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‘Alarming’ shortfall in foreign aid for world's biggest crises

Chief of leading aid agency warns that halfway through current funding year, less than a third of required money has been donated

The head of one of the world’s leading aid agencies has issued a stark warning over the “alarming lack of funding” for global humanitarian crises.

Jan Egeland, secretary general of the Norwegian Refugee Council, noted that halfway through the current funding year, humanitarian organisations had received less than a third of money – 27% – needed to provide relief to people affected by crises worldwide.

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Dinosaurs with feathers once roamed the South Pole: scientists
The beat the chill — with quills.
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Rockets fired from Gaza after ceasefire between Israel, Islamic Jihad
Militants in the Gaza Strip fired six rockets into southern Israel on Thursday, hours after an Egyptian-mediated truce went into effect in the three-day escalation of violence that killed 34 Palestinians, including eight children and three women. Before the ceasefire was reached with Islamic Jihad, a pre-dawn Israeli airstrike killed eight members of the same...
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Man sentenced to day in jail for buying endangered tiger rug
A New Jersey man was sentenced this week to a day in the slammer for buying an illegal $6,800 tiger skin rug to decorate his “safari room,” according to prosecutors and a new report. Loren Varga, 62, of Franklin Township, bought the rug and traveled across state lines to the Keystone State to receive it,...
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These everyday groceries are actually very fancy cakes
Onion for dessert? Yes, please! Luke Vincentini, a 23-year-old baker from Lanoka Harbor, NJ, is known for his cakes, made to mimic everyday objects and other foods — from a bunch of bananas to a bag of Doritos, and even a Chinese takeout box filled with greasy-looking noodles. On his Instagram page, which boasts 305,000...
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Malawi receives 17 black rhinos from South Africa
BLANTYRE – Seventeen black rhinos have been released into Malawi’s Liwonde national park after arriving from South Africa as part of conservation efforts aimed at keeping the local population of the endangered species healthy and safe. By moving the beasts, in one of the biggest international relocations of its kind, conservationists hope to ensure wild...
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How 65 diamonds and a shady chauffeur spawned the Trump-Biden impeachment fight
AP Rudy Giuliani has seized on Joe Biden's role in the ouster of a Ukrainian prosecutor to accuse the 2020 Democratic presidential candidate of corruption. But Biden was asked by US diplomats to demand Ukraine's president to fire the official over allegations of shakedowns and corruption. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Sixty-five diamonds and a shady chauffeur underpin the investigation that doomed former Ukrainian Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin and grew into an impeachment investigation targeting President Trump. Shokin earned the enmity of the United States government through his loyalty to a chauffeur who was caught with a "cache of diamonds" after Shokin gave him a job as a local prosecutor, a key impeachment witness told lawmakers.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: Here's a full reading of the phone call memo between Trump and UkraineSee Also:Brazilian ex-president Lula da Silva is out of prison, but his legal saga isn't over10 tricks for remembering everything you readHere's everyone who's running for president in 2020, and who has quit the raceSEE ALSO: Ukrainians have mixed feelings about Trump's 'quid pro quo'
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THE CONTENT MODERATION REPORT: Social platforms are facing a massive content crisis — here's why we think regulation is coming and what it will look like
This is a preview of The Content Moderation Report from Business Insider Intelligence. Purchase this report. To check to see if you already have access to Business Insider Intelligence through your company, click here. Content moderation has become a top priority for social platforms — including Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Pinterest, and LinkedIn — amid rising public and political scrutiny and escalating content-related crises. Brands, lawmakers, and even social media execs are coming to grips with the reality that platforms are not up to the task of moderating content on their own, primarily due to their massive scale. The scale of the problem — and the difficulty of fixing it — roughly correlate with the scale of platforms themselves. Even if 99% of harmful content is removed from a large platform, an enormous amount can still remain. Even leadership at social platforms believe their platforms should have oversight from external stakeholders, with some either publicly stating that belief or privately meeting with regulators. Tech execs including Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Google CEO Sundar Pichai, and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey have each come out in support of new regulation around platform content. See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:Twitter is soliciting user feedback to build out its deepfake policySnap's Spectacles 3 targets influencers rather than average consumersZego has become the first UK insurtech to get its own insurance license
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Washington high school teacher threatened to shoot students, officials say
A high school geometry teacher in Washington state was busted for threatening to shoot students, authorities said. Julie Elizabeth Hillend-Jones, a 58-year-old teacher at Emerald Ridge High School in Puyallup, made the threat while on the phone with a caseworker on Tuesday, but refused to “back off from those comments” as Pierce County sheriff’s officials...
