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Will Smith’s Incredible Journey From West Philadelphia To Becoming A Millionaire At 20

 

 

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In West Philadelphia, born and raised… Yes, the intro to what is possibly the catchiest theme tune ever, but also the real start of Will Smith’s very fruitful life.

Will was born on this day, September 25, in 1968, meaning he is celebrating the big 5-0 today, and I don’t think anyone could argue that he’s achieved some incredible things with his life.

But of course, he didn’t just wake up a huge Hollywood movie star. Will entered the entertainment industry step by step – and that first step was labelled ‘rapper’.

The I Am Legend star grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, a place where he has previously explained ‘everybody is a rapper’. As such, the environment no doubt influenced his decision to get into the music scene.

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Will met Jeff Townes at a party when he was 16, and from there the pair launched their hugely successful rap career, crowning The Fresh Prince.

Appearing as DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince, the duo subverted more typical ‘gangster rap’ lyrics and instead chose to express their thoughts on a wide range of topics, for example life as a teenager and fighting Mike Tyson, with clean and relatable lyrics that audiences went wild for.

Check out an early interview with the pair here:

Will and Jeff’s interview appeared on a show called Switchback, a talk show which ran from 1981 – 1990. Despite it being one of their earlier interviews, the pair actually didn’t appear that determined to promote their music, and instead just seemed really chilled out about the whole thing.

Explaining the origin of DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince, Will said:

He threw a party on my block and we hung out together and played around, stuff like that.

I grabbed a mic and he was on the turntables and we started doing shows and things like that around the city.

In Philly [rapping] isn’t really something you have to look for. Everybody’s a rapper.

The pair’s first single was Girls Ain’t Nothing But Trouble, which appeared on their 1987 debut album Rock The House.

The album reached number 83 in the Billboard Top 200, resulting in a wave of wealth that turned Will into a millionaire at the very fresh age of 18.

 

The successful musicians went on to release their second album He’s The DJ, I’m The Rapper just eight months later in January 1988, which featured the hugely popular single Parents Just Don’t Understand – a song which no doubt appealed to the majority of teenage listeners, because who doesn’t get frustrated when their parents buy them ‘bell-bottom Brady Bunch trousers’ and ‘double-knit reversible slacks’?

Check out The Fresh Prince and DJ Jazzy Jeff at work at the He’s The DJ, I’m The Rapper release party:

In 1989, 31 years after the Grammy Awards began, the ceremony introduced a new category; Best Rap Song. Parents Just Don’t Understand made history by becoming the first rap song to win the category, when Will was just 20 years old.

It would be the first of many awards he would go on to lift.

The money kept rolling in, and Will lived his best life buying motorcycles, cars, and designer gear, as I’m sure any 20-year-old would, if they suddenly had millions of dollars.

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Unfortunately, Will’s bubble of riches soon burst. The rapper came face to face with huge tax payments, and the IRS took all of his shiny new expensive things in order to get what was owed to them. Will suddenly became a very famous person with very little money.

Luckily the next step into the world of entertainment lay in wait; ‘TV star’.

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Will shared a video on YouTube telling the story of how he moved from being The Fresh Prince the rapper to The Fresh Prince of Bel Air.

The Hollywood star explained he was motivated by his girlfriend at the time to ‘go where people is doing it’ instead of laying around the house all day.

Taking her advice, Will went to The Arsenio Hall Show, a late night talk show that ran from 1989 – 1994, where he met music producer Benny Medina.

Medina pitched the idea for the TV show that would later become The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, and introduced Will to Quincy Jones, who would produce the show.

Jones took a liking to Will’s rap name, and decided that the series would be named after him. After having 10 minutes to prepare for an audition, the megastar wowed his audience and was handed a contract for the show that started his huge acting career – or rather, the show that made his life flip turn upside down.

The Fresh Prince of Bel Air began airing in 1990, just before the actor’s 22nd birthday. The role made him even more widely known through the entertainment industry, and no doubt changed the course of his life by building his acting career.

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As well as fuelling his rise to Hollywood, The Fresh Prince of Bel Air gave Will some hints as to what his future family life would look like.

According to Biography, Will first met his wife Jada in 1995 when she auditioned for the role of Will’s girlfriend on the sitcom. While she didn’t get the part, she got the real life one.

Will and Jada started dating, and married in 1997.

 

Will’s circumstances and successes in life seem to have had a domino effect which has allowed him to turn into the man we know and love today.

Growing up in Philadelphia inspired The Fresh Prince’s rapping, which made his name known and allowed him to land his TV break with a show named after his musical persona.

The TV acting career lead Will to his next step of entertainment, the big screen, where he has excelled. Will is currently the only actor to have eight consecutive films gross over $100 million in the US domestic box office.

Take a look at his most memorable roles here:

Moving from strength to strength, his role in movies gave Will the power to influence others and express more of his own ideas behind the camera.

Will has worked as a film producer while continuing to keep his foot in the music industry, producing the well known theme song for his 1997 movie Men In Black and still putting on impressive musical performances when he has the chance.

Check out Will with his son Jaden and former Fresh Prince co-star on The Graham Norton Show:

The Seven Pounds actor has climbed to the top and stayed there, so much so that Newsweek’s judgement of him being ‘the most powerful actor in Hollywood’ in 2007 still has some weight today.

Will has definitely had an outstanding life, and it doesn’t look like he’s planning on slowing down anytime soon.

In fact, to celebrate his 50th birthday the actor will be bungee jumping out of a plane over the Grand Canyon in a stunt that sounds like a blockbuster movie all by itself – Will Smith: The Jump.

That’s certainly a memorable way to kick start your 50th year!

Happy Birthday Will Smith!

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kabby Posted on September 25, 2018 12:40

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Versace fans vent fury over $2bn sale to Michael Kors

The expected $2bn takeover of Versace by US fashion giant Michael Kors has upset some fans of the Italian fashion house.

Creative director Donatella Versace's social media accounts have been swamped by loyal fans pleading with her to keep the brand independent.

One said they would "end it all" if the sale went ahead.

Donatella has run Versace since the 1997 murder of her brother Gianni, who founded the firm four decades ago.

Twitter and other social media is seeing some strong opinions about the move:

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Many of the comments are unrepeatable, but one common theme is a fear that the brand they revered would lose its unique quality.

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Its distinctive brand of glitz has been worn by some of the world's highest-profile stars and graced the pages of newspapers and magazines more often than almost any other luxury fashion brand.

A key moment came in 1994 when the unknown Elizabeth Hurley accompanied boyfriend Hugh Grant to the premiere of Four Weddings and a Funeral. The tabloids could not believe the sight.

Versace, until then just another Italian fashion brand, became synonymous with "That Dress".

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Image captionLiz Hurley in "That Dress" - with Hugh Grant - at the Four Weddings and A Funeral premiere

The brand is most valued by the glitzier ranks of the famous, with Michael Jackson and Princess Diana among its fans. She attended Gianni Versace's funeral, along with Elton John, who has also been a keen wearer of Versace.

The newer generation include Nicki Minaj, a clutch of Kardashians and Jenners, and the Beckham family, who are among the mere 161 people Donatella follows on Twitter.

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But those fearing a despoiling of the Versace magic may be worrying unnecessarily.

Michael Kors has gained new experience handling other luxury brands. Last year it bought Jimmy Choo, another tabloid fashion favourite, the luxury shoemaker founded in London, for almost £900m.

The Versace deal adds significantly to Kors' luxury portfolio.

The Versace family owns 80% of the company, with the remaining 20% owned by the private equity firm Blackstone Group.

It reported sales of €686m for 2016 and chief executive Jonathan Akeroyd said earlier this year that annual turnover was soon expected to exceed €1bn.

If Donatella herself stays on it is possible fans will not notice any change. After all, why buy a well-loved business and tear up what makes it appealing?

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Image captionGianni and Donatella Versace in 1996 - the year before the designer was murdered

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seth Posted on September 25, 2018 12:06

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Reality Check: The worst place to be stranded at sea?

Indian yachtsman Abhilash Tomy has been rescued after his boat was severely damaged nearly 2,000 miles (3,200km) off the coast of Western Australia. Is there any worse place to get stranded?

The southern Indian Ocean is vast and largely free of humans. Abhilash Tomy got a reminder of this when his boat, the Thuriya, had its mast damaged during a storm last Friday.

The organisers of the Golden Globe solo round-the-world race, in which he was competing, said Mr Tomy had been stranded 1,900 miles off Australia - "the extreme limit of immediate rescue range".

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority, which co-ordinated the effort to bring back Mr Tomy, called it "one of the most remote areas on the planet, almost equidistant from any of the search-and-rescue facilities".

But French fishing boat Osiris was nearby (in relative terms) and on Monday it rescued Mr Tomy.

The situation could have been worse.

The US National Centers for Environmental Information puts the surface area of the Indian Ocean as a whole at 70.6 million sq km (27.2 million sq miles).

"There are large areas of ocean where not much happens, in human terms, from one year to the next," says David Jardine-Smith, mass-rescue operations manager at the International Maritime Rescue Federation. "It's difficult to comprehend the sheer size of it."

Image captionThe approximate location of the Thuriya at 02:28 GMT on Saturday

When vessels get into trouble as far from inhabited land as the Thuriya did, national coastguards are unable to help because the location is not within range of rescue boats, Mr Jardine-Smith says. Instead, they have to rely on shipping in the area.

"If you can't get to people fast, they die of the cold or they drown," he says.

Under international law, captains of vessels have to "assist persons in distress at sea", regardless of the nationality of those on board, if they are in a position to do so.

The section of the Indian Ocean where Mr Tomy got into distress does not contain a busy shipping lane.

"It's sporadic there," says Stuart Carruthers, cruising manager of the Royal Yachting Association. "It's completely unlike the Atlantic, where some of the lanes are so busy that, if you get into trouble, you'd almost be able to stop a ship by sticking your thumb out."

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Image captionThe Thuriya was damaged in a storm late last week

Once a rescuer gets to a stricken vessel, sea conditions can hinder efforts. "The differential movements caused by waves can make it hard to get someone in a stretcher across," Mr Jardine-Smith. "It's a very precise manoeuvre. The rescuers in the case of Mr Tomy's boat seem to have done an excellent job."

Fortunately for Mr Tomy, the 14m (46ft) waves and winds of up to 70 knots subsided before the French boat arrived.

Loneliness is part of being a long-distance yachtsman, but the spot where Mr Tomy was stranded was not the most isolated in the world's oceans, in terms of distance from any land.

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In 1992, Croatian-Canadian survey engineer Hrvoje Lukatela worked out that the so-called "oceanic pole of inaccessibility" was in the southern Pacific.

Since named Point Nemo, it's 2,688km (1,670 miles) from Ducie Island, part of the Pitcairn Islands, to the north; Motu Nui, in the Easter Islands, to the north-east; and Maher Island, part of the Antarctic, to the south. No-one lives on them.

By contrast, the fishing boat that rescued Mr Tomy was taking him to Amsterdam Island, a small French territory in the area where he got into trouble. It's home to temporary workers at a volcanic research facility and has a hospital.

After treatment for back injuries, Mr Tomy is expected to be transferred from there to an Australian naval ship. His onward journey will take a while, too.

In 2015 volcanologist Erik Klemetti called Amsterdam Island "staggeringly far from anything". But then again, it could be worse.

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seth Posted on September 25, 2018 11:55

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Children to be banned from cycling to school without number plates

Head teacher Amit Amin says the policy will help people report pupils who cycle dangerously

Children have been told they will be banned from cycling to their south London school if they do not put number plates on their bikes.

Teachers at Stanley Park High, in Carshalton, are introducing the scheme so members of the public can report pupils cycling dangerously.

The secondary school said the main aim was to keep children safe.

Charity Cycling UK questioned why Stanley Park High "want to make cycling to school more difficult".

On the school's website, head teacher Amit Amin wrote: "All students who cycle to school will be required to display a school-issued bicycle number plate when riding to and from school.

"Students without a number plate will not be permitted to cycle to school, or lock their bicycles on school grounds."

Mr Amin said the measure was in response to incidents of children cycling in a way that "endangers themselves and others".

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A school statement added: "Our absolute priority is the safety of our students, and the aim of this initiative is simply to ensure their safety as they travel to and from school."

The plates are being introduced on 1 October as part of a scheme to encourage cycling, which includes subsidised bike lights and maintenance workshops.

Duncan Dollimore, of Cycling UK, said Mr Amin's actions were "part of a trend of head teachers trespassing on parental responsibilities".

Mr Dollimore said schools should focus on encouraging local authorities to adopt 20mph speed limits and traffic-calming measures instead of making "cycling to school more difficult".

Schools across England have imposed various restrictions recently, including cycling safety tests and mandatory helmets.

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Another critic of Stanley Park High's policy is Chris Boardman, former professional cyclist and Greater Manchester's cycling and walking commissioner.

He wrote on Twitter: "If I was one of the school governors, I'd be stepping in about now."

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seth Posted on September 25, 2018 11:15

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Scammers steal half-a-billion pounds from UK banking customers

More than £500m was stolen from customers of British banks in the first half of 2018, figures have shown.

Industry group UK Finance said £145m of that was due to authorised push payment (APP) scams, in which people are conned into sending money to another account.

But £358m was lost to unauthorised fraud, which includes transactions made without account holders' knowledge.

Unauthorised fraud victims are usually refunded by their banks, but most victims of APP fraud do not get their money back.

This is because current legislation means they are liable for any losses incurred if they authorise a payment themselves.

"Purchase scams", in which people are duped into paying for products or services that do not exist, were the most prevalent form of APP fraud reported in the first six months of 2018.

These scams often happen online, and examples include payments made for cars or holidays that are never delivered or provided.

There were also 3,866 reported cases of impersonation scams, in which criminals pretend to be from a financial institution or law enforcement, and trick account holders into transferring money.

During the first six months of 2017, APP scams led to £101m in losses, but UK Finance said this year's £44m increase was partly down to four more banks reporting data.


How to protect yourself against fraud

When you transfer money from your bank account, you are asked to enter three pieces of information: the name of the payee, their account number, and the sort code.

However, only the last two are cross-checked by the bank. So putting in the correct name is no guarantee that person will get the money.

UK Finance offers the following advice:

  • Never disclose security details, such as your PIN or full banking password
  • Don't assume an email, text or phone call is authentic
  • Don't be rushed - a genuine organisation won't mind waiting
  • Listen to your instincts - you know if something doesn't feel right
  • Stay in control - don't panic and make a decision you'll regret

The group's managing director for economic crime, Katy Worobec, said the new figures underlined that fraud was a "major threat" to the UK, and added that the "proceeds go on to fund terrorism, people smuggling and drug trafficking".

Ms Worobec also emphasised that two-thirds of all unauthorised fraud was successfully thwarted by UK financial institutions.

But Gareth Shaw, of the consumer group Which?, said the banks' efforts to tackle fraud had been "woefully insufficient".

APPs were the subject of a "super-complaint" made in September 2016 to regulators by Which?, which has been calling for banks to shoulder more responsibility when victims are tricked in this way.

"They have not done enough to protect their customers, who continue to lose life-changing sums of money to ever-more sophisticated crooks," Mr Shaw said.

But he welcomed plans by the Payments System Regulator to introduce a reimbursement scheme for victims of APP fraud.


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seth Posted on September 25, 2018 11:06

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US man, 74, found alive days after fire in Washington DC

Fire officials believe the blaze began in the roof of the senior community building

A 74-year-old man has been found alive and in good spirits five days after a fire broke out at his assisted-living complex in Washington DC.

Workers found him inside his apartment on Monday morning, where he is believed to have been trapped since Wednesday.

More than 100 senior residents were evacuated, but it was believed everyone had been accounted for, according to Mayor Muriel Bowser.

She said the man was taken to hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

Workers were checking the structural integrity of the building, which had collapsed in parts, when they heard the man shout out.

"He had a sense of humour," structural engineer Allyn Kilsheimer told reporters Monday. "When I said, 'We're coming to get you,' he said, 'I'm not going any place.'"

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They then forced open the man's apartment door, to find him sitting on his couch, officials said.

Mayor Bowser said: "The workers helped him into a chair and out of the building." He has not been named.

Fire officials believe last week's fire broke out in the attic of the Arthur Capper Senior Housing Center.

Ten people were injured and a huge plume of black smoke was sent into the air.

Residents complained that they did not hear any alarms after the fire started. Instead, residents were alerted by US Marines and neighbours who banged on their doors.

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Bruce DarConte was one of those neighbours, and he told local media: "As we saw the fire alarms, we were pulling them - nothing. So we just kept going. It didn't pay for us to stand there."

Mayor Bowser said an investigation is underway to determine how the man was missed by both fire fighters who conducted searches in the building and a management company.

"We are rechecking to assure that [all residents] are accounted for," she said.

Fire officials are also investigating the reports that fire alarms at the building were not working.

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seth Posted on September 25, 2018 11:00

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Portuguese 400 year old shipwreck found off Cascais

The find is part of a 10-year archaeological project

Archaeologists have found a 400-year-old shipwreck off the coast of Portugal, in what one specialist called the "discovery of a decade".

Spices, ceramics and cannons engraved with Portugal's coat of arms all lie around the wreck, found near Cascais, close to the capital Lisbon.

The team believe the ship was returning from India when it sank sometime between 1575 and 1625.

This was at the height of Portugal's spice trade with Asia.

Lying 12m (40ft) beneath the surface, project director Jorge Freire told Reuters news agency the wreck was very well-preserved.

"From a heritage perspective, this is the discovery of the decade," he said, calling it "the most important find of all time" for the country.

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Chinese porcelain from the late 16th and early 17th centuries was also among the wreck, as were bronze artillery pieces and cowry shells - a currency used in the slave trade.

Cascais municipal council said the ship was found at the start of September while dredging the mouth of the Tagus river, which runs past the resort town through Lisbon.

Mayor Carlos Carreiras told the Guardian newspaper it was an "extraordinary discovery", which will reinforce their "collective identity and shared values".


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The find is part of a 10-year archaeological project supported by the town of Cascais, the Portuguese government and navy, and Nova University in Lisbon.

The Minister of Culture, Luis Mendes, said the mouth of the Tagus river was considered a "hotspot" for wrecks.

"This discovery came to prove it," he said.

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seth Posted on September 25, 2018 10:53

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Young Ghanaian midwife delivers pregnant woman of her baby on a moving bus (Photos).

A young midwife has become an internet sensation after she helped a woman in labour deliver her baby safely while on board a commercial bus on Sunday, Septemeber 23. The midwife, YEN.com.gh gathers, was a passenger on a Bolgatanga bound bus. Midway through their journey, a co-passenger who was pregnant went into labour. The midwife sprang into action and with the help of two other nurses on board, the baby was safely delivered at about 3:34am after the driver stopped the moving bus somehwere along the Buipe road. Young Ghanaian midwife delivers pregnant woman of her baby on a moving bus (Photos) Sophia Safia Sulemana Source: Facebook After the delivery, the newly-born baby and her mother were reportedly handed over to the husband who is said to have taken them to the West Hospital in Tamale for further care. READ ALSO: Mahama takes Abronye DC to the cleaners for alleging he spent Ghc1m on son’s birthday According to a social media user, Mawunyo Bubutor, who shared the story on Facebook, the beautiful midwife is Sophia Safia Sulemana of the Kunkwa Health Centre in the Maprugu District of the Northern Region. Posting photos of Sophia and the baby, Mawunyo said: "Nursing is said to be a science, skills and an art. At 3:34am of 23rd September, 2018. Whilst travelling to Bolgatanga, a lady was in labour on the bus whilst the bus was still moving. It took the intervention of this spectacular angel and who is a practicing midwife on board to deliver this woman in the bus. The driver has to stop for the midwife and two other female nurses to help deliver this woman on the Buipe Road. I just wanna celebrate staff Midwife by name Sophia safia sulemana of Kunkwa health centre in the Mamprugu moaduri district of the Northern Region. The child and the mother was later handled over to the husband who took the wife to West Hospital in the tamale metropolis.God bless you. Please let us share this good story." Sophia's extraordinary sense of duty has not gone unnoticed as many Ghanaians have been showering praises and blessing her. READ ALSO: Menzgold London office without the usual highly visible displays the company is known for in Ghana Adisa who noticed Sophia's beauty asked for God's blessings for her: Remie also blessed her: Ahenkan shared a similar post: Vida was impressed that Sophia went the extra mile: Winnie asked for God's strength to save more lives: Meanwhile, YEN.com.gh has sighted a video of something unusual which happened in a Christian church. A pastor has given away offering received during service to a needy church member. READ ALSO: Popular radio presenter loses his life In the video, it could be seen that many church members were taking turns to give their offering but after some time, the head pastor announced that God had told him to give away the offerings to one member. He thus called a woman 'living in lack and sadness' who brought with her a big polythene bag to start packing the plenty money amid sobs.

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Albert Ulebe Posted on September 25, 2018 10:53

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The Indian policewoman who stopped WhatsApp mob killings

Rema Rajeshwari revitalised the village police to forge stronger ties with communities

Something unusual happened when dusk fell in early summer in more than 400 villages in the southern Indian state of Telangana.

