Headline News

  • Hawaii’s Big Island declares emergency over dengue fever infections


    The mayor of Hawaii’s Big Island declared a state of emergency on Monday to deal with a growing outbreak of dengue fever, spread by infected mosquitoes, with 250 cases confirmed over the past four months. As a result of Hawaii County Mayor Billy Kenoi’s order people on the Big Island will be allowed to resume disposing of old tires in landfills, since tires which are left lying around are a known breeding spot for mosquitoes. There have been 250 confirmed cases of dengue fever on the island since Oct. 29, making it the largest outbreak in the state since the 1940s, according to the mayor’s declaration and Hawaii health officials. Dengue fever causes flu-like symptoms and can develop into the deadly dengue hemorrhagic fever. Hawaii Governor David Ige said in a statement he supported the efforts on the Big Island but would not issue a statewide emergency declaration unless the outbreak spread to other islands …

    February 9, 2016 3:20 am
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Politics

  • Club for Growth Goes on Air Ahead Of Ohio, North Carolina Primaries


    By Eli Yokley Posted at 12:01 a.m. today 0 Tweet Ellmers is a top target of the Club for Growth. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo) Embargoed for 12 a.m. on Tuesday –  The conservative Club for Growth’s political action committee will begin running new ads Tuesday aiming to help candidates in the North Carolina and Ohio Republican primaries. While an ad in North Carolina will try to tear down Rep. Renee Ellmers to boost the Club’s endorsed candidate, the group’s ad in Ohio will try to build up Warren Davidson in the 15-way race for the seat Rep. John A. Boehner held before he resigned in October, a spokesman for the group said.  The ad buy is the group’s first this cycle in both states. The Club will spend $400,000 in each state for cable, broadcast and online spots for two weeks, a Republican with knowledge of the buys told Roll Call. Both states will hold primary elections on March 15 on the same ballot as the presidential contenders – which some have suggested could give …

    February 9, 2016 12:39 am
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Stocks

  • Beer and skin cream? North Korea touts consumer brands


    Care for a glass of cold Taedonggang beer? Ever tried Unhasu skin cream? Consumer brands aren’t the first things most people associate with North Korea, which has recently seized global attention with a nuclear test followed by a long-range rocket launch. But its young leader, Kim Jong Un, apparently wants his isolated country to be known for some of the more pleasant things in life, too. North Korean commercials tout the “soft, smooth and fragrant taste” of Taedonggang. And Kim called for Unhasu cosmetics to become internationally recognized during a visit to a factory last year. The notoriously repressive North Korean regime is widely considered to oversee the least free economy in the world. But glimmers of more market-driven activity have been reported in recent years as Kim has made economic development a key part of his platform. “They cannot go back, they have lost the mechanisms of a command economy — of a Soviet-style …

    February 9, 2016 3:00 am
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Sports

  • Kenya ‘could pull out of Rio Olympics’


    World record holder David Rudisha may not be able to defend his 800m Olympic title Kenya could pull out of this summer’s Rio Olympics if the Zika virus in Brazil reaches “epidemic levels”, says the head of Kenya’s Olympic committee. The outbreak of the mosquito-borne disease in South America is being linked to severe birth defects. Last week the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the virus a global public health emergency. Kipchoge Keino said: “We are not going to risk taking Kenyans there if this Zika virus reaches epidemic levels.” Brazilian authorities insist there will be no risk to athletes and spectators, except pregnant women, when the Rio Games take place in August. The International Olympic Committee says it is in “close contact” with organisers, while Olympic venues will be inspected daily in the lead-up to and during the Games. Kenya topped the medal table at last year’s World Athletics Championships and the country’s absence …

    February 9, 2016 3:20 am
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World News

  • Arrest over Taiwan quake collapse


    Media captionDrone footage showed the building felled by the earthquake The developer of a building which collapsed in the earthquake that hit Taiwan on Saturday has been arrested, local media report. At least 39 people were killed inside the Weiguan Jinlong (Golden Dragon) apartment complex in Tainan. About 320 people have been rescued but more than 100 people may still be under the debris. It was one of the few buildings to suffer serious damage, sparking questions about its construction. With hopes fading of finding more survivors, rescuers are now using heavy equipment to knock down parts of the toppled structure. Image copyright AFP Image caption Official briefings offered little comfort to relatives of the dead and missing Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Almost all those who died in the quake were in the Weiguan Jinlong complex Hundreds of soldiers are involved in the rescue effort, helped by high-tech equipment, sniffer dogs and cranes. …

    February 9, 2016 3:20 am
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Technology

