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US slashes number of refugees to 30,000

The US says it will cap the number of refugees allowed into the country next year at a near record low of 30,000.

It compares with a 45,000-refugee limit set by President Donald Trump for 2018 and 50,000 the year before.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced "the new refugee ceiling", adding the US would also process more than 280,000 asylum seekers in 2019.

The refugee cap is the lowest since the aftermath of 9/11, when 27,131 refugees were allowed into the US in 2002.

Over the past decade, the number of refugees admitted to the US has fluctuated from a low of 48,282 in 2007 to a high of 84,995 in 2016.

The US refugee programme was set up in 1980.

According to the New York Times, Monday's announcement represents the lowest ceiling any president has imposed on the programme since its creation.


The Trump administration has pursued tight restrictions on immigration and critics have accused it of scaling back protection for the world's most vulnerable people.

Eric Schwartz, president of the independent organisation Refugees International, called the new cap "appalling".

In a statement published on the body's website, Mr Schwartz said the decision continues the Trump administration's "rapid flight from the proud US tradition of providing resettlement to those fleeing persecution around the world".

Mr Pompeo, however, said it would be "wrong" to view the refugee ceiling as "the sole barometer of America's commitment to vulnerable people around the world".

The limit had to be viewed "in the context of the many other forms of protection and assistance offered by the United States", he said.

The US is currently on track to admit only about half the maximum number of refugees allowed in 2018.

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seth Posted on September 18, 2018 09:22

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Russia blames Israel after military plane shot down off Syria

Russia has said Syria shot down one of its military planes - but laid the blame for the deaths of the 15 personnel on board with Israel.

The defence ministry said Israeli jets forced the Il-20 plane into the path of Syrian air defence systems on Monday after failing to give Moscow enough warning of a strike on Syrian targets.

The Il-20 disappeared off the radar at about 23:00 local time (20:00 GMT).

Israel is yet to comment on the allegations.

Israel rarely acknowledges carrying out strikes on Syria, but an Israeli military official recently said it had hit more than 200 Iranian targets in Syria over the past 18 months.

The Israeli government is concerned by what it calls Iran's "military entrenchment" in Syria, as well as shipments of Iranian weapons to the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah, which is fighting alongside Syrian government forces.

What exactly happened?

The details are murky, and Russia's account of the incident has yet to be verified.

According to reports, Monday's incident occurred about 35km (22 miles) from the Syrian coast as the Ilyushin Il-20 aircraft was returning to Russia's Hmeimim airbase near the north-western city of Latakia.

Russia's Tass news agency says the Il-20 plane "disappeared during an attack by four Israeli F-16 jets on Syrian facilities in Latakia province".

Reports on Syrian state media spoke of an attack in the area shortly before the plane disappeared. According to Sana news agency, the military said it had intercepted "enemy missiles coming from the open sea towards the city of Latakia".

Syrian television also reported explosions over the sky in Latakia just before 22:00. Thirty minutes later, the Sana Facebook page reported that Syrian air defences had responded to enemy missiles.

The Israeli military refused to comment on reports its planes had targeted facilities in the Latakia area on Monday, saying: "We don't comment on foreign reports."

A number of people were initially blamed after the plane disappeared, but on Tuesday the Russian defence ministry said the aircraft was accidentally shot down by Syria.

What does Russia accuse Israel of doing?

In a statement, Russia said Israel's "irresponsible actions" were to blame, saying it was given less than a minute's warning ahead of the strikes, which was not enough time to get the military surveillance plane out of the way.

"The Israeli planes deliberately created a dangerous situation for surface ships and aircraft in the area," a defence ministry spokesman said.

The spokesman accused Israeli pilots of "using the Russian airplane as a cover", putting it "in the line of fire coming from Syrian air defence systems".

The plane, the spokesman continued, was shot down by a Syrian missile. It is not possible to verify any of these claims.

"As a result of the irresponsible actions by the Israeli military, 15 Russian servicemen have died," the spokesman said.

"This is absolutely out of line with the spirit of Russian-Israeli partnership. We reserve the right to take appropriate action in response."

A search-and-rescue operation is under way, co-ordinated through personnel located at the Hmeimim base, the ministry added.

Why is a Russian aircraft in Syria?

Russia began military strikes in Syria in 2015 after a request from President Bashar al-Assad, who has stayed in power despite seven years of civil war.

The conflict has so far killed more than 350,000 people.

Hmeimim is Russia's main base for air strikes on rebel groups in Syria - strikes that have enabled President Assad's forces to recover much lost ground since 2015.

Russia says its air strikes only target "terrorists", but activists have said they mainly hit mainstream rebel fighters and civilians.

According to The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a UK-based monitoring group, at least 7,928 civilians and 10,069 combatants have been killed in Russian strikes.

Russia has also suffered personnel losses, including the deaths of 39 people when a Russian military transport plane crashed as it attempted to land at Hmeimim in March.

Just a few months earlier, Russia said it had increased security at Hmeimim in response to a foiled drone attack on the base just days after reports that rebel shelling had damaged several planes.

Earlier on Monday Russia and Turkey agreed to create a demilitarised buffer zone in Syria's Idlib province to separate government forces from rebel fighters based there.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said it would be 15km to 25km (9-15 miles) wide and come into force by 15 October.

seth Posted on September 18, 2018 09:16

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Emmy Awards 2018 red carpet fashion - in pictures

The 70th Primetime Emmy Awards took place in Los Angeles on Monday.

Here are some pictures from the red carpet (which is actually not red this year, but gold).

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Image captionGuest actress in a comedy series nominee Tiffany Haddish wore a colourful gown inspired by the Eritrean flag

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Image captionSandra Oh was nominated for best lead actress in a drama series for her role in Killing Eve

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Image captionJames Corden, pictured with wife Julia Carey, was nominated for best variety talk series

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Image captionMom actress Allison Janney, who won an Oscar earlier this year, was up for best lead actress in a comedy series

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Image captionMillie Bobby Brown from Stranger Things was nominated for supporting actress in a drama series

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Image captionLead actress in a limited series or movie nominee Jessica Biel with Justin Timberlake

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Image captionGilmore Girls star Alexis Bledel - nominated for supporting actress in a drama series for her role in The Handmaid's Tale

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Image captionKristen Bell, whose co-star in The Good Place, Ted Danson, was nominated for lead actor in a comedy series

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Image captionSterling K. Brown, nominated for lead actor in a drama series, with his wife Ryan Michelle Bathe

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Image captionPoppy Delevingne, who starred in Genius: Picasso - which had two nominations

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Image captionNoah Schnapp and Gaten Matarazzo of Netflix's Stranger Things - which picked up three nominations in total

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Image captionInsecure star Issa Rae - nominated for lead actress in a comedy series

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Image captionScarlett Johansson with partner and Saturday Night Live star Colin Jost, who co-hosted the ceremony

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Image captionBritish actress Claire Foy's performance in The Crown won her the prize for best lead actress in a drama series

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Image captionActress Jennifer Lewis said she was wearing Nike "to tell them how proud I am of them for supporting Colin Kaepernick". Nike has made the NFL player, who kneeled during the national anthem at a match to protest police brutality and racial injustice, one of the faces of its celebration to mark the 30th anniversary of the Just Do It slogan.

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Image captionThe Handmaid's Tale actor Joseph Fiennes, nominated for supporting actor in a drama series, and wife Maria Dolores Dieguez

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Image captionBritish actress and Black Panther star Letitia Wright was nominated for supporting actress in a limited series or movie

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Image captionSarah Paulson was nominated for best lead actress in a limited series or movie

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Emmy Awards 2018: The winners in full

The 70th annual Primetime Emmy Awards have taken place in Los Angeles.

It was a big night for British talent - with Thandie Newton, Claire Foy, Charlie Brooker, Matthew Rhys and John Oliver among the winners.

Here's the full list of winners from Monday's ceremony (the less high-profile awards were handed out last week at the Creative Arts Emmys).

Best lead actress in a drama series

  • Sandra Oh - Killing Eve
  • Keri Russell - The Americans
  • Tatiana Maslany - Orphan Black
  • WINNER: Claire Foy - The Crown
  • Evan Rachel Wood - Westworld
  • Elisabeth Moss - The Handmaid's Tale

Best lead actor in a drama series

  • Jason Bateman - Ozark
  • WINNER: Matthew Rhys - The Americans
  • Milo Ventimiglia - This Is Us
  • Sterling K. Brown - This Is Us
  • Ed Harris - Westworld
  • Jeffrey Wright - Westworld

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Image captionAmy Sherman-Palladino won both the writing and directing Emmys for comedy series The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Best lead actress in a limited series or movie

  • Sarah Paulson - American Horror Story: Cult
  • Michelle Dockery - Godless
  • Edie Falco - Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders
  • WINNER: Regina King - Seven Seconds
  • Jessica Biel - The Sinner
  • Laura Dern - The Tale

Best lead actor in a limited series or movie

  • Antonio Banderas - Genius: Picasso
  • WINNER: Darren Criss - The Assassination of Gianni Versace
  • Benedict Cumberbatch - Patrick Melrose
  • Jeff Daniels - Looming Tower
  • John Legend - Jesus Christ Superstar: Live in Concert
  • Jesse Plemons - Black Mirror: U.S.S. Callister

Best lead actor in a comedy series

  • Anthony Anderson - black-ish
  • Ted Danson - The Good Place
  • Larry David - Curb Your Enthusiasm
  • Donald Glover - Atlanta
  • WINNER: Bill Hader - Barry
  • William H Macy - Shameless

Best lead actress in a comedy series

  • Pamela Adlon - Better Things
  • WINNER: Rachel Brosnahan - The Marvelous Mrs Maisel
  • Allison Janney - Mom
  • Issa Rae - Insecure
  • Tracee Ellis Ross - black-ish
  • Lily Tomlin - Grace and Frankie

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Image captionRu Paul's Drag Race won best reality competition programme

Best drama series

  • The Americans
  • The Crown
  • WINNER: Game of Thrones
  • The Handmaid's Tale
  • Stranger Things
  • This Is Us
  • Westworld

Best comedy series

  • Atlanta
  • Barry
  • black-ish
  • Curb Your Enthusiasm
  • GLOW
  • WINNER: The Marvelous Mrs Maisel
  • Silicon Valley
  • Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Best limited series

  • The Alienist
  • WINNER: The Assassination of Gianni Versace
  • Genius: Picasso
  • Godless
  • Patrick Melrose

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Image captionThe Assassination of Gianni Versace L-R: Edgar Ramirez, Penelope Cruz, director Ryan Murphy, Ricky Martin, and Darren Criss

Supporting actor in a drama series

  • Nikolaj Coster-Waldou - Game of Thrones
  • WINNER: Peter Dinklage - Game of Thrones
  • Mandy Patinkin - Homeland
  • David Harbour - Stranger Things
  • Matt Smith - The Crown
  • Joseph Fiennes - The Handmaid's Tale

Supporting actress in a drama series

  • Lena Heady - Game of Thrones
  • Millie Bobby Brown - Stranger Things
  • Vanessa Kirby - The Crown
  • Alexis Bledel - The Handmaid's Tale
  • Ann Dowd - The Handmaid's Tale
  • Yvonne Strahovski - The Handmaid's Tale
  • WINNER: Thandie Newton - Westworld

Supporting actor in a comedy series

  • Brian Tyree Henry - Atlanta
  • WINNER: Henry Winkler - Barry
  • Louie Anderson - Baskets
  • Alec Baldwin - SNL
  • Kenan Thompson - SNL
  • Tony Shalhoub - Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
  • Tituss Burgess - Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Supporting actress in a comedy series

  • Zazie Beetz - Atlanta
  • Betty Gilpin - Glow
  • Laurie Metcalf - Roseanne
  • Aidy Bryant - SNL
  • Leslie Jones - SNL
  • Kate McKinnon - SNL
  • WINNER: Alex Borstein - Marvelous Mrs Maisel
  • Megan Mullally - Will and Grace

Supporting actor in a limited series or movie

  • WINNER: Jeff Daniels - Godless
  • Brandon Victor Dixon - Jesus Christ Superstar
  • Ricky Martin - Assassination of Gianni Versace
  • Edgar Ramirez - Assassination of Gianni Versace
  • Finn Whitrock - Assassination of Gianni Versace
  • Michael Stuhlbarg - The Looming Tower
  • John Leguizamo - Waco

Supporting actress in a limited series or movie

  • Adina Porter - AHS: Cult
  • Letitia Wright - Black Mirror: Black Museum
  • WINNER: Merritt Weaver - Godless
  • Sara Bareilles - Jesus Chris Superstar
  • Penelope Cruz - Assassination of Gianni Versace
  • Judith Light - Assassination of Gianni Versace

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Image captionRegina King, winner of best lead actress in a limited series or movie for Seven Seconds

Variety talk series

  • The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
  • Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
  • Jimmy Kimmel Live
  • WINNER: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
  • The Late Late Show with James Corden
  • The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

Variety sketch series

  • At Home with Amy Sedaris
  • Drunk History
  • I Love You, America with Sarah Silverman
  • Portlandia
  • WINNER: Saturday Night Live
  • The Tracey Ullman Show

Reality competition programme

  • The Amazing Race
  • American Ninja Warrior
  • Project Runway
  • WINNER: Ru Paul's Drag Race
  • Top-Chef
  • The Voice

Directing for a drama series

  • Alan Taylor - Game of Thrones
  • Jeremy Podeswa - Game of Thrones
  • Jason Bateman - Ozark
  • Daniel Sackheim - Ozark
  • The Duffer Brothers - Stranger Things
  • WINNER: Stephen Daldry - The Crown
  • Kari Skogland - The Handmaid's Tale

Directing for a comedy series

  • Donald Glover - Atlanta
  • Hiro Murai - Atlanta
  • Bill Hader - Bary
  • Jesse Peretz - GLOW
  • Mike Judge - Silicon Valley
  • WINNER: Amy Sherman-Palladino - The Marvelous Mrs Maisel

Directing for a limited series, movie or dramatic special

  • Scott Frank - Godless
  • David Leveaux, Alex Rudzinski - Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert
  • Barry Levinson - Paterno
  • Edward Berger - Patrick Melrose
  • WINNER: Ryan Murphy - The Assassination of Gianni Versace
  • Craig Zisk - The Looming Tower
  • David Lynch - Twin Peaks

Directing for a variety special

  • Stan Lathan - Dave Chappelle: Equanimity
  • Michael Bonfiglio - Jerry Seinfeld: Jerry Before Seinfeld
  • Marcus Raboy - Steve Martin & Martin Short: An Evening You Will Forget For The Rest Of Your Life
  • Hamish Hamilton - Super Bowl LII Halftime Show Starring Justin Timberlake
  • WINNER: Glenn Weiss - The Oscars

Writing for a comedy series

  • Donald Glover - Atlanta
  • Stefani Robinson - Atlanta
  • Alec Berg, Bill Hader - Barry
  • Liz Sarnoff - Barry
  • Alec Berg - Silicon Valley
  • WINNER: Amy Sherman-Palladino - The Marvelous Mrs Maisel

Writing for a drama series

  • David Benioff, D.B. Weiss - Game of Thrones
  • Phoebe Waller-Bridge - Killing Eve
  • The Duffer Brothers - Stranger Things
  • WINNER: Joe Fields, Joe Weisberg - The Americans
  • Peter Morgan - The Crown
  • Bruce Miller - The Handmaid's Tale

Writing for a limited series, movie or dramatic special

  • Kevin McManus, Matthew McManus - American Vandal
  • Scott Frank - Godless
  • David Nicholls - Patrick Melrose
  • Tom Rob Smith - The Assassination Of Gianni Versace
  • David Lynch, Mark Frost - Twin Peaks
  • WINNER: William Bridges, Charlie Brooker - USS Callister (Black Mirror)

Writing for a variety special

  • Melinda Taub, Samantha Bee - Full Frontal With Samantha Bee Presents: The Great American* Puerto Rico (*It's Complicated)
  • WINNER: John Mulaney - John Mulaney: Kid Gorgeous At Radio City
  • Michelle Wolf - Michelle Wolf: Nice Lady
  • Patton Oswalt - Patton Oswalt: Annihilation
  • Steve Martin, Martin Short - Steve Martin & Martin Short: An Evening You Will Forget For The Rest Of Your Life

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Russia claims it has a new reason to blame Ukraine for the downing of Malaysia Airlines MH17 in 2014.

The Kuala Lumpur-bound MH17 was shot down by a soviet-made missile over the rebel-held eastern Ukraine on July 17, 2014, killing all 298 people on board. Investigators are still trying to determine who launched the missile.

  • Russia's defense ministry claims it has new evidence that the missile that downed Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 (MH17) in 2014 was fired by Ukrainian forces.
  • The Amsterdam-to-Kuala Lumpur flight was shot down by a Soviet-made missile over the rebel-held eastern Ukraine on July 17, 2014, killing all 298 people on board.
  • In May, international investigators concluded that a Russian-made Buk surface-to-air missile supplied by Russian separatists in Kursk were responsible for the crash.
  • But Russia has repeatedly denied any involvement, and its defense ministry claimed it had "newly discovered evidence" which it says discredits previous findings and pins the attack on Ukraine.

Russia's defense ministry claimed on Monday it had new evidence that the missile that downed Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 (MH17) in 2014 was fired by Ukrainian forces.

The Amsterdam-to-Kuala Lumpur flight was shot down by a soviet-made missile over the rebel-held eastern Ukraine on July 17, 2014. All 298 people on board, including 27 Australians, were killed.

Remnants of the Boeing 777 aircraft that crashed outside the city of Donetsk in Ukraine have been analyzed extensively, and investigators are still trying to determine with certainty where the missile emanated from.

In May, international investigators concluded that a Russian-made Buk surface-to-air missile supplied by Russian separatists in Kursk were responsible for the downing of MH17.

"The Buk that was used came from the Russian army, the 53rd brigade,” Chief Dutch Prosecutor Fred Westerbeke told Reuters. “We know that was used, but the people in charge of this Buk, we don’t know.”

The investigating team has referenced images and video showing a white Volvo truck with markings unique to the 53rd brigade carrying the missile from Russia to the Ukraine. The Netherlands and Australia have directly blamed Russia for the attack, and have called on Moscow to admit responsibility and cooperate fully with the ongoing investigation.

But Russia has repeatedly denied any involvement, and has instead shifted blame towards Ukraine with information investigators have deemed "factually inaccurate on several points."

On Monday, Russia's defense ministry claimed it had "newly discovered evidence" which potentially pins the attack on Ukraine.


Russia's Defense Ministry purported to show a "logbook" indicating that the Buk missile had been delivered to a unit in the Ukraine in 1986.

(Russian Defense Ministry/Youtube)


According to the Defense Ministry, the serial number found on debris from the Buk missile was cross-referenced with a log book purporting to show it was produced in 1986. The missile was then delivered by rail to a military unit in Western Ukraine and to their knowledge had since not left Ukraine.

The ministry also claimed some of the video provided to investigators showing the Buk system being transported from Russia were manipulated. The ministry cast doubt on its authenticity.

The ministry also claimed to have audio recordings of Ukrainian airspace officials discussing shooting down aircrafts which flew over its restricted airspace, specifically calling out the targeting of Malaysian Boeings.


Russia also claimed that video provided to investigators used doctored footage of the Buk missile being transported on a white truck.

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In response, the joint investigative team said they would "meticulously study" the new information as soon as the documents were made available, noting that previous information provided from Russia had been misleading on several fronts.

Ukraine's Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak on Monday dismissed Russia's claims as an "absolute lie" and "another fake story." Also on Monday, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko signed a decree ending a bilateral friendship treaty with Russia amid deteriorating ties.

Albert Ulebe Posted on September 18, 2018 08:55

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The CEO of The Gates Foundation says we’re approaching a dangerous tipping point in global poverty. We still have time to reverse it.

The Gates Foundation is out with its second annual Goalkeepers report, warning that decades of gains in poverty rates around the world could be headed for a downward slide, unless serious investments are made in women's health and nutrition. Gates Foundation CEO Sue Desmond-Hellman explains.


Bill Gates likes to tout himself as a pretty sunny guy. He regularly asserts that the world is getting better every day, in spite of the fact that the price of a loaf of bread is climbing, many people can no longer afford to buy a place to live, and free and fair elections are consistently under threat.

Gates remains undeterred. "Overall, I'm quite optimistic," he told a crowd of Harvard students in April.

He uses hard numbers to back up this persistently cheery outlook, pointing out that since the $50 billion-plus Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation began in 2000, the number of extremely poor people around the world has fallen sharply.

Since then, over one billion previously impoverished people have busted out of a so-called "extreme poverty" income bracket to live on more than $1.90 a day. In practical terms, this means there are fewer and fewer people getting around on two bare feet, cooking over a flame, and sleeping on the ground.

In 2017, the Gates Foundation launched its first annual Goalkeepers report, checking in on the UN Sustainable Development Goals to see how far we have come in the fight against infectious disease and poverty.

That first report asserted that the world is gradually getting better on those measures. Now the Gates Foundation is sounding the alarm, warning in its second Goalkeepers report that the stunning poverty progress of the past few decades could crash to a halt if more isn't done to help people stay in school and get enough to eat.

