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Kylie Jenner undergoes image overhaul in tighter-than-skin latex

KYLIE Jenner is always changing her looks.The youngest of the Kardashian clan opted for the ultimate Halloween costume this year. As her first mother-daughter Halloween celebration, Kylie Jenner went overboard in Kardashian-like fashion. Ditching her blonde locks and opting for a silky brunette bob, the 21-year-old opted for an image overhaul as she dressed as a butterfly. As she continued flaunting her love for latex, Kylie posed in a pink one-piece. As the figure-hugging ensemble highlighted all of Kylie's curves, she flaunted her infamous figure.

The one-piece cut off at her hips, allowing Kylie to flash her lengthy pins for her butterfly outfit. While she flashed a whole lotta leg as she posed for the snap, Kylie finished the outfit with a pair of lace up pink heels, to match her lingerie and wings alike. Covering herself in a pink hue, Kylie flaunted her impeccable makeup skills as she debuted her mother-daughter outfit. Adding a butterfly to her heels, the creature fluttered through both Kylie and her daughter Stormi.

MOTHER-DAUGHTER: Kylie and Stormi teamed up for their outfits (Pic: INSTAGRAM)

The nine-month-old matched her mother's outfit, dressed in a pink tracksuit with the butterfly wings and a bow in her hair. Kylie and Stormi posed together for their Halloween celebrations snap, with the little Kardashian sporting an excited smile. In Kylie's solo snap, user's flew in to comment on the mother-of-one's looks. One fan wrote: "Wow, it's perfection."

jmparker Posted on October 30, 2018 12:47

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Mum of prime murder suspect has garden dug up 32 years after victim Suzy Lamplugh vanished

THE prime suspect in a murder mystery is having his mum’s garden dug up, 32 years after the victim went missing. Estate agent Suzy Lamplugh, 25, disappeared after leaving her offices in west London to meet a client named as Mr Kipper. Eight years after her death, Miss Lamplugh was officially declared dead, presumed murdered. No-one was convicted over her death at the time. But in 2002, the Met Police named John Cannan as the prime suspect in the case after the CPS could not find enough evidence to bring a case against him.

Canan, 64, is currently serving a minimum term of 35 years for murdering Shirley Banks a year later. 32 years after Miss Lamplugh went missing, cops are searching an address in Sutton Coldfield, formerly belonging to the prime suspect’s mum. Cops believed after potentially killing Miss Lamplugh, Cannan could have driven her body to his mum’s house, and dumped it in a pit. The owner of the house at the centre of the probe confirmed he bought it from Cannan’s mum.

PRIME SUSPECT: CPS could not bring a case against John Cannan (Pic: PA)

Phillip Carey, 52, said he bought the house from Sheila Cannan 26 years ago, as officials investigated the garden. He said: “From our point of view, we bought the house 26 years ago from the suspect person’s mother, Sheila.“We knew who she was, we became aware who she was as we went through the relationship, and obviously it was high profile at the time.”A statement from the Suzy Lamplugh Trust said the latest development is a reminder of the “continuing tragedy”.

ARGUMENT: Suzy Lamplugh was confronted by a man before her death in 1986 (Pic: PA)

It continued: “The thoughts of everyone at Suzy Lamplugh Trust are with Suzy’s family today.“Today we continue the work of [her parents] Paul and Diana to reduce violence and aggression in society, supporting workplaces to help their lone and frontline workers be safer and feel safer.“Today’s news reminds us once again of the continuing tragedy of Suzy’s story and the importance of employers taking responsibility for the personal safety of their staff.”Miss Lamplugh was seen arguing with a man at a property in Fulham, west London, on the day of her disappearance. Her car was later found near the property.

jmparker Posted on October 30, 2018 12:42

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Lewis Hamilton net worth and girlfriend: How much does F1 star earn and who is he dating?

LEWIS Hamilton has won his fifth F1 World Championship and is one of the highest paid stars in the world – but what is his net worth and who is he dating? He shares the spot with Juan Manuel Fangio, just two away from Michael Schumacher’s record. The 33-year-old is now the third person in history to win an impressive five world titles. His obsession with Formula One and fast-driving cars started when he was only six years old. The motorsport star is one of the highest paid athletes in the world, which his massive fortune is a testament to.

How much is Lewis Hamilton worth?

Celebrity Net Worth estimates Hamilton’s net worth to be a massive £285million. Meanwhile, Forbes states the number is a more conservative $51million (£39million).,A big chunk of this wealth, around $42million (£32million), is from F1 earnings.

Lewis Hamilton net worth: He became the third person in history to win five world titles (Pic: GETTY)

Another $9million (£7million), comes from endorsements. Meanwhile Celebrity Net Worth estimates he earns £35million per year through endorsements and prize money. Brands are lining up to be endorsed by the motorsport champion. The brands he works with includes IWC, Monster Energy, L’Oreal, Bose, Puma, MV Augusta Motorcycles and Bombardier Recreational Products.

Lewis Hamilton net worth: He is one of the highest paid athletes in the world (Pic: GETTY)

The F1 legend is reportedly on a £100million three-year contract with the German manufacturer Mercedes. The deal, which includes Hamilton having control of his own image rights, will run until the end of 2018. About extending his contract, he said: “It is quite an easy process for us.“We already have something in place and it’s really just about extending it and enhancing it, working on what more I can do for them, for the sponsors, the brand and vice versa.”

Rumoured girlfriend: Lewis and Nicki Minaj at New York Fashion Week (Pic: GETTY)

Who is Lewis Hamilton’s girlfriend?

Hamilton is believed to be dating US rapper Nicki Minaj, although this hasn’t been confirmed by either. They recently posted pictures on social media together from a trip away to Dubai. He also recently commented on a heart emoji on a picture of the rapper. Fans started speculating the two were romantically involved, with one commenting: “Lewis Hamilton is the best choice she ever did! Finally Nic, for the first time I agree with your taste. Plus they look amaaazing together.”Rumours also started swirling when they appeared to look close at New York Fashion Week.

jmparker Posted on October 30, 2018 12:37

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This Cheap Drone Is The Best Selling Product In Ghana, Here's Why It's Gone Viral.

       This drone is the top selling drone in Ghana right now, because it's such a good deal for a high quality drone… DroneX Pro has finally made it affordable to buy a high quality drone with a built in HD camera. Usually a high quality drone with a HD camera like this would cost anywhere between $400-$900. This one is currently being sold for a much lower price (it will suprize you).

   This drone takes amazing videos, photos and selfies. Thousands of people in Ghana have been uploading incredible selfies from insane angles with this drone. When they started uploading them to social media EVERYONE started to want to do the same!

     Unlike muost of the expensive and bulky ones that first came out, this one is the same size as a smartphone. It's easy to use, and much more affordable (only $99 for a limited time). It's finally a price thats affordable to everyone.

What is DroneX Pro?

It's brand new type of drone, made so that anyone can fly it. It's easy to use and perfect for taking amaizng videos, photos and selfies!

It was designed by 2 genius engineers, who love drones and wanted to make them affordable to everyone. They found that the drones they had were very bulky, heavy and difficult to travel with, which is why they designed this ultra compact drone, without sacrificing the main features of the drones.

It's durable, it's easy to use, and it can Livestream and record video clips on your phone!

People are using them to take 'the ultimate selfies' - the results are incredible...

How does it work?

Yes! We were surprised how easy it was to set it up. First, you will need to install an app (just scan the QR code from the manual).

Once you've done that, just plug in the battery, start the app, and connect your drone. In less than 10 seconds, you will be ready to go!

Flying the drone is very easy. The controls are very intuitive. Flying this drone just feels natural. The controls are very simple, anyone could use this drone. It doesn't matter your age, it's so simple!

Once you're in the air, you can use the built-in camera. You can take the most amazing photos and videos. Create videos from almost impossible angles and impress your friends with the coolest selfies!

 

This is the first high quality drone thats available at a low-price. When I first saw this high qualigh drone with an HD Camera I was expecting to see it priced between $400-$900, but I was wrong. They sell it for $99(limited time offer), which feels like a steal for a drone of this quality!

How to buy a DroneX Pro

That’s super easy. You can buy it from the official website.

 

This drone is perfect because...

What makes this drone so special?

The main benefits of the DroneX Pro are it's portability, ease of use, HD camera and price.

This drone is hardly bigger than a smartphone. Combined with it's foldable rotors, you got the world's most portable drone. It will fit into every pocket or a backpack!

Super tiny and foldable, you can carry it everywhere easily
 

Plus anyone can fly this drone! It's controls were designed to the perfection. It also has incredible hovering capabilities. You do not have to focus on height, just steer and enjoy your flight!

This drone's high quality camera is just perfect for taking amazing pictures and videos.

Take amazing photos with it's HD camera
 

When flying is so easy, you can fully concentrate on taking stunning shots. Film nature, friends and even yourself in amazing quality!

The flying is so easy that all you need to do is have fun
 

This drone is also made with some onf the highest qualight ABS plastic avaliable, which makes the drone much lighter and stronger.

It's tiny but very strong
 

Last but not least, the price makes this drone such a good deal. Less than $100 for a high quality drone with a built in HD camera. This has to be the best price-quality drone avaliable!

Conclusion: Is it worth it?

This high-quality drone for this low price is a clear YES! You'll have countless hours of fun flying and taking amazing pictures and videos you with the DroneX Pro.

It makes the perfect gift for yourself or your friends and family!

PS: Do not miss the offer while it still stands!

How To Get A DroneX Pro?

Now that you are aware of this amazing new drone, and if it’s still in stock, here is how to get one:

1) Order the DroneX Pro from the official website.

2) Download the Drone app(Android & iOS) and connect to the drone.

3) Have fun flying your new drown and start taking amazing videos, photos and selfies!

 

 

 

sarah Posted on October 30, 2018 12:07

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Political vigilantism threatens stability in Ghana

For over 25 years, Ghana has progressively entrenched democracy while maintaining relative peace and stability. It has gone through seven consecutive elections without large-scale violence and three peaceful changes of power between its two main parties – the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the National Democratic Congress (NDC). 

A highly disputed presidential election in 2012, which produced an NDC victory, was peacefully resolved through the law courts. Four years earlier, the country avoided large-scale political violence despite an extremely narrow NDC electoral victory.

Yet both the NDC and the NPP, whether in opposition or in government, increasingly rely on vigilante groups to provide security for their campaigns and ensure electoral victory. These groups, made up of largely unemployed youth, mobilise party supporters; serve as polling or monitoring agents during voter registration, voting, and results tabulation; and “protect” polling centres and electoral materials.

Ahead of the 2016 elections, more than 5,000 electoral precincts were considered flashpoints by the Ghana Police Service, although not all of these were due to vigilante activities. Other factors were land and chieftaincy disputes and the proliferation of illicit arms in the country, the police said. Even so, the 2008 and 2012 contests also featured violent vigilantism and the phenomenon, according to security expert Kwesi Aning, has worsened.

The Azorka Boys, loyal to and named after Chief Awudu Sofo Azorka, the NDC’s northern regional chairman, and the Aluta Boys, are known to be affiliated with the NDC. The Delta Force and the Invincible Forces are among the groups affiliated with the NPP. 

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Recently Joseph Yamin, former deputy minister for the Asante Region, set up the Hawks ostensibly to “protect the NDC” ahead of the 2020 elections. With support from known party figures, these groups threaten, intimidate and assault opponents, seize or destroy electoral materials, assault electoral officials, and vandalise registration centres.

Groups affiliated with the winning party often forcibly take over government offices and properties, and in some cases violently resist new government appointments they disagree with.

In 2017, the Delta Force was so infuriated by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s appointment of George Agyei as regional security coordinator for the Asante Region that its members barged into his office, and assaulted and forcibly ejected him. To the group, Agyei didn’t contribute to the NPP’s victory and thus didn’t deserve the position. 

 

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When the Delta Force accused were put on trial, fellow members entered the court, freed their comrades, and threatened the judge.

 

These groups also tend to attack their own party figures in government when they feel promises made to them aren’t fulfilled. On 7 October, Delta Force members reportedly attacked NPP member of parliament and Minister for Monitoring and Evaluation Anthony Akoto Osei during a party meeting in his constituency. Their complaint was his failure to recruit them into the security services as promised.

A change of government has been punctuated by seizures of toll booths, public toilets, lorry parks, tourist sites and public health facilities, among others, all deemed to be business opportunities. Under both the NPP and the NDC, the losing party complains about harassment and seizure of property often by vigilante groups. In some cases, staff in government offices and facilities are either assaulted or forcibly ejected.

The zero-sum dynamics that have become entrenched in Ghanaian politics has made competitive politics a do-or-die affair. Wealth accumulation is determined by access to political power and state resources.

Political elites have near-complete control of key economic sectors – oil and gas, mining, cocoa, and public utilities. They have the power to grant licences for mining and oil and gas exploration, and to dispense revenues derived from these.

The private sector is dependent on government contracts and largesse. Both the NPP and the NDC have often accused each other of collapsing ‘opponent’ businesses and dishing out huge contracts to their party folks and allied businesses. Politicians are influential in determining who receives business permits, loans and public sector employment.

 

Street scene on the market in Agbogbloshie, a district in Ghana's capital

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The executive is particularly strong as the president has the power to make over 4,000 direct appointments, including of municipal and district chief executives. An electoral victory thus suddenly improves one’s socio-economic status.

 

Opposition parties have little trust and confidence in the police, particularly during election periods. Entrusting the safety and security of their presidential candidates, running mates and campaign contingents to a police service over which they have no control is, in their view, too much of a risk.

A classic example is the 2016 elections when three former South African police officers contracted to train bodyguards of the NPP’s presidential candidate and running mate were arrested and deported. Sammy Awuku, NPP youth organiser at the time, said the party was “taking steps to give maximum protection to our presidential candidate and his running mate… whether the South Africans have been sent home or not”.

The apparent lack of police independence is reinforced by the change of officers in the police and other security institutions, including the Bureau of National Investigations, that normally accompanies a change of government.

Ghana’s democratic progress and long-term stability are seriously undermined by ever-entrenching political vigilantism that is often supported by the NPP and NDC. To prevent this, the rule of law and state institutions must be strengthened.

The goal should be to inspire trust and confidence in the independence of law enforcement, and to limit wealth accumulation through the control of political power and state resources. DM

https://www.msn.com/en-xl/africa/top-stories/political-vigilantism-threatens-stability-in-ghana/ar-BBOZAJg?ocid=SK216DHP

khojho Posted on October 30, 2018 09:39

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Secret 'passage to the underworld' tunnel discovered beneath Mexican pyramid

Archaeologists in Mexico have discovered a mysterious tunnel and chamber beneath the Pyramid of the Moon in the ancient city of Teotihuacán.

Researchers from Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) and the Institute of Geophysics at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) located the hidden spaces at the famous site near Mexico City.

With a diameter of 49 feet, the chamber may be a ritual space that was used for funerals, according to experts. The hidden room and its tunnel could be linked to the ancient culture’s concept of the underworld, they say, in a statement.

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The chamber and tunnel were discovered using electrical resistance technology in Summer 2017. The results of the archaeologists’ study have just been announced.

The chamber and tunnel were discovered beneath the Pyramid of the Moon. (Photo Mauricio Marat INAH)

Human skeletons have been found in other tunnels excavated at the Pyramid of the Moon, prompting speculation that similar remains may be inside the newly-discovered tunnel.

The tunnel, which runs to the southern part of Teotihuacán’s Plaza of the Moon, is the latest fascinating find to shed new light on Mexico’s ancient history. An ancient mask depicting a 7th-century Maya king, for example, was recently discovered in southern Mexico.

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A vast array of skulls buried beneath the streets of modern Mexico City are also revealing the grisly details of Aztec human sacrifice.

Models generated by studying of electrical resistance in the subsoil of the Pyramid of the Moon. (Courtesy Institute of Geophysics of the UNAM)

The area was once the epicenter of the Aztec city of Tenochtitlan - a gruesome site where human sacrifices were performed to honor the gods.

