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Libya's UN-recognised government launches peace initiative

Plan comes after efforts to persuade US that White House had wrong message on Libya

Libya’s UN-recognised government in Tripoli has sought to break the deadlock in the country’s civil war by launching a peace initiative which will include a national peace forum followed by simultaneous parliamentary and presidential elections to be held by the end of the year.

The plan comes after sustained diplomatic efforts by the Tripoli-based government to persuade the US that the White House had got the wrong message on Libya and was in danger of backing anti-democratic forces of Gen Khalifa Haftar, on the false premise that he was leading a fight against terrorists.

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Apple 'surprised' by Germany's new law to open up mobile payments
Germany has introduced new legislation to deal with money-laundering, and it's causing problems for Apple. On Thursday, the German Parliament passed a raft of new measures to bring the country in line with EU directives on money laundering. These inc...
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Matt Miller's Scouting Notebook: Building a Perfect Quarterback for Today's NFL
How do you build the perfect NFL quarterback? Taking the best of the best in terms of eyes (field vision), arm strength, accuracy, body (athleticism) and legs, who would you ...
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Watch Live: Marie Yovanovitch Testifies in the Trump Impeachment Hearings
Rachel Riederer on the second day of testimony in the Trump impeachment hearings, which features the former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch.
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Apple is removing all vaping apps from its App Store
Apple is removing all vaping-related apps from its App Store on Friday, Axios reports.  The move comes after numerous reports of lung injuries associated with e-cigarettes, which has affected thousands in the U.S. and has resulted in 42 deaths, according to CDC.  While Apple hasn't allowed sale of vape cartridges directly from its apps, the app store contains numerous vaping-related apps — 181 in total, Axios reports.  An Apple spokesperson pointed out the vaping-related injuries as the reason behind this move.  "Experts ranging from the CDC to the American Heart Association have attributed a variety of lung injuries and fatalities to e-cigarette and vaping products, going so far as to call the spread of these devices a public health crisis and a youth epidemic. We agree, and we’ve updated our App Store Review Guidelines to reflect that apps encouraging or facilitating the use of these products are not permitted. As of today, these apps are no longer available to download," the spokesperson told Axios. Read more...More about Apple, Apps, Vaping, Tech, and Health
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Cory Booker Gets the Link Between Climate Change and Prisons
There’s not much hype right now around Senator Cory Booker becoming president, but he deserves a lot more attention than he’s gotten. That’s because when it comes to the intersection of the environment and racism, at least, he’s got it covered. Read more...
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Jorginho on Chelsea Fans: 'I'm Happy They Are Seeing Me in a Different Light'
Chelsea midfielder Jorginho is delighted the club's supporters are seeing him "in a different light" this season after his challenging debut term...
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Anywhere But Westminster: are the Tories losing their suburban heartlands? – video
As their national election trek goes on, John Harris and John Domokos hit the Surrey town of Guildford, recently won by the Conservatives with a big majority, but shaken up by Brexit, a new cosmopolitan culture, and people’s rising unease about poverty and homelessness. The former Conservative MP is running as an independent; the Lib Dems think they’re on the march. Only one thing is certain: all the old political categories and cliches are useless Continue reading...
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Bill Clinton offers advice to Trump amid impeachment hearings
Bill Clinton advised President Trump on Thursday to focus on his job amid impeachment proceedings, saying “you don’t get the days back you blow off.” The former president called into CNN to weigh in on Trump and Congress working together on gun control legislation following the Santa Clarita shooting. “What would your message to President...
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Myles Garrett swung his helmet at Mason Rudolph
Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett ripped the helmet off Pittsburgh Steelers' quarterback Mason Rudolph and clocked him in the head with it, sparking a brawl that descended into chaos as players from both sides spilled onto the field. CNN's Coy Wire reports.
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Eye Opener at 8: Public hearings in impeachment inquiry continue
A look back at what we've been covering on "CBS This Morning."
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Apple bans vaping apps from the App Store
Vaping apps are no longer allowed in Apple's walled garden. In a statement given to Axios, the company confirmed that its App Store guidelines now ban software that encourages or helps people to vape. Any application that served such a person should...
