CUBA HANDPICKS NEW PRESIDENT MIGUEL
After the Soviet Union collapsed, Miguel Díaz-Canel used a bicycle to get around his hometown of Santa Clara, a move that helped burnish the provincial party leader’s popular touch — but one that also allowed him to turn up stealthily at work centres to check that nobody was stealing scarce goods.
The silver-haired Mr. Diaz-Canel — a top Communist Party figure who has served as first vice president since 2013 — is the island’s first leader born after the 1959 revolution.
Mr. Diaz-Canel was elected in a landmark vote of the National Assembly a day before his 58th birthday.
Mr. Diaz-Canel, who some say bears a passing resemblance to American actor Richard Gere, is a fan of The Beatles whose penchant for wearing jeans has set him apart in Havana’s corridors of power.
Thursday’s symbolic vote took place on the anniversary of the 1961 Bay of Pigs invasion, when Fidel’s forces defeated 1,400 US-backed rebels seeking to overthrow him.
APPOINT CHARLES, PLEADS THE QUEEN
Queen Elizabeth II today appealed to Commonwealth leaders to appoint her son, Prince Charles, to succeed her as their head, making her first direct intervention into a succession plan for the 53-member grouping.
The 91-year-old monarch, the Head of the Commonwealth, said it was her “sincere wish” that Prince Charles takes over “one day”, as she opened the two-day Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in London, also attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
THE U-BOAT THAT HELPED HITLER ESCAPE DISCOVERED
Submarine U-3523 had been one of a new generation of type XXI U-boats that were able to run more silently and stay submerged for longer than any of their predecessors, with a range that would have allowed them to sail non-stop from Europe to South America
COLONEL AND OFFICER REMOVED FOR USING DINOSAUR HAND PUPPET
A Tennessee Air National Guard colonel and a senior noncommissioned officer were removed from their positions after a video posted online depicted a re-enlistment ceremony involving a dinosaur hand puppet,
The Air Force Times reports that the actions — announced in a Facebook post — came after a video of the ceremony ignited outrage online.
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ROAST YOUR FRIEND WITH NEW ALEXA FEATURE
Amazon on Thursday introduced a new feature that lets you create your own personalized Alexa skill. Called Alexa Skill Blueprints, the new feature is open to anyone with an Echo device. You can create custom Alexa content like quizzes, jokes, games, and instructions for babysitters or house guests.
You can now customize your Alexa to have it say personalized compliments, jokes, trivia – and even roast your friends.
Its also quite simple to get started. All you have to do is log on to Amazon’s Alexa Skill Blueprints website. There, you’ll find more than 20 templates to choose from. The templates are pre-filled, but you can also customize the language so Alexa will talk more like you and your family.