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Bill Gates calls for more global education assessments data

Bill Gates calls for more global education assessments data

Technology
Bill Gates is rallying behind school quality in developing nations with a push for more assessment data, a new initiative that links the Microsoft co-founder's signature U.S. education priorities with his more prominent global philanthropy work. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation as the world's largest philanthropy issued its latest "Goalkeepers" report on Tuesday, urging for more comparable student assessment data worldwide and help getting girls through their schooling. "The world, in education, focused a lot on access, which is super important, and in most countries made huge progress on gender-equal access, but now there needs to be a focus on quality," Gates said in a press call on September 11. The majority of the Gates foundation's resources are dedicated to global health and d...
AP analysis shows how Bill Gates influences education policy

AP analysis shows how Bill Gates influences education policy

Technology
Billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates saw an opportunity with a new federal education law that has widespread repercussions for American classrooms. His nonprofit Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has given about $ 44 million to outside groups over the past two years to help shape new state education plans required under the 2015 law, according to an Associated Press analysis of its grants. The spending paid for research aligned with Gates' interests, led to friendly media coverage and had a role in helping write one state's new education system framework. The grants illustrate how strategic and immersive the Microsoft founder can be in pursuit of his education reform agenda, quietly wielding national influence over how schools operate. Gates' carefully curated web of influence is often ...
Bill Gates says crypto-currencies cause deaths

Bill Gates says crypto-currencies cause deaths

Technology
Crypto-currencies are killing people in a "fairly direct way", Microsoft founder Bill Gates has said.He was referring to the way digital currencies like Bitcoin are used to buy drugs like synthetic opioid fentanyl.In an "ask me anything" session on news website Reddit, he said that the anonymity of digital currencies meant they were linked to terrorist funding and money laundering.Some criticised him, saying he was ill-informed about the technology.Asked by one user for his opinion on the technology, Mr Gates replied: "The main feature of crypto-currencies is their anonymity. I don't think this is a good thing. The government's ability to find money laundering and tax evasion and terrorist funding is a good thing."Right now, crypto-currencies are used for buying fentanyl and other drugs so...
Gates turns attention toward poverty, growing inequity in US

Gates turns attention toward poverty, growing inequity in US

Technology
Bill and Melinda Gates, as the world's top philanthropists, are rethinking their work in America as they confront what they consider their unsatisfactory track record on schools, the country's growing inequity and a president they disagree with more than any other. In an interview with The Associated Press, the couple said they're concerned about President Donald Trump's "America first" worldview. They've made known their differences with the president and his party on issues including foreign aid, taxes and protections for immigrant youth in the country illegally. And they said they're now digging into the layers of U.S. poverty that they haven't been deeply involved with at the national level, including employment, race, housing, mental health, incarceration and substance abuse. "We are...
Residents default on property tax, Gurugram civic body seals gates of two societies

Residents default on property tax, Gurugram civic body seals gates of two societies

Finance
GURUGRAM: Over the past week, MCG sealed the gates of two residential societies in Sector 69, after some residents of these societies defaulted on their property tax payments. According to residents of the two societies — Tulip Purple and Tulip Violet — on Thursday last, MCG officials sealed the exit gate for Tulip Violet and partially sealed the entry gate of Tulip Purple. "The gates were sealed last Thursday for non-payment of property taxes. They have remained sealed since then. We spoke to the developer, who has assured to take up the matter with MCG officials on Monday," said Tulip Purple RWA president S L Agarwal. Property taxes are supposed to be paid by individual residents. However, there appeared to be some confusion among residents of the two societies on the matter, as they