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Netflix’s Top 10 Original Movies and TV Shows, According to Netflix

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Earlier this year, Netflix started doing something it had not done since it started streaming shows of its own in 2012: Disclosing viewership figures for its original series and movies.

The streaming giant, which has more than 158 million subscribers worldwide, didn’t make a big deal of it, tucking the data into its quarterly letters to shareholders, starting in January.

By Wednesday afternoon, with the release of its third-quarter earnings for 2019, Netflix had gone public with the viewership data for a year’s worth of its most-watched original movies and television shows, from October 2018 through September 2019.

And a pair of top 10 lists emerged.

Though the lists don’t show how Netflix’s original programs rank in comparison with, say, HBO’s “Game of Thrones” or NBC’s “Sunday Night Football,” they do provide — for the first time — some insight into the popularity of its original shows and films.

At the top of the list for its television series is, no surprise, the supernatural, ’80s-besotted series “Stranger Things,” with 64 million plays. In second place — who would have guessed? — is “The Umbrella Academy,” with 45 million views.

For Netflix original movies, the most-watched are the Sandra Bullock thriller “Birdbox,” with an eye-opening 80 million views, and the Adam Sandler comedy “Murder Mystery,” with 73 million.

The data shows broader trends, too. High school comedies are especially popular on the service, both for television and movies, as are some Spanish-language series.

Hollywood has expressed irritation with Netflix’s selective disclosures of its viewership numbers from the moment the company started going public with them. Executives at other entertainment companies — whose shows succeed or fail based largely on ratings measured by the research firm Nielsen — have groused that the Netflix numbers did not correspond to any traditional statistics, that they were inflated and that they highlighted successes while ignoring the scores of series and movies that failed to attract significant audiences.

But the decision to go public with even some of its data was something of an about-face for Netflix, which once claimed it never wanted to get involved in the weekly Hollywood competition based on ratings or box office receipts.

For a movie, according to the statistics that have appeared in the earnings reports, a view denotes that 70 percent of it was watched within four weeks of its premiere. For a television series, the company counts a view as a streaming of 70 percent of one episode within four weeks of the day it appeared on the service.

The Netflix numbers do not correspond to any traditional metric used by the entertainment industry.

For instance, Netflix reported in January that 40 million households watched “You,” a drama from the prolific producer Greg Berlanti. By the Nielsen measure, a typical episode of “You” would have an audience of 8 million viewers in the United States, according to the cable network FX, which has access to the Nielsen data.

“An average audience of 8 million viewers is good, but it’s not an average audience of 40 million total viewers, which would make ‘You’ the No. 1 show on American television,” said John Landgraf, the head of FX, earlier this year, when he revealed the Nielsen number.

Netflix would not confirm that the data in its earnings reports has amounted to official most-watched lists for its movies and shows. “We select a few titles to highlight each quarter, but they are not meant to be a comprehensive list of top performers,” a Netflix spokesman said.

In a call with investors on Wednesday, the Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos suggested that the company could start making information about its most popular shows more widely available, potentially going beyond the “Popular on Netflix” and “Now Trending” sections of the welcome screen for subscribers in the United States. The reason? Viewers like knowing what’s popular.

“If they want to use that as a tool to help guide their decision making, we want to help them do it,” he said on the earnings call.

Netflix has started testing the use of Top 10 lists for subscribers in the United Kingdom and Mexico. Last month, users in those regions were presented with titles for the most popular Netflix shows on any given day, the Netflix spokesman said. Those lists included the entire library of content on the service at that moment, with licensed programs like “Friends” appearing alongside Netflix originals like “Dead to Me.”

In the final three months of the year, Netflix has several series and movies that could elbow their way onto a top 10 list, including “El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie,” the third season of “The Crown,” Ryan Murphy’s first streaming series, “The Politician,” (which debuted on Sept. 27) and Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman.”

