Thursday, June 27, 2013

Suspect in Boston Marathon bombing indicted

FILE - This file photo provided Friday, April 19, 2013 by the Federal Bureau of Investigation shows Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. A federal grand jury in Boston returned a 30-count indictment against Tsarnaev on Thursday, June 27, 2013, on charges including using a weapon of mass destruction and bombing a place of public use, resulting in death. (AP Photo/Federal Bureau of Investigation, File)

FILE - This file photo provided Friday, April 19, 2013 by the Federal Bureau of Investigation shows Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. A federal grand jury in Boston returned a 30-count indictment against Tsarnaev on Thursday, June 27, 2013, on charges including using a weapon of mass destruction and bombing a place of public use, resulting in death. (AP Photo/Federal Bureau of Investigation, File)

FILE - In this April 15, 2013 file photo, medical workers aid injured people at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon following an explosion in Boston. A federal grand jury in Boston returned a 30-count indictment against bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on Thursday, June 27, 2013, on charges including using a weapon of mass destruction and bombing a place of public use, resulting in death. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

FILE - In this April 15, 2013, file photo, blood from victims covers the sidewalk on Boylston Street, at the site of an explosion during the 2013 Boston Marathon in Boston. At right foreground is a folding chair with the design of an American flag on the cover. A federal grand jury in Boston returned a 30-count indictment against bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on Thursday, June 27, 2013, on charges including using a weapon of mass destruction and bombing a place of public use, resulting in death. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

(AP) ? A federal grand jury on Thursday returned a 30-count indictment against the surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings, and many of the charges carry the possibility of life in prison or the death penalty.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, was indicted on charges including using a weapon of mass destruction and bombing a place of public use, resulting in death.

Three people were killed and more than 260 injured in twin explosions near the finish line of the marathon on April 15. The charges also cover the death of MIT police officer Sean Collier, who authorities say was shot to death in his cruiser by the Tsarnaevs a few days after the bombing.

Tsarnaev's older brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, was killed following a shootout with police on April 19.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was captured later that day hiding in a boat in a backyard in Watertown, Mass. According to the indictment, he wrote a message on the inside of the boat that said, among other things, "The U.S. Government is killing our innocent civilians," ''I can't stand to see such evil go unpunished," and "We Muslims are one body you hurt one you hurt us all."

The Tsarnaev brothers had roots in the turbulent Russian regions of Dagestan and Chechnya, which have become recruiting grounds for Islamic extremists. They had been living in the United States for about a decade.

Authorities said each of the brothers placed a knapsack containing a shrapnel-packed pressure cooker bomb near the finish line of the 26.2-mile race. The bombs went off within seconds of one another.

The U.S. attorney's office says 17 of the charges against Tsarnaev could bring life in prison or the death penalty.

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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Saints Row IV banned in Australia due to 'unjustified' evil

Saints Row IV banned in Australia due to 'unjustified' evil

For every tearful accountant at Saints Row HQ, there must be a gleeful marketing person punching the air, playing mini golf and doing whatever else marketing people do when they're full of glee. Conflicted emotions aside, however, game publisher Deep Silver can now claim the notorious distinction of having its latest title, Saints Row IV, rejected outright by the Australian Classification Board (ACB). It's the first such refusal since the ACB implemented a new R18+ rating, which is meant to allow for adult themes within games but which evidently couldn't cope with Saints Row's peculiar depictions of sexual violence (which were "not justified by context") or its drug-themed reward system (which is "prohibited by the computer games guidelines"). According to The Guardian, this effectively means Saints Row IV is banned from sale in retail stores in Australia, but Joystiq has received word from Deep Silver saying it intends to create a "reworked" version of its open world game specifically for that country. Meanwhile, the regular version has been given PEGI 18 and ESRB M ratings elsewhere, and it looks to be on track for an August release date.

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Monday, June 24, 2013

These Gaze-Sensitive Garments Move When They're Looked At

These Gaze-Sensitive Garments Move When They're Looked At

Staring at another person's clothing is generally considered rude?in fact, the mere concept of gaze has its own history and critical literature. But in this particular case, it?s recommended: These two dresses, by Montreal designer Ying Gao, aren?t really complete unless someone is staring at them.

Gao works with extreme materials?including things like light-sensitive textiles and photoluminescent thread?that test the bounds of social acceptability. Citing inspiration from Jacques Tati?s Playtime and critic Paul Virilio, Gao?s garments are both slyly critical and lovely, a mix of sharp cultural commentary and truly inspired design.

