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  1. People look at foldable Samsung smart phones at the 2020 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. Photo: AFPChinese tech producers were present in large numbers showcasing televisions, smartphones and much more at the premier of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, undeterred by their country's trade war with the US. "Companies are all capitalists, and I think everyone is just holding their breath," said analyst Patrick Moorhead of Moor Insights and Strategy. "I think nobody wants to burn any bridges right now, and almost everybody is acting like there are not any issues." Titans such as Huawei, TCL, Skyworth, Hisense and Lenovo once again had eye-catching booths on the show floor where throngs of CES goers checked out their latest innovations. The number of Chinese exhibitors, overall, was down slightly with some smaller companies skipping the show, according to Sarah Brown, communications director of the Consumer Technology Association that runs the annual gadget extravaganza. US on roadmap TCL showed off new 8K televisions, and teased a set of new smartphones, one of them synched to super-fast 5G telecom networks, aimed specifically at the US market. "We can see that the relations between China and US are getting better," TCL overseas business group general manager Harry Wu told AFP. "At the same time we have a supply chain worldwide, no matter Mexico, Vietnam, India or other countries, we have plans to support our sells in US." Wu held firm that TCL has not changed its focus or global business plans due to trade tensions between China and the US. TCL has gained ground fast in the US television market, and sees an opportunity to take advantage of growing brand recognition by broadening its line-up of devices, according to senior vice president Chris Larson. "TCL is huge in China but has factories in Mexico, so it ships goods from Mexico factories to get around tariffs," noted Techsponential analyst Avi Greengart. China-based Skyworth TV has chosen now to enter the US market with rich, big-screen televisions — one an 8K model priced at $5,999. Skyworth is a well established TV brand in its home country. "Our high-end products are more mature and more competitive than ever," said Skyworth chief brand officer Leo Tang. "We´re confident that with the strength of our brand and the quality of our products, Skyworth can start gaining more traction in the US regardless of external challenges." CES bigger than US Chinese companies were plentiful on the expansive show-floor at CES, which wraps up on Friday. Huawei, which has been disparaged by the US government, had its wares on display as it has done at CES for years. "The fact that we have Chinese companies here is encouraging," said Creative Strategies technology analyst Carolina Milanesi. "So they're not boycotting and they see the opportunity. At the end of the day, for all the brands, it's about reaching the biggest addressable market." Analysts noted that CES attracts a global crowd, and even though it takes place in the US alliances or deals made here could be aimed at cultivating business elsewhere. "CES is really a global show, so these companies are sometimes coming to CES but not with the US market in mind," said Brown of the Consumer Technology Association. Out of an anticipated 170,000 attendees, 60,000 were expected to be from outside the US, according to Brown. "For certain, if you don't show up for this event, and you are from China, your potential for getting future business from the US goes down," said analyst Moorhead.
  2. NEW YORK: World oil prices jumped on Friday after the US killed a top Iranian general, fanning fresh fears of conflict in the crude-rich Middle East, with Tehran warning of "severe" retaliation. While global stock markets were mixed following the US killing of Qasem Soleimani, oil prices jumped more than three percent. In Washington, a Pentagon official said the US would deploy at least 3,000 additional troops to the Middle East as Iran´s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei promised "severe revenge" for the death of the military mastermind. The killing of Soleimani represents "a significant spike in geopolitical risks and could lead to a direct confrontation between the US and Iran," Oxford Economics said in a commentary. "The importance stems less from the potential loss of Iranian oil supplies... and more from the risk that this could spark a broader conflict that draws in Iraq, Saudi Arabia and others," Cailin Birch, global economist at The Economist Intelligence Unit told AFP. "There is also a significant risk that Iran could launch a targeted attack on US ships in the region, which could disrupt seaborne crude oil flows and cause prices to rise further." Oil prices saw record gains in September after attacks on two Saudi Arabian facilities briefly slashed output in the world´s top oil exporter by half. Birch, however, talked down the prospect of a full-blown war and described Friday´s price gains as "fairly muted" so far. European stock markets were mixed, while Wall Street retreated from records, with the Dow ending down 0.8 percent. While US stocks were in the red the whole session, the moderate size of the losses suggested investors recalled the pullbacks following earlier violent events in international hotspots did not prove lasting, said Gregori Volokhine of Meeschaert Financial Services. "It´s like previous geopolitical events and it doesn´t change the broader dynamic of the market, which is that investors are feeling good because the economy is better than expected, the trade war is easing and the Fed is being supportive," he said. Among the sectors, petroleum companies such as Schlumberger and Apache gained, along with defense companies including Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman. But airlines shares were under pressure. Meanwhile, investors piled into safe-havens, including government bonds, the Japanese yen and gold, which reached a near four-month peak.
