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Day: September 29, 2020

Illicit money flows from Africa near $89bn, UN study says

Illicit money flows from Africa near $89bn, UN study says

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Africa lost billions in illicit financial flows including through tax evasion and theft: UN report Tackling illicit flows is a priority for the UN, whose General Assembly adopted a resolution on this in 2018. 29 Sep 2020 Africa has lost nearly $89bn a year in illicit financial flows such as tax evasion and theft, amounting to more than it receives in development aid, a United Nations study has showed. The estimate, in the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development’s (UNCTAD) 248-page report, is its most comprehensive to date for Africa. It shows an increasing trend over time and is higher than most previous estimates. The report released on Monday calls Africa a “net creditor to the world”, echoing economists’ observations that the aid-reliant continent is actua...
Owlet’s new baby smart sock is finicky yet adorable (like my twins)

Owlet’s new baby smart sock is finicky yet adorable (like my twins)

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The company's latest infant monitor brings plenty of thoughtful improvements, but it's still not perfect. Amber Bouman, @dameright5h ago 3Comments 46Shares Owlet My twins spent a little over 100 days in the NICU after they were born. One of the many things I became accustomed to when I visited was flicking my eyes to their monitors whenever the noises changed tone or frequency. “Beep beep booooonk” was someone’s pulse ox dipping below 90 percent. A frantic “beepbeepbeep” meant tachycardia or bradycardia. And an oddly melodic “beeeeep beep beeeeep beep” meant the humidifier tubes that led to their isolettes weren’t condensing correctly.  We definitely needed a product to continue that monitoring once we got home, and Owlet is one of the few companies t...
Researchers say they can predict epileptic seizures an hour in advance

Researchers say they can predict epileptic seizures an hour in advance

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Their wearable device uses machine learning algorithms to analyze EEG signals. Kris Holt, @krisholt5h ago 0Comments 73Shares  Andreus via Getty Images Researchers from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel have developed a wearable electroencephalogram (EEG) device they claim can predict epileptic seizures up to an hour before the onset. Epiness uses machine learning algorithms to analyze brain activity and detect potential seizures, and it can send a warning to a connected smartphone. Other devices on the market can detect seizures in real-time, but can’t give advance warnings. However, researchers from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette last year unveiled an AI prediction model of their own. That was said to offer a similar...
Atari VCS backers should get their consoles ‘very soon’

Atari VCS backers should get their consoles ‘very soon’

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They're on their way from the factory, says Atari.  Igor Bonifacic, @igorbonifacic45m ago 1Comments 36Shares  Atari More than two years and multiple delays after its original announcement, the Atari VCS is finally making its way to people who helped crowdfund the console. In an update over on Medium, Atari says it's putting the "finishing touches" on the first batch of production VCS units. The company is in the process of sending the consoles to the US, where they'll be then shipped out to Indiegogo backers "very soon." It also shared photos from the factory floor to prove manufacturing has been coming along.  If you backed the VCS, you might still have to wait a while before getting your unit. Almost 12,000 people supported the...
Lenovo’s Thinkpad X1 Fold is available for pre-order starting at $2,499

Lenovo’s Thinkpad X1 Fold is available for pre-order starting at $2,499

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The company says it's 'the world’s first foldable PC.' Kris Holt, @krisholt12h ago 19Comments 157Shares  Cherlynn Low / Engadget After five years of development, Lenovo is almost ready to start shipping the Thinkpad X1 Fold, which it claims is the first PC with a foldable display. It has opened up pre-orders for the device, which starts at $2,499. The Thinkpad X1 Fold has a 13.3-inch OLED display that folds together like a book. The two halves don’t close entirely, which leaves enough space to slide in the Bluetooth Mini Fold Keyboard Lenovo designed for the device. The X1 Fold can wirelessly charge the keyboard while it’s nestled inside. Other accessories include the Lenovo Mod Pen and Easel Stand. The system runs on Windows ...
Germany’s far right AfD fires politician for saying migrants could be gassed or shot

Germany’s far right AfD fires politician for saying migrants could be gassed or shot

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By Stephanie Halasz, Claudia Otto and Fred Pleitgen, CNN Updated 1504 GMT (2304 HKT) September 29, 2020 Christian Lüth's position as AfD's parliamentary speaker was put on hold in April. (CNN)The far right Alternative for Germany (AfD) fired its former spokesman on Monday after reports emerged that he had discussed the gassing or shooting of migrants. German television network Pro7 aired a clip on Monday in which AfD's Christian Lüth is purportedly heard making the xenophobic comments.  "We could kill migrants by shooting them, that's not even an issue," he said, according to the video. "Or we could gas them, whatever you want, I don't care."On Twitter, AfD said his remarks, which were made in February, "stand in direct contract to the libertarian-democratic principles of ou...
Hathras gang rape: India victim’s death sparks outrage

