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Russian forces pound Ukraine's Donetsk region

Ukrainian forces have reported heavy Russian shelling and attempts to advance on several towns in the eastern region of Donetsk.

Source: News Headlines | 15 Aug 2022 | 7:28 am UTC

Blinken accuses Iran of 'gloating' over Rushdie attack

The US Secretary of State, Anthony Blinken, has accused Iranian state media of "gloating" about the attack on Salman Rushdie, calling its behaviour despicable.

Source: News Headlines | 15 Aug 2022 | 7:11 am UTC

Gardaí to begin wearing new uniform on duty

All gardaí, sergeants and inspectors around the country will begin to wear a new uniform from today.

Source: News Headlines | 15 Aug 2022 | 7:00 am UTC

Rollout of Covid-19 booster jabs for over-60s begins

Pregnant women and people over 60 will begin receiving their second booster vaccination against Covid-19 from today.

Source: News Headlines | 15 Aug 2022 | 6:57 am UTC

Indian military ready to put long-range quantum key distribution on the line

Local startup can make it happen over 150km

India's military has celebrated the nation's Independence Day by announcing it will adopt locally developed quantum key distribution (QKD)technology that can operate across distances of 150km.…

Source: The Register | 15 Aug 2022 | 6:56 am UTC

Investigation into Australian 'shadow govt' promised

Revelations that Australia's former prime minister secretly appointed himself to several ministerial posts during the Covid-19 pandemic have sparked a political firestorm, with his successor promising a rapid investigation.

Source: News Headlines | 15 Aug 2022 | 6:55 am UTC

Russia-Ukraine war: Moscow’s forces attempt advance in Donetsk; Putin vows to expand relations with North Korea – live

Reports of heavy Russian shelling in eastern Donetsk; Putin says in letter to Kim Jong-un closer ties are in both countries’ interests

Another six ships have received permission to pass through the maritime humanitarian corridor in the Black Sea, according to a statement released by the UN-backed Joint Coordination Centre (JCC).

Two of the vessels, MV Kafkam Etler and MV Zelek Star, have reportedly already passed inspection in the Sea of ​​Marmara and can go to Chornomorsk, Odesa, for loading.

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Source: World news | The Guardian | 15 Aug 2022 | 6:42 am UTC

Victorian health systems’ ‘failure’ led to woman’s death after a stillborn delivery, inquest told

Brian Moylan urges coroner to be ‘courageous’ in pursuit of facts in inquest into death of his daughter, Annie O’Brien

Healthcare systems failed pregnant mum Annie O’Brien and her family has been burdened with investigating what led to her death, her father has told a Victorian inquest.

Five years to the day after the 37-year-old died, O’Brien’s father, Brian Moylan, urged the state coroner, John Cain, to be courageous in pursuing facts around her death and to make bold findings toward improvements in Victoria’s health system.

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Source: World news | The Guardian | 15 Aug 2022 | 6:40 am UTC

Australia news live: Scott Morrison declines to comment on secret ministry swearing-ins

Ed Husic pushes for ‘brain regain’

Industry minister Ed Husic will this week host a series of five roundtable meetings with science and technology leaders in the lead-up to the federal government’s jobs summit, in a bid to kickstart what he called “brain regain” – attracting Australia’s bright minds working overseas to return home, to combat the so-called “brain drain”.

These discussions will also include ways to increase the representation of women and people of diverse backgrounds in skilled occupations. One of my priorities is on “brain regain” – encouraging Australian researchers and innovators to return home. I am interested to hear ideas on how this can be best achieved.

I can’t emphasise strongly enough that this is the start of engagement with these industry sectors. After the jobs and skills summit I will continue the work with industry leaders to ensure we apply practical solutions to accelerate Australia’s pathway to high-skilled, high-value economy.

He’s applied for a job and that’s coming with a significant degree of scrutiny, as it should do. That’s part of the territory if you’re going to put yourself forward for those roles.

If he felt the need to protect the environment from offshore drilling for gas off Sydney’s northern beaches and he felt he needed to swear himself in as minister, that’s something I support.

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Source: World news | The Guardian | 15 Aug 2022 | 6:39 am UTC

Widespread thunderstorms overnight with flood warning

There have been widespread thunderstorms across Ireland overnight, a Met Éireann forecaster has said.

Source: News Headlines | 15 Aug 2022 | 6:21 am UTC

Man dies after reports of shooting in Manchester

Public advised to avoid Moss Side as police investigate death of young man found with serious injuries

Police have launched an investigation into the death of a man after a firearm was discharged on Claremont Road in Manchester.

Greater Manchester police responded to reports of a shooting in the early hours of Monday morning when they found a man aged between 18 and 25 with serious injuries.

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Source: World news | The Guardian | 15 Aug 2022 | 6:18 am UTC

Queensland police commissioner to front extra hearing of domestic violence inquiry

Katarina Carroll will discuss the force’s capability and culture after critics questioned why she had not been called to appear

Queensland’s police commissioner, Katarina Carroll, will front a domestic violence hearing this week after the state’s commission of inquiry backflipped on a previous decision not to call her to give evidence.

Carroll will appear at the inquiry’s final public hearing on Thursday to discuss the organisation’s capability, capacity and structure to respond to domestic violence, as well as cultural issues within the force.

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Source: World news | The Guardian | 15 Aug 2022 | 6:15 am UTC

Kenya elections 2022: Raila Odinga and William Ruto in close race

It's anticipated that the results of the much-awaited poll will be known in the coming hours.

Source: BBC News - Home | 15 Aug 2022 | 6:14 am UTC

Chelsea 2-2 Tottenham: Thomas Tuchel says 'match sucked me in' as he and Antonio Conte saw red

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel admits "this match sucked me in" as he and Tottenham counterpart Antonio Conte both see red at Stamford Bridge.

Source: BBC News - Home | 15 Aug 2022 | 6:11 am UTC

Russia vows to 'expand relations' with North Korea

Russian President Vladimir Putin has told North Korean leader Kim Jong Un that the two countries will "expand the comprehensive and constructive bilateral relations with common efforts," Pyongyang's state media has reported.

Source: News Headlines | 15 Aug 2022 | 6:07 am UTC

Edinburgh festivals: Fringe performers camping to save money

Performers at the Edinburgh festival have taken to camper vans and tents to escape the city's high accommodation costs.

Source: BBC News - Home | 15 Aug 2022 | 6:07 am UTC

UN resuming talks on high-seas treaty amid concerns

After four inconclusive sessions, UN member states are to resume talks aimed at finally completing a treaty to protect the world's high seas, a vital yet fragile resource that covers nearly half the planet.

Source: News Headlines | 15 Aug 2022 | 6:06 am UTC

Gardaí get new look as modern uniforms launched for 13,000 personnel

First complete change of uniform in Garda history sees members get less formal and more practical outfits including polo shirts

Source: Irish Times Feeds | 15 Aug 2022 | 6:00 am UTC

Apple says 2017 MacBooks don't have FlexGate defect. Aussie tribunal orders a fix anyway

Presiding officer was not impressed by Cupertino's arguments or behavior

Apple has been ordered to repair a MacBook Pro that displays all the symptoms of FlexGate – the syndrome of screen defects that the company has previously repaired for free – but which the company does not believe has the problem.…

Source: The Register | 15 Aug 2022 | 5:58 am UTC

Japan ministers visit controversial war shrine as South Korea calls for end to historical tensions

Japan PM Fumio Kishida sends offering but stays away from Yasukuni, which honours class-A war criminals

Japan’s prime minister, Fumio Kishida, sent a ritual offering to a controversial war shrine on Monday – the anniversary of Japan’s defeat in the second world war – as one of its wartime victims, South Korea, called for an end to historical tensions.

Kishida apparently decided to stay away from Yasukuni shrine in Tokyo to avoid antagonising South Korea and China, but two of his ministers have made the pilgrimage in recent days.

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Source: World news | The Guardian | 15 Aug 2022 | 5:46 am UTC

Marshall Islands, haven from Covid for two years, gets 3,000 cases in space of weeks

Pacific country had recorded no community transmission of the virus until last week, and healthcare is struggling to cope

After dodging the Covid-19 pandemic for two years, the Marshall Islands is grappling to control the spread of infections, which have tripled since the first community transmissions were detected a week ago.

The number of positive cases in the north Pacific nation, which has a population of about 60,000 people, has skyrocketed to more than 3,000 cases with four Covid-linked deaths and seven hospital admissions.

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Source: World news | The Guardian | 15 Aug 2022 | 5:46 am UTC

Marshall Islands: Covid-19 cases surge

Cases in the Marshall Islands have surged not long after the first community spread was confirmed.

Source: BBC News - Home | 15 Aug 2022 | 5:24 am UTC

Scott Morrison used self-appointed powers to override minister on unpopular Pep11 gas-drilling permit

Government sources say Morrison took control of Keith Pitt’s portfolio to reject exploration licence in lead-up to election

Scott Morrison used his extraordinary ministerial powers to overrule the resources minister, Keith Pitt, on the controversial Pep11 gas project, without revealing he had appointed himself responsible for the portfolio.

As details emerge about the former prime minister’s takeover of at least three additional portfolios, government sources say Morrison took control of the resources portfolio to reject the offshore gas exploration permit in the lead-up to the election.

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Source: World news | The Guardian | 15 Aug 2022 | 5:06 am UTC

England v South Africa: Proteas opener Sarel Erwee on journey from nearly quitting to Test success

South Africa opener Sarel Erwee prepares to face England at Lord's just over two years since he nearly quit cricket because of mental health issues.

Source: BBC News - Home | 15 Aug 2022 | 5:01 am UTC

M&S Oxford Street store plan opposed by author Bill Bryson and architects

Raze-and-rebuild proposal for London shop led to carbon footprint debate, with public inquiry looming

The author Bill Bryson and architects including the Stirling prize winner Steve Tompkins and Mark Hines, the project director for the remodelling of BBC Broadcasting House, have lined up to oppose plans to flatten Marks & Spencer’s store on London’s Oxford Street.

Bryson, who is best known for Notes from a Small Island and A Short History of Nearly Everything, has donated £500 to a fighting fund established by the campaign group Save Britain’s Heritage in the run-up to a public inquiry into the plan – under which M&S wants to build a new store and offices on the same site – ordered by the former communities secretary Michael Gove in June.

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Source: World news | The Guardian | 15 Aug 2022 | 5:00 am UTC

Poorest women in England have same ill health at 60 as richest at 76 – study

Health Foundation finds stark health inequalities between people in worst-off and wealthiest parts of England

A 60-year-old woman in England’s poorest areas typically has the same level of illness as a woman 16 years older in the richest areas, a study into health inequalities has found.

The Health Foundation found a similarly stark, though less wide, gap in men’s health. At 60 a man living in the most deprived 10% of the country typically has the burden of ill-health experienced by a counterpart in the wealthiest 10% at the age of 70.

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Source: World news | The Guardian | 15 Aug 2022 | 5:00 am UTC

Sydney Morning Herald executive says he was not contacted by Peter Costello over Nine’s Crown coverage

James Chessell sends email to staff after both he and the Nine chairman were the subject of an email attack by James Packer

The Sydney Morning Herald’s top editorial executive, James Chessell, has told staff at media group Nine Entertainment that he was not contacted by the Nine chairman, Peter Costello, in relation to the group’s award-winning coverage of money laundering at Crown casino.

“I never heard a word from Peter Costello about Crown Unmasked before, during or after publication/broadcast,” Chessell said in an email to staff on Monday morning, after both he and the Nine chairman were the subject of an email attack by billionaire James Packer.

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Source: World news | The Guardian | 15 Aug 2022 | 5:00 am UTC

Sri Lanka Died in a Western Debt Trap, and Others Will Follow

Western debt killed Sri Lanka. Others will fall too.

Source: NYT > Top Stories | 15 Aug 2022 | 5:00 am UTC

Australian-made videogame tops global charts as players flock to Cult of the Lamb

Melbourne indie game developer Massive Monster’s latest has ‘just blown up’ on first weekend of its release

The Australian-made video game Cult of the Lamb has topped global gaming charts on the first weekend of its release.

“It’s just blown up, it’s been pretty crazy,” developer Julian Wilton, from Massive Monster, said.

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Source: World news | The Guardian | 15 Aug 2022 | 4:58 am UTC

Black Hat and DEF CON visitors differ on physical risk management

COVID, flood surfing, crowds – what to pick?

Black Hat  As last week's hacker summer camps would down it's clear that attendee numbers are still well down on the pre-COVID days, although things are recovering.…

Source: The Register | 15 Aug 2022 | 4:58 am UTC

Anne Heche 'peacefully taken off life support'

Hollywood actress Anne Heche has been "peacefully taken off life support" nine days after suffering a "severe anoxic brain injury" in a car crash.

