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Nearly a half-billion in Asia-Pacific still going hungry: UN

Nearly a half-billion in Asia-Pacific still going hungry: UN

Health
A United Nations report says nearly a half-billion people in the Asia-Pacific are still malnourished and to achieve a goal of zero hunger by 2030 requires that millions escape food insecurity each monthBy ELAINE KURTENBACH Associated PressDecember 11, 2019, 8:31 AM4 min read Nearly a half-billion people in the Asia-Pacific are still malnourished and eliminating hunger by 2030 requires that millions escape food insecurity each month, according to a report released Wednesday by UN agencies. Data compiled by the United Nations show slow progress and even backsliding in the areas of child wasting and stunting and other problems related to malnutrition. Worsening inequality means that despite relatively fast economic growth, incomes in the region are not increasing fast enough to help ensure a...
Seafloor scar of Bikini A-bomb test still visible

Seafloor scar of Bikini A-bomb test still visible

Science
Media playback is unsupported on your device The date was 25 July 1946. The location - Bikini Atoll. The event - only the fifth A-bomb explosion and the first-ever detonation under water.The pictures we've all seen: A giant mushroom cloud climbing out of the Pacific, sweeping up ships that had been deliberately left in harm's way to see what nuclear war was capable of.Now, 73 years later, scientists have been back to map the seafloor.A crater is still present; so too the twisted remains of all those vessels."Bikini was chosen because of its idyllic remoteness and its large, easily accessible lagoon," explains survey team-leader Art Trembanis from the University of Delaware."At the time, [the famous American comedian] Bob Hope quipped, 'as soon...
HDFC Bank’s Net banking, mobile app still down. Here’s how to make credit card payments

HDFC Bank’s Net banking, mobile app still down. Here’s how to make credit card payments

Finance
For the third day in a row, many customers are still not been able to access the country's largest private sector lender, HDFC Bank's Internet and mobile banking channels. The bank, responding to customer complaints on social media, attributed the outage to a 'technical glitch' adding that a team of experts constituted by the bank was at work to resolve the breakdown. We apologise that the resolution of the technical glitch is taking more time than anticipated. Our experts are work… https://t.co/OYKf7tQ43g— HDFC Bank Cares (@HDFCBank_Cares) 1575358749000 Though the bank claims to have resolved the issue, many customers are still unable to log in to these channels. According to the bank, normalcy will be restored within the next few hours. A common problem faced by many of i
Still on top: Cyber Monday sales on track to hit record

Still on top: Cyber Monday sales on track to hit record

Technology
Even though deals could be found online for days, shoppers still pulled out their phones and laptops to shop on the Monday after Thanksgiving, with sales on track to hit a record $ 9.4 billionBy JOSEPH PISANI AP Retail WriterDecember 2, 2019, 8:47 PM3 min read Cyber Monday is still holding up as the biggest online shopping day of the year, even though many of the same deals have been available online for weeks and the name harks back to the days of dial-up modems. Shoppers are expected to spend a record $ 9.4 billion on purchases made on their phones and computers Monday, up about 19% from last year’s Cyber Monday, according to Adobe Analytics, which tracks transactions at 80 of the top 100 U.S. online stores. The busiest time is expected to be in the hour before midnight, as people race t
The Fed is still faltering on inflation, and one official is calling for ‘aggressive’ action

The Fed is still faltering on inflation, and one official is calling for ‘aggressive’ action

Finance
The Federal Reserve's more than decadelong quest to generate a healthy level of inflation continues to falter, even with the central bank's easing turn in 2019 that is targeted specifically at the issue.Not only has the Fed missed its 2% target for all of this year but it also now faces fading hopes that anything will change for at least the next several years.The expected inflation rate a year from now is 2.3%, according to the New York Fed's survey of consumer expectations released this week. While that number is technically ahead of the Fed's goal, it has consistently overshot the actual level throughout its existence, often by a full percentage point or more.October's reading represented a decline of 0.2 percentage point to 2.3%, the lowest level ever in a survey that goes back to June...