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Alabama woman says ‘no doubt’ Apple Watch atrial fibrillation detection saved her life – 9to5Mac

August 23rd, 2019

Alabama woman says ‘no doubt’ Apple Watch atrial fibrillation detection saved her life  9to5Mac

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ALL New Star Wars, Marvel Shows Revealed at D23 – IGN Now – IGN

August 23rd, 2019

Obi-Wan Kenobi Disney+ Series Reaction and Plot Predictions – D23 2019 – IGN

August 23rd, 2019

Fortnite Brute is finally cut down to size – CNET

August 23rd, 2019

Trump doubles-down adds another 5 per cent tariff on Chinese goods – The Globe and Mail

August 23rd, 2019

A woman works on a production line in a fiber optics factory in Nantong in eastern China’s Jiangsu province. U.S. President Donald Trump angrily escalated his trade fight with China on Friday, Aug. 23, 2019, raising retaliatory tariffs and ordering American companies to consider alternatives to doing business there.

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U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday lashed back at a new round of Chinese tariffs by heaping an additional 5 per cent duty on some $550-billion in targeted Chinese goods in the latest tit-for-tat trade war escalation by the world’s two largest economies.

Trump’s move, announced on Twitter, came hours after China unveiled retaliatory tariffs on $75-billion worth of U.S. goods, prompting the president earlier in the day to demand U.S. companies move their operations out of China.

The intensifying U.S.-China trade war stoked market fears that the global economy will tip into recession, sending U.S. stocks into a tailspin, with the Nasdaq Composite down 3 per cent, and the S&P 500 down 2.6 per cent.

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U.S. Treasury yields also declined as investors sought safe-haven assets, and crude oil, targeted for the first time by Chinese tariffs, fell sharply.

Trump’s tariff response was announced after markets closed on Friday, leaving potentially more damage for next week.

“Sadly, past Administrations have allowed China to get so far ahead of Fair and Balanced Trade that it has become a great burden to the American Taxpayer,” Trump said on Twitter. “As President, I can no longer allow this to happen!”

He said the United States would raise its existing tariffs on $250-billion worth of Chinese imports to 30% from the current 25 per cent beginning on Oct. 1, the 70th anniversary of the founding of the communist People’s Republic of China.

At the same time, Trump announced an increase in planned tariffs on the remaining $300-billion worth of Chinese goods to 15 per cent from 10 per cent. The United States will begin imposing those tariffs on some products starting Sept. 1, but tariffs on about half of those goods have been delayed until Dec. 15.

The U.S. Trade Representative’s office confirmed the effective dates, but said it would conduct a public comment period before imposing the 30 per cent tariff rate on Oct. 1.

U.S. business groups reacted angrily to the new tariff hike.

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“It’s impossible for businesses to plan for the future in this type of environment. The administration’s approach clearly isn’t working, and the answer isn’t more taxes on American businesses and consumers. Where does this end?” said David French, a senior vice president for the National Retail Federation.

Trump is due to meet leaders of the G7 major economies at a summit this weekend in France, where trade tensions will be among the hottest discussion topics.


The president’s announcement, which followed an Oval Office meeting with his advisers, fits a pattern of swift retaliation since the trade dispute with China started more than a year ago.

“He decided he wanted to respond. He was given a few different options on things he could do and ultimately that was what he decided,” a senior White House official said.

“He’s not taking this stuff lightly, but he’s in a fine mood and looking forward to the G7.”

Another person familiar with the matter said officials had to scramble to come up with options after Trump caught them offguard with tweets promising a response in the afternoon.

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Since taking office in 2017, Trump has demanded that China make sweeping changes to its economic policies to end theft and forced transfers of American intellectual property, curb industrial subsidies, open its markets to American companies and increase purchases of U.S. goods.

China denies Trump’s accusations of unfair trade practices and has resisted concessions to Washington.

“We don’t need China and, frankly, would be far better off without them. The vast amounts of money made and stolen by China from the United States, year after year, for decades, will and must STOP,” Trump tweeted on Friday morning.

“Our great American companies are hereby ordered to immediately start looking for an alternative to China, including bringing your companies HOME and making your products in the USA.”

It’s unclear what legal authority Trump would be able to use to compel U.S. companies to close operations in China or stop sourcing products from the country. Experts said he could invoke the International Emergency Economic Powers Act used in the past for sanctions on Iran and North Korea, or cut offending companies out of federal procurement contracts..

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce rebuffed Trump’s call, urging “continued, constructive engagement.”

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“Time is of the essence. We do not want to see a further deterioration of U.S.-China relations,” Myron Brilliant, executive vice president and head of the business group’s international affairs, said in a statement.

Trump also said he was ordering shippers including FedEx . Inc, UPS and the U.S. Postal Service to search out and refuse all deliveries of the opioid fentanyl to the United States.

China’s Commerce Ministry said that on Sept. 1 and Dec. 15 it will impose additional tariffs of 5% or 10% on a total of 5,078 products originating from the United States and reinstitute tariffs of 25% on cars and 5% on auto parts suspended last December as U.S.-China trade talks accelerated.

It was unclear whether a new round of talks expected in September would go ahead.

China Daily, an official English-language daily often used by Beijing to communicate its message to the rest of the world, said China’s tariff list is the result of “prudent calculation.”

“With the U.S. proceeding at full throttle with its beggar-thy-neighbor policy, China has no choice but to fight back to protect its core national and economic interests,” it said in an editorial on Saturday.

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“China has taken the countermeasures so that U.S. decision-makers wake up and smell the coffee. And appreciate that until Washington follows the Osaka consensus, there can be no deal.”


