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Source: New York Times

With Gaza in Financial Crisis, Fears That ‘an Explosion’s Coming’

11-Feb-2018

The payday line at a downtown A.T.M. here in Gaza City was dozens deep with government clerks and pensioners, waiting to get what cash they could.

“The most hard-line people in the P.A. believe they need full capitulation from Hamas, including the dismantling of its military,” said Nathan Thrall, an analyst for International Crisis Group who closely monitors Gaza. But the authority is refusing to do that until Hamas hands over the internal revenue stream.

Source: Washington Post

‘Not the right kind of Catholic’: Private schoolteacher fired days after same-sex wedding

11-Feb-2018

Jocelyn Morffi and Natasha Hass had booked the Key Largo Lighthouse estate for three days starting Feb. 2, turning their wedding day into a wedding weekend.

Rep. David Richardson, a Democrat from Miami Beach and the first openly gay member of the Florida House, told Politico that many “may be surprised to learn that you can be fired from your employment not just because of gay marriage but also because you’re gay.”. [One of Australia’s staunchest opponents of same-sex marriage just left his wife for his pregnant girlfriend]. The state’s discrimination law doesn’t cover sexual orientation.

Source: New York Times

Frederieke Taylor, Gallery Owner With Eclectic Taste, Dies at 77

11-Feb-2018

Frederieke Taylor, a collector, curator and administrator who exhibited her eclectic taste in contemporary art and architecture at the gallery she co-founded in Soho in 1993, died on Wednesday in Manhattan.

She held onto the painting until last year, when she sold it and other works to bankroll a foundation, FST StudioProjects Fund, to help young artists pay their studio rent.

Source: New York Times

Wesla Whitfield, Singer Who Reinvigorated Standards, Dies at 70

11-Feb-2018

Wesla Whitfield, a classically trained vocalist whose fresh interpretations of the Great American Songbook were anything but standard, died on Friday at her home in St. Helena, Calif.

Wesla Whitfield was born Weslia Marie Edwards on Sept. 15, 1947, in Santa Maria, Calif., about 60 miles northwest of Santa Barbara. She was the youngest of three daughters of Vernon Edwards, a welder who worked in oil fields, and the former Eleanor Smith, a homemaker.

Source: Fox News

White House did not deny release of Democrats’ memo: Rep. Nunes

12-Feb-2018

Rep. Devin Nunes, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee and author of the controversial Republican memo alleging government surveillance abuse during the 2016 presidential campaign, said on Sunday the White House did not block the release of the Democrats’ rebuttal to the GOP note.. “What they did is they said, ‘look, you need to make some redactions and some technical corrections here and we will get it out right away.’ Now from that point, we’ve heard nothing but crickets,” Nunes, R-Calif., told Maria Bartiromo on “Sunday Morning Futures.”

Source: NBC News

The very best food containers for storing, reheating and taking meals to-go

12-Feb-2018

Good food storage is worth the investment because it means you won't waste money throwing away food that could have been saved — and you'll easily be able to reheat and reserve meals.

Perfect for a potluck or for storing baked leftovers, this set from Pyrex allows you to bake, store and carry all your food in one container, thanks to tight-fitting lids. The 3-quart oblong baker and 8-inch square baker are particularly great for this, and you’ll be the life of the party when you walk in with a fresh casserole or brownies.

Source: The Guradian

'Leave us alone': India's villagers rebel against urbanisation

12-Feb-2018

In September 2015, after demonstrations, 42 villages managed to get themselves removed from the Junagadh Urban Development Authority; but in other parts of Gujarat, including Ahmedabad, villagers continue to protest to little avail.

Many villagers grow groundnuts, cotton, wheat, rice and cumin; losing nearly half their land would split up large holdings, posing a risk to their agricultural industry.

Source: Global News

Scarlet fever is spiking in the U.K. — here’s what Canadians should know

11-Feb-2018

READ MORE: 21-year-old aspiring personal trainer dies after flu causes septic shock. Like any illness, scarlet fever is uncomfortable, but Bogoch says it’s not the deadly disease it used to be.

Here’s what the increase in cases across the Atlantic Ocean means for Canadians:. Scarlet fever is caused by group A streptococcus (GAS), which is a bacteria found in the throat and skin. “This increasing trend is in line with usual patterns although cases are currently higher than those reported at this point in the last 4 seasons,” the PHE statement read.

Source: The Guradian

Poison pass: the man who became immune to snake venom

11-Feb-2018

I had no idea what it would do to me, but I knew it’d been done before and was curious to see if it was possible to become immune to snake venom.”

