Huawei CFO arrested: Why Meng Wanzhou’s detention on U.S. extradition charges is a big deal

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Along with Huawei’s success has come suspicion about the company’s ties to China’s government, its willingness to overlook U.S. sanctions and the security of its systems.

By Jason Abbruzzese 

The arrest of a Chinese tech executive in Canada on Saturday was the most recent and public chapter of an ongoing battle between the U.S. government and one of the world’s biggest tech companies — Huawei.

The arrest, which came on U.S. extradition charges, featured a heightened level of intrigue due to the profile of the person arrested: Meng Wanzhou, Huawei’s chief financial officer and daughter of Huawei’s secretive founder, Ren Zhengfei, who is one of the most powerful businessmen in China. The arrest came amid reports that Huawei had been sending U.S. technology to Iran in violation of U.S. sanctions against the country.

Huawei is not a household name in the U.S., but the company has emerged as one of the largest tech firms in the world in the past decade thanks to its success in producing telecommunications equipment including cell towers and equipment for next-generation 5G wireless networks. Huawei is also second in the global smartphone market, having surpassed Apple earlier in 2018.

But along with its success has come suspicion about the company’s ties to China’s government, its willingness to overlook U.S. sanctions and the security of its systems.

“Huawei is effectively an arm of the Chinese government, and it’s more than capable of stealing information from U.S. officials by hacking its devices,” Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., said in February when he introduced legislation to block the U.S. government from buying telecom equipment from Huawei or ZTE, another Chinese hardware maker. President Donald Trump signed the the bill in August.

The arrest of the Huawei executive is a BIG deal in China and is probably being underplayed in the US news cycle. Equivalent of an Apple or Facebook exec being arrested in China. …

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Ren, a former Chinese army engineer, started Huawei in 1987 and found initial success making telephone equipment. Huawei’s expansion into telecommunications technology in the 1990s would fuel the company’s international expansion — and put it on the radar of U.S. security experts. Meng has been seen as the successor to Huawei.

In 2017, Fortune magazine ranked Huawei as the seventh-biggest tech company in the world by revenue, with more than $89 billion. The company has more than 180,000 employees.

Despite its size and global reach, only 38 percent of Americans said they had heard of Huawei, according to the survey company Morning Consult. The company’s name has also been something of a mystery for some in the West who wonder how to pronounce it. The company even made a humorous video for the U.K. about how to pronounce Huawei.

China’s rise as a global power has coincided with the emergence of the internet as a major av


Hunters said they were ready to help infighting terrorists provided they were incorporated in the salary scheme and provided with enough logistics to fight the terrorists. The National Adviser of Board of Trustees of the association, Chief Yusuf Alao, disclosed this while receiving a confirmation certificate as the new National Adviser of the association.

hunters said they were ready to help infighting terrorists provided they were incorporated in the salary scheme and provided with enough logistics to fight the terrorists.

The National Adviser of Board of Trustees of the association, Chief Yusuf Alao, disclosed this while receiving a confirmation certificate as the new National Adviser of the association.

He lamented the high rate of terrorism in the country, saying, the hunters are capable of fighting terrorism anywhere in the country.

He said: “The Federal Government ought to be paying us salaries as a way of encouraging us to fight the menace of terrorists in the country.

“The payment of salary to hunters is our rights, because we are working tirelessly for the Federal Government not only in the fight against terrorism, but, protecting lives and properties.”

He boasted that the hunters remained the most competent and powerful in fighting terrorism in Nigeria.

He said: “We, hunters, are capable to fight terrorists; we have the traditional power which makes us different from others in curbing terrorism in Nigeria.

“The police and the soldiers do not have the kind of power we have, and that is why some of them, while fighting the terrorists lose their lives in the process.

“The Federal Government should also consider us because we are doing great job for them, we are not relenting, most of the time we are always in the bush working diligently for government.”

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Major Violence hits France


Officials warned that “major violence” could hit Paris as “yellow vest” protesters plan to gather again this weekend. Teens have also blocked hundreds of schools, while several unions called for solidarity strikes.

The political crisis engulfing French President Emmanuel Macron’s government showed no signs of abating on Thursday, as public anger continues to grow despite the scrapping of a controversial fuel tax hike.

Authorities across France are bracing for another weekend of “yellow vest” protests. The movement’s members are known for wearing yellow safety vests carried by French motorists.

The protests began as demonstrations against the fuel tax, which started in November but turned violent in Paris last Saturday, with some of the worst rioting in France in decades. Three weeks of protests have led to four deaths and left hundreds injured.

Some 89,000 security personnel will be deployed across the country on Saturday ahead of the fourth weekend of planned rallies, French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said on Thursday. About 8,000 officers will be in Paris where armored vehicles will be on the streets for the first time since 2005 when riots broke out in the capital’s suburbs.

“We are facing people who are not here to protest, but to smash and we want to have the means to not give them a free rein,” Philippe said during an interview on TF1 national evening news.

Authorities are concerned that far-right and far-left agitators are hijacking the protests to incite further violence. One French presidential source told news agency AFP that they fear “major violence” could hit the capital this weekend.

Shops and restaurants on the Champs-Elysees were urged to close this weekend over concerns of renewed rioting, according to notices seen by the AFP. The Eiffel Tower will also be closed on Saturday.

Half of this weekend’s scheduled French league football matches have been canceled due to security concerns.

Teens protest education reforms

On Thursday, students blocked some 200 French high schools to protest education reforms. They demanded an end to testing overhauls and a controversial new online platform for allocating university placements, local media reported.

Some of the protests grew violent, with masked demonstrators throwing Molotov cocktails and setting fire to trash cans. A car was also set on fire in the western city of Nantes.

Hundreds of French teens across the country protested against education reforms on Thursday

Growing calls for strikes

Although the “yellow vests” do not have formal leaders and are not affiliated with any labor union or political party, several French unions have called for strikes to coincide with the demonstrations.

The CGT trade union called on its energy workers to stage a 48-hour walkout on December 13, adding that they wanted to join the “yellow vests.”

France’s main farmers’ union said on Wednesday that its members would stage demonstrations every day next week. Two truck driver unions also called for an indefinite sympathy strike starting from Sunday night.

Who are the ‘yellow vests’?

The movement developed out of a petition against fuel taxes which then spread via Facebook’s new algorithm for disseminating local news, and a variety of social media groups. On November 17 yellow vest-wearing protesters blocked roads across the country and hampered access to factories and some fuel depots.

Further rallies spread quickly, spanning France’s rural and urban areas. What initially started as a campaign against Macron’s tax hike grew into a broader opposition movement to his government, which was elected in May 2017.

Protesters have voiced concern over the high cost of living and urged for higher salaries and lower taxes as well as Macron’s resignation.

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Thousands of women storm London in #BringTheNoise march against Donald Trump


Thousands of woman have stormed London this afternoon to protest against the visit of US president Donald Trump – accusing him of mockery, misogyny and racism.

Carrying placards reading ‘Dump Trump’, and ‘Can’t comb over sexism’, crowds can be heard blowing whistles as they march through Central.

The #BringTheNoise march was arranged for today in a bid to highlght that the US president’s alleged ‘values of fear, hate and conflict’ are not shared in the UK.

Carrying placards reading ‘Dump Trump’, and ‘Can’t comb over sexism’, crowds can be heard blowing whistles as they march through Central. (Picture: AP)

Thousands gathered outside the BBC at Portland Place today to begin the march – banging on pots and pans, drums and other instruments.

They then marched to Parliament Square through Regent Street, Piccadilly, Trafalgar Square and Whitehall.

Speaking on their website, Womens March London, who organised the event, said: ‘Women’s March London invite you to #BringTheNoise as we broadcast to the world that we stand together for Justice, Equality and Peace.

