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Saudi king names son heir as new generation encircles throne

FILE- In this Nov. 11, 2015 file photo, Saudi Arabian Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attends a summit of Arab and Latin American leaders in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has appointed his 31-year-old son Mohammed bin Salman as crown prince, removing the country’s counterterrorism czar and a figure well-known to Washington from the royal line of succession. In a series of royal decrees issued Wednesday, June 21, 2017 and carried on the state-run Saudi Press Agency, the monarch stripped Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, who was first in line to the throne, from his title as crown prince and from his post as the country’s powerful interior minister overseeing security. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali, File) by Abdullah Al-Shihri And Aya Batrawy, The Associated Press Posted Jun 20, 2017 10:10 pm MDT Last Updated Jun 21, 2017 at 12:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email RIYADH, Saudi Arabia – Saudi Arabia’s King Salman appointed his 31-year-old son Mohammed bin Salman as crown prince on Wednesday, placing him first-in-line to the throne and laying the groundwork for an entirely new generation of royals to take the reins.Saudi Arabia’s once powerful counterterrorism czar, Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, was removed from the line of succession — giving the younger prince a firmer hold on the kingdom’s foreign policies, including its close ties with U.S. President Donald Trump, its rivalry with Iran, its more than two-year-long war in Yemen and its punishing moves to isolate Qatar.The appointment of such a young royal as the immediate heir to the throne essentially sets Saudi policy for decades in the hands of a man seen as a risk taker.“He could be there for 50 years,” said Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, a research fellow at the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy at Rice University. “If you look at it positively, it is basically setting Saudi Arabia’s course into the 21st century.”The shuffle stripped Mohammed bin Nayef of his title as crown prince and interior minister, overseeing security. The announcements were made in a series of royal decrees carried on the state-run Saudi Press Agency.The all-but-certain takeover of the throne by Mohammed bin Salman awards vast powers to a young prince who has taken a hard-line with Iran and who has led a war in Yemen that has killed thousands of civilians. Iran’s state TV has called the appointment a “soft coup in Saudi Arabia.”The prince, known as MBS, already oversees a vast portfolio as defence minister. He has also become popular among some of Saudi Arabia’s youth, who make up the bulk of the population, for pursuing reforms that have opened the deeply conservative country to entertainment and greater foreign investments as part of an effort to overhaul the economy, including plans to list a percentage of the state-run oil giant Saudi Aramco.The young prince was little known to Saudis before Salman became king in January 2015. He had previously been in charge of his father’s royal court when Salman was the crown prince.The Saudi monarch quickly named him second-in-line to the throne two years ago to the surprise of many within the royal family who were older and more experienced.MBS is now poised to become the first Saudi monarch from a generation of royals who represent the grandsons of the country’s founder, King Abdul-Aziz. For decades, the throne has passed from elderly brother to elderly brother — all sons of the late founder.The recasting of the line of succession marks the first real test of the ruling Al Saud family’s ability to manage the inevitable generational shift from the sons of Saudi Arabia’s founder to his grandsons, said Torbjorn Soltvedt, an analyst at global risk consultancy Verisk Maplecroft.Another young prince also ascended to power on Wednesday. Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud, 33, was named the new interior minister tasked with counterterrorism efforts and domestic security. His father is the governor of Saudi Arabia’s vast Eastern Province, home to much of the country’s oil wealth and most of its minority Shiites. He previously served as an adviser to the interior and defence ministries.Both young princes hail from the powerful Sudairi branch of the royal family.The royal decree stated that “a majority” of senior royal family members — 31 out of 34 — from the so-called Allegiance Council support the recasting of the line of succession. The Council is comprised of senior princes who gather in secret and vote to pick the king and crown prince from among themselves.Even when there is disagreement, the royal family has long followed a tradition of speaking with one voice, particularly on issues of succession, in order to appear united in front of Saudi Arabia’s many tribes and communities.After the decrees were announced, Saudi TV aired footage of the new crown prince warmly greeting the man he is replacing, Mohammed bin Nayef. MBS is shown kissing his older cousin’s hand and kneeling before him; the outgoing crown prince is heard telling him: “I will rest now, and God help you.”Mohammed bin Nayef was once a towering figure credited with crushing al-Qaida’s cells in Saudi Arabia. He worked closely with Washington after the Sept. 11 attacks, helping to share intelligence to thwart more attacks. Dubbed by Washington insiders as “the prince of counterterrorism,” he developed a ground-breaking program that rehabilitates individuals convicted of terrorism-related crimes.Though his image remained on billboards and atop buildings throughout Saudi Arabia, the 58-year-old prince appeared to be slipping in profile. Despite his longstanding Washington ties, it was Mohammed bin Salman, who embarked on major overseas visits, including a trip to the White House to meet Trump in March. That visit helped lay the foundation for the president’s visit to Saudi Arabia in May, making the kingdom his first international stop. Saudi Arabia promoted the visit as proof of its weight in the region and wider Muslim world.The warm ties forged between Riyadh and Washington under the Trump administration may have helped accelerate Mohammed bin Salman’s ascension as crown prince.Despite his ambitions, the prince has faced criticism for the Saudi-led war in Yemen, which has failed to dislodge Iranian-allied rebels known as Houthis from the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, and has had devastating effects on the impoverished country.The newly-minted crown prince has also used fighting words to describe Iran, vowing to take “the battle” to the Shiite-ruled country. Iran and Saudi Arabia’s rivalry has played out in proxy wars across the region and has deepened Sunni-Shiite enmity between hard-liners on both sides.___Batrawy reported from Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Associated Press writers Jon Gambrell and Fay Abuelgasim in Dubai contributed to this report.___Follow Aya Batrawy on Twitter at https://twitter.com/ayaelb Saudi king names son heir as new generation encircles throne read more

