Bitcoin has dropped to below $11,000 in value, an 11.7 percent drop during the trading day as of Tuesday, Jan. 23, at 6 a.m. ET. Fears that non-Korean traders may be locked out of South Korean exchanges by the end of the month is said to be driving the sell-off.
Bitcoin’s dollar value has dropped down to $10,279 as of this writing, according to Coin Market Cap. That’s a sharp decline of 11.7 percent across the day, a trend that has carried on since the cryptocurrency started off at $11,682 by the opening hour.
The currency dipped as low as $10,050 at one point, according to CNBC. Pressure to sell is attributed to emerging details on new regulatory measures for cryptocurrency trading in South Korea, which was one of the more premium markets for bitcoin.
The South Korean government looks to be tightening their grip on cryptocurrency speculation, as well as establishing new taxation measures for exchanges. The Seoul government announced on Monday, Jan. 22, that they are moving to collect up to 24.2 percent in corporate and income taxes from cryptocurrency exchanges this year, according to Yonhap News.
With South Korea being home to one of the world’s largest exchanges, the enforcement of the corporate tax laws will hit them hard. Bithumb, one of the biggest in the country, is expected to pay 60 billion Won or about $55.8 million USD in corporate and local income taxes.
The South Korean government is also cracking down on anonymous cryptocurrency trading in the country, according to the Independent. Local banks will be required to set up a real-name system for traders dealing in bitcoin, ethereum, ripple and other crypto assets, in a move to make transactions traceable.
New measures will also be put in place next week that will block foreigners living outside the country from doing cryptocurrency transactions from local exchanges if they do not have a local bank account. Minors younger than 19 years old will be barred from crypto trading, as well.
Justin Bieber’s mother, Pattie Mallette, praised her son on social media while news of Selena Gomez’ mother, Mandy Teefey, disapproving of their relationship, surface.
Pattie dedicated a long post to her son on Instagram, praising him for the person he’s become and his profound faith.
“I’m so proud of the amazing young man you are, and the young man you are becoming. None of us are perfect and never will be, (so we will always need patience and grace for each other), but your genuine growing relationship with Jesus is evident in the choices you are making daily and the good ‘fruit’ you bear,” Pattie’s post reads, attached to a photo of her cozying up beside Justin.
Justin’s mother added that she also misses his jokes, to the point that she would laugh out loud alone whenever she remembers some of the things that he said. Pattie capped her post by telling Justin that she loves him “to the moon and back” and that has a heart of gold.
Pattie’s post came just when news is rampant that Selena’s mom doesn’t approve that Justin and her daughter are back together.
Gossip Cop confirmed Teefey’s statements about her daughter’s relationship with Justin. Even though Justin returned to Selena’s life when she had her operation, Teefey revealed that she did not communicate with him in any way.
Teefey said that she’s “not happy” that Selena is back together with Justin, but she won’t get in the way as long as her daughter’s “happy, safe, and healthy.”
Teefey admits that she has had several disagreements with Selena. However, she maintains that it’s normal for every mother-daughter relationship. She also affirms that her daughter is an adult and that she can make decisions for herself. Teefey confirms that she has no control over her daughter in any way.
Joseph Fiennes teased fans for what’s coming in “The Handmaid’s Tale” season 2. Meanwhile, the trailer revealed that the Republic of Gilead is expanding to a bigger world.
Fiennes, who plays Commander Fred Waterford in “The Handmaid’s Tale,” appeared at the 2018 Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards red carpet and teased what fans can expect on the upcoming season 2.
“It’s as creepy as ever,” Fiennes said, PEOPLE confirmed. However, the actor did offer an optimistic perception of season 2 to balance out his mysterious comment.
“It’s full of inspiration and fight and resistance, and I think that’s at the heart of this very creepy world of Gilead,” Fiennes continued. Another cast member present on the red carpet, Samira Wiley, who plays Moira on the show, only offered that she will appear in season 2.
“I’m in season 2! You will see me there,” Wiley claimed.
Fiennes, Wiley, and the rest of their cast mates are bound to remain completely silent about plot details for “The Handmaid’s Tale” season 2.
Meanwhile, the trailer for “The Handmaid’s Tale” season 2 revealed that the storyline will be expanding to the world of the previously mentioned “colonies.”
This means that viewers could see Madeline Brewer’s Janine in season 2 since she was delivered to the colonies after June (Elisabeth Moss) and the rest of the Handmaids decided not to take her life in season 1.
The trailer also showed Moira safe with Luke (O-T Fagbenle), while June was seen reunited with Nick (Max Minghella), the father of her child. Elsewhere in the trailer was Fiennes’ Waterford. He approaches a hostage man in the woods with a gun in his hand while appearing to have intentions of pulling the trigger.
The premiere of “The Handmaid’s Tale” season 2 airs on April 25 on Hulu.
“The tunnel would contain a high-speed underground public transportation system in which passengers are transported on autonomous electric skates travelling at 125-150mph.”
The electric skates will be designed to carry either single passenger vehicles or what are described as “mass transit” pods capable of transporting between eight and 16 people.
