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Binoculars magazine: 4-star hotel collapsed after a massive 6.4 earthquake hit Taiwan

The government confirmed a hotel had collapsed, but no further details were immediately available.

Taiwan has seen 19 earthquakes today, all occurring just off the coast of Hualien, according to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB).

National Central University Institute of Applied Geology professor Lee Chyi-tyi describes this cluster of earthquakes as a "earthquake swarm".

Multiple aftershocks are continuing to strike the area.

The building is reported to be Marshal Hotel in Hualien City, which has about 300 rooms.
Photos below showed extensive damage to roads and high-rise buildings partially collapsed.
Emergency services are working to free people who are trapped, the reports say.

A hotel on the east coast of Taiwan has collapsed after a 6.4-magnitude earthquake, the national fire agency said, with reports that several other buildings have been toppled with some people trapped.

Images on local television showed the Marshal Hotel in Hualien slanted on its side, partially crumpled into the ground.

Media reports said there were 30 people trapped inside with others crawling to safety.

The fire agency said a second hotel had also been damaged, with televison images showing roads strewn with rubble and cracks in highways.

The quake hit at 23:50 pm (1550 GMT) around 21 kilometres (13 miles) northeast of the port city Hualien, according to the United States Geological Survey.

It follows almost 100 smaller tremors to have hit the area in the last three days.

Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta says 'Time to fight back'

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Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta says the players are "disappointed" with recent results, but will "work hard" to turn it around.
"We are Chelsea, a big club and when we lose one game it’s a bad time for us," said Azpilicueta.
"Obviously to lose two in a row is even worse but I’m sure this team will fight back. We have three targets to go for and we have a massive three or four months ahead of us."

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Timberlake danced and sang to all his best Songs of yesteryear, including “SexyBack,”

Timberlake’s halftime show, then, had a lot riding on it. Not only was the performance a chance for him to reconcile with black fans and perhaps atone for his perceived sins against Janet Jackson (who, on Sunday, was celebrated on Twitter with the #JanetJacksonAppreciationDay hashtag as a kind of protest), but also to establish his new era and persona which, up until now, has been vague at best, nonsensical at worst.

Timberlake achieved none of these things in what was, for the most part, a perfectly adequate show. Adequate, teetering on forgettable. Despite the undercurrent of possible controversy, the most striking thing about Timberlake’s show was how carefully it tiptoed around anything taboo.
Dressed in a camouflage suit and red banana kerchief, Timberlake danced and sang to all his best bangers of yesteryear, including “SexyBack,” “Cry Me A River,” and “My Love” ― pop tunes infused with hip-hop and R&B cool. But the songs, censored and edited down for prime time, felt sanitized.

The show was punctuated by a much-discussed and criticized tribute: a projection of the late singer Prince singing ‘I Would Die 4 U’ while Timberlake accompanied on piano, right before a wide overhead shot of the stadium and surrounding area bathed in a warm purple light and The Purple One’s symbol.

This, too, was a gesture that was adequate, safe, and just fine ― an appropriate way to honor and hold space for an iconic black performer without having to acknowledge Ms. Jackson.

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The Hypa duo: Did You See This Video Online This Week?

The Hypa duo, often time called Hypa brothers who have had a very good music year with the release of Asiko, Asiko remix on which they featured the maestro 9ice, DunDun vibe with Dotman is here again with the last single of the year, DANCE.

This again goes to enact the fact that the synergy between them and Phantom is one made in heaven as he gives them a wonderful Afro infused high life beat. This is one song to get the celebratory end of year rolling.

As much as possible, this is a banger. You won’t stop grooving to it from there very first listen. Marqai did a perfect job with the mixing and mastering which gives the song the feel. Download this and your playlist of 2017 is complete.

FCC chief disapprove of Trump administration 5G network plan - CNN

Washington (CNN)The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission has come out against the Trump administration's desire to nationalize a secure 5G network.

Any 5G plan would require FCC approval, leaving the future of the Trump administration proposal in serious doubt.
A National Security Council official presented senior members of the Trump's administration with information suggesting that the United States needs to centralize its 5G network by the end of President Donald Trump's first term as a safeguard against Chinese cybersecurity and economic threats.

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Grammys 2018: Shakira makes Grammy history, wins Best Latin Pop Album twice

Pop singer, Shakira, marked a historical feat at the Grammys on Sunday, when she became the first artist to win Best Latin Pop Album twice. The Columbian native won the award category for her album ‘Eldorado’ following her 2001 win in the same award category for her live album ‘MTV Unplugged’.

