(CNN)They came, they saw, they conquered -- and broke a world record.
Berlin (CNN)A man accused of a fatal stabbing in Hamburg, Germany, was known to investigators as an Islamist and was "psychologically unstable" but so far does not appear to have any terror links, authorities said Saturday.
After conquering challenges at some of the world's biggest brands, US based Ghanaian marketing executive, Bozoma Saint John, has accepted the challenge to change the fortunes of Uber.
The transportation giant brought in Bozoma Saint John as its Chief Brand Officer last month to turn around the $68 billion company's image.
Uber has been hit by scandals and the resignation of CEO Travis Kalanick but is determined to put these behind them in the ever-competitive business world.
Bozoma says her focus will be on changing Uber's corporate culture.
She disclosed she will pay attention to rebuilding Uber's relationship with riders and drivers though she admits it's a mountain to climb.
"It's about trying to be the representation of what I want to see, you know, I want change. I want things to be great for people of colour and for women. For us to be able to show up at work, do our best work, and be appreciated for that work." she remarked
"So, if I can contribute to that, and it's not gonna be easy, you know, there's gonna be lots of challenges. You know, I'm sure there'll be frustrating days. I'm sure there'll be times I cry, 'cause I don't mind crying, by the way. But I'm hopeful, you know, and I think that's really what's driving me, is that I'm hopeful." she said
Saint John has established herself as one of the worlds doyens of marketing as she has previously proved her prowess in the field with some of the world's notable brands like Pepsi and Apple.
She says her task at Uber is a challenging one but hopes to make the impact desired for the transformation of Uber.
"Well, every situation is unique, you know, in this one, part of it is an evolution, you know, not such a hard change. So it means talking to people, understanding the motivations."
"stand at a cocktail party and someone will say, 'Wow, that's such a cool place to be." she stressed
Leader and founder of Glorious Word Power Ministry International, Reverend Owusu Bempah, has sent a strong warning to the General Overseer of the International Central Gospel Church Pastor, Dr. Mensa Otabil for calling Christians who follow some prophets, foolish.
Rev. Owusu accuses Dr Otabil of describing Christians who give huge sums of money as offering to prophets just in the name of receiving breakthroughs as fools.
According to him, it will be wise for Dr. Otabil to do the honourable thing by rendering an apology to prophets he has insulted because he (Otabil) has gone contrary to his preaching.
He said it is shocking to see a notice of specific monetary offering which promises different rewards at Dr. Otabil’s Greater Works event.
Inasmuch as he sees nothing wrong with Dr. Otabil taking special offering at his events, Rev. Bempah said, calling Christians in other churches who do same as fools and referring to prophets who take money from their followers as fake is absurd.
“I respect Mensa Otabil a lot but I won’t have him call all prophets fake, there may be some fake prophets but the same way there are fake bible teachers too, he can’t put us all into one bracket,” he fumed.
As a prophet himself, Rev. Owusu Bempah said, he has the responsible to protect the image of his colleagues, and, therefore will not tolerate them being abused.
He explains, “I wouldn’t have said anything if Mensa Otabil had said some prophets are fake but putting all of us in the same bracket, I won’t allow that.”
“Mensa Otabil has a branch of his church headed by prophet Annor, so is Mensa Otabil saying Christians in that church are foolish?” he quizzes.
“Unless Mensa Otabil tells me that he takes money collected in his church to heaven, we all use the monies collected in the church for God’s work, I am asking him to apologize to Ghanaian Christians and prophets by Monday, if not he will have me to contend with,” he cautions.
Former Black Stars winger Laryea Kingston has disclosed that he had sleepless nights after signing for Russia club Krylia Sovetov in 2004.
According to the former Hearts of Oak wide man, he was haunted for two-weeks after they handed him a cash of one million dollar after signing with the Russian outfit.
Speaking on the Football Legends Nights Show on GHOne TV, Laryea said, “I couldn’t sleep for two weeks after I was given one million cash after signing my contract in Russia."
"They brought the money in cash but I asked them to pay it into my account and they said I should deal with it that they don’t have."
“For two weeks I couldn’t speak and had to change the position of the money every day on my return from turning at the hotel."
The retired winger has since invested into so many business adventures after leaving the pitch due a career ending injury.
(CNN)Yes, wine may protect our hearts when consumed in moderation -- defined as up to one drink per day for women, and up to two drinks per day for men, according to US dietary guidelines. Five ounces of wine is considered one drink.
(CNN)Tracy Morgan returns to scripted comedy in "The Last O.G," but the actor feels a lot has changed since he was last on the small screen -- mainly himself.
(CNN)TGIF is making a comeback on Hulu, only this time you can watch your favorite shows from the '90s any day of the week.
Washington (CNN)Standing behind a crush of reporters in the Oval Office on Monday, Anthony Scaramucci displayed few outward signs his unbridled tenure as President Donald Trump's communications director was about to end.
The story was pushed in an attempt to discredit the US intelligence community's determination that Russia hacked the Democratic National Committee and obtained the emails released by Wikileaks, the lawsuit said.
The lawsuit, which was first reported by NPR, was filed in US District Court in the Southern District of New York. The plaintiff is Rod Wheeler, a Fox News contributor and former homicide detective hired to investigate Rich's death, who alleges that he was misquoted as part of the effort to put the story together. Douglas Wigdor, who is representing current and former Fox employees in other lawsuits against the network, is Wheeler's lawyer.
21st Century Fox, the Fox News Channel, Fox News reporter Malia Zimmerman and Republican donor Ed Butowsky are named as defendants. Butowsky denies the allegations in the lawsuit.
The lawsuit says in part, "The motivation behind the article: establish that Seth Rich provided WikiLeaks with the DNC emails to shift the blame from Russia and help put to bed speculation that President Trump colluded with Russia in an attempt to influence the outcome of the Presidential election. ... Zimmerman, Butowsky and Fox had created fake news to advance President Trump's agenda. Mr. Wheeler was subsequently forced to correct the false record and, as a result, lost all credibility in the eyes of the public. Mr. Wheeler has suffered irreparable damage to his reputation and his career will likely never recover."
Butowsky told CNN that "the lawsuit is bulls**t" and said "Wigdor pulled this out of his butt to make money."
Included in the lawsuit is a text message from Butowsky to Wheeler in which Butowsky writes, "Not to add any more pressure but the president just read the article. He wants the article out immediately. It's now all up to you. But don't feel the pressure."
Butowsky told CNN that this message was a joke referring to what he said was Wheeler's desire for a job with the Trump administration. "This was Rod and I," Butowsky said. "We teased all the time. We were basically telling him you are doing a great job and that the president or the White House or somebody would be interested in meeting you."
A spokesperson for the White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Reached for comment, a Fox News spokesperson pointed CNN to a comment that Jay Wallace, the network's president of news and editorial, gave to NPR in which he said an investigation found no "concrete evidence" Wheeler was misquoted.
Washington (CNN)The US military has detected "highly unusual and unprecedented levels" of North Korean submarine activity and evidence of an "ejection test" in the days following Pyongyang's second intercontinental ballistic missile launch this month, a defense official told CNN on Monday.
The move comes a day after Maduro declared a sweeping victory in a vote that will allow him to further consolidate his power over the crisis torn nation. Much of the world -- and many of Venezuela's own citizens -- have called the vote an assault on democracy.
"Yesterday's illegitimate elections confirm that Maduro is a dictator who disregards the will of the Venezuelan people," said Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin in a statement announcing the latest sanctions on the Latin American country.
Beginning on Monday, all of the Venezuelan's president's assets that are subject to U.S. jurisdiction will be frozen. All U.S. citizens are also barred from dealing with him, according to Treasury.
It's unclear exactly what assets Maduro has in the U.S. Mnuchin declined to provide reporters with additional details during a White House briefing Monday afternoon.
A Treasury spokesman told CNNMoney Monday's action will "impose real costs -- no U.S. person can do business with sanctioned individuals, and sanctioned individuals are denied access to the U.S. financial and commercial systems."
Even when a sanctioned person doesn't have a bank account in the U.S., it often disrupts the ability to do international banking or business, he said.
Maduro is one of a handful of heads of state to be sanctioned by the U.S. government. He follows in the footsteps of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, North Korea's Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un, Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe, former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic, and Manuel Noriega, who was a military dictator of Panama.
