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Monthly archives: March 2014

Get rich by grabbing an entrepreneur’s coat-tails

For every Bill Gates there’s an Andrea Lewis. When a firm hits the big time, the company’s founder, of course, strikes it rich. Yet early employees such as Lewis, a technical writer-turned-freelance journalist, don’t fare too badly, either. Thanks to the Microsoft stock options she was awarded in the software giant’s early days, Lewis’s net worth has been reported to be around $2 million. Many of the world’s wealthiest individuals […]

Breaking: Two objects possibly related to missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 have been spotted, the Australian Prime Minister has said

Prime Minister of Australia Tony Abbot spoke to Parliament on Thursday saying a search team had been sent off the country’s coast to investigate new evidence found on satellite imagery concerning Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. According to CNN, Abbot believes that this new evidence is “credible,” but stressed that it would take time to pinpoint the exact location. There have been a wide variety of theories concerning the disappearance and location […]

Farmers in India commit suicide after freak storm destroys winter crops

A string of farmers have committed suicide in western India after freak hailstorms and rains destroyed winter crops worth millions of dollars, activists and politicians said Wednesday. The unusual weather struck parts of western Maharashtra state, of which Mumbai is the capital, from late February and went on to badly damage crops. A source from the Maharashtra chief minister’s office told AFP that seven suicides had been confirmed, with more killed by […]

 
 
 

Shift workers beware: Sleep loss may cause brain damage, new research says

STORY HIGHLIGHTS Naps on the weekend don’t really make up for pulling droopy-eyed all-nighters The widely held notion that you can pay back a “sleep debt” may be a myth Mice forced to sleep like shift workers had heavy damage in a key group of nerve cells Scientists want to study deceased shift workers to see if they suffered similar damage Are you a truck driver or shift worker planning […]

Tencent and Alibaba battle for internet dominance in China

It’s been called “the most expensive competition in online history” – but it’s one you might not have heard about. More than 15 years ago, two firms launched in China within months of each other, looking to take advantage of the growing numbers of internet users in the country. Alibaba, founded at the start of 1999 by former school teacher Jack Ma, was a platform created to help businesses sell […]

 
 
 

Twenty-seven dolphins die after getting trapped in ice off coast of Newfoundland

PORT AUX BASQUES, N.L. — All but three of about 30 white-beaked dolphins that became trapped in ice off southwestern Newfoundland have died, federal fisheries officials said Monday. A spokesman for the Fisheries and Oceans Department said officers visited the site in Cape Ray and found the carcasses, adding that the remaining dolphins appeared to be in poor condition. We caution against rescue efforts by the public as they pose […]

 
 
 

So long Seychelles! Rhossili Bay in Wales named best beach in the UK - and the ninth most amazing in the world

A stunning stretch of sand in Wales has been named the best beach in the UK, the third best in Europe – and the ninth best in the world. Rhossili Bay in the Gower has beaten off competition from Dorset, Cornwall and Scotland to secure the top spot in the UK, and Spain, Greece, Italy and Turkey to keep its third-place ranking in Europe for the second year running. And […]

Eight missing as cargo ships collide outside of Tokyo Bay

The location of the collision, which occured in the early hours of Tuesday morning.  STORY HIGHLIGHTS Vessels collide outside of Tokyo Bay, one sunk 12 crew members of Beagle III rescued, one remains in serious condition Eight Chinese crew members remain missing Two cargo ships collided just outside Tokyo Bay, according to the Japanese Coast Guard. The Panamanian-flagged Beagle III crashed into another vessel, the South Korean-registered Pegasus Prime, causing […]

Missing Malaysia plane: Chinese territory searched

The plane has been missing for more than a week, amid an unprecedented international search. China has started searching its territory for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, state media report, as the international search continues. Efforts to find the aircraft are focussing on two vast air corridors north and south of the plane’s last known location. China said no evidence of terror links had been found in Chinese passengers. The […]

Hindu festival of colours signals arrival of spring

Holi, the popular Hindu spring festival of colours, is observed in India at the end of the winter season on the last full moon of the lunar month. A man smears the face of a woman with colors during celebrations marking Holi, the Hindu festival of colors, in Mumbai, India, Monday, March 17, 2014. The holiday, celebrated mainly in India and Nepal, marks the beginning of spring and the triumph […]