Her latest pieces, which goes on view at Shanghai Museum of Contemporary Art this fall and were featured in a Dezeen video today, deal with how fashion is affected by the public eye?literally. The two cocktail-length dresses are made from a shell of semi-transparent and lightweight ?superorganza,? which supports a detailed panel of photoluminescent strings on the front-facing body. Under the strings, a small camera identifies and tracks the movement of faces nearby. And when a set of eyes happen to land on the dress, a series of tiny embedded motors kick into gear, making the photoluminescent strings writhe and curl.

Of course, due to the cost and sheer amount od hardware at work here, we probably won't see such technology in public any time soon?but it?s an interesting way to frame the contradiction between fashion that?s clearly made to be looked at and the taboo of staring at other peoples? clothing. For more on Gao?s fascinating work, check out her website, where you?ll find light-sensitive dresses and touch-sensitive caftans. [Ying Gao via Dezeen]

These Gaze-Sensitive Garments Move When They're Looked At

These Gaze-Sensitive Garments Move When They're Looked At


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Charge up to six devices with your alarm clock

This device from Hammacher Schlemmer lets you optimize what a single wall outlet can do. ?This speaker dock with a clock radio lets you charge up to six devices in a space that H-S says is less than the room occupied by a toaster (11 1/2″ L x 10″ W x 7″ D). ?The Six [...]


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Funeral plans set for actor James Gandolfini

NEW YORK (AP) ? The funeral for James Gandolfini will be held Thursday at the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine in New York City.

An HBO spokeswoman speaking on behalf of Gandolfini's family says the funeral is scheduled for 10 a.m.

The 51-year-old star of "The Sopranos" died Wednesday in Rome. Family spokesman Michael Kobold says Gandolfini died of a heart attack.

HBO confirmed on Monday that Gandolfini's body had been returned to the United States from Rome.

The actor had been headed to Sicily to appear at the Taormina Film Festival, which paid tribute to him Saturday.


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Sunday, June 23, 2013

Supermoon: Will it be 5 times larger? Not exactly. Still, cue 'Moonstruck.'

This year's supermoon ? it's also a strawberry moon ? will be (slightly) larger and brighter than others, because its full phase comes as the orb makes its closest approach to Earth.

By Pete Spotts,?Staff writer / June 21, 2013

A 'supermoon' rises behind the Temple of Poseidon in Cape Sounion, Greece. The phenomenon occurs when the moon passes closer to Earth than usual. The event this Sunday will make the moon appear larger than normal, but the difference is so small that without magnification most skywatchers won?t notice.

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It's bigger than a bleached beach ball, able to orbit Earth in 27.3 days ? it's supermoon! And it's coming to a night sky near you on June 23.

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It will be bright, beautiful, but definitely not "five times bigger" than usual, as some widely circulating web alerts suggest. More like 12 percent larger than average ? a difference too small to detect by eye without help from a camera.

Take a picture of Sunday's full moon high in the sky, then take a picture of another full moon of your choosing ? at roughly the height above the horizon using the same magnification. Set the two white disks side by side, and the difference is easier to see ? but nowhere near a five-fold difference.

Still, what can be finer on an early summer's night (or winter's night in the Southern Hemisphere) than sitting on the front porch or back deck and enjoying Earth's companion, weather willing?

In fact, it's a two-fer. The first full moon in June is called a strawberry moon, marking the harvest of strawberries after their short growing season ends, according to that annual compendium of weather prognostications, recipes, and lore, the Old Farmer's Almanac.

Supermoons occur once a year. This month's super-strawberry moon will be (slightly) larger and brighter than others because its full-moon phase comes as the moon makes its closest approach to Earth.

The moon's orbit around the third rock from the sun traces an elliptical path.? At closest approach, or perigee, the moon swings to within 362,570 kilometers (224,793 miles) of Earth, while its most-distant point, or apogee is 405,410 km. But those are averages.

Sunday night, the moon's perigee will come within 356,989 km of Earth, about 2 percent closer than average. And the moon reaches full status about 20 minutes after perigee.

As Phil Plait, an astronomer who pens the "Bad Astronomy" blog over at puts it: "That's pretty nifty timing."

As with any full moon, Sunday's supermoon will appear unusually large when it's close to the horizon. In one sense, that makes any full moon super to view. But don't be fooled. As the late, great 18-century German philosopher Immanuel Kant noted: "The astronomer cannot prevent himself from seeing the moon larger at its rising than some time afterwards, although he is not deceived by this illusion."

