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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.

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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!"

Albert Ulebe Posted on September 17, 2018 11:58

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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

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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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Image captionMillie Bobby Brown stars in Netflix's Stranger Things

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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seth Posted on September 17, 2018 03:29

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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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Image captionIf Beale Street Could Talk is director Barry Jenkins's latest film

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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Image captionRoma is a black-and-white Netflix film set in 1970s Mexico City

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seth Posted on September 16, 2018 23:09

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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.

Albert Ulebe Posted on September 16, 2018 22:49

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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.

Lastkay Posted on September 16, 2018 20:39

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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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Update - Operations are returning to normal at Terminal 4. Travelers are encouraged to continue to check their flight status with their airlines.

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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.


Officials shut down part of the Arizona airport and evacuated all passengers after someone called to report a suspicious, unattended rental car.  (iStock)

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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Lastkay Posted on September 16, 2018 20:33

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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.

Archimedeskay Posted on September 16, 2018 14:06

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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.


Media captionGusts & floods: the impact of the storm

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.

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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

Dominic Solomon Posted on September 14, 2018 15:26

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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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BBC solves World Cup streaming delay

The BBC says it has worked out how to eliminate "streaming lag", which causes live TV to be delayed by several seconds when watched online.

Many online viewers of football's World Cup in the summer heard neighbours cheering goals they had not yet seen happen, because the online stream was a few seconds behind the TV broadcast.

BBC Research & Development said it has now managed to "eliminate" the delay.

However, its software is not ready to be rolled out to the public yet.

Live TV watched online is often behind by several seconds because it takes longer to reliably send video over the internet than to broadcast it.

The issue has also affected Amazon's broadcast of the US Open tennis tournament. Analysts from streaming firm Phenix said the online broadcast was often up to 45 seconds behind the TV transmission.

When video is streamed online it is broken up into small packets, which are reassembled by the recipient's device.

If each segment is very short, processing them becomes inefficient. However, if they are too long, there is more of a delay between the TV broadcast and online stream.

The BBC said it found ways to create smaller segments that can be passed through the system more quickly. It said viewers of the resulting online streams would see action "at the same time as they would see it if they were watching on TV".

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Image captionFrance went on to win the World Cup in 2018

"With sport, it's irritating if you're watching something that is 20 or 40 seconds behind live TV," said Jake Bickerton, technology editor at the industry magazine Broadcast.

"The BBC also did trials at the World Cup streaming 4K [ultra high-definition] HDR content. Not only was there a delay, but consumers had to have really good broadband at home.

"It isn't going to be simple to get something compressed to a point where it can get to viewers at home through broadband very quickly. If the BBC is able to reduce latency, then it's a great thing going forward."

The innovation will be on show at the International Broadcasting Convention, which starts on Thursday in the Netherlands.

However, the BBC said it would need the co-operation of the whole broadcasting industry to get the system up and running.

It suggested the technology may be available by the time of the next World Cup in 2022, and could be delivered to existing equipment with a software update.


seth Posted on September 13, 2018 21:16

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Netflix drama Insatiable renewed for a second series

Controversial Netflix drama Insatiable has been renewed for a second season.

Its first series caused a lot of debate after viewers accused it of fat shaming, but on Wednesday it was confirmed it will return in 2019.

The show is centred around Patty (Debby Ryan) a bullied teen who seeks revenge after losing weight.

Netflix's decision to renew the revenge comedy has been met with a mixed reaction on social media.

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The show has previously been labelled as a satire by its makers but was criticised for its handling of sensitive topics like fat shaming and eating disorders.

It has also been accused of reinforcing views that girls and women need to be thin in order to succeed in life.

Some believe it has been renewed because of "hate watching" - where people watch a show despite not liking it or to see what the fuss is about, which nonetheless contributes to viewing figures.

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- next gen
- stranger things
- okja
- disenchantment
- the meyerowitz stories
- girlboss
- the little prince

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stuff that's good and deserves your attention

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The renewing of the show has also thrown up a number of issues - a lot of fan favourites on the streaming site have not been given a second series.

Twitter user Dani shared a picture of reviews on Rotten Tomatoes, showing how the series Everything Sucks had a much higher score than Insatiable, but was yet to be renewed by the network.

Other examples pointed out online were Shadow Hunters and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, which were also both not recently renewed.

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Image captionWriter Lauren Gussis has defended the series, saying it is based on personal experience

Writer Lauren Gussis recently defended the topics discussed on the show and told The Hollywood Reporter that the storylines were reflective of her personal experiences of growing up.

"I wanted to poke at all those issues through comedy.

"But every single one of the issues that these characters struggle with - from eating disorders to body dysmorphia, to sexuality to needing outside power and validation, to wanting to be perfect, to mental illness - I have struggled with every single one of those things," she said.

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seth Posted on September 13, 2018 20:57

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Rihanna praised for 'diverse' NYFW lingerie show

Ri Ri has been praised for bringing New York Fashion Week to a close by inviting women of a "diverse" range of shapes, sizes and colours to model her Savage x Fenty Lingerie range.

