2019-08-19

Headlines:

From Al Jazeera, Associated Press, BBC News, Reuters, The Globe and Mail, New York Times, and Wired

Shareholder Value Is No Longer Everything, Top C.E.O.s Say – (The New York Times)
Chief executives from the Business Roundtable, including the leaders of Apple and JPMorgan, argued that companies must invest in employees and deliver value to customers.

A look at the Islamic State affiliate’s rise in Afghanistan – (Associated Press)
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A suicide bombing at a wedding party in Kabul claimed by a local Islamic State affiliate has renewed fears about the growing threat posed by its thousands of fighters, as…

U.S. recorded 21 new cases of measles last week – (Reuters)
The United States recorded 21 new measles cases last week, a 1.8% increase, taking the total cases for the year to 1,203 in the worst outbreak since 1992, federal health officials said on Monday.

Florida’s iconic palm trees threatened by invasive disease – (Associated Press)
DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — Florida’s iconic palm trees are under attack from a fatal disease that turns them to dried crisps in months, with no chance for recovery once they become ill.Spread by a…

Trump ‘not ready’ for China trade deal, dismisses recession fears – (Reuters)
U.S. President Donald Trump and top White House officials dismissed concerns that economic growth may be faltering, saying on Sunday they saw little risk of recession despite a volatile week on global bond markets, and insisting their trade war with China was…

Britain’s Prince Andrew denies any involvement in Epstein sex scandal – (Reuters)
Britain’s Prince Andrew rejected any suggestion that he participated in the alleged sex crimes which U.S. financier Jeffrey Epstein was accused of, Buckingham Palace said in a statement.

Wall St. opens higher on stimulus hopes – (Reuters)
Wall Street opened higher on Monday, after China’s plans of an interest rate reform reinforced hopes that major economies would act to counter the impact of escalating global trade tensions.

US gives Huawei a 90-day reprieve on technology trade ban – (Associated Press)
NEW YORK (AP) — Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross says the U.S. will extend by 90 days the ability of Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei to buy supplies from U.S. companies.It’s the…

U.S. grants Huawei another 90 days to buy from American suppliers – (Reuters)
U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said on Monday the U.S. government will extend a reprieve given to Huawei Technologies that permits the Chinese firm to buy supplies from U.S. companies so that it can service existing customers, even as nearly 50 of its un…

Schools deserted in Indian Kashmir as parents fear more unrest – (Reuters)
Schools reopened in Indian Kashmir’s main city on Monday but most classrooms were empty as parents kept their children home, fearing unrest over the government’s decision two weeks ago to revoke the region’s autonomy.

UK’s Johnson tells Germany and France: do a Brexit deal – (Reuters)
Prime Minister Boris Johnson called on France and Germany on Monday to change their position on Brexit and negotiate a new exit deal for Britain, reiterating his stance that he is ready to leave the European Union without a deal if they do not.

Not your father’s Peronists: Why Macri flopped with young Argentines – (Reuters)
For Luis Joaquin Caro, who was about 2 years old when Argentina last defaulted on its debt in 2001, casting his vote for left-leaning Peronist candidate Alberto Fernandez in the country’s recent primary election was a no-brainer.

Freedom of movement ‘will end’ after Brexit – (BBC News)
The government has ditched the idea of extending freedom of movement to 2021 in the event of a no-deal.

US delays Huawei trade ban for another 90 days – (BBC News)
The reprieve allows US companies to do business with Huawei for a further 90 days

‘Maximum carnage’: Kabul wedding attack leaves families mourning – (Al Jazeera English)
Survivors say they are devastated as wedding hall organisers look to beef up security following the deadly ISIL bombing.

Hong Kong readies for further protests after huge, peaceful rally – (Reuters)
Hong Kong is gearing up for further protests this week after hundreds of thousands of anti-government demonstrators braved heavy rain to rally peacefully on Sunday, marking a change to what have often been violent clashes.

Cathay Pacific’s new boss puts emphasis on safety and security – (Reuters)
Cathay Pacific Ltd <0293.HK> needs to focus on safety and security, its customers and the completion of a three-year financial turnaround plan, the airline’s new chief executive told staff on Monday.

Early Epstein accuser: Police could have stopped him in 1997 – (Associated Press)
SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — More than two decades before Jeffrey Epstein took his own life, a woman went into a California police station and filed one of the earliest sex-crime complaints against…

Chinese pop stars publicly back Beijing on Hong Kong – (Associated Press)
HONG KONG (AP) — At least eight pop stars from mainland China and one each from Taiwan and Hong Kong are publicly stating their support for Beijing’s one-China policy, eliciting a mixture of…

Texas government bodies hit by ransomware attack – (BBC News)
Hackers target 23 organisations in what local officials say was a co-ordinated attack.

