Month: August 2021

GOP Governors Fight Virus Mandates as the Party’s Covid-19 Politics Harden

As a new coronavirus wave accelerated by the Delta variant spreads across the United States, many Republican governors have taken sweeping action to combat what they see as an even more urgent danger posed by the pandemic: the threat to personal freedom.

In Florida, Ron DeSantis has prevented local governments and school districts from enacting mask mandates and battled in court over compliance. In Texas, Greg Abbott has followed a similar playbook, renewing an order last week to ban vaccine mandates.

And in South Dakota, Kristi Noem, who like Mr. DeSantis and Mr. Abbott is a potential 2024 candidate for

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Nokia makes scholarships pledge to improve representation of underrepresented communities in technology

Press Release

Nokia makes scholarships pledge to improve representation of underrepresented communities in technology

  • Nokia collaborates with online learning platform Udacity and Blacks In Technology Foundation.

  • Over 300 scholarships on offer for Nanodegree programs, which are fully online and can be completed alongside further studies or full-time work.

  • The programs cover a broad range of core tech competencies, from cloud computing and programming to artificial intelligence and data science, available from elementary to advanced levels.

24 August 2021

Espoo, Finland – Nokia has today announced the launch of a scholarship program aimed at providing greater opportunities for underrepresented communities in

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Colleges offer large scholarships to students from certain states

Cornell College has a variety of admissions challenges. It’s a liberal arts college in Mount Vernon, Iowa, a very small city that most people haven’t heard of (it’s east of Cedar Rapids). It’s not Cornell University, the better known Cornell. It is one of a small number of colleges that use the “block plan,” in which students take one course at a time, for three and a half weeks.

Despite those realities, students enroll every year, but some are held back by another fact: tuition. The total cost of attendance (including everything — tuition, room and board, personal expenses, travel)

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Opinion: The Fed will surely wimp out and let stagflation take root in the economy, Roubini warns

NEW YORK (Project Syndicate)— I have been warning for several months that the current mix of persistently loose monetary, credit, and fiscal policies will excessively stimulate aggregate demand and lead to inflationary overheating. Compounding the problem, medium-term negative supply shocks will reduce potential growth and increase production costs. Combined, these demand and supply dynamics could lead to 1970s-style stagflation (rising inflation amid a recession) and eventually even to a severe debt crisis.

Until recently, I focused more on medium-term risks. But now one can make a case that “mild” stagflation is already under way. Inflation is rising in

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The history of Afghanistan and US ties, from the Cold War to 9/11

The United States’ decision to withdraw troops from Afghanistan closes a 20-year chapter between the two countries. But US intervention in Afghanistan far predates the 21st century, stretching back decades.

In the weeks and months ahead, there are going to be a lot of questions about what’s next for Afghanistan, including how the US approaches it. But contemplating what happens going forward also means looking at the past, including the ways American involvement has shaped Afghan politics and life for more than 50 years.

During the Cold War, both the US and the Soviet Union sought to gain footholds in

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‘Hearables’ can teach you a language or music with the help of AI

Hearables are wireless smart micro-computers with artificial intelligence that incorporate both speakers and microphones. They fit in the ears and can connect to the internet and to other devices, and are designed to be worn daily. Some technology companies are now marketing these as “the future of hearing enhancement,” and focusing on their capacities to disrupt existing hearing aid markets.

But hearables aren’t hearing aids, ear plugs, headphones or headsets, although they could acquire the benefits of these devices. This means that one could rely on hearables as a kind of always-worn personal assistant nested in the

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Whitmer announces the $2 million winner, plus scholarship winners of MI vaccine lottery

Today, the final eight winners of the 30 prizes of $50,000, the nine four-year college scholarship winners who received vaccines and the $2 million grand prize winner of the MI Shot To Win Sweepstakes were announced.

“Thanks to the efforts of so many, and every Michigander who got their shot, the MI Shot To Win Sweepstakes has been a success,” said Whitmer in a video posted to Facebook announcing the final sweepstakes winners. “Every public health expert will tell you the middle of the summer always shows lower vaccination rates than any other time of year. In June, for example, … Read More

Businesses exiting California surges in 2021, dealing ‘death knell’ to state’s economy

The number of businesses fleeing California is on the rise.

Since the beginning of 2018, California has seen 265 companies relocate their headquarters outside of the state – 74 of which left in the first six months of 2021, according to a new analysis published by the Hoover Institution, a right-leaning think tank at Stanford University. By comparison, 62 businesses moved outside of the state in 2020, while 78 relocated in 2019. In 2018, 58 companies exited the state. 

The migration is taking place across a broad range of industries, such

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Fact check: Trump officials try to rewrite their Afghanistan history

But some of the criticism from former Trump administration officials has departed from the truth.

In public statements this past week, former Vice President Mike Pence, former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley, and former Acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller have all slammed Biden in one way or another for the chaos that has unfolded in Afghanistan this month. While some of that criticism has been accurate, much of it has inaccurately tried to rewrite the Trump administration’s own history on Afghanistan — denouncing Biden while also misleadingly omitting the actions taken by Trump and his administration.

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At Yiddish Week, a beloved language is as vital as ever

(RNS) — The grounds of the Berkshire Hills Eisenberg Camp in Copake, New York, were alive in mid-August with a gaggle of nearly 100 campers, young and old. 

Like at many camps in upstate New York, they played sports, boated in the lake, swam in the pool and sang songs around the campfire.

However, to them it wasn’t a lake, it was an ozere, the cabins were not cabins, but beydlekh, and the pool, der shvimbaseyn.

The reason is that they were there with a singular purpose — to swim, sing, eat and simply live solely in Yiddish, the historical

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