Biphoo https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews Sat, 18 Nov 2017 05:55:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.3 Honor 6A relaunches in Europe with a “Pro” fingerprint sensor https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/technology/mobile/honor-6a-relaunches-in-europe-with-a-pro-fingerprint-sensor.html https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/technology/mobile/honor-6a-relaunches-in-europe-with-a-pro-fingerprint-sensor.html#respond Sat, 18 Nov 2017 05:55:45 +0000 https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/?p=53095 Honor 6A relaunches in Europe with a “Pro” fingerprint sensor Honor 6A relaunches in Europe with a “Pro” fingerprint sensor:- Huawei’s millennial-targeting brand Honor has launched a ‘new’ low-budget smartphone in Europe. The Honor 6A Pro appeared on Honor’s official Italian site earlier today, but if you’ve been paying attention to the Chinese OEM’s recent […]

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Honor 6A relaunches in Europe with a “Pro” fingerprint sensor

Honor 6A relaunches in Europe with a “Pro” fingerprint sensor:- Huawei’s millennial-targeting brand Honor has launched a ‘new’ low-budget smartphone in Europe. The Honor 6A Pro appeared on Honor’s official Italian site earlier today, but if you’ve been paying attention to the Chinese OEM’s recent release schedule, you might have seen the “Pro” a couple of times before.

The Honor 6A Pro is essentially the same as the standard Honor 6A which launched in China back in May and later in India as the Honor Holly 4. The rebranded device has a sandblasted metal body that comes in Gold, Silver, or Grey, and sports a 5.0-inch display with a 720p resolution.

As a refresher, the dual-sim phone is powered by Qualcomm’s octa-core Snapdragon 430 processor backed by 3 GB of RAM, 32 GB of storage (expandable up to 128 GB) and a 3020 mAh battery. It also packs a 13 MP rear camera, a 5 MP selfie shooter, and runs Android Nougat out of the box.

What makes the launch a little strange is that European consumers can already buy the Honor 6A, as the phone launched in Germany in July and later made its way to other European countries including the UK.

So what makes this version so “Pro”? That’ll be the fingerprint sensor that was conspicuously missing from the European model of the Honor 6A. Otherwise, the two are absolutely identical.

Pricing has yet to be confirmed by Honor, but if you’re in Italy and looking to pick one up you can grab it through Three Italy on contract starting from €5 a month with a €49 upfront cost via the button below.

Source:- https://www.androidauthority.com/honor-6a-pro-europe-price-specs-features-815623/

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Saudi Arabia recalls its ambassador to Germany for consultation https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/world-news/saudi-arabia-recalls-its-ambassador-to-germany-for-consultation.html https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/world-news/saudi-arabia-recalls-its-ambassador-to-germany-for-consultation.html#respond Sat, 18 Nov 2017 05:47:40 +0000 https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/?p=53083 Saudi Arabia recalls its ambassador to Germany for consultation Saudi Arabia has summoned its ambassador in Germany home for consultations over comments allegedly made by German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel during a meeting with his Lebanese counterpart, the Saudi Foreign Ministry said on Saturday. The ministry said Saudi Arabia would deliver a protest note to […]

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Saudi Arabia recalls its ambassador to Germany for consultation

Saudi Arabia has summoned its ambassador in Germany home for consultations over comments allegedly made by German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel during a meeting with his Lebanese counterpart, the Saudi Foreign Ministry said on Saturday.

The ministry said Saudi Arabia would deliver a protest note to Germany’s ambassador in Riyadh over what it said were “baseless” comments made by Gabriel.

“Such remarks provoke the surprise and disapproval of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia which considers them as aimless and based on false information that would not help bringing about stability in the region,” the ministry said in a statement in English carried by Saudi state news agency SPA.

The controversy revolves around the resignation of Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri while on a visit to Saudi Arabia on Nov. 4, accusing the Iran-backed Lebanese Hezbollah group of spreading chaos in the region.

Hariri’s abrupt resignation and continued stay in Saudi Arabia has raised concern over Lebanon’s stability.

Hariri has since left Saudi Arabia with his family for a visit to France, in what was seen as a possible way out of the crisis.

The Saudi ministry did not single out any specific remarks by Gabriel it was referring to.

But on its website, the German foreign ministry quoted Gabriel as telling his Lebanese counterpart Gebran Bassil that “Germany stands firmly by Lebanon’s side”, and warned against fanning tension in the Middle East.

“Another trouble spot is the last thing that people in the Middle East need now,” Gabriel said, according to his ministry’s website.

Source:- https://www.reuters.com/article/us-saudi-germany-lebanon/saudi-arabia-recalls-its-ambassador-to-germany-for-consultation-idUSKBN1DI00V

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You’ll soon be able to post Instagram Stories from the web https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/technology/internet/youll-soon-be-able-to-post-instagram-stories-from-the-web.html https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/technology/internet/youll-soon-be-able-to-post-instagram-stories-from-the-web.html#respond Sat, 18 Nov 2017 05:43:09 +0000 https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/?p=53087 You’ll soon be able to post Instagram Stories from the web You’ll soon be able to post Instagram Stories from the web:- Starting soon, Instagram users are getting a new way to post. Up until now, you had to download the Instagram application to be able to post to Stories. Now, you’ll be able to […]

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You’ll soon be able to post Instagram Stories from the web

You’ll soon be able to post Instagram Stories from the web:- Starting soon, Instagram users are getting a new way to post. Up until now, you had to download the Instagram application to be able to post to Stories. Now, you’ll be able to do it from the mobile web browser on your phone.

While this is exciting news, there are some drawbacks to keep in mind. Users who opt for the browser instead of the app will be limited in what they can upload and customization options. You’ll only be able to upload still photos and customization options are limited to text captions in a variety of colors. No video will be allowed and the rest of the creative options like doodling, stickers, or polls won’t be supported. To use those features, you’ll have to open up the app and upload from there.

If you see a delicious meal idea you want to save for later, Instagram will also allow you to save posts while using a browser. There will be a bookmark icon on feed posts that will send the post to your Saved folder. You’ll be able to access that from the top right portion of your screen. The social photo sharing site says all of these changes will start rolling out in the next few weeks so don’t get too disappointed if you don’t see them yet.

Even though the features are somewhat basic, they’re welcomed. This should help users who either can’t or have been resistant to downloading Instagram’s app in the past. Every inch that Instagram can move its web experience closer to its app experience the better.

Source:- https://www.androidauthority.com/instagram-stories-web-815480/

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Alabama Senate race likely won’t be certified until late December https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/news/alabama-senate-race-likely-wont-be-certified-until-late-december.html https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/news/alabama-senate-race-likely-wont-be-certified-until-late-december.html#respond Sat, 18 Nov 2017 05:34:56 +0000 https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/?p=53075 Alabama Senate race likely won’t be certified until late December Alabama’s closely watched Dec. 12 special Senate election will likely not be certified until late December at the earliest, a state election official said Friday. Reuters reported that the results of the election will be certified by Dec. 26 at the earliest, meaning that it […]

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Alabama Senate race likely won’t be certified until late December

Alabama’s closely watched Dec. 12 special Senate election will likely not be certified until late December at the earliest, a state election official said Friday.

Reuters reported that the results of the election will be certified by Dec. 26 at the earliest, meaning that it is not likely to affect key year-end GOP legislation.

Congressional Republicans and President Trump have said that they want to pass tax reform by the year’s end. But the GOP holds a slim majority in the Senate, and can only afford two Republican defections if they hope to pass such a measure.

That means that a potential Democratic victory in Alabama’s Senate election would not likely hurt Republicans’ chances of getting such legislation through.

Alabama is considered a reliably red state. But the race has been thrown into uncertainty over the past week, after allegations emerged that GOP candidate Roy Moore sought sexual and romantic relations with teenage girls when he was in his 30s.

Moore has denied most of the allegations, and has resisted calls from Republican lawmakers and officials to withdraw his Senate bid. Still, his Democratic opponent Doug Jones has seen a boost in the polls, making a potential Democratic victory a possibility.

After the Dec. 12 election, counties must report official results by Dec. 22, though the chief of staff for Alabama’s secretary of State said some of the counties are likely to miss that deadline, according to Reuters. Consequently, the process would likely be pushed back until after Christmas.

The winner would then be sworn in during an open session of the Senate. But because lawmakers are set to recess the last week of December, the winner would not be sworn in until early January.

Source:- http://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/361004-alabama-senate-race-likely-wont-be-certified-until-late-december

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Xiaomi is launching five new products in time for the holidays https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/technology/gadgets/xiaomi-is-launching-five-new-products-in-time-for-the-holidays.html https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/technology/gadgets/xiaomi-is-launching-five-new-products-in-time-for-the-holidays.html#respond Sat, 18 Nov 2017 05:33:39 +0000 https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/?p=53078 Xiaomi is launching five new products in time for the holidays Xiaomi is launching five new products in time for the holidays:- Even though Xiaomi is one of the largest phone manufacturers in the world, many people still aren’t familiar with them. Furthermore, of the people who know the name, many don’t know just how […]

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Xiaomi is launching five new products in time for the holidays

Xiaomi is launching five new products in time for the holidays:- Even though Xiaomi is one of the largest phone manufacturers in the world, many people still aren’t familiar with them. Furthermore, of the people who know the name, many don’t know just how vast its product catalog is. The company makes hundreds, if not thousands of products. You can get everything from a Xiaomi branded garden soil monitor to a sonic toothbrush.

One of the reasons that people aren’t that familiar with the company is that it just doesn’t sell a lot of products here in the states. You can’t officially buy almost any of its phones, and even if you do import one, there’s a good chance it’s missing the LTE bands you need. But, Xiaomi is starting to make inroads in the US, albeit slowly and with little fanfare.

Xiaomi has been selling its products through its Mi store here in the US with the Mi Box, a 4K streaming box, popping up at Walmart as well. Its fitness tracker, the Mi Band, has also proven popular among those who want to count their steps, but don’t want to pay Fitbit prices to do it.

It looks like the company is going to beef up its product portfolio in the states right before the holiday season. Five new products have shown up on Amazon. These include a 360-degree Mi Sphere Camera, a Mi Robot builder kit, a battery bank, a pair of headphones, and a pair of earbuds.

Xiaomi Mi Sphere Camera

The Mi Sphere Camera is the most expensive of the bunch at $299.99. It records 360-degree panoramas at 23.88 MP. That means you can record in up to 3.5K, or just shy of what your 4K TV can display. The camera supports two shooting modes, 2304 x 1152 at 60 fps or 3456 x 1728 at 30 fps. Its IP67 rated for dust and water resistance and has six-axis stabilization.

Xiaomi Mi Robot

As soon as I saw this, it immediately went on my Christmas list. The Mi Robot Builder Kit lets you build one of three different robots from a 978 part kit. The fun doesn’t stop there. You then download an app on your phone and program the robot! Its self-balancing includes high-capacity batteries so the fun won’t stop anytime soon.

Xiaomi Headphones

Xiaomi is selling two different types of headphones- over-the-ear and in-ear earbuds. The Xiaomi Mi Headphones are the over-the-ear headphones and will run you $130. Xiaomi says they are “crafted with the new graphene material to provide high-performance audio” and a “passive radiator provides fully immersive Hi-Fi experience and powerful bass”.

The Xiaomi Mi In-Ear Headphones Pro will run you $25 when they’re released November 24. We reviewed these earbuds before and found them sound pretty good. For the price, you really can’t beat these guys for in-ear headphones.

Xiaomi Power Bank Pro

It’d be great if we lived in a world of phones with week-long battery life, but sadly, we don’t. If you’re going to grab a battery bank, you want the biggest capacity for the cheapest price and that’s what the Xiaomi Power Bank Pro tries to deliver. It must do a pretty decent job because it is already sold out and temporarily out of stock. If you want to be the next in line, hit the button below and order yours now and they’ll deliver it when it becomes available again.

It’s nice to see Xiaomi offer some more products here in the states. Maybe one day it’ll let us buy its kettles, suitcases, or phones.

