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VIDEO: Rascal Flatts Admits to Lip Syncing at ACM Awards

Time - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 11:14

We’re guessing Rascal Flatts wishes they could rewind their Sunday night performance of “Rewind” — the award-winning trio admitted to lip syncing at the Academy of Country Music Awards, which didn’t come as a surprise to fans.

The group posted a statement on Facebook and Twitter on Monday, saying:

“After having performed several shows earlier in the week, Gary lost his voice. So instead of canceling our commitment to do the show, we made a last minute decision to lip-sync. We’ve never done it before, and obviously we’re not very good at it. We look forward to singing live again in the very near future!”

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Baby Prince George’s First Royal Duty: An Adorable Playdate

Time - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 11:12

For Queen and country, baby Prince George made the sacrifice of having fun.

The little prince’s first royal duty was a playdate with ten families selected to represent the diverse communities of New Zealand. Plunkett’s Parents Group, an organization that provides healthcare and support for new parents, arranged the Government House get-together. They chose George’s playmates from a variety of backgrounds including Maoris, Samoans and gay couples.

The 8-month-old prince is growing up fast. Not only has he begun to serve his patriotic duty, but Kate Middleton says that George has been sleeping through the night and eating solid foods. Later he will wear the crown, but for now, Prince George is content to simply play.

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VIDEO: Tom Ford Says He’s Married

Time - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 10:51

Designer Tom Ford is now sporting a gold wedding band, but somehow no one noticed until he nonchalantly showed it to the audience during an interview Monday at the London Apple Store.

“Richard, yes, 27 years, and we’re now married, which is nice,” Ford said.

He was referring to his long-term partner journalist Richard Buckley, with whom he shares a one-year-old son.

The couple met at a fashion show in the ’80s when Ford’s career was just beginning and Buckley was an editor at Vogue. The two have been together since.

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5 Secrets to Being a Great Mentor—From Someone Mentored by the Best

Time - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 10:50

The Encyclopedia of American Business History notes that Peter Drucker was not only “the most important managerial theorist of the 20thcentury” but also “a mentor to several generations” of executives. MoreWant to Succeed? You Should Seriously Consider Doing NothingHere Is Exactly Why You Wish You Were Self-EmployedMen Charged With Toppling Ancient Rock Formation Avoid Jail Time Huffington PostHere's An Updated Tally Of All The People Who Have Ever Died From A Marijuana Overdose Huffington PostDoris Day Makes Her First Public Appearance in More Than 2 Decades People

Next week, with the release of Bob Buford’s Drucker & Me, readers will be offered a window into perhaps the deepest of those relationships. From it, there is much to learn. Popular Among Subscribers The Taliban’s New Campaign of Fear The Mindful RevolutionThe Virtual Genius of Oculus Rift

The book recalls the friendship forged between Drucker, known as the “man who invented management,” and Buford, a cable television pioneer from Tyler, Texas, who later dedicated his considerable intellect and energy to social entrepreneurship and the building of America’s megachurch movement. (Royalties are being donated to the Drucker Institute, which I run.)

Buford’s narrative begins at the end of Drucker’s life, shortly before he died in 2005, at age 95, when Buford realizes that he has come to visit his friend for the last time. From there, after a short introduction to the significance and impact of Drucker’s work, Buford retraces the extraordinary connection that they built over 23 years.

It started with a letter that Buford wrote to Drucker, seeking his counsel on how to improve the performance of a business that was already growing fast. The next thing Buford knew, he was on his way to Drucker’s modest ranch house in Claremont, Calif., for a one-on-one meeting. Things blossomed quickly from there.

“In terms of friendship, we were an unlikely pairing,” Buford writes. “A generation apart in age. One of us spoke English with a heavy Austrian accent. The other spoke Texan. I owned a cable television company. Peter didn’t even own a television. . . . I followed the Dallas Cowboys. He followed Japanese art.”

Yet for all of these differences, the two clicked. Their sensibilities and worldview were totally in sync. “In Peter,” Buford explains, “I found a soul mate.”

In addition to being a charming read, Drucker & Me conveys many management lessons—on relentlessly providing what the customer values, on engaging in “planned abandonment,” on aligning people’s strengths with the work that they’re asked to undertake. But above all, the book is a wonderful guide on how to be a mentor, filled with useful takeaways. Here are five:

First, a model mentor doesn’t just give answers. In Drucker’s case, he had Buford write him a long letter before each of their sessions, ensuring that Buford had carefully thought through the challenges with which he was grappling. When they finally sat down together, Drucker would pepper Buford with questions.

