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Manus Island: PNG wants Australia to put deadline on refugee resettlement

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The Papua New Guinea Government wants Australia to set a deadline to get refugees from Manus Island out of the country. By Papua New Guinea correspondent Eric Tlozek ABC PNG has formed a special team to negotiate with Australia’s Home Affairs Department to ensure all refugees from Manus Island are resettled in a third country, soon. So far, only 84 of the roughly 600 refugees on Manus Island have been sent to the United States under the resettlement deal between ... Read More »

Machine Learning, Big Data and the Future of Higher Ed

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These new technologies have much to offer colleges and their students, but if we are not careful how we incorporate them, the risks may outweigh the gains, Vincent Del Casino Jr. writes. Inside Higher Ed If you ask, many people will say we are in a new era of higher education, one where machine learning and big data analytics­­ are driving rapid change. From the influx of adaptive learning technologies to the automated student support services and predictive analytics models driving ... Read More »

‘Women must take a stand to defend, heal the nation’-Kah Walla

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Journal du Cameroun Cameroonian politician and Human Rights activists. Kah Walla says it is about time women take up thier stand as mothers of the nation to defend and heal the land. The Human Rights Activist who is also the President of the Cameroon People’s Party, made the remark earlier this month, while leading about 150 women from nine towns and 5 regions in Cameroon in a march against what they term injustices and bad governance for decades. “As Mothers ... Read More »

No country, no rights, no hope

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The legal no-man’s land inhabited by stateless people like the Rohingya is a major human rights issue, which urgently requires more attention By Professor Michelle Foster and Timnah Baker, University of Melbourne PURSUIT Said Imasi was raised in a refugee camp in North Africa, and spent his childhood in orphanages and on the streets of mainland Europe. His mother died when he was six-years-old and he has no information about his father. Said believes he was born in the Canary ... Read More »

Refugees out of sight, out of mind two years on from EU-Turkey deal

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An agreement between the European Union and Turkey that came into force two years ago on March 20 2016, has reduced the number of migrants arriving on the shores of Greek islands and, however precariously, salvaged the integrity of the… Katy Budge The Conversation But while the EU-Turkey Joint Action Plan was justified as a measure that would reduce deaths at sea and protect human dignity, the dramatic increase in the death rate of those crossing the Mediterranean in 2016 ... Read More »

Facebook, Uber and the end of the Great American Tech Delusion

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Tech Bubble Part II has arrived in America but China will probably navigate around it thanks to a culture of innovation By SPENGLER Asia Times We’ve been there before, in the crash of the dot-com bubble of 2000, when we believed that downloading pop music and porn would drive the economy of the future. We’ve done it again: We made another tech bubble on the premise that Americans would write the apps and Asians would make the hardware, and the miracle ... Read More »

In Uganda, Unmarried Women Must Fight to Keep Their Homes

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For unmarried women living with their partners in Uganda, there is no law – legal or customary – to stop them from losing their homes when their relationships end. Amy Fallon News Deeply KAMPALA, UGANDA – After almost two decades living with a man nearly twice her age, who first got her pregnant when she was 15, Jane Zamukunda finally had one small comfort: a nice home that she felt was… Her partner and father of her three children had bought a piece ... Read More »

Why Denmark dominates the World Happiness Report rankings year after year

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The new World Happiness Report again ranks Denmark among the top three happiest of 155 countries surveyed – a distinction that the country has earned for seven consecutive years. Marie Helweg-Larsen The Conversation The U.S., on the other hand, ranked 18th in this year’s World Happiness Report, a four-spot drop from last year’s report. Denmark’s place among the world’s happiest countries is consistent with many other national surveys of happiness (or, as psychologists call it, “subjective well-being”). Scientists like to ... Read More »

Battle with the bottle looms for Brussels

Beer bottles with crowned caps are pictured on the conveyor belts of a filling plant in the Veltins brewery in Meschede-Grevenstein, western Germany, on January 04, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / dpa / Rainer Jensen / Germany OUT        (Photo credit should read RAINER JENSEN/AFP/Getty Images)