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4 reasons we love Michelle Obama
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Lanmodo Vast 1080P Night Vision Camera
There are many people around the world for whom driving at night is inevitable. Even though there are many risks associated with night driving, there will be times when you have no choice. Having an additional eye helps in this situation. Some cars come with an internal Night Vision System, but it is not so […] The post Lanmodo Vast 1080P Night Vision Camera appeared first on ReadWrite.
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How to Sign Up for Apple's Health Studies
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The Rock surprises fans with a first look at his DC anti-hero Black Adam who's getting his own movie
Jason Merritt/Getty, YouTube screengrab The Rock has been talking about playing anti-hero Black Adam since 2014 and now we finally have an idea of how he'll look in the suit.  Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson shared concept art of him as the DC character on Instagram Thursday.  "My superhero dreams have come true," Johnson wrote on Instagram. "I'm honored to join the iconic #DCUniverse and it's a true pleasure to become, Black Adam." If you think he looks similar to Zachary Levi's Shazam, you're not mistaken.  In the comics, Black Adam is a nemesis to Shazam. Both have powers similar to Superman granted to them by magic.  It's unclear at this point whether or not the Rock's movie will connect directly to "Shazam" at all or if this will be a standalone.  "Black Adam" will be in theaters on December 22, 2021. You can check out the artwork from legendary DC Comics artist Jim Lee and BossLogic below. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Instagram Embed: //instagram.com/p/B42odCrFF42/embed Width: 800pxNOW WATCH: 5 things about the NFL that football fans may not knowSee Also:The 13 best movies of 2019 so far that you absolutely need to seeEvery movie remake and sequel this year so far, ranked by criticsDisney Plus' 'Noelle' is a mediocre holiday movie that clearly wasn't good enough for theaters
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North Korea Seen Lining Up Military Aircraft For Possible Show
Satellite images shared exclusively with NPR show North Korean fighters and helicopters massed at a single airbase. It could be another sign of escalating tensions.
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Oil mixed amid U.S. crude stock build, OPEC surplus forecast
Oil prices were mixed on Thursday as U.S. crude futures were pressured by a build in domestic inventories and record production, while forecasts from the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries for a lower-than-expected oil surplus supported Brent.
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Second death in Hong Kong protests as Xi demands end to violence
Victim is thought to have been hit by brick during clash between protesters and pro-Beijing residentsA second man has died during the protests in Hong Kong, hours after China’s president issued his most direct warning yet to the city, saying it needed to urgently “end violence and restore order”.A 70-year-old cleaner who is thought to have been hit by a brick during a clash between protesters and pro-Beijing residents died late on Thursday, hospital officials said. Continue reading...
