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Nancy is a young, full of life lady who joined the team shortly after the BelleNews site started to run. She is focused on bringing up to light all the latest news from the technology industry. In her opinion the hi-tech expresses the humanity intellectual level. Nancy is an active person; she enjoys sports and delights herself in doing gardening in her spare time, as well as reading, always searching for new topics for her articles.

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One of the unwritten rules associated with these modern times is that what could be applicable today is often outdated or irrelevant tomorrow. This is particularly true when we consider the situation of the gaming industry. These sector must be able to keep pace with changing technologies alongside the needs of the players themselves.

In other words, the motto of this sector could very well be “change or die”. How can modifications be put into place while simultaneously avoiding the “business-as-usual” mentality? The answers to this question are actually much simpler than many have been led to believe.

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The Role of Big Data

Some feel that big data is only important within fields such as sales, marketing and analytics. This is a very dangerous assumption. We must envision gaming providers much in the same way as any organization which is trying to understand what its clients desire. Big data is able to address several issues and some examples of important metrics include:


  • The playing habits of the client base
  • When customers access a specific page
  • Which games are the most popular
  • How often users interact with a dedicated social media page

Knowing how these variables can impact a gaming website is the first step involved with streamlining current processes to adapt to the changing needs of the consumer.

More Variety

One of the most notable trends throughout the gaming industry as a whole is the tendency for large providers to offer more games than ever before.  Game developers that are able to supply their clients with a greater number of choices are likely to enjoy higher retention rates; key within such a competitive marketplace.

The Insights of the Players Themselves

Developers need to know what players are thinking and how any recent changes may affect the overall gaming experience.  Allowing users to access games can provide invaluable insight into the creation process. By obtaining user-based opinions, it is much easier to know whether or not a specific idea should be implemented. In other words, the customer is (normally) right.

Adding New Life to Traditional Games

It is just as important to highlight the changing needs of home-based games. While their traditional appeal cannot be denied, we need to remember that they are facing rather stiff competition from the digital community. This is why thinking outside of the box is critical.

The role of technology cannot be overstated and when deployed in conjunction with physical gameplay, the results are often truly staggering. However, a good ideal of research is still required in order to determine which modifications will produce the best results over time.

Proactive Versus Reactive

Above all, game developers should strive to actively determine what their audiences enjoy on a regular basis. There is little use in correcting a problem after it has already caused players to lose interest. A proactive approach will provide the insight and clarity required to make the best decisions when the time is right.

Following these intuitive suggestions will help the gaming industry avoid any needless stagnation and to retain its loyal customer base.

Three of President Donald Trump’s harassment accusers have demanded a congressional inquiry.

At a New York City news conference, Jessica Leeds, Samantha Holvey and Rachel Crooks accused President Trump of groping, fondling, forcibly kissing, humiliating or harassing them.

The trio detailed their allegations shortly beforehand live on TV.

However, the White House said the women were making “false claims”.

The December 11 press conference was organized by Brave New Films, which last month released a documentary, 16 Women and Donald Trump, about the claims made by multiple women.

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Jessica Leeds, Samantha Holvey and Rachel Crooks originally went public separately with their allegations a month before last year’s presidential election.

The claims have been given a new lease of life by the harassment scandals that have engulfed high-profile public figures since October’s fall of Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.

On December 11, Samantha Holvey told NBC News that Donald Trump had ogled her and other competitors in 2006 at the Miss USA beauty pageant, which he owned.

The former Miss North Carolina, who was 20-years-old at the time, said “he lined all of us up” and was “just looking me over like I was just a piece of meat”.

“It left me feeling very gross,” Samantha Holvey told Megyn Kelly.

She later told the reporters: “They’ve investigated other Congress members, so I think it only stands fair that he [President Trump] is investigated as well

“This isn’t a partisan issue, this is, how women are treated every day.”

Jessica Leeds, now in her 70s, says that when she was 38 she sat next to Donald Trump in the first-class cabin of a flight to New York and he assaulted her.

She said: “He jumped all over me.”

Jessica Leeds said she came forward because: “I wanted people to know what kind of person Trump really is, and what a pervert he is.”

Rachel Crooks said she was kissed on the lips by Donald Trump outside a lift in Trump Tower when she was a 22-year-old receptionist at a real estate company there.

The White House said on December 11: “These false claims, totally disputed in most cases by eyewitness accounts, were addressed at length during last year’s campaign, and the American people voiced their judgment by delivering a decisive victory.

“The timing and absurdity of these false claims speaks volumes and the publicity tour that has begun only further confirms the political motives behind them.”

President Trump rejected such allegations last year and vowed to sue the accusers, though no lawsuit has yet been filed.

However, over the weekend President Trump’s ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, said his accusers “should be heard”.

Speaking to CBS News, Nikki Haley said she was “incredibly proud of the women who have come forward”.

Meanwhile, three Democratic senators – Cory Booker of New Jersey, Jeff Merkley of Oregon and Kirsten Gillibrand of New York – called on President Trump to resign over the allegations.

A suspect, named as Akayed Ullah, has been held in New York City after an attempted terror attack at the Port Authority bus terminal in Manhattan.

“Terrorists won’t win,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said after an explosion at the Port Authority terminal during the morning rush hour on December 11.

Akayed Ullah, a 27-year-old Bangladeshi immigrant, was injured by a “low-tech explosive device” strapped to his body, officials say.

Four other people suffered minor wounds when it blew up in an underpass.

A picture circulating on social media shows a man, said to be Akayed Ullah, lying on the ground with his clothes ripped and lacerations on his upper body.

Mayor Bill de Blasio said he was believed to have acted alone.

