Early on, Musk said his team had discussed the idea with people from the rescue team. He sent a team over to the caves. But that apparently created some friction, particularly as the rescue effort was already underway. According to a New York Times report, the head of the search operation and former provisional governor, Narongsak Osottanakorn, said the device wasn’t suitable.
Because not only does WeWork want to tell its employees what to eat, it wants to tell, say, its landlords too.
The sponsors of the Russian “troll factory” that meddled in the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign have launched a new American website ahead of the U.S. midterm election in November. Russian bots and trolls are deploying increasingly sophisticated, targeted tools. And a new indictment suggests the Kremlin itself was behind previous hacking efforts in support of Donald Trump.
As the U.S. leader prepares to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki on Monday, many Americans are wondering: Is the Kremlin trying yet again to derail a U.S. election?
While U.S. intelligence officials call it a top concern, they haven’t uncovered a clear, co-ordinated Russian plot to mess with the campaign. At least so far.
It could be that Russian disruptors are waiting until the primaries are over in September and the races become more straightforward — or it could be they are waiting until the U.S. presidential vote in 2020, which matters more for U.S. foreign policy.
In the meantime, an array of bots, trolls and fake-news propaganda sites like USAReally appear to be testing the waters.
USAReally was launched in May by the Federal News Agency, part of an empire allegedly run by Putin ally Yevgeny Prigozhin that includes the Internet Research Agency — the “troll factory” whose members were indicted by U.S. special investigator Robert Mueller this year.
Presenting as a news website, it marries innocuous animal stories with headlines like “EXCLUSIVE: Exposing The DOJ’s Fake Indictments.”
USAReally’s Moscow offices are in the same building as the Federal News Agency. Associated Press reporters were not allowed inside, and troll factory employees declined to be interviewed.
The USAReally site appears oddly amateurish and obviously Russian, with grammatical flubs and links to Russian social networks.
It says it’s aimed at providing Americans “objective and independent” information, and chief editor Alexander Malkevich says it’s not about influencing the midterm election. Yet his Moscow office is adorned with a confederate flag, Trump pictures and souvenirs and a talking pen that parrots famous Trump quotations.
“Disrupt elections? You will do all that without us,” he told The Associated Press. He said Americans themselves have created their own divisions, whether over gun rights, immigrants or LGBT rights — all topics his site has posted articles about.
Aim may be to legitimize Putin autocracy
Most online manipulation ahead of the midterm election is coming from U.S. sources, experts say. They worry that focusing on Russian spy-mongering may distract authorities from more dangerous homegrown threats.
There is Russian activity, to be sure. But it appears aimed less at swaying the U.S. Congress one way or another and more at proving to fellow Russians that democracy is unsafe — and thereby legitimizing Putin’s autocratic rule at home.
While security services are on high alert, “the intelligence community has yet to see evidence of a robust campaign aimed at tampering with election infrastructure along the lines of 2016,” Christopher Krebs, the undersecretary at the Department of Homeland Security, told a Congressional hearing Wednesday.
That doesn’t mean there’s nothing to worry about.
U.S. National Intelligence Director Dan Coats said Friday that warning lights about overall cyber-threats to the U.S. are “blinking red” — much like “blinking red” signals warned before 9/11 that a terror attack was imminent.
Coats said that while the U.S. is not seeing the kind of Russian electoral interference that occurred in 2016, digital attempts to undermine America are not coming only from Russia. They’re occurring daily, he said, and are “much bigger than just elections.”
Intelligence officials still spot individuals affiliated with the Internet Research Agency creating new social media accounts that are masqueraded as belonging to Americans, according to Coats. The Internet Research Agency uses the fake accounts to drive attention to divisive issues in the U.S., he said.
USAReally plays a similar role.
“USAReally is unlikely to create big momentum in its own right,” in part thanks to stepped-up actions by Twitter and Facebook to detect and shut down automated accounts, said Aric Toler of the Bellingcat investigative group.
However, Toler said the site could build momentum by creating divisive content that then gets passed to other provocative news aggregators in the U.S. such as InfoWars or Gateway Pundit.
