Legendary comedian Mort Sahl dies at age 94

Legendary US comedian and political satirist Mort Sahl – who skewered US presidents from Dwight Eisenhower to Donald Trump – has died. He passed away on Tuesday in Mill Valley, California, at the age of 94, a friend told AP News. Sahl’s biting political commentary won him legions of fans starting in the 1950s and has been credited as the inspiration for modern stand-up comedy. His Cold War material is credited for setting the bar for political comedy. Born in Montreal, Sahl moved with his family to Los Angeles as a child and got his start as a comedian at … Continue reading Legendary comedian Mort Sahl dies at age 94

US revokes licence of top Chinese telecoms company

Washington has revoked the US licence of one of China’s biggest telecoms companies citing “national security” concerns. China Telecom must stop providing services in America within 60 days. Officials said the Chinese government’s control of the company gave it the opportunity “to access, store, disrupt, and/or misroute US communications”. This in turn could allow it “to engage in espionage and other harmful activities against the US”, they said. China Telecom, which has provided telecoms services in the US for nearly 20 years, called the decision “disappointing”. “We plan to pursue all available options while continuing to serve our customers,” a … Continue reading US revokes licence of top Chinese telecoms company

Israeli con artist wanted in Germany arrested in the Philippines

An Israeli man wanted in Germany was able to avoid detection in the Phillippines for over a year before being arrested by the Bureau of Immigration in Manila, the agency said on Tuesday. Kfir L., 43, has been charged by authorities in Bavaria of allegedly swindling more than €6.3 million ($7.3 million) from some 200 unsuspecting victims. He was reportedly a member of a larger criminal syndicate that operated a dubious online trading platform that used email and telephone calls to persuade people to invest huge sums of money in fake portfolios, promising huge rewards. His alleged crimes were carried out between … Continue reading Israeli con artist wanted in Germany arrested in the Philippines

Jeff Bezos unveils plans for ‘space business park’

Blue Origin, the space tourism company owned by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, has announced plans to launch a commercial space station. Bosses said on Monday that they hope to operate the station, named “Orbital Reef,” by the end of the decade. Promotional material released by the company claims the station will be a “mixed-use business park” in space and will host up to 10 people. The company will partner with Sierra Space and Boeing to build the outpost. Blue Origin said the 32,000 sq ft station would provide customers with an ideal location for “film-making in microgravity” or “conducting cutting-edge … Continue reading Jeff Bezos unveils plans for ‘space business park’

Update: Samsung heir Lee Jae-yong convicted and fined on drug charges

Samsung heir Lee Jae-yong has been convicted and fined for illegally using the sedative propofol. The embattled businessman had taken the drug, commonly used as anaesthesia, dozens of times in recent years. Under South Korean law, recipients of a controlled drug can be prosecuted as well as those who administer it. The controversial heir had just been released on parole in August, having spent 20 months in jail for bribery and embezzlement convictions. During his latest trial, prosecutors said that Lee used propofol multiple times between 2015 and 2020 under the guise of skin treatment. But his lawyer claimed it … Continue reading Update: Samsung heir Lee Jae-yong convicted and fined on drug charges

Tesla passes $1 trillion in market value after Hertz orders 100,000 of its vehicles

The rental car company Hertz said on Monday that it would buy 100,000 vehicles from Tesla, sending the electric vehicle company’s stock surging and boosting founder and chief executive Elon Musk’s fortunes by billions.Tesla chief executive Elon Musk dances onstage during a delivery event for Tesla China-made Model 3 cars in Shanghai in January 2020. The order, which Hertz said it would complete by the end of 2022, is part of its “significant investment to offer the largest EV (electric vehicle) rental fleet in North America,” the company said in a statement. Tesla shares rose by more than 12 percent after … Continue reading Tesla passes $1 trillion in market value after Hertz orders 100,000 of its vehicles

