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How to ‘disappear’ on Happiness Avenue in Beijing – Yahoo News

Posted: November 29, 2020 at 6:22 am

Deng and several participants crouch to avoid being caught by a surveillance camera

On a busy Monday afternoon in late October, a line of people in reflective vests stood on Happiness Avenue, in downtown Beijing.

Moving slowly and carefully along the pavement, some crouched, others tilted their heads towards the ground, as curious onlookers snapped photos.

It was a performance staged by the artist Deng Yufeng, who was trying to demonstrate how difficult it was to dodge CCTV cameras in the Chinese capital.

As governments and companies around the world boost their investments in security networks, hundreds of millions more surveillance cameras are expected to be installed in 2021 - and most of them will be in China, according to industry analysts IHS Markit.

By 2018, there were already about 200 million surveillance cameras in China.

And by 2021 this number is expected to reach 560 million, according to the Wall Street Journal, roughly one for every 2.4 citizens.

China says the cameras prevent crime.

And in 2018, the number of victims of intentional homicide per head of population in China was 10 times lower than in the US, according to the UN Office on Drugs and Crime.

But a growing number of Chinese citizens are questioning the effect on their privacy.

They also wonder what would happen if their personal data was compromised.

It is rare for Chinese citizens to stage protests against government surveillance.

And it is not without risk.

But creative types such as Deng are coming up with innovative ways to bring the issue out into the open.

Before the performance, he measured the length and width of Happiness Avenue with a ruler.

He then recorded the brands of the 89 CCTV cameras alongside it and mapped out their distributions and ranges.

And finally, he recruited volunteers online.

It took them more than two hours to walk 1.1km (0.7 miles) along Happiness Avenue.

They managed to avoid their faces being caught on camera, but Deng said it would have been "almost impossible" to have avoided being filmed completely.

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"It was harder than I had expected," volunteer Joyce Ge, 19, told BBC News.

"I thought there were just a few cameras and I could easily duck and cover. But it turned out not to be the case at all. The cameras were really all over the place, and it was impossible to evade them."

It is not the first time Deng has tried to raise public awareness about privacy and digital security.

Two years ago, the former sculptor bought the personal data of more than 300,000 residents throughout the country from an online black market and put it on public display at a museum in Wuhan.

The police shut down the exhibition two days after it opened.

After relocating to Beijing earlier this year, Deng noticed the growing number of cameras in front of his apartment building and across the city.

"[These cameras represent] government power - and their 'intrusion' into the lives of private citizens," he said.

"Most people are probably used to cameras on the street.

"But I still pay attention unconsciously.

"When a lot of cameras are looking at me, I always try to avoid them.

"It's a subconscious reaction - a sense of conflict in me, even if I'm not doing anything bad."

Deng divided the road into five levels:

"One of the most difficult areas was a car-park entrance, which was next to a big company, so there were five cameras pointing at one spot at the same time," Deng said.

"It's also very difficult to deal with a rotating camera.

"So I sometimes had to stay in one place for two or three hours to record how often the camera rotated."

Deng created a set of "tactical steps" as a part of the instructions to volunteers.

When there was a camera on one side, they were told to walk sideways, like a crab.

To avoid a camera installed high up, they had to cling to a wall and traverse its lower edge.

And in areas with a high concentration of cameras, additional props were required - foliage, billboards and even temporarily parked police cars.

But despite his careful planning, there was still shock when he and his volunteers finally stood on Happiness Avenue for the experiment.

"Halfway down the road, we noticed that a few more cameras had been added," Deng said.

"I was confused as I'd only been away for less than a fortnight.

"But we managed to improvise.

"And we adjusted our route a little."

Chinese media says most of the CCTV cameras are part of the government's Sky Net project.

Last year, the New York Times reported Facial-recognition data allowed Chinese police to match a face on camera with a number of profiles, including:

car number plates

phone numbers

social-media accounts

Critics say the authorities are making full use of the surveillance network to monitor dissidents and stop protests.

In 2018, Chinese police used facial recognition to catch more than 60 suspects at Hong Kong pop singer Jacky Cheung's concerts in mainland China.

But not all Chinese citizens are critical of government surveillance.

Joyce Ge said some of her classmates were unimpressed by her involvement in the experiment.

"They say it's natural for the public to relinquish some of their freedoms and rights to the government, because they are ultimately responsible for the safety of the public," she said.

