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Ratings must remain suspended till BARC takes action to address concerns: NBA


New Delhi, January 18

In the wake of purported WhatsApp conversations between Republic TV editor-in-chief Arnab Goswami and former Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC) head Partho Dasgupta emerging in the public domain, the News Broadcasters Association (NBA) on Monday said ratings of television news channels should remain suspended till the TV ratings agency takes action to address concerns and shares details of it with the stakeholders.

In a statement, the Rajat Sharma-headed NBA said it is “shocked to see hundreds of WhatsApp messages that have been exchanged between BARC India’s former CEO—Partho Dasgupta—and Arnab Goswami, Managing Director, ARG Outlier Media Pvt. Ltd”.

It demanded that the Indian Broadcasting Foundation (IBF) membership of Republic TV should be suspended with immediate effect till the case related to manipulation of ratings is pending in court.

According to the statement, the NBA urged the BARC to come up with a clear statement about the veracity of its ratings in the period during the audit and also conduct an audit of the Hindi news segment.

“Expunge the data of the erring broadcaster and restate the real position of rankings of all news channels from the beginning,” it demanded from the ratings agency.

The BARC should explain the concrete steps taken by it in the last three months to secure the ratings and bring transparency to the process as well as create a system, whereby any change to the ratings that impacts the news ecosystem is done only after due consultation with a BARC sub-committee of NBA nominees, it said.

The NBA also asked the BARC to explain what penal actions are provided for in its constitution against broadcasters who have indulged in manipulation of ratings of this magnitude and what action will be taken in the current case.

The ratings of news channels must remain suspended till the time all details of such actions taken by the BARC are shared with the stakeholders, it said.

The NBA’s board also wants to place on record that the “corrupt data released month after month” has not only led to reputation loss, but has also caused huge financial losses to news broadcasters, for which the BARC is duty-bound to give an explanation, the statement said.

Dasgupta, who was arrested in the fake Television Rating Point (TRP) case, is now in the ICU of the state-run JJ hospital in central Mumbai.

A diabetic, he was rushed to the hospital from the Taloja Central Prison in Navi Mumbai on Saturday after his blood sugar levels went up on Friday midnight.

As the controversy surrounding the alleged TRP scam grew, the BARC, which provides TRP data, announced a temporary suspension of the weekly ratings of news channels across languages in October last year.

The NBA is the largest organisation of news broadcasters, consisting of almost all major news networks of the country. Republic TV, however, is not a member of the NBA. PTI





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Nextdoor moderators scramble to address QAnon after Capitol attack

For months, Nextdoor moderators have struggled with the challenge of addressing QAnon content on its neighborhood sites — but after last week’s deadly attack on the Capitol, the pressure between moderators and the company’s policy team may have reached a breaking point.

Moderators have been asking Nextdoor to impose a ban against QAnon content since at least October, according to forum screenshots obtained by The Verge. Last week, Nextdoor moderators began pressuring the company directly in the National Leads Forum, a private forum for moderators on the site. In screenshots of forum posts, obtained by The Verge, moderators expressed concern that Nextdoor’s misinformation policies did not fully bar discussions of conspiracy theories like QAnon.

Following last week’s pro-Trump riot at the Capitol, one user returned to an early QAnon thread, writing, “I am bumping this up. It’s January 8th. Any policies yet? After the past week, we need some. I also wrote an email to Next Door Leadership about this three months ago and got no response.”

It wasn’t until five days after the riot that Nextdoor finally responded to the request, referring moderators back to the company’s policy on violent content. In this post, Caty K., Nextdoor head of community, wrote, “I want to reiterate that the broader Nextdoor team is committed to the safety of all members and communities on the platform.” She continued, “The violent events that took place at the US Capitol last week are no exception.”

