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Brazilian Scenario

by Peter Walker | News Tidbits for March 24, 2018

Source: Globo

World Scenario

by Peter Walker | News Tidbits for March 24, 2018

Source: The New York Times

→ Demonstrators flooded streets across the globe in public protests against gun violence that emerged after the recent massacre at South Florida High School. The main march took place in Washington, but sister marches occurred in Paris, Berlin, London, Mumbai and Tokyo.

France is mourning Lt. Col. Arnaud Beltram, who died of his injuries after swapping places with a hostage held in a supermarket by a gunman claiming allegiance to the Islamic State. The officer spent about two hours inside the Super U Market facing the gunman, Radouane Lakdim, a 25-year-old French citizen born in Morocco, officials said. After the police heard gunshots, they rushed into the market and killed Mr. Lakdim. Colonel Beltrame, 44, who had been “seriously injured” by gunfire, the police said, died overnight of his injuries.

Economic Scenario

by Peter Walker | News Tidbits for March 23, 2018

Source: The New York Times

→ Internet companies like Facebook and Google were built on a model in which people gave up their information for free services. Now, that idea is under attack by governments around the world.

→  The fight between the United States and China is turning into a cold-war for global technological dominance. It is affecting the high-tech realm, as the world’s two biggest economies have each become increasingly protective of their own cutting-edge industries. And the rising tensions could further undercut American influence in a huge and fast-changing market.

Japan’s Prisons Become Haven for Elderly Women

by Peter Walker | News Tidbits for March 23, 2018

Source: Bloomberg

Japan has begun to deal with an unexpected problem: senior crime. With the worlds’s oldest population (27.3 percent of its citizens are 65 or older), complaints involving elderly people, especially women, are increasing more than in any other group.

Their crimes are usually minor—9 in 10 senior women who’ve been convicted were found guilty of shoplifting. Why have so many elderly women resorted to petty theft?

In a 2017 survey, the Tokyo government discovered that more than half of those caught stealing live alone, and say they have nobody to turn to. Even those who do live with someone say they don’t really feel at home. And many of them struggle with financial problems. This has led these women to consider jail a haven, providing a sense of community and stability.

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Brazilian Scenario

by Peter Walker | News Tidbits for March 22, 2018

Source: Globo

World Scenario

by Peter Walker | News Tidbits for March 22, 2018

Source: The New York Times

→ Travel was in a chaos, schools were closed and tens of thousands of people took to the streets across France on Thursday as railway workers, teachers, students and air traffic controllers went on strike to protest President Emmanuel Macron’s economic and social reforms. Mr. Macron is trying to overhaul France’s rail system and looks to change unemployment benefits and the pension system.

→ Mark Zuckerberg, the chief Facebook executive, gave an unexpected interview to the New York Times yesterday. Although he promised to fix the system, not everyone was impressed by his statements. “He avoided the big issue, which is that for many years, Facebook was basically giving away user data like it was handing out candy,” said one analyst.

Economic Scenario

by Peter Walker | News Tidbits for March 22, 2018

Source: The New York Times

→ China has reacted to Mr. Trump’s announced plans to impose $60 billion worth of annual tariffs on Chinese imports by proposing reciprocal tariffs on $3 billion of American-made imports, and said that it would also pursue legal action against the U.S. at the World Trade Organization. In  the U.S., markets plunged on fears of a trade war.

→ The Trump Administration said it would exempt the European Union and other allies from stiff steel and aluminum tariffs that go into effect today, but may impose import quotas to prevent too much foreign metal from flooding into the United States. According to one source, Brazilian steel is on the list of exemptions.

It's O.K.

by Peter Walker | News Tidbits for March 22, 2018

Source: The New York Times

 

O.K. is a shortcut used the world over — and even beyond, having been uttered at least once during a space mission.

On this day in 1839, The Boston Morning Post published “O.K.” for the first known time, using the abbreviation next to the words “all correct.”

There have been many theories about its origin, but the most likely is that O.K. was an abbreviation for the deliberately and playfully misspelled “orl korrect” (all correct), and the expression gained prominence in the mid-19th century.

Today, O.K. is an Americanism adopted by virtually every language, and one of the first words spoken on the moon.

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Brazilian Scenario

by Peter Walker | News Tidbits for March 22, 2018

Source: Globo

World Scenario

by Peter Walker | News Tidbits for March 22, 2018

Source: The New York Times

The man suspected of sending bombs in packages in Austin, Texas, blew himself up in his vehicle after the police began tailing him. Law enforcement officials used clues from surveillance videos to find the suspect. After his death, the police found a confession on the suspect’s phone.

Tensions between Britain and Russia continue to increase. Boris Johnson, the top British diplomat, told Parliament that the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, would use the World Cup this summer as a propaganda tool, and in Moscow, the Russian Foreign Ministry suggested Britain itself may have been responsible for poisoning a former Russian double agent and his daughter with a nerve agent.

Mark Zuckerberg, the chief Facebook executive, broke silence yesterday, and promised Facebook would crack down on outside apps and bolster privacy.

“We also made mistakes, there’s more to do, and we need to step up and do it.”

Mark Zuckerberg

Economic Scenario

by Peter Walker | News Tidbits for March 22, 2018

Source: The New York Times

European authorities are overhauling rules for taxing digital businesses in the region, in the hopes of curbing tax evasion by companies like Google, Apple, Amazon and Qualcomm. Under the new plan, a company’s revenues would be taxed in the countries where they are generated, rather than its profits.

President Trump plans today to announce at least $50 billion worth of annual tariffs and other penalties against China for its theft of technology and trade secrets, which administration officials say has robbed American companies of billions of dollars in revenue and killed thousands of jobs.

France's Bird Population Collapses

by Peter Walker | News Tidbits for March 22, 2018

Source: The Guardian

 

Bird populations across the French countryside have fallen by a third over the last decade and a half, researchers have said. Dozens of species have seen their numbers decline, in some cases by two-thirds.

According to Benoit Fontaine, a conservation biologist, the situation is catastrophic. “The countryside is in the process of becoming a veritable desert,” he declared.

The primary culprit, researchers speculate, is the intensive use of pesticides on crops, especially wheat and corn. The problem is not that birds are being poisoned, but that the insects on which they depend for food have disappeared.

“There are hardly any insects left, that’s the number-one problem.”

Vicent Bretagnolle, CNRS ecologist

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