Another participant in Deng's project, Kaka - not her real name - was concerned about data security.

Kaka, 32, who works in the advertising industry, said she believed her identity information had been compromised, leading to extortion demands.

Kaka had brought along her daughter, five and a half, the youngest participant in the project.

She said: "When we finished, my daughter said to me with a sense of triumph, 'Mummy, we finally defeated the cameras.'"

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Black Friday online shopping surged over 21 percent amid the pandemic – Yahoo Tech

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Expectations of good news on the near horizon are buoying markets right now. Over the past month, both the S&P 500 and the NASDAQ are up 11% to new record highs.Investors are excited at the prospect of a COVID vaccine coming before the winter is out. And the electoral results, that Democrat Joe Biden will ascend to the Presidency while the Republicans will emerge strengthened in Congress, promise the avoidance of extremes typical of divided government. In short, investors are looking forward to return to normal environment over the next several months. And that has them seeking stocks that are primed for gains. Against this backdrop, Goldman Sachs analysts are pounding the table on three stocks in particular, noting that each could surge over 40% in the year ahead. After running both tickers through TipRanks database, we found out that the rest of the Street is also standing squarely in the bull camp.Codiack BioSciences (CDAK)As we have all learned from coronavirus pandemic, some new thing in medical science can make huge impact on our world. Codiack aims to turn that principle to good. This research-oriented pharmaceutical aims to turn exosome therapeutics into a whole new class of medicines. Exosomes are the degradation mechanism RNA, and can transfer genetic material around a body.And therein lies the potential. Codiack has developed a design platform for the engineering of exosome proteins capable of carrying and protecting drug molecules through cell walls. In effect, the proteins will mimic the pathways used by viruses but are non-viral, and are designed to carry a payload of therapeutic agents. If successful, exosome therapy offers doctors the ability to design a drug that will deliver specific agents to specific cells to fight specific disease.Codiack is involved in all aspects of exosome therapeutics, from design to manufacturing, and currently has an active pipeline of agents seven, in all in various stages of discovery, preclinical testing, and the beginnings of Phase 1 trials.In the biosciences, success or failure is all about that pipeline, and in its diverse, active pipeline of agents in a new sector of biotechnological pharmaceuticals, Codiack has a fine resource to attract investors. To get those investors, the company went public this past October, selling 5.5 million shares at an opening price of $14.10 per share.Among the healthcare name's fans is Goldman Sachs analyst Graig Suvannavejh. The analyst wrote, Biopharma industry interest in exosomes has long been high, but engineering them for a specific function and manufacturing at scale have both proven challenging. Among a field of multiple competitors, CDAK has made the most significant progress on both fronts, and as such we view their technology platform as best-in-class."Given share underperformance (-37%) since the IPO, we find risk/reward highly compelling at current levels, and with key 2021 data sets to provide potential de-risking and positive share inflection," the analyst concluded.Suvannavejh rates CDAK a Buy, and his $29 price target shows the extent of his confidence it implies a 222% upside for the coming year. (To watch Suvannavejhs track record, click here)Overall, Codiack has a Strong Buy from the analyst consensus 3 reviewers have put up Buy ratings in recent weeks. The stock is selling for $8.90, and its $24 average price target implies a 166% one-year upside potential. (See CDAK stock analysis on TipRanks)Arcutis Biotherapeutics (ARQT)Acrutis is a pioneering researcher in the treatment of dermatological disease. Arcutis is involved in discovering the next generation of dermatological treatments an important niche, especially when one realizes that one common ailment, psoriasis, has not seen an FDA approval for a novel treatment in over two decades.The company is leveraging recent advances in immunology and inflammation to find new approaches to skin treatment. The goal is to make it easier for patients and doctors together to manage conditions like psoriasis, alopecia, atopic dermatitis, seborrheic dermatitis, and vitiligo, to name just a few.The company's lead candidate, ARQ-151 (roflumilast cream), is about to enter a phase 3 trial for atopic dermatitis, and is in an advanced phase 3 stage in Plaque Psoriasis. Arcutis has recently issued an update on positive data from the Phase 2 trials of ARQ-151 in atopic dermatitis. The drug is a once-daily treatment, and has demonstrated significant patient relief from symptoms, especially itching and itching-related sleep problems. This is another stock in Suvannavejhs coverage universe. The Goldman analyst is impressed by developments in the companys pipeline work, noting: ARQT provided an update on the outcome of its end-of-Phase 2 meetings with the FDA, following their Phase 2a trial of ARQ-151 in atopic dermatitis (AtD). Feedback from regulators was broadly encouraging, in particular, acknowledging the robust long-term safety data being generated by ARQT for ARQ-151 in plaque psoriasisAccordingly, Suvannavejh rates ARQT a Buy, and sets a $36 price target that indicates room for 40% upside growth in 2021. (To watch Suvannavejhs track record, click here)Arcutis has 2 recent Buy reviews, making the consensus rating a Moderate Buy. The stocks average price target is $37, suggesting a 44% upside from current levels. (See ARQT stock analysis on TipRanks)Oak Street Health (OSH)With the last stock, we move from medical research to medical care. Specifically, Oak Street Health is a primary care clinic operator, and part of the Medicare Network. The company has operations and clinics in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Ohio, along with New York, North Carolina, Rhode Island, Tennessee, and Texas. It has been in operation for eight years, and went public this past summer, holding the IPO in August.In the third quarter, the companys first as a publicly traded entity, OSH brought in $217.9 million in revenue. The revenue number was up 56% from the year-ago quarter. Earnings per share matched expectations, at 15 cents.The companys expansion proceeds apace, and in October, Oak Street entered New York by opening, in Brooklyn, its 70th location. A planned expansion in Texas, involving a partnership with Walmart, is also proceeding as planned, and Oak Street has opened its first Walmart Community Clinic the Dallas-Fort Worth area city of Carrollton.Robert Jones, covering this stock for Goldman, set a $74 price target to back his Buy rating. At currently levels, this target implies an upside of ~58% in the next 12 months. (To watch Jones track record, click here)Results suggest operations are still on track, with few incremental updates since the 2Q call, where management noted a resumption of center openings, (pivoted) marketing efforts, and in-person visits despite COVID. In 3Q, OSH opened 13 new centers and is on track for 73-75 by end of year The company maintained that it is continuing to operate at a high level in places with elevated COVID case counts like Chicago and Detroit, Jones noted.All in all, the Strong Buy analyst consensus rating OSH is based on 8 reviews, breaking down to 7 Buys and just a single Hold. The stock is selling for $46.94, and its $61.29 average price target suggests it has a ~31% upside for the coming year. (See OSH stock analysis on TipRanks)To find good ideas for healthcare stocks trading at attractive valuations, visit TipRanks Best Stocks to Buy, a newly launched tool that unites all of TipRanks equity insights.Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the featured analysts. The content is intended to be used for informational purposes only. It is very important to do your own analysis before making any investment.

