Google has threatened to close its search engine in Australia -- as it dials up its lobbying against draft legislation that is intended to force it to pay news publishers for reuse of their content. The draft legislation for Australia's digital news Code which is currently before the parliament includes a controversial requirement that tech giants, Google and Facebook, pay publishers for linking to their content -- not merely for displaying snippets of text.
If you’re like me, you’re sick and tired of waiting for VW to release the I.D. Buzz electric van. If you’re also like me, you don’t have the money for either the I.D. Buzz or a vintage VW bus anyway, so those feelings are pretty much moot. Unless you head over to Omaze, where they’re giving away an electric 1966 VW Bus, plus $20,000 in cash.
The number of people fleeing violence in West Africa's Sahel region has quadrupled in the past two years, with 2 million now displaced in their own countries, the U.N. refugee agency UNHCR said on Friday. Militants linked to al Qaeda and Islamic State have expanded their reach in the semi-arid region on the edge of the Sahara, stoking ethnic conflict in Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger and forcing whole communities to flee their homes. More than half of those displaced within their own country are in Burkina Faso, where many are forced to sleep outside and do not have enough water, UNHCR spokesman Boris Cheshirkov said at a briefing in Geneva.
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U.S. President Joe Biden's decision to join the COVAX vaccine facility could make a "huge difference" to the financing of the scheme, intended to deliver coronavirus vaccines to poor countries, a diplomat with a lead role in COVAX said on Friday. But Dag Inge Ulstein, Norway's minister of international development who is co-lead of the COVAX Facilitation Council with South Africa, said other wealthy countries must step up too and urged them to donate more shots. The roll-out of the COVAX scheme, led by the World Health Organization and GAVI vaccine alliance, is due to start next month with 1.8 billion doses due to go to poorer countries in 2021.
Since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, chronically ill 30-year-old Benni Over has lived in strict domestic quarantine in the German resort town of Niederbreitbach with his parents, who look after him around the clock. As a result of his illness, the muscle-wasting disorder Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, Over can move only his fingers and has to receive mechanical ventilation, which means a COVID-19 infection would be very difficult for the family to deal with. However, young people with severe illnesses who do not live in nursing homes did not fall under Germany's early vaccination guidelines until two weeks ago, when it became clear to German health authorities that there are many people like Benni and that their needs should be reflected in the regulations.
SIGHTLESS SINGING. Alejandro Jovilla, a blind man, sings inside the Lapu-Lapu City Hoopsdome to entertain those who are paying their taxes at the city's business processing area. The Lapu-Lapu City
Russell Tovey is one of TV’s great discoveries of the last several years. The British actor seems perpetually cast as the cad, the overly assured fellow whose pride brings him in for a fall — and yet his charm and some innate vulnerable quality a couple of layers down keep us, if not ever on […]
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TEXTILE vendors of the Lapu-Lapu City Public Market will be required to update their business permits and settle their rental fees before they can transfer to the city's newly-renovated market building.Lapu-Lapu
Bosnia's war crimes court on Friday jailed Bosnian Muslim wartime commander Sakib Mahmuljin for 10 years for failing to prevent or punish atrocities against Serb prisoners by foreign Islamists who fought in the 1990s conflict. Hundreds of Islamist fighters, or "mujahideen", came from North Africa and the Middle East to help the mainly Muslim Bosnian government forces fight separatist Orthodox Serbs and Catholic Croats during the war, in which 100,000 people died. Mahmuljin, 68, was convicted in a five-year-long trial of failing to prevent or punish killings and inhumane treatment of Serb prisoners of war, some of whom were wounded or ill, and some Serb civilians, the Sarajevo court said.
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will hope his side can emulate his own performance when they face Liverpool in the fourth round of the FA Cup on Sunday.
SPOILER ALERT: Do not read if you have not yet watched Season 1, Episode 3 of Disney Plus’ “WandaVision.” The curtain has finally lifted on “WandaVision” — and it’s left us with even more questions. In the final minutes of Episode 3, Monica Rambeau (Teyonah Parris) risked blowing her cover as Geraldine to connect with […]
Heavy rain and windy conditions were seen across parts of England and Wales on Thursday, January 21, as Storm Christoph continued to impact parts of the UK, the Met Office reported.This footage shows flooding in Cheshire near Farndon Bridge. Local reports said Cheshire officials helped evacuate four residents in Farndon and almost 150 from Northwich and Warrington due to flooding from the storm.The Environment Agency said on Friday that there was still a risk of flooding in some areas following the storm, and warned people to remain alert to the dangers. Credit: @FarndonCheshire via Storyful
New Delhi [India], January 22 (ANI): The National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) has announced that the Indian teams for the two combined International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup stages scheduled in New Delhi and Changwon, in March and April 2021 respectively, will be selected only after the completion of the third and fourth (T3 and T4) National Rifle/Pistol trials.
A DRUG suspect who was under hospital arrest in Cebu City was gunned down in Barangay Maya, Daanbantayan, Cebu during a follow-up operation conducted by police on Friday, January 22, 2021.Mark Muralde,
Real Madrid midfielder Martin Odegaard's future is still up in the air, assistant coach David Bettoni said on Friday after the Norway international was linked with a move to Arsenal. Sky Sports reported the Premier League club are in advanced talks to sign Odegaard on loan and Bettoni, stepping in for coach Zinedine Zidane who has tested positive for COVID-19, said he did not know what the club's plans were for the 22-year-old.
Tottenham Hotspur do not need another striker in the transfer window, Jose Mourinho said on Friday after reports that the club were interested in signing Southampton's Danny Ings. Harry Kane and Son Heung-min have scored 24 of Spurs' 33 Premier League goals between them this season, each bagging 12, leading to suggestions the team are overly-reliant on the duo.
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Bilingual children grow up to be better at multitasking and reading body signals than those that learn language later, a study has found. Adults exposed to a second language as a young child are able to focus on numerous social cues at the same time and divert their attention between them quickly, according to researchers. They are also better at reading physical indicators, such as facial expressions and mouth movements, the analysis found. These skills stay with bilingual children into adulthood, illustrating the benefits of exposure to a second language from an early age, the study concluded. Adults who became bilingual after their childhood years did not display the same level of aptitude for social multitasking and interpreting body language. This suggests that, despite their proficiency in their second language, they were unable to develop these skills to such a high level as those who began learning as an young child. Dr Dean D'Souza, senior lecturer in psychology at Anglia Ruskin University, said: "This study is an exciting extension of our previous research, which suggested that infants raised in bilingual homes adapt to their more complex language environments by switching attention faster and more frequently. "This adaptation may help them to take advantage of multiple sources of visual information, such as mouth movements, facial expressions, and subtle gestures, ultimately helping them to learn multiple languages. "The findings from our new research with bilingual adults suggest that some of these adaptations, including being quicker at shifting attention, are maintained into adulthood." The researchers analysed the response of 127 bilingual adults as they completed tasks which involved splitting or diverting their attention between two points of focus - in this case, pictures. Those who were exposed to their second language as an infant were much quicker at noticing when the pictures changed than those who learnt their second language later in life. They were also better at disengaging attention from one picture in order to focus on the other. The authors said these skills are impressive and certainly not "trivial", as these changes are often hard to detect and "frequently go unnoticed". The findings were published in the journal Scientific Reports.