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Manhattan Truck Attack: At Least Eight People Killed and Numerous Injured

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said: “This is New York. The reality is that we are a target by many who would like to make a statement against democracy, against freedom.

“We have the Statue of Liberty in our harbor and that makes us an international target.”

The blast occurred at about 07:30 local time.

Nearby subway stations were evacuated, and the bus terminal temporarily shut.

The Port Authority Bus Terminal is the biggest and busiest terminal in the world, serving more than 65 million people a year.

 

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California Governor Jerry Brown has said that devastating wildfires fuelled by climate change are “the new normal”.

He said vast fires, such as the ones that have ravaged southern California in recent days, “could happen every year or every few years”.

“We’re facing a new reality in this state,” the governor said.

Jerry Brown made the comments after surveying the damage in Ventura County, north of Los Angeles.

Thousands of firefighters have been battling the fires since December 4.

Jerry Brown, a Democrat who has attacked the Trump administration’s stance on climate change, said: “We’re facing a new reality in this state, where fires threaten people’s lives, their properties, their neighborhoods, and of course billions and billions of dollars.

“With climate change, some scientists are saying southern California is literally burning up.”

The largest wildfire – known as the Thomas Fire – burned close to 150,000 acres, an area of land roughly the size of Chicago, Reuters reported.

On December 9, firefighters began to make progress in containing the blaze.

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Six large wildfires, and some smaller blazes, erupted on December 4 in southern California. Fanned by high winds, they swept through tens of thousands of acres in a matter of hours.

The fires have been driven by extreme weather, including low humidity and parched ground.

California authorities issued a purple alert – the highest level warning – amid what it called “extremely critical fire weather”.

The largest of the blazes, the Thomas fire in Ventura County, spread as far as the Pacific coast and swept across 180 square miles.

About 5,700 firefighters were brought in to battle the brushfires, with some drafted in from neighboring states to help.

President Donald Trump issued a state of emergency to “help alleviate the hardship and suffering that the emergency may inflict.”

Hundreds of buildings have been destroyed and vast areas of land have been badly scorched.

Three firefighters were injured and one death was reported after a 70-year-old woman was found dead in her car on an evacuation route.

Nearly 200,000 residents were evacuated from their homes, with many forced to flee in the middle of the night as the flames rapidly spread.

There are fears the blaze will seriously hit California’s multi-million dollar agricultural industry.

About 90% of US avocados are grown in California, and much of the state’s crop has been wiped out.

The strong winds subsided on December 9 and firefighters finally made some progress in containing the fires.

However, forecasters expect the winds to pick up again on December 10 meaning they are under pressure to extinguish them quickly.

Elsewhere, several evacuation orders have been lifted and residents are beginning to return home to assess the damage.

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According to Indonesian officials, flights have resumed from the international airport in Bali after three days of disruption caused by a volcanic ash cloud.

Layers of ash settled on houses and fields on the Indonesian island after an eruption of Mount Agung.

Up to 100,000 people were ordered to evacuate the vicinity and thousands of tourists have been stranded.

Bali airport might have to close again if the wind changed direction, officials said.

Not all local people have left – some have insisted on waiting until lava from the crater heads their way.

The massive plumes of dark ash from Mount Agung were seen reaching as high as 2 miles above its rumbling summit. It began erupting last week.

Officials raised the alert to the highest level on November 27, fearing an imminent major eruption.

They said that although the airport reopened from 15:00 local time, it remained necessary constantly to monitor the situation on the ground.

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The authorities have also warned tourists that they are likely to face long waits before returning home because of a huge backlog of flights.

Meanwhile Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull has said that his government is working to help thousands of Australian tourists stranded on Bali to return home. It is estimated that Australians comprise more than 25% of tourists in Indonesia.

Denpasar airport is used by millions of visitors each year and is the main entry point into Bali.

Airport spokesman Ari Ahsanurrohim said more than 440 flights were canceled on November 28, affecting nearly 60,000 passengers. A similar number of people were affected on November 27.

Volcanic ash can damage aeroplane engines or even causes them to fail, and also clogs fuel and cooling systems. Pilot visibility can also be hampered.

The airport on neighboring Lombok island reopened earlier, officials say.

The volcano is about 43 miles from the popular tourist areas of Kuta and Seminyak.

On November 29, the volcano was still emitting thick ash clouds in addition to streams of rock mixed with water known as lahar which have also been spotted flowing out of the mountain.

Officials have told everyone living in a 6 miles exclusion zone around the volcano to evacuate.

So far, only 29,000 people have moved to shelters, while others have fled to nearby places like Lombok.

A red air travel warning has been issued after Bali’s Mount Agung erupted for the second time in a week.

Volcanic ash is sent in the skies as the volcano emitted a thick plume of smoke reaching 13,100 feet.

It is the second major emission from the Indonesian island volcano this week, and flights have been disrupted.

The red warning means an eruption is forecast to be imminent, with significant emission of ash likely.

Authorities have begun distributing masks in areas amid ash fall.

Bali is a major tourist destination, although the main destinations of Kuta and Seminyak are about 43 miles from the volcano.

Its main airport is for now operating normally, but some airlines have canceled flights. Volcanic ash can damage plane engines.

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On the island of Lombok just east of Bali, the main international airport has been closed entirely.

The information director of Indonesia’s Disaster Mitigation Agency tweeted that volcanic ash rain had fallen on the Lombok city of Mataram.

The agency said in a statement: “Tourism in Bali is still safe, except in the danger (zone) around Mount Agung.”

It told people within a 5 miles exclusion zone to “immediately evacuate” in an “orderly and calm manner”.

