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Pennsylvania baby born without an anus comes home after 8 months in hospital

WINDSOR TOWNSHIP, YORK COUNTY, Pa. - After months of treatment and multiple surgeries, a Pennsylvania baby born with a rare condition is finally going home.

When Andrew Kuhn and Katie Faulkner found out they were having twins, it came as a shock.

The couple welcomed two beautiful boys, Jamison and Jackson, in July of last year through C-section.

However, when Jackson came out minutes after his brother, shock turned to fear.

"I saw that they were examining one of the babies they had the other one and took him away and a bunch of doctors were surrounding," Kuhn said.

As Faulkner was recovering from surgery, Kuhn said he was focusing on staying calm.

"I was just like something doesn't seem right something doesn't feel right," he said.

A doctor pulled him to the side and broke the news: Jackson had an imperforate anus, a piece of skin covering his rectum which never fully formed.

Twenty-four hours later, doctors transferred Jackson to John's Hopkins for better equipped care.

After five months, the family was told their insurance wasn't accepted, forcing them to transfer to the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, two hours away from their home.

Seven surgeries later, the family found themselves facing hundreds of thousands of dollars of debt.

"We still have to pay for our house and our other bills, too. We're trying to catch up, we're struggling a bit," Faulker said.

"You feel depressed and stressed out every day you're thinking what's going to happen next and what bill is going to come in the mail next," Kuhn said.

Jackson is now home after eight months in the hospital, but this is just the beginning for him.

"He has a colostomy right now where his stool drains into, and he also has a central line where he gets all of his nutrients from, and he also has a G-tube where he gets formula," Faulker said.

While the couple says the past year has been difficult, they are both just happy to have Jackson at home.

"Just seeing his smiling face every day home with us beats any bill," both parents said.

GoFundMe has been set up to help the family pay for Jackson's medical needs.


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Sick Children's Hospital in Edinburgh review ordered

A full safety review into the delayed Sick Children's Hospital in Edinburgh has been ordered by the Scottish government.

The £150m facility was due to open on 2 July but last minute inspections uncovered problems with the ventilation in a critical care ward.

The review will assess the water, ventilation and drainage systems.

Similar checks will be made at other recently completed major NHS facilities across Scotland.

This will include the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow, which was built by the same contractor responsible for the Sick Children's Hospital in Edinburgh and has also had problems with ventilation systems.

The NHS-led review is due to be finished by September but no date for when the new hospital will be ready has been given.

It has also been revealed that private consultants KPMG have been hired by the Scottish government to probe "governance arrangements" for the new hospital and establish the factors which led to the delay.

Health Secretary Jeane Freeman has revealed that NHS Lothian will get additional support from the Scottish government because of the significant variation from its plans.

She said: "I understand that this is a disappointing and worrying time for parents and carers of patients who have appointments at the new children's hospital.

"However, safe, effective and high quality clinical services continue to be delivered from the existing site in Sciennes.

"The work carried out by NHS National Services Scotland (NSS) will give quality assurance on the water, ventilation and drainage systems and establish a timeframe for services to move safely to the new hospital."

She added: "Infection prevention must always be embedded within the design, planning, construction and commissioning activities of all new and refurbished healthcare facilities, which is why I have also instructed NSS to review current and recently completed major NHS capital projects and provide assurances that the same standards have been adhered to."

The new 233-bed hospital will form part of the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh campus, providing care for children and young people to about 16 years of age.

It will also have 10 theatres and a children's emergency department.

The site, which also includes Clinical Neurosciences and Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services, has already faced a number of problems and delays.

Ms Freeman was asked in parliament last month if NHS Lothian had been assured the same problems did not exist at the new site.

The health secretary said NHS Lothian told her it would not take ownership of the building until it was "absolutely assured" those steps had been taken.

Contractor Multiplex previously said its work was signed off as complete by an independent certifier on 22 February, when it handed over the building to NHS Lothian.

Scottish Conservative health spokesman Miles Briggs MSP said Holyrood's health committee should investigate the saga.

He said: "Families and staff will look at this announcement and wonder why these things weren't demanded of the construction firms from the outset.

"After all, the nationalists have had seven years of delays in which they could have ensured these boxes were ticked.

"The only way to establish the extent of what has gone wrong, why it has happened, and how we can ensure it's not repeated, it to have a full Scottish parliament inquiry."

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The ireland,a taste of the underworld

Oweynagat cave is a place of both birth and death. An unimposing gash in the ancient misty hills of north-western Ireland, it is said to be the entrance to the underworld where fairies and demons lure mortals to their doom, and the sacred birthplace of a warrior queen. For thousands of years, the Irish have regarded Oweynagat as a site of awe-inspiring magic, weaving a rich tapestry of mythology around it.

The story of the celebrated warrior Queen Medb is integral to said mythology. A beautiful, strong-willed woman known for her heroic role in the Cattle Raid of Cooley, Queen Medb was born in Oweynagat.

In ancient Ireland, Celtic men and women had equal rights, and whoever brought more wealth and property to a marriage was seen as the ruler of the household, regardless of sex. As the Queen of Connacht, Medb had to power to make kings of the men who married her, a power that was later mythologised when she became known as the ‘sovereignty goddess’. Medb’s name is the old Celtic word for ‘mead’, a fermented honey beverage that was an integral part of a king’s coronation ceremony in ancient and medieval Ireland. Queen Medb came to embody the symbolic offering of the beverage to the rising monarch.

But Medb’s name has another meaning – ‘she who intoxicates’ – and intoxicating, she certainly was. Celtic women, unlike their counterparts in other ancient European nations, were not bound by the rules of monogamy and were free to take lovers. Medb had many paramours, most of whom were high-ranking officials in her army. Their selection as the Queen’s lovers was based at once both in passion and in strategy. Having sexual relations with her soldiers ensured loyalty, and the promise of her love made them fight that much harder in battle.

Oweynagat cave in north-western Ireland is said to be the entrance to the underworld (Credit: Credit: Black Donkey Brewing)

Oweynagat cave in north-western Ireland is said to be the entrance to the underworld .