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Ann Wilson reveals details of Carrie Brownstein-penned Heart biopic: It’s really cool – Yahoo Entertainment

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Nancy and Ann Wilson of Heart in 1982. (Photo: David Mcgough/The LIFE Picture Collection via Getty Images)

Heart will be the next big rock band to get the biopic treatment, frontwoman Ann Wilson has exclusively revealed and while such films can be hit-or-miss, we know that Hearts story will be in the capable hands of a fellow female Northwest rock pioneer.

Speaking to Yahoo Entertainment/SiriusXM Volume on the SiriusXM show Volume West this week, the Heart singer, who founded the group 50 years ago with her younger sister Nancy Wilson, announced that Sleater-Kinneys Seattle-born Carrie Brownstein, also known as the star of IFCs Portlandia, is writing the script, and will also direct. Lynda Obst, renowned for her work on Flashdance, Adventures in Babysitting, Sleepless in Seattle, and many other box-office smashes, will produce the project for Amazon.

As for who will play Ann and Nancy and whether those actresses will actually sing, as Taron Egerton did in the Elton John film Rocketman, or lip-sync, as Oscar-winner Rami Malek did in Queens Bohemian Rhapsody thats still being figured out. A few actresses have come forward, but no one that's right, Ann said. A certain Oscar-winner was actually passed over: Anne Hathaway came forward, but I don't think she's exactly right for it, Ann explained. As for which actresses Ann would like to see take on the iconic Wilson roles, she said, I just don't have any idea. I'm too close to it. But it's known that the role of Nancy and the role of me is being cast. I'm just as excited about finding out as you are.

