• Easter 2014: A celebration of hope

    Easter 2014: A celebration of hope

    AP Over 2 billion people are celebrating Easter today, April 20, as the calendars of Western and Eastern churches coincide this year, and these billions of faithful people are celebrating HOPE.   The Easter message begins...
  • Stress Tied to Worse Allergy Symptoms

    Stress Tied to Worse Allergy Symptoms

    FRIDAY, April 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Stress may trigger symptom flare-ups in people with seasonal allergies, a new study suggests. Researchers followed 179 people with hay fever for 12 weeks, and found that 39...
  • French hostages home from Syria

    French hostages home from Syria

    20 April 2014 Last updated at 08:13 The freed journalists were met by President Hollande and Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius (right) as well as their families and colleagues Four French journalists have arrived back in...
  • Tracking flu levels with Wikipedia

    Can monitoring Wikipedia hits show how many people have the flu? Researchers at Boston Children’s Hospital, USA, have developed a method of estimating levels of influenza-like illness in the American population by analysing Internet traffic...

Headline News

  • Rocky landslide slowly devours part of Wyoming resort town


    A worker inspects damage to a house at the top of a slow-motion landslide in Jackson, Wyo., on Saturday, April 19, 2014. No one can say when the mountainside collapsing into this Wyoming resort town will give way. But it appears increasingly likely that when it does, it’s going to take a piece of Jackson with it. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown)The Associated Press A house breaks apart as a slow-moving landslide in Jackson, Wyo. advances downhill on Friday, April 18. 2014. The slide has cut off access to a 60-person neighborhood and has threatened town utilities, including a water line. (AP Photo/Jackson Hole News and Guide, Angus M. Thuermer Jr)The Associated Press This aerial image provided by Tributary Environmental shows a home damaged by a landslide Friday, April 18, 2014 in Jackson, Wyo. A slow-moving landslide in Jackson sped up significantly Friday, splitting this house in two, causing a huge uplift in a road and a …

    April 20, 2014 2:14 am
    0 Comments

Politics

  • Obamacare enrollees urged to change passwords over Heartbleed bug


    NEW YORK (Reuters) – Americans with accounts on President Barack Obama’s health insurance enrollment website, HealthCare.gov, were advised that their passwords had been reset to guard against the “Heartbleed” bug, in a message posted on the site on Saturday. The warning marks the latest fallout from the widespread security bug, which surfaced this month and allows hackers to steal data online without a trace. Companies from Amazon.com Inc to Google Inc. have been forced to take steps to protect against Heartbleed. A message on HealthCare.gov said users who visited the website would need to create a new password to access their accounts. “While there’s no indication that any personal information has ever been at risk, we have taken steps to address Heartbleed issues and reset consumers’ passwords out of an abundance of caution,” said the message posted on Saturday. The Heartbleed security flaw is a “catastrophic bug” believed to affect two out of every three …

    April 20, 2014 2:34 am
    0 Comments

Stocks

  • China’s spending crackdown hits drinks giants


    Remy Cointreau said the Chinese government’s “anti-extravagance policy” is hurting sales of premium spirits. China’s crackdown on extravagant spending by officials is creating a headache for some of the world’s biggest drinks companies. Diageo (DEO) and Remy Cointreau — the companies behind brands such as Smirnoff vodka and Cointreau liqueur — said Thursday that China sales were down sharply over the first three months of the year. Since taking office a year ago, Chinese President Xi Jinping has ordered an end to excessive spending by officials on everything from luxury hotels to lavish funerals, and made tackling corruption a priority. Luxury auto makers, catering firms and pharmaceuticals groups have already felt the pinch, and the push for moderation is now affecting sales of drinks — in particular premium spirits. Related: Five global liquors about to go big Sales of specialty cognac Remy Martin fell by more than 20% in the first three months of 2014. …

    April 19, 2014 12:31 am
    0 Comments

Sports

  • Germany sweeps Australia to advance to Fed Cup Final


    Brisbane, Australia (SportsNetwork.com) – Angelique Kerber defeated Samantha Stosur as Germany swept Australia in the Fed Cup semifinals. Kerber defeated for U.S. Open champion Samantha Stosur 4-6, 6-0, 6-4 to lead Germany to its third straight victory in the best-of-five tie. “After the first set I was just thinking, ‘play every single point for your team.’ I’m happy about the whole week and that we’re in the final,” Kerber said. The Germans will meet the Czech Republic-Italy victor in the Fed Cup final in November. That match takes place later on Sunday. Germany returns to the Fed Cup final for the first time since 1992 when it defeated Spain. Kerber converted eight break points in the match, which lasted just two hours and 14 minutes. Australia fell to 8-5 all-time against Germany. Australia won the last meeting in a World Group Playoff in 2012. The two nations first met in 1966. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT

    April 20, 2014 1:12 am
    0 Comments

World News

  • French hostages home from Syria


    20 April 2014 Last updated at 08:13 The freed journalists were met by President Hollande and Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius (right) as well as their families and colleagues Four French journalists have arrived back in France after their release from 10 months of captivity in Syria. Edouard Elias, Didier Francois, Nicolas Henin and Pierre Torres flew in from Turkey on a French Air Force plane. They had been found, blindfolded and handcuffed, by Turkish soldiers in a no-man’s land separating Turkey and Syria late on Friday. The jihadist group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) has been accused of kidnapping them. The men landed at the Evreux military base north-west of Paris before being taken by helicopter to a base south of the capital to be met by their families, colleagues and President Francois Hollande. ‘Discreet work’ The four men went missing in two separate incidents last June. Mr Francois, a veteran war …

