August 2017


Significant Digits For Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017

You’re reading Significant Digits, a daily digest of the numbers tucked inside the news. 46 percent Percentage of self-identified Republicans (including people who “lean” Republican) who “have mixed feelings about” how President Trump conducts himself in office. That’s on top of 19 percent of Republicans who simply “don’t like” his conduct. [Pew Research Center] 51.88 […]


How the Wests Won: Kanye and Kim’s Non-Reaction to Taylor Speaks Volumes

A day after Taylor Swift released the shade-filled music video to “Look What You Made Me Do,” Kim Kardashian dropped her Jackie O inspired cover shoot with Interview. It’s a perfect reaction to a fierce aggressor. In her posts, Kim is thankful and excited as it’s her daughter’s magazine cover debut. I loved reading the […]

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At least 110 dead, including women and children, as Myanmar military sweep villages for militants

Smoke rises from what is believed to be a burning village near Maungdaw in Myanmar's Rakhine state© AFP STR

May Yu River (Myanmar) (AFP) – Smoke billowed from at least three burning villages in the remote section of Rakhine state where Myanmar’s military is carrying out sweeps for militants, an AFP reporter saw Wednesday.

The violence, which erupted six days ago after Rohingya militants staged surprise raids on police posts, has shown little sign of abating, leaving at least 110 confirmed dead and sending thousands fleeing.

The displaced include ethnic Rakhine Buddhists and the persecuted  Rohingya Muslim minority, thousands of whom have massed at the “zero line” border with Bangladesh which they are barred from crossing.

The bodies of two Rohingya women and two children washed up on Bangladeshi soil on Wednesday, an official there told AFP, as villagers took to rickety boats or tried to swim across a frontier river. 

On Wednesday villagers in Rakhine continued to flee their homes.

A Rohingya villager near the town of Maungdaw, speaking on condition of anonymity, said residents fled his hamlet as security forces approached and torched their homes.

“Villagers are running away… where do we have to live now?” he told AFP by telephone.

It was not immediately possible to verify his account but Rohingya who have made it into Bangladesh have brought similar testimony with them.

Large fires were visible early Wednesday from the May Yu river that cuts through the area worst hit by unrest, according to an AFP reporter travelling by boat on a Myanmar government-led trip to Maungdaw.

Maximum restraint?


Outlying villages have witnessed some of the worst violence, raising fears security operations are shielded from scrutiny by the danger and inaccessibility of the area.

Rohingya villagers are stuck between police and troops hunting down the insurgents and militants offering sporadic resistance.

But testimony gathered by AFP from the displaced reaching Bangladesh suggests some Rohinyga men are heeding a call-to-arms by the militants and are staying behind to fight in their villages.

The Arakan Rohingya Solidarity Army claims its men launched Friday’s surprise attacks on police posts, killing 11 state officials, with knives, homemade explosives and a few guns. 

After years in which the Rohingya largely avoided violence, the group last October carried out deadly attacks on police posts.

That prompted a months-long security crackdown by Myanmar’s army which left scores dead and forced 87,000 people to flee to Bangladesh.

The UN believes that military crackdown may have amounted to ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya — allegations denied by the army.

On Sunday Pope Francis led mounting international calls for the protection of “our Rohingya brothers”.

The UN has also urged Myanmar to protect civilians during its operations and called on Bangladesh to allow the displaced into their territory — something Dhaka is loath to do given it already hosts 400,000 displaced Rohingya.

A Myanmar government official on Tuesday said security forces would use “maximum restraint” in coming days but insisted on the country’s right to defend itself from “terrorists.”

Myanmar’s Rohingya are the world’s largest stateless minority and endure severe restrictions on their movements.

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How Gabs Gibbs Stays Warm and Cozy During Colder Days

yo When she’s not busy with school work in Australia, Gabs Gibbs is giving us inspiration for the erratic weather we’re having in the Philippines. It might be a bit colder where she is but the idea of her outfit could definitely work for your next look. A post shared by Gabriella Loyzaga Gibbs (@gabsgibbs) […]

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Woman creates board game about arranged marriages based on her experience getting out of one


Nashra Balagamwala was only 18 when she first faced pressure to enter into an arranged marriage.

More than five years later, she’s back with something that has helped her get out of an arranged marriage — a board game.

Arranged! is a board game that follows three women. Their objective? Avoid the matchmaker.