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Ancient Roman chariot and fossilized horses from ‘extremely wealthy family’ discovered in Croatia

Archaeologists have discovered the fossilized remains of a chariot from Ancient Rome along with two horses, likely from an “extremely wealthy family.”

The discovery, estimated to be approximately 1,800 years old, was made in Croatia by archaeologists from the City Museum Vinkovci and Institute of Archaeology in Zagreb, Croatia, according to Croatian news outlet, Novosti.hr.

Curator Boris Kratofil told local media that the discovery stems from an ancient burial tradition, where burial was made under a mound known as tumuli, a practice associated with wealth.

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The remains found near the city of Vinkovci in Croatia; These images show the incredible discovery of a Roman chariot complete with the fossilized remains of horses that archaeologists have found as part of a burial ritual for “extremely wealthy families”. (Credit: CEN)

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“The custom is associated with extremely wealthy families who have played a prominent role in the administrative, social and economic life of the province of Pannonia,” Kratofil said in comments obtained by the Daily Mail.

Institute of Archaeology director Marko Dizdar said the discovery was unique to Croatia, but a remarkable find nonetheless.

“In a few years we will know a little more about the family whose members were buried in this area 1,800 years ago,” Dizdar said, according to the Mail. “We are more interested in the horses themselves, that is, whether they were bred here or came from other parts of the empire, which will tell us more about the importance and wealth of this family.”

Ancient Rome continues to reveal its secrets. Researchers, for example, recently discovered an ancient fast-food joint in the ruins of Pompeii near Naples.

ANCIENT ROMAN FORT FOUND IN ENGLAND: ‘VERY IMPORTANT AND COMPLETELY UNEXPECTED’

The Roman city of Pompeii was devastated following the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D. Pompeii was quickly buried by volcanic ash, killing about 2,000 of the city’s residents, according to History.com.

Last year, experts uncovered a scrawled piece of text on a wall in Pompeii that is rewriting the history of the famous ancient eruption of Mount Vesuvius.

Earlier this month, a pair of 2,000-year-old scrolls believed to have belonged to the family of Julius Caesar were virtually “unwrapped” for the first time.

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32 illegal immigrants discovered inside refrigerated semitruck in Arizona, officials say

Two men are facing federal human smuggling charges after dozens of illegal immigrants were discovered locked in refrigerated semitrailer Monday night at an immigration checkpoint in southern Arizona, according to officials.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection said in a news release that agents inspected the trailer after a trained dog alerted them. When agents opened up the trailer, they discovered 32 Mexican and Ecuadorian nationals, all in the country illegally, hidden in the produce cargo.

“People aren’t cargo, they’re not meant to be in the back of tractor-trailers and they’re not meant to be transported in this fashion,” Border Patrol agent Joe Curran told FOX10.

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The immigrants discovered in the truck ranged in age from 16 to 53, and most were clad in long pants and short-sleeved T-shirts.

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Officials discovered 32 illegal immigrants locked in a refrigerated semitrailer at a southern Arizona immigration checkpoint on Monday. (U.S. Customs and Border Protection)

The trailer’s interior was 47 degrees, “potentially endangering the illegal immigrants locked inside,” according to CBP.

Curran told FOX10 the truck traveled up Interstate 19 until it reached the checkpoint where K-9’s detected suspicious activity.

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The trailer was 47 degrees at the time, and most were clad in long pants and short-sleeved t-shirts inside. (U.S. Customs and Border Protection)

“We refer vehicles to secondary where we get a better look and understanding of what is going on where we utilize this X-ray technology, which is a huge benefit,” Curran said.

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The 31-year-old driver and 30-year-old passenger, who are U.S. citizens but were not named, were arrested and charged with felony human smuggling violations.

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The group was discovered inside the trailer by using X-Rays, which showed dozens locked inside. (U.S. Customs and Border Protection)

The 32 people discovered in the trailer were being processed at the Nogales port of entry for immigration violations, according to CBP.

