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Bitcoin mining operations in the US and China are facing closures after the plummeting price of bitcoin means they may no longer be profitable.

The world's most valuable cryptocurrency is currently trading at around $4,500, having lost almost a third of its value in the space of a week.

Bitcoin mining – the process of generating new units of the cryptocurrency by solving complex puzzles – requires vast amounts of electricity to power the computers performing the calculations.

This means that the profitability of mining falls when bitcoin's price drops, and if the price falls too far  then operations may no longer be economically viable.

The biggest casualty so far may be the US-based mining firm Giga Watt, which was forced to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy this week after it was unable to pay debts of around $7 million.

"The corporation is insolvent and unable to pay its debts when due," the filing stated, according to CoinDesk. 

"The corporation and its creditors would best be served by reorganisation of the corporation under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code."

Bitcoin has suffered two major price falls in less than a week, following months of market stability (CoinMarketCap)

The majority of bitcoin mining operations are based in China, where electricity costs are some of the lowest in the world.

Yet despite the cheap electricity, images and videos of mining operations shutting down in the country have been spreading across social media.

Hon Kong-based mining platform Suanlitou announced this week that it was unable to cover electricity fees for a 10-day period in November, according to the South China Morning Post. 

Another group of Chinese cryptocurrency miners also reportedly shut down 20,000 mining rigs due to the fall in profitability.

It is not clear what the future holds for the price of bitcoin, with some analysts predicting more falls, while others expect the market to turnaround before the end of the year.

ruby Posted on November 23, 2018 08:57

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Man pulled over for driving with shattered windscreen

Police have expressed disbelief at pulling over a driver on the motorway who was trying to peer through a severely damaged windscreen at night.

The male Volkswagen driver was stopped by the Central Motorway Police Group (CMPG) at about 22:30 GMT on Wednesday.

He was travelling southbound on the M6 between junctions 14 and 13 for Stafford.

Officers ordered the owner to take his unroadworthy vehicle off the highway until the damage had been repaired.

The force posted a photo of the windscreen on social media expressing their surprise: "We've just stopped this vehicle in @Policingstoke he didn't think it was too much of a problem.

"Vehicle prohibited from being driven any further, driver reported. Nope still can't believe it."

Other social media users were quick to quip that the driver should have removed the windscreen altogether and worn driving goggles, others wondered what the driver had hit to cause such damage.

Four hours later, CMPG was still shocked and made another reference to what happened, when dealing with another driver.

An officer tweeted: "Vehicle stopped in the @Policingstoke area driver had no licence or insurance, (but it did have a intact windscreen). Car seized and driver reported."

ruby Posted on November 22, 2018 16:04

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Tax fraudster who used multiple identities jailed

A tax fraudster who used a string of identities to spend nearly a decade on the run has been jailed.

John Dalton, formerly of Canterbury, committed a £3.8m VAT fraud before fleeing the country in 2007.

The 54-year-old resurfaced in Spain, where he was detained and extradited to the UK in 2017.

He was sentenced to five years and four months after he admitted being concerned in the fraudulent evasion of VAT.

Inner London Crown Court was told Dalton, who was born Paul Kemp, had used at least 12 different names throughout his life.

The court heard Dalton and another man were the main offenders in a conspiracy to falsely claim VAT repayments from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

They did this by setting up a number of sham companies and using forged documents, the court was told.

Dalton was first arrested in 2007 but failed to answer bail after fleeing to France.

'Career criminal'

The 54-year-old was later prosecuted for fraud offences in France but left the country before his prison term could be started.

In November 2017, Dalton was detained in Spain under a European Arrest Warrant.

He was brought back to the UK in January after officers from Kent Police travelled to Madrid.

Det Sgt Steve Payne, of the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate, said Dalton was a "career criminal" who had "cheated his way through life".

He said: "I hope this case demonstrates crime does not pay and that we do not forget about people who try to escape justice, no matter how many years have passed."

Three other members of Dalton's criminal enterprise were jailed in 2010 for a combined total of nine years and 10 months.

ruby Posted on November 22, 2018 15:58

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Tekashi 6ix9ine: What the latest charges could mean for the US rapper

Tekashi 6ix9ine is facing jail time, again. This time, it's for his involvement with a violent US gang.

The rapper was arrested on Sunday night and faces 32 years in jail for racketeering and other offences, according to a prosecuting US attorney.

The sentence would be for life in prison and stems from his involvement with the Nine Trey Bloods.

The Nine Trey Bloods are a New York gang and also known as TreyWay which Tekashi69 has mentioned on Twitter.

But now his involvement could cost him his freedom.

"In the history of the US, the one thing that seems to get someone locked up is racketeering, money-laundering or tax evasion," UK hip hop and culture writer, Jesse Bernard tells Radio 1 Newsbeat.

"This could be what takes him to prison."

'Multiple acts of violence'

Tekashi69 has evaded jail time on previous charges, including child sex offences in 2015, but experts believe the racketeering charges could mean a lengthy jail spell for the star.

Racketeering is when people use criminal actions to repeatedly take money from others, and most likely associated with protection rackets.

"This defendant participated in multiple acts of violence," said assistant US attorney Michael Long at a court hearing on Monday night, reports Rolling Stone.

According to US reports, the new arrest relates to a five-year federal investigation and Tekashi69 is also facing a number of other charges including drug dealing, involvement in an armed robbery and a conspiracy to commit murder charge.

Tekashi69's most recent arrest caps a turbulent year in which the rapper rose to international fame with a string of hit singles, but so did his legal history.

In 2015 he pleaded guilty to an incident involving a "sexual performance" with a 13-year-old girl and is currently serving a four-year-probation sentence following legal problems that followed the case.

He has previously spent time in jail for assault and drug offences.

'There's not enough vetting taking place'

But none of Tekashi69's previous charges have stopped his fame from growing. He's even due to release his debut album later this week - which features both Kanye West and Nicki Minaj.

But Jesse believes these collaborations are "an industry thing" and says record labels should spend more time considering the behaviour of the stars they sign.

"There's not enough vetting taking place, when these artists are being signed, maybe someone is turning a blind eye, who knows. But it's not just that," he says.

"There does need to be more vetting because when the mainstream itself is becoming littered with these conveyor-belt artists that really don't have much longevity."

ruby Posted on November 22, 2018 15:40

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Tupac ALIVE? Cryptic post on rapper's Instagram fuels theory 'he's coming back from Cuba'

A CRYPTIC post shared by Tupac Shakur’s instagram account has fuelled a bizarre conspiracy theory that the rapper is alive and living in Cuba.

The estate of the American rapper and actor, who was shot dead aged 25 in 1996, teased fans with an ambiguous announcement on his Instagram page.

The oblique post, containing a black-and-white picture of the late musician overlaid with the date “1998 – Saturday 11/24”, was shared to the account on Monday.

“Sign up to be the first to know. Link in bio. #2PAC #Tupac,” the caption to the post, shared with his 3.3 million followers, reads.

The date in the picture is thought to refer to the upcoming anniversary of his posthumous “Greatest Hits” album, which was released on November 24, 1998.

In the comments section, many fans excited about the prospect of a newly remastered album paid tribute to All Eyez On Me artist, the also known as Makaveli.

But among the comments a wacky conspiracy theory about has Tupac reared its home once more.

Fans with active imaginations interpreted the post as a hint Tupac is about to announce his return having faked his death and moved to Cuba in the 1990s.

Conspiracy theories have circulated the internet for years despite the death of the Harlem-born rap icon, who was killed in a drive-by shooting by an unknown assailant in Las Vegas on September 7, 1996.

“He’s alive,” many commenters wrote on the post.

"He's coming back," another hopeful fan posted. 

CRYPTIC: Tupac's estate has posted to Instagram about an imminent announcement (Pic: INSTAGRAM)

“We already know he ain't dead,” one person explained matter-of-factly. 

Pedding the theory, one wrote: “I’m tellin y’all he’s alive.”

Another added: “Watch them say Tupac is alive. I would be so f***ing mad at him for hiding his death this whole time."

One infamous theory claims the rapper faked his death and moved to Cuba to live out the rest of his life in solitude. 

“Bro when are you leaving Cuba?” one commenter asked, referring to the theory.

A second added: “I told y’all he’s in Cuba, now he’s coming back to America to run for president.”

GREATEST HITS: Greatest Hits is a posthumous double-disc greatest hits album by Tupac (Pic: WIKIPEDIA)

Most fans, however, came to the obvious conclusion, that, because the date in the post matches with the release date of Tupac’s Greatest Hits, the announcement probably refers to that.

One posted: “20 years since the greatest hits release.”

Another wrote: “24 november 1998: Greatest Hits.”

Others hailed the rapper, with on writing: “RIP always remember this great man and king of rap.”

LEGEND: Hip hop star Tupac was shot at the age of 25 (Pic: GETTY)

There have been multiple claims Tupac never died but none of them have ever been been credible.

Retired Las Vegas Police sergeant Chris Carroll was the first officer on the scene of Tupac’s shooting and said his body fell out of the car “like he was leaning against the door”.

“I grabbed him with my left arm, and he falls into me,” he said.

“He’s covered with blood, and I immediately notice that the guy’s got a ton of gold on – a necklace and other jewellery – and all of the gold is covered in blood. I didn’t realise that this is Tupac Shakur.”

PALS: Tupac was popular among some, but had heated feuds with others (Pic: GETTY)

The Los Angeles Police Department believe “it was a gang retaliation murder”.

His killer has never been found.

Tupac rose to fame with his debut solo album 2Pacalypse Now.

With hits like Dear Mama, California Love and All Eyez on Me, he was one of the biggest rappers of the 1990s.

jmparker Posted on November 22, 2018 15:35

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‘King’ Didier Drogba HAILED on Twitter as he retires at 40

FOOTBALL fans united to hail Chelsea legend Didier Drogba online after he announced his retirement from the sport.

The striker, 40, announced his retirement yesterday, calling time on a 20-year career in which the bullish centre forward won four Premier League titles and the 2012 Champions League.

Ivorian Drogba, who had been playing in the United States for Phoenix Rising, had two spells at Chelsea, scoring 164 goals in 381 games having spearheaded the west London club's revival under owner Roman Abramovich.

After announcing the retirement on Twitter, fans flocked to comment on the news.

One Chelsea fan said: “Thank you for everything you did in football and for charities all these years. Good luck in the future Didier. I hope to see you back at Chelsea soon.”

FAMOUS: Drogba scores the winning penalty in the Champions League final 2012 (Pic: GETTY)

Another added: “Legend. Was a pleasure seeing you on the pitch in person, a dream come true. Thank you for getting me into this great sport. I love you. Please come back to Chelsea soon.”

Numerous others simply wrote “king”.

And one declared: “Just one king in London.”

He shared the retirement news on his Instagram and Twitter accounts with a picture from 1989 of him playing football as an 11-year-old.

GUSHING: A fan had only praise for the former Chelsea striker (Pic: TWITTER)

LOVED: Numerous fans took to Twitter to say thank you (Pic: TWITTER)

WINNER: Drogba won the Premier League four times with Chelsea (Pic: GETTY)

He wrote: “When I think of the last 20 years of my professional career, looking at this picture can’t make me more proud of what I’ve achieved as a player but most importantly how this journey as shaped me as a man.”

“If anyone tells you your dreams are too big, just say thank you and work harder and smarter to turn them into reality. 

“I wanna thank all the players, managers, teams and fans that I have met and made this journey one of a kind!”

Drogba began his career at French side Le Mans in 1998, but did not play top-tier football until he was 23 when he was signed by Guingamp in 2002.

He moved to Olympique de Marseille in 2003 and a year later was signed by Chelsea.

The star became the attacking focal point of the team under Jose Mourinho and helped the club win their first top flight English title in 50 years.

He went on to win three Premier League titles in his first eight years at Chelsea as well as four FA Cups and two League Cups.

His first spell in west London ended on a high as he scored the winning penalty in the Champions League final shootout against Bayern Munich having also equalised with a thumping header to force extra time.

ICONIC: Drogba got an incredible ovation from Chelsea fans when he returned with Galatasaray (Pic: GETTY)

INTERNATIONAL: Drogba made more than 100 appearances for African nation Ivory Coast (Pic: GETTY)

He had spells in China and Turkey before returning to Chelsea where he won a fourth Premier League title and a third League Cup, leaving the club as their fourth highest scorer of all time.

Drogba, who made more than 100 appearances for the Ivory Coast and was voted African footballer of the year twice, ended his playing days with Phoenix Rising where he was a player-owner.

"It's the best way to end, helping some young talent to develop," Drogba told the BBC.

"To give something back to the game was the best way to finish as I have learned so much in the game."


jmparker Posted on November 22, 2018 15:20

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Carlos Ghosn: Nissan sacks chairman over cash scandal

Carlos Ghosn has been ousted after nearly two decades at the helm of Japanese carmaker Nissan, following allegations of financial misconduct.

He has been accused by Nissan of under-reporting his salary and using company assets for personal use.

But some see it as part of the firm's attempt to rebalance power in its alliance with Renault and Mitsubishi, which Mr Ghosn also chairs.

The 64-year-old was the architect of the tie-up between the three firms.

The board also voted to remove senior executive Greg Kelly.

Nissan's board issued a statement which said the decision to dismiss the two men was unanimous. The board's mission was "to minimise the potential impact and confusion on the day-to-day cooperation among the Alliance partners", it added.

Mr Ghosn and Mr Kelly remain in custody in Tokyo.

What are the accusations?

Nissan has accused Mr Ghosn of "significant acts of misconduct", including under-reporting his pay package and personal use of company assets.

On Monday, the firm said it had been conducting an internal investigation for several months, prompted by a whistleblower.

Nissan also accused Mr Kelly of having been "deeply involved" in the misconduct.

Mr Ghosn is accused of filing annual securities reports containing fake statements, which could mean up to 10 years in prison, or a fine of 10m yen, or both.

Broadcaster NHK has also reported, citing unnamed sources, that Nissan spent millions of dollars on luxury homes in four countries without legitimate business justifications.

Millions of dollars had been spent to purchase and renovate the homes in Brazil, Lebanon, France and the Netherlands, NHK said.

Mr Ghosn has not been charged.

What happens next?

Japanese news agency Kyodo is reporting that Nissan's chief executive Hiroto Saikawa will take over as interim chairman. He promised earlier this week that Nissan would try to "stabilise the situation, and normalise day-to-day operations" for staff and business partners.

Nissan's board said it would establish a committee to look at appointing a permanent successor to Mr Ghosn.

Mitsubishi Motors will meet to discuss Mr Ghosn's role there next week. Two days ago Renault's board said it was appointing a temporary deputy chief executive to take over the running of the French car firm.

Who is Carlos Ghosn?

  • His hero status was so big that his life was serialised in one of Japan's famous cartoon comic books
  • The Brazilian-born boss of Lebanese descent and a French citizen says his background left him with a feeling of being different, which helped him adapt to new cultures
  • In France he was known as Le Cost Killer, a comment on the deep cuts he made to revive Renault
  • He was once tipped as a potential president of Lebanon, a move he eventually dismissed because he already had "too many jobs"
  • In a 2011 poll of people the Japanese would like to run their country Mr Ghosn came seventh, in front of Barack Obama (ninth)

Will the Alliance survive this?

The future of the Nissan-Mitsubishi-Renault partnership remains unclear in the aftermath of the allegations.

Before his arrest Mr Ghosn was seeking to strengthen it, according to the according to the Financial Times. The paper reported that he had been planning a merger between Renault and Nissan - a deal which Nissan's board opposed.

But sources told the BBC that a full merger - to create a single company - "was never on the cards".

Despite selling fewer vehicles, Renault has a 43% shareholding in Nissan, while Nissan's stake in Renault is only 15%.

Prior to Thursday's board meeting, Nissan boss Mr Saikawa insisted the partnership would "not be affected" by the arrest of Mr Ghosn and Mr Kelly.

But Mitsubishi Motors chief executive Osamu Masuko said the alliance would be difficult to manage without Mr Ghosn.

ruby Posted on November 22, 2018 14:54

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Palm oil was meant to help save the planet, but has unleashed an environmental catastrophe instead

The fields outside Kotawaringin village in Central Kalimantan, on the island of Borneo, looked as if they had just been cleared by armies. None of the old growth remained — only charred stumps poking up from murky, dark pools of water.

In places, smoke still curled from land that days ago had been covered with lush jungle. Villagers had burned it all down, clearing the way for a lucrative crop whose cultivation now dominates the entire island: the oil-palm tree.

The dirt road was ruler straight, but deep holes and errant boulders tossed our tiny Toyota back and forth. Trucks coughed out black smoke, their beds brimming over with seven-ton loads of palm fruit rocking back and forth on tyres as tall as people. Clear-cut expanses soon gave way to a uniform crop of oil-palm groves: orderly trees, a sign that we had crossed into an industrial palm plantation.