“He wanted Bob to think for himself,” Jim Collins, for whom Drucker was also a mentor, observes in the foreword to Drucker & Me. “The greatest teachers begin with humility, a belief that only by first learning from their students can they be of greatest service to them.”

Second, a model mentor is always fully present, recognizing the tremendous trust he or she has been handed. “Whenever I was with him,” Buford recalls of Drucker, “he was focused. If the minister of Japan called, the minister would have to wait until my meeting ended.”

Third, a model mentor doesn’t shy away when the professional blends with the personal, understanding that someone’s career and the rest of his or her life are often intimately linked. On this score, Drucker & Me contains several dramatic turning points, including the drowning death of Buford’s 24-year-old son, Ross.

As soon as Drucker heard the terrible news, he phoned. “For the next several minutes, we had a very affectionate, compassionate, intensely personal conversation, and his sadness for my losing Ross almost seemed to match my own,” Buford writes. “And then he said something that was remarkable in its candor even as it echoed my own thoughts. ‘Isn’t it a shame that it takes this kind of moment for you and me to have the kind of conversation we just had?’”

Fourth, by truly listening, a model mentor can help introduce a level of clarity that would likely be unattainable otherwise. “Your mission, Bob, is to transform the latent energy of American Christianity into active energy,” Drucker told Buford eight years into their relationship. Writes Buford: “Just like that, he nailed it. He took my meandering thoughts . . . and articulated exactly what I wanted to do.” Indeed, this single insight from Drucker was the spark that Buford needed to create Leadership Network, a highly effective nonprofit that teaches church pastors how to multiply their own impact in the community.

Finally, a model mentor gives permission, encouragement and applause—but also demands accountability. “After a while,” Buford says, that “long rambling letter” he sent before each consulting session with Drucker “became my performance report. I’m not sure he would have allowed me access, at least in the early going, if I had no results.”

In his 1990 book Managing the Nonprofit Organization, Drucker credits two of his first bosses—one at a financial firm, the other at a newspaper—with being ideal mentors in their own right. “They were totally un-permissive and demanding. And they did not hesitate to chastise me,” Drucker recounted. “But they were willing to listen to me. They were sparing with praise, but always willing to encourage.”

Obviously, he learned well, exhibiting these very same traits with Buford. But so, in turn, did Buford learn well.

I know this firsthand. Although we, too, are from different worlds—I’m a Jewish guy from Baltimore, a generation younger than Buford, and much more a basketball than a football fan—we share many core values. And while I would never claim to be as close to Buford as he was with Drucker, his guidance and friendship have been indispensable. He has urged me, along with my staff, to sharpen the Drucker Institute’s mission, leading us to where we are today: “strengthening organizations to strengthen society.” He has pushed us to think bigger and aim higher.

Inc. magazine once called Peter Drucker “the North Star of mentors.” Bob Buford, I can attest, shines awfully bright himself.

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Sir Mix-a-Lot to Update 'Baby Got Back' With Seattle Symphony

RollingStone - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 10:50
Sir Mix-a-Lot will be appearing as a special guest with the Seattle Symphony this summer as the orchestra performs a new composition inspired by the "Baby Got Back" rapper's work  Where Are They Now? Sir Mix-a-Lot and More of 1992's Biggest Pop Acts The Sir Mix-a-Lot piece was written by Gabriel Prokofiev...

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You Should Tip More You Cheapskate

Time - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 10:49

So you think you’re generous because you leave the waitress 15% and give the bartender a buck for your round of drinks? Sorry, but that makes you a complete cheapskate. MoreMen Charged With Toppling Ancient Rock Formation Avoid Jail Time Huffington PostHere's An Updated Tally Of All The People Who Have Ever Died From A Marijuana Overdose Huffington PostDoris Day Makes Her First Public Appearance in More Than 2 Decades PeopleUMass' Derrick Gordon becomes first college basketball player to come out as gay Sports Illustrated'X-Men'/Summer Movie Preview: See new EW cover Entertainment Weekly

Blame our increasingly service-oriented economy, or technology that lets you swipe instead of digging out cash to pay for everything from a cab ride to a cup of coffee . Either way, the bottom line is the same: If you’ve been tipping the way you have since cell phones flipped open, you are a horrible tipper.

