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Sony’s creator-focused Xperia Pro arrives in the US priced at $2,499

The Xperia Pro, Sony’s first smartphone with 5G in the US, is launching today for $2,499.99. Sony is targeting the device at professional users, who it hopes will use its HDMI input to turn the phone into an external camera monitor and its 5G connectivity to quickly upload or live-stream footage. Sony says it currently has no plans to release the Xperia Pro in Europe.

Outside of its HDMI input and US 5G support, the Xperia Pro’s hardware is very similar to last year’s Xperia 1 II (which shipped with 5G support in Europe but was limited to 4G LTE in the US). That means it’s powered by a Snapdragon 865 processor with a 4,000mAh battery, and around the back, there are the same 12-megapixel wide, telephoto, and ultrawide cameras. The Xperia Pro also includes a tall 6.5-inch 21:9 aspect ratio OLED display, which Sony is once again describing as 4K but actually has a sub-4K resolution of 3840 x 1644.

Although it’s got the form-factor of a smartphone, the Xperia Pro is aimed at professionals.
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Its HDMI input sits next to its USB-C port.
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At $1,200, the Xperia 1 II was already an expensive smartphone, and the Xperia Pro is over double its price. But Sony argues its 5G support and HDMI input could be incredibly useful to professional users.

Let’s start with the HDMI input, which is located on the bottom of the phone where the Xperia 1 II’s USB-C port. (The Xperia Pro’s USB-C port is still on the bottom of the device, but it’s shifted to the left.) Sony says it’s capable of taking up to a 4K 60fps HDR video stream and should work with any cameras that have an HDMI output.

In practice, what this means is that you can connect the Xperia Pro to a camera’s HDMI output, for example, and use its bigger screen to get a clearer view of whatever’s being filmed or photographed. You can pinch to zoom into the image displayed on the screen or overlay gridlines to help with framing.

Where this functionality gets especially interesting is with the Xperia Pro’s 5G connectivity, which enables it to act as a live-streaming link for your camera in addition to being an external monitor. The Xperia Pro can stream footage from its HDMI input to YouTube directly, and it supports StreamLabs and StreamYard for streaming to other platforms like Twitch and Facebook Live.

The phone supports both Sub-6GHz and mmWave 5G, and Sony claims that it has a unique four-way mmWave antenna array to maximize reception. There’s also a built-in network visualizer app that can be assigned to its shortcut key to help you find the best position to get a signal. Hopefully Sony’s software and hardware are enough to mitigate mmWave’s problems with limited coverage.

Ever since it started teasing the Xperia Pro early last year, Sony has emphasized that it’s a device for professional users, and its $2,499.99 price tag makes this more obvious than ever. When I asked Sony why it hasn’t released a 5G device aimed at consumers in the US, it told me it’s waiting for the technology to be more broadly implemented by carriers. Until then, Sony says it’s focusing on professional users who it thinks can get more use out of it.

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IRS Warns Common Scams on the Rise as Second Stimulus Check Arrives | The State

Scammers contact people largely through techniques to search for personal information.

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With the arrival of payments from the second stimulus check the scams The most common are on the rise across the country, according to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

Scammers are contacting people largely through techniques of phishing looking for personal information. They are also using tools like email, text messages, social networks and phone callss to contact taxpayers.

He IRS It has warned that it would never initiate contact with taxpayers through these methods.

These are some of the most common scams about the stimulus check according to the IRS:

Text messages:

Through text messages, you could reveal information about your bank account under the pretext of receiving the financial check payments.

Identity fraud:

Scammers use schemes identity fraud using email, letters and messages on social networks using keywords such as “coronavirus”, “COVID-19” and “stimulus”. The messages are sent to a large number of people and are intended to access your information from your bank accounts and even passwords.

COVID-19 tests:

Scammers are selling fake COVID-19 test kits for home use as well as the sale of “miracle products”, pills, medical advice and even vaccines.

Donations:

Criminals are also offering requests for fake donations for people who have been affected by the disease.

Investments:

You should also be careful as scammers will offer you false opportunities to invest in companies that are allegedly developing COVID-19 vaccines that offer you the promise that they will dramatically increase in value.

Related: Alert: 8 scams designed to steal your stimulus check money.

He IRS has reported that scammers and criminals will use any time of crisis to take advantage of you and the pandemic is no exception. If you receive an email or text message from phishing, you must report it through the website of the IRS.

Your bank account details will not be needed by the IRS to get you the stimulus payments as the payments are sent automatically.