Source:- https://www.androidauthority.com/xiaomi-new-product-launch-815868/

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Trump Names Supreme Court Candidates for a Nonexistent Vacancy https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/news/trump-names-supreme-court-candidates-for-a-nonexistent-vacancy.html https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/news/trump-names-supreme-court-candidates-for-a-nonexistent-vacancy.html#respond Sat, 18 Nov 2017 05:31:31 +0000 https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/?p=53073 Trump Names Supreme Court Candidates for a Nonexistent Vacancy No sitting justice on the Supreme Court has indicated plans to leave any time soon. But tell that to President Trump, who announced on Friday his latest slate of judicial candidates to fill a vacancy that — as far as anyone knows — does not exist. […]

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Trump Names Supreme Court Candidates for a Nonexistent Vacancy

No sitting justice on the Supreme Court has indicated plans to leave any time soon.

But tell that to President Trump, who announced on Friday his latest slate of judicial candidates to fill a vacancy that — as far as anyone knows — does not exist.

As a presidential hopeful, Mr. Trump released a list of 21 names of judges (and one politician) and promised not to stray from it should he win the election and be in a position to replace Justice Antonin Scalia, who died in 2016. After taking office, Mr. Trump named Neil M. Gorsuch, a federal appellate judge who had been on his original list, to fill the vacant Supreme Court seat.

On Friday afternoon, with little explanation, Mr. Trump added five names to the list.

If he again gets the chance to fill a vacancy on the nation’s highest court, Mr. Trump said that he would now consider two additional state judges, two newly minted federal appeals court judges and a veteran federal judge thought by many to be a leading contender despite being left off the president’s original list.

Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit was a striking omission from the president’s original list. One administration official has said in the past that Judge Kavanaugh would be a leading candidate should Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, 81, decide to step down. Judge Kavanaugh is now officially on the list.

Others added on Friday were Justice Britt C. Grant of the Georgia Supreme Court; Judge Amy Coney Barrett of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit; Justice Patrick R. Wyrick of the Oklahoma Supreme Court; and Judge Kevin C. Newsom of the United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit.

Mr. Trump’s new candidates add to a roster of committed judicial conservatives compiled by Donald F. McGahn II, Mr. Trump’s longtime election lawyer and now the White House counsel, with help from two leading conservative policy groups: the Heritage Foundation and the Federalist Society.

“If you’re going to be committed to picking from a list, it’s really important that the list remain current and complete,” said Leonard Leo, a top executive at the Federalist Society and an influential conservative who has closely advised Mr. Trump on judicial appointments.

White House officials said the addition of the names was routine and was simply an effort to “refresh” a list that had not changed in more than a year. Even so, the announcement was a reminder of the advanced age of Justice Kennedy and Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 84. If either one — or another justice — leaves the bench in the next three years, Mr. Trump will be in a position to pick a replacement.

Source:- https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/17/us/politics/trump-supreme-court.html

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South Carolina women’s basketball team declines Trump’s invite to White House https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/news/south-carolina-womens-basketball-team-declines-trumps-invite-to-white-house.html https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/news/south-carolina-womens-basketball-team-declines-trumps-invite-to-white-house.html#respond Sat, 18 Nov 2017 05:26:17 +0000 https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/?p=53042 South Carolina women’s basketball team declines Trump’s invite to White House South Carolina women’s basketball team, the 2017 NCAA champions, declined President Trump’s invite to the White House Friday. Trump met with 18 NCAA teams Friday, including the Texas A&M women’s equestrian team, Pennsylvania State University’s women’s rugby team and the University of Washington’s women’s […]

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South Carolina women’s basketball team declines Trump’s invite to White House

South Carolina women’s basketball team, the 2017 NCAA champions, declined President Trump’s invite to the White House Friday.

Trump met with 18 NCAA teams Friday, including the Texas A&M women’s equestrian team, Pennsylvania State University’s women’s rugby team and the University of Washington’s women’s rowing team at the White House.

However, Dawn Staley, the head coach of the University of South Carolina’s Gamecocks, said her team would be unable to attend.

“We did hear from the White House about attending (Friday’s) event, but we will not be able to attend,” Staley said in a statement. “As I’ve been saying since our practices for this season started, all of our focus is on the season ahead. The only invitation we are thinking about is to the 2018 NCAA Tournament.”

After the Gamecocks won the NCAA title in April, Staley said the team would go to the White House if invited because “it’s what it stands for. It’s what national champions do.”

In September, Staley told The Associated Press she still had not received an invitation from the White House “and that in itself speaks volumes.”

Staley said if the team received an invite they may not attend after “some things transpired over the last few months,” ESPN reported.

In September, Trump rescinded Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry’s invitation to the White House after his team won the NBA championship. Trump took away the invite after Curry suggested his team did not wish to meet with Trump.

The Warriors announced that they would not go to the White House to meet with Trump following the rescinded invitation.

North Carolina’s men’s basketball team said earlier this year it could not agree on a date for a visit. Trump hosted the Clemson Tigers football team at the White House in June.

Sourece:- http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/11/17/south-carolina-womens-basketball-team-declines-trumps-invite-to-white-house.html

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Germany bans smartwatches for kids over spying concerns https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/technology/security/germany-bans-smartwatches-for-kids-over-spying-concerns.html https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/technology/security/germany-bans-smartwatches-for-kids-over-spying-concerns.html#respond Sat, 18 Nov 2017 05:23:57 +0000 https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/?p=53070 Germany bans smartwatches for kids over spying concerns Germany bans smartwatches for kids over spying concerns:- Germany’s Federal Network Agency (Bundesnetzagentur) issued a blanket ban on smartwatches aimed at children this week — and asked parents who’d already purchased such a device to destroy them, for good measure. The aggressive move is a response to […]

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Germany bans smartwatches for kids over spying concerns

Germany bans smartwatches for kids over spying concerns:- Germany’s Federal Network Agency (Bundesnetzagentur) issued a blanket ban on smartwatches aimed at children this week — and asked parents who’d already purchased such a device to destroy them, for good measure. The aggressive move is a response to growing privacy concerns surrounding devices aimed at minors.

“Via an app, parents can use such children’s watches to listen unnoticed to the child’s environment and they are to be regarded as an unauthorized transmitting system,” the agency’s president Jochen Homann said in a statement provided to the BBC. The FNA also urged educators to pay closer attention to students’ watches, as, “according to our research, parents’ watches are also used to listen to teachers in the classroom.”

Such concerns have been growing in recent years, as kid-targeted wearables have become more popular, along with their adult counterparts. Just last month, European watch dog group, Norwegian Consumer Council, issued a strongly worded report warning of safety concerns over GPS-enabled devices. That report went beyond tracking on the part of the parents, outlining the potential for simple hacking by outside parties.

“Any consumer looking for ways to keep their children safe and secure might want to think twice before purchasing a smartwatch as long as the faults outlined in these reports have not been fixed,” the NCC wrote.

That report specifically highlighted four kids’ smartwatch brands — Gator 2, Tinitell, Viksfjord and Xplora. The Federal Network Agency’s new rules, meanwhile, take things much further, banning the category at large. The decision follows a similar move last February, when the agency banned and ordered the destruction of the My Friend Cayla doll, after concerns were raised over the toy’s built-in microphone and Bluetooth connectivity.

Like that doll, the smartwatches have been classified as illegal spying devices by the agency.

Source:- https://techcrunch.com/2017/11/17/germany-bans-smartwatches-for-kids-over-spying-concerns/

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Trump holds off reversing ban on elephant trophy imports https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/news/trump-holds-off-reversing-ban-on-elephant-trophy-imports.html https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/news/trump-holds-off-reversing-ban-on-elephant-trophy-imports.html#respond Sat, 18 Nov 2017 05:20:39 +0000 https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/?p=53068 Trump holds off reversing ban on elephant trophy imports It looks like President Trump is having a change of heart when it comes to his recent decision to lift the ban on importing elephant trophies from Africa. In a tweet on Friday night, Trump said he decided to put the “big game trophy decision on […]

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Trump holds off reversing ban on elephant trophy imports

It looks like President Trump is having a change of heart when it comes to his recent decision to lift the ban on importing elephant trophies from Africa.

In a tweet on Friday night, Trump said he decided to put the “big game trophy decision on hold.” The comment comes less than 48 hours after it was first announced that the Trump administration would reverse a 2014 ban made under President Obama on permits for elephant trophies from Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke echoed Trump’s comment in his own tweet, saying that he and the president had spoken and “both believe that conservation & healthy herds are critical…the issuing of permits is put on hold…”

It was not immediately clear why Trump made the announcement, but it came on the same day as the top Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee called on the Trump administration to reverse its newly announced policy, labeling it the “wrong move at the wrong time.”

California Rep. Ed Royce on Friday questioned the action because of concerns not only about African wildlife but U.S. national security, citing the political upheaval in Zimbabwe, where the longtime president was placed under house arrest this week by the military.

“The administration should withdraw this decision until Zimbabwe stabilizes,” the committee chairman said in a statement. “Elephants and other big game in Africa are blood currency for terrorist organizations, and they are being killed at an alarming rate. Stopping poaching isn’t just about saving the world’s most majestic animals for the future — it’s about our national security.”

Royce said that when carefully regulated, conservation hunts could help the wildlife population, but “that said, this is the wrong move at the wrong time.”

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said in a written notice issued Thursday that permitting elephants from Zimbabwe and Zambia to be brought back as trophies will raise money for conservation programs. The change marks a shift in efforts to stop the importation of elephant tusks and hides, overriding a 2014 ban imposed by the Obama administration. The newly announced policy applies to the remains of African elephants killed between January 2016 and December 2018.

“Legal, well-regulated sport hunting as part of a sound management program can benefit certain species by providing incentives to local communities to conserve those species and by putting much-needed revenue back into conservation,” the agency said in a statement.

The illicit demand for elephant ivory has led to devastating losses from illegal poaching as the natural habitat available for the animals to roam has also dwindled by more than half. As a result, the number of African elephants has shrunk from about 5 million a century ago to about 400,000 remaining. And that number continues to decline each year.

Two other lawmakers, Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Fla., and Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., co-chairs of the Congressional Animal Protection Caucus, assailed the administration’s decision.

Source:- http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/11/17/president-trump-places-elephant-trophy-ban-reversal-on-hold.html

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US Navy admits aircrew drew penis in the sky https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/news/us-navy-admits-aircrew-drew-penis-in-the-sky.html https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/news/us-navy-admits-aircrew-drew-penis-in-the-sky.html#respond Sat, 18 Nov 2017 05:15:48 +0000 https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/?p=53063 US Navy admits aircrew drew penis in the sky US Navy admits aircrew drew penis in the sky:- In case there was any doubt, the US Navy has confirmed that there is “zero training value” in drawing penises in the sky. Navy officials were faced with an unusual controversy after residents of Okanogan County, Washington […]

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US Navy admits aircrew drew penis in the sky

US Navy admits aircrew drew penis in the sky:- In case there was any doubt, the US Navy has confirmed that there is “zero training value” in drawing penises in the sky.

Navy officials were faced with an unusual controversy after residents of Okanogan County, Washington noticed a sky drawing many said looked like male genitalia on Thursday.

“US Navy air crew, flying an F/A-18 Growler (Electronic Attack Aircraft) assigned to Electronic Attack Squadron 130 based at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Wash., flew an air pattern over Okanogan County, Washington, on Thursday, November 16, that left a condensed air trail resembling an obscene image to observers on the ground,” Navy spokesperson Lt. Cmdr. Leslie Hubbell said.

Navy “Air Boss” Vice Adm. Mike Shoemaker issued a sharp rebuke of the crew’s actions and emphasized the service’s commitment to “foster an environment of dignity and respect.”

“Sophomoric and immature antics of a sexual nature have no place in Naval aviation today,” Shoemaker said in a written statement.

“This event clearly stands in stark contrast to the way our aviators and Sailors are performing with utmost professionalism, discipline and excellence from our carrier flight decks and expeditionary airfields around the world today,” he said.

Several individuals also took to social media to post photos of the phallic drawing.