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Hillary Clinton reportedly paid a secret visit to Meghan Markle at Frogmore Cottage, and she even got to cuddle with baby Archie
REUTERS, Getty Images Hillary Clinton secretly visited Meghan Markle at Frogmore Cottage on Tuesday, the Mail Online reports. An anonymous source told royal correspondent Rebecca English that both women are "mutual fan girls" of one another, and that Clinton even got to cuddle with baby Archie during the meeting. Buckingham Palace is yet to comment on the claims. However, the pair have publicly supported one another, with Clinton recently speaking out about the duchess' treatment by the media. "I feel as a mother I just want to put my arms around her," she said. "Oh my God, I want to hug her. I want to tell her to hang in there, don't let those bad guys get you down." Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Hillary Clinton had a secret meeting with Meghan Markle and Prince Harry at their Frogmore Cottage home on Tuesday, the Mail Online reports.  "Both women have a lot of admiration for each other and it was a very sweet, warm meeting," an anonymous source told the publication's royal correspondent Rebecca English.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: 9 items to avoid buying at CostcoSee Also:Prince Harry and Meghan Markle just shared a never-before-seen photo of baby Archie with his 'Grandpa' Prince Charles to celebrate his birthdayMeghan Markle and Prince Harry confirmed they're spending their first Christmas with Archie in the USA former royal bodyguard shared the challenges that come with protecting the royal family
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Hong Kong's brick barricades and snow in Lyon: Friday's top photos
The Guardian’s picture editors select photo highlights from around the world Continue reading...
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Joe Biden campaign fires back after North Korean media calls him a 'rabid dog'
Joe Biden's campaign fired back after North Korean state media called him a "rabid dog" who "must be beaten to death with a stick."       
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This award-winning coffee machine brings barista-level brewing to your home for under $75
The folks at Wilfa used newly discovered tech innovations to unearth untapped levels of precision and consistency in the fine art of coffee brewing. Their work led to the Red Dot Award-winning Precision Automatic Coffee Maker, a brew system that looks gorgeous, knocks out perfectly brewed coffee every time — and right now, is available with an extra $10 price drop down to $74.99, an almost 80 percent savings from TNW Deals.
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Lebanon's Safadi agrees to be next PM amid economic crisis: Bassil
Mohammad Safadi, a former finance minister, has agreed to be Lebanon's prime minister if he wins the support of leading parties, Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil said on Friday.
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In Lebanon, a renowned central bank governor faces attack
It was 2008 and unlike many countries, Lebanon was sailing through the worst global downturn in 80 years largely unscathed.
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France braces for gilets jaunes anniversary marches
One year on, divisions in the country persist and yellow vest protests are expected to surgeIn a kebab shop on the outskirts of Bordeaux, Christine, 48, was planning the next steps of the local gilets jaunes (yellow vests) protest movement.“We might seem less visible, but we’re still out here,” said the cardiac nurse who left her job after a “burn out” – like “so many” healthcare staff. “Some don’t want to wear a yellow vest anymore because of being targeted by police, but we’re organising meetings, mobilising citizens and we’ve still got public support. We’ve created a new sense of solidarity in France and that won’t go away.” Continue reading...
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Global debt to top record $255 trillion by year's end
Global debt is on course to end 2019 at a record high of more than $255 trillion, the Institute of International Finance estimated on Friday -- nearly $32,500 for each of the 7.7 billion people on planet.
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The election is affecting my mental health – at least I'm not Dilyn the dog | John Crace
No 10’s miserable pooch has been dragged on to the campaign trail. I know the feelingMy father died more than 20 years ago and I increasingly find that I think of him most on Remembrance Day rather than on his birthday or the anniversary of his death in January. He was 18 when the second world war started and 24 – the same age as my son is now – when it ended and he served in the Navy throughout, first in the north Atlantic, then in the Malta convoys and the Sicily landings and finally in the far east. And yet I have almost no details of his time in the war, because he would never discuss it. He would talk about the war in general, but whenever it became too personal he would close the conversation down. It was a part of him that was unreachable, a place he could not bear to revisit because it was still too painful, even 50 years later. It was only just before he died that he told my mother of his recurring nightmare of the time he had been ordered to sail through a sea of men who had been sunk because to have stopped would have meant getting torpedoed as well. The closest thing I have to a record of his service career is a napkin ring on which he had engraved a list of all the ships in which he had sailed. I’ve started going through the archives in an attempt to piece together his war, but this gives little indication of the personal cost. The fear, the guilt and, yes, the moments of boredom. The records show that he was on HMS Quentin when it was sunk by German fighter planes after sinking a U-Boat and I assume it was for his actions in this engagement that he was awarded the DSC. But I don’t know for sure, as he never properly told me. All he would say was that he continued to man the guns as the boat was sinking. But as he was sunk twice, maybe it was another battle entirely. Remembrance Day is about more than just those who lost their lives in war. It’s also about those who spent a lifetime trying to recover from surviving a war. Continue reading...
