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Monday, 10 December 2018

The British Prime Minister Withdraws Parliamentary Vote

Theresa May the British Prime Minister may likely withdraw parliamentary vote on her brexit deal. Ms May convened a conference call with senior ministers on Monday to discuss what do with her compromise deal that allowed the United Kingdom to exit while staying in the EU's orbit.

While there was no official word on the vote, two sources told that the vote was being pulled. A reporter said an official close to the cabinet had also confirmed the vote would be pulled.

Ms May is pulling a parliamentary vote set for Tuesday on her Brexit deal, after repeated warnings from lawmakers that the scale of the expected defeat could sink her government.

Ms May and her ministers had repeatedly insisted the vote would go ahead as planned. Her spokeswoman briefed reporters on Monday that there was no plan to pull the vote.

Sunday, 9 December 2018


President Donald Trump of the United States of America says chief of staff John Kelly will leave his job at end of year.

John Kelly, who joined the White House as chief of staff in July 2017 after the departure of predecessor Reince Priebus, spent months fighting to establish and maintain control of a White House marked by competing factions and complicated by a president who thrives on keeping everyone guessing.

Kelly's departure comes at a pivotal time for Trump's administration, as special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation continues to hand down legal developments concerning people close to the president, and as Democrats prepare to take control of the House -- and the investigative powers that come with it -- in January.

President Donald Trump, announced Saturday that John Kelly will be leaving his post as White House chief of staff at the end of the year, marking the end of a tenuous, sometimes tumultuous tenure that many believed would conclude months ago.

"John Kelly will be leaving, I don't know if I can say retiring but, he's a great guy," the president told reporters. "John Kelly will be leaving at the end of the year. We'll be announcing who will be taking John's place, it might be on an interim basis. I'll be announcing that over the net day or two."

The president added, "I appreciate his service very much."

It is unclear who will replace Kelly, although Vice President Mike Pence's chief of staff, Nick Ayers, has been lifted as a possible successor.


Friday, 7 December 2018


The incident was met with an outpouring of grief from around the world and there were several moving tributes to the memory of a chairman who took Leicester to the unlikeliest of Premier League titles at odds of 5000/1 in 2016.

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch have revealed the cause of the helicopter crash that claimed the lives of five people, including Leicester City chairman and owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha.
Moreso, the helicopter picked Srivaddhanaprabha up in the centre of the pitch at Leicester's King Power Stadium after their game against West Ham, as it often did, and took off before losing control shortly after and crashing down in a car park just outside the stadium before becoming engulfed in flames.

The other four victims were Srivaddhanaprabha's staff Nursara Suknamai and Kaveporn Punpare, as well as pilot Eric Swaffer and his partner Izabela Roza Lechowicz.

The report explains that a pin had come loose due to a "build-up of black grease", causing the pilot's pedals to become unable to control the tail rotor, leading to a loss of control of the aircraft and subsequent crash.

"The tail rotor actuator control shaft became disconnected from the actuator lever mechanism,"

"The disconnection stopped the feedback mechanism for the tail rotor actuator from operating and the tail rotor actuator from responding to yaw control inputs.

"This resulted in an uncontrollable right yaw." the report stated all these.

Saturday, 1 December 2018


"Jeb, Neil, Marvin, Doro and I are saddened to announce that after 94 remarkable years, our dear Dad has died," his son, former President George W. Bush, said in a statement released by family spokesman Jim McGrath.

“George Herbert Walker Bush, was a man of the highest character and the best dad a son or daughter could ask for. The entire Bush family is deeply grateful for 41's life and love, for the compassion of those who have cared and prayed for Dad, and for the condolences of our friends and fellow citizens." Bush's death comes months after the passing of his wife of 73 years, Barbara.

The president who managed the end of the Cold War and forged a global coalition to oust Iraqi forces from Kuwait, has died at age 94. In a political career that spanned three decades, he lost his bid for re-election and lived to see his son win the Oval Office.

The death of Bush — nicknamed "41" to distinguish himself from son George W. Bush, "43" — was announced in a statement released late Friday.