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How to find someone on Venmo in 3 different ways, to pay them or send or a payment request
Avery Hartmans/Business Insider You can find someone on Venmo if you need to send money, or send a payment request.  It's easy to find someone on Venmo by searching for their name or username, or if you're in the same place, by scanning the unique QR code associated with their account. You can also sync your phone contacts and Facebook friends list on Venmo, making it easy to find anyone you have already added in those places.   Here are the three easiest ways to find someone on Venmo. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. You'd likely be hard-pressed to find somebody who doesn't have the Venmo app on their iPhone or Android phone.  With such widespread use of the apps like Venmo, it's never been easier to transfer money to friends — but you have to find them on the app first to do it. See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: Watch Elon Musk unveil his latest plan for conquering MarsSee Also:How to use the Compass app on your iPhone to stay on track and figure out your exact locationHow to tell if your iPhone has water damage — even if it's water-resistantHow to flip your Apple Watch screen by changing its orientation, in 2 different waysSEE ALSO: The best iPhone for every type of person and budget
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18 wedding trends you'll see everywhere in 2020
AleksandarNakic/Getty Images The Knot, a digital resource for engaged couples, releases an annual Wedding Trends Report. The Knot hosted a gala to showcase some of the biggest trends you can expect to see in 2020.  Insider spoke to The Knot's editor-in-chief Kristen Maxwell Cooper about the trends for an even closer look at what weddings will be like in 2020. Creative floral decor, colorful wedding dresses, and interactive entertainment are all going to be popular in 2020, according to The Knot. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. The Knot, a digital marketplace for engaged couples, hosts an annual gala to display wedding trends for the upcoming year. The Knot/The Wedding Artists Co. The Knot Gala compliments the company's Wedding Trends Report, which details what its experts are seeing couples gravitate towards for their nuptials. The 2020 Report was just released, the day after the event took place in New York City, and Insider spoke to The Knot's editor-in-chief Kristen Maxwell about the biggest wedding trends you can expect to see everywhere next year.  In 2020, couples will be using florals for more than just bouquets. The Knot/The Wedding Artists Co. "One of the things I'm loving is this idea of using florals in sort of unexpected ways," Cooper said. "They're incorporating edible blooms into food, into drinks," she said of 2020 couples. "Or they're even using their florals to sort of create textures and shapes in a monochromatic way." For instance, couples are color blocking their flowers to create stunning decor, which The Knot demonstrated through massive floral blocks at its 10th annual gala in New York City. Eco-conscious wedding decor is also becoming more common. For instance, The Knot showcased streamers made of recycled T-shirts at its gala. The Knot/The Wedding Artists Co. Cooper told Insider that "sustainability is top of the line" for a lot of 2020 couples. Eco-friendly weddings are becoming more common, with couples intentionally avoiding Styrofoam flower holders or giving flowers a second life through additional decor. They're also composting flowers and food after the event, decreasing waste. See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:A couple's smoke-filled wedding photos show them taking their 'first toke' as newlyweds out of 'Mr and Mrs' bongsTeen daughters decided to 'pre-create' a wedding day so they could dance with their father after he was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer13 decorations an interior designer would buy at Walmart right now
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Private equity company acquires .org domain registry
A double whammy for those who use .org domains: ICANN removed price restrictions on .org domain names, and then the registry in control was promptly sold to a private equity group, Ethos Capital. While Internet Society might not have wanted to raise prices, a private equity company surely will try to maximize the value of the registry. In a release about the deal, Internet Society noted: "Today’s news has tremendous benefits for both the Internet Society and PIR. The transaction will help the Internet Society to secure its future through more stable, diversified and sustainable financial resources than it has at present, allowing the organization to plan for the long term and advance its vision of an Internet for everyone on an even broader scale. It will also enable PIR to continue expanding its mission and important work under new ownership — including its goal of keeping .ORG accessible and reasonably priced — while further strengthening and deepening its commitment to the .ORG Community." We’ll have to see what “reasonably priced” means. Certainly, the goals of Ethos Capital are very different from Internet Society. Say what you want about the tents of private equity, at least it's an ethos. Here's Google's guide on moving domains without losing search profile. Read the rest
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Is it too late for more Democrats to jump into 2020 race?
On Fox Nation's "Liberty File with Judge Napolitano," the judge examined "if it's too little and too late to join the already crowded Democratic field and if any new candidate could pose a threat to Joe Biden's front-runner status."
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New study reports that a warmer world isn’t healthy for kids
WASHINGTON — Children are growing up in a warmer world that will hit them with more and different health problems than their parents experienced, an international report by doctors said. With increasing diarrhea diseases, more dangerous heat waves, air pollution and increases in mosquito-borne diseases such as dengue fever and malaria, man-made global warming is...
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What’s Wrong With the U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team
The team isn’t totally broken. Gregg Berhalter’s scheme might be.