For millennia, Queen Medb has remained the most intoxicating thing to come out of the cave. However, just this year that changed with the creation of a beer made from wild yeast cultivated from the walls of Oweynagat. Called Underworld Savage Ale for the mythic place that it was conceived, this beer is the first of its kind, with a backstory strange enough to fit within the cave’s fantastic mythology.

Underworld Savage Ale by Black Donkey Brewery was born of the love for a good story. Last October, Black Donkey brewmaster Richard Siberry and a crew of microbiologists went on what they dubbed ‘a wild yeast chase’ in the cave, swabbing its walls and coming out with not one, but three distinct varieties of yeast.

One thing I knew for sure was I wasn’t going to be enjoying good beer

Siberry and his wife Michaela Dillon founded the brewery in 2014. After years living in New York, the two Ireland natives grew homesick and decided to move to County Roscommon, not far from where Dillon grew up. “I didn’t know what I was going to do when I got back to Ireland, but one thing I knew for sure was I wasn’t going to be enjoying good beer,” said Siberry, explaining that in spite of its beer-heavy reputation, most pubs in the Emerald Isle often only carry three beers on tap: Guinness, Smithwick’s and Heineken.

So Siberry took matters into his own hands, deciding to brew the beer he wanted to drink himself. Having been a hobbyist brewer during his stint in New York, he saw an opportunity in the relative dearth of microbreweries in Ireland, divining that the US craft beer craze would soon make its way across the Atlantic. Siberry did not want to mimic the style of American microbrews, however, deciding to break from popular IPAs and pale ales and focus on creating a singularly Irish beer.

To do that, Siberry turned his sights to the Rathcroghan complex, a breath-taking archaeological site located just 30 minutes from the brewery. Containing 60 monuments spanning from the Neolithic Age (4000 to 2500BC) to the Iron Age (500BC to 400AD), the complex has been identified as Cruachan, the ancient capital of Connachta and seat of West Ireland royalty for two millennia. Here was where druidic priests walked in contemplation, and where Gaelic kings fought in bloody battles to protect their sovereignty.

The mythical Queen Medb, who is said to be born in Oweynagat cave, was known as ‘she who intoxicates’ (Credit: Credit: Chronicle/Alamy)

The mythical Queen Medb, who is said to be born in Oweynagat cave, was known as ‘she who intoxicates’.

But for all its illustrious history, Rathcroghan is best known for the Oweynagat cave, where the celebrated warrior Queen Medb was born and whose diminutive limestone mouth sits near the centre of the complex. A disproportionate amount of funerary and ceremonial monuments found at Oweynagat suggest that the cave was one of the most sacred sites within the complex.

During a meeting with Rathcroghan tourism officials, Siberry asked if it would be possible to age several barrels of ale inside the cave to see how the microbes within it might influence the recipe. Unfortunately this was logistically impossible as the cave’s opening is simply too small for a beer barrel to pass through. So Siberry decided to bring the cave to the beer by attempting to collect a wild yeast sample from within it. Equipped with sterile sampling supplies borrowed from a nearby university and, in Siberry’s words, “the love of a good story”, he and his team went into Oweynagat on Halloween of last year.

His choice of date was both brave and foolish if you believe the mythology behind Oweynagat, which in true Celtic tradition is dizzyingly complex – as frightening and unknowable as the underworld and celestial beings it describes.

Oweynagat cave is part of the Rathcroghan complex, which contains 60 monuments that date back to the Neolithic Age (Credit: Credit: Joe Fenwick)

Oweynagat cave is part of the Rathcroghan complex, which contains 60 monuments that date back to the Neolit age.

These stories are the same as those told in the Rathcroghan complex thousands of years ago, before Christianity reached Ireland and when Halloween was still called by its original name: Samhain. According to Celtic mythology, Samhain is a time when the veil between our world and the spirit world is the thinnest, allowing preternatural beings to pass through certain portals and prey on mortals. In addition to being the birthplace of Queen Medb, Oweynagat was considered to be a passageway from which demonic pigs, fiery destroyer birds, a three-headed monster and even the Morrigan, the Celtic goddess of destruction, have been said to emerge.

In the tale of Fled Bricrenn, a story from the Ulster cycle, a collection of heroic sagas and legends taking place around the 1st Century BC, three enormous cats appeared from the cave to attack the hero and his men. It was from this story that Oweynagat got its name, which is Irish Gaelic for ‘the cave of cats’.

Though these myths are distinctive to Oweynagat, its label as an entrance to the underworld is not. There are three caves in Ireland, one of which being the famous St Patrick’s Purgatory in Donegal, that are said to be portals to the Celtic fairy realm or Christian hell. Tales surrounding these three mystical formations in Ireland spread across Europe during the medieval period, attracting pilgrims from the mainland, who, once arrived, would enter the ‘portals’ and spend several nights deprived of food, water and sunlight in hopes of proving their loyalty to God in the devil’s realm. Dante Alighieri, author of the 14th-Century literary masterpiece The Divine Comedy, was said to be inspired by these pilgrims’ accounts when writing Inferno, the most famous section of the epic poem.

Richard Siberry of Black Donkey Brewery used yeast collected from inside Oweynagat cave to brew a new type of beer (Credit: Credit: Hamish Fenton)

Richard Siberry of Black Donkey Brewery used yeast collected from inside Oweynagat cave to brew a new type of beer.

Undeterred, Siberry and crew followed in the footsteps of so many County Roscommon children who enter Oweynagat each Halloween on dares, crawling on their bellies through its narrow limestone mouth. Once inside they swabbed the walls and even took clippings of the flora within. When the cultures came back with the three yeast strains, Siberry sent them off to MiCRA Biodiagnostics, a research and development facility located at the Institute of Technology Tallaght, for testing. The microbiologists there verified that all three were safe for human consumption, but one person added after observation that they’d “never seen anything that grows quite like this before – it’s very exciting, and a little scary, too.”