About 25,000 people are thought to still be in temporary shelters after more than 140,000 people fled earlier this year. Increased volcanic activity had prompted fears a major eruption was imminent.

Most of the population outside the immediate exclusion zone was ordered to return home at the end of September, and the mountain has been intermittently rumbling since.

According to official estimates, Bali lost at least $110 million in tourism and productivity during the major evacuation.

Indonesia sits on the Pacific “Ring of Fire” where tectonic plates collide, causing frequent seismic and volcanic activity.

It is home to more than 130 active volcanoes. The last time Mount Agung erupted, in 1963, more than 1,000 people died.

A major explosion in the eastern Chinese port city of Ningbo killed at least two people, local officials say.

The explosion is said to have occurred at a factory at about 09:00 local time in the city’s Jiangbei District, causing some nearby buildings to collapse.

Chinese media said the explosion happened in an industrial area, and residential buildings damaged nearby were already empty ahead of planned demolition.

Some local reports suggested gas canisters could have been to blame for the blast.

Shattered windows were reported in businesses up to 1mile away from the site of the explosion itself.

According to state media, at least 30 people had been taken to local hospitals amid rescue operations.

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Footage showed rescuers carrying people away from an area surrounded by debris.

Industrial accidents are common in China, and have prompted growing calls for better safety standards.

The government says it has been tightening site inspections and toughening punishments for safety lapses.

However, while the number of workplace deaths in 2017 is reported to have fallen by more than 25% on 2016 – industrial fatalities still number at least 29,000 in the year to date.

Police said on social media that an investigation was under way to determine the cause of the latest explosion.

Ningbo has a large international shipping port and is best known for its auto-manufacturing industry, it is home to Geely – the Chinese owner of Volvo.

Former USA Olympic gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar has pleaded guilty to seven charges of assault against women and girls in his care.

Larry Nassar was charged with molesting seven girls, many of whom are gymnasts, while working for USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University.

As part of the plea deal, the 54-year-old could face at least 25 years in prison.

The hearing comes after a third former US Olympian, Gabby Douglas, accused him of abuse.

In a statement to the court on November 22, Larry Nassar said he was pleading guilty to “move the community forward and stop the hurting”.

He said: “I’m so sorry that this was like a match that turned into a forest fire, out of control.

“I want them to heal. I want this community to heal. I have no animosity toward any one. I just want healing. It’s time.”

Ingham County Court Judge Rosemarie Aquilina said, noting that abuse is a nationwide “epidemic”: “You used that position of trust that you had in the most vile way – to abuse children.

“You violated the oath that you took, which is to do no harm, and you harmed them. Selfishly.”

Many of Larry Nassar’s accusers testified that they were abused while he was examining the young athletes, and sometimes while their parents were nearby.

He has been accused of abusing more than 130 women – including Olympic gold medalists Gabby Douglas, Aly Raisman and McKayla Maroney – during his time as team doctor for the US women’s gymnastics team.

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Gabby Douglas, who was one of the so-called Fierce Five that won gold medals at the London Olympics in 2012, revealed her accusation on Instagram.

The Olympic gymnast wrote: “I didn’t publicly share my experiences as well as many other things because for years we were conditioned to stay silent and some things were extremely painful.”

During the hearing Aly Raisman, a member of the 2012 and 2016 Olympic teams, tweeted that she was “disgusted” that Larry Nassar, who lost his license, was referred to as a doctor.

Larry Nassar’s case was part of a scandal which saw USA Gymnastics president Steve Penny resign in 2016. Steve Penny was accused by victims of failing to quickly notify authorities about abuse allegations.

In a statement after the plea deal was announced, USA Gymnastics – the organization which determines the US Olympic team – said it is “very sorry that any athlete was harmed” by Larry Nassar.

They added that it was “important” that he acknowledged “his appalling and devious conduct” in court and said the deal “permits punishment without further victimization of survivors”.

Larry Nassar has already pleaded guilty to multiple charges of child abusing in federal court and could face a maximum sentence of life in prison.

The former doctor is due to be sentenced on January 12.

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Millions of Americans are packing the roads and airports for Thanksgiving escape.

Aerial footage shows bumper-to-bumper traffic in Los Angeles, as travelers escape the city for Thanksgiving on November 23. Airports are also packed.

Thanksgiving is known as one of the busiest times of the year to travel and this year may be the worst Americans have seen in more than a decade.

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According to data from the American Automobile Association (AAA), nearly 51 million people will travel 50 miles or more this holiday weekend – the highest travel volume since 2005, and a 3.3% increase from last year. Those traveling this year represent 15% of the US population.

Estimates suggest that 89% of travelers will journey by car. AAA found car rentals average around $70 per day, which is 34% higher than last year.

Those flying to their destination, however, may have booked a cheaper Thanksgiving trip than usual. According to AAA, the average cost for round-trip flights was the lowest in five years.

Uber has confirmed it concealed a hack that affected 57 million customers and drivers in 2016.

The breach was hidden by the company which paid hackers $100,000 to delete the data.

According to Bloomberg, which first broke the news, Uber’s former CEO Travis Kalanick knew about the breach over a year ago.

The hackers found 57 million names, email addresses and mobile phone numbers, the ride-sharing company said.

Within that number, 600,000 drivers had their names and license details exposed. A resource page for those affected has been set up.

Drivers have been offered free credit monitoring protection, but according to Uber’s statement, affected customers will not be given the same.

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Uber’s new CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said: “While we have not seen evidence of fraud or misuse tied to the incident, we are monitoring the affected accounts and have flagged them for additional fraud protection.”