Wednesday, 21 November 2018


The Apple Inc shocked investors a few weeks ago with a sales forecast for the Christmas quarter below Wall Street expectations, prompting certain suppliers to issue warnings that pointed to weakness in new iPhone sales
Apple has cut production orders in recent weeks for all three iPhone models launched in September, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday, citing sources. A lower-than-expected demand for the new iPhones and Apple's decision to offer more models has made it difficult to anticipate the number of components and handsets the company needs, according to the WSJ report here

Apple shares were down 3.7 percent at $186.38 on Monday, while Lumentum, Skyworks Solutions Inc (SWKS.O) and Qorvo Inc (QRVO.O) were down between 2.7 to 6 percent.

Facebook to Fund Trainee Local Newspaper  Reporters in Britain
Facebook is donating 4.5 million pounds ($5.8 million) to train journalists in Britain to support communities that have lost local newspapers and reporters, in no little part due to ad revenue and readers switching online to the social media giant.

The U.S. company said on Monday it recognized the role it played in how people got their news today and it wanted to do more to support local publishers.

Around 80 new trainee reporters funded by Facebook will be recruited by regional publishers Newsquest, JPIMedia, Reach, Archant and the Midland News Association, in a scheme overseen by the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ), Facebook said.

The pressure facing print publishers was laid bare on Friday when Britain’s Johnston Press, publisher of The Scotsman, The Yorkshire Post and “I” newspapers, filed for administration.

Some 228 local newspapers folded in Britain between 2005 and 2017, according to the Press Gazette, many of them closed by the publishers involved in the Facebook scheme.

The publishers have blamed this on the shift from print to online, and the loss of advertising revenue to platforms like Facebook and Google .

Instagram Cracks Down  on Fake Likes, Follows and Comments
Instagram is the latest social media platform to crack down on fake likes and comments. On Monday, the company began removing "inauthentic" likes, follows and comments from accounts that use third-party apps that falsely inflate popularity. In a blog post, Instagram said this is part of a greater effort to maintain an "authentic" platform.  
The move comes as social media sites, including Instagram's parent company Facebook, face increasing criticism over the presence of trolls, fake news and misinformation on their platforms. Earlier this year, Twitter purged tens of millions of accounts from users' follower counts. These accounts were previously locked due to suspicious activity. Instagram said it built machine learning tools to help detect and remove fake popularity boosting. Users can sign up for such services by providing their username and password in exchange for more likes and followers. These services use bots that leave comments and like posts on real Instagram accounts, often for a fee.

Accounts that use such third-party apps will receive a message notifying them inauthentic likes, follows and comments have been removed from their posts and account. Users will be prompted to change their password and revoke access for the popularity boosting service in order to secure their account. Instagram acknowledges some users may have unintentionally shared their log-in information with third-parties.

Blackout  for Thousands of Dark Web Pages
Hackers have deleted more than 6,500 sites being held on a popular dark web server. Called Daniel's Hosting, the site was sitting on the hidden Tor network and many people used it to host pages they did not want to publish on the wider web.

Administrator Daniel Winzen said no back-ups were kept of the pages it hosted. THe said the site should be back in service in December. "Around 6,500 hidden services were hosted on the server," wrote Mr Winzen in a message put on the welcome page of the web companion to the site.

"There is no way to recover from this breach, all data is gone." Tor, or The Onion Router, is a way of organising web-like pages so it is hard to work out where the information is located and who is running them.

Bitcoin Falls Below $5,000
The value of Bitcoin has fallen below $5,000 (£3,889) for the first time since October 2017.The fall brought the total value of all Bitcoin in existence to below $87bn.

On Thursday, 15 November, Bitcoin Cash - an offshoot of Bitcoin - split into two different crypto-currencies, which are now in competition with each other. And some observers have blamed this for creating turmoil in the crypto-currency markets, with many of the digital assets experiencing falls.

Bitcoin exchange Kraken said in a blog post that it regarded one of the two new Bitcoin Cash crypto-currencies - Bitcoin SV - as "an extremely risky investment". Bitcoin is a notoriously volatile crypto-currency. At its peak, in November 2017, it briefly hit $19,783 - which means the price has fallen by about 75%.

