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Saturday, February 7, 2015

Do Adults Need to Get the Measles Vaccine?

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports have shown that more than 60 percent of those affected by the recent measles outbreak are adults older than 20.






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What could be more absurd than censorship on campus?

Why won’t academics argue with the religious right when campuses are meant to be centres of debate?

Today’s academics are like parents who expect the child they deserted to love them. The state is demanding that they spy on students who may have extreme ideas, but are not inciting violence. Panicked and outraged, intellectuals are embracing liberal principles they abandoned decades ago.


Twenty-four vice-chancellors wrote to the Times to protest that universities must be places where “lawful ideas can be voiced and debated without fear of reprisal”. So they should, but in Britain they are not. An army of 500 professors wrote to the Guardian to say campuses must be “centres for debate and open discussion, where received wisdom can be challenged”. That would make a welcome change too, because they are nothing of the sort at the moment. Peers in the House of Lords argued quite rightly that, rather than being banned from campuses, “non-violent extremists” should be “exposed, challenged and countered”. The noble lords forgot to point us to universities where such challenges can be found.


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Threat of Boko Haram extremists may delay Nigeria election

President Goodluck Jonathan campaigns on knife-edge as international troops battle for control over Islamist extremists

Nigeria was on Saturday night on the brink of postponing elections scheduled for next weekend to allow international forces to regain control of areas in the north-east of the country currently held by the Islamist extremists of Boko Haram.


An official close to the country’s electoral commission told Associated Press that the poll would probably be delayed for six weeks. Postponement will increase tension surrounding an intense election campaign which has been conducted in the shadow of Boko Haram’s brutal assaults on towns and villages of the north-east.


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Michael Wolff's Awful Girlfriend Is Pregnant

Michael Wolff's Awful Girlfriend Is Pregnant


Twitter personality Michael Wolff 's girlfriend Victoria Floethe, a person from 2009 , is pregnant, Page Six reports. Wolfe is 61; Floethe is 34. Congratulations to them both! Babies are wonderful.


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Playgrounds Are Not All Created Equally

The type of school yard affects how much children exercise



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Nigel Farage slates Rotherham MP despite promising positive campaign

Ukip’s Plymouth branch also under fire over tweet celebrating death of police officer under investigation in relation to child abuse in Rotherham


Nigel Farage promised that Ukip would mount a positive and clean general election campaign, only to call Rotherham’s Labour MP a “disgraceful woman” after she accused him of rubber-necking at child abuse victims.


The Ukip leader said negative campaigning did not work: “We have quite deliberately got some positive messages coming up in this election campaign.”


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Jeffrey Epstein accuser: video exists of underage sex with powerful men


  • New affidavit alleges ‘physical abuse’ and ‘major cover-up’

  • Virginia Roberts: ‘I didn’t know whether I was going to survive’


The woman who alleges that she was made to have sex with Prince Andrew when she was 17 has told a US court that she believes video footage exists of her having underage sex with powerful associates of Andrew’s friend Jeffrey Epstein.


Virginia Roberts also alleged in a new affidavit filed on Friday that she was so badly assaulted by Epstein’s friends that she thought she might die.


Related: Modelling scout to take legal action over claims linking him to Jeffrey Epstein


Related: Jeffrey Epstein: inside the decade of scandal entangling Prince Andrew


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André Brink, anti-apartheid novelist and campaigner, dies aged 79

Author of A Dry White Season was travelling back from Amsterdam to South Africa when he fell ill

André Brink, the influential campaigning South African novelist and playwright has died. The writer was travelling back from Amsterdam to South Africa on Friday when he became fatally ill during the flight.


The 79-year-old author, perhaps best known for his 1979 novel A Dry White Season which focused on the death in detention of a black activist and was filmed with Marlon Brando, was a literature professor at the University of Cape Town and had just received an honorary doctorate from the Université Catholique de Louvain.


