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CBC News - Latest Canada, World, Entertainment and Business News

CBC News - Latest Canada, World, Entertainment and Business News | GIS World Newz | Scoop.it
The latest news from across Canada and around the world.

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Two days before Justin Bourque went on a shooting rampage, killing three Moncton Mounties and wounding two others, he told his father he was tired of being oppressed and would not submit to authority, court documents reveal. 

This is breaking news because people didn't really know what made Justin Bourque go on this shooting rampage.  It seems like he just had enough of being oppressed.  It is very sad he had to go to violence to be heard.

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Delaying climate action will raise costs by 50%: World Bank report

Delaying climate action will raise costs by 50%: World Bank report | GIS World Newz | Scoop.it
Delaying climate actions by 2030 would increase costs of decarbonization by 50%, a new study from the World Bank states.
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The report Decarbonizing Development: Three Steps to a Zero Carbon Future, explores the best practices, policies and costs of keeping temperatures from rising less than 2 Celsius degrees from pre-industrial levels – the threshold to avoid the worst effects of climate change. To achieve this necessary target, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change states global carbon emissions must reach zero by the end of the century. The World Bank report indicates that the more we wait, the more it will cost to reach this goal.

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‘Wounded Warrior’ Charity Unleashes Hell—On Other Veteran Groups

‘Wounded Warrior’ Charity Unleashes Hell—On Other Veteran Groups | GIS World Newz | Scoop.it
What happens when a non-profit that was started to help veterans becomes the neighborhood bully?

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For a charity supposedly devoted to helping veterans, the Wounded Warrior Project spends an enormous amount of time suing or threatening to sue small non-profits, spending resources on litigation that could otherwise be spent on the vets they profess to serve.

At issue is the Wounded Warrior Project’s brand, the charity has become particularly litigious over the use of the phrase ‘wounded warrior’ or logos that involve silhouetted soldiers. At least seven such charities have discussed their legal problems with The Daily Beast.

The Wounded Warrior Project has become, in the words of those they’ve targeted for legal action, a “bully,” more concerned about their image and increasing the size of the organization than actually providing services to wounded warriors.

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Boko Haram freed Nigerian women tell of captivity horror - BBC News

Boko Haram freed Nigerian women tell of captivity horror - BBC News | GIS World Newz | Scoop.it
Former hostages held by Boko Haram in Nigeria say some fellow captives were stoned to death by the militants, as the army arrived to rescue them.
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The women said Boko Haram fighters started pelting them when they refused to run away as the army came nearer.  A group of nearly 300 women and children was brought out of the vast Sambisa forest to a government camp.  The military says it has rescued more than 700 people in the past week in an offensive against the Islamist group.  The women said several were killed in the stoning, but they did not know how many.

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21st Century Fox, News Corp Considering Move to World Trade Center - Wall Street Journal

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The final tower planned at the World Trade Center redevelopment could be dramatically altered under a proposal being discussed by 21st Century Fox Inc.
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The final tower planned at the World Trade Center redevelopment could be dramatically altered under a proposal being discussed by 21st Century Fox Inc. and News Corp, which are considering a move to the site.  The media companies and developer Larry Silverstein have brought in Danish architect Bjarke Ingels to redesign 2 World Trade Center in the event of a move. Mr. Ingels, co-designer of Google Inc.’s planned new headquarters expansion is in Silicon Valley.

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Eight million people affected by Nepal earthquake as death toll tops 4,300

Eight million people affected by Nepal earthquake as death toll tops 4,300 | GIS World Newz | Scoop.it
The death toll in the worst earthquake to hit the small Himalayan country for more than 80 years, with an estimated 8,000 people injured
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An astonishing eight million people have been affected by the Nepal earthquake, according to the UN, as the death toll tops 4,3000.  There are also an estimated 8,000 people injured following the worst earthquake to hit the small Himalayan country for more than 80 years.  A UN relief report says more than 1.4 million people are in need of food aid, and of these half live in poor quality housing.  There is an immediate need for health supplies, including medical tents, medication, surgical kits and body bags.  Eighteen people died on Mount Everest after an avalanche swept through its Base Camp, and more climbers are stranded higher up the mountain.