One mother told news outlet KREM 2 that she was upset that she might have to explain to her young children what the images were.

“The Navy holds its aircrew to the highest standards and we find this absolutely unacceptable, of zero training value and we are holding the crew accountable,” a statement from the Navy air station said.

“The actions of this aircrew were wholly unacceptable and antithetical to Navy core values. We have grounded the aircrew and are conducting a thorough investigation – and we will hold those responsible accountable for their actions,” Hubbell added. “The Navy apologizes for this irresponsible and immature act.”

Source:- http://edition.cnn.com/2017/11/17/politics/navy-aircrew-obscene-skywriting/index.html

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Nintendo Switch and SNES Classic Led All Console Sales in October https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/technology/console/nintendo-switch-and-snes-classic-led-all-console-sales-in-october.html https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/technology/console/nintendo-switch-and-snes-classic-led-all-console-sales-in-october.html#respond Sat, 18 Nov 2017 05:14:38 +0000 https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/?p=53060 Nintendo Switch and SNES Classic Led All Console Sales in October Nintendo Switch and SNES Classic Led All Console Sales in October:- The Nintendo Switch continued its 2017 sales charts dominance in October, but it was joined at the top by another Nintendo console. GamesBeat reports that Switch was October’s top-selling console followed by the SNES […]

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Nintendo Switch and SNES Classic Led All Console Sales in October

Nintendo Switch and SNES Classic Led All Console Sales in October:- The Nintendo Switch continued its 2017 sales charts dominance in October, but it was joined at the top by another Nintendo console. GamesBeat reports that Switch was October’s top-selling console followed by the SNES Classic Edition, according to NPD sales figures.

NPD Analyst Mat Piscatella credited Nintendo and Sony with growing the games market from 2016. “Year to date, hardware spending has grown 19 percent versus 2016 to $2.3 billion,” he said. “Consumer spending on Nintendo Switch, plug-n-play devices such as the Super NES Classic, and the PlayStation 4 continue to provide growth.”

Nintendo Life reports that consumers purchased over a million games consoles last month, with at least 666,000, or two-thirds of those consoles, being Nintendo products. That includes Switch, Super NES Classic, and 3DS consoles.

Since its March 3 launch, the Switch has enjoyed the sort of success predecessor Wii U never approached. An argument could even be made that it’s on a path to meet Nintendo’s lofty goal of reaching similar levels of success to the 100-million-plus-selling Wii. As of Sept. 30, Nintendo had sold 8 million Switches and was on pace to sell 17 million by the end of its fiscal year on March 30, 2018. In fact, the console has been in such high demand that Nintendo is reportedly upping production to at least 25 to 30 million units annually starting with its next fiscal year in April 2018.

It isn’t the only console Nintendo has had to up production for in order to meet rising demand, either. The company has been producing and shipping more SNES Classic Editions than it did with predecessor NES Classic Edition. The company even decided to extend the console’s availability into 2018 after initially planning only to sell it this calendar year.

The company has enjoyed robust software sales this year too, and October was no different. Nintendo claims Super Mario Odyssey was the top-selling game for the month. This despite the title not having launched until Oct. 27.

Nintendo’s competition certainly hasn’t stood idly by, however. The PlayStation 4 wrestled away the title of top-selling console from Switch during May and June. And although it ceded that position back to Nintendo, Sony’s platform is still far and away the market leader, with the console having passed 60 million units sold all the way back in July. Released in November 2013, the console had a three-and-a-half-year head start on the Switch.

Steadily entrenched in third place in monthly sales and slowly but surely losing its grip on second place is the other console launched in November 2013: the Xbox One. But Microsoft followed Sony’s 2016 lead in releasing a mid-generation upgrade to its console on Nov. 7. American sales figures aren’t yet available for the system, but appears to have enjoyed strong debuts in the UK and Japan at least.

Source:- http://twinfinite.net/2017/11/nintendo-switch-and-snes-classic-led-all-console-sales-in-october/

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Polls Show Roy Moore Crashing in Alabama https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/politics/polls-show-roy-moore-crashing-alabama.html https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/politics/polls-show-roy-moore-crashing-alabama.html#respond Sat, 18 Nov 2017 05:10:42 +0000 https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/?p=53061 Polls Show Roy Moore Crashing in Alabama In the eight days since the Washington Post published allegations that Republican Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore engaged in sexual relationships with several teenage girls, he has plummeted in polls, with several now showing him trailing his Democratic opponent, Doug Jones. On Friday, a Gravis Marketing poll showed […]

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Polls Show Roy Moore Crashing in Alabama

In the eight days since the Washington Post published allegations that Republican Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore engaged in sexual relationships with several teenage girls, he has plummeted in polls, with several now showing him trailing his Democratic opponent, Doug Jones.

On Friday, a Gravis Marketing poll showed Jones with a five-point lead, 47 to 42, a seven-point swing from the last result on November 10, one day after the story broke. “In the last week, the Alabama electorate has turned on Judge Roy Moore,” said Doug Kaplan, the managing partner of Gravis.

The result mirrored other findings. A Fox News poll on Thursday evening showed Jones with a remarkable eight-point lead over Moore. 50 to 42. In that poll, Jones had a 26-point advantage among women. And a National Republican Senatorial Committee taken Sunday and Monday had Jones up by a remarkable 12 points.

Taken together, the surveys show a race that is careening out of control for Moore — though with the election on December 12, there’s still ample time for him to avoid a hugely embarrassing upset.

Moore’s numbers highlight several factors that have worsened his standing, even beyond what might have been expected after such a damaging revelation.

Since the initial story was published, additional accounts of Moore’s misconduct and creepy behavior have emerged, undercutting his contention that the Washington Post had made the whole thing up. Moore’s relentless media-bashing may rile up his base, but is unlikely to convince those who have newfound doubts about his character. And his lawyers aren’t doing him any favors: On Wednesday, one resorted to handwriting trutherism to question whether Moore had actually signed the high-school yearbook of one of his accusers in 1977. Another tried to explain away Moore’s behavior with underage girls by making racist assumptions about MSNBC anchor Ali Velshi’s background.

Moore has also been all but abandoned by the national Republican Party, losing the funding of the National Republican Senatorial Committee and the Republican National Committee and the backing of every Republican senator except, curiously, Rand Paul. He is not completely without allies: The Alabama Republican Party still stands by him, and Alabama Governor Kay Ivey refused to take drastic measures that would have effectively blackballed him from the race, like moving the election altogether. (She also said she’d vote for him, grudgingly.) President Trump did not call for Moore to drop out, which might have torpedoed his chances of victory. But his defenders are increasingly few and far between.

Finally, Moore was never particularly popular among Alabama’s general population in the first place. Even before the allegations came out, he was only a few points ahead of Jones, on average, a thin margin for one of the deepest red states in the country. Given the chance to rebuke Moore, otherwise solid Republican voters have fled him in droves. If a Democrat ascends to high office in Alabama in 2017, it is squarely his fault.

Source:- http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2017/11/polls-show-roy-moore-crashing-in-alabama.html

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Apple pushes back release of HomePod speaker to 2018 https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/technology/gadgets/apple-pushes-back-release-of-homepod-speaker-to-2018.html https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/technology/gadgets/apple-pushes-back-release-of-homepod-speaker-to-2018.html#respond Sat, 18 Nov 2017 05:03:22 +0000 https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/?p=53053 Apple pushes back release of HomePod speaker to 2018 Apple pushes back release of HomePod speaker to 2018:- Apple’s HomePod connected speaker, unveiled in June, won’t be available until early 2018, according to the company Apple said Friday it was delaying until early next year the release of its HomePod speaker set to compete with […]

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Apple pushes back release of HomePod speaker to 2018

Apple pushes back release of HomePod speaker to 2018:- Apple’s HomePod connected speaker, unveiled in June, won’t be available until early 2018, according to the company

Apple said Friday it was delaying until early next year the release of its HomePod speaker set to compete with Amazon’s Alexa-powered devices and Google Home as a smart home and music hub.

The delay means Apple will miss the key holiday shopping season in the fast-growing segment of connected speakers.

“We can’t wait for people to experience HomePod, Apple’s breakthrough wireless speaker for the home, but we need a little more time before it’s ready for our customers,” Apple said in an emailed statement.

“We’ll start shipping in the US, UK and Australia in early 2018.”

Apple announced the device at its developer conference in June.

Powered by Apple’s Siri digital assistant, HomePod is priced starting at $349, at the high end of the market, and is designed with high-quality audio to pair with the Apple Music subscription service.

But Apple is late to a marketplace dominated by Amazon and Google, with a handful of other players entering the race.

While Amazon and Google have released no specific sales figures, a survey by Consumer Intelligence Research Partners showed Amazon Echo having an installed base of 20 million units in the United States, or 73 percent of the market, at the end of the third quarter.

Google Home had sold seven million devices, grabbing a 27 percent market share.

Apple’s HomePod connected speaker, unveiled in June, won’t be available until early 2018, according to the company.

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Florida’s top Democrat resigns after claims of ‘inappropriate behavior’ https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/news/floridas-top-democrat-resigns-claims-inappropriate-behavior.html https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/news/floridas-top-democrat-resigns-claims-inappropriate-behavior.html#respond Sat, 18 Nov 2017 05:01:08 +0000 https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/?p=53052 Florida’s top Democrat resigns after claims of ‘inappropriate behavior’ The head of Florida’s Democratic Party resigned Friday on the heels of a Politico report alleging he had engaged in inappropriate and demeaning behavior toward women. Stephen Bittel, who was elected party chairman in January, became just the latest powerful man embroiled in controversy after being […]

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Florida’s top Democrat resigns after claims of ‘inappropriate behavior’

The head of Florida’s Democratic Party resigned Friday on the heels of a Politico report alleging he had engaged in inappropriate and demeaning behavior toward women.

Stephen Bittel, who was elected party chairman in January, became just the latest powerful man embroiled in controversy after being publicly accused of behaving inappropriately toward women.

Based on interviews with six unnamed female former staffers or consultants, Politico reported Bittel “created an unprofessional workplace environment for women that include(d) persistent inappropriate comments, leering at young women and even inviting them on his private jet,” and that, according to one of the women interviewed, “it became a policy that women, especially junior staff, were never to be left alone with him in his office, plane or house.”

One former Democratic Party staffer told CNN that she had experienced Bittel’s inappropriate behavior firsthand for months before quitting.

“It didn’t matter if a woman was a low-level aide or senior executive. He was inappropriate with all of us,” said the staffer, who spoke to CNN only on the condition of anonymity.

Bittel, who “has been involved in progressive political activism for the past 40 years,” according to his biography on the state party’s website, sent a statement to CNN saying he was “deeply sorry” for his comments and actions.

“Every person, regardless of their gender, race, age or sexuality, should be treated with respect and valued for their hard work and contributions to our community and if any of my comments or actions did not reflect that belief I am deeply sorry,” he said. “I have much to learn, but my goal is and has always been to make sure every member of our party has a safe environment in which to succeed. It seems I’ve not been successful in that goal, and I will do better.”

That apology was not enough for some, including the party’s top contenders running to replace Republican Gov. Rick Scott.

“No one should have to work in an uncomfortable environment. Bittel’s behavior and the atmosphere he has created is unacceptable. He must resign,” said Gwen Graham, a former congresswoman who’s the daughter of former Florida Gov. Bob Graham.

“I hope Chairman Bittel does the right thing and steps down as chairman,” added Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine. “No individual should feel less than safe and comfortable in their workplace.”

“Stephen Bittel must step down as FDP Chair,” Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum said in a statement. “These courageous women came forward with disturbing stories of harassment, and it’s our duty to stand in the gap for them and others in these situations. Although these allegations are not criminal, they clearly paint a picture of a hostile working environment for women.”

Bittel then issued a second statement, this time to announce his resignation.

“When my personal situation becomes distracting to our core mission of electing Democrats and making Florida better, it is time for me to step aside,” he said. “I am proud of what we have built as a Party and the wins we have had for Florida families, but I apologize for all who have felt uncomfortable during my tenure at the Democratic Party.”