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Thousands gathered outside the BBC at Portland Place today to begin the march – banging on pots and pans, drums and other instruments. (Picture: SWNS)

Feminist marchers gather in Portland Place (Picture: SWNS)

Shouts could be heard across the city (Picture: SWNS)

Bianca Jagger leads Feminist marchers in march against visiting American President Donald Trump (Picture: SWNS)

The march began at 12pm (Picture: SWNS)

Protesters against the UK visit of US President Donald Trump demonstrate outside Chequers (Picture: AFP)

‘Fake POTUS and evil man’ (Picture: AFP)

‘Bring pots and pans; bring drums; bring musical instruments; bring your voices.

‘We’re taking pots and pans from the domestic space of home into the public space of politics – their purpose transformed for participation, engagement and joyful noise as we bring Cacerolazo – ‘Casserole protest’ – to the heart of the city.

‘Bring pots and pans; bring drums; bring musical instruments; bring your voices. (Picture: AFP)

‘We’re taking pots and pans from the domestic space of home into the public space of politics – their purpose transformed for participation, engagement and joyful noise as we bring Cacerolazo – ‘Casserole protest’ – to the heart of the city.’ (Picture: PA)

Protesters for the ‘Stop Trump’ Women’s March hold banners in London (Picture: PA)

Woman join together as they march through the capital (Picture: Splash News)

Tens of thousands of women turned up (Picture: Reuters)

A woman carries a banner and a baby during the ‘Stop Trump’ Women’s March (Picture: AP)

‘Viva the vulva!’ (Picture: Splash News)

‘Impeach him by the pussy!’ (Picture: London News Pictures)

‘Donald Trump visits the UK on July 13th. His presidency has been characterised by the spreading of fear, hate and conflict worldwide.

‘These are not our values.

‘We will not be silenced – we will be heard’.

For years this Halifax woman wondered why she was often short of breath. The answer was hiding in plain sight


Before Beth Slaunwhite was diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension (PH) she spent years trying to figure out what was wrong with her health. She enjoyed playing sports, but couldn’t run or jog for very long. In the months before doctors identified her illness, her symptoms got worse. She was often short of breath, and experienced fatigue and chest pain.

“I thought I was just out of shape, but the more I exercised the worse it got,” she notes. “I was always struggling for air. Thirty seconds into an incline I had to stop. I would almost pass out.”

Pulmonary hypertension is a rare, life-threatening condition that affects the lungs and heart. It causes arteries in the lungs to become narrowed or blocked, making it harder for blood to flow through. People living with PH experience high blood pressure in the lungs, which can lead to an enlargement of the heart and ultimately heart failure. There is no cure, and without treatment life expectancy is less than three years.

Patients are often misdiagnosed, because PH can be mistaken for asthma, and shares similar symptoms with more common heart and lung conditions. Sometimes the disease is genetic, but it can also be triggered by other illnesses, such as blood clots in the lungs or a connective tissue disorder. In some cases, the cause is unknown.

Slaunwhite, a 58-year-old mother of four, was diagnosed with PH in 2016. In her case, the disease is progressing more slowly than most. While very difficult to pinpoint in its early stages, there were hints of trouble from early on. As a teenager she was athletic but didn’t have much stamina. She was pretty good at sprinting but didn’t have the energy for distance running, On the basketball team, she would stop to catch her breath after one turn around the gym, as her teammates continued to race around the court.

Doctors had tried to figure out what was causing her condition, only to come up short. At first, they thought she had allergies or exercise-induced asthma.

Slaunwhite grew weary of seeing doctors and trying to decipher her mystery illness. Instead, she raised the white flag and tried to live as best she could with the symptoms. Over the years, that became increasingly difficult. She could no longer walk from her car up a slight incline to her work at the local hospital without stopping to catch her breath. Also, she began feeling more light-headed at work, and was worried she might faint.

Without a concrete diagnosis, she developed a sense of shame around her slow pace and lack of stamina. When she could not keep up with a 78-year-old friend, she pretended her fatigue was due to a bout of pneumonia. She recalls walking to a restaurant with her work colleagues and telling them her foot was bleeding from a cracked heel and they should go ahead without her.

“A lot of us lie. We pretend we are stopping to look at flowers, or an interesting tree,” she notes. “There is a shame among PH patients that you can’t keep up with anybody. We don’t know what is wrong, and we think we are fat or lazy or out of shape.”

In 2015, after rushing to the ER feeling faint and with chest pain, a cardiology resident requested she receive an echocardiogram. While not a definitive test, it provided doctors with the information they needed to identify pulmonary hypertension. Slaunwhite is now receiving treatment and has seen some modest improvements in her condition. She has also learned to conserve her energy and do everything in phases.

She would like Canadians to be more aware of the key symptoms of PH: unexplained shortness of breath, chest pain, fatigue, and light-headedness. She also encourages anyone who feels they are at risk to ask their healthcare providers for an echocardiogram. The earlier the diagnosis, the better the chances of getting prescribed a treatment that may slow the disease’s progression.

It is also important, she stresses, for Canadian doctors to have more say in the range of therapies PH patients have access to. While it is a difficult disease to live with, she is confident research now underway will lead to better outcomes for patients.

“I know it will be better for the next generation,” she says. Since the first targeted therapy, look how far we have come. I truly believe we are living longer.”

This story was created by Content Works, Postmedia’s commercial content division and Patient Diaries, on behalf of Innovative Medicines Canada (IMC) and an IMC member company.

Your Friday Morning Roundup


Last year, the Phillies recorded five total wins in Inter-League play. This year they’ve put up four wins against the Orioles alone to highlight a 9-4 overall record.

The Phils completed a season sweep of the O’s thanks to a 5-4 win at Camden Yards last night. Jorge Alfaro had a day at the plate, going 3-for-4 with three RBIs and a triple short of the cycle. Cesar Hernandez also recorded three hits, and everyone but Aaron Altherr had at least a hit in the win.

Nick Pivetta had a much-needed rebound of an outing, going 6 2/3 inning and giving up three runs off five hits while striking out seven. He gave up a two-run homer to Trey Mancini in the bottom of the seventh to end his night. Tommy Hunter then gave up a solo shot to Jace Peterson on the first pitch, but that was all the Orioles were able to muster.

A weekend series with the Miami Marlins starts tonight before the All-Star break begins. Jake Arrieta is on the mound for the Phils, with first pitch happening at 7:10 PM on NBC 10.

The Roundup:

The 30th seeded Summer Sixers pulled off a monumental upset last night in Las Vegas, edging the 3rd seeded Phoenix Suns 88-86 in the Zhaire Smith-Mikal Bridges game. They were down by 14 at halftime.

Former St. Joe’s Hawk Isaiah Miles led the Sixers with 20 points and six rebounds. Furkan Korkmaz got going again with 18 points.

As for the actual matchup people wanted to see, Zhaire Smith finished with eight points and two assists. Mikal Bridges had seven points (all in the first half), four steals, and two blocks. But because the Sixers won the game, they also won the trade. Those are the rules, I don’t make them.

The team will take on Milwaukee Saturday night at 8:30 PM on ESPN2.

Former Giants head coach Ben McAdoothinks New York (lol) will win the NFC East.

“I think they’re gonna win the division,” McAdoo told The Post, his first public comments since he was fired, along with general manager Jerry Reese, Dec. 4, with four games remaining in the season — the first time in 41 years the Giants dismissed a head coach in-season.

“I think Philly, how much success has Philly had?” McAdoo said. “I think they’re gonna have a hard time handling success. Dallas, I like their offensive line, but how long have we been saying that? Their defense, they got a bunch of young guys playing DB, Sean Lee is banged up a lot, and their D-line, they got a bunch of guys getting in trouble all the time. And Washington is Washington, right?”

I value his opinion as much as anything Skip Bayless, Colin Cowherd, or Jason Whitlock say. Maybe a job at Fox could be in his future!

10 players who could be surprise cutsfor the Birds when the preseason is all done.

Could 2017 7th round pick Wyatt Kalynuk be an unknown diamond in the rough for the Flyers?

The Flyers also signed 2012 draft pick and defenseman Reece Wilcox to a two-year contract extension.

Temple’s football team unveiled their brand new set of Under Armour uniforms.

In other sports news, more police reports involving Bills running back LeSean McCoy were released from prior incidents. It might not be surprising given his previous off-field issues.