Among the lineup were sisters Bella and Gigig Hadid, as well as pregnant model Slick Woods.

The women all held hands at the end of the show in a display of "solidarity", as the singer-turned-designer herself arrived to receive her acclaim from the crowd to the strains of Elvis Presley's Love Me Tender.

Watch below and check out the full 17 minute show over on Rihanna's YouTube page.


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Energy Giant Engie Backs 'Blockchain Studio' With $2.3 Million Funding.

French energy company Engie and business consulting group Maltem are launching a new blockchain development spinoff for commercial clients, the companies announced Friday.

Dubbed Blockchain Studio, the new venture will target clients in Asia and Southern Europe, Engie said in a press release. Its first product is a software suite that "accelerates and industrializes the implementation of blockchain projects."

"Most blockchain projects stagnate at the 'proof of concept' stage and this technology still remains the domain of experts and specialists," the company said in its release.

The tools will help in developing smart contracts, "making it accessible to users with no technical knowledge," as well as managing "the establishment of blockchain infrastructure accessible in the cloud or directly on the company's server."

The startup secured 1.9 million euros (roughly $2.3 million) in seed funding. The team now includes 10 people and is going to grow up to 25 by the end of 2019, Engie said. The company also plans to open a branch in Singapore sometime next year.

Last March, Engie joined a group of energy companies and Grid Singularity, a Vienna-based blockchain startup, in the Energy Web Foundation (EWF) aiming to foster blockchain projects in the energy sector for commercial deployment.

In July, Engie's corporate research center, Engie Lab CRIGEN, through its Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab, signed a Memorandum of Understanding with The IOTA Foundation to explore test the possible use of blockchain in energy management, smart cities, smart buildings and mobility.…-million-funding/

Dominic Solomon Posted on September 13, 2018 17:23

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How Kenya's new police uniform compares with other East African nations' police uniforms.

While unveiling the new uniform President Uhuru said; "We want to have better visibility of the officers by introducing the new uniforms,"

On Thursday, President Uhuru Kenyatta launched a new police uniform for the Kenyan police service.

Speaking during the National Security Conference while launching the policy framework and strategy on reorganization of the Kenya national police service, Mr. Kenyatta said 24,572 Administration Police Service officers will join 39,680 Kenya Police Service and together form General Duty Police.

play President Uhuru Kenyatta poses with police officers donning the new Kingston blue uniform. (PSCU)


These officers will conduct their operations in the new all Kingston blue uniform and will be under the command of Deputy Inspector General.

"We want to have better visibility of the officers by introducing the new uniforms," he said.

At the same time, Mr. Kenyatta abolished 12 positions in the National Police Service (NPS).

“All police wards posts and out-posts formerly under the administration police service shall fall under the General Duty police. Those who thought that AP cannot take you to court you will see it take effect,” he said.

play Kenya police officer clad in their new Kingston blue uniform. (PSCU)


The scrapped  positions are; Administration Police Service regional commander, Police Service regional commander, DCI regional commander, County co-ordinating commander, Police Service county commander, AP county commander, DCI county commander, AP sub-county commander, DCI sub-county commander, Police Service OCPD, District AP Commander and AP Ward commander.

"These reforms are aimed at making the police a service that is respected rather than a force that is feared," he added.

play President Uhuru Kenyatta shaking hands with police officers clad in their new Kingston blue uniform. (PSCU)


The new police uniform however, didn’t impress a large section of Kenyans who labeled them ugly, dull, old fashioned and uninspiring, some going even as far as labeling it a cheap imitation of the Chinese national police uniform.

For the better part of the day Twitter was lit with Kenyans criticizing the new uniform under #PoliceReforms.


Business Insider SSA takes a look at police uniforms in East Africa and examines just how they compare with the Kenya’s new general unit police uniform.


play Rwanda police officers. (twitter.)


Rwanda police officers dress in a dark blue uniform and honestly they look beautiful in them.


play Tanzanian police officers (bbc.)


There is nothing to write about Tanzania’s police officers uniform apart from they would look good if they were forest rangers instead.


play Uganda Police Force (Twitter)


Kenya’s new police uniform might be dull and ugly but it doesn’t compare with Uganda’s.

Uganda police are dressed in a single beige uniform from head to toe, and look like a ragtag under-equipped colonial force the British forgot to dismantle.


play Burundian police officers (Wikipedia)


Kenya might have looked towards Burundi while picking up the new police uniform because they do share some uncanny resemblance.

Burundi’s police uniform is ugly, dull, old fashioned and uninspiring just like Kenya’s.

South Sudan

play South Sudan national police service (SSNPS) (CGTN Africa)


South Sudan police officers dress in light green uniform complete with white gloves and white spats which deeply contrast with their beautiful black skin tone.


play Ethiopia Federal Police (Rapidbliz)


Ethiopia Federal Police officers dress in a grey with light blue spots military like fatigue which they have learned to own and now look like action heroes.

play Ethiopia Federal Police officers (leadership.)

Albert Ulebe Posted on September 13, 2018 16:44

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Manufacturing Giant Rostec to Manage Data on Waves Blockchain Platform.

