djibouti and Eritrea.

Takeda Alemu, Ethiopia’s ambassador to the United Nations told the security council in July, that Addis Ababa had conducted fruitful and useful discussions with the Djibouti foreign minister.

 

Somalia’s president, Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed Farmaajo, also travelled to Djibouti in August to discuss his own country’s normalisation of relations with Eritrea after he was criticised for calling on the United Nations to lift sanctions on Eritrea.

An arms embargo imposed on Eritrea since 2009 was chiefly to do with its alleged support for Somali insurgent group Al-Shabaab but also because of its agression against Djibouti and refusal to enter any form of mediation over the disputed regions.

 

Calls for the 2009 Eritrean sanctions to be lifted has been strong in recent months following the peace deal between the country and Ethiopia.

The Djibouti – Eritrea standoff is seen by most political and security analysts as the final rift needed to be solved to restore durable peace to the Horn of Africa region.

Knii Odoi Posted on September 06, 2018 09:06

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Floyd Mayweather Reportedly Dragged Into Chris Brown’s Child Support Battle 6 September 2018, 8:08

Breezy is in more child support drama... Floyd Mayweather has reportedly been dragged into Chris Brown’s current child support battle with Nia Guzman. According to Page Six, Guzman has been attempting to seek more child support from Chris Brown over their 4-year-old daughter Royalty. Chris Brown claimed the he already gives her $6,000 a month for private school, medical costs and a nanny, as well as more than $3,000 for activities, travel and entertainment. Court documents filed by the singer also claim he is “providing a 4-year-old with everything she demands could be harmful and is not in her best interest.”

Guzman claims she only makes $400 a month, which is why she is demanding more money from Chris Brown. However in new court developments in the legal battle, it has been revealed by The Blast that she was gifted $20,000 from boxer Floyd Mayweather to start a clothing website inspired by her daughter Royalty. Guzman apparently didn’t want to reveal the name of her financial investor but later told the news to Chris Brown’s legal team, adding the Mayweather “heard about the idea of me wanting to start the company, and he said that he would help with it at no cost.” She claims that she has known Floyd Mayweather and his family for over 10 years. The court case is still underway.

Nii Sackey Posted on September 06, 2018 08:43

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The birth control women don't know

Outside of sterilisation, the IUD is the most effective type of contraception – and unlike a pill or condom, you can ‘set it and forget it’. So why is it used by only a minority of women?

  • By Zaria Gorvett

6 September 2018

What closely resembles an alien insect and decapitates sperm? If you answered the ‘coil’, otherwise known as the intrauterine device (IUD), congratulations! You’re correct.

About the length of a paperclip, these bizarre objects come in a wide range of shapes, from frilly ovals to four-legged spiders. However, the most common variety in the Western world consists of a T-shaped piece of plastic with a dangling ‘tail’ of threads.

To work, IUDs must be placed inside the womb, where they can remain – depending on the brand and type – for up to 12 years. They’re incredibly good at preventing pregnancy.

In Asia, 27% of women use an IUD for contraception; in North America, 6.1% 

In fact, they’re the most effective contraception on the planet – aside from sterilisation or avoiding sex altogether. And apart from those options, they’re also the most popular birth control method worldwide. But that doesn’t mean that most women in every country have heard of them. In Asia, for example, 27% of women use an IUD for contraception. But the rate is just 6.1% in North America… and less than 2% in Australia and New Zealand.

Why is this? And why should more of us know about them?

You might also like these other stories in the Health Gap:
• The strange truth about the pill
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One reason IUDs aren’t more widely used in the United States might be the lack of marketing. Over the years, pharmaceutical giants have chosen to invest heavily in promoting the contraceptive pill instead, which is more profitable.

“I think patients now are more aware than they were in the past,” says Alyssa Dweck, a gynaecologist based in New York. “But money is obviously important.”

 

 

“There are many companies, with many different formulations [of contraceptive pill], with some of the differences hardly noticeable to individuals,” says David Hubacher, an epidemiologist at the non-profit human development organisation FHI 360. “In contrast, if you look at the main IUD we’ve had on the market since 1988, ParaGard, there hasn’t been much advertising.”

Another reason is that they have a bit of an image problem. There are plenty of hostile rumours about IUDs out there – like the idea that they’re painful, cause infertility, or lead to bad sex. In the light of their checkered history, this isn’t particularly surprising.

The idea that placing a foreign object in a woman’s reproductive organs could prevent pregnancy first emerged in the late 19th Century. To begin with, doctors were pretty much just placing random objects in the cervix, the entrance of the uterus, and hoping that this would do the trick. These early precursors to the IUD, called “stem pessaries”, were made from all kinds of materials, such as bone and cat guts. But later versions were mostly metal screws with long, forked ‘tails’.

 

 

The first mainstream IUDs emerged several decades later, in the 1920s. These were popularised by a German doctor Ernst Grafenberg, who is better known today for having the ‘G spot’ named after him. 

Grafenberg’s design was a simple ring of metal that was placed in the womb, and he soon began performing scientific studies to see if they actually worked. All was going well, but their development was cut short when the Nazis arrested him. He was later rescued by the queen of birth control, Margaret Sanger, and fled to the United States. 

 

 

From then onwards, IUDs really took off. In China, IUDs were an important tool for implementing the one-child policy, along with forced sterilisations. To this day, the country has its own devices which have been especially designed or altered to make them more difficult to remove; they often require surgery.

In America, meanwhile, there was the Dalkon Shield disaster. This infamous brand, which had a broad ‘shell’ a bit like a horseshoe crab's, was introduced in the 1960s. They were based on the idea that IUDs with a larger surface area would be more effective. Instead, they had an unacceptably high risk of pregnancy. Even worse, they also led to widespread infections and infertility. It was a massive public scandal and more than 50,000 women ultimately filed successful lawsuits against the manufacturer.

“Women are always going to be concerned about their future fertility. It took a long time to make IUDs in a way that was considered safer, and to reorient women’s views,” says Dweck.

 

 

Luckily, modern versions are quite different. There are two main types: those that contain copper, and those that slowly release a low dose of the hormone levonorgestrel.

“The products we have today are very safe and effective,” says Hubacher. He points out that even when IUD use was at an all-time low, IUDs were five times more popular with female doctors than the general public. “And if you just look at the subset who were OB-GYN [specialists in reproductive medicine], the rates were up to nine times higher.”

To get to grips with this enthusiasm, it helps to compare them to other contraceptives.

If you take the pill the human way, over 10 years you have a 61% chance of getting pregnant 

Millions of women across the globe, from Melbourne to Mumbai, woke up this morning and punched a small pill out of its packet. They must remember to take one nearly every day, which is surprisingly difficult.

Theoretically, the combined contraceptive pill gives women less than a 1% chance of becoming pregnant in any given year. In reality, most of us accidentally miss around five pills each month – so the rate of pregnancy is actually more like 9%. That means that if you take the pill the human way for 10 years, you have a 61% chance of getting pregnant overall. In other words, more likely than not, you will get pregnant.

 

 

By one estimate, reliance on oral contraceptives leads to 960,000 pregnancies every year. There are also side effects, such as an increased risk of potentially life-changing blood clots and a faded sense of wellbeing.

The issue of compliance is common to most contraception, from condoms to the contraceptive patch. Human nature (and sexual behaviour) being what it is, these just aren’t used in real life as they are intended.

But IUDs are different. Because they require no maintenance aside from insertion, which is done by a medical professional, they’re exactly as effective as they say on the packet. Copper IUDs give women roughly a 1% chance of getting pregnant each year, which works out as an 8% risk over 10 years; hormonal versions provide less than a 1% chance each year or a 2% chance over a decade. The hormonal version comes with what many women see as an added bonus – one in five users find that their periods stop altogether.

Anna Foley, from New Zealand, decided to get a hormonal IUD a few years ago. “In general for me, I loved it because I always sucked at remembering to take the pill,” she says. “Plus I found that I had some negative side effects to the hormones, while the Mirena [IUD] had a lower dose.”

People used to think that IUDs mainly worked after conception, by making it impossible for a fertilised egg to implant. But experts no longer believe this to be the case.

Instead, IUDs work for two reasons. The first is that any object in the womb leads to an inflammatory response: a certain type of white blood cells rushes to the area, where they eat sperm and produce waste that is toxic to sperm. One study found that IUDs increased the number of these cells in the womb by 1,000%.

 

 

The second reason depends on the type of IUD. Hormonal versions modify a woman’s body to make it more difficult for sperm to reach a woman’s egg, and make her womb inhospitable in case one is fertilised. Copper IUDS, on the other hand, are fearsome sperm killers. As copper ions dissolve into the womb, they paralyse and even decapitate sperm – though exactly how remains a mystery.

Still, even modern IUDs come with some risks. The most serious is the possibility the device will be pushed through the wall of the uterus while it’s being inserted, which is classed as a medical emergency but only happens very rarely (one in every 1,000 insertions). There is also a slight increase in the risk of infections, pelvic inflammatory disease and of ectopic pregnancy among other things, but these disappear once it is removed. Of course, other methods of contraception come with risks too – roughly one in every 1,176 women on the pill are at risk of developing a blood clot in any given year, for example.

In terms of the intensity of the pain, I would have told you it was a 10/10 – Anna Foley

But one major concern many women have is that having an IUD inserted will be painful. And while this isn’t always the case, it certainly can be. Foley doesn’t mince words about her own experience. “In terms of the intensity of the pain, I would have told you it was a 10/10. It was really, really bad. And whenever I thought about the pain for the rest of the day I’d just start crying.”

Generally the most intense pain goes away within minutes – it’s like a fleeting spasm – and women are left with a dull ache for the rest of the day. And as several women have pointed out, it’s much less painful than one possible alternative: childbirth.

 

 

In fact, for years doctors thought that the pain of inserting an IUD would only be bearable for women who had already given birth, because their birth canals would be slightly stretched. This had an unfortunate effect: for years, many women didn’t hear about this method from their doctors. We now know that it doesn’t make a lot of difference – women who have already given birth tend to rate their pain as a “level four”, as opposed to a “level six”.

Many doctors are now arguing that all women should be given the option of having a local anaesthetic before insertion, in the hope that this will increase the number of women getting IUDs. Regardless, the popularity of these ingenious, sperm-slaying devices has been increasing steadily since the 2000s. “There’s a big push to recommend IUDs as a first-line option,” says Dweck. Though they’re expensive to buy and insert, over, say, a 10-year lifespan, they can be more cost effective than birth control pills – and health providers have caught on.

Who knows – maybe articles about how they exist will soon be redundant.

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This story is part of the Health Gap, a special series about how men and women experience the medical system – and their own health – in starkly different ways.

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Knii Odoi Posted on September 06, 2018 07:55

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6 Ways To Fall More Deeply In Love With Your Husband (Even If You Sometimes Hate Him)

1. Think small when it comes to romance Being romantic on a consistent basis doesn't take much time. The problem is not time or a lack thereof — no matter how much you want to resist believing this statement — but rather that you've stopped thinking about romance.

Think of little things you could do that take only seconds, including things like expressing words of appreciation as you leave for work, sending a sweet and sexy text during the day, or bringing home your partner's favorite dessert to enjoy together kid-free after dinner.

2. Remember that you have the power to uplift each other Often, we fail to remember or even think about how positively powerful we are. A simple decision to express yourself in a romantic way can send positive vibes to your partner that could last for quite a while.

It's easy to forget this and feel consumed by the many heavy circumstances and tasks of your life, but pausing to do or say something simple and romantic for the person you love is actually a great way to counteract that feeling that it's all too much.

3. Don’t wait until you "feel like it" Odds are good that your parents didn't openly show their romantic side in front of you, at least, not on a consistent basis. If you wait to do something romantic until you feel like doing it, you probably won't be showing affection to your partner any more often than they did.

4. Pick a time Since you're thinking small, pick a time every day, or at least most days, to do or say that romantic thing. Since it takes seconds or, at most, minutes, you will still have plenty of time left in the day to be a good parent and take care of business.