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Swansea City’s Ki Sung-yueng denies former club Sunderland a win

Ki Sung-yueng marked his return from the Asian Cup in Australia by salvaging Swansea City a point in a 1-1 draw against his old club Sunderland.


The South Korean had been away for five weeks and he struck with a diving header halfway through the second period after having an earlier effort disallowed. Jermain Defoe’s regal finish before the watching Prince Albert of Monaco had threatened to give Sunderland all three points.


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Manchester City’s James Milner salvages dramatic late draw against Hull City

Eighty-five years had passed since Hull City previously defeated Manchester City away. That sequence continues but only just as Manuel Pellegrini’s team came mightily close to a third home loss, a result that would have left their title-defence hopes hanging by a thread.


By the end the City manager was stalking the technical area praying for a late equaliser or better. Despite a fine Sergio Agüero attempt that hit the bar, it appeared this would never come but then, on 92 minutes, James Milner, a replacement, drilled a 20-yard free-kick beyond Allan McGregor and the hosts had snatched a draw.


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Atlético Madrid overwhelm Real to show they will battle to keep title

A Mexican wave went wound the Vicente Calderón stands while down on the pitch the ball went round too, from one Atlético Madrid player to the next. Those Real Madrid players who bothered chasing the ball, did so in vain, defeated. They had been defeated for almost an hour, now the home side were really rubbing it in. There were 10 minutes left in the Madrid derby and Atlético were 3-0 up. Often accused of being over-aggressive, here they were artistic and the fans were enjoying this enormously. “Violent, violent,” went the chant, tongues wedged in cheeks.


Soon, it was broken by another huge roar. Tiago slipped the ball down the right and Fernando Torres, chased after it before delivering a cross which Mario Mandzukic dived to head in. It was a brilliant goal from a team that had performed brilliantly. Real Madrid had no response; not now, not ever. They had been torn to pieces by a quite brilliant display from the league champions who are not yet ready to relinquish the title.


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Sadio Mané grabs late winner as Southampton heap more misery on QPR

This was the sort of outcome that might have convinced Harry Redknapp he did the right thing to get out of management this week. Chris Ramsey, appointed caretaker following Redknapp’s resignation, seemed set to claim a hard-fought point from a solid performance, but Sadio Mané struck for Southampton in stoppage time to leave Rangers with a familiar sinking feeling.


Rangers had enjoyed a couple of narrow escapes in the first half before tightening up in the second and they would have taken a crucial lead if not for a wonderful reflex save by the visiting goalkeeper, Fraser Forster. But as they chased three points, they were floored by a devastating late counter-attack.


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Leicester City stay bottom after Joe Ledley header for Crystal Palace

That Leicester City failed to score, and therefore take a single point, from a match in which they created five good chances for every one created by their opponents makes it very hard to see how Nigel Pearson’s Foxes can possibly stay up now.


As it was, Joe Ledley’s second-half header was enough for Palace to increase the gap between these sides from four points to seven. With other teams at the bottom also picking up points, and Leicester’s next three fixtures seeing them travel to Arsenal, Everton and Manchester City, the optimism generated by a useful run of results around Christmas has been comprehensively dissipated.


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Towers of Secrecy: Stream of Foreign Wealth Flows to Elite New York Real Estate

Shell companies are used to shield the identities of buyers in the competition to secure condos at the Time Warner Center and other high-end buildings. This is the first installment in a five-part series.

















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My Gay Uncles

My Gay Uncles


When I talk about my downtown life as a kid, people ask how old I am. Growing up in New York City in the 70s was more like being an urchin of the 30s than a silver spoon of the 80s. I'm more likely to share recollections with a 70-year old—playing stoop, jumping off the piers—than to wax fondly upon the boy bands, cocaine, and angular sports cars of Ronal Reagan's second term.


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Everton v Liverpool: Premier League - live!

Measles vaccination rates in parts of Africa surpass those in North America

Good Governance Africa survey shows that 16 African countries have near 100% vaccination rates, part of a broader success story in combatting the disease

While parts of North America are experiencing the worst measles outbreak in 15 years, a new report shows that Africa has increased immunisation rates significantly, making the continent a world leader in protecting children against the disease.


