Headline News

  • Immigrants drawn back to California


    Fernando Buenfil Gongora built a hotel in the Yucatan on the wages he made in San Francisco Many from the Mexican town of Oxkutzcab go to San Francisco, California, to work and bring money back to their families – but returning home is not easy after years in the US. The Yucatan Peninsula juts into the Caribbean like a defiant fist and, 3,000 miles (4,830km) away, the San Francisco Bay area looks like a miniature version of it. The two may be separated by distance, but they depend on each other. The Yucatan needs the work and San Francisco needs the workers. The decades-long relationship has developed into something of a love affair, which returning migrants find hard to forget. But for the migrants’ relatives who have stayed behind, the benefits of immigration have begun to lose their lustre. ‘Part of my life’ In the city of Oxkutzcab, in the heart of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, …

    March 28, 2015 7:54 pm
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Politics

  • Pentagon vows ‘demanding but fair’ in F-35 talks with Lockheed


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Defense Department on Friday said it will be “demanding but fair” in negotiations with Lockheed Martin Corp for the next two batches of F-35 fighter jets, one of the Pentagon’s largest-ever sole-source contracts. “There’s not going to be a lot of mystery in terms of what our expectations are. We intend to be a demanding but fair customer,” Shay Assad, the Pentagon’s director of defense pricing, told Reuters in an interview. “It’s a big deal. It’s one of the largest sole-source negotiations in the history of the department,” he said. Analysts estimate the two orders, which are being negotiated at one time, could be worth over $15 billion. Lockheed, the Pentagon’s No. 1 supplier, and U.S. government officials have already begun early discussions about the ninth and 10th low-rate production contracts for a combined 150 jets, Orlando Carvalho, who heads Lockheed’s aeronautics division, told Reuters on Friday. He said the …

    March 28, 2015 6:55 pm
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Stocks

  • ‘Things will not change’ after sex bias verdict without push


    The sex bias court case that rocked Silicon Valley for five weeks came to a close on Friday — but many are hoping the spotlight on gender discrimination won’t fade anytime soon. Ellen Pao lost her sex bias suit against prominent Silicon Valley venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers on Friday when a San Francisco judge ruled that the firm did not discriminate against her. Pao, a former junior partner at Kleiner Perkins, sued the firm in 2012, claiming she was passed over for promotions and eventually terminated because she was a woman, and because she had complained about discrimination. Following the official verdict, Pao took to Twitter to say, “Thank you, world,” the first in a series of tweets. “Because of social media and live reports, the problem of gender discrimination in venture capital has received attention around the globe,” read one tweet, followed by: “If we do not share our stories and …

    March 28, 2015 7:14 pm
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Sports

  • Walker takes four-shot lead at windy Texas Open


    (Reuters) – American Jimmy Walker shot a three-under-par 69 to open up a four-shot lead as winds returned to vex players at the Texas Open in San Antonio on Saturday. Walker, who led by one after 36 holes, shared the lead with fellow Texan Jordan Spieth at the turn before a late surge took him to nine-under-par 207. Local resident Walker posted three birdies in five holes from the 14th, capped by back-to-back birdies at the finish. “It’s a tough golf course,” said Walker, who won the Sony Open in Hawaii in January and is aiming for his fifth PGA Tour title. “You definitely want to find a way to extend the lead, but you have to be smart about it.” Walker took a bogey at the par-four 12th when his tee shot buried into soft sand in a bunker left of the fairway and had to use his hands to dig around the left …

    March 28, 2015 7:54 pm
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World News

  • Guinea declares Ebola ‘emergency’


    Red Cross workers spray bleach in Forecariah – one of the affected regions – in January Guinean President Alpha Conde has declared a 45-day “health emergency” in five regions in the west and south-west of the country over Ebola. The restrictions include the quarantining of hospitals and clinics where new cases are detected, new rules on burials and possible lockdowns. The Ebola outbreak began in Guinea in December 2013. In January, the World Health Organization reported a steady drop in cases in the three epicentre countries. But renewed concern has been triggered by fresh setbacks in these countries – Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. Mr Conde said he was declaring “a reinforced health emergency for a period of 45 days in the prefectures of Forecariah, Coyah, Dubreka, Boffa and Kindia” in a statement published in national media. The focus of the virus “has shifted to our country’s coastal areas,” he said. He added: “Wherever the …

    March 28, 2015 7:54 pm
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Technology

  • Jury decisively says Ellen Pao lost sexual-discrimination case against Kleiner Perkins


    Ellen Pao, right, leaves the courthouse with attorney Therese Lawless after the jury ruled against Pao in a sexual-discrimination suit against storied venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images SAN FRANCISCO — Did Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers retaliate against Ellen Pao when it fired her? Ultimately, a jury said “no.” But it took two rounds of deliberations over two days to come to that decision. A jury of six men and six women returned to San Francisco Superior Court on Friday and by the afternoon was ready to render its verdict. Its initial findings: Ellen Pao had substantially lost her case against the prestigious Silicon Valley venture capital firm. People in the courtroom audibly gasped, and Kleiner Perkins lawyer Lynne Hermle hugged her team while Pao feverishly took notes. But it turned out the reactions were premature: The judge ordered more deliberations after determining the jurors had not properly counted their votes in one …