If you are still waiting for your payment, you must be patient you could check your payment with the tool Get My Payment via the IRS website. During the last weeks the federal agency registered errors in the payments that were deposited in temporary bank accounts that were identified as closed by the agency’s system.

Direct deposits are expected to be received later this month as a paper check or as a direct deposit. If you do not receive your payment from your stimulus check, you will have to wait until the tax filing season begins from February 12 to mid-April.

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Will MLS be too big for him? “Chofis” López arrives in the United States, but without the merits of Vela, “Chicharito” or Pulido | The State

Javier Lopez signed with him San Jose Earthquakes and will debut in the MLSOnly that unlike other great Mexican players, he arrived in a more circumstantial and less meritorious way.

Let us remember that the “Chofis” López was separated from Chivas last October after a scandal of indiscipline that the owner of the team, Amaury Vergara, did not tolerate and since then he has been sought accommodation in another team, but no one wanted him in the MX League and he ended up in the United States, where he will meet again with who It was his coach at El Rebaño, Matías Almeyda.

López, Almeyda and the Quakes managed to reach an agreement with Chivas so that the soccer player plays on loan for a year in the same league where Aztec soccer players like Carlos Vela, Javier “Chicharito” Hernández and Alan Pulido, or even if we go further back, Claudio Suárez, Jorge Campos, Cuauhtémoc Blanco and many more. But the “Chofis” is not backed by his career, his record or his current performance.

At some point he was known as the “Mexican Messi”, But now there is nothing further from reality, since time has passed since the flashes of its beginnings that caused some to venture to say so and 7 years after its debut, its numbers do not favor it, since only scored 21 goals and gave 12 assists in 194 games in Liga MX, from 2013 to date. As a comparison, also with the Chivas, Alan Pulido scored 17 goals and gave 24 assists in just 1 year (33 league games) before leaving for the United States.

Now the future of the “Chofis” is uncertain, since He has been inactive for three months and in his last tournament with the rojiblancos, in which he played 9 games, he went blank, in fact Has not scored a league goal since February 2020. We’ll see if, under the orders of Matías Almeyda, who led him from 2015 to 2018, he straightens the road and recovers his nickname of “Mexican Messi.”

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Samsung’s latest “military grade” rugged tablet arrives in the US starting at $489

The Samsung Galaxy Tab Active 3, announced globally in September of last year, is now available in the US starting at $489.99. It’s a rugged 8-inch Android tablet designed primarily for manufacturing, retail, and job sites, with an IP68 water- and dust-resistance rating. Samsung even says it passed tests against 23 environmental conditions, including vibrations and high altitude, to meet the MIL-STD-810 military-grade standard. An IP68 S Pen stylus is included in the box, as is a case that protects against drops up to 1.5 meters.

The Tab Active 3’s touchscreen is designed to be used even when wearing work gloves, though not “extremely heavy duty gloves or mittens.” It also offers three physical navigation buttons as well as two programmable buttons that can act as shortcuts to certain apps.

The Tab Active 3’s rear 13-megapixel camera.
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Its rear 13-megapixel and front-facing 5-megapixel cameras are optimized for scanning barcodes, and a removable 5,050mAh battery is included. While it will ship with Android 10, Samsung says an upgrade to Android 11 will follow. It will sell with either 64GB or 128GB of internal storage, expandable by microSD card slot.

The Galaxy Tab Active 3 is available now from Samsung’s partner distributors and at Samsung.com. It starts at $489.99 for a Wi-Fi-only version and $589.99 for the LTE model. Samsung says it will remain available for purchase for three years.

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As WandaVision arrives, Marvel Studios is about to enter a never-ending cycle

If Marvel Studios has its way, people will get a new entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe nearly every week.

Everything starts with WandaVision. Marvel’s new nine-episode show, which follows Elizabeth Olsen’s Wanda Maximoff and Paul Bettany’s Vision living out an absurd suburban life in an alternate universe, kicks off on January 15th. Two episodes will premiere, with new episodes releasing every week for the rest of the season. Just two weeks after WandaVision ends, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier will arrive. It’s then three weeks until Black Widow hits theaters (unless it’s delayed again) and Loki lands on Disney Plus. By the time Loki ends, it’ll be time for Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.

You get the picture.

