Afghanistan's economic woes could fuel a refugee crisis impacting neighbouring countries, Turkey and Europe, the International Monetary Fund has said.
The economy will contract by up to 30% this year - which could push millions into poverty and cause a humanitarian crisis, the fund warned. The IMF said Afghanistan's neighbours would be further hit because they rely on its funds for trade. Bordering Tajikistan has said it can't afford to take in many more refugees. With foreign assets frozen and most non-humanitarian aid halted, inflows of cash to Afghanistan have all but dried up. In its regional economic outlook, the fund said: "A large influx of refugees could put a burden on public resources in refugee-hosting countries, fuel labour market pressures, and lead to social tensions, underscoring the need for assistance from the international community."
Google has unveiled its latest smartphone, containing the tech giant's first self-designed computer chip.
The Pixel 6 contains Google's "Tensor" processor, which it says enables new phone features powered by artificial intelligence and machine learning. It is also the first phone in the series with a "Pro" model, designed to compete at the high end of the market. "The whole goal when we started was to reach this point," said Rick Osterloh, Google's head of devices. "Really, this is our original vision that we're finally able to get to after building a lot of capabilities both in technology and in product development capabilities," he told the BBC.
We are packing LIKE CRAZY. Too much to do to take a load to storage today. But we are loading the van and I'll take it tomorrow. We are down to one car because Paul already sold his, and he has to deal with tons of emergency COVID tests and things (emergency because of travel stuff, not because of having COVID) that require the only vehicle. He leaves Monday morning.
I'll be off to Houston tomorrow with a load for the storage unit. We are in the home stretch now!
We have someone over working in the yard today getting as much as possible ready.
Dominica is busily painting the dining room today.
A committee that advises the Federal Communications Commission on consumer-related matters now includes a representative of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), which lobbies against municipal broadband, net neutrality, and other consumer protection measures.
I thought about paying for DuoLingo because I can't stand the ads all the time and lack of freedom.
But lately I have been doing a lot on Anki. There's some really great decks in there. I also paired it with Mango which has been great as well. Another one that is great is Beelingual when you want to start doing more reading.
My DuoLingo stopped showing ads a while ago. No idea why.