Police: Several people stabbed in Turku, Finland

Police in Finland have shot and arrested a suspect after several people were stabbed in the city of Turku.

The public has been asked to move away from the city center, Turku police tweeted.

Turku is in Finland’s southwest and lies around 140 kilometers (around 85 miles) west of the capital, Helsinki. It is a Swedish speaking city.

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South Florida residents urged to keep eye on Atlantic tropical disturbance

The National Hurricane Center is closely monitoring a tropical disturbance in the Atlantic Ocean that could affect South Florida by the middle of next week.

The disturbance is currently in the middle of the Atlantic and has yet to develop a tropical cyclone, but the wave has a 70 percent chance of developing.

However, the NHC believes conditions in the Atlantic are not looking so good for intense development.

“While it would take only a slight increase in organization for a tropical depression, upper-level winds are becoming less favorable for development early next week.” according to the NHC in its Friday morning discussion.

Computer models show the system heading in a north-northwest direction through next week, with whatever it turns out to be being in the South Florida area by Wednesday morning.

 

 

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Three organizations cancel fundraisers at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago

First, top CEOs abandoned President Trump. Now, major organizations are canceling plans to hold events at the president’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida.

The Cleveland Clinic, the American Cancer Society and an organization that supports disaster relief said Thursday they were abandoning plans for fundraisers at the private club.

The cancellations follow the spectacular implosion of Trump’s business councils this week over the president’s that counter-protesters shared the blame for violence at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

The collapse of the councils was an extraordinary rebuke to a president who prides himself on being business-friendly. High-profile CEOs like JPMorgan Chase’s Jamie Dimon have publicly slammed Trump’s reaction to Charlottesville.

Now, Trump’s words appear to be hurting his own business.

“We thank the staff of Mar-a-Lago for their service over the years,” the Cleveland Clinic said in a statement. It did not give a reason for its cancellation — the first time in eight years it will not hold the event at Mar-a-Lago. The announcement was reported earlier Thursday by the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Toby Cosgrove, the hospital group’s CEO, was among the executives on one of Trump’s business councils.

A few hours after the Cleveland Clinic’s announcement, the American Cancer Society pulled out.

The nonprofit said in a statement that it had planned to host its 2018 gala at Mar-a-Lago “based on a variety of factors, including costs and venue requirements.” But the organization said “it has become increasingly clear” that hosting its fundraiser on Trump-owned property presents a “challenge” to its values.

The American Cancer Society, which has hosted the annual event at Mar-a-Lago for at least the past decade — has not selected another venue. The decision was reported earlier by the Palm Beach Post.

Mar-a-Lago declined to comment. The Trump Organization did not immediately respond to a message.

Trump retained an ownership interest in his business when he took office, which means he has a personal stake in Mar-a-Lago’s success. As president, he has raised the club’s profile by making repeated visits there.

The health organization last hosted its gala in Trump’s Palm Beach club in February of this year. It coincided with a visit from Trump, who was in Florida the same weekend to meet with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

The American Friends of Magen David Adom, a group that supports Israel’s national ambulance, blood-services and disaster-relief organization, confirmed that it, too, has decided to move its annual gala to another location.

“After considerable deliberation, AFMDA — an apolitical and humanitarian aid organization — will not hold its 2018 Palm Beach Celebration of Life Gala at Mar-a-Lago,” spokesperson Erik Levis said in a statement.

The event was scheduled to take place at Mar-a-Lago on Feb. 25, 2018.

On Thursday, CNNMoney reached out to all the organizations that have announced plans to hold events at Mar-a-Lago in the coming months.

Only one other organization, Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, responded to CNNMoney’s inquiries. That group confirmed it will host a wine auction at the club on Feb. 1.

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Catalonia attacks: Italian father-of-two is first named victim

Bruno Gulotta, an Italian father-of-two, is the first named victim of Thursday’s terror attack in Barcelona.

He was on holiday with his partner Martina and two children, five-year-old son Alessandro and daughter Aria, who is a few months old, according to his employer.

“Yesterday afternoon in Barcelona the terrorists killed friend and colleague Bruno Gulotta,” his employer, Tom’s Hardware Italia, said in a statement Friday. “Today is a day of mourning.”

Gulotta lived in Milan, Italy, according to his LinkedIn profile.

Citizens from at least 34 countries have been been injured or killed in the attacks in Barcelona and the Spanish coastal town of Cambrils, according to officials.

The death toll from the attacks increased to 14 on Friday, while more than 100 have been injured.