“None of this should have happened, and I will not make excuses for it,” he added.

“While I can’t erase the past, I can commit on behalf of every Uber employee that we will learn from our mistakes.”

In the wake of the news, Uber’s chief security officer Joe Sullivan has left the company.

The company did not confirm precise details of the hack, but according to Bloomberg‘s report, two hackers were able to access a private area of Github, an online resource for developers.

From there it is understood they found Uber’s log-in credentials to Amazon Web Services. AWS is a cloud computing service used by companies to store data.

As is often the case, it will likely be the cover up that proves more bothersome for Uber than the hack itself.

Companies are required to disclose significant data breaches to regulators, something it has by its own admission failed to do in this case.

In January 2017, Uber was fined $20,000 for failing to disclose a considerably less serious breach in 2014.

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Charles Milles Manson, the criminal and cult leader who formed what became known as the Manson Family, has died aged 83.

The notorious cult leader directed his followers to commit a string of brutal murders and became a symbol of the dark side of 1960s counterculture.

Charles Manson was admitted to Bakersfield hospital, California, earlier this month and died of natural causes on November 19.

In 1969, the Manson Family killed nine people.

Among the victims of the killing spree was heavily pregnant actress Sharon Tate, wife of Roman Polanski.

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One of Charles Manson’s young followers, Susan Atkins, stabbed Sharon Tate to death and scrawled “PIG” on the home’s front door with the actress’s blood.

Four other people at Sharon Tate’s home were brutally stabbed to death. The next day, a wealthy couple in Los Angeles, Leno and Rosemary LaBianca, were also killed by the clan. The killings became known collectively as the Tate-LaBianca murders.

Separately Donald Shea, a Hollywood stuntman, and Gary Hinman, an acquaintance of the group, were killed by members of Charles Manson’s followers.

Charles Manson was not at the scene of the killings, but was nonetheless convicted of murder for directing his followers in seven of the killings. He was sentenced to death in 1971.

He “died of natural causes at 8:13 pm on Sunday” at a hospital in Kern County, the California Department of Corrections said in a statement. He had been in custody for more than 40 years.

Sharon Tate’s sister, Debra told the TMZ that she had received a phone call from prison officials shortly after Charles Manson’s death.

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Gathering young followers around him in the late 1960s, Charles Manson claimed to believe in a coming race war in America. He planned to hasten the war and emerge as the leader of a new social order – a vision he nicknamed “Helter Skelter”, after a Beatles song he became obsessed with.

Prosecutors argued that Charles Manson hoped black Americans would be blamed for the Tate-LaBianca killings, heightening racial tensions.

Charles Manson convinced a number of his followers that he was the reincarnation of Jesus Christ, using a combination of drugs and genuine charisma to bring the “Family” – mainly young, middle-class women – under his control.

Before Charles Manson’s death sentence could be carried out, California outlawed capital punishment and his sentence was reduced to nine life sentences. Over the course of his four decades in prison, Charles Manson applied for parole 12 times.

The last attempt was turned down by the parole board in 2012.

In 2014, Charles Manson was granted a marriage license to wed a 26-year-old woman who said she loved him, but the license expired and the marriage did not go ahead.

Almost half a century on, the Manson Family’s killing spree continues to fascinate many Americans, and has been retold through books, movies and music.

President Donald Trump has decided to suspend the import of elephant hunting trophies, just one day after a ban was relaxed by his administration.

Reversing a 2014 Obama-era ban, imports of trophies from elephants legally hunted in Zambia and Zimbabwe had been set to resume.

However, on November 17, President Trump tweeted the change was on hold until he could “review all conservation facts”.

The move to relax the ban had sparked immediate anger from animal activists.

Bridget Bardot said in a letter sent to President Trump: “Your shameful actions confirm the rumors that you are unfit for office.”

Protests spread on social media with many sharing images of Donald Trump’s sons posing with dead animals during their hunting trips in Africa.

One photo shows Donald Trump Jr. holding the amputated tail of a dead elephant.

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The US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) had argued that hunting fees could aid conservation of the endangered animals.

According to experts, populations of African elephants are plummeting.

Their numbers dropped by about 30% from 2007 to 2014, according to the 2016 Great Elephant Census.

The non-profit group’s report found a population drop of 6% in Zimbabwe alone.

Despite their listing under the Endangered Species Act, there is a provision in US law that allows permits to import animal parts if there is sufficient evidence that the fees generated will actually benefit species conservation.

In 2015, an American dentist from Minnesota killed the famous Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park.

Cecil’s death triggered an outrage in the US and Zimbabwe, and briefly forced the hunter into hiding.

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Rev. Jesse Jackson has revealed he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.

In a statement released to media on November 17, the civil rights activist said: “My family and I began to notice changes about three years ago.”

“After a battery of tests, my physicians identified the issue as Parkinson’s disease, a disease that bested my father.”

Parkinson’s is an incurable neurological disease that can cause tremors and affect coordination.

The 76-year-old said: “Recognition of the effects of this disease on me has been painful, and I have been slow to grasp the gravity of it.”

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Jesse Jackson also said the diagnosis was “not a stop sign but rather a signal that I must make lifestyle changes and dedicate myself to physical therapy in hopes of slowing the disease’s progression”.

He fought for civil rights alongside Martin Luther King Jr. in the 1960s. He was twice a candidate for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination, in 1984 and 1988, and his son Jesse Jackson Jr. is a former congressman.

Jesse Jackson has remained an activist into later life, and spoke up last year in the wake of a spate of police shootings of black men, saying they were just one expression of a “mean-spirited division” taking hold of the country.

