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Det må snart være Schmeichels tur: Hele 17 forskellige danskere har været på måltavlen i 2021

DR Sporten - Sat, 10/09/2021 - 15:40
Landstræner Kasper Hjulmand kalder Danmarks evne til at sprede målene ud 'totalfodbold'. Lørdag aften skal det gå ud over Moldova i VM-kvalifikationen.
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Stephanie Grisham said she was 'part of something unusually evil' in the Trump White House

Businessinsider - Sat, 10/09/2021 - 15:34
White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham watches as US President Donald Trump speaks to reporters before he boards Marine One at the White House on November 08, 2019.
  • Stephanie Grisham said a "rebrand" would be tough after her time in the Trump administration.
  • In a New York Magazine profile, the former White House press secretary opened up about her tenure in the White House.
  • "I think this will follow me forever," she said.

Former White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham said in an article published this week that her role in former President Donald Trump's administration will make it difficult for her to "rebrand" and would likely stick with her "forever."

Grisham, who was former first lady Melania Trump's chief of staff and press secretary at the time of her resignation on Jan. 6, was the subject of a profile by New York Magazine's Olivia Nuzzi, where the longtime GOP official said her future opportunities would be limited.

The former press secretary recently released a bombshell memoir, "I'll Take Your Questions Now," which chronicles her time in the often-turbulent Trump White House.

While scores of former White House press secretaries have catapulted from their high-visibility role at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue to plum positions in the private sector and academia, many former Trump staffers have had difficulties in the job market, and even more so after the Capitol insurrection.

"I don't think I can rebrand. I think this will follow me forever," Grisham told Nuzzi of her time in the White House. "I believe that I was part of something unusually evil, and I hope that it was a one-time lesson for our country and that I can be a part of making sure that at least that evil doesn't come back now."

Grisham, who said in a recent CNN interview that she didn't vote for Trump in the 2020 election, is ringing the alarm regarding another stint in the White House by the former president, which she said would be defined by "revenge."

"He's on his revenge tour for people who dared to vote for impeachment," she told ABC News host George Stephanopoulos on Monday. "I want to just warn people that once he takes office, if he were to win, he doesn't have to worry about reelection anymore. He will be about revenge."

"He will probably have some pretty draconian policies that go on," Grisham added. "There were conversations a lot of times that people would say, 'That'll be the second term.' Meaning, we won't have to worry about a reelection."

In a Friday interview with Insider, Grisham said that she struggled with anxiety and had to be "deprogrammed" after her resignation from the White House in response to the Jan. 6 riot.

At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic last year, Grisham moved to a small town in Kansas and spent her final months in the administration commuting between her new home and Washington, DC. In her interview, she spoke of the pressures that came with her tenure in the Trump White House.

"I don't want to speak for my colleagues, but I know for me, a toxic environment was normal," she said. "I've tried to explain to people that when I left and went to Kansas, normal things were not normal to me. Like quiet nights with crickets chirping and stars, it gave me anxiety. And having just dinner with family and watching TV, normal things made me anxious because I had been so used to the chaos."

While speaking with Insider, Grisham also said that she would have resigned from the White House even if her relationship with the Trumps hadn't soured and the events of Jan. 6 had never occurred.

"I was, by that time, done," Grisham said. "I had been done for probably six months before I resigned and had tried to resign a few times and the first lady had talked me into staying, which also contradicts her statements that I was troubled and terrible."

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Donald Trump claimed 'everybody wanted the vaccine' when he was president

Businessinsider - Sat, 10/09/2021 - 15:31
President Donald Trump discusses the potential impact of Hurricane Michael during a meeting with Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and FEMA Administrator Brock Long in the Oval Office of the White House on October 10, 2018 in Washington, DC.

One in three Americans over the age of 18 remain unvaccinated, and Donald Trump says that's because of Biden.

In an interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity, the former president said that "everybody wanted the vaccine" under his government.