His ex also believed the home invasionwas a possible setup.

Terrell Owens will be completely omitted from the Hall of Fame’s induction ceremony.

A year after saying he’ll get a max contract, Isaiah Thomas signed a one-year deal with the Denver Nuggets for the veteran minimum.

In the news, three people were injured in a 3-alarm fire in Horsham.

The CDC has linked Honey Smacks to a salmonella outbreak. The cereal probably sucks anyways.

Roy Moore has threatened Sasha Baron Cohen with legal action after he got duped by Cohen for his Showtime special. Sarah Palin also spoke out about it after she got duped too.

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Lakeville Man Charged In Buck Hill Break-In, Burglary — WCCO | CBS Minnesota


MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – A 19-year-old Lakeville man is accused of breaking into Buck Hill in Burnsville and stealing nearly $1,000 of equipment, according to charges filed in Dakota County Court. Branden Michael Penz is charged with third-degree burglary in connection with the May 1 incident. Burnsville police were called on May 1 to a report…

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – A 19-year-old Lakeville man is accused of breaking into Buck Hill in Burnsville and stealing nearly $1,000 of equipment, according to charges filed in Dakota County Court.

Branden Michael Penz is charged with third-degree burglary in connection with the May 1 incident.

Burnsville police were called on May 1 to a report of a burglary at Buck Hill. Employees found a wallet on the ground that was suspected to be left behind by one of the suspects, identified as Penz.

The complaint states snowboards, skis and other equipment totaling &970 was stolen from the facility. Penz spoke with police, was shown surveillance photos and denied being either of the suspects pictured. He said he was at Buck Hill, heard the breaking glass and ran to his vehicle parked nearby.

The stolen equipment was loaded into his truck, and one of the suspects was identified as his friend, Benjamin Robert Speece. Penz denied he ever entered the building, but admitted he knew the people he was with were burglarizing Buck Hill and that the equipment put in his truck was stolen.

The complaint states Speece spoke with police and admitted to the burglary, and said the stolen items were at his residence. Authorities executed a search warrant, and found the items.

Penz faces up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

via Lakeville Man Charged In Buck Hill Break-In, Burglary — WCCO | CBS Minnesota

Hamilton police charge woman, teen for ATM thefts with help from Brant County OPP — Grand River News


Hamilton police has laid numerous charges against a Hagersville woman and a Six Nations teenager for business break and enters and ATM thefts likely connected to similar incidents in Brant and Brantford going back to January 2017. On May 1, 2018, Hamilton Police Service sent out a press release announcing officers had made two arrests […]

Hamilton police has laid numerous charges against a Hagersville woman and a Six Nations teenager for business break and enters and ATM thefts likely connected to similar incidents in Brant and Brantford going back to January 2017.
On May 1, 2018, Hamilton Police Service sent out a press release announcing officers had made two arrests in the process of investigating “a rash of early morning break and enters targeting ATM machines” in Hamilton and the surrounding area.
The businesses victimized by the break and enters were rammed using stolen vehicles. The suspects would then tether the ATM inside the business to the vehicle and drag it away. The stolen vehicles were often found later, a great distance away in another jurisdiction, destroyed by fire.
Hamilton police say that its investigators – working with the County of Brant OPP and other members of Project Shutdown, a multi-jurisdictional task force targeting auto theft – have arrested and charged a 23-year-old woman from Hagersville in Haldimand County and a 16-year-old male from Ohsweken in Six Nations of the Grand River. The woman faces 31 criminal counts, while her teenaged accomplice has been charged with 28 counts.
Hamilton Const. Lorraine Edwards said that the charges listed pertain to the incidents in Hamilton only.
The woman won’t be identified by police, Edwards said, because to do so could identify the teenager, who cannot be identified under the provisions of the Youth Criminal Justice Act.
Some of the charges are related to the break and enter at Turtle Jacks, 1180 Upper James St. on Feb. 7 and Spring Grill House, 1441 Upper James St. on Feb. 13, but Hamilton police say the investigation is ongoing.
Meanwhile, in a report due to be presented on Wednesday to the Brant County OPP Police Services Board, Acting Inspector Jim Millson wrote that “the Brant-Oxford Community Street Crimes Unit (CSCU), West Regional Criminal Support Unit and area police partners has netted five suspects charged with hundreds of offences in the County of Brant, Brantford, Hamilton and Waterloo.”
“These charges relate to the extensive string of truck and ATM thefts this spring and, while more work remains in the investigation, the ATM/truck theft rings appear to have been put out of business,” Millson said.
Millson singled out County of Brant OPP analyst Caitlin Gold for playing “a major part” and spending countless hours “identifying and linking all of the suspects and locations into targeted groups for the investigators.”
The five suspects charged which Millson referenced have yet do be announced.
One of the earliest cases of an ATM being stolen was on Jan. 28, 2017 at the Esso gas bar, 693 Colborne St. W., in the County of Brant at around 4 a.m.
Two days later, at approximately 12 a.m., a pickup truck was used to ram the front doors of a business in the 200-block of King George Road in Brantford. The suspects stole an ATM machine and fled the area.
A short time later, police officers found the ATM machine and pickup truck, which was on fire, in Norfolk County. OPP officers learned the truck had been reported stolen from Woodstock.
On March 4, 2017, Brantford police responded to a report of a stolen ATM after 4 a.m. on Colborne Street West at a Shoppers Drug Mart.
Investigators says a crew of thieves used a pickup truck to break through the front window of the store just after 4 a.m., then stole the ATM and took off dragging the ATM behind the truck.
Norfolk County OPP report that the stolen ATM machine was found the next days near Townsend on Concession Road 3 near Cemetery Road.
The RBC bank in Oakland had ATMs stolen from it twice last year in a similar manner on Aug. 5 and Dec. 5, according to the Brant OPP.
In St. George on Feb. 26, 2018, Brant OPP investigated the theft of an ATM from Food Town grocery store.
On March 26, 2018, Brantford police investigated an ATM theft at a Paris Road business. Officers later found a suspect vehicle on fire on Coronation Street.
Project Shutdown also includes members from Six Nations Police, Brantford Police Service and Halton Police Service.
On April 20, the OPP said that since January 2017, thieves have targeted 58 businesses in the Brant, Waterloo, Hamilton, Owen Sound and Niagara areas. The damage caused at each incident ranged from $20,000 to as much as $250,000.
If anyone has information about these incidents, contact the County of Brant OPP at 1-888-310-1122. To remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or leave a message at where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.

via Hamilton police charge woman, teen for ATM thefts with help from Brant County OPP — Grand River News

Mikel Arteta considering Santi Cazorla as assistant after fresh talks with Arsenal — Metro

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He’s the favourite to replace Arsene Wenger.

Mikel Arteta held productive talks with Arsenal on Tuesday about succeeding Arsene Wenger and floated appointing Santi Cazorla as his assistant, according to reports.

The north London club are pushing ahead with their search for a replacement for Wenger, who has ended his 22-year association with the club, and want a new manager in place before the start of the World Cup.

Although experienced coaches likes Juventus boss Max Allegri and former Barcelona manager Luis Enrique have been linked with the post, Arteta is now emerging as the favourite.

Arteta and Cazorla played alongside each other for three seasons (Picture: Getty)

Arsenal’s hierarchy are believed to be leaning towards a ‘rookie’ coach and Arteta has a growing reputation thanks to two years learning under Pep Guardiola at Manchester City.

And now The Independent report that Arteta’s chances of replacing Wenger have progressed after fresh talks with the club, while he is already thinking about his backroom team.

The Spaniard is considering compatriot Cazorla – who he played alongside at Arsenal – as an assistant, and the playmaker could be offered a player-coaching role.

Arteta will also weigh up including Wenger’s assistant Steve Bould in his staff, though the former centre-back is undecided about remaining at the club.

Arteta snubbed the chance to coach at Arsenal under Wenger and instead joined Guardiola (Getty)

The Gunners have already axed a number of Wenger’s old support staff, such as right-hand man Boro Primorac, and Arteta wants to bring in at least three of his own appointments.