Before Disney Plus launched, Marvel Studios solely worked on films. Television shows fell under Marvel Entertainment’s separate TV division. This includes the Netflix suite of series (Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage), shows on Hulu (The Runaways), and ABC titles like Agent Carter and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. It’s what kept the Marvel Cinematic Universe separate from everything else, even if those events were referenced. When Disney Plus came along, everything got shuffled. Disney needed new Marvel shows to bring in subscribers and keep them (like The Mandalorian did). Jeph Loeb, former head of Marvel TV, was effectively ousted as everything came under Marvel Studios chief and MCU architect Kevin Feige.

Under Feige, the MCU is now expanding. The various shows and films will interweave with one another. WandaVision will feature characters from Thor, Ant-Man, and Captain Marvel and will connect somehow to Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. While former Disney executives told The Verge that viewers won’t need to watch every movie or show to keep up, the strategy is designed like comics — references made to events that happened elsewhere that fans may want to watch to understand the full context.

Depending on people’s opinions of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, having a new Marvel thing each week is either a blessing or a curse. The question is when does it tip into oversaturation? Some people may feel like we’ve hit that point. While studios and networks are making more movies and TV shows than ever before (including outside the superhero genre), few things dominate the box office and conversation like Disney properties, most notably Marvel and Star Wars. Ushering in a never-ending wave of Marvel TV series, on top of three or four films a year, could be what tips the world over into total franchise fatigue.

Except it likely won’t. Franchise fatigue is a popular phrase that gets thrown around, but it’s ultimately flawed. Superhero movies remain some of the biggest box office successes that drive people to theaters at a time when US audiences are, on average, attending fewer movies a year. In China, Marvel movies remain some of the best performing films made by US studios, and the Chinese box office is the second largest box office demographic. This isn’t to imply that Marvel movies are the be all, end all of film (far from it), but mainstream audiences aren’t tired of them. Prior to Infinity War and Endgame, entries like Black Panther and Captain Marvel drove some of the MCU’s largest successes — and those were new characters within the MCU, not Captain America. The audience demand hasn’t disappeared.

Marvel Studios and Disney’s more pressing concern isn’t franchise fatigue — it’s trust. Think about Star Wars. With the exception of Solo, each Star Wars film released over the last five years has performed exceptionally well, but critical opinion of the films has soured. People argued The Force Awakens is just a remake of A New Hope, The Rise of Skywalker is consistently dunked on, The Last Jedi sits at the center of its own ongoing debate, and Solo feels like two movies mashed into one messy affair.

Productions were plagued by directors and writers being fired, with Disney rushing to get out a Star Wars film a year, leaving little room for proper rewrites. Disney arguably lost the trust from fans over its ability to make consistently good Star Wars movies — or, as analyst and venture capitalist, Matthew Ball, says, it’s “accrued disappointment.” Disney tried to rush everything. It didn’t seem like there was a 10-year plan for Star Wars. Marvel Studios’ greatest asset is that Feige was able to archetype what the universe should look like. It’s not exactly quality over quantity — they keep making more MCU movies every year — but quantity without losing the overarching story thread.

Ironically, Star Wars also points to how having more Marvel can still work. Like Rogue One before it, The Mandalorian succeeds because it’s familiar but stands on its own. It’s obviously Star Wars, and there are enough references to key Star Wars figures and moments that diehard fans can dig into the nitty-gritty. It’s also new and unique enough, however, to not feel like a rushed entry in a universe that generates a ton of money for Disney. The Mandalorian’s creators, Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni, were given time to figure it out.

By all accounts, WandaVision is in the same boat. The characters are familiar, but the show is so different from anything within the MCU that it hopefully feels entirely refreshing. Keeping people’s trust and avoiding accrued disappointment is playing to streaming’s opportunity. Experimentation should be encouraged. If it works, the opportunity for success and ongoing profitability has no ceilings.

If it doesn’t, it’s more forgivable on a streaming service, where people are paying monthly for new content on top of their favorite films and TV shows. It’s not the same as paying $10 or more for a movie ticket or tens of millions of dollars in losses for Disney. Reserve safe bets for big, splashy tentpole movies that more than return on the original investment and marketing campaign; experiment on Disney Plus where people are looking for something to satiate their appetite.

Streaming’s main pitfall is thinking because there’s a monthly demand from subscribers that speed is a priority. Consistency is, but consistency also means quality and originality — especially with properties like Marvel and Star Wars. The stakes are higher; there’s a precedent for great, a precedent for awful, and a hungry fan base that will only accept sub-par movies or TV for so long.

