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New 'sex' logo for chess world champs mercilessly mocked

New 'sex' logo for chess world champs mercilessly mocked This is obvious from the new logo for the World Chess Championship that has gotten a range of reactions for looking too suggestive for the competition. Organisers say the logo is " controversial and trendy, just like the host city ". One of the criticisms is that the logo's chess board isn't correct, since it has squares in a pattern of 6x6 instead of 8x8, which doesn't accurately represent a ches... [Full Article...]

Alabama May Freeze Enrollment For Children's Health Insurance

Alabama May Freeze Enrollment For Children's Health Insurance Sens. Susan Collins and Lamar Alexander, who are sponsoring a bill that they say would reduce premium costs for families who do not receive government subsidies for health care, said in a joint statement on Thursday that they asked Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell not to introduce their legislation until next year. [Full Article...]

Anti-pigeon spikes on trees cause outrage

Anti-pigeon spikes on trees cause outrage The affluent drivers have started to place spike strips on the trees surrounding their pricey automobiles. An anonymous resident of the neighborhood confirmed to The Independent that the spikes were put in tree branches for the sole reason of protecting the cars below from droppings. [Full Article...]

Cuban President Raul Castro to step down in April

Cuban President Raul Castro to step down in April Elections will now be held on April 19 for the National Assembly, which will in turn elect the president and members of the Council of State. Castro had announced that he would retire at the end of his two terms on February 24, the original date of the election of the new National Assembly. [Full Article...]

The opioid crisis is driving down United States life expectancy, new data shows

The opioid crisis is driving down United States life expectancy, new data shows The good news is that there are three things you can do to drastically reduce your risk of developing both: eat right, exercise and don't smoke. Life expectancy hasn't fallen two years in a row in the US since the early 1960s. While drug mortality has been increasing among all age groups since 1999, it's now highest among those age 25 to 54. He said it is no longer hyperbole to describe opioids ... [Full Article...]

Virat Kohli, Anushka Sharma Make Royal Entry At Reception

Virat Kohli, Anushka Sharma Make Royal Entry At Reception We've seen umpteem wedding invitation cards offering sumptuous gastranomical treats, but Virushka wedding was different. Yesterday, the newlyweds invited Prime Minister Narendra Modi to their reception, the photos of which were shared by PM Modi on his official Twitter handle. [Full Article...]

Twitter Expands Two-Factor Authentication Security Options

Twitter Expands Two-Factor Authentication Security Options Rather than just needing a username and a password to get access to an account , 2FA approaches require a second password that is randomly generated by a secondary device or a service like SMS . In July 2016, NIST updated its Digital Authentication Guidelines, suggesting that SMS-based 2FA isn't secure and should not be used. This will prove to be an important move taken by Twitter due t... [Full Article...]

NZ gets into Christmas spirit with nationwide Secret Santa

NZ gets into Christmas spirit with nationwide Secret Santa Because New Zealand is an adorable fantasy land where dreams come true, they're now holding a nation-wide secret santa (easily achievable because there's only about 60 people that live there) and of bloody course Ardern is involved, recently receiving a gift from a random NZ citizen. [Full Article...]

MLS to name Nashville as expansion franchise

MLS to name Nashville as expansion franchise Vikings Owners Mark , Zygi and Leonard Wilf , in partnership with John Ingram and Nashville Soccer Holdings, LLC , were awarded a Major League Soccer expansion franchise on Wednesday, MLS Commissioner Don Garber announced in Nashville . [Full Article...]

Trump officials implore Congress to renew intelligence law

House Republicans will attempt to reauthorize a controversial surveillance program that allows the government to collect foreign intelligence on USA soil without attaching it to any spending bills or other must-pass legislation. The chamber is poised to vote on a modified measure from the House Intelligence Committee that imposes few new privacy controls on the National Security Agency's (NSA) war... [Full Article...]

