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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

jmparker Posted on November 22, 2018 10:50

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Prince William praised by mum

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


jmparker Posted on November 22, 2018 10:48

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

A Flemish touch in France

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

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

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

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

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

Underground explorations

It’s below the ground where Arras really shines.

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

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

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

The Louvre without the crowds

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

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

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

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

ruby Posted on November 22, 2018 10:23

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

sarah Posted on November 22, 2018 09:43

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

sarah Posted on November 22, 2018 09:38

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ruby Posted on November 22, 2018 09:17

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ruby Posted on November 22, 2018 09:06

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Holidaymakers urged to watch film about terrorist attacks

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

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

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

Highest security risk countries

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

Lowest security risk countries

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

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Travel expert Simon Calder will be answering all your questions at our upcoming event, Ask Simon Calder.

ruby Posted on November 22, 2018 08:38

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ruby Posted on November 22, 2018 08:29

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Trash that romaine lettuce. The CDC says so

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

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

CDC: Just say no to romaine

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

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

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

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

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

Eating your kid's placenta: So hot right now

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

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

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

sarah Posted on November 21, 2018 16:28

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How to improve airport security

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

That future may not be far away.

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

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

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

And those manufacturers could have big changes in store.

Leave your laptop in your bag

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

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

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

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

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

No more checkpoints?

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

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

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

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

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

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ruby Posted on November 21, 2018 16:19

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Top 20 African National Football Teams In The World

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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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

Congo DR

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


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


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

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

Burkina Faso

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

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


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


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


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

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

Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast)

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

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


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


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

Cape Verde

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

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


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

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

South Africa

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

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


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

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


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

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

Benin Republic

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

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


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


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


ruby Posted on November 21, 2018 14:57

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

ruby Posted on November 21, 2018 13:36

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7 Reasons Why You Should Sleep On Your Left Side

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ruby Posted on November 21, 2018 13:20

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Manchester United fixtures

The next five for the Red Devils…

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

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

Dec 1: Southampton v Man Utd (Premier League)

Dec 5: Man Utd v Arsenal (Premier League)

Dec 8: Man Utd v Fulham (Premier League)

jmparker Posted on November 21, 2018 13:12

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

Goyard Saint Louis

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

Gucci Soho Small Leather Disco Bag

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

Chanel Caviar Single Flap Bag

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

Kate Spade Cameron Street Jensen

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

MCM Reversible Liz Shopper in Visetos

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

Longchamp Le Pliage Neo Nylon Tote

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

Tory Burch Ella Tote

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

Versace Palazzo Empire

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

Hermès Birkin

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

Prada Promenade Saffiano Leather Bag

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

ruby Posted on November 21, 2018 13:11

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

jmparker Posted on November 21, 2018 13:08

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ruby Posted on November 21, 2018 12:57

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ruby Posted on November 21, 2018 12:41

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

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


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

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

Trek through a National Park

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

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

Sweeping views from the cliffs

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

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

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

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

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

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


ruby Posted on November 21, 2018 11:14

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

jmparker Posted on November 21, 2018 11:12

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Fake 'Durex' factory recycling USED CONDOMS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

jmparker Posted on November 21, 2018 11:05

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Sexiest nightwear EVER?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wondering what other style is trending this winter?

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

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

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

jmparker Posted on November 21, 2018 11:00

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ruby Posted on November 21, 2018 10:56

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“Filth that is,” one supporter said. 

Another commented: “Great finish.”

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

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

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

And a fourth added: “Goalanke!”

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

jmparker Posted on November 21, 2018 10:48

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

jmparker Posted on November 21, 2018 10:43

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

jmparker Posted on November 21, 2018 10:36

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

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

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

Lucha bosses called an ambulance which ferried Cuervo for hospital. 

He was knocked unconscious by the initial blow.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

"Cuervo was knocked out, regained consciousness quickly after.

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

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

jmparker Posted on November 21, 2018 10:28

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Is James Hewitt Prince Harry’s dad?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(Pic: GETTY)

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

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

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

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

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

(Pic: GETTY)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


jmparker Posted on November 21, 2018 10:17

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JFK murdered 'by Mafia boss'

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Carlos Marcello died aged 83 in his family home.

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

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

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

jmparker Posted on November 21, 2018 10:04

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ruby Posted on November 21, 2018 08:53

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Shopping centre apologises for 'polar bear sex' Christmas display

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

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

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

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

"Much better than the John Lewis ad." 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ruby Posted on November 21, 2018 08:36

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Just a few days ago, Kim posted a birthday message to Diddy, saying: "Thank you for giving me the best gifts of life - our children."

ruby Posted on November 20, 2018 15:14

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Are defenders football's least appreciated players?

Fifa has released its 10 man shortlist for the Best Men's Player of 2018.

But it's a lonely list to be on if you're there to stop the goals rather than score them.

It features five strikers, four midfielders and just one defender - Raphael Varane of Real Madrid.

And with not a single goalkeeper on the list either, do we totally under appreciate our humble clean sheet seekers?

'The celebrity nature of football'

It's not just the Fifa best player award that's guilty of defender disrespect.

Largely considered to be the most prestigious prize in football, the Ballon d'Or hasn't been won by a defender for 12 years.

And a goalkeeper has only won the award once in its 62 year history - way back in 1963.

"The idea that a goalkeeper over the last 50-odd years has never been the best player in the world is ridiculous," football writer Jonathan Wilson told Newsbeat.

Jonathan wrote the award winning book Inverting the Pyramid: The History of Football Tactics.

"A part of the celebrity nature of football is that the focus is on forwards, the people who you see doing tricks and scoring goals.

"It's just much easier to give it to the guy who you can watch on YouTube doing nutmegs and flicking the ball over defender's heads."

'No chance to show how good you are'

Jonathan thinks that defenders know they simply haven't got a chance of winning football's major individual prizes, because spending games going unnoticed is part of the job.

"To win one of these awards you have to be playing for the best clubs.

"If you're a defender in one of those teams, half of the games in a season you don't have anything to do, so there's no chance to show how good you are."

Often the success of defenders is measured by statistics like the number of tackles won.

Being credited with loads of tackles can look impressive at first, but Jonathan believes it can be misleading.

"A lot of defending you don't actually see.

"A great defender, just by being in the right position stops the ball coming anywhere near him.