If you miss this supermoon, it's not too early to mark your calendar for the next one. It should show up Aug. 10, 2014. And it's free!


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Abbas accepts Palestinian PM's resignation

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) ? President Mahmoud Abbas accepted the resignation of his newly appointed prime minister on Sunday, a spokesman said, leaving his Palestinian Authority in disarray at a time when he is focusing on a U.S. push to restart peace negotiations with Israel.

Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah had served only two weeks when he abruptly resigned last week over a conflict of authority with his deputies. Abbas initially asked him to reconsider, but ultimately accepted the resignation and asked Hamdallah to stay on as head of a caretaker government until a replacement is found, Nabil Abu Rdeneh told The Associated Press.

Abbas appointed Hamdallah, a university dean and political novice, earlier this month in an apparent move to consolidate power. Hamdallah replaced internationally known economist Salam Fayyad, who had clashed with Abbas.

The prime minister heads the Palestinian Authority, the self-rule government in parts of the West Bank that handles day-to-day affairs of Palestinians.

While he is not involved in diplomacy, the timing of the change comes as a tricky time for Abbas. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is about to return to the region as part of his push to renew the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. Abbas has refused to resume negotiations so long as Israeli settlement construction continues in the West Bank and east Jerusalem. To get talks underway, it appears he will have to compromise on this key demand or face blame for failure of the U.S effort.

Hamdallah took office June 6 after unexpectedly being plucked by Abbas from a career in academia to replace Fayyad, a political independent who served for six years and was respected by the West as a pragmatist. Leading figures of Abbas' Fatah movement clamored for Fayyad to be replaced, arguing that the prime minister should be close to Fatah. Hamdallah's appointment was seen as a bid by Abbas to consolidate power.


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Entertainment wRap: Stone, Hemingway, Gandolfini - Rappler

MANILA, Philippines - Too busy to read up on Entertainment last week? Here are some Entertainment stories you might have missed from the week of June 17 to 22.

Oliver Stone makes film on Hugo Chavez

OLIVER STONE. The veteran filmmaker pays tribute to the late Hugo ChavezOLIVER STONE. The veteran filmmaker pays tribute to the late Hugo Chavez

American filmmaker Oliver Stone is working on a movie about the late Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez, said President Nicolas Maduro.

"Oliver Stone is making a very beautiful film about our commander Hugo Chavez...that he will likely finish in the next months. We are eager for its debut on the big screen in Venezuela," said the current president at an event in the state of Lara.

Maduro said that one of Stone's producers informed him about the film while on an official trip in Paris.

Stone is known to be a fan of Chavez, whom he interviewed for his 2009 documentary, ?South of the Border.? Other South American leftist leaders were also featured.

Hugo Chavez led Venezuela for 14 years until he passed away last March.

Grand Canyon daredevil eyes next stunt

Even before his next death-defying stunt over the Grand Canyon on Sunday, June 23 (Monday, June 24 Manila time) Nik Wallenda is already planning for his next feat.

Wallenda, who broke his 7th world record by walking across the Niagara Falls, says the pyramids in Egypt and the Eiffel Tower are on his bucket list.

"The pyramids in Egypt, the Eiffel Tower. And there's just places all over the world that I wanna do walks. We'll see where my life path takes me...but those are big goals and ambitions that I'm definitely reaching for," he tells AFP.

Wallenda, who first walked the high wire at age two, says his passion and family heritage are what drive him to perform perilous feats. He shares that he would have liked to become a pediatrician had he not joined the 7-generation circus business.

On Sunday, June 23, Wallenda will tightrope across the Grand Canyon on nothing but a two-inch (5 cm) wire.

Mariel Hemingway: No glamor in addiction

DARK SIDE. Mariel Hemingway reiterates the gravity and effects of addictionDARK SIDE. Mariel Hemingway reiterates the gravity and effects of addiction

Mariel Hemingway, a US actress turned wellness guru, appealed to the public on June 18 to stop glamorizing addiction.

The actress, whose prominent family has been scarred by several suicides from the members of the clan, put the responsibility on Hollywood.

"I think there is a responsiblity on Hollywood to not glamorize addiction," she told the media in Washington.

The Hemingway family has had 7 members who took their own lives; most notably, novelist Ernest Hemingway and model Margaux Hemingway, Mariel Hemingway's grandfather and sister respectively.

She refuted those who say mental illness is genetic and urged people to consider the facts.

