• Pair make history with six centuries

    Pair make history with six centuries

    Kyren Wilson and Anthony Hamilton were playing at the China Open qualifiers in Barnsley England’s Kyren Wilson and Anthony Hamilton have made history by scoring six consecutive centuries in a snooker match. The pair were...
  • Google defends UK tax arrangements

    Media captionWhen asked about his salary Mr Brittin said he did not have the figure Google’s UK chief has defended the search giant’s tax arrangements in a hearing before MPs on the Commons Public Accounts...
  • Pro-Erdogan Turkish papers ‘attacked’

    Pro-Erdogan Turkish papers ‘attacked’

    Image copyright Yeni Safak screenshot Image caption The overnight attack is the top headline on Yeni Safak’s website Unidentified assailants have hurled petrol bombs and fired shots at the Istanbul offices of two staunchly pro-government...
  • Ticket fight will go on

    Ticket fight will go on

    Liverpool’s owners have been told that the fight to make football affordable for fans will go on despite the club’s surprise reversal on ticket prices. On Wednesday, the Fenway Sports Group scrapped its planned top-price...
  • Two in court over Alan Kurdi smuggling

    Two in court over Alan Kurdi smuggling

    Image copyright AP Image caption Alan Kurdi (L) drowned trying to make a sea crossing, alongside his brother Galib (R) and their mother Two suspected people-smugglers are on trial in connection with the death of...
  • U.S. stocks poised for sharp sell-off

    U.S. stocks poised for sharp sell-off

    Click on the chart for in depth premarket data It’s getting ugly out there. European markets are falling fast and U.S. crude oil futures are down nearly 3%, sinking back below $27 a barrel. Investors...

Headline News

  • Google defends UK tax arrangements


    Media captionWhen asked about his salary Mr Brittin said he did not have the figure Google’s UK chief has defended the search giant’s tax arrangements in a hearing before MPs on the Commons Public Accounts Committee. Matt Brittin said he understood public anger about the amount of tax it paid. However, he said Google was paying 20% tax on its UK profits, not the 3% figure cited in some reports. The £130m in UK tax it paid for the 10 years from 2005 was reached following a “six-year rigorous, independent tax audit” by HMRC, Mr Brittin said. Tom Hutchinson, Google’s global tax chief, told MPs that the company did not negotiate its tax settlement with HMRC. He told the committee that the tax authorities did not “throw out a number – it’s not a negotiation”, adding: “There was no top-line figure; that’s not how the process works.” The £130m payment included £18m in interest, Mr …

    February 11, 2016 6:49 am
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Politics

  • Today’s Toons 2/11/16


    Click for related meter: Click below for more: Click below for Tony’s toons: Click for related audio: Click below for related story: This Thread Brought To You By The Letters C & W: In Case You Missed It Dept.: Sanders Win Spurs Billionaires’ Offer to Leave U.S.

    February 11, 2016 5:14 am
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Stocks

  • U.S. stocks poised for sharp sell-off


    Click on the chart for in depth premarket data It’s getting ugly out there. European markets are falling fast and U.S. crude oil futures are down nearly 3%, sinking back below $27 a barrel. Investors are rushing to assets such as gold and bonds, traditionally seen as safe havens, after Fed Chair Janet Yellen said market turmoil and the stronger dollar could hurt the U.S. economy. U.S. stock futures are down by between 1.5% and 2%. Here are the six things you need to know before the opening bell rings in New York: Related: Fear Greed Index 1. Market mayhem: European markets are suffering in early trading. London fell more than 2%, Frankfurt more than 3% and Paris as much as 4%. The few Asian markets open also fell, led by Hong Kong’s Hang Seng which closed down 3.8% on its first day after the Chinese New Year holiday. 2. Banks bashed: Societe Generale (SCGLF) …

    February 11, 2016 5:28 am
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Sports

  • Pair make history with six centuries


    Kyren Wilson and Anthony Hamilton were playing at the China Open qualifiers in Barnsley England’s Kyren Wilson and Anthony Hamilton have made history by scoring six consecutive centuries in a snooker match. The pair were playing at the China Open qualifiers in Barnsley, with Wilson beating Hamilton 5-3 for a place at the Beijing finals in March. The 24-year-old scored four centuries, while Hamilton, 44, scored two tons to break the previous record of five. Only two matches had previously recorded five consecutive centuries. Reigning Masters champion Ronnie O’Sullivan and seven-time world champion Stephen Hendry were the first opponents to do so at the 2003 British Open. They were followed by Stephen Maguire and Neil Robertson at the 2009 Masters. “It’s the best match I’ve ever played by far,” said Wilson. “Even if I had lost I still would have enjoyed it. Anthony was very gracious afterwards, he wished me luck and we agreed that …

    February 11, 2016 6:49 am
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World News

  • Pro-Erdogan Turkish papers ‘attacked’


    Image copyright Yeni Safak screenshot Image caption The overnight attack is the top headline on Yeni Safak’s website Unidentified assailants have hurled petrol bombs and fired shots at the Istanbul offices of two staunchly pro-government Turkish newspapers, the papers and the police say. The daily Yeni Safak said its offices and those of Yeni Akit were attacked. No casualties were reported. It said four masked assailants attacked the Yeni Safak building. Firefighters quickly extinguished the blaze. Police have cordoned off the area around the building. The two papers support the governing AK Party of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The Yeni Akit offices are 20km (12 miles) away from the Yeni Safak building, and the night-time attacks happened almost at the same time, early on Thursday. Windows in both buildings were shattered by the gunfire, Istanbul police said. “Numerous spent bullet casings were also found at both scenes,” the police added. They are now hunting the …

