Archive for April 15th, 2016

Memo From Germany: Angela Merkel, Accused of Betraying Core Values, Faces a Balancing Act With Turkey

Friday, April 15th, 2016:

In the land of bad options, Ms. Merkel’s deal with Mr. Erdogan has for now paid off, if at a steep price. Her bargain with Turkey — billions in European aid in exchange for keeping illegal migrants and refugees in Turkey — has so far worked, with word spreading back to Syria and Afghanistan and the migrant flow dropping dramatically since the deal was reached in March. That agreement has also relieved some pressure on Europe’s system of open borders, which the influx had threatened to collapse. And it has bought some political breathing space for the chancellor from a […] Read More →

Emoji grins send as grimaces from different phones – causing confusion 

Friday, April 15th, 2016:

The research from the University of Minnesota’s GroupLens Lab shows that people have very different interpretations of the same emoji, especially when they show up differently on different phones. The issue is that Unicode, the computer industry standard for characters and text, now recognizes more than 1,000 different emoji. It provides a code and description of each emoji, but not an actual picture. This means the pictures can be interpreted differently by each developer – and the people who use them to communicate. Google’s version of the ‘gritted teeth’ emoji looks like this: Source link Read More →

Man in 30s shot in north Belfast

Friday, April 15th, 2016:

Image caption The attack happened on Friday night in an alleyway off Elmfield Street, near the Crumlin Road A man in his 30s has been shot in north Belfast. The attack happened on Friday night in an alleyway off Elmfield Street, near the Crumlin Road. The man, believed to be a 33-year-old, is being treated in hospital for what police have described as “serious injuries”. Source link Read More →

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