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Homeland Security officials said they’ve intercepted several human smuggling attempts involving semitrucks in the Tucson Sector so far this year. The White House commented on the incident Tuesday, saying on Twitter “Smuggling humans in commercial vehicles is not only unlawful: It places the passengers in extreme danger.”

Curran echoed the same concerns to FOX10.

“If there is an accident, these people are going to be violently thrown in the back of this trailer because there are no restraints or consideration for the people being smuggled,” he said.

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Gordon Sondland Claims He Was ‘Disappointed’ With Trump’s Ukraine Pressure

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Gordon Sondland, the U.S. ambassador to the European Union, criticized President Donald Trump’s dealings with Ukraine, saying he was “disappointed” in the president’s efforts to have Rudy Giuliani interfere in foreign affairs. Giuliani, Trump’s personal attorney, was being paid by one of the recently indicted Ukrainian-American businessmen who were helping him dig up dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden, whom Trump sees as his chief political rival.

Sondland, a self-described “lifelong Republican” who donated $1 million to Trump’s inaugural committee and was nominated as EU ambassador in 2018, told House impeachment investigators in an opening statement on Thursday that Trump indicated he was “skeptical” that Ukraine was serious about reform.

A few days after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s inauguration in May, Trump instructed Sondland and others in a U.S. delegation to Ukraine to talk to Giuliani.

“It was apparent to all of us that the key to changing the President’s mind on Ukraine was Mr. Giuliani,” Sondland said. “Our view was that the men and women of the State Department, not the President’s personal lawyer, should take responsibility for all aspects of U.S. foreign policy towards Ukraine.”

Sondland also addressed a text message he sent suggesting that he and a colleague “stop the back and forth by text” after a colleague suggested Trump wanted a quid pro quo with Ukraine. He claimed in his testimony that this was not an attempt to prevent the creation of a paper trail.

Sondland said he simply prefers “to talk rather than to text” because it’s the way to “most effectively get things done.”

“Any implication that I was trying to avoid making a record of our conversation is completely false. In my view, diplomacy is best handled through back-and-forth conversation,” he said.

Read his remarks as prepared for delivery below, via BuzzFeed’s Zoe Tillman:

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Gordon Sondland Claims He Was ‘Disappointed’ With Trump’s Ukraine Pressure

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Gordon Sondland, the U.S. ambassador to the European Union, criticized President Donald Trump’s dealings with Ukraine, saying he was “disappointed” in the president’s efforts to have Rudy Giuliani interfere in foreign affairs. Giuliani, Trump’s personal attorney, was being paid by one of the recently indicted Ukrainian-American businessmen who were helping him dig up dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden, whom Trump sees as his chief political rival.

Sondland, a self-described “lifelong Republican” who donated $1 million to Trump’s inaugural committee and was nominated as EU ambassador in 2018, told House impeachment investigators in an opening statement on Thursday that Trump indicated he was “skeptical” that Ukraine was serious about reform.

A few days after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s inauguration in May, Trump instructed Sondland and others in a U.S. delegation to Ukraine to talk to Giuliani.

“It was apparent to all of us that the key to changing the President’s mind on Ukraine was Mr. Giuliani,” Sondland said. “Our view was that the men and women of the State Department, not the President’s personal lawyer, should take responsibility for all aspects of U.S. foreign policy towards Ukraine.”

Sondland also addressed a text message he sent suggesting that he and a colleague “stop the back and forth by text” after a colleague suggested Trump wanted a quid pro quo with Ukraine. He claimed in his testimony that this was not an attempt to prevent the creation of a paper trail.

Sondland said he simply prefers “to talk rather than to text” because it’s the way to “most effectively get things done.”

“Any implication that I was trying to avoid making a record of our conversation is completely false. In my view, diplomacy is best handled through back-and-forth conversation,” he said.

Read his remarks as prepared for delivery below, via BuzzFeed’s Zoe Tillman:

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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Elijah Cummings’ Poetic First Speech On The House Floor Goes Viral

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Footage of the first speech that Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) ever delivered on the House floor is going viral on Twitter following the veteran congressman’s death on Thursday at the age of 68.

