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May calls for inquiry into 'tragic' Gaza deaths

May calls for inquiry into 'tragic' Gaza deaths

World
Theresa May has called for an inquiry into the "tragic" deaths in Gaza as Israel faced growing condemnation over its killing of dozens of Palestinians. The prime minister urged Israel to "show restraint" after soldiers shot dead two more Palestinians near the border on Tuesday.Monday was the deadliest day in the region since the 2014 Gaza war, as 60 Palestinians were killed and more than 2,700 wounded amid protests over the US embassy's move to Jerusalem.At a UN Security Council meeting, Palestine insisted Israel had committed a war crime by firing at the protesters, while Hamas - the rulers of Gaza - was accused of using civilians as "human shields". Image: More than 60 Palestinians have been killed in violent clashes on the Gaza border ...
Medics to assess 999 calls by video before ambulance sent

Medics to assess 999 calls by video before ambulance sent

Technology
New technology is allowing emergency services to see patients via a smartphone camera before paramedics are able to arrive at the scene.The feature works by sending a text message to 999 callers which gives doctors access to their phone camera in order to assess a patient and better deploy the appropriate resources.The service requires no app to be downloaded, and a live picture and map location is transmitted in just seconds.It is part of the GoodSam platform, which already links up nearby first responders to 999 call outs.Image:The technology is being used by Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air AmbulanceThe technology is being used by the Great North and the Kent, Surrey and Sussex air ambulances, with other services in talks to use the facility.It is hoped the system will cut down on the deploy...
Google Assistant to make phone calls for owners

Google Assistant to make phone calls for owners

Technology
Media playback is unsupported on your deviceGoogle has unveiled artificial intelligence software that books appointments over the phone on behalf of users by conducting voice-based conversations on their behalf.Chief executive Sundar Pichai said that Google Duplex would launch as an "experiment" over the coming weeks.The facility was unveiled at the firm's annual IO developers conference.Experts have said that if it works it could give the firm a major advantage over rival virtual assistants.Pre-recorded demonstrations played back to the audience featured the software first booking a haircut and then making a restaurant reservation by speaking to two human employees.One of the cases involved Google Assistant coping with a worker who seemed confused by straightforward questions. The compute...
TSB calls in experts as bank's IT woes continue

TSB calls in experts as bank's IT woes continue

Business
TSB has called in IT specialists to help resolve its digital banking crisis following a bungled upgrade to a new IT system last weekend.The challenger bank used its first-quarter results announcement, which showed a slump in pre-tax profits, to say IBM had been recruited to try and resolve continuing "performance" problems with the new servers.The team will report directly to TSB's embattled boss, Paul Pester.TSB said all overdraft fees and interest charges for April would be waived for its retail and small business customers, on top of its commitment to ensuring no one was left out of pocket by the debacle.Overnight, the bank tweeted that it had taken digital banking services offline for four hours of repair work - and suggested access had returned by 4am.It was the second time the bank h...
This Easy Indian Dinner Recipe Only Calls for Staples—and It’s Ready in 20 Minutes

This Easy Indian Dinner Recipe Only Calls for Staples—and It’s Ready in 20 Minutes

Health
Some cooks are so legendary that when you see them in the flesh you truly do quake in your boots.For my mother, waitressing at Legal Sea Foods in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in the 1970s, that cook was Julia Child. Mom was asking a fishmonger how to cook a roast she’d just bought. He laughed, pointed, and said, “Ask that lady!” My mother turned, and there was the six-foot-two PBS host, trilling away about how to do right by a nice roast. Mom will never forget it.Octogenarian Madhur Jaffrey, the doyenne of Indian cuisine, proved just as daunting for me. The bespectacled Ms. Jaffrey is diminutive in stature, but when she quietly glided by me at a recent culinary conference, I flattened myself against the nearest door. Her book An Invitation to Indian Cooking, edited by the famous, late Knopf e