5. Show your kids how romantic you are Children with parents who are romantic with each other are far more fortunate than parents who do everything for the kids but not much for each other.

6. Think big every once in a while Every so often, get that babysitter for the night (or even for the weekend) and plan something that takes both of you out of the realm of parenthood for a longer period of time.

Nii Sackey Posted on September 06, 2018 06:45

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The Verge fall movie preview, September 2018

Why Verge readers might care:

The Conjuring series has quickly built up its own mini-expanded universe over the last five years. While original franchise director James Wan has since moved on to blockbuster fare like Aquaman, he continues to serve as a producer and writer. (He co-wrote the story for The Nun.) That’s helped ensure that the Conjuring spin-offs largely deliver on the creepy atmosphere and scares of the 2015 original.

Why they might not:

Despite Wan’s involvement, not all films in the franchise have been well-received. 2014’s Annabelle was critically drubbed on release, though the prequel Annabelle: Creation fared better.

What it says about the future:

Evil never dies, and neither do horror franchises — as long as audiences keep turning out for new installments. Like other shared universes, the Conjuring franchise has been diversified across a number of namesake properties, which offer more opportunities for spin-offs, but also insulates the larger franchise from a single failure. No matter how The Nun performs, it’s safe to assume more films in this series will be on their way.

Nii Sackey Posted on September 06, 2018 06:12

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Inter Miami birth

Football legendary David Beckham unveils the name of his team as Inter Miami. His team is scheduled to join the league in 2020.

Pre-Paid Posted on September 06, 2018 05:33

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Versius Robotic Surgical System Unveiled by UK Company

CMR Surgical, a Cambridge, UK firm, is formally unveiling its Versius surgical robotic system that is designed to be portable, easy to setup, and, perhaps most importantly, affordable for hospitals that otherwise would have budget limitations obtaining existing robotic systems.

The Versius is modular in its design, with the moving arms individually mounted on their own carts. This allows the system to be wheeled between different ORs or even transported to another nearby hospital, if such a necessity is to arise.

 

The robotic arms copy some of their mechanics from human arms, giving surgeons an intuitive sense when operating them and allowing the access ports to be placed wherever needed.

3D visualization is provided from within the body thanks to a 3D camera and the matching screens and glasses. The surgeon can sit or stand, depending on the surgery and the surgeon’s preference, something CMR Surgical believes can actually extend the working career of many aging surgeons.

“We believe Versius represents a paradigm shift in surgery,” said Martin Frost, CEO of CMR Surgical, in a statement. “The ground-breaking design, coupled with genuine affordability, means that patients everywhere have the potential to benefit from the advantages of minimal access surgery. Versius is a great example of British innovation and its launch represents a pivotal moment in the next chapter of surgery and patient care.”

Here’s a video from CMR Surgical presenting the Versius:

 

Flashbacks: Meet Versius, Cambridge Medical Robotics’ Portable and Cost Effective Robot for Minimal Access Surgery…Cambridge Medical Robotics Shows Off Its New Versius System…

Product page: Versius surgical robotic system…

Via: CMR Surgical…

 

https://www.medgadget.com/2018/09/versius-robotic-surgical-system-unveiled-by-uk-company.html

Archimedeskay Posted on September 06, 2018 05:16

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How Star Wars: Episode IX May Deviate From Return Of The Jedi

Star Wars: The Force Awakens ended on a similar note to the movie that started it all, A New Hope, with the good guys blowing up a planet-destroying machine and dealing a major blow to the tyrannical antagonists. Then two years later, The Last Jedi arrived, and like The Empire Strikes Back, it was a significantly darker chapter. Within just a few days, nearly all of The Resistance was destroyed by The First Order, with the few survivors just barely escaping aboard the Millennium Falcon. But the new Star Wars trilogy isn't over yet, and at the end of next year, we'll see the conflict between The Resistance and The First Order finally conclude in Episode IX. Only unlike its Original Trilogy counterpart, Return of the Jedi, it doesn't sound like we should expect to see The Resistance launching a full-blown assault to bring down their opponents.

While important Resistance members like Leia Organa and Poe Dameron managed to make it out of The Last Jedi unscathed, our heroes certainly didn't have the numbers to take the fight back to The First Order anytime soon. Word of Luke Skywalker's actions on Crait has already made its way around a galaxy far, far away, as evidenced by Broom Boy and the other kids on Canto Bight learning about it, and as Luke and Leia predicted, the Resistance will be reborn. However, as Oscar Isaac recently revealed, the benevolent movement has turned into more of a guerrilla force when Episode IX rolls around. So while their numbers have managed to grow, rather than carrying out massive assaults against The First Order, they instead quickly attack, go back into hiding, regroup, rinse and repeat, akin to how the Rebellion operated in its earliest years when combating the Empire. Isaac described the operation as "ragged," which is a far cry from where the Rebellion found itself in Return of the Jedi.

The Rebellion lost a lot of good soldiers on Hoth at the beginning of The Empire Strikes Back, but the fact of the matter is that a year after that conflict, the Rebellion had enough people among its ranks to wage an attack on the second Death Star, with Han Solo and Leia Organa leading the effort to destroy the space station's shield generator, while Lando Calrissian, Wedge Antilles and Admiral Ackbar were among the many who took part in the space battle. Sure, some factions of the Rebellion likely stayed behind in case the second Death Star assault wasn't successful, but clearly its leaders felt that they stood a good enough chance to blow up the Empire's newest weapon (particularly since they had what they believed was top-secret information). That doesn't sound like this will be the case at all inEpisode IX. The Resistance may have grown back to being a credible threat, but going off of Oscar Isaac's explanation, there's no way they would have enough people to carry out an assault on the same scale that the Rebellion did three decades ago, and narratively speaking, that's probably for the better.

One of the main criticisms directed towards The Force Awakens was that it felt like too much like A New Hope rehash, so it's doubtful Episode IX will repeat the formula of having its heroes band together to bring down a planet-destroying machine. But on top of that, if the Resistance is relying on guerrilla tactics to keep The First Order on its toes, then unless they're somehow able to rally citizens all across the galaxy far, far away to collectively rise up against The First Order, then they'll have to defeat their enemies through more creative methods. Unlike the Prequel Trilogy, which required the establishment of the Empire and for the Jedi Order to be eliminated, it's a good bet that Episode IX will follow in the Original Trilogy's footsteps and end on on a positive note by having the good guys ultimately overcome the bad guys. For now, it's hard to say how that will be accomplished, but for now, it's good to hear that rather than adhere to closely to Return of the Jedi,Episode IX is embarking on a different path when it comes to two military forces wrapping up their years-long war.

Star Wars: Episode IX will be released in theaters on December 20, 2019, so keep checking back with CinemaBlend for more updates. As for what other Star Warsmovies are on the way, you can get up to speed by looking through our handy guide.

 

https://www.cinemablend.com/news/2457002/how-star-wars-episode-ix-may-deviate-from-return-of-the-jedi

Archimedeskay Posted on September 06, 2018 04:43

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Cryptocurrencies widely plunge after report Goldman is rolling back plans

Bitcoin prices continued to take a hit on Thursday morning Asia time, following a report that Goldman Sachs was dropping its plans for opening a trading desk for cryptocurrencies.

The world's largest digital currency fell to a low of $6,279.08 around 8:36 a.m. HK/SIN, according to data from industry outlet CoinDesk.

Beyond bitcoin, the price of other cryptocurrencies also continued to plunge, according to tracking site CoinMarketCap. As of 11:09 a.m. HK/SIN, the price of ethereum had fallen by 19.72 percent in only 24 hours, while Ripple's XRP token had seen its value dive by 13.92 percent and bitcoin cash dropped by 18.79 percent during that time.

Digital currencies often move in tandem, pulled by the fortunes of bitcoin — which far exceeds its peers in terms of market size. Despite recovering a bit from its earlier daily low, bitcoin is still down about 12 percent over the last 24 hours, according to CoinMarketCap. That figure roughly matched the percentage change shown in CoinDesk's price tallies.

The major recent news in the crypto space came from a WednesdayBusiness Insider report, which cited people familiar with the issue saying Goldman continues to see uncertainty in the regulatory landscape for cryptocurrencies. In October of 2017, the Wall Street behemoth had said it was looking into the possibility of launching a new trading operation focused on bitcoin and other digital currencies.

The report also cited executives as concluding that more steps, many of which are beyond the company's control, need to be taken before a regulated financial institution would be allowed to trade cryptocurrencies.

 

In October of 2017, Lloyd Blankfein, Goldman Sachs' outgoing CEO, had tweeted that the bank was "still thinking about bitcoin."

Another bit of recent bearish news for cryptocurrencies came late last month when the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commissiononce again rejected proposals for a bitcoin exchange-traded fund as it continued to voice concern over fraud and possible manipulation in bitcoin markets. In bids to attract institutional investors, multiple groups have attempted to obtain SEC approval for cryptocurrency-focused exchange-traded funds.

According to data from CoinMarketCap, the cumulative market cap for all cryptocurrencies expressed in U.S. dollars has plunged approximately 72 percent since the beginning of 2018.

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/09/06/bitcoin-other-cryptocurrencies-plunge-after-report-on-goldman-plans.html

 

Archimedeskay Posted on September 06, 2018 04:03

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The Latest: Japan Says 2 Dead, Many Missing in Earthquake

Police search missing persons at the site of a landslide after an earthquake in Atsuma town, Hokkaido, northern Japan, Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018. A powerful earthquake rocked Japan’s northernmost main island of Hokkaido early Thursday, triggering landslides that crushed homes, knocking out power across the island, and forcing a nuclear power plant to switch to a backup generator. (Kyodo News via AP) THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

TOKYO (AP) — THE LATEST on the powerful earthquake in northern Japan (all times local):

11:35 a.m.

A Japanese government spokesman says two people have been confirmed dead after a powerful earthquake rocked the northern main island of Hokkaido.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said the search was ongoing for those missing after the quake triggered dozens of landslides in the mountainous region near the epicenter. The magnitude 6.7 earthquake on Hokkaido early Thursday morning also knocked out power across the northern island.

Aerial footage showed slashes of brown earth on many heavily forested mountains, crushed homes and farm buildings and roads buried by avalanches of mud, logs and other debris.

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10:15 a.m.

The Japanese national broadcaster NHK is reporting that 125 people have been injured and about 20 are feared missing after a powerful quake triggered dozens of landslides in heavily forested mountains on the northern main island of Hokkaido.

The magnitude 6.7 earthquake struck southern Hokkaido early Thursday morning. Power was knocked out across the island.

The government said airports and many roads on the island were closed following the quake.

Officials said that 25,000 troops and other personnel were being dispatched to the area to help with rescue operations.

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8:30 a.m.

Japan's minister for the economy, trade and industry Hiroshige Seko told reporters that efforts are underway to try to restore power in Hokkaido.

Nearly 3 million households over a widespread area are without electricity after a magnitude 6.7 earthquake struck southern Hokkaido at 3:08 a.m. Thursday (18:08 GMT Wednesday) at the depth of 40 kilometers (24 miles).

Seko said the government plans to use power from the area's four hydroelectric plants as all the area's fossil fuel power plants aren't working.

 

Places like hospitals will get priority, he said, noting he hoped to get power back "within a few hours."

Power is still out at the area's Tomari nuclear plant, but backup diesel generators have kicked in so the reactors' fuel is continuing to be kept cool, according to the government nuclear authorities. The plant has also shut down.

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4 a.m.

A powerful earthquake hit wide areas on Japan's northernmost main island of Hokkaido early Thursday, triggering landslides as well as causing the loss of power at nearly all of 3 million households and a nuclear power plant to go on a backup generator.

A magnitude 6.7 earthquake struck southern Hokkaido at 3:08 a.m. Thursday (1808 GMT Wednesday) at the depth of 40 kilometers (24 miles), Japan's Meteorological Agency said.