Cummings received a standing ovation for his April 1996 debut in the chamber, during which he recited a poem about the ephemerality of life and declared his mission was to empower people.

He also repeated a refrain from his time in the Maryland House of Delegates about the world being “a much better world and a much better place if we would only concentrate on things we have in common instead of concentrating on our differences.”

“It’s easy to find differences. Very easy. We need to take more time to find common ground,” he said.

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Coco Gauff acknowledges growing platform after 2019 success: I never wanted to be ‘just’ a tennis player

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Coco Gauff burst onto the professional tennis scene earlier this year at Wimbledon, making a huge run that included defeating Venus Williams.

As her fame grew over the summer, Gauff was forced to navigate the waters of keeping a level head while also trying to use her voice and platform for the betterment of society.

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“Wimbledon has given me an opportunity to raise money and raise awareness for other things and I’m glad that I was able to,” she told The Guardian in an interview published Wednesday. “With every match I win I seem to get more and more people following me, so that’s good. And that means more and more awareness for subjects I care about. I always wanted to not just be a tennis player.”

The 15-year-old phenom said she is interested in climate change activism and looking for ways to change her own lifestyle.

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“Lately, younger people are leading movements and I guess the world has to get used to it because we’re used to older people telling us what to do,” she told UK newspaper. “My generation has just decided it was time to speak up on our own about things. I do follow the [climate] movement a lot and I’m learning about ways we can better change, at least my lifestyle and the way my family live.”

She added: “It’s great when they say I’m young and I’m doing great things. It will get frustrating when they say: ‘You’re young, you don’t know any better.’ I think it’s a good thing to point out that to a younger person but I think we shouldn’t put someone’s intelligence down no matter what.”

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Gauff’s hype is only going to get bigger in 2020. She won her first Women’s Tennis Association title last weekend at the Linz Open in Austria. And though she lost in the first round at the Luxembourg Open, the sky appears to be the limit for her.

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Brexit Live Updates: E.U. and U.K. Come to an Agreement

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Britain and the European Union announced on Thursday that an agreement on the draft text of a Brexit deal had been reached, a last-minute breakthrough for Prime Minister Boris Johnson as he works to map out Britain’s departure from the bloc.

Writing on Twitter, Mr. Johnson called the agreement a “great new deal that takes back control,” and said that Parliament would vote on the deal on Saturday.

Jean-Claude Juncker, the European Commission’s president, confirmed that a deal had been reached and noted that a revised arrangement on Northern Ireland was part of the agreement.

Writing on Twitter, Ireland’s prime minister, Leo Varadkar, called the agreement a “unique solution” for Northern Ireland that respects its “unique history and geography.”

Ireland’s approval has been a key element in securing European agreement on any deal and ensuring that there will not be a hard border between the Republic of Ireland, which is a member of the European Union, and Northern Ireland which is a part of the United Kingdom.

During a joint news conference with Mr. Johnson in Brussels later in the day, Mr. Juncker said that after much hard work they had reached a “fair, balanced agreement” that “provided certainty where Brexit provide uncertainty.”

Mr. Johnson also had kind words for his European partners, saying that the agreement represented a very good deal for both Britain and the European Union. He did not address questions about how he would gather the needed support from fellow lawmakers at home to get the deal through Parliament.

Mr. Johnson said the agreement would result in “a real Brexit that achieves our objective,” and vowed that “the U.K. leaves whole and entire on Oct. 31.”

With a roomful of reporters eager to ask the two leaders questions, Mr. Juncker silenced them before offering a parting thought: “I am happy about the deal, but I am sad about Brexit.”

Mr. Johnson may have struck a deal with Brussels, but in doing so he appears to have turned his back on a group of 10 lawmakers from Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party, who said on Thursday that they did not support the agreement. The party has been a crucial ally in the British Parliament, helping the Conservatives to remain in government despite not holding a majority.

