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A Yob ordered pizza then cracked takeaway driver's skull for ringing his doorbell

machete-wielding drug dealer put three people in hospital during a vicious one-man crime wave.

Daniel Lindsay, 17, broke a pizza delivery driver's skull because he claimed he rang his front door bell too late at night.

He went on the run and booked into a hotel, but twice knifed the manager when told to leave for smoking cannabis.

Just days later, he repeatedly stabbed a drug addict - over an £80 debt - who lost five pints of blood and nearly died.

When finally arrested, police caught Lindsay with a Rambo-style machete, sawn-off shotgun and a stash of cocaine.

Liverpool Crown Court heard Islam Al-Haj delivered a pizza to Lindsay's Carstairs Road, Kensington home on September 27 last year.

He only remembered giving the food to Lindsay and walking back to his car, before he was hit on the head, then woke up in hospital.

Mike Stephenson, prosecuting, said he was in fact helped to his feet by Lindsay's dad Robert Kennedy, but declined an ambulance.

Mr Al-Haj, who had bleeding on the brain, actually drove himself to hospital - where he spent three days - but had no recollection of this.

When interviewed by police, Lindsay said he was "annoyed" his victim rang the door bell, when he expected a call to his mobile phone.

The teen said he didn't like Mr Al-Haj's attitude so punched him twice, then when his victim struck back with a dog chain, repeatedly hit him.

Mr Stephenson said: "Following his first assault, the defendant went into hiding, preying on those dependant on him for drugs and using them as fronts to secure hotel accommodation in their identities."

CCTV footage showed heroin and crack cocaine user Stephen Caine booking Lindsay into Hotel Campanile at Queens Dock from October 20 to 23.

Manager Christopher Chater went to their room on October 22 because of a strong smell of cannabis and used a master key to enter.

Mr Stephenson said: "He saw a large pile of cash and numerous rolled reefers on the table. It was obvious to him he was dealing drugs."

He told Lindsay to leave but he broke a light, so Mr Chater tackled him to the ground outside, before trying to put him in a headlock.

Mr Chater said the teen bit his right wrist, then he heard an "unclipping sound" and saw him thrust a machete towards his stomach.

Hotel worker Simon Dodds saw Lindsay with an "Army knife" - a machete with a 12-inch blade - before he stabbed Mr Chater in the back.

The court heard he fled but returned to collect a bag he left behind, yelling: "Give me my f***ing bag

Lindsay later claimed he had a knife on a necklace which he only used because "I was getting choked out", but this was rejected by prosecutors.

He said he ditched the knife nearby and vomited afterwards because he thought he had killed Mr Chater.

Mr Stephenson said that when arrested months later he was wearing a "sheath knife" - the machete shown in court - on his belt.

Mr Chater, who received stitches for a cut to his back, also suffered a one-inch wound to his groin.

On October 31, Lindsay allegedly stabbed drug user Jamie Rawlinson, but prosecutors dropped charges relating to this for "evidential reasons".

Stephen Caine, the drug user who booked Lindsay into the hotel, heard about that stabbing and was scared because he owed Lindsay £80. He said he found him in London Road, Islington at around 10.30pm.

Mr Stephenson said he "flew at him with a knife", adding: "He told him he was going to stab him in the neck and boasted he had just stabbed Rawlo."

Lindsay stabbed Mr Caine in the leg and the victim tried to run away, but he slipped in a pool of his blood and the teen stabbed him again.

He ran off when a car pulled over and the driver gave first aid to Mr Caine, who doctors at hospital feared would die.

Mr Caine, who received stitches for stab wounds to his thigh and buttock, later picked out Lindsay in an identity parade.

Mr Stephenson said the teenager was then "cuckooing" - taking over the homes of drug users - to avoid police.

Lindsay threw a man called Neil Fry out of his flat in County Road, Walton, which officers raided on March 24.

They found a shortened Beretta 20-gauge shotgun, 5.22g of cocaine worth up to £522, scales and snap bags.

Lindsay, of St Joseph's Crescent, Everton, who has no previous convictions, admitted inflicting grievous bodily harm, wounding and wounding with intent.

He also admitted two counts of possessing an offensive weapon, possessing a firearm without a certificate and possessing cocaine with intent to supply.

Daniel Travers, defending, said his client had gone "completely off the rails" over the course of a month, when he lost contact with his family.

The lawyer said Lindsay had a "very difficult childhood", grew up "without support from parents" and left school at 14, but his dad was in court supporting him.

He said: "All this needs to be put in the context that this is a very immature, vulnerable young man, who knows he's done dreadful things and admitted them."

Judge David Aubrey, QC, said Lindsay launched "totally unprovoked" attacks on three victims, adding: "You have a short fuse and a short temper."

He said: "You chose your victims quite indiscriminately. You had no regard to their welfare or indeed lives and you chose frequently to arm yourself with a lethal weapon."

The judge rejected the suggestion in a psychologist's report that he acted impulsively and said he was a "dangerous young man".

He said: "You carry a knife or knives for a reason and that is that if anybody crosses you, you have no compunction in using that knife."

Judge Aubrey sentenced Lindsay to nine years in a young offenders institution, with an extended four years on licence.

This means he will serve at least two thirds - six years - in custody, before he is considered eligible for parole.

https://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/yob-ordered-pizza-cracked-takeaway-16486227

 

stella Posted on October 16, 2019 18:19

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A Bride with 'no budget' for her wedding chooses the same Cartier earrings Meghan Markle .

While sticking to a budget is one of the trickiest elements of wedding planning for most couples, one wealthy pair have admitted that they've not even considered the expense of holding two celebrations in Bali and Italy

Elite wedding planner Lelian Chew, 31, from Singapore, treated viewers to an insight into her world on last night's new BBC show 'Million Dollar Wedding Planner', which featured bride-to-be Angie, 25, from Indonesia

Angie is set to wed Fabian, 26, from Singapore, whose father is one of the largest developers of ceramics in the world, and the couple are determined to spare no expense to make their sure their day is perfect. 

The young couple were shown visiting Cartier - where Fabian is a VIP member - and were presented with the Reflection de Cartier collection, which was worn by Meghan Markle, 38, on her big day in May 2017. 

It was also revealed that the pair are planning to redevelop a 20-acre Italian vineyard belonging to Fabian's father for the ceremony, because it would be easier to design a wedding venue 'from scratch'. 

Fabian and Angie admitted they have 'no budget' for the wedding, and said they wanted to get married on a floating platform over a pool on the estate.  

And revealing their elaborate plans for the day, Angie admitted she wanted to wear Cartier pieces on the big day, because Fabian's family have a 'long-standing relationship' with the brand. 

Speaking of her clients, Lelian explained: '[My clients] buy quite frequently, and not only the regular pieces, but the collectibles so they are VIP of Cartier. 

'[The shop assistants] know exactly what Fabian wants, they know his preferences, they know what champagne he likes, they will also be handpicking out items ahead of time to show him.' 

Fabian explained: 'We invest in Cartier pieces and we buy a lot of unique pieces from them.  

'We don't just work in Singapore, we have a relationship with them in Rome and London too.' 

Cartier's VIPs have their own 'client relationship managers' assigned to them, who will be in charge of  signature jewellery pieces for the couple.

Fabian's manager, Samantha, presented the pair with the stunning set of accessories, that was specially flown in from England for the bride. 

One of the Cartier team members said: 'This is the reflection set that Samantha especially arranged in for you.

'This is the one that Meghan Markle wore, the reflection earrings, the ring of course was from Princess Diana.'

Reflecting on the discovery, Fabian said: 'I guess Princess Meghan wore that set for her wedding. 

The couple, who are set to hold two weddings - one in Bali and one in Italy - later confessed that they have 'no budget' for their wedding and were yet to even consider the expense. 

Fabian said: 'We have no budget, we have no idea. We have not even planned that yet, we're like whatever.' 

It wasn't just the bride who wanted to splash out on luxury accessories, as the groom decided that not just one, but two wedding rings were appropriate for the dig day. 

He said: 'Her engagement came from Cartier so I thought it was only fitting to have a Cartier wedding band too.' 

After mulling over some rings, Fabian decided that one wedding band simply wouldn't be enough, and considered doubling up on the accessory. 

The employee was heard convincing him: 'There's no rule you have to get one wedding band you can get two.' 

Angie later confirmed: 'He's getting both I'm pretty sure.' 

Fabian and his father purchased the property four years ago, and insisted that it was imperative he and his father find their 'own winery' as they 'fly into Europe four or five times a year'. 

He said: 'We stumbled upon this place because our core business is in ceramics. 

'We fly into Europe four or five times a year, we love Italian wine so we've always wanted to find our own winery .

'We just fell in love with this place it has very special wines, great wines only found in this area.'

And Lelian admitted that she wouldn't let anything get in the way of what Fabian and Angie had pictured for their big day.

She said: 'These clients have grownup getting what they want. It's very difficult for me to say this is too much, or this is difficult because they wouldn't understand why that's the case.' 

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-7559327/Wealthy-bride-no-budget-wears-one-kind-Cartier-collection-worn-Meghan-Markle.html

stella Posted on October 16, 2019 17:44

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.The decision someone took to carry a donor card means my daughter has got her old Dad back'

It was exactly a year ago.

I had just been on ITV News at Ten, talking to the Lord of the Rings film director, Peter Jackson, about footage he had restored of soldiers in World War One trenches.

My husband is from New Zealand I told him, and then ensued a long Kiwi related chat, which also took in the kidney transplant my husband Steve had had in Auckland three decades ago.

It was just one of those chats I have with most Kiwis I meet.

Steve had been born with a reflux problem, basically when the flow of urine in the body goes the wrong way.

It's relatively easy to detect and treat in children these days. But with Steve, back then, it was undetected.

Anyway "too much information" I had joked with the charming and gracious Mr Jackson.

It proved to be something of a prescient conversation.

In the early hours of the next day as I slept in London and my family in Norfolk (better for his health we had surmised before we made the move to the East coast seven years ago), my phone went.

Generally not good news when that happens at 2am.

Except on this occasion. It was my bleary eyed, confused husband, telling me "errr Addenbrokes have been on the line. they think they've got me a kidney".

The kidney that had been gifted to my husband as a teenager in New Zealand - he was gravely ill before he got it - had started dying several years ago.

We had tried to do what we could to de-stress life. I work in a high pressured stressful newsroom, so it was going to be hugely challenging for me.

But for him and our daughter, we could and would try something different. Norwich became our home.

And that dying kidney seemed to stagger on, until three years ago, when Steve was informed that dialysis would be necessary.

He wept - he rarely does - remembering the three years he had spent in New Zealand, hooked up to a machine at home four days a week.

His beloved surfing was on hold and he was reliant on his parents to help him. Not the teenage life he had envisaged.

But it is what it is - his favourite saying.

So for two years we'd get regular deliveries of the solution he had to drain into his body, at four hourly intervals.

Home life was built around this regime. TV programmes halted when it was time for him to have his dialysis treatment.

Car journeys punctuated with a clean place for him to hook himself up.

Nights out carved into three-and-a-half hour intervals.

Weekends necessitating a roof box to carry all the medical equipment he'd need. And tons of tablets, medicine boxes everywhere.

Our diets changed, a list of what he shouldn't eat becoming part of the family's whole regime too.

Days when he was sick - and there were a few, dialysis is extraordinary but it is a slog - when he had to run from the dining table to the bathroom to vomit.

This was our normal life as I commuted back and forth between Norwich where I had to learn nursing skills and medical know how, and London when I might be sitting down with Meryl Streep, or heading out to LA for the Oscars.

A life of contrasts.

Until that phone call.

I hurried home, and even as I sat on the first train back to Norwich at 6, the consultant at Addenbrokes was on the line from beside my husbands hospital bed.

Having waited this long for a kidney, two suitable organs had become available.

It was down to Steve and I to decide which to go for.

I remember sobbing into the phone "but I don't know anything about kidneys", much to the bemusement of my fellow train passengers.

We had to make a quick decision, whichever you chose will be the right one for you the kindly consultant told us.

In the end, Steve had his transplant. We only knew the donor who had liver problems, had died a short time before.

The protection offered to the donor's family is incredibly impressive, no names are exchanged, if you wish to contact them it is strictly and sensitively controlled.

We were all too aware that only through the death of someone, had my husband, in his 50s, been gifted another kidney.

This stays with us every day.

Nothing is taken for granted.

When he was out of hospital and feeling stronger, we attempted something that had been too bothersome and complicated before then.

We went our for dinner and then straight out to the cinema and we didn't go home in between to dialyse.

It could have been the worst film ever made, it wouldn't have mattered. We couldn't stop smiling.

We got on a plane to go on holiday. A short trip. Even the drab food on board tasted so good!

We spent summer days up on the Norfolk coast with friends in a caravan! No need to panic about finding sterile areas.

It's the little things that mean so much. That remind us that the mundane is special. That each day in our family is a gift.

That someone opted to carry a donor card, a decision that means my daughter has got her old Dad back.

And I have got another great story to share with Peter Jackson when I next see him!

https://www.itv.com/news/2019-10-11/gift-of-life-the-decision-someone-took-to-carry-a-donor-card-means-my-daughter-has-got-her-old-dad-back/

stella Posted on October 14, 2019 22:09

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Backpacker wakes from a coma with no memory

A backpacker who was living her dreams by travelling the world with her fiance suddenly fell into a coma and lost 95 per cent of her memory, and often has to ask how she met the love of her life.

Nataya Demarchio, 29, fell in love with Australia when she travelled to Queensland with her fiance, Bruno Meira, in 2016, where she worked on farms and lived in a tent.

Since then, the couple have travelled the world and returned to Mildura, Victoria, on February 27 this year with new working visas, excited about what the year would bring.

Ms Demarchio and her fiance were working at a grape-picking farm in July when she came down with a fever, and Mr Meira watched her health quickly deteriorate.

On July 24, the 29-year-old was due to get some blood tests done but was rushed to hospital after she was found on the floor having seizures.

'After three days of fever, she was found by her beautiful partner and I neurologically unresponsive,' her roommate, Victoria Campbell, wrote on Facebook.

She was then taken rushed to Melbourne's The Alfred Hospital where she went into a coma as doctors attempted to piece together what had gone wrong.

'Nataya is in a stable coma but still looks very sick but she has plenty of pretty complex exams still to do,' Mr Meira wrote on Facebook on August 2.

'Please don't ask me what she has... I can only give information little by little.' 

For nine weeks, doctors studied Ms Demarchio desperate to find what was wrong as her fiance slept on couches and on the floor by her side.

After four weeks in a coma and ten weeks of constant tests and a hospital bill of more than $350,000, Ms Demarchio was finally diagnosed with New Onset Refreactory Status Epilepticus (NORSE) disease.

'This is an exceptionally rare and grim disease, often death or ongoing seizures and memory loss result,' a GoFundMe page for her recovery reads.

She defied expectations after being in a four week coma, but is still seriously in the grip of this disease.'

When Ms Demarchio woke up on August 17 at 3pm, she had lost 95 per cent of her memory and was overcome with emotion when she struggled to remember who she was.

She fails to remember most of her eight years with Mr Meira and often asks him the same questions every day.

'She is upset, but sometimes it is like watching a movie when she watches the pictures and it is always something new,' Mr Meira told the Herald Sun.

'We have been together eight years and eight months now, but she asks me sometimes how we met.'

She knows me always, but she can't remember how we met, she can't remember our travel for the past three years.'

NORSE causes immune systems to attacks healthy brain cells, which leads to inflammation in the brain.

Unfortunately, the longer it takes to discover the disease, the harder it is to undo the damage that is already done. 

Luckily for Ms Demarchio, Melbourne was undertaking one of the first major studies in the world to tackle the condition, which was only discovered 12 years ago with one case per year in Australia.

Ms Demarchio is suffering severe short-term memory loss, so she finds it jarring every morning as she doesn't recall waking up from the coma.

While she can recognise the names of many people in her life, she still has trouble with names and recalling experiences over the past five years. 

The 29-year-old has now learnt how to eat, stand, walk and talk and was finally returned to Paris on October 6 on a medevac aircraft via Bangkok.

Mr Meira took to Facebook grateful that the worst was behind the young couple.

He said: 'Even if you don't remember all our secrets, adventure, how we met... no matter we can start again and we will meet again and meet friends. We will dream, we will dream, even with all our struggling we always have a way.'

While the community has generously donated $13,000 to the couple, it is still not enough to cover the medical bills as well as the $39,000 medevac flight.

Mr Meira is only planning on staying in hospital with his fiance for a couple of weeks before returning to Australia to work and start paying off the debt

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7565295/Backpacker-living-dreams-travelling-world-falls-coma-loses-95-memory.html

stella Posted on October 14, 2019 20:48

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Hungover Student Goes On Walk To 'Clear His Head', Ends Up 500 Miles Away

A hungover student who decided to go for a walk to 'clear his head' after a night out to mark the end of his university days has ended up 800 miles away in France.

Barney Rule, 20, dropped out of Edinburgh University on September 7 and went on a big night out after calling time on his history and politics degree. 

Following his drinking session he decided to go on a walk to 'clear his head' and ended up walking throughout the night.

When he realised how far he'd gone, the 20-year-old, of Ross-on-Wye, decided to carry on. 

After walking for a month he is now in the south west of France, but wants to go the scenic route and carry on to San Sebastian, northern Spain.      

Setting off from Chester, Barney has walked through Chester to Ross on Wye to Poole - where he hopped on a ferry to continue onto Cherbourg to Bricbeque to Portbait to St Germain Sur Ay to Rennes to Nantes to Angers to Saintes to Jonzac to Bordeaux.

He claims to average just over 20 miles a day, with his trip being entirely self-funded.

The former student started out by sleeping rough but has now bought a tent.  

Barney said: 'I had always wanted to walk to Spain but it wasn't until I got drunk with friends last month that I actually began walking.

'It was only by the time I got to the second night, when I reached around 13 miles, that I realised - I was actually walking, actually doing it with no turning back.

'I wasn't sure it was legal, but I knew I needed to clear my head.

'I started off just sleeping rough, but I've picked up a tent and a few other things along the way but time alone on the road seems to be good for me.

'I've had time to think and really be alone in my thoughts, figure out my next steps and what I want to do.

'But the kindness I've seen from people has been amazing. I had a tent with me, and I've asked people if I could pitch it in their land as I've walked to the port in Poole.

I vividly recall being in Shropshire, and because I'd spent the previous three days really just going for it, because I knew I was only 60 miles away from the port, when I asked, I couldn't understand the accent.

'It might as well have been Mandarin for all I understood, and it was there that I woke up to being surrounded by cows.'

Barney spent £30 as a foot passenger at the port crossing, and estimates in the last month, combining the nights he's had no choice but to stay in a B&B or at a camping site, he has spent only about £1000.

He added: 'A lot of people assumed that I was going through a bit of a crisis type thing, where I'd rely on the bank of mum and dad but I haven't.

'It's entirely self-funded from the part time work that I did at a bar, and the academic scholarships that I've achieved.

'It was just a case that university wasn't for me - not that it was daft or that I wasn't taking it seriously, and my parents backed me all the way once they realised my thought process.

'Now I feel like I've been learning far more, as I'm more interested now that I'm travelling.

'I know a little Spanish, travelling through France, I've learnt French on the way and the people I've met have been inspiring.

'Before, I'd say it's fair to say I was reliant on social media and that type of thing and it's been a noticeable break - it makes me appreciate it all the more.

'I go off a day by day plan now, exploring and working out my next steps.

'Eventually, when I reach my end destination, Valencia in Spain, my plan is to eventually come back as far as Paris, and write about what I've learnt.

'That's the goal and hopefully by then I'll have a much better plan.'

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7562965/Edinburgh-University-drop-went-walk-clear-head-500-miles-away-France.html

stella Posted on October 14, 2019 20:19

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A Cory Norford spent thousands on shoes for a girlfriend who didn't ask where he got the cash. Now she's been in the dock - and he's on the run

An ‘intelligent’ young woman who allowed her suspected drugs baron boyfriend to deposit money into her bank accounts has escaped jail.

Prosecutors say Cory Norford, 27, headed up a multi-million pound drugs gang that flooded Greater Manchester with cocaine, heroin and cannabis.

He enjoyed holidays to Jamaica, Mexico, Paris and Amsterdam with his girlfriend Lydia Bello - who never questioned where his money came from.

Norford also gave two pairs of Christian Louboutin shoes to Bello during their two-year relationship.

At the time he was studying at Salford University and told Bello he had used his student loan to pay for the designer heels.

He also spent thousands on home improvements - including £7,000 on gardening and landscaping the couple’s home in Eccles .

But when detectives closed in on the multi-million pound drugs racket that they believe was headed up by Norford, he fled the country, having been released under investigation.

He was last seen boarding a flight to Faro in November 2017.

He had been living an extraordinary double life.

Two months prior to his arrest Norford - who was also working two jobs and planning to invest in property - obtained a first class honours degree in accountancy.

Now, with Norford still wanted, and believed to be in Portugal, ex-girlfriend Bello, 28, has been in the dock at Manchester Crown Court , after a police investigation into the drugs conspiracy led detectives to her door, and her bank accounts.

Judge Richard Mansell QC said Bello 'must have suspected, if not known' that Norford 'was not legitimate'.

“Yes he was doing a degree, yes he had another job, but he could not have funded the lifestyle he was giving you", the judge said.

Officers found tens of thousands of pounds had been deposited into Bello’s accounts by Norford over the course of their relationship.

This came to light when Greater Manchester Police launched an investigation - codenamed Operation Friction - in 2017 to look at the activities of the organised crime group they believe Norford led.

Officers recovered just under 4kg of cocaine, 1.19 kg of heroin, 1.52kg of cannabis and nearly a quarter of a million pounds in cash.

At the height of the group’s operations they were turning over more than £20,000 a day, and, to date, 16 people have been convicted of offences relating to the drug gang’s activities.

Following Norford’s arrest and flight to Portugal, police found that large sums of cash, believed to be the proceeds of drug dealing, had been deposited into three of Bello's bank accounts between May 2015 and April 2018.

In total there were 84 deposits, totalling £45,610.

