Rooney took pills before US arrest

Wayne Rooney’s arrest for public intoxication was due to mixing sleeping pills and alcohol, his spokesman said.
The former Manchester United star was arrested in the US accused of public intoxication and swearing charges.
The 33-year-old football ace, who now plays for American team DC United, was taken into custody on December 16 in Virginia, officials said

Rooney was charged and paid a $25 fine and $91 costs on January 4, according to documents from Loudoun General District Court.

His public intoxication arrest came when he was left “disorientated” by prescribed sleeping tablets he took on a flight while drinking, his spokesman said.
In a statement, the spokesman said: “Wayne Rooney was arrested and detained at Dulles airport following a long flight from Saudi Arabia after a one-day promotional business trip.
“During the flight Wayne took a prescribed amount of sleeping tablets mixed with some alcohol consumption and consequently was disorientated on arrival.His public intoxication arrest came when he was left “disorientated” by prescribed sleeping tablets he took on a flight while drinking, his spokesman said.
In a statement, the spokesman said: “Wayne Rooney was arrested and detained at Dulles airport following a long flight from Saudi Arabia after a one-day promotional business trip.
“During the flight Wayne took a prescribed amount of sleeping tablets mixed with some alcohol consumption and consequently was disorientated on arrival.

“He received a statutory automatic fine and was released shortly afterwards at the airport. The matter is now at an end.
“Wayne would like to put on record his appreciation for the manner he was treated by all involved.
“No further comment will be made.”

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Rivals seek to move into Syria’s east,with US leaving

BEIRUT — The planned US troop withdrawal opens up a void in the north and east of Syria, and the conflicts and rivalries among all the powers in the Middle East are converging to fill it.
The sudden American decision to pull out its 2,000 troops has forced a reassessment of old alliances and partnerships. The Syrian government, the Kurds, Russia, Iran, Israel and Turkey have all had a hand in the country’s nearly eight-year war — each in a way, fighting its own war for its own reasons within Syria. Now all of those conflicts play out in the territory being abandoned by the Americans, creating new tensions, potential chaos and bloodshed.
To reassure jittery allies, Washington sent national security adviser John Bolton to Israel on Sunday, to be followed by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo who is planning an eight-country tour of Arab allies this coming week.
Here is a look at what’s at stake.

THE TERRITORY
The area up for grabs is around a third of Syria, forming a rough triangle. To the north is the border with Turkey, to the east the border with Iraq, and the third side is the Euphrates River. This was the heart of the Islamic State group’s foothold in Syria until the United States partnered with a Kurdish militia, creating a force of some 60,000 fighters —including some Syrian Arabs and Christian Assyrians — that wrested it away from the militants.
The territory is strategically important. For the Syrian government of President Bashar Assad and its allies Russia and Iran, regaining it means re-establishing sovereignty. The territory was once the source of Syria’s wheat and barley, its dams generated electricity and it holds some of Syria’s richest oil resources. Without it, Assad will have a harder time with reconstruction and operating long term. For the same reasons, it’s been a source of income for the Kurdish militia.
For the Kurds, their hold gave weight to their long-sought goal of autonomy. For the US, the troop presence ensured American influence. Turkey sees Kurdish autonomy on its border as an existential threat and has vowed to prevent this, accusing the US of empowering the militia Ankara says is linked to Kurdish insurgents in Turkey.

ASSAD and RUSSIA
Without the Americans, the door opens for Assad and his Russian backers to move in.
“The only obstacle preventing Assad from gaining control of the east was the US presence and the cover that it provided to the (Kurdish militia). With that gone … there is simply no real challenge that would prevent the regime from re-establishing control over those areas,” said Ayham Kamel, of the Eurasia group.
Abandoned by the US, the Kurdish fighters are forced to move toward Russia and Assad for protection against their more feared enemy, Turkey. Their force, armed and equipped by the US-led coalition, is unlikely to disappear. Instead, it is seeking an arrangement with Assad to continue operating as the government extends control over the territory.
Syrian officials boast that the withdrawal is a defeat to America. Controlling the east would help seal Assad’s victory in the civil war. The American move also accelerates a trend by Arab states to normalize relations with Assad, whom they shunned for years. The United Arab Emirates, a close US and Saudi ally, recently reopened its embassy in Damascus.

