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  1. Congrats bro! hope you achieve all your goals, good luck ❤️ 

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  5. Microsoft is shutting down its social network, LinkedIn, in China, saying having to comply with the Chinese state has become increasingly challenging. It comes after the career-networking site faced questions for blocking the profiles of some journalists. LinkedIn will launch a jobs-only version of the site, called InJobs, later this year. But this will not include a social feed or the ability to share or post articles. LinkedIn senior vice-president Mohak Shroff blogged: "We're facing a significantly more challenging operating environment and greater compliance requirements in China." And the firm said in a statement: "While we are going to sunset the localised version of LinkedIn in China later this year, we will continue to have a strong presence in China to drive our new strategy and are excited to launch the new InJobs app later this year." 'Gross appeasement' LinkedIn had been the only major Western social-media platform operating in China. When it launched there, in 2014, it had agreed to adhere to the requirements of the Chinese government in order to operate there, but also promised to be transparent about how it conducted business in the country and said it disagreed with government censorship. Recently, LinkedIn blacklisted several journalist accounts, including those of Melissa Chan and Greg Bruno, from its China-based website. Mr Bruno, who has written a book documenting China's treatment of Tibetan refugees, told Verdict he was not surprised the Chinese Communist Party did not like it but was "dismayed that an American tech company is caving into the demands of a foreign government". US senator Rick Scott called the move a "gross appeasement and an act of submission to Communist China", in a letter to LinkedIn chief executive Ryan China's internet roams further adrift It's hard to pinpoint whether LinkedIn's move was driven by the pressure from China, or that from the US. It could be both, as the Chinese government has been tightening its grip over the internet, and meanwhile, LinkedIn has drawn growing criticism in America for bowing to Beijing's censorship rules. LinkedIn launched its Chinese version in 2014, hoping to tap into the country's huge market. Seven years on, it has struggled against local competitors and run into regulatory problems. In March, LinkedIn was reportedly punished by the Chinese regulator for failing to censor political content, resulting in a suspension of new user registration for 30 days. Other than controversy over censorships, the platform has been used by Chinese intelligence agencies as a recruitment tool. In a letter to the platform's users in China today, President of LinkedIn China Lu Jian pledges that the site will continue to "connect global business opportunities". But LinkedIn's shutdown in China shows an opposite trend. The country's heavily controlled internet has drifted further away from the rest of the world, and it's increasingly challenging for global business operating in China to bridge the deep divide. "BBC"
  6. Much of the US Supreme Court's business occurs in private, as the nine justices meet alone around a rectangular table in a small oak-paneled room. The results of some of those internal deliberations become public when rulings in cases, fully briefed and openly argued, are handed down. But other decisions made in private are surrounded by more secrecy and are more mystifying, as when the justices decide which cases merit review or when the court issues orders without any publicly recorded votes or explanations late at night. In an expansive interview with CNN on Wednesday, Justice Stephen Breyer opened the door -- ever so slightly -- on some of the Supreme Court's internal customs, including on death penalty cases and midnight orders. But Breyer, the senior liberal among the nine, also emphasized the need for confidentiality in the justices' sessions, known as "the conference," so that they each can speak freely as cases are debated. The justices' internal workings are likely to undergo more scrutiny in upcoming months. President Joe Biden's commission studying the Supreme Court on Thursday released documents that showed commission members focused on, among other topics, the high court's use of emergency orders, its screening process for deciding which cases to hear, judicial ethics and public access to court proceedings. The conference At their weekly private sessions, the nine decide which pending petitions to take up and, separately, cast votes on cases that already have been argued. Chief Justice John Roberts sets the agenda and begins the discussion in the conference room off his private chambers. The room is distinguished by a black marble fireplace, above which hangs a portrait of the great Chief Justice John Marshall. The eight associate justices then speak in order of seniority, until