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I was a union organiser. Len McCluskey’s migrant clampdown will only benefit bosses | Ewa Jasiewicz
The Unite leader’s claim that a crackdown will help the white working class is wrong. Only solidarity can end exploitation • Ewa Jasiewicz is a former Unite trade union organiserUnite general secretary Len McCluskey’s recent claim that clamping down on migrant workers will make Labour more attractive to the “white working class” doesn’t reflect a trade unionism that I and many other organisers – migrant and UK citizens – believe in. Related: McCluskey sparks Labour backlash over tough line on free movement Continue reading...
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Prince Andrew to give ‘no holds barred’ interview on Jeffrey Epstein friendship
Prince Andrew is speaking out for the first time about his former ties to disgraced money manager Jeffrey Epstein in a “no holds barred interview” set to air this weekend. The Duke of York, 59, spoke to Emily Maitlis of BBC Newsnight in an interview recorded at Buckingham Palace Thursday and set to air Saturday...
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Fantasy Football Week 11: Matt Camp's Top Sleepers at Every Position
The 2019 season has quietly been one of the worst to find long-term help on the fantasy football waiver wire...
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Getting Your Team to Do More Than Meet Deadlines
Here’s a system to help them set aside time for their most important work.
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One dead in minibus crash in Cambridgeshire
Nineteen people injured after vehicle collides with car at junction and overturnsOne person has died and 19 were taken to hospital after a minibus overturned following a collision with a car in Cambridgeshire.Emergency services were called to a junction on the B1040 Somersham Road, near the villages of Woodhurst and Bluntisham, at about 4.50pm on Thursday. Continue reading...
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For nurses, an epidemic of workplace violence
"I got punched in the face," said one emergency room nurse, while others worry for their safety
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Former US ambassador to Ukraine to testify in second public impeachment hearing
House impeachment investigators on Friday morning will hear publicly from the ousted US ambassador to Ukraine, whose removal Democrats say marks the start of the shadow diplomacy campaign that sparked their impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump and Ukraine.
Politica
U.S., China trade talks to continue Friday: U.S. commerce chief
U.S.-China trade talks are set to continue with a telephone call on Friday as both sides seek to hammer out a phase one trade pact, U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said, adding that progress was being made on the agreement's details.
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Top NFL Free Agents Most Likely to Switch Teams This Offseason
The NFL has largely emulated or even surpassed the NBA in its offseason chaos over the last few years. With a strong 2020 draft class led by quarterbacks, massive names ready to ...
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Apple bans all vaping apps from the App Store
AP Apple is banning all 181 vaping-related apps from its App Store, according to a report from Axios, with the ban coming into force today. The tech giant's decision comes amid increasing public concern over the health risks posed by e-cigarettes. A report published on Thursday from the CDC said that 42 people in the US have died from lung injury associated with e-cigarette use. Apple told Axios it agreed with the CDC's findings, and has therefore decided to act. However Apple also says people who already have a vaping-related app on their iPhone will be able to continue using it and install it on new devices, Axios reported. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Apple has removed all vaping-related apps from its App Store, with the removal coming into force from today. According to Axios, the tech giant has acted in the wake of a troubling report from the CDC published Thursday, which concluded that 42 people in the US have died from lung injury associated with e-cigarette use.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: Why it's so hard for planes to land on waterSee Also:How to turn off Airplane Mode on your Apple Watch in 2 different waysApple's head of marketing slammed Chromebooks, calling them 'cheap testing tools' and saying kids who use them in school won't succeedHow to turn off data roaming on your iPhone for international travel, or completely turn off cellular dataSEE ALSO: Investigators are homing in on a potential chemical culprit behind the mysterious spate of vaping-related illnesses and deaths. Here's what officials knew and when.