After a trial period, the Black Donkey crew settled on one of the three strains, naming it ‘Morrigan no. 1’ after one of the cave’s most famous residents. The wild yeast, which, according to Siberry, is not used in any other beer on the planet, is central to Underworld Savage Ale’s unique taste.

“It’s a traditional kind of farmhouse recipe,” Siberry explained. “But what really stands out in it is the yeast and the flavours it creates.” The heart of Underworld’s palate, according to Siberry, is composed of fruits of the forest with a distinct streak of citrus cutting through earthy notes of blackberry, currant and rosehip.

According to Sibery, Underworld Savage Ale’s flavour profile includes citrus, blackberry, currant and rosehip (Credit: Credit: Isabella Ostelli/Alamy)

According to Sibery, Underworld Savage Ale’s flavour profile includes citrus, blackberry, currant and rosehip.

Underworld Savage Ale’s initial release was met with great success, but Siberry is not finished in his quest to create a wholly Irish beer. “We don’t produce any commercial hops in Ireland, but [Black Donkey Brewing] will probably research what Irish people used as a bittering agent in ancient times,” he said with enthusiasm.

Siberry reiterated that part of his quest for the wild yeast was “for the love of a good story”. It is also this aspect of Underworld Savage Ale that makes it so distinctly Irish. Conceived on the night when the veil between the spirit world and ours is thinnest, it is now a part of the rich history of Oweynagat cave.

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Bitcon's 15 November 2018 Price Crash

Bitcoin (BTC) has had near stablity between $6,200 and $6,700 for the most part of the year. Starting from yesterday 14 November 2018, BTC has seen a sharp decline in price (10% loss today). This has been attributed to today's pending Bitcoin Cash (BCH) hardfork, and investors in the United States cashing out to pay capital gain taxes.


BCH hark fork

BCH will effectively split into two sometime today to create a brand new cryptocurrency. This is surely stirring up uncertainty among crypto investors. This uncertainty breeds market actions such as investors selling BCH and other cryptocurrencies to store value in fiat, and selling other cryptocurrencies including BTC to buy more BCH in order to benefit from the hard fork.


Capital Gain Taxes

The United States (US) Internal Revenue Service (IRS) made an announcement in 2014 that cryptocurrencies are defined as property and not currency. In the US, airdrops and Bitcoin mining are being taxed as ordinary income; which depends on the Individual’s tax bracket. However, when a person holds on to Bitcoin for more than a year before selling, it will only be liable to long-term capital gains. It is assumed that some investors are cashing out to enable them pay the said tax in April 2019.

According to Rohit Kulkarni, Managing Director of Private Investment Research at SharePost, there are three likely catalysts that could result in a crypto market turnaround in the next six months. These are:

  • a greater clarity from regulators which could embolden the market;
  • a select group of blockchain startups that have completed token offerings in the past year finally announcing innovative commercial products; and 
  • the piling up of institutional capital triggering investors to call the bottom of the market. 
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Why would Satoshi Nakamoto 51% attack BitcoinCash? My thoughts on the Nov. 15, 2018 BCH Hard Fork and what you might want to know


The Nov. 15, 2018 BCH Hard Fork

On November 15th Bitcoin Cash will have a hard fork.

The block chain is going to split into 2 chains because the community of developers that were working together on BitcoinCash refused to come to a consensus agreement.

One chain will become BitcoinCashABC and the other will become BitcoinCashSV (Satoshi's Vision).

There are two sides to this ongoing fork-war. Calvin Ayre and friends like Craig Wright (Remember the guy who claimed to be Satoshi Nakamoto as an attempt to try to get out of trouble with the Australian Government?) and Roger Ver and friends (Jihan Wu).

What is a hard fork?

A hard fork happens anytime changes are made to the underlying code of a coin's blockchain. Any changes that are made to the blockchain result in a "fork" which will result in creating a "new" blockchain, therefore, creating a new coin. Some popular forks in the past include Monero's forks to remain asic resistant, or the BitcoinPrivate fork that actually combined technology from Zclassic and Bitcoin together to create a privacy coin. Each time a fork occurs, owner's of the forked coin are awarded the opportunity to get "free" coins. For example, for the ZCL and/or Bitcoin that I owned during the BitcoinPrivate fork, I was awarded 1 BTCP for every 1 Bitcoin that I owned and 1 BTCP for every 1 ZCL that I owned. Whenever participating in a fork to get your free coins, I will always advise that you keep your coins stored in your own wallet where you control your private keys. There are people who will try to seek out exchanges that support the hard forks, like Cryptopia or Bittrex for example, and put their coins in a wallet hosted on the exchange. They do this in hopes that they have the opportunity to SELL as soon as they get their coin. I still advise against this practice and suggest that you just hold the coins in your own wallet, don't be greedy, and just be patient. Usually transactions will be locked/closed on the exchanges that are supporting the fork, temporarily, anyways, until the network becomes stable and usable again.

Now that we know what a fork is, why is Bitcoin Cash forking?

The reason that BitcoinCash was created was to increase the blocksize of Bitcoin from 1mb blocks to 32mb blocks in the underlying blockchain of Bitcoin. BitcoinCash also rejects segwit. Remember, we can't make changes to the original blockchain's code without creating a new coin. This means that whenever the blocksize was increased, a new coin, BCH, was created.

The reason for increasing the blocksize was to allow for more transactions to happen, quicker. This is basically an attempt in scaling Bitcoin to make room for all of the new users. With BitcoinCash, users can now transact "Bitcoin" at high speeds and with lower fees.

BCH usually goes through 2 soft forks each year to perform updates on the code. But, this time it will be more then just a soft fork, it will be a hard fork, this hard fork is due to a "civil war" between two factions within the BCH community.

On one side we have BitcoinCashSV and on the other side we have BitcoinCashABC. We also have the Bitcoin Unlimited faction, which does not want to make any changes until a consensus can be agreed upon by everyone.


The BitcoinCashABC side seems to be the side that most major exchanges and platforms will be adopting but if anyone disagrees with that then please let us know in the comments. BitcoinCashABC consists of Jihan Wu, the co-founder of Bitmain, and friends.