Rostec, the Russian state-owned manufacturing conglomerate, is entering the blockchain fray.

The corporation, which holds stakes in 700 industrial entities in Russia, is working with the Waves platform to develop a blockchain system to manage data on its vast holdings, which include the carmakers Autovaz and Kamaz and the firearms manufacturer Kalashnikov.

Announced Thursday, Rostec has signed an agreement with Vostok, a startup founded by the Waves platform team. The two partners will invest a combined $2 million to bootstrap the project, but Rostec's share was not disclosed. Over the next month, the joint team will present a roadmap for the project.

The project will pave the way for the application of blockchain technology to Rostec's operations – specifically, for standardizing, collecting and analyzing data about the products manufactured under Rostec's supervision, which include both military and civilian goods.

The information coming from these disparate locations to Rostec's head office is not standardized and thus difficult to parse. Blockchain is expected to improve the organization and security of this data, some of which is sensitive military information.

Smart cities

The project will also seek to develop solutions for so-called smart cities, which leverage data to manage urban resources more efficiently. To that end, the project would facilitate the sharing of data via blockchain between federal and municipal government bodies and citizens.

Rostec has already been piloting smart city technology in several Russian cities designed to automatically regulate and adapt power consumption, traffic management, the work of street cameras with face recognition and other systems. These systems will be migrated to blockchain rails, a press representative of Rostec told CoinDesk.

For Waves, the deal is a high-profile partnership that offers the opportunity to reach major players in the Russian economy.

"Working together with Rostec, which is the main provider and driver for projects in digital economy, will not only get us access to the wide range of corporate and government clients but also will give us a strong impulse for the further development," Waves' and Vostok's CEO Sasha Ivanov said in a statement.

Rostec was created in 2007 as a state-funded corporation responsible for accelerating technological development in Russia and is chaired by Sergey Chemezov, one of the closest public officials to president Vladimir Putin.

Rostec was assigned a key role in Digital Economy,  the national development program designed by the Russian government to promote innovation in the country. In March 2017, blockchain technology was officially included in the program when prime minister Dmitry Medvedev issued an order to explore the possible use of the tech for managing Russian economic and governance practices.…ckchain-platform/

Dominic Solomon Posted on September 13, 2018 16:26

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The top leading Ghana, Nigeria and Africa Fintech Company, Cofred, has introduced a service on CofredPay platform, called Cofred investment that enables users to do instant investment from their various banking accounts, mobile money accounts and CofredPay accounts from the entire world.     

About investment.

In an economic sense, an investment is the purchase of goods that are not consumed today but are used in the future to create wealth. In finance, an investment is a monetary asset purchased with the idea that the asset will provide income in the future or will later be sold at a higher price for a profit.

However, Cofred has made it possible for its users to enjoy a secured investment and unprecedented percentage. At cofredpay investment, users will be able to buy their dream assets both tangible and intangible assets, after you have invested.

About CofredPay

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.

CofredPay is a financial technology service provider that supports an E-Commerce marketplace, a P2P money transfer service and is a payment service provider for third parties.

The service gives users access to services like buying airtime, electricity bills, water bill, DStv and GOtv subscription and many other services.

Over the past five years, CofredPay has been providing a convenient and secure way for the residence of Ghana, Nigeria and Africa to pay their bills and services. We continue to focus on making payments seamless and efficient by creating new innovative products. In line with the broader cashless agenda, this was truly the next step in the evolution of our platform – a simple, real-time and efficient way to transfer funds to ease the way we do business in Ghana, Nigeria and Africa.

Customers of Cofred can enjoy this new product by downloading the CofredPay app and login in or signing up.

Dominic Solomon Posted on September 13, 2018 16:13

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E. coli 'caused Egypt hotel couple's deaths'

E. coli caused the deaths of a British couple who died after falling ill at a holiday resort in Egypt, the country's authorities have said.

John Cooper, 69, and his wife Susan, 63, from Burnley, died in the Red Sea city of Hurghada on 21 August.

In an official statement, the Egyptian general prosecutor said post-mortem examinations showed E. coli bacteria was a factor in both deaths.

But the couple's daughter described the findings as "absolute rubbish".

Kelly Ormerod, who was at the Steigenberger Aqua Magic hotel with her parents, told the BBC she did not believe the symptoms her parents showed were consistent with E. coli infection.

She added further post-mortem examinations of her parents' bodies would be carried out in the UK, on direction from the Home Office.

Image captionThe couple's daughter Kelly Ormerod was on holiday with them

According to the Egyptian general prosecutor's statement, tests showed Mr Cooper suffered acute intestinal dysentery caused by E. coli, and Mrs Cooper suffered a complication linked to infection, likely to have been caused by E. coli.

He also said drinking water samples taken from the hotel were clear of any harmful bacteria and the bodies showed "no criminal violence".

How dangerous is E. coli?

By Philippa Roxby, BBC Health reporter

Any strain of E. coli capable of causing the couple's deaths so quickly would have been very toxic.

E. coli is a type of bacteria present in the gut of humans and animals.

Most strains are harmless - but some can cause cramps and diarrhoea, and others severe illness if damaging toxins are produced.

