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Qualcomm launches new chip to power 5G smart phones

Qualcomm Inc on Tuesday introduced its second-generation of so-called modem chips to connect phones to 5G networks, speeding up the race around faster wireless data connections expected to begin rolling out later this year.

Qualcomm, the world’s largest mobile chip supplier, is hoping the device will fuel the spread of 5G phones later this year and next year. While Chinese phone makers such as Xiaomi Corp last year used Qualcomm’s first-generation chip for small batches of 5G phones, the second-generation chip announced Tuesday is aimed at mass production.

The move comes a day before Samsung Electronics Co Ltd, the world’s largest smart phone maker, is set to announce its new flagship Galaxy series phones. Samsung and Qualcomm in December publicly committed to working together to release a 5G phone this year, and analysts believe Samsung will unveil a 5G version of its flagship models this week.

Qualcomm’s chips are entering a crowded field. Huawei Technologies Co Ltd, the world’s third-largest smart phone maker, last month announced that it has built a 5G chip that it will use in its own phones. Samsung, too, has a 5G modem called the Exynos 5100 that will power many Samsung devices sold outside the United States. Taiwan-based MediaTek Inc also has 5G chip, with Intel Corp targeting the second half of this year for a release.

Carriers in Korea and China, meantime, are set to start turning on the networks this spring, with carriers in the United States planning rollouts for later this year.

For Qualcomm’s part, the company is also introducing several chips surrounding the modem. Some elements of 5G phones, such as the design of antennas and chips for handling analog radio waves, are more complicated than previous generations of phones. Qualcomm aims to speed up adoption of 5G by also selling those technologies to phone makers.

“This year, virtually every major Android [phone maker] will be launching a phone with 5G,” said Ignacio Contreras, head of 5G marketing for Qualcomm.

Apple Inc has not said when the iPhone will have 5G capabilities.

In its iPhones released last year, Apple dropped Qualcomm’s chips in favor of those from Intel. Apple disclosed in a court hearing last month that it had held talks with MediaTek and Samsung about supplying modems for 2019 iPhones, but Bloomberg earlier reported that 5G iPhones will not appear until 2020.

Reuters

Woman ‘filmed in shower’ sues Hilton for $100m as footage used on porn sites

The woman is suing the hotel's owner, Hilton Worldwide, for $100m

A woman is suing Hilton Worldwide for $100m (£78.6m) after secretly recorded footage of her naked in a hotel shower was placed on porn sites by a blackmailer.

The hotel giant is being sued by the unnamed woman for negligence, citing “severe and permanent psychological injures, severe mental anguish, emotional distress and other damages”, including medical expenses and loss of earnings.

The woman says she was filmed in the shower of the Hampton Inn and Suites in downtown Albany, NY

The woman says she was filmed in the shower of the Hampton Inn and Suites in downtown Albany, NY

She was staying at a Hampton Inn and Suites hotel, owned by Hilton Worldwide, in Albany, New York state, in July 2015 while taking a bar exam after graduating from law school.

While having a shower she was recorded, fully nude, by a hidden video camera, the 19-page lawsuit claims.

She had no idea it had happened until September 2018, more than three years later, when she received an email saying “this is you right?” with a link to the video on a porn site published with her full name.

The same person, who claimed “I’m a perv”, then sent multiple threatening emails, saying they knew where she went to university and where she worked.

She did not reply, which led to the video appearing on a variety of porn sites.

Friends, former classmates and colleagues then received a new version of the video sent from a fake email address set up in her name.

The blackmailer demanded an immediate payment of $2,000 (£1,570) then $1,000 (£785) a month for a year for them to keep quiet, the lawsuit claims.

They also claimed other people were recorded in the same room at the hotel.

“We take the safety and wellbeing of our guests incredibly seriously, and find the details included in the civil filing distressing,” said a spokesman for Hilton, Hampton Inn’s parent company.

“We commit to supporting the independent ownership and management of the property as they investigate, respond and co-operate with any law enforcement investigations.”

