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Kuo: High-End iPad and MacBook With Mini-LED Displays to Launch Between Late 2020 and Mid 2021 – MacRumors

September 29th, 2019

Andie MacDowell opens up about daughter’s relationship with Pete Davidson – Fox News

September 29th, 2019

Andie MacDowell said in an interview on Saturday that her 24-year-old daughter Margaret Qualley “has a beautiful relationship” with “Saturday Night Live” actor Pete Davidson.

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People magazine reported that the two have been spotted traveling together and one witness spotted them on a flight and said it was apparent that they were together.

“They were very smiley and flirty,” the source told the magazine. “Some fans approached them and they happily signed autographs. They left the airport together for the same hotel.

Davidson was recently engaged to singer Ariana Grande and had a brief romance with Kate Beckinsale, the New York Post said.

Margaret Qualley seen in "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood"

Margaret Qualley seen in “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”

Qualley’s career has been on the rise. She was in Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” and HBO’s “The Leftovers.”

US Magazine reported that her most recent relationship was with Cary Fukunaga, who is 18 years her senior.

MacDowell appears to be optimistic about their relationship.

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“She has a beautiful relationship with him but I don’t want to step on her relationship too much,” MacDowell told People. “They have a nice relationship.”

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Violent clashes break out at Maxime Bernier event in Hamilton – CBC News

September 29th, 2019

A peaceful protest outside an event for Maxime Bernier turned violent Sunday evening as supporters of the People’s Party of Canada began to arrive and enter the venue.

A scuffle occurred about half-an-hour before the event — at Hamilton’s Mohawk College — was scheduled to start. Two men from opposing sides of the protests were led away in handcuffs by police. 

There were a total of four arrests for “breach of the peace,” Hamilton Police said, and all of those people were later released without conditions.

A large crowd of protesters decrying the event stood outside with signs advocating for immigrant rights and denouncing neo-Nazis and white supremacism. Supporters of the People’s Party — some wearing “Make America Great Again” hats — stood behind police and engaged with some of the protesters verbally for about an hour.

Police worked to keep protesters and supporters separated outside of Mohawk College’s 1,000-seat McIntyre Art Centre. (Justin Mowat/CBC)

Bernier talks ‘personal freedom’

When the event got underway inside, Bernier emerged on stage to Survivor’s Rocky III soundtrack song Eye of the Tiger. He received multiple standing ovations throughout the night for pledging to increase “personal freedoms” for all Canadians. 

He was joined onstage by American YouTuber and political commentator Dave Rubin and two PPC candidates. Bernier praised all of his candidates, saying “[they] are not real politicians … and that’s great. People don’t trust politicians anymore.”

The four chatted at length about preserving “freedom” from censorship in Canada, their doubts about climate change science and Bernier’s plan to repeal the Multiculturalism Act.

People’s Party Leader Maxime Bernier speaks at the event on Sunday, which sparked controversy for Mohawk College. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press)

When asked if he’d be willing to engage in a debate with protesters outside the venue, Rubin said “I’d be happy to talk to them if they’re not in my face and screaming at me and calling me a Nazi.”

“If I could sit down with any of those people and chat about it, I would try to do exactly what I did [on stage Sunday], which is really try to get them to understand what are your rights, where do your rights come from and how special it is to live in a place like Canada or the U.S.,” Rubin said.

Controversy for college

Bernier was at Mohawk College for an event to discuss free speech with Rubin. The college enlisted extra security for the event after word of possible protests spread.

Rubin tweeted earlier this week that the event had been cancelled due to “threats from Antifa,” or left-wing anti-fascist protesters, but later clarified the event was still going ahead as planned.

The college has been criticized for renting the space to Bernier and his party, with some citing Bernier’s statements about “extreme multiculturalism” as something that creates division among Canadians.

Jackson Gates, a paralegal student at the college, raised several concerns about the event in an email to Mohawk officials. Gates said Bernier has incited hate toward marginalized communities and that by hosting the forum the college was contradicting its own statements about being welcoming and inclusive. 

“Profiting from the Maxime Bernier event and over the objections and concerns of your students and faculty is just wrong,” he wrote, adding he believes Mohawk should have told Rubin and Bernier to hold their event somewhere else.

College spokesperson Bill Steinburg told CBC News earlier this week that “the space that’s being used is space that’s rented to the public regularly and the party is a party that’s part of the federal political dialogue right now.”

“We’re not endorsing anybody when we rent our space,” he said.

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‘I deserve to meet my accuser’: Trump tweets about whistleblower as Democrats eye his calls with Putin – Global News

September 29th, 2019

Congress is determined to get access to Donald Trump’s calls with Russian President Vladimir Putin and other world leaders, the U.S. House Intelligence Committee’s chairman said on Sunday, citing concerns that the Republican president may have jeopardized national security.

