Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Skype vanishes from Apple and Android app stores in China

One of the last foreign-run tools for online communication in China appears to be in trouble with the authorities here. For almost a month, Skype, the internet phone call and messaging service, has been unavailable on a number of sites where apps are downloaded in China, including Apple’s app store in the country.
“We have been notified by the Ministry of Public Security that a number of voice over internet protocol apps do not comply with local law. Therefore these apps have been removed from the app store in China,” an Apple spokeswoman said Tuesday in an emailed statement responding to questions about Skype’s disappearance from the app store. “These apps remain available in all other markets where they do business.”

How to make sure your suitcase comes out FIRST on the luggage carousel at the airport

After a long, tiring flight the last thing you want to do is have to stand around and wait for your suitcase on the luggage carousel. But a baggage handler has revealed how you can make sure that your luggage always comes off first - and it's all to do with how early you get to the airport. According to Thomas Lo Sciuto, who worked at a regional airport in the US, if you check in for your flight early, chances are your bags will be one of the first to be loaded on the aircraft. And this means that when the baggage handlers at your destination unload the plane, the bags that go on first, will come off last.

Disgraced married former senator pleaded guilty to child sex trafficking after paying teenage boy for sex

Ralph Shortey

A Married Oklahoma senator was suspended earlier this year after he was found in a motel room with a teenage boy. The former Oklahoma state senator was charged in federal court with two counts of child pornography, production of child pornography, and child sex trafficking. 35-year-old Ralph Shortey was set to go on trial in 2 weeks but he decided to accept a plea deal with prosecutors. According to Shortey’s attorney Ed Blau, the senator has agreed to plead guilty to 1 count of child sex trafficking in exchange for dropping the three other charges.

FULL LETTER: Robert Mugabe's resignation notice

President Robert Mugabe's resignation letter was read out by Zimbabwe parliamentary Speaker Jacob Mudenda to lawmakers gathered at a conference centre in Harare to discuss an impeachment motion on Tuesday.
Read the full letter below:

State House
21 November 2017
The Honourable Jacob Mudenda
Notice of resignation as President of the Republic of Zimbabwe

Man fed cat feces to girlfriend’s 8-year-old son because he was gay

A man who hated his girlfriend’s son because he was gay tortured the child to death, according to prosecutors in California. Palmdale police said that they have arrested 37-year-old Isauro Aguirre after being accused of killing 8-year-old Gabriel Fernandez. Aguirre has been found guilty of first-degree murder. He was also found guilty of a special circumstance infliction of torture. Aguirre faces life in prison without parole or the death penalty.

2017: Forbes crowns Beyonce highest paid woman in music

Business magazine Forbes has crowned Beyonce the highest paid woman in music in 2017. The magazine says the 36-year-old earned $105 million pretax this year, thanks in part to her acclaimed visual album Lemonade and Formation world tour, which grossed a whopping quarter of a billion dollars. And that's despite taking time off as she and husband Jay-Z welcomed twins Rumi and Sir this summer. She also raked in cash from her Ivy Park fashion line and other business ventures.
Adele, 29,  finished second on the list with $69 million.
Taylor Swift, 27,  claimed third with $44 million, a significant drop from her earnings in previous years.

Flooding in western Saudi Arabia forces schools to shut

Saudi authorities have closed schools and universities after flooding in the kingdom's second-largest city, Jiddah, and the country's Red Sea coastal regions. Videos shared on Twitter and other social media sites on Tuesday show people stranded in tunnels and roads with cars engulfed by floodwater. Schools have also been closed in the areas of Mecca and Taif. Saudi Civil Defence warns that heavy rainfall is expected to last until at least Wednesday morning.
Flooding happens almost every year in Jiddah and other western cities in Saudi Arabia. The most devastating flood in recent years was in 2009, when more than 100 people died.

West Ham fans urged to stop 999 calls after 'losing again'

West Ham United supporters are being urged to stop calling 999 to complain after their team loses. The Hammers suffered a 2-0 defeat by Watford on Sunday, leaving David Moyes' side without a Premier League win in five games and in the relegation zone. Essex Police's Force Control Room said on Twitter: "Ringing 999 because West Ham have lost again and you aren't sure what to do is not acceptable."
It is understood that one fan rang emergency services after Sunday's loss. Goals from Will Hughes and Richarlison meant Moyes' first game in charge of West Ham since taking over from Slaven Bilic ended in defeat. Police added that calling 999 about West Ham was a "complete waste of our time".

Update on missing submarine: Mystery sound 'did not come from missing sub'

The ARA San Juan disappeared 268 miles off Argentina's southern Atlantic coast almost a week ago. Argentina's navy has said that a mystery sound detected underwater did not come from a missing submarine with 44 crew members on board. The noise - heard by two navy ships - had come from about 225 miles (360km) off the coast, and their position was in line with the path that ARA San Juan would have taken to reach its destination.
There was hope that the crew was making the "constant" sound to draw the attention of potential rescuers. Navy spokesman Enrique Balbi has now confirmed the noise is unrelated to the vessel - and told reporters it had likely come from a "biological" source.