Oil-palm trees look like the coconut-palm trees you see on postcards from Florida — they grow to more than 60 feet tall and flourish on the peaty wetland soil common in lowland tropics. But they are significantly more valuable. Every two weeks or so, each tree produces a 50-pound bunch of walnut-size fruit, bursting with a red, viscous oil that is more versatile than almost any other plant-based oil of its kind. Indonesia is rich in timber and coal, but palm oil is its biggest export.

Around the world, the oil from its meat and seeds has long been an indispensable ingredient in everything from soap to ice cream. But it has now become a key ingredient of something else: biodiesel, fuel for diesel engines that has been wholly or partly made from vegetable oil.

Finally we emerged, and as we crested a hill, the plantations fell into an endless repetition of tidy bunches stretching for miles, looking almost like the rag of a Berber carpet. Occasionally, a shard of an old ironwood tree shot into the air, a remnant of the primordial canopy of dense rain forest that dominated the land until very recently.

This picture taken on 23 January 2016 shows a worker harvesting palm fruit at a palm oil plantation in Aceh Jaya, Aceh province (Chaideer Mahyuddin / (AFP/Getty Images))

Our driver, a 44-year-old island native and whistle-blower named Gusti Gelambong, had brought us here to show us the incredible destruction wrought by the growing demand for palm oil. The oldest male among nine siblings, he was modestly built but exuded a wiry strength. His father, he told us, was a king of one of Borneo’s dozens of Dayak tribes, the sixth descendant of the sultan of Old Kotawaringin, and his mother came from a line of warriors who served in the Indonesian special forces.

In 2001, he said, he took part in a brutal ethnic cleansing of Indonesians who had moved in from the nearby island of Madura. He macheted his way through the nearby town of Pangkalan Bun, slaughtering dozens of people. He felt no remorse about the violence. But the palm-oil companies, Gelambong said, were much stronger than the Madurese. As we approached an intersection, we could see two plantation guards lying back in a shack, rifles propped against their knees. He sped past the guards, averting his eyes.

Most of the plantations around us were new, their rise a direct consequence of policy decisions made half a world away. In the mid-2000s, Western nations, led by the US, began drafting environmental laws that encouraged the use of vegetable oil in fuels — an ambitious move to reduce carbon dioxide and curb global warming. But these laws were drawn up based on an incomplete accounting of the true environmental costs.

Despite warnings that the policies could have the opposite of their intended effect, they were implemented anyway, producing what now appears to be a calamity with global consequences.

The tropical rain forests of Indonesia, and in particular the peatland regions of Borneo, have large amounts of carbon trapped within their trees and soil. Slashing and burning the existing forests to make way for oil-palm cultivation had a perverse effect: It released more carbon. 

Photo taken 24 September 2014 during aerial survey mission by Greenpeace, East Kotawaringin, Central Kalimantan, Borneo shows cleared forest trees being developed for palm oil plantation (Bay Ismoyo / (AFP/Getty Images)

A lot more carbon. NASA researchers say the accelerated destruction of Borneo’s forests contributed to the largest single-year global increase in carbon emissions in two millenniums, an explosion that transformed Indonesia into the world’s fourth-largest source of such emissions. Instead of creating a clever technocratic fix to reduce Americans' carbon footprint, lawmakers had lit the fuse on a powerful carbon bomb that, as the forests were cleared and burned, produced more carbon than the entire continent of Europe.

Scientists and lawyers who study environmental impact often deploy “carbon-life-cycle analysis” to determine just how much carbon a given product is removing from, or introducing to, the environment over the course of its production and consumption. When a truck burns biodiesel, the carbon emissions that come from its tailpipe aren’t much different from those of a truck burning petroleum. But a part of the biodiesel emissions aren’t counted, because — in theory — they have been balanced out: Plants absorb carbon from the atmosphere when they grow, and fuel experts subtract that sequestered carbon from the tailpipe emission, completing a transaction that they say balances at zero.

Indonesian firefighter looks towards a fire engulfing peatland in Sambung Lihung district, southern Kalimantan, Borneo on 23 September 2015 (Romeo Gacad / (AFP/Getty Images)

In ideal circumstances — un-vegetated land planted for the first time — this balancing out really happens. When corn grows, it soaks up carbon, and when it is consumed (whether as food or fuel), it releases that carbon back into the air. But the analysis breaks down when faced with the reality of land use. Almost everywhere in the world, planting more corn or soy for biofuel would involve creating more farmland, which in turn would involve cutting down whatever was already growing on that land. And that would mean releasing a huge amount of carbon into the air, with nothing to balance the books. As Searchinger watched Bush’s call for an unprecedented increase in biofuel production, his hunch was that the biofuel balance sheet would turn out to be tragically shortsighted.

The law had a profound effect. Biodiesel production in the United States would jump from 250 million gallons in 2006 to more than 1.5 billion gallons in 2016. Imports of biodiesel to the United States surged from near zero to more than 100 million gallons a month. As fuel markets snatched up every ounce of domestic soy oil to meet the American fuel mandate, the food industry also replaced the soy it had used with something cheaper and just as good: palm oil, largely from Malaysia and Indonesia, which are the sources of nearly 90 per cent of the global supply. Lawmakers never anticipated that their well-intentioned plan — to help the climate by helping American farmers — might instead transform Indonesia and present one of the greatest threats to the planet’s tropical rain forests. But as Indonesian palm oil began to flood Western markets, that is exactly what began to happen.

A protected area of the Rawa Singkil wildlife reserve is burnt in preparation for a palm oil plantation, March 3 2018 .

“We saw great promise,” Waxman told me recently, sitting in a glass conference room at Waxman Strategies, the Washington lobbying firm of which he is chairman. But he is no longer so hopeful. He is now also the chairman of the environmental organisation Mighty Earth, which lobbies food and agriculture companies to deploy more climate-friendly production methods. In 2007, he and other lawmakers were focused on the benefits of biofuels and the bridge they promised to even greener technologies. Now the soft-spoken Waxman is far more concerned about the other side of the equation. “We didn’t think we were going to pay such a heavy price,” he said.

The central problem, of course, is that the goals of Paris — slowing planetary warming just enough to allow humans time to adapt to excruciating and inevitable changes, including flooding coastlines, stronger hurricanes and perpetual famine and drought — are unlikely to ever be achieved without stopping deforestation. The planet’s forests have the potential to sequester as much as a third of the carbon in the air. Right now deforestation globally contributes 15 per cent of the planet’s total emissions, the same as all the cars and trucks and trains across the globe. On paper, biodiesel is a way to make all those modes of transportation produce less carbon. But in the world as it is, that calculation is far more likely to lead to catastrophe.

ruby Posted on November 22, 2018 13:09

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Transfer news LIVE: SHOCK Man Utd talks, £70m Chelsea demand, Liverpool’s January plan

TRANSFER NEWS is coming thick and fast with the January window approaching and Starsport is on hand to bring you all the latest football gossip.

- Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri wants to sign Milan Skriniar in January

- Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea’s agent has reportedly held talks with Juventus

- Simon Mignolet’s agent has been discussing the Liverpool star’s future

- Arsenal have been told not to pursue Borussia Dortmund’s Julian Weigl

Mourinho ‘felt very undermined’

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho ‘felt very undermined’ during last summer’s transfer debacle - and is hoping the club avoid a repeat performance in the new year.

And ahead of the January transfer window, the Manchester Evening News have shed further light on Mourinho’s feelings.

A source close to the Portuguese boss claims he ’felt very undermined’ at the club ignoring his requests for further signings, which was described as an ‘absolutely huge issue’.

But there are no guarantees the Red Devils will change their approach in January.

The MEN claim United’s board are of the view they will only attempt to sign a new centre-back in the upcoming window if the right player becomes available.

Transfer news: Jose Mourinho remains on the hunt for a new defender (Pic: GETTY)

De Gea’s agent in shock Juve talks

Manchester United face another fight on their hands to keep hold of David de Gea with his agent reportedly holding talks with Juventus.

Italian newspaper Tuttosport claim De Gea’s agent, Jorge Mendes, has even held talks with the Serie A champions over a potential switch.

De Gea is currently under contract with the Red Devils until the end of the season, although the club have the option of a 12-month extension.

However, with De Gea yet to commit his future to the club it seems his agent is already exploring alternative opportunities.

Mendes has a strong relationship with Juve chiefs having helped oversee Cristiano Ronaldo’s summer transfer from Madrid.

Tuttosport say Mendes is regularly in contact with the club, and a recent meeting with Juve sporting director Fabio Paratici saw De Gea’s name discussed, along with James Rodriguez and Ruben Neves.

Transfer news: David de Gea is under contract with United until the end of the season (Pic: GETTY)

Liverpool star’s agent speaks out

Simon Mignolet’s agent has been discussing his client’s Liverpool future.

The Belgian, who is under contract until 2021, has made just one appearance for the Reds this season.

“We have to be realistic,” Mignolet’s representative Nico Vaesen told ESPN. “There are not many good possible transfers in January, especially not for a goalkeeper.

“Circumstances have to be right for everybody. If something is to happen in January, it will be very difficult to do something. If Simon goes or could go in January, Liverpool have to look for a replacement as well.

“So I understand from a club’s point of view that it’s not easy to do. In that respect, we know each other’s problems. We’ll see how and when we can solve them.”

Despite Vaesen's comments, the Liverpool Echo claim the Reds don't plan to lose Mignolet in the new year.

Transfer news: Should Arsenal make a move for Julian Weigl? (Pic: GETTY)

Arsenal’s Weigl warning

Arsenal have been urged not to sign Borussia Dortmund midfielder Julian Weigl.

The north London side have been heavily linked with a move for the German international this week, as the club looks at potential replacements for Aaron Ramsey.

Weigl is struggling for gametime at Dortmund this season and is being tipped to head for the exit in the coming months.

But former Arsenal star Stewart Robson doesn't want his former side to make a move for the 23-year-old.

“Well Ramsey’s not getting in the side,” Robson said.

“So they’ve got [Granit] Xhaka, they’ve got Guendouzi as well, they’ve got Torreira as you said.

"Weigl is a good player.

“At the moment, I don’t think Arsenal need him.

“So I’m going to have that as a miss.”

Transfer news: Miian Skriniar could cost in excess of £70m (Pic: GETTY)

Sarri wants Skriniar

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has requested the club sign £70m-rated Inter Milan defender Milan Skriniar, according to reports.

According to The Sun, Sarri has added the highly-rated centre-half to his January wishlist and asked the board to pursue his signature in the new year.

The Slovakia defender has been strongly linked with a move to Manchester United with Jose Mourinho keen to land a centre-back in the upcoming transfer window.

Sarri has told the Chelsea board he is happy with the players he has for now but believes his defence is an area he could strengthen if given the opportunity.

Skriniar is under contract with Inter util 2022 but sources in Italy claim he is growing frustrated at the club’s decision not to pay him the wages he wants.

jmparker Posted on November 22, 2018 12:56

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Mum HEARTBROKEN after 13-year-old daughter begs to change her ‘old fashioned name’

CHOOSING the perfect name for your child can be difficult, but what would you do if they ended up hating it?

Picking baby names can be a daunting task for parents, but how would you feel if your child wanted to change their moniker? 

One mum explained how her 13-year-old daughter begged her to change her name. 

Posting on popular parenting website Mumsnet, the anonymous user explained how her teenage daughter asked to change her “old-fashioned” name to something “more modern”.

The teenage girl – who is called Rose – instead wants to be called “Ava” or “Evie” but can’t legally change her name herself until she is 16.

She said: “I’m heartbroken as it is a name we picked for her because we loved it. I just can’t get my head around calling her something else.”

Asking fellow Mumsnetters for advice, the mum concluded: “Am I being unreasonable to keep calling her by her name?”

Unsurprisingly, the dilemma has divided opinion on the parenting forum.

One user defended her daughter’s right to change her name, writing: “I could see why you would be upset, but it’s her name and her opinion is equally valid.

“I’m sure she would understand if you still called her by her first name.”


Another parent added: “I think you have to suck it up really. Chances are it’s a phase she will get over, but I would imagine the best way to get her to change it is to make her feel you are controlling her.”

But other parents told the mum to stand her ground with the matter.

One wrote: “Of course it’s ‘about you’ when your child rejects the name you carefully chose for them.

“I really do think it’s a typical teen rebellion. If she feels the same way at 16 she can change it officially but I bet she won’t.”

Another commented: “Rose is a gorgeous name. I’d follow the parenting path of smiling and nodding. Let her friends call her Evie if she wants.”

DILEMMA: The woman is heartbroken her daughter wants to change her name (Pic: GETTY

Are you struggling to find the perfect baby name?

Here are the most popular winter-inspired baby names to choose from.

Snow, Aspen and Alaska are among the most used monikers for girls.

As for boys, Frost, Crispin and Yukio made the list.

jmparker Posted on November 22, 2018 11:30

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JFK’s missing BRAIN stolen by Robert Kennedy

JFK’S missing brain was swiped by his brother Robert Kennedy after the autopsy into his assassination, it is claimed is shocking US government documents.

President John F. Kennedy was shot dead in Dallas, Texas, while riding in his motorcade sitting alongside his wife Dallas.

He was hit twice – once in neck, and once in the head – in the last successful assassination of a US President, and with today marks the 55th anniversary of his death.

Kennedy’s brain mysteriously vanished from the US National Archives where it was stored along with other key pieces of evidence from the autopsy.

Daily Star Online can now reveal bombshell US Government documents which actually pin the blame on JFK’s younger brother RFK for swiping the brain.

Documents compiled by the House Select Committee on Assassinations – which probed the murders of JFK and Martin Luther King – suggest the brain may have pinched to “prevent future display”.

FK’s brain was present at the initial autopsy after the killing in 1963, but later disappeared in 1965.

Its whereabouts has been subject to much speculation, and conspiracy theorists often link its disappearances to allegations of there being more to the assassination.

US government documents acquired by the Daily Star Online reveal the efforts by officials to track down the brain.

And in rare documents from its final conclusion, the 1976 probe names RFK – who was also assassinated in 1968 – as the one for swiping the brain.

RFK ordered his secretary Angela Novello to remove the locker containing the autopsy materials from the National Archives, the report claims.

The locker containing the brain was being overseen by Evelyn Lincoln, JFK’s assistant, who was transferring the US President’s documents to the archive.

Ms Lincoln was then telephoned by RFK who told her he was sending Ms Novello to move the locker in 1965.

She arrived at her office along with Herman Kahn, archivist for the Presidential library, and took the locker containing the brain – which was never seen again.

KENNEDYS: John and Robert were American political royalty and both were gunned down (Pic: GETTY)

GRASSY KNOLL: JFK was shot twice while riding in his motorcade in Dallas (Pic: GETTY)

The document reads: "The material was then either kept in another part of the Archives, probably a Robert Kennedy courtesy storage area, or removed from the building to a location designated by Robert Kennedy.

"The circumstantial evidence would seem to indicate that Robert Kennedy then decided to retain possession of all physical specimen evidence and transferred only the autopsy photographs and X-rays to the Government."

Ms Lincoln was interviewed by investigators, and told them she “wondered what happened” to the brain after the assassination of RFK.

The committee notes it has no “direct evidence”of the whereabouts of the brain, but points to it being seized by RFK.

ASSASSINATED: RFK moments after he had been shot as he campaigned to be US President (Pic: GETTY)

JFK’s brain is believed to have been taken by RFK to prevent “misuse”of the organ – along with other tissue sections and blood smears.

“Circumstantial evidence tends to show that Robert Kennedy either destroyed these materials or otherwise rendered them inaccessible,” the doc reads.

It notes the RFK would have wanted to keep hold of the brain to prevent “public display”.

And also it says the US President’s brother may have quietly disposed of the brain.

US PRESIDENT: JFK's brain notoriously went missing after the autopsy (Pic: GETTY)

RFK was also never ordered by the justice department to hand over the tissue samples.

He was asked by officials to pass on to them autopsy photos and reports on the killing which were also stored in the locker.

JFK’s brain’s whereabouts remains unknown despite efforts by the US government of ind them.

US assistant attorney general Burke Marshall told the investigators: "Robert Kennedy obtained and disposed of these materials himself, without informing anyone else.”

BROTHERLY LOVE: RFK may have stolen the brain to prevent its 'misuse' (Pic: GETTY)

The report states Marshall added: "Robert Kennedy was concerned that these materials would be placed on public display in future years in an institution such as the Smithsonian and wished to dispose of them to eliminate such a possibility.