But now, he argues, Biden is the reason for the low vaccine take-up, despite Republicans (compared to Democrats and Independents) being the most likely to say they will never get the vaccine, according to Kaiser Family Foundation polling data.

Biden has repeatedly encouraged wider vaccine take-up.

Speaking to Sean Hannity on his talk show on 7 October, former President Trump said that, when he was in office: "There was nobody saying 'oh, gee, I don't want to take it.' Now they say that. And that's because they don't trust the Biden administration. I can think of no other reason.

"When I was there, everybody wanted it, and we were doing great. Well, the military did a fantastic job."

Trump has previously said that he is pro-vaccine and has had the shot himself, but his supporters have also booed when noting this fact, as Insider's Joshua Zitser reported in August.

While in office, Trump asked if drinking or injecting bleach would clear COVID-19 and said the coronavirus "wasn't a big deal" in March 2020.

A study by the Center for Countering Digital Hate (CCDH) found that most COVID-19 misinformation online, including anti-vaccine messaging, came from just 12 accounts.

The CDC continues to say that the vaccines are safe for use.

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‘Blood and pieces’: Kunduz residents describe blast aftermath

Al Jazeera - Sat, 10/09/2021 - 15:21
Explosion at a mosque in Kunduz on Friday killed at least 72 people and left more than 140 injured.
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Nobel Peace Prize 'for Russian journalists who lost their lives'

BBC News - World - Sat, 10/09/2021 - 14:58
Dmitry Muratov dedicates the Nobel Peace Prize to Russian journalists killed in the line of duty.
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Donald Trump's former adviser Peter Navarro says he urged him twice to fire 'evil' Anthony Fauci

Businessinsider - Sat, 10/09/2021 - 14:46
Peter Navarro (center) says that he asked former President Donald Trump (left) to fire Dr. Anthony Fauci (right).
  • Former White House trade adviser Peter Navarro referred to Dr. Anthony Fauci as "evil."
  • In the interview, he claimed that he twice asked former President Donald Trump to fire Fauci.
  • Navarro said he doesn't blame Trump for not firing Fauci but added that it was a "mistake for the republic."

Ex-White House trade adviser Peter Navarro has claimed that he asked former President Donald Trump on at least two occasions to fire Dr. Anthony Fauci, he said during an interview on The Jason Rantz Show.

Navarro, who was discussing his new book, "In Trump Time," said that the media hailed the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases as a "God-like" figure, Fox News reported.

The former trade adviser, on the other hand, has a far less favorable assessment of Fauci. "That man is evil," he said during the interview on Wednesday. "Make no mistake about this. He is evil."

After disagreeing about imposing travel bans, Navarro recalled how he once got into a "screaming match" within three minutes of meeting Fauci.

"I came out of there thinking, 'Wow, that guy thinks he's smarter than he is,'" Navarro said. "More importantly, 'That guy's going to hurt us and the president.'"

The former trade adviser said that he asked Trump, at least twice, to fire Fauci. He added that he doesn't blame the former president for not taking his advice but referred to it as a "mistake for the republic."

Trump and Fauci have a history of sparring with one another, Insider's Bryan Metzger reported. Fauci often contradicted the former president's optimistic assessments of the pandemic state, while Trump called Fauci a "disaster."

In November 2020, Trump suggested that he planned to fire Fauci after Election Day.

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An Amazon shopper faces up to 20 years in jail for $290,000 fraud. Prosecutors say he bought Apple, Asus, and Fuji products, then mailed cheaper items as returns.

Businessinsider - Sat, 10/09/2021 - 14:38
Hudson Hamrick faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
  • An Amazon shopper pleaded guilty to more than $290,000 in fraud for mailing fake returns.
  • Prosecutors said Hudson Hamrick, of North Carolina, bought expensive items then returned cheap ones.
  • Amazon noticed the fraudulent returns, which began in 2016, and referred the case to the FBI.
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An Amazon shopper who for five years bought expensive items - including a top-of-the-line iMac Pro - and then mailed cheaper items as returns faces up to 20 years in prison for wire fraud, prosecutors said.