Men and women raced home from their farms earlier than usual, bolted the front doors, turned out the lights and stayed in. Children, used to playing outdoors until late, were the first ones to be herded home. The streets emptied, and an eerie calm swiftly descended upon the area.

This was far from normal behaviour: during the dry, searing summers, many villagers slept outside on rope-beds in breezy, open courtyards.

In March, village policemen - the state has more than 4,000 such policemen for grassroots policing and intelligence collection - first reported this unusual behaviour to their superior.

Back in the district town of Gadwal, the local chief of police, Rema Rajeshwari, listened to her puzzled constables.

"They said life in the villages had come to a virtual halt after sundown. They said they had never seen anything like this before," Ms Rajeshwari told me.

For the next few days, policemen tried to find out what was happening.

What they discovered was startling. Most villagers had received a video and an audio recording on WhatsApp that had kept them on tenterhooks.

There was a grisly - and evidently doctored - video of a man being disembowelled. And there was an audio recording in the local Telugu language where a male voice said a gang of tribespeople, who were involved in highway robberies and burglaries decades ago, had returned, this time, to "steal" human organs.

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Image captionFake news and viral hoaxes on messaging services swept Telangana this summer

When police began checking the villagers' phones, they found between 30 and 35 videos and photos that had gone viral in the area. One video which was being widely shared was supposedly of a child being kidnapped. In reality, it was a cleverly edited version of a child safety film from Pakistan, designed to create awareness. It was also followed by an audio message.

"The child kidnappers are coming to our villages," the message said. "They will throw stones at your door. Don't step out and let your children out. Please circulate this and make it viral."

The villages of Jogulamba Gadwal and Wanaparthy districts are part of a region that was once counted among the 20 most disadvantaged districts of India. Rice and cotton farms dot a largely arid landscape. Most people are landless, and migrate to cities in search of work.

Barely half of the people can read or write. But every home has at least one smartphone, usually a second-hand Chinese one, costing as little as 2,000 rupees ($27; £21). Cheap data means that people with little access to education have the fullest access to technology.

Media literacy is low. Villagers are glued to material circulating on WhatsApp for news, viral videos and social conversations. Every village has more than two dozen WhatsApp groups, carved along community, caste, kinship and social interest lines. They are among 200 million Indians who send more than 13 billion messages every day, making India the biggest market for WhatsApp.

It was March, and the videos were going viral in the two districts. Ms Rajeshwari decided to revitalise the village policing to combat fake news. A constable assigned to each village began going door-to-door showing people the fake videos and messages. They asked people not to believe in rumours, and warned them that sharing fake news was a punishable offence. Night patrolling was intensified. The phone numbers of the village constable and the police chief were distributed to villagers, and inscribed on walls.

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Image captionPolicemen in plainclothes went around villages performing skits and songs against fake news

For more than a month-and-a half, Ms Rajeshwari slept fitfully as rumours of child kidnappers and organ thieves spread like wildfire through WhatsApp and an Indian messaging service called ShareChat. More than 54,000 children were abducted across India in 2016-17, but when police checked the records, they found no recent history of kidnappings in these parts.

But the phones kept ringing. One night, a villager called, hysterically reporting that some people were throwing stones at his door, and that the child snatchers had arrived. The local constable reported back that there was no such incident and all was quiet.

Ms Rajeshwari decided to find out on her own. "What I found was some drunk villager was hallucinating about child snatchers after watching the video and calling the police up."

In April, in a remote village, residents retired for the night after a religious function. Two women singers who had performed at the function had missed the last bus home and decided to spend the night in a local temple. Around midnight, a drunk man spotted them. He woke up his village, saying he had spotted "child kidnappers" sleeping in the temple.

A mob descended on the shrine in no time and dragged out the women. They were tied to a tree and beaten up. An alert villager phoned the village constable. Four policemen rushed to the area and rescued the women in the nick of time.

A few weeks later, in another village, a man was hiding in the fields waiting for his lover when some locals spotted him. Word got round that a kidnapper was hiding in the fields. A mob gathered, surrounded the man and thrashed him. Again, a panicky villager rang to alert the police, who took the man to safety.

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Image captionLocal communities were involved in taking on the scourge of fake news

Around the same time, in another village, a shepherd had a quarrel with two teenage friends. The friends circulated his picture on WhatsApp with a message that he was a "child snatcher".

The same day, while grazing his animals, he was chased down and attacked by people in a neighbouring village who had seen his picture on their phones. When the police picked up the teenagers, they said they had sent out the picture to settle scores. "We thought let's make this viral," they said," and teach him a lesson."

Thirteen such incidents were reported over April and May. Things turned so bad that panic-stricken villagers formed vigilante squads and patrolled the villages with sticks and stones.

Ms Rajeshwari says the village policemen worked continuously with elders and village council leaders to raise awareness about fake news. The constables added themselves to village Whatsapp groups to keep a watch on the material being shared. The village drummer - a modern-day town crier who performs at weddings, funerals and makes public pronouncements - was mobilised to go around and talk about rumours. Policemen formed cultural groups and travelled to villages, singing songs and performing skits that they had composed about the dangers of fake news.

Beginning a month later, in April, mobs went on to lynch at least 25 people across India after reading the same false rumours spread on WhatsApp. India's government asked WhatsApp to act urgently to halt the spread of "irresponsible and explosive messages".

Far away, in more than 400 villages of Telangana, where the same rumours had sparked tensions earlier in the summer, no lives were lost.

Facts were getting heard, and rumours were being buried.

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Bodyguard most watched BBC drama since 2008

The Bodyguard finale saw David Budd (Richard Madden) bloodied but not bowed

Hit BBC drama Bodyguard kept an average 10.4 million viewers on tenterhooks as the series drew to a close on Sunday.

The audience reached its peak - 11 million - in its final five minutes.

The overnight ratings make the show - the brainchild of Line of Duty creator Jed Mercurio - the most watched drama of the year so far.

In fact, it is the biggest overnight drama figure since 10.5 million saw Downton Abbey's series two finale in November 2011.

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No BBC drama has drawn a bigger audience since Doctor Who, whose Christmas Day episode in 2008 was seen by 11.7 million people.

The most watched programme of 2018 so far is ITV's broadcast of England's World Cup semi-final against Croatia, which drew an average audience of 24.3 million.

That figure did not take into account the number of people watching in pubs or on outdoor big screens.

On the iPlayer, episode one of The Bodyguard had received 7.3m requests by Monday lunchtime, a record for any programme on the BBC's catch-up service.

The series finale helped drive BBC iPlayer's biggest day ever with over 12.6m requests on Sunday.

Second series?

Without giving anything away, it's fair to say the Bodyguard finale served up a big helping of shock and suspense.

Writer Jed Mercurio told the BBC he was "humbled, delighted and grateful" at the show's success and credited "the magnetism of the leads".

He added: "I don't think you can plan for success, all you can do is create something you think people will be interested in."

On talk of a second series, he said: "We're just starting those talks, it's still too early to say."

Star Richard Madden - who played the show's ex-soldier turned protection officer David Budd - retweeted a thank you from the BBC to everyone who was watching the "epic finale".

Anjli Mohindra, who played suicide bomber Nadia, praised Mercurio for putting so many female actors in powerful roles in the show.

"I do believe Jed Mercurio wrote a list of those roles as gender neutral and the right person with the right energy got the job," she told the BBC.

 

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Director John Strickland had whipped up fans ahead of the broadcast by tweeting lyrics from Frank Sinatra's My Way.

He posted: "For what is a man, what has he got? If not himself, then he has naught. To say the things he truly feels and not the words of one who kneels.

"The record shows he took the blows and did it his way."

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Mercurio also offered his thanks on Twitter to the show's makers, stars and fans.

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The Line of Duty writer also found time to set his followers right over some "Bodyguard pedantry".

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The director of BBC content, Charlotte Moore, praised the finale for the way it "gripped the nation and got everyone talking... in a display of masterful storytelling".

Simon Heath the CEO and creative director of World Productions said: "At a time when we're told that linear TV is dying, it's been thrilling to see the number of viewers flocking to watch Bodyguard live. We're so grateful for all their support."

So what did the critics make of it all?

Sara Wallis, Daily Mirror

"If the nation's heart rate could have been monitored during the mind-blowing finale of BBC1's Bodyguard, it would have been off the scale."

Andy Halls, The Sun

"There were moments last night where, for a good 30 seconds or so, I genuinely held my breath... Don't get me wrong, there were moments of genuinely ludicrous action... But is it the best new drama we've had in years and the best thing on TV in 2018? Yes, ma'am."

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Jan Moir, Daily Mail

"There is a fine line between great drama and absurdity, and there were moments when Bodyguard and its bloodied Caped Crusader nearly fell into total farce. Yet it never did. The tense scenes managed to be both gripping and touching."

Bryony Gordon, Daily Telegraph

"Watching the final episode unfold felt a bit like witnessing a grade-A student open up their envelope on exam results day to find a string of Bs. It had tried too hard to impress, and ended up collapsing under the weight of its own expectations."

Carol Midgley, The Times

"Hallelujah for that last cracking 10 minutes of Bodyguard. Because up until then - sorry - I was finding this climax a touch underwhelming. There were many plot holes here but this was event TV and Mercurio, skilled at wrongfooting his viewers, gave us two final twists."

Lucy Mangan, The Guardian

"It has all been a retro-rush. Weekly episodes parcelled out like old times. Cliffhangers you talked about next day by the new watercooler, Twitter."

Mike Ward, Daily Express

"Bear in mind the story still has several tantalising loose ends... Not wishing to put pressure on Mercurio, but series two can't come quickly enough."

Bodyguard has also been a major talking point on social media, with many users wondering about obscure story points and dangling plot threads.

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Some also felt the final episode - which went out at 21:00 on BBC One on Sunday - did not live up to what had gone before it.

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Poet Pam Ayres, though, spoke for the majority of viewers after the series came to an end.

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Woman Says Drinking Her Own Urine Every Day Keeps Her Healthy

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How do you start your morning? With a strong black coffee? Milk, two sugars? Maybe with a glass of warm piss? No? Well, that's what Kayleigh Oakley does, and she said she's never felt better.

Kayleigh, 33, says since drinking her own urine her has helped boost her low immune system, give her more energy and left her with clear skin.


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She says that prior to knocking back her wee, she was often left bed-bound for days, but now that's all changed.

"It was almost instant," she said.

"Drinking urine can't harm you and I view it as a medicine. We don't think twice about taking drugs bought over the counter, with side-effects, yet urine has no side-effects and it works really well.

"A lot of expensive skin brands contain urea, which is excreted in urine, so I have also got a really expensive product for free."

Kayleigh says she was just four when doctors diagnosed her with a low immune system as she grew older she continued to struggle with constant tiredness and pain in her muscles. Aged 15 she was told she had Hashimoto's diseases, an autoimmune condition which causes an under-active thyroid.


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And that wasn't the end of her health problems, two years later she was diagnosed with fibromyalgia, which causes pain all over, and chronic fatigue.

After living feeling tired and pain for years, Kayleigh decided on a new regime, which included a raw vegan diet, yoga and drinking urine, and within days she said she felt a lot better.

She said: "I heard that urine can reset the immune system, promote general good health, and is good for the skin.

"It is also an ancient yogic technique, so thought I would give it a go.

"I had an extreme amount of energy, it was amazing."

Adding: "I have never been horrified by the thought of drinking it and my friends and family accept what I do. We are conditioned to think drinking urine is unclean, but it's just a sterile filtration of the blood."

She even uses her pee as a skin treatment.

"Urine works really well to clear your skin up," she added. "If you have any hormonal issues with it. So, I use it as a moisturiser, just putting some on a cotton wool and popping it on my skin before I jump in the shower. It moisturises and helps exfoliate too."

So, every morning, Kayleigh collects some of her mid-flow urine in a glass and drinks it. She gets rid of the first and last parts, as she thinks that it can contain toxins and sediment.

She continued: "We are exposed to so many external environmental toxins, if you have ill-health it's about trying to find a more natural health to improve it.

"Now I need less sleep and wake up naturally at 5am without an alarm. A combination of my diet and yoga practice, as well as drinking urine every day, has helped to cure me."

But, never mind all of that, what does it actually taste like? Well, according to Kayleigh, not that bad.

She said: "It doesn't taste of much. It's a bit salty and you can taste some minerals, but because I have a vegan diet, it isn't strong."

However, not everyone is on board with the idea, Aisling Pigott, a dietician and spokesperson from British Dietetic Association, said: "There is no evidence or advice which would encourage anybody to drink their own urine. The body, in particular the kidneys, does an effective job at removing toxins and excretes urine.

"Therefore, drinking this again is not beneficial, could potentially be harmful and could cause infection."

I reckon I'll stick to black coffee then.

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Jose Mourinho v Frank Lampard: Master against apprentice as Man Utd face Derby

Manchester United host Derby in the Carabao Cup third round, live on Sky Sports on Tuesday night

Jose Mourinho and Frank Lampard face each other on Tuesday

Jose Mourinho and Frank Lampard enjoyed huge success together at Chelsea but they will be in opposite dugouts when Manchester United face Derby in the Carabao Cup, live on Sky Sports on Tuesday night. From then to now, here's the story of their relationship.

The Chelsea glory years

Lampard credits Jose Mourinho for taking his career to the next level after he arrived at Chelsea from Porto in 2004. He was already a key figure for the side, of course, featuring in every one of their Premier League games in the previous season under Claudio Ranieri, but he hit new heights under Mourinho's stewardship.

Lampard was Chelsea's top scorer in the 2004/05 and 2005/06 title-winning seasons and clinched a host of individual accolades, too. In 2005, he won the PFA and FWA Footballer of the Year awards and came second in the Ballon d'Or voting behind Ronaldinho. He later credited Mourinho for instilling him with the self-belief he needed to get to that level.

Frank Lampard and Jose Mourinho enjoyed great success at Chelsea

"He made me believe I was better than I was at the time," he said in 2013. "I thought I was a decent player, but he said to me 'listen, you can really get to the top' and he made me believe it. I tried to take it on and do it. Mourinho was the best, for me. He brought my confidence to a level it had never been."

The admiration was mutual - so much so that Mourinho tried to sign Lampard during his spells in charge of both Inter Milan and Real Madrid. "Everyone knows I was very close to joining Inter," Lampard said in 2010. "But the loss of my mother marked me, I didn't know what to do."

The reunion

In the end, Lampard and Mourinho had to wait until 2013 for their reunion. Chelsea had just come through a turbulent period under Rafael Benitez, and Lampard was delighted to welcome his old boss back to Stamford Bridge.

"It's good to have the manager back," he said. "He's demanding on the training ground, which is the best way to be. He's easy to talk to, off the pitch, lets you know what he wants. He can be light-hearted at times, can be hard when he needs to be - any player, whether you're young or old, enjoys playing under that.

 

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"There's a real freshness about the place at the minute, he's the same man. Obviously, he's a bit more experienced. He knows the club inside out, he knows some of the players already. He has been very good to work with some of the young players that we have got. I have seen the reaction of players in training already - we now need to show that on the pitch."

Lampard was in his prime during Mourinho's first spell at Chelsea but he had just turned 35 at the start of the 2013/14 season and this time it was down to Mourinho to convince him that he would no longer play every game.

Mourinho and Lampard were reunited at Chelsea in 2013

"Frank's intelligent, he's open and he has a very good relationship with me," Mourinho said that summer. "He knows that I'm very experienced and he knows what I did, for example, with Makelele here in the last two years he played. He knows I know how to do it with players of his age, because we have to be clever. Performance is how good you are, not your birth certificate."

Lampard went on to play a reduced role that season, scoring eight goals in 42 appearances in all competitions as Chelsea finished third in the Premier League and missed out on silverware in the cup competitions. It soon became clear that he would not be signing a new contract at Stamford Bridge, but Mourinho predicted he would one day return as the club's manager.

"It's not the end of Frank's career at Chelsea - it's just a little break," he said. "It's the end of his career as a Chelsea player, but he will be back for many, many years because he's one of the most important players in the club's history.

What's up with Sanchez?

Alexis Sanchez's poor form for Manchester United is becoming a major concern for Jose Mourinho.

"You can't imagine how difficult it was for him to leave but at the same time I can feel some happiness about the process because for sure he comes back to Chelsea one day. For sure. Everybody wants it, Mr Abramovich - the No.1, the most important person - wants very much Frank to be back, I want him to be back, the staff want him back, so he comes back for sure."

The managerial inspiration

Mourinho's tone changed after Lampard decided to join Manchester City - "When he decided to go to a direct competitor then the love stories are over," he said after a 1-1 draw between the two sides in September 2014 - but there was no lasting animosity. In fact, Mourinho talked up his close relationship with Lampard when he confirmed his retirement in 2017.

Mourinho and Lampard were reunited at Chelsea in 2013

"Frank's intelligent, he's open and he has a very good relationship with me," Mourinho said that summer. "He knows that I'm very experienced and he knows what I did, for example, with Makelele here in the last two years he played. He knows I know how to do it with players of his age, because we have to be clever. Performance is how good you are, not your birth certificate."

Lampard went on to play a reduced role that season, scoring eight goals in 42 appearances in all competitions as Chelsea finished third in the Premier League and missed out on silverware in the cup competitions. It soon became clear that he would not be signing a new contract at Stamford Bridge, but Mourinho predicted he would one day return as the club's manager.

"It's not the end of Frank's career at Chelsea - it's just a little break," he said. "It's the end of his career as a Chelsea player, but he will be back for many, many years because he's one of the most important players in the club's history.

What's up with Sanchez?

Alexis Sanchez's poor form for Manchester United is becoming a major concern for Jose Mourinho.

"You can't imagine how difficult it was for him to leave but at the same time I can feel some happiness about the process because for sure he comes back to Chelsea one day. For sure. Everybody wants it, Mr Abramovich - the No.1, the most important person - wants very much Frank to be back, I want him to be back, the staff want him back, so he comes back for sure."

The managerial inspiration

Mourinho's tone changed after Lampard decided to join Manchester City - "When he decided to go to a direct competitor then the love stories are over," he said after a 1-1 draw between the two sides in September 2014 - but there was no lasting animosity. In fact, Mourinho talked up his close relationship with Lampard when he confirmed his retirement in 2017.

On a personal level, [he is] a manager that was hugely influential on my career twice, but particularly the first time. I respect him completely for that.

Frank Lampard on Jose Mourinho

"I am really sad," he said. "It's the reality of life but I am really sad. I rate him as one of my best players, one of my best friends in the game. It doesn't matter what he chooses for the rest of his life, he is going to be successful."

By that point, Lampard had already begun taking his coaching badges with a view to moving into management. He even spent time working with Chelsea's youth teams before his appointment by Derby at the end of last season. Just two months into the season, and he is relishing the prospect of facing his former mentor.

Frank Lampard's Derby sit sixth in the Championship

"I'm looking forward to seeing him," he said this week. "On a personal level, [he is] a manager that was hugely influential on my career twice, but particularly the first time. I respect him completely for that. It will be nice to see him and go up against one of his teams. You will find Jose Mourinho players being managers all over the place because he has been so successful in his career."

Mourinho is similarly enthused by the encounter. "I don't think it's strange, it's nice," he said when the draw was made. "My first generation of players at Porto and Chelsea have finished their careers and many of them have become managers. Frank is the first that I'm going to play against and it's not strange at all. He always wanted to be a manager."

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6 Kenyans among 115 people recognised by Facebook globally and set to be awarded $1,250,000.

Business Insider SSA caught up with Pamellah Oduor, one of the Facebook 2018 winners and founder of Let’s Cook Kenyan Meals.

  • After months of waiting, Facebook has announced 100 groups globally which have been chosen for its 2018 Facebook Community Leadership Program, a global initiative that invests in people building communities.
  • Six Kenyan Facebook groups made it to the list, making Kenya the only country in Africa with the highest number of groups chosen.
  • Out of the 100 Facebook fellows, five Kenyans were selected and will be awarded up to $50,000 each for their various community efforts.

Six Kenyans are set to walk away with millions of shillings and effectively become the new millionaires in town after they were recognized and chosen by Facebook to serve as community leaders in residence, fellows, and youth participants.

After months of waiting, Facebook has announced 100 groups globally which have been chosen for its 2018 Facebook Community Leadership Program, a global initiative that invests in people building communities.

Six Kenyan Facebook groups made it to the list, making Kenya the only country in Africa with the highest number of groups chosen.

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There were two categories of winners, community leaders in residence and fellows.

Out of the 115 participants selected, Facebook granted the role of community leaders in residence to five people who will each receive up to $1,000,000 in funding to build communities.

Kenyan entrepreneur, Noah Nasiali, who built a community of 100,000 farmers in Africa through his Facebook group called Africa Farmers Club is the only African who made it to the prestigious list.

play One of the five community leaders in residence selected is Kenyan Noah Nasiali, who built a community of 100,000 farmers in Africa through his Facebook group called Africa Farmers Club. (Facebook Newsroom)

 

Out of the 100 Facebook fellows, five Kenyans were selected and will be awarded up to $50,000 each for their various community efforts.

