Art

Anand Teltumbde: Cards and letters for jailed India scholar as he turns 70

Anand Teltumbde: Cards and letters for jailed India scholar as he turns 70

Image caption Dalit artist Siddhesh Gautam's drawing of Prof Teltumbde in jail. Prominent Indian scholar and human rights defender Anand Teltumbde has turned 70 in a Mumbai prison amid growing calls for his release, writes the BBC's Geeta Pandey in Delhi. "Then they came for me, and there was no one left to speak for me.". Professor Teltumbde often quoted these iconic words from German Lutheran Pastor Martin Niemoller, criticising silence when ... Full story

Education

Ecuador teen teaches class under a tree for kids without internet

Ecuador teen teaches class under a tree for kids without internet

GUAYAQUIL, Ecuador (Reuters) - An Ecuadorean teenager has set up an improvised school under a tree in a poor neighbourhood of northern Guayaquil for some 40 students who haven’t been able to study during the novel coronavirus lockdown for lack of internet access. Denisse Toala (C), a 16-year-old student, teaches children in an improvised school she has set up under a tree since they have been unable to attend virtual classes in the low-income ... Full story

Economics

Texas county approves tax subsidies for new Tesla vehicle factory

Texas county approves tax subsidies for new Tesla vehicle factory

FILE PHOTO: The Tesla logo is seen on a car in Los Angeles, California, U.S., July 9, 2020. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson. (Reuters) - A central Texas county that includes Austin on Tuesday approved a plan to provide millions in tax subsidies to Tesla Inc ( TSLA.O ) if it builds a $1.1 billion vehicle factory in their community. A majority of commissioners in Travis County voted in favor of providing the electric carmaker with a tax rebate worth at ... Full story

Entertainment

The Case Against Tickling

The Case Against Tickling

When she was a young child, Ashley Austrew’s father would hold her down and tickle her so hard she felt momentarily paralyzed. He thought they were having fun — the tickling made her laugh, after all — but she dreaded it. More than once, she rolled off the couch and hit her head on the coffee table. Tickling was common in Austrew’s family, along with other kinds of roughhousing, such as a game in which her dad would pretend to sleep as she and ... Full story

Health

U.S. CDC head says mask-wearing could get COVID-19 under control within 4-8 weeks

U.S. CDC head says mask-wearing could get COVID-19 under control within 4-8 weeks

Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT) arrive with a patient to Jackson Health Center, where the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) patients are treated, in Miami, Florida, U.S. July 14, 2020. REUTERS/Maria Alejandra Cardona. (Reuters) - U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Robert Redfield said on Tuesday that if all Americans wore a mask, the rising cases of COVID-19 could be under control within four to eight weeks. ... Full story

Law

Catalan authorities order home confinement in Lleida after court rejection

Catalan authorities order home confinement in Lleida after court rejection

FILE PHOTO: A Police officer stands as Police checks the documents of people travelling on vehicles at the entrance of Lleida after Catalonia's government imposed new restrictions to control a new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Lleida, Spain, July 4, 2020. REUTERS/Nacho Doce. BARCELONA (Reuters) - Spain’s Catalonia approved a resolution on Tuesday to place the residents of the city of Lleida and seven nearby towns under home ... Full story

Living

In a pair of interviews, Trump highlights white victimhood - The Washington Post

In a pair of interviews, Trump highlights white victimhood - The Washington Post

The fundamental premise of the Black Lives Matter movement, agree with it or not, is straightforward: Too many black Americans die at the hands of police each year, a function of racism embedded in the system of law enforcement in this country. There’s no claim of primacy; it’s not the case that protesters with the movement demand that black Americans get exceptional treatment when confronted by law enforcement. Instead, it demands that they ... Full story

Politics

Ivanka Trump Thinks Unemployed People Should Try Not Being Unemployed

Ivanka Trump Thinks Unemployed People Should Try Not Being Unemployed

Good afternoon and happy pandemic to you, serfs! It is I, Ivanka Trump, former and future star of The Apprentice , and I come bearing a special message from my close personal friend @realdonaldtrump. We are receiving reports that times are hard! I was in a briefing earlier about the very concerning news that the economy was viciously attacked by cancel culture. I considered sending the economy a Get Well Soon card but I refrained because, ... Full story

Sport

Great Lakes water temperatures are blowing away records and could climb higher

Great Lakes water temperatures are blowing away records and could climb higher

Beachgoers fill Grand Haven State Park and City Beach on Lake Michigan on July 7. (Cory Morse/Grand Rapids Press/AP). You don’t expect to see 75- or even 80-degree water in the Great Lakes in early July or, in most years, anytime. But an exceptionally hot weather pattern has pushed water temperatures in most of the lakes to the highest levels on record so early in the summer. Over lakes Erie and Ontario, the water is the warmest it has been ... Full story

Technology

Egyptian oil pipeline fire injures 17

Egyptian oil pipeline fire injures 17

CAIRO (Reuters) - A major fire broke out after a leak of oil from the Shuqair-Mostorod pipeline next to a busy highway in a Cairo suburb on Tuesday and 17 people were injured, authorities said. Burned vehicles are seen following a fire that broke out in Egypt's Shuqair-Mostorod crude oil pipeline, at the beginning of Cairo-Ismailia road, Egypt July 14, 2020. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany. The pipeline runs along a motorway on the outskirts of ... Full story