2019-08-30

Headlines:

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

How 4 Companies Struggle to Navigate Trump’s Trade Uncertainty – (The New York Times)
The president’s whiplash-inducing China moves over the past week sent companies across the United States scrambling to adjust.

China will exempt Tesla cars from purchase tax – (Reuters)
China will exempt Tesla Inc’s electric vehicles from purchase tax, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) said on its website, sending the company’s shares up more than 4% in early trading.

Wall St. opens higher on trade optimism – (Reuters)
U.S. stocks opened broadly higher on Friday as investors took comfort from signals that the United States and China will resume trade talks, easing worries about further damage from their long-standing trade war that has roiled financial markets.

Hurricane Dorian gains strength as Florida braces for hit – (Reuters)
Hurricane Dorian gained strength as it crept closer to Florida’s coast on Friday, raising the risk that parts of the U.S. state will be hit by strong winds, a storm surge and heavy rain for a prolonged period after it makes landfall early next week.

Opioid settlement would divide money based on local impact – (Associated Press)
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The multibillion-dollar settlement that the maker of OxyContin is negotiating to resolve a crush of lawsuits over the nation’s opioid crisis contains formulas for dividing up…

White House aide fired after leaks on Trump family – (BBC News)
The 29-year-old aide had been Mr Trump’s personal assistant since the first day of his presidency.

Florida waits: Hurricane Dorian is looking increasingly dire – (Associated Press)
MIAMI (AP) — Unsure of where Hurricane Dorian might strike, Florida residents watched the increasingly dire forecast with a sense of helplessness Thursday and braced for what could be the most…

Amazon fires scorch Bolsonaro’s reputation abroad, but not in Brazil – (Reuters)
President Jair Bolsonaro has drawn sharp criticism on the international stage from European leaders and environmental groups for his handling of wildfires raging in the Amazon, but at home few Brazilians are angered by his reluctant response.

Confusion as Turkey says Iranian tanker now headed to Lebanon – (Reuters)
Turkey said on Friday that an Iranian tanker at the center of a confrontation between Washington and Tehran was headed to Lebanon after changing course several times, although Beirut said it was not informed of the plan.

Turkey now says Iranian tanker heading to Lebanese waters, not port – (Reuters)
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Friday he wanted to clarify that an Iranian tanker at the center of a dispute between Washington and Tehran was headed towards Lebanese territorial waters, not a Lebanese port.

Delay in first legal challenge to UK’s Brexit plans – (Associated Press)
LONDON (AP) — The first legal challenge to prevent British Prime Minister Boris Johnson from suspending Parliament amid the U.K.’s Brexit crisis was delayed in a Scottish court on…

Brazil’s Bolsonaro awaits news on U.S. help for Amazon – (Reuters)
Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro said on Friday he may have news later in the day on his request to U.S. President Donald Trump for help fighting the Amazon rainforest fires.

Syria, Russia step up assault on rebel stronghold: opposition, residents – (Reuters)
Syria and its ally Russia have stepped up an offensive against the last big stronghold of Syrian rebels, mounting more air raids and deploying ground reinforcements including Iranian-backed militias, army defectors and residents said on Friday.

Trade hopes lift global stocks to one-week high, yuan softens – (Reuters)
World stocks climbed to a one-week high on cautious hopes for a rapprochement on trade between Beijing and Washington on Friday, though a perky dollar capped gains with China’s yuan softening again, on track for its weakest month in 2-1/2 decades.

Hong Kong democracy activists get bail, protest march banned – (Associated Press)
HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong and another core member of a pro-democracy group were granted bail Friday after being charged with inciting people to join a protest in June, while…

Democratic National Committee expected to block Iowa, Nevada virtual caucus plans: reports – (Reuters)
The Democratic National Committee is expected to recommend on Friday that Iowa and Nevada scrap plans to hold so-called virtual caucuses ahead of the 2020 election because of security concerns, according to U.S. media reports.

MPs trying to block no deal ‘makes it more likely’ – (BBC News)
The PM says the way to get a Brexit agreement is to stop the EU thinking MPs are going to block no deal.

Hong Kong police arrest prominent activists ahead of mass rally – (Al Jazeera English)
Fears of a crackdown grow as a Beijing newspaper suggests troops won’t ‘sit on their hands’ with more demonstrations.

US soprano shames ‘body-shaming’ critics – (BBC News)
The star lashes out at opera critics who described her as a “fat woman in a tight corset”.