While the number of extremely poor people living in countries like China and India looks to be relatively on track to zero out by 2030, the number of people living in poverty in some of the world's poorest sub-Saharan African countries is still creeping upward — and could skyrocket if current trends continue.

Gates Foundation CEO Sue Desmond-Hellman says that forecasted downturn into extreme poverty is not inevitable. She believes the Foundation's biggest task today is helping prevent more poverty in Africa, largely by letting women take the lead in starting and growing their own families.

"If every African woman was able to have the number of children that she wants, you could have a decrease in population growth by 30% by 2100," Desmond-Hellman told Business Insider. "And that's just if she gets to do what she wants."

Education also plays a key role. China experienced its own dramatic poverty reduction in 1990s, arguably spurred in no small part by more educated women entering the workplace. India followed suit in the 2000s. Now is the time to foster a similar African "wave" of prosperity, the Gates Foundation argues.

"We really need to have a third wave, and it needs to happen in sub-Saharan Africa," Desmond-Hellmann said.



(Business Insider)


Why women are critical to everyone's economic success

Today, women in sub-Saharan Africa have an average of .7 more children than what they'd ideally want, according to the new report.

"The worry, the peril is that more babies are being born in the places where it's hardest to live a healthy, productive life," Desmond-Hellmann said.

Nowhere will that be more true than in the African countries sitting below the Sahara desert, she said.

"By 2050, 86% of the world's extreme poor would be in sub-Saharan Africa," she said, "And 40% would be in just two countries: the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Nigeria."

At the same time, these two countries are set to experience rapid population growth, more than doubling and tripling in size. Fixes for this kind of population boom are already working in other African countries further north, like Kenya.

There, nonprofit Marie Stopes International provides free contraception for teens. At first, young Kenyan girls weren't interested in the free contraception, so Marie Stopes shifted its focus to empowering teenagers. They help young girls set goals for the future, and nudge the young women to wait to have kids until they want them, while continuing to finish school and pursuing their own dreams.


Refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo carry food distributed by the World Food Programme in the Kyangwali settlement on April 10, 2018 in Kyangwali, Uganda.

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Research shows clearly that a young woman who waits until she's finished school to have babies can have a positive, cascading effect on the health of her entire family, and country, for decades.

"Educated girls tend to work more, earn more, expand their horizons, marry and start having children later, have fewer children, and invest more in each child," the report said. "Their children, in turn, tend to follow similar patterns, so the effect of graduating one girl sustains itself for generations."

The Gates Foundation is also highlighting the importance of helping small-scale farmers move from subsistence farming to more focused crop production, zeroing in on growing one product, such as tomatoes, and selling it at market prices. That kind of sustainable business plan means families can make money and provide better nutrition for their kids, instead of simply relying on their own farms for food.

"One thing we know about small-holder farmers is that many of them are women," Desmond-Hellman said. "We know when that kind of economic gain is available for women, she'll spend money on health and education for her children."

Even as Africa is projected to nearly double in population size by 2050, the continent could produce a wave of healthier kids, ready to solve tomorrow's problems. But that's only going to happen if more women get to lead the way, putting their own health and education first.

Albert Ulebe Posted on September 18, 2018 08:53

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Cryptojacking: Attackers Hijack Indian Government Websites to Mine Cryptocurrency.

Hackers stole the processing power of several Indian government websites to mine cryptocurrencies, researchers found.

Citizen portals such as that of the municipal administration of Andhra Pradesh (AP), Tirupati Municipal Corporation and Macherla municipality are among the hundreds of Indian websites that are found to be infected by cryptojacking malware. Cryptojacking, as the term indicates, allows hackers to access victims’ computers for the sole purpose of mining cryptocurrencies. Hackers do this by fooling victims into clicking malicious links on emails, or by infecting websites with JavaScript code by loading it into the victims’ browsers.

They seem to have done the same to many of these government websites mainly because they have high traffic volume, found Indrajeet Bhuyan, one of the security researchers behind the revelation.

“Hackers target government websites for mining cryptocurrency because those websites get high traffic and most people trust them,” he stated. “Earlier, we saw a lot of government websites getting defaced. Now, injecting crypto-jackers is more fashionable as the hacker can make money.”

An effort from Indian media to speak to JA Chowdary, the IT advisor to AP’s Chief Minister, yielded a one-liner response from him.

“Thanks for notifying us about the AP website hacking,” it said.

However, nothing concrete has been done to fix the issue. The malware code continues to run on AP’s public portals. CCN’s recent efforts to reach their websites also met with a downtime error.

Cryptojacking on the Rise

It is not only the government websites that are on the list of cyber-criminals. They are also crypto-jacking highly trafficked enterprise systems for mining cryptocurrencies – secretly. PublicWWW found over 100 sites that are running Coinhive javascript that mines Monero coin. The same script had earlier infected over 200,000 ISP-Grade routers globally and is among the top three crypto-mining malware on the web, alongside Cryptoloot.

Hackers are inclined to use cryptojacking as their prime tool to earn money illegally, for it doesn’t require significant technical skills. The darknet sells cryptojacking kits for a mere $30, finds a Digital Shadows report. It is a cheaper alternative to a much more complex ransomware attack, meaning more money for less risk.

Nevertheless, cryptojacking continues to be a poor man’s choice for its inability to bring in any substantial earning.

“With a hash rate of 80 H/s and CoinHive’s payout ratio, a miner earns about 5.8 USD per day and website on average, which supports our observation that web-based cryptojacking currently provides limited profits only,” states a report by the Braunschweig University of Technology.

Less risk also means less money!

Albert Ulebe Posted on September 18, 2018 08:38

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Flooding from Florence to swamp Carolinas for days – or even weeks; death toll hits 32

Although the torrential rain from Florence may be coming to an end in the Carolinas, the slow-motion disaster of river flooding will continue to wreak havoc across the region for days – or potentially weeks.

It may take up to two weeks for all of the runoff from the storm, which has killed at least 32 people, to drain slowly downstream from the mountains to the coast, forecasters warned. As of midday Monday, 19 river gauges in the Carolinas were at "major" flood stage, the National Weather Service said, and record crests could be challenged or shattered in some communities.

Nearly 20 rivers in the Carolinas were expected to crest in major flood stage this week, the Weather Channel said. 

"Just because much of the rainfall has stopped does not mean the danger has ended," the National Weather Service in Wilmington, North Carolina, said Monday.

Officials warned that this could be the worst flooding in the state’s history. "Flooding has become catastrophic in some areas, and access to some communities will only be possible by boat into later this week," AccuWeather meteorologist Mike Doll said. "This is truly a life-threatening situation."

Rivers such as the Cape Fear, Lumber, Waccamaw and Pee Dee are most at risk. In Lumberton, North Carolina, the Lumber River crested at a record high of 22.18 feet Monday morning. 

“It’s hard going through it all over again,” Lumberton resident Bruce Mullis said, recalling Hurricane Matthew's rampage in 2016. “It’s only been two years. It’s honestly traumatizing.”

In Fayetteville, the Cape Fear River is forecast to crest at 61.8 feet Tuesday, which is more than 25 feet above flood stage and 7 feet below the all-time record. Thousands of people were ordered to evacuate in that city as the rivers rise.

More: 'There is no access to Wilmington' as Florence flooding overwhelms North Carolina

More: Lack of flood insurance heaps misery on homeowners slammed by Hurricane Florence

Record river flooding has been reported in several North Carolina cities and towns, including Chinquapin, Trenton and Manchester, the Weather Channel said. 

As rivers swelled, North Carolina state regulators and environmental groups monitored the threat from gigantic hog and poultry farms in low-lying, flood-prone areas.

In all, a wide swath of North Carolina and a small part of South Carolina saw three-day rainfall totals that, on average, would be expected to occur about every 1,000 years, the Weather Underground reported. This means that amount of rainfall has a 0.1 percent chance of occurring in any given year.

The flooding will expand into western North Carolina and Virginia, including potential landslides in parts of the Appalachians, Weather Channel hurricane expert Rick Knabb said. 

"We need everyone to be just as afraid of flooding as you would be for the winds of a hurricane or tornado," Knabb said. "Waters are rising in entire communities. If you’re trapped in a flooded building, go to the highest level and call 911." 

The storm, which first hit the region last week, will be the USA's costliest hurricane of the year so far: AccuWeather estimated that Florence will cause $30 billion to $60 billion "in economic impact and damage."

By 11 a.m. Monday, Tropical Depression Florence was centered about 240 miles west of Charlottesville, Virginia, and was moving northeast at 15 mph. The Weather Channel said millions of people in the mid-Atlantic and Northeast remain under flash flood watches as the remnant moisture from Florence heads north.

Although the typical peak of the Atlantic hurricane season has passed, officially, the season lasts until the end of November.

Ten tropical storms have formed this season in the Atlantic, five of which have been hurricanes, the National Hurricane Center said. 

Contributing: The Associated Press; Christal Hayes, USA TODAY

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Emmy Awards 2018: Thandie Newton and Claire Foy among British winners

Claire Foy, Thandie Newton and Charlie Brooker were among the British winners at the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards.

Welsh actor Matthew Rhys also took home one of the night's big prizes - best leading actor in a drama series.

Foy took home the best actress in a drama series for her role as Queen Elizabeth II in The Crown.

In her acceptance speech, the actress described her time on the Netflix series as "the most extraordinary two-and-a-half years of my life.

"I was given a role I never thought I would ever get a chance to play, and I met people who I will love for ever and ever.

"And the show goes on, which makes me so proud. So I dedicate this to the next cast, the next generation, and I also dedicate this to [her co-star] Matt Smith."

Olivia Colman is due to take over the role from Foy as the show enters its third season.

Newton was awarded best supporting actress in a drama series for her role in Westworld.

"I don't even believe in God but I'm going to thank her tonight," the actress said as she took to the stage to collect her trophy.

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Image captionMatthew Rhys won best leading actor in a drama - one of the night's biggest prizes

Welsh actor Matthew Rhys picked up best leading actor in a drama series for his role in The Americans.

Set in suburban Washington DC shortly after Ronald Reagan is elected president, the series tells the story of two KGB spies in an arranged marriage who are posing as Americans.

"Parts like these come along so rarely. I will forever be in your debt," he told series creator Joe Weisberg in his speech.

Charlie Brooker, the British creator of Black Mirror and his co-writer William Bridges won best writing for a limited series.

John Oliver added to the British success at the ceremony, picking up the prize for best variety talk series for Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.

The Marvelous Mrs Maisel was one of the night's other biggest winners - adding five trophies to the four it won last week at the Creative Arts Emmys.

The series took home best writing, directing, lead actress and supporting actress in the comedy categories, as well as one of the night's big prizes - best comedy series.

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Henry Winkler won his first Emmy - supporting actor in a comedy series for his role in Barry - 42 years after he was first nominated for playing The Fonz in Happy Days.

"Skip Brittenham said to me a long time ago, 'if you stay at the table long enough, the chips come to you,' and tonight I got to clear the table," he said in his acceptance speech.

Jeff Daniels took home the prize for best supporting actor in a limited series or a television movie for his role in Netflix's Godless - described as a feminist western.

In addition to his family and co-workers, Daniels thanked the streaming service for "letting artists be artists".

He added: "Little tip for you young actors - when they call and say 'Can you ride a horse?' don't lie. You will find on day one that you're in the Kentucky Derby."

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Image captionGlen Weiss proposed to his girlfriend Jan Svendsen during his acceptance speech

But one of the night's most memorable moments came from Glen Weiss, who proposed to his girlfriend from the stage during his speech.

While accepting outstanding directing for a variety special for The Oscars, he spoke to his partner Jan Svendsen, who was sitting in the audience.

"You wonder why I don't like to call you my girlfriend? Because I want to call you my wife," he said as the crowd began cheering.

Svendsen, who looked shocked and delighted, then made her way up to the stage to accept his proposal.

Weiss said he was giving her the ring "that my dad put on my mom's finger 67 years ago". His proposal came just two weeks after the death of his mother, which he also referred to in his speech.

Rhys joked about the moment later in the night, telling the audience as he collected his award that his girlfriend had whispered to him: "If you propose to me I will punch you clean in the mouth."

The ceremony took place at the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles, with Kenan Thompson and Kate McKinnon kicking off proceedings.

"We're celebrating the fact that this year's Emmy Awards has the most diverse group of nominees in Emmy history," Thompson said.

"One step closer to a black Sheldon," he joked - referring to The Big Bang Theory's most famous character.

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Image captionColin Jost and Michael Che are hosting the ceremony

The pair then embarked on a parody song called We Solved It - suggesting the Emmys had single-handedly fixed Hollywood's lack of diversity - which featured cameo appearances from Sandra Oh and John Legend.

Ceremony hosts Colin Jost and Michael Che then took to the stage - referencing the fact that streaming service Netflix received the most nods this year in their opening monologue.

"NBC has the most nominations of any broadcast network," Che said, adding: "Which is kind of like being the sexiest person on life support".

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Image captionJohn Legend made an appearance in the opening musical number about Hollywood diversity - titled We Solved It

Because the Emmys have a total of 122 categories, the less high profile awards were given out last weekend at the Creative Arts Emmys, with 26 awarded on Monday night.

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US imposes new tariffs on $200bn of Chinese goods

The US is imposing new tariffs on $200bn (£150bn) worth of Chinese goods as it escalates its trade war with Beijing.

The higher import taxes will apply to almost 6,000 items, marking the biggest round of US tariffs so far.

Handbags, rice and textiles will be included, but some items expected to be targeted such as smart watches and high chairs have been excluded.

China has previously vowed to retaliate against any further US tariffs.

The taxes will take effect from 24 September, starting at 10% and increasing to 25% from the start of next year unless the two countries agree a deal.

President Donald Trump said the latest round of tariffs was in response to China's "unfair trade practices, including subsidies and rules that require foreign companies in some sectors to bring on local partners.

"We have been very clear about the type of changes that need to be made, and we have given China every opportunity to treat us more fairly.

"But, so far, China has been unwilling to change its practices," he said.

He also warned that if China retaliated then the US would "immediately pursue phase three" which would mean imposing further tariffs with taxes on another $267bn worth of Chinese products.

If he does go ahead with a further $267bn worth of tariffs, it would mean virtually all of China's US exports would be subject to new duties.

Chinese stock markets opened lower on Tuesday.

Hasn't the US already imposed tariffs?

Yes, it has. In fact, this latest round marks the third set of tariffs put into motion so far this year.

In July, the White House increased charges on $34bn worth of Chinese products. Then last month, the escalating trade war moved up a gear when the US brought in a 25% tax on a second wave of goods worth $16bn.

This latest round means that around half of all Chinese imports to the US are now subject to the new duties.

It is also the biggest set of tariffs to date, and unlike the earlier rounds this latest list targets consumer goods, such as luggage and furniture.

That means regular households may start to feel the impact from higher prices.

US companies have already said they are worried about the effect of higher costs on their businesses and warned of the risk of job cuts.

While economists generally estimate that the tariffs will have little impact on the overall US economy, they have warned that the effects are difficult to predict.

What items have been targeted?

Officials have said they want to shield consumer goods from the taxes as much as possible.

But many everyday items such as suitcases, handbags, toilet paper and wool are included in this latest round of tariffs.

The list also includes several food items from frozen cuts of meat, to almost all types of fish from smoked mackerel to scallops and soybeans, various types of fruit and cereal and rice.

Products that help computer networks operate, such as routers, are also targeted.

What items are exempt?

The list slated for tariffs originally included more than 6,000 items, but US officials later removed about 300 types of items, including smart watches, bicycle helmets, play pens, high chairs and baby car seats.

The changes come after fierce opposition from companies, including global tech giants such as Apple, Dell and Hewlett Packard Enterprise.

The firms are worried the tariffs will increase their costs since many of their products are manufactured in China.

US tech firms ask for protection from next Trump tariffs

Why is the US doing this?

The White House says its tariffs are a response to China's "unfair" trade policies.

In theory, the tariffs will make US-made products cheaper than imported ones, and so encourage consumers to buy American. The idea is they would boost local businesses and support the national economy.

US officials hope the risk of economic harm will convince the Chinese government to change its policies.

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Image captionChina has imposed retaliatory tariffs, including on US-made cars and motorcycles.

However, many US businesses are critical of the tariffs.

Farmers, manufacturers, retailers and other industry groups have formed a coalition to oppose the tariffs, calling them taxes on American families.

"Tariffs have already resulted in layoffs, and this escalation will continue to squeeze American businesses with higher input costs and American farmers with decreasing commodity values," said Jonathan Gold, a spokesman for the coalition.

How has China responded?

The Chinese have previously hit back with tariffs on $50bn worth of US products in retaliation, targeting their response against key parts of the president's political base, such as farmers.

The government has outlined a plan to impose further tariffs on roughly $60bn worth of US goods, and threatened other measures.

Are the two sides talking?

Not really.

Talks between high-level officials ended in May without resolving the matter. Efforts to restart discussions have failed to progress.

US and China officials had discussed a new round of talks over the past week, but Mr Trump's latest move is likely to sour relations further.

China is reported to have said it would reject new trade talks if Mr Trump imposed the $200bn worth of tariffs on its exports.

Mr Trump's economic adviser, Larry Kudlow, earlier said they were still happy to talk: "We are ready to negotiate and talk with China anytime they are ready for serious and substantive negotiations," he said.

Archimedeskay Posted on September 18, 2018 03:46

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A Swiss village is crowdsourcing for a basic income experiment to give residents up to $2,570 a month.

A Swiss filmmaker is crowdsourcing to start a basic income experiment for hundreds of residents in the town of Rheinau. Participants age 25 or older will receive $2,570 per month for a year.

  • A Swiss filmmaker is raising money to start a basic income experiment for hundreds of residents in the town of Rheinau.
  • Participants age 25 and older will receive $2,570 per month for a year.
  • In a 2016 referendum, 77% of Swiss voters said they did not support a universal basic income.

Two years ago, voters in Switzerland overwhelmingly rejected a referendum on universal basic income, with over two-thirds of voters saying they did not support a program giving citizens unconditional cash payments every month.

Nonetheless, the basic income proposal appealed to Swiss filmmaker Rebecca Panian. In light of the threat of automation replacing a growing number of jobs, she decided to launch her own experiment. She told Business Insider that the election of President Donald Trump also contributed to her decision.

"Before that I have to admit that I often wanted to do something, but I didn’t dare because there was always the voice in my head telling me: “What can you do, honestly? And who are you anyway,'" Panian wrote in an email. "But with Trump becoming president of the U.S., I told myself: if this person gets there, if a 'Trump' is possible, I can very well look for a village to test the UBI."

Panian has chosen the village of Rheinau to conduct a study in which participants age 25 or older will receive 2,500 francs ($2,570) at the start of each month for a year, regardless of employment status. Those between the ages of 22 and 25 will receive 1,875 francs ($1,950) a month, with lower amounts for children and younger adults.

After selecting the town from a list of about 100 that had expressed interest, Panian needed at least half of Rheinau residents to sign up for the pilot.

About 880 of the village's 1,300 residents signed up. Participants whose income is higher than their monthly basic income will need to pay back their basic income at the end of the month. Panian said these residents will help finance the experiment.

"In reality, the basic income has to be financed by some sort of redistribution of money," Panian wrote in an email. "If you would pay everyone MORE you actually needed to create more money, which would end in an inflation and with that the whole UBI-thought wouldn’t make sense because the amount of the UBI couldn’t secure a person to live on it!"

Residents' responses will be used to determine how much money needs to be raised before starting the experiment. Panian said that crowdfunding will likely begin in mid-October.

The national proposal rejected by Swiss voters would have been funded through people's taxes, but the Rheinau experiment will be privately funded. Panian needs to crowdsource the necessary funds, and if she is successful, she will film a documentary and work together with sociologists, an economist, and a media linguist to analyze the outcomes, The Local reported.

Switzerland is one of the wealthiest countries in the world, and Panian told Business Insider that she does not want to focus the experiment on fighting unemployment or poverty. Instead, the experiment is meant to show how a universal basic income can affect a community, she said.

The Swiss experiment adds to a growing list of basic income trials around the world. In the United States, a pilot focusing on low-income black women will soon start in Jackson, Mississippi, giving $1,000 to 15 single mothers. In Stockton, California, an 18-month trial beginning in February 2019 will provide 100 people with $500 a month.

Other recent trials have not gone so smoothly.

Y Combinator delayed its basic income study until next year after a pilot in Oakland, California, took longer than planned. The provincial government of Ontario, Canada, meanwhile, canceled a three-year basic income pilot with 4,000 participants. Despite the premier's promise to let the program keep running, participants will stop receiving monthly cash payments in March 2019, one year early.

In Europe, a prominent two-year trial in Finland is ending in a few months despite researchers' interest in expanding the pilot beyond just those who are unemployed.

Albert Ulebe Posted on September 17, 2018 16:57

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MoviePass competitor Sinemia has launched an unlimited movie-ticket subscription plan for $29.99

Movie-theater subscription service Sinemia announced on Monday a new $29.99 per month plan to see unlimited movies at theaters in the US, Canada, and Australia.

  • MoviePass rival Sinemia is now offering an unlimited movie-ticket subscription plan for $29.99 a month.
  • This is the first unlimited plan since MoviePass ditched its popular $9.99 one in August.


