Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher Passes Away

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‘The Iron Lady’, former British Prime Minister Baroness Margaret Thatcher passed away, Monday, April 8, 2013, following a stroke, her spokesperson says. She was 87.

“It is with great sadness that Mark and Carol Thatcher announced that their mother Baroness Thatcher died peacefully following a stroke this morning,” said Lord Bell in a statement.

Baroness Thatcher was the first woman prime minister of Britain who served from 1979 to 1990, under the Conservative party.

Officials from Downing Street say that the Baroness will be accorded the same status of funeral as the Queen Mother and Princess Diana, but will not lie in state as per her own wishes. The ceremony, with full military honours, will take place at London’s St Paul’s Cathedral. The Union Jack, Britain’s National Flag, above 10 Downing Street and the British Parliament has been lowered at half-mast.

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FACEBOOK: Bug Caused Site’s Search History Tool Disappearance

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Leading social media site Facebook acknowledged Tuesday that a bug has resulted in the sudden disappearance of its search history tool. The feature, which first showed up in September last year, lets users view and edit their prior Facebook searches. This could be previously accessed by selecting “Search” from the “Activity Log” in the user’s profile.

The social network apologized for the inconvenience that the bug has caused the Facebook users and promised to fix it shortly. The company, however, denied that the bug was not intentional, as opposed to what the rumors have said.

In connection to this, Facebook announced the launch of its next-generation search product in January. Graph Search, as the social network calls it, is a new way of finding people, things, and places in Facebook easily.

The Dublin-based company promised to keep users updated as soon as the bug on the feature has been fixed. Read the whole story at CNET.

Miami Heat Wins Against Boston Celtics, Extends Win Streak To 23

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And the Heat streak continues…

The Boston Celtics failed in their bid to snap the Miami Heat’s winning streak after a 105-103 loss to the LeBron James-led team that is now on a 23-game winning streak.

The Luck of the Irish was not on the Celtics’ side during their game following St. Patrick’s Day. Although they scored 17 straight points in the first quarter, shot 62 percent in the first half, and Jeff Green had one of his best career games with a 43-point performance, the Celtics were not able to stop the streaking Heat.

LeBron had another fantastic night with 37 points, 12 assists, and 7 rebounds that helped his team overcome the Kevin Garnett-less Celtics. James’ performance included the final shot-sinking a go-ahead basket with 10.5 seconds left in the game.

Although the Celtics led for most of the game, a wide-open three point shot by Mario Chalmers gave Miami the lead late into the fourth quarter. Green tried to tie the game in the last seconds with a drive to the basket but was denied by Miami’s Shane Battier not once, but twice, even when Battier sat out most of the last quarter.

Part of LeBron’s huge game was due to a ‘pep’ talk by Heat coach Erik Spoelstra.

“Save us. And he did,” said Spoelstra.

“I don’t have any other words that you guys haven’t used before. He’s the best. You never take it for granted and shame on anybody who takes Number Six for granted because he’s a special talent. Aside from his physical skills, he plays the right way. He plays to win. He’s an unbelievable teammate, unselfish. That’s what makes him special,” said Battier on LeBron.

The 23-game winning streak of the Heat is one more than the Houston Rockets’ back in 2008, and 10 games away from the all-time record set by the Los Angeles Lakers over 40 years ago.

Boeing Lands $16 Billion Deal With Ryanair

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A day after its rival Airbus poached one of its biggest customers, Boeing closed a deal Tuesday with Irish budget airline Ryanair for 175 jets worth $16 billion, handing Boeing its largest European order ever.

The deal boosts the aircraft manufacturer’s fortunes and strengthens the Irish carrier’s dominance in Europe’s low-cost airline market. It also marks a major commitment from Europe’s largest discount airlines despite the economic instability in the region, highlighted by a looming bailout in Cyprus.

The proposed purchase for current-generation Boeing 737-800s will raise Ryanair’s fleet to a total of 400 planes from their current 300, with a number of old planes to be decommissioned. It will also allow the airline to increase passenger capacity by 25% over the next five years as rival airlines are planning capacity cuts.

The deal first needs to be confirmed and approved by the shareholders of Ryanair. Should it push through, the Irish airline will remain one of the few remaining carriers that feature an all-Boeing fleet. It was also a welcome help for Boeing after one of its exclusively-Boeing customers, Indonesia’s Lion Air, closed a deal with rival Airbus for a $24 billion order Monday.

The Boeing 737-800 jet, a 189-seater jet pitted against Airbus’ A320, is an industry benchmark worth $89.1 million at list prices. Bulk orders, though, are given steep discounts.

Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary said, “This deal embeds our cost advantage over our European competitors… Hopefully it will help refocus people’s minds on the fact that Boeing continues to deliver great aircraft and is growing strongly, rather than a minor issue on the 787.”

US Shows Strength, Flies B-52 Bombers Over South Korea

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In a show of force sending a message to increasingly hostile North Korea, the United States Air Force is bringing out their big guns as the Pentagon said Monday that B-52 bombers are making patrol flights over South Korean airspace as part of their joint military exercises.

“Despite challenges with fiscal constraints, training opportunities remain important to ensure U.S. and ROK (Republic of Korea) forces are battle-ready and trained to employ airpower to deter aggression, defend the Republic of Korea, and defeat any attack against the alliance,” said Pentagon spokesperson George Little during a meeting with reporters Monday.

As part of the annual Foal Eagle training exercises, the Pentagon said the eight-engine bomber planes first flew March 8 and are scheduled to fly again over South Korea on Tuesday.

“This mission highlights the extended deterrence and conventional capabilities of the B-52 Stratofortress,” said Little.

The long-range, subsonic, jet-powered aircrafts are flying out of Andersen Air Force base in Guam as part of what the US Pacific Command refers to as a “continuous bomber presence” in the region.

“These… missions are routine and reiterate the U.S. commitment to the security of our allies and partners,” explained Little.

The military exercises and the B-52 flights come amid growing tension between North Korea and the United States, after the UN Security Council agreed to impose tougher economic sanctions on the Kim Jong Un-led nation following its latest nuclear test in February that defied UN orders.

In response to the UN sanctions, North Korea has threatened the US and its neighbor South Korea of a pre-emptive nuclear attack. It also said it was nullifying the armistice agreement that halted the war between the two Koreas.

US officials, however, do not believe North Korea owns the capacity to strike the US, though Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced last week the deployment of additional ground-based missile interceptors in Alaska and California.

Waxing And Shaving Pose Infection Risk – Study

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Women wanting to have a sexy bikini line are at greater risk of infections, say researchers.

Shaving and waxing can cause micro trauma to the skin, leaving it exposed to pathogens like poxvirus.

The team of researchers studied 30 patients with a condition of poxvirus called molluscumcontagiosumand who had been treated in a private clinic in France.

Researchers say pubic hair removal is becoming more popular even among men too.Twenty-four out of the 30 patients they examined were men.In all 30 cases, the wounds had appeared in the bikini line area that had been waxed, trimmed, or shaved.

Molluscumcontagiousum is highly infectious and can easily spread even through skin-to-skin contact with someone who is already infected, or by touching contaminated things such as a flannel or towel.

It often clears up on its own and does not cause any signs and symptoms other than raised red spots. Squeezing the red spots that develop is inadvisable because it can cause pain and bleeding and it is probably going to leave scars and marks. It also increases the risk of spreading the infection.

Researchers say waxing and shaving pubic hair could also be a risk factor for other ‘minor’ infections such as genital warts.

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