I can't tell you all about it, because it's still being written right now.. I saw the first draft of [Brownsteins] script, and it's really cool, Ann continued, revealing that the movie, which is definitely coming along but is still in development right now because of COVID slowed everything down, will begin with the Wilsons childhood and end in the 90s. That means it will dive into the bittersweet 1980s, which was Hearts most commercially fruitful period, but a time when they felt they had surrendered too much artistic control. Ann told Yahoo Entertainment in 2014, For us, that was a devil's bargain, because we'd always written our own stuff except for the '80s, when we had our biggest hits. Our creative selves took a seat behind our showbiz selves.

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We have gone through times [since then] when we didnt play those 80 songs, because they are pretty vacuous, Ann chuckled during this weeks interview, though she clarified that she and Nancy are now willing to revisit those hits in concert, albeit in a new and more authentic way. They can be made cool, but you have to stay true to what made people like them back in the 80s, Ann said. Like Never, which has absolutely nothing to it at all, except the word Never! You have to figure out a way to frame this word never and make it bounce along and be compelling. It's kind of a tightrope to walk, because you don't want to take the song Never and turn it into reggae or something like that.

Of course, the whole point of the 80s was to be not authentic, was to be a sort of light and poppy, with all that weird makeup and strange hair and all that. I mean, it was all about being theatrical and unreal, Ann continued echoing a statement from a 2017 Yahoo Entertainment interview, when she said of that era, I've never known another time where there's been a lower premium set on female naturalness. It was just so completely fake and phony, and that was the whole point of it. It was stilettos, shiny stretchy pants, corsets, fake nails, fake hair, fake lashes, everything fake. I remember what a pain it was to get into those outfits, especially when you took them away from the video set and out onto the live stage in the heat and stuff! Incredible costuming challenges.

The Heart biopic, 80s costuming challenges and all, is obviously still in development, but Ann has been keeping busy in 2020, despite not being able to tour either solo or with Heart. She just released her first solo song since 2018, a timely cover of Steve Earles The Revolution Starts Now, and while she is working on original music as well, her next release will be a studio version of her cover of Rooster, a 90s classic by fellow Seattle rock legends Alice in Chains. After I recorded the song, I thought, God, this sounds really good. This is a good song for me. I ran it by [Alice in Chains guitarist/co-vocalist] Jerry [Cantrell], and he thought it was a great idea, so I'm going to put it out, she said.

Ann also shared her memories of late Alice in Chains frontman Layne Staley (a man whose tragic story definitely warrants its own biopic), saying, He was a great person. He was complicated, you know? But I found that he was kind of like an elf, really. All the drugs and craziness aside, I found that his spirit was really pretty illuminated. Ann will perform Rooster on the Museum of Pop Culture's Dec. 1 live-stream event, when Alice in Chains receive the museums 2020 Founders Award; other performers will include Metallica, Billy Corgan, Nirvanas Krist Novoselic, the Foo Fighters Taylor Hawkins, and Hearts own Nancy Wilson.

As for the possibility of new Heart music after the Wilson sisters became estranged in 2016, but repaired relations and resumed touring in 2019 Ann said, I've got a bunch of songs that I'm going to be really releasing but there's all kinds of writing going on. And who knows where they're going to end up? We don't write and earmark a song, really; we just write songs. If the song really tells us that belongs with a certain entity, then that's where it goes.

The above interview is taken from Ann Wilsons appearance on the SiriusXM show Volume West on Nov. 25, 2020. Full audio of that conversation is available on the SiriusXM app. Watch Yahoo Entertainments extended interview with Ann Wilson from 2017 below:

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With Tom Herman on the hot seat, whats Texas next move? – Yahoo Sports

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Texas 23-20 home loss to No. 13 Iowa State on Friday can also double as a Rorschach test on how you view the tenure of Texas coach Tom Herman. Is he close, so achingly close, to the top of the Big 12? Or is Texas emerging as this seasons definitive drama major a symptom of a program stuck in neutral?

The loss dropped Texas to 5-3 and officially nudged Herman onto the hot seat, as hes 30-18 in his fourth season in Austin. And how you view this white-knuckle Texas season just like the latest white-knuckle loss can also double for how you view Herman.