On Thursday, a van careered into terrified crowds on Las Ramblas, a pedestrianized thoroughfare in the heart of Barcelona, killing 13 people.

Early on Friday, five armed attackers wearing fake explosive belts drove through a crowd of people in Cambrils, killing one woman. Police killed all five attackers in a shootout.

Twenty-six French citizens have been injured, with at least 11 in a serious condition, the French Foreign Affairs Ministry said in a statement.

Thirteen German nationals were injured and hospitalized, ”some seriously and still fighting for their lives,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Martin Schaefer announced Friday.

The Australian government has said four of its citizens were hurt — two men have been discharged from hospital, while two women were in serious but stable condition.

Two people from Taiwan were severely injured and were undergoing emergency treatment, according to the China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Four Irish citizens of Filipino descent were injured, said the Foreign Affairs office in the Philippines, while the Peruvian consul in Barcelona confirmed one of its citizens was injured but not seriously so.

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Real Madrid: US tour as much about global footprint as fitness

The first time Zinedine Zidane met Antonio Pintus, the Frenchman ended the day dry heaving at the side of the pitch.

Prior to the start of the 1996/97 season, a 24-year-old Zidane had just joined Juventus and would be put through the most grueling workout of his life.

Led by fitness coach Giampiero Ventrone and his right-hand man Pintus, nicknamed “El Latigo” — which in Spanish translates as “The Whip” — Zidane once recalled that he would “often be at the point of vomiting.”

Exactly 20 years later, Pintus was lured away from Lyon by Real Madrid and trusted by Zidane to whip his Galacticos into shape ahead of his first preseason as head coach.

Pintus’ favored training plans of long distance running clearly had the desired effect, as Real went on to secure a first league and European Cup double for 60 years.

Now in his second pre-season with Los Blancos, the Italian’s methods show no sign of abating with Zidane’s side already winning both the Spanish and European Super Cups ahead of La Liga’s start this weekend. Real start their title defence away at Deportivo La Coruna Sunday.

“We are doing the work that we need to prepare well for the season,” midfielder Luka Modric tells CNN while the club were in Los Angeles last month.

“So far we are working really hard, mostly running sessions — we are doing training sessions with the ball as well. So far we are doing okay.

“It’s hard,” he says with a wry smile. “But we have to do it to be well prepared for the season.”

Since signing for Real Madrid in 2012, Modric hasn’t gone a single year without winning a trophy.

Twelve major titles in four trophy-laden seasons — including the Spanish Super Cup less than 36 hours after his transfer from Tottenham Hotspur — has seen the Croatian earn the nickname “Lucky Luka.”

Modric concedes that preseason training is not a player’s favorite part of the sport, but acknowledges it’s a necessity if the club wants to continue Zidane’s prolific start as head coach.

“For us professionals it’s not … it’s part of the job,” he says with a degree of hesitancy. “We have to do our best, work hard to do everything the coach is asking from us.”

“He set up preseason in that way, he wants us to have a good base for the rest of the season.

“He’s very demanding but it’s a big pleasure to work with him and he’s done an amazing job since he joined Real Madrid. We’ve won almost everything with him and hopefully we will continue doing well.”

‘Building bridges’

If preseason training used to be about preparing players for the physical rigors of the year ahead, these days clubs like Real also use this time in the football calendar to think about their global marketing footprint.

According to Forbes’ latest valuation, Real are worth $3.5 billion. As one of the largest sport organizations in the world and boasting one of the biggest fan bases, the club is naturally interested in connecting with its supporters all across the globe.

Los Blancos have visited the US in 11 of the past 17 seasons and the club’s Director of Institutional Relations, Emilio Butragueño, says they are always “delighted” to return.

“This is a fantastic opportunity to build bridges with our fans here in the US,” Butragueno, who played for Real between 1984 and 1995, tells CNN.

“We are a Spanish team and we are very proud of that, but at the same time we feel that Real Madrid is universal.

“That is one of the reasons why we try to come back so often, because we want to strengthen our relationship with our fans and share our passion about football.”

Butragueño notes the “tremendous” growth of Real Madrid’s fan base in recent years, something Modric has noticed when he and his teammates travel to compete on different continents.

Whether it’s pre-season in California or the Club World Cup in Japan, replica Real Madrid shirts can be found anywhere the team goes.

“It’s really amazing, wherever we go they are there,” Modric says. “They are cheering for us, they are supporting us.

“We want to do our best on the pitch to make them happy and to bring success to the club and to them, that we can enjoy and celebrate together for all Real Madrid fans all over the world.”

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