For-Profit Colleges Sue Obama Administration Over New Regulations -
For-Profit Colleges Sue Obama Administration Over New Regulations
WASHINGTON (AP) — The for-profit college sector filed a lawsuit Thursday that seeks to halt new regulations of its industry. The lawsuit is in response to a rule the Obama administration announced last week that requires career training programs to show their graduates make enough money to pay back their loans. Programs that don't pass its new "gainful employment" standard risk losing the ability to receive federal student aid. The administration estimated that about 1,400 programs serving 840,000 students won't pass. "This regulation, and the impact it will have on student access and opportunity, is so unacceptable and in violation of federal law that we were left with no choice but to file suit," said Steve Gunderson, president of the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities. Gunderson's association filed the lawsuit against Education Secretary Arne Duncan. It says the new rule is "unlawful, arbitrary, and irrational" and will needlessly harm millions of students who...
The Rise of Online News Has Not Been the Death of Quality Reporting -
The Rise of Online News Has Not Been the Death of Quality Reporting
I love reading the newspaper. By which I mean the black-and-white, often-messy, use-two-hands, used-to-be-a-tree paper item that is delivered to front doors in increasingly few numbers. The paper paper. Indeed, I am one of those people Marshall McLuhan, who coined the phrase "the medium is the message," was talking about when he said, "People don't read newspapers. They slip into them like a warm bath." I have long luxuriated in the ritual of spending Sunday morning with the newspaper spread out in front of me, long before it was actually considered a luxury. Nearly a decade ago, I began to mourn what was predicted then (and still) as the impending death of the newspaper. In the years since, this has proven to be sort of true. We've seen newspapers decline, then resurge, then decline once more. Wealthy men got into the business of saving newspapers -- Jeff Bezos at the Washington Post, John Henry at the Boston Globe, Warren Buffett in small towns across the U.S. -- in what many took...
Ex-SEAL Reveals Himself As Bin Laden Shooter -
Ex-SEAL Reveals Himself As Bin Laden Shooter
The Navy SEAL who fired the shot that killed Osama bin Laden is a highly decorated veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan who agonized for months over whether to publicly reveal his role in one of the most storied commando operations in U.S. history.
You Can Eat Reese's Peanut Butter Cups In The Form Of A Spread. Out Of A Jar. -
You Can Eat Reese's Peanut Butter Cups In The Form Of A Spread. Out Of A Jar.
It's over. The days of Nutella nation are destined to dwindle and dim, as Reese's in spreadable form is now available for mass consumption. Hershey's announced the launch of Reese's Spreads on Nov. 5. It's only a matter of time before jars of Nutella get pushed toward the back of grocery shelves and begin collecting dust. The exquisite aroma of Reese's Peanut Butter Cups fills the nostrils with just a gentle twist of the jar's orange cap. The taste is profoundly identical to that of a Reese's cup, and the spread's slightly grainy texture is spot on. We've always been told there's no wrong way to eat a Reese's, and this product is no exception. Peanut butter and chocolate are a match made in heaven -- a power couple -- and this spread takes the guess work out of getting the pair together. No longer will one have to dirty a pristine jar of peanut butter with a Nutella-slathered knife to taste both flavors simultaneously. Were you listening? Reese's. In a jar. The 13 oz. jar retails for...
University Of California System Could Hike Tuition -
University Of California System Could Hike Tuition
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Tuition at the University of California's 10 campuses would increase by as much as 5 percent in each of the next five years under a plan UC President Janet Napolitano is expected to present to the system's governing board Thursday. The proposal follows three years in which tuition rates have remained frozen. It would increase the average annual cost of a UC education for California residents pursuing undergraduate degrees and graduate degrees in academic as opposed to professional disciplines from $12,192 to up to $12,804 next fall and $15,564 in fall 2019, according to a copy of the plan provided in advance to The Associated Press. Napolitano said the five-year framework fulfills a goal she set when she assumed the president's office last year of making "modest" tuition hikes a predictable part of the university's budget so families and campuses can know what to expect and plan accordingly. "We are being honest, being honest with Californians in terms of cost...
