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Delta flights grounded after global systems outage
American airline company Delta on Monday said all its flights were grounded because of a global computer system outage.
 
"Our systems are down everywhere," the airlines tweeted in response to disgruntled customers. 
 
"Hopefully, it won't be much longer," CNN quoted the airlines as saying.
 
Passengers on Twitter reported problems -- including the inability to check in or being stuck on the tarmac -- from airports around the world, including San Francisco and Athens.
 
Delta serves nearly 180 million customers a year, employing over 80,000 personnel, according to its website, the BBC said.
 
It has its headquarters at Atlanta, in Georgia state of the US, and began in the 1920s as a crop-dusting company.
 
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Man ordered to pay USD150,000 for defamatory Facebook post
A district court judge in Australia's New South Wales state has ordered a man to pay $150,000 in damages for writing a defamatory Facebook post that ruined a motel owner's life.
 
In March 2014, electrician David Scott wrote the following post on Facebook: "Pedophile [sic] warning:- Nambucca [town] has been used as a relocation for these monsters - blue dolphin -nirvana hotel and above the Indian restaurant! Bus stops are right out front of theses hotels for our children?"
 
When Kenneth Rothe -- owner of those two hotels - requested Scott for a retraction and an apology, he was threatened and beaten up so badly that Rothe was hospitalised for six months.
 
A former school principal, Rothe, 74, offered crisis accommodation for people fleeing family disputes but denied he ever housed paedophiles under any agreement, The Sydney Morning Herald reported on Monday.
 
Now, judge Judith Gibson has asked Scott to pay $150,000 in damages to Rothe.
 
"This Facebook attack was made on him out of the blue, with no prior inquiry of any kind by any person. It has had a devastating effect on him," the judge was quoted as saying.
 
She found there was no factual basis to Scott's claims.
 
"The anonymity, instaneousness and wide ranging reach of the internet and social media make it a dangerous tool in the hands of persons who see themselves as caped crusaders or whistleblowers, or alternatively want to humiliate or 'troll' other members of the community," the judge pointed out.
 
After the defamatory post, people started making anonymous phone calls to Rothe's motels, asking for sex.
 
Even the Nambucca Valley Crime Information Facebook page had republished the allegations.
 
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Mobile phones causing presbyopia at an early age: Doctors
The excessive use of mobile phones and other electronic gadgets is causing presbyopia at an early stage. The eye disorder typically occurs in middle and old age and is caused by loss of elasticity of the lens of the eye.
 
According to doctors, over 65 per cent of the people suffering from presbyopia, or long-sightedness, in their early 30s in India, were found to be heavy users of electronic gadgets, including tablets and laptops. 
 
"Presbyopia or loss of accommodating power of the lens, which mostly happened around the age of 40, has started occurring quite early among the people. Excess use of mobile phones causing it early by making the eye lens harder and making it lose elasticity. The result is a gradual worsening of the ability to focus on objects up close," said Mahipal Sachdev, Chairman of Centre for Sight (CFS).
 
According to World Health Organisation, more than a billion people in the world were presbyopic as of 2005, while the number has doubled in 2015.
 
Stating that presbyopia is even seen among people in their early 30s, Sachdev said: "Surveys have proved that symptoms of presbyopia such as blurred vision, eye strain or headaches are more often seen among the youngsters too... who use electronic gadgets such as mobiles for long hours."
 
Presbyopia, an age-related eyesight problem, stems from a gradual thickening and loss of flexibility of the natural lens inside your eye. The problem is now occurring at an early stage due to use of mobile phones and other electronic gadgets in excess.
 
These age-related changes occur within the proteins in the lens, making the lens harder and less elastic over time. Age-related changes also take place in the muscle fibres surrounding the lens. With less elasticity, the eye has a harder time focusing up close.
 
Ritika Sachdev, a Delhi-based ophthalmic surgeon, said: "One cannot escape presbyopia, even if they have never had a vision problem before. However, the occurrence of presbyopia at an early stage can be prevented by avoiding the long-hour use of mobile phones and tablets." 
 
"Presbyopia also cannot be prevented just by diet and exercise as they have no effect. Those who use near vision daily in their activities will notice and complain about it sooner. Which is why these days, with greater use of mobile phones and tablets, people need corrective glasses sooner, sometimes even at the age of 30-32 years."
 
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