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U.N. human rights chief Michelle Bachelet, who earlier this month came under personal attack from Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro, says she feels sorry for Brazil, according to a Chilean media report published on Sunday.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau returned to the campaign trail on Sunday in his bid for re-election in October as polls showed his Liberals took a significant hit with voters after photos emerged of him in blackface.
Ayman Odeh, leader of the Arab Joint List, said his group would support a government by Mr. Gantz to keep Benjamin Netanyahu from getting a new term.
CAIRO – 22 September 2019: Egypt’s State Information Service (SIS) called on foreign media outlets and correspondents to bear scrutiny when they cover the Egyptian affairs, according to SIS statement on Sunday.

The SIS called on the foreign media to abide by the professional codes and report only what they witness themselves, checking facts from their authentic and reliable sources, the statement said, calling for neutrality and showcasing all different points of view in their analyses, conclusions, interpretations or expectations.

The SIS said that it was following up the international media and its foreign accredited correspondents’ coverage on Egypt over the past 24 hours and it, consequently, reminds the foreign reporters to abide by professionalism standards in accordance with the journalism code.

The foreign reports have to abide by the terms that reflect the reality in Egypt, the statement said.

The SIS called on foreign correspondents not to rely on social media platforms as sources of news and reports, affirming the state’s cooperation with all foreign correspondents and international media outlets in Egypt.




CAIRO – 22 September 2019: A considerable number of Egyptian citizens residing in the sisterly country of Kuwait have launched a campaign on social media to affirm their support to the incumbent.

The citizens have voiced support to President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi and the Armed Forces, which represent a fortification for Egypt and the whole Arab region, according to the Middle East News Agency (MENA).

In statements to MENA, Ahmed Roubi of the Future of the National Party said the Egyptian people will not be deceived one more time and will not be moved by fake social media calls because they began to reap the fruits of Egypt`s reforms over the past years.

Meanwhile, Wahid Farag, the founder of "We Are All with You" campaign in support of President Sisi in Kuwait, said evil powers are used to launching such campaigns against the state in an attempt to destabilize Egypt and destroy it.

Farag noted that he launched this campaign to support Sisi in such watershed stage, according to MENA.

Hours before President Sisi arrived in New York to participate at the 74th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), a number of Egyptian expats announced preparing for several events to welcome Sisi in New York.

In statements to Egypt Today, Egyptian and Arab expats affirmed that they have been preparing for several events that will be launched by the arrival of President Sisi.

Dozens of Egyptian community members in NYC gathered in the streets, carrying Egyptian flags to welcome President Sisi. Ahead of Sisi`s arrival, the Egyptian community held a dinner that witnessed the attendance of Egyptians from different US states.

MBC Masr satellite channel broadcast on Friday a footage, which showed one of the Muslim Brotherhood leaders calling on supporters to gather near their houses and then fill the cities` squares.

Britain`s Duke and Duchess of Sussex and their baby son Archie kick off their first tour as a family on Monday in southern Africa.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau returned to the campaign trail on Sunday in his bid for re-election in October as polls showed his ruling Liberals starting to suffer with voters after photos emerged of him in blackface.
Hundreds of climate activists paid their respects to a Swiss glacier on Sunday that is due to disappear over the next decade, the victim of a warming environment.

ronald mcdonald

  • McDonald`s recently moved its US creative business away from dedicated Omnicom agency We Are Unlimited.
  • The main reason for the change was to put a new focus on creative excellence, said McDonald`s CMO Morgan Flatley.
  • Sources familiar with the business pointed to a proposed "bacon record" project as a key example of the disagreements between agency and client that led to Omnicom losing much of the account.
  • McDonald`s executives declined to fund the idea to make a fully functional LP entirely of bacon to promote a "free bacon" initiative.
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McDonald`s recently made big waves in the ad industry by switching from Omnicom as its lead creative agency to Wieden and Kennedy.

According to McDonald`s CMO Morgan Flatley and sources close to the company, the primary reason for McDonald`s change was a desire for more memorable ad campaigns. An internal memo from Wieden and Kennedy leadership, first reported by Business Insider, supported that theory.

Read more: McDonald`s demanded that Omnicom create an ad agency dedicated to its business. Now that unit will fold.

Sources say the "bacon record" pitch was a key example of the difficulties that led to Omnicom losing much of McDonald`s business

Many marketers turn to viral stunts and try to piggyback on pop culture to get noticed. Yet McDonald`s often hesitated to take risks, according to several parties who worked on the account. One failed effort involved two seemingly win-win elements: Pop music and bacon.

Earlier this year, the chain offered a "bacon hour" deal that let consumers get free bacon with any item for 60 minutes each day. Three sources familiar with the project told Business Insider that the creative team at We Are Unlimited, the dedicated agency that Omnicom created to service McDonald`s, proposed promoting the deal by creating a fully-functioning LP made of bacon.

That`s right...this pork album would work in any record player. One party described it as "a playable, edible record made out of bacon."

The episode provides an inside look into how agency-client relationships play out every day in the ad industry

Two people familiar with the business said the plan was to produce several copies of the same record, send them to media outlets, and create a making-of video to push on digital platforms. Trouble started when vendors said the project would be difficult to pull off because, according to one party, the greasy product would "ruin record presses."

McDonald`s marketing team — and much of agency leadership — ultimately balked at the idea due to its challenging execution and research and development costs, estimated at about 15,000, according to the two sources close to the business.

All three people who spoke to Business Insider about the bacon project said it showed why the relationship between McDonald`s and We Are Unlimited ultimately broke down. It also shows the back-and-forth debates that agencies and clients go through every day.

As a result of losing the business, We Are Unlimited folded into its parent network, DDB, Business Insider first reported.

Several current and former We Are Unlimited employees emphasized that, despite failed ideas like the bacon record, the agency consists of hard-working teams dedicated to the McDonald`s business who have tried to find new placements for colleagues that recently lost their jobs.

Spokespeople for McDonald`s and DDB declined to comment.

SEE ALSO: Internal memo from McDonald`s new ad agency reveals why the world`s biggest fast-food chain bucked industry trends to reshape its marketing strategy

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Tens of thousands marched in Slovakia`s capital on Sunday calling for a total ban on abortions in the predominantly Catholic central European country.
Greek police arrested a 65-year-old Lebanese man in Mykonos on Thursday in connection with the hijacking of a Trans World Airlines (TWA) Flight 847 in 1985 in which a US Navy officer was killed, Greek police told CNN.
Saudi Arabia will seek to make a case at a global gathering in New York this week for concerted action to punish and deter arch-foe Iran after strikes on Saudi oil plants rattled global markets and exposed the kingdom`s vulnerability to attack.
CAIRO, Sept 22 (MENA) - The Ministry of Education and Technical Education seeks to remove all obstacles to the education process and provide a distinguished educational service, said the head of the general education sector Reda Hegazi.

He made the remarks during his inspection tour of a number of schools in Cairo`s Nasr City on Sunday to follow up the functioning of the educational process for the 2019-2020 new school year.

The education ministry`s official checked on the rate of attendance inside classes and the distribution of textbooks, as well as the provision of all amenities for students.
CAIRO – 22 September 2019: Egyptian Armed Forces stressed that the Facebook page and Twitter accounts of the military spokesperson are the “only official source” via which it announces its official statements and information to the public, according to a Sunday statement issued by the Armed Forces.

The statement comes amid false information about the military circulated on social media pages claiming affiliation with the Armed Forces.

“The Armed Forces call on media outlets and all Egyptians not to trust other sources on social media when seeking information related to the Armed Forces,” added the statement.

Apple Iphone 11

  • Apple`s new iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro come with better cameras that can see in the dark and take ultra-wide photos, and offer great battery life.
  • But there are some drawbacks that are worth noting, such as the iPhone 11`s lack of a fast-charging compatible adapter.
  • All three of Apple`s new iPhones launched in stores on September 20, with the iPhone 11 starting at 700, the 11 Pro beginning at 1,000, and the entry-level Pro Max being priced at 1,100.
  • Visit Business Insider`s homepage for more stories. 

