Trump Aide Floated Withdrawing U.S. Forces to Please Putin

January 16, 2018

… self-styled blue-sky thinking that argued that decades of previous U.S. approaches to Russia were misguided than arguing the obsolescence of or harm caused by any specific Army brigade, Air Force fighter wing, or training exercise. Although the U.S. does not formally have permanent basing in the Baltics for substantial numbers of troops, it sending Abrams tanks to drill just days before Harringtons proposal. As well, the U.S. military has participated in NATO military activities in the region. …


It’s Official: China Has Put An End To Its Legal Ivory Trade

January 11, 2018

… 100 years, the number of African elephants in the wild has fallen from between 3-5 million to just 415,000, according to the WWF. As you can imagine, the news that the world’s biggest market for ivory is no more is being celebrated by conservation groups, wildlife activists, and animal lovers across the world. “decades from now, we may point back to this as one of the most important days in the history of elephant conservation,” Ginette Hemley, senior vice president of the …


Railway station hosts homeless banquet

January 10, 2018

… ago,” she says. “I knew I didn’t have anything to do. I would be at home on my own and at times you’re lonely, especially at Christmas.” Sharon, who moved to London from the US two decades ago, says she had to give up work as a retail manager because of a leg injury, but hopes to return next year. “I’m on the mend, I’ll definitely be dancing today!” Image caption Jay squats in local properties, and says he would otherwise be unable to …


Check out Time magazine’s Person of the Year cover: ‘The Silence Breakers.’

December 31, 2017

… TV star admitted to groping women. Movie mogul Harvey Weinstein — an abuser identified by multiple Person of the Year recipients — used a media network of enablers and case settlements to silence dozens of victims for decades. Out of the rubble of so many disgraced, powerful men burst the #MeToo movement — an online wave of survivors speaking out in solidarity. First coined by activist Tarana Burke years ago but given new life on Twitter by actor Alyssa Milano, …


Bea Arthur gave big to homeless LGBTQ youth in her will. This is what came of it.

December 28, 2017

… Siciliano stands with Skye Adrian, who has benefited from Ali Forney’s services. Photo by Michael Calcagno/Upworthy. Eight years after her death, the folks at Ali Forney can still remember how crucial Arthur’s generosity was when times were tough. They made sure her legacy of helping homeless LGBTQ youth will live on for decades to come. In December 2017, Ali Forney opened its doors to its latest facility for homeless LGBTQ youth: the Bea Arthur Residence. Photo by Erin Law, …


5 years after Sandy Hook, the victims have not been forgotten

December 28, 2017

… group home for disabled adults and as a community mental health placement specialist before becoming a school psychologist. She worked in three Connecticut school systems before moving to Sandy Hook Elementary in 1994. During her time in Newtown, Sherlach kept busy as a member of numerous groups, including the district conflict resolution committee, safe school climate committee, crisis intervention team and student instructional team. Sherlach and her husband of more than three decades lived …


‘E! News’ contributor leaves network over gender wage gap

December 23, 2017

… learned that he wasn’t just making a little more than I was. In fact, he was making close to double my salary for the past several years. Information is power. Or it should be. We are living in a new era. The gender pay gap is shrinking, although admittedly we have a long way to go. And well, I learned this first hand. My team and I asked for what I know I deserve and were denied repeatedly. Know your worth. I have two decades experience in broadcasting and started at the network the …


Mysterious 3,000-Year-Old Castle Found Hidden In Turkish Lake

December 20, 2017

A team of researchers, divers, and underwater photographers recently uncovered a mysterious castle at the bottom of a huge lake. Diving in Lake Van in Turkey’s eastern Van Province, they discovered a 3,000-year-old fortress that has been hidden beneath the water for decades. Project leader Tahsin Ceylan, from Van Yüzüncü Yıl University, was at first searching the lake for another legend – the frightening Lake Van monster. Although he hasn’t …


‘Telly legend’ Keith Chegwin dies aged 60

December 15, 2017

… Tributes have been paid from the world of entertainment for the “true telly legend”. His career spanned five decades. Report End of Twitter post by @keithchegwin ‘Childhood memories’ Chegwin was previously married to fellow TV presenter Maggie Philbin, whom he had met on Swap Shop. Philbin paid tribute to her former husband, saying: “It is incredibly sad. Keith was a one-off. Full of life, generous and with a focus on things that mattered – his …


Google Is Giving Away AI That Can Build Your Genome Sequence

December 13, 2017

… becoming the standard anytime soon, especially for large-scale projects. But DeepVariant is just the front end of a much wider deployment; genomics is about to go deep learning. And once you go deep learning, you don’t go back. It’s been nearly two decades since high-throughput sequencing escaped the labs and went commercial. Today, you can get your whole genome for just $1,000 (quite a steal compared to the $1.5 million it cost to sequence James Watson’s in 2008). But the …