"Some players make more tackles per game, but the reason he's making so many tackles is because he keeps getting out of position."

Jonathan isn't a fan of giving players individual awards, instead preferring those which reward team performances.

But nevertheless, he believes those judging player awards should be paying closer attention to the contributions of defenders and goalkeepers.

And he's not alone.

'Less of a place for hard men'

Harry Maguire's excellent performances for England in their recent World Cup campaign means he's probably the country's most high-profile defender at the moment.

When Leicester City and England team-mate Jamie Vardy wasn't taking the mickey out of it, Maguire put his 'slab head' to good use in Russia.

He not only used it to score a vital goal against Sweden in the quarter-final, but was a good, old-fashioned defensive rock for England throughout the tournament.

But the man who signed Maguire for Sheffield United's youth academy at just 16, Ron Reid, says the lack of defenders winning awards is contributing to fewer young players aspiring to be ball-winning defenders.

"When they start they all want to be the player that runs with the ball, or scores the goals," Ron tells Newsbeat.

He thinks the role of the defender has changed dramatically over the last couple of decades.

"Those that run the game want free-flowing goal scoring.

"There's less of a place in modern football for old fashioned 'hard man' defenders.

"Perhaps Harry is one of the few defensive role models out there now."

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ruby Posted on November 20, 2018 15:04

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A Couple Gave Birth To Beautiful Twins, See Where They Are Now

Jaqi and her husband Kevin Clements delivered their twins earlier than expected, but they were born healthy and beautiful. The Clements family welcomed twins Ava Marie and Leah Rose Clements in 2010, and as with any parents to newborns, their life would end up drastically changing. The young girls have an unparalleled beauty about them and with the help of their mother, have already become professional models. Here are the images of the Clements twins that captivated the internet.

The Twins’ Early Arrival

On July 7, 2010, Jaqi Clements had a surprise visit from her newborn babies Ava Marie and Leah Rose. The twins came four and a half weeks early, but as time went on, Jaqi understood why.

“They came four and a half weeks early but knowing their personalities now it makes total sense that they would show up early, unannounced, and ready to take on anything,” Jaqi said.

After the twins were born, it didn’t take long for family and strangers to notice how striking their appearances are. There’s a reason they always get compliments.

Since birth, their natural beauty is undeniable, their skin is smooth, their hair keeps its silky texture, and their utterly symmetrical faces make them look like their straight from a magazine.

What exactly were the strangers saying?

Everyone Said The Same Thing: They Should Be Models!

With kids this adorable, it’s hard for people not to compliment them. From the time the twins were born, Jaqi continually heard the same statement.

Jaqi says strangers would always mention one thing: “Wow they are so beautiful, you should really think about getting them into modeling,” And so she decided to take a shot at starting the girls’ modeling careers.

Modeling Was Too Much To Juggle With Three Kids

After being pushed to get the twins involved in modeling, Jaqi finally did it. Once the kids reached six months, they were signed up with an agency in Los Angeles.

Jaqi already had a two-year-old son to take care of so this was added pressure to her parenting regime. “It was hard enough to get out of the door most days so my attempt back then was short lived and I decided it just wasn’t the time,” Jaqi said. The first attempt only lasted three months.

Leading A Normal Life

Helping guide her children through a life of modeling is enticing, but it wasn’t the right decision at the time. Jaqi felt bringing up the twins alongside their peers would be the right thing to do.

There were no regrets in pulling the children out of modeling. As time went on, things slowly started to change. Can you guess what happened next?

What Do The Girls Want?

While her busy schedule as a mom of three pulled her away from the idea of modeling, the twins weren’t ready to let it go. Their three months of modeling were over, but Jaqi thought of an important factor, the twins’ dreams.

Aiming to keep the children happy, Jaqi didn’t want to pressure them into something they didn’t want to do. So she made sure that Ava and Leah had a say.

Waiting For The Right Moment

The only issue with Jaqi’s idea of asking the girls is the Ava and Leah were still toddlers. They weren’t old enough to help make their own decisions or clearly voice their opinions.

Because the only language the kids spoke were tears, Jaqi and her husband were stumped. They thought hard about how and when it was the right time to allow the twins to decide on their own.

Lucky Number Seven

One thing that needs to be noted is how much Jaqi believes in signs. She says seven is her lucky number, so it’s more than a coincidence that the twins were born on 7/7.

The girl’s seventh birthday was approaching. The thought of them turning seven on July 7, 2017, set Jaqi’s brain ablaze.

Giving The Girls The Idea

By the time Ava and Leah grew to be seven, they had developed personalities of their own. They were involved in several extracurricular activities like dance and swim.

On their birthday, Jaqi said, “I presented my idea to the girls that, if they were up for it, in addition to their dance classes and swim team practices they had every week, they could give modeling a try.”

How do you think the girls responded?

Ready For Action

Jaqi says the girls love to perform for anybody and everybody. Friends, neighbors, and strangers are welcomed audiences for Ava and Leah. Jaqi claims she doesn’t know where they got this trait from to perform.

Jaqi said, “I was not surprised at all when they started jumping up and down and couldn’t wait to begin!” The twins were all in for modeling.

And The Modeling Kicks Off Again

Now that the kids were older and excited about modeling, the process would most likely go much smoother. Luckily, Jaqi’s neighbor had recently opened a children’s boutique. She needed some models to help market the new business.

The twins got the job. “Plus, I needed some new photos if I was going to get them an agent so I figured this would be a great opportunity for all of us,” Jaqi said.

Starting Off Slow

The girls were still young. Having them put on loads of makeup and wear a collection of pretty clothes could be detrimental to their development, so Jaqi took things slow.

Jaqi took matters into her own hands at the beginning. “I dug out my 10-year-old Nikon camera from a bin in the garage, put a few waves in the girl’s hair, dabbed on a little blush, and out we went to take some pictures,” said Jaqi.

Some Wrinkles To Iron Out

Naturally, Ava and Leah have the stunning looks, but that doesn’t mean they intuitively know how to model. Some things take time. Jaqi learned that first hand during her first shoot with the twins.

“Ava would look at the camera while Leah would stare off into space… Leah would accidentally bump into Ava who of course thought it was on purpose and would shove her back,” Jaqi recalled. They’re young, and she had to cut them a lot of slack.