Theres plenty of evidence that the Longhorns are on the cusp of contention in the Big 12, as the game-tying 57-yard field goal barely missing the uprights as time expired on Saturday shows. If that had gone through and Texas figured out a way to win in overtime, Texas still could have advanced to the conference title game and won the league. And Herman likely would have been safe.

But the optimists who see things that way have not been vocal.

The flip side of Rorschach test is that this Texas season can also be viewed through the prism of persistent missed opportunity. The Longhorns have been beset by chronic special teams mistakes and entered the Iowa State game ranked No. 120 in the nation in penalties per game. From an ill-advised fake punt to a failure to kick a field goal to go up seven with eight minutes remaining to baffling play-calling when trying to end the game on its second-to-last possession, Herman left himself wide open to game management second-guessers.

Ultimately, the case against Herman at Texas is that there has been little from the program the past two seasons that has appeared to be elite. Just because Texas has been close like in the LSU game last year doesnt mean it is close to the national title contention its fan base demands. And turning the momentum when things go wrong at Texas is akin to attempting to bench press using only your pinkies, as every decommitment becomes deafening and every negative moment delivered through a megaphone.

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Texas went 8-5 last year and is on its way to another middling season. And, ultimately, it will be up to athletic director Chris Del Conte, who did not hire Herman, to make a decision on his coachs future. Del Conte is feeling the pressure, said a high-ranking Texas source.

A decision on Hermans future will not come without consternation. Hes owed more than $15 million if hes fired, and the total potential payout to the staff is nearly $24 million. Thats a big number during a pandemic, especially for a team that had a legitimate shot for the league title on Thanksgiving weekend.

Herman won the Sugar Bowl over Georgia after the 2018 season (10-4) and has done a lot to upgrade and modernize the program after Mack Browns tenure wheezed to the finish and Charlie Strongs never really got going. The recruiting department has been upgraded and the ancillary parts of the program analysts, social media, graphics, video feel like a high-end Power Five program. The football, for whatever reason, has yet to catch up.

So how does Del Conte view Herman? He has been relatively silent on the topic, and if any moment cried out for vocal support it would have been in the buildup to this game. Smoke about Texas attempting to hire Urban Meyer has been floating through Austin for weeks. There was an easy way to clear the smoke.

Del Conte, who did not return a phone call Friday night, also didnt vocally back the Texas players during the Eyes of Texas controversy earlier this year. He chose the preference of the boosters that the song, which has racist origins, still be played after games. In other words, he sided with the money over the team. Perhaps he knew which hed need more come December.

Its clear that Meyer would be Texas target it it moved on from Herman. Its not nearly as clear if Meyer would have interest in returning to the sideline, as he has thrived in his new role as an analyst for Fox and still would have to make a health decision. Remember, it was an enlarged congenital arachnoid cyst in Meyers head that helped lead to his retirement, and whether he wants to take the health risk that accompanies coaching would weigh large on any decision.

If Meyer doesnt want the job, theres no easy answer as to whom Texas would hire. And this is Del Contes biggest problem. This is an institution that covets big names, as it long lusted after Nick Saban. But Saban never went, in part because of the lack of alignment in leadership that has undercut Texas football the past decade. Theres no promise things line up the next decade, either.

People remember Mack Brown made it to two BCS title games, winning in 2005, but forget he won the Big 12 just twice in 16 years. Bob Stoops won it 10 times in 18 years.

If theres one thing weve learned from the tenures of Strong and Herman, its that Texas demands so much from its coach that this isnt a job that offers training wheels. And that means if Texas wants to upgrade from Herman, the Longhorns have to lure a sitting Power Five head coach. (The only coach comparable to Meyer who is currently sitting out is Bob Stoops, and its unlikely the man who built the modern Oklahoma juggernaut would attempt to dedicate the next decade to taking it down.)

Do you try and back up the Brinks truck for an established Power Five coach like Oregons Mario Cristobal, Notre Dames Brian Kelly, Penn States James Franklin, Minnesotas P.J. Fleck or Northwesterns Pat Fitzgerald? This is a particularly fraught year to hire one of those coaches, as all but Franklin and Fleck will be playing meaningful games on the weekend of Dec. 18, which is two days after Signing Day.

If Texas decides to move on from Herman, would it do it before Signing Day on Dec. 16? Itd be almost impossible to have a coach in place by then, which means with a change you are essentially giving up on having a competitive recruiting class. (Texas is currently No. 17.) Or you have to either ignore or mislead recruits by letting them know Herman will be there. The clock is ticking for clarity.