The quake's epicenter was east of the city of Tomakomai. It also struck Hokkaido's prefectural capital of Sapporo, with a population of 1.9 million.

 

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Archimedeskay Posted on September 06, 2018 03:51

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Senators blast Google for no-show on Capitol Hill

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey will appear before the Senate Intelligence Committee Wednesday morning to discuss actions their companies have taken to thwart foreign influence campaigns targeting the 2018 midterm elections. (CNN)

(CNN Money) -- The Senate Intelligence Committee's hearing on foreign use of social media to influence US politics took place Wednesday morning with two of the big tech companies that senators wanted to hear from present -- and one empty chair.

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey were in the room and testifying. Google had offered to send Kent Walker, its senior vice president of global affairs, but the committee declined, saying it wanted someone more senior. Google did not offer anyone. So next to Sandberg and Dorsey was an empty chair, with a placecard for Google.

Committee chairman Sen. Richard Burr said the committee would have "valued the opportunity to speak with them [Google] at the appropriate level of corporate representation."

"I'm deeply disappointed that Google -- one of the most influential digital platforms in the world -- chose not to send its own top corporate leadership to engage this committee," Sen. Mark Warner, the committee's top Democrat, said. He added that there are "structural vulnerabilities" in multiple Google products, including Google search, YouTube and Gmail, about which members of the committee want answers. "Google has an immense responsibility in this space," he said.

Google posted on its blog on Tuesday what it described as Walker's testimony to the committee. However, a committee spokesperson shot back, saying, "We appreciate Mr. Walker's commentary, but it is not testimony. We wish his enthusiasm for participating in the Committee's public hearing extended to his company's senior leadership, and that they were willing to answer the Committee's questions."

Although Google didn't show up, conspiracy theorist Alex Jones did, taking a seat in the public gallery. Earlier this summer, accounts associated with Jones and his company InfoWars were removed from Facebook and YouTube for violating the companies' rules. The decision to remove the provocateur was a telling moment in Silicon Valley's efforts to get a handle on the spread of false information on its platforms while also trying to keep their roles as free speech advocates.

Twitter continues to allow Jones to use its platform. He used Periscope, which is owned by Twitter, to livestream his visit to Capitol Hill.

Wednesday marked Silicon Valley's third high profile outing in Washington in less than 12 months. Dorsey and Sandberg used their appearance to outline the steps their companies have taken to tackle disinformation on their platforms and to make political advertising more transparent -- both part of an attempt to avoid a repeat of 2016, when a troll farm with links to the Russian government ran a disinformation campaign targeting Americans.

Both executives said their companies are now working more closely together to share information on foreign threats. But it took Twitter until earlier this week to remove from its platform an account thatFacebook had flagged two weeks ago as being linked to Russian military intelligence. The account was posing as a Syrian activist group.

In her testimony, Sandberg underscored the importance of the companies receiving cooperation from intelligence agencies. "Our understanding of overall Russian activity in 2016 is limited because we do not have access to the information or investigative tools that the U.S. government and this Committee have," she said.

Sandberg said Facebook was working closely with the FBI's new election interference task force.

Both also touted how their companies' efforts to combat fake accounts. Between October 2017 and March 2018, Sandberg said, Facebook removed 1.27 billion fake accounts.

Dorsey said Twitter thwarts 530,000 "suspicious logins" every day.

Sen. Tom Cotton asked why Wikileaks and its leader Julian Assange are still allowed on Facebook and Twitter, citing comments made by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who described Wikileaks as a "non-state hostile intelligence service."

"I am not going to defend Wikileaks," Sandberg responded, but said Wikileaks did not break Facebook's terms of service.

Dorsey also said the group had not violated Twitter's policies, but added, "We are open as always to any law enforcement insight that would indicate a violation of our terms."

Senators appeared to largely avoid any major snafus in their questioning, unlike previous hearings on this subject, after which lawmakers were mocked for asking questions that seemed to reflect a lack of understanding about social media. The Senate Intelligence Committee has been investigating social media's role in political discourse for more than a year.

Likewise, Sandberg and Dorsey seemed well-prepared to handle the questions that came their way. Both were flanked by groups of advisers as they made their way in and out of the Dirksen Senate Office Building.

Dorsey was due to participate in a second hearing on Wednesday before the House Energy & Commerce Committee, where he is set to discuss the algorithms Twitter uses to serve content on users' Twitter feeds and "content monitoring." During that hearing, it's likely Dorsey will face questions about — and push back against — accusations of political bias against Republicans.

-- CNN's Manu Raju contributed reporting.

 

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Archimedeskay Posted on September 06, 2018 03:43

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Notts County defender Matt Tootle reveals struggle with gambling

Matt Tootle has spoken out about his problems with gambling

Notts County defender Matt Tootle has publicly disclosed his struggles with gambling, saying it is "rife" in football.

The 27-year-old has previously discussed his mental health struggles and on Wednesday he wrote about his problems with betting.

Tootle wrote on Twitter: "I think the best thing I have ever done is be open and honest about my mental health, as it's drove (sic) me to feel prouder than ever about how I came through the darkest days and be able to help others, which is why I feel I need to be open and honest for the first time about another problem that has been part of my life since I was 16 years old.

"I've been a compulsive gambler for as long as I remember and it has brought to me some of my worst memories. Many times I have tried to quit and been unsuccessful and almost lost love (sic) ones closest to me who tried to help.

"It's an illness and until you decide you actually want to help yourself you will never get over it.

"I'm now one month clean from betting. And I'm proud of it. On top of my mental health I understand I'm a complicated character but one thing I'm sure of is my strength deep within which makes me never give up in any walk of life.

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"This problem is rife in football and something needs to be done about it and I'm hoping to also help with that now."

County said on Wednesday evening that they have been helping Tootle with this issue.

Hart leaves Luton to join Notts County

Luton assistant manager Paul Hart has left the club to join Notts County as technical director.

"Notts County have issued a statement following a social media post published by first-team player Matt Tootle," the club said.

"The full-back today tweeted about a long-term gambling addiction, for which he has been receiving counselling both within the club and externally.

"Notts take the welfare of all players extremely seriously and will continue to provide Matt with as much support as possible.

"The club are also liaising with the EFL to identify if they can offer any further support."

 

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Archimedeskay Posted on September 06, 2018 03:29

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ANTHONY JOSHUA is promising to fight ­Deontay Wilder — even if the Bronze Bomber is KO’d by Tyson Fury.

AJ defends his WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight crowns against Alexander Povetkin at Wembley on September 22 after talks with the American broke down.

WBC king Wilder is expected to meet Fury in December.

But Watford slugger Joshua said: “We’re going to fight regardless because we’re the same weight category, the same era and it’s the fight that people want to see. “Let’s say the worst happens with Povetkin, it don’t stop me from having to fight them. “And if Wilder gets beat in that fight with Fury, I’ll still fight Wilder down the line.”

AJ is not taking his eyes of the ball with Povetkin as he eyes a mega-bout with Fury or Wilder. He added: "I think I've got good opponents on my record so far.

"Povetkin's a good one and I'm at that stage where I do want to look past Povetkin, because the division is alight, it's amazing. "There's some real good challengers out there, but at the same time you've got to focus on your opponent in front of you, and that's why - is it a big threat? Yeah, but if I can't get past him then what can I say, everyone is going to be a big threat.

"I've got to dismantle Povetkin with ease, so I'm the threat, I'm the one to be reckoned with. “It's been years since British boxing, especially at heavyweight, has got the respect it has today, and it's good to be leading the way, and Povetkin is a real game challenger, but he's got to come across myself, I'm game as well, and it will be a good fight. "It's not going to be a quick one. We both can take a lot of punishment, and dish out a lot of punishment, and it's the first one to go."

Nii Sackey Posted on September 06, 2018 03:06

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Facebook Losing Many Users in the US After Scandals: Survey

HIGHLIGHTS

*A large number of Americans are stepping back from Facebook

*42 percent of US users said they had "taken a break" from Facebook

*26 percent said they had deleted the Facebook app

 

A large number of Americans are stepping back from Facebook in the wake of recent scandals over the social network's handling of private user data, a study showed Wednesday.

The Pew Research Center report found 42 percent of US Facebook users said they had "taken a break" from the platform in the past 12 months, and 26 percent said they had deleted the Facebook app from their phone. Among those in the 18-29 age group, the break with Facebook appeared more pronounced, with 44 percent claiming to have deleted the Facebook mobile app.

Although the survey did not indicate how many users were quitting Facebook entirely, the findings suggest a clouded outlook for the company which has been roiled by news of the hijacking of private data by political firm Cambridge Analytica and concerns of foreign influence campaigns on the platform.

According to Pew's survey, three-fourths of US Facebook users have taken some steps to change how they interact with Facebook, including more than half who have changed their privacy settings. Perrin said the concerns about Facebook appeared to transcend political affiliation. "The poll found that nearly identical shares of Democrats and Republicans (including political independents who lean toward either party) use Facebook," he said.

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The Pew Research Center report found 42 percent of US Facebook users said they had "taken a break" from the platform in the past 12 months, and 26 percent said they had deleted the Facebook app from their phone. Among those in the 18-29 age group, the break with Facebook appeared more pronounced, with 44 percent claiming to have deleted the Facebook mobile app. Sponsored Content . This is the easiest way to move to America! Usafis by

Taboola Although the survey did not indicate how many users were quitting Facebook entirely, the findings suggest a clouded outlook for the company which has been roiled by news of the hijacking of private data by political firm Cambridge Analytica and concerns of foreign influence campaigns on the platform. "Significant shares of Facebook users have taken steps in the past year to reframe their relationship with the social media platform," researcher Andrew Perrin said in a blog post. Promoted: In the Stores Oppo RealMe 1 (Silver, 64GB, 4GB RAM) 4.4 ? ? 10,990 ? 12,990 Buy 5% Cashback*Amazon Huawei P20 Pro (Blue, 128GB, 6GB RAM, 40MP Leica Triple Camera) 4.4 ? ? 59,999 ? 69,999 Buy Price Drop AlertAmazon Xiaomi Redmi Y2 (Dark Grey, 32GB, 3GB RAM) ? 9,999 Buy 5% Cashback*Amazon Apple iPhone X (Space Grey, 64GB) ? 85,790* ? 95,000 Buy Includes ? 5,500 Cashback*Paytm Mall Xiaomi Mi A2 (Gold, 64GB, 4GB RAM) ? 16,999 Buy 5% Cashback*Amazon Oppo F9 Pro (64GB, 6GB RAM) 5 Mins. Charge, 2 Hours Talk Open SalePaytm Mall According to Pew's survey, three-fourths of US Facebook users have taken some steps to change how they interact with Facebook, including more than half who have changed their privacy settings. Perrin said the concerns about Facebook appeared to transcend political affiliation.

"The poll found that nearly identical shares of Democrats and Republicans (including political independents who lean toward either party) use Facebook," he said. Advertisement "Republicans are no more likely than Democrats to have taken a break from Facebook or deleted the app from their phone in the past year." The report was based on a survey between May 29 and June 11 including 3,413 Facebook users aged 18 and older, with an estimated margin of error of 2.8 percentage points. The survey comes ahead of a congressional hearing on foreign influence campaigns on social media, at which Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg was to testify.

Nii Sackey Posted on September 06, 2018 02:58

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TISHA CAMPBELL-MARTIN MY EX CAN PAY SUPPORT ... HIS SHIRTS ARE WORTH $750K!!

"Martin" star Tisha Campbell-Martin is adamant her estranged hubby has the money to pay her spousal support ... and she says the proof is in his closet.

Tisha filed new legal docs, obtained by TMZ, and puts Duane Martin on blast for his wardrobe. In particular, she say he has more than 500 shirts that cost $1,500 a piece ... totaling a whopping $750k! Tisha says she knows this because Duane made a video bragging about it. In docs,

Tisha says she has $1.5 million in assets but right now doesn't have a steady source of income, and that's why she's asking for spousal support. She says her monthly expenses total at least $33k per month, and estimates Duane makes around $62k per month. TMZ broke the story ...