He believes that a key role for sites like USAReally is to please the Kremlin and to prove that Prigozhin’s empire is still active in the U.S. news sphere.
Prigozhin, sometimes dubbed “Putin’s chef” because of his restaurant businesses, has not commented publicly on USAReally. Prigozhin and 12 other Russians are personally charged with participating in a broad conspiracy to sow discord in the U.S. political system from 2014 through 2017.
Editor Malkevich confirms his site’s funding comes from the Federal News Agency. But he says he has nothing to do with the indicted trolls who once operated under the same roof.
“I absolutely don’t understand this spy mania,” he said. He says the site has a few thousand followers, and that his 30 journalists and editors check facts and don’t use bots.
The big question is what Trump plans to do about this. The U.S. president is under heavy pressure to tell Putin to stay out of U.S. elections when they meet Monday, and he said Friday that he would.
But many members of Congress say it’s taken far too long, and that Trump’s refusal to condemn Russia’s interference in the 2016 election complicates efforts to combat future attacks.
Jonathan Jarry’s job is to separate sense from nonsense in science, but he never imagined that creating a fake news video would end up being his most effective tool.
Facebook users may be familiar with his latest video for McGill University’s Office for Science and Society (OSS) — it has 10 million views and counting.
The video title screams for a click: “This NATURAL TRICK can CURE YOUR CANCER.” The opening graphic offers another too-good-to-be-true promise: “This amazing cure for cancer has been known since the 1800s.”
Fake doctor with too-good-to-be-true cure
The video tells the very fake story of Dr. Johan R. Tarjany, who in 1816 discovered a kind of moss that cures cancer, knowledge the video claims has been suppressed by pharmaceutical companies.
The story gets better. Tarjany added the moss to his diet and never got cancer — and great news — even though the Food and Drug Administration has banned the moss, it’s available online.
Just as you’re reaching for your credit card, celebrating your discovery while simultaneously cursing big pharma, the tale unravels. Thirty-nine seconds into the video, the truth is revealed: The video that you thought promised an easy answer instead is a hard lesson in media literacy and critical thinking.
Dr. Johan R. Tarjany is an anagram of Jonathan Jarry. And those photos in the video, they’re of Otto Maass, a former chairman of McGill’s Chemistry Department in the early 20th century. To further his point, Jarry even used multiple photos of different people to see if viewers would notice.
Frustrated at bunk science
Jarry said the idea came from a similar video a former coworker had shown him. It had six million views and purported to show a researcher who had discovered radio signals that could kill cancer cells.
“My idea was, OK well, what if we make a video that is a bit of a Trojan horse that kind of looks like one of those viral videos but that actually has a different spin on it,” Jarry said.
He said it was frustrating because bunk science videos often reach far wider audiences than those his team puts together. On the McGill OSS YouTube page there a number of videos explaining topics like sloppy food science and personalized genetic testing, but the views rank in the hundreds of thousands, not millions.
“We don’t sell these easy solutions to complicated problems,” Jarry said. “We sell nuance and criticism and uncertainty, and that doesn’t sell as well.”
He says he’s blown away by the success of this video.
“I am flabbergasted. I was hoping for 10,000 views. I would have been ecstatic at 10,000. It hasn’t really sunk in yet. The fact that this has reached so many people.”
He created the viral video in about a day and a half using stock footage and upbeat music to recreate the look and feel of a hoax health video. He says it appeals to people’s sense that they’re being lied to and that easy answers are out there.
“I think the conspiracy mindset is a big one. We’re all wired to the thing that there are conspiracies here and there, and some people are more susceptible to this kind of thinking than others.”
The video ends with a message to viewers: Be skeptical, ask questions, consult doctors and scientists, and don’t fall for conspiracy theories dressed up in pretty packaging.
“Be skeptical because there’s so much misinformation out there and be aware of your own biases. Be aware of the fact that you will be easily emotionally manipulated.”
He says there’s also an important lesson for science communicators about how best to deliver accurate, fact-based information and what the audience wants.