Russian warship wards off pirate attack near African coast

A Russian Navy destroyer has fended off a pirate attack on a container ship near the western coast of Africa, Russia’s Defence Ministry said on Tuesday. Destroyer Vice Admiral Kulakov received a distress signal from Panama-registered container ship Lucia en route from Togo to Cameroon on Monday, the ministry said in a statement, and dispatched a unit of marines on a helicopter to it. The pirates immediately fled, allowing Russian soldiers to free the ship’s crew. The Russian destroyer was part of a group patrolling the Gulf of Guinea to ensure the security of civilian navigation. Continue reading Russian warship wards off pirate attack near African coast

This Clown Again: Former Japanese Prime Minister says global warming has made rice ‘Tastier’

Former Prime Minister Taro Aso says that he believes global warming has improved the quality of rice in Japan.Former Prime Minister Taro Aso claims that global warming has allegedly improved the quality of rice in Japan. Aso continued his remarks by saying that while people associate a warmer climate with negative consequences, there is “something good” that could come from it. This isn’t the first time the 81-year-old politician has made controversial comments in front of the public eye. In January 2020, Aso stated that Japan has been ruled under a single language and ethnic identity for the past 2,000 … Continue reading This Clown Again: Former Japanese Prime Minister says global warming has made rice ‘Tastier’

Hong Kong to further tighten Covid-19 travel restrictions

Hong Kong will tighten coronavirus travel restrictions to bring it more into line with the Chinese mainland, its leader said Tuesday, as the city extended its streak of more than two months without a major local outbreak.Hong Kong has one of the strictest mandatory Covid-19 quarantine regimes in the world The announcement came despite concerns from the international hub’s business community that the city remains indefinitely cut off from the rest of the world, with one of the strictest mandatory quarantine regimes of any jurisdiction. Most arrivals have to undergo 14 to 21 days of hotel quarantine. Chief Executive Carrie … Continue reading Hong Kong to further tighten Covid-19 travel restrictions

Ex-South Korean President Roh Tae-woo dies at 88

A Seoul hospital says former South Korean President Roh Tae-woo has died. He was 88.Former South Korean President Roh Tae-woo, with his wife Kim Ok-sook standing beside him. The Seoul National University Hospital said Roh died on Tuesday while being treated for an illness. It gave no further details. Roh led an army division into Seoul in support of the 1979 military coup that that made his army friend Chun Doo-hwan president. The coup and a subsequent military crackdown on pro-democracy protesters in 1980 are two of the darkest chapters in South Korea’s modern history. Massive pro-democracy uprisings in 1987 … Continue reading Ex-South Korean President Roh Tae-woo dies at 88

UBS sells Spanish wealth management business to Singular Bank

UBS Group has agreed to sell its Spanish wealth management business to Madrid-based Singular Bank, the Swiss bank said on Monday, its second exit from a European market in the past 12 months. UBS said it was selling UBS Gestion to Singular for an undisclosed sum. German newspaper Handelsblatt said Singular Bank will pay UBS between 200 million and 250 million euros ($291 million) for the subsidiary. The deal follows UBS’s exit from Austria last December, when it sold its operation catering for wealthy clients to Liechenstein-based private bank LGT. UBS, the world’s largest wealth manager with more than $3 … Continue reading UBS sells Spanish wealth management business to Singular Bank

Father allegedly shoots son because he wouldn’t stop playing guitar

A man in Ohio reportedly took drastic measures after becoming frustrated with his son’s guitar-playing. According to the Cincinnati Enquirer, 79-year-old Fred Hensley Sr. has been charged with felonious assault and domestic violence after allegedly shooting his adult son, 50-year-old Fred Hensley Jr. The former had become angry because his son had been playing the guitar for too long, reported Local 12. The weapon used in the Sunday shooting was a .380 pistol said police, per the news outlet. Hensley Sr. reportedly told authorities that, in the alleged shooting, he had been aiming to hit his son’s guitar, not his actual … Continue reading Father allegedly shoots son because he wouldn’t stop playing guitar