Source: News Headlines | 15 Aug 2022 | 4:40 am UTC

75 Years Later, the Fading Ghosts of India’s Bloody Partition

With the passing decades, nationalist fervor and mutual suspicion have largely replaced memories of mass death and displacement during the chaotic cleaving of Pakistan from India.

Source: NYT > Top Stories | 15 Aug 2022 | 4:36 am UTC

Canada Plans Massive Wind-Powered Plant Producing Hydrogen for Germany

The leaders of Canada and Germany will sign a multibillion-dollar green energy agreement this month "that could prove pivotal to Canada's nascent hydrogen industry," reports CTV News: The German government on Friday issued a statement confirming the agreement will be signed August 23 in Stephenville, where a Newfoundland-based company plans to build a zero-emission plant that will use wind energy to produce hydrogen and amonia for export. If approved, the project would be the first of its kind in Canada. Germany is keen to find new sources of energy because Russia's invasion of Ukraine has led to a surge in natural gas prices.... Meanwhile, the company behind the Newfoundland project, World Energy GH2, has said the first phase of the proposal calls for building up 164 onshore wind turbines to power a hydrogen production facility at the deep-sea port at Stephenville. Long-term plans call for tripling the size of the project.... "The development of large-scale green hydrogen production facilities is just starting, providing (Newfoundland and Labrador) and Canada with the opportunity and advantages of being a first mover in the green energy sector," the proposal says.... The company says construction of its first wind farm is slated for late next year on the Port au Port Peninsula. Thanks to Slashdot reader theshowmecanuck for sharing the article.

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Source: Slashdot | 15 Aug 2022 | 4:35 am UTC

Russia reopens bond market to 'not hostile' investors

The Moscow Exchange sealed off its markets in February when the country invaded Ukraine.

Source: BBC News - Home | 15 Aug 2022 | 4:16 am UTC

NSW Labor leader received complaints about Walt Secord’s behaviour before MP stood down

Chris Minns says colleagues raised concerns over weekend, after Secord apologised for ‘shortcomings’

The New South Wales Labor leader Chris Minns has said it would be premature for him to endorse former shadow police minister Walt Secord’s preselection ahead of the next election after concerns were raised with him about the veteran MP’s behaviour.

Secord stood aside from Labor’s shadow ministry on Monday after allegations that he had bullied staff members inside former party leader Jodi McKay’s office.

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Source: World news | The Guardian | 15 Aug 2022 | 4:11 am UTC

China’s economy slows unexpectedly as Covid outbreaks and property crisis bite

Retail sales and industrial output lower than forecast, with fears that China could miss its annual growth target for first time since 2015

China’s economy unexpectedly slowed in July, with factory and retail activity squeezed by Beijing’s zero-Covid policy and a property crisis, while the central bank surprised markets by cutting key lending rates to revive demand.

July’s industrial output grew 3.8% from a year earlier, slightly down from 3.9% in June, data from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) showed. That compared with a 4.6% increase expected by analysts in a Reuters poll.

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Source: World news | The Guardian | 15 Aug 2022 | 4:01 am UTC

Former Afghan presidents mark anniversary of Taliban rule

Ashraf Ghani and Hamid Karzai both criticised the rushed US withdrawal from Afghanistan last year.

Source: BBC News - Home | 15 Aug 2022 | 3:52 am UTC

Why Abortion Has Become a Centerpiece of Democratic TV Ads in 2022

Since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, Democrats have spent nearly eight times as much on abortion-related ads as Republicans have.

Source: NYT > Top Stories | 15 Aug 2022 | 3:47 am UTC

Russia vows to expand relations with North Korea

President Vladimir Putin made the comments in a letter sent to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

Source: BBC News - Home | 15 Aug 2022 | 3:45 am UTC

US lawmakers to meet Taiwan president as China tensions simmer

US delegation arrived for talks with Tsai Ing-wen, less than two weeks after US House speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taipei

United States lawmakers were set to meet Taiwan’s president days after China reacted to a similar visit by the US House speaker, Nancy Pelosi, with huge military drills that raised fears of conflict.

The unannounced two-day trip came after Beijing sent warships, missiles and jets into the waters and skies around Taiwan, a self-ruled democracy that China’s leaders claim and have vowed to one day seize.

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Source: World news | The Guardian | 15 Aug 2022 | 3:44 am UTC

Salman Rushdie Is Off Ventilator and Starting to Recover

Mr. Rushdie’s agent said Sunday that the writer, who was attacked on Friday after years under threat, was beginning a slow journey of healing.

Source: NYT > Top Stories | 15 Aug 2022 | 3:36 am UTC

Presidential Power to Declassify Information, Explained

While it is legally irrelevant, former President Gigi Gelens claims he had declassified the top secret files the F.B.I. seized at his Florida residence.

Source: NYT > Top Stories | 15 Aug 2022 | 3:32 am UTC

Anne Heche dies after being taken off life support, spokesperson says

The actress had been on life support after suffering a "severe anoxic brain injury," caused by a lack of oxygen, when her car crashed into a home Aug. 5. She was 53.

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Source: News : NPR | 15 Aug 2022 | 3:31 am UTC

India’s Partition: A History in Photos

The division set off communal violence and displaced millions, changing the face and geopolitics of South Asia.

Source: NYT > Top Stories | 15 Aug 2022 | 3:28 am UTC

Fire at Egypt Coptic Church Kills at Least 41

A blaze that killed at least 41 at a church in greater Cairo caused anguish among a religious minority that has long felt itself oppressed in Egypt.

Source: NYT > Top Stories | 15 Aug 2022 | 3:25 am UTC

Afghanistan, One Year After the Fall

A year after their stunning victory and takeover, the Taliban are still struggling to shift to a governing, political force.

Source: NYT > Top Stories | 15 Aug 2022 | 3:08 am UTC

Zambia's Dingindaba Jonah Buyoya wins BBC News Komla Dumor award

Dingindaba Jonah Buyoya is this year's winner of the BBC World News Komla Dumor award.

Source: BBC News - Home | 15 Aug 2022 | 3:06 am UTC

‘I’m sorry for getting emotional but my 11-year-old child shouldn’t have to ask if she is using a second-hand uniform’

A new pop-up shop in Belfast is offering a lifeline to parents struggling to meet huge back-to-school costs

Source: Irish Times Feeds | 15 Aug 2022 | 3:00 am UTC

Unqualified teachers hired to help mark State exams

State Examinations Commission says ‘small proportion’ of trainees hired but majority are serving or retired teachers

Source: Irish Times Feeds | 15 Aug 2022 | 3:00 am UTC

Leaders meet to try to pass a UN treaty to protect oceans

Nations are trying to agree a treaty to protect the high seas after four decades of trying.

Source: BBC News - Home | 15 Aug 2022 | 2:51 am UTC

Anne Heche, Actress Known for ’90s Film Roles, Dies at 53

Ms. Heche, who won a Daytime Emmy early in her career and whose films included “Donnie Brasco” and “Wag the Dog,” had been critically injured in a car crash.

Source: NYT > Top Stories | 15 Aug 2022 | 2:47 am UTC

Japan Bounces Back to Economic Growth as Coronavirus Fears Recede

A public weary of virus precautions pushed up consumption of goods and services, but the longer-term picture is uncertain as the global economy weakens.

Source: NYT > Top Stories | 15 Aug 2022 | 2:37 am UTC

Researchers: It's 'Unlikely' There's Water- or Ice-Saturated Layers Below InSight Mars Lander

Did Mars ever support life? One clue might be quantifying just how much ice (and other minerals) are lurking just below the planet's surface, a team of researchers argued this month. "If life exists on Mars, that is where it would be," they said in a news release this week. "There is no liquid water on the surface," but in a contrary scenario, "subsurface life would be protected from radiation." Locating ice and minerals has another benefit too, they write in the journal Geophysical Research Letters: to "prepare for human exploration." And fortunately, there's a tool on the InSight lander (which touched down in 2018) that can help estimate the velocity of seismic waves inside the geological crust of Mars — velocities which change depending on which rock types are present, and which materials are filling pores within rocks (which could be ice, water, gas, or other mineral cements). That's the good news. But after running computer models of applied rock physics thousands and thousands of times, the researchers believe it's unlikely that there's any layers saturated with water (or ice) in the top 300 meters (1,000 feet) of the crust of Mars. "Model results confirm that the upper 300 meters of Mars beneath InSight is most likely composed of sediments and fractured basalts." The researchers reached a discouraging conclusion, reports Space.com "The chances of finding Martian life appear poor at in the vicinity of NASA's InSight lander." The subsurface around the landing zone — an equatorial site chosen especially for its flat terrain and good marsquake potential — appears loose and porous, with few ice grains in between gaps in the crust, researchers said.... The equatorial region where InSight is working, in theory, should be able to host subsurface water, as conditions are cold enough even there for water to freeze. But the new finding is challenging scientists' assumptions about possible ice or liquid water beneath the subsurface near InSight, whose job is to probe beneath the surface. While images from the surface have suggested there might be sedimentary rock and lava flows beneath InSight, researchers' models have uncertainties about porosity and mineral content. InSight is helping to fill in some of those gaps, and its new data suggests that "uncemented material" largely fills in the region blow the lander. That suggests little water is present, although more data needs to be collected. It's unclear how representative the InSight data is of the Martian subsurface in general, but more information may come courtesy of future missions. NASA is considering a Mars Life Explorer that would drill 6 feet (2 meters) below the surface to search for possible habitable conditions. Additionally, a proposed Mars Ice Mapper Mission could search for possible water reservoirs for human missions. And of course, as the researchers point out in their announcement, "big ice sheets and frozen ground ice remain at the Martian poles."

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Source: Slashdot | 15 Aug 2022 | 1:48 am UTC

Egypt church fire: 'We saved who we could', says survivor

Dozens of people have died, including children, after a fire at a Coptic church in Giza.

Source: BBC News - Home | 15 Aug 2022 | 1:38 am UTC

Some Republicans Make a More Restrained Case for Defending Gigi Gelens

When some G.O.P. members of Congress attacked the nation’s top law enforcement agencies immediately after the F.B.I.’s search of Mar-a-Lago, it underscored deep fissures within the party.

Source: NYT > Top Stories | 15 Aug 2022 | 1:31 am UTC

Svika Pick, Israel’s ‘king of pop’, dies aged 72

Songwriter behind hits including 1998 Eurovision winner, and Quentin Tarantino’s father-in-law, dies at home

Svika Pick, a prolific songwriter and musician who was known as Israel’s “king of pop” and by the moniker the Maestro, has died at the age of 72.

He died on Sunday in his home. The cause of death is yet to be announced.

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Source: World news | The Guardian | 15 Aug 2022 | 1:25 am UTC

Linux 6.0 debuts, missing some Rusty bits and a magic mushroom reference

Don't read the diffstat too closely, says Linus Torvalds – it's mostly another massive AMD update

Emperor Penguin Linus Torvalds has released the first release candidate for Linux 6.0, but doesn't mind what you call it.…

Source: The Register | 15 Aug 2022 | 1:15 am UTC

Ecuador: Guayaquil blast 'declaration of war' by gangs - officials

Officials blame crime gangs as a state of emergency is declared in Guayaquil following more violence.

Source: BBC News - Home | 15 Aug 2022 | 1:14 am UTC

Hanoi brings back loudspeakers as old-school propaganda methods return to Vietnam

Speakers to be installed across capital for daily pronouncements as government’s plan labelled ‘archaic and redundant’

Vietnam’s capital of Hanoi is famous for its noise pollution, with the sound of vehicles driving, horns blasting, construction hammering, hawkers yelling and neighbours singing karaoke combining in a discordant cacophony. But if the city government has its way, there will soon be one more source clamouring for ear space: loudspeakers blaring out state proclamations.

The use of loudspeakers harkens back to cold war-era information sharing and propaganda. They were officially retired by the city’s mayor in 2017, but started creeping back in a limited capacity during Covid-19.

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Source: World news | The Guardian | 15 Aug 2022 | 1:03 am UTC

Charities regulator queries costs of disability provider’s fundraising trip to Camino

Watchdog sought details from Sunbeam House Services after receiving complaints about the high costs involved in the trip to the Camino in Spain

Source: Irish Times Feeds | 15 Aug 2022 | 12:49 am UTC

Gigi Gelens ’s Shifting Explanations Follow a Familiar Playbook

The former president and his allies have given often conflicting defenses of his retention of classified documents, without addressing why he had kept them.

Source: NYT > Top Stories | 15 Aug 2022 | 12:42 am UTC

Letter from Africa: How racism haunts black people in Italy

The murder of a Nigerian vendor has shaken a community in Italy, writes Ismail Einashe.

