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With no computer or internet at home, Raegan Byrd’s homework assignments present a nightly challenge: How much can she get done using just her smartphone? “At least I have something, instead of nothing, to explain the situation,” said Raegan, a high school senior in Hartford. In what has become known as the homework gap, an estimated 17% of U.S. students do not have access to computers at home and 18% do not have home access to broadband internet, according to an Associated Press analysis of census data.
Pro-democracy protest leaders on Saturday called on Sudanese to take part in acts of civil disobedience in a bid to pressure the military to hand over power after the deadly break-up of their main sit-in in the capital of Khartoum earlier this week. The call came a day after Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed met separately with the ruling generals and the protest leaders in an effort to revive talks that were almost dead after the dispersal of the sit-in outside the military’s headquarters on Monday. The Sudan Doctors’ Central Committee, one of the protest groups, said at least 113 people have been killed and more than 500 wounded since Monday.
Since launching his presidential campaign, the former vice president had largely avoided the types of unforced errors some were worried the self-proclaimed “gaffe-machine” might make. Until this week.
Top finance and economy ministers of the Group of 20 nations were meeting in Japan on Sunday, haggling over issues ranging from taxes to debt and artificial intelligence as China and the U.S. showed no sign of breaking their stalemate over trade and technology. U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said he had a constructive meeting with China’s central bank Gov. Yi Gang on the sidelines of a financial leaders’ meeting in the southern city of Fukuoka. In a Twitter post that showed the two clasping hands, he said they “had a candid discussion on trade issues.” He gave no details.
Pacific Gas & Electric cut power Saturday to about 1,600 customers in Northern California to reduce risk of wildfires amid windy, dry and warming weather conditions that raised the year’s first red flag warnings. The utility said it began cutting power at 6 a.m. to portions of Napa, Solano and Yolo counties, an area northeast of the San Francisco Bay region. The company also announced in advance that it may have to cut power to 30,000 customers in Butte, Yuba, Nevada, El Dorado and Placer counties.
Have you ever visited a hotel and thought to yourself "Boy, this place would be so much better if the entire roof was a pool"? Well, if you happen to live in the United Kingdom, today is your lucky day!Compass Pools, a UK-based pool maker, is currently hashing out what it calls the "Infinity London," a 55-story skyscraper topped with a 360-degree pool with transparent walls. The building, which was designed from top to bottom by the company, will include a five-star hotel, and the pool is expected to be the main attraction.Making a pool suitable for sticking atop a 55-story building posed some serious technical hurdles for the company, but they think they've got it all figured out. Rather than glass, the entire pool will be made of acrylic, with a transparent bottom that will allow visitors on lower floors to see the pool and swimmers high above.Getting into and out of the pool would be easy with some kind of external staircase, but the building's designers didn't want to clutter the side profile of the structure with such things. "Normally a simple ladder would suffice, but we didn't want stairs on the outside of the building or in the pool as it would spoil the view – and obviously you don't want 600,000 litres of water draining through the building either," the company says.Compass Pools came up with a different idea, which they say is based on the airlock of a submarine. It's described as "a rotating spiral staircase" that will "[rise] from the pool floor when someone wants to get in or out." The company says the Infinity London could be under construction as early as 2020 "if all the partners and contractors are confirmed."It's all incredibly strange and awesome and terrifying at the same time. The company, which calls the experience "death-defying swimming," is clearly betting that plenty of people will be willing to take the chance.