“[He] emphasized that he does not believe anyone other than Robert Kennedy would have known what happened to the materials and is certain that obtaining or locating these materials is no longer possible.”

RFK served as the US attorney general under his brother, and then under his successor Lyndon B. Johnson.

He was shot dead while mounting a US Presidential bid on June 5, 1968, by a young Palestinian allegedly over his support of Israel during the Six Day War.

MOURNING: RFK and Jackie Kennedy at the funeral of the US President (Pic: GETTY)

JFK and RFK’s murders and the mysteries following them – such as the missing brain – continue to be subject of conspiracy theories.

Claims over the killing of JFK have ranged from the involvement of the Soviet Union, the mafia, and the CIA.

RFK’s death has been rocked with claims of a second gunman and also alleged involvement by the CIA.

Daily Star Online revealed claims Lee Harvey Oswald did not act alone the attack on JFK.

jmparker Posted on November 22, 2018 10:59

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Terror police arrest man, 48, after finding two homemade bombs at London flat

COUNTER-terror detectives have arrested a 48-year-old man after finding two homemade explosive devices found at a disused flat in north London.

Officers were scrambled to a disused property in Harlesden, Brent, at 9.34am on Wednesday, to reports of two suspicious devices being found during renovation work.

The block of flats was evacuated and road were put into lockdown whilst specialist officers assessed the two devices.

Scotland Yard later confirmed improvised explosive devices (IEDs) were found at the property and an investigation was launched by the force’s Counter Terrorism Command.

This morning police investigating the IEDs have arrested a 48-year-old man in north London on suspicion of an explosives offence, the Met Police said in a statement.

Detectives do not believe the arrested man, who is being held at a south London police station, has any links to any terror organisations.

LOCKDOWN: Specialist officers assessed the two devices at the property (Pic: TWITTER/@MICHAELLENNOX96)

In a statement, Scotland Yard said: “Detectives from the Met's Counter Terrorism Command investigating two devices that were found at an address in Harlesden have made an arrest.

“The 48-year-old man was arrested at a residential address in north London on Thursday, 22 November on suspicion of an offence contrary to section 4 Explosives Substances Act 1883.

“He was taken to a south London police station where he remains in custody.”

A forensic examination is taking place after the two devices were recovered from the flat and made safe.

The area has been deemed safe after further searches were conducted in and around the block of flats, police said. 

Cordons around the block of flats were lifted at around 6pm on Wednesday, November 21, at which point residents were able to return to their homes. 

The devices are not thought to be linked to an terror motive, Islamist or otherwise, but Scotland Yard is not ruling it out as a line of inquiry.

HOMEMADE: Police are trying to establish how and why the bombs were made (Pic: SKY NEWS)


Britain’s terror threat level is currently at severe, meaning an attack is highly likely.

Chief Superintendent Simon Rose, of the Met’s North West Command Unit, sought to reassure local residents that “nothing else of a similar nature” was discovered in the area. 

She said: “The next stage is to investigate how and why the two devices came to be in this flat and detectives from the Counter Terrorism Command will be leading this.

One source told the Guardian that the find was a mystery as anti-terror police are focused on foiling terror plots by terrorists associated with Islamist groups, the far-right and Irish republicans.

PROBE: Scotland Yard is investigating after bombs were found in Harlesden (Pic: GETTY)

The nation has been rocked by a string of terror attacks in recent years, including the Manchester Arena bomb attack that killed 22 in May, 2017.

Suwan lekha, who lives opposite the two-storey house, said she was informed about the suspicious devices yesterday morning. 

She said: “I was in the house and a policewoman rang the bell and asked me not to go outside and to keep away because they had found a suspicious package that needed to be investigated."

Rose added: “I’d like to thank local residents in the area for their patience and understanding while we dealt with this incident today.

“The public’s safety is our top priority and I would like to pay tribute to the specialist officers who attended and were able to safely recover the devices.”

jmparker Posted on November 22, 2018 10:50

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Prince William praised by mum

THE mum of a teenager who drowned in a river while swimming with friends has paid tribute to Prince William for trying to save her son.

Robbie Lea was tragically found under nearly 15ft of water in Hertfordshire after he’d gone swimming with mates in May last year. The Duke of Cambridge piloted an air ambulance to the scene, during his time at East Anglian Ambulance Service, as he joined the rescue efforts.

William desperately searched for 16-year-old Robbie at Lee Valley Park, but to no avail, with the tragic lad being found dead an hour after the search began.

This week the 33-year-old Prince opened up on how witnessing child deaths like this “took me over the edge”, adding: “I started feeling things that I have never felt before."

The teenager’s mum Sarah Lea, 33, has now spoken out to praise William for his “bravery” following his decision to speak about the “trauma” of dealing with medical emergencies.

She revealed she did not know until the next day about William’s ­involvement in the rescue bid when a friend told her: “A prince tried to save your prince.”

Mrs Lea told the Daily Mirror: “I can’t thank Prince William enough. For what he did to try to save my son on that terrible day and for now speaking out on mental health issues.

“It shows our future king is human. It was a brave thing to do.”

The heartbroken mum added that she and her other son Mason, aged seven, had felt “let down by the system” following her Robbie’s death.

She said: “There has been very little support at all. I am still in therapy with ­bereavement and psychiatric counselling but my father-in-law has had to pay for it privately.

“And I’ve struggled to get the right support for Mason. But I certainly haven’t been let down by Prince William.”

Speaking about his time with the air ambulance during a panel discussion on mental health this week, Prince William said: “Talking was really important, but even that wasn't quite enough for one particular incident for me.


(Pic: SWNS)

(Pic: SWNS)

(Pic: SWNS)

“I worked several times on very traumatic jobs involving children, and after I had my own children I think the relation between the job and the personal life was what really took me over the edge, and I started feeling things that I have never felt before, and I got very sad and very down about this particular family.' “

The royal, who has long campaigned alongside brother Prince Harry to raise awareness of mental health, added that talking to colleagues helped him to “come to terms with the enormous sadness” of what had happened.

“We spend a vast amount of our time at work,” he explained.

“There should be a much more open, supportive and compassionate working environment to deal with those sorts of problems.

“There's still a stigma about mental health. We are chipping away at it but that wall needs to be smashed down.” 


jmparker Posted on November 22, 2018 10:48

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The French city of Arras unexpectedly delivers the perfect weekend getaway for culture seekers. Blending French and Flemish design it's just over an hour's drive from Calais. Its subterranean attractions make it something of an alternative to visiting Edinburgh, and it includes a visit to the Louvre — but without setting foot in Paris.

A Flemish touch in France

Part of the Spanish Netherlands between the 16th and 18th centuries, Arras’s history radiates through its squares and restaurants. Buildings and arcades around the city’s two Baroque squares make no qualms about the region’s Flemish roots.

The smaller square, Place des Héros, boasts a belfry with Unesco World Heritage status. This gothic clock tower offers sweeping views of the city.

Local restaurants serve up moules frites paired with hearty Belgian-style beer. In the Place des Héros each August, the cobbled arena hosts an annual celebration of the city’s most famous product - a pork sausage called andouillette, also available year-round.

The city’s 17th-century Citadelle, a fortification casually nicknamed “the useless beauty”, never played a role in a battle. Still, its architecture earned Unesco status, along with others around France designed by famed engineer Vauban.

The cathedral was rebuilt in the 19th century, replacing a mesmerising gothic structure destroyed during the French Revolution. Most of the city was damaged during the First World War, but restoration projects reconstructed much of its medieval heritage.

Underground explorations

It’s below the ground where Arras really shines.

Explore the town's underground tunnels known as the Boves (Alamy)

The Carrière Wellington, opened in 2008, is a museum dedicated to Arras’ complex underworld. In these underground tunnels, Allied troops organised efforts against enemies in the First World War during the Battle of Arras. The tunnels could house more than 20,000 troops and today a museum allows visitors to explore this little-known history. 

They are part of a larger set of underground limestone quarries and tunnels known as the Boves, which were designed starting in the 10th century to connect the city.

The Louvre without the crowds

Beyond the city limits, the Louvre awaits — but don’t expect the Mona Lisa. A 30-minute drive from Arras leads to the Louvre-Lens, opened in 2012 on a former mining facility. Its mission is to spread the culture that is concentrated in Paris.

The Louvre-Lens includes artefacts on loan from it's Parisian big sister (Alamy)

Visitors can browse highlights on loan from its big sister in the capital. The gallery includes everything from Egyptian artefacts to Italian Renaissance paintings, all accessible without the crowds normally found in Paris. 

From here it’s around an hour back to Calais to wrap up a culture-filled weekend in France.

ruby Posted on November 22, 2018 10:23

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USA TODAY Sports' Week 12 NFL picks: Who wins on Thanksgiving tripleheader?

If you're looking for another serving of Chiefs or Rams on Thanksgiving, sorry to be the bearer of bad news — maybe as bad as our panel of "experts" performed in Week 11 ... but I digress.

After dishing up the game of the season Monday, Kansas City and Los Angeles go on bye for the Holiday weekend, the final two teams to receive their in-season break. But while Patrick Mahomes and Aaron Donald are chowing down Thursday, the league has provided a tripleheader for the menu — one that includes a first-place team (Bears, Redskins, Saints) in every game. There's also a nice appetizer in that Washington quarterback Colt McCoy will be making his first start since 2014 ... a year when he led the Redskins to victory in front of a Dallas crowd.

More: 20 best NFL regular-season games in last 40 years: Where does Chiefs vs. Rams rank?

More: 14 NFL records that could be broken by end of 2018 season

More: NFL power rankings: Rams, Chiefs switch spots after Monday night classic

Seahawks at Panthers looks to be Sunday afternoon's marquee matchup while you wait for the Packers and Vikings to decide who's going to remain relevant in the NFC North on Sunday evening.

Happy Turkey Day and Black Friday. Enjoy the games ... and the leftovers.

sarah Posted on November 22, 2018 09:43

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UFC fighter Rachael Ostovich's husband arrested on suspicion of second-degree attempted murder

The husband of UFC fighter Rachael Ostovich has been arrested on suspicion of second-degree attempted murder less than 72 hours after Ostovich was hospitalized with a fractured orbital bone, among other injuries.

Honolulu Police Department spokesperson Sarah Yoro confirmed to USA TODAY Sports in an email Wednesday that 27-year-old Arnold Berdon, who is also an MMA fighter, has been arrested. He had not been formally charged as of Wednesday, however, and remained in police custody.

Berdon's arrest came several days after what Ostovich's management company, SuckerPunch Entertainment, described in a statement only as "a very unfortunate incident." The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported that Ostovich was hospitalized following an argument and assault early Sunday morning.

The injuries that Ostovich sustained have forced her to withdraw from an upcoming fight against Paige VanZant, which had been scheduled for Jan. 19.

Hawaii court records also show that she has since been granted a temporary restraining order against Berdon.

"Rachael is now home from the hospital with her family and will be going back for further check-ups on her orbital," SuckerPunch Entertainment said in a statement Tuesday. "The family would like to ask for some privacy as they sort through this matter. We would like to thank the UFC for all their support on this matter as well as the fans and media for your concern."

Ostovich has yet to directly address the Sunday morning assault nor Berdon's arrest, but she posted a cryptic message on Instagram early Wednesday.

"Spend time praying for people instead of talking about them," she wrote.

sarah Posted on November 22, 2018 09:38

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North Korea's hidden missile bases identified by US analysts as nuclear talks stall

A group of American analysts say they have identified at least 13 of an estimated 20 undeclared missile bases inside North Korea.

The report locates the bases and describes them in detail, and says that satellite images suggest some maintenance and infrastructure improvements have been carried out at the sites despite ongoing international negotiations over North Korea’s denuclearisation.

South Korean officials sought to play down the report, by the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), saying its own intelligence agencies were already aware of all the bases named.

And a spokesman for South Korea’s president Moon Jae-in said it would be wrong to characterise the missile bases as a “deception” on North Korea’s part, saying that neither declaring them nor shutting them down was a part of an agreement reached between the two countries in September.

The sites identified in the CSIS report are scattered in remote, mountainous areas across North Korea and could be used to house ballistic missiles of various ranges, the largest of which is believed to be capable of striking anywhere in the United States.

"Missile operating bases are not launch facilities," the report said. "While missiles could be launched from within them in an emergency, Korean People's Army operational procedures call for missile launchers to disperse from the bases to pre-surveyed or semi-prepared launch sites for operations."

None of the missile bases has been acknowledged by North Korea and analysts say an accurate disclosure of nuclear weapons and missile capabilities would be an important part of any denuclearisation deal. 

Sakkanmol, the site closest to the border with South Korea and its capital, Seoul, appears to be "active and being reasonably well maintained", the report found.

North Korea’s Kim Jong-un and the US’s president Donald Trump declared they would work towards denuclearisation at a landmark summit in Singapore in June. Since that summit, Pyongyang says it has closed its Punggye-ri nuclear testing site and the Sohae missile engine test facility.

But the CSIS report warned: “North Korea's decommissioning of the Sohae satellite launch facility, while gaining much media attention, obscures the military threat to US forces and South Korea from this [Sakkanmol] and other undeclared ballistic missile bases.”

Since the June summit, which was light on specific commitments from either side, talks on denuclearisation have stalled and meetings between senior US and North Korean officials have been characterised by frustration and last-minute cancellations.

There has been more success in inter-Korean talks, following a key meeting between Mr Moon and Mr Kim on 19 September, with both sides scaling back some border defences and exchanging shipments of prized regional products.

Mr Trump and North Korean state media continue to talk up the prospects of a breakthrough in denuclearisation talks.

A State Department official - asked if the hidden sites identified by CSIS went against the spirit of the Trump-Kim summit - told the Reuters news agency Mr Trump had made clear that "should Chairman Kim follow through on his commitments - including complete denuclearisation and the elimination of ballistic missile programmes - a much brighter future lies ahead for North Korea and its people”.

Meanwhile, during a stop in Japan on his way to two summits in Singapore and Papua New Guinea on behalf of Mr Trump, US vice president Mike Pence agreed with Japan’s prime minister Shinzo Abe to keep sanctions on North Korea in place.

The pair reaffirmed the need for sanctions to achieve the goal of denuclearisation, as they showcased their bilateral alliance.

Last week the US took part in the largest naval war exercises ever conducted off the coast of Japan, drawing the ire of North Korean state media.

Mr Pence said the US will continue to put diplomatic and economic pressure on North Korea and urged all Indo-Pacific nations to do likewise until the complete denuclearisation of North Korea is achieved. Mr Abe said Japan and the US would continue to work together to get North Korea, which has hard-working people and rich resources, to realise it has a bright future if it keeps its promises.

ruby Posted on November 22, 2018 09:17

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South Korea releases video of North Korea blowing up 10 guard posts in DMZ

South Korea has released video showing North Korea destroying ten guard posts in the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) as part of the peace process between the two nations.

During a summit in September, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in agreed to dismantle the heavily fortified, 155-mile (248 km) border set up in the wake of the Korean War between the two countries.

Pyongyang had earlier withdrawn troops and weapons from 11 of their guard posts.

Seoul’s Defence Ministry confirmed North Korean soldiers used hammers to tear down some of the posts ahead of the demolitions, which took place with explosives across the whole DMZ almost simultaneously.

The video shows explosions on what appears to be the North Korean-controlled side of the DMZ, complete with black smoke and debris scattered around.

The defence ministry, which said it had been informed of the detonations before they occurred, said dynamite had been used.

North Korea is still said to have approximately 150 guard posts in the DMZ, which also contains a reported two million landmines.

South Korea has approximately 60 such posts, protected by mines, layers of barbed wires, and heavily armed soldiers on 24-hour patrol.

The dismantling of the posts will take place by both sides after which they are set to verify each other’s work.

“We aim to verify the dismantlement, and ultimately withdraw all guard posts in both North and South Korean border military demarcation line,” Choi Hyun-soo, South Korea’s defence ministry spokesperson said during a press briefing.

Per the agreements signed in September, the countries also agreed to disarm a shared village called Panmunjom.

They have also put a freeze on any live-fire drills along the border and slowly begun the process of disarming landmines in order to search for the dead from the Korean War, which ended in 1953.

Tensions between the countries have eased since the Winter Olympics in February 2018 took place in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

Mr Kim sent his sister Kim Yo Jong as an emissary and she met with Mr Moon as well as being spotted sitting near US Vice President Mike Pence and White House advisor Ivanka Trump.

There were dramatic moments along the way, however, with North Korea originally cancelling peace talks with the South over its participation in joint US military ‘war games’ in May.

However, it was followed by Mr Kim meeting with Donald Trump in June for a historic summit in Singapore.

However, the US and North Korea did not agree to concrete terms during that summit except for a vague promise for continued talks about the complete denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula.