Be aware of the fact that you will be easily emotionally manipulated– Jonathan Jarry, McGill University
“We are wired to respond to stories. We’re storytellers at heart. Numbers don’t speak to us,” he said, adding that means we must be wary.
“So we all always have to be on the lookout for anecdotes, because they don’t tell us much.”
The video’s popularity may only be starting. While the original was posted in English and French, a user has already translated it into Spanish. Jarry’s team says they’ve received and are working on versions in Italian, Croatian, Spanish, even Hungarian.
And while his video has topped the six million views of the hoax video that inspired him, Jarry said there’s still a long way to go to counter misinformation online.
“There are so many more of these videos out there that I don’t think our video will solve the problem forever. I think we all need to approach this problem constantly and try different things to reach as many people as we can.”
In the midst of a messy political crisis at home over Britain’s impending exit from the European Union, Prime Minister Theresa May revealed Sunday that Donald Trump gave her this piece of advice: Sue the EU, don’t negotiate.
A bemused May turned him down. But the exchange was the latest example of the awkward dance between the U.S. and Britain, with the two leaders attempting to put on a public show of friendliness, despite clear strains over trade, the EU and their approaches to diplomacy.
Trump told reporters on Friday that he had given May advice about how to deal with the EU that she found too “brutal.” Asked in a BBC interview Sunday what that was, May responded with an amused expression: “He told me I should sue the EU. Not go into negotiation, sue them.”
With a laugh, she added: “Actually, no. We’re going into negotiations with them.”
In the past few days, Trump’s first official visit to Britain has veered wildly off course with a series of humiliating remarks he has made about May’s leadership — especially her handling of the tense Brexit negotiations.
In an explosive interview with The Sun newspaper published Thursday, just as May was hosting Trump at a lavish black-tie dinner, Trump said the British leader’s approach likely “killed” chances of a free-trade deal with the United States. He said he had told May how to conduct Brexit negotiations, “but she didn’t listen to me.”
He also praised May’s rival, Boris Johnson, who quit last week as foreign secretary to protest May’s Brexit plans. Trump claimed Johnson would make a “great prime minister.”
The comments shocked many in Britain — even May’s opponents — and couldn’t have come at a worse time for the British prime minister, who is facing a crisis over Brexit from within her own ranks. Her Conservative government is deeply split between supporters of a clean break with the EU and those who want to keep close ties with the bloc, Britain’s biggest trading partner.
The U.S. president later apologized and sought to soften the blow, telling reporters at a joint news conference Friday that May is an “incredible woman” who is “doing a fantastic job” as prime minister.
Asked to rate U.S.-U.K. relations, Trump called them the “highest level of special.” He added it was up to May how to handle Brexit, as long as the U.S. “can trade and we don’t have any restrictions” on commerce with the United Kingdom.
On Sunday, May seemed to point to Trump’s inconsistent advice when she said that, as well as telling her to “sue” the EU, he also suggested not walking away from the negotiations.
May didn’t elaborate, and it wasn’t clear what grounds Britain would have to sue the EU, how it would work or to what purpose.
But Trump has made clear his animosity toward the EU, aggressively criticizing his European NATO allies for what he views as taking advantage of the U.S. on trade and defence spending. In a CBS interview Saturday, he called the EU a trade “foe.”
May’s government has just published its long-awaited Brexit plans, which propose to keep Britain and the EU in a free market for goods, with a more distant relationship for services. That has infuriated fervent Brexit supporters, who see it as a bad deal. Along with Johnson, the man who had been leading the Brexit negotiations, David Davis, also quit in protest.
MOSCOW — Ultimately, normalcy returned.
The team that was supposed to win the World Cup, won.
In a tournament populated by bizarre narratives, favourites France emerged victorious, offering their players and coach soccer immortality.
Yet even the championship match contained unusual subplots. We witnessed the first own goal in a World Cup final, the first VAR penalty and the first teenage goal-scorer since the legendary Pelé himself 60 years ago.