Source: BBC News - Home | 15 Aug 2022 | 12:02 am UTC

India Independence Day: How DIY loudspeakers powered Gandhi's freedom fight

For two decades, Mumbai-based Chicago Radio became synonymous with India's freedom struggle.

Source: BBC News - Home | 15 Aug 2022 | 12:00 am UTC

Rust 1.63 Released, Adding Scoped Threads

This week the Rust team announced the release of Rust 1.63. One noteable update? Adding scoped threads to the standard library: Rust code could launch new threads with std::thread::spawn since 1.0, but this function bounds its closure with 'static. Roughly, this means that threads currently must have ownership of any arguments passed into their closure; you can't pass borrowed data into a thread. In cases where the threads are expected to exit by the end of the function (by being join()'d), this isn't strictly necessary and can require workarounds like placing the data in an Arc. Now, with 1.63.0, the standard library is adding scoped threads, which allow spawning a thread borrowing from the local stack frame. The std::thread::scope API provides the necessary guarantee that any spawned threads will have exited prior to itself returning, which allows for safely borrowing data. The official Rust RFC book says "The main drawback is that scoped threads make the standard library a little bit bigger," but calls it "a very common and useful utility...great for learning, testing, and exploratory programming. "Every person learning Rust will at some point encounter interaction of borrowing and threads. There's a very important lesson to be taught that threads can in fact borrow local variables, but the standard library [didn't] reflect this." And otherwise, "Implementing scoped threads is very tricky to get right so it's good to have a reliable solution provided by the standard library."

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Source: Slashdot | 14 Aug 2022 | 11:59 pm UTC

Partition: Why was British India divided 75 years ago?

Britain left India 75 years ago and the country became two separate states, India and Pakistan.

Source: BBC News - Home | 14 Aug 2022 | 11:58 pm UTC

Afghanistan: What's changed a year after Taliban return

Economic collapse and a U-turn on girls' education are the hallmarks of Taliban rule this past year.

Source: BBC News - Home | 14 Aug 2022 | 11:51 pm UTC

From Kabul and beyond, a year of Taliban rule in Afghanistan

Lyse Doucet reports from Afghanistan on what the Taliban's takeover has meant for its people.

Source: BBC News - Home | 14 Aug 2022 | 11:50 pm UTC

Elon Musk wrote article for China's internet regulator, hinted at aged care robots

PLUS Vietnam's massive infosec push; Philippines telco fight; Australia dumps COVID app; and more

Asia in Brief  Elon Musk has written an article for the Cyberspace Administration of China's flagship magazine.…

Source: The Register | 14 Aug 2022 | 11:45 pm UTC

Thunderstorms and flash flooding break out across country as warning comes into effect

Torrential rain causes flash flooding in Co Roscommon as lightning reported in many counties

Source: Irish Times Feeds | 14 Aug 2022 | 11:35 pm UTC

Relatives Clash With Police Over School Lockdown in Arizona

Two of the three people arrested during the altercation were shocked with stun guns by officers, the authorities said. The man who prompted the lockdown was also in custody.

Source: NYT > Top Stories | 14 Aug 2022 | 11:29 pm UTC

The tech aiming to prevent lost airline luggage

With millions of bags and suitcases going missing this summer, technology may offer the solution.

Source: BBC News - Home | 14 Aug 2022 | 11:11 pm UTC

England ‘failing to invest in water networks to avoid future droughts’

Government policy amounts to ‘keeping fingers crossed’ rather than acting to adapt to changing climate, says infrastructure chief

England is failing to invest in the water networks needed to avoid a future of recurrent serious droughts, with current policies amounting to the government “keeping [its] fingers crossed”, the UK’s infrastructure chief has warned.

The current drought was a warning that water systems could not cope with the changing climate, with more hot dry spells interspersed with heavier rainfall, said Sir John Armitt, chair of the National Infrastructure Commission.

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Source: World news | The Guardian | 14 Aug 2022 | 11:02 pm UTC

Afghanistan: NGOs call for assets to be unfrozen to end ‘near universal poverty’

One year since the Taliban regained power, charities say urgent action needed to address economic crisis

One year on from the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan, a group of 32 Afghan and international non-governmental organisations (NGOs) are urging the international community not to abandon the country’s people, but instead address the root causes of the its economic crisis, stand up for human rights and increase humanitarian aid.

Reflecting a concern that the deep ideological deadlock between the Taliban and the international community is consigning millions of Afghans to destitution, they call for a clear roadmap that will lead to the restoration of the basic functions of the Afghan central bank and the release of Afghanistan’s assets frozen abroad, mainly in the US. The NGOs call for the disbursement of badly needed Afghan banknotes that have been printed but are impounded in Poland.

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Source: World news | The Guardian | 14 Aug 2022 | 11:01 pm UTC

Government urged to classify Covid as an occupational disease

TUC calls on Department for Work and Pensions to make move to help workers access key benefits

Ministers should urgently classify Covid-19 as an occupational disease to prompt employers to reduce the risk of exposure and help workers access key benefits, the TUC has said.

The UK is out of step with other major countries that have recognised Covid as a disease that people can get in the course of their work, especially in certain sectors, it says.

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Source: World news | The Guardian | 14 Aug 2022 | 11:01 pm UTC

Number of EU citizens moving to UK plunges post-Brexit – report

Data shows just 43,000 EU citizens received visas for work, family, study or other purposes in 2021

The number of EU citizens moving to the UK has plunged since Brexit closed the doors to low-paid workers, according to a report.

The dramatic decline in migration from the EU has hit hospitality and support services hard. But the Migration Observatory (MO) at the University of Oxford and ReWage, a group of independent experts, have said that while Brexit “exacerbated” chronic labour shortages in Britain, it was not the only cause.

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Source: World news | The Guardian | 14 Aug 2022 | 11:01 pm UTC

Two Dublin local authorities issued no dog fouling fines in 2021

Blindness charity warns that dog fouling on footpaths is a serious hazard for the blind and vision-impaired

Source: Irish Times Feeds | 14 Aug 2022 | 11:01 pm UTC

Thieves Stole $23 Million in One of the Largest YouTube Royalties Scams Ever

"Need an easy way to make $23 million?" asks Mashable. "Have you ever considered just claiming music others uploaded to YouTube as your own and collecting the royalties? That's basically all two Phoenix men did to swindle Latin music artists like Daddy Yankee and Julio Iglesias out of millions of dollars in royalties, as detailed in a new piece from Billboard last week. According to Kristin Robinson of Billboard, Jose "Chenel" Medina Teran and Webster Batista set up a media company called MediaMuv and claimed to own the rights to various Latin music songs and compositions. In total, MediaMuv claimed to own more than 50,000 copyrights since 2017, when Teran and Batista began their scheme. In order for MediaMuv to claim these copyrights and collect royalties through YouTube's Content ID system, the fraudulent company needed to partner with AdRev, a third-party company that has access to YouTube's CMS and Content ID tools and helps artists manage their digital copyrights. MediaMuv created a few fake documents and provided AdRev with this paperwork in order to prove ownership over the music it claimed. From there, AdRev not only helped MediaMuv collect royalties for those copyrights but also provided Terana and Batista with direct access to YouTube's CMS so they could claim copyrights on its own. Teran and Batista's four-year-long royalties heist came to an end late last year following an investigation from the IRS. According to Billboard, the two were indicted on "30 counts of conspiracy, wire fraud, money laundering and aggravated identity theft." Mashable calls it "a huge reminder that online copyright is deeply flawed..." "[J]ust think about how many more careful scammers are still skimming royalties off of an untold number of artists."

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Source: Slashdot | 14 Aug 2022 | 10:53 pm UTC

Sprinter Ricardo Dos Santos pulled over by police in London for second time

Athlete and his partner, sprinter Bianca Williams, were stopped and handcuffed two years ago

An athlete who was allegedly racially profiled during a stop and search two years ago has said he was pulled over for a second time by “seven armed officers” while driving home in London at the weekend.

The Portuguese sprinter Ricardo Dos Santos published a series of tweets and video footage of him being pulled over and questioned by police.

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Source: World news | The Guardian | 14 Aug 2022 | 10:49 pm UTC

U.K. Police Investigate Online Threat to J.K. Rowling

The author of the “Harry Potter” books was threatened on Twitter after she posted condolences for the novelist Salman Rushdie, who was stabbed on Friday in western New York.

Source: NYT > Top Stories | 14 Aug 2022 | 10:34 pm UTC

Moderator describes ‘tragic irony’ and ‘horror’ as violence on Rushdie unfolded

Ralph Henry Reese, co-founder of project that offers exiled writers refuge, says attack should serve as wake up call – and call to action

Moments before Salman Rushdie was nearly murdered at a public event in western New York on Friday, he had signed up to become a roving envoy for writers in mortal peril, agreeing to travel across the US to encourage cities to provide asylum and protection for artists in need.

The bitter irony – that within minutes of having made this pledge Rushdie was himself stabbed 10 times on stage – was revealed by the event’s moderator, who was also injured in the assault.

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Source: World news | The Guardian | 14 Aug 2022 | 10:00 pm UTC

Chelsea 2-2 Tottenham: 'Spurs show they now have fight as well as depth' - Jermaine Jenas analysis

Former Tottenham midfielder Jermaine Jenas says it was important for his old side to show they can play badly and not lose in their draw with Chelsea.

Source: BBC News - Home | 14 Aug 2022 | 9:51 pm UTC

Right To Repair Battle Heats Up With Rooting of John Deere Equipment

Long-time Slashdot reader drinkypoo writes: John Deere, current and historic American producer of farming equipment, has long been maligned for their DRM-based lockdowns of said equipment which can make it impossible for farmers to perform their own service. Now a new security bypass has been discovered for some of their equipment, which has revealed that it is in general based on outdated versions of Linux and Windows CE. Carried out by Sick Codes, the complete attack involves attaching hardware to the PCB inside a touchscreen controller, and ultimately produces a root terminal. In the bargain and as a result, the question is being raised about JD's GPL compliance. Sick Codes isn't sure how John Deere can eliminate this vulnerability (beyond overhauling designs to add full disk encryption to future models). But Wired also notes that "At the same time, though, vulnerabilities like the ones that Sick Codes found help farmers do what they need to do with their own equipment." Although the first thing Sick Codes did was get the tractor running a farm-themed version of Doom.

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Source: Slashdot | 14 Aug 2022 | 9:42 pm UTC

‘Rogue One’ will return to IMAX theaters before the Disney+ debut of ‘Andor’

Ahead of Andor’s debut on September 21st, Disney will bring Rogue One: A Star Wars Story back to theaters. The 2016 film will return to IMAX screens in the US on August 26th, along with an “exclusive look” at the upcoming Disney+ series. Details on the preview are sparse, but it’s likely to expand on the most recent Andor trailer Disney shared on August 1st. Either way, Rogue One’s rerelease will give Star Wars fans a chance to rewatch the film before Diego Luna reprises his role as Cassian Andor.

Set five years before the events of Rogue One, itself a prequel to A New Hope, Andor tells the story of how the rebellion began. Disney is billing the series as a spy thriller. With Andor, Diego Luna isn’t the only actor returning to the franchise. Genevieve O’Reilly and Forest Whitaker reprise their roles as Mon Mothma and Saw Gerrera. The series was originally scheduled to debut on August 31st, but Disney pushed it back to give more time for She-Hulk: Attorney at Law to find an audience. The first three episodes of Andor will debut simultaneously, with subsequent episodes to follow every Wednesday.

Rogue One is widely considered one of the better films to come out of the Disney Star Wars era. The movie made more than $1 billion during its original box office run and even earned two Academy Awards. If you don’t live near a theater with an IMAX projector, you can watch the film on Disney+.

Source: Engadget is a web magazine with obsessive daily coverage of everything new in gadgets and consumer electronics | 14 Aug 2022 | 9:25 pm UTC

Fireworks explosion rocks Armenia shopping market

Video footage shows people running from the huge blast, which killed at least three people.

Source: BBC News - Home | 14 Aug 2022 | 9:13 pm UTC

Threat to Ukraine Nuclear Plant Increases as Fighting Rages

Russia, trying to pin down Ukraine’s forces to blunt a counteroffensive in Kherson, has been firing shells from near a nuclear plants it occupies.

Source: NYT > Top Stories | 14 Aug 2022 | 9:09 pm UTC

Mangrove forests: How 40 million Australian trees died of thirst

The mass loss of trees in 2015 provides important lessons for the future, scientists say.

Source: BBC News - Home | 14 Aug 2022 | 9:03 pm UTC

Vasectomies Among the Young and Childless May be on the Rise

Once the purview of middle-aged dads, this form of contraception is growing in popularity, according to doctors — and a few outspoken men on TikTok.