The purpose of the ABC fork is to build the ability to have smart contracts on BitcoinCash similar to the Ethereum network. The fork intends to prepare the chain for increased blocksize in the future by working to fix some of the underlying problems that prevent BCH from scaling any further than it already has.

A 32mb blocksize already allows for "PayPal level transactions". This fork will prepare the chain for scale-ability in the future, so that the chain can be ready for more demand once the there is actual demand for it.

The BitcoinCashABC team supports anonymity and the freedom to use digital currencies as one pleases as long as it is in peace.

BitcoinCashSV (Satoshi's Vision)

The BitcoinCashSV (Satoshi's Vision) team consist of Craig Wright (Whether it is true or not, there are people that believe Craig Wright is actually Satoshi Nakamoto), Jimmy Nyugen, and Calvin Ayre. Craig Wright is the chief scientist for nChain, the foundation that is backing BSV. This version of BCH proposes to increase the block size all the way up to 128 mb.

This chain has a lot of support from miners and the mining pools that Craig Wright runs. Miners support big blocks because by keeping scaling on-chain, it keeps transaction fees on-chain. Miners get paid through transaction fees.

Craig Wright believes that the protocol that is implemented now should not have to be changed in the future and that is why they are increasing the block size all the way up to a whopping 128 megabytes, now.

Craig Wright also believes that there should be no anonymity in cryptocurrency. He claims to be working on a project that will map the entire deep web as well as ID every Zcash and Monero transaction by the end of 2019. He is anti-anonymity because his foundation, nChain, seeks institutional investors.

Craig Wright has threatened the BitcoincashABC team with 51% attacks in an attempt to scare them into siding with them. They will do whatever they can to throw a wrench into ABC's plans including using an attack known as "Satoshi's Shotgun" that involves flooding the network with millions of small transactions.

Both sides of the "fork-war" want is to scale bitcoin, which needs to be done at some point. It is how they are going about it that is different. It is the way they are going about it that is causing controversy. Hard forks can be a dangerous thing to crypto because of the problems and madness that comes along with it.

Taking everything into consideration, we need to understand that there are underlying issues with the blockchain technology that need to be understood fully and fixed before we can raise the block size to the levels that BSV wants to raise them to. BitcoinCashABC seems to be taking a more realistic approach to the whole situation by not raising the block size to levels that can't even be propagated by the network, yet.

If you want to take advantage of the fork by earning yourself some free coins then you need to be very careful. Exchanges like Coinbase and Binance both claim to support the fork but this does not mean that you will actually be getting all the different forked versions of the coin. It is more likely that they will just support BitcoinABC.

To actually get your free coins, then you are going to want to create yourself a local desktop wallet, one that you provide the private keys for. For hardforks, I generally recommend the electrum wallet by default because it is a desktop wallet that I can store on a USB drive, or use as a paper wallet, and recreate the wallet from my private keys, anywhere or anytime that I need to.

The electron wallet has announced that they will be supporting BCH and BSV so this should be safe choice for anyone looking to take advantage of the fork. Simply buy yourself some BCH if you don't already have some and then send it to your Electron wallet. You may want to avoid moving the funds for a while because BSV has announced that they WILL be attacking the BCH network, which will cause it to be unstable for quite some time after the fork.

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Norway Bitcoin Investor Murder: Suspect on the Run, Wanted by Interpol

Makaveli Lindén Bitcoin investor murder Norway

The Oslo police department has released the name and photograph of the suspect that they believe is behind the grisly murder of Heikki Bjørklund Paltto, the 24-year-old cryptocurrency investor who was murdered last week shortly after completing a sizeable cash-for-bitcoin trade.

According to Norwegian news outlet Verdens Gang, police have charged 20-year-old Swedish citizen Makaveli Lindén with the murder, which occurred last Monday in Oslo’s upscale Majorstuen neighborhood.

Per earlier reports, investigators believe the perpetrator snuck through Paltto’s window last Monday morning, intending to rob the unoccupied apartment. However, a fight ensued upon discovering the victim was in the bedroom, and police allege that Lindén stabbed Paltto more than 20 times.

Initially, local media reported that police believed the crime was directly connected to Paltto’s cryptocurrency dealings. According to friends, the young man had made more than a million kroner from his investments, despite the current bear market. It also appeared that he had sold a large number of bitcoins shortly before the murder. He was storing the proceeds, which he had discussed using to purchase his own apartment, at his current shared residence. However, police inspector Grete Lien Metlid now says that the theory that Paltto was a “random victim” is becoming stronger.

Lindén, a resident of Uppsala, Sweden, had accumulated quite a rap sheet, despite his young age. However, in the past, he had primarily been sentenced for minor offenses such as robbery, threats, and drug abuse.

The suspect, who is currently on the run, is the subject of an international manhunt conducted by Interpol. Investigators believe that he returned to Sweden following the murder but that he is no longer in the country.

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Bitcoin price SLUMP continues as traders SPOOKED by HACKING and money-laundering fears

BITCOIN’s (BTC) price is down 0.6 percent to $6,433 (£4,940), at the time of writing, joining major cryptocurrencies Ethereum, Ripple and EOS in another disappointing 24 hours of trading, according to Coin Market Cap.

Ethereum’s (ETH) price has fallen 1.5 percent to US$203.60 (£156), reducing ETH’s market capitalisation to $20.9billion (£15billion).

Meanwhile, Ripple’s price has tumbled 2.7 percent to 45.44 US cents, which leaves the altcoin with a market capitalisation of just under $18.2billion ($14billion).

And EOS is down 0.5 percent to US$5.37 (£4.12), leaving it with a market capitalisation of just under US$4.9 billion (£3.8billion).

The decline across the board can be partly explained by a Reuters report into crypto theft, which may have spooked traders.

The news story cited a report from US-based cyber security firm CipherTrace released last week.

It stated theft of cryptocurrencies through hacking of exchanges and trading platforms soared to $927million (£712million) in the first nine months of 2018.

A previous report from CipherTrace revealed digital currencies stolen from exchanges in 2017 totalled just $266million (£204million).

