Day: April 15, 2019

Taiwan 'threatened' but not intimidated by China military drills

From Al Jazeera:   Taiwan President Tsai said China’s actions will ‘only serve to strengthen our resolve’. [Reuters] Taiwan is not intimidated by China’s military drills this week, its president said, after the latest Chinese military manoeuvres were denounced as “coercion” and a threat to stability in the region. China’s

Can text messages help families applying for early childhood education programs?

From Brookings:   Governments restrict many privileges and services to certain subsets of the population. The U.S. federal government, for example, limits voting rights to U.S. citizens and subsidized student loans to undergraduate students who demonstrate financial need. These restrictions typically involve the government screening would-be recipients for their eligibility.

A fire gutted parts of Notre Dame Cathedral and altered the Paris skyline – CNN

From Google World News:   The fire burned for several hours, destroying the 850-year-old cathedral’s iconic spire and roof before firefighters contained the blaze early Tuesday morning. A pair of bell towers immortalized in Victor Hugo’s tale “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” survived, along with the cathedral’s elaborate stonework facade.

French billionaire pledges to donate 100M euros to repair Notre Dame after blaze – Washington Examiner

From Google World News:   French billionaire François-Henri Pinault vowed to provide 100 million euros along with his father to help the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris recover from the fire that devastated the historic building on Monday. François-Henri Pinault and Salma Hayek. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) “My father [François

Elizabeth Warren builds largest U.S. presidential campaign staff

From Reuters Top News:   WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren has hired the largest campaign staff in the run-up to the 2020 presidential election, quickly building a payroll that far exceeds her Democratic rivals, according to disclosures filed with the Federal Elections Commission. Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Senator

Jacinda Ardern and Red Cross lock horns over publication of nurse's kidnap in Syria

From The Guardian World:   New Zealand New Zealand prime minister unhappy that details of Lousia Akavi’s abduction were made public by the aid agency New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern fends off questions from the media about New Zealand Red Cross nurse Louisa Akavi Photograph: Marty Melville/AFP/Getty Images The