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The Explainer Why are we being told to eat less meat

first_imgThe Explainer: Why are we being told to eat less meat? We speak to a food expert and a beef farmer who’s also a journalist. By Aoife Barry Aug 30th 2019, 8:01 PM https://jrnl.ie/4789305 Listen on iPhone/iPad Friday 30 Aug 2019, 8:00 PM 12,333 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlecenter_img TAOISEACH LEO VARADKAR probably didn’t expect the reaction he got when he said that he was reducing his meat consumption because of climate and health concerns.While those in some quarters welcomed the news, some of the country’s TDs were less than impressed. Charlie McConalogue of Fianna Fáil said Varadkar’s comment did not show the “type of leadership you would expect from Taoiseach”.His Fianna Fáil colleague Jackie Cahill called Varadkar’s dietary admission a “flippant comment” which was “totally inappropriate for the head of government and hugely damaging” to the farming sector.It all led to the Taoiseach telling the Dáil the next day that he wasn’t becoming a vegan – and that he’d had a steak for dinner the previous night.In this week’s episode of The Explainer, we look at the issues around climate change, meat eating and farming in Ireland. Reporter Cormac Fitzgerald, who has written our week-long climate change series this week, gives the latest updates on the three major reports which recommend people cut down on meat. Meanwhile, Dr Jesus Frias, Academic Leader Environmental Sustainability and Health Institute (ESHI) at TU Dublin, tells us more about meat, health and food trends. And journalist and beef farmer Darragh McCullough gives us the farmer’s perspective. Listen on Android Short URL Source: The Explainer/SoundCloudThis episode was put together by presenter Sinéad O’Carroll, producer Aoife Barry, assistant producer and technical operator Nicky Ryan, and executive producer Christine Bohan. Design by Palash Somani. Edited and recorded by Andy Roberts. 35 Comments Share2 Tweet Email last_img read more

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816 WWE Results Fargo North Dakota Reigns vs Wyatt

first_img Google+ Xavier Woods Roman Reigns Is Back, But Not Fighting For Belts Facebook Vince McMahon Sends Supportive Message To Roman Reigns Now Playing Up Next Madison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman Reigns Twitter Why WWE’s The Miz Won’t Stop Talking About His Newborn Daughter Videos Articles WhatsApp WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Wins Videos Articles 8/16 WWE Results: Fargo, North Dakota1. R-Truth def. King Barrett2. Naomi def. Bayley3. Jack Swagger def. Adam Rose4. WWE Intercontinental Champion Ryback def. The Miz & The Big Show5. Jimmy Uso def. Heath Slater6. The Lucha Dragons def. The Ascension7. Roman Reigns def. Bray Wyatt in a Street Fight.Source: The Wrestling Observer/Figure Four OnlineRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipMadison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman ReignsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:34/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:31 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the listcenter_img Triple H Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Watch every episode of Firefly Funhouse, Top 10 Greatest Kings of the Ring Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next The Miz Now Playing Up Next “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt being advertised for Title Match at Hell In A Cell PPV Pinterest New matches announced for Summerslam, Updated card in three weeks in Torontolast_img read more

