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  • Adelaide weather
    on September 29, 2020 at 3:42 am

    Adelaide weather radar Satellite cloud map

  • Current weather for Adelaide at 5:00am CST
    on September 29, 2020 at 3:42 am

    Temperature: 17.0°C Feels like: 11.7°CDew point: 1.8°C Relative humidity: 36%Wind: NE at 19 km/h, gusting to 32 km/h Rain: 0.0mm since 9amPressure: 1015.7 hPa

  • Adelaide weather forecast
    on September 29, 2020 at 3:42 am

    Tuesday Late shower 13°C – 21°CWednesday Possible shower 12°C – 19°CThursday Increasing sunshine 11°C – 21°CFriday Sunny 14°C – 29°C

  • CDC study on COVID-19 in kids bolsters case for elementary school reopening
    on September 28, 2020 at 6:26 pm

    The study adds nuance to prior findings that the risk of contracting and dying from COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, increases with age.

  • Donald Trump ‘paid $750 in federal income taxes in 2016 and 2017’ – NY Times
    on September 28, 2020 at 6:17 pm

    The New York Times alleges years of tax avoidance, a claim the US president calls “fake news”.

  • 'Dangerous rate of speed': Two California wildfires explode in wine country, forcing thousands to flee
    on September 28, 2020 at 6:05 pm

    Thousands of Californians fled two blazes that blew up overnight, torching more than 25,000 acres. More than 3.7 million acres have burned this year.

  • President Donald Trump owns more than $122 million in personal real estate — here's a look at his penthouse and beachfront mansions
    on September 28, 2020 at 5:52 pm

    The New York Times found that Donald Trump has outstanding debt across his real-estate portfolio. Here’s a closer look at his 8 personal properties.

  • India to buy 72,000 US assault rifles for troops on the LAC
    on September 28, 2020 at 5:43 pm

    Defence Ministry approves purchase of arms and equipment worth Rs 2290 crore

  • FBI opens civil rights investigation into fatal 2018 police shooting of Kansas teenager
    on September 28, 2020 at 5:34 pm

    Police shot and killed John Albers, 17, in January 2018 after the teen’s friends called 911 to report he was making suicidal comments.

  • Congress tells party-ruled states to defy Centre’s new farm laws
    on September 28, 2020 at 5:31 pm

    Congress-ruled states to consider enacting their own laws to bypass New Delhi

  • China Teaches Students that Jesus Stoned Woman to Death, Changes Biblical Passage in Textbook
    on September 28, 2020 at 5:29 pm

    The ending of a biblical story where a woman was forgiven by Jesus after committing adultery has been altered in a Chinese textbook to make our Savior out to be a killer. 

  • Nationwide fury over new farm laws
    on September 28, 2020 at 5:18 pm

    Opposition parties across India gear up to challenge new legislations in the courts and streets

  • Trump’s 2016 Campaign Listed Millions of Black Voters It Wanted to Stop From Voting, Leak Reveals
    on September 28, 2020 at 5:00 pm

