In a sleek classroom in Yerevan, the capital of Armenia, one of the poorest post-Soviet republics, 14-year-old Nazeli Ter-Petrosyan peers at the screen of her Apple Mac. During a computer programming course offered at the high-tech Tumo school, Ter-Petrosyan and her classmates learn how to digitize medieval texts. "I'm developing a program to enable artificial intelligence to read old manuscripts," said the teen. Her computer screen features a page from a 15th century Bible held at Armenia's famed repository of ancient writings, the Matenadaran. Armenia, which is known for its rich history and troubled past, has grappled with poverty, unemployment and a brain drain since the breakup of the Soviet Union in 1991. But despite a stagnant economy, Armenia's tech sector has been booming over the past decade, boosting hopes that one day the resource-poor country can become a global IT powerhouse. Tumo is a cutting edge, after-school learning center, where around 7,000 … [Read more...] about In robotics classes, Armenian teens dream of high-tech future
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LONDON: Britain risks following the rise in inequality seen in the United States which could weaken democracy, a Nobel Prize-winning economist said on Tuesday (May 14) at the launch of a major review into differences in income, education and health.Angus Deaton said Britain could follow the United States where wages for non-college-educated men had not risen for five decades, contributing to a fall in life expectancy for the last three years - something that had not happened for a century.While the situation in Britain is less stark, the country has suffered a decade of stagnant wages and there were signs deaths from suicide and drug and alcohol abuse were rising among the middle-aged.Discontent with flat-lining living standards was seen as a factor behind the 2016 decision by British voters to leave the European Union. Theresa May, when she became prime minister soon afterwards, promised to help the "just-about-managing families"."I think that people getting rich is a good thing, … [Read more...] about Nobel winner warns UK of US-style inequality risks
HAVANA: Russia is stirring the ghosts of Cuba's Cold War past as it looks to re-establish its influence in the Communist-run island nation, although this time analysts say Moscow has no intention of bankrolling Havana.Whereas once the Soviet Union and Cuba were linked by an ideological bond, now pragmatism and a shared rejection of US foreign policy is drawing them together again.At Havana's colorful May Day parade Wednesday, Raul Castro, the first secretary of Cuba's Communist Party, received the highest distinction from the Communist Party of the Russian Federation: the Order of Lenin.The former Cuba president said the prize - first presented in 1930 by the Soviet Union - pointed to the "historic relations" between the two countries that "have endured different scenarios and today are being reinforced and renewed".This rapprochement is not new but has been consolidated by shared opposition to sanctions imposed on Cuba by Washington, which accuses the Caribbean nation of … [Read more...] about Russia’s increasing influence in Cuba stirs ghost of Cold War
Game of Thrones season 8 episode 3 "The Long Night" aired earlier today and we saw the death of several of our favorite characters. If Avengers: Endgame ending was heartbreaking, then Game of Thrones' episode 3 shattered our hearts into million pieces. Major spoilers for Game of Thrones season 8 episode 3: As we knew from the released promo of episode 3 that the fight between Night King and the living will cost us several of our favourite characters. There were predictions that Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen will die during the fight but that did not happen. However, we did witness the loss of several characters. Here's a list of all those fallen heroes: Dolorous Edd: In one of the tense moments, we see Samwell Tarly almost getting eaten up by the White Walkers but was saved by Edd ... who instantly dies by a wight. Lyanna Mormont: A giant wight bust into the castle and tosses Lyanna Mormont along with her troop. Still, she manages to pick herself up and storms off towards the … [Read more...] about Who all died in Game of Thrones season 8 episode 3 The Long Night?
PITTSBURGH -- Former US Vice President Joe Biden made clear on Monday at his first event as a presidential candidate that he stands ready to battle President Donald Trump for the support of the blue-collar workers who were key to Trump's election in 2016. Speaking before a welcoming crowd of union workers in Pittsburgh, Biden seemed at times to look past a Democratic nominating contest that promises to be arduous and toward a direct confrontation with Trump in the November 2020 general election. "I make no apologies. I am a union man," Biden told a crowd that included members of the Teamsters, steelworkers, firefighters and teachers unions. "The country wasn't built by Wall Street bankers, CEOs and hedge fund managers, it was built by you." Biden, 76, who served two terms as vice president to former President Barack Obama, echoed other Democrats in the field who have criticized the US economy for benefiting the wealthy at the expense of the middle class and working poor. "Everybody … [Read more...] about News At first 2020 event, Biden sets up battle with Trump over union vote