TURKEY vs. KURDS, RUSSIA and ASSAD
Turkey’s military, along with some 15,000 allied Syrian rebel fighters, is poised to launch an offensive in the east to break Kurdish control over the border.
But an offensive risks creating friction with Russia. In particular, it could wreck a cease-fire agreement the two reached over Idlib, the northwestern province held by rebels and Islamic militants where Turkey has influence — enabling a Syrian government assault on the province. Russian and Turkish officials have been holding talks, trying to avert tensions.
“A massive Turkish operation is not in Russia’s interest. It destabilizes the situation, risks undermining Idlib agreements and talks on reconstruction. Plus, if Turkey decides to capture all of the Kurdish areas it will inevitably clash with Russia and Iran,” said Yury Barmin, a Russia analyst.
Turkey is equally concerned over the prospect of Syrian government control over the east. In the past, Damascus has used the Kurdish militia as leverage against Ankara and could do so again. For nearly 20 years, Syria hosted the main Kurdish leader until he was captured in 1998, now imprisoned in Turkey.

IRAN and ISRAEL
A Syrian government move east means the spread of Iran as well. It will dramatically widen the land corridor where Iran enjoys free rein for its allied fighters, weapons and supplies across Iraq and Syria to Lebanon. Already, Iranian-backed militias have expanded control over areas near Syria’s border with Iraq and freely cross back and forth.
That has alarmed Israel. The likely result will be increased Israeli airstrikes against suspected Iranian-linked targets in Syria.

THE US, TURKEY and the ISLAMIC STATE GROUP
President Donald Trump dismissed the idea that the US needs influence in the conflict, saying Syria was nothing but “sand and death.” He claims the US mission there — to fight IS — has largely been completed. But IS still holds pockets and US-led coalition officials warn it could surge again.
There has also been growing unrest among Arab tribes in the east, disgruntled by the Kurdish-led administration. They too are likely to be a source of tension and may be leveraged by the different players for their own advantages.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told Trump his forces could take over fighting IS. In two previous offensives, Turkish forces and their Syrian allies retook territory in the northwest from IS and Kurdish fighters. But their track record of abuses, forced displacement of Kurds and lawlessness raises concern over whether they can exercise authority in the east.

“The force that Erdogan has to offer Trump to replace the (Kurdish militia) in eastern Syria is not large enough, locally legitimate enough, and quite frankly not vettable enough, for the standards of the US military,” said Nick Heras, a Syria expert with the Center for a New American Security.

Nigeria’s Rich & Famous and How They Made Their Money

There are a lot of really interesting things about the remarkable continent of Africa. From the natural beauty and resources to the different cultures and all they have to offer, Africa is truly amazing. What people might not have realized about Africa is that it also has its share of billionaires and millionaires.
These charismatic, wealthy individuals have their own unique backstories and ways they obtained their riches. The richest Africans in the world run businesses operating in many different industries.
These industries include textiles, food production, agriculture, diamonds, communication, and more. Diversification and investments also have helped generate a lot of wealth. Click through to see the world’s wealthiest Africans

Dangote Group
Net Worth: $14.1B
Country: Nigeria
A list of Africa’s richest would not be possible without Aliko Dangote. His net worth is $14.1 billion, making him the richest man on the continent. Aliko was born in Kano, Nigeria.
He owns the Dangote Group. The Dangote Group owns stakes in many different industries. What really helped Dangote get his start was cement.
Aliko owns Dangote Cement, which is Africa’s largest producer of cement, making more than 44 million tons of cement annually. The Dangote Group has stakes in sugar, flour, and salt manufacturing companies as well, giving it a diversification edge.

Globacom
Net Worth: $4.2B
Country: Nigeria
Born in Idaban, Nigeria, Mike Adenuga has a net worth of $4.2 billion. He owns the company Globacom. Globacom is the second-largest telecommunication provider in Nigeria.
In addition to owning Globacom, Adenuga also has stakes in several ventures. He owns investments in the Equitorial Trust Bank and Conoil. Conoil is an oil exploration firm that has proven to be very lucrative for Adenuga.
He got his first oil drill in 1990, and, just one year later, he struck oil. Adenuga’s company was the first indigenous drilling company to achieve this.

Duchess Kate Felt Like Meghan ‘Used Her to Climb the Royal Ladder’

Hurt feelings mended on both sides. The royal drama that’s reportedly been brewing for months between Duchess Kate and sister-in-law Duchess Meghan was put to rest on Christmas Day after the two women aired their grievances with one another.


“Kate opened up about feeling like Meghan had used her to climb the royal ladder,” a source tells Us Weekly.
Pregnant Meghan, 37, meanwhile, admitted that she had felt snubbed by the Duchess of Cambridge, 36.
The two worked through their issues on Christmas Day, which they celebrated with the royal family at Sandringham House in Norfolk, England.
“Being under the same roof meant that they couldn’t avoid each other,” the source told Us.
For more about what caused their feud, watch the video above, and pick up the new issue of Us Weekly, on newsstands now!