The widespread availability of safe and affordable vaccines in even the most volatile and poor regions of African countries has seen immunisation rates surpass those of in the US, according to the 2015 Africa Survey, an annual report by Good Governance Africa (GGA).


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Revealed: The dark side of the moon - video

Nasa has released a video animation of the dark side of the moon. Scientists sifted through hundreds of terabytes of data from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter to create the footage. The other side of the moon is shown to have less dark spots, called maria, that cover the side that faces Earth, and a more cratered surface Continue reading...





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At Least 36 Dead in Baghdad Suicide Bombing

At Least 36 Dead in Baghdad Suicide Bombing


At least 36 people were killed and 70 more were wounded as explosions ripped through three Baghdad neighborhoods on Saturday, the New York Times reports. At least 62 people have been killed in the city in the last 10 days.


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One Tower Bridge social housing tenants denied access to garden

Southwark council agrees to planning permission changes to reduce service charges in a move reminiscent of the row over ‘poor doors’

Social housing tenants on a new development next to Tower bridge in London will not be able to access a communal garden, after the council agreed changes to planning permission in a move reminiscent of the row over buildings that have different doors for tenants, depending on their income and status.


The One Tower Bridge development, which stands between the landmark and the mayor’s City Hall offices, includes a block of affordable homes, which will be ready later this year, alongside eight blocks of luxury apartments costing between £1.45m and £15m.


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Avram Grant putting his shirt on Ghana’s Africa Cup of Nations chances

• Former Chelsea coach will continue to wear ‘lucky’ top against Ivory Coast

• Hervé Renard one win from an historic double in competition

Equatorial Guinea fined £65,000 over Africa Cup violence

As the helicopter descended, Avram Grant glanced up, his face as cadaverous as ever, but seemed emotionless. Whatever he actually felt amid the violence that led to Ghana’s Cup of Nations semi-final against Equatorial Guinea being suspended for almost 40 minutes, his outward appearance was calm. When the smoke grenades cleared, fans were evacuated from two stands of the Estadio de Malabo and the bottles and other missiles were cleared from the pitch, the overriding sense was of the sang-froid with which Ghana had reacted.


This is a team that has, with some justification, been accused of complacency in the past two Cups of Nations. Here, the lack of outward emotion was a positive. “We had a very good training camp in Spain,” said Grant. “We did a lot about mentality – it’s important in sports and in life to recover. This is one of the things I wanted to see with the team: the mentality. I think this is one of the keys for everything. It’s important also in life to look for solutions when things are going wrong. [The semi-final] showed a lot of strength in very difficult situation; the players showed to people in the country that they can count on them.”


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Neil Armstrong’s hidden bag of Apollo 11 artifacts

Neil Armstrong’s purse: First moonwalker had hidden bag of Apollo 11 artifacts | collectSPACE. Neil Armstrong had a secret stash of moon landing mementos. The first man to walk on the moon kept a bag full of small parts from the lunar module “Eagle” that he and his Apollo 11 crewmate Buzz Aldrin famously piloted […]



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The Gawker Review Weekend Reading List [2.7.15]

The Gawker Review Weekend Reading List [2.7.15]


Soda is bad for you. Sugary soft drinks like Coca-Cola, for example, have been linked to depression, diabetes, osteoporosis, and are known to accelerate aging. Last year, along with the American Beverage Association and Alliance for a Healthier Generation, several major beverage corporations decided to "promote smaller portions as well as zero and low calorie offerings, and provide calorie counts on vending machines, soda fountains, and retail coolers." Why? Because we're a nation of voracious consumers—clothes, TV, food, among other cravings—and, over time, soft drinks like Coke had become a leading contributor to America's obesity epidemic. What, then, should the purpose of a mega-corporation like Coca-Cola be? To sell a product and create a "lifestyle" for consumers? To profit at all costs? To make sure its customers don't die from heart disease? Or, perhaps, to make the internet a "more positive place" via an ASCII art Twitter bot? Whatever it is, it's certainly not the latter.