But some Nextdoor moderators say that the company’s misinformation policies don’t meaningfully address QAnon, and haven’t been communicated well enough to help communities deal with the conspiracy. The company’s misinformation policy asks moderators to report individuals who distribute “misinformation related to the Election and COVID-19,” but does not directly address conspiracy theories like QAnon. After the attack on the Capitol, many QAnon theories carry an implicit risk of inciting violence, but moderators find it hard to justify their removal as straightforwardly violent content. At the same time, current Nextdoor moderation policies do not include a ban on discussions of conspiracy theories.

“The problem is this policy is written so specific to election and Covid-19 information and does not mention any violation that can be used for things like misinformation around politics and inciting fear in the community,” one moderator wrote in the thread.

“Facebook has announced that it will be automatically removing content with the phrase ‘Stop The Steal’ and #StopTheSteal,” Steve C., a California lead responded. “Does Nextdoor plan to do the same?”

On Monday, Caty wrote that “Nextdoor views QAnon as a hate group,” as a response to a thread titled “FB has banned all QAnon Content – what is ND policy?” Caty continued, “If you see content or members advocating these ideologies, please report them to our team and we will handle. I recognize we do not have a list of groups available for you all to reference, and I will work on that to make things clearer, but for now this comment serves the purpose of confirming that QAnon content should be removed.”

On Wednesday, Nextdoor confirmed to The Verge that it classifies QAnon as a hate group. Still, there’s been no effort to communicate the QAnon policy to everyday users, and as of publication, Nextdoor has not updated its misinformation policies on its website to reflect its classification of QAnon as a hate group. “Right now we don’t have plans to email it out [to moderators,]” Caty said in response to a post asking if the decision would be communicated beyond the forum.

Nextdoor also referred The Verge to its misinformation and violent content policies. “Any post or content on Nextdoor that organizes or calls for violence will be immediately taken down,” a Nextdoor spokesperson told The Verge. “Nextdoor’s Neighborhood Operations Team also uses a combination of technology and member reports to proactively identify and remove content.

Nextdoor has struggled to establish clear moderation policies in the past. Nextdoor neighborhoods are primarily self-governed, and unpaid “community leads” are in charge of reporting and removing content in their communities. This has led to content being wrongfully being removed or allowed to stay up. Last June, The Verge reported that posts supporting the Black Lives Matter movement were being wrongly taken down by Nextdoor moderators.

In October, Recode reported that QAnon-related content flourished on the platform in the last few weeks in the lead-up to the 2020 US presidential election. In one instance, Recode said that a user bombarded Nextdoor for weeks on Twitter before the platform removed a post “containing QAnon talking points.”

According to Nextdoor’s rules, discussions of national politics are banned on the main community feed. As a result, public and private groups have grown to house these discussions. In forum posts obtained by The Verge, community moderators expressed worry over private groups that could be housing violent or extremist posts.

“How can we ensure locked Groups are not participating in harmful discussions?” Jennifer V, an Arizona moderator, wrote in a forum post Tuesday. “We have a LOT of pro-Trump/Patriot Groups that I worry about. I also worry about other Leads or Community Reviewers seeing me report the Groups and the backlash.”

“My concern is QAnon content, as well as other content with conspiracy theories, promotions of violence, etc., that is in *private* groups that won’t get reported because the members of the group WANT that content,” Carol C., a Colorado moderator wrote in the forums last week. “I saw some of this type of content in the public political groups that have since gone private.”

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Nvidia and AMD address the great GPU shortage

Nvidia’s new RTX 3080, 3070, 3060 Ti and 3090 and the AMD RX 6800 and 6800 XT are all incredibly hard to find, selling out instantly whenever they appear, due to an incredible level of demand that makes these GPUs worth many hundreds of dollars more than MSRP. A Trump tax and surging cryptocurrency prices may be about to make them even more expensive, too. Many older graphics cards are sold out online as well.

This week, Nvidia and AMD finally have some updates — and it’s bittersweet news.

On the plus side, AMD tells The Verge it expects to sell more of its own reference design RX 6800, 6800 XT and RX 6900 XT cards on its own website in the first quarter of 2021 at their sticker prices, which should mean $579, $649 and $999 instead of inflated ones. But AMD is only committing to make them available “to as many gamers as possible,” which may not reassure buyers who felt AMD had a paper launch to begin with.