I suspect, and hope, that for readers here my views on nutrition are pretty well known. I contend that we do, indeed, know the basic theme of optimal eating for health -- just as surely as we know that no one variation on that theme can claim the tiara on the basis of data. We are not clueless about the basic care and feeding of Homo sapiens. America runs on Dunkin' on only its best days, running preferentially on BS most of the time. Our seemingly inexhaustible penchant for silver bullets, scapegoats, and naïve stupidity is far more toxic than either sugar or saturated fat. We know what to eat; we simply refuse to swallow it. Whatever the probability, in the near term or long, of overcoming the prevailing penchant for dogmatic religiosity about food, and rallying to the theme of healthful eating -- the stakes are already much bigger than our organ systems. They have evolved to encompass our ecosystems. Folks, we are eating our planet. The warning drumbeat percussing this message into...
Senate Republicans can run (and they did effectively to win the majority) but they can't hide. If they persist with unpopular policies they espoused in the minority, their controversial views will receive a high degree of publicity that was absent when they were outnumbered by Senate Democrats. When the Senate GOP was in the minority, most of its outside-the-mainstream policies were side-tracked or buried altogether by the Democratic majority. Consequently, these Republican policy stances moved through Congress largely under the radar and attracted mercifully little attention. The Democrats were unwittingly doing their Republican counterparts a favor by keeping out of the limelight GOP positions in conflict with the majority of public opinion. We are talking about GOP legislative opposition to: raising the minimum wage; guaranteeing gender equity in paychecks; instituting a national public works program to rejuvenate decaying infrastructure; and expanding the social safety net....
Illinois Voters Don't Have Much National Influence, Report Says -
Illinois Voters Don't Have Much National Influence, Report Says
It is every Americans' duty and right to exercise the right to vote and voice an opinion in how our communities are governed. With such a close governor's race in Illinois, residents of this state know their votes count more than ever this year. But what about when it comes to Illinoisans' national influence? How much does an individual Illinoisan's vote count at the federal level? A new study by WalletHub attempted to answer that question. Not every state or person within a state has an equal democratic influence. WalletHub explains it like this: Although the U.S. is a democratic nation, ballots carry different weights based on the state in which one lives. Take California, for instance. Its estimated population is nearly 66 times greater than Wyoming's, yet each state has two seats in the Senate. In this case, less is more: California's votes are weakened exponentially because each of its senators must represent tens of millions more residents. WalletHub calculated the influence of...
"Why Do I Serve? Because Serving My Country Is Part of Serving Humanity" -
"Why Do I Serve? Because Serving My Country Is Part of Serving Humanity"
If you've ever read my blog posts on Huffington Post Impact, you know I like to tell stories about inspiring individuals who are driven by a sense of purpose. Recently, I was speaking with an Army Veteran who had been in Iraq, and I realized that I've written very little about the veteran population. Shame on me. To serve in the military is to live (and sometimes die) with a sense of purpose. So back in August, I took it upon myself to find three veterans whose stories I would share. I didn't have to look far. Thanks to my friends at the The Mission Continues, I was given access to their nationwide community of 3,000+ veterans. Ultimately, I selected three people who moved me not because of something uniquely spectacular that they'd accomplished, rather because of how normal and accessible they were. These are people who struggle with day-to-day living just as you or I might, yet they draw from their military experience and continue to lead lives of purpose and service. What better...
