100,000 free AI-generated headshots put
100,000 free AI-generated headshots put stock photo companies on notice The VergeA company is offering a royalty-free resource of 100000 AI-generated faces. Many images found on the generated.photos page look fake, but others are difficult ...
Posted on 20 September 2019 | 3:27 am
Whistleblower complaint about Trump involves
Whistleblower complaint about Trump involves Ukraine, report says CNBCTrump's communications with a foreign leader sparked whistleblower complaint CNNWhistleblower reports Trump convo with foreign leader l ABC News ABC News‘Urgent Concern’ About the President The New York TimesHow the DNI-Congress feud puts intelligence and democracy in danger The Washington PostView full coverage on Google News
Posted on 20 September 2019 | 3:07 am
Zuckerberg’s visit to DC shows how high
Zuckerberg’s visit to DC shows how high the stakes are getting for Facebook The VergeMark Zuckerberg's trip to meet with President Trump and lawmakers illustrates the seriousness of the situation for Facebook. Some problems can only be solved ...View full coverage on Google News
Posted on 20 September 2019 | 3:00 am
China Detains FedEx Pilot Amid Rising
China Detains FedEx Pilot Amid Rising U.S.-China Tensions The New York TimesA FedEx pilot was arrested by Chinese authorities CNNChina: FedEx pilot suspected of 'smuggling weapons' Los Angeles TimesChina Detains Former U.S. Air Force Pilot Flying for FedEx The Wall Street JournalWhy Has China Detained A Former US Air Force Pilot? NewsweekView full coverage on Google News
Posted on 20 September 2019 | 2:58 am
Hong Kong enters 16th weekend of protests as
Hong Kong enters 16th weekend of protests as police warn violence escalating beyond control CNNChina rips Pelosi for meeting with Hong Kong activists | TheHill The Hill'Reckless, unlawful': Amnesty accuses Hong Kong police of abuse Al Jazeera EnglishUBS Bets on China’s Nasdaq-Style Exchange to Offset a Ban in Hong Kong BloombergChina scientists 'create world's first sonic weapon' after Beijing lockdown Express.co.ukView full coverage on Google News
Posted on 20 September 2019 | 2:51 am
Mexico's Los Cabos braces for
Owners pulled boats from the water and hauled them away on trailers, while shopkeepers put plywood over windows and doors as Hurricane Lorena bore down on Mexico's resort-studded Los Cabos area. Lorena was forecast to pass over or near the southern tip of the Baja California Peninsula Friday with heavy winds and soaking rains, and locals who have been through past hurricanes were taking no chances. The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami upgraded Lorena to a Category 1 hurricane early Friday, with maximum sustained winds of 75 mph (120 kph).
Posted on 20 September 2019 | 3:11 am
FedEx Pilot Detained in China for Item Found
(Bloomberg) -- A FedEx Corp. pilot was temporarily detained in southeastern China after authorities found hundreds of air-gun pellets in his luggage prior to boarding a commercial flight to Hong Kong, marking the delivery firm’s latest setback in the country.The pilot, who was held in the city of Guangzhou, was later released on bail and the company is working with relevant authorities to understand the facts better, Memphis-based FedEx said in an email. Geng Shuang, spokesman at China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said at a briefing Friday that he was detained after being found with 681 air-gun pellets in his luggage.While FedEx didn’t provide details, a Wall Street Journal report earlier cited people familiar with the matter as saying Chinese authorities have started a criminal probe on the former U.S. Air Force colonel for allegedly carrying ammunition illegally. China notified the U.S. consulate in Guangzhou about the matter and the case is still under investigation, Geng said.FedEx has been under particular scrutiny in recent months, after Huawei Technologies Co. said documents it asked to be shipped from Japan to China were diverted to the U.S. instead without authorization. In another incident, FedEx said it mistakenly rejected a package containing a Huawei phone being sent to the U.S. from the U.K., a claim China rebuffed.Separately, police in China’s Fujian province started an investigation into a package containing a gun delivered by FedEx to a company in China, state media reported in August. Chinese authorities also began probing FedEx on suspicion of illegally handling a package sent to Hong Kong containing knives, Xinhua News Agency reported in early September.The fracas over the Huawei packages has seen FedEx targeted in Chinese state media, with Beijing considering adding the company to a list of so-called unreliable entities it is drafting, people familiar with the matter told Bloomberg in June.China Mulls FedEx Blacklisting After Huawei Delivery ErrorsAfter the U.S. slapped curbs on Huawei, China’s Commerce Ministry announced the creation of the list in late May to target firms that the government says damage the interests of domestic companies.(Updates with foreign ministry comment in second paragraph.)\--With assistance from Thomas Black, Feifei Shen and April Ma.To contact the reporter on this story: Young-Sam Cho in Hong Kong at firstname.lastname@example.orgTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Young-Sam Cho at email@example.com, Emma O'BrienFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
Posted on 20 September 2019 | 1:51 am
As a foreign reporter visiting the US I was