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CCTV: drunk driver tries to mount kerb, repeatedly - video

Security video shows a drunk driver repeatedly try to mount the kerb of a busy road in east China's Shandong Province. The driver crosses a line of cars stopped at a traffic light and then attempts to drive directly onto the sidewalk. Two policemen eventually stop the driver. Drivers in China caught drunk driving have their licences revoked and have to wait five years for another Continue reading...





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England’s Stuart Broad plotting Australia upset in their World Cup opener

• Broad says team are in ‘pretty good place’ despite struggles against Australia

• Bowler excited by ‘breathtaking’ chance to start campaign at MCG

Inspired by England’s rugby players stunning a partisan Welsh crowd in the opening match of the Six Nations, Stuart Broad is targeting an equally audacious upset for the country’s cricketers in Melbourne next Saturday.


Broad rose early on Saturday morning to watch the final, enthralling seven minutes from the Millennium Stadium in his Sydney hotel room. This Saturday in front of a packed-out MCG, England’s cricketers face an even tougher test when they take on Australia in their opening match of the World Cup.


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France v Scotland: Six Nations 2015 - live!

Should Samantha Cameron give up her day job?

Smythson, purveyor of £1,000 handbags, enjoys the benefits of being based in a tax haven. Is it right for the prime minister’s wife to be on their payroll?

I’m usually the last to argue that any woman should be defined by what her partner says or does. But David Cameron is a public figure, who has made a very public fuss, quite rightly, about the questionable morality of firms that do lucrative business in the UK – and in this case claim the kudos of being a “British” brand – while paying little or no taxation here, and keeping their financial affairs secret. Samantha Cameron is not a humble backroom toiler at Smythson: she has acted as a public face for the firm, which we now discover is ultimately controlled by a trust based in the notorious tax haven of Guernsey. She should step down.


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Cricket World Cup: South Africa keen to avoid case of history repeating

This time South Africa really do look as if they can win this tournament. Arguably they have the best batsman and the best bowlers to do so

• 1992 was the best Cricket World Cup of them all

The South Africans are due. They have never reached the final of the World Cup since their return to international cricket in 1992. Yet they have always seemed capable of winning the trophy. Until something happens.


In 1992 there was that Sydney semi‑final against England. The game was boiling up to a cracking climax: 22 runs were required for victory by the South Africans with 13 balls and four wickets remaining. There was no guarantee that South Africa would get the runs but they had a damned good chance. Whereupon it rained; the umpires took the players from the field for 12 minutes and that infamous rain rule was applied. Once the calculations of a regulation, much trumpeted by the Australians until then, had been completed it transpired that South Africa now needed 21 runs off one ball. Brian McMillan desolately blocked that final delivery and cricket was a laughing stock except for the South Africa team, many of whom were soon in tears in their dressing room.


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World Rugby requests full report from WRU after George North incidents

• Wales winger suffered two blows to the head during defeat to England

• Wales announce that North passed head injury protocol tests

Wales 16-21 England: Lancaster’s men storm back to win opener

Rugby union’s world governing body has requested a full report from Welsh rugby chiefs after George North suffered two blows to the head during Friday night’s Six Nations opener against England.


The Wales winger took an accidental boot to the head from England lock Dave Attwood in the first-half, and was temporarily replaced by Liam Williams while he underwent mandatory concussion assessment.


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Tony McCoy announces he will retire from racing at end of season

• Winner of 19 consecutive Champion Jockey titles calls it a day

• McCoy makes announcement on Channel 4 Racing

Tony McCoy has announced on Channel 4 Racing that he is to retire from racing at the end of the season.


The winner of 19 consecutive jump jockey titles has more than 4,300 winners to his name. Now aged 40, he won the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award in 2010, the only jockey to have done so.