"Everybody that commmitted suicide in my family, at least, were addicts. They were trying to self-medicate with drugs and alcohol. All these things are very complicated. That's why I chose to live a lifestyle that I know supports my balance and well-being," she told AFP.

Sicily film festival pays tribute to Gandolfini

JAMES GANDOLFINI. The acclaimed actor is remembered around the worldJAMES GANDOLFINI. The acclaimed actor is remembered around the world

Following ?Sopranos? star James Gandolfini?s sudden death in Italy on June 19, organizers of a Sicilian film festival revealed plans to honor him with a special tribute.

The award-winning actor was set to receive an award at the Taormina Film Fest in Sicily.

Italy hospital: Gandolfini died of heart attack

Organizers Mario Sesti and Tiziana Rocca revealed on their official website that the tribute would highlight the "talent and career" of the burly 51-year-old actor.

"He was the American actor that better than anyone else has been able to interpret the Italian-American (character) with his personality full of contrasts, ambition, pain, humor.

READ: 'Sopranos' actress remembers Gandolfini

"He was the representative face of the golden age of television but also a memorable (film actor)," they said.

James Gandolfini succumbed to a heart attack despite doctors? persistent efforts to revive him.

US to lower flags for Gandolfini

Here is James Gandolfini in the final scene of 'The Sopranos' finale:

Flags in official buildings in New Jersey will fly at half staff on Monday, June 24 (Tuesday, June 25 Manila time) in reverence to the late ?Sopranos? star James Gandolfini, officials said.

In an executive order issued Friday, Governor Chris Christie said the move sought "to recognize the achievements and contributions of James Gandolfini" who died in Italy on Wednesday, June 19.

Christie praised Gandolfini, saying he "was an iconic actor and will be remembered for the timeless impact he left upon television and film in the State of New Jersey and across our nation.

"[He] enjoyed an extraordinarily successful acting career across television, film and Broadway, including his popularly acclaimed role as Tony Soprano in 'The Sopranos.'"

The star was also an advocate for US military service members and veterans. He participated in the documentaries "Alive Day Memories: Home From Iraq" in 2007 and "Wartorn: 1861-2010" in 2010. - With reports from AFP/

Oliver Stone, Mariel Hemingway and James Gandolfini photos by s_buckley from Shutterstock


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UK and Malaysia agree 'open skies' deal | Buying Business Travel

The governments of the UK and Malaysia have agreed a deal to end restrictions on flights between the two countries.

All previous limits on the number of services between the UK and Malaysia have been removed as have restrictions on flights to onward destinations from the two countries. Airlines can also operate services within each other?s countries.

Aviation minister Simon Burns (pictured) announced the deal today (June 21) and added that he hoped the liberalised agreement would lead to greater choice and lower fares for travellers.

Currently only Malaysia Airlines operates between the UK and Malaysia with twice-daily flights from Heathrow to Kuala Lumpur. Air Asia X cancelled its service from Gatwick to Kuala Lumpur in March 2012 ? only six months after switching the flights from Stansted.

Burns said: ?This is excellent news for consumers and the aviation industry alike. I very much hope that it will generate competition among airlines, allowing passengers to reap the benefits of greater choice and lower airfares.

?It is one of the most liberal agreements of its type worldwide and I am pleased that the UK continues to set the standard in aviation liberalisation.?

The removal of the limit on the number of services between the two countries will come into effect from October 27, 2013.


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Saturday, June 22, 2013

Lifetime takes liberties with Jodi Arias movie


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The Jodi Arias murder trial was must-watch TV for five months this year because it had everything: young beautiful people; sex, lies, photos and audiotapes; religious obstacles; and a particularly heinous tragic ending.

A month after a jury could not decide unanimously if the convicted murderer should be sentenced to death, Lifetime taking the story of Travis Alexander?s brutal death to the small screen. ?Jodi Arias: Dirty Little Secret,? a title inspired by Arias? lawyer?s opening argument, premieres Saturday at 8 p.m. The two-hour film starring Tania Raymonde (?Lost?) as Arias and Jesse Lee Soffer (?The Mob Doctor?) as Alexander covers their turbulent and brief relationship more than it does the courtroom drama.

Arias, 32, spent 18 days on the witness stand, where she shared sordid details of every intimate relationship she?s been in as well as her time with Alexander. From her favorite drinks and snacks to her many trips with Alexander to their dirty talk and Tootsie Pops and Pop Rocks trysts, Arias left nothing out?except for a plausible explanation for why she killed a man she said she wanted to marry. Along the way, we heard all the lies Arias told the police, media and anyone who would listen before, during, and after the murder. Then she told some more to the jury.

