Brazil’s president-elect plans decree allowing wider gun ownership

Brazil’s far-right President-elect Jair Bolsonaro said on Saturday he plans to issue a decree allowing all Brazilians without criminal records to own firearms, welcome news to many core supporters who want him to loosen Brazil’s strict gun laws. source https://www.reuters.com/article/us-brazil-guns/brazils-president-elect-plans-decree-allowing-wider-gun-ownership-idUSKCN1OS0HN?feedType=RSS&feedName=worldNews

Egyptian forces kill 40 suspected militants after tourist bus bombed

Egyptian security forces have killed 40 suspected militants in three separate incidents in North Sinai and Giza, the Interior Ministry said on Saturday, a day after a bombing on a Vietnamese tourist bus in Giza killed four people. source https://www.reuters.com/article/us-egypt-security/egyptian-forces-kill-40-suspected-militants-after-tourist-bus-bombed-idUSKCN1OS07R?feedType=RSS&feedName=worldNews

Exclusive: For Bangladesh PM, authoritarian tag is “badge of honor”, son says on poll eve

Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina considers being called authoritarian by the western media a “badge of honor”, the leader’s son told Reuters on the eve of a national election on Sunday. source https://www.reuters.com/article/us-bangladesh-election-exclusive/exclusive-for-bangladesh-pm-authoritarian-tag-is-badge-of-honor-son-says-on-poll-eve-idUSKCN1OS0HA?feedType=RSS&feedName=worldNews

France’s “yellow vest” protests rumble on in quieter mood

France’s “yellow vest” demonstrators kept numerous roads across the country blocked on Saturday as groups of protesters gathered in city centers, but the anti-government backlash was more muted than in previous weeks. source https://www.reuters.com/article/us-france-protests/frances-yellow-vest-protests-rumble-on-in-quieter-mood-idUSKCN1OS0H8?feedType=RSS&feedName=worldNews

The year in patriarchy: from Kavanaugh’s fury to Serena William’s catsuit | Arwa Mahdawi

From pop culture to politics, 2018 was a year of extraordinary firsts for women. But the past year also proved progress isn’t linear with a deeply anti-feminist thread Support journalism that supports women. We’re trying to raise $1m by the new year. Make a contribution now and help us reach our goal The Week in […]

China launches appeal court for intellectual property right disputes

China’s first ever appeal court for intellectual property disputes – a major bone of contention in the ongoing trade war with the US – will open for business in Beijing on Tuesday, the nation’s top court said on Saturday. The new body would handle cases that demanded “highly technical expertise”, Luo Dongchuan, vice-president of the […]

NewsWatch: Here’s why stock-market bulls are banking on January to steady the ship

Investors say further clarity on U.S.-China trade negotiations, the Federal Reserve’s policy intentions next year, and a raft of strong economic data could finally give investors the confidence to dive back into equities – but that could be months away source http://www.marketwatch.com/news/story.asp?guid=%7BE57BAE16-17A7-4151-9E47-1BB4C14422A0%7D&siteid=rss&rss=1

Vegas sports books making more money than ever on football bets – NBC Sports

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Vegas sports books making more money than ever on football bets  NBC Sports Gamblers are losing more money betting on football in Las Vegas this season than they did last season. Nevada sports books came out ahead by $18.4 million … Vía “making money” – Google News http://bit.ly/2AlHxH4

Nearly 90% of Americans think it’s wrong to make money from photos of children on social media – Business Insider

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Nearly 90% of Americans think it’s wrong to make money from photos of children on social media  Business Insider Business Insider – Parenting bloggers and the parents of social media influencers make money from photos and videos of their kids on Instagram and YouTube. Vía “making money” – Google News http://bit.ly/2ERPpTX

Cathay Pacific to stake a trouble-free near future on mooted deal with pilots’ union, which will rule out strikes for an initial period in exchange for concessions

