Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Amazing Sports


Etzebeth to lead much-changed Boks against Australia

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Lock Eben Etzebeth has been named captain of South Africa for their Rugby Championship opener against Australia at Ellis Park on Saturday, leading a much-changed squad that includes three uncapped players. Coach Rassie Erasmus will send an advanced party of 15 players to New Zealand this week, well ahead of their second…



R. Kelly pleads not guilty, denied bail on U.S. charges of sex crimes


‘Game of Thrones’ dominates and ‘kick-ass’ women break through at Emmys

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Medieval fantasy “Game of Thrones” scored a record 32 Emmy nominations on Tuesday, but the contenders for the highest honors in television were dominated by newcomers, many of them women, and shows about political and social justice. The 2019 lineup for the Emmys represented the widest array of first-time nominees in…


HBO sets Emmy nominations record, tops Netflix

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – AT&T Inc’s premium cable network HBO scored a record 137 Emmy nominations on Tuesday, topping streaming service Netflix Inc in what has become an annual battle for bragging rights in the contest for television’s biggest awards. A large chunk of HBO’s tally came from medieval fantasy “Game of Thrones,” which received…


Rapper Meek Mill seeks new trial to end decade-long probation

PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) – Lawyers for Meek Mill on Tuesday asked a Pennsylvania appeals court to overturn a 2008 drugs and gun conviction that has kept the rapper on probation for a decade and made him a celebrity advocate for U.S. criminal justice reform. Defense lawyers said the Philadelphia judge who has long overseen Meek Mill’s…



Merck’s treatment for urinary, abdominal infections gets FDA approval

(Reuters) – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Merck & Co Inc’s combination treatment for complicated forms of urinary tract and abdominal infections, the drugmaker said on Wednesday. Recarbrio, approved for patients over 18 years of age, is a combination of a previously approved antibiotic imipenem-cilastatin and Merck’s relebactam. Patients with urinary tract…


UK doctors reveal separation of twins joined at the head

LONDON (Reuters) – Two-year-old twins joined at the head have undergone successful surgery at a British hospital to separate their skulls, brains and blood vessels, doctors said on Tuesday. The highly complex surgery involved multiple operations on Safa and Marwa Ullah, who were born in Pakistan in January 2017 with a condition known as “craniopagus”…


CVS enters home dialysis care with clinical trial of new system

NEW YORK (Reuters) – CVS Health said on Wednesday it will start a clinical trial of its new home dialysis system this week, setting it up to compete directly with the two largest operators of U.S. dialysis centers, Fresenius Medical Care AG and DaVita Inc. CVS is one of the largest U.S. pharmacy operators and…

New Technology


Huawei says Italy’s new 5G powers discriminate against it

ROME (Reuters) – Chinese telecoms equipment group Huawei Technologies criticised the Italian government’s newly beefed-up powers to intervene in the development of fifth-generation (5G) telecom services, saying they discriminated against the company. Luigi De Vecchis, chairman of Huawei Italia, made the comment in a parliamentary hearing, after the government moved by urgent decree last week…


Making sense of chaos? Algos scour social media for clues to crypto moves

LONDON (Reuters) – After months of relative calm in cryptocurrency markets, bitcoin exploded back into life in April with its sharpest price jump in over a year – but few people could convincingly explain why. The 20% leap focused investors’ attention on one of the enduring mysteries of cryptocurrencies: what moves the price of an…


France says Facebook’s Libra not yet viable as G7 minister meet

CHANTILLY, France (Reuters) – France said on Wednesday the conditions were not ripe for Facebook to go ahead with plans for its Libra digital coin, as G7 finance ministers gathered north of Paris on Wednesday for a meeting focused on reining in the powers of big tech giants. Facebook’s recent announcement of plans to launch…


German finance minister: Libra cryptocurrency must wait for regulatory clarity

CHANTILLY, France (Reuters) – Facebook cannot go ahead with its plans to launch its digital coin Libra until all regulatory issues are dealt with, German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz said on Wednesday as he met with counterparts from G7 countries. “I am convinced that we must act quickly and that it cannot go ahead without…


Amazon says it will cooperate with EU antitrust regulator probe

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – U.S. online retailer Amazon said on Wednesday that it would cooperate fully with EU antitrust regulators investigating its use of merchants’ data. The European Commission said the investigation would look into two issues – Amazon’s standard contracts with marketplace sellers and the role of data in selecting winners of the “buy box”…



Apollo moon rocks shed new light on Earth’s volcanoes

OXFORD, England (Reuters) – Fifty years after humans first set foot on the moon, scientists believe rock samples collected by Apollo astronauts could help predict volcanic eruptions on Earth more accurately. The basaltic fragments, similar to most of the Earth’s volcanic rock, are the remains of the moon’s volcanic past, with studies showing evidence of…


Apollo 11’s astronauts snapped photos for science. Then came MTV

(Reuters) – The Apollo 11 astronauts who made mankind’s first visit to the moon 50 years ago were trained in how to take pictures for science. Back on Earth, some of those photos became pop culture touchstones. People collected and shared prints of the Apollo 11 landing and moonwalk, which also became the basis for…