The death toll from a tsunami triggered by a massive underwater landslide on an Indonesian volcano rose to 281 on Monday, as rescuers using heavy machinery and their bare hands searched through debris in the hope of finding survivors.
2018 was a transformative year for technological innovation. We saw early development of ambient computing, quantum teleportation, cloaks of invisibility, genomics advancements and even robocops. In 2019 I envision four emerging technology areas that will significantly impact our lives in 2019.
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New rules would prevent local authorities from acquiring IP through joint ventures
The Trail Blazers, coming off the fifth most lopsided home loss in franchise history, overcome a stunning buzzer-beating 3-pointer and defeat the Dallas Mavericks in overtime.
We can finally listen to Bad Bunny’s debut album thanks to the surprise, Christmas Eve release of ‘X 100PRE’ that includes singles like “Solo de Mí” and “Mia” with Drake,” plus new songs with Diplo and El Alfa.
The parents of Otto Warmbier, the student who was imprisoned and tortured in North Korea before slipping into a coma and dying, have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the North Korean government for more than $1 billion, or about 2.5% of the country’s entire GDP.
The family, that lives in Wyoming, Ohio, filed the lawsuit in federal court last April. North Korean authorities had arrested their son in January 2016 for attempting to steal a propaganda poster. He was later sentenced to 15 years in prison and subsequently died last year, days after he was released from North Korea to the United States in a coma. He had been tortured and in captivity in a North Korean labor camp for more than 17 months.
In October, a motion in the lawsuit was filed that seeks $1.05 billion in punitive damages on top of $46 million for the family’s suffering. North Korea has repeatedly denied that it tortured the 22-year-old. The family’s lawsuit claims that North Korea was in violation of international laws and forced their son to confess to carrying out an act of subversion on behalf of the United States.
If the dollar amount of the lawsuit pops out at you, it is for good reason. The motion includes language clarifying that the amount is intended to prevent North Korea from such unlawful behavior in the future. In federal court in Washington this week, the family of Warmbier said that they only wanted closure and justice on behalf of their son.
Fred Warmbier, Otto’s father, said last week:
“We’re here because we don’t fear North Korea anymore”.
The family was blindsided not only when their son did not return from his trip to North Korea when he was supposed to, but also after he was brought home more than a year later in a coma – after North Korea described his condition as “good”.
President Trump has repeatedly said that Warmbier “did not die in vain” and has credited Otto and his family, whom Trump calls “good friends” of his, for the denuclearization pact signed with North Korea this past summer.
“Otto Warmbier is a very special person and he will be for a long time in my life,” Trump said over the summer.
2018. What an incredible year. I’m no financial expert. But as a market observer, I have noted a fair amount of #fails this year. Here are at least 3 that I thought would be worth recapping. I’m sure I’ve missed a few. Feel free to tweet me at @brunoaziza for comments and suggestions…