Day: January 6, 2018

Egypt hosts ‘told to convince viewers’ over Jerusalem –

The move prompted widespread condemnation from many leaders throughout the Middle East, including Egypt, as well as the United Nations.

Concessions are a must and if we reach a concession whereby Jerusalem will be – Ramallah will be the capital of Palestine, to end the war and so no one else dies, then we would go for it.”

According to the New York Times, Kholi made the phone calls to three well-known Egyptian talk show hosts, as well as an Egyptian actress.

According to the New York Times, Kholi called the reaction to the US Jerusalem decision “dangerous” and an “intifada issue”.

Like most countries across the region, Egypt quickly condemned Trump’s decision on Jerusalem. Prior to the official US announcement, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi cautioned Trump against “taking measures that would undermine peace in the Middle East”.


“How is Jerusalem different from Ramallah, really?” Kholi said in the four recordings, according to the New York Times.

Trump on Russia Investigation: I Do Things ‘100 Percent Proper’ – New York Magazine

When you’ve done nothing wrong, let’s be open and get it over with, because honestly, it’s very, very bad for our country and it’s making us look foolish. This is a country that I don’t want looking foolish, and it’s not going to look foolish as long as I’m here. So we’ve been very open and we just want to get that over with.

As he, the White House, and Republican party have done for the past few days, Trump sought to discredit Wolff, championing “fake news media” criticism of the author and remarking that it was “a disgrace” that Wolff could write and say the things he did — something Trump blamed on America’s “weak” libel laws:

DACA, the Border Wall, and Immigration
President Trump once again linked his support for protecting immigrants in Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program to whether or not a legislative fix for the program includes funding for his wall on the southern border with Mexico as well as new restrictions on the country’s immigration system. The Trump administration asked Congress for $18 billion to both install and bolster sections of wall along the border on Friday, and on Saturday, Trump reiterated his campaign promise that Mexico will ultimately pay for the wall, despite the fact that Mexico has repeatedly said it will not.

Below are the most consequential remarks Trump made during the Q&A with reporters:

This Year’s Midterm Elections
When asked, president Trump said that he would not challenge GOP incumbents up for reelection this year before obviously looking in the direction of Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell. Trump said he was excited for the campaigning to start, vowed to be “very involved,” and lamented the party’s recent loss in Alabama — blaming it on Steve Bannon, even though Trump ultimately endorsed and effectively campaigned for loser and alleged sexual predator Roy Moore.

Trump on ‘Fire and Fury’: “The libel laws are very weak in this country. If they were strong, it would be very helpful. You wouldn’t have things like that happen where you can say whatever comes to your head.” (via CBS)

Jacksonville police: man shot to death outside Westside gas station – Florida Times-Union

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Musser said the slaying might have resulted from an attempted robbery. However, that hadn’t been verified, he said.

The victim, who’s name wasn’t released, had been shot at least once. He died at the scene of the 2:30 p.m. shooting, said Sgt. Marc Musser of the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office Homicide Unit.

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He said both the victim and person who shot him were on foot when the shooting occurred. Detectives were interviewing possible witnesses who’d been at the gas station, as well as residents living nearby, Musser said.

In addition, detectives were checking surveillance video from security cameras, he said.

Jacksonville police say a man in his 60s was shot to death Saturday afternoon near the Shell gas station and convenience store at North Edgewood and Lowell avenues.

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Detectives also were investigating the possibility that the victim might been involved somehow in a prior stabbing, Musser said.

“I just miss his presence, his voice:” A look at Baton Rouge homicides in 2017 – The Advocate

“It’s heartbreaking because no justice has been done,” Lee said. “They have so many murders. … They just happen too fast, too many, too fast. … It’s understandable (they have not solved Lee’s case), but it’s still unacceptable.”

Thailand Brooks, Asha Davis’ boyfriend, was indicted on a second-degree murder charge in June. He pleaded not guilty, and his lawyer Thomas Damico said officials have the wrong guy. Damico said there is no evidence that ties Brooks to the crime.

But many of the homicides in East Baton Rouge also came from circumstances that don’t quite fit into a larger narrative. Fourteen of the cases were related to domestic violence — an amount officials have called remarkably high even in a state that consistently has one of the highest proportions of such deaths — and three slayings stemmed from two separate men accused of serial killings.

“I have not seen a spike of this magnitude in other places,” Rosenfeld said.

Dunnam also has discounted the first version of the theory, saying he has seen no evidence arrests have decreased or his officers are not working proactively. He also said community involvement improved in recent months, a change he surmised came from residents becoming “fed-up” with the violence.