PM Imran Khan leads Kashmir solidarity rallies in Pakistan – (Al Jazeera English)
Pakistan’s prime minister vows to raise allegations of rights violations in Kashmir at UN during a rally in Islamabad.

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From various sources

More than 2,000 Olim children to join the coming school year – (The Jerusalem Post)
31 of these children came from countries with hostile relations with Israel on covert operations.

Netanyahu to Macron: IDF won’t let enemies be armed with deadly weapons – (The Jerusalem Post)
He added that it would be bad timing to hold talks with Tehran, just at the time when Iran was intensifying its regional aggression

An Orthodox perspective on the situation of U.S. Jews – (The Jerusalem Post)
On the 40th anniversary of OU Israel, its head says the future of the American Jewish people is in Israel.

What will happen to Palestinian children if UNRWA schools don’t open? – (The Jerusalem Post)
In the West Bank and east Jerusalem, UNRWA provides education to more than 45,000 students in 96 schools.

School year to start as usual, no strike -press release – (The Jerusalem Post)
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Education Minister Rafi Peretz congratulated all parties involved for resolving the issue.

How 4 Companies Struggle to Navigate Trump’s Trade Uncertainty – (The New York Times)
The president’s whiplash-inducing China moves over the past week sent companies across the United States scrambling to adjust.

Recent Match Report – Derbyshire vs Australians Tour Match 2019 | ESPNcricinfo.com – (ESPN Cric Info)
Read the detailed Reports & Articles of Derbyshire vs Australians Tour Match 2019, Australia tour of England 2019 only on ESPNcricinfo.com

Couple find cowboy builders had botched the £34,000 renovations and held alcohol-fuelled parties – (Daily Mail)
Delia and Mick Cunningham from Northamptonshire were left devastated after rogue workmen had not only botched their £34,000 renovations – but effectively moved in.

Dimitroff: Falcons ‘very close’ to new Julio Jones deal – (NFL News)
The Falcons have been hoping to extend Julio Jones before the beginning of the season. That day is very close, but GM Thomas Dimitroff said Thursday so is the team and its star receiver on agreeing to a new deal.

Corporate heavyweights split with Trump on energy regulatory rollbacks – (Axios)
Maintaining regulations gives the biggest players a competitive advantage.

Ceramics enter a new era with laser-welded joints – (Ars Technica)
Right light pulse duration and joint orientation enables ceramics to be welded.

Beats Powerbeats Pro truly wireless headphones are $50 off right now – (The Verge)
If you’ve been looking for a deal on the new Beats Powerbeats Pro, you’re in luck: Google Express (via Daily Steals) is hosting the best deal we’ve seen yet by marking them down by $50 with an offer code.

Simone Biles’ brother, Tevin Biles-Thomas, arrested and charged with three counts of murder in Ohio, Cleveland – (CBS News)
Tevin Biles-Thomas was arrested in connection with a triple homicide at a party on New Year’s Eve

TD agrees to pay $9.3-million to OSC for failing to supervise foreign exchange traders – (The Globe And Mail)
The settlement is to be the first of two today; a proposed settlement with RBC for similar alleged actions is to be held later Friday

China will exempt Tesla cars from purchase tax – (Reuters)
China will exempt Tesla Inc’s electric vehicles from purchase tax, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) said on its website, sending the company’s shares up more than 4% in early trading.

Wall St. opens higher on trade optimism – (Reuters)
U.S. stocks opened broadly higher on Friday as investors took comfort from signals that the United States and China will resume trade talks, easing worries about further damage from their long-standing trade war that has roiled financial markets.

Hurricane Dorian gains strength as Florida braces for hit – (Reuters)
Hurricane Dorian gained strength as it crept closer to Florida’s coast on Friday, raising the risk that parts of the U.S. state will be hit by strong winds, a storm surge and heavy rain for a prolonged period after it makes landfall early next week.

We spent our married life getting into other people’s beds! – (Daily Mail)
Queen Victoria’s great-grandson Louis Mountbatten married heiress Edwina Ashley in 1922 – in a wedding attended by the King and Queen and the Prince of Wales.

Madeleine Westerhout, Trump’s gatekeeper, was known for her loyalty — until she was pushed out – (CNN)
One of the people who has sat the closest to President Donald Trump throughout his presidency isn’t a household name, but her abrupt departure Thursday sent shockwaves through the West Wing.

