Amazon buys Whole Foods(!)

June 17, 2017

… variety of offeringsparticularly the expansion of its super-fast delivery program. Whole Foods is generally targeted at high-income people, with its stores strategically located in affluent areas. Now, Amazon has bought its way into that market with one fell swoop. Jeff Bezos: “Alexa, buy me something from Whole Foods.” Alexa: “Sure, Jeff. Buying Whole Foods now.” Jeff Bezos: “WHA- ahh go ahead.” pic.twitter.com/GuJ2jlAiuU JESAL (@JesalTV) June 16, 2017 …

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London fire: Crews work through night at tower block – BBC News

June 15, 2017

… fires in France, the UAE and Australia, he said. The missing Image copyright Reuters Image caption Volunteers helped unload food deliveries near the tower block Safety fears 127 flats 24 storeys 20 residential levels 4 mixed levels of community areas and residential flats 2016 refurbishment completed Image copyright Guilhem Baker/LNP Image caption More than 250 firefighters helped rescue people and put the fire out Construction firm Rydon, which carried out …

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Theresa May: 10 reasons why the PM blew her majority – BBC News

June 14, 2017

… traditional Labour areas, which Mrs May was banking on to win a big majority. Like the social care U-turn, or the pledge to bring back grammar schools, it may have given anyone flirting with backing the Tories for the first time in their lives a reason not to switch their vote. 10) Events Theresa May wanted the election to be about Brexit but the terror attacks in Manchester and London changed the course of the campaign. Suddenly it was all about security and anti-terror policy. This should have …

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Australia’s most well-known landmark is so sacred it’s tricky to photograph. This is how Google brought it to Street View.

June 11, 2017

… Anangu people, navigating the ancient cultural rules governing the remote site. SEE ALSO: Google Street View is finally taking you to one of Australia’s most stunning, sacred treasures That means the images alone are notable, given how cautious the Anangu are about the site being photographed commercially. Tourists are prohibited from capturing certain sacred areas around the rock, due to the belief that its sanctity will diminish if its image is captured. To the Anangu, who’ve …

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California Attorney General To Trump: Keep Your Hands Off Our Public Lands

June 9, 2017

… areas to oil and gas drilling and even private development. The six are the Giant Sequoia, Mojave Trails, Berryessa Snow Mountain, Carrizo Plain, Sand to Snow and San Gabriel Mountains national monuments. The Giant Sequoia land contains nearly two-thirds of all the giant treesremaining in the world. Utahstribal leaders and the Patagonia outdoor gear and clothing company have both threatened to sue the White House over the order. Trump administrationwant to gut the power of the Antiquities Act …

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This ‘tree’ has the environmental benefits of a forest

June 8, 2017

(CNN)Air pollution is one of the world’s invisible killers. In urban areas, air quality is particularly problematic. More than 80% of people living in areas where pollution is monitored are exposed to air quality levels that exceed WHO limits. And given that by 2050 two thirds of the global population will be urban, cleaning up our cities’ air is a matter of urgency. …

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U.S. Lashed As ‘Main Threat’ To Environment At UN Ocean Conference

June 6, 2017

… short-term national gain to prevent long-term global catastrophe, he cautioned, and he urged a new model of nations working together to protect the oceans. She noted that the oceans are now 30 percent more acidic than in pre-industrial times, big predatory fish stocks have declined by [up to] 90 percent, the surface waters are getting warmer[and in]some areas there are more microplastics than plankton. Micronesia President Peter Christian said Pacific islanders fear that the ocean has been …

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URGENT: The Latest: 3 Australians Among Injured in London Attacks

June 5, 2017

… and Kuwait issued separate statements condemning such attacks and expressing their support for the British government. The Saudi Embassy in the U.K. called on their citizens in London to exercise caution in crowded areas and follow police instructions. In Turkey, the foreign ministry has expressed its "deep sadness." The ministry says that as "Turkey and the Turkish people, who have been subjected to similar attacks many times, we understand and share the pain of the people of the …

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Apple WWDC 2017: iOS takes center stage