After much anticipation, Apple`s new iPhones launched on September 20.

The new iPhone trio — which includes the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max — introduces improvements to the camera like a new ultra-wide-angle lens and the ability to take clearer photos in the dark. Like every recent iPhone, they also run on new processors — this year`s version is called the A13 Bionic chip.

The new entry-level iPhone is also slightly cheaper this year compared to the 2018 model. The iPhone 11 starts at 700, whereas last year`s iPhone XR began at 750. If you opt for one of the Pro models, you`ll be spending at least 1,000 for the iPhone 11 Pro or 1,100 for the larger iPhone 11 Pro Max.

Read more: After spending two full days with Apple`s new iPhones, I`m convinced that the iPhone 11 is the best choice for most people — here`s why

I`ve been using all three phones over the past several days, and here`s a look at the pros and cons I`ve discovered so far. 

SEE ALSO: How Apple`s new iPhone 11 Pro compares to its biggest rival, Samsung`s Galaxy S10

Pro: Both the iPhone 11 and 11 Pro offer long battery life.

Apple`s new iPhones have more than enough power to comfortably get you through a day and then some on a single charge.

I used the iPhone 11 Pro for a full day and a half and still had 15% of my battery left. That`s after I cranked up the display brightness to its maximum for about two hours, which usually drains the battery much more quickly.

The iPhone 11 is also impressive; by the end of the workday I still had 71% of my battery left, indicating that I`d have more than enough juice to get me through a significant chunk of the next day. 



Con: The `notch` is still as noticeable as ever.

While other smartphone makers like Samsung have done more to make the "notch" cutout that houses the camera and facial-recognition sensors less noticeable, the iPhone`s is still as evident as ever.

That makes Apple`s new iPhones look slightly less elegant than the Galaxy S10 and Note 10 lineup, which more convincingly create the illusion that the screen stretches from edge-to-edge thanks to Samsung`s more subtle hole-punch-like cutout.

However, Samsung`s facial recognition is said to be less secure than Apple`s, which could be more problematic. 

Read more: Apple`s iPhone 11 Pro launch is proof that the smartphone industry is going through a massive change



Pro: They can also take crisp and clear photos in the dark — giving Google`s Night Sight some serious competition.

If you frequently find yourself struggling to get good photos in dark conditions — maybe inside a dim bar or restaurant — you`ll appreciate the iPhone`s new night mode. It automatically kicks in whenever your iPhone detects that you`re in a low-light environment, so you don`t have to remember to turn it on.

In my testing, I found that it took images that were sharper than those taken on the Google Pixel 3a XL and Samsung Galaxy S10 — both of which offered their own version of night mode long before Apple. The photo I took with the iPhone 11 Pro wasn`t quite as bright as the one shot on the Google Pixel 3a XL, but it was a bit sharper and the subject was lit more evenly.

Take a look at the photo samples in our full review.



Con: The iPhone 11 also lacks a fingerprint scanner, meaning you must type in a passcode when not using Face ID.

If your iPhone experience is anything like mine, Face ID doesn`t always work. And even if it does work for you most of the time, you probably still find yourself typing in your passcode occasionally when unlocking your phone while wearing sunglasses, or when you simply don`t feel like lifting it up to get an accurate view of your face.

Other phone makers like Samsung, OnePlus, and Google also include fingerprint scanners on their devices as an alternative — some of which are embedded in the display, and others which are located on the back of the device. 



Pro: The camera interface lets you see how your shot will look both in wide and ultra-wide mode before you take it.

Apple is playing catch-up to device makers like Samsung by adding an ultra-wide angle lens to the iPhone. But Apple`s software does have a useful touch that Samsung`s lacks: the ability to see how your shot may look before you even switch to the ultra-wide-angle lens. 

On the iPhone 11 or iPhone 11 Pro, you`ll notice that the borders above and below the camera viewfinder where the shutter button and settings are located will gradually become transparent as you frame your shot. That allows you to use that space to see how much more of the scene you`ll be able to capture if you switch to the ultra-wide-angle lens. 



Con: The iPhone 11 Pro is also heavier than last year`s iPhone.

If having a phone that feels very lightweight is a priority, you may want to consider that the iPhone 11 Pro is a bit heavy. It weighs 188 grams, which is heavier than the 177-gram iPhone XS and 157-gram Samsung Galaxy S10. I didn`t find this to be a nuisance during my review — in fact, I actually preferred the iPhone 11 Pro`s heft because it made the phone feel more premium and durable. But others may not share that sentiment. 



Pro: The iPhone 11 Pro`s matte-glass back gives the phone a polished and durable feel.

One of the biggest physical changes between this year`s iPhone 11 Pro and last year`s iPhone XS is its textured matte-glass back. If you plan on using a case most of the time, this may not matter all that much.

But if not, you`ll notice that the matte finish gives the glass a slightly cloudier look and makes it less prone to fingerprint smudges. It also doesn`t feel as slick as the glossy glass that covers the back of the iPhone XS, which could make it easier to hold without dropping if you`re not using a case.

But only time will tell how durable and scratch-resistant this matte glass will be after prolonged usage.



Pro: The iPhone 11 Pro finally comes with a bigger charger that can power your phone faster.

Apple`s pricier iPhones now come with an 18-watt charger that can give your iPhone up to a 50% charge in about 30 minutes. The company is finally including a bigger, faster charger in the box after other rivals have offered fast-charging for years. The bigger charger that comes with the Pro also includes a USB-C to Lightning cable, meaning you can plug it directly into your MacBook to charge it or transfer data without an adapter if you`re using a newer model.



Con: The iPhone 11 doesn`t.

Apple may have finally given Pro owners a bigger charger than can power up their iPhone faster, but those who buy the iPhone 11 are still stuck with the same 5-watt charger Apple has bundled with its smartphones for years. If you want to use the larger 18-watt charger with your iPhone 11, you`ll have to purchase the adapter from Apple for 30. 



Skate City Apple Arcade

  • For 5 per month, Apple Arcade offers more than 100 video games on iPhone, iPad, MacOS, Apple TV and iPod Touch — without any microtransactions or ads.
  • Apple launched the subscription service on September 19 alongside its iOS 13 update, and its exclusive to Apple devices.
  • A bunch of brand-new games made their debut on Apple Arcade, and there are a handful of exclusive games that can`t be found on any other platform.
  • Visit Business Insider`s homepage for more stories.

Apple Arcade is a new monthly subscription service offering more than 100 video games for 5 per month.  Every game included with Apple Arcade is available on iPhone, iPad, MacOS, iPod Touch, and AppleTV. New subscribers will get a free one month trial.

Apple Arcade is available now on iPhone and the iPod Touch as a part of the iOS 13 update — iPad OS will launch with Apple Arcade on September 24, and the MacOS Catalina update will add Apple Arcade to Mac computers when it`s released in October.

Apple Arcade`s launch includes tons of newly released games, and a few that are exclusive to the subscription service. Apple partnered with several prominent indie developers to ensure that Apple Arcade would have its own unique titles, and new games will be added to the service each week.

Unlike many popular mobile games, Apple Arcade titles don`t (and won`t) have in-game ads or microtransactions. Any updates to Apple Arcade titles will be included for free with the subscription. Some games include online play, but every Apple Arcade game can be played offline once downloaded.

Read more: Here`s everything Apple announced at its big iPhone 11 event

Apple`s latest software updates make PlayStation 4 and Xbox One controllers compatible with all Apple devices, too, so you can use those controllers with Apple Arcade games. The service makes use of saving to the cloud, so your progress in each game is automatically transferred between devices, so long as you connect to the internet.