Tisha claims Duane was hiding money during their marriage. Tisha filed for divorce back in February after 20 years of marriage.

Nii Sackey Posted on September 06, 2018 02:19

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Firefighters die in blaze in South Africa

Three firefighters have died in a blaze which swept through the upper floors of a building in South Africa's main city, Johannesburg, officials have said.

One firefighter fell to his death while battling the blaze, while the other two were found inside the building.

Thirteen people who worked in the building have been admitted to hospital, officials said.

The fire broke out on the 23rd floor of the building in downtown Johannesburg, and was apparently caused by an electrical fault, the local News24 website reported.

Its correspondent has tweeted a photo of the building.

Knii Odoi Posted on September 05, 2018 20:34

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'Hundreds of migrants' rescued in desert

More than 400 West Africans have been rescued in the desert in northern Niger, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) has said, Reuters news agency reports.

Search and rescue teams found the migrants, split in two groups, at the desert border town of Assamaka on Monday and Tuesday, the IOM added.

The one group was made of 347 people who had arrived in Assamaka on foot on Monday. The group was made up of nationals from 13 countries, including Mali, Guinea and Senegal. A further 92 were found on Tuesday, Reuters quoted the IOM as saying.

Niger is a transit point for thousands of migrants on their way to Libya or Algeria, from where they try to cross the Mediterranean to reach Europe.

Knii Odoi Posted on September 05, 2018 20:29

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Fifa extends Kwesi Nyantakyi suspension by 45 days

Fifa has extended its ban from all football activities on former Ghana Football Association president Kwesi Nyantakyi by an additional 45 days,

He was initially suspended on 8 June for 90 days by the adjudicatory chamber of Fifa's independent Ethics Committee.

The committee are carrying out a formal investigation into Nyantakyi after he was filmed apparently accepting a "cash gift".

The extension of the ban will commence on 6 September 2018.

He was filmed in undercover investigation by controversial Ghanaian journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas taking $65,000 (£48,000) from an undercover reporter pretending to be a businessman.

Some of the footage from Anas' film was later broadcast by the BBC World Service's investigation's programme Africa Eye.

Soon after the ban on 8 June Nyantakyi resigned from the posts he had held with football's world governing body, Fifa, and the Confederation of African Football (Caf).

He left his role on the Fifa Council and stepped aside from his roles with Caf including as 1st vice-president, the most senior figure at the confederation after its president, Ahmad.

As well as the Fifa suspension Nyantakyi also resigned as president of the GFA on 8 June following an executive committee meeting.

Nyantakyi has always denied any wrongdoing.

Knii Odoi Posted on September 05, 2018 20:23

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Colin Kaepernick: Donald Trump criticises Nike after advert, saying NFL is 'hard to watch'

Nike's new advertising campaign, which features Colin Kaepernick, celebrates the 30th anniversary of its 'Just Do It' slogan 

US President Donald Trump has criticised sportswear company Nike
following its decision to use Colin Kaepernick as the face of a new
campaign.

Kaepernick was the first NFL player to kneel during the national anthem to
highlight racial injustice.

But critics have burned Nike trainers and clothing in protest at the decision
to use Kaepernick in a campaign.

"Nike is getting absolutely killed with anger and boycotts," Trump said.
"I wonder if they had any idea that it would be this way?" he added in a
tweet.

The president also continued his previous criticism of the NFL, saying: " As
far as the NFL is concerned, I just find it hard to watch, and always will, until
they stand for the FLAG!"

Trump's criticism came after tennis star Serena Williams - who is also part
of the Nike campaign to mark the 30th anniversary of its 'Just Do It' slogan -
praised the company's move.

Speaking after her defeat of Karolina Pliskova in the US Open, Williams
called the decision to use Kaepernick a "powerful statement to a lot of other
companies".

Williams said of former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Kaepernick: "He's
done a lot for the African-American community, and it's cost him a lot.

The 23-time Grand Slam singles champion, who is sponsored by Nike,
added: "Having a huge company back him could be a controversial reason
for this company, but they're not afraid.

"It's sad. But he continues to do the best that he can to support."

After Nike unveiled the campaign, Williams tweeted that she was "especially
proud to be a part of the Nike family".

Basketball's LeBron James - also a Nike ambassador - added his support at
an awards ceremony on Tuesday, telling the audience: "I stand with Nike, all
day, every day."

However critics on social media have been using the hashtag #JustBurnIt - a
play on Nike's slogan 'Just Do It' - which trended alongside #BoycottNike.

In announcing the deal, Nike said Kaepernick - who has been out of a
contract since March 2017 and has failed to find a new team - was "one of
the most inspirational athletes of this generation".

The NFL said it "embraces the role and responsibility of everyone involved
with this game to promote meaningful, positive change in our communities".

Kaepernick, who watched Williams' third-round win over sister Venus at
Flushing Meadows, has filed a grievance against NFL team owners he claims
conspired not to hire him because of his protests.

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syllasasante Posted on September 05, 2018 19:12

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Tropical Storm Gordon kills child on US Gulf Coast

A child was killed when Tropical Storm Gordon made landfall on Tuesday, pounding states along the US Gulf Coast with wind, rain and surge waves.

The Escambia County Sheriff's Office said a tree fell on a mobile home near Pensacola on Tuesday night. It did not give a name or age of the child.

A state of emergency has been declared in Louisiana, Alabama, and Mississippi.

Thousands were reported to be without power on Wednesday morning despite Gordon's downgrade from a hurricane.

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Image captionThe storm will carry rain into the US southern interior, forecasters say

Gordon made landfall just west of the Alabama-Mississippi border, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said, with sustained winds of up to 70mph (110km/h).

The NHC had warned of "life-threatening" storm surges, and possible tornadoes.

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The child was "found deceased" just before 21:00 local time and no one else inside the home was injured, said the Escambia County Sheriff's Office.

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Image captionGordon could bring damaging storm surges along the coast

Gordon strengthened as it neared the coast on Tuesday, but did not reach hurricane status.

"Rapid weakening is forecast after Gordon moves inland, and is forecast to become a tropical depression on Wednesday," the NHC said in an advisory.

By Wednesday, wind speeds had dropped to 30mph, as the storm continued to move inland.

Heavy rains and the chance of flooding will continue for several days, according to the NHC.

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More than 27,000 customers were hit by power cuts, the Associated Press news agency reported, mostly in coastal Alabama and south-eastern Mississippi.

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Image captionA storm surge warning is in effect for Dauphin Island, Alabama

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Image captionLocal residents have been building sand barriers to minimise flooding

Oil and gas companies in the Gulf of Mexico also evacuated more than 50 platforms as the storm swept in, temporarily halting production.

The National Weather Service in New Orleans gave tips to city residents how to prepare for the arrival of the storm.

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Meanwhile, New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell warned: "The city's absolute number one priority is to ensure the safety of our residents."

New Orleans was devastated by deadly Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

Knii Odoi Posted on September 05, 2018 18:39

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Emirates airline: Passengers sick on Dubai-New York flight

Nineteen people have been taken ill after an Emirates airline plane landed in New York, officials say.

The plane was quarantined at JFK airport as those on board were checked by health officials. Ten were taken to hospital but others refused treatment.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said that initially about 100 people including some crew had complained of illness.

Flight 203 from Dubai landed at 09:10 (13.10 GMT) with 521 passengers.

Emergency vehicles were seen on the runway as it landed.

Soon afterwards, Emirates airline tweeted that the sick passengers were being attended to and those who were unaffected would be allowed to leave the plane

The CDC said in a statement that is was "aware of an Emirates flight from Dubai that arrived this morning at JFK".

"Approximately 100 passengers, including some crew on the flight, complained of illness including cough and some with fever.

"CDC public health officers are working with... officials to evaluate passengers including taking temperatures and making arrangements for transport to local hospitals those that need care."

Later Eric Phillips, spokesman for New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, confirmed that all the passengers were off the plane and the sick people had been taken to hospital.

He said that some of the passengers had originally come from the Saudi Arabian city of Mecca, which was currently experiencing a flu outbreak, and that the passengers' symptoms were "pointing to the flu".

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Larry Coben, a passenger on the plane, posted pictures on Twitter of unaffected passengers being checked as they disembarked

 

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ABC News reports that the pilot raised concerns prior to landing that some of the passengers were coughing and experiencing high temperatures

Knii Odoi Posted on September 05, 2018 18:26

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Ethiopia Commercial Ship Dock In Eritrea First Time In 20 YearsA

An Ethiopian commercial ship docked in an Eritrean port for the first time in two decades on Wednesday,state - affiliated media said in a concrete sign of a stunning repproachment between the neighbours and former foes.

The mekelle entered the red sea port of Massawa and was due to carry 11,000 tonnes of Eritrea zinc to china,Ethiopian broadcaster Fauna Broadcasting Reported.

Ethiopian prime minister Ahmed Abiy offered to make peace with Eritrea after taking office in April - part of  a series of reforms that has turned politics on it's head in his country and the region.

Land locked Ethiopia has said it wants to make the re-opening of two roads connecting it to two of Eritrea's ports a priority in reconciliation process.

Eritrea's information minister,Yemane Ghebremoskel said on Twitter that Abiy had arrived in Eritrea on a two day working visit.

The premier would visit Massawa and the capital Asmata he added.

Abiy first visit Eritrea in July as the countries agreed to end a two decade  old  military stand-off over their border and other issues.

 

nuhutk Posted on September 05, 2018 18:07

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Abu Dhabi;the most beautiful city in UAE and the richest in the world

the most beautiful city in UAE and the richest in the world

Dominic Solomon Posted on September 05, 2018 17:54

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Abu Dhabi.

Abu Dhabi: the most beautiful city in UAE and the richest in the world. This wonderful city is the capital the United Arab Emirates and is without a doubt the most developed and richest city in the entire world.

First inhabited by the nomadic Bani Yas tribe in 1760, the settlement remained a small fishing village until oil was discovered.

Abu Dhabi has turned into a busy, modern city with boulevards, silver skyscrapers, high-rise apartment buildings, mega-malls and the world’s most luxurious palaces.

In addition, the landscape around Abu Dhabi is arresting with a golden coastline, sand dunes, lush oases, green palm trees and attractive gardens.

If you decide to visit the city the best place to stay is near the Corniche, the city’s seafront promenade, with its beaches, parks and fountains and modern buildings facing the sea. Other places of interest are mentioned below and should not be missed while you visit Abu Dhabi.

Dominic Solomon Posted on September 05, 2018 17:50

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Alibaba, IBM Ranked Top Globally for Number of Blockchain Patent Filed

Tech giants Alibaba and IBM are vying for the top spot on a new list that ranks global entities by the number of blockchain-related patents filed to date, published August 3.

iPR Daily — a media outlet specializing in intellectual property — says it consolidated data as of August 10 from across China, the EU, America, Japan and South Korea, as well consulting the International Patent System from the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).

China’s Alibaba only just seals first place, having filed a total of 90 blockchain-related patent applications, whereas IBM has to date filed a total of 89.

In third place is Mastercard — with 80 filings — followed by Bank of America, with 53. Fifth on the new list is China’s central bank, People's Bank of China (PBoC), which has filed a total of 44 patent applications devoted to its project for central bank digital currency.

WIPO data has previously indicated that the highest number of patent filings for blockchain technology in 2017 came from China, which filed 225 that year as compared with the America’s 91 and Australia’s 13.

China’s embrace of the technology is counterbalanced by an increasingly stringent stance against decentralized cryptocurrencies, which has intensified yet further in recent weeks.

This split position is mirrored by Alibaba’s founder Jack Ma, who has been vocal in his endorsement of blockchain, even while reserving skepticism for cryptocurrencies.

IBM for its part has been steadily expanding its involvement in blockchain across diverse fields, recently signing a five-year $740 million deal with the Australian government to use blockchain and other new technologies to improve data security and automation across federal departments, including defense and home affairs.

