'Unsafe' A&E services halted in Stafford
Children's accident and emergency services at a scandal-hit hospital are suspended after senior staff said it was "not clinically safe". Thu, 25 Aug 2016 11:38:28 GMT
How did FBI unlock dead gunman's iPhone?
The FBI has managed to unlock the iPhone of the San Bernardino gunman without Apple's help, ending a court case, the US justice department says. Tue, 29 Mar 2016 06:22:51 GMT
Excess weight linked to eight more cancer types
There's yet another reason to maintain a healthy weight as we age. An international team of researchers has identified eight additional types of cancer linked to excess weight and obesity: stomach, liver, gall bladder, pancreas, ovary, meningioma (a type of brain tumor), thyroid cancer and the blood cancer multiple myeloma. Wed, 24 Aug 2016 21:22:12 EDT
Hay fever from ragweed pollen could double due to climate change
Climate change could cause new hay fever misery for millions of people across Europe -- according to a new report. Hay fever is a common allergic condition that is caused by an allergy to pollen -- including tree pollen (released during spring), grass pollen (released during the end of spring and beginning of summer) or weed pollen (especially released late autumn). Wed, 24 Aug 2016 21:22:06 EDT
We are all 'wired' for addiction, says researcher
Drug addicts and non-addicts may have more in common than ever thought, according to a researcher who found that to some degree, everyone’s brain is “wired” to become addicted. Wed, 24 Aug 2016 17:27:06 EDT
Orlando Nightclub Shooting Survivors Will Have Medical Bills Forgiven
Two hospitals that treated the victims of a deadly shooting rampage at a Florida nightclub in June say they will not bill the survivors for the cost of their treatment.
Fifty-three people were wounded in the June 12 shooting at Orlando's Pulse nightclub that left 49 people dead, making it the worst mass shooting in U.S. history.
The parent company of Orlando Regional Medical Center, located not far from Pulse nightclub, said Wednesday it will seek reimbursement from the health... Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:08:17 -0400
UN Human Rights Chief Wants Independent Probe of Yemen Violations
The United Nations’ human rights chief Thursday called for an independent international investigation of abuses in Yemen that include military attacks on residential areas and medical facilities.
In a statement, U.N. rights chief Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein said Yemeni civilians “have suffered unbearably over the years” because of armed conflicts, adding “. . . they continue to suffer, absent any form of accountability and justice, while those responsible for the violations and abuses... Thu, 25 Aug 2016 07:53:56 -0400
Strong Opposition Bid Seen in Gabon Presidential Election
Gabon President Ali Bongo is facing a tough challenge in his bid for another term in office. The runup to Saturday's vote has been tense, with the opposition questioning Bongo's citizenship and eligibility.
Ten challengers are vying to end nearly 50 years of rule by the Bongo family during the one-round presidential poll. The results may hinge on popular discontent over the state of the Gabonese economy, which relies heavily on oil revenue and has been deeply affected by the... Thu, 25 Aug 2016 06:00:13 -0400
Submarine Data Leak Could be Setback for Indian Navy
A massive leak of secret data relating to the combat capabilities of submarines being built for the Indian navy by a French shipbuilder could delay their induction as India investigates the huge security breach.
More than 22,000 pages of information relating to Scorpene submarines were made public by The Australian newspaper.
India is not the only one affected by the confidentiality breach. The Scorpene, made by French firm, DCNS, is currently being used by Malaysia and Chile,... Thu, 25 Aug 2016 05:54:33 -0400
South Korean Nuclear Proponents: Conventional Deterrence is Failing
South Korean advocates of nuclear deterrence say the government in Seoul must pursue its own nuclear weapons programs to defend against North Korea’s growing nuclear and ballistic missile capabilities.
Song Dae-sung, a political science professor at Kunkuk University in Seoul and author of the book Let’s Have Nuclear Power makes the case for a nuclear armed South Korea.
“If North Korea becomes a nuclear-armed state and its adversary does not own nuclear power, then the non-nuclear... Thu, 25 Aug 2016 04:58:34 -0400
This Day in History
Thu, 25 Aug 2016 07:00:00 +0200
WWII: The Liberation of Paris (1944)
The Liberation of Paris is considered the last battle of the Normandy Campaign to free France from German occupation. In July, about a month after the Allied invasions of southern France and Normandy, Allied ground troops finally broke out of the beachheads and began a rapid advance across northern France. With help from the French resistance, Free French and US forces and liberated Paris in August. Why did the German military governor of Paris disobey Hitler's order to leave the city in ruins? Discuss
UN chief submits report related to use of chemical weapons in Syria to the Security Council
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today submitted a joint UN-Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) report to the Security Council outlining in-depth investigation into, as well as the findings, assessments and conclusions of, nine selected cases related to incidents involving the use of chemicals weapons in Syria. Wed, 24 Aug 2016 18:18:44 EST
Youth unemployment set to rise for first time in three years – UN labour agency
With global youth unemployment expected to rise in 2016 for the first time in three years and the equally disturbing high levels of young people who work but still live in poverty, the United Nations labour agency today called for greater efforts to achieve sustainable economic growth and decent work. Wed, 24 Aug 2016 17:44:58 EST
UN envoy encouraged by preparations for upcoming Palestinian local elevations
United Nations Deputy Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Robert Piper today said he is encouraged by preparations for the early October poll across the occupied West Bank and Gaza – the first such concurrent elections in a decade – and appealed to all Palestinian parties to stick to the agreed code of conduct and to refrain from actions that could undermine the process. Wed, 24 Aug 2016 15:50:57 EST
