The social media platform is expected to announce its decision in the matter Wednesday morning, after indefinitely banning him from the site in January.
The KRI Nanggala 402 vanished Wednesday morning near the island of Bali during a torpedo skill, Indonesia's navy said.
The Unite union is facing allegations of a “stitch-up” in its impending general secretary race after new rules appeared to make it harder for critics of Len McCluskey to get on the ballot.Britain’s second biggest union is set to finally fire the starting gun in the election of McCluskey’s successor when its executive meets on Wednesday morning.With nominations expected to close in June, Unite is set to have its new general secretary in post by the end of August, in time for Labour’s annual conference.But some MPs and Unite members have hit out after internal election guidance included changes that would raise the threshold for the minimum number of nominations that candidates need.The guidelines, marked “confidential” but passed to HuffPost UK, propose that for the 2021 general secretary election a brand new system should be adopted to create more “workplace branches” that are eligible to nominate contenders in the race to lead the union.Under a rule change approved since McCluskey narrowly beat centrist challenger Gerard Coyne in 2017, any candidate for the post of general secretary must first obtain nominations from 5% of branches of the union.Rough estimates put the number of current branches at around 3,000, meaning each contender has to garner the backing of 150 or more branches. In the last election, the threshold was just 50 nominations.But under the new proposals, current “postcode” or “geographical” branches – which cover multiple employers and locations – could also be split up into several “workplace” branches as long as each venue has 50 or more Unite members as staff.The change could mean that the number of branches is increased substantially, raising the minimum needed to much higher levels.Critics further claim that because only elected Unite officials are allowed to request nomination packs for the new branches, the system would inevitably exclude any challengers to the status quo.“It looks like a stitch-up,” a Labour MP said. “Raise the bar higher to make it harder for any one who wants to take the union in a different direction from Len.“These are the people who wanted to reduce the nomination threshold for Labour party leader but now want to increase it for their union. They’re utterly shameless.”After three general secretary election victories, McCluskey’s 11-year reign at the head of Unite will end this year after the union executive approves the timetable for his successor.Among the likely Left contenders for the general secretary post are assistant general secretaries Steve Turner and Howard Beckett, as well as the union’s national organising officer Sharon Graham.Turner is seen as the favourite given his crucial endorsement by the United Left grouping of the union last year, but Beckett and Graham supporters believe they have the numbers to get on the ballot too.“Moderate” former regional secretary Coyne, who came within 5,000 votes of defeating McCluskey four years ago, is also running once more.He is the only candidate so far to have publicly questioned Unite’s spending of £98 million on a hotel and conference centre in Birmingham.The proposed nomination changes are expected to be given strong support by allies of McCluskey, who dominate the union executive, on the grounds that they widen democratic participation in the nomination process.There will also be tighter rules on campaign spending and on data protection and access to members’ contact details.One senior Labour MP said: “I’ve been a Unite member for more than 20 years and never seen anything like this. The threshold could be so high it stymies a fair contest.”To Ec Guidelines for Gs Ele... by Paul WaughA regional union insider added: “Because of Unite’s huge reach across so many sectors of the economy and public sector, this election really matters. And that’s why the rules on who can stand really matters.”Although overtaken in recent years by Unison as the UK’s largest union, Unite has been one of the party’s biggest financial backers under Ed Miliband and Jeremy Corbyn.It has recently withheld funding amid its criticism of Keir Starmer’s handling of legal complaints over anti-Semitism.McCluskey has also heavily criticised Starmer’s removal of the whip from Corbyn over his response to the Equalities and Human Rights Commission finding of institutional racism against the party.Related...Will New Trade Union Bosses Help Keir Starmer Or Hinder Him?Keir Starmer Heading For 'Dustbin Of History', Says Len McCluskeyUnite Union Chief Urges Starmer To Vote For Johnson's Brexit Deal
Because the world desperately needed another GPU people can’t actually buy, AMD decided to release a limited-edition “Midnight Black” version of its Radeon RX 6800 XT early Wednesday morning, where it sold out before most people even saw the card was there.
You might be thinking: “Why would you release a limited-edition version of something that’s practically a collector’s piece even without a new coat of paint?” (AMD’s recent GPUs are even rarer than Nvidia’s, though both currently command two to three times their retail price on eBay.)