A spokesman for the Hampton Inn Albany Downtown said they were “shocked and stunned to learn of the allegations” on Monday, and added no recording devices “of any kind” had been discovered at the hotel.

Sky news report.

6 US Marines missing after two jets ‘crash in mid-air during refuelling off Japan’

Six US Marines are missing after two military jets crashed in an unexplained mishap off the coast of Japan.

The two Marine Corps aircraft may have collided mid-air during a refuelling exercise gone wrong, U.S. officials said.

At around 2am local time, Japanese search and rescue teams were launched to find the aircraft and crew.

The Marine Corps said a KC-130 refuelling tanker and a F/A-18 Hornet fighter jet were involved in a ‘mishap’ during scheduled training.

             Japan defence minister

Japan’s defence ministry said that its maritime forces had so far rescued one of the seven Marines who were aboard the two aircraft at the time of the incident.

Search and rescue efforts were ongoing, U.S. and Japanese officials said.

The rescued person had been on the F/A-18 Hornet fighter jet, and was a in stable condition at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japanese Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya told a news conference.

“The incident is regrettable, but our focus at the moment is on search and rescue,” he said. “Japan will respond appropriately once the details of the incident are uncovered.”

The US Marine Corps said in a statement: “We are aware of an incident involving Marine Corps aircraft off the coast of Japan.

“Search and rescue operations continue for a KC-130 and an F/A-18 that were involved in a mishap off of the coast of Japan around 2:00 a.m. Dec. 6.”

The F/A-18 and the KC-130 Hercules refuelling aircraft had launched from Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni and were conducting regular training when there was a “mishap,” the Marine Corps said.

CBS correspondent Mary Walsh tweeted: “A Marine F-18 & a /C-130 crashed during aerial refueling off Iwakuni, Japan. Both aircraft went into the water.

“There were five on the C-130 & two on the F-18, condition unknown. Search and rescue is underway.

The Marine Corps did not elaborate on the nature of the incident. A U.S. official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said it occurred during a refueling exercise.

Officials who spoke to Reuters on condition of anonymity were unsure precisely how the mishap occurred but none suspected foul play. An investigation has begun.

The Marine Corps suggested Japanese search and rescue aircraft had taken the lead on the rescue mission.

“We are thankful for the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force’s efforts as they immediately responded in the search and rescue operation,” it said.

South Africa exits recession as govt eyes 2019 polls

South Africa broke free of recession on Tuesday when it reported GDP growth of 2.2 percent for the third quarter, the statistics authority said, marking a positive economic trajectory ahead of elections.

President Cyril Ramaphosa, who took power in February, has pledged to revive the listless economy ahead of polls due in May by attracting $100 billion in foreign investment and by fighting corruption.

The growth, which contrasted sharply with the second quarter’s 0.4 percent contraction, was driven by a surge in the manufacturing, agriculture and transport sectors, Stats SA said in a statement.

The announcement follows a strong week for the local rand currency which has benefited from a detente in the United States’ trade war with China.

The Rand currency was the second strongest performing of all developing countries against the dollar since Friday, gaining 1.81 percent according to Bloomberg.

Lukman Otunuga, an analyst at FXTM foreign exchange, said in a note to investors that the country’s exit from recession would boost “confidence over the South African economy and investor appetite towards the rand”.

The purchasing managers’ index published by Absa’s Bureau for Economic Research on Monday showed that factory orders had bounced back from a 15-month low.

Manufacturing was up 7.5 percent in the third quarter compared to the second, Stats SA said.

But Finance Minister Tito Mboweni’s mid-term budget statement delivered in October slashed South Africa’s 2018 growth forecast from 1.5 percent to 0.7 percent.

Mboweni is the country’s fifth finance minister in three years after his respected predecessor Nhlanhla Nene resigned in October.

The country’s economic performance is seen as crucial to bolstering the ruling African National Congress’ standing ahead of national polls due in May 2019.