Prof Brendan Wren, from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, says they were "very unlucky because these strains are very rare".

But E. coli has killed before, often after people have consumed contaminated food, such as meat, bean sprouts or salad leaves.

In these rare cases, the effects can be particularly nasty and the toxins can have an immediate effect.

The internal organs, like the liver and kidneys, are affected and simply start to shut down.

Travel firm Thomas Cook said it noted the statement from the prosecutor and said it would continue to support the Coopers' daughter and the rest of their family.

"We have not yet seen the full report and we will need time for our own experts to review it," a spokesman said.

Dr Rania Al-Mashat, Egypt's minister of tourism, said the health and safety of tourists to Egypt was "paramount".

"We will review the Attorney General's autopsy reports in fine detail to determine our next course of action to look after the welfare of our visitors," she said.


Image captionThe couple fell ill at the Red Sea resort last month

Earlier, a report in The Times claimed that the room in the hotel next door to the one the couple shared had been fumigated.

But the head of the firm that carried out the work, Namaa Services, denied any wrongdoing and said it used authorised concentrations of chemicals.

The Egyptian prosecutor's report, issued on Wednesday, also said the smell in the couple's room, which had been mentioned by Ms Ormerod, was that of an insecticide used in an adjacent room.

It said the chemical was non-toxic and there were no traces of it discovered in samples taken from Mr and Mrs Cooper's bodies.

Last week, hygiene tests at the Steigenberger Aqua Magic found high levels of E. coli.

Thomas Cook said at the time the independent experts it had commissioned to carry out the tests did not believe the results "shed any light" on the cause of death.

Mr Cooper died in his room, while Mrs Cooper, a Thomas Cook employee, died after being taken to hospital.

seth Posted on September 12, 2018 21:11

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German Catholic priests 'abused thousands of children'

More than 3,600 children in Germany were assaulted by Roman Catholic priests between 1946 and 2014, a leaked report has revealed.

The study was commissioned by the Church itself, and was due to be published on 25 September.

According to the report, some 1,670 clergymen in Germany committed some form of sex attack on 3,677 minors, German outlet Spiegel Online reported.

A Church spokesman said it is "dismayed and ashamed" by the findings.

Only 38% of the alleged perpetrators were prosecuted, with most facing only minor disciplinary procedures, German media said. About one in six cases involved rape.

Most of the victims were boys, and more than half were aged 13 or younger.

Predatory clerics were often moved to new communities, where no warning was issued about their actions.

The study was compiled by three German universities, using 38,000 documents from 27 German dioceses. Its authors said the true extent of the abuse may be even greater, as some records were "destroyed or manipulated".

How has the Catholic Church reacted?

"We know the extent of the sexual abuse that has been demonstrated by the study. We are dismayed and ashamed by it," said Bishop Stephan Ackermann, a spokesman for the German Bishops' Conference, which commissioned the report.

The aim of the study was to shed light on "this dark side of our Church, for the sake of those affected, but also for us ourselves to see the errors and to do everything to prevent them from being repeated," he said.

"I stress that the study is a measure that we owe not only to the Church but first and foremost, to those affected," the bishop added.


Media captionPope Francis and Irish PM Leo Varadkar spoke out on the abuse last month

Bishop Ackermann said the report had been leaked to the press before the Church itself had seen it. He said the Church had planned to provide counselling helplines for people affected by its contents.

What is the Church doing about abuse claims?

The Vatican did not immediately respond to Spiegel's account of the report. But elsewhere on Wednesday, Pope Francis summoned Catholic bishops to the Vatican for a discussion on how to protect children in February next year.

The damning German study is the latest in a series of blows to the Roman Catholic Church.

Claims of clerical sex abuse have been levelled around the world, and with them allegations that Church leaders hushed up or ignored the wrongdoing.

Pope Francis was caught up in the scandal last month, after a former Vatican diplomat accused him of ignoring allegations against a US cardinal for five years.

The Pope's supporters vehemently question the credibility of this accusation, which the pontiff has refused to respond to.

In August, the Pope condemned the "atrocities" of child sex abuse in a letterto the world's 1.2bn Roman Catholics.

It came after a grand jury report detailed seven decades of abuse in the US state of Pennsylvania. The investigation found more than 1,000 children had been abused by 300 priests there. It found evidence of systematic cover-ups by the Church.


Media caption"It's your word against God's": The office of the attorney general in Pennsylvania released video testimony from three victims

seth Posted on September 12, 2018 19:08

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Vodafone broadband adverts banned for being 'misleading'

Adverts for Vodafone broadband have been banned for misleading customers over speeds and reductions in bills.

The television and radio ads, featuring actor Martin Freeman, stated: "Vodafone guarantee your home broadband speeds or money off until it's fixed."

But the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) upheld complaints - including from rival BT - that the claims could not be substantiated.

Vodafone said it was "disappointed" by the ASA's ruling to ban the ads.

The ads featured Mr Freeman playing an online video game, only to have his internet "drop out" at a key moment.