Deposits were usually made between 1pm and 2pm at branches close to where Bello was working

Invoices recovered from Norford and Bello's home at New Lane, in Eccles, showed that £7,000 had been spent on gardening and landscaping the property, using cash payments.

Norford had moved into the property around January 2017 - before Bello discovered that he was 'having a child' with someone else and kicked him out, the court heard.

Within five months she had forgiven him.

In that time Norford gave her two pairs of Christian Louboutin shoes which he claimed he purchased using his student loan.

In interviews last year, Bello told police that Norford gave her nothing towards household bills or board and she paid for everything.

They had holidayed in Jamaica and Mexico, she admitted to police, claiming their trips were discounted because Norford’s mother works at a travel agent.

Officers later found they had also enjoyed trips to Paris, Barcelona, Ibiza, Alicante, Malaga, and Amsterdam.

Bello insisted to investigators that she had never seen Norford with large amounts of money or drugs, was surprised at his arrest and believed he earned money through his cleaning business.

Questioned on how she paid for items such as Sonos electrical equipment and a YSL handbag, Bello told officers she had no knowledge of her partner's alleged criminal activity.

She accepted that deposits were paid into the account, but denied knowing or suspecting that they were the proceeds of crime.

A download from Bello's mobile phone showed WhatsApp messages between the defendant and others in which she discussed how a woman called Leonie had been storing large amounts of cash whilst he was in Canada.

In the message Ms. Bello describes how she was aware Leonie's house had been raided and someone had 'robbed 20 grand' of Mr. Norford's money.

Eventually Bello, 28, pleaded guilty to concealing criminal property.

Manchester Crown Court heard she has no has no previous convictions and was of good character.

Described by her defence barrister as a 'bright young lady', with references calling her 'helpful, reliable, thoughtful, and genuinely remorseful', the court heard Bello's relationship with Norford is 'over'.

She wept as Judge Richard Mansell QC spared her a custodial sentence, saying: “Given you are of such good character, and given Norford has now fled the country I’m fully satisfied you will not be here again."

He described her as 'a very intelligent, otherwise responsible young lady who left school with a lot of GCSEs.'

“It’s very tempting to get sucked into these situations", the judge said.

“You have learnt a harsh lesson here.”

The judge ordered Bello to serve a 12 month community order and carry out 150 hours unpaid work.

That’s a fairly lenient sentence,” he told Bello.

“I don’t think you will make the same mistake again. Do these hours as a punishment."

Bello now faces a Proceeds of Crime Act hearing in which prosecutors may attempt to seize some of her assets.

https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/cory-norford-spent-thousands-shoes-17065181

stella Posted on October 14, 2019 19:30

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My friend's parents murdered her with a plastic bag over her 'Western' T-shirt

Siblings of teenager Shafilea Ahmed, who was brutally murdered by her mother and father in an honor killing, still refuse to admit that their parents killed their sister 16 years ago, a new documentary has revealed.

A friend has also shared how the teenager suffered a catalogue of abuse before she was killed in 2003 by parents Farzana and Ifthikar, who disapproved of her 'Western' fashion, including a short-sleeved T-shirt she wore on the day of her death. 

Shafilea’s parents were sentenced to life in prison in 2013, after being convicted of brutally killing her by shoving a plastic bag in her mouth and suffocating her, in a crime which horrified the nation.  

Sister Alesha testified on the murdered teenager's behalf but Shafilea's other siblings still refuse to talk about what their parents did. 

Family friend Shanin Munir revealed how the victim's sister Mehvish confided in her about the extent of the abuse, which included the parents branding Shafilea a 'w*** and a prostitute' and beating her. 

Shanin said: 'I'd heard there were physical beatings and a lot of emotional abuse. Her sister told me her parents would lock Shafilea in the garden. She wanted to escape her home, for her it was hell.'

Shafilea had always disagreed with her strict Muslim parents when it came to her fashion choice. 

In September 2003, the 17-year-old was wearing a short-sleeved T-shirt showing her arms, something she knew her mother would disapprove of.

An argument ensued with her parents which resulted in them stuffing a carrier bag in her mouth until she turned blue, while her horrified siblings watched on.

Now, friend Shanin has revealed the extent of the horrific abuse Shafilea suffered in a new documentary, 'When Missing Turns into Murder', which is set to air on Monday on Crime and Investigation.

Shafilea was killed at her home in Warrington, before he father bundled her body into the back of a car, dumping her 70 miles away.

Nine years passed before her sister Alesha, now 30, broke rank to reveal the secret to police, who were initially met with a wall of silence following the death of the teenager.

Shafilea was born in 1986 and was the first child of her parents, who had met through an arranged marriage.

They built a strict life together, but despite this, their daughter wore make-up and even false nails.

Shanin attended the same mosque as Shafilea's sisters and said the teenager had dreams of becoming a lawyer and had even 'texted boys'.

Speaking to the Sun, Shanin said: 'But obviously it was hidden. It couldn't be on her mobile phone because her parents would check.' 

It was clear that Shafilea had adopted a more Western way of living and her parents continuously tried to curb her 'rebellious ways'. 

One year the family arranged a holiday to Pakistan, where they intended to marry her off to one of her cousins.

Understandably terrified, Shafilea refused to go. So her father drugged her with sleeping pills and forced her to get on the flight.

After awaking in Pakistan, the teenager was so terrified about what would happen to her that she downed bleach in a desperate suicide attempt, which severely burnt her throat and oesophagus.

Following the incident the family rushed her to hospital, where she was kept for two months in recovery.

Her father eventually cashed in her return ticket and flew back to the UK with her two sisters.

On her return to the UK she spent some time at a hospital in Warrington, where her father told medical professionals that his daughter had mistaken the bleach for mouthwash.

But her home life after that was never the same and her parents began to isolate her.

She was allowed to continue with her studies, and to even keep a part-time job in a call centre, however her mother insisted on picking her up everyday, watching her every move.

Her parents were fruious at her for refusing the marriage and so they plotted an honour killing after they decided she brought shame on their family.

And they made Shafilea's three younger siblings watch the killing.

She was pinned on a sofa as a plastic bag was stuffed into her mouth while they struggled to suffocate her.

Shafilea's younger sister recalled how she saw her eye going wide and her legs kicking frantically before she urinated on the sofa in the struggle.  

After she died, her body was dumped in the river. 

The parents then told the children they would kill them too if they spoke to anyone about the incident.

Police were alerted after Shafilea wasn't seen at school but when they called at the family home they were told she had run away.

It wasn't until five months later that a decomposed body was found washed in the River Kent near Sedgwick in Cumbria. It was Shafilea.

The body was so badly dismembered that dental records had to be used from her lower jaw and DNA evidence from her right thigh bone confirmed this.

The family put on a funeral with hoards of guests and pretended to grieve unaware that police were keeping a close eye on them.

But in 2015, Shafilea's younger sister Alesha, then 15, didn't want to hide the truth.

She took herself to the police and told them her parents had killed her older sister.

In 2011, Iftikhar and Farzana Ahmed were arrested and charged on suspicion of murder of their daughter.

After seeing the case in the media, family friend Shahin Manir decided to come forward herself.

She had received letters written by Shafilea's other sister talking about the night of the murder. 

Despite the sister asking her to destroy the letters, she made copies which were used in evidence at the trail for the evil parents.

In 2012, Iftikhar and Farzana Ahmed were found guilty and were sentenced to 25 years in prison with no parole.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6918853/Brutal-truth-honour-killing-17-year-old-Shafilea-Ahmed-told-chilling-documentary.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490

stella Posted on October 14, 2019 19:10

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Man died after eating fishcake so hot it burned his throat

A wedding planner died just 12 hours after sampling food at a venue when his throat was burned so badly he stopped breathing. Darren Hickey’s voice box swelled up after eating the food until he could no longer breath or swallow because of the pain and swelling. He had been given the fishcake by a chef just as he was leaving to go to a charity meeting at lunchtime on April 4. Darren, 51, realised something was wrong as the pain intensified and went to the Urgent Care Ward at Chorley Hospital but was sent home with paracetamol. He went back to his home in Bolton to rest but the swelling became worse and his partner Neil Parkinson heard him choking at 9pm.

Neil said: ‘He shouted so I ran upstairs. He was stood up choking and coughing so I banged his back but then he slid forward onto the floor.’ Darren was taken to hospital but the damage was so far down his throat it could not be seen without specialist equipment and he died just after midnight.

Acting senior coroner Alan Walsh said: ‘He was enormously positive and enormously caring and gave to charity – he was a very generous, caring and compassionate man. ‘He was a remarkably strong and resilient man to overcome that stroke.’ A pathologist said the case was very rare and is normally associated with people killed in house fires who inhale smoke, burning the airways. Dr Patrick Waugh said: ‘The patient can appear well, they will be talking to you, but then the swelling starts.’

Bolton Coroners’ Court heard a full review into the incident would be carried out. Mr Hickey’s cause of death was given as asphyxiation. Recording a verdict of accidental death, Mr Walsh said: ‘I believe there are enormous lessons to be learned.

This was caused by eating a fishcake, very small and very hot but with catastrophic consequences. I find this an immense tragedy.’ Speaking after the inquest, Neil Parkinson, 55, said: ‘Darren was a larger than life character, always helping other people and was the centre of attention. ‘He would take over a room if he walked in. He did loads for charity and was well liked in the community.’ Darren suffered a stroke seven years ago and ended up in hospital for 18 months. He spent much of his time after that doing charity work and was given the Inspirational Person of Courage Award by the Stroke Association

https://metro.co.uk/2019/10/10/man-killed-fishcake-hot-burned-throat-10894623/

stella Posted on October 14, 2019 18:32

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Wow, A woman dressed up as a bush so that she could secretly watch her sister’s proposal and the photos are hilarious

A woman dressed up as a huge bush to secretly capture her sister's marriage proposal.

Therese Merkel, 23, donned the hilarious disguise after being asked to capture the exact moment by future brother-in-law Andrew Philibeck.

Andrew proposed to girlfriend Rachel, 22, at a secluded picnic spot surrounded by lanterns and Rachel's favourite plants, sunflowers.

But little did Rachel know her sister was just yards away, hidden amongst the shrubbery in a head-to-toe outfit made to resemble a rugged bush.

Therese revealed herself after Rachel said yes by jumping from the bush and shouting "she said yes"

She then posed for the camera in her hilarious outfit a Picnic Point in Madison, Wisconsin.

The committed sister shared the images on Twitter , writing: "Sister got engaged this weekend and I dressed as a bush in the wilderness to watch/capture the moment.

"We are 1 [year] apart … why are our lives so different rofl."

The post generated a huge response with 180,000 likes in a matter of days.

Therese described how the idea of dressing as a bush came about.

She said: "We tossed some ridiculous ideas around such as faking an injury and having Philibeck disguise himself as a medic.

“But we thought that was too aggressive.”

She added that when they thought about dressing as a bush - Andrew "really went for it" and bought a whole ghillie suit - a camouflage forest hunting 4-Piece + Bag.

Thanks to the suit, the whole proposal was captured on camera including the romantic poem Philibeck read to his new fiancée.

Therese added: "While I was hiding, I had the perfect view of the whole thing."

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/woman-dresses-up-huge-bush-20387462

stella Posted on October 12, 2019 15:25

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Teenage girl, 17, who was told she would never be able to travel after an accident left her in a coma triumphs over the odds to attend friend's Mexican wedding

A teenage girl who went into cardiac arrest in a locked bathroom and had her brain starved of oxygen has overcome her near-death experience to live the life she always dreamed of. 

Jessica Cofield was 17 when she began to feel tired all the time and struggled to breathe.

The Melbourne woman, now 20, initially thought she was suffering from asthma, given her family's long history with the illness.

However she became concerned enough that she went to a hospital to undergo tests to find out the cause of her issues.

On the first night in hospital she went to the bathroom, strapped up with heart monitors, and locked the door for privacy.

Ms Cofield then went into cardiac arrest and hit her head as hospital staff desperately tried to get into the bathroom - and she went 15 minutes without oxygen getting to her brain.

'When I was in the induced coma, the doctors and cardiologist didn't know if it was something I'd be able to wake up from, let alone make a full recovery,' she told Daily Mail Australia.   

'I went 10-15 minutes without oxygen, and with each brain injury being different they weren't able to say how independent l'd ever be able to be.' 

Ms Cofield said she didn't realise at first how much of a hardship her recovery would be - she believed within three months she'd be able to return to life as she knew it.  

'When I started to wake up [from the coma] daily things would take me so much longer - like sitting up [in bed] would take 30 minutes and assistance from four people,' she said.

'It was really long, slow and hard. Everything I took for granted became more of a struggle. Nothing was easy.'

When she went home she thought she would be able to be more independent but even things such as lifting a kettle was a lot for her. 

'After I got home, I was still so limited to what I could do. Mum was my backbone, she did everything I wasn't able to do myself - shower, make breakfast, close and open car doors. 

'I was so tired of being so dependent on everyone around me. Even my 8-year-old sisters at the time were helping me do everything.'

Ms Cofield said when she was moving wards she asked her doctor if she would be able to go skydiving on her 18th birthday and travel, but both were firmly ruled out.

She said this discouragement led her to no longer take an active part in her recovery.   

'For a while when I was in the hospital I gave up and stopped trying to get better. I didn't see the point to get better if there wasn't going to be a life to get better for,' she said.

'After weeks of not doing physio and not getting any stronger and asking visitors to stop coming - I just stopped trying with everything.

'After you get through that mental state of it is not worth it or you're not going to be able to do it anyway - you just need something to go for and look forward to that isn't a surgery or hospital visit.'

She said her friend told her she would be getting married in Mexico - and Ms Cofield was determined to go, now convinced she could lead the life she wanted.    

'That's when I realised, I need to make that one day today, I never know when my last one will be,' she said. 

'No more waiting for someday for anything to happen, I had to make this day happen myself.'

She began to relentlessly train - going to the gym, doing her physiotherapy and training her brain. Ms Cofield was determined to go and get her doctor to approve the trip.

She didn't talk to her doctor until the day before she was to leave for Mexico, scared she would say no, like she had done in the past.

But Ms Cofield got the tick of approval she wanted and was able to attend her friend's nuptials. 

Ms Cofield said going through customs with her medication and defibrillator can be a difficult feat - she is unable to go through metal detectors and is forced to explain in the language of the country she is in.

'It never gets any less awkward - but one day I'm not going to be awkward about it,' she laughed.

Her future goal is to live in Europe - but she has a lot of hoops to jump through.

She said her heart needs to be monitored for at least a year to see how it interacts with the new medication she is on.

'I have to have enough medicine to last me for a year. I just need to make sure I am willing to take the risk if something goes wrong,' she said.

'No overseas doctors know my medical records and my heart won't be strong enough to make the flight home if I get sick.

'I've got to accept the risk and trust doctors can access my files or they'll wing it and hope for the best.'

'I have to have enough medicine to last me for a year. I just need to make sure I am willing to take the risk if something goes wrong,' she said.

'No overseas doctors know my medical records and my heart won't be strong enough to make the flight home if I get sick.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7066261/Teenager-17-makes-miraculous-recovery-brain-starved-oxygen-15-MINUTES.html

stella Posted on October 12, 2019 14:23

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See conjoined twins Nima and Dawa leave hospital for the first time since they were separated by Australian surgeons

Bhutanese twins Nima and Dawa have left a hospital as individual 'cheeky' girls,  weeks after life-changing surgery to separate them. 

The 15-month-old sisters, who had spent their lives joined at the torso, left Melbourne's Royal Children's Hospital in a pram on Monday with their mum Bhumchu Zangmo following the successful surgery on November 9.

Lead paediatric surgeon Dr Joe Crameri said the girls were recovering well, but there was no date set for their return to Bhutan.

'The twins have made an excellent recovery and they are now starting to act independently and move around,' Dr Crameri said on Monday.

'I was pleased to see they were somewhat smiling.'

He said the staff had seen the 'two remarkable girls' transform since becoming independent.

'Girls who started off really attached and bonded to another, but ultimately frustrated with one another,' Dr Crameri said.

'We saw them became incredibly anxious after the surgery once they knew their other twin was not immediately in front of them.

'Over the last couple of weeks, we have seen them gain confidence, gain independence and gain a lot of strength.'

Dr Crameri says being able to stand will be a 'work in progress' for the girls as they build up strength and balance.

While they are yet to form full words, Dr Crameri said The Wiggles signature finger move had become their favourite while in hospital.

'They are cheeky. Dawa has turned on me. I thought she was going to be eternally grateful to me for getting her sister off her but she just seems to get grumpy with me,' he joked.

'When they are comfortable in their own space, they are very cheeky. They like to replicate The Wiggles.'

The former king of Bhutan wrote a letter to hospital chief executive Joe Stanway, thanking staff for changing the girls' lives.

Jigme Singye Wangchuck wrote: 'The successful surgery has made it possible for Nima and Dawa to enjoy a happy and meaningful life in Bhutan'.

The girls will to travel regional Victoria with their mother to the Children First Foundation's Kilmore retreat to continue recovering, before returning home to family.

'What the two girls need is stimulation of other children being around to challenge them, to give them interest and that will do wonders for the girls,' Dr Crameri said, noting one more wound check and a review was expected.

The foundation helped bring the girls and their mother to Australia for the surgery. They arrived in Australia in October, but waited weeks for the surgery while they built up strength.

As Ms Zangmo wheeled her daughters out of the hospital, she paused to give thanks in English: 'Thank you, everyone.' 

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6428245/Separated-conjoined-twins-Nima-Dawa-discharged-Royal-Childrens-Hospital-Melbourne.html

stella Posted on October 12, 2019 14:05

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.Meet the robotic boy that breathes, bleeds and even calls for his mom

Medical students are using a robot boy to better understand how young patients respond to treatment. 

Called HAL, the realistic robot can cry, bleed, talk and go into anaphylactic shock. It also has a 'pulse.'

The device was created by Gaumard Scientific, which has been creating teaching simulators for hospitals, schools and other industries since the 1940s. 

Hal marks a major departure from test mannequins - and not just in price, as the unit starts at a whopping $48,000. 

'Participants can perform a full range of emergency procedures including surgical airway, needle decompression, and chest tube thoracostomy with the highest degree of realism,' John Eggers, Gaumard's executive vice president, said in a statement. 

'It's the closest experience to real world pediatric emergency care available today.'

To make it mirror a real human, Guamard engineers studied actual children by looking at their facial expressions, including how their muscles moved and eyebrows furrowed, according to Wired

The boy can shake his head from side to side, cry real tears and even call out for his mother when feeling distressed. 

There's also an integrated voice simulator that turns your voice into a five-year-old's, so that it can speak custom commands or phrases.  

It's made up of a mechanical-pneumatic system that creates a pulse, as well as a cartridge in the robot's leg that exhales carbon dioxide. 

A hydraulic system makes him cry tears and pumps blood throughout his body. 

This enables trainees to learn how to operate a glucose monitor on the robot, as pricking his finger will generate a drop of blood.

His eyes can follow a light in front of it and his pupils will shrink if a light is shone in front of them. 

What's more, the robot can even urinate or go into cardiac arrest.

'In certain situations such as anaphylaxis, his tongue will swell, his throat will swell,' James Archetto, Gaumard's vice president, told Wired. 

Trainees are able to cut an opening in Hal's throat to insert a tracheal tube, simulating the creation of another airway. 

They can connect him to an EKG to monitor his 'heart' and monitor his pulse using an arm cuff, or jolt him back to consciousness with a defibrillator. 

He can also mimic emotions of distress, like grimacing, crying or shouting. 

Whoever is controlling the system can also amp up the intensity of his emotions to create an even more high-stress environment. 

'We can amp the stress level up so high for the participants that people will cry, essentially have to drop out of the scenario,' Marc Berg, Stanford medical director, told Wired. 

I do think there's a good potential that we'll see more of that emotional type response when the mannequin is so realistic.'

Gaumard is behind other realistic training robots like Victoria, which is a robotic woman who can give birth, as well as Super Tory, a newborn baby that helps trainees spot signs of illness in infants. 

With Hal, the company had to be careful not to scare off medical students by making the boy look too real. 

They avoided adding human touches like facial blemishes or freckles, otherwise it could have distracted trainees, Wired said.  

Still, the device marks a major step in robotic training devices.  

'Maybe one day machines will be so sophisticated they'll be able to interpret our emotions and replicate our emotions,' Lillian Su, medical director for simulation at the Heart Center of Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, told Wired. 

'But until then, we as the humans have to control that part and know how to use the machine so we can train people in that kind of environment.

'I think that's going to add an emotional layer, a challenge that we as educators have to be prepared for,' she added.  

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-6144431/The-robotic-boy-breathes-bleeds-Researchers-reveal-hyper-real-medical-doll.html

stella Posted on October 12, 2019 13:51

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A Baby girl born 'covered in diamonds' due to rare and agonising skin condition

Jennie Riley had enjoyed a dream pregnancy and she and husband James couldn't wait to meet their baby girl.

But from the moment she was born the couple realised something was seriously wrong with their "beautiful angel".

Jennie describes the dreadful hush in the room when the midwives looked at Anna for the first time.

Anna, now 17 months old, was born covered in diamond-shaped white patches.

But as soon as James looked into his girl's eyes, which were were framed by eyelids, reddened and swollen from being stretched back by the tightening skin on her face, he saw her "most beautiful soul".

Anna, who weighed just 4lbs 11oz, with harlequin ichthyosis.

Just one in every 200,000 babies have the condition and causes the skin to regenerate 10 times faster than normal.

Jennie, of Highland, New York, USA,  said: "It was all very confusing as no one knew what it was for a while.

"And I couldn't understand how something had gone wrong, as throughout my pregnancy everything had gone so well and the ultrasound and stats - or oxygen saturation levels - were all perfect."

The condition is cause by an inherited faulty gene and Anna was diagnosed just hours after her birth.

Her skin had started to rapidly solidify, causing it to turn white and crack in deep red fissures.

She was rushed to intensive care at Vassar Brothers Medical Centre, in Poughkeepsie, New York, and her devastated parents were told she might not survive.