The US State Department reported the Special Representative for North Korea Stephen Biegun and his South Korean counterpart Lee Do-Hoon are set to meet in Washington next week for further discussions.

According to the White House, Mr Kim has written to Donald Trump suggesting the pair meet for a second time following their historic summit earlier this year.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed the receipt of the letter in a news conference.

She described it as “warm” and “positive”, but said the letter would not be released to the public in full.

The second summit between Mr Moon and Mr Kim could happen as early as next month.

ruby Posted on November 22, 2018 09:06

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Iran is as safe as the UK when it comes to security, according to a new interactive map showing the risk level around the world.

The 2019 Travel Risk Map, launched by global risk experts International SOS in collaboration with Control Risks, shows the danger level in each country and territory based on the current threat posed to travellers by political violence (including terrorism, insurgency, politically motivated unrest and war), social unrest (including sectarian, communal and ethnic violence) and violent and petty crime. 

Factors such as the robustness of the transport infrastructure, the state of industrial relations, the effectiveness of the security and emergency services and the country’s susceptibility to natural disasters are also taken into consideration.

The map lists five categories of risk: insignificant, low, medium, high and extreme.

Very few countries manage to make it into the “insignificant” bracket; in Europe, only Luxembourg, Denmark, Slovenia, Switzerland, Norway, Finland, Iceland and Greenland are put in this category.

The majority of European countries are deemed low risk, including the UK; as are Iran, Jordan, Oman, Qatar, the UAE, Kuwait, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Armenia and Uzbekistan in the Middle East.

Canada, the US, Australia and New Zealand are all low risk too.

“Extreme” risk countries are almost exclusively in Africa and the Middle East, including Syria, Yemen, Afghanistan, Libya, South Sudan and Somalia.

The Travel Risk Map 2019 maps out security risks across the world (International SOS and Control Risks)

The map was released in conjunction with the Ipsos MORI Business Resilience Trends Watch 2019 report. The latter shows that a significant number of business decision-makers – 43 per cent – expect travel risks to rise in 2019. 

Although some 47 per cent think risks have increased over the past year, this represents a 16 per cent decrease from 2017, when 63 per cent said risk had increased. 

Holidaymakers urged to watch film about terrorist attacks

Alongside the Travel Risk Map, a Medical Risk Map and Road Safety Risk Mapfor 2019 have been launched.

The medical ratings are given by assessing a range of health risks and mitigating factors, including: infectious diseases, environmental factors, the standard and availability of local emergency medical and dental care, access to quality pharmaceutical supplies, the requirement for medical evacuation and cultural, language or administrative barriers.

The UK, along with most of Western and Central Europe, is designated “low” risk status.

Highest security risk countries

  • Syria
  • Yemen
  • Afghanistan
  • Iraq
  • Libya
  • Mali
  • Central African Republic
  • South Sudan
  • Somalia
  • The Gaza Strip
  • Part of Egypt
  • Part of eastern Nigeria
  • Part of eastern Ukraine

Lowest security risk countries

  • Luxembourg 
  • Switzerland
  • Slovenia
  • Norway (including Svalbard)
  • Denmark (including the Faroe Islands)
  • Finland
  • Greenland
  • Iceland
  • Seychelles
  • Cape Verde

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ruby Posted on November 22, 2018 08:38

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In 2018, body positivity is an ever-ascending movement that encourages people to embrace their natural shape, but there are still plenty of people who suffer from body image issues.

Now, a new photo series reveals just how crippling these problems can be.

Meltem I??k photographed people holding up close-up images of how they see their bodies, revealing the extent at which body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) can distort someone’s perception of what they look like.

In one, we see an elderly woman holding an enlarged photograph of her torso up against herself, but the image features far more wrinkles then she appears to actually have.

Another photograph shows a young man sat down and holding a close-up snap of his left foot, implying that he perceives it to be far larger than it really is.


I??k explains how working with each model shed light on the many different ways BDD can affect someone.

“Each model offered me different opportunities to construct an image that explores the complexities of seeing and being seen simultaneously,” the Istanbul-based photographer tells The Independent.

“With every image, the question is reframed between how we see ourselves, and how we are seen by others.”

I??k’s photographs, all of which have been printed in life-size, will go on display as part of the "Identity" exhibition at Zebra One Gallery in Hampstead, which runs from 24 November to 9 December.

The exhibition features work from nine other artists, all of whom want to raise awareness for BDD through their work.

They include celebrity photographer Derrick Santini, who will be displaying never-before-seen photographs of Lady Gaga taken in 2009, which illustrate the many different looks she toyed with at the start of her career.

The “Just Dance” singer has spoken openly about her struggles with BDD in the past, revealing how it led her to develop an eating disorder.

BDD is classified by the NHS as a mental health condition that sees a person spending a lot of time worrying about perceived physical flaws, which are often not noticeable to others.

It can affect anyone at any age, but is most .prevalent in teenagers and young adults.

ruby Posted on November 22, 2018 08:29

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Trash that romaine lettuce. The CDC says so

If you see a romaine salad at Thanksgiving this week, throw it out.

Happy Tuesday, Short Listers. Thanksgiving is near. Here's a cornucopia of news. But first, a cruise line in Norway has announced it will soon power its ships with dead fish. And, no, it wasn't joking.

CDC: Just say no to romaine

Just in time for Thanksgiving, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned U.S. consumers not to eat any romaine lettuce after a new outbreak of E. coli had been detected. Of the 32 sickened in 11 states, 13 people have been hospitalized and one person has suffered a type of kidney failure, the CDC said. Consumers should throw away any romaine lettuce and retailers and restaurants should not sell or serve it, per the agency. 

Today in Trump: Support for Saudi Arabia and a potential legislative headache 

Let's begin with Saudi Arabia: Trump said he will stand by the kingdom even as he conceded that its crown prince may have known about the murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi. "It could very well be that the Crown Prince had knowledge of this tragic event – maybe he did and maybe he didn’t!" Trump said. Reminder: The Washington Post and other news outlets reported last Fridaythat the CIA had concluded that the crown prince ordered Khashoggi’s murder. Meanwhile, Republicans could add two more seats to pad their Senate majority, but it might not matter. Experts suggest that between nervous Republicans eyeing the 2020 election and fewer Democrats willing to compromise, Trump could be in for a tough time. 

A $48 million mansion was torn down. And a new one will likely take its place

In 1994, this 10,825-square-foot mansion in Naples was built on land that once welcomed presidents and famous dignitaries. It featured six bedrooms and nine bathrooms, selling earlier this year for $48.8 million. Now, what was the priciest home in southwest Florida is gone, part of a complete demolition estimated to cost $150,000. So what's expected to take its place? "It’s an exclusive property, and the home that’s going there matches up with it," said Mike Austin, owner of the company in charge of tearing it down.

Eating your kid's placenta: So hot right now

Parents of yesteryear kept their baby's hair and their kid's first lost tooth. Today, some parents are taking that sentimentality to a whole new level. Parents are turning their child’s umbilical cord into a piece of jewelry. Kind of strange? More celebrities by the day are blending the sleep sac of their newborn into placenta smoothies. So keep that in mind. What's more curious is that the jewelry pieces can be quite stunning. Case in point, this piece from Speckled Milk

After Chicago's hospital shooting, doctors tell the NRA: Guns are our lane

Using the Twitter hashtag #ThisIsOurLane, medical professionals are pushing back at the NRA's suggestion that "self-important" physicians supporting gun control should "stay in their lane." The pushback increased after Monday's shooting at a Chicago hospital left a police officer, two hospital workers and the gunman dead. Emergency room doctor Tamara O'Neal, pharmacy resident Dayna Less and Chicago police officer Samuel Jimenez were fatally shot at Mercy Hospital on the city's South Side by a former fiance of O'Neal, police said. "We bear witness to this devastating epidemic. We're not-anti-gun, we're anti-bullet hole," three doctors write for USA TODAY Opinion.

sarah Posted on November 21, 2018 16:28

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How to improve airport security

Picture this. You show up to the airport for a flight. You glide from the curb to drop off your checked bag, then directly to the gate, unfettered by the lines waiting for X-ray machines at a security checkpoint. Highly sophisticated airport technology would read your face and your vitals and scan your bag seamlessly, all without sacrificing safety — the technology would alert authorities to suspicious travelers who need to be pulled aside. For most travellers who pose no threat, the only obstacle would be avoiding buying a cinnamon bun.

That future may not be far away.

While airport technology hasn’t changed fundamentally since the 1980, the United States Department of Homeland Security is already testing facial recognition technology and biometric scanners that detect suspicious travellers arriving in the United States.

Walking nonstop from the airport curb to gate, just like in the movie Total Recall, might be possible in the next five to 10 years, says Steve Karoly, the acting assistant administrator leading innovation for the US Transportation Security Administration (TSA).

Airport checkpoints are a constant balance of security and speed. Passengers have to make their flights, but safety must be ensured. On top of that, the machines also need to prevent false alarms by distinguishing between real threats and things that may resemble threats, all without overstepping travellers’ privacy. For example: honey and a liquid explosive might look similar at a molecular level, says Mark Laustra, vice president of global business development at Analogic Corporation, one of the manufacturers of baggage scanning machines found at airport security checkpoints.

And those manufacturers could have big changes in store.

Leave your laptop in your bag

One change on the horizon? Antiquated X-ray baggage scanners may soon be replaced by more advanced computed tomography (CT) scanners, which would mean that luggage would move through seamlessly for most passengers.

CT scanners are already used for larger, checked bags, but several manufacturers are working on making them smaller and less expensive to be used on carry-ons, Karoly says. The TSA is working with these companies to assess the new scanners in airports, he adds. Analogic has one of its own, called ConneCT, beginning the approval process now.

The TSA is collaborating with agencies from other countries to speed up the approval process for new technology. A number of European airports use CT scanning for carry-on luggage, plus more devices designed to detect dangerous liquids, gels, and aerosols. By learning how this technology has been used elsewhere, the TSA can figure out how best to deploy it at home. “Through our international partnerships, TSA is avoiding duplications of effort and effectively advancing screening capability investments in the US,” Karoly says.

To Laustra, this could represent a “quantum leap”: that passengers don’t have to take things like laptops or liquids out of their bags at security checkpoints.

But Karoly sees beyond the “quantum leap” — airport security is starting to shift away from checkpoints altogether.

No more checkpoints?

Now, the TSA is starting to see security as an ecosystem that starts before a passenger even arrives at the airport and ends when the passenger reaches his or her destination. The TSA and its partners are still figuring out what privacy looks like with this new technology, Karoly says.

Though rapidly advancing technology is changing travelers’ relationship with airport security, the TSA’s job is fundamentally the same. “Sometimes people forget that we’re in the business to make them safe,” Karoly says. “Though there is a checkpoint in their way, it’s there for a specific reason. I think we will continue to do our jobs to make [passengers] safer at the airport and on the plane.”

Agencies from places like Europe and Israel seemed to be developing and adopting technology more quickly.

“The administrator recognised that the acquisition process, as well as our tech maturity processes, aren’t necessarily as agile as they need to be,” Karoly says. So it created the TSA’s Innovation Task Force, designed to work with private companies, such as manufacturers or even airlines, for a more “entrepreneurial” approach to new security technology.

Regardless of where you'll find yourself in the world, navigating airports will be getting easier — but those cinnamon buns, unfortunately, will likely remain overpriced.

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ruby Posted on November 21, 2018 16:19

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Top 20 African National Football Teams In The World

Though no team from Africa might have won the FIFA world cup, there are many teams which are exceedingly talented and popular. They have caught the imagination of football fans around the world by their sheer skill, footwork and other attributes. Hence, it would be interesting to have a closer look at the top 20 football team of Africa in terms of world FIFA ranking.


Nigeria is ranked 9th in the African list which is a bit surprising as they are quite the talented team. They are ranked 48th in the world ranking with 618 points and they have quite a few upsets to their name in the World Cup, most notably in 1994 when they finished at the top of their group, above Bulgaria, Argentina and Greece. In World Cup 1998 they beat Spain in the opening match. Nigeria won the Africa Cup of Nations three times, in 1980, 1994, and most lately, in 2013.


Senegal is another small country in Western Africa and is ranked at 24th place with 838 points as per FIFA ranking. When the team was first established back in the 60s and ever since have been rough competitors in the Africa Cup of Nations, but it was only in the 00s when the team first breached into international recognition, when the defeated the reigning champions France in the 2002 World Cup group stage.


There are some big stars and the names of Sadio Mane and Kelta Balde always comes to our mind. In 2002, the team showed their best performance and came closest to winning the Africa Cup of Nations, but finished runner-up after a long game against Cameroon.


Tunisia is a small country with a very rich football culture and is a team to certainly watch out as far as 2022 world cup is concerned. At the 21st place on the FIFA ranking, they are the highest ranked African football team right now. Tunisia has many Africa Cup of Nations appearances. In 2004, they won the Africa Cup of Nations, a tournament they also hosted.


They have historically been talented and with 910 points, they truly are a force to be reckoned with all around the world. Their star player is Wahbi Khazri, around which the team revolves. Since 2014, after many years of disappointment, Tunisia are looking stronger than ever and considered to be on the rise. Tunisia played in the 2018 World Cup, although they didn’t manage to get past the group stage.


Though not amongst the best in the league of football playing nations, there are reasons to believe that on their day, Egypt could create some major upsets. The team has many talented players, with the big star being Mohamed Saleh, one of Liverpool’s most prominent players. Egypt has qualified to the 2018 World Cup, marking it the first appearance after 28 years, and third appearance overall.

Egypt has a good record in the Africa cup of Nations record, with a strong 23 appearances and seven wins in total, with the latest win being in 2010, where they beat Ghana with a score of 1–0. They have 649 points and ranked at 45th place.

Congo DR

With 706 Points Congo DR are ranked third in Africa while being 38th in the overall world FIFA ranking. Their first and sole appearance at the World Cup was back in 1974, where they marked one of the weakest performances in the World Cup’s history, losing to all three of their group opponents in a one-sided fashion, including a 9–0 loss to Yugoslavia, which remains one of the biggest defeats in the World Cup’s history.


It does have some promising and entertaining players like Cedric Bekambu and Benik Afobe amongst others. Their performance in the Africa Cup of Nations is not as bad as their World Cup record, winning two times in 1968 and 1974, while their best result since the 1976 victory was the third place in 1998.


Morocco is often considered a dark horse in World Cup, as they were the first ever African team to get past the group stage, in 1986’s World Cup. and with a considerable tough group nonetheless, consisting the likes of Portugal, Poland, and England. Unfortunately, Morocco got knocked out by West Germany and never made it out of the group stage in any World Cup since.

As of now they have 686 points and are fourth in the list of African nations while being 41st in world ranks. There are quite a few talented players but Achraf Hakimi who plays for Real Madrid is the one to watch out for. They were the runners-up in 2004 in the African Cup of Nations, and qualified for the 2018 World Cup for the first time in 20 years.

Burkina Faso

A small country with quite a bit of football talent, Burkina Faso has 604 points and stands in the 8th position in Africa, while being 52 in the list of teams across the world. Most of the players of Burkino Faso play abroad and the captain Moumouni Dagano is widely respected and skilled.

The team does not have anything significant as far as the Africa Cup of Nations is concerned, aside from 2013 when they finished runner-up after they lost 1–0 to Nigeria. Burkina Faso also showed impressive performance at the 1998 edition of the Africa Cup of Nations, a tournament they hosted, where they finished fourth.


This is a tiny nation and it has had its moments of glory as far as world football is concerned. They have 614 points are ranked 49th in the world, right beneath Nigeria. Cameroon is a very feared team in Africa, winning the Africa Cup of Nations five times overall, most lately in 2017, where they beat Egypt after an intense match. Cameroon also had some successful showings in the World Cup, in 1990 they got all the way to the quarter-finals where they got knocked out by England.


Reaching quarter-finals in the World Cup wasn’t just a big deal for Cameroon, it also marked the first time in the World Cup’s history where an African team reached the quarter-final. They have produced some fascinating players including the mercurial Roger Milla.


Algeria with 474 points is the 9th team in Africa and they are overall 66th in world rankings. They are considered a strong rival to the likes of Egypt, their main rival, as well as Morocco, Tunisia and Libya. Historically, Algeria has done well on the African circuit, winning it once in 1990 after they persevered against strong teams in the group stage.

In 2010, Algeria qualified to the World Cup for the third time in their history after beating Egypt in the qualifiers play-offs, a victory that has led to a long rivalry between the teams, resulting in several incidents of violence among fans. Some months later, Egypt defeated Algeria 4–0, a match that deepened the rivalry between the two.

Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast)

For a small country, Cote d’Ivoire is quite the football-loving nation. Despite being ranked at 68th in the world ranking, nowadays, they are considered quite a feared team in Africa. They have won the Africa Cup of Nation twice, first in 1992, and lately in 2015, where they beat Ghana after a 120 minutes thriller ending in penalties. Cote d’Ivoire also impressively managed to qualify for the World Cup three times, although they never made it past the group stages.

They have produced some fascinating players over the years who play for respectable European teams, such as Yaya Touré, Emmanuel Eboué, Wilfried Bony, Seydou Doumbia and the legendary Didier Drogba, who is playing since 2002 and currently playing for the American team Phoenix Rising. He has 99 caps and 63 goals to his credit.


Guinea shares the 68th position with Ivory Coast and though they are yet to win any major title, they are talented as a team. Their most successful finish was at the 1976 Africa Cup of Nations where they finished second and reached the quarter-finals four times over the past two decades.


In 2012, Guinea beat Botswana with a score of 6–1, which made them the first team in the Africa Cup of Nations to score six goals in a single match, since Côte d’Ivoire in 1970. In 2001 Guinea received a two-year ban from participating in the World Cup qualifiers due to government interference with the team.

Cape Verde

Guinea shares the 68th position with Ivory Coast and though they are yet to win any major title, they are talented as a team. Their most successful finish was at the 1976 Africa Cup of Nations where they finished second and reached the quarter-finals four times over the past two decades.

In 2012, Guinea beat Botswana with a score of 6–1, which made them the first team in the Africa Cup of Nations to score six goals in a single match, since Côte d’Ivoire in 1970. In 2001 Guinea received a two-year ban from participating in the World Cup qualifiers due to government interference with the team.


They are placed 64 in FIFA’s world ranking with 484 points, reaching their peak rank of 23rd at 2013. Despite being recogniced by FIFA since 1962, Mali never participated in the World Cup qualifiers until 2002, and since then they are yet to qualify to any. In 2017, they were suspended by FIFA for a short period of time due to a government interference with the national club.

Of course, this does not necessarily 1mean that they have no skilled football talents. There are some worth mentioning names like Jean Tigana and Mohammed Sissoko. Their biggest success was in 1972 when they reached the Africa Cup of Nations Final, where they lost to Congo. In both 2012 and 2013, they finished third at the Africa Cup of Nations.

South Africa

South Africa is known for its achievements in Cricket but of late they also have been able to show their prowess in football too. After being out of competitive football for long because of apartheid, South Africa came back strongly to win the 1996 Africa Cup of Nations. In 2010, South Africa became the first ever African nation to host the World Cup, with their player Siphiwe Tshabalala being the first to score a goal in the opening match of the event.

In 1996, the same year they won the African Cup of Nations, they reached their peak ranking of 14th. In 1998, they finished in second place, and never managed to reach the Africa Cup of Nations final since. Today, they are ranked 74th with 428 points.


With 624 points Ghana is ranked 47th in the international ranking. They were placed second in the Africa Cup of Nations and were champions in 1963 and 1965. Despite her success in the African scene, the team failed nine times in an attempt to qualify for the World Cup until they finally made it in 2006, where they showed impressive performance through the group stage, finishing second, only to get knocked out in the round of 16.

Though they did not manage to qualify for 2018 FIFA world cup they have some relatively big names like Abdul Nafiu Idrissu and Abedi Pele, and won the Africa Cup of Nations four times and finished runner-up five times, which is quite the impressive feat.


Uganda with 403 points is 82nd in the FIFA international rankings. They also have some famous players like Denis Onyango and Godfrey Walusimbi. Their high came in the year 1978 when they finished runner-up in the Africa Cup of Nations and since then they have been lukewarm in their performances. They also have the legendary Ibrahim Sekagaya as their member from the historical perspective.

Uganda’s biggest win was a 13–1 against Kenya, while their biggest defeat was a 0–6 against Egypt in 1995. In total, they have 6 appearances in the Africa Cup of Nations, in most of them they ended up being knocked out in the group stage.

Benin Republic

With 379 points, Benin Republic are considered minnows as far as African football is concerned. But football is quite popular here. Their track record in Africa Cup Of Nations is also not too impressive, having 3 appearances overall with the first one being in 2004. They never made it past the group stage in all of their three appearances.

Benin also a fair share of famous footballers among the African scene, including Anicet Adjamossi and Stéphane Sessègnon. Their biggest win ever was a 7–0 against Mauritania in 1961, while their biggest loss was a 10–1 against Nigeria in 1959.


They are 101 in the FIFA international rankings with 336 points. They have never qualified for the World Cup and they made three appearances in the Africa Cup of Nations, with their best result being runner-up, in 1982, where they lost the final to Ghana. In the 2006 World Cup qualifiers, Libya was able to cause an upset against Egypt and win 2–1 in a group match, but unfortunately, they haven’t secured enough points to qualify.


Libya has developed quite the rivalry against other fellow African teams such as Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, and Egypt. In fact, since Egypt’s loss in 2006, they haven’t managed to defeat Libya in their home soil. Libya’s biggest win was an incredible 21–0 against Muscat and Oman, a match that took place in 1966. Libya has produced some famous footballers like Claudio Gentile and Eamen Zayed.


ruby Posted on November 21, 2018 14:57

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Long skirts are back! Add a white tee and you’re ready to go! Whether it’s stripe, polk-a-dot, rainbow or animal prints, a white tee is an easy add. Madewell is a great place to add these staple skirts.

When in doubt, pull your white t-shirt out.

Ask any it girl their favorite wardrobe staple, and at least half will say a really good white t-shirt. Whether you prefer your go-to tee to be from Fruit of the Loom or Vince, this a tee you can wear effortlessly hundreds of ways. The versatility of a good white t-shirt can take you from season to season and outfit to outfit. Here are my 7 favorite ways to wear this endlessly chic and simple piece.

Nothing like a plain white t-shirt and some boyfriend fit jeans. If it starts to feel too simple add a colored tote back to add an accent piece.

Leather can be tough to wear. Pairing bold leather jackets, pants, or skirts with a simple white t-shirt really downplay the look and give it a wearable feel. A white t-shirt breaks down the tough and bold fabric, giving the type of contrast fit for the runway.

Let’s talk about white on white. Some say no and some say yes. Well in this case, Emmy is rocking this white on white. Be creative with your white t-shirts and don’t be afraid of the white on white action.

If you decide your outfit is just too boring with a white tee and some black jeans, try adding some gold jewelry. White tees can sometimes feel too simple, so start stacking your necklaces and adding on some rings and bracelets and you’ll feel dressed up and outfit completed.

The perfect way to dress up your white tee, add a blazer. Adding


Unsure if your client is in a stuffy suit or sweatpants? Wearing a blazer on top of a white t-shirt can give you a universal feeling. Just like a mullet, this look can party or business.

ruby Posted on November 21, 2018 13:36

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7 Reasons Why You Should Sleep On Your Left Side

Typically, your sleeping position is a “whatever gets you there” kind of scenario. There are lots of common positions people assume as they drop off to sleep, including on their side, stomach, back, or curled up in the fetal position.

Some folks lay relatively still all night, and others toss and turn. It’s all okay as long as you aren’t waking up sore.

However, your sleep could be better than okay. It could be great. Your body is actually still pretty active during that time, filing away memories, digesting dinner, and recharging your batteries, plus, of course, taking in oxygen and circulating blood. As it turns out, the position you take during sleep makes a huge difference in how effective these processes are, and there IS a best position.

Sleeping on your left side is the gold standard in slumber positioning, and we’ve got 7 compelling reasons why that is. Not convinced? Stick with us as we count the ways.

Did your parents ever tell you that it is bad to eat before bed, that the food will just sit there all night and make you fat? It’s an oft-repeated tidbit, but it’s not true – digestion continues on whether you are awake or asleep.

And there is a reason that a bedtime or midnight snack is a thing. Our bodies are still busy during sleep and need some fuel to get the most out of that time.

Now, even though digestion will occur no matter how you sleep, you can help your body do the work with as little effort as possible by sleeping on your left side.

That’s because our stomachs sit to the left side of the abdomen, and when you lie on your left side, it allows food to pass into the large intestine more easily. It also keeps the stomach from lying on top of the pancreas, which supports the free flow of digestive enzymes.

From the very moment of its existence, the heart must beat without pause in order to sustain life. That’s a big job, and it can be impacted by a host of factors from diet to environmental air quality. It’s no wonder that heart disease is the leading killer of adults worldwide. To minimize your risk, make your heart’s job easier by sleeping on your left side.

It sounds like such a little thing, but when you sleep on your left side, you let gravity help the heart move blood. Your aorta carries blood from the heart to the rest of your body, and it arches to the left as it begins its route. When you lay so that it is pointed down, the heart has less work to get that blood moving.

ruby Posted on November 21, 2018 13:20

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Man Utd ready to pay £27m fee for star player - but he doesn't want move

MANCHESTER UNITED are set for disappointment in their bid to land Roma star Lorenzo Pellegrini.

United have been linked with a swoop for the Italian ace in recent days, as Jose Mourinho gears up for the January transfer window. Midfielder Pellegrini has a £27m release clause in his Roma contract - which Starsport understand the Manchester giants are willing to meet.

But it appears a deal is dead in the water, with the player’s agent rubbishing talk of a switch to Old Trafford.

Giampiero Pocetta said: “If I have to talk about Lorenzo right now the only thing I can talk about is his extraordinary form.

“He’s getting what he deserves on the pitch, and the rumours about the transfer market have never distracted him nor disturbed him.

“He is only thinking about improving with and for Roma. Manchester United? I’m sorry that rumour has spread about financial aspects relating to him and his teammates, but it doesn’t matter to Lorenzo.

“These issues don’t count for now. It’s normal that Pellegrini is liked. Lorenzo is happy though, he’s already chosen Roma once.”

Manchester United are expected to try and sign a centre-back in January after failing to land one in the summer.

Mourinho was unhappy that his defence was not reinforced and he could now get his way in the New Year.

Journalist Duncan Castles issued an update in United’s transfer plans on a recent episode of The Transfer Window podcast.

Castles said: “He is pushing Ed Woodward, the board, the Glazers to get reinforcements as soon as possible, to be allowed to sign the high-quality, experienced leader centre-back he’s been asking (to sign) for months and months and trying to do in the January window.

“The club has come up with a list of proposals for the position that Mourinho is not convinced about.

Man Utd target Lorenzo Pellegrini is a full Italy international (Pic: GETTY)

Man Utd boss Jose Mourinho has been looking at new players (Pic: PHOTONEWS)

“He’s been scouting some of them in person and proposing other players.”

United return to domestic duty on Saturday following the international break.

Crystal Palace are the visitors to Old Trafford as Mourinho's men bid to get back to winning ways after defeat at rivals Manchester City last time out.

United then host Young Boys in the Champions League in midweek, where they could seal their passage into the knockout stages of the competition.

Manchester United fixtures

The next five for the Red Devils…

Nov 24: Man Utd v Crystal Palace (Premier League)

Nov 27: Man Utd v Young Boys (Champions League)

Dec 1: Southampton v Man Utd (Premier League)

Dec 5: Man Utd v Arsenal (Premier League)

Dec 8: Man Utd v Fulham (Premier League)

jmparker Posted on November 21, 2018 13:12

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Every woman needs a handbag, or should get one. They are essential for looking polished, and they can not only add interest to an outfit, but hold essentials, like keys, money and a phone as well. The best handbags may be investment pieces, but can withstand years of heavy use without going out of fashion. Here are 10 that have been must-haves in the last couple years, but show no signs of losing their appeal any time soon.

Goyard Saint Louis

With a hand-painted chevron print, this practical canvas tote comes in size PM and GM. Its unstructured shape makes it easy to carry, and can be folded for travel. The bag comes with a wallet pouch.

Gucci Soho Small Leather Disco Bag

This Italian-made leather shoulder bag comes with a trendy tassel zipper pull. With gold branding, an interior phone pocket, an adjustable strap and zip closure, this is the perfect everyday bag and perfect for using while traveling. Celebrities from Selena Gomez to Emma Roberts have been spotted with one, so if it is good enough for them, it will be good enough for you.

Chanel Caviar Single Flap Bag

Chanel is, and always will be, the epitome of fashion. With a timeless quilted bag on a gold strap, you can show the world how much you value classic looks. Go for versatile black, or get a more colorful style.

Kate Spade Cameron Street Jensen

This bag is not the Kate Spade purse of your teen years. The leather tote comes with a zipper and many pockets, perfect for taking with you from brunch to the boardroom.

MCM Reversible Liz Shopper in Visetos

MCM has recently made a comeback. Go for a cognac-hued tote in size large. You will be able to fit what you need, and more, in this tote which has an adjustable silhouette. If you want to change things up from the Visetos print, turn it inside out to reveal checks.

Longchamp Le Pliage Neo Nylon Tote

Longchamp’s multicolored Le Pliage totes with brown details have been mainstream buys for a while now. Stand out from the pack and get a Neo. It offers the same space and versatility as the cheaper bags, but with monochromatic leather, is more modern and sophisticated.

Tory Burch Ella Tote

A little bit preppy, but always cool defines the Tory Burch brand. This nylon tote with shiny features, including a large logo, is fashionable and useful.

Versace Palazzo Empire

Gigi Hadid has been photographed with this bag numerous times. Get a purse or opt for a shoulder bag instead. All bags are made out of leather and have a Medusa Head logo on them.

Hermès Birkin

These handmade leather bags have been must-haves for years. Choose your leather color and style and join the ranks of Birkin owners who love this bag.

Prada Promenade Saffiano Leather Bag

A detachable leather shoulder strap, gold hardware and inside pockets make this bag luxurious and practical. Its shape is unique and appealing.

ruby Posted on November 21, 2018 13:11

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British student jailed for life by UAE after being accused of spying

A BRITISH student has been sentenced to life in prison by the United Arab Emirates for allegedly spying for the UK government.

Matthew Hedges, a PhD student at Durham University, was handed the jail term at a court Abu Dhabi on Wednesday, his family spokeswoman Nikita Bernardi has said.

The 31-year-old, who was researching military and security developments in the UAE since the Arab Spring, was arrested at Dubai Airport on May 5.

UAE authorities accused him of gathering intelligence on behalf of British government while “pretending” to be an academic, calling his PhD project a “cover”.He has been convicted of spying and has 30 days to appeal the verdict, Abdulkhaleq Abdulla, a prominent Emirati commentator, tweeted.

Hedges, who was carrying out interviews for his thesis, has repeatedly denied all the allegations against him.

Bernardi, who confirmed the sentence, said: “The hearing lasted less than five minutes, and his lawyer was not present.”

Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said he was "deeply shocked and disappointed" by the verdict, which carries a sentence of up to 25 years.

He said the decision by the Federal Appeals Court in UAE’s capital would have "repercussions for the relationship between our two countries".

He said: "Today's verdict is not what we expect from a friend and trusted partner of the United Kingdom and runs contrary to earlier assurances."

The student was bailed last month, raising hopes he might be released.

His case has sparked outrage in Britain, with a petition signed by more than 120 academics around the world calling for his release.

AGONY: Matthew Hedges was arrested and charged in UAE (Pic: FACEBOOK)

HEARTBREAK: Matthew Hedges with his wife Daniela Tejada (Pic: PA)

His wife, Daniela Tejada, said he was being kept in "inhumane" solitary confinement and was suffering from depression and panic attacks.

She reportedly attended the court hearing along with officials from the British Embassy.

Daniela previously told The Times: "It breaks my heart that we have been married for nearly two years. I just want him back."

LOCKED UP: Hedges was a PhD student at Durham University (Pic: FACEBOOK)

In a full statement from the court, translated from Arabic by the National, said: “The Federal Appeals Court of Abu Dhabi sentenced Matthew Hedges, 31, to life imprisonment after being convicted of spying on the UAE and providing sensitive security and intelligence information to third parties. 

“The court also ruled that he would be deported from the country after the execution of the sentence and would be charged the costs of the legal case. 

“The court ordered the confiscation of all his equipment, devices, research and studies. The convicted person has the right to challenge the ruling with the State Security Department of the Federal Supreme Court within a maximum period of 30 days.”

jmparker Posted on November 21, 2018 13:08

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Orlando Bloom to read for CBeebies Bedtime Stories in footsteps of Tom Hardy and Elton John

Orlando Bloom has become the latest star to read a bedtime story on CBeebies' popular show. 

The Hollywood star, known for leading roles in Lord of the Rings, and Pirates of the Caribbean, follows other famous faces to appear on Bedtime Stories such as Tom Hardy, Sir Elton John and Dolly Parton.

Ewan McGregor, actor Chris Evans, George Ezra, Suranne Jones, Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill and Eddie Redmayne have also all taken part in previous episodes. 