  3. BAGHDAD: Iraqi security forces killed at least four people on Saturday as they pushed protesters back towards their main camp in central Baghdad using live ammunition, tear gas and sound bombs, police and medics said.The clashes wounded scores more...
  4. The cheaper price means aid agencies and governments will be able to use a key tuberculosis drug more widely in their treatments. AFP/Noah SeelamA pharmaceutical multinational on Thursday slashed the price of a key anti-tuberculosis drug boosting...
  5. Taking steroids to make your physique look a certain way has become as common as sipping on BCAAs in the gym today. Youngsters have started using it as a supplement and have normalized it beyond stupidity. A lot of gym trainers openly promote and sell these steroids to young kids to make a quick buck. Not only do they understand the downsides, but they also do not have the medical background or a degree to be recommending this. © Getty Images Before digging into fools who advise this, let me give you a brief on steroids. What Are Steroids? The definition of steroids is man-made oil testosterone, the male hormone. They integrate protein and help promote muscle growth. Types of steroids include anabolic and growth hormones. The definition of an anabolic steroid is, "Any drug or harmful substance, chemically and pharmacologically related to testosterone (other than estrogens, progestin, and corticosteroids) that supports muscle growth, burns fat, any drug or hormonal material that stimulates the endogenous result of steroids in the human body which acts in the same manner". Now Let's Check The Downsides Of Using Steroids: - Your heart health, kidney health, and liver health can go for a toss. - Your natural sperm production may get shut forever. - You can go bald. - You can develop breasts. - You will get acne. - The list can go on... Steroids can also affect you psychologically, as they can push you towards a state of depression, aggression, and can make you very hostile. Some bodybuilders and users are so aggressive that they have to use tranquillizes when not competing so they keep themselves calm and cool. People who advise you to take steroids are alarmingly not educated in this field. Who are they? 1) Bodybuilders: A lot of bodybuilders are not experts in the science of exercise and nutrition. They have coaches and they follow what's on their plans. Their knowledge is absurd and certain pieces of advice from them can harm you and aren't sustainable. © Getty Images Here are some gems of advice coming from them which do not make any sense: 1) Eat 6-7 meals: Well you don't have to eat 6-7 meals, because it's all about net calories. You can eat 4 meals per day and still gain muscle. 2) Train single muscle per day: Well, to grow muscle and recover you can train your all muscles 2x/week because our muscles recover within 24-72 hrs. You can put quality work for each session. 3) Eat a ton of protein to grow muscle: Well you don't have to consume a ton of protein. Muscle grows if you consume 1.8g-2.0g/kg/day. What actually is helping these bodybuilders build muscle? ANABOLIC STEROIDS. 2) Gym Trainers: Most gym trainers are a pain in the ass, as they will sell you literally anything just to pull money from your pocket. For them, money matters and why? Because through your money they can buy their steroids. It's like a toxic business circle. Let's understand a few facts: 1) You can build a good physique without taking steroids. As you read the disadvantages it can really harm you in many ways. 2) You are not a professional bodybuilding athlete and your earnings do not depend on it. 3) The steroid lifestyle is not sustainable cannot be done on a regular basis by many of you. 4) You need a huge amount of money in your bank account, to deal with regular checkups and various other requirements. 5) You will lose your gained muscles as soon as you come off steroids. Being natural will help you to keep those muscular gains forever. If your goal is to really look good with your shirt off, do this instead: 1) Proper customized nutrition which supports you to lose fat and build muscle. 2) A training plan which supports you to lift heavy and do more overall work overtime aka Progressive overload and high volume. 3) Manage training fatigue by taking some light week sessions and managing life stress. 4) Sleep 7-8+hrs daily to recover well so that you can build muscle. 5) Be consistent and have patience. It takes time to build a good physique. References: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/036354658401200613 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/6367501 Author Bio: Yashovardhan Singh is an online fitness coach with www.getsetgo.fitness, an online fitness platform. Along with lifting weights and building his physique, he is also a motorbike enthusiast, an animal lover. You can connect with him on Instagram or drop him an email on yashovardhan@getsetgo.fitness.