Trump's decision to sanction Maduro is not as severe as broader economic sanctions on Venezuela's oil industry. Oil is Venezuela's primary source of income. Senior administration officials hinted Sunday that broader sanctions might be coming. Yet Mnuchin declined to comment Monday on whether the U.S. is considering further sanctions.
"As we continue to monitor the situation, we will continue to review all of our options," said Mnuchin, noting the U.S. government wouldn't take any action that would hurt the Venezuelan people.
Venezuelans like Monica Calderon, 30, who manages a perfume stand at a shopping mall in Caracas, called on the U.S. to "apply the sanctions and do whatever you have to do"
"They should apply them as soon as possible because we're living under a government that steals money," said Calderon, who spoke to CNN from an opposition-supported area. "It's going to send a message, because we are hoping that Venezuela isn't alone."
"We are in a dictatorship," Aldo Volani, 68, a security advisor who has lived in Caracas for the last 23 years, told CNN from the same area in the capital city. "I wish he [President Trump] would have done it a long time ago."
Last week, the Trump administration imposed sanctions on 13 government and military officials tied to Maduro. Mexico and Colombia followed with sanctions on the same individuals.
Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump has made no secret of his desire to roll back environmental regulations and change the playing field for the fossil-fuel industry.
(CNN)Going into the weekend, Baltimore activist Erricka Bridgeford had a simple hope and request: Nobody kill anybody for 72 hours.
In March, seven Baltimore officers were charged in federal court with robbing citizens, filing false reports and claiming overtime fraudulently. Two former officers recently pleaded guilty.
(CNN)A sea search off Australia's east coast for three missing US Marines was called off early Sunday, the military said.
Blantyre, Malawi (CNN)When the women come to him, they are desperate.
(CNN)Nearly all Americans snack at least once a day, most often to satisfy cravings, according to a recent snacking report. For some, frequent snacking may replace a typical meal or two.
im Plunkett spent 15 seasons as an NFL quarterback from 1971-86, with all those years of punishment taking a heavy toll on his body.
In an interview with Elliott Almond of the Bay Area News Group, Plunkett said his "life sucks" and it's "no fun being in this body right now. Everything hurts."
A former No. 1 overall pick by the New England Patriots in 1971, Plunkett is forced to regularly take 13 pills throughout the day for various health issues, including his heart and blood pressure, per Almond.
"There are a couple other drugs I take—I can’t know them all," Plunkett told Almond. "I’ve got to take them every day to quote-unquote survive."
Former San Diego Chargers running back Hank Bauer told Almond that playing football is like "getting in 50 car wrecks a week for 20 straight weeks a year."
Plunkett was one of the most successful quarterbacks in college and the NFL during his playing days. He won the 1970 Heisman Trophy while playing at Stanford, was named AFC Rookie of the Year in 1971 and led the Raiders to two Super Bowl titles in 1981 and 1984.
The 69-year-old Plunkett has had a litany of health issues both during and after his NFL career. He's undergone 18 surgical procedures to repair his back and to give him artificial knees and an artificial shoulder, according to Almond.
By Brian Lowry, CNN
Updated 9:08 AM ET, Fri August 4, 2017
(CNN)"The Dark Tower" feels like a throwback -- a trim, competently executed "B" popcorn movie, adapted from Stephen King's books with ample action but also lots of clunky exposition. That's not a great prescription for a would-be summer blockbuster, but more an endorsement to watch when it hits cable.
Justin Gatlin spoiled Usain Bolt's final individual 100-meter race during Saturday's 2017 IAAF World Championships by beating out the Jamaican sprinter to take the gold medal.
The American nabbed the win with a late dip on the line, stunning the fans in London. Christian Coleman took silver, and Bolt had to settle for bronze.
Gatlin's win did not sit well with the fans, who have given the American plenty of tough nights over the years. Richard Osman shared these comments from commentator Steve Cram, which summed up how the British fans felt:
Bolt never played a significant role in the final, falling behind early after a mediocre start. Coleman appeared to be on his way to the gold, but Gatlin overtook his young compatriot in the final metres, winning thanks to a superior dip on the line.
The 35-year-old immediately sought out his rival, giving Bolt a lengthy hug, and he went even further, per Bleacher Report's Sean Swaby:
But no matter what he did, the fans were always going to boo him. Bolt has been a superb ambassador for the sport for years, and while he showed plenty of worrying signs during the qualifying heats, no one really thought he would walk away with anything other than gold.
The 30-year-old hadn't lost a 100-meter heat since 2013, until Coleman beat him in the semifinals by a hair. Bolt made history last year by becoming the first man to win three straight gold medals in the event at the Olympics, but he decided to return for one more major tournament rather than retire then.
As expected, plenty of people praised the Jamaican star for his wonderful career after his final 100-meter race, including Juventus football star Paulo Dybala:
For Gatlin, the gold is a form of redemption after two suspensions for doping in the past. He previously took the gold at the 2005 World Championships and won the 200-meter the same year.
Ghana midfielder, Sulley Ali Muntari has disclosed that he wants to win a trophy for the national team, the Black Stars, before retiring from football.
The Italy based player reiterated that the Black Stars need to win a trophy badly in this current time and he believes he can contribute to the team’s quality to make this happen.
He said from experience, Ghana can still qualify for the next World Cup though many think it’s impossible.
Speaking in an interview on GhOne’s Football Legends Show, Sulley said he never gives up and he will never give up until he has breath no more.
When asked about a possible Black Stars come back, he said “Yes, of course, national team, of course, I want to play again with the national team. You know many people are saying that probably we can’t make it to the World Cup, but I think we can do it“.
Detailing how the slim fate in the Russia 2018 can be possible, he continued that “You know why? Because if we win all our games. We did the same in 2006 when we qualified for the first time to the World Cup. We lost our first game, we drew away but then we won all our games, it’s the same situation now. I think we can do it.”
Sulley, Kelvin Prince Boateng and Michael Essien were suspended from the Black Stars after the 2014 Brazil World Cup. However, Muntari later apologized and has been tipped to join the national team soon.
“But coming back to me, of course, I want to play the national team but I have to start playing a club then after we see what happens,” the father of one added.
(CNN)At least one death was reported Saturday as Texans who rode out the most powerful hurricane to hit the United States in a decade ventured out to find "widespread devastation," with a downgraded Hurricane Harvey coming to a stop in what was "now turning into a deadly inland event."
As the anticipation builds for Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather Jr. on Saturday, the Association of Ringside Physicians believes McGregor is putting himself in serious physical danger by even stepping into the ring with the undefeated boxing superstar.
Per Joe DePaolo of the New York Times, the president of the ARP, Larry Lovelace, was stunned to see the McGregor-Mayweather fight was even sanctioned by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.
"We were very surprised this bout was even sanctioned and was going to be permitted to carry on," Lovelace said. "The thing I really fear, truly fear, is that somebody’s going to get really hurt in this upcoming fight."
The ARP previously took issue with the NSAC even considering letting McGregor and Mayweather use eight-ounce gloves for the fight, a request initially proposed by Mayweather.
"Unless there is scientific evidence to support the view that such a change might improve the safety of this bout, we would strongly caution against allowing current regulation to be over-ruled," the ARP wrote to the NSAC on Aug. 15. "To do so would also set a precedent for future bouts.
The commission approved the fight being contested with eight-ounce gloves at a meeting on Aug. 16.
Bob Bennett, executive director of the NSAC, told DePaolo that McGregor was approved to fight Mayweather because he's "taller, longer, stronger [and] more powerful" than Mayweather and being a southpaw "makes it a little more difficult for a conventional fighter."
DePaolo noted in 2015 the NSAC refused to sanction a light heavyweight bout between Andre Ward and Rohan Murdock because the caliber of opponents Murdock had faced to that point in his career was "vastly inferior" to Ward.
Saturday will be McGregor's first-ever professional boxing match after 24 career mixed martial arts fights.
Local residents are warning that top European vacation destinations are being ruined by hordes of tourists that generate too much noise, pollute the environment and drive up rents.
The backlash has been on full display this summer in cities including Barcelona, Venice, Dubrovnik and Prague, which have all seen their visitor numbers rise thanks to an increase in cheap regional flights and new travel services like Airbnb.
