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Australian Open: Andy Murray conjours up magic in first round loss

14-Jan-2019

Second-seed Angelique Kerber cruised into the Australian Open second round beating Polona Hercog 6-2, 6-2, a straight sets win that underlined her title credentials.

With Andy Murray opening up on the extent of his long-term hip injury last week, it was an emotionally charged match even before the first serve was taken. While it didn’t produce a fairy-tale ending in a 6-4, 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-7 (4), 6-1 loss, Murray stayed true to himself in fitting fashion.

Source: The Guradian

Why are we so obsessed with young, successful people like Sally Rooney?

14-Jan-2019

When 27-year-old novelist Sally Rooney became the youngest-ever winner of the Costa Book Prize last week, it was to deafening cheers of critical acclaim that have characterised her brief career.

The slightly frenzied reaction to Rooney seems to be symptomatic of the way we now react to achievements by young people. Last year, another 27-year-old author, Daisy Johnson, became the youngest person to be shortlisted for the Man Booker prize for her debut novel, Everything Under.

Source: The Guradian

Why do we keep praising Silicon Valley for reinventing the wheel?

14-Jan-2019

Why do we keep falling over ourselves to praise Silicon Valley for reinventing concrete – or, if you prefer your analogies more straightforward, the wheel?

Last week, the New York Times ran a piece praising a “radically new” fee plan offered by a Silicon Valley-based university. Instead of charging tuition fees upfront, Lambda School allows students to pay back their debts after graduation – charging them proportionally, based on their salary.

Source: Fox News

Andrew McCarthy: FBI Russia investigation was always about Trump

14-Jan-2019

On Friday night, the New York Times published what was clearly intended to be a blockbuster report that, following the firing of FBI director James Comey on May 9, 2017, the bureau formally opened an investigation of President Trump.

The investigation commenced during the 2016 campaign by the Obama administration – the Justice Department and the FBI – was always about Donald Trump. We have to remember: The FBI believed the Steele dossier – the collection of faux intelligence reports compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele, who was ultimately working for the Hillary Clinton campaign.

Source: BBC

Hundreds buy 'Brexit Box' amid food fears

14-Jan-2019

Lynda Mayall, 61, said she bought a box to supplement her stocks of tinned food and toilet roll as she feared there may be "chaos" in the months after Brexit. A government spokesperson said there was "no need" to stockpile any of the items in the box.

James Blake said since his company, Emergency Food Storage UK, launched the Brexit Box last month he had sold more than 600. "We tried to put a box together that gives people the basics they would need, it's got 60 portions of main meals plus 48 portions of meat, a water filter and a fire starter in case they need to heat the water," he said.

Source: BBC

Félix Nadar: The world’s first celebrity photographer

14-Jan-2019

Whatever the truth, when Adrien began styling himself Nadar jeune, Félix had had enough and took him to court to gain sole rights to the name.

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Source: Fox News

Pot is already legal in lots of places. Now we need strong warning labels to keep the public safe

14-Jan-2019

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), the Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS), National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and state legislators should make it impossible for the marijuana industry to sell their products without warning the public of their risks.

They have not required the industry to fund public service announcements or place strong warning labels on the product and signs at the point of sale.

Source: Global News

Rumour mill ramps up ahead of federal cabinet shuffle

14-Jan-2019

Trudeau cabinet shuffle expected to be very small, will fill void from Brison departure. The cabinet shuffle is expected to be small, with as few adjustments as possible to fill the void of Brison’s departure.

Political Ottawa is abuzz with speculation about how Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will reshape his cabinet Monday after the unexpected resignation of longtime Liberal Scott Brison from his post as Treasury Board president.

Source: Fox News

Saints end Eagles repeat dream, Patriots blow out Chargers to set conference title games

14-Jan-2019

With the win, the Patriots extended their own NFL record by reaching their eighth consecutive conference championship game and 13th in the Brady-Bill Belichick era.

The title game will be a rematch of one of the best games of the regular season, a 43-40 New England victory over the Chiefs in Foxboro. But next week's game will be in Kansas City and the Chiefs will have star linebacker Justin Houston, who missed the regular season matchup with an injury.

Source: The Guradian

Houseless in Alaska: why I opted for mountain views and porcupine dinners

14-Jan-2019

I am a 64-year-old navy veteran of the Vietnam era and houseless in the tundra, somewhere around 65 degrees north latitude.