    March 28, 2015 6:34 pm
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Science

  • ‘Twisted light’ gives quantum cryptography a boost


    Twice as good: Using “twisted light” to boost QKD The efficiency of quantum-cryptographic systems could be improved thanks to a new technique that uses “twisted light” to increase the amount of information carried per photon. Developed by an international team of researchers, the technique involves encoding 2.05 bits per photon by using the orbital angular momentum (OAM) of light instead of the more commonly used polarization of light, which only allows one bit per photon. The researchers say their new approach could be extended to achieve 4.17 bits per photon, and it could be used to make cryptographic systems more resilient to external eavesdroppers. Unlike most other quantum technologies, quantum-cryptographic systems are already being used commercially by some banks and other organizations to ensure the secrecy of their communications. Such systems employ quantum-key distribution (QKD), which allows two parties – say Alice and Bob – to exchange an encryption key secure in the knowledge that it will …

    March 28, 2015 6:54 pm
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Health

  • Guinea president announces new emergency measures in Ebola fight


    CONAKRY (Reuters) – Guinea’s President Alpha Conde announced on Saturday new emergency measures enabling authorities to restrict movements in western Guinea where Ebola transmission continues a year after the epidemic was declared. More than 10,300 people have died from Ebola in West Africa and while cases are thought to have peaked, Guinea is struggling to stamp out the virus partly due to often violent resistance to officials working to end it. Following a dip in new cases in January, they have spiked again since early March in and around the capital, prompting officials to announce a new phase of the epidemic in Guinea. “I declare in the districts of Forecariah, Coyah, Dubreka, Boffa and Kindia a reinforcement of emergency measures for a period of 45 days,” Conde said on state television late on Saturday. “Wherever the need may be, throughout this period, measures of restriction and confinement will be taken,” he said in what would …

    March 28, 2015 6:55 pm
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Entertainment

  • George And Amal Clooney Get All Glammed Up For A Double Date


    Posted on Sat Mar 28th, 2015 4:36pm PDT       By X17 Staff Keepin’ it classy! On Friday evening George and Amal Clooney went out to dinner in New York City, but rather than getting all glammed up for a night at a fancy restaurant, the couple went to the home of journalists Tina Brown and Sir Harold Evans for a night in. Clooney carried a copy of Evans’ 1998 book, The American Century, and even though they weren’t in black tie garb, they looked like they could have easily graced a red carpet. The couple, who tied the knot in September, have been in NYC for the last few months, after Amal nabbed a professor gig at Columbia Law School. George is currently shooting Money Monster at Kaufman Studios in Long Island, so that worked out well!   SEE THE GALLERY George And Amal Clooney Have A Night Out In NYC Stories from around the Web

    March 28, 2015 7:14 pm
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Editorial

  • Election in Africa: Nigerians brave Boko Haram to cast ballots


    Workers load presidential election ballot papers and other electoral material into a van at the election commission office in Yaba, neighborhood in Lagos, Nigeria, Thursday, March. 26, 2015. Nigeria goes to the polls Saturday to elect a new President. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba) (The Associated Press) Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan, center, arrives on stage to sign a joint renewal with opposition candidate Gen. Muhammadu Buhari of their pledge to hold peaceful “free, fair, and credible” elections, at a hotel in the capital Abuja, Nigeria Thursday, March 26, 2015. Nigerians are due to go to the polls to vote in presidential elections on Saturday. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis) (The Associated Press) Nigerian women go through a security check as they enter the main mosque for Friday prayers in the capital Abuja, Nigeria, Friday, March 27, 2015. Nigerians are due to go to the polls to vote in presidential elections on Saturday. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay) (The Associated Press) A party observer from …

    March 28, 2015 6:55 pm
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Odd News

  • Daughter bests father in feud at Japan shareholder’s meeting


    TOKYO (Reuters) – A rare family feud erupted in a Japanese shareholders meeting on Friday, when the chief executive of Otsuka Kagu Ltd defeated her father’s attempt to oust her, vowing to push ahead with her plan to take the furniture retailer more mass-market. “I am sorry that things have come to this,” Kumiko Otsuka, 47, coolly told shareholders in the meeting, in which she instructed her father, company founder and chairman Katsuhisa Otsuka, and her mother to identify themselves by name and shareholder number. The daughter overcame the chairman’s challenge by an undisclosed majority vote. “I had five children,” the father said from the audience as he pleaded with shareholders to back his return as CEO. “Kumiko was the first and she was a difficult birth.” Kumiko’s mother also gave a rambling speech criticizing the CEO, until another shareholder yelled at her to stop. The Otsuka family showdown – virtually unheard of in Japan’s …

    March 27, 2015 10:40 am
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