Nationwide, the majority of the largest cities, including Chicago, saw a decline in homicide rates in 2017 based on initially available data, which University of Missouri-St. Louis criminology professor Richard Rosenfeld said makes Baton Rouge further stand out.

Wearing a black shirt adorned with a colorful elephant and inscribed with the words ‘For Asha,’ Measha Davis spoke of the monthly meetings she’s held since March, which have consistently drawn about 15 women. The gatherings are meant to create a circle of trust among the women, Measha Davis said, especially for women who might be struggling with domestic abuse.

With cryptocurrency, buy the substance, sell the hype – VentureBeat

Another reason to take the anti-hype route is that, while new investors are taken in by hype, the seasoned investors are growing weary. At a recent developer meetup, the flashy blockchain presentations elicited eye rolls and the dull, geeky ones got swarmed. That’s the way the trend line is moving.

Perhaps my favorite example of anti-hype is ChainLink, which was dragged kicking and screaming to a $300 million market cap. They have among the most devoted fans in all of cryptocurrency (called “Marines”), a revered founder in Sergey Nazarov, and substantive tech that solves an important platform problem. Yet look at their wasteland of a Twitter account. Or read any of their (rare) interviews, which equivocate and qualify with nary a scent of showmanship. In an age where the hype companies throw a parade over the smallest (questionable) partnerships, ChainLink barely touts its work with freaking SWIFT.

*All* crypto communities, ethereum included, should heed these words of warning. Need to differentiate between getting hundreds of billions of dollars of digital paper wealth sloshing around and actually achieving something meaningful for society.

Why should founders take the anti-hype route? Well, for one, you can still grow very big in the short term, but you’ll also better weather crashes long-term. When a crash does come (I’m looking at you, Tether), the projects left standing will be the ones with the highest percentage of true believers and the lowest percentage of fly-by-night speculators.

Ethereum recently fell from second place to third place in market cap. That was big news, but outlets are covering it wrong. The story isn’t that Ripple beat Ethereum, it’s that Ethereum is playing the anti-hype game. It would be trivial for Ethereum to flex its muscle and rally past Ripple, perhaps even past Bitcoin itself. They power almost every cryptocurrency in the world and their founder, Vitalik Buterin, is the closest thing to a blockchain figurehead. But instead of talking up Ethereum on TV or making blustery statements about how Ethereum will disrupt this or that, Buterin calls token sales overvalued, lambasts bad actors, and makes statements like these:

Then there’s Litecoin founder Charlie Lee, who recently announced that he was liquidating all of his Litecoin holdings. That action sent the price of Litecoin into freefall as speculators no longer wanted to bet on a founder who didn’t care about the price of his coin. They were right, Lee doesn’t care about the price of his coin, only the health of its technology.

The prevailing wisdom for cryptocurrency founders is that you win through hype: talk like an infomercial, parade clownish speakers around conferences, and attack critics relentlessly for “spreading FUD.” That approach works; many aggressive entrants have muscled their way to the top of the charts with these tactics (you know who you are).

Voting in Texas for 2018 just weeks away thanks to nation’s earliest primary – San Antonio Express-News

“Somehow you have to embed your name in peoples’ minds,” Jillson said.

That has campaign teams in Texas working at warp speed trying to gain name identification at a time many Texans are still taking down Christmas decorations.

“It makes it difficult for voters,” Jillson said. “You’ve just come out of the holidays and you look up and you are just a few months before Election Day.”

But now it’s the Lone Star State’s turn to join the mix with the earliest primary elections in the nation — and with plenty at stake.

“Everything is happening now,” said Donna Stanart, campaign manager for David Balat, one of nine Republicans running in the 2nd Congressional District, which runs from west Houston and wraps around to Atascocita and Humble in northeast Harris County.

Adding to the pressure is the fact that in some Republican primary races, nearly half the votes will be cast during early voting. That means really seven weeks for candidates to find a way to stand out.

In 30 of the nation’s 50 states, primaries are from June to September. Texas is one of only two states that have March primaries. Illinois holds its primaries on March 20.

Joe Straus (center), Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives, talks with Jorge Canseco (right) at Lions Field Park on the last day of early voting in the March 2014, the last gubernatorial election. Standing on the left are Jan and Bob Marbut. This year, Texas is again at the forefront of primary races in the nation, with election set for March 6. Early voting starts Feb. 20.

Donald Trump suggests he wants US law to limit free speech in wake of publication of explosive new book – The Independent

Pyongyang agreed on Friday to hold official talks with South Korea next week, the first in more than two years, hours after Washington and Seoul delayed a military exercise amid a standoff over the Kim regime’s nuclear and missile programmes.