The Florida Democratic Party said the party’s first vice chair, Judy Mount, will take over on an interim basis until the State Executive Committee elects its new leader December 9.

Source:- http://edition.cnn.com/2017/11/17/politics/fl-democratic-party-chairman-resigns/index.html

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Police look for suspect behind Brooklyn gun store shootout https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/news/police-look-for-suspect-behind-brooklyn-gun-store-shootout.html https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/news/police-look-for-suspect-behind-brooklyn-gun-store-shootout.html#respond Sat, 18 Nov 2017 04:58:22 +0000 https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/?p=53047 Police look for suspect behind Brooklyn gun store shootout Police look for suspect behind Brooklyn gun store shootout:- The New York City Police Department asked for the public’s help Friday identifying the suspect behind a violent, attempted robbery at a Brooklyn gun store. According to police, a man disguised by a ball cap and dark […]

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Police look for suspect behind Brooklyn gun store shootout

Police look for suspect behind Brooklyn gun store shootout:- The New York City Police Department asked for the public’s help Friday identifying the suspect behind a violent, attempted robbery at a Brooklyn gun store.

According to police, a man disguised by a ball cap and dark sunglasses waited outside DF Brother’s Sports Center on New Utrecht Avenue in Brooklyn, Wednesday, June 28, 2017, until the store opened that morning.

Saul Swinton told 7 On Your Side Investigates he remembered seeing the suspect outside the morning of the attack. He runs La Bella Pooch, a pet-grooming salon, across the street.

“You know, he just looked like everybody else,” Swinton said. “So, I didn’t pay too much attention until that happened.”

Shortly after entering the store, the suspect pepper-sprayed the store owner, then pulled a sledgehammer out of a backpack and smashed open a display of guns, said NYPD Detective Michael O’Halloran.

“It’s very brazen,” O’Halloran said. “The perpetrator seemed so calm. I have never seen anything like this before.”

Surveillance video captured the suspect grabbing two guns from a display case just as the store owner, still recovering from being pepper-sprayed in the face, turned the corner and started shooting at the suspect.

The suspect dropped the weapons and ran for his life, leaving behind his backpack and a sledgehammer.

O’Halloran said blood found at the scene, seems to indicate the suspect cut himself while reaching into the broken glass case.
Despite the evidence left behind, detectives have been unable to identify the suspect.

“It’s tough because he is wearing a hat and dark sunglasses so it is pretty tough to tell who he is,” O’Halloran said.

The owner declined to talk on camera, expressing fear for his safety.

Since the attack, DF Brothers has improved security by adding extra help behind the counter so that no one works alone.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS.

Police are offering an up to $2,500 reward for information leading to an arrest.

Source:- http://abc7ny.com/crime-stoppers-suspect-sought-in-nyc-gun-store-shootout/2662636/

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Amazon’s Echo smart devices are more than just audio speakers https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/technology/gadgets/amazons-echo-smart-devices-are-more-than-just-audio-speakers.html https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/technology/gadgets/amazons-echo-smart-devices-are-more-than-just-audio-speakers.html#respond Sat, 18 Nov 2017 04:55:54 +0000 https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/?p=53043 Amazon’s Echo smart devices are more than just audio speakers You are back home after a busy day at work, and want to unwind by listening to some music. You say, “Alexa, play some relaxing music,” and you’ll automatically hear some neat music curation from the Amazon Echo speaker sitting on the table. You have […]

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Amazon’s Echo smart devices are more than just audio speakers

You are back home after a busy day at work, and want to unwind by listening to some music. You say, “Alexa, play some relaxing music,” and you’ll automatically hear some neat music curation from the Amazon Echo speaker sitting on the table. You have some meetings lined up the next morning, and need to wake up earlier than usual. What do you do? You just say, “Alexa, set an alarm for 6am tomorrow.” Echo, a line-up of smart speakers made by Amazon, is powered by the Artificial Intelligent (AI) virtual assistant Alexa. You can use voice commands to set reminders and alarms, play music, get the latest news and weather updates, sports scores, calendar and more. This is a case of hardware and software working together.

The Echo line-up includes the Echo Dot (Rs3,149), the Echo (Rs6,999) and Echo Plus (Rs10,499). The wake word—a word used to initiate communication with Amazon Echo devices—is Alexa, and as soon as it detects this, the circular LED lights on the speaker come on to indicate that it is listening. “Alexa, play some new trance music”, “Alexa, how is the weather today?”, “Alexa, switch on the lights” and “Alexa, what is my sports update?” are just some examples of how you can interact with it.

The set-up is fairly simple. Fire up the Alexa app on your phone, and once it detects the Echo speaker, follow the on-screen steps to connect with the Wi-Fi. Once this is done, Echo speakers will no longer rely on your phone for functionality. Though you can still use the app to tweak settings, set up a multi-room audio set-up and more, you just need to talk to the speaker directly for most tasks.

The Echo Dot is the smallest speaker of the three. It’s ideal as a bedside essential, to check the weather and news, your agenda for the day, or book an Ola cab. It has an aux-out port which lets you hook it up to a larger speaker, just in case you want to use this as a music playback device at some point.

The mid-range Echo speaker is available in black, grey or white fabric wrapping. It has a 0.6-inch tweeter and a 2.5-inch woofer, and while we were testing it, Amazon rolled out the software update (version 592452420) that automatically downloads and installs once you’ve set up the Echo, significantly improving the bass and overall sound vibrancy.

The top-of-the-line Echo Plus, which has a larger 0.8-inch tweeter and a 2.5-inch woofer, is the ideal choice if music-streaming quality plays an important part in your life.

If you want it to play music, Alexa will search through the Amazon Prime Music library. You can ask for a specific song, artist, album or any genre of music too. Most of the time, Alexa was able to understand the requests for Indian music. But it didn’t always play the latest songs from playlists, for instance, when we said “Alexa, play the latest Bollywood music.” A dedicated Prime Music app, coming soon, should make the music-streaming experience even better.

In India, the Echo speakers can plug in to your Saavn app account. If you want to listen to radio stations, Alexa will tap into the vast database of global radio stations of the TuneIn app.

App developers are already queuing up to offer support for the Alexa platform. In the Alexa app, you will find a feature known as Skills, which allows you to use third-party apps. Popular apps such as Ola, Zomato, Urban Clap, Uber, Byjus and more are available. Once you enable them, you will be able to give commands to Echo speakers to book a cab, understand how to solve a chemistry equation and change the room lighting colour to suit the mood.

If you are using the Echo Plus speaker, managing smarthome products that run on the Zigbee standard becomes easier—the Echo Plus has a built-in hub that can be used to control smart lighting (Philips Hue and TP-Link), smart plugs (Oakter and D-Link) and more. For instance, you simply screw a Philips Hue smart bulb into a lighting fixture and say, “Alexa, detect my devices”—and it will. Most smart gadgets come with their own hubs that enable the smart features (such as the hub with the Philips Hue bulbs), but you wouldn’t need to set up those hubs because the Echo Plus has that capability built in. However, the Echo and the Echo Dot do not have hub functionality built in; they still have voice-based control.

With the feature known as Routines, you can set a particular phrase, and as soon as Alexa hears it, a set of tasks will be completed. For instance, “Alexa, good morning,” can be configured to automatically relay the day’s weather forecast and switch on the smart lighting, for instance.

Each Echo speaker has seven microphones. We noticed that even if there is significant ambient noise, with multiple people speaking simultaneously, the Echo speakers were able to zone in on the specific voice that said “Alexa”, and latch on to understand the subsequent request most times. Amazon has worked hard to ensure that Alexa is adept at understanding diverse Indian accents and pronunciation, and it shows. Perhaps the only rough edge is the rather terse-sounding female voice—for instance, when it says “Goodnight”, that sounds more like someone scolding you for having the temerity to stay awake so late.

What about privacy issues? Is Alexa listening to everything you say? The Echo speakers only register and stream your voice to the cloud for processing when you use the default wake word “Alexa”. This is when Echo speakers start listening to what you say, analyse it and provide a contextual response. So, if you ask “Alexa, what’s the weather in New Delhi today?”, you will get your answer, and then Echo will stop processing till you say “Alexa” again. You will find the history of every query in the Alexa app, and these can be deleted individually.

Amazon took time to get the Alexa-powered Echo speakers to India, but it was worth the wait. The virtual assistant understands Indian voices, popular apps are plugging into the service and the Prime Music streaming service is arriving soon—all this makes for a rather well-rounded product.

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Hillary Clinton says Donald Trump and Roy Moore should be more like Al Franken https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/politics/hillary-clinton-says-donald-trump-and-roy-moore-should-be-more-like-al-franken.html https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/politics/hillary-clinton-says-donald-trump-and-roy-moore-should-be-more-like-al-franken.html#respond Sat, 18 Nov 2017 04:55:14 +0000 https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/?p=53040 Hillary Clinton says Donald Trump and Roy Moore should be more like Al Franken Hillary Clinton says Donald Trump and Roy Moore should be more like Al Franken:- Hillary Clinton criticized President Donald Trump and Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore for not handling accusations of sexual misconduct like Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn) did. Franken, accused […]

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Hillary Clinton says Donald Trump and Roy Moore should be more like Al Franken

Hillary Clinton says Donald Trump and Roy Moore should be more like Al Franken:- Hillary Clinton criticized President Donald Trump and Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore for not handling accusations of sexual misconduct like Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn) did.

Franken, accused by broadcaster Leeann Tweeden of forcibly kissing and groping her (there is photo evidence of the groping), apologized twice Thursday for his behavior.

“I don’t hear that from Roy Moore or Donald Trump,” Clinton said Friday on WABC radio in New York. “Look at the contrast between Al Franken, accepting responsibility, apologizing and Roy Moore and Donald Trump, who have done neither.”

Clinton went on to say that Trump has “disgraced the office” and that Moore “clearly doesn’t appear to be someone who will bring respect and honor to the state of Alabama.”

“I didn’t think he’d be as bad as he turned out to be,” Clinton said of Trump’s presidency so far.

Clinton, when asked about Bill Clinton’s past accusations of sexual misconduct and rape, simply noted that those allegations against her husband have already been investigated.

“Every situation has to be judged on its own merit,” Clinton said.

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Trump begins paying legal bills from own pocket https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/politics/trump-begins-paying-legal-bills-from-own-pocket.html https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/politics/trump-begins-paying-legal-bills-from-own-pocket.html#respond Sat, 18 Nov 2017 04:52:20 +0000 https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/?p=53041 Trump begins paying legal bills from own pocket Trump begins paying legal bills from own pocket:- President Donald Trump has begun paying his personal legal bills stemming from the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 campaign out of his own pocket, relieving the Republican Party of future payments, the White House’s special counsel on […]

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Trump begins paying legal bills from own pocket

Trump begins paying legal bills from own pocket:- President Donald Trump has begun paying his personal legal bills stemming from the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 campaign out of his own pocket, relieving the Republican Party of future payments, the White House’s special counsel on the matter announced Friday.

Trump, who claims a multibillion-dollar net worth, is also working with the Office of Government Ethics and tax law experts to fund the legal payments of White House staffers who have become embroiled in the Justice Department’s special counsel investigation.

“(The) President is paying his own legal fees, as was always his preference. He does not want to deplete any funds that may be available to assist current and former staffers,” Ty Cobb, the White House’s special counsel on the Russia matter, said in a statement.

“The Administration and others are working with the Office of Government Ethics and tax specialists to create a lawful mechanism for payment of fees for staffers,” Cobb added. “It is expected to be operational shortly.”

Bloomberg first reported on the change.

The Republican National Committee had previously paid for Trump’s legal bills, paying out more than $230,000 from a legal expense fund to the firms of two of Trump’s personal attorneys, John Dowd and Jay Sekulow. It is unclear who funded payments to Marc Kasowitz, the first lawyer Trump hired to oversee the response to the growing probe into allegations of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia during the 2016 campaign.

Cobb did not indicate if Trump is planning to reimburse the RNC for those expenses.