His opponent in the game tells him to "just get Vodafone" and on-screen text tells viewers they can claim a discount if speeds are below certain thresholds.

And Vodafone's website stated: "Our Ultimate Speed Guarantee means you get the best broadband speed available to you, or we'll give you a discount off your monthly bill until we can get you there."

But the ASA said consumers would interpret the ads to mean that Vodafone could guarantee minimum speeds fast enough to avoid common issues such as buffering.


The regulator said customers experiencing buffering and lower speeds might not qualify for the discount on bills.

The ASA said that it had told Vodafone to ensure its advertising did not mislead customers in the future.

A Vodafone spokeswoman said the company was "disappointed" by the ruling and added the ASA had "misunderstood" the offer.

She said the guarantee "is still unmatched in the market as no other major brand offers a promise like this across their entire range, nor do they apply discounts directly to customers' bills if they don't deliver".

seth Posted on September 12, 2018 16:46

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This Canadian Town is Coughing up Bitcoin after Ransomware Attack.

A town in the Ontario Province of Canada has decided to pay hackers the ransom they are demanding in bitcoin in order to get its computer network working again.

Midland, which has a population of over 16,000, had its computer systems breached and infected with ransom malware that encrypted files at the beginning of the month. The cyber-attack rendered the town’s computers inoperational for around 48 hours and this crippled email services, processing of payments, issuance of permits, reloading of transit cards and processing of marriage applications.

Critical services such as waste management and fire response were, however, not impacted. To facilitate decryption the hackers have been demanding that a ransom be paid in bitcoin. The town has consequently started the process of paying the unspecified ransom amount in bitcoin in order to get the decryption keys.

“Under the guidance of cyber security experts, we have initiated the process to pay the ransom in exchange for the decryption keys,” a media release from Midland Town Council read. “Although not ideal, it is in our best interest to bring the system back online as quickly as possible. The Town had previously secured an insurance policy to cover such circumstances. Decryption efforts are underway.”

The decision by Midland Town Council to acquiesce to the demands of the hackers stands in contrast to the move by the Professional Golfers Association of America to refuse to pay a ransom in bitcoin after similar malware was planted on its computer systems early last month. This was despite the fact that the hackers insisting that only they possessed the decryption software as CCN reported:

“We exclusively have decryption software for your situation. No decryption software is available in the public.”

In agreeing to remit the ransom Midland is, however, not alone in preferring to pay up in order to get its systems working again as many victims have done so if the amounts obtained by ransomware creators are anything to go by. Last month, for instance, it was reported by a U.K.-based cybersecurity firm, Sophos, that the creators of the SamSam ransomware had managed to rake in more than US$6 million since it started proliferating in late 2015 with the highest amount paid by an individual being US$64,000.

Additionally, a report released last year by researchers drawn from Google, Chainanalysis, University of California, San Diego and New York University concluded that creators of various ransomwares managed to generate US$25 million in 24 months, most of which was being cashed out through the BTC-e cryptocurrency exchange.…ansomware-attack/ ‎

Dominic Solomon Posted on September 12, 2018 16:37

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Japan shows China and North Korea it can shoot down ballistic missiles, with some help from the US.

A Japanese warship, relying on a US ship-based anti-missile system, successfully intercepted and destroyed an incoming ballistic missile over the Pacific Ocean Monday evening, signaling that Japan's capabilities are maturing in the face of growing threats from China and North Korea.

  • An upgraded Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force Atago-class destroyer equipped with the US ship-based Aegis anti-missile system intercepted a ballistic missile Monday evening in a test involving US and Japanese personnel.
  • A SM-3 Block IB Threat Upgrade interceptor missile successfully eliminated a ballistic missile fired from the Pacific Missile Range Facility in Hawaii.
  • The successful test signals that Japan's ballistic missile defense capabilities are maturing in the face of growing threats from China and North Korea.
  • The US and Japan are jointly developing another interceptor, but there have been certain still-to-be-resolved setbacks during testing.

A Japanese warship, using a US ship-based anti-missile system, successfully intercepted and destroyed an incoming ballistic missile over the Pacific Ocean Monday evening, the Missile Defense Agency revealed in an official statement.

An upgraded Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force Atago-class guided-missile destroyer detected and tracked a simple, separating ballistic missile launched from the Pacific Missile Range Facility at Barking Sands, Kauai, Hawaii. Responding to the threat, the ship's onboard Aegis Weapon System tracked it and launched a Standard Missile-3 Block IB Threat Upgrade missile that intercepted it mid-flight.

"This success provides confidence in the future capability for Japan to defeat the developing threats in the region," Lt. Gen. Sam Greaves, director of the Missile Defense Agency, said in a statement apparently referencing Beijing's arsenal of ballistic missiles and Pyongyang's program, which the regime suspended after the Trump-Kim talks and which has involved test-firing ballistic missiles over Japan.

The Chinese People's Liberation Army Rocket Force "is developing and testing several new variants of missiles and developing methods to counter ballistic missile defenses," the Pentagon explained in its 2018 report on Chinese military power.

"We are committed to assisting the government of Japan in upgrading its national missile defense capability against emerging threats," Greaves said, according to Reuters.

