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Trump launches ‘TRUTH Social’ as rival to Facebook, Twitter

Former US President Donald Trump announced the launch of his own social media platform named ‘TRUTH Social’, according to a press release by Trump Media and Technology Group (TMTG). 

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Washington: Former US President Donald Trump announced the launch of his own social media platform named ‘TRUTH Social’, according to a press release by Trump Media and Technology Group (TMTG). 

On Wednesday, Donald Trump announced that he will launch his own social media app and news company to compete with “big tech”.

The move comes nine months after he was banned from several social media platforms for his role in the January 6 US Capitol riots, which followed a speech in which he made baseless claims of electoral fraud.

Twitter and Facebook began deleting some of his posts or labelling them as misleading, such as one in which he said Covid was "less lethal" than the flu.  

Since then Trump and his advisers have hinted that they were planning to create a rival social media site. 

In 2021, former President launched ‘From the Desk of Donald J Trump’, which was often referred to as a blog.  

Trump’s new social network is set to launch a beta version in November, which will be available to invited guests only. 

Trump said that the company’s mission is to create ‘a rival to the liberal media consortium and fight back against the Big Tech companies’.    

The national rollout is expected in the first quarter of 2022, the press release said.   

“I created TRUTH Social and TMTG to stand up to the tyranny of Big Tech. We live in a world where the Taliban has a huge presence on Twitter, yet your favorite American President has been silenced,” Trump said in the statement.

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Pakistan

Pakistan continues to report decline in COVID cases, deaths      

Around 475 fresh coronavirus cases emerged while 10 people succumbed to the disease in the last 24 hours, taking the total death toll to 28,728.

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Islamabad: Amid a steady decline in Covid-19 infections, Pakistan's coronavirus positivity ratio further fell to 1.1% with 475 new cases. 

According to the latest figures issued by the National Command and Operation Center (NCOC), 475 persons were tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 24 hours. 

The total number of cases has reached 1,284,840.

As many as 1,242,236 patients have recovered from the disease.

Punjab

The number of patients swelled to 443,094 in the province with 13,023 causalities.

Sindh

The number of infections has surged to 475,616 in the province, while the death toll has reached 7,621.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

The confirmed cases have surged to 179,995 in the province with 5,842 casualties.

Balochistan

There are 33,479 confirmed cases while 360 patients have died from the infection so far.

AJK and Gilgit-Baltistan

There are 34,556 coronavirus cases in the AJK while the death toll has reached 742. On the other hand, there are 10,411 cases in GB with 186 coronavirus deaths.

Islamabad

There are 10,411 cases in the capital city while 954 people have lost their lives.

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FIFA ready to test semi-automated offside technology at Arab Cup

The technology is based on limb tracking and provides the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) with information before the on-field official takes a final call.

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FIFA ready to test semi-automated offside technology at Arab Cup

World soccer's governing body FIFA will test its semi-automated offside technology at the Arab Cup 2021 which begins in Qatar on Tuesday, with Chief Refereeing Officer Pierluigi Collina saying the competition represented its most important trial so far.

The technology is based on limb tracking and provides the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) with information before the on-field official takes a final call.

"We'll have a camera setup installed under the roof of each stadium," FIFA's Football Technology and Innovation Director Johannes Holzmueller said in a statement on Monday.

"The limb-tracking data extracted from the video will be sent to the operations rooms and the calculated offside line and detected kick-point is provided to the replay operator in almost real time.

"The replay operator then has the opportunity to show it immediately to the VAR. At the FIFA Arab Cup the assistant VAR at a dedicated offside station can immediately validate and confirm the information."
FIFA's Chief of Global Football Development Arsene Wenger said in April that he hoped the organisation would be ready to implement the technology at next year's World Cup in Qatar.

In March, former Netherlands forward Marco van Basten called on football's lawmakers to consider scrapping the offside rule, saying that the sport would be better off without it.

The game has seen several contentious offside calls since the introduction of the VAR, with growing concern about the time taken and the precision with which offsides are judged.

"Technology is very important and useful in both the pre-match preparation and the decision-making process during matches," Collina said.

"In an offside incident, the decision is made after having analysed not only the players' position but also their involvement in the move.

"Technology – today or tomorrow – can draw a line but the assessment of an interference with play or with an opponent remains in the referee's hands."

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BTS becomes first artist with 4 sold-out concerts at SoFi stadium 

This is the first time that BTS held concerts at SoFi Stadium yet they already set another world record.

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Seoul: Renowned K-pop group BTS has once again given merit to their name in history books with their latest accomplishment as band’s on-going ‘Permission To Dance On Stage in LA’ became the first ever concert to sell out all four shows at SoFi stadium.  

Christy Butcher, the Senior Vice President of SoFi Stadium, announced that the tickets for BTS's four-day LA concert, "Permission to Dance on Stage" have been sold out.

Christy also said, "We are very pleased to hold BTS' historical first concert in America since 2019 at SoFi Stadium."

Commenting on the same, Butcher stated that “It’s also the first time that the live concert and YouTube Theater livestream are taking place simultaneously”.

Butcher continued that while numerous artists have performed at SoFi Stadium in the past, BTS is the first and only act to sell out four concerts.

Besides being the first artist to achieve this milestone, BTS became first-ever Korean group to set the record for the most ticket sales among bands and artists who performed at the stadium.

The SoFi Stadium can accommodate 70,000 to 100,000 people. However, roughly 50,000 fans were only allowed to attend per event.

It is pertinent to mention here that this is the first time that BTS held concerts at SoFi Stadium yet they already set another world record.

In addition to the main show, band’s sold-out concerts will be broadcast live through YouTube Theatre in Inglewood, California, which will be called "LIVE PLAY."

The livestream has been arranged for the fans who were unable to secure tickets for the live concert.

The "LIVE PLAY" will also comprise a series of programs including a Landmark Photo Zone and Photo Card Random Box where fans can participate in a giveaway to obtain BTS photocards.

Now that the November segment of their ‘Permission to Dance on stage’ concert is over, fans are eagerly awaiting their December 1 and 2 shows that are no doubt bound to be equally mesmerizing.

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