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15-year-old Ukrainian sensation Iulian Boiko earns first professional win at Gibraltar Open

Iulian Boiko has tasted victory as a pro for the first time (Picture: PA)Iulian Boiko, the youngest ever professional snooker player, picked up his first win on tour at the Gibraltar Open on Thursday, beating veteran Fergal O’Brien 4-3. The 15-year-old turned pro last year at just 14 after finishing runner-up at the WSF Open. It has been an unusual time for the teenager to take on the professional game, with travel to and from Ukraine made tricky by the pandemic and all matches being played behind closed doors. He has also been handed some tough draws, losing first round ties to the likes of Judd Trump and Stephen Maguire this season. He was handed the archetypal tough match-player in the first round this week in O’Brien, but battled his way to victory with a high break of 54.

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Biden can end the US war in Afghanistan in 2 months. He just has to do what Trump agreed to do.

Summary List PlacementThe war in Afghanistan is over, if President Joe Biden wants it. Well, to be a little more precise, the 20-year US military intervention in decades-long Afghan civil strife is scheduled to be concluded on May 1 of this year per the terms of an agreement negotiated between our government and the Taliban. That deadline can be met and Biden's campaign pledge about Afghanistan fulfilled if he chooses to ignore his advisers and stick with his predecessor's plan. That's a big "if," and a recent report from Vox, citing unnamed officials in the administration, suggested Biden keeping the deadline is already "off the table." It shouldn't be. For all their differences, leaving Afghanistan is a point on which Biden and Trump agree — and for all Trump's failure to end the US r...

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Suzanne Shank, one of few Black CEOs on Wall Street, details how she built a women- and minority-owned investment bank from the ground up

Summary List PlacementSuzanne Shank is used to being the first, only, and different — not only as a Black woman in corporate America but also as one of the most powerful women on Wall Street. Growing up as an only child in the Deep South in Savannah, Georgia, Shank was no stranger to racism and discrimination from a young age.  "I saw a lot of racial and gender discrimination firsthand, either through my parents or people making remarks to me directly," said Shank, who is the CEO and president of the women- and minority-owned investment bank Siebert Williams Shank. Rather than be deterred, Shank was fueled to work hard to prove both her value and the value of those who looked like her. Her experiences with discrimination instilled a "desire to buck the trend and responsibility that anyt...

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Instacart’s latest multi-million dollar cash injection will help it scale its business post-pandemic

Summary List PlacementOnline grocery delivery firm Instacart just raised $265 million in funding, bringing its valuation to $39 billion and more than doubling its valuation from its previous funding round in October. Instacart plans to use the funding to increase corporate headcount by 50% as well as for initiatives like Instacart Marketplace, which helps connect customers to retailers, and Instacart Enterprise, the company's end-to-end ecommerce solutions for grocers. Demand for online grocery has skyrocketed during the pandemic, positioning Instacart well for growth along the way. US grocery retail ecommerce sales shot up 54% in 2020 to reach a value of $95.82 billion, per forecasts from Insider Intelligence. Surging demand in 2020 likely stemmed in part from consumer wariness to shop i

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Tech insider compares digital devices to crack cocaine

If you’re anything like those of us at News4Jax, you likely spend several hours a day in front of a screen of some sort. Whether it’s a laptop computer, smartphone or television, it’s easy to lose track of time with our eyes glued to digital devices. WEIGH IN: How much time do your kids spend in front of the screen? Take our poll below. But spending all that time checking our phones and other devices isn’t necessarily a good thing. In fact, multiple studies have shown that it does take its toll in more ways than one. Not only does it stunt our productivity, but it has also been linked to mental illness in teens. Still, perhaps the most damning piece of evidence against digital devices is the recent consensus reached by several tech industry insiders, who told The New York Times they limit

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‘We Could Have Saved Her,’ Korea Mourns Trans Soldier Who Was Kicked Out of the Military

Getty ImagesWhen Byun Hee-soo was kicked out of the South Korean military last year, she was devastated. She said she was told by the military that the result of her gender affirmation surgery had been classified as a level 3 “mental or physical handicap.” Serving in the Korean military had been her lifelong dream, she said at a press conference after she was dismissed, and she felt the decision to oust her over her surgery was unfair. On Feb. 28, the day her tour of duty would have ended, she was found dead in her apartment in Cheongju, south of Seoul, according to the English language South Korean Yonhap news agency. While the cause of her death has not been announced, she attempted to end her life by suicide around Christmas time, the news service reported. The South Korean defense de...

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Porsche thief Tasered as he tried to ram police off road

Police Tasered a Porsche driver after a high speed chase on icy roads (Picture: SWNS)A car thief was Tasered as he tried to ram police with a stolen porsche during a high-speed chase on icy roads. Dashcam footage captured the dramatic moment when officers smashed their way into the car and tackled Lee Smythe to the ground. Smythe, 34, was spotted behind the wheel of the racing-prepared Porsche 911 GTS two hours after he stole it following a car key burglary. Road cameras picked up the £60,000 supercar as it headed south from Staffordshire to Birmingham after it was stolen at 4.15pm on January 25. Footage shows a patrol car follow the Porsche – which has a top speed of 194mph – as it races past Moor Street station and Selfridges in the city centre. Smythe, who had a passeng

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How to make three easy Mini Eggs treats for Easter