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Luke Posted on October 29, 2018 18:44

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Japan's Princess Ayako surrenders her royal status as she marries for love

Tokyo (CNN)Under crisp blue skies, about 1,000 well-wishers turned out at the Meiji Shrine in Tokyo Monday to catch a glimpse of Japan's Princess Ayako and her groom Kei Moriya on their wedding day.

As the smiling couple entered the shrine, the crowd shouted their congratulations with the Japanese word "Banzai" -- meaning an auspicious wish for long life. Close family members and friends welcomed the bride and groom as they made their way to the ceremony hall.

Princess Ayako was dressed in a light yellow-colored uchiki kimono embroidered with pink flowers and green leaves and a deep purple hakama -- wide-legged pleated trousers that fall to the ankles. She also carried a fan made of Japanese cypress, called a hiougi. Moriya wore a western-style black morning coat, gray pin-striped trousers and a silk hat that belonged to Ayako's late father, Prince Takamodo.

Ayako's kimono is similar in style and design to that worn by her sister Princess Noriko when she married Kunimaro Senge in 2014.

The Meiji Shrine: A wedding venue fit for a princess

The 28-year-old Princess Ayako is the youngest child of Princess Hisako and the late Prince Takamodo, cousin of Emperor Akihito. According to Japan's imperial law, female members of the royal family forfeit their titles, status and allowance if they choose to marry someone who does not have royal or aristocratic family ties. The same rule does not apply to male members of the royal family.

On marrying 32-year-old Moriya -- an employee of shipping company Nippon Yusen KK -- the princess will renounce her royal status and take a lump sum of $950,000 from the Japanese government for living expenses.

Japanese Princess Ayako, dressed in traditional ceremonial gown, and Japanese businessman Kei Moriya, arrive at Meiji Shrine for their wedding ceremony in Tokyo, Oct. 29, 2018.

Before the ceremony began, Ayako changed her kimono into a more formal Shinto-style robe. She wore a red kouchiki, a "small cloak" with long, wide sleeves, and a long divided brown skirt called a naga-bakama.

The ceremony itself was a private affair, attended only by close family members. Inside, the couple would have performed several rituals that mark a Shinto-style wedding, including exchanging nuptial sake cups and presenting a sacred Tamagushi branch as an offering. The newlyweds would have also exchanged marriage vows and rings.

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After final prayers, the couple emerged from the shrine as husband and wife. Moriya said he thought his new wife looked "beautiful," as they took questions from reporters. "I would like to support her firmly and, hand in hand, build a happy family with lots of laughter," he said.

"I am awed by how blessed I am," Ayako said. From a young age, Ayako said she was taught that being born into the imperial family meant her duty was to support the emperor and empress. "I will leave the imperial family today, but I will remain unchanged in my support for his majesty and her majesty," she said.

Princess Ayako on her way to her wedding ceremony in Tokyo, Oct. 29, 2018.

The shrine where the ceremony took place is of huge symbolic importance. Opened in 1920, the Meiji Shrine is dedicated to the deified souls of Ayako's great-great grandfather Emperor Meiji and his wife, Empress Shoken.

"I am very happy that we held the wedding at this Meiji Shrine where my great grandfather Meiji Emperor is worshiped," Ayako said. "I feel so happy."

Ayoko's marriage and resignation from royal duties comes at a trying time for the world's oldest monarchy. The country's much-loved Emperor Akihitio announced that he will abdicate on April 30, 2019, passing the Chrysanthemum Throne to his son Crown Prince Naruhito. Imperial law states that the throne must be passed to male heirs, and as Naruhito has only one son, the 12-year-old Prince Hisahito could be left with the sole responsibility of carrying on the royal line.

Akihitio's abdication and the forthcoming marriage of his granddaughter Princess Mako reignited debate about the role women play in Japan's monarchy and whether imperial law should change to allow women to inherit the throne.

Newlyweds Princess Ayako and Kei Moriya speak to the reporters after their marriage ceremony at Meiji Shrine in Tokyo, Oct. 29, 2018.

"It is a sensible option and necessary in terms of managing risk but the elite conservatives that govern have resisted strongly despite robust public support for female succession," said Jeff Kingston, Director of Asian Studies at Temple University Japan and author of upcoming book Japan.

Unlike in the United Kingdom, where Queen Elizabeth approved changes to the royal line of succession and gave equal rights to sons and daughters of British monarchs to inherit the throne, officials in Japan have ruled out a similar move.

An abdication law that allows Akihitio to resign was passed without a proposed resolution that potentially questions whether women who marry outside the family have to rescind their royal rights.

"Apparently they take no inspiration from Queen Elizabeth ... and instead take refuge behind fatuous patriarchal justifications for not doing so," Kingston said. "The law will change only if it absolutely must."

https://edition.cnn.com/2018/10/29/asia/princess-ayako-wedding-ceremony-intl/index.html

Luke Posted on October 29, 2018 18:06

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Lion Air Boeing 737 crashes on flight from Jakarta to Sumatra

The aircraft reported a "problem" moments after taking off. Across all models, the 737 is the best-selling commercial jetliner in history.

Debris found in water after Lion Air plane crash in Indonesia

Oct. 29, 201801:07

Oct. 29, 2018 / 2:56 AM GMT / Updated 11:38 AM GMT

By Alex Johnson and Alastair Jamieson

A brand new Lion Air Boeing 737 MAX 8 carrying 189 passengers and crew crashed into the sea shortly after takeoff from Jakarta, Indonesian authorities said Monday.

Search and rescue officials said they did not expect to find any survivors. The plane entered service on August 15.

Flight JT610 hit the water 13 minutes after departing at 6:20 a.m. (7:20 p.m. ET Sunday) bound for Pangkal Pinang, the capital of the Sumatran island of Bangka-Belitung.

Some personal items belonging to people on board were recovered from the water, along with small pieces of debris, rescue officials said. The aircraft's "black box" data recorder was located but had not been retrieved, according to authorities.

Rescuers search the waters for wreckage off the northern coast of Indonesia's Java island on Monday.BASARNAS / AFP - Getty Images

It was carrying 189 people — 178 adult passengers, three infants, six crew members and two pilots.

The pilot asked controllers to return to Jakarta three minutes after taking off.

"We're still trying to figure out the reason," said Soerjanto Tjahjono, head of Indonesia's transport safety committee. The pilot was cleared to land back at Jakarta but plunged into the sea about 10 minutes later.

Edward Sirait, president of the budget airline, told reporters that the plane had also encountered a technical problem on its previous flight that was subsequently resolved by engineers.

"This aircraft last flew from Denpasar [Bali] to Cengkareng [Jakarta airport] and it was released to fly," he said. "There was a report about a technical problem but we have worked on the technical issue based on the procedure from the aircraft manufacturer."

Bambang Suryo Aji, the director of the national rescue agency, said the search effort was focused on finding bodies.

Family members of passengers aboard a crashed Lion Air jet mourn at Pangkal Pinang airport on Monday.Hadi Sutrisno / AFP - Getty Images

It is the world's first crash involving a Boeing 737 MAX 8, which is a significantly revamped version of the single-aisle workhorse. Across all models, the 737 is the best-selling commercial jetliner in history and has a strong safety record.

A spokeswoman for CFM International, the manufacturer of the plane's two LEAP-1B engines, confirmed to NBC News that the company had been notified that the plane was missing. She said the company had no further information.

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Boeing said in a statement that it is ready to provide technical assistance to the accident investigation.

"The Boeing Company is deeply saddened by the loss of Flight JT610," the statement reads. "We express our concern for those on board, and extend heartfelt sympathies to their families and loved ones."

Items found in the sea that are believed to be from the wreckage of the Lion Air flight.AFP - Getty Images

Relatives of those on board gathered in Jakarta.

Feni, who uses a single name, said her soon-to-be-married sister was on the flight, planning to meet relatives in Pangkal Pinang.

"We are here to find any information about my younger sister, her fiance, her in-law to be and a friend of them," Feni said. "We don't have any information. We're confused. We hope that our family is still alive."

Data from flight tracking service FlightRadar24 shows the first sign that something was amiss came about two minutes into the flight when the plane had reached 2,000 feet. At that point, it descended more than 500 feet and veered to the left before climbing again to 5,000 feet, where it stayed during most of the rest of the flight. It began gaining speed in the final moments and reached 345 knots (397 mph) before data was lost.

Lion Air, which is privately owned, had a fatal accident in 2004 when an MD-82 crashed upon landing at Solo City, killing 25 of the 163 people on board, according to Aviation Safety Network.

 

It has also had at least six other non-fatal accidents, including one in which a jet crash-landed in water short of the runway in Bali in 2013.

The U.S. imposed a decade-long ban on Indonesian airlines in 2006 over the country's patchy safety record.

Ryan Ruggiero, Jay Blackman, Reuters and Associated Press contributed.

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/lion-air-flight-jakarta-sumatra-crashes-rescue-agency-says-n925446

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Luke Posted on October 29, 2018 17:16

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New suspicious package addressed to CNN discovered at Atlanta post office Law enforcement officials told NBC News the latest package is similar in appearance to the ones allegedly sent by Cesar Sayoc, who is accused of mailing more than a dozen pipe

ct. 29, 2018 / 8:57 AM GMT

By Dartunorro Clark

SOUTH FULTON, Ga.— Inside the municipal courtroom here in this Atlanta suburb, a black man in his early 20s is begging the judge for a second chance.

He's facing his third shoplifting conviction and, under Georgia state law, must serve a jail sentence.

Defendants plead for a second (or third) chance in courtrooms across the country on a daily basis, but here in this majority African-American town, where the population is just over 100,000, the criminal justice system is unique: Black women are in charge, and they say they run things differently.

LaDawn Blackett Jones is the city's solicitor, or prosecutor, Viveca Powell serves as public defender and Tiffany Carter Sellers is the chief judge. The court clerks and staff are also black women.

"As people from around the country are looking at what is going on here, we are trying to set the example for the way true law and justice should work," Blackett Jones said.

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South Fulton only became incorporated as a city two years ago and has been up and running for about year. It has received praise for its approach to criminal justice, which includes balancing enforcing the law with compassion.

The young man here pleading for mercy is the latest case testing that philosophy.

As a black woman and a judge, Carter Sellers told NBC News she can be tough on crime while at the same time give a fairer shake to defendants, depending on the circumstances.

Judge Tiffany Carter SellersReginald Duncan / @cranium.art

"From a practical standpoint, I think I bring that fact that I'm a wife to an African-American man, and we have African-American children, and so empathy and sympathy — I bring that to the table every day," she said, adding that she cringes when she hears people talk about racial bias and corruption in the justice system.

"I know we can do better. In 2018, we just can do better."

'We’re not sprinkling magic dust'

In South Fulton, there's a focus on honing a community-oriented court. Pamphlets are distributed to residents informing them of their rights. And Carter Sellers takes care to ensure that everyone who comes before her understands the plea process and courtroom procedures during each session, even if they've heard it before.

A big part of their court system is its pre-trial diversion program, which offers a clean record to low-level offenders who successfully complete community work or counseling. Under the program, a resident could be sentenced to community service, write an essay, attend a city council meeting or parenting/anger management classes in lieu of jail time or costly fines.

To date, 46 people have successfully completed the program and dozens more are currently participating. There's also the town's "green team," which allows residents who can't pay fines to clean up city parks for $15 an hour.

Blackett Jones, the city's prosecutor, created the program, visiting courts across the country, including in California and New York, to learn the "best practices" to form their own program in South Fulton.

"We're not sprinkling magic dust anywhere to make magic happen, but we are cognizant of where we are in America today, so that means that there's still police brutality,” said Blackett Jones. "And even if that's not going on in South Fulton, we recognize that the people that come in our courtroom know that it's out there."

LaDawn Blackett Jones, the city solicitor.Reginald Duncan / @cranium.art

Carter Sellers, the judge, said that she hopes their policies will teach residents to respect the community, understand the law and trust the criminal justice process.

"The court does have a role in repairing relationships that have been broken in the community," she said.

South Fulton, which was a previously unincorporated part of Fulton County, gained cityhood in November 2016 after a decade-long push in the state legislature. Many of the women were hired or appointed to their positions by the mayor or the city council, and it was by chance, not intention, that each was a black woman.

The town is 89 percent black and experts believe it to be the only town of its size with black women overwhelmingly running the criminal justice system. Bill Edwards, the mayor, is black, as are Keith Meadows, the police chief, and the seven city council members — and five of them are women.

Andra Gillespie, an associate professor of political science at Emory University in Atlanta, said that having black women lead the town's court system is significant in two ways.

"African-American women usually play critical roles, and they haven't always been acknowledged," Gillespie said. "What's unique about his moment is that black women are getting that recognition."

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Gillespie added that having African-Americans in top government roles in a majority African-American city "can legitimize institutions in the mind of citizens."

Blackett Jones, a native of the unincorporated area of South Fulton, said the city has torn down barriers not only for African-Americans, but for women as well.

"Think about how many cities in America that are predominantly any one group, but are still run at all the top levels by heterosexual white Christian males," she said. "This is an American story. This is not just a black story, this is a woman's story. We have broken the mold for women as much as we have broken the mold for African-Americans."

Powell, the public defender, said having black women at the wheel is helpful because "it eliminates the cultural gap" when dealing with African-American defendants.

"I look at people as people and I expect fairness from everybody," said Powell, who has served as a criminal defense lawyer for 35 years. "But we clearly understand the dynamic of what goes on in the community —nobody has to explain it to us."

Viveca Famber Powell, public defender. Reginald Duncan / @cranium.art

However, Powell said she is not celebrating just yet.

"What's here today can be gone tomorrow," she said. "We need to do the work, we need to do the job and leave a legacy of a job well done."

Carter Sellers said she was "extremely proud" of the black women running the justice systems, but that was not her goal when she built her court from scratch.

"I'm amazed that it's 2018 and it's never happened before," she said. "But I just think that African-American women have this history of taking care of everybody else, right? And so often our own success is put to the wayside to take care of everybody else, so I'm obviously just very, very proud.

"The fact that we're all African-American women doing it is great, but my goal was always to embody a court of best practices and hope that we serve as a model for other courts, because I think if we do that then that's how you change the criminal justice system," Carter Sellers continued. "People think that when African-Americans are in charge of the criminal justice system we somehow are light on crime. I think that the people in South Fulton know that we are not light on crime."

Back in the courtroom, Carter Sellers administers justice in the best way she can to the young, black man facing jail time for shoplifting.

He asks for another chance, explaining that he stole food because he was hungry at the time but now has a job.

But Carter Sellers says that her hands are tied, then reads the Georgia statute on shoplifting and explains she has to give him 30 days in jail.

"I don't want you to think I'm not sympathetic," she said. "I want to help you, but I can't."

The judge, however, does what little she can by knocking a day off his sentence for the time he spent sitting in court and orders him to turn himself in the next day.

"If you don't show up, it will be 60 days," Carter Sellers said. "And if I have to issue a warrant, it'll be more."

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/politics-news/black-women-deliver-justice-southern-city-their-own-way-n924116

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What Leicester helicopter crash pilot said before death is just so tragic

THE hero pilot who saved hundreds of lives when he steered Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha’s helicopter away from crowds of fans was obsessed by safety procedures.

By Jack Wilson

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Thai billionaire Vichai was among five people killed when his helicopter crashed shortly after taking off from the King Power Stadium on Saturday evening.

Leicestershire Police said the other four people to be two of Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha's staff, Nursara Suknamai and Kaveporn Punpare, pilot Eric Swaffer and passenger Izabela Roza Lechowicz, his partner.

Mr Swaffer is described as a private jet and helicopter pilot with ‘over 20 years of flying experience’ by privatefly.com.

 

 

And in an interview with the very same site, Mr Swaffer revealed all on life as a helicopter pilot before his tragic death.