If there was one story that did not need embellishing, it was this one. But "Dirty Little Secret" co-writers Richard Blaney and Gregory Small do take some creative licenses and fill in a few blanks the trial did not cover. What's real and what's not? Here's your guide to five of the larger departures. Spoiler alert!

1.Las Vegas, 2006

TRIALFACT: Arias and Alexander met in Sin City at the first Prepaid Legal Services convention she attended. She testified that he made a beeline to introduce himself at a mixer and later invited her to a dinner for executives as his guest. Because he was so ?attentive,? she said she had to tell him that she lived with her boyfriend and was ?monogamous.?

FILMFICTION: As Alexander gives a speech at a conference about ?putting a bull's-eye? on what you want and not letting anything get in the way, Arias is in the audience taking in every syllable. When he finishes and retreats to the men?s room, she follows him inside. ?I just want you to know that I think you?re amazing,? she says as she barges in and he?s standing at the urinal. Could Arias have been nutty enough to introduce herself to Alexander this way? Perhaps if she had, Alexander would have stayed clear of her.

2.Sexual Encounter No. 1

FACT: After the Las Vegas conference, Arias went home to Palm Desert, Calif., and broke up with her boyfriend. Four days later, she and Alexander met at a friend?s house in Temecula, Calif., where he snuck into her room in the middle of the night and gave her oral sex, she testified. She removed his Mormon temple garments and returned the favor. ?There was no conversation,? she testified. ?I thought there was going to be, but there wasn?t. We sat down and started passionately kissing?I was apprehensive but I was going with it. I didn?t want to tell him no.?

FICTION: During a very awkward conversation full of cheesy sexual innuendos, Arias comes on to Alexander and invites herself to his hotel room to ?drink coffee.? Alexander responds by giving her a little pep talk about why she blows him away and he must refuse. The next night, however, Alexander drinks his coffee. Black.

3.Alexander?s best friends warn him to break up with Arias

FACT: Although Chris Hughes, Alexander?s best friend, was not asked about this incident when he testified, he and his wife appeared regularly on HLN during the trial and told the story of the night Arias scared them to the point they asked her never to return to their house again. While Arias was supposed to be sleeping in the middle of the night, they had a talk with Alexander in their bedroom about their concerns about her bizarre and possessive behavior. Sky Hughes said she felt a bad vibe and told Alexander to open the door. Arias, who had been eavesdropping, was standing there and gave them a ?creepy? look that frightened them enough to tell her to stay away.

FICTION: Sitting by Alexander?s pool, the Hughes talk to Alexander about Arias? obsessive behavior. ?We don?t like her for you.? Alexander responds by saying they don?t need to worry because he?s not in it for the long-term. Arias opens the door and startles them. She and Alexander then get into a fight. ?You think I?m gonna be your booty call forever? If so, man up and tell me,? she begs. Alexander breaks up with her. But it doesn?t end there.

4.The Day of the Murder

FACT: In April 2008, Arias packed up her things and moved to Yreka, Calif., to live with her grandparents. On June 4, 2008, while supposedly en route to Utah on Prepaid Legal business, Arias drove 1000 miles to Alexander?s home in Mesa, Arizona, arriving around 4 a.m. Thirteen hours later, she slashed his throat, stabbed him 28 other times and shot him once in the head and then drove to Utah where she made out with another man.

FICTION: At one point after their break-up, Arias is shown in Yreka, Calif. at her grandparents? house, holding her grandfather?s gun. But then Arias shows up at Alexander?s Arizona house around midnight on June 4, 2008 and tells him she is there to say goodbye because she is moving to Yreka. After some weird talk about how easy she is to be with, Alexander asks her if she wants to spend the night.

5.Travis Alexander?s Death

FACT: We will never know exactly why Arias killed Alexander unless she decides to fess up. She said their fight started when she accidentally dropped the camera after they?d spent the afternoon having sex and photographing one another. The prosecution argued it was all a pre-meditated set-up as Arias was in a jealous rage because he was going to Cancun, Mexico, with another woman. If Arias couldn?t have him, nobody could, the prosecution argued.

FICTION: A text from Katie (his new girlfriend) asking Alexander to meet to talk sends Arias into a rage as Alexander begins to shower. Angrily, Arias directs Alexander to pose for pictures in the shower until she gets him into the vulnerable position she is seeking. Within minutes, his life is over as she surprises him with the knife and later shoots him.