Shakira, who is a four-time Grammy world record holder, took to her instagram page @shakira to appreciate her fans in two videos; one in Spanish and another in English. Her win was 
acknowledged by the Grammy Recording Academy on its Twitter handle @RecordingAcad where it wrote:“@shakira is officially the first female artist to win twice in the Best Latin Pop Album category”. The singer and belly dancer’s win was widely received by Latinos and minorities on social media as they trooped to congratulate the entertainer. 40 year-old Shakira has released eleven studio albums, four live albums, two compilation albums, forty-nine singles (including nine as featured artist), and nine promotional singles. Her official song for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, “Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)”, became the biggest-selling World Cup song of all time with 10 million downloads.` With over 1.6 billion views, it is one of the most viewed music videos on YouTube. In 2011, she was appointed by former U.S. President Barack Obama to the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics – a four-person group that advises the President and Education Secretary.

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BREAKING! Chelsea and Arsenal reach agreement for Olivier Giroud. £15 million plus bonuses.

Giroud will be allowed to leave Arsenal if they get Aubameyang, and he would be open to joining Chelsea.

The deal will be completed once Arsenal complete the remaining details in the Aubameyang transfer, Borussia Dortmund could replace the Gabonese striker with Michy Batshuayi (Di Marzio)

Transfer News LIVE updates: Aubameyang to Arsenal TODAY

Arsenal legend Ian Wright admits he is nervous over a deal for Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

After the departure of star man Alexis Sanchez to Manchester United, Wright believes signing Aubameyang would make it a great window for his former side, to go along with the arrival of Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

“I’m really nervous because I really want that to happen,” he said on BBC Radio 5 Live.

“Inadvertently Arsenal would have done good business by doing terrible business in the first place.

“They would have fallen on their feet, I’m so excited by that.”

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Video: President Buhari meets Obasanjo in Addis Ababa

For the first time since Tuesday when former President Olusegun Obasanjo issued a 13-page statement accusing President Muhammadu Buhari of bad governance and nepotism, and advising him not to seek re-election in 2019, both men met in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, at the weekend during the African Union (AU) summit.

This is just as the AU named Buhari the “African Anti-Corruption Champion”.

Making this known yesterday the president’s Senior Special Assistant, Social Media, Lauretta Onochie, said in a Twitter post that the president had been named the African anti-corruption champion and congratulated him.