I haven`t had time to dig into every Apple Arcade game yet, but I found a handful of awesome games that make the 5 subscription well worth it. I tested Apple Arcade using an 9.7-inch iPad running the iPad OS beta, and on an iPod Touch, the smallest, cheapest device that can still access the service.

Here are a few great games you should check out when trying Apple Arcade:

SEE ALSO: Here`s everything Apple announced at its big iPhone 11 event

"Oceanhorn 2" is an adventure game drawing clear inspiration from Nintendo`s "Legend of Zelda" franchise. It`s one of the best looking games on Apple Arcade, and an impressive sequel to the original "Oceanhorn" released on Android and iPhone.

From the App Store description: "Bigger, better, and packed with new features — Oceanhorn 2 is not only one of the best-looking adventure games out there, but it also builds a unique experience on the shoulder of classic video games. Collect powerful items, wield the Caster Gun, solve the mysterious puzzles of the ancients, and discover all that Arcadia and its neighboring kingdoms have to offer! accept the challenge and become a true Hero." 



"Overland" is a post-apocalyptic strategy game that forces players to make tough choices to survive a cross-country road trip.

From the App Store: "Take a group of travelers on a post-apocalyptic road-trip across the United States in this turn-based survival game. Fight scary creatures, rescue stranded survivors, and scavenge for supplies like fuel, first aid kits, and weapons. Decide where to go next, whether it`s upgrading this wrecked car, or rescuing that dog."

"Just remember, there are consequences for every action. Get ready for close calls, dramatic escapes, hard choices, arguing about whether or not that dog gets rescue, and the end of the world."



"Mini Motorways" is a new game from the creators of "Mini Metro" allowing you to design your own highway maps across a city. As traffic racks up your roads will get harder and harder to manage.

From the App Store: "Have you ever been stuck in traffic and wished you could do something to fix it? In Mini Motorways, the city`s traffic problems are in your hands."

"From the makers of Mini Metro, Mini Motorways is a game about drawing the roads that drive a growing city. Build a road network, one road at a time, to create a bustling metropolis. Re-design your city to keep the traffic flowing, and carefully manage upgrades to meet the changing demands. How long can you keep the cities of the world moving?"



"Sayonara Wild Hearts" is a wild rhythm game that was described as an interactive music video during Apple`s iPhone 11 event.

From the App Store: "Journey through a custom-written pop soundtrack, chase scores, and set out to find the harmony of the universe, hidden away in the hearts of Little Death and her star-crossed allies: Dancing Devils, Howling Moons, Stereo Lovers and Hermit 64. Let`s Pop!"



"Exit the Gungeon" is a tough 2D shooting game sends wave after wave of enemies for players to gun down. Players can find dozens of outrageous guns and power-ups, and each playthrough of "Exit the Gungeon" changes the game slightly.

From the App Store: "`Exit the Gungeon` is a bullet hell dungeon climber immediately following the adventures of the misfit `Gungeoneers` and their journey for personal absolution in `Enter the Gungeon.` The Gungeon has become a paradox and is collapsing! Armed with an ever-echanging weapon, an insatiable need to loot, and the trusty dodge roll, each of our heroes must ascend and escape via their own unique route of increasingly perilous elevators."



"Shantae and the Seven Sirens" is a side-scrolling adventure game like "Super Mario" or "Mega Man," but with more exploration and an involved story.

From the App Store: "Shantae is back in an all-new tropical adventure! In her 5th adventure, the Half-Genie hero gains new Fusion Magic to explore a vast sunken city, make new Half-Genie friends, and battle the Seven Sirens in her most thrilling adventure yet!"



"Bleak Sword" is an isometric action game with a unique 8-bit art style. The game is meant to be a challenge — you`ll have to learn how to combat each deadly monster you encounter.

From the App Store: "`Bleak Sword` is a dark fantasy action game tasking players to struggle across compact, cursed diorama battlefields. Through nine tense chapters, heroes must life the curse of the legendary Bleak Sword by striking down all manner of creatures in every forest, swamp, castle, and dungeon on their journey."

"Invoke powerful magic, uncover helpful items, and level up you character to upgrade your stats before facing down menacing guardians."



"Skate City" is an arcade-style skateboarding game that lets players pull off all sorts of tricks as the scroll across a preset course.

From the App Store: "Capture the heart and soul of street skating in a style that`s all your own. Push to perfect your flow and improve your skills while mastering hundreds of trick combinations. Immerse yourself in the dynamic environments as morning fades to night, and the weather shifts unexpectedly."



"Punch Planet" is a 2D fighting game that plays pretty similarly to "Street Fighter." The game has a gritty neo-noir art style and an awesome animated intro to help you get into the action.

From the App Store: "Punch Planet is a competitive 2D Sci-Fi fighting game with a rich and immersive universe spanning exotic planets, advanced cities, and alien races."



"Card of Darkness" is an interesting puzzle game with lots of humor and a relatively simple design. The game`s creators include Pendleton Ward and Zach Gage, who created "Adventure Time" and "SpellTower," respectively.

From the App Store: "Embark on an epic hand-animated adventure from Zach Gage, Pendleton Ward, and Choice Provisions. Cast powerful spells, slay fantastic monsters, discover ancient secrets, and ultimately save the world — just by picking up the right cards."

"`Card of Darkness` is a full-featured adventure designed around an accessible, minimalist, card game core."



U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Sunday accused President Donald Trump`s Democratic political rival Joe Biden of improperly intervening to protect his son from an investigation in Ukraine.
Two flights were diverted from Dubai International airport on Sunday due to suspected drone activity, a Dubai Airports spokesman said.

Shelby Church

  • YouTube`s Partner Program allows influencers to earn money off their channels by placing ads within videos. 
  • Google filters these ads and pays a creator based on factors like a video`s watch time, length, and viewer demographic.
  • Here`s how much creators are earning from a video with 100,000 views, 1 million views, and 4 million views, according to top YouTube influencers. 
  • Visit Business Insider`s homepage for more stories.

How much money a creator will earn from a single YouTube video varies, but there are some factors that can help boost revenue.

Creators become eligible to earn money by placing ads within their videos through YouTube`s Partner Program. These ads are filtered by Google and creators get paid a certain amount based on factors like a video`s watch time, length, and viewer demographic.

One YouTube creator told Business Insider that lengthening her videos to over 10 minutes long has helped her channel earn more money because she can place more ads. Other YouTube influencers said that placing about four ads on a single video is a common technique used to maximize the revenue you earn from Google AdSense.

Creators on YouTube earn a certain amount of money based on their CPM rate, or cost per 1,000 video views. CPM rates vary between creators, and no creator consistently has the same CPM rate. It can change based on factors like where the viewers of the video are located and what type of advertisers are interested in the content.

One YouTuber said that out of her three successful YouTube channels, her one focused on business gets a much higher CPM.

"People who watch this content aren`t kids or students," she said. "They are people who already started their careers and want transition in their career."

Business Insider spoke to YouTube influencers who broke down how much they earned from a video with 100,000 views, 1 million views, and 4 million views.

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How much creators earn from 100,000 views

  • Natalie Barbu shared how much money she`s earned from a video with 100,000 views with Business Insider and broke down her tips for maximizing the amount of money a YouTube creator could earn. 
  • Barbu is a social-media influencer and YouTube creator with 227,000 subscribers who started her YouTube channel about eight years ago, while she was in high school.

Read the full post here: YouTube creator Natalie Barbu breaks down how much money she earns from a video with 100,000 views

How much creators earn from 1 million views 

  • Shelby Church, a YouTuber who has 1.2 million subscribers, shared with Business Insider how much she`s earned from a video with 1 million views. 
  • Church has 17 videos with over 1 million views.