Tourism has boosted the local economies, but residents say their neighborhoods are being transformed into Disney-style theme parks.
"Certain European destinations are suffering under the strain of excessive tourism," analysts at Euromonitor International wrote in a recent research note. "It is obvious that strategies are needed to cope with a large tourism demand."
Here's how the cities are coping with the influx:
Venice: Please wear a shirt
Analysts say that increased tourism and higher costs have helped decimate the Italian city's population, which has dropped by roughly two thirds in 50 years.
The UNESCO World Heritage Committee has expressed "extreme concern" about the impact of the tourism boom on Venice's historical sites. Locals, meanwhile, have protested pollution from big cruise ships and the rising cost of living.
The city is now pushing back. It has boosted the number of tourist police at tourist hotspots, banned new takeaway shop and taken steps to limit the numbers of new hotel rooms.
It has also launched an information campaign which instructs tourists how to behave in no fewer than 11 languages.
Tourists have been asked not to litter, leave "love locks," wear swimsuits in town or have picnics on the steps of the city's architectural masterpieces.
Barcelona: Tourist tax to help locals
Barcelona welcomed over 8 million visitors last year.
Some locals say that number is far too high, and have taken to the streets in recent weeks to protest the influx. In the Barceloneta neighborhood, protesters have carried signs reminding tourists that the area is their home.
The city council has approved new regulations to curb hotel construction in the downtown area and capped private home rentals. Authorities have decided to spend the proceeds from a tourist tax on citizen services, rather than tourism promotion.
The number of annual visitors to Spain has increased by 20 million over the past five years to 77 million, according to Euromonitor International, and the sector contributed more than 14% of the country's GDP in 2016.
The country's prime minister has defended the industry.
"I don't know whether tourists should be welcomed with a 'Hello Mr. Tourist' poster, but what cannot happen is trying to kick the person who comes here to spend money. That's nonsense," Mariano Rajoy said earlier this month.
Officials are also worried that the recent terror attack in Barcelona could scare away visitors.
Dubrovnik: The Game of Thrones curse
Dubrovnik saw 10% annual increase in visitor arrivals in 2016, according to the country's bureau of statistics. The trend has been fueled in part by the town's prominent role as a backdrop in Game of Thrones.
But the Croatian city is feeling the squeeze. Recently, seven cruise ships with a total capacity of nearly 9,300 passengers arrived in Dubrovnik on a single day, prompting the city to issue a pedestrian congestion warning to locals. Another 25,000 visitors were already staying in and around the city.
Local authorities are seeking to cut down the number of cruise ships, and they have installed a network of security cameras in an attempt to manage the flow of tourists.
Prague: Quiet, please
Prague is among the most visited cities on the continent, welcoming 5.8 million tourists last year, according to Mastercard.
The city's beer culture makes it one of the most popular destinations for bachelor parties and pub crawls, much to the dismay of local residents.
There haven't been protests. But Prague authorities in May hired a special "anti-conflict" team, which patrols the busiest areas at night asking tourists to respect the official "night quiet time" which starts at 10 p.m.
CNN)Iraqi forces have now seized control of most of the strategically significant city of Tal Afar from ISIS, the Iraqi Joint Military Command said Saturday.
Washington (CNN)As the strongest hurricane to make landfall in the US in more than a decade took aim at Texas, President Donald Trump's White House engaged in an age-old Washington tradition: the Friday news dump.
Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have not spoken in nearly two weeks, since a phone call between the two men went awry and left the two men screaming at each other.
Both men shouted at each other during the call and Trump cursed at the GOP leader, sources with knowledge of the call told CNN. Soon after, Trump took to Twitter to publicly upbraid the Senate Republican leader, painting McConnell as ineffective.
Wanczyk, 53, landed the largest single lottery jackpot ever in the United States -- the $758.7 million grand prize in Wednesday's Power Ball.
The winning ticket (6, 7, 16, 23, 26, and Powerball number 4) was purchased at the Pride Station & Store in Chicopee, Massachusetts.
Wanczyk said she discovered Wednesday night while leaving work at the Mercy Medical Center that she had won. A co-worker looked at her ticket and told her she had won. He told her to immediately sign the back of the ticket. She couldn't believe it.
"I couldn't drive anywhere. I couldn't do anything," she told reporters. She said her co-worker followed her home to make sure she was OK.
Wanczyk, who has two adult children, said her big plan is to retire early, and she's already called her boss and said, "I will not be coming back." Asked what she planned to do to celebrate Thursday night, she responded, "I'm going to just hide in my bed."
The owner of the store that sold the ticket, Bob Bolduc, told reporters that the winning ticket was bought at about 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday.
Store owner Bolduc said that he plans to donate the $50,000 commission he'll collect for selling a jackpot winner, to local charities with a primary focus on education and children.
Lottery officials initially reported that the winning ticket was sold at a different store in Watertown, Massachusetts, due to a transcription error by lottery staff early Thursday morning. The Watertown store sold another winning ticket worth $1 million, which had all five numbers except the Powerball correct.
Wanczyk won't get the full jackpot -- lottery winnings are taxed like income.
The IRS taxes the top income bracket 39.6%. The government will withhold 25% of that before the money ever gets to the winner, and the rest has to be paid at tax time.
Wanczyk's jackpot is $758.7 million, but she would only get that if she agreed to take annual payments over 30 years. Instead, she did what most winners do, which is take a lump sum up front -- so she'll collect $480.5 million all at once.
And it's not just Wanczyk who will cash in -- there were 9.4 million other winning tickets ranging from $4 all the way up to $2 million. Six people are due the $2 million second-place prize, and another 34 have $1 million coming to them.
All told, the secondary prizes from Wednesday's drawing totaled $135 million. If people pick up their winnings: History shows that many of those winners likely will never claim their winnings.
Two other Powerball jackpots have passed the $400 million mark so far in 2017. A $448 million prize was claimed in June, and a $435 million jackpot was won in February. Mega Millions had a $393 jackpot winner on August 11.
The only prize that's ever topped the $1 billion mark was claimed in January 2016 -- a $1.6 billion Powerball jackpot that grew over several months and was split three ways. That jackpot's winning tickets were sold in Tennessee, California and Florida.
Both Powerball and Mega Millions tickets are available in all but six states -- Alabama, Alaska, Hawaii, Mississippi, Nevada and Utah.
The odds have always been long for landing a Powerball jackpot. But it became even more difficult recently -- thanks to a rule change in October 2015 that tweaked the odds.
Chances of picking all six winning numbers currently stand at about one in 292 million.
That means you are actually more likely to be killed by an asteroid (1 in 700,000), be struck by lightning while drowning (1 in 183 million) or give birth to quadruplets (1 in 729,000).
Pyongyang, North Korea (CNN)North Korea launched a barrage of missiles Saturday, less than one week after US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson praised the country for showing 'restraint' in its weapons program.
By Will Ripley, Jamie Crawford & Ralph Ellis, CNN
Updated 1907 GMT (0307 HKT) August 26, 2017
Pyongyang, North Korea (CNN)North Korea launched a barrage of missiles Saturday, less than one week after US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson praised the country for showing 'restraint' in its weapons program.
(CNN)Deep in the Dja Faunal Reserve in southeast Cameroon, Baka Pygmies endeavor to live as they have always done: off the forest and firmly within it.
London (CNN)Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari has said he feels well enough to go home after an extended period of treatment for an undisclosed illness in London, but he is awaiting his doctors' permission.
(CNN)Violence erupted after the re-election of Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta this week, leaving at least 24 people dead nationwide, a rights group said.
vestors are fleeing U.S. stocks in a way they haven't since 2004.
For 10 straight weeks a total of $30 billion has left U.S. stocks, marking the longest streak of outflows since 2004, Bank of America Merrill Lynch said in a Thursday report, citing EPFR Global data.
Investors turned instead to emerging markets and European and Japanese stocks, which saw $36 billion in inflows over the last 10 weeks, the report said.
BofAML's breakdown of last week's fund flows pointed to more aversion to risk among investors, and could add to some analysts' worries about deteriorating market internals.
The 10-week outflow from U.S. stocks comes despite the S&P 500's nearly 1 percent gain this quarter and a record high on Aug. 8.