The alarming figures were up almost 250 percent from the levels seen in 2017 according to the report, which looked at criminal activity and money laundering in the digital currency space

Bitcoin’s surge in popularity and the appearance of more than 1,600 other digital coins or token have attracted an abundance of hackers into the digital currency market, the report stated.

Dave Jevans, chief executive officer of CipherTrace, told Reuters: “The regulators are still a couple of years behind because there are only a few countries that have really applied strong anti-money laundering laws.”

Mr Jevans, who is also the chairman of the Anti-Phishing Working Group, a global organisation aimed at combatting cybercrime, said there were likely 50 percent more criminal transactions than those featured in his report.

The news raises questions over whether stricter regulation needs to be enforced in the cryptocurrency sphere.

Mr Sapper also highlighted the typically precarious nature of crypto investment, due to the digital currencies being highly volatile and unpredictable.

The cryptocurrency expert said: “It is still too early on for Bitcoin to have properly reached the point of having a stable price.

“There will continue to be fluctuations until more widespread commercial adoption occurs – as well as further regulation and implementation by financial institutions.”

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Latest: Computer Owners Swarm To Do This Today…

Thousands of PC users across Ghana are swarming to claim a software that has gone viral this year. This new software is protecting people’s computers from hackers, unwanted software and helping speed up performance.

By Web Life Advice – Tech enthusiast investigate a free scan that has just gone viral in Ghana.

If you live in Ghana and have a Windows computer that needs protecting, not running how you would like it or want to increase your security then this may be the most important article you ever read.

Thousands of people across Ghana are rushing to get their hands on the latest software that is instantly protecting PC users after recent press that malware is on the rise.

They are calling it; “A Game Changer for internet users.”

An elite team of renowned developers have built a security tool that they believe will be the last piece of software consumers will ever need.

The software uses an advanced algorithm to instantly increase the security whilst helping speed up your system. First, it identifies any hidden threats or online tracking cookies. Then it locates redundant files and cached memory, the files that can make your PC run slow.

The software can be used as an alternative for your Antivirus, or an additional layer of security that they believe is more advanced than any Antivirus product out there. Anyone can use it, and it only takes a few minutes to set up.

Product Manager, David, from ScanGuard, explains; “Our main objective for creating the application was simple. Over the past few months malware has been on the rise, and other Antivirus may be struggling to keep up. We wanted to build a software that gave consumers an additional layer of protection, at the same time help speed up their devices. We believe with the right care Windows computers can last much longer.”

He continues, “People already love the system. Our plan is to give as many free scan licenses away so that it goes viral. We feel good knowing that we're helping make things faster and more secure for our customers.”

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The Scanguard™ free plan will offer you a version of the software which will monitor your PC in full for harmful threats, unwanted software or potentially dangerous tracking cookies. If the software locates threats you can manually remove them from your system or upgrade to Scanguard's premium plan to have the software remove them automatically.

To maintain peak performance and keep your computer secure, schedule the scan to run every 7 days. It roughly takes 10 minutes to fully analyze your system.

Once you have downloaded the software you can also claim free licenses for all of your devices, including your Office & Home PC, Smartphone & even Tablet. It's no surprise that thousands of computer owners are taking advantage of this approved security system to keep themselves and their devices safe.


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Should You or Shouldn't You Kill Spiders in Your Home?

Chances are, you react to seeing a spider in your home in one of two ways: You either let it be or kill it with fire. Of course, most people don't prefer creepy-crawly insects getting cozy in their living room. But is killing them the best option?

Eight-Legged Allies

Let's get one thing straight: Believe it or not, spiders are friends way more often than they are foes. Even if they really wanted to cause you pain, very few of the 40,000 known spider species are capable of harming humans, spider expert Jo-Anne Sewlal of the University of the West Indies told National Geographic. Typically, spiders want nothing to do with you. It goes without saying, then, that spider bites are extremely rare. That's not to say there are no dangerous spiders, though. Read up on venomous spiders in your region — like the black widow and the brown recluse — and learn to identify them, just to be safe.

North Carolina State University entomologist Matt Bertone conducted a survey of 50 North Carolina homes to see which arthropods are living under our roofs. Perhaps not shockingly, every house they visited was home to spiders. The most common were cobweb spiders and cellar spiders (often called daddy longlegs).

This finding shouldn't scare you — it's perfectly normal. Spiders are pretty typical members of the indoor ecosystem and can do our living spaces a lot of good. In general, they like to stay out of our way, hiding out in dark places awaiting prey. They capture and eat nuisance pests, like roaches and earwigs, and even disease-carrying insects, like mosquitoes and flies. Sometimes, they duel it out and end up killing other spiders, too. For example, our good pal the cellar spider is known to kill venomous black widows. Thanks, spider bro!

Spidey Senses Tingling

You're not doing any good by killing the spiders you find in your home (unless, by some off chance, it's one of the few dangerous varieties), and you may actually be making your home more appealing to more dubious pests by doing so. If you simply can't stand seeing a spider inside, try to trap it and gently release it outside. But just know that spiders are there whether you like it or not, and whether you see them or not — a fact that should comfort you, not creep you out.

Okay, there is one tiny exception. Spider expert Christopher Buddle of McGill University tells National Geographic that non-regional spiders in your home are better off, well, offed. If you bring home, say, bananas from the grocery store and notice a spider in the bunch, that's one you can take out a hit on. "[A]lthough it pains me to say this [as an arachnologist], the best course of action is to probably to kill the eight-legged cargo," says Buddle. Because this spider is non-native to your region, releasing it outside could cause harm to the plant and animal life that does belong there.

Want to know what to look out for? Check out the bestseller "National Audubon Society Field Guide to Insects and Spiders: North America." We handpick reading recommendations we think you may like. If you choose to make a purchase through that link, Curiosity will get a share of the sale.


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XRP price analysis 19 September: Token’s value swells after Ripple’s announcement.

The coin's value is up by more than 15% this morning, while trading volumes have soared 120% overnight.