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Trump impeachment hearings to resume with Marie Yovanovitch testimony – live
The former US ambassador to Ukraine was recalled abruptly in May despite a distinguished career as the president pushed for Kyiv to investigate his rivalsIn this defining moment for America, support The Guardian’s independent journalism. Make a contribution 12.45pm GMT Good morning, live blog readers!And welcome to Day Two. The second public hearing in the House impeachment inquiry against Donald Trump begins at 9am ET with the testimony of Marie Yovanovitch, the former US ambassador to Ukraine. Continue reading...
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'Minecraft Dungeons' will arrive in April 2020
Game developer Mojang last year unexpectedly announced that it was working on Minecraft Dungeons -- a blocky take on classic dungeon crawlers. Now we know when we can finally expect it to land. Initially slated for 2019, Microsoft now says the game w...
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This security camera uses facial recognition to give you some privacy
A typical security camera can give you peace of mind. But that might be offset by the nagging feeling that it's watching you, too. The best kind of security system is one that protects both your home and your privacy, and the blurams Dome Pro 1080p Security Camera is one rare model that's set up to do both. The HD lens on the blurams is equipped with a 360º field of vision, and it can be set to record any preset area with an Auto-Cruise mode. All footage is uploaded to the cloud, and you can choose to get alerts on any unauthorized motion or human detection - even in the dimmest conditions, thanks to the night vision functionality. You can even record your own alert video. But all the while, you get to decide what areas get recorded and who sets off alerts. The blurams' voice and facial recognition technology can distinguish between pets or authorized family members to avoid false alarms. Want to keep some privacy? The camera can even be set to cover up and shut down when it detects you. You can even set up your own house-wide security system and view up to four cameras on the accompanying app. Right now, the blurams Dome Pro 1080p Security Camera with Facial Recognition + Night Vision is 16% off the regular MSRP, but you can take an extra 15% off that final price by using the online code BFSAVE15, for a final price of $42.49. Read the rest
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Indiana judges suspended after 3 a.m. brawl at White Castle
Three Indiana judges got in a fight. Two were injured, all were suspended. NPR's Laurel Wamsley reports "an incident brimming with colorful details." The altercation apparently started sometime after 3 a.m., when one of the judges, Sabrina Bell, raised a middle finger at two men yelling from a passing SUV, and ended after one of those men shot two of the judges. In between, the three judges took a number of actions that "discredited the entire Indiana judiciary," according to an opinion posted by the Indiana Supreme Court this week, suspending the judges. The court found that the three — Andrew Adams, Bradley Jacobs and Sabrina Bell — had "engaged in judicial misconduct by appearing in public in an intoxicated state and behaving in an injudicious manner and by becoming involved in a verbal altercation." Adams and Jacobs engaged in further judicial misconduct "by becoming involved in a physical altercation for which Judge Adams was criminally charged and convicted." The judges will be in the sin bin for two months. The shooter's been charged with felony aggravated battery. Read the rest
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J.C. Penney quarterly loss smaller than expected, shares rise
J.C. Penney Co Inc on Friday reported a smaller-than-expected quarterly loss, as the struggling retailer benefited from lower advertising expenses and an increase in margins, sending its shares up nearly 14%.
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Exclusive: AT&T will prove the potential of 5G at DreamHack’s CS:GO tournament
AT&T will be at the DreamHack Open to show what a 5G network can do by streaming footage of the CS:GO tournament live. Three 5G-enabled smartphones will be on hand to capture unique perspectives.
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How to wear a big easy coat | Jess Cartner-Morley
It works best when the supersized volume is offset by minimal styling – a neutral colour and not too much detailingA coat that you love is the best fashion investment you can make. Your coat is what you put on as you leave the house on a cold morning. It is what stands between you and the outside world when the outside world is at its least friendly. A great party dress for a fun night out is the icing on a cake – but cake is delicious anyway. A great coat, on the other hand, is a cup of tea and a jaffa cake when you are cold and tired and hungry.It goes without saying that practicality is paramount. But a great coat isn’t just a coat that keeps you warm, it’s a coat that makes you feel great. It is this that differentiates a great coat from a perfectly serviceable coat. The days when life feels a bit as though you are walking uphill into the wind are the days when you most need a reminder of the poetry to be found in a slice of blue sky, a free Pret coffee, or the comfort of a soft collar flipped up against the elements. Continue reading...