Hudson Hamrick, of Charlotte, North Carolina, on Tuesday pleaded guilty in the US District Court for the Western District of North Carolina, a court filing showed.

The Department of Justice also issued a statement on Tuesday that said Hamrick faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Hamrick's public defender did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

US attorneys filed charges against Hamrick in September, saying he'd engaged in about 300 fraudulent transactions with Amazon. That included about 270 product returns - some 250 of which were "materially different in value" - that amounted to more than $290,000 in total fraud, said the charging document and another that detailed several transactions as part of Hamrick's plea agreement.

Many of the transactions followed a simple pattern, prosecutors said: Hamrick would order an expensive item, initiate a return, then mail a similar - but less valuable - item. Sometimes he'd also sell the expensive item, netting him both the return and the resale value, prosecutors said.

In August 2019, for example, Hamrick ordered an Apple iMac Pro for $4,256.85, the US attorneys said. After about two weeks, Hamrick started the return process with Amazon, which then issued a refund.

"Instead of returning the high-end iMac Pro, Hamrick returned a much older, less valuable non-Pro model with a completely different serial number," said a court document filed by Maria K. Vento, an assistant US attorney.

A week before Hamrick initiated his Amazon return, he sold an iMac Pro on eBay, Vento said.

Prosecutors said the items Hamrick ordered included a Jura GIGA W3 Professional coffee machine for $3,536.46; an Asus ROG Zephyrus gaming laptop for $2,776.52; and a Fuji Spray system for $1,227.31. Each time, he returned a lower-value item or older model, prosecutors said.

An Amazon spokesperson told Insider that the tech giant discovered the alleged fraud and referred the case to law enforcement. It worked with the FBI and the US attorney's office in North Carolina.

"Amazon has systems in place to detect suspicious behavior, and teams in place to investigate and stop prohibited activity," the spokesperson said. "There is no place for fraud at Amazon, and we will continue to pursue all measures to hold bad actors accountable."

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La Palma: Lava engulfs more buildings on Spanish island

BBC News - World - Sat, 10/09/2021 - 14:33
This is the twentieth day of eruptions coming from the Cumbre Vieja volcano.
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A podcast for retail workers is calling out the 'soul-defeating' industry for harsh management, abusive customers, and poverty wages

Businessinsider - Sat, 10/09/2021 - 14:30

At the returns desk of a home decór store, a woman brought in flower pot writhing with gray maggots in its base. She was furious when an employee said the store would be unable to process the return, given the larvae-infested state of the product.

Steve Rowland, a manager, watched back footage of the exchange like game tape, wondering where the employee went wrong. The customer, who eventually called up the corporate office, hadn't followed the simple instructions to drill drainage holes in the pot. Still, Rowland was told by a district manager to reprimand the employee for the interaction, despite the fact he'd followed the company's guidelines. The customer eventually received a full refund and an additional $50 store credit.

For Rowland and his staff, it was just another morale-deadening example of management siding against employees who were just following company rules.

After 33 years in retail, Rowland was laid off from his job due to COVID-19. So in February 2021, he did what many others have done: He started a podcast. "Retail Warzone" is hosted by Rowland and Alex Rowland (no relation). The podcast showcases workers' "horror stories" each week and advocates for pro-worker changes within the sector.

"Retail in general is very soul-defeating," Rowland told Insider. "It breaks your spirit after a certain amount of time."

And the state of retail jobs affects a large swath of the labor force. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2020 there were about 4 million retail sales jobs, 3.4 million cashier gigs, and 4.4 million food server posts in the United States.

"That's a lot of people getting stomped on," Rowland said.