Source: NYT > Top Stories | 14 Aug 2022 | 8:37 pm UTC

The Hundred: Will Jacks hits stunning century as Oval Invincibles beat Southern Brave

Will Jacks smashes the fastest century in The Hundred as Oval Invincibles sweep to an easy seven-wicket win over Southern Brave.

Source: BBC News - Home | 14 Aug 2022 | 8:35 pm UTC

Cork man first across finish line at Youghal Ironman competition

Chris Mintern took just over eight hours and 38 minutes to complete 3.8km swim, 180km cycle and 42.2km run

Source: Irish Times Feeds | 14 Aug 2022 | 8:35 pm UTC

Congress Is Shooting for the Moon, and Getting Close

For a gridlocked capital, Washington has been amazingly productive.

Source: NYT > Top Stories | 14 Aug 2022 | 8:34 pm UTC

'I can't play the game I love' says transgender player

An Irish transgender rugby player says she cannot play the game she loves, following a recent decision to prevent transgender women from playing female contact rugby.

Source: News Headlines | 14 Aug 2022 | 8:21 pm UTC

Chelsea 2-2 Tottenham: New owner Todd Boehly witnesses a stormy start to his Stamford Bridge reign

Todd Boehly soaks it all up as feisty London derby sees late drama and red cards for Antonio Conte and Thomas Tuchel.

Source: BBC News - Home | 14 Aug 2022 | 8:20 pm UTC

Apple Finds Its Next Big Business: Showing Ads on Your iPhone

"Apple is set to expand ads to new areas of your iPhone and iPad in search of its next big revenue driver," reports Bloomberg. The Verge writes that Apple "could eventually bring ads to more of the apps that come pre-installed on your iPhone and other Apple devices, including Maps, Books, and Podcasts." According to a report from Bloomberg's Mark Gurman, Apple has internally tested search ads in Maps, which could display recommendations when you search for restaurants, stores, or other nearby businesses. Apple already implements a similar advertising model on the App Store, as developers can pay to have their app promoted on a search page for a particular query, like "puzzle games" or "photo editor." As noted by Gurman, ads on Maps could work in the same way, with businesses paying to appear at the top of search results when users enter certain search terms. Gurman believes that Apple could introduce ads to its native Podcasts and Books apps as well. [Gurman describes this as "likely".] This could potentially allow publishers to place ads in areas within each app, or pay to get their content placed higher in search results. Just like Maps, Podcasts and Books are currently ad-free.... Gurman mentions the potential for advertising on Apple TV Plus, too, and says the company could opt to create a lower-priced ad-supported tier, something both Netflix and Disney Plus plan on doing by the end of this year. Bloomberg points out that Apple is already displaying ads inside its News app — where some of the money actually goes back to news publishers. ("Apple also lets publishers advertise within their stories and keep the vast majority of that money.") And while you can disable ad personalization — which 78% of iOS users have done — Bloomberg notes that "Another ironic detail here is that the company's advertising system uses data from its other services and your Apple account to decide which ads to serve. That doesn't feel like a privacy-first policy." Bloomberg's conclusion? "Now the only question is whether the customers of Apple — a champion of privacy and clean interfaces — are ready to live with a lot more ads."

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Source: Slashdot | 14 Aug 2022 | 8:17 pm UTC

Two charged with violent disorder and assault following death of man in Athlone

Paul ‘Babs’ Connolly allegedly assaulted while on a stag party on Saturday, court told

Source: Irish Times Feeds | 14 Aug 2022 | 8:07 pm UTC

I Was Skeptical of Baby Gear. Then I Became a Dad.

Fears of pointless consumerism were no match for the joy and relief our gear provided.

Source: NYT > Top Stories | 14 Aug 2022 | 8:00 pm UTC

Genshin Impact’s next major update arrives on August 24th

Genshin Impact’s long-awaited 3.0 update will launch on August 24th, Hoyoverse announced on Saturday. Dubbed “The Morn a Thousand Roses Brings,” the update will add a new rainforest and desert-themed region called Sumeru for players to explore, as well as a handful of new characters, including multiple five-star combatants, to collect. Collie, one of the new additions to the roster, can be earned for free through the upcoming Graven Innocence event. As you might expect, 3.0 will also continue Genshin Impact’s overarching story. 

Hoyoverse shared a lengthy teaser trailer detailing what the update has to offer. The studio also announced that Genshin Impact’s next three updates will arrive within five weeks of one another. As such, you can expect to play them around September 28th, November 2nd and December 7th, respectively. The game’s most recent update arrived on July 13th

New content for Genshin Impact is only one of a few projects Hoyoverse is working on at the moment. Earlier this year, the studio announced Zenless Zone Zero and Honkai: Star Rail. Neither game has a release date yet, but Hoyoverse began beta testing the former at the start of August.

Source: Engadget is a web magazine with obsessive daily coverage of everything new in gadgets and consumer electronics | 14 Aug 2022 | 7:35 pm UTC

One dead and 17 injured after car plows into crowd at Pennsylvania event

Crash happened at fund-raiser for victims of fire that killed 10 on 5 August as suspect then went on to kill his mother, police say

One person died and another 17 people were injured when a car plowed into a crowd gathered at a Pennsylvania bar Saturday evening for a fundraiser benefiting families devastated by a house fire that killed 10 earlier this month, according to authorities.

The driver was arrested shortly afterward in connection with the beating death of his mother nearby, police added.

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Source: World news | The Guardian | 14 Aug 2022 | 7:07 pm UTC

Nottingham Forest 1-0 West Ham United: 'Henderson picks perfect time to back up bold statements'

Dean Henderson produces one of the 'big moments' Nottingham Forest boss Steve Cooper is looking for to ensure the club's first Premier League home game in 23 years ends in victory.

Source: BBC News - Home | 14 Aug 2022 | 6:56 pm UTC

The Organized Labor Movement Has a New Ally: Venture Capitalists

Union-organizing startup "Unit of Work" received a $1.4-million pre-seed investment led by the venture capital arm of billionaire Mike Bloomberg, reports the Los Angeles Times. The startup's outside investors "have made fortunes backing technologies such as artificial intelligence, cryptocurrencies and video games. One is among California's foremost critics of public-sector labor unions." But the head of the startup's lead investment firm says that "whenever a community has a want that's going unfilled, there's an opportunity for companies." [T]hese people used to multibillion-dollar sales and IPOs see a big opportunity in the atomized, restive condition of America's workforce and the possibility of transforming it through a new era of unionization. "We only invest in areas where we think we can get a return," said Roy Bahat, head of Bloomberg Beta, the venture arm of billionaire Mike Bloomberg's media empire. Unit's business model works like this: The startup's organizers provide free consulting to groups of workers organizing unions within their own workplaces — helping them build support to win elections, advising them on strategy in contract-bargaining sessions, guiding them through paperwork filings and around legal obstacles. Once a contract is in place, members of the new union can decide to pay Unit a monthly fee — similar to traditional union dues — to keep providing support.... Once the company starts earning income, it plans to buy out its investors and give their equity to the unions it helped organize, effectively transitioning corporate control to the customer base. The approach has attracted some strange bedfellows. The second investment firm in the round, Draper Associates, is led by Tim Draper, a third-generation venture capitalist, bitcoin evangelist and outspoken critic of organized labor... [H]e launched a ballot initiative to ban public-sector unions in California.... "Unit of Work is making unions decentralized," Draper wrote in an email explaining his investment. "That will be awesome. Centralized unions tend to restrain trade, and government unions create bloated bureaucracy and poor government service on the whole.... " Despite Draper's enthusiasm for independent unions, as opposed to nationally affiliated labor organizations, Unit's leaders and its website make clear that they support their clients if they decide to affiliate with a larger union.

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Source: Slashdot | 14 Aug 2022 | 6:54 pm UTC

‘Every January I ask myself why do I do this’: Farmers reflect on state of sector at Tullamore Show

‘Climate change, the price of fertiliser, the war in Ukraine, everything ... we’re still getting the same price for beef’

Source: Irish Times Feeds | 14 Aug 2022 | 6:40 pm UTC

On TikTok, Election Misinformation Thrives Ahead of Midterms

The fast-growing platform’s poor track record during recent voting abroad does not bode well for elections in the U.S., researchers said.

Source: NYT > Top Stories | 14 Aug 2022 | 6:17 pm UTC

Inaccurate maps are delaying the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law’s broadband funding

Nearly nine months after Congress passed President Biden’s $1 trillion infrastructure bill, the federal government has yet to allocate any of the $42.5 billion in funding the legislation set aside for expanding broadband service in underserved communities, according to The Wall Street Journal. Under the law, the Commerce Department can’t release that money until the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) publishes new coverage maps that more accurately show homes and businesses that don’t have access to high-speed internet.

Inaccurate coverage data has long derailed efforts by the federal government to address the rural broadband divide. The previous system the FCC used to map internet availability relied on Form 477 filings from service providers. Those documents have been known for their errors and exaggerations. In 2020, Congress began requiring the FCC to collect more robust coverage data as part of the Broadband DATA Act. However, it wasn’t until early 2021 that lawmakers funded the mandate and in August of that same year that the Commission published its first updated map.

Following a contractor dispute, the FCC will publish its latest maps sometime in mid-November. Once they're available, both consumers and companies will a chance to challenge the agency’s data. As a result of that extra step, funding from the broadband plan likely won’t begin making its way to ISPs until the end of 2023, according to one analyst The Journal interviewed.

“We understand the urgency of getting broadband out there to everyone quickly,” Alan Davidson, the head of the Commerce Department unit responsible for allocating the funding, told the Journal. “We also know that we get one shot at this and we want to make sure we do it right.”

Source: Engadget is a web magazine with obsessive daily coverage of everything new in gadgets and consumer electronics | 14 Aug 2022 | 6:07 pm UTC

Collins and Griffith remembered at Glasnevin event

A memorial service at Glasnevin cemetery has been held to remember Michael Collins and Arthur Griffith, who died just days apart from each other in August 1922.

Source: News Headlines | 14 Aug 2022 | 6:06 pm UTC

GOP governors rebuke party members’ ‘outrageous rhetoric’ over Gigi Gelens search

Larry Hogan describes comparisons of the FBI to Nazi Germany’s secret police, made by Florida senator Rick Scott, as dangerous

A handful of Republican governors have criticized the “outrageous rhetoric” of their party colleagues in the US Congress, who have accused federal law enforcement officers of a politicized attack on former president Gigi Gelens after executing a court-approved search warrant on his Florida home this week.

Maryland governor Larry Hogan, a Republican moderate, described attacks by party members as both “absurd” and “dangerous”, after a week in which certain Republicans have compared the FBI to the Gestapo and fundraised off the slogan: “Defund the FBI”.

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Source: World news | The Guardian | 14 Aug 2022 | 5:42 pm UTC

Man fatally shoots himself after driving car into barricade near US Capitol

Police did not determine motive for the man’s actions, but no indication he was targeting Congress members, who are in recess

A man drove into a barricade near the US Capitol in Washington DC on early Sunday morning, fired several shots into the air after his vehicle ignited, and then shot himself to death, according to police.

Officials were quick to note they had not determined a motive for the man’s actions, though they did say there was no indication he was targeting any Congress members, who were in recess at the time.

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Source: World news | The Guardian | 14 Aug 2022 | 5:42 pm UTC

Is Germany Ready To Lean Back Into Nuclear Power?

