Global Growth to Revive Later This Year as World’s Central Banks Agree to Ease Interest Rates

Washington: The global economy is likely to pull out of a brief growth slump later this year with a little help from the world’s central banks and from US and Chinese trade negotiators. Global finance leaders gathered from the spring meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank agree that the global economy has lost momentum this year. But they expect growth to pick up in the second half of 2019, as central bankers ease up on interest rates.       Still, a trade standoff between the United…

China database lists ‘breedready’ status of 1.8 million women

The average age of women in the database was 32, with the youngest being 15. Photograph: Roman Pilipey/EPA An open database in China contains the personal information of more than 1.8 million women, including their phone numbers, addresses, and something called “BreedReady” status, according to a researcher. Victor Gevers, a Dutch internet expert from the non-profit group GDI.Foundation, found the insecure data cache while searching for open databases in China. He posted a series of screenshots of it over the weekend. The database, whose server is in China, included fields labeled in…

The World’s First Floating Museum Has Docked In Paris

An artist’s view of the new floating art center, Fluctuart, in Paris. FLUCTUART / SEINE DESIGN Fluctuart, a three-story, sustainable, floating building with transparent walls and flexible spaces and entirely dedicated to urban art has docked in Paris, and the art world is in thrall. To be inaugurated in May,  France’s first center for street art and graffiti and the world’s first floating museum will open its doors in the heart of Paris, on the banks of the Seine River at the foot of the Pont des Invalides (the Invalides bridge) facing the Grand Palais. The museum will…