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Source: CBS News

Hundreds of UNC students protest plan to relocate toppled Confederate statue Silent Sam

05-Dec-2018

Students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill are protesting the school's plan to relocate a toppled Confederate monument to a new $5 million campus building.

Several hundred students marched through the UNC Chapel Hill campus Monday night, some scuffling with police, while protesting the school's decision to relocate Silent Sam. Since 2015, across the country, more than 100 monuments and Confederate symbols have been removed, but a recent report found there are still more than 700 Confederate monuments in the U.S. – nearly 100 in North Carolina.

Source: CTV

Average Canadian family to pay $400 more for groceries next year: report

05-Dec-2018

The average Canadian family will pay about $400 more for groceries and roughly $150 more for dining out next year, an annual food price report predicts.

Between December 2013 and December 2014 the monthly average retail price for one kilogram of ground beef rose more than 26 per cent, according to Statistics Canada data. A turning point for animal protein, though, was 2014 when beef prices started to rise dramatically, said Charlebois.

Source: Common Domain

Marriott’s Starwood Missed Chance to Detect Huge Data Breach Years Earlier, Cybersecurity Specialists Say

05-Dec-2018

Security specialists say that while it’s not unusual for breach investigations to miss a second intruder, a more thorough investigation into the 2015 intrusion could have uncovered the attackers, who instead were able to lurk in its reservation system for three more years.

Starwood said in a November 2015 statement that it had hired outside forensic experts to conduct an “extensive investigation” into that breach, and that there was no indication its guest reservation or Starwood Preferred Guest membership systems were affected. “We want to assure our customers that we have implemented additional security measures to help prevent this type of crime from reoccurring,” an executive said in the statement.

Source: Reuters

GM moves to challenge Ford in U.S. commercial fleet sales

05-Dec-2018

(Reuters) - General Motors Co (GM.N) is intensifying its attack on rival Ford Motor Co’s (F.N) lead in sales to U.S. commercial fleets to prop up profit margins amid weakening consumer demand, according to executives at the No. 1 U.S. automaker.

Ford, GM and FCA control around 77 percent of commercial fleet sales for Classes 1 through 6 - from passenger cars to the biggest medium-duty trucks - though Ford dominates at 40 percent, according to data compiled by Cox Automotive for Reuters from non-public sources.

Source: BBC

Art activists in battle for Turner prize

05-Dec-2018

Lubaina Himid made history last year by becoming both the oldest winner of the Turner Prize and the first black woman to pick up the award.

The fact they present their work in art galleries is subversive, says the BBC's arts editor Will Gompertz, who calls the images and films they produce "arresting both in terms of the message and aesthetic". Born in London and raised in Bangladesh, Mohaiemen makes films that use turbulent periods in world history to focus on the legacies of colonialism, national identity, left-wing politics and migration.

Source: Common Domain

Oracle Chief Sees Cloud as ‘Irresistible Force’ for CIOs

05-Dec-2018

The massive applications that have long defined enterprise information technology are changing, and the process is gaining momentum as more firms shift spending away from data centers, servers and other hardware and into cloud-based software as a service, says Oracle Chief Executive Mark Hurd.

“The fact that you’ve now got multiple applications providers, you might have a Microsoft cloud and a Oracle cloud, or programs running on someone else’s infrastructure, all of that is materially simpler than managing the environment that many of these customers developed,” Mr. Hurd said.

Source: Reuters

Tencent Music strains to hit Spotify's high notes

05-Dec-2018

In addition, while Tencent Music has poured huge sums into expanding its music catalogue and fighting piracy, it is extracting less average revenue per subscriber than it did in 2016.

Tencent Music says paying listeners on its streaming apps increased 36 percent from last year to 25 million as of September.

Source: Fox News

Laura Ingraham: George Bush would have wanted us to remember him without the usual political snark and slander

05-Dec-2018

I think we should be capable of uniting as Americans and celebrating the best of George H.W. Bush without resorting to the same old usual political snark and calumny.

Sadly, though, with the death of George H.W. Bush, some in the media and politicians from both parties are abusing this moment to trash, instead, the sitting president. As the Bush motorcade was making its way to the capitol for the last time MSNBC's Nicolle Wallace, a former Bush aide herself, could not restrain herself.

Source: Fox News

John Wayne's son recalls growing up with 'The Duke': 'He knew he wasn’t going to be around when I was older'

05-Dec-2018

The now-56-year-old is the youngest son of late Hollywood legend John Wayne and Peruvian actress Pilar Pallete, his third and last wife.