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Exclusive: Eurazeo hires JPMorgan to exit car rental group Europcar - sources
European investment firm Eurazeo is exploring a partial or full sale of its near 30% stake in Europcar Mobility Group as it seeks to cash out from the troubled French car rental company, sources told Reuters.
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Mercedes-parent Daimler warns the costly transition to electric cars is forming a triple-threat to future profits
Reuters Mercedes-builder Daimler anticipates its transition to electric vehicles will further squeeze profits until 2022, Bloomberg reported Thursday. The margin headwinds call for job cuts and capped development spending, CEO Ola Kallenius said at his first major strategy presentation since assuming the role in May. The costs associated with electric-vehicle development join trade-war hurdles and stricter European Union emissions laws as significant pressures against Daimler's future earnings. Watch Daimler trade live here. Daimler CEO Ola Kallenius expects profit pressures to persist through 2021 as the Mercedes-parent continues its transition to electric vehicles, Bloomberg reported Thursday. The chief executive, who assumed the post in May, announced a plan to slash investment and cut its workforce to save more than $1.4 billion and boost margins. Daimler is in the midst of a shift to electric vehicles while also facing stricter European Union emissions standards and global trade-war hurdles. See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: A big-money investor in juggernauts like Facebook and Netflix breaks down the '3rd wave' firms that are leading the next round of tech disruptionSee Also:The best cash-back credit cards — updated for 2019Here's everyone who's running for president in 2020, and who has quit the race10 tricks for remembering everything you read
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Chinese manufacturing slows as trade war with US dents confidence
Sector slows for sixth month amid growing uncertainty over pact with WashingtonChina’s manufacturing sector slowed for the sixth month and by more than expected in October as the tit-for-tat trade war with the US and weaker consumer demand dampened activity in world’s second-largest economy.Industrial production, the main engine of the Chinese economy, grew at annual rate of 4.7% in October, down from 5.8% in the previous month, according to the National Bureau of Statistics. Continue reading...
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Dolphins quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick enjoys ruining ‘Tank for Tua’ narrative
Ryan Fitzpatrick is happy to quash the “Tank for Tua” narrative. After an 0-7 start to the season, the Dolphins have won two straight games against the Jets and Colts. Their once-safe spot atop the 2020 NFL Draft is now in peril. Fitzpatrick, ahead of Sunday’s matchup with the Bills, was asked by Buffalo media...
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Jabra's Elite 75t true wireless earbuds are available now for $180
It took longer than expected, but Jabra's Elite 75t is here -- and with a small upside for patent would-be buyers. The true wireless earbuds will be available today for $180, a slight drop from the originally quoted $200, through Amazon, Best Buy an...
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Why athletes like Jimmy Butler and LeBron James manufacture disrespect
Manufacturing disrespect is about survival. Earlier this month, Jimmy Butler pushed back against the public’s surprise that he joined the Miami Heat over the summer: “Mother------s act like I’m not a good basketball player,” Butler told Yahoo Sports. “Like for real. Just think about that. Like I can’t come in and make a huge difference. I’m not going to say ‘carry a team’ because nobody can do it by themselves and I mean that. I’m not putting it all on myself, but I know what I’m capable of.” In a similar vein, LeBron James launched a social media campaign this season for the hashtag #WashedKing, a sarcastic retort to the people who supposedly thought he was finished when his last season ended in injuries and the Lakers missed the playoffs. To both athletes’ point, there probably are people who think Butler is no longer a good basketball player, and that James, despite coming off a statistical year similar to his peak, is done playing at an elite level. But those opinions are at clear odds with the general consensus. Butler and James could choose to filter out the noise. Instead, they seem to be focusing on few negative opinions in order to create a narrative around themselves as underdogs. It’s a very human habit to remember bad things more than the good, and to turn the small negative experiences into a story about how the world is against us. We all do it. One bad response on social media will claim our attention, even in the midst of countless positive engagements. Ten thousand people can comment that they like your work, but all of that goodwill is easily derailed by one individual saying you suck. Athletes simply take over-focusing on the unpleasant to a ridiculous level. Athletes of all statures love speaking of themselves as underdogs. In the same world former NBA rookie of the year candidate Trae Young can tweet that those who doubted him need to loudly apologize, perennial Super Bowl winner Tom Brady can claim no one believed in his team in response to just a few critics who claimed the Patriots’ era of