Now, this might not be your fault. Maybe you honestly don’t know what you should tip people these days, or who should get a tip and who should just get a, “hey, thanks.” The norms of tipping have shifted considerably over the past several years and, since most of this stuff isn’t written down — except for the restaurants that now give you a breakdown of how much 15%, 18% and 20% equals right on your receipt — that can make for a lot of guesswork.

In a post titled, “Everything You Don’t Know About Tipping,” blogger Tim Urban of waitbutwhy.com attempts to eliminate that guesswork. He canvassed more than 100 service professionals — from bartenders to bellhops — in New York City, aiming “to capture a wide range, from the fanciest places to the diviest,” and shed some light on how these workers are tipped today (h/t Business Insider).

Urban then breaks down how much poor, average and good tippers pay, along with how much of these workers’ pay is dependant on tips. For restaurant wait staff, tips can be up to 100% of their take-home pay, and Urban categorizes 17% to 20% as an average range for tipping these workers.

“The sense I get is that 15% is now considered too low,” Urban says. For other professionals whose tips generally reflect a percentage of the service price, his results were similar. “Nobody expects more than 20%, but I got the impression that 15% is very low,” he says.

Since his research was all conducted in pricey Manhattan, Urban hypothesized that maybe the local economy was dictating a higher level of tipping, but national data from credit card-processing start-up Square finds that tip amounts are higher across the U.S., although there are regional differences.

According to the Square data, only one state doles out an average of less than 15% (Delaware), and people in 32 states leave tips of 16% or higher. Overall, the company says about half of transactions on Square include tips, and the average tip is 17%.

Michael McCall, professor and chair of the marketing department at Ithaca College, says there are a couple of reasons why tip amounts have crept up.

Technology has a lot to do with it. Companies are rolling out ways that make it easier to tip — and harder not to. Last month, Starbucks added a function to its popular payment app that lets customer add 50 cents, $1 or $2 to their bill as a tip. “You need to go through two steps to get rid of that tip screen. You have to tap twice to get rid of it,” McCall points out.

A growing number of big cities have outfitted their taxi fleets to accept credit and debit cards, and the tools generally include a prompt for a tip. McCall says as the use of cash declines, tips rise because people paying with cards tend to tip more.

But we can’t just blame companies and their sneaky tech tricks. Other reasons behind the proliferation of tipping have to do with our behavior as consumers.

For one thing, we’re pretty bad at math. It’s easier to calculate 20% in your head than 18% or even 15%, McCall points out. Plus, we have a weird preference for round numbers — a psychological quirk that leads us to round up. This is especially true if we’ve gotten a modicum of special treatment, which triggers a subconscious propensity to tip. Social scientists dub it the reciprocity effect. (That’s the reason those holiday-season solicitations for donations will come with a sheet of address labels or a coin affixed to the letter.)

“Culturally, things have shifted. Now there’s peer pressure,” Urban says. “It’s not regulated like the rest of capitalism… It’s just this weird cultural norm.

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The Weather Channel Is Finally Coming Back to DirecTV

Time - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 10:47

After a dispute that lasted nearly three months, the Weather Channel is returning to DirecTV Wednesday. The satellite operator and cable network have been feuding over a proposed increase in the fees DirecTV pays to carry the channel. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. The Wall Street Journal, citing an anonymous source, reports that DirecTV will pay The Weather Channel more, but not the one cent more per subscriber that the cable network was seeking.

As part of the agreement, the Weather Channel will cut its reality show programming by half on weekdays and allow its content to be streamed on mobile devices. At the beginning of the dispute, DirecTV claimed that its customers were complaining about the influx of reality TV that had crowded out programming directly related to weather. The satellite operator launched a new weather network called Weather Nation just before The Weather Channel went dark in January. The Weather Channel, meanwhile, launched a very public campaign to rally its viewers to demand the channel return to the regular lineup.

Now, the company is saying that strategy was a mistake. “Our apologies to DirecTV and their customers for the disruption of our service and for initiating a public campaign,” Weather Channel CEO David Kenny said in a press release. “Our viewers deserve better than a public dispute and we pledge to reward their loyalty with exceptional programming and more weather focused news.”