Nvidia, meanwhile, is now saying that supplies of its GPUs to both consumers and partners “will likely remain lean through Q1,” and we’re not even talking about the first quarter of the year — Nvidia’s fiscal Q1 doesn’t end until late April. That’s an awfully long wait.

Again, it’s demand, not just supply constraints, that are keeping graphics cards out of our hands. Nvidia tells us that since launch, its $499-and-up RTX 30-series GPUs have sold almost twice as much as the RTX 20-series did after the same amount of time. (The RTX 30-series is a much bigger upgrade than the previous gen was, mind you — there weren’t a lot of games that took advantage of Nvidia’s ray tracing at the time, and people’s GTX 10-series cards were still holding up just fine.)

Nvidia does at least seem to think crypto miners aren’t snapping up all the cards quite yet, despite the sky-high prices we’ve recently seen for Bitcoin and Ethereum.

“If crypto demand begins or if we see a meaningful amount,” said CFO Colette Kress at a recent investor conference, “we can also use that opportunity to restart the CMP product line to address ongoing mining demand.” CMP refers to Nvidia’s dedicated crypto mining GPUs, which strip away the video ports miners don’t need because they aren’t driving graphics to a monitor, making them them more profitable for Nvidia.

As far as whether Trump’s taxes might impact the price of graphics cards, Nvidia isn’t saying much — but AMD CEO Lisa Su claims the company is trying its best to keep prices down. Here’s a quote transcribed by AnandTech:

We knew about the expiration of some tariff policies, and in advance worked towards a more flexible supply chain as it relates to AMD. We are committed to keeping GPU pricing as close to our suggested retail pricing as much as possible, because it’s the only way to be fair to the users. Normally when we have GPU launches, our own branded cards are available initially but then fade away for our partners to pick up. This time around we’re not phasing out our RX 6000 series, enabling us to sell direct to customers as low as possible. We’re encouraging partners to do the same. Not only tariffs, but the COVID environment has increased shipping and freight costs, which are hard to avoid. As we get into a more normal environment, this should improve. This also matters for our planned graphics updates through the first half of the year, as we have a lot of product coming to market.

That sounds good, but it’s still fairly noncommittal — and feels like a step back from what AMD told Hardware Unboxed in November, about how partners should be able to sell the RX 6800 XT at its original $649 MSRP within eight weeks.

During their back-to-back CES 2021 keynotes today, AMD praised how its new graphics cards gave the company “leadership at the high end” and noted that “many gamers are excited about the Radeon RX 6000 series,” while Nvidia acknowledged that “these products have been hard to find, and we want to thank you for your patience as we continue to work hard to catch up.”

It’s going to be a wait, and you shouldn’t be surprised if Nvidia’s just-announced $329 GeForce RTX 3060 is hell to buy, just like its predecessors. Like many have asked: why can’t we just buy one and they ship it when it’s ready?

Update, 8:48 PM ET: Added AMD CEO Lisa Su’s thoughts on Trump’s tariffs and pricing, thanks to AnandTech.

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Trump will address troops on Christmas but ‘Fake News not invited!’

Donald Trump makes Christmas Day speech to deployed troops but doesn’t invite ‘Fake News’

  • President Donald Trump tweeted on Christmas Day that he would be delivering a short speech to servicemembers 
  • ‘Fake News not invited!’ he wrote in his tweet, with the White House calling a ‘lid’ shortly thereafter, meaning journalists would not be allowed in 
  • Trump has largely avoided engaging with the press since losing the presidential election to President-elect Joe Biden 
  • On Tuesday he shocked Washington by putting out a video message saying he might veto the giant spending and COVID-19 relief package Congress passed
  • On Christmas Day, he doubled down on his demand for checks to Americans to be increased from $600 to $2,000 
  • Not even Republican lawmakers and administration officials have been able to predict Trump’s next move and he hasn’t talked to reporters about his stance

President Donald Trump announced Friday afternoon that he would be addressing American troops stationed abroad on Christmas, but he would not allow reporters in the room.  