Or you might be thinking: “When, exactly, did AMD announce a new GPU? I don’t remember that.” That’s because the company didn’t formally announce it: according to VideoCardz, AMD quietly told its “AMD...
Pinterest was all about creators Wednesday morning, introducing its new Creator Code, a mandatory set of guidelines for creators on its platform, and its first-ever Creator Fund to help provide creators from underrepresented communities with financial and educational support. The Creator Code will be formally rolled out for creators to sign and adopt in the...
Baftas organisers have announced two new presenters for this year’s ceremony, taking over from departing host Graham Norton.Last year’s Baftas saw Graham take on presenting duties at the Baftas for the first time, having previously hosted the awards show’s TV equivalent for several years.However, on Wednesday morning, it was confirmed that the show would get new hosts in 2021, with Dermot O’Leary and Edith Bowman presenting the Baftas in place of Graham.The pair have previously hosted Bafta’s red carpet coverage for a number of years, and will now be fronting the main show on Sunday 11 April, from the Royal Albert Hall.HuffPost UK has contacted Bafta and representatives for Graham Norton for clarification about his departure.Dermot and Edith will be joined by a small number of presenters at the venue, with others also appearing virtually via video-link.The night before the main ceremony, it’s also been announced that Radio 1 presenter Clara Amfo will host a special show, dubbed the EE BAFTA Film Awards Opening Night.In a press release, Bafta explained that this show will explore how some of this year’s nominated films were made, with eight winners also being revealed over the course of the evening, in more technical categories.The winner of Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema award will also be given out during this show.Bafta’s executive director of awards and content Emma Baehr said: “We’re thrilled that we have two programmes for the 2021 EE British Academy Film Awards for the very first time this year, in which we’ll showcase our nominees and reveal the winners.“To help us celebrate the art and craft of filmmaking in more depth we’ll be joined by three hosts – Clara Amfo on Saturday and Dermot O’Leary and Edith Bowman on Sunday. I hope our audiences are just as excited as we are for the BAFTA weekend on the BBC.” Nomadland and Rocks are this year’s top nominees at the forthcoming Baftas, with seven nominations each.These include Best Director for Chloé Zhao, Best Actress for Frances McDormand and Bukky Bakray and Best Supporting Actress for Kosar Ali.Check out the full list of nominees here.MORE AWARDS SEASON:After A Long Wait, We Finally Have This Year's Bafta NomineesOscars Bosses Seem To Have Got The Same Zoom Fatigue As The Rest Of Us21 Must-See Grammys Moments You Might Have Missed During This Year's Ceremony
Piers Morgan has spoken out about his departure from Good Morning Britain, saying his exit came after he and ITV “agreed to disagree” over his comments about Meghan Markle earlier this week.ITV had faced widespread calls to axe Piers after he cast doubt on Meghan’s revelation during her interview with Oprah Winfrey that she had experienced suicidal thoughts after joining the Royal Family.It was later revealed that more than 40,000 complaints had been made about the incident to Ofcom, after which it was confirmed the divisive presenter was leaving Good Morning Britain.Speaking outside his London home on Wednesday morning, the presenter insisted his exit was “amicable”, saying (via the PA news agency): “I had a good chat with ITV and we agreed to disagree. I’m just going to take it easy and see how we go.” He added: “I believe in freedom of speech, I believe in the right to be allowed to have an opinion. If people want to believe Meghan Markle, that’s entirely their right.“I don’t believe almost anything that comes out of her mouth and I think the damage she’s done to the British monarchy and to the Queen at a time when Prince Philip is lying in hospital is enormous and frankly contemptible.“If I have to fall on my sword for expressing an honestly-held opinion about Meghan Markle and that diatribe of bilge that she came out with in that interview, so be it.”Metro also quoted him as saying: “I think it’s fair to say, although the woke crowd will think that they’ve cancelled me, I think they will be rather disappointed when I re-emerge. I would call it a temporary hibernation.”He added that he is “always in talks with people”. This came after Piers doubled down on his comments about Meghan in a tweet, writing: “On Monday, I said I didn’t believe Meghan Markle in her Oprah interview. I’ve had time to reflect on this opinion, and I still don’t. If you did, OK. “Freedom of speech is a hill I’m happy to die on. Thanks for all the love, and hate. I’m off to spend more time with my opinions.”On Monday, I said I didn’t believe Meghan Markle in her Oprah interview. I’ve had time to reflect on this opinion, and I still don’t. If you did, OK. Freedom of speech is a hill I’m happy to die on. Thanks for all the love, and hate. I’m off to spend more time with my opinions. pic.twitter.com/bv6zpz4Roe— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) March 10, 2021In Piers’ absence, GMB regular Ranvir Singh presented Wednesday’s show with Susanna Reid.Addressing her former co-star’s departure at the beginning of the show, Susanna told viewers: “Piers and I have disagreed on many things, and that dynamic was one of the things that viewers loved about the programme. He is without a doubt an outspoken, challenging, opinionated, disruptive broadcaster. He has many critics and he has many fans. “You all know that I disagreed with him about Meghan’s interview. He himself clarified his comments about her mental health on the show yesterday. There are many voices on GMB and everyone has their say. “But now Piers has decided to leave the programme. Some of you may cheer and others will boo. “He has been my presenting partner Monday to Wednesday for more than five years, and during Brexit and the pandemic and other issues, he has been a voice for many of you, and a voice that many of you have railed against.”'Shows go on and so on we go.''He has been a voice for many of you and a voice that many of you have railed against.'