• Daily game Oct 26 : Online Tennis

    Daily game Oct 26 : Online Tennis

    PlayA simple and addictive online Tennis game. Play an exhibition to practice and then try to win the tournament! Instructions:Move with the arrow keys and hit the ball using SPACE. The ball moves in the...
  • Dane Olesen wins in Perth to end trophy drought

    (Reuters) – Thorbjorn Olesen of Denmark cantered to a three-shot victory at the Perth International on Sunday to win his second European Tour title after a gap of two years. The 24-year-old Olesen, who had...
  • Brazil votes in presidential run-off

    Brazil votes in presidential run-off

    26 October 2014 Last updated at 03:14 More than 140 million Brazilians will choose between Dilma Rousseff (left) and Aecio Neves Millions of Brazilians are set to vote for a new president in what correspondents...
  • Giants draw level in World Series

    San Francisco Giants thrashed Kansas City Royals 11-4 on Saturday evening in Game Four to level the best-of-seven World Series at 2-2. The Royals, whose only World Series win came in 1985, managed four runs...
  • Ukraine votes in snap elections

    Ukraine votes in snap elections

    26 October 2014 Last updated at 06:04 Ukrainian voters are going to the polls in snap elections for a new parliament. President Petro Poroshenko called the poll as he aims to cement a new direction...

Headline News

  • Hawaii volcano lava moves closer to homes, prompting evacuation concerns

    HONOLULU –  Flowing lava from an erupting volcano could soon force dozens of residents of an area in Hawaii to flee their homes. Authorities on Saturday told them to prepare for a possible evacuation in the next three to five days as the molten rock oozed across a country road and edged closer to homes. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The flow was about 35 yards wide and moving northeast at about 10 yards per hour. Lava of some 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit crossed a road on the edge of Pahoa, the largest town in the mostly rural region of Puna on the Big Island of Hawaii, at 3:50 a.m. It was about six-tenths of a mile from Pahoa Village Road, the town’s main street. It’s not clear when it might reach the village road as the flow has been advancing erratically, said Matt Patrick, a geologist with the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory. Kilauea volcano has been erupting continuously since …

    October 26, 2014 3:58 am


  • Ebola-striken doctor known as a ‘do-gooder’

    By COLLEEN LONG, DAVID B. CARUSO, JAKE PEARSON October 25, 2014 Workers from BioRecoveryCorp carry equipment from the apartment building of Ebola patient Dr. Craig Spencer Friday(AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) Dr. Craig Spencer, the physician now being treated for Ebola in New York City, is the kind of globe-trotting do-gooder who could walk into a small village in Africa and, even though he didn’t know the language, win people over through hugs alone, according to people who worked with him. Even before leaving for Guinea this summer to fight Ebola with Doctors Without Borders, the 33-year-old had amassed an ordinary man’s lifetime worth of world travel, much of which was in the service of the poor. In the past three years alone, Spencer, an attending physician at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center, had been to Rwanda to work on an emergency care teaching curriculum, volunteered at a health clinic in Burundi, helped investigate an …

    October 26, 2014 1:35 am


  • Brits may get paid for losing weight

    Research suggests cash incentives make obese people lose weight. Overweight Brits may soon find that shedding extra pounds would benefit their wallets as well as their waistlines. The UK public health service, the NHS, wants to encourage companies to reward employees who lose excess weight and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Dubbed the ‘pounds for pounds’ program by Britain’s biggest-selling newspaper The Sun, the initiative is part of a plan to tackle an NHS funding shortfall that is forecast to hit £30 billion ($48 billion) by 2020. NHS executives plan to ask the cash-strapped government for £8 billion, but the rest will have to come from savings, including reducing spending on weight-related illness. “Put bluntly, as the nation’s waistline keeps piling on the pounds, we’re piling on billions of pounds in future taxes just to pay for preventable illnesses,” the NHS said. Almost two thirds of English adults are overweight or obese, with low income groups …

    October 25, 2014 2:25 pm


  • Dane Olesen wins in Perth to end trophy drought

    (Reuters) – Thorbjorn Olesen of Denmark cantered to a three-shot victory at the Perth International on Sunday to win his second European Tour title after a gap of two years. The 24-year-old Olesen, who had an overnight lead of three strokes, finished with a one-under-par 71 in the final round for a total of 17-under. Frenchman Victor Dubuisson scorched the Lake Karrinyup course with a blemish-free round of 66 to climb up the leaderboard for second spot. England’s Mark Foster finished a stroke further back on 12-under for outright third. Olesen, who won his first and only European Tour title in Sicily two years ago, made the turn on one-under and came under pressure after having two bogeys in the next three holes to see his lead cut to one stroke. But he responded strongly with birdies on the 13th and 15th to restore his advantage. “It was tough — they were not easy conditions …

    October 26, 2014 3:58 am

World News

  • Brazil votes in presidential run-off

    26 October 2014 Last updated at 03:14 More than 140 million Brazilians will choose between Dilma Rousseff (left) and Aecio Neves Millions of Brazilians are set to vote for a new president in what correspondents say is the tightest vote the country has seen in decades. Incumbent left-leaning President Dilma Rousseff of the Workers Party (PT) faces centrist Aecio Neves of the Brazilian Social Democracy Party (PSDB) in the second run-off round. Both candidates have pledged to kick-start Latin America’s largest economy and make it more competitive. Voting opens at 08:00 (10:00 GMT). The latest opinion polls showed President Rousseff with a slight lead over the opposition candidate. A survey by pollster Datafolha gave her 52% voter support against 48% for Mr Neves. A separate survey by polling firm Ibope gave the incumbent 53% against 47% for her challenger. Both polls had a margin of error of plus or minus 2%. Battle for middle class …