‘Going now to make a short speech to service members from all over the world. It is a celebration of Christmas. Video Conference,’ the president tweeted. ‘Fake News not invited!’  

Shortly after Trump sent out the tweet, reporters covering the president’s Mar-a-Lago Christmas vacation were given a ‘lid,’ meaning they would not have access to the president for the rest of Christmas Day. 

President Donald Trump tweeted on Christmas Day that he would be addressing American troops who are stationed abroad, but he wouldn’t allow journalists to be in the room with him 

Trump tweeted that the 'Fake News not invited!' to a forthcoming video conference with U.S. troops. The president has largely avoided engaging with the press since losing the election to President-elect Joe Biden

Trump tweeted that the ‘Fake News not invited!’ to a forthcoming video conference with U.S. troops. The president has largely avoided engaging with the press since losing the election to President-elect Joe Biden 

Trump spent hours on Christmas Day at his West Palm Beach golf club. He will address troops from his Palm Beach resort, Mar-a-Lago where he's spending his final holidays in office

Trump spent hours on Christmas Day at his West Palm Beach golf club. He will address troops from his Palm Beach resort, Mar-a-Lago where he’s spending his final holidays in office 

Trump’s tweet came after he spent several hours at his West Palm Beach, Florida golf club with Sen. Lindsey Graham. 

Since losing the presidential election to President-elect Joe Biden, which he continues to refuse to concede, Trump has only taken questions from reporters a handful of times .   

After the election was called for Biden on November 7, it took Trump until November 26 to take questions from journalists. 

On December 7, when his personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, was in the hospital being treated for COVID-19, he talked to the pool of reporters in the Oval Office.  

The president has also kept his public events to a minimum since Election Day, spending much of his time working with advisers, scheming to overturn the results. 

Trump’s low-profile has caused chaos in Washington, because even top Republicans and administration officials can’t predict his next move. 

On Tuesday, he shocked Capitol Hill when he tweeted out a brief speech he made – again, in the absence of his press pool – hinting that he would veto the giant spending bill and COVID-19 relief package that lawmakers had just passed. 

He demanded that the bill include checks for $2,000 to Americans instead of the $600 amount lawmakers on both sides of the aisle had negotiated. 

The president also complained that the government spending part of the bill included things like foreign aid. 

Politico Playbook reported Friday morning that Trump was fed up with the amount of so-called ‘pork’ in the bill.  

On Christmas Day, the president doubled down on his demand that the checks get a boost. 

‘Made many calls and had meetings at Trump International in Palm Beach, Florida,’ Trump tweeted. ‘Why would politicians not want to give people $2000, rather than only $600? It wasn’t their fault, it was China. Give our people the money!’ 

On Thursday, House Republicans stopped their Democratic counterparts from moving through a stand-alone bill that would boost the checks’ amount. 

Senate Republicans also indicated that they were not on board.    

Trump can sign, veto or do nothing now that the bill has been sent to him at Mar-a-Lago. 

If he does nothing, unemployment benefits for millions of Americans will expire Saturday and a government shutdown will occur Monday at midnight.  

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Farmer unions to address queries on agri laws via webinar


New Delhi, December 22

The newly-formed social media cell of the farmers’ collective announced on Tuesday that a web conference would be conducted to address all queries regarding the three new farm laws and the protest against it.

The webinar, to be hosted on video conference platform Zoom on Thursday noon, will be open for the first “10,000 people” registering on the link, which they would disclose. Those who cannot make it to the first 10,000 can watch the webinar on social media platforms, it said.

“Senior farmer union leaders who are key members of the movement will be answering all sorts of queries during the webinar—be it on the farm laws or the ongoing agitation,” Baljeet Singh Sandhu, social media cell head and Majha Kisan committee vice president, said at a press conference at the Singhu border.