Although Arteta is now Ivan Gazidis’ preferred choice, Arsenal’s hierarchy are still expected to meet with other candidates and want to complete a thorough search before finally settling on Wenger’s successor.

via Mikel Arteta considering Santi Cazorla as assistant after fresh talks with Arsenal — Metro

Mexican journalist gunned down in Gulf state of Tabasco — peoples trust toronto

News May 15, 2018 MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – A Mexican journalist was killed on Tuesday in the southern state of Tabasco on the Gulf of Mexico amid deepening violence in one of the world’s most dangerous countries for reporters. Juan Carlos Huerta, a news radio host, was shot dead by armed men as he drove […]

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – A Mexican journalist was killed on Tuesday in the southern state of Tabasco on the Gulf of Mexico amid deepening violence in one of the world’s most dangerous countries for reporters.

Juan Carlos Huerta, a news radio host, was shot dead by armed men as he drove from his home in the state capital of Villahermosa, authorities said. The attackers escaped, officials said.

Huerta had started his own radio station several months ago, two of his colleagues said.

“In the case of Juan Carlos, he was a leading communicator in his field … and I can say it, a friend. I am deeply saddened,” Tabasco state Governor Arturo Nunez told reporters.

Nunez said roads leaving the capital had been closed as part of attempts to catch the perpetrators.

So far this year, at least four journalists from states marred by worsening violence and the presence of criminal gangs have been killed in Mexico. Last year, 12 reporters were killed, according to free-speech advocacy group Article 19.

Article 19 has said Mexico is the most dangerous country in Latin America for journalists, with the number of killings similar to war zones like Syria.

A proliferation of violent criminal gangs drove the number of all murders in 2017 to more than 28,000, the highest in records going back to 1997.

The spike in violence has battered the popularity of President Enrique Pena Nieto and contributed to support of leftist presidential hopeful Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who leads public opinion polls ahead of elections in July.

(Reporting by Lizbeth Diaz; Writing by Michael O’Boyle; editing by Grant McCool)

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7 Reasons Behind Fatigue And How To Fix Them

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Fatigue can follow you around like a leech even after maintaining a healthy diet and active lifestyle. This crisis of energy happens to a major portion of working adults who has the need to keep up with the pace of the fast-moving world. Keeping up the energy level is another challenge that we need to face in our daily lives. Even though a continuous tiredness can be a symptom of a bigger problem lying dormant inside your body, you might try identifying a few energy zapping habits and changing them to regain your energy. Don’t run to the doctor just yet.

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If your everyday sleeping routine is not the same, you are probably not getting enough sleep and it might be messing with the rhythms of your body. It will cause you more tiredness instead of restoring your energy at the end of the day. Having a restless sleeping partner just adds up to the erratic sleeping pattern.

Make sure your sleeping hours are constant every night, not deferring more than an hour or so on weekends and make sure you are getting at least 7 hours of sound sleep.

6. Inactivity

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Sitting around working on your desk for endless hours at a time can cause more harm than good. Sitting still makes your heart rate and blood circulation slow down as your brain relates the stillness to sleeping. It also weakens your muscles thus making it harder to do physical tasks.

Exercise for a least half an hour every day, be it at the gym, at home, dancing, jogging, etc. If you don’t have the time, then try walking around every hour at your workplace.


5. Dehydration

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Many of us forget to drink sufficient amount of water while running around to keep up with our hectic lifestyle, thus resulting to the lethargic feeling. Severe dehydration occurs in our body without giving us much indication except for the numbing tiredness and sometimes nausea.

Minimum 8-10 glasses of water every day is a must. You might even need more if your job is more physically demanding than average. If you have a habit of drinking caffeinated products, you might need to compensate that with a few more glasses of water.

4. Tension and Stress

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If you have a habit of being stressed or tensed all the time, your energy will get drained faster. Because people tend to clench their muscles, hyperventilate or jiggle feet when they are stressed.

Try stopping your work every few hours and concentrate on releasing tension from your body. Take deep and slow breaths by ballooning your stomach and chest and loosening all the muscles in your body by massaging them.


3. Nutrition and Diet

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Improper nutrition and imbalanced diet may cause a lot of this unexplained tiredness and fatigue. If your diet contains lots of carbs, sugar, and processed foods, it is possible that this is the reason behind your lethargy.

Include complex carbs like whole grains, proteins and healthy fats in your meals and snacks. You can try having unprocessed food to avoid added sugar and have fruits, honey, etc. to satiate your sugar cravings.

2. Clutter and Mess

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A messy office space or a cluttered closet can give you an overwhelming feeling of anxiety and stress, which you cannot really pinpoint. The impending activity of having to clear up the mess is bound to make you feel tired and make it harder to focus on anything.

Get rid of anything that you don’t need and label everything to keep everything organized in order and avoid any messy situation in the future.


1. Loneliness

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Physically or emotionally, if you are cooped up in your home alone or not talked to someone properly and openly about what’s going on inside your mind, can cause fatigue.

A day out in the sun, a heart-to-heart conversation with a friend or family can give you the relief that your body might need to restore your energy level.

All these 7 habits are the reason behind oxygen deficiency and why your blood circulation slows down. Utilize a little time every day to help yourself to get out of these habits that zap your energy before making an appointment with the doctor.

Fabregas Weds ‘Woman Of His Dreams’

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By  Emmanuel Egobiambu

Fabregas Weds 'Woman Of His Dreams'
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Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas has wedded his longtime girlfriend and mother of his three children Daniella Semaan.

Fabregas posted pictures of the wedding on his Instagram page with the former Arsenal man wearing a black tuxedo and guiding his bride through an arch of white flowers at Cliveden House in Berkshire.

Semaan – the new Mrs Fabregas – looks stunning in a shoulder-less white wedding gown with silver jewellery in her hair and around her neck.

“Just married to this handsome man that I adore,” Semaan wrote after marrying the man she has been in a relationship with since 2011.

See more photos of the wedding below:


Do You Have These 6 ‘Mindful’ Skills? Or Are You Distracted?

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Information is abundant. The proper application of information (i.e., wisdom and understanding) is scarce.

The following skills are essential to quickly filtering through the endless universes of information, choices, and distractions that now lay before us in a digital and global world.

  • Mindfulness — the awareness of CONTEXT and of changes within that context (patterns, themes, connections, predictions).
  • Discernment — the ability to recognize and anticipate the consequences of the patterns around you — and to know WHAT TO DO as a result.
  • Action — the common and outdated view that beliefs determine behavior is wrong — rather, it is your behavior that shapes your beliefs, personality, and identity. Having a bias for action and immediate implementation is how rapid learning occurs. Experiential learning is far more powerful than gathering information. Experience is emotional — and emotion, not rationality, is what changes mindsets and behaviors.
  • Expectancy — according to the “Expectancy Theory of Motivation,” three things must occur for a person to have high motivation for achieving their goals. You must believe you can do what it takes to achieve your goal. You must believe that you know how to achieve it (you have the proper methods). Finally, you must believe that the rewards of the particular goal are personally meaningful. Another word for expectancy is faith — the belief in your ability to seize or create a future outcome.
  • Feedback — failure is feedback. You shouldn’t and can’t avoid feedback if you want to learn. When you have “transformational learning experiences,” your worldview is disrupted. You replace old ways of seeing with new and better ways. The faster and more consequential the feedback you get, the more in flow you will be.
  • Adaptability — according to Charles Darwin, it’s not the smartest or the strongest that survive, but the most adaptable to change. Most people believe that children are more adaptive than adults. Children, after all, can learn multiple languages at one time, if given the opportunity. Adults seem to become more rigid and less adaptive. Or so the thinking goes. The truth — children have more to adapt to. They’re required to learn and figure stuff out in order to survive in society. As you grow older, you have less to learn in order to survive in society and to meet the expectations of the norms around you. Yet, if you were to continually put yourself into higher and more demanding situations, you could adapt. You could adapt faster, actually, than children, because you already have so many deep and powerful connections made. The key, is being willing to let go of the models which are no longer effective at the higher stages of adaptability. If you want to adjust to new norms, you’ll have to adapt to them. And you can.