The tone of the release was markedly different from the last big pay-TV blackout, when CBS was dropped from Time Warner Cable for about a month in August. Time Warner Cable ended up offering CBS a significant increase in carriage fees and the cable company’s CEO admitted “we certainly didn’t get everything we wanted.”

 

 

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Watch Someone Try to Bring Peace to Israel… With Ballroom Dance. Yes, Really.

Time - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 10:40
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When Pierre Dulaine first left Jaffa, he was just a small boy. When he returned to the Israeli city in 2011, it was as a man on a mission: unite the children of the city, a place where conflict between Jewish Israelis and Palestinian Israelis is deeply ingrained. His method? Teach them to dance together.

“When you touch someone, something happens. And when you touch someone with respect and compassion, you get that respect and compassion back,” he tells TIME. “The dancing frame is known as the embrace hold. If I’m dancing with you, I am in an embrace hold with you — how can I be angry with you?”

Dulaine’s ballroom-ready efforts are the subject of the documentary Dancing in Jaffa, which had a festival run last year and arrives in theaters and on VOD on April 11. And Dancing in Jaffa isn’t his first spin around this particular dance floor: Dulaine’s work with a similar program in New York City schools — a program that has served more than 350,000 New Yorkers since 1994 — was the basis of the movie Mad Hot Ballroom, and he was also the inspiration for the main character in the 2006 Antonio Banderas vehicle Take the Lead. Produce Diane Nabatoff has worked with him since 2000, when she optioned his life rights, and helped turn this latest venture into a movie, too. “When he said he was going to go, I followed him,” she says. “He’s my hero.”

That doesn’t mean it was always easy. “I did not know the difficulties I would have,” Dulaine says. “At the beginning, I was tearing my hair out.”

Then again, in a pre-Dancing with the Stars world, it wasn’t easy to get the program off the ground in New York either. Tweens don’t want to touch each other anywhere in the world, Dulaine says, and the 10-week dance program in Jaffa had lots of push-back from kids and parents alike. And yet, 500 people showed up for the final competition, and the program has since grown throughout Arab and Jewish schools in the country. He describes it as the hardest but most rewarding project he’s ever worked on.

But, as he tells it, he didn’t exactly have a choice: “Once you start a project with a child, if you give up, they’re scarred, many of them for life,” he says. “I had to see it through.”

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Watch Julia Louis-Dreyfus and the 'Veep' Cast's 25 Best Insults

RollingStone - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 10:30
In honor of Veep's Season Four premiere last Sunday we put together a list of our 25 favorite insults from HBO's popular political comedy It's one thing to read the show's eloquently profane put-downs however and another thing entirely to hear the show's star (and current half-naked Rolling Stone covergirl)...

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'Veep's Armando Iannucci: Hail to the Chief

RollingStone - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 10:20
"Someone just told me that the show seems to be getting exponentially better which is scary" admits Veep's showrunner Armando Iannucci Wait…why exactly would a high compliment like that be considered frightening? "Because by Season 10 it'd be terminally unwatchable! Viewers would see 30 seconds of an episode and then...

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UMass Basketball Player Gordon Comes Out As Gay

Time - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 10:19

(AMHERST, Mass.) — UMass basketball player Derrick Gordon says in a televised interview that he is gay.

Gordon made the announcement on ESPN on Wednesday, becoming the first openly gay player in Division I men’s basketball.

The guard was the Minutemen’s fourth-leading scorer with 9.4 points per game last season, when UMass reached the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1998.

A transfer from Western Kentucky, Gordon played at high school powerhouse St. Patrick in New Jersey.

Gordon says he was inspired by NBA player Jason Collins and NFL prospect Michael Sam, who came out within the past year. He says: “I want to be myself. I don’t want to hide and be someone I’m not.”

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VIDEO: Anne Hathaway Debunks Drowning Rumors on The Tonight Show

Time - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 10:14

Remember those photos of Anne Hathaway almost drowning in Hawaii? The actress dropped by The Tonight Show Tuesday night to clear things up.

When Jimmy Fallon asked Hathaway about the photograph, which shows only her head above water and her mouth mid-yell, she explained she had been caught in a riptide for a few minutes but was fine after the moment passed. The only problem was communicating that she wasn’t in any danger to her understandably concerned husband Adam Shulman.

“He’s going ‘Ahhh, ahhhh!’ And I’m like, ‘Noooooo!’” explained Hathaway. Then for emphasis, she repeated the extended “No” to demonstrate her mouth shape.