The five Kenyans are Pamellah Oduor, Let’s Cook Kenyan Meals Founder whose aim is to promote healthy living by cooking healthy homemade meals, Truphosah Monah, founder of Women and Realities of Disability (WARD), a Facegroup  which  seeks to create awareness in Kenya about the lives of disabled women, Caroline Kihusa, founder  of Still A Mum Trust whose aim is to create an Africa where bereaved parents get outstanding support, Felista Wangari, admin at 52-week money challenge, Kenya, a place to share knowledge and ideas on being an entrepreneur, investing and money management and Asha Mweru an admin at #WomenWorkKE!, a group which brings together driven, like-minded Kenyan women with various business and career ambitions.

Also read: 14 Africans set to walk away with $50,000 each after making it into the 2018 Facebook Community Leadership Program

play Kenyan entrepreneur, Noah Nasiali. (Facebook)

 

Business Insider SSA caught up with Pamellah Oduor, one of the Facebook 2018 winners to get a glimpse of behind the scenes action of how the she came to be the winner and millionaire all while sitting down and clicking away.

“I am extremely excited and humbled, how many billions of people are in Facebook (lets out a celebratory laugh) we are many so the fact that you can be recognized by Facebook and even go to their head office and have a sit down with the owners it is a very nice recognition  and I am extremely happy,” She said.

While Pamellah is over the moon now and can afford to rest easy, the process was not a walk in the park and she had to go through a meticulous process each one harder than the last one. Facebook announced the launch of the program early this year and then called for applications from all over the world.

play Pamellah Oduor, Let’s Cook Kenyan Meals Founder whose aim is to promote healthy living by cooking healthy homemade meals. (courtesy)

 

Over 6,000 people applied for the program and after a laborious scrutiny, Facebook employees and external community experts selected the 100 community leaders

“First we had to apply, after applying we were notified by Facebook that we had been shortlisted and then we had to go through another series of interviews where you send a short Video showing what your group is all about and what you do with your group etc. after that there was vetting whereby you had to go through all relevant authorities for background and security checks and get clearance from Criminal Investigations Department to make sure you had good conduct,” Pamellah explained.

That was not all however; Pamellah then had to undergo a lifestyle audit too to ensure that she was running her group in an honest and legal manner.

There were auditors who were involved who were supposed to confirm your lifestyle, that is go back and collaborate what you had stated you were doing to earn a living in your application was indeed true, since they didn’t want someone whom they could not tell where they were getting their source of funds and financial activities,”

play Truphosah Monah, founder of Women and Realities of Disability (WARD), a Facegroup  which  seeks to create awareness in Kenya about the lives of disabled women. (Facebook)

 

For months Facebook officials covertly checked group activities by joining the groups and within the safety of their offices quietly observe how group admins were running the group, how they were shaping discussions to how they handed members who had violated the group’s policy.

Months later after gathering enough data they would then either advice the admins to apply for the program or simply post the information on the group.

play Felista Wangari, admin at 52-week money challenge, Kenya, a place to share knowledge and ideas on being an entrepreneur, investing and money management. (Potentash)

 

After a rigorous and extensive monitoring backed by online and offline activities, Facebook was convinced Let’s Cook Kenyans Meals indeed met the par and had even exceeded their expectations.

One of the main criteria used to select the 100 global groups was checking the impact the group was having in the society, online and offline.

 “it was mainly about how much impact you are creating in a society and how focus a group towards its theme if for instance you are the admin of 52-week money challenge are you actually getting Kenyans to save, if you are the admin of Let’s cook Kenyans meals are you actually getting Kenyans to cook homemade meals?  And apart from cooking what other thing are you doing to positively impact the society, that was what Facebook was considering in their search for  the 2018 Facebook Community Leadership Program,” Pamellah divulged.

play Caroline Kihusa, founder  of Still A Mum Trust whose aim is to create an Africa where bereaved parents get outstanding support. (Mummy Tales)

 

Over the years Let’s cook Kenyan meals Facebook group while at the heart of it has stayed true to its cause that is promoting healthy lifestyle by eating healthy foods, the group has also evolved to undertaking  a number of charitable activities from coming to the aid of Kenyans whenever a tragedy occurs such as Garissa Terrorist Attack, Flooding at Reuben Kwa Njenga Slums, Huruma Building Collapse, Kilifi Drought, Fire at Langata Kijiji and more recently advocating for the rights and dignity of the boy child, all which played to Facebook’s heart of what a community ought to be online and offline.

“They have been following very closely what we have been doing over the past years, I remember when there was flooding in South C estate  in Nairobi some time back we marshaled our members and raised the issue until it was given airtime on Citizen TV, so they were just checking the impact groups and communities have in societies”

play #WomenWorkKE!, a group which brings together driven, like-minded Kenyan women with various business and career ambitions. (Facebook)

 

Having been recognized as one of Facebook’s 2018 Community Leadership Program leaders, Pamellah is determined to fly the Kenyan flag high on the international stage.

“I am sure it will open doors for me because I am going to meet other people there, get a chance to sample other cuisines from different parts of the world but more importantly market and popularize Kenyan dishes abroad  so I am very delighted,”  Said Pamellah.

She will be flying out of the country on 7th October to attend the 2018 Community Leadership Program summit at Facebook Head Office at Menlo Park, California to be held from 9th – 12th October 2018.

https://www.pulse.com.gh/bi/tech/5-kenyans-set-to-be-awarded-sh5-million-each-by-facebook-id8897774.html

Albert Ulebe Posted on September 25, 2018 08:26

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Judge Judy on Brett Kavanaugh confirmation: 'They're supposed to listen to evidence'

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Judge Judy explained her thoughts on the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearings.  (AP)

As the country continues to follow the careening drama of Brett Kavanaugh’s contentious confirmation to the Supreme Court, one of America’s most popular judges, Judge Judy Sheindlin, is weighing in on the matter.

TMZ caught up with the 75-year-old TV personality in Beverly Hills, where its photographer asked for her thoughts on the situation.

As previously reported, President Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court was nearing a key vote from the Senate Judiciary Committee when Christine Blasey Ford came forward with allegations saying he forced himself on her during a party in the early 1980s. Kavanaugh has strongly denied the accusations.

'There’s always the hope that reasoned people will listen to both sides of an argument'

- Judge Judy

Ford has agreed to testify, as has Kavanaugh, and Judge Judy seems to think that’s the best thing for the wheels of justice to keep spinning.

“One hopes that people wait and don’t rush to judgement and listen to both sides of an argument before they make a decision,” Sheindlin said. “That’s what’s supposed to happen in a fair judicial process.”

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Trump says Kavanaugh allegations are 'unfounded'

She continued: “There’s always the hope that reasoned people will listen to both sides of an argument before they make a judgment call. That’s what people are supposed to do. They’re not supposed to rush to judgment on either side. They’re supposed to listen to evidence and then make a judgment. And if that doesn’t happen, then the end result is not fair.”

However, the popular judge stopped short of saying whether or not she thought either Kavanaugh or Ford are getting a fair deal from Democrats and Republicans.

President Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court was nearing a key vote from the Senate Judiciary Committee when Christine Blasey Ford came forward with allegations saying he forced himself on her during a party in the early 1980s.  (Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

On Monday, another accuser came forward in an article co-authored by Pulitzer Prize winner Ronan Farrow and Jane Mayer from The New Yorker, in which Debbie Ramirez claims Kavanaugh exposed himself to her while they were students at Yale University.

President Trump has voiced his support of his nominee.

“I am with Judge Kavanaugh,” Trump declared. “For people to come out of the woodwork from thirty-six years ago, and thirty years ago, and never mentioned it, all of a sudden it happened … totally political.”

http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2018/09/24/judge-judy-on-brett-kavanaugh-confirmation-theyre-supposed-to-listen-to-evidence.html

kabby Posted on September 25, 2018 08:05

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Celine Dion announced she's ending Las Vegas residency after eight years

By Antoinette Bueno‍ | ET Online

Celine Dion, pictured here in 2017, announced on Monday that she's ending her Las Vegas residency after eight years.  (Reuters)

It's the end of an era.

On Monday, Celine Dion announced she's ending her Las Vegas residency at Caesars Palace after eight years. Her last show will be on June 8, 2019.

"I definitely have mixed emotions about this final run," Dion said in a statement posted on Facebook. "Las Vegas has become my home and performing at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace has been a big part of my life for the past two decades. It's been an amazing experience and I'm so grateful to all the fans who have come to see us throughout the years. Every show we do at the Colosseum throughout this fall, and right up until the final one, will feel very special."

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An exclusive Team Celine pre-sale for the final shows (Feb. 26 to June 8) will start on Tuesday, Sept. 25 at 10 a.m. PT, before the public on-sale date of Friday, Sept. 28 at 10 a.m. PT.

In May, the 50-year-old singer triumphantly returned to her residency after canceling three weeks of shows in late March to undergo and recover from ear surgery. Dion was at the top of her game, and shared how excited she was to be performing again.

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“You know, it’s been a while since we’ve done a show. I had a little health issue -- don’t we all,” Dion told the audience at the time. “But I have to tell you, I’m extremely happy to be back. The stage is kind of my home away from home and I have to admit I can barely stand on my feet tonight as I am a little bit nervous.”

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“It doesn’t matter how long you’ve done a show. Every time you do a show you get nervous and I do have butterflies tonight," she continued. “You wonder, 'Will the people still come? Are they gonna say, 'What if she cancels tonight?' Will they stay home?' I don’t take anything for granted. You can see so many shows in Vegas and I’m so very grateful.”

http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2018/09/24/celine-dion-announced-shes-ending-las-vegas-residency-after-eight-years.html

kabby Posted on September 25, 2018 08:03

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'Big Bang Theory' star Kaley Cuoco says she would stick with the show for 20 years, is willing to do a spinoff

By Tyler McCarthy | Fox News

Kaley Cuoco arrives at the 22nd Annual Critics' Choice Awards in Santa Monica, California, U.S., December 11, 2016.  (Reuters)

“The Big Bang Theory” actress Kaley Cuoco was as surprised as the rest of the world to find out that Season 12 will be the long-running comedy’s last. However, that doesn’t mean she’s fully ready to hang up her character, Penny, for good.

Speaking to Extra, the star echoed previous statements that the news of the cancellation was very sad for her and the rest of the cast and crew to process.

“It’s broken my heart,” she confessed to the outlet. “I am so sad that it’s ending. For the record, I would have done 20 more years.”

The star went on to note that both she and the rest of the cast were moved to tears by the news, saying that most of them thought that they were the victims of some elaborate prank.

“I think we were all hoping for a giant ‘bazinga!’” she joked, invoking one of the sitcom’s catchphrases.

However, for fans that are sad about the end of “The Big Bang Theory,” Cuoco gave them a shred of hope that they haven’t heard the last of the intrepid gang of nerds. Rumors have swirled for a while that co-creator, writer and producer Chuck Lorre may be eyeing a potential spinoff a la “Frasier” and “Joey.”

While Cuoco admitted that she hadn’t heard anything about a potential spinoff with her character, she made sure to let it be known that she would be on board if offered.

“If he called me and said ‘let’s do something’ tomorrow, I would.”  

According to E! News, Cuoco’s immediate plans following the end of Season 12 are simply to enjoy married life. The actress wed Karl Cook in July and the two have been enjoying being newlyweds ever since. She also noted that she’d like to take on some larger projects with her production company, where she’s started to dip her toe into the waters of producing.

In other words, it seems that she’ll have a lot of time on her hands that could easily be filled with a spinoff, should Lorre, CBS or someone else with the power decide to push forward with one.

http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2018/09/24/big-bang-theory-star-kaley-cuoco-says-would-stick-with-show-for-20-years-is-willing-to-do-spinoff.html

kabby Posted on September 25, 2018 08:01

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Newly engaged runner stabbed to death in DC to be buried in wedding dress

By Amy Lieu | Fox News

A photo of Wendy Karina Martinez. Police say Martinez, an avid runner who was killed in a residential neighborhood in the nation's capital after recently getting engaged, was likely a random target.  (Martinez family via AP)

A recently engaged runner who was brutally stabbed to death last week will be buried in the dress that she was set to wear at her wedding in two months, her mother said.

“When I saw my daughter … trying out her dress, I never imagined she was buying the dress for her burial,” Cora Martinez told WRC-TV.

Martinez was stabbed six times in the head and neck, and once in the back Tuesday while running near her apartment in a residential neighborhood in Washington, D.C. Police said she stumbled into a takeout restaurant, where customers attempted to save her life. She died at a hospital.

“She understood that she had to fight and she got up and she ran into this restaurant and she asked for help, so that makes us so proud she had the energy, the strength and the audacity to fight,” her mother told WRC-TV. 

Police have charged Anthony Marquell Crawford, 23, with first-degree murder in her death.

Crawford approached detectives the next day and said officers were accusing him of stabbing a "little girl," according to records, WTOP-FM reported. Officers hadn't mentioned the slaying, records said. 

Police have called the crime an apparently random attack and have not found a motive, the report said. 

Crawford has a history of paranoia and drug use, records said. 

Martinez's mother said she forgives Crawford, according to the reports. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2018/09/25/newly-engaged-runner-stabbed-to-death-in-dc-to-be-buried-in-wedding-dress.html

kabby Posted on September 25, 2018 07:51

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Letter from Africa: Why I was sentenced to 5,000 years in jail

In our series of letters from African writers, Rodney D Sieh, editor of Liberia's FrontPageAfrica, reflects on what his career says about the state of journalism in West Africa.

My claim to infamy was being sentenced to 5,000 years in prison for failing to pay libel damages of $1.6m (£1.2m) won by a former minister who sued my paper after we published the findings of a government audit.

It had found that funds worth $6m intended to combat an army-worm epidemic were unaccounted for.

I served four months in 2013 in the notorious Monrovia Central Prison, where I was thrown into a cell with murderers, armed robbers and petty criminals.

The prison, built in the capital city to hold 200 prisoners, has more than 1,000 inmates. Nearly half of them have been detained without trial.

Over the years, it has built a reputation as a haven for hard-core criminals and where critics of government are sent to be taught a lesson.

Image copyright Greg Stemm

Image caption Rodney Sieh was freed after four months following an international outcry

I remember the head of the facility trying to convince me to give the menu of the day a try: a plate of beans and rice with no meat or fish - and maggots squirming around the cart on which the food was stacked.

It took the might of an international outcry, massive protests from supporters and sympathisers and an op-ed in the New York Times to force the government of then-President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to get me out of prison.

Young boys and rifles

My ordeal is just one example of the difficulties journalists face on a continent often dominated by an elite uncomfortable with criticism.

Just look at what has happened over the past few decades: scores of my colleagues have been killed, maimed and persecuted; newspapers have been shut down and fear permeates our work environment. Others live in exile, disconnected from their families.

As a youngster growing up in Monrovia's hard-knock neighbourhood of Broad Street Snapper Hill, I saw a lot of events unfold.

Whether it was the rice riots of 1979, or the bloody coup one year later that brought Master Sergeant Samuel Kanyon Doe to power, images of violence defined my adolescence.

This backdrop was just one of the motivations that helped to prepare me for life as a journalist.

What happened in Liberia's civil war?

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1989: Charles Taylor starts rebellion against President Samuel Doe

1990: Doe horrifically killed by rebels

1997: Civil war ends after death of some 250,000 people. Taylor elected president

2012: Taylor convicted of war crimes in neighbouring Sierra Leone

My late grand-uncle Albert Porte was a pioneering pamphleteer, crusader and journalist who is famously remembered for standing up to a corrupt system and engaging in a now historical series of letter exchanges with late President William VS Tubman - taking him to task for purchasing a personal yacht at a time when many were struggling to feed themselves.

When Charles Taylor started his rebellion on the eve of Christmas in 1989, I watched as friends, families and loved ones I grew up and went to school with died like flies around me.

I saw young boys holding rifles bigger than themselves and streams of families carrying what they could as they fled their homes. Some of our neighbours who stayed behind to protect their homes and belongings lost their lives - killed for either belonging to the wrong ethnic group or simply because they were in the wrong place at the wrong time.

The following year, not long after Doe was captured and killed by rebels, I joined my uncle Kenneth Best in The Gambia, where he had started the Daily Observer newspaper.

Image copyright AFP

Image caption Yahya Jammeh was intolerant to criticism when he led The Gambia

In 1994, when Yahya Jammeh seized power in The Gambia as a 29-year-old army lieutenant, everything again came crashing down.

Now a working journalist, I did manage to score the first interview with Mr Jammeh, in which he brushed off comparisons to Doe and pledged that there will be no dictatorship in The Gambia.

He went on of course to rule for 22 years until his fall at the ballot box, going into exile in January 2017 after regional troops made his attempt to hold on to power untenable.

Not long after the 1994 coup, I watched as Mr Jammeh deported my uncle following a controversial interview with the New York Times. Later, I too became a target and had to go into hiding before fleeing to the UK and then the US, where I honed my skills working for several newspapers before starting the online FrontPageAfrica.

Tackling the FMG taboo

I soon realised that my country needed me back home.

With the war over and the holding of a successful election in 2005 that brought Ms Sirleaf to power, I returned to Liberia in 2007 to launch the print edition of FrontPageAfrica.

It appears that many of those who had been held to account by our work saw my return home as an opportunity to take revenge. I survived arson attempts on my newspaper's office and a slew of lawsuits followed, two of them landing me in jail.

Image copyright Getty Images

Image caption Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, in power for 12 years, outlawed FGM on her final day in office

Running a daily newspaper comes with great risks, even when it comes to reporting issues such as female genital mutilation (FGM), prostitution, and human rights.

Mae Azango, one of our fiercest journalists, best known for her reporting on FGM, went undercover in 2010 to expose the traditional practice, which is often conducted in secret on young girls.

FGM is now been banned in Liberia - outlawed by Ms Sirleaf on her last day in office in January.

Azango, and another female reporter, also braved the night to shadow prostitutes, who shared their ordeals about the dangers that come with giving up their bodies for as little as five Liberian dollars ($0.03, £0.02) a time.

'I refuse to back down'

The challenges of bringing these stories to light are enormous. Reporters take risks for little pay as newspaper owners struggle to pay staff and keep the generator running because of an unstable electricity supply.

Image copyright AFP

Image caption Papers often rely on advertising for their revenue - and the government is the biggest advertiser

Advertising is the biggest revenue earner, but the government is often the largest advertiser - and can boycott outlets at whim.

Over the years, I have worked under several West African regimes, so I know first-hand how authoritarian leaders bully and undermine the media.

Had I succumbed, I would by now have been among the hundreds of journalists in the forgotten pages of the Committee to Protect Journalists' annual press report.

Had I backed down, perhaps I would still be serving a 5,000-year jail sentence for criminal libel, a law I intend to fight for as long as I live.

I have come this far because I refuse to back down and I refuse to give in.

Rodney D Sieh is the author of of the forthcoming book Journalist on Trial - Fighting Corruption, Media Muzzling and a 5,000-Year Prison Sentence in Liberia

 

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-45607713

kabby Posted on September 25, 2018 07:49

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Dallas officer fired for killing innocent man in his own apartment.

A Dallas police officer who fatally shot a black man inside his own flat, saying she confused it for her own home, has been fired.

Amber Guyger "engaged in adverse conduct when she was arrested for manslaughter", police said in a press release on Monday.

Botham Shem Jean died on 6 September, after Ms Guyger entered his home in the building where they both lived.

Ms Guyger, 30, is currently out on bail, pending a criminal trial.

Officer charged over 'wrong flat' killing

Police 'trying to smear' shooting victim

Dallas Police Chief U Renee Hall terminated her employment during a hearing on Monday, police said, adding that she has the right to appeal.

She had been on administrative leave, as activists called for her immediate firing.

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Court records show Ms Guyger had just finished a 15-hour shift when she parked in the wrong garage before making what was apparently a tragic error.

Ms Guyger entered the apartment after finding the door ajar, and saw Mr Jean, 26, in the darkness as a "large silhouette", according to the arrest warrant affidavit.

She said she gave verbal commands that he ignored, so she fired her weapon.

The arrest warrant affidavit, written by the Texas Rangers, differs slightly from the search warrant affidavit by Dallas police, local media report.

The search warrant statement says Mr Jean "confronted the officer at the door".

Neither document specifically states how close Ms Guyger was to Mr Jean when she shot him.

Police have been criticised for not immediately identifying the officer that killed Mr Jean, whom the Dallas mayor called a "model citizen".

After revealing that they had found marijuana at his home, a lawyer for his family accused the police force of trying to "smear" his reputation.

S Lee Merritt, a lawyer for the Jean family, told reporters on Monday that they viewed Ms Guyger's firing as a "victory", the New York Times reported.

Mr Jean grew up on the Caribbean island of St Lucia and went on to work for the professional services giant PricewaterhouseCoopers.

A state funeral for Mr Jean was planned for Monday in St Lucia.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-45632941

Albert Ulebe Posted on September 24, 2018 20:26

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Green Energy Bitcoin Mining Will Have ‘Insignificant Environmental Impact’

As the Bitcoin network grows, so too does the concern around its environmental impact, and with good reason. Bitcoin consumes more electricity than the entire island of Ireland, and that power consumption is set to steadily rise in the coming years. Beyond the electricity required to run the network, there are the materials required to make ASIC miners and GPUs as well as air conditioning, etc.

 

So what does this mean for planet Earth? Is Bitcoin a godsend or an environmental disaster?