There are other options. Would Matt Campbell jump down from Iowa State? Its uncertain, as he has always been projected as more of a Midwestern fit. What about Luke Fickell, who has brought Cincinnati to historic highs? Could Texas hire three straight former Urban Meyer assistants? Could it inquire about Alabama OC Steve Sarkisian? If the Meyer model hasnt worked, perhaps the Saban model would? Could an NFL name like Bill OBrien or Dan Quinn be an option? After Meyer, theres really no obvious answer.

To say Texas is definitely going to fire Herman is hyperbole. But its much easier to envision that scenario than to draw up one with Herman returning, tip-toeing on thin ice for all of 2021 as the face of the sports hot seat. Thats not for me to decide, Herman said postgame when he was asked whether he was the right person to lead Texas. Where we have the program compared to where it was when we took over the future is very bright. I feel great about the trajectory of our program.

Whether Del Conte feels that way or not remains a mystery. And until theres clarity from him, Herman will remain squarely on the hot seat.

Texas is back, right where we remember it. Its back where it has been most of the past decade in flux and with everyone in the sport speculating on wholl be the next coach.

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‘Enough of the jokes’: Why this town was forced to change its name – Yahoo News Australia

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An Austrian town, famed for its name, will be renamed come January 1 next year, after locals reportedly got sick of English-speakers sniggering and stealing signs.

F**king, a village of some 100 people located 350km from Vienna will change its name in the new year to Fugging the local council has revealed.

The municipal council revealed the name change will take effect on January 1.

As it turns out the locals were growing tired of English-speaking tourists stopping off to take photos of the signpost to share on social media.

Theres also been reports of people stealing the signposts, so local authorities were forced to make it theft-resistant.

Andrea Holzner, the mayor of Tarsdorf, the municipality to which the village belongs, confirmed the name change, after majority of residents, known as F**kingers, decided they had enough of visitors and bad jokes.

I really don't want to say anything more - we've had enough media frenzy about this in the past," Ms Holzner told regional daily Oberoesterreichische Nachrichten (OOeN).

In 2018 the pornographic website Pornhub said it was offering free premium access to residents of F**king and towns with names such as Titz in Germany or Big Beaver in Pennsylvania, US Reuters reported.

While the village may have gained quite a bit of attention in recent years, experts believe the name dates back to the 11th century, AFP reported.

The village was first officially inhabited from around 1070, but local lore suggests that a sixth century Bavarian nobleman called Focko actually founded the settlement.

A map dating from 1825 used the spelling Fuking.

In light of the name change, people are mourning on social media with many saying the change is sad.

Today is a sad day. The Austrian village F**king is changing its name to Fugging, one person tweeted.

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You will be missed, F**king, you will be missed...

One person replied saying thankfully there was still F**kersberg, sharing a screenshot of a map of the municipality in Austria.

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Jake Paul knocks Nate Robinson out cold in one of the most farcical matches in boxing history – Yahoo Sports

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A Saturday night at Staples Center resulted in YouTube star Jake Paul standing in the corner, former NBA dunk champion Nate Robinson out cold on the floor and millions of pay-per-viewers wondering what on Gods green earth they had just watched.

Officially, the boxing match ended midway through the second round as a Paul KO, but calling it a boxing match might be generous.

It did end with a punch, but what came before was a preposterous rinse-and-repeat of Robinson charging his opponent, taking a counterpunch or two, then clinching until any more action was impossible. Robinson became an NBA fan favorite through his lack of height in a league of giants, but in this sport, he was unable to find a distance where he could evenly trade blows with the 6-foot-1 Paul.

Perhaps the most ridiculous moment came when Paul knocked Robinson down the first time. After a generous count for Robinson to get back to his feet, the ex-guard rushed toward Paul yet again, then fell to the floor in a move befitting a wrestling match.

Two more knockdowns awaited Robinson in the second round, the latter putting him down for good:

The lack of skill on display was already making waves on social media, but Robinsons body hitting the floor triggered a tsunami of mockery and disbelief. Did people really pay money for this fight? Why wasnt it stopped sooner? Did anyone involved in the event even see Robinson box before booking him?

Even Nick Young, arguably the NBAs meme king, was joining the laughter. Along with the rest of the NBA.