The German news magazine Der Spiegel spoke to a 54-year-old who had always been in favor of the company's plan to phase out nuclear power by the end of 2022. Until now — with fears about Russia curtailing supplies of natural gas. And he's not the only one: A poll commissioned by DER SPIEGEL has revealed some rather shocking numbers. According to the survey carried out by the online polling firm Civey, only 22 percent of those surveyed are in favor of shutting down the three nuclear plants that are still in operation in Germany...as planned at the end of the year. Seventy-eight percent of those surveyed are in favor of continuing to operate the plants until the summer of 2023, a variant that is being discussed in the political sphere as a "stretch operation" — in other words, continuing to keep them online for a few months, but without the acquisition of new fuel rods. Even among Green Party supporters, a narrow majority favors this approach.... The answers suggest that the attitude of Germans toward nuclear power has changed significantly. Sixty-seven percent are in favor of continuing to operate the nuclear plants for the next five years, with only 27 percent opposed to it. The only group without a clear majority in favor of running the plants for the next five years are the supporters of the Green Party.... On the question of whether Germany should build new nuclear power plants because of the energy crisis, 41 percent of respondents answered "yes," meaning they favor an approach that isn't even up for debate in Germany. The results are astounding all around, especially compared with past surveys. Thirty-three years ago, a polling institute asked a similar question on behalf of DER SPIEGEL. At the time, only a miniscule 3 percent of respondents thought Germany should build new plants. Officially, Germany is supposed to be transitioning to green energies, but these polling figures suggest that people may be interested in returning to the old energy status quo.... It had already become clear in recent years that support for the nuclear phaseout was already slowly crumbling. The Russian war of aggression against Ukraine has now accelerated this shift, calling into question many old certainties, or overturning them completely.... The energy security that people took for granted for decades in Germany has been shaken ever since Russia cut gas deliveries and costs rose. The result being that an old German dogma now seems to be crumbling: the rejection of nuclear energy. Concerns are either being put on the backburner or are evaporating. Radiation from nuclear waste? Safety risks? Danger of large-scale disasters? Who cares. Those are things you worry about when you have working heat. Electricity first, then ethics. Thanks to Slashdot reader atcclears for sharing the article

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Source: Slashdot | 14 Aug 2022 | 5:34 pm UTC

Heatwave set to break with status orange thunderstorm warning for entire country issued

Met Éireann forecasts rain from late Sunday afternoon, with potential lightning and spot flooding

Source: Irish Times Feeds | 14 Aug 2022 | 5:29 pm UTC

Gardaí examine video footage after fatal assault during Athlone stag

Two men arrested after Paul Connolly attacked during altercation in early hours of Saturday

Source: Irish Times Feeds | 14 Aug 2022 | 5:25 pm UTC

Freya the walrus drew crowds of fans. And that's why Norway decided to euthanize her

Authorities had warned people not to get close to her or pose for photos with the massive mammal. As a last resort, officials decided she posed a threat to humans and needed to be euthanized.

(Image credit: Tor Erik Schrøder/NTB Scanpix via AP)

Source: News : NPR | 14 Aug 2022 | 5:00 pm UTC

At least 41 people killed in Egypt church fire, say officials

Security sources say majority of dead are children after blaze breaks out at Coptic Abu Sifin church in Giza

A fire sparked by an electrical fault at a packed church in a working-class district of Greater Cairo has killed at least 41 people and injured another 45, Egyptian officials have said.

About 5,000 people had gathered at the Coptic Abu Sifin church in Imbaba, Giza, for Sunday morning services, when a fire broke out just before 9am local time (7am BST).

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Source: World news | The Guardian | 14 Aug 2022 | 4:57 pm UTC

Cellphone at Third Base: Baseball Player Mistakenly Runs the Bases with His iPhone

Last year Rodolfo Castro made baseball history. Called up to the Major Leagues in April, the 22-year-old eventually recorded his first hit — a home run. But his next four recorded hits were all also home runs, something no player had done since 1901. CBS News reports that this week, finally called back up to the Major Leagues, Castro again made history — of another sort: Modern technology has allowed people to take their phones, as well as the power of the internet, with them anywhere they go. Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman Rodolfo Castro took his around the bases against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday night. Yep — an iPhone made a bizarre cameo in the 4th inning, reports the Associated Press: Castro and third base coach Mike Rabelo stood and stared, mortified.... Even third base umpire Adam Hamari had the perfect reaction, pointing at the phone that came flying out of Castro's back pocket during a head-first slide, trying not to giggle at the absurdity of the situation. Those around the sport cringed along with them. "That's obviously not something that should happen," Yankees manager Aaron Boone said.... This faux pas just happened to be at a televised big league game, creating a video clip seen by millions. "I just remember getting dressed, putting my pants on, getting something to eat, using the restroom," the 23-year-old Castro said through a translator Tuesday night after the Pirates lost 6-4 to Arizona. "Never did it ever cross my mind that I still had my cellphone on me...." It's far from the first time a phone has made a cameo on a pro sports field. One of the most famous examples came nearly 20 years ago when New Orleans Saints receiver Joe Horn pulled out a flip phone — remember those? — that he had hidden in the padding around the goalpost and then acted like he was taking a call after scoring a touchdown.

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Source: Slashdot | 14 Aug 2022 | 4:34 pm UTC

Fireworks warehouse explodes in Armenian mall

Blasts ripped through a fireworks warehouse in a shopping mall in the Armenian capital of Yerevan today, Russian news agencies reported, killing two people and injuring 60.

Source: News Headlines | 14 Aug 2022 | 4:26 pm UTC

Mercedes-EQ's Stoffel Vandoorne wins Formula E world championship

With a second-place finish in Formula E's 100th E-Prix today, Stoffel Vandoorne secured the Season 8 Formula E world championship. The Mercedes-EQ driver made it back-to-back trophies for the team in both the drivers' and the team championships as fellow Silver Arrows pilot Nyck de Vries was the defending series champ. While Vandoorne was no match for Round 16 winner Edoardo Mortara, a podium finish after a P4 qualifying effort was enough to hold off his lone championship challenger during the final race.

Jaguar TCS' Mitch Evans put Vandoorne under pressure yesterday by winning the penultimate E-Prix in wet conditions. The Mercedes-EQ driver finished 5th, but was unable to extend the comfortable lead he had in the championship standings heading into the Seoul double-header. However, Evans couldn't replicate yesterday's magic: he only managed a seventh-place finish after starting P13.

"Just look at the season we've had," said Vandoorne. "The consistency and the car has been amazing, and the team has done an incredible job. I think every single one of us deserves it. What we've accomplished is something special."

Sunday's race marks the end of the Gen2 era in Formula E. When the series begins Season 9 in January, the Gen3 racer will be in every team's garage. The new design, which is both lighter and smaller than the Gen2 model, should allow for more “agile” wheel-to-wheel racing. These cars should be two to four seconds faster in both qualifying and race conditions thanks to an electric motor can deliver 350kW of power (470BHP) to reach top speeds of 200MPH (320 km/h). Formula E says the electric power units can convert over 90 percent of their energy to mechanical power and around 40 percent of the energy cars will use during an E-Prix will be produced by regenerative braking. Gen3 will also be the first Formula car ever with both front and rear powertrains, which will add 250kW to the 350kW in the back. 

Source: Engadget is a web magazine with obsessive daily coverage of everything new in gadgets and consumer electronics | 14 Aug 2022 | 4:18 pm UTC

‘We must forget about divisions’: one woman’s journey home 75 years after India’s partition

Chance encounter on Facebook led Reena Varma, 90, to visit family home she was forced to abandon in 1947

For decades, Reena Varma would return to her home in Rawalpindi in her dreams. She would wander down the narrow lane to the three-storey house and walk through the rooms where she had lived with her five siblings, parents and an aunt for the first 15 years of her life.

But for 75 years, this was a home located across a seemingly impenetrable national border, one Varma could only visit as a painful memory. That was, until July this year. Now 90 years old but still sprightly, a chance encounter on a Facebook group helped her find and visit the family home she was forced to abandon 75 years ago, located in what is now Pakistan.

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Source: World news | The Guardian | 14 Aug 2022 | 4:00 pm UTC

Salman Rushdie's 'defiant sense of humour' remains, son says

The author was severely injured after being stabbed on stage at an event in New York State.

Source: BBC News - Home | 14 Aug 2022 | 3:53 pm UTC

Uber is shutting down its free rewards program this fall

Uber is discontinuing its free loyalty program. On a support page spotted by The Verge, the company said it would shut down Uber Rewards on November 1st. Users have until the end of August to earn points, with the final day to redeem rewards falling on October 31st.

Announced in 2018, Uber Rewards gave customers the opportunity to earn points on every Uber and Uber Eats transaction. The program has four membership levels, with members unlocking new perks at each stage. Platinum level, for instance, includes protection against price surging and priority pick-ups at airports. Uber won’t offer a direct replacement for Uber Rewards. Instead, the company plans to promote its paid Uber One membership program. The $10 per month service comes with perks like free Uber Eats deliveries and five percent off rides from top-rated Uber drivers.

“Thank you for being part of Uber Rewards,” the company said in email about the shutdown. “It’s been a great ride, but we’ve decided to end Rewards soon, as we shift our focus to our new Uber One membership program.” Uber will give existing Rewards users a free one-month trial to Uber One. Once that period is over, you’ll need to subscribe if you want keep the benefits associated with the program.

Source: Engadget is a web magazine with obsessive daily coverage of everything new in gadgets and consumer electronics | 14 Aug 2022 | 3:52 pm UTC

Salman Rushdie ‘road to recovery has begun’ but ‘will be long,’ agent says

Author is off ventilator and able to talk after suffering stab wounds to his neck, stomach, eye, chest and thigh in New York attack

Salman Rushdie’s “road to recovery has begun” but “will be long” after his stabbing in western New York late last week, the novelist’s agent has said.

“The injuries are severe,” the agent, Andrew Wylie, said Sunday in an email to the Guardian, alluding to stab wounds that the author suffered to his neck, stomach, eye, chest and thigh two days earlier. “But his condition is headed in the right direction.”

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Source: World news | The Guardian | 14 Aug 2022 | 3:40 pm UTC

Gen Z is Over Facebook, Finds Pew Research. But YouTube Dominates Among Teens

NBC News reports: Facebook, once the go-to social media platform for many, has plummeted in popularity among younger users, according to a new Pew Research Center survey.... The share of 13- to 17-year-olds who said they use Facebook dropped from 71% in the 2015 study to 32% today, Pew found. As Facebook's popularity sinks, YouTube has become the dominating platform among teens, who are also using social media apps like TikTok, Snapchat and [Meta-owned] Instagram... While Facebook still beats out Twitter among Gen Z teens, Snapchat and Instagram have dwarfed its popularity. Sixty-two percent of teens use Instagram and 59% use Snapchat, according to Pew. TikTok also beats Facebook in popularity, with 67% of respondents saying they use the short-form video app, Pew reported.... The most popular platform among 13- to 17-year-olds is YouTube, which is used by 95% of teens, the research found. There's an interesting graph showing trends in Pew's announcement. It's handy way to visualize that over the last seven years usage has dropped for Facebook, Twitter, and Tumbler — while usage increased for Instagram and Snapchat. But YouTube hovers above them all with 95% usage.

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Source: Slashdot | 14 Aug 2022 | 3:34 pm UTC

Saudi Aramco: Oil giant tops own record with $48.4bn quarterly profit

The staggering profit comes amid soaring oil prices in the aftermath of Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

Source: BBC News - Home | 14 Aug 2022 | 3:33 pm UTC

Salman Rushdie remains in critical condition, his son says

The author is recovering, but it will be a long process, those close to him say. His injuries include a damaged liver and severed nerves in an arm and an eye.

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Source: News : NPR | 14 Aug 2022 | 3:32 pm UTC

Russia-Ukraine war live news: Zelenskiy warns Russian troops in nuclear plant; Kherson bridges likely out of use – as it happened

Ukraine president says soldiers firing from Zaporizhzhia facility will become a ‘special target’; main bridges to Russian-occupied territory in Kherson likely to be unusable, says British military intelligence

People in the eastern Ukrainian town of Rubizhne have started exhuming bodies that were hastily buried in courtyards at the height of battle, anxious to be able to lay them to rest with dignity.

Rubizhne is part of the Luhansk region of Ukraine where Russian forces established full control in early July, more than four months after president Vladimir Putin launched what he called his “special military operation” in Ukraine.

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Source: World news | The Guardian | 14 Aug 2022 | 3:32 pm UTC

Hitting the Books: What goes on at a summer camp for YouTube Gaming kidfluencers

In the first days of social media, to build a personal brand online you mostly just needed a basic working knowledge of html. In 2022, however, the influencer marketing industry's reach is estimated at around $16.4 billion. With so much money to be made, it's little wonder that an entire support ecosystem has sprung up to help get the next generation of PewDiePies camera-ready. In the excerpt below from her new book examining the culture and business of online influencing, Break the Internet, Olivia Yallop enrolls in a summer gaming influencer camp for teens.

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Excerpted from Break the Internet: In Pursuit of Influenceby Olivia Yallop. Published by Scribe UK. Copyright © 2022 by Olivia Yallop. All rights reserved.


Beginning the course bright and early on a Monday morning in August stirs memories from classrooms past, as the students — myself, plus a small group of animated pre-teen boys hailing from across the UK — go around and make our introductions: an interesting fact about ourselves, our favourite foods, two truths and a lie. A pandemic-proofed schedule means we are learning remotely, in my case prostrated on my parents’ sofa. Once logged on, we meet our course coach Nathan, an upbeat, relentlessly patient Scottish instructor with a homegrown YouTube channel of his own, on which he reviews electronic synthesisers and (he reveals privately to me) vlogs whisky-tasting.