But she defied the odds and, at a month old went home, meeting her brothers, Andres, now nine, who is Jennie's son from a previous relationship, and James Jr., now four, properly for the first time.

Jennie, 34, said: "It was amazing being able to take her home at last, after all that waiting wondering whether or not she would live."

Now, despite having the condition for life and needing four hours’ of baths every day along with regular application of lotions so that her excess skin can be taken off, Anna is a happy and healthy toddler.

Her mum said: "In spite of everything she has been through, Anna is the happiest little baby and very rarely complains about the pain she must sometimes be in.

"It is a lot of work each day caring for her skin and there will be challenges ahead for us.

"But her joyful personality makes it all worth it."

All of Jennie's scans throughout her pregnancy were normal but the first warning signs that something was wrong came when her waters broke on September 16 2017, six weeks before her due date.

James drove her straight to hospital.

Given steroid shots to strengthen the baby's lungs, a common procedure for premature births, and waiting 24 hours for the drugs to take effect Jennie was wheeled down to surgery the following morning for a C-section as Anna was facing the wrong way in the womb.

Jennie, who gave up work to care for Anna full-time, said: "Everything was calm and I was feeling eager and excited.

"No one had any kind of premonition about how things were going to turn out."

But as baby Anna was lifted from her womb, Jennie knew from the hush that descended around her there was something very wrong.

She said: "I heard the nurse say, 'She's beautiful,' but then after that there was an uncomfortable silence and I suddenly became very worried."

Leaving the moist womb and hitting the air, Anna's skin, which due to the condition is unable to retain any liquid, instantly dried.

It formed hard, diamond-shaped white patches and caused her eyelids to flip inside out due to the tightening of her skin.

Told by nurses that Anna needed treatment, Jennie was so shocked by the news that she had to be given a sedative by the anaesthetist to calm her while her daughter was whisked away for special care.

Woken up later in the recovery room, Jennie saw her baby clearly for the first time.

She said: "I took her in my arms and she was wrapped up in plastic.

"Her whole body had cuts all over it, caused by the extra layers of skin cracking. The poor thing looked so unwell and her eyes were swollen shut.

"It was so confusing for me as everything had gone so well up until the very last moment and I had no idea what it was all going to mean for her and for us."

Still unsure of the diagnosis, having never seen anything quite like it before, the medical staff at the hospital sent baby Anna  to the specialist  Maria Fareri Children's Hospital, 50 miles south in Valhalla, New York.

She was diagnosed with harlequin ichthyosis and put on a strict treatment plan to give her the best chance of survival.

It involved being kept in a humidified box and rubbed with Vaseline every hour.

Jennie said: "After a couple of days, I was allowed to leave Vassar and go to her at the children's hospital.

"We weren't able to touch her, as the risk from infection is very high with harlequin ichthyosis sufferers in the first few days of life as bacteria can very easily get into the open cuts on the skin

"We were told just to take it day by day, as the chance of death was very high.

"I couldn't believe what was happening and was still in shock. But I just knew that we had to keep our little girl alive."

Luckily, Anna was incredibly resistant and, as the thick white pieces of skin began to come away, her flesh started to take on a more usual colour, although it remained tight and "leathery".

After three weeks in hospital she was allowed to go home, with Jennie taking on all her treatment needs.

The new mum said: "It was a big adjustment for all of us and there was a lot of trial and error.

"But we pretty quickly worked out how best to keep her healthy and it seemed that there was light at the end of the tunnel and that we would be able to get through it."

Now, taking two two-hour baths a day to help prevent her skin from drying out and shedding, Anna is growing up as any other normal girl.

Although she has some mobility problems due to the skin being taut and restricting movement and her skin has a particular pinkish hue.

"Jennie said: "There are of course difficulties and we are constantly having to think about how her skin might react in different weathers at different times of the year.

"And she can't just go outside to play in the park, as her skin will dry out very quickly and she isn't able to sweat or control her body temperature either so it can be tough.

"But she is learning to talk now and loves chatting, as well as playing with her older brothers, who are great with her.

"James, my younger son, was at first a little confused by her condition but is very loving and protective over her now, singing to her when she cries."

While it is uncertain how disabling ichthyosis will be for Anna in the future, Jennie's one hope is that her daughter will always retain her happy disposition.

She said: "There may be challenges ahead for her, but I just hope that she will be able to see past her condition.

"I want for her to always have a positive attitude, because it is what everyone loves about her."

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/us-news/baby-girl-born-covered-diamonds-14096139

stella Posted on October 12, 2019 13:25

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Mom pleads not guilty to charges she killed, burned, dismembered 23-month-old son

A Bridgeton woman accused of killing, burning and dismembering her 23-month-old son, then reporting he had been abducted, entered a not-guilty plea during her post-indictment arraignment on Monday morning.

Nakira M. Griner, 25, was indicted in June on first-degree murder and other charges in the death of Daniel Griner Jr.

She reported her son missing Feb. 8, claiming she was attacked on a Bridgeton street while walking to a store with Daniel in a stroller and her infant strapped to her chest. Griner said she was knocked to the ground and that when she looked up the stroller and Daniel were gone.

Police launched a search that ended with the discovery of burned and dismembered remains at the Griner family’s home.

An autopsy determined Daniel died of blunt force trauma and that he suffered multiple bone fractures.

During interviews with police, Griner admitted that she struck the child after he refused to eat his breakfast, according to her criminal complaint. She told police she struck him so hard that it left bruises on his face and also claimed he had fallen down a flight of stairs.

Griner said she left the injured child alive and alone in his stroller on a Bridgeton street “because she wanted someone to find him and help him because no one would believe her,” police noted in their report.

In addition to murder, the grand jury indicted Griner on charges of disturbing or desecrating human remains (second-degree), tampering with evidence (fourth-degree), endangering the welfare of a child (second-degree) and false public alarm (second-degree).

Public defender Kimberly Schultz argued in July that Griner may not be competent enough to assist in her own defense and Superior Court Judge Robert Malestein delayed her post-indictment arraignment and ordered a competency evaluation.

Malestein noted Monday that the competency evaluation was received last week, which cleared the way for the arraignment.

“The doctor that evaluated her indicated that she was fit to proceed, which is a minimal standard,” the judge said. “She knows the nature of the proceedings and the roles of the respective parties in the courtroom.”

Griner stood quietly next to her attorney during the hearing and did not address the court.

Schultz has stated that her client previously sought help for mental health issues and that she was suffering from postpartum psychosis at the time of Daniel’s death.

“I believe that the chain of events that transpired support that,” Schultz told the court in February.

The attorney said Monday that she’s seeking an expert evaluation of her client.

“I believe that there was something more happening here and the more I delve into discovery, the more I believe that to be true,” she said.

Schultz is also seeking her client’s records from the state Department of Child Protection and Permanency, which served her when she was a juvenile.

Assistant Prosecutor Elizabeth Vogelsong stated previously that recordings of phone calls Griner made from jail in which she can be heard discussing her defense strategy are proof that she understands her situation.

Schultz has also argued that both Griner and her husband, Daniel Griner Sr., had access to the child during the period in which he was killed.

The defense attorney said prosecutors were too quick to charge the mother and noted that Daniel Griner Sr. told prosecutors in March that he struck the boy with a belt at least four times in the days prior to the child’s death. He was not charged.

Prosecutors responded that this was a single incident in which Griner Sr. admitted striking the child four times.

Vogelsong said the father was investigated and video evidence shows he was at work for his entire 12-hour shift as a registered nurse at hospital during the period when investigators believe Daniel died.

“Nothing in our investigation has shown that Mr. Griner Sr. was involved in the death of the child. Absolutely nothing,” Vogelsong said in May.

When police arrived at the Griner home hours after Daniel was reported missing, they found windows open, fans running and an officer noticed a burning odor, according to court documents. Burned and dismembered human remains were found in a handbag and in trash bags under a shed.

Schultz said Monday that she intends to file a motion barring admission of any statements Griner made to police before a lawyer was assigned to her case. Griner was interviewed and charged over a weekend and Schultz wasn’t assigned to the case until the following Tuesday, the attorney said.

“My client asked for a lawyer the minute she sat down with police, so I believe that there is a Miranda issue here and I’ll appropriately file that,” Schultz told the judge.

The case will return to court Nov. 18.

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stella Posted on October 12, 2019 12:48

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Wow ,Abu Dhabi airport staff are shocked as '123-year-old passenger arrives at terminal with a passport claiming he is the oldest man to have ever lived

Staff at Abu Dhabi Airport have been left in shock after a man with a passport saying he is 123 years old walked through the terminal. 

Swami Sivananda's passport says that he was born on August 8, 1896, in Behala, India. 

Mr Sivananda had been travelling from Kolkata to London with Ethihad Airways and had a stop off in Dubai. 

If the date on his passport is correct, Mr Sivananda would be the oldest person to have ever lived.  

The elderly man lost both parents before he was six and was given away by his relatives to a spiritual guru, whom he travelled with around India before settling in Varanasi. 

It is hard to tell whether he actually is 123 because the only record of his age comes from a temple register. 

It is certain that Mr Sivananda looks decades younger than his apparent 123 years, something that he puts down to yoga, discipline, and celibacy.

In 2016, he was reported on because of the date of birth on his passport and he said:  'I lead a simple and disciplined life. I eat very simply - only boiled food without oil or spices, rice and boiled daal (lentil stew) with a couple of green chillies.

Standing five feet two inches tall, Mr Sivananda sleeps on a mat on the floor and uses a wooden slab as a pillow.

'I avoid taking milk or fruits because I think these are fancy foods. In my childhood I slept many days on an empty stomach,' he said.

He has been trying to have his age and status confirmed by the Guinness Book of World Records for three years but due to difficulties in proving his age he is yet to enter the book.  

Sivananda, who was born in colonial-era India without electricity, cars or telephones, says he is not enthused by new technology and prefers being on his own.

'Earlier people were happy with fewer things. Nowadays people are unhappy, unhealthy and have become dishonest, which pains me a lot,' he said.

'I just want people to be happy, healthy and peaceful.'  

So far the oldest person ever was Jeanne Louise Calment from France, who reached the age of 122 years and 164 days.

The oldest person who is currently alive and recognised by the Guinness Book of World Records is Kane Tanaka of Japan, aged 116 years and 278 days.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7546789/Abu-Dhabi-airport-staff-shocked-123-year-old-passenger-arrives-terminal.html

stella Posted on October 12, 2019 11:42

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Woman may never see again after her abusive boyfriend PUNCHED her so hard he fractured her eye socket - after accusing her of having an affair when she went to Asda for the weekly shop

A domestic abuse survivor may never see properly again after her savage ex-boyfriend fractured her left eye socket during a brutal attack. 

Adele Semple, 31, of Oldham, Greater Manchester, met jealous boyfriend Matthew Hayes, 31, through the dating website Plenty of Fish. 

She was soon under his thumb, culminating in a violent assault on January 12th this year, when she returned home with the weekly shop. 

Accusing Adele of having an affair, Hayes flew into a rage - despite his friend being there to witness his explosion - hitting her so hard she flew across the bedroom, before pinning her down and punching her repeatedly across the head. 

The friend, who saw him grab a perfume bottle and threaten to 'smash her up,' luckily called the police, who arrested Hayes, while Adele was taken to Royal Bolton Hospital, so her injuries could be treated. 

When Hayes appeared at Bolton Crown Court On April 25, where he pleaded guilty to common assault and was jailed for 29 months, as well as being given a five-year restraining order preventing him from contacting Adele. 

But Adele feels that her injuries mean she is serving a far harsher sentence than the monster who attacked her. She said: 'I couldn't believe it when he got slapped with just 29 months in prison. 

'I might never be able to see properly again out of my left eye, while he'll no doubt be out of prison in a year and a half. 

'I just hope that other people don't make the same mistake I did. If your man starts showing tell-tale signs of being violent, then he probably is.' 

Following a messy break up, Adele met Hayes through the dating website, Plenty of Fish, in October 2017 and he asked her out on a date in Little Lever, Bolton, where he lived.

 'I've been on Plenty of Fish a couple of times and more often than not the blokes were all a bit weird,' Adele said, 'Then I got a message from Matthew Hayes and I liked what I saw.'

'Life in the run-up to their meeting had been tough for Adele, who had lost her job picking and packing at JD Sports, and, unable to afford rent, was living in a hostel. 

So, the trip out to Hayes' home came as a welcome break and she instantly clicked with her new admirer. She said: 'I immediately felt comfortable with Matt. He listened to what I had to say and made me feel special. 

'I've not had the best time with men in the past, so just having someone who seemed genuinely interested and seemed to care was such a nice change.' 

Because of her insecure circumstances, when Hayes suggested she should move in with him after a month together she jumped at the chance. 

'Looking back, it was clearly too quick to move in with someone, but I'd just lost my job and I could only live in the hostel for so long,' she explained. 

'Matt lived with his mum and they agreed I could move in with them. At the time, it felt like he was my hero, my knight in shining armour.' 

But, within a matter of weeks, Hayes' behaviour started to change and at a New Year's Eve party in 2017, he showed his true colours. 

She said: 'Matt had insisted that we go to his friend's party and being the bubbly person that I was back then I struck up a conversation with some lad. 

'There was nothing to it, but the next thing I knew Matt came over scowling and demanding that we were going home.'

'He'd got it in to his head that I was flirting with the bloke and wouldn't let it lie.' At first Adele looked past Hayes' jealousy, focusing instead on how caring and supportive he had been at the start of their relationship. 

'But she now knows that he had displayed tell-tale signs of the controlling and abusive behaviour that was to come.

'Looking back, I can't believe I didn't do anything at the time but I was in a hopeless situation,' she continued. 

'For weeks, everything would be fine and then out of nowhere he'd fly off the handle, then suddenly he'd say he loved me and he couldn't live without me again. 

'It's clear now he was just trying to mess with my head – and it worked.' 

Then, on January 12th this year Hayes' controlling behaviour reached a climax when Adele returned from the local Asda after doing the weekly shop. Instead of helping her to unpack, Hayes immediately accused her of having an affair. 

She said: 'It didn't make any sense. I'd gone to do the weekly shop on my way home and suddenly he was attacking me.' 

After threatening to assault her with a perfume bottle if she did not leave the house, at her wits' end, Adele admits she snapped, telling him, 'Go on then - just do it.' 

To her horror, he erupted, chasing her upstairs into their bedroom, where he hit her so hard she went flying across the bed onto the floor. 

Then, in a boiling rage, he pinned her to the floor, before punching her across the face, walloping her left eye. 

She recalled: 'I never thought he'd actually attack me the way he did. We were at loggerheads, then all of a sudden something just switched in him and I knew it was going to be bad. 

'The last thing I remember is him being on top of me and then a loud cracking sound.' 

Hearing her screaming in agony, Hayes' friend called emergency services, who arrested the thug, while Adele was taken to Royal Bolton Hospital. 

There she was treated for a fractured eye socket, as well as bruising to her forehead, arms, legs and thighs. 

Three months later, on April 26, Hayes' admitted the assault and was jailed for 29 months, as well as being handed a five-year restraining order. 

Judge Graeme Smith told him: 'You punched her as hard as you could. There is no reason whatsoever why you should punch her in that way.  She's still affected by it. She has described it as having a massive impact on her and I would have to agree.'

Now Adele, who still suffers from headaches and double vision, is hoping to raise awareness and help other women act before it's too late. 

She said: 'My life is in tatters and it's taken all I have to carry on and keep going. I've got PTSD and depression after what Matt put me through and sometimes it feels like I won't be able to make it to the next day.

'To any women out there who notice their partners acting controlling, don't wait until it's too late to get out. Your partner should never treat you less than you are, if they do run for the hills - don't make the same mistake I did.' 

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-7057137/Woman-never-abusive-boyfriend-PUNCHED-hard-fractured-eye-socket.html

stella Posted on October 11, 2019 12:50

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A Woman who paid to look like Angelina Jolie is arrested for 'moral corruption'

A woman who has had several rounds of cosmetic surgery to try and look like Angelina Jolie has been arrested. Sahar Tabar, 21, was taken into custody in Tehran on a string of ‘cultural crimes and social and moral corruption’ allegations. She faces charges of blasphemy, inciting violence, gaining income through inappropriate means and encouraging youths to corruption, according to an Iranian news agency. Tabar shot to prominence on Instagram last year after posting a series of images of her face altered through plastic surgery. Most of the photos and videos shared with her 26,800 followers have also been heavily edited so that she seemingly resembles Hollywood star Angelina Jolie.

The account features images of her with a gaunt face, pouting lips and sharply turned-up nose. In some, she can be seen wearing a loosely fitting hijab over her hair and a white bandage on her nose commonly seen on Tehran’s streets.

Cosmetic surgery is hugely popular in the Islamic republic, with tens of thousands of operations taking place each year. After revealing her new look she was mocked for looking more like a zombie than Angelina Jolie.

Other pictures revealed that, while she has had plastic surgery, she is actually just very good with make-up and Photoshop. Instagram is the only major social media service accessible in Iran unlike Facebook and Twitter and the Telegram messenger service are officially banned.

https://metro.co.uk/2019/10/07/angelina-jolie-lookalike-sahar-tabar-arrested-blasphemy-moral-corruption-10873250/

stella Posted on October 11, 2019 12:33

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Rich Kid cries when she arrives at £180 camping holiday as it's 'too stressful'

An heiress who usually enjoys lavish holidays in The Maldives with her family was left sobbing when she tried out a rather more modest getaway for a TV experiment.  

At first, Hattie Garmant, 19, from Hemel Hampstead thought she would be able to handle a weekend of camping for 5Star's Rich Kids, Skint Holiday, which airs tonight. 

She was matched with Pete and Louise Hayward and their daughters Katie, seven, and Chloe, four, who decided to take her to a camping site for a three-day stay. 

But within an hour, the heiress, who is used to splashing her cash on designer clothes and beauty treatments, was shocked to tears when it started raining. 

'I thought I'd been able to handle more stuff,' she said. 'It's like, "how can people have fun doing this?".'

'I feel a bit overwhelmed. Ideally I'd rather be in a hot country, with sun and sea, compared to rain and sleeping in a tent.'

The young woman was not expecting to be going camping and struggled to cope from the moment the family arrived at Dernwood Farm.  

Hattie's father funds her lifestyle and her love of labels. She owns a collection of Gucci trainers, heels, Versace blouses, Burberry coats and more. 

The heiress has never had to worry about money in her life, and explained that she can spend between £500 and £1,000 on makeup and beauty treatments a month. 

The family's last holiday was in the Maldives, and thought it cost a grand total of £8,000 - £2,000 per person - the heiress admitted she found the experience boring. 

Later in the day, things became awkward over dinner when Hattie revealed her Gucci trainers cost more than £700, to a shocked Pete and Louise. 

'What you're wearing is five times more expensive than my wardrobe,' Pete joked. 

Pete, an oven cleaner, and Louise, a weight loss consultant, are both self-employed and sometimes struggle to make ends meet. 

This camping adventure was the Haywards' first holiday as a family, and it took them six months to save up the £180 fee for the two-nights stay. 

And Hattie didn't do herself any favours by adding that her parents give her a £500 allowance to cover her commute, even though she is working and earning a salary. 

Louise who had set a daily budget of £40 for the trip, did not seem impressed by Hattie's spending habits. 

'It's quite tough to know that for some people, it is just that easy,' she said. 

'How much would we love to be in that position where we could just have that disposable income.' 

And while she stayed diplomatic in front of Hattie, Louise opened up further in an aside to the camera. 

'It's a little bit uncomfortable to be honest,' she said 

Hattie was not blind to the mother-of-two's uneasiness, but to her, it was all a matter of perspective.   

'She has to think about it in a different perspective because I don't have to worry about certain stuff at the moment,' Hattie said. 

Curious to see whether Hattie would be able to handle a smaller budget, Louise tasked her with finding the family and activity for the afternoon with only £22.50 in her pockets, including food. 

Finding she couldn't afford any of the activities around the camping site, Hattie bought a sticker book and a bug-spotting guide for £4.99 and £2.99 in order to entertain the kids. 

With the remaining £14.52, Hattie then tried to cover dinner. 

Overall, she found activities and dinner for the family for £20.23. 

She admitted to being 'pleased with herself,' and was quite happy when the family went on to explore the nearby woods to look for wildlife. 

Later in the evening, Pete and Louise opened up to Hattie about how hard their finances make it to deal with Katie's autism diagnosis.  

'There are so many activities for kids like her to try, but there's definitely a limit as to what we can do so far with our budget,' Louise explained. 

'You probably don't imagine what kind of impact money can have on someone's development,' Louis added, 'because it shouldn't.'

And indeed, Hattie was shocked by the couple's revelation.  

'I never thought money could have this much of an impact,' she said.

The next day, wanting to pay for a nice activity for the Haywards to do, and touched by their conversation about Katie's autism, Hattie bought the family a trip to the stables, where Katie and Chloe met horses and ponies, an activity recommended for children with autism. 

Louise and Pete were very touched by her attention and say she 'couldn't have picked a better treat.' 

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-7537325/Rich-heiress-19-cries-hour-camping-skint-family-four.html

stella Posted on October 11, 2019 12:06

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Victoria Beckham feels put to shame after seeing David's incredible efforts with daughter Harper

They are proud parents to four children.

And Victoria Beckham heaped praise on her husband David as he helped their youngest child Harper build a Lego model of Hogwarts castle from the Harry Potter series. 

Taking to Instagram stories on Saturday, the fashion designer, 45, shared a video of her footballer beau, 44, concentrating as he attempted to build the toy model for their eight-year-old daughter. 

The sweet clip showed the sports star carefully reading an instruction manual as he constructed the castle, while his wife filmed over his shoulder. 

Wearing a red jumper, David hardly seemed unaware of his wife as he put all his efforts into building the model as a treat for his little girl.

Captioning the image, Victoria wrote: 'Such a good daddy!! Harper is obsessed with Harry Potter.'

David was so engaged in the 6,000 piece Lego set, which retails in stores at £349.99, that he continued well into the night.

Later that evening, Victoria shared another video of him as he continued to work on the model.

And David appeared to make much headway in his quest as the castle appeared near to completed, with the model featuring turrets, stained glass windows and even flying wizards.