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Jordi Alba discusses move for a new deal talks about bond

first_imgFollowing Barcelona’s 2-0 win against Celta Vigo yesterday, Barca left-back  Jordi Alba’s discussed his contract with the club as well as a plan to move for a new deal.Jordi Alba’s contract won’t expire until the summer of 2020, but he confirms he wouldn’t mind moving forward with talks on a new deal.“It doesn’t just depend on me, as it also depends on the club,” he said when asked about a new contract after the game via Marca.“When I signed for Barcelona it wasn’t for money.“I came here for the feeling and because it is my home.“In the end, it’s not enough to say that I’m a great player, as actions also matter.“A deadline? When the contract ends.”Lionel Messi and Jordi Alba played together again in the clash against Celta Vigo and the left-back spoke of the bond with Lionel Messi.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.“For the first goal he was looking for me and I held the run well,” he said afterward.“On the second, [Ousmane] Dembele and Luis Suarez’s runs left him alone and he never fails.“I know that most of the assists I give will end up going on [the goal].”“We faced a great team that like to play football,” he added.“The first half was very good and in the second we dropped our rhythm a bit and they were able to create.“We are happy with the result.”Barcelona won’t have any more fixtures until a clash with Getafe on January 6.last_img read more

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iOS 13 dark mode leaks and more WWDC 2019 predictions