    LONDON—Over three million Black voters in key states were identified by President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign as people they had to persuade to stay at home on Election Day to help him reach the White House.The revelation comes from an enormous data leak obtained by the British news network Channel 4. It shows that, four years ago, the Trump campaign prepared files on almost 200 million American voters and separated some out into eight different categories. One such category, assigned to 3.5 million Black voters, was titled: “Deterrence.”The leaked database was reportedly used by Trump’s digital campaign team, which was critical to Trump’s narrow victory. Channel 4 News has a track record of exposing the unethical practices of Cambridge Analytica—the now-defunct British digital black-ops firm that harvested the Facebook data of tens of millions of voters for the use of Team Trump.The leaked files show that Black Americans were disproportionately marked ‘Deterrence’ by the 2016 campaign, making up far more of the category when compared to general population stats. For example, in Georgia, Black people make up around a third of the population, but 61 percent of the Trump campaign’s ‘Deterrence’ category there. The same pattern can be seen in data for North Carolina and Wisconsin.Cambridge Analytica’s Real Role in Trump’s Dark Facebook CampaignOverall, people of colour—labelled by the campaign as Black, Hispanic, Asian and ‘Other’ groups—made up 54 percent of the people in the ‘Deterrence’ category, according to Channel 4 News. In contrast, the lists of voters that the campaign wanted to encourage to head out to vote were mostly white. It’s impossible to say how effective the tactics were, but research shows that, in 2016, Black turnout fell by eight points.The data does not offer a complete picture of exactly how the ‘Deterrence’ list was exploited, though it’s likely that it was used to help the campaign micro-target people on Facebook in the months leading up to Election Day in 2016. The Daily Beast revealed two years ago that Team Trump used audience lists created by Cambridge Analytica to target “dark ads” on Facebook in the final months of the 2016 campaign.There’s no public record of those “dark ads,” which disappeared when the campaign stopped paying for them, and there’s no public information on the lists that were used to target voters. However, Channel 4 does report that it found some evidence that Team Trump pushed ads at Black voters designed to damage opinions of Trump’s rival, Hillary Clinton.One video ad showed Clinton talking about “super-predators” in 1996—a comment she apologized for in 2016 after the clip spread online. Channel 4 reports that Cambridge Analytica privately admitted that the campaign did target “AA,” or African Americans, with what it called the “Predators video,” though it’s not known if the ‘Deterrence’ list was used.Trump Data Guru Officially Disqualified Over ‘Shady’ Campaign TacticsPresented with Channel 4’s findings, Jamal Watkins, Vice President of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, said: “We use data… but it’s to motivate, persuade and encourage folks to participate. We don’t use the data to say who can we deter and keep at home. That just seems, fundamentally, it’s a shift from the notion of democracy.”Watkins added: “It’s not ‘may the best candidate win’ at that point it’s ‘may the best well-funded machine suppress voters and keep them at home thereby rigging the election so that someone can win’.”An unnamed Facebook spokesperson said: “Since 2016, elections have changed and so has Facebook—what happened with Cambridge Analytica couldn’t happen today.” The company cited its new rules prohibiting voter suppression, and its searchable political ads library which means that ads don’t just disappear from the network as they did in 2016.The Trump campaign didn’t provide any comment.Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.

  • New Fort Hood Commander Orders Training Pause to Rebuild Soldiers' Trust
    on September 28, 2020 at 4:26 pm

    Maj. Gen. John Richardson IV has launched a yearlong effort to heal the base’s deeply scarred image.

  • Should you trust the polls in 2020? Here’s what pollsters have to say
    on September 28, 2020 at 4:19 pm

    Trump caused a massive upset in 2016. Could he do it again?

  • Industry confidence hit all-time low during April-June quarter: Care Ratings
    on September 28, 2020 at 6:43 pm

    The CICI hit a nine-quarter low of 58 out of 200, continuing a largely declining trend since its inception during the first quarter of FY19 when it recorded a score of 119. The quarterly index evaluates 47 industries based on six parameters covering financial performance, creditworthiness and outlook.

  • IPL: Royal Challengers Bangalore beat Mumbai Indians in thrilling Super Over game
    on September 28, 2020 at 6:37 pm

    In the Super Over, Navdeep Saini conceded only 7 runs and RCB skipper Virat Kohli hit Jasprit Bumrah for a boundary off the final delivery to win it for his team. Chasing a target of 202, Mumbai Indians managed 201 for 5 after Ishan Kishan (99 off 58 balls) and Kieron Pollard (60 off 24 balls) nearly pulled off an incredible chase but could manage 8 off the required 19 runs in the last over.

  • Google to enforce Play store tax on the 3% of apps not paying
    on September 28, 2020 at 6:28 pm

    App stores are a fast-growing business as sales of Google’s search ads and Apple’s iPhone flatten out. Google said under 3% of developers with apps on its Play store sold digital goods over the last 12 months, and nearly 97% comply with its payment system policy.

  • Sonia Gandhi urges Congress chief ministers to pass laws to negate central farm acts
    on September 28, 2020 at 6:22 pm

    AICC general secretary (organisation) KC Venugopal communicated Gandhi’s ‘advice’ to the CMs. “Congress president has asked Congressruled states to explore possibilities to pass laws in their states under Article 254(2) of the Constitution which allows state legislatures to pass a law to override a central law which then comes for President’s assent,” Venugopal tweeted.

  • How a temporary US ban could destroy TikTok
    on September 28, 2020 at 5:59 pm

    While ByteDance is still in talks with U.S. investors, the White House and the Chinese government over how to structure the deal, the Trump administration had sought to ban new downloads of the app from U.S. app stores from Sept. 27. A U.S. judge has temporarily blocked that order.

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