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“I think the paramount need here is to protect the national security of the United States and see whether in the conversations with other world leaders — and in particular with Putin — that the president was also undermining our security in a way that he thought would personally benefit his campaign,” Democrat Adam Schiff said on NBC’s Meet the Press.

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The Democratic-led House last week launched an official impeachment inquiry into Trump in the aftermath of a whistleblower complaint from an individual within the U.S. intelligence community that Trump solicited interference by Ukraine in the 2020 election for his own political benefit.

The whistleblower’s complaint cited a telephone call in which Trump asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to open an investigation of former Vice President Joe Biden, a leader among Democratic candidates seeking to challenge Trump in 2020, and his son Hunter. Hunter Biden sat on the board of a Ukrainian gas company.

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Trump, in a series of Twitter posts on Sunday evening, said he wanted to “meet” the whistleblower, who he called “my accuser,” as well as “the person who illegally gave this information” to the whistleblower.

WATCH: Trump whistleblower to testify over Ukraine call

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“Was this person SPYING on the U.S. President? Big Consequences!” wrote Trump, who added without providing evidence, “I want Schiff questioned at the highest level for Fraud & Treason.”

The CBS program 60 Minutes reported that the whistleblower is under federal protection after receiving threats.

Trump’s July 25 phone call came shortly after the United States froze nearly $400 million in aid to Ukraine, prompting concern that the president was using the taxpayer money approved by Congress as leverage for his personal political gain.

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The complaint said White House lawyers directed that an electronic summary of the call be moved from the place where such things are usually kept to a separate electronic system reserved for classified and especially sensitive material — a move Democrats have called part of a cover-up.

“If those conversations with Putin or with other world leaders are sequestered in that same electronic file that is meant for covert action, not meant for this, if there’s an effort to hide those and cover those up, yes we’re determined to find out,” Schiff said on NBC’s Meet the Press.

Schiff did not say whether he plans to subpoena that information. The White House did not respond to a request for comment.

The intelligence committee has reached an agreement with the whistleblower to appear before the panel, Schiff told ABC’s This Week. Schiff said he hoped the whistleblower would appear very soon.

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The Ukraine scandal arose just months after Special Counsel Robert Mueller finished an investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election that concluded that Moscow waged a campaign of hacking and propaganda to boost Trump’s candidacy.

Mueller’s investigative report, released in redacted form in April, laid out numerous contacts between Russian officials and Trump’s campaign, but found insufficient evidence to determine that a criminal conspiracy had taken place.

‘DEEP STATE OPERATIVE’

Trump has defended his phone call with Zelenskiy and called the whistleblower a “political hack.”

White House adviser Stephen Miller took up the attack on Sunday, accusing the whistleblower of being part of a “deep state” government conspiracy against Trump.

“I know the difference between a whistleblower and a ‘deep state’ operative. This is a ‘deep state’ operative pure and simple,” Miller told “Fox News Sunday.”

“The president of the United States is the whistleblower. And this individual is a saboteur trying to undermine a democratically elected government,” Miller added.

Trump’s former homeland security adviser Tom Bossert, in a break with the president, called himself “deeply disturbed” by Trump’s call with Zelenskiy, and not just because the president sought assistance in getting political dirt on Biden.

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Bossert voiced concern that Trump also asked Zelenskiy to investigate the U.S. cybersecurity firm CrowdStrike, which looked into the hacking of Democratic Party emails in 2016 and helped lead American intelligence to conclude that Russia had done it, as well as the location of a Democratic server.

Bossert, who resigned from his post last year, said Trump was referring to “a debunked conspiracy theory that somehow Ukraine, not Russia, hacked the Democratic emails in 2016.”

“I honestly believe this president has not gotten his pound of flesh yet from past grievances on the 2016 investigation. … If he continues to focus on that white whale, it’s going to bring him down,” Bossert told “This Week.”

Schiff said Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani appeared to lay the foundation for Trump’s call to Zelenskiy through his efforts to encourage Ukrainian authorities to investigate the Bidens.

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Schiff told ABC his committee would decide whether to have Giuliani testify after the investigation fleshes out details of his involvement.

Giuliani said on Sunday he would testify only with Trump’s approval.

Trump’s Republican supporters in Congress defended the president’s actions. “I have zero problems with this phone call,” Senator Lindsey Graham told the CBS program Face the Nation.

Lawmakers are working out logistics to protect the whistleblower’s identity and get security clearance for lawyers who represent the whistleblower. A person close to the whistleblower said on Sunday many issues remained to be worked out.