Britain has sent a team of Gurkha engineers to help with the disaster relief effort.  The soldiers left RAF Brize Norton late last night aboard an RAF C-17 transport aircraft packed with vital emergency supplies including more than 1,100 shelter kits and more than 1,700 solar lanterns.     Around the same time a small advance party of UK search and rescue teams - along with search dogs - arrived in Nepal's stricken capital, Kathmandu.  A commercial plane sent from the UK on Sunday is now in Delhi, waiting for the green light to fly into Kathmandu's overly-congested small airport.  The Government yesterday increased its pledge of financial aid, with International Development Secretary Justine Greening promising funds to match the first 5 million made in public donations to the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) Earthquake Appeal.

 

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Saudis Announce Halt to Yemen Bombing Campaign

Saudis Announce Halt to Yemen Bombing Campaign | GIS World Newz | Scoop.it
The Saudi Defense Ministry said the objectives in its bombing of Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthi rebels, which threatened to flare up a broader regional conflict, had been achieved.
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Saudi Arabia said Tuesday that it was halting a nearly month-old bombing campaign against a rebel group in neighboring Yemen that has touched off a devastating humanitarian crisis and threatened to ignite a broader regional conflict.  The announcement followed what American officials said was pressure applied by the Obama administration for the Saudis and other Sunni Arab nations to end the airstrikes. The bombing campaign, which has received logistical and intelligence support from the United States, has drawn intense criticism for causing civilian deaths and for appearing to be detached from a broad military strategy.  it was unclear exactly how much the airstrikes had advanced Saudi Arabia’s stated goal of helping restore a Yemeni government that collapsed many weeks ago as Houthi rebels took over the country’s capital, Sana. Analysts said the announcement could possibly clear the way for a different type of military intervention.

 

 
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The World's Most Reputable Companies In 2015

The World's Most Reputable Companies In 2015 | GIS World Newz | Scoop.it

Is Google still a top reputable company? 

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When the news broke last week that the European Union was officially charging Google with cheating consumers and competitors by distorting Web search results to lure visitors to its own shopping service, what did that do to Google’s reputation? Likely nothing, says Kasper Ulf Nielsen, executive partner and cofounder of Reputation Institute, the 18-year-old reputation management consulting firm based in New York and Copenhagen, which just released a list of what it deems the 100 most reputable companies in the world. Google scores No. 2 on the list, just behind BMW and above Daimler.  Consumers really love Google, they trust it and admire it.

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This Indian city has the world's worst air - CNNMoney

This Indian city has the world's worst air - CNNMoney | GIS World Newz | Scoop.it
While the world has grown accustomed to images of near-apocalyptic pollution in Beijing, the world's worst air can be found in New Delhi.
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The World Health Organization measured air quality levels in 1,600 cities around the world, and the Indian capital city of New Delhi was found to have the highest concentration of particulate matter smaller than 2.5 micrometers. The city's average PM2.5 level was a whopping 153, compared to 14 in New York and 56 in Beijing. The WHO's safety threshold for humans is 10. PM2.5 particles are not visible, but they go deep into the lungs, and are more likely to cause chronic health problems.  We are learning about this in Environmental class and this stuff is very harmful on the brain and the lungs. With a concentration that high, it won't take long to feel the consequences.
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World marks one year since Nigerian girls' abduction - USA TODAY

World marks one year since Nigerian girls' abduction - USA TODAY | GIS World Newz | Scoop.it
Events are taking place around the world to mark one year since Boko Haram militants abducted nearly 300 schoolgirls in Nigeria, sparking global outrage.
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One year after hundreds of girls were kidnapped from their school in Nigeria by Boko Haram militants, the nation's focus has shifted to their memory rather than their rescue.  219 of the girls remain missing, and Nigeria's new president marked Tuesday's sad anniversary by saying he would not repeat his predecessor's failed promise to find them. The girls were kidnapped from their school in Chibok, in the northeast part of the country. A number of girls later escaped the militants, who often force those abducted to convert to Islam and to fight or work as sex slaves, but 219 remain missing, even after the call for their return exploded on global social media with hashtag activism that was embraced by global leaders.  A march and vigil were held in the Nigerian capital of Abuja on Tuesday; 219 girls took part to represent each of the missing.