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A journey to the centre of the Amazon in radical bid to solve climate crisis
Activists travel by canoe in risky mission to highlight threats to rainforest and learn from indigenous communitiesThe search for solutions to the climate crisis does not get any more radical, far-reaching or deeper into nature than the alternative climate conference currently taking place in the heart of the Amazon rainforest.In the past few days, European climate strikers and Extinction Rebellion youth activists have travelled by motor canoe deep into a region known as Terra do Meio to share ideas with indigenous leaders, forest dwellers, environmental activists and Brazil’s leading climate scientists, anthropologists and archaeologists. The Russian punk anarchist Nadya Tolokonnikova, of Pussy Riot, was also set to join the gathering along with local artists and Catholic bishops. Continue reading...
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No more mellow Yellow: why Coldplay are pop's weirdest band
From genre-spanning albums to collaborating with Brian Eno and Beyoncé, the band are far more radical than people give them credit forAn early Coldplay photo did the rounds recently, and will surely do so again, because it is timelessly hilarious. Anorak, hoodie, voluminous brown cords, V-neck knitwear: they are enrobed in the profoundly lame wardrobe of that late-90s musical era when Travis and Starsailor threatened to drown rock’n’roll in their own anxiety sweat.For so many people, that lameness has never left Coldplay – and this is peculiar because, contrary to the beliefs of almost any self-proclaimed arbiter of good taste, Coldplay are A Good Band. They could have treated their euphoric breakthrough hit Yellow as the aberration that it is on their moody debut Parachutes. Instead it became their mantra, as they cast even their most synthetic music in warm natural light. That sense of adventure is a quality that bands are usually revered for, but because their adventure is a sort of positivist Haribo-fuelled romp, rather than questing into the minotaur’s labyrinth like Radiohead or the National, they aren’t taken seriously. Continue reading...
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NFL Head Coaches Who Could Be Out of a Job in 2020
The NFL 's coaching carousel is bound to claim a few heads this offseason. Last year, eight teams decided to make a change at head coach, including conservative franchises such as the Cincinnati Bengals...
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UC plans to enroll 1,400 more California undergraduates with no tuition increase
The University of California plans to enroll 1,400 additional California undergraduates next year with no tuition increase under a 2020-21 budget approved Thursday by the board of regents.
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Bray Wyatt Feud Perfect Way to Make Daniel Bryan Relevant Again on WWE SmackDown
When The Fiend Bray Wyatt attacked Daniel Bryan last week on Friday Night SmackDown, the WWE Universe was shocked but genuinely happy the former leader of the Yes! movement would be involved in a top storyline again...
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A Pokemon Sword/Shield draft, because we are a sports website
Photo by David McNew/Getty Images Gotta draft ‘em all! Pokemon. Domesticated animals trained to fight for the amusement of humans in an alt-history hellscape where children are forced from their houses in their preteens to capture and battle others under the guise of growth into adulthood. It’s perfect and we love it! This week we will experience Pokemon Sword/Shield, the latest in the series. Being the avid sportspeople we are, and thriving on competition at the expense of others we decided to draft a six Pokemon team made entirely of Pokemon which are returning to the series. We were not allowed to draft the only returning legendary Pokemon (Mew), and were given the freedom to draft to our heart. Here is what we did. Brittany Cheng Lucario, 10. Hydregion, 11. Gardevoir, 20. Bewear, 21. Gengar, 30. Lapras The moment I signed up for this, I was stressed — especially because I’ve been AWOL from the Pokemon world after Gen 4. Thankfully a mix of Silph Road message boards, Quora replies, and the kindness of a top Pokemon expert from our sister gaming website, Polygon, helped me select the best team. I got lucky, too. If Zion Williamson is on the board, why wouldn’t I take him first? I don’t need to defend my other picks; I know I already won the draft since my No. 1 pick made my boss react “OH FUCK YOU.” Graham: Honestly I’m not sure that spending your first pick in the draft deliberately spiting your boss is a good career choice. James: I’d burn you, but I’ve never seen someone so stressed out about the basic concept of drafting Pokemon. Sorry to break the fourth wall for our readers, but you were