Our Verdict

Raymonde does an admirable job of channeling Arias' crazy-behind-the-eyes behavior trial followers heard described nightly on HLN as well as her insecurities. But Soffer doesn't do justice to Alexander's charisma and swagger, so it's hard to buy her obsession with him. The movie probably would have benefitted from some distance from the irresistible trial. Too much of this sad saga is engrained in our minds.


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United States urges Hong Kong to act soon on Snowden extradition

DEAR ABBY: I was taken away from my parents at 13 and placed into foster care, where I stayed until I aged out at 21. My biological mother is a drug addict who abandoned me to my father when I was 11. She never tried to contact me while I was in care.I am now 24 and she won't leave me alone. She sends Facebook messages that alternate between begging me to let her get to know me, and condemning me for being vindictive and not having forgiveness in my heart. Abby, this woman exposed me to drugs and all manner of seedy people and situations. ...


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Violence against women causes "global health epidemic", says WHO report

By Kate Kelland, Health and Science Correspondent

LONDON (Reuters) - More than a third of all women worldwide are victims of physical or sexual violence, posing a global health problem of epidemic proportions, a World Health Organization report said on Thursday.

The vast majority of women are attacked or abused by their husbands or boyfriends, and common health problems they suffer include broken bones, bruises, pregnancy complications, depression and other mental illnesses, the report said.

"This is an everyday reality for many, many women," Charlotte Watts, a health policy expert at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and one of the report's authors, told Reuters in an interview.

She said she was shocked by pictures this week showing celebrity chef Nigella Lawson being grabbed by the throat by her art collector husband Charles Saatchi. He has since been cautioned by police for assaulting her.

"We don't know the details of what is going there, but it does illustrate this happens to all women - it's not just poor women, or women in a certain country. This really is a global issue," Watts said.

The report, co-authored by Watts and Claudia Garcia-Moreno of the WHO, found that almost two fifths (38 percent) of all women murder victims were murdered by intimate partners, and 42 percent of women who have been victims of physical or sexual violence by a partner have injuries as a result.

Garcia-Moreno pointed to recent high-profile rape cases in India and South Africa that have put a spotlight on the treatment of women worldwide.

The brutal gang rape in December of a 23-year-old woman on a bus in New Delhi sparked a global outcry and unprecedented protests in India demanding better policing of sex crimes. The woman later died from her injuries.

"These kinds of cases raise awareness, which is important, and at the same time we must remember there are hundreds of women every day who are being raped on the streets and in their homes, but that doesn't make the headlines," Garcia-Moreno said.

The report found that violence against women is a root cause for a range of acute and chronic health problems, ranging from immediate injury to sexually transmitted infections, to HIV, to depression and stress- and alcohol-related health disorders.

Women who suffer violence from their partners are 1.5 times more likely to get syphilis, Chlamydia, or gonorrhea. And in some regions, including sub-Saharan Africa, they are 1.5 times more likely to become infected with the human immunodeficiency virus that causes AIDS, the report found.

The WHO is issuing guidelines for health workers on how to help women suffering domestic or sexual abuse. They stress the importance of training health workers to recognize when women may be at risk of partner violence and to know how to respond.

This includes ensuring that consultation rooms can be totally private and confidential, that appropriate referral systems are in place, and that women at risk from partners should not be sent back home.

In a statement accompanying the report WHO Director-General Margaret Chan said the violence had caused health problems of "epidemic proportions", adding: "The world's health systems can and must do more for women who experience violence."

(Reporting by Kate Kelland; Editing by Raissa Kasolowsky)


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Friday, June 21, 2013

All together now: rival football fans rail against rise in Premier League ticket prices

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Engadget Podcast 349 - 06.21.13

Engadget Podcast 343 - 05.10.13

"You don't have Facebook? Then how do you get on Farmville?," asks Brian as Peter explains his disdain for the world's largest social network. While Tim was relatively mum on that subject, it turns out he broke his Google Glass... somehow. So, while the aforementioned bearded wizard works on getting a replacement -- and 3D printing a better case -- feel free to hear about this week's biggest stories in consumer electronics by streaming our newest episode below.

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US-bashing TV station gives interview to its benefactor, Vladimir Putin

The Kremlin reportedly gives Russia Today about $300 million annually. The satellite channel?finds the decline of the West lurking in almost every daily headline.

By Fred Weir,?Correspondent / June 12, 2013

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during his visit to the new studio complex of television channel 'Russia Today' in Moscow, Tuesday.