Bloom, 41, will be reading from We Are Together, written and illustrated by Britta Teckentrup, on 9 November. It is the first of two stories recorded with the actor.

“Through my travels as a Unicef Goodwill Ambassador, I've met children in countries all over the world, and witnessed firsthand how storytelling between adults and young children helps cement their bond," Bloom said in a statement.

“Children light up when being taken on imaginary adventures through storytelling, and it helps their creativity grow. It was great to be a part of CBeebies Bedtime Stories.”

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BBC newsreaders get police escort so they can broadcast 6pm news on time

BBC newsreaders were forced to get a police escort to the recording studio after getting stuck in London traffic, jeopardising the broadcast of the 6pm news. 

News anchor Fiona Bruce and Mark Easton were in a taxi on their way to Millbank studios after a technical issue downed live shows at Broadcasting House.

In a rush to make it to Millbank the pair accidentally stumbled into the middle of a protest - grinding the traffic to a halt. 

The so-called Women Against the State Pension Inequality (WASPI) had blocked the road outside Parliament, with many sitting in the street with banners preventing the traffic from passing and chanting slogans. 

The BBC’s home editor, Mark Easton, tweeted a picture of him with Mrs Bruce in a taxi at 5.20pm on their way to the Westminster studios, but warned the traffic was “dreadful”.

He wrote: “In a taxi with Fiona Bruce and editor of @BBCNews at 6 heading for Millbank. Studio at BH gone down!! Traffic dreadful. Aagghhh!”

Luckily for the duo “Policeman Josh” saved the day and escorted them through the crowd.

In a second tweet 14 minutes later, a picture on Mr Easton’s account showed Mrs Bruce sat in the front of a police car being “escorted through” the demonstration.

The news reporter shared a picture of their journey just 24 minutes before they were due on air.  

A spokesman for Met Police said that no parliamentary officers were involved in the incident, but joked the police were “here to help”. 

The BBC said in a statement: “We’ve had technical problems at our HQ this afternoon and will be broadcasting the BBC News at Six from our Millbank studio. Engineers are working hard to resolve the issue fully.”

ruby Posted on November 21, 2018 12:41

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For travellers to the city of Rouen and the nearby cliffs of Étretat, an outdoor escape in France awaits

The capital of Normandy, Rouen offers visitors more than just apple cider and Camembert cheese — though either is a noteworthy justification for any impromptu tastings. If a jaunt through the UK’s Lake District sounds appealing, then Rouen and Étretat are a great alternative.


Made famous over the centuries by the likes of Joan of Arc and Claude Monet, Rouen mixes the culture and clean air that any weekend trip in France should deliver. The city and its surroundings are best explored by car – it’s just two hours from Calais.

The area offers excellent outdoor excursions. While the Normandy region isn’t famous for its sun, Rouen boasts an impressive botanical garden dating back to the 17th century. More than 600 species of plants thrive in 21 acres of green space.

Trek through a National Park

Go beyond the city limits and lace up your hiking shoes for a trek in the massive Boucles de la Seine Normande regional nature park, just west of Rouen.

The river Seine snakes through vast forests towards the English Channel, dotted with abbeys and churches along the way. Visitors can easily spend an afternoon convening with nature by driving mere minutes from the centre of town.

Sweeping views from the cliffs

Impressionist painter Claude Monet painted Rouen’s famous cathedral multiple times, but follow further in his footsteps by heading towards the nearby town of Étretat. This coastal resort, just an hour or so away by car, brings visitors to the chalk cliffs and arches that jut gracefully from the English Channel. Monet immortalised these landscapes in his famous pastel paintings.

With sweeping views from atop the cliffs, outdoor enthusiasts can breathe in the sea air on a hike before retreating to one of the cosy cafés in town.

The city of Rouen has many impressive sights to take in. Half-timber houses line the streets of the incredibly preserved medieval city centre, where shops and cafés are in ample supply.

The Gros-Horloge, a 14th-century astronomical clock, adorns an archway that visitors will inevitably pass. Less iconic, but even more captivating, is the Aître Saint-Maclou, a former home for plague victims. Today, this medieval courtyard houses a fine arts academy.

Between wandering woodlands, hiking oceanfront cliffs and wandering some of France’s most impressive medieval streets, a weekend in Rouen may not seem like enough after all.

Pack all your walking gear and your four-legged friend in your car, ready for exploring Rouen and Étretat with Eurotunnel Le Shuttle. Visit to find out more.


ruby Posted on November 21, 2018 11:14

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Millionaire tech boss found dead with wife and kids after 'arson attack' at mansion

TWO ADULTS and two children are dead after a suspected arson attack at their house.Cops rushed to the scene where a body with gunshot wounds was found outside the burning home, according to reports.

Three charred bodies, including two of children, were found inside the property in Colts Neck, in the US state of New Jersey.

The victims have been named by US media as Keith Caneiro, 50, his wife Jennifer Caneiro, 45, and their two young children.

More than 20 fire departments tackled the blaze at the mansion, worth $1.5 million (£1.2 million).

Keith — who was CEO of tech company SquareOne — was found dead in front of the house with a gunshot wound.

Mystery currently surrounds the deaths, and it is not yet known how Caneiro sustained gunshot wounds — or whether the fire was a deliberate arson attack.

Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni said: "We have no reason to believe anyone in the community is in any danger at this time."

He said the bodies inside the house were badly burned — delaying the process of formally identifying them.

"Unfortunately they were burned so severely as a result of the fire they were exposed to," he said.

"That's making things somewhat challenging as far as the medical examination that needs to ensue."

Caneiro is the founder and boss of SquareOne, while his brother, Paul is the vice president.

A separate fire was reported at Paul's house in Ocean Township, New Jersey, at around 5am, just hours before the blaze at his brother's home.

MANSION: The house was worth an estimated $1.5 million (£1.2 million) (Pic: 4NEW YORK)

MAPPED: The blaze happened in the wealthy New Jersey community of Colts Back (Pic: GOOGLE MAPS)

MYSTERY: It isn't yet known if the mammoth blaze was started deliberately (Pic: 4NEW YORK)

No one was injured in the earlier blaze, but local reports claim gas cans were found behind the building.

Gramiccioni said police are still looking into whether the fires are connected.

"That remains to be seen but that is an angle we continue to pursue," he said.

Colts Neck is a wealthy community 50 miles south of New York, home to celebs including rock star Bruce Springsteen and US comedian Jon Stewart.

jmparker Posted on November 21, 2018 11:12

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Fake 'Durex' factory recycling USED CONDOMS

THERE are fears of an explosion in STIs and unwanted pregnancies after a massive fake condom operation was busted in China.

The criminals were selling 500,000 boxes of fake "Durex" condoms which were sold in supermarkets, hotels and vending machines across the country.

Alarmingly, some of the cheaply-made condoms even contained recycled rubber from used condoms.

Run out of workshops in rural areas of China, the operation was believed to be worth a total of 50 million yuan (£5.5 million).

Local police chief Zheng Xidan told Chinese media: "We found the workshops where the suspects made those condoms in rural areas in Henan and Hebei provinces.

He went on: "The hygienic conditions in those villages were very bad.

"We saw the condoms they were making — they blended the condoms with silicone oil in a bucket."

Chinese condom maker Chen He said none of the knock-off rubbers had been tested for bacteria, fungi, or holes.

He added: "Some of those cheap condoms are even recycled from used ones."

SQUALID: The operation was described by officials as extremely unhygienic (Pic: DU SHI KUAI BAO)

LUCRATIVE: The operation in China was worth around £5.5 million (Pic: DU SHI KUAI BAO)

Officials have warned the fake condoms are a major risk to public health.

The condom packs were being sold to retailers for just one yuan (11p).

Genuine versions of the condoms would have sold for between 20 yuan (£2.25) and 150 yuan (£16.89).

Police have arrested 17 people on suspicion of making the condoms, and are still investigating their operations.

jmparker Posted on November 21, 2018 11:05

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Sexiest nightwear EVER?

BOOHOO thought out of the box with this nightwear design. The kinky Wrap Me Up Bow would be sure to spice things up in the bedroom.

During the winter months, you’d have to be brave to sleep naked.

As the coldest season approaches, many of us will be reaching for our slippers and fluffy pyjamas.

Online retailer Boohoo agrees that we should be wrapping ourselves up – but not how you may expect.

The clothing store recently revealed its kinkiest “nightwear” item yet.

Boohoo is currently flogging the Wrap Me Up Bow in the sale.

For £9.80, customers have the option of dressing up like a sexy Christmas present.

Sporting the skimpy look on the website, a model risks a serious wardrobe malfunction.

The asymmetric garment has a high leg cut and thong bottom, exposing much of the crotch region.

A statement bow at the front provides slightly more coverage for the cleavage.

BOW DOWN: Is this the naughtiest nightwear of all time? (Pic: BOOHOO)

ALL WRAPPED UP: This could work as a Christmas present for your partner (Pic: BOOHOO)

Customers have the option of buying the risqué pyjamas in red or black colours.

Both are fashioned out of velvet-like material, which should make the clothing item feel more comfortable than it looks.

The Wrap Me Up Bow isn’t the only Boohoo nightwear that would make your partner blush.

Black mesh seems to be a big trend on the popular fashion website.

Shoppers can snap up a see-through bra and shorts set, or tease their lovers with a lace nightie.

SWEET DREAMS: This nightwear is sexier than typical PJs (Pic: BOOHOO)

Wondering what other style is trending this winter?

Tartan is one of the biggest fashion trends of the season, featuring in the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.

After models strut their stuff on the catwalk, Poundland released replica looks.

Holly Willoughby has also been spotted wearing checked clothing in recent months.

jmparker Posted on November 21, 2018 11:00

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A new Dolce & Gabbana campaign has been accused of racism for featuring an Asian model attempting to eat Italian food with chopsticks.

In the clips posted to the fashion house’s Instagram, a Chinese woman dressed in the brand’s clothes giggles as she tries to use chopsticks to eat a pizza, a large cannoli, and spaghetti.

The videos are meant to promote Dolce & Gabbana’s new campaign DG Loves China, however, they have been met with criticism on social media.

Diet Prada, an account dedicated to bringing light to brand issues, dedicated an Instagram post to the campaign, in which they described it as “offensive.”

“Pandering at its finest, but taken up a notch by painting their target demographic as a tired and false stereotype of people lacking refinement/culture to understand how to eat foreign foods,” they wrote.

The account also took offence with the “over-the-top embellishment of cliche ambient music, comical pronunciations of foreign names/words and Chinese subtitles” in the videos. 

In the post uploaded by Diet Prada, they’ve translated the Chinese subtitles to English ones - which reveals the narrator’s statements such as: “It’s still way too big for you, isn’t it?”

“It attempts to target China, but instead mocks them with a parodied vision of what modern China is not… a gag for amusement,” Diet Prada wrote.

After calling attention to the campaign, hundreds of people have expressed their concerns and disappointment in the brand.

“Crass, racist, condescending,” one person commented.

Another said: “I don’t know who you think your target audiences are but as a Chinese citizen and a loyal customer for years, this video is ridiculously offensive. It's taking stereotype and ignorance to the next level. Y'all can't be serious. I'm so DONE with you.”

Others promised to boycott the brand unless they issued a public apology.

This isn’t the first time the brand has found itself embroiled in controversy.

Previously, Stefano Gabbana, one-half of the design duo, has sparked backlash over offensive comments on social media - including one instance in which he called Selena Gomez “ugly” and another where he said Italian fashion blogger Chiara Ferragni’s wedding gown was “cheap.”

ruby Posted on November 21, 2018 10:56

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Liverpool fans want Dominic Solanke to START after outrageous England U21 goal

LIVERPOOL fans got very excited when Dominic Solanke got a goal for England U21s in style. 

The 21-year-old joined Liverpool in 2017 after failing to break through at Chelsea

And he has since struggled at Anfield, scoring only one goal in nearly 30 appearances. 

It was a different story for the England U21s earlier this week, though, as the forward scored a brace. And Solanke was on form again last night as the Three Lions faced Denmark. 

In highlights from the match, England are 2-1 up early into the second half. 

Manchester City star Phil Foden drives the ball low into the box, forcing a save from Daniel Iverson. 

But the Leicester loanee fails to keep hold of the ball as Solanke pounces. 

he forward pushes the ball away from goal before stunning everyone with a back heel shot chipped over the keeper. 

Solanke wheels away in celebration as he adds to his first-half header to make it two braces in two international games.

And the Anfield faithful were also full of praise for their young talent. 

“Filth that is,” one supporter said. 

Another commented: “Great finish.”

While a third made a suggestion to Jurgen Klopp about the Englishman’s place in the squad.

Solanke scored two goals for England U21s, his second on international duty (Pic: BT Sport)

“Get him in that Liverpool side,” they said. 

And a fourth added: “Goalanke!”

This comes as fellow Liverpool stars Joel Matip and Divock Origi could be on the way to Turkey in January. 

jmparker Posted on November 21, 2018 10:48

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I'm A Celeb's Holly Willoughby sparks backlash in thigh-grazing dress

HOLLY Willoughby has divided opinion with her I'm A Celeb fashion prowess.

The This Morning presenter is famed for posting her 'Outfit of the Day' updates ahead of her on-screen appearances.

And Holly Willoughby, 37, has kept up the momentum Down Under, taking to Instagram to share her I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! ensembles.

Stepping aside from her new co-host Declan Donnelly, 43, the starlet uploaded a solo snap on her profile after last night's show.

Posing next to the set's infamous bridge, Holly stunned in a red and black chequered dress.Baring her toned legs in the thigh-skimming design, Willoughby completed her Jungle Jane attire with a pair of sturdy black combat boots.

With her shoulder-length locks framing her face, the mum-of-three opted for nude-toned face makeup and larger-than-life eyelashes.

Captioning the shot for her 4.4 million followers, Holly quipped: "Everyday we're jungle-ing," before adding the stockists information for her clothes.

The reaction among fans was mixed, with many claiming the starlet's focus on fashion was taking the attention away from the show.

One viewer commented: "Just be you. It's about the show, not what you are wearing. Have a word with yourself or your ratings will fall. FFS."

Another quipped: "Are you there to do a fashion promo for friends and colleagues?"

HOLLY WILLOUGHBY INSTAGRAM: I'm A Celeb's new presenter divided opinion with her tartan dress (Pic: Instagram)

TOO MUCH? The starlet has irked many with her daily outfit updates from Down Under (Pic: Instagram)

While an unimpressed fan noted: "Game show, not a fashion show. Jog on in your overpriced boots."

Revealing they felt Holly's look wasn't right for the setting, an Instagram user remarked: "I get why you do this for This Morning, but not for I'm A Celeb.

"Am I missing something here? Because I am just not getting it. Just go in jeans and a T-shirt, it's way more appropriate for the show."

Ticked off by the online promo, another noted: "You have to mention your clothing providers in order to dress for free? Meanwhile, back in the world of reality, we have to pay at the checkout."

JUNGLE JANE: Holly is going all out with her on-screen ensembles for the ITV reality show (Pic: Instagram)

DREAM TEAM? Willoughby has joined Declan Donnelly in place of Ant McPartlin, 42 (Pic: ITV)

However, others leapt to Holly's defence, praising her daily fashion updates.

One supporter wrote: "Holly, you're killing it with these jungle looks. Loved them all so far. I can't decide which of your boots I want."

Another raved: "Looking amazing. Keep it up, Holly," followed by three raised hands symbols and red heart emojis.

"Holly, you look gorgeous and so are your outfits. You're doing a great job," a fan posted.

In agreement, an ITV viewer noted: "Holly, you are looking absolutely stunning in the jungle. Every day."

jmparker Posted on November 21, 2018 10:43

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Love Island's Laura Crane relives life-threatening illness:

LAURA Crane has had a tough time since her Love Island experience ended.

The starlet was a late-starter during this year's Love Island series, but soon struck up a romance with Jack Fowler, 22.

Although they left the villa as a couple, Laura Crane, 23, found herself single once again just weeks after leaving the house.

However, that was the least of her problems, as the pro surfer was rushed to hospital in October, due to falling seriously ill.After undergoing several tests, Laura was diagnosed with sepsis — a life-threatening condition caused by the body's response to an infection.

If not treated in a timely manner, sepsis can lead to multiple organ failure and death.

Laura spent ten days in hospital, before being discharged in good health on November 8.

The rising starlet appeared on ITV's Lorraine this morning, alongside Dr Sarah Jarvis, to talk about her health battle.

Revealing she still doesn't know just how she came to have the infection, Laura said it was her mum who brought her to the hospital.