The growing economic impact of the trade dispute was a key reason behind the U.S. Federal Reserve’s move to cut interest rates last month for the first time in more than a decade.

“The president’s trade war threatens to push the economy into a ditch,” said Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s Analytics. “The president is hoping that the Federal Reserve will … bail him out, but if he continues to pursue the war, the Fed won’t be up to the task.”

Among U.S. goods targeted by Beijing’s latest duties were soybeans, which will be hit with an extra 5% tariff starting Sept. 1. China will also tag beef and pork from the United States with an extra 10 per cent tariff, as well as ethanol with an additional 10 per cent duty from December 15.

Although the Trump administration has rolled out aid to farmers stung by China’s tariffs, there is growing frustration in America’s agricultural belt, a key political constituency for Trump as he heads into his 2020 re-election campaign.

“The view from much of farm country is bleak and anger is boiling over. With bankruptcies and delinquencies rising and prices falling, the frustration with the lack of progress toward a deal is growing,” the bipartisan Farmers for Free Trade group said in a statement.

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Marvel Announces New Spider-Man Animated Series For Disney Junior Amid Rift With Sony Over Film Franchise – Deadline

August 23rd, 2019

Well, this is awkward timing.

During Marvel Animation & Family Entertainment’s panel at Disney’s D23 Expo on Friday evening, the company announced a new original preschool animated series for Disney Junior, Marvel’s Spidey and His Amazing Friends. Set to debut in 2021, it marks the first full-length Marvel series for Disney Junior.

The news comes at the end of a tumultuous week for the Spider-Man live-action movie franchise. As Deadline first reported, a standoff between Sony and Marvel/Disney has led to Marvel chief Kevin Feige exiting the Sony’s Spider-Man franchise and a looming exit of Spider-Man from the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

“Preschool kids already love Spidey, so they’ll be delighted to have Peter Parker thwipping across their screens in this new series” Cort Lane, SVP, Marvel Animation & Family Entertainment, said in the announcement of the new series.


In Marvel’s Spidey and His Amazing Friends, Peter Parker, who is used to working solo, must discover what it takes to become a truly amazing super hero: being a spider friend who works well with others. Together with his friends Miles Morales and Gwen AKA Ghost-Spider, they will team up with heroes such as Hulk, Black Panther and Ms. Marvel, to defeat evil foes and learn that teamwork is the best way to save the day.

Earlier Friday at D23, Feige announced Ms. Marvel as one of the newest members of MCU with a live-action series in development at Disney+ and plans for the character to appear in Marvel movies.

Marvel’s Spidey and His Amazing Friends is executive produced by Alan Fine (Marvel’s The Avengers), Joe Quesada (Marvel’s Avengers Assemble), Dan Buckley (Marvel’s Spider-Man), Cort Lane (Ultimate Spider-Man), and Eric Radomski (Marvel’s Avengers Assemble); co-executive produced by Marsha Griffin, and supervising producer Harrison Wilcox. Alfred Gimeno serves as supervising animation producer, and Ashley Mendoza as story editor.


Fortnite Brute is finally nerfed – CNET

August 23rd, 2019

Deadly ‘super’ Salmonella outbreak linked to Mexican cheese, US beef – BGR

August 23rd, 2019

Coming down with a nasty Salmonella infection can easily sideline even the healthiest of people, but it’s when the bacteria show resistance to common treatments things start to look particularly scary.

A drug-resistant strain of Salmonella is at the center of a new report from the Centers for Disease Control, and its spread has been linked to both dairy and meat products from the United States as well as Mexico. A slow-growing outbreak of the bacteria has been traced to over 250 confirmed cases of illness and 60 hospitalizations, as well as two deaths.

As the CDC report explains, the strain was first identified in late 2018 as being multidrug-resistant, and the bacteria did not respond as expected to azithromycin, a commonly-prescribed antibiotic. This is particularly noteworthy because of all the variants of Salmonella studied by health experts in the United States, less than half a percent has shown resistance to the popular antibiotic.

While conducting its investigation, the CDC discovered individuals infected with this particular strain of bacteria from 32 U.S. states, and that nearly half of them reported recent travel to Mexico. Further investigation revealed that the bacteria originated in soft cheeses from Mexico as well as beef from the United States.

The CDC first stumbled upon this new strain of bacteria almost by accident. Health officials had been investigating a separate Salmonella outbreak in U.S. ground beef when they discovered a completely separate strain of the bacteria. Following that trail led them to find hundreds of patients who had been infected with this rare, drug-resistant variant.

Health experts have long feared the rise of so-called “superbugs” which are essentially drug-resistant versions of existing viruses and bacteria. Without go-to medicines to lean on, doctors could be left powerless to treat patients who come down with these infections, promoting their spread and potentially claiming many lives.

The CDC offers the following advice to keep yourself safe from bacteria, both “super” and not:

To prevent infection, consumers should avoid eating soft cheese that could be made with unpasteurized milk, and when preparing beef they should use a thermometer to ensure appropriate cooking temperatures are reached: 145°F (62.8°C) for steaks and roasts followed by a 3-minute rest time, and 160°F (71.1°C) for ground beef or hamburgers.


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August 23rd, 2019

Hilary Duff Is Reprising Her Role In “Lizzie McGuire” In A New Grown-Up Version Of The Series – BuzzFeed

August 23rd, 2019

In the series, Lizzie is “older, wiser, and has a bigger shoe budget.” She has her dream job as an apprentice to a decorator in New York City and her dream boyfriend, who’s a restauranteur in SoHo. But, even though she has her life more together now than she did in junior high, Lizzie’s still got some figuring out to do!