The good news is that Marvel Studios just needs to keep doing what it’s already doing. Feige — an architect who designs Marvel storylines a decade in advance, figuring out how to make a giant universe feel tangible and new — is now in charge of ensuring that same level of attention gets applied to the Disney Plus world. We’re about to enter a period where there will constantly be a new piece of Marvel Studios content. It sounds exhausting — but it doesn’t have to be.

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Defiant SoHo Karen Miya Ponsetto arrives back in LA (with a drink in hand) after arraignment in NY

‘Soho Karen’ Miya Ponsetto has been spotted at Los Angeles International Airport with a drink in hand after leaving New York, where she was arraigned on assault charges for attacking 14-year-old Keyon Harrold Jr, claiming he stole her phone.

The 22-year-old was unapologetic and defiant as she walked through the airport Sunday afternoon, repeating her claim that Keyon Jr stole her phone.

When asked ‘Why do you think that kid took your phone, was it because he was black?’ she said.

‘No, because he did,’ she responded. 

Earlier on Sunday, Ponsetto was seen boarding her flight at Newark Airport, in New Jersey, wearing a denim jacket, black crop top, maroon leggings and the same ‘Daddy’ cap that she wore during her on-air interview with CBS This Morning’s Gayle King.

She had been extradited back to New York after she was filmed attacking Keyon Jr at the Arlo hotel in Soho, Manhattan on December 26, prompting his father prominent jazz trumpeter Keyon Harrold Sr to intervene. 

It has been revealed that Ponsetto is also being investigated for allegedly smashing a door at an Airbnb apartment with a fire extinguisher the same day as the Arlo hotel incident, according to the New York Post.

At her arraignment a judge said she did not require bail and she has not been ordered to wear a monitoring ankle bracelet, but was Ponsetto was warned to attend all her court dates.  

‘Soho Karen’ Miya Ponsetto, 22, touched down at Los Angeles International Airport with a drink in hand on Sunday afternoon after leaving New York, where she was arraigned on assault charges for attacking 14-year-old Keyon Harrold Jr, claiming he stole her phone

The 22-year-old was unapologetic and defiant as she walked through the airport Sunday afternoon with a drink secured in her hand.

She repeated her claim that Keyon Harrold Jr, 14, stole her phone

The 22-year-old was unapologetic and defiant as she walked through the airport Sunday afternoon with a drink secured in her hand. She repeated her claim that Keyon Harrold Jr, 14, stole her phone 

Ponsetto has been ordered to stay away from Keyon Jr and must return to New York for her March court date. Pictured leaving the LAX airport on Sunday

Ponsetto has been ordered to stay away from Keyon Jr and must return to New York for her March court date. Pictured leaving the LAX airport on Sunday

In the Airbnb incident, Ponsetto allegedly tried to force her way into the East Village apartment building after she locked herself out.

Ponsetto’s attorney Paul D’Emilia said Sunday that the allegations came up during his client’s arraignment and no charges have been filed for the door-bashing incident.

On Saturday, Ponsetto arrived at her New Jersey hotel late after being arraigned for the attack on Harrold. 

Ponsetto had been extradited from California to attend the hearing at Red Hook Justice Center in Brooklyn. 

She was flown to the Big Apple on Friday ahead of her court date, and was pictured being led out of the NYPD’s First Precinct with cuffs around her wrists and ankles on Saturday afternoon as she was transported to Red Hook Justice Center.

She was seen wearing a denim jacket, black crop top, maroon leggings and the same 'Daddy' cap that she wore during her on-air interview with CBS This Morning’s Gayle King, where she insisted the incident wasn't 'racially motivated'

She was seen wearing a denim jacket, black crop top, maroon leggings and the same ‘Daddy’ cap that she wore during her on-air interview with CBS This Morning’s Gayle King, where she insisted the incident wasn’t ‘racially motivated’

Ponsetto had been extradited from California to attend the hearing at Red Hook Justice Center in Brooklyn, where the judge ruled that she did not require bail - but ordered her to return to New York City for her next court date in March

Ponsetto had been extradited from California to attend the hearing at Red Hook Justice Center in Brooklyn, where the judge ruled that she did not require bail – but ordered her to return to New York City for her next court date in March

A close up view of Ponsetto's drink above. She has been charged with four felonies: attempted robbery, endangering welfare of a child, attempted grand larceny, and attempted assault. She also faces public intoxication, drunk driving and motor vehicle charges in California

A close up view of Ponsetto’s drink above. She has been charged with four felonies: attempted robbery, endangering welfare of a child, attempted grand larceny, and attempted assault. She also faces public intoxication, drunk driving and motor vehicle charges in California

A source told New York Daily News that she underwent a medical screening in Red Hook because she had just flown in from California, where coronavirus cases are high.

