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Day: December 20, 2017

Can social media help you lose weight
ENGLISH, Technology

Can social media help you lose weight

    Aiming to lose weight? Publicise your goals on social media! The study from the University of California, Irvine examines the role of virtual communities and public commitment in setting and reaching weight loss goals. Our research finds that individuals are more likely to realize success with personal goals when they make a public commitment to attaining them, said Tonya Williams Bradford, study co-author. By sharing success and setbacks in virtual support communities on social media, we found people are achieving better results. This works especially well with goals like weight loss, where before and after images can be shared online with other community members. Along with Bradford, the study was co-authored by Sonya Grier from American University and Geraldine...
Uber dealt blow by EU court ruling that it is transport service
ENGLISH, Europe

Uber dealt blow by EU court ruling that it is transport service

    Ride-hailing app Uber provides a transport service and can be regulated like traditional taxis, the European Union's top court said on Wednesday in a landmark ruling that will determine the rules Uber and peers have to respect in Europe. The service provided by Uber connecting individuals with non-professional drivers is covered by services in the field of transport, the European Court of Justice said. Member states can therefore regulate the conditions for providing that service, it said. The case follows a complaint from a professional taxi drivers association in Barcelona that Uber's activities in Spain amounted to misleading practices and unfair competition from Uber's use of non-professional drivers - a service Uber calls UberPOP. The ECJ said Uber exercises ...
US woman mauled to death by dogs she had raised from puppies
America, ENGLISH

US woman mauled to death by dogs she had raised from puppies

    A woman was mauled to death by her dogs after taking them for a walk near her home in rural Virginia, police said. Bethany Stephens, 22, was found dead in a wooded area on Thursday evening. Officers said they initially thought the two pit bulls were guarding an animal carcass, and that they were eating it. But the body turned out to be Ms Stephens’. Police held a second press conference to describe the details of her death and refute any speculation of foul play. Goochland County Sheriff James Agnew said: In the course of trying to capture the dogs early Friday morning... we turned and looked… I observed, as well as four other deputy sheriffs, the dogs eating the ribcage on the body. He said they did not release the graphic details at first out of concern for the...
Tensions escalate between Saudi Arabia and Iran
Arab world, ENGLISH

Tensions escalate between Saudi Arabia and Iran

    The missile flew through the skies above Riyadh Tensions are escalating between Saudi Arabia and Iran following a missile attack on the Saudi capital Riyadh. Saudi air defences intercepted the ballistic missile in the skies over the city in an incident that is jangling nerves across the region. The attack comes the week after the Trump administration presented evidence it says shows Iran supplied another missile launched at Riyadh's international airport last month. Tensions have escalated after the missile And it comes as a video has gone viral, apparently made in Saudi Arabia, which visualises open conflict between the two sides. So what is going on? Saudi Arabia and Iran back opposing sides in neighbouring Yemen's nasty civil war. Houthi missile launch Saudi-...
Amtrak Train brake automatically activated in fatal wreck
America, ENGLISH

Amtrak Train brake automatically activated in fatal wreck

    A damaged Amtrak train car investigators are looking into whether the Amtrak engineer whose speeding train plunged off an overpass, killing at least three people, was distracted by the presence of an employee-in-training next to him in the locomotive, a federal official said Tuesday. The official, who was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity, said investigators want to know whether the engineer lost situational awareness because of the second person in the cab. Preliminary information indicated that the emergency brake on the Amtrak train that derailed in Washington state went off automatically and was not manually activated by the engineer, National Transportation Safety Board member Bella Dinh-Zarr said. The train was ...