Remarking at how long her husband was taking and clearly keen for him to go to be, Victoria wrote: 'FFS... It is 00.18 and he is still up building this LEGO!

'Been building ALL day!! X! 

Last month, the former Manchester United ace revealed that he insists on instilling work ethic in his children, telling them: 'You'll never get anywhere without making sacrifices.'

Asked what advice he gives Brooklyn, 20, Romeo, 17, Cruz, 14, and eight-year-old Harper, the former England captain told GQ magazine: 'To work hard, simple as that.'

Brooklyn is a model and photographer, and Cruz is said to want to be a pop star like his mum, former Spice Girl Victoria.

David added: 'I tell the kids they have to make choices, sometimes give things up. If your friends are going out on a Friday night, maybe you can't. Maybe you've got tennis practice the next day or you're in the studio singing, like Cruz, or you've got a shoot, like Brooklyn. That's where your focus needs to be.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-7439627/Victoria-Beckham-heaps-praise-husband-David-helps-Harper-build-Harry-Potter-Lego-model.html

stella Posted on October 08, 2019 00:29

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Two teenage members of a girl gang who beat up an Egyptian student, 18, 'over a boy' before she suffered a stroke and died WALK FREE from court while another gets just eight months

The devastated family of an Egyptian student who was beaten up by a girl gang before she suffered a stroke and died have said they no longer feel safe in the UK as two of her attackers walked free.

Mariam Moustafa, 18, was punched and slammed into a bus stop by Mariah Fraser, 20, Britania Hunter, 18, and a 16-year-old girl in Nottingham.

Twelve hours after the attack 'over a boy' on February 20, 2018, she suffered a stroke and fell into a coma before dying less than a month later.

Prosecutors could only bring charges of affray against the group, rather than manslaughter or murder, as her death could not be reliably linked to their actions. 

Despite branding the defendants 'aggressive' and 'cowardly', the judge handed Fraser a custody sentence of just eight months, while Hunter and the other girl walked free.

Today Mariam's father, restaurant chef Mohamed Moustafa, blasted the sentence saying 'there is no justice in this country'.  

Mr Moustafa, who moved to the UK from Italy four years ago to give his children a better education, said: 'I am doing my best for my family. We try to do our best in this country. 

'We try to respect the law. But after what happened today, I feel nobody can protect my family. We are not safe in this country. 

'When I hear there is no link behind the stroke and what happened to my daughter, I don't believe it at all. I feel very upset about what happened. 

'For me, it is 100 per cent manslaughter. It [the stroke] happened after several hours, not several days. 

'My daughter was killed, and nothing happened. I waited all this time for justice, but now I feel there is no justice in this country. I don't think we will stay here in the UK.'

Mariam, who was described as 'keen, hard-working and well-liked' by her college and was set to study at engineering at a London university, collapsed and went to hospital, but was released and suffered a stroke at home around 12 hours after the attack.

She had been punched several times during the confrontation 'fuelled by social media' near a bus stop in Parliament Street at 8pm while her friend Pablo Jawara tried to protect her. 

Now her sister Mallak lives in fear and wants to leave the country.

Mallak, 16, said: 'I feel scared. I feel afraid to walk around town. How do I know they won't come after me next? 

'All I want to do is leave here. I feel like I can't live my life anymore. Mariam was unique. She was the only person I wanted to be like. 

'I feel like my sister died again today. They [the defendants] were just smiling and laughing. They don't even feel sorry.

'They have let them out and said, "go and live your life". You haven't done anything. What about the bright future my sister had? 

'They took it off her. That's not fair. Eight months in custody for my sister's life.'

The court heard how two of the six, the 16-year-old girl and an 18 year old who will be sentenced later this month, were the main aggressors in the altercation, while the others were either filming the incident or laughing while watching. 

Passing sentence today, Judge Gregory Dickinson QC branded the defendants 'aggressive' and 'cowardly' and said: 'This was not an attack motivated by hostility to race or religion. It was to do with a boy.' 

Detailing the reasons why he decided to refer the 16-year-old girl to the youth court, Judge Dickinson added: 'The family of Mariam want the maximum possible sentence to be imposed on all those involved in the case.

'Sympathy for their desperate sadness cannot displace a proper, dispassionate approach to sentencing in a court of law.

'It would only add to the tragedy of this case to put [the girl] into custody.'

Hunter was given a 12-month community order and told to carry out 40 hours unpaid work, and the 16-year-old girl was remitted back to youth court with a view to a referral order.

The prosecution said after the incident that Fraser, who has previous convictions for robbery, attempted robbery and assault, had searched the internet for 'I have put someone in a coma' when she realised she may be arrested for her part in the attack.

Mariam's parents, Mr Moustafa, 51, and Nessrin Abu-Elneinen, 42, were visibly upset as CCTV footage of their daughter collapsing on the bus was played to the court yesterday.

The incident caused uproar in Egypt and the country's embassy had called on those responsible to be 'brought to justice swiftly'. 

Fraser, Hunter and the 16-year-old girl all admitted affray a week before their trial.

The prosecution said four pathologists had concluded the attack could not be 'reliably linked' to Miss Moustafa falling into a coma or her eventual death, meaning manslaughter charges could not be brought.

Months before her death, Mariam took to YouTube to explain how her heart condition had left her 'scared' to go to college or leave the house.

Miss Moustafa's sister Mallak previously revealed Mariam had been born with half a heart.

Speaking directly to Fraser as he sent her to a young offenders' institution, the judge said: 'You used violence. You contributed significantly to the overall seriousness of the affray.

'It is not correct to say that you were "on the periphery", as was submitted on your behalf.

'In my judgment, your role as a part of the incident as a whole, with your record of convictions, means that a custodial sentence is necessary.'

Opening the facts of the case, prosecutor Luke Blackburn said: 'To call it an argument would be a mis-description as it was all one way. It developed into threats and violence at that bus stop.

'Miss Moustafa and Mr Jawara got on the bus, doing their best to get away from what was going on.'

Mr Blackburn said the 16-year-old youth banged on the bus window to persuade the driver to let them on.

The Crown's barrister continued: 'All six went upstairs to find the two people they had been attacking.

'Mr Jawara stood up and did his best to physically protect his friend - he just got in the way of the defendants and did not use any violence.

'The atmosphere was intimidating and violent with the forceful nature of the language being used.'

Three other teenagers, aged 18, 17 and 16, will be sentenced at Nottingham Youth Court on June 19 alongside the 16-year-old girl. 

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7142109/Woman-locked-just-eight-months-attacking-Egyptian-girl-later-died.html

stella Posted on October 07, 2019 23:24

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Two men, 21 and 19, charged with the murder of Tashan Daniel, 20, who was stabbed to death at Tube station on his way to Arsenal match

Two men have been charged with the murder of the aspiring athlete at a London Underground station.

Tashan Daniel, 20, was fatally stabbed at Hillingdon Underground Station on September 24 after being attacked while heading to to an Arsenal football match.

British Transport Police have since said that Alex Lanning, 21, from Uxbridge, and Jonathan Camille, 19, from Kensington, had both been charged with his murder.

The pair have been remanded in custody and are due to appear at Highbury Magistrates' Court on Monday.

An 18-year-old woman, from West Drayton, who was arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender has been released under police investigation.

Police previously said that Mr Daniel, who had hoped to become an international 200m sprinter, was with a friend when two other men provoked a fight, during which he was knifed in front of horrified passengers. 

Witnesses reported seeing blood and one person performed CPR on the victim but he died on board a Tube carriage.

The Underground station was evacuated in the wake of the stabbing.

Speaking previously about the investigation when the two men were first arrested, Detective Chief Inspector Sam Blackburn said: 'We have been working around the clock to trace those responsible for Tashan's death and this is a positive step in the ongoing investigation.

'I'd like to thank Tashan's family for their patience and strength and once again extend our deepest condolences to them. They are continuing to be supported by specially trained family liaison officers.

'I know the local community and many people across the country have been truly shocked by this senseless and unprovoked killing, and we will continue to work tirelessly to make sure those responsible face justice.'

His mother Celia Daniel, 48, earlier told of how she was able to 'hold his hand for a tiny second' while paramedics worked on him. 

Before the match, his family said he had lunch with his mother and took his grandfather to a day care centre.

His father told the BBC:  'He was short on time - he ruffled my hair, gave me a kiss on the cheek and that's the last time he left home.'

He added: 'Tashan wanted to make the Olympics. He set his standards high, he was hardworking and did everything we asked him to.

'He was a real family-orientated boy and he was a beautiful soul.' 

Luke Flynn, a colleague and former schoolmate of Mr Daniel, said: 'He will be missed my his friends family and work colleagues.

'He was really involved in his track running. I'm pretty sure he was one of the better runners in the UK. He was always doing it every weekend. He was doing really well in the 100m and 60ms.

'He was a nice guy, quiet, and just got on with his work. It's sickening. It's horrible to hear, he was such a nice guy, he was always up for helping. Everyone was taken aback when they heard.' 

A spokesman for Arsenal FC said: 'Everyone at Arsenal Football Club is shocked and deeply saddened to learn of the tragic passing of Arsenal fan Tashan Daniel.

'Our thoughts are with Tashan's family and friends at this sad time.'

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7541743/Two-men-charged-murder-Tashan-Daniel-stabbed-death-Tube-station.html

stella Posted on October 07, 2019 23:16

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A Couple arrested for attempting to smuggle £2m worth of drugs into the UK

A British couple could face capital punishment after they were accused of trying to smuggle £2 million worth of heroin out of Pakistan.

Mohammed Tahir Ayaz, 26, and his wife Ikra Hussain, 20, from Huddersfield, West Yorks, were arrested at Sialkot International Airport while trying to fly to the UK via Dubai on Thursday.

The Airport Security Force claimed they found 25kg of 'fine quality' heroin hidden in Hussain's clothing while scanning her luggage.

Packets were said to be sewn into different parts of several clothes.

The officials took the heroin, which was estimated to be worth millions of rupees in the international market, into custody and registered a case against the couple.

The couple were then handed over to Anti Narcotics Force for further investigation.

Offenders caught smuggling large amounts of drugs could face death penalty or a life sentence if they are found guilty.

Dewsbury MP Paula Sherriff told Examiner Live: "I understand that a Dewsbury couple have been arrested at an airport in Pakistan, allegedly attempting to smuggle a substantial quantity of heroin into the UK.

"This is an appalling crime and I am pleased to hear that these life-destroying drugs have been intercepted."

Shabir Pandor, the leader of Kirklees Council, said: "If anyone breaks the law in this way it's completely appalling and they are out of order."

A spokesman for the Foreign Office said: "We are urgently seeking more information from the Pakistani authorities following reported arrests of a British couple."

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/brit-couple-could-face-death-20135297

stella Posted on October 07, 2019 18:22

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Mummy blogger Sophie Cachia, 28, discovers that one of the cruel trolls who taunts her online is a FRIEND

Mummy blogger Sophia Cachia has revealed that a cruel troll who tormented her online is a former friend.

The Melbourne-based mum-of-two started blogging at 22 under The Young Mummy, and how has 250,000 followers and a successful clothing line. 

Her presence as a public figure has also seen her deal with her share of bullying - at the hands of strangers as well as 'so-called' friends.

'I know this girl who was in my life for years is one of my biggest trolls,' she said on a Mamamia podcast. 'I don't know if she knows that I know that.'

Sophia said she was shocked and hurt to discover her friend was secretly trolling her, and said she had involved her lawyers and spoken to police.

'I know for a fact, that there's one woman, who I have known in my life, who I was once friends with, who works in the media at times, who was trying to build her way up – I know she is one of my biggest trolls,' she said.

Sophia said what had hurt her most about this situation was while she could reconcile the fact anonymous people were trolling her, it was harder to understand why a friend would behave this way. 

Sophia said her mental health had been seriously affected by her former friend's bullying.  

She said the horrific nature of some of the comments had left her questioning: 'How am I going to escape this?' 

While she said she understood on one level the opinions others had about her weren't true, she had been to counselling to help her deal with the abuse. 

In a bid to regain some control, Sophia said last year she had decided to limit comments to those she followed and who followed her back.

Today, the Instagram star said she is able to take a broader view about the situation, one that doesn't see her spend time reading others thoughts about her life.

'I just post a pic I like and move on with my day now, instead of trawling through thousands of comments from strangers,' she said.

She added her family, particularly her ex-husband, had been incredibly supportive during this time. 

Sophia, who is known by her thousands of fans for her honest and real approach to life, recently confirmed she had split from her AFL player husband Jaryd Cachia.

The couple, who were together for eight years, have two children together, Bobby, 6, and Florence, 2.

Sophia documented their separation on her social media channels after gushing about Jaryd's parenting skills on Father's Day.

She and Jaryd still love one another, but say their separation is a prime example of 'two kids who fell in love hard early and are now two adults who love & respect each other enough to part ways amicably.' 

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-7433225/Popular-Australian-mummy-blogger-speaks-trolled-online-former-friend.html

stella Posted on October 07, 2019 17:14

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Pair who illegally watched and recorded Emiliano Sala's post-mortem jailed

Two people have been warned they face jail after admitting to accessing CCTV footage of the post-mortem examination of Emiliano Sala. 

Christopher Ashford, 62, and Sherry Bray, 49, admitted illegally accessing CCTV at Bournemouth Mortuary and replaying a post-mortem of the Cardiff City footballer.

Sala, 28, tragically disappeared following a plane crash off Alderney in the Channel Islands on January 21, and was confirmed dead on February 7.

Bray, the director of a CCTV company in Chippenham, Wiltshire, which held the out of hours contract to monitor the cameras at the mortuary, watched the post-mortem live on Febuary 7 and replayed it the following day.

She sent a picture of Sala from the investigation to another person using Facebook Messenger. 

It said an investigation was launched after a graphic image of Sala's post-mortem examination was spotted circulating on social media, and this led to the CCTV company's offices being searched. 

Bray also used the CCTV equipment to play the post-mortem examination of another man, grandfather Andrew Victor Latcham - who died in non-suspicious circumstances in Dorset - on April 24 last year.

Ashford, of Calne, Wiltshire, gained 'unauthorised access' to the mortuary CCTV, and watched Sala's post-mortem six times over a 48-hour period between February 9 and 11.

Bray then perverting the course of justice by deleting the image from both her phone and the mortuary CCTV. She also encouraged Ashford to delete pictures he had taken.

The pair admitted the seven counts against them today at Swindon Crown Court.

Rob Welling, prosecuting, told the court that Ashford and Bray were each charged with three counts of 'securing unauthorised access to computer material', contrary to the Computer Misuse Act 1990.

The court heard that on February 7 and February 8 2019, Bray 'operated the closed circuit television equipment at Bournemouth Mortuary' to watch or replay footage from Sala's post-mortem.

She also operated the mortuary's CCTV in the same way on April 24, 2018, to watch the post-mortem of Dorset pensioner Andrew Latcham.

And on February 12 and 13 2019, Bray perverted the course of justice by deleting pictures of the football player from her phone and instructing Ashford to 'delete your pics'.

Bray also deleted the post-mortem cameras at the Bournemouth Mortuary from the live feed camera facility the following day (Feb 14), the court heard.

Meanwhile, Ashford also admitted to 'operating the closed circuit television equipment at the Bournemouth Mortuary' to replay the footage of Sala's post-mortem.

He is said to have done so on February 9 at 9.40pm and 11.23pm, on February 10 at 2.32am and 6.58am, and on February 11 at 1.26am and 9.35pm. 

The pair have been released on bail until September 20, when they are due to be sentenced.

Judge Peter Crabtree warned them that the charges are 'extremely serious' and that they can 'undoubtedly' expect a custodial sentence.

Argentina international Sala died in January when the plane taking him to Cardiff crashed into the English Channel.

A post-mortem was carried out at Holly Tree Lodge Mortuary, Dorset, on February 7.

A week later, police were alerted to an image on Twitter apparently showing the dead Argentinian footballer.

The image was removed from Twitter, but was subsequently shared to other social media sites.

Wiltshire Police's Digital Investigations and Intelligence Unit (DIIU) carried out a warrant at the CCTV firm's offices last summer.

Detective Inspector Gemma Vinton, from DIIU, said: 'This is the most high-profile investigation that our recently-formed unit has carried out. I would like to commend the team of specialist investigators for their hard work and dedication. 

'This has been a case which has attracted significant global media interest, and has involved detailed forensic searches of a large number of digital devices, as well as regular contact with a range of stakeholders and interested parties - not least the families of our two victims, with Emiliano Sala's family, who live in Argentina, being kept fully updated at all times.

'It has been the two families who have been at the forefront of our minds throughout the investigation; they have been significantly impacted at what was already a difficult and traumatic time for them.

'The actions of Bray and Ashford caused additional unnecessary distress and heartache, and I hope the families will now be able to concentrate on grieving for their loved ones.'

Bray, of Corsham, Wiltshire, pleaded guilty to three counts of computer misuse and perverting the course of justice.

Ashford, of Calne, Wiltshire, pleaded guilty to three counts of computer misuse.

The pair are due to be sentenced on 20 September.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7340773/Pair-ADMIT-accessing-CCTV-footage-Emiliano-Salas-post-mortem.html

 

stella Posted on October 07, 2019 17:07

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So sad Suicide of prominent pastor Jarrid Wilson forces church leaders to confront mental health

The first time he thought about killing himself, Adrian Crawford was wracked with fear, shame and guilt. 

He believed deeply in God but couldn’t shake the darkness that surrounded him. Did being plagued with depression and anxiety make him an inadequate Christian? He had tried everything he’d been taught in church – praying, reading his Bible, being anointed so many times "you could have deep-fried me in holy water."

Nothing helped. But a part of him hesitated: If he killed himself, was he condemned to eternal torment in hell? 

That was more than two decades ago, when Crawford, now 41, was a freshman at the University of Tulsa. Now, as the lead pastor of Engage Church in Tallahassee, Florida, Crawford speaks openly about his mental health struggles, including sharing them with his congregation.

Adrian Crawford, 41, lead pastor of Engage Church in Tallahassee, Florida, preaches regularly about mental health, including sharing his own struggles. 

After the suicide Monday of Jarrid Wilson, a well-known pastor in the evangelical community, Christian leaders across the country are grappling with how to address and help believers struggling with depression and anxiety – including when those struggling are the ones leading the church. Recent decades have seen more churches embrace compassion and turn away from longtime teachings about suicide and the afterlife. 

Suicide is a growing problem in the United States. In 2016, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that suicide had increased 30% since 1999 and that nearly 45,000 people took their own lives that year. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, suicide is the second leading cause of death among people ages 10-34, and one in five adults experience mental illness each year. Just 43.3% of adults with mental illness received treatment in 2018. 

Wilson, most recently an associate pastor at Harvest Christian Fellowship, a megachurch in Riverside, California, had been transparent about his own mental health struggles, passionately advocating for churches to help those who were hurting. He co-founded a mental health nonprofit, Anthem of Hope, and frequently posted on social media about his own experiences. 

He is not the first prominent pastor to kill himself: In August 2018, Andrew Stoecklein, lead pastor of the Chino, California, megachurch Inland Hills Church, took his own life a few days after preaching a sermon about his struggles with mental health. Both Wilson and Stoecklein were married with young sons when they died by suicide.

Tommy Givens, an associate professor of New Testament studies at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California, sees progress around the mental health conversation within faith communities, particularly with the inclusion of psychology courses for those studying ministry. 

“To Jarrid’s credit, despite how his life ended, him being honest about his struggles, especially for people from places of prominence, it changed the atmosphere around this conversation,” Givens says. 

Givens says there’s evidence all over Scripture of people dealing with depression, hopelessness, a sense of defeat and doubting the existence of God. People suffering from mental illness need to know “this is part of the canon” and they’re not alone, he says. 

Crawford put it this way: “The entire book of Psalms is basically the songs of a manic-depressive person, if you read it closely.”

Debating what happens after we die

Many Christian leaders say they are eager to bring mental health into sermons, but they worry about what they call "toxic theology" that can surround conversations about suicide, especially when that theology condemns people to hell. 

For a long time, that was the teaching, according to James Hudnut-Beumler, a professor of American religious history at Vanderbilt University’s divinity school in Nashville, Tennessee.

For centuries, suicide was treated as a moral sin, Hudnut-Beumler says. The ancient Catholic Church, for example, took a two-pronged view: First, those who die by suicide have thrown away the soul that was given to them by God. Second, by killing themselves, they have taken away the opportunity that would otherwise be available to confess that sin and ask for forgiveness. 

Hudnut-Beumler says many churches held on to this “well into the 20th century because they didn’t want to give anyone a nod or a wink that suicide is OK. They wanted people to work it out. However, with society’s growing understanding of mental illness and the terrible places that people’s minds can lead them, there is a growing pattern of theological reflection that says perhaps God can and will forgive what human beings will not understand.” 

There’s more compassion for people suffering from severe mental illness, too, particularly as Christianity moved away from the belief that mental illness was caused by demons or evil spirits. Hudnut-Beumler says that while young ministers were often taught that suicide is a permanent solution to a short-term problem, there’s now an understanding that “for people inside the problem, it feels insurmountable.” 

Pastors relate to Jarrid Wilson

For years, Steve Austin, a pastor in Birmingham, Alabama, buried feelings of anxiety, depression and suicide. Sexually abused as a preschooler, he started to recover memories as a senior in high school, which led to severe panic attacks. He told no one of his past trauma. 

“I had big dreams of pastoring a megachurch, and saving the world for Jesus,” he says. “How could I ever share my brokenness?” 

Seven years ago, at age 29, he attempted suicide. 

It was not, he says, a cry for attention. When he woke up, “I was mad as hell. I was furious to be alive.”

But now he tries to walk others through hopelessness. Austin got out of formal ministry and no longer pastors a church, but he still speaks to congregations around the South. He describes himself as part life coach, part spiritual companion. He wrote a book about his journey, “From Pastor to A Psych Ward,” available free on his website for anyone struggling.

And while he sees progress in the evangelical community when it comes to speaking frankly about mental health, “I long for the day when I can talk about my anti-anxiety medication like my dad talks about this cholesterol medication.” 