Love her or hate her, she’s definitely quite a character.

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Peaches Geldof Autopsy Inconclusive

Time - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 10:12

(LONDON) — An autopsy on Peaches Geldof was inconclusive and toxicology tests will be conducted in an attempt to determine what killed the 25-year-old celebrity, police said Wednesday.

Geldof was pronounced dead by paramedics at her home in southeast England on Monday.

Kent Police said a post-mortem examination had not revealed the cause and a toxicology report could take several weeks.

Geldof, the daughter of Irish musician Bob Geldof and the late TV presenter Paula Yates, had worked as a model, writer and television presenter.

She grew up in the glare of Britain’s press, which reveled in the late-night antics of her teenage years, and in the shadow of her mother’s death from a drug overdose when Peaches was 11.

More recently she had married for a second time, to musician Tom Cohen, had two young sons and worked as a broadcaster and fashion writer. She said in 2009 that her drug-taking years were behind her.

Police are treating her death as non-suspicious but unexplained. The force said detectives are investigating the circumstances and will hand their report to a coroner, who is likely to hold an inquest.

In Britain, coroners usually hold inquests to determine the facts of unexplained, sudden or violent deaths.

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Israel ‘Deeply Disappointed’ By Kerry’s Comments

Time - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 10:12

Israel signaled Wednesday that it was “deeply disappointed” by Secretary of State John Kerry’s recent comments, which appeared to blame Israel for the latest breakdown in Middle East peace talks.

The New York Times, citing an unnamed Israeli official in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office, reports that Netanyahu’s office was angered by Kerry’s remarks before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Tuesday. At the hearing, Kerry suggested Israel’s announcement of 700 new housing units in a contested area of east Jerusalem helped put the talks on ice.

“Poof, that was sort of the moment,” Kerry said. “We find ourselves where we are.”

The unnamed Israeli official said Kerry’s remarks “will both hurt the negotiations and harden Palestinian positions.”

“Secretary Kerry knows that it was the Palestinians who said ‘no’ to continued direct talks with Israel in November; who said ‘no’ to his proposed framework for final status talks; who said ‘no’ to even discussing recognition of Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people; who said ‘no’ to a meeting with Kerry himself; and who said ‘no’ to an extension of the talks,” the official said.

Kerry has been seeking to broker a peace deal between the Israelis and the Palestinians, but recent events have darkened the prospect that an agreement can be reached. The Palestinians applied to join 15 international conventions and treaties last week, angering Israel shortly after Israel’s housing minister published construction plans for new housing units in East Jerusalem, which Palestinians say would be part of their future state under a deal.

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Mars is Buying P&G’s Pet Food Brands for $2.9 Billion

Time - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 10:11

The confectionary company Mars is buying Procter & Gamble‘s pet food brands Iams, Eukanuba and Natura for $2.9 billion, in a big move to boost its pet food business.

Mars is buying the rights to the three brands across North America, Latin America and regions outside of Europe, according to a statement. Mars’ other pet brands include Pedigree, Whiskas, Banfield and Royal Canin.

Procter & Gamble said the move would help it focus on its core businesses, while Mars said the purchase will expand its pet portfolio.

The acquisition accounts for about 80 percent of P&G Pet Care’s global sales, P&G said.

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Doctors Without Borders Blasts U.N. In South Sudan

Time - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 10:06

(JUBA, South Sudan) — In a blistering criticism of the United Nations mission in South Sudan, Doctors Without Borders said Wednesday that the mission is refusing to quickly move 21,000 displaced people from a U.N. base to safer grounds before the rainy season.

Doctors Without Borders said the decision by senior U.N. personnel is a “shocking display of indifference” to refugees who could be exposed to waterborne diseases and epidemics. The aid group said it questions the U.N.’s commitment to meeting the needs of South Sudan’s most vulnerable people. It also criticized the unsanitary conditions at one of the U.N. camps.

Upcoming seasonal rains will endanger the refugees, and the group wants them moved to dryer grounds, it said.

The U.N. spokeswoman in South Sudan, Arianne Quentier, said the U.N. is aware of the dangers at the camp and that people are being moved out. She said more than 1,500 people have already been transferred.