Getting Back With An Agency

Now that the family was all aboard the modeling train, Jaqi had to get the girls back with an agent. She worried that it would be hard to find one since six years went by after the first attempt.

“I still had a handful of contacts, so I decided to start there,” she said. “To my surprise, I heard back from almost every single one asking to set up a time to meet the girls.” They ended up signing with two agencies but trouble brewed behind the scenes.

The Double Agency Dilemma

Jaqi assumed having two agencies representing her daughters meant more opportunity and exposure for them. Everything was going fine until one of the agencies gave her a call.

“Hi, we wanted to let you know we were able to get the girls straight through to a callback for a Barbie Audition tomorrow,” the agent told Jaqi. She panicked because the girls had just gone to the same audition with their other agent. She revealed the truth and matters got fixed in a few hours.

Social Media Explosion

Jaqi started an Instagram for the girls called @clementstwins in July of 2017. She had no clue what she was doing or if 300,000 followers is a lot. Low and behold, the page started to blow up.

The goal of the Instagram account was to serve as a portfolio for agencies and to gain a fanbase. It ended up becoming all that and then some.

Jaqi’s Instagram Learning Curve

The beauty of the twins was only partly the reason for the success their Instagram account. There were some tactics that Jaqi had to use to help gain all the followers she did. She spilled the beans on a few secrets.

“Now, a little over five months later, the girls have over 380,000 followers,” she started. “One thing I know for sure if it’s ALL about the pictures… so don’t settle for an average photographer because you want to save a few dollars.” You hear that folks? Take quality pictures.

Why 2017 Was Their Year

2017 was an excellent year for the twins and their whole family. Outside of Ava and Leah opting into modeling, Jaqi had a hunch 2017 would be lucky, regardless.

“Aside from the fact that I’m a huge believer in signs and have been told by almost everyone that 7 is a lucky number, I just had a feeling that this year was going to be a fun and exciting year for them,” Jaqi explained. A mother’s intuition is often correct.

All In The Family

Ava and Leah were becoming successful, but their older brother Chase proved to be a talented kid as well. Chase signed with the same agencies as his younger sisters and has a little extra on his resume.

Not only does Chase model, but he also knows how to act. He has been in a few commercials as well.

Job Offers Everywhere

It wasn’t long before everyone learned that the girls had the nature for modeling. Soon after they decided to give modeling a try, they already had six jobs in the span of a week.

While this might have tired most little girls out they couldn’t get enough of it and wanted to do more.

The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

Jaqi is relatively new to the industry. She had no prior knowledge before diving in. As time goes on, she is learning more about the business and says there are highs and lows.

On her blog, she lists the good, the bad and ugly aspects of this modeling world. She says the most important thing she’s learned, “is before trusting someone to guide you, make sure you know who you are getting involved with.”

One of The Hardest Challenges

For the girls and their mother, one of the hardest aspects of their new lives in the modeling world is just LA traffic.

They go into downtown Los Angeles several times a week which can sometimes turn into 5 to 6 hour-long roundtrip drives. Although this may sound brutal, it’s the name of the game, and they’ve learned to deal with it.

Finding The Right Guidance

Since Jaqi needs guidance but wants to make sure she’s getting the right advice from the right people, she has a series of questions that she asks herself before working with someone.

She believes that if anything ever seems off, to go with your gut feeling and to always do thorough research, because it will pay off in the long run. It’s better to be safe than sorry.

Trying To Ignore The Negativity

Jaqi also discusses the struggles of dealing with negative comments or backlash that is directed at her daughters or her family. Although she knows to ignore the negativity and focus on the positive feedback, it isn’t always easy.

She feels a lot of pressure to protect her family and fight back but reminds herself that “If you don’t have anything nice to say don’t say anything at all.”

“They Look Sad”

A comment that the girl’s frequent receive is that they look sad all the time. Some even take this to mean that they’re being forced to model and that they aren’t having fun.

They respond by saying that some photoshoots are supposed to be more solemn then others and that if you ever met them, you’d know that they are far from sad.

Stance On Makeup

One of the biggest questions that the family gets is if the girls are wearing makeup. Not everybody thinks that it’s a big deal, except some of them think that the girls are a little young to be exposed to it at such a young age.

However, Jaqi comments by saying “ln most every job the girl’s book through their agency, or any professional photo shoot they attend, there is a hired hair and makeup artist on set. Why!? Because that’s how the industry works.”


ruby Posted on November 20, 2018 13:25

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Real Madrid transfer news: Santiago Solari plots £90m Man Utd and Spurs raids

REAL MADRID are weighing up making mega offers for Manchester United star Marcus Rashford and Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen, according to reports.





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Real Madrid boss Santiago Solari has made a bright start to life at the Bernabeu, winning all of his first four matches.

Los Blancos are still recovering from their slow start under Julen Lopetegui and by failing to properly replace Cristiano Ronaldo in the summer, goals have been a problem.

But club president Florentino Perez looks set to splash the cash on new signings in order to give Solari the best chance of winning titles in the Spanish capital.

According to The Sun, Rashford is seen as an ideal replacement for Ronaldo, who joined Juventus at the end of last season.

They say Madrid are willing to offer £50m for the young United striker, who has managed just five Premier League starts this season.

Madrid scouts have been in attendance at United’s games in recent months to cast an eye on the 21-year-old England international.

Prising Rashford away from Old Trafford would likely cost way beyond their current £50m proposal though with his current contract running until 2020.

Rashford is a product of United’s academy and the board know the importance to the fans of bringing through young talent.

However, there may be some concern among the Red Devils hierarchy with Rashford yet to commit his long-term future to the club by signing a new deal.

Madrid are also keeping tabs on Tottenham star Eriksen, who they see as Luka Modric’s long-term successor.

The European champions are plotting a £40m offer for the Dane, who has 18 months left to run on his current deal.

Eriksen has been in talks over extending his stay in north London but both parties are yet to reach an agreement.

Real Madrid transfer news: Santiago Solari is keen to splash the cash on new signings (Pic: GETTY)

The report does not state if Madrid will make their moves in January or wait until the summer but any move in the next two months would appear unrealistic.

Madrid sit sixth in La Liga having already suffered four defeats from 12 matches this season.

They take on Eibar on Saturday hoping to close the four-point gap on leaders Barcelona.

jmparker Posted on November 20, 2018 13:05

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England boss Gareth Southgate sends subtle dig at Roy Hodgson and Sam Allardyce

GARETH SOUTHGATE insists England are smiles better than when he first took charge in 2016.