the newest, Justice Amy Coney Barrett, has had her say. "What happens," Breyer told CNN, "is it's highly professional. People go around the table. They discuss the question in the case ... the chief justice and Justice (Clarence) Thomas and me and so forth around. ... People say what they think. And they say it politely, and they say it professionally." He stressed that no harsh words or sniping occurs in these sessions, despite some of the bitter recriminations that later emerge in the justices' written opinions. The justices receive some 7,000 petitions annually from people who have lost cases in lower courts. They end up taking and deciding about 60 disputes for the annual session that begins each October. Four votes among the nine are needed to accept a case for review and schedule oral arguments. But for a resolution in the dispute at hand, a majority of five votes is needed. Of the hundreds of new petitions handled each week, the justices discuss only about a dozen. That list is not made public. Any justice can ask that a pending case be put on the list for discussion, usually after law clerks have culled those that may be meritorious. All other cases are denied review out of hand. The justices have nearly full discretion over what cases they accept, and they tend to look for matters in which lower courts have announced conflicting rulings, so that the high court can bring uniformity to the law nationwide. Breyer highlighted two core practices, passed on to him from now-retired Sandra Day O'Connor, the country's first female justice, who served from 1981 to 2006 and is now living in Arizona. "Sandra O'Connor told me there are two unwritten rules that are probably as important as any that are written. The first one is that in the conference no one speaks twice until everyone has spoken once," Breyer said. "I was a junior justice for 11 years and I spoke last, and so that was a rule that was very favorable to me. But everybody feels you've been treated fairly. The second rule is no trading of votes. It's not like Congress." Justices have been known, however, to sometimes switch votes during deliberations on a single case as they negotiate a majority decision, as in the 2012 case that upheld the Affordable Care Act. Breyer declined to address whether votes in the initial screening of new cases should be made public, as some critics of the court's operations have urged. (Breyer said in the Wednesday interview that he had not read through the testimony of witnesses who had appeared before the commission and declined to comment on its mission.) Regarding the general need for confidentiality, Breyer said, "Transparency is usually a word that means something good, but I would say about the conference, it's important not to have transparency. ... It is very important for people to say what they really think about these cases, and that's what happens. So I worry about changing that and somehow bringing the public into the conference." Breyer acknowledged that when thinking about which petitions to accept for review, he will sometimes consider not only whether a lower court wrongly decided a case or whether a conflict among lower appellate courts exists, but also how his colleagues might vote in the end on the issue. "Can I promise you that I've never thought of what the outcome eventually will be? No, I can't promise you that. ... The institution, like all institutions and like all human beings, is fallible. And it doesn't work perfectly." Some justices in the past have more readily referred to denying a case even when they believe a lower regional court erred, because they feared the Supreme Court majority might take the decision further for a nationwide rule. That practice has been dubbed a "defensive denial" of a petition. In his new book, "The Authority of the Court and the Peril of Politics," Breyer raised another reason for avoiding certain cases, related to public opinion. He observed that the Supreme Court in the late '50s and early '60s took a strategic approach to race-related cases after the 1954 school-desegregation decision, Brown v. Board of Education. "For quite a few years after rendering its decision, the Court carefully chose which cases to take, sometimes avoiding ones that might thwart its ambitions in Brown -- for example those that asked the Court to set aside laws forbidding interracial marriages," Breyer wrote. The court eventually invalidated such laws, in the 1967 case of Loving v. Virginia, and Breyer described the 13-year interim between Brown and Loving as arising from "a calculated part of the Court's enforcement strategy." Death penalty cases and the 'courtesy fifth' vote The justices' handling of death row cases has drawn scrutiny from outside the court and from within. As in noncapital cases, four votes are needed to hear the merits of a legal issue. Yet a death row defendant seeking a "stay," or postponement, of an execution, needs five votes, as is standard for most motions before the court. That