France won not because the team dominated possession, nor because it had more attempts at goal. Les Bleus are world champions because they were composed and clinical.
When the opportunities came, France took full advantage. A full 50 per cent of their chances ended up in the back of the Croatian net. You could argue they got lucky with the first two goals, but I’ve never spoken to a player who doesn’t believe that every team deserves a little good fortune along the way.
Didier Deschamps knew exactly what he was doing. The French mastermind, who captained France to its first World Cup 20 years ago, trusted his defenders to nullify Croatia’s superiority in possession and then counter attack swiftly. With the exception of a sweet strike by Ivan Perisic and a moment of madness from goalie Hugo Lloris, the plan worked perfectly.
The Croatians deserve enormous credit. They played a full part, not just in the final, but throughout the World Cup. Their technical ability, accompanied by remarkable resilience, grit and determination won them many admirers. Croatia earned the respect of the soccer world and can be justly proud of its achievements.
It all added up to a hugely entertaining showpiece. Too many World Cup finals evolve into a tactical stalemate with both teams playing safety first rather than playing to win. Not this one; France and Croatia produced a memorable spectacle which history will remember as an admirable advertisement for the beautiful game.
A unique World Cup to say the least
Indeed, it has been a refreshingly different World Cup. The usual suspects faltered, allowing us to broaden our collective soccer education.
Germany’s shocking capitulation allowed Sweden a run to the quarter-finals. Russia revelled in the spotlight. The host nation did itself proud and only a shoot-out loss denied the Russians a place in the semifinals.
Belgium’s golden generation finally delivered. A defensive masterclass shut down Neymar and Brazil in the last eight, and despite a heartbreaking loss to France, the Belgians bounced back to claim a very well deserved bronze medal.
The world’s two best players disappeared on the same night. Lionel Messi and Argentina were found wanting defensively in the Round of 16, and hours later Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal failed to spark against Uruguay. Neither may grace the World Cup stage again.
It’s also unlikely Luka Modric will be back. His third World Cup was a huge success and the Croatian captain was a worthy recipient of the Golden Ball as tournament MVP. Modric will be 36 by the time Qatar 2022 rolls around, so if this was his swan song, he left on a personal high note.
Young stars shining bright
England’s young captain leaves with mixed emotions. Harry Kane collected the Golden Boot as the World Cup’s top scorer with six goals and padded his reputation in Russia. But Kane and his teammates also leave with a lingering sense of a missed opportunity. At 24, Kane will have more chances to shine on the international stage.
I’m not a fan of individual awards in team sports, but I am a fan of Kylian Mbappé. Mbappé becomes the second Frenchman in a row to scoop the Best Young Player prize, after Paul Pogba in 2014.
What a career lies ahead for this 19-year-old. Mbappé has skill, speed, and swagger. He also has a World Cup winner’s medal around his neck. He demonstrated maturity beyond his years and could spearhead France’s offence for the next decade or more. I just hope Mbappé keeps his feet on the ground and keeps working on his game.
So that’s that. Another World Cup has come and gone. Our emotions have been drained by a month of non-stop soccer drama. In four years time, expect air-conditioned arenas in the Middle East, and fours years after that Canada gets to co-host — and hopefully compete.
Now that’s something to get excited about.
Hamilton police say former NHL goalie Ray Emery has drowned in Hamilton harbour.
Insp. Marty Schulenberg said Emery’s death does not appear to be suspicious, calling it a “case of misadventure.”
Emery, 35, played for several teams throughout a career spanning more than a decade, including the Ottawa Senators, Chicago Blackhawks and Philadelphia Flyers.
He won the William M. Jennings trophy — and the Stanley Cup — with the Blackhawks in 2013.
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Schulenberg said Emery went swimming off a boat, and his friends called emergency services at about 6 a.m. ET Sunday when he didn’t resurface.
He says Emery’s body was found at about 2:50 p.m., about 20 metres from where he went into the water. He says a post-mortem will be completed tomorrow.
Former teammates, coaches and executives who played and worked with Emery have been expressing condolences online.