President Donald Trump puts North Korea on the list of state sponsors of terrorism

President Donald Trump has placed North Korea back on the list of state sponsors of terrorism.  Trump announced the move today during a public meeting with his Cabinet at the White House and said the Treasury Department will announce new sanctions against North Korea on Tuesday.
 In his words, "today the United States is designating the North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism. Should have happened a long time ago. Should have happened years ago,". North Korea was removed from the list by President George Bush back in 2008.
 Trump said that North Korea has "repeatedly" sponsored acts of terrorism, including "assassinations on foreign soil. This designation will impose further sanctions and penalties on North Korea ... and supports our maximum pressure campaign to isolate the murderous regime".
 Trump said new sanctions announced over the coming weeks, including Tuesday by the Treasury Department, will bring US sanctions against Pyongyang to their highest level ever.

Uber secretly paid $100k to hackers after they stole data of 57 million customers

Hackers stole the personal data of 57 million customers and drivers and the ride-hailing company allegedly paid them $100,000 to delete the information and go away'. The data was compromised in October 2016, and Uber has managed to conceal the breach for more than a year, according to Bloomberg. Uber claims they were involved in negotiations with US regulators about separate privacy violations at the time of the breach.  But the company now admits they were legally required to report the hack to regulators and to drivers whose license numbers were taken.

Spain, Portugal struggle with extreme drought

Spain and Portugal are grappling with a devastating drought which has left rivers nearly dry, sparked deadly wildfires and devastated crops - and experts warn that prolonged dry spells will become more frequent. Nearly all of Portugal has suffered extreme drought conditions during the last six months, which has not happened since 2005. A majority of Spain has also received considerably less rain than it normally would.
"It's a ruinous situation," said Jose Ramon Gonzalez, a small rancher in Spain's normally rainy north-western region of Galicia.
Due to the scarcity of grass, Gonzalez was forced to spend thousands of euros to buy fodder for his cattle in July, four months earlier than normal.

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

FIFA bans three former presidents for life as part of crackdown on corruption

The ethics committee of World football governing body, (FIFA) has placed a lifetime ban on former presidents of the Guam, Nicaraguan and Venezuelan football associations for corruption. Ex-Guam FA boss Richard Lai, a former Asian Football Confederation (AFC) official, and FIFA committee member, pleaded guilty to fraud in the United States after an investigation into his case was opened in April.

CBS News fires talk show host Charlie Rose for Sexually Harassing and Groping Women

Earlier today, we reported that veteran American journalist and CBS talk show host, Charlie Rose, 75, is the latest public figure to be hit by sexual misconduct allegations after he was accused by eight women for sexually harassing and groping them. The Washington Post published the story on Monday, where the women who all worked for Rose or tried to work for him said that he made lewd phone calls to them, walked around naked in front of them or groped them. In addition, two women told The New York Times that he made unwanted advances toward them, trying to kiss them without their permission.

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Man pleads guilty to performing sex acts on his dog that was found with infection on genitals

A man was jailed after prosecutors said he was seen on video performing sex acts on at least one of his 8 Rottweilers. 31-year-old Stephen Matthew Taylor of Lakeside, Virginia, was arrested after police investigated his roommate, Craig Knox, 35, who was accused of taking part in a child sex ring that involved the alleged rape of a 9-year-old boy. P olice said they found 170 bestiality photos and videos, which included 10 of Taylor sexually abusing his dog, on a hard drive.

Mother drowns 10-day-old son in bathtub because she wanted to end his life

A mother admitted to drowning her newborn baby because she wanted to end his life, according to police in New York. Rochester police said that they have arrested 25-year-old Markiya Mitchell after being accused of filling a bathtub with water and drowning her 10-day-old son. Mitchell has been charged with one count of second-degree murder. She was booked into the Monroe County Jail and was denied bail.

US Justice Department threatens to sue Harvard University over admissions policies

The U.S. Justice Department has threatened to sue Harvard University to force it to turn over documents as it investigates whether the Ivy League school’s admission policies violate civil rights laws. Citing a 2015 lawsuit that charges the school’s affirmative action policies discriminate against Asian-American applicants, the federal government in a letter set a Dec. 1 deadline for Harvard to hand over documents on its admission policies.

IVF 'may double the risk of women giving birth prematurely' according to new research

IVF may almost double the risk of women giving birth prematurely, according to a study of more than 60,000 pregnancies. Ten per cent of women who conceived thanks to fertility treatment gave birth before 37 weeks, which is considered premature, scientists found. That is almost twice the rate for women who conceived naturally. However, those born before 37 weeks are still more likely than full-term babies to suffer from a range of long-term problems, including cerebral palsy, and developmental conditions such as ADHD. They are also less likely to excel at school.

Nigerian government condemns Italian government's 'hasty' burial of 26 female migrants that drowned in the Mediterranean sea

Abike Dabiri-Erewa

The Federal Government of Nigeria has condemned the burial of 26 girls found dead on the Mediterranean sea (You can read the story here) and has demanded explanations from the Italian Government. Recall that the Federal government was widely condemned over the weekend, after foreign journalists at the funeral of the 26 female victims alleged to be Nigerians, were buried last Friday in Italy with no Nigerian government official in attendance.