Cathay Pacific Airways is seeking to discourage any form of industrial action on some of the thorniest pilot-related issues for as long as 10 years in exchange for “improved” pay, perks and conditions, to end a long-running disagreement, according to proposals seen by the Post. As part of the bid to secure a deal, Hong […]

Deputy director of Beijing’s Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office steps down, a year late

A top Beijing official in Hong Kong and Macau affairs stepped down after a year of delay in retirement, making way for a successor with years of work relating to the city and experience in both foreign affairs and party disciplinary works. The State Council, China’s central government, announced on Saturday that Feng Wei had […]

Revised anti-terror warning system introduced for Schengen Zone

Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Share on LinkedIn + var sbFBAPPID = ‘457641991045477’; As part of an effort to streamline information gathering within the EU concerning anti-terrorist activities, European Union members are, as of December 28, obliged to create a report in the Schengen Information System (SIS) to help apprehend potential terror […]

Belgian court says children of jihadists should be repatriated

Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Share on LinkedIn + var sbFBAPPID = ‘457641991045477’; atersBelgium’s court of justice has ruled that a group of mothers and children of ISIS fighters who held Belgian citizenship must be released from a detention centre Kurdish-held territory in northern Syria and returned to Belgium within 40 days. While the […]

Victoria Beckham SLAMMED in Lorraine Spice Ladies interview: ‘Making money doing nothing’ – Infosurhoy

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Victoria Beckham SLAMMED in Lorraine Spice Ladies interview: ‘Making money doing nothing’  Infosurhoy Lorraine’s correspondent Dan Wooton led a frank and feisty interview with the Spice Girls ahead of their 2019 reunion, and in today’s ‘Best Of’ episode it was … Vía “making money” – Google News http://bit.ly/2Sw8LCc

An Old Style Of Leadership Is Winning In New Ventures

Startups provide leadership in the market. Entrepreneurs provide leadership to their startup. There are many styles of leadership, like dictatorial, laissez-faire, and democratic. One that I hear discussed more these days, in this age of relationships, is called “servant” leadership. What is servant leadership? The servant leader serves the people they lead through mentoring, direct […]

People in Japan go crazy for Japanese koi fish with love hearts on its eyes

People are travelling far and wide to catch a glimpse of the rare beauty in this koi fish pond. Koi fish are considered lucky symbols in Japan, as they’re frequently associated with perseverance in adversity and strength of purpose. Often appearing in ponds at gardens and holy sites like Buddhist temples, where the colourful carp serve […]

Canadian drug smuggler to face retrial after China says 15 years too lenient

A Chinese court said Saturday that a 15-year jail sentence for a Canadian national charged with drug smuggling was too “lenient” and remanded his case for a retrial. The decision comes as Beijing and Ottawa remain embroiled in a diplomatic row triggered by Canada’s early December arrest of a senior executive from Chinese telecommunications giant […]

China court orders retrial for Canadian jailed for drug smuggling

A Chinese court ordered a retrial of a Canadian citizen on drug smuggling charges on Saturday after prosecutors said his sentence of 15 years was too light – a case that could further test relations between Beijing and Ottawa. source https://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-canada/china-court-orders-retrial-for-canadian-jailed-for-drug-smuggling-idUSKCN1OS018?feedType=RSS&feedName=worldNews

Turkey, Russia have common aim to clear Syria of terror organizations – Anadolu

Turkey and Russia have the common aim of clearing Syria of all terror organizations, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Saturday following a meeting with Russian officials in Moscow, state-owned Anadolu news agency reported. source https://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-russia-turkey/turkey-russia-have-common-aim-to-clear-syria-of-terror-organizations-anadolu-idUSKCN1OS0EZ?feedType=RSS&feedName=worldNews

Moscow dismisses Franco-German statement on Ukrainian sailors

Russia on Saturday dismissed a statement by the leaders of France and Germany accusing it of using military force and carrying out illegitimate checks on Ukrainian vessels in the Black Sea. source https://www.reuters.com/article/us-ukraine-crisis-russia-sailors/moscow-dismisses-franco-german-statement-on-ukrainian-sailors-idUSKCN1OS0AB?feedType=RSS&feedName=worldNews