Southgate’s revolution has seen the Three Lions race up the world rankings, reach a World Cup semi-final and beat powerhouses Croatia and Spain to make it through to the last four of the inaugural Nations League.

The remarkable run of success has put the fun back into the England camp again as Southgate creates a team that is laughing it’s way towards the top of world football.

Southgate’s obsession with blooding young talent has seen him promote the likes of Jadon Sancho, Ben Chilwell, Joe Gomez, Lewis Dunk and Trent Alexnder-Arnold.

No-one named in Southgate’s squad for Sunday’s 2-1 win over World Cup finalists Croatia was aged 30 or over, while just seven of his players were older than 24.

Southgate admits the camaraderie in the camp makes it feel like he’s in charge of a ‘youth club’.

The England boss said: “We want them to enjoy wearing the shirt. Any time you go in the dressing room or walking around the hotel, it is like a youth club.

“You can hear them laughing and joking and having fun. They’re relaxed and they’re enjoying being together and enjoying playing.

“When you see such young players play with that expression and freedom, that’s what we want to create.

England are enjoying their football again (Pic: GETTY)

England have several top youngsters coming through, like Jadon Sancho (Pic: GETTY)

“It’s not a case of what we say, it’s how they feel about coming and being a part of it. When they feel the support of the fans, as well, then that makes it extra special for them because it really means more.”

There was a time not too long ago when some players would find excuses and phantom injuries to get out of England squads.

The prospect of international duty filled them with dread and pulling on the famous shirt was a chore instead of a privilege to relish.

But Southgate has banished those thoughts and instilled a whole new mindset that means his current crop of stars look forward to international breaks.

The England squad are happy to go on international duty (Pic: GETTY)

England failed under Roy Hodgson in the 2014 Euros (Pic: GETTY)

jmparker Posted on November 20, 2018 12:56

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BBC defends decision to blur woman's cleavage to avoid offending viewers

The decision to blur the cleavage of a social media star in a new documentary about fake news and online fame, has been defended by BBC executives.

Kenyan interviewee Glamour Pam had part of her chest obscured on the BBC Africa programme The She Word entitled “Fake Me: Living for Likes”, in an effort to avoid offending viewers across the continent, where some conservative countries have stricter broadcasting rules than the UK.

The move nonetheless caused an internal debate among the corporation's staff about whether it was appropriate to censor her figure.

Glamour Pam, a makeup artist and Instagram star, was seen helping a social media novice look “fleek” in order to gain more followers. 

Her cleavage is artificially concealed when she is seen facing the camera.

A BBC spokeswoman told The Independent: “The She Word is broadcast via a number of BBC partner stations in Africa which are subject to watershed rules similar to the UK’s. As the majority of our partner stations show the programme pre-watershed, we ensured the film was suitable for broadcast in those markets.”

The decision to conceal her cleavage was made at a “senior editorial level” at BBC Africa, according to a separate email shared with The Guardian.

One of the show’s producers told BBC colleagues that editors had attempted to get round the perceived problem by zooming in on Glamour Pam’s face, but “in some shots, particularly the wide shots, we were unable to do this and so had to blur”.  

Broadcasters in eight African countries – including Kenya, Nigeria and Malawi – have partnered with the BBC to show The She Word.

Launched at the end of September, it was billed as an exploration of the life experiences of women across the continent.

“For the first time an international broadcaster is offering a pan-African discussion programme targeted specifically at African women,” said commissioning editor Nisha Kapur.

ruby Posted on November 20, 2018 12:56

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N’Golo Kante to Man Utd

N’GOLO KANTE looks set to snub a move to Manchester United and sign a new deal with Chelsea, according to reports.

The Chelsea midfielder has been instrumental to his side’s strong start under Maurizio Sarri this season and his performances have not gone unnoticed.

Paris Saint-Germain have been linked with a move for the Frenchman with Kante yet to commit his future to the west London club.

Recent reports suggest Manchester United have joined the race for his signature with the Red Devils opening transfer talks with the midfielder’s entourage.

However, according to the London Evening Standard, Kante looks set to extend his stay at Chelsea.

The 27-year-old’s current contract with the Blues runs until 2021 that sees him pocket £150,000 a week.

But a breakthrough in negotiations between the two parties has led to Chelsea feeling increasingly confident they will conclude talks within the next few months.

Chelsea proposed a new five-year contract in the summer worth £290,000 a week but are yet to get the World Cup winner to sign on the dotted line.

Kante has won four major trophies since 2015, while he was also a runner-up at the 2016 European Championships.

N'Golo Kante is currently under contract with Chelsea until 2021 (Pic: GETTY)

In terms of individual honours, he won the French Player of the Year accolade in 2017 and was named in the FIFA FIFPro World XI earlier this year.

The Blues are confident they can keep him out of United’s clutches though, meaning Jose Mourinho may have to look elsewhere for a new midfielder with Roma’s Lorenzo Pellegrini on his radar.

The 22-year-old, who has two goals and five assists in 13 games to his name this season, has been offered a four-year deal by the Red Devils, according to Italian publication Corriere dello Sport.

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has been linked with signing N'Golo Kante (Pic: GETTY)

They say United chiefs have already held talks with his agent in England and are prepared to more than double his current salary.

However, Manchester United may have to return to the table with a bigger offer with Roma determined not to part with their star man midway through the season.

The Manchester outfit are prepared to pay his €30m (£26.6m) release clause in January but Roma, who sit sixth in Serie A, will not consider any potential deal until the end of the season.


jmparker Posted on November 20, 2018 12:49

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Did you see this incredible gesture from Liverpool's Van Dijk after Netherlands draw?

LIVERPOOL star Virgil van Dijk certainly made headlines last night after his last-minute equaliser but then went one step further with a kind gesture towards the referee.

Netherlands found themselves two goals down to Germany in their final UEFA Nations League match last night when Timo Werner and Leroy Sane put the hosts ahead.

Ronald Koeman’s side looked set to miss out on a place at next summer’s finals before Quincy Promes sparked a late comeback with five minutes remaining.

Liverpool defender Van Dijk then scored an impressive volley in injury time to rescue his country a point and send them through to the mini-tournament at France’s expense.