Sandhu also invited the likes of actors Kanagana Ranaut, Mukesh Khanna and Payal Rohatgi, who have been actively voicing their opinion against the farmers’ protest, to participate in the webinar and debate the matter.

Kisan Ekta Morcha, which is the official social media account, publishes updates on the farmer protests, videos of speeches given by union leaders and also counters what they call is “propaganda” pushed by the Centre.

Thousands of farmers from Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and other states are protesting against the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, the Farmers Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act.

Enacted in September, the three contentious laws have been projected by the central government as major reforms in the agriculture sector that would remove the middlemen and allow farmers to sell anywhere in the country.

However, the protesting farmers have expressed apprehension that the legislations would pave the way for eliminating the safety cushion of the minimum support price and end the traditional wholesale market system, leaving them at the mercy of big corporates.  PTI





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Kristin Cavallari & ‘Southern Charm’s Austen Kroll Address Dating Speculation After Raising Eyebrows In Nashville

Kristin Cavallari indirectly responded to people thinking she’s dating Austen Kroll after the two were spotted together in various pics over the past few weeks.

Kristin Cavallari, 33, seems to want her Instagram followers to know that she’s just “friends’ with Austen Kroll, 33. The former Laguna Beach star posted a boomerang photo of herself sitting in front of a wreath on Dec. 14 and appeared to use the caption to address the dating speculation she and the Southern Charm star have sparked over the past few weeks. “I didn’t realize I wasn’t allowed to have FRIENDS that are guys,” she wrote in black text over the animated pic, which showed her rolling her eyes while wearing a green sweatshirt with a multi-colored design.

Kristin’s message comes after she and Austen enjoyed a group dinner together with friends, including his co-star Craig Conover and celebrity hairstylist Justin Anderson, in Nashville on Dec. 13. Justin shared an Instagram snapshot, which can be seen below, that showed the good-looking group smiling and posing while sitting at their dinner table. He also went live on the social media platform more than once and showed off the group’s dance moves, as they all got their groove on to Taylor Swift‘s “Mean”.

In the live videos, Kristin and Austen looked like they were having a great time and the blonde beauty even ended up sitting on the hunk’s shoulders at one point. Since the live got a lot of attention shortly after, Justin apologized for it in the caption he wrote for the dinner pic. “my apologies for the instagram lives last night. new rule: my phone should be locked up when i drink 🥂 this 2020 friendship is one for the books ♥️,” the caption read.

The dinner and dance party weren’t the only things that caused followers to think twice about Kristin and Austen’s status. Austen also recently commented on one of Kristin’s bikini pics by the pool. “See you next week!” he wrote. “Keep breaking the Internet in the meantime.”

Although neither Kristin, who separated from her husband Jay Cutler, 37, earlier this year, nor Austen have directly confirmed or denied a romance at this point, Austen did speak out about their recent hangouts when he spoke to Us Weekly last month. “She came to town with her friend Justin and the four of us had dinner,” he told the outlet. “We’ve all been in contact ever since. We’re in this, like, big old group chat, and the group chat is active. We had a blast with them.”

Before Kristin was being romantically linked to Austen, she was sparking dating rumors with comedian Jeff Dye. The two were previously spotted kissing in a bar and also showed off more PDA during a trip to Cabo San Lucas earlier this month.

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Four Arsenal issues Mikel Arteta must urgently address after Tottenham defeat

With just 13 points from Arsenal’s opening 11 games, a disappointing start to the season is threatening to become a full-blown crisis.

Defeat to Tottenham in the North London derby was the Gunners’ sixth of a sobering early fixture schedule.

Marooned in the bottom half, with just 11 goals scored, Mikel Arteta is facing ever increasing pressure to quickly arrest the slump that has set in so rapidly within his squad.

Mikel Arteta’s side are in the bottom half of the table after more than a quarter of the season

No side outside the bottom three have scored fewer than Arsenal and ahead of a tricky run of fixtures, their season could be effectively over before the festive fixture schedule is even completed.

Ahead of facing Burnley in the Premier League, Mirror Sport looks at the issues Arteta must quickly solve in order to save the season – and possibly his job.