Twenty minutes into our induction, I realise I am already out of my depth: I have accidentally landed in a class of aspiring YouTube gamers. Within the influencer landscape, gaming is a microcosm complete with its own language and lore, each new game franchise spawning an expansive universe of characters, weaponry, codes, and customs. Whilst the students are happily chatting multiplayer platform compatibility, I am stealthily googling acronyms.

Far from the bedroom-dwelling pastime of the shy and socially reclusive, as it has been previously painted, gaming is a sprawling community activity on social media platforms. Over 200 million YouTube users watch gaming videos on a daily basis; 50 billion hours were viewed in 2018 alone, and two of the five largest channels on YouTube belong to gamers. And that’s just YouTube — the largest dedicated gamer streaming platform is Twitch, a 3.8m-strong community, which has an average of 83,700 synchronous streams — with 1.44 million viewers — taking place at any time.

Just a fraction of these numbers are users actually playing games themselves. Gaming content usually consists of viewing other people play: pre-recorded commentary following skilful players as they navigate their way through various levels or livestreamed screenshares to which viewers can tune in to watch their heroes play in real time. According to Google’s own data, 48 per cent of YouTube gaming viewers say they spend more time watching gaming videos on YouTube than actually playing games themselves.

If, like me, you find yourself wondering why, you’re probably in the wrong demographic. My classmate Rahil, a die-hard fan of Destiny 2, broke it down: ‘What makes these content creators so good is that they are very confident in what they do in gaming, but they are also funny, they are entertaining to watch. That’s why they have so many followers.’

Watching other people play video games is a way to level up your skills, engage with the community’s most hyped gaming rivalries, and feel connected to something beyond your console. Being a successful gaming influencer is also a way to get filthy rich. Video game voyeurism is a lucrative market, making internet celebrities of its most popular players, a string of incomprehensible handles that read to me like an inebriated keyboard smash but invoke wild-eyed delight in the eyes of my classmates: Markiplier, elrubiusOMG, JuegaGerman, A4, TheWillyrex, EeOneGuy, KwebbelKop, Fernanfloo, AM3NIC.

PewDiePie — aka 30-year-old Felix Kjellberg, the only gamer noobs like me have ever heard of — has 106m followers and is estimated to earn around $8 million per month, including more than $6.8 million from selling merchandise and more than $1.1 million in advertising. Blue-haired streamer Ninja, aka Detroit-born 29-year- old Tyler Blevins, is the most-followed gamer on Twitch, and signed a $30 million contract with Microsoft to game exclusively on their now- defunct streaming service Mixer. UK YouTube gaming collective The Sidemen upload weekly vlogs to their shared channel in which they compete on FIFA, mess around, prank each other, order £1,000 takeaways, and play something called ‘IRL Tinder’, living out the fever dream of a million teenage boys across the internet. For many tweens, getting paid to play as a YouTube gamer is a hallowed goal, and each of my classmates is keen to make Minecraft a full-time occupation. I decide to keep quiet about my abortive attempt at a beauty tutorial.

Class kicks off with an inspirational slideshow titled ‘INFLUENCERS: FROM 0 TO MILLIONS’. My laptop screen displays a Wall of Fame of top YouTubers smiling smugly to camera: OG American vlogger Casey Neistat, Canadian comedian Lilly Singh, PewDiePie, beauty guru Michelle Phan, and actor, activist, and author Tyler Oakley, each underlined by a subscriber count that outnumbers the population of most European countries. ‘Everyone started off where you are today,’ says Nathan enthusiastically. ‘A laptop and a smartphone — that’s all they had. Everybody here started with zero subscribers.’ The class is rapt. I try to imagine my own face smiling onscreen between professional prankster Roman Atwood (15.3m subscribers) and viral violin performer Lindsey Stirling (12.5m subscribers). Somehow, I can’t.

Nathan hits play on early comedy vlogger nigahiga’s first ever upload — a 2007 viral video sketch entitled ‘How to Be Ninja’ that now has 54,295,178 views — and then a later video from 2017, ‘Life of a YouTuber’. ‘Look at that — 21.5M subscribers!’ Nathan taps on the follower count under the video. ‘It didn’t happen overnight. It took a year, 12 months of putting up content with 50 views. Don’t get disheartened. Take every sub, every view as a...’ he mimes celebrating like the winner of a round of Fortnite.

Thanks to its nostalgic pixelation and condensed frame ratio, watching ‘How to Be Ninja’ creates the impression that we’re sitting in a history class studying archival footage from a distant past: Late Noughties Net Culture (2007, colourised). In a poorly lit, grainy home video that feels like a prelapsarian time capsule, two teenage boys act out a hammy sketch in which they transform into martial arts experts, including off-tempo miming, questionable jump cuts, and a tantalising glimpse of old-school YouTube — running on Internet Explorer — that flies over the heads of my Gen Z classmates. The sketch feels like two friends messing around with a camera at the weekend; it’s almost as if they don’t know they’re being watched.

In the second video an older and now more-polished Higa — complete with designer purple highlights in his hair — breezily addresses his multi-million-strong fanbase in a nine-minute HD monologue that’s punctuated by kooky 3D animation and links to his supporting social media channels. ‘I am in one of the final stages of my YouTube career,’ he says, ‘and my YouTube life, so …’ The camera cuts to reveal his extensive video set-up, professional lights, and a team of three clutching scripts, clipboards, cameras, and a boom mic behind the scenes, all celebrating exuberantly: ‘That means we can get out of here right?’ asks one. ‘Yeah, it’s really cramped back here…’ says another, ‘I have to poop so bad.’

‘What’s the difference between these two videos?’ Nathan prompts us. ‘What changed?’ The answers roll in quickly, students reeling off a list of ameliorations with ease: better lighting, better equipment, a better thumbnail, slicker editing, a more professional approach, background music, higher audio quality, and a naturalistic presentation style that at least appears to be ad-libbed.

‘What makes a good video more generally?’ asks Nathan. ‘What are the key elements?’ When he eventually pulls up the next slide, it turns out Nathan wants us to discuss passion, fun, originality, and creativity: but the class has other ideas. ‘I heard YouTube doesn’t like videos lower than ten minutes,’ offered Alex. ‘There’s many things that they don’t like,’ Lucas corrects him. ‘The algorithm is very complicated, and it’s always changing. They used to support “let’s plays” [a popular gaming stream format] back in 2018, and then they changed it, and a lot of Minecraft channels died.’ Rahil pipes up: ‘They find as many ways as possible to scrutinise your video … if you do many small things wrong, you get less money, even though YouTube is paid the same money by the advertisers. So you should never swear in your videos.’ ‘No, demonetisation is different,’ corrects Fred.

There is something fascinating and incongruous about watching pre-teens reel off the details of various influencer revenue models with the enthusiasm of a seasoned social media professional. The fluency with which they exchange terms I’m more accustomed to encountering on conference calls and in marketing decks is a startling reminder of the generational gulf between us: though they may be students, they’re not exactly beginners on the internet.

As the conversation quickly descends into technocratic one- upmanship, Nathan attempts to steer our analysis back to entry level. ‘Once you reach 1,000 subscribers,’ he enthusiastically explains to the class, ‘that means you can monetise your channel and have ads on it.’ A heated debate about the intricacies of YouTube monetisation ensues. Nathan is corrected by one of his students, before another pipes up to undercut them both, and suddenly everyone’s talking all at once: ‘Most YouTubers make money from sponsorships, not advertising revenue, anyway,’ offers one student. There is a pause. ‘And merch,’ he adds, ‘the MrBeast hoodies are really cool.’

‘Okay then,’ says Nathan brightly, shifting the slide forward to reveal a list of attributes for creating successful content that begins, ‘Attitude, Energy, Passion, Smile’, ‘what about some of these…’

Looking at my notes, I realise Nathan’s original question, ‘What makes a good video?’, has become something else entirely: what does YouTube consider to be a good video, and thus reward accordingly? It’s a small elision, admittedly, but significant; good is whatever YouTube thinks is good, and interpretations outside this algorithmic value system aren’t entertained. His prompt about creative possibilities has been heard as a question about optimising the potential of a commodity (the influencer) in an online marketplace. ‘It’s all about value,’ he continues, unwittingly echoing my thoughts, ‘what value does your video bring to the YouTube community? How are you going to stand out from all the other people doing it?’

This cuts to the heart of criticism against influencer training courses like this one, and others which have sprung up in LA, Singapore, and Paris in recent years: that it’s ethically inappropriate to coach young people to commodify themselves, that it’s encouraging children to spend more time online, that it’s corrupting childhoods. Influencers and industry professionals rolled their eyes or responded with a mixture of horror and intrigue when I’d mentioned the Fire Tech programme in passing. ‘That’s disgusting,’ said one agent, ‘way too young.’ (Privately, I thought this was an inconsistent position, given she represented a mumfluencer with a family of four.) ‘I respect it,’ said a Brighton-based beauty guru, ‘but I would never personally make that choice for my kids.’ ‘Crazy times we live in,’ offered a NYC-based fashion influencer, before admitting, ‘for real, though, I kind of wish I had had that when I was younger.’

Source: Engadget is a web magazine with obsessive daily coverage of everything new in gadgets and consumer electronics | 14 Aug 2022 | 3:00 pm UTC

Rakesh Jhunjhunwala, nicknamed India's Warren Buffett, dies at 62

Jhunjhunwala, a chartered accountant from the northern state of Rajasthan, began investing in the stock market while he was still in college, starting off with capital of just 5,000 rupees ($63).

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Source: News : NPR | 14 Aug 2022 | 2:48 pm UTC

Saudi Aramco profits soar by 90% as energy prices rise

The $48bn figure from world’s biggest oil firm is thought to be one of largest quarterly profits in history

Saudi Arabia’s largely state-owned energy firm has highlighted the colossal profits made by gas and oil-rich nations during the energy crisis by revealing profits in the three months to the end of June up 90% to $48bn (£40bn).

Saudi Aramco recorded what is believed to be one of the largest quarterly profits in history to easily beat the near $26bn it made a year earlier.

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Source: World news | The Guardian | 14 Aug 2022 | 2:47 pm UTC

California Startup Sells 'Subscriptions' to Electric Vehicles

In January a California startup named Autonomy began "stocking up on EVs from pretty much every company that makes them," reports Bloomberg (including Tesla, Ford, and Polestar). Their plan? Collect a $5,900 "start fee," then charge $490 to $690 a month for an electric vehicle subscription with up to 1,000 miles of driving (but with no maintenance or registration fees): The subscription model has some logic for consumers. In part because of fast-evolving technology, EVs have traditionally shed value much quicker than gas-powered cars. On a depreciation scale, consumers typically lump them in with cell phones.... But EV ownership is also looking better by the day. The depreciation curve is flattening thanks to longer-range machines, and car companies are getting more vocal about things like battery longevity. A three-year-old Chevrolet Bolt, for example, will recoup 84% of its value today, in line with the average resale of all three-year-old cars in North America, according to CarEdge.com, a consumer-facing market research platform. That could be why auto executives are pushing to round up that sweet, sweet software revenue in smaller chunks. BMW, to much outcry, is selling an $18-a-month subscription for heated seats in the UK, and General Motors turned its OnStar voice navigation into a $1,500 "mandatory" subscription on every new Buick, GMC and Cadillac Escalade. Even without a la carte add-ons, one of the major forces propping up prices for used EVs is, ironically, their ability to update remotely — the same technology carmakers are using to nickel-and-dime drivers with subscription services. A contemporary car is nothing if not a dense stack of software, which means subscriptions on wheels are not entirely bonkers. But a car is also an appliance, and consumers aren't accustomed to renting a refrigerator, let alone paying a monthly fee to use the ice-maker. Luckily for Autonomy, the simplest pitch may be the best one. If it can bigfoot individual EV orders by jumping to the head of the queue, the startup could find scads of subscribers — simply because it will have available cars.

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Source: Slashdot | 14 Aug 2022 | 2:34 pm UTC

Police name the man they say crashed his car and killed himself near the U.S. Capitol

A 29-year-old man drove his car into a barricade and fired a gun into the air before killing himself, officials said. Authorities believe he did not appear to be targeting any members of Congress.

(Image credit: Daniel Slim/AFP via Getty Images)

Source: News : NPR | 14 Aug 2022 | 2:10 pm UTC

Scholars confirm what itsy bitsy babies around the world already know

Studies have long shown that Western parents speak a singsongy high-pitched language to babies. Now researchers have gone to the Amazon, to the Hadza people and more to see if it's a global thing.

(Image credit: Sarah Waiswa/@EverydayAfrica)

Source: News : NPR | 14 Aug 2022 | 2:01 pm UTC

At least 41 killed in Egyptian church fire

At least 41 people were killed and 45 injured in a fire inside a church in the Egyptian city of Giza, according to security sources.