first_img Comments Now playing: Watch this: 13 Photos The new iPod Touch looks just like the old one and it’s kind of nice 2:12 The difference with these iPod Touch models is found under the hood. They’ve got Apple’s newer A10 Fusion chip, which means they’re now powerful enough to support ARkit and Group Facetime. And there’s a 258GB option, which is a first for an iPod. And while the lack of new features may seem like somewhat of a letdown, at least the price remained the same. The cheapest 32GB model costs $199 and goes up to $399 for the 256GB version. Follow all the latest from WWDC 2019 on CNETWWDC will take place at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California, June 3-7. The keynote starts at 10 am PT Monday. You can stream  it live on Apple’s website or on CNET.com. CNET will be on the ground for all of it, so you can stay up-to-date on all the announcements via our liveblog or live show.  Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it $999 Boost Mobile The Apple Watch Series 4 — down to the tiniest detail See it Apple iPhone XS $999 iOS 12 Google Apple reading • iOS 13 dark mode leaks and more WWDC 2019 predictions Best Buy Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR 23 Photos Dark mode leaks and everything we think we know about iOS 13Editors’ note: Dark Mode on iOS 13 is now official. Rumor has it, iOS 13 is bringing big design changes this year, with a brand new home screen, alternate color scheme and potentially some fresh fonts to choose from. This week 9to5mac got hold of some screenshots of what the rumored dark mode would look like on the iPhone. According to the publication, you’ll have two options to activate dark mode: toggling a switch from Settings, or pressing a new button in your control center for easy access. Apple’s MacOS Mojave brought dark mode to Macs last year, and just a few weeks ago at its developers conference, Google also announced a new dark mode for Android Q.Apple’s systemwide dark mode could arrive in iOS 13.  9to5Mac It’s not just the interface that’s getting changes. According to a recent Bloomberg report, a lot of Apple’s native apps are getting an overhaul too. The Messages app is rumored to be getting a WhatsApp style makeover with profile pictures and status updates, a new Swype-style keyboard similar to Google’s Gboard, along with an undo feature that would allow you to go back in time and revert changes when typing. And it wouldn’t be an iOS update without some new Animoji and Memoji features, which Apple is also rumored to be beefing up in iOS 13.  The Maps, Mail and Reminders apps are all said to get some minor refreshes as well. And the Find My iPhone and Find Friends apps could be merging into one, according to the 9to5mac report. Apple pushes health features in iOS and WatchOSApple’s Health app is another one that could see a major overhaul. The app is rumored to be getting a new homepage that would float your most relevant health data to the top, giving you a more comprehensive look at your daily stats and progress over time. It may also bring new tracking features like hearing health, which factors in how loud you’re playing your music and the ambient noise volume you’re exposed to, and a eriod tracking feature, which keeps tabs on a woman’s menstrual cycle. Period tracking is also said to be coming to the Apple Watch as a standalone app called Cycle. Fitbit and Garmin already have this feature natively on some of their wearable devices. iOS 13 could introduce a better bedtime mode as part of this health push, which would combine the new dark mode, the existing do-not-disturb feature and the clock app to optimize sleep time and maybe usher in a new sleep tracking era for the next-generation Apple Watch in September. These software updates can usually clue us in on what Apple has planned in terms of hardware, according to CNET Senior Reporter Shara Tibken. And it’s not just physical health Apple’s investing in. Expect Apple to continue to make a push for digital wellbeing with iOS 13 and include a few more controls that would allow parents to limit screen time for their kids. This after the company recently removed or imposed restrictions on 11 third-party screen-time and parental control apps in the App Store. Sprint iOS 13, MacOS 10.15 and MacPro: Everything we’re expecting… CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Mobile Operating Systems Apple Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 See It Today we round up the top iOS 13, MacOS 10.15 and WatchOS 6 rumors and preview all the changes your Apple devices could see in the coming months, along with anything else Apple could surprise us with at WWDC 2019. We’re also taking a look at Apple’s latest product launch: the new seventh-generation iPod Touch, which seemed to come out of nowhere this week.   Apple purges parental control apps it says pose a security… • Tags Now playing: Watch this: The iPad could get more computerlikeiPads are rumored to get better multitasking support with iOS 13, plus second-screen compatibility to turn your iPad into an external monitor alongside your MacBook, complete with mouse input support. iPhone users asking for more multitasking features may be disappointed in this round of updates. The only hint of a rumor out there talks about picture-in-picture viewing for videos, but that’s it.You can expect MacOS and iOS to have a bit more synergy at WWDC. Will MacOS 10.15 bring universal apps?If the rumors are true, WWDC 2019 could bring us one step closer to full integration between iOS and MacOS. We’ve already seen more native iOS apps pop up on Apple’s computers, and we expect this trend to continue.Guilherme Rambo and Stephen Troughton Smith, two well-known Apple leakers, have both said we can expect MacOS 10.15 to bring dedicated apps for music, podcasts, TV shows and books to the Mac. Basically, that breaks up the tabs from iTunes without fully getting rid of iTunes as the mothership.But perhaps the most important change is one that most of us average users won’t see immediately. Apple is rumored to be opening up its cross-party framework to third-party developers so they can’t start working toward migrating their iPhone apps to Macs, a move that would require them to work with either a touchscreen or mouse.Apple Watch could finally get its own app storePerhaps the most important WatchOS 6 feature could be a standalone app store for the Watch, if the rumors are true. Apple Watch users currently have to download an app to their iPhones first before it can appear on the Watch. This move would help make the Watch even more independent from the iPhone and could eventually live on its own. Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X We already went over a few of the health updates we can expect on the Apple Watch with the update to WatchOS 6, but there could be more. We could see a new app called Dose that would remind users to take their medications. We’re also looking forward to new watchfaces with this update, and new complications to choose from as with previous iterations. New iPod Touch and other products Apple may have in the worksHardware is not a given at Apple’s developer conference, but if we were to get something it would most likely be a new Mac Pro. Apple had promised an update to this machine in 2019, and this would be a good time to show it off. The next event is the iPhone event in September, which seems less likely, and then maybe an October event. Or it could come as a surprise release with no launch event, like what Apple recently did with its new MacBook Pros and iPod Touch. After a four-year hiatus, this week Apple finally refreshed its iPod Touch line. The seventh-generation device looks very similar to the last one with a four-inch screen, those old-school wider bezels and that physical home button with no Touch ID Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors See It 9:08 $999 Share your voice 6 See It $999 Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) See Alllast_img read more