    October 26, 2014 3:58 am


  • Couch potatoes have killed the internet dream

    Earlier this year engineer Dr Craig Labovitz testified before the US House of Representatives judiciary subcommittee on regulatory reform, commercial and antitrust law. Labovitz is co-founder and chief executive of Deepfield, an outfit that sells software to enable companies to compile detailed analytics on traffic within their computer networks. The hearing was on the proposed merger of Comcast and Time Warner Cable and the impact it was likely to have on competition in the video and broadband market. In the landscape of dysfunctional, viciously partisan US politics, this hearing was the equivalent of rustling in the undergrowth, and yet in the course of his testimony Labovitz said something that laid bare the new realities of our networked world. “Whereas internet traffic was once broadly distributed across thousands of companies,” he told the subcommittee, “we found that by 2009 half of all internet traffic originated in less than 150 large content and content-distribution companies. By May …

    October 26, 2014 1:36 am


  • Molecular beacons shine light on how cells ‘crawl’

    Related images(click to enlarge) Adherent cells, the kind that form the architecture of all multi-cellular organisms, are mechanically engineered with precise forces that allow them to move around and stick to things. Proteins called integrin receptors act like little hands and feet to pull these cells across a surface or to anchor them in place. When groups of these cells are put into a petri dish with a variety of substrates they can sense the differences in the surfaces and they will “crawl” toward the stiffest one they can find. Now chemists have devised a method using DNA-based tension probes to zoom in at the molecular level and measure and map these phenomena: How cells mechanically sense their environments, migrate and adhere to things. Nature Communications published the research, led by the lab of Khalid Salaita, assistant professor of biomolecular chemistry at Emory University. Co-authors include mechanical and biological engineers from Georgia Tech. Using their …

    October 26, 2014 1:56 am


  • U.S. diplomat travels to West Africa as Ebola quarantine moves take hold

    NEW YORK (Reuters) – As the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations embarked on a trip to West Africa, new rules in three U.S. states mandating quarantine for health workers returning from the Ebola-stricken region drew criticism, even as some U.S. lawmakers called for a travel ban on the three worst-hit countries. Samantha Power, a member of President Barack Obama’s cabinet, left Washington on Saturday bound for Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Obama has resisted Republican calls for a travel ban on advice from health officials who say such a measure would be counter-productive. Along with New York and New Jersey, Illinois has now imposed quarantines for anyone arriving with a risk of having contracted Ebola in West Africa. But the first person isolated under the new rules called her treatment a “frenzy of disorganization.” Kaci Hickox, a nurse returning from Sierra Leone, arrived at Newark airport on Friday and was questioned by protective-gear clad …

    October 26, 2014 1:35 am


  • Alan Cumming opens up about who his BFF is, and it may surprise you

    A caller wanted to know all about Lewinsky and Cumming’s unlikely friendship, starting with how this friendship even began in the first place. Hey, Monica Lewinsky: Piers Morgan says you are definitely not blameless “We met at a party about 16 years ago, at this Marie Claire party. They’d done a thing about her and I’d done an article for [it],” he recalled. “We were at the same table, we went out for dinner and we just stayed friends. And she is really one of the kindest, most loyal, loving, tender, funny girls I’ve ever known. I think she’s really one of my best friends. She’s been at my wedding. She knows my family. She’s lovely.” Lewinsky has opted to stay out of the public eye for a long time, until earlier this week. She gave an emotional speech at the Forbes Under 30 Summit in Philadelphia on Monday, and the world finally appears to …

    October 26, 2014 3:18 am


  • The Foxhole: Graham Nash on CSNY, the Hollies and the choosing of life over death

    In the fall of 1969, the members of rock’s newest super-group, CSNY – an improbable and highly combustible vehicle for the individual and collective genius of David Crosby, Stephen Stills, Graham Nash, and Neil Young – were settling into the San Francisco area, preparing to record their first album together. These loose sessions would produce the landmark record Déjà Vu (1970), later ranked # 148 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. Crosby, the nominal leader of the group, had set up digs in a rambling country house in Novato, thirty miles north of the city, with his two lovers, Christine Hinton and Debbie Donovan. Jerry Garcia, who would play pedal steel guitar on Nash’s pop classic, “Teach Your Children,” was a frequent visitor, as were other members of the Grateful Dead, who lived down the street. The sex, drugs, and freedom were highly intoxicating, and for the members of …

    October 25, 2014 1:10 am

Odd News

  • Florida man shoots 400-pound bear breaking into his house

    ORLANDO Fla. (Reuters) – A Florida man shot and killed a 400-pound (180-kg) black bear after it broke into his house two nights in a row to get to a bag of dog food, a state wildlife officer said on Friday. “I felt in danger enough that since it wouldn’t leave I had to shoot it,” said Victor Peters of Lady Lake of the Wednesday night incident in a video interview posted online by the Orlando Sentinel. Killing a bear in Florida is illegal. Wildlife officer Greg Workman of the Florida Fish Wildlife Conservation said he expects to hand the case to prosecutors by early next week for their consideration at the completion of his investigation. “It sounds like he did what he could do to try to keep the bear from coming back,” Workman said. “We’re looking at all sides to make the best decision.” Bears and humans cross paths, occasionally fatally for the …

    October 24, 2014 9:26 pm