dominance was over. Jose Mourinho is infamous for instilling a siege mentality in his teams. He got his players to perform at their best by convincing them that everyone is against them, similar to the way the Patriots take anything that isn’t praise as a cardinal sin. Great athletes and teams are always exclaiming no one believes in them and playing with a “chip on their shoulder.” The root cause of feeling disrespected differs for each athlete. Butler’s probably stems from his own history of being relatively underestimated. He was drafted 30th overall in 2011, and was never seen as a potential superstar until he molded himself into one through his own hard work and determination. He went from a barely recruited prospect after high school to one of the best players in the league. His career is underlined by the struggles of his personal life, in which he was abandoned by his father as an infant, then kicked out the house by his mother as a teenager. James and Brady are dealing with insecurity of old age. It’s borderline miraculous they’re still performing at such high levels at their ages, yet no matter how great they are — and they are generational talents — time is undefeated. And as time goes on, their inevitable decline is unsurprisingly talked about more. They are objectively in the twilight of their careers, even if they take that truth as an affront. Butler’s free agency move to the Heat was shocking simply because he likely could have chosen a better established contender if he had wanted. That he twisted himself to interpret the surprise as disrespect against his skills speaks more to the ridiculous nature of being an athlete rather than his personal oversensitivity. It shows players have to constantly see themselves as underdogs, regardless if they really are. In our world, we are often deluded into thinking our worth is confined to our work. We are made to feel that we are in constant competition with everyone else, a state of mind only truly beneficial for an economic system that wants to squeeze the most labor and profit it can from every individual at the cost of their humanity. Life is a rat race, and you have to do more, work the hardest, and sacrifice everything that the next person won’t in order to win, or so we’re led to believe. Though what one wins is never truly clear. Everyone is an enemy and their success an indictment of your own lack of effort and ability. This delusion is a sickness that often leads to depression, anxiety, and burnout. For athletes though, the ideas of work as worth and incessant competition are more true to the nature of their lives, at least until they retire. From the moment they begin the journey of an athlete, they are judged by their most recent output. The parameters of their bodies are measured for production. Their numbers are analyzed and compared, and from that data determinations are made of their usefulness. They are what they can do. They have to constantly maintain a high level of performance in an incredible number of games, use their downtime to work on improving, and be on-guard against anyone who might displace them from their jobs. Every athlete’s story is, by nature, an underdog story, because each one has to beat out countless others for those few available spots. Every pro athlete, even the ones who get no playing time, have surmounted incredible odds. The idea that the world is against you is the first lesson of the sporting world. Just take a cursory look at the history of sports commercials to see that the athletic life is founded on modeling individuals to be like Jon Snow standing against faceless hordes of fellow competitors and nameless doubters. It’s no surprise then that athletes, under such intense pressure, seem to suffer from a higher rate of negative emotional states than non-athletes. A world that demands endless work and peak production is exhausting. It’s easy to have an existential crisis within that pressure. It’s easy to lose motivation in the rat race, as many of us know from our own lives. A good way to deal with those feelings then is to have something to fight against. To have something to prove. A narrative struggle gives one a clear goal in mind. Players believe the world is against them less out of delusion and more out of necessity. For Butler, it helps him maintain the attitude that made him a success to begin with. For James, it helps him keep going strong in his 17th professional year. There are, of course, better and healthier ways for an individual to stay motivated. Butler and James, and everyone else who is always screaming about how no one believes in them, can dismiss the negative comments, real or imaginary, and focus on the more abundant positive adoration. Or they could perform to meet their own personal standards. Some eventually do. But to do so means reworking everything one learns from the beginning of their athletic career. Fighting against invisible enemies in order to prove oneself has proven time and time again to be a successful tactic. It is the central sports story of how athletes view themselves and how their stories are usually told to the world. It may be annoying to hear athlete after athlete, regardless of circumstance and stature, whine that they are being doubted, the behavior should be framed within an athlete’s absurd existence. These public declarations aren’t really about legitimate personal grievances. They are about players engineering the conditions necessary to keep producing at a high level. They are about surviving.