variance, however, has generated a troubling gap. Inmates might be able to convince four justices that their claims should be aired but unable to secure a fifth vote to obtain postponement of the execution. On occasion a justice who believes the defendant's petition lacks merit will nonetheless offer the crucial fifth vote to temporarily block the execution and allow the legal issues to be considered. Roberts cast such a fifth vote in a 2016 case, writing, "I do not believe that this application meets our ordinary criteria for a stay. This case does not merit the Court's review: the claims set out in the application are purely fact-specific, dependent on contested interpretations of state law, insulated from our review by alternative holdings below, or some combination of the three. Four justices have, however, voted to grant a stay. To afford them the opportunity to more fully consider the suitability of this case for review, including these circumstances, I vote to grant the stay as a courtesy." But a "courtesy fifth," in court parlance, has not been granted consistently, particularly in recent years as court conservatives have been disinclined to intervene in state death penalty controversies. Asked by CNN about the consequential life-or-death gap that occurs when a condemned inmate may have four votes to hear his claim but lack a fifth vote to hold off the execution, Breyer responded, "Rarely happens, rarely happens." When pressed on how often, even if rarely, it may happen, he did not know. "I haven't kept track. ... As I say, no institution works perfectly." Breyer suggested he was willing to provide a fifth vote in such tight cases and thought his colleagues should be similarly inclined but stopped short of saying the court should formally ensure that an inmate is spared immediate execution if he has four votes for a claim to be heard. Throughout interviews associated with his book promotion, including on Wednesday, Breyer has resisted criticism of the court or his colleagues. Previously, however, he had pointedly voiced concerns about the "arbitrary" imposition of capital punishment, as he dissented from an order issued just before 3 a.m. on April 12, 2019. The conservative court majority lifted a stay of execution in an Alabama case, saying the prisoner had failed to meet a deadline for challenging a three-drug lethal injection that the inmate argued would cause him severe pain and suffering. oined by three fellow liberals at the time, Breyer contended the majority was wrongly overriding lower court judges, who had postponed the execution. "To proceed in this way calls into question the basic principles of fairness that should underlie our criminal justice system. To proceed in this matter in the middle of the night without giving all Members of the Court the opportunity for discussion tomorrow morning is, I believe, unfortunate," Breyer wrote, later adding, "at stake in this case is the right of a condemned inmate not to be subjected to cruel and unusual punishment in violation of the Eighth Amendment." The unwritten six-vote requirement Some testimony before the Biden commission on the Supreme Court highlighted problems arising from the justices' private rules, which may be known to former law clerks and others in the elite high court world but are opaque to most people who bring cases to the justices. Recently, Justice Samuel Alito noted in a speech at the University of Notre Dame that the court requires six votes when it seeks to reverse a lower court decision without hearing oral arguments. Such summary reversals, as they are known, happen on rare occasions when a lower court ruling is plainly at odds with Supreme Court precedent and the justices bypass the usual briefing and public arguments. But that requisite six votes was not publicly known. Most court decisions take a simple majority of five votes. Asked about the reasoning behind that six-vote requirement, Breyer said only, "It's a custom." When asked if there was some reason to keep the requirement confidential, he said, "There is no reason." Midnight orders Late-night orders have been a staple of capital cases, as condemned inmates tried to fight off scheduled evening executions. But the justices increasingly have released after hours, even at midnight, orders in noncapital cases, too. On September 1, a five-justice majority rejected a request from abortion clinics in Texas and allowed a state ban on abortions after about six weeks of pregnancy to take effect. Breyer was among the four dissenters in that case, which continues to play out in courts. The Texas law conflicts with the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, which made abortion legal nationwide. When queried about the process that had led to the midnight order, Breyer said, "Why was it so late? Because probably people didn't get finished writing ... until the afternoon. ... It has to get printed. There are a number of administrative steps that are taken." He chalked up the middle-of-the-night action not to the justices themselves, perhaps furiously writing the majority statement and the multiple dissenting opinions, but to the court's publications team and an administrative process. He said the justices' work is reviewed to ensure there are no typographical errors and that case citations are accurate. "It isn't because we're sitting at the desk writing until midnight," said Breyer, in his characteristically upbeat way. "We probably finished several hours before." "CNN"