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Asked the car he drove, Mr Swaffer said: “Audi A4 - in driving as in flying, safety and reliability is everything to me.”

And in another tragic revelation, Mr Swaffer explained how he would always ensure adequate medical kit was on board whenever he flew.

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He said: “I always carry my Macbook Pro and my Blackberry. If the flight is involves an oceanic crossing or when you are expected to be several hours from a diversion airfield, I like to check the aircraft has a medical kit and defibrillator as well as the mandatory first aid kit.”

As for his top flying tip, Mr Swaffer said: “Use all available assets, including people, to help you, flying is all about teamwork.”

Eric Swaffer and Izabela Lechowicz are among the dead (Image: FACEBOOK)

Leicester helicopter crash: Players paid tribute at the crash scene (Image: GETTY)

Leicester helicopter crash: Players paid tribute at the crash scene (Image: GETTY)

Leicester helicopter crash: Players paid tribute at the crash scene (Image: GETTY)

Leicester City squad pay respect at King Power Stadium

 

 

 

While he added he loved his job because ‘the travel is incredible, as well as the fantastic people you meet along the way’,

Leicester vice chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha visited the King Power Stadium to pay tribute to his father and club owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha following his tragic death this morning.

The emotional Leicester squad also paid their respects to the 60-year-old at the ground on Monday.

Thai billionaire Vichai was among five people killed when his helicopter crashed shortly after taking off from the King Power Stadium on Saturday evening.

Manager Claude Puel joined his players while vice chairman Aiyawatt returned to see the tributes after arriving earlier in the morning while around 200 fans broke into spontaneous applause.

Aiyawatt had been joined by his mother and Vichai's wife Aimon at the ground and they laid a floral tribute.

Club officials, including director of football Jon Rudkin and chief executive Susan Whelan, also attended as they viewed the floral tributes and the family laid their own.

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Leicester helicopter crash: Players paid tribute at the crash scene (Image: GETTY)

The president of the Thai FA, Somyot Poompanmoung and his wife, Potjaman Poompamoung, were also among the group, while various personalities from sport and showbiz - including Kasabian singer Tom Meighan - also arrived.

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch has recovered the helicopter's black boxes, voice and data, and are working on them at their Farnborough base.

Goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel was visibly upset at the scene, having earlier paid an emotional tribute to the man who "changed football forever."

Denmark international goalkeeper Schmeichel, who was reported to have witnessed the accident, thanked Srivaddhanaprabha for making his football dreams come true in an emotional post on his Instagram account.

"Dear Mr Chairman. I cannot believe this is happening. I am so totally devastated and heartbroken. I just cannot believe what I saw last night. It just doesn't seem real," he wrote.

"It is difficult to put into words how much you meant to this football club and to the city of Leicester. Never have I ever come across a man like you. So hard working, so passionate, so kind and so generous in the extreme.

Leicester helicopter crash: Players paid tribute at the crash scene (Image: GETTY)

Leicester helicopter crash: Players paid tribute at the crash scene (Image: GETTY)

"You changed football. Forever! You gave hope to everyone that the impossible was possible. You literally made my dreams come true.

"We now have a responsibility as a club, as players and fans to honour you. From knowing you we do this by being the family you created."

Schmeichel's powerful words were echoed by his team-mates, who arrived at the stadium later on Monday.

"Words can't describe how I feel. A truly great, kind, loving man who will be missed so much by everyone. I will never forget the Chairman's support, not only during my time @LCFC but also during the World Cup," England defender Harry Maguire wrote on Twitter.

Fellow City defender and England left-back Ben Chilwell hailed "one of the best people you could wish to meet".

Writing on Twitter, he said: "I can't believe it. I am heartbroken to hear that no-one survived the crash yesterday."

Jamie Vardy - whose meteoric rise through the leagues was matched step-by-step by the club as they came from nowhere to win the Premier League in 2016 - called Srivaddhanaprabha a "legend".

He said on Instagram: "Struggling to find the right words, but to me you are a legend, an incredible man who had the biggest heart, the soul of Leicester City Football Club. Thank you for everything you did for me, my family and our club. I will truly miss you, may you rest in peace."

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The History of Cleanliness in Singapore

About 200 volunteers scoured the housing estate looking for rubbish in Khatib, a neighbourhood in northern Singapore. There were families with young children and volunteers from a local hospital. And a few, mostly senior, volunteers in matching shirts from the “North West Brisk Walking Club” were there too.

Some edged into the bushes to pick up a couple of cigarette butts. Others found the odd tissue abandoned on a tabletop. To be honest, this clean-up day seemed like something of a misnomer. It was clean already. None of the volunteers returned with bulging sacks of refuse. 

The aim wasn’t just to make the city more pleasant. A cleaner city, Lee Kuan Yew reasoned, would create a stronger economy

But that’s to be expected in Singapore. The country has long had an obsession with hygiene and cleanliness. And this month marks a big milestone: Founding father and first Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew kicked off the Keep Singapore Clean campaign 50 years ago this month.

Cleanliness campaigns were already well-established by that time, but this one was different. It was the first time the government used fines as a method of social control. But Singapore’s economic advance seemed to short-circuit its initial success. By any measure, Singapore is clean. But not for the reasons you might think.

Clean and Green

If you’ve ever walked in the same direction as a rubbish truck as it idles up the street on its daily collection here in Singapore, you immediately understand why the city is cleaned so relentlessly. The dumpster perfume really slaps you in the face.

In cities with a cooler climate, it’s probably okay to go a little longer between household collections. But in the hot, humid tropics, it’s an urgent task. Lingering household and commercial waste can be downright dangerous

 

 

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“If you have littering like you see in other countries, it can breed rodents, flies, cockroaches. They are all carriers of bacteria and germs,” said Edward D’Silva, chairman of the Public Hygiene Council. Mosquitoes are an even bigger worry. You won’t get malaria here, but in a bad year, there’ll be tens of thousands of cases of dengue.  

Clean and Green

When he introduced the Clean and Green policy, Lee Kuan Yew had loftier goals in mind. It was part of a larger push that included changes to public health laws, the relocation of street vendors into hawker centres, the development of proper sewage systems and disease control measures. At the same time, the population moved from Kampongs (Malay-style villages with wooden huts) into housing estates with better infrastructure.

“We have built, we have progressed. But no other hallmark of success will be more distinctive than that of achieving our position as the cleanest and greenest city in South Asia,” he said in 1968.

In addition to adverts, there were public education activities, lectures by health officials and spot checks by the government. There were also competitions which highlighted both the cleanest and the dirtiest offices, shops, factories, government buildings, schools and public vehicles.

Lee Bee Wah is the local MP for Nee Soon joins the clean-up day in Khatib at least once a month. She encourages her constituents to get involved (Credit: Tim McDonald)

 

The campaign was followed by a plethora of others. Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, there were campaigns that urged Singaporeans to keep toilets, factories and bus stops clean. The 1976 Use Your Hands campaign had students, parents, teachers, principals and civil servants cleaning up schools at the weekend. There were also numerous tree planting initiatives.

The aim wasn’t just to make the city more pleasant. A cleaner city, Lee Kuan Yew reasoned, would create a stronger economy.  

“These standards will keep morale high, sickness rate low, and so create the necessary social conditions for higher economic growth in industry and in tourism. This will contribute to the public good, and in the end to everyone’s personal benefit,” he said. 

On all of these counts, Singapore has done well. Life expectancy has grown from 66 to 83 (which is third best globally). In 1967, tourist arrivals were a little over 200,000compared to a just shy of 10 million for the first three quarters of 2018. Inward foreign direct investment ballooned from US$93m in 1970 to US$39bn in 2010. It’s now the fifth largest recipient of foreign direct investment, receiving $66bn in 2017. 

 

Driving change

First Prime Minister of Singapore - governing from 1959 to 1990 - Lee Kuan Yew was the architect of the clean up campaign (Credit:Getty Images)

 

Nobody claims it’s all down to a single anti-littering campaign. But the health benefits are understood. It makes sense that tourists would return to a clean destination. And clean streets send a signal to foreign executives that a city is capable and adheres to the rule of law. It’s difficult to say how much, but in some way, shape or form, this campaign mattered.

As a rule, campaigns are not huge line items for departments or government budgets. Between 2010 and 2014, for example, Singapore’s National Environment Agency spent an average of $3m per year on anti-litter campaigns and outreach activities.

A Fine City

Discount and souvenir stores in Singapore often carry T-shirts that read: “Singapore: A fine city” followed by a multitude of things for which you can get fined. As jokes go, it’s tired - Singaporeans are more likely to roll their eyes than laugh.

But it’s not wrong. Singapore has a habit of banning what it sees as undesirable behaviour and enforcing each ban with financial penalties. The 1968 Keep Singapore Clean campaign was the first to attempt to moderate citizens’ behaviour through fines. Since then, Singapore has adopted fines with gusto. Typically, the authorities issue tens of thousands of fines a year for littering. The minimum fine is SG$300 (US$217).

The push to make Singapore spotless started during Lee Kuan Yew’s time. He would intervene personally, sending notes to his ministers or bureaucrats when he saw something out of place.  He believed that little things mattered, and worried that people would “take advantage of a slackening of the administrative grip on the situation" if smaller infractions were ignored.

 

Singapore's sparkling business district, founding father Lee Kuan Yew kicked off the Keep Singapore Clean campaign fifty years ago in October 2018 (Credit: Getty Images)

 

There are laws on the books that have always seemed weirdly strict to foreigners. Singapore famously banned the import of chewing gum (it’s not illegal to merely possess it). There are fines for bringing durian (a pungent smelling tropical fruit) on the train and for not flushing a public toilet (mostly a moot point, given that most toilets flush automatically now).

There are also fines for spitting or for using someone else’s wifi without permission. In 2009, a taxi driver was fined for being naked in public view in his own home. Vaping e-cigarettes has already been banned.

Perhaps it shouldn’t seem so unusual. It’s true that the West certainly differs when it comes to civil and political rights, and penalties here can be extremely tough, including the death penalty for drug offences. But Singapore is hardly the only jurisdiction to show enthusiasm for fines to discourage petty offences. New South Wales in Australia collected over $172m(US$121m) in parking fines in the last financial year, while councils in the UK collected £820m in a similar period. (Parking is actually a far smaller administrative challenge in Singapore because of deliberate policies to reduce car ownership rates).

Even the broader approach has analogues in the West. George Kelling and James Q Wilson wrote the famous essay Broken Windows in 1982, which argued that a broken window “is a signal that no one cares, and so breaking more windows costs nothing”.  So the prescription was to address small infractions aggressively before they became major problems. Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani claimed to have reduced crime in New York with this approach.  It sounds a little familiar in Singapore. 

 

Do fines work?

At first, the policy worked, according to Liak Teng Lit, chairman of the National Environment Agency. A combination of public awareness campaigning and punitive measures made a difference. More people picked up after themselves. The city became cleaner.

“Singapore is a not a clean city. It’s a cleaned city - Liak 

In 1961, Singapore had a “broom brigade” of 7,000 day labourers who were directly employed by the department of health. By 1989, there were only 2,100.

But things changed. The city became wealthier, and it became easier to use low-cost labour to clean up. Nowadays, says Liak, Singapore isn’t clean because locals fear fines. It’s clean because there’s an army of workers scrubbing it. They do the heavy lifting. More than anyone else, they keep Singapore clean.  

“Singapore is a not a clean city. It’s a cleaned city,” Liak declares. 

There are 56,000 cleaners registered with the National Environment Agency. There are likely thousands of independent contractors who aren’t registered. Mostly they’re low-paid foreign workers or elderly workers. Taipei, by contrast, has maybe 5,000 cleaners, Liak adds.

Edward D’Silva is frustrated about the way the rise of this army of cleaners has changed the culture in Singapore. With so many cleaners, Singaporeans came to regard cleaning up as someone else’s job. Today, Singaporeans often leave their tray on the table at hawker centres after eating a meal, because they don’t consider it littering, or they think it’s the cleaners’ job to clean up after them. (In fairness, tray return facilities were only installed in 2013.) 

D’Silva says students don’t pick up after themselves either, because they’ve always had a cleaner to do it for them. It’s something the Public Hygiene Council is trying to address at local schools. Simply put, he thinks Singaporeans have had it too easy for too long, and they need to change. Liak agrees.

“The government cleans the apartment [building], right up to your corridor, typically twice a day. When you have a very efficient cleaning service, and your neighbour messes up the place, you don’t blame the neighbour, you blame the cleaner for not picking it up,” he says.

 

Volunteers at the Khatib clean up day although there are already 56,000 registered cleaners in Singapore (Credit: Tim McDonald)

 

Changing behaviour

In Japan, Australia or the UK, there isn’t the same availability of very low-cost labour to take on the cleaning jobs. In Singapore, cleaners are mostly drawn from a pool of roughly a million foreign workers as well as local aged workers. But as Singapore’s population grows and labour becomes more expensive, it simply won’t be affordable to employ so many cleaners.

Edward D’Silva says part of the original push for a cleaner Singapore was economic. Cleaning public spaces is expensive and it takes money away from more valuable pursuits. He says that’s still the case, and Singapore needs to change its behaviour fast. Singapore spends at least SGD$120m (US$87m) a year on cleaning public spaces.

“If you are able to instill and cultivate a habit whereby people don’t throw their litter anywhere and anyhow, then the money you would have otherwise spent to employ those cleaners, well, millions of dollars could have been better spent on health and education,” he said.

 

Singapore spends at least SGD$120m (US$87m) a year on cleaning public spaces (Credit: Getty Images)

 

Cleaning up

Lee Bee Wah is the local MP for Nee Soon. She’s at the clean-up day in Khatib. In fact, she attends at least one a month in her constituency. She’s passionate about cleaning up. She not only encourages her constituents to pick up litter when they see it, but also to speak up when they see someone littering and to report offenders to the authorities. 

She says public education is every bit as important as fines. In fact, it’s quite difficult to impose fines, because it often requires an official or at least a citizen to witness the offence.

“It is better to convince them, to get them to buy in, rather than just to depend on fines,” she says.

Once a year, there’s a constituency-wide “no-cleaners day”, when every cleaner in the district puts down their broom and local citizens clean up instead. She says it’s a good example of how a community can change for the better. At the first event in 2013, volunteers picked up 1,430kg of rubbish. This year, it was just 292kg.

If there are too many cleaners and Singaporeans are too lax about picking up after themselves, she says her constituency is proof that progress is possible.

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In pictures: Mexico City's Day of the Dead parade

A parade was held in Mexico City on Saturday evening to honour the start of the annual Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebrations. It is only the third time a parade like this has been held in Mexico's capital. It was launched in 2016, inspired by a similar scene set in the city in the James Bond film Spectre. Organisers hoped the parade would serve as a tourist attraction for visitors looking to witness local celebrations.

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This year the parade was themed around migration.

The city's government dedicated the parade to migrants who have lost their lives in transit, at a time when thousands from across Central America are currently travelling in a caravan through the country.

One part of the parade had people carrying parts of a border wall, which said (in Spanish): "On this side there is also a dream."

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Día de Muertos is usually held on 2 November and is a time when families honour deceased loved ones in the belief their souls return to earth to be with them.

People celebrate it in different ways across Mexico's regions, and customs can vary from family to family. Some honour their loved ones with candles, their favourite foods and floral tributes in cemeteries, while others build shrines in their own homes.

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Skull imagery, costumes and body paint may also play a part - and these have become the iconic Day of the Dead images that have been exported around the world at Halloween time. Catrina figures, which have a skeleton appearance and formal dress, featured prominently in Saturday's parade.

Despite the drizzly conditions, thousands attended the Mexico City event, which was also broadcast on television.

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Local media report that 1,200 volunteers took part in the spectacle of colour, costume and music.The parade acknowledged the region's past, including Aztec traditions like human sacrifice, and the migration routes of the early inhabitants of Central America. Significant Mexican cultural figures, including singer Chavela Vargas and artist Frida Kahlo, were also honoured at the event.