The latest intercept will enhance the overall capabilities of Japan's Atago-class destroyers, which have been limited to air defense while the Kongo-class guided-missile destroyers have employed ballistic missile defense systems, Tom Karako, a missile defense expert at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, wrote on Twitter after news of the successful test.

The US and Japan are jointly developing another interceptor missile — the SM-3 Block IIA, but testing has been a little hit or miss lately. The system has been tested three times since the start of 2017, and it has only had one successful intercept.

The Missile Defense Agency called Monday's test a "significant milestone in the growing cooperation between Japan and the U.S. in the area of missile defense."

Albert Ulebe Posted on September 12, 2018 16:28

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Why you can't see Kofi Annan's body

Enam Hadzide has explained that the decision to organise a closed-casket funeral ceremony for the late United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan is in line with the global icon's wishes to have a modest funeral.

According to Mr Hadzide, this informed the decision of the planning committee to cover the casket and drape it with the Ghana flag.

The Deputy Minister added that he had witnessed similar high-profile funerals around the world which involved the use of closed-caskets.

Mr Hadzide's explanations come in the wake of reservations expressed by some Ghanaians on the funeral ceremony in Accra.

Some mourners who spoke to Graphic Online expressed displeasure about the development, especially when some claimed they traveled from far places simply to catch a glimpse of the body.

Some have even suggested that Mr Annan's body was not in the casket and that it has probably been "loaded with stones," one man said.

Others suggested he has probably been cremated and that the casket contains his ashes.

A Political Science lecturer at the University of Ghana, Professor Ransford Gyampoh, said he was not particularly happy about the fact that the casket was closed to the very public who were asked to pay their last respects to the late statesman.

He stated that the closure of the casket had not been the culture in the country and wondered why it was in the case for Annan.

Mr Annan died at age 80 in Bern, Switzerland on August 18, 2018 after a short illness.


Vendy Posted on September 12, 2018 16:18

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From Instagram to Balmain: The rise of CGI models

These three models are the faces of Balmain's new campaign.

They have the perfect angular cheekbones and ooze glamour most could never manage.

But Shudu, Margot and Zhi don't exist.

They're the latest in a line of computer-generated models being used in advertising.

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Balmain worked with British photographer Cameron James-Wilson, who created digital supermodel Shudu last year.

Shudu has now gone from having her Instagram featured by Rihanna's make-up brand Fenty Beauty to being at the centre of a major fashion campaign - all without existing in real life.

But what does this mean for real models?

'Competing with literally unreal girls is really scary'

Louise Stone is a model from London who's worked on campaigns with L'Oreal and Adidas.

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The 24-year-old is worried this new wave of CGI models could make an already competitive industry more difficult to navigate.

"It's just so easy to be replaceable," she told Radio 1 Newsbeat.

"To have to compete with literally unreal girls is just really scary - you can shape anything you want and have the exact perfect look without the casting process."

A big criticism of Shudu has been that the black CGI model is taking up space which could be filled by a real black model.

"Lots of these CGI models are actually based on women of colour," said Louise.

"Models in general have it hard enough with how competitive the industry is - models of colour have an extra point to prove and have to work harder."

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Dominique Robinson landed a campaign with Tyra Banks after the supermodel commented on one of her Instagram photos.

She said she was "in shock" when she first saw the Balmain campaign. She thinks models need to talk about what it could mean for their careers.

"Girls work their entire career hoping to book a Balmain campaign, or any campaign really," she said.

"If it's just that easy to hand a campaign to CGI models… what does the future of e-commerce look like for us?

"And it's not only cutting models out, it's cutting out production too."

It's not just models who are concerned.

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Photographer Manny Roman was among those posting criticism on Balmain's Instagram.

He's concerned about the impact seeing the models could have on self-esteem.

"While I do admire the campaign's digital art, I don't like the non-realistic message that Balmain is sending out to society," he said.

"Many of us are consumed with our social media accounts and some have a hard time living up to the physical standards of models and celebrities they follow.

"I fear the CGI models image will escalate the body and image dysmorphic epidemic."

'How many people get to make a supermodel as their day job?'

Boosted by huge Instagram followings, CGI models have become more and more popular.

Before he worked on the Balmain campaign, Cameron James-Wilson's model Shudu became popular because, initially, people weren't sure whether she was real or CGI after her posts began getting attention on Instagram.

"The interest has literally been overwhelming," he said. "I love every second of developing these new characters.

"How many people get to make a supermodel as their day job?"

Image Copyright shudu.gramSHUDU.GRAM


Since the Balmain campaign came out, he's been approached by other brands to possibly create avatars for them - but he doesn't think real models need to worry.

"I see digital models as something that is very situational and works well for certain things but not so for others.

"Both can coexist and also work together."

He added: "Imagine if a real model was scanned digitally and then could work anywhere in the world at anytime and do multiple shoots a day?"

Cameron says he's not adverse to criticism - he calls it an "important factor" in his work.

But he also doesn't see the controversy around his models as any different to controversies around new tech in the past.