Read the full post here: YouTube star Shelby Church breaks down how much money a video with 1 million views makes her

How much creators earn from 4 million views 

  • Church also shared that her recent YouTube video with 4.1 million views earned her the most she`s ever made from a single video in nine years as a creator.
  • She said this single video also helped the overall growth of her channel.

Read the full post here: YouTube star Shelby Church breaks down how much money a video with 4 million views made her

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Alternative data

Hello!

Investment firms in recent years have turned to so-called alternative data firms, which turn obscure data sets into tradable information, to try and get an edge on the competition. A cottage industry of tech firms has sprung up, processing information on everything from the weather to web searches and selling it to hedge funds and others.

Now, some are saying there might be a bubble in the industry

Take Thasos Group. A player in the booming 7 billion alternative-data industry, Thasos was worth 42 million, had ties to MIT, and boasted a blue-chip CEO whose prior company Sense Networks was once named the "The Next Google" by Newsweek. Thasos was also part of Bloomberg`s newly launched alternative-data marketplace, meaning it had a stamp of approval from the data juggernaut.

But Thasos struggled to make money selling to its main financial services to clients and, in August, was forced to fire two-thirds of its staff, sources told Business Insider. Its CEO and cofounder, Greg Skibiski, also stepped down.

The problems Thasos faced aren`t unique, Bradley Saacks and Dan DeFrancesco report. While there`s no shortage of hedge funds interested in buying data, the market is becoming both crowded and commoditized.

"We may have a bit of an alternative-data bubble," Mike Chen, a portfolio manager at PanAgora Asset Management, told Business Insider. "I believe that a lot of the more advanced alternative-data users — advanced hedge funds and investors — are probably experiencing what I might call `alternative-data fatigue.`"

It`s a stark reminder of just how quickly any technical or investing edge will get competed away on Wall Street. Our team had a number of other stories this week focused on the use of technology in finance to get an edge, from using virtual internships to identify tech talent to shrimp-tracking blockchain. Here are some highlights:

Shannen and Joe are both recent additions to our BI Prime team. You should also check out coverage from recent new additions like Melia Russell, who covers venture capital and tech and reported on a Google engineering director who is black and said he would be accosted less at work if he dressed like a janitor.

And Patrick Coffee, who joined us to cover the advertising business, this week had the scoop on an internal memo from McDonald`s new ad agency which reveals why the world`s biggest fast-food chain bucked industry trends to reshape its marketing strategy.

I look forward to showcasing more great stories from new additions to our team in the coming weeks! Enjoy your Sunday!

-- Matt

Finance and Investing

Bank of America`s aggressive push into cities like Portland, Nashville, and Denver is helping reclaim ground lost to dealmaking rivals. Now it`s eyeing the rest of the US.

To rev up investment banking fees and reclaim market share, Bank of America is chasing smaller deals — and that`s taken it to far-flung American locations it had previously ignored.

Private-equity firms are already interviewing 22-year-old bankers who will start in 2 years. Their earliest-ever hiring kickoff shows how crazy the battle for talent has gotten.

Private-equity firms are already interviewing first-year investment-banking analysts to fill 2021 associate positions, marking the earliest-ever kickoff to recruiting for those roles, sources told Business Insider.

JPMorgan is winning the most hedge fund business as Wall Street banks swoop in on Deutsche Bank`s 200 billion in prime brokerage assets.

As the debris clears from Deutsche Bank`s shocking retreat from equities earlier this summer, JPMorgan is emerging as an early victor.

Tech, Media, Telecoms

Inside the Peloton road-show stop in New York where investors snapped selfies with star instructors and took turns riding the 2,000 bike

A line of suit-wearing money managers snaked outside the ballroom of the Lotte New York Palace Hotel in midtown Manhattan on Thursday, where the buzzy exercise company Peloton was set to pitch its initial public offering. But many weren`t there to press Peloton CEO John Foley or CFO Jill Woodworth on financials.

Here are 12 of the most important executives leading Google Cloud as it takes on Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure

With Amazon and Microsoft gobbling up large portions of the share on the cloud market, Google Cloud is playing catch-up.

Inside Barstool Sports` strategy to become advertising`s gateway to gamblers with its new sports betting app, Barstool Bets

Barstool Sports is jockeying to become the home for a new generation of gamblers as sports betting becomes legal in more places in the US.

Healthcare, Retail, Transportation

The 20 CMOs to watch in 2019

The 221 billion advertising industry is facing an onslaught of challenges, but a new crop of marketers is rising to the occasion.

SmileDirectClub`s IPO was such a disaster that the CEO called up JPMorgan`s Jamie Dimon to ask what went wrong

It has been a tough couple of weeks for JPMorgan`s investment bankers.

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Stena Impero, the British-flagged tanker detained by Iran on July 19, may be released within hours, the head of the Swedish firm that owns the vessel said on Sunday.
The United States aims to avoid war with Iran and the additional troops ordered to be deployed in the Gulf region are for "deterrence and defense,", U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Sunday.

Parkes Radio Telescope

In the summer of 1950, physicist Enrico Fermi posed a simple question to his colleagues over lunch: "Where is everybody?"

Fermi was referring to alien life in the universe. 

Arguably, he said, in the 4.4 billion years it took for intelligent life to evolve on our planet, the rest of our galaxy should have been overrun with similarly smart, technologically advanced aliens. But despite decades of searching the Milky Way for signs of extraterrestrials, we haven`t found anything or anyone.

This conundrum has come to be known as the Fermi Paradox.

Scientists have offered myriad potential answers to the question, including that aliens are hibernating or deliberating hiding from us. Some researchers have also suggested that highly advanced technological civilizations destroy themselves before they have the opportunity to get in contact with other intelligent life in the universe.

Read More: Alien civilizations may have explored the galaxy and visited Earth already, a new study says. We just haven`t seen them recently.

In his new book, "End Times," author Bryan Walsh discusses 13 theories as to why we`ve yet to make contact with aliens and why we might never do so. Here`s how each one addresses the Fermi Paradox.

SEE ALSO: This planetary scientist has a new idea for why we haven`t heard from aliens yet

Since Fermi first asked his famous question, space telescopes have searched the stars for Earth-like planets capable of hosting life.

NASA`s Kepler Space telescope, which launched in 2009, discovered more than 2,000 exoplanets (planets outside our solar system) by the time it was retired in 2018. Another 2,400 exoplanet candidates are waiting for NASA confirmation. 

More than 50 of those exoplanets were deemed potentially habitable, meaning they fall within the "Goldilocks zone" of their respective star — where conditions might enable liquid water to pool on the surface. (Earth and Mars fall within our sun`s "just right" zone.)

In 2013 astronomers reported that, based on Kepler data, there could be as up to 40 billion planets comparable in size to Earth that existed within these favorable "Goldilocks zones."

Even if just .001% of those Earth-like planets hosted life, that would still mean 40 million planets out there have life on them.

Another orbiting telescope, the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) is now scouting the sky for alien worlds. TESS recently found a planet circling a nearby star in the Hydra constellation; the world could support liquid water if it turns out to have a thick atmosphere and be made of rock.



But the chances that our telescopes could be coincidentally pointed at the exact right part of space at the right time to detect signs of extraterrestrial civilization are infinitesimal.

So scientists from the SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) Institute point radio telescopes at portions of the sky to collect data. The researchers analyze that information for unusual patterns that might indicate an intentional or accidental transmission from an intelligent civilization.



SETI`s monitoring system is predicated on the idea that aliens are trying to message us — we just need to hear it.

But those monitoring efforts have thus far been unsuccessful.



Astrophysicist Frank Drake created an equation in 1961, now known as the Drake Equation, that offers a way to calculate an estimate of number of technologically advanced civilizations in the Milky Way.

The equation is made up of seven variables that, when multiplied together, yield a calculation of the possibility that humanity might someday hear from an intelligent alien civilization (one that has achieved the ability to transmit radio signals that we can detect on Earth).  