 

 

 

The person with all the answers is Hass McCook, a civil engineer as well as a Bitcoin researcher and advocate who has done the deepest investigation into Bitcoin’s energy requirements that’s ever been carried out. His recent 39-page report which was continued from his 2014 research which revealed the following findings:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

McCook’s new 39-page report is a thorough exploration of the subject matter with updated info. He also has a ten-part Youtube series  explaining his findings.

 

McCook spoke to CCN about the environmental impact of Bitcoin and the future of money.

 

What led you to become interested in the environmental impact of Bitcoin? Would you describe yourself as an environmentalist?

 

What got me interested in my original career in Civil Engineering, was that I naively believed that physical infrastructure was the key to delivering economic justice and empowerment to the “bottom of the pyramid”.

 

From basic water and sanitary needs, all the way to highways, airports, and railroads – the Civil Engineer contributes towards keeping us civilized and surviving. But infrastructure comes at an environmental cost. Of which I know quite well through professional experience and study. Now for the part about Bitcoin! I believe that it is the only form of infrastructure, physical or digital, that matters in the fight for global economic freedom and fairness.

 

 

 

You’re one of the few Bitcoin maximalists who openly acknowledges that while fiat is very harmful to the environment, Bitcoin is problematic as well, and your investigation into Bitcoin’s energy use is the most comprehensive one there is. In your opinion, is there room for both fiat and Bitcoin in the future, or does something have to give?

 

In my opinion regarding room for two, in the short term, i.e., the next 10 to 15 years, yes. In the long term, 25 to 50 years, no. The market will decide either way – but I’d say that there would only be room for Bitcoin around the end of this century.

 

How would you describe the results of your findings briefly to our readers?

 

To dangerously explain by analogy – I’ll express things in infrastructure asset analogy. It was the lens I first took when trying to understand Bitcoin as a beginner. To analyse the impact of a highway for example, we first must understand the design, construction and operation of the highway. In Bitcoin’s case, you need to understand Bitcoin mining economics, and the construction and operation of all of the ASIC units that power The Blockchain. From there, it’s simple to get the numbers on costs and impacts.

 

The summary is that Bitcoin mining uses a LOT of energy (power). That said, its environmental impact is 100% attached to the “green performance” (or lack thereof) of the global energy grid. If the global grid isn’t almost emission-free by 2050, the renewable energy industry should be ashamed at the lack of their market success. But if the grid is emissions-free, Bitcoin will have insignificant environmental impact.

 

I also compared Bitcoin and Gold Mining’s environmental impacts – and the results were ugly for Gold. After seeing the data, no true environmentalist should be happy to support the jewellery industry any longer. Over 40% of the overall damage done by gold is done for gold jewellery alone. This is also all before we get into the impact of mining other precious metals.

 

 

 

What measures can and should be put in place to lower the negative impact of Bitcoin in terms of energy consumption?

 

Placing measures on Bitcoin is like trying to herd cats. Things will flow naturally based on market incentives and the rules of the game. The energy consumption issue will never be solved, nor do we want it to be, as Proof of Work and the monetization of Energy is fundamental to Bitcoin. The problem is emissions and environmental impacts of the power plants that power the manufacture and operation of the mining hardware.

 

What are your thoughts on proof of stake alternatives?

 

For me, “If it’s not Proof of Work, it isn’t money.” I do envisage many good uses for proof of stake in the form of 2nd layer solutions or utility tokens though.

 

What does Bitcoin and Bitcoin maximalism mean to you?

 

Everything. Enough meaning to do dozens and dozens of stories. I believe that physical civil (roads, rail, sanitation, fibre and communications networks, etc.) and digital (Internet, Bitcoin) infrastructure are the only things that will stop the rot of inequality – which is predominantly a side-effect of the root-cause problem; the “printing” of money.

https://www.ccn.com/green-energy-bitcoin-mining-will-have-insignificant-environmental-impact/

Albert Ulebe Posted on September 24, 2018 20:16

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Vitalik Says Ethereum Can Scale to 500 tx/s Using Zcash Technology.

Ethereum co-creator Vitalik Buterin has a plan to scale the Ethereum network to accommodate a ~3,200 percent increase in transactions without the use of second-layer technologies such as Plasma.

 

Buterin: ZK-SNARKS Could Help ETH Scale to 500 tx/s

Writing on an ETH research forum in a post originally published on Saturday, Buterin said that Ethereum can borrow a technological innovation from privacy-centric cryptocurrency Zcash to “mass-validate” ETH transactions.

 

That technology, ZK-SNARKS, allows relaying nodes to “verify the correctness of computations without having to execute them” or “learn what was executed,” per a post on the Ethereum Foundation blog. Buterin elaborates that relayers can batch transactions together and then publish a ZK-SNARK to prove their validity, greatly compressing the amount of data stored in the blockchain while keeping all transactions on-chain.

 

He wrote:

 

“There are two classes of user: (i) transactor, and (ii) relayer. A relayer takes a set of operations from transactors, and combines them all into a transaction and makes a ZK-SNARK to prove the validity, and publishes the ZK-SNARK and the transaction data in a highly compressed form to the blockchain. A relayer gets rewarded for this by transaction fees from transactors.”

 

Buterin estimates that the integration and adoption of ZK-SNARKS could allow Ethereum to process a maximum of around 500 transactions per second, up from the current cap of approximately 15. That not only represents a 3,200 percent increase in network capacity but also accomplishes this feat apart from Plasma and other second-layer scaling solutions that increase network capacity by moving the majority of transactions off the main blockchain while retaining its security. If used in tandem with second-layer technologies following their eventual launch, the scaling improvement would be even more pronounced.

 

ETH Must Scale to Make dApps Mainstream

 

CryptoKitties contributed to ETH network congestion last December when its daily user base peaked above 14,000.

Such scaling improvements are crucial if Ethereum hopes to achieve mass adoption. As CCN recently reported, decentralized applications (dApps) that run on Ethereum have struggled to achieve widespread adoption, and only a few projects (mostly decentralized exchanges) have more than 500 daily users.

 

If one or more dApps does build a large user base, it would rapidly clog the Ethereum blockchain and send gas fees soaring. This already happened last December, shortly after the launch of CryptoKitties. At its peak, the dApp had around 14,000 daily users, a minuscule number compared to traditional web applications but enough to visibly disrupt  the ability of users to transact on the Ethereum network. One startup even postponed its initial coin offering (ICO), citing CryptoKitties-linked congestion.

 

 

 

Buterin isn’t the first developer to suggest that adapting Zcash-based technology to Ethereum could make the latter’s protocol more robust. In early 2017, CCN reported that a group consisting of researchers from both organizations had launched “Project Alchemy,” an initiative to add zero-knowledge proofs to Ethereum to help anonymize the protocol, with a particular eye toward ensuring that smart contract applications such as electronic voting can be executed transparently without sacrificing user privacy. Previously, the group had teased plans to build a decentralized cryptocurrency exchange (DEX) that would allow transactions between the two blockchains.

https://www.ccn.com/vitalik-says-ethereum-can-scale-to-500-tx-s-using-zcash-technology/

Albert Ulebe Posted on September 24, 2018 20:08

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1 in 3 Londoners Plan to Invest in Crypto, Twice the National Average: Survey.

A recent  survey reveals that 30% of Londoners plan to invest in cryptocurrencies, over twice as much as the national average of 13%.

 

The survey was carried out by Atomik on behalf of Rathbone Investment Management and had a sample size of 1503 adults throughout the UK.

 

 

 

Rathbone IM investment director Robert Hughes-Penney attributed the increased public awareness and the 2017 bull run to the sudden interest:

 

“Lucrative returns made by the early adopters of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies have been widely publicised. These early investors have been followed by others looking to make similar gains.”

 

The survey found that 37% of adults under 35 were interested in investing in digital assets, while only 4% of people over 45 would consider making an investment. While digital assets are obviously very popular among London investors, more people had money saved in traditional investments like savings accounts or stocks and shares. It also found that one in eight cryptocurrency investors in London in the capital attribute their current wealth to digital currencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum compared to just four percent in other parts of the UK.

 

He added:

 

“These figures suggest there are a number of investors in London with shorter investment goals who have been more susceptible to the so-called bitcoin craze, while outside of the capital investors have mostly stayed clear of what is a high-risk asset class.”

 

A June survey also revealed that a quarter of UK millennials prefer Bitcoin to real estate investment, viewing the digital asset as a more promising opportunity than purchasing physical property, with a clear preference for Bitcoin over stocks, government bonds, and gold demonstrated in a separate survey by Blockchain Capital this year as well.

 

As citizens of an international hub of fintech and finance, it’s promising to see Londoners show such firm support for cryptocurrency investment. The city itself is home to many crypto projects and firms, with TransferGo  remittance service recently opening crypto trading in response to strong demand for digital assets and East London launching its own cryptocurrency called the Local Pound to encourage spending in local businesses – meanwhile, CoinBase recently enabling British Pounds as a payment option on the platform to make the purchase of cryptocurrencies easier and cheaper for UK customers.

 

 

 

A July survey by securities trading platform SharesPost found that 72% of cryptocurrency investors plan to buy more cryptocurrency this year with the majority expecting mass adoption by 2025. 66% of investors also expect prices to rise in the coming year.

https://www.ccn.com/1-in-3-londoners-plan-to-invest-in-crypto-twice-the-national-average-survey/

Albert Ulebe Posted on September 24, 2018 20:05

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Painted baby turtles perplex customs officers at Dulles airport

A family brought in four painted turtles after a trip to China, perplexing customs officials.  (U.S Customs and Border Protection)

U.S. Customs officers were shell-shocked when they came upon a quartet of painted turtles being brought into the country by an American family returning from a trip to China.

The unidentified family arrived at Washington Dulles International Airport on Sept. 5 and told U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers about the four turtles.

Upon seeing the reptiles, the officers directed the family to an agriculture specialist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services because the turtles’ shells were hand-painted.

The unidentified family told officials they bought these four painted turtles from a street vendor in China.  (U.S. Customs and Border Protection)

The family said they purchased the turtles from a street vendor, CBP said in a statement, noting that in some Asian cultures turtles represent longevity, food fortune, fertility, vitality and great patience.

On Sept. 6, a USFWS inspector removed the paint from the turtles’ shells and examined them, identifying them as red-eared slider turtles.

CBP said turtles imported into the U.S. as pets require import permits — which the family did not have.

According to Wide Open Pets, the red-eared slider is listed as one of the 10 types of turtles that people can have as pets. They are found all over the United States.

Officials said imported turtles pose health concerns as young turtles because they are especially susceptible to carrying salmonella. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention connected a multi-state salmonella outbreak last year to pet turtles.

The family was allowed to keep the turtles after the inspector gave them a warning and a one-time permit.

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2018/09/24/painted-baby-turtles-perplex-customs-officers-at-dulles-airport.html

khojho Posted on September 24, 2018 18:06

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Wizkid, Samini, others gave sterling performances at Glo Mega Music show The legendary dancehall maestro, Samini, brought the roof literally crashing down with a performance that got both the young and old singing along with him.

The Glo Mega Show scored a much-loved encore with the successful hosting of the second Mega Music event and the fourth in the string of five events which began on August 12.

At an impressive concert held at the Fantasy Dome, Glo Mobile pulled some of the finest A-List music artistes across Ghana, Nigeria and Tanzania, to perform for the enjoyment of Glo subscribers and friends of the brand.

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Glo lined up a rich cast of eight artistes, unarguably the biggest and best collection of artistes gathered by any corporate organisation to perform on one night. These included Wizkid, Stonebwoy, Samini, Yemi Alade, Tekno, Kofi Kinaata, MzVee and Diamond Platnumz.

The fans were literally riotous, enthusiastically gobbling the performances and loving every minute of the tunes from the various artistes lined up by Glo for the night.

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The night opened with performances from upcoming music acts whose deliveries were pointers to the good vibes that were to come from the bigger stars later on.

Anchored by the duo of popular comedian, Gordons and the ever-young Nana Aba Anamoah, the show lived up to the expectations of the ecstatic crowd.

MzVee was the first to perform among the cast for the night and she gave a good account of herself. He performance was hallmarked by her closing song, Come and See My Moda, a duet she sang with the delectable Yemi Alade, who incidentally was the second act of the night. MzVee was simply a delight on the lighted stage.

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Yemi Alade gave almost an hour of energy sapping performance and the audience loved each minute she was on stage. many of her hit tunes came up during her performance and she got the audience singing along.

The performances by Kofi Kinaata, Tekno and Diamond Platnumz were as electrifying as their passion and energy.

The legendary dancehall maestro, Samini, brought the roof literally crashing down with a performance that got both the young and old singing along with him. He just had a connection with both generations. His protégé, Stonebwoy was also a delight on stage and he did a perfect rendition of many of his hit tunes.

Wizkid was the last act for the night and he left no one in doubt that he, indeed, is the Star Boy, The high point of his performance was when he was joined by Samini on stage to perform Samini’s hit track song, Time Bomb together.

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Saturday’s event was the fourth in the tapestry of five events organised by Glo Mobile to appreciate and entertain its subscribers.

The last event is scheduled to hold on Saturday, October 20, 2018 at the same Fantasy Dome, Trade Fair, Accra. The event will definitely be the much-expected climax to the five-event package by Glo Mobile.

The event will be a combo, with comedians and musicians sharing the stage. Music stars expected on that date include Davido, Sarkodie, Stonebwoy, Wizkid, Yemi Alade, Flavour and Patapaa. They will be joined by comedians, Foster Romanus, Basketmouth and Gordons.

Head of Business at Glo Mobile. Mr. Uche Ojo, promised that the fifth event holding on October 20 “will be the much-expected icing on the cake as it will be the talk of the town for some time to come.”

He noted that Glo subscribers that wish to attend the event should use a minimum GHc20 for voice or GHc30 for both voice and data on their Glo line before the event to get an invitation from Glo through SMS and confirmation calls. He added that new subscribers can purchase a pre-bundled SIM for GHc30 with 3.2GB data (that can be used anytime), register and get an invite.

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They can pick their tickets at select locations across Accra such as 37 Max Mart, Accra Mall Silverbird Cinema, West Hills Mall Silverbird Cinema, Airport Shell, Shell Dansoman, Baatsona Total, SMICE Phone Shop at Kotoka International Airport and at Junction Mall at Nungua.

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Albert Ulebe Posted on September 24, 2018 17:52

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Tiger Woods embraces girlfriend Erica Herman after golf great's first tour victory since 2013

After Tiger Woods sank a putt to seal his first PGA Tour victory in five years, his new mystery girlfriend stunned the crowd by wrapped her arms around him and giving him a victory kiss.

After Tiger Woods sank a putt to seal his first PGA Tour victory in five years on Sunday, the golf great ran into the arms of his girlfriend, Erica Herman, who then wrapped her arms around him and gave him a kiss.

Woods capped off an incredible comeback after his career seemed to be spiraling following his public divorce with his ex-wife Elin Nordegren amid a shocking sex scandal, back problems and a DUI arrest in May 2017. Woods’ win at the Tour Championship was his first since winning the 2013 Bridgestone Invitational.

“It's been tough,” Woods said immediately after the match. “I've had a not-so-easy last couple of years and I've worked my way back and ... it's just hard to believe I've won the Tour Championship.”

 

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Woods, 42, and Herman, 33, have been dating since 2017 and were first spotted together at last year's Presidents Cup in New Jersey, according to People.

Since then, Woods and Herman had been seen together on several dates, including the famous Nobu in Southern California, according to the magazine.

Herman worked at one of Woods' restaurants.  (Getty Images)

Herman had served as the general manager of Woods’ restaurant The Woods Jupiter, which the golfer opened in Florida in August 2017. TMZ reported in February she no longer works there.

Herman was first spotted with Woods at the Presidents Cup last year.  (Getty Images)

She was also seen with Woods’ children, daughter Sam, 11, and son Charlie, 9, on a beach in the Bahamas last December. And while the two aren’t getting married anytime soon, a friend of the golfer told People in April that he’s developed some feelings for her.

“No one has signed any paperwork,” the friend told People. “It’s not like they’re pledging their lives to each other. But she’s really nice and Tiger likes her.”

Ryan Gaydos is an editor for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @RyanGaydos.

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khojho Posted on September 24, 2018 17:38

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Tiger Woods is back — here's how he spends his millions and lives his life off the course.

Tiger Woods is back.

Woods sent a resounding message to the sports world with a dominating win at the Tour Championship — he's back, and the majors are next.

After playing in just two tournaments in over two years, and after a tumultuous few months that included his fourth back surgery in four years and an arrest after being found asleep in his car on the side of the road, Woods is finally back.

In fact, he has looked so good this season, people have already started whispering about Jack Nicklaus' record again.

On the course, Woods is one of the highest-paid athletes of all time. That means plenty of cash off the course to spend on yachts, private jets, megamansions, and video games.

Take a look at how he spends it all.

Tony Manfred and Mary Hanbury contributed reporting to a previous version of this article.

Tiger Woods has made more than $1.4 billion since turning pro in 1996.

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Tiger Woods has made more than $1.4 billion since turning pro in 1996.

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Source: Golf Digest and Forbes

 


 

More than $115 million of that came from on-course winnings. He's No. 1 on the all-time money list, by far.

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More than $115 million of that came from on-course winnings. He's No. 1 on the all-time money list, by far.

(PGA Tour)

 

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He won $4.6 million at the Tour Championship alone — $1.6 million for winning the tournament and $3.0 million for his second-place finish in the FedEx Cup — one of his biggest paydays ever in golf.

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Roger Federer recently passed Woods as the highest-paid athlete of all time from a non-team sport.

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Roger Federer recently passed Woods as the highest-paid athlete of all time from a non-team sport.

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But the real money comes from off the course. At his peak in the late 2000s, Woods made $100 million annually off the course. In 2016, he earned more than $45 million in endorsement deals and course-design fees.

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But the real money comes from off the course. At his peak in the late 2000s, Woods made $100 million annually off the course. In 2016, he earned more than $45 million in endorsement deals and course-design fees.

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Despite barely playing in 2017, Woods was still the 16th-highest-paid athlete in the world, according to Forbes, and had an estimated net worth of $740 million in 2016.

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Despite barely playing in 2017, Woods was still the 16th-highest-paid athlete in the world, according to Forbes, and had an estimated net worth of $740 million in 2016.

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Source: Forbes

 


 

Woods has hit other bumps in the road. In 2009, news broke that Woods had been cheating on his wife, Elin Nordegren. Two days later, he crashed his Cadillac Escalade into a fire hydrant outside his house.

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Woods has hit other bumps in the road. In 2009, news broke that Woods had been cheating on his wife, Elin Nordegren. Two days later, he crashed his Cadillac Escalade into a fire hydrant outside his house.

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He was accused of having an affair with Rachel Uchitel, a New York nightclub manager. Months later, several other women came forward to say they had affairs with Woods.

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He was accused of having an affair with Rachel Uchitel, a New York nightclub manager. Months later, several other women came forward to say they had affairs with Woods.

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Many of Woods' endorsement partners dropped him over the controversy, including AT&T, Gatorade, Gillette, Golf Digest, and Tag Heuer. His biggest partner, Nike, stuck with him.

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Many of Woods' endorsement partners dropped him over the controversy, including AT&T, Gatorade, Gillette, Golf Digest, and Tag Heuer. His biggest partner, Nike, stuck with him.

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Woods has been with Nike since he turned pro in 1996. In 2013 he signed a $200 million deal with the brand. Nike also stuck with Woods despite his DUI charges last year.

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Woods has been with Nike since he turned pro in 1996. In 2013 he signed a $200 million deal with the brand. Nike also stuck with Woods despite his DUI charges last year.

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The divorce settlement cost him a reported $100 million in 2010.

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The divorce settlement cost him a reported $100 million in 2010.

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And his golfing career started to turn sour. Woods hasn't won a major golf championship since 2008 and before the Tour Championship, he had not had a tour win since 2013.

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And his golfing career started to turn sour. Woods hasn't won a major golf championship since 2008 and before the Tour Championship, he had not had a tour win since 2013.

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He has also battled various injuries. When Woods was charged with driving under the influence, he blamed an "unexpected reaction to prescribed medications." Woods had recently had a fourth surgery on his back, and police later said he had five different drugs in his system at the time of the arrest.

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He has also battled various injuries. When Woods was charged with driving under the influence, he blamed an "unexpected reaction to prescribed medications." Woods had recently had a fourth surgery on his back, and police later said he had five different drugs in his system at the time of the arrest.

(Twitter/Golf_Com)

 

Source: Business Insider, New York Times

 


 

But Woods continues to live a lavish lifestyle. After the divorce settlement, there were reports that he considered selling his 155-foot long megayacht, "Privacy," for $25 million. The boat was not sold, however, and Woods now docks it in North Palm Beach, Florida.

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But Woods continues to live a lavish lifestyle. After the divorce settlement, there were reports that he considered selling his 155-foot long megayacht, "Privacy," for $25 million. The boat was not sold, however, and Woods now docks it in North Palm Beach, Florida.

(AP)

 

Source: Wall Street Journal

 


 

He stayed on the yacht on Long Island during the 2018 US Open at Shinnecock Hills.

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He stayed on the yacht on Long Island during the 2018 US Open at Shinnecock Hills.