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A similar parade was also held in the city of Guadalajara, in western Mexico. Organisers were expecting thousands of spectators at the event, which also had live music, artists and jugglers taking part.

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In Los Angeles, California, people also dressed up in Day of the Dead-inspired costumes for the 19th annual event held in the famous Hollywood Forever cemetery.

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Tact Watch instantly connects and pairs to your mobile phone. Works with Apple and Andriod phones.

How Much is It?

When we first researched this watch, we were sure it would go for at least $300, or even $400.You be suprised to find that you can get it right now for just $89 (versus $179.99 in speciality stores!) It's an amazing deal, considering most people won't think twice forking over $300-$500 for a conventional ulgy fragile smartwatch.

Is T-1 Tact Watch Live Up to its Promises?Here's some impressive feedback we got on the Tact Watch from our internal staff testing...

There are so many tactical watches on the market but this one is the BEST. It’s so strong and easy to use, and i love the battery lifetime as well. It looks great on my wrist.

Mark Jance


Conclusion: Is the Tact SmartWatch really worth it?

After putting this watch through a battary of testing and punishment, it passed with flying colors. Our entire staff were blown away by the T1. Even the ladies loved it. Here our internal assessment of the Pros and Cons:

Pros:

  • Extreme Durability
  • Intuitive and Very Easy to Use
  • Stylish and Professional Design

Cons:

  • No fragile touchscreen. It's completely unnecessary!


Bottomline: Whether you sit at a computer all day, or work a heavy duty physical job, the T1 Tact SmartWatch is the 'smart' choice versus the conventional weak, ugly and hideously expensive smartwatches on the market! 

jmparker Posted on October 29, 2018 11:48

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Smart Technology for Your Indoor Plants and Garden

Should city dwellers be denied the pleasure of growing their own vegetables or fostering teeming flora simply because of their metropolitan lifestyle? Certainly not—and modern technology agrees.

Below are a number of intelligent devices that will allow anyone to cultivate to their heart’s desire within the confines of their own home.

Nthing Planty

If "keep it alive" is your No. 1 priority when it comes to houseplants, then you’ll want to get the Planty by nthing. This well-designed, WiFi-connected plant pot will constantly monitor your plants and automatically water them whenever they need, cutting the dual dangers of absent or excessive care—and allowing you to leave your home for weeks at a time without handing out house keys. With the accompanying Planty smartphone app, users can receive real-time push notifications about their plant’s soil moisture, temperature and light exposure, and can override the automatic watering feature to water their plants on-demand with the tap of a button. Planty is also building a social community where users can share updates about their plant's health and receive tips from experienced growers—all available within the app.

The Smart Garden

Those looking for edible growth options should look to the Smart Garden from Click and Grow. Featuring "NASA-inspired smart soil," the clever cultivation system is a set-it-and-forget-it indoor garden, complete with built-in water tank and grow lamp, that can provide users with a wide-range of salad greens, vegetables, herbs and flowers. The Smart Garden is also a smart solution for homeowners for whom size is a consideration. The countertop device can consistently deliver plant-based delectables without monopolizing a lot of precious kitchen space.

The Smart Garden is available for $99 or $199, depending on model size.

If you want to grow more substantial and varied fare, consider the Niwa, an indoor garden system that eschews the need for soil altogether. The entirely hydroponic device features a climate-controlled growing chamber, automated irrigation and energy-efficient lighting, and is capable of growing fruits and vegetables including strawberries, tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, leafy greens and more. Users can control and keep tabs on their garden with the rich Niwa companion app that allows users to simply pick the plant they want to grow before the intelligent incubator sets about building the perfect environment for their selection. Throughout the cultivation process, users will be able to track the progress of their fruits and vegetables through an in-depth app experience.

The Niwa is available for $499 to $599, depending on model size and features.

Vincross Hexa

Water, sun, the right temperature—there are a lot of elements that go into making sure our house plants have healthy lives. Yet our floor and furniture-bound flora is entirely—and unfortunately—impassive and incapable of communicating or achieving its own needs. At least that’s what Chinese roboticist and entrepreneur Sun Tianqi, CEO of robotics firm Vincross, was thinking when he modded his own robot, the Hexa, to become a succulent-transporting, mobile plant pot. Like a playful spider with a haircut of desert flora, the hacked Hexa is capable of seeking out the sun, finding shade when it gets too hot and doing a little dance when it needs water. The cute conveyance device will even take a tongue-in-cheek swipe at any humans who get too close.

While Vincross has not announced any plans to release the modded Hexa, enterprising amateur roboticists can buy the original automaton for $949.

https://www.mansionglobal.com/articles/smart-technology-for-your-indoor-pl

ruby Posted on October 29, 2018 11:33

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La Liga threatens to take Fifa to court over plans for Barcelona vs Girona to be played in Miami

La Liga has threatened to take Fifa to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas) should world football’s governing officially oppose its plans for a Spanish league match to be played in Miami.

In August La Liga announced a controversial 15-year deal with US company Relevent Sports which included a stipulation to play one match per season in America, and scheduled a game between Girona and Barcelona in Florida at the end of January.

Fifa joined the Spanish FA on Friday in publicly opposing the move, with president Gianni Infantino telling the Fifa council that league matches should be played in their home country.

“The Fifa council of course discussed this matter and this proposal to host an official game of La Liga outside of Spain, in Miami in particular,” Infantino said after the meeting in Rwanda.

“The council emphasised the sporting principle that official match leagues must be played within the territory of the respective member association. So the council has clear views on that.”

© Reuters File: La Liga President Javier Tebas poses

La Liga president Javier Tebas last month said he was 90 per cent sure the game would take place in the US and the league has now threatened to turn to Cas, should Fifa attempt to officially block the proposal.

A La Liga spokesman said: “Should we receive official notification from Fifa that they prohibit the match, we will take the case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport urgently.”

Related Gallery: Ranked! Every Premier League club by how ‘big’ they are (Provided by FourFourTwo)

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khojho Posted on October 29, 2018 11:08

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'Our king is dead' Stunned Leicester mourns as City owner and beauty queen among 5 killed

OWNER of Leicester City Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha was among five people who were killed in a tragic helicopter crash outside the King Power Stadium, the club confirmed on Sunday night. Thai billionaire businessman Srivaddhanaprabha, 61, and five other people were on board the eight-seater helicopter when it went down and exploded into a fireball outside the stadium on Saturday night. All the passengers on board were killed after the helicopter plummeted to the ground in a car park 45 minutes after Leicester City’s 1-1 draw with West Ham in the Premier League. The club announced their deaths in a statement posted to Twitter more than 24 hours after the disaster caused reeling players and supporters to broke down in tears as flames engulfed the aircraft at around 8:30pm last night. 

In a heartfelt statement, the club "the world had lost a great man" in Srivaddhanaprabha, who was chairman during the team's famous against-all-odds Premier League title winning season of 2015-16.  Hundreds have laid floral tributes at King Power Stadium, with one fan saying "it feels like our king is dead". Leicestershire Police said the others who died in the helicopter crash were Nursara Suknamai and Kaveporn Punpare, who were members of Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha's staff, as well as pilot Eric Swaffer and passenger Izabela Roza Lechowicz. No one else is believed to have been injured in the crash, which has sent shockwaves through the footballing world.

In a statement, the football club said: "It is with the deepest regret and a collective broken heart that we confirm our chairman, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, was among those to have tragically lost their lives on Saturday evening when a helicopter carrying him and four other people crashed outside King Power Stadium. None of the five people on-board survived.

"The primary thoughts of everyone at the club are with the Srivaddhanaprabha family and the families of all those on-board at this time of unspeakable loss."In Khun Vichai, the world has lost a great man. A man of kindness, of generosity and a man whose life was defined by the love he devoted to his family and those he so successfully led."City was a family under his leadership. It is as a family that we will grieve his passing and maintain the pursuit of a vision for the club that is now his legacy."A book of condolence, which will be shared with the Srivaddhanaprabha family, will be opened at King Power Stadium from 8am on Tuesday 30 October for supporters wishing to pay their respects."

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HERO: Pilot Eric Swaffer, who steered the helicopter away from fans as it crashed to the ground (Pic: FACEBOOK/ERIC SWAFFER)

FAN: Eric was a regular attendee of Leicester City games, and took this picture (Pic: FACEBOOK/ERIC SWAFFER)

VICTIM: Also among the dead is chairman to Leicester's assistant Kaveporn Punpare (Pic: FACEBOOK/KAVEPORN PUNPARE)

The club said Tuesday's first team fixture against Southampton in the EFL Cup and the development squad fixture against Feyenoord in the Premier League International Cup had been postponed.

Pilots Eric Swaffer, 53, and Izabela Roza Lechowicz, 46, were confirmed to be among the dead, Leicestershire Police said. Also among the victims are Thai beauty queen Nursara Suknamai and Vichai's assistant Kaveporn Punpare. Superintendent Steve Potter said: “This is an incredibly tragic incident in which five people are understood have lost their lives. “Emergency services were immediately on scene when the crash happened, working to put out the fire and gain access to the helicopter in attempts to reach those inside. Despite those efforts, there were no survivors." 

DISTRESSING: Supporters and players were left shellshocked by the crash (Pic: SKY NEWS)

PARTNER: Flight instructor Izabela Lechowicz, left, was also onboard (Pic: FACEBOOK/IZABELA LECHOWICZ)

The pilot of the doomed "out of control" helicopter has been hailed a "hero" for appearing to steer it towards a safer landing place. Had the helicopter landed elsewhere near crowds leaving the stadium, on the road or on a house, there could have been mass casualties. Sky Sports cameraman Dan Cox, who saw the helicopter take off, said the pilot appeared to guide the aircraft to a place where there would be minimal threat to life. Ariel pictures show the helicopter, which took off around 8:30pm, crash landed in a largely empty part of the stadium’s grounds, potentially saving hundreds of lives. Cox said: "To my mind the pilot was heroic and the two police officers in front of me, who also tried to help, they are heroes too."It could have been so much worse if the pilot hadn't done that.”

The air accident watchdog has launched an investigation into why the aircraft fell to earth in a car park near the stadium. 

Witnesses said the helicopter seemed to spiral out of control moments after it set off from Leicester's stadium at about 8.30pm on Saturday and plummeted into the car park.

Mr Srivaddhanaprabha, who became chairman of the club in 2011, is known for arriving and leaving the stadium in his helicopter at home games.

The aircraft's manufacturers said it was the first accident involving one of its Agusta Westland AW169 helicopters.

CHARRED REMAINS: Police are yet to reveal if anyone on board the helicopter survived (Pic: SKY NEWS)

The tragedy is being described as the "darkest day" in the club's history, and mourners began laying wreaths near the stadium on Sunday morning. Bouquets, flags and football shirts have been left outside the ground by members of the public on Sunday morning alongside a large image of the Hindu god Ganesh which was also propped up amidst the flowers. A small candle was placed in front of the flowers as more people gradually gathered to pray for anybody who may have been on the helicopter. Messages from fans on the flowers included "In our thoughts!!" and "Thank you xx". One fan left a card of a fox with their flowers which read: "Thinking of you all."

jmparker Posted on October 29, 2018 11:00

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BREAKING: Angela Merkel QUITS – German leader standing down from CDU

ANGELA Merkel has dramatically announced she is standing down from her role as head of the CDU.The German leader told leaders of her Christian Democrats (CDU) Party that she will not seek re-election as party chairwoman in December – something that would spell the end of her time as Chancellor. Merkel has been CDU chairwoman since 2000 and her favoured successor is CDU party secretary-general Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer. She and her party are still reeling from catastrophic election losses, with her coalition partner, the centre-left SPD party, warning it might quit the government after another hammering in a regional election. The SPD got just 19.8% of the vote in the region of Hesse on Sunday compared to 30.7% five years ago.

Merkel's own party, the centre-right CDU party also did badly with 27.2% compared to 38.3% last time around. She has faced intense criticisms from German voters over her migrant policy that saw over a million people flood into the country in just 12 months. Support for the far-right AfD party has surged, with them gaining 13.2% of the vote – meaning they are now entering regional parliaments in all 16 German states. "The message to the parties ruling in Berlin is: People want fewer disputes and more focus on the important issues," the CDU's Hesse state premier Volker Bouffier said.

THRASHED: Angela Merkel this morning after taking a battering at the polls (Pic: GETTY)

"The election was a success on all fronts," the AfD's Hesse leader, Joerg Meuthen, said. But the Greens, who also did well in Bavaria, said the regional votes had shown that the CDU and its Bavarian sister party, the CSU, had been punished for trying to copy AfD rhetoric in a bid to poach far-right votes. "People thought elections can only be won on the far right," Green party co-leader Robert Habeck said. "Passion, optimism and pro-European politics can apparently also mobilise support," he added. Merkel's weakness at home may limit her capacity to lead in the European Union at a time when the bloc is dealing with Brexit, a budget crisis in Italy and the prospect of populist parties making gains at European Parliament elections next May.

 

 

jmparker Posted on October 29, 2018 10:45

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Leicester City helicopter crash: Owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha ‘among those on board’

Leicester City chairman and owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha was among five people who were on board a helicopter which crashed next to the club’s stadium on Saturday, a source close to the investigation has told The Independent.

Witnesses said the helicopter seemed to spiral out of control moments after it set off from Leicester's King Power Stadium at about 8.30pm on Saturday and plummeted into an adjacent car park.

Another witness said he saw Leicester player Kasper Schmeichel run out of the stadium towards the scene of the crash.

Flowers and scarves outside the stadium.

A spokesman from Leicestershire Police said: “The aircraft came down in a car park near the stadium shortly after 8.30pm, with Leicestershire Police, East Midlands Ambulance Service and Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service all responding to the incident.”

East Midlands Ambulance Service said the alarm was raised at 8.38pm and it sent a doctor, ambulance and team of paramedics alongside a hazardous area response team to the car park outside the stadium.

The club's owner is known for arriving and leaving the stadium in his helicopter at home games.

The website Planefinder said that Mr Srivaddhanaprabha's Agusta Westland AW169 helicopter set off from near Fairoaks Airport in Surrey at about 2.45pm on Saturday, and travelled into Fulham, west London, before turning north and proceeding to the King Power Stadium in Leicester.

Mr Srivaddhanaprabha, who owns the King Power company, bought Leicester in 2010 and became chairman the following February, leading the club as they became Premier League champions in 2015-16.

https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/news-and-comment/leicester-

ruby Posted on October 29, 2018 10:37

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Ozil criticised for lack of courage and passion by Souness

The 30-year-old midfielder was underwhelming as Arsenal drew with Crystal Palace on Sunday, drawing some sharp words from the ex-Liverpool star

Mesut Ozil has been called out for his failure to have an impact in Arsenal's 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace on Sunday.

Granit Xhaka and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang struck as Arsenal recovered from an early Luka Milivojevic penalty to take the lead at Selhurst Park, but the Serbian midfielder converted again in the closing stages to share the spoils.

Ozil was substituted after 68 minutes having made just one key pass for his side, and Souness joked that he showed more emotion as walked off than he ever has on the field before.

Related Slideshow: Mesut Özil- His career in pictures (provided by Deutsche Welle)

"To be fair, Ozil showed a great deal of passion when he was subbed today," he said on Sky Sports. "That's the most I've ever seen him show in a game of football.

"You're the captain, when you're on the pitch show courage to get on the ball when you're not dominating. Show real passion, maybe you're not built for it but certainly make an attempt to make a few challenges and win the ball back for your team.

"He doesn't do that. I'm sorry to harp on about him a bit but a man with that much talent should influence games like that."

Souness has called out the attacking midfielder already this season, prompting Ozil to say this week that he merely laughs off the former Liverpool star and manager's critiques.

"I don't listen to these people - I just listen to my coach and my people who say things straight to my face," he said. "So of course, if I play bad, I know that just as I know when I play well.