Key takeaways

  • XRP is dominating the steadily rising cryptocurrency marketplace.
  • Trading volumes have soared overnight, up more than 120% on yesterday's figures.
  • Ripple revealed that it could launch xRapid, which uses XRP for liquidity, in the next month or so.

XRP is on fire. The entire cryptocurrency market has rebounded this morning, claiming back some of the losses sustained over the past few days of trading.

The XRP token has experienced some of the largest gains, up by almost one fifth (16%) over the past 24 hours.


The coin had been trading sideways since for the better part of a week. However, at around 4:00 am this morning XRP shot up rapidly, rising from US$0.274 to US$0.310 in the space of an hour. The coin has since fluctuated even higher, peaking at a weekly high of US$0.332 at 7:50 am before trickling back down to just above US$0.310.

At the time of writing, XRP was valued at US$0.314.

24-hour trading volumes are up by a whopping US$300 million, rising from US$246 million to US$546 million.

Ripple's head of regulatory relations for Asia-Pacific and the Middle East Sagar Sarbhai told CNBC that we will likely see real-world adoption of the company's xRapid product in the next month or so. xRapid has been undergoing a number of practical tests lately. The fact that it could be rolling out commercially within the next month could be a factor in the huge price spike of XRP, despite Ripple and XRP being two separate entities.

xRapid focuses on quick, low-volume payments. The commercial release of xRapid cracks open the doors to a much wider variety of customers, such as Western Union and MoneyGram, both of whom have been trialling the product. The international money moving business is enormous. It makes bitcoin look like chickenfeed.

Given the size of the remittance market, Ripple doesn't even need to make an especially large impact for XRP to experience a fundamental shift in economics and underlying demand. Assuming even a moderate degree of things-going-well on Ripple's part, and that the news of xRapid's commercial release is true, it might be pretty safe to assume interesting things for XRP prices in the next few months – just in time for Christmas.

You can learn all about different exchanges, understand exactly how to buy and sell cryptocurrencies, calculate your taxes, discover digital wallets to hold assets and explore a list of all the alternative coins on the market.

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Ladies and gentlemen I will like to introduce to you the coin of the future called precharge token.The mother company called fintech in the usa has been offering  payment processing service for the past 15 years.The are now into Cryptocurrency with their own token called precharge token.

Why do we need precharge?

  • The Power of One
    No need to worry about Multiple Wallets, Multiple Logins, Multiple Registrations, with preCharge Secure it’s all one. One cart, Unified Payments.
  • Avoid Network Fees & Delays
    Free Cryptocurrency Transfers, never pay a Network fee for inter preCharge Wallet Transfers even with Bitcoin.
  • Beyond Lightning Fast
    Instant Token Transfers between preCharge Wallets, Bitcoin, PCPi and more coming soon.
  • Instant Deposit Options
    Instant deposits for PCPi, Bitcoin and more coming soon. (Bitcoin Network Speeds outside of the Wallet can be slow)
  • Complete & Open Transparency
    All preCharge Technology is based on Universal Open Source Standards and is Idependly Tested for your Protection.
  • Three-Factor Authentication
    Every Wallet is Protected by Email Verification, One Time Passwords by your Device and your own Password.
  • The United States & UK Based
    preCharge is Idependly Monitored, Regulated and Audited by Third Party Leaders in their Field.
  • Secure Backups & Offline Storage
    Primary Assets are Stored offline in a Secure, Monitored and Independently Controlled Hardware Wallets.

Because of their reputation western Union and other prestigious company tried to work with them
until they decided to come out with their own payment utility token called precharge token (pcpi).

The main purpose of pcpi is to provide dstributed blockchain technology to people all over the world. PreCharge allows Consumers and Merchants to validate their Identity ,transactions instantly and stop getting denied. Huge merchants in america now accepts pcpi as a payment token.When you see the image i used for this article then it means precharge token is accepted at the following stores -Disney store,Disney world,KFC, McDonalds,Walgreen's,barns new York ,Gamestop,office depot,pep boys,petco,sephora,staples,trader joe's,white castle,arco,whole foods market,winn dixie,bevmo,duanereade,jamba juice,firehous subs.

They have also partnered with NASCAR and an airline to accept pcpi as a payment token for their services.That doesnt end there because they are setting up an partnership with amazon,walmart,iTunes and Starbucks so we will be able to convert our tokens to gift cards.

This is the best time to buy more at the price of $0.01 using creditcard,paypal,btc and many payment options.

Well you also have the chance to earn free pcpi tokens by registering in their forum and posting on their platforms

NB.Sign up for a wallet where your payments will be sent to

Coming Soon

  • Advanced Referral Program & Blockbuster Bounty
  • Secure, Instant and Private Messaging with Unlimited Storage.
  • oAuth Bridge to Many popular Web sites that you Already Use.
  • Ripple, Litecoin, Electrum, Ethereum and many more.
  • Access your Wallet on Amazon Alexa & Google Assist.
  • Manage your preCharge Wallet through Secure SMS messages.
  • Free Debit Card, accessible anywhere in the world.
  • Inter Bank deposits & Transfers.
  • Cash deposits & Transfers.
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Fans react to Arctic Monkeys album Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino announcement

Fans are experiencing a variety of emotions over the news of a new Arctic Monkeys record - while many are obviously excited, the track titles are one thing to come in for criticism.

The British rock group announced on Thursday they would be releasing their first album in five years with Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino, 

The band revealed the news alongside a trailer featuring a snippet of a new song.

However, the album's bizarrely named track list of 11 songs and the pure love for the band sparked a lot of criticism on social media.

Song titles like "The World’s First Ever Monster Truck Front Flip" and "The Ultracheese" are such examples.

One individual commented on how Arctic Monkeys are not good at naming albums or themselves.


Others mocked the band's randomness for titling their songs.

One Twitter user wrote that the track list "looks like a transcript of Chris Pratt improvising former MouseRat band names."

Another user said, "Arctic Monkeys deada** wrote a song called...the ultracheese."

One individual was trying to decipher the meaning of the album behind its obscure album title.