“We are very concerned that the combination of congestion and heavy rains is turning the site into a death trap prone to outbreaks of water-borne diseases like cholera,” she said. “We are confident everyone will be move by May when we close the Tomping site.”

The Tomping camp, situated adjacent to Juba’s international airport, has sheltered thousands of residents trying to escape massive violence that broke out in mid-December between supporters of the former vice president and the current government and military. Attacks were often ethnic in nature.

Inside the camp, a mini village has formed with a special roped-off “VIP” section for government officials and senior figures. With little to do to keep themselves occupied, small children splash around in drain water while families live in shacks and poorly constructed tents. The rains have made the site muddy and large pools of water have become breeding grounds for mosquitoes. Aid workers worry about cholera outbreaks.

Doctors Without Borders said that during recent rains 150 camp latrines collapsed and mixed with floodwater. It noted that Hilde Johnson, the head of the U.N. mission, said earlier this month that Tomping is at “imminent risk of turning into a death trap.” But Doctors Without Borders said there is not enough time to move the remaining 20,000 people at the camp before the rains pick up. It said better space at Tomping should be used.

“They say there is not enough space at Tomping, but this is a sickening argument when on the other side of the barbed wire there are dry parking and storage spaces,” said Carolina Lopez, the emergency coordinator for Doctors Without Borders.

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Saudi Arabia Reports 2 More Deaths From MERS

Time - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 10:05

(DUBAI, United Arab Emirates) — Saudi health authorities said Wednesday that 11 people in the western city of Jiddah have contracted the Middle East respiratory syndrome, resulting in two recent deaths and prompting officials to temporarily shutter the emergency unit at one of the city’s biggest hospitals.

Among those who tested positive for MERS was an employee at Jiddah’s King Fahd hospital. The potentially fatal disease is related to SARS and was first identified in 2012 in the Middle East, where most cases since have been diagnosed.

Officials at King Fahd hospital began referring incoming patients to other medical facilities on Tuesday so the emergency ward could be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected, according to the kingdom’s health ministry. Authorities said they expected to reopen the emergency ward at the hospital within 24 hours.

A nurse at another hospital in the city had also earlier contracted the virus.

The official Saudi Press agency reported on Wednesday that three people who tested positive for the disease remain hospitalized, and that two others had contracted it had died in Jiddah province.

The deaths bring to at least 66 the number of people who died in the kingdom, which is at the center of the MERS outbreak.

Other Mideast countries that have reported cases of infection include Jordan, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. A small number of cases have been diagnosed in Europe and North Africa.

Health authorities in the Emirati capital of Abu Dhabi reported a new case diagnosed there as well this week. The 59-year-old patient has a history of diabetes and had been on dialysis.

MERS belongs to a family of viruses known as coronaviruses that include both the common cold and SARS, or severe acute respiratory syndrome, which killed some 800 people in a global outbreak in 2003. It can cause symptoms such as fever, breathing problems, pneumonia and kidney failure.

MERS so far does not seem to spread as quickly between people as SARS did, but it does appear to be more deadly. Recent studies suggest that camels are the main source of the disease, according to the World Health Organization.

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Mick Fleetwood to Host TV Series '24 Hours With Mick'

RollingStone - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 09:57
Mick Fleetwood is just five months away from hitting the road with a fully reunited Fleetwood Mac but he's still found the time to take on a new job The drummer will host a series of television specials called 24 Hours with Mick "The Fleetwood Mac drummer/founder will spend a...

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Nvidia Shield Takes PC Gaming on the Road, but Mileage May Vary

Time - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 09:42

I love my Nvidia Shield, but the $200 gaming handheld is much less useful when I’m not at home. Its best feature, which lets you stream PC games from a networked computer, had only worked over a local Wi-Fi network, so you were limited to simpler Android games outside the house. MoreSomeone Tell Sony It’s Remastering The Last of Us for PlayStation 4Every Super Nintendo Start Screen in a Nine-Hour Video? Yes, PleaseMen Charged With Toppling Ancient Rock Formation Avoid Jail Time Huffington PostHere's An Updated Tally Of All The People Who Have Ever Died From A Marijuana Overdose Huffington PostWrestling Legend The Ultimate Warrior Dies at 54 People

That changed this week, with a major update to the Shield’s software: GameStream now works remotely as a beta feature, so if you have a fast enough connection, and a PC with a supported Nvidia graphics card inside, Shield will let you play full-blown PC games such as Dark Souls and Borderlands from anywhere.