June 4, 2017

… instant connections so, on the surface, we can act as sentient beings. Siri is one of these areas where they need to innovate the most and fastest, given the competition in the space, said Forresters Husson. He sees Apple integrating Siri on a much wider array of services, apps, devices, and even third-party offerings. If Apple goes further with Siri, Gillett thinks now would be a good time for Apple to make Siri a more open platform. He hopes they add options for giving more access to your …

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Actually, Mike Pence, Climate Change Has Nothing To Do With A ‘Liberal’ Agenda

June 3, 2017

… GOP donoralso urged Trump to uphold the U.S.s commitment to the international pact. Defense Secretary James Mattis Climate change is impacting stability in areas of the world where our troops are operating today, he said in written testimony to the Senate Armed Forces Committee. It is appropriate for the Combatant Commands to incorporate drivers of instability that impact the security environment in their areas into their planning. Hagel has also said global warming should be considered a …

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Insurance premiums ‘rise due to tax change’ – BBC News

June 1, 2017

Calculations suggest that the tax rise will add 8 to the average motor policy. It may add 20 to the bill for a 19-year-old whose motor insurance premium was already much higher than the average, owing to the greater risk posed by younger drivers. A percentage tax bears heaviest on those who have the most expensive policies, such as young drivers or people living in less well-off areas or flood zones. A spokesman for the Treasury said: “Insurance Premium Tax is a tax on insurers, not …

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Trump’s EPA Chief Aided Polluters For Years. Now Suddenly He Says The Mess Is A Priority

June 1, 2017

… Office of Land and Emergency Management under Obama. Former EPA Administrator Christine Todd Whitman says the proposed cuts to EPA don’t make sense if the Trump administration is truly committed to cleaning up polluted sites. Established in 1980 in response to several environmental disasters, Superfund formally the is responsible for addressing areas contaminated with lead, radiation, mercury and other toxic pollutants, often left behind by industrial operations. The law …

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How a Silicon Valley veteran created an app that 400 nonprofits use to help refugees

May 30, 2017

Image: Mashable Composite; RefAid / Trellyz Shelley Taylor calls herself a Silicon Valley veteran. Veteran, she tells me, “means old.” Raised in Palo Alto, Taylor has an extensive tech background. She isn’t an engineer, but she wrote the “bible of user interface” back in 1995 at the dawn of website creation, inventing a lot of the language still used to this day to describe websites and ecommerce. She’s launched a bevy of startups and advised companies like …

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Economics not sex was behind this cruel Chinese practice, according to new research

… foot-binding endured because factory-made cloth was not available in the rural areas where the women lived. The women had began hand-spinning yarn as young as 6 or 7, the same age when their feet were bound. Many women the researchers spoke to made the connection between work and foot-binding. “My mother bound my feet when I was around 10 years,” one 84-year-old woman told researchers. “At around age 10, I started to spin cotton.” The last reported case of foot-binding …

May 27, 2017
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General election 2017: New warning over social care plans – BBC News

… set up. Some councils in England had not signed any agreements to let people defer their payments, while in other areas more than 100 agreements had been signed. Sir Steve said: “It is clear that there is already a lottery as to whether people facing significant care costs can exercise their legal right to defer their payments under the existing system. “The government will need to investigate very quickly why the present system is not working properly, otherwise there is a danger of …

May 22, 2017
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‘Sesame Street’ is expanding the neighborhood with new theme park

… Street‘s work in Afghanistan on empowering young girls, its partnership with the IRC to educate refugee children, and work with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to promote health and hygiene in India as examples of programs in part funded by ventures like Sesame Place. Grover rides a rollercoaster at the original Sesame Place. Image: sesame workshop All of the things that we do that generate income in these different areas help support all of that work all over the …

May 19, 2017
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Facebook and The Trevor Project hope to help prevent LGBTQ youth suicides

… transgender adult respondents reportedly made a suicide attempt during their lives, so Facebook users of all ages could certainly benefit from the helpful resource. The messenger crisis support will also expand awareness to other areas of the mental heath community with the help of participating organizations likeCrisis Text Line, the National Eating Disorder Association, Partnership for Drug-Free Kids and the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. The social media site recently received a great …

May 18, 2017
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