definitely wracked with anxiety every time your pick came back up. I don’t want you to endure that pain so I love your draft. Good picks. Zero problems. Christian: Would eat: Lapras. Wouldn’t eat: everyone else. Matt: Gardevoir is definitely on Tik Tok so I’m upset to miss it for my team of social media All-Stars. Also shouts to Britt for drafting Graham’s favorite Pokemon No. 1 and sending this draft in chaos mode from the get-go. Graham MacAree 2. Aegislash, 9. Toxapex, 12. Charizard, 19. Ferrothorn, 22. Togekiss, 29. Weaville Aegislash gives a strong counter to Lucario at 1.1 and can sweep with Swords Dance while using King’s Shield to disrupt any physical attackers taken later. The rest of the Pokemon were taken with roles plus type composition in mind, with something of an eye towards specific checks: Toxapex can deal with James’ Tyranitar, Scald physical attackers and sit as a very difficult defensive barrier. Charizard gives some versatility with its different mega-evolution forms and wide moveset, but will mostly be used as a drought-powered special wallbreaker. Ferrothorn is another answer to Tyranitar plus can set Stealth Rock and stall with Leech Seed/protect. Togekiss running Defog is not an ideal hazard clearer but the available Pokemon who can use Defog or Rapid Spin is astonishingly low. Can also help with team status and go for flinch locks. Weaville is here as a fast revenge killer, if necessary, and gives some type coverage we were missing with Pursuit. Aegislash can do most of the hard work and, given the Pokemon available, I think the rest of the team balances and supports it well enough. I’m a little worried about that Gengar on Britt’s team, though, and there’s also no clean way to bring in Pokemon through pivot moves. Prediction and smart play, as always will be key. James: Nerd. Britt: Nerd. Christian: Would eat: Charizard, Togekiss. Wouldn’t eat: everyone else. Matt: Charizard is the only real Pokemon on this list in my opinion. Also, nerd. James Dator 3. Tyranitar, 8. Wishiwashi, 13. Mimikyu, 18. Drampa, 23. Sawk, 28. Vikavolt I’m not going to sit here and tell you my team is perfect. I’m not going to tell you they’re a top-tier team of killers and world-ruiners, but I will say that they make me happy. In the end that’s all that matters. Tyranitar is my beefy thick boy to hold down the fort, while also offering that excellent rock/dark type to get me through some early fights. Mimikyu is my sad pokemon, which is personally important to me, considering my natural proclivity for Psyduck. Wishiwashi is the pick I know people will criticize, but he’s my Rudy, my Hail Mary. I really like the Pokemon who go from zero-to-hero like watching an episode of Queer Eye, but with Wishiwashi it’ll hit school form and become a murderer in one battle — not like waiting on a sad-ass Magikarp to get its act together. Britt: I offered to trade you Bewear for Wishiwashi, so you deserve all the burns you get. Christian: I bet I could eat all these Pokemen. Maybe not Vikavolt. Matt: Tyranitar is def a bully who gets likes on IG because people are afraid of it, so I’m upset to not have it on my socia media team. Also Wishiwashi is a hilarious name. Proud of it. Christian D’Andrea 4. Mamoswine, 7. Mudsdale, 14. Unfezant, 17. Pelipper, 24. Vanilluxe , 27. Wobbuffet I have never played Pokemon, but we needed a fifth for the draft. My picks were solely based on how much I’d like to eat each of these characters. With a bottom-two pick, I invested solely in winning the “most delicious” crown. Mamoswine: Half pig, half mammoth. You remember the opening credits for the Flintstones? This is where those car-destroying ribs came from. Mudsdale: I could only find one cow-looking Pokemon (Tauros), and he wasn’t eligible for selection. I’m gonna have to settle for horse steaks instead. And since this thing is half Clydesdale, I’m gonna have a ton of them. Unfezant: The most spatchcockable Pokemon on the board. Can’t believe he lasted to the third round. Plus you can save all that unfezant fat and fry potatoes in them afterward. Pelipper: I kinda choked on this one. I thought this was a giant, fat, belligerent chicken, like Foghorn Leghorn (delicious). Instead it’s a pelican. I bet I could still eat it! Vanilluxe: It’s literally ice cream. Most obvious pick of the day. Wobbuffet: BUFFET IS RIGHT THERE IN THE NAME What’re you guys gonna do when your Pokemen fall in battle? Bury them solemnly? Pretend like nothing happened? I’m gonna eat like a goddamn king. Britt: I told you to draft Oddish for a balanced diet. Better check your arteries and cholesterol. Christian: The idea of eating a radish is by far the most unrealistic thing to happen in this draft. Matt: Why are we eating Pokemon again? I’m concerned and I think I have to call the police? Actually, you can eat Wobbuffet. Matt Ellentuck 5. Milotic, 6. Gyrados, 15. Machamp, 16. Ninetails, 25. Snorlax, 26, Ludicolo