Ponsetto was charged with four felonies of attempted robbery, endangering the welfare of a child, attempted grand larceny, and attempted assault.

During the hearing, where she appeared before a video camera, Ponsetto repeated ‘Hi’ and asked; ‘Can you guys hear me?’ before the judge told her to stop.

‘My recommendation is that you remain quiet right now,’ said Judge Michael Frishman.

When asked on Sunday 'Why do you think that kid took your phone, was it because he was black?' she said, 'No, because he did.'

When asked on Sunday ‘Why do you think that kid took your phone, was it because he was black?’ she said, ‘No, because he did.’ 

She kept her head down and defended herself insisting Keyon Jr stole her phone during the Arlo Hotel incident, even though the teen didn't have it, as she walked to a waiting car outside LAX airport on Sunday

She kept her head down and defended herself insisting Keyon Jr stole her phone during the Arlo Hotel incident, even though the teen didn’t have it, as she walked to a waiting car outside LAX airport on Sunday

'Soho Karen' Miya Ponsetto was spotted at an airport in New Jersey ahead of her flight back to California on Sunday morning

‘Soho Karen’ Miya Ponsetto was spotted at an airport in New Jersey ahead of her flight back to California on Sunday morning

The 22-year-old refused to answer any questions once she arrived at the airport where she was photographed waiting to pass through airport security

The 22-year-old refused to answer any questions once she arrived at the airport where she was photographed waiting to pass through airport security

Ponsetto was on her way to Los Angeles when she was photographed at the Newark airport

Ponsetto was on her way to Los Angeles when she was photographed at the Newark airport 

Judge Frishman said that under New York law, they could not impose bail on Ponsetto but warned her that she had to make all her court dates. 

She also faces public intoxication, drunk driving and motor vehicle charges in California.

‘Apparently, you have a lot of cases in California right now. You are gonna have to appear in all those court cases as well. Okay?’ he asked. 

Manhattan Assistant DA Sarah Marquez asked for the highest level of supervised release for Ponsetto for the attack which she called ‘unprovoked.’ 

Ponsetto was ordered to attend Manhattan Criminal Court on March 29 for her next hearing. 

The hearing comes hours after she had been flown back to New York City after her extradition hearing in Ventura County, California. 

Before flying back to California on Sunday, Ponsetto was seen arriving at her New Jersey hotel late Saturday

Before flying back to California on Sunday, Ponsetto was seen arriving at her New Jersey hotel late Saturday  

The 22-year-old, who had been extradited from California to attend the hearing at Red Hook Justice Center in Brooklyn, checked in wearing the same clothes she'd been in all day - a purple crop top, black leggings, and a knitted beanie

The 22-year-old, who had been extradited from California to attend the hearing at Red Hook Justice Center in Brooklyn, checked in wearing the same clothes she’d been in all day – a purple crop top, black leggings, and a knitted beanie

The lawyer for the victims, Ben Crump, celebrated the charges on Twitter.  

‘Miya Ponsetto was charged with 4 FELONIES for her horrific attack on 14yo Keyon Harrold Jr!’ he wrote.

‘This is a good development, but management of @ArloHotels — owned by Quadrum Global — gave power to Miya’s racist actions and must also be held accountable!!’ Crump wrote.

Police arrested Ponsetto on a fugitive from justice warrant issued by New York Thursday afternoon following a brief car chase in her home state of California. 

Ventura County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Ponsetto after spotting her driving near her home in Piru, northwest of Los Angeles. 

Authorities said she drove two blocks before finally stopping her vehicle but then refused to get out of the car. 

‘She tried to slam the door on one of the deputies and that’s when they just reached in and forcibly removed her,’ Ventura County Sheriff’s spokesman Eric Buschow said. 

Ponsetto was led out of the NYPD's 1st Precinct in handcuffs on Saturday, ahead of her arraignment that afternoon

Ponsetto was led out of the NYPD’s 1st Precinct in handcuffs on Saturday, ahead of her arraignment that afternoon 

Miya Ponsetto

Miya Ponsetto

Prosecutors charged Ponsetto with four felonies of attempted robbery, endangering the welfare of a child, attempted grand larceny, and attempted assault 

Ponsetto was transported to Manhattan Criminal Court where she was arraigned Saturday afternoon

Ponsetto was transported to Manhattan Criminal Court where she was arraigned Saturday afternoon 

Senior Det Dominguez with the Sheriff’s Fugitive Unit said he had read Ponsetto her rights when he arrested her and that she had signed a waiver agreeing to her extradition, according to New York Daily News  

The sheriff’s office are now asking county prosecutors in California to also charge her with resisting arrest.     

