Who will talk at TED2014? The speaker lineup, revealed!

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SpeakerLineup-Blog (1)TED2014 is our 30th-anniversary conference, and the speaker lineup is — in a word — thrilling. Speakers will touch on topics ranging from technology, entertainment, design and education to climate change, architecture, music, physics, parenting, typography, fireflies and the Golden Gate Bridge. Randall Munroe of xkcd will talk about his passion for What If questions. Yoruba Richen will talk about the fastest-moving social justice campaign in history. Wendy Chung will offer a scholarly overview of what we know right now about autism. And Chris Hadfield of NASA will put down his guitar long enough to talk to us about life in space — and back on earth.  Some speakers on the lineup will look back and reflect on things that have happened over the past 30 years. Other speakers will look forward and predict: where are we headed next?

These speakers will be writing “The Next Chapter” of…

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Georgia Governor Apologizes

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal has issued an apology to those who were stranded on the roadways of Atlanta yesterday. A snow storm dumped 2.6 inches of snow causing a massive gridlock in the city.

“I accept responsibility for the fact that we did not make preparation early enough to avoid these consequences,” he told reporters.
“I am not satisfied with the response that was made,” he said. He acknowledge the response wasn’t fast enough or large enough, and he’s asked for an internal review from all the agencies involved.

The Republican, who is up for re-election in November, vowed to be “much more aggressive” for any future situations.

Efforts are under way to clear the roads of thousands of vehicles that were abandoned Tuesday. An emergency management spokesperson says that more than two thousand vehicles were left on the highways overnight. If the vehicles aren’t removed by 9 p.m. tonight, they’ll be towed.

Nelson Mandela By Naomi Campbell


In the memory of Nelson Mandela who died of a lung infection on 5 December 2013 at his home in Houghton, Johannesburg. He was 95 years of age and surrounded by his family.
Written by Naomi Campbell. Excerpt from L’Uomo Vogue, November 2008

The prison and the enforced solitude. The fisted salute to the cheering crowds when set free in 1990. Nowadays Nelson Mandela continues to be a tireless champion of peace for South Africa and the entire world

On 22nd of June 1990, a month after my 20th birthday, Nelson Mandela, the President of the Anc (African National Congress), came to New York to take part in several fund-raising events. When Mandela arrived with his wife, Winnie, it was like a ray of sunshine appearing to me. I was asked to be a member of the judging panel for Miss World’s contest in 1992, to be held in Lost…

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Brother Tries to Save Brother After Sinkhole Opens Up

A man is feared to be dead after a huge sinkhole opened up under a house near Tampa, Florida. Jeff Bush, 37, disappeared after the concrete floor caved in yesterday. Jeff’s brother Jeremy jumped in the hole in an effort to rescue his brother but was rescued himself as the ground continued to cave in.

Jeremy said he could hear his brother calling him for help. “The floor was still giving in and the dirt was still going down, but I didn’t care. I wanted to save my brother,” said Jeremy. “But I just couldn’t do nothing.”
Rescue crews lowered equipment in to the sinkhole, but so far, there have been no signs of life. The sink hole is reported to be about 20 feet to 30 feet across and might be 30 feet deep.
Jeremy Bush and four other people, including a 2-year-old child, escaped from the one-story home in Seffner, Florida. Nearby homes have been evacuated.

Engineers are trying to determine if the ground is stable enough to support heavy machinery to help recover the body. They said they might have to demolish the house even though there appears to be nothing wrong with the home.

Florida is prone to sinkholes since the bedrock is made of limestone, a porous rock that easily dissolves in water.
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Courtesy of the Southwest Florida Water Management District
Florida law requires that home insurers provide sinkhole coverage
Jeremy Bush said someone inspected the home a few months ago to check for sinkholes and other things. “He said there was nothing wrong with the house. Nothing. And a couple of months later, my brother dies. In a sinkhole,” Bush said.