Airbnb to Remove Listings from Illegal Israeli  Settlements
Global online rental marketplace Airbnb says it will remove its listings in the illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank.

The decision on Monday will lead to about 200 listings being removed from the popular accommodations website, which allows home-owners to rent out rooms, apartments and houses to people.

"We concluded that we should remove listings in Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank that are at the core of the dispute between Israelis and Palestinians," a statement on the Airbnb website said. The removal of the listings will take place in the coming days, a spokesperson for Airbnb told the Reuters news agency.

The company said it came to the conclusion based on an internal framework used to judge how it handles listings in occupied territories around the world.

"US law permits companies like Airbnb to engage in business in these territories. At the same time, many in the global community have stated that companies should not do business here because they believe companies should not profit on lands where people have been displaced," the statement said.

Dow Falls  500 Points, Dragged Down by Facebook, Apple
Stocks fell sharply Monday, dragged down by reports of trouble at Apple and Facebook. The Dow fell more than 500 points and the Nasdaq tumbled 2.8%.

Facebook stock fell more than 5% as the company continues to deal with the fallout from a New York Times article that detailed Facebook's reaction to political scrutiny and its Cambridge Analytica scandal. CEO Mark Zuckerberg has reportedly adopted a more aggressive, "war"-like style, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Early in the day, stocks fell on news that Apple's newest line of phones may not be selling as well as Apple or its investors had hoped.

Apple's stock fell once more after the Wall Street Journal reported that Apple has cut orders for its iPhone XR, iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max.The new iPhones, which Apple unveiled in September, cost more than previous versions. The $749 iPhone XR is the least expensive new iPhone, but it costs $50 more than last year's cheapest model, the iPhone 8.

The iPhone XS Max can cost up to $1,449. The higher prices -- without many more features -- could be driving customers to keep their current phones longer or buy last year's models. Apple declined to comment about the Journal story or broader concerns about iPhone demand.

Thursday, 15 November 2018


Nick Ayers, Vice President Mike Pence’s chief of staff, is among those being considered for the job, three of the people said, though President Donald Trump has mused about other possible candidates.

John Kelly, mired in conflicts with a widening array of officials from the National Security Council to the office of the first lady, may soon depart the Trump administration, according to seven people familiar with the discussions.

Kelly’s time as chief of staff for most of the past year has been clouded by controversy and disagreements with Trump and various West Wing staff. But questions about his future in the White House recently became more serious after his repeated clashes with national security adviser John Bolton and his deputy, Mira Ricardel.

Kelly has also gotten on the wrong side of first lady Melania Trump over staffing issues and travel requests. Some of the disputes with the East Wing have escalated to the president, the seven people familiar with the clashes said.

"There have been instances where the East Wing staff were not treated as equals to the male-dominated decision makers in Chief Kelly’s office," one White House official said. "Promotions were denied then finally granted after months of requests," the official said.

Melania Trump raised concerns with her husband earlier this year, amid the height of the controversy over his alleged affair with porn actress Stormy Daniels, that Kelly had repeatedly denied her requests to promote some of her aides, two White House officials said.

Fulham Sack Jokanovic; Appoint Claudio Ranieri
Premier League outfit Fulham have sacked manager Slavisa Jokanovic and have appointed Claudio Ranieri instead. The Cottagers find themselves bottom of the table with just five points from 12 games and a negative goal difference of 20. The abysmal form after gaining promotion has now led to the exit of Slavisa Jokanovic.

The club has moved swiftly to rope in a replacement in Claudio Ranieri. The Italian is famous for leading Leicester City to a fairytale Premier League triumph in 2016. He left the Foxes after a below-par start to the subsequent campaign and was in charge of Ligue 1 outfit Nantes last season. The 67-year-old has been given a multi-year contract at Fulham.

Theresa May Wins Cabinet Support  After Five-Hour Meeting
British Prime Minister Theresa May says her Cabinet has decided to support a draft European Union withdrawal agreement . “I firmly believe the draft agreement was the best we could negotiate,” May said to media gathered outside of 10 Downing Street, after the five-hour meeting ended.