"The most important thing is that the coach can help me - if I make mistakes he can tell me, we can speak and I can improve for the future.

"But if people just say bad things about me because they want to be in the newspaper - I know that and I don't care about them."https://www.msn.com/en-xl/europe/sport/ozil-criticised-for-lack-of-courage-and-passion-by-souness/ar-BBP2TLz?li=BBJGC65&ocid=SK216DHP

khojho Posted on October 29, 2018 10:06

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Frustration for Mesut Ozil and Arsenal as Crystal Palace end Gunners' winning run

Luka Milivojevic achieved redemption by scoring a brace of penalties as Crystal Palace ended Arsenal's winning run with a deserved draw at Selhurst Park.

Arsenal had looked on course to record a 12th consecutive win in all competitions after a superb Granit Xhaka free-kick and a controversial Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang strike had cancelled out Milivojevic's penalty on the stroke of half-time.

But the Palace captain, who missed from 12 yards in the defeat at Everton last weekend, made no mistake in securing a 2-2 draw when referee Martin Atkinson awarded the hosts a second penalty of the afternoon.

The goals were the first scored at home in the league by the Eagles this season and earned them a share of the spoils against an in-form Arsenal side who had again started the game slowly.

Arsenal winning run comes to an end

© Provided by Independent Digital News & Media Limited cpfcars281018r.jpg Start slowly, finish strongly: this was becoming the template for Unai Emery’s Arsenal. They were’t quite able to pull off the trick here, however, being held to a 2-2 draw which ends their remarkable winning sequence at 11 games.

In recent weeks they have not been fully punished for starting slowly but Luka Milivojevic’s first-half penalty gave Crystal Palace a lead they deserved on balance.

 

The Gunners needed to improve and they duly did so with Granit Xhaka’s stunning 51st minute free-kick quickly restoring parity.

There was an element of fortune to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s 56th minute goal as it appeared Alexandre Lacazette handled the ball as it would its way to the back post but just as the Gunners threatened victory, Milivojevic struck again.

Palace finally break their duck

© Provided by Local News RSS EN-GB cpfcars281018y.jpg Palace would have equalled the top-flight record of five consecutive home matches without scoring had they failed to find the net here and it appeared their frustration was set to continue in the opening 45 minutes.

Andros Townsend and Wilfried Zaha went close – the latter hitting the post – before Shkodran Mustafi’s clumsy tackle on Cheikhou Kouyate gave Milivojevic a chance from 12 yards in first-half stoppage time.

The Serbian international missed a penalty in last weekend’s defeat to Everton but made no mistake this time.

The relief around Selhurst Park was palpable. Milivojevic repeated the trick when Xhaka fouled Zaha seven minutes from time for only their second home point of the campaign.

The ever-changing fortunes of Ozil

© Provided by Independent Digital News & Media Limited cpfcars281018i.jpg It is less than a week since Mesut Ozil produced a sublime performance against Leicester City, prompting widespread praise hailing his world-class talent and justification of his £350,000-a-week salary.

Six days later – after sitting out the match at Sporting Lisbon despite making the trip to Portugal – the 29-year-old endured one of his quieter afternoons and was substituted with 22 minutes left.

Ozil threw his gloves to the ground in a show of dissent which Emery will not welcome and the two contrasting displays only underline why he is such a polarising figure for so many players.

Leno is Arsenal’s No1

© Provided by Independent Digital News & Media Limited cpfcars281018o.jpg Petr Cech has been fit for Arsenal’s last two matches and started neither. The 36-year-old declared himself available for the trip to Sporting Lisbon following a hamstring injury but was left back in London, it initially appeared with a view to playing at Selhurst Park.

However, Leno retained his place and therefore now appears to be Emery’s preferred option. Wednesday’s EFL Cup clash with Blackpool affords another chance for rotation but with Liverpool visiting Emirates Stadium on Saturday evening, Cech now faces an uphill struggle to earn a recall despite starting their first seven League games of the season.

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khojho Posted on October 29, 2018 09:54

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Antonio Conte set to replace Julen Lopetegui TODAY as Real Madrid run out of patience

Real Madrid will reportedly appoint Antonio Conte as their new manager today.

 

Julen Lopetegui will pay the price for the club's dreadful start to the season that sees them languishing in ninth place in La Liga.

Real were humbled 5-1 by rivals Barcelona on Sunday with Luis Suarez scoring a hat-trick.

And former Chelsea boss Conte will take over after coming to a settlement agreement with his former club.

Real have lost five of their last seven matches in all competitions, winning just once.

© Credits: Toni Albir/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock It took Barca just 11 minutes to take the lead through Philippe Coutinho and his former Liverpool team-mate Suarez made it 2-0 in the 30th minute from a penalty that was awarded following consultation with VAR. 

Marcelo pulled a goal back as Real improved at the start of the second half but Barca struck three times in the final 15 minutes - Suarez completing his hat-trick and Arturo Vidal wrapping things up - to clinch a win that leaves them a point clear at LaLiga's summit.

Related: Antonio Conte's best 8 moments in the premier league as Chelsea manager

Lopetegui was defiant at full-time but will be given the boot just months after taking over.

The Spaniard was sacked by his national team on the eve of the World Cup after news was leaked that he would take over from Zinedine Zidane at the Bernabeu.

He said: "I'm sad and it's a tough one, but it's only October and I have the strength to think that we can turn this around and I have confidence in the group.

© AFP Out of work Antonio Conte could be set for a new job in football

"Little by little the players are finding form and we've had a lot of injuries. I can continue to lead this group without a doubt.

"A defeat is always hard and against Barcelona even more so. We had the opportunity to turn it around, creating clear chances to draw and win the game in the second half. In the first they were superior and in the second we changed things and were better.

"The result doesn't reflect the game, but it's like that. In the first half we had chances, but the penalty set us back. In the second half we hit the woodwork and had a lot of chances. It wasn't to be.

"We can only blame ourselves for not having had the ball and not making them run more. With the score at 3-1 the match was effectively over."

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khojho Posted on October 29, 2018 09:16

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Bullet-ridden Bible 'saved First World War soldier's life'

The daughter of a man who was injured in the First World War says a Bible containing two gunshot scars from a German machine gun saved her father's life.

Private Leslie Friston, who served as a nurse with the Royal Army Medical Corps, was blinded and had respiratory problems after a gas attack in 1917.

As the 23-year-old was recovering in a makeshift hospital bed, a German plane passed overhead and machine-gunned the building's tin roof.

Two of the bullets struck his soldier's Bible, which was on his bedside table.

"He said the Bible saved his life as it took the brunt of the attack," his daughter, Ena Thompson, said.

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Mrs Thompson, 87, added: "If the bullets had landed just a few inches further towards him, he would not have survived - and I wouldn't be here today."

After surviving the war, Private Friston, from Surbiton in Surrey, brought the Bible home with him. He passed away in 1958.

"He was incredibly lucky and I think he knew this as he kept the Bible with him for the rest of his life," Mrs Thompson said.

He did not want to talk about his experiences, however.

Mrs Thompson explained: "I used to ask him 'Would you tell me about the war...?' and he would say 'No, I don't want to talk about it.'"

Private Friston's younger brother, Edward, died during the war at the age of 19 while his elder brother Tom survived.

His sight returned and he ran a grocery store in Hampton, southwest London.

Mrs Thompson said her father's Bible was "such as special thing", adding: "It still has his name and his service number in it which he wrote.

"When I hold the Bible I just get a special feeling. It might sound a bit strange but it makes me feel comfortable and happy.

"It's a nice feeling that it saved his life. It makes me feel close to him."

Mrs Thompson was speaking as part of the Royal British Legion's 2018 Poppy Appeal.

"I am extremely thankful to the WWI generation for all they did for us," she said.

"It's hard to imagine what the world would be like if things had gone differently all those years ago.

"We owe it to that generation to remember their sacrifices."

https://news.sky.com/story/bullet-ridden-bible-saved-first-world-war-soldiers-life-11538371

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Brazil presidential election: Jair Bolsonaro, dubbed country's Donald Trump, wins contest

Far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro has won Brazil's presidential election following a divisive campaign.

Official results show he won 56% of the vote with 94% of ballots counted, in Sunday's run-off against Fernando Haddad of the left-wing Workers Party.

In a victory speech broadcast live on Facebook, the president-elect vowed to "change Brazil's destiny together" and pledged to follow "the bible and the constitution".

Dubbed Brazil's Donald Trump, his policies include loosening gun ownership laws and allowing police to use more force.

His numbers jumped by around 15% in September after he was stabbed in the stomach during a campaign event.

Supporters celebrated in the streets after the win

His campaign also pledged a crackdown on crime and he plans to ease restrictions on the development of indigenous lands, privatise many state enterprises and reform pensions.

 

Supporters celebrated in the streets, setting off fireworks at Rio de Janeiro's Copacabana beach, and in Sao Paulo they gathered on the central avenue with banners and flags.

Donald Trump also phoned the president elect to congratulate him, and both leaders expressed a commitment to work together.

Casting himself as a political outsider, Mr Bolsonaro ran a campaign characterised by violent talk and far-right positions, including praise for Brazil's 1964-1985 military dictatorship, support for torture, and outright racism, misogyny and homophobia.

 

Two years ago he commented that the dictatorship's mistake was "to torture and not kill" leftist dissidents, and during his campaign he vowed to send opponents "into exile or into prison".

The former army captain has commented that he would rather his sons die than come out as gay, and told a female politician that she "wasn't worth raping".

His opponent Mr Haddad had warned on Sunday that democracy and freedom were "at risk" in the election, echoing widespread fears that a Bolsonaro win would spell disaster for human rights and civil liberties.

But for a majority of Brazilian voters that did not eclipse the appeal of a man seen as promising radical change, in a country mired by years of political corruption, violence and an economic recession.

Mr Bolsonaro made a speech on Facebook livestream. Pic: Jair Messias Bolsonaro / Facebook

Many in the country are furious with the Workers Party over its involvement in a graft scheme known as the carwash, and Mr Bolsonaro has pledged to crack down on corruption and reduce the number of state ministries.

Mr Bolsonaro was a clear front runner for much of the campaign, winning 46% to Mr Haddad's 29% in the first round of elections on 7 October.

But the race narrowed after last-minute criticism over the weekend - including from a supreme court justice who tweeted he was "scared" by a Bolsonaro presidency, and a prominent YouTuber.

In a highly unusual move supreme court justice Jose Dias Toffoli read parts of the constitution to reporters after he voted, stressing that "the future president must respect institutions, must respect democracy, the rule of law".

Following news of his defeat Mr Haddad, with around 44% of the vote, vowed to "defend the freedoms of the 45 million" people who backed him in the election.

The left-winger had promised to bring back the boom years Brazil experienced under left-winger Lula da Silva, who led initial polls by a wide margin but was banned from running in the election due to a corruption conviction.

https://news.sky.com/story/far-right-candidate-jair-bolsonaro-wins-brazil-presidential-election-11538800

KaroA Posted on October 29, 2018 08:30

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Leicester helicopter crash: Football club's owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha among five killed

The owner of Leicester City was among five people killed when his helicopter crashed outside the football club's stadium, it has been confirmed.

Thai billionaire Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha died when the aircraft fell from the sky after taking off from inside the ground following a 1-1 draw against West Ham.

Witnesses said the chairman's helicopter seemed to spiral out of control moments after it set off from the King Power Stadium pitch on Saturday evening and plummeted in a huge fireball into a car park.

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Mr Srivaddhanaprabha celebrates with Leicester players after the team won the Premier League in 2016

Police said the other four victims were believed to be two of Mr Srivaddhanaprabha's staff Nursara Suknamai and Kaveporn Punpare, pilot Eric Swaffer and Mr Swaffer's girlfriend Izabela Roza Lechowicz, who was a fellow pilot.

Ms Lechowicz, who moved to the UK from Poland in 1997, and Mr Swaffer lived together in Camberley, Surrey.

Officers said formal identification had not been completed and no one else was believed to be injured.

 

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Mr Srivaddhanaprabha, who was highly thought of in the city, was known for arriving and leaving the stadium in his helicopter at home games.

The club said the 60-year-old tycoon, who bought it for £39m in 2010 and led it to a first Premier League title in 2015-16, was a "great man".

It said: "The primary thoughts of everyone at the club are with the Srivaddhanaprabha family and the families of all those on-board at this time of unspeakable loss.

"The world has lost a great man. A man of kindness, of generosity and a man whose life was defined by the love he devoted to his family and those he so successfully led.

"Leicester City was a family under his leadership. It is as a family that we will grieve his passing and maintain the pursuit of a vision for the club that is now his legacy."

A Sky cameraman who watched the crash said the pilot guided the aircraft away from people on the ground.

Having just recorded post-match interviews inside the stadium, Sky Sports News cameraman Dan Cox was walking

Leicester crash: Daytime images show damage

He told Sky News: "I heard the helicopter coming out of the stadium, saw it as you do, they are amazing pieces of machinery and then I just carried on walking thinking next time I look up it is going to be overhead.

"The next thing I just looked up and it was just spinning, static just out of control, just a constant spinning, I have never seen anything like it."

The air accident watchdog has launched an investigation into why the helicopter crashed.

Leicester City fans describe the impact Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha had on the club after leading the team to Premier League victory. The tragedy is being described as the "darkest day" in the club's history, and mourners have been laying wreaths near the stadium.

Bouquets, flags and football shirts have been left outside the ground by members of the public alongside a large image of the Hindu god Ganesh which was also placed amidst the flowers.

The club said a book of condolence, which will be shared with the Srivaddhanaprabha family, will be opened at the stadium from 8am on Tuesday for supporters wishing to pay their respects.

An online book of condolence will be put on its website for supporters unable to visit the stadium to leave tributes.

Tuesday's first team fixture against Southampton in the EFL Cup and the development squad fixture against Feyenoord in the Premier League International Cup have been postponed.

https://news.sky.com/story/leicester-helicopter-crash-football-clubs-owner-vichai-srivaddhanaprabha-among-five-killed-11538837

KaroA Posted on October 29, 2018 08:23

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Johnny Depp Throws Hat into the Crypto Ring, Joins TaTaTu Platform

Announced today, Hollywood star Johnny Depp has signed a deal with a new cryptocurrency related platform called TaTaTu. The platform, like Depp himself, aims to provide social entertainment.

A ‘New Approach’ To Entertainment

With a name sounding like it’s from Pirate’s of the Carribean, TaTaTu is a cryptocurrency based platform that rewards users in tokens, as payment for interacting with certain content like movies and games (according to its website).  The Hollywood Reporter news outlet announced today that Depp will work alongside Andrea Iervolino on the project.

Iervolino is the businessman, entrepreneur, and movie producer behind the TaTaTu platform. Additionally, he operates AMBI Media Group with Monica Bacardi. Depp also previously founded a production company called Infinitum Nihil, which he will use to create movies and content for TaTaTu’s platform.

Depp and Iervolino already have things rolling and are shooting a movie together later this month, produced by Iervolino and his production company (AMBI), explained The Hollywood Reporter. The movie, Waiting for the Barbarians, is based on a novel by author J.M. Coetzee.

The Hollywood Reporter disclosed Iervolino’s excitement to work with Depp, stating that “Johnny has the ability to conceptualize material in a way that few can, and is unburdened of conventional industry formulas that dictate the projects that get made, traditionally”.

 

 

Depp For The Rebound

This partnership comes in a year that sees Depp looking for a comeback, after losing almost $650 million, as reported by  Deadline.

 

According to IMDB, Depp has previously received nominations for three Oscars and nine Golden Globe awards, while clinching one Golden Globe award win, as well as ten People’s Choice Awards. Involvement in the cryptocurrency space with TaTaTu gives a new avenue of success potential for the actor.

 

Celebrity Crypto Attention

Depp joins a somewhat sizeable list of mainstream celebrities who have shown interest in the cryptocurrency and blockchain space.

