American Histories by John Edgar Wideman review – an immense and moving jazz riff

In “JB & FD”, John Brown, architect of the doomed anti-slavery raid at Harpers Ferry in 1859, talks with Frederick Douglass, the African American abolitionist who applauds Brown’s intent but resists being drawn into his febrile logic that “only an ocean of blood … will cleanse the sin of man-stealing”. That story vibrates alongside “Nat […]

Fears in India as Kuwait looks to cap migrant worker numbers

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Happiness Road leads to spectacular pass

The pass is located on National Road 4C in Pải Lủng and Pả Vi communes, Mèo Vạc District of Hà Giang. Mả Pí Lèng in Mông language means a horse’s nose with the figurative meaning that the peak is quite dangerous, where even mountain horses may slip and die when climbing.  

“Plague village” may upend what we know about how black death is spread

In a new analysis of the outbreak, researchers estimate that rodent-to-human transmission accounted for only a quarter of all infections, while human-to-human transmission made up the rest. The finding, published Wednesday in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, adds fuel to a hot debate among academics about how plague spreads. And more importantly, it has […]

Top 10 budget restaurants, bars and cafes in Leeds

Outlaws Yacht Club You could easily overlook Outlaws. It’s in the kind of location – bottom of an ugly new apartment block – where you’d expect to find a Starbucks or an estate agent. In fact, this late-night DJ bar and event space is one of Leeds’ hippest hangouts, well-known for its discerning music policy, […]

The Mandal moment

Thirty years ago, on August 7, Indian politics and society changed. In a historic move, the VP Singh government decided to implement the recommendations of the Mandal Commission, and open up reservations for Other Backward Classes (OBCs) in government jobs. This came in the wake of the gradual political rise of the backward communities, which […]

Exclusive: Kajal Dey India’s only table tennis coach without hands, appeals to get affiliated as government coach

The sad part of my life is, I gave my whole career to sports, but in return, I got ignorance, injustice and thread from the state association, para-federation and my fellow National player. But still, I’m happy because I have never given up. I thank my family for never leaving my hand even in a […]

The Latest: Australia pledges $1.4M for Beirut relief effort

Kuwait and Qatar dispatched airplanes full of medical cargo. Qatari officials told The Associated Press that cargo from Doha included two large air-conditioned tents, kits for 1,000 beds, generators and diesel tanks, 50 ventilators, emergency medical supplies like first aid kits, gauze and needles, and medicine. A search and rescue team was also being sent […]

Recession in real time: how big data can track the Covid slump

For the first time in millennia of economic events, the coronavirus pandemic could prove the first big-data recession – trackable in real time. “It’s unique in many respects,” says Ruth Gregory, UK economist at consultancy Capital Economics. “In previous recoveries we didn’t have as much real-time information, so that has been a useful early indicator […]

Depictions of artificial intelligence in popular media are ‘overwhelmingly white’ and are ‘erasing people of colour’ from our perceptions of the future, study claims

IBM, MICROSOFT SHOWN TO HAVE RACIST AND SEXIST AI SYSTEMS In a 2018 study titled Gender Shades, a team of researchers discovered that popular facial recognition services from Microsoft, IBM and Face++ can discriminate based on gender and race.