The Trump campaign and the RNC have both footed the cost for some of the legal bills of Trump’s eldest son, Donald Trump, Jr., and there were no signs Friday that the arrangement would change.

The RNC and the Trump campaign have paid more than $500,000 to attorneys representing Trump Jr., who has been repeatedly implicated in allegations of collusion due to his meeting with an attorney he believed would provide him with incriminating information on Hillary Clinton from the Russian government and, more recently, his communications with WikiLeaks.

The announcement that Trump is working to set up a mechanism to pay for some of his staffers’ legal bills comes as several current and former White House staffers have been interviewed or are scheduled to be interviewed by Justice Department Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team as part of his investigation — including former White House chief of staff Reince Priebus, former White House press secretary Sean Spicer and White House communications director Hope Hicks, among others.

It was not immediately clear whether Trump would help fund legal expenses for former campaign staffers as well.

The Russia investigation has proved costly for the Trump campaign, which has had to increase its legal spending not only to fund Trump Jr.’s legal bills, but also to comply with records requests in the investigation. Legal consulting fees account for $1 over every $10 the campaign has spent this year, according to a CNN analysis.

Source:- http://edition.cnn.com/2017/11/17/politics/trump-legal-bills/index.html

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The iPhone’s last major weakness might finally be fixed next year https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/technology/mobile/the-iphones-last-major-weakness-might-finally-be-fixed-next-year.html https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/technology/mobile/the-iphones-last-major-weakness-might-finally-be-fixed-next-year.html#respond Sat, 18 Nov 2017 04:47:04 +0000 https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/?p=53036 The iPhone’s last major weakness might finally be fixed next year The iPhone’s last major weakness might finally be fixed next year:- This year’s iPhone X is ahead of the competition in virtually every respect. But when it comes to the wireless chip inside the newest iPhones, Apple has been found sorely wanting. Neither the […]

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The iPhone’s last major weakness might finally be fixed next year

The iPhone’s last major weakness might finally be fixed next year:- This year’s iPhone X is ahead of the competition in virtually every respect. But when it comes to the wireless chip inside the newest iPhones, Apple has been found sorely wanting. Neither the iPhone X nor iPhone 8 support LTE-Advanced technologies, which means that in real-world testing, the iPhone X is slower than virtually any Android flagship launched this year.

The baseband modem chip inside the phone is to blame. Apple uses a mix of suppliers — Intel and Qualcomm — to handle supply, and so that it’s not solely reliant on one supplier. Qualcomm is the industry leader in baseband chips, and the Qualcomm-powered phones should on paper be able to keep up with the Android competition. But Intel’s modem lacks the LTE-Advanced features, an in an effort to keep parity between, say, the Verizon and AT&T-model iPhones, Apple disables LTE-Advanced on the Qualcomm-powered devices, so that all iPhone models perform the same.

But according to a new report, the software sandbagging will end by next year. Respected analysis firm KGI has issued a report, seen by 9to5Mac, claiming that the “2018 iPhones will include significantly faster baseband chips from Intel and Qualcomm.” Hopefully, that will mean greater parity between Qualcomm and Intel’s modems, which in turn will mean no software limitations, and iPhones that are genuinely fast.

Significantly, the KGI report says that 70-80% of modems will be supplied by Intel. Apple is currently locked in a bitter legal argument with Qualcomm over the price it charges for the use of its patents in the iPhone, so it’s no surprise that Apple is trying to shift supply away from Qualcomm as quickly as possible.

A separate report today claimed that Apple and Intel are working together to design new 5G modem chips for a future iPhone. Apple has moved more and more of its chip design in-house in recent years. Not only does it handle design for the CPU in iPhones and iPads, but it also designs custom wireless chips, image processors, and wireless charging technologies for its products.

With any luck, greater competition between Intel and Qualcomm will push both companies to keep working on their modem chips, and the end result will be faster connections for end users. Right now, the difference between Android flagships and the new iPhone X is stark: In a head-to-head test, the Galaxy Note 8 showed download speeds twice as fast as the iPhone X, whether that was 100Mbps to 50Mbps, or 350Mbps to 150Mbps.

Source:- http://bgr.com/2017/11/17/iphone-x-vs-galaxy-note-8-qualcomm-intel-modem-2018/

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The Surface Beast: Microsoft’s Surface Book 2 is a MacBook Pro Killer https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/technology/the-surface-beast-microsofts-surface-book-2-is-a-macbook-pro-killer.html https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/technology/the-surface-beast-microsofts-surface-book-2-is-a-macbook-pro-killer.html#respond Sat, 18 Nov 2017 04:37:11 +0000 https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/?p=53033 The Surface Beast: Microsoft’s Surface Book 2 is a MacBook Pro Killer The Surface Beast: Microsoft’s Surface Book 2 is a MacBook Pro Killer:- Over the last year I have been slowly migrating from Apple to Windows, and to be honest breaking out of the walled gardens that I lived within (some known, some unknown) […]

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The Surface Beast: Microsoft’s Surface Book 2 is a MacBook Pro Killer

The Surface Beast: Microsoft’s Surface Book 2 is a MacBook Pro Killer:- Over the last year I have been slowly migrating from Apple to Windows, and to be honest breaking out of the walled gardens that I lived within (some known, some unknown) has not been easy, but it has been freeing. I have to hand it to Apple, they made a system, an environment, that has been comfortable and creatively useful for many years. However, slowly the sparkle that was once held in such high regards by artists, has begun to dull.

For me, there was one piece of hardware that remained from my Apple past, one that traveled with me to all my photo shoots and pre-production meetings, coffee shops and airport bars, studios and locations alike… my MacBook Pro.

When I began transitioning to Windows, I had made concessions. I thought at the time, that one of the few pieces of Apple hardware that would stay in my repertoire was the MBP. I had even decided to upgrade it to the newest one before the announcement, for I knew it would be cutting edge in the ways that other Apple products of the past had been. Then, to the horror of myself and many around, we watched as Apple gave us the new MacBook Pro, complete with… wait for it… the Touch Bar (ready to suit all of my emoji needs).

That very day I bought a Microsoft Surface Book (the very one that I am typing this blog on) and never looked back. To be honest, I had intended to write a review of it for quite some time, however, that blog had been put on the backburner. What was striking about the original Surface Book was something I had a very hard time quantifying. While there were many things I fell in love with on it, such as the keyboard, and the detachable screen, the thing that won me over more than anything was how much it just worked.

Almost overnight I started to see my productivity rise as I was able to re-focus on the business side of advertising photography. I was transporting my RAWs from set on the original Surface Book and would occasionally do minor edits on it in airports. However, the 100 megapixel files from the Hasselblad H6D-100c were taxing on it once layers were added in Photoshop and file sizes surpassed the 5GB mark. Now I know that 5GB files are rarely opened on a laptop, but I had to test it out and did notice that the large files sizes were tough on the processor.

Then, about a month ago, the phone rang and it was Microsoft, wondering if I would like to hear about a new piece of equipment… the Surface Book 2. Previously they had let me try out their Surface Pro, which I liked, but still found myself using the Surface Book more. It was a no-brainer and I quickly signed to have a loaner unit sent over immediately.

The Surface Book 2 arrived only days before I was to fly out for a campaign I was shooting in New York and New Jersey. I have always had a rule that any gear headed to set has to have a backup. No matter how different the backup is, there needs to be a safety net in case something unforeseen happens. For the past year, I was traveling with the Surface Book in my carry on while the MacBook Pro was in my checked baggage. Perhaps there was part of me that was nervous about letting go of that laptop. However, the campaign on the East Coast would be the first one completely void of an Apple product, backups included.

All this had been planned before the Surface Book 2 arrived.

Then the FedEx delivery man arrived with the package that I had been sitting next to the door waiting for all day (on a side note, does FedEx know when I am anxiously awaiting a package and then decide to be late as hell delivering it?). In the box was the clean white box containing a new Surface Book 2, and to my surprise… IT WAS THE 15” MODEL. While I knew it existed, I had told the gentleman on the phone to send out whatever was easiest and I didn’t want to hassle them with demands.

To be honest, I had grown quite comfortable with the 13-inch model that I bought and didn’t think there was a need for the extra two inches, I was wrong. As it turns out the new model was completely rebuilt from the ground up and I could tell it within the first hour of using it. The details were even more refined and it was even MORE comfortable to type on.

A funny little side note… with the screen being completely detachable, you can pop it off and walk around set with a tablet bigger than any other on the market, and as it turns out, the only thing my clients talked about for hours.

Now at this point, you are probably asking, “but Blair, how does it perform?”…

Please refer to the title of this article.

I have NEVER used a laptop that felt as powerful as the Surface Book 2. The thing ate 100-megapixel files for lunch and came back for more. In a way, it felt as though my laptop had hooked up with my desktop and the resulting baby was the Beast. Credit where it is due, the phrase “Surface Beast” was actually coined by one of the art directors on the photoshoot when he compared it to his MacBook Pro (Touch Bar and all) and decided we would preview the shoot on the Surface from there on out.

One area where there isn’t even a comparison to my previous Apple MBP life is when it comes to retouching. More specifically while traveling, even more specifically… sitting at the airport bar while the airline tells you the delay is because the plane can’t fly (FML).

The Surface Book 2 has an option to have a secondary processor in the keyboard base of the computer. What this means is that you can detach the screen, flip it around and fold it backward and have a drawing tablet with near desktop power – it is completely insane. This feature, combined with the increasing inebriation led to me laughing/near-cheering with the announcement that my flight was further delayed. In three hours of sitting at the airport bar, I had finished key art retouching on one of the images from the campaign (this is huge) and rung up a healthy bar tab of Hendricks.

For me the Surface Book 2 was the MacBook Pro that we had all wanted/expected from Apple, it just wears a different logo. While other reviews will read off the spec sheets and talk about the 17-hour battery life and GX yadda yadda yadda processor, they sometimes forget that we (the creative professionals) use these as tools.

What Microsoft has done with the Surface Book 2 is make a system void of gimmicks, because gimmicks don’t hold up in the working world. Our jobs will not benefit from being able to tap an emoji on a scroll bar, they will benefit from the ability to get work done. As a photographer, it feels extremely odd to say this, but I sincerely feel that the Surface Book 2 is not only a strong contender for the laptop to own but actually the clear-cut choice of the computer to have on set.

These weeks with the Surface Beast have won my allegiances completely and probably resulted in me making a third computer purchase for the year. However, it has also given me the confidence and comfort to say that the transition away from Apple will soon be complete.

Source:- https://petapixel.com/2017/11/17/surface-beast-microsofts-surface-book-2-macbook-pro-killer/

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Dog owners have lower mortality, study finds https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/health/dog-owners-have-lower-mortality-study-finds.html https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/health/dog-owners-have-lower-mortality-study-finds.html#respond Fri, 17 Nov 2017 12:28:04 +0000 https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/?p=53027 Dog owners have lower mortality, study finds Dog owners have a lower risk of death from cardiovascular disease or other causes, a study of 3.4 million Swedes has found. The team analysed national registries for people aged 40 to 80, and compared them to dog ownership registers. They found there was a lower risk of […]

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Dog owners have lower mortality, study finds

Dog owners have a lower risk of death from cardiovascular disease or other causes, a study of 3.4 million Swedes has found.

The team analysed national registries for people aged 40 to 80, and compared them to dog ownership registers.

They found there was a lower risk of cardiovascular disease in owners of dogs, particularly of hunting breeds.

While owning a dog may help physical activity, researchers said it may be active people who choose to own dogs.

They also said owning a dog may protect people from cardiovascular disease by increasing their social contact or wellbeing, or by changing the owner’s bacterial microbiome.

The microbiome is the collection of microscopic species that live in the gut. It’s thought a dog may influence its owner’s microbiomes as dogs change the dirt in home environments, exposing people to bacteria they may not have encountered otherwise.

The researchers said dogs had a particularly protective effect for those who live alone.

“The results showed that single dog owners had a 33% reduction in risk of death and 11% reduction in risk of heart attack,” compared to single non-owners, said lead study author Mwenya Mubanga of Uppsala University.

