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5 things to know before the stock market opens Monday

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  1. Green October
    U.S. equities are primed to wrap up a stellar month as October markets concludes. The Dow, in fact, could well achieve its best month since 1976, while the Nasdaq and the S&P 500 are also set to finish in the green. Investors are preparing to parse the latest wave of earnings this week as well as the latest messaging from the Federal Reserve. The Fed’s meeting starts Tuesday, and the central bank is widely expected to raise rates by another three-quarters of a point in its latest attempt to cool down decades-high inflation. Market watchers will be looking for signs from Chairman Jerome Powell that the Fed may start easing off the pedal a bit in the coming months.Read live market updates here.2. Spooky time for techIt’s Halloween, so it’s a good time to dwell on the scary things in life, such as haunted houses, John Carpenter’s horror movies and the recent performance of Big Tech stocks. U.S. stock indexes have surged despite tech companies’ lackluster performance. Amazon
    , Microsoft
    , Google parent Alphabet
    Facebook parent Meta
    – especially Meta – all had a rough time last week as their earnings and guidance came in generally soft. Only Apple
    did all right – on Friday, the stock had its best day since 2020. Altogether, weak performance, a slowing ad market, lower PC demand and waning market relevance are making for some blood-curdling times in Silicon Valley.3. Welcome to Elon Musk’s Twitter
    , Elon Musk tweeted an unfounded, anti-LGBTQ conspiracy theory, from a website known to post false information, about the attack on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband, Paul. Musk, who has more than 112 million followers on Twitter, linked to the site in a Sunday morning reply to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who had criticized the GOP for spreading conspiracy theories, such as the ones Pelosi’s attacker did online. The billionaire CEO of Tesla and SpaceX eventually took down his tweet Sunday afternoon, but not before it had more than 24,000 retweets and 86,000 likes, according to NBC News. Critics of Musk, concerned that content moderation would suffer on Twitter after his takeover, pointed to the incident as an indication of their worse fears were coming true.
  2. Kyiv under attack
    Russian missiles hammered Ukraine’s capital, Kyiv, on Monday morning as the Kremlin sought to further cripple Ukraine’s utility infrastructure. “There is no water supply in some areas,” said Kyiv’s mayor, Vitali Klitschko. Russian forces targeted facilities in other areas of Ukraine, as well, as they look to disrupt daily life throughout the country. “The Russians targeted energy infrastructure facilities in Dnipro and Pavlohrad. Serious destruction is recorded. All services are working on site,” said a regional Ukrainian military official. Read live war updates here.

There’s no escaping inflation in the euro zone. Europe’s statistics office published preliminary numbers Monday that said inflation grew at a 10.7% annual rate in October, which would be a record for the 19-member bloc. Russia’s war in Ukraine is the main catalyst for the rapid and aggressive price growth: Energy prices jumped 41.9% year-over-year, while food, alcohol and tobacco prices were 13.1% higher on an annual basis. Inflation is high all around, but it’s especially dire in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, which all posted price growth of over 20% compared with the same period a year earlier. The reading will put even more pressure on the European Central Bank, which raised rates by three-quarters of a point last week – and has pledged more increases.

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Super hit news: Linkin Park’s Song With a Billion Streams Once Replaced a National Anthem Ahead of FIFA Friendly

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Super hit news: Linkin Park’s Song With a Billion Streams Once Replaced a National Anthem Ahead of FIFA Friendly

Super hit news: Linkin Park is among the most popular rock bands in the world. They have delivered several best-sellers and MTV2 labeled them the sixth-greatest band in the music video era. However, the band went on a hiatus back in 2017 after the shocking death of Chester Bennington. They are currently not working on any music video or album, but continue to make the headlines. Once during a FIFA soccer international friendly, Linkin Park’s song was accidentally played instead of the team’s national anthem.

Some of the most popular albums of Linkin Park are Hybrid Theory, Meteora, and A Thousand Suns, among others. However, they have remained inactive for a while now. But despite that, they have a combined net worth of more than $100 million.

Linkin Park has, however, made its mark on soccer, when its super hit song ‘Numb’ was played instead of the national anthem of Malta in a FIFA friendly. However, the Malta players smiled a bit before singing their original national anthem.

Malta’s national anthem was replaced by Linkin Park’s ‘Numb’ in a FIFA friendly

Malta is a small soccer nation that plays in the UEFA. According to the latest FIFA rankings, Malta is 168th in the world. However, they made headlines back in 2014, ahead of their FIFA-friendly game vs Slovakia. Fans had turned up in big numbers for the game, but the stadium personnel responsible for the national anthem played Linkin Park’s ‘Numb’ instead of Malta’s national anthem.