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President Vladimir Putin has given his second exclusive interview in less than a year to the state funded English-language satellite network Russia Today, which prefers to be called RT, in a clear sign that the Kremlin views the broadcaster as a key medium for getting its opinions across to the world.?

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In his opening remarks, Mr. Putin praised RT, which he said had been created to "end the monopoly of Anglo-Saxon media" in the world. There appears little doubt that Putin believes the network really does reach over 630-million people in over 100 countries ??as it claims to do?? and that such exclusive chats with the Russian president will help further boost its reach.?

Over an almost two hour chat, with most of RT's top staff seated around a long table, he went on to paint the Kremlin's alternative view of global affairs, in which a beleaguered Russia wages a lonely battle for principle and common sense against a cynical and hypocritical West.

Among other things, he chided the US over the current National Security Agency scandal, apparently under the impression that the key controversy is about the letter of the law rather than the extent and scope of state secrecy. "If this [surveillance] is made within the framework of the law, by which the special services? rules of conduct are guided, this is normal. If this is made illegally, it's bad," he said.

He reiterated a suggestion made by his press secretary that Russia might be open to granting asylum?to NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.

Putin spent a good deal of time on the US, which he reminded RT viewers was founded on the "ethnic cleansing" of its native population, and used the atomic bomb on Japanese civilians at the end of WWII ??something he averred Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin would never do. "[Stalin] was a dictator and a tyrant, but I very much doubt that in the spring of 1945, if he had been in possession of an atomic bomb, he would have used it against Germany," Putin said.

He was asked one single question about domestic Russian politics, by RT's American talk show host Peter Lavelle. "Opinion polls show that the opposition in Russia is very small. What kind of opposition would you like to see?" was Mr. Lavelle's query.

Putin replied that opposition is fine, as long as it acts within the law. When protesters break the law, they should be answerable under the legal system. "This is what's happening both in the United States and Russia. But when we do that [put protesters on trial] we are criticized, but when the United States does this, it is considered as a norm. These are the so-called double standards," he said.

Moreover, "[Russia?s] diplomatic service doesn?t cooperate actively with the Occupy Wall Street activists, yet your diplomatic service actively cooperates [with Russia?s opposition] and supports them," Putin added.

Putin might have been defining the current mission of RT, which was started ??along with quite a few other media and PR platforms???8 years ago and tasked with improving Russia's image in the world through journalism that showed the country through the eyes of its own people. According to Russian media, the Kremlin funds RT to the tune of about $300-million annually, and Putin last year personally forbade the government to slash its funding.

The network's focus has migrated, especially since Putin returned to power last year amid widespread disapproval around the world. Now RT runs wall-to-wall coverage of protest rallies everywhere except in Russia, invites commentary from critics of almost every government except Russia's, and produces talk shows that slam Wall Street, attack US imperialism, and find the decline of the West lurking in almost every daily headline.

RT now maintains a full time cable station in the US, RT-America, which broadcasts mostly US-generated content around the clock. Last year, RT signed WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to do a series of in-depth interview programs?that explored the corruptions of power and the rise of authoritarianism (in the West). Last month it did a deal with retired TV legend Larry King, that apparently involves RT picking up Mr. King's existing online talk show and also produce an all-new political talk show specially for RT. King subsequently appeared to deny that?but RT editor-in-chief Margarita Simonyan insists that King is contracted to do the show.

The network's programming, along with its relentless Kremlin-inspired focus, is all perfectly fair commentary, of course. Indeed, RT seems deliberately designed to survey the West in the same arbitrary and hectoring tone that the Kremlin feels Western ??particularly US ??journalists cover Russia.?

A recent satirical article?in the Global Post, which garnered massive attention, aimed to show how US journalists would cover the NSA revelations if it were a foreign country: "Inside the United States," is the headline. "GlobalPost goes inside the United States to uncover the regime?s dramatic descent into authoritarian rule and how the opposition plans to fight back."

Anyone who finds that thought provoking ??and they should ??is welcome to tune in to RT. It's the real deal.


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Thursday, June 20, 2013

SandRidge Energy fires CEO Tom Ward

By BY ADAM WILMOTH AND JAY F. MARKS The Oklahoman on Jun 19, 2013, at 6:42 PM??