About 60,000 new Parkinson’s diagnoses are made every year in the US, where the disease affects an estimated one million people.

Jesse Jackson said: “I am far from alone.

“God continues to give me new opportunities to serve. This diagnosis is personal but it is more than that. It is an opportunity for me to use my voice to help in finding a cure for a disease that afflicts seven to 10 million worldwide.”

Minnesota Senator Al Franken has responded to Leeann Tweeden’s allegations that he groped her as she slept and “forcibly” kissed her in a rehearsal for a comedy skit.

Leeann Tweeden, a radio host, says the two incidents happened in December 2006 on a tour to entertain US troops overseas, before Al Franken entered politics.

She wrote that the former comic “aggressively” kissed her while saying they had to rehearse a scene.

Al Franken, a former Saturday Night Live writer, apologized for the grope.

However, the Democrat said he has a different recollection of the other incident.

Al Franken: “I certainly don’t remember the rehearsal for the skit in the same way, but I send my sincerest apologies to Leeann,” he said in a statement.

“As to the photo, it was clearly intended to be funny but wasn’t. I shouldn’t have done it.”

He issued a second, longer statement less than two hours later after a ferocious backlash from critics who accused him of a non-apology and demanded his resignation.

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George HW Bush Accused of Inappropriately Touching a Woman When She Was 16

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In an article for KABC, a Los Angeles radio station where Leeann Tweeden now works, she recalled feeling victimized by Al Franken during her ninth USO tour of the Middle East.

“When I saw the script, Franken had written a moment when his character comes climbing at me for a <<kiss>>,” she said.

“I suspected what he was after, but I figured I could turn my head at the last minute, or put my hand over his mouth, to get more laughs from the crowd.”

On the day of the performance in Kuwait, Leeann Tweeden said he was insistent they rehearse the skit.

When the moment came he “put his hand on the back of my head, mashed his lips against mine and aggressively stuck his tongue in my mouth”.

“You knew exactly what you were doing,” Leeann Tweeden wrote.

“You forcibly kissed me without my consent, grabbed my breasts while I was sleeping and had someone take a photo of you doing it, knowing I would see it later, and be ashamed.”

Later at a press conference in Los Angeles, Leeann Tweeden went into further detail about how “he stuck his tongue in my mouth so fast”.

“And all I can remember is that his lips were really wet and slimy,” she said.

“In my mind I called him <<fish lips>> the rest of the trip.”

Senator Chuck Schumer, the Democratic leader of the Senate, promptly called for the chamber’s Ethics Committee to investigate Al Franken.

The Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell echoed the call for an ethics investigation.

Al Franken said he would “gladly cooperate”.

In his second statement, he said: “I respect women. I don’t respect men who don’t.

“And the fact that my own actions have given people a good reason to doubt that makes me feel ashamed.”

Of the photo, he added: “I look at it now and I feel disgusted with myself. It isn’t funny. It’s completely inappropriate.

“It’s obvious how Leeann would feel violated by that picture.”

However, he still begged to differ on her portrayal of him forcing his tongue down her mouth.

“While I don’t remember the rehearsal for the skit as Leeann does, I understand why we need to listen to and believe women’s experiences.”

As a senator for Minnesota, Al Franken has cultivated an image for himself as a vocal champion of women’s issues, from assault to abortion rights and equal pay.

Leeann Tweeden said she was inspired to come forward more than a decade later after California congresswoman Jackie Speier was interviewed on her morning radio program.

Jackie Speier told about being assaulted as a young congressional aide in Washington.

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Four people have been shot dead after a gunman opened fire in Rancho Tehama, northern California, at several locations, including an elementary school, police have said.

The shooting began at a home in the rural community about 120 miles from Sacramento, on November 14.

Police say the gunman was shot dead by police after four people were killed and 10 others injured in the rampage.

Officials believe the shootings started as a “domestic violence incident”.

Tehama County Assistant Sheriff Phil Johnston told the AP that the gunman tried to enter the Rancho Tehama Elementary School with the intention to shoot more children, but was stopped once staff initiated a lockdown.

School officials heard shots being fired and immediately locked the school down, Phil Johnston said. He added that the decision saved children’s lives.

“The shooter literally took his vehicle and rammed their fence and gate, entered the grounds on foot with a semiautomatic rifle,” he told reporters.

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A motive is still unclear, but police said the attacker had been involved in a domestic violence incident a day earlier.

The assailant, who has yet to be identified, appeared to be “randomly picking targets”, Phil Johnston told the Los Angeles Times.

A student at the elementary school was shot and another child was hit in a truck along a road, Phil Johnston said. A woman driving the truck was also struck and all three were being treated for injuries, he said.

One of the four victims was a neighbor the gunman was accused of assaulting in January, the AP reported.

Phil Johnston said the neighbor, a woman, had a restraining order against the gunman.

A semi-automatic rifle and two handguns were recovered from one of the crime scenes, police said.

The Redding Record Searchlight spoke to a man who said he was a neighbor of the unidentified gunman.

Brian Flint said his neighbor “has been shooting a lot of bullets lately, hundreds of rounds, large magazines”.

“We made it aware [to police] that this guy is crazy and he’s been threatening us,” Brian Flint told the publication.

California Governor Jerry Brown issued a statement saying he and his wife were “saddened to hear about today’s violence in Tehama County”.

“We offer our condolences to the families who lost loved ones and unite with all Californians in grief.”

VP Mike Pence tweeted: “Saddened to hear of the shooting in N. California, the loss of life & injuries, including innocent children. We commend the effort of courageous law enforcement. We’ll continue to monitor the situation & provide federal support, as we pray for comfort & healing for all impacted.”

