Reuters – Mosquitoes can quickly develop resistance to insecticide-treated nets, a study from Senegal shows, raising fears that a leading method of preventing the disease may be less effective than previously thought. Researchers who studied malaria infections in a village in the West African country found that growing resistance to a common type of insecticide by Anopheles gambiae mosquitoes — the species responsible for transmitting malaria to humans in Africa — is causing the disease to rebound. Read article
Press TV – The US military has dispatched two more Predator drones to the Libya war as Libyan revolutionary forces make major advances toward the powerbase of the country’s ruler Muammar Gaddafi. A US official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said on Wednesday that the drones arrived earlier this week, Reuters reported. The measure was adopted following requests by the NATO commanders who had said changing tactics by the Gaddafi forces made it difficult for fighter jets to hit targets. US President Barack Obama authorized the use of armed drones over Libya in April and since then there have been over 90 drone attacks, reports say. Read Article
The Telegraph – Two large suicide explosions have rocked a British cultural centre in the Afghan capital Kabul on a public holiday marking Afghanistan’s independence from Britain in 1919. The explosions, claimed by the Taliban, struck at the British Council offices in Kabul and witnesses reported that heavy gunfire was ongoing inside the compound. A third blast was heard later, but its cause was unclear. The British Council is an official organisation part-funded by London that promotes cultural relations in offices around the world. The full extent of the casualty toll was not immediately clear but Kabul police spokesman Hashmat Stanikzai said initial reports indicated that three or four people were wounded. Read Article
Bloomberg – Britain’s allure as a haven is crumbling as global investors desert sterling amid the lowest inflation-adjusted bond yields on record and a faltering economy.
Amid a background of rioting and looting across the nation, Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne said on Aug. 11 that the U.K.’s recovery will “take longer and be harder” and Bank of England Governor Mervyn King signaled a day earlier he may resume pumping cash into the economy to boost growth. Investors have responded to the worsening outlook by pulling money out of the country at the fastest rate in at least two decades. Read Article
Chicago Tribune – Convicted drug dealers in Illinois soon will have to pay for officers’ time investigating their crimes. Gov. Pat Quinn signed that measure into law Thursday in Elgin, where the idea originated from two officers. “The best thing to do is prevent crime from happening in the first place, but when it does happen, we want to apprehend it and make sure those who commit crime pay the tab,” Quinn said. Read Article
NY Times – Moving to end the state’s lax oversight of the developmentally disabled, the Cuomo administration on Wednesday announced an agreement with the State Police to establish guidelines for reporting possible crimes against the disabled to law enforcement authorities. The agreement covers the 126,000 developmentally disabled people who live in state and privately run group homes and institutions or who receive a variety of other services from the state. Read Article
Reuters – Most doctors opt for screening women for cervical cancer more often than guidelines suggest, according to a new study. Researchers based at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that many primary care doctors would bring women back for cancer screening annually — while recommendations generally call for a three-year wait after normal tests. That means more costs to women and the healthcare system, as well as a risk of unnecessary treatment for false-positive test results — with very little additional cancer-catching benefit. Read article
Reuters – The number of adults and children getting CT scans to diagnose appendicitis has shot up since the 1990s, a new study finds — raising questions about whether the high-tech X-rays are being overused. Read article
Sky News – European equities suffered their biggest daily fall in two and a half years on Thursday, as a slew of downbeat U.S. data cast further doubt on the strength of the recovery in the world’s biggest economy. Read Article and Watch Video
Telegraph – Lord Myners has called on the Government to launch a focused inquiry into so-called “black box” computerised trading in the wake of extreme volatility in the UK’s biggest companies. The former City minister said that high-frequency trading also known as black box trading had been a “contributing factor” in the harsh swings which have led to more than £300bn being wiped off the value of British shares since the beginning of July. Read Article
