Stocks Drop on Wall Street as Trade Fight Grows Between U.S. and China

Supported by Business Day Stocks Drop on Wall Street as Trade Fight Grows Between U.S. and China Stocks on Wall Street plunged on Wednesday amid an escalating trade dispute between the United States and China, the world’s two biggest economies, that investors fear could derail the current economic upturn.
Market Snapshot View Full Overview Washington and Beijing have announced tariffs against each other, with the American actions being the latest in a series of protectionist moves by the Trump administration. President Trump has long accused China of unfair trade practices, and in recent weeks he has pushed for penalties against Chinese products as varied as steel, aluminum, aircraft parts and flat-screen televisions. China has responded in kind.
“The scale and speed of Mr. Trump’s actions would have been difficult to predict at the start of the year,” analysts at Deutsche Bank said in a note to clients on Wednesday before American markets opened. “The growth outlook is more unce..

Lidl in trouble with watchdog after running out of prosecco and not telling customers

Supermarket purchased hundreds of thousands of bottles of the Italian sparkling wine but it was not enough to satisfy huge demand
Lidl has landed itself in trouble with the advertising watchdog after the supermarket chain could not satisfy UK shoppers’ unquenchable thirst for discounted prosecco.
The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) ruled that Lidl breached rules during its August bank holiday promotion because it did not make adequate efforts to inform customers that boxes of the Italian sparkling wine had run out in many locations.
Seven people complained to the ASA over the promotion which offered six bottles of prosecco for £20, down from the usual £31.50.
Read more Aldi and Lidl continue to take chunks out of big four's market share Some said that they thought Lidl had not properly estimated the demand for the deal and that it was therefore misleading.
The ASA rejected that argument because Lidl had stocked up with hundreds of thousands of extra bottles of fizz ..

Standoff at Somalia’s Parliament Blocks Move to Oust Opposition Leader

Standoff at Somalia’s Parliament Blocks Move to Oust Opposition Leader
NAIROBI, Kenya — A police contingent loyal to a top opposition leader in Somalia took over Parliament for several hours on Wednesday, pushing a growing political rift to the brink of armed confrontation.
Parliamentary police officers loyal to Mohamed Osman Jawari, the Parliament speaker, disrupted a no-confidence vote against him early Wednesday. The police lined up to block the speaker’s podium, and lawmakers who support Mr. Jawari accused other legislators of taking money to vote against the speaker, chanting, “Down with bribetakers!”
Supporters of the no-confidence motion said the police had refused to let them inside the building.
In response, state security forces loyal to President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, who is known as Farmajo, deployed outside the Parliament building, raising fear that tensions between the two men could erupt into an armed confrontation.
Mr. Jawari has been at odds with Somalia’s presid..

Tech Tip: Setting Options for Ad Blockers

Setting Options for Ad Blockers Q. I installed ad-blocking software on my computer, but I still see advertisements on some pages, even though the site did not ask me to turn off the blocker. Why is this?
A. Even when you have the software enabled, browser utilities like AdBlock or AdBlock Plus may still display less-intrusive advertisements from companies that have been approved by the independent Acceptable Ads Committee. The Acceptable Ads initiative was started by AdBlock Plus, which makes money by allowing the ads through its filters.
The initiative attempts to balance the needs of web surfers who do not want to be pelted with aggressive online ads and the needs of websites that rely on advertising revenue to support their content. (Google recently began to filter intrusive ads in its Chrome browser in a similar manner.)
“Acceptable” ads include those that lack animation and do not jam themselves into the middle of the reader’s experience on the site. Even if the ad-blocker progra..

Woman Identified as YouTube Shooter Had Complained About Company

Supported by U.S. Woman Identified as YouTube Shooter Had Complained About Company The woman identified by the police as the person who shot three people at YouTube’s headquarters in California on Tuesday before killing herself had long accused the video site and its owner of discrimination.
The San Bruno Police Department said that the attacker, Nasim Najafi Aghdam, who was in her late 30s and had lived in Southern California, opened fire with a handgun in a courtyard at YouTube’s offices in San Bruno. While the police have not provided a possible motive, Ms. Aghdam had alleged that YouTube and Google, which owns it, took measures to hurt her website in search results and reduce the number of views on her videos.
She also told her family in recent weeks that she “hated” YouTube because it was censoring her videos and paying her less.
“She was angry,” her father, Ismail Aghdam, who lives outside Los Angeles in Riverside County, told the Bay Area News Group.
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With Brazil Ex-President’s Fate in Balance, Army Chief Weighs In

With Brazil Ex-President’s Fate in Balance, Army Chief Weighs In Photo Former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva of Brazil during a campaign rally in in March. He has a significant lead in polls ahead of a presidential election scheduled for October. Credit Eraldo Peres/Associated Press BOA VISTA, Brazil — On the eve of a fateful court ruling that could determine whether a former president of Brazil continues a comeback bid or goes to prison, the army chief made a rare incursion into politics Tuesday night, saying that the armed forces “repudiated impunity.”
The former president, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, is considered the front-runner in Brazil’s presidential election later this year, despite his conviction on corruption charges. The country’s highest court is expected to decide on Wednesday whether a lower court can send him to prison while he appeals the conviction, which would end his campaign.
In two posts on Twitter on Tuesday night, Gen. Eduardo Villas Bôas declared that the a..