LOVE ISLAND: Laura Crane spoke about the life-threatening condition sepsis on ITV Lorraine (Pic: ITV)

HOSPITAL STAY: The starlet was under the care of doctors for ten days following her demise (Pic: Instagram)

The athlete admitted: "I didn't realise how ill I was... I had a really high temperature. My heart literally felt like it was coming through my T-shirt... I wouldn't have gone to hospital without my mum."

Having initially thought she was suffering from "really bad period pains", Laura soon came to learn something was drastically wrong.

Explaining how her health quickly deteriorated, Crane said: "I was quite delirious. I had no real concept of time."

Laura was suffering from an extremely high temperature and her heart was racing during the first few days of her hospital stay.

EDUCATING: Dr Sarah Jarvis appeared alongside Laura to discuss the dangers of sepsis (Pic: ITV)

CLOSE FRIENDS: Laura's Love Island ex Jack Fowler supported her throughout the ordeal (Pic: ITV)

Detailing how she felt, the starlet said: "I felt like I was out of control of my body."

Things soon turned worse for Laura, as a cyst on her ovaries became infected, developing an abyss which had to be drained by the doctors.

While Crane had the support of her family and friends, her Love Island ex Jack also made a visit to her hospital bedside.

Telling Lorraine Kelly, 58, she has remained close with her former beau, Laura said: "We've stayed really good friends."

jmparker Posted on November 21, 2018 10:36

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Wrestler hospitalised after being hit over head with BRICK in brutal deathmatch

A WRESTLER has been hospitalised after being hit over the head with a brick in a brutal death match. Angel o Demonio took on Cuervo at the Lucha Memes and Lucha Libre Boom co-promotional show near Mexico City.

The brutal encounter ended when Demonio hurled a brick at the back of Cuervo’s head – breaking in half across his skull. Ringside doctors quickly called off the bout and Cuervo was taken backstage and transported the hospital. Demonio later apologised for his rival not being able to finish the match – but moaned about hard chair shots he had taken during the match. Cuervo managed to walk backstage with help from the referee – but there has been no update of his condition. 

Lucha bosses called an ambulance which ferried Cuervo for hospital. 

He was knocked unconscious by the initial blow.

Demonio, 54, real name Héctor González, is a death match veteran. 

Cuervo, 44, real name Jaime Correa, seemingly had no idea the blow was coming.

LUCHA: Angel o Demonio threw a brick at Cuervo during their match (Pic: TWITTER)

Video shows Cuervo rummaging beneath the ring for more weapons during the match.

The bout also featured barbed wire, tables and a casket. 

Demonio then charges across the ring with the concrete block in his hand, hurling it down out of the ring.

It strikes Cuervo across the back of the head and splits in half – leaving him splayed at the ringside. 

BRICK: Angel o Demonio threw the concrete block at the back of Cuervo's head (Pic: YOUTUBE)

SKULL: Cuervo was knocked out by the brick thrown by Angel o Demonio (Pic: YOUTUBE)

Fans look horrified as the referee calls for the ringside doctor. 

And large blood stain can be seen next to Cuervo, buts it's unclear if this was from the brick hit or earlier in the match. 

Demonio then spends the closing moments of the bout playing to the crowd.

He even climbed into the casket as he seemingly mocked his seriously injured opponent.


VIDEO: Angel o Demonio and Cuervo's match was cut short by the horrific stunt (Pic: YOUTUBE)

Lucha reporter LuchaBlog on Twitter wrote: "Angel o Demonio threw a brick at the back of Cuervo's head when he clearly had no idea it was coming. 

"Cuervo was knocked out, regained consciousness quickly after.

“For people asking ‘why’ – there is no good answer.

“Obviously outside of ‘he could, he’ll get in no trouble for it, and it might make him viral famous."

jmparker Posted on November 21, 2018 10:28

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Is James Hewitt Prince Harry’s dad?

THOUSANDS of Daily Star Online readers have had their say on who Prince Harry’s real dad is, and the results will stun the palace.

More than 10,000 people have voted on whether they think the Duke of Sussex’s father is Prince Charles or James Hewitt.

And the results have proved to be a landslide – with an overwhelming 65% majority saying it's “Charles, the rumours are nonsense!”.

But a shocking 35% still believe otherwise, meaning around 3,600 people of all that voted reckon Prince Harry is Hewitt’s son.

Princess Diana’s affair with the ex-army captain has led – to this day – him being dogged by this false claim.

The wild rumour is endlessly fuelled by pictures of the pair with ginger hair – the only feature that persuades royal fans.

Yet Daily Star Online revealed last week how a jaw-dropping picture of Prince Charles looked set to finally put an end to the conspiracy theory.

Stunned royal fans admitted how they have changed their mind, saying how “that settles it”, “Harry is definitely his son”.

One even admitted: “Really did think harry wasn’t Charles son. But after seeing that pic of Charles with the beard. Wow uncanny!”

And still a poll ran by Daily Star Online shows how thousands of sceptics are still unconvinced despite the evidence.

We asked who is Prince Harry’s dad, with potential answers including “James Hewitt, his ginger hair is a dead giveaway” and “Prince Charles, the wild rumours are nonsense!”

The bizarre number of people convinced it is Hewitt is despite, as the Daily Star Online recently reported, the man himself speaking out on several occasions to confirm he is not Harry’s dad.

On top of that, Diana’s affair with Hewitt did not even start until after Harry was born.

REAL DAD: Prince Charles is Harry's father, although thousands believe otherwise (Pic: GETTY)

INSISTENT: James Hewitt has been forced to deny the untrue claims several times (Pic: GETTY)

(Pic: GETTY)

RESULTS: A big majority say Prince Charles is definitely Harry's dad (Pic: DAILY STAR)

Yet a scan through social media posts show how some royal fans simply won’t be budged.

One Twitter user wrote last night: “Random thought: everyone knows James Hewitt is Harry's real father.”

Another post from yesterday reads: “Prince Harry must do a DNA test and put to rest his uncanny resemblance with all features and hair of Diana's lover, James Hewitt.”

Last week’s picture of a young, bearded Prince Charles – in which he looks identical to Harry – appears to be turning the tide, however.

(Pic: GETTY)

HAPPILY MARRIED: Harry is seemingly not bothered by the endless conspiracy theory (Pic: GETTY)

MOVING ON: James Hewitt has refused to let the wild theory bother him despite speaking out (Pic: GETTY)

HEIR HE IS: Prince Charles turned 70 this month as he prepares for the day he becomes King (Pic: GETTY)

Among the comments on the snap, posted on the Royal Family’s Instagram to mark Charles’ 70th birthday, were: “People are still questioning Harry’s parentage, they can stop after seeing Charles in a beard.

“I never thought Harry looked like Charles until I saw the photo with Charles with a beard! Happy Birthday!”

“That pic with him and a beard!!! That is def Harry's father.

“Holy crap the pic of Charles with the beard!!! Could easily pass for Harry at a glance.”


jmparker Posted on November 21, 2018 10:17

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JFK murdered 'by Mafia boss'

JFK's murder was organised by a Mafia boss who the President had double-crossed, according to an expert's shocking claims.

John F.Kennedy was shot dead by Lee Harvey Oswald as he was riding in a presidential motorcade in Dealey Plaza, Dallas. Oswald was charged with the murder of JFK, and an independent commission found he acted alone when he killed the President. Despite this, Americans are convinced he was not acting alone, and do not believe the official version of events.

Author Mark Shaw, who is investigating the death of reporter Dorothy Killgallen, claims the President's murder was organised by a fearsome Mafia boss known as "The Godfather".

Mr Shaw claimed the hit was arranged as revenge for the Kennedys double-crossing the Mafia.

He exclusively told Daily Star Online Mafioso Carlos Marcello masterminded the deaths of JFK and Dorothy Killgallon.

He told us: "The 1960 election when JFK was running for President against Nixon, his dad Joe Kennedy knew they were going to lose that election unless they won Illinois and West Virginia.

"So Joe did a deal with Frank Sinatra and the rest of the mafia.

MAFIA LINK: Frank Sinatra allegedly cut a deal with the Mafia and the Kennedys (Pic: GETTY)

DEALING WITH THE DEVIL: Joe Kennedy made sure JFK won the election (Pic: GETTY)

"If they helped them win Illinois and West Virginia, when the new administration got into office they would leave those guys alone."

But Mr Shaw claims this relationship soured when the Kennedys failed to live up to their end of the bargain.

He added: "Joe double crossed them, I have a witness who was right there when he forced JFK to appoint Bobby Kennedy to Attorney General.

"Bobby Kennedy went after those Mafioso, especially Marcello, and deported him."

MAFIA HUNTER: Bobby Kennedy pursued Mafioso (Pic: GETTY)

THE GODFATHER: Carlos Marcello was a ruthless Mafia boss (Pic: GETTY)

WAR: Don Carlos and the Mafia came after the Kennedys (Pic: GETTY)

Two months later, Marcello returned to the US and successfully fought Government attempts to have him deported again.

After this, Mr Shaw alleges, Marcello was out for revenge against the Kennedys.

He also said: "Well Marcello came back with revenge on his mind, and then as you get to the end of 1963 Bobby was after him again.

"He was going to deport him again, he had him arrested in Federal Court and Marcello's back was against the wall.

DEPORTATION: Marcello faced being removed from the country again (Pic: GETTY)

WHACKED: Marcello had the means and motive to kill JFK (Pic: GETTY)

SHOOTER: Lee Harvey Oswald gunned down JFK (Pic: GETTY)

"He decided he could kill Bobby Kennedy, who he hated, but if he did, JFK would come after him with everything the Government had.

"But if you kill JFK, Bobby Kennedy is powerless, and that's exactly what happened."

Carlos Marcello died aged 83 in his family home.

He spent numerous periods in jail for offences such as assault of an FBI official, racketeering and fraud.

The House Select Committee on Assassinations ruled Marcello had "the motive, means and opportunity" to arrange the hit, but could not find direct evidence to implicate him.

Mr Shaw has presented hus findings in the book, Denial of Justice.

jmparker Posted on November 21, 2018 10:04

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Cards Against Humanity buys area of US border to prevent Trump building his wall

A foul-mouthed card game has joined Democrats, environmentalists and immigrant advocates in fighting Donald Trump’s proposed border wall.

“If you voted for Trump,” a website launched by Cards Against Humanity said, “you might want to sit this one out.”

The company behind a game that involves matching cards with humorously offensive phrases announced it had bought a piece of land on the US-Mexico border with the explicit aim of hindering Mr Trump’s signature policy promise.

“We’ve purchased a plot of vacant land on the border and retained a law firm specialising in eminent domain to make it as time-consuming and expensive as possible for the wall to get built,” the company said in a post advertising a holiday promotion that would send a map of the land to people who buy in.

If the wall is to get built, the government using eminent domain to acquire private land along the border — like the parcel Cards Against Humanity has purchased — would be only one hurdle. Mr Trump will also need to convince reluctant members of Congress to allocate the billions of dollars needed to construct the structure.

To do so, the President would need to break a losing streak on his major policy ideas. His administration has not yet registered a significant legislative win despite benefiting from majorities in both houses of Congress, with repeated attempts to dissolve Barack Obama’s healthcare law collapsing.

The administration has insisted it is moving ahead with the wall, pointing to the construction of eight prototypes near San Diego.

Opponents deride the wall proposal as ineffective, xenophobic or both. Several have sued to try and block construction.

ruby Posted on November 21, 2018 08:53

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Shopping centre apologises for 'polar bear sex' Christmas display

A shopping centre has apologised after a display of polar bears was rearranged, leaving the life sized models posed to look as though they were having sex. 

Customers at the Tynwald Mills shopping centre were surprised at the suggestive Christmas arrangement, though many took to social media sounding more amused than offended. 

“It’s the best Christmas display I’ve ever seen," a customer joked on Facebook. "It blatantly looks like they’re doing it doggy-style.”

"We caught a rare David Attenborough moment today," said another. 

"Much better than the John Lewis ad." 

But Tynwald Mills has since rearranged the polar bears and posted a statement of apology on its official Facebook page. 

"Apologies to anybody offended by our somewhat interactive display," the centre said.

"We’d like to thank our customers for getting a little too into Christmas this year with our Polar Bears in the atrium and can reassure you the display has changed somewhat since setup."

Some shoppers decried the decision, saying the display should have been left up. In response Tynwald Mills wrote that it was "a little x-rated for some". 

"The polar bears have had a talking to, and our severe case of ‘Night at the Museum’ hopefully won’t repeat itself," the shopping centre said on Facebook. 

One eagle eyed tweeter pointed out that the whole arrangement was made lewder by another model of a bear in the background.

It can be seen craning its neck as though watching the polar bears in action.

ruby Posted on November 21, 2018 08:36

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Kim Porter, mother to three of Diddy's children, dies aged 47

Kim Porter, who was mother to three of Diddy's children, has died aged 47.

The LA County coroner confirmed the news, saying she "was discovered unresponsive in her home" and pronounced dead at the scene on Thursday.

They added: "At this time, an autopsy is pending and a cause of death has not been determined."

Celebrities including Rihanna, 50 Cent and Missy Elliott have been paying tribute to her on social media.

The model and actress dated the American rapper on and off from 1994 to 2007 and they had three children together: twins Jessie James and D'Lila, 11, and son Christian, 20.

She also had a 27-year-old son, Quincy, from a previous marriage.

She appeared in films including 2001's The Brothers and in the US TV show Wicked Wicked Games.

Rihanna said: "We lost a real one today, beautiful inside and out. So many will be affected by this, some won't even know why...but the whole world was graced by the vibrance in your spirit."

Kim Porter posted a picture a few days ago on Instagram of Diddy, real name Sean Combs, with his family and the caption "Love".

Other celebrities posting about her include Viola Davis and Kevin Hart.

Just a few days ago, Kim posted a birthday message to Diddy, saying: "Thank you for giving me the best gifts of life - our children."

ruby Posted on November 20, 2018 15:14

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Are defenders football's least appreciated players?

Fifa has released its 10 man shortlist for the Best Men's Player of 2018.

But it's a lonely list to be on if you're there to stop the goals rather than score them.

It features five strikers, four midfielders and just one defender - Raphael Varane of Real Madrid.

And with not a single goalkeeper on the list either, do we totally under appreciate our humble clean sheet seekers?

'The celebrity nature of football'

It's not just the Fifa best player award that's guilty of defender disrespect.

Largely considered to be the most prestigious prize in football, the Ballon d'Or hasn't been won by a defender for 12 years.

And a goalkeeper has only won the award once in its 62 year history - way back in 1963.

"The idea that a goalkeeper over the last 50-odd years has never been the best player in the world is ridiculous," football writer Jonathan Wilson told Newsbeat.

Jonathan wrote the award winning book Inverting the Pyramid: The History of Football Tactics.

"A part of the celebrity nature of football is that the focus is on forwards, the people who you see doing tricks and scoring goals.

"It's just much easier to give it to the guy who you can watch on YouTube doing nutmegs and flicking the ball over defender's heads."

'No chance to show how good you are'

Jonathan thinks that defenders know they simply haven't got a chance of winning football's major individual prizes, because spending games going unnoticed is part of the job.

"To win one of these awards you have to be playing for the best clubs.

"If you're a defender in one of those teams, half of the games in a season you don't have anything to do, so there's no chance to show how good you are."

Often the success of defenders is measured by statistics like the number of tackles won.

Being credited with loads of tackles can look impressive at first, but Jonathan believes it can be misleading.

"A lot of defending you don't actually see.

"A great defender, just by being in the right position stops the ball coming anywhere near him.

"Some players make more tackles per game, but the reason he's making so many tackles is because he keeps getting out of position."

Jonathan isn't a fan of giving players individual awards, instead preferring those which reward team performances.

But nevertheless, he believes those judging player awards should be paying closer attention to the contributions of defenders and goalkeepers.

And he's not alone.

'Less of a place for hard men'

Harry Maguire's excellent performances for England in their recent World Cup campaign means he's probably the country's most high-profile defender at the moment.

When Leicester City and England team-mate Jamie Vardy wasn't taking the mickey out of it, Maguire put his 'slab head' to good use in Russia.

He not only used it to score a vital goal against Sweden in the quarter-final, but was a good, old-fashioned defensive rock for England throughout the tournament.

But the man who signed Maguire for Sheffield United's youth academy at just 16, Ron Reid, says the lack of defenders winning awards is contributing to fewer young players aspiring to be ball-winning defenders.

"When they start they all want to be the player that runs with the ball, or scores the goals," Ron tells Newsbeat.

He thinks the role of the defender has changed dramatically over the last couple of decades.

"Those that run the game want free-flowing goal scoring.

"There's less of a place in modern football for old fashioned 'hard man' defenders.

"Perhaps Harry is one of the few defensive role models out there now."