As MoviePass has pulled back its movie-theater subscription service to cater to the casual moviegoer, Sinemia wants to be the new home for power users.

In a press release sent out on Monday, Sinemia announced it has launched the $29.99 unlimited plan for 2D movies in the US, Canada, and Australia.

“While most of our plans are focused on the modern moviegoer who sees one, two, or three movies each month, we want to serve every type of movie lover and that includes frequent moviegoers looking for an unlimited tickets option,” said Rifat Oguz, CEO and founder of Sinemia in the release. “We’ve spent four years testing and fine-tuning our unlimited tickets model and are confident this is the right price to sustainably offer such a plan.”

Sinemia's unlimited plan is the first since MoviePass scrapped its popular unlimited $9.99 plan in August for a more realistic $9.95 for three movies per month.

Sinemia has worked hard to find a fan base in the US as it does in other regions of the world, and it's certainly getting to a point where audiences (and the industry) have to begin to take notice.

For months, it's been a vocal competitor of MoviePass, having put together numerous tiered plans ranging from one movie to three per month, with options for IMAX and family plans. And in late August, a survey from the National Research Group revealed that Sinemia's two movies for $7.99 per month was the most popular movie-ticket subscription plan among moviegoers.

Riding that momentum, Sinemia is swinging for the fences with its unlimited plan. Here's hoping it works out better than it did for MoviePass.

Albert Ulebe Posted on September 17, 2018 16:54

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Nigeria's central bank says bank will pay N10,000 fine for any delay in instant transfer beyond 4 minutes.

The bank also stated that any failed electronic funds transfer or NIP transaction not reversed into the customer’s account within 24 hours will attract a sanction of N10,000 per item.

Nigeria's central bank (CBN) says it will sanction any bank that delayed instant transfer beyond 4 minutes with N10,000 fine.

The apex bank stated this in a circular issued last week, titled, ‘Circular on the regulation on instant inter-bank electronic funds transfer services in Nigeria’.

The circular was issued to all deposit money banks, microfinance banks, mobile money operators and other financial institutions.


CBN regulations on electronic and instant transfers



‘Dipo Fatokun, CBN’s director, banking and payments system department, said the regulation will be effective from October 2, 2018.

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), in furtherance of its mandate for the development of electronic payments system in Nigeria, hereby issues the Regulations on Instant (Inter-Bank) Electronic Funds Transfer Services in Nigeria.

“Please, note that the effective date of the Regulations is 2nd October 2018,” the circular reads.

ALSO READ: CBN extends policy on USSD daily limit transaction of N100,000 to October

The bank also stated that any failed electronic funds transfer or NIP transaction not reversed into the customer’s account within 24 hours will attract a sanction of N10,000 per item.

It, however, said the sanctions will be based on complaints from the sender and/ or beneficiary in the transactions.

Albert Ulebe Posted on September 17, 2018 16:52

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Here are all the major changes coming to iPhones and iPads with iOS 12 (AAPL).

Apple's iOS 12 will finally arrive on Monday, September 17. Here are all the major changes, updates, and new features coming to iPhones and iPads.

On Monday, iOS 12 will arrive for iPhones and iPads.

Apple announced the upgrade to its mobile operating system back in June, at its annual developer conference, WWDC. iOS 12 includes some major new features, along with several changes designed to make using your iPhone or iPad a lot easier.

Among the notable additions: a standalone Measure app that's like a virtual tape measure, tools to combat smartphone addiction, grouped notifications, and customizable animated avatars called "Memoji."

Here some of the most exciting new features included in iOS 12:

iOS 12 gives older devices a performance boost.


iOS 12 gives older devices a performance boost.

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With iOS 12, older iPhones and iPads will feel like new again.

Apple is giving older devices a performance boost when the new software rolls out on Monday. Apple says that apps will launch 40% faster, the camera will open 70% faster, and the keyboard will display 50% faster.

iOS 12 will be available for devices as old as the iPhone 5S.



Apple has a brand-new app called Measure.


Apple has a brand-new app called Measure.

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Measure helps you take measurements of real-world objects. The app uses your iPhone's camera to virtually take accurate readings, letting you see the width, length, and height of things just by tapping your screen.

Plus, if you point Measure at a photo, it'll automatically detect it and tell you the dimensions.



Apple's Photos app is smarter and more interactive than before.


Apple's Photos app is smarter and more interactive than before.



Apple made a bunch of subtle updates to the Photos app, putting it on par with apps like the popular Google Photos:

  • Search suggestions. The Photos app can recommend searching for people, places, categories, business names, sporting events, or concerts. When you select a term, the app will pull up all photos related to that term.
  • Search refinements. You can search with multiple search terms too.
  • For You. The Photos app will automatically generate personalized items like memory movies, features photos, and "on this day" images.
  • Sharing suggestions. The Photos app will suggest photos and videos to share with the people who are in them. When someone accepts the images from you, they'll get a recommendation to share their photos back with you. Apple says that sharing is end-to-end encrypted and works via iMessage.



Apple's new Siri Shortcuts can help you speed up your day.


Apple's new Siri Shortcuts can help you speed up your day.



Siri Shortcuts is a way to get things done more quickly. Siri will automatically suggest actions based on how and when you use certain apps. If, for instance, you order a coffee every morning around the same time, Siri will start asking you if you're ready to order it.

Apple included several preloaded Siri Shortcuts with iOS 12, but you can also create your own verbal shortcuts. A phrase like "Help me relax" could trigger a meditation app, for instance, or the phrase "Find my keys" could open up your Tile app and start the geolocation process.



Apple's Stocks and News apps have been redesigned.


Apple's Stocks and News apps have been redesigned.



Apple gave its Stocks and News apps a refresh in iOS 12.

The Stocks app now has relevant business news and sparklines showing a stock's moves throughout the day. Clicking on a stock opens a more in-depth analysis of its performance, including after-hours pricing, which is missing from the existing version.

Apple also added the Stocks app to the iPad for the first time.

The News app redesign lets you jump straight to your favorite news sources. On iPad, there's a new sidebar for easier navigation.



The Voice Memos app has been redesigned — and available on iPad for the first time.


The Voice Memos app has been redesigned — and available on iPad for the first time.



With iOS 12, Apple added the Voice Memos app to the iPad for the first time. The app also got a redesign across the board and is easier to use on any platform, including Mac.

Voice Memos also got iCloud support, which means you can access your voice memos on any device.



Apple's iBooks is now called "Apple Books," and it has a new look.


Apple's iBooks is now called "Apple Books," and it has a new look.



So long, iBooks — Apple has renamed its reading app to Apple Books.

The app is more than a new name, though. Apple Books has been redesigned in iOS 12 to include a new Book Store tab with top charts and curated collections.



Apple CarPlay now supports third-party apps.


Apple CarPlay now supports third-party apps.



With iOS 12, you can use third-party navigation apps with CarPlay, Apple's tool for connecting an iPhone to a car's infotainment system. That means you'll no longer be limited to using only Apple Maps when you connect your iPhone to your car — you can now use Google Maps or Waze instead.



iOS 12 can help you combat smartphone addiction.


iOS 12 can help you combat smartphone addiction.



Apple unveiled new tools to help you cut back on your screen time, along with new controls for parents.

Here's what you can do:

  • "Do not disturb" during bedtime. Enabling this feature means you won't see your iPhone notifications until the next morning, just the time on a dark screen.
  • Set an end time for "do not disturb." You can do this by force-touching on the button in your control center.
  • Screen time. This feature provides an activity summary that details how you used your iPhone or iPad over a week.
  • App limits. You can set time limits for individual apps.
  • New parental controls. Parents can get notifications about their kids' smartphone use.



Your notifications will now be grouped by app.


Your notifications will now be grouped by app.



Apple has historically sorted notifications chronologically, but with iOS 12, they're now grouped by app.

It's a change that users have been begging Apple to adopt for years, and it's one area where Android has had a major leg up, making it a lot easier to deal with piles and piles of notifications.



You can add your student ID card to your Apple Wallet to unlock dorm doors or do anything else you'd use it for.


You can add your student ID card to your Apple Wallet to unlock dorm doors or do anything else you'd use it for.



It works on Apple Watch too. It's coming to only a handful of universities at first, but expect to see this in more places later.



FaceTime will support group chats with up to 32 participants.


FaceTime will support group chats with up to 32 participants.

(Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)


You'll soon be able to video chat with multiple people at once on FaceTime — up to 32 participants, to be exact.

You can add participants at any point, or people can choose to join an active conversation from an iPhone, iPad, or Mac, or use FaceTime Audio from the Apple Watch.

Unfortunately, this feature won't be available when iOS 12 launches to the public on September 17. Expect it included in a software update "later this year."



Apple added Memoji, new Animoji, and different camera effects in iOS 12.


Apple added Memoji, new Animoji, and different camera effects in iOS 12.

(Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)


Apple is expanding its special-effects offerings in iOS 12. The new features include:

  • Memoji. These animated avatars mimic your facial expressions and head movements. Memoji are customizable to look like you — or anyone you want — much like Snap's personalized Bitmoji characters.
  • More Animoji. Apple added four new animated emoji to its lineup. The new characters include a tiger, a koala, a T-rex, and a ghost.
  • iMessage and FaceTime now support your Memoji and Animoji, too. You can add new filters, Animoji, and Memoji to your photos and FaceTime videos, as well as include stickers and text in your iMessage conversations.



With ARKit 2, you can have shared augmented-reality experiences.


With ARKit 2, you can have shared augmented-reality experiences.



ARKit 2 is Apple's first major update to the augmented-reality software it introduced last year.

ARKit 2 offers improved face-tracking, more realistic rendering, support for 3D object detection, and the ability to start an AR experience based on a real-world physical object or space. It also supports shared experiences, where two or more people can play AR games together.

Apple also said it was partnering with the computer-animation studio Pixar to boost its AR initiative. Together, Apple and Pixar developed a new file format for AR called USDZ, which lets people share content "while retaining great 3D graphics and even animations."

Albert Ulebe Posted on September 17, 2018 16:24

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Coca-Cola is reportedly eyeing the legal marijuana industry, and it could soon be a bigger market than soda.

Coca-Cola is in discussion to produce CBD beverages infused with CBD. Analysts at the investment bank Cowen say legal marijuana will hit $75 billion in sales by 2030 and will put pressure on alcohol sales.

  • Coca-Cola is in discussions with Aurora Cannabis to develop beverages infused with CBD, a non-psychoactive compound found in marijuana.
  • Legal marijuana is set to hit $75 billion in sales by 2030, according to a note from analysts at the investment bank Cowen.
  • The market for marijuana could eventually eclipse soda sales.

Coca-Cola is reportedly eyeing the legal marijuana industry. The beverage maker is in discussions with Aurora Cannabis, a Canadian cultivator, to develop beverages infused with CBD, a non-psychoactive compound found in marijuana.

Legal marijuana could soon become a bigger industry than soda, and it has already started putting pressure on alcohol sales, according to the investment bank Cowen. If marijuana is made legal nationwide in the US by 2030, the legal weed industry could generate $75 billion in sales by that year.

Cowen's cannabis sector analyst, Vivien Azer, revised her previous estimate up by $25 billion. Legal marijuana sales are already around $50 billion, Azer said in the note.

Soda consumption, on the other hand, is declining. Per capita consumption fell to a 31-year low in the US in 2016, Bloomberg reports, with $76.4 billion in sales in 2017.

CBD, or cannabidiol, is linked to a range of health benefits and is used in FDA-approved epilepsy drugs. It's also become something of a health-food boom as of late, showing up in products like teas, candies, and beverages.

Legal marijuana is already starting to impact alcohol sales as well.



(Thomson Reuters)


In states that have legalized cannabis, binge-drinking rates have fallen 9% below the national average, and 11% below states that don't allow the sale of recreational marijuana, according to the note. Adults in states with legal cannabis binge drink an average of 13% fewer times per month than those in states without legal recreational marijuana.

"This work builds on our prior assertions that cannabis acts as a substitute social lubricant for consumers," Azer said in the note.

"As cannabis access expands, we expect further pressure on alcohol sales, given this notable divide in consumer consumption pattern," she added.

The cannabis market is still far behind alcohol, however. Sales of alcohol hit $210 billion in 2017, according to the note.

Plus, the market for marijuana will primarily be led by older consumers, as people 55 and over are the fastest-growing segment of marijuana shoppers, according to the note.

Nine states allow or will soon allow the sale and consumption of marijuana, representing almost a quarter of the US population.

Marijuana may also prove to be a tax windfall. The industry is expected to generate $17.5 billion in tax revenue by 2030, according to the note.

Legal marijuana sales hit $9.7 billion in sales in 2017, a number that does not include the industry in California, where recreational marijuana sales began on January 1, 2018. That state's market is predicted to hit $5.1 billion in sales by the end of 2019, outpacing beer sales.

There are still numerous challenges for the booming cannabis market. Marijuana is still considered an illegal, Schedule I substance by the federal government, and many plant-touching businesses don't have access to traditional banks so can't open lines of credit.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is a noted opponent of increasing access to marijuana, and he rescinded Obama-era protections for that limited the federal government's interference with cannabis businesses.

Albert Ulebe Posted on September 17, 2018 14:58

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Our Emmys 2018 predictions: who should win, who will win, and who got snubbed.

Here's our list of who will win at the 2018 Emmys, and who should, and who got totally snubbed.

The Emmys air on Monday night, and there is some tough competition this year, making it hard to decide who should win in every category.

But it's easier to figure out who will win, based on precedent and buzz.

"The Handmaid's Tale," which won best drama last year, is a favorite to win across all major categories from best drama to best supporting actress. But it could lose in multiple categories to "Game of Thrones," which wasn't in the running for last year's awards. But both of those shows should lose to "The Americans," which had an impeccable final season and has never won, though it's deserved all of the drama Emmys for years.

There's also tight competition among the limited series categories, with incredible shows including "The Assassination of Gianni Versace," "Godless," and "Patrick Melrose," which are all deserving of every award they're up for on Monday night.

We put together a list of our Emmy predictions, along with who we think should win. We also threw in who got snubbed. So if you're excited to see the best contenders among all the nominees this year, look no further.

The Emmys, hosted by "SNL's" Colin Jost and Michael Che, air Monday, September 17 on NBC.

Here's our list of who will win the Emmys, and who should:




(Macall B Polay/HBO)


The nominees:

"The Americans"

"The Crown"

"Game of Thrones"

"The Handmaid's Tale"

"Stranger Things"

"This Is Us"


What will win: "Game of Thrones." Despite its accelerated and lackluster seventh season in 2017, "Game of Thrones" still delivered some excellent episodes and mind-blowing sequences, such as the battle at the end of "The Spoils of War." 2017 Emmy winner "The Handmaid's Tale" had a sophomore slump and just wasn't as popular, so a win for a show on the scale of "Game of Thrones" is probably inevitable.

What should win: "The Americans." Its sixth and final season was perfect and eloquently marked the end of television's Golden Age. We're just glad it was nominated after years and years of snubs, though it absolutely deserves the win in this category. Unfortunately this is the second time the show is nominated in the best drama category, so it doesn't have much of a chance: it's more of a sympathy nomination that's been building for years.

What was snubbed: "Halt and Catch Fire." Sadly, the four-season AMC series, one of the best dramas to come out of the Golden Age (like "The Americans"), wasn't nominated for anything and flew under the radar for the majority of its run.








The nominees:




"Curb Your Enthusiasm"


"Marvelous Mrs. Maisel"

"Silicon Valley"

"Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt"

What will win: "Marvelous Mrs. Maisel." This would be a surprising win over defending champ "Atlanta," but it swept the Golden Globes and is lauded by critics. It was basically made for awards season, but not in a bad way.

What should win: "Atlanta." Season two broke boundaries, even for this show's standards, and it absolutely deserves Emmy number two.

What was snubbed: "The Good Place." Albeit in a very different way than FX's "Atlanta," NBC's "The Good Place" is groundbreaking comedy that has completely transformed what a network comedy can be. It should be a frontrunner, but didn't even get a nomination.








The nominees:

"The Alienist"

"The Assassination of Gianni Versace"

"Genius: Picasso"


"Patrick Melrose"

Who will win: "The Assassination of Gianni Versace." The Emmys love Ryan Murphy content, and if "the People vs OJ Simpson" is any indication, the second season of "American Crime Story" will sweep the awards this year. And it deserves the win for its unique take on the story of a serial killer that focuses on the victims, not just the monster.

Who should win: "Godless." By embracing every cliche about westerns, "Godless" was somehow something truly unique, bolstered by an incredible cast including Michelle Dockery, Jeff Daniels, and Meritt Weaver (all nominees). We also wouldn't be upset if "Patrick Melrose" wins.

Who was snubbed: "The Terror." It is an absolute shame that the best television show of 2018 wasn't nominated in any category. "The Terror" is revolutionary television in so many ways. It deserved better, and should have been an absolute shoe-in for a nomination and the win. Netflix's "American Vandal" deserved a nomination as well for its biting commentary on the true crime obsessed culture.








The nominees:

Jason Bateman, "Ozark"

Sterling K. Brown, "This Is Us"

Ed Harris, "Westworld"

Matthew Rhys, "The Americans"

Milo Ventimiglia, "This Is Us"

Jeffrey Wright, "Westworld"

Who will win: Matthew Rhys. His portrayal of troubled KGB spy Philip Jennings has been the best performance on TV for years, overshadowed by more popular performers on higher profile shows like Bryan Cranston of "Breaking Bad" and Jon Hamm of "Mad Men." Of all the nominations for "The Americans," Rhys is the mostly likely to win. He's been nominated a twice in this category for the series, and this is his last chance.

Who should win: Matthew Rhys. By a long shot. Every other nominee has quite a few more seasons to go into their series runs, and this is Rhys' last chance.

Who was snubbed: Lee Pace, "Halt and Catch Fire." Pace's subdued performance as power hungry tech genius Joe Macmillan flew mostly under the radar. But his ability to make the audience so emotionally connected to his character, (a pretty terrible person), was not easy and should've been awarded and recognized more than it was.








The nominees:

Claire Foy, "The Crown"

Tatiana Maslany, "Orphan Black"

Elisabeth Moss, "The Handmaid's Tale"

Sandra Oh, "Killing Eve"

Keri Russell, "The Americans"

Evan Rachel Wood, "Westworld"

Who will win: Elisabeth Moss. Moss will without a doubt win for her performance in season two of "The Handmaid's Tale." She really gave it her all in an otherwise disappointing season, and did things no one could have imagined any actor was capable of doing.

Who should win: Keri Russell. Moss certainly deserves her likely win. But for the past five years, Russell has been doing some of the best acting in television history on "The Americans" as the cold, dutiful, but sometimes conflicted KGB spy Elizabeth Jennings. She's been nominated multiple times, and now is her last chance to win an Emmy.

Who was snubbed: Mackenzie Davis, "Halt and Catch Fire." I will never stop talking about this show. Davis, who is sliding her way into major movies (including "Blade Runner" and "Tully") definitely has Oscars and Emmys in her future.








The nominees:

Donald Glover, "Atlanta"

Bill Hader, "Barry"

William H. Macy, "Shameless"

Ted Danson, "The Good Place"

Anthony Anderson, "Black-ish"

Who will win: Donald Glover. He won last year, so has an advantage over everyone else. There is a chance that Bill Hader could steal two wins in a row from Glover for his layered performance in season one of "Barry," but Glover's submitted "Atlanta" episode was his best performance yet, so it's not likely.

Who should win: Ted Danson. There is no one else on the planet who could have pulled off what Danson did in season two of "The Good Place," which I won't describe because I don't want to ruin it.

Who was snubbed: Thomas Middleditch wasn't nominated for "Silicon Valley" this year despite it being one of his best seasons, but we're not too gloomy about it.








The nominees:

Pamela Adlon, "Better Things"

Allison Janney, "Mom"

Issa Rae, "Insecure"

Tracey Ellis Ross, "Black-ish"

Lily Tomlin, "Grace and Frankie"

Rachel Brosnahan, "Marvelous Mrs. Maisel"

Who will win: Rachel Brosnahan. The beloved Amazon series wouldn't have worked without her. She has so much fun with her performance, especially in her scenes performing stand-up, that always bring so much to her erratic character.

Who should win: Rachel Brosnahan.

Who was snubbed: Kirsten Bell, "The Good Place" and Rachel Bloom, "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend." Neither would have won since no one stands a chance agains Brosnahan, but both deserved a nom.








The nominees:

Antonia Banderas, "Genius: Picasso"

Darren Criss, "The Assassination of Gianni Versace"

Benedict Cumberbatch, "Patrick Melrose"

Jeff Daniels, "The Looming Tower"

John Legend, "Jesus Christ Superstar Live"

Jesse Plemons, "Black Mirror: USS Callister"

Who will win: Darren Criss. Criss, whose previous credits included Broadway musicals and "Glee," stunned everyone with his gripping and at times nauseating (in a good, acting way) performance as serial killer Andrew Cunanan.

Who should win: Darren Criss or Benedict Cumberbatch, who surprised people in a similar way with his wild, committed, and sometimes hilarious performance in the dark but vibrant Showtime miniseries.