People who live alone have been shown previously to be at a higher risk of cardiovascular death.

Dr Mubanga said: “Perhaps a dog may stand in as an important family member in the single households.”

For their study, published in Scientific Reports, the team looked at data from 2001 to 2012. In Sweden, every visit to a hospital is recorded in national databases – while dog ownership registration has been mandatory since 2001.

Owning a dog from breeds originally bred for hunting, such as terriers, retrievers and scent hounds, was associated with the lowest risk of cardiovascular disorder.

Dr Mike Knapton of the British Heart Foundation, said: “Owning a dog is associated with reduced mortality and risk of having heart disease. Previous studies have shown this association but have not been as conclusive – largely due to the population size studied here.

“Dog ownership has many benefits, and we may now be able to count better heart health as one of them.

“However, as many dog owners may agree, the main reason for owning a dog is the sheer joy.

“Whether you’re a dog owner or not, keeping active is a great way to help improve your heart health.”

Tove Fall, senior author of the study, said there were some limitations: “These kind of epidemiological studies look for associations in large populations but do not provide answers on whether and how dogs could protect from cardiovascular disease.

“There might also be differences between owners and non-owners already before buying a dog, which could have influenced our results, such as those people choosing to get a dog tending to be more active and of better health.”

Source:- http://www.bbc.com/news/health-42009932

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First Flu-Related Death Of Season Reported In County https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/world-news/first-flu-related-death-season-reported-county.html https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/world-news/first-flu-related-death-season-reported-county.html#respond Fri, 17 Nov 2017 12:23:48 +0000 https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/?p=53026 First Flu-Related Death Of Season Reported In County Santa Clara County public health officials today reported the first flu-related death of the season occurred earlier this month. The person who died was an adult under 65, had other medical conditions that caused a higher risk of severe complications from the flu, and had not received […]

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First Flu-Related Death Of Season Reported In County

Santa Clara County public health officials today reported the first flu-related death of the season occurred earlier this month.

The person who died was an adult under 65, had other medical conditions that caused a higher risk of severe complications from the flu, and had not received this year’s flu vaccine, according to the county’s Public Health Department. The person’s name is not being released.

No other cases of severe flu have been reported to the department so far this season. Only deaths of people younger than 65 that are confirmed by a laboratory to involve the flu are required to be reported in the state.

Symptoms of the flue, a contagious illness caused by influenza viruses, are similar to those of the common cold but are often more severe, public health officials said.

The department advises everyone six months and older to get vaccinated every year, especially pregnant women, children younger than 5, adults older than 65 and those with chronic medical conditions.

Source:- http://www.sfgate.com/news/bayarea/article/First-Flu-Related-Death-Of-Season-Reported-In-12363321.php

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Saudi Arabia Faces Pressure To End Blockade As Crisis Worsens In Yemen https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/world-news/saudi-arabia-faces-pressure-to-end-blockade-as-crisis-worsens-in-yemen.html https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/world-news/saudi-arabia-faces-pressure-to-end-blockade-as-crisis-worsens-in-yemen.html#respond Fri, 17 Nov 2017 12:19:00 +0000 https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/?p=53016 Saudi Arabia Faces Pressure To End Blockade As Crisis Worsens In Yemen A Saudi-led blockade of Yemen continues to exacerbate a humanitarian crisis that aid groups are calling the most severe in decades. On Monday, Saudi Arabia said it would start reopening some sea and airports, but aid workers are still reporting difficulty in providing […]

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Saudi Arabia Faces Pressure To End Blockade As Crisis Worsens In Yemen

A Saudi-led blockade of Yemen continues to exacerbate a humanitarian crisis that aid groups are calling the most severe in decades.

On Monday, Saudi Arabia said it would start reopening some sea and airports, but aid workers are still reporting difficulty in providing food and medical supplies to nearly 20 million people who need help. Al Jazeera reports that the main entry point for aid, the Red Sea port city of al-Hudaydah, remains closed.

Rasha Muhrez, director of operations for the aid group Save The Children in Yemen, tells Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson this is a “man made crisis.”

“With this blockade it’s very difficult to get supplies, and it’s very difficult to deliver those supplies to the health facilities or the clinics to people in need mainly because also there is no fuel,” she says. “If this blockade continues, then the humanitarian situation will continue to deteriorate, and unfortunately, we would be unable to save these people in need.”

Saudi Arabia shut down land, air and sea routes into Yemen last week after its military shot down a ballistic missile aimed at an international airport in the Saudi capital, Riyadh. The Saudi crown prince accused Iran of supplying the Houthi rebels — the Shiite militia that controls the capital and much of Yemen — with the missiles.

A proxy war between Sunni-controlled Saudi Arabia and Shiite Iran has played out in Yemen since March 2015, when a Saudi-led coalition intervened in the conflict between Yemen’s exiled government and the Iran-backed Houthi rebels. More than 10,000 civilians have been killed in the war.

At least 7 million people are reportedly on the brink of famine as drinking water and food is in short supply due to the blockade. Muhrez says residents are relying on food rations from the World Food Program and other aid groups.

“WFP has supplies for the next six weeks or so,” she says. “So if they are unable to bring additional supplies in country, they won’t be able to feed the 7 million people who are already at a very critical stage, and most of them are malnourished.”

The Yemeni medical system has also collapsed. The World Health Organization estimates at least 14 million people lack basic health care and an outbreak of cholera has spread to more than 900,000 suspected cases.

“We have made progress, and there have been fewer deaths from cholera in Yemen, but we will suffer a major setback if we don’t have full access to all affected areas,” WHO tweeted last week.

Cholera is treatable, but also preventable if people have access to clean drinking water, Muhrez says.

“We see these these vulnerable kids lying on beds and with IV fluids in their arms and getting treatment from cholera, which is completely unnecessary,” she says. “It shouldn’t have happened.”

Muhrez explains that cholera spread so rapidly because clean water has been out of reach due to rising prices, lack of fuel to deliver it and now, the blockade.

Drinking water “prices increased more than 400 percent in some places,” she says. “If you want to buy a glass of water, you have to pay a couple of thousands of Yemeni rial. And this is like the money that a family could live on for a day.”

The U.S. is also facing criticism for providing support to the Saudi bombing campaign in Yemen. This week, Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy called on the Senate to follow the House of Representatives, which passed a resolution on Monday that says the U.S. military is not authorized to assist Saudi Arabia in Yemen.

The House concluded that the Authorization for the Use of Military Force, which was passed after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, does not permit the U.S. to fight the Houthis in Yemen.

“This horror is caused in part by our decision to facilitate a bombing campaign that is murdering children,” Murphy said, “and to endorse a Saudi strategy inside Yemen that is deliberately using disease and starvation and the withdrawal of humanitarian support as a tactic.”

The war in Yemen is driven by 32-year-old Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman, who launched an aggressive anti-Iran campaign after he became first-in-line to the throne January 2015.

“Peace is not an option in the case of Yemen — it’s a must,” Muhrez says. “And all parties in this conflict, they need to agree on a solution. It has to happen soon. It has to happen very soon.”

Source:- https://www.npr.org/2017/11/17/564622224/saudi-arabia-faces-pressure-to-end-blockade-as-crisis-worsens-in-yemen

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Keystone pipeline shut down after spilling 5,000 barrels of oil in South Dakota https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/world-news/keystone-pipeline-shut-down-after-spilling-5000-barrels-of-oil-in-south-dakota.html https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/world-news/keystone-pipeline-shut-down-after-spilling-5000-barrels-of-oil-in-south-dakota.html#respond Fri, 17 Nov 2017 12:13:57 +0000 https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/?p=53020 Keystone pipeline shut down after spilling 5,000 barrels of oil in South Dakota The Keystone oil pipeline spilled more than 5,000 barrels of oil on Thursday before workers took it offline, a large spill that comes days before operators hope to secure a key permit for a sister project. A TransCanada crew shut down the […]

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Keystone pipeline shut down after spilling 5,000 barrels of oil in South Dakota

The Keystone oil pipeline spilled more than 5,000 barrels of oil on Thursday before workers took it offline, a large spill that comes days before operators hope to secure a key permit for a sister project.

A TransCanada crew shut down the Keystone pipeline at 6 a.m. Thursday morning after detecting an oil leak along the line, the company said in a statement. The leak was detected along a stretch of pipeline about 35 miles south of a pumping station in Marshall County, South Dakota.

TransCanada estimates the pipeline leaked 5,000 barrels of oil, or about 210,000 gallons, before going offline. The company said it shut off the pipeline within 15 minutes of discovering the leak, and it’s working with state regulators and the Pipelines and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) to assess the situation.

According to PHMSA data gathered by environmental group Greenpeace in August, three pipeline operators have spilled more than 63,000 barrels of Canadian crude oil or refined produce in the United States since 2010.

The Keystone pipeline itself spilled an estimated 21,000 gallons of oil in 2011, and 17,000 gallons in April 2016.

The leak comes at an inopportune time for TransCanada, which is to expand its delivery network by building the Keystone XL pipeline.

Nebraska regulators are due to announce a permitting decision for the Keystone XL pipeline on Monday morning. The 830,000-barrel-per-day project would bring crude oil from Alberta, Canada to Nebraska, where it would join existing pipelines that feed refineries elsewhere in the United States.

President Trump in March signed a presidential permit allowing the company to build the pipeline, against which environmentalists have waged a years-long battle.

Then-President Barack Obama formally blocked the pipeline in 2015. But Trump revived it via executive order earlier this year, a move he often touts as one of the major achievements of his first year in office.

Keystone XL, if built, would cut diagonally through South Dakota, where state regulators have already granted construction permits.

But opponents of the project seized on Thursday’s spill, saying it should lead Nebraska regulators to reject the pipeline project as too risky.

“The [Public Service Commission] must take note: there is no such thing as a safe tar sands pipeline, and the only way to protect Nebraska communities from more tar sands spills is to say no to Keystone XL,” said Kelly Martin, the director of the Sierra Club’s Beyond Dirty Fuels campaign.

 

Source:- http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/360777-keystone-pipeline-shut-down-after-spilling-5000-barrels-of-oil-in

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Trump administration lifts ban on importing heads of hunted elephants https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/world-news/trump-administration-lifts-ban-importing-heads-hunted-elephants.html https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/world-news/trump-administration-lifts-ban-importing-heads-hunted-elephants.html#respond Fri, 17 Nov 2017 11:57:16 +0000 https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/?p=53011 Trump administration lifts ban on importing heads of hunted elephants Trump administration lifts ban on importing heads of hunted elephants:- The Trump administration confirmed Thursday it lifted a ban that had prohibited hunters from importing trophies of elephants killed in two African nations, reversing a 2014 rule put in place by the Obama White House. […]

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Trump administration lifts ban on importing heads of hunted elephants

Trump administration lifts ban on importing heads of hunted elephants:- The Trump administration confirmed Thursday it lifted a ban that had prohibited hunters from importing trophies of elephants killed in two African nations, reversing a 2014 rule put in place by the Obama White House.

A spokesperson for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service told NBC News that the agency had “determined that the hunting and management programs for African elephants in Zimbabwe and Zambia will enhance the survival of the species in the wild.”

“Legal, well-regulated sport hunting as part of a sound management program can benefit certain species by providing incentives to local communities to conserve those species and by putting much-needed revenue back into conservation,” the spokesperson said.

The reversal will apply to elephants hunted in Zimbabwe from Jan. 21, 2016 to Dec. 31, 2018 and to elephants hunted in Zambia in 2016, 2017 and 2018 “for applications that meet all other applicable permitting requirements,” the agency spokesperson said.

The move overturns a 2014 rule implemented by former President Barack Obama that banned hunters from bringing the trophy heads of elephants they’d killed in Zimbabwe and Zambia back to the U.S.

The African Bush Elephant is currently listed as endangered, under the Endangered Species Act, but a provision in the law allows for the import of trophies if it can be proved that hunting the animals contributes to conservation efforts.

The statement from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service cited conservation “enhancement findings” in reaching its decision but did not elaborate on what those findings were.

