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Social networks are so influential that a seemingly-harmless action taken by you might adversely affect the destiny of another.

Be very careful.

Chronicler of Islamic State ‘killing machine’ goes public

His friend the ex-taxi driver told him about an airstrike that had just killed multiple high-level Islamic State commanders, destroying a giant weapons cache. Elated, Mosul Eye dashed home to post it online. He hit “publish” and then, minutes later, realized his mistake. The information could have come from only one person. He trashed the post and spent a sleepless night.

This could be turned into a movie, especially the scene where Omar Mohammed had decided to die and sipped a cuppa on the bank of the Tigris. An inspiring story indeed.

via Chronicler of Islamic State ‘killing machine’ goes public

The Politics Of Myanmar’s Changing Tea Culture

Classic Burmese laphet yay tea is a mix of evaporated milk, sweetened condensed milk and black tea.

Classic Burmese laphet yay tea is a mix of evaporated milk, sweetened condensed milk and black tea.
VICTORIA MILKO / FOR NPR

“Tea shops are not just where people go to get good, cheap food,” says artist Kaung Kyaw Khine, 35, who earlier this year was featured in an art show in Yangon focusing on tea shops. “It’s a part of our culture, history, and where people go for all matters in life.”

via The Politics Of Myanmar’s Changing Tea Culture | KCLU

Trump to call Jerusalem Israel’s capital, move embassy

jerusalem photo

Photo by Walkerssk (Pixabay)

Israel claims the city as its capital, following the occupation of East Jerusalem in the 1967 war with Syria, Egypt and Jordan, and considers Jerusalem to be a “united” city. Palestinians have long seen East Jerusalem as the capital of their future state.

Dirty politics is dirty.

via Trump to call Jerusalem Israel’s capital, move embassy | Al Jazeera

Voyager 1 Fires Up Thrusters After 37 Years

An artist concept depicting one of the twin Voyager spacecraft.

The Voyager team is able to use a set of four backup thrusters, dormant since 1980. They are located on the back side of the spacecraft in this orientation. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

On Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017, Voyager engineers fired up the four TCM thrusters for the first time in 37 years and tested their ability to orient the spacecraft using 10-millisecond pulses. The team waited eagerly as the test results traveled through space, taking 19 hours and 35 minutes to reach an antenna in Goldstone, California, that is part of NASA’s Deep Space Network.

via Voyager 1 Fires Up Thrusters After 37 Years

Yoma awards building contracts worth over US$400m for new Yangon developments

Artist's impression of The Peninsula Yangon

Artist’s impression of The Peninsula Yangon, the former headquarters of the Burma Railway Company which will be restored into a luxury hotel. PHOTO: YOMA STRATEGIC HOLDINGS

Likewise, conservation works including the dismantling, cataloguing and storing of all windows, doors, balconies, cast iron and other architectural items have been completed, and these items will be reused in accordance with the conservation management plan for the former headquarters of the Burma Railway Company.

via Yoma awards building contracts worth over US$400m for new Yangon developments, Companies & Markets News & Top Stories – The Straits Times

Yangon University’s Hlaing campus to reopen on December 4

Renovation work inside the auditorium at Yangon University’s Hlaing campus (Photo- Kyi Naing)

The campus, officially named Regional College 2, was previously known as RC 2 among students before the name was changed to “Yangon University (Hlaing campus)” in 1981.

via Yangon University’s Hlaing campus to reopen on December 4 | Eleven Myanmar

Facebook Lets Advertisers Exclude Users by Race

Racial Exclusion in Facebook Ads

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 also prohibits the “printing or publication of notices or advertisements indicating prohibited preference, limitation, specification or discrimination” in employment recruitment.

via Facebook Lets Advertisers Exclude Users by Race — ProPublica

Interbank cash transfers available with single ATM card next year

Interbank ATM Transfer

To link up all the banks on the MPU network, the necessary infrastructure needed was software, which MPU purchased from China. The software is now being replaced by a one developed in the US and this caused delays. The installation of the new software will now be completed in December 2017 before launching in early 2018, U Mya Than said.

via Interbank cash transfers available with single ATM card next year | The Myanmar Times

More teacher training needed to head off shortage, report finds

This sounds gravely concerning.

The country requires more than 6,500 high school teachers between now and next March, along with over21,000 middle school teachers and more than 35,000 primary school teachers, according to a report by the National Education Policy Commission in its second report (covering April to October) submitted to the Union Parliament.The report pointed said that teacher-training programs at universities and colleges were unable to sufficiently fill the vacant seats in basic-education schools. The Education Ministry needed to seek ways to solve that problem, said the report.

Source: More teacher training needed to head off shortage, report finds | Eleven Myanmar