Who was snubbed: Jared Harris, "The Terror." The real terror is that this show didn't get any nominations.





Laura Dern in "The Tale"



The nominees:

Sarah Paulson, "American Horror Story: Cult"

Michelle Dockery, "Godless"

Edi Falco, "Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders"

Regina King, "Seven Seconds"

Jessica Biel, "The Sinner"

Laura Dern, "The Tale"

Who will win: Laura Dern. Dern put her heart and soul into this brutal performance, and it would be downright insulting if she wasn't recognized for it with a win.

Who should win: Laura Dern.

Who was snubbed: Hayley Atwell, "Howard's End." Atwell is truly extraordinary in this otherwise quite ordinary adaptation.






(Macall B. Polay/HBO)


The nominees:

Nikolaj Coster-Waldou, "Game of Thrones"

Peter Dinklage, "Game of Thrones"

Mandy Patinkin, "Homeland"

David Harbour, "Stranger Things"

Matt Smith, "The Crown"

Joseph Fiennes, "The Handmaid's Tale"

Who will win: Peter Dinklage, "Game of Thrones." Emmy voters love him, and he is fantastic, so he'll probably win just by being nominated. Dinklage was fine in season seven, but he didn't have that much to do. And none of his work in it is really worthy of a win compared to the other nominees, including his co-worker Nikolaj Coster-Waldeau.

Who should win: Matt Smith, "The Crown." Smith really showed his chops in the second and his final season of the Netflix drama, and did an excellent job portraying a conflicted man in an unraveling marriage, and he got better and better as the show dug deeper into Prince Philip's dark past.

Who was snubbed: Noah Emmerich, "The Americans." Have you noticed a trend in the snubs sections of this list? Good. Emmerich never got the credit he deserved for his subtle but often gut-wrenching performance as Stan Beeman, an FBI agent unaware of his best friend's true idenity as a KGB spy. The final season built up to Stan's realization at a grueling but perfect pace, and Emmerich said so much, often without saying anything at all.








The nominees:

Lena Heady, "Game of Thrones"

Millie Bobby Brown, "Stranger Things"

Vanessa Kirby, "The Crown"

Alexis Bledel, "The Handmaid's Tale"

Ann Dowd, "The Handmaid's Tale"

Yvonne Strahovski, "The Handmaid's Tale"

Thandie Newton, "Westworld"

Who will win: Alexis Bledel. Bledel won last year in the guest actress category, but this nomination would allow her to get on the primetime stage to accept her award. Another likely candidate is Lena Heady, who did some impressively restrained work on season seven of "Thrones."

Who should win: Vanessa Kirby. Kirby did her best work in her final season as Princess Margaret, and steals every scene she is in, while letting co-star Claire Foy carry their scenes together. Kirby's skill was essential to bringing Margaret's story to life on "The Crown," and certainly paved the way for Helena Bonham Carter to take over in season three.

Who was snubbed: Holly Taylor, "The Americans," who always matched the talents of the incredible and seasoned actors playing her parents. Aubrey Plaza could also have gotten nominated for her role on FX's "Legion."








The nominees:

Brian Tyree Henry, "Atlanta"

Henry Winkler, "Barry"

Louie Anderson, "Baskets"

Alec Baldwin, "SNL"

Kenan Thompson, "SNL"

Tony Shalhoub, "Marvelous Mrs. Maisel"

Tituss Burgess, "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt"

Who will win: Tony Shalhoub or Alec Baldwin. Shaloub won multiple Emmys for "Monk," so he has an advantage. But Baldwin is hot off of his dated and overdone Trump impersonation on "SNL" that voters loved enough last year to give him the Emmy, and they probably will again.

Who should win: Brian Tyree Henry. Henry really had a chance to shine in "Robbin' Season," way more than he did in season one. He did some of the best performing of the year in both dramatic and comedic ways.

Who was snubbed: William Jackson Harper, "The Good Place." Chidi is a frustrating character most of the time, but Harper manages to make his obsession with ethics and anxiety about something as mundane as picking out a pair of socks something to look forward to — especially when all of the characters on the show are sick of him.








The nominees:

Zazie Beetz, "Atlanta"

Betty Gilpin, "Glow"

Laurie Metcalf, "Roseanne"

Aidy Bryant, "SNL"

Leslie Jones, "SNL"

Kate McKinnon, "SNL"

Alex Borstein, "Marvelous Mrs. Maisel"

Megan Mullaly, "Will and Grace"

Who will win: Kate McKinnon. McKinnon has been the defending champ for two years. She did a lot on "SNL" this season, and carried a weak year.

Who should win: Betty Gilpin. What Elisabeth Moss is doing for dramatic acting on "The Handmaid's Tale," Gilpin is doing for comedic acting on "Glow." Gilpin should win this by a long shot, but it's a long shot.

Who was snubbed: D'Arcy Carden, "The Good Place" and Rita Moreno, "One Day at a Time." They'd have no chance at winning, but their presence is essential to making their characters and their shows work.








The nominees:

Jeff Daniels, "Godless"

Brandon Victor Dixon, "Jesus Christ Superstar"

Ricky Martin, "Assassination of Gianni Versaci"

Edgar Ramirez, "Assassination of Gianni Versace"

Finn Whitrock, "Assassination of Gianni Versace"

Michael Stuhlbarg, "The Looming Tower"

John Leguizamo, "Waco"

Who will win: Jeff Daniels, "Godless." Daniels is an awards-friendly actor and has won Emmys in the past, so he has an advantage.

Who should win: Ricky Martin. Martin didn't have much to do, but he put so much into it and is a really, really great actor.

Who was snubbed: Brendan Fraser "Trust," Tobias Menzies "The Terror." They wouldn't have won, but both actors were important parts of the shows they were in, and it's a shame they weren't recognized.








The nominees:

Adina Porter, "American Horror Story: Cult"

Letitia Wright, "Black Mirror: Black Museum"

Merritt Weaver, "Godless"

Sara Bereilles, "Jesus Chris Superstar"

Penelope Cruz, "Assassination of Gianni Versace"

Judith Light, "Assassination of Gianni Versace"

Who will win: Penelope Cruz. Cruz did some of her best work since "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" as Donatella Versace on the FX series. She brought empathy to a woman who has, for a long time, been the butt of way too many jokes.

Who should win: Judith Light. Light got a nomination is this category instead of guest actress despite being in only two episodes. And she deserves it. Her performance as a woman coming to terms with secrets her murdered husband kept from her for decades is a career best.

Who was snubbed: Nive Nielsen, "The Terror." Nielsen was the heart of the horror series, literally without saying a word. She should have at least been added as a nominee.








The nominees:

"The Daily Show with Trevor Noah"

"Full Frontal with Samantha Bee"

"Jimmy Kimmel Live"

"Last Week Tonight with John Oliver"

"The Late Late Show with James Corden"

"The Late Show with Stephen Colbert"

Who will win: "Last Week Tonight." John Oliver, once again, leads a team that is doing not only great comedy, but great investigative journalism.

Who should win: "Last Week Tonight."

Who was snubbed: "At Home with Amy Sedaris." The show is weird, but wonderful.








The nominees:

"The Amazing Race"

"American Ninja Warrior"

"Project Runway"

"Ru Paul's Drag Race"

"Top Chef"

"The Voice"

Who will win: "Ru Paul's Drag Race." Do we even have to explain at this point?

Who should win: "Ru Paul's Drag Race."

Who was snubbed: "Nailed It!" The Netflix baking competition for people who have very little experience baking is so delightful and clever, we're kind of surprised it wasn't included, but it's heavy satirical nature probably didn't help voters take it seriously.

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LG’s Mobile Carrier to Offer Blockchain Payments for International Travelers.

LG Uplus, the cellular carrier subsidiary of South Korean conglomerate LG Corp., is set to trial a cross-carrier blockchain payments service for overseas travelers.

Dubbed the ‘Cross-Carrier Payment System’ (CCPS), the project sees the LG mobile carrier arm collaborate with partners in Japan, Taiwan and the United States to enable global mobile payment services among global telecommunication carriers, LG Uplus said on Sunday.

LG Uplus has inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Taiwan-based Far EasTone Telecom and Japanese giant Softbank to partner for the trial scheduled to begin in early 2019, the Korea Times reports.

The blockchain platform, specifically, will be developed by U.S.-based Silicon Valley startup TBCASoft.

In essence, the rollout of the service will enable Korean subscribers of LG Uplus to make purchases at partner retailers in Taiwan and Japan using their mobile phones. The payments service is based on the Rich Communications Service (RCS) global messaging standard.

“A mobile customer based in Japan, for example, can travel to the USA and make a purchase in dollars via RCS,” SoftBank explained in announcing the prototype of the service last week.

“The RCS global messaging standard can also be conveniently used to send a payment. The flexibility of the CCPS blockchain API enables the recipient to use an RCS-based messaging app or legacy messaging service like SMS or mobile email, to receive person-to-person (P2P) money transfers through the RCS wallet app either in the same country or overseas,” the Japanese telecom carrier added.

With transactions billed and paid through their carrier in their home currency, the ‘direct carrier billing service’ will similarly allow EasTone and Softbank subscribers to use the service for payments when travelling to Japan, Korea and Taiwan. This will help save on overseas credit card markups that include foreign exchange fees, the trio said.

LG Uplus’ mobile service unit director Joo Young-joon said:

“Customers will have the benefit of an overseas payment system based on convenient, economical and secure blockchain technology.”

TBCASoft, SoftBank and Far EasTone are also founding members of the Carrier Blockchain Study Group (CBSG) consortium, a global working group of telecom carriers launched in September 2017. Their namesake product, the CBSG blockchain, is also looking at scaling beyond payments to identity and authentication for subscribers.

“And in addition to the overseas payment solution, LG Uplus will continue to develop new business opportunities with CBSG blockchain and global telecom leaders,” LG Uplus’ Joo Young-joon added.

Albert Ulebe Posted on September 17, 2018 13:29

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People have been hiding needles in strawberries in Australia, and it's put at least 2 people in hospital.

People across Australia have been finding small sewing needles hidden inside their store-bought strawberries. Two people have been hospitalized with abdominal pain. Authorities are scrambling to find the perpetrators, with the government offering US$72,000 for information

  • People across Australia have been finding small sewing needles hidden inside their store-bought strawberries.
  • Eleven people from six Australian states have found needles in their strawberries so far.
  • Two of them were taken to hospital with abdominal pain.
  • Authorities are scrambling to find the perpetrators, with the government offering US$72,000 for information.

People have been hiding sewing needles in store-bought strawberries in Australia, which has sent at least two men to hospital with abdominal pain.

The small needles have been found totally concealed inside the strawberries, making them very hard to find.

At least 11 people across six Australian states have reported seeing needles in their strawberries, although most of them spotted the contamination before swallowing the fruits.

This photo, published by Sky News Australia, shows how easy it is to miss a needle:


A needle found in a punnet of strawberries.

(Sky News Australia/Youtube)


The victims

People started noticing needles in their strawberries earlier this month after a man in Queensland, northeastern Australia, published a viral post claiming that his friend accidentally swallowed half a sewing needle while eating strawberries, and had to be sent to hospital.

Joshua Gane said on Facebook: "He bites through a strawberry and swallows half a sewing needle. We then checked the other strawberries and found another sewing needle lodged inside one of them.

"We are now at the ER [emergency room] because he subsequently started experiencing severe abdominal pain."

Hoani Hearne, a 21-year-old in Queensland, was also taken to hospital after swallowing part of a needle and developing severe abdominal pain on Sunday, according to The Courier Mail.

"I bit straight in — kneejerk reaction was to swallow — and yeah, it wasn't a pleasant surprise," Hearne told the local Nine News TV network, as cited by The Courier Mail.

As of Monday, nine people in five other Australian states have reported finding needles in their store-bought strawberries in five other Australian states outside Queensland.

The latest case came on Monday, when a man in York, Western Australia — the other side of the country form Queensland — found a needle while washing his strawberries, as reported by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.


Terry Lawrence, the acting detective chief at Queensland police, holds up a photo of strawberries with at least one needles inside.

(Screenshot via Business Insider Australia)


Police still have no idea who did it

It remains unclear how the needles managed to get into the store-bought strawberries, and at which stage of the production process the fruits were contaminated.

The Queensland Strawberry Growers Association said last Thursday that the perpetrator could be one of its disgruntled former employees, according to The Australian.

However, with the contamination found across other states in Australia, authorities are no longer sure.

Queensland police are still working to find the perpetrators, and are "keeping a very open mind" as they interview more than 100 people to find suspects, according to Business Insider Australia.

The Queensland state government is also offering AU$100,000 (US$72,000) for information, reported.

Adrian Schultz, the vice-president of the Queensland Strawberry Growers Association lashed out at the "commercial terrorism," and warned that it could effect the entire fruit industry.

Schultz said, according to "I'm angry for all the associated people, it's the farmers, the people who supply them, the packaging people, the truckies with families to support, who suddenly lose their jobs … it's far-reaching."

Albert Ulebe Posted on September 17, 2018 13:05

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This is everything global tennis icon Serena Williams eats for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

23-time Grand Slam singles tennis champion Serena Williams has an interesting diet plan — here's everything she eats in a typical day.

Serena Williams has attracted some unwanted headlines lately.

The 23-time Grand Slam tennis champion fought her way to the 2018 US Open final but got slapped with a hat-trick of code violations before eventually losing in straight sets to Naomi Osaka on September 8.

The aftermath has seen her lampooned in the Australian newspaper The Herald Sun, where she was drawn as an angry baby with grossly exaggerated features like oversized lips, a big nose, and wiry hair. The cartoon was called "racist and misogynistic" by Williams' husband the Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian.

Williams was then slammed as "no feminist hero," while umpires consider a boycott of her future matches because she called the US Open umpire a "liar" and a "thief" too.

The 2018 tennis season may be winding down, but as a two-time Grand Slam finalist this year, Williams shows no signs of winding down herself and will continue to compete next year.

In order to maintain her sporting dominance, Williams has to eat right before a match. So what sort of food does a 23-time tennis major champion serve up?

Here's everything Williams likes to have for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

This is Serena Williams, a superstar tennis player who has reached two Grand Slam tournament finals in 2018 since returning to the sport after taking time out to give birth to her daughter, Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr.


This is Serena Williams, a superstar tennis player who has reached two Grand Slam tournament finals in 2018 since returning to the sport after taking time out to give birth to her daughter, Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr.

(Getty Images)


Before a game, Williams "usually can't" eat and says it may be down to nerves. However, if she was going to have a meal, it would be a "protein and carb" combo like turkey sausage and baked potato.


Before a game, Williams "usually can't" eat and says it may be down to nerves. However, if she was going to have a meal, it would be a "protein and carb" combo like turkey sausage and baked potato.



Source: Glamour.



When Williams is away from the court, she spares no expense and orders a delicious and healthy looking platter for breakfast including staples like smoothies and fruits.





It's not all clean-eating, though. Williams has an obvious sweet tooth and won't hesitate to put away a beignet, which is basically a deep fried nugget of sugary dough.





When it comes to lunches, or general snacking, Williams never refuses a taco — and they are an ever-present feature of the tennis champion's Instagram.





Williams once said on Facebook: "I want tacos. Everyday I want tacos. I don't know what to do? Is there help for someone that wants to eat tacos everyday?"


Williams once said on Facebook: "I want tacos. Everyday I want tacos. I don't know what to do? Is there help for someone that wants to eat tacos everyday?"



Source: Facebook.



If tacos aren't on the menu and Williams wanted to celebrate a tennis success, she would order a cheese pizza and french fries.


If tacos aren't on the menu and Williams wanted to celebrate a tennis success, she would order a cheese pizza and french fries.



Source: Glamour.



But sometimes nothing beats home cooking and, for Williams, that means her mother's chicken, rice, and gravy.


But sometimes nothing beats home cooking and, for Williams, that means her mother's chicken, rice, and gravy.



Source: Bon Appetit.



If Williams is doing the cooking, then she likes to wow her friends and family with a number of dishes. "For years I was always making gumbo for everyone," she said. "My other go-to dishes are something I call a 'seven-bean delight' which really only has five beans, but don't tell. And roasted chicken with garlic."


If Williams is doing the cooking, then she likes to wow her friends and family with a number of dishes. "For years I was always making gumbo for everyone," she said. "My other go-to dishes are something I call a 'seven-bean delight' which really only has five beans, but don't tell. And roasted chicken with garlic."



Source: Bon Appetit.



Aside from tacos, there is another food Williams is obsessed with — moon pie. "I love moon pies. If "Moon Pie" sponsored me, I'd be bigger than any house on this planet! I love the originals: banana, chocolate, or vanilla. Now I really want a Moon Pie!"

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China’s Crypto Custody Sector Is Growing despite the Mainland Ban.

The debate on whether the central authorities can ever regulate the cryptocurrency industry intensates further with the launch of a Chinese crypto-startup.

In a right-in-your-face stunt, InVault begins offering its cryptocurrency custody services last week in China despite the mainland ban. The Shanghai startup proposes to attract cryptocurrency exchanges as its primary clients, believing they should avoid the moral hazard of holding clients’ assets.

A custodian, in a traditional sense, holds clients’ securities or cash for safekeeping – in both electronics and physical form. China’s implicit ban on keeping and trading cryptocurrencies could arguably disallow an organization to hold assets that 1) are virtual currencies, and 2) belongs to companies with no legal status in the mainland.

But InVault seems to have found a way to circumvent the ongoing crackdown. The startup offers a decentralized corporate cryptocurrency wallet service, meaning that there would not be a central control over the safeguarded funds. InVault will instead be the custodian of users’ private keys. Local media reports hint that the startup will keep the users’ private keys secured in several Physical Vaults. Only authorized personnel will have access to these safes.


Kenneth Xu, chief executive and founder of InVault, said the only way by which cryptocurrencies can be secured is with the absence of human oversight.

“Today, the vast majority of cryptocurrency exchanges globally still involve their senior management in managing the transfer of digital tokens ordered by clients. Putting the private keys to your cryptocurrency assets in the hands of senior management is akin to putting all your money in their control,” said Xu, speaking to the South China Morning Post.

China’s Crackdown Insufficient to Enforce Crypto-ban

The launch of InVault occurs during tensed times. China’s financial and market regulators had recently stepped up its crackdown against the local crypto operations. During the chase, they blocked access to 124 offshore crypto-exchanges that were providing trading services to Chinese investors, banned events that were to discuss cryptocurrencies and enforced local companies, including WeChat and Alibaba, to monitor and report their users involved in crypto activities.

Chinese crypto companies continue to offer services to Chinese investors from offshore despite the ban. KYC-enabled money exchanges have been replaced by peer-to-peer commerce, which could dampen the regulators’ efforts towards enforcing the crypto-ban overall. Furthermore, fugitive exchanges have started to work under the different domain names, making it difficult for regulators to improve their mouse-chase.


Terence Tsang, the chief operating officer of TideBit, which offers centralized crypto-exchange services in Hong Kong and Taiwan, said in a statement to the local press:

“The latest warning and potentially increased monitoring of foreign platforms is targeted at a batch of smaller exchanges that had claimed to be foreign entities, but are in fact operating in China claiming they have outsourced their operations to a Chinese company.”

Meanwhile, InVault has already scored its first major deal from an undisclosed cryptocurrency exchange for the custodianship of one million Ethereum tokens.

Albert Ulebe Posted on September 17, 2018 09:21

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Primetime Emmy Awards 2018: 7 things to look out for

Will Game of Thrones sweep all before it? Will Donald Glover have the last laugh? Will The Handmaid's Tale repeat last year's success?

The Primetime Emmy Awards will shower statuettes on the stars of this golden age of television on Monday.

Here are the frontrunners and some of the possible stories that could emerge on the night.

1. Game of Thrones is back

Image copyrightHBO

Image captionAny prequel series would have to wait until after Game of Thrones' final series airs in 2019

After Game of Thrones won best drama series in 2015 and 2016, last year's Emmys were a Thrones-free zone. But season seven is eligible this year - and when the nominations were announced, the show was the frontrunner, with 22 nominations.

  • Game of Thrones - 22
  • Saturday Night Live - 21
  • Westworld - 21
  • The Handmaid's Tale - 20
  • The Assassination Of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story - 18
  • Atlanta - 16

Game of Thrones won 12 Emmys a year in 2015 and 2016 - tying with itself for the record for the most Emmys won by a series in a single season.

Because the Emmys have a total of 122 categories, the less high profile awards were actually given out last weekend at the Creative Arts Emmys, with 26 left to be awarded on Monday.

Game of Thrones won seven of the 15 Emmys it was up for last weekend. It's up for another seven on Monday - including for Lena Headey, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Peter Dinklage.

Because of double nominations in two categories, Game of Thrones can't break its own record, though - the maximum it can now win is 12.

2. Netflix officially rules television

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Just five years after its first Primetime Emmy nomination, Netflix achieved its latest milestone in the battle for our eyeballs by earning a total of 112 Emmy nominations this year, more than any other outlet.

That's the first time a streaming service has topped the list.

Those nominations are spread across 40 shows, including The Crown, Stranger Things, Godless and Glow.

HBO, which has come top for the past 17 years, is now second with 108.