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Former President George H.W. Bush is being accused of inappropriately touching a woman when she was 16.

Rosyln Corrigan said the incident happened in 2003 when she posed for a photo with the former president and her mother.

She is the sixth woman to accuse George H.W. Bush of inappropriately touching her in similar circumstances.

Rosyln Corrigan told Time Magazine she met the former president at a 2003 meeting of CIA officers in Texas, where her father worked.

“My initial reaction was absolute horror,” she said about the incident.

“I was really, really confused.”

“I was a child,” Rosyln Corrigan added.

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A George H.W. Bush spokesman has previously acknowledged the former president has touched several women on the rear.

Rosyln Corrigan said the incident occurred as George H.W. Bush was posing for a photo with her and her mother at the CIA office in The Woodlands, Texas, in November 2003.

“As soon as the picture was being snapped on the one-two-three he dropped his hands from my waist down to my buttocks and gave it a nice, ripe squeeze, which would account for the fact that in the photograph my mouth is hanging wide open,” she said.

The former president was 79-year-old at the time.

Last month, after several other women came forward with similar stories, George H.W. Bush’s spokesman said that due to the former president’s use of a wheel chair, “his arms fall on the lower waist of people with whom he takes pictures”.

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A #MeToo march has been organized on November 12 in Hollywood in support of victims of assault and harassment.

The march, attended by hundreds of people, follows a torrent of assault and harassment allegations against public figures, set off by revelations about Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.

The marchers started on Hollywood Boulevard and walked along the “Walk of Fame” to CNN’s headquarters.

They were predominantly women but many men attended.

The #MeToo hashtag was first used by social activist Tarana Burke and popularized by Italian actress Alyssa Milano in the wake of the Weinstein allegations.

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Tarana Burke led November 12 march.

“For every Harvey Weinstein, there’s a hundred more men in the neighborhood who are doing the exact same thing,” the activist wrote on Facebook ahead of the event.

“What we’re seeing, at least for now, is a unity of survivors, a community of survivors that have grown out of this #MeToo viral moment, that I’m just hoping and praying that we can sustain.”

Kevin Spacey and Louis CK are among the high-profile figures accused of harassment over the past few weeks.

On November 10, Louis CK published an apology admitting after years of denials that the allegations were true.

The comedian wrote: “The power I had over these women is that they admired me. And I wielded that power irresponsibly.”

Last month, the New York Times reported that Harvey Weinstein, 65, had settled out of court with eight women who had accused him of harassment and unwanted physical contact.

Harvey Weinstein has also been accused of rape, but said through a spokesperson that he “unequivocally denied” any allegations of non-consensual contacts.

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While thinking of a business idea is relatively easy, it takes skill, patience and determination to build a thriving company that can stand the test of time. Get one thing wrong and your dream could crash and burn, so with this in mind here are five important steps to creating a profitable business.

  1. Be organized and efficient

As an employee, most of the daily organizational tasks are thought of for you. You’re just a cog in the wheel. When you it go alone and head up your own business, however, it’s essential to be efficient from the start to avoid ending up in a confused mess down the line. There’s plenty to think about from purchasing assets to reporting employee wages and salaries, so it’s important to come up with a well thought out business plan and to implement it in a structured way.

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  1. Understand your finances

If you don’t have a firm understanding of your finances from the word go, it will be hard to make a success of your business. As an entrepreneur, you must keep an eye on the numbers including: cash flow; net income; profit and loss; sales; price point (the price at which to sell a product/service in order to make a profit), gross margin and total inventory.

Looking over your figures once a year is simply not enough. Instead, you need to monitor price movements and financial-related issues on a regular basis.

  1. Build a trustworthy and talented team

Behind every successful company is a trustworthy and talented team. Employees with a lazy, negative or unenthusiastic attitude can be bad for business, so instead look for bright, talented and conscientious individuals who will bring a sense of urgency and innovation to their role. While the interview process is never easy, be sure to browse through resumes thoroughly – looking beyond the ‘too good to be true’ track record – and give potential employees a trial period to see if they are up to scratch.

  1. Have a high-speed internet connection

Whether your company is entirely internet based or has an online element, having a high-speed internet connection is important – especially if you rely on real-time data as in the trading industry. There is simply no time to sit and wait for pages to buffer when digital competition is fierce, so be sure to utilize the newest in connective technology. Not only will this allow for easier and faster collaboration with your business partners or clients, a seamless connection will also boost your reputation giving you a strong and reliable online presence.

  1. Track your progress

To create a profitable business, you must stay on the ball. Monitoring campaigns is of paramount importance and you can do this by setting Key Performance Indicators frequently referred to as KPIs. These are measurable values that demonstrate whether or not you are achieving your company objectives. If you want to improve brand awareness through social media, for instance, you may challenge yourself to get 1000 new followers on Facebook or Twitter over a set time.  You can then check to see if you are meeting this objective or if you need to rethink your strategy.

Running a business is far from easy but with a considerable amount of hard work, a talented team and a firm grasp of your figures, it is possible.

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Ex-President Barack Obama has turned up for jury duty at a Chicago courthouse, but was dismissed by the judge without being called on to serve.

Crowds thronged the Daley Center municipal building to catch a glimpse of the former president, who has a home in the Illinois city.

On November 8, Barack Obama left his home at 09:30 local time and returned at around midday.

Each potential juror receives a $17.20 cheque from the county.

News helicopters filmed from above as Barack Obama’s Secret Service motorcade moved from his home in the Kenwood neighborhood to an indoor car park downtown.

