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Blaze at London Zoo as 70 firefighters tackle flames Blaze at London Zoo as 70 firefighters tackle flames
- December 24, 2017

The zoo will remain closed on Saturday until further notice. A spokesperson for LFB said: "Approximately half of an adventure cafe and shop, which also contains an animal petting area, was alight". The cause of the fire is not yet known. A team of 70 fire fighters and ten engines spent two hours tackling the blaze after a 999 call was made at 6.08am. (more...)
Salvation Army's Red Kettle Donations Are Down Salvation Army's Red Kettle Donations Are Down
- December 23, 2017

Throughout December, the Salvation Army has had its Christmas Kettle Campaign stations installed at various retail locations in Sherwood Park, including both WalMart locations, the Sherwood Park Mall and Costco. While Chapman said he is not sure who makes the donations, he has an idea. "We want to thank all the organizations that helped us this year". "That money goes to our Christmas campaign, which funds services and operation", he said. (more...)
Bitcoin Cash: Scandal erupts as Coinbase investigates claims of insider trading Bitcoin Cash: Scandal erupts as Coinbase investigates claims of insider trading
- December 22, 2017

Cryptocurrency hard fork Bitcoin Cash was created back in August as the result of a "hard fork" of Bitcoin itself. Now, an investigation is underway. As of Wednesday morning ET, the ability to buy or sell Bitcoin Cash remained disabled on Coinbase , though customers could transfer it to other digital currency wallets. (more...)
Didi Chuxing, a Chinese Rival to Uber, Raises $4 Billion Didi Chuxing, a Chinese Rival to Uber, Raises $4 Billion
- December 22, 2017

The company announced the funding without naming the investors. Uber and Didi compete in each region of the world, including the Middle East, after the Chinese company signed a partnership with UAE-based ride-sharing firm Careem in August. (more...)
South Africa to "immediately and unconditionally" downgrade Embassy in Israel
- December 22, 2017

After the USA veto, the United Nations General Assembly is now set to vote for or against the withdrawal of Trump's recognition of Jerusalem in an "emergency meeting" on Thursday. "A downgrade will negatively affect the South African economy by jeopardising (to name but a few) trade, tourism, access to hi tech and water technology", and also says that the move works against "social cohesion". (more...)
NY home sales near record high in November NY home sales near record high in November
- December 21, 2017

At November's sales pace, it would take a record low 3.4 months to exhaust the current inventory, down from 3.9 months in October. Nationally, home sales increased by 3.2 percent in November compared with a year earlier, according to the National Association of Realtors . (more...)
AT&T Announces Big Bonuses for Employees After GOP Tax Bill Passage AT&T Announces Big Bonuses for Employees After GOP Tax Bill Passage
- December 21, 2017

AT&T's $1 billion investment will go toward the company's fiber build in homes and businesses. US President Donald Trump referred to AT&T's move in a speech celebrating the cuts, which were a key priority. However, FedEx said it only "may" boost spending if the plan gets enacted. "By pushing employers for this raise, CWA proves that working people have power when we join together to negotiate for a fair return for the work we do", the union said in a statement. (more...)
Virgin billionaire Richard Branson is taking up Hyperloop One chairman role Virgin billionaire Richard Branson is taking up Hyperloop One chairman role
- December 20, 2017

If it comes to fruition, Hyperloop has the potential to revolutionize transportation around the world. According to the Hyperloop One website, the company has raised $295 million since its founding in 2014. Several Indian states are participating in feasibility studies for the new technology . The combination of a near-vacuum tube combined with magnetic levitation is created to minimize friction. (more...)
Gas prices drop 4 cents to $2.52 a gallon in Rhode Island Gas prices drop 4 cents to $2.52 a gallon in Rhode Island
- December 19, 2017

The price for gas in Florida is averaging $2.38 a gallon, the AAA reports. "Overall, our research shows that Americans are doing better than a year ago and want to go somewhere for the holidays", said Vicky Evans, assistant vice president with AAA Travel. (more...)
Winter Session 2017: Is Parliament Getting Sidelined under NDA? Winter Session 2017: Is Parliament Getting Sidelined under NDA?
- December 17, 2017

Delayed by nearly a month due to the polls, this Session will have fewer sittings than the usual-it has 14 work days compared to 21 in the last Winter Session-but the Government is hopeful of pushing its legislative agenda in the short time. (more...)
Facebook now lets you mute annoying friends or groups for 30 days Facebook now lets you mute annoying friends or groups for 30 days
- December 16, 2017