The collective agreement of cabinet was to agree the draft withdrawal agreement and the outline future framework, she said. "I firmly believe with my head and my heart that this is in the best interests of our entire United Kingdom." May will address Parliament on Thursday.

Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab Resigns Over EU agreement
British Prime Minister Theresa May suffered a huge blow on Thursday (Nov 15) as Dominic Raab quit as her Brexit secretary, saying he "must resign" over the proposed EU withdrawal agreement.

"I cannot reconcile the terms of the proposed deal with the promises we made to the country in our manifesto," he said in his resignation letter, published on his Twitter account.

"I believe that the regulatory regime proposed for Northern Ireland presents a very real threat to the integrity of the United Kingdom," he said. Raab added that he was opposed to "an indefinite backstop arrangement" to guarantee the Irish border remains free-flowing, saying the EU would hold "a veto over our ability to exit".

Esther McVey Resigns as Work and Pensions Minister Over Brexit Divorce Deal
Work and Pensions Secretary Esther McVey has become the latest cabinet minister to quit the government over Brexit a fresh blow to Theresa May's authority.

The Brexiteer said Prime Minister's draft Brexit deal "does not honour the result of the referendum'' and she "could not look my constituents in the eye" over the plans.

Her departure comes shortly after the shock resignations of Dominic Raab, the Brexit secretary, and Northern Ireland minister Shailesh Vara, which raises major questions over the future of Ms May's leadership.

Westminster is braced for fresh resignations in the coming hours, as speculation mounts around the future of Brexiteer cabinet ministers such as Penny Mordaunt and Andrea Leadsom.

It also ramps up fears that furious Conservative MPs could topple Ms May by submitting enough letters of no-confidence to trigger a leadership challenge.

6 Cabinet Members Quit on U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May
Shailesh Vara, a minister for Northern Ireland, informed Downing Street of his resignation this morning, saying the deal leaves the UK “in a half-way house with no time limit” on when it can fully leave the EU.

Dominic Raab and Esther McVey are among six who have quit so far today after Theresa May secured cabinet backing for her Brexit agreement. Berwick MP Anne-Marie Trevelyan resigned as a parliamentary private secretary in the Department for Education, saying she cannot support the Brexit deal after negotiations ‘built on the UK trying to appease the EU’.

Brexit minister Suella Braverman Braverman has resigned from Department Exiting the European Union today, following her boss Dominic Raab. Nikki Da Costa Costa resigned as Downing Street’s director of legislative affairs.

The pound fell more than 1% against the dollar to $1.2798 and dropped more than 1% against the euro to €1.1313 after Brexit resignations. The prime minister has been faced with 20 resignations from her government since last November.

Tuesday, 13 November 2018


The White House has defended US President Donald Trump's decision to miss a memorial event on Saturday after he faced a critical backlash. Mr Trump, who was in France to mark the centenary of World War One's end, cancelled a visit to a US military cemetery amid heavy rain. Bad weather and "near-zero visibility" grounded the presidential helicopter.

Mr Trump did not want to cause extra Paris traffic for a last-minute motorcade, officials said. "President Trump did not want to cause that kind of unexpected disruption to the city and its people," press secretary Sarah Sanders said, noting the trip was 60 miles (96km) north-east of Paris.

Ex-asylum Seekers Call For Respect And Fair Treatment
In a bid to improving their image and integrity and security after facing deportation from Europe, United State of America etc; Ex-asylum seekers in Sierra Leone, West Africa have called for government attention to their plight. Speaking to News Watch, the National Coordinator of the Network of Ex-asylum seekers (NEAS-SL), Abdulia Daramy, Ex-asylum seekers from Sierra Leone are usually stigmatized, discriminated, against, and brutalized with impunity during the deportation and therefore he is appealing to government to look into making laws and implement policies that would protect asylum seekers and ensure that asylum seekers Sierra Leoneans who are facing deportation are treated on the basis of best international practices.
Daramy said that the Network is a Non-profit organisation that was set up to identify and help pursue the interest of Ex-asylum seekers in the country.
The program Manager Action for Children and Woman in Crisis Sierra Leone (ACWC-SL), Usif Manseray said that the organisation is focused on the economic and social security of their members.
Manseray added that, ten civil societies came together to form the network in order to create awareness and galvanises support from the central government. He said that the Network has made a lot of effort since it was formed on 2010 but no attention has been given to their fate, even though they deals with all works of life couple with gender equality.