3. Allison Janney goes for golden double

Allison Janney could score a prestigious double if she manages to win best lead actress in a comedy series for her role in CBS's sitcom Mom, in which she plays Anna Faris's... mom.

It would come six months after she won her first Oscar for best supporting actress for playing figure skater Tonya Hardin's mom in I, Tonya.

Janney actually won two Emmys in a row for her role in Mom in 2014 and '15, for for best supporting actress in a comedy series. But she's since been bumped up to lead status.

4. The Fonz to finally get his day?

Henry Winkler was nominated for three Primetime Emmys in a row for playing the super-cool Fonz in Happy Days in the 1970s. He lost every time.

Now aged 72, he's nominated again - this time for playing a decidedly uncool acting coach who winds up teaching Bill Hader's hitman in HBO's Barry.

He's up against the likes of Alec Baldwin and Tony Shalhoub in the supporting actor in a comedy series category. But Winkler is favourite for a long overdue win.

5. Sandra Oh could make history

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After five unsuccessful nominations for best supporting actress in a drama for her role in Grey's Anatomy, Sandra Oh could become the first Asian winner in the lead actress category.

She's nominated for playing MI5 officer Eve Polastri in Killing Eve - which has also earned Phoebe Waller-Bridge (of Fleabag fame) a writing nomination.

British viewers may have caught the first episode of Killing Eve on BBC One on Saturday (and may even have binged on the whole lot on iPlayer) - it was made by BBC America, so was shown in the US first.

But Sandra is up against stiff competition - Elisabeth Moss is thought to be the frontrunner to repeat her 2017 success in that category.

6. The Brits in the running

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Image captionThe Crown's Claire Foy is nominated for best leading actress

Claire Foy is also up against Sandra and Elisabeth in that category, and it is the last chance to reward her for playing Queen Elizabeth in Netflix's The Crown.

Another Brit who's bowing out is Wales' own Matthew Rhys, who is tipped to win best lead actor in a drama for the final series of The Americans.

In the supporting actress drama category, The Crown's Princess Margaret (Vanessa Kirby) is up against fellow Brits Thandie Newton (Westworld), Lena Headey (Game of Thrones) and Millie Bobby Brown (Stranger Things), among others.

Matt Smith, another Crown star, is among the supporting actor contenders, as is countryman Joseph Fiennes for his role in The Handmaid's Tale.

Elsewhere, Benedict Cumberbatch is up for best actor in a limited series for Patrick Melrose, while ex-Downton Abbey star Michelle Dockery is up for the equivalent award for her role in Godless.

7. Will Donald Glover have the last laugh?

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In the comedy categories, the multi-tasking Donald Glover is nominated for best actor, writer and director for Atlanta, and is also nominated for the overall best comedy prize as one of the show's executive producers.

He won two Emmys last year - so can he beat that tally?

He was also nominated this year for outstanding guest actor in a comedy series for hosting Saturday Night Live - that was one of the awards that was handed out last weekend.

He lost that, but won't mind too much because it went to Katt Williams - for Atlanta.

The FX show's main competition in the comedy categories is likely to come from Amazon's The Marvelous Mrs Maisel.

8. The 'putting up with Roseanne' award

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Roseanne's short-lived TV comeback was nominated for two Emmys - outstanding multi-camera picture editing for a comedy series (which it lost to Will & Grace); and best supporting actress in a comedy for Laurie Metcalf.

Metcalf, who plays Roseanne's sister Jackie, won this award for three years in a row in the early 1990s.

She's also won two Tony Awards in the past two years and was nominated for an Oscar this year for her role in Lady Bird.

Could she be given a reward from the Emmys for working with Roseanne?

"When Charlie Sheen went on his meltdown for Two and a Half Men, Jon Cryer got an award," said David Allen on the Dual Redundancy podcast's Emmy prediction edition.

"It was like, 'You put up with that? Here's a pat on the back, buddy' And we all know about the Roseanne stories."

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Green Book wins influential Toronto festival award

The film Green Book has won the influential People's Choice Award at this year's Toronto International Film Festival.

The feel-good drama, which tells the true story of a black musician and his white driver on a tour of America's Deep South in the 1960s, stars Oscar winner Mahershala Ali and Lord of the Rings actor Viggo Mortensen.

The prize is seen as a strong indicator for success in the film awards season.

Previous winners include Slumdog Millionaire, The King's Speech and 12 Years A Slave - all of which went on to win best film at the Oscars.

Nine of the last 10 Toronto winners have earned best film nominations.

The award is chosen by audiences who vote online.

Second place went to If Beale Street Could Talk, which is writer and director Barry Jenkins's first film since Moonlight won the Oscar for best picture in 2017.

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Based on a novel by James Baldwin, it is a Harlem-set love story about a young man wrongly accused of rape.

Third place was taken by Netflix release Roma, a two-and-a-quarter hour-long Mexican black and white film about a middle class family and their housekeeper living in Mexico City in the 1970s.

It is directed by Alfonso Cuarón, whose film Gravity won him the Oscar for best director in 2014.

Green Book will be released in the UK in February next year. If Beale Street Could Talk and Roma will both be screened in the London Film Festival next month.

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Proud Kenyans hail Eliud Kipchoge's new marathon world record With his performance, the 33-year-old beat the previous record set by fellow Kenyan runner Dennis Kimetto in 2014.

Two hours, one minute and 39 seconds.


That's how long, or little, it took Kenyan superstar runner Eliud Kipchoge to cover the 42.2km of the Berlin Marathon - and smash the world record in the process by a staggering 78 seconds.


Unsurprisingly, the news travelled around the globe at lightning speed, including in Kenya and the diaspora where jubilant citizens, celebrities and leaders took to Twitter to hail their sporting hero and celebrate his remarkable feat.

Kipchoge, 33, is regarded as the greatest marathon runner of the modern era.




He burst onto the international sporting scene at the age of 18, winning the U20 race at the World Cross Country Championships in 2003.


In 2012, he started his marathon career with a victory in Germany's Hamburg. The former 5,000-meter race world champion has won 11 of the 12 marathons he has run, including in the 2016 Rio Olympics.


Kipchoge's feat, his third win in Berlin, beats the previous world record set by fellow Kenyan runner Dennis Kimetto in 2014.


His only marathon defeat so far was also in Berlin in 2013, when he was defeated by former world record holder and fellow Kenyan, Wilson Kipsang.


Kipchoge's run on Sunday was the biggest improvement on the marathon mark since Australian Derek Clayton took almost two and a half minutes off the record in 1967.


A proud Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta congratulated Kipchoge, and his fellow countrymen - second-placed Amos Kipruto and third-placed Wilson Kipsang - as the East African trio made a podium sweep.


"Congratulations Eliud Kipchoge for breaking the world record at the Berlin marathon 2018. I also congratulate his compatriots Amos Kipruto & Wilson Kipsang for going out valiantly to bring a 1-2-3 victory for #TeamKenya. You are our heroes. Kenya is proud of you," Kenyatta wrote on Twitter.


Many Kenyans saw  Kipchoge's victory as a temporary relief from the problems the country has been facing recently.

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Palestinian teen fatally stabs American-Israeli activist in West Bank

A well-known American-born activist on behalf of Israeli settlers was stabbed to death outside a West Bank mall Sunday, reportedly by a 17-year-old Palestinian attacker.

The victim was identified as Ari Fuld, a 45-year-old father of four who lived in the nearby settlement of Efrat.

The Israeli military said the attacker arrived at the mall near a major junction in the southern West Bank, close to the Gush Etzion settlement bloc, and stabbed Fuld before fleeing.


Israeli police investigating the scene where Ari Fuld was stabbed Sunday.  (Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

Video footage showed Fuld giving chase and firing at his attacker before collapsing. Other civilians shot the assailant, whom Israeli media identified as a 17-year-old from a nearby Palestinian village. The Times of Israel reported that the attacker was in "moderate" condition.

Fuld was a well-known English-language Internet commenter on current affairs who was known for his hard-line nationalist ideology and strong support for the Israeli military. He also was known for an outspoken manner that included verbal clashes with Palestinians and critics of Israel. At times, his Facebook account had been suspended.


"He did not hold back on his opinions," settler spokesman Josh Hasten told The Associated Press. "If that meant 30 days of Facebook jail, so be it."

Hasten, who said he had known Fuld for about a decade, added that his friend traveled widely to showcase "the beauty and reality of life" in the country.

Fuld delivered care packages to Israeli soldiers and would go on solidarity trips to communities near the Gaza Strip during times of fighting with the Hamas militant group, Hasten said.

"When the rockets were falling, that's when he would get in his car and go down to Sderot," Hasten said.


Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lauded Fuld on Facebook for fighting his attacker "heroically" and remembered him as "an advocate for Israel who fought to spread the truth."

On Twitter, David Friedman, the U.S. ambassador to Israel and a strong supporter of the settlements, called him "a passionate defender of Israel & an American patriot."

Since 2015, Palestinians have killed over 50 Israelis, two visiting Americans and a British tourist in stabbings, shootings and car-ramming attacks. Israeli forces killed over 260 Palestinians in that period, of which Israel has said most were attackers.

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Phoenix Airport returning to normal operations after shutting down terminal for police investigation

Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport officials have announced that operations are returning to normal after shutting down Terminal 4 “as a precaution” during a police investigation.

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Officials shut down part of the Arizona airport and evacuated all passengers after someone called to report a suspicious, unattended rental car left in a curb lane at the airport.


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The terminal closure caused flight delays and cancellations of 34 Southwest flights. Other carriers affected include American Airlines, Air Canada and British Airways.


Phoenix police Sgt. Tommy Thompson says a bomb squad was working to make sure the vehicle is not a danger before the terminal can be re-opened.

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The vehicle was found about 7 a.m. Sunday on the upper deck of Terminal 4. Authorities are also trying to contact the person who last had the car.


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An airport spokeswoman says three of the four security checkpoints at the terminal remain closed and the Sky Train has stopped dropping passengers at the terminal.

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Binance to launch a “live money beta testing” of Singapore Fiat Exchange

The CEO of the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange Binance, Changpeng Zhao is in the cryptocurrency industry conference “Cumberland Summit” (September 14th – 16th) in Singapore. The summit consists of major names of crypto space like Thomas Lee from Fundstrat, Tyler Winklevoss, representatives from Binance and many more.

On Saturday, 15th Sep, CZ announced on Twitter that Binance is going to launch a “live money beta testing” of Singapore FIAT exchange, starting from Sept 18th. He tweeted on the second day (out of three) of Cumberland summit, occurring in Singapore:

“I just slipped that we will begin #Binance Singapore fiat exchange live money closed beta testing on Sept 18th, in 3 days. Invitation only first. Exciting!” 

It can be assumed that before the year’s end, Binance would support Singapore Dollar (SGD) pairs including foreseen alternatives like SGD/ETH pair and SGD/BTC pair.

Currently, the SGD pairs will be solely accessible in closed beta, i.e. this feature is relied upon to be available on the basis of invitation only, beginning on September 18. Well CZ did not declare that when will the rest of the Binance community get access to these pairs.

Binance progress report month 14

Binance has established in 2017, and within one year it turned into the largest cryptocurrency exchange in the world. It increased its daily trading volume to nearly $822 Million, and as of January 2018, it was largest crypto-exchange with a BNB market capitalization of $1.3 billion.

The organization was established in China, however, moved its servers and central station out of China and into Japan ahead of time of the Chinese government prohibition on cryptocurrency trading in September 2017, and recently it relocated to Malta.

Recently, Binance released its monthly audit report for the Month 14 (August 15 to September 14). In the report, the organization declared the noteworthy changes and upgrades that occurred throughout the month.

Recently, it listed GoChain (GO), the token that was the victor of the Round 9 of the Binance Community Coin of the Month and was listed on September 12 on the platform.

It presented bolster for the Polish dialect on its site and included a Polish Telegram station as well.

The organization had updated the Android and iOS applications to let users convert the dust to BNB straightforwardly from the Binance Android and iOS apps.

Binance Opened Deposits and Withdrawals choices for Bitcoin Diamond (BCD).

Binance Labs has propelled the Binance Labs Batching Program to help groups in the early stages of development put their best ideas to work.

Binance launched an academy to educate people about cryptocurrency and blockchain.

Binance, announced its launch of fiat-to-crypto exchange, Binance LCX in Liechtenstein.

IPO specialist Wei Zhou joined Binance as CFO. Beforehand Wei was serving as CFO of and Charm Communications and drove these organizations through their IPO listings on the NYSE and NASDAQ.

Binance has marked an MOU with Malta Stock Exchange to launch a security tokens exchange platform.

Binance had Worldwide Meetups in Hanoi(Aug. 16), Ho Chi Minh City (Sep. 8), Lodz, (Sep. 9), and again in Ho Chi Minh City (Sep. 14), Jeju (Sep. 15).

Their upcoming Global Meetups scheduled as Istanbul (Sep. 19), Guatemala City (Sep. 22) and many more.


The news of launching a “live money beta testing” of Singapore FIAT exchange is exceptionally energizing for traders in Singapore who have been sitting tight for Binance to support the Singapore Dollar (SGD).

Since most cryptocurrency exchanges rely upon ETH or BTC as a base resource for liquidity, the posting of crypto tokens combined with FIAT will without a doubt be another remarkable step towards crypto adoption.

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Storm Florence: 'Epic' amounts of rain unloaded on Carolinas

US east coast communities face "epic amounts of rainfall" from tropical storm Florence, which has been linked to at least 12 deaths.

It has caused catastrophic flooding since arriving as a category one hurricane on Friday.

Some towns have already seen 2ft (60cm) of rain in two days, with totals forecast to top 3.5ft (1m) in places.

It is feared that more communities could become deluged as the storm crawls west at only 2mph (3km/h).

"This system is unloading epic amounts of rainfall, in some places measured in feet and not inches," North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said on Saturday.

He urged against residents attempting to return home, warning that "all roads in the state are at risk of floods".

A disaster has been declared by US President Donald Trump in eight counties in North Carolina - a move that will help free up federal funding for recovery efforts.


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The president may travel to the region next week, the White House says.

What do we know of the victims?

US media say 12 people have died as a result of the storm.

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Image captionOfficials say some people have had to be winched to safety in places

Among the fatalities in North Carolina:

  • A mother and her seven-month baby were killed when a tree fell on their home in Wilmington on Friday, also injuring the infant's father
  • A 78-year-old man was electrocuted in Lenoir County while attempting to connect extension cords
  • A 77-year-old man in the same county died when he was blown down by high winds while checking on his hunting dogs
  • A woman died from cardiac arrest in the town of Hampstead after emergency responders had their route to her blocked by downed trees

In South Carolina, a 62-year-old woman died when her car hit a tree that had fallen across a road in the town of Union.

Two others died in the state from carbon monoxide poisoning caused by a generator inside their home, according to a local coroner.

The storm in numbers

  • Florence is 350 miles (560 km) wide and has travelled 4,000 miles across the ocean from west Africa
  • It was packing 120mph winds (193km/h) on Thursday but weakened from a Category 3 hurricane to Category 1 before it hit the coastline on Friday
  • Duke Energy, the area's biggest utility company, warned that three millionpeople could end up without power and restoration could take weeks
  • About 10 million people could be affected by the storm as it moves further inland in the days ahead

Read more about its impact

How bad is the damage?

The storm is still leaving a path of destruction across the two states, despite its top sustained wind speeds weakening to 45mph.

About a million customers in the two states are without power, the New York Times reports.

A spokesman for the South Carolina Highway Patrol warned on Saturday that conditions remained treacherous on roads.

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Image captionReports from the National Weather Service suggest rainfall may have broken North Carolina state records

"You know the areas that don't have power, it's hard to see the power lines in the road way," said Trooper Bob Bers.

In Fayetteville in North Carolina, officials warned people living by swollen rivers that the worst was yet to come.

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Image captionThe dramatic flooding in New Bern, North Carolina created spectacular damage in places

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Image captionJerry King, in New Bern, cleans the mess from his home caused by a 4ft storm surge

"If you are refusing to leave during this mandatory evacuation, you need to do things like notify your legal next of kin because the loss of life is very, very possible," Mayor Mitch Colvin said.

Scores of residents had to be rescued from flooding by emergency responders and volunteers in New Bern, North Carolina, on Saturday.

Colleen Roberts, city public information officer for the area, told BBC World News more than 4,000 homes had been "destroyed or completely damaged" there, based on calls they had received for emergency services.

"That's preliminary at this point. And we have 300 businesses that are damaged or destroyed."

Where is the storm heading now?

The centre of the storm moved slowly westward on Saturday across the Carolinas, bringing further heavy rain and flooding, the US National Hurricane Centre says.

It is expected to weaken gradually as it moves inland, heading northwards through the Ohio valley by Monday.

The Federal Emergency Management Authority has said motorists should not attempt to drive through floodwaters.

"Just turn around and don't drown," officials said.


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Is buying a house a better investment than the stock market? We did the math, and the answer is clear.

Whether real estate is a better investment than the stock market is an ongoing debate. Owning a home is often the biggest financial commitment someone will make, while investing in stocks is generally a key component of building wealth. We compared the two over the past three decades.


» more Real estate or stock market: Which is the better investment?  (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Owning real estate is often the biggest financial commitment someone will make, while investing in stocks is generally a key component of building wealth.

Using data from the Federal Housing Finance Agency and Yahoo Finance, we compared housing prices and stock prices over the past couple of decades.

In that time, stocks have clearly had higher returns — but there are a few caveats.

This is a simplified comparison meant to reflect on past performance. The best decision for your money depends on your individual circumstances and needs.

Home ownership is one of the biggest financial commitments most Americans will make, while investing in stocks is widely seen as a key component of building wealth.


We decided to take a look at how housing prices and stock prices have fared over the years.


Using house-price indexes from the Federal Housing Finance Agency and prices for the S&P 500 from Yahoo Finance going back to 1991, we looked at how the two compared at various times in the past 27 years, as well as how housing prices in some of the biggest cities in the US have fared against stocks.


In most cases, stocks have outperformed housing prices over the decades, as a nine-year bull market continues to roar.


It's worth noting that this is a very simplified comparison. Stocks and houses are, of course, two very different types of investments. Home ownership comes with property taxes and upkeep costs, but also provides the key service of being a place for someone to live that stocks clearly do not. Stock ownership can involve brokerage and other fees.


Further, stock prices tend to be more volatile over time than housing prices. While it is possible to accrue great riches in the stock market, it's also quite possible to lose it all. Housing prices have tended to rise more steadily over time, but as the mid-2000s housing bubble and subsequent bust showed, that increase is far from guaranteed.


Given those caveats, here's how two of the most important financial markets for ordinary Americans have evolved over the past three decades.

Since the start of the FHFA series in January 1991, stocks have dramatically outperformed housing prices.


» more Since the start of the FHFA series in January 1991, stocks have dramatically outperformed housing prices.  (Business Insider/Andy Kiersz)

Even with the dot-com crash and the stock-market crash in the wake of the financial crisis of the late 2000s, the cumulative gains in the stock market since the beginning of the 1990s have resulted in a gain of over 700%, while housing prices have increased 164% in that time.




But timing matters. Starting at the top of the dot-com bubble in September 2000 leads to a narrow edge for housing prices.


» more But timing matters. Starting at the top of the dot-com bubble in September 2000 leads to a narrow edge for housing prices.  (Business Insider/Andy Kiersz)

Housing prices are up about 85% while stocks are up 79% since September 2000, when the stock market peaked during the tech bubble.




Buying at the post-tech-bubble bottom for the stock market had the opposite effect.


» more Buying at the post-tech-bubble bottom for the stock market had the opposite effect.  (Business Insider/Andy Kiersz)

Housing prices are up 60% and stocks are up 233% since October 2002.

Stocks have also understandably outperformed house prices since the top of the housing bubble.


» more Stocks have also understandably outperformed house prices since the top of the housing bubble.  (Business Insider/Andy Kiersz)

Stocks are up 93% since the FHFA house-price index topped out in March 2007, while housing took a long time to recover. Housing prices are up just 17% in the past 11 years, with the FHFA index not fully recovering until 2016.




Stocks reached their peak a few months after housing did amid the financial crisis.


» more Stocks reached their peak a few months after housing did amid the financial crisis.  (Business Insider/Andy Kiersz)

Housing prices are up 21% since November 2007, while stocks are up 76%.




The stock market has generally been on a tear since the post-crisis bottom in 2009.


» more The stock market has generally been on a tear since the post-crisis bottom in 2009.  (Business Insider/Andy Kiersz)

Stocks are up 273% since hitting a low in March 2009, while housing prices are up 36%.




Housing prices have generally been on the rise since 2011, but stocks have still outperformed.


» more Housing prices have generally been on the rise since 2011, but stocks have still outperformed.  (Business Insider/Andy Kiersz)

Housing prices are up 48% from May 2011, when the FHFA index hit its post-crisis low, while stocks are up 99%.




Location also matters. Here's how New York City housing prices have fared compared with stocks since the start of the FHFA series.


» more Location also matters. Here's how New York City housing prices have fared compared with stocks since the start of the FHFA series.  (Business Insider/Andy Kiersz)

Stocks are up nearly 700% since January 1991, while housing prices in the New York-Jersey City-White Plains metropolitan division are up 174%.