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From various sources

In God Regev trusts… to deliver Likud – analysis – (The Jerusalem Post)
Over the last weekend, Regev, who is not religiously observant, said that it was God that decides elections and no one else.

Cleveland Cavaliers coach David Blatt reveals he has Multiple Sclerosis – (The Jerusalem Post)
Israeli-American basketball icon vows to ‘never give up’ in the face of being diagnosed with autoimmune disease, plans to continue coaching.

Jordan parliament calls for expelling Israeli envoy – (The Jerusalem Post)
Jordanian foreign minister told parliament Jordan’s ‘unwavering position’ remains that ‘Jerusalem is a redline’

Ukraine to open official high-tech and investment office in Jerusalem – (The Jerusalem Post)
Zelensky, who is Jewish, said that Ukraine has “something to learn from Israel, especially in security and defense, and we will of course be doing that.”

PA offering ‘grants’ to Palestinians who move to Jordan Valley – (The Jerusalem Post)
The Jordan Valley and the northern Dead Sea constitute almost 30% of the West Bank. Nearly 65,000 Palestinians and some 11,000 Jews live there.

Palestinian factions warn Gaza is a boiling volcano – (The Jerusalem Post)
Factions call on Palestinians in the West Bank, Gaza to “set the ground ablaze under the Zionist’s feet”

Opinion | Trump’s scam is failing him, and he’s in a panic over it – (The Washington Post)
The president privately fears the economy could harm his reelection chances.

Kate Upton slams Victoria’s Secret over body inclusiveness: ‘It’s a snooze fest’ – (Fox News)
Model and fashion icon Kate Upton took a shot at the Victoria’s Secret brand for its lack of inclusiveness when it comes to its models.

Elon Musk still wants to ‘nuke Mars’ – (Fox News)
Three years after first proposing the idea, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk again wants to “nuke Mars.”

New trailer for Apple’s Morning Show has journalists out for blood – (The Verge)
A new trailer for Apple’s first big TV show on its upcoming TV Plus streaming service, The Morning Show, pits Steve Carell, Jennifer Aniston, and Reese Witherspoon against one another as they deal with their own crises.

Palestinian arrested while attempting to stab soldiers – (The Jerusalem Post)
After an investigation by Israel Police, it was found that the suspect was waiting at the bus stop for a soldier to arrive in order to carry out a stabbing attack.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry board their private jet with baby Archie – (Daily Mail)
Prince Harry and Meghan generated an estimated seven times the emissions per person compared to a commercial flight when flying home to Britain from Nice on Saturday.

Stripe will pay $1 million a year to take carbon out of the air — but will it work? – (The Verge)
Stripe has committed to spending twice as much as it currently does on offsets of carbon sequestration, adding up to a million dollars a year.

Nurse accused of forcing woman to eat dog faeces granted bail – (News24)
The Cape Town nurse accused of making another woman eat dog poo has been granted bail but will be under house arrest until a verdict in her case is reached, the Goodwood Magistrate’s Court has ruled.

Shareholder Value Is No Longer Everything, Top C.E.O.s Say – (The New York Times)
Chief executives from the Business Roundtable, including the leaders of Apple and JPMorgan, argued that companies must invest in employees and deliver value to customers.

Lightning strike: At least 9 injured from fallen tree, downed tent at Dolphin Swim Club in Feasterville-Trevose, Pennsylvania – (CBS News)
Three people suffered serious injuries — two to their head and one to their back — according to officials

Binance launches Venus, which it calls an “independent, regional version” of Facebook’s Libra – (TechCrunch)
Binance, the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange, announced today that it will launch an open blockchain project called Venus to develop regional stablecoins pegged to fiat currencies (or traditional currencies usually issued and backed by a government). …

Build A Six Course Meal And We’ll Tell You What % Fancy You Are – (Buzzfeed)
Hors d’oeuvres, anyone?

Home Depot is building up a big rally, says top technician – (CNBC)
Wild market swings claimed plenty of victims last week, but Cornerstone Macro’s Carter Worth says Home Depot is poised for a big breakout.

