Lindsay Lohan's personal brand now includes a singular new accent

Mashable

In a perfect world, we will one day have a Parent Trap reboot in which one twin sister speaks in an American accent and the other speaks in Lilohan. Lindsay Lohan, who has (voluntarily or not) shifted her attention from acting to global humanitarian issues, premiered a bizarre new accent at the opening of her new nightclub in Greece last month. Now, she has kind of explained how it came to be --and given it a name. SEE ALSO: That's so fetch: The'Mean Girls' musical is coming "It's a mixture of most of the languages I can understand or am trying to learn," Lohan told The Daily Mail. "I've been learning different languages since I was a child.


Why Pence's accusation about Clinton's plan to let in Syrian refugees is misleading

Los Angeles Times

Mike Pence, asked during the vice presidential debate how he would deal with home-grown terrorists, quickly turned to a frequent talking point of his running mate: Donald Trump often says that Hillary Clinton supports a radical 550% increase in Syrian refugees. Clinton running mate Tim Kaine quickly slapped back by noting that on Monday, a federal appeals court upheld a lower court's order blocking a Pence effort to try to stop Syrian refugees from being resettled in his home sate of Indiana. While the figure Pence cited is accurate, the assertion is misleading, given the scale of the crisis with Syrians fleeing the country's bloody civil war that has raged since 2011. In a September 2015 CBS News interview, Clinton said she believes the U.S. should take in 65,000 Syrian refugees, which would be a 550% increase from the Obama administration's goal of resettling 10,000 refugees this fiscal year. That's a small fraction of the nearly 11 million Syrians who have left their homes, with many settling in nearby countries.


The Shortlist: Personal Stories From the Refugee Experience

NYT > Middle East

The book is not without flaws. Mardini overuses the kinds of short, staccato sentences found in advertising. She frequently omits specific dates or locations that might anchor the chronology, and sometimes misses opportunities to pull back and give us a bigger picture. The final chapters focusing on her discomfort with media messaging and her experience of fame could be condensed into an epilogue or skipped altogether. But in the end, she offers an exceedingly rare window into middle-class girlhood in the middle of one of the most destructive wars of our time, and an even rarer start-to-finish account of the arduous migrant journey into Europe.


Government to push companies into making more use of customers' personal data

The Japan Times

The government plans to draw up guidelines by the end of March aimed at getting companies to make more use of personal data such as customers' buying history. The guidelines are expected to include rules for protecting individual rights, informed sources said. Through the guidelines, the government aims to pave the way for creating private-sector services designed to manage such data, the sources said. The government has been trying to promote commercial use of personal information. But the effort has made little progress due partly to the personal information protection law, which includes a complicated process for obtaining data use permission.


UN Food Program to Expand Blockchain Testing to African Supply Chain - CoinDesk

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The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is expanding its blockchain testing from refugee aid in the Middle East to supply chain management in Africa. Following the agency's well-publicized pilot of an ethereum-based system for cash transfers in Jordanian refugee camps – a project known as Building Blocks – it now plans to test blockchain for the tracking of food delivery in East Africa, Robert Opp, the WFP's director of innovation and change, told CoinDesk. Specifically, the new project will monitor the movement of food from Djibouti's port, where the WFP receives shipments, to Ethiopia, where much of its food operations are located. "Can we increase efficiency by knowing in real time where the food is, be able to demonstrate the food's origin in shipment points, to have this traceability record?" Separately, the WFP also plans an initiative to educate Syrian refugee women in Jordan about managing their personal data and controlling third-party access to it on a blockchain system.