The decision by the agency was first reported Wednesday by ABC News.

Zimbabwe and Zambia issue annual permits allowing foreign hunters to kill animals, like elephants, buffalo and lions, saying the practice allows the nations to raise money for conservation. The Obama White House, however, introduced the initial ban on trophy imports in 2014 after the population of the African elephants fell.

Animal rights groups blasted the Trump administration’s move.

“Let’s be clear: elephants are on the list of threatened species; the global community has rallied to stem the ivory trade; and now, the U.S. government is giving American trophy hunters the green light to kill them,” Wayne Pacelle, the CEO of the Humane Society of the United States, wrote in a statement posted on his blog.

“What kind of message does it send to say to the world that poor Africans who are struggling to survive cannot kill elephants in order to use or sell their parts to make a living, but that it’s just fine for rich Americans to slay the beasts for their tusks to keep as trophies?” he added.

Among those who could benefit from the rule change are President Donald Trump’s adult sons, Donald Jr. and Eric, who are known big game hunters. Photographs of the pair surfaced in 2012 showing the two men posing with the carcasses of several dead animals from a hunting trip they’d taken a year earlier in Zimbabwe.

Source:- https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/politics-news/trump-administration-lifts-ban-importing-heads-hunted-elephants-n821331

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The House Just Voted to Bankrupt Graduate Students https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/politics/house-just-voted-bankrupt-graduate-students.html https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/politics/house-just-voted-bankrupt-graduate-students.html#respond Fri, 17 Nov 2017 11:53:57 +0000 https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/?p=53010 The House Just Voted to Bankrupt Graduate Students The House Just Voted to Bankrupt Graduate Students:- Republicans in the House of Representatives have just passed a tax bill that would devastate graduate research in the United States. Hidden in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is a repeal of Section 117(d)(5) of the current tax […]

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The House Just Voted to Bankrupt Graduate Students

The House Just Voted to Bankrupt Graduate Students:- Republicans in the House of Representatives have just passed a tax bill that would devastate graduate research in the United States. Hidden in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is a repeal of Section 117(d)(5) of the current tax code, a provision that is vital to all students who pursue master’s degrees or doctorates and are not independently wealthy.

I’m a graduate student at M.I.T., where I study the neurological basis of mental health disorders. My peers and I work between 40 and 80 hours a week as classroom teachers and laboratory researchers, and in return, our universities provide us with a tuition waiver for school. For M.I.T. students, this waiver keeps us from having to pay a bill of about $50,000 every year — a staggering amount, but one that is similar to the fees at many other colleges and universities. No money from the tuition waivers actually ends up in our pockets, so under Section 117(d)(5), it isn’t counted as taxable income.

But under the House’s tax bill, our waivers will be taxed. This means that M.I.T. graduate students would be responsible for paying taxes on an $80,000 annual salary, when we actually earn $33,000 a year. That’s an increase of our tax burden by at least $10,000 annually.

It would make meeting living expenses nearly impossible, barring all but the wealthiest students from pursuing a Ph.D. The students who will be hit hardest — many of whom will almost certainly have to leave academia entirely — are those from communities that are already underrepresented in higher education.

The law would also decimate American competitiveness.

Some universities might be able to cover tuition for some students, but in so doing, they would be forced to decrease the total number of graduate students they accept. American applicants to graduate school will leave the United States in favor of less expensive international institutions, and United States institutions will be unable to attract international candidates. At M.I.T., 43 percent of graduate students are foreign nationals, many of whom receive international funding. These students conduct transformative research, and bring so much diversity of culture, experience and expertise to our schools. Do we really want to shut out the next generation of innovators from our universities?

Graduate students are part of the hidden work force that drives some of the most important scientific and sociological advancements in the country. The American public benefits from it. Every dollar of basic research funded by the National Institutes of Health, for example, leads to a $1.70 output from biotechnology industries. The N.I.H. reports that the average American life span has increased by 30 years, in part, because of a better understanding of human health. I’d say that’s a pretty good return on investment for United States taxpayers.

I personally owe my life and mobility to academic research. In 2015, I found out I had reflex sympathetic dystrophy (also known as complex regional pain syndrome), and since then, I have spent around 20 percent of my annual income on medical expenses. If Congress passes the House Republicans’ tax bill as it stands, I will be forced to choose between medical expenses and my education.

In a horrible twist, the repeal of Section 117 (d)(5) isn’t the only part of the tax bill that would hurt college students. The House bill would also end the student loan interest deduction, which allows individuals who make up to $80,000 and are repaying student loans to decrease their debt. It also eliminates the Lifetime Learning Credit, which is instrumental for many nontraditional students.

And still, House Republicans voted this bill into law. Now it is up to our representatives in both the House and Senate to reject it.

Source:- https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/16/opinion/house-tax-bill-graduate-students.html

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Keystone Pipeline leaks 210,000 gallons of oil in South Dakota https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/world-news/keystone-pipeline-leaks-210000-gallons-of-oil-in-south-dakota.html https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/world-news/keystone-pipeline-leaks-210000-gallons-of-oil-in-south-dakota.html#respond Fri, 17 Nov 2017 11:51:16 +0000 https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/?p=53004 Keystone Pipeline leaks 210,000 gallons of oil in South Dakota Keystone Pipeline leaks 210,000 gallons of oil in South Dakota:- A total of 210,000 gallons of oil leaked Thursday from the Keystone pipeline in South Dakota, the pipeline’s operator, TransCanada, said. Crews shut down the pipeline Thursday morning and officials are investigating the cause of […]

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Keystone Pipeline leaks 210,000 gallons of oil in South Dakota

Keystone Pipeline leaks 210,000 gallons of oil in South Dakota:- A total of 210,000 gallons of oil leaked Thursday from the Keystone pipeline in South Dakota, the pipeline’s operator, TransCanada, said.

Crews shut down the pipeline Thursday morning and officials are investigating the cause of the leak, which occurred about 3 miles southeast of the town of Amherst, said Brian Walsh, a spokesman for the state’s Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

This is the largest Keystone oil spill to date in South Dakota, Walsh said. The leak comes just days before Nebraska officials announce a decision on whether the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline, a sister project, can move forward.

In April 2016, there was a 400-barrel release — or 16,800 gallons — with the majority of the oil cleanup completed in two months, Walsh said.

“It is a below-ground pipeline but some oil has surfaced above ground to the grass,” Walsh said. “It will be a few days until they can excavate and get in borings to see if there is groundwater contamination.”

There were no initial reports of the oil spill affecting waterways, water systems or wildlife, he said.

TransCanada said it was working with state and federal agencies.

“The safety of the public and environment are our top priorities and we will continue to provide updates as they become available,” the company said.

The Keystone Pipeline system stretches more than 2,600 miles from Hardisty east into Manitoba and then down to Texas, according to TransCanada. The pipeline transports crude oil from Canada.

The proposed Keystone XL Pipeline, which would stretch from Hardisty down to Steele City, Nebraska, would complete the entire proposed system by cutting through Montana and South Dakota.

The sections of pipeline affected stretch from Hardisty, Alberta, to Cushing, Oklahoma, and to Wood River, Illinois, the company said.
The spill occurred in the same county as part of the Lake Traverse Reservation.

“We are concerned that the oil spill is close to our treaty land, but we are trying to stay positive that they are getting the spill contained and that they will share any environmental assessments with the tribal agency,” said Dave Flute, tribal chairman of the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate.

Environmental activist group Greenpeace said the spill shows the new pipeline in Nebraska should not be approved.

“The Nebraska Public Service Commission needs to take a close look at this spill,” said Rachel Rye Butler of Greenpeace. “A permit approval allowing Canadian oil company TransCanada to build Keystone XL is a thumbs-up to likely spills in the future.”

New Keystone XL

In March, President Donald Trump’s administration officially issued a permit that approved construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline.

The approval followed years of intense debate over the pipeline amid hefty opposition from environmental groups, who argued the pipeline supports the extraction of crude oil from oil sands, which pumps about 17% more greenhouse gases than standard crude oil extraction.

Environmentalists also opposed the pipeline because it would cut across the Ogallala Aquifer, one of the world’s largest underground deposits of fresh water.

Tar sands oil is much thicker and stickier than traditional oil, significantly complicating cleanup efforts. The fact it’s thicker also means it needs to be combined with other hazardous materials to allow it to be transported in pipelines.

Native American groups have argued the pipeline would cut across their sovereign lands.

Trump said the new pipeline will be a big win for American workers, but critics say it won’t be, because most of the jobs would be temporary.
Dakota Access pipeline

TransCanada said Thursday that the section of Keystone pipe that was leaking was isolated within 15 minutes after a drop in pressure was detected.

According to the South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources’ website, this is the third pipeline spill in the state this year. Another came in April when about 84 gallons of crude oil leaked from the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline in Spink County.

That pipeline, which runs through both Dakotas and two other states, drew fierce resistance from the Standing Rock Sioux tribe in North Dakota, the tribe’s allies and environmentalists.

Opposition to the pipeline sparked monthslong protests, with as many as 10,000 people participating during the peak of the demonstrations.
Clashes with police at the protests turned violent at times, with one woman nearly losing her arm after an explosion last November.

Source:- http://edition.cnn.com/2017/11/16/us/keystone-pipeline-leak/index.html

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Woman with expletive-filled anti-Trump truck decal arrested https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/world-news/woman-with-expletive-filled-anti-trump-truck-decal-arrested.html https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/world-news/woman-with-expletive-filled-anti-trump-truck-decal-arrested.html#respond Fri, 17 Nov 2017 11:45:51 +0000 https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/?p=53005 Woman with expletive-filled anti-Trump truck decal arrested Woman with expletive-filled anti-Trump truck decal arrested:- The driver of a pickup displaying an expletive-filled message to President Donald Trump and his supporters in the Houston area was arrested Thursday on an outstanding warrant. Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office records show Karen Fonseca was arrested about 2 p.m. […]

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Woman with expletive-filled anti-Trump truck decal arrested

Woman with expletive-filled anti-Trump truck decal arrested:- The driver of a pickup displaying an expletive-filled message to President Donald Trump and his supporters in the Houston area was arrested Thursday on an outstanding warrant.

Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office records show Karen Fonseca was arrested about 2 p.m. Thursday on an outstanding fraud warrant issued in August by the Rosenberg Police Department. She was in the county jail Thursday night with bond set at $1,500.

Fonseca was released from jail Thursday night after her husband posted her bond, CBS affiliate KHOU reported.

“I’m almost certain it does have to do with this,” she said after her release. “People abuse the badge, and in my opinion, money talks. When you’re in politics, people know how to work the system.”

A sheriff’s spokesman has not answered a message seeking details behind the warrant.

Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy Nehls had threatened Fonseca with a disorderly conduct charge over the decal. However, District Attorney John Healey said he didn’t think it would have been a prosecutable case.

Fonseca had said she would not remove the decal. She said she had been stopped by law officers, but that they have no grounds to issue a citation.

“It’s not to cause hate or animosity,” the 46-year-old Fonseca told the Houston Chronicle. “It’s just our freedom of speech and we’re exercising it.”

Nehls on Wednesday posted a photo of the truck message on Facebook alongside a request to speak with the driver.

Nehls in his post said that a county prosecutor told him the message could warrant a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct. But at a news conference later Wednesday, he seemed to back away from that idea. Nehls said he supports freedom of speech but worried that profane messages could incite others and lead to confrontations that would disturb the peace he’s pledged to keep.

A spokeswoman for the sheriff’s office, which covers the county just southwest of Houston, said Thursday that Nehls’ post was removed once the pickup driver was identified.

“Due to the hate messages he has been receiving toward his wife and children, the sheriff will not be commenting on the matter further,” spokeswoman Caitilin Espinosa said by email.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Texas posted on Facebook that Fonseca’s message is protected speech and urged her to reach out to the organization. The ACLU noted a 1971 U.S. Supreme Court case that overturned the conviction of a man for disturbing the peace for wearing a jacket with an expletive as part of an effort to protest the military draft and the Vietnam War.