Emery played junior hockey for the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, where current Toronto Maple Leafs GM Kyle Dubas began his career.
Dubas posted about Emery’s death on Twitter Sunday afternoon.
“Ray’s smile and intelligence made him a magnetic personality,” Dubas wrote. “You always rooted for him to reach his vast potential, even as he went through the many ups and downs of his playing career.”
Former Leafs forward James van Riemsdyk, who played with Emery in Philadelphia, said on Twitter: “So sad to hear the tragic news about Ray Emery — was a great teammate and person.”
Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk also released a statement expressing condolences.
“Ray was instrumental in our run to the 2007 Stanley Cup Final, and at his best he brought a competitive edge and combative mentality to the game. On behalf of our entire organization, I wish to extend my deepest sympathies to Ray’s family, friends and loved ones,” said Melnyk.
The UAE’s leaders have said this week’s “promising” visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping to the emirates as an “important step” in the economic, diplomatic and cultural relationship between the two countries.
Xi Jinping’s visit – his first to the UAE – comes as the country prepares to launch “UAE-China Week” between July 17 and 24, with the stated objective of highlighting the relationship between the two countries and enhancing trade cooperation.
According to UAE authorities, UAE-China Week will be celebrated every year to coincide with Chinese New Year celebrations.
“We welcome Chinese President Xi Jinping in this historic visit that celebrates the strategic partnership between the two countries and establishes a new phase of fruitful cooperation and promising outlooks,” said Sheikh Mohammed, Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.
Sheikh Mohammed noted that the UAE is currently home to 200,000 Chinese citizens and 4,000 trading companies.
“We seek to build long-term economic, cultural, trade and investment ties with China,” he added. “We are happy to celebrate China’s rich and continued historical culture on an annual basis.”
His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, said that China and the UAE play a “pivotal role” in stability and a promising economic future for the region.
“Over 28 years ago, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan visited China, founding the strategic relationship between the two countries that has yielded fruitful trade and investment as well as cultural relations of more than three decades,” he said, adding that that country has political and economic impact on a global level.
During his visit, Xi Jinping is expected to hold a series of high-level meetings aimed at strengthening ties between the two countries, increasing trade and investment opportunities and expanding social and cultural exchange through a series of cultural and political seminars.
According to government statistics, the annual trade volume between the UAE and China has exceeded $50 billion, with the UAE representing 23 percent of Arab trade with China.
China’s top four banks have a presence in the UAE, and there are over 100 flights a week between the two countries. Additionally, the number of Chinese tourists rose 26 percent year-on-year in 2016 to 880,000.
According to the China Foreign Trade Centre, bilateral trade between the two countries is expected to reach $80 billion over the next two years.For all the latest business news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.
In Croatia they call Miroslav Blazevic “the coach of all coaches” but on Sunday it is his former pupil, Zlatko Dalic, who will lead the small country into their first ever World Cup final.
‘Ciro’ Blazevic coached Croatia at the 1998 World Cup, their first as an independent nation, taking them to the semi-finals where they eventually lost to France.
Dalic was Blazevic’s assistant at Varteks in the early days of his coaching career and the education he received back then has helped shape his journey to the top.
“I am not ashamed to say I learnt a lot from ‘Ciro’ Blazevic,” said Dalic this week.
“I worked with him for two years as an assistant coach and sporting director at my club and it transpires that I have gone one step further. He was number three in the world and on Sunday I will be number two at least.”
Zlatko Dalic and Luka Modric of Croatia celebrate victory following the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Semi Final match between England and Croatia at Luzhniki Stadium on July 11, 2018 in Moscow, Russia. (Getty Images)
Dalic was there in France 20 years ago, but not as a player. He never represented his country at international level during a modest career as a defensive midfielder.
Instead he travelled to watch Blazevic’s team — led by the likes of Robert Prosinecki and Davor Suker — as a fan, but had gone by the time the ‘Vatreni’ beat Germany 3-0 in the quarter-finals. He had to return home for pre-season training.