Voters have been buffeted by soaring fuel prices and a weak local currency while unemployment is stubbornly high at about 28 percent — rising to over 50 percent for young people.

We had recording of Saudi prince saying ‘Silence Khashoggi’-CIA

A Turkish newspaper reported on Thursday CIA director Gina Haspel signalled to Turkish officials last month that the agency had a recording of a call in which Saudi Arabia’s crown prince gave instructions to “silence” Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Asked about the report, a Turkish official told Reuters he had no information about such a recording. Saudi Arabia has said Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman had no prior knowledge of Khashoggi’s killing at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul six weeks ago.

“There is talk of another recording,” Hurriyet newspaper journalist Abdulkadir Selvi wrote in a column, saying the purported call took place between Prince Mohammed and his brother, Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to Washington.

“It is being said that CIA chief Gina Haspel indicated this during her visit to Turkey,” he wrote, adding that they had discussed Khashoggi, a critic of the kingdom’s de facto ruler.

“It is being said the crown prince gave orders to ‘silence Jamal Khashoggi as soon as possible’,” in a call which was monitored by the U.S. agency, he said.

Khashoggi was killed at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2 in an operation that Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan has said was ordered by the highest level of Saudi leadership.

After offering numerous contradictory explanations, Riyadh said last week Khashoggi had been killed and his body dismembered when negotiations to persuade him to return to Saudi Arabia failed.

ISTANBUL (Reuters)

Popular Professor kills wife, stuffs body in bag

 

A prominent Hong Kong academic was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of murdering his wife and stuffing her body into a suitcase.

The case comes as the city is already gripped by the bizarre ongoing trial of another university professor, who is accused of killing his wife and daughter with a gas-filled yoga ball.

At a press conference Tuesday, Hong Kong police superintendent Law Kwok-hoi said a 53-year-old man surnamed Cheung had been arrested on suspicion of murder.

Local media identified the man as Cheung Kie-chung, an associate professor at the University of Hong Kong (HKU) and member of its governing council.

Representatives for HKU did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Wife reported missing

Cheung is warden of HKU’s Wei Lun Hall, a student residential building near the university’s main campus on the western side of Hong Kong Island.

In an email to students earlier this week, reported in local media, he sought to reassure other residents about the heavy police presence, saying officers were investigating “a missing person case involving my family.”

Police said Cheung had reported his wife missing on August 20, saying he had not seen her in several days after the pair argued late in the evening of August 17.

Law said the couple had argued over Cheung’s failure to support his wife in a dispute with their daughter over the cleanliness of the family bathroom. The daughter later posted a missing person poster for her mother on the university campus.

“After receiving the report, we checked the CCTV footage in the building,” Law told reporters. “We found that the informant’s wife had not left the building. Instead, the informant had moved a huge wooden box.”

On Tuesday, they raided Cheung’s offices and discovered the box. Inside was a large suitcase seeping blood and giving off a “bad smell.”

The body of a woman, dressed only in her underwear and with electric wire around her neck, was stuffed inside the suitcase.

Yoga ball murder

Cheung’s arrest comes amid the ongoing murder trial of another Hong Kong professor, Malaysian national Khaw Kim-sun, who has been accused of killing his wife and teenage daughter with a carbon-monoxide-filled yoga ball.

A jogger discovered the pair’s bodies inside a yellow Mini Cooper in Sai Kung, in northeastern Hong Kong, in 2015. A deflated yoga ball was also found inside car.

Prosecutors said that Khaw — who denies the killings — ordered the deadly gas through his position as an associate professor in anesthesiology at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Colleagues testified to seeing him fill two yoga balls with the gas, which Khaw said he had ordered for an experiment on rabbits.

The professor later told police he planned to use the carbon monoxide to deal with a rat problem at his home, though the family’s domestic helper testified there was no rodent issue.

Prosecutors told the court Khaw’s wife had discovered he was having an affair with a student, but refused to get a divorce, according to the South China Morning Post. Khaw said his daughter was depressed and may have committed suicide, a claim prosecutors rejected, the report added.

