Pakistan Antique Cars, UK Political Parties, Maynooth University Library Lunchtime Talk, More: Tuesday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, May 17, 2022


Dawn: Pakistan’s first online Antique Cars Museum launched. “Shoaib Qureshy, the owner of the online museum, said the idea came to him some two-and-a-half years ago during the Covid-19 lockdowns. ‘We often do classic car shows to share our hobby and our beautiful cars with the general public but we wanted a single platform for this purpose where most of our cars could be showcased. This is the first Pakistan online museum for antique cars where we can show the best of these cars in not just our country but also to the world,’ he said.”

University of Exeter (UK): Track which political parties represent your views with new online tool. “Partymeter has been designed with the cooperation of 150 experts on political parties across the UK. By completing a survey on a range of issues people can see how closely their views align with the policies of the Conservatives, Labour, the Liberal Democrats and others. It is hoped as many people as possible will now take part in the survey so academics can discover more about the connection between voters and political parties.”


Maynooth University Library: Maynooth University Library Lunchtime Talk: Using radio documentaries and podcasts to highlight significant library collections. “Award-winning freelance journalist Bairbre Flood, is in conversation with Helen Fallon, Deputy Librarian, Maynooth University on the topic of using library collections as the basis of documentaries and podcasts. Bairbre produced the documentary ‘Silence Would be Treason’ for BBC Radio 4. This is based on the MU Ken Saro-Wiwa Archive.” The event is free.


New Zealand Herald: Google fails to deliver campaign promise to fix Māori pronunciation on Google Maps. “Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori (the Māori Language Commission) told Te Ao with Moana this week that Google didn’t have the right technology to fulfil promises made in a 2017 campaign to improve Māori pronunciation in the Google Maps app.”

Search Engine Journal: LinkedIn Updates Include Improvements To Search Results. “As part of its goal of providing users with more valuable content, LinkedIn has made changes to its search and discovery functions. People using the professional networking site will now be able to see news, topics and trends from their connections, as well as relevant posts from other creators outside their network.”

Deadline: YouTube Unveils Slate Of Black Voices Fund Content. “YouTube has ordered five new original projects as part of its Black Voices Fund.”


Irish Times: Documents saved from 1922 public record office fire to be conserved. “Precious documents relating to Dublin port, which were saved from the Public Record Office fire in the city’s Four Courts in the opening engagement of the Civil War, are set to be restored. In the aftermath of the fire on June 30th, 1922, more than 25,000 sheets of paper and parchment were retrieved from the rubble. These records, which date from the 14th to the 19th centuries and are known as the ‘1922 salved records’, are now held at the National Archives.”

Firstpost: These Indian museums are working to spread the message of climate change . “A new initiative called Indian Museums Against Climate Change (IMACC), is spearheading this movement in our country. Launched by Bengaluru-based non-profit organisation ReReeti, it brings together eight museums around the country to work for this common cause.”


AFP: China database reveals the thousands of Uighurs detained in Xinjiang. “A leaked list of thousands of detained Uighurs has helped Ms Nursimangul Abdureshid shed some light on the whereabouts of her missing family members, who have disappeared in China’s sweeping crackdown on Xinjiang.”

Washington Post: U.S. issues charges in first criminal cryptocurrency sanctions case. “The Justice Department has launched its first criminal prosecution involving the alleged use of cryptocurrency to evade U.S. economic sanctions, a federal judge disclosed Friday. In an unusual nine-page opinion, U.S. Magistrate Judge Zia M. Faruqui of Washington, D.C., explained why he approved a Justice Department criminal complaint against an American citizen accused of transmitting more than $10 million worth of bitcoin to a virtual currency exchange in one of a handful of countries comprehensively sanctioned by the U.S. government: Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Syria or Russia.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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