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As arguments begin in the San Francisco court that Elon Musk manipulated the price of Tesla’s stock, A lawyer for a group of shareholders advised the businessman to be “false”. when he tweeted in 2018 that he got the money to take the company private.

The case seeks to hold the company’s chief executive responsible for the “billions” investors say they lost after Musk tweeted about a plan to take the automaker together. never arrived. He could finally get up early tomorrow morning.

While Musk’s accusers have shown that it was a blatant lie that caused the loss of millions of “ordinary people”, the defense team for the tech billionaire painted him as a visionary who only used ” wrong word” in the description of the transaction.

Glen Littleton, a Tesla investor, is seeking damages on behalf of shareholders who bought the company’s stock in the days after Musk announced the lawsuit in August 2018.

  • What is Musk’s defense? Musk’s attorney, Alex Spiro, said the CEO is “serious” about the deal. “You’ll quickly come to realize that it’s not a scam, it’s not even close,” he said during opening remarks. Musk believed financing was not a problem and was “taking steps” to make a deal, Spiro added.

Jacinda Ardern has resigned as prime minister of New Zealand

I am the person, politicians are people. We give everything we can as long as we can. Then it was time. And for me, it’s time.’ Photo: Getty Images

The prime minister of New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern, says she has resignedin a surprise announcement that came as he confirmed a national election for October.

At the party’s annual conference on Thursday, Ardern said she “just doesn’t have enough in the tank” to do the job. “It’s about time,” he added.

“I will go, because it is an important responsibility that comes with responsibility. The responsibility is to know when you are the right person to lead and when you are not. I know what this job does. And I know that I am not enough in the tank to do justice. It’s very simple,” he said.

His office as prime minister will end on February 7 but his office as a councilor will continue until the election.

Ardern became the youngest female head of state in the world when she was elected prime minister in 2017 at 37. She led New Zealand through the Covid-19 pandemic, and various crises that including terrorist attacks on two mosques in Christchurch, and the White Island volcano. bar.

  • What did Ardern say when she made her announcement? “I am the person, the politicians are the people. We give everything we can as long as we can. Then it’s time. And for me, it’s time,” he said. The prime minister said he reflected on the summer break if he had the strength to continue in the role, and he decided not to.

Germany will send tanks to Ukraine if the US agrees to do the same

German-made Leopard 2 tanks line up after a joint exercise between Polish and American forces last year.
German-made Leopard 2 tanks line up after a joint exercise between Polish and American forces last year. Photo: NurPhoto/Rex/Shutterstock

Germany will send German tanks to Ukraine if the US agrees to do the same, a government source in Berlin told Reuterswhile NATO allies remain in the best position to arm Ukraine in its war against Russia.

Ukraine has asked the west for modern weapons, especially heavy tanks, in order to regain strength after the victory in the field in the second half of 2022 against the Russian forces that invaded last February .

Berlin has veto power over any decision to export its Leopard tanks, deployed by Nato forces across Europe and viewed by experts as the most appropriate protection for Ukraine.

Several times in recent days, the German leader, Olaf Scholz, behind closed doors, emphasized the fact that American tanks should also be sent to Ukraine, said the German government on undisclosed terms.

  • How did the US respond? When asked about Germany’s position, Joe Biden’s spokeswoman, Karine Jean-Pierre, said: “The president believes that each country should make its own decision on what step the defense assistance and the kind of equipment they can provide to Ukraine.”

In other news…

Julian Sands attended the screening of Painted Bird at the 76th Venice film festival in September 2019.
Julian Sands attended the screening of Painted Bird at the 76th Venice film festival in September 2019. Photo credit: Alessandra Benedetti/Corbis/Getty Images
  • British actor Julian Sands has been reported missing after hiking in the San Gabriel Mountains on Friday, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Office. The 65-year-old, known for his roles in A Room with a View, The Killing Fields, and Naked Lunch, lives in North Hollywood.

  • China’s anti-corruption authorities have announced measures to ensure there are no “sad feelings” caused by “rumours” during the New Year festival. It came as planned by healthcare provider Airfinity more than 600,000 people have died since zero-Covid restrictions have been lifted.