Dominic Solomon Posted on September 05, 2018 17:40

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Crypto Mining Accepted as an Industry by Iranian Authorities.

The Secretary of Iran's Supreme Cyberspace Council revealed that various ministries of the country’s government have accepted crypto mining as an industry, local news agency IBENA reports September 4.

According to the report, the Cyberspace Council’s secretary Abolhassan Firoozabadi stressed that the mining of cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin (BTC) has been approved as an industry by major government authorities. However, official legislation forming a legal framework for the industry has yet to be introduced in the country.

Firoozabadi said that crypto mining has been accepted as an industry by Iran’s major authorities, including the Ministry of Information and Communications Technology, the Central Bank, the Ministry of Industry, Mine and Trade, the Ministry of Energy, as well as the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Finance.

Firoozabadi stated that the Iranian National Cyberspace Center is developing a platform for cryptocurrency mining regulation. He added that the government is also considering the launch of a national cryptocurrency in order to create a financial tool to cooperate with Iranian business partners amid economic pressure from U.S. sanctions.

The secretary reportedly claimed that the relevant authorities will introduce a regulatory framework for crypto-related startups and firms in late September.

In late August, Iran’s National Cyberspace Center revealed that the draft of the state-backed cryptocurrency project is ready, following instructions from President of Iran Hassan Rouhani. At that time, the deputy director in charge of drafting regulations for Iran's Supreme Cyberspace Council claimed that the idea of launching a national cryptocurrency is being actively pursued.

Dominic Solomon Posted on September 05, 2018 16:17

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Baidu, BYD to partner on mass production of self-driving cars

Last year Baidu launched Project Apollo, named after the Apollo moon landing project, to mark the start of its push to get self-driving cars on the road in China. A technician from Baidu said that Project Apollo will deliver the software platform that can be used by car manufacturers.

At Baidu's AI Worldwide Developers Conference in April, BYD became tech giant's 100th partner in the company's ecological cooperation initiative. And on Wednesday, BYD invited Baidu to attend its Worldwide Developers Conference where it unveiled its self-driving car called Qing Pro, which is the only car that passed Apollo's certification process.

The Apollo platform will improve efficiency in the auto industry, Baidu's CEO Zhang Yaqing said on Wednesday. He said that it can prevent nine out of 10 traffic accidents, cut 40 percent off travel times, and reduce fuel consumption by 40 percent. According to Zhang, half of the work invested into developing the Apollo platform was focused on its security. He said that the partnership between Baidu and BYD will guarantee the safety of drivers.

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UK charges two Russians for attempted murder of Skripals, blames Moscow

Britain charged two Russians in absentia on Wednesday with the attempted murder of a former Russian spy and his daughter, saying the suspects were military intelligence officers almost certainly acting on orders from high up in the Russian state.

British police revealed images of the two men they said had flown to Britain for a weekend in March to kill former spy Sergei Skripal with Novichok, a military-grade nerve agent.

Skripal’s daughter Yulia and a police officer who attended the scene also fell ill in the case, which has caused the biggest East-West diplomatic expulsions since the Cold War. A woman later died from Novichok poisoning after her partner found a counterfeit perfume bottle which police believe had been used to smuggle the nerve agent into Britain.

British authorities identified the suspects as Russian nationals traveling on genuine passports under the aliases Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov. Prime Minister Theresa May said the government had concluded they were officers in Russia’s military intelligence service GRU.

“The GRU is a highly disciplined organization with a well-established chain of command, so this was not a rogue operation, May told parliament. “It was almost certainly also approved outside the GRU at a senior level of the Russian state.”

Skripal, himself a former GRU officer who betrayed dozens of agents to Britain’s MI6 foreign spy service, was found unconscious with Yulia on a public bench in the southern English city of Salisbury on March 4. Police released security camera images of the two suspects and outlined a three-day mission that took them from

Moscow to London to Salisbury, where they sprayed poison on Skripal’s door before flying back to Moscow hours later. Russia’s foreign ministry said the names given by Britain did not mean anything to Moscow, which has repeatedly denied any involvement in the attack.

“We have heard or seen two names, these names mean nothing to me personally,” Kremlin aide Yuri Ushakov told reporters in Moscow. “I don’t understand why this was done and what sort of signal the British side is sending.” Britain and dozens of other countries have kicked out scores of Russian diplomats over the incident, and Moscow has responded tit-for-tat with an identical number of expulsions.

The affair has worsened Russian relations with the West, already under strain over Ukraine, Syria and other issues. May’s spokesman said May had briefed U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday evening. U.S. Ambassador to Britain Woody Johnson said on Twitter the United States stood with Britain in holding Russia accountable for its “act of aggression”.

A European arrest warrant has been issued for them, but prosecutors said Britain would not ask Moscow to extradite Russian citizens because Russia’s constitution forbids it.

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2 Consolidated Bank staff steal GH¢200,000

Two employees of Consolidated Bank, Ghana (CBG) who stole GHC200,000 from the vaults of former Beige Bank have been remanded into custody by an Accra Circuit Court.

Bobic Kwamena Yeboah and Prince Ababio were alleged to have conspired to steal the money to invest in car business in the event that they were laid off by the bank because of the consolidation of the Beige Bank with four other struggling banks in the country.

Prince Ababio, according to police, claimed he was already into a car dealership business and could introduce his colleague, Yeboah, into the business provided he could deposit GHC200,000 for a start.

Yeboah who was employed as a bullion teller managed to bloat the cash requirement for banks by GHC100,000 on two occasions and handed same to his accomplice Ababio.

He managed to cover the theft by simply rendering account of the cash in the vaults to reflect the stolen money.

Luck, however, eluded them when the vault supervisor decided to do a recount of the money in the vault and realised that a sum of GHC200,000 was unaccounted for.

Yeboah is said to have owned up that he stole the money when the theft was detected but his accomplice initially denied any knowledge of the offence after he had gone into hiding.

He, however, later confessed to agreeing with his accomplice to steal the money to invest in a car dealership business.

They are said to have told police during investigation that they had given the money to a certain Daniel Kyei Nimo aka Chairman, to buy cars for them from Togo.

Bobic Kwamena Yeboah and Prince Ababio have been arraigned on two charges of conspiracy to steal and stealing.

They both pleaded not guilty to the charges and the court presided over by Marian Affoh remanded them into custody as the police make efforts to arrest Daniel Kyei Nimo.

The prosecution led by DSP George Amega told the court that with the collapse of the Beige Bank, Yeboah and Ababio together with seven others were retained under the supervision of one Christian Ekow Aidoo to manage what has been named the central vault of the Consolidated Bank Ghana (CBG).

He said the duties of the accused persons included distributing cash to the various branches under the CBG.

“On August 23, 2018, the two accused met to discuss what their future would be with the eminent lay-off of staff of the merged banks which is likely to affect them. Prince Ababio boasted that he was already into car sales business and in the worse scenario of a lay-off, he would continue with the said business. Bobic Kwamena Yeboah was helpless as he had no business in addition to the banking work. Prince Ababio promised to help him get into the car sales business if he is able to raise the needed fund”, DSP Amega told the court.

The prosecutor stated that an amount of GHC100,000.00 was agreed upon for a start which they agreed to steal from the bank’s vault

He said on that the same day when Bobic Kwamena Yeboah went to receive the cash requirement for distribution to bank branches assigned him, he increased the requirement by GHC100,000.00

“He went for the said amount from the Central Vault which he handed over to Prince Ababio to take away. Yeboah was able to hide the theft when after the day’s work, he was the same person assigned to do cash counting in the vault. He simply added the stolen figure to the cash in the vault before rendering account”, DSP Amega told the court.

He said Bobic Kwamena Yeboah repeated his modus operandi and stole another hundred thousand Ghana cedis from the vault which he again handed over to Ababio. Luck eluded them this time, when after close of work, the Vault Supervisor decided to do a re-count of the cash in the vault and detected the theft.

He said efforts to retrieve the money was unsuccessful and a report was made to Police leading to the arrest of the two.
 

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The joy of a £4m jackpot

Melissa Ede won £4m last Christmas thanks to a National Lottery scratchcard. The money has transformed her life, writes the BBC's Mike Thomson, and even seems to be bringing her happiness.

On a grey and blustery afternoon in Hull, I'm a passenger in a gleaming white BMW convertible gliding through the city's wind-blown streets. People turn their heads as the car cruises past, top down and radio blaring. Many smile in recognition as they spot the face behind the wheel.

"There's not many blonde-haired people driving about in an open-top car on a day like this, is there?" says the driver, turning to me. "It could only be Melissa Ede."

Fifty-seven-year-old Melissa has become a bit of a local celebrity. She used to drive an old Ford Mondeo and lived in a run-down rented bedsit. But everything changed in December last year when she walked into a Hull petrol station and bought a scratchcard. It was to be the biggest Christmas present of her life.

 

 

"Once I'd scratched it, once I'd realised, I had to check it and keep checking it," she says. "Within three days my bank balance went from £1, to £4m."

She now lives in a five-bedroom detached house, complete with what she describes as a "massive garden with all the mod cons".

When the police opened the door the man still had both his hands around my neck

For more than 15 years before her win she had scraped by as a taxi driver, working mostly nights. Some weeks, she says, she earned so little that she struggled to pay her rent and could only afford one meal a day. But the risk of violence from passengers was even worse than going hungry. It's something all taxi drivers have to live with, but one factor made Melissa a particular target. She is transgender.

"I've been strangled, I've been punched and been called all sorts of names. Once I picked up somebody and was driving along when he just started attacking me from behind. He suddenly leaned forward, put his arm around my throat and started throttling me," says Melissa.

"I was really lucky because I was near a police station at the time and managed to pull up right outside. When the police opened the door the man still had both his hands around my neck."


Find out more

Watch Melissa Ede in an excerpt from Mike Thomson's TV documentary, Winning it Big

Listen to the radio documentary, in which Mike meets lottery winners from around the globe

Meet Rachel Lapierre, who is giving her lottery winnings away

Explore other programmes in the BBC World Service's Money and Power season


One result of Melissa's win is that she doesn't have to work again.

Formerly called Les, Melissa was once a married man with a crop of wavy brown hair, and sometimes a moustache too. Though she says she never felt right as a male, even as a child - she never wanted to play with boys' toys and didn't like her hair being cut.

 

 

"I did try telling my parents that I wasn't a boy but that was unheard of in those days," she says.

Her mum and dad just laughed and told her not to be "so stupid". Many assumed the young Les was gay, and bullying blighted her years at school.

She went on to marry and became the father of four children. But the relationship didn't last.

"It was an existence, it wasn't really a life," Melissa says of her time living as a man.

 

 

"It was a very, very difficult time because you are pretending to be something that you actually are not. Your whole life is a lie. It's a big act."

That act continued until 2008 when Les finally became Melissa. Though now much happier - she has an infectious laugh - she says she lost many friends who could not accept the change. Sadly, it was also the beginning of the end for her relationship with her parents, who have since died.

"They told me never to go round there dressed as a female," Melissa says. "I wasn't welcome in their home and that was that. I was cut off from that point on from my parents. I could have gone round and seen them if I'd dressed as a man, but I wasn't willing to do that."

 

 

Melissa had also lost contact with her children, following the break-up of her marriage. Her transition was not the main reason she and her children became estranged, but she accepts that it would be "difficult for anybody to get their head around" what happened.

The same may apply to Melissa's many humorous, musical videos, which she posts on social media. She routinely performs these while half naked with pieces of bread, fruit or other objects hanging from her breasts. Melissa tells me that many have gone viral, with one clocking up more than 40 million views on Facebook.

This is one of the problems with winning such a vast amount of money - who do you trust in your life any more?

Predictably, not all feedback has been positive. In fact some of the videos have generated a barrage of vitriolic, transphobic abuse. True to form, Melissa seems to take this in her stride.

