William Shatner cannot attend the funeral of his friend and "Star Trek" co-star Leonard Nimoy because of a prior commitment for a charity ball, the actor said on Twitter on Saturday. Shatner and Nimoy portrayed the two best-known characters on the original "Star Trek" television series launched in 1966 and in a series of films, with Shatner playing the adventurous Captain Kirk and Nimoy as the logic-bound, half-alien Mr. Spock. Shatner said in a post on Twitter that he was in Florida, having previously agreed to appear at a Red Cross ball. Shatner, in other posts on Twitter, asked people to go online on Sunday to celebrate and remember Nimoy.
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- William Shatner says cannot attend friend … Reuters - Sun 1 Mar, 2015
- Factbox - Reaction to death of 'Star … Reuters - Sat 28 Feb, 2015
Leonard Nimoy, best known for his portrayal of logic-bound Mr. Spock in the "Star Trek" science fiction television series and movies, died on Friday at age 83 after a battle with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. The following are reactions to Nimoy's death: "Long before being nerdy was cool, there was Leonard Nimoy. Leonard was a lifelong lover of the arts and humanities, a supporter of the sciences, generous with his talent and his time. And of course, Leonard was Spock. Cool, logical, big-eared and level-headed, the center of Star Trek’s optimistic, inclusive vision of humanity’s future. I loved Spock," President Barack Obama, whose unemotional approach to problems has been likened to the character Nimoy portrayed on "Star Trek." "I loved him like a brother. We will all miss his humor, his talent and his capacity to love," William Shatner, who co-starred on "Star Trek" as Captain Kirk, said in a statement.
- Leonard Nimoy, Star Trek's 'Mr. … Reuters - Sat 28 Feb, 2015
Leonard Nimoy, who won fame and fans with his portrayal of logic-bound, half-alien Mr. Spock in the "Star Trek" TV series and movies, died on Friday. Nimoy, who had battled chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), died in the morning at his home in Los Angeles' Bel Air section, his agents, Bob and David Gersh, said in a statement. "We return you now to the stars, Leonard," fellow "Star Trek" cast member George Takei wrote on Facebook.
- Compound from Chinese medicinal herb … Reuters - Fri 27 Feb, 2015
By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A drug derived from a Chinese medicinal herb is showing promise for combating Ebola infection, effectively imprisoning the virus inside cells so it cannot do its usual damage, scientists said on Thursday. The researchers said the compound, called tetrandrine, blocked infection of human white blood cells in lab dishes and prevented Ebola virus disease in lab mice. "The work has revealed a new chink in the armour of Ebola virus," said virologist Robert Davey of the Texas Biomedical Research Institute in San Antonio, who estimated this approach potentially could be used to treat people in two to five years. There is no approved drug treatment or vaccine for the Ebola virus, which causes hemorrhagic fever and spreads person to person through contact with body fluids.
- Samsung Elec to freeze salaries in S.Korea … Reuters - Thu 26 Feb, 2015
Samsung Electronics will freeze wages in 2015 for employees in South Korea for the first time in six years, after the world's biggest smartphone maker saw profits fall in the face of rising competition. The cost-cutting move is the latest by Samsung Electronics, which in January reported its first annual profit decline since 2011, as it lost market share to Apple Inc's new iPhones and cheaper Chinese rivals like Xiaomi Inc [XTC.UL]. The wage freeze also comes as the electronics giant is widely expected to unveil its next Galaxy S smartphone at a March 1 event, hoping to revive sales growth momentum. Samsung Electronics had already frozen 2015 wages for executives as part of belt-tightening measures, a company spokeswoman said, confirming media reports.
- U.S. CDC warns overuse of antibiotics … Reuters - Thu 26 Feb, 2015
By Yasmeen Abutaleb NEW YORK (Reuters) - Overuse of antibiotics made Americans more vulnerable to a strain of bacteria that caused nearly half a million infections and contributed to at least 29,000 deaths in a single year, U.S. public health officials warned in a study published on Wednesday. The study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention focussed on the Clostridium difficile bacterium, which can cause deadly diarrhoea. The findings, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, highlight how overprescription of antibiotics has fuelled a rise in bacteria that are resistant to treatment. People who take antibiotics are most at risk of acquiring C. difficile because these medications also wipe out "good" bacteria that protect a healthy person against the infection.