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How to make a group chat on a Samsung Galaxy S10 in 2 different ways
Antonio Villas-Boas/Business Insider You can make a group chat on a Samsung Galaxy S10 to message with multiple people at the same time.  It's possible to make a group chat by adding recipients in the Messages app when you want to send a message, or by saving your group in the Contacts app for frequent messaging.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. While you probably spend most of your time in the Messages app sending texts to one person at a time, you can also set up group messages, in which you chat with multiple people at once.  There are two ways to make a group chat on the Samsung Galaxy S10: You can add recipients in the Messages app when sending a message, or you can create a group in the Contacts app and send messages to all the members with just a tap.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: Why it's so hard for planes to land on waterSee Also:How to bookmark websites on a Samsung Galaxy S10, and edit your bookmark listHow to download Steam on your PC or Mac, and gain access to the internet's largest collection of gamesHow to turn off data roaming on your iPhone for international travel, or completely turn off cellular dataSEE ALSO: I tested the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus for 2 months, and it made me question everything about my 'iPhone or nothing' mentality
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Pompeo tells Europe to take back, prosecute ISIS terrorists
European and other countries in the coalition battling ISIS must take back and prosecute terrorists detained in Iraq and Syria who came from their countries to prevent the jihadis from reconquering territory, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday. “The fight against ISIS is a long-term test of will, a test of civilization against barbarism,”...
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International Criminal Court OKs Investigation Into Crimes Against Rohingya
It's a first step in what Rohingya victims see as their best — and perhaps only — opportunity to hold the perpetrators of these acts accountable.
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Andrew Sparrow's election briefing: A&E wait times a headache for the Tories
Catch up with the campaign with our daily roundupLatest news from the election campaign - live The European commission has said it is launching “infringement proceedings” against the UK after the government refused to nominate a new British EU commissioner. The practical impact will probably turn out to be minimal or non-existent, but in symbolic or headline terms, this is probably a gift to Boris Johnson. For Tory leaders (and some Labour ones too) it has for years been taken as axiomatic that voters like to see their PM in a wrangle with Brussels (a flawed mindset that ultimately contributed to the Brexit vote) and now at last Johnson will be able to perform this role. Being in breach of EU treaties will go down better with his Brexiter base than sending the letter requesting an article 50 extension, something he did last month after promising he never would. Continue reading...
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Eight detained in Dominican Republic murder of Patricia Anton
Authorities in the Dominican Republic have detained eight people in the slaying of American teacher Patricia Ann Anton, according to a report. Among those in custody is a Haitian maintenance worker in the apartment complex where Anton had moved into just two days before she was found dead Tuesday with her feet and arms bound,...
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Where Do Deval Patrick and Michael Bloomberg Stand On Major 2020 Issues?
If we’ve learned anything from the news this week, besides updates of President Trump’s alleged ties to Ukraine, it’s that it’s never too late to enter a presidential race. On Thursday morning, former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick officially threw his hat into the 2020 ring—after having already missed several…Read more...
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Hemmer presses House Dem: Is the decision already made on impeaching Trump?
House Democrats' impeachment inquiry has revealed clear evidence that President Trump abused the power of his office,  House Judiciary Committee member Rep. David Cicilline, D-R.I., said Thursday.
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FEMA nominee says he does not know the causes of climate change
The Trump administration's nominee to lead the Federal Emergency Management Agency repeatedly said Thursday he doesn't know the reasons behind climate change, despite his agency often being in the position of responding to the crisis' impacts.
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Trump campaign raises $3.1M on first day of impeachment hearings
President Trump’s reelection campaign announced that on Wednesday it raised over $3.1 million in donations – the same day as the first public hearing of the House’s impeachment inquiry into Trump.
