Sebastian Vettel has explained why he continues to have zero social media presence despite being one of the biggest names in Formula 1. The four-time World Champion is one of the rare few who chooses not to connect with his fanbase on social media, instead preferring to keep as much as his life as possible away from the public eye. And Vettel has said its predominant form of being a platform for entertainment, rather than a informative tool, that sees him continue to stay firmly away from the spotlight. “The platforms do exactly the opposite of what they claim,” Vettel told Auto Motor und Sport. “They do not show the real picture. If you have millions of followers, then no photo goes out uncensored. “Like you think you know people from the television. It’s a self-expression stage that makes money. The user does not really learn anything. It falls into the category of entertainment.” “I have no need to communicate. Why should I tell people where … [Read more...] about Why does Vettel continue to avoid social media?
(Updates with background, Etihad not immediately available to comment) FRANKFURT, Dec 14 (Reuters) - German airline Air Berlin’s insolvency administrator is suing Abu Dhabi’s Etihad, its former owner, for damages of up 2 billion euros ($2.26 billion), a Berlin court said on Friday. Etihad Airways’ decision to withdraw funding for Air Berlin had sent the formerly second-largest airline in Germany into insolvency. The administrator had said that Etihad did not meet its financial obligations towards Air Berlin. “The claims are for payment of 500 million and the establishment that the defendant is obliged to pay further damages. The Chamber has provisionally set the amount in dispute at up to 2 billion euros,” the court said in a statement. Etihad was not immediately available for comment. The airline has until the end of January to respond to the suit, according to the court. Etihad owned a 29 percent stake in Air Berlin and had been providing funding … [Read more...] about UPDATE 1-Insolvent Air Berlin’s administrator sues Etihad for up 2…
* Red Sea port is supply line for millions facing famine * Calm reported after lingering skirmishes on outskirts * International monitors to be deployed in Hodeidah * Framework for full peace talks to be tackled in January HODEIDAH, Yemen, Dec 14 (Reuters) - Yemenis dared to hope on Friday that a ceasefire agreed in the contested port city of Hodeidah might bring a permanent end to fighting that has driven many from their homes and into an existential struggle for food and medical care. Hodeidah became the focus of Yemen’s nearly four-year-old war this year after the Saudi-led coalition launched an offensive to seize Hodeidah, a Red Sea port and supply line for millions of people at risk of famine, from Iranian-aligned Houthi forces that also hold the capital Sanaa. At talks in Sweden on Thursday, the Houthis and the coalition-backed government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi agreed to stop fighting in Hodeidah and withdraw forces. It was a breakthrough for U.N.-led … [Read more...] about Yemenis in Hodeidah hope truce holds as warring parties talk peace
Joe Mcdonald Associated Press Published 7:40 AM EST Dec 14, 2018 Beijing – China announced a 90-day suspension on Friday of tariff hikes on $126 billion of U.S. cars, trucks and auto parts following its cease-fire in a trade battle with Washington that threatens global economic growth. The suspension is China’s first step in response to President Donald Trump’s Dec. 1 agreement to suspend U.S. tariff hikes for a similar 90-day period while the two sides negotiate over American complaints about Beijing’s technology policy and trade surplus. China has indicated it plans to move ahead with the talks despite strains over the arrest of a Chinese technology executive in Canada to face possible U.S. charges related to a violation of trade sanctions on Iran. Beijing will suspend a 25 percent import charge on $66 billion of cars and trucks and a 5 percent charge on $60 billion of auto parts, effective Jan. 1, the Finance Ministry announced. The announcement helped … [Read more...] about China suspends tariff hikes on $126B of US cars, auto parts
Florent Bajrami and Llazar Semini Associated Press Published 7:36 AM EST Dec 14, 2018 Pristina, Kosovo – Kosovo’s parliament on Friday overwhelmingly approved the formation of an army, angering Serbia which talked up the possibility of an armed intervention in response. NATO’s chief called Kosovo’s move “ill-timed” and called for dialogue to maintain peace in the war-scarred region. The 120-seat parliament on Friday voted with all present 107 lawmakers in favor of passing three draft laws to expand an existing 4,000 Kosovo Security Force and turn it into a regular lightly armed army. Ethnic-Serb community lawmakers boycotted the vote. Serbia insists that the new army violates a U.N. resolution that ended Kosovo’s 1998-1999 bloody war of independence. It has warned bluntly that it may respond to the move with an armed intervention in the former province, with Prime Minister Ana Brnabic saying it was “one of the options on the … [Read more...] about Kosovo parliament votes to form new army, angering Serbia