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Read more: Tiger Woods has reportedly docked his $20 million, 155-foot yacht in the Hamptons — and he apparently plans to stay there during the US Open »

 


 

He owns a 10-acre property in Jupiter, Florida, that was built from scratch just for Woods at a cost of $55 million.

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He owns a 10-acre property in Jupiter, Florida, that was built from scratch just for Woods at a cost of $55 million.

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It has a pitch-and-putt golf course, as well as a private dock.

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It has a pitch-and-putt golf course, as well as a private dock.

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Golf isn't his only passion — Woods is really into spearfishing. He learned how to free dive so he could spearfish without an air tank.

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Golf isn't his only passion — Woods is really into spearfishing. He learned how to free dive so he could spearfish without an air tank.

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He loves spearfishing so much that he once called in sick to a tune-up tournament before the Open Championship just so he could spend time catching fish.

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He loves spearfishing so much that he once called in sick to a tune-up tournament before the Open Championship just so he could spend time catching fish.

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Read more: A crazy story about Tiger Woods shows that he was never as obsessed with golfing greatness as everybody thought

 


 

He also likes to work out, maybe too much. His old coach Hank Haney once said, "My opinion is he really overdoes that."

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He also likes to work out, maybe too much. His old coach Hank Haney once said, "My opinion is he really overdoes that."

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Read more: Tiger Woods is jacked now, and it could be hurting his golf game »

 


 

Haney would also suggest that Woods pushed himself physically because he wanted to be viewed as an athlete, saying that Woods viewed injuries as "a way of being accepted into the fraternity of superstars who played more physical sports than golf."

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Haney would also suggest that Woods pushed himself physically because he wanted to be viewed as an athlete, saying that Woods viewed injuries as "a way of being accepted into the fraternity of superstars who played more physical sports than golf."

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Read more: An interesting theory explains why Tiger Woods keeps getting hurt

 


 

Woods says he likes to practice all day, but when he was recovering from surgery he filled his time by playing "Call of Duty" eight hours a day with a 30-minute lunch break. Despite that, Woods said he was still getting beat by 7-year-olds when he played online.

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Woods says he likes to practice all day, but when he was recovering from surgery he filled his time by playing "Call of Duty" eight hours a day with a 30-minute lunch break. Despite that, Woods said he was still getting beat by 7-year-olds when he played online.

(Youtube/The Late Show)

 

Read more: Tiger Woods told Stephen Colbert a great story about how playing "Call of Duty" 8 hours a day humbled him »

 


 

"He struggles to sleep," Rory McIlroy said of Woods, "which I think is an effect of overtraining, so I tell him to calm down sometimes. He'd be texting me at 4 o'clock in the morning: 'Up lifting. What are you doing?'"

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"He struggles to sleep," Rory McIlroy said of Woods, "which I think is an effect of overtraining, so I tell him to calm down sometimes. He'd be texting me at 4 o'clock in the morning: 'Up lifting. What are you doing?'"

(Jamie Squire/Getty)

 

Read more: Rory McIlroy says Tiger Woods texts him in the middle of the night from the gym because he can't sleep »

 


 

He even has his own restaurant, called The Woods Jupiter. "After years of meals on the road, he decided to bring his vision of an elevated sports bar to life at home in Jupiter," the website says.

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He even has his own restaurant, called The Woods Jupiter. "After years of meals on the road, he decided to bring his vision of an elevated sports bar to life at home in Jupiter," the website says.

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Source: The Woods Jupiter

 


 

Even when he isn't at home in Jupiter, Woods likes to bring a little bit of it with him. He reportedly replaces all the furniture in the houses he rents during tournaments with his own, even if he's only there for a few days.

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Even when he isn't at home in Jupiter, Woods likes to bring a little bit of it with him. He reportedly replaces all the furniture in the houses he rents during tournaments with his own, even if he's only there for a few days.

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Source: Business Insider

 


 

He likes to travel in style and owns a Gulfstream G550 private jet, worth about $54 million.

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He likes to travel in style and owns a Gulfstream G550 private jet, worth about $54 million.

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In January 2017, for the first time in 10 years, Woods took a commercial flight, from Los Angeles to Dubai.

Source: Architectural Digest, Golfweek

 


 

Woods has also been accused of being cheap. One story told of how Woods wanted to be just one of the guys when he was having lunch with a group of Navy Seals and did not pick up the check.

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Woods has also been accused of being cheap. One story told of how Woods wanted to be just one of the guys when he was having lunch with a group of Navy Seals and did not pick up the check.

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Read more: Tiger Woods once baffled and irritated a group of Navy SEALs when he didn't pick up the check for lunch »

 


 

He devotes a ton of time and money to his at-risk youth charity, the Tiger Woods Foundation. In 2012, he gave $12 million to the foundation.

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He devotes a ton of time and money to his at-risk youth charity, the Tiger Woods Foundation. In 2012, he gave $12 million to the foundation.

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Woods doesn't just rely on his golf winnings and endorsements to fund his extravagant lifestyle — he also runs a golf-design business. He opened his first US course in Houston in 2015 and was said to be designing a Trump International Golf Club course in Dubai in 2017.

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Woods doesn't just rely on his golf winnings and endorsements to fund his extravagant lifestyle — he also runs a golf-design business. He opened his first US course in Houston in 2015 and was said to be designing a Trump International Golf Club course in Dubai in 2017.

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He is also picking up new endorsements. Since Nike got out of the equipment business, Woods has signed with Bridgestone to use its golf balls, and with TaylorMade for its golf clubs.

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He is also picking up new endorsements. Since Nike got out of the equipment business, Woods has signed with Bridgestone to use its golf balls, and with TaylorMade for its golf clubs.

(Bridgestone Golf)

 

Read more: Tiger Woods announces his first major equipment endorsement deal since Nike stopped making golf equipment »

 


 

He's even partnered with President Donald Trump. At the end of 2016, the two played at Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach, Florida. "What most impressed me was how far he hits the ball at 70 years old," Woods told CNN of Trump.

 

Woods has played with Barack Obama, George Bush, and Bill Clinton in the past.

Source: CNN

 


 

While Woods is still mum about his private life, he is dating again. He spent a lot of time with Erica Herman at the Presidents Cup in 2017. She was the general manager for Woods' restaurant.

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While Woods is still mum about his private life, he is dating again. He spent a lot of time with Erica Herman at the Presidents Cup in 2017. She was the general manager for Woods' restaurant.

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Read more: Everything you need to know about Erica Herman, the restaurant manager who seems to be dating Tiger Woods »

 


 

And she was at the Tour Championship and greeted Tiger after his win.

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And she was at the Tour Championship and greeted Tiger after his win.

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It is Woods' first public relationship since Lindsey Vonn. In 2017, someone hacked and distributed nude photos of the couple.

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It is Woods' first public relationship since Lindsey Vonn. In 2017, someone hacked and distributed nude photos of the couple.

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Read more: Lawyer for Tiger Woods and Lindsey Vonn vows to pursue legal action 'swiftly and vigorously' against sites publishing their hacked nude photos »

 


 

The good news is that on the course, Woods finally looks healthy. His play at the British Open and the PGA Championship in 2018, as well as his win at the Tour Championship, suggests it's just a matter of time before he's lifting another trophy at a major.

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The good news is that on the course, Woods finally looks healthy. His play at the British Open and the PGA Championship in 2018, as well as his win at the Tour Championship, suggests it's just a matter of time before he's lifting another trophy at a major.

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Now check out how much some NFL players change when they retire:

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Now check out how much some NFL players change when they retire:

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Albert Ulebe Posted on September 24, 2018 17:33

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Nigeria Airways retirees are getting 50% of their severance packages 15 years later.

This is coming a week after the Nigerian government suspended the Nigeria Air project.

15 years after shutting down, Nigeria Airways retirees will receive about 50% of their severance packages.

This is coming a week after the Nigerian government suspended the Nigeria Air project.

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President Muhammadu Buhari-led federal government on Monday, September 24, 2018, approved the release of N22.68 billion as retirement benefits of ex-workers of the Nigeria Airways Limited (in Liquidation).

Payment of former Nigeria Airways severance packages

The payment came weeks after the former Nigeria Airways workers threatened to frustrate the kick off of the national carrier, Nigeria Air.

ALSO READ: Here are the 10 best African airlines

The government also paid the sum of N20 billion for the revitalization fund of public universities as requested by universities' lecturers, the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).

Zainab Ahmed, Nigeria's Minister of Finance, stated this during a press briefing in Abuja, the nation's capital on Monday.

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The amount was about 50% of the total retirement package of the affected former aviation workers. 

“This amount was verified by Presidential Initiative on Continuous Audit (PICA) and other relevant stakeholders in line with the condition of service of Nigeria Airways Limited in liquidation and other extant rules and regulations.”

Buhari government suspends Nigeria Air project

Last week, the Nigerian government announced its decision to suspend the proposed national carrier.

Aviation players question level of preparedness

Although the government claimed the reasons was basically 'strategic' but industry players questioned the level of preparedness on the part of the government and believed the project has grey areas that need simplification.

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The National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE) were among those that kicked against the new national carrier. 

ALSO READ: Nigerian Airways and other national airlines that have gone into extinction

They had envisaged that new airline will not kick off until the severance package of the staff of the defunct national carrier, Nigeria Airways, have been paid.

The group also expressed concerns about the government's level of involvement in the airline despite its public claims that it will not be involved in the operations of the airline.

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Albert Ulebe Posted on September 24, 2018 17:25

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How potential tenants are suffering exploitation at the hands of rent agents As for the high cost and demand for two years’ advance payment upfront, sometimes in foreign currencies in clear violation of the country’s rent laws, the least said about

It is really getting harder and harder each passing day to continue living in Accra.

Aside the general economic hardship, there are some little things that have evaded attention and are aggravating the plights of the average earner.

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Chief among some of these things is rent.

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People are really suffering in this country (think Accra) to rent accommodation. From the high cost of buildings, demand for two years’ advance payment upfront, sometimes in foreign currencies and unclear rent laws, the average Ghanaian is left at the mercy of several things.

Ghana is racing against high population growth which is currently estimated at about twenty eight million people.

To compound the situation, the nation also has a yawning housing deficit of about 1.7 million. And to bridge this disturbing gap, a minimum of 170,000 housing units would have to be built annually, over a period of ten tears.

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Jumia House Ghana and Hacking Adulthood recently conducted a survey and the reports revealed that that 91 percent of Ghanaians are not property owners. The report further stated that the 91 percent of Ghanaians are either renting accommodation or living with their nuclear family.

The high population combined with the widening housing deficit has increased demand for accommodation across the country.

However, with specific reference to Accra, the situation is extremely unpleasant due to the cosmopolitan nature of the capital city and the continual internal migration of people from other parts of the country.

Analysts have attributed the high urbanization of Accra to a lack of proper decentralization and unemployment.

Now, as usual, business minded people will always take advantage of a bad situation to create a source of income. Some people who call themselves agents (middlemen) have hijacked the few houses in the system in the name of liaising between potential tenants and landlords/ladies.

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These days, like Jesus and God, one can hardly walk straight to landlords/ ladies to rent accommodation without having to pass through an agent, thanks to their strong syndicate and trickery.

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Because most people try to avoid the agents due to their exploitation, now when they place their advert notices they clandestinely issue a false caveat that ‘no agent.’ It is only after calling the number provided in the notice that you realize that you are still dealing with the same agents you have been avoiding anyway.

This deception is just the beginning of your woes. After waking up to the fact that you have been misled, the next thing that you are confronted with is the payment of a GHS50 or more as a precondition to be allowed to see the very house being advertised.

If after viewing the said house you are not interested, the GHS50 payment made is not refundable. So if you choose to move to another agent the same trend continues and you have to keep paying that GHS50 to agents until you finally get the apartment that meets your desire.

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The aforementioned problems are just a tip of the iceberg. When you eventually agree to rent the apartment that is when the biggest of all the problems will raise its head. As you struggle to raise the two years’ advance upfront payment, you are also burdened with paying ‘tithe’ to the agent.

Depending on the area of Accra one intends to live and the kind of apartment being sought, the cost of rent varies. If the two years advance payment will cost the potential tenant GHS10,000, he or she must also get an GHS1000 which is ten percent of the rent cost for the agent.

All these benefits are completely exclusive of what he or she is entitled to from the landlord/lady for work done.

Interestingly, when you are able to raise the GHS10,000 for the rent without the ten percent (tithe) for the agent, you will not have the apartment, because the payment to the landlord/lady must be done through him. You have to keep the ten thousand until you are able to raise the one thousand for the agent.

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The question that one is tempted to ask is, why should the potential tenant pay ten percent of the rent to an agent when in fact he is working for the landlord/lady and not the tenant? Then we must as well pay ten percent to sales boys and girls compulsorily when we go to shopping malls to purchase things, because there is no clear distinction between what they do and the work of rent agents.

Just recently, a young pastor who had just graduated from theological school and wanted an apartment to rent and settle, was faced with raising GHS8,000 for two years advance payment. This was after he had tried fruitlessly to get one without dealing with a middleman.

The young Man of God was able to raise GHS4,000 which is a half of the money, and intended to go and see the landlord and plead with him for indulgence to pay the rest in two months’ time. However, he also had another burden of finding an extra GHS400 (tithe) for the middleman before he could even go to plead with the landlord.

Annoyingly, the pastor had to keep the money as long as it took him to raise the ‘tithe’ for the agent. While keeping that money, something else could have come up necessitating the use of it and then he would have come back to ground zero.

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Asked why a potential tenant should be burdened with paying a ten percent of the rent to an agent when in fact the landlord/lady will be paying them, one of them replied, “But you too you don’t have the thing and I am helping you to get it.

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Don’t be deceived that in case you dislike the conditions of one agent and move to another one you will hear anything different. In fact, they are more united and committed to a common goal than a terrorist group. Sometimes one is tempted to wonder if they hold general meetings to decide on their charges, as drivers unions do.

Looking at things, the future for housing in Ghana with specific reference to Accra is bleak, because the central government that claimed to be building affordable houses for workers, its houses are only affordable to the politicians and their cronies who are already wealthy.

The existing rent laws that could give semblance of respite to tenants are begging to be implemented. Parliament itself that made the law is the first to break it, the executive equally guilty as they buy houses in foreign currencies in Ghana and pay the illegal two years advance.

Unfortunately, workers especially the average earners would have to continue to suffer exploitation at the hands of landlords/ladies and so-called agents until the housing deficit is hopefully bridged one day.

https://www.pulse.com.gh/news/local/how-potential-tenants-are-being-exploited-by-rent-agents-id7890855.html

Albert Ulebe Posted on September 24, 2018 15:52

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Contaminated blood scandal: Inquiry 'must uncover truth'

Emotional testimonies from people infected with HIV and hepatitis have been heard at the start of the inquiry into the contaminated blood scandal.

The public inquiry is looking at how thousands of NHS patients were given infected blood products during the 1970s and 1980s in what has been dubbed the worst-ever NHS treatment disaster.

In a video played to the inquiry, one man described how he felt he lost his entire life after finding out at the age of 43 that he had been infected with hepatitis C when he was a child.

He was given an injection of blood products when he was eight for a swollen knee that was misdiagnosed as haemophilia.

"I lost everything. I lost my whole life the day I found out - everything ended," he explained.

With her identify hidden, one woman said she became infected with HIV through her husband who was a haemophiliac, and who had been given contaminated blood.

She said when they found out they were left stunned and devastated.

"This was the mid-1980s and the climate of fear, discrimination and stigma associated with HIV and Aids was horrendous," she added.

"We coped the best we could. We were silenced, and we kept quiet."

Another victim, a widow, whose husband John died of Aids in 1994 and who also had hepatitis C, said: "I feel we have been treated very badly. Nobody has listened to us over the years."

There have been previous inquiries into the scandal, but this is the first UK-wide public inquiry that can compel witnesses to testify.

It comes after decades of campaigning by victims, who claim the risks were never explained and the scandal was subsequently covered up.

 

Media captionBarbara, wife of one of the contaminated blood victims, says the inquiry is "too little, too late"

A short history of the contaminated blood scandal

About 5,000 people with haemophilia and other bleeding disorders are believed to have been infected with HIV and hepatitis viruses over a period of more than 20 years - nearly 3,000 of them have since died.

This was because they were injected with blood products used to help their blood clot.

It was a new treatment introduced in the early 1970s. Before then patients faced lengthy stays in hospital to have transfusions, even for minor injuries.

Britain was struggling to keep up with demand for the treatment - known as clotting agent Factor VIII - and so supplies were imported from the US.

But much of the human blood plasma used to make the product came from donors such as prison inmates, who sold their blood.

The blood products were made by pooling plasma from up to 40,000 donors, and concentrating it.

People who underwent blood transfusions were also exposed to the contaminated blood - as many as 30,000 people may have been infected.

By the mid-1980s the products started to be heat-treated to kill the viruses.

But questions remain about how much was known before this, and why some contaminated products remained in circulation.

Screening of blood products began in 1991 and by the late 1990s, synthetic treatments for haemophilia became available, removing the infection risk.

'We have been betrayed and lied to'

Steve Dymond is now in his early 60s. He initially had only mild symptoms of haemophilia and led an active life.

During the 1980s his health began to suffer. His muscles were sore, his joints ached and he was always exhausted.

After going to hospital following a minor hand injury in the mid-1980s, he was told he had been treated with Factor VIII that had not been heat-treated.

The concern was that he may have been exposed to HIV.

At the time it took 18 months to get a diagnosis - a wait that his wife Su Gorman said put their lives on hold.

He was given the all-clear, but in the 1990s was diagnosed with hepatitis C.

He is now clear of hepatitis C, although his health has continued to suffer.

Two years ago he suffered a near-fatal stomach bleed, has suffered hearing loss and has a damaged liver, leaving him at risk of cancer.

He said people have been "betrayed and lied to" throughout, with the government, health professionals and drug companies all guilty of trying to avoid responsibility.

"It is difficult to try to imagine - even though there is a public inquiry - how they will be able to get past these walls of obfuscation," said Mr Dymond.

Why have an inquiry now?

The government has been strongly criticised for dragging its heels.

There have been previous inquiries. One was led by Labour peer Lord Archer of Sandwell and was privately funded.

It held no official status and was unable to force witnesses to testify or force the disclosure of documents.

Meanwhile, the Penrose Inquiry, a seven-year investigation launched by the government in Scotland, was criticised as a whitewash when it was published in 2015.

Greater Manchester mayor and former health secretary Andy Burnham has repeatedly called for a probe into what happened.

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Mr Burnham claimed in the House of Commons last year that a "criminal cover-up on an industrial scale" had taken place.

The government announced there would be an inquiry only after it faced a possible defeat in a vote on an emergency motion.

What's next?

The inquiry could last more than two years.

Payments have been made to some of the people who were infected - the first fund was set up as long ago as 1989.

But if the new inquiry finds culpability, it opens the door to victims seeking large compensation payouts through the courts.

Sir Brian Langstaff, who is leading the inquiry, said it marked the start of something which several people had campaigned for over many years.

He said there had already been more than 100,000 documents submitted, with the prospect of lots more to come.

"There will also be many hundreds of witness statements. I am grateful for each and every contribution.

"There must, however, still be more who have knowledge, documents and their own accounts to add. I know that going over the past can be difficult, but I encourage them to come forward."

Liz Carroll, chief executive of The Haemophilia Society, said the inquiry must work diligently to "uncover the truth, bring justice and ultimately closure for victims and their families".

"This scandal devastated generations of people with haemophilia and other bleeding disorders.

"Our members have waited decades for this to be properly investigated."

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Royal Family Just Had It’s First Ever Same-Sex Wedding

Royal Family Just Had It’s First Ever Same-Sex Wedding

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The Royal Family have had their first same-sex wedding. 

The Queen’s cousin, Lord Ivar Mountbatten married his partner, James Coyle, on Saturday (September 22) two years after coming out.

Lord Ivar is a divorced father of three, who married his ex-wife, Penny, 24 years ago. The pair remain on good terms – so much so, Penny gave him away at his wedding at the weekend.

Lord Ivar and Mr Coyle exchanged rings and vows in front of 60 guests made up of family and friends, including Lord Ivar’s three daughters.

The ceremony took place in a private chapel at Bridwell Park, a Grade I-listed mansion near the village of Uffculme, Devon, where Lord Ivar and Penny raised their children.

 

Sharing a picture with his old and new partners on Instagram, Lord Ivar wrote:

Future and former spouses. My daughters decided it was only right their Mum should walk me down the aisle and give me away to James.

Here’s hoping he won’t say no at the last minute.

No immediate members of the royal family attended the wedding, but Lord Ivar and James received lots of good wishes, including a congratulations from Prince Edward, Lord Ivar’s life-long friend.

 

Speaking of Prince Edward and wife Sophie, Lord Ivar explained to the Daily Mail:

Their diaries are arranged months in advance and they were not free, but they adore James.

The newly married couple’s honeymoon has been pushed back to later in the year, with its destination yet to be decided.

The wedding celebrations were spread over the weekend, with a welcome dinner for 30 guests on Friday night before the ceremony itself on Saturday afternoon.

Guests had dinner in the orangery, the same setting where speeches were made and dancing took place.

Instead of accepting gifts, the couple asked guests to make a donation to spinal injury charity, Regain.