After more than three decades of struggle, the European Commission is inching closer to alcohol labels. Carmen Paun Politico EU rules made it far easier to find out how many calories are in a slice of cake than in a glass of Muscat — until now. Alcohol companies’ luck ran out a year ago, when the European Commission finally published a report saying there was no reason why booze should not have ingredient and nutrition information on the labels, just like food. ... Read More »

Defending the liberal world order

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Those who believe in the liberal world order must fight to preserve it for future generations, says John McCain, Republican senator from Arizona and chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee The Economist United States Seventy years ago, when announcing the Marshall Plan to deliver American assistance in rebuilding after the second world war, George Marshall began by stating simply: “The world situation is very serious.” That maxim rings more true as we head into 2018 than at any time ... Read More »

‘Crack cocaine of gambling’ machines stake could stay above £2 says regulator in blow to campaigners

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The Gambling Commission recommended the cap on fixed-odds betting terminal (FOBTs) stakes, currently £100, should fall to £30 Dan Bloom Mirror Campaigners against ‘crack cocaine of gambling’ machines were dealt a blow today as a regulator gave the green light not to cut the maximum stake to £2. The Gambling Commission recommended the cap on fixed-odds betting terminal (FOBTs) stakes for non-slot games including roulette, currently £100, should fall to £30 or less. Despite being a cut of a third, ... Read More »

Court orders that boy, 10, at risk of suicide on Nauru be treated in Australia

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Exclusive: Home affairs department argued against move but judge cites ‘significant risk’ he would die if left on island Ben Doherty The Guardian A 10-year-old refugee boy who has made repeated attempts to kill himself while held on Nauru has been ordered moved to Australia for acute psychological care, with a judge saying the boy would be at imminent risk of dying if left in the regional processing centre. In the federal court this month, lawyers representing the boy – known in court documents ... Read More »

China’s latest energy megaproject shows that coal really is on the way out

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China has some of the worst air pollution in the world. In several cities, thick layers of smog are common, resulting in thousands of deaths every year. Leanna Garfield Business Insider According to a 2016 study, the top contributor of air pollution-related deaths in China is the burning of coal. The team of Chinese and American researchers behind the study said that pollution from coal caused 366,000 premature deaths in 2013. To improve the country’s air quality, the Chinese government vows to spend at least ... Read More »

Turkish-backed rebels loot Syria’s Afrin city – steal everything from Mercedes-Benz cars to foodstuffs

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BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:05 A.M.) – Turkish photo-journalist Bulent Kilic has captured images of pro-Ankara rebel fighters looting the city of Afrin following its fall to Turkish-backed forces. Andrew Illingworth AMN According to sources, no site in Afrin is being spared from the stealing spree – houses, shops and public infrastructures have all been subject to looting by Ankara’s proxy militant groups. Likewise, everything is subject to being stolen in accordance with the self-imposed laws of Afrin’s new rulers, this includes ... Read More »

A history of loneliness

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Is loneliness our modern malaise? Former U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy says the most common pathology he saw during his years of service “was not heart disease or diabetes; it was loneliness.” Amelia S. Worsley The Conversation Chronic loneliness, some say, is like “smoking 15 cigarettes a day.” It “kills more people than obesity.” Because loneliness is now considered a public health issue – and even an epidemic – people are exploring its causes and trying to find solutions. While ... Read More »

Climate change soon to cause movement of 140m people, World Bank warns

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Tens of millions in three regions of the developing world expected to migrate before 2050 unless environment is improved Fiona Harvey The Guardian Climate change will result in a massive movement of people inside countries and across borders, creating “hotspots” where tens of millions pour into already crowded slums, according to the World Bank. More than 140 million people in just three regions of the developing world are likely to migrate within their native countries between now and 2050, the ... Read More »