German autobahn’s ‘backdoor’ privatization row

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Germany is opening the door to the privatization of one of its most-loved institutions – the autobahn – according to campaigners. Critics also fear that other public services could soon be sacrificed to investors. Germany could approving a new constitutional change that would open several “back … Read full article »

May 30, 2017 at 12:00AM

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Inside Gaysi: the blog transforming India’s queer scene

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Gay sex is against the law in India, but an online zine that also hosts events for LGBTQI people has become a pioneering force for change

The latest issue of the Gaysi zine sports a simple but striking cover in dark colours: a scattered collage of human forms, with the words “All That We Want” across it. Thumb through the magazine and you will find pieces of fiction, photo-essays, personal narratives, illustrations and how-to guides on the theme of sexual desire, from A Quick Guide to Scissoring to evocative verse on Love in the Age of Surveillance.

It is the sort of content that would not seem out of place in a gay zine published in Europe or the US, but in India it is positively subversive – and the first of its kind.

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May 29, 2017 at 11:56PM

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from Charukesi Ramadurai

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11 grammatical mistakes that instantly reveal people’s ignorance

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All it takes is a single tweet or text for some people to reveal their poor grasp of the English language.

Homophones — words that sound alike but are spelled differently — can be particularly pesky.

Regardless, you should never choose incorrectly in these nine situations:

1. ‘Your’ vs. ‘You’re’

“Your” is a possessive pronoun, while “you’re” is a contraction of “you are.”

Example 1: You’re pretty. 

Example 2: Give me some of your whiskey.

2. ‘It’s’ vs. ‘Its’

Normally, an apostrophe symbolizes possession, as in, “I took the dog’s bone.” But because apostrophes also replace omitted letters — as in “don’t” — the “it’s” vs. “its” decision gets complicated. 

Use “its” as the possessive pronoun and “it’s” for the shortened version of “it is.”

Example 1: The dog chewed on its bone.

Example 2: It’s raining.

3. ‘Then’ vs. ‘Than’

“Then” conveys time, while “than” is used for comparison. 

Example 1: We left the party and then went home.

Example 2: We would rather go home than stay at the party.

4. ‘There’ vs. ‘They’re’ vs. ‘Their’

“There” is a location. “Their” is a possessive pronoun. And “they’re” is a contraction of “they are.”

Use them wisely. 

5. ‘We’re’ vs. ‘Were’

“We’re” is a contraction of “we are” and “were” is the past tense of “are.”

6. ‘Affect’ vs. ‘Effect’

“Affect” is a verb and “effect” is a noun.

There are, however, rare exceptions. For example, someone can “effect change” and “affect” can be a psychological symptom. 

Example: How did that affect you? 

Example: What effect did that have on you?

7. ‘Two’ vs. ‘Too’ vs. ‘To’

“Two” is a number. 

“To” is a preposition. It’s used to express motion, although often not literally, toward a person, place, or thing.

And “too” is a synonym for “also.”

8. ‘Into’ vs. ‘In To’

“Into” is a preposition that indicates movement or transformation, while “in to,” as two separate words, does not.

Example: We drove the car into the lake. 

Example: I turned my test in to the teacher. 

In the latter example, if you wrote “into,” you’re implying you literally changed your test into your teacher.

9. ‘Alot’

“Alot” isn’t a word. This phrase is always two separate words: a lot.

10. ‘Who’ vs. ‘Whom’

Use who to refer to the subject of a sentence and whom to refer to the object of the verb or preposition. Shortcut: Remember that who does it to whom.

Example: Who ate my sandwich?

Example: Whom should I ask?

11. ‘Whose’ vs. ‘Who’s’

Use “whose” to assign ownership to someone and “who’s” as the contraction of “who is.”

Example: Whose backpack is on that table?

Example: Who’s going to the movies tonight?

Christina Sterbenz contributed to a previous version of this story.

SEE ALSO: The 10 best MBA programs you can finish while keeping your day job

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May 29, 2017 at 11:57PM

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from Abby Jackson

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Using corporate governance to settle personal scores? – Business Standard

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Using corporate governance to settle personal scores?
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A few months earlier, various corporate governance issues were raised by warring parties in the battle between Ratan Tata and Cyrus Mistry. Allegations and counter-allegations flew thick and fast. The way these issues were raised only after a certain

May 29, 2017 at 11:55PM

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New National Maternity Hospital governance crisis resolved – Irish Medical Times (registration)

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The Religious Sisters of Charity has relinquished its control of the St Vincent’s Healthcare Group (SVHG), including ownership or management of the proposed new National Maternity Hospital (NMH) on its Elm Park campus — home to St Vincent’s University …

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May 29, 2017 at 11:55PM

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Carbon markets aren’t working. Time to stop burning fossil fuels

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This year sees the 20th anniversary of the Kyoto Protocol. That’s 20 years of wasted time in addressing climate change. Don’t believe me? The graph above shows the Keeling curve – the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere measured at Mauna Loa Observatory. On 22 May 2017, it stood at 410 parts per million. […]

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May 29, 2017 at 11:50PM

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from Chris Lang

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SC dismisses Hussain Nawaz’s reservations regarding JIT members – DAWN.com

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In an application filed to the SC, Hussain had raised objections against Bilal Rasool of the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) and Amer Aziz of the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP). He had expressed apprehensions that the presence of …

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