Miami was an epicenter of the housing bubble. At the bubble's height, housing price growth since 1991 briefly surpassed stocks.


» more Miami was an epicenter of the housing bubble. At the bubble's height, housing price growth since 1991 briefly surpassed stocks.  (Business Insider/Andy Kiersz)

As of the second quarter of 2018, housing prices in the Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall metropolitan division are up 297% since Q1 1991.

Denver had the biggest total increase in housing prices since 1991 among the 20 biggest metro areas and divisions tracked by the FHFA.


» more Denver had the biggest total increase in housing prices since 1991 among the 20 biggest metro areas and divisions tracked by the FHFA.  (Business Insider/Andy Kiersz)

Housing prices in the Denver-Aurora-Lakewood metropolitan area are up 413% since Q1 1991, still below the nearly 700% increase in stock prices.




In most time intervals and metro areas, stock prices have outperformed housing prices in the US over the past couple of decades.


» more In most time intervals and metro areas, stock prices have outperformed housing prices in the US over the past couple of decades.  (Reuters/Carlo Allegri)

The numbers are only one thing to consider, and it's important to bear in mind that past performance can't predict the future.


This doesn't mean that stocks are always the best investment for everyone at every time, or that buying a home is the wrong choice. Everyone has different financial and housing needs, with several factors involved in making these kinds of decisions.

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Big Brother ending is 'not a great loss', says ex-winner

Big Brother being axed is "not a great loss" because it was going in an "awful direction", says one former winner.

Brian Belo, who won series eight, believes the UK "definitely needs a break" from the reality TV show.

"The direction they were going in was so salacious that the true fans of Big Brother couldn't be with the show anymore," Brian told Newsbeat.

Channel 5, which announced on Friday the current series would be the last, said it didn't wish to comment.

Big Brother first appeared on screens in 2000 and was initially a huge success for Channel 4.

Image captionThis Morning presenter Alison Hammond was on series three of Big Brother

Several former contestants went on to become famous names - including the likes of Jade Goody and This Morning presenter Alison Hammond.

But it failed to hang onto audience figures when Channel 5 took it over in 2011.

Brian says Big Brother was a "social experiment" and original fans loved this.

However, he says Channel 5 was trying to appease the "casual viewer" so he thinks it's "absolutely brilliant" it's coming to an end.

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Image captionAisleyne Horgan-Wallace says being on Big Brother helped her buy a house

Aisleyne Horgan-Wallace, who was on the seventh series of the reality TV show, describes Big Brother as a "national treasure".

But she says it went from being a social experiment to a "stepping stone to fame".

"People can call me a hypocrite because I still work in the media off the back of being in Big Brother but that was genuinely never the reason I went in there.

"I wanted to see what it was like to test myself and live in that environment.

"I think it was more of an organic show back then and people didn't crave fame or know it was going to come.

"So they were more real. Now people go in there with an agenda."

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Image captionEx-Corrie actor Ryan Thomas won the final series of Celebrity Big Brother which finished on Monday

Aisleyne told Newsbeat she was "devastated" to hear it was being axed and we wouldn't have reality TV shows like Love Island or TOWIE if it wasn't for Big Brother.

She believes the show might make a comeback on another TV channel.

"It paved the way for every single reality TV show.

"Listen, we're the originators of this, you can't get rid of us. We're here forever."

In a statement, Endemol - which makes Big Brother - said it was "disappointed not to reach an agreement with Channel 5" over the future of the show.

The production company did hint that it might not be the end entirely as it added "the decision opens up a new chapter and we are excited about future possibilities for Big Brother in the UK".

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Gulliver's World: 21 trapped on rollercoaster

Twenty-one people, including several children, were rescued after a rollercoaster at the Gulliver's World theme park became stuck.

Fire crews used ladders and scaffolding to rescue the stranded passengers, which stopped 50ft (15m) in the air.

Crews were called to the venue in Warrington, Cheshire, at about 13:10 BST and spent about two hours rescuing the passengers.

Witnesses described seeing crying children on the ride.

'Wheels came off'

A mother described how it stalled while her seven-year-old daughter was on the rollercoaster.

"Two wheels came off the ride and it stopped suddenly.

"Kids were screaming and staff just stood there basically not knowing what to do for 20 minutes," said the woman, who asked not to be named.

"I'm just glad she's safe but as a mother it was one of the most terrifying things I've ever seen.

"The ride looks unsafe and needs to be shut."

Firefighters used two ropes to lower three people to safety, and said everyone had been rescued by just after 15:30 BST.

A Cheshire Fire & Rescue Service spokeswoman said no-one was injured in the incident.

Gulliver's World could not be reached for comment.

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Israeli missiles target Damascus airport: State media

 An Israeli missile attack targeted the Syrian capital's airport late on Saturday (Sept 15), activating air defences which shot down a number of the projectiles, state news agency Sana reported.

"Our air defences responded to an Israeli missile attack on Damascus international airport and shot down a number of hostile missiles," a military source said, quoted by Sana.

The agency, without giving any information on casualties or damage, posted footage and images of the air defences being activated.

In a shaky video, a small, bright explosion is seen in the night sky, with city lights in the distance.

AFP's correspondent in Damascus heard a loud blast late on Saturday, followed by several smaller explosions.

The Israeli military declined to comment on the incident.


The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based war monitor, said Saturday's strikes hit a weapons depot outside the airport.

"The missiles, suspected to be Israeli, destroyed an arms warehouse near the Damascus international airport," Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP.

He had no immediate information on casualties.

Israel has vowed to prevent its arch-foe Iran, which is a main backer of Syria's government, from gaining a foothold in neighbouring war-torn Syria.

Earlier this month, Israel acknowledged having carried out more than 200 strikes in Syria over the past 18 months, mainly against Iranian targets.

It has also admitted to striking Syria to prevent what it says are deliveries of advanced weaponry to Lebanon's Hezbollah, an armed movement backed by Iran and which fights alongside Syrian troops.

The last reported Israeli strikes on Syria took place on Sept 4, when Syrian state media said the military's air defences downed several missiles in the coastal province of Tartus and in central Hama.

The Observatory also reported those raids and said they killed three Syrian soldiers.

Syria's conflict erupted in 2011 and has since killed more than 360,000 people, with millions more displaced internally and to neighbouring countries.

After losing swathes of territory to rebel groups, President Bashar al-Assad's troops have regained the upper hand and are now in control of around two-thirds of the ravaged country.

They were bolstered by nearly three years of air strikes by their key ally Russia and Iranian, Iraqi, Lebanese, and other foreign fighters on the ground.

Soldiers and other loyalist fighters had been amassing around Idlib, the largest rebel-held zone left in Syria, for several weeks.

But Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov denied that Syrian troops were planning a major offensive for the area.

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US Coast Guard employee removed for 'white power sign' on air

The unnamed team member was seen sitting in the background as MSNBC interviewed the Coast Guard commanding officer

The US Coast Guard has removed a team member from duty after he was accused of making a "white power" sign on air.

The unidentified employee was seen glancing at the camera during an MSNBC interview on Friday night before briefly making the hand gesture.

He was at a desk in the background as the cable channel spoke to Coast Guard Commanding Officer Capt John Reed in Charleston, South Carolina.

The agency responded swiftly to the ensuing social media backlash.

The incident occurred as MSNBC covered the emergency response to deadly tropical storm Florence, which is drenching the Carolinas.

"Whatever that symbol means, it doesn't reflect the Coast Guard and our core values," Coast Guard Lt JB Zorn told NBC News.

"It won't be tolerated."

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The Coast Guard tweeted that it was aware of the "offensive video" and was investigating the matter.

In a statement, the agency said it was a "frustrating distraction".

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A number of Twitter commentators were in no doubt about the nature of the momentary hand gesture.

One user, @jgobble, tweeted: "Did you all see this guy flash White Power on TV? OUR OWN COAST GUARD!!! This needs to be investigated and this man needs to be ousted/removed/discharged!"

Another, @OKCopyThat, posted: "That was flat out blatant! Lord have mercy on us. These evil people are among us."

Yet another, @TomAmestoy, tweeted: "The Coast Guard is filled with heroes and apparently at least one racist bringing shame on an honorable crew."

But not everyone was convinced.

One Twitter user, @Dpatcorb, said: "Bahahahahaha. You seriously have the mental capacity of a 2 year old if you think that's a white power sign."

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Image captionFormer Trump administration official Zina Bash (L) was accused of making the 'white power' symbol (not pictured) during a Senate hearing this month

It is not clear how the thumb-and-forefinger 'OK' hand gesture became associated with "white power".

It apparently began as an online hoax before it was adopted by far-right sympathisers and even some Trump supporters to goad liberals.

Earlier this month, left-wing activists accused a former Trump administration official of making the symbol during a Senate hearing.

Zina Bash was pictured sitting in the background during a confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Ms Bash, who is of Jewish-Mexican heritage, was branded a "neo-Nazi" or "white supremacist".

Her husband, Texas prosecutor John Bash, angrily pointed out his wife is the grandchild of Holocaust survivors.

"Everyone tweeting this vicious conspiracy theory should be ashamed of themselves," he said.

"We weren't even familiar with the hateful symbol being attributed to her for the random way she rested her hand during a long hearing."

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Teenager Borja Garces scored a 94th-minute equaliser for Atletico Madrid against Eibar to prevent his side losing a second league game in a row.

Spaniard Borja was making his first senior competitive appearance

Teenager Borja Garces scored a 94th-minute equaliser for Atletico Madrid against Eibar to prevent his side losing a second league game in a row.


Borja, 19, came on as a second-half substitute and fired home from 10 yards in the last minute of injury time.


Atletico had missed a number of chances and looked to be heading for defeat after Sergi Enrich scrambled in an 87th-minute goal for the visitors.


Atletico have now only won one of their opening four La Liga matches.


The 2013-14 champions are fourth in the table, four points behind Barcelona and Real Madrid who both have a game in hand.



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Week in pictures: 8 - 14 September 2018

Retired sprinter Usain Bolt and veteran astronaut Jean-Francois Clervoy, CEO of Novespace, shared a moment of weightlessness in zero-gravity conditions during a promotional flight in a specially modified plane above Reims, France.


Image captionThe Tribute in Light memorial lit up Lower Manhattan near One World Trade Center in New York City, as the US remembered the 2,977 people who were killed in the terrorist attacks on 11 September 2001.


Image captionTennis legend Serena Williams comforted Japan's Naomi Osaka, who was left in tears after the crowd at the US Open tennis final in New York booed when Williams was penalised for her behaviour during her defeat to the 20-year-old.


Image captionA soldier is captured eating an ice cream during a visit to a zoo in Pyongyang, North Korea, in a photo taken during a government-organised visit for foreign reporters as North Korea marked the 70th anniversary of the founding of the country.


Image captionIn Kenyan capital Nairobi, a mall was demolished by government bulldozers after it was declared to have been illegally built on a river bed. People salvaged construction material from the precariously tilting rubble.


Image captionA Syrian child tries on an improvised gas mask made by his father in preparation for any future raids in Maar Shurin, in rebel-held Idlib province. The father used YouTube videos to learn how to make the masks from charcoal, wood, paper cups, cotton, nylon plastic bags and tape.

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Image captionA member of a rugby team composed of refugees kissed Pope Francis during the weekly general audience at St Peter's Square in Vatican City.

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Image captionTwo Russians claiming to be the men accused by the UK of poisoning former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury appeared on Russian state television to deny the allegations, saying they were merely tourists sightseeing.

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Image captionWorkmen installed a sculpture called Head Above Water on the South Bank next to the River Thames in London. The artwork, by British designer Steuart Padwick, is in support of the Time to Change mental-health campaign.


Image captionA nature conservation agency in Banda Aceh, capital of the province of Aceh in Indonesia, seized a two-month-old siamang, or black-furred gibbon, from a villager suspected of being an animal trader.

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Chicago: Three artists challenging African-American stereotypes

The work, by artists Alanna Airitam, Endia Beal and Medina Dugger can be seen in an exhibition called How do you see me? at the Catherine Edelman Gallery in Chicago.

Here is a selection of highlights.

The Golden Age, by Alanna Airitam

Alanna Airitam addresses the absence of black people in the history of Western art, with rare appearances showing dark-skinned people "represented in paintings and films as domestic workers, slaves or barbarians".

In her series The Golden Age, the artist invited African-Americans to pose in the style of classic Dutch portraiture, to celebrate black identity and highlight the racial divide seen in art history.


Image captionSaint Lenox, 2017

Airitam said: "When I see the beauty and power in the eyes of the people in the portraits, it immediately counters all the negative stereotypes and narratives we receive on a daily basis.

"It is (and always will be) especially important for me to combat the barrage of dehumanising messages black people face through media with messages that clearly state that we are beautiful, powerful, valuable, worthy human beings and we're here to stay."


Image captionSaint Sugar Hill, 2017


Image captionDapper Dan, 2017

Airitam pays homage to the Harlem Renaissance, a period of American history in the early 20th Century that saw a boom in African-American social and cultural expression, centred around Harlem in Upper Manhattan, New York.

The image above is named after Dapper Dan, the Harlem-based clothes designer who defined hip hop fashion in the 1980s and 90s.

Many of her images are named after places in Harlem.


Image captionSaint Minton, 2017

Airitam says that the absence of black people in Western art made an impression on her as a child going into museums and galleries.

"I never saw anyone who looked like me. We were not on the walls (unless shown in a way in which we were serving white people). We did not work there (unless we were cleaning or acting as security; again, serving).

"I remember being young and feeling confused, sad, and embarrassed about that."

The portrait below, named Queen Mary, is of a model named Mary. Her family is from Saint Croix, an island in the Caribbean Sea.

Mary shared a story with Airitam about three women who led a successful rebellion against Dutch colonialism in Saint Croix in 1878. One of the women was called Mary Thomas.

Airitam decided to name the portrait Queen Mary in honour of the story. The model is symbolically showing that the key to abundance is self-love, beauty, majesty.


Image captionQueen Mary, 2017

Am I What You're Looking For? by Endia Beal

In her series, Endia Beal positions her models against a fake backdrop of a traditional office setting, wearing an outfit that the model would choose to wear in the workplace.


Image captionSabrina and Katrina, 2015

Beal, a professor at Winston-Salem State University in North Carolina, has spent the last four years using photographic narratives and video testimonies to examine the personal stories of minority women working within the corporate space.

The artist's previous personal experience of working in mostly white corporate workplaces includes people talking behind her back and making comments about her hair, which did not conform to their view of beauty.


Image captionTianna, 2016

She says of the creative industry: "As a black, female photographer, I witnessed the under-representation of contemporary minority stories within fine art circles and photojournalism."

Many of the subjects in her series are students at the university where she works. She also travelled around North Carolina and photographed women in their childhood homes.

"These environments foster comfort allowing the women to be open about their concerns. I asked each woman to wear what she would love to wear to an interview and imagine she is waiting for the interview."


Image captionChristian, 2016

The women shared their personal difficulties in gaining employment after graduation: "Employers would tell them that their natural hair was unprofessional or their name was too difficult to pronounce and would suggest they alter themselves for the job.

"Rarely are these stories shared to colleagues or management in fear of rejection or lack of opportunities."


Image captionMelanie, 2016

Chroma: An Ode to JD 'Okhai Ojeikere, by Medina Dugger

In her portrait series, Medina Dugger pays homage to Nigerian photographer JD 'Okhai Ojeikere, who spent 40 years creating black and white photographic studies of African women's hairstyles.


Image captionPurple Kinky Calabar, 2017

Ojeikere's work helped establish modern celebration of black hair culture, documenting African hair-braiding methods that date back thousands of years.

Nigerian hair culture is often an extensive process, which begins in childhood, with methods and variations being influenced by social and cultural patterns, historical events and globalisation.

Traditionally, Nigerian hairstyles can be purely decorative or convey deeper meaning and symbolism around social status, age and family traditions.


Image captionBlue Coiling Penny Penny, 2017

Dugger said: "As a white American living in Nigeria, creating work on Nigerian hair culture, I understood from the beginning that I first needed to learn about the history of the practice and knew that I wanted the process to be collaborative in nature."

In her portraits, Dugger experiments with historical and imagined hairstyles inspired by Ojeikere but also by Nigerian hairstylist Ijeoma Christopher, along with hairstyles she has seen in Lagos.


Image captionBlue Beri Beri, 2017

The women in the photos helped decide on the vibrant colours to suit their personal preferences.


Image captionOrange Koroba with Pony, 2017


Image captionYellow Tip Twist, 2017

The exhibition How Do You See Me? runs at the Catherine Edelman Gallery, Chicago, until 27 October.

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The clock atop The Balmoral Hotel in Edinburgh, Scotland, is almost always three minutes fast (Credit: Francesco Dazzi/Alamy)

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While the clock tower’s story is legendary in Edinburgh, it remains a riddle for many first-timers. To the untrained eye, the 58m-high landmark is simply part of the grand finale when surveyed from Calton Hill, Edinburgh’s go-to city-centre viewpoint. There it sits to the left of the Dugald Stewart Monument, like a giant exclamation mark above the glazed roof of Waverley Train Station.

Likewise, the sandstone baronial tower looks equally glorious when eyed from the commanding northern ramparts of Edinburgh Castle while peering out over the battlements. It is placed at the city’s very centre of gravity, between the Old Town and the New Town, at the confluence of all business and life. Except, of course, that the dial’s big hand and little hand are out of sync with Greenwich Mean Time.

It is a calculated miscalculation that helps keep the city on time

This bold irregularity is, in fact, a historical quirk first introduced in 1902 when the Edwardian-era building opened as the North British Station Hotel. Then, as now, it overlooked the platforms and signal boxes of Waverley Train Station, and just as porters in red jackets met guests off the train, whisking them from the station booking hall to the interconnected reception desk in the hotel’s basement, the North British Railway Company owners wanted to make sure their passengers – and Edinburgh’s hurrying public – wouldn’t miss their trains.

Given an extra three minutes, they reasoned, these travellers would have more time on the clock to collect their tickets, to reach their corridor carriages and to unload their luggage before the stationmaster’s whistle blew. Still today, it is a calculated miscalculation that helps keep the city on time.


The Balmoral’s clock is purposefully fast to allow travellers extra time to catch their trains from the neighbouring Waverley Station (Credit: Simon Hart/Alamy)


The sky was overcast and the air bitingly cold on the day I visited to learn this history, guided by the hotel’s security manager Iain Davidson. After a quick briefing, I followed his echoing footsteps into the dimly lit brickwork turret, a transition from front of house to backstage. In between the sixth floor’s suites, we entered a door that could well have led to a broom cupboard. Above that, beyond the water storage tanks, a black spiral staircase corkscrewed into the tower’s crown through a series of wooden landings. Each step up was a step back in time.

“Visually, this is one of Edinburgh’s most interesting, if secretive, places,” said Davidson, reaching the top as daylight flooded in to reveal a brickwork gallery embellished with four symmetrical clock faces. Around us, the airy attic featured slit windows that afforded views of central Edinburgh’s commercial hodgepodge, raising us to the level of the castle and the chimneys of the Royal Mile. “Everyone always wonders what it’s like up here when they’re on the street below. Isn’t it marvellous?”

Everyone relies on it being wrong

While exploring the nooks and crannies, Davidson explained that the only major change over the past 116 years is the clock was manually wound until the 1970s, when it was electrified. “It means the tower doesn’t get as many visitors as people might think.”

That the clock is wrong every day of the year is not technically true, either. Its time is stretched to accommodate an annual event. On New Year’s Eve, or Hogmanay as Scots call it, the tower welcomes a special one-off house call, when an engineer is dispatched to remedy the timekeeping error. “Plain and simple, the clock needs to be right for the traditional countdown to the midnight bells,” said Davidson, leading our two-man party back down to the hotel’s grand lobby. “Beyond that, everyone relies on it being wrong.”

While the turret clock has remained dependably inaccurate over the past century, the hotel has understandably moved with the times. Following World War Two and the 1948 nationalisation of Britain’s railways, the golden age of steam was over, and so, too, was the era of the railway-owned hotel. Where once stood 112 hotels on the map in 1913, there are now but a handful left. For its part, the North British Station Hotel severed links with the railway in the early 1980s, before being rebranded as The Balmoral in 1990. Two refurbishments totalling £30m and a change of ownership to the Sir Rocco Forte Group followed, and yet the clock’s time was left unaltered.


Until the 1970s, the clock was wound by hand (Credit: Mike MacEacheran)


To learn more, I contacted Smith of Derby, a fifth-generation family-run clockmaker, which has maintained The Balmoral’s turret clock for almost a century through its Broxburn-based subsidiary James Ritchie & Son.

Among the other world-famous clocks under its guardianship are those aloft on St Paul’s Cathedral and the elegant Victorian dial at St Pancras Station in London; and the 64m tower anchoring the Majlis Oman, the parliament in Muscat. Smith of Derby’s greatest achievement, however, is the world’s largest mechanical clock, a 12.8m-diameter, pendulum-operated timepiece that decorates the Harmony Clock Tower in Ganzhou, China.

“We look after 5,000 different clock towers around the world, and to say The Balmoral’s is peculiar is a massive understatement,” the firm’s Tony Charlesworth told me. “It’s hard to believe, but it’s the only one we’re paid to keep wrong.”