Despite being subjected to a daily diet of Trump headlines, I was unprepared for the president’s alarming incoherenceNot normal: Donald Trump addresses the press at Otay Mesa, California. Photograph: ReutersAs a regular news reader I thought I was across the eccentricities of the US president. Most mornings in Australia begin with news from America – the bid to buy Greenland, adjustments to a weather map hand-drawn with a Sharpie or another self-aggrandising tweet. Our headlines and news bulletins, like headlines and news bulletins everywhere, are full of Trump.As a political reporter for most of the last 30 years I have also endured many long and rambling political press conferences with Australian prime ministers and world leaders.But watching a full presidential Trump press conference while visiting the US this week I realised how much the reporting of Trump necessarily edits and parses his words, to force it into sequential paragraphs or impose meaning where it is difficult to detect.The press conference I tuned into by chance from my New York hotel room was held in Otay Mesa, California, and concerned a renovated section of the wall on the Mexican border.I joined as the president was explaining at length how powerful the concrete was. Very powerful, it turns out. It was unlike any wall ever built, incorporating the most advanced “concrete technology”. It was so exceptional that would-be wall-builders from three unnamed countries had visited to learn from it.There were inner tubes in the wall that were also filled with concrete, poured in via funnels, and also “rebars” so the wall would withstand anyone attempting to cut through it with a blowtorch.The wall went very deep and could not be burrowed under. Prototypes had been tested by 20 “world-class mountain climbers – That’s all they do, they love to climb mountains”, who had been unable to scale it.It was also “wired, so that we will know if somebody is trying to break through”, although one of the attending officials declined a presidential invitation to discuss this wiring further, saying, “Sir, there could be some merit in not discussing it”, which the president said was a “very good answer”.The wall was “amazing”, “world class”, “virtually impenetrable” and also “a good, strong rust colour” that could later be painted. It was designed to absorb heat, so it was “hot enough to fry an egg on”. There were no eggs to hand, but the president did sign his name on it and spoke for so long the TV feed eventually cut away, promising to return if news was ever made.> In writing about this not-especially-important or unusual press conference I’ve run into what US reporters must encounter every dayHe did, at one point, concede that would-be immigrants, unable to scale, burrow, blow torch or risk being burned, could always walk around the incomplete structure, but that would require them walking a long way. This seemed to me to be an important point, but the monologue quickly returned to the concrete.In writing about this not-especially-important or unusual press conference I’ve run into what US reporters must encounter every day. I’ve edited skittering, half-finished sentences to present them in some kind of consequential order and repeated remarks that made little sense.In most circumstances, presenting information in as intelligible a form as possible is what we are trained for. But the shock I felt hearing half an hour of unfiltered meanderings from the president of the United States made me wonder whether the editing does our readers a disservice.I’ve read so many stories about his bluster and boasting and ill-founded attacks, I’ve listened to speeches and hours of analysis, and yet I was still taken back by just how disjointed and meandering the unedited president could sound. Here he was trying to land the message that he had delivered at least something towards one of his biggest campaign promises and sounding like a construction manager with some long-winded and badly improvised sales lines.I’d understood the dilemma of normalising Trump’s ideas and policies – the racism, misogyny and demonisation of the free press. But watching just one press conference from Otay Mesa helped me understand how the process of reporting about this president can mask and normalise his full and alarming incoherence.
Posted on 19 September 2019 | 11:00 pm
Giant construction project takes shape in
Like a scene from an epic film, thousands of workers swarm over the building sites of Samjiyon, a monumental construction project in the far reaches of North Korea ordered by leader Kim Jong Un. The plan involves nothing less than the rebuilding of the entire town of Samjiyon, the seat of a county that includes the supposed birthplace of Kim's father and predecessor Kim Jong Il, and Mount Paektu, the spiritual birthplace of the Korean nation. It encompasses a museum of revolutionary activities, a winter sports training complex, processing plants for blueberries and potatoes -- two of the area's most important crops -- a new railway line to Hyesan, and 10,000 apartments.
Posted on 19 September 2019 | 9:17 pm
UPDATE 1-Drowning of U.S.-bound Honduran
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras/MATAMOROS, Mexico Sept 19 (Reuters) - W hen Delia Hernandez, 44, bade farewell on Aug. 1 to Idalia Herrera, 27, and nearly two-year-old Iker Cordova, she dreamed her daughter and grandson were fleeing the arid fields of southern Honduras for a bright new life in the United States, she said. Instead, Herrera and Cordova drowned in recent days in the Rio Grande just shy of Brownsville, Texas, weeks into an anguished wait in the Mexican border city of Matamoros for an asylum hearing with U.S. authorities, migrants there and Herrera's grandmother said.
Posted on 19 September 2019 | 8:49 pm