After the match Van Dijk went immediately over to referee Ovidiu Hategan to show his appreciation for refereeing.

The man in the middle was visibly upset with Romanian newspaper Gazeta Sporturilor claiming the reason for this was down his mother recently passing away.

“The man focused on the game, then, at the end, gave up and started crying, because his mother recently died,” Van Dijk said.

“I told him to be strong and congratulated him for refereeing very well but I hope I helped him."

Van Dijk found himself playing as a centre-forward in the dying minutes of yesterday’s match as they desperately went in search of an equaliser.

Referee Ovidiu Hategan was visibly upset after the UEFA Nations League match (Pic: NPO)

And Koeman has revealed a note from his assistants that he passed on to the field via full-back Kenny Tete had instructed the Liverpool defender to push forward.

“I got that note from Dwight Lodeweges and Kees van Wonderen,” Koeman said.

“When we were 2-0 down they asked me if we should change things around and I said yes. Next thing I knew I had the note. So I gave it to Kenny.

“And in the end it’s fantastic that the equaliser came from the guy who was told on the note to push up front.

Virgil van Dijk scored a late equaliser for the Netherlands (Pic: GETTY)

“The team showed character. We kept going.

“I didn’t think we played well. Maybe at this stage it’s too much for us to play two matches in such a short period of time against such high-quality opposition (Netherlands beat world champions France in Rotterdam on Friday).

“Let’s not forget, this Germany is an excellent team, maybe even better than France. But we also showed that we can recover when playing opponents of this calibre.”

Van Dijk will hope to continue his fine form when Liverpool travel to Watford on Saturday (3pm).


jmparker Posted on November 20, 2018 12:46

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Stan Lee's comments on racism and bigotry from 50 years ago resurface following his death

Stan Lee's death at the weekend prompted an outpouring of emotion and tributes to the man mostly responsible for the Marvel Universe.

Characters like the X-Men, the Avengers, Iron Man, Spider-Man and The Incredible Hulk all came from his uniquely creative and fascinating mind, which entertained generations for decades and will continue to for years to come. 

Although his characters all possessed amazing powers and saved the world on a regular basis, they all had to overcome adversity or bigotry in order to triumph and live their lives without prejudice.

Take, for instance, the X-Men. A group of gifted young people, whose powers saw them become vilified by society just because they were different. 

Similarly, the Avengers are a group of people from different backgrounds, with different ways of living and beliefs, that have to learn to co-exist to defeat evil. 

Lee wasn't exactly being subtle with the messages that he was sending with these characters and stories, in that diversity and accepting other cultures is an important part of life that everyone should try to adhere by.

In 1968, Lee laid out exactly what he was trying to say in an edition of Marvel's 'Stan Soapbox' where he admonished bigots and racists. 

This brief essay was shared by Ryan Parker, of The Hollywood Reporter on Sunday and it has subsequently gone viral. 

In the piece, Lee wrote:

Let's lay it right on the line. Bigotry and racism are among the deadliest social ills plaguing the world today. But, unlike a team of costumed super-villains, they can’t be halted with a punch in the snoot, or a zap from a ray gun.

The only way to destroy them is to expose them—to reveal them for the insidious evils they really are. The bigot is an unreasoning hater—one who hates blindly, fanatically, indiscriminately.

If his hang-up is black men, he hates ALL black men. If a redhead once offended him, he hates ALL redheads. If some foreigner beat him to a job, he’s down on ALL foreigners.

He hates people he’s never seen—people he’s never known—with equal intensity—with equal venom.

Now, we’re not trying to say it’s unreasonable for one human being to bug another.

Now, we’re not trying to say it’s unreasonable for one human being to bug another.

But, although anyone has the right to dislike another individual, it’s totally irrational, patently insane to condemn an entire race—to despise an entire nation—to vilify an entire religion. Sooner or later, we must learn to judge each other on our own merits.

Sooner or later, if man is ever to be worthy of his destiny, we must fill out hearts with tolerance.

For then, and only then, will we be truly worthy of the concept that man was created in the image of God–a God who calls us ALL—His children.

Despite these being 50-years-old, there is something still worryingly relevant about Lee's words, something that was echoed in the responses to the essay on social media.

Those people aren't very bright. The avengers and X Men are LITERAL social justice warriors and always have been.

ruby Posted on November 20, 2018 12:46

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Fake doctor EXPOSED: 3,000 UK medics probed after imposter practised for 22 YEARS

FRANTIC checks are being made on up to 3,000 foreign doctors after an imposter psychiatrist practised for 22 years.

Former NHS doctor Zholia Alemi was allowed to practise for more than two decades despite having no qualifications.

The trickster claimed she had a primary medical qualification when she first registered in the UK in 1995 — but was lying.

Alemi was later jailed for fraud in October this year after she took advantage of her vulnerable patient, changing the elderly woman's will to make herself a beneficiary.

The General Medical Council (GMC) apologised for "inadequate" checks made in the 1990s and for "any risk arising to patients as a result".

The discovery has now triggered an urgent probe and checks on the licences of potentially thousands of other doctors.

While working as a consultant psychiatrist for a dementia service in West Cumbria, Alemi exploited her relationship with her vulnerable victim, applying for power of attorney in her name.

She denied charges of fraud and theft but was found guilty and sentenced to five years in prison following a trial at Carlisle Crown Court.

Alemi's contract of employment with Cumbria NHS Trust was terminated after her initial arrest in 2016 and she was interim suspended in June 2017 by the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service.

After her sentencing an officer from Cumbria Police described her crimes as "abhorrent".

In a statement, the GMC said that Alemi joined the medical register in the UK under a section of the Medical Act which has not been in force since 2003.

It allowed graduates of medical schools in certain Commonwealth countries, including New Zealand, to obtain registration on the basis of their qualification, without having to sit and pass the standard two-part assessment of their medical knowledge and skills - the Professional and Linguistic Assessment Board exam (PLAB).

These documents were not subject to the rigorous checks that exist today, the GMC has now admitted.

The records of up to 3,000 still-licensed doctors who registered via the same route are now being urgently reviewed.

Charlie Massey, chief executive of the GMC, said: "These are serious issues and we are investigating them urgently.

"It is extremely concerning that a person used a fraudulent qualification to join the register and we are working to understand how this happened.