New Year's Eve, or Hogmanay, is the only time the clock is accurate (Credit: Richard Newton/Alamy)


Charlesworth has other stories, too. In 2012, the clock ran 90 minutes late after a power cut caused by tram workers, when Princes Street saw the return of electric tracks. Another episode, two years earlier, saw it inexplicably stop for the first time in 108 years. And for those romantics, a story lingers that the clock runs fast to give departing lovers longer to kiss before saying their goodbyes.

“There’s never been a time when we’ve been asked to make it right,” Charlesworth said, matter-of-factly. “People have smartphones and watches, of course, but you’ll be surprised by how much they rely on public clocks, especially when they’re in a rush. There’s still a need for it, and for the foreseeable future it’ll still be wrong.”


Tony Charlesworth: “There’s never been a time when we’ve been asked to make it right” (Credit: Ian Rutherford/Alamy)


Today, the wrong time is taken for granted in Edinburgh, not because of retrospective sentimentality, but because familiarity breeds affection. Or at least that’s how Charlesworth sees it. “There’d be a public outcry if it was ever on time,” he said. “Remember, this is Scotland. People wouldn’t put up with it.”

There’d be a public outcry if it was ever on time

In this city of meticulous town planning, dependable tourist crowds and annual festivals, that’s something you could set your watch by. Those extra three minutes reveal everything about living here, right now.

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Puerto Rico hurricane: How was the 3,000 death toll worked out?

United States President Donald Trump has disputed official findings that nearly 3,000 people died in Puerto Rico as a result of last year's hurricane.

He added that the death toll had been inflated by adding people who died of other causes.

"If a person died for any reason, like old age, just add them on to the list," he tweeted.

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So is he correct to say this figure is wrong?

Nearly every study and report into the hurricane estimates a significantly higher toll than the early official estimates mentioned by the president.

The number of nearly 3,000 was released last month after an independent study by the George Washington University (GWU) in July, which was commissioned by the governor of Puerto Rico.

It found that 2,975 people died in Puerto Rico as a result of Hurricane Maria.

Since the hurricane struck in September last year, several investigations by academics and journalists suggested the death toll was much higher than the official count, which for months stayed at 64.

For the first few weeks, the death toll was only put at 16.

The task of counting the dead immediately after or in the months following a major disaster is not an exact science.

There are also no state or federal guidelines in the US for calculating storm or hurricane-related deaths.

The GWU study concluded the initial death toll only included those killed directly by hurricanes Maria and Irma - either by drowning, flying debris or building collapse.

GWU researchers also counted those who died in the six months following as a result of poor healthcare provision and a lack of electricity and clean water.

How did they get their figure?

The key part of the research is an estimate of "excess mortality" from September 2017 to February 2018.

Put simply, this is the difference between the predicted normal death rate if the hurricane had not struck (estimated using historical data), and the actual death rate for the period afterwards.

The researchers also factored in migration away from Puerto Rico in the wake of the storms.

"Overall, we estimate that 40% of municipalities experienced significantly higher mortality in the study period than in the comparable period of the previous two years."

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Recording the deaths

One important issue the GWU study raises is the process of recording deaths after the hurricane.

"Most physicians receive no formal training in death certificate completion, in particular in a disaster," it states.

Some of those they interviewed showed a reluctance to record deaths as hurricane-related.

The report also points to major communication and infrastructure problems which delayed the relaying of important information about health issues and procedures for recording deaths.

"Physician unawareness of appropriate death certification practices.... and the government of Puerto Rico's lack of communication about the death certificate process...substantially limited the count of deaths related to María."

How reliable is the study?

Head of statistics for BBC News, Robert Cuffe, describes the GWU report as "comprehensive".

He says it is more robust than an earlier study by Harvard University that concluded there could be a death toll ranging anywhere from 793 to 8,498.

Most media reporting of that study used the midway figure of 4,645 "excess deaths" - the number of deaths over and above what would be expected for the period from 20 September to 31 December 2017.

However, the Harvard researchers pointed out they were not giving a precise figure, and that there was an element of uncertainty in their estimates.

Mr Cuffe adds: "Can we say that every extra death that happened up to six months after the hurricane was caused by it? Not definitively.

"Some extra people will have died of old age earlier than they would have if there'd been no hurricane."

But does that mean the hurricane killed them?

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Here is the full text of Kemi Adeosun's resignation letter as Nigeria's finance minister.

Adeosun said those she trusted presented her the fake exemption certificate.


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Nigeria's Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, has resigned from President Muhammadu Buhari's cabinet following weeks of pressure over forgery allegations.

In a statement released by the Presidency on Friday night, the president thanked the Minister for her services to the nation and wished her well in her future pursuits.


Below is the full text of Mrs Adeosun’s resignation letter:


14th September, 2018

His Excellency

Muhammadu Buhari

President, Federal Republic of Nigeria

State House

Aso Villa



Dear Excellency,


Let me commence by thanking you profusely for the honour and privilege of serving under your inspirational leadership. It has been a truly rewarding experience to learn from you and to observe at close quarters your integrity and sense of duty.


I have, today, become privy to the findings of the investigation into the allegation made in an online medium that the Certificate of Exemption from National Youth Service Corp (NYSC) that I had presented was not genuine. This has come as a shock to me and I believe that in line with this administration’s focus on integrity, I must do the honourable thing and resign.


Your Excellency, kindly permit me to outline some of the background to this matter. I was born and raised in the United Kingdom, indeed my parental family home remains in London. My visits to Nigeria up until the age of thirty-four (34) were holidays, with visas obtained in my UK passport. I obtained my first Nigerian passport at the age of thirty-four (34) and when I relocated there was debate as to whether NYSC Law applied to me. Upon enquiry as to my status relating to NYSC, I was informed that due to my residency history and having exceeded the age of thirty (30), I was exempted from the requirement to serve. Until recent events, that remained my understanding.


On the basis of that advice and with the guidance and assistance of those, I thought were trusted associates, NYSC were approached for documentary proof of status. I then received the certificate in question. Having never worked in NYSC, visited the premises, been privy to nor familiar with their operations, I had no reason to suspect that the certificate was anything but genuine. Indeed, I presented that certificate at the 2011 Ogun State House of Assembly and in 2015 for Directorate of State Services (DSS) Clearance as well as to the National Assembly for screening. Be that as it may, as someone totally committed to a culture of probity and accountability I have decided to resign with effect from Friday, 14th September, 2018.



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Your Excellency, It has been an exceptional privilege to have served our nation under your leadership and to have played a role in steering our economy at a very challenging time. I am proud that Nigeria has brought discipline into its finances, has identified and is pursuing a path to long term sustainable growth that will unlock the potential in this great economy. Under your leadership, Nigeria was able to exit recession and has now started to lay the foundations for lasting growth and wealth creation. Repositioning this huge economy is not a short term task and there are no short cuts, indeed there are tough decisions still to be made but I have no doubt that your focus on infrastructural investment, revenue mobilisation and value for money in public expenditure will deliver growth, wealth and opportunity for all Nigerians.


I thank His Excellency, the Vice President and my colleagues in the Federal Executive Council for the huge pleasure and honour of working with them. I also thank most specially, the team in the ‘Finance Family’ of advisers and heads of agencies under the Ministry of Finance. Your Excellency, this group of committed Nigerians represent a range of backgrounds, ethnicities and ages. They have worked we

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Surrender or Else: Thai Authorities Slap Mastermind of $24 Million Bitcoin Fraud with Deadline.

The prime suspect in Thailand’s multi-million dollar bitcoin fraud case now only has a few days to make plans for his surrender or else efforts to extradite him will kick off.

Thailand’s Crime Suppression Division has given Prinya Jaravijit, who is believed to be the mastermind behind the fraudulent scheme in which a Finnish investor named Aarni Otava Saarimaa lost 5,564 bitcoins worth nearly 800 million baht (approximately US$24 million) at the time, until September 17 to surrender.

Initially reported by the Bangkok Post, Prinya had previously been summoned by investigators for a meeting on September 14 but he failed to show up. His lawyer instead requested a postponement arguing he needed more time to compile evidence for his defense.

Extradition Proceedings

According to the deputy commander of the Crime Suppression Division, Chakrit Sawasdee, failure to surrender on Monday will see extradition proceedings started against Prinya Jaravijit. Per Sawasdee, this was not the first time summons had been postponed.

“The suspect was then asked to come in on Monday and if he still ignores it, relevant agencies will be contacted to try to bring him back to face prosecution,” said Sawasdee.

Prinya, who is thought to be holed up in the United States, is currently the only suspect on the run. Other suspects in the bitcoin fraud case including Prinya’s siblings and parents have already appeared before the police. Prinya’s younger brother, Thai actor Jiratpisit ‘Boom’ Jarajivit, has already been charged in court, released on a US$60,000 bail and banned from traveling outside the country as CCN reported.

Jiratpisit’s bank account allegedly received US$649,000 from Prinya but he continues to plead innocence saying his elder brother used his bank account without his consent. Prinya also wired US$4.2 million to his younger sister, Suphitcha, but she has also pled innocence and indicated a willingness to transfer the amount back to her brother.

Keeping it all in the Family

Additionally, the police are also considering summoning Prinya’s father Suwit Jarajivit and his mother Lertchatkamol since there is evidence showing that they received approximately US$1.8 million from their son.

Other suspects who had been mentioned in the fraud case include famous stocks trader Prasit Srisuwan and businessman Chakris Ahmad. In an agreement he had reached with Prinya, the Finn was to invest his money in companies listed on the Stock Exchange of Thailand as well as in Expay Software where Ahmad is a major shareholder. However, once Saarimaa transferred the bitcoins to Prinya’s wallet, the money was diverted to the bank accounts belonging mostly to the family members of the alleged mastermind.

Earlier in the month, Saarimaa reached an agreement with Srisuwan and Ahmad where he withdrew the complaint against them, setting them free from the charges that had been drawn against them.

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The 19 TV shows that have won the most Emmys.

HBO's "Game of Thrones" has shot its way up the list of TV shows with the most Emmy Award wins.

While some Emmy darlings are expected and obvious, you might be surprised that some of your favorite shows of all time don't have as many Emmys as you think think — or any at all.

"Friends" only won six Emmys during its run and "Seinfeld" only won ten. How about HBO's critically-acclaimed series "The Wire?" Zero wins, two nominations.

But some audience and critic favorites do make the list for the most Emmy wins ever. "Game of Thrones" is incredibly close to breaking "SNL's" record. "Breaking Bad," "Mad Men," and "Frasier" were also consistent favorites during awards season, and it shows in their double-digit wins and for some, three-digit nominations.

The 70th annual Emmy Awards begin at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on Monday night, and will air live coast-to-coast on NBC.

Here are the 19 shows with the most Emmy wins:

"Breaking Bad" — 16 wins and 58 nominations


"Breaking Bad" — 16 wins and 58 nominations



"Breaking Bad" won outstanding drama series twice for the fifth and final season, since it was split in two. Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul won three Emmys for their roles.



"30 Rock" — 16 wins and 103 nominations


"30 Rock" — 16 wins and 103 nominations



"30 Rock" was once an Emmys darling. Its first season got ten Emmy nominations, and it got 17 in its second season. The show won outstanding comedy series three years in a row.



"Mad Men" — 16 wins and 116 nominations


"Mad Men" — 16 wins and 116 nominations



Jon Hamm had a lot of competition in the lead actor in a drama category, so after seven nominations, he didn't get his first win until his final shot in 2015. In its first four seasons, "Mad Men" won outstanding drama. The show also won several awards for writing, directing, and hairstyling.



"Murphy Brown" — 18 wins and 62 nominations


"Murphy Brown" — 18 wins and 62 nominations



"Murphy Brown" received five nominations for outstanding comedy series, winning twice in 1990 and 1992. Candice Bergen won five times for her leading role as Murphy Brown, famous investigative journalist and news anchor. Bergen shares this record with Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Mary Tyler Moore.



"Taxi" — 18 wins and 34 nominations


"Taxi" — 18 wins and 34 nominations



"Taxi" won three times for outstanding comedy series. The show focuses on the everyday lives of a handful of New York City taxi drivers and their abusive dispatcher. Some of its actors won Emmys including Carol Kane, Danny DeVito, Christopher Lloyd, and Judd Hirsch.



"NYPD Blue" — 20 wins and 84 nominations


"NYPD Blue" — 20 wins and 84 nominations



The Emmys loved "NYPD Blue" because on top of being well written and acted, it was unlike any other thing on television. The police procedural set in New York City won the award for outstanding drama series in 1995, while receiving nominations from 1994 to 1999. Dennis Franz was nominated for outstanding lead actor in a drama series every year between 1994 and 2001, and won four times in 1994, 1996, 1997, and 1999.



"24" — 20 wins and 68 nominations


"24" — 20 wins and 68 nominations

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"24" received nominations for outstanding drama from 2002-05, and won the award in 2006. Kiefer Sutherland received nominations from 2002-07, and won in 2006.



"The Sopranos" — 21 wins and 112 nominations


"The Sopranos" — 21 wins and 112 nominations



"The Sopranos" was nominated for outstanding drama series every year it was eligible, and won in 2004 for its fifth season. It was the first cable series ever to win the award. The show won outstanding drama again for the second part of its sixth and final season in 2007. "The Sopranos" also won outstanding writing for a drama series every year it was nominated, except 2000. Total, the show received nine Emmys for acting.






"All in the Family" — 22 wins and 55 nominations


"All in the Family" — 22 wins and 55 nominations



"All in the Family" broke ground in its depiction of issues previously considered unsuitable for television including racism, women's liberation, rape, religion, abortion, the Vietnam War, and more. The series was groundbreaking and influential, and the Emmys honored that. It is the first of three sitcoms in which all the lead actors won Emmys for their performances. The other two are "The Golden Girls" and "The Simpsons." In addition to several writing awards, "All in the Family" won outstanding comedy series for its first three seasons, and again for its penultimate season in 1978.



"Modern Family" — 22 wins and 81 nominations


"Modern Family" — 22 wins and 81 nominations



ABC's hit sitcom "Modern Family" won the Emmy for outstanding comedy series in each of its first five seasons. Its actors have won several awards for their performances, including Ty Burell, Eric Stonestreet, and Julie Bowen.



"ER" — 23 wins and 124 nominations


"ER" — 23 wins and 124 nominations



NBC's medical drama ran for 15 seasons (and helped make George Clooney famous). In 1996, it won the Emmy for outstanding drama series. The majority of its Emmy wins are for technical awards, such as sound mixing, sound editing, and graphic design.



"The West Wing" — 26 wins and 95 nominations


"The West Wing" — 26 wins and 95 nominations



Aaron Sorkin's NBC serial political drama explored the Oval Office controversies of a fictional president and won the Emmy for outstanding drama series four consecutive times between 2000 and 2003. Sorkin won an Emmy for outstanding writing in the show's first season, but he lost his four other nominations in the field.



"Hill Street Blues" — 26 wins and 98 nominations


"Hill Street Blues" — 26 wins and 98 nominations



CNN once called "Hill Street Blues" the " target="_blank"most influential TV show ever," as the show's mix of handheld camera, overlapping story structure, and ensemble cast was highly innovative and copied frequently following its on-air run from 1981 to 1987.



"Cheers" — 28 wins and 117 nominations


"Cheers" — 28 wins and 117 nominations



NBC's hit sitcom "Cheers" was nominated for outstanding comedy series in each of its 11 seasons — which ran from 1982 to 1993 — and it won the award four times. Many of the show's cast members won Emmys. Rhea Perlman won twice for outstanding supporting actress in a comedy series, and Ted Danson also won twice for outstanding lead actor.



"The Mary Tyler Moore Show" — 29 wins and 67 nominations


"The Mary Tyler Moore Show" — 29 wins and 67 nominations



Mary Tyler Moore's CBS sitcom was revolutionary in that it featured as its central character an independent, single career woman in her thirties. The show ran from 1970 to 1977, and it won the Emmy for outstanding comedy series three times in consecutive years. Moore herself won four individual acting Emmys for the show as well.



"The Simpsons" — 32 wins and 89 nominations


"The Simpsons" — 32 wins and 89 nominations



The longest-running primetime animated series in US TV history, "The Simpsons" has won 10 Emmy Awards in the category of outstanding animated program — the most of all time.



"Frasier" — 37 wins and 108 nominations


"Frasier" — 37 wins and 108 nominations



NBC's massively successful "Cheers" spin-off "Frasier" won the Emmy for outstanding comedy series five times over the course of its 11-season run, which lasted from 1993 to 2004. The show's stars, Kelsey Grammar and David Hyde Pierce, each won four Emmys for their performances.



"Game of Thrones" — 38 wins and 128 nominations


"Game of Thrones" — 38 wins and 128 nominations



Now the winningest drama series in Emmys history, HBO's "Game of Thrones" has a chance to surpass the number one spot on most Emmys ever.



"Saturday Night Live" — 54 wins and 242 nominations


"Saturday Night Live" — 54 wins and 242 nominations

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Over the course of 42 seasons, "Saturday Night Live" has raked in the most Emmys ever — and in a multitude of categories. Lorne Michaels' show won the award for outstanding variety, music, or comedy series twice, in 1976 (its first year) and 1993.

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Ghana and Nigeria Can Now Buy Airtime Using the CofredPay App.

Ghana and Nigeria can now buy airtime directly from via the CofredPay app to top up their mobile phones.
The CofredPay app is a service-based mobile banking app, targeted at the unbanked population. The app allows users to operate their mobile money account, send and receive money within the network, and now also to top up their phones. All this is done without seeking help from any second party.

On the App, users can choose to buy airtime for themselves or for a third-party, both from a single touch of a button. The airtime features, which have just been introduced to the platform for Ghana and Nigeria users.
CofredPay is a secure online payment solution system that allows its users to send and receive payments! CofredPay also features easy bills payments, money transfer, merchant and person to person payments by allowing its users to link their Visa or MasterCard or mobile money wallet to make payments.
CofredPay is a service of Cofred which has been a secure and quick payment service provider since 2013. Cofred is truly a global company with its headquarters based at Kasoa, Ghana and its other office at Lagos, Nigeria with a staff straight of over 100 representing Ghana and Nigeria.…he-cofredpay-app/

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5 of the easiest countries to become a citizen.

Becoming a citizen of another country may be easier than you thought. Citizenship eligibility can depend on ancestry, a valuable work trade, religion, and years lived in a country. Here are five of the easiest countries to become citizens.

  • Becoming a citizen of another country may be easier than you thought.
  • For instance, if your parent, grandparent, or great-grandparent is an Irish citizen, then you may be eligible for citizenship in Ireland.
  • Citizenship eligibility can depend on ancestry, languages spoken, and number of years lived in the country of interest.
  • Here are five of the easiest countries to become a citizen.

After Donald Trump's victories in the Super Tuesday primaries in 2016, American interest in emigration surged — Google even noted a spike in searches for "How to move to Canada."

According to the Financial Times, the net number of US citizens who migrated to New Zealand in 2017 grew by 65%. Additionally, about 2,000 more Americans than the yearly average have moved to Canada since the election, Global News reported.

Becoming a citizen is easier in some countries than others. Here are five of the easiest countries to gain citizenship.

1. Mexico


The largest amount of American emigrants are living in Mexico.

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The Migration Policy Institute created a map of countries' immigrant and emigrant populations based on the UN Population Division estimates for 2017. The results reveal that the largest number of American emigrants living abroad — 899,000 of them — are living in Mexico.

According to the US Library of Congress, people can apply for Mexican citizenship after five years of residency in the country. This period can be reduced to two years if the applicant is of Mexican descent, has Mexican children, has been married to a Mexican spouse for two years, or has contributed (culturally, athletically, socially, scientifically, artistically, etc.) to Mexico.

Applicants must also speak Spanish, prove understanding of Mexican history and culture, and give up citizenships in other countries.



2. Canada


How well you know Canada is important to your citizenship application.



The Migration Policy Institute map shows 306,000 US citizens have migrated to Canada as of 2017, making it the country with the second-biggest population of US emigrants.

To be eligible for Canadian citizenship, you must have permanent resident status and have lived in Canada for 1,095 days in the five years before the date you sign your application.

You must also meet your personal income tax filing obligations in three tax years that are within the five years before you apply for citizenship.

Lastly, how well you know Canada is important to your application of citizenship. In addition to being able to speak the native tongue of either English or French, you'll have to take a test to demonstrate your knowledge of the country's history, values, institutions, and rights.



3. Ireland


Irish heritage goes a long way for acquiring citizenship.



As of 2017, 33,000 US residents migrated to Ireland, according to Migration Policy Institute.

Those with Irish heritage could have a leg up in gaining citizenship in Ireland — being of Irish descent has heavy pull, according to the Irish Department of Justice and Equality.

For instance, if you have a parent, grandparent, or great-grandparent who was born in Ireland, then you may be eligible for citizenship.

You can also become a naturalized citizen by living in Ireland for one year continuously, as long as you have a minimum of four years of residency accumulated in the eight years preceding your one continuous year, Investopedia reported.




4. Paraguay


You can obtain Paraguayan nationality by naturalization.

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If you are of Paraguayan nationality, you can become a citizen of Paraguay after two years of naturalization.