The problem is that we don`t know the value of many of the Drake equation variables with any degree of certainty. Scientists have a good handle on the first three: the rate of star formation, the number of those stars with planets, and the number of those planets within the stars` Goldilocks zone. But the rest are still a mystery.



The first and perhaps simplest answer to the Fermi Paradox is that Earth holds the only intelligent life in the universe.

Astrophysicist Michael Hart explored this question formally in a 1975 paper; he argued that there had been plenty of time for intelligent life to colonize the Milky Way in the 13.8 billion years since the galaxy formed. Since nobody on Earth had heard anything, Hart concluded, there must be no other advanced civilizations in our galaxy.

More recently, a 2018 Oxford University study suggested that there`s a roughly two-in-five chance that we`re alone in our galaxy and a one-in-three chance that we`re alone in the entire cosmos.

But the more astronomers learn about conditions that make a planet suitable for life, the more it seems our galaxy could be much more hospitable to life than previously thought. 



Another possibility is that aliens want to talk to us but can`t.

SETI assumes that any extraterrestrials we might come into contact with would be more technologically advanced than we are, given the relatively short time humans have existed.

So it`s possible that aliens don`t use radio waves as a means to communicate. They could be reaching out using a technology that we don`t know about yet. Walsh compared the situation to one in which modern-humans would try to chat with a caveman on a cell phone (we`re the cavemen in this analogy).



If other intelligent life in the universe has outpaced us technologically, it`s possible those beings think Earth isn`t worth contacting at all.

Walsh refers to our absence of extraterrestrial contact as "The Great Silence."

One answer to the Fermi Paradox, he says, could be called "The Great Indifference" — perhaps aliens just don`t care what a sub-intelligent race has to say.



Or maybe our radio messages just haven`t reached anyone yet.

Frank Drake sent out the first deliberate interstellar radio message on November 16, 1974 — 168 seconds of a two-tone sound were beamed toward the star system Messier 13 (or M13) in the Hercules constellation.

Encoded in the message were the atomic numbers of basic Earth elements, the numbers 1 to 10, and a graphic of our solar system to indicate where the message originated from. But M13 is roughly 21,000 light-years away, according to SETI, so Drake`s message will take about the same number of years to get there. Then it would take any similar return signal the same amount of time to get back to us.



But not all scientists thought sending messages into space was a good idea. Astrophysicist Stephen Hawking cautioned against attempting to make contact in 2010.

Hawking told the Times of London: "I imagine they might exist in massive ships, having used up all the resources from their home planet. Such advanced aliens would perhaps become nomads, looking to conquer and colonize whatever planets they can reach."



Aliens could also be deliberately hiding from us.

Some researchers have suggested that intelligent life in the galaxy may have the same concerns that Hawking did about making contact, so therefore elect to remain silent.

In "End Times," Walsh puts forward a hypothesis in this vein: Perhaps Earth is being treated like a zoo and humans are a remote group of indigenous galactic dwellers that are being intentionally left undisturbed.



Aliens could simply be content to leave us alone until we become too greedy and pose a threat to the greater universe.

The 1951 Hollywood blockbuster "The Day The Earth Stood Still" explores such a theory. In the film, an alien spaceship lands in Washington, DC to deliver a message: live peacefully or be destroyed as a danger to other planets.



Or perhaps extraterrestrials are just hibernating, Walsh wrote.

The intelligent civilizations we`re trying to contact could be in a state of dormancy that may last for billions of years, he said.



Another hypothesis is that we`re living in the "galactic sticks," on the outskirts of where intelligent life is located in the Milky Way.

Walsh explores the idea that it may just be hard to reach us way out here, especially if other intelligent civilizations have, like us, not yet figured out an efficient way to travel between star systems.



But that answer to the Fermi Paradox has a problem: The Milky Way is old. Walsh argues that, given enough time, an intelligent civilization should have been able to find us by now, even if they were traveling slowly.

If aliens were traveling at one-tenth the speed of light, it would take them 10 million years to cross the entire Milky Way. That`s less than 0.1% of the age of the galaxy. 



But perhaps a technologically advanced civilization just can`t last long enough to be able to travel through the galaxy for millions of years.

According to this potential answer to the Fermi Paradox, intelligent civilizations could exist in other parts of the Milky Way, but they die out or destroy themselves before they`re able to find us or we`re able to contact them.



Some scientists have argued that intelligent civilizations similar to ours could have gone extinct because of the same dangers that threaten humanity on Earth.

As philosopher Nick Bostrom has explained, this concept suggests that life on an Earth-like planet has to achieve several "evolutionary transitions or steps" before it can communicate with civilizations in other star systems.

But an obstacle or barrier — a "Great Filter," as it`s called in this line of thinking — makes it impossible for an intelligent species to progress through all of those steps before collapsing.



A study published last year points to climate change as the most likely "filter" that prevents a civilization from reaching other star systems.

The study puts forth four scenarios that a civilization could follow as it develops. One of those pathways leads to sustainable existence. But in the other three, civilizations overuse resources and collapse or die off as a result.

So a possible answer to the Fermi Paradox, the study authors posited, is that environmental transformation (whether that involves using up necessary resources or irreversibly changing a climate) inevitably prevents civilizations from surviving long enough to travel to distant stars.



Walsh suggests that we may never find anything in our search for aliens except their remains — evidence of extinct civilizations, in other words.

Walsh calls these clues "necrosignatures." Nuclear holocausts, biological weapons, even disappearing planets leave detectable signs in space, he writes, and humanity should be ready to find and identify them.



Planetary scientist Alan Stern, meanwhile, thinks it`s possible that — unlike humans on Earth — aliens live in the interior of their respective planets, which is why we`ve yet to find signs of life.

Stern posited that some habitable worlds` liquid water is located under the surface, in the planets` interior. That appears to be the case for Saturn`s moon Enceladus.

"If technological civilizations can actually develop in these interior ocean worlds, they would naturally be cut off from us because of the shell of rock and ice above their ocean," he previously told Business Insider. "We wouldn`t see their city lights. We wouldn`t be able to hear their communication. They wouldn`t maybe even know that there was a universe out there to communicate with."



One of the most recent responses to the Fermi Paradox, published last month, suggests that aliens have already visited Earth — just not recently enough for us to have noticed.

The study, published in The Astronomical Journal, posits that intelligent aliens could be taking their time to explore the galaxy, harnessing star systems` movements and orbital shifts to make star-hopping easier.

The study authors suggested that aliens might wait for stars to move closer to one another before spreading across the galaxy, and that other civilizations could have already been here and left no evidence of their visit.



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  • Former President Barack Obama spoke Wednesday about raising his daughters, at an event in San Francisco organized by data analysis company Splunk.
  • Obama says that his daughters Malia and Sasha have different temperaments, so he had to take different strategies in raising them.
  • Likewise, in any company or organization, Obama says that leaders can take different approaches in dealing with different personalities, as well as give people room to make mistakes and learn from them.
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Former president Barack Obama said there`s a leadership lesson he learned from raising his daughters.

Both of Obama`s daughters, Malia and Sasha, are now away at college. Obama spoke about what he learned from parenting at an event on Wednesday in San Francisco organized by the data-analysis company Splunk.

Raising children is similar to nurturing plants, Obama said. 

"They`re a bamboo or they`re an oak or they`re a chestnut," Obama said on stage. "They all need water, sunlight, some TLC, but how they grow and what pace, when the branches sprout, when they flower at any given time, it`s just different. And so, our daughters were different, and as they got older, they became identifiable."

Obama said that Malia, now 21, has his calm temperament, while Sasha, now 18, is more like his wife, Michelle.

"What that meant was, in parenting, the idea that you do the exact same thing with each child the same way actually doesn`t make sense," Obama said. "There has to be equity and fairness in terms of wanting them to get to the same outcomes, but we had to take sort of different strategies with our girls on certain things."