  7. The hippos at Pablo Escobar's former estate are believed to be the biggest herd outside Africa A group of hippos - an unwanted legacy following the death of notorious Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar - are being sterilised. Escobar, who was shot dead by police in 1993, illegally imported exotic animals, including a male and a female hippo - dubbed the "cocaine hippos". Since then, a growing po[CENSORED]tion has been taking over the countryside near his former ranch, Hacienda Nápoles. The Colombian government has so far sterilised 24 of more than 80 animals. They have been treated with a chemical that will make them infertile. Colombian environmentalists say the hippos, believed to be the biggest herd outside Africa, are an invasive species and have pushed away the native fauna. Many have campaigned for the animals to be culled or sterilised. Back in 1993, when authorities seized Hacienda Nápoles - Escobar's luxury estate situated about 250km (155 miles) north-west of the capital Bogotá - most of the animals found there were distributed to zoos across the country. But not the hippos. "It was logistically difficult to move them around, so the authorities just left them there, probably thinking the animals would die," Colombian biologist Nataly Castelblanco told the BBC earlier this year. However, with no natural predators in South America, the hippos multiplied. According to experts, they started spreading through one of the country's main waterways - the River Magdalena. Scientists studying the hippos' environmental impact say the animals could affect the local ecosystem in a number of ways: from displacing native species already under threat of extinction, like the manatee, to altering the chemical compositions of waterways, which could endanger fisheries - though other studies suggest they might help the environment too. Escobar, one of the most notorious South American criminals of all time, was the founder of the infamous Medellín drugs cartel in the 1980s, responsible for kidnappings, bombings and indiscriminate assassinations. At one point he was thought to be one of the world's richest men. "BBC"
  8. Maker of the Lucid Air EV will offer an advanced driver-assist system to rival Tesla's Autopilot and Full Self-Driving, but there will be some limitations. Lucid reveals details of DreamDrive advanced driver-assist system, designed to offer semi-autonomous features and upgrades via OTA updates. The automaker's system will include driver attention monitoring to make sure drivers keep their eyes on the road and hands on the steering wheel, pointing to Level 2 capability. Lucid says it is working on Level 3 features as well, which will be functional in some driving conditions. Lucid reveals details of DreamDrive advanced driver-assist system, designed to offer semi-autonomous features and upgrades via OTA updates. The automaker's system will include driver attention monitoring to make sure drivers keep their eyes on the road and hands on the steering wheel, pointing to Level 2 capability. Lucid says it is working on Level 3 features as well, which will be functional in some driving conditions. DreamDrive will offer a group of features dubbed Highway Pilot, which combines adaptive cruise control with lane centering, as well as Traffic Jam Assist, which will function at speeds between zero and 40 mph, working to center the electric sedan in the lane in tight traffic and respond to the movement of other vehicles around it. "An infrared driver camera tracks head position, eye gaze, and blinking, while hands-off detection prompts the driver to return their hands to the steering wheel immediately," the automaker notes. DreamDrive will also offer an Auto Park feature, which will allow the sedan to identify parallel and perpendicular spots and will enter them automatically, managing steering and drive inputs. The hardware behind the system is something Lucid calls an Ethernet Ring, which is a high-speed data network that uses four computer gateways, each positioned in one of the four corners of the sedan, to relay data at gigabit speeds, allowing for system redundancy and quick data transmission. "DreamDrive Pro has been designed to grow in capability, thanks to our ability to deliver software over-the-air and key equipment already in place in the vehicle," said Eugene Lee, senior director of advanced driver-assist systems (ADAS) and autonomous driving at Lucid Motors. "Thanks to highly integrated hardware and software teams, Lucid