Their strange song titles aside, other users couldn't contain their excitement for a new Arctic Monkeys record.


Another user said Marc Jacobs' proposal and a new Arctic Monkeys record were "good omens for the future."

One fan even wrote, "I'm not allowed to die until May 11, but even then the new Arctic Monkeys album will revive me."

To say there are a lot of feelings about Arctic Monkeys' new record is an understatement.

Fans won't have to wait too long though: the record is due May 11.

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Accelerating The Cloud With Intel Skylake!

With today's update, we are excited to announce performance-boosting hardware upgrades across the entire worldwide Vultr cloud! The Vultr infrastructure team has been working hard for the past several months to deploy refreshed hardware in all of our 15 locations featuring the blazing fast Intel Skylake CPU architecture. 


Since inception, Vultr's 100% SSD compute plans have earned a reputation for reducing costs while also delivering industry-leading benchmarks. The brand new Skylake architecture is the next installment in our product roadmap and takes compute speeds to the next level. What does this mean for your web applications? A performance boost of up to 50% on new deployments! 


Newly created VC2 compute instances priced at $10 and higher will receive priority assignment to our brand new Skylake architecture. Throughout 2018, our infrastructure team will be focusing on delivering more hardware and ensuring we are able to deliver as close to 100% Skylake assignment for all plans - with additional Skylake capacity going online soon!


There has never been a better time to accelerate your web application with the latest generation Intel hardware on the Vultr platform! Our detailed benchmarks show how our compute instances stack up against our previous architecture. Check out our detailed benchmarks or test for yourself by creating a new account!


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Miss England finalist will be first to wear a hijab

A 20-year-old law student is set to be the first Miss England finalist to wear a hijab while competing for the coveted beauty crown.
Sara Iftekhar, from West Yorkshire, already holds the title of Miss Huddersfield 2018 but is hoping to take the top national spot at the finals in Nottinghamshire on Tuesday.

While previous Muslim competitors have chosen to wear headscarves, Iftekhar will be the first finalist to do so.
Sharing a selfie with a trophy back in July, she wrote of her struggle with comprehending 'how amazing" she felt to have gone so far in the pageant.

"It was an incredible experience and something which I will never be able to forget. The opportunities which I have received with being a finalist in Miss England are opportunities which I would never have thought of and will forever be grateful for," she wrote.

Whoever takes the Miss England crown will go on to compete at the Miss World competition in Sanya, a city on China's Hainan Island in December.
As part of the competition, the women are encouraged to use their platform to raise money for "Beauty with a Purpose" -- a Miss World organization that supports disadvantaged children around the world.

Iftekar wrote on her crowdfunding page that her motivation for participating in the pageant was "to show that beauty doesn't have a definition, everyone is beautiful in their own ways, regardless of their weight, race, colour or shape."

The aspiring lawyer, who has had a keen interest in fashion and beauty from a young age, started her own clothing business at just 16 years old.
Throughout the competition, she has been creating "eco dresses" -- taking old materials like paper boxes and plastic garbage bags and incorporating them into her outfits -- and documenting the upcycling process on her Instagram account.

In July, model Halima Aden became the first hijabi woman to feature on the cover of British Vogue.

A former pageant contestant herself, Aden told CNN that taking part while also wearing a headscarf was an opportunity to dispel the narrative that Muslim women are oppressed.

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"There are so many Muslim women that feel like they don't fit society's standard of beauty," she said in June. "I just wanted to tell them it's OK to be different, being different is beautiful, too."

According to UK's Women and Equalities Committee, Muslim women "suffer the greatest economic disadvantages of any group" in British society for reasons that include discrimination, Islamophobia and stereotyping.

Meanwhile, the debate around women in headscarves was reignited in the UK in August after former foreign secretary Boris Johnson likened Muslim women wearing veils to "letterboxes" and bank robbers.

Johnson's comments sparked numerous complaints and he is facing an internal party investigation into potential breaches of his Conservative Party's code of conduct.

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Markets Update: While Cryptocurrency Traders See Gains, Shorts Stack Up

ound $10.8B. Over the last 24 hours, BCH markets have seen around $399M in global trade volume. The top trading platforms swapping the most BCH include Lbank 16.47%, Coinex 13.65%, Okex 13.29%, Binance 10%, and Huobi 8.55%. The top currencies paired with BCH today include tether (USDT 46%), BTC (26.7%), ETH (12.4%), USD (8%), and QC (2.4%).      


Markets Update: While Cryptocurrency Traders See Gains - Shorts Stack Up


BCH/USD Technical Indicators

Looking at the 4-hour BCH/USD chart on Bitfinex and Bitstamp shows some differences between the BTC/USD chart. For instance, the two SMA trend lines show the longer-term 200 SMA is well above the 100 showing the least resistance is toward the downside. The RSI oscillator for BCH/USD charts is meandering around 62 which indicates some uncertainty after some expected pull back. Looking at order books towards the upside shows from now until $680 there is heavy resistance. Towards the downside, strong support can be seen between now and $610, and at $550.


Markets Update: While Cryptocurrency Traders See Gains - Shorts Stack Up


The Verdict: Enthusiasts Seem Positive, But Traders Are Betting Against BTC as Shorts Near Last August’s ATH

Cryptocurrency proponents seem optimistic the bearish trend will end soon, based on the sentiment to be observed on social media, Telegram trading chat groups, and forums. However looking at future markets on Bitfinex, Bitmex and others show people are betting heavily against BTC’s price going up. BTC/USD short contracts on Bitfinex are slowly approaching the all-time high (ATH) that took place on August 21.


Markets Update: While Cryptocurrency Traders See Gains - Shorts Stack Up


There was a small short squeeze that took place the following day but the squeeze was short-lived. Right now there are 33,408 shorts on the exchange and only 25,974 long positions. Again, either two things could happen: either the shorts bring the price down and bears get their way or lots of short positions will be squeezed which is what happened last April.