  6. Chinese Premier Li Keqiang speaks at the China-EU Business Roundtable held at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, Monday, July 16, 2018. Photo: Reuters SHANGHAI: A vaccine scandal in China, which has hit a nerve in the country and...
  7. Rescued schoolboys are moved from a military helicopter to an awaiting ambulance at a military airport in Chiang Rai, Thailand, July 9, 2018. Photo: REUTERSCHIANG RAI: Rescuers resumed preparations on Tuesday for a third rescue operation deep into...
  8. Hanan Hassan began her career as a professional football referee in 2006. Photo: AFPCAIRO: On the sidelines of a small football pitch at a university in Cairo, Hanan Hassan remembers starting out as a referee and the response she got from one...
  9. US President Donald Trump. Photo: File WASHINGTON: With a second Supreme Court pick less than 18 months into his presidency, Donald Trump is poised to cement conservative control of the court and fire up supporters eager for a rightward shift on...
  10. Grammy Awards are displayed backstage during the pre-telecast in New York. Photo: ReutersLOS ANGELES: The Grammy Awards are expanding the number of nominees in the top categories for the highest honors in the music business from five to eight in...
  11. Oscar statues dry in the sunlight after receiving a fresh coat of gold paint as preparations begin for the 89th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California. Photo: Reuters LOS ANGELES: The group that hands out the Oscars said on Monday that it had...
  12. Former senior International Monetary Fund (IMF) official Carlo Cottarelli speaks to the media after a meeting with Italy's President Sergio Mattarella at the Quirinal Palace in Rome, Italy, May 28, 2018-ReutersROME: Last-ditch efforts to form a...
  13. A woman wets her burqa to cool her father's head outside the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC) in Karachi, Pakistan, June 24, 2015. REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro/Files KARACHI: The sweltering heatwave in the city and elsewhere in Sindh is likely...
  14. If you have seen 'Avengers: Infinity War', then I am pretty sure you felt a twinge of disappointment when the big green guy didn't show up when he was needed the most. Throughout the movie, Bruce Banner and the Hulk were involved in an inner battle, trying to overcome their demons in order to help the rest of the team, who were getting crushed by Thanos. © pointofgeeks In the movie, Doctor Banner is seen struggling continuousuly in his attempts to transform into the Hulk and in real life too, the story isn't much different for Mark Ruffalo. Mark grew up in a crack-infested neighborhood with barely any money. As a child, and as a young adult, he struggled with undiagnosed dyslexia and ADD.(Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder) for a long period of time. Mark had always nurtured a dream of wanting to be an actor, and he had no intentions of letting his disabilities get in the way. He practiced and memorized script after script and acted in straight-to-video movies. He even wrote plays and put on shows of his own, but he barely got any recognition. © Tumblr Mark's relationship with his family also started to suffer, as he argued regularly with them over his decision to pursue his dream, rather than do construction work like his father. However, things eventually began to turn in his favor and he finally got a break when he convinced a famous playwright to cast him in his play. It is said that Mark's performance was so convincing, that the play was turned into a movie and soon, more film offers came rolling in which left Mark feeling invincible. For a brief period of time, everything felt right and things seemed to be going in his favor, when catastrophe struck again. While preparing for the shoot of his big break movie, he was diagnosed with a brain tumor. This news left Mark heartbroken as he was forced to pull out of the film. To make matters worse, his wife was expecting their first child and he decided not to tell her about the tumor until after she gave birth. © quoteparrot Mark completely focused on getting better, but the surgery to remove the benign tumor left him partially paralyzed and deaf. He found himself unable to move one side of his face and resigned himself to believe that he would never be able to act and pursue his passion. “Recovery really tested what I was made of as a man,” says Mark. © Variety During his recovery, Mark struggled with keeping his balance and exercised every day to return to his former self. He also became a phone counselor for other brain tumor patients and survivors. When Mark began taking steps to return to acting, one of his biggest fears was that the surgery may have affected his brain, which would affect his acting. But he knew, that if he could survive a tumor, he could survive anything. He says, “Whatever your mind tells you is a limit is a lie; limitations are lies we tell ourselves” © Marvel Studios After a string of succesful movies, Mark landed one of the biggest roles of his career as the Hulk in the 'Avengers' franchise. Today, Mark visits children in the hospital, raises funds for cancer research and advocates for clean energy around the world. The one thing that stands out in his journey is his 'never-say-die' attitude, even at the lowest point in his life. Bad things had to play their part as well to open new doors for Mark and bring out a better and a stronger version of him. That is the story of courage, passion and pushing your limits beyond one's imagination. © Playbill Mark says, “Those places where you find resistance in yourself, that's where growth happens” © Reuters
  15. The Commission also called for the introduction of routine checks of vaccination status and regular opportunities for older age-groups The European Commission urged EU member states on Thursday to cooperate more closely in fighting diseases such...