"With any new technology there's always a polarised discussion - some people are staunchly against it, and some people embrace it."

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seth Posted on September 12, 2018 15:31

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31 cities where you could be considered 'rich' if you earn less than $100,000.

GoBankingRates released a new study that measures wealth in American cities where residents are considered "rich" earning less than $100,000 annually. The study defined being rich as earning more than 80% of the people in your city.

  • GoBankingRates released a new study that measures what it takes to be considered "rich" in American cities.
  • GoBankingRates looked at household income percentiles and concluded that an individual making more than 80% of the community is "rich."
  • Here's where you can still be "rich" making less than $100,000 a year.

Being "rich" means something different to most people.

GoBankingRates released a new study that determined the American cities where you can still be considered "rich" earning an income of less than $100,000.

The study defined being rich or wealthy as "one with more money or assets relative to others in a society." GoBankingRates looked at household income percentiles and concluded that an individual making more than 80% of their community is "rich."

They study also factored in median home values from Zillow and data from Sperling's Best Places on grocery costs, utilities, healthcare, and transportation.

Below, check out the 31 cities where making between $60,000 and $100,000 puts you in the top 20% of earners in your area.

31. Las Vegas, Nevada


31. Las Vegas, Nevada



Top 80th percentile income: $99,470

Median top-tier home price: $393,600

Monthly mortgage: $1,870




30. Dallas, Texas


30. Dallas, Texas

(Sean Pavone/Shutterstock)


Top 80th percentile income: $99,244

Median top-tier home price: $396,400

Monthly mortgage: $1,875




29. Albuquerque, New Mexico


29. Albuquerque, New Mexico



Top 80th percentile income: $98,128

Median top-tier home price: $304,600

Monthly mortgage: $1,466




28. Nashville, Tennessee


28. Nashville, Tennessee

(Scott Heaney/Shutterstock)


Top 80th percentile income: $97,910

Median top-tier home price: $430,100

Monthly mortgage: $2,041




27. St. Petersburg, Florida


27. St. Petersburg, Florida

(Sean Pavone/Shutterstock)


Top 80th percentile income: $96,609

Median top-tier home price: $348,700

Monthly mortgage: $1,659




26. Louisville, Kentucky


26. Louisville, Kentucky

(Sean Pavone/Shutterstock)


Top 80th percentile income: $95,483

Median top-tier home price: $277,700

Monthly mortgage: $1,385




25. Kansas City, Missouri


25. Kansas City, Missouri



Top 80th percentile income: $95,477

Median top-tier home price: $321,100

Monthly mortgage: $1,587




24. Baltimore, Maryland


24. Baltimore, Maryland



Top 80th percentile income: $95,111

Median top-tier home price: $467,300

Monthly mortgage: $2,270




23. San Antonio, Texas


23. San Antonio, Texas



Top 80th percentile income: $94,978

Median top-tier home price: $322,500

Monthly mortgage: $1,589




22. Jacksonville, Florida


22. Jacksonville, Florida

(Sean Pavone/Shutterstock)


Top 80th percentile income: $94,400

Median top-tier home price: $351,900

Monthly mortgage: $1,729




21. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania


21. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

(Sean Pavone/Shutterstock)


Top 80th percentile income: $93,091

Median top-tier home price: $263,600

Monthly mortgage: $1,312




20. New Orleans, Louisiana


20. New Orleans, Louisiana

(Rusty Costanza/Getty)


Top 80th percentile income: $92,179

Median top-tier home price: $321,800

Monthly mortgage: $1,593




19. Richmond, Virginia


19. Richmond, Virginia

(Sean Pavone/Shutterstock)


Top 80th percentile income: $91,506

Median top-tier home price: $362,300

Monthly mortgage: $1,775




18. Columbus, Ohio


18. Columbus, Ohio



Top 80th percentile income: $91,198

Median top-tier home price: $332,700

Monthly mortgage: $1,645




17. Providence, Rhode Island


17. Providence, Rhode Island

(Sean Pavone/Shutterstock)


Top 80th percentile income: $88,406

Median top-tier home price: $453,100

Monthly mortgage: $2,210




16. Indianapolis, Indiana


16. Indianapolis, Indiana

(Sean Pavone/Shutterstock)


Top 80th percentile income:$87,809

Median top-tier home price: $271,500

Monthly mortgage: $1,352




15. Orlando, Florida


15. Orlando, Florida

(Sean Pavone/Shutterstock)


Top 80th percentile income: $87,199

Median top-tier home price: $351,900

Monthly mortgage: $1,729




14. Winston-Salem, North Carolina


14. Winston-Salem, North Carolina

(Jon Bilous/Shutterstock)