The Biggest Tech Companies In The World

Technology giants have absolutely skyrocketed in value over the last decade, offering consumers an endless stream of continuously innovative new products – one rolling out after the next. Ten years ago, we saw these massive, growing corporations as heroes that would take human technology into the next era. Nowadays, however, these companies have managed to be embedded into our day-to-day lives like we could never have anticipated – on top of making a lot of investors rich in the process

APPLE (AAPL)
Interesting Fact: The founder of the company – Steve Jobs – was actually fired in 1985, when he was 30 years

Apple

*Founded by Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne on April 1, 1976.
*CEO: Tim Cook
*Employees: 123,000
*Headquarters: Cupertino, CA
*Market Cap: $875.3 billion AND GROWING
*Growth in last ten years: 770%
*This company needs no explaining – just watch the Golden Globe-winning 2015 film “Steve Jobs” to get an inside look at the beginnings of this legendary tech giant. This company got its start back in the 70s when its three founders developed the first commercially successful line of personal computers – and eventually launched one of the most successful mobile phones of all time, the iPhone.AMAZON (AMZN)

AMAZON (AMZN)
Interesting Fact: Amazon.com was almost named Cadabra.com, but it was changed when a lawyer misheard it as “cadaver.”

Amazon

*Founded by Jeff Bezos on July 5, 1994
* Has Employees: 566,000
*Headquarters: Seattle, WA
* Market Cap: $719.1 billion AND GROWING
* Growth in last ten years: 2020%
Amazon.com is the largest online retailer worldwide today, and it got its start in a garage back in the mid-90s. Jeff Bezos had been the VP of a Wall Street firm before moving to Seattle to start an internet company after feeling like he missed the boat with the online boom. Since then, the company has exploded into groceries, artificial intelligence, and many more innovative services that almost all of us use.

FACEBOOK ( FB)
Interesting Fact: Within just a month of forming, over half of the Harvard student population had already signed up

Facebook

*Founded by Mark Zuckerberg, Eduardo Saverin, Andrew McCollum, *Dustin Moskovitzand Chris Hughes on February 4, 2004.
*CEO: Mark Zuckerberg
*Product: Social Network
*Employees: 25,105 AND GROWING
*Headquarters: Menlo Park, CA
*Market Cap: $520 billion AND GROWING
*Growth in last ten years: 483%
If you want to understand the beginnings of Facebook, which is one of the most widely-used social media platforms in human history, just watch the movie “The Social Network.” The film is all about the founding of this social network at Harvard University, which also includes depictions of the characters who eventually sued and won for the theft of their original social network idea.

Alphabet (GOOG)
Interesting Fact: While its two founders were grad students at Stanford, they already had a search project called BACKRUB that was hosted on the university’s servers for over a year

*Founded by: Larry Page and Sergey Brin on October 2, 2015
* CEO: Larry Page
* Product: Conglomerate (Google parent company)
*Employees: 72,053
*Headquarters: Mountain View, California
*Market Cap: $784.2 billion AND GROWING
*Growth in last ten years: 411%
The two co-founders of Google eventually ended up founding Alphabet, Inc, and chose to launch a higher-up umbrella conglomerate to take some of the pressure off of Google – which was in control of a number of subsidiaries until they were passed up to the new parent company. The massive restructuring will certainly go down in corporate history.

Microsoft (MSFT)
Interesting Fact: Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) has executed nine stock splits since going public.

*CEO: Satya Nadella
* Product: Software, consumer electronics, personal computers, and services
*Founded by: Bill Gates & Paul Allen on April 4, 1975
*Employees: 124,000
*Headquarters: Redmond, Washington
* Market Cap: $ 724.2 billion AND GROWING
* YoY growth: 47%
*Growth in last ten years: 231%
Microsoft was founded back in the mid-70s in Albuquerque, New Mexico. It took about ten years until it completed its Initial Public Offering (IPO), which raised $61 million at the time – famously making Bill Gates super rich. Since then, this has been one of the most reliable tech investments, as we use its software and video games technology all over the world.

TWITTER (TWTR)
Interesting Fact: This wildly popular social media network was almost called Friendstalker instead of Twitter

*CEO: Jack Dorsey
*Product: Social Media
*Founded by Jack Dorsey, Noah Glass, Biz Stone & Evan Williams on March 21, 2006
*Employees: 3,583
*Headquarters: San Francisco, California
*Market Cap: $24.15 billion
* YoY growth: 98%
* Growth in last ten years: -28%
It was long before Twitter became the preferred communication medium of President Donald Trump that it had changed social media (and the world) forever. This platform, where quick thought-bites are tweeted out to followers all over the world, has exploded in popularity and is seen in all sorts of media nowadays. Its growth has lulled in the past couple years, but it looks like it’s starting to make a comeback.