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ruby Posted on November 20, 2018 15:04

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A Couple Gave Birth To Beautiful Twins, See Where They Are Now

Jaqi and her husband Kevin Clements delivered their twins earlier than expected, but they were born healthy and beautiful. The Clements family welcomed twins Ava Marie and Leah Rose Clements in 2010, and as with any parents to newborns, their life would end up drastically changing. The young girls have an unparalleled beauty about them and with the help of their mother, have already become professional models. Here are the images of the Clements twins that captivated the internet.

The Twins’ Early Arrival

On July 7, 2010, Jaqi Clements had a surprise visit from her newborn babies Ava Marie and Leah Rose. The twins came four and a half weeks early, but as time went on, Jaqi understood why.

“They came four and a half weeks early but knowing their personalities now it makes total sense that they would show up early, unannounced, and ready to take on anything,” Jaqi said.

After the twins were born, it didn’t take long for family and strangers to notice how striking their appearances are. There’s a reason they always get compliments.

Since birth, their natural beauty is undeniable, their skin is smooth, their hair keeps its silky texture, and their utterly symmetrical faces make them look like their straight from a magazine.

What exactly were the strangers saying?

Everyone Said The Same Thing: They Should Be Models!

With kids this adorable, it’s hard for people not to compliment them. From the time the twins were born, Jaqi continually heard the same statement.

Jaqi says strangers would always mention one thing: “Wow they are so beautiful, you should really think about getting them into modeling,” And so she decided to take a shot at starting the girls’ modeling careers.

Modeling Was Too Much To Juggle With Three Kids

After being pushed to get the twins involved in modeling, Jaqi finally did it. Once the kids reached six months, they were signed up with an agency in Los Angeles.

Jaqi already had a two-year-old son to take care of so this was added pressure to her parenting regime. “It was hard enough to get out of the door most days so my attempt back then was short lived and I decided it just wasn’t the time,” Jaqi said. The first attempt only lasted three months.

Leading A Normal Life

Helping guide her children through a life of modeling is enticing, but it wasn’t the right decision at the time. Jaqi felt bringing up the twins alongside their peers would be the right thing to do.

There were no regrets in pulling the children out of modeling. As time went on, things slowly started to change. Can you guess what happened next?

What Do The Girls Want?

While her busy schedule as a mom of three pulled her away from the idea of modeling, the twins weren’t ready to let it go. Their three months of modeling were over, but Jaqi thought of an important factor, the twins’ dreams.

Aiming to keep the children happy, Jaqi didn’t want to pressure them into something they didn’t want to do. So she made sure that Ava and Leah had a say.

Waiting For The Right Moment

The only issue with Jaqi’s idea of asking the girls is the Ava and Leah were still toddlers. They weren’t old enough to help make their own decisions or clearly voice their opinions.

Because the only language the kids spoke were tears, Jaqi and her husband were stumped. They thought hard about how and when it was the right time to allow the twins to decide on their own.

Lucky Number Seven

One thing that needs to be noted is how much Jaqi believes in signs. She says seven is her lucky number, so it’s more than a coincidence that the twins were born on 7/7.

The girl’s seventh birthday was approaching. The thought of them turning seven on July 7, 2017, set Jaqi’s brain ablaze.

Giving The Girls The Idea

By the time Ava and Leah grew to be seven, they had developed personalities of their own. They were involved in several extracurricular activities like dance and swim.

On their birthday, Jaqi said, “I presented my idea to the girls that, if they were up for it, in addition to their dance classes and swim team practices they had every week, they could give modeling a try.”

How do you think the girls responded?

Ready For Action

Jaqi says the girls love to perform for anybody and everybody. Friends, neighbors, and strangers are welcomed audiences for Ava and Leah. Jaqi claims she doesn’t know where they got this trait from to perform.

Jaqi said, “I was not surprised at all when they started jumping up and down and couldn’t wait to begin!” The twins were all in for modeling.

And The Modeling Kicks Off Again

Now that the kids were older and excited about modeling, the process would most likely go much smoother. Luckily, Jaqi’s neighbor had recently opened a children’s boutique. She needed some models to help market the new business.

The twins got the job. “Plus, I needed some new photos if I was going to get them an agent so I figured this would be a great opportunity for all of us,” Jaqi said.

Starting Off Slow

The girls were still young. Having them put on loads of makeup and wear a collection of pretty clothes could be detrimental to their development, so Jaqi took things slow.

Jaqi took matters into her own hands at the beginning. “I dug out my 10-year-old Nikon camera from a bin in the garage, put a few waves in the girl’s hair, dabbed on a little blush, and out we went to take some pictures,” said Jaqi.

Some Wrinkles To Iron Out

Naturally, Ava and Leah have the stunning looks, but that doesn’t mean they intuitively know how to model. Some things take time. Jaqi learned that first hand during her first shoot with the twins.

“Ava would look at the camera while Leah would stare off into space… Leah would accidentally bump into Ava who of course thought it was on purpose and would shove her back,” Jaqi recalled. They’re young, and she had to cut them a lot of slack.

Getting Back With An Agency

Now that the family was all aboard the modeling train, Jaqi had to get the girls back with an agent. She worried that it would be hard to find one since six years went by after the first attempt.

“I still had a handful of contacts, so I decided to start there,” she said. “To my surprise, I heard back from almost every single one asking to set up a time to meet the girls.” They ended up signing with two agencies but trouble brewed behind the scenes.

The Double Agency Dilemma

Jaqi assumed having two agencies representing her daughters meant more opportunity and exposure for them. Everything was going fine until one of the agencies gave her a call.

“Hi, we wanted to let you know we were able to get the girls straight through to a callback for a Barbie Audition tomorrow,” the agent told Jaqi. She panicked because the girls had just gone to the same audition with their other agent. She revealed the truth and matters got fixed in a few hours.

Social Media Explosion

Jaqi started an Instagram for the girls called @clementstwins in July of 2017. She had no clue what she was doing or if 300,000 followers is a lot. Low and behold, the page started to blow up.

The goal of the Instagram account was to serve as a portfolio for agencies and to gain a fanbase. It ended up becoming all that and then some.

Jaqi’s Instagram Learning Curve

The beauty of the twins was only partly the reason for the success their Instagram account. There were some tactics that Jaqi had to use to help gain all the followers she did. She spilled the beans on a few secrets.

“Now, a little over five months later, the girls have over 380,000 followers,” she started. “One thing I know for sure if it’s ALL about the pictures… so don’t settle for an average photographer because you want to save a few dollars.” You hear that folks? Take quality pictures.

Why 2017 Was Their Year

2017 was an excellent year for the twins and their whole family. Outside of Ava and Leah opting into modeling, Jaqi had a hunch 2017 would be lucky, regardless.

“Aside from the fact that I’m a huge believer in signs and have been told by almost everyone that 7 is a lucky number, I just had a feeling that this year was going to be a fun and exciting year for them,” Jaqi explained. A mother’s intuition is often correct.

All In The Family

Ava and Leah were becoming successful, but their older brother Chase proved to be a talented kid as well. Chase signed with the same agencies as his younger sisters and has a little extra on his resume.

Not only does Chase model, but he also knows how to act. He has been in a few commercials as well.

Job Offers Everywhere

It wasn’t long before everyone learned that the girls had the nature for modeling. Soon after they decided to give modeling a try, they already had six jobs in the span of a week.

While this might have tired most little girls out they couldn’t get enough of it and wanted to do more.

The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

Jaqi is relatively new to the industry. She had no prior knowledge before diving in. As time goes on, she is learning more about the business and says there are highs and lows.

On her blog, she lists the good, the bad and ugly aspects of this modeling world. She says the most important thing she’s learned, “is before trusting someone to guide you, make sure you know who you are getting involved with.”

One of The Hardest Challenges

For the girls and their mother, one of the hardest aspects of their new lives in the modeling world is just LA traffic.

They go into downtown Los Angeles several times a week which can sometimes turn into 5 to 6 hour-long roundtrip drives. Although this may sound brutal, it’s the name of the game, and they’ve learned to deal with it.

Finding The Right Guidance

Since Jaqi needs guidance but wants to make sure she’s getting the right advice from the right people, she has a series of questions that she asks herself before working with someone.

She believes that if anything ever seems off, to go with your gut feeling and to always do thorough research, because it will pay off in the long run. It’s better to be safe than sorry.

Trying To Ignore The Negativity

Jaqi also discusses the struggles of dealing with negative comments or backlash that is directed at her daughters or her family. Although she knows to ignore the negativity and focus on the positive feedback, it isn’t always easy.

She feels a lot of pressure to protect her family and fight back but reminds herself that “If you don’t have anything nice to say don’t say anything at all.”

“They Look Sad”

A comment that the girl’s frequent receive is that they look sad all the time. Some even take this to mean that they’re being forced to model and that they aren’t having fun.

They respond by saying that some photoshoots are supposed to be more solemn then others and that if you ever met them, you’d know that they are far from sad.

Stance On Makeup

One of the biggest questions that the family gets is if the girls are wearing makeup. Not everybody thinks that it’s a big deal, except some of them think that the girls are a little young to be exposed to it at such a young age.

However, Jaqi comments by saying “ln most every job the girl’s book through their agency, or any professional photo shoot they attend, there is a hired hair and makeup artist on set. Why!? Because that’s how the industry works.”


ruby Posted on November 20, 2018 13:25

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Real Madrid transfer news: Santiago Solari plots £90m Man Utd and Spurs raids

REAL MADRID are weighing up making mega offers for Manchester United star Marcus Rashford and Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen, according to reports.





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Real Madrid boss Santiago Solari has made a bright start to life at the Bernabeu, winning all of his first four matches.

Los Blancos are still recovering from their slow start under Julen Lopetegui and by failing to properly replace Cristiano Ronaldo in the summer, goals have been a problem.

But club president Florentino Perez looks set to splash the cash on new signings in order to give Solari the best chance of winning titles in the Spanish capital.

According to The Sun, Rashford is seen as an ideal replacement for Ronaldo, who joined Juventus at the end of last season.

They say Madrid are willing to offer £50m for the young United striker, who has managed just five Premier League starts this season.

Madrid scouts have been in attendance at United’s games in recent months to cast an eye on the 21-year-old England international.

Prising Rashford away from Old Trafford would likely cost way beyond their current £50m proposal though with his current contract running until 2020.

Rashford is a product of United’s academy and the board know the importance to the fans of bringing through young talent.

However, there may be some concern among the Red Devils hierarchy with Rashford yet to commit his long-term future to the club by signing a new deal.

Madrid are also keeping tabs on Tottenham star Eriksen, who they see as Luka Modric’s long-term successor.

The European champions are plotting a £40m offer for the Dane, who has 18 months left to run on his current deal.

Eriksen has been in talks over extending his stay in north London but both parties are yet to reach an agreement.

Real Madrid transfer news: Santiago Solari is keen to splash the cash on new signings (Pic: GETTY)

The report does not state if Madrid will make their moves in January or wait until the summer but any move in the next two months would appear unrealistic.

Madrid sit sixth in La Liga having already suffered four defeats from 12 matches this season.

They take on Eibar on Saturday hoping to close the four-point gap on leaders Barcelona.

jmparker Posted on November 20, 2018 13:05

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England boss Gareth Southgate sends subtle dig at Roy Hodgson and Sam Allardyce

GARETH SOUTHGATE insists England are smiles better than when he first took charge in 2016.

Southgate’s revolution has seen the Three Lions race up the world rankings, reach a World Cup semi-final and beat powerhouses Croatia and Spain to make it through to the last four of the inaugural Nations League.

The remarkable run of success has put the fun back into the England camp again as Southgate creates a team that is laughing it’s way towards the top of world football.

Southgate’s obsession with blooding young talent has seen him promote the likes of Jadon Sancho, Ben Chilwell, Joe Gomez, Lewis Dunk and Trent Alexnder-Arnold.

No-one named in Southgate’s squad for Sunday’s 2-1 win over World Cup finalists Croatia was aged 30 or over, while just seven of his players were older than 24.

Southgate admits the camaraderie in the camp makes it feel like he’s in charge of a ‘youth club’.

The England boss said: “We want them to enjoy wearing the shirt. Any time you go in the dressing room or walking around the hotel, it is like a youth club.

“You can hear them laughing and joking and having fun. They’re relaxed and they’re enjoying being together and enjoying playing.

“When you see such young players play with that expression and freedom, that’s what we want to create.

England are enjoying their football again (Pic: GETTY)

England have several top youngsters coming through, like Jadon Sancho (Pic: GETTY)

“It’s not a case of what we say, it’s how they feel about coming and being a part of it. When they feel the support of the fans, as well, then that makes it extra special for them because it really means more.”

There was a time not too long ago when some players would find excuses and phantom injuries to get out of England squads.

The prospect of international duty filled them with dread and pulling on the famous shirt was a chore instead of a privilege to relish.

But Southgate has banished those thoughts and instilled a whole new mindset that means his current crop of stars look forward to international breaks.

The England squad are happy to go on international duty (Pic: GETTY)

England failed under Roy Hodgson in the 2014 Euros (Pic: GETTY)

jmparker Posted on November 20, 2018 12:56

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BBC defends decision to blur woman's cleavage to avoid offending viewers

The decision to blur the cleavage of a social media star in a new documentary about fake news and online fame, has been defended by BBC executives.

Kenyan interviewee Glamour Pam had part of her chest obscured on the BBC Africa programme The She Word entitled “Fake Me: Living for Likes”, in an effort to avoid offending viewers across the continent, where some conservative countries have stricter broadcasting rules than the UK.

The move nonetheless caused an internal debate among the corporation's staff about whether it was appropriate to censor her figure.

Glamour Pam, a makeup artist and Instagram star, was seen helping a social media novice look “fleek” in order to gain more followers. 

Her cleavage is artificially concealed when she is seen facing the camera.

A BBC spokeswoman told The Independent: “The She Word is broadcast via a number of BBC partner stations in Africa which are subject to watershed rules similar to the UK’s. As the majority of our partner stations show the programme pre-watershed, we ensured the film was suitable for broadcast in those markets.”

The decision to conceal her cleavage was made at a “senior editorial level” at BBC Africa, according to a separate email shared with The Guardian.

One of the show’s producers told BBC colleagues that editors had attempted to get round the perceived problem by zooming in on Glamour Pam’s face, but “in some shots, particularly the wide shots, we were unable to do this and so had to blur”.  

Broadcasters in eight African countries – including Kenya, Nigeria and Malawi – have partnered with the BBC to show The She Word.

Launched at the end of September, it was billed as an exploration of the life experiences of women across the continent.

“For the first time an international broadcaster is offering a pan-African discussion programme targeted specifically at African women,” said commissioning editor Nisha Kapur.

ruby Posted on November 20, 2018 12:56

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N’Golo Kante to Man Utd

N’GOLO KANTE looks set to snub a move to Manchester United and sign a new deal with Chelsea, according to reports.

The Chelsea midfielder has been instrumental to his side’s strong start under Maurizio Sarri this season and his performances have not gone unnoticed.

Paris Saint-Germain have been linked with a move for the Frenchman with Kante yet to commit his future to the west London club.

Recent reports suggest Manchester United have joined the race for his signature with the Red Devils opening transfer talks with the midfielder’s entourage.

However, according to the London Evening Standard, Kante looks set to extend his stay at Chelsea.

The 27-year-old’s current contract with the Blues runs until 2021 that sees him pocket £150,000 a week.

But a breakthrough in negotiations between the two parties has led to Chelsea feeling increasingly confident they will conclude talks within the next few months.

Chelsea proposed a new five-year contract in the summer worth £290,000 a week but are yet to get the World Cup winner to sign on the dotted line.

Kante has won four major trophies since 2015, while he was also a runner-up at the 2016 European Championships.

N'Golo Kante is currently under contract with Chelsea until 2021 (Pic: GETTY)

In terms of individual honours, he won the French Player of the Year accolade in 2017 and was named in the FIFA FIFPro World XI earlier this year.

The Blues are confident they can keep him out of United’s clutches though, meaning Jose Mourinho may have to look elsewhere for a new midfielder with Roma’s Lorenzo Pellegrini on his radar.

The 22-year-old, who has two goals and five assists in 13 games to his name this season, has been offered a four-year deal by the Red Devils, according to Italian publication Corriere dello Sport.

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has been linked with signing N'Golo Kante (Pic: GETTY)

They say United chiefs have already held talks with his agent in England and are prepared to more than double his current salary.

However, Manchester United may have to return to the table with a bigger offer with Roma determined not to part with their star man midway through the season.

The Manchester outfit are prepared to pay his €30m (£26.6m) release clause in January but Roma, who sit sixth in Serie A, will not consider any potential deal until the end of the season.


jmparker Posted on November 20, 2018 12:49

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