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March 3, 2018 7:46 AM Florida school shooting: US investment giant pressures gun firms

The world’s biggest investment management firm, BlackRock Inc, is stepping up pressure on companies that make and sell guns in response to the Florida school shooting. It is considering excluding them from some of its portfolios and is asking how they monitor safe use of weapons. The US corporation said the Florida shooting on 14 February, in which 17 people 107

February 28, 2018 5:07 PM Facebook news feed changes ‘decimated’ publisher

Lifestyle site Little Things says it has had to close after changes to Facebook’s news feed algorithms “decimated” its business. The closure of the female-focused publishing business will result in the loss of 100 jobs. The company focused on a mix of “feel-good news” and videos. Since launching in 2014, it attracted 12 million followers on Facebook 117

February 20, 2018 11:50 AM Court to rule on fate of laid-off Goldfields staff March 2

An Accra High court has set March 2 as the date it will deliver its ruling on the fate of some 1,700 workers of Goldfields Ghana who have been laid off by the company. The judge, Laurenda Owusu, said she will rely on the relevant provisions in civil procedure rules, CI 47 and all the processes filed to deliver its ruling on the set date. In the writ, the workers 69

February 19, 2018 9:30 AM Amidu must deal with leakages in gov’t expenditure – IMANI Boss

President of policy think tank, IMANI Africa has urged the Special Prosecutor nominee, Martin Amidu, to turn up the heat on the Office of Government Machinery and assess the expenses incurred by the agencies under the office in recent years. “…If we are looking at the office of the government machinery for instance in the last 12 years, you would see consistently 87

February 16, 2018 4:04 PM Anger at Google image search ‘peace deal’

Google has made it more difficult for people to save pictures from its image search product, as part of a “peace deal” with photo library Getty Images. In 2017, Getty Images complained to the European Commission, accusing Google of anti-competitive practices. Google said it had removed some features from image search, including the “view image” button 78

February 13, 2018 8:01 AM Commonwealth in secret succession plans

The Commonwealth has secretly begun considering who might succeed the Queen as its head, the BBC has learned. The issue is hugely sensitive because the role is not hereditary and will not pass automatically to the Prince of Wales on the Queen’s death. The Commonwealth has set up a “high level group” to look at the way the international organisation is governed 76

February 10, 2018 9:29 AM Apple confirms iPhone source code leak

Apple has confirmed that some of the source code for its iOS mobile operating system has been leaked online. The boot-up source code used on its older iOS 9 operating platform was posted on code-sharing website Github. Apple typically keeps most of its iOS source code private and ordered Github to remove the content. In a statement, the company said the security 69

February 7, 2018 6:59 AM Bitcoin falls below $6,000

The value of Bitcoin has fallen to below $6,000 – its lowest price since November 2017. The price fell to $5,947.40 (£4,256.44) on Tuesday, according to a price index run by news website Coindesk. Bitcoin reached its peak in November, when it hit $19,000, and then began to fall steadily from mid-December. The latest fall comes a day after several major 63

February 6, 2018 10:57 AM Zimbabwe’s opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai ‘critically ill’

Zimbabwe’s main opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai is critically ill in a South African hospital, reports say. Local media quoted family sources as saying the 65-year-old former prime minister – who is being treated for colon cancer – is suffering from weight loss, exhaustion and muscle thinning. During his political struggle against ex-President Robert 44

January 23, 2018 7:22 AM Neil Diamond retires from touring after Parkinson’s diagnosis

Singer Neil Diamond has announced he will retire from touring, after a recent diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease. Diamond, who turns 77 on Wednesday, cancelled his March tour dates for Australia and New Zealand on medical advice. In a statement, he said he took the decision “with great reluctance and disappointment”. “I have been so honoured to bring my shows 88