This principle, he says, is "actually a good leadership lesson" that can be applied in the workplace.

"What I found with my staff is, there`s some people where I could be more blunt with, and some people, I have to be a little more, what do the girls call it,  `compliment sandwiches,` trying to wrap it around the criticism where you`re like, `You`re wonderful. That was a terrible memo. I love you.` There`s a little bit of that."

(Management experts might disagree with the former president, here: What he calls the "compliment sandwich" has also been called the "s--t sandwich" or the "c--p sandwich," and is considered by many to be a misguided approach to giving feedback.) 

Now that his daughters are away from college, Obama says he has to remember not to call them constantly and to give them their privacy. With his daughters, he says the goal is to coach them to make good decisions, and he had to learn how to balance wanting to help them and letting them make their own mistakes.

Read more: Barack Obama says any president should avoid TV and social media when making a decision — it `clouds your judgment`

"That`s a useful leadership tool that applies to companies as well or any organization," Obama said. "You`ve got to give folks enough room and ownership to be able to figure stuff out, and by doing that, it means they`re going to be making mistakes. That`s part of that process of development."

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CAIRO – 22 September 2019: Statements attributed to Environment Minister Yasmine Fouad that the to-be-installed national waste management system has determined the monthly fees on garbage collecting were completely denied on Saturday, Sept. 21.

“The statements circulating on some news websites that were attributed to Minister of Environment Yasmine Fouad regarding imposing a monthly fee for collecting garbage are not true,” read a statement posted on the official Facebook page of the Ministry of Environment.

The statement asserted that the ministry has not issued any statements in this regard, “especially that the country is currently preparing the infrastructure of the new waste management system, including establishing intermediary garbage collection stations and landfills, and raising the efficiency of recycling plants, which is the key element of the new system of managing solid waste in the country.”

A total of 80 million tons of garbage is collected in Egypt each year, with most of them ending up in piles in the streets. The government has taken several steps over the years to contain the growing waste crisis in the country by raising awareness and announcing fines of up to LE 20,000 for littering streets.

Another side of the issue was the unfair waste billing, where citizens have repeatedly complained of being obliged to pay for the service twice, once for the door-to-door collection, and unreasonably, a second time as part of their electricity bills. This billing system has been in place for long years, pushing previous environment ministers to vow to solve the problem, and to work on allocating bills for the waste collection service separated from that of the electricity and water bills; however, this step has not yet come into force.

The new solid waste management approach as introduced by Minister of Environment Fouad includes 27 schemes, which seek to dispose the existing garbage and maintain sustainable recycling of the country’s waste that meet with the sustainable development goals pinned by the United Nations.

Awareness of the risks of the single-use of plastic has seen growth in the country, with dozens of youth participating in clean-up campaigns at beaches and along the banks of the Nile River, and many groups calling for the ban of the hazardous pollutant, which affects the ecosystems and environment.

As of June, the Red Sea governorate became the first to ban the single-use plastic at food shops, restaurants, cruise ships, supermarkets, grocery stories and pharmacies.


CAIRO – 22 September 2019: Renowned Professor of Cardiothoracic surgery Magdi Yacoub said that the foundation stone of a heart center in Cairo will be laid soon. The center will provide cardiac care.

In an interview with Egypt Today, the Egyptian-British cardiothoracic surgeonsaid that an inauguration ceremony of the Cairo center will beheldin January 2020, and will beattended by a large number of parliamentarians, senior doctors and statesmen to support the center and urge Egyptians to donate.



The MagdiYacoub Global Heart Foundation launched a campaign in May to raise fund for the new center.

A set of remarkable scientists and public figures took part in the campaign such as Professor MagdyIshak, and Egyptian Ambassador to the United States Yasser Reda, among others.

The MagdiYacoub Global Heart Foundation supports Aswan heart centre in Upper Egypt and is raising funds for the future MagdiYacoubglobal heart centre in Cairo.

Besides providing urgently needed cardiac care, the centers impact the region and continent by advancing scientific understanding through research and building human health capacities with training programs.

The new center will cost an estimate of 150 million and will include 300 beds, hence expected to upgrade network care capacity from 33,000 to 140,000 outpatients and from 4,000 to 17,000 inpatients annually.

Moreover, the training capacity will grow from 550 to over 2300, dramatically increasing the sector’s workforce.

Yacoub was among the first three surgeons to perform an open heart surgery in Nigeria in 1974. In 1986, he was part of the team that developed the techniques of the heart-lung transplantation at the National Heart and Lung Institute.

He also led a British research team at Harefield hospital in 2007, aiming to grow a part of the human heart using stem cells. These efforts were all exerted in order to overcome the shortage of heart transplant donations.


Additional reporting by AmrKandil, Fatma al-Bakry

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  • Deepfake artist Hao Li, who created a Putin deepfake for an MIT conference this week, told CNBC on Friday that "perfectly real" manipulated videos are just six to 12 months away. 
  • Li had previously said that he expected  "virtually undetectable" deepfakes to be "a few years" away.
  • When asked for clarification on his timeline, Li told CNBC that recent developments, including the emergence of the wildly popular Chinese app Zao, had led him to "recalibrate" his timeline. 
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A deepfake pioneer said in an interview with CNBC on Friday that "perfectly real" digitally manipulated videos are just six to 12 months away from being accessible to everyday people. 

"It`s still very easy you can tell from the naked eye most of the deepfakes," Hao Li, an associate professor of computer science at the University of Southern California, said on CNBC`s Power Lunch. "But there also are examples that are really, really convincing."

He continued: "Soon, it`s going to get to the point where there is no way that we can actually detect [deepfakes] anymore, so we have to look at other types of solutions."

Li created a deepfake of Russian president Vladimir Putin, which was showcased at an MIT tech conference this week. Li said that the video was intended to show the current state of deepfake technology, which is developing more rapidly than he expected. He told the MIT Technology Review at that time that "perfect and virtually undetectable" deepfakes were "a few years" away.

When CNBC asked for clarification on his timeline in an email after his interview this week, Li said that recent developments, including the emergence of the wildly popular Chinese app Zao, had led him to "recalibrate" his timeline.  

Read more: Viral Chinese deepfake app Zao lets people superimpose their faces onto celebrities like Leonardo DiCaprio and it is terrifyingly convincing

"In some ways, we already know how to do it," he said in an email to CNBC. "[It`s] only a matter of training with more data and implementing it."

The advancements in artificial intelligence are enabling deepfakes to become more believable, and it`s now more difficult to decipher real videos from doctored ones. This has raised alarm bells about spreading misinformation, especially as we head into the 2020 presidential election.

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  • More than a dozen of WeWork`s top officials have left the company in recent months amid reports of internal complaints and uncertainty surrounding its IPO plans.
  • The shared-workspace provider delayed its stock-market listing this week amid lacking interest and skepticism from investors.
  • WeWork is facing mounting scrutiny about its profitability, valuation, and eccentric CEO Adam Neumann.
  • Keep up with Business Insider`s WeWork coverage here.

Shared-workspace startup WeWork has seen a slew of its staff leave the company in recent months, with major departures almost every week for the past month.

The company`s initial public offering collapsed earlier this week due to a lack of investor interest that threatened its ability to raise the 3 billion necessary to unlock a 6 billion credit line, Reuters reported.

As WeWork faces increasing public scrutiny, former employees have opened up about the strange behavior and management style of CEO Adam Neumann. A new lawsuit accuses Neumann of instituting a "cultish" office culture, forcing employees to drink alcohol at a mandatory office summer camp, and unceremoniously firing employees with little to no notice. 

Here`s an exhaustive list of every top WeWork official who left the company since this summer.

Wendy Silverstein, former chief investment officer of ARK real-estate fund

Last week, WeWork real-estate fund chief investment officer Wendy Silverstein resigned, The Real Deal reported

During her time at WeWork, Silverstein served as the chief investment officer of ARK, the company`s investment fund launched in May that was meant to purchase properties to lease to WeWork. 