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Could inland aquaculture help save the oceans and feed the world?

Could inland aquaculture help save the oceans and feed the world? | GIS World Newz | Scoop.it
Mark Kwok has always loved the ocean. An avid diver and spear fisherman, he has travelled the planet in search of exotic fish and undersea adventure. Born into a wealthy Hong Kong family, he had the freedom to explore the world’s oceans.
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Today most groupers are harvested from fish farms that pollute coastal areas with fish waste, fertilizers and pesticides. But what if these fish raising operations could be brought completely onto land, and all the water stayed within the system? 
So that’s what the company did. Today, Aquaculture Technologies Asia may run the world’s only self-contained, land-based grouper farm. When the water in the tanks becomes fouled, Kwok runs it through special skimmers that remove organic material, then exposes it to UV light and ozone to kill bacteria, and finally pumps the purified water back into the tanks. The result is less disease, less need for pesticides and zero pollution. 
The first thing you notice when you look into one of Kwok’s numerous large tanks is that the water isn’t calm. A pump keeps it swirling in a uniform direction, almost like a whirlpool. Kwok says this not only keeps the water cleaner, it exercises the fish. And indeed, unlike many grouper you see in Hong Kong shops, bloated from a lazy pond life, these fish are as sleek and strong as wild giant grouper. 

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News Corp. and Fox Said to Consider Move to World Trade Center Site

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The companies, which include Fox News Channel and The Wall Street Journal, have been in discussions for months to build a joint headquarters in an 88-story skyscraper, officials said.

Via VERONICA LESTER
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Two giant companies controlled by Rupert Murdoch are considering building a joint headquarters in a new 88-story skyscraper at the World Trade Center.  If a deal is struck, the move by the companies from Midtown Manhattan to a new tower downtown would complete the rebuilding of the office complex destroyed on 9/11. It would also solidify the transformation of Lower Manhattan into a technology and media hub and a lively residential community.  The companies, which include Fox News and The Wall Street Journal, have been in have been in discussions for months. 

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Nigeria’s war against Boko Haram takes to the airwaves

Nigeria’s war against Boko Haram takes to the airwaves | GIS World Newz | Scoop.it
Broadcasts in Kanuri language appeal to hearts and minds of neglected minority in the heart of militants’ territory
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While helicopter gunships and armoured vehicles have led the campaign against Boko Haram in northern Nigeria this year, the military hardware is now being reinforced by an unexpected new psychological weapon: radio broadcasts of soccer news and farm reports.  In a bare-bones radio studio in this northern city, a small staff of broadcasters has entered the battle for hearts and minds in Boko Haram territory. Much of their work is basic reporting on mundane subjects such as farm irrigation and sports news, but it could still play a role in neutralizing Boko Haram’s propaganda and regaining support in the strongholds of the Islamist extremists.

The key to the radio strategy is its use of Kanuri, the language of an estimated 80 to 90 per cent of Boko Haram members and most other citizens in Borno state, the northeastern region that has been devastated by the radical Islamist militia. It’s also commonly spoken in the border regions of Cameroon, Chad and Niger, where the insurgents operate.  Until now, the Nigerian government has neglected the Kanuri language, leaving few voices to counteract Boko Haram’s message in the extremist militia’s birthplace in the northeast. Those who live under the daily threat of Boko Haram attack often feel isolated and alone.