  16. Activists and DACA recipients march up Broadway during the start of their 'Walk to Stay Home' ? a five-day 250-mile walk from New York to Washington to demand that Congress pass a Clean Dream Act ? in Manhattan, New York, US, February 15, 2018....
  17. Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif on Sunday, March 25, 2018 congratulated the Pakistan Cricket Board for holding the final match of Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2018 in Karachi. Photo: Geo News file KARACHI: Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif on Sunday congratulated the Pakistan Cricket Board for holding the final match of Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2018 in Karachi. ?I pray that no one gains the courage, again, to push our changing Pakistan back into darkness,? the PML-N supremo said in a statement earlier today. He also lauded the city?s administration and relevant department for successfully organising the match. ?I send my heartiest congratulations to all the players participating in the tournament, particularly the foreign players,? said Nawaz. The National Stadium is lit up today to welcome cricket?s homecoming to Pakistan?s biggest city, as thousands of fans flock to the sold-out stadium to witness two great teams, Islamabad United and Peshawar Zalmi, face off.
  18. OPCW head Edmond Mulet, left, Syrian UN envoy Ramzy Ezeldine Ramzy, and US envoy Nikki Haley discuss the United Nations Joint Investigative Mechanism at the UN SEcurity Council on November 7, 2017. Photo: AFP file1 UNITED NATIONS: The United States is asking the UN Security Council to set up a new inquiry of chemical weapons attacks in Syria following reports of suspected chlorine use in Eastern Ghouta, according to a draft resolution obtained by AFP on Thursday. The US push to establish the new panel comes three months after Russia killed off a previous UN-led investigation by vetoing the renewal of its mandate, arguing that the probe was flawed. A draft resolution presented to the council on Wednesday would establish the United Nations Independent Mechanism of Investigation (UNIMI) for a period of one year "to identify perpetrators of chemical weapons attacks in" Syria. A council diplomat said it was unlikely, however, that Russia would back the measure, which calls for investigators to operate in "an impartial, independent, and professional manner." In January, Russia presented its own draft resolution setting up a new panel, but Western powers expressed reservations, saying Moscow?s proposal would give the Syrian government an upper hand over any investigation of attacks on its territory. It was unclear when the US or Russian draft resolutions on the Syrian chemical inquiry would come to a vote. The Syrian government has denied using chemical weapons and Russia, its ally in the war has questioned UN findings that it carried out sarin and chlorine attacks. New reports of chlorine attacks UN diplomats met Thursday to discuss the US-drafted measure, which comes days after the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said a child suffocated to death and 13 other people fell ill from a suspected chlorine attack. A doctor who treated the patients following an airstrike Sunday on the village of Al-Shifuniyah in Eastern Ghouta said he believed it was "probably a chlorine gas attack." Russia and the United States agreed in 2015 to set up the Joint Investigative Mechanism (JIM) to identify those behind chemical weapons attacks in Syria. The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has identified dozens of incidents of chemical weapons used in Syria, but its mandate does not allow it to determine who carried out the attack. After the OPCW said that sarin had been used in the militant-held town of Khan Sheikhun in April 2016, the JIM investigated and determined that Syrian government forces were responsible for the attack, that killed scores of people. The panel also found that President Bashar al-Assad?s forces used chlorine in at least three attacks on militant-held villages in 2014 and 2015, and members of Daesh had used mustard gas in 2015. The Observatory reported 21 cases of suffocation in Eastern Ghouta on 22 January. Residents and medical sources said they suspected a chlorine attack. A similar attack targeted the outskirts of Douma on January 13. The council is scheduled to hear a briefing from OPCW director-general Ahmet Uzumcu on March 20.