WATCH: Lindsey Graham calls impeachment of Trump ‘a sham’

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Surface 7 with ARM chip could finally rival the iPad Pro – SlashGear

September 29th, 2019

Busbee, hitmaking music producer and songwriter, has died at age 43 – Entertainment Weekly News

September 29th, 2019

Busbee, music producer and songwriter, has died at age 43 | EW.com

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Forever 21 fashion chain closing all Canadian stores – CTV News

September 29th, 2019

Anne D’Innocenzio, The Associated Press
Published Sunday, September 29, 2019 10:24PM EDT
Last Updated Monday, September 30, 2019 10:26AM EDT

NEW YORK — Low-price fashion chain Forever 21, a once-hot destination for teen shoppers, will close all 44 of its Canadian stores and up to 178 locations in the United States while restructuring its global business under bankruptcy protection.

The Los Angeles-based company announced Sunday that it had filed for protection under U.S. and Canadian laws and confirmed Monday that it plans an “orderly” wind-down of the entire Canadian business.

“Forever 21 has made the difficult decision to discontinue further financial and operational support for Forever 21 Canada as we reposition the brand and global business to adapt to the current retail environment,” it said in a statement.

The company said it would focus on maximizing the value of its stores in the United States, where it had 500 locations prior to the downsizing.

“All 44 Forever 21 Canada stores in Canada will close before the end of the year and we have plans to liquidate our store inventory in the near term,” the company said in an emailed statement.

“Canadian customers can continue to shop our curated assortment of merchandise on our U.S. website.”

Forever 21 will also close most of its locations in Asia and Europe but will continue operating in Mexico and Latin America.

The numbers show the crisis facing traditional retailers. So far this year, publicly traded U.S. retailers have announced they will close 8,558 stores and open 3,446, according to the global research firm Coresight Research. That compares with 5,844 closures and 3,258 openings in all of 2018.

Coresight estimates the store closures could number 12,000 by the end of 2019.

The Canadian retail scene has undergone similar trends but hasn’t been an exact copy of the United States.

Payless ShoeSource closed its 248 Canadian stores after filing for bankruptcy in February. However, Toys R Us Canada continues to operate as a separate business despite the closure of its American and British counterparts.

Forever 21 was founded in 1984 and, along with other so-called fast fashion chains like H&M and Zara, rode a wave of popularity among young customers that took off in the mid-1990s.

Their popularity grew during the Great Recession, when shoppers sought fashion bargains.

But over the last year or so, fast fashion has fallen out of style. Young customers are losing interest in throw-away clothes and are more interested in buying eco-friendly products. They’re also gravitating toward rental and online second-hand sites like Thredup, where they see clothes worn again instead of ending up in a landfill.

These trends are happening while discounters like Target have spruced up their fashion assortments, stealing away customers.

Forever 21 has also been more vulnerable than some other chains because of its large footprints in major malls, which are attracting fewer shoppers.

— With files from The Canadian Press in Toronto.

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China’s manufacturing PMI improves in September – MarketWatch

September 29th, 2019

BEIJING–An official gauge of China’s factory activity rebounded in September but continued to indicate a contraction, reflecting the headwinds faced by Chinese economy amid its protracted trade dispute with the U.S.

The manufacturing purchasing managers index rose to 49.8 in September from 49.5 in August, the National Bureau of Statistics said Monday. September’s reading was above the median forecast of 49.6 from a Wall Street Journal poll of 11 economists.

But the index has stayed below the 50 mark for five straight months, which indicates the activity was still cooling despite its improvement. A reading above 50 indicates an expansion in manufacturing activity, while a reading below 50 indicates a contraction.

A subindex measuring total new orders received by manufacturers in China rebounded to 50.5 in September from 49.7 in August. It was the first time the new order subindex showed an expansion since May.

New export orders, an indicator of external demand for Chinese goods, rose to 48.2 from 47.2 in August, while import orders recovered to 47.1 from 46.7 a month earlier.

Production also rebounded to 52.3 in September, compared with 51.9 in August.

Zhao Qinghe, an economist with the statistics bureau, said production in food processing, textiles and equipment rebounded sharply in September. China’s large manufacturing companies, which typically benefit the most from the government efforts to support the economy, were the major force behind the rise in the index this month, he said.

Beijing has released billions of dollars in liquidity into the banking system to encourage more lending to business as economic growth slips to a nearly three-decade low.

The official PMI data are based on the replies to monthly questionnaires sent to purchasing executives at 3,000 companies in 31 manufacturing sectors.

China ‘s official nonmanufacturing PMI, also released Monday, edged down to 53.7 from 53.8 in August.

