August 17, 2018

Review Category : People

Google employees demand more oversight of China search engine plan

Google employees demand more oversight of China search engine planGoogle is not close to launching a search engine app in China, its chief executive said at a companywide meeting on Thursday, according to a transcript seen by Reuters, as employees of the Alphabet Inc unit called for more transparency and oversight of the project. Chief Executive Sundar Pichai told staff that though development is in an early stage, providing more services in the world's most populous country fits with Google's global mission. Whether the company could or would launch search in China "is all very unclear," Pichai said, according to the transcript.


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Colorado man held on suspicion of killing wife, two children

Colorado man held on suspicion of killing wife, two childrenA Colorado man, who earlier this week pleaded for the safe return of his pregnant wife and their two young daughters after they went missing, has been arrested on suspicion of killing them, police said on Thursday. The body of a woman, believed to be the spouse of Christopher Watts, 33, of Frederick, Colorado, was discovered on a property owned by Anadarko Petroleum Corp, police said. The search for the bodies of the couple's two daughters, Celeste, 3, and Bella, 4, turned up human remains that were believed to belong to the two children, Frederick police said on Twitter on Thursday.


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China sacks top official over vaccine scandal, firm may de-list

China sacks top official over vaccine scandal, firm may de-listChina has sacked a senior provincial official and is probing a former top drug regulator after a safety scandal at vaccine maker Changsheng Biotechnology Co Ltd, which again warned it could be delisted over the scandal. The company was accused in July of falsifying data for a rabies vaccine and manufacturing an ineffective vaccine for babies, sparking widespread consumer anger. While there were no known reports of people being harmed by the vaccines, regulators ordered Changsheng to halt their production and recall the rabies vaccine.


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Pentagon postpones Donald Trump's military parade amid soaring costs

Pentagon postpones Donald Trump's military parade amid soaring costsA military parade ordered by US President Donald Trump for later this year has been postponed until at least 2019, a defence official said on Thursday, following reports the cost had soared to more than $90 million. The announcement was seen as a setback for the president, who had ordered the show of hardware after being impressed by France's Bastille Day parade last year. The idea had been popular among many Americans but drew scorn from critics, who said it would be a waste of money and was akin to events organised by authoritarian regimes. "The Department of Defence and White House have been planning a parade to honour America's military veterans and commemorate the centennial of World War I," said Colonel Rob Manning, Pentagon spokesman. "We originally targeted November 10, 2018 for this event but have now agreed to explore opportunities in 2019." Donald Trump was impressed by France's annual Bastille Day parade Credit: Gonzalo Fuentes/Reuters When the White House in February announced the commander-in-chief's desire to hold the parade in Washington, the budget director said it would cost between $10 million and $30 million. But a US official told AFP earlier on Thursday that the planning estimate had now gone as high as $92 million, though no final figure has been reached. The request for the event came after Mr Trump's visit to France in July 2017, where he was hosted with great fanfare by French President Emmanuel Macron. Sitting on the Champs-Elysees during the Bastille Day parade, the American president had marvelled at the Republican Guard on horseback and jets flying overhead. Donald Trump and his wife Melania during the Bastille Day celebrations in 2017 Credit: AFP He had initially hinted at plans to transform America's Independence Day celebrations - usually associated with fireworks and barbecues - on July 4 into a vast military. "To a large extent, because of what I witnessed we may do something like that on July Fourth in Washington down Pennsylvania Avenue," he said in September 2017. Even before becoming president, aides reported that Mr Trump had considered a military parade to mark his inauguration - although that idea was eventually scrapped. Mr Trump has also embraced a military backdrop for several speeches and presidential visits. However, he received deferments from carrying out military service of his own during the Vietnam War. Donald Trump speaks to Navy and shipyard personnel aboard the nuclear aircraft carrier USS Gerald R Ford last year US media were quick to highlight how the ballooning costs of the proposed parade stood in contrast to his concern about the expense of conducting joint military exercises with South Korea. "We will be stopping the war games, which will save us a tremendous amount of money," Mr Trump said in June after meeting North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. It later emerged that the drills cost about $14 million, a fraction of the price of a military parade. Others suggested the money could be better spent improving the lives of destitute veterans. "Until such time as we can celebrate victory in the War on Terrorism and bring our military home, we think the parade money would be better spent fully funding the Department of Veteran Affairs and giving our troops and their families the best care possible," said Denise Rohan, the American Legion's national commander. The United States normally holds military parades to mark the end of a conflict, such as in 1991 when president George HW Bush held a National Victory Parade in Washington to celebrate the end of the first Gulf War.


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Pope says on side of victims of US 'predator' priests

Pope says on side of victims of US 'predator' priestsPope Francis is on the side of victims of more than 300 "predator" priests in the United States who are accused of abusing over 1,000 children across seven decades, the Vatican said Thursday. "Victims should know that the pope is on their side," the Vatican said in a statement after a devastating US grand jury report published on Tuesday decried a systematic cover-up by the Catholic Church. "Those who have suffered are his priority, and the Church wants to listen to them to root out this tragic horror that destroys the lives of the innocent," the statement said.


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Remains found in New Mexico desert tunnel are missing boy

Remains found in New Mexico desert tunnel are missing boySANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Forensic investigators said Thursday they identified the remains of a Georgia boy whose father is accused of abducting him and performing purification rituals on the child as he died at a remote New Mexico desert compound. The cause of the child's death remained unknown.


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Do not call us Mormons or LDS Church, leaders of faith ask

Do not call us Mormons or LDS Church, leaders of faith askAn online guide accompanying a pronouncement from the church president also asked people to stop referring to followers of the religion as Mormons and not to use the name "LDS" as a shorthand way of describing the faith. "The Lord has impressed upon my mind the importance of the name He has revealed for His Church, even The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints," church President Russell Nelson said in a statement. Leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have long proclaimed their faith as Christian and fought any association with polygamy, which was practiced by early members of the church before they abandoned it more than 100 years ago.


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Chinese plane slides off Manila airport runway in heavy rain

Chinese plane slides off Manila airport runway in heavy rainA Chinese passenger jet slid off the runway as it landed at Manila airport in torrential rain, authorities said Friday, with all 165 people on board safely evacuated. The Xiamen Airlines aircraft, carrying 157 passengers and eight crew, landed on its second attempt before skidding onto the grass and ripping off its left engine, airport general manager Ed Monreal said. Four people suffered "superficial scratches" as they evacuated the Boeing 737-800 jet, which had flown to the Philippine capital from Xiamen in southeast China, he added.


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