IBM Corp. said today the creators of an application that helps to connect and provide support for small farmers around the world have won the grand prize of its 2020 Call for Code Global Challenge.

Call for Code is an annual contest held by IBM that invites developers to create and deploy applications based on open-source technology that can tackle some of the most pressing challenges in the world.

The Agrolly app was created by a distributed team of developers based in Brazil, India, Mongolia and Taiwan who first met at Pace University in New York City. Tasked with creating a solution that can help communities fight back against climate change and COVID-19, they came up with Agrolly as a way to provide help and support for small farmers in developing nations that are struggling with reduced crop yields as a result of climate change.

Agrolly, which can be downloaded

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The fastest growing segment in the two-wheeler market has been that of 350-500cc displacement motorcycles. This slice of the market has been growing dramatically in size, complexity and choice over the last 3-4 years. Both existing players and newbies have witnessed a huge jump in sales due to a surge in demand from buyers in urban and semi-urban areas. Many of these buyers are first time two-wheeler owners who have been drawn by the prospect of new experiences on the open roads, and the lifestyle changes that a bike in this category could bring them. Of course, there are numerous buyers who are just upgrading their daily commute too.

Joining this burgeoning tribe of riders is the new Honda H’ness-CB 350, which was officially unveiled last week. That Honda is laying a lot of expectations on the new bike is amply evident from the fact that it has developed the

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Companies have long moved sales and customer-service jobs to cheaper cities like Phoenix. But they have been more reluctant to do so in areas like software engineering and management, figuring that proximity to the talent, research universities and venture capital in the tech epicenter outweighed the higher cost of labor.

Even before the pandemic, there were indications that that was starting to shift. Silicon Valley companies were increasingly putting jobs in engineering hubs in cities like Austin, Texas, and Toronto. Now they have an opportunity to run a remote-working experiment on a scale that wouldn’t have otherwise been tried.

Google and Facebook have said they will allow employees to work remotely until 2021. Stripe, a payments company, recently announced that it would pay employees $20,000 to leave the Bay Area if they accepted a salary reduction of up to 10 percent based on the cost of living wherever they went.

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Tottenham have allowed Ryan Sessegnon to leave on a season-long loan to Hoffenheim, with the young English player hailing his “new opportunity” in Germany.

Sessegnon struggled to establish himself in the first team at Spurs after arriving from Fulham for a reported £25 million ($32m) in August 2019.

The 20-year-old will now look to continue his development with the Bundesliga side, who will also participate in the Europa League this season.

“Hoffenheim stands for the successful training and development of young players,” said Sessegnon in a statement. “I hope that the move will give me match experience in one of the best professional leagues in the world and I’m looking forward to playing in Europe.

“I’m very excited to get going, this is a club that produces young players, big players in one of the most competitive leagues in the world. I can’t wait to get going.

“The fans can

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U.S. consumer spending rose 1.0% in August while incomes fell, presenting a new hurdle for the economic recovery.

Personal income fell 2.7% in August from a month earlier, the Commerce Department said Thursday. Income fell in part because of a decline in government aid for unemployed workers.

Consumer spending is the key driver of growth in the world’s largest economy, providing two-thirds of economic demand. Strong consumer spending helped propel the economy in the third quarter that ended Wednesday. Economists estimate U.S. gross domestic product—the broadest measures of goods and services—grew at an annual rate of 30% or more in July through September.

That would restore a big chunk of output lost in the spring when the coronavirus outbreak prompted businesses to shut down. Output fell at a 31% pace in the second quarter after a 5% drop in the first, the Commerce Department said this week, the sharpest quarterly

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There are not too many options when it comes to applications that aid people with disabilities. What is available is neither accessible or affordable, says Chumki Datta, who is a successful entrepreneur and a paraplegic.

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This could change soon. Prosus, the global consumer internet group of Naspers, in collaboration with Invest India, Startup India and Social Alpha, is launching the Prosus Social Impact Challenge for Accessibility. It is a social impact investing challenge where start-ups with the most innovative solutions in the assistive technology space will compete for an annual grant.

The need for assistive technology to aid people with disabilities is a customer issue which can provide a major business opportunity for entrepreneurs, according to Aileen O’Toole, Chief People Officer at Prosus.

As the Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of technology, especially in healthcare, it has also accelerated

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In Thai classrooms, showing a rebellious or creative streak through what you wear is difficult.

School uniform rules are strict, down to how pupils’ hair should be cut and the type of socks and shoes they are allowed to wear.

But as students around the country push back against what they call archaic rules and join a broader pro-democracy movement, a young clothing designer is throwing his support behind them in a colourful way.

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Tin Tunsopon has taken the typical uniform of pleated skirts and white sailor shirts for girls and neat shorts and white shirts for boys and blown them up into exaggerated versions with huge collars and sleeve ruffles made from shoe laces.

“By re-creating these uniforms and giving them various designs…people can see that we should no longer be attached to the (traditional) uniforms anymore,” 23-year-old Tin told Reuters.

The clothing line

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It was a sun-splashed day with relatively little breeze for the opening round in the Dominican Republic. It was also a prime opportunity for several players to jockey for early position as they contend for what would be a watershed win.

The Corales Punta Cana Resort & Club Championship is no longer an opposite event, rescheduled from March to September because of the COVID-19 pandemic. But many of the game’s biggest names have opted to rest this week in the wake of a grueling U.S. Open, opening up the door for some of the Tour’s rank-and-file to compete for lucrative prizes that extend beyond the $720,000 check.

With full FedExCup points awarded this week, the winner will head to the Masters in April 2021. They’ll also go to the Sentry Tournament of Champions, The Players and PGA Championship in the spring. The biggest incentive for those who made the trek

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  • Europe plans to set up an Amazon-style marketplace that sells bad debt worth billions of euros in a challenge to big buyers on Wall Street, according to Reuters.
  • The proposal would challenge dominant Wall Street debt investors, but has not been signed yet.
  • European Central Bank officials plan to discuss the scheme on Friday, the news agency said.
  • “The idea is to open up the market to buyers of smaller portfolios, with an Amazon or eBay-style marketplace, where you can browse… That can get the market moving,” Edward O’Brien, a senior ECB official, told Reuters.
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Europe’s central bank plans to set up an Amazon-style platform to sell billions of euros in bad debt in an effort to shore up its distressed economy, Reuters reported on Wednesday. 

The move would challenge the dominance of big Wall Street debt investors, and

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“Google is acting as the judge, jury and executioner,” says Paytm CEO Vijay Shekhar Sharma. The statement, made in the aftermath of the dramatic events of last week when Google decided to drop Paytm from its Play Store one fine morning, draws attention to an important fact that has been lost in all the din. And that is the obvious conflict of interest in Google being the platform for apps in India via its Play Store, and also being a player in the app ecosystem. Paytm said the reason Google cited for the Play Store eviction was alleged violation of its policy banning gambling apps. Google objected to Paytm’s cricket-themed scratch-card cash-back scheme for UPI transactions. Google, without naming Paytm, said it couldn’t allow apps that were “online casinos.” Paytm insists its apps involve no gambling and moreover that Google Pay has made similar scratch-and-win offers like Tez Shots, which

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