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Ukraine The deadly rape case that shocked and shamed Ukraine

              Oksana Makar fought for her life, but the 18-year-old victim of rape and attempted murder whose grisly injuries shocked Ukraine succumbed to her injuries. On 9 March, Makar, a resident of Mykolaiv, was raped, strangled and left for dead at a construction site, her body having been set on fire. She spent 10 hours with her body slowly burning, calling for help, until she was discovered. Two of the three men who committed the crime were initially let go. According to news reports, they are well-connected – but a wave of public anger in Ukraine caused the police to "rethink" the situation, and all have been placed in custody. Now that Makar is dead, they are being charged with murder.

            This is a video (be warned – it's extremely upsetting) of Makar that her mother shot in the hospital. She is in obvious pain, being pestered by her mother to make some sort of statement. The girl says her assailants need to have "their balls torn off". She's angry and defiant, showing where her arm was amputated, waving the bloody stump.


                                                        "Tell them, I'll live while I'm alive," the mother urges.

         "                                                        I'll live while I'm alive," Oksana repeats.       

                  Both mother and daughter obviously come from a simple background – that much is obvious from the way they talk. And the mother is so intrusive with her camera that you don't know whether or not you ought to look away. The thing is – we can't look away. Not now.

             Makar was a pretty girl. According to the video testimony of the man who did the actual strangling (his police statement was leaked to the press and posted on YouTube), she accompanied her assailants to their apartment of her own free will – although the man's testimony is somewhat muddled as it would appear he raped her while she was alive, then choked her, then raped her again when he thought she was dead. While police sources have said that Makar knew one of the men, and thought she was safe hanging out with him and his friends, tabloid reports have painted her as slutty and irresponsible or, at the very least, not particularly saintly. (Has there ever been a rape victim out there that was saintly enough? Just asking.)

              According to a poll by 24 TV, roughly two-thirds of the Ukrainian population think that Makar "has some blame to bear for this tragedy". As frankensstein, a popular blogger in eastern Ukraine put it, "her lifestyle lead to a logical conclusion" – and that is one of the gentler things her critics have said about her. Her horrible fate, her mutilated body, her defiant suffering, and her lower-class background reveal a lot about Ukrainian society. The truth is, there are many Oksanas out there. In Ukraine, stories of violence against women abound. Most victims obediently go to their grave right away and if the perpetrators' families have money and/or connections, there is little hope of justice. Legal nihilism is rampant.

                                    But most of the people who believe Makar has some "blame" to bear for having been raped, strangled and burned also believe that something is rotten both in the Ukrainian justice system and in society as a whole. The crime has caused protests against police corruption and general lawlessness in various Ukrainian cities, as well as a lot of general soul-searching. As frankensstein, the same guy who said that what happened to Makar was predictable, put it: "The story from [Mykolaiv] is like a diagnosis for the whole of our society ... This is Ukraine, guys. Even the Brothers Grimm can't compete with us."

                 People in Ukraine don't believe in the rule of law, because it doesn't exist. They believe that nothing can stop violence against women – because it's as unremarkable as knock-off designer gear and gas wars with Russia. And most, I would argue, are resigned to this. It took a case as disturbing as Makar's for society to erupt in protest.

                       "She died in vain," a friend argued when I posted news of Makar's death, "I don't think the government will really start changing things – until, perhaps, people start lynching criminals themselves." It was hard to say anything optimistic back. Although the Ukrainian president and a handful of other prominent officials have made a lot of righteous noise about Makar's case, the sad truth is that until Ukraine has a proper civil society in place, well-connected men will still assume that they can destroy another human being and likely get away with it. And even the not-so-well-connected men will continue acting brutally towards women, while it remains normal and acceptable in their social circles to do so.

                 Today we can only take comfort in the fact that for Oksana Makar, the pain has come to an end.

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How a Python Ate a Woman Whole and Left Hardly a Trace of the Fierce Attack

News of a pickup-truck-size reticulated python killing and swallowing a woman whole in central Indonesia, eating even her clothes, has made headlines around the world. But how often do these snakes eat people?

Very infrequently, it turns out.

"In natural environments, it's incredibly rare," said David Penning, an assistant professor of biology at Missouri Southern State University. "It's probably more rare than snake injuries among people who have big pythons and boas and don't take the proper safety precautions." [Photos: This Python Chowed Down on 3 Deer]

However, these fatal attacks are not unheard of, and instances of wild, giant snakes eyeing people as potential prey may increase as humans clear more wildlife habitats to create farmland and homes, Penning told Live Science.

Encounters with wild snakes are more common among indigenous people who live in the rainforest alongside the snakes than they are among people who live in developed areas. In a 2011 study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers examined interviews with 120 Philippine Agta Negritos conducted in 1976, and found that 15 of the 58 (26 percent) adult men and 1 of the 62 (2 percent) Agta women had survived an attack by a reticulated python. Moreover, six people died from python attacks there between 1934 and 1973, according to information gleaned from the interviews, the researchers found.

In the recent Indonesian case, 54-year-old Wa Tiba went out Thursday night (June 14) with a flashlight to check on her vegetable garden, which is located in a rocky area on Muna island covered in caves and cliffs thought to be swarming with snakes, according to the Associated Press (AP).

Tiba went because wild boars had been raiding her corn and she wanted to stop them, according to the South China Morning Post. But it was there that the 23-foot-long (7 meters) python attacked and swallowed her whole.

Her family and others villagers went looking for her on Friday (June 15) but found just her belongings, including her sandals and machete, the village chief, Faris (who goes by a single name), told the AP. About 165 feet (50 m) from these belongings, the search party found a snake with a bloated body. They promptly killed the snake and carried it back to the village.

"When they cut open the snake's belly, they found Tiba's body still intact with all her clothes," Faris told the AP. "She was swallowed first from her head."

If the search party hadn't found the python that ate her, there would have been little evidence of the attack, said Penning, who wasn't involved with the woman's case. It's possible that the snake could have passed her clothes (depending on what they were made of), but snakes can digest an entire body, even bone, he said.

"Snakes have very unique digestive systems, which can expand a lot of energy to increase their digestive capacity," Penning said. "They digest everything."

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