The company says the plan would ease road congestion and allow people to move around the city more easily.
Ms Balajadia stressed that the company was not looking for public funding and that the cost to passengers would be comparable to, or less than existing forms of public transit in the region.
Mr Musk, who himself lives in Bel Air, is reported by Bloomberg to have first mooted the idea of a tunnel system back in December 2016, when he tweeted that he was fed up with LA traffic and would “build a tunnel boring machine”.
The proposed route is from the headquarters of Musk’s company SpaceX in Hawthorne to West Los Angeles passing underneath Sepulveda Boulevard through Culver City.
The plans are reported to have been well-received by some members of the council as a way of dealing with the region’s traffic congestion.
However, concerns were expressed by council member Meghan Sahli-Wells about a private company creating a system that may compete with existing public transport agencies in Los Angeles.
“This is really seductive,” said Ms Sahli-Wells. “It looks super-sexy and super-easy, but it’s half-baked from a public perspective.”
When asked for further details on the claims in his tweets, a spokesperson for the firm told the BBC: “The Boring Company has had a number of promising conversations with local, state and federal government officials.
“With a few exceptions, feedback has been very positive and we have received verbal support from key government decision-makers for tunnelling plans, including a Hyperloop route from New York to Washington DC.
“We look forward to future conversations with the cities and states along this route and we expect to secure the formal approvals necessary to break ground later this year.”
At the time, the company said that it was expecting to start digging by the end of 2017.
DJI has unveiled the Mavic Air drone, a successor to its top-selling Mavic Pro that is smaller, lighter and faster as well as promising more advanced obstacle-avoidance tech.
There are, however, trade-offs: it has a shorter flight time and cannot travel as far from its operator.
DJI is the top-selling consumer drone-maker and recently saw a major rival, GoPro, drop out of the market.
Despite the advances, the Air will be sold for a lower price than the Pro.
It will be released on 28 January for $799 in the US and £769 in the UK.
That is $200/£330 less than the Pro’s base model, which remains on sale.
While that may make it more attractive to new buyers, one film-maker questioned whether the firm had done enough to convince existing users to upgrade.
“For it to attract current Mavic Pro owners, it will need to offer improved video quality to tempt them as they would already be invested in multiple spare batteries, which won’t be compatible with this new model, as is the case for every new model that DJI brings out,” Philip Bloom told the BBC.
Both the Air and the Pro film 4K video at up to 30 frames per second.
But the Air’s peak image capture rate is 100 Megabits per second (Mbps), which in theory should trump the quality that the Pro’s 60Mbps delivers.
In addition, DJI said the new model can capture slower-motion video at 1080p high definition resolution, and also has an improved anti-shake gimbal mechanism to keep footage smooth.
The other key differences are:
the Air weighs 430g (0.95lb), making it 41% lighter than the Pro
when folded the Air is about half the size of the Pro
the Air’s maximum speed is 68.4km/h (42.5mph) versus the Pro’s 65km/h (40mph)
the Air’s maximum flight time is 21 minutes, shorter than the Pro’s 27 minutes
the Air’s maximum control range is 4km, less than the Pro’s 7km
The Air also introduces the ability to automatically stitch 25 photos together to create panoramic shots.
Furthermore, if it encounters an obstacle in its path it can be set to automatically plot a new route above or around the object rather than just hovering on the spot.
“This is the most portable, intelligent and powerful drone ever,” DJI’s director of North America claimed at the New York launch.
He did not mention whether a second-generation Pro model was planned, as many still expect.
The Air’s launch comes 16 months after the Pro was unveiled and eight months after the Chinese company launched the Spark, a budget quadcopter with less advanced video features.
By contrast, GoPro only managed to release a single drone – the Karma – over the same period, and that had to be temporarily pulled from sale after a fault caused some units to fall out of the sky.
Flick’s creator, Christopher Horvath, publicly shared his idea on Facebook in early 2017, according to the GitHub description. He then made modifications to the new measurement based on feedback from comments.
The Oxford University researcher, who asked not to be identified, said that flicks may help virtual reality developers deal with latency, or delay.
“Very often in academic literature, you have this notion of presence and immersion,” he told the BBC.
“Immersion is the engagement you feel with a computer game. Presence is the notion of your brain feeling that you are there.
“Presence is very, very easy to break. I think perhaps a very fixed way of describing these time steps allows for developers to have a bit more flexibility in dealing with latency issues and making sure videos stay in sync.”
A flick is not the first unit of time designed by a major corporation. Swatch introduced Internet Time in 1998, which divides the day into 1,000 “.beats”.
The measurement – equal to one minute and 26.4 seconds – was designed to eliminate the need for time zones. It has not caught on globally.
Bolivian President Evo Morales has said he will revoke a new penal code that would have criminalized evangelism, explaining that he wants to “avoid confusion” following protests, prayer and fasting by evangelicals.
Evangelical Focus translated a tweet by Morales on Sunday, which included the announcement of the repeal of the penal code that had previously been approved on Dec. 15.