Watch the trailer for the Apple TV+ drama ‘The Morning Show’ – (TechCrunch)
Apple is giving viewers their first extended look at “The Morning Show,” a drama starring Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon and Steve Carell. Previously, all that we’d seen from the show were a few brief clips in a broader promo for Apple’s upcoming subscri…

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All about Trump

Opinion | Trump’s scam is failing him, and he’s in a panic over it – (The Washington Post)
The president privately fears the economy could harm his reelection chances.

Kellyanne Conway on media’s recession rhetoric, Tlaib and Israel, Antifa violence – (Fox News)
Counselor to President Trump Kellyanne Conway weighs in on the news of the day on ‘Fox & Friends.’

Trump rages at ‘unstable’ Scaramucci after threat to organize ex-Cabinet officials against him – (Fox News)
President Trump lashed out anew Monday at aide-turned-nemesis Anthony Scaramucci after the former White House communications director threatened to cobble together a coalition of former Cabinet officials to speak out against him as part of an apparent bid to …

8/19: CBSN AM – (CBS News)
Pres. Trump pushes back on recession fears; CDC investigating lung illnesses linked to vaping

“That undermines our democracy”: FEC chair rebukes Trump’s 2016 voter fraud claims – (Axios)
“Facts matter. And people of America need to be able to believe what their leaders tell them.”

Trump ‘not ready’ for China trade deal, dismisses recession fears – (Reuters)
U.S. President Donald Trump and top White House officials dismissed concerns that economic growth may be faltering, saying on Sunday they saw little risk of recession despite a volatile week on global bond markets, and insisting their trade war with China was…

Trump lashes out at former communications director Scaramucci, calls him ‘highly unstable’ – (USA Today)
Trump later deleted the tweet and replaced it with a new one with “shellacked” spelled correctly. The first version of the tweet has spelled it as “shellaced.”

Trump Administration Extends License Enabling Huawei to Work With U.S. Customers – (The Wall Street Journal)
The Trump administration extended the length of a license that has enabled Huawei Technologies to continue working with U.S. customers despite national-security concerns.

Scaramucci assembling team of former Cabinet members to speak out against Trump | TheHill – (The Hill)
Former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci sai…

Justin Amash’s district might abandon Trump, too – (CBS News)
Rep. Justin Amash has sharply criticized the president and left the GOP, but it remains to be seen what his district will do

Lifelong Democrat turned Trump supporter explains why he made the switch – (Fox News)
Former liberal Ryan Moore urges a return to civility after the backlash he received for becoming conservative.

US to grant China’s Huawei temporary reprieve – (Financial Times)
Decision comes a day after Donald Trump cast doubt over 90-day licence extension

Trump had a ‘very good meeting’ with Apple’s Tim Cook about tariffs on iPhones, devices – (USA Today)
President Donald Trump said Apple CEO Tim Cook “made a very compelling argument” that tariffs on China will make it harder to compete with Samsung.

Scaramucci says he’s putting together coalition to stop Trump in 2020 – (CNN)
Anthony Scaramucci, a former White House communications director who has recently withdrawn his support for President Donald Trump, said Monday that he is putting together a coalition of former Trump Cabinet officials to denounce the President ahead of the 20…

Scaramucci says he’s putting together coalition to stop Trump in 2020 – (Google News)
Anthony Scaramucci, a former White House communications director who has recently withdrawn his support for President Donald Trump, said Monday that he is putting together a coalition of former Trump Cabinet officials to denounce the President ahead of the 20…

Apple CEO warns Trump China tariffs could give Samsung an edge – (Financial Post)
‘I thought he made a very compelling argument, so I’m thinking about it,’ Trump said of Cook

Amid Greenland Sale Controversy, Denmark is Expecting a Visit From Trump. But Is He Coming? – (Fortune)
Amid tension over Trump’s comments about “buying” Greenland, it’s now unclear if the President will be making a planned trip to Copenhagen.

Commerce Department will extend Huawei reprieve, Ross says – (The Washington Post)
The move will delay the implementation of a penalty on the Chinese tech giant for another 90 days. The commerce secretary’s comments come one day after President Trump suggested the U.S. would not grant another reprieve.

After Amash dumped Trump, his district may do same to him – (Associated Press)
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Eirran Betka-Pope was on her lunch break when she spotted hundreds of Donald Trump supporters protesting outside the office of Rep. Justin Amash, the first Republican on…

34% of economists in survey expect a US recession in 2021 – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — A number of U.S. business economists appear sufficiently concerned about the risks of some of President Donald Trump’s economic policies that they expect a recession in the U.S….

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