Lifestyle News

Jacinda Arder (38), the Prime Minister of New Zealand gets engaged to Clarke Gayford (41), her long time partner. Her spokesman, on Friday said that the couple got engaged after a proposal over the Easter holidays.

Clarke Gayford is the host of a TV fishing show. The couple have a ten-month-old daughter named Neve Te Aroha. The pregnancy of Arder was announced in early 2018, and it was considered as a motivation symbol of progress for women in leadership roles.

The couple were widely congratulated on social media after the news of their engagement was out. New Zealand National Party leader Simon Bridges wrote, “Natalie and I extend our congratulations to the PM and Clarke on their engagement”.

After Pakistan’s former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, Ardern is only the second elected leader to give birth while in office. Jacinda Arder was a noted personality in the New Zealand Mosque attack issue, for showing extreme compassion for the victims.

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Crime Music News

Los Angeles rapper Nipsey Hussle (33) has been shot dead in L.A. Reports said that the incident happened outside his clothing shop.

Police reported that he was found shot multiple times. Hussle‘s death was confirmed by the hospital to which he had been taken soon after the incident. Two other men were also found wounded during the incident, among which one was treated in the hospital and the other man declined the treatment, says the L.A Police.

The news of his death was confirmed to the public on Sunday night by the Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Crisis Response Team. They said, “Today we lost a great musician, Nipsey Hussle.” It said it was “consoling and offering support to the family.”

The police could not find the reason for shooting, but it was reported that Hussle, whose real name was Ermias Ashgedom, had tweeted, “Having strong enemies is a blessing”.

Nipsey Hussle’s album Victory Lap had received a nomination for best rap album at this year’s Grammy Awards.

L.A police said, “We have no suspect info at this time and will provide more details as they become available”.

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News Sports

Cristiano Ronaldo gained a spectacular hat-trick for Juventus, to push them into the Champions League quarter-finals. He had scored a 3-0 win over Atletico Madrid on Tuesday.

The Portugal superstar had scored two headers either side of half-time and a late penalty. This had put an end to Atletico’s hopes of reaching the final in its Wanda Metropolitano Stadium.

It is for the eighth time that Ronaldo has scored a hat-trick in the competition. Juventus had signed Ronaldo from Real Madrid for 100 million euros ($117 million). Ronaldo is expected to achieve a fourth straight Champions League title.

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News Politics

Senator Elizabeth Warren on Friday vowed to break up Amazon, Google and Facebook if elected US president to promote competition in the techn sector.

Warren, who is on a vie to be in the top positions in the presidential candidates said in a blog that on their way to the top, the big tech companies purchased a long list of potential competitors, like Facebook’s acquisition of Instagram.

She wrote: “They’ve bulldozed competition, used our private information for profit, and tilted the playing field against everyone else. And in the process, they have hurt small businesses and stifled innovation,”, said in reuters reports.

Amazon unexpectedly cancelled plans in February to build an important outpost in the neighborhood that might have created 25,000 jobs, blaming opposition from local leaders.

In an event held near the proposed Amazon site, Warren said that large tech companies come into towns, cities and states and “bully everyone into doing what they want” and “roll right over” small businesses and startups which are a threat.

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Russian Parliament has passed two bills on Thursday. The first bill bans any activities of ‘disrespect’ to the state, its officials and Russian society. The second one is against spreading of what the Kremlin perceives to be ‘fake news’. It is expected that the Russian President Vladimir Putin will be signing these bills into law soon.

Both these new crimes carries heavy fines. It is reported that oppositions came from journalists, human rights group and even government ministers. The body will consider both the bills on 13th March.

The punishments for the ‘disrespect’ to the state includes fines up to 100,000 roubles (£1,150; $1,500). Repeated violations of the law could double or even triple the amount in fines, or a 15-day jail sentence.

The punishments for spreading ‘fake news’ varies. Individuals, officials and businesses will be fined 300,000, 600,000 or 1 million roubles respectively if the news spread affects “functioning of critical infrastructure” like transport or communications. The articles that containing “blatant disrespect” for the government or “public morality” should be deleted within 24 hours.

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News Technology

The Facebook’s master Mark Zuckerberg said that secure, private messaging services will be having more chances to become popular than open platforms.