Choosing China Patterns With Tim Cook -
Choosing China Patterns With Tim Cook
When I heard that Apple CEO Tim Cook came out, my first thought was, "Is he single?" I'd like to set I'm him up with my friend Sean. Tim's perfect. He's obviously brave; but look behind the silver fox. I see a man that can figure out gadgets. I have three remotes for one television. No clue what two of them do. I mostly watch Nickelodeon because I can't figure out how to change the channel. Tim probably lives in a smart house where he sets the thermostat with his mind. Waiting in lines at Apple would end for me. No more trying to look worthy and attractive to the Geniuses. As of now, I have to go in the store, put my name on the list, and then circle the room like I'm in a nightclub. I try to look desirable. I make googley eyes at the check-in guy every chance I get, but I bet that's going better in my mind. The customers with twitches get called last. I wonder if he can cook. He'd be the trifecta catch. Money, brains, the ability to measure. God our life would be perfect. I imagine...
The 21 Best Wing Joints in the Country -
The 21 Best Wing Joints in the Country
By: Dave Infante There is no "best" type of chicken wing. Great wings win hearts and stomachs with well-balanced flavors and quality meat regardless of whether they're naked, dredged, sauced, or smoked. So instead of tracking down the best wings from Buffalo or Chinese restaurants or women wearing tank tops three sizes too small, we tracked down the best chicken wings of any kind. Competition was fierce, but, in the end, these 21 wing joints distinguished themselves on meat quality, innovation, and overall atmosphere. You'll surely decide this list is "invalid" when you discover that your favorite place isn't mentioned. By all means, take this fury to the comments. But now, on to America's finest fowl: More: The 33 Best Pizza Shops In America Credit: Bar Bill Bar Bill Tavern East Aurora, NY First things first: Anchor Bar, recognized for inventing the glorious combo of poultry parts & spicy sauce we now know as the Buffalo wing, does not appear on this list. There are a few reasons;...
iOS Experts Worried By Fake App Store's Malware -
iOS Experts Worried By Fake App Store's Malware
Apple's iOS devices have generally been relatively safe from malware threats in the past. But you might want to watch what you plug your iPhone into from now on: New reports say a malicious software called WireLurker is able to infest iOS devices. While you're probably safe from this specific virus, the way it attacks iPhones and iPads has experts worried. WireLurker itself is rooted in third-party, Chinese Mac OS X app stores, according to CNET. People sometimes download these "stores" to access unofficial apps, since they're basically home-brewed versions of the App Store that aren't tied down to Apple's approval or standards. For now, average U.S. users who avoid unvalidated apps and software shouldn't have an issue with WireLurker. But experts say the case is the first-known example of malware that can infect installed apps like a "traditional virus," even on devices that aren't jailbroken -- setting a troubling precedent of malicious software worming its way onto phones that...
(VIDEO) Wall Street Journal & BBC News Using TouchCast Interactive Video -
TouchCast, the interactive video platform co-founded by former TechCrunch editor Erick Schonfeld, has been gaining traction in use by the BBC. Now it is announcing The Wall Street Journal will also use the innovative new service. TouchCast lets video producers embed interactive web elements including images, maps, web pages and other videos inside digital video, each expanding when clicked on by viewers, opening up possibilities for immersive storytelling. The BBC has been using TouchCast on iPad since this summer on a range of stories from Ebola and the Scottish referendum to architecture and cats "(WSJ) is about to roll out TouchCast on a regular basis," Schonfeld tells Beet.TV in this video interview. "There's a talented crew making WSJ interactive videos. "It's going to be a completely new form of video for them. They're being super-creative. Most of their pieces are in the studio. Sarah Murray does stand-ups in the newsroom. They figured out a way to really rapidly do interactive...
Surfer's Close Encounter With Shark Captured In Series Of Jaw-Dropping Photos -
Surfer's Close Encounter With Shark Captured In Series Of Jaw-Dropping Photos
Now that was a close encounter. On Sept. 21, Surfer Andy Johnston was catching some waves in the waters off Esperance in Western Australia when a "curious" shark swam right up near him. Instead of freaking out, Johnston decided to remain calm. "I'd rather try to hold my ground against it and not freak out and make a commotion," he told the Esperance Express. "It seemed just curious and I didn't want to give it a reason to chase me so I tried to behave casually and keep an eye on it. But I didn't know it came up quite so close as I was paddling into the wave to come into the beach with the other lads." Johnston, who was able to get away once a wave came and the shark swam back out to sea, did not realize how close he came to the finned creature until he saw a series of photographs taken by onlooker Frits de Bruyn. "At the time I didn't think it was that big a shark and that close, but I did lose sight of it when it came right up behind me," he told ABC Goldfields-Esperance. "It was a...
