US President Donald Trump says climate change scientists have political agenda, and 93-year-old crowned ‘Miss Holocaust Survivor’.
Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen dies at 65
Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen died Tuesday from complications related to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, reports CNN.
The 65-year-old was suffering from cancer, his investment firm Vulcan said in a statement announcing his death.
“I am heartbroken by the passing of one of my oldest and dearest friends, Paul Allen,” Bill Gates, who had founded the company with Allen in 1975, said.
“Paul was a true partner and dear friend. Personal computing would not have existed without him,” Gates said in a statement.
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella called Allen’s contributions “indispensable”. Even though he left Microsoft in 1982, Allen remained on the board of directors for several years. He simultaneously established his own philanthropic foundation along with his investment firm Vulcan.
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He also bought two professional sports teams — basketball team NBA’s Portland Trail Blazers and the rugby team NFL’s Seattle Seahawks, and was involved with them until his death.
Saudi Arabia may acknowledge Jamal Khashoggi’s death
Saudi Arabia is preparing a report that will acknowledge journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s death as a result of an interrogation gone wrong, one that was initially intended to only lead to his abduction from Turkey, CNN reported Monday, citing two sources.
According to CNN, while one of the sources said that the report may state that the operation was conducted without due clarification and transparency, the other said that changes may be expected in conclusions, as the preparation of the report was still underway.
Khashoggi who was last seen entering the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul on 2 October has been missing since.
The disappearance of the Washington Post columnist and initial lack of response from the Saudi Arabian government had drawn criticism from the West. The case also caused diplomatic rift between Saudi Arabia and Turkey which accused the Saudis of a non- cooperative approach.
A source familiar with the investigation told the news organisation Friday that “Turkish authorities have audio and visual evidence that shows journalist Khashoggi was killed inside the consulate,” CNN added.
Climate change is ‘political agenda’, says Trump
US President Donald Trump has said that climate change scientists had “political agenda” and expressed his doubts about any link between human activities and global warming, BBC reported.
In a 60-minute interview with CBS Monday, Trump touched upon a number of subjects ranging from 2016 presidential elections to mocking Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford and climate change.
The comments about climate change comes from the president less than a week after climate scientists issued a final call to halt rising global temperatures. A report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warned last week that global temperatures could rise by 3C.
“The world’s leading scientists agree that climate change is human-induced,” BBC added.
Tilda Swinton plays 82-year-old man in latest film
British actress Tilda Swinton’s latest role has taken Hollywood by surprise once again. The 57-year-old actress has admitted to playing an 82-year-old man in the upcoming fantasy thriller film Suspiria, Swinton revealed in an interview to the New York Times.
Dr Josef Klemperer, which is, in fact, being played by Swinton, was earlier touted to be played by 82-year-old first-time male actor Lutz Ebersdorf. The mysterious actor’s identity was revealed after photos from the sets were leaked online, CNN reported.
A four-hour make-up session everyday was what turned the actress into the male character. According to the movie’s makeup artist Mark Coulier, Swinton’s commitment to the character was so much so that the actress even insisted on getting fake genitalia made and attached.
The crew which did not want Swinton’s identity revealed went farther and had a profile on IMDb created to keep the mystique alive, the actress revealed. She said that she hoped the final bit of executing the drama would be that Ebersdorf would “die” in the post-production phase and the movie would be edited with an “In Memoriam” in the credits.
Swinton also plays the role of Madame Blanc in this remake of the 1977 Italian horror flick which is due release on 26 October.
93-year-old crowned ‘Miss Holocaust Survivor’
Israeli beauty pageant crowns a 93-year-old great-grandmother as “Miss Holocaust Survivor” for surviving the horrors of the Nazi genocide, reports Reuters.
New Miss Holocaust Survivor, Tova Ringer said she is very happy and the crown is special to her. Ringer lost her parents, four sisters and a grandmother in Auschwitz death camp.
“I don’t have words for the people working here. They gave so much … heart for us”, she added.
“It is very important for my generation to know the history of the Holocaust, of the Shoah, and it is important for me to support these people,” said Jan Fischer, a 52-year-old credit card manager from Munich.
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