Wearing a jacket but no tie, the former president took a lift to the 17th floor, where he was met by other jurors as well as journalists, court staffers and lawyers.

After watching an “introduction to jury duty” video, Cook County Chief Judge Timothy Evans dismissed Barack Obama.

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Later in the day, the former leader delivered a paid speech to investment firm GCM Grosvenor, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

Barack Obama’s communications director Katie Hill said in a statement that the former Democratic president “believes the most important office in our democracy is that of citizen, and he considers jury duty a core obligation of citizenship”.

He had previously been summoned in 2010, during his first four-year term as president, but he managed to get a postponement from the court.

Barack Obama’s excuse at the time was that he had a previously scheduled meeting with the president of the Kurdistan region of Iraq.

In 2015, ex-President George W. Bush was called to jury duty in Dallas, Texas.

After posing for photos with other jurors, the former president was also dismissed.

In 2013, former President Bill Clinton was also dismissed from serving on a New York City jury hearing a gang shooting case.

Be it any means, WIFI, LAN or any other medium all people need is faster internet. With everything becoming a gain and loss thing you can see everyone on the 4th gear making the most of every minute. There is no time to wait and buffer. Be it a student watching videos online or a person working online, no one wants to buffer for a minute. In this article, we are going to describe about the changes and advantages that one can get from high speed Internet.


With LAN cables or DSL, speed and bandwidth both can be affected by the number of users on the same network or by the line quality.

Infrastructure continues to be improved and Internet speeds get faster every day

Security reasons:

Sometimes we don’t consider on emphasizing the fact that we are exposed to a technical world. We should make it sure that the service is secure and also to utilize the newest in connectivity technology.

The strength of the signals:

With customary broadband Internet by means of DSL or Ethernet over the Copper wire, the signal degrades as the consumer moves away from the button. The signal power of fiber-optic Internet does not debase as quickly over distance. Organizations in comparatively large spaces could advantage from better signal strength throughout the facility. This could be mostly true for employees in workspaces that are located a significant reserve from the telecommunications room, which may be harmfully impacted by distance with broadband Internet.

Easy and faster collaboration:

When you own a business, you need to have collaboration with your business partners or clients; this is the reason why you need one fast internet. Collaboration is how the business is done today, and the top small business high rate internet enables improved collaboration. With fast upload speeds and kind bandwidth, businesses can contribute to large files with no trouble, and take maximum advantage of the communications technologies like having an online conferencing and also screen sharing. With dependable high speeds, there’s less waiting around drawn in collaboration.

Online Profit:

You would have no clues that how much profits can your online website produce. Those who have online resources can get handsomely paid for it because most companies in today’s time understand the significance of a strapping online presence, and invest time and resources in having a grand website and a strong presence on social media platforms. With some small business the high speed internet in your company won’t have any problems while they upload how-to videos or clips that are mostly viewed by people. These companies also upload their product demos and other multimedia contents online. As many eyes they catch, each clicks they get, every view they have, they earn from it and the one who is coordinating social media will be able to count on this dependable, fast connection that makes it simple and trouble free to get connected and interact with the clients and potential customers.

Cloud Connection is also easier:

Maintaining the premises hardware can turn out to be a burden on the one responsible for that, particularly when it comes to small businesses. So it is very much useful for them because there are so many businesses that are shifting processes to the cloud and making their life easy. Running a business processes in the cloud will save all the money that you lose on capital investment costs, and it also cuts down all the small business that are in need for an on-site IT hardware protection. If you have to use cloud processes professionally, your business will need a dependable and also a high speed internet. If you are being able to put business processes in the cloud it helps you to keep your expenses down and immensely increase your productivity.

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Devin Patrick Kelley, the man who killed 26 people at the Sutherland Springs church, was armed with three guns and had argued with his mother-in-law before the rampage, officials say.

The gunman opened fire at the small church outside San Antonio during Sunday services.

Devin Patrick Kelley, 26, called his father after he was shot by an armed bystander and said he did not think he would survive.

According to officials, he was not legally permitted to own the weapons, including a semi-automatic rifle and two pistols.

Freeman Martin, the regional director for the Texas Department of Public Safety, told reporters it appeared that Devin Patrick Kelley died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound after first being shot by a “good Samaritan”.

“This was not racially motivated, it wasn’t over religious beliefs,” Freeman Martin said.

“There was a domestic situation going on with the family and in-laws,” he said, adding that Devin Patrick Kelley had sent threatening texts to his mother-in-law.

His mother-in-law, Michelle Schields, was not present during the shooting at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs.

However, Michelle Schields’ mother – Lula White – was killed in the hail of bullets, according to relatives’ Facebook posts and interviews with the New York Daily News.

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Sutherland Springs Church Shooting: At Least 26 People Killed during Sunday Services

Devin Patrick Kelley fled the scene after exchanging gunfire with a local resident who heard gunshots from coming from across the road, Freeman Martin told reporters on November 6.

Johnnie Langendorff told local media that he picked up the Texas man, identified by media as Stephen Willeford, and the pair pursued Kelley in a car chase.

He said they drove at speeds of up to 95mph until the attacker lost control of his car and crashed.

Devin Patrick Kelley was later found dead inside his vehicle with what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound, police said.

Wilson County Sheriff Joe Tackitt said between 12 and 14 children were among those killed in the attack in Sutherland Springs, a small town 30 miles south-east of the city of San Antonio.

The First Baptist Church’s pastor, Frank Pomeroy, told media his 14-year-old daughter, Annabelle, was among those killed.

According to officials, 23 people were found dead inside the church while two people were fatally shot outside. Another died in hospital, authorities said.

