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Castle Journal - Nadeemy Haded

After visiting Israel and publishing many photos there, famous American singer Demi Lovato apologized to "all those who hurt them."

Lovato ignored the advice of those close to her "ignoring it" following the uproar caused by her visit, stressing, in an unusual position of international stars, that the visit does not reflect any political position towards the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

Demi Lovato published a group of photos of her in the Old City of Jerusalem, and another documenting her baptism in the Jordan River, commenting: "I am an American singer. I grew up on the teachings of Christianity, and I have Jewish ancestors. When I was offered the opportunity to visit places That I read about in the Bible, I said yes. "

She said she had "never felt such spirituality and closeness to God" during her visit, something I have missed in the past few years.

Lovato, 26, was on the brink of death in July 2018 because of an overdose of drugs, after she stayed away from her and alcohol for years, and after the incident, the singer decided to keep a low profile and focus on her health.

As soon as the singer, who was also in the field of acting, published those images, even angry comments, which she considered biased in favor of Israel in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, especially since she did not mention the word "Palestine" on any of the places I visited.

In response to the comments, Lovato sent a message to her audience on Instagram, saying: “I am very upset. I accepted a free trip to visit Israel in exchange for posting some photos on my account. Nobody told me that I made any mistake by doing this, or that I was insulted. Anyone. "

"I'm sorry if you hurt or humiliated anyone, that was not my intention. Sometimes people give you opportunities without telling you about the possibility of a backlash in return."

She stressed that the trip was "for spiritual purposes," and not as a political position, adding: "I now realize that it caused harm to people, so I am sorry."

"I am sorry that I am not more educated (on the Palestinian issue). I am sorry that I thought this trip would only be a spiritual experience," she added.

She also pointed out that all those close to her advised her not to apologize for that trip, but she insisted on this, and continued: "I go against all the advice given to me and apologize because this seems right to me, I prefer to fall into trouble to be honest with myself, to stay "I love you, Republican. All of you. Everywhere."

Source Sky News

 

The wife of Barcelona star Ivan Rakitic, commented on the crisis between her husband and coach Ernesto Valverde.

Valverde does not seem to put the 31-year-old Croatian into account, which is evident from his recent permanent removal from the starting line-up, prompting him to look for another offer last summer.

Rakito Maori, wife of Rakitic, cited Mano Carino, a journalist at Radio Cadena Ser, about the player, when he told Valverde: "You can't mistreat Rakitic any more."

The sentence inspired Rakuel, who defended her husband with a comment on her Instagram account, in which she addressed her husband: "Yet you have not given up. You are an example of perseverance, wisdom and professionalism."

"For all that I love you. You are great and no one can change that."

Rakitic moved to Camp Nou in 2014 and has helped La Liga win the Champions League four times, as well as winning the Champions League once in 2015.

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Continuing its trade wars with different parts of the world, the Trump administration imposed a 25 percent tariff on European goods worth up to $ 7.5 billion.

The decision applies to the imposition of tariffs on European goods, specifically on the manufacture of alcoholic beverages, most notably French wine and whiskey in addition to Italian cheeses, on October 18, according to the British newspaper The Guardian.

The administration's decision follows a WTO ruling that the United States could impose a tariff on European goods worth $ 7.5 billion on illegal European support for Airbus.

But the WTO decision, in turn, indicated that the United States, for its part, had given illegal billions of dollars in support to Boeing, but had not yet decided on what measures the European Union could take against Washington.

The US Trade Representative's Office has released a list of hundreds of European products that will be subject to new tariffs, including food products such as salami, butter, yogurt, French and Spanish olives, sausages, German coffee, textiles, fabrics, jackets, cashmere dresses and woolen clothing.

The USTR said it would "continually reassess these tariffs based on our discussions with the EU," and expects to enter into talks to try to resolve the dispute.

Some Italian foods, such as Parmesan, Reggiano, Romano and Provolone, are still subject to tariffs, as are Italian fruits, oysters and yogurt.

The biggest single tariff is 10 percent on EU-made planes, a tax that could hurt US airlines that have ordered Airbus billions of dollars.

In response, the European Commission said any US move to impose trade sanctions on EU imports would be "short-sighted and counterproductive" and risk damage on both sides of the Atlantic.

French Finance Minister Bruno Le Mer said in September that Europe was ready to impose retaliatory tariffs next year on US goods.

"Trade wars are in no one's favor," Le Mer told reporters, referring to the damage caused by the US-China trade war around the world.

Any US action is likely to result in EU tariffs, posing new problems for companies and financial markets around the world.