    April 20, 2014 2:15 am
    0 Comments

Technology

  • Lego the Hobbit review perfect for playing with less experienced gamers


    Buy it from XBox 360 GIOCO XONE LEGO HOBBIT WARNER GAMES Developer Traveller’s Tales appears to be on a quest to recreate the entirety of popular culture in primary-coloured plastic block form. Undergoing the Lego makeover this time are the first two films in Peter Jackson‘s three-part adaptation of The Hobbit, the most light-hearted and comedic entry in JRR Tolkien’s Middle Earth opus. The subject matter is already in familiar Lego game territory, so we know what to expect: a bright and breezy whistle-stop tour of the movies’ significant events, packaged in an unpretentious collect-’em-up campaign. The series’ trademark humour is ever-present (the one ring to rule them all is hilariously incompatible with Lego’s fingerless residents), and though juggling a large company of lookalike dwarves can occasionally be fiddly, the co-op is perfect for teaming up with less experienced players, making for a predictable but pleasing adventure.

    April 20, 2014 2:13 am
    0 Comments

Science

  • Tracking flu levels with Wikipedia


    Can monitoring Wikipedia hits show how many people have the flu? Researchers at Boston Children’s Hospital, USA, have developed a method of estimating levels of influenza-like illness in the American population by analysing Internet traffic on specific flu-related Wikipedia articles. David McIver and John Brownstein’s model, publishing in PLOS Computational Biology on April 17th, estimates flu levels in the American population up to two weeks sooner than data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention becomes available, and accurately estimates the week of peak influenza activity 17% more often than Google Flu Trends data. McIver and Brownstein calculated the number of times certain Wikipedia articles were accessed every day from December 2007 to August 2013. The model they developed performed well both through influenza seasons that are more severe than normal and through events such as the H1N1 pandemic in 2009 that received high levels of media attention. The authors comment: “Each influenza season …

    April 20, 2014 2:14 am
    0 Comments

Health

  • Stress Tied to Worse Allergy Symptoms


    FRIDAY, April 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Stress may trigger symptom flare-ups in people with seasonal allergies, a new study suggests. Researchers followed 179 people with hay fever for 12 weeks, and found that 39 percent of them had more than one flare-up. Those patients had higher levels of stress than those who didn’t have allergy symptoms during the study period. Sixty-four percent of the participants with higher stress levels had more than four flare-ups over two 14-day periods, according to the findings in the April issue of the Annals of Allergy, Asthma Immunology. There was no significant link between stress and flare-ups on the same day, but a number of people had flare-ups within days of experiencing increased daily stress, the researchers said. “Stress can cause several negative effects on the body, including causing more symptoms for allergy sufferers,” study author Dr. Amber Patterson, of Ohio State University, said in a journal news release. …

    April 20, 2014 2:34 am
    0 Comments

Entertainment

  • Justin Bieber Crashes Drake Bell’s Album Release Party


    It’s war! Justin Bieber and D-lister Drake Bell have been in a longstanding feud due to the Disney star’s incessant insults directed at the singer on Twitter, and The Biebs decided to get back at his enemy last night by crashing Bell’s album release party at The Grove! In an attempt to show the Drake Josh star how big of a has-been he is, JB did a drive-by and made all the fans go crazy over him, rather than the guest of honor! We personally think this is hilarious! The few Bell-iebers just turned into Beliebers!

    April 20, 2014 2:55 am
    0 Comments

Editorial

  • Easter 2014: A celebration of hope


    AP Over 2 billion people are celebrating Easter today, April 20, as the calendars of Western and Eastern churches coincide this year, and these billions of faithful people are celebrating HOPE.   The Easter message begins with the hopeful news that death has been overcome by life, that hatred has been overcome by love, and that sorrow has been overcome by joy.   ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The elements of the story involve women arriving at a garden tomb and finding it empty, but even better, meeting the risen Lord, the embodiment of life and love. Their lives are changed forever and so are the lives of many, many others who hear this remarkable news. The meaning of Easter is HOPE, and we, all of us, need and deserve hope. The resurrection narrative and message are vital for Christian people on this day to be sure.  Easter is celebrated in countless languages and myriad cultures by Jesus’ followers throughout the …

    April 20, 2014 2:34 am
    0 Comments

Odd News

  • Fly me to Sochi, demands Cathay passenger armed with chocolate bar, court hears


    HONG KONG (Reuters) – A passenger on board a Hong Kong-bound Cathay Pacific flight, armed only with a Toblerone chocolate bar, demanded the plane fly to Sochi so he could watch the Winter Olympics, a court heard. Antti Oskari Manselius, 23, from Finland, also made a false bomb threat on the February 14 flight from Amsterdam and said he was robbing the plane, the South China Morning Post reported on Friday. Manselius pleaded not guilty to disorderly conduct and giving false information about a bomb when he appeared in court on Thursday, the Post said. He said he was trying to entertain the other passengers and was making “fun and jokes”. Two flight attendants told the court that they saw Manselius walking towards the cockpit. He had two economy-class blankets wrapped around his head and was wearing another like a cape. He held the Toblerone chocolate bar “like a sword”, the newspaper said, quoting one …

    April 18, 2014 9:42 am
    0 Comments