Generate – (Axios)
The biggest news and trends in energy, business and politics by Ben Geman, with Amy Harder. Weekday mornings

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All about Trump

How 4 Companies Struggle to Navigate Trump’s Trade Uncertainty – (The New York Times)
The president’s whiplash-inducing China moves over the past week sent companies across the United States scrambling to adjust.

Corporate heavyweights split with Trump on energy regulatory rollbacks – (Axios)
Maintaining regulations gives the biggest players a competitive advantage.

Madeleine Westerhout, Trump’s gatekeeper, was known for her loyalty — until she was pushed out – (CNN)
One of the people who has sat the closest to President Donald Trump throughout his presidency isn’t a household name, but her abrupt departure Thursday sent shockwaves through the West Wing.

Dow Spikes as Trump Teases New ‘Economy Boosting’ Tax Cut – CCN Markets – (Crypto Coins News)
The Dow raced toward a third straight triple-digit rally while Trump did his best to boost stock market appetites by teasing a new tax cut.

White House aide fired after leaks on Trump family – (BBC News)
The 29-year-old aide had been Mr Trump’s personal assistant since the first day of his presidency.

Nebraska’s corn famers are “outraged” at Trump over ethanol and trade disputes – (Axios)
They’ve been deeply affected by the U.S-China trade war.

White House aide fired after leaks on Trump family – (Google News (Canada))
The 29-year-old aide had been Mr Trump’s personal assistant since the first day of his presidency.

US to reduce military presence in Afghanistan – (The Jerusalem Post)
“We’re going down to 8,600 [troops] and then we’ll make a determination from there as to what happens,” Trump said in an interview with Fox News on Thursday.

Trump looks to mental institutions as solution to gun violence, despite experts’ concerns – (CBS News)
Mental health experts say that won’t solve the gun violence crisis

Trump says Comey decision proves Barr is ‘fair and reasonable’ | TheHill – (The Hill)
President Trump said Friday that the Justice Department’s decision not to prosecute former FBI director James Comey over his mishandling of official memos showed fairness on the part of Attorney General William Barr.

Trade war: How tariffs on clothing, TVs and school supplies could affect you next week – (USA Today)
President Trump’s tariffs are aimed more Chinese consumer goods starting Sunday. Clothing, TVs, lamb, pasta, glasses and pens are among products hit

Brazil’s Bolsonaro awaits news on U.S. help for Amazon – (Reuters)
Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro said on Friday he may have news later in the day on his request to U.S. President Donald Trump for help fighting the Amazon rainforest fires.

New Biden gaffe raises question of truth in Trump’s post-fact era – (Google News)
If the day ends in a “y” it’s a good bet that Joe Biden has stumbled into yet another campaign trail gaffe.

IG report highlights apparent inconsistencies in Comey’s testimony about Trump memos – (Fox News)
Findings by the Department of Justice Inspector General released Thursday are raising new questions about former FBI Director James Comey’s 2017 testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee, as President Trump and his congressional allies slammed Comey’…

Trump’s personal assistant resigns from White House amid tensions – (Fox News)
A personal assistant to President Trump who had been with the administration since Trump took office, Madeleine Westerhout, abruptly resigned Thursday, reportedly after it was determined she shared private information about the president with reporters.

Donald Trump abruptly cancels trip to Poland to monitor Hurricane Dorian – (Daily Mail)
Donald Trump scrapped a trip to Warsaw, where other heads of state are gathering to commemorate the invasion that launched WWII, saying he will stay at home as Florida braces for Hurricane Dorian.

Trump gives Fox News host rating during interview – CNN Video – (CNN)
During a live interview, President Donald Trump gave Fox News’ Brian Kilmeade his opinion of the network’s coverage of him and his presidency.

Fox News anchor rips into Trump: ‘We don’t work for you’ – (USA Today)
Fox News anchor Neil Cavuto called out the president in a segment Thursday evening after Trump criticized the network.

Former Canadian Prime Minister Kim Campbell ‘rooting’ for Hurricane Dorian to hit Trump’s Mar-a-Lago – (USA Today)
Hurricane Dorian is currently a Category 2 storm and is hurtling towards Florida’s east coast, where Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club sits.

Trump personal assistant Madeleine Westerhout abruptly resigns – (NBC News)
President Trump’s personal assistant Madeleine Westerhout resigned from her job abruptly after sharing information on the first family with reporters at a dinner, a source told NBC News.

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