Of the 20 wounded, 10 are in hospital in a critical condition.

Devin Patrick Kelley was court-martialed in 2012 after he was accused of assault against his wife and step-son. He was sentenced to 12 months’ confinement.

At least 26 people have been killed after a gunman opened fire at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, during Sunday services, police say.

Sutherland Springs is a small town in Wilson County.

Police official Albert Gamez Jr. confirmed the number of fatalities to CBS News.

The gunman, who is reported to have been killed in the aftermath, entered the church and opened fire at around 11:30 local time.

Albert Gamez Jr. said: “The details are kind of sketchy but what I know right now, what they’re telling me, like 27 deceased and over 20, 25 injured.”

“They’re talking about the shooter is dead also,” he added.

According to locals, about 50 people usually attend the service. Local media outlets reported that children were among the dead.

The gunman died after a brief car chase into nearby Guadalupe County slightly to the north, a Sherriff’s Office deputy from that county told CNN.

However, it is not clear if he was killed by police or killed himself, the spokesman said.

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The pastor and his wife were out of town at the time, the pastor of neighboring River Oak Church told KSAT 12.

“We were in the middle of our church service down the road when we got phone calls from friends about this – and they said there was an active shooter at First Baptist Church,” he said.

“We had some first responders in our church, who immediately left and went down there. And then my church went to do what we do – we started praying… we knew the best thing we could do was stay out of the way.”

The River Oak Church pastor said people had been told some news which was “private and personal for the families that are here… we cannot release any of that”.

Sutherland Springs is a small town with just a few hundred residents, which lies about 30 miles southeast of the city of San Antonio.

The San Antonio FBI branch said its agents had been deployed, and there was no indication of the gunman’s motive.

The FBI also said that while only one shooter was reported, it was looking into other possibilities.

Photos and video from the scene showed the area taped off by local law enforcement.

A number of helicopters have arrived to transport the wounded, KSAT 12 reporter Max Massey said.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott said: “Our prayers are with all who were harmed by this evil act. Our thanks to law enforcement for their response.”

He said more details would be released by the Texas Department of Public Safety shortly.

President DonaldTrump, who is on a tour of Asia, tweeted: “May God be with the people of Sutherland Springs, Texas. The FBI and law enforcement are on the scene. I am monitoring the situation from Japan.”

The church is southeast of San Antonio between La Vernia, Floresville and Stockdale off Texas 87 at 216 4th Street.

Sutherland Springs is about 21 miles east of Downtown San Antonio and according to the latest data has a population of about 643.

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Ex-President Barack Obama has been summoned for jury duty in Illinois and is planning to serve, a court official says.

Details have not been released but Barack Obama, 56, is expected to appear in Cook County next month.

The former president owns a home in Washington DC and also in Chicago and could be called for civil or criminal cases.

Bill Clinton and George W. Bush also appeared for jury selection after leaving the White House.

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Barack Obama went to Harvard Law School and lectured at the University of Chicago’s law school for 12 years before he joined the Senate. He also worked as a civil rights lawyer.

According to Chicago Tribune, Cook County Chief Judge Timothy Evans said: “He made it crystal-clear to me through his representative that he would carry out his public duty as a citizen and resident of this community.”

Judge Timothy Evans said that Barack Obama’s security was a priority. A spokesman for the former president has not commented.

Jurors in the county get paid $17.25 for each day served.

If chosen, Barack Obama would not be the first high-profile person to appear on a jury in Cook County – celebrity Oprah Winfrey sat on a jury for a murder trial in 2004, NPR reports.

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Ex-President George H.W. Bush has issued a second apology to “anyone he has offended” after a second allegation of assault emerged.

Jordana Grolnick told website Deadspin George Bush Sr. groped her in 2016 after announcing his favorite magician was “David Cop-a-Feel”.

Another actress, Heather Lind, had already come forward to say George Bush Sr. had “touched me from behind”.

The former president’s spokesman said it was supposed to put people “at ease”.

In a statement supplied to media outlets, the spokesman said: “At age 93, President Bush has been confined to a wheelchair for roughly five years, so his arm falls on the lower waist of people with whom he takes pictures.

“To try to put people at ease, the president routinely tells the same joke — and on occasion, he has patted women’s rears in what he intended to be a good-natured manner.

“Some have seen it as innocent; others clearly view it as inappropriate. To anyone he has offended, President Bush apologizes most sincerely.”

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Like Heather Lind, Jordana Grolnick shared a photo of the moment the alleged assault took place on social media platform Instagram.

The picture, taken during the interval of a play Jordana Grolnick was performing in, appears to show George Bush’s hand on her bottom.

The actress told Deadspin: “He reached his right hand around to my behind, and as we smiled for the photo he asked the group, <<Do you want to know who my favorite magician is?>>

“As I felt his hand dig into my flesh, he said, <<David Cop-a-Feel!>>”

Heather Lind made a similar allegation against George H.W. Bush, who served one term as president starting in 1989, saying he had “touched me from behind from his wheelchair” and told a “dirty joke” while posing for a photo in an Instagram post which has since been deleted.

The incident allegedly took place during an event in 2014 for the TV show Turn: Washington’s Spies, in which Heather Lind is one of the main cast members.

Heather Lind finished her post with the hashtag #metoo, which has seen widespread use by victims of assault to share their experiences in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein Hollywood scandal.

In his initial apology, George Bush’s spokesman said the wheelchair-bound former president “most sincerely apologizes if his attempt at humor offended Ms Lind”.

George H.W. Bush, the father of former President George W. Bush, who served two terms in the office between 2001 and 2009, suffers from a form of Parkinson’s disease.