The report also pointed out the turn away from U.S. stocks coincided with the late June surge in the euro against the U.S. dollar to its strongest in nearly a year, after comments from European Central Bank President Mario Draghi suggested higher inflation and tighter monetary policy soon in the euro zone.
The euro subsequently climbed to its highest in more than two years in early August, and traded slightly below those levels near $1.186 Friday. Draghi is scheduled to speak later Friday afternoon at an annual meeting of central bankers in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
In the week ended Wednesday, European stocks saw their first outflows in seven weeks, the BofAML report said, while Japanese stocks saw their largest inflow in five months at $3.1 billion.
Major contributors to U.S. stock market gains in the last several months saw significant outflows in the week ended Wednesday, the BofAML report said:
The defensive utilities sector was the only U.S. stock sector to see slight inflows in the last week.
By investing style, investors withdrew $1.6 billion from U.S. growth stock funds and $1.1 billion from U.S. value stock funds, the BofAML report said. Only U.S. small caps saw inflows, at $700 million.
Investors also piled into Treasury bonds, which saw their greatest inflows in 10 weeks at $900 billion. But riskier high-yield debt posted $2.2 billion in outflows, its eighth week out of 10 of withdrawals, the report said.
That said, analysts don't expect the defensive turn to result in a large market downturn.
"This is definitely weaker U.S. equity inflows but still net positive and my sense is that positioning is still long and the VIX back at 11 shows there is still complacency," Ilya Feygin, managing director and senior strategist at WallachBeth Capital, said Friday. He estimated U.S. stock exchange-traded funds, passive investment products which have risen in popularity over mutual funds, gained $6.1 billion in net inflows since June 30.
In addition, BofAML said its proprietary Bull & Bear indicator did not trigger a "sell" signal, meaning the market still remains in a rally mode.
And while overall the bank's wealthy private clients turned more defensive, their allocation to one traditional safe haven, precious metals ETFs, has fallen to record lows, BofAML said.
DES MOINES — After spending the morning in a perennial swing state and the afternoon in the first state to cast presidential ballots, questions immediately started to swirl about Apple's CEO Tim Cook possible political ambitions.
The Internet was all aflutter, asking the question: Is Cook seriously thinking of running for president?
Cook spent Thursday morning on the factory floor of an Ohio Apple supplier, where he "thanked employees and hinted at a prosperous future," the Cincinnati Enquirer reported.
Then, he toured the Des Moines metro area in the afternoon, holding a high-profile news conference, touring a high-tech suburban school and posing for selfies and shaking hands with customers and staff at the local Apple store.
Shortly after noon, Cook headlined a news conference with Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds, a Republican. Standing at the foot of the Iowa Capitol, the pair celebrated a $1.375 billion data center Apple plans to build in the Des Moines suburb of Waukee.
But any visit of high-profile political and business leaders can start the rumor mill in Iowa, home to the first-in-the-nation presidential caucuses.
It's not the first time the chief executive of America's most profitable company has sparked speculation about a political run.
In June, Bryan Menegus wrote that Cook "absolutely wants to run for president" on Gizmodo, a design, tech and science website. He pointed to Cook's platform-like talking points covering wealth inequality, education, global trade.
"He has his platform ready," Menegus wrote, "peppered with just enough heartfelt anecdotes and the occasional wink of contrition for his industry’s undeniable role in deepening global wealth inequality."
But Cook swatted down the Internet speculation.
"You've got to be kidding," Cook told The Des Moines Register on Thursday while visiting with employees and customers at an Apple store. "That must be a comedian or something."
He insisted he's not interested in a White House bid.
"I've got a full-time job. And I love Apple deeply," he said. "So no, there's no connection there at all."
He's the second tech mogul to raise eyebrows from political observers while visiting Iowa this summer.
In June, Facebook CEO and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg met with locals in rural Iowa and chatted up truck drivers at the Iowa 80 Truckstop. In January, the social media mogul said he was not seeking the White House.
Apple's Cook is no stranger to politics.
President Trump criticized the tech company during his campaign for manufacturing the iPhone and other products overseas.
Yet when announcing a $1 billion U.S. manufacturing fund in May, Cook seemed open to working with Trump's administration.
"I think with each administration in every country in the world, there are things you disagree and things you agree, and you look to find common ground and try to influence the things you don't," he said. "If you don't show up, I think that's the worst scenario because then you're quiet and this doesn't do your cause any good or your point of view any good."
During a college commencement speech in June, Cook mocked Trump's propensity for dropping controversial Tweets in the early morning hours.
Earlier this month, Cook clashed with Trump's handling of the racial unrest in Charlottesville, Va. He specifically took issue with the president's language blaming "both sides" for violence at a white supremacy rally.
“I disagree with the president and others who believe that there is a moral equivalence between white supremacists and Nazis, and those who oppose them by standing up for human rights. Equating the two runs counter to our ideals as Americans,”
The Cleveland Cavaliers are concerned about the health of point guard Isaiah Thomas’ right hip, two people with knowledge of the situation confirmed to USA TODAY Sports, jeopardizing the blockbuster trade with the Boston Celtics that sent Thomas, forward Jae Crowder, center Ante Zizic and a first-round pick to the Cavaliers for point guard Kyrie Irving.
The people spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the discussions.
Thomas took a physical in Cleveland on Friday, and the results have given the Cavs pause on proceeding with the deal. They are doing a deep and thorough review, which they expected to do given the nature of Thomas' injury.
He sustained a torn hip labrum March 15 against the Minnesota Timberwolves and re-aggravated it during Game 6 of the conference semifinals against the Washington Wizards.
In a trade, all players must pass a physical. If a player doesn’t, the trade can be voided.
The Cavs could back out of the deal, leaving both teams in a predicament. The Cavs’ front-office, led by new general manager Koby Altman, worked hard over the summer to accommodate Irving’s wish for a trade.
Cleveland found a deal that landed it an All-Star point guard, a three-and-D wing, a promising big man and Brooklyn’s first-round pick in the 2018 draft.
Voiding the trade would put the Cavs back at square one just four weeks before the start of training camp. Though it’s possible Cleveland backs out of the trade, a more likely scenario is a renegotiation of the deal with Boston sweetening the pot with an additional player or draft pick.
Cleveland must have had some idea that Thomas wasn’t 100%, but the physical may have revealed bigger issues.
Thomas and the Celtics decided against surgery following the season, and on the night of the trade, Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said, “There’s going to be probably a little bit of a delay for Isaiah as he starts the season this year, but – um – I think that Isaiah should be fine and healthy as the season goes along.”
At the time of the trade early in the week, the Cavs were excited with the first-round pick. In a statement on Tuesday, Altman said the Cavs “felt that the unprotected first-round pick in the deal was very important for us and our future as well.”
Given their excitement at acquiring a first-round pick that should fall in the top 10 and their ability to trade Irving and avoid training camp issues, it’s difficult seeing Cleveland nixing the trade.
Dwayne Johnson does more than save lives on screen. The Rock helps save real lives.
Johnson was giving big respect Friday to 10-year-old Jacob O'Connor after the Detroit-area youngster helped saved his two-year-old brother Dylan from drowning — using CPR methods he learned from watching Johnson in the action-flick San Andreas.
"This story touched my heart," Johnson wrote on Twitter.
True story, as reported by ABC News in Detroit on Wednesday which Johnson tweeted out. Jacob found his brother face down in his grandmother's pool and acted quickly.
"He pulled his little brother out and started CPR & chest compression. He saved little Dylan's life," Johnson wrote. "Jacob said he learned how to do this by watching me in his favorite movie, San Andreas."
"I'm so amazed and impressed by this little 10 yr old boy's heroic actions and calm instincts in the middle of that kind of emergency distress," added Johnson.
s Jacob himself told the news station about finding his brother in the pool.
“I pulled him out and started giving him compressions,” Jacob said.
Jacob's description of the scene where Johnson saves his screen daughter (Alexandra Daddario) in San Andreas is a classic.
“There was an earthquake, then it caused a tsunami and then there was a daughter that was drowning and he had to get her out and he did the same thing,” Jacob said.
Happy endings all around. Dylan was only in the hospital for a day and made a full recovery. His grandmother has installed double locks on the screen doors leading to the pool to keep the kid from wandering out again.
And Jacob is a big hero.