Carmelo Anthony Is Not Fit For The Triangle Offense -
Carmelo Anthony Is Not Fit For The Triangle Offense
Carmelo Anthony is too talented and versatile a scorer not to put up big numbers. You might say that other than reigning MVP Kevin Durant, there isn't a more natural scorer than Anthony. And yet, five games into the Derek Fisher/Phil Jackson-era New York Knicks, it has become evident the triangle offense does not highlight Anthony's strengths. To be fair, it will take time for him to adapt to it. But sub-41 percent shooting and a 19-point scoring average represent the lowest totals of his 12-year career. Anthony may not be Michael Jordan or Kobe Bryant -- two megastars who excelled in Jackson's triangle -- but he is a former scoring champ not accustomed to operating within a ball-movement-based concept that features an entire team and not just one player. Anthony's woes may have reached a boiling point during a miserable 5-21 shooting performance in Wednesday night's 98-95 loss to lowly Detroit. It came the day after he missed 15 of his 23 attempts in another Knicks loss. It was "one...
Obama Coordinating With Iran In Islamic State Fight, Growing Evidence Suggests -
Obama Coordinating With Iran In Islamic State Fight, Growing Evidence Suggests
Adding to mounting evidence that President Barack Obama's administration sees Iran as something of a partner in its fight against the Islamic State, the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday that Obama wrote to Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei last month about the campaign against the Islamic State. The WSJ reported last week that the U.S. had assured Iran that it would not be targeting the forces of its ally, Syrian President Bashar Assad, as it began striking targets in Syria. Like that news, the latest revelation will likely stir consternation among many of Obama's current partners in this campaign. From Arab nations that have launched their own strikes against the militant group to moderate U.S.-backed Syrian rebels who are presently besieged by Iranian forces aiding the Syrian regime, key Obama allies see collaborating with Iran as unacceptable because of the country's unwavering support for Assad. The U.S. has previously concurred with its partner states and the...
The Spirit of Essaouira at the Heart of Judeo-Arabic Culture -
The Spirit of Essaouira at the Heart of Judeo-Arabic Culture
The 11th Edition of the Festival des Andalousies Atlantiques The autumn evening is still balmy and Essaouira's large sports hall is packed on this last Thursday, Oct. 30. Rabbi Haïm Louk has now taken his seat at the center of the Temsamani Orchestra from Tetuan conducted by Mohamed Amine El Akrami. At his right is seated another great Moroccan musical figure, the Arab singer Abderrahim Souiri. At the age of 72, Haïm Louk continues to be a spectacular tenor, with a voice full of refined colors and hues. Born in Morocco, already early on in his career he took part in the renewal of Moroccan music by developing its relations with the Arab-Andalusian tradition. After an instrumental prelude that introduces the chosen mode, Haïm Louk's voice softly starts on a Hebrew melody in the medium register. It then takes off towards a higher register, swirls around a few pivotal notes in a phrase that seems virtually infinite, and then comes down again, elaborating on a series of melismata. Souiri...
Starbucks Will Bring Back Eggnog Lattes The Week Of November 17 -
Starbucks Will Bring Back Eggnog Lattes The Week Of November 17
Everybody knows it's not quite possible to usher in the holiday season without a little eggnog. Everyone except Starbucks, that is. The coffee chain found itself in hot water when it pulled the Eggnog Latte and from its holiday menu, sparking outrage across all social media outlets and a barrage of complaints. Starbucks spokesperson Linda Mills told HuffPost Taste via email that Starbucks "originally made the decision to discontinue the beverage this holiday season to try to simplify our expanding menu, and we only offered it in the Pacific Northwest." Luckily, the brand was quick to respond to the complaints and will reinstate the drink. "We made a mistake," Mills admitted in a statement to USA Today. "We are very sorry." The Eggnog Latte has been on the Starbucks menu since 1986, and will return to all U.S. and Canada locations the week of November 17. And for those freaking out about Gingerbread Lattes, the drinks should return to British Columbia and the Pacific Northwest shortly...