It’s chocolate time (Picture: Cadbury)To us, the arrival of spring means one thing. No, not daffodils in bloom or baby lambs, but the appearance of Easter chocolate on supermarket shelves. Creme Eggs, Mini Eggs, those little Malteser bunnies. They’re all so wonderful and we rejoice at their existence. But if you can resist just finishing off a pack of Mini Eggs by pouring them directly into your mouth, it’s well worth using them as the starting point for a tasty recipe. After all, we’re still in lockdown – why not spend some time baking? You won’t have to look far for inspiration. Cadbury has now launched its new Cadbury Mini Eggs Cookbook, with 60 recipes – all including those sugar shell covered chocolate eggs. As a sneak preview, we’ve got three recipes from t

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Piers Morgan confronts Rupert Everett over unforgettable comments comparing his penis to a budgie

Old quarrels will come to light on tonight’s Life Stories (Picture: ITV)Piers Morgan is not prepared to let bygones be bygones with Rupert Everett just quite yet, having confronted the actor about past comments he made comparing his penis to a budgie. Tonight, Rupert, 61, will become the latest celebrity to sit in the hot seat on Piers Morgan’s Life Stories, where he will divulge details about his career, relationships with fellow stars including Madonna and Colin Firth and regularly being mistaken for Hugh Grant. Piers, 55, will also take the opportunity to go on a trip down memory lane with Rupert, reminding him of the insults he blasted his way several years ago. For tonight’s show, the Good Morning Britain co-presenter read an extract from an article in The Guardian from Septe

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Melissa McCarthy overdoes it with the super strength in chaotic first trailer for Thunder Force with Octavia Spencer

Melissa McCarthy and Octavia Spencer play super best friends in comedy Thunder Force (Picture: Netflix) Bobby Cannavale plays the big bad in this film (Picture: Netflix) Lydia accidentally injects herself with a serum that gives her super strength (Picture: Netflix)Some cool moments include Lydia back flipping on top of a moving car and Emily being badass in a scrap with Pom Klementieff. The trailer ends with a great appearance from Jason Bateman as a villain with crab claws for arms. More: To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Melissa McCarthy and Octavia Spencer team up to fight crime in the first trailer for Netflix comedy Thunder Force. The actresses play b...

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Influencers react to an Instagram test that removed public ‘like’ counts

Summary List PlacementHi, this is Amanda Perelli and welcome back to Insider Influencers, our weekly rundown on the business of influencers, creators, and social-media platforms. Sign up for the newsletter here. In this week's edition: Influencers and marketers react to a test by Instagram that removed public "like" counts — for a day How influencers are using a new tool to text message their fans and drive affiliate sales Instagram takes on Clubhouse with new livestreaming features And more including how much money 17 YouTube stars earn a month for their videos. An Instagram test gave a glimpse of a world without public 'like' counts and some influencers say it would be better Many users found out what Instagram looks like without "like" counts on Tuesday after the app accide...

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Biden and Europe allies worry Israel is preparing a substantial attack on Iran

Summary List PlacementIsrael suspects Iran intentionally dispatched a ship to dump hundreds of tons of crude oil onto its beaches, the area's worst ecological disaster in decades, in revenge for the November assassination of the country's top nuclear scientist, according to Israeli officials and media. But Israeli officials tell Insider the statement from the environmental minister directly blaming Iran released Wednesday was premature as the military and intelligence services have yet to make a final determination on both Iranian culpability and the appropriate level of response to what would be the most brazen act of environmental terrorism in recent history.  "That statement should have never been made," a former Israeli intelligence official, who still consults for the government an...

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Portage Park man charged with fatal shooting in Mayfair

A 19-year-old man has been charged with a fatal shooting Dec. 17, 2020, in the 4000 block of West Wilson Avenue. | Adobe Stock PhotoJulio Rubio-Gonzalez, of Portage Park, has been charged with a felony count of first-degree murder. A 19-year-old man has been charged with a fatal shooting in December in Mayfair on the Northwest Side. Julio Rubio-Gonzalez, of Portage Park, has been charged with a felony count of first-degree murder, Chicago police said. Chicago police Julio Rubio-GonzalezAbout 12:50 p.m. Dec. 17, a 19-year-old man was walking his dog in the 4000 block of West Wilson Avenue, when someone in a stolen white Nissan Maxima fired shots, striking him multiple times in the body, police said. He was taken to Illinois Masonic Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. T...

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Georgia House unanimously approves $140M income tax cut

A unanimous Georgia House voted 171-0 Wednesday for a $140 million state income tax cut, in what Republicans hope is just a first step in further tax relief. House Bill 593 also appealed to Democrats because it would aid taxpayers who earn relatively little money, despite misgivings by some advocates who think the state needs to raise more taxes to finance adequate services. “This is a modest, measured increase that gives Georgians some tax relief and affects the most number of Georgians, allows them to keep some of their own money,” House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Shaw Blackmon, a Bonaire Republican, told representatives. The bill, which moves to the Senate for more debate, would raise the amount of money that someone could earn before starting to pay state income taxes. The stand

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Autopsy: Northern California’s ‘I-5 Strangler’ was strangled himself

IONE — A California serial killer who authorities say strangled and raped at least seven women was fatally choked himself in a state prison, officials said Wednesday. Roger Reece Kibbe, 81, known as the “I-5 Strangler” in the 1970s and 1980s, was spotted unresponsive Sunday in his cell at Mule Creek State Prison southeast of Sacramento — his 40-year-old cellmate standing nearby. An autopsy showed Kibbe had been manually strangled, the Amador County Sheriff’s Office said, calling the death a homicide. No charges have been filed in the death of Kibbe, a former suburban Sacramento furniture maker whose brother was a law enforcement officer. He was initially convicted in 1991 of strangling Darcine Frackenpohl, a 17-year-old who had run away from her home in Seattle. Her nearly nude body was fo

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