has the ability to develop new functionality for DreamDrive Pro in-house. This can benefit every facet of the DreamDrive Pro experience, from the frequency of updates to the planned rollout of the Highway Pilot system for conditional automated driving on select roadways in the coming years." At this point it's prudent to note just what DreamDrive does not promise. For starters, it does not promise that drivers will be able to take their attention off the road. It also does not promise that drivers will be able to keep their hands off the steering wheel, because driver monitoring sensors will make sure that they do so at all times. So there are certainly a few caveats here that point to a system with no eyes-off, brain-off capabilities of Level 3 and Level 4 systems, some of which are already available in other vehicles. For now, it appears that it will be a purely Level 2 system, like Tesla's Autopilot and FSD. The company does mention that Level 3 capabilities are in the works, at least for limited circumstances. "The Lucid DreamDrive technology suite supports 19 key safety, driving, and parking assist features that will be available on Lucid Air immediately upon start of production, with another eight features expected to be available later via over-the-air (OTA) updates. Additional DreamDrive capabilities to enable Level 3 driving in certain conditions are also in development," Lucid said in 2020. The company also adds that Highway Pilot with conditional hands-free capability is something that will be offered in the future. While the major hardware advantage with Lucid's system could be the inclusion of solid-state lidar, something that Tesla has shunned over the years in favor of transitioning to a camera-only system, DreamDrive appears to be taking a very careful approach to Level 2 autonomy to the point of not offering hands-free driving at the moment, unlike GM's upcoming Ultra Cruise system. So while it will certainly feature a far fuller sensor suite than that offered by other advanced driver-assist systems on the market, it won't be pushing the envelope for the time being. "CarandDriver"
  9. Harry Kane scored his first Premier League goal of the season as Tottenham condemned Newcastle to a 3-2 defeat in their first game under new ownership. There was a festival atmosphere ahead of kick-off as the Newcastle fans welcomed their new owners into the directors' box. It began well on the field too as Callum Wilson nodded home inside two minutes to send the stands into raptures. However, things soon unravelled as Tottenham quickly took the lead. Tanguy Ndombele (17) curled home a wonderful equaliser, before Kane (22) opened his Premier League account for the season. His strike had initially been ruled out for offside, but a VAR review overturned the decision and the goal stood. But an incident in the stands towards the end of the first half saw play suspended for 24 minutes. A Newcastle supporter needed urgent medical attention and the teams returned to the dressing room as they received treatment, before being stabilised and taken to hospital. When play resumed, Tottenham added their third. Kane and Heung-Min Son (45+4) linked up for the first time since February, with the South Korean forward poking home, and taking them to within one goal of Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba's Premier League combined goals record. ️ Harry Kane & Heung-Min Son have both scored in the same PL game for the 1st time since Tottenham’s 2-0 home win v West Brom on Feb 7 Newcastle were reduced to 10 men late in the second half as Jonjo Shelvey (83) was sent off for two quick yellow cards, 23 minutes after coming on as a substitute. However, soon after, Eric Dier's calamitous own goal (89) gave Newcastle a glimmer of hope, but Tottenham were able to see the game out. The victory sees Tottenham into fifth place, going level on 15 points with Brighton in fourth. Newcastle remain second-bottom with just three points this season, offering the new owners a stark reminder of the work to do at their new club. "Sky Sports"
  10. Seventeen missionaries from the United States and Canada, some of them minors, were kidnapped in Haiti on Saturday, according to the organization Christian Aid Ministries. "The group of sixteen US citizens and one Canadian citizen includes five men, seven women, and five children," read a statement released by the Ohio-based organization Sunday. "We are seeking God's direction for a resolution, and authorities are seeking ways to help," they said. An investigation is ongoing, according to a source in Haiti's security forces, who attributed the kidnapping to local gang members. Haitian officials are in touch with the US State Department about the kidnapping, the country's foreign minister, Claude Joseph, told CNN. The missionaries were traveling by vehicle Saturday to Titanyen, north of the capital Port-au-Prince, after visiting an orphanage in the Croix des Bouquets area. They were abducted along the route between