@susannareid100 speaks about Piers' resignation from GMB. pic.twitter.com/sVTcKMwx8N— Good Morning Britain (@GMB) March 10, 2021She concluded: “It is certainly going to be very different, but shows go on, and on we go.”Good Morning Britain airs every weekday from 6am on ITV.READ MORE:'A Hill I'm Happy To Die On': Piers Morgan Doubles Down On Meghan Markle Comments Following GMB ExitDan Walker Taunts Rival Piers Morgan With An Invite To Talk On BBC BreakfastCelebs React To Piers Morgan's Exit From GMB Following Meghan Markle Comments
The rockets hit the Al Asad base early Wednesday morning. Tensions are increasing ahead of the pope's visit to Iraq and between the US and Iran.
The past 12 months have left us all facing new challenges and tough circumstances, but the pandemic has also provided a much-needed chance to re-evaluate our lives.Many of the biggest shifts so far have been in the world of work, with millions of Brits working from home for months at a time, and facing either increased pressures or less work than normal.It’s not surprising then that many of us are hoping to change our work lives for good with a recent survey revealing that one in five people hope to become their own bosses in 2021. Whether you’re hoping to turn a hobby into a side hustle or have an idea guaranteed to attract attention, launching your business from home is the perfect way to begin. We asked experts for their top tips for getting started – and making sure your venture has staying power. Dream big, start small Starting a business marks the beginning of an exciting new chapter and when it comes to setting out goals, Anna Lundberg encourages entrepreneurs to start small but be as ambitious as possible. “Start with a small thing and follow your curiosity,” Lundberg, the founder of One Step Outside and author of Leaving the Corporate 9 to 5, says. “There’s a lot of persistence and resilience needed but your vision and the execution of the business is going to evolve, you’re never going to have all the answers. I think people give up too soon, because they expect results right away and it doesn’t happen that way, unfortunately.”Whatever your idea is, you’re going to need bags of enthusiasm to make it work, adds Helen Jane Campbell, a coach for creative people and author of Founders, Freelancers & Rebels. “The first thing you need is the energy to show up every day,” she explains. “And I don’t necessarily mean the sort of energy that we used to run up a mountain, but you need to have an energy about your business. You need to feel more enthusiastic about your business than everybody else put together and you really need to believe in what it is that you’re offering or selling.”Build your squad Having a support network of friends, family or other entrepreneurs can make a huge difference on days when you’re lacking in the motivation department. Campbell advises working out who your “cheerleaders and supporters” are as early on as possible. “It could be family members, friends or the people that you’ve met online,” she says. “Find those people, and you can be that person for someone else.” Campbell’s support squad includes a friend that she has a weekly call with, during which they celebrate work wins, share stresses and let off steam. “It’s eight o’clock every Wednesday morning, there’s no agenda but it’s just to check in and support each other,” she says. Don’t be afraid of outsourcing It’s easy to feel like you need to do everything yourself, but outsourcing tasks – from accounting to web design – will not only help you reclaim precious hours, but also save money in the long run. “Create systems in your business,” says Lundberg. “There are things that we can automate, outsource and get quite cheaply. Try to make things easier for yourself [and] get rid of the things that are really time consuming and don’t add a lot of value. “If there’s something that either you’re not very good at or takes way too long, it’s much better to pay someone else. Then focus on the stuff that’s really going to add as much value as possible in as little time as possible.”Letting professionals take charge of tasks such as creating your website or managing your social media presence could also help you reach new customers and clients. Flexibility is key – but balance is a must If the past year has taught us anything, it’s that we’re all capable of adapting in the face of huge change – which will come in seriously handy as an entrepreneur. “I think the biggest mistake is if we fail to see our business as something that evolves,” says Campbell. “If you don’t like your logo after six months, of course you can evolve it, if you decide that your product needs to change in some way, or you want to put your prices up, that’s perfectly okay. There’s very little that is set in stone.”Make sure that starting a business doesn’t leave you working all day and night. Downtime is key.“One of the strange and exciting, but also difficult things, about running a business is that if you really love what you’re doing that that blurred line [between work and life] is even worse,” says Lundberg. “It’s very easy to say ‘Oh, but I love it so much, I don’t mind working all the time’, but obviously that can be really detrimental.”Try to prevent this from happening rather than finding yourself in a position where you feel like you need to dial back. To help, Lundberg shares some final top tips: “Make sure you choose the right business model, that you’re focusing on really creating value and your pricing is right. “Make sure that you’re actually getting the results you want and need, without being stressed and working into the night.”