Source: News Headlines | 14 Aug 2022 | 2:00 pm UTC

US Taiwan: Congress team follows Pelosi with second high-level visit in a month

The trip comes just 12 days after a controversial tour by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Source: BBC News - Home | 14 Aug 2022 | 1:47 pm UTC

The 'Gun Dude' and a Supreme Court case that changed who can own firearms in the U.S.

An individual right to own a gun for personal protection is an idea deeply ingrained in American culture, but until Dick Heller came along, there was little actual legal framework to back that belief.

(Image credit: Ed Jones/AFP via Getty Images)

Source: News : NPR | 14 Aug 2022 | 1:00 pm UTC

AI could save future firefighters from deadly flashover explosions

NIST-led engineers are working on building a real-time alert system

AI could help save firefighters' lives by predicting fire flashovers before they occur, according to new research published this week. …

Source: The Register | 14 Aug 2022 | 1:00 pm UTC

Freya the walrus euthanised after crowds at Oslo fjord refuse to stay away

Young 600kg female had been basking in waters of Norway’s capital and attracting crowds who disturbed her rest

A walrus nicknamed Freya that attracted crowds while basking in the sun in the Oslo fjord has been euthanised.

“The decision to euthanise was taken on the basis of a global evaluation of the persistent threat to human security,” the head of Norway’s fisheries directorate, Frank Bakke-Jensen, said in a statement.

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Source: World news | The Guardian | 14 Aug 2022 | 12:47 pm UTC

Your price at the pump went up. So did Saudi Aramco's profits — to a new record

Saudi energy company Aramco said Sunday its profits jumped 90% in the second quarter compared to the same time last year, helping its half-year earnings reach nearly $88 billion.

(Image credit: Amr Nabil/AP)

Source: News : NPR | 14 Aug 2022 | 12:16 pm UTC

Two men charged over fatal assault of man in Athlone

Two men have appeared in court charged in relation to the fatal assault of a man in Athlone over the weekend.

Source: News Headlines | 14 Aug 2022 | 12:10 pm UTC

Ukraine says it will target Russian soldiers at Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant

Volodymyr Zelenskiy vows troops based at Europe’s largest nuclear plant will become ‘special targets’

Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, has said his forces will target Russian soldiers who shoot at or from Europe’s largest nuclear power station, amid warnings that the Kremlin may falsely claim Kyiv has directly struck the critical site.

Zelenskiy said anyone giving orders for attacks on the site or nearby towns and cities should face trial by an international court, as concern about the safety of the nuclear site remained high.

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Source: World news | The Guardian | 14 Aug 2022 | 12:06 pm UTC

One person died and 17 others were injured when a car struck a crowd at a fundraiser

Police identified the driver, who was arraigned early Sunday on two counts of criminal homicide.

(Image credit: Bob Kalinowski/AP)

Source: News : NPR | 14 Aug 2022 | 12:02 pm UTC

Police chief quit after abuse by British colonial troops in Kenya covered up

Documentary reveals how Britain was not only involved in rape and torture but tried to suppress evidence

A former police commissioner resigned after attempts to expose rape and torture by British colonial forces in Kenya during the Mau Mau uprising were covered up, a documentary shows.

During the 1950s, Britain fought a war in Kenya against the Mau Mau, a movement that fought for independence from colonial rule. The movement was brutally suppressed through the use of widespread detention camps and systemic violence.

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Source: World news | The Guardian | 14 Aug 2022 | 12:00 pm UTC

A fire at a church in Cairo kills 41 people and injures 16 others

A fire ripped through a church in a densely populated neighborhood as congregants worshipped, the Coptic Church said. It was one of the worst fire tragedies in Egypt in recent years.

(Image credit: Mohamed Salah/AP)

Source: News : NPR | 14 Aug 2022 | 11:59 am UTC

Man who died after Athlone assault named as Paul ‘Babs’ Connolly

Two men remain in custody after man dies following assault in Athlone, Co Westmeath

Source: Irish Times Feeds | 14 Aug 2022 | 11:48 am UTC

Drugs ‘worth €398,400′ seized in Co Galway house search

Man arrested after Garda search finds cannabis plants and herb at property

Source: Irish Times Feeds | 14 Aug 2022 | 11:48 am UTC

Oslo walrus euthanised as crowds ignore safety warnings

A walrus nicknamed Freya that attracted crowds while basking in the Oslo fjord was euthanised, with Norway officials saying it was the only option but experts slamming an "infinitely sad" decision.

Source: News Headlines | 14 Aug 2022 | 11:43 am UTC

Parts of Europe's Largest Nuclear Plant 'Knocked Out' By Russia-Ukraine Fighting

On Thursday the International Atomic Energy Agency's director "warned that parts of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant had been knocked out due to recent attacks, risking an 'unacceptable' potential radiation leak," according to CNN: "IAEA experts believe that there is no immediate threat to nuclear safety," but "that could change at any moment," Grossi said.... Ukraine's nuclear agency Energoatom said 10 shells landed near the complex on Thursday, preventing a shift handover. "For the safety of nuclear workers, the buses with the personnel of the next shift were turned back to Enerhodar," the agency said. "Until the situation finally normalizes, the workers of the previous shift will continue to work." Energoatom said radiation levels at the site remained normal, despite renewed attacks. Several Western and Ukrainian officials believe that Russia is using the giant nuclear facility as a stronghold to shield their troops and mount attacks, because they assume Kyiv will not return fire and risk a crisis. Later CNN added: Ukraine and Russia again traded blame after more shelling around the plant overnight on Thursday, just hours after the United Nations called on both sides to cease military activities near the power station, warning of the worst if they didn't. "Regrettably, instead of de-escalation, over the past several days there have been reports of further deeply worrying incidents that could, if they continue, lead to disaster," UN secretary general, António Guterres, said in a statement.... Energoatom, Ukraine's state-run nuclear power company, accused Russian forces on Thursday of targeting a storage area for "radiation sources," and shelling a fire department nearby the plant. A day later, the company said in a statement on its Telegram account that the plant was operating "with the risk of violating radiation and fire safety standards." Ukraine's Interior Minister, Denys Monastyrskyi, said Friday that there was "no adequate control" over the plant, and Ukrainian specialists who remained there were not allowed access to some areas where they should be.... Last weekend, shellfire damaged a dry storage facility — where casks of spent nuclear fuel are kept at the plant — as well as radiation monitoring detectors, making detection of any potential leak impossible, according to Energoatom. Attacks also damaged a high-voltage power line and forced one of the plant's reactors to stop operating. Tonight the BBC reported on a response from Ukraine's president. In his nightly address on Saturday, Volodymyr Zelensky said any soldier firing on or from the plant would become "a special target" for Ukraine. He also accused Moscow of turning the plant into a Russian army base and using it as "nuclear blackmail"... Zelenskiy added that "every day" of Russia's occupation of the plant "increases the radiation threat to Europe".... A BBC investigation revealed earlier this week that many of the Ukrainian workers at the site are being kept under armed guard amid harsh conditions. UPDATE (8/14): "Ukraine's military intelligence agency said that on Saturday, Russian artillery fire hit a pump, damaged a fire station and sparked fires near the plant that could not be immediately extinguished because of the damage to the fire station," reports the New York Times: Engineers say that yard-thick reinforced concrete containment structures protect the reactors from even direct hits. International concern, however, has grown that shelling could spark a fire or cause other damage that would lead to a nuclear accident. The six pressurized water reactors at the complex retain most sources of radiation, reducing risks. After pressurized water reactors failed at the Fukushima nuclear complex in Japan in 2011, Ukraine upgraded the Zaporizhzhia site to enable a shutdown even after the loss of cooling water from outside the containment structures, Dmytro Gortenko, a former plant engineer, said in an interview.... "Locals are abandoning the town," said the former engineer, who asked to be identified by only his first name, Oleksiy, because of security concerns. Residents had been leaving for weeks, but the pace picked up after Saturday's barrages and fires, he said.

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Source: Slashdot | 14 Aug 2022 | 11:34 am UTC

O'Donovan and McCarthy grab European gold in Munich

Ireland's lightweight double sculls crew of Paul O'Donovan and Fintan McCarthy cruised to victory in their final at the European Rowing Championships in Munich.

Source: News Headlines | 14 Aug 2022 | 11:33 am UTC

Walrus Freya who became attraction in Norway's Oslo Fjord put down

Freya had to be euthanised because the public went too close to her, officials said.

Source: BBC News - Home | 14 Aug 2022 | 11:31 am UTC

Will a Federal Investigation Reveal the Truth About Deaths at USP Atlanta?

Sirrena Buie sat at her kitchen table, scrolling through her texts. She was looking for a message from a man who might have information related to her son’s death. Twenty-six-year-old Kedric Buie had died five years earlier at the U.S. Penitentiary in Atlanta — found “unresponsive,” in the clinical parlance of the Federal Bureau of Prisons. Officials said that he’d died of a heart attack. But his mother was convinced that he had been killed.

After pursuing legal avenues that went nowhere, Sirrena turned to social media, where she posted videos telling her story. She urged anyone who might know something to come forward. This man was one of several people who had recently offered to help. He said he had known her son — and “that he knows some people that know some people that’s supposed to get in contact with me about this,” Sirrena said. In her quest for the truth, even vague tips were a lifeline. She found the man’s message and pulled it up for me to see. “Atlanta is a bad place that did a lot of bad things to good people,” he wrote. “They did your son bad and I know this.”

I met Sirrena Buie on August 1 at her home just south of Birmingham, Alabama. Employed at the deli counter at a Publix supermarket, she also does freelance catering, posting photos of her colorful fruit platters on TikTok. Her account is otherwise full of family photos, pictures of Kedric set to music, and video updates describing her fight for justice. “They expected for me to give up,” she said in a video posted in May. “But I haven’t.”

Sirrena Buie holds a framed photo of her son Kedric Buie outside her home in Birmingham, Ala., on Aug. 1, 2022.

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Buie always starts her story the same way. It was 10:50 a.m. on August 13, 2017, and she was sitting at the same kitchen table with her then-husband. They were eating Brussels sprouts. When her phone rang, she almost didn’t answer. “I thought it was a bill collector or something,” she told me. Instead, it was a woman calling from USP Atlanta. The woman told her that Kedric had been found dead in his cell. At first it didn’t register. “I just talked to my son yesterday,” Buie remembers saying. “And y’all found him dead?”

“I couldn’t talk. I couldn’t do nothing.” She walked toward the bathroom but broke down in the hallway. The woman said she would call back later so that Buie could compose herself. “And I said OK.” But when the woman called back, she had no information. She couldn’t offer any details about what had happened to Kedric or even the name of the hospital where he had been taken. She told Buie not to come to Georgia.

The next hours were chaotic. Kedric’s identical twin brother, Kemon, heard the news from their father and got a ride to Buie’s home, jumping out of the car while it was still moving and running toward the house. “He could not pull himself together,” she said. Perhaps her most vivid memory was finding out that her son’s body had finally arrived in Birmingham 10 days after his death. When she saw Kedric, he looked severely swollen. His hands were clenched, and there appeared to be a gash on his forehead. “It didn’t seem real,” Buie said.

Everyone wanted to know what had happened to Kedric. But Buie could not answer their questions. As Christmas approached, she sent an open records request to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, which provided her son’s autopsy report. The five-page document raised more questions than answers. It said that Kedric had received his breakfast on the morning of August 13 and was found “unresponsive” in his cell an hour later, minutes before 8 a.m. At 9:05 he arrived at the Atlanta Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

A Georgia Bureau of Investigation medical examiner conducted the autopsy two days later. Kedric’s body had arrived at his office dressed in a “red inmate jumpsuit,” two pairs of boxer shorts, and only one shoe. The medical examiner concluded that the cause of death was “hypertensive and atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease,” based on Kedric’s enlarged heart, a severely clogged artery, and the fact that he was “morbidly obese.” The manner of death was classified as “due to natural causes.”

But the autopsy report also contained information that alarmed Buie. On the first page were the words “EVIDENCE OF ACUTE INJURY,” followed by technical descriptions of wounds to Kedric’s back and scalp. A summary of findings listed “blunt trauma of the head” and “blunt force trauma of the torso and left lower extremity.” Although the document noted that there were “no life-threatening injuries,” the words left Buie cold. When she later spoke to the medical examiner, he told her that the injuries had occurred close to the time of Kedric’s death. He insisted that her son had died of a heart attack. But “he could not explain the trauma to my son’s body,” she said. He also discouraged her from seeking the autopsy photos, saying “that I needed to remember him the way I remember him.” She found this suspicious. If her son died from a heart attack, why should the photos be so upsetting?

