Ecuador cuts Julian Assange’s internet access: WikiLeaks

By Mark Hosenball | WASHINGTON

Anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks said on Monday that its founder Julian Assange‘s internet was shut down by the government of Ecuador, deflecting blame from the U.S. or British governments which have sparred with Assange for releasing sensitive material.

“We can confirm Ecuador cut off Assange’s internet access Saturday, 5pm GMT, shortly after publication of (Hillary) Clinton’s Goldman Sachs speeches (sic),” the statement from WikiLeaks said.

Assange has lived and worked in Ecuador’s London embassy since June 2012, having been granted asylum there after a British court ordered him extradited to Sweden to face questioning in a sexual molestation case involving two female WikiLeaks supporters.

WikiLeaks said Assange lost internet connectivity on Sunday night.

“We have activated the appropriate contingency plans,” added the Twitter message on Monday. People close to WikiLeaks say that Assange himself is the principal operator of the website’s Twitter feed.

The Ecuadoran government offered no immediate comment on the question of internet access, but the country’s foreign minister, Guillaume Long, said Assange remained under government protection.

“The circumstances that led to the granting of asylum remain,” Long said in a statement late on Monday.

Over the last two weeks, Democratic Party officials and U.S. government agencies have accused the Russian government, including the country’s “senior-most officials,” of pursuing a campaign of cyber attacks against Democratic Party organizations ahead of the Nov. 8 U.S. presidential election.

WikiLeaks has been one of the most prominent internet outlets to post and promote hacked Democratic Party materials. While denying any connection with a Russian hacking campaign, Assange has refused to disclose WikiLeaks’ sources for hacked Democratic Party messages.

Sources close to both the Democratic Party and WikiLeaks say they believe WikiLeaks has acquired as many as 40,000-50,000 emails hacked from the personal accounts of John Podesta, the former White House advisor who now chairs of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.

Despite Assange’s complaint that his internet connection was cut, WikiLeaks posted on Monday afternoon what it said was a fresh batch of Podesta’s emails.

According to a summary of the latest emails posted on Russia Today, a media outlet with close links to the Russian government, highlights include campaign staff discussions about “galvanizing Latino support” and about how to handle media queries about Clinton’s “flip-flopping” on gay marriage.

(Reporting by Mark Hosenball; Additional reporting by Alexandra Valencia in Quito, Ecuador; Editing by Julia Edwards and Tom Brown)


For success guru Tony Robbins, wealth is more about gratitude than dollars!

For success guru Tony Robbins, wealth is more about gratitude than dollars


By Chris Taylor | NEW YORK

If you are going to learn life lessons from anybody, it may as well be someone who owns a 525-acre private island in Fiji.

That is the enviable life of Tony Robbins, the success coach whose books and seminars have motivated people for decades.

For the latest in Reuters’ “Life Lessons” series, Robbins reveals his own history with money, how he went from penniless to riches, and what being wealthy really means.


A: Growing up, my family was totally broke. There were always fights over money, which produced a tremendous drive in me to be able to provide for my own family. So I started investing. I made my first investment in real estate at age 18. The interest rate on that mortgage was 18 percent! But it got me in the game. If you don’t invest early on, you lose.


A: Don’t think in terms of taking huge risks to get rewards. Think about the least amount of risk for the greatest reward, and be extremely disciplined in that. I also learned about tax efficiency. As investors, we have been taught to focus on returns, but it’s not what you earn that matters, it’s what you keep. Tax efficiency is the quickest way of being financially free, and can be the equivalent of years of earnings.


A: When it comes to partners and building my team, I’ve learned to be extremely selective. Some of my biggest mistakes in business have been picking the wrong partners at different stages, and not understanding what somebody really needed or wanted out of a situation. So it is important that you are aligned and have the same goals.


A: Plenty. The worst was investing in penny stocks. I was about 25 years old, and living in Marina Del Rey, California. I was in a wealthy area one day and met a woman who was driving a Rolls Royce, who told me that her husband owned a penny stock investment firm. So I asked her if she had any investing tips. I took her advice and put my money in those stocks. And I lost everything.


A: Abundance is a mindset, not a dollar amount. Cultivate gratitude for the things you have now and everything that is added will feel like a bonus.


A: As a child, money was always a source of stress. On Thanksgiving Day, when I was 11 years old, something happened that profoundly changed my life. As usual, there was no food in the house, and my mom and dad were yelling at each other.

I heard someone knocking at the front door, and there’s this man standing there with big bags of food and an uncooked turkey. I could hardly believe it.

My father always said that nobody gave a damn about anybody. But all of a sudden, someone I didn’t know, who wasn’t asking for anything in return, was looking out for us.

The writer is a Reuters contributor. The opinions expressed are his own.

(Editing by Beth Pinsker and Bernadette Baum)

Jon Huntsman And Other Republicans Call On Donald Trump To Drop Out Of The Race!

Jon Huntsman And Other Republicans Call On Donald Trump To Drop Out Of The Race

“The time has come for Governor Pence to lead the ticket,” the former Utah governor said.

