Sports 

Golf: Woods hits career low with putting woes on consecutive holes in Mexico

Feb 23, 2019; Mexico City, MEX; Tiger Woods reacts after a shot on the first hole during the third round of the WGC – Mexico Championship golf tournament at Club de Golf Chapultepec. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports (Reuters) – Tiger Woods has won more major championships than anyone other than Jack Nicklaus but his putting went badly awry during the third round of the WGC-Mexico Championship on Saturday. The American, in his first competitive appearance south of the border, sent murmurs of disbelief through the packed gallery when…

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Lifestyle 

Sick of Valentine’s? Museum adds woes of war to litany of lost love

ZAGREB (Reuters) – Fed up of red roses, choking on chocolates? Then ditch the Valentine’s Day delirium for a dose of reality at Zagreb’s Museum of Broken Relationships – expanded this year with bonds severed by war and all set to tour in Brexit-riven Britain. The Museum of Broken Relationships in the old town of the Croatian capital has exerted a strange pull since 2006 on tourists looking for a more offbeat experience. Its exhibits are donated by ordinary people who want to share what went wrong in their love…

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Lloyds resolves online banking woes

Image copyright Getty Images The UK’s largest current account provider, Lloyds Banking Group, has said problems with its online banking service have now been resolved. Some Lloyds customers had faced “intermittent issues” on Monday when trying to log on to the online system. But Lloyds says the issues have now been remedied. “We apologise for the disruption some customers experienced today,” the bank said in a statement. It has 10 million account holders, 60% of whom use digital services. The problems did not affect app services, which were working normally.…

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National Union of Students cuts half of staff over financial woes

Image copyright Getty Images The National Union of Students has confirmed it has cut 54 jobs in response to its “financial issues”. The union also said it employs “roughly half the number of staff it did this time last year”, although it didn’t reveal the exact size of its workforce. The NUS said it offered voluntary redundancy to reduce staffing costs “in a way that provided a positive exit” for those involved. It was reportedly facing bankruptcy after making a loss of £3.6m in 2017. The NUS, which had a…

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Technology 

Apple plunge deepens Warren Buffett’s book value woes

(Reuters) – The plunge in Apple Inc’s share price will likely cause new pain for Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc, after the conglomerate suffered a big quarterly decline in its net worth that will hit its bottom line. U.S. dollar banknotes are seen in front of the Apple logo in this photo illustration taken August 3, 2018. Photo illustration taken August 3, 2018. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic Berkshire’s share price fell more than 4 percent on Thursday after Apple, its largest common stock investment, slashed its revenue forecast after demand fell in…

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Overdraft woes: ‘We were one bill away from disaster’

Image copyright Cindy Toth Mother Cindy Toth dipped into an overdraft to pay for an emergency but, like millions of people in the UK, she then found it tough to climb back out. The money worries developed when she lost her job after going into the red to travel to a funeral in the US. She said daily overdraft charges meant her family had nothing to spend after rent and grocery bills and were “one bill from financial disaster”. New plans to simplify overdrafts are designed to assist cases like…

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Technology 

Furhat, a robot with the human touch, wants to hear your woes

LONDON (Reuters) – Furhat tilts his or her head, smiles, exudes empathy and warmth, and encourages us to open up. The robot, a three-dimensional bust with a projection of a human-like face, aims to build on our new-found ease talking to voice assistants like Siri and Alexa, by persuading us to interact with it as if it were a person, picking up on our cues to strike up a rapport. Yet precisely because it isn’t human, and is therefore free from bias, the robot can spur people to engage more…

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Science 

Furhat, a robot with the human touch, wants to hear your woes

LONDON (Reuters) – Furhat tilts his or her head, smiles, exudes empathy and warmth, and encourages us to open up. The robot, a three-dimensional bust with a projection of a human-like face, aims to build on our new-found ease talking to voice assistants like Siri and Alexa, by persuading us to interact with it as if it were a person, picking up on our cues to strike up a rapport. Yet precisely because it isn’t human, and is therefore free from bias, the robot can spur people to engage more…

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Technology 

Intel bucks chip industry woes; powered by PCs, iPhones

(Reuters) – Intel Corp beat analysts’ estimates for quarterly profit and revenue on Thursday, driven by its high-margin data center business and strong demand for its PC chips, sending its shares up as much as 6.0 percent in extended trading, though those gains later evaporated on concerns about U.S. trade tensions with China. FILE PHOTO: The Intel logo is shown at E3, the world’s largest video game industry convention in Los Angeles, California, U.S. June 12, 2018. REUTERS/Mike Blake/File Photo The company’s 39 percent rise in profits and better-than-expected fourth-quarter…

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Sports 

Osaka pins Singapore losses on serving woes

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Naomi Osaka used her potent serve to punishing effect to claim the U.S. Open title last month but the Japanese has been unable to harness it’s full power at the WTA Finals, losing her opening two round-robin matches in tight three-setters. FILE PHOTO: Tennis – WTA Tour Finals – Singapore Indoor Stadium, Kallang, Singapore – October 24, 2018 Japan’s Naomi Osaka reacts after losing her group stage match against Germany’s Angelique Kerber REUTERS/Edgar Su Defeats by Sloane Stephens and Angelique Kerber have left Osaka on the brink…

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