All in all, though, I prefer a campfire-roasted porcupine that I killed and butchered (recently, one who had smacked my dog with his tail, embedding 15 quills in the mutt’s snout), slathered with highbush cranberry ketchup, foraged chickweed salad with mushrooms on the side, a hot cup of stinging nettle tea to wash it down and a handful of wild blueberries for dessert.

Source: BBC

'Our vision is never to lay anyone off'

14-Jan-2019

As the boss of Argentine company Vacavaliente, back in 2015 when the country's economic woes were returning, he expected domestic sales to fall sharply.

The business didn't export anything at the time, but as Argentina slid towards recession Matias knew he had to look overseas - and quickly. Determined that none of his 50 employees would lose their jobs, the then 35-year-old took Vacavaliente on a global roadshow, displaying its leather home, office and fashion accessory goods to potential buyers around the world.

Source: Global News

Tribute concert for Walk off the Earth keyboardist brings out fans from near and far

14-Jan-2019

The steely-eyed keyboardist of Walk Off the Earth, known simply as “Beard Guy,” received a grand sendoff at an outdoor acoustic tribute concert where hundreds of people gathered to celebrate the musician, alongside his friends in bands the Barenaked Ladies, Arkells and Monster Truck.

READ MORE: Mike ‘Beard Guy’ Taylor from Canadian band Walk Off the Earth has died. As the tribute got underway band member Sarah Blackwood broke into tears explaining that originally the concert was envisioned as a relatively small gathering for fans.

Source: BBC

Three skiers die in Austrian Alps avalanche

14-Jan-2019

Police in the western province of Vorarlberg said they were located through mobile phone tracking, near the Langer Zug slope - one of the steepest in the world.

The three victims bring the number of weather-related deaths in parts of Europe this month to at least 24, the Associated Press news agency reports. The men were wearing touring skis, which are used to climb uphill slopes and ski off-piste.

Source: Common Domain

Carlos Ghosn Beware: Japan ‘Will Stop at Nothing to Get a Confession’

14-Jan-2019

In Japan’s justice system—which has ensnared former Nissan Motor Co. Chairman Carlos Ghosn—the confession has a central place, and the treatment of suspects often revolves around extracting one.

Also, obstruction of justice isn’t a crime in Japan, although some actions prosecuted in the U.S. under that name could also be illegal in Japan. The Abe ally said these factors mean prosecutors need more powers to detain and interrogate suspects after their arrest.

Source: The Guradian

The Great Boston Molasses Flood: why the strange disaster matters today

14-Jan-2019

At around 1pm on 15 January 1919, a 50ft-tall steel holding tank on Commercial Street in Boston’s North End ruptured, sending 2.3m gallons of molasses pouring into the neighborhood.

The Boston Evening Post described how an elderly Italian man, George Kakavis, spent days watching crews sift through the molasses, timber and debris in his “banana storage” cellar, in order to find $4,400 he had squirreled away in a cigar box.

Source: BBC

Historic Brexit deal vote awaited

Tuesday 22:45 GMT
Source: The Guradian

Woman denied abortion in Dublin despite new legislation

Friday 14:30 GMT
Source: Common Domain

The Morning Download: Hey Big IT Spenders

Friday 14:30 GMT
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Kidnapped Canadian found dead in Burkina Faso: security officials

Thursday 14:30 GMT
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Trump accuses Pelosi of being 'controlled by the radical left,' hours before White House statement on shutdown

Sunday 15:24 GMT
Source: Common Domain

Why Europeans Won’t Catch Wall Street’s Bandwagon

Friday 14:30 GMT
Source: The Guradian

A nude direction: why is Avril Lavigne posing naked with a guitar?

Friday 14:30 GMT
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Super Bowl ticket prices: Here's what Patriots-Rams seats cost

Today 20:00 GMT
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Rolls-Royce vies for UK nuclear role

Today 20:00 GMT
Source: BBC

CIA spy who inspired Argo dies

Today 16:19 GMT
Source: DW

China: Football's (still) sleeping giant

Today 20:00 GMT
Source: Global News

Tony Mendez, former CIA officer and inspiration for ‘Argo’, dies at 78

Today 03:19 GMT
Source: The Guradian

Spanish rescuers start drilling to reach boy trapped in well for six days

Today 01:29 GMT
Source: The Guradian

Zimbabwe high court orders government to restore full internet

Today 20:00 GMT

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