I had very important criteria for my picks. I selected the six who I felt would make the strongest social media team, and I’ll explain why. My first two picks were Milotic and Gyrados because they are both hot sea monsters. That means they’ll get a lot of likes on IG. Then I picked Machamp because it’d make a dope fitness account, and Ninetails because it definitely wears designer clothes for the ‘Gram. Snorlax is, without a doubt, a depressed meme poster. And Ludicolo def gets WILD on main. He’ll get a lot of “SIR” reply tweets, but hey, engagement is engagement. That’s a damn squad right there. Graham: While drafting entirely for Pokemon hotness is a fun goof it also raises some concerns about ... well, a lot of things. James: While drafting entirely for Pokemon hotness is a fun goof it also raises my opinion and value of you as both a coworker and a person. Live your truth. Graham: Yeah, James is right. No* judgement. Christian: I don’t want to eat any of these sexy Pokemen. Britt: Matt, you’re on cancellation watch.
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An Instagram Without Likes, And a MacBook Keyboard Without Fails
Instagram and Apple made small changes to their products this week that could affect customers in a major way.
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Learn How to Better Grow Your Business By Becoming Salesforce-Certified
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Why Paul Pierce Jumped On The CBD Train
A tragedy led former NBA star Paul Pierce to discover CBD. Now he wants to share that discovery with the world.
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What Marketers Should Know About TikTok Ad Formats and a Roundup on Partnership News
At Business Insider Intelligence, our mission is to bring you the most important insights, data and analysis from the digital world. So when we come across outstanding research from our partners that we think our audience can benefit from, we like to make sure you hear about it.  That's why we're giving you a preview of eMarketer's new report: Marketing on TikTok. You can purchase and download the full report here. It's now been more than a year since TikTok launched in the US, and in that short period, the Chinese-owned video app has capitalized on the viral nature of its platform by partnering with a number of brands and slowly unveiling a slew of advertising capabilities. Cosmetics brand e.l.f. is one of the latest advertisers to launch a paid campaign targeting TikTok's Gen Z user base. Using the popular "Hashtag Challenge" ad unit, the brand recently launched its #eyeslipsface campaign, encouraging TikTok users to create videos showing off their makeup using an original song created for the activation. e.l.f. Beauty also purchased a 24-hour takeover ad, which prompted users to participate in the challenge upon opening the app. "Gen Z is a huge audience for us," said Kory Marchisotto, CMO of e.l.f., in an interview with eMarketer about the news of the partnership. "It's of critical importance to make sure we're not only where they are, but also serving up content that's relevant to them."See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:DIGITAL IDENTITY AND THE FUTURE OF BANKING: How digital identity can slash the costs of onboarding and regulatory compliance by up to 70% for banksZego has become the first UK insurtech to get its own insurance licenseApple is reportedly planting the seeds for an XR ecosystem in its next generation hardware
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It's time to kick your adult children off of your family phone plan — here's how to do it right
d3sign / Getty Images There's a large group of adult Americans who are still on their family's phone plans. Some do it to save money, while for others it's just a habit. When you decide to sever the phone plan, have a conversation early on; it shouldn't be a surprise to anyone. Let adults still on the plan make their case for the benefits of staying on, and help them find a new plan if you decide separating is the right call.  Once you make the choice, don't back down. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Bryan Kuderna is a pretty successful guy. A bestselling author, Kuderna is a certified financial planner from Shrewsbury, New Jersey who caters to millennials. But you wouldn't know it from his phone bill. The 32-year-old father of three also just got off his parents' cell phone plan after more than a decade. His 34-year-old brother Jeff is still on it, while his sister-in-law is also on her parent's plan.  