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  • World Leaders flock to UN General Assembly

    22 September 2014 Last updated at 00:23 By Nick Bryant BBC News, New York High-speed patrol boats are skimming across the East River. The New York Police Department’s mobile canteens will soon arrive, serving coffee and donuts. A marquee has been erected on the driveway of the United Nations to deprive potential snipers of a line of site, as world leaders lever themselves out of their limousines. Even inside the headquarters building, blue partitions have been put up, presumably to sequester the leaders from the journalists who work here day in day out. With some 140 heads of state and government scheduled to attend, a record-breaking number, leaders’ week at the United Nations is like no other. Leonardo DiCaprio has been chosen as UN Messenger of Peace with a focus on climate change One place that hoardings have been dismantled is in the renovated auditorium where the UN General Assembly (UNGA) will gather, which could …

    September 21, 2014 6:39 pm


  • Campaign committees has $100 million on hand

    Follow the money. The two party committees tasked with electing House members are sitting on a combined $100 million pile of cash, suggesting voters in the handful of competitive districts will face an onslaught of late political advertising. The National Republican Congressional Committee on Saturday reported raising more than $4 million last month and banking almost $46 million. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee last week announced it raised more than $10 million and has almost $55 million ready to help its candidates. Democrats have now outraised the Republicans in 18 of the last 20 months despite long odds of tipping control of the chamber away from Republicans. Republicans are expected to hold onto their majority after November’s elections, when all 435 House seats are up for election. Redrawn congressional districts favor Republicans, and only a handful of seats are seen as competitive. At the same time, the party that holds the White House tends to …

    September 21, 2014 5:18 pm


  • Climate protesters to ‘flood’ Wall Street on Monday

    Activists say Wall Street Capitalism is fueling the climate crisis. Hundreds of environmental activists plan to “flood” Wall Street on Monday to protest the role Big Business plays in climate change. The #FloodWallStreet campaign is part of a series of demonstrations taking place this week as world leaders gather in New York for a climate change summit on Tuesday at the United Nations. The goal is to highlight “a financial system that’s perpetuating the climate crisis,” said Bessie Schwarz, a spokeswoman for the group behind the #FloodWallStreet campaign. Thousands of protesters took to the streets Sunday in New York as part of the People’s Climate March, which organizers said was the largest climate change demonstration ever. “One day after the biggest climate march ever, we plan to take this energy down to Wall Street,” said Schwarz, who was reached while taking part in Sunday’s protest. On Monday protesters will decry the “financial profiteering” they say …

    September 21, 2014 6:18 pm


  • Kick in the gut: Browns blow too many chances lose 23-21 to Ravens on last-second field goal

    CLEVELAND –  The fake play — helped by Johnny Manziel’s superb acting — worked to perfection but got called back. One field goal hit the uprights, another was blocked. The Browns had their chances Sunday. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT They blew them all. Seconds from another big win and a chance to hit the bye week with an unexpected winning record, Cleveland suffered another gut-wrenching loss this season as Justin Tucker kicked a 32-yard field goal as time expired to give the Baltimore Ravens a 23-21 win over the Browns. “It’s going to be a long two weeks,” said quarterback Brian Hoyer, referring to the team’s upcoming bye. “I know we’re going to watch this film and be mad at ourselves. We had some opportunities to put this game away and we didn’t do it. It’s on us.” Everyone was culpable. Offense. Defense. Special Teams. Coaching. There was plenty of blame to go around as the Browns …

    September 21, 2014 6:38 pm

World News

  • Kerry compares climate change to fight against Ebola and Isis as thousands march around world

    US secretary of state John Kerry declared climate change as grave a threat to the global order as Isis or Ebola on Sunday, as hundreds of thousands marched through the streets on a day of environmental protests that stretched from Melbourne to Manhattan. The strong words from Kerry and the numbers in the streets elevated climate change to the top of the international agenda – at least for a few hours. Organisers had called the day of protests in order to put pressure on world leaders gathering in New York for a United Nations summit on climate change on Tuesday. It will be the leaders’ first such meeting in five years. Kerry, in remarks to foreign ministers of major economies, said climate change should rank as a top-tier agenda despite competition from more immediate challenges. “While we are confronting [Isis], and we are confronting terrorism and we are confronting Ebola, this also has an immediacy …