— Grace Zhu

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Breast cancer symptoms: Seven signs you need to know to catch the condition early – Express

September 29th, 2019

One in three women don’t know what they are looking for when checking their breasts, according to figures, and one in seven have never seen or been shown how to check their breasts for signs of cancer. Additionally one in five women find breast checking an embarrassing topic to talk about. More than one in three say they have never spoken to anyone about breast cancer and only a third of people are able to correctly identify all the symptoms of breast cancer. These findings stress the importance of highlighting breast cancer awareness, knowing the signs and symptoms of the disease and opening up a dialogue amongst friends and family.

The Breast Cancer Awareness campaign is spearheaded by This Morning’s resident GP, Dr Zoe Williams.

Doctor Zoe Williams explained to Express.co.uk: “The aim for Breast Cancer Awareness 2019 is to galvanise all women of all ages to talk about breast cancer and be knowledgeable on breast checking.

“This includes knowing about breast cancer, who is at risk and knowing that it can happen at any age.

“We want to encourage women to know what their breasts look and feel like normally, so that they can spot any changes an understand how to do breast self-checks at home and the need to do it regularly.

“We want to provide information on the signs and symptoms of breast cancer to look out for, understand the importance of discussing breast checking and any history of breast cancer one may have amongst family members.”

Breast Cancer Awareness is a campaign that has been running for over 27 years, working alongside Estée Lauder and recognised by the  pink ribbon.

Doctor Zoe added: “The three main reasons why women don’t check their breasts for cancer is firstly because of embarrassment, secondly they don’t know how and thirdly they don’t know what they are looking for.”

When asked what age women should start checking their breasts, Doctor Zoe said: “The sooner the better really.

“As young girls start developing and getting their periods, so they should be taught by their mothers how to correctly check their breasts.”

In terms of the best way to check, Doctor Zoe advised: “It’s really down to the person.

“One should aim for at least once a month checking. Some women find it easier doing it in the shower or bath using soap.

“However others find it easier to do it in front of the mirror. Whichever way works for you just as long as you are doing it.”

Breast cancer symptoms are as follows:

  • A new lump or area of thickened tissue in either breast that was not there before
  • A change in the size or shape of one or both breasts
  • Bloodstained discharge from either of your nipples
  • A lump or swelling in either of your armpits
  • Dimpling on the skin of your breasts
  • A rash on or around your nipple
  • A change in the appearance of your nipple, such as becoming sunken into your breast

Breast pain is not usually a symptom of breast cancer.

Checking your breasts regularly can help you notice these symptoms.

The NHS advises: “Get to know what is normal for you – for instance, your breasts may look or feel different at different times of your life.

“This will make it much easier to spot potential problems.”

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All the Details on Hailey & Justin Bieber’s Intimate Rehearsal Dinner – E! NEWS

September 29th, 2019

Hailey and Justin Bieber are going all out for their latest wedding celebrations.

The celebrity couple is making up for lost time by throwing yet another wedding ceremony, after getting hitched in a courthouse ceremony around this time last year. And this time they are doing it the traditional way. 

On Sunday night, Hailey, Justin and their close friends and family members gathered at the Montage in Palmetto Bluffs in South Carolina to eat, drink and be merry, all in the name of love. The pair’s famous pals included, Joan Smalls, Kendall Jenner, Kenny Hamilton, Kyle Massey, Laura and Carl Lentz, Karla Welch, Justine Skye, and of course, Scooter Braun.

“Guests arrived by boat to the rehearsal dinner on the Palmetto property. There were several water taxis that took guests over around 6:30 p.m.,” a source tells E! News of their glitzy festivities. “The dinner was on the edge of the water and was outdoors. There were many string lights hanging and lit candles. Everyone was seated at long tables and the dècor was very chic and white.”

The insider added, “There were waiters standing greeting guests with champagne as they arrived.”

According to the source, the celebrity power couple arrived together after most of their guests had settled into the party. “Everyone cheered for them and they looked really happy to see everyone,” the source dished. “Hailey and Justin both could not stop smiling.”

The supermodel was in total bridal mode and donned a “short white dress” for the special occasion, according to the insider.

As a separate source previously told E! News, this is the “first time” that the two stars have been able to get all their friends and family together in one place. “They’ve never had everyone together in one place so they are excited about that,” our insider shared. “They are looking forward to having friends and family get to know each other throughout the weekend. They have several different events planned and hope that people will have a great time.”

There’s no doubt that there will be plenty of amusing activities—especially since Kendall was at the rehearsal dinner. Fans might recall the reality TV star and model planned Hailey’s rowdy bachelorette party, which, according to a source, included “fun sex toys, phallic straws, water bottles, candy necklaces, lingerie and a veil for Hailey to wear.”

“When Hailey saw everything she was dying laughing and got a big kick out of it all. It was the classic bachelorette party with all the fun props and silly toys. Hailey wasn’t shy and got right to it playing with everything and posing for photos,” the source shared. 

One can only hope that there will be just as much photos taken at Monday’s wedding ceremony!

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