To apply for Paraguayan nationality by naturalization, you must be an adult, have lived a minimum of three years in Paraguay, contribute to the country through your profession, trade, science, or art, and have a good record of conduct.

Although there are no restrictions on the country of origin, most Paraguayan immigrants are from nearby Brazil and Argentina, according to the Migration Policy Institute's map.



5. Israel


The Law of Return enables Jewish people to acquire Israeli citizenship through religious affiliation.

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In some cases, your religious affiliation can make you eligible to acquire citizenship. That's the case with Israel's Law of Return, which gives every Jewish person the "right to aliyah," or the right to immigrate to Israel.

According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, any Jewish person can move to Israel and become a citizen. You may also acquire citizenship if you were born one or more parents who are Israeli citizens.

Otherwise, you can acquire Israeli citizenship through naturalization if you've lived in Israel for three years out of the five years before you applied, you've given up any other citizenship in hopes of becoming an Israeli citizen, and are planning to reside in Israel permanently.

Albert Ulebe Posted on September 14, 2018 15:46

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Jose Mourinho: Man Utd boss defends Marcus Rashford playing time.

Marcus Rashford is serving a three-match ban after being sent off against Burnley

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has defended his treatment of striker Marcus Rashford.

Mourinho has been criticised for not playing the 20-year-old, who scored twice for England during the international break, enough in United's opening four Premier League games.

But the Portuguese said Rashford's playing time compares favourably with young English players at rival teams.

"People speaking about his minutes, they are a bit confused," he said.

In his news conference before Saturday's league match at Watford (17:30 BST), Mourinho outlined his use of Rashford over the past two seasons.

He said the forward has played 5,744 minutes in 105 games in all competitions.

"Marcus Rashford is not [Liverpool striker] Dominic Solanke. He's not [Chelsea midfielder] Ruben Loftus-Cheek. He's not [Everton forward] Dominic Calvert-Lewin," said the 55-year-old.

"He's Marcus Rashford, Manchester United player, with an incredible number of appearances and an incredible number of minutes played at the highest level in the best possible competitions."

Figures from football statisticians Opta show no player currently aged under 21 has played more competitive minutes for a Premier League team than Rashford (7,280) since his debut in February 2016.

Mourinho highlighted the club's record in bringing through young British players, while listing Rashford's appearance statistics since he took charge at Old Trafford in 2016.

He added: "So, Manchester United supporters. For you - and just for you - to know what we are doing with Marcus Rashford, Luke Shaw, Jesse Lingard, Scott McTominay. That's what we are doing here."

On England duty, Rashford scored the opener in the 2-1 Nations League loss to Spain and the only goal in a 1-0 friendly win over Switzerland, resulting in questions on the forward's playing time at United.

During Friday's news conference, Mourinho joked he would be "criticised for not playing Rashford tomorrow" against Watford, despite the striker being suspended for three games after being sent off in the Reds' win over Burnley.

He said: "Some of the boys are really obsessed with me and, some of them, I think they have a problem with some compulsive lies."

Since the start of the 2016-17 season, Rashford (right) has played 5,865 minutes, while Jesse Lingard (left) has played 5,070

More minutes under Mourinho than Lingard

BBC Sport's Simon Stone has analysed Rashford's playing time under Mourinho, including his four appearances this season, which the manager omitted from his total (5,744).

There has been a lot of debate over the past few days about Rashford's development - and whether his career would be better served by a loan move.

You can prove anything with statistics of course, but it seems Rashford has fared better than comparable youngsters since Jose Mourinho's arrival at Old Trafford in the summer of 2016 - and that includes United and England team-mate Lingard.

Since the start of the 2016-17 season, 20-year-old Rashford has played 5,866 minutes in all competitions. Lingard, 25, has been involved for 5,070 minutes.

Chelsea's Loftus-Cheek, 22, has managed 2,341 minutes, and that includes his spell on loan at Crystal Palace.

The argument for Rashford is that if he moved somewhere like Everton, he would get more game time.

However, they don't play as many matches, so 21-year-old Calvert-Lewin, one of the most used of the Toffees' group of talented youngsters, has only been involved for 3,793 minutes.

It won't make the argument about how much playing time England's younger players are getting - but maybe Rashford is not the right example

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Zambian government denies plans to handover power firm, ZEWASCO, to China.

Finance minister, Margaret Mwanakatwe, said the country has not offered any State Owned Enterprise to any lender as collateral for any borrowing.

  • Zambian government has denied plans to cede its main electricity company, ZEWASCO, to China.

  • Zambia President Edgar Lungu 'received' another $30 million grant at the just concluded Africa-China summit despite warning.

  • The country’s outstanding debt as at March 2018, stood at $9.3 billion.

The Zambian government has denied plans to cede its main electricity company, ZEWASCO, to China over defaulting loan repayment, Reuters reports.

The country's finance minister, Margaret Mwanakatwe, stated this in a press statement issued on Thursday, September 13, 2018, responding to a publication by London-based Africa Confidential magazine.



Africa Confidential report on debt trap in Zambia

Africa Confidential in its September report, titled “Bills, Bonds and even Bigger Debts” claimed that Zambia risks losing its sovereignty to China which is bound to seize its national assets once the government defaults on loans.

The report also stated that a number of projects in Zambia are financed by China even though the amount of debt has been piling over the years.

"Since President Edgar Lungu came to power, Zambia has signed off on at least $8 billion in Chinese project finance. Over $5 billion of this has not been added to the total because Zambia insists the money has not been disbursed, and more large loans are in the pipeline," the report indicated.

ALSO READ: Nigeria dismisses talk of a possible takeover of its economy by China over the bilateral loan

Zambian government dismisses report on debt-trap

But the Zambian government dismissed the insinuation, saying it has not offered any State Owned Enterprise to any lender as collateral for any borrowing.


President Xi welcoming Lungur to China



The finance minister also dismissed assertions in the same report that it was in talks about a debt/asset swap deal with creditors, including the Chinese.

Zambia says it has made interest payments worth $341.82 million in 2018

Mwanakatwe said the country has made interest payments worth $341.82 million in the first half of the year, dismissing the $489 million figure in the Africa Confidential report.

ALSO READ: China is tightening its grip on Kenya's economy as loans to the East African nation hit Sh478 billion

Background of the story

IMF changes Zambia rating from moderate to “high risk of debt distress”

In May 2018, the International Monetary Fund changed the rating for Zambia from moderate to high risk of debt distress over gap deficits in Chinese loan.

The international organisation warned Sub-Saharan African nations over the pace of debt and the huge gap deficits.

In its report, it further stated that about 40% of low-income countries in the region are now in debt distress or at high risk of it, despite an overall uptick in economic growth.

Zambia government asks China for more loans



President Xi Jinping held talks with President Edgar Lungu of Zambia at the Great Hall of the People, 2015

(China embassy)


Despite the warnings, Zambia is one of the African countries whose leaders were in China recently for the 2018 China-Africa summit.

Zambia President Edgar Lungu was reported to receive a grant of $30 million for the Lusaka East Multi-facility Economic Zone electrification project from a number of Chinese companies.

Zambia’s outstanding debt as at March 2018, stood at $9.3 billion up from $8.7 billion at the end of 2017.

Albert Ulebe Posted on September 14, 2018 12:21

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IBM, Hacera Create Distributed 'Yellow Pages' for Blockchain Networks..

IBM has teamed up with enterprise blockchain firm Hacera to launch a yellow pages-like directory aimed to make it easier for interested companies to participate in worldwide blockchain applications.

Jerry Cuomo, vice president at IBM Blockchain, wrote in a blog post on Thursday that the directory – called Unbounded Registry – is now up and running, and aggregates a list of decentralized platforms built on various blockchain networks.

The goal, as explained by Cuomo, is to have an information hub that can inform companies who are looking to adopt blockchain what options are out there and how they can participate in projects, especially those built on private networks that are invitation-only.

Currently listed on the registry are efforts launched by both startups and major financial and technology giants such as IBM, Huawei, Oracle, SAP and the Hong Kong Monetary Authority.

For each project, the registry provides a brief explanation and a list of recent news events. It further offers a channel – after a sign-up process – for interested parties to directly message the respective teams.

Built on top of the Linux Foundation's Hyperledger Fabric 1.0, Unbounded Registry itself is an open-source application that allows blockchain projects to register their information in a distributed fashion.

Cuomo added that the registry also interoperates with major blockchain platforms, so far including Hyperledger Fabric, R3 Corda, EEA Quorum and Stellar.

Explaining the reasons for the directory, he wrote:

"We realized from the start that you cannot do blockchain on your own; you need a vibrant community and ecosystem of like-minded innovators who share the vision of helping to transform the way companies conduct business in the global economy.":

Dominic Solomon Posted on September 14, 2018 12:08

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Hong Kong Jeweler Introduces Blockchain App for Diamond Authentication.

Hong Kong jewelry company Chow Tai Fook has partnered with Gemological Institute of America (GIA) to create a blockchain-based app that will enable customers to ascertain the origin and authenticity of stones purchased.

This development brings closer the blockchain implementation processes to regular individuals through a more conversant user interface, the app.

Provenance Using Blockchain

Transparency and the ability for stored data to remain eternally immutable are some of blockchain qualities that set it apart as an exceptional piece of technology. The application of these qualities in storing and tracking data on decentralized ledgers appears as one of the key aspects where blockchain is increasingly finding implementation.

Prior to this time, renowned Anglo American diamond unit, De Beers had embarked on the implementation of blockchain processes towards effective provenance of the identity of its precious stones. The process aims at tracking gems each time they change hands, starting from when they are dug out of the ground.

Tackling Controversies Around Precious Stones

The controversy surrounding precious stones, especially diamonds is no secret even at a global level. Cases of theft and socio-political consequences that exist in the jewelry industry, especially as it concerns diamonds is a well known phenomenon. Illegal mining which is rampant in conflict zones has been identified as a serious issue with regards to financing violence in what today is popularly known as “blood diamond”.

In order to track and prevent such global vices, measures that prove the sources and identity of precious stones, and the real-time confirmation of ownership has become essential.

Despite the initial efforts towards using blockchain to solve this perennial problem, introducing a familiar avenue for regular users to access such services surely represents a huge step towards a lasting solution.

This initiative by Chow Tai Fook will see diamonds sold in its T Mark-branded stores “graded” for customers, by the respected Gemological Institute of America (GIA), a non-profit industry research body.

Boosting Consumer Confidence

Besides theft and illegal sourcing of diamonds, dubious acts that involve passing off synthetic materials as original stuff is a practice that De Beers has been involved in fighting prior to this time. The establishment also focuses on selling technology across the industry to help prevent anyone trying to pass off synthetic stones as natural, while working with the rest of the industry and governments to support the Kimberley Process set up in 2003 to increase transparency and eliminate trade in conflict diamonds.

Consumer confidence is an important factor in any kind of business, it is even a more crucial factor in exclusive industries like jewelries and precious stones. Being able to prove the origin and authenticity of an item certainly introduces the industry to an era of “fresh air”. However, making such services easily accessible via familiar user interfaces like apps is indeed a monumental step for the industry.

Blockchain technology offers numerous implementation opportunities. However, its ability to enhance transparency and provenance it a quality that will be appreciated across various ecosystems in the coming years.

Albert Ulebe Posted on September 14, 2018 10:40

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Indian Central Bank Argues Cryptos 'Not Valid' as Currency in Court Battle.

The Reserve Bank of India argued Wednesday that bitcoin cannot be recognized in the country before the nation's Supreme Court.

In a case that has been brought by a number of exchanges against the Indian central bank for blocking their access to banking services five months ago, the RBI stated in an affidavit that current legislation means that cryptos cannot be considered either currency or money.

The RBI stated:

"It is submitted that crypto-currencies fall short of being true currencies. It is further submitted that RBI does not consider virtual currencies such as Bitcoins as 'currency' under the extant laws. There are no enabling provisions under the extant law to treat Bitcoin as currency."

Further, according to a report from CNN's News 18 and, the RBI continued to say that, as cryptos are peer-to-peer networks and not controlled by a service provider, "They can't even be considered as a valid payment system."

In order to be recognized as a "valid currency" the bank said instruments should "possess identical or similar characteristics of cheques, postal orders and money orders."

The next hearing on the case is scheduled for September 17, the news source indicates.

Back in April, the central bank ordered domestic banks and financial institutions to stop working with the country's crypto exchanges within three months.

Later that month, a petition was lodged against the RBI by Kali Digital Ecosystems, an Indian firm that had been planning to launch an exchange called CoinRecoil in August.

According to the text of the petition, Kali was seeking "an appropriate writ, order or direction quashing the [RBI's] circular." It stated that the ban is "arbitrary and unconstitutional" and that the company is unable to begin operating due to the RBI's restrictions.

The issue has since addressed by petitions from other exchanges seeking to overturn the ban, which the Supreme Court is hearing at the same time.

Since the RBI circular was issued, exchanges have been forced to drop rupee-to-crypto trading services, relying instead on crypt-to-crypto trading. However, trading volumes have taken a big drop and the companies face an uncertain future unless the court rules to overturn the ban.…-in-court-battle/

Dominic Solomon Posted on September 14, 2018 10:28

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Bloomberg: Morgan Stanley Plans Bitcoin Trading for Clients.

Bloomberg: Morgan Stanley Plans Bitcoin Trading for Clients.

U.S. banking giant Morgan Stanley is planning to offer clients Bitcoin trade swaps, anonymous sources told Bloomberg Thursday, September 13.

Citing “people familiar with the matter,” the publication reveals the U.S. multinational will follow in the footsteps of fellow Wall Street players in pursuing Bitcoin exposure options.

According to the sources, Morgan Stanley “will deal in contracts that give investors synthetic exposure to the performance of Bitcoin.”

“Investors will be able to go long or short using the so-called price return swaps, and Morgan Stanley will charge a spread for each transaction,” they added.

The news marks the latest commitment to Bitcoin interest from Wall Street giant, Goldman Sachs last week refuting claims it had dropped plans for a Bitcoin trading desk.

A Morgan Stanley spokesperson declined to comment to Bloomberg about the plans.

In addition to the unconfirmed Morgan plans, the past week has also seen banking giant Citigroup insiders hint it is planning an entry into Bitcoin trade products.

Like similar potential offerings from Morgan and Goldman, Citigroup’s clients would be able to gain exposure to Bitcoin markets without holding any of the cryptocurrency directly, in what is known as non-custodial trading.

Reactions to the apparent influx of institutional investors via non-custodial methods have been met with criticism from cryptocurrency figures, notably Nick Szabo and Andreas Antonopoulos

Albert Ulebe Posted on September 14, 2018 08:35

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Kofi Annan hailed as 'conscience of the world' at burial in Ghana

 Kofi Annan, the soft-spoken diplomat who served as the first United Nations secretary-general from sub-Saharan Africa and died Aug 18 in Switzerland at 80 after a short illness, was laid to rest on Thursday (Sept 13) in Ghana.

Annan was one of Ghana's prominent public figures, and his death triggered an outpouring of grief in the West African nation.

More than 6,000 mourners attended his funeral at an auditorium in the capital, Accra, and many more gathered outside the venue where traditional drummers and dancers paid tribute.


The service and his burial mark the end of Annan's three-day state funeral, with citizens, diplomats and traditional leaders filing past his casket on Tuesday and Wednesday to bid him farewell.

Many commuters in the streets of Accra wore black on their way to work as a sign of respect.

"He brought considerable renown to our country by his position and by his conduct and comportment," President Nana-Akufo Addo told mourners, who included UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and African leaders such as Liberian President George Weah and Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara.


"He gave his life to make peace where there was conflict, to defending the voiceless who were powerless, to promote virtue where there was evil."


Annan devoted almost his entire working life to the UN, steering the organisation through multiple wars in the Middle East, the breakup of former Yugoslavia and a raft of other crises over a career that spanned more than five decades.

He was the co-recipient of the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize, along with the UN, to recognise "work for a better organised and more peaceful world."

His opposition to the Iraq War in 2003 endeared him to anti-war groups and drew sharp criticism from US Conservatives, including John Bolton, the former US ambassador to the UN who became national security adviser to President Donald Trump.

Annan began his career at the UN as a budget officer in Geneva and rose through the ranks to become head of finance in New York before his appointment as secretary-general in 1996.


that spanned more than five decades.

He was the co-recipient of the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize, along with the UN, to recognise "work for a better organised and more peaceful world."

His opposition to the Iraq War in 2003 endeared him to anti-war groups and drew sharp criticism from US Conservatives, including John Bolton, the former US ambassador to the UN who became national security adviser to President Donald Trump.

Annan began his career at the UN as a budget officer in Geneva and rose through the ranks to become head of finance in New York before his appointment as secretary-general in 1996.

Four years after stepping down in 2008, he published a memoir in which he wrote that an atmosphere of "stultifying corruption and bureaucratic inefficiency" prompted him in 1974 to resign from a civil servant job in Ghana, which was then under military rule.

Although broadly admired as a bureaucratic reformer and quiet insider, Annan was often described as being ineffective. He was criticised for his handling of UN peacekeeping operations at the time of Rwanda's genocide in 1994 and the killing of Muslims from the Bosnian town of Srebrenica the following year. His reputation was tainted further by a corruption scandal that touched his family and a failure to help resolve the Syrian crisis in 2012, when it was in its infancy.

Nonetheless, Annan maintained his stature in world diplomacy and in 2016 was appointed to head a UN commission to investigate the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar.

"Kofi Annan was both one of a kind and one of us. He was an exceptional global leader," said Guterres, who said they were good friends.

"He opened the doors of the United Nations, bringing the organisation closer to the world's people. Kofi Annan was the United Nations, and the United Nations was him."

Eric9090 Posted on September 13, 2018 22:47

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‘Organic’ Really Matters. Here’s Why

“Organic” has somehow earned a reputation over the years for being a trendy new way to eat and live. But the truth is that growing crops with pesticides, raising cattle in cramped conditions and other “conventional” methods — these are the new way of doing things.

Organic farming is closer to the way our ancestors grew crops and raised livestock. It may not be as efficient or cost effective as the new way, but there’s a good reason we’re stepping back.


Organic vs. Conventional

Conventional farming practices use chemicals and methods that make their farming operations highly efficient. This helps the farms to produce higher quantities of food and crops at a lower cost. From an economic perspective, that’s fantastic and is what every business wants!

Unfortunately conventional farming methods are short-sighted. Their efficient practices pollute the environment, introduce unsafe chemicals to our food and water supply and drain the land of life-sustaining nutrients without giving any back. The practices are also inhumane toward animals and endanger the health of farm workers and consumers.

Organic farming practices minimize pollution, enhance the quality of the environment, reduce water usage and help to protect the health of people, animals, plants and soil life. Chemicals and farming methods that endanger these goals are prohibited on organic farms.

In contrast to conventional farms…

Organic farms DO:

  • Use cover crops and animal manure to add nutrients to the soil.
  • Manage weeds, fungus, disease, and insects through crop rotation and other biological controls.
  • Allow livestock to graze on healthy pastures and accommodate natural foraging behaviors.
  • Feed livestock 100% organic grass or grain when they are not grazing outdoors.
  • Raise livestock naturally without the use of growth hormones or antibiotics.

Organic farms DO NOT:

  • Use genetically modified organisms (GMO), synthetic fertilizers or sewage sludge.
  • Irradiate their agricultural products.
  • Employ synthetic pesticides, except those on the USDA’s approved list.

What can be certified organic?

When we talk about farming practices, we’re not just talking about food — we’re talking about any agricultural product. If your bed sheets are a mix of cotton (natural) and polyester (synthetic), then they contain an agricultural ingredient (cotton) that may have been grown using either conventional or organic farming practices.

The same goes for shampoo, lipstick, aftershave lotion, carpeting, wine, and flowers. Any agricultural ingredients in these products may be either conventionally or organically grown. Food, flowers, clothing, textiles, alcohol and personal skin care items may all be made from agricultural ingredients and, depending on how they were produced, may eligible for organic certification.

Organic labels

Products can contain multiple ingredients, some agricultural and some synthetic. As a result, there are varying degrees to which a product can be certified organic.

Multi-ingredient foods or products

  • 100% Organic: If the label specifically says “100% organic”, then the product does not contain any synthetic ingredients. Every ingredient is agricultural and each has been grown using certified organic farming methods.
  • Organic: If the label just says “organic”, then at least 95% of the product’s ingredients are agricultural and certified organic. The remaining 5% may be conventionally grown agriculture or approved synthetic materials.
  • Made With Organic Ingredients: If the label says the product has been “made with organic ingredients” then more than 70% of the product’s ingredients are agricultural and certified organic. You can check the ingredients list to see which ingredients are certified.
  • Ingredients list: Products with fewer than 70% certified organic ingredients may call out specific organic ingredients in the ingredient list, but their label cannot claim the product to be “organic” and cannot boast that it is “made with organic ingredients”.


Single-ingredient items

  • Single-ingredient items such as milk, flowers or fresh fruit are either 100% organic or not organic at all. They cannot be partially organic and they do not contain any synthetic additives.
  • Meat, poultry, eggs, and milk that are certified organic come from animals that have been raised according to standards intended to promote their health and welfare.

Source: Greenopedia

Philjeffreys Posted on September 13, 2018 22:16

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