    September 21, 2014 6:39 pm


  • New Oculus virtual reality headsets: a watershed moment for gaming freaks

    I have seen the future, and I’m worried it’s really going to mess me up. Specifically, I have a cutting-edge virtual reality device, halfway between an old-fashioned Polaroid camera and a snorkel mask, strapped over my face. A few minutes in, I’m no longer sure whether I’m facing forwards, backwards, or simply crouching for dear life as a Tyrannosaurus Rex stomps down the cavernous, echoing hallway of an empty big-city museum – at night. I am, inexplicably, rooted to the spot, not running at full pelt, while T-Rex roars his terrible roar and slobbers his terrible slobber. And then he lurches forward to crush me underfoot. Back in the real word, which is to say no more than two feet away, I can hear my minder – my guide, my virtual reality goggle-strapper – laughing helplessly as I flinch and weave to dodge T-Rex’s pile-driver legs and his lethally wagging tail. “That one really got …

    September 21, 2014 5:18 pm


  • Graphene sensor tracks down cancer biomarkers

    Related images(click to enlarge) An ultrasensitive biosensor made from the wonder material graphene has been used to detect molecules that indicate an increased risk of developing cancer. The biosensor has been shown to be more than five times more sensitive than bioassay tests currently in use, and was able to provide results in a matter of minutes, opening up the possibility of a rapid, point-of-care diagnostic tool for patients. The biosensor has been presented today, 19 September, in IOP Publishing’s journal 2D Materials. To develop a viable bionsensor, the researchers, from the University of Swansea, had to create patterned graphene devices using a large substrate area, which was not possible using the traditional exfoliation technique where layers of graphene are stripped from graphite. Instead, they grew graphene onto a silicon carbide substrate under extremely high temperatures and low pressure to form the basis of the biosensor. The researchers then patterned graphene devices, using semiconductor processing …

    September 21, 2014 5:38 pm


  • Sierra Leone’s Ebola lockdown likely to be extended

    FREETOWN (Reuters) – Sierra Leoneans on Sunday celebrated the end of a three-day lockdown aimed at stemming the world’s worst ever Ebola epidemic, as authorities claimed the controversial operation had identified dozens of new infections and located scores of bodies. In the most extreme strategy employed by a nation since the epidemic began, Sierra Leone ordered its 6 million residents to stay indoors as volunteers circulated to educate households as well as isolate the sick and remove the dead. In the early evening, even before the lockdown officially ended at midnight, residents in some parts of the capital Freetown emerged onto the streets to sing and dance. Police in the western part of the city said they had made a number of arrests in an attempt to enforce the measure in its final hours. Earlier in the day, Stephen Gaojia, head of the Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) that leads the national Ebola response, said a …

    September 21, 2014 5:18 pm

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  • - Nicole Richie Is One Colorful Soccer Mom

    Posted on Sun Sep 21st, 2014 11:30am PDT       By X17 Staff She knows how to brighten up the occasion! Yesterday, Nicole Richie did her motherly duty as she accompanied her son Sparrow to his soccer game in Glendale with her hair dyed blue! Talk about keeping things light! The 33-year-old entertainer/entrepreneur, who’s birthday is today, was in super support mode as she helped her boy prepare for his match. She even showed off her brand new iPhone 6, snapping pics throughout the day. As for her daring hair color, Nicole explained how she wanted to switch things up. “I was just ready for a change and I thought, once you bleach your hair, you might as well go through the colors,” she stated. “Because I’m going to be 33, when is this really going to happen again?” Not too many moms out there would take the chance!   SEE THE GALLERY Nicole Richie Rocks A New …

    September 21, 2014 6:59 pm


Odd News

  • Armed with banana, man robs Philadelphia store, slips away on bike

    PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) – A man armed with a banana robbed a convenience store in Philadelphia and rode away on a bicycle with cash and cigarettes, a security surveillance tape showed. The suspect strolled into Tejada Grocery and got in line behind another customer at the counter, where individual bananas were available for sale, according to the tape of Tuesday’s robbery, which was released by police on Wednesday. As his turn at the cash register approached, the man stuffed a banana into the pocket of his hoodie and used it to simulate a gun. Police said the man demanded cash and cigarettes. The robber rode then away on a bicycle, surveillance video showed. Authorities, who did not say how much cash was taken, said the suspect was still being sought on Thursday. (Editing by Barbara Goldberg)

    September 20, 2014 12:46 am