• 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...
  • England’s Taylor relishes 100th ODI

    England’s Taylor relishes 100th ODI

    Taylor has scored 3,259 runs and taken 74 catches and 40 stumpings in her first 99 ODIs England wicketkeeper Sarah Taylor will play her 100th one-day international when they face South Africa on Friday. The...
  • India schools shut over leopard fears

    India schools shut over leopard fears

    Image copyright Kashif Masood Image caption The leopard was tranquillised on Sunday evening More than 100 schools have been closed in Bangalore after reports that another leopard was sighted on the outskirts of the Indian...
  • Drones learn to search forest trails for lost people

    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...
  • From facing All Blacks to Cheltenham

    From facing All Blacks to Cheltenham

    Seeyouatmidnight won at Kelso on 6 December to earn a step up to a Grade Two level race Having faced the All Blacks, Australia and France in his rugby-playing days, the prospect of tackling jump...

Headline News

  • Small plane crashes in California killing sheriff’s deputy, pilot


    A sheriff’s deputy and a civilian pilot assisting in the arrest of a California man were killed when their small plane crashed Wednesday. Tulare County Sheriff Mike Boudreaux confirmed Deputy Scott Ballantyne and pilot James Chavez when the single-engine, two-seater plane crashed and burst into flames after hitting the side of a mountain near Springville. The Tulare County aircraft was leaving an area near Springville after assisting deputies in the arrest of a suspect who had brandished a weapon when the plane crashed, Boudreaux said. A distress call was not sent out and the parachutes the plane was outfitted with didn’t deploy, he said, adding that it was too early to know what caused the plane crash. “I can say this happened very, very quickly,” Boudreaux said. The FAA investigators will inspect the crash site Thursday and assist local authorities with the probe, he said. The plane crashed near Eagle Feather Trading Post and Highway …

    February 11, 2016 4:09 am
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Politics

  • Puerto Rico senate approves bill to restructure utility PREPA


    The Puerto Rico senate has approved the PREPA Revitalization Act, intended to restructure the country’s debt-laden power utility, a spokesman for PREPA said. The bill now moves to the Puerto Rico House of Representatives, which would need to approve it before it could become law. “This legislation provides PREPA with critical tools to make PREPA the modern utility that Puerto Rico needs and deserves,” the company said in a statement on Wednesday. PREPA, with more than $8 billion in debt, reached a restructuring deal in December with about 70 percent of its creditors. That deal hit a roadbump in January when Puerto Rico’s lawmakers failed to meet a Jan. 22 deadline to pass necessary legislation. However, the agency and bondholders agreed to extend a crucial deadline to Feb. 16. (Reporting by Shivam Srivastava in Bengaluru; Editing by Sunil Nair)

    February 11, 2016 12:47 am
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Stocks

  • Japanese beer giant Asahi seeks to swallow Peroni and Grolsch


    The Japanese beer giant Asahi is seeking some European flavor to add more fizz to its sales. The brewer is in exclusive talks over a $2.9 billion deal to buy a bunch of businesses from SABMiller (SBMRF) that include the storied beer brands Peroni and Grolsch. SABMiller wants to offload the operations to keep regulators happy ahead of its $107 billion takeover by Anheuser-Busch InBev (AHBIF). For Asahi (ASBRF), the deal would be a chance to add some growth outside its sluggish home market. The beer business in Asia “has areas where growth remains strong, but Japan is not one of them,” said Glen Steinman, the president of Seema International, a consultancy that specializes in the drinks industry. “The Japan beer market is well off its peak.” By buying Peroni and Grolsch — European brands with more than 500 years of history between them — Asahi appears to be hoping to gain ground in the …

    February 11, 2016 3:28 am
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Sports

  • England’s Taylor relishes 100th ODI


    Taylor has scored 3,259 runs and taken 74 catches and 40 stumpings in her first 99 ODIs England wicketkeeper Sarah Taylor will play her 100th one-day international when they face South Africa on Friday. The match at Centurion is the second in a three-match series, after England won Sunday’s opener in Benoni. “I’m not normally too nervous, but I think I’ll be nervous for this one,” Sussex’s Taylor, 26, told BBC Sport. “Katherine Brunt’s got the potential to take her 100th wicket, so it could be a day of hundreds. It would be nice if someone scored a hundred as well.” The Centurion centurion The women’s game has grown significantly since Taylor first came into international cricket as a 17-year-old, with England’s elite players having become fully professional nearly two years ago. In this series, rather than being out of the limelight at smaller venues such as Potchefstroom, England’s women will play at some of …

    February 11, 2016 4:09 am
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World News

  • India schools shut over leopard fears


    Image copyright Kashif Masood Image caption The leopard was tranquillised on Sunday evening More than 100 schools have been closed in Bangalore after reports that another leopard was sighted on the outskirts of the Indian city. Residents were asked to stay indoors and police and forest officials were trying to track the elusive cat. A male leopard entered a city school on Sunday and injured six people who tried to capture it. A scientist and a forestry employee were among those mauled during the 10-hour-long effort to corner the animal. The latest sighting was reported by a construction worker on Wednesday at Nallurhalli, near Whitefield area, BBC Hindi’s Imran Qureshi in Bangalore reports. “We have formed teams of forest and police officials who are moving around the area but there is no sign of any leopard or its marks,” Karnataka’s chief wildlife warden Ravi Ralph said. On Thursday, authorities ordered 129 schools, including 53 government …

    February 11, 2016 4:08 am
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Technology

  • China Could Have an Advanced Nuclear Reactor Next Year


    In what would be a milestone for advanced nuclear power, China’s Nuclear Engineering Construction Corporation plans to start up a high-temperature, gas-cooled pebble-bed nuclear reactor in Shandong province, south of Beijing, late next year. Examples of the so-called Generation IV reactors that go beyond today’s conventional reactor technology, the twin 105-megawatt reactors would be the first of their type built at commercial scale in the world. Construction of the plant is nearly complete, and the next 18 months will be spent installing the reactor components, running tests, and loading the fuel before the reactors go critical in November 2017, said Zhang Zuoyi, director of the Institute of Nuclear and New Energy Technology, a division of Tsinghua University that has developed the technology over the last decade and a half, in an interview at the institute’s campus 30 miles south of Beijing. If it’s successful, the 210-megawatt plant in Shandong will be followed by a 600-megawatt …

    February 11, 2016 1:08 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

  • Kim Lets Her Boobs Hang Out In Cruella de Vil-Inspired Outfit For New York Fashion Week


    Posted on Wed Feb 10th, 2016 2:22pm PDT       By X17 Staff Puppies! Puppies, everywhere! Wearing a coat that only Cruella De Vil could love, Kim Kardashian let her boobs hang out while wearing a Dalmatian-themed fur coat for an event during New York Fashion Week. The reality star was spotted in SoHo, where she was meeting up with hubby Kanye West, ahead of his Yeezy season three show, which debuts tomorrow. From the Mad Max style hair to the sheer top with boobs aplenty and the sight-for-sore eyes fur coat, Kimbo clearly wanted to be seen while in the Big Apple. This outfit is clearly out of control and so is Kim’s husband. Kanye made waves yesterday when he tweeted, “BILL COSBY INNOCENT.” Maybe she can take one of the muzzles off one of the Dalmatian she’s locked up and put it on her husband?   SEE THE GALLERY Kim Lets Her Boobs Hang Out While …

    February 11, 2016 3:50 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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