The only good part about winter are these capybaras in a yuzu bath

This is One Good Thing, a weekly column where we tell you about one of the few nice things that happened this week. Baths are an extremely overrated form of self-care: they’re often too warm, incredibly filthy, and loaded with foul bacteria. Meanwhile, baths for nature’s most underrated animal, the capybara, provide plenty of soothing […]

Canadian drug smuggler Robert Lloyd Schellenberg jailed in China to be retried after court deems 15-year sentence too lenient

As tensions continue to simmer between Beijing and Ottawa, a high court in northeast China on Saturday ordered convicted Canadian drug smuggler Robert Lloyd Schellenberg to be retried on the grounds his original sentence was too lenient. Prosecutors said at an appeal hearing at the Liaoning Provincial High People’s Court that it was wrong for […]

US withdrawal from Syria leaves China’s plans for investment up in the air, analysts say

US President Donald Trump’s surprise decision to withdraw US forces from Syria will leave China’s intended investment into the country’s reconstruction in uncertainty, analysts said, adding that the move might also suggest a stronger strategic focus by Washington on the Indo-Pacific region to put pressure on Beijing. Experts said it remains unclear when the troop […]

Market Snapshot: Here’s why stock-market bulls are banking on January to steady the ship

Investors say further clarity on U.S.-China trade negotiations, the Federal Reserve’s policy intentions next year, and a raft of strong economic data could finally give investors the confidence to dive back into equities – but that could be months away source http://www.marketwatch.com/news/story.asp?guid=%7BA8FE1D26-0A07-11E9-9CD2-CEEBBD1A7D6E%7D&siteid=rss&rss=1

Inspection work questioned after even more shoddy work unearthed on Hong Kong’s Sha Tin-Central link

The quality of supervision during construction on Hong Kong’s costliest rail project was called into question again on Saturday, after more shoddily built reinforcement bars were found in the walls of one of the stations. The Highways Department announced on Friday evening that four more steel bars on the Hung Hom station platform for the […]

9 ways to make money from unused Christmas presents – Which? News – Which?

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South Sudan: Respond to ‘Legitimate Grievances’ of Sudanese People, UN Human Rights Experts Urge, Following Protests

[UN News] The excessive use of force during large-scale demonstrations against food and fuel shortages in Sudan is alarming, and an infringement on the right of peaceful assembly, said UN independent experts on Friday. source https://allafrica.com/stories/201812290058.html

Africa: Oxfam Forced to Suspend Ebola Response in DR Congo Following Pre-Election Violence

[Oxfam] Oxfam has been forced to suspend its work in the Ebola ravaged areas of Beni and Butembo, due to violent protests following the announcement that people in these areas won’t be able to cast their votes for a new president, when the rest of country goes to the polls this Sunday. source https://allafrica.com/stories/201812290048.html

9 ways to make money from unused Christmas presents – Which? News – Which?

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J 9 ways to make money from unused Christmas presents – Which? News  Which? If Santa hasn’t quite got it right this year, don’t despair. Which? explains how to turn your unwanted Christmas pressies into cold hard cash. No matter how … Vía “making money” – Google News http://bit.ly/2AjJRhX

‘Reasons for hope’ in a world still on ‘red alert’ says António Guterres

Last year, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres issued “a red alert” over a range of dangers confronting the world, which “still persist” as 2019 looms: “These are anxious times for many, and our world is undergoing a stress test,” the UN chief said on Saturday in his message for the New Year. source https://news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2018/12/1029541

10 Weekend Reads

The weekend is here! Pour yourself a mug of Danish blend coffee, grab a seat by the fire, and get ready for our longer form weekend reads: • Dave Barry’s Year in Review: Is there anything good we can say about 2018? (Miami Herald) • Fear Not (Above the Market) • Why It’s Hard to Escape Amazon’s Long Reach (Wired) •… […]