On Friday, she appeared during a California court hearing by video. She spoke only once answering ‘yes’ when asked by Judge David M. Hirsch if she understood why she was there and then agreed to her extradition.

Tuttle, the Los Angeles public defender representing Ponsetto after she parted ways with her initial attorney, Sharen H. Ghatan, in recent days, agreed that the woman had ‘no objection’ to the extradition.

‘I did speak with Ms Ponsetto prior to court, and that is correct, she has signed the waiver and she has no objection to being transported to New York,’ Tuttle said. 

Her attorney did not request for her to be released on bail.  

Hirsch said charges against Ponsetto in Ventura County will be heard in a court hearing later on April 6, 2021. 

It was not clear what those charges would be. However they may relate to the police chase that led to her arrest as well as possible violations of probation orders on her current rap sheet.     

Ponsetto was dubbed 'SoHo Karen' after she was seen in a now-viral video (pictured) attacking African American jazz artist Keyon Harrold's son Keyon Jr

Ponsetto accused Keyon Jr (pictured) of stealing her phone

Ponsetto was dubbed ‘SoHo Karen’ after she was seen in a video (left) falsely accusing African American jazz artist Keyon Harrold’s son Keyon Jr (right) of stealing her iPhone at the Arlo Hotel on December 26 

The NYPD released surveillance footage of Ponsetto tackling Keyon Jr to the ground in the lobby of the Arlo Hotel after she accused him of stealing her iPhone

The NYPD released surveillance footage of Ponsetto tackling Keyon Jr to the ground in the lobby of the Arlo Hotel after she accused him of stealing her iPhone

Ghatan had previously said that Ponsetto’s mental health is particularly fragile.

‘I’m very concerned about her mental health and wellbeing because for her to start an interview with such a defiant tone, disregarding everything she’s saying, including myself, and I’m here for her best interest, concerned me greatly,’ Ghatan said.

‘She’s just not well. I am not a psychiatrist… She’s not well, that is all I can say. She needs help, and it is not the type of help I can give.’ 

Ghatan added that Ponsetto was the most challenging client she has had to deal with in a long time.

‘Out of a hundred clients, you might get one that doesn’t listen, the other 99 want to listen. She happens to be the one.

‘I am uncertain as to how I’m going to proceed,’ Ghatan revealed. ‘I’m uncertain if I can proceed forward with a client who is unwilling and unaccepting of the legal advice I’m giving her.’ 

Ghatan now no longer represents Ponsetto.

Lawyer Sharen Ghatan explained Ponsetto, who is from California, had been visiting her father in New York City for Christmas and was nervous about being alone in a strange city

Lawyer Sharen Ghatan explained Ponsetto, who is from California, had been visiting her father in New York City for Christmas and was nervous about being alone in a strange city

Harrold Sr and Keyon Jr's mother, Kat Rodriguez, held a rally in Manhattan for their son on Wednesday, alongside civil rights attorney Ben Crump (right) and Rev Al Sharpton (left)

Harrold Sr and Keyon Jr’s mother, Kat Rodriguez, held a rally in Manhattan for their son on Wednesday, alongside civil rights attorney Ben Crump (right) and Rev Al Sharpton (left)

Hours before her arrest on Thursday she had given a rambling interview with CBS This Morning’s Gayle King where she denied racism was a factor in the December attack and refused to admit she physically assaulted the teenage boy.

In her interview, Ponsetto apologized for making the teen feel ‘inferior’.

She admitted she could have handled the situation differently but stopped short of acknowledging she attacked the teen, despite footage to the contrary. 

Ponsetto also apologized for hurting the boy’s feelings but then suddenly snapped back at King telling her ‘Alright Gayle, enough’ as she was pressed on the incident and told she was ‘old enough to know better’. 

‘I don’t feel like this one mistake does define me,’ Ponsetto said. ‘I consider myself to be super sweet. I’m a 22-year-old girl… how is one girl accusing a guy about a phone a crime?’ 

Ponsetto revealed how she did not stop everyone in the hotel lobby when she believed her phone had been stolen.