The pandemic has shone a light on the plight of many service workers. Retail workers have contended with workplace violence, often at the hands of enraged shoppers convinced that "the customer is always right." Rage-quitting and ghosting have become common practices, as a result of these conditions. Many work for low pay, as the federal minimum wage hasn't risen from $7.25 since 2009 and has failed to keep up with housing costs and productivity. Outsiders levy criticisms about retail workers being lazy, due to the labor shortage.

When he started out in retail in 1988, Rowland said customers would still cross a store to put back items that they decided against purchasing. Over the years, he felt himself watching "the wheels come off the wagon" as "society basically devolved in real time." Rowland said he blames retailers valuing "profits over people" and rewarding bad behavior from shoppers.

"Customers have become more entitled, more emboldened to treat retail employees, hospitality employees, and grocery employees like servants," he said. "You're not paid enough to be a punching bag for the customer. But corporations are willing to sacrifice the mental health and safety of an employee for avoiding getting a bad review on Facebook or Amazon."

According to Rowland, the result for workers is burnout and depression, on top of issues like low pay, poor benefits, and a lack of professional stability. The podcast host said that, thanks to the hiring crunch, "the workforce has more power right now than they ever have in the history of the retail industry." Still, he's upset by the lack of appreciation that frontline workers have received during the pandemic, even after being declared "essential."

"Retail workers got a little bit of a break in 2020 from the abuse," Rowland said. "But as soon as we turned the corner into 2021, everybody forgot that and the treatment got worse."

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Lumber prices have risen 50% since August, and 2 experts say the resurgence will continue through early 2022

Businessinsider - Sat, 10/09/2021 - 14:25

One of the pandemic's hottest commodities is staging a comeback, rising 50% since August and gaining for the sixth consecutive week.

The price of lumber - after steadily declining since its all-time high in May - is expected to continue to tick higher through early next year, experts told Insider.

Lumber futures as of October 8 were hovering around $713 per thousand board feet - still 58% lower than the record high of $1,711 achieved in May as supply chain disruptions and demand for housing drove an incredible boom for the commodity. A year ago, the lumber futures were trading at roughly $586 per thousand board feet.

But after prices bottomed out below $400 per thousand board feet in late August, they have since recovered by $100 per thousand board feet in just over a month, data from Fastmarkets Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price showed.

A reason for the price increase in lumber is a modest increase in renovation demand after price-sensitive buyers proceeded with home improvement projects now that wood prices have seen a substantial correction, Dustin Jalbert, senior economist at Fastmarkets, told Insider.

Though Jalbert does not expect the kind of runup in lumber prices seen earlier this year - a period when there was a backlog of homes waiting to be built and a shortage of key construction supplies - as pandemic-related supply constraints continued to ease.

"The market has finally transitioned to a more balanced state compared with being severely oversupplied in the summer months, which ultimately drove the massive correction in prices from record-high levels set in May," Jalbert told Insider.

And even if Americans wanted to build and renovate homes, the field consumption of lumber is being bogged down by shortages of other complementary materials such as windows, siding, cabinet appliances, and garage doors, he added.

The supply side, meanwhile, continues to face challenges, Jalbert said. Log costs in British Columbia, which accounts for about 16% of North American lumber capacity, remain elevated.

Tariffs on Canadian lumber will also likely double from 9% to about 18% by November, pending the Department of Commerce's final determination, he noted. Such an outcome will raise production costs on lumber shipments to the US market, which will ultimately put further upward pressure on lumber prices, Jalbert added.

Chip Setzer, director of trading and growth for Mickey Group, a commodity trading platform, also does not see lumber prices skyrocketing, not even past $1,000 per thousand board feet, he told Insider. While prices are historically elevated, he said the range lumber prices are currently in now is a fair valuation.

"I like that number," he said, adding that the price floor of the commodity may have permanently moved higher compared to the roughly $300 per thousand board feet pre-pandemic. "It's good for the forest. It's good for the guys who work in the sawmill ... It's good across the board."