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Iran and world powers strike initial nuclear deal

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Agreement will curb Iran's nuclear programme and end most sanctions imposed on country.
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The United States, Iran and five other world powers have sealed a breakthrough framework agreement outlining limits on Iran's nuclear program to keep it from being able to produce atomic weapons.  EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said a decisive step has been achieved.  Obama called it a "good deal" that would address concerns about Iran's nuclear ambitions. The US president said that the US and its allies had reached a historic understanding with Iran. There is much controversy surrounding this deal.  i for one think this deal is stupid as hell but my opinion matters none.

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How 'crisis mapping' is helping relief efforts in Nepal - BBC News

How 'crisis mapping' is helping relief efforts in Nepal - BBC News | GIS World Newz | Scoop.it
A team of Nepalis, backed by groups around the world, are helping guide what aid is needed where by "crisis mapping" Nepal, reports Saira Asher.
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Thousands of people in remote parts of Nepal are still in need of medical help and basic supplies. But with roads damaged and buildings collapsed, knowing what aid is needed and where is a challenge. One group of Nepalis, backed by the global community, is trying to change that by crisis mapping Nepal.  His non-profit Kathmandu Living Labs (KLL) is part of a global effort to accurately map Nepal after the quake. They also have an online platform for people to report where they are and what they need.

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Rural Nepal devastated by earthquake still awaits aid

Rural Nepal devastated by earthquake still awaits aid | GIS World Newz | Scoop.it
Many villages are largely inaccessible, creating huge challenges for aid workers.
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Nepali citizens frustrated and angered by their government's chaotic and bureaucratic response to aiding earthquake victims are doing it themselves. They've hired their own trucks and stuffed vehicles with plastic sheets for shelter and bags of rice and lentils for food.  Yet as each day passes since the magnitude-7.8 earthquake hit April 25, this self-help effort is becoming more complicated. Youth belonging to various political parties are putting up impromptu checkpoints on the road to the hardest hit areas or just chasing down vehicles with their motorbikes on narrow, isolated mountain roads and demanding the aid be handed over to them for distribution.  Such political maneuvering is not uncommon, but it is angering many Nepalis.

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Is this hydroelectricity scheme the world's most beautiful power plant?

Is this hydroelectricity scheme the world's most beautiful power plant? | GIS World Newz | Scoop.it

The Øvre Forsland power station has been designed to educate hikers about renewable energy production

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Norway, a country that already generates 80% of its electricity from hydro-power, has added to its renewable repertoire with an eye-catching wooden-clad 30GWh plant, designed to educate hikers from across the world about green power production. Ovre Forsland power station, situated within the mountains of Helgeland just below the Arctic Circle, will supply power to 1600 local homes. It has been designed to be inspired by and reflect the landscape, while also functioning as an attraction for hikers. Visitors can experience the production of hydraulic electricity at various points throughout the process. From a nearby bridge, the water flow that drives the turbines can be seen emerging from the station and the inner workings of the plant are exposed through an opening, which reveals the light design of the interior (inspired by the mystery of the Northern Lights).

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Baltimore's dual identity explains unrest - BBC News

Baltimore's dual identity explains unrest - BBC News | GIS World Newz | Scoop.it
Take away the towering downtown, the waterfront and other affluent enclaves and Baltimore suddenly looks a lot like Ferguson, Missouri - poor, harassed and angry.
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Since Michael Brown was shot dead by a police officer last year in Ferguson, Missouri, dozens of incidents questioning the use of force by police have emerged in cities and towns across the US.  But only Baltimore has seen unrest like Ferguson.  In the 1980s and 1990s, Baltimore was haemorrhaging residents because of its high-crime rate, partly brought on by the city's massive heroin trade. David Simon, the creator of The Wire, worked then as a police reporter for The Baltimore Sun, making him an expert on the city's high-crime areas. Those experiences would later inform The Wire.  In the late 1990s, Martin O'Malley, the city's first white mayor after years of black leadership, adopted a get tough approach on crime. Mr O'Malley invested heavily in city police to turn around the fortunes of the once thriving city. He launched CitiStat, a statistics-based approach to crime fighting, sending police resources to exactly where the crime was.

