Xi Jinping is determined to end all poverty in China by 2020. Can he do it?

Hong Kong (CNN)In the small village of Gaibao, locals are filming short videos of their unspoiled and idyllic countryside on the Kwai streaming app. Beijing has dispatched about 775,000 party officials to drive the anti-poverty campaign. Many are going door-to-door to work out what the government can do to help. Those who fail in their missions toalleviate poverty could face career oblivion, according to state media. The idea to stream videos of the village came from Gaibao’s chief poverty alleviation official, Wu Yusheng, and has helped the town, in the province of Guizhou, sell its organic produce online. Residents also receive virtual gifts from fans via the app, which they can exchange for cash. Wu, who arrived in the village …

Super-fast engine tech in new milestone

It did this by successfully quenching a 420C stream of gases in less than 1/20th of a second. Super-fast engine set for key tests ‘Big players’ invest in UK space engine Image copyright Reaction Engines LTD Image caption Without the pre-cooler tech at the front, Sabre would struggle in the expected temperature regime Sabre can be thought of as a cross between a jet engine and a rocket engine. At slow speeds and at low altitude, it would behave like a jet, burning its fuel in a stream of air scooped from the atmosphere. At high speeds and at high altitude, it would then transition to full rocket mode, combining the fuel with a small supply of oxygen the vehicle …

Italy arrests 2 terror suspects training for combat in Syria

MILAN – Italian news agency ANSA says authorities have arrested an Italian convert to Islam and a Moroccan resident who met over the Internet and were preparing to fight with Islamic State in Syria. Sicilian prosecutors who ordered the arrests Wednesday said investigators had identified the Italian suspect, 25-year-old Giuseppe Frittatta, from social media posts. They included extremist propaganda as well as photos of himself holding a knife with a 26-centimeter (10-inch) blade calling for deaths to “all westerners.” The 18-year-old Moroccan, Ossama Gafhir, is alleged to have induced Frittatta toward extremism, and was following stringent fitness routine to prepare for combat.

I Can’t Believe This Stupid Reason Almost Kept Me From Watching ‘Game Of Thrones’

I’m used to the groans and sighs of disbelief when my content-connoisseur peers hear that I never finished “Mad Men,” that I never started “The Sopranos” and that I “just couldn’t get into” “The Wire.” and fall asleep to the same episode of “Friends” I’ve seen four trillion times.  When it comes to “Game of Thrones” is what I’ve always regarded as relationship television. It’s the kind of show you watch with a partner, someone who will sit through the especially violent scenes and describe them in graphic detail so you can cover your eyes without really missing anything. It’s the kind of show you spend hours dissecting and debating with someone else. Most importantly, it’s the kind of show …

Dahvie Vanity Raped A Child. Police Gave Him A Warning. Now 21 Women Accuse Him Of Assault.

The next evening, a patrol car appeared outside Farrell’s house in Pinellas County, Florida. She was terrified. She hadn’t meant to cause any problems — she just wanted someone to talk to. A shy eighth grader who was bullied throughout middle school, Farrell didn’t have many friends. She spent most of her free time on the computer by herself, creating digital artwork and learning how to edit photos online. Just a few weeks earlier, she’d celebrated her acceptance to a high school with a special visual arts program. As the officer pressed for details about the encounter — Farrell’s first sexual experience — she started to cry. The 14-year-old was confused about what had happened and afraid of getting Dahvie …

This Woman Bought Out A Closing Payless To Give Shoes To Nebraska Flood Victims

Tritt went to the now-out-of-business shoe store after seeing an ad on its Facebook page promoting its slashed prices. When the last 204 pairs of footwear dropped to $1 each, she figured she could buy some and donate them to a shelter or church. It took just a little over two hours and a few phone calls to the Payless corporate office and Tritt was in possession of all the remaining shoes ― which were  Addy Tritt The haul of shoes sent to Nebraska flood victims. After considering several different organizations to donate her Payless windfall to, Tritt finally landed on the idea of sending the shoes to Nebraska, where millions of dollars in crops, injured and killed several people, …

Pete Davidson returns to Instagram months after sharing cryptic post

Davidson, 25, shared three images — two of which were blank, and one of a brief animation that appears to show Davidson as a child. The caption on the last post listed three dates and locations of where he will perform alongside fellow comedian John Mulaney for their comedy tour. That said, the account doesn’t appear to be run by Davidson himself. Rather, photographer and filmmaker Marcus Russell Price, who works with Davidson, per Us Weekly, is managing it. Davidson’s return comes after he shared a dark message on Instagram in December. KATE BECKINSALE SHARES RARE MAKEUP-FREE SELFIE ONE WEEK AFTER RETURNING TO INSTAGRAM “I really don’t want to be on this earth anymore,” he wrote in a now-deleted post. “I’m doing my …

Prince Harry Issues A Dire Warning For Social Media Users

Prince Harry had harsh words of warning for fans of social media and video games during a royal engagement on Wednesday.  according to The Independent. WPA Pool via Getty Images Prince Harry at a youth mental health discussion on April 3 at a YMCA in London, where he declared that “social media is more addictive than drugs and alcohol.” The timing of his comments was a bit ironic, as the household of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex debuted an Instagram account this week, SussexRoyal, devoted to Harry and Meghan.  fastest to reach 1 million followers, shattering a record set by Korean pop sensation Kang Daniel. View this post on Instagram A post shared by The Duke and Duchess of Sussex …