Ex-President Obasanjo engaging in sensationalism – Adebayo Shittu

On Buhari’s meeting with Obasanjo, THISDAY learnt that both leaders met briefly before the opening ceremony of the 30th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Governments of the AU and exchanged pleasantries.
It was also learnt that Obasanjo made the first move to meet Buhari after he made a beeline to where the president was seated to exchange pleasantries with Buhari.
THISDAY sources disclosed that both men were the cynosure of all eyes inside the Nelson Mandela Hall where they met and had a brief meeting as photojournalists struggled to capture the meeting.
Both of them spoke briefly in low tunes shortly before the meeting kicked off.
Buhari, it was learnt, was just settling down for the next agenda of the meeting, which was the launch of a new logo for the AU, when Obasanjo appeared before him.
The president at the time was warming up to deliver a paper on the theme: “Winning the Fight Against Corruption: A Sustainable Path to Africa’s Transformation.” 
Walking up to Buhari, Obasanjo was said to have stretched forth his hands towards him for a handshake after which both of them engaged in a converstation, which lasted for a few minutes before they were joined by another former Nigerian Head of State, Abdulsalami Abubakar, who is also a delegate at the summit for group photographs.
Expectedly, the development caused a murmur in the hall as all eyes were on both leaders. 
It was gathered that their meeting became the subject of discussion among participants in the hall who discussed the matter in low tones.
However, there was no information on what they discussed, just as their smiles for the cameras seemed to be shrouded in mutual suspicion.
Nonetheless, Buhari while launching the continental anti-corruption war at the event stated that the scourge of corruption robs Africa of over $50 billion annually and challenged his fellow leaders to halt the menace.
Stating that the anti-corruption fight had come to stay in Nigeria, Buhari said his administration would remain resolute in its commitment to bring corrupt elements to justice, stressing that the anti-graft war will be fought in Nigeria “today, tomorrowand the day after tomorrow”.
Stating that his administration had pursued the battle with vigour to the extent that the battle had become institutionalised, Buhari challenged his colleagues to borrow a leaf from Nigeria by empowering anti-corruption agencies in their respective countries and giving them the necessary independence.
He added that the rampaging acts of corruption in Africa speak volumes of the need for strong leadership on the continent.
“African nations must find a way of building a synergy between the executive, judiciary and legislature in order to entrench good governance. Leaders must have a change of mindset by prioritising accountability and transparency in order to succeed in the fight against corruption.
“This is not stating that fighting corruption is going to be a straight forward task as corruption will always fight back. Irrespective of any setback faced in the fight against corruption, African leaders must remain resolute,” he said.
Buhari also advocated for the integration of African youths into the fight against corruption, pointing out the necessity for Africa to raise a generation purged of corruption.
Also, Buhari on the sidelines of the AU summit, canvassed the need to curtail the flow of funds for financing terrorism.
He made the call while addressing a meeting of the Peace and Security Council, with the theme: “Towards a Comprehensive Approach to Combat the Transnational Threat to Terrorism.”
According to him, deliberate moves must be made not only to crash the network between transnational organised crimes and terrorist organisations, but also to ensure that the payment of ransom to terrorist groups is disallowed.
Meanwhile, interest in the proposal to form a Coalition for Nigeria (CN), as proposed by Obasanjo, continues to grow as the former president has been inundated with calls from individuals and groups who are seeking more information on the proposal.
Aides to the former president who spoke with THISDAY in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital at the weekend, said since the Obasanjo’s statement wherein he advised the president to consider a dignified exit after completing his first term in office, Obadanjo’s phone has not stopped ringing.
“Some want to know how the CN will produce leaders for the country since it is not a registered political party, especially given the fact that the law that will allow independent candidates to participate in elections has not been passed.
“Others are just curious about the whole thing and want to know whether the idea stands a chance of success in a polarised society like ours. Some want further clarification,” one of the former president’s aides told THISDAY.
He said Obasanjo has told them to wait for further details coming in the weeks ahead.
Obasanjo, in the statement release last Tuesday, had stated that the polity needs a Coalition for Nigeria.
The former president said such a movement at this juncture needed not be a political party but one to which all well-meaning Nigerians could belong.
According to him, the movement must be a coalition for democracy, good governance, social and economic well-being, and progress. 
He said it must be a coalition to salvage and redeem the country.
“You can count me with such a movement. Last time, we asked, prayed and worked for change and God granted our request. This time, we must ask, pray and work for change with unity, security and progress. And God will again grant us.
“Of course, nothing should stop such a movement from satisfying the conditions for fielding candidates for elections. But if at any stage the movement wishes to metamorphose into candidate-sponsoring movement for elections, I will bow out of the movement because I will continue to maintain my non-partisan position.
“The Coalition for Nigeria must have its headquarters in Abuja. This Coalition for Nigeria will be a movement that will drive Nigeria up and forward. It must have a pride of place for all Nigerians, particularly for our youths and our women.
“It is a coalition of hope for all Nigerians for speedy, quality and equal development, security, unity, prosperity and progress. It is a coalition to banish poverty, insecurity and despair.
“Our country must not be oblivious to concomitant danger around, outside and ahead. The Coalition for Nigeria must be a movement to break new grounds in building a united country, a socially cohesive and moderately prosperous society with equity, equality of opportunity, justice and a dynamic and progressive economy that is self-reliant and takes active part in the global division of labour and international decision-making.
“The movement must work out the path of development and the trajectory of development in speed, quality and equality in the short- medium- and long-term for Nigeria on the basis of sustainability, stability, predictability, credibility, security, cooperation and prosperity with diminishing inequality.
“What is called for is love, commitment and interest in our country, not in self, friends and kinship alone but particularly love, compassion and interest in the poor, underprivileged and downtrodden. It is our human duty and responsibility so to do.
“Failure to do this will amount to a sin against God and a crime against humanity. Some may ask, what does Obasanjo want again? Obasanjo has wanted nothing other than the best for Nigeria and Nigerians and he will continue to want nothing less.
“And if we have the best, we will be contented whether where we live is described as palaces or huts by others and we will always give thanks to God.

“I, therefore, will gladly join such a movement when one is established as Coalition for Nigeria taking Nigeria to the height God has created it to be.
“From now on, the Nigeria eagle must continue to soar and fly high. CN as a movement, will be new, green, transparent and must remain clean and always active, selflessly so,” he had said.
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Cambodia has arrested 10 foreigners for “singing and dancing pornographically”

Cambodia has arrested 10 foreigners for “singing and dancing pornographically”, police said Sunday, as the kingdom cracks down on racy behaviour at popular tourist sites.