"I now need to shake young Jacob's hand," Johnson wrote.
Oh, but Jacob. Don't get any ideas about flying a rescue helicopter like you saw in San Andreas. Only The Rock controls a bird like that.
OKLAHOMA CITY — For months, health officials in this socially conservative state capital have been staggered by a fast-spreading outbreak of a disease that, for nearly two decades, was considered all but extinguished.
Syphilis, the deadly sexually transmitted infection that can lead to blindness, paralysis and dementia, is returning here and around the country, another consequence of the heroin and methamphetamine epidemics, as users trade sex for drugs.
To locate possible patients and draw their blood for testing, Oklahoma’s syphilis detectives have been knocking on doors in dilapidated apartment complexes and dingy motels, driving down lonely rural roads and interviewing prison inmates. Syphilis has led them to members of 17 gangs; to drug dealers; to prostitutes, pimps and johns; and to their spouses and lovers, all caught in the disease’s undertow.
“Syphilis doesn’t sleep for anyone,” said Portia King, a veteran Oklahoma state health investigator. “We have 200 open cases of sex partners we’re looking for. And the spread is migrating out of the city.”
It took months for investigators to realize Oklahoma City had a syphilis outbreak. Last fall, the juvenile detention center reported three cases — a boy and two girls, the youngest, 14. The center had never had a syphilis case in seven years of testing for it.
Investigators were mystified: The teenagers did not know each other, live in the same neighborhood or attend the same school.
Then, in February, a prison inmate tested positive. In interviews, he listed 24 sex partners — some his own, others the so-called pass-around girls for gangs, usually in exchange for heroin or methamphetamine. Contact information from the Entertainment Manager, as he called himself, pointed the way to a syphilis spread that, by March, led health officials to declare an outbreak, one of the largest in the country.
Although syphilis still mostly afflicts gay and bisexual men who are African-American or Hispanic, in Oklahoma and nationwide, rates are rising among white women and their infants. Nearly five times as many babies across the country are born with syphilis as with H.I.V.
Syphilis is devilishly difficult to contain, but may be even more so now. Because most doctors haven’t seen a case since the late 1990s, they often misdiagnose it. The cumbersome two-step lab test is antiquated. Although syphilis can be cured with an injection, there has been a shortage of the antibiotic, made only by Pfizer, for over a year.
And funding for clinics dedicated to preventing sexually transmitted diseases is down. In 2012, half of state programs that address sexually transmitted infections experienced reductions; funding has largely stayed flat since then. The Trump administration has proposed a 17 percent cut to the federal prevention budget.
Nearly 24,000 cases of early-stage syphilis, when the disease is most contagious, were reported in the United States in 2015, the most recent data. That was a 19 percent rise over the previous year. The total for 2015, including those with later-stage disease, was nearly 75,000, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The way to shut down an outbreak is to locate all the sex partners of people who are infected and persuade them to get tested, treated and disclose other partners. That task has fallen on a handful of the health department’s disease intervention specialists.
This most recent wave of infections, spread through gang networks and prostitution rings, has made their jobs not only difficult but also dangerous.
Erinn Williams, the lead field investigator for the Oklahoma City outbreak, drove slowly down a one-lane gravel road curtained by overgrowth and bristling with barbed wire and “No Trespassing” signs.
Ms. Williams, 39, life-seasoned by an Alaska upbringing, Air Force training and two small daughters, usually makes these visits alone. She keeps her baby’s car seat in the back, to allay suspicions that she may be an undercover police officer.
“What you do is your business,” she tells the wary. “I’m here because I care about your health.”
She is accustomed to stopping by houses with locks punched out; to being warned off by drug dealers; to wearing comfortable shoes, the better to run away in.
She pulled up to a clearing. Across a ragged lawn, she could see a battered blue trailer surrounded by pickup trucks and a stand of trees. Access was blocked by an iron fence, monitored by video cameras.
Ms. Williams pushed a call button. “Hi, I’m here from the health department. Can I talk to you? I have some news.”
A young woman hesitantly crossed the grass. For months she had avoided health workers. Once, an investigator spotted her slipping in through a side entrance to her mother’s house; at the front door, the mother denied that her daughter was there.
Fresh-faced, her blonde hair in a ponytail, the woman looked healthier than most people Ms. Williams visits, with their grayish skin, abscesses and mottled veins.
Ms. Williams was gentle but direct: “Your blood test results came back. It’s positive for syphilis.”
The woman buried her face in her hands. “I’m so embarrassed,” she sobbed. (Bound by confidentiality rules, Ms. Williams did not disclose her name.)
“Is that why my baby died?” she asked.
Ms. Williams nodded affirmatively.
“Can my kid get it? We sometimes share the same glass.”
No, Ms. Williams said. Just your sexual partners.
The woman insisted she had slept with only two men that year — her boyfriend and her ex, the father of the baby who had died.
Ms. Williams, who knew the woman’s Facebook page revealed many friends in a gang central to the outbreak, asked her to think carefully about whether there were more. We never reveal your name, she said, just as we cannot tell you who gave us yours.
The woman shook her head.
It was time to coax the woman into treatment. Just an injection and you will almost certainly be cured, Ms. Williams said, offering to drive her to the clinic. Her boyfriend too, Ms. Williams added.
He wasn’t around, the woman said, but she promised they would be there in the morning.
Are you sure you don’t want to go now? Ms. Williams asked.
Again, the woman shook her head.
Reluctantly, Ms. Williams got in her car and drove away.
Syphilis, caused by bacteria, has been well known for centuries, chronicled as a scourge since at least the 1400s.
In 1932, the United States government began the ignominious “Tuskegee Study of Untreated Syphilis in the Negro Male” to observe the progress of the disease in black Alabama sharecroppers. Although penicillin had become accepted as the cure by 1945, Tuskegee researchers left the men untreated until 1972, when the study was shut down.
By then, largely because of treatment and public education, syphilis was disappearing. A generation of physicians rarely learned to recognize it firsthand.
But with the AIDS epidemic, syphilis surged, peaking around 1990. It was most common — and still is — among men who had sex with men, often those whose H.I.V. status made them vulnerable to other sexually transmitted infections.
Once again, public health campaigns sent syphilis into retreat. By 2000, only 5,970 cases were reported in the United States, the lowest since 1941, when reporting became mandatory.
But in the last few years, it has crept back.
Here in Oklahoma City, 199 cases have been connected so far this year. More than half the patients are white and female. The youngest girl is 14; the oldest man, 61. Three stillbirths have been attributed to syphilis and 13 of the infected were pregnant women.
Rare permutations are now more common. Ocular syphilis, which can strike at any stage of infection, often appears as blurred vision and reddened eyes. Congenital syphilis can cause deformed bones in newborns.
Many people never suspect they have the disease. Early symptoms, including genital lesions and, later, rashes on palms and soles, have led patients and health care providers to mistake it for herpes or allergic reactions. The disease can lie dormant for decades and then affect the liver, joints, blood vessels.
Once people are treated, though cured, they will almost always test positive. It is difficult to know whether a positive result indicates a new infection. After transmission, the bacteria may take three months to register. Those who test negative may have the disease.
This spring the Centers for Disease Control called for educating doctors and nurses about symptoms, testing pregnant women considered at risk and developing a better diagnostic test.
The cure for syphilis — usually two injections of Bicillin L-A, a type of penicillin — is relatively simple. But supplies have dwindled. Recently in Oklahoma, there were only seven doses statewide. Pfizer announced that stockpiles would be replenished by the end of 2017.
Dr. Vivian L. Wilson is medical director for eight community health clinics. In 37 years of practice, she has seen perhaps two cases of syphilis. But as a black Alabamian, she knows well the Tuskegee legacy. Though she appreciated a recent refresher course the state provided for staff members, the standard education materials, she noted, are severely outmoded.
“All the photographs still show patients who are Afro-American men,” Dr. Wilson said. “What message does that send?”
After several months, dispirited Oklahoma investigators acknowledged that old-school tactics for locating contacts, like knocking on doors and cold-calling, were not very effective. Many people they sought are transient and use disposable phones.
“But they want to stay connected to their friends and their drugs,” said Ms. King, a supervising investigator. “So they’re all on Facebook. That’s where we’re finding them.”