Six years ago, Ed Stetzer, executive director of the Billy Graham Center at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois, commissioned a study with LifeWay Research, an organization that helps church leaders conduct surveys. It found that 48% of Evangelical Christians believe mental illness, including depression and anxiety, can be cured purely by reading the Bible and praying more. Those numbers startled Stetzer. 

“I think we need to talk about mental health like we talk about diabetes – it’s an illness,” he said. “What makes it unique is that pastors are supposed to be the helpers, not need help. They’re supposed to speak about the glory of life, not take their own lives. 

“We have to get people to understand: It’s OK if your pastor struggles with depression, it’s OK if he or she has to be on medication. We have to get to a point where pastors feel like they can come out of the medicine cabinet and be honest.” 

As evangelical leaders try to create a safe space for everyone – especially other leaders – to share their struggles, they’re also cognizant of gender and racial barriers. 

Stetzer says every marriage book, Christian or not, talks about how men have a harder time than women expressing fears and pain. That means that part of faith leaders' responsibility in leading the conversation around depression and anxiety involves acknowledging the gendered expectations placed on men and the problems that can bubble up because of that, he says. 

For Crawford, who is a black man, having frank discussions about mental health first involves stripping away decades of stigma that have existed in communities of color.

“You have to understand that my father is a baby boomer who lived through the civil rights era and Jim Crow laws,” Crawford says. “In his world, you couldn’t show emotions as a black man or you could get killed. For black people in our country, it was just about survival. In church you’d hear so much about heaven because black people were already living through hell on Earth.” 

As a result of that, Crawford says that from a young age, he and other African Americans were taught that depression and suicide were “white people problems"; they were not issues discussed within black families or black churches. There was a certain pride, almost, in being able to “tough it out,” which is what black people did every day in every aspect of their lives, Crawford says.

In 2019, a whole host of pressures can collapse on a person, including social media. 

It’s easy to look at someone’s life on social media and play the comparison game. Pastors are guilty of that, too, Crawford says, and it can spiral quickly for a pastor already struggling with depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts. Acknowledging that social media has been crucial in spreading the Gospel, he believes it's key to also recognize its pitfalls.

Stetzer is planning a summit in early 2020 where evangelical leaders can talk about how to better help their congregations and other pastors struggling with mental health. He says those problems also need to be discussed more from the pulpit.

 “We need more sermons, because sermons break stigmas – and they’re happening,” he says. “The bottom line is that the uniqueness of the pastoral role in this forces us to answer the question: 'Why is this happening and how do we respond better?' We’ve got a lot of work to do.” 

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stella Posted on October 07, 2019 16:40

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Oh Chris Watts claimed he was visited by his dead daughter in his prison cell and by his murdered wife in a phone conversation, DailyMailTV can exclusively reveal

Chris Watts has claimed he was visited by his dead daughter in his prison cell and by his murdered wife through a phone conversation, DailyMailTV can exclusively reveal.

The 34-year-old made the unnerving confession to author Cherlyn Cadle in letters and interviews for her explosive upcoming book, Letters from Christopher.

Watts said he dreamed his daughter Celeste, 3, who was called Cece, was dancing in his cell, despite murdering her, his other daughter Bella, 4, and his pregnant wife Shanann, last August in Fredrick, Colorado. 

He also claims he felt a darkness over him in the weeks before strangling his family to death so he could be with his mistress of two months Nichol Kessinger, who had told him she wanted to give him his first son.  

Despite being sentenced to five life sentences without the possibility of parole, Watts told Cadle he doesn't believe he's a murderer and strives to maintain a 'good guy image' in the hopes he might someday be released on good behavior.

Cadle said that he has spoken about these visits - once by Celeste and once by Shanann through a phone conversation.

Watts has told Cadle that he will not submit to psychiatric testing in prison and does not believe he is mentally ill.

'Christopher and his mother have both told me he has never been tested for mental illness.'

Watts confessed his deepest feelings to Cadle, a 65-year-old grandmother from Illinois, who wrote him a letter earlier this year asking if he would take part in a book to put to rest any lingering questions about the case.

To her great surprise, he agreed. The book, Letters From Christopher, is on pre-order and will be published October 7. 

Cadle has pressed Watts for his motives in committing such horrific violence and his answers are conflicting at best.

Along with suggesting that he was under the 'spell' of his mistress Nichol Kessinger, who he said he wouldn't have killed his family for if he never met her, Watts also introduced the idea that he may have been possessed by demons or evil spirits.

Christopher has said that he felt 'darkness' on him for weeks before the murders and it put thoughts into his head,' Cadle said.

'Christopher told me that he had never thought of demonic things before or felt there was a demon possession.

'He has also talked about how he felt God gave him three chances to pull away from Nikki but he did not listen to any of those voices.'

He also talks at length in his letters about the visits he gets from his daughters in jail cell.

In an exclusive letter from April 23, released to DailyMailTV, Watts wrote: 'I don't know if this was a spiritual visit, but I had a dream Cece was dancing next to the chair in my cell. 

'When she was dancing, all of my folders on the chair started moving and I thought she was in trouble, so I said Watch out, get away, watch out! Then I woke up. I'm hoping she comes back! I hope everyone comes to visit me.'

He described how he had smothered his daughters with pillows in their beds, only to have them wake up. He then drove them with their dead mother to the oil field where he worked.

'I dumped Shanann on the ground, then I walked back to the truck and with the blanket that Celeste was holding, I put it over her head and smothered her.'

Watts squeezed Celeste's body through an eight-inch hatch in one of the oil tankers.

'I couldn't believe how easily it was to just let her drop through the hole and let her go. I heard the splash as she hit the oil.'

He then relived for Cadle, in appalling detail, how he killed his eldest daughter Bella after she had watched him murder and dispose of her sister. He spoke of his surprise that: 'Little quiet Bella had a will to live.'

'Out of all three, Bella is the only one that put up a fight. I will hear her soft little voice for the rest of my life, saying, 'Daddy, NO!!! She knew what I was doing to her. She may not have understood death, but she knew I was killing her.  

The writer says that Watts is acutely aware of his fame and notoriety and is keen to present himself as a 'good guy'.

Cadle said: 'He feels famous. He's very careful, he wants people to think good of him.

'It's very hard for him to be called a monster or to be called a murderer. He doesn't like that. I said, But Christopher you are a murderer which makes you a monster for what you did.

But he does not agree with that. He's not a monster, he says, and he says he's not necessarily a murderer. Very delusional, I believe, even though he'll say, yes I killed my family.'

'One thing that struck my husband when we visited him the last time was he said something like, ''You know, what I did to Shanann'' - just casual and nonchalant.

'It's very important [for him] to keep up this image that he is a good guy. That he's always been just a good guy.'

Along with maintaining his 'good guy' image, Watts appears to believe that if he doesn't step out of line in prison that one day he may be eligible to leave.

Cadle said: 'He read that in most prisons, and in most states, if an inmate has been on good behavior, after about 25 years they'll be released. Maybe there's cases where that has happened.

'Christopher is very determined to follow all the rules in prison because I think he believes that will be his path to getting out of prison someday.' 

In a letter Watts sent Cadle, he wrote: 'Do I feel like I should be incarcerated? For the act I committed, I most definitely thinks so. Do I imagine myself ever doing anything like this or be a danger to society? I most definitely think NOT! 

'If I were to ever be released, I know I would go straight to a ministry and start going to jails/prisons and help inmates. 

'If God led me to be ordained, I would go that route as well; possibly even be a Chaplain. Maybe the laws will change one day. 

'My attorney team could see I was different and knew that this was a one-time occurrence for me. They told me that in Europe, the law is I would serve 20 years or so for homicide, and in California, after 25 years of imprisonment, on a life sentence you can be released if you've had good behavior. 

'So, there's hope for everyone to live outside prison walls. I know physically I'm behind these walls, but my spirit is FREE with Christ!'

Cadle is clear that her book is not an attempt to help Watts get an appeal nor, she says, does it appear that he wants one. 

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7534199/Chris-Watts-believes-visited-dead-daughter-prison-cell.html

stella Posted on October 07, 2019 15:22

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The couple who popped into McDonald's to eat - on the way from their wedding

These images show the moment a couple stopped for for a bite to eat in McDonald's just moments after they tied the knot.

Reuben and Hayley Szekely, of Clitheroe, felt a bit peckish while travelling between their ceremony at Kingdom Hall in Rawtenstall and wedding reception venue in Buxton.

The couple previously joked they might get a McDonald's and on a whim decided to pay the branch in Rawtenstall a visit while dressed in their full wedding gear.

Wedding photographer Paula Mottram captured the newly-weds tucking into cheeseburgers and chips while sat at a table inside the fast food restaurant.

Reuben, 25, and Hayley, 22, completed their celebrations at The Old Hall Hotel, in Buxton, and described the day as "amazing".

The couple told the M.E.N: "It was absolutely packed, there were 50 people with their mobile phones out.

"We went to the counter, all of the McDonald's staff wanted to serve us.

"They gave us free meals. We had chicken nuggets, four cheese burgers, a mango smoothie.

"We had joked about doing it, saying 'Imagine if we went to McDonald's'."

Hayley, who grew up in Bacup, added: "It was amazing, everyone was congratulating us. Kids were saying she looks like a princess."

Paula said: "They were really up for it. They were so lovely.

"The staff gave them their food for free, they were fighting over who would serve them.

Reuben, a revenues assistant, and Hayley, a teaching assistant, will be celebrating their honeymoon in Rome in two weeks time.

https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/mcdonalds-wedding-couple-photos-rawtenstall-17043238

stella Posted on October 07, 2019 14:55

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Beaten and starved by their father, these siblings thought their mother was dead – until they got an email out of the blue after nearly 60 years

A mother who left her two children alone for 11 days without food or water while she 'had fun with her lover' and their new baby has been jailed for murder.

Vladislava Trokhimchuk, 23, showed 'no remorse' and 'laughed' when she was sentenced to eight years in jail for deliberately trying to starve her infants and murdering her son in Kyiv, the Ukrainian capital.

Her son Danill, one, died from starvation.

Her daughter Anna, three, survived by drinking water from a vase but was suffering from acute malnutrition. 

The toddlers could not leave their room because a towel had been wedged in the doorway to stop them getting to the kitchen. 

The children were so hungry during the 11 days they were left alone that they ate wallpaper and plaster covers as well as their own excrement.

Their teeth marks were found on the walls and they had desperately tried to tear linoleum off the floor to try and open a gap under the door.

Her former mother-in-law had tried to gain access to the flat but had no key, according to her ex-husband Alexey Trokhimchuk who was the children's father.

It was his mother who found them after 11 days. 

She told police: 'I went to the children - with groceries, and toys.

'Anna was lying on the bed, sleeping.

'I woke her, gave her cottage cheese and a banana and I held her in my arms.

'And then everything was like in a terrible dream... I do not understand how it happened. '

Vladislava Trokhimchuk had intended to starve the children and then post pictures on social media claiming one or both had a life threatening tumour in an attempt to raise money, the court heard.

She was hoped to make them look malnourished and then beg people online urgent cash gifts, reported Fakty newspaper. 

The mother left her children for 11 days and spent the time with her new lover, Anton Podchapko, and their baby daughter.

A police source said: 'She was having fun with him while her children were being tortured to death.' 

Psychiatrists ruled that she was mentally fit to face trial.

Judge Galina Bondarenko called her 'cynical and heartless' but the eight-year sentence she imposed has sparked an outcry. 

Trokhimchuk said:  'I cannot find an excuse for myself. I always wanted the best for children.

'I dreamed they would study, live differently than I do, better. That they would have everything.

'I repent very much.

'I cannot understand what I did, or that God took my son from me and put me here (in custody).'    

But when she heard her sentence by live TV link to her detention cell she was seen laughing and clapping her hands.

After taking into account remission and the time she spent in detention after the crime in 2016, Vladislava will be free in three years.

An appeal is expected to be made demanding a life sentence.  

The mother's landlord Mikhail Gorovoy said the sentence was shockingly lenient after taking into account her time indention and remission.

He said: 'The murderer who doomed such a little one to death has got just three years in jail.' 

Nadezhda Maksimets, spokeswoman of Kyiv Prosecutor's Office, said: 'As a mother of two children, I am simply shocked.

'We will immediately appeal against the sentence and fight for punishing Vladislava Trokhimchuk in the strictest way.'

The mother's old social media was full of pictures of her children from before the incident and messages of love to them. 

Her daughter Anna was put up for adoption but Vladislava will be allowed to raise her youngest daughter Sofia after she is released from prison.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7413835/Mother-son-died-left-sister-without-food-water-11-days-jailed.html

 

stella Posted on October 04, 2019 21:44

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Couple's Dream £50,000 Cyprus Wedding In Jeopardy After Thomas Cook Collapses

Thousands of holidaymakers have been left devastated after plans including expensive weddings and dream trips were dashed after Thomas Cook went into liquidation this morning.

The company's final flight landed in Britain after the travel group collapsed leaving more than 160,000 Britons stranded abroad and a million more customers with cancelled holidays.

Peter Whyman and his fiancée Katy Williams fear their £50,000 wedding in Ayia Napa could be ruined as her terminally ill mother might not be able to fly out for their big day.

They are due to marry on October 2 but the wedding party's flight to Cyprus and their hotel rooms are now at risk.

The bride's terminally ill mother Carol Milne, 63, may have to miss out on the whole ceremony.

Ms Williams told Teesside Live: 'I'm not sleeping. It's horrible. I'm just numb.

'My head is in the clouds. It's the not knowing and the fact we can't do anything about it.'

Offshore rigger Mr Whyman, said: 'I have been working every bit of over time I could do for the last 18 months so my fiancé has a dream wedding.

'We have phoned our travel agents and they didn't know what is happening. We have phoned the hotel direct to try find out if the hotel has been paid for in case we just need to book different flights - but still no info.

'We have been told that if Thomas Cook do go under we will lose everything.'

The couple cannot even bring themselves to tell their excited children Sienna Whyman, 9, Mia Whyman, 8, and Owen Chaney, 7, that the wedding is in jeopardy.

Mr Whyman said: 'I'm not telling them. I don't know how to break it to them. It's heartbreaking for them.

'It's just a waiting game now and we just hope Thomas Cook find the money.'

The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) announced this morning that the company had 'ceased trading with immediate effect' after last-minute talks to save it broke down.

More than 150,000 British holidaymakers who are abroad will have to be repatriated back to the UK and the CAA and the government has announced it will aim to get them home by October 6.

A number of support schemes have also been set up to help Thomas Cook employees.

Its final flight - an Airbus A330 from Orlando - touched down at Manchester Airport at 9am bringing down the curtain on the company's 178 year history.

Katherine Mann, 31, a finance worker from Hertfordshire, is trapped in Menorca airport with her partner, civil servant Daniel Hill and their eight-month-old daughter Penelope after a week-long holiday.

Their return flight to London was supposed to leave at 11.30am, but a tannoy announcement has told them to ignore official departure times completely.

'This was our first holiday together as a family,' she told MailOnline, 'and over the last few days we were constantly anxious due to the lack of information.

'Everyone at our resort was whispering in corners, nobody knew what was going on. There was no Thomas Cook representative and no information. It was just Chinese whispers.'

She arrived at the airport this morning to find 'scenes of absolute chaos'.

'All the check-ins for Thomas Cook are shut so there's a huge backlog of people,' she said. 'We've already been queuing for an hour.

'The only information we had was an announcement over the tannoy that we should ignore departure times. None of the earlier flights departed and there is talk of coaches between Birmingham and Manchester.'

A representative of the British Government wearing a hi-viz jacket with a Union flag on the back ticked off passenger names against the flight manifest, she said, but was unable to provide any information.

The only food outlet in the immediate vicinity is a vending machine, she added, raising fears that she will be unable to feed her baby.

'My daughter is OK for now but we only have a few bits of food and milk to last a short amount of time,' she said. 'It's warm but not unbearable, though it might become so later on.

'No food or water has been provided. Nobody has fainted yet but I think that is inevitable.'

She added: 'It is a shame that Thomas Cook has ceased trading but I feel this could have been managed better.'

Also affected were a host of future holidaymakers back in the UK who were awaiting trips they had booked with Thomas Cook.

This included Lewis and Amy Bromiley from Manchester, who were looking forward to their honeymoon in the Maldives after getting married in August.

Mr Bromiley, a 25-year-old insurance worker from Manchester, said: 'We've got our honeymoon package booked which was the last one available in January, and now it's cancelled.

'It appears we won't be able to go to the same place now, and will have to wait a while to get our £7,000 refunded.

'We'll have to wait for the refund which could takes months, due to the amount of people claiming.

'We won't be able to rebook now, we'll have to change destination as this was the last availability.

'We booked it over a year ago, so we were well prepared and had got the best deal.

'Me and my wife are devastated.

'We wanted to go to Maldives as it's paradise and we're looking to plan for children soon, so we wanted to tick it off out bucket list, before we couldn't.'

Mr Bromiley criticised the way the situation had been handled.

He said: 'It was poorly communicated, and their closing statement is poor also.

'They should still manage the Twitter account for the next 48 hours, to give people the peace of mind they deserve.'

A £100million taxpayer-funded fleet of 40 or more jets are today heading to Europe, the US and Asia to start bringing 160,000 Britons home from more than 50 destinations over the coming fortnight.

The first rescue jet has now left New York's JFK airport headed for Manchester with over 300 passengers on board and will arrive at 5pm today.

A devastated groom named Thomas Cook has been left 'shattered' after his dream wedding in Rhodes looks unlikely to go ahead after the collapse of the holiday company he shares a name with.

Mr Cook, 29, and his partner Amelia Binch, 27, are stuck on the Greek island after booking a getaway and wedding package with Thomas Cook.

They flew out on September 18 and are due to marry at the Lindos Princess hotel on September 27.

Guests were due to fly out with Thomas Cook over the coming days, including the best man.

But the couple, from Hucknall, Nottinghamshire, have been told the wedding might not go ahead, as the Thomas Cook package included the wedding ceremony, flowers, cake, decorations and entertainment.

The pair, who have two young daughters together, Alice, five, and Lucy, seven, had flown out from East Midlands Airport with their parents and close family.

They were due to fly home on October 3, but they have been told to be on standby as they could be called to the airport any day.

The Cooks have spent nearly £10,000 on the trip, Nottinghamshire Live reports.

Mr Cook, who works for Rolls-Royce, said: 'Thomas Cook promised us a surprise on our wedding because of my name but this was not the surprise we were expecting.

'I am just devastated. We have got 30 plus friends and family coming out, half are stuck at home in limbo. My best man is still in England. No one here knows anything.

'I have been planning this for two years and it has all gone to pot. We have paid for everything. It is shattering. We don't know what we can do.

'Thomas Cook staff have been good but they lost their jobs.' Miss Binch, a beauty therapist, added: 'It is costing us nearly £10,000 and we are sat here stressed out. We don't know if we are getting married.

'I had a collapsed lung before I came and I got the all clear. It just seems like one thing after the other. We are ATOL protected but it is an absolute nightmare.

'We are just really anxious. We are being told we might be flying back to Manchester or London and we could be told we are to fly out today. They have said it could be any time.'

The couple, who have been together for 12 years, chose the location because they wanted to get married abroad and it was cheaper to marry in Rhodes than having a wedding in the UK.

Miss Binch added: 'It's awful. You don't expect it to happen with a company like this. That's why we booked with them. It is now going to cost us more.' 

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7493797/Couples-50-000-wedding-thousands-holidays-set-ruined-collapse-Thomas-Cook.html

stella Posted on October 04, 2019 20:19

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Teenager charged with murdering woman, 20, found dead in stream

A teenager has been charged with the murder of a young woman who was found dead in a stream after attending a concert.

Wesley Streete, 19, was arrested after Keeley Bunker, 20, was discovered in the water in Wigginton Park, Tamworth.

Staffordshire Police has charged the suspect, from Tamworth, with murder and he'll now appear at North Staffordshire Justice Centre tomorrow.

Keeley saw rapper Aitch perform at the O2 in Birmingham on Wednesday night.

But she was reported missing soon afterwards.

The woman's last tweet reads: "Only thing keeping me going is seeing Aitch on Wednesday, hopefully he’ll see me and we’ll get married xxx"

Heartbroken friends left flowers and messages beside the stream in Tamworth.

One bouquet read: "Keeley, sending you all my love, you will be missed by all. Rest well x."

Another tribute read: "Keeley, I am going to miss you so so so much. Your laugh, smiley face and through and through beautiful soul.

"You are going to be missed by everyone lucky enough to have ever met you.

"Miss you already so much, until we meet again, sleep tight."

Keeley's neighbours, also in Tamworth, expressed their grief.

"The family are obviously crushed and heartbroken," one said.

"She was a really outgoing girl and just a beautiful soul. She is going to be dearly missed.

"People have been coming and going all day to offer their condolences. She was a really popular young woman."

Chief Inspector Ashley Farrington, local area commander for Tamworth Police, previously said: "We were alerted to the discovery of a woman’s body in woodland near to Roman Way, Tamworth, at 9pm [on Wednesday night].

"Whilst formal identification is yet to take place we now believe the woman to be Keeley Bunker, aged 20, of Tamworth."

Her family are being supported by specially-trained officers at this time.

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/breaking-keeley-bunker-teenager-charged-20133399

stella Posted on October 04, 2019 19:41

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A 12-year old girl gives birth in Ukraine, as it is revealed her mother had her at 15 too

A 12-year-old girl has delivered a baby whose father is eight years her senior at age 20, in Ukraine.

The unnamed girl of Roma origin went into labour at the landfill near the city of Rivne, western Ukraine, and was urgently hospitalised. 

Reports say she did not understand what was going on after she starting having contractions. 

Frightened and screaming in pain, she was spotted by a landfill guard who called an ambulance.

The girl was rushed to Rivne Maternity Hospital where doctors helped her to deliver a baby son on Saturday, September 14th. The process was difficult and lasted ten hours, medics said.

Doctor Olena Sadova said to local media: 'A child gave birth to a child. I'm still in a deep shock when thinking about that.

'The pregnant girl was asocial and extremely dirty. She was scared and did not realise what was happening to her.