    February 11, 2016 6:48 am
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Technology

  • Nick Clegg: dragnet surveillance to continue under snooper’s charter


    Britain’s intelligence agencies will be allowed to continue with a Russian-style “dragnet approach” to the bulk collection of data under the government’s proposed snooper’s charter, Nick Clegg has warned. The former deputy prime minister highlighted a “great congregation of concern” across the political spectrum after Theresa May published the draft investigatory powers bill. It would allow the security agencies to access the internet browsing histories of UK citizens for up to 12 months and establish a new legal framework for tracking web and phone use. Related: Ministers have not made ‘conclusive case’ for new web snooping powers Clegg told the Today programme on BBC Radio 4: “Very few other countries other than Russia take this dragnet approach.” He spoke out as the draft investigatory powers bill joint committee, made up of peers and MPs, published a critical report on the bill. And parliament’s intelligence and security committee (ISC) warned earlier this week that the draft …

    February 11, 2016 5:08 am
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Science

  • Drones learn to search forest trails for lost people


    Related images(click to enlarge) Every year, thousands of people lose their way in forests and mountain areas. In Switzerland alone, emergency centers respond to around 1,000 calls annually from injured and lost hikers. But drones can effectively complement the work of rescue services teams. Because they are inexpensive and can be rapidly deployed in large numbers, they substantially reduce the response time and the risk of injury to missing persons and rescue teams alike. A group of researchers from the Dalle Molle Institute for Artificial Intelligence and the University of Zurich has developed artificial intelligence software to teach a small quadrocopter to autonomously recognize and follow forest trails. A premiere in the fields of artificial intelligence and robotics, this success means drones could soon be used in parallel with rescue teams to accelerate the search for people lost in the wild. Breakthrough: Drone Flies Autonomously in Demanding Terrain “While drones flying at high altitudes are …

    February 11, 2016 3:48 am
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Health

  • Angola says 37 dead in yellow fever outbreak


    LUANDA A yellow fever outbreak in Angola has killed 37 people since December with eight new cases reported in the last 24 hours, the country’s national director of health Adelaide de Carvalho said late on Wednesday. The outbreak of yellow fever, which is transmitted by mosquito bites, began in the Luanda suburb of Viana but has spread to other areas of the southern African country with 191 people infected so far. De Carvalho said health officials were monitoring suburbs around the capital of Luanda where infections have been worsened by unsanitary conditions caused by a garbage collection backlog. “Actions should be developed for the improvement of public sanitary and garbage collection,” de Carvalho said. Symptoms of yellow fever include sudden fever, severe headache, nausea, vomiting and fatigue, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. (Reporting by Herculano Coroado; Writing by Mfuneko Toyana)

    February 11, 2016 4:28 am
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Entertainment

  • Chad Johnson: ‘I Would Collect Warm Urine From My Teammates, Heat It Up, And Put My Ankle In It’


    Chad Johnson used to enlist his teammates to help him heal his injuries. How, you ask? Well, he collected their urine to soak his ankle in. After heating it up, of course.  Johnson made an appearance on ESPN and shared his thoughts about the healing properties of urine.  “I would collect warm urine from my teammates, heat it up, and put my ankle in it for 30 minutes,” Johnson shared on Mike Mike in the Morning. Gross.  In 2011, Johnson played for the New England Patriots. We live in a world where Chad Johnson possibly went up to Tom Brady and asked him if he was willing to share his pee.  Credit to Complex Sports. 

    February 11, 2016 6:08 am
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Editorial

  • Sanders, Trump, Clinton, Cruz: There’s not a dime’s worth of difference between them


    What if all the remaining presidential candidates really want the same things? What if they all offer essentially the same ideas couched in different words? What if these primary races have become beauty pageants largely based on personality and advertising? What if our system of governance is so deep into the fabric of big government in the second decade of the 21st century that all the presidential candidates really believe that most voters actually want the government to care for them? What if all major candidates in both major political parties promise a federal government that can right any wrong, regulate any behavior, tax any event, solve any problem and borrow unlimited amounts of money? What if the federal government is broke? What if it is politically committed to spending more money than it collects in revenue? What if all the candidates believe in borrowing money today and again borrowing money next year to pay off today’s debts? What if rolling over federal debt never pays …

    February 11, 2016 3:08 am
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Odd News

  • Indian scientists express doubt over meteorite death attribution


    NEW DELHI Indian scientists have expressed doubt that a man in Tamil Nadu was the first person to have been confirmed killed by a meteorite strike, as the state’s top official has declared. The experts said the small crater, the absence of a sonic boom before impact, a lack of debris and the green and blue colour of rock recovered from the scene suggest some other cause. “It is highly improbable, but we will only be absolutely sure after a chemical analysis,” said V. Adimurthy, a senior scientist at India’s space agency. The mysterious event has triggered an international debate about whether a meteorite, space debris, leftover explosives or even frozen waste from a plane passing overhead may have killed the man. The meteorite attribution was announced this week by Chief Minister Jayalalithaa Jayaram, a former film star who is known for her authoritarian style. A bus driver was killed by the meteorite at an engineering …

    February 10, 2016 8:04 am
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