  19. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres addresses the Human Rights Council at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, February 26, 2018. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse GENEVA: UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called on Monday for a new global effort to get rid of nuclear weapons, drawing a cautious response from envoys of atomic-armed powers at odds for decades over nuclear disarmament. Speaking to the Conference on Disarmament at the UN complex in Geneva, Guterres said many states still wrongly thought that nuclear weapons made the world safer. ?There is great and justified anxiety around the world about the threat of nuclear war,? he said. ?Countries persist in clinging to the fallacious idea that nuclear arms make the world safer ... At the global level, we must work towards forging a new momentum on eliminating nuclear weapons.? The Conference on Disarmament is the world?s main forum for nuclear disarmament, but since 1996 it has been deadlocked by disagreements and distrust between rival nuclear powers. Ambassadors from the United States, China, and France said they shared his concerns about the current security environment but their comments suggested it would be an uphill struggle to end two decades of stalemate in nuclear negotiations. US Ambassador Robert Wood said negotiators needed to ?look reality in the eye? and accept that nuclear disarmament in the near term was unrealistic. It was not the time for bold new disarmament initiatives, but the United States was committed to the ?aspirational goal? of eliminating nuclear weapons and would stand by its commitments, Wood said. ?Even in these difficult times, the United States will seek the development of measures that may be effective in creating the conditions for future nuclear disarmament negotiations,? he told the forum. Chinese Ambassador Fu Cong said China appreciated Guterres? efforts but said reform should not be rushed. ?Reducing the role of nuclear weapons in national security doctrines and abandoning the nuclear deterrent policy based on the first use of nuclear weapons constitutes the most practical and feasible nuclear disarmament measure at present,? Fu said. French Ambassador Alice Guitton said Guterres? statement was very timely, but disarmament could not be decreed, it needed to be built with patience, perseverance and realism. Dangerous direction Guterres said talks should target not only nuclear, chemical and conventional arms but also autonomous and unmanned weapons, artificial intelligence, biotechnology and space-based systems. There are currently around 150,000 nuclear weapons worldwide and the arms trade is flourishing more than at any time since the Cold war, with $1.5 trillion of spending annually, he said. Taboos on nuclear tests and chemical weapons usage were under threat, he added, while talk of tactical nuclear weapons was leading in an extremely dangerous direction. Earlier this month the United States published its ?nuclear posture review?, which justified an expansion of its ?low-yield? nuclear capability by saying it would deter Russia?s tactical nuclear weapons. Last week diplomats and disarmament experts discussed Guterres?s initiative with UN officials during a retreat near New York, and he is expected to launch his plans around April or May with ?practical and implementable actions?. ?The challenges are enormous, but history shows that it has been possible to reach agreement on disarmament and arms control even at the most difficult moments,? Guterres said.