The group, which could face a year in prison on pornography charges, was arrested Thursday at a villa in Siem Reap, the town connected to Cambodia’s famed ancient ruins of Angkor Wat.
Duong Thavry, chief of the Anti-Human Trafficking and Juvenile Protection Department in Siem Reap, said that some of those arrested were expats and others were tourists who had been in the country for several months.
“We cracked down on them because they committed activities that are against our culture,” she said.
Cambodia’s national police said on its website that authorities had arrested six British nationals, two Canadians, one New Zealander and one defendant whose citizenship was not identified.
All were arrested for “singing and dancing pornographically”, the police said in the weekend post, which showed photos of pairs simulating various sexual positions at a party.
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BinoTips:How to organise and care for your Jewelries?

“Earrings shouldn’t be stored as pairs, but separately to avoid them getting scratched or bent. You should have special holders for rings, bangles and bracelets. Also organise your jewellery according to different categories rather than occasions, mix and match them. If you use boxes make sure they are different colours or patterns, so you know exactly what’s inside.
Clean your jewellery quite often at home and then use a professional cleaner once in a while. The most effective method found is soaking them in a glass of warm water with a few drops of dishwashing liquid for a couple of hours. Rinse them with clean water and they should sparkle like new.”
Many colored gemstones are routinely treated to improve the appearance of color and clarity. These treatments can be negatively affected by heat, solvents, steam and ultrasonic cleaners. Knowing whether your gem has been treated is the first step to knowing how to care for it. This is where a GIA report comes in – it contains important information about your gem and any detectable treatments it may have undergone.


Proper jewelry storage is often overlooked. Jewelry should never be tossed into a drawer or on top of a dresser − that’s asking for scratches and damaged gems.

Most jewelry pieces come in a box or pouch from the store, which is a perfect place to keep them. Sterling silver, for example, should be kept in an anti-tarnish bag or cloth. Jewelry boxes that feature individually padded slots for rings and posts for hanging necklaces and bracelets are also ideal.
Just as the sun’s harmful rays can damage our skin, light and heat can affect a colored gemstone’s durability and color. Over time, and in excess, they can also fade or damage some gemstones, such as amethyst, kunzite, topaz and shell cameos. Pearls and other delicate materials, such as ivory, will bleach under extreme exposure to light. Other gems, especially amber, can darken over time when exposed to too much light.

Legacy App, which allows users to create videos to share with friends and family after they are Dead

PARK CITY — Although the Sundance Film Festival is one of the biggest and most important film festivals in the country, it isn’t only about movies.
In fact, for app developers Devon Smittkamp and Mel Ramirez, this year, the festival is also about death.
"Death happens to everyone," Smittkamp said, "and we wanted to create a platform for people to share advice and other thoughts that will live on even after they die."
Smittkamp and Ramirez are designers of the Legacy App, which allows users to create videos to share with friends and family. The caveat is that people can only view the messages after the person who recorded them has passed away.
The idea may seem morbid to some, but it’s really no different than those who realize they won't be alive for their child’s graduation or wedding day putting pen to paper so their kids will have a message from mom or dad on that special day.
While death is inevitable, the app is an attempt to give people some control over how they are remembered after they pass away.

RAPPER Jay-Z revealed why they chose to save their marriage after he was caught cheating

RAPPER Jay-Z has opened up about his marriage to his superstar wife Beyonce - and revealed why they chose to save their relationship, instead of get divorced, after he was caught cheating.

He said: "She's my soul mate, the person I love.
"For us, we chose to fight for our love. For our family. To give our kids a different outcome. To break that cycle for black men and women."
Jay added that the key to working through marital difficulties, regardless of their fame, is having "the tools to move forward".
He added: "We were never a celebrity couple -- we were a couple that happened to be celebrities. We are real people."

Rumours about Beyonce and Jay-Z's marriage began swirling after leaked CCTV footage showed Beyoncé's sister, Solange Knowles, kicking the rapper in an elevator after the Met Ball.

Beyoncé went on to release her album Lemonade, in which she dropped hints that the couple had hit a rocky patch in their marriage.

In his latest album, Jay-Z addresses the marital issues in the track 4:44.

He rapped: "I apologise often womanise/ Took for my child to be born/ See through a woman's eyes/ Took for these natural twins to believe in miracles/ Took me too long for this song/ I don't deserve you." - Source

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