"I get a lot of trolls. It's something that you've just got to accept when you're so out there like I am, it's part and parcel of it all. I don't take it personally, because half of it will be down to jealousy. Let's face it, many people want to go viral and there's not many who can do it. And I've done it time and time and time again. These people don't really hate me, they just hate the fact that they're not me."

Melissa is now in touch with all her children, though one of them only re-contacted her again after her big win, leaving Melissa to wonder whether it had been a factor.

"I had contact with one of them a few years ago and he decided to walk away and not have anything to do with me. So, this is one of the problems with winning such a vast amount of money. Who do you trust in your life any more? Who is there because they want to be or who is there because you are now a millionaire?"

One person Melissa doesn't have any doubts about is her fiancee, Rachel Nason. The 37-year-old, who has five children from a previous relationship, is 20 years younger than her. But Melissa says they had agreed to marry several days before her lottery win.

 

 

"Rachel is absolutely amazing, you know, she's just so selfless. She really, really is. She's just not money-orientated and so I've got no fears over that. After all she was going to marry before I even had money."

You might have thought that with her new fortune, Melissa would be planning some kind of eye-popping, no-expense-spared extravaganza of a marriage. Yet instead the pair plan to tie the knot in the company of just a few nearest and dearest in a local register office - though I suspect that some serious partying is likely to follow.

 

 

Along with Rachel's children, they have already moved into what Melissa describes as their "dream home" (though in fact it was not the first spacious house Melissa tried to buy - her first attempt fell through when residents of neighbouring properties complained that her media profile would be disruptive).

Researchers who have studied the lives of thousands of lottery winners say the initial euphoria doesn't last long

As for multi-millionaire Melissa's wedding dress, she might even buy that in a charity shop. She admits to visiting her favourite one in Hull at least once a week.

"It's surprising what you can find and I do know from past experience and even from people who are into designer labels, that you can find them in charity shops as well," she says. "Why pay full whack for something when you can get it for cut price and you're also helping out a charity. And at the end of the day, bargains are great."

It's perhaps this streak of down-to-earth pragmatism that has led the otherwise carefree and impulsive Melissa to invest three-quarters of her £4m win. Given her love of bargain hunting in charity shops, cheap make-up and humble sausage rolls perhaps she has little need of so much cash. But that doesn't mean that Melissa, who likes nothing better than dancing the night away at a nearby LGBT club, fails to appreciate how lucky she is.

 

 

"The other night I was sat out in the garden and it was a little bit nippy and I thought, 'Oh it would be so nice to have a garden heater.' So I went on eBay and just ordered one. And it's like, 'Wow, I can do this, if I want these things I can buy them.' I love that. It's such a buzz!"

Researchers who have studied the lives of thousands of lottery winners say the initial euphoria doesn't last long.

They have found no evidence that those who hit the jackpot are any happier than the rest of us after the first year. Melissa has a few months to go before she can put this theory to the test - but I would not be surprised if she proves to be an exception.

"I don't have to worry now about having to save for the everyday things. It's a hard life out there having to live on a wage and I don't have to worry when I go to the shops or anything like that," she says.

"If Rachel and I decide we want something, we can have it, without even having to think about it. It's wonderful and I do feel so blessed."

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Army kills three as tension ruins schools resumption in Cameroon

Cameroon's army on Wednesday said it had killed three people in the capital of the country's English speaking North-West region on the same day that the education minister visited the area with tensions spiking as children return to school.

 Separatist in the region say the education system marginalises anglophone pupils and have decreed a boycott of schools in the areas they lay claim to.

Three people were "neutralised"after having "burst into the city"of Bamenda in a car with three others on Tuesday,army spokesman Didier Badjeck told AFP.

According to a wiyness ,numerous shots were heard Tuesday around the hotel where Education Minister Youssouf Adidja Slim was staying during a visit to the city to coincide with the reopening of schools.

 A source close to Slim said the occupants of the vehicle had been spotted and repelled before they could reach the minister.

 Separatist unrest in Cameroon's two minority English speaking regions-North-West and southwest has left scores dead and displaced about 200,000 people since late 2016.

Years of resentment at perceived discrimination at the hands of Cameroon's majority French speakers have led to almost daily acts of violence and retribution, triggering an army crackdown.

 On Monday seven pupils and a head master were kidnapped by armed men at a school in Bafut,near Bamenda.Two students and school head were freed on Tuesday according to information obtained by AFP.

Some secessionist have said on social media that they could not guarantee the security of children who returned to school in defence of the boycott.

 

nuhutk Posted on September 05, 2018 13:31

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Crime-hit Mobike suspends Manchester sharing scheme

Bike sharing firm Mobike is to pull out of Manchester after losing 10% of its cycles each month to theft and vandalism.

The Chinese firm said too many had been stolen, dumped in canals and bins, had locks hacked off or been set on fire.

Manchester has become the only city among 200 worldwide to lose the service because of persistent crime.

Mobike said it had already "processed refunds" and would start removing its fleet imminently from the city streets.

General Manager Jan Van der Ven said the company was "very grateful" to the city, which was the first in Europe to adopt the scheme last July.

'Throwing rocks'

However, he said: "As a private company, we have a duty to ensure our revenues cover our costs since, unlike some operators, we do not use taxpayer money to help balance our books.

"Unfortunately the circumstances in Manchester have not made this possible."

He added: "We have all learnt valuable lessons that will help cities continue to make urban life more sustainable, more active and more healthy through cycling."

 

 

Mobike had insisted its bikes were theft and vandal-proof but Greater Manchester Police received 17 reports in the first 10 days of the scheme.

A gang in Ancoats, east Manchester, was filmed throwing rocks at a bike, trying to destroy it, while thieves would break locks and disable electronic tracking systems.

In April the firm announced a price hike from 50p to 69p per half-hour in a bid to counter the damage.

Mobike said it would conduct "a full review of its time in Manchester".

The company said it would continue to operate in London, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Oxford and Cambridge.


Analysis

By Tom Mullen, BBC News

Mobike's distinctive orange-rimmed cycles had become a familiar sight in Manchester, and the scheme was well-used.

I clocked up more than 79 miles (128km) on the bikes, which I found handy for whizzing to the gym or shops, or even all the way to work.

But the bikes were obviously an easy target for vandals. The sight of stray bikes dumped by canals, broken or even set on fire was becoming more and more common.

To combat this, Mobike began to shrink its operating area and ramp up fines for people who abused the service. But today's decision shows the company's losses had simply become unsustainable.

With Mobike operating successfully in 200 cities around world, people are wondering why it couldn't work here. It's certainly not a great advert for Manchester.

syllasasante Posted on September 05, 2018 13:22

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Samsung: Time for folding smartphones

Samsung's head of mobile has said it is "time to deliver" foldable smartphones, fuelling speculation the company is about to reveal a bendable device.

In an interview with CNBC, DJ Koh said Samsung's consumer research suggested there was demand for a foldable phone.

Several phone-makers are rumoured to be developing devices with flexible screens that can be folded in half, without a hinge or seam in the middle.

However, Samsung told the BBC it did not currently have "anything to share".

DJ Koh told CNBC that the development process for foldable phones was "complicated" but added that the company had "nearly concluded" it.

However, he said, a foldable phone would need a clear purpose before the company released one.

"Even unfolded, what kind of benefit does that give compared to the tablet?" he said.

"If the unfolded experience is the same as the tablet, why would [people] buy it?

"Every device, every feature, every innovation should have a meaningful message to our end-customer."

Samsung faces fierce competition from Chinese phone-maker Huawei. In July, Huawei became the second-biggest smartphone seller in the world, overtaking Apple.

syllasasante Posted on September 05, 2018 13:11

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Google bosses expected to snub Senate

When Silicon Valley companies once again appear in front of the US Senate on Wednesday, there will be one major absentee: Google.

The Senate Intelligence Committee wanted to hear from Sundar Pichai, Google’s chief executive, or his boss Larry Page, the chief executive of Google’s parent firm, Alphabet.

Barring a dramatic, last-minute change of plan, the BBC understands neither will attend. It would mark the first time a technology firm has refused to comply with the wishes of Congress since the far-reaching inquiries into misinformation and meddling began in the wake of the 2016 election.

Google had instead hoped to send Kent Walker, one of its top lawyers. The offer was abruptly shut down by the committee. Its vice chairman, the Democratic Senator Mark Warner, said an empty chair would be left out to represent Google’s non-appearance.

Eventually, senators may issue a subpoena, forcing an appearance under the threat of prosecution.

“If Google thinks we’re just going to go away, they’re sadly mistaken,” said Senator Warner, speaking to Wired magazine.

The hearing, scheduled to begin at 09:30 (13:30 GMT), is entitled “Foreign Influence Operations’ Use of Social Media Platforms”.

As well as Google, Twitter and Facebook have been called to appear.

@jack leaps to Twitter’s defence

Twitter will be represented by its chief executive, Jack Dorsey, while Facebook is sending its chief operating officer, Sheryl Sandberg. It will be the first time either executive has faced a congressional committee.

Mr Dorsey will also appear, alone, in a hearing on Wednesday afternoon looking specifically at transparency on his platform. He is expected to strongly oppose the suggestion that conservative voices are being silenced on Twitter – a growing claim from the US political right, one that has not been backed up with reliable data.

“Conservative voices have a strong presence on Twitter,” he is expected to say.

“For example, in 2017, there were 59.5 million tweets about Make America Great Again or MAGA. According to the Pew Research Center, people on Twitter used #MAGA an average of 205,238 times per day from Election Day 2016 through May 1, 2018. It was the third most Tweeted hashtag in 2017.”

Where Mr Dorsey may come under fire, however, is over his decision not to ban conspiracy theorist Alex Jones from Twitter, instead giving him what was described as a “time out”. It was later reported by the Wall Street Journal that Mr Dorsey had overruled staff who had decided to ban Mr Jones altogether – though Twitter later described that suggestion as “totally false”.

In short, the question facing Mr Dorsey on Wednesday is to what extent his own politics and power influences how Twitter conducts itself.

Sandberg in the spotlight

Facebook’s chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg is sufficiently famous to satisfy the Senate’s demand for a big company name at its hearing. It means chief executive Mark Zuckerberg, who appeared here in April, can sit this one out.

On Tuesday Ms Sandberg spent the day in private meetings with members of the Senate Intelligence Committee to discuss the issues. In Wednesday morning's hearing, Facebook will go over familiar territory - Ms Sandberg will try to draw attention to its expanding workforce, and share statistics showing its efforts to block millions of suspicious accounts automatically.

The company may also share details about its so-called “war room” – a division of specialists solely working on policing content that may be wrongly targeting US voters as they prepare to cast their votes.

Based on her testimony – released on Tuesday by Facebook – she will offer little new information to the Senate about the company’s efforts, other than to update some statistics relating to the amount of content being removed.

But one important moment may arise when Ms Sandberg argues that Facebook needs more help to solve the crisis, turning the demand to “do more” back on the US government.

“The threat we face is not new,” she is expected to say.

“America has always confronted attacks from opponents who wish to undermine our democracy. What is new are the tactics they use.

“That means it’s going to take everyone - including industry, governments, and experts from civil society - working together to stay ahead.”

This may be Ms Sandberg’s first hearing, but she’s no stranger to Washington politics. Before working at the social network she was chief of staff at the US Treasury.

A brewing crisis for Google

Google’s Mr Walker submitted a written testimony for the hearing, despite the fact he will not be attending the session. In a blog post he said he would be providing private briefings to senators, but did not address the row over his seniority.

The affair risks becoming a public relations crisis for Google, which just last week was doing its best to bat back claims from President Donald Trump that it was censoring conservative news outlets in its search results. The White House did not provide any evidence to support the president’s complaints, but the topic may well come up at Wednesday’s hearing.

“I don't know if it's because [Page] wants to avoid being asked about those things or because they think they're so important and so powerful that they don't need to provide congressional testimony,” said Republican Senator Marco Rubio, speaking to the Washington Post.