‘I was approaching the people that had been exiting the hotel – because in my mind, anybody exiting might be the one trying to steal my phone,’ she said. 

When asked about her physically attacking the teen, Ponsetto repeated previous claims that the boy’s father actually attacked her.

‘The footage shows me attacking his son, attacking him how? Yelling at him, yes. OK, I apologize. Can we move on?’ she said.  

Ghatan also told Ponsetto not to wear the black baseball cap emblazoned with the word ‘Daddy’ on it for the CBS interview. 

‘The hat definitely wasn’t chosen by me,’ Ghatan told The Daily Beast who also revealed that she decided to cancel other planned interviews after realizing what a train wreck the CBS one had been.

‘My office gave her advice on what to wear. We asked her to wear professional attire. When she came to the interview, I told her the baseball hat wouldn’t be something we could use in the interview. One because of the lighting, two because of the logo. She was very defiant and insistent that she wear it. I specifically asked her to remove it before the interview. She said it’s her story, it’s her hat, and she wants to wear it. She’s a very challenging client.’      

Speaking about the interview, Ghatan revealed that she tried to reign Ponsetto in. 

Ponsetto's lawyer (right) has said she is concerned for her client's mental health after Ponsetto (left) gave a rambling television interview hours before she was arrested

Ponsetto’s lawyer (right) has said she is concerned for her client’s mental health after Ponsetto (left) gave a rambling television interview hours before she was arrested 

‘I interrupted Miya several times, and I intervened several times. I made statements and tried my best, but she would cut me off and stop. It put me at a disadvantage to help her.’  

Ponsetto’s arrest came after days of intense media coverage of the fracas at the hotel and demands by the teen’s family and activists that Ponsetto face criminal charges. 

The Harrold family have claimed the incident was racially motivated but Ponsetto has denied this. 

In a video recorded by the teen’s father, Ponsetto was seen pushing and grabbing both father and son.

She was recorded demanding the teenager’s phone, claiming he had stolen it from her. 

Harrold Sr can be heard in the recording telling Ponsetto to leave his son alone. 

Security video later released by the NYPD shows Ponsetto frantically grabbing at the teen as he tried to get away from her through the hotel’s front door. She’s seen clutching him from behind before both tumble to the ground. 

Moments after the scuffle ended, her missing phone was found in an Uber and returned to her by the driver, Harrold Sr has said.    

Ponsetto was taken into custody on a warrant from New York on Thursday after a brief car chase with police in California

Ponsetto was taken into custody on a warrant from New York on Thursday after a brief car chase with police in California

NYPD detectives flew to California to help locate her after Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance signed off on charges of attempted robbery and felony fugitive from justice. 

The altercation drew comparisons to cases like that of Amy Cooper, a white woman who was charged with filing a false report for calling 911 and saying she was being threatened by ‘an African American man’ during a dispute in New York’s Central Park in May. 

His parents have said her arrest is ‘a start’.

‘I pray for her. In the context of all the excuses her attorney made, at this point it’s not even about an apology any more,’ the teen’s father told ABC’s Good Morning America on Friday.

The teen has been in music therapy ever since the incident, his family say. 

Ghatan told The Associated Press in an interview before the arrest that her client is ’emotionally unwell’ and remorseful for the ordeal. Ghatan said she spoke to her client earlier on Thursday and that ‘she strikes me as someone who’s unwell’.

She said Ponsetto ‘lashed out’ over worry about her phone disappearing and that it wasn’t racially motivated.

It ‘could have been anyone,’ she said. 

On Wednesday, Ghatan had claimed that Ponsetto was having an anxiety attack during the hotel incident and insisted that it was not racially motivated.  

‘Miya is young, She let her emotions get the best of her. That phone could have been in the hand of 90-year-old grandma, an Asian person.. someone black or blue. It wasn’t a race related issue. Things took a life of their own,’ Ghatan told NBC.  

The lawyer explained that Ponsetto had been traveling alone while visiting her father in New York City for Christmas. 

She had been relying on her phone to help her navigate the city and became nervous and ‘triggered’ after realizing she had lost it. 

‘She was a scared girl alone in a city she doesn’t know and lost her one point of contact for her numbers. She lost her mind for a hot minute. She is sorry,’ Ghatan said.   

She said Ponsetto has since acknowledged that she lost her temper and acted inappropriately and ‘wouldn’t do it again’. She now wants to ‘give peace to the family’ and apologize.