Silverstein denied that her resignation was related to WeWork`s IPO troubles, citing a desire to spend more time caring for her elderly parents in an interview with The Real Deal.



Sarah Pontius, former head of real estate partnerships

This week, global head of real estate partnerships Sarah Pontius reached an agreement with WeWork to leave the company, a move also first reported by The Real Deal.

Pontius was tapped by WeWork in November to use the real estate connections she forged as a senior vice president at CBRE, according to Commercial Observer

WeWork and Pontius declined media requests for comment at the time her departure was first reported.



Ted Stedem, former global head of business and financial operations

In August, Reuters reported that WeWork`s head of business and financial operations Ted Stedem was leaving the company for another job.

Stedem is now the chief financial officer at Panera Bread, according to his LinkedIn.

The news of Stedem`s departure from WeWork came a week after the firm published detailed financial statements for the first time in advance of its IPO bid, which showed a fast rate of revenue growth as well as huge losses.



Julie Rice, former chief brand officer

SoulCycle cofounder Julie Rice, who joined WeWork in November 2017 to build the company`s global brand, departed in August, according to WWD.

Rice framed her role at WeWork as increasing the company`s sense of global community and brand recognition.



Two top communications executives departed last month

As WeWork was gearing up for its IPO bid last month, two top communications officials left the company in quick succession, Business Insider reported.

Jennifer Skyler, the company`s first communications hire, and Dom McMullan, head of corporate communications, both departed over the summer.

Skyler has taken a job as chief corporate affairs officer at American Express, while McMullan has yet to announce his next move.



Nearly a dozen top HR officials have departed

WeWork has been bleeding HR officials, including nearly a dozen managers and leaders who left over the past year, according to The Information.

The departures included the department`s interim head, the senior director of talent acquisition, and the head of people strategy, and those leaving the company reportedly cited disagreements with Neumann. 

Two of the departing HR officials filed sexual harassment claims with the company, and one alleged that executives ignored evidence she presented showing pay inequity between male and female employees, The Information reports.



Christian group burns ‘satanic objects’ in bonfire. Credit: Andris / Adobe Stock

A group of extreme Christian missionaries is causing irreversible trouble in outback Wangkatjungka, in Australia, by burning sacred Aboriginal objects because they are “all from the devil”, while believing that dead people can be reanimated.

The chief executive of the Swedish firm that owns the Stena Impero, the British-flagged tanker detained by Tehran on July 19, said on Sunday he had been informed that the vessel may be released within a few hours.
Dozens of Britons marched through the southern Spanish city of Malaga on Sunday to register their concerns about their uncertain status as Britain prepares to leave the European Union.
Britain`s main opposition Labour Party should make a decision on what to campaign for in any second referendum now, the party`s foreign affairs policy chief, Emily Thornberry, said on Sunday, putting herself at odds with leader Jeremy Corbyn.
The head of Iran`s navy said on Sunday that the Islamic Republic is ready to defend its marine borders and would deliver a "crushing reaction" to any aggression.
Hong Kong police stormed into a shopping mall in Sha Tin on Sunday after protesters smashed the rail station.

Apple Iphone 11

There are two types of iPhone owners: 

Those who cannot imagine toting around a device that costs 700 or more without doing the absolute most to protect it from an accidental, screen-shattering fall.

And those who are OK taking their chances.

The new iPhone 11 phones arrived at Apple Stores on Friday. Here`s why you should consider erring on the side of caution and getting a screen protector. And, if you`re the kind of person who insists on taking a walk on the wild side, here`s what you should do.

SEE ALSO: The iPhone 11 camera design is being roasted on Twitter

The argument for team Screen Protector:

The logic:

  • I just spent hundreds of dollars on a new iPhone, and I`d like to keep my investment in pristine condition.
  • Furthermore, the better condition my phone is in when I`m ready to trade it in to offset the cost of my next phone, the more credit I`ll be rewarded.
  • If I accidentally drop my phone and my screen shatters, the repair will be costly: if you don`t have Apple Care, Apple will charge 199 to repair an iPhone 11 screen, 279 to repair an iPhone 11 Pro screen, and 329 to repair an iPhone 11 Pro Max screen.
  • (And, if I go to a third-party repair center, my Apple warranty will be voided).
  • I`m clumsy, and this extra protection gives me peace of mind.

So, may I suggest using ... 



A tempered glass screen protector.

I`ve been using the glass screen protectors by Bodyguardz for years. They are clear sheets of tempered glass that stick directly on top of your iPhone`s screen. 

While dramatic falls have cracked the screen protector, they have left my actual iPhone screen unharmed. And, to me, they feel and look the exact same as a normal iPhone screen.

The best part: Bodyguardz gives its customers free lifetime replacements for its screen protectors. Just register the screen protector you`ve purchased online; if it cracks, then you can order a free replacement screen protector and just pay for shipping. 

You can purchase iPhone 11 tempered glass screen protectors on Bodyguardz`s website. Models for the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro range between 39.95 and 49.95, and models for the iPhone 11 Pro Max range between 49.95 and 54.95.



A phone case with a raised bezel.

The right phone case can also help to protect your screen. I`ve been using Speck phone cases for years because of their raised bezel design. According to Speck`s website, "The raised bezel is designed to resist screen shatters or cracks for those times when your phone falls and lands face-down."



The Speck Presidio Pro iPhone 11 case has 13-foot drop protection, an antimicrobial treatment, and it`s made of a grippy, soft material that is scratch-resistant. You can buy it on Speck`s website for 39.95.

Read more: Apple is releasing a 39 clear case to show off the gorgeous colors of the new iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro



The argument for team No Screen Protector:

The logic:

  • I just spent hundreds of dollars on a new iPhone, and I`d like to just enjoy my purchase.
  • I`m annoyed by the look and feeling of screen protectors, and I`m especially annoyed by the air bubbles that can get trapped underneath.
  • Phone cases make my device too bulky.
  • I like being able to see my iPhone uncovered anyway — The iPhone 11 comes in six colors (green, purple, yellow, Product Red, black, and white), and the iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max come in four colors (midnight green, silver, gold, and space gray). 

Well, if you insist, may I suggest getting ...



Apple Care.

Having Apple Care significantly reduces the cost of an iPhone screen repair. With Apple Care, an Apple screen repair is just 29 for the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max.

Here`s the Apple Care cost breakdown for each of the three new iPhone models: 

  • iPhone 11: Apple Care costs 149.00 or 7.99 per month, and Apple Care with Theft and Loss costs 249.00 or 12.99 per month.
  • iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max: Apple Care costs 199.00 or 9.99 per month, and Apple Care with Theft and Loss costs 299.00 or 14.99 per month.

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  • McDonald`s recently moved its US creative business away from dedicated Omnicom agency We Are Unlimited.
  • The main reason for the change was to put a new focus on creative excellence, said McDonald`s CMO Morgan Flatley.
  • Sources familiar with the business pointed to a proposed "bacon record" project as a key example of the disagreements between agency and client that led to Omnicom losing much of the account.
  • McDonald`s executives declined to fund the idea to make a fully functional LP entirely of bacon to promote a "free bacon" initiative.
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McDonald`s recently made big waves in the ad industry by switching from Omnicom as its lead creative agency to Wieden and Kennedy.

According to McDonald`s CMO Morgan Flatley and sources close to the company, the primary reason for McDonald`s change was a desire for more memorable ad campaigns. An internal memo from Wieden and Kennedy leadership, first reported by Business Insider, supported that theory.

Read more: McDonald`s demanded that Omnicom create an ad agency dedicated to its business. Now that unit will fold.