A lot has been written about Steve Ludwin, widely known as the man who injects snake venom, and lately his life has turned into a non-stop frenzy of international journalists and film crews revelling in the seeming sheer insanity of it. Steve was once my great love; an animal lover, vegan and musician who wrote songs for Placebo and Ash, and played the Reading festival with Nirvana.

Source: NBC News

Yale ends gender restrictions for glee clubs

12-Feb-2018

Leaders of the Whiffenpoofs, Yale University's world-famous glee club, say their sound isn't changing, but they are ending their more than century-old tradition of being a male only a cappella ensemble.

The Whiffs, as they are known, and Yale's senior women's a cappella group, Whim 'n Rhythm, issued a joint announcement Feb. 1 that tryouts for both groups will now be open to all rising seniors, including transgender students.

Source: Common Domain

Nvidia’s Cryptic Road Ahead

12-Feb-2018

Nvidia’s graphics processors, called GPUs, are in hot demand by everyone from giant tech companies building data centers to videogamers to cryptocurrency enthusiasts.

The latter two in particular are competing for the type of GPU cards used in supercharged PCs, causing a shortage that began last summer but seemed to have worsened later in the year as the value of cryptocurrencies continued to soar.

Source: Common Domain

Hawaii’s Cesspools Threaten Drinking Water, Tourism

12-Feb-2018

Cesspools—holes in the ground where untreated human waste is deposited—have become a crisis in Hawaii, threatening the state’s drinking water, its coral reefs and the famous beaches that are the lifeblood of its tourist economy.

In Upcountry Maui, a rural area in the central part of the island where drinking-water wells are most threatened by cesspools, officials are monitoring water quality closely.

Source: The Guradian

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle reveal royal wedding details

12-Feb-2018

Kensington Palace released an update on the wedding at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, which takes place on 19 May, the same day as the FA Cup final.

After some speculation that the service could clash with the match, the palace said the wedding will begin at midday, meaning this scenario is unlikely, as recent finals have kicked off at 5.30pm. The couple are “hugely grateful for the many good wishes they have received since announcing their engagement,” the palace said.

Source: DW

Malta's Deputy PM: 'Freedom of expression is threatened'

12-Feb-2018

He admitted that following this case, "freedom of expression in Malta is threatened" and assured that his government is taking this "grave occurrence" very seriously.

The brutal murder of reporter Daphne Caruana Galizia ('Panama Papers') in Malta in October shed light on the state of a country ridden by corruption. Tim Sebastian confronts Deputy PM Chris Fearne with the allegations.

Source: Global News

Ted-Jan Bloemen takes home silver for Canada in men’s long-track speedskating

12-Feb-2018

Ted-Jan Bloemen made the move back to Canada in June 2014, finding a speedskating home after spinning his wheels in the talent-rich Dutch system and missing out on Sochi selection.

Skating in the ninth of 11 pairs Sunday in the men’s 5,000 metres at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, Bloemen reeled in Sverre Lunde Pedersen with a gut-busting late charge to take top spot over the Norwegian by two hundredths of a second in a time of 6:11.616.

Source: DW

What's in a kiss 12 *fun* facts about kissing

Saturday 16:21 GMT
Source: New York Times

In Colombia Border Town, Desperate Venezuelans Sell Hair to Survive

Saturday 11:49 GMT
Source: BBC

What to expect at the 2018 Bafta Awards

Sunday 17:16 GMT
Source: The Guradian

Saakashvili supporters march in Kiev calling for president to quit

Sunday 17:16 GMT
Source: DW

Bundesliga LIVE: VfL Wolfsburg vs. Bayern Munich

Saturday 15:26 GMT
Source: The Guradian

Hanif Kureishi: my beautiful box-set binge

Saturday 11:49 GMT
Source: The Guradian

Homeland: Claire Danes sulks her way through more relentless catastrophising

Saturday 11:49 GMT
Source: CTV

#BeccaToldMeTo: Teen who inspired kindness movement dies at 18

Today 08:59 GMT
Source: Washington Post

How two GMU professors teamed up to create high-tech music

Today 17:16 GMT
Source: Global News

Trudeau, Sajjan ask to meet with Indian politician who criticized Canadian government

Today 17:17 GMT
Source: Washington Post

Beats, rhymes and ice: Olympians rely on their tunes, and science backs them up

Today 08:59 GMT
Source: Common Domain

The Pride Flag Waves at the Olympics for Adam Rippon

Today 06:05 GMT
Source: NBC News

Celebrate Lunar New Year with dumplings, noodles, meatballs and more

Today 17:16 GMT
Source: DW

Berlin 24/7: The sound of Berlin

Today 06:05 GMT

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