Top 80th percentile income: $87,062

Median top-tier home price: $239,600

Monthly mortgage: $1,200




13. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


13. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania



Top 80th percentile income: $86,567

Median top-tier home price: $398,500

Monthly mortgage: $1,950




12. El Paso, Texas


12. El Paso, Texas



Top 80th percentile income: $86,307

Median top-tier home price: $190,800

Monthly mortgage: $967






11. St. Louis, Missouri


11. St. Louis, Missouri



Top 80th percentile income: $81,034

Median top-tier home price: $298,500

Monthly mortgage: $1,480




10. Cincinnati, Ohio


10. Cincinnati, Ohio



Top 80th percentile income: $80,947

Median top-tier home price: $285,300

Monthly mortgage: $1,375




9. Memphis, Tennessee


9. Memphis, Tennessee



Top 80th percentile income: $78,860

Median top-tier home price: $263,200

Monthly mortgage: $1,317




8. Miami, Florida


8. Miami, Florida

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Top 80th percentile income: $76,933

Median top-tier home price: $479,800

Monthly mortgage: $2,334




7. Milwaukee, Wisconsin


7. Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Top 80th percentile income: $76,339

Median top-tier home price: $354,900

Monthly mortgage: $1,747




6. Tuscon, Arizona


6. Tuscon, Arizona

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Top 80th percentile income: $76,297

Median top-tier home price: $340,300

Monthly mortgage: $1,676




5. Buffalo, New York


5. Buffalo, New York

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Top 80th percentile income: $74,421

Median top-tier home price: $263,900

Monthly mortgage: $1,326




4. Hartford, Connecticut


4. Hartford, Connecticut

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Top 80th percentile income: $69,254

Median top-tier home price: $345,800

Monthly mortgage: $1,701




3. Birmingham, Alabama


3. Birmingham, Alabama

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Top 80th percentile income: $68,837

Median top-tier home price: $285,600

Monthly mortgage: $1,423




2. Cleveland, Ohio


2. Cleveland, Ohio



Top 80th percentile income: $60,143

Median top-tier home price: $259,600

Monthly mortgage: $1,257




1. Detroit, Michigan


1. Detroit, Michigan



Top 80th percentile income: $58,926

Median top-tier home price: $312,000

Monthly mortgage: $1,492

Albert Ulebe Posted on September 12, 2018 14:49

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2 nuclear power plants are right in the path of Hurricane Florence — here's how they are preparing.

The Brunswick and Harris nuclear plants in North Carolina are in Hurricane Florence's direct path. They are preparing backup generators, checking for loose parts, and planning to shut down 12 hours before the storm hits.

  • Two nuclear plants in North Carolina are in Hurricane Florence's direct path.
  • The Brunswick and Harris nuclear plants are bracing themselves by preparing backup generators and checking for loose material.
  • They also plan to shut down 12 hours before the storm hits.
  • The hurricane is predicted to make landfall on North Carolina's coast late Thursday night or early Friday morning.

Hurricane Florence will pass directly over two nuclear power plants in North Carolina when it makes landfall later this week — and they're taking extensive measures to brace themselves for the storm.

The Category 4 hurricane, which is currently carrying 130 mph winds, is forecast to make landfall on North Carolina's coast late Thursday night or early Friday morning.

It is predicted to directly pass over the Brunswick Nuclear Plant, which is located 30 miles south of Wilmington, as well as the Shearon Harris Nuclear Plant in New Hill, a town farther inland and about 23 miles from Raleigh.

Read more: Hurricane Florence could bring 40 inches of rain and 13 feet of floodwater in a 'catastrophic' landfall


The two nuclear plants and the predicted path of Hurricane Florence.

(Google Maps)


The Brunswick plant produces about 1,870 megawatts of power, while the Harris plant produces 932 megawatts, Reuters reported. One megawatt can power about 1,000 US homes.

Both power plants are bracing themselves for the hurricane by sweeping the site for any loose material that could get ripped off by high winds, Reuters reported on Tuesday, citing a spokeswoman for Duke Energy, a corporation that owns and operates the two power plants.

They have also prepared their backup diesel generators to make sure the plants have enough fuel to keep producing power.

All US nuclear stations have installed safety equipment such as portable pumps and generators since the 2011 nuclear accident at Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant, Duke spokeswoman Mary Kathryn Green told Reuters.

Both power plants have also been ordered to shut down their nuclear reactors 12 hours before the hurricane hits their region, Roger Hannah, a spokesman for the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission told Reuters on Tuesday.

It could take weeks for the plants to restore full power production after the storm, Reuters reported.

Read More: Here's a map of all the areas that could get hit

The map below shows the predicted path and schedule of the hurricane from Wednesday to the following Monday.



(National Hurricane Center)


Predictions from the National Hurricane Center also showed that the Brunswick plant is in an area that could be affected by storm surge — sea water forced inland by the power of the storm.

The NHC warned that the storm surge could lead to "catastrophic" flash flooding far inland. Rising water levels could leave coastal parts of North Carolina under nine feet of water, NHC director Ken Graham told CBS News on Tuesday.

The Brunswick station is waterproof up to 22 feet, Reuters reported, citing the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

The storm could also affect plants holding coal-ash and other industrial waste, and hog farms that store animal waste in open-air lagoons, the Associated Press reported.

The Carolinas are home to 12 of the 99 nuclear stations in the US, according to S&P Global. Four others are in Virginia, which is also likely to be hit by the hurricane.

Albert Ulebe Posted on September 12, 2018 14:01

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