 

Earlier this year, CCN.com reported about Steven Seagal and his involvement in an ICO called Bitcoiin. The Bitcoiin ICO was associated with an exit of sorts. The exit followed a cease and desist sent to Seagal a few weeks prior, which states celebrity endorsement to have possibly been illegal.

Near the end of last year, CCN initially reported  on a statement from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) regarding celebrity ICO endorsement – “These endorsements may be unlawful if they do not disclose the nature, source, and amount of any compensation paid, directly or indirectly, by the company in exchange for the endorsement”.

 

Other Celebrity Involvement

TheUnikrn ICO backed by Mark Cuban was also the subject of criticism, being sued “for allegedly skirting federal securities violations by offering UnikoinGold Tokens (UKG) to the general public, rather than just accredited investors”, reports CCN.

 

 CNBC lists other celebrity cryptocurrency endorsements by figures such as Paris Hilton and Jamie Foxx.

And of course, how could anyone forget when Katy Perry painted her  fingernails with cryptocurrency logos like Bitcoin and Ethereum, in what seemed like an endorsement of cryptocurrency as a whole.

https://www.ccn.com/johnny-depp-throws-hat-into-the-crypto-ring-joins-tatatu-platform/

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Gunman kills 11 in Pittsburgh synagogue massacre investigated as a hate crime

A gunman opened fire at a Pittsburgh synagogue Oct. 27, killing multiple people and wounding six, including four police officers. 

By Deanna Paul, Avi Selk , Amy B Wang and Mark Berman

October 27 at 5:52 PM

An ambulance arrives at the Tree of Life Synagogue where a shooter opened fire Saturday, October 27, 2018 (Gene J. Puskar/AP Photo)

A gunman armed with an assault rifle killed 11 people at a Pittsburgh synagogue during Saturday-morning services in what the Anti-Defamation League called "likely the deadliest attack on the Jewish community in the history of the United States.”

Law enforcement officials said Robert Bowers — a 46-year-old man with a history of making virulently anti-Semitic statements online — was taken into custody after a gun battle with police and is expected to face federal hate crime charges.

“Justice in this case will be swift and it will be severe,” said Scott W. Brady, the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania. Brady said Bowers could be charged sometime Saturday for what he called a “terrible and unspeakable act of hate."

Authorities described a rampage at the Tree of Life synagogue, the city’s oldest Jewish congregation, that was stunning in its savagery.

People gather near the synagogue. Gene J. Puskar/AP

“This is the most horrific crime scene I’ve seen in 22 years with the Federal Bureau of Investigation," said Robert Allan Jones, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Pittsburgh field office. "Members of the Tree of Life synagogue conducting a peaceful service in their place of worship were brutally murdered by a gunman targeting them simply because of their faith.”

All 11 people killed were adults, Pittsburgh Public Safety Director Wendell Hissrich said. Six people were also wounded, four of them police officers responding to the gunfire, he said.

Witnesses told police Bowers burst into the synagogue shouting anti-Semitic statements and began firing. Hissrich said authorities began to receive calls about an active shooter at the synagogue at 9:54 a.m. and officers were dispatched one minute later.

Jones said that Bowers entered the synagogue, gunned down 11 people and was leaving when he encountered responding officers. He fired at an officer who was wounded and then went back into the synagogue to hide, Jones said. More officers responded, and after an exchange of gunfire, Bowers was taken to a hospital with multiple gunshot wounds, authorities said.

Hissrich declined to say if Bowers was speaking to authorities, and it was not immediately clear if he had an attorney.

SWAT police officers respond after a gunman opened fire at the Tree of Life synagogue

Attorney General Jeff Sessions called the shooting “reprehensible and utterly repugnant to the values of this nation. Accordingly, the Department of Justice will file hate crimes and other criminal charges against the defendant, including charges that could lead to the death penalty.”

Bowers appeared to have repeatedly targeted Jewish people using an account on the social media site gab, which is popular with white supremacists and far-right users. Gab deactivated an account under Bowers’s name shortly after the shooting Saturday.

Messages posted by the account under his name, recovered before it was deactivated, included white supremacist symbols and anti-Semitic messaging. Recent postings specifically focused on the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, known as HIAS, which is one of nine organizations that works with the federal government to resettle refugees in American communities.

“HIAS likes to bring invaders in that kill our people. I can’t sit by and watch my people get slaughtered. Screw your optics, I’m going in,” reads a posting on the account that appears to have been published just before the shooting Saturday morning.

Mark Hetfield, president and chief executive of HAIS, has no formal relationship with the Tree of Life synagogue, but has helped hundreds of refugees resettle in the Pittsburgh area in recent years.

First responders surround the synagogue. Gene J. Puskar/AP

“Our agency is the oldest refugee agency in the world, and we’ve seen some horrible dark periods in our time, and we’ve seen plenty of hate, and refugees by definition are fleeing hate,” Hetfield said. “But the United States is supposed to be a place of refuge, and a synagogue is supposed to be a place of refuge.”

The account that appeared to belong to Bowers was rife with bigoted messaging. His biography on the site read “jews are the children of satan” and his background photo was a radar gun reading “1488,” a popular white supremacist symbol.

For weeks, “Robert Bowers" was enraged by the national Jewish group HIAS’s efforts to hold Shabbat services for refugees, according to the archives messages.

“HIAS likes to bring invaders in that kill our people," the user wrote hours before the shooting. “I can’t sit by and watch my people get slaughtered. Screw your optics, I’m going in.”

Trump on Saturday described the shooting in Pittsburgh as “pure evil” and an “anti-Semitic act."

“It looks definitely like it’s an anti Semitic crime," President Trump said Saturday afternoon. "That is something you wouldn’t believe could still be going on.”

Earlier Saturday, Trump also suggested that armed security at the synagogue might have prevented the attack. He has regularly suggested that after shooting rampages, even following some high-profile massacres that occurred despite law enforcement officers being present.

The violence Saturday -- the latest in America’s seemingly unending string of mass shootings at seemingly safe public places -- occurred at a synagogue in a leafy residential enclave near Carnegie Mellon University, one of the larger predominantly Jewish neighborhoods in the United States. Its “traditional, progressive and egalitarian” congregation was formed in 1864.

It’s the “center of Jewish life on Shabbat morning," said Rabbi Aaron Bisno of the Rodef Shalom Congregation, two blocks away.

It is unclear how many were in the synagogue at the time of the shooting, which occurred at around the time synagogues around the country host regular services for the Shabbat holiday. According to an online calendar, there would have been a Shabbat service scheduled for 9:45 a.m. Saturday.

The synagogue’s main sanctuary, a cavernous space with soaring stained-glass windows that depict the story of creation, can hold up to 1,250 guests, according to the Tree of Life’s website.

Police in Washington, New York, Chicago and Los Angeles all said they were increasing patrols at synagogues and other houses of worship following the Pittsburgh attack as precautionary measures.

The shooting comes during an sharp spike in anti-Semitic activities in the U.S., according to an Anti-Defamation League report released earlier this year. From 2016 to 2017, instances of anti-Semitic harassment, vandalism and assault increased 57 percent, the largest single-year jump since ADL began tracking the data in the 1970s.

Ben Opie, 55, who lives across the street from Tree of Life, said his wife was leaving for a volunteer duty at about 11 a.m. when police shouted at her to get back inside the house. Officers banged on neighbors’ doors and told them to stay locked inside.

This Department of Motor Vehicles ID picture shows Robert Bowers, the suspect of the shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh. -/AFP/Getty Images

 

Two hours later, after many of the police vehicles had left the neighborhood, Opie said he’s still shaking.

“It’s just,” Opie said, pausing, his voice trembling. “Sorry, it’s shaking me more than usual."

By Saturday afternoon, members of the synagogue were gathering at a grief center waiting to hear about friends and family members caught in the shooting.

“It’s one of my biggest fears,” said Chuck Diamond, who worked as a rabbi at Tree of Life for seven years. “When I was leading the congregation, I always had in the back of my mind that something like this will happen. It’s a terrible thing to feel."

Joel Achenbach, Devlin Barrett, Wesley Lowery, Abby Ohlheiser, Kristine Phillips, Mike Rosenwald and Katie Zezima contributed to this developing story.

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Source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2018/10/27/pittsburgh-police-responding-active-shooting-squirrel-hill-area/?utm_term=.8433fb138a44

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Who Are Actually Pretty Attractive In Real Life (Part 1) 10 Creepy Actors Who Are Actually Pretty Attractive In Real Life (Part 1)

When it comes to movies, nothing is impossible. Women transform into aliens, fashion models play music stars, men become beasts, and really attractive actors and actresses turn into the creepiest creatures on the silver screen. We often can’t look past the outer layer of horrifying makeup mixed with some serious CGI and other special effects, but the more interesting it is to look back on some of the most iconic horror movie roles and figure out who was hiding beneath all those sharp teeth, unsettling smiles, and piles of dirt. Here are 10 creepy actors and actresses who are actually pretty attractive in real life.

Bill Skarsgard, It
The new rendition of It is killing it in the box office, while Bill Skarsgard is killing the rest of the world with his handsome looks. It’s almost impossible to recognize him under those layers of freakish makeup and that devilish clown smile, but there’s no denying the fact – that’s one of the hottest ‘creepy actors’ we’ve ever seen! Quick fact: Bill Skarsgard has developed this disturbing smile of his when he was just a little boy, so he used it to run around scaring people, including his younger brother, Valter.

Daveigh Chase, The Ring
The analog age of video tapes is long gone, so a ghost story about a cursed videotape doesn’t sound as scary today as it was back in 2002. Nevertheless, Samara Morgan from The Ring is one of the most iconic horror characters of all time, rocking long black hair and a dirty white robe that’s became an inspiration for numerous Halloween looks all over the world. Daveigh, on the other hand, is a pretty young woman that looks nothing like the monster she once portrayed on screen.

Naomi Grossman, American Horror Story
Who could have thought that Pepper from AHS: Asylum and AHS: Freak Show is an incredibly attractive woman in real life? American Horror Story is famous for its freaky characters, with gorgeous and handsome people playing some borderline disturbing roles, but Naomi Grossman had to go even further and change her whole appearance for the role in the show. Despite her disturbing looks, Pepper is one of the least dangerous characters on the show and is quite harmless, compared to the others.

Delphine Chanéac, Splice
Splice is one of those underrated sci-fi movies that haven’t hit the box office hard, but still deserves a few mentions when it comes to humans, cloning, and alien life forms. Dren, played by Delphine Chaneac, is a part human, part animal creature that has developed some kind of conscience, therefore, deserves a better treatment than it got in the movie. The creature itself is more disturbing than beautiful, which we can’t say about gorgeous Delphine Chaneac. This woman is pure beauty!

Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight
What is it about good-looking actors that makes them such superb creepy-looking villains? Many people had their doubts about Heath Ledger playing one of the most iconic DC villains, but boy, were they wrong! Not only did Heath Ledger look the part, but he also showcased some pretty hardcore acting skills that allowed him to portray the Joker in an eerily believable way. But in real life? He was one of the cutest actors out there.

Manu Bennett, The Hobbit Trilogy
It’s hard to look past Azog’s scary features and see the attractive hunk, Manu Bennett, that’s hiding underneath all that makeup and CGI effects. First appearing in the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Azog continued building his orc leader career and became one of the main characters in The Hobbit trilogy as well. It’s one of the most unbelievable transformations and we can only applaud Manu Bennett for this role!

Paul T. Taylor, Hellraiser X: Judgment
The 10th installment of the Hellraiser series, entitled Judgment, will have its most iconic character – the Pinhead – played by Paul T. Taylor. With Doug Bradley off the screen, fans are wondering what the new Pinhead will look like and will he be just as creepy and revolting as his previous incarnations? The first glimpses of Paul T. Taylor in his new role are more than promising and we’re about to see more of him soon. It wasn’t easy for Paul as his career took a huge blow while he had to fight Hepatitis C. Nevertheless, he landed the role of Pinhead and we can’t wait to see how it all turned out!

Matthew G. Taylor, Resident Evil: Apocalypse
Rarely do we think about who’s actually hiding under the skin of merciless monsters like Project Nemesis from Resident Evil: Apocalypse. Matthew G. Taylor was one of the few men that could pull off playing Nemesis as the actor was required to carry the studio’s mini gun that weighed over 60 lb., which is more than the weight of an average six-year-old. He had to carry it around single handedly! When first firing the prop, the actor was thrown back flying at the wall of the police station setup. He wasn’t expecting that at all!
Jodelle Ferland, Silent Hill
There’s hardly a horror movie that doesn’t have a creepy child going around singing nursery rhymes, who later gets possessed by some evil spirit or the Devil himself. Silent Hill has one, too! Jodelle Ferland played poor Alessa Gillespie that was killed at a young age as a sacrifice because the child possessed psychic powers and was born out of wedlock. Though she played a creepy child, Jodelle herself isn’t creepy at all. In fact, she’s grown up to be an incredibly attractive young woman; she’s in her twenties now.

Bolaji Badejo, Alien
The first ever Alien that we’ve seen on the big screen had an actual human inside (pun intended). Back in 1979 there was no CGI around and monsters had to be created the old-fashioned way – either with dummies and puppets, or with actual human beings wearing frightening costumes. Alien was just like that! Someone from the Alien’s casting crew spotted young Bolaji Badejo in a bar and instantly recognized his potential. Bodaji’s frame was perfect for the role – he was tall, slim, and had incredibly long arms and legs. He wasn’t a very well-known actor, but he acted his heart out playing the horrendous insect-like creature that’s became an iconic monster for years to come.

https://brainberries.co/movietv/10-creepy-actors-who-are-actually-pretty-attr

ruby Posted on October 27, 2018 17:45

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New self-lubricating condoms could boost their use, prevent STDs

By Bianca Britton, CNN

 

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A study, conducted by a team of scientists from Boston University, have said their self-lubricating condoms may help increase condom use.

(CNN)Self-lubricating condoms may be the answer in helping prevent sexually transmitted infections and unplanned pregnancies, researchers have found.

In a step away from the traditional water- or oil-based condoms currently on the market, a team of scientists from Boston University has created a condom that is self-lubricating, becoming slippery when it comes into contact with moisture -- for example, bodily fluids.

Rates of three STDs in US reach record high, CDC says

The team assessed the performance of the condoms when faced with friction and then surveyed 33 people who felt the condoms to get their opinions on whether they would use them.

Their study found that the majority of people surveyed -- 73% -- not only preferred the feel of the condoms to those currently available but also said it would increase their condom use.

The study size was small and the new condoms have yet to be tested during sex, but researchers hope to start a clinical trial soon.

READ: Rates of three STDs in US reach record high, CDC says

For some, without enough lubrication, sex can be painful and uncomfortable and condoms may break or slip. The team, which was backed by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, says the self-lubricating coating "shows potential to be an effective strategy for decreasing friction-associated pain, increasing user satisfaction and increasing condom use."

Pain and reduced sensation are common reasons why people don't use condoms, according to previous research in the US.

The majority of participants who were involved in touch-tests of the self lubricating condoms found that they preferred the condom over those currently available.

The study, published Wednesday, showed that the coating kept the condom slippery longer than regular lubricants, which can wear off quickly.

Australians urged to get tested for syphilis after unborn baby dies

"The coating does not affect the strength of the latex, and the coating provides consistently low friction even when subjected to large volumes of water or 1000 cycles of articulation (thrusting motions)," it said.

The research, which was led by Mark Grinstaff, shows that the new latex retains its lubrication because its coating is made from hydrophilic polymers -- molecules that attract water.

Olwen Williams, president of the British Association for Sexual Health and HIV, told CNN: "We welcome any developments that allow people to enjoy sex more safely and condoms remain the main tool in the prevention of sexually transmitted infections."

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Last year, nearly 2.3 million sexually transmitted diseases were diagnosed in the US. Rates of infections such as gonorrhea and syphilis are also rising in countries such as Australia, which saw a 63% rise in gonorrhea diagnoses in just five years, between 2012 and 2016.