Setzer also said that while the market may see some slowdown into year-end, it will also see an uptick by the second quarter of next year. "People are still under-housed," he said.

Lumber prices at the start of the year surged, along with energy prices, like oil and natural gas, and used car prices, pushing up inflation to 30-year highs. Demand across commodities has since cooled as consumers absorbed the sky-high prices and as the economy reopened.

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Fuel shortage forces shutdown of main Lebanese power plants

Al Jazeera - Sat, 10/09/2021 - 14:22
Deir Ammar and Zahrani power plants stop functioning as a result of running out of diesel, prompting sporadic protests.
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Social-investing app Commonstock wants to be the 'Bloomberg terminal of Main Street' and weed out the meme-stock trolls

Businessinsider - Sat, 10/09/2021 - 14:05
This is a photo of a cellphone with a brokerage app opened on its screen. SOPA Images/Getty Images
  • Commonstock wants to be a social investing app for retail traders - and it's nothing like Reddit.
  • The app, which launched in August 2020, allows users to link their brokerages to verify their bets.
  • Commonstock's founder wants the app to become the "Bloomberg Terminal for main street."

A new middleman between brokerage apps like Robinhood and retail traders is emerging.

The app, called Commonstock, aims to attract retail traders looking to share trades and insights into the market - like Reddit, but less chaotic.

Unlike Reddit investing threads like Wall Street Bets, where millions of traders have gathered in recent years, and particularly in 2021, there's no talk of taking stocks to the moon, hodling shares with diamond hands, or taking down the "hedgies" shorting a stock. Memes along with the less-than-mannerly exchanges between retail traders who call themselves "apes" are also few and far between.

One of the few similarities between the two social platforms is that posts receive "upvotes."

To stand apart from the massively popular, and sometimes controversial Wall Street Bets forum is exactly what Commonstock founder and Chief Executive Officer David McDonough set out to do.

The idea behind the app, he said, is to "empower" retail traders with good financial and market insights to be "discovered through all the noise and the meme and troll accounts that are on other platforms."

"It doesn't mean they don't make jokes or add some light sarcasm, but there's also an undercurrent of actual real knowledge," McDonough told Insider in an interview. With the app, retail traders can link their brokerage accounts to their Commonstock profile to show they "have skin in the game," he added.

I wanted to see for myself, so I downloaded the app, created a profile, and opted to link my brokerage account.

There were several options, among them Robinhood, Coinbase, Webull, Charles Schwab, and Fidelity Investments. Since I'd previously downloaded and opened a Robinhood account for a different review, I linked that.

Once linked, my username got a blue Commonstock logo next to it - think Twitter's blue check mark - and my portfolio appeared on my profile, showing the single dollar I'd invested in a Vanguard ETF previously.

To further back up a user's clout, profiles show the total assets in dollars of all their followers. I don't have followers yet, so the count was nil. Writing a post looks a lot like writing a tweet, except users are given up to 500 characters to work with and can click "link to a trade" to back up what they're saying.

The app's homepage feed looks like a combination of Twitter and trading app Public.com.

Screenshot from Commonstock.com.

Investors' posts had few upvotes, revealing the relative newness of the platform, which launched only about a year ago, just before meme stocks became a permanent fixture of the market landscape.

McDonough didn't share the number of people using the platform so far, but he said the platform is aiming to reach tens to hundreds of millions globally over the long-term.

He wants it eventually to be the "Bloomberg Terminal for main street."

"That's really our goal is to be this central community on top of every brokerage and help create more engaged and more informed investors across every asset class," he said.

As someone who regularly reads Reddit investing threads to find story ideas, I did miss the entertainment the meme culture there provides. However, I appreciated being able to weed through the fluff and the chaos of Reddit's most active investing threads and get into what people were investing in and why.

The platform is still in the early stages of adoption, but once the app has more users, it seems like it could become a valuable tool for users wanting a more serious outlet to talk stocks with other retail investors.

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