Historically Black Louisiana university gets $20M donation

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A historically Black university in Louisiana has received a $20 million donation from MacKenzie Scott, the former wife of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos. The gift is the largest private contribution in the school’s history and part of hundreds of millions of dollars Scott announced that she had given away.

Digital banking: Mondo hopes to become the Google or Facebook of the sector

Blomfield and other members of the Mondo team have come from Starling, another would-be digital bank. They are all eyeing the statistics trotted out by the main high street banks, Barclays, Royal Bank of Scotland, Lloyds Banking Group and HSBC. Branch usage has fallen 36% since 2010 , according to one, while the industry lobby […]

Young people involved in Vietnam’s fight against COVID-19

This allows holders to remain in the country if they have no other visa options and are unable to depart due to COVID-19 travel restrictions. Applicants must demonstrate why they can’t meet the requirements for another visa, according to the Australian Department of Home Affairs.

Was Babri Masjid demolition justified?

The Hagia Sophia, the most visited tourist attraction in Istanbul, was built by the Byzantine emperor Justinian 1 in the 6th century. For close to a thousand years it was the centre of Christendom and the largest church in the world. In 1453, when the Ottoman Sultan Mehmed II overran Constantinople, in the manner of […]

Do we drink the same wine that the Romans drank? Not quite

We already knew that Savagnin was a pretty old grape because it has so many clonal variations — a sign that a cultivar has had a lot of time to mutate. In fact, Gewurztraminer is one of Savagnin’s several clonal mutations, according to Jancis Robinson’s book “Wine Grapes.” Even if you don’t drink much Savagnin, […]

Letter from economists: to rebuild our world, we must end the carbon economy

By achieving a large-scale economic transformation that dismantles the carbon economy and brings about a greener world, we have an opportunity to begin the process of economic recovery while working to undo the injustices at the heart of our modern system. As the undersigned experts in economics, we call on our policymakers to recognize the […]

Design Thinking Is B.S.

One interesting example for me is this architecture group in the ’60s called Archigram. Archigram was a group of architects, and they never got anything realized. That was not their agenda to get their thinking built but what they were trying to do is to agitate modernism, which again, was on the rise at that […]

Save the parasites! Conservationists say the creatures are essential for the environment and should be protected before they go extinct

‘We need to recognise that there will be a diversity of responses among parasite taxa and not take for granted that every parasite is dwindling toward extinction or about to cause a major outbreak,’ Wood said.    

Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver review – a powerful lament for the American dream

Not only a bookclub author par excellence, Kingsolver is also the founder of the Pen/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction. Her progressive instincts compel her to follow Tig’s advice to her mother: “What you have to do is look for blue sky.” Part of a generation with scant belief in the moribund American dream, Tig […]

Car dealer Pendragon to slash 1,800 jobs and shut 15 showrooms

Unite assistant general secretary Steve Turner said: “Buffeted by the twin forces of the coronavirus pandemic and the ongoing challenges Brexit poses to the sector, the future of the UK’s world-leading automotive sector and the thousands of well-paid and skilled jobs that come with it, is in doubt.