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Khaleda in jail for graft PM Hasina

first_imgPrime minister Sheikh Hasina.Prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday expressed her firm optimism of Awami League’s victory in the next election and the development spree will continue through it.”Insha Allah the ‘boat’ (AL’s election symbol) will be victorious and the development spree of the country will keep on,” she told a mammoth public rally in Khulna this afternoon.Sheikh Hasina added: “We will build a poverty-and hunger-free Bangladesh by elevating its status as a middle income country by 20121 and a developed one by 2041.”Awami League’s Khulna city and district units arranged the rally at the local Circuit House Maidan with its district unit president Sheikh Md Harun- or-Rashid in the chair.AL joint secretaries Mahbub-ul-Alam Hanif, Dipu Moni and Jahangir Kabir Nanak, organizing secretary BM Mozammel Haque, Sheikh Helal Uddin, MP, and former mayor of Khulna Talukdar Abdul Kahleq spoke at the rally, among others.Sheikh Hasina also the Awami League president said the country witnessed development campaign over the past nine years as the people gave mandate to Awami League while she urged them give their verdict so the party could retain the responsibility to keep up the spree.”Do you want to keep up the continuation of development in the country? If you want it then you will have to give vote to the Awami League,” she said while the mammoth crowd raised their hands in a gesture of their supports with huge applause.The premier said her government aimed to advance and develop the country further.”The people achieved independence and rights to speak in the mother language by casting vote for Awami League,” she said.The prime minister also reiterated firm stance against corruption alongside terrorism and militancy saying that the criminals and corrupts were destined to exposed to justice as the government meant rule of law.”We’ve earned independence through the liberation war and we’ve tried war criminals and Bangabandhu’s killers . . . the criminals and corrupts whoever might be must be punished (as well),” she asserted.The premier said Khaleda Zia has committed corruption that led her to prison in line with a court verdict while “the Awami League and the government has nothing to do in this regard”.But she said the past government under Khaleda’s premiership witnessed unbridled terrorism, militancy and corruption.The premier particularly recalled that during that period the BNP-Jamaat nexus turned Khulna into a “sanctuary” of terrorism and militancy.She said AL leader Manjurul Imam in Khulna was killed by BNP-Jamaat terrorists who also did not spare the journalists as Humayun Kabir Balu, Manik Saha and Harun-or-Rashid were exposed to their wraths.The prime minister said the Khulna is now a city of peace as the government has curbed terrorism and militancy with iron hands while she sought cooperation of the people so terrorism and militancy never raise their head.The Awami League chief also urged the cross section of people including parents, guardians, teachers, public representatives and religious leaders so their children did not indulge in terrorism, militancy and addict in drugs.”I would like to call upon you to look into that where they (children) go and with whom they develop relations and whether they remain absent in the class,” she said.The premier said this vigilance was required “so that the life of the children is not spoilt and you don’t suffer . . . our law enforcement agencies and the administration will assist you in this regard”.last_img read more

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Catalan parliament declares independence from Spain