The remainder of this article is a brief dive into how to master these six keystone skills.

The “keystone” is the center stone in an arch which holds the rest of the structure together. Without the keystone, everything falls apart. In the book,THE POWER OF HABIT, author Charles Duhigg explains that “keystone habits” lead to the development of multiple good habits. They start a chain effect in your life that produces a number of positive outcomes.

Keystone skills, similarly, are those half dozen skills which facilitate the development of other skills. They are foundational to living a life in alignment, to having confidence and clarity, and to becoming a powerful learner and leader.

If you develop these six skills to mastery, there is little you won’t be able to do and become in your life.

  • You’ll be able to quickly discover the signal in the massive sea of noise.
  • You’ll make powerful, intuitive, and quick decisions.
  • You’ll take immediate action on the most important and relevant information.
  • You’ll expect the best outcomes to occur — which will create self-fulfilling prophecies.
  • You’ll get immediate and consequential feedback to what you’re doing — which will keep you humble and engaged.
  • You’ll adapt immediately based on the feedback you get, which will keep you adjusting and improving what you’re doing and how you’re doing it.

How To Develop Mindfulness

“The hefty price for accepting information uncritically is that we go through life unaware that what we’ve accepted as impossible may in fact be quite possible.” — Ellen Langer

In her important book, MINDFULNESS, Harvard psychologist, Ellen Langer, explains that mindfulness has two components:

  • Awareness of context — of what is around you
  • Awareness of change within your context — patterns, changes, connections, predictions

In our individualistic culture, we have a hard time being mindful. We have a hard time recognizing the power of surroundings and situations.

This is a big problem because we, as people, are shaped by what is outside of us. We like to believe we are the masters of our fate. But our situation and environment are far more powerful. As Dr. Mashall Goldsmith has said, “If we do not create and control our environment, our environment creates and controls us.”

Once this realization takes hold, you become far more aware of what (and WHO) is around you.

You become more sensitive to the energetic effects of people, places, and things. This heightened sensitivity is mindfulness. Because not only do you notice how your surroundings influence your body, mind, and emotions — but you notice shifts in your surroundings. Not just from one situation to another, but the broader world as a whole.

You notice patterns and changes in society and how most people operate. You see things before most people do, because as Ellen Langer explains, most people mindlessly and reactively walk through life.

They are unaware just how much their environment is shaping them. They are unconsciously becoming something they wouldn’t want to be.

Thus, the benefits of mindfulness are:

  • You can make powerful decisions about outside influences that shape your behavior and identity
  • You can predict where you as a person, and society as a whole, is going

How To Develop Discernment

“Being quick to observe is an antecedent to and is linked with the spiritual gift of discernment. And for you and for me, discernment is a light of protection and direction in a world that grows increasingly dark.” — David Bednar

Being mindful is all about OBSERVING what is around you. It’s about noticing subtle cues, and about thinking critically about what you’re noticing.

Discernment means you’re aware of the IMPLICATIONS of what you’re observing. It means you can PREDICT where certain behaviors, actions, ideas, and environments will take you.

When you development discernment, you can make powerful choices, because you have both information and intuition. You can’t have discernment without first observing and paying attention.

This will require you to become a very, very good listener. To pay attention to what you’re hearing and what you’re seeing. To become a student of life.

Intelligence is the proper application of information and knowledge. Most people are not intelligent because they don’t apply what they learn. They aren’t hyper-critical about what they let influence them. They haven’t developed a framework and set of values for determining what is a waste of time and what isn’t.

Your discernment for people, information, choices, and consequences will continue to develop as you enhance your standards for yourself. Your life is a product of your standards. You get in life what you’re willing to tolerate.

According to the famed Peter Drucker:

“In a few hundred years, when the history of our time will be written from a long-term perspective, it is likely that the most important event historians will see is not technology, not the Internet, not e-commerce. It is an unprecedented change in the human condition. For the first time — literally — substantial and rapidly growing numbers of people have choices. For the first time, they will have to manage themselves. And society is totally unprepared for it.”

People aren’t prepared for the world we now live in because people haven’t developed mindfulness and discernment. As a result, they experience decision overload and decision fatigue — hence willpower is no longer a useful skillset in today’s world. Instead, you need to mindfully create your environment. You need to make one decision that eliminates a thousand decisions. You need to continually hold yourself and those around you to a higher standard.

How To Take Positive Action

“A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.” — Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

Dallin Oaks once said, “We should be careful not to exhaust our available time on things that are merely good and leave little time for that which is better or best.” Your life and who you become is entirely shaped by the quality of your decision making.

  • Your behavior shapes your identity and personality. You are what you DO.
  • If you have five minutes, how are you going to use that time?
  • If you have two hours, how are you going to use that time?
  • If you have five books to choose from, which book will you choose?
  • If you have five friends who you will become the average of, which five friends will you choose?

Your answer to everyone one of those questions determines the person you will become, the life you will live, the happiness you have, etc.

If you aren’t mindful and discerning, you won’t make powerful decisions. However, it all starts with one simple decision to act powerfully. According to research by Stanford psychologist, BJ FOGG, small wins create enormous ripples of confidence.

Confidence is a byproduct of positive action.

Inspiration and creativity are byproducts of positive action.

Your beliefs indeed influence your behavior. However, your behavior far more profoundly influences your beliefs. When you behave a certain way, your beliefs about that thing change.

If you start making even small progress toward a goal, you’ll begin to believe you can make more progress. If you act poorly, your beliefs about yourself will become negative.

Your personality isn’t what shapes your behavior. Instead, your behavior shapes your personality.

Personality is a byproduct of choice — although for most people that choosing was made unconsciously, reactively, and mindlessly. Most people are the negative product of an undisciplined and unintentionally-designed environment.

Your personality is the momentum and pattern of prior decisions. Although it may seem like “you,” it is not. Only the present and past version of you. If you change your behaviors and environment, you will change yourself.

As you become more mindful and discerning by making positive actions, your beliefs, behaviors, and personality will change.

You absolutely can get to the point where you proactively and consciously transform yourself. You can go from introvert to extrovert. From shy to incredibly articulate. From dull to creative.

Do most people make such profound change? Of course not. They’re not required to. They’re not demanded to. They don’t expect to. They don’t feel the fear and do it anyways. They don’t create powerfully emotional experiences that disrupt their core — allowing them to see and act differently than was their past.

Learning can be defined as making a PERMANENT change in your cognition and or behavior. It’s not LEARNING if it doesn’t lead to a change in how you see and live in the world. Gather information is not learning. Doing the same thing over and over and over isn’t learning. You must have emotional and transformational experiences that change how you operate and see the world. You must grow in understanding and INTELLIGENCE.

How To Develop Profound Expectancy

“You cannot expect to achieve new goals or move beyond your present circumstances unless you change.” — Les Brown

According to psychology’s Hope Theory, hope reflects your perceptions regarding your capacity to:

  • clearly conceptualize goals
  • develop the specific strategies to reach those goals (i.e., pathways thinking)
  • initiate and sustain the motivation for using those strategies (i.e., agency thinking)

Ideas are cheap. Creating plans and executing those plans is rare.

Very few people implement what they learn. You can read hundreds of books, attend seminars, and get expensive coaching — but none of that will matter if you don’t put any of the ideas into practice.

We live in an information world. People’s heads are full of information. It’s never been easier to access. Yet, few people’s lives make dramatic transformation because few people discern which information is crucial, develop plans for executing that information, and immediately applying that 80/20.

As you begin acting toward your goals and getting small wins, your confidence will increase. You can’t have confidence without positive and goal-consistent behavior.

Eventually, and rather quickly, you can develop “expectancy” that your goals will happen. This “expectancy” can become a resolve and deep commitment — where you know before the fact that what you want, you will get. Napoleon Hill explained it this way: Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve.

Knowing something and BELIEVING it are two very different things. Believing in something takes a willingness of the heart.