Russia, Turkey to discuss U.S. withdrawal from Syria in Moscow – RIA

Foreign and defence ministers from Russia and Turkey will discuss in Moscow the United States’ decision to withdraw troops from Syria, Russian news agency RIA reported on Saturday, citing Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu. source https://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-russia/russia-turkey-to-discuss-u-s-withdrawal-from-syria-in-moscow-ria-idUSKCN1OS0CX?feedType=RSS&feedName=worldNews

Kremlin says Russia will deal with Ukrainian sailors according to Russian law – RIA

Moscow will deal with the capture of Ukrainian sailors in the Azov Sea in accordance with Russian law, while acknowledging German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s position, the Russian news agency RIA quoted the Kremlin spokesman as saying on Saturday. source https://www.reuters.com/article/us-ukraine-crisis-russia-sailors-kremlin/kremlin-says-russia-will-deal-with-ukrainian-sailors-according-to-russian-law-ria-idUSKCN1OS0BB?feedType=RSS&feedName=worldNews

UK to spend over $130 million on ferries to overcome no-deal Brexit

The British government will spend more than 100 million pounds ($130 million) chartering extra sea ferries to ease cross-Channel congestion if the United Kingdom fails to secure a trade deal before leaving the European Union next year. source https://www.reuters.com/article/us-britain-eu-ferries/uk-to-spend-over-130-million-on-ferries-to-cope-with-no-deal-brexit-idUSKCN1OS0B3?feedType=RSS&feedName=worldNews

Moscow rejects Europe’s demand to release Ukrainian sailors

Demands voiced by German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron to release Ukrainian sailors held by Russia are unacceptable, Moscow’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement on its website on Saturday. source https://www.reuters.com/article/us-ukraine-crisis-russia-sailors/moscow-rejects-europes-demand-to-release-ukrainian-sailors-idUSKCN1OS0AB?feedType=RSS&feedName=worldNews

Bangladesh shuts down high-speed mobile internet on election eve

Bangladesh’s telecoms regulator has ordered mobile operators to shut down high-speed mobile internet services until midnight on Sunday, the day of a national election. source https://www.reuters.com/article/us-bangladesh-election-internet/bangladesh-shuts-down-high-speed-mobile-internet-on-election-eve-idUSKCN1OS0AR?feedType=RSS&feedName=worldNews

Chinese police officers to be given exemption from prosecution

Chinese police officers will soon be exempt from legal responsibility for any damage they might cause to the property or interests of individuals or organisations while in the course of their duty. Announcing the new regulations at a press conference on Saturday, Guo Lin, a spokeswoman for the public security ministry said they were necessary […]

Hong Kong authorities seize more than 230 tonnes of endangered wood this year – five times that of last year’s total

Hong Kong authorities confiscated more than 230 tonnes of endangered wood from Central America and South Asia between January and November this year, about five times that of last year’s total haul. The shipments, meant to be imported into mainland China, were intercepted in the city. The rare wood was likely to be used for […]

ミウッチャ・プラダとケイト・ブランシェット:旧知のふたりがしなやかに語り合う、本当のフェミニズム論って?(VOGUE JAPAN)

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(Year in review) Voters end inmate meal money law – Cullman Times Online

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J (Year in review) Voters end inmate meal money law  Cullman Times Online Cullman County voters overwhelmingly supported a November amendment that did away with a state law; one that for decades allowed the sheriff to pocket … Vía “making money” – Google News http://bit.ly/2LCvNVg

All the amazing Japanese Starbucks Frappuccinos SoraNews24 tried in 2018【Taste tests】

The year in review for Starbucks’ blended ice dessert drinks is a delicious trip down memory lane. As the year comes to a close, it’s natural to think back on the year that was. Some choose to reminisce about the joys and adventures they experienced, while others’ minds are drawn towards lamentable regrets and missteps. […]