first_imgPeople gather as they watch on giant screens a plenary session outside the Catalan regional parliament in Barcelona, Spain, 27 October, 2017. Photo: ReutersCatalan lawmakers voted Friday to declare independence from Spain but Madrid immediately moved to quash the breakaway bid in a sharp escalation of a crisis that has caused jitters in secession-wary Europe.As tens of thousands of pro-independence activists gathered outside, the regional parliament in Barcelona passed a resolution to “declare Catalonia an independent state in the form of a republic”.Demonstrators broke out in ecstatic cheers and shouts of: “Independence!” as the vote count was announced, while MPs inside cheered, clapped and embraced before breaking out in the Catalan anthem.Urging Spaniards to “remain calm” as the country headed into the unknown, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy insisted that “the rule of law will restore legality in Catalonia”.Rajoy has called a crisis meeting of his cabinet for Friday evening, as the European Union and the United States voiced their support for a united Spain.The Catalan resolution, which Madrid says the region cannot legally execute, was passed by 70 votes to 10.There were two abstentions, but dozens of opposition MPS walked out before the secret ballot in the 135-seat assembly, where 68 votes constitute a majority.One lamented “a dark day” for democracy, and shares in Spanish companies, particularly Catalan banks, dropped sharply after the vote.- Building ‘a new country’ -In Madrid, the Spanish Senate agreed to give Rajoy powers to impose direct rule on the semi-autonomous region.The measures under Article 155 of the constitution, designed to rein in rebels among Spain´s 17 regions, could see Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont, his deputy and regional ministers out of a job by Saturday.Madrid could also seize control of Catalonia’s civil service, police and finances — measures that would remain in place until a new parliament is elected.Popping bottles of cava, Catalan sparkling wine, pro-secessionists waved the red-and-yellow Catalan flag and cheered as the vote count came up on two big screens erected outside the regional parliament building, then sang the region´s anthem with raised fists.”It has cost us so much to get here,” 38-year-old social worker Judith Rodriguez told AFP with tears in her eyes.”I am very emotional about finally moving forward, to be able to build a Republic, a new country, from scratch.”In a bar in Madrid, however, diners were not happy, with several shouting “to jail with them all!” at the TV screen.”They are crazy!” exclaimed Alicia Lombardia, a 79-year-old retiree. “This is like a bomb attack. There could be a war — people are afraid.”EU President Donald Tusk insisted Madrid “remains our only interlocutor” in Spain after the independence vote that could test the stability of a key member of the bloc.Wary of nationalist and secessionist sentiment, particularly after Britain’s dramatic decision last year to leave the EU, the bloc has stood firmly behind Madrid in the escalating standoff.Tusk urged Madrid to exercise restraint.”I hope the Spanish government favours force of argument, not argument of force,” he tweeted.The United States, which is one of Spain’s NATO allies, declared its backing for Madrid.”Catalonia is an integral part of Spain, and the United States supports the Spanish government’s constitutional measures to keep Spain strong and united,” State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a statement.- To the wire -Roughly the size of Belgium, the wealthy Catalan region accounts for about 16 percent of Spain’s population and a fifth of its economic output.Resentment to Madrid’s perceived interference has been growing for years, culminating in an October 1 independence vote deemed illegal by the central government and the courts.But while fiercely protective of their language, culture and autonomy — restored at the end of the 1939-1975 dictatorship of Francisco Franco — Catalans are deeply divided on independence.Catalan authorities said 90 percent voted “Yes” in the unregulated plebiscite held up by secessionist leaders as a mandate for independence for the wealthy region of 7.5 million people.However, only about 43 percent of voters turned out, with many anti-secessionists staying away and others prevented from casting their ballot by Spanish police in a crackdown that turned violentRajoy sought Friday to place the blame for Spain’s worst political crisis in decades squarely on separatist shoulders.The government´s steps under Article 155 were not aimed against the people of the region, he insisted, but “to prevent abuse of Catalonia” by its own leaders.Far-left groups have already threatened “massive civil disobedience” if Madrid moves to usurp its autonomy.last_img read more

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Netflix Stock Soars to New AllTime High on Bullish Analyst Forecast

first_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Netflix continues to burn cash and has told investors that it will generate negative cash flow for the next few years. Goldman Sachs is forecasting sub-growth momentum continuing to the point at which revenue outpaces its spending, with Netflix achieving $500 million in positive free cash flow by 2020. That’s based on Terry’s projection that Netflix will add a net 34 million subscribers in 2019 (versus analyst consensus estimate of 26 million).The dizzying rise of Netflix’s shares is separate from the event that’s spurring the rise of several other media stocks: The ruling approving the AT&T-Time Warner merger, in a defeat to the Trump administration’s Justice Department antitrust case.On Wednesday, gainers included Time Warner (+3.2%) and 21st Century Fox (+7.5%). Fox’s entertainment assets are expected to trigger a bidding war between Comcast (-0.7% in midday trading) and Disney (+2.6%), after Comcast said last month it was prepared to outbid Disney for the 21CF assets.Pictured above: Netflix chairman and CEO Reed Hastings Netflix shares powered to another all-time record high Wednesday, climbing more than 3% in morning trading, after a prominent Wall Street analyst significantly raised the price target on the stock.The stock was trading at $375.24 per share as of 11:45 a.m. ET. Netflix shares are up more than 95% year to date, and the company’s market capitalization (currently north of $164 billion) recently surpassed Disney’s. [UPDATE: Netflix stock finished the day up 4.4%, to an all-time high closing price of $379.93 per share.]The movement was driven by Goldman Sachs’ Heath Terry raising his price target on Netflix stock to $490 per share — up from $390 previously, and the highest among Wall Street analysts who cover the company.“We believe [Netflix’s] growing content offering and expanding distribution ecosystem will continue to drive subscriber growth above consensus expectations,” Terry wrote in the note. He added, “While our target multiple represents a clear premium relative to the sector, we believe it largely reflects Netflix’s long-term subscriber and margin potential.”center_img Popular on Variety last_img read more