the two places. One of the abducted missionaries, an American citizen, posted a call for help in a WhatsApp group as the kidnapping was occurring, The Washington Post reported, quoting a person familiar with the abduction who spoke on the condition of anonymity. "Please pray for us!! We are being held hostage, they kidnapped our driver. Pray pray pray. We don't know where they are taking us," the message said. In this file image, a woman carries a bucket of water on the street in Croix des Bouquets, 8 miles northeast of the Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince, on December 30, 2019. It is unclear whether the message was a video or a text sent to the WhatsApp group, and there is no information on the WhatsApp group itself in the Washington Post's reporting. CNN cannot independently verify the authenticity of this message or the report. A spokesperson for the US State Department said late Saturday it was aware of the reports. "The welfare and safety of US citizens abroad is one of the highest priorities of the Department of State. We are aware of these reports and have nothing additional to offer at this time," the spokesperson said. According to a senior US official familiar with the situation, the US does not know the current location of the kidnapped missionaries. The FBI and State Department officials are working around the clock to secure the release of Americans, the official said. Canadian officials are also working with local authorities and "implicated NGOs" to gather information, a spokeswoman for Global Affairs Canada told CNN. CNN has reached out to the Haitian Justice Ministry and the National Police but they have not yet commented. Transport union calls for strike action Kidnappings have surged in Haiti throughout 2021, with numbers rising nearly 300% since July. At least 628 kidnappings have taken place since January, of which 29 are of foreigners, according to data released earlier this month by the Center for Analysis and Research in Human Rights, a non-profit based in Port-au-Prince. A Haitian transportation union, the Association of Owners and Drivers of Haiti (APCH), has called for an indefinite strike from Monday to protest the spike in kidnappings, among other issues, in Haiti, the group told CNN. On Friday, the group called on all sectors to join the strike, as the number of kidnappings continues to escalate in Haiti. "We call on the government to put an end to the kidnappings and provide us safety or for them to resign immediately. We are the most victims; the transportation sector is an easy target for kidnappers all over the country," Méhu Changeux, president of the APCH, told CNN on Sunday. "We lost many members to the insecurity and dozens of members have been kidnapped. The latest tragedy of the kidnapping of the American missionaries shows no one is safe in this country. We will fight for our lives and for our future. We call on all sectors to join the fight, don't wait until it's your turn to be kidnapped by these gangs. We are hostage in our own country," Changeux said. Calls for the strike came just before the missionaries were reported kidnapped by gang members in Haiti. Turbulent year On Friday, the UN Security Council voted to extend the mandate of the UN mission in Haiti by nine months, until July 15, 2022. At the UNSC meeting Friday, US Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield said, "As we all know, the past year has been especially turbulent in Haiti. By renewing the mandate of BINUH (the UN mission in Haiti), we have helped to ensure the UN can continue its vital efforts to support democratic institutions and planning for elections, strengthen the rule of law and promote stability." Haitian Foreign Minister Claude Joseph had urged the UNSC earlier this month to bolster the UN mission's mandate in order to help ensure security and protection for civilians, according to a UN news release. "These are the legitimate expectations of the people who have suffered enough from gang violence, kidnapping and widespread crime," Joseph said. "CNN"
  11. Best wishes to you, I hope you achieve everything you set your mind to...

     

    Goodbye and Goodluck friend!

  12. Hello bro 1°. First, I really want to help, in any way possible, I like what I do here in the forum and I know that I could do more, whoever knows me knows that I like it and that I have wanted this for a while. I see that many of the team work, have occupations and, like me, a life, but sometimes I have more free time and I dedicate it to the forum and the server I am on. I want CSBD to be high again. 2°. I think that with all the activity that is really done and should be done in projects like Journalist or VGR, it could be called hard work, but still, I like that and it doesn't make it difficult for me, in fact, when I have free time and I finished my activities, I usually wander through the forum and sometimes I do topics in other sections. Thanks u.
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