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Saudi high-ranking prince was killed

It was reported by the Saudi-owned satellite news channel Al-Arabiya, based in Dubai that the a helicopter carrying a high-ranking Saudi prince Prince Mansour bin Murquin and seven others crashed on Sunday in the kingdom’s south near the border with Yemen and it killed 8 people aboard.

Early Monday that the crashed happened in Saudi Arabia’s Air province as the official took part in a tour of local projects near Abha, roughly 840 kilometers southwest of Riyadh.- Saudi Interior Ministry.

There were no further details of the crashed but Security officials said, the investigation in on the process. Likewise to Yemen, Houthi officials offered no immediate comment. Al-Masirah satellite news channel reported only the crash had occurred and no further details.

Short Background of the killed prince “Prince Mansour”

Prince Mansour was the son of a former intelligence service director and a one-time crown prince of the kingdom, Prince Muqrin bin Abdulaziz who was removed as crown prince in April 2015 by his brother King Salman in favor of Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, a counterterrorism czar and interior minister.

However, in JunePrince Mohammed ousted by King Salman to favor his 32-year old son, Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Prince Mohammed bin Salman crowned and will be the first in line to the throne.

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Two New Rules under the Affordable Act. – Allowing employers to make exemptions for contraception

The were two new rules released on October 6, 2017 under Trump administration rolling back mandate to cover birth control.

The U.S Department of Health and Human Services released these rules and said “the change in rules will effect only a small fraction of women – around 120,000 nationally.

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    1. Allowing any employer to opt against providing birth control coverage based on the employer’s religious beliefs.
    2. Provides an exemption for organizations and small businesses that object on the basis of moral conviction rather than religious belief.

These legal changes had started already including with a lawsuit filed on Friday by the American Civil Liberties Union.

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According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, since contraception became a covered preventive benefit under Obamacare, the share of women employees in the U.S. who pay their own money for birth control pills has plunged to under 4 percent from 21 percent.

According to HHS in the statement, “The changes will not affect over 99.9 percent of the 165 million women in the United States. The impact for this exemptions is only for roughly 200 employers that have filed lawsuits based on religious or moral objections.

“No American  should be forced to violate his or her own conscience in order to abide by the laws and regulations governing our health care system. Todays action’s affirm the Trump administration’s commitment to upholding the freedom afforded all Americans under our constitution”, Caitlin Oakley, Health and Human Services press secretary.

For now, it is still uncertain how Catholic hospitals and universities will respond to these rules – The Associated Press.

Right after this legal changed rules, Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood contrasted the decision. “The Trump administration just took direct aim at birth control coverage for 62 million women. This is unacceptable attack on basic health care that the vast majority of women rely on”, said on a statement.

According to ACLU “The Trump Administration is forcing woman to pay for their boss’s religious beliefs.”

Because of these reactions, Virginia State Attorney General Mark Herring said, he and some other attorneys general are discussing a possible legal response.

Herring said, “Today’s decision by Trump administration puts healthcare decisions in the hands of women’s employer, which is so demeaning, discriminatory, and dangerous that it’s hard to put it into words,” “We have been anticipating this awful idea and have already begun working with other states to evaluate any legal response that may be appropriate to protect our citizens’ private decisions and access to affordable healthcare.

On the other hand, these new exemptions are being praised as a major victory for religious conservatives, with the U.S Conference of Catholic Bishops putting out a statement calling it a “return to common sense, long-standing federal practice and peaceful coexistence between church and state.

Conservative Family Research Council and Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Tex have applauded these exemptions too and tweeted “The administration ended a policy that was repugnant to our country’s tradition of religious freedom.”

North Korean launched missile flies to Japan

Pentagon says, North Korean has fired a missile and flies over Japan, NHK. This considers as their 13th launched this year.

According to Col. Rob Manning, the director of the press operations at the department of defense, “We assess North Korea conducted a missile launch within the last 90 minutes,”. “We can confirm that the missile launch by North Korea flew over Japan. We are in the process of assessing this launch.  This missile launch did not pose a threat to North America which was determined by North American Aerospace Defense Command, or NORAD. He added, ” We are working closely with pacific Command, strategic Command and NORAD, and we’ll provide an update as soon as possible.

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According to NHK, Japan’s national public broadcasting organization, ” The country will be collecting more information, – Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Japan’s Chief Cabinet secretary Yoshihide Suga said ” The missile, which was launched early Tuesday local time, landed in the ocean. Nothing seemed have dropped on Japanese soil,”

“We will be working with Korea and other nations and gather information to secure the population of Japan,”

It was the 13th missile launch this year by North Korea. In the past, North Korean ballistic missile have passed Japanese airspace 4 times.

February 2016 North Korea missile have passed over Japanese airspace – it was the launching of a satellite. 2012 Missile had passed and in 2009. The same reason given as of 2016.

Way back in 1998, North Korea fired a two-stage ballistic missile over Japan – no explanation given to this launched.

On Friday, North Korea fired three shot-range ballistic missiles but one of which failed.

North Korea seemed to have launching missile hobby. They might consider this missile launching as a fun game or it might be one of their sports in the future.

Microchip Implantation to People is Real

Microchip ImplantationWisconsin tech company workers agreed to have microchips implanted into their hands. The implant is the size of a grain of rice and will be placed between the thumb and forefinger.

The implantation purpose is for entering the office, log into computers and even buy a snack with just a swipe of the hand.