Many people know what they should do, but they don’t believe it enough to actually do it. They don’t truly believe in themselves and their ability to change. Their lack of belief stops them from taking the needed actions to create that change. Instead, they become cynical or justifying.

How To Set Your Life Up For Immediate And Consequential Feedback

“This automatic feedback is another reason extreme athletes have found flow so frequently, but what if we’re interested in pulling this trigger without help from the laws of physics? No mystery here. Tighten feedback loops. Put mechanisms in place so attention doesn’t have to wander. Ask for more input. How much input? Well, forget quarterly reviews. Think daily reviews. Studies have found that in professions with less direct feedback loops — stock analysis, psychiatry, and medicine — even the best get worse over time.” — Steven Kotler

Feedback is how you change your mind. Feedback is how you change your behavior. Feedback is how you get into flow.

The more your life provides immediate feedback for your behavior, the faster you’ll learn. If your behavior isn’t consequential, you’ll continue negative patterns.

When you take bold actions, you get feedback much quicker. For example, when you share your goals publicly, you get different feedback from when you keep them private. When you invest a large percentage of your money into your values and goals, you’re far more accountable to those goals. Failure means a lot more.

Necessity is the mother of invention. The more your environment and situation demands you to perform, the more you’ll rise to the occasion. Psychologists call this the “pygmalion effect.”

It’s your responsibility to create an environment that demands you to show up. All you have to do is start acting. Start being more honest. Start seeking more responsibility. Start being more proactive. Powerful actions change situations. Powerful action changes relationships. Powerful action changes your trajectory.

How To Become Adaptive And Fluid

“If something is presented as an accepted truth, alternative ways of thinking do not even come up for consideration.” — Ellen Langer

Children are adaptive because they have to be. They haven’t developed habits of avoiding change. They seek learning and understanding. They are constantly getting feedback from the world around them.

Yet, adults eventually stop adapting as much. Instead, they over-adapt to the environment around them. They stop putting themselves into situations that force them to change. This reflects a lack of mindfulness, action, and confidence.

Once you’ve developed confidence in your ability to learn and adapt — in your ability to mindfully mine and discern new situations and environments — you’ll be far more willing to jump into new and demanding situations. You’ll be willing to fail and be humbled. You’ll seek more feedback.

You’ll act. Because as you act in new a profound ways, you’ll quickly adapt to your new situation and it will become your “new normal.”

Viktor Frankl explained in MAN’S SEARCH FOR MEANING, “Yes, a person can get used to anything, just don’t ask us how.” You can get used to living in a concentration camp. You can get used to living far more powerfully. Whatever is required, you will learn and adapt. Yet, eventually life doesn’t require much but the status-quo for most.

As a super-learner, your job is to take immediate action, get feedback, and adjust to the feedback you get. When you stop adapting to new things, you stop learning. Over-adapting is the path to apathy and boredom.

Find that child inside of you and never stop learning. Kids learn to walk because they have to. They learn math and reading in societies where it’s required. They learn whatever the norms of their environment require them to learn. Once learned, they stop learning as much. Unless they continually change their environment and situation. Hence, when the student is ready, the teacher appears. When the student is truly ready, the teacher disappears.

Lessons are repeated until learned. Most people stop learning their lessons because their situation supports them in their current decision-making. They are justified in what they’re doing. They don’t mindfully see the patterns of their behavior and the behavior of those around them. They don’t develop discernment and immediate implementation. Their personality gets stuck and they thoughtlessly believe they can’t change — that who they are when they were born is who they must be when they die.


Have you developed these six skills?

  • Mindfulness
  • Discernment
  • Action
  • Expectancy
  • Feedback
  • Adaptability

The world is becoming increasingly intrusive. If you don’t learn these skills, you’ll be shaped by an environment that was created for you, not an environment that was created BY you.

If such is the case, you’ll stop developing and over-adapt. You’ll get stuck. But you don’t have to get stuck. You are fluid and adaptive. You’re actually more adaptive than children — if you choose to be. If you’re willing to purge and uproot old patterns and paradigms with new ones.

If you’re willing to change, you can change. But you can’t see yourself in isolation. You are part of the system around you. The change must be holistic.

Communication, A Key in Countering Violent Extremism -Medium

News, Terrorism

There is no overstating the significance of communication between the various key stakeholders when it comes to Countering Violent ExExtremis Proper communication averts misunderstanding, which is often the prelude to violent conflict.

What today’s youth want, is that their understanding of what progress and success means, and their preferred means of attaining such success must be communicated to, and understood by the older generation.

Likewise, the needs of a girl child must be understood, in the same manner, by other groups in society. Because all groups must work together and make compromises before they can see that issues are better addressed through dialogue, rather than violence.
We cannot know what each of us want without communicating with each other. Only then could we prioritise and tackle problems without resorting to violence. For instance, when you are discussing Reintegration in the NorthEast Nigeria without including community representatives, religious leaders, traditional leaders and also the Civilian Joint Tasks Forces (CJTFs), I don’t think the discussion is complete.

Failure to communicate well will push aggrieved groups towards violent ideologies, with grave consequences.
Let’s start talking to others, and encourage others to talk to us, without them worrying about being judged or attacked for their positions on issues. There is so much possibilities in dialogue, whereas violence can only engender ill will and suffering. It is the lack communication that generates frustration and anger, which in turn makes it seem like there is no option but violence.
Let’s talk to each other, so we can be there for each.

#NotAnotherNigerian #CounteringViolentExtremism #UntoldStoriesOfTheNorthEast

Kanye West ditches phone to ‘focus on albums’ then hits Twitter to share video of him making music — Metro

Celebrity Gists, Entertainment, News

Kanye threw his phone away (Picture: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)


If like us you’ve been calling and Whatsapping Kanye West for the last fortnight but getting no response, this is most probably the reason why.

After Kanye’s epic Twitter rants of late, he decided to lose the mobile so that he had no more distractions from his music, given that he is supposed to be churning out songs for… Read the full story

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7 Benefits of the Senate’s New Bill -#CAMA


Today, the 8th Senate made history with the passage of the repeal and re-enactment of the Companies and Allied Matters Act (CAMA), which is the biggest business reform bill in Nigeria in over 28 years.

Here are 7 things that you need to know about this Bill…

It will make Nigeria’s business environment as competitive as its counterparts around the world.
With CAMA, one person can now open and run a company. This is good for start-ups and young entrepreneurs.
It promotes the use of technology in the registration of businesses.
CAMA removes all the unnecessary regulatory provisions for small companies.
It reduces the minimum share capital for companies and start-up in Nigeria.
It creates another new category of legal identity for Nigerian businesses.
It ensures that Nigerians can now register their businesses from anywhere in the country through the e-registration system.

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The 5 Largest Unexpected Costs of Your Dream Wedding

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gaba-1874655_1920-1024x683.jpgThe day we started having crushes is the day we began dreaming about our weddings. I was obsessed with the idea of Cinderella’s carriage, and always imagined setting out of that for my own wedding. As we grow older, we realize the real cost of a wedding and how unlikely it’ll be the wedding we dreamed of in childhood. As I am planning my own wedding now, I have come across the true cost of the wedding staples. To say the least, there’s a reason the wedding business is booming. I have multiple theories that just adding the word “wedding” when speaking to a vendor increases the price of a rental threefold.


Honestly, who knew you even needed lighting? The cost of lighting is one of the top expenses you would never think of. For almost any venue, the lighting is standard room lighting. This type of lighting isn’t pleasing when taking pictures, dancing, or setting the mood. When booking a ballroom, you will need spotlights for the food, DJ, tables, and decorations. You will also need uplights and some other various lighting. The quote for a ballroom is around $2,000 – $3,000.


Behind a white dress, one of the most iconic images of a wedding is the floral arrangements. White roses, tulips, hydrangeas, baby’s breath – all scream “wedding”. Odds are, you want a  big lush bouquet for you, your bridesmaids,  your mother, mother in law, and so on. The difference florals can make on your wedding is astounding. A good florist will make your pictures and party pop. Expect florals to close minimum $4,000.