"We have brought this to the attention of police and other agencies, including NHS England, so that they may also take any necessary action to support patients and answer any questions they may have.

"Our processes are far stronger now, with rigorous testing in place to ensure those joining the register are fit to work in the UK.

"It is clear that in this case the steps taken in the 1990s were inadequate and we apologise for any risk arising to patients as a result.

"We are confident that, 23 years on, our systems are robust and would identify any fraudulent attempt to join the medical register.

"Patients deserve good care from appropriately qualified professionals and place a great deal of trust in doctors.

"To exploit that trust and the respected name of the profession is abhorrent."

A Department of Health and Social Care spokeswoman said: "As the organisation responsible for regulating doctors, we expect the GMC to investigate how this criminal was able to register as a doctor and put measures in place to make sure it can't happen again."

jmparker Posted on November 20, 2018 12:26

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People want Ivanka Trump to be 'locked up' after she sent government emails from a personal account

On Monday, the Washington Post broke the news that Ivanka Trump had been using her own personal email to send hundreds of government business emails.

Hmm... where have we heard that one before?

Yes, this is almost the exact same thing that dogged Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign, which saw Donald Trump brand her as 'crooked Hillary' and inspired the chant "lock her up".

Although it's not be disclosed what Ivanka said in those emails, and even though it's not illegal for White House officials to use their email for such correspondence, any messages have to be forwarded to an official work account within 20 days, as per the Presidential Act and Federal Records Act.

While it is obviously a cause for concern that anyone would choose to use a private email to discuss government activity, the irony here is just too perfect to ignore and the internet has been having a field day.

Many were quick to point out the glaring hypocrisy of the administration. 

Others wondered used the timely 'lock her up' catchphrase.

Actor Ishiah Whitlock Jr, best known for playing Senator Clay Davis in The Wire, used his trademark catchphrase to perfectly sum up the situation.

Even Bette Midler wasn't holding anything back.

This GOP tweet has aged well.

View image on Twitter

ruby Posted on November 20, 2018 11:57

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Asian people asked if they serve 'fried cat' in racist videos condemned online

Videos of Asian people being asked if they serve 'fried cat' in their respective shops have gone viral online. 

The clips, which appear to take place in the American city of Baltimore, show a black man asking two Asian store owners if they serve such a type of food, clearly perpetuating the stereotype that Asian people eat household pets. 

The first video was shared on Instagram by the user zone_15_thug_x2 and sees the man in the video ask an unimpressed shop owner if they serve 'fried cat'. 

The man indicates that they do not and tells him to go next door. 

The next video sees that same man ask the same question to a woman who is shocked and bemused at the inquiry and tells him that she should phone the police about the accusation. 

In the second video, the man asking the question tries to protest his innocence by saying.

I'm not a disrespectful type of person.

If I'm lying, I'm frying like the cat I want.

Both videos have been viewed millions of times since they were posted last week and have sparked outrage at the racist caricature that it promotes.

Although it is unclear who made the videos, a watermark on both clips would indicate that they were originally posted on the Instagram account cool_ant.

Both have since been deleted, with the owner of the account then posting an apology for sharing the videos.

An alternative apology, which is no longer on Instagram, sees cool_ant, reportedly asked people to not "pass judgment" and that he waited in the store "five minutes AFTER THE VIDEO waiting for the real food that I ordered".

In some Asian countries, dog meat is reportedly considered to be a delicacy, with it being used as an example against some nations to showcase how 'primitive' they are.

An article by food writer Soleil Ho shows how this has been used against Asian people since the early 20th century, with the most recent example occurring in 2016 when an Oregon senate candidate suggested that Vietnamese refugees would be "harvesting people's dogs and cats".

Others have argued that because the man in the video is black, he cannot be racist to another person of colour.

This still doesn't excuse the nature of the videos, which attempts to embarrass the victims and spread a lie all at the attempt of going viral.

ruby Posted on November 20, 2018 11:47

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Gunman 'kills girlfriend and cop'

A GUNMAN has reportedly shot his girlfriend before storming a hospital killing two others including a police officer and a female pharmacy worker.

Armed cops responded after reports of shots being fired both outside and inside Mercy Hospital in Chicago.

Police confirmed four people are dead, including a policeman and the gunman — but didn't say if he had shot himself or been killed by a police officer's bullet.

The dead police officer has been named as Samuel Jimenez.

Chicago PD urged people to stay away from the scene as the hospital was evacuated.

Images from the scene show blood splattered across the floor inside the hospital and armed cops sweeping the area.

Witnesses reported seeing the gunman shoot a woman – reported by CBS to be his girlfriend – before running inside the hospital.

One said: "I turned around to my right and I see a man shooting someone on the ground.”

Two people were then shot inside the hospital as staff and patients ran for cover – with witnesses hearing “code silver” being shouted, which means a gunman is inside. 

Video shows police officers with their guns raised sweeping through the halls of Mercy Hospital.

POLICE: Cops arrived on the scene after the gunman opened fire (Pic: CBS)

Reports have emerged of heroic medical staff working to keep patients safe as the shooter stalked the halls.

One staff member told CBS how he locked patients in their rooms as he heard the shots being fired.

Another witness claimed to have seen the shooter open fire at someone on the ground "repeatedly".

The shooting began after the gunman had an argument with a female doctor who he was dating, in the car park outside the hospital.

One of the woman's friends came along to help, at which point the attacker revealed his weapon.

In the opening shots, the woman, named locally as Tamara O'Neal, was killed.

Police then arrived and exchanged fire with the attacker, who hit their police car with a hail of bullets before running into the hospital.

As the police shot at the gunman, one of the attacker's bullets hit a female pharmacy worker who was unlucky enough to be coming out of the lift at the time.


HOSPITAL: The gunman reportedly shot his girlfriend outside before storming the hospital (Pic: NBC)

CHICAGO PD: Local sources are reporting the gunman is dead (Pic: NBC)

She hasn't been named.

One of the nearby high schools was locked down during the incident as cops maintained a “tight perimeter”.

All pedestrians and all vehicles were told to stay away from the hospital, as reporters were moved back from the cordon. 

Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi‏ said: "Reports of multiple victims from incident at 26th and Michigan. Please avoid area.