Tom Ward was released from his position as SandRidge Energy CEO on Wednesday. The Oklahoman

OKLAHOMA CITY -- SandRidge Energy Inc. directors on Wednesday fired CEO Tom Ward, replacing him with President James Bennett. Lead independent director Jeffrey Serota will serve as interim nonexecutive chairman. ?As we begin a new chapter in the company's history, we are focused on keeping our talented team motivated, enhancing our communications, and delivering on expectations by efficiently executing on our assets," Bennett said. "We are confident this will result in value creation for all stakeholders, including our stockholders, employees and the communities in which we operate.? The move comes three months after the Oklahoma City energy company announced a settlement with dissident shareholder TPG-Axon Capital in which the hedge fund was allowed to name four new directors and President and Chief Operating Officer Matthew K. Grubb resigned. The expanded board began an investigation into Ward. TPG-Axon had questioned SandRidge's dealings with WCT Resources, a company run by Ward's son, Trent Ward, and controlled by trusts created to benefit Ward's adult children. SandRidge's board had maintained there was nothing improper in those deals. The investigation included the review of ?hundreds of thousands? of documents and the interview of more than 40 people, the company said. ?After reviewing the facts developed during the audit committee's investigation, the non-employee members of the board unanimously determined that such did not merit a termination for cause,? the company said in Wednesday's announcement. Because Ward's termination is considered ?without cause,? he will receive a severance package valued at about $90.9 million, according to the company's proxy. If Ward had been terminated with cause, he would have received nothing.

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New Mexico State football gets commit on offensive line

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Jamin Smith

LAS CRUCES - Jeff Ketron has sent a productive football player to New Mexico State in the past.

The Douglas County High School coach produced Jimmy Cottrell in 2002, a player who ranks third all-time in career tackles in school history. This week, another Douglas County player committed to NMSU - 2014 offensive guard and long snapper Jamin Smith from Castle Rock, Colo.

"I chose New Mexico State because I felt comfortable with the staff and I think they are making some good changes down there," Smith said.

Ketron was a graduate assistant at Wyoming when current NMSU offensive coordinator Gregg Brandon was a receivers coach there.

"Most Mountain West schools had interest in him but New Mexico State was his first offer," Ketron said. "Air Force, Wyoming and Colorado State were all recruiting him but (Brandon) was the first to sincerely recruit him. We talk here about going where you are loved and when he went to visit last weekend, he felt comfortable."

Smith is a two-time first-team conference player entering his senior year, according to Ketron. He's a 3.8 grade-point-average student who will graduate in December and enroll at NMSU next winter, Ketron said.

Smith placed eighth in the Colorado state wrestling tournament as a junior. Ketron said the 6-foot-2, 270-pound Smith squats 713 pounds.

"We have had 15 Division-I offensive linemen here," said Ketron, who's been the head coach for the past 14 years at Douglas County. "Jamin is probably the toughest

of all of them. He isn't the biggest, but I would put him up against anyone."

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Researchers create micro-battery with 3D printer (video)

Researchers create microbattery using 3D printing

We often hear about the coming nanobot revolution, but just how are they planning on powering those future marvels? Well, researchers from Harvard and the University of Illinois may have found the solution in a 3D printed battery: it's smaller than a grain of sand, yet has areal energy and power densities comparable to your cellphone battery. The scientists used a custom 3D printer with a 1mm wide nozzle to deposit two separate lithium metal oxide pastes into comb-like shapes, which then hardened to create an anode and cathode. After adding an electrolyte, a sub-hair-width cell was created with "performance comparable to commercial batteries in terms of charge and discharge rate, cycle life and energy densities," according to the team. Those could someday wind up in medical devices, wearable electronics or tiny flying drones, for instance. To see how they did it, check the video after the break.

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Simple Now Lets iPhone Users Save More Money With Goals

Simple Now Lets iPhone Users Save More Money With Goals

While nearly everything is moving over to a mobile experience, banking remains one of the last vestiges of the old world. But even that is slowly changing with the likes of Simple, a bank-less mobile service that mashes up the best bits of your existing bank and services like Mint. One of Simple's greatest features, though is Goals, which, as you might imagine, helps you save money for specific set goals. And starting today, Goals will be available for iPhone users.

Goals on mobile is the most requested feature, the company tells me. This isn't a skimped down version of the web experience either. Every bit and byte has been ported over to the mobile app, so you can set and adjust Goals from your phone.

Existing Simple users will grasp the concept of Goals pretty seamlessly but for the uninitiated Goals is basically a digital version of stashing cash in the fridge or in envelopes for specific things you want. Couple that with "Safe-to-Spend" and you'll always have an accurate and up to date dollar figure of what you can actually spend that hasn't already been allocated towards bills or Goals.

An update to the Android app is in the works, says the company.

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