Robinsons biggest defender might have been Paul, who said he was somehow expecting even less than what Robinson showed.

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He was better than expected, hes athletic, super-strong obviously, Paul said. His basketball career has been amazing and I dont want to take anything away from him. It takes a lot of balls to step in the ring, not a lot of people can do that.

That was the best a reserved Paul could say about his opponent before calling out the likes of Conor McGregor and Dillon Danis, revealing he broke his nose meditating weeks before the fight, then saying it was now time to focus on his music.

The best we can say about the fight is it was at least entertaining, just in all the wrong ways.

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Dad ‘abandons’ adopted twins, 6, ‘after losing interest in parenting’ – Yahoo News Australia

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An Argentine father has allegedly abandoned his two recently-adopted African twin sons at a police station because he lost interest in his parental duties, police said.

The six-year-old boys, whose names have not been disclosed, were reportedly left at a police station for women in Bahia Blanca in the province of Buenos Aires in eastern Argentina.

Police stations for women are dedicated to cases regarding gender violence, children and family issues.

The twins adoptive parents have been identified as Eduardo Rucci and Natacha Perrig and have an 11-year-old biological daughter of their own, according to local publications.

Local sources said Eduardo drove about 997 kilometres to his native city of Bahia Blanca from San Martin de Los Andes in Neuquen Province at the foot of the Andes on November 17 to leave the children at the station.

Infobae newspaper said the family had moved to the Andean region after returning from a trip to Africa in January of this year.

The parents are now under investigation by the authorities for possible child abuse and the police are looking into the legality of their adoption, the publication said.

Infobae reported that Rucci arrived at the station holding the boys by their arms refusing to look at them.

He told the authorities that he wanted to return the children because he has lost interest in all paternal obligations of taking care, feeding, and educating his kids, the publication said.

There have been no reports as to why officials at the station allowed him to leave the twins there.

On Fathers Day, Rucci posted on social media that this year was special for him and his adopted sons.

According to local sources, the children did not know they were being dropped off at the station for good and they waited for their adoptive father to return for a period of time.

They are now being cared for by the local authorities and are said to be healthy and well despite their difficult situation.

Around 500 people have already reached out to offer their help since the news became public.

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Locals from San Martin de Los Andes said they were shocked to hear about the reported abandonment.

If they had financial problems they would have said something, an unidentified person told Infobae.

I don't understand how he left the city with the two kids, travelled 1,500 kilometres and no one asked for papers. He came back without the two kids and there was not a single official complaint or anything.

Others said they looked like a completely normal and loving family.

Investigations are ongoing.


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Phoenix Suns legend Charles Barkley is a golf champion. Barkley and Phil Mickelson were victorious over Stephen Curry and Peyton Manning during The Match on Friday.

While Mickelson deserves plenty of credit for that, Barkley had some extra motivation to hit the ball far. In order to propel his teammate to new heights, Mickelson gifted Barkley with a set of golf balls featuring Shaquille ONeals face on them.

Mickelson timed his gift well, handing Barkley the balls while the Inside the NBA crew showed up on the broadcast.

Barkley didnt miss a beat upon receiving the gift. He turned to the camera and immediately said, This is the ugliest ball in the world right here. Shaq and the rest of the Inside the NBA crew couldnt help but laugh.

The rest of the interview was peak Inside the NBA. The crew mostly roasted Barkley, but there were some genuinely insightful moments in the conversation. The crew remained quiet while Mickelson explained how he wanted Barkley to hit a shot on the green. ONeal, however, couldnt help from cracking a joke. Despite all that ribbing, Barkleys next shot was pretty good. He came up just short of sinking the putt.

Barkley and ONeal are often at the center of the best Inside the NBA highlights. The two have a friendly on-air rivalry, and are constantly trading barbs. ONeal often knocks Barkley for never winning an NBA championship. Barkley often insults ONeals intelligence.

While the two have engaged in some heated moments, cooler heads have always prevailed on the air. Its made for entertaining television.

The public hasnt experienced many of those moments lately. Inside the NBA has been off the air for a few weeks during the NBA offseason. Viewers wont miss out on their banter much longer, though. The 2020-21 NBA preseason begins Dec. 11, which means Inside the NBA will be back on the air sooner than you think.

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Its understandable why we want to make excuses for Carson Wentz.