The question now is whether Mr. Johnson can persuade those lawmakers to support his deal before Saturday — or whether he can get it through a fractious Parliament without them.

Michel Barnier, the European Union’s chief Brexit negotiator, laid out what he saw as the most important elements of the deal in an address to the news media shortly after the announcement.

In the deal, Northern Ireland would remain aligned to a “limited set of E.U. rules, notably related to goods,” he said. As a result, all procedures on goods will take place within the United Kingdom, and not between Ireland and Northern Ireland. The British authorities would be in charge of carrying out the controls.

Mr. Barnier added that to “square the circle” on the question of customs duties, negotiators had decided that the British authorities would apply tariffs “on products coming from third countries, so long as those goods entering Northern Ireland are not at risk” of entering Europe’s single market.

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The European Commission released a copy of the draft withdrawal agreement shortly after the deal was announced.


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For goods traded into the European Union’s single market — including those traded across the border into Ireland, a member of the bloc — Mr. Barnier said that the British authorities would be responsible for imposing European Union tariffs.

Mr. Barnier also said that four years after the protocol begins, Northern Ireland’s legislature — which has been dissolved since January 2017 amid sectarian disagreements — would be able to decide by a simple majority whether to continue applying the rules.

The Northern-Ireland based Democratic Unionist Party presented a stumbling block to Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s deal for Britain’s withdrawal, announcing its opposition just hours before he was set to travel to Brussels for a European Union summit meeting.

In an early-morning statement on Thursday, the party said that it would continue to work with the government toward a “sensible deal,” but that it could not support the current proposal because of the tax arrangements involved.

“As things stand, we could not support what is being suggested on customs and consent issues and there is a lack of clarity on VAT,” a statement from the party said, referring to the value-added tax.

After the announcement of the deal, the D.U.P. said it still did not support the agreement — and said it “drives a coach and horses through the professed sanctity of the Belfast Agreement,” also known as the Good Friday Agreement, which in 1998 laid out the framework for peace in Northern Ireland.

The D.U.P. said the Brexit deal was not in Northern Ireland’s long-term interest, and that it would hurt Northern Ireland’s economy and undermine the integrity of the United Kingdom.

The Conservative Party has relied on the Democratic Unionists to remain in government since it lost its majority in a 2017 election, and their support for a Brexit deal is thought to be crucial for Mr. Johnson to get his deal through Parliament.

D.U.P. lawmakers have long sought a veto on post-Brexit trading rules, seeing that provision as the only way to ensure that the territory does not diverge from the rest of the United Kingdom — but Mr. Johnson’s deal does not provide one.

Opposition from the Northern Irish lawmakers could also spell trouble for Mr. Johnson in winning the support of staunch Brexit supporters who have said that they would support a deal only if the D.U.P. did as well. But some of those Brexit supporters hinted on Thursday that they would be willing to back a deal even without the D.U.P. onboard.

Britain’s opposition Labour Party slammed the proposed deal and said it wanted to put the agreement to a public vote, giving voters a chance to support either leaving the European Union on Mr. Johnson’s terms or abandoning Brexit altogether.

It was among the strongest endorsements yet from Labour of a second Brexit referendum, and a signal that the party would back remaining in the European Union in a public vote on Mr. Johnson’s deal.

Labour said it would attach an amendment to Mr. Johnson’s deal in Parliament that would allow the deal to pass only on the condition that it is backed by a majority of voters in a referendum.

Previous attempts in Parliament to make way for a second public vote on Brexit have failed, and it was not clear that pro-referendum lawmakers would have enough support this time either.

Labour’s leader, Jeremy Corbyn, called Mr. Johnson’s proposal a “sell-out deal” and said it was worse than the deal negotiated by former Prime Minister Theresa May. “The best way to get Brexit sorted is to give the people the final say in a public vote,” he said

First came the tweets: A deal with the European Union had been reached. Within minutes, the pound surged against the dollar — at one point trading at nearly $1.30.