International News – Tuesday pushed up the overall death toll to around 475 and the total number of predator attacks to fifty-five since January this year. The missiles fired by the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) on a compound and a vehicle parked outside it killed at least four people including a child and two women in North Waziristan. According to the available data, a total of four drone attacks have taken place during the first two weeks of the current month in which as many as thirty-two people have been killed. Of them, the deadliest strike occurred on August 10, when eighteen people, most of them said to be militants, were killed. A US drone had attacked a house in Kharwani village near Miramshah, North Waziristan. Read Article
The Age – (Close 19/8/11) The Australian sharemarket lost $45 billion in value today as investors dumped shares across the board on concerns that the global economy may slide back into a recession. At the close, the benchmark S&P/ASX200 index was down 149.3 points, or 3.5 per cent, at 4101.9, sliding 1.7 per cent over the week. The broader All Ordinaries index slumped 147.5 points, or 3.4 per cent, to 4171.9. Read Article
Telegraph – The 15-nation council is to meet on the Syria crisis amid growing concern over President Bashar al-Assad’s military assault on pro-democracy protests, which is said to have killed about 2,000 people in five months. UN Human Rights Commissioner Navi Pillay and emergency relief coordinator Valerie Amos are to give details of latest events in the strife-torn country, where the government has fiercely resisted outside interference. Ms Pillay’s report will say there is “evidence that Syria has committed grave violations of international human rights law,” said one diplomatic source with knowledge of the report. Read Article
BBC – The first part of the operation to stop the Shell pipeline leaking oil into the North Sea has, according to the company, been successful so far. Shell has been dealing with the release of what has been estimated as more than 200 tonnes from a leak near the Gannet Alpha, discovered last week. Read article
Brisbane Times – Japan has issued a tsunami alert after a strong 6.8-magnitude earthquake hit 113 kilometres east of Fukushima. The quake, which swayed buildings in Tokyo, struck at a depth of 20 kilometres at 1436 local time (1536 AEST) off the east coast, according to a preliminary report from Japan’s Meteorological Agency. Read article
Guardian – As the Bank of England prepares to vote on quantitative easing, a report argues the extra cash ‘exacerbates already extreme income inequality’. A new report suggests that quantitative easing contributed to Britain’s latest bout of social unrest. Read Article
Associated Press – The American Civil Liberties Union and other groups have filed a lawsuit in San Francisco federal court seeking to stop a practice in which alleged illegal immigrants are shackled at the feet, waist and wrists while appearing in immigration court. The groups allege in the suit filed Monday that a blanket policy that allows the immigrants to remain chained for up to 12 hours the day they’re due in court violates constitutional bans against cruel and unusual punishment. Read Article
Guardian – Return of otter shows English rivers are healthiest for 20 years, says Environment Agency. It has been a long and perilous journey, but otters have finally managed to swim back from the brink of extinction and into every county in England. Read article
The Asian Age – The next time you buy toothpaste, make sure to read the fineprint on the box, particularly if you have children below 12 years at home. This is because toothpaste, though it seems quite harmless, carries a health warning for children.
A reading of the fineprint will reveal that most toothpaste brands are not meant for children below six years of age and some are not recommended for children up to 12 years. It is better to choose toothpastes exclusively meant for children, but even these caution that they are not meant for children below five years. Read article
Guardian – Researchers believe cyclones and flooding earlier in the year have wiped out the sea grass beds on which the turtles feed. Unusually large numbers of dead and dying sea turtles are washing up on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef coast, prompting environmental groups to warn of a wildlife crisis in the region. Read article
MSNBC – Japan takes No. 1 spot, U.S ranks amongst top ten advanced countries.
We here in the United States have spent a lot of time lately fretting about our national debt. But while we owe plenty of money, we may not be in nearly as bad of shape as some of our peers.
When debt is considered as a percentage of a nation’s gross domestic product, it turns out Japan takes the No. 1 spot. Japan’s debt is more than double its annual gross domestic product, according to many estimates.