He also told the newspaper: “They should be careful with that. When a company gets too big to become accountable, they become a monopoly.”

A looming threat of regulation

The question of new regulation designed to control the powers of technology companies has been a recurring theme since the firms first appeared here to talk about this issue, almost a year ago to the day.

Any regulation concocted in the wake of these hearings would likely end up being enforced by the US telecoms regulator, the Federal Communications Commission. Ahead of the hearings – which the FCC is not a part of – its chairman Ajit Pai criticised what he sees as a serious lack of transparency among the tech giants.

“The public deserves to know more about how these companies operate,” he wrote in a blog post on Tuesday.

“And we need to seriously think about whether the time has come for these companies to abide by new transparency obligations.

“After all, just as is the case with respect to broadband providers, consumers need accurate information in order to make educated choices about whether and how to use these tech giants’ platforms.”

Also under scrutiny will be the ability of Congress to competently probe the tech bosses. During April’s hearing with Mark Zuckerberg, many members were mocked for asking basic, easily-ducked questions of the Facebook chief executive.

Senator Warner has said he is hopeful questions this time round will be better. He suggested his colleagues on the committee had “done their homework”.

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Malaysia, Singapore sign agreement to defer construction of high speed rail till 2020.

The government of Malaysia and Singapore signed an agreement on Wednesday to defer the construction of the high speed rail (HSR) project linking the two countries by two years till 2020

At Malaysia's request and in the spirit of bilateral cooperation, Singapore has agreed to suspend the construction of the HSR project for a period up to May 31, 2020, according to the joint statement issued by the two countries.

Malaysia will bear the agreed cost in suspending the HSR project, said Khaw Boon Wan, Singaporean coordinating minister for infrastructure and minister for transport, who signed and exchanged the legal documents on the deferment with Malaysia's Economic Affairs Minister Mohamed Azmin Ali in Malaysia's administration center of Putrajaya.

If the project is not resumed after the suspension period, Malaysia will bear the cost incurred by Singapore in fulfilling the HSR project, Khaw told a joint press conference with Azmin.

Although the agreed postponed period is two years, the commencement date of HSR service is expected to be pushed back to 2031, rather than the original plan of 2026, said Khaw.

Given the length of the suspension period, both sides will be calling off the ongoing international joint tender for the project, according to the joint statement.

The governments of Malaysia and Singapore signed a legally-binding pact on the project in 2016 to build a high speed rail linking Malaysia's capital of Kuala Lumpur to the city state, which would cut travel time between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore to 90 minutes once in operation.

However, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad announced shortly after taking office in May that the high speed rail would be dropped, citing high cost and low usage. He later changed tone that his country would seek deferment on the project, saying it has to pay a penalty of around 500 million ringgit (123.1 million U.S. dollars) to Singapore for the cancellation. 

Dominic Solomon Posted on September 05, 2018 12:38

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Chelsea perfect start helps Arrizabalaga settle in.

Chelsea convincing start to the premier league campaign has helped new goal keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga settle in to life at Stamford Bridge, following his world record transfer,the 23-year-old has said.

Chelsea signed Arrizabalaga from Athletic Bilbao for 80million euros last month and the Spaniard has kept the clean sheets in the sides four-game winning street to start the season.

" I'm getting used to new life,a new city,new team,but it's been positive because when things start well on the pitch,it makes everything easier.

 Arrizabalaga,who was called up to the Spain squad for their UEFA Nations League matches against Croatia and England said moving to London as Thibaut Courtois replacement had felt like the right move.

"I'm happy to take this step,I want to enjoy it........I have felt valued,in the last few years,a lot of Spaniards have done important things here and that's good for those of us to arrive most recently" Arrizabalaga told Spanish paper.

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China's self-developed anti-cancer drug approved.

Made by Shanghai-based pharmaceutical company Hutchison China MediTech Limited, the oral drug, called fruquintinib, is reportedly effective at fighting colorectal cancer, and has a low toxicity to humans.

Fruquintinib is a highly selective and potent inhibitor of vascular endothelial growth factor receptors (VEGFR). This means that it can inhibit the growth of solid tumors by preventing them from developing the new blood vessels that they need to grow.

At least 370,000 people are diagnosed with colorectal cancer in China each year. By the time most of them are diagnosed, the disease has already entered a late-stage, which makes it difficult to treat.

The drug regulator said that the new drug brings hope to colorectal cancer patients who have undergone at least two prior chemotherapy treatments without seeing a remission of the disease.

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$400G in GoFundMe cash for homeless vet is gone, lawyer claims.

The $400,000 raised through a GoFundMe account to support a homeless veteran in Philadelphia after he gave his last bit of money to help a stranded motorist is reportedly drained.

A lawyer representing Johnny Bobbitt, whose story garnered national attention last year after he gave Kate McClure his last $20 to fill up her gas tank, told the Philadelphia Inquirer on Tuesday that news of the depleted account “came as a complete surprise.”

Chris Fallon, the lawyer, said he became aware of the financial standing of his client’s account after a conference call with attorneys for McClure and her boyfriend Mark D’Amico – the couple who started the GoFundMe account for Bobbitt after his kind gesture, promising him a home.

"It completely shocked me when I heard," Fallon told the paper.

Bobbitt’s attorneys requested that the couple remain in New Jersey, surrender their passports, post a bond and restrict access to their bank accounts after they failed to meet a court-ordered deadline to deliver any remaining money from the GoFundMe account, according to the paper.

Last week, Superior Court Judge Paula T. Dow ordered the couple to wire the remaining funds to a trust for Bobbitt, and submit an accounting report of the donated money within 24 hours. 

Bobbitt has received roughly $75,000 dollars of the funds, which he used to purchase a camper and SUV – both of which he no longer has, the paper reported.

D’Amico told the paper during an interview in August that the he controls the money in the account, and that he would dispense the funds when Bobbitt gets a job and stops using drugs.

"Giving him all that money, it's never going to happen. I'll burn it in front of him," he said, adding that giving an "addict" the money would be like "giving him a loaded gun."

Bobbitt admitted to the paper that the couple once gave him $25,000 and he spent it on giving it to relatives and friends, and some on drugs.

Fallon told the paper on Tuesday that his client hopes to enter a residential detoxification program.

Bobbitt, who questions the couple's motives and fears they may have squandered the money, claims they used the funds to buy a new BMW and take lavish vacations. He also questions if the couple has the legal authority to deny him the money.

Three lawyers are representing Bobbitt pro bono.

Jacqueline Promislo, another lawyer for Bobbitt said the couple’s lawyer, Ernest E. Badway, never responded regarding the request to transfer the remaining GoFundMe funds or if the money had been moved, according to the paper.

The paper could not reach McLure or D’Amico for comment. 

Badway declined to comment to Fox News late Tuesday.

The couple earlier said the new car was paid for with their own money. McLure, who is a receptionist, and D’Amico, who is a carpenter, said they have done nothing wrong and did everything they could to help Bobbitt.

Badway claimed in court last week that Bobbitt stole at least $200,000 of the funds since the account was created, the paper reported. He also argued the court-order to wire the money within 24 hours was a “harsh remedy.” 

A hearing regarding the disputed funds is scheduled to take place Wednesday at 10 a.m., the paper reported.

GoFundMe has donated $20,000 into an escrow account created by Bobbitt’s attorneys to help with housing and goods as the legal proceedings continue, a spokesman told the paper on Tuesday.

Dominic Solomon Posted on September 05, 2018 11:43

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French and Riviera News Wednesday 5th September 2018

Local

Two bodies found in apartment - The emergency services of Monaco have found two dead bodies in an apartment in Beausoleil. Firefighters made the discovery on Tuesday evening shortly after 5.30pm. Their identities have not yet been revealed but according to reports the victims are believed to be a son and his mother.

Car Crime - A man from Cannes, who ripped off the parking barrier of a local car park, before running over the parking attendant, has appeared at court in Grasse. When he was arrested, the 65 year-old claimed he was a secret agent, but later admitted he was drunk on rum. The court gave him a 2 year jail sentence.

Summer - Meteo France has confirmed that this summer was one of the hottest in Nice in recent history. With an average temperature of 24.7 degrees recorded from the beginning of June to the end of August the hottest day was August 5th when temperatures reached 33.4 degrees in the shade. August saw an average maximum temperature of 29.9 degrees, making it the 2nd hottest in history after that of 2003.

Hotel - The Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc on Cap d’Antibes has retained its title as Best Hotel in Europe. The hotel is a favourite with film stars attending the Cannes Film Festival and this year John Travolta put on a special 40th anniversary showing of Grease at the hotel. The hotel was also famous for not accepting credit cards, only dropping its ‘cash only’ policy in the last few years.

National

Scallop row - Talks are to be held in London later today in a bid to resolve tensions between French and British scallop fisherman. The British fish producer organisation will meet with their French counterparts to try and find a solution. Around 40 French boats clashed with five UK craft last week in a row over scallop fishing off northern France. French agriculture minister Stephane Travert said on Tuesday that France's navy was ready to intervene to prevent further clashes.

Vaccination - The eastern French region of Hautes-Alpes has begun vaccinating cows and sheep against anthrax after an outbreak of the fatal disease in the region. Anthrax has been detected in 23 locations, with 54 animals killed.  Vaccination doses for 5,000 cows and 10,000 sheep have been rushed to the area to tackle the worst anthrax outbreak in France in nearly 20 years.

Environment campaigners - French environment campaigners have warned that Emmanuel Macron is doing too little to combat climate change and must radically rethink his environment policy if he is to honour his promise to “make this planet great again”. Renewed criticism of the French president’s approach to green issues came as Macron replaced his former environment minister, the TV personality Nicolas Hulot, who quit last week. Macron replaced Hulot with the parliament speaker, François de Rugy, a former Green party figure.

France offers to help restore historic Museum - France has announced it is ready to help restore the historic Brazil National Museum in Rio de Janeiro after it was ravaged by a fire on Sunday. Foreign Affairs Minister Jean-Yves le Drian described the 200-year-old museum as an "exceptional place of culture", while the president of Paris's Museum of National History described the blaze as "a loss for humanity in general".  The museum has a collection of more than 20 million objects and a library with more than 530,000 books.

Business

The former governor of the Bank of England has described the British government’s preparations for Brexit as “incompetent”.
Lord Mervyn King,who’s been a public supporter of Brexit said on Tuesday that it “beggared belief that the world’s 6th largest economy should be talking of stockpiling food and medicines”.He said that left the government without a credible bargaining position.
Lord King said that “a government that cannot take action to avoid some of these catastrophic outcomes illustrates a whole lack of preparation”.
The former Bank of England governor concluded that the UK would be left in a position that’s been dubbed ‘Brino’-Brexit in name only which he said was the worst of both worlds and would see the issues drag on for years.

Amazon has become the second US-listed firm to have a market value of more than a trillion dollars.
Shares in the e-commerce giant rose by 2 percent in morning trade in New York before slipping back.
The company is the world’s largest online retailer and its chief executive Jeff Bezos is the world’s richest man with a fortune of more than 160 billion dollars.
Amazon is expected to account for roughly half of all online shopping in the US this year and its adding to its business model with new products such as Prime Video which is taking on Netflix and other streaming services.
It’s also the global leader in cloud computing services.

And-The French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe has confirmed that the government is to press ahead with the new pay-as-you-earn income tax system from the first of January.
Amid reports that the new system has suffered multiple glitches in testing,Mr Philippe said that it would be simple to use  and that “serous work had been done to review the reform and iron out problems”.
Last week,President Macron said that he wanted “precise answers” before deciding whether the new system should be introduced on the first of January.
Speaking on TF1 news last night,Mr Philippe said that the two years of studies and tests had been carried out to make sure that the system is ready and that it had been “technically complex” to set up.
Last year income tax  brought the French government 74 billion euros in revenue or around 11 percent of total tax revenue.
VAT is the largest source of state funding.