Through Facebook, investigators memorize faces and gang tattoos, and follow the flare-ups and flameouts of relationships. As gang members and dealers post partying plans, the sleuths determine where to point their investigation. They send potential patients messages through Facebook.
Ms. Williams’s team realized they were tracking a spread that reached back to last summer, involved members and associates of 17 gangs, and had infected young people from stable backgrounds who had used prescription opioids, then heroin. Patients often had symptoms that were a signature of this outbreak: weeping genital warts, called condylomata lata; patchy hair loss; and mucosal oozes inside the mouth.
The office created a chart of the outbreak, coded with symbols. Diamond: drug user. Blue heart: pregnant. Strawberry: prostitute.
They have come to understand why more than half of this outbreak’s victims are women: “The men give up the women’s names,” Ms. King said. “But the women are too loyal or afraid to give up the men. ”
But recently investigators persuaded a gang leader to text members, ordering them to contact Ms. Williams.
Every day, the team checks arrest reports for people they are seeking. Chloe Hickman interviews inmates. Wearing glasses and no makeup, inclined toward modest cardigans, she doesn’t come across as someone who chats up gang members about their sex lives.
“I don’t cuss in my real life,” she said. “But in the jail, I flirt. I wear tight pants, a low-cut top and I use the F-word.
“Most of them don’t know what syphilis is. When I say it’s curable, they relax. And they’ll give me names.”
Usually such efforts lead to sagas of unrelenting grimness: mothers who prostitute daughters, and men who forcibly inject runaways with drugs to hook them, a practice known as guerrilla pimping.
Acquaintances of the investigators often dismiss their work as disgusting. For support, the women call each other daily, to laugh and vent.
Ms. Williams, on the job for eight years, said it gets to her, but she cannot let it go. “I remind myself that I’m not trying to fix all their problems,” she said. “Just one.”
Erinn Williams often drives isolated roads during her investigations. Credit Nick Oxford for The New York Times
By 10 o’clock the next morning, Ms. Williams had arranged to pick up one person for treatment, been stood up by another and was texting with a man who refused her offer of a blood draw, claiming that needles made him anxious. She had driven a woman to the clinic, after waiting outside her house as, apparently, the woman was getting high on meth.
Now at the clinic, the woman seemed to have fled. Ms. Williams and nurses ran through hallways, looking for her.
One victory: The woman from the trailer was in the waiting room. But she was alone. In the parking lot, her boyfriend sat out the appointment in his pickup truck, motor idling. He would not come inside for treatment.
He would almost certainly reinfect his girlfriend. And Ms. Williams would have to persuade her to be tested and treated, yet again.
Gary D. Cohn, the director of the White House Economic Council, wrote a resignation letter after President Trump blamed “both sides” in the deadly protest this month against a Charlottesville, Va., rally by white supremacists and neo-Nazis, according to three people familiar with the document.
Mr. Cohn ultimately changed his mind and decided in recent days to remain on as Mr. Trump’s chief economic adviser, said one person familiar with his thinking.
But in a stunning critique of the president, Mr. Cohn told The Financial Times in an interview published on Friday that the Trump administration “can and must do better” to condemn hate groups and “do everything we can to heal the deep divisions that exist in our communities.”
Mr. Cohn is an architect of a broad set of tax reforms that the White House hopes will deliver the first legislative victory of Mr. Trump’s tumultuous administration. The president next week will travel to Springfield, Mo., in a push to sell the tax reform package.
But Mr. Cohn was anguished, according to a friend and two other people familiar with his thinking, by Mr. Trump’s remarks after the Aug. 12 violence that resulted in the death of a 32-year-old woman who was protesting neo-Nazis and Ku Klux Klan demonstrators in Charlottesville.
On Aug. 15, Mr. Cohn stood nearby in the lobby of Trump Tower, where the president told reporters there also were “very fine people on both sides” of the Charlottesville rally. After Mr. Trump left, Mr. Cohn stood uncomfortably fielding questions about the president’s statements, and he repeatedly declined to comment.
He debated for over a week with his wife and friends on whether to quit, according to the people familiar with his thinking. This week, Mr. Cohn decided to remain in his job, believing he could be more effective as a public servant inside the White House than out of it.
He is one of the few Jewish members in the administration who have publicly condemned Mr. Trump’s remarks about Charlottesville, although he has quietly disagreed with the president on a number of policy matters.
As Mr. Trump stood by his equivocal comments on Charlottesville and business leaders left presidential advisory panels in protest, Mr. Cohn told The Financial Times, he felt “enormous pressure” to step down. Various friends, and Mr. Cohn’s wife, were at one point among those who were urging him to resign, said several people familiar with their advice.
A senior administration official said the president was not surprised by Mr. Cohn’s remarks to The Financial Times. Another official said the sentiments had been relayed clearly to Mr. Trump, and Mr. Cohn had said that if asked, he would say how he felt.
But on Friday, Roger Stone, a longtime adviser to Mr. Trump, tweeted that Mr. Cohn “should be fired immediately for his public attack on the president.” In his tweet, Mr. Stone misspelled the name of Mr. Cohn, whom he has aggressively criticized, and said the economic adviser was “recommended for his White House job by Jared Kushner.”
It is highly unusual for a senior member of any presidential administration to publicly discuss the possibility of stepping down. Geoff Garin, a veteran Democratic pollster who worked on Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign, said even though Mr. Cohn did not criticize Mr. Trump by name in the Financial Times interview, “the comments are still very tough and very blunt, including his comments about the push-and-pull whether to stay and whether to go.”
“There’s no effort to conceal the fact that what Trump said was wrong and troubling,” Mr. Garin said. “And it’s hard to think of very many precedents for somebody like that who is a high-ranking presidential adviser.”
Mr. Cohn told The Financial Times that “as a Jewish American, I will not allow neo-Nazis ranting ‘Jews will not replace us’ to cause this Jew to leave his job.”
But the job has not been easy. For Mr. Cohn, said two people familiar with his thinking, every day at the White House requires a different calculus over how best to spend his political capital. Right now, these people said, he will focus on economic policies that he believes are essential to the stability of the markets and the United States work force — even when other issues worry him.
Nudging Mr. Trump toward a more free-trade stance that avoids harsh steps toward China and other economic partners is paramount, these people said. Part of that, they added, is opposing tariffs on steel, aluminum and other goods that might damage relationships with American allies.
But using political capital on those fights means avoiding others, even when the president espouses policies that run contrary to Mr. Cohn’s own principles, the two people said. Among other things, they said, Mr. Cohn disagrees with the president’s directive banning transgender people from joining the military, but will leave that fight to others.
On Aug. 17, with word of Mr. Cohn’s unhappiness percolating on Wall Street, some traders and investors got jittery. Seeing Mr. Cohn as a key player in pushing forward the Trump administration’s tax cuts, some sold American stocks, pushing prices down.
Mr. Cohn, a onetime silver trader who eventually became president of Goldman Sachs, was struck by the market move, said two people familiar with his thinking. He continued to huddle with friends and family over what steps to take, attending meetings in Washington during the process.
At some point during the past 10 days, Mr. Cohn penned a tentative resignation letter, said the three people familiar with the draft. It was not immediately clear what day the letter was written, or if Mr. Trump was ever made aware of it.
But during a private Aug. 18 meeting with the president at his golf club in Bedminster, N.J., Mr. Cohn relayed his concerns about Mr. Trump’s comments on Charlottesville, said people with knowledge of the gathering. The exact details of the talk are not clear, but the president urged Mr. Cohn to stay.
“I have had numerous private conversations with the president on this topic,” Mr. Cohn told The Financial Times, adding that “I have not been bashful saying what I think.”
One possible part of Mr. Cohn’s calculus is the chance that he could be named Federal Reserve chairman early next year, a move Mr. Trump has said he is considering. Mr. Cohn has in the past expressed interest in the job, said two people close to him. But unlike past Fed chairmen, Mr. Cohn is not an economist, and some of his friends have said it is hard to imagine him in the more reserved, less dynamic environment of the Fed, which would be a huge contrast to the pace of Goldman Sachs or the White House.