'The labour lasted ten hours and it was emotionally hard for everybody. We all cried after.'

The hospital staff say the delivery passed without complications.

Galina Kovaleva, the head deputy of the hospital said: 'The girl worries about the newborn. She constantly comes to the neonatal intensive care unite to check on the boy.

'She wants to feed him but the newborn has a birth defect and cannot be breastfed.'

According to reports, the girl's relatives want to take her and the newborn back to the landfill they call home but the hospital administration has refused to allow that.

Victoria Enikeeva, the hospital's head doctor said: 'The girl lives at the city landfill. We cannot discharge her and the baby and let them go there. We reported the situation to the police and social services.'

Medics say they have to keep an eye on the relatives who already tried to take the new mom and her son from the hospital without permission.

It is understood the relatives do not see any obstacles for the newborn to live at the landfill, which they treat as their home.

The newborn's 27-year-old grandmother said: 'Just give me them both back. I want them to go home with me.'

The large Roma family lives in filthy shacks made from rubbish found at the landfill. The community lives in horrific insanitary conditions and makes money by scavenging for scrap metal and selling it.

The mother's relative Volodymyr Pap said to local media: 'She and her baby should live with us – her family and relatives.

'The father of the baby is 20. He is living in Zakarpatia region now. He is going to reunite with us when it's possible.

'It is normal for us to give birth at 12. My wife, for instance, is 13-year-old.'

Rivne Regional Police Department spokesman, Anton Kruk, said: 'Police opened a criminal case for sexual intercourse with a person under 16 [the age of sexual consent in Ukraine is 16]. We are trying to trace the father's whereabouts at the moment.

'He faces up to eight years in prison if found guilty.'

Social services are now monitoring the Roma community and the girl's living conditions.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7486023/Girl-12-gives-birth-7lb-boy-fathered-20-year-old-boyfriend.html

stella Posted on October 04, 2019 19:35

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Sweet moment when little boy delivers bottles of water to his favorite sanitation worker on a hot day - and is overjoyed when the man remembers his name

A little boy's day was made after a sanitation worker remembered his name.    

Little Grayson from Louisiana was standing in the driveway of his home waiting to give a bottle of water to one of the garbage truck workers.  

Crystal Ellis, who provides in-home child care, posted the video of Grayson handing the worker three water bottles for him and his crew.

'How's it going, little Grayson?' the refuse worker asked the youngster.  

'You thought I forgot your name, huh?' he asks, jokingly. 

As soon as the worker walks away, Grayson skips happily back inside his house.  

'My friend remembered by name!' he says excitedly.

The delightful little video clip has been viewed more than two million times.

'Grayson is adorable but I'd like all to focus on the gentleman collecting our recycling. He is so pleasant each week and is very caring and kind in his interactions with the kids,' Ellis said in the post.

'The cute kid was the star, but the intent was to recognize Mr. Rocky and his crew for their excellent customer service.' 

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7486685/Sweet-moment-little-boy-delivers-water-favorite-sanitation-worker-Mr-Rocky-skips-inside.html

stella Posted on October 04, 2019 19:19

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A Tennessee man, 23, is arrested for 'stalking his ex-girlfriend by calling her 150 times

A Tennessee man was arrested for stalking his ex-girlfriend after he allegedly contacted her multiple times and used his vehicle to prevent her from exiting the highway.

Derrius Deshotel, 23, of Nashville was taken into police custody on September 19 after a series of disturbing interactions between his unidentified ex-girlfriend over the course of three months. 

According to Scoop Nashville, Deshotel's concerning behavior began after his ex-girlfriend of five month broke up with him in June.  

In the following two months, the victim reported receiving roughly 50 emails, 157 phone calls and was contacted by Deshotel on 22 separate Instagram and Twitter accounts. 

The victim reportedly told Deshotel to cease contact multiple times to no avail. 

Deshotel allegedly drove through her neighborhood to watch her. 

Later, the victim told authorities that Deshotel showed up at her backdoor on August 19, but refused to leave. 

He was reportedly, 'waiting for her to talk to him'.

Deshotel stood outside her home for an hour, prompting the victim to contact authorities for assistance and an order of protection. 

Afterwards, Deshotel sent her an email saying she had 'started a war.'

He said: 'You thought that was gone to solve everything? LMAOOOOO. You ain't do s*** but make it worse. LMAO. Once it's up it's stuck and you just started a war.'

Scoop Nashville reports a warrant was issued for Deshotel, but at the time he could not be immediately located or served. 

The victim later alerted authorities on September 16 that Deshotel called her more than 100 times since September 13, leaving a series of voicemails. 

She was also forced to flag down police officers on September 13 after he showed up at her home unannounced and proceeded to follow her vehicle when she left the property.

The victim attempted to separate herself by speeding up her car, but Deshotel reportedly followed her lead and kept close to her rear bumper.

She was eventually able to pull off the interstate.

A warrant for harassment and felony reckless endangerment was issued, but once again he was unable to be located and was not served. 

During the most recent incident on September 19, the victim was alerted by a notification from her doorbell camera that Deshotel was outside her home. 

She waited until he appeared to leave her property before returning to her home. 

Three hours later, Deshotel came back to her house. 

In an attempt to escape him, the victim fled in her vehicle only to have him follow her to a gas station. 

While trying to get assistance, he used his vehicle to block hers at the gas pump area so she could not move.

Deshotel told dispatched authorities that he wanted to 'have a talk' with his ex-girlfriend about his outstanding warrants. 

After officers left, the woman was able to drive onto the interstate, but each time she tried to take an exit Deshotel would use his vehicle to block her. 

The victim called 911 again after pulling into a different gas station. 

A dispatch operator reportedly heard Deshotel telling the victim to get out of her car and repeatedly calling her phone while she was speaking to authorities.   

He was charged with stalking.

In total, Deshotel has been charged with two counts of harassment, one count of felony reckless endangerment and one count of stalking. 

He's been released on a $15,000 bond and underwent a mandated 12-hour domestic violence hold. 

On Scoop Nashville's Facebook page, they report that Deshotel contacted them to complain he was being 'cyberbullied.'        

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7490539/Tennessee-man-23-arrested-stalking-ex-girlfriend-calling-150-times.html

stella Posted on October 04, 2019 18:15

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This is the moment a mother paid a tearful goodbye to the 14-month-old daughter doctors said was about to die.

This tender kiss from a mother to her child is invested with a weight of unendurable sadness. It is a parent’s last embrace; the moment when Jennifer Lawson said a final goodbye to the cherished daughter she believed was dying.

Doctors had told Jennifer there was no hope for 14-month-old Alice, who had succumbed to a virulent form of meningitis just over a month before. The disease had triggered kidney failure, then a catastrophic stroke. Alice lay in a coma in her hospital bed, dependent on dialysis and hooked to a ventilator.

The fragile threads that held her to life would soon be severed. Her life-support machine was about to be turned off, and a transplant team stood by. Jennifer had decided that from her daughter’s premature death some good should come. Her organs would be donated to help another child live.

And so she prepared for the unimaginable: the final farewell to her little girl.

As she cradled her daughter’s head in her hand, leant forward and pressed her lips to Alice’s forehead, all her teeming, agonised feelings were distilled into one thought: ‘How can I ever carry on without her?’

Today, she grapples for words to describe her pain. ‘I just tried to tell her how much we loved her; I hoped she could hear and understand. I talked to her as if nothing was wrong, but I felt delirious. It was so unreal. I felt the warmth of her; saw the pink in her cheeks. She just looked like a sleeping baby.

‘The past and the future merged in that moment. I told her how proud I was of her; that she had fought for so long and could rest now. And I lay next to her.

‘I was in a daze. They had told me she would die that morning; that they were turning the machine off because she would never breathe on her own. So I tried to tell myself she was already gone, that it was only her little body lying there. But it doesn’t work. You hold on to hope until there is none left.

‘The doctors had arrived for her organs. Suddenly they had unplugged everything and there was Alice, lying on her bed with the lights dimmed. They had given her morphine and then we were left alone, just me, Alice, and her dad, my partner Phil.

‘So I kissed my little girl. She felt so warm and cosy I couldn’t imagine she was about to die.’

Jennifer’s instinct was to prove right. What happened next was a miracle.

Alice did not die.

When her life support machine was turned off on March 24, 2010, she began to breathe on her own: her tenacious little spirit would not be vanquished.

Neither Jennifer, 31, nor Phil Lloyd, 36, could quite believe that their 14-month-old daughter had not slipped seamlessly from her coma into everlasting sleep.

‘The truth did not dawn on us to begin with,’ recalls Phil, ‘but then a nurse came in and said the strangest thing. She said the organ donation team were leaving; that they wouldn’t be needed after all. Then a doctor came in and told us Alice was breathing without ventilation. They’d been watching her monitors in a separate room; they’d seen her rally.’

As Jennifer recalls: ‘It was as if a bubble of despair had been popped. The sick feeling of being stifled just dissolved. Lovely Alice was with us again. We did not allow ourselves to feel joy — we did not yet know she was permanently out of danger — but the relief was indescribable. We felt we were witnessing a miracle.’

It is now two-and-a-half years since Alice lay on the brink of death. Today, aged three-and-a-half, she is a beautiful, doll-like child with china-blue eyes, rosy cheeks and an ever-ready dazzling smile.

She lives with Jennifer, a former massage therapist, Phil, who used to run an online fancy dress shop, and her elder sister Taylor, eight, in a neat semi in Gainsborough, Lincolnshire. The family’s puppy, a Westie called Alfie, bounds exuberantly around the sitting room.

Both Phil and Jennifer, who have been together for ten years, have now given up work to share the care of Alice. The legacy of septicaemia has left her with one leg shorter than the other; she cannot yet walk unaided but is formidably tenacious. The illness deprived her of speech, but she is learning to talk again. Her words are halting; she supplements them with sign language. When she sits on the floor, surrounded by her soft toys, her beam of pleasure lights the room.

Jennifer will never forget Valentine’s Day 2010, the day Alice fell ill.

‘Alice was a healthy, happy child, just starting to take her first steps,’ she recalls. ‘She’d never had more than a minor chest infection, so I wasn’t really worried when she became sick and off-colour.’

She phoned her GP who prescribed medicine to bring Alice’s temperature down, diagnosed a viral infection and sent her home. But then alarming symptoms developed. Jennifer noticed purple marks appearing on Alice’s stomach. ‘They were literally spreading before my eyes,’ she recalls. She rang the hospital. An ambulance arrived in minutes.

Alice was rushed to hospital in Scunthorpe. Doctors pumped her full of antibiotics. Tests disclosed that she was suffering from meningococcal meningitis and septicaemia. She was dispatched immediately to intensive care.

Jennifer remembers: ‘Everyone started shouting, and running around her with syringes and machines. We were taken to a family room, where Phil and I sat side by side in silence.

‘I just went numb. I couldn’t process it. Everything happened so fast. I felt I was outside my body, looking down on the scene. I don’t think I even thought about the word “meningitis” when they told us.’

Next day, Alice was transferred to the children’s hospital in Sheffield while Taylor went to stay with Jennifer’s sister. Jennifer recalls how she and Phil followed the ambulance in a taxi: ‘It was awful, being separated from Alice. I felt the loss of her closeness like a physical pain. She was with strangers, lying helpless in the ambulance. Phil and I couldn’t even speak.

‘When we arrived at the hospital in Sheffield I caught a glimpse of Alice in intensive care, with her pink blanket and her little pony toy. I shouted to the doctors, “Please don’t give up on her!” and burst into tears.

‘Her little face was swollen. You could hardly make out her features. We felt utter disbelief. But she needed us to be strong for her. We clung to the positives — she was safe, in the care of doctors who could help her.’

Thereafter, Jennifer and Phil kept a constant vigil at Alice’s bedside. First she was attached to a life-support machine. Then one of her kidneys failed. She was put on dialysis. Then she developed septicaemia. It caused a severe infection in her knee and back. She was put into an induced coma.

Jennifer struggled to remain calm. ‘I hardly left her side,’ she remembers. ‘I’d gently wash her face, put lip balm on her sore dry lips, hold her hand. Phil and I would sing the familiar songs she liked, act out scenes with her teddy bears, and we fastened balloons to her bed.’

‘I thought: “How much more can a tiny person take?' 

Next, their gravely-ill daughter was transferred to the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham. There, in the hospital’s renal unit, she seemed to rally. Doctors began to talk about a kidney transplant.

Alice’s parents allowed themselves a flicker of hope. But then her blood pressure rocketed, her eyes glazed over and her breathing became laboured. These symptoms were the harbingers of a stroke: Alice was rushed back into intensive care.

‘When we were told Alice had had a stroke, we didn’t quite believe it. It’s something you associate with elderly people,’ recalls Jennifer.

‘She had an MRI scan. Then they said she’d need a shunt fitted to drain the fluid from her brain. We heard snatches of the doctors’ conversations; phrases like “devastating bleed”. Phil became convinced she’d never pull through.

He recalls: ‘I thought: “How much more can a tiny person take?” ’ He clasps his head in his hands and bats back tears. ‘From that point, I started to prepare for the worst.’

Jennifer, however, clung on to hope: ‘I never said goodbye. You always hope and pray. I spent a lot of time in the chapel at the hospital, it’s the only thing you have left to do. When you’ve got nobody else, you ask for help there. I’d pray, “Please let her get through this.” ’

But then the thin thread of Jennifer’s optimism was stretched to breaking point. ‘A nurse burst into the waiting room and told us that Alice’s heart had stopped beating. Going down to the theatre in the lift was horrendous, but as soon as we got there, a doctor came out saying, “She’s back!”’

The yo-yoing of their emotions was almost unendurable. Then, when Alice went back to the ward it seemed as if hope had abandoned them. The little girl was in a deep, impenetrable coma.

‘She was not responding. I would feel a rush of excitement because she moved her arm, then nurses would tell me it was just a reflex muscle reaction. When the doctors did their rounds they walked past us. It seemed they’d given up.’

Jennifer and Phil prepared for the worst. They should gather the family, they were urged, and prepare to say their last goodbyes. There was nothing more the doctors could do.

They agreed she should be Christened. It was a short, perfunctory service and Jennifer recalls little of it. She only remembers clasping Phil and crying the whole way through. She also recalls worrying, needlessly, that she might have to sing.

‘Our parents came in to say their goodbyes,’ says Phil. ‘My dad said, “She’s not going yet”, but I remember thinking he’d accept it eventually, in his own time.’

Telling Taylor, then just six, that she would not see her sister again was heartbreaking. But even as they did so, they allowed for a little chink of hope.

‘We told her Alice might be going to Jesus, but we had to see if he wanted her,’ says Phil. ‘When you see a child’s face crumple in such a way, it stays with you for ever.’

Taylor had stayed with her aunt for the three-month duration of Alice’s hospital treatment. She had visited her sister often, ‘but I don’t think the implications of what we were telling her actually sunk in,’ says Phil.

He and Jennifer steeled themselves for their final goodbye to Alice on March 24. ‘We’d taken footprints of her hands and feet as mementos and I’d stayed up with her late the night before, virtually passing out with exhaustion in the early hours,’ says her mum. ‘Then, early in the morning, I’d gone to her bed in intensive care and taken some balloons with me. She loved balloons.

‘I fastened them to her bed then I kissed her. When I did, the world stood still for a moment. And then, of course, the miracle happened.’

When we look into her room at night and see her sleeping peacefully we pause for a minute and think how lucky we are 

Alice pulled back from the brink. With relief came cautious elation. Then Jennifer and Phil had to adjust to the news that Alice would be disabled. With the new chapter came a fresh wave of strength. ‘Alice was just like a newborn baby again,’ recalls Jennifer. ‘She couldn’t control her head or sit up, but her kidney function was improving. That felt like a victory.

‘After a week, she was moved back to Scunthorpe; it felt like a step closer to taking her home. She had been fed by a tube, and when she took her first mouthful of pureed food it was another triumph. Then she started to reach for my hand. Half her face had been paralysed, but slowly, her smile came back.

‘We kept thinking how lucky we were and as she progressed, we focused on getting her stronger and preparing her for coming home.’

Duly, one May day two years ago, they brought Alice home. The joy they felt as they settled back into a new routine of family life was unsurpassed. Alice was infected by their excitement: ‘She started to make little squeals of happiness; they were her first sounds,’ her mum recalls.

Today, Alice attends a special school; recently, to Jennifer’s joy, she said ‘Mummy’ for the first time. There will be operations in future to lengthen her left leg, and both Phil and Jennifer intend to encourage her progress in every way. She’s still fed fluids through a tube in her stomach because she has not yet regained her capacity to swallow. Meanwhile, her kidney function has improved dramatically.

Each milestone is a cause for celebration. Alice is learning to count. She rides a specially-adapted bike; her paintings adorn the wall and her laughter fills the house. When Alfie lollops into the kitchen, Alice kisses the puppy tenderly on his nose.

It reminds Jennifer momentarily of that other kiss; the one she thought would be the last she would give her daughter.

‘When we look into her room at night and see her sleeping peacefully we pause for a minute and think how lucky we are,’ she smiles. ‘She really is our little miracle.’

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2176732/The-kiss-life-The-moment-mother-paid-tearful-goodbye-14-month-old-daughter-doctors-said-die-miraculous-happened.html

stella Posted on September 30, 2019 18:06

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Suicidal father who jumped in front of a train with his five-year-old daughter in his arms called his wife minutes before to say goodbye

A suicidal father who threw himself and his five-year-old daughter in front of a train reportedly called his wife to say goodbye moments before he jumped.  

Fernando Balbuena was killed when he leaped in front of an oncoming train in the Bronx on Monday morning. His daughter Ferni miraculously survived.   

The father made a troubling phone call to his wife, Niurka Caraballo, minutes before he jumped, a family friend told the New York Post.   

Luis Sanchez said that Carabello immediately suspected something was wrong when she spoke to Balbuena shortly after he left the family's apartment with Ferni at around 8am. 

'She couldn't understand what he was saying. It wasn't coming through,' Sanchez said. 'But she got the feeling that something was very, very wrong.'

A police source told the New York Daily News that Balbuena told his wife: 'Goodbye. Take care of the kids.'  

Alarmed by the phone call, Caraballo ran to the subway station at Kingsbridge Road. 

When she got there, the mother learned that Balbuena had jumped into the path of a 4 train with Ferni in his arms.   

The girl escaped the ordeal physically unscathed as harrowing video showed Good Samaritans pulling her out from underneath the train. 

Several rush hour commuters watched in horror as Balbuena made the fatal leap off the raised platform.  

Among them was Jairo Torres, one of the two Good Samaritans who helped rescue Ferni from under the train.  

'I was paralyzed at first, just like everyone,' Torres, a 36-year-old Bronx construction worker, told the Daily News. 'But then I just jumped... I didn't do it to be a hero... it was immediate.'

Torres and another witness, 29-year-old Cesar Dominguez, braced for the worst as they crouched down to look under the train.  

The two bodies under the train were motionless at first, but then Ferni, wearing a bright pink backpack, shifted.  

'When she moved her hand I said thank God she's alive,' Torres said. 'I said to myself: "The girl is alive, the girl is alive!"

'It was the first thing I thought of, because there's always a space between the train and the track. I knew in my heart she was alive.'

Unable to crawl under the train because of the electrified tracks, Torres and Dominguez called out to the terrified child as she tearfully cried: 'Papi, papi.'   

Ferni made her way out and Torres picked her up, passing her to a man on the platform, Antonyo Love. 

Torres stayed on the scene until Carabello arrived. 

'She hugged me and thanked me and cried of course, and that was everything,' he said. 

Love said he tried to reach Balbuena but he was too far under the train and wasn't responding.  

Balbuena was pronounced dead at the scene. Ferni was taken to Jacobi Medical Center and released with a clean bill of health hours later. 

'Medically, thank God, everything is fine — she doesn't have any fractures,' Caraballo told the Daily News through a translator.  

She described Balbuena as an 'angel' who was devoted to his children and struggled with depression.  

'He is not a bad person,' Caraballo said. 'I don't know what was going through his mind in that moment, but he's not like that. He loved this little girl.'   

She added: 'It's not easy. It still hasn't sunk in. God give me strength.' 

New York police are currently investigating the incident and no further information was immediately available. 

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7497083/Suicidal-father-jumped-train-five-year-old-daughter-called-wife-say-goodbye.html

stella Posted on September 30, 2019 17:41

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School caretaker getting married invites all 450 students to the wedding

A primary school caretaker had a very special wedding - after walking down the aisle in her school in front of 500 children.

Cindy Cassin, 57, from Erdington, Birmingham, was over the moon when her entire school agreed to partake in her church wedding ceremony to her partner, Dave, 62.

The big day - which involved more than 450 school pupils, dozens of teaching staff and several parents - took place last Friday, September 20th.

Cindy’s dad, Ray Gaunt, 74, walked her down the aisle, and her reception, which included cake cutting and her first dance was held on the school field.

The pupils at Saint Barnabas Church of England Primary School, Erdington, West Midlands, had been helping to plan Cindy’s wedding since the start of the year after their deputy head teacher, Jenny Arnold, proposed the idea.

Cindy, who has worked at the school for 27 years, said: 'I was really nervous about getting married in front of so many people.

'I don’t like all the attention being on me, but it was such a special day for everyone

The whole school got involved, one of the parents baked 450 cup cakes and another created my wedding cake.

'It was lovely to see the children so excited on the run up to our wedding day.

'They’d all created little gifts to present to us at the reception as well, it was adorable.'

Dave and Cindy first met in 1979, the pair had a ceremony abroad before their big day at Saint Barnabas Church of England Primary School.

Cindy added: 'We went to Zante with 30 of our closest friends and family on August 22.

'But I was more nervous for our school wedding as it was huge in comparison.. The ceremony was held at Saint Barnabas Church before the reception at the school.

'I wore the same white long dress to both and Samantha Jayne Hair curled my hair and I also had my make-up professionally done. I felt amazing.

'It was such a great day and so special to share it all with the school as they’re like family to me.

'I was really nervous before the school wedding but it really was one of the best days of our lives.'