There are 80 employees at the company’s River Falls headquarters, and more than 50 had agreed to get implants – but the participation is not required.

Todd Westby, the CEO of tech company had an initial approached about it which drawn mixed decisions. Some were showing doubt, not willing to do it and some were excited. After all the convincing conversations, the majority of managers were opted to partner with BioHax International to get the microchips.

Jowan Osterlund of BioHax, which is pertaining with Three Square Market, said: “Implanting people was the next step for electronics”. “I’m certain that this will be the natural way to add another dimension to our everyday life.” he added.

The chip is not a GPS, does not allow tracking workings and does not require passwords – said Westby. And no chance of hacking because it is not connected to the internet. Chopping off the hand is the only way for somebody to get connectivity” he added.

The microchip uses RFID – Radio Frequency Identification technology and was approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 2004.

The microchip is cost $300 each, and licensed piercers will be handling the implantation on Aug. 1.

Westby said “There is no need to worry about because if the workers change their minds, they can easily remove the chip as if taking out a splinter.”

Westby’s wife, young adult children and others would also be getting microchip next week.

However, critics have something to say and warned about the dangers on how the company planned to store, use and protect workers’ information.

The chairman and founder of CyberScout, Adam Levin – provides identity protection and data risk services, said he would not put a microchip in his body.

Levin said, “Many things start off with the best of intentions but sometimes intentions turn. We survived thousands of years as a species without being microchipped, is there any particular need to do it now? … Everyone has a decision to make; that is, how much privacy and security are they willing to trade for convenience?”

It is with great risk to trade in with this kind of technology. It has now been realized that some magical movies came true. This kind of implantation only happened in movies but now its coming into a reality. This started in Wisconsin but as we all know this might spread all over the world.

This should be thoroughly reviewed especially talking about health. Something you implant to any part of the body is really dangerous. Probably this would raise more diseases in the future. What do you think?

 

China Opens Movie Theater in South China Sea Island

IMG_8948Some residents and 200 soldiers attended a screening at the new 4k cinema on Woody Island – also known as Yongxing Island. Which is not far from the U.S warship sailed this month to challenge China’s hold on the region nearby Triton Island.

It was the second “freedom-of-navigation operation” during the presidency of Donald Trump” – According to the Defense Department.

It was a serious political and military provocation” -China responded.

Yongxing Island is the largest of the Parcel Islands and is controlled by China since 1974. Apparently both Taiwan and Vietnam claimed as their territory.

However, China has planned and stretching the world’s largest China’s network of movie theaters has been broaden into politically contested waters.

There were some 200 soldiers and residents attended an inaugural screening at a new state-of-the-art cinema on Woody Island on Saturday and was considered as The Eternity of Jiao Yulu – a Chinese documentary from 2014 – said China’s state news service Xinhua. The south China seas is a hotbed of contemporary geopolitical dispute which is the world’s most valuable trade corridors.

From now on, some soldiers and residents will enjoy the film showing everyday at least 1 film to be shown – said Gu Xiaojing, the general manager of Hainan Media Group. The theater is said to be equipped with 4k and 3d projection technology and has two mobile projection system and plans to screen movie for free on other islands within the South China Sea “to meet the demands of the residents.

“It is part of a plan by local cultural authorities to establish community services on islands under the regional government’s jurisdiction” Xinhua said.

On the other hand, most international observers are certain that the opening of the cinema is another move by China to deepen its hold over South China Sea. Countries include to have similar territorial disputes with China are : Japan, Malaysia and the Philippines.

It has believed that South China Sea is rich in fisheries, oil and gas reserves.

Google, Facebook, Twitter and more in part of a “Day of Action”

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“Day of Action” – an online protest of proposed changes to net neutrality rules that would loosen regulations. CNN source.

There were something different appearing to your favorite websites and apps on Wednesday.

There were more than 70,000 sites and organizations and individuals joining in the online protest. One of those Google (GOOG)’s, Twitter (TWTR, Tech30), Facebook (FB, Tech30), Snap (SNAP), Amazon (AMZN, Tech30).

This has been in relation to the regulations passed in 2005 which was to treat all online content the same. On the other hand, without the rules, telecommunications and cable companies could easily slow down, speed up or change anything more for access in all sites they wanted to.

To those companies and organizations who are participating will just post messages on their sites and apps for the day. Mark Zuckerberg and Larry Page will not be marching outside FCC headquarters with protest sign though.

Here are some signs and it will vary from site to site;

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  • Vimeo will be showing a special video
  • Firefox will link to an FCC comment page
  • Facebook and others are joining but did not share their plans

“Internet users will definitely notice which companies are standing up for their rights and which ones aren’t,” said Evan Greer of Fight the Future.

This would take a long way to debate since some companies are opposing.

Tech companies and websites disagree.

Net Neutrality has serious implications for the adult entertainment industry, particularly the online porn industry,” said Price in a statement. “Internet service providers could create special fast lanes for content providers willing to pay more. That means slow streaming, which, especially in regards to online porn, is quite problematic as you can imagine.”

In addition, the Internet Association — a trade group for the major tech companies — has made special site to “save the open internet”.” smaller companies and individuals also plan to join in.

Greer said, “This is a massive grassroots mobilization.  A lot of the traffic on these days of action coming from individuals with just a few fans on Instagram or twitter sharing on social media, or from the neat and weird nooks and crannies of the internet like online gaming forums, discussion groups, YouTubers and the artist communities.”