Hathras gang rape: India victim’s death sparks outrage

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Published15 hours ago image captionA social activist hold placards during a protest against rape in Delhi A 19-year-old Dalit (formerly untouchable) woman has died after she was allegedly gang raped by four upper-caste men, sparking outrage in India. The woman was admitted to a hospital in Delhi two weeks ago with several serious injuries.  The attack occurred on 14 September in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh. Four men have been arrested. The news of her death has prompted many in India to take to social media and demand justice. Police told local media that the four men had dragged the victim to a field in Hathras district, where they allegedly raped her. She was grievously injured. The victim's brother confirmed her death to BBC Hindi, saying that no arrests had been m...
Moratorium kepada B40 dan M40

Moratorium kepada B40 dan M40

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Orang ramai mengambil kesempatan berkunjung ke Pusat Konvensyen Shah Alam sempena Kempen Bantuan Pembayaran Balik Pinjaman anjuran Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) di Seksyen 14, Shah Alam, semalam. – UTUSAN/ZULFADHLI ZAKI Oleh NURUL IZZATI IZZAH NADZI and ZAREEN HUMAIRAH SEJAHAN29 September 2020, 12:05 pm Share on facebookShare on twitterShare on whatsappShare on emailShare on telegram KUALA LUMPUR: Pertubuhan Pedagang dan Peniaga Kebangsaan Malaysia (Perdana) menggesa kerajaan melanjutkan moratorium secara automatik kepada golongan berpendapatan rendah B40 dan sederhana M40 sehingga 31 Disember ini. Presiden Perdana, Datuk Seri Dr. Erwan Mohd. Tahir berkata, bank-bank tidak akan rugi jika melanjutkan moratorium automatik kepada kumpulan berkenaan kerana golongan berpendapatan ting...
AirAsia dijangka laksana pemberhentian pekerja

AirAsia dijangka laksana pemberhentian pekerja

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Oleh AFIQ MOHD. SHAH29 September 2020, 12:08 pm Share on facebookShare on twitterShare on whatsappShare on emailShare on telegram KUALA LUMPUR: Syarikat penerbangan tambang murah, AirAsia Bhd. dilaporkan mungkin sekali lagi terpaksa memberhentikan beratus-ratus pekerja dalam usaha bertahan dalam industri yang dilanda krisis Covid-19. Menurut laporan Bernama memetik sumber yang mempunyai akses maklumat yang diberikan Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif AirAsia Malaysia, Riad Asmat dalam sesi dialog awam semalam memberitahu, tiada perincian diumumkan tetapi kakitangan terlibat akan diberitahu selewat-lewatnya dalam tempoh 72 jam. “Kita menghadapi masa yang sangat sukar. (Dalam) keadaan semasa, kita tak mampu bertahan dengan keadaan begini. (Ia) sangat mencabar..tidak mudah. (Kami) berus...
PN-BN perlu bincang lebih awal, elak konflik

PN-BN perlu bincang lebih awal, elak konflik

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KHAIRY Jamaluddin (tiga dari kanan) menyampaikan Anugerah Usahawan Rekrut Kemas Negeri Sembilan kepada Nor Halis Yunus dalam program Wacana Ilmu Wanita Inspirasiku (Wins), Kemas Negeri Sembilan, Seremban hari ini. Hadir sama, Timbalan Ketua Pengarah Operasi Kemas, Ahmad Kamal Idris Nawawi (dua dari kanan) dan Pengarah Kemas Negeri Sembilan, Muhamad Abu Bakar (kanan). - UTUSAN/MUHAMMAD IZZAT TERMIZIE Oleh BADRUL HAFIZAN MAT ISA29 September 2020, 6:35 pm Share on facebookShare on twitterShare on whatsappShare on emailShare on telegram SEREMBAN: Perlu ada perbincangan lebih awal di antara Barisan Nasional (BN) dan Perikatan Nasional (PN) bagi mengelakkan timbul kemelut seperti isu pelantikan Ketua Menteri Sabah baru-baru ini. Bekas Ketua Pemuda UMNO, Khairy Jamaluddin berkata, ba...