Deputy head teacher, Jenny Arnold, added: 'Since we began planning this day at the start of the year it has just got bigger and bigger.

'The children have all been so excited and we think it’s really important to allow them to enjoy life experiences as part of the curriculum.

'Cindy is an amazing asset to our school as she always goes above and beyond at any opportunity.

Her husband, Dave, doesn’t work at the school but he’s always keen to help Cindy when needed.

'The children made good luck favours for the newlyweds before the wedding reception took place at 1pm.

'We had afternoon tea on the field and it really was a day we’ll remember forever.'

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-7493919/Primary-School-caretaker-gets-married-school-grounds-450-children.html

stella Posted on September 30, 2019 17:29

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Oh Texas mom warns others after vaping landed her in a medically induced coma

Texas-mother-of-three said her vaping habit left her hospitalized and in a medically-induced coma.

Sherie Canada, from Abilene, told KTAB that she vaped on-and-off for three years without issue.

However, in June, when she started experiencing a bad cough and chest pain, she thought she just had the flu.

A trip to the hospital eventually revealed she had a build-up of fluid in her lungs and blood clots, forcing doctors to intubate her and place her in a medically-induced coma.

She's now among the nearly 400 people across the country that have come down with severe, mysterious lung illnesses believed to be related to vaping. 

Canada told KTAB that she began vaping because she believed it was a safer alternative to smoking cigarettes.

However, she quickly became addicted to both the various flavors and to the nicotine. 

'I liked it, so I just kept vaping,' Canada said.

Earlier year, she began experiencing a bad cough, chest pains and unexplained weight loss, but assumed she had the flu or a stomach bug.

In June, after a couple of days of being unable to keep any liquids down and struggling to breathe, she was taken to an emergency care center.

Doctors diagnosed Canada with pneumonitis, which occurs when the lung tissue becomes inflamed. 

She was given antibiotics and sent home, but her condition didn't improve, reported KTAB. 

The next day, Canada said she was in so much pain that she asked her mother to take her to the emergency room.

Clinicians discovered that her oxygen levels were low, she had fluid in her lungs and blood clots.

She was hospitalized, admitted to the ICU, and six days later, on June 18, she was placed in a medically induced coma, according to KTAB.

When she woke up a week later, her doctors told her that it was likely vaping that caused her illness.

'I did this to myself,' Canada says. 'I had a lot of guilt and a lot of shame. And what I put my family through...it was a selfish choice that I made, to vape, to do what I wanted to do.'

Now, out of the hospital and back home, the mother-of-three says she wants to warn others of the dangers of vaping so they don't end up in a similar situation.  

'It is dangerous, and it is bad for your lungs, and it could possibly kill you,' she told KTAB.   

On Thursday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said there 380 confirmed and probable cases of breathing illnesses linked to e-cigarettes in 36 states.  

This marks a decrease from the 450 cases cited last week, when officials were also including 'possible' cases. 

So far, six deaths, suspected to be linked to vaping, have been reported in California, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Minnesota and Oregon. 

No single device, liquid or ingredient has been identified as the cause, and health officials are advising people not to vape at all until more is known.

CDC officials have said many who got sick said they vaped THC, the main psychoactive compound in marijuana, but some said they vaped only nicotine.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-7461597/Texas-mother-three-says-vaping-habit-landed-medically-induced-coma.html

stella Posted on September 30, 2019 16:09

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Lecturer Carries Her Student’s Baby At Her Throughout A 3-Hour Lecture

A college professor has gone viral for going above and beyond her job description by carrying a student's baby during a three-hour class when the mother was unable to find a babysitter. 

Dr. Ramata Sissoko Cissé, 51, is a professor at Georgia Gwinnett College in Lawrenceville, Georgia. 

Last week, her daughter Anna Cissé shared an image of her on Twitter, showing the professor carrying a student's infant child on her back throughout the three-hour biology lecture. 

'My mom is my role model,' Anna wrote at the beginning of her tweet. 

'Her student couldn’t find a babysitter today & being the true African mother that she is, taught a THREE hour class with the baby on her back & fed him. I’m so blessed to be raised by a woman who loves the world as much as her own children.' 

The tweet, shared on Sept. 19, included an image of Dr. Cissé wearing a homemade wrap-style baby carrier with the infant positioned on her back. 

This quickly went viral with people praising the professor for her good deed to help out one of her students. 

When speaking to Yahoo Lifestyle, Dr. Cissé explained how the kind gesture happened during her 8am class. 

The student had called Dr. Cissé the night before asking if it was acceptable to bring her child. 

'She asked if she could bring the baby with her to class because she had missed a class already and did not want to be behind,' the professor told the publication. 

'I know the student is very smart and ambitious. She really wanted to learn.' 

The student brought the infant, but it was clear during the lecture that she was struggling to take notes while juggling the child on her lap. 

This inspired the professor to come up with a better system so the student could concentrate.   

'I knew I could make it easy for her not only to concentrate but also to take notes with ease,' she said. 

'In my native Mali, we used sheets and other pieces of fabric to securely carry babies on our backs. My natural instinct was to find a way to secure the baby and I was standing next to a rack with a clean lab coat.' 

Her student helped secure the infant in the makeshift wrap on her back, where the baby then slept for the majority of the class.  

'Towards the end, he woke up and I took him off my back, sat in the first row and fed him with a bottle. He did not cry once,' she said.

Anna sharing the post about her mother online encouraged a number of the professor's former students to comment and express how amazing the teacher is to her class. 

'I recognize that style of hat anywhere! Dr. Cissé is BY FAR one of the best professors I ever had,' one student commented. 

Another person wrote: 'Your mother was the absolute BEST anatomy professor I ever had!!!' 

Dr. Cissé later commented on the post and expressed her gratitude towards her current and former students. 

'You guys are my role model! Love you all,' she wrote.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-7512711/College-professor-goes-viral-carrying-students-baby-class.html

stella Posted on September 30, 2019 14:58

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We asked black mothers how they find their joy. This is what they said.

The morning Helena Andrews-Dyer was scheduled to give birth by Caesarean section, she made time to get her feet done. From the pedicurist’s chair, she texted me: “So much positive energy is brewing!!!” It was the kind of response I expected from Helena, who had just spent five months reporting a story on black women and motherhood.

A few months into her second pregnancy, she needed to read an article about black motherhood that wasn’t a horror story. So she decided to explore the joys of being a black mother despite the negative maternal health statistics they face. Her article didn’t blow up a scary statistic, an alarming anecdote or a gut-clenching quote.

Helena had questions that are seldom asked. How were pregnant black women navigating the dreaded numbers? How were they experiencing joy? How were they scrolling past the scary headlines and instead sharing stories of uplift? She talked to more than two dozen black women, and their answers were surprisingly simple. Young black mothers, would-be mothers, birth workers, politicians and presidential candidates are using our present reality as fuel for something like a social time machine, going back to the days where community, sister circles and tight bonds were responsible for knitting wounds.

We also asked black moms who read Helena’s article to tell us how they find their joy.

Here are some of their responses, edited for length and clarity:

Black motherhood is viewed as something to be endured, rather than enjoyed. Our history of separation from our babies during slavery, our horrible maternal and neonatal mortality rates, the “welfare queen/single mother” tropes and the images of broken women crying over the slain bodies of their sons. I reject this fully. Being a black mother is the best thing that’s ever happened to me. I love telling my children their history — how their great-grandparents migrated from the South to Chicago. I find joy in watching my beautiful children grow, develop and learn. I love how my daughter has her great-grandmother’s name as her middle name, thus carrying the legacy of another great black mother with her.

I love sharing experiences with other black mothers because we are all we have. We don’t see joy reflected in popular culture, so we make our own. It’s the little things: a sister smiling at my daughter who is carrying her baby doll African-style — tied to her tiny body. I find the joy in knowing that I’m raising three great black people who will give back to society. My ancestors made it so I can do this. That gives me tremendous joy.

I find joy in knowing my family’s legacy and in seeing the spirit of our ancestors and limitless potential of our kind, beautiful, smart, hilarious little babies. The cloth they’re cut from isn’t easily broken, but their bright auras have the power to coax smiles out of even the toughest individuals. Their love, their light, and their youthful, honest wisdom and observations — they bring me joy.

I’m a newish mom. My baby girl just turned 1, and we are also one year strong with breastfeeding! I have found joy in taking time out to just acknowledge other moms. For me, experiencing motherhood was nothing like I dreamed it to be. People say your life will never be the same, but they don’t share how your mind will never be the same.

I’m not talking postpartum, either — but simply that you, mama, will never look at any aspect of your life the same, even with all the support in the world. Motherhood is an elite club. Motherhood is a life journey that is not for the weak, but it will make you feel weak, take you to your weakest point. It also will make you feel the most empowered. The journey is different for every woman, but should be recognized and shared with others.

— Kimberly Moon, Columbia, Md.

I am a married mother of two beautiful grown kids (20 and 23), and I have learned to find my joy everywhere I can find it: through prayer, meditation, daytime lunch dates with my spouse, even brief conversations with my son as he leaves for his first job in the morning and texts with my daughter between her classes. I find my joy by connecting with other moms of all colors through Shefali Tsabary (one of Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday guests), and with local black mothers through our network, Sistermoms, which I co-created in 1996 with our then-pediatrician, Cheryl Edmonds. I have always been an elder in our group of mothers, and have only now grown to appreciate that fact. The world gives us so many reasons to worry about our children and their collective futures. But I learned from my own mother how important it is to have a group of black women to count on, especially as a mother!

I’ve been a mom for 25 years. My daughters are 25 and soon to be 12. Pregnancy No. 2 was a whole different ballgame. My husband took a hardship tour so that I could stay behind. I was 35 and high-risk with a mom who also needed me. It was a lot! I honestly wondered how I could love another little person. I was so worn out that it seemed hard. She was hard. She’s the sweetest tween I know, but those early years functioning as a single mom through deployments, etc., was a lot. But what brought me so much joy is that my girls adore each other. My older daughter’s friends at Spelman checked on her little sister and even gave her a birthday party. Their bond is my joy. Seeing them love each other is my joy. My family is small; my extended family is enormous. Making sure that my girls experience love from family and witness happiness is crucial. We take fun vacations and celebrate everything! My oldest and I took a mother-daughter trip to New Orleans this summer, and people still say they’d love to travel with us! We had an amazing time. That’s joy! It does not matter if times are tough sometimes or stressful; it’s about us loving each other and seeing them develop their own bond. That’s my joy.

I recently took my 8-month-old daughter with me to the GirlTrek #StressProtest. It’s an annual retreat for black woman healing in the Rockies. I’ve gone the past two years and had every intention of bringing my daughter with me. Being a mom is absolutely the hardest thing I’ve done and probably will ever do. It can be challenging and even stressful, but my daughter is the greatest seed of my joy. Being with her lifts my spirits even if it also keeps me awake at night. While I didn’t get to take full advantage of the retreat like I had before, I did have the chance to see my daughter enjoy her first cross-country trip. To breathe fresh air. To be carefree and happy. And every smile, giggle, dance brings me enough joy to overcome all stressors. I’m so grateful she chose me to be her mom

My experience has been a roller coaster for sure: lots of moments where I was at the top and couldn’t see the bottom, and moments where I was at the bottom and couldn’t see the top (postpartum depression). I find joy in knowing that I get a chance to create my own narrative not only for myself as a mother, but for my child. I embrace my intersectionality. I know how to exist in the middle of “old school” vs. millennial parenting. And most of all, I find joy in growing into a more confident and intentional mama.

— Keila Dumas, Atlanta

I found my joy through my family. With both of my pregnancies, they surrounded me with love and good food.

— Portia Thompson, Chattanooga, Tenn.

To me, joy is watching my sons play sports and wondering where the hell they got this gift because I am not athletic at all. Joy is still watching my teenage boys sleep although they can be rowdy, ratchet and, yes, rude/

I gave birth at home on July 29. My wife gave birth on July 9 in a hospital. We were due three days apart and experienced our pregnancies in parallel but different health-care systems. I chose my care, not because I wanted a “natural birth,” but because I knew the medical model was not meant for my pregnant body. When I told people that, they would either look at me with shock of how bad it was or complete understanding of how bad it was. I found my joy by being able to choose a midwife who cared for me and understood my reasoning.

— Hadija Steen Mills, Minneapolis

I am lucky to have the support of a host of family and friends. Without them, I would not have been able to go to school, work and raise my two beautiful children, who bring me so much joy.

My experience as a black/Puerto Rican mother has had ups and downs. Breastfeeding didn’t last long because my daughter bit me at 2 months, but we continued until 4 months. Joy was spending a lot of time with her and loving her. She would look at me with this big smile and no teeth, but her eyes were twinkling. I loved it.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/2019/09/20/we-asked-black-mothers-how-they-find-their-joy-this-is-what-they-said/

stella Posted on September 30, 2019 14:51

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The Walking Dead's Jeffrey Dean Morgan kisses wife Hilarie Burton at show's season 10 premiere in LA

The Walking Dead's Jeffrey Dean Morgan and his wife Hilarie Burton provided a spark of romance at the season 10 screening of the AMC series in Los Angeles on Monday.

The Seattle native, 53, and the Virginia-born beauty, 37, embraced and kissed during red carpet entrances at TCL Chinese 6 Theatres.

The actor, who plays Negan on the AMC hit, donned a black suit with a collared olive green shirt.

The One Tree Hill actress wore a silk spaghetti strap top with a textured skirt with pearl-adorned strappy sandal heels, with her lustrous brown locks parted to one side and hoop earrings. 

The New York-based couple, who share son Augustus Morgan, nine, and daughter George Victoria Morgan, one, were seen in an Instagram selfie with Morgan's TWD co-star Norman Reedus, as they made their way through the City of Angels on the first day of autumn

Morgan captioned the post, 'Word. Rollin 3 deep. Xojd.'

Burton, on her page, detailed the days goings-on, which included an unexpected surprise

With my dude in LA, doing a little bit of work and keeping him company while he promotes' The Walking Dead, she wrote, adding they stopped by the studio of designer Greg Lauren.

She said that Lauren gifted her with a jacket bearing a message her One Tree Hill character Peyton would say.

'That chapter of my life has a complicated history, but Peyton’s catchphrase ... has always stuck with me,' she said. 'So imagine my surprise and delight when Greg gifted me with this jacket. He had no idea the sentimental message this held for me.'

Morgan and Burton have been together since 2009 and wed in 2014. 

He was previously wed to actress Anya Longwell from 1992 thru 2003, while she was married to director Ian Prange from 2004 until 2009.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-7497401/The-Walking-Deads-Jeffrey-Dean-Morgan-kisses-wife-Hilarie-Burton-shows-season-10-premiere-LA.htm

stella Posted on September 30, 2019 14:40

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A Gripping video shows furious judge in Amber Guyger murder trial

Day one of former Dallas police officer Amber Guyger's murder trial for fatally shooting her unarmed neighbor Botham Jean in his own home more than a year ago was a test of patience for judge Tammy Kemp.

The veteran district court official lost her temper at least twice during Monday's proceedings, starting with the moment she found out Dallas County District Attorney John Creuzot violated a gag order the night before the trial's start.

Creuzot was seen discussing the Guyger case with a local TV news crew with fox affiliate KDFW, explaining why his office had decided to charge Guyger with murder.

Guyger's defense attorneys informed Kemp of the situation ahead of the trial's start while motioning for the judge to declare a mistrial.

'Oh there was another interview last night?' Kemp asked.

Yes your honor,' replied one of Guyger's attorneys, leaving Kemp momentarily speechless.

The judge rolled her eyes, shook her head, and grunted as she turned in her chair to face the back wall before standing up and hunching over.

After composing herself, she turned around to make sure she had heard the attorneys correctly.

'Let me be clear,' Kemp said, 'last night, the evening prior to the start of this trial, our elected DA did an interview about this trial?' 

Guyger's defense attorney used the opportunity to once again raise her previous request for a change of venue, arguing the former officer could not possibly receive a fair trial in the county where virtually resident has prior knowledge of the case thanks to the local media.

The judge asked the 12 jurors and four alternate jurors individually if they had seen Creuzot's interview. All of them confirmed they had not seen it or any media coverage on the case since they were selected.

When a prosecutor was addressing the court during the same hearing, an unidentified journalist's laptop started blasting loud music.

'OK. Hold a second. Wait a minute, hold on hold on. Why do you have a laptop in here?' Kemp shouted.

'I'm so sorry,' the reporter replied.

'No, I asked you why do you have a laptop in here? Are you an attorney?' Kemp asked.

'No ma'am,' said the journalist.

'Please give that laptop to the bailiff and you [bailiff] and you put it wherever you wish to put it. I've asked - I don't know how [much] plainer I can make it.'

'I'm so sorry,' the journalist said. Seconds later, the laptop's music started blasting again.

Kemp told the bailiff the give her the laptop, which she snatched and took with her back into her chambers before emerging again some time later and giving everyone in the gallery a stern warning.

'We're not going to have this trial disrupted repeatedly by cell phones, laptops and computers going off,' she said. 'If your cell phone or laptop goes off or I see it, I am going to confiscate and keep it until this trial is concluded one way or another.' 

After Kemp dismissed the jury for the day, she told the prosecution, including Assistant District Attorney Jason Hermus to warn their boss, Creuzot, that the gag order issued on the court officials directly involved with Guyger's trial applied to him as well.

Guyger is a former Dallas Police Officer on trial for murder after fatally shooting her unarmed black neighbor, Botham Jean, in his own apartment a year ago.

She told investigators she confused Jean's unit with her own that night and mistook him for an intruder in her home before shooting him to death.

Guyger was only arrested 72 hours later and then charged with just manslaughter. 

The case sparked anger across the country, particularly in the Dallas African-American community, which saw it as potentially another instance of a white police officer getting off lightly for killing a black man.

The Dallas Police Department led by Chief U. Renee Hall, who is black, took two weeks to fire Guyger despite charging her with manslaughter after Botham's death.

Following the backlash and a grand jury investigation, Guyger was charged with first-degree murder. The charge is punishable under Texas law with up to life in prison. 

Guyger was fired after she received criminal charges.

Jurors must decide whether Guyger is guilty of murder, manslaughter, something else or nothing at all in the shooting case. The trial resumes Tuesday morning. 

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7497153/Amber-Guyger-judge-enraged-DA-did-TV-interview-night-trial.html

stella Posted on September 30, 2019 14:20

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Dramatic moment stranded sailors are overcome with emotion as they watch a cruise ship arrive to rescue them

Dramatic photos have revealed just how close two Australians and a British man came to disaster after their boat began to sink in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.

Cousins Chris and Kevin Doran, along with their shipmate Ben Johnson, were travelling from Vanuatu to the Gold Coast when their boat struck a tug rope waters off New Caledonia on Thursday morning.

As their yacht started taking on water, the three sailors were forced to flee into a tiny life raft before sending out a desperate mayday call.

The calls were picked up by officials who notified the nearby Pacific Dawn cruise ship, plucking the sailors out from the ocean and bringing them back home to Brisbane for an emotional reunion with their families on Saturday morning. 

Speaking with reporters on Saturday morning, Chris and Kevin Doran said they couldn't wait to be reunited with their families after the traumatic ordeal.

'Never been happier to get home,' Chris said.

Despite being cramped onto the life raft, the seasoned sailors were confident they would be able to keep afloat.

'There's always a risk there, but I believe the risk was fairly low as we were very confident in our safety equipment and our procedures,' Mr Doran said. 

Initially we thought we might have hit a reef but that wasn't the case,' Chris Doran told AAP.

'We found quite a large ship's rope, there was about 50 metres of it and it wrapped around both propellers causing a breach in the hull, the boat started taking on water.'  

Once onboard the cruise ship, the men were treated like celebrities as dozens of passengers asked for photos and were even given shoes by the ship's crew.

The heroic captain of the Pacific Dawn said it was a 'no brainer' to rush to the rescue of the striken sailors.

'It was a no-brainer, we had to go and help them, but fortunately they were on the route so we didn't have to turn back,' Captain Alan Dockeray said.

'It was good fortune that we were so close and that the operation was so well coordinated by the marine rescue authorities in Noumea,' he said. 

The hotel operations team has also done a wonderful job making our unexpected guests as comfortable as possible following their ordeal. 

'We couldn't be happier than to be returning them to their families safe and well.'

Chris Doran had spent years travelling on the yacht, Liberty, including a recent visit to Hobart with his cousin Kevin.

At the time of the sinking, Mr Doran said he knew he had no choice but to abandon his beloved yacht, throwing food and safety equipment into the raft.

'I wasn't worried about the boat because we couldn't save it, there was no way we could've saved it,' he said, The Sydney Morning Herald reported.

'(There's) a lot of memories with the family and it was a beautiful boat,' Chris said.

'Sad to see it go.' 

The Pacific Dawn had 2000 holidayers on board at the time of the rescue. 

The sailors were found bobbing in an orange life raft around 100 metres from their submerged yacht. 

Once on board, they phoned their families to tell them they were safe.  

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7513945/Pacific-Dawn-cruise-ship-rescue-Chris-Kevin-Doran-Ben-Johnson-New-Caledonia.html

stella Posted on September 30, 2019 13:54

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Woman Almost Loses Arm To Flesh-Eating Bacteria 'Contracted At Nail Salon'

A terrified gran was infected with a flesh-eating bacteria after visiting a nail salon.

Jayne Sharp had a manicure at Jazzy Nail Bar near Knoxville, Tennessee, but after coming home, found her thumb was throbbing.

It soon became an agonising pain and Jayne was encouraged to taker herself to A&E.

Worried medics there feared the retired dental hygienist was going to lose her arm as it had become badly infected.

The mum had reportedly contracted necrotising fasciitis, a severe infection that affects the skin.

"She could have lost her finger or her arm if she hadn’t been diagnosed properly," Dr Udit Chaudhuri, who treated Jayne, said.

"She is a diabetic so that made her more susceptible.

"Basically you have a break in the skin and this bacteria gets introduced under the skin into the soft tissue and then into the blood stream."

Jayne said: "[The doctor told my daughter] your mother could lose her life with what we think this is and there’s a likelihood she will lose her arm.

"My life took a total turn. I couldn't even floss my own teeth.