While Hong Kong is remarkably safe for a city of its size, the city has seen a number of high profile murder cases in recent years.

In June, a former nursing student murdered her parents before killing herself. Police said they found a suicide note in the girl’s bedroom saying she was bothered by long-term eczema.

The case of Rurik Jutting, a British banker who tortured and killed two women at his expensive flat in downtown Hong Kong, made global headlines. This year, Jutting lost an appeal against his conviction. (CNN)

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France’s Environment Minister Hulot resigns

France’s Environment Minister Nicolas Hulot, one of the most popular members of the government, announced his resignation on Tuesday in a major blow for President Emmanuel Macron.

Hulot, a TV celebrity and veteran campaigner for the environment, was lured into government last year by Macron, but has repeatedly clashed with his cabinet colleagues over policy.

“I am taking the decision to leave the government,” Hulot said on France Inter radio in a surprise announcement, adding that he felt “all alone” on environmental issues within the government.

Hulot said he had not informed either Macron or Prime Minister Edouard Philippe of his decision.

“It’s an honest and responsible decision,” he added.

His departure is a major blow for 40-year-old centrist Macron, who is facing challenges on several fronts.

Due to slowing economic growth, his government is having difficulties drawing up the 2019 budget which saw Prime Minister Philippe announce at the weekend that he was dropping targets for reducing the deficit.

At the diplomatic level, Macron is struggling to convince his European partners of the need for a more integrated EU and his efforts to build a relationship with US President Donald Trump have yielded few concrete results.

Over the summer, he also suffered the first major political scandal of his 15-month term when his former bodyguard and senior security aide was filmed manhandling protesters while appearing to impersonate a policeman.

Hulot’s announcement is likely to be received bitterly by Macron, who was starting a trip to Denmark to sell his EU agenda on Tuesday.

“The most basic of courtesies would have been to warn the president of the republic and the prime minister,” government spokesman Benjamin Griveaux told the BFM news channel.

Hulot was formerly best-known as the presenter of the Ushuaia TV programme on French television.

ITF has empowered 11,000 Small and Medium Enterprises across the nation.

The Director-General/Chief Executive of the Industrial Training Fund, Mr. Joseph Ari, and the Ilorin Office Manager, ITF, Mr. Simeon Ogbonna, have said that the ITF has empowered 11,000 Small and Medium Enterprises across the nation.

This, they said, was achieved during the just concluded National Industrial Skills Development Programme.

According to them, the SMEs are the bedrock of economic growth, industrialisation and commerce.

Speaking on Thursday during the closing ceremony of the programme in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital, they stated that the SMEs would contribute substantially to the Gross Domestic Product, adding that efforts should be made to empower them.

Ari, represented by the Director of Procurement, ITF, Ahmed Elkyari, said 11,000 trainees across the federation received start-up packs which cost the ITF several millions of naira.

He stated that the programme was the result of the committed and relentless efforts of the ITF in line with its mandate, and as its contribution to the Federal Government’s policy of job and wealth creation.

He said, “There is no country in the world that the SMEs are not the backbone of its economy. In some countries, the SMEs contribute between 70 per cent and 80 per cent of the GDP. That is why the ITF said that it’s the way to go.

“Today’s event marks a watershed since we commenced implementation of the NISDP as we have taken a step further from merely training and equipping the youths with knowledge and skills, to providing them with start-up packs to enable them to set up their businesses and hit the ground running.”

Ogbonna said 300 trainees from Kwara State benefited from the programme.

He added that they were trained for three months in any trade of their choice ranging from tailoring to fashion designing, welding and fabrication, plumbing and pipe-fitting

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Man who barged in on his cheating wife could go to jail for 15 years

A husband caught his wife cheating, and now he’s facing up to 15 years in jail.

Sean Donis’s wife, Nancy Donis, 38, said she was going to dinner. Donis stayed behind to watch their 5-year-old son. When he couldn’t find his iPad, he turned on the Find My iPhone app to locate it.