Those who turned up to the Senate gym Wednesday morning were welcomed by color printouts of Cruz's Cancun trip that read "Bienvenido de Nuevo, Ted!"
The intention-to-float document for Vantage Towers could be published as soon as Wednesday morning, people said.Discussions are ongoing and the timing of the Vantage Towers announcement could change
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Rebecca Black has released a 10th anniversary remix of her viral hit “Friday.” Yes, somehow, the original song came out 10 years ago, and I have never felt so old. The original song came out on February 10th, 2011, which weirdly means this new version of “Friday” happens to be released on a Wednesday morning.
The original “Friday” was honestly kind of iconic for me. I was a senior in college when it came out, and I remember hearing it pretty much everywhere I went on weekends — especially on Fridays.
The remix, which features 3OH!3, Big Freedia, and Dorian Electra, is a bit too busy and dance-y for me, though. The original’s generic-sounding pop-rock vibe is part of what made it so great, and I feel like this remix loses that.
r/WallStreetBets had encouraged investors to bid on GameStop, leading to billions of dollars in loses for the stock's short-sellers.
r/WallStreetBets had encouraged investors to bid on GameStop, leading to billions of dollars in loses for the stock's short-sellers.
US President Donald Trump will address the nation from the West Wing around 6:30 pm on the East Coast.He will break the silence of roughly 36 hours after he prematurely declared victory on early Wednesday morning.
Biotech stocks continued to surge on Wednesday after two scientists responsible for gene-editing tool CRISPR received this year’s Nobel Prize for Chemistry. CRISPR-powered stocks Intellia Therapeutics (NTLA), Editas Medicine (EDIT), and Beam Therapeutics (BEAM) have now jumped 13%, 11%, and 6% respectively. CRISPR Therapeutics (CRSP), co-founded by one of the Nobel winners Emmanuelle Charpentier, is also up more than 11% since Wednesday morning. Collectively, these four CRISPR stocks are now worth nearly $12.2 billion — up from $6.5 billion in February with nearly $430 million added to their market values overnight. Now valued beyond $7.1 billion, CRSP is by far the biggest CRISPR-centric company… This story continues at The Next Web
On Wednesday morning, Boom Supersonic will unveil the demonstrator aircraft for its planned commercial supersonic plane. You can watch the event here.
Ten years after Oracle first sued Google over the code in the Android platform, the two tech giants are finally facing off in the Supreme Court. Since then, there have been three trials and two appeals. Billions of dollars are at stake; many millions have been likely spent on a parade of seasoned litigators, expert witnesses, and bizarre trial exhibits intended to explain programming to non-technical juries. All this may be coming to an anticlimactic close on Wednesday morning, with a teleconference Supreme Court oral argument in the middle of a pandemic.
When Google first developed Android, it decided to make the mobile platform compatible with Java. At the time, apps for the iOS environment were written in Objective-C, a language that...
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told CNBC on Wednesday morning that he expected to reach a stimulus deal with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
The outage Wednesday morning meant drivers couldn't pair their phone with their car using Tesla's mobile app.