10/07/2016 09:33 pm ET | Updated 1 hour ago

Rep. Mike Coffman (R-Co.), who is facing a competitive re-election fight over the suburbs of Denver, called on Trump to step aside for “the good of the country.” Describing the remarks as “disgusting, vile, and disqualifying,” Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-Va.) did the same late Friday night. Neither previously endorsed Trump.

Former New York governor George Pataki, who ran for the GOP nomination last year, said he was “horrified” by Trump’s “poisonous mix of bigotry [and] ignorance” and called on him to relinquish the nomination.

Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) called Trump’s comments “lewd and insulting.”

Rob Engstrom, the national political director of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, said Trump should step down “immediately.”

A few other Republicans followed suit. A.J. Spiker, a former chairman of the Iowa Republican Party who was previously critical of Trump, echoed the call for Trump to resign and called him “unfit for public office.”

So too did former Ronald Reagan administration official Linda Chavez, who called Trump’s remarks “vile” during an interview on MSNBC.

Garrett Jackson, a former aide to 2012 GOP nominee Mitt Romney, also called on Mike Pence to assume the nomination, tweeting that “any decent human can beat Clinton.”

GOP strategist and Trump critic Ana Navarro joined the chorus of voices Friday evening calling on Trump to resign, adding that “he is not fit to be called a man.”

Editor’s note: Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liar,rampant xenophobe, racist, misogynist and birther who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims — 1.6 billion members of an entire religion — from entering the U.S.

Correction: This article incorrectly identified Linda Chavez as the Secretary of Labor under George W. Bush. She was nominated, but later withdrew after allegations emerged that she had employed an undocumented immigrant.

This story has been updated to include comments from Ernst.

Latino population now behind Asian Americans study says

Latino population now behind Asian Americans study says


Latino population now behind Asian Americans study says

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    FILE – In this Jan. 5, 2016 file photo, students walk home from school in the largest Mexican-American El Segundo Barrio in El Paso, Texas. The population growth of U.S. Latinos is slowing thanks to lower immigration and declining birthrates, although states like North Dakota and Tennessee are seeing Latino population spikes, according to a Pew Research Center study released Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras, File) (COPYRIGHT 2016 THE ASSOCIATED PRESS. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. THIS MATERIAL MAY NOT BE PUBLISHED, BROADCAST, REWRITTEN OR REDISTRIBU)

The growth of the U.S. Latino population — once the nation’s fastest growing — slowed considerably over the past seven years and slipped behind that of Asian Americans amid declining Hispanic immigration and birth rates, a study released Thursday found.

The Pew Research Center study, which analyzed U.S. Census Bureau data, found that the U.S. Hispanic population grew annually on average by 2.8 percent between 2007 and 2014.

That’s down from the 4.4 percent annual growth from 2000 to 2007, before the Great Recession.

By comparison, the Asian American population grew around 3.4 percent on average annually during the same period.

William H. Frey, a demographer with the Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program, the slower growth is largely a factor of the economy. A slower economy is influencing families to hold off on having more children, and it’s discouraging migration amid stronger border enforcement, he said.

Kenneth M. Johnson, a senior demographer at the University of New Hampshire’s Carsey School of Public Policy, said U.S. Hispanic women between the ages of 20 to 24 have seen a 36 percent decline in birth rates.

“That’s by far the largest decline of any other group,” Johnson said.

Despite slowing population growth, Latinos still accounted for 54 percent of the nation’s population growth between 2000 and 2014, according to the nonpartisan Pew Research Center.

Regional growth patterns also have changed some following the economic downturn of 2007 reflecting the changing economies of states, the study found.

Counties in the South continued to account for the largest share of the nation’s Hispanic population growth — 43 percent between 2007 and 2014. Among the other fastest-growing counties for Latinos were Luzerne County in Pennsylvania, Beadle County in South Dakota, Duchesne County in Utah and Burleigh County in North Dakota.

“Latinos are coming to Utah because the government here is doing a lot to create jobs,” said Rogelio Franco of Entre Latinos, a Salt Lake City, Utah advocacy group that works to integrate Hispanics into the state. Entre Latinos was not affiliated with the study.

Franco said he thinks the declining birth rate is a result of Latino millennials holding off on having children while pursuing their education.

“They are planning more,” Franco said. “They are focusing on other things.”

The growth in North Dakota’s statewide Latino population nearly doubled to 18,000, making it the state with the highest Hispanic growth rate over seven years. Though small in numbers compared to states like California and Texas, the rise in Latino residents has put pressures on local governments and nonprofits to accommodate the new residents.

For example, in 2014 Catholic nuns from Mexico were sent to North Dakota to help serve new Hispanic parishioners in that state.

North Dakota had experienced an oil boom until recently, attracting workers from around the country. It remains one of the least diverse states in the country.

“Latino population growth has become less concentrated in counties with historically large Latino populations and whose Latino population grew by at least 10,000,” the study’s authors wrote.

Though the growth has slowed in the last seven years, the Latino population in the South has exploded when examined over 14 years.