Sri Lanka's Top Court Stays President's Order to Sack Parliament
Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court on Tuesday stayed President Maithripala Sirisena’s decision to dissolve parliament until next month in a further twist in the country’s political crisis.

Sirisena dissolved parliament on Friday night and called a general election for Jan. 5, two weeks after removing his coalition prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.

The top court, hearing a bunch of petitions by supporters of Wickremesinghe, stayed the president’s order on technical grounds.

According to PTI, a three-member bench including the country’s chief justice Nalin Perera delivered its ruling after two days of deliberations on as many as 13 petitions against and five for Sirisena’s November 9 decision to dissolve Parliament. All petitions filed against Sirisena’s decision will be heard on December 4, 5 and 6, the apex court ruled.

'Profoundly Dismayed': Amnesty Strips  Suu Kyi of Top Honour
Amnesty International has stripped Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi of its highest honour over her "indifference" to the atrocities committed by the country's military against the Muslim-majority Rohingya.

The UK-based human rights group on Monday said it was revoking the Ambassador of Conscience Award it gave Aung San Suu Kyi in 2009 during her 15-year house arrest.

"Today, we are profoundly dismayed that you no longer represent a symbol of hope, courage, and the undying defence of human rights," Amnesty chief Kumi Naidoo said in a letter to Aung San Suu Kyi released by the group.

"Amnesty International cannot justify your continued status as a recipient of the Ambassador of Conscience award and so, with great sadness, we are hereby withdrawing it from you." The group said it informed Myanmar's leader of the decision on Sunday. She has so far issued no public response.

Caravan Marks One Month on The Road: ‘We Keep on Going, Laughing or Crying’
Several thousand Central American migrants marked a month on the road on Monday as they hitched rides to the western Mexico city of Guadalajara and toward the US border.

Most appear intent on taking the Pacific coast route northward to the border city of Tijuana, which is still about 1,550 miles (2,500km) away. The migrants have come about 1,200 miles since they started out in Honduras around 13 October.

But whereas they previously suffered from the heat on their journey through Honduras, Guatemala and southern Mexico, they now trek to highways wrapped in blankets to fend off the morning chill. Karen Martínez of Copán, Honduras, and her three children were bundled up with jackets, scarves and a blanket.“Sometimes we go along laughing, sometimes crying, but we keep on going,” she said.

While the caravan previously averaged only about 30 miles per day, they are also now covering daily distances of 185 miles or more, partly because they are relying on hitchhiking rather than walking.

Uber Says It's One Step Closer to Delivering Data  on Sexual Assaults
Uber released a report Monday that outlines how it will categorize sexual misconduct, sexual assault and rape claims involving its drivers and passengers, which the company says is a first step toward getting out its promised safety transparency report putting numbers to sexual assaults and other incidents that occur on its platform.

Uber's pledge to release that report came on the heels of CNN's investigation that found that at least 103 Uber drivers in the United States had been accused of sexually assaulting or abusing their passengers in the previous four years. The drivers were arrested, wanted by police, or had been named in civil suits related to the incidents. It was the first time that any numbers had been put to the issue.

An Uber spokesperson said Business the company hasn't yet determined what data will be released in the report, but it confirmed it will include "more serious incidents," including sexual assault and fatal car accidents.

The 53-page taxonomy report was authored by staff at the National Sexual Violence Resource Center and the Urban Institute. Uber partnered with the organizations, which work with sexual violence survivors, because of their experience with data collection around the issue. It defines 21 categories of complaints ranging from staring or leering to masturbation to non-consensual sexual penetration. The company said it plans to release the report in 2019.