  20. US President Donald Trump. Photo: File WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump and America?s powerful gun lobby on Thursday cast citizens with weapons as a solution to shootings, as it emerged an armed deputy was on campus during a deadly Florida rampage but failed to act. National Rifle Association (NRA) chief Wayne LaPierre hit back at what he called ?the shameful politicisation of tragedy? and repeated the organisation?s position that ?to stop a bad guy with a gun, it takes a good guy with a gun?, while Trump made a controversial call to arm teachers. The Broward County sheriff said Thursday that an armed deputy was in fact present during the rampage that left 17 dead in a Florida high school, but did not act to stop it. In his first public comments since the shooting, LaPierre reiterated long-standing accusations that gun control advocates were seeking to roll back the constitutional right to bear arms. ?It?s a classic strategy right out of the playbook of a poisonous movement,? he told an annual conservative conference outside Washington, hitting out at what he called ?socialists? on the political left, and at the ?so-called national news media?. ?For them, it?s not a safety issue, it?s a political issue,? he charged. ?They hate the NRA. They hate the Second Amendment. They hate individual freedom.? Sheriff Scott Israel later announced that Scott Peterson, an armed school resource deputy, was at the high school but took up a position outside and ?never went in? during the shooting. He should have ?gone in, addressed the killer, killed the killer?, Israel said. Peterson resigned after being suspended without pay. Two other deputies were placed on restricted duty during an investigation to determine if ?they could have done more or should have done more? ahead of the shooting, Israel said. Teachers warn of ?arms race? in schools The NRA?s cause received a significant boost when Trump ? in his second meeting at the White House on school safety in as many days ? floated a plan to respond to the Parkland carnage by putting more guns in schools. He declared ?gun free? schools a ?magnet? for mass shooters and proposed bonuses for teachers who are willing to carry concealed firearms. Trump had earlier proposed raising from 18 to 21 the minimum age to buy more guns than at present ? like the assault-style rifle used by 19-year-old Florida shooter Nikolas Cruz ? and making it more difficult for the mentally ill to own firearms. Currently under federal law, anyone 18 or over can buy a gun from a private, unlicensed seller, although a handful of states have set the minimum age at 21. Those measures, which may struggle to pass the Republican-controlled Congress, could have put him at odds with the NRA, which donated to and endorsed his campaign. ?I really think the NRA wants to do what?s right,? Trump said. ?I mean, they?re very close to me, I?m very close to them, they?re very, very great people. They love this country. They?re patriots.? Trump insisted he was not advocating arming every American teacher, but only those with ?military or special training? ? suggesting that would be around 20%. That would mean weapons for around 700,000 educators, a potentially massive business opportunity for gun manufacturers. ?A gun-free zone to a killer or somebody who wants to be a killer, that?s like going in for the ice cream,? he said. ?That?s like, ?Here I am, take me?.? Teachers? unions were quick to condemn his proposal, with the American Federation of Teachers claiming Trump was in favour of an ?arms race? that would ?turn schools into militarised fortresses?. ?Toxic lunacy? ?Anyone who wants guns in schools has no understanding of what goes on inside them ? or worse, doesn?t care,? the union?s president Randi Weingarten said. Summing up the opposition of many lawmakers, Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal called the idea of arming teachers ?toxic lunacy ? an NRA-backed distraction from common sense action. ?Arming teachers is inane and insane ? a sure path to reckless and panicky shooting, gun theft, and other deadly dangers. A non-starter in the Senate.? The US Congress has long been deadlocked on the gun debate, accomplishing nothing despite a spate of mass shootings and polls showing that Americans support stricter gun laws by a two-to-one margin. According to a Gallup tracking poll, 60% of Americans now favour tougher gun sale laws.
  21. US House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi holds her weekly news conference at the US Capitol in Washington, US, January 18, 2018. REUTERS/Leah Millis WASHINGTON: Congressional Democrats on Wednesday introduced legislation that would provide more than $1 billion to boost cyber security of US voting systems, and Vice President Mike Pence defended the administration?s efforts to protect polls from hackers. The measure followed warnings on Tuesday from US intelligence officials that midterm races in November are likely to see renewed meddling from Russia and possibly other foreign adversaries. ?We cannot let the Russians laugh about and take joy in the success they had in the last election,? Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic leader in the House of Representatives, said at a news conference. ?Their goal is to undermine democracy.? Lawmakers have introduced several bills, some with bipartisan support, to bolster election security since the 2016 polls in which Republican Donald Trump was elected president. None have become law. The new bill is the most comprehensive to date and is aimed at bolstering protection for the midterms and subsequent elections. It has no Republican co-sponsors in the House, which the party controls, and is therefore unlikely to succeed. Vice President Mike Pence, speaking at an event hosted by the online news site Axios, said that Americans could trust the 2016 election results and that it was an ?ongoing effort? of Trump?s administration to protect election infrastructure. Pence also incorrectly said it was the ?universal conclusion? among intelligence agencies that Moscow?s efforts had no impact on the 2016 election outcome. The agencies said in a January 2017 report that no assessment was made about the impact of Russian meddling but that Russia used hacking and propaganda to try to tilt the election in Trump?s favor. Russian President Vladimir Putin has denied this. A Pence representative did not immediately respond to a request to clarify the discrepancy between Pence?s comments and the intelligence assessment. The Democrats? Election Security Act would provide $1 billion for the US Election Assistance Commission to help states buy voting machines that incorporate backup paper ballots, hire security staff and conduct risk assessments. The measure would create a $20 million grant program for states to perform post-election audits. States would also get $1 for each voter in the most recent election for security purposes. The bill would require the Department of Homeland Security to expedite security clearances for state election officials and direct the president to develop a strategy to guard US institutions, including elections, from cyber attacks and influence operations. The department last year said 21 states had experienced initial probing of their systems from Russian hackers and a small number of networks were compromised. Virtually all 50 states have taken steps since the 2016 election to purchase more secure equipment, expand use of paper ballots, improve cyber training or seek federal assistance, according to groups that track election security. But Congress has not provided more money or support, and lawmakers have failed to allocate $400 million in leftover election improvement funds pledged 16 years ago.
