Your Daily Elephant

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A series on the lives of elephants.  Cow and calf eating.  Samburu area, Kenya.

photograph by Cheryl Merrill photograph by Cheryl Merrill

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T-Mobile offers customers with bad credit its top phone deals

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On Sunday, T-Mobile is unveiling a program that will essentially let customers with bad credit scores to prove their worthiness to the carrier and thus qualify for financing deals that would put the newest and most expensive smartphones in their palms.

Today at [company]T-Mobile[/company], the latest and greatest smartphones aren’t available to customers. Technically anyone can buy a new iPhone 6+ or the newest Samsung Galaxy if they’re willing to pay the full cost of the device, but if you wanted to spread the cost of a $750 smartphone over two years then you need good credit — carriers call that “well qualified” — to qualify for T-Mo’s financing program.

Under the new program called Smartphone Equality, any customer on a voice prepaid or postpaid voice plan that maintains their service or pays their bill on time for 12 straight months will become eligible for all of T-Mobile’s smartphone…

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Michael Den Tandt: The tax axe is hovering over Canada’s wealthy

House GOP Pulls Anti-Abortion Bill on Roe v. Wade Anniversary

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The House Republican leadership reversed course on plans to vote on an anti-abortion bill deemed too restrictive by many female lawmakers in its conference, exposing internal party divisions as activists mark the 43rd anniversary of Roe v. Wade with the March for Life.

The bill—the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act—would ban abortions after the 20th week of a pregnancy. Even though a similar bill was passed two years ago, Republican lawmakers raised concerns that this bill included a controversial clause requiring that a woman had to report the rape to police before she could get an abortion. The House will now hold another symbolic vote on a different, old bill that bans taxpayer funding of abortions.

“The reporting requirements I think were problematic,” said Missouri Republican Rep. Vicky Hartzler, who met with House GOP Whip Steve Scalise to air out her concerns this week. “Statistics show that alot…

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Know Right Now: Inside the Mystery of Greenland’s Vanishing Lakes

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Two lakes in Greenland holding enormous amounts of water were drained within the course of weeks, researchers say.

Watch today’s Know Right Now to find out more about these vanishing lakes.

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6 Sneaky but Scientific Ways to Help Kids Learn

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Parents want to teach kids the skills they’ll need to lead happy, productive lives. But we have too much to do and not enough time to do it. Ellen Galinsky, author of Mind in the Making: The Seven Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs, acknowledges this “time famine” at the outset of her book, which is filled with evidence-based ways to help kids learn the skills they need. Here are a few of her suggestions. Chances are you’re already doing some of them. Now you can rest assured that research supports your methods, and maybe you can try a couple of new things. As Galinsky says, “we teach best when we are learning.”

  1. Play games backwards. For example, “Simon Says, Do the Opposite.” It’s the classic with a twist. If Simon says, “Be quiet,” the kids should be loud.

Why:
This helps kids practice inhibitory control, an important…

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All Around!

In Flow with Otto

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The new year of 2015 has hardly started – we are only three weeks into what I hope will be an exciting year for all of us. For me it’s already been exceedingly busy, more than I can remember any start of a new year has ever been. Right after New Year’s Eve I went to Ethiopia (from where the photo accompanying this post was taken) to report on the situation with the South Sudanese refuges – as any of you who follow my blog may have noticed. Now I am in Park City, Utah, USA to report on Sundance Film Festival – the maybe most important festival for independent films. In addition, in between the travelling – and parallel to the travelling – a handful of travel reporters and I have launched a new travel blog. So yes, it’s been quite busy…

As a result of these three busy…

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