  • The American government Star witness in a corruption trial over broadcast rights to several major soccer games testified yesterday how he and two former Fox executives paid millions of dollars in bribes . to the detriment of competitive bidding.

  • Donald Trump has requested Meta restore his access to Facebookas it is reported that he is looking to change his 2024 presidential campaign to something higher. The former president was banned from Facebook more than two years ago, when his followers attacked the US Capitol.

Stats of the day: Usain Bolt’s lawyers say $12.7m is missing from the Olympic champion’s account.

Usain Bolt during the Grand Prix in the United Arab Emirates last year.
Usain Bolt is an Olympic and world champion. Photo: De Coster Georges/ATP/SPP/REX/Shutterstock

A lawyer for Usain Bolt said more than $12.7m is missing from his account at a private investment company in Jamaica. Linton P Gordon, a lawyer for the former player, provided The Associated Press with a copy of a letter sent to Stocks & Securities requesting the return of the money. According to Gordon, the Olympic champion’s bank account previously had $12.8m but now shows a balance of only $12,000. “If this is true, and we hope it is not, then it is a serious act of fraud or a combination thereof. all done to our client,” Bolt’s attorneys said in the letter. They threaten people with crime if the money is not returned within 10 days.

Don’t miss this: ‘It was nice to be needed’ – how a cat prepared me for motherhood

A sad looking kitten, sitting
‘Having a kitten made me happy at a very difficult time.’ Photo: Prabhjot Kaur/Getty Images/EyeEm

When it looked like everyone else I knew was pregnant and wasn’t, I used to think about responding to their baby pictures with photos of Mackerel, my cat, written by Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett. Maybe this is an example of my bad attitude, then. Of course I felt frustrated, or jealous. I left WhatsApp groups, I skipped the baby shower. I was so happy for people in public, then I went home and cried. At the same time, I wasn’t sure if I should be a mother. It was a very uncertain time. You can call it a special event, but it looks unique. I think a lot of women experience it: the push of desire and fear. I was all scared.

… or this: Are sea cows the future of agriculture?

Floating Garden Model.
The cows at Floating Farm feed the public without using land. Example: Yuanyuan Zhou/the Guardian

Samuel L Jackson can take his snakes on a plane. Peter and Minke van Wingerden have created something even wilder: a herd of cows floating on the sea. A Dutch husband and wife’s exploration of sustainable agriculture, a virtual experiment called Floating Farm, can be found in the port of Rotterdam. . The modern structure has 40 Maas-Rijn-Ijssel cows, which together produce 200 gallons (757 liters) of milk per day. In addition to helping to feed the public, irrigation agriculture is playing a role in the world’s discussion about the climate crisis that is urging farmers to re consider how – and where – they produce food, written by Matthew Kronsberg.

Climate research: More than 90% of the forest’s carbon footprint is wasted by large companies, research shows.

An aerial view of a burning area of ​​the Amazon rainforest, south of Novo Progresso in the state of Para, Brazil.
The forest protection of Alto Mayo in Moyobamba, Peru, was supposed to be an anti-discrimination project but has faced human rights problems. Credit: Guardian Design

The carbon emissions approved by the world’s leading companies and used by Disney, Shell, Gucci and other large corporations are mostly useless and can global warming, according to a study. Research by Verra, the world leader in carbon standards for the rapidly growing $2bn voluntary offsets market, has found, according to the analysis As an important part of the project, more than 90% of their forests have been planted – with traditional uses. by companies – appear to be “special purchases” and do not represent real carbon reductions, written by Patrick Greenfield.

Finally item: Kim Kardashian buys Attallah Cross pendant worn by Diana, Princess of Wales

Diana wore the Garrard medal at a London charity event in 1987.
Diana wore the Garrard medal at a London charity event in 1987. Photo: Tim Graham/Tim Graham Photo Library/Getty Images

Kim Kardashian found the Attallah Cross worn by Diana, Princess of Wales, after the auction at Sotheby’s London. A 1920s pendant by Garrard, worn many times by Diana, sold for £163,800 yesterday. The amethyst cross was reportedly contested by four bidders in the final five minutes of the auction and was later bought by an agent for Kardashian, confirmed by the auction house. The pin, which was most famously worn by Diana at a London charity event in October 1987, sold for more than double its original price.

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