Chicken or fish? Wonder why that’s a classic line associated with weddings? Because it’s too expensive to buy red meat! From the h’or dourves, to appetizers, to salads, to dinner, to fruit stations, to dessert – the cost of catering is the most expensive part of the wedding. The cost of food is around $50 – 300 per/person. And add that to the required staff, which is about 1 waiter per 15 people. For a party of 300 people catering, will be at least $18,000.


You know those cute videos that pop up on Instagram with the editing and cute songs? Yes, well those cost money. A lot more money than you would anticipate. For a wedding of about 300 guests, you would want to hire a team of at least 3 videographers. With the mixing of those angles and adequate editing, you can anticipate a great video. The cost for this videography is about $4,000 – $10,000.


Odds are, you won’t like the dated furniture given from the venue. The venue will almost always require additional touches to make it unique to your wedding. It might need chivari chairs, or special runners, or a comfy couch area. Whatever it is, you will want to make the wedding uniquely yours. And the best way to do that is with custom, unique rentals. Expect to send anywhere from $3,000 – $10,000 for good rentals.

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8 Countries Where College Can Be 100% Free


We all have the dream to have free colleges everywhere in the world.  Unfortunately, that’s not the case everywhere.  There are however certain countries in the world where the taxpayer pays the bill for all students looking to get a college degree.  The countries in this list are mainly in Europe and have cultures that “take care of each other”.  These socialist countries usually have higher income tax rates, but it’s well worth it if you’d like to have health care and college tuition all paid and taken care of.  Ask yourself this question before moving to one of these countries, is free college important to you?  If it is, then this list starting below is all for you:

1) Denmark

According to the 2015 OECD report, Denmark is one of 8 countries with some free college university programs

Top Colleges & Universities In Denmark

University of Copenhagen Times Higher Education World Ranking #82
Aurhus University Time Higher Education World Ranking #106
Technical University of Denmark Time Higher Education World Ranking #167
Aalborg University Time Higher Education World Ranking #201-250
Copenhagen Business School Time Higher Education World Ranking #201-250
University of Southern Denmark Time Higher Education World Ranking #301-350

2) Estonia

According to the 2015 OECD report, Estonia is one of 8 countries with free college university systems

Public Universities In Estonia

Tallinn University Not ranked
Tallinn University of Technology Not ranked
University of Tartu Not ranked

3) Finland

According to the 2015 OECD report, Finland is one of 8 countries with free college university systems

Top 10 Public Universities in Finland

University of Helsinki Administrative Staff – 8000 Employees
Abo Academy University Administrative Staff – 1300 Employees
University of Turku Administrative Staff – 3319 Employees
University of Tampere Administrative Staff – 1982 Employees
University of Jyvaskyla Administrative Staff – 2583 Employees
University of Oulu Administrative Staff – 2852 Employees
University of Vaasa Administrative Staff – 498 Employees
University of Lapland Administrative Staff – 633 Employees
University of Eastern Finland Administrative Staff – 2800 Employees
Aalto Universirty Administrative Staff – 4424 Employees

4) Norway

According to the 2015 OECD report, Norway is one of 8 countries with free college university systems

Most Popular Universities In Norway

University of Oslo Number of Full Time Students – 27,628
University of Bergen Number of Full Time Students – 17,000
Western Norway University of Applied Sciences Number of Full Time Students – 16,000
University of Tromso Number of Full Time Students – 9500
University of Stavanger Number of Full Time Students – 9000

5) Slovak Republic (Slovakia)

According to the 2015 OECD report, Slovakia is one of 8 countries with free college university systems

Top Colleges In The Capital – Bratislava

University of Economics In Bratislava Popular Study Program – Business Management
University of Technology In Bratislava Popular Study Program – Civil Engineering
Comenius University In Bratislava Popular Study Program – Mathematics and Physics
University of Performing Arts In Bratislava Popular Study Program – Music and Dance
Academy of Fine Arts and Design In Bratislava Popular Study Program – Architecture


6) Slovenia

According to the 2015 OECD report, Slovenia is one of 8 countries with free college university systems

Top College In Slovenia

University of Ljubljana Established in 1919


7) Sweden

According to the 2015 OECD report, Sweden is one of 8 countries with free college university systems

Colleges With More Than 20,000 students in Sweden

Lund University Student Population – 23,539
Stockholm University Student Population – 21,121
University Of Gothenburg Student Population – 22,434


8) Turkey

According to the 2015 OECD report, Turkey is one of 8 countries with free college university systems

Turkey has over 178 different universities to choose coursework from :

Here Are 3 Of The Oldest Universities

Ankara University Established – 1946
Istanbul Universities Established – 1933
Istanbul Technical University Established – 1944

29 Hilarious Thoughts People Had About Lifetime’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Movie

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At long last, Lifetime blessed us all with Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance, the Prince Harry and Meghan Markle movie none of us needed but desperately wanted. The film, which premiered on Sunday, clocks in at two and a half hours, which means there’s plenty of time to include the most important aspects of the pair’s lives: a run-in with a lion that may or may not harbor the spirit of the late Princess Diana, an ill-fated Halloween party, some cheap shots at Prince William’s hair (or lack thereof), and a picture-perfect re-creation of the real-life couple’s stunning engagement photos.

A Royal Romance could not have cast a better Harry and Meghan, played by Murray Fraser and Parisa Fitz-Henley (especially Fitz-Henley, who will have you doing double takes for all 120 minutes), while the same can’t exactly be said of the rest of the actors on board (*cough* Prince William *cough*). Still, the fictional version of their love story will make you laugh, tear up, potentially fall asleep (it’s two and a half hours), and get even more excited for the big royal wedding than you thought possible.

Since we still have a few days to go until that happens, see what Twitter thought of Lifetime’s latest ahead.


This little 2 hour movie probably has the palace shook 😭😭, a strong feminist who slept w harry before they wed AND they talked about the first black princess AND said harry is of mixed race


If you think I’m gonna spend 2 1/2 hours watching this cheesy lifetime movie about Harry and Meghan, you’re absolutely right.


Meghan’s mom’s advice was so SPOT ON! I know this is just a Lifetime Movie but daaaaang! “That boy lost his mom to the paparazzi. You don’t expect him to try to protect you?”

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Our Heads Are Spinning From Ryan Murphy’s Latest American Horror Story Clue


Surprise, surprise: it’s officially Spring, and we know next to nothing about the top-secret eighth season of American Horror Story. Sure, we’ve been blessed with a few spare details. A lot of the installment’s cast has been announced, we know we’re heading into the future, and Sarah Paulson is set to wear some kind of dental appliance (?). Yeah. The season’s cloak of mystery is more opaque than ever, but creator Ryan Murphy may have dropped a game-changing clue at a recent event.

At an Emmy “For Your Consideration” panel on April 6, Murphy offered a more specific hint about the timing of the season. According to The Hollywood Reporter, he said the season will take place “18 months from today,” and reportedly urged fans to do a little digging. Not one to turn down a challenge, I decided to uncover what I could about Oct. 6 and the days surrounding it, both in the past and the future.

A Nuclear Fallout?

The most obvious answer relates back to a previous bit of information that just recently “leaked.” Basically, one AHS fan account noticed that a trademark for American Horror Story: Radioactivehad been filed by 20th Century Fox. Ryan Murphy told Entertainment Weekly it was “an interesting idea” that he could neither confirm nor deny. AHS is known for keeping its secrets locked tight, and for occasionally throwing off fans (remember the 26 season six teasers?), so we were determined to take Radioactive with a grain of salt. After all, every other season title has been a noun. “Radioactive” is an adjective. But I digress.


Here’s the thing, though: if you look back at the history of Oct. 6, there’s one huge event that couldrelate to the season and could also confirm this “radioactive” storyline. On Oct. 6, 1961, President John F. Kennedy gave a speech advising American families to build nuclear bomb shelters. “There is need for a nationwide understanding of what each level of government, each private organization, and each citizen can do,” he said, “to bring about and maintain the best attainable protection for the civilian population against the major effects of a thermonuclear attack.” Roughly one year and one week later marks the beginning of the Cuban Missile Crisis, which marked a brief period in which the United States and the Soviet Union were on the brink of nuclear conflict.