UN relief wing monitoring situations in Italy and Myanmar after strong earthquakes
In the wake of powerful earthquakes today in Italy and Myanmar, the United Nations relief wing is monitoring the situations, and Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's spokesperson said the UN and its partners stand ready to support both countries and local actors should any humanitarian support be needed. Wed, 24 Aug 2016 14:59:40 EST
Thu, 25 Aug 2016 07:00:00 +0200
Althea Gibson (1927)
Gibson, a US tennis player, was the first African-American woman to compete on the world tennis tour. Though tennis had essentially been segregated until that time, she was finally given an opportunity to play at the US Championships in 1950. Having broken the color barrier, she went on to become the first black person to win Wimbledon. She was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1971. In 1964, Gibson became the first African-American player in what other sports organization? Discuss
Britney Spears set for Apple Music Festival
Britney Spears is among 10 acts set to headline this year's Apple Music Festival, along with Sir Elton John, Alicia Keys and Robbie Williams. Thu, 25 Aug 2016 09:03:56 GMT
Law & Order actor Steven Hill dies at 94
US actor Steven Hill, who was best known for roles on the original Law & Order and Mission: Impossible TV series, dies at the age of 94. Wed, 24 Aug 2016 08:25:30 GMT
Article of the Day
Thu, 25 Aug 2016 07:00:00 +0200
The Cool Biz Campaign
In 2005, the Japanese Ministry of the Environment launched the Cool Biz campaign, a program intended to reduce electricity consumption by limiting air conditioner use. Government offices were asked to set their air conditioners to 82°F (28°C), and workers were advised to wear short-sleeved shirts to keep cool. According to estimates, the campaign resulted in a 460,000-ton reduction in carbon dioxide emissions—the equivalent of shutting down some 1 million households for what period of time? Discuss
Thu, 25 Aug 2016 05:00:00 GMT
Sometimes used to treat skin conditions, mood disorders, and sleep disorders, light therapy consists of exposure to specific wavelengths of light for a prescribed amount of time. Visible violet light is used to activate a naturally occurring compound that kills acne-causing bacteria, while sunlight-mimicking light boxes and other infrared lights are used to treat seasonal affective disorder, a winter-related depressive disorder. What travel-related affliction is also treated with light therapy?
Wed, 24 Aug 2016 05:00:00 GMT
In the 1970s, widespread fear of imminent natural and artificial disasters and societal collapse led to the development of survivalism, a subculture based on the anticipation of catastrophic events and the preparations involved in surviving disaster. The movement is still popular today. Survivalists stockpile food and water, build shelters, and learn skills that they believe will help them live through apocalyptic chaos. In survivalist terminology, what is a "BOB"?
WASHINGTON, U.S. - A month before the first face-off in the highly anticipated fall debates, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is expected to face heightened expectations, while polit Thu, 25 Aug 2016 13:58:08 +1000
WASHINGTON, U.S. - Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s wife Melania Trump has hired Attorney Charles Harder, threatening to sue media outlets for defamation relating to stories wri Thu, 25 Aug 2016 03:05:49 +1000
WASHINGTON, U.S. – Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has postponed his immigration policy speech indefinitely, and questions have arisen as to how Trump will “round up” Wed, 24 Aug 2016 17:46:13 +1000
WASHINGTON, U.S. - A second cache of emails released by conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch illustrates how special access was given to Clinton Foundation donors by staff, during her tenure Wed, 24 Aug 2016 04:21:31 +1000
Thailand's Tourism Industry Works to Recover from Attacks
Officials in Thailand are working to help the tourism industry in several provinces affected by deadly bombings earlier this month.
Bombings in several southern provinces killed or wounded more than 30 people, including foreigners.
Experts say more attacks could have a deeper effect on the industry, which is very important to the country’s economy.
Economists at the University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce say the attacks may cause up to 365,000 fewer people to visit... Wed, 24 Aug 2016 21:00:09 +0000
Zika Could Affect Adult Brains, Says New Study
New research suggests the Zika virus may damage some cells in adult brains.
Until now, scientists mainly worried about Zika’s effects on the brains of babies whose mothers were infected with the virus during pregnancy.
The Rockefeller University and La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology carried out the new research. The findings were published last week in the Cell Stem Cell journal.
The research suggests the Zika virus could infect some kinds of adult cells.... Wed, 24 Aug 2016 20:40:07 +0000
Video Calling Services Compared
Last week, Google launched Duo, a new video calling app. It was first announced in May this year.
Duo means “two.” As its name suggests, Duo allows two callers to connect on an Android or iOS device.
Duo is easy to use and does not require knowing someone else’s user name. Video calls can be placed simply with phone numbers.
But Duo does require users to download an app.
And it enters a crowded field of video calling services, including Skype, FaceTime,... Wed, 24 Aug 2016 20:40:06 +0000
Olympic Rewind: How Did Athletes Featured by VOA Perform in Rio?
VOA Learning English featured a number of athletes who were to compete in the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
During the closing ceremony Sunday night, Rio’s mayor passed the Olympic flag to the city of Tokyo, Japan. In the highlight of the night, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe arrived at the Maracanã stadium dressed as the famous video game character Super Mario.
Japan will host the next Summer Olympics in 2020.
But, it is worth looking back to... Wed, 24 Aug 2016 20:30:32 +0000
For People Too Busy to Garden, FarmBot Can Help
Growing your own vegetables is not easy if you are too busy to garden. Now, a California startup company is taking human hands out of gardening: introducing the FarmBot. Wed, 24 Aug 2016 20:30:17 +0000
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