1.3 Billion People Live in Poverty, a New U.N. Report Says

(UNITED NATIONS) — A survey of 104 countries comprising 5.5 billion people that looked at health, education and living standards has found that some 1.3 billion people are living in poverty — including 662 million children.

The Multidimensional Poverty Index released Thursday by the U.N. Development Program and the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative says 46 percent of the 1.3 billion are considered to be severely impoverished.

The index considered such things as nutrition, child mortality, schooling, cooking fuel, sanitation, safe drinking water, housing and assets.

People judged to be deprived for one-third of the indicators are considered “multi-dimensionally poor.” Those deprived in half are rated severely poor.

…read more

Source:: Time – World


Browns win results in Baker Mayfield madness on Twitter

What began as your typical ugly Thursday night game ended up being perhaps the top feel-good story thus far this NFL season.

The Cleveland Browns won a football game. Yes, that’s correct. The hapless Browns earned a regular-season victory for the first time in a whopping 635 days, defeating the New York Jets 21-17 in a sloppy thriller.

Dressed in special all-brown uniforms, the Browns that opened the season a bizarre 0-1-1 couldn’t do anything right in the opening half. Starting quarterback Tyrod Taylor was afforded little protection from his offensive line, getting sacked three times and completing just four of 19 pass attempts for a paltry 19 yards.

Down 14-0 late in the second quarter, as boos echoed throughout FirstEnergy Stadium, Cleveland’s fortunes began to change when Taylor was on the receiving end of a hard tackle and placed into concussion protocol.

Taylor was replaced by 2018 first-overall pick Baker Mayfield and the momentum began to swing immediately. In fact, Mayfield finished the first half with better stats than Taylor. The 2017 Heisman Trophy winner marched the Browns down the field on the team’s final drive of the second quarter, completing three of four passes for 47 yards and putting newly signed kicker Greg Joseph in position to hit a 45-yard field goal to get the Browns on the board before halftime.

Mayfield was back behind centre in the second half and continued to thrive. With less than one minute remaining in the third quarter, with the score now 14-6, running back Carlos Hyde punched it in from a yard out to pull the Browns within two. Instead of attempting a convert to make it a one-point game, the Browns engaged in some trickery on a two-point convert attempt.

They completed a trick play known as “The Philly Special” that was made famous by the Eagles at Super Bowl LII earlier this year.

— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) September 21, 2018

Baker Special vs. Philly Special pic.twitter.com/k6uo8sfhGq

— NFL (@NFL) September 21, 2018

The Jets pulled ahead 17-14 midway through the final stanza but Mayfield responded with a drive that lasted 6:52 and was capped off by Hyde’s second touchdown of the game with 2:07 remaining.

Cleveland’s defence closed out the show with an interception in the waning seconds and Mayfield returned to the field to take a knee and run out the …read more

Source:: Sportsnet.ca – Sports news


Instagram’s new TV service recommended videos of potential child abuse

disturbing IGTV 4x3

Exclusive: Instagram’s new TV service, IGTV, recommended videos of what appeared to be child exploitation and genital mutilation, a Business Insider investigation has found.
BI monitored IGTV over a three-week period and found its algorithm recommended disturbing and potentially illegal videos.
Two of the videos, featuring suggestive footage of young girls, were reported to the police by a leading children’s charity over concerns they broke the law.
Instagram took five days to remove the videos, and apologised to users who saw them. The Facebook-owned app said it wants IGTV to be a “safe place for young people.”
British lawmaker Damian Collins, who led the inquiry into Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica data breach, described BI’s findings as “very disturbing.”
Readers should be warned that some of the details in this report may be upsetting.

Instagram’s new TV service recommended a crop of graphic and disturbing videos, including what appeared to be child exploitation and genital mutilation.

That’s the finding of a Business Insider investigation into IGTV, which launched in June as Instagram attempts to muscle in on rivals like YouTube and Snapchat.

BI spent nearly three weeks monitoring the Facebook-owned video service, during which time IGTV’s algorithm recommended questionable content, including sexually suggestive footage of young girls and an explicit video of a mutilated penis.

Two of the videos discovered by BI were reported to the police by the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC), a British children’s charity, and were eventually removed by Instagram five days after BI reported them through the app’s official reporting channel.

Instagram apologised to users who saw the videos and said it wants to make IGTV a safe space for young people.

The findings come at a time when Facebook is under extraordinary scrutiny over inappropriate content on its platforms. Facebook and Instagram share a community operations team, and Mark Zuckerberg’s company has hired an army of 7,500 moderators and is using AI to snuff out posts that break its guidelines.

Earlier this year, former Facebook moderator Sarah Katz told Business Insider that she had to review 8,000 posts a day and it made her numb to child abuse. But despite the intense oversight, and resources Facebook is ploughing into policing its platforms, disturbing content appears to be slipping the net — and, as in the case of IGTV, even being suggested to users.

IGTV’s content recommendation machine

Instagram launched IGTV in June, and was viewed …read more

Source:: Business Insider