Sources say the "bacon record" pitch was a key example of the difficulties that led to Omnicom losing much of McDonald`s business

Many marketers turn to viral stunts and try to piggyback on pop culture to get noticed. Yet McDonald`s often hesitated to take risks, according to several parties who worked on the account. One failed effort involved two seemingly win-win elements: Pop music and bacon.

Earlier this year, the chain offered a "bacon hour" deal that let consumers get free bacon with any item for 60 minutes each day. Three sources familiar with the project told Business Insider that the creative team at We Are Unlimited, the dedicated agency that Omnicom created to service McDonald`s, proposed promoting the deal by creating a fully-functioning LP made of bacon.

That`s right...this pork album would work in any record player. One party described it as "a playable, edible record made out of bacon."

The episode provides an inside look into how agency-client relationships play out every day in the ad industry

Two people familiar with the business said the plan was to produce several copies of the same record, send them to media outlets, and create a making-of video to push on digital platforms. Trouble started when vendors said the project would be difficult to pull off because, according to one party, the greasy product would "ruin record presses."

McDonald`s marketing team — and much of agency leadership — ultimately balked at the idea due to its challenging execution and research and development costs, estimated at about 15,000, according to the two sources close to the business.

All three people who spoke to Business Insider about the bacon project said it showed why the relationship between McDonald`s and We Are Unlimited ultimately broke down. It also shows the back-and-forth debates that agencies and clients go through every day.

As a result of losing the business, We Are Unlimited folded into its parent network, DDB, Business Insider first reported.

Several current and former We Are Unlimited employees emphasized that, despite failed ideas like the bacon record, the agency consists of hard-working teams dedicated to the McDonald`s business who have tried to find new placements for colleagues that recently lost their jobs.

Spokespeople for McDonald`s and DDB declined to comment.

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A North Korean defector and her 6-year-old son went looking for sanctuary in Seoul, but instead starved to death after being denied financial support from the South Korean government.
Hong Kong police fired tear gas on Sunday to break up pro-democracy protesters who trashed fittings at a station and shopping mall, the latest in more than three months of often violent unrest.
Fighters belonging to Somali Islamist militant group al Shabaab stormed an army base near the capital Mogadishu on Sunday, looted it for weapons and then withdrew, a military source, residents and the group told Reuters.
Bolivian volunteer firefighters, exhausted from battling blazes sweeping rapidly across the country`s lowlands, are starting to lose hope and retreat from the front lines of some infernos in the drought-stricken region.
British Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said on Sunday he would be guided by his opposition party on how to campaign in a second Brexit referendum, pledging to offer voters a choice between staying in the European Union and a "credible" deal.
British opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said on Sunday his party would guide him on how to campaign in a second Brexit referendum, pledging to offer voters a choice between staying in the European Union and a "credible" deal.
Some 50,000 Indian-Americans are due to pack into a Houston stadium Sunday for a rally with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, joined by U.S. President Donald Trump, in a rare mass show of support for a foreign leader on U.S. soil.
CAIRO, Sept 22 (MENA) - Egyptian naval units arrived in Saudi Arabia Sunday to take part in the "Red Wave 2" drills to be conducted with units from the kingdom, Djibouti, Jordan, Sudan and Yemen.

The joint exercise is meant to boost military cooperation and exchange expertise among participating forces.

The training focuses on several activities of sea combat meant to enhance the skills of army personnel.

The drills will last for several days.
CAIRO, Sept 22 (MENA) - The Egyptian and French naval forces conducted transient navy drills within the Mediterranean`s northern fleet zone as part of the Armed Forces General Command plan to promote military cooperation with all sisterly and friendly nations.

The exercises included a number of activities with the aim of honing the skills of the participating troops and exchanging expertise to upgrade the combat proficiency of both naval forces.
Britain will accept the Supreme Court`s upcoming ruling on whether the government`s decision to suspend parliament was lawful, foreign minister Dominic Raab said on Sunday.
Ten people died and another 16 were injured after a truck lost control and hit a crowd of people at a traditional market in southern China on Sunday, police said.

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Zume CEO Alex Garden has been working for years to replace his pizza chain`s workers with robots. And, he doesn`t think that makes him such a bad guy. 

"People say, look, robots are gonna take away jobs. AI is going to take away jobs," Garden recently told Business Insider. "I say that`s absolute nonsense. That`s a choice."

"We don`t automate jobs," Garden added. "We automate boring, dangerous, repetitive tasks." 

Zume has made headlines as a chain using robotics and artificial intelligence to make pizza. In 2018, it raised 375 million from Softbank. Now, Garden says, the startup is taking what it learned as a pizza chain and making its delivery tools, packaging, and other tech available to other companies. 

A large piece of that puzzle is providing restaurants with tools that will allow them to automate tasks, potentially putting workers out of a job. At Zume, Garden says that employees are typically offered new roles — often promotions — within the company if their position is replaced by a robot. However, if Zume provides fast-food giants with similar tools, it is nearly impossible to guarantee similar care will be taken. 

"Every CEO in the world will be forced to adopt automation to maintain a competitive position, so that`s unavoidable," Garden said. "But what I would say to them is, when that happens, what will you do then?" 

`We should not be haunted by the specter of being automated out of work`

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Increasingly, it isn`t just executives attempting to cut costs who are supporting the rise of robots. Workers` groups and progressive politicians have begun emphasizing the potential upsides. 

Mary Kay Henry, the president of Service Employees International Union and a major force behind the Fight for 15 movement, told Business Insider earlier this year that the labor movement shouldn`t fight against automation. 

"I think we should welcome automation," Henry said. "But, workers need to be a part of the design and the transition. That`s what fast-food workers have said."

Henry pointed to Germany, where unionized workers have worked with companies and the government to transition away from fossil fuels. Henry says this shift — while not always smooth — can provide a blueprint for how workers and governments can work together. 

"Right now, the way automation is being introduced in the workplace is kind of the wild, wild west. And, the strong will survive," Henry said. "We don`t think those are the rules that should govern the introduction of automation."

Read more: The president of the union that helped make a 15 minimum wage a reality at Amazon and Costco reveals how automation could be good news for fast-food workers

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Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez shared a similarly optimistic view of automation at SXSW in March. 

"We should not be haunted by the specter of being automated out of work. We should not feel nervous about the tollbooth collector not having to collect tolls. We should be excited by that. But the reason we`re not excited about it is because we live in a society where if you don`t have a job, you are left to die," Ocasio-Cortez said.

"We should be excited about automation, because what it could potentially mean is more time educating ourselves, more time creating art, more time investing in and investigating the sciences, more time focused on invention, more time going to space, more time enjoying the world that we live in. Because not all creativity needs to be bonded by wage."

The rise of automation has typically been framed as dangerous news for workers. The World Economic Forum predicts that half of companies will reduce their full-time workforce by 2022, and McKinsey estimates that as many as one-third of American jobs will disappear by 2030.

However, at least some progressive leaders are urging America to see the bright side. If the US accepts the reality that robots are taking some jobs, they argue, the country can improve how people work and make a living.

Unions have already begun considering more futuristic consequences of automated labor in contracts, such as robots taking over housekeeping in Marriott hotel rooms. Ideas such as universal basic income are gaining buzz while proposals, like New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio`s robot tax, that aim to discourage automation are mocked.

Robots can be comrades, not the competition, these progressives argue. The US just needs to figure out how to deal with them before our new coworkers take over the workforce. 

SEE ALSO: The 2020 presidential race has a new frontrunner for the worst idea

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CAPITALS of Governorates, Sept 22 (MENA) - The new school year ran smoothly in all Egyptian governorates on Sunday after most students celebrated their first back to school day yesterday.

Education Ministry undersecretary Ibrahim el Tadawi said that the state has taken into consideration the social dimension through securing school uniforms and paying school fees for poor students, especially in most needy villages, as well as orphans.

Governors made inspection visits to schools to make sure that study is running regularly without any complaints, underlining that extra attention is given to extracurricular school activities.
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