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly told reporters at Camp David that Mr Trump did not seem angry about the book and on Friday night had watched a new film, The Greatest Showman about legendary circus promoter P T Barnum, with Republicans and his cabinet.

Early on Saturday, Mr Trump wrote a string of messages on Twitter where he rejected such claims, saying he was a “very stable genius” whose two greatest assets are his “mental stability and being, like, really smart”.

At the beginning of his remarks, Mr Trump described having some “incredible meetings” with colleagues, saying the party was readying its 2018 legislative agenda.

“Look, right now they’re talking Olympics. It’s a start, it’s big start. If I weren’t involved they wouldn’t be talking at all right now,” Mr Trump said, but made clear his stance. Mr Kim “knows I’m not messing around. I’m not messing around. Not even a little bit, not even 1 per cent. He understands that,” he said.

Mr Trump said: “We are very well prepared for the coming year.” He added that his administration ”finished very strong,” referring to the passing of a tax reform bill in December that marked the biggest overhaul of the tax code in nearly three decades.

Talking about the issue on Saturday, Mr Trump said he would not sign such legislation – a priority for Democrats – unless Congress agrees to overhaul the legal immigration system.

Once beyond the issue of Mr Wolff during his news conference, Mr Trump opened up about a number of other topics. The President said he would “absolutely” be willing to talk on the phone to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and that he hopes a positive development results from talks between North Korea and South Korea.

Health care: Medical advances help find cures for diseases like hepatitis C – Topeka Capital Journal

Wild said some of the most obvious advances have been in cancer treatments.

“Someone is investigating, in a good way, new treatment, new ways to take care of patients, new ways to monitor patients, new technology to include in the health care sphere that makes everything better and safer for patients every day. I completely expect that this exponential improvement that we’ve seen in the quality of care and what we have access to in health care delivery system will continue over the next five or ten or twenty years.”

A diagnosis of hepatitis C was often a death sentence for patients 15 to 20 years ago.

In regard to treating heart disease, Wild also noted that what used to be done in the operating room can often be done now with a minimally invasive surgery.

“We’ve been able to, over the last 20 years to provide very targeted radiation therapy, very targeted chemo therapy for specific cancers that has changed the way we provide treatments and changed the outcome of the results of treatment for patients,” he said. “And really maybe just in the last two or three or four years, we’ve really started to be able to provide therapy, treatment for cancer specific to that patient. Where we charge up, if you will, their immune system by their own specific cancer. I think that is likely to be the largest area of advancement in the next two or three years among cancer treatment.

The disease, a blood-borne viral infection that can lead to liver damage and chronic health problems, affects about 3.9 million people in the United States but is no longer fatal if treated properly.

That isn’t the case anymore for the majority of patients with hepatitis C, thanks to medical advances in treatments.

“I can remember days when I was in medical school here in Kansas City, not that long ago, where we didn’t have treatment options for patients with hepatitis C,” said David Wild, a physician with University of Kansas Medical Center. “It would progress to cirrhosis and ultimately liver failure, and they would die in the hospital.”

“I think there are situations where we’ve all but eradicated diseases,” Wild said. “Even within the past 20 years, malaria for most of the world, is really not an issue. It might be in third-world countries, but definitely not our part of the world. I think our ability to offer vaccines, the targeted vaccines for even things like chickenpox has changed dramatically the quality of life that people in the United States have.

Mizzou loses to Florida on layup after turnover on final possession – Kansas City Star

Florida’s leading scorer, Jalen Hudson, scored 16 points in this game and five consecutive — on a layup and three free throws, missing one — that tied the score 75-75 with 17 seconds remaining. That set up Missouri’s final possession, which ended up as Florida’s game-winning basket.

Barnett’s most impressive three-pointer came midway through the second half, when he tossed a shot up from about four feet behind the arc that put Mizzou up 57-51. The basket capped a 12-4 Missouri run.

Guard Chris Chiozza jumped in front of the pass and scored a fast-break layup, sealing a 77-75 Florida win Saturday at Mizzou Arena.

Three of Missouri’s first five field goals were three-pointers, all by Barnett, who had outscored the Gators by himself through the first 9  1/2 minutes.

All of that was fine for most of the game because of Jordan Barnett. The Tigers’ senior forward had hit 29 of his last 59 threes coming into Saturday. He scored 28 points on Saturday on 8-of-13 shooting. He made six three-pointers.

This would have been Mizzou’s most impressive win of the season. Jeremiah Tilmon, Mizzou’s freshman center, played just 8 minutes before fouling out. Without Harris, the Tigers (11-4, 1-1 SEC) had to rely more than ever on bench players Terrence Phillips and Cullen VanLeer, who combined to play 23 minutes and score just five points.