But its value headed downward as word of the Democratic Unionist Party’s opposition to the agreement spread, and by the afternoon the pound’s value had fallen below where it started the day.

The New York Times has looked at why the pound’s value has been a barometer for Brexit talks over the past three years.





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Westlake Legal Group gbp-chart-1050 Brexit Live Updates: E.U. and U.K. Come to an Agreement Politics and Government Northern Ireland Johnson, Boris International Trade and World Market Great Britain Withdrawal from EU (Brexit) Great Britain European Union Democratic Unionist Party (Northern Ireland) British Pound (Currency)

$1.48 Britain votes to leave the European Union by a narrow margin.

$1.40 E.U. and British negotiators agree on terms for a smooth transition.

$1.45

$1.29 Prime Minister Theresa May says Britain may cut important economic ties with the E.U.

$1.32 A series of resignations rattles Mrs. May’s cabinet.

$1.29 Mrs. May’s party loses loses its majority in Parliament.

1.40

$1.26 Mrs. May postpones the first vote on Brexit deal.

$1.27 Mrs. May says she will step down, reviving fears of a no-deal Brexit.

$1.24 Departure process officially begins, starting a two-year deadline.

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The British pound in dollars

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$1.48 Britain votes to leave the European Union by a narrow margin.

$1.40 E.U. and British negotiators agree on terms for a smooth transiton.

$1.29 Prime Minister Theresa May says Britain may cut important economic ties with the E.U.

$1.32 A series of resignations rattles Mrs. May’s cabinet.

$1.45

$1.26 Mrs. May postpones the first vote on Brexit deal.

1.40

$1.29 Mrs. May’s party loses loses its majority in Parliament.

$1.27 Mrs. May says she will step down, reviving fears of a no-deal Brexit.

1.35

$1.24 Departure process officially begins, starting a two-year deadline.

1.30

1.25

$1.25

The British pound in dollars

1.20

Jul ’16

Jan ’17

Jul ’17

Jan ’18

Jul ’18

Jan ’19

Jul ’19

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1.25

1.40

$1.20

1.30

1.35

1.45

Jul ’16

$1.48 Britain votes to leave the European Union by a narrow margin.

Oct ’16

$1.29 Prime Minister Theresa May says Britain may cut important economic ties with the E.U.

Jan ’17

$1.24 Departure process officially begins, starting a two-year deadline.

Apr ’17

$1.29 Mrs. May’s party loses loses its majority in Parliament.

Jul ’17

Oct ’17

$1.40 E.U. and British negotiators agree on terms for smooth transition.

Jan ’18

The British pound

in dollars

Apr ’18

Jul ’18

$1.32 A series of resignations rattles Mrs. May’s cabinet.

Oct ’18

$1.26 Mrs. May postpones the first vote on Brexit deal.

Jan ’19

Apr ’19

$1.27 Mrs. May says she will step down, reviving fears of a no-deal Brexit.

Jul ’19

$1.25

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1.25

1.40

$1.20

1.30

1.35

1.45

Jul ’16

$1.48 Britain votes to leave the European Union by a narrow margin.

Oct ’16

$1.29 Prime Minister Theresa May says Britain may cut important economic ties with the E.U.

Jan ’17

$1.24 Departure process officially begins, starting a two-year deadline.

Apr ’17

$1.29 Mrs. May’s party loses loses its majority in Parliament.

Jul ’17

Oct ’17

$1.40 E.U. and British negotiators agree on terms for smooth transition.

Jan ’18

The British pound

in dollars

Apr ’18

Jul ’18

$1.32 A series of resignations rattles Mrs. May’s cabinet.

Oct ’18

$1.26 Mrs. May postpones the first vote on Brexit deal.

Jan ’19

Apr ’19

$1.27 Mrs. May says she will step down, reviving fears of a no-deal Brexit.

