Tuesday, 22 Oct 2019

Trump Announces ‘Phase One’ Of U.S.-China Trade Deal

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4 dead, 3 injured in shooting in Brooklyn, police say

New York City police say four people have been killed in a shooting in Brooklyn that also injured three others.

An NYPD spokesman says police responding to a call about shots fired just before 7 a.m. Saturday found four men dead at the scene. A woman and two men suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

Police say the shooting took place at 74 Utica Avenue, in the Weeksville neighborhood of Brooklyn. That address corresponded to a private social club on an online map of the street, but police couldn't immediately describe the type of building in which the shooting took place.

No arrests have been made. Police said the information is preliminary, and didn't provide further details.

This is a breaking news story, please check back later for more.

Boris Johnson will reportedly ask MPs to back any Brexit deal secured from EU

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will ask parliament to back any Brexit deal that he secures from the European Union within 24 hours of the European summit next week, the Times reported on Saturday.

Johnson will introduce a motion on Saturday for a vote asking lawmakers to back any agreement he secures from EU at the Oct. 17-18 summit, along with the terms of the Benn act, which mandates him to seek an extension if a deal is not reached, the newspaper said.

The European Union agreed on Friday to enter intense talks with Britain to try to break the deadlock over Brexit, lifting financial markets with a sign that a deal could be done before the Oct. 31 deadline.

Number of People Worried About Mass Shootings Rises

As the visibility and number of mass shootings in the United States rises, so has the worry that people or their families will be victims. The figure has risen particularly since four years ago.

According to a new Gallup survey on worry about mass shootings and terrorism, taken from September 16 to September 30, 16% of those questioned were “very worried” about shootings for themselves or their families, which is up from 11% in December 2015. In the latest survey, 29% were somewhat worried, 28% were “not too worried” and 27% were not worried at all.

The latest readings on shooting worries are nearly identical to those last August, several weeks after 31 people were killed in two separate mass shootings in Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso, Texas, over a 13-hour period. At that time, a record-high 48% of Americans said they were worried (“very” or “somewhat”) about being a mass shooting victim.

The gun violence problem has become an epidemic. According to the Gun Violence Archive, there have been 328 mass shootings this year. Other definitions of such attacks put the number lower, as low as 21 deadly mass shootings, according to ABC News. That does not mitigate the level of the problem.

No matter how the mass shooting numbers are measured, many people obviously believe that the problem is close to home.

BSNL hopes to garner more market share after Jio move

Crisis-ridden Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) is hoping to boost marketshare, following Reliance Jio’s decision to charge 6 paise per minute for voice calls made to mobile phone networks of rival operators.

The state-run telecom operator is also expecting to get 4G spectrum soon, company officials said.

“We see a silver lining. We expect 3-4% gain in marketshare from our current levels due to Jio’s announcement,” BSNL Bengal Circle CGM Ramakant Sharma told reporters here. At present, BSNL has a marketshare of about 6% in the Bengal circle, which he expects to increase to 10%. It enjoys a market share of 12% nationally.

“It could gather growth momentum for us in adding higher number of subscribers,” Calutta Telephones CGM Biswajit Paul said. Sharma said on an average, a subscriber calls 60 minutes a day, and if the entire duration is on off-network (off-net), it will translate into an additional cost of ₹3.6 per day or ₹101 for 28 days, for a Jio user.

On Wednesday, Jio flagged the regulatory uncertainty over review of sunset clause for call termination charges, and announced it will charge customers 6 paise per minute for voice calls made to rival phone networks, but will compensate users by giving free data of equal value.

Jio had said the 6-paise charge will remain in place till the time telecom operators are required to pay rivals for mobile phone calls made by their users to other operators’ network.

Trump Announces ‘Phase One’ Of U.S.-China Trade Deal

Following two days of closely watched trade talks, President Donald Trump told reporters on Friday that the U.S. and China have reached a “very substantial phase one deal.”

Trump said the deal includes up to $40 to $50 billion in Chinese purchases of U.S. agricultural products as well as Chinese concessions on intellectual property and financial services.

In exchange for the concessions by China, the U.S. has agreed to hold off on an increase in tariffs originally scheduled for next week.

Trump said the agreement would take about three weeks to write and would likely be signed by both sides by the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Chile in November.

“Phase two will start almost immediately” after the first phase is signed, Trump said in an Oval Office meeting with China’s lead negotiator, Vice Premier Liu He.

Trump made upbeat comments about the negotiations on Twitter earlier in the day, tweeting, “Good things are happening at China Trade Talk Meeting. Warmer feelings than in recent past, more like the Old Days.”

Trump noted in a subsequent tweet that a potential trade deal with China would not have to go through the “very long and politically complex Congressional Approval Process.”

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