‘Grime should embrace transgender’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionNate Ethan Watson says he first understood he was “meant to be a boy” aged four Rapper Nate Ethan Watson is nine months into his transition from female to male. He tells Victoria Derbyshire he believes he is the UK’s first transgender grime artist, but struggles to believe there are no others. “Grime should be ready to embrace trans,” he says. “It’s been long overdue for everybody, not just in grime, to accept people like me.” Previously known as N’Chyx, the rapper and lyricist has spent a decade in the industry and performed with the likes of D Double E and Tim Westwood. He says: “I now identify as a heterosexual male. …

Mexicans name baby giraffe “uppity” after the opposition

MEXICO CITY – A baby giraffe in Mexico City’s zoo has been named Jirafifita, which translates as Uppity Little Giraffe — a play on the president’s favorite word for dismissing critics. Mexico City environment minister Marina Robles joked during the name reveal Saturday that “maybe the president will like this ‘fifi’?” ”Fifi” is slang for uppity, and populist President Andrés Manuel López Obrador frequently uses the word to describe opposition politicians and others who question his decisions. The capital’s municipal government is run by López Obrador’s Morena party and it put the choice of a name for the giraffe in Chapultepec Park Zoo to an internet vote. Several Twitter users declared the baby naming a win for the opposition.

Compensation for broadband users goes live

Previously, only about one in seven broadband or landline customers received compensation from providers for these delays. Ofcom consulted on enforcing formal regulations regarding compensation of broadband and landline services in 2017. However, some service providers then approached the regulator independently and offered to pay compensation to customers. This led to Ofcom releasing details of its voluntary automatic compensation code of practice in November 2017. “We think it’s unacceptable that people should be kept waiting for a new line, or a fault to be fixed,” said Ofcom’s chief executive Sharon White. She added that the new rules would provide an incentive for service providers to want to avoid problems occurring in the first place. “But if they fall short, customers …

Suspect in New Zealand mosque shootings was prepared ‘to continue his attack,’ PM says

(CNN)Worshipers ran from gunfire, desperately called police and huddled beneath the benches of two Christchurch mosques before two lightly armed community police officers apparently ran the gunman’s car to the side of the road and brought the atrocity to an end after a terrifying 36 minutes. He was remanded in custody and is set to reappear in court April 5. Authorities implemented extra security measures. The courtroom was closed to the public, the name of the victim was withheld by authorities and a judge ruled that pictures of the suspect in court must have his face blurred. The attack, apparently broadcast live for a time on social media, is the deadliest mass killing in New Zealand since 1943. Ardern labeled …

First Beto, then Pete: How the media are culling the Democratic contenders

And you just know that, if she were 35 instead of 29, the media would be leading the AOC-for-prez boomlet. Meanwhile, Joe Biden is most assuredly not hot, in media terms, thanks to the unwanted touching and kissing, although he will be the nominal front-runner on the day he gets in. Which leads me to a somewhat serious question: How will news outlets go about winnowing the Democratic field? After all, 18 declared candidates — oops, 19, with Rep. Tim Ryan getting in yesterday — is absurdly unwieldy. The practical reality is that, at any given time, the press will treat no more than half a dozen as plausible nominees. There is only so much air time, only so much …

NZ-style attack ‘could happen in UK’

Despite the original video being taken down, it was quickly replicated and shared widely on other platforms, including You Tube and Twitter. NZ cabinet backs tighter gun laws Anger as shooter video spreads around world Christchurch and the new threat of alt-right violence “We’ve been clear that tech companies need to act more quickly to remove terrorist content and ultimately prevent new content being made available to users in the first place,” Mr Wallace said. He said the government would set out clear expectations of how tech companies should keep users safe and what should happen if they failed to do so in a White Paper on “online harms”, due to be published “imminently”. Social media firms sent messages of …

Cash fears as third of Scottish banks lost

‘Shut out’ Gareth Shaw, head of money at Which?, said: “These ongoing closures could have a huge impact on communities across Scotland, stripping millions of people reliant on cash of their ability to go about their daily lives. “Cash is also a vital backup when digital systems fail – so the UK government must appoint a regulator to oversee these changes and ensure no-one is shut out from paying for local goods and services.” Banks ‘failed to engage’ over closures Santander to shut 15 Scottish branches RBS to close more than a third of branches The research found Edinburgh south-west had the most bank closures, cutting the network by 135 branches down to a total of 30. Glasgow Central came …

Can one town’s ‘dying’ High Street be saved?

“At one stage there was a 100-year waiting list to get a stall. Now you can take your pick. The change has been humongous.” Image caption Lesley McDonald fears the town will never go back to its heyday What’s happening on the UK High Street? Each year, more shops close than open in the UK and the gap is getting wider. According to figures from PWC and the Local Data Company, 2,692 shops shut in the first half of 2018 – about 14 per day – while 1,569 opened, a net loss of 1,123. That compared with a net loss of 222 in the same six months of 2017. Clothes shops and pubs were the biggest casualties. In January 2008 …