 

Lord Ivar explained the couple’s decision to marry:

I suppose if we had met ten years ago a civil partnership would have been nice, but now that marriage between a man and a man is legal it seems the right thing to do.

I have had the whole marriage thing — and been very happy — but James hasn’t, so I see it as a validation of my love for him.

Congratulations to the happy couple!

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Is Russia taking control of Syria's air defences?

Russia said the S-300 system would "significantly increase the Syrian army's capabilities"

Russia has been talking about selling the S-300 surface-to-air missile system to Syria for almost a decade.

But it was never delivered; a product of Israeli diplomatic efforts and a certain indifference from Moscow towards Israel's air campaign over Syria.

Now, though, Russia seems to be signalling that its "neutrality" is over and that Israel's air operations are seen as running counter to its strategic interests.

Back in 2011 news reports suggested that Moscow was planning to sell up to four batteries of the export version of the S-300 to Syria.

Each battery consists of up to six launcher vehicles, along with separate surveillance and engagement radars and a command post.

It is a mobile and highly capable system but does not necessarily represent a step-change in Syria's capabilities. Syria can already strike targets within the S-300's envelope with its existing systems.

Nonetheless, once integrated with other missile batteries and radars, Syria's capabilities would certainly be enhanced.

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Image captionThe S-300 sale was announced a week after a Russian plane was shot down off Syria

As well as delivering the S-300 system, Moscow plans to equip Syrian air defence command posts with automated systems to ensure, in the words of Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu, "centralised control over all of Syria's air defence facilities and capabilities, the monitoring of airspace and prompt targeting".

In addition, he said "the identification of all Russian aircraft by Syrian air defences will be guaranteed".

This is in effect an admission that there were serious shortcomings in the existing system when a Russian Ilyushin Il-20 electronic intelligence gathering aircraft was accidentally shot down a week ago by Syrian air defence forces responding to an Israeli air strike on the city of Latakia.

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Russia appears to be asserting greater control over Syria's air defences. But it remains to be seen whether it will actively try to constrain Israeli operations.

Mr Shoigu also stated that "in parts of the Mediterranean adjacent to Syria, there will be radio-electronic jamming of satellite navigation, on board radars and communications systems used by military aircraft attacking targets in Syrian territory".

This certainly sounds like Russia taking a much more active role.

The problem is that the signals coming from Moscow have been contradictory.

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Image captionRussia's military accused Israeli pilots of acting unprofessionally or with "criminal negligence"

The defence ministry reacted angrily to the shooting down of the Il-20, putting the blame squarely upon Israel, which said its aircraft had targeted a Syrian military facility to prevent the transfer on behalf of Iran to Lebanon's Hezbollah movement of systems to manufacture weapons.

Israel insisted that its jets were back in Israeli airspace by the time the Russian aircraft was shot down and said the blame lay with the Syrian military, as well as with Iran and Hezbollah. An Israeli military delegation travelled to Russia to make the case.

President Vladimir Putin, perhaps mindful of the close relationship he has with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, meanwhile sought to calm tensions.

The storm appeared to have blown over until the Russian defence ministry released a report over the weekend accusing the Israeli pilots of acting unprofessionally or with "criminal negligence", and on Monday announced the sale of the S-300 to Syria.

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So what then is the real Russian position and how much difference will the enhancements to Syria's air defence system make?

The Russian position is not entirely consistent.

For a start, Russia has a highly-sophisticated surface-to-air missile system and radars at its own airbase near Latakia. It could very easily have told the Israelis that it would now seek to use these to defend Syrian airspace. But it apparently has not.

Many in the Russian military were understandably angry at the loss of an aircraft with 15 personnel on board, and Moscow felt compelled to act.

But should the anger be directed more at ally, Syria, rather than Israel?

That kind of public condemnation is unlikely to be forthcoming.

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Image captionIsrael has carried out air strikes in Syria to thwart shipments of Iranian weapons to Hezbollah

In striking at targets close to the Russian airbase, the Israeli Air Force appears to have crossed a Russian red line.

Israel insists that interrupting weapons shipments to Hezbollah and constraining Iran's growing influence in Syria are vital strategic goals.

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Image captionRussia launched an air campaign in support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in 2015

But Russia seems to be saying it is no longer willing to turn a blind eye to such operations, which it believes are weakening Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

If this really is Moscow's intention then the Israelis are going to have to tread carefully.

There could be some very tense and bumpy moments in the coming weeks and months.

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Paedophile To Be Chemically Castrated After New Sex Offenders Law Is Introduced

Paedophile To Be Chemically Castrated After New Sex Offenders Law Is Introduced

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A paedophile from Kazakhstan is going to be chemically castrated following the introduction of a new sex offenders law earlier this year.

A new law came into force as of January 1, 2018, permitting chemical castration as a punishment for paedophiles.

An unnamed man, from the region of Turkestan, will be given an injection supervised by Kazakhstan’s health ministry.

He will be the first person in the country to receive this punishment, with Turkestan becoming the first region of the country to carry out chemical castration.

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Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev has allocated £20,500 for 2,000 injections on those who have committed child sex attacks.

According to BNEWS KZ, Vice Minister of Healthcare Lyazzat Aktayeva said:

From January 1 2018, the order of the Ministry of Healthcare on the use and rules to use chemical castration has entered into force.

Accordingly, it can be applied by a court decision. Funds are already allocated from the rebulican budget. As of today, one application for the use chemical castration by a court decision has already been received.

According to the Astana Times, the Ministry of Internal Affairs Administrative Police juvenile police department head, Asset Ospanov, has claimed paedophiles have a 70 per cent relapse rate.

This new law applies to those over the age of 18 years old, with the intention of preventing sexual assault crimes against minors.

The procedure itself will be administered within prisons or health care organisations to offenders who have been sentenced to other forms of punishment. In Kazakhstan, sex crimes against children may also result in prison sentences of up to 20 years.

Senator Byrganym Aitimova has said the castration would be ‘temporary’, involving a ‘one-time injection’ based upon ‘the necessity of preventing the man from [committing] sexual violence’, The Mirror reports.

Cyproterone – a steroidal anti-androgen created for treating cancer – will reportedly be used.

Unlike surgical castration, undergoing chemical castration will not stop an offender from experiencing sexual urges indefinitely, and some have raised concerns this procedure may not prevent future attacks.

If you’ve been affected by any of these issues, and want to speak to someone in confidence regarding the welfare of a child contact the NSPCC on 0808 800 5000. If you are a child seeking advice and support call Childline for free on 0800 1111.

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DR Congo Ebola outbreak: Beni attack halts outreach work

Health workers have been vaccinating people against Ebola to prevent the spread of the virus

Ebola prevention activities have been suspended in the Democratic Republic of Congo city of Beni after a deadly rebel attack.

Treatment centres will stay open but vaccinations and the tracing of people who have been in contact with suspected Ebola patients have stopped for now.

One hundred people have died in the current outbreak in the east of the country, the health ministry says.

It began in July and is the 10th to hit the country since 1976.

The rebel attack in Beni started on Saturday afternoon and lasted for several hours. Eighteen people died including 14 civilians, the army says.

Local sources say the Allied Democratic Forces, a Ugandan Islamist militant group active in the area since the 1990s, was behind the attack, but this has not been confirmed.

Representatives from aid agencies working on the Ebola response are meeting to assess whether to increase security measures in Beni, reports the BBC's Louise Dewast in the capital, Kinshasa.

Some residents of Beni have taken to the streets to protest against the security problems.

The World Health Organization (WHO) had warned in August that insecurity in the region could affect the Ebola response.

At the time, the WHO's Peter Salama described it as a "dreaded" scenario.

This is the second Ebola outbreak in the country this year. The previous outbreak, in the west of the country, killed 33 people, according to the government.

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Black Eyed Peas announce new album and release provocative music video

Masters of The Sun is set for release on 12 October.

The band have also shared a video for the new track Big Love which comes with warning message and depicts, in graphic detail, a school shooting.

Proceeds from the song will go to March for Our Lives, the student-activist movement dedicated to ending the US mass shooting epidemic.

Writing on Twitter, Will.i.am said: "They took kids away from their parents, but they can’t take guns away from kids? We need compassion, empathy, understanding, patience, guidance, protection, collaboration, tolerance & #BIGLOVE#VOTE."

It's the group's first studio album in eight years and you can check out the new video below.

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'New' Ramones video unearthed for album re-release

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A previously unseen video for their‘ 1978 track She’s the One has been released as part of a 40th birthday release of their album Road to Ruin.

The video, which looks like it's been shot through an Insta filter, sees the punk icons dressed in their signature leather jackets and ripped jeans as they tear through their two minute ode to young love.

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Guitarist leaves Panic! At the Disco amid allegations of misconduct

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The band - fronted by Brendon Urie - have confirmed touring guitarist Kenny Harris will no longer perform with the band,.

In a statement on Twitter, Panic! At The Disco said Harris “will no longer be performing with us because of a personal matter”.

According to reports, the announcement comes after allegations of sexual misconduct were made against Harris on social media.

He is yet to respond to the allegations.

Since 2015, Urie is the only full-time member of the group.

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Camp Bestival admits 'financial challenges'

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Organisers of the Camp Bestival music festival say they are facing "financial challenges" and are looking for a new partner for next year.

Thousands of people are waiting for refunds after the annual festival was forced to close early when bad weather battered the site in July.

The festival said the closure was not the cause of the problems but admitted it was "not a positive factor".

They said there was "every intention" to hold the event in 2019.

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It's been a tough year for festivals with Festival Number 6 in Wales announcing this year was the last for the time being and the organisers of Womad saying due to the UK visa process it had become harder to attract foreign musicians.

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Take That re-record their back catalogue for new album

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Take That announced on Friday they're off on a Greatest Hits Live tour next year - with support coming from Rick Astley - to mark 30 years of the band.

Speaking to BBC Radio 2's Chris Evans (above), Gary Barlow joked that the feat "is impossible as I'm only 24!"

Meanwhile a new 27-track Greatest Hits album, Odyssey will be released on 23 November, featuring new versions of old tracks like 1993 track Pray (below), special guests and "a couple of new ones" too.

 

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Liam Payne goes underground in NYC

 

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The One D singer turned solo star has shared the video for First Time, his collaboration French Montana.

It sees him off on a jaunt around Manhattan before he manages to blag a lift with the rapper.

The track is a name dropping spectacular with Rihanna and Mike Tyson given shout outs.

Check it out above.

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Russia to upgrade Syrian air defences.

Russia is to send new anti-aircraft missiles to Syria, a week after Syrian forces accidentally shot down a Russian aircraft during an Israeli air strike.

Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said that the S-300 surface-to-air missile defence system would be delivered within two weeks.

Fifteen Russian military personnel were killed when the reconnaissance aeroplane was downed on 17 September.

Syria and Russia say Israel was to blame, but it denies responsibility.

In remarks quoted by Russian news agency Interfax, Mr Shoigu said the delivery of the system had been suspended in 2013 following a request from Israel, but added: "Now, the situation has changed. And it's not our fault."

"In parts of the Mediterranean adjacent to Syria, there will be radio-electronic jamming of satellite navigation, onboard radars and communications systems used by military aircraft attacking targets in Syrian territory," he said.

The systems will also be able to track and identify Russian aircraft.

Russia is supporting President Bashar al-Assad in Syria's civil war.

What happened last week?

The incident is reported to have occurred about 35km (22 miles) from the Syrian coast as the Ilyushin Il-20 aircraft was returning to Russia's Hmeimim airbase near the north-western city of Latakia.

Russia's Tass news agency said at the time that the plane "disappeared during an attack by four Israeli F-16 jets on Syrian facilities in Latakia province".

Reports on Syrian state media spoke of an attack in the area shortly before the plane disappeared. According to Sana news agency, the military said it had intercepted "enemy missiles coming from the open sea towards the city of Latakia".

Syrian television also reported explosions over the sky in Latakia just before 22:00 local time. Thirty minutes later, the Sana Facebook page reported that Syrian air defences had responded to enemy missiles.

What does Russia say?

On Sunday, Russia reiterated its stance that Israeli jets had used its reconnaissance plane as cover while carrying out strikes in Syria.

The country's defence ministry said Israel had failed to give it adequate notice of the attack, putting the Russian aircraft in the path of Syrian air defence systems.

"The actions of the Israeli fighter pilots, which resulted in the loss of life of 15 Russian servicemen, either lacked professionalism or were an act of criminal negligence, to say the least," a ministry spokesman said.

How has Israel responded?

Israel maintains that indiscriminate fire from Syrian forces was to blame for the incident.

It said its aircraft were targeting Syrian military facilities "from which systems to manufacture accurate and lethal weapons were about to be transferred on behalf of Iran to Hezbollah in Lebanon".

The Lebanese Shia militant group and Iran are both allies of the Syrian government. Israel has reportedly hit more than 200 Iranian targets in Syria over the past 18 months.

In a statement on Sunday evening, the Israel Defense Forces said that figures in the Russian military had been clear "that the deconfliction mechanism worked and did so in a timely manner".

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UN agency's U-turn after unpaid internships row.

The World Health Organization (WHO) is to offer paid internships for the first time to boost access for those applying from developing countries, the BBC has learnt.

About 1,200 interns are accepted by one of the UN's largest agencies each year to support its work improving public health and tackling global diseases.

Yet fewer than one in four of those chosen are from low-income countries.

For the past 50 years, the WHO has expected its interns to move to their headquarters in Geneva, or one of its six regional offices, and work unpaid without travel expenses for up to six months, costing each person around £5,000 ($6,540).

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But after a campaign led by a former intern, the UN agency has agreed to provide full financial support for its young workers by no later than 2020.

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It told the BBC that targets are also in place to ensure that 50% of interns come from developing countries by 2022.

"It's unacceptable that 80% of WHO's work goes into supporting people in developing countries, yet only 20% of their interns come from them," says Ashton Barnett-Vanes, 29, a British doctor of English and Jamaican heritage from Wolverhampton, who started the campaign after his internship in 2012.

He spent six years rallying the international community before eventually working with ministers across the Caribbean and Africa to persuade the 194 members of the UN to reach the agreement.

"All it took was for one country to say 'no' for it to be stopped," Dr Barnett-Vanes said. "If you don't have trained staff, you can't develop an effective health system," he added.

"This change could see more than 500 young people each year from developing countries receive professional training that they can invest back into their communities."

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In 2015, Dr Barnett-Vanes and Tara Kedia, 27, a fellow former intern who now works in health policy in Washington DC, launched a crowdfunding campaign to create a $10,000 scholarship to enable two young people to intern at WHO.

Christabel Abewe, 28, from Uganda, and Yassine Kalboussi, now 29, from Tunisia, were chosen.

"I wouldn't have been able to participate without the scholarship," Ms Abewe said.

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Dr Kalboussi agreed: "It would have cost two full years of my salary."

"Professional public health training is not currently provided in Tunisia," he added. "I was one of only three interns from a low or middle-income country out of my group of 162 people."

 

 

Dr Kalboussi now serves on the executive committee of the Tunisian Center for Public Health, and Ms Abewe is researching the early detection of breast cancer in developing countries.

More than 100 UN states have no participants each year, while 50 countries - including Angola, Barbados, Cambodia, Cuba and Libya - did not have a single WHO intern between 2015 and 2017, according to WHO data.

Jamaica has had one WHO intern in the past two years.

Dr Christopher Tufton, the Jamaican health minister, championed the campaign in Geneva. "We should make it easier for young people to access these facilities and view it as an investment in the people who participate," he said. "They should be valued."

The WHO has admitted its selection process is not "merit-based" and told the BBC that it recognised its unpaid internships were unfair.

It said that funding for 50 interns per year had already been secured from the Wellcome Trust, a London-based medical research charity, but said "more support was needed".

"If we are to nurture the next generation of global leaders who truly come from all four corners of the earth, we need to facilitate them spending time with us," the WHO media team said.

 

 

As a whole, the UN had more than 38,000 interns between 2009 and 2017, but more than 80% (about 30,400) were unpaid.

Based on these figures, this would amount to nearly two million interns in the past 50 years - more than the entire population of Trinidad and Tobago.

A report by the UN's Joint Inspection Unit found that interns had to "endure harsh living conditions" to last the duration of the programme or work "after hours" and informal jobs such as dog-walking to make ends meet.

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Headlines were made in 2015 when former UN intern David Hyde, who was then 22, was found sleeping in a tent on the shores of Lake Geneva after finding the cost of living in the city too expensive.

He later admitted it was a stunt to spark a discussion about "unjust unpaid work".

The WHO is the first UN agency to pass a resolution on internships that was brought about by its member states.

As the UN General Assembly is about to start its session, the campaigners hope the issue of unpaid internships will be back on the agenda in light of this year's theme - "Making the United Nations relevant to all people".

"It's about time the UN solved this issue," said Dr Barnett-Vanes. "It's within its gift to and it should follow WHO's lead. "If the UN isn't willing to act, its member states should."

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Afia Schwar warns NAM1 over GHC4m Menzgold investment.

- Afia Schwarzenegger has sent a strong warning to Nana Appiah Mensah following the shutdown of Menzgold

 

 

- According to Afia Schwar, her mother has invested GHC 4 million with Menzgold and has been left distressed following the shutdown

 

- Afia Schwar has therefore asked Nana Appiah Mensah to refund her mother's investment to her

 

Controversial on-air-personality, Afia Schwarzenegger, has sent a strong warning to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Menzgold, Nana Appiah Mensah, over the troubles the investment firm has been facing lately.

 

It will be recalled that the Securities and Exchanges Commission (SEC), almost two weeks ago, ordered Menzgold to shut down its operations for breaching its license.

 

While Menzgold had always maintained that it had not been taking deposits, it has had to comply with the order leaving customers distressed.

 

 

 

One of these troubled customers, according to Afia Schwarzenegger, is her mother who has become worried over the development.

 

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In a video shared on her social media pages, Afia Schwar asked Nana Appiah Mensah's associates to advise him to refund her mother's money or face her wrath.

 

According to Afia Schwar, she had been losing sleep over the matter because she feared the situation could lead to her mother's death which she was not ready for.

 

"Someone should help me warn that thing called Nam 1 @menzgoldgh @zylofonmedia @mn_appiah @bullhaus @ghkwaku @zionfelixdotcom @gh_rozy @sima_brew @ohene_asiedu @sammybaahflex. And everyone standing with whatever," an obviously angry Afia Schwar captioned the video.

 

 

Though Afia Schwar initially kept the details of her complaint subtle, she spilt the bean after some of her followers started raising questions about her video.

 

READ ALSO: Shatta Wale reveals top secrets about Sarkodie and Kwaw Kese in Kumasi

 

In one of her responses to the numerous comments on her post, Afia Schwar revealed that her mother had actually invested four million Ghana Cedis with Menzgold though she had advised against that.

 

Menzgold is yet to officially comment on Afia Schwar's claim but it is worthy to note that this is not the first time the firm is facing such a problem.

 

In fact, the order from the SEC followed months of warnings from the Bank of Ghana over the operations of Menzgold, especially with regards to the firm taking deposits from its customers.

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Venezuela crisis: Chinese hospital ship docks for a week

A Chinese hospital ship has docked in Venezuela, where for the next week it will provide free health care to local patients.

Venezuela's Defence Minister Vladimir Padrino López, went to the port of La Guaira to welcome the Chinese crew.

He said that the Peace Ark's visit was agreed by President Nicolás Maduro during a visit to Beijing last week.

Venezuela agreed at the time to increase its exports of oil to China, which is one of its main creditors.

Venezuela's economic crisis has led to severe shortages of food and medicines and the collapse of public services.

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Image captionVenezuela's Defence Minister Vladimir Padrino Lopez (right) has praised China's gesture

The opposition says the presence of a Chinese hospital ship in Venezuela shows the extent of the humanitarian crisis.

'True diplomacy'

Mr Padrino López thanked China for the gesture of friendship and said that both countries would benefit.

"It is a pleasure to have this ship in Venezuela, which has arrived here after travelling to more than 40 countries" he said.

"This is how true diplomacy is done: with concrete cooperation actions," added Mr Padrino López.

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Image captionThe shortage of medicines and poor working conditions have led to health workers protests

The Venezuelan government blames an international boycott led by the United States for Venezuela's economic crisis.

On Friday, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo promised to unveil "in the coming days" a series of actions against "Venezuelan leadership folks".

President Donald Trump has previously called President Maduro a dictator and accused his government of illegally detaining, beating up and killing opposition activists.

Hundreds of thousands of people have fled the country over the past year, as the crisis worsened.

According to United Nations figures, 2.3 million people left Venezuela between 2014 and June 2018.

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Image captionChina's President Xi Jinping and Mr Maduro met in Beijing earlier this month

Mr Maduro travelled to China last week, looking for support to help rebuild the economy.

He said he had signed 28 trade and investment deals with China.

Venezuela said it would increase oil exports to 1 million barrels a day.

The two countries also agreed to invest $5bn (£3.8bn) to help rebuild Venezuela's ailing oil industry.

But there was no public statement from Beijing saying it had agreed to provide new funds to Mr Maduro's government.

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The tea tycoon who was 'the world's best loser'

Say the name Lipton, and most people think of tea. But behind that brand lies the extraordinary story of a rags-to-riches tycoon, self-publicist, philanthropist and sportsman who was honoured as "the world's best loser".