The software showed the electronic device moving toward an unknown location; he had a hunch that his wife had taken it, and he decided to follow. He arrived at a house and  opened the unlocked door. On the second floor, he found his wife in bed with her boss, Albert Lopez, 58. With his iPhone, he recorded two brief videos of them in bed.

The New Jersey man got a letter last July informing him that a grand jury had indicted him on charges of felony burglary and unlawful surveillance for the April 2016 incident.

He appeared in court in September, where he pleaded not guilty. His second appearance happened on Friday.

“I was in fear,” Lopez testified of the moment when Donis caught him in bed with his wife. “I kept telling him, you need to get out of here,” Lopez told the jury hearing Donis’s felony burglary case.

Donis’s wife worked for Lopez as the billing manager for his orthopedics practice.
Lopez said he was so desperate to get the enraged husband out of his home that he asked Donis “if he wanted to die.”

“Kill me. I don’t care,” he said the desperate husband responded.

The incident left Lopez traumatized. “I couldn’t go to sleep. I had repeated memories of what occurred. I started to go through the house and check all the doors and make sure they were locked,” he said.

Lopez also noted that Donis’s wife said they were separated, and he thought Donis was out of the picture.

The husband’s lawyer, Howard Greenberg, told jurors that the husband actually “deserves a medal,” not a prison sentence, for uncovering his wife’s unfaithfulness without physically harming his rival.

“The defendant should be given a medal for the amount of restraint he showed when he entered that scene,” Greenberg told the jury.

However, despite the fact that Lopez slept with Donis’s wife, prosecutor Nabeela Mcleod asserted that Lopez was a victim — a victim of Donis’s breaking and entering his home and recording him and Donis’s wife without their consent (Donis shared the videos with his wife’s relatives). He now faces a possible maximum sentence of 15 years in prison.

Former press secretary shares heartbreaking memory of how Obama broke down over Sandy Hook shooting

On the fifth anniversary of the deadly massacre that took place at Sandy Hook Elementary School, former President Barack Obama’s press secretary took to social media to remember the aftermath of the attack.

Jay Carney tweeted on Thursday about the panic that ensued at the White House on Dec. 14, 2012, after news broke about the attack, in which a shooter gunned down 20 children and six adults at the Newtown, Connecticut, elementary school.

about 5 years ago today was my worst day at the White House,” he wrote. “I saw my normally stoic boss break down. I lost my composure at the briefing. As a parent, I could not comprehend the horror of  those innocent children, and their brave teachers, all the time.”

The attack left the entire nation reeling, including President Obama, who lost his composure while addressing the shooting during a press briefing.

During his address, a solemn Obama wiped away tears as he expressed “overwhelming grief” for the victims of the shooting rampage and called on Americans to set aside politics and “take meaningful action” to prevent more tragedies of this kind.

“That was the worst day of my presidency and it’s not something that I want to see repeated,” Obama said of the attack.

Speaking at a prayer vigil at Newtown High School on Dec. 16, 2012, Obama offered condolences to the victims’ families and also called for immediate action to prevent future shootings.

“We can’t tolerate this anymore,” Obama said. “These tragedies must end. And to end them, we must change. We will be told that the causes of such violence are complex, and that is true. No single law—no set of laws—can eliminate evil from the world, or prevent every senseless act of violence in our society. But that can’t be an excuse for inaction.”

can’t accept events like this as routine,” he continued. “Are we really prepared to say that we’re powerless in the face of such carnage, that the politics are too hard? Are we prepared to say that such violence visited on our children year after year after year is somehow the price of our freedom?”

Following the 2012 address, Donald Trump tweeted in support of the president’s words, stating, “President Obama spoke for me and every American in his remarks in #Newtown Connecticut.”

With just two weeks left until the new year, 2017 has already earned the tragic distinction as the most deadly year for mass shootings in U.S. history.