Steven Mnuchin, the Treasury secretary, who also is Jewish, defended Mr. Trump in a statement a week ago, after more than 300 of his Yale classmates urged him in a letter to step down. At a briefing with reporters at the White House on Friday, Mr. Mnuchin, an old business partner of Mr. Trump who has at times clashed over policy with Mr. Cohn, told reporters that under no circumstances has he considered resigning.
President Nana Akufo-Addo has said despite his age – 73, he is not as weak as people may think.
“I keep hearing people saying I should rest; I’m buzzing around too much,” he told members of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in Cape Coast, Central Region on Saturday 26 August at the party’s national delegates’ conference.
“It’s difficult when there’s so much work to be done. But I know that a lot of people are saying it because they think that I’m an old man.
“But I know one thing: ‘It is not by might, nor is it by power but it is by my spirit,’ said the Lord of host.”
The president has also said anybody accused of corruption in his government will not go scot-free.
“Let me assure you; every allegation of corruption against any member of my government will be investigated by the law enforcement agencies,” he said, adding: “Those who make the allegations should be prepared to support them with evidence” because “I will not supervise over a government that supports corruption.”
The president said he has “instructed the law enforcement agencies to investigate every allegation of corruption in my government”.
He also warned members of the NPP that he will crush any attempt by anybody to “capsize our boat”.
Nana Akufo-Addo said the NPP has a rich heritage in Ghanaian political history which he will safeguard with all the strength he can muster.
“We are the heirs of the noblest tradition in Ghanaian politics; the tradition of freedom, the tradition of progress, the tradition of development in freedom. It’s a precious asset.
“We are going to be faithful to that tradition. We are faithful to that tradition if we recognise that we are all in the same boat; we are rowing towards the same destination about the upliftment of Ghana and about the freedom of Ghana.
“It means that, therefore, anybody who wants to rock that boat and capsize it – for the time being I am the captain of the boat – I am not going to allow anybody to capsize our boat. Too much effort and sweat and sacrifice has gone into bringing us where we are today to allow anybody to capsize it, our strength is the vision and the values of our party, that is the rock on which we stand,” the president said.
The President of the Angel Group of Companies, Dr. Kwaku Oteng has presented 6 pieces of Patient Cardiac Monitors to the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital.
The 6 machines are to be used at the Emergency Unit of the hospital to save lives of patients whose hearts need to be monitored and supported.
Presenting the items to the management of the KATH, Dr Oteng who was flanked by the CEO of Angel Broadcasting Network, Mr Samuel Kofi Acheampong, Deputy Operations Manager of Angel Group, Samuel Boateng , Morning Show Host of Angel FM Kwame Tanko, Programmes Manager of Angel Fm, Summer, News Editor of Angel Fm, Appau Aheng and a host of others, could not hold back his tears after considering the inadequacy of very important equipment at the hospital allowing people who could have been saved die.
He explained that the kind gesture extended to the hospital is a sign of his willingness to support the venerable and needy in society as he considers his riches to be a gift from God for the betterment of humanity.
He pledged he would continue to support the hospital and charged other wealthy individuals to follow his example.
Speaking on behalf of the hospital, the Director of Nursing Services at KATH, Madam Patience Yeboah-Ampong expressed the management’s profound gratitude to Dr. Kwaku Oteng for the love and care for the patients and called for more of such positive actions.
Midfielder Afriyie Acquah has earned a late call-up to replace injured Isaac Sackey in Ghana's squad to face Congo in the double-header of the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.
The Birmingham City target was conspiciously left out of the initial 24-man squad released on Wednesday.
But GHANASoccernet.com understand head coach Kwesi Appiah has dialed up the Torino ace after Turkey-based midfielder Sackey sustained an injury in a league game on Friday night.
Acquah has been in top shape in a very young season having played two competitive matches.
The Black Stars are expected to start training on Monday in Accra for the first installment against the Red Devils on Friday.
Congo will host the return leg four days later in Bra zzaville
Popular Nollywood actress and Evangelist, Eucharia Anunobi, is currently mourning the death of her only child, 15-year-old Raymond Ekwu.
Raymond who she had by her ex-husband, Charles Ekwu, in 2002, has been with Sickle Cell Anemia from birth.
He died from complications associated with the disease in the early hours of Tuesday, August 22nd.
This was disclosed by media personality, Adekeye. E. Tosin via twitter. Tosin wrote: “Let’s remember Eucharia Anunobi in our prayers, she lost her only child to Sickle Cell Disease. May the most high comfort and strengthen her.”
The grieving mother also spoke with NET, confirming the passing of her son.
“Thank you, I appreciate it.
“My son has gone to our place of origin (heaven) to be with our daddy Jesus, waiting for me when I eventually go there at the fullest of time.”
Former hiplife artiste Quophi Okyeame, who has ventured into full-time gospel ministry, is out with his first gospel song.
The former member of the defunct hiplife group, Akyeame says the song, ‘You Are God’, is for people who don’t believe in God and His Kingdom.
Dubbed the ‘New Age Gospel’, Quophi Okyeame explained to Myjoyonline.com that “I know a lot of people will be surprised at this statement because our society is probably not ready to accept certain truths about Kingdom duties that called people of God are to perform.”
“The core of the matter is, I am a man on a mission with a mandate of populating the Kingdom of God. There are certain truths that the religious Christian know too much and I feel like it’s a waste of time reaching to the already saved. My expectation is by now, fellow Christians are also busily propagating same agenda in different ways,” the former hiplife artiste noted.
‘You Are God’, he further reiterated, is “a testimony song” which “employs other than conventional ways to engage the non-believer and inform them about what they are missing being absent from Eden, the original place intended for man by God.”
Born Daniel Quophi Amoateng, Quophi Okyeame noted that, “The street is my church and believe [me], I have a lot of work to do. I am not waiting for my target to come to me but I see it as the main mandate given to priests according to Mathew 28:19".
Asked what the ‘New Age Gospel’ was about, he explained that, “The whole idea of New Age Gospel the genre I'm operating under, is to entice the streets with what they already love in the light of the truth of God (Good News). I believe music is such a powerful tool that will even reach places I will never see before I leave this world.”
Nigerian artiste, Patoranking has welcomed his new baby.
The musician who could not hide his joy of finally being a father shared a photo of baby on Instagram days after he shared a photo of himself and his baby mama heavily pregnant.
Although the lady and the sex of the baby are unknown, reports indicate that they are doing very well in South Africa.
Before we knew that Mavis Wanczyk, the 53-year-old woman from right down the road in Chicopee, was the lucky winner of the $758.7 million Powerball jackpot, we spoke to Kevin Harrington, one of the original judges on the TV show “Shark Tank,” to see what he’d tell the instant millionaire.
An entrepreneur who created the “As Seen on TV” nameplate, Harrington is on the board of LottoGopher.com, a website where people can order custom lottery tickets instead of purchasing them from a store. Harrington (inset) thinks that qualifies him to mentor the Powerball winner.
Here’s his advice:
1. Keep a low profile
“Keep it private as much as you can,” Harrington said. “You don’t need to go out at the top of the mountain and yell all about it.” Lottery winners receive a lot of attention, but Harrington said it’s best to lay low and start crafting a plan for what to do with the money.
2. Gather a team of experts
Powerball is a lot of money, and it’s important to be prepared for the big decisions that come with it. Harrington said it’s “vital” to work with lawyers, financial advisers, investors, consultant companies, and public relations experts who are used to working with individuals with high net worths to protect your interests: “[E]veryone from the people you went to school with . . . to all the relatives, some of which you don’t remember you had, will be contacting you for some of their needs.”
3. Take the lump sum
Harrington has one golden rule: You control the money. Lottery winners can choose between an immediate cash payout or an annuity over 29 years. Harrington says take the cash — it’s the best way to avoid the risk of mismanagement on others’ parts (or if the lottery becomes low on funds in the future) and gives you more opportunities for investment sooner.
4. Invest wisely
Safe, government-backed investments are a good way to go, Harrington said. Other high-growth stocks that are historically safe, like Apple and Amazon, could be worthwhile investments, too.
5. Spend a little
The worst thing a lottery winner can do is give in to people who are “sucking the money out of you,” Harrington says. It’s easy to spend, and to want to give to others, but it’s best for a winner to focus on their family’s livelihood, avoid rash decisions, and make informed investments with a group of experts.