If used correctly, condoms act as a barrier to protect users from STIs and are also 98% effective in preventing pregnancy.

The Boston University team has already filed a patent for the self-lubricating condoms, in the hope that they will be made available to the public after further trials.

 

Luke Posted on October 27, 2018 16:11

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Check your kitchen for these recalled foods

By Susan Scutti and Debra Goldschmidt, CNN

 

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  • Raw beef and raw chicken may be infected with strains of salmonella

(CNN)Be careful what you eat! A variety of foods, including curry powder, meats and poultry, have been recalled recently due to confirmed or possible contamination.

Curry powder may have an unwanted 'kick'

Curry powder sold under the Baraka brand and several others has been recalled.

UBC Food Distributors Inc. voluntarily recalled 7-ounce plastic containers of Baraka brand hot curry powder (UPC Code 822514265566) and curry powder (UPC Code 822514265535), according to the US Food and Drug Administration. This recall is due to a high level of lead found in these products by the Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development.

Cases of these products were shipped to Michigan, Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Missouri and Colorado between June 15 and July 31.

Sirob Imports, Inc has also recalled 8-ounce and 16-ounce plastic containers of curry powder branded as Corrado, Orlando Imports, Nouri's Syrian Bakery, Mediterranean Specialty Foods and Butera Fruit Market due to elevated levels of lead, according to the FDA. These products were distributed to Illinois, New Jersey and New York.

Eating these lead-contaminated products may elevate blood lead levels, the FDA explained. A toxic substance, lead is present in our environment in small amounts. In general, the small exposure to lead within the U.S. population does not pose a significant public health concern, according to the FDA.

However, large amounts of ingested lead can cause poisoning with symptoms of abdominal pain, vomiting, lethargy, weakness, behavior or mood changes, delirium, seizures and coma, the government agency noted. Children and infants are especially vulnerable to lead poisoning, which can cause learning disabilities, developmental delays and lower IQ scores.

No safe level of lead ingestion has been identified for children, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which lists 5 micrograms of lead per deciliter of blood as the danger point for a child.

Don't be tempted to eat raw beef

A recall of raw beef products linked to a multistate outbreak of salmonella illness is ongoing.

Sixty-three additional cases of salmonella have been identified in an ongoing, multistate outbreak linked to raw beef products, the CDC reported Tuesday.

This brings the total number of people who have fallen ill to 120 in 22 states since August.

While no deaths have been reported, 33 people sickened in this outbreak have been hospitalized, according to the CDC.

63 more cases of salmonella linked to recalled raw beef

The recalled products were sold nationwide under brand names Walmart, Cedar River Farms Natural Beef, Showcase, Showcase/Walmart and JBS Generic. The USDA inspection mark on the packaging of the recalled products contains the establishment number "EST. 267."

Hawaii, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas and Washington are the latest states to report illnesses as part of this outbreak. They join Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, Ohio, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming, which all previously reported cases.

Those who are sick began experiencing symptoms between August 5 and September 28.

Symptoms of salmonella usually begin within 12 to 72 hours of consuming contaminated food. Symptoms can include diarrhea, abdominal cramps and fever that last between four and seven days. Most people recover on their own, but those who experience persistent diarrhea may need to be hospitalized.

Chicken can cause sickness -- preparation is key

Both raw and live chickens have caused salmonella infections.

A total of 92 people in 29 states have been infected with an outbreak strain of salmonella infantis linked to chicken products, the CDC reported last week. While no deaths have occurred, 21 people have been hospitalized.

Both live chickens as well as different types of raw chicken products have been contaminated, the CDC noted. Chicken products from a variety of sources have been contaminated, the government agency said. Since a single, common supplier has not yet been identified, this might indicate widespread contamination in the chicken industry, the CDC stated.

The outbreak strain is a type of salmonella commonly found in chickens and swine, and it can cause symptoms of diarrhea, abdominal cramps and fever. Antibiotic resistance testing on bacteria isolated from ill people shows that the outbreak strain is resistant to multiple antibiotics. This means that anyone who develops a serious salmonella infection might be more difficult to treat with standard medicines.

Because salmonella infections can spread from one person to another, the CDC recommends washing hands before and after preparing or eating food, after contact with animals, and after using the restroom or changing diapers. To kill harmful germs, raw chicken should be cooked thoroughly to an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit while leftovers should be reheated toteh same temperature, according to the CDC.

Ready-to-eat meat and poultry products could lead to food poisoning

Trader Joe's is among the retailers that recalled ready-to-eat products.

Bakkavor Foods USA Inc. recalled about 795,261 pounds of ready-to-eat meat and poultry products containing an onion ingredient that may be contaminated with salmonella and listeria monocytogenes, the US Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service announced Sunday.

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No sickness has been reported, the USDA said.

The ready-to-eat meat and poultry items include three Harris Teeter Fresh Foods Market Deli-Bakery products: 16-ounce packages of BBQ Style Chicken Artisan Pizza; 8-ounce butcher-paper wrapped packages of Chicken Sausage, Egg White and Cheese Breakfast Burrito; and 8-oz. butcher-paper wrapped packages of Bacon, Egg and Cheese Burrito.

Another of the ready-to-eat meat and poultry items is 10-ounce butcher-paper wrapped packages of Trader Joe's Carnitas with Salsa Verde.

The products list establishment numbers "EST. 19198," "P-19198," "EST. 46937" or "EST. 45335," inside the USDA mark of inspection, the government agency stated.

Listeriosis can cause a variety of symptoms, depending on the person, including fever and diarrhea similar to other foodborne germs.

 

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Turkey seeks extradition of 18 Saudis for murder in Khashoggi death

By Laura Smith-Spark and Nic Robertson, CNN

 

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Istanbul (CNN)Eighteen Saudis are being investigated on the charge of "intentional homicide with premeditation" and torture over the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a senior Turkish official with knowledge of the investigation told CNN.

Saudi Arabia initially said Khashoggi had left the Saudi consulate in Istanbul alive on October 2, then claimed he had died in a fistfight there with Saudi officials. The Saudi attorney general said Thursday that Khashoggi was killed in a premeditated murder.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday demanded that Saudi Arabia reveal the location of Khashoggi's body and hand over the suspects.

The Istanbul prosecutor's office has submitted an extradition request to Saudi Arabia for the 18 suspects, who have not been charged.

Khashoggi fiancée rejects Trump invitation to visit White House

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir indicated Saturday the request would be denied.

"The individuals are Saudi nationals," he said. "They're detained in Saudi Arabia, and the investigation is in Saudi Arabia, and they will be prosecuted in Saudi Arabia."

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said earlier this week in Riyadh that the kingdom would "implement all necessary rules and investigate deeply in order to achieve results. And to bring to justice those who are responsible for this heinous crime, and they will be put before courts."

Riyadh has maintained that neither bin Salman nor King Salman knew of the operation to target Khashoggi, a former Saudi insider who wrote critical columns for The Washington Post.

US officials have said such a mission, including 15 men sent from Riyadh, could not have been carried out without the authorization of bin Salman, the country's de facto ruler.

Saudi minister: 'Hysteria' over case

Speaking at the International Institute for Strategic Studies Manama Dialogue in Bahrain, Al-Jubeir urged the public to wait for a complete investigation.

"There has been a hysteria in the media about Saudi Arabia's guilt," he said. "People have assigned blame on Saudi Arabia with such certainty before the investigation is complete. We have made it very clear that we are going to have a full and very transparent investigation, the results of which will be released."

Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir, speaking in Bahrain on Saturday, said the suspects in Khashoggi's killing would be prosecuted in Saudi Arabia.

Asked how the murder was carried out without the knowledge of bin Salman, Al-Jubeir reiterated that the investigation is ongoing.

"We're trying to uncover what happened," he said. "We know that a mistake was committed, we know that people exceeded their authority, and we know that we are investigating them."

Al-Jubeir added that those responsible would be punished and prosecuted in Saudi Arabia and that "mechanisms will be put in place to ensure this doesn't happen again."

Can Saudi Arabia win back its global business partners? 'Time will tell'

Meanwhile, US Defense Secretary James Mattis, at the same event in Bahrain, said Khashoggi's murder should "concern us all greatly."

"As US Secretary of State Pompeo stated, the US does not tolerate this kind of ruthless action to silence Mr. Khashoggi, a journalist, through violence," he said. "Failure of any one nation to adhere to international norms and rule of law undermines regional stability when it is needed most."

Mattis said US President Donald Trump had noted that the United States would "get to the bottom of it" and added that the President had called for congressional involvement.

Pompeo has vowed to revoke the visas of those responsible and "will be taking additional measures as the situation is clarified," Mattis said.

Robotic cameras probe sewer

Turkish Justice Minister Abdulhamir Gul said Friday that Turkish institutions were capable and determined in their investigation, according to Turkey's state news agency Anadolu.

Gul also said Turkey wants its extradition request fulfilled since "this atrocious incident happened in Turkey," Anadolu said.

On Friday evening, a private company used robotic cameras to look into the sewer outside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

"The manhole cover was removed by the staff in the van and robotic cameras were lowered into the sewer. The examination carried out in the sewer was monitored in the screens in the van. The van left the street after the examination was over, " Turkish state media Anadolu reported.

The company that did the search told CNN the system was designed to spot the tiniest materials. The search was commissioned by the Turkish government's Water and Sewage Administration, the company said, and was regarding the Khashoggi case.

CNN's Nic Robertson reported from Istanbul and Laura Smith-Spark wrote from London. CNN's Nimet Kiraç, Onur Cakir, Milena Veselinovic, Gul Tuysuz, Isil Sariyuce, Bethlehem Feleke, Jennifer Hauser and Sara Mazloumsaki contributed to this report.

Luke Posted on October 27, 2018 15:54

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Top 10 Richest Bollywood Actresses

Being a movie star isn’t always easy but it’s one of the best paid jobs on the planet. Take Hollywood superstars for example: the whole world idolizes them! Now, with Bollywood celebs the scale is a bit smaller but this only means that they must work even harder than their American colleagues. They’ve been growing their net worth for years, sometimes even decades, so it’s no surprise that many of these celebrities are millionaires. So, stay tuned if you want to know who the top 10 richest Bollywood actresses are!

 

 

 

 

 

10. Sonam Kapoor – $15 Million
Let’s start off with one of the most iconic actresses in the whole Bollywood – Sonam Kapoor. She’s best known to be able to adapt to any type of character on the screen. Probably, her best work to date was in Neerja, for which she is still known and loved all over India.

 

 

9. Kajol Devgan – $16 Million
Could you imagine that Kajol Devgan is quite famous internationally? As the #9 richest Bollywood actress, I’d say it’s extremely plausible.

8. Amrita Rao – $20.5 Million
With $20.5 millions behind her back, Amrita Rao is the #8 richest actress in India. You may remember her from movies like “Welcome to Sajjanpur“, “Victory“, and more Amrita was even named one of 50 most desirable women in the world!

 

 

7. Anushka Sharma – $25 Million
Anushka Sharma stared off as a model, then became an actress, and now she’s a famous producer. No wonder this busy girl is on this list.

6. Vidya Balan – $25 Million
Remember Vidya Balan in “Hum Paanch”? Oh boy, people really loved her performance there. Of course that show was only the start of her career. After starring in the life-changing “Dirty Picture“, Vidya kept getting great role one after another

 

 

 

 

 

5. Preity Zinta – $30 Million
Those dimples are to die for! And Preity’s worth at least $30 million, which grants her a spot in the middle of the list. Too bad she stopped acting, though.

4. Aishwarya Rai – $35 Million
This Miss World 1994 still got the looks. Aishwarya has starred in countless movies from “Iruvar“, her debut, all the way through “Aur Pyaar Ho Gaya“, “Dhoom 2“, and “Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam“.

3. Madhuri Dixit – $35 Million
Madhuri Dixit is definitely one of the most gorgeous women in India, nay, the world! In addition to that straight up fact, Dixit is one of the highest paid Indian actresses, too. How can one not love her?

 

 

 

 

 

2. Priyanka Chopra – $40 Million
World-famous actress, Priyanka Chopra is also Miss World 2000, which makes her at least 10 times hotter. Initially she was a big name in India, but soon became the best-paid TV actresses in the world, after she blew up in “Quantico”.

1. Deepika Padukone – $45 Million
And our #1 richest actress is Deepika Padukone! After her stellar debut in “Om Shanti Om” there was no stopping her! And her role in “xXx” she only got more popular. $45 millions in net worth is nothing to scoff at!

https://brainberries.co/movietv/top-10-richest-bollywood-actresses/3/

ruby Posted on October 27, 2018 15:17

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Former England manager Glenn Hoddle 'seriously ill in hospital'

Former England manager Glenn Hoddle has fallen ill and been taken to hospital after preparing to appear on television.

 

Hoddle fell ill shortly after he began his punditry duties on BT Sport and the show was cancelled as a result.

 

Broadcaster Jake Humphrey, who works alongside Hoddle for BT, broke the news on Twitter.

 

He wrote: "Our friend & colleague Glenn Hoddle was taken seriously ill at the BT Sport studio this morning.

 

"For that reason there will be no @btsportscore - but we will be live as usual for the 5.30 ko at Leicester. Everyone of us is right with you Glenn, sending love & strength."

 

 

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Hotspur player Glenn Hoddle (R) and Andy Thomas of Newcastle United during a 1987 FA Cup match

Presenter Mark Pougatch confirmed that the channel's football results show, BT Score, had been cancelled.

Hoddle, who managed England during the 1998 World Cup, was taken ill on his 61st birthday.

He capped 53 times for England and was a star midfielder for Tottenham, widely considered to be one of the best players of his generation.

 

Hoddle won the FA Cup and UEFA Cup with Spurs and also played for Monaco, Swindon and Chelsea.

He went on to manage Tottenham and Chelsea, as well as Swindon, Southampton and Wolves.

Hoddle was fired as England manager after one tournament following a newspaper interview in which he implied disabled people were paying for sins from previous lives.

 

One of those who played under him, Rio Ferdinand, said recently the Three Lions would have won a World Cup if he had stayed on. England reached the second round but lost on penalties to Argentina in 1998.

https://news.sky.com/story/former-england-manager-glenn-hoddle-seriously-ill-in-hospital-11537305

KaroA Posted on October 27, 2018 15:15

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WWE: Going to Saudi Arabia 'incredibly tough decision'

A world wrestling body has defended its decision to run an event in Saudi Arabia despite a global outcry after the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

 

Mr Khashoggi, a Saudi government critic who lived in the US, was killed at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on 2 October.

 

Saudi Arabia denied knowledge of Mr Khashoggi's whereabouts for nearly three weeks before admitting his killing had been "premeditated".

 

They have also denied any involvement of the powerful crown prince Mohammed bin Salman - but that did not stop some countries and businesses from distancing themselves.

 

Many top Western officials have boycotted an investment conference, called Davos in the Desert, held in the country this week.

Late last week, WWE confirmed it would go ahead with its Crown Jewel event in Riyadh on 2 November but chief brand officer Stephanie McMahon said the decision had been difficult.

 

She told Sky News: "Moving forward with Crown Jewel in Saudi Arabia was an incredibly tough decision, given that heinous act.

"But, at the end of the day, it is a business decision and, like a lot of other American companies, we decided that we're going to move forward with the event and deliver Crown Jewel for all of our fans in Saudi Arabia and around the world."

 

WWE held its first live events in the oil-rich kingdom in 2014.

 

 

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Vince McMahon, chairman of WWE, has been criticised for the decision

The organisation had said in a statement late last week that it had "decided to uphold its contractual obligations" in staging the event.

 

WWE signed a 10-year partnership with Saudi Arabia earlier this year.

 

But some of the show's stars reportedly decided not to take part next month and some fans accused the organisation of being more interested in money than doing what was right.

Twitter users accused them of being "tone-deaf" and accepting "blood money", while some said they had cancelled their subscriptions in protest at the move.