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Colorado Teenager Rallies Youth Around The World To Protect The Planet

Colorado Teenager Rallies Youth Around The World To Protect The Planet | GIS World Newz | Scoop.it

Earth Guardians committed to changing the world.

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Xiuhtezcatl Roske-Martinez is only 14 years old, but he's committed to changing the world.  The Colorado teen is the youth director of Earth Guardians, a nonprofit that encourages young people to connect and become involved in environmental activism.  Through a variety of demonstrations and projects -- including an eco hip-hop duo that he created with his younger brother -- Xiuhtezcatl works to engage other youth leaders and share important environmental issues. The brothers have produced songs like “What the Frack?” and “Speak for the Trees” to deliver these messages in a way that is fun and accessible for other young adults.  There are Earth Guardian teams in 25 different countries around the world, each working on projects specific to their own region but focused on the planet as a whole. 

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Iran is the biggest state sponsor of terrorism in the world: Sen. Mark Kirk

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Iran is ‘the world’s biggest state sponsor of terror’ said Senator Mark Kirk on Saturday.

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The clerical regime ruling Iran is the world’s biggest state sponsor of terror and is now trying to build nuclear weapons. We must use strong economic pressure on Iran to prevent them from getting nuclear weapons. Iran is the world’s biggest state sponsor of terror. Iran’s Aytatollah’s are now trying to build their own nuclear weapons.  Lately, Iran has tried to backtrack on the promises they made to President Obama. Iran now wants sanctions immediately lifted which would fund Iran’s terror subsidiaries with billions. Stopping Iran from getting nuclear weapons is the greatest challenge to peace at this moment.

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In El Salvador, women thrown in jail for miscarriages and stillbirths

In El Salvador, women thrown in jail for miscarriages and stillbirths | GIS World Newz | Scoop.it

 Guadalupe Vasquez, left, was recently released from prison in El Salvador after seven years. Prosecutors accused Vasquez, who had a miscarriage, of causing the death of the baby.

 

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When Guadalupe Vasquez became pregnant at 17 after being raped by a neighbor of the house where she worked as a maid, she decided she wanted the baby.  Then, on a day in late 2007, pain shot through her back and abdomen. Vasquez says she started bleeding, but her employer wouldn't let her leave the house to get medical care. Sick in her room and alone, she went into labor.  She heard the baby cry briefly, and then he was dead.  Only then did the employer send her to the hospital, saying she did not want to "deal with two dead in my house," Vasquez recalls. She passed out, and when she came to, she was handcuffed to the bed at a state hospital.  The rapist was free, but now it would be Vasquez who would go to prison, for seven years and three months.  Vasquez is one of several women in El Salvador who have been sentenced to as long as 50 years behind bars, not for having an abortion, which is illegal in the country, but as a result of miscarriages or stillborn births. In these cases, prosecutors have accused the women of causing the death of their fetus or infant.

 

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Scrap fossil fuel subsidies now and bring in carbon tax, says World Bank chief - The Guardian

Scrap fossil fuel subsidies now and bring in carbon tax, says World Bank chief - The Guardian | GIS World Newz | Scoop.it
Jim Yong Kim calls for five-point plan to deliver low-carbon growth, including removal of incentives to exploit oil, gas and coal
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Poor countries are feeling the boot of climate change on their neck, the president of the World Bank has said, as he called for a carbon tax and the immediate scrapping of subsidies for fossil fuels to hold back global warming.  Jim Yong Kim said awareness of the impact of extreme weather events that have been linked to rising temperatures was more marked in developing nations than in rich western countries, and backed for the adoption of a five-point plan to deliver low-carbon growth.  Speaking to the Guardian ahead of this week’s half-yearly meeting of the World Bank in Washington DC, Kim said he had been impressed by the energy of the divestment campaigns on university campuses in the US, aimed at persuading investors to remove their funds from fossil fuel companies. I think this is very important because our fossil fuel emissions are sky rocketing especially with the population booms in the past decade.  It is important we take care of this problem ASAP.