However, the Malta players took it lightly and smiled before the original ‘L-Innu Malti’ national anthem was played. Malta was host to Slovakia in the friendly game. Slovakia was a heavy favorite ahead of the game and won 1-0 in 2014.

Adam Nemec, who currently plays in the Romanian Liga, was the difference maker for Slovakia in their 1-0 win over Malta. Since then, the two sides have played four times, with Malta failing to win any of them.

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FIFA is planning to expand the number of teams for the next World Cup 2026 to have 104 matches in total

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FIFA is planning to expand the number of teams for the next World Cup 2026 to have 104 matches in total is planning to expand the number of teams for the next World Cup 2026 to have 104 matches in total

The group stage of Qatar 2022 has only just ended and FIFA is already organizing the next FIFA World Cup, which will be hosted by three nations for the first time in its existence, Canada, the United States and the Mexico. The tournament, which is still three and a half years away, will have an increment of play, the reason is supposed to put on a bigger show and obviously generate several million more.

To that end, the world’s largest football organization plans to change the format of the tournament to have a total of 104 matches throughout the competition.

32 teams in the knockout stage

According to The Guardian, FIFA will change their initial idea of ​​having 16 groups of three teams each, for a very long group stage of 12 sectors with four teams each, to a round of 32 teams to start the knockout phase. .

Currently, the 32 teams are divided into 8 groups of 4 teams each, where the first and second place in each group qualify for the round of 16.

104 games in total
With this change, the 2026 World Cup would have a total of 104 matches, 40 more than those scheduled for Qatar 2022, including the group stage and the qualifiers.

Among other changes according to The Athletic, FIFA is considering that in the event of a tie in the group stage, matches will be defined in a penalty shootout to determine a winner and there will be a tiebreaker much more. clear than those currently applied, where even the number of cards or even a raffle can define the ticket for the second round.

The idea of ​​FIFA is that in case of victory the winner gets three points and a penalty shootout winner, after a draw in regular time, gets two points, while the penalty shootout loser gets one a.

How many places will each Confederation have in North America in 2026?
The next World Cup will award 16 tickets more than those granted so far. One of the most profitable confederations will be CONCACAF, which, in addition to the three direct tickets for the hosts, will have three other qualifying places. Here is the breakdown by confederation:

UEFA: will increase the number of tickets available from 13 to 16.
CAF (Africa): nine direct tickets and half a ticket to play in the play-off.
CAF (Asia): will have 8 direct entries
Conmebol: Six direct tickets and a half-ticket to be played via the Play-offs
CONCACAF: Three direct tickets (in addition to the three from the hosts) and an additional half-place via the Play-offs.
OFC (Oceania): For the first time in history, it will have a direct ticket and an additional half-ticket via the Play-offs.

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HEALTH HAZARDS: An ineffective sewerage system is the main cause of unhygienic conditions in Karachi. While the whole city is struggling on this count, some areas are struggling more than the rest. Mehmoodabad is one such area where people are forced to live under such conditions. The area is littered with garbage, and overflowing sewers leave the lanes filled with sludge, making life unbearable with stink in the air. Does anyone care about this?

ROAD ACCIDENTS: Balochistan has no dearth of issues affecting the life of the common man one way or the other. While there is precious little that may be done in the case of several of such issues, but the number of fatal road traffic accidents (RTAs) across the province can surely be controlled. Most of the important highways and roads do not have safety barriers installed that may guide or stop an out-of-control vehicle. The National Highway Authority (NHA) must wake up before more lives are lost on Balochistan’s killer roads.

Dr Mustafa Khan Musakhail
Quetta

ATTACK ON EDUCATION: Girls in Pakistan have struggled for years to acquire the right to education. Recently, a girls’ school in Diamer district of Gilgit-Baltistan was burnt down by miscreants. It is not the first such incident. Unfortunately, girls have been deprived of their fundamental right to education due to various reasons. It is time for society at large to take a firm stand in this regard and promote girls’ education.

MUGGERS ON THE LOOSE: The spike in street crimes in Karachi has triggered a sense of insecurity among the general public. One of our neighbours was shot by muggers after he offered some resistance to them in Gulistan-i-Jauhar. This tragic incident has raised concerns over the worsening law and order situation in the city and has left us completely traumatised. The government should pay attention to the matter, and the police force should definitely improve its performance.

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