  22. WASHINGTON: The US Treasury on Friday placed three men it said were part of Daesh's global financial network on its sanctions blacklist, as it seeks to shut down the flow of funds to the group. The Treasury said Abdulpatta Escalon Abubakar of the Philippines, Yunus Emre Sakarya of Turkey, and Mohamed Mire Ali Yusuf of Somalia all provided financial, material or technological support for Daesh. Abubakar is alleged to have been instrumental in getting funds to the Daesh network in the Philippines in 2016 and 2017, handling transfers from Daesh outside the country. He also helped the group obtain weapons and explosives, the Treasury said. Abubakar was arrested by Filipino authorities last September after he flew into Manila from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. The Treasury said Sakarya supplied Daesh with materials for drones from his Turkey-based company, Profesyoneller Elektronik. The company handled some $500,000 worth of orders for unmanned aerial vehicles and related equipment in 2016, it said. Mire Ali livestock trading business Liibaan Trading "served as a front for Daesh-aligned groups in the Bari region of Somalia," the Treasury said.
  23. Do you think being poor is a permanent solution? If not, then why do so many of us just keep waiting till we're out of cash! There are certain habits and mindsets we live with that help disguise our problems and that is what is dragging us down. That's not how rich and successful people think at all. Here are a few habits that usually lead us down the road of being broke. If you need a major lifestyle change, check out the points below. 1. All talk and no action. © Quotlr Once you disclose what you wish to achieve well before even embarking on a journey, it often becomes a journey you'll never take. This happens primarily because of two reasons: As soon as you put that idea into someone else's head, and that fool shares it with another person, a cycle of rumors on which you have no control begins. Your mind starts thinking that you have already traveled the journey without actually making any real-life progress towards it. Real obstacles appear when you begin walking on the real path, and it's then when you feel the heat of that exponential peer pressure you have mistakenly built. Now, that friend or cousin of yours appears no better than a taunting audience when you fail to live by the promise you made to yourself. Final words: Never share your plan in advance with anyone or everyone you meet. Just do it and show the results. That is one less thing to worry about, right there. 2. Always mourning and blaming the past. © AZ Quotes If life has been unfair to you in the past it does not mean you let it ruin your present and your future as well. If you are stuck in the same story, you will go broke sooner than you realize. Successful people do not obsess over their failures but they learn from it and move forward. Start putting images and quotes that excite you to work for a better future on a wall in your room and at the office. This simple step could change your life. 3. Being a slave to the clock © izquotes If you are just working for the sake of money and not production then this mundaneness will soon eat you up. Working for the sake of passing time has huge consequences for your career. You may not feel it initially but eventually, it may have a negative impression during your appraisal period. You can lose your productivity and soon be replaced by someone who is more hardworking and deserving than you. Passion should be your drive, not just money. Make your to-do list every day and ask yourself what you want to achieve today? This could be a good start. 4. Having small goals © PictureQuotes People with an average and poor mindset often find themselves in the pool of the broke. Successful people stay optimistic, upbeat, and positive. They prefer inspiring others by encouraging and motivating them to pursue their goals and dreams rather than wasting their time gossiping around about their colleagues. Drop this 'being a victim' attitude and dream of something bigger and better. 5. Thank God It's Friday(TGIF) lovers © Brainy Quote If you are one of those people in the office who is always talking about how awesome Fridays are and afraid to come to office on Monday, you are not on the right track. It could be your job, your mindset, or your attitude. All of these are under your control. If you do not like your job, try something else. If you know you are stuck, look for a mentor and if you have become habituated to this lifestyle, you need a big change in your attitude before catastrophe strikes.