Ghatan previously said that she and Ponsetto contacted Crump, who is representing the Harrold family, in hopes of arranging a meeting but hadn’t heard back. 

‘It’s horrible, what happened. She certainly should not have done that. She has some things she has to work through with herself, control issues, anger management issues. Of course she knows that,’ Ghatan said.

‘She wants to clarify and give peace to the family. She’s mixed race. She specifically said it’s not about race. The way she talks, it’s not even an issue. It was the phone.’   

The lawyer denied accusations that Ponsetto was a ‘lady of privilege’, adding that she is of Puerto Rican descent who works ‘9-5 at a typical place’. 

Ponsetto’s arrest isn’t the first time she has had a brush with law enforcement. 

Court records obtained by TMZ showed Ponsetto was arrested twice for driving under the influence of alcohol last year – once in May and again in October.  

Those incidents followed a separate arrest back in February when she and her mother were charged for drunkenly refusing to leave a hotel in Los Angeles.       

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“Mutant” Coronavirus Arrives in the United States; confirm first case in Colorado | The State

The coronavirus has a more contagious strain.

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Colorado Health Authorities confirmed the first case of coronavirus “Mutant” that would have been first detected in the UK.

“The health and safety of Coloradans is our top priority and we will closely monitor this case, as well as all COVID-19 indicators.”said the governor Jared Polis it’s a statement. “We are working to prevent the spread and contain the virus at all levels.”

This variant is reported as more contagious, although the symptoms it causes are not more serious than those of other strains of the pandemic.

The Colorado state laboratory confirmed the presence of the strain in an Elbert County man in his 20s, authorities said.

That person is isolated and has no travel history, according to the press release, prompting questions about how they spread.

Following the UK report, most European countries restricted travel, in order to stop the spread.

In New York, the governor Andrew Cuomo He alerted last week of the trips to the entity and said that surveillance would be increased.

The news of this first case comes when the country almost reaches 20 million coronavirus infections and approaches 350,000 deaths.

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Arrives in New York with a tomato can filled with 5 pounds of cocaine | The State

The can in which he brought the cocaine.

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The US authorities reported this Monday that they have arrested a Dominican who arrived at the John F. Kennedy airport in New York with a tomato can filled with 5 pounds of cocaine worth $ 160,000 dollars.

Keiter Elian Rijo Morales, 26, “I had more than spaghetti and meatballs in mind when police officers Customs and Border Protection (CBP) their illegal seasoning was seized ”at the airport, the agency said in a statement.

Rijo Morales arrived in New York on December 26 on a flight from Santo Domingo and the agents inspected a large metal can that he carried in his luggage with the label “Bella tomato paste”, which turned out to be something else.

“CBP agents opened the container and discovered a white powdered substance that tested positive for cocaine,” the agency explained, after which the man was arrested for importing a controlled substance and turned over to the Department of Homeland Security Investigations.

The arrested had hidden in the tomato can five pounds of cocaine that on the street would have reached a price of $ 160,000, according to the authorities’ estimate.

“The smuggling of illicit drugs poses a significant threat to our nation and CBP is doing its part to keep these drugs off our streets,” explained the agency’s director of operations in New York, Troy Miller.

“As a unified US border security agency, our employees are determined to protect the public from these substances,” he added.

Rijo Morales faces federal narcotics smuggling charges and his case will be prosecuted by the District Attorney’s Office in the Eastern District of New York.

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In pictures: Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine arrives in Dubai on Emirates flight


In pictures: Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine arrives in Dubai on Emirates flight

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First batch of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine arrives in Dubai on Emirates flight

Dubai: The Supreme Committee for Crisis and Disaster Management in Dubai announced a massive and free vaccination campaign in Dubai against COVID-19 with the Pfizer vaccine will start from Wednesday.

Dubai’s first batch of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine has arrived from Brussels on an Emirates SkyCargo flight, according to a tweet from Dubai Media Office.

The shipment was offloaded and cleared on a priority basis on arrival at Emirates’ dedicated SkyPharma facility, the tweet said.

The UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention announced the emergency registration of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine late Tuesday.

Meanwhile, the UAE Fatwa Council has legalised the use of COVID-19 vaccines in accordance with the objectives of the Islamic Sharia to protect the human soul, it was announced Tuesday.

The council urged communities worldwide to cooperate with their governments to ensure the success of vaccination drives and respect preventive and precautionary measures in place to stem the spread of the pandemic.