The Kuderna "kids" are among a large group of Americans who are sharing mobile phone plans well into adulthood. For some, it's to save money, and for others (like Kuderna's family) it's just habit — something they've done for years. "I'd been on their plan since I was 16 or 17," said Kuderna. "It's one of those things that goes on autopilot and it's hard to break. It's costly to start a new plan, and you lose those perks like unlimited minutes and texts." But not everyone is sharing a mobile plan for the right reasons, and that's where families run into trouble. Sometimes parents keep their adult children on their plans to stay connected, while in other instances it's the child who may be taking advantage of a parent's generosity. Blame it on laziness or a lack of direction, but some young adults expect their parents to pay for everything until they get the boot. "I have a lot of clients in that situation. They have the greatest of intentions as parents, but it's not having the right results. It's enabling their children to stay home," said Kuderna. Either way, sharing a cell phone plan well into adulthood can be a disservice to everyone involved. Not to mention, it can also cause family strife if one person on the plan is less responsible than others.  "Sharing family mobile phone plans can be harmful if adult children incur extra charges and fees for which parents will be held financially responsible," said money coach Melisa Boutin. "That's a major downside that parents should be aware of." Whatever the reason, when it comes time to go your separate mobile ways, there are both good ways and bad ways to go about it. If you want to remain family and friends, follow these four steps.Step 1: Start the conversation early Hero Images/Getty Images Kuderna said a good time to start the conversation is before the child becomes an adult. The sooner they know they will be responsible for certain bills and how much it will cost, the better prepared they'll be when the time comes. "The kids will know that once they graduate, it isn't free in perpetuity," said Kuderna.  If your child has already graduated college and is in the workforce, begin planting the seeds a few months before you want to cut the cord so that everyone has time to adjust. Nobody likes surprises, nor do they want to find out they are responsible for a monthly bill that can easily surpass $100 per month. Cutting your adult child off your phone plan without any warning is not the recipe for harmony and peace — it's more apt to elicit the reverse effect.  "Warn the child that on this date we're cutting you loose," said Varda Epstein, a parenting expert and mother to 12 children. Step 2: Let them make their case Betsie Van Der Meer/Getty Adult children aren't always looking for a free ride. Many want to be independent, but life has a funny way of getting in the way. For some, it's student loans that may be hampering their ability to become contributing adults. For others, they haven't found a high enough paying job to make it on their own. Before you kick them off your mobile phone plan, let them make their case. They may have a legitimate reason why they can't afford the bill.  "I think we have all heard too many stories of lazy adult children who refuse to support themselves, but in my experience, kids do want to become independent of their parents, and if they need a little help getting there, parents should feel good about helping however they can," said Epstein.  Kuderna, who is also the author of "Millennial Millionaire" and host of The Kuderna Podcast, was ready to get out of the house when he graduated from college, but his parents, knowing a little bit about the real world, reined him in. Instead of going out and wasting money on rent, he hunkered down at home, started saving, and was able to purchase a home a few years later. Kuderna remained on the family cell phone plan, and only recently decided to get off of it  because he wanted to go on a plan with his wife, Anita.  Step 3: Help them find a new plan d3sign/Getty Images The last thing any parent wants to do is leave their children struggling to pay their bills — particularly when those children may have high student loan tabs and other debts. On the flipside, some parents may feel it's high time to throw some more of life's responsibilities toward their kids once they see what their children elect to spend their money on. Either way, when you do cut mobile ties, try to work with the child to help them find a new plan that makes financial sense. "This can involve calling your current mobile phone service provider to transfer the adult child's phone plan to an individual account," said Boutin.  See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:Let's face it: Group birthday dinners suck. Here's how to make the experience more enjoyable for you and your wallet.This is how you can use mindfulness to overcome any moment of fear or anxietyA new survey reveals that American workers still feel the pressure to work when they're sick — and yet your coworkers would probably prefer you stayed homeSEE ALSO: Let's face it: Group birthday dinners suck. Here's how to make the experience more enjoyable for you and your wallet.
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