From 2000 to 2014, Latino populations in Tennessee and South Carolina, for example, nearly tripled.

North Carolina also saw its population spike 136 percent since 2000, the report said.

Mauricio Castro, an organizer with the North Carolina Congress of Latino Organizations, said Latino immigrants coming to the region tend to work in the construction or service industry.

Still, between 2007 and 2014, nearly 40 counties experienced declines in the percentage of Latinos. Most of those counties were in Colorado, New Mexico and Texas — states with traditionally large Hispanic populations.

Frey said once the U.S. economy starts picking up, he expects to see a return of higher rates of immigration and increase births.

“This is not the end of Latino growth in the United States by any means,” Frey said.

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This is the devastating effect of heroin that Ohio city wants you to see

Heroin overdose traffic stop


(CNN)A city in Ohio says it decided to release a set of graphic photos to drive home the devastating effects of heroin addiction and the toll it takes on families.

The photos show a man and woman passed out in the front seat of a car with a child sitting in the back.
“We feel it necessary to show the other side of this horrible drug,” a post on the city of East Liverpool’s Facebook page reads, explaining its decision.
“We feel we need to be a voice for the children caught up in this horrible mess.”

The traffic stop

The photographs, which the city government posted on its Facebook page with a graphic warning, come from a traffic stop Wednesday by city police.
East Liverpool police Officer Kevin Thompson approached the driver, James Acord, who was weaving erratically between lanes, noticing the man’s head “bobbing back and forth his speech was almost unintelligible,” according to an affidavit.
Thompson said Acord was trying to tell him that he was taking the passenger passed out in the front seat, Rhonda Pasek, to a hospital. But immediately afterward, the driver lost consciousness — and Thompson saw a little boy in the back of the car.
The city of East Liverpool, Ohio, said it's trying to warn the public about the dangers of heroin.

“This child can’t speak for himself but we are hopeful his story can convince another user to think twice about injecting this poison while having a child in their custody,” the Facebook post reads.

The effects of overdose

The boy turned out to be Pasek’s 4-year-old son.
The officer noticed she was starting to turn blue. He called emergency medical technicians, who administered Narcan, an opiate reversal agent that can save the life of someone acutely overdosing.
According to court documents, Acord pleaded no contest to operating a vehicle while impaired and endangering a child. He was sentenced Thursday to 360 days in jail, had his driver’s license suspended for three years and was fined $475.
Pasek pleaded not guilty Thursday to endangering a child, disorderly conduct and public intoxication. She is scheduled to appear for a pretrial hearing next week in East Liverpool Municipal Court. Her bond was set at $150,000, CNN affiliate WTOV-TV in Steubenville, Ohio, reported.

The photographs

“We are well aware that some may be offended by these images and for that we are truly sorry, but it is time that the non drug using public sees what we are now dealing with on a daily basis,” the city government said on Facebook.
“The poison known as heroin has taken a strong grip on many communities not just ours, the difference is we are willing to fight this problem until it’s gone and if that means we offend a few people along the way we are prepared to deal with that.”

Why are so many Olympians covered in large red circles?

Why are so many Olympians covered in large red circles?

A number of Olympians – including the most decorated Olympic athlete of all time, Michael Phelps – have been photographed with large red circles on their skin.

What are they, and why is everyone suddenly going dotty over them?

The mark of an Olympic athlete, at least at Rio 2016, seems to be a scattering of perfectly round bruises. Swimmers and gymnasts, particularly from Team USA, are among those seen sporting the mysterious dots.

No, not paintballing misadventures or love bites – they are the result of a practice known as “cupping”; an ancient therapy where heated cups are placed on the skin.

So how is ‘cupping’ done?

The technique, which is a form of acupuncture, is done by lighting flammable liquid in a glass cup.

Once the flame goes out, the drop in temperature creates suction which sticks the cups to the body.

The suction pulls the skin away from the body and promotes blood flow – and leaves those red spots, which typically last for three or four days.

Why are some Olympians using it?

Athletes say they are using it to ease aches and pains, and to help with recovery from the physical toil of constant training and competing.

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Image captionAlex Naddour and other members of the US gymnastics team told USA Today they swear by cupping
Media captionWatch Jacky Long demonstrate how ‘cupping’ is done

There are plenty of other recovery techniques competitors use – including sports massage, sauna, ice baths and compression garments – but US gymnast Alex Naddour told USA Today that cupping was “better than any money I’ve spent on anything else”.

“That’s been the secret that I have had through this year that keeps me healthy,” Naddour told the paper, adding that it had saved him from “a lot of pain”.

His team captain Chris Brooks added that many on the squad had started “do-it-yourself” cupping, with cups that can be suctioned with a pump rather than with a flame.

“You’re like, ‘OK, I’m sore here,'” said Brooks. “Throw a cup on, and your roommate will help you or you can do it yourself.”

The marks visible on Michael Phelps as he competed in the men’s 4x100m freestyle relay on Sunday had people on social media speculating what they might be, with some guessing he might have been playing paintball or attacked by a giant octopus.


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