Jul ’19

$1.25


Source: Refinitiv

By The New York Times

Business groups reacted to the news of a draft deal with a mix of relief that it might prevent Britain from crashing out of the bloc without a plan, and caution over potential long-term consequences.

Many industries, including car manufacturers and aerospace companies, have warned that leaving the European Union without preserving smooth and favorable trade terms would damage their operations in Britain.

For small businesses owners, who have long voiced worries about supply shortages and the loss of markets in Europe, a deal that includes a transition period would at least delay the risk of such dangers.

“Many small businesses will be relieved that there now appears to be a credible pathway toward securing a deal that avoids a chaotic no-deal on 31 October,” Mike Cherry, the national chairman of the Federation of Small Businesses, said in a statement on Thursday.

At the same time, business groups warned against rushing into a poorly thought-through deal that could have damage the economy in the long term.

“If a passable deal is in touching distance, then politicians on all sides should be pragmatic about giving us the time to get there,” Jonathan Geldart, the director general of the Institute of Directors, a British business group, said in a statement.

Reporting was contributed by Mark Landler, Stephen Castle, Ben Mueller, Marc Santora, Matina Stevis-Gridneff, Megan Specia, Ceylan Yeginsu, Stanley Reed and Anna Schaverien.

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READ: Gordon Sondland’s Opening Statement To Congress

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U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland speaks with President Trump at Melsbroek Air Base in July 2018 in Brussels. Sondland is speaking to House committees on Thursday.

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Gordon Sondland, U.S. ambassador to the European Union, is speaking to Congress behind closed doors on Thursday as part of the House’s impeachment inquiry into President Trump.

In his prepared remarks, the former businessman says: “as we go through this process, I understand that some people may have their own specific agendas: some may want me to say things to protect the President at all costs; some may want me to provide damning facts to support the other side. But none of that matters to me. … Simply put, I am NOT here to push an agenda. I am here to tell the truth.”

He was blocked from participating in an interview last week but was then subpoenaed and compelled to appear on Thursday.

Sondland is among those named in a whistleblower complaint alleging that President Trump pressured Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to investigate potential political opponent Joe Biden. Sondland is also part of a sample of text messages about White House strategy on Ukraine released by House committees leading the inquiry.

The ambassador is among a slew of key figures that the House intelligence, foreign affairs and oversight committees are speaking with this week.

Read his full opening statement below.

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Former top NBA draft pick takes subtle shot at LeBron James over comments about Hong Kong tweet

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Former Golden State Warriors center Andrew Bogut appeared to call out LeBron James for the Lakers star’s criticism of Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey over a tweet supporting pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong.

The tweet caused a substantial rift between the NBA and China ahead of preseason games that were scheduled to be played between the Lakers and the Brooklyn Nets. While James said Morey was “uninformed” about the situation in Hong Kong, Bogut appeared to snap back in a tweet.

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“Everyone is for the “cause” until the “cause” costs them $$$$$…….” wrote the current center for the National Basketball League Sydney Kings.

Bogut was among James’ critics after the perennial NBA All-Star spoke out against Morey in his first statement since returning from the team’s preseason tour in China.

“I’m not here to judge how the league handled the situation,” James told reporters in Los Angeles on Monday night. “I just think that, when you’re misinformed or you’re not educated about something – and I’m just talking about the tweet itself – you never know the ramifications that can happen. We all see what that did, not only did for our league but for all of us in America, for people in China as well. Sometimes you have to think through the things that you say that may cause harm not only for yourself but for the majority of people. I think that’s just a prime example of that.”

LEBRON JAMES GRILLED ADAM SILVER ON WHETHER ROCKETS GM WOULD BE DISCIPLINED OVER HONG KONG TWEET: REPORT

He added in a tweet: “My team and this league just went through a difficult week.  I think people need to understand what a tweet or statement can do to others.  And I believe nobody stopped and considered what would happen. Could have waited a week to send it.”

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James said Tuesday he was done talking about the matter and that he was going to focus more on social justice issues in the U.S. rather than geopolitical problems facing other countries.

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