  24. China blames the violence in Xinjiang on extremists and separatists, some of whom it says have links to groups outside the country BEIJING: Unrelenting risks of ?terror? and separatist activity in China?s far western region of Xinjiang require a prolonged security crackdown, state media said late on Sunday, after a year-long campaign that saw increased police deployment and heightened surveillance. China says Xinjiang faces a serious threat from Muslim extremists and separatists who plot violent attacks and stir up tensions between the mostly Muslim Uighur minority who call the region home and the ethnic Han Chinese majority. In response, the government has organised mass police rallies and rolled out new surveillance and anti-terror measures throughout the region, including thousands of newly installed street-corner police stations in cities and towns. A report first read at a government meeting on Jan. 22 by governor Shohrat Zakir and published on the official Xinjiang Daily newspaper said that 2017?s campaign had made it clear that stabilizing society in Xinjiang would require more measures. ?There has been no fundamental change to the situation of Xinjiang being in a time of regular violent terror activities, an intense struggle against separatists and the painful throes of an intervention treatment,? Zakir said. He added that the long-term peace and stability of Xinjiang and its society must be the overall goal of the regional government for the ?critical period? of the next five years. To meet this goal, the government will continue to deepen severe specialist operations, such as guaranteeing absolute security of key areas and the ?normalization? of preventative measures in society, Zakir said. China blames the violence in Xinjiang on extremists and separatists, some of whom it says have links to groups outside the country. Rights groups and Uighur exiles say it is more a product of Uighur frustration at Chinese controls on their culture and religion. China denies any repression.
  25. Facebook, which has more than 2 billion users worldwide, said it had never before published the principles, which are its rules on how the company handles users? information BRUSSELS: Facebook said on Monday it was publishing its privacy principles for the first time and rolling out educational videos to help users control who has access to their information, as it prepares for the start of a tough new EU data protection law. The videos will show users how to manage the data that Facebook uses to show them ads, how to delete old posts, and what happens to the data when they delete their account, Erin Egan, chief privacy officer at Facebook, said in a blog post. Facebook, which has more than 2 billion users worldwide, said it had never before published the principles, which are its rules on how the company handles users? information. Monday?s announcements are a sign of its efforts to get ready before the European Union?s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) enters into force on May 25, marking the biggest overhaul of personal data privacy rules since the birth of the internet. Under GDPR, companies will be required to report data breaches within 72 hours, as well as to allow customers to export their data and delete it. Facebook?s privacy principles, which are separate from the user terms and conditions that are agreed when someone opens an account, range from giving users control of their privacy, to building privacy features into Facebook products from the outset, to users owning the information they share. ?We recognise that people use Facebook to connect, but not everyone wants to share everything with everyone ? including with us. It?s important that you have choices when it comes to how your data is used,? Egan wrote. Also among the company?s privacy principles are helping users understand how their data is used, keeping that information secure, constantly improving new controls, and being accountable to regulators. ?We put products through rigorous data security testing. We also meet with regulators, legislators and privacy experts around the world to get input on our data practices and policies,? the blog post said. The company?s Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg announced last week that Facebook would be creating a new privacy centre which would put the social network?s key privacy settings in one place. The GDPR drastically increases the level of fines for companies found to be in breach of data protection law, potentially rising as high as 4 percent of global annual turnover or 20 million euros, whichever is higher. Facebook has faced probes from EU regulators over its use of user data and tracking of online activities. As of Monday, users will be reminded by their News Feeds to take a ?privacy checkup,? Egan wrote in his blog, to ensure they are comfortable about what data they are sharing, and with whom.
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