Fawzi Al-Odah, Long-Held Guantanamo Prisoner, Sent Home To Kuwait -
Fawzi Al-Odah, Long-Held Guantanamo Prisoner, Sent Home To Kuwait
MIAMI (AP) — One of the longest-held prisoners at the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay was sent home to Kuwait on Wednesday, the first release based on the determination of a review panel that has been re-evaluating some men previously classified as too dangerous to release. Fawzi al-Odah had been told his release was imminent but didn't know the date until shortly before he boarded the flight back to his country from the base in southeast Cuba, his lawyer, Eric Lewis, said. The 37-year-old al-Odah had been the focus of an arduous battle to secure his release that had the support of his government. Lewis, who spoke to him about a week before the departure, said the prisoner just wanted to get on with life. "There's no bitterness, there's no anger," Lewis said. "There's just excitement and joy that he will be going home." Al-Odah faces a minimum of one year at a militant-rehabilitation center on the grounds of a Kuwaiti prison under the transfer agreement. Lewis said that after...
There Was A Time When Water Beds Were Considered Sexy And We're Revisiting It -
There Was A Time When Water Beds Were Considered Sexy And We're Revisiting It
If you're of a certain age, you probably remember water beds. Perhaps your parents owned one when you were a kid and you have vague, nausea-inducing memories of being lulled to sleep on a huge mattress full of water. Or maybe you owned a water bed yourself, because, well, at the time you thought it was the coolest thing around. Whatever the reason, water beds were definitely the thing to have in the '70s and '80s, so we decided to revisit this beloved relict for a better understanding of why so many of us wanted them. The water bed was invented in 1968 as a thesis project. Credit: YouTube user: tinfoiltiger Charles Hall invented the water bed for his Master's Thesis project while he was in design school at San Francisco State University. And even though the water bed's popularity has declined, Hall told SF State Magazine that he still only sleeps on water beds. "In each house I have a water bed," he said. "And you know what? I wouldn’t sleep on anything else. They are the most...
Cyber Retaliation: A Byte for a Byte? -
Co-authored by Dr. Stephen Bryen, Founder & CTO Ziklag Systems The Pentagon has Plan X --a scheme to retaliate against cyber attacks. No one knows what the warfare rules are for Plan X, but the fact that the Defense Department thought it necessary to put Plan X in place tells us that the attacks on the US critical infrastructure are rising to a level that threatens America's security directly. Exactly what would trigger a counter-attack, a cyber war, can only be guessed. Would an attack on America's banking system that threatened our economy, or an attack on a nuclear power plant that could set off another Three Mile Island or Chernobyl type incident be enough to trigger a counter attack from the United States? Are we entitled under the rules of war to destroy an adversary's nuclear power plants or banking system? For the past decade the US has tolerated cyber attacks on the critical infrastructure. Government agencies have tried to help private sector companies and organizations, but...
4 Sandy-Damaged NYC Hospitals To Get $1.6 Billion In FEMA Funds -
4 Sandy-Damaged NYC Hospitals To Get $1.6 Billion In FEMA Funds
NEW YORK (AP) — Four public hospitals in flood-prone parts of the city are getting at least $1.6 billion in federal money to protect them from the kind of harrowing damage wrought by Superstorm Sandy, officials announced Thursday. The Federal Emergency Management Agency money will create a new, storm-resilient building to house the emergency room and such key equipment as X-ray machines at Coney Island Hospital in Brooklyn, where the 2012 storm inundated the basement and came into the first floor. The water plunged the hospital into darkness and sent staffers scrambling to move patients on stretchers to higher floors before ultimately evacuating. Manhattan's Bellevue Hospital Center, which also was evacuated after flooding and losing power, is getting money to build a big floodwall and flood-proof elevators, among other improvements. Coler Specialty Hospital on Roosevelt Island and Metropolitan Hospital Center in Manhattan are getting funding for flood barriers and other...