Source Sky News

E-commerce has caused a lot of shifts in the world of shopping, but these shifts have not mostly favored traditional retailers, but have been a major cause of bankruptcy of many of the bright names in the sector.

More recently, the bankruptcy of Forever 21 was a new blow to the US retail sector, although it was not entirely surprising, as such an event became a routine event in the sector.

Since 2017, more than 20 traditional US retailers have declared bankruptcy, including names that have risen dramatically in earlier periods such as Sears and Toys R Us.

This year has seen the closure of more than 8,200 traditional retail stores in the United States, and this number is expected to rise to 12 thousand stores by the end of the year and to 75 thousand stores by 2026, according to the expectations of the bank "UPS".

The rise of the e-commerce star is the main reason for the suffering of traditional retailers in the world.

For example, in 2018, Amazon's North American companies alone earned about $ 141 billion, equivalent to 30,000 traditional stores there.

UBS estimates that e-commerce will grow at an annual rate of 15 percent to 20 percent over the next 10 years.

This is expected to boost retail market share and create more challenges for retailers who are not keeping pace with the technological shift.

Today, e-commerce accounts for about 15 percent of global retail sales, estimated last year at $ 19 trillion.

Source Sky News

 

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said he condemns the exploitation of children and adolescents for anyone, in response to a speech by Swedish climate activist Greta Tonberg at the United Nations.

"I may be disappointed, but I do not share Greta Tonberg with the enthusiasm we saw in her speech," Putin said on the sidelines of the Russian Energy Week forum, adding that he regretted that a teenager was being used by groups to achieve certain goals.

Putin said that the interest of children and the younger generation in environmental and climate issues is "right", but that the exploitation of some of them to try to make financial profits "is a matter of condemnation."

"I am sure Greta is a very nice and honest girl, but adults should make every effort to protect children and adolescents from excessive emotions that can destroy their characters," he said.

Greta, a 16-year-old activist, has banned her family from using ordinary cars and traveling by plane because of damage to the environment.

Some time ago, Greta traveled to New York on a solar-powered ship, where she delivered a strongly worded speech to the UN General Assembly.

Source: Agencies

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will unveil his final offer to Brexit on Wednesday, calling it a "fair and logical" settlement.

Johnson will make it clear that if Brussels does not respond to the proposal, Britain will not negotiate again and leave the EU on October 31.

In his closing remarks at the annual Conservative Party conference, Johnson will stick to his tough stance and provide the party with the first details of what he calls a "just and logical compromise."

With less than a month to go until the Brexit, the future of Britain's biggest trade and foreign policy shift in more than 40 years is uncertain.

Johnson, who says Britain will leave the bloc on October 31, no matter what the conference happens, will be told he will send his proposal to Brussels on Wednesday, in a bid to secure a deal that would facilitate his country's exit and avoid possible economic damage in the event of an agreement.

"My friends are afraid that after three and a half years people will feel that they are being manipulated like fools. They are beginning to suspect that there are forces in this country that do not want to get out of the EU," Johnson said in his speech. Absolutely ... Let's carry out the exit process on October 31 and then our country can move forward in 2020. "

More than three years ago, Britain voted to leave the European Union in a referendum in 2016, but exit talks were in trouble, prompting then Prime Minister Theresa May to resign.

Source: Reuters

Wednesday, 02 October 2019 16:24

Russia tested S-500 missiles in Syria

MOSCOW - The Russian military has successfully tested key elements of the S-500 air defense missile system in Syria, the daily Izvestia reported Wednesday.

Citing sources in the Russian Defense Ministry and the military-industrial complex, the newspaper said the tests revealed a number of gaps in the work of the system's equipment, which could be filled in a short time, adding that the tests had ended and were considered successful.

According to the former deputy commander of the Russian Air Force Lieutenant General Atych Begev, all the equipment before being manufactured is subjected to tests in working and harsh climatic conditions.

In this regard, the climate in Syria represents an ideal testing ground as it is characterized by high temperatures and high dust, while the ongoing armed conflict calls for the operation of radars 24 hours a day.

Military experts believe that the effectiveness of the entire system "S-500" depends on the performance of the successful combat control point, and its new radar capable of monitoring targets at all altitudes.

S-500 elements have already been tested at a Russian air force training and combat center in the southern province of Astrakhan.

According to Western media reports, during the tests, the S-500 was able to hit a target at a distance of 481.2 kilometers, about 80 kilometers above the range of any existing air defense system in the world.

The Russian government confirmed earlier that the national military industry will begin to deliver the country's army systems "S-500" next year.

Source: Agencies

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