When that 30 days is up, you'll get a notification. Facebook is one of those places where sometimes we feel bad for unfriending people, even if their posts annoy us. The people, pages and groups you hit the snooze button on won't know, and Facebook will notify you when you snooze is about to expire. While Snooze isn't entirely different from the ability to straight up unfollow people, it is nice to have an option to remove certain posts from your News Feed for a limited amount of ... (more...)
Facebook to test ads before videos Facebook to test ads before videos
- December 16, 2017

In a more annoying caveat, Zuckerberg's brainchild has also announced that it's toying with the idea of ads that appear during the middle of a video. Facebook has new deals with content producers that pay upfront for some high-quality videos. The introduction of pre-roll is part of the company's plans to make its platforms more appealing to video creators, who have so far overwhelmingly used channels like Google's YouTube and Twitter's now-defunct Vine. (more...)
MA named healthiest state in new report MA named healthiest state in new report
- December 15, 2017

Benjamin said it's disappointing to see these numbers, in spite of the way that the U.S. spends essentially more on social insurance than different countries, as indicated by the Kaiser Family Foundation . Air pollution has also decreased, and the percentage of children younger than age 18 who were living in households at or below the poverty level decreased for the second year in a row. (more...)
New Yorkers return to subway day after Port Authority attack New Yorkers return to subway day after Port Authority attack
- December 13, 2017

The video shows other commuters running away from the scene, and police said three individuals suffered minor injuries as a result of being close to the blast. Law enforcement officials said that after Monday's attack Ullah told police he was inspired by the Islamic State terror group, and said he was angry over decades of USA policies toward Muslim countries. (more...)
Mother and 2-Year-Old Kicked Off Spirit Airlines Flight Mother and 2-Year-Old Kicked Off Spirit Airlines Flight
- December 12, 2017

She filmed the incident, and said before the cabin door was closed, she started breastfeeding . Because of this, she asked for a few more minutes but then complied and "forced" Lukas into his own seat where he began to cry for 25 minutes before a flight attendant asked them to get off. (more...)
Wesbanco Bank Inc. Increases Holdings in Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) Wesbanco Bank Inc. Increases Holdings in Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN)
- December 08, 2017

The stock increased 0.76% or $8.63 during the last trading session, reaching $1150.2. When the stock was hovering around $1,000 it looked like it was encountering some resistance, but ultimately it broke through and as of the close on Wednesday was trading at more than $1,152 a share. (more...)
These are the best places to work in 2018, according to employees These are the best places to work in 2018, according to employees
- December 07, 2017

We always encourage our current and former employees to give us honest and open feedback and put transparency at the heart of everything we do. Apple fared rather less well, dropping 48 places from last year's #36 to this year's #84 ... "Our employees continue to be our greatest asset". Ratings were based on anonymous employee reviews and ratings on a scale from 1 to 5, with every company in the top 10 earning at least 4.5. (more...)
Google is hiring 10000 reviewers to clean up YouTube Google is hiring 10000 reviewers to clean up YouTube
- December 06, 2017

Google has announced plans to increase its moderator team to 10,000 people next year, amid concerns over inappropriate content & child exploitation on YouTube . Talking about the machine-learning program, Wojcicki noted that human reviewers are an essential part of removing content and training the machine-learning system because human judgment is significant in making "contextualized" decisions on content. (more...)
Ireland to finally start reclaiming Apple back taxes Ireland to finally start reclaiming Apple back taxes
- December 06, 2017

American tech firm Apple has confirmed that it's to comply with a ruling from the European Commission and pay Ireland billions owed in taxes. While one might wonder why the Irish government might turn up its nose at $20 billion, by offering annual tax rates as low as 0.005 per cent for over a decade, Ireland essentially acted as a tax haven - a status it has used to attract investment and presence by worldwide corporations. (more...)
India's Infosys taps Capgemini exec Parekh as CEO India's Infosys taps Capgemini exec Parekh as CEO
- December 04, 2017

Infosys Board of Directors appointed Salil S Parekh as the new chief executive officer and managing director of the second biggest IT company in India. Parekh, who had been instrumental in expanding Capgemini's India team, had once been seen as a potential successor to Capgemini CEO Paul Hermelin. His departure will be effective on January 1, the statement said. (more...)