Five Career Strategies for Women in Tech -
Five Career Strategies for Women in Tech
It seems as if every day someone in my network is sending me an article about challenges facing women in technology. If I had to summarize all the articles into a six word story, it might read, "75 percent pay, 25 percent women, 5 percent CEO." On nearly every dimension that can be calculated, women are coming up short. I have been loving my work in Silicon Valley since graduating from Harvard Business School in the late '90s -- first as an entrepreneur, next as a researcher, and now as a venture capitalist. For the last several weeks I have been thinking about the best way to channel my positive Silicon Valley experiences into useful advice for women who are building careers in technology. I thought it might be helpful to share five strategies that have helped me build my career. 1. Invest in relationships in all dimensions of your life. While there is often discussion about "work life balance," in reality, I think "work life integration" might be a better term. When I was writing...
7 Ways Data Currently Being Collected About You Could Hurt Your Career or Personal Life -
7 Ways Data Currently Being Collected About You Could Hurt Your Career or Personal Life
Your data is telling a story about you. Maybe the story's a good one: you vote at every election, you pay your bills on time, you do your job well and get to work on time each day. But there are now so many data brokers -- buyers and sellers of data -- that databases may be defaming you without you even knowing it. Consider the following examples: 1) You could get classified as a meth dealer ChoicePoint is a data broker that maintains files on nearly all Americans. It mistakenly reported a criminal charge of "intent to sell and manufacture methamphetamines" in an Arkansas resident's file. ChoicePoint corrected the information when notified about the error, but other companies that had bought Taylor's file from ChoicePoint did not automatically follow suit. The free-floating lie ensured rapid rejection of her job applications, and she could not even obtain credit to buy a dishwasher. Some companies corrected their reports in a timely manner, but Taylor had to nag others repeatedly and...
Peer Influence, Shaming Drives Green Behavior -
Peer Influence, Shaming Drives Green Behavior
A recent column on "groundbreaking innovation" from Fast Company was titled "If Your Neighbor Gets a Solar Panel, You're Going to Want One Too: Whether your neighbor has a solar installation is more likely to influence your decision than politics or income level." The articles' author Ben Schiller cites studies which mapped 3,843 solar units installed in Connecticut between 2005 and September 2013. What they found was "'considerable clustering of adoptions' in 'wave-like centrifugal' patterns. When they looked at the dates of the installs, they found one decision in a neighborhood tended to lead to another." Pretty cool, but isn't this old news? Back in 2005, a study in San Diego compared the influence on energy consumption between potential money savings vs concern for the environment vs peer pressure. The results clearly supported social influence, which reduced consumption by 10 percent." Influence guru Robert B. Cialdini weighed in on the remarkably effective tactic of adding a...
BP Is Liable For Clean Water Act Damages From Gulf Oil Spill, Appeals Court Reaffirms -
BP Is Liable For Clean Water Act Damages From Gulf Oil Spill, Appeals Court Reaffirms
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal appeals court panel has reaffirmed its ruling that BP is liable for federal Clean Water Act damages stemming from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, the latest loss for the oil giant as it fights court decisions that could ultimately bring $18 billion in penalties. The three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected arguments that there were errors in its June 4 ruling on BP's Clean Water Act liability. The ruling released Wednesday night is not the final say from the court. BP and its minority partner in the Macondo well, Anadarko Petroleum Corp., have a request pending for the full 15-member court to reconsider the issue. The June order and Wednesday's follow-up were issued by Judges Fortunato Benavides, Carolyn Dineen King and James Dennis. They upheld U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier's ruling holding the well owners are liable. BP and Anadarko had argued they were not liable because equipment failure on the leased rig Deepwater...