After moving into coaching, he did not hesitate when the chance came to move abroad.
Dalic took over at Saudi club Al-Faisaly in 2010 and went on to enjoy considerable success at Al-Hilal and United Arab Emirates club Al-Ain.
It was with Al-Ain that he first appeared in a major international final, in the 2016 AFC Champions League, where they lost to Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors of South Korea.
“Throughout my career and my life I have always taken the harder path and had to fight for everything myself,” he said. “I did not want to stay in Croatia and be a middling coach and live off handouts. I went abroad as soon as I found a job.”
Al Ain Manager Zlatko Dalic is thrown in the air by his players after winning the Presidents Cup Final match between Al Ain and Al Ahli at Zayed Sports City on May 18, 2014 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Getty Images)
‘Give me Real Madrid or Barcelona’
There can be little arguing with Dalic’s pedigree — he was born in the town of Livno in what is now Bosnia and Herzegovina. Suker and Niko Kovac, as well as Niko’s brother Robert, another former Croatia star, have origins there too.
Dalic is revelling in the moment in Russia and was keen to point out that in the era of the super-coach, Croatia has some of the best managers in the busness, citing Niko Kovac and Slaven Bilic.
“This is what we are about. I used to say give me Real Madrid or Barcelona and I will win titles,” Dalic said of himself.
Yet he was only given the opportunity to manage the national team with the country’s federation in a panic last October.
Ante Cacic had been sacked and Dalic took over in time for a critical World Cup qualifier against Ukraine. They won 2-0 to reach the play-offs, before beating Greece make it to Russia.
“There were no negotiations, I just accepted it because my life’s dream was always to coach my national team,” Dalic said of his appointment.
Al Ain Manager Zlatko Dalic reacts during the Presidents Cup Final match between Al Ain and Al Ahli at Zayed Sports City on May 18, 2014 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Getty Images)
“I had no doubts about taking the job. I did not put down any conditions. After the Ukraine game I worked for another six weeks without any contract.”
Croatia, with a population of just over four million people, is the smallest nation to reach the World Cup final since Uruguay in 1950, an achievement all the more remarkable as football in the country is plagued by off-field scandals.
Dalic has called it “a miracle” and he has already been made an honorary citizen of the county of Varazdin, where he lives.
Watching from afar, Blazevic, now 83, is a proud man.
“I’m very happy that my pupil has done better. He created a family atmosphere in the squad and not everyone can do that.”For all the latest business news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.
A Bollywood singer claims to have booked the entire First Class cabin of an Emirates aircraft in a move he said he hoped would start a trend among celebrities.
On his Instagram, Mika Singh, a 41-year old singer, songwriter and composer, claims to have booked the entire section on a flight from Dallas, Texas to Dubai.
“Today I had a great show in Dallas. I want to share with you that Michael Jackson used to say he wanted to travel alone,” he says in a video. “Today I decided that I want to travel alone and I don’t want any disturbance. I don’t want to see a single person in the First Class, so I booked the entire First Class.”
Singh added that “there is only one lion here [in First Class]. You need guts to do this.”
“I hope I set off a trend that big stars and celebrities would want to follow,” he added.
A previous post, on Twitter, shows Singh in the First Class cabin of “his favourite airline” a few days before, on his way to Dallas.
Emirates’ website shows that a First Class ticket from Dallas to Dubai on Monday (July 16) would cost AED 74,400 ($19,742).
Singh’s posts were criticised by many on social media, with some accusing him of taking the video after the cabin had cleared out, and others accusing him of unnecessarily boasting about his wealth.
“Meaningless. It’s not a trend [to] show off and be insensitive,” one Instagram user commented. “Great and profound people won’t ever do this despite the fact that they have the money to do so.”
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Others, however, came to the singer’s defence.
“People are mocking him for buying out the entire first class. It’s his money and his life, he can do whatever he wishes to,” another user wrote. “If he’s looking stupid doing that, then I guess that’s what comes with making choices like these…looks like he doesn’t care about that either. Let the guy do whatever he wants.”For all the latest transport news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.