Get Aubameyang smiling again

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s struggles have been symbolic of the overall malaise that has set in at the Emirates this season.

Just three months ago, there were parties across social media when the Gabon international put pen to paper on a new contract.

Fast forward just 12 weeks and the situation could scarcely be more different.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang continues to struggle for Arsenal

Aubameyang has now gone ten games without a goal from open play and generally looks more frustrated with every passing week.

The forward’s agent suggested his low goal tally can be pinned to Arsenal ’s lack of ability to create chances – a sentiment that pundit Alex Scott echoed following the game.

“People are talking about Aubameyang and saying he’s not scored and focussing on him. But I think people need to look at the bigger picture,” Scott told Sky Sports.

“Is he getting the service? Is the balance right? Is he getting the balls that he needs to be successful? You can’t just look at him, it’s a squad thing.”

Arsenal need Aubameyang firing…and fast.

Time for Nelson

Nelson has impressed when called upon in the Europa League

Arsenal’s Europa League performances are like chalk and cheese to the dismal showings in the Premier League.

Reiss Nelson’s involvement in one but not the other is now becoming an extremely frustrating sub-plot to the early months of the campaign.

Nelson created five chances against Rapid Wien, only to not make the squad against Spurs.

Willian may be the one on the big wages, but at present, he’s nothing more than a passenger and Arteta needs to begin trusting youth.

‘Free AMN’

When Wolves came in for Ainsley Maitland-Niles during the summer window, it appeared to be the wake up call that finally highlighted his importance to Arsenal.

Arteta went up against Arsenal chiefs to keep the Hale End academy graduate, with the hope that a run in midfield would be forthcoming.

Maitland-Niles was an unused sub during the defeat to Spurs

But after being deployed at full-back in the early weeks of the season, Maitland-Niles has settled back into what has become a regular place for him – on the bench.

Even when Thomas Partey was injured, Arteta looked at his options and still decided to keep the 23-year-old as an unused substitute.

Arteta’s misfiring midfield desperately needs something, anything, to kickstart their season.

Yannick Bolasie took to Twitter pleading with the Arsenal boss to “free AMN”. It needs to happen soon for all parties.

Handbrake off

Ceballos has struggled since returning to the club on loan in the summer

When Partey finally was allowed to leave the pitch, the decision to bring Dani Ceballos on would have been to ilicit groans from the away end, had it been filled.

A midfield of Ceballos and Granit Xhaka isn’t working and it hasn’t for the entirety of the season.

Arsenal were already two down when Arteta opted to reunite a midfield that has looked a less than perfect couple.

Meanwhile, Joe Willock remained on the bench and with no Nelson, the options were severely limited.

Arteta may have to take the handbrake off if they are to stop the kind of performances that have seen them create the fewest chances in the entire division.

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Martin Keown defends Aubameyang and explains how Arsenal can address slump

Martin Keown has defended under-fire striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang by insisting Arsenal need to improve “collectively” rather than single out players.

Aubameyang, as club captain, has had to bear much of the criticism for his side’s poor form and was once again in the spotlight after Arsenal’s 2-0 defeat by Tottenham.

The Gunners are winless in four Premier League games and Aubameyang has managed just two goals, one of which came from the penalty spot.

But former Arsenal defender Keown insists the striker is not receiving the service he needs to thrive and improvement is needed from each member of Mikel Arteta’s squad.

Keown disagrees with the singling out of Aubameyang

“It’s never about one player. I saw enough [against Spurs] to suggest that Arsenal have improved, they had 70 per cent possession,” Keown told Stadium Astro .

“This is about Arsenal losing a game that they tried to win and they were naive.

“You can talk about crosses, you can talk about how you create them, I feel Arteta will find a way to do that. As well as they did Spurs, soaking up pressure, Arsenal can obviously do a lot better.

Aubameyang has not scored a league goal from open play since the opening day

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“That is not just down to Aubameyang. Yes, we need him to improve.