Colbert: If Obama's Presidency Is Up In Smoke After Midterms, It's Only Because D.C. Legalized Pot -
Colbert: If Obama's Presidency Is Up In Smoke After Midterms, It's Only Because D.C. Legalized Pot
Aww yeah, tear up Michelle's kale patch, Mr. President, and plant some "Skunk Force One." Washington, D.C., went to the polls on election night Tuesday and voted to legalize marijuana for personal use. On his show Wednesday, Stephen Colbert pointed out that this might be the best thing for President Obama, who will probably need to take the edge off after those damaging midterm elections. "You're looking at two years of a Republican House and Senate," said Colbert. "What's the worst that could happen? You get high, and nothing gets done." You may now commence referring to D.C. as our nation's "Dank Chronic." "The Colbert Report" airs Monday through Thursday at 11:30 pm ET on Comedy Central.
The Kenyan Muslim Cleric Whose Love Of Peace May Have Gotten Him Killed -
The Kenyan Muslim Cleric Whose Love Of Peace May Have Gotten Him Killed
(Reuters) - A Kenyan Muslim cleric, who supported government efforts to stamp out radicalism among youths in the country's restive coastal region, was shot dead by unknown assailants on Tuesday, police said. Sheikh Salim Bakari Mwarangi was shot while returning home from evening prayers at a mosque in the Likoni area of Mombasa, the local police chief said. "He was rushed to a nearby local hospital, but succumbed to his injuries," the Mombasa County police commander, Robert Kitur, told Reuters. Kenya's coastal region, a tourist hub where most of Kenya's Muslims live, has been hit by a spate of bomb attacks over the past months blamed on Islamists linked to Somalia's militant al Shabaab group. Haki Africa, a local Muslim rights group, said the slain cleric was a peace activist and that his killing may have been tied to his stand against extremism in Mombasa. "He was a member of the Mombasa peace committee and was helping the government a lot in dealing with radicalization and guiding...
This Chinese City Is Becoming The Silicon Valley Of Hardware -
This Chinese City Is Becoming The Silicon Valley Of Hardware
SHENZHEN, China -- Chinese technology is chock-full of awkward analogies and misfit metaphors. The social network formerly known as "the Facebook of China" (Renren) turned out to be a flop, "the Twitter of China" (Weibo) is slowly sliding toward irrelevance, and e-commerce behemoth Alibaba has burst out of several rhetorical straitjackets. But recently, international tech circles have been buzzing about a new analogy, one that doesn't pigeonhole its subject as "the [insert U.S. tech giant] of China" but instead embeds it firmly in global innovation networks. They're talking about the city of Shenzhen, and they're calling it the Silicon Valley of hardware. After two decades of astronomic growth in the digital world, some entrepreneurs and engineers are turning back to the world of real stuff -- wearable tech, robots, smart health devices -- and many of them are beating a path to Shenzhen, the mainland Chinese metropolis that borders Hong Kong. Long viewed as the go-to region for...
More Than 700,000 Tell Congress: Fast Track Is the Wrong Path -
More Than 700,000 Tell Congress: Fast Track Is the Wrong Path
Photo courtesy of Teamsters The saying goes: The more things change, the more they stay the same. This couldn't be more true for the two largest trade agreements currently in negotiation, the contentious Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). While the Obama administration and congressional supporters of the pacts have rekindled timeworn talking points that describe these deals as "21st century" trade agreements, in reality, they strongly resemble the failed North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) that went into effect more than two decades ago. That's why today, representatives from environmental, labor, food and farm, consumer rights and other fair trade allies delivered to Congress more than 700,000 petitions opposing "fast track" -- a piece of legislation that would push these harmful trade agreements through Congress without any meaningful oversight or assurances that the trade pacts would actually benefit workers,...
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