Wentz was a dynamic player for the Philadelphia Eagles in 2017 before a season-ending knee injury. He was a leading candidate for MVP. Patrick Mahomes was still at Texas Tech, and Wentz was considered the future of the NFL. Its hard to believe the player we saw early in his career has fallen off. Wed rather blame his lack of a supporting cast.

But Wentzs play has fallen off. Weve heard all about how his offensive line is in shambles and his receivers are subpar, but that doesnt totally absolve Wentz of blame. He and the Eagles, who somehow led the NFC East at 3-6-1 after Week 11, face the Seattle Seahawks in a game that can be live-streamed on the Yahoo Sports app.

Instead of Wentz and Russell Wilson headlining a fun Monday game, we can prepare for a night of analysis over what has happened to Wentz. If it goes bad enough, we might even wonder if its time to see what rookie quarterback Jalen Hurts has to offer.

The frustrating thing about Wentz is that the talent he showed in 2017 still bubbles up to the surface on occasion.

We could see it when he led an upset of the San Francisco 49ers in October with a skeleton crew around him. It showed up again when Wentz made plays to lift the Eagles to a wild comeback win over the New York Giants.

Its not like Wentz has completely lost it. He still makes big-time throws. Its just that the mistakes overshadow the highlights.

The loss against the Cleveland Browns was a good example. Wentz held the ball too long, and was hit on a pass that was intercepted and returned for a pick six. He took a sack in the end zone for a safety. When the Eagles had some life left in the final minutes, Wentz threw another interception deep in Browns territory. And that came with the Eagles being as healthy as any NFL team is by Week 11. There werent any great excuses for his play this time.

Wentz has 14 interceptions. He has taken 40 sacks, and thats not all the offensive lines fault. He leads the NFL with 10 fumbles, losing four.

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Its no wonder why Eagles fans are getting impatient and want a change.

ABC 6 in Philadelphia posted a poll this week: Should Carson Wentz be benched? Of the people who responded, 89 percent said yes. Imagine seeing that in 2017.

The Eagles have resisted benching Wentz. It has to be hard. Partially because Wentz has those great plays in short stretches. But its also tough to admit that Wentz, once viewed as an elite NFL quarterback, might not be the guy anymore.

I think, if you get to that spot, where you dont start him, or you bench him, youre sending the wrong message to your football team. That the seasons over. Thats a bad message, Eagles coach Doug Pederson said, via the Philadelphia Inquirer.

The Eagles invited these questions when they strangely drafted Hurts in the second round. It shouldnt be a surprise that people want to see what Hurts can do with Wentz struggling.

Philly will keep going with Wentz, at least for now. It wont stop anyone from speculating about him being benched if the turnovers keep coming. Its just a matter of how close Pederson is to losing patience and making the change that most Eagles fans seem to want.

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More than 700 gang members arrested in massive sweep – Yahoo News Australia

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More than 700 gang members from cross-border crime organisations have been slammed with criminal charges.

El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras have brought criminal charges against more than 700 members of criminal organisations, primarily the MS-13 and 18th Street gangs, in a US-assisted effort, the US Department of Justice said on Friday.

The US Department of Justice and our law enforcement partners in Central America are committed to continued collaboration in locating and arresting gang members and associates engaged in transnational crimes, US Attorney General William Barr said, according to the statement.

The charges resulted from a one-week coordinated law enforcement action under Operation Regional Shield (ORS), a DOJ-led initiative to combat transnational organised crime that brings together authorities from El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico and the US.

Tackling transnational human smuggling networks and gangs, including MS-13, is a top priority for President Donald Trump.

Prosecutors in El Salvador this week filed criminal charges against 1,152 members of organised crime groups in the country, primarily MS-13 and 18th Street gangs, the statement said.

The national civil police captured 572 of the defendants on charges involving terrorism, murder, extortion, kidnapping, money laundering, human trafficking and human smuggling, among others.

In Guatemala, authorities executed 80 search warrants, arrested 40 individuals and served 29 arrest warrants against people already in custody, all of whom are members of the 18th Street gang and MS-13, the DOJ said.

Guatemalan authorities seized drugs and a firearm, and filed charges for extortion, illicit association, conspiracy to commit murder and extortive obstruction.

In Honduras, the one-week joint operation resulted in the arrest of over 75 MS-13 and 18th Street gang members and five police officers and the execution of over 10 search warrants.

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