“Historically, there have been issues with many winners being able to manage and control the long-term aspects of [the money] and some have made some poor decisions, so I believe that it’s important that the winner gets the right people to advise them,” Harrington said. “You don’t need to go out at the top of the mountain and yell all about it.” Lottery winners receive a lot of attention, but Harrington said it’s best to lay low and start crafting a plan for what to do with the money.
Source: Boston Globe News
Facebook (FB, Tech30) has claimed that its advertising platform can reach millions more young adults in the U.S. than are estimated to actually live in the country, according to Brian Wieser, an analyst with Pivotal Research Group.
Facebook's Ads Manager claims to have a potential reach of 41 million people in the U.S. between the ages of 18-24, according to Wieser's investor note released Tuesday. But the U.S. Census Bureau estimates there were only 31 million people in that age range last year.
Likewise, Weiser found Facebook claimed advertisers could potentially reach 60 million 25-34 year-olds in the U.S., substantially more than the census estimate of 45 million residents in that age group.
Facebook says its reach estimates factor in location data, which could include non-residents visiting the U.S., and age information, which is self-reported by the user and may not match government data.
"They are designed to estimate how many people in a given area are eligible to see an ad a business might run," a Facebook spokesperson said in a statement provided to CNN Tech. "They are not designed to match population or census estimates."
The discrepancy between Facebook's numbers and census estimates risks further unnerving marketers after the company faced a series of issues with its ad metrics.
Last year, Facebook admitted to miscalculating the average time users spend watching videos and the number of completed video views. It also "over-reported" average time spent on Instant Articles, the company said.
In May, the social network offered refunds after a "bug" caused some advertisers to be billed incorrectly when users clicked on videos in a carousel ad unit.
"While Facebook's measurement issues won't necessarily deter advertisers from spending money with Facebook, they will help traditional TV sellers justify existing budget shares," Wieser wrote in his investor note.
Irma, a Category 5 storm with winds of 180 mph, was about 100 miles north of the Dominican Republic. Some forecasts suggest it could reach the Kennedy Space Center by late Saturday or early Sunday morning.
The weather at the cape was calm and clear Thursday morning.
"If you looked outside you would not know a hurricane is expected," SpaceX spokesman John Taylor said, earlier Thursday morning. "It's a typical sunny Florida morning."
Within minutes of the launch, the first stage of the Dragon rocket landed back at the Kennedy Space Center as planned. The ability to land its first stage for reuse is a key to its efforts to cut the cost of space flight. It launched from launch pad 39A, which NASA had once used for Apollo moon missions and many Space Shuttle missions.
Not much is known about the Air Force's new unmanned space plane, the X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle, that SpaceX launched. It launches vertically on a rocket but lands on a runway much like an airplane.
It's part of the Department of Defense's Rapid Capabilities Office, which works on technology to combat urgent national security threats. The plane is carrying "experimental payloads," according to the Air Force.
Specifically, it is has equipment to test "experimental electronics and oscillating heat pipes" during long trips in space. Heat pipes can be used on satellites to help regulate their temperature in space.
This is the fifth flight for the X-37B. The fourth flight was launched in May 2015 by United Launch Alliance, a SpaceX rival that is a joint venture between Boeing (BA) and Lockheed Martin (LMT). That plane orbited the earth for 718 days before landing in May 2017.
SpaceX had to fight for the chance to break up United Launch Alliance's monopoly and land lucrative military contracts. That started in 2014, when SpaceX sued the government, saying the Air Force wasn't giving SpaceX fair consideration when it awarded contracts.
The suit was eventually settled, and SpaceX completed its first mission for the Air Force in 2015. The company has also signed two separate deals -- valued at a combined total of $183.7 million -- over the past two years to launch GPS satellites into orbit for the Air Force.
Many Millennials like Daniel are wondering why they're struggling to save money while their Baby Boomer parents managed to get ahead. Daniel's not wrong: Times have changed.
"Millennials are hit with a tough combination of obstacles their parents didn't face," says Daniel Mahoney, president of True Square Financial in Atlanta.
Rising cost of education is a big part of the challenge. Tuition has tripled over the past four decades, and Millennials are carrying more student debt than their parents. In 2016, seven out of 10 graduates had loans to pay and left college with an average $37,172 in debt.
Stagnant wages are also impacting Millennials. Hourly wages have grown only 9% over the past three decades.
At the same time, home prices are rising faster than wages. More Americans are renting homes than at any point over the last 50 years. Real estate was a key factor in previous generations' wealth and savings.
Many boomers also received pensions from their employers, securing their retirement. Today, just 14% of private sector workers receive pensions, compared to more than 30% three decades ago.
People younger than 35 are the only age group with a negative savings rate, which means they're spending more than they're saving.
But these challenges don't mean Millennials should feel hopeless. Despite playing with a hand tied behind their backs, young people can still get ahead financially.
Create a budget
Knowing how much is coming in and how much is going out is essential, experts say.
"It's the foundation for everything when it comes to managing your personal finances," says Boneparth.
Shashin Shah, financial planer at SFMG Wealth Advisors, advises clients to take account of all their spending and imagine they made 10% less -- then start working to save that 10%.
Analyzing your budget can help you cut back on extraneous expenses. Apps like Mint and Quicken help to analyze your budgeting and let you know if you're spending beyond your means. You can also test out Excel spreadsheets, which Boneparth recommends because they help keep you involved with your finances.
Find the best deal on your student loans
Make sure to keep up with your student loan payments so you don't get swamped with more debt. Consider enrolling in an income repayment plan that automatically deducts funds from your paycheck.
You can also try to lower your monthly loan payments by consolidating and scoring lower interest rates.
Several federal employers, states and non-profits offer grant options that will help forgive your debt if you work in a particular location, in public service or a high-demand field like engineering or health care.
Look for companies that will help pay off some of your loans. Only 4% of companies currently offer this benefit, according to a 2016 survey, but human resource professionals expect an increasing number of companies will offer this perk in the future as a way to recruit and retain Millennials.
Pay yourself first
When you get your paycheck each month, first set aside a portion of it to your savings account or a retirement fund.
It's a simple concept, but experts say it goes a long way for any type of savings burden.
"By paying yourself first, you're prioritizing savings and more importantly, building the right habits to build wealth in the long-term," says Roger Ma, a certified financial planner in New York.
Keeping an emergency savings fund is also a good way to build up your cash flow.
Start by building three months of your living expenses in cash, Mahoney recommends. That way you won't get yourself into trouble by turning to credit cards or high-interest loans if emergency strikes.
Money you put in a 401(k) grows tax-deferred when you contribute, so make sure to capture all of your employer match. It's "free money," Ma says, and will pay off in the long run.
A Roth IRA is also a good option for Millennials who are able to save, according to Mahoney. Although it doesn't provide a tax break today, the money you save and invest in a Roth can grow tax-free and you can take it out tax-free when you retire. Once your Roth IRA account has been open for five years, Mahoney explains, you can withdraw contributions without paying the penalty you would with a 401(k).
Millennials have advantages
There are some things that can actually make saving easier these days than it was in the past. Financial planners say technology can help Millennials in ways unimaginable to their parents.
And the shift away from pensions brings opportunity, Ma says. Millennials may not feel as tied down to their jobs as previous generations who had to stick around for years to be eligible for a pension.
"This allows Millennials to job hop more frequently and find a job they truly enjoy."
Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump on Thursday sought to reassure young undocumented immigrants who were brought to the US as children concerned about their future after speaking with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, two sources tell CNN.
"Hand In Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Harvey Relief" will air live from Los Angeles, New York and Nashville on September 12.
Viewers will be able to watch the telethon on NBC, CBS, ABC, CMT and Fox. It will also be available for viewing on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
The event will feature appearances by Beyoncé, Barbra Streisand, George Clooney, Oprah Winfrey, Blake Shelton, and Reese Witherspoon.
The Gulf Coast experienced epic flooding resulting from the hurricane, which made landfall last week and left 53 people dead and hundreds of millions of dollars in damage.
Many celebs have already stepped up with donations, including Sandra Bullock who gave $1 million to the American Red Cross.
Funding from the planned benefit will go to air the United Way, Habitat for Humanity, Save the Children, Feeding Texas, and Direct Relief.
The telethon will air live on the East Coast beginning at 8 p.m. and replay on the West Coast at 8 p.m.
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