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Nationals Planned for Astros' Possible Sign-Stealing During 2019 World Series
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How to use the Compass app on your iPhone to stay on track and figure out your exact location
Anton Novoderezhkin/TASS via Getty Images To use the compass on your iPhone, you simply need to launch the Compass app and calibrate it. The Compass app comes pre-installed on every new iPhone, and can help you figure out your direction and elevation. Though not always accurate, the iPhone's Compass app can come in handy when you want to make sure you're on the right path.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.  The Compass app comes built-in on every new iPhone, and it's helpful when you want to make sure you're going in the right direction.  Here's how to launch the app, calibrate it, and use it to find your way.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: How autopilot on an airplane worksSee Also:How to tell if your iPhone has water damage — even if it's water-resistantHow to flip your Apple Watch screen by changing its orientation, in 2 different waysHow to turn off Airplane Mode on your Apple Watch in 2 different waysSEE ALSO: The best iPhone accessories from cases to lightning cables
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The Knicks are committing crimes against basketball
The Knicks are an even bigger disaster than we imagined. The Knicks are even worse than the memes suggest. On media day, New York Knicks team president Steve Mills declared the team’s offseason was actually executed as planned. And it wasn’t hard for anyone to call bullshit. Just three months earlier, Mills issued a statement pleading for fans to keep faith after not landing Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving. Of course it wasn’t the plan to instead ink anyone who’d accept a ballooned, short-term salary, positions or skill sets be damned. Mills was lying, or at least engaging in strategic delusion in the name of self-preservation. Yet somehow, that reading gives Mills and the rest of the organization too much credit. It doesn’t take long watching this team to realize things are a whole lot worse than even the most reductive Knicks jokes suggest. Those jokes are true, to be clear. Nothing will change until toxic ownership is removed. The Knicks did sign too many power forwards this summer. This roster is impossible to coach while still giving Mills and general manager Scott Perry enough plausible deniability to suggest head coach David Fizdale is the biggest problem. The young players on the roster are a tad overrated and aren’t fulfilling their draft potential. The product really is the result of years of yo-yoing between plans, all while selling fans on endless pivots and possibilities that never come to fruition. This team is actually so much worse than all of that. The roster Mills and Perry assembled is an endless black hole of self-interest and misaligned incentives that nudges every player to his worst instinct. It belongs in a Breaking Madden experiment, not actual reality. It’s a roster of mediocrity that adds up to a tiny fraction of the sum of its parts. It’s such a disaster that it’s impossible to blame any single factor for its dysfunction, which is ideal for a Teflon team president whose only skill is tossing others under the bus to save himself. The Knicks’ “marquee” free agent signing this summer is the most fitting on-court avatar for all of this. Once upon a time, Julius Randle was a top prospect with a bright NBA future. But after spending his formative NBA years mired in the Lakers’ dysfunction, then a season on a lost New Orleans team where he put up numbers with no impact on winning, Randle has mastered the art of appearing to play hard while not actually playing hard in a constructive way. So far, Randle has imported all of his bad habits and none of the shot-making he displayed in New Orleans. He catches the ball and holds it, triple-threating any potential opportunity away to scan a defense that should’ve already been tilted for him. Even on TV, you can feel the energy sucked out of the other four Knicks players as they stand helplessly waiting for Randle to make a play. No big man in the league averages more seconds or dribbles per touch. What do the Knicks get from all that standing around? Usually, those plays are multiple-dribble moves into traffic that fail to work out.’ Or, contested three-pointers that never seem to go in. (Randle is shooting 21 percent on three-and-a-half three-point attempts a game. You’re open for a reason, my man). Randle is a powerful driver at his best and completes enough of those plays to make you think he’s a force of nature. However, all the starting and stopping he does negates that power. A more decisive version of Randle should be able execute a quality dribble-handoff, using screening angles that takes his partner’s defender out of the play and reacting from there. But Randle instead plays far too upright, so he fails to make contact on screens he sets. Poor screening means no separation for him or his teammates, which further kills the flow of the offense and/or sets him up for another one of those battering-ram drives into traffic. Theoretically, Randle’s speed and strength can be weapons he deploys in conjunction with non-stop movement. In reality, though, Randle only activates the engine when he gets the ball, and by then it’s too late to create anything efficient for himself or a teammate. Any offense with this type of player using the most possessions is committing a basketball crime. The Knicks’ half-court offense is averaging just 81.4 points per 100 possessions through the first 11 games this season, according to Cleaning The Glass. The gap between them and the second-worst half-court offense is wider than the gap between second-worst and 10th-worst. In fact, no team has been below 82 points per 100 possessions on half-court possessions since the Process era 76ers of 2014-15. Worse, half-court plays account for nearly 78 percent of the Knicks’ possessions, third-highest in the league. That means you get a whole lot of this: But even though Randle is an undersized, inefficient scorer who vacuums shots away from teammates and won’t set a screen or space the floor to help someone else thrive, the Knicks’ on-court issues can’t be laid at his feet. That’s because all of Randle’s worst instincts are compounded by the rest of the roster. That includes Marcus Morris Sr., a stretch power forward masquerading as a small forward. Morris thrived in Boston last year because he got to finish plays, not start them. Sixty-nine percent of his buckets were assisted, and nearly 51 percent of his shots attempts came after zero dribbles. Less has always been more for him on either end. He’s been forced to do more this year, which isn’t helping anyone. Only 35 percent of his shots came off zero dribbles this year, which is about as many as off three or more dribbles (34 percent). He’s averaging twice as many assists as turnovers, and watching him run pick-and-roll is excruciating. Young big man Mitchell Robinson’s absence with a concussion means we’re getting a lot of Bobby Portis, a player adept at shooting, but nothing else. Portis’ screens are just slip opportunities for him to get off his own shot, the rest of the court be damned. He occasionally gets hot, but usually he’s running around aimlessly without offering anything defensively. The same could be said of second-year wing Kevin Knox, who also lacks critical basketball instincts. His shooting has improved and he’s athletic, but he reads the game so slowly that he misses opportunities to put himself in position to get better attempts off. Point guards Elfrid Payton and Dennis Smith Jr., meanwhile, have similar weaknesses at different stages of their basketball lives. Both function best with the ball in their hands, but that “best” isn’t particularly inspiring and they lack the skill or intelligence to fare well without it. (It’s worth noting Smith has dealt with horrible personal tragedy this season that would affect anyone’s play). Frank Ntilikina is a better off-ball player and seems to have more confidence after a summer in France. But opponents still help off him when he doesn’t have the ball, which is often because the Knicks have so many other mouths to feed. That includes R.J. Barrett, the Knicks’ prized rookie who must feel like he’s playing against 10 defenders whenever he touches the ball. Barrett’s a tough driver and has flashed more of a three-point shot off the dribble than I expected, but it’s hard to generate good looks when the floor looks like this on his pick-and-rolls: There’s a common denominator on this roster: players who know how to function when they have the ball and either won’t or can’t when they don’t. That might improve slightly if Reggie Bullock returns from a back issue and Wayne Ellington overcomes the curse that zapped his talent. Sage big man Taj Gibson possesses some useful good habits, though he’s well past his prime. Young wing Damyean Dotson may deserve more of a look: he actually shoots threes on the move, defends his position decently, and can shift Barrett to small forward, where he’ll have more space to drive. But rotation tweaks here and there won’t do much to create a style of play that actually works for the collective. The roster Fizdale’s been been given and the short-term contracts that brought many of those players to New York are unstoppable forces meeting immovable objects. He hasn’t done everything right, but no coach can thrive in this environment. Even if a new coach finds a root cause explaining the team’s failure, there are too many dominos that must fall for significant change. This is a perfect way to facilitate endless whataboutism in an attempt to uncover scapegoats for the Knicks’ problems. And you wonder how Mills has survived Garden politics for nearly two decades.
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