In early December 1881, a steamer docked in Glasgow, carrying an extraordinary cargo from America. The world's largest cheese.

Two feet thick and with a circumference of 14ft (4m), hundreds of onlookers gathered to watch it being transported by traction engine to the Lipton's store in the High Street - where it was found to be too large to fit through the door.

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Image captionPig parades and giant cheeses were among the stunts used to promote Lipton's stores

Undeterred, the parade continued to the Lipton's Jamaica Street store (which fortunately boasted a wider doorway) where the cheese was manhandled into the shop window.

Nicknamed Jumbo, for a fortnight crowds marvelled at the spectacle, said to be the product of milk from 800 cows and the labour of 200 dairymaids.

As a publicity stunt it was already a success - but the Tommy Lipton had another surprise up his sleeve.

In a ruse worthy of Willy Wonka, he turned the giant cheese into a golden wonder by hiding a large quantity of gold sovereigns inside it.

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A few days before Christmas, dressed in white suit, Lipton personally sawed into the monster.

Policemen struggled to maintain order while his assistants wrapped the slices and handed them out to legions of customers who had gathered in the hope of a lucky purchase.

Image captionThe Gorbals district where Lipton grew up was poverty stricken and overcrowded

It was a piece of theatre from a man who was riding a wave of remarkable success, whose grocery stores were spreading far and wide - and a world apart from his childhood in the poverty stricken Gorbals area of Glasgow.

Born in 1848, the son of immigrants from County Fermanagh, across the Irish Sea, Lipton's first lessons in retail came when his father set up a small shop, selling basic provisions in the overcrowded district on the south bank of the Clyde.

From the age of 10 he was picking up simple foodstuffs in a wheelbarrow from the ships that docked on the river.

The docks and the sailors' stories fascinated the young Tommy Lipton.

At the age of 15 he took a job as a cabin boy on a steamer. Two years later he had saved enough money for the passage to America.

Various jobs took him to the tobacco and rice plantations of Virginia and South Carolina - but New York was the biggest influence.

On Broadway he found himself working in the giant store owned by another immigrant of Irish/Scots descent, Alexander Turney Stewart.

A marble-fronted palace of consumption, one of the biggest shops the world had ever seen. Stewart was showcasing an entirely new way of shopping.

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Image captionStewart's department stores heralded a new way of shopping

"He uses a bunch of strategies that we see Lipton using in his own career later," explains Museum of the City of New York curator Steve Jaffe.

"Low mark up, high volume. You get a lot of goods, you can sell them and still make money if you sell them at a reasonable rate.

"Set prices - before Stewart you haggled. Merchants, shopkeepers haggled with customers over prices. He does away with that, it's a set price."

It's spotlessly clean - and behind the counter you have Mr Charm himself.

Laurence Brady, Sir Thomas Lipton Foundation

When Tommy Lipton returned to Glasgow, five years after he'd left, he had still to make his fortune - but now he had a vision of how it could be done.

Still in his early 20s, he opened his own store - Lipton's Market in Stobcross. For Glaswegians it was a very different shopping experience.

"Lipton's Markets he has on the outside, and he has it brightly painted. Then as you go into the shop, it's a total contrast from what he knew growing up as a small boy, "says Laurence Brady, director of the Sir Thomas Lipton Foundation.

"He has his sales assistants there in bright white aprons. He has rows of hams, rows of cheeses.

"His shop is very brightly lit. It's spotlessly clean - and behind the counter you have Mr Charm himself. Anyone walking in, it's 'let me show you these offers we have, how affordable they are'."

No more middle man

It was a recipe for success. Similar stores soon spread across central Scotland- all with the same name over the door. Lipton.

But it was only the start. Lipton knew his business depended on a reliable supply of high quality products, many of them imported. To move onto the next level, he travelled back to County Fermanagh to do a deal.

"He's looking for Irish produce, because that's what his customers are wanting," says genealogist Frank McHugh.

"It's here he changed his method of operating in his business. He employed someone locally to got out and meet the farmers before they arrived at the market - and guaranteed a price.

"This was revolutionary, it was a totally a new way of doing business. It's really how the modern day supermarkets work, they go out to the farmers and they cut out the middle man."

The new approach was so successful, Lipton almost ran out of cash, pawning his gold watch for 30 shillings as he struck deals with the eager farmers.

Image captionThe first Lipton's store in Glasgow was to prove a model for future success

His stores were now springing up across the length and breadth of Scotland - and always with much fanfare.

Enigmatic billboards and flyers would announce that "Lipton is coming".

A butter sculpture in the window, a parade of live pigs causing chaos in the city centre - just some of the tricks that made a Lipton store opening a grand event.

But behind the elegant shop facades, lay a business mechanism which powered forward his profits and expansion.

Image captionLatter day entrepreneur regards Lipton as one of his heroes

"This was genius," says latter day entrepreneur Duncan Bannatyne.

"Tommy Lipton didn't have to rely on any third-party suppliers. He had full control of his supply chain,"

"From the printers, to the packaging, to the distribution, to his network of stores. Tommy had it."

As Lipton's stores spread across Britain his next step was to conquer America, once again cutting out the middle man as he purchased an entire meat packing plant and named it after his mother.

Back in Britain, Lipton's giant cheeses were now regular pre-Christmas attractions. A store manager in Nottingham is said to have hired an elephant to transport one of them through the city.

In 1887 Lipton offered to gift an even bigger cheese, weighing not less than five tons, to Queen Victoria but was politely declined. Whether or not she was amused is unclear.

As always Lipton was on the lookout for the next business opportunity - and it came the shape of a foodstuff which remains linked with his name to this day. Tea.

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Image captionLipton was able to guarantee consistent quality by importing directly from his own plantations

It had once been a precious commodity, worth more than its weight in gold, kept in ornate lockable caddies - but by the mid-19th Century the price had fallen, and it was fast becoming the beverage of choice of the Victorian middle classes.

In May 1890, Lipton travelled to Sri Lanka to buy his first tea plantation.

Just like the Ulster farmers who supplied his first shops, they traded exclusively with Lipton stores - and straight away he put his competitors at a disadvantage.

"Everyone bought through the same location - Mincing Lane in London - where teas were blended but the quality was not reliable," says biographer Michael D'Antonio.

"Sometimes it would be very good, other times it would be mouldy and sometimes you'd buy a packet of tea, and it would all be bad.

"He got the idea to standardise the blend and package it in a way that was consistently fresh and tasted the same when you bought it."

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Image captionLipton's had many plantations in Sri Lanka, then known as Ceylon

By now his grocery empire had taken the Lipton name into the most fashionable streets of Victorian London.

Lipton himself - the boy from the Gorbals - was mixing with the highest echelons of Victorian society.

When the Princess of Wales, Alexandria decided at alarmingly short notice to organise a charity feast for the Queen's diamond jubilee celebrations, it was Lipton who came to the rescue with a donation of £25,000 - well in excess of £2m in today's money.

The following year he was knighted.

"He becomes overnight an A-class celebrity," says Laurence Brady.

"And all those other characters and skills that he has. He is so charming and he's so easy to deal with. Everybody loves to be with him."

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Image captionKnown for his humour and charm, Lipton was feted among Victorian high society

In 1898, when he floated his company, he retained a controlling interest but pocketed £120m, worth a billion pounds today.

Barely 50 years old, he now had the means to realise a childhood dream.

The Americas Cup

It is the world's oldest international sporting trophy. The America it refers to is not a country but a boat of the same name, built by members of the New York Yacht Club.

In 1851 they sailed the schooner to the Isle of Wight at the invitation of the Royal Yacht Squadron for a race - and took home an ornate silver trophy.

A few years later they dedicated it to international competitive sailing.

As a boy Lipton was entranced by the ships arriving in Glasgow, making models and floating them in the city's ponds.

Lipton now joined the world of elite yachting, in his quest for the sport's ultimate accolade.

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Image captionLipton's yacht Shamrock I (right) was defeated - but the race won him many friends

There were strict rules for those hoping to win the America's Cup. Yachts had to be built in the challenger's country and sailed to the start of the race. They also had to be members of a yacht club.

But when Lipton applied to join the prestigious Royal Yacht Squadron he discovered even vast wealth and prestige were not always enough to overcome snobbery. They turned him down.

Instead, he joined the Royal Ulster Yacht Club, based in Bangor, County Down.

Lipton's first challenge in 1899 won the hearts of many Irish Americans.

His yacht was named Shamrock - and while he lost the race, in other ways he was a winner.

Everyone was talking about Sir Thomas Lipton - and Lipton the brand was bigger than ever.

Image captionLipton the man and the brand were strongly linked

A century before the likes of Richard Branson, Steve Jobs and Elon Musk, Lipton had pioneered the idea of the brand built around an individual.

His face, sporting a yachtsman's cap, featured on much of his company's packaging, says food historian Judith Krall-Russo

"Women would like to have photos with him. That was the thing - 'Oh I have a photo with Thomas Lipton'. It was like Elvis Presley, that's what it was like, he was a celebrity. People came aligned with him and they would want to buy that brand."

The visitor book of Lipton's luxury steam yacht Erin reads like an early 20th Century Who's Who.

President Roosevelt, Kaiser Wilhelm, the scientists Edison and Marconi.

It is said he banned all talk of religion or politics while on board.

He challenged again for the America's Cup in 1901 and 1903 with new yachts, Shamrock II and III - again without success.

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Image captionLipton's steam yacht Erin was sunk by a German submarine while serving as a hospital ship

War delayed a planned 1914 challenge. He equipped Erin as a hospital ship and gave her over to the Red Cross. The following year she was sunk by a German submarine.

"He says very publicly on a number of occasions, I would give it all back, I would give everything back if I could save any of those who served on that ship," says Laurence Brady.

Lipton was to make two more bids for the America's Cup - coming tantalisingly close to success in 1920 but "that auld mug", as he called the trophy, always eluded him.

But the good grace with which he accepted defeat earned him goodwill and admiration across America.

After his fifth and final attempt in 1930, the Hollywood actor Will Rogers began a campaign, asking the American public to donate a dollar to purchase a gold "loving cup" to celebrate the perseverance and sportsmanship of the world's "most cheerful loser".

Image captionAlong with the "loving cup" Lipton was presented a book containing messages of goodwill from across America

Presented to him by the Mayor of New York, the lid was decorated with carved shamrocks. The inscription read: "In the name of hundreds of thousands of Americans and well-wishers of Sir Thomas Johnstone Lipton."

He died the following year, bequeathing much of his fortune to his native Glasgow.

Huge crowds lined the streets as the funeral cortege made its way to the Southern Necropolis, where he is buried less than a mile from the Gorbals street where he was born.

Today the Lipton grocery chain is largely forgotten, subsumed by mergers.

His name lives on mainly as a brand of tea, now owned by Unilever. But for modern day entrepreneurs like Duncan Bannatyne, he remains an inspiration.

He says: "Tommy never did win that blooming cup - but he won something far greater.

"The love, respect and admiration of people from all walks of life, from around the world. That makes him a winner in my book."

The Man Who Charmed the World will be broadcast on BBC2 Scotland at 21:00 on Tuesday 25 September and is available on the BBC iplayer.

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Real Madrid moved top of La Liga after Marco Asensio's VAR-awarded strike proved enough to beat Espanyol.

Asensio drilled in a low shot just before the break when Luka Modric's effort deflected into his path, with the goal given after a lengthy review.

Borja Iglesias hit the crossbar for the spirited visitors with a deft chip.

Former Real keeper Diego Lopez made a fine save to deny Sergio Ramos late on in an otherwise stilted performance by the hosts at the Bernabeu.

Victory takes Julen Lopetegui's side above rivals Barcelona, who can retake the top spot with a draw or victory against Girona on Sunday.

Espanyol drop to sixth following Atletico Madrid's 2-0 win over Getafeearlier on Saturday.

Isco and Asensio highlight new era

Real made sure of victory with a functional rather than fluent performance, the hosts perhaps still working out their identity following the departure of talisman Cristiano Ronaldo and three-time Champions League-winning manager Zinedine Zidane over the summer.

Isco and Asensio once again showed how vital they will be to the new era at the Bernabeu though, the Spain pair central to most of their side's best moves.

Asensio was unmarked when Modric's blocked strike fell to him and clinically found the far bottom corner as Espanyol appealed for offside.

Referee Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz consulted VAR and after a long delay awarded the goal, with replays showing Asesnio was clearly onside, as the midfielder appeared to joke about the wait with his celebration, pointing to his wrist.

Isco then created Real's best chance in the latter stages, curving an immaculate cross with the outside of his right foot, only for Lopez to tip the onrushing Ramos' header over the bar.

The lack of fluency could also be down to the hosts making five changes from the side that beat Roma in the Champions League on Wednesday, with Gareth Bale an unused substitute.

Espanyol fail to exploit shaky Real defence

While right-back Alvaro Odriozola made a largely assured debut, Real's defence as a whole was suspect at times but Espanyol failed to take advantage.

Pablo Piatti shot just wide after Real were slow to react to a sweeping Espanyol counter, before former Chelsea keeper Thibaut Courtois saved from Hernan Perez.

After the interval, Ramos was caught dallying in possession on the edge of his own area, with Iglesias robbing him off the ball and beating Courtois with an exquisite lob only to see it ricochet back off the bar.

Despite that warning, Ramos continued to streak forward at will, with Casemiro forced to race back and cover on several occasions. The experienced Spaniard could have cost his side the win, had the visitors been more clinical with their final ball.

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Joshua knocks out Povetkin in seventh round - reaction.

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Anthony Joshua knocks out Russia's Alexander Povetkin in seventh round

Joshua retains WBA, IBF and WBO world heavyweight titles at Wembley

Briton wins 22nd professional fight with his 21st knockout

Povetkin had never been stopped before

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'My number one opponent would be Wilder'

More from Anthony Joshua, who is asked who he thinks will win in the Deontay Wilder v Tyson Fury fight, which is scheduled for December 1.

 

"May the champion bring himself here and have a good old fashioned dust-up," says Joshua. "All I want to fight is serious challengers. If Dillian (Whyte) wants to fight here he is also more than welcome."

 

Pushed on who his favoured opponent would be, Joshua replies: "My number one would be Wilder, let's not talk about a number two or three."

 

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'There is a lot of pressure'

Anthony Joshua says: "Alexander Povetkin is a very tough challenger he proved that tonight. I came here to have fun, do what I have done in the gym, he was strong to the head but weak to the body it could have taken seven, nine or 12 rounds to get him out of there.

 

"Tonight is out of the way let's figure out what's happening on April 13. Let's put a vote out there.

 

"There are no mandatory challengers? Who do we want to fight? Anyone is welcome. The sport is about what the fans want, but some times we have to face the mandatories."

 

Asked why the fight against Deontay Wilder did not happen, Joshua adds: "We both did a lot of talking, I'm here now, I had a good fight, have my knockout streak back.

 

"There is a lot of pressure the whole country is rooting for us. The energy in here spurs you on and you do feel that pressure, I'm not going to lie. A few years ago maybe I wouldn't have won the fight."

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Bill Cosby To Be Jailed On Monday 24th September 2018

American comedian, Bill Cosby may spend the 30 years of his life in jail as prosecutors who are handling his s*xual assault case demands that he is put behind bars on Monday 24th September 2018.

According to reports, the comedian will appear before the court on Monday morning where prosecutors will be waiting to send him to jail soon after he is sentenced.

Around April 2018, Mr Cosby, who is 81, was released on one million dollars ($1million) bail and was ordered to remain at the house till further appearance in court.

As the aggravated indecent s*xual assault case of Bill Cosby on Andrea Constand stands, he is facing a maximum of 30 years imprisonment.

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BACK FER GOOD Sir Alex Ferguson returns to Old Trafford for the first time after brain haemorrhage ahead of Manchester United clash with Wolves

Former Red Devils boss was in 'extremely serious' condition after a seizure but has recovered remarkably quickly

SIR ALEX FERGUSON has returned to Old Trafford for the first time since his life-threatening brain haemorrhage.

The former Red Devils boss, 76, was in "extremely serious" condition after a seizure but has recovered remarkably quickly.

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Man United tweeted the brilliant news, as former Scot boss Ferguson beamed on his way into the stadium this morning.

They went on to say they will "honour his return" at 2.45pm - 15 minutes before kick-off of today's game.

On his return, Ferguson said: "I'm really good. Obviously it's been a long journey and I'm gradually making the steps forward and doing what my son and doctors tell me so I'm really good.

"I'm a bit nervous to be honest with you... maybe a bit tense. I think my last game was Arsenal, back in April sometime, so it's a long time.

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"But, it's great to be back and I just hope we get a win today!

"It's great to be back at the stadium. It's going to be a bit emotional for me when the game gets started and things like that. It had to happen sometime.

"It's bound to be [emotional], particularly when I take my seat in the box, that will be something. But I will be glad to get it over with and get the game started and enjoy it."

In May, the footballing world was rocked by the dramatic news of Fergie's brain haemorrhage.

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But within a month, the ex-United chief was out of hospital and being looked after by loved ones.

At the time, a source said: “Everyone knows Sir Alex is a winner and this was one battle he was never going to lose."

Ferguson soon after thanked hospital staff for saving his life in an emotional video, saying: "Believe me, without those people, who gave me such great care, I would not be sitting here today. So thank you from me and my family, thank you very much."

When asked by MUTV if he'd received many messages of support, Fergie said: "It was unbelievable. There were thousands of cards.

"They kept arriving at Salford Royal Hospital but, of course, I had left by that time but they kept coming and kept coming.

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"The number of emails, texts and personal cards to the house was amazing.

"I was overcome and overwhelmed by it. Remember, I did the message and that was to thank the people that had taken the time to send me a message.

"It was really important to do that.

Even with Ferguson progressing so quickly, his appearance at Old Trafford today is still incredibly ahead of schedule.

Last month, close friend Sam Allardyce claimed Fergie was aiming to return to his former stomping ground around the New Year.

 

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Jurgen Klopp reveals the ‘mistake’ he made with Liverpool summer signing Xherdan Shaqiri .

Liverpool signed Xherdan Shaqiri from Stoke City in the summer (Picture: Getty) Jurgen Klopp believes he has made a ‘mistake’ by not giving Xherdan Shaqiri more game-time following his summer move to Liverpool. The Reds triggered Shaqiri’s £13.5million release clause in July to sign the Switzerland international from relegated Stoke City. The 26-year-old has been restricted to three substitute appearances so far this season and is yet to start a game for Liverpool.

 

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But Klopp admits it is his own ‘mistake’ that Shaqiri has not featured more prominently and says the summer signing’s ‘time will come’. Liverpool will look to maintain their 100% start to the new Premier League season at home against Southampton on Saturday. ‘He is very positive, not only from the performances but as a guy in the dressing room,’ Klopp said. ‘Everyone loves Shaq, that is how it is – and without playing plenty of minutes. Jurgen Klopp pre-match conference: Liverpool v Southampton Play Video Loaded: 0% 0:00Progress: 0% PlayMute Current Time 0:00 / Duration Time 24:03 Fullscreen ‘That is more my mistake than his. He has done everything to play. I made different decisions but his time will come, that is for sure.’ As well as winning their first five Premier League matches this season, Liverpool also beat Paris Saint-Germain 3-2 in the Champions League during the week. And Klopp says Liverpool’s recent defensive performances were a ‘really big step’ for his team. ‘We don’t feel that [momentum] to be honest because we play, analyse, prepare; play, analyse, prepare and that is it,’ Klopp said of Shaqiri. Shaqiri is yet to start a game for the Reds (Picture: Getty) ‘Maybe it’s because all the jobs are so difficult. There is no game where we have thought: “Thank God we have played them.” ‘None of the results we have this season would have been possible without the greed you have seen or without the aggression you see. No chance.’ Klopp, who will manage his 600th competitive game on Saturday, added: ‘We didn’t win anything so far – not in the past and not this season – so let’s use the momentum and create a new momentum. ‘We really want to be the ugliest team to play against. That is the plan, and to do it with good football players.

 

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Journalist's expulsion from restaurant leads to debate about racism in Angola

The alleged violent eviction of a journalist from an upscale restaurant in Luanda has caused an online controversy, leading to debates about racism and discrimination in Angola.

On 26 August, journalist and activist Simão Hossi visited the Café Del Mar restaurant with a group of friends. On the instructions of the managers, two employees followed Hossi when he was on his way to the restroom. The employees then allegedly assaulted and expelled him from the restaurant with the excuse that Hossi was poorly dressed.

Afterwards, Hossi took to Facebook and shred his version of events in a post:

Yesterday, 26 August, I visited the Ihla de Luanda, in the company of 3 friends, one being a USA citizen who was in Angola for work, they were Jeremias Dito Dalí, Massilon Chindombe, and Rudy Massamba who came from Washington DC.

(…) while looking for a place for us to sit I decided to go to the bathroom and, as I did not know the place I asked an attendant, they said it was straight ahead as he was busy, as I did not find it, I asked a cleaning employee, for her part she asked me quickly where I came from, I answered her like the employee inside the restaurant and that I needed the bathroom, she showed me and I went to use it.