“The chances that Arsenal create, I think they are 20th, they are not scoring enough goals – just 10 from the start of the season.

“It’s all there but they are going to have to do it collectively. I don’t think we need to dig out one individual, it’s about the team now coming together, creating opportunities and staying in games long enough to win them with Aubameyang.

Aubameyang’s last goal came from the penalty spot on 1 November

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“I don’t think he’s getting the sort of chances that he thrives on. I think we waited until the 85th minute until we got Aubameyang in that position where he uses his pace and can finish.

“I’m not going to attack any one individual player, I think it’s about the collective. Yes he has to start scoring goals, yes he needs to do something inspirational, but he needs help from everyone else around him.”

Keown believes Arteta can help Aubameyang rediscover his form by ensuring the Gabonese ace drops deeper to receive the ball at his feet.

“He needs to retain his confidence and at the moment the confidence is ebbing away from the group,” Keown added.

“It’s not just Aubameyang, it’s about the manager. All these crosses into the box doesn’t suit Aubameyang, he wants the ball to feet, where he can do damage.

“It’s quite difficult for him when he realises he can’t count on those behind him. It’s a two-way show in any team. Aubameyang needs more, and to give more.”

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White House releases 46-minute ‘address’ by Donald Trump complaining about losing the election

President Donald Trump released a bizarre 46-minute video that he posted on Facebook where he called for the election to be ‘overturned’ and admitted his remarks would be ‘disparaged.’

Rather than pick any number of venues where he might deliver important remarks before an audience or with reporters present who might ask questions, Trump spoke before cameras from the White House, with repeated and awkward cuts by editors.

‘Even what I’m saying now will be demeaned and disparaged,’ he predicted as he laid out claim after claim, including several that have been put forward by his legal team and been debunked.

Trump said it ‘may be the most important speech I’ve ever made’ – then got to work trying to make the case that the election was fraudulent, that the results should be overturned in multiple states where President-elect Joe Biden got more votes than he did, and urged the Supreme Court to intervene.  

President Donald Trump called for the vote in swing states he lost to be ‘overturned’ and claimed the election was a ‘total catastrophe,’ despite his attorney general and a raft of judges not accepting claims of widespread fraud

At one point, he held up a chart purporting to show a scheme to steal an election, but a spike in votes he pointed to has been identified as Milwaukee County votes being counted once they came in. President-elect Joe Biden performed well there, as have past Democratic candidates going back years.

He made repeated claims of fraud, dead people voting, mysterious anomalies in voting machines, and alleged corruption in big cities with Democratic votes that went for Joe Biden – despite his attorney general and a raft of judges not accepting claims of widespread fraud 

‘This election was rigged. Everyone knows it. I don’t mind if I lose an election, but I want to lose an election fair and square. What I don’t want to do is have it stolen from the American people,’ Trump complained.

There were five editing jumps in the first three minutes of the video alone, giving in an awkward pace despite being shot at the center of U.S. Government power.

Biden’s vote approached 81 million votes Wednesday, and his leads is well beyond 6 million, while he is electoral college win is shaping up to be 306 to 232. 

Trump said it 'may be the most important speech I've ever made'

Trump said it ‘may be the most important speech I’ve ever made’

The president brought visual aids

The president brought visual aids

Trump said it was 'statistically impossible' that he didn't prevail. He said the 'greatest pollsters' couldn't understand what happened

Trump said it was ‘statistically impossible’ that he didn’t prevail. He said the ‘greatest pollsters’ couldn’t understand what happened

But Trump said it was ‘statistically impossible’ that he didn’t prevail.

He pointed to ‘unexpected success all over the country and right here in Washington,’ saying: ‘It is statistically impossible that the person – me – that led the charge lost. The greatest pollsters, the real pollsters – not the ones that had us down 17 points in Wisconsin when we actually won, while the ones that had us down four or five points in Florida and we won by many points or had us even down in Texas, and we won by a lot – not those pollsters but real pollsters that are fair and honest, said “We can’t understand a thing like this: it’s never happened before you led the country to victory and you were the only one that was lost. It’s not possible,’ he said. 