Astana 8 Meeting on Syria Kicks off

Astana 8 Meeting on Syria Kicks off United Nations special envoy on Syria Staffan de Mistura said on Thursday he planned to organise a next round of Syrian peace talks in Geneva in the second half of January. De Mistura's Geneva peace process reached deadlock this month, missing what said was a "golden opportunity" to close out nearly seven years of war. [Full Article...]

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's official engagement pictures are finally here

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's official engagement pictures are finally here Markle opted for a similar look by Self-Portrait at Wednesday's pre-Christmas lunch at Buckingham Palace . "It was an incredible honor to be asked to document this wonderful event, but also a great privilege to be invited to share and be a witness to this young couple's love for one another", the photographer, Alexi Lubomirski said according to a statement from the palace. [Full Article...]

Salvation Army hosts walk-in Christmas toy distribution

Salvation Army hosts walk-in Christmas toy distribution San Juan Meats in Kirtland offered to store the meat for the Salvation Army because the organization didn't have the freezer space. If you have any new unwrapped toys that could be donated, they would much appreciate them. "When we need help and ask, help comes". "We're at $135,000 which puts us at about 60% of what were looking to get". "I feel good because some people don't have the stuff li... [Full Article...]

SUV plows into crowd in Melbourne, injuring 19

SUV plows into crowd in Melbourne, injuring 19 In January, six people were killed and more than 30 were injured when a vehicle was driven up a footpath in Bourke Street, near Thursday's incident. Investigators were waiting to interview the driver, who was in hospital under police guard. [Full Article...]

Gujarat Cong does 'Chintan' for 2019, Rahul visiting Ahmedabad on 23

Gujarat Cong does 'Chintan' for 2019, Rahul visiting Ahmedabad on 23 About grooming young leaders, Modi struggled to hold back tears while recalling how former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee had patted him after an election victory in Gujarat. Congress, a secular party, gained 17 seats this election, taking its total to 77. Two days after the victor "limped across the finish line " in the crucial Assembly elections in Gujarat with a "young sprinter close on... [Full Article...]

Ray busted for drunk driving, drug possession

Ray busted for drunk driving, drug possession I am so very sorry for the disappointment these events have caused everyone. "Everybody makes mistakes", Erin Haynes, 27, the driver of the Scion, told the Sentinel. The officer who responded to the call said Roach failed field sobriety tests and refused the breathalyzer, the report says. Police said they found a glass bottle containing cannabis oil while searching him. [Full Article...]

Weather: Quiet Thursday, then messy couple of days (12/21 AM)

Thursday , but only the temperature will feel like it around Metro Detroit . Tonight: Chance of drizzle early pm, cloudy - low around 42 with southeast wind 5 to 7 miles per hour. Highs will be in the low to mid-20s and overnight lows of about 10. An umbrella, however, might not be out of the equation, however, as moderately warm temperatures and mostly sunny skies on the Space Coast give... [Full Article...]

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe case marked as eligible for early release

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe case marked as eligible for early release It become a major diplomatic issue after Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson was forced to apologise for wrongly saying Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe was "teaching journalists" while in Iran. "It has given Nazanin a real boost of positive energy, and now we wait impatiently to see what happens next". Mr Ratcliffe said his wife's case had previously been marked as "closed", so the status change was "great ... [Full Article...]

Jerusalem: US Threats Will Not Change Other States' Stance - Turkish Official

Jerusalem: US Threats Will Not Change Other States' Stance - Turkish Official The Council episode could signal a lopsided general assembly vote should member states choose to ignore Trump's warning. "The meeting between Ambassadors of the Arab states and Minister of State for External Affairs M.J. In January, when she assumed her new United Nations role, she showed her hand, warning U.S. allies that if they do not support Washington, there would be repercussions. [Full Article...]

European Union rules Uber must be regulated as a transport company

European Union rules Uber must be regulated as a transport company Bernardine Adkins, head of EU, Trade and competition law at Gowling WLG welcomed the "vital clarity" that the ECJ's decision had given to Uber's status in the taxi market. The court rejected that argument in its landmark decision, ruling that Uber is at its heart a transportation company and should be regulated as such. [Full Article...]


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