A woman who raised her middle finger in October to Trump’s motorcade as it passed her in Virginia was fired from a government contracting firm for violating the “code of conduct policy.” But the Texas case differs in that a government entity threatened punitive action for vulgar material directed at the president.

Lynne Rambo, a law professor at Texas A&M University specializing in the First Amendment, said Thursday that the 1971 Supreme Court case made two points clear: the state’s attempt to regulate profanity or civil discourse is not a sufficient reason to justify restricting speech, and profane language directed at a specific person is different from vulgar content that’s broadly disseminated.

“It’s state action to threaten as (Nehls) did and he really ought to know First Amendment law better than that,” Rambo said.

Fonseca says the message has been on the rear window of the pickup for nearly a year and it’ll stay there for the time-being.

“There’s no law against freedom of speech, nothing in the law book here in Texas,” she told KHOU-TV in Houston. “I’ve been stopped numerous times, but they can’t write me a ticket.”

Source:- https://www.cbsnews.com/news/woman-with-expletive-filled-anti-trump-truck-decal-arrested/

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Papadopoulos claimed Trump phone call and larger campaign role https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/politics/papadopoulos-claimed-trump-phone-call-and-larger-campaign-role.html https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/politics/papadopoulos-claimed-trump-phone-call-and-larger-campaign-role.html#respond Fri, 17 Nov 2017 11:39:32 +0000 https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/?p=53003 Papadopoulos claimed Trump phone call and larger campaign role Papadopoulos claimed Trump phone call and larger campaign role:- George Papadopoulos claimed last year that Donald Trump telephoned him to discuss his new position as a foreign policy adviser to his presidential campaign and that the two had at least one personal introductory meeting that the […]

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Papadopoulos claimed Trump phone call and larger campaign role:- George Papadopoulos claimed last year that Donald Trump telephoned him to discuss his new position as a foreign policy adviser to his presidential campaign and that the two had at least one personal introductory meeting that the White House has not acknowledged.

Papadopoulos also claimed that he’d been given a “blank check” to choose a senior Trump administration job and authorized to represent the candidate in overseas meetings with foreign leaders, and at a campaign event in New York.

Papadapoulos made the claims in several interviews with two Greek journalists during and after the 2016 election, one of whom detailed them for POLITICO. They contradict assertions by Trump, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and other Trump officials that Papadapoulos was a bit player in the campaign whom they barely remember.

One person close to Papadopoulos told POLITICO that his claims about personal interactions with Trump were untrue, but declined to elaborate. The two Greek journalists were skeptical as well, saying Papadopoulos was prone to self-promotional exaggeration. “Everyone knows I helped him [get] elected, now I want to help him with the presidency,” Papadopoulos said in one text message published by the newspaper.

But they also reported that Papadapolous reveled in the benefits of his newfound fame — at least in Greece — as an adviser to a major party nominee for the U.S. presidency. “He had acquired a new status in Athens,” wrote the newspaper, Kathimerini, which noted that Papadopoulos had been “bestowed with awards, wined and dined by prominent Athenians and even appointed to the judging committee of a beauty pageant on a Greek island.”

The true nature of Papadapoulos’s role on the campaign and relationship with Trump is important now that he has emerged as a key figure – and cooperating witness — in special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe of Russian interference in the election. In court documents unsealed last month, Papadopoulos pleaded guilty to lying to federal agents about his communications with individuals claiming to represent the Russian government and who may have been trying to infiltrate or influence Trump’s campaign by offering him “dirt” and incriminating emails about rival Hillary Clinton.

Among Papadapoulos’s claims to a Kathimerini reporter and editor was that Trump called him personally in March 2016 after he had been tapped for Trump’s foreign policy advisory team. Papadopoulos said Trump him he had been recommended for the job by Trump’s former Republican primary rival, Ben Carson.

During an “informal” five-minute phone conversation, Trump made small talk and invited the young campaign aide to travel from his Chicago home to Washington to attend his March 21 campaign event at Trump’s still-unfinished Pennsylvania Avenue hotel several days later, said Marianna Kakaounaki, an investigative reporter for the well-regarded Greek language daily. It was there that Papadopoulos said he was personally introduced to the future president.

“When he left the race and supported Trump, [Carson] suggested that the young Greek-American join the team,” according to an English translation of Kakanouaki’s Dec. 11 2016 article.

Papadopoulos and Trump then had “a telephone appointment, which did not last for more than five minutes, but shortly before closing, the candidate then invited him to a speech,” the article explained.

The timing proved fortuitous for Papadopoulos, as March 21 was also the day Trump was asked to name his foreign policy advisers during a meeting with The Washington Post’s editorial board. Papadopoulos wasn’t just one of the five named by Trump, he was also the only one singled out with a personal endorsement.

“He’s an energy and oil consultant,” Trump told the editorial board. “Excellent guy.”

From that day on, the two Kathimerini journalists would write in several articles, Papadopoulos exploited Trump’s personal endorsement, and his unpaid position on the National Security Advisory Committee, as much as possible.

Kakaounaki and her executive editor, Alexis Papachelas, were interested in tracking the apparent success of the young Greek-American campaign adviser and his potential influence on issues involving Greece and Greek-Americans.

Because some of their articles were for the Greek-language edition of the paper, they never reached a wider audience. And the journalists never published some key details of what he told them about his role on Trump’s campaign and presidential transition team. “My angle was always the Greek angle. This wasn’t part of my story,” Kakaounaki said in reference to Papadopoulos’ claimed interactions with Trump.

Trump officials have said that Trump only met Papadopoulos fleetingly as part of a large group of advisers who joined the president at a March 31 meeting of the advisory committee at his Washington hotel for what was mainly a photo opportunity. (In a puzzling twist, Papadopoulos insisted to Kakaounaki and Papachelas that the meeting — a photo of which Trump tweeted that day — actually occurred on the day they met: March 21, after Trump held a campaign event at the hotel.)

It was at that meeting that Papadopoulos pitched Trump on his ongoing efforts to set up a meeting with the candidate and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

After the Oct. 30 disclosure that Papadopoulos was cooperating with authorities, Trump tweeted that “few people knew the young, low-level volunteer named George, who has already proven to be a liar.”

Papadopoulos’ lawyer, Thomas Breen and Trump’s then-campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, declined to comment about his claims. White House officials didn’t respond to requests for comment.

Sessions, who chaired the foreign policy advisory committee, at first denied remembering Papadopoulos’s comments at the meeting both men attended. But in his Tuesday testimony before the House Judiciary Committee he said that he recalled telling Papadopoulos not to pursue contacts with Russia.

In interviews with POLITICO, Kakaounaki portrayed Papadapoulos as a young man enjoying a heady moment of fame, particularly in his ancestral homeland.

“During our interview, I felt that he was probably lucky, having just met Trump in person and then Trump being interviewed and mentioning his name,” said Kakaounaki. “That mention opened a lot of Greek doors for him, and probably in other countries too.”

Papadopoulos agreed with that assessment in an interview with Kakaounaki, she said. “He acknowledged that he was lucky, because they [had] just met” when Trump gave him his personal endorsement.

Trump’s selection of the young and inexperienced Papadopoulos – along with another little-known energy consultant, Carter Page – followed months of criticism about his lack of national security expertise, but also struck foreign policy insiders as odd.

Trump’s glowing endorsement of Papadopoulos as an “excellent” guy was surprising given that Papadopoulos had just a few months experience as a volunteer adviser for Carson, and more so after reports that he had embellished his resume — including his role at the Model United Nations and as a research fellow at the conservative Hudson Institute.

Papadapoulos shared his different version of events with Kakaounaki and Papachelas over a period of several months, as they traveled through the U.S. last year to profile prominent Greek Americans working for the various campaigns.

After Trump went from dark horse to front-runner and ultimately president-elect, seeming to make Papadopoulos an influential Greek-American, Kakaounaki and Papachelas interviewed the Trump adviser in person, by phone and via text message.

They also interviewed him in Greece, where Papadopoulos traveled at least twice to meet with senior government officials, including President Prokopis Pavlopoulos, as a Trump representative.

Papadopoulos’ international travels are of interest to congressional investigators trying to understand the Russian influence operation in the U.S. and Trump associates’ potential roles in it, according to two sources familiar with those probes.

The House intelligence committee is interested in the Greek newspaper reports, as they provide a window into Papadopoulos’ activities and relationships with the campaign in real time.

“Obviously the committee is interested in the role that Papadopoulos played in the campaign, especially given the way that the White House has downplayed his role,” one committee source told POLITICO, noting that Papadopoulos still hadn’t provided testimony before it. “We certainly want to know about any meetings he had with senior campaign officials, including the President, about his travel abroad, and about any meetings he took part in with foreign counterparts or government officials.”

During his trips abroad during and after the campaign — including to Israel, Greece and Cyprus —Papadopoulos often dropped names of campaign officials and tried to impress people with his connections, Kakaounaki said in her stories and in interviews.

“All this time, I inform him of the Greek and Cypriot issues,” he also said, in one reported remark after Trump won the election, “but the positions or the strategy that will follow in the White House are not finalized.”

Two weeks before the election, Papadopoulos informed the journalists that he had “left the campaign” because he had “done his piece.” A week later, however, he said he had come back to the campaign, but that he had to follow the campaign directive that no one was to talk about anything but the FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails.

And two days before the election, Papadopoulos attended a campaign event in Astoria hosted by a local association representing Greek Cypriot Americans.

“Mr. Trump considered it important to come and talk to you,” he told the crowd in his introduction, before sitting and nodding approvingly when the rally organizer spoke, according to the Kathimerini story.

Earlier this year, as Trump prepared for his inauguration, Papadopoulos boasted to the reporters that he had Trump’s ear, was on the transition team and that Trump had written him a “blank check” for whatever position in the administration he wanted.

After serving the next eight years in the Trump administration, he said, he planned to move to Greece to work on energy issues of mutual interest to the U.S. and Greece.

Source:- https://www.politico.com/story/2017/11/17/george-papadopoulos-trump-greece-russia-245668

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Mariah Carey Rocks Dazzling Sheer Gown In Her Gorgeous Holiday Video https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/entertainment/music/mariah-carey-rocks-dazzling-sheer-gown-gorgeous-holiday-video.html https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/entertainment/music/mariah-carey-rocks-dazzling-sheer-gown-gorgeous-holiday-video.html#respond Fri, 17 Nov 2017 11:24:56 +0000 https://www.biphoo.com/bipnews/?p=52997 Mariah Carey Rocks Dazzling Sheer Gown In Her Gorgeous Holiday Video For ‘The Star’ ‘Tis the season! Mariah Carey has dropped a new music video for her holiday ballad ‘The Star,’ and it’ll get you in the spirit without a doubt. Oh, and how stunning does she look?! Mariah Carey, 47, has debuted a video […]

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Mariah Carey Rocks Dazzling Sheer Gown In Her Gorgeous Holiday Video For ‘The Star’

‘Tis the season! Mariah Carey has dropped a new music video for her holiday ballad ‘The Star,’ and it’ll get you in the spirit without a doubt. Oh, and how stunning does she look?!

Mariah Carey, 47, has debuted a video for the title track for The Star today, Nov. 16, and the Queen of Christmas looks amazing as always in a sparkling dress. Watch her belt out the inspiring track above!

Mariah voices an animated hen named Rebecca in the Christian comedy film, which follows a group of animal friends who experience the first Christmas. Gina Rodriguez, Zachary Levi, Keegan-Michael Key, Aidy Bryant, Kelly Clarkson, Anthony Anderson, Kristin Chenoweth, Tracy Morgan, Tyler Perry, Oprah Winfrey and more are also involved, so don’t miss it!

If the movie itself isn’t your jam, or you don’t know any kids that would give you the excuse to bring them along and go see it, consider checking out the soundtrack. Apart from Mariah, Fifth Harmony has also contributed an awesome new song called “Can You See,” so be sure to take a listen!

Source: http://hollywoodlife.com/2017/11/16/mariah-carey-the-star-video/

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