Trump’s loss came despite Republicans holding the Senate and turning back numerous Democrats who were leading in pre-election polls, and picking up multiple seats in an election that many predicted would be a ‘blue wave.’ 

Trump, though, called the election a ‘total catastrophe’ and said the results couldn’t be trusted.

He complained about ‘machinery that was stopped during certain parts of the evening miraculously to open with more votes.’

‘Many people in the media and even judges so far have refused to accept it. They know it’s true. They know it’s there. They know who won the election. But they refuse to say: you’re right. Our country needs somebody to say you’re right,’ he said.

He made claims of dead people voting, although several examples brought forth by his lawyers have gone bust. 

‘Millions of votes were cast illegally in the swing states alone,’ he claimed. 

‘If that’s the case, the results of the individual swing states must be overturned and overturned immediately,’ Trump said.

‘Some people say that’s too far out. That’s too harsh. Well does that mean we take a president and we’ve just elected a president, where the votes were fraudulent? No. It means you have to turn over the election.’

‘What a disaster election this was. A total catastrophe,’ he said. 

He said ‘hopefully’ the Supreme Court of the U.S. will ‘see it’ and ‘do what’s right for our country.’  

At one point, he appeared to connect his push to overturn election results to his personal legal situation.

‘Now, I hear that these same people that failed to get me in Washington have sent every piece of information to New York so that they can try to get me there,’ Trump said, in reference to prosecutors who have been investigating his company over possible allegations of insurance or tax fraud. 

Trump spoke a day after Attorney General Bill Barr said there was not enough evidence of fraud to overturn the results. 

‘Maybe you’ll have a revote, but I don’t think that’s appropriate. When those votes are corrupt, when they’re irregular, when they get caught, they’re terminated, and I very easily win,’ Trump said.

Earlier Wednesday, former Trump national security advisor Mike Flynn blasted out an article that called on Trump to declare martial law and have the military oversee a revote. 

Trump released the video about an hour after Biden began an event in Wilmington where he held a roundtable with workers and small business owners struggling through the economic crisis. 

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Mikel Arteta’s lengthy dressing room address to Arsenal stars after Wolves loss

Arsenal’s recent misery continued over the weekend as Wolves secured a deserved win against Mikel Arteta’s side, leaving them 14th in the Premier League.

Goals from Pedro Neto and Daniel Podence gave the visitors a 2-1 at the Emirates, a result that left Arsenal on 13 points, eight behind leaders Tottenham, after 10 matches.

Unai Emery was sacked as Arsenal coach a year to the day on Sunday when the club were sitting eighth, and the latest defeat has piled the pressure on Arteta.

According to Football London, Arteta went down the tunnel and waited for his players inside the home team changing room as soon as the full-time whistle went.

Mikel Arteta looks on during Arsenal’s defeat by Wolves

While the Arsenal boss is usually quick to attend to post-match TV interview, he spent over ten minutes in the confines of the dressing room.

It is unclear what Arteta said to his played but he no doubt made his feelings known following a defeat that leaves him facing an uncertain future.

But speaking after the game, Arteta said he is not worried about losing his job despite the club’s awful start.

Goals from Pedro Neto and Daniel Podence gave the visitors a 2-1 at the Emirates

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“It’s something that the day I decided to be a coach I knew that one day I would be sacked or leave the football club but I don’t know when that is going to happen,” Arteta told reporters.

“In this profession, I know it will happen but I never worry about it.

“My only concern is to get the best out of the players and give the best possible service to the club.”

Arsenal have lost their last three home league games and are mired in their worst start to a season since 1981-82.

Only two of their 13 shots were on target on Sunday and Gabriel’s first-half equaliser was their 10th league goal of the season — just one more than 19th placed Fulham.

“We can beat anybody but we can lose as well because the margins are so minimal,” Arteta said.

“We want to start to score more goals, obviously. The mountain is a big one to climb.”