That’s a major contender right there: maybe the season will be all about the fallout of a massive nuclear war. Our cast could be survivors; people who have made it through a devastating attack and must try to pick up the pieces in the face of a global tragedy.

An Extraterrestrial Twist?

While there are plenty of historic nuclear events that occurred in October, there’s a lot to be said for space as well. Now, to be fair, Murphy told Entertainment Weekly that “space” isn’t the theme, but that doesn’t mean it can’t come into play in some form or another. Plus, like, no shade, but when it comes to AHS, Murphy has bent the truth before. I’m not saying we’re hopping on a spaceship and heading to the moon in season eight, but I’m saying certain aspects of the space age and advanced space technology could somehow factor in.

In history, Oct. 4 marks the day the “space race” began in 1957. Russia launched “Sputnik,” which became the world’s first artificial satellite and man-made object to enter Earth’s orbit. The United States launched Apollo 7 on Oct. 11, 1968. These benchmarks are obviously a lot more loosely tied to Murphy’s “18 months” hint, but they can still lead down interesting paths. Perhaps we’ll finally see alien intelligent life take center stage (compared to the strange side plot in AHS: Asylum). Maybe it instead marks the hyper advancement of science and technology, and the horrors it inflicts on the human race. After all, satellites and spaceships are only a few mechanical hops away from artificial robot intelligence that aims to turn humans into slaves (we’re looking at you, Terminator and I, Robot).

Looking Ahead Instead of Behind

The only other option is to stop looking at the past. After all, Murphy urged us to look into the date Oct. 6, 2019. While past events may offer hints about what mysteries the season might contain, it’s possible there’s something huge on the horizon that may factor in to the season. So, what’s on the books for Oct. 6, 2019? Well, unfortunately, not a lot. But hey, we’re going to juice these lemons into the most far-reaching and eye-rolling lemonade possible.

There’s already a Carnival cruise on the books that sets sail on Oct. 6, 2019. This could mean that one of my favorite old and unused AHS theories is coming in to play! Imagine what kind of terrors our characters would face if they were stuck on a giant boat from hell with no land in sight. A serial killer? A sea monster? A deathly illness? A shipwreck?! There’s plenty to play with, and any of these ideas would make for a pretty gripping season.

According to a site call Tahoe Chamber, there’s an Oktoberfest happening in Lake Tahoe that weekend. I mean, what kind of fresh terror could you pair with German food, German beer, craft booths, bouncy castles, pumpkin patches, and face-painting? I’m already trembling.

October 2019 also marks a gubernatorial election in Louisiana. I don’t know, friends. Cult really did all the ins and outs of elections, politics, and Donald Trump, so that seems like the wrong thing to go for . . . unless Ryan Murphy wants to tackle the age-old reptilian conspiracy theory, which suggests that reptilians are living in human skin among us. According to Time, they’re “blood-drinking, flesh-eating, shape-shifting extraterrestrial reptilian humanoids with only one objective in their cold-blooded little heads: to enslave the human race.” Many believers think a good chunk of today’s high-power politicians are reptilian, which is phase one in their plan to take over the world. And, who knows, maybe the Louisiana gubernatorial election is ground zero. So, I mean, that’s pretty terrifying.

I think that’s about as far as we can get today. Ryan Murphy, if you’re reading this, please have mercy. I need to sleep.

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EXCLUSIVE: ‘Two and a Half Men’ Star Holland Taylor Is Dating ‘American Horror Story’ Actress Sarah Paulson

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Well here’s an adorable May-December romance you might not have seen coming!

Former Two and a Half Men star Holland Taylor, 72, has been dating 40-year-old actress Sarah Paulson for “a few months,” a source tells ET. Holland recently talked about her sexuality for the first time to public radio station WNYC, and while she declined to name her current partner, she did reveal the significant age gap.

“There’s a very big age difference between us which I’m sure shocks a lot of people, and it startles me,” Taylor said, before joking, “but as they say, ‘If she dies, she dies.'”

WATCH: ‘Two and a Half’ Men Star Holland Taylor Says She’s In a Relationship With a Woman — ‘I Haven’t Come Out Because I Live Out’

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Taylor wouldn’t be the first older woman Paulson has dated. The American Horror Story: Hotel star dated 59-year-old actress Cherry Jones for five years, before splitting in 2009. Paulson talked about her sexuality toPrideSource last month, and stressed that she doesn’t want to be attached to “any kind of label.”

“All I can say is, I’ve done both, and I don’t let either experience define me,” Paulson said. “I don’t let having been with a man make me think I am heterosexual, or make me want to call myself that, because I know I have been attracted to women — and have lived with women. So, for me, I’m not looking to define myself, and I’m sorry if that is something that is seen as a rejection of or an unwillingness to embrace (my sexuality) in a public way, but it’s simply not. It’s simply what’s true for me, and that’s all I can speak to.”

At the November junket for her recently released film Carol, Paulson told ET, “It matters not at all what the gender is. And I think that’s a testament to both the evolution of your own mind and also the reality that when you can see it from that vantage point, it’s very clear that love is love.”

Taylor and Paulson haven’t exactly been low-key about their affection for one another on social media. In November, Taylor tweeted a photo of Paulson wearing a shimmering floor-length gown, writing, “When captions fail…”

When Paulson tweeted to Taylor, “I love your mind,” last month, Taylor responded, “.@MsSarahPaulson I love your appreciation. It’s you with the fine (and beautiful) head…”

Taylor also gushed about her girlfriend in October. “For the record, @MsSarahPaulson is great. Period. The end,” she tweeted.

Paulson appears similarly smitten.
“Hey @HollandTaylor get off Twitter and call me. I mean, JESUS,” she hilariously tweeted in September.

Sarah Paulson


Hey @HollandTaylor get off Twitter and call me. I mean, JESUS.

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And could there be wedding bells in store for the future? Taylor doesn’t rule it out.

“I would not do that publicly,” she told WNYC of the possibility of getting married. “My relationship is with a woman, and I have not — given my generation it would not be something that would automatically occur to me. But she’s mentioned it because just from a spiritual point of view, from a heart point of view … as a deed that has a very rich symbolic gesture to it, it has its attraction.”

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North Korea warns U.S. as it suspends South Korea talks over military drills —


WASHINGTON — North Korea says the US should carefully consider the fate of the North Korea-US summit, in view of what it calls “provocative military disturbances with South Korea,” North Korea’s state news agency reported early Wednesday local time.

WASHINGTON — North Korea says the US should carefully consider the fate of the North Korea-US summit, in view of what it calls “provocative military disturbances with South Korea,” North Korea’s state news agency reported early Wednesday local time.

The warning comes as KCNA reported North Korea has suspended talks with South Korea because of a joint military drill conducted by South Korea and the US.

State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert defended joint US-South Korean military exercises Tuesday and said the US had not heard of any disruptions to either the planned exercises or the upcoming summit.

While media reports were just emerging as she took the briefing room podium, Nauert said, “We have not heard anything from that government or the government of South Korea to indicate that we would not continue conducting these exercises or that we would not continue planning for our meeting between President Trump and Kim Jong Un next month.”

“Let’s not get ahead of ourselves,” she cautioned to reporters. “This news just came out. We need to verify it to get additional information on that but we’re going forward in planning our meetings next month.”

A senior administration official told CNN that President Donald Trump has been alerted to the warning about the fate of the June 12 summit in Singapore and that the White House is preparing a response.

Meetings are underway now between White House officials, the National Security Council and Defense Department, the official said.

Talks between the Koreas were set to resume Wednesday.

The KCNA report said the Max Thunder 2018 air combat drill was against the Panmunjom declaration — signed last month between the Koreas — wherein they agreed to cease all hostile acts against each other.

KCNA labeled the Max Thunder drills a “deliberate provocation.”

Back in March, when South Korea’s national security adviser told reporters at the White House that Kim had invited Trump to meet, he also said that Kim “understands that the routine joint military exercises between the Republic of Korea and the United States must continue.”

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