Παρασκευή 31 Ιανουαρίου 2020

Coronavirus: Why are we catching more diseases from animals?

Climate change is shifting our relationship with the animal kingdom and helping diseases evolve.

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Shane Fitzsimmons: 'Tireless' fire chief steering Australians through disaster

Fire chief Shane Fitzsimmons has worked tirelessly and "masterfully" to save lives, close observers say.

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When a lottery 'wins' sick babies life-saving drugs

The company behind a gene therapy for muscle-wasting disease SMA will give out 100 doses via lottery.

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The real lives behind 'shocking' migrant children's stories

Why a film director feels compelled to tell desperate stories of migrants escaping their countries.

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Making beautiful colours without toxic chemicals

Dyeing clothes uses a lot of water and chemicals, but new tech is drawing on nature for colours.

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19 Dumb Yet Hilarious Things People Probably Regretted Doing

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52 Valentine's Day Gifts For When You're Totally In Love, But Broke

I hate how much I love Valentine's Day.

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Here's What Paris Hilton And 14 Other Celebrities Shared This Week For #TBT

A photo of Christina Aguilera at the Grammys 20 years ago kicks off this week's #ThrowbackThursday!

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I Bet You Never Noticed These 35 Celebs In Famous TV Shows

Zac Efron was in Firefly?!

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WWE Co-Presidents Forced Out in Company Shakeup, Stock Plunges

January 31, 2020 at 02:39AM

There has been a shakeup toward the top of WWE.

WWE has replaced its two top executives as George Barrios and Michelle Wilson have been forced out of their roles as co-presidents after 2019 earnings came in at the low end of estimates,

the company announced Thursday. The two will also no longer serve on the company's board of directors effective immediately.

Shares of WWE plunged as much as 14% to $53.30 in extended trading after the company announced its high-level personnel decisions.

Frank A. Riddick III, a longtime WWE board member will be the interim Chief Financial Officer and will report to WWE chairman & CEO Vince McMahon.

"I would like to thank George and Michelle for their 10+ years of service and contributions to the organization,”McMahon said in an official release. “I am grateful for all that was accomplished during their tenure, but the Board and I decided a change was necessary as we have different views on how best to achieve our strategic priorities moving forward.

“We have a deep team of talented, experienced and committed executives across the organization, and the Board and I have great confidence in our collective abilities to create compelling content, engage our global fanbase across platforms, increase revenues, and drive shareholder value.”

Variety reported in July 2019 that ratings for WWE's two main shows, "Monday Night Raw" and "SmackDown Live," had fallen around 20% each compared to the beginning of 2018. "SmackDown" moved to FOX in Oct. 2019, the beginning of a five-year deal with the network.

Paul, Westbrook top All-Star Game reserves

Chris Paul and Russell Westbrook headline the All-Star Game reserves chosen by the league's coaches. Donovan Mitchell, Rudy Gobert, Brandon Ingram, Bam Adebayo Jayson Tatum and Domantas Sabonis were first-time selections.

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NBA shot chart trivia: Can you guess that All-Star?

Here we go: 15 multiple-choice questions on the All-Stars and snubs. Shoot your shot.

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17 Millennials/Gen Z'ers Who Ended Baby Boomers

With outdated outlooks, rude emails, and more.

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Lakers GM Rob Pelinka Releases Statement on Kobe Bryant's Death

January 31, 2020 at 02:13AM

Rob Pelinka released a statement on his longtime client Kobe Bryant on Thursday.

On Thursday, Lakers GM and Vice President of Basketball Operations Rob Pelinka released a statement regarding the death of Lakers legend, and Pelinka's former client, Kobe Bryant.

"On Sunday, I lost my best friend and my sweet goddaughter. With that, there has been an amputation of part of my soul," Pelinka said in a statement. "Kobe was a force of nature, deep and obsessed with excellence. He was wise, determined, passionate. A visionary beyond measure. A dedicated and loving husband, and a "girl-dade" like no other. When he walked into a room, the energy ignited. He was high voltage, with a motor that had no limits. His mind had an infinite capacity to learn. He was, simply put, the most inspirational athlete of our time. What the world may not know, is that he was also the best friend anyone could ever imagine...

"Their lives have shown me that death has no victory. Last Sunday is not the end of the story. It's just a new beginning. Kobe and Gigi's legacies will live on — and gain even more power and influence. All of us touched by them will now try to become torch carriers of their legacies. And, while we do that, we can be certain of this: Kobe and Gigi will continue on, forever, playing a joy-filled game of basketball in heaven above."

Pelinka was Bryant's longtime agent, negotiating his final two-year, $48.5 million contract under which Bryant finished his two-decade career.

The Lakers released their team statement on Wednesday, hours after Kobe's wife Vanessa released her first public comments.

Lakers executives, including Jeanie Buss and Linda Rambis, gathered at the team's facility on Sunday following the news of Bryant's death, according to the LA Times. Pelinka reportedly also spent time on Sunday with Bryant’s widow, Vanessa.

An 18-time All-Star and 11-time All-NBA first-teamer, Bryant led the Lakers to five NBA championships and scored 33,643 points in his 20-year NBA career. He retired after the 2015-16 season, having spent his entire career with the Lakers. The franchise retired his No. 8 and No. 24 jersey numbers in December 2017.

Bryant, his daughter and seven other people died suddenly in a helicopter crash on Sunday. Orange Coast College baseball coach John Altobelli, his daughter Alyssa and wife Keri were also killed, along with Sarah and Payton Chester, assistant coach Christina Mauser and pilot Ara Zobayan. 

Pelinka was promoted to VP of Basketball Operations in early January. 

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Nicaragua: Six indigenous people reportedly killed in attack

The Mayagna group has been involved in disputes with new settlers searching for land and resources.

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The Papers: Will Brexit hail a 'new dawn' or a 'small island'?

The papers mark the day the UK leaves the EU - "Brexit day" - with a mixture of optimism and regret.

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Grieving Pelinka: Bryants' legacies will live on

Rob Pelinka said the legacies of his 'best friend' Kobe Bryant and 'sweet goddaughter' Gianna "will live on -- and gain even more power and influence."

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A Bunch Of Royal Fans Lost It When They (Incorrectly) Thought Meghan Markle's Best Friend Was Shading Kate Middleton On Instagram

Meghan's BFF Jessica Mulroney has been pulled into the Team Kate vs. Team Meghan fandom war.

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The Spanish Language Version Of Pete Buttigieg’s Website Is Mostly In English

"The simple answer is that we are in the middle of translating the rest of our policy plans into Spanish, but haven't completed that task," Buttigieg's campaign said.

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Elizabeth Warren’s Dog Is Campaigning For Her While She’s Stuck In Washington

Also her husband. It has come to this.

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"I Would Vote For My Dead Cat Over Trump": Even Moderate Democrats Say They’d Vote For Bernie Sanders If He’s The Nominee

As fears rise in the party over what a Sanders win would mean, moderates in Iowa insist they’ll support the nominee no matter what.

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AOC Is Campaigning For Bernie Sanders In Iowa And Voters Are Falling In Love

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is gaining fans in Iowa as she campaigns for Bernie Sanders. "I would love to see her run for president one day."

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These 32 Products Have Wild Before-And-After Photos And Are Under $25

These before-and-afters are truly a sight to behold.

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