"Officers are doing a methodical search of Mercy hospital. At least one possible offender is shot. Please avoid the area."

jmparker Posted on November 20, 2018 11:42

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Military Official Worries Terrorism Could Spill into Liberia


The acting Sergeant Major for Armed Forces Liberia says he is concerned about terrorists in neighboring countries spilling into his homeland.

Speaking in an exclusive interview with VOA, Command Sgt. Maj. Karmoh Duke Freeman said the "worrisome" terrorism developments outside Liberia must be deterred with additional forces.

"We asked our partners to get involved immediately so that we'll curtail the situation," Freeman said, "because we need more than what we have at our border points."

The Liberian army of about 2,000 was built "from scratch," Freeman explained, after the Second Liberian Civil War ended in 2003.

The U.N. peacekeeping mission that helped develop Liberia's military formally withdrew earlier this year, potentially leaving the nation vulnerable to threats.

Freeman recommended routine military patrols around the border, along with recruitment expansions for military, police and immigration officers.

FILE - U.S marines disembark upon their arrival at the Roberts International airport in Monrovia, Liberia, Oct. 9, 2014.

Liberia also receives support from the United States and African countries such as Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Ghana and Benin.

"We're there to help coach, teach, assist, advise and let them know we have their back. We're not going away. We're going to be there even in crisis," U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Michael Stone, the commanding general for the Michigan National Guard's military police, told a small group of reporters Friday at the Pentagon.

Michigan National Guard has partnered with Liberian forces since 2009, as part of the National Guard's State Partnership Program.

The state has sent over military police to conduct specialized training, as well as provided engineers for construction. National Guardsmen teach critical military skills like marksmanship, Stone said, but they also go a step further, providing Liberian forces with the knowledge of how to transport a unit to a range and run a range properly.

He added that Liberia's forces have come a long way since the Michigan-Liberia partnership began, growing from a force of a couple of hundred to a couple of thousand. Liberia's military's commander was not even a Liberian until 2014.

"They weren't professional enough, and there was such a fear because of the civil war, there was such a distrust … that they took a while to get a professional military where a Liberian officer could be vetted, trained, and have enough respect where the president was comfortable," Stone explained.

While Freeman describes the Liberian military as an "offspring" of the U.S. military, the Chinese military is spreading influence in the country via contributions in logistics support. The acting command sergeant major conceded that China was a logistics "partner" and educator, but denied the Liberian military was cooperating further.

"No, we don't work with the Chinese military," Freeman said. "We need the American military most."

Stone said the Chinese and the U.S. have very different approaches in Liberia, with the Chinese focusing on economic connections, while the Americans focus on personal connections.

"They'll [the Chinese] offer economic assistance to build something, but there's no sustainment model. There's no ongoing relationship," he said.

sarah Posted on November 20, 2018 11:37

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Domino’s launches new CHEESEBURGER pizza across UK – would YOU try it?

DOMINO’S has rolled out a bizarre new cheeseburger pizza across the UK.

The mash-up comes with the best bits of a classic cheeseburger – cheese, beef, tomato, onions and gherkins.

The cheeseburger and pizza hybrid comes on top of the pizzamaker’s vine-ripened tomato sauce and freshly handmade dough.

Ian Straughan, official cheeseburger pizza spokesman, told Daily Star Online: “Pizza is the most popular food in the world, and the cheeseburger isn’t far behind.

“This is clearly a match made in heaven.

“The Cheeseburger pizza combines the wondrous flavours of 100% mozzarella and freshly seasoned beef with the unrivalled taste of Domino’s.

“What’s not to love?”

Domino’s launched its new dish across the UK and Ireland on Monday.

A medium pizza for sharing costs £16.99 and will be included in various deals including Two for Tuesday tomorrow.

YUM: Insiders described the mash-up as a 'match made in heaven' (Pic: DOMINO'S)

Daily Star Online previously reported how the pizza giant took on an extra 3,000 staff ahead of the World Cup.

Bosses took advantage of football fever by adding “The Meatfielder” pizza to its menu.

The World Cup special consisted of pepperoni, ham, chorizo, pork meatballs, smoked bacon, and Domino's secret sauce.

Figures show pizza fans were ordering six pizzas a second across the UK during the tournament - with over 60million slices eaten.

jmparker Posted on November 20, 2018 11:33

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Stormy Daniels blames conservative opposition to sex education for abortions and STIs

Stormy Daniels, who is currently embroiled in a legal dispute with president Donald Trump relating to an alleged affair, has blasted the state of America’s sex education in a speech to the Oxford Union. Because 2018 wasn’t weird enough already.

The adult film actress—real name Stephanie Clifford— cited a lack of advice as a reason why so many young people fall pregnant accidentally or contract sexually transmitted infections.

She said that people who stand in the way of an “open and well-rounded sex education” are “fuelling the very social problems they say they are trying to prevent”.

Daniels was speaking at an event entitled “Sex, Guns and Other Fluff: How Porn Can Set You Free”.

She continued:

Don't want abortions? Then help prevent unwanted pregnancies by teaching young people about their bodies in an honest, open and shame-free way.

As a matter of fact, open, factual discussion about sex is the best way to prevent a whole bunch of social problems: STDs, assault, sexual dysfunction. Maybe [even] having Donald Trump as president.

I support freedom of religion. But I think there are ways to do it...Maybe just stick to medical facts. Like hey, if you don’t put a condom on you could make a human that you have to feed for a very long time.

The porn star also criticised society for considering sex more controversial than violence.

At a mainstream movie theatre we can watch every other aspect of life including gruesome, violent death, but sex is the one thing too taboo to even talk about?

Children know how their grandfathers were brutally killed in the war, but still think their baby sister was brought by a stork. What the f**k?

Daniels also discussed her attorney Michael Avenatti, who faces domestic violence allegations. She said if the allegations turn out to be true, she will seek alternative representation.

ruby Posted on November 20, 2018 11:33

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Police officer among 4 dead in 'horrific' Chicago hospital shooting


 CHICAGO – A Chicago police officer and two hospital workers were killed Monday by a gunman who carried out a grisly assault at a city hospital.

               Police identified the fallen officer as Samuel Jimenez, a young cop with less than two years with the department. Hospital officials said emergency room doctor Tamara O'Neal and first-year pharmacy resident Dayna Less were the other victims in the afternoon shooting at Mercy Hospital on the city's South Side. The shooter, who has not been identified, also was killed in the incident. He was previously engaged to O'Neal, according to family members who spoke with reporters.