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Mae Jemison – African American History Month 2015 #BlackHistoryMonth @maejemison

“First woman of color in space, Physician, Scientist, Engineer, Explorer & Futurist. Leader 100 Year Starship. Someone who proves that daring makes a difference!”- @maejemison Mae Carol Jemison is an American physician and NASA astronaut. She became the first African American woman to travel in space when she went into orbit aboard the Space Shuttle […]



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André Brink, South African Literary Figure Who Ran Afoul of Censors, Dies at 79

Mr. Brink’s work was often cited alongside that of Nadine Gordimer and J.M. Coetzee as an exemplar of South Africa’s ability to transform the experience of harsh racial politics into literature with a global reach.

















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Report: Cops Now Investigating Bobbi Kristina Brown's Boyfriend

Report: Cops Now Investigating Bobbi Kristina Brown's Boyfriend


Authorities in Georgia have reportedly launched a criminal investigation into the case of Bobby Kristina Brown, who was found unresponsive in a bathtub last weekend and has been in a medically-induced coma since.


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Nigerian Elections Postponed as Fight Against Boko Haram Escalates

Nigerian Elections Postponed as Fight Against Boko Haram Escalates


The Nigerian electoral commission has decided to postpone the presidential and legislative elections scheduled for February 14th, the Associated Press reports. The six-week delay will allow a newly-formed multinational force the opportunity to reclaim areas controlled by Boko Haram.


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Disappointment as Women on the Verge stars miss string of performances

Tamsin Greig, Haydn Gwynne and Seline Hizli all pull out of performances of the new West End musical adaption of Pedro Almodóvar’s film

In the end it may be the audience which has a breakdown. Three of the stars of the West End’s boldest and most talked about new musical have all disappointed a succession of fans of Pedro Almodóvar’s groundbreaking film Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown by failing to make performances of the new musical adaption which opened last month.


Tamsin Greig, Haydn Gwynne and Seline Hizli have all come down with illnesses, or as theatre staff informed patrons on a series of evenings last week, were “indisposed”.


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Despite one big rainy hiccup, 1992 was the best World Cup of them all

South Africa’s surprise involvement and Martin Crowe’s splendid captaincy of New Zealand were highlights of a memorable, fully modern tournament

It will take quite a few sensations for the 2015 World Cup to match the drama and emotion of 1992, the only other occasion when the tournament was held in Australasia.


1992 may be regarded as the first modern World Cup: it was the first to involve night cricket and coloured clothing; it took longer than any of its predecessors as the TV companies were by now growing accustomed to exercising their muscles. It was reckoned that the global television audience exceeded one billion. And there was plenty going on to divert that audience. Even when it rained. Especially when it rained, which it did quite often in that late Australasian summer.


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Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane has dream first derby to beat Arsenal

Arsène Wenger has seen many Spurs sides come and go but few have tested Arsenal so thoroughly as Mauricio Pochettino’s here during a compelling derby that ended with Harry Kane the toast of Tottenham Hotspur once again.


Kane, who crossed the north London divide as a youngster having been on Arsenal’s books, was the catalyst for a remarkable Spurs victory, coming as they did from one goal behind but thoroughly deserving their win following a highly accomplished performance that took them above Arsenal in the Premier League table.


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Yemen’s Houthi takeover branded ‘coup’ by Gulf states

Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and UAE say Shia group’s actions represent ‘dangerous escalation’

The dissolution of Yemen’s parliament and the takeover by an armed Shia Muslim group has been branded a “coup”, Kuwait’s official news agency said on Saturday.


A bomb exploded outside the republican palace in the Yemeni capital Sana’a on Saturday and wounded three Shia militiamen guarding it, eyewitnesses said.


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Rome red light district given green light

Experiment in Eur business district aims to reduce the impact of a trade currently conducted on more than 20 streets in the neighbourhood


Rome has approved plans for a red light district where prostitution will be officially tolerated, officials have confirmed.


Ignazio Marino, the Italian capital’s centre-left mayor, gave his blessing on Friday evening to the experiment in the Eur business district, to the south of the city’s historic centre.


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