US senators spar with tech CEOS over legal immunity
Washington (AFP) - US senators clashed with technology CEOs Wednesday over legal immunity and suppression of content on social media as a contentious hearing kicked off on reforming rules governing internet platforms.Republican Senator Roger Wicker, chairing the Commerce Committee hearing, opened the session by renewing a call for reform of a law called Section 230 which gives online services immunity from blame for content on their platforms created by third parties."My concern is that these platforms have become powerful arbiters of what is true and what content users can access," Wicker sai...
FG approves N2.9bn for exams papers printing
The Federal Executive Council on Wednesday approved the sum of N2.9 billion contract for the printing of both sensitive and non-sensitive examination materials.The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, stated this while briefing State House Correspondents after the 21st virtual meeting of FEC presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari.The minister who briefed alongside Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, said the contract was awarded to a group of eight printers. The materials are for the Basic Education Certification Examination, the Senior Secondary Certificate Examination and ...
Pence Continues To Campaign Despite COVID-19 Exposure & Outbreak Among Staff
Vice President Mike Pence‘s staff has experienced several coronavirus outbreaks, affecting even his Chief of Staff, Marc Short.At least four others close to Pence have contracted the virus, including top political aide, Marty Obst, and his bodyman, Zach Bauer.Despite the outbreak, Pence has remained committed to spending the last week before Election Day campaigning and has traveled all over the country recently, holding 12 rallies and two private events in different states in the past week. Many attendees have been pictured not wearing masks or social distancing.“We’re going to keep protectin...
OPCW 'whistleblower' may have suppressed evidence showing that Syria chemical weapon attack happened
The investigative journalism website Bellingcat says that it has seen a letter proving that a 2018 chemical weapons attack in the city of Douma did in fact take place, casting severe doubts on the contrary claims made by an OPCW whistleblower and Wikileaks.In 2019, a former OPCW employee named Brendan Whelan, codenamed 'Alex', who had been part of the team investigating the Douma attack, leaked internal OPCW memoranda saying that he and another employee from the agency, Ian Henderson, had come to the conclusion that the regime had not used chemical weapons in Douma and that the attack had been...
Record-breaking early voting numbers point to huge turnout in US election
US election observers are expecting a record turnout in next week's vote as new figures reveal a stunning surge in early voting.The number of American who cast their ballots early reached more than half of total votes cast in the 2016 election, the US Elections Project said on Tuesday.Around 136 million people voted four years ago.Almost 70 million people voted early this year, a record figure that surpassed the 58 million mail-in or in-person early votes cast in 2016.Figures shared by the US Elections Project appear to give Democrats the advantage on election day, leaving Republican President...
Why US elections present Syrians with a complex dilemma
Recent surveys in the United States suggest that Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden is more popular than incumbent President Donald Trump among Arab American voters.Trump has angered Arab American voters with his anti-Islam rhetoric and "Muslim ban", which prevents people from five Muslim majority countries from visiting the United States even if they have close relatives living there.Biden has vowed to repeal this ban and has said he would "honour contributions from Muslim-Americans".The current US president's unwavering support for Israel, which has gone far beyond that of any of hi...
The 6 Best Trading Books to Gift this Holiday Season
With the holiday gift giving season right around the corner, Danielle Shay, Director of Options and the face of Foundation at Simpler Trading, shares her must read trading books. As a former teacher, Danielle’s goal is to help traders grasp the basics that make trading simpler — no matter their skill level. She has the keen ability to relay trading information in small tangible bits where even the ‘best’ of traders will find her insights useful and easy to understand.Q3 2020 hedge fund letters, conferences and moreTop Trading Books To Gift This Holiday SeasonHere are Danielle’s top trading boo...
New York Metropolitan Museum looks back on 150 years of fashion
Fashion fans are in for a treat as New York's Metropolitan Museum looks back at the past 150 years through pieces from the likes of Karl Lagerfeld and Donna Karan."About Time: Fashion and Duration" opens Thursday after a months-long delay due to the pandemic. It was originally supposed to open in May, for the museum's 150th anniversary."When we decided on the name of the exhibition more than a year ago, we could not have imagined how fitting it would be," says museum director Max Hollein during an online exhibit preview.The show offers a "thoughtful look at the changes in fashion over time," s...
Trump's potential paths to victory on November 3
Washington (AFP) - Democrat Joe Biden leads President Donald Trump in the polls with less than a week to go before the US election.The debates are over, tens of millions of Americans have cast their ballots already and the 77-year-old former vice president would appear to be on a glide path to the White House.Not so fast.The 74-year-old Trump has several potential routes to victory on November 3 and the most likely ones wind through the battleground states of Florida and Pennsylvania.Trump lost the popular vote to Hillary Clinton in 2016 by nearly three million votes and is likely to lose it t...
Redbox's Top 10 DVD rentals
The top 10 DVD rentals at Redbox kiosks for the week of Oct. 19:1. The Vanished — Paramount2. The Doorman (2020) — Lionsgate3. The Owners — RLJ Entertainment4. Ava — Redbox Entertainment5. The Tax Collector — RLJ Entertainment6. The Silencing — Lionsgate7. Scoob! — Warner8. Tremors: Shrieker Island — Universal9. The Amityville Harvest — Lionsgate10. The Secret: Dare to Dream — Lionsgate———
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