Sport

Tennis-Serena Williams has reached the semi finals of the US Open at Flushing Meadows. The 17th seed trailed her opponent Karolina Pliskova 4-2 in the first set but came back to win 6-4 6-3. The 36 year old is seeking her 24th major title which would equal Margaret Court’s all time record.She’ll now face the 19th seed Anastasija Sevastova in the last 4.She beat Sloane Stephens  earlier on Tuesday to reach the last 4. In the men’s event Juan Martin del Potro is into the last 4 after beating John Isner in 4 sets.

Golf-Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson have both been named in the US Ryder Cup team. Woods returns after a 6 year absence and says that his inclusion feels “very special”.He was named as one of three wild card picks along with Mickelson and Bryson DeChambeau.

The Ryder Cup takes place at Le Golf National near Paris from the 28th to the 30th of September.

Football-A number of top coaches in Europe have called on Uefa to review the use of the away goals rule in continental competitions.

There are also calls for the transfer window to be ended at the same time in all the major leagues.

A spokesman for Uefa said that there is a feeling that scoring an away goal is not as difficult as it was in the past and that the organisation would carry out a review accordingly.

Rugby Union-Leicester Tigers say that Geordan Murphy will be given every opportunity to secure the head coaches job on a permanent basis.

Murphy replaced Matt O’Connor at the start of this week on a temporary basis and Leicester say that there are no plans to make any further changes unless “the wheels completely come off”.

Leicester were beaten heavily by Exeter on the opening day of the new English Premiership season and they failed to make the play-offs for the first time in 14 years last season.

Weather

Partially cloudy with light variable winds and a high of 27 degrees.

Overnight lows of 20 degrees on the coast and 17 degrees inland with clear skies.

Thursday and Friday-Partially cloudy with some showers and thunderstorms inland tomorrow and a high of 25.Mainly fine on Friday with a high of 24.

Finally 

Brits are among the world’s laziest with more than a third failing to get enough exercise. The UK ranked 46th out of 168 in a World Health Organisation list of the least active countries — and ninth worst of the 28 EU nations.

Thirty-six per cent of people in the UK fall short of WHO’s recommendation to carry out 150 minutes of moderate or 75 minutes of vigorous activity each week.

Women are less likely to reach the goal with 40 per cent here moving too little compared to 31.5 per cent of men. Kuwait is the worst-performing nation overall with 67 per cent failing to reach WHO’s exercise guidelines.

Half of Greeks miss the target, making it the least active EU nation. Uganda and Mozambique are the world’s most active with both having more than 94 per cent of the population hitting the goal.

syllasasante Posted on September 05, 2018 11:08

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BTC/USD Near Breakout.

Bitcoin on Tuesday continued its uptrend, rising close to 3 percent since its intraday low from yesterday.

The BTC/USD pair today opened near 7272-fiat while correcting from its previous low around 7248-fiat. At the beginning of the Asian trading session, the pair stayed on a stable and steady uptrend. As the session matured, and European hours came into play, the uptrend intensified and eventually formed higher highs towards 7415-fiat. At the same time, BTC/USD continued to flirt with the Rising Wedge resistance level.

While BTC/USD continues to trend upward inside the Rising Wedge channel, introduced in one of our previous analysis, we are also noticing a bull pennant formation to confirm a stable bullish sentiment in the market. The BTC/USD on hourly charts is also above its 100H and 200H moving averages, while the RSI and Stochastic Oscillator indicators have also jumped close to the overbought regions, further strengthening in the near-term bullish bias of the Bitcoin market.

We are of course waiting for a potential breakout above the Rising Wedge resistance to confirm a strong medium-term rally towards the next upside targets, primarily towards 7460-fiat while eyeing 7819-fiat. Let’s discuss our intraday positions further in the section below.

Dominic Solomon Posted on September 05, 2018 09:20

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Luke Shaw: Man Utd defender says he nearly lost leg after injury.

Manchester United defender Luke Shaw says he "nearly lost" his leg after breaking it in two places in 2015.

The full-back, 23, missed the rest of the season after suffering the injury in a Champions League 2-1 defeat by PSV Eindhoven.

Recalled by England for this month's games against Spain and Switzerland, Shaw said he feels "privileged" to be part of the squad again.

"I'd be lying if I said I didn't think about stopping playing," he said.

"I had a lot of complications with my leg and that was the really hard moment for me in my career.

"No-one knows but I was really close to actually losing my leg. I never knew that until six months later when the doctor told me.

"At the time, they were thinking about flying me back and if I'd have flown back, I would probably have lost my leg because of the blood clots and stuff.

"I've got - I don't want to talk about it too much - two scars down the side of my leg where they had to cut it open and pull them out because of how severe it was.

"But I don't really care about that any more. I feel really strong and my right leg is exactly as it was before my leg break."

Dominic Solomon Posted on September 05, 2018 08:29

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Christiano Ronaldo yet to score for Juventus

After he moved to Juventus, Christiano Ronaldo is yet to net for his new team. His eight year son, Christiano Ronaldo Jnr has hit a double brace for his team.

Pre-Paid Posted on September 05, 2018 08:28

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Davido under fire over alleged flouting of NYSC Bye laws

 Nigeria pop star,David Adeleke popularly known as Davido,has come under fire for allegedly travelling to Boston for US tour when he is supposed to be at the Lagos camp observing the mandatory 3 weeks orientation period of the one-year National Youth Service corps,NYSC scheme.

nuhutk Posted on September 05, 2018 07:23

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US ex-senator Jon Kyl named as successor to McCain

Minority Whip Jon Kyl,Republican of Arizona,leaves a bipartisan meeting of US Law Makers working on legislative frame work for comprehensive deficit reduction hosted by US vice president Joe Baden at Blair House House across the street from the White House in Washington DC, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey is scheduled to unveil former senator Jon Kyl as McCain's successor at a news conference at the Arizona capitol on September 4, 2018.

nuhutk Posted on September 05, 2018 06:59

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Ronaldo,Salah and Modric nominated for FIFA best player award

Lionel Messi was left off the shortlist for the FIFA'S men's player of the year award on Monday as his old rival Cristiano Ronaldo was named alongside Luka Modric and Mohammed Salah.
Messi has dominated the award along with Ronaldo over the past decade but the Barcelona star has been ommitted from the list of contenders after featuring in the top three for 11 straight years.

The 31-year-old Argentine was runner-up for the prestigious prize in 2007 and 2008 before winning it for the first of five successive years in 2009.

nuhutk Posted on September 05, 2018 06:29

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Advice for a More Romantic Relationship.

When you were dating, all you could think about was how amazing and romantic it was to be together. You looked forward to more romantic dates, holding hands, spending time at the beach and the works! Romance comes easy before marriage: after all, there were no kids to bother you, no financial worries, no annoying habits to live with. But after you got married and as time passed, you got so accustomed to married life that you stopped wooing each other or making any special efforts. After all, with so many responsibilities and details to take care of, where is the time for romance anymore? Maybe you already sense the lack of romance in your marriage and your spouse feels so too. Maybe you need a few romance tips to spruce up your relationship…Know that there are many things you can do to put romance back into your marriage.

Desire is a key part of romance; and two people can only feel desirous of the other if they share mutual feelings of care, respect, and attraction towards each other. Truly uniting as a married couple, sharing thoughts, communicating regularly, laughing together and practicing forgiveness can have a great and positive impact on the couple’s intimate and romantic life. In this section, we offer you a variety of romance advice that is sure to bring back the spark in your married life. Think candlelight dinners, soft music, longing looks and a lot more – yes, all of this can be an integral part of your life even after many years of marriage.

Nii Sackey Posted on September 05, 2018 04:35

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Roast chicken, ham and leek pie.

Debbie Major’s comforting chicken pie recipe is made with a creamy filling and a quick and easy-to-make flaky pastry.

 

INGREDIENTS

1 lemon, pierced with a skewer

4 bay leaves

35g butter, softened

1 large onion, halved and sliced

200g leeks, trimmed and sliced

1.2 litres fresh chicken stock, preferably homemade

200g roast ham, cut into strips

150g frozen peas, defrosted

2 tbsp chopped fresh curly parsley

80g plain flour

1-2 tbsp single cream

1 large free-range egg yolk

For the quick flaky pastry

250g butter, plus extra to grease

350g plain flour, plus extra to dust

¾ tsp fine salt

9-10 tbsp ice-cold water

Nii Sackey Posted on September 05, 2018 04:23

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US wife accused of 'fatally poisoning husband with eyedrops'

A South Carolina woman has been charged with murder after allegedly poisoning her husband by putting eyedrops into his water for several days. Lana Clayton, 52, was arrested weeks after her husband, Stephen Clayton, 64, was found dead at home. She was detained when a toxicology test discovered a chemical called tetrahydrozoline in his body.

The substance is found in over-the-counter eyedrops and nasal sprays that are available without a prescription. On Friday, York County police also charged her with unlawful malicious tampering of food between the dates of 19 and 21 July, when the alleged murder occurred. In a statement, police say she admitted to poisoning her husband "without his knowledge". She was arrested and held in custody on Friday.

Police have not announced any potential motive. Mr Clayton, who founded a physical therapy company, was pronounced dead after appearing to suffer a fall down stairs in the foyer of his home in the upmarket neighbourhood of Clover - about 20 miles from Charlotte, North Carolina. A funeral was held for him in the couple's backyard in early August - friends and neighbours say - before investigators discovered his cause of death.

According to the Herald newspaper, Mrs Clayton has no previous criminal record, and has not been arrested before. Prosecutors say they are now reviewing a 2016 incident, in which she shot her husband in the head with a crossbow as he slept. Police determined that that shooting was "accidental", according to a police report obtained by the Charlotte Observer.

Investigators found Mrs Clayton at home "crying and upset" after the crossbow incident, according to the report. She said at the time that her husband was mentally abusive to her, and had "mood swings" but never physically hurt her. Tetrahydrozoline can cause seizures, stop breathing and induce comas, according to the US National Library of Medicine. Even a few drops of the drug, which is intended to reduce redness, can cause "serious adverse events".

The couple had been together for eight years, friends told WSOC-TV. Others added that she was known to attend the neighbourhood Bible study group. Mr Clayton's family told the station that they were "shocked and mortified at the cause of Steven's death". "All of our family and friends know how much he loved his wife, Lana, and how devoted he was to her. We are all still trying to process this."

According to the York County Probate Court, Mrs Clayton was appointed to represent Mr Clayton estate after his death. Mrs Clayton's Facebook page states that she worked for the US Department of Veterans Affairs in Charlotte. Their home, worth about $800,000 (£620,000), was modelled on the Mount Vernon estate of the first US President, George Washington.

Nii Sackey Posted on September 05, 2018 03:04

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Japan has been hit by its strongest typhoon in 25 years, causing at least seven deaths and 200 injuries.

Typhoon Jebi made landfall in western areas, bringing heavy rain and reports of winds up to 172km/h (107mph). In Osaka Bay it swept a tanker into a bridge and in Kyoto parts of a railway station roof came down. Officials ordered more than a million people in affected areas to evacuate their homes amid warnings of high waves, flooding and mudslides. It has already left tens of thousands without power and authorities have urged people to move to safety.

The storm made landfall on Shikoku island around noon on Tuesday local time and then moved across Japan's largest main island of Honshu. It is expected to weaken as it moves north.

Jebi is the first typhoon classed as "very strong" by the country's weather agency to make landfall on Japan's main islands since a typhoon left 48 people dead or missing in 1993, Kyodo reports.

Hundreds of flights, trains and ferries have had to be cancelled. Flooding covered the runways at Kansai International Airport in Osaka, which is built on a man-made island in a bay.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe convened an emergency meeting and called on people "to take action to protect your lives, including preparing and evacuating early". Footage from the storm making landfall showed giant waves crashing against the coastline, and flying debris. Japan's weather agency has warned of possible landslides, flooding and violent winds, as well as high tides, lightning and tornadoes in the areas affected.

Nii Sackey Posted on September 05, 2018 02:58

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