The 22-Inch Trumpy Bear  You've Never Wanted Is on Sale with 'Added Bonus'
These are the words that mark the beginning of the most “that-can’t-be-an-actual-thing-but-it-actually-really-is” TV advert you shall ever see. Introducing Trumpy Bear - a “fearless, super-plush American grizzly”, apparently. Oh and it’s modelled on Donald Trump if you hadn’t already worked that out.

Originally released in July of last year, TRUMPY BEAR is getting a new lease of life after the ad apparently aired on Fox News this week, prompting a general cry of “WTAF”.

The advert’s not-quite sincere testimonials suggest someone might be having one huge joke but then again, this is the USA in 2018.

But as noted above, it is an actual thing. You can even buy it on Amazon where the reviews reveal two disturbing things.Firstly, people have actually ordered Trumpy Bear. We kid you not.

California Wildfires Death  Toll at 31, More than 220 Missing
As wildfires raged at both ends of the state of California, officials released another grim statistic: six more bodies discovered in the burned-over town of Paradise and outlying areas, bringing the death toll there to 29 and matching the record for the deadliest single fire in California's history.

Statewide the death toll stood at 31 on Monday, including two dead in southern California, with authorities still searching for bodies and 228 people unaccounted for.

Search teams were working in Paradise, a town of 27,000 that was largely incinerated Thursday. and in surrounding communities in northern California's Sierra Nevada foothills.

Authorities called in a DNA lab and anthropologists to help identify what, in some cases, were only bones or bone fragments.

Kabul: Suicide Bomber  Targets Protesters Demanding Security
At least six people have been killed and 20 others wounded after a suicide bomber hit a protest site in Afghanistan's capital, Kabul, officials said. The blast on Monday took place close to the city's Pashtunistan Square, where hundreds of people had been protesting over insecurity in the country.

Nasrat Rahimi, deputy spokesman for the interior ministry, said, "The suicide attacker on foot wanted to target protesters, but he was stopped at a security checkpoint some 200 metres from the site."

"There have been casualties and I can say most of them are security forces." Twenty people were wounded in the blast, which struck in front of a high school in downtown Kabul, according to Najib Danish, an interior ministry spokesman.

North Korea  Is Operating at Least 13 Secret  Missile Sites
U.S. analysts said Monday they have located more than half of an estimated 20 secret North Korean missile development sites, highlighting the challenge the Trump administration faces in ensuring that North Korea complies with any eventual agreement to end its nuclear and missile programs.

The findings, which were released amid signs the administration’s negotiations with the North have stalled, draw on commercial satellite imagery and identify 13 secret facilities used to produce missiles and related technology. They suggest that Pyongyang is continuing its missile work, even though it has halted test launches in what President Donald Trump and his administration have claimed as a success since his historic June meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore.

Although the sites are not launch facilities and in some cases are rudimentary, the authors of the report from the Center for Strategic and International Studies say they are hidden and illustrate the scope of the North’s weapons program and the country’s determination to conceal its military might.

“The dispersed deployment of these bases and distinctive tactics employed by ballistic missile units are combined with decades of extensive camouflage, concealment and deception practices to maximize the survival of its missile units from pre-emptive strikes and during wartime operations,” they said.

The authors say that the sites, which can be used for all classes of ballistic missile, therefore should be declared by North Korea and inspected in any credible, verifiable deal that addresses Pyongyang’s most significant threats to the United States and its allies.

Iran Honoring Nuclear Deal as New Sanctions Hit, IAEA Report Shows
Iran has continued to implement the main nuclear restrictions set by its 2015 deal with major powers even as the United States reimposed sanctions against Tehran, a U.N. atomic watchdog report showed on Monday.

Iran has kept its stock of low-enriched uranium as well as the level to which it refines uranium within the limits set by the landmark deal, according to the International Atomic Energy Agency report to IAEA member states.

Several of the main items curbed under the deal, designed to lengthen the time Iran would need to build a nuclear bomb if it ever chose to do so, were verified shortly before U.S. sanctions were reimposed on Nov. 5 as a follow-up to Washington’s withdrawal from the nuclear accord announced in May. A senior diplomat, however, later said that there was no sign Iranian behavior had changed since that date.


The Sword of The Spirit

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