Balagamwala, who’s previously worked for board game giant Hasbro, first came up with the idea of making her game, after making a list of all the things she had done to avoid an arranged marriage.

“Wearing fake engagement rings, getting a tan or being seen with male friends in public, [these are] the things I had done to avoid an arranged marriage myself,” she told Mashable. Read more…

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A walking tour of Bath: the ultimate spa break

With its imposing Georgian architecture, regal connections and the ‘healing’ waters of its Roman Baths, it’s easy to see why the city inspired Jane Austen

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What a difference a queen makes. It was the royal visits by Anne in the opening years of the 18th century that turned this sublimely placed town from relative backwater to fashionable Georgian gem and set in train its graduation to Unesco world heritage site. Look at the plentiful shopfronts on a bright, reflective day and you are staring the local industry in the face. It is you, curious visitor. Take heart; there are elegant, honey-stoned reasons for the place being such a centre of tourism and they declare themselves the moment you start this 2½-mile walk from the Bath Spa railway station.

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Benefits of An Investment-Linked Plan in Hong Kong

Beginner’s Guide to Investment-linked Insurance Schemes in Hong Kong Investment-linked plans combine the best of both worlds. It gives you protection through a life insurance but at the same time, it considers your premiums as an investment that will help you earn money through compound interest. In most cases, you get to choose where the money will be invested so it is aligned with your financial goals.   Some people would think that this is not a necessity. But getting a life insurance, while it may be enough for some, will not really give you the best return of your money. You want to take advantage of the economy of Hong Kong by getting a life insurance that you can invest at the same time.   The truth is, the insurance industry in Hong Kong is currently growing. According to the, the gross premiums increase by 13.6%. This is a good indication that Hongkongers are more serious about insuring themselves for a more secure future. If you have the same sentiment, then an investment-linked plan is one of the options that you may want to consider. It hits two birds with one stone – giving you a life insurance

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Trump’s White House nixes Obama effort to collect data on pay by gender and race


The White House says it will halt a rule that would make businesses report how much they pay workers of different genders and races.

The announcement takes aim at a major plank of the President Barack Obama’s equal pay legacy. His administration expanded the scope of the equal employment opportunity survey to include the requirements through an executive action last year.

The hope was that the change would help illuminate systemic wage discrimination against women and minorities, a problem that persists in part because of limited available data. Read more…

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Google Wifi has come to Asia, 6 months after its debut in the U.S.


Google Wifi has launched in Asia, making mesh Wi-Fi easier for the average man on the street — but there’s a catch.

The Wi-Fi router package is now available in Singapore, and Mashable understands it’ll launch shortly in another country in the region.

But for its Asian debut, Google Wifi is going to be a little harder to access, compared with Western countries. 

Unlike its off-the-shelf availability in the U.S. — where you can buy the product in Best Buy stores in person, or online via Amazon or Google’s own online store — users in Singapore will have to sign up for a two-year contract with StarHub, one of the local internet operators. Read more…

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Apple’s already winning the augmented reality wars against Google


The augmented reality wars have begun.

Google unveiled its challenger to Apple’s ARKit on Tuesday. It’s called ARCore, an AR platform built to work with the massive number of Android devices already in use.  

For Google, there’s one fairly major problem: Apple’s iPhone 8 and the public release of iOS 11 (the system ARKit developers are creating apps for) is about to hit millions and millions of eager consumers who have been saving up for the 10th anniversary iPhone. 

The debut of the new iPhone is just a couple of weeks away. With Google announcing that ARCore is currently only available for the Pixel and Samsung Galaxy S8, Apple is primed to be the public’s first real escort into the AR age.  Read more…

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‘Metroid: Samus Returns’ pays homage to its inspiration in the best way


The upcoming Nintendo 3DS game Metroid: Samus Returns, based on 1991’s Metroid II: Return of Samus, is kicking it old school with its special edition reversible cover.

GameXplain did an unboxing of Metroid: Samus Returns Special Edition, showing off the game’s reversible cover for the first time. Take a look:

The Metroid: Samus Returns cover is reversible to make it look like the original Game Boy game. Neat!

— Andre Segers (@AndreSegers) August 29, 2017

The reversible cover is the cover for the original Metroid II Game Boy game, which features Samus kneeling in a similar position to her Samus Returns cover pose and a couple of screen shots to remind you of the good old black-and-gray days. Read more…

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