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Grief counselors on hand to help families after Kenya attack - US News

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NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Some family members of Kenyan students killed in an attack on a college by Islamic militants have sobbed, while others stayed silent. Some boiled with bitterness; others found solace in bittersweet memories of the dead.

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Family members were traumatized by the violent deaths of young men and women in whom they had invested scarce resources for their education. Many relatives traveled to Nairobi by bus for hours from small towns and villages, and they were overwhelmed at first by their unfamiliar surroundings.

There was sobbing and silent grief. Some boiled with bitterness, while others found solace in memories of the dead. One mother considered suicide until counselors talked her out of it.The raw emotions were on display this week at a Nairobi morgue as relatives viewed the bodies of their loved ones killed April 2 in an attack at Garissa University College by Islamic militants.  Parents emerged in shock and hysteria after seeing the corpse of a cherished son or daughter. Their grief also played out in the privacy of tents, where counselors offered words of consolation.

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The Extinction of Fruits & Vegetables in 80 Years

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It's not only fruits and vegetables that are disappearing -- 60,000 to 100,000 plant species are also in danger of extinction.

Via Wes Thomas, Maria Nunzia @Varvera
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It wasn’t long ago when seeds were mostly the concern of farmers were the seed producers and the guardians of societies’ crop heritage.  But this is no longer the case. Once considered to be the property of all, like water or even air, seeds have become largely privatized, such that only a handful of companies now control the global food supply.

Agriculture has been around for 10,000 years, but the privatization of seeds has only occurred very recently. In that short time, seed diversity has been decimated, farmers have been put out of business due to rising seed costs and the pesticide companies that control most seeds today have flourished.

In a comparison of seeds offered in commercial seed houses in the early 1900s to the seeds found in the National Seed Storage Laboratory in 1983, researchers found 93 percent of seeds were lost over eight decades.

 
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Turkey anger at Pope Francis Armenian 'genocide' claim

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Turkey summons the Vatican ambassador after Pope Francis uses the word "genocide" to describe killings of Armenians under Ottoman rule in WW1.
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Turkey has recalled its envoy to the Vatican after Pope Francis described the mass killing of Armenians under Ottoman rule in WW1 as genocide.  Turkey has reacted with anger to the comment made by the Pope at a service in Rome earlier on Sunday.   Armenia and many historians say up to 1.5 million Armenian Christians were killed by Ottoman forces in 1915.  But Turkey has always disputed that figure and said the deaths were part of a civil conflict triggered by WW1.  The row has continued to sour relations between Armenia and Turkey.

The Pope made the comments at a Mass in the Armenian Catholic rite at Peter's Basilica, attended by the Armenian president and church leaders.  He said that humanity had lived through "three massive and unprecedented tragedies" in the last century.  He also said it was his duty to honor the memories of those who were killed.

 
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Only a Third of Health Providers Use Technology - US News

Only a Third of Health Providers Use Technology - US News | GIS World Newz | Scoop.it
New survey shows managing population health is difficult because of lack of communication.

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Only about a third of health care providers use mobile and remote technologies in their work, leaving many struggling to coordinate care among themselves and their patients, a new survey finds. Clinicians report that they feel hindered by old or underused technologies, wasted exchanges and concerns about privacy and security. Among respondents, 69 percent reported that patient care is often delayed while waiting for important medical records.  Despite this, nearly all doctors say they do value the effect that improved communication could have on managing population health and say strong collaboration can result in reduced readmissions.  Results showed frustration within the system.  Nearly 3 in 10 medical professionals say they are not satisfied with the technology that their organization uses for communicating. Of those who are dissatisfied, 68 report it is because different care members use different technologies and that not all members have access to the same technology.  

 

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