  • Liverpool tech cluster evangelical about being next Merseyside miracle


    Inside the offices that nestle within the old warehouse buildings of Liverpool’s Baltic Triangle, which house many of the city’s nascent digital technology companies, there’s a sense of purpose and industry. Liverpool is classed as having a tech cluster, which means, according to a report out this Thursday, its digital industries stand a good chance of growing faster and generating higher salaries than in much of the rest of the country. “There’s money here,” says Leo Cubbin, co-founder of Liverpool-based Ripstone, the creator of computer games such as Pure Chess and Ironcast. Fellow founder, Phil Gaskell, nods in agreement. The pair are talking in a small meeting room about the 14 or so private shareholders who have backed his company. Many of them are high net worth individuals based locally and a well-known figure from the football industry is advising on future finance. Liverpool is home to a cluster of games companies. Photograph: Alamy Ripstone, …

    February 9, 2016 12:59 am
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Science

  • What’s nature worth? Study helps put a price on groundwater and other natural capital


    Most people understand that investing in the future is important, and that goes for conserving nature and natural resources, too. But in the case of investing in such “natural” assets as groundwater, forests, and fish populations, it can be challenging to measure the return on that investment. A Yale-led research team has adapted traditional asset valuation approaches to measure the value of such natural capital assets, linking economic measurements of ecosystem services with models of natural dynamics and human behavior. This innovation will enable policymakers to better evaluate conservation and natural resource management programs, make apples-to-apples comparisons between investing in conversation of natural capital and other investments, and provides a component critical to measuring sustainability. Writing in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the authors demonstrate how to price natural capital using the example of the Kansas High Plains’ groundwater aquifer — a critical natural resource that supports the region’s agriculture-based economy. According …

    February 8, 2016 11:39 pm
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Health

  • Do the Seasons Affect How We Think?


    MONDAY, Feb. 8, 2016 (HealthDay News) — When do you think more clearly: winter or summer? What time of year is your short-term memory at its best? A small new study suggests your brainpower may be stronger at certain times of year. The research isn’t definitive, and the apparent differences don’t seem to be noticeable beyond brain scans. But study co-author Gilles Vandewalle, a research associate with the University of Liege in Belgium, said the study of 28 young adults shows that “season matters.” And it may matter more to some people than others. In particular, Vandewalle said, people with seasonal affective disorder — depression during certain months — may be even more vulnerable to the effects of season on the brain. It has long been known that seasons are crucial in other ways. “Seasons are important in animals in terms of reproduction and hibernation,” Vandewalle said. And, in humans, “mood is well known to …

    February 9, 2016 12:19 am
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Entertainment

  • Who Does ‘Bachelor’ Ben Higgins Sleep With In The Fantasy Suite? Overnight Date Drama Leads To One Woman’s Emotional Exit


    Bachelor Ben Higgins is just weeks away from the highly anticipated Fantasy Suite dates, followed by what is expected to be a very emotional final rose ceremony. Who are Ben’s final three ladies, where do they travel for the overnight dates, and who sleeps with Ben in the Fantasy Suite? Here’s the scoop on what fans can expect over the next few weeks as Ben gets closer to handing out his final rose and a sparkling Neil Lane diamond engagement ring. After a stop in his hometown of Warsaw, Indiana (Week 7, February 15), Ben will visit his final four ladies for their individual hometown dates (Week 8, February 22). According to Reality Steve, Caila, Amanda, JoJo, and Lauren B. will all get a chance to introduce their families to Ben. Unfortunately, Amanda’s journey to find love ends after her date (one that includes her two children) — she does not get a rose and heads …

    February 9, 2016 3:20 am
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Editorial

  • New Hampshire will go down as the place where Hillary Clinton’s campaign lost its way


    Political prognostication is an uncertain art, never more so than in the New Hampshire primaries of 2016.   On the eve of the elections, equipped as I am with all the most scientific polling and profoundest opinions of the professional pundits, I still wouldn’t place a bet on the electoral outcome of the race. On other hand, I’d be willing to put a few dollars on the proposition that, when the history of the 2016 presidential race is written, the past week in New Hampshire will go down as the place where the Clinton campaign lost its way. Bernie Sanders didn’t do her in. She did it herself, with two unforced  errors.  The first error was her transparently false attempt to recast herself as a bank-busting progressive.  This gave rise to a very public airing of a very inconvenient fact: After leaving the State Department, Hillary got rich selling her services to the highest bidder. Not …

    February 9, 2016 3:00 am
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Odd News

  • Sparrow defies nature and joins Japanese family


    FUKAYA, Japan – – A sparrow has set up home with an elderly couple in Fukaya, in Japan’s Saitama prefecture, becoming the newest member of their family. Resident Yoshiko Fujino said she first saw the bird, named Pee Chan, in mid-November while working as a traffic guide for local school children. It followed her home, resting on her shoulder and not wanting to leave. “He’s like a family member – he’s very comforting. It’s fun, coming home to a sparrow,” she said. “My grandchildren have grown up, and there’s none who are still small, so I don’t know how to say it clearly, but he’s like a family member.” Fujino assumes the sparrow, which appears comfortable in the surroundings, is wild, but also says she does not rule out the possibility the bird was once a household pet.

    February 8, 2016 7:58 pm
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