“The national government will never approve laws against the Bolivian people,” the president insisted, but at the same time accused opposition forces of “conspiring” and “destabilizing the country with misinformation and lies.”
Morales said the government will now listen to proposals “of all sectors of the country” for a new penal code.
Article 88.1 of December’s penal code had threatened anyone who “recruits, transports, deprives of freedom or hosts people with the aim of recruiting them to take part in armed conflicts or religious or worship organizations” with between five to 12 years in prison, which caused great concern for the minority evangelicals.
“We express our most resolute rejection of the inclusion of our ministerial activities in the list of possible conducts that go against the law,” the National Association of Evangelicals in Bolivia said in a statement back then.
“The legislator forgets that the evangelical Christian churches in Bolivia are religious organizations recognized by the Bolivian state, and, therefore, legal entities,” it added.
Protests against the new law included recent marches in Cochabamba, while evangelical churches across the nation held days of prayer and fasting.
Major bodies, such as the World Evangelical Alliance, spoke out on the issue, and just a day before Morales’ announcement sent out a prayer alert.
The WEA, which says it represents 600 million believers worldwide, called on prayers for the government to withdraw the new penal code provision.
“Pray that the authorities would not restrict, but protect and promote religious freedoms in Bolivia,” it urged.
“Pray for God’s guidance and favor upon Bolivian Christians who are protesting against the new law and advocating for greater religious freedoms in the country.”
The Adventist Review, which said that the Seventh-day Adventist Church has also warned against legislation that would endanger freedom of belief, assembly, and worship, pointed to local newspapers that have highlighted that the implications of the latest decision are still unclear.
“So far we hear only announcements,” Cochabamba Civic Committee President Juan Flores told El Deber. “Protests will continue until all our demands are met.”
The Seventh-day Adventist Church itself has called on its members to pray for civic authorities.
“Pray that God may grant His wisdom to authorities as they discuss this topic,” the church has said.
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Republican Sen. James Lankford of Oklahoma says that many people in America today are “afraid of faith” and that too many American Christians today treat their faith like a weekend “hobby.”
Lankford, who previously served as the director of student ministries at the Baptist Convention of Oklahoma and is a tireless voice for religious freedom on Capitol Hill, appeared as a guest on Family Research Council President Tony Perkins’ special National Religious Freedom Day broadcast of his “Washington Watch” radio program Tuesday.
Is it God’s will that we consume a plant-based diet? Frightening blood test results from my doctor recently prompted me to ponder this question.
My triglycerides were at 961. Normal is considered less than 150. My non-HDL cholesterol was also in the “very high” range at 229, rather than an “optimal” less than 130. Since I want to be alive to meet my grandchildren someday, I decided to begin a mostly plant-based diet.
A mother of two has filed a lawsuit against former Church for Life pastor Robert Litzinger and his wife Cindy, alleging sexual battery, assault and harassment stemming from a slew of incidents, including teaching young women how to masturbate and orgasm in preparation for their husbands in pre-marriage classes.
Robert Litzinger, explains the Santa Maria Times, stepped down from the helm of the California church in June 2016 after complaints were made to church personnel about opinions he allegedly shared on viewing pornography in one of his pre-marital classes.
The lawsuit filed by a Jane Doe in her 30s alleges that Litzinger’s wife, Cindy, knowingly co-conspired in the misconduct from 2014-16. Shortly after Litzinger stepped down, the mother learned that she was not the only victim of the unwanted advances and more than a dozen women had similar stories to share.
Doe charged in the lawsuit that Litzinger exploited his position as lead pastor to “cultivate an atmosphere within Church for Life, through which he could satisfy his sexual fetishes.”
In pre-marital classes, she alleged that the pastor would try and “prepare the young women for their husbands and their wedding night,” advising the women on how to masturbate, have an orgasm and explore their bodies, in order to be “prepared and willing to do whatever their husbands wanted.”
He would also share photos with Doe of himself and Cindy, covered in bed, with a note saying “just had a great session” and urged her to be similarly open with him about her sex life. He reportedly badgered her until she complied with his request.
Litzinger and his wife appear very open about their love for each other in a video posted to YouTube.
“My wife, my lover and we get to sleep together and all that kind of stuff,” the ex-pastor says as he introduces his wife at a church event.
“Thanks babe,” Cindy replies in the video as Robert kisses her before the congregation.
“I love you. I love you,” she says as he walks off stage.
“We slept great together last night too, just in case you were wondering,” she then tells the church. “We did great, we actually slept.”
The lawsuit claims Cindy facilitated her husband’s sexual conduct and the church allegedly took no action against them prior to their departure in 2016.
Doe charged that she was invited to a prayer group at the couple’s home once and the pastor groped her breasts and genitals. When she complained to Cindy, the groping was dismissed as an “innocent mistake.”
Cindy’s attorneys denied allegations that she aided and abetted Robert’s alleged sexual conduct and insisted Doe’s allegation of groping was “an innocent mistake.”
Doe said when she eventually complained to other pastors at the church but “those complaints fell on deaf ears,” the lawsuit said, and she was directed to speak with Litzinger about her concerns directly.
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