Wayne said that despite his father’s high-profile career, John, who was aware he might be gone by the time his son was a young man, was determined to be a hands-on parent.

Source: Fox News

Princeton a cappella group yanks 'Little Mermaid' song over consent concerns

05-Dec-2018

An all-male a cappella group at Princeton University announced Friday it would temporarily scrap a “Little Mermaid” song from its set list over concerns about consent and misogyny. Wesley Brown, a senior and president of the Tigertones, wrote in a letter to The Daily Princetonian the band will try to rework the performance for the song “Kiss The Girl” – which was written for the animated Disney movie.

Source: Fox News

Sam Sorbo: The greatest Christmas gift I can think of Not what you might expect

05-Dec-2018

Spending time with my children, exploring new experiences and sharing in creative endeavors, is my source of joy and the greatest gift I can think of.

This one wonderful Christmas, seven years ago, I had all our necessary ingredients prepared on the counter, ready to go.

Source: BBC

How memes got broke millennials through the recession

05-Dec-2018

Most popular memes before the recession were lighthearted or offbeat just for fun, but the recession created a new global phenomenon that lent itself to meme-ification.

During the financial crisis, memes provided an outlet for expressing global insecurities about the future that awaited millennials, and gave the internet generation a way to discuss these issues in near real-time. Michele Coscia, assistant professor of IT at the University of Copenhagen, studies why and how memes become popular on social media networks.

Source: Fox News

Media elevate Bush in death, use his passing to denigrate Trump

05-Dec-2018

The outpouring of affection and gratitude for George Herbert Walker Bush raises two fascinating questions about our media and political culture.

Yet many in the media are constantly drawing the contrast, summed up by yesterday's Washington Post headline: "'Honorable, gracious and decent': In Death, Bush Becomes a Yardstick for President Trump." But the polarization that defines our politics intensified long before Trump, from the Clinton impeachment to the 2000 recount involving Bush's son to the battles over the Iraq War and ObamaCare.

Source: Common Domain

Pork Producers Are Hog Wild About the U.S.-China Trade Truce

05-Dec-2018

On both sides of the Pacific, pork companies and hog farmers have hoped for improvement in trade relations between China, the world’s biggest market for pork, and the U.S., one of the biggest pork-producing nations.

Appeared in the December 4, 2018, print edition as 'Truce Whets Taste for Pork Shares.'. Tariffs have hurt American exports, while China is stepping up imports because thousands of pigs have been infected with African swine fever

Source: BBC

Michelle Obama tells of 'impostor syndrome'

05-Dec-2018

Michelle Obama has said she still feels "impostor syndrome", adding that "it never goes away", during a frank talk in London.

"I have been at probably every powerful table that you can think of, I have worked at non-profits, I have been at foundations, I have worked in corporations, served on corporate boards, I have been at G-summits, I have sat in at the UN; they are not that smart."

Source: DW

Illegal gold mines destroying Amazon rainforest: study

Tuesday 02:24 GMT
Source: The Guradian

From freecycling to Fairphones: 24 ways to lead an anti-capitalist life in a capitalist world

Tuesday 15:26 GMT
Source: BBC

The divorced entrepreneur who needed a spare room

Monday 02:25 GMT
Source: DW

Bundesliga: Prodigious Jadon Sancho shows up strikerless Schalke

Saturday 20:00 GMT
Source: BBC

Puzzle solving 'won't stop mental decline'

Tuesday 02:24 GMT
Source: Common Domain

How to use mental tricks to save more for retirement

Monday 10:51 GMT
Source: Fox News

Illinois county gains $10M for detaining undocumented immigrants

Monday 10:51 GMT
Source: CBS News

Tax changes make "ABLE" savings accounts even more valuable for people with disabilities

Tuesday 22:47 GMT
Source: Common Domain

Delta bans kittens and puppies as support animals on all flights and all emotional support animals on longer hauls

Today 02:26 GMT
Source: Reuters

China's Tencent Music raises nearly $1.1 billion in U.S. IPO

Today 20:01 GMT
Source: Common Domain

Don’t Get Lulled by Tencent Music’s Tunes

Today 20:01 GMT
Source: Global News

China moving to slash tariffs on U.S. autos, as Trump tweet predicted

Today 12:41 GMT
Source: The Guradian

SAG nominees 2019: A Star is Born, Mrs Maisel and Ozark lead the race

Today 20:02 GMT
Source: ABC News

Federal judge orders Stormy Daniels to pay Trump nearly $300K in legal fees

Today 20:01 GMT

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