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Red gold: Afghanistan saffron production grows
Starting before dawn has even broken, Afghanistan's army of saffron pickers shift their way across sun-baked fields to pluck brightly the coloured crocuses that are providing the country's farmers with a new means of income. Joma Khan is one of the 156,000 seasonal workers who help harvest the spice, earning about $1 an hour. "We start our field work before sunrise and each of us can collect about four to five kilograms of saffron flower," the 16-year-old said.
Wed, 12 Dec 2018 00:41:58 -0500
Facebook Buildings Evacuated After Bomb Threat; Staff Safe
A bomb threat unit searched a building in the 200 block of Jefferson Drive of Menlo Park, police said in a statement. “Late this afternoon, we received a bomb threat and took swift action to evacuate several buildings at our Menlo Park campus.
Wed, 12 Dec 2018 00:16:21 -0500
Tencent Music Sets $1.1 Billion IPO at Bottom as Markets Gyrate
China’s largest music-streaming service, which is backed by Tencent Holdings Ltd., and current holders sold 82 million American depositary shares at $13 apiece, according to a statement. Tencent Music opted to price lower after initially guiding fund managers that orders were coming in around the midpoint of the marketed range. Tencent Music will debut at a valuation of about $21.3 billion, falling short of the $23.3 billion of Spotify Technology SA, the Swedish peer that’s also an investor in the Chinese company.
Tue, 11 Dec 2018 23:54:14 -0500
PG&E says cause of Camp Fire not yet determined despite probe
The Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) released a new report on Tuesday into a massive California wildfire that ignited near one of its damaged towers, offering new details of the incident but stopping short of accepting blame. The Camp Fire broke out on the morning of Nov. 8 near the Northern California mountain community of Paradise, sweeping through the town and killing 86 people in the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in state history. The Butte County Sheriff's Office announced late on Tuesday that a man who was severely burned while trying to put out the fire that engulfed his car had died from his injuries.
Tue, 11 Dec 2018 23:31:47 -0500
Virgin Galactic gets set for SpaceShipTwo flights that aim for space — but how high?
Virgin Galactic says it’s beginning a series of SpaceShipTwo test flights that could cross the edge of the space frontier as early as Thursday — amid a debate over where exactly that edge kicks in. The company has been flight-testing its VSS Unity rocket plane for more than two years, with its most recent rocket-powered flight rising to a height of 32 miles (52 kilometers) in July. The plan for the next stage of testing at California’s Mojave Air and Space Port was laid out in a statement issued today. “During this phase of the flight program we will be… Read More
Tue, 11 Dec 2018 23:30:02 -0500
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