At least, that’s how it’s supposed to work. I’ve seen a couple reports of remote GameStream working well, but in my experience it wasn’t good enough to be playable. The best I can say right now is that remote PC game streaming is possible, but it’d be risky–or maybe just premature–to buy a Shield simply for this feature.

To use remote GameStream, Nvidia recommends upload speeds of at least 5 Mbps on your PC’s network, and download speeds of at least 5 Mbps on the Shield’s remote network. My home connection gets upload speeds of 6 Mbps–just passing the test–and I tested the Shield’s connection on two networks in my neighborhood. One was a home network with 30 Mbps download speeds, another was a home network with 15 Mbps download speeds. Finally, I tried remote GameStream on my AT&T phone’s 4G LTE hotspot, whose download speeds fell anywhere from 5 Mbps to 25 Mbps.

None of those connections were good enough to stream my PC games reliably. The biggest issue, by far, was framerate. Every game I tried would drop a horrendous number of frames, making it nearly impossible to control the action reliably. At best, I managed to get through a moderately difficult level of Trials HD and take down a few bad guys in Borderlands 2, but these weren’t pleasant experiences. Going into Shield’s GameStream settings and dialing back to minimum quality didn’t help.

I also had problems establishing the initial connection to my PC. On nearly every attempt, Shield would tell me that the connection failed, and would boot me back out to a menu. I could usually get around the issue by relaunching the stream a few times, but it was still an annoyance.

The good news is that controller input seemed fairly responsive on the two home networks, which showed pings of around 25 ms using Speedtest.net. If the framerate issues weren’t present, I’d probably be comfortable using remote GameStream for racing games, puzzle-driven platform games and maybe some easier shooters or adventure games.

Keep in mind that both test situations were on the same Internet service provider in the same neighborhood. I wasn’t able to test GameStream in more remote settings, but when using Shield on my LTE hotspot, with a ping time of around 100 ms, input response was much laggier. Ping generally increases as you move farther from the source, so I wouldn’t be too confident in more remote setups.

I don’t know what’s causing the framerate issues, but it could be a problem with remote GameStream being a rough beta. I’m actually hoping that’s the case, because if Nvidia puts the same kind of attention into this feature that it did into in-home streaming, it’ll be a much more useful feature before long. If my 6 Mbps upload speeds are the culprit, there’s nothing I can do. I’m already subscribing to Time Warner’s “Extreme” Internet package, which is two steps above the standard tier. The lack of competition in my area means Time Warner has no incentive to improve upload speeds anytime soon.

I bought an Nvidia Shield last week, hoping remote GameStream would come in handy, but knowing that I’d still get plenty of mileage from the device with in-home streaming alone. I recommend that anyone else eyeing a Shield go in with the same mentality, at least until we have more time to see if remote streaming improves.

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Someone Tell Sony It’s Remastering The Last of Us for PlayStation 4

Time - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 09:22

You’d think a remastered PlayStation 4 version of a game that won 2013′s Writers Guild of America award (“Outstanding Achievement in Videogame Writing”) and an Annie (“Best Animated Video Game”) and a Game Developer’s Choice Award (“Game of the Year”) might warrant a little ballyhoo.

But no, the official announcement for the PS4 version of Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us — and by official, I mean Sony’s own Sony Entertainment Network — is a surprise banner gracing the carousel at the top of the company’s PlayStation Games page. The banner itself notes the game’s won “over 200 game of the year awards” bracketed by little film festival-ish laurel leafs. (In other words: “We’re art!”)

If you click the banner, there’s nothing on the other side of the link, and there’s nothing listed about a release date or timeframe at this point.

Maybe the non-announcement’s a store malfunction, or someone goofed up the publish date and we’re not supposed to know yet, or there’s a press release deluge happening as I type this, but the advert’s been up for awhile and no one’s taken it down, so I guess this is it folks: your very own official not-hyped, post-marketed version of an announcement about what’ll probably be the boutique version of what most consider to be one of the most accomplished video games yet made. I suppose there’s something refreshing about that.

Also refreshing: that I didn’t have time to finish the PlayStation 3 version, which means I get to experience the remastered version with fresh eyes. I almost dove back in to wrap it (and the DLC) up over Thanksgiving, after (finally) finishing Uncharted 3. I’m glad I waited.

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