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American woman wins Boston Marathon, first in 33 years

American woman wins Boston Marathon, first in 33 years

Sports
April 16 (UPI) -- American Desiree Linden was the women's champion and Japan's Yuki Kawauchi led the men Monday at the 2018 Boston Marathon.Runners packed the streets for the coldest Boston Marathon in 30 years. A field of 30,000 braved temperatures in the mid-30s and wind gusts of up to 32 mph, while dodging harsh rainfall.Linden is the first American woman to win the race since Lisa Larsen Weidenbach claimed first place in 1985. She navigated the Boston asphalt in 2:39:54. Fellow American Sarah Sellers crossed the finish line in second place.Kawauchi also ended a long drought for Japan. He finished the marathon in 2:15:58, winning the country's first Boston Marathon since 1987. He passed 2017 champion -- Geoffrey Kirui of Kenya -- down the stretch."I never gave up,'' Kawauchi told report...
Virgin Galactic completes first rocket-powered Unity space craft launch

Virgin Galactic completes first rocket-powered Unity space craft launch

Science
April 5 (UPI) -- Virgin Galactic successfully launched and landed its Unity spacecraft by rocket power, completing its first powered flight in almost four years.Richard Branson's space company shared a photo of the SpaceShipTwo model spacecraft as it blasted into the air above the Mojave Air and Space Port before going supersonic and landing safely."VSS Unity completed her first supersonic, rocket-powered flight this morning in Mojave, California. Another great test flight, another step closer to being," Virgin Galactic wrote on Twitter.Unity took off at about 8:02 a.m. as it was propelled to an altitude of 46,500 feet by the WhiteKnightTwo carrier aircraft, VMS Eve.Eve then released Unity from under its wing and the SpaceShipTwo's pilots Mark Stucky and Dave Mackay brought the spacecraft'...
Spotify shares dip on first day of trading

Spotify shares dip on first day of trading

Business
Shares in Spotify fell back on the first day of trading on the US stock market after the music streaming firm's highly anticipated launch.The shares opened at $ 165.90 (£118) - more than a quarter higher than the $ 132 guide price set by the New York Stock Exchange on Monday.After going as high as $ 169, they lost ground to close at $ 149.01. That makes the Swedish company worth about $ 26bn - well above the value of other tech firms such as Twitter.Spotify used an unconventional process to go public: instead of issuing new shares, early investors sold their existing holdings.That move gave the firm's early backers a chance to cash in on its growth.Traders huddled on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on Tuesday morning, gauging interest from buyers and sellers to determine the openi
The best-performing fund of the first quarter was put together by accident

The best-performing fund of the first quarter was put together by accident

Finance
Christopher Devlin, founder and chief investment officer of Selective Wealth Management, put together the best-performing fund of the first quarter. However, he did not mean it for the fund to be so tech-heavy."That was not part of the overall plan," said Devlin, who created the fund in January of last year. "As we analyze the investing landscape, we try to look for businesses that can grow earnings over the next five-to-10 years. We found a lot of those companies were in tech.""We weren't trying to ride the tech wave here," Devlin said.The fund's high exposure to tech paid off, nonetheless. The Selective Opportunity Foundation fund (SLCTX) returned 14.39 percent to investors in the first quarter, the highest among funds tracked by Morningstar. It is made up of 10 stocks, eight of which ar...
Irish pubs are open on Good Friday for the first time since 1927

Irish pubs are open on Good Friday for the first time since 1927

World
March 30 (UPI) -- For the first time in 91 years, it's legal to buy an alcoholic drink on Good Friday at a pub in Ireland.The Irish parliament passed legislation in January allowing pubs, supermarkets and restaurants to legally sell alcohol, in an effort to boost international tourism at Easter. The Vintners Federation of Ireland, a pub keeper's organization, said the change in the law could bring up to $ 49 million in sales and $ 8.4 million in new taxes."The Good Friday ban is from a different era and is rightfully consigned to history," federation CEO Padraig Cribben, said of the Intoxicating Liquor Act of 1927. "Like all other businesses who were never subject to a ban, publicans now have a choice to open."The old law, a remnant of Ireland's Catholic heritage, called for a 24-hour ban ...