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FireFall creator Red 5 drops from E3 to protest SOPA

first_imgRed 5, the PC game developer behind the upcoming free-to-play shooter/MMO mashup FireFall, has dropped out of E3 2012 in protest of SOPA. CEO Mark Kern, also a Boston University Law School graduate, is redirecting the company’s E3 funds to launch The League For Gamers, an advocacy group representing end users, gamers and First Amendment advocates. The Entertainment Software Association (ESA), a trade body for the games industry, owns the E3 show and supports SOPA. Kern gave an extensive interview to Ars Technica in which he explained that the ESA has taken only the side of large publishers on the SOPA issue, leaving out developers, indies, and users. The CEO, in speaking to other developers, gets the feel that studios think that their hands are tied. They feel powerless against “the money … behind this legislation,” and as such Red 5 is the first to take serious action. Other large game companies including Nintendo of America, Microsoft, EA and Epic Games have individually stated opposition to SOPA but none have withdrawn from the ESA or E3 over the legislation.For Red 5, the withdrawal was a huge commitment as the company bases its marketing on trade shows instead of web advertising. The game was the darling of PAX 2010, and the absence from E3 will significantly impact the game’s publicity if it launches in 2012. “Literally within hours” of signing the E3 contract, Kern said, he backed out and doesn’t expect a refund. On the other hand, the studio expects eSports – and specifically streaming sites like Justin.tv – to be the game’s promotional backbone post-launch. SOPA presents an existential threat to that strategy, as a copyright claim from any holder could shut down the entire site, not just an offending channel. This differs from DMCA, the copyright legislation on the books since 2000, since that law only requires that offending content be taken down. All it takes, says Kern, is for one company to say “That’s not fair use” and away goes an entire streaming site regardless of what other developers have sanctioned.Moreover, if streaming sites were shut down, that impacts a greater financial ecosystem. Game casters would also be “shut down financially.” While SOPA has already withdrawn DNS blocking, Kern pointed out that other mechanisms still in the bill are equally effective, including search engine blacklisting, advertising blacklisting, and forced stopped payments from processors ranging from Visa and MasterCard to PayPal.Kern slammed the ESA – where his former colleague at Blizzard is now the general counsel – for believing that SOPA won’t be abused. The ESA believes, he says, that its members can be “good caretakers for First Amendment rights.” He added that ESA members themselves are split on the legislation, and therefore ESA’s support only represents the large publishers. The organization has thrown out its hard-earned favor from indie developers and individual voters, whose support was galvanized for the 2011 Supreme Court ruling that games are protected speech.Kern is continuing his advocacy among developers and teased that we may soon see something from “at least one other company.” via Ars Technicalast_img read more

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Foundation helps out by providing water

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite The Al-Imdaad Foundation came to the help of many residents who were left without water from Sunday. The foundation, which is known for its outreach programmes, helped the community by providing water to each affected household.Al-Imdaad Foundation project co-ordinator Ahmed Karrim had numerous requests from the community for water.Also read: Distributing water to the communityThe Al-Imdaad Foundation team, along with its volunteers, went out to the affected areas and distributed five-litre bottles of water to grateful families.The Dawah Centre in Poona Road also helped by allowing the community to fetch water whenever they were free to do so, and however many times they needed to.“We are very grateful to the Al-Imdaad Foundation for their kind gesture. May the Lord bless them,” said a thankful resident. “Not many of us can afford water, but this foundation really went out of their way to help our community,” added the resident.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!last_img read more

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