- McIlroy shocked by Love's appointment … Reuters - Thu 26 Feb, 2015
By Bernie McGuire PALM BEACH GARDENS, Florida (Reuters) - World number one Rory McIlroy was "shocked" at the appointment of Davis Love 111 as 2016 United States Ryder Cup captain. McIlroy is returning to competition at this week’s Honda Classic and teeing up for a first time this year on American soil following a three-week break since winning the Dubai Desert Classic. Northern Ireland's McIlroy, a triple European Ryder Cup-winning team member and four-times major champion, was asked about his reaction to the appointment of Love. "It came as a big shock when they announced yesterday Davis was going to be the next U.S. captain," McIlroy told reporters. “It will be great to see Davis and (European captain) Darren (Clarke) go head-to-head at Hazeltine and they will be formidable opponents.
- World Cup Fantasy Guru: Time to go bonkers … Sportskeeda - Wed 25 Feb, 2015
- Younis Khan denies reports of ODI retirement … Sportskeeda - Wed 25 Feb, 2015
- Rajendra Pachauri quits IPCC after sexual … Reuters - Tue 24 Feb, 2015
By Alister Doyle OSLO (Reuters) - Rajendra Pachauri quit as chair of the U.N. panel of climate scientists on Tuesday, ending 13 turbulent years in charge of the Nobel Peace Prize-winning group, after a sexual harassment complaint against him. Pachauri, 74, has denied the allegation. Chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) since 2002, Pachauri pulled out of an IPCC meeting in Kenya this week after the Delhi police started investigating the complaint by a female researcher in India. In a letter to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, he wrote that his inability to travel to Kenya showed he may be unable to ensure the "strong leadership and dedication of time and full attention by the chair" needed by the panel.
- Pachauri quits UN climate panel after … Reuters - Tue 24 Feb, 2015
- India's ruling party, Kashmir party … Associated Press - Tue 24 Feb, 2015
- Feature: Pakistan fret over non-performing … Reuters - Tue 24 Feb, 2015
Speculation is rife that Younus Khan will quit one-day cricket after the World Cup and chances are it would be far from a fairytale farewell for one of Pakistan's modern batting greats. Runs have dried up, his team's World Cup campaign is in disarray, fans back home are fuming and pundits, including some of his former team mates, consider him a burden on a team beset with many other problems. The former captain, so far, has failed to justify his selection for a fourth World Cup appearance, managing six runs against arch-rivals India and being out for a golden duck against West Indies. Thank you for your services to Pakistan cricket but please leave this ODI side now," former test captain Rameez Raja said.
- World's diet worsening with globalisation, … Reuters - Mon 23 Feb, 2015
By Chris Arsenault ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The world's diet has deteriorated substantially in the last two decades, a leading nutrition expert said on Monday, citing one of the largest studies available on international eating habits. Poor countries in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia are seeing the fastest increases in unhealthy food consumption, while the situation has improved slightly in Western Europe and North America, said Dariush Mozaffarian, Dean of the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University. Between 1990 and 2010, middle and low income countries saw consumption of unhealthy foods increase dramatically, Mozaffarian said, citing information in a study he co-authored for the March edition of The Lancet Global Health journal. Processed foods high in sugar, fat and starch are driving the growth of unhealthy foods.
- 'Big Hero 6' wins best animated … Reuters - Mon 23 Feb, 2015
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Disney Animation's "Big Hero 6," a comic book-inspired tale of a teen science genius who befriends a huggable robot and forms a superhero team, won the Oscar for best animated feature film on Sunday. This is the second consecutive Academy Award win in the animated feature category for Walt Disney Co's animation studios, which won the Oscar last year for musical blockbuster "Frozen." (Reporting by Piya Sinha-Roy; Editing by Sandra Maler)
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