As soon as I left the bathroom I came across more or less 4 to 5 muscly internal security staff that accosted me with questions, what was I there to do, where did I come from and, they then forced me to follow them, I asked where they wanted to take me while accompanied. It was then they used force, one of them took me by force like a baby outside the restaurant area where I was thrown to the floor, the same one who carried me also struck me, and as well as this they also chose words that, this was not the place for me, even though I had been insistently saying that I was accompanied by 3 other people.

As for the question of my clothes, I was actually in flip-flops, I was wearing normal trousers and a long shirt, there were other people with shorts and flip-flops but the target was just me.

For me, the security staff did not act alone, they were covered by the restaurant’s management.

The story was widely shared on social media and many people have publicly criticized and protested the restaurant's actions — among them long-time clients. Hossi was also invited to discuss what happened on the most watched television channel in Angola, TV Zimbo.

In a Facebook post, which was later shared in the newspaper O País, Presidential advisor Ismael Mateus claimed that this case of racism against Simão Hossi is only one of thousands that occur in the country.

According to Mateus, racism in Angola is nothing new, but people prefer to pretend nothing is happening. In some companies, he explained, having lighter skin is a passport to a job or preferential treatment:

It happens in front of us and while we do not take notice of it, these things will continue. One day, when somebody loses their head and a serious incident happens, nobody will remember the people who have been saying for years that we need to discuss racism against the large black majority.

The restaurant's reaction

In their own defense, the restaurant wrote that Simão Hóssi had been dressed inadequately and unacceptably. According to their version of the incident, Hossi was approached by a member of the cleaning staff who reproached him for his poor state of dress. The restaurant management then alerted the head of security who asked Hossi to leave the area which created an unpleasant situation for other clients.

Outside the establishment, police officers on patrol in the area were called in to intervene on behalf of Simão Hossi, who alleged that he had been assaulted. This was disregarded by the officers as he did not show any signs of being assaulted.

Internet users divided over the event

In a Facebook post, Joaquim Lunda, a friend of Hossi, said he did not understand how something like this could happen:

… I have already been several times to this place that you mention, in shorts and flip-flops and even today I was there in shorts and flip-flops, but I was treated well by the staff…could it be that you had an exchange with one of the staff, something like that? I think that it’s very strange, what you just mentioned

Miguel Quimbenze put the blame on Hossi, arguing that he must have treated the cleaning staff member badly:

Buddy you provoked this situation, you treated the cleaning staff member badly, the security staff came on the basis of the information given by this lady. I think that the question the lady asked you was normal

Meanwhile, André Mfumu Kivuandinga, an internet user who followed the event, encouraged Hossi to take the case as far as possible:

Buddy you have to go further with this. You cannot tolerate injustice or discrimination. I am with you, if you need my help, you know where to find me. For that matter, I can do some work on this

Presenter Salgueiro Vincente jumped to Hossi's defense,using Facebook to organize a protest near the restaurant, as well as debates, songs, and poetry.

Action taken in support of the activist and journalist Hossi Sonjamba | Photo used with permission

In response to Vincente's call to protest, Elísio dos Santos Magalhães highlighted the need for a country united against racism:

We are all linked in this cause, divisive racism, tribalism, racial prejudice, enough, enough, enough, enough, enough, Angola without racism, we are all one! And very happy, enough of prejudice about skin colour enough, one day I already suffered this I am very hurt by my former parents-in-law and after twenty years they took away my wife because I am mestizo, due to racism in families, families are destroyed in Angola, enough enough enough

On 9 September, the day of event, demonstrators shared photos of the protest in front of the restaurant:

Demonstration in front of the restaurant | Photo used with permission – Hossi Sonjamba (09.09.2018)

Demonstration in front of the restaurant | Photo used with permission – Hossi Sonjamba (09.09.2018)

According to Hossi’s online posts, the case is still being investigated by Angolan authorities.

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A film about a Montenegrin freedom fighter seeks to keep anti-fascist values alive

When we first told Mare Lakovic's daughter that we wanted to make her late mother the focus of a documentary marking 70 years of anti-fascism and female emancipation in Montenegro, she reacted to the idea with astonishment. “This must be some kind of a scam,” she told me and my co-author, Dragan Koprivica.

But Vidosava Lakovi?, who is now 80 years old, later came round to the idea. Five months after that initial phone call, and in large part thanks to the memories she shared with us, her mother's story now been made known to tens of thousands of Montenegrins after it was aired by Balkan country's national broadcaster on  July 12 2018.

Mare Lakovic, who was born in 1910 in the Montenegrin city of Cetinje, lived an ordinary life during extraordinary times. She was just over 30 and a mother of four children when she became a widow, after Nazi forces invaded the country then known as the Kingdom of Yugoslavia. Her husband Bogdan, a Communist partisan. was killed in action during the battle of Pljevlja in December 1941. Mare not only witnessed the defeat of fascism in 1945, but was an active participant in the underground partisan struggle.

In the turbulence that followed the communist nation's dramatic split with the Soviet Union in 1948, she was almost interned in a political prison on a barren island in the Adriatic. It was her tireless efforts for the partisan cause during the war and her network of Balkan allies that saved her, as power-brokers at the very top of the Yugoslav hierarchy intervened. She lived to see the collapse of Yugoslavia, nearly five decades after women in the country earned the right to vote, but died 10 years before her native Montenegro gained independence in 2006.

Lakovic was not a complete unknown before we made our film. We had found her among a host of characters that featured in a gripping chronicle called “Eagle's Rock—100 years of a Montenegrin Family's Life” written by the famous Montenegrin broadcaster and publisher Nebojša Bato Tomaševi?. Tomaševi?, a survivor of the 1958 Munich air disaster that killed 23 people including members of the British football club Manchester United, died last year, at 87. But “Eagle's Rock” stands as a permanent testament to the heroic roles played by ordinary Balkan women such as his early mentor Lakovic during times of unimaginable hardship, and helped inspire the film we called Mare Bogdanova's Fight (published online with English subtitles).

 

 

By researching and sharing the story of an ordinary person's struggle, we wanted to remind younger generations how the rights that we now enjoy were won, and show that each freedom and right has its own battlefield, where huge sacrifices were made. The title reflects the Balkan custom of calling the wife by the name of the husband, which was common during her lifetime. Within her community Mare Lakovi? was known as Mare Bogdanova, meaning Bogdan's Mare.

A struggle against fascism, and patriarchy, too

Mare Bogdanova (1910-1996)

The Mare Lakovic that emerges from Bato Tomaševi?'s work is a strong role model who provides the author with his first real connection to the partisan movement in Cetinje, which was under Nazi occupation from 1941 to 44. It was Mare who assigned Tomaševi? many of his early errands in the movement, who sent him to observe public executions of captured anti-fascist resistance fighters. Informing on the behavior of those sentenced to death was important for the movement, in order to determine whether they'd cracked under torture. Mare sent him to carry food to the prisoners, to share news from the radio and to keep her informed of everything he saw on his journeys through the town.

The partisan struggle propelled women like Mare, who was illiterate at the time, into positions of quiet leadership. It proved they could be indispensable not just inside the home, but to their communities and country, and led to a gradual shift in values across Yugoslavia.

But if women like Mare formed the background of the antifascist resistance, the movement also needed its trailblazers.

Unlike Mare, League of Communist Youth and Women’s Antifascist Front member Bosa Vukovi? was steeped in political literature from a very young age. Vukovi? was a more vocal opponent of patriarchal conservatism than the vast majority of women of the time. After her participation in the anti-fascist movement, she became the editor of a magazine called “Our Woman”, which came to be viewed as vital to the education and emancipation of women in Montenegro. The women's movement in Montenegro is another focus of our film.

Don't let memories perish, reject historical revisionism

One of our main motivations for preserving the memories from this era of constant struggle was the fact so many of the people who knew Mare and her husband Bogdan are now quite elderly. Luckily we were able to talk to these vital sources of human memory, who helped us to build up a picture of a life of which there is little documentation in the state archives.

The Radio-Television of Montenegro (RTCG), the country's public broadcaster, in turn helped us build historical context into the work by providing some great footage from the era sourced from Lov?en film, Montenegro's communist-era state film studio. The fact that the public broadcaster aired the film shows that the anti-fascist struggle still resonates with society. After all, Montenegro's statehood day on July 13 commemorates the anti-fascist uprising on that date in 1941.

But despite avoiding some of the right-wing populism seen in other Balkan countries, Montenegro is not immune to the conservative trends coursing through Europe and the world as a whole that fly in the face of the anti-fascist movement's principles. The stress conservatives place on family values and religious values threatens to limit individual rights and undo much of the progress forged in extreme circumstances by Mare and others. Abortion and a potential law on same-sex partnerships are two key targets for these groups, but there is no guarantee they will stop there. The distance between various social groups in society is growing at a worrying rate, and the vulnerable are at risk of being cut adrift.

This is where education comes in. Those who create educational policies must be aware of these trends and pay more attention to civic education in schools. It is not enough to simply criticize young people for not knowing or for showing interest in the events that their great-grandparents lived through. It is the responsibility of teachers to show them that the values of anti-fascism are not just a part of history, and that history is studied not to glorify the past, but to safeguard the future.

The film Mare Bogdanova's Fight was produced with the support of the European Union by the Center for Democratic Transition (CDT) non-profit and in cooperation with Media Solution. The production is available online with English subtitles.https://globalvoices.org/2018/09/20/a-film-about-a-montenegrin-freedom-fighter-seeks-to-keep-anti-fascist-values-alive/

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Anthony Joshua v Alexander Povetkin: Costello and Bunce assess the 'new Joshua'

Anthony Joshua v Alexander Povetkin
Venue: Wembley Stadium Date: Saturday 22 September Ring walk: 21:50 BST
Coverage: Live text commentary from 20:00 BST on the BBC Sport website.

"Is Anthony Joshua going to become the biggest draw in boxing history in terms of the average crowd he attracts?"

BBC Sport's boxing correspondent Mike Costello posed the question and believes the stadium crowds Joshua now attracts makes it likely.

He duly raised the prospect with the IBF, WBA and WBO world heavyweight champion as he prepares to take on Russia's Alexander Povetkin in front of around 80,000 people at Wembley Stadium on Saturday night.

"Really? Wow," said Joshua, 28. "Sometimes you want respect while you're doing it but I think you don't get the gratitude.

"But when you're finished and we look back at what was done, you may get the credit."

In his answer Joshua gave up an issue many feel is eating away at him going into this bout. How, after 21 fights, 21 wins and with three major world titles to his name, does criticism still manage to flow his way?

"I think there's pressure on him, a weight on his shoulders," said 5 live Boxing's Steve Bunce. "There is no way it doesn't affect him when he is having the boot stuck into him."

All on the line for the 'new' Joshua

 

Could you match Anthony Joshua's workout routine?

Joshua - though he may deny it - looks and sounds frustrated going into his fourth consecutive stadium bout. Those angered by the failure of the Joshua camp to secure a fight with WBC champion Deontay Wilder have made their voices heard.

Married to this frustration is a serious focus born out of the fact the team around him have warned him in no uncertain terms about the dangers Povetkin - with 34 wins and just one loss to his name - poses.

It has led to the champion locking himself away more and stating this may be a new version of him.

There have been subtle changes in his habits, notably a move to train when he wakes up naturally, rather than setting the traditional early alarm boxers live with. The likes of Floyd Mayweather, Manny Pacquiao and Vasyl Lomachenko are men who have utilised the same alarm-free routine.

"There's a new Joshua emerging, he's shedding some of that old skin," Bunce added.

When they walk to the ring at 21:50 BST on Saturday, his new attitude will be tested by an old campaigner. Indeed, on the same night Povetkin, 39, suffered his only loss to Wladimir Klitschko in 2013, Joshua was making his professional debut.

"When I look at his weight, he is one of the lighter heavyweights so that means he has a lot of speed," said Joshua, who came in at 17 stone 8lbs 5 ounces at Friday's weigh-in, more than a stone heavier than Povetkin's 15st 12lbs.

"His strengths, I've worked with people who have them. It's difficult but a good fighter will always find a way," added Joshua.

"We both have a big heart and can dig deep. I'm willing to do what it takes."

And Joshua - earning around £20m for this bout - could earn future reward. He already has Wembley booked again for 13 April, with a lucrative match-up with Wilder a possibility, while the likes of Tyson Fury and Dillian Whyte remain in the frame.

"Everything is riding on it," said promoter Eddie Hearn. "I'm more fearful in this than in the last Joseph Parker fight because of Povetkin's experience. Joshua's going to have to nail him down, beat him up and knock him out."

Povetkin - movement and meldonium

Joshua's team have worked on his ability to deal with Povetkin's lateral movement. Training drills forcing the champion to respond to lights illuminating in sequences around him have circulated on social media.

But Povetkin brings experience as well as slight of foot. The 2004 Olympic champion says he is "just as strong" as Joshua and insists that his defeat to Klitschko on the biggest night of his career to date came at a time when he was "much weaker".

Povetkin, who earned his shot by becoming a mandatory challenger, has used hard-hitting British heavyweight Daniel Dubois as a sparring partner. He often stoops before throwing looping shots or hooks that are renowned for their accuracy and laced with unquestionable power.

His abilities are respected but two failed drugs tests in 2016 have marred his name. He blamed traces of meldonium in his system on the fact he took it before it was banned and later denied using muscle-boosting ostarine when it was picked up in another test.

Asked if Povetkin deserves his shot in light of failed tests, Teddy Atlas - who trained him until 2012 - told BBC Sport: "Some may say it's sour grapes as I am not with him anymore but the answer is no and would be no for everybody.

"I mean this was the biggest title in the world. It stood for honour, for something really special you could strive for and it shouldn't be tainted by anything illegal. Live by those standards, I wish this sport did."

Former two-weight world champion Paulie Malignaggi told BBC Sport: "Guys like that should have to pay a heavy price. They don't. In doping, you have more to gain than lose. When they start to turn it around so there's more to lose than gain, they may start cleaning up the sport."

Gun-slinging - will AJ land first?

BBC Sport boxing commentator Mike Costello: "It is interesting, looking at Povetkin across fights, he has this habit of slipping punches in the same way, dipping his knees and then almost winging a shot over the top with the right hand.

"When he fought David Price, Price clipped him on the way in. Price got there first. It is a gamble to throw that hook when the gap is there left by his winging right hand. You have to get there first and hard or the momentum of his punch will come through. Surely Joshua will see that gap."

BBC Radio 5 live analyst Steve Bunce: "When I watched Joshua training last week he was working on fast, straight shots and also on nasty, little, clubbing hooks. Those are the shots that can catch Povetkin on the temple and put him down as he has a great chin."

Predictions - 'Povetkin is always game'

British heavyweight Dillian Whyte: "I think Povetkin is too short. Joshua will just keep it moving, keep the distance long and stop him inside six. Joshua will pick him off like Klitschko did."

British heavyweight David Price: "I think Joshua will win the fight, I think he has more to his game and I think he will out-muscle Povetkin and beat him late on."

Paulie Malignaggi: "I think Povetkin is one of Joshua's toughest challengers. He's very stable. Even if you knock him down he's always willing to battle.

"I just don't think he has the versatility to overtake Joshua and win a heavyweight world championship. But he has the toughness to take Joshua all the way to points and if you got a sub-par Joshua it's a risk but I don't expect a sub-par Joshua."

The undercard - Campbell eyes revenge

Luke Campbell - an Olympic champion in 2012 like Joshua - will seek to right a wrong when he faces Frenchman Yvan Mendy, who inflicted his first career defeat in 2015.

It will be Campbell's first bout since joining with trainer Shane McGuigan and the winner could be in line for a shot at WBC world lightweight champion Mikey Garcia.

"Physically, mentally, I'm all there," said Campbell, 30. "It's a must-win fight. I believe I will get it. Shane has added to my style and attributes. I am in a great place."

Elsewhere, Liverpool heavyweight David Price - knocked out by Povetkin in March - has taken the chance to face Russia's undefeated Sergey Kuzmin at short notice.

"People don't want to blink," said Price, 35. "The upside for me is potentially life changing."

And also eye-catching on the card is Rio 2016 Olympian Lawrence Okolie'schallenge of British cruiserweight champion Matty Askin.

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Code-cracking WW2 Bombe operation recreated at Bletchley

Computer historians have staged a re-enactment of World War Two code-cracking at Bletchley Park.

A replica code-breaking computer called a Bombe was used to decipher a message scrambled by an Enigma machine.

Held at the National Museum of Computing (TNMOC), the event honoured Polish help with wartime code-cracking.

Ruth Bourne, a former wartime code-cracker who worked at Bletchley and used the original Bombes, oversaw the modern effort.

Broken message

Enigma machines were used extensively by the German army and navy during World War Two. This prompted a massive effort by the Allies to crack the complex method they employed to scramble messages.

That effort was co-ordinated via Bletchley Park and resulted in the creation of the Bombe, said Paul Kellar who helps to keep a replica machine running at the museum. Renowned mathematician Alan Turing was instrumental in the creation of the original Bombe.

"During the war, they had about 200 Bombes," said Mr Kellar. "It was a real code-breaking factory."

For its re-enactment, TNMOC recruited a team of 12 and used a replica Bombe that, until recently, had been on display at the Bletchley Park museum next door.

The electro-mechanical Bombe was designed to discover which settings the German Enigma operators used to scramble their messages.

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Image captionThe Bombe was used to work out Enigma machine settings to help read German communications

As with World War Two messages, the TNMOC team began with a hint or educated guess about the content of the message, known as a "crib", which was used to set up the Bombe.

The machine then cranked through the millions of possible combinations until it came to a "good stop", said Mr Kellar. This indicated that the Bombe had found key portions of the settings used to turn readable German into gobbledygook.

After that, said Mr Kellar, it was just a matter of time before the 12-strong team cracked the message.

Ms Bourne, who worked at Bletchley, said authentic methods had been used by the modern code-breakers but the effort lacked the over-riding stress and tension that accompanied the wartime work.

"During the war, there was a feeling of great pressure because the Enigma [encryption] keys changed at midnight so everyone was pushing to get enough information before it went out of date," she told the BBC.

"The only high spot was when your machine happened to find the 'good stop' and you felt pleased about that," she said.

Work on cracking the Engima machine was greatly aided by Polish cryptographers, said Mr Kellar. Friday's event commemorated 80 years since that information was shared with the Allies. In addition, he said, the early stages of the code-cracking re-enactment were broadcast live to a Polish supercomputer conference in Poznan.

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Week in pictures: 15 - 21 September 2018

Mexican Marines walk away from a fire they'd started to destroy seized supplies of cocaine, marijuana and psychoactive pills in Acapulco.

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Image captionA group dances under a shower of fireworks during the Santa Tecla festival in Sitges, Spain.

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Image captionA woman waits backstage before performing at an event to raise money for the transgender community in Mumbai, India.

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Image captionTeam Koapman of the Netherlands competes at the Tug-of-War World Championships in Cape Town, South Africa. Around 1,100 athletes from 20 different countries compete across the categories.

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Image captionTwo horses stand in their stalls at The Museum of Horse Culture in Jiangyin city, near Wuxi, China. The museum houses 47 breeds of horses from more than 30 countries and has won the Guinness World Record for the club with the largest collection of horses in the world.

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Image captionNorth Koreans perform during an event celebrating the meeting of the president of South Korea and the leader of North Korea at the May Day Stadium in Pyongyang.

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Image captionPhilippe Gillet, 67, lives with more than 400 reptiles and tamed alligators at his home near Nantes, France. Here, in his living room, he feeds his alligator Ali some chicken.

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Image captionA ballet dancer practises in the sunshine at the Southbank skatepark in London.

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Image captionA man participates in the Diawa Irish Pairs sea angling event in windy conditions on the Dingle Peninsula in Ireland.

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Image captionModel Madeline Stuart, who has Down's syndrome, has the final touches put to her make-up before walking down the catwalk at London Fashion Week.

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Three infants among five people stabbed at New York nursery

A suspect is in custody after five people, including three infants, were stabbed overnight at a nursery in the New York City borough of Queens.

Police were called to a home, which investigators say was operating as a nursery, at around 03:45 local time (07:45 GMT) on Friday morning.

Nine children were in the house at the time. The three injured children range in age from three days to 20 days old.

The suspect was found unconscious in the basement with a wound on her wrist.

The 52-year-old suspect, who has not been named by police, was revived after responding New York Police Department (NYPD) applied a tourniquet on her arm.

Investigators believe her injuries to be self-inflicted.

NYPD Assistant Chief Juanita Holmes said two knives were found at the scene.

A father was stabbed in the leg and a female employee suffered several stab wounds to the torso.

All of those injured were taken to hospital in "critical but stable condition", police said, and are expected to survive.

According to investigators, the attacker is believed to be an employee at the nursery.

Chief Holmes said the home was not known to police, apart from one call in 2011 of "children screaming".

It is unclear if the nursery was a legal child care facility, according to CBS New York.

Neighbours said they called police on Friday after hearing screams coming from the building in the Flushing neighbourhood of Queens.

"I got up, went and got dressed, and came out to see which house is it, because obviously I'm concerned, this is my neighbourhood," one neighbour told CBS.

"I didn't even know there was a daycare around here," the man added.

According to ABC News, a butcher's knife and a meat cleaver were recovered from the scene.

The networks added that all of the children were with their parents inside the Mei Xin Care Inc building, which police described as a "short-term residential facility".

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