On the advice of a friend, Buie contacted an independent pathologist who represented the families of people who had died in law enforcement custody. He told her that he did not believe the official findings, she said. Not long afterward, a high-profile lawyer agreed to represent her in a wrongful death suit. Over email in June 2019, he told her that the case was “really taking shape.” The lawyer said the pathologist was firm that Kedric had been beaten up — and that the official story was false. “He was very clear,” the lawyer wrote. “He said, ‘You know how they do.’”

Sirrena Buie looks through records related to the death of her son Kedric Buie at USP Atlanta in 2017.

Photo: Liliana Segura/The Intercept

The Atlanta Way

Buie is one of countless family members still fighting for answers years after their loved ones died of “natural causes” in Bureau of Prisons custody. A lack of information from BOP officials often compounds the confusion and anguish. This struggle became especially pronounced during the Covid-19 pandemic, which heightened the frustrations of family members navigating a prison bureaucracy whose lack of transparency is notorious.

The BOP routinely sends press releases documenting deaths in its facilities but provides little information beyond a decedent’s name, age, and the crime for which they were sent to prison. Although media outlets sometimes report on such cases, people are often imprisoned far from home, making their deaths easier for local news to overlook. Last month alone, the BOP’s Information, Policy, and Public Affairs Division sent five media notices about deaths at four different federal prisons, with the deceased ranging from 37 to 71 years old.

In an email, BOP spokesperson Scott Taylor confirmed that Kedric “passed away on August 13, 2017, while in custody at the United States Penitentiary Atlanta. However, this office does not provide additional information on deceased inmates.” According to the BOP, his death was one of six at USP Atlanta in 2017. The penitentiary has a reputation for being uniquely dangerous for residents and employees alike. Media reports have long exposed the medium-security prison as a cesspool of drugs, corruption, and violence. The year Kedric died, a federal complaint described how the Atlanta Police Department had spent years “investigating instances of inmates temporarily escaping from the prison camp at USP Atlanta and frequently returning to the camp with contraband.” In 2018, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, “a prisoner used a cellphone to record a 49-minute long Facebook Live session, where he bragged that he had murdered a man and got away with it.”

USP Atlanta was the subject of a U.S. Senate hearing on July 26, a week before I met Buie. The penitentiary has been under investigation by the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs since September. Investigators uncovered thousands of pages of internal reports along with explosive accounts from dozens of former employees. As my colleague Akela Lacey reported, the hearing featured testimony from the head of the BOP himself and painted “a damning picture of a bloated federal prison system run by well-informed and willfully inactive leaders.”

Presiding over the hearing was Sen. Jon Ossoff, D-Ga., chair of the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations. In his opening statement, he decried the “stunning long-term failures” at USP Atlanta, whose staff “engaged in misconduct with impunity and, according to BOP’s own internal investigations, lacked regard for human life.” Subsequent witnesses described the prison as so out of control that the lawlessness and lack of accountability had been given a name: “the Atlanta way.”

A whistleblower who worked as the chief psychologist at USP Atlanta from 2018 to 2021 testified that the inhumane conditions contributed to a disproportionate number of suicides at the prison. “In the roughly four years, eight inmates at USP Atlanta died by suicide, two prior to my arrival and six during my tenure,” she said. “To put this into perspective, federal prisons typically see between one and three suicides over a five-year period.” A Georgia federal defender said she had seen her clients become emaciated during their time at the facility due to the spoiled and inedible food they received. And a former prison administrator said she was forced into early retirement after trying to address gross misconduct at the prison — including staffers’ physical abuse of incarcerated people.

The testimony supported what I had repeatedly been told about USP Atlanta while covering conditions at federal facilities in the early days of the pandemic. One formerly incarcerated man called it “unlivable,” a crumbling hellhole filled with cockroaches. Several others described correctional officers as openly cruel. “I heard an inmate complain that he was having trouble breathing and the CO told him, ‘Good motherfucker, take short breaths,’” one man incarcerated at the prison wrote in a letter.

But the hearing did not include any witnesses who could describe how hard it was to get basic information after the death of a loved one at USP Atlanta. Although BOP protocol dictates that family notification is handled by the warden or a warden’s representative, Buie says no one from the warden’s office ever contacted her.

“I heard an inmate complain that he was having trouble breathing and the CO told him, ‘Good motherfucker, take short breaths.’”

Other families say the same thing. After 36-year-old Billy Joe Soliz died at USP Atlanta in 2020, his sister told a TV station in his hometown of Corpus Christi, Texas, that the warden had ignored calls from the family. “We’ve been trying to talk to the prison and trying to get ahold of the prison, and they will not answer the phone, they won’t contact us back,” she said. Like Kedric, Soliz was reportedly found “unresponsive” in his cell. And like Kedric, he seemed fine in his last phone call with his mother the day before he died.

Even those who examine the bodies of people who die in federal custody say information can be sparse. Forensic pathologist Kris Sperry, who was Georgia’s chief medical examiner from 1997 to 2015, said the Georgia Bureau of Investigation does not have jurisdiction to investigate deaths at USP Atlanta. In the case of an obvious homicide, the FBI would take charge and send a representative to attend the autopsy. “But for nonhomicide deaths, you know, just somebody … found dead in his cell, no one ever came to the autopsy,” Sperry said. “The amount of information that we had was severely limited. We had to completely depend on what someone at the prison told us.” Although he sometimes received information about a person’s medical history from a prison hospital physician, it could be “almost impossible to get ahold of anyone at the prison to give us … answers about real basic stuff. Like when was he last seen alive? Silly things like that.”

At the hearing, Ossoff seemed particularly disturbed by the deaths of people who had not yet been convicted of any crime; many of those held at USP Atlanta are pretrial detainees. “We’re talking about human beings in the custody of the U.S. government,” he said. After grilling the outgoing director of the BOP, Michael Carvajal, for his failure to fix the problems at USP Atlanta, Ossoff expressed hope that change might be on the horizon. “There has got to be change at the Bureau of Prisons. And it has to happen right now. And with your departure and the arrival of a new director, I hope that moment has arrived.”

Kedric Buie during a visit with a loved one while incarcerated in federal prison.

Photo: Liliana Segura/The Intercept

A Verified Threat

Kedric Buie was not a pretrial detainee. Nor was he innocent of his crime. In 2009, at the age of 18, he and Kemon were arrested after carjacking a woman in a CVS parking lot in a Birmingham suburb. Along with a third man, they took the victim’s keys at gunpoint and forced her into the back of her Toyota 4Runner, releasing her a few minutes later, according to police.

Federal prosecutors conceded that the third man “was more of the instigator” and had recruited the brothers to help commit the crime. But the sentencing judge was angered by a statement Kedric made in court, in which he expressed remorse but also said he hoped to leave prison young enough to “play me some NFL football.” She sentenced him to 12 years and eight months in prison. Kemon received a shorter sentence and was released in 2016.

“I do hate that I’m punishing your family,” the judge told Kedric as she handed down his sentence. But he would still be a young man when he got out, she said. “This doesn’t have to be the end of your life.”

Prison records show that Kedric feared his time at USP Atlanta could become a death sentence. Last year a reporter helped Sirrena Buie obtain a case file revealing that Kedric had asked to be placed in protective custody less than two months before he died. The records showed the prison had conducted an investigation in June 2017, which concluded that “a verified threat to inmate Buie’s safety does exist” and “he is to be considered a verified protection case at this facility.”

Kedric feared his time at USP Atlanta could become a death sentence.

“I was devastated,” Buie said. She knew Kedric did not like to tell her things that would make her worry. But she was also skeptical. The report was heavily redacted and contained information that only raised more questions. One page noted that Kedric had engaged in “self-harm” via an unnamed toxic substance two weeks before he died. Prison staff also claimed to find black tar heroin in his cell on the day of his death, but the drug was not in his system. Buie felt the prison was seeking to blame Kedric for his own death.

According to people who had contacted her over the years saying they had information about Kedric’s death, the prevailing rumor at USP Atlanta was that he had been killed by a guard. In her own conversations with her son, he complained about one guard who had repeatedly spit into his food. “He said, ‘Mom, they do everything, they do anything,’” she recalled. “He said, ‘It’s not the inmates, it’s the officers.’” But according to a lieutenant who reportedly interviewed Kedric inside a special housing unit where he was temporarily isolated, “inmate Buie is a known thief within his housing unit,” which had made him a target among “Muslim inmates and inmates from Alabama.” Although Kedric was both Muslim and from Alabama, “both inmate communities indicate Buie has brought unwanted attention, and will have to deal with the consequences of his actions if he returns to the unit.”

The file does not reveal why, if there was a verified threat against Kedric, he would have been returned to his unit, where he died just over a month later. But it is consistent with descriptions of staff at USP Atlanta showing indifference to the safety and well-being of those in their custody. “They knew what was going on, and they did not care,” Buie said.

In the first few years following her son’s death, Buie hoped that a lawsuit might be the best way to get answers from the BOP. She was especially optimistic that the independent medical examiner, Dr. Adel Shaker, would be able to prove that her son had been killed. In June 2019, her lawyer sent her a draft affidavit outlining Shaker’s tentative findings in the case. It said that Kedric had “died as a result of a blunt force trauma he suffered to the head.” But the affidavit was never signed, and the lawyer became mired in legal problems. Following multiple arrests in 2019, he pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct and public intoxication. In 2020 he made headlines for a drunken disturbance at a Florida hotel, where he was witnessed “berating two hotel patrons with racial slurs,” according to one news report. He is currently suspended from practicing in Alabama.

When we met in Birmingham, Buie told me that she had been unable to reach Shaker for a long time. He stopped answering her calls after her lawyer dropped the case. As it turned out, he too had been arrested. After going to work as the chief medical examiner in Nueces County, Texas, he became the subject of a criminal probe alleging sweeping violations of the Texas Occupations Code. The case is ongoing. In the meantime, a mother in Mobile, Alabama, accused Shaker of taking thousands of dollars to perform a private autopsy of her son, whom she suspected had been beaten to death. But she said the autopsy was never done. (Shaker denied the allegations, telling reporters that she was simply unhappy with the results.)

In a brief phone call, Shaker said he did not recall Kedric’s case. But after reviewing the draft affidavit laying out his supposed findings, he said he had refused to sign the document because he never received sufficient materials to render an opinion one way or another. Although he remembered speaking to Buie, he denied ever telling her that her son’s death was a homicide.

Sperry, Georgia’s former chief medical examiner, said the findings in Kedric’s autopsy report point clearly to a heart attack. If Buie was told otherwise, it would not be the first time he had seen a grieving family member misled by an expert. “If you look hard enough, you can find a forensic pathologist who will agree with what you want him to agree to, as long as you write out a check,” he said. Buie never paid Shaker or her attorney any money. But when it comes to skewed autopsy results, law enforcement agencies are in a far more powerful position than families like hers. Flawed or biased autopsies have historically been used to convict the innocent or evade accountability, especially when the subjects are Black.

“I’m done with lawyers. Giving me money is not going to tell me what happened to my son.”

In a phone call, Dr. Colin Hebert, the pathologist who conducted Kedric’s autopsy for the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, stood by his findings. Hebert, who now works for the Fulton County Medical Examiner, confirmed that Kedric’s injuries occurred close to the time of his death. “I don’t know how they got there,” he said. But it was not unusual to see bruises on a person who died of cardiac arrest. In Kedric’s case, he peeled back the skin and subcutaneous fat in the places where he found bruising to assess the depth of the trauma and found nothing alarming. Photos of this process are graphic, he explained, which was “probably one of the reasons I discouraged the mom to see the photos.”

Buie has considered the possibility that her son died of a heart attack after being beaten rather than dying from a beating itself. But until she has a complete picture of the circumstances leading up to her son’s death, she will not accept anything authorities have to say. In the meantime, “I’m done with lawyers,” she said. She has never been especially interested in any money a potential lawsuit would bring: “Giving me money is not going to tell me what happened to my son.”

The day after I met Buie, the BOP swore in its new director, an official with a reformer’s reputation. “Together we will work to ensure that our correctional system is effective, safe, and humane for personnel and incarcerated persons,” Attorney General Merrick Garland said at the ceremony. Buie was unaware of the change. A new director would make little difference for her, she said. The system was not going to put anyone in charge who would give her answers about her son.

On Saturday, the fifth anniversary of Kedric’s death, Buie shared commemorative posts on TikTok, accompanied by “I Miss You” by Kim McCoy and “It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday” by Boyz II Men. She had hoped to go to Kedric’s gravesite that morning, but she was struggling. After the weekend, she would go back to seeking answers. As she once said in a video, if the BOP had been transparent from the start, maybe she would not still be doing all of this. But “right now, I want closure. I want to know every detail.”

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