            Mayor Rahm Emanuel called it a devastating moment for a city that for years has endured daunting levels of gun violence. It was a bleak end to a day that started with the city celebrating the graduation of the newest class of 88 police officers and the promotion of 275 newly-minted detectives, sergeants, lieutenants, evidence technicians and field training officers.

           “The city of Chicago lost a doctor, a pharmaceutical assistant, and a police officer all going about their day, all doing what they love,” Emanuel said. “This tears at the soul of our city.”The top prosecutor for the Chicago area, Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx, called the violence at the hospital senseless.

       “The violence that occurred today at Mercy Hospital is horrific,” Foxx said on Twitter. “The County mourns the victims who lost their lives, including CPD Officer Samuel Jimenez for making the ultimate sacrifice to save the lives of others. May we uplift the families of those harmed and our city.”

Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said the incident was spurred by a domestic altercation that started outside the hospital between the gunman and O'Neal.

An acquaintance of O'Neal arrived at the scene, and the gunman lifted his shirt, displaying a handgun before shooting at O'Neal, Johnson said.

Johnson said the gunman, who was armed with a lone handgun, also fired shots at officers who had arrived at the scene and struck their squad car before running into the hospital. Additional officers arrived at the scene and engaged the gunman for several minutes inside the hospital.

Less, the pharmacy resident, was shot as she walked out off an elevator, Johnson said. 

"That woman got off an elevator and was shot, why?" Johnson asked.

Patrick Connor, who is head emergency medicine at Mercy, said O'Neal, 38, who grew up in nearby Portage, Indiana, was "simply one of the most fascinating, hard working people." Less, a recent graduate from Purdue University, had been at the hospital since July, Connor said.

Johnson said it was not clear if the gunman was killed by police gunfire or a self-inflicted wound.

Steven Mixon, an emergency room clerk, told the Chicago Tribune that he was waiting outside the hospital for an Uber when he saw O'Neal “being harassed by some gentleman." He said she waved to him to come to her.

Mixon said he didn't make it to her before the gunman began shooting. 

“I guess it wasn’t my time to go because if I had made it to her, I would have been dead too,” Mixon said.

Jimenez, who was married and a father of three, had just ended his required probationary term with the department.

Another officer was hit by a bullet in his holster during the chaotic exchange but was not seriously injured, police said.

Kevin Graham, president of Chicago’s Fraternal Order of Police union, praised the fallen officer.

“Today, the Fraternal Order of Police lost a valued brother — a courageous police officer who got up this morning, went to work and wanted to protect the city of Chicago,” Graham said. “He did just that, but he did so with his life.”

Johnson said he was certain the police’s quick response saved many lives. Jimenez and his partner were not assigned to the call but responded anyway.

“There is no doubt in my mind that all those officers who responded are heroes,” Johnson said.

Steven White, a patient at the hospital who had been waiting to be discharged, said the shooting started near the emergency room entrance.

“It was, 'Pow, pow, pow,' '' said White, who was treated for dehydration at the hospital.

White said he could see through the window the woman lying on the ground.

"You see stuff like this on TV, but to see someone so coldhearted,” White said. “It was like he had no remorse.”

The gunman ran into the building, and a police officer chased him. As bystanders took cover, White said, he heard the gunman fire at least six shots.

          Pharmacist Joan Fortune said she and colleagues were talking to a patient near the emergency room entrance when the gunfire erupted.

A technician immediately pulled down security shutters and barricaded several people in their work area, Fortune said.

“We heard more gunshots and arguing,'' Fortune said. “We stayed barricaded for about 30 minutes until the police (arrived), and we ran out a back (exit).”

Monique Hubbard, a technician in the pharmacy, said she heard several gunshots before and after she and others barricaded themselves.

“At one point, we could hear him shake the security shutters,” Hubbard said.

Mercy Hospital officials said that employees went through an active shooter drill just last month. 

"A hospital should be a safe place," Connor said. "Every shooting in America is a tragedy. It is a national tragedy. It is especially senseless when a shooting occurs in the healing space of a hospital."

Chicago recorded 762 murders in 2016 and 650 in 2017. The city had recorded 488 murders for 2018 as of Nov. 11, more than any other U.S. city but an 18 percent decline from last year.

Jimenez was the second Chicago Police officer to be slain in the city in 2018, and the 48th officer shot and killed in the line of duty across the country this year,  according to the Officer Down Memorial Page, which tracks such deaths.

             In February, Cmdr. Paul Bauer, a veteran of more than three decades in the Chicago force, was fatally shot while confronting a man who had run from police officers, during an incident in downtown Chicago.

Mercy Hospital and Medical Center is a 292-bed surgical Catholic teaching hospital that was established in 1852. 

sarah Posted on November 20, 2018 11:32

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EastEnders' Kat Slater DEAD after Albert Square crash?

KAT Moon isn't have the best of times on EastEnders.

Last week on EastEndersKat (Jessie Wallace) was reunited with ex Alfie Moon (Shane Richie).

Things didn't go well for Kat though, as Alfie told her he wouldn't be letting her see their kids.

Last night, she was still reeling from the snub and downed some vodka at the Queen Vic.

It looks like that was just the start of a downward spiral, as Kat's troubles continue next week.

The fan-favourite will cause a road accident after she hits an old man on her moped and knocks herself out.

Kat is feeling the pressure trying to memorise roads and routes so she can become a black cab driver.

She goes off to her dad Charlie's old work place and meets his pal Tony, who begins thinking back to working with Charlie.

They soon move things to a local pub that Charlie used to frequent, where they meet another old friend Maurice.

But Kat's instantly on guard with him when she notices Maurice's negative attitude.

When Tony heads off, Kat confronts Maurice and he drops a major bombshell that leaves her gobsmacked.

It's not yet known what he tells her, but Kat makes a dramatic exit and speeds off back to Albert Square.

CLASH: Maurice tells Kat something she doesn't want to hear (Pic: BBC)

OUCH: Kat knocks herself out after the crash (Pic: BBC)

It's there that Kat will hit an OAP and fall from her moped – but will she survive?

The episode is set to air next Monday, and the cliffhanger will leave fans questioning Kat's fate.

EastEnders continues tonight at 7.30pm on BBC One.


jmparker Posted on November 20, 2018 11:12

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