Zuckerberg, on Wednesday announced that Facebook plans to rebuild its services around several privacy-focused principles: “private interactions,” “encryption,” “reducing permanence,” “safety,” “interoperability” and “secure data storage.” He outlined his vision to transform Facebook into a “privacy-focused platform.” in his blog.

“I believe the future of communication will increasingly shift to private, encrypted services where people can be confident what they say to each other stays secure and their messages and content won’t stick around forever. This is the future I hope we will help bring about.”

“We plan to build this the way we’ve developed WhatsApp: focus on the most fundamental and private use case — messaging — make it as secure as possible, and then build more ways for people to interact on top of that, including calls, video chats, groups, stories, businesses, payments, commerce, and ultimately a platform for many other kinds of private services.” said Zuckerberg.

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Entertainment News

A huge strange looking fish washed up in Santa Barbara, California. The fish was about seven-foot (2.1m) length. Scientists are wondering about how the fish made it so far from its home waters. Researchers first thought that it was a similar to species of sunfish.

The fish was spotted at the Coal Oil Point Natural Reserve by intern at the University of California. It was found out that it belongs to a species tht is never seen before in North America. The animal was recognized as hoodwinker sunfish.

Marianne Nyegaard, a marine scientist who discovered the species in 2017 said “When the clear pictures came through, I thought there was no doubt. This is totally a hoodwinker, I couldn’t believe it. I nearly fell out of my chair.”

Scientists says that the saltwater sunfish have mainly 5 species and comes from different places. They are located in tropical waters, subtropics etc. The hoodwinker prefers temperate water as per scientists.

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France got shocked as the Dutch government suddenly purchased a stake in Air France-KLM. This was in attempt to counter French influence. France has reacted frostily to this.

Shares in the airline company was down by 11% as the Netherlands government announced that it was acting to protect “Dutch interests”.

France owns a share of 14.3% and to match with this, the Dutch bought a stake of 14%. Bruno Le Maire, the French Finance Minister insisted that the company should be “managed without national public interference”.

Dutch finance minister, Wopke Hoekstra said “Buying this stake ensures we have a seat at the table,”. This indicated a desire to have more influence over Dutch economic interests and jobs, and the status of Schipol airport, in Amsterdam.

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Entertainment News

The late designer Karl Lagerfeld’s famous pet cat will be reportedly inheriting some of his fortune, worth £150m. Lagerfeld aged 85, died on 19th February 2019 in a Paris hospital. It is reported that Lagerfeld has left some of his $200m (£153m) fortune to his famous pet cat, along with his 11 year old godson Hudson Kroenig. Thus, this 7 year old blue eyed Choupette became the wealthiest cat in the world.

“Men’s fashion means little to me. I buy it, of course, but drawing a men’s collection and put up with all those stupid models, no thanks.” – Karl Lagerfeld

In an interview with Numero, he was asked whether he made his cat the heir to his vast fortune. He replied to the question: “Among others, yes. Don’t worry, there is enough for everyone.”

Karl Otto Lagerfeld was a German creative director, fashion designer, artist, photographer, and caricaturist from Paris. He was known as the creative director of the French fashion house Chanel, a position he held from 1983 until his death, and was also creative director of the Italian fur and leather goods fashion house Fendi, and of his own eponymous fashion label. Following health complications in January 2019, Lagerfeld was admitted to the American Hospital of Paris in Parisian suburb Neuilly-sur-Seine on 18 February. He died there the following morning from complications of pancreatic cancer.

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Thousands of protesters march under the slogan ‘That’s enough’ across France against a spate of anti-Semitic attacks on Tuesday night. Officials said that around 80 graves were defiled using spray-paint with blue and yellow Nazi symbols and swastikas in a Jewish cemetery in eastern France, and this caused the protest.

In the French capital, former presidents Francois Hollande and Nicolas Sarkozy joined a rally led by Prime Minister Edouard Philippe on Republic Plaza. President Emmanuel Macron paid respects at one of the desecrated graves in the village of Quatzenheim.

“It is a plague that endangers everyone, not just us, and it must be condemned wherever and whenever it rears its head,” said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. He had called on leaders in France and Europe to “take a strong stand against anti-Semitism.”

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