THE BBC loves to think of itself as a noble pillar of a free and democratic society. Yet the Beeb’s empire-building now threatens to cut off the lifeblood of our democracy — by undermining a free Press, nationally and locally. The Cairncross Review, a new Government-backed report into the future of UK journalism, deals with the growing danger posed by tech giants Google and Facebook. Remarkably, these mega-platforms rip off and reproduce news stories from outlets such as The Sun without paying a penny for the privilege. Then they make billions out of ads on “their” news pages. Dame Frances Cairncross thinks Google and Facebook should be regulated to help counter “fake news” and “nudge people towards news of high quality”. Yet her report also had to confront the role of the sainted BBC in helping to undermine the major source of “news of high quality” — national and local newspapers, in print and online. Jeremy Wright, … [Read more...] about The BBC ever-expanding news empire should get its tanks off the free Press’s lawn
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John Moran is a Florida nature photographer, but lately he sees himself as a Florida crime photographer. The crime, he likes to say, is the slime. Moran has chronicled the blooms of toxic algae that have shrouded the peninsula in recent months — the neon guacamole glop that ravaged Lake Okeechobee and the sparkling estuaries of the east coast before oozing its way to the west coast, as well as the rust-colored red tide that massacred millions of fish along the white-sand beaches of the west coast before arriving last week on the east coast. Moran’s images are stomach-churning, yet strangely beautiful. One overhead shot of a swirly vortex of algae looks like a fluorescent green version of Van Gogh’s Starry Night. His portrait of two men on a fishing boat in Sarasota Bay, overlooking a floating expanse of snapper and eel corpses, has the feel of a Renaissance masterpiece.Story Continued Below But one of Moran’s most popular images, a grinning man relaxing on a … [Read more...] about How Red and Green Slime (Really) Could Swing Florida’s Senate Race
Garance Burke and Martha Mendoza, Associated Press Updated 11:06 pm CDT, Monday, October 8, 2018 Araceli Ramos walks with her five-year-old daughter, Alexa, in a park in San Miguel, El Salvador, on Aug. 18, 2018. An Associated Press investigation drawing on hundreds of court documents, immigration records and interviews in the U.S. and Central America identified holes in the system that allow state court judges to grant custody of migrant children to American families, without notifying their parents. less Araceli Ramos walks with her five-year-old daughter, Alexa, in a park in San Miguel, El Salvador, on Aug. 18, 2018. An Associated Press investigation drawing on hundreds of court documents, immigration records ... more Photo: Rebecca Blackwell, AP Araceli Ramos holds her 5-year-old daughter, Alexa, on her lap during an interview in a park in San Miguel, El Salvador, on Aug. 18, 2018. … [Read more...] about AP Investigation: Deported parents can lose custody of kids
ACCRA, Ghana — It had been 12 years since Rita Sarpong went home to Ghana. She’d missed siblings’ weddings, the births of nieces and nephews, even the death of her father, sacrificing time with her own family so that she could help frail, aging Americans stay at home with theirs.Almost up to the moment she boarded the plane, Sarpong was working nearly around the clock. A home health aide, she cared for a 90-year-old retired insurance agent with severe arthritis by day. Then at night, she drove from Newton to Wrentham to look after a woman in her 80s who was prone to falling. Related Links Stranger in the house That made for 104 hours a week of work that was equal parts tedious, stressful, exhausting, and essential. After she reached Logan Airport, dragging three suitcases loaded with gifts for her family — mainly used clothes from her closet — Sarpong collapsed in her seat. For the next nine hours, as food carts rolled by carrying lunch, dinner, … [Read more...] about PIPELINE FROM AFRICA: Recent immigrants do much of the low-paying, back-breaking work of caring for frail Americans at home. Back home, they’re seen as success stories.
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Priyanka Dayal McCluskey Globe Staff August 11, 2018 PALO ALTO, Calif. — Sunlight floods through the 20-foot windows of the sprawling lobby.One hundred silver birds float overhead, part of a menagerie of sculptures that greets visitors in all corners of the building. Cushioned easy chairs face a green lawn just outside. Gentle piano music wafts through the air.This, surrounded by tall trees and lavender fields on the Stanford University campus, may be the fanciest new medical center for children in the country. Advertisement Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford is billed as the hospital of the future, but it doesn’t look much like a hospital at all. It is some hybrid of hotel, museum, and high-tech laboratory. Even the operating rooms are covered with murals. Get Talking Points in your inbox: An afternoon recap of the day’s … [Read more...] about In California, a glimpse at the future of elite children’s hospitals