"I had never heard of such a thing when they told me flesh-eating bacteria."

The grandmother has undergone several operations since her diagnosis.

But First Coast News says the manager of the nail bar stressed it had passed a state inspection days after Jayne's appointment.

A spokesman for the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance said no problems were found at the salon during its annual inspection and a follow-up inspection after Jayne's complaint.

Necrotizing fasciitis is extremely rare, affecting less than 20,000 people in the US alone each year.

Those with compromised immune systems are more likely to contract it.

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/us-news/mum-nearly-loses-finger-after-20145492

stella Posted on September 30, 2019 13:34

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Little Boy, 14, shot dead mom and pregnant teen daughter whose baby also died

A 14-year-old boy from Texas has been accused of fatally shooting a mother and her 18-year-old pregnant daughter whose child later died after an emergency C-section, authorities revealed.

The teenager suspect was already in custody accused of aggravated robbery when he was arrested for the April 9 murder of Janette Quiroz, 37, and her daughter, Bernadette Quiroz.

Janette was found dead outside of her home at the Rosemont University Park apartments in San Antonio, and Bernadette – who was seven-months pregnant – was discovered critically injured.

The 18-year-old was rushed to a local hospital but sadly died just hours later.

Her daughter, Tabitha Quiroz, had to be prematurely delivered by emergency C-Section.

Initially the child survived the birth but sadly died three days later having suffered a bleed on the brain, according to KSAT.

Malida Quiroz, who would have been Tabitha’s great grandmother, described the moment she came to the agonizing decision to switch of the baby’s life support system, after doctors declared her brain dead.

‘She had a leak on her tummy, a leakage on her brain, and again, she didn’t have [any] signs of life,’ Malida told the station.

‘I didn’t want her to suffer, so I made that decision. And all I can say is she went with her mom because she was dead by the time they got her to the hospital, too.’

Investigators have not yet revealed the boy’s identity because of his age, but on Thursday he was charged with capital murder in relation to the deaths.

It’s unclear what relationship the boy may have to the victims, but the Quiroz family have called for him to be tried as an adult and issued the death penalty.

‘I feel like, we’re in Texas. So I want them to get the full punishment. I don’t care how old you are, or how young you are, you deserve the death punishment,’ Bernadette’s brother Damian said.

On Wednesday, the teenager appeared in Bexar County Juvenile District Court where Judge Arcelia Treviño informed him the boy he would be remaining in custody for the foreseeable future.

‘Right now this court is not releasing you,’ the judge said. ‘You are a danger to yourself or another human being.

‘Based on the complaint and the allegations, the court doesn’t feel you are safe being in the community,’ the judge concluded.

Prosecutors now have 30 days to decide whether they would like to file a petition to continue with their pursuit of capital murder charges and try the boy as an adult.

‘The law does not allow the state to seek the death penalty on someone as young as 14,’ Bexar County District Attorney Joe D. Gonzales told News4.

‘Typically you don’t see someone as young as 14 being subject to adult certification but the law does allow it in extreme circumstances and certainly this would be one of them.’

The teenager will next appear in court on June 12. He has not yet entered a plea.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7088669/Boy-14-gunned-mother-pregnant-18-year-old-daughter.html

stella Posted on September 30, 2019 12:15

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Hero describes how he burst into burning home to try and rescue four-year-old girl

A hero has described how he burst into a burning home to rescue a four-year-old girl trapped in her bedroom as fire ripped through the house.

Rhys Manderson was driving on north Hull when he saw a woman running out of a house filled with black smoke and then tripping over.

The 28-year-old slammed on his brakes, rang 999 and then heard the woman scream that her little girl was trapped in the burning property, reports Hull Live.

Mr Manderson ran inside to try and save the child.

"I covered my mouth with my coat and tried to run up the stairs to rescue the four-year-old girl that I was told was trapped in her bedroom," he said.

"As soon as I hit the top of the stairs the intensity and heat and pressure struck me - I didn't realise how bad it would be and I breathed in a lot of the smoke up there.

"I broke the windows but couldn't see the girl and ran out again as I think the mum had given me the wrong room in all the panic, as when I came back out she said her daughter was actually in the back bedroom.

"I had about two or three goes at saving her and screaming for her and was panicking myself by then and ran around the back and smashed the window with a shovel.

"I was hanging off the ledge at one point trying to get her out and thought to myself 'this is really bad and I'm not sure we're going to get to her'.

"Then the firefighters arrived and barged the door down and saved her and were in and out by the time I dropped back to the ground."

Smoke was constantly billowing from the house and the outside was completely black with soot as horrified neighbours looked on, with Mr Manderson unable to get to the girl because the smoke was too thick.

The experience was a "scary" one for him, but his only concern at the time was for the little girl.

"It was real scary at the time. At first I thought I was invincible and that I would be fine by covering my mouth with a coat.

"I also used to be a swimmer so thought I could hold my breath for at least two and a half minutes, but the pressure of the smoke and heat forced me to breathe.

"My leg hair was singed with the heat and I was in there for three or four minutes and the fire was just getting worse - all I could hope was that the girl would be okay.

"In my head, I was sure anyone would try and rescue someone in that situation, or at least attempt to do it, but there were lots of people just stood about watching, perhaps in shock.

"I was so relieved when she was saved and I'm so happy she got out and that the family are now recovering and rebuilding their lives."

It was little Bella Walker who attends McMillan Nursery School that Mr Manderson tried to save.

Bella's mum Samantha Walker said she was "so grateful to him" for trying to help the family and was so relieved that her child pulled through after treatment in hospital.

"I can't thank the man who stopped and helped me enough, everything could have been so different. I would also like to thank the emergency services and the doctors at the hospital on ward 13 who were so good. Everyone has been so brilliant.

"I'm still trying to come to terms with it, but it will come one day. The nightmares are starting now.

"At first when I was asleep all I could see was the black smoke and that felt safer than being awake. I'm so grateful it's not far worse.

"When Bella got to hospital she was on 11 breaths a minutes and that soon went to 24. We had three children's hospitals on standby but she recovered and she's such a strong girl.

"They tried to send me for my treatment at Castle Hill but I wanted to be with her.

"When I was going up to see her I was waiting for the lifts and they were taking too long so a lot of the time I was walking up the stairs with my drip.

"It took me longer to recover because I kept running into the smoke to get up the stairs. She had managed to protect herself in her room with her duvet.

“Bella has made such a speedy recovery but she still gets upset when she talks about home. It will take time to sink in and she has suffered a very traumatic experience."

The family are currently staying at Mr Walker's parents house in Hessle, although have been in touch with emergency housing as they are now classed as homeless.

Mrs Walker said their home in north Hull is now classed as uninhabitable and will be for a year.

Peter Crutchley and his crew members put on their breathing gear and the training and adrenalin kicked in when they were deployed to the fire.

Peter ran upstairs and head a murmuring in a back bedroom and there he found little Bella barely conscious under the bed.

“I couldn’t tell what everyone else was doing but I was focused on going in the house,” he said. “I ran upstairs and heard a faint murmur and I found Bella under the bed. I picked her up and dashed downstairs

“I put her down outside and she was very limp and unresponsive. I left her in the care of the paramedics.

“She had been in a heavily smoke-logged for several minutes and was not in the best state,” he said.

“I would be surprised if she had lasted much longer in those conditions. It could have been a very different outcome as it is the smoke that kills.

“There was zero visibility and it was pitch black inside.

“I went into autopilot. After rescuing Bella, I went back in to tackle the fire in the living room and we had it under control in about 20-25 minutes.

“All the training I had just kicked in. I was both excited by the job but also quite nervous.”

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/hero-describes-how-burst-burning-19014692

stella Posted on September 30, 2019 12:08

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Gatecrasher, 26, is jailed for two years after he tried to storm his way inside an exclusive New Year's Eve party in Mayfair where a bouncer was stabbed to death

A gatecrasher who tried to storm his way inside an exclusive New Year’s Eve party where a bouncer was stabbed to death has been jailed for more than two years.

Tudor Simionov, 33, was killed while other hired security staff were wounded when Ossama Hamed, 26, allegedly went on a knife rampage outside a £12.5million townhouse in Mayfair, west London.

Ahmed Munajed, 26, joined the fray on Park Lane by trying to kick down the door of the venue and throwing a vase into the lobby, the Old Bailey heard.

Hamed and Munajed, along with Adam Khalil, 21, Haroon Akram, 26, and Nor Hamada, 23, were filmed by shocked bystanders brawling with security guards and trying to kick their way inside the venue. 

Jurors were told girls were the ‘ticket in’ and were escorted inside free of charge where they enjoyed bottles of champagne on the house while male punters were forced to queue up outside before handing over hundreds of pounds each in exchange for entry.

Tables, priced at £2,000-a-pop, where laden with ‘plates of cocaine’ which witnesses described was openly being snorted by punters as the private bouncers patrolled the three floors.

Prosecutor Philip Evans, QC, told the court: ‘The overall incident, which the violent disorder was part of, was part of a violent altercation in the early hours of 1 January.

‘Tudor Simionov was killed by a single fatal stab wound to the chest. During that incident, five others who were also working at the scene recieved stab wounds.’

Trouble started outside when one of the doormen, Atu Ngoy, threw another alleged gatecrashers Adham El Shalakany, 24, over the bonnet of a Lamborghini when he tried to buy his was inside with two female friends.

The others came to his aid and a wider fight broke out between them and the bouncers resulting in the fatal blow being struck to Mr Simionov’s chest with five other security workers being stabbed.

Mr Simionov went outside to quell the violence and had only been on the street for less than a minute before he was killed.

Mr Evans explained: ‘At about 5.30am there was an argument with a group, who were trying to gain entry to that party, with the door staff.

‘Ossama Hamed was the person who actually inflicted the fatal stab wound which killed Mr Simionov.

Turning to Munajed, the prosecutor said: ‘He was recorded walking towards Park Lane with another unknown male. He joined the group and deliberately embroiled himself in the violence.

‘There was continuing violence within the doorway at Park Lane and he can be seen throwing a white vase into the lobby area, this was despite being hit in the face with an object shortly before.

‘The emergency services were called and arrived as the defendant was leaving.

‘He was arrested on the 22 January 2019, he said he had been acting in self defence.’

Body worn police footage later showed Mr Simionov being tended to by El Shalakany and another man as he lay dying in one of the venue’s red-lit en suite bathrooms.

Hamed is still wanted for murder after fleeing the country the day after the killing while Khalil and Akram admitted manslaughter shortly after the trial started earlier this year.  

After they pleaded guilty to manslaughter, Mr Simionov's girlfriend, Madalina Anghel, issued a desperate appeal for information on Ossama Hamed, who remains wanted by police.

'I am pleased those involved have been convicted but we must now keep working to find Ossama Hamed who remains on the run from police,' she said.

'Nothing can change the past and we cannot bring Tudor back, but finding Ossama Hamed and bringing him to justice will help me find closure after all that has happened.'

Hamada denied murder along with wounding five other security staff and violent disorder.

He was convicted of violent disorder and cleared of four of the wounding charges but jurors were unable to agree verdicts in relation to the murder and a fifth wounding allegation.

Hamada will face a murder retrial in March next year.

Munajed, of Hammersmith, west London, had admitted violent disorder before the trial began.

Sean Minihan, defending, said: ‘The prosecution in their sentencing note have been kind enough and fair enough to accept that Mr Munajed’s involvement in this activity was very limited in time.

‘He did breach to the threshold of the door to the venue and he picked up a vase and, at that point, he was struck in the face with another vase.

‘He accepted throwing the vase. He retaliated as a result of being struck in the face.

‘He can be seen wiping the blood from his face while walking away from the incident.’

Judge Anthony Leonard, QC, told Munajed: ‘I take into account that you arrived on the scene after Mr Simionov had been stabbed.

‘As soon as you arrived and without really a moment’s hesitation you played a prominent role in trying to get into the unlicensed party, together with others who you knew well. I accept this was not a call to arms.’

Munajed admitted violent disorder and breaching a suspended sentence.

He was jailed for a total of two years and 21 weeks.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7494203/Gatecrasher-jailed-tried-storm-inside-New-Years-Eve-party-bouncer-stabbed.html

stella Posted on September 30, 2019 11:40

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Young Mother of four, 26, is raising funds for her wedding and her funeral after being diagnosed with terminal cervical cancer

A mother-of-four with terminal cancer is raising funds for her wedding and her funeral at the same time.

Susan Rumney, 26, of Workington, Cumbria, was given the devastating news she has incurable cervical cancer two weeks ago.

Doctors say there is nothing they can do to get rid of the disease, which has also spread to her pelvis.

Ms Rumney, mother to Grayson, one, Lexie, three, Mackenzie, eight and her partner's son Leo, 10, says she is scared to go to sleep for fear she'll never wake up.  

 

She started gruelling chemotherapy sessions to prolong her life this week and hopes to make her dream of marrying fiance Jay Clark, 38, a reality before it's too late.   

Her sister Lisa, 24, of Whitehaven, has set up an online crowdfunder to raise the money to give her a dream wedding and then use the excess money to later take the pressure off the grieving family and pay for her funeral.

She said: 'The diagnosis was a real shock and Susan is petrified; she's scared of going to sleep and not waking up.

'The chemo can't cure her cancer but it can prolong her life and keep her out of pain.'

Susan and Jay, 38, have been together for many years and the thought of being able to fulfil their wedding dream has provided a ray of light during these tough days.

'They're definitely a loving couple,' Lisa continued, 'and Jay has really stepped up and is doing an amazing job at looking after the children while Susan is in hospital.

'I can't believe how generous people have been.

'My experience of life and people hasn't been great, but for everyone to show us all this love has really changed my view of the world.

'It has definitely picked Susan up too; it's something to look forward to. Someone has offered to go to hospital and show her some wedding dresses, which is beautiful.'

The appeal has already raised £5,300 in less than a week.

Ms Rumney's diagnosis comes towards the end of an already tough year, after her mother died suddenly in January. 

Lisa said: 'I barely leave the house due to my anxiety and mental health, but this is about Susan and what we've got to do for however long she's got - we know the cancer will beat her.'

Her sister started having a pain in her leg at about the time her mother died. 

She sought medical advice and doctors initially put it down to a blood clot, before later changing their diagnosis to sepsis.

But two weeks ago she found out the real cause of her pain - and with it the devastating diagnosis.

Lisa said: 'The older children know that she has cancer, but the younger two don't really understand.

'They just know she's poorly and goes in and out of hospital. It's heartbreaking.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6338771/Workington-Cumbria-mother-26-terminal-cancer-raising-money-wedding-funeral.html

stella Posted on September 30, 2019 11:14

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Family on holiday with young baby 'told to pay £1,000 Thomas Cook debt' at Tenerife hotel or get out

A devastated mum claims she is being forced by her hotel in Tenerife to cough up £1,000 owed to them by Thomas Cook or be booted out on the streets.

Stacey Robinson broke down in tears when staff at the beach resort of Playa de las Américas reportedly informed her she had two hours to stump up the cash.

She was halfway through her holiday with partner Ste and nine month-old daughter, Olivia, when the tour operator collapsed, reports Manchester Evening News.

The 28-year-old from Bolton says she woke up to find a note under the door to her hotel room on Monday morning, telling her to contact reception immediately.

She claims that hotel reception staff handed her a piece of paper with a sum of £1,038 written on it, believed to be owed by Thomas Cook.

Stacey says she was told to pay the sum within two hours, or face being chucked out of their room.

The travel giant went into liquidation after failing to secure a last-minute rescue deal, leaving thousands of holidaymakers stranded abroad.

A major repatriation process is currently underway to ensure all 150,000 Brits stranded abroad can return home.

Stacey says she checked her situation, and is booked onto a return flight with the Civil Aviation Authority on September 30.

But now she faces being kicked out of her hotel a week early if they cant stump up the extra cash, despite having forked out £1,600 for the original holiday.

Speaking from her hotel room, Stacey said: "We went down to reception this morning and it was absolutely manic.

"The receptionist asked if we were Thomas Cook and I said yes - the next thing he handed me a piece of paper with a sum of £1,038.

"He said if we didn't pay the money Thomas Cook owed within two hours we would be thrown out of our room.

"I was in tears as we don't have that kind of money."

Stacey says she has contacted the Civil Aviation Authority, who advised her she was allowed to stay at the hotel, and confirmed they were in contact with several hotels to sort the issue.

"The problem is we have no idea how long that is going to take," she said.

"I have a nine month-old baby so we can't just be waiting around with nowhere to go until our flight back.

"We are just sat waiting in our room because we are scared if we leave we will end up being locked out."

She added: "We have family back home that could book us another place to stay but this is our little girls' first holiday abroad and I don't want to ruin it.

"They are not bothered at reception, there are older couples and other families who are in the same position, it's just a waiting game now."

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/thomas-cook-holidaymaker-told-pay-20162756

stella Posted on September 30, 2019 10:46

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Woman dresses as Cinderella with glass arm to show kids it's ok to be different

Mandy Pursely had her right arm amputated as a child and she says she struggled not seeing anyone who looked like her in the media. When she was contacted by a friend if she had any pictures she could share with a little girl who had one arm, she decided to show that girls with prosthetics could be princesses too. She posted pictures of herself in an amazing handmade Cinderella costume, with a glass arm instead of a glass slipper.

Mandy took the pictures earlier this summer for a costume competition but a medical problem meant she couldn’t compete in the end and she was going to save them for next year. But hearing about the little girl who was looking for someone like her, Mandy decided to show the world her take on the fairytale. She said: ‘When my daughter was studying Cinderella stories at school last year, I realized that even though there were so many beautiful tales from around the world, there were still no princesses who looked like me.

‘When I was growing up with a physical difference, I never saw girls like myself represented in the media, so it took me a long time to realize that what makes us different can also be the thing that makes us strong, beautiful, and unapologetically unique.

‘So what do you do when you can’t find a princess like you? You make up your own!’ Mandy spent hours making her ballgown and a prince’s uniform for the cosplay and she approached artist Gilbert Lozano to ask him to help her to design the glass arm. With the help of a construction company and a medical clinic, she was able to create a glass arm she could wear. She put the whole costume together and posed with her husband Ryan to create the amazing pictures, taken by photographer Kelly Anderson.

‘This costume is dedicated to all the little girls learning to navigate the world with their “lucky fins” or other challenges. ‘I hope you know you are beautiful, and that you are UNSTOPPABLE!!! Write your own story, and be your own kind of princess,’ she said. The post went viral with over 24,000 shares and 32,000 likes and Mandy said she was overwhelmed by the response.

She added: ‘I am literally just blown away by all the love and support. All of you fabulous people have created this beautiful corner of positivity and light and are just shooting it out there and it is amazing. ‘But my most favorite part is seeing all these little “lucky fin” princesses and princes in the comments. ‘Please shower these kids with all the love too because they are adorable and awesome exactly the way they are! I know they are going to write some great stories one day too.’

Mandy has even started a new cosplay page Be the Spark in response to the support she’s received. She hopes to create more costumes of more characters to show the beauty of differences. She said: ‘I want to create a space that celebrates people who break out of the mold and create characters that inspire others to do the same. We cosplay characters because they inspire us to be bold, to be kind, and to make a difference in the world. But the secret is that we had those powers inside us all along.’

https://metro.co.uk/2019/09/23/woman-dresses-cinderella-glass-arm-show-kids-ok-different-10792490/

stella Posted on September 30, 2019 10:19

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Pregnant mother, 18, loses her baby after waiting 12 hours in A&E for a scan while 'drug users and drunks' were seen first

A young mum learned she had suffered a miscarriage after waiting 12 hours overnight in a struggling A&E ward ‘packed with drug addicts’. Amy Rennie, 18, said she wanted to speak about her heartache following the agonising wait at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth in a bid to stop the same happening to others. The teenager had rushed herself to the hospital’s emergency department in a panic after she began bleeding heavily at home on the evening of 2 September. But the mum-of-one said that due to a huge number of substance abusers seeking treatment at the hospital she had to wait for more than 12 hours for a vital scan which revealed she had lost her baby at ten-and-a-half-weeks. While there is no suggestion the wait contributed to the miscarriage, Amy said she should not have been put in that position. She said: ‘Staff were dealing with people who were drunk or on drugs first and it was just horrible. ‘I know it can’t have been just me that’s gone through something like this. So many people that night were moaning because it took hours to be seen.

After already spending hours waiting in A&E, Amy was told she had another seven to go before a doctor could see her. She said: ‘I asked the receptionist whether it was still a seven hour wait for me given the circumstances and she advised me that there were only two people in front of me and then I could be seen.’ The young mum was asked to give a urine and blood sample but neither provided any answers. She said: ‘I explained to the nurse that I was still bleeding heavily and she reassured me that it was probably nothing to worry about.’ The fearful teen waited through the night without sleeping or eating and was eventually seen by a doctor at around 11am the next day. More hours passed and after a check of her cervix came back as normal Amy was finally sent for a scan. She said: ‘By this point I’d been there for so long, I just felt like crying. I was hungry, frustrated, stressed, and still didn’t know why I was experiencing this bleeding.’

Amy added: ‘When I got to the scan room they asked me another batch of questions, and then I was scanned by a midwife called Pam, who I can’t thank enough, she was very supportive. She scanned me, and even used a camera, before telling me that my baby was there, but with no heartbeat.” ‘The whole thing from start to finish was just the most horrible experience I’ve ever been through. ‘In the days that followed, I was in such a state, I couldn’t even look after my son. ‘I’ve still not been told what caused my miscarriage and I keep feeling like it’s my fault, even though I know it’s not. ‘Don’t get me wrong, the midwives I saw were all very supportive but it was such a long wait for the most awful news.’ A spokesperson for University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust, which runs Derriford, said: ‘We’re incredibly sorry to hear of the patient’s loss and that a long wait impacted further on an already difficult and upsetting situation. ‘We would urge the family to make contact with our Patient Advice and Liaison Service so that unanswered questions can be explored with the correct clinical colleagues.’

https://metro.co.uk/2019/09/23/pregnant-womans-unborn-baby-dies-during-12-hour-wait-at-ae-10793500/

stella Posted on September 24, 2019 14:40

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