ALIBABA (BABA)
Interesting Fact: The founder, Jack Ma, taught English classes for 5 years at a University where he only earned $12.00 to $15.00 per month

*CEO: Daniel Zhang
*Product: E-commerce, Internet, AI and Technology
*Founded by Jack Ma & Peng Lei on April 4, 1999
*Employees: 50,092
*Headquarters: Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China
* Market Cap: $496 billion AND GROWING
*YoY growth: 82%
*Growth in last ten years: 108%
Alibaba is often thought of as the “Chinese Amazon” – but it is much more than that. This company actually delivered the highest-value initial public offering in US history with $21.8 billion raised. Its founder, Jack Ma, is one of the richest people in the world, and one of the most influential in China.

NETFLIX (NFLX)
Interesting Fact: The starting pay for most entry-level jobs at Netflix, like positions in call centers, is $18.00 per hour.


*CEO: Reed Hastings
*Product: Streaming Entertainment/Production
* Founded by Reed Hastings & Marc Randolph on August 29, 1997
* Employees: 5,400
* Headquarters: Los Gatos, California
*Market Cap: $124.1 billion
*YoY growth: 104%
*Growth in last ten years: 6259%
Netflix is a company that started out as an innovative DVD-mail-service venture and slowly grew to nearly dominate film and TV on Earth – with its online streaming services, it truly transformed the way that human beings consume entertainment. Nowadays, some of the most popular films and television shows are produced and put directly onto the Netflix platform

PAYPAL (PYPL)
Interesting Fact: This company was actually voted as one of the 10 worst business ideas of 1999.

*CEO: Daniel Schulman
*Product: Online Payments
* Founded by Ken Howery, Luke Nosek, Max Levchin, Peter Thiel & Elon *Musk in December 1998
* Employees: 18,100
*Headquarters: San Jose, California
*Market Cap: $95.6 billion
*YoY growth: 89%
*Growth in last ten years: 129%
PayPal went public in 2002, just four years after it was founded – and it got picked up by eBay in the same year of its initial public offering (IPO). It was originally called Coinfinity until it merged with Elon Musk’s X.com back in 2000. Since then, it has become one of the top online payments processors in the world – and we can see their label on tons of e-commerce sites globally.

TESLA (TSLA)
Interesting Fact: The founder of Tesla, Elon Musk, put $70 million of his own cash into the venture.

*CEO: Elon Musk
* Product: Automobiles & Energy Storage
*Founded by Martin Eberhard, Marc Tarpenning, Ian Wright, Elon Musk & *JB Straubel on July 1, 2003
*Employees: 33,000
*Headquarters: Palo Alto, California
*Market Cap: $59.5 billion
*YoY growth: 40%
*Growth in last ten years: 1728%
Tesla has been one of the global images of innovative technology and renewable energy since its all-electric sports cars hit the road. Its Model S was the global top seller when it came to plug-in electric cars for both 2015 and 2016, and has since released a crossover as well as its latest model (the Model X). This company’s super-celebrity CEO and founder is probably what this stock is best known for, however.

‘Aquaman’ Surges to $51.5 Million in 2nd Weekend at Box Office

Aquaman” is becoming exactly what Warner Bros. hoped it would be for the DC Universe. After passing the worldwide total of “Justice League” on Friday, the James Wan film is on its way to becoming the studio’s first billion-dollar release since “The Dark Knight Rises” in 2012.
In the second weekend of its domestic run, “Aquaman” has added an estimated $51.5 million, holding on strong this holiday season with just a 24 percent drop from its $67.4 million opening. The film now has a 10-day total of $188.7 million, with IMAX accounting for 13 percent of that total with $24.8 million.

In second place is Disney’s “Mary Poppins Returns,” which is following the box office trajectory of previous holiday season musicals like “The Greatest Showman” with a second weekend total of $28 million. That’s approximately a 21 percent increase over its opening weekend, and puts the film around $100 million domestic after 12 days in theaters.
In third is Paramount’s “Bumblebee,” which wasn’t able to improve on its opening with “Aquaman” still peeling off much of the “Transformers” spinoff’s core demographic. With a $21 million second weekend, the blockbuster has an estimated 10-day total of $67 million. Sony’s “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” did see an increase in its third weekend, boosting 12 percent for a total of $18.6 million

That pushes its domestic total to $104 million.
WB completes the top five with “The Mule,” which also saw a third weekend increase to $11.9 million, pushing its total to $60 million.

Aquaman