 

In April, WWE held its Greatest Royal Rumble in Jeddah, although female competitors were not involved due to rules in the strict Islamic country.

https://news.sky.com/story/wwe-going-to-saudi-arabia-incredibly-tough-decision-11537029

KaroA Posted on October 27, 2018 15:06

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United States to ‘DOMINATE asteroid mining industry’ – will be worth $3 BILLION in 6 years

THE asteroid mining industry will be worth a whopping $3 billion by 2025 – despite the fact space drilling’s not even begun. A new report predicts the emerging market will explode within the next decade as more and more private companies plan missions to space. Asteroids have previously been dubbed “flying gold mines” because of the value of the metals contained within them. One the technology to mine the space rocks has been developed, it is thought these metals can be extracted and brought back to Earth. According to Markets and Markets, which carried out the latest research, Type-C asteroids will be targeted by companies first.

These asteroids, which are coal black in appearance, contain large quantities of metal and crucially, water, which would be used by spaceships landing on them.

The first Type-C asteroid mission is scheduled for 2022 when Japanese space agency JAXA launches the Destiny spacecraft to space rock Phaethon.

But the United States is predicted to be a key player in the emerging industry.

In 2015, the country’s Government passed new legislation that will allow private companies to take a bite out of the space mining market.

The report by Markets and Markets said: “As the space industry is undergoing profound transformation and the national budgets of various countries have begun to squeeze and are more dependent on the private sector, it is observed that many countries want the private sector to indulge in space activities.

Asteroid measuring 15 meters makes close flyby of Earth

COMPETING: Companies are now racing against each other to mine an asteroid (Pic: GETTY)

“The US government updated US commercial space legislation with the passage of the Spurring Private Aerospace Competitiveness and Entrepreneurship (SPACE) Act of 2015 (also known as Commercial Space Launch Competitiveness Act) in November 2015.

“This law explicitly allows US citizens to engage in the commercial exploration and exploitation of space resources, such as water and minerals.“Research activities based on space mining are primarily supported by NASA.

“NASA has announced many programs for various prospecting asteroid missions, which can gather the data from an asteroid and use it for further mining process.”

jmparker Posted on October 27, 2018 13:38

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Archeologists discover HIDDEN PASSAGE ‘to the underworld’ beneath ancient Mexican pyramid

The tunnel was found underneath the Pyramid of the Moon at Teotihuacán by an expert team examining the structure. They believe the secret path was used during rituals that may have related to beliefs about the underworld and could contain human remains. The tunnel is approximately 26ft below the ancient structure and was first discovered using laser scanning technology last year. A team from the National Institute of Anthropology and History believe the passage may have been used to emulate the path taken to the underworld.

Veronica Ortega, director of the Project of Integral Conservation of Plaza de la Luna, said: "Previous explorations found skeletons of individuals with cranial deformation, as in the Mayan area, and diverse green stone objects (necklaces, anthropomorphic figures made with mosaics).

"So it is not difficult to think that something similar could be found in the subsoil.

"The tunnel is located to the south of the Plaza de la Luna, but it is likely that there is another entrance to the east side.

ANCIENT: The passageway may have been used in rituals relating to the underworld (Pic: GETTY)

(Pic: CEN/UNAM)

HUGE: The pyramid is the second biggest of its type in Mexico (Pic: GETTY)

“The tunnel is located to the south of the Plaza de la Luna, but it is likely that there is another entrance to the east side.“What's found inside could help to unravel the relationships that this ancient metropolis had with other regions of Mesoamerica."The discovery would confirm that the inhabitants of Teotihuacan followed the same pattern in their large-scale temples, and that their function would be to emulate the underworld.”The Pyramid of the Moon is the second largest one of its kind in Mexico and is thought to pre-date 200 AD.

jmparker Posted on October 27, 2018 13:29

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Mohamed Salah is UNHAPPY at Liverpool, he could leave in January - PAUL MERSON COLUMN

MO SALAH’S goals record for Liverpool is phenomenal but it’s only a matter of time until Real Madrid come calling. That’s some record, to be the fastest man to score 50 for Liverpool, especially when people are saying you are having a bad season! But if he keeps on scoring Madrid will come calling. How can they not? They need to do something big and they will want him in January. They are struggling like mad. If Salah wanted to go, Liverpool would be powerless to stop him. I can’t remember the last player to say ‘no’ to Real Madrid or Barcelona. It’s another level. Madrid have won the last three Champions Leagues. Liverpool have only won it once in the last 30-odd years. There was plenty of bad blood after last season’s final with what happened between Salah and Sergio Ramos. But would that stop him going there if they come in for him? No chance.

Salah doesn’t look happy at Liverpool at the moment and we’ve seen this before with players like Luis Suarez and Philippe Coutinho. I watched him score against Huddersfield and his body language looked terrible. That would worry me if I was a Liverpool fan. If you take his goals away they’re not title contenders any more. Liverpool fans have seen big players leave before. They would be fuming if Salah left too. But this is what happens when you’re successful in the Premier League.

The even bigger clubs come calling. Liverpool look like they could be around for a long time with the team they have now. So losing such a big part of if would be devastating for the fans. But I wouldn’t be shocked if Real Madrid make a big bid in January, and you know how these things work, there might already be some contact. It was inevitable there would be some drop-off with Salah this season. He’s not Lionel Messi. Last season was a one-off. He came back to England and surprised people. Now everyone is paying attention to him. They’ve all spent time working out how to stop him and he gets special treatment because he’s Liverpool’s danger man.

What Salah did last season was phenomenal but even if he only scored 20 this time around that would be a good return from a winger. He is one of the best in the world without the ball and he wants it all the time. He’s not making token runs like some people do. When he goes, he expects to get it. His running off the ball is some of the best I’ve ever seen. But he works hard for the team as well. Should Cardiff be worried today though? I don’t think so.

These are the games that are hard for him. There won’t be a lot of space for him to run into because they will sit back and frustrate. This is why I see Manchester City winning the league easily. They are already blowing teams away but with Liverpool it’s going to the wire.

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DON’T blame Jose Mourinho for what happened at Stamford Bridge last Saturday. Chelsea’s assistant coach Marco Ianni shouldn’t have done what he did. I don’t know a manager who wouldn’t have reacted like Mourinho. He was under pressure and he reacted. He’s only human. The only thing you can criticise him for is the three-fi nger thing.

The fans have moved on. Don’t respond. Everybody is blaming Mourinho for Manchester United’sform but the players need to show some pride. It’s getting too easy to play United at the moment. Against Juventus in midweek they looked like 11 players with no idea what to do or when to press. They need a leader in that team. But these are internationals with lots of caps. They’ve got to look at themselves. Anything could happen against Everton tomorrow. It depends which United turn up.

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MANCHESTER CITY are the best team in Europe right now. They are relentless and come at teams from everywhere. The goalkeeper can have the ball at City and you’re in danger! If you squeeze up on them they can have the ball in your net in three passes. Spurs rode their luck against West Ham last weekend and they know they’re going out of the Champions League after Wednesday’s draw with PSV Eindhoven. Wembley won’t help Mauricio Pochettino’s team either. The pitch looks poor and it will look even worse after two more NFL teams have been all over it again tomorrow. But Spurs are a footballing team so it will affect them as much as City. I can’t see anything but a City win. Tottenham should still fi nish in the top four but they could do without dropping into the Europa League. It would be much better to go out of Europe altogether.

jmparker Posted on October 27, 2018 13:07

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Apu to be killed off from the Simpsons – goes to HEAVEN

SHOPKEEPER Apu is reportedly set to disappear from The Simpsons following claims the character was racial stereotyping. The Kwik-E-Mart worker, famous for his “Thank you, come again!” catchphrase, has been on the show for around 30 years.

But some say he negatively portrays migrants and Indian-Americans and needs to go. The issue made headlines last year thanks to comedian Hari Kondabolu’s documentary The Problem with Apu. In it, South Asian heritage Americans criticised the portrayal of Indians in the cartoon, with some saying it led to bullying.“Kids in the playground would always mimic the accent and say ‘Thank you, come again!’ or ‘Hello, Mr Homer!'", Kondabolu told the BBC.

The Simpsons producer Adi Shankar has now told IndieWire about an effort crowdsource a script that solved the problem by portraying Indians differently. Shankar made a sample episode with the winning script by doctor Vishaal Buch for YouTube, where Apu becomes a successful businessman in Springfield. However it was rejected and the character is to be dropped from the show, he confirmed. “I’ve verified from multiple sources now: They’re going to drop the Apu character altogether,” he said.

“They aren’t going to make a big deal out of it, or anything like that, but they’ll drop him altogether just to avoid the controversy.”But Shankar said the decision was a mistake, adding: “If you are a show about cultural commentary and you are too afraid to comment on the culture, especially when it’s a component of the culture you had a hand in creating, then you are a show about cowardice.

“It’s not a step forward, or step backwards, it’s just a massive step sideways.“After having read all these wonderful scripts, I feel like sidestepping this issue doesn’t solve it when the whole purpose of art, I would argue, is to bring us together.”

Kondabolu appeared to agree, tweeting: “There are so many ways to make Apu work without getting rid of him. If true, this sucks.” He added: “RIP Apu.”Adil Ray, the British creator the popular BBC One comedy Citizen Khan, who has South Asian heritage, was also not happy with the decision.“This is the biggest ‘joke’ The Simpsons team have ever made,” he blasted on Twitter.“A load of complete nonsense. What about those of us Asians who loved Apu?

“We recognise that many of us are shopkeepers but are aware that not all of us are. The solution is more varied depictions not less. Regressive.”When IndieWire contacted the show for comment, a representative at Fox hinted that the character had gone to heaven. A spokesman added: “Apu appeared in the 10/14/18 episode ‘My Way or the Highway to Heaven. “In the episode, Apu only appears in a single wide shot (below) that showed dozens of characters gathered around God.”

jmparker Posted on October 27, 2018 11:56

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US pipe bombs: Suspect Cesar Sayoc charged after FBI finds fingerprint

A man has been charged over a series of pipe bombs sent to prominent critics of Donald Trump after his fingerprint was found on one of the devices.

 

Cesar Sayoc, from Aventura, Florida, was arrested in Miami after 13 explosive devices were sent to several high-profile figures, including Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and Robert De Niro.

 

US justice department officials said the bombs were "not hoax devices" and warned there could be more still undiscovered.

 

Sayoc, 56, was identified after officers found a fingerprint on one of the packages, FBI director Christopher Wray said.

 

 

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Cesar Sayoc has been arrested in connection with the devices. Pic: Broward Sherrif's Office

Speaking at a news conference, US attorney general Jeff Sessions said the suspect could face up to 48 years in prison if found guilty but reiterated that he was "innocent until proven guilty".

 

He said the Sayoc, who "appears to be a partisan", was facing five federal charges which included illegally mailing explosives and the interstate transportation of explosives.

 

The charges also include making threats against former presidents, threatening interstate commerce and assaulting federal officers.

 

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Trump stickers cover US bomb suspect's van

Sending a warning to others, Mr Sessions said: "We will find you and we will prosecute you to the full extent of the law."

 

Mr Wray said the devices consisted of six inches of PVC pipe, a small clock, a battery, and "energetic material" that could give off "heat energy" in response to any heat or friction.

 

He said there could be more suspicious packages and urged people to remain vigilant.

Mr Wray said it was too early to discuss any possible motives and that officials were still investigating whether other people were involved in sending the packages.

 

According to court records, Sayoc - an amateur bodybuilder - has a string of arrests for theft and illegal steroids possession. In 2002, he was charged with making a bomb threat.

 

His social media accounts contain numerous posts denouncing Democrats and praising Mr Trump.

 

 

Trump, guns and abortion: Divided States of America

Why is the US more divided than it has been for decades?

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Trump: Pipe bombs are 'despicable'

His arrest came after police intercepted suspicious packages sent to Democrats Kamala Harris and Cory Booker, and the former director of national intelligence James Clapper.

 

Mr Sessions said: "Let this be a lesson to anyone regardless of their political beliefs that we will bring the full force of law against anyone who attempts to use threats, intimidation and outright violence to further an agenda."

In Florida, officers were seen examining and seizing a white van which had several stickers on its windows, including American flags, Republican logos, a photo of Mr Trump and one which read: "CNN sucks."

 

Following the arrest, speaking at an event for young black conservatives, Mr Trump said "we must never allow political violence take root in America", saying the country "must unify".

 

Earlier in the day the US president complained on Twitter that this "bomb stuff" had slowed momentum for the Republicans ahead of the US midterm elections, which are less than two weeks away.

"Republicans are doing so well in early voting, and at the polls, and now this 'Bomb' stuff happens and the momentum greatly slows - news not talking politics," he wrote. "Very unfortunate, what is going on. Republicans, go out and vote!"

 

Others sent suspicious packages include former vice president Joe Biden, billionaire philanthropist George Soros, and former CIA head John Brennan.

https://news.sky.com/story/us-pipe-bombs-suspect-cesar-sayoc-charged-after-fbi-finds-fingerprint-11536723

KaroA Posted on October 27, 2018 10:38

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Visa CEO: Crypto is Not a Big Threat But if Needed, We Will Support it

According to Al Kelly, the CEO of Visa, the company could support crypto in the future if the global market moves in the direction of embracing consensus currencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum.

 

In the short to mid-term, Kelly told Jim Cramer, the host of Mad Money, that cryptocurrencies as an asset class is not a threat to reserve currencies that serve as the basis of Visa’s products. But, he stated that as the adoption of cryptocurrencies improve in the years to come, Visa will facilitate the demand for the asset class.

“I think there has to be some market that it becomes somewhat like a fiat currency in order for us to be comfortable. If it goes in that direction, we will move in that direction. We want to be in the middle, Jim, of every payment flow in the world regardless of how it happens or what the currency is behind it. So if we have to go there, we will go there. But right now, it’s more of a commodity than a payment vehicle.”

 

In the Middle

Visa is the most influential credit card service company in the finance sector and is amongst the most profitable businesses in the market alongside Mastercard.

 

In the long-term, Kelly emphasized that Visa will eventually serve as a middleman to attract crypto users to send and receive digital assets with Visa on its platforms, by providing fees to the company.

However, by the time Visa would feel comfortable in integrating cryptocurrencies, which as the CEO described it as when the asset class is established utilized by the mainstream, cryptocurrencies would not require middlemen to process payments.

 

With non-custodial wallets and open-source platforms, users of cryptocurrencies can efficiently and securely transfer digital assets without paying additional fees on top of the trasnaction fee provided to the miners of the ecosystem.

 

Currently, due to the lack of merchant adoption, it is difficult for crypto users to compensate merchants to purchase simple products like coffee and food. A financial institution at the size of Visa could single-handedly increase the adoption of crypto amongst merchants in a large capacity.

 

But, the intent of Visa to target the cryptocurrency sector is to provide middleman services several years from now when cryptocurrencies are already accepted by merchants and being utilized as an alternative currency to reserve currencies like the US dollar.

 

Fidelity’s Big Bet

The time to support and experiment with cryptocurrencies is now, when it is experiencing exponential growth and is still at an early phase.

 

Years down the line, the cryptocurrency sector could heavily rely on decentralized systems and services, which even platforms within the market including Binance expect, as seen in the development of the Binance decentralized exchange.

Already, Fidelity, Goldman Sachs, and Citigroup have started to serve investors in the cryptocurrency market by seeing sufficient demand for the new asset class, while Visa, Morgan Stanley, and several other financial institutions remain cautious in entering the cryptocurrency market.

https://www.ccn.com/visa-ceo-crypto-is-not-a-big-threat-but-if-needed-we-will-support-it/

KaroA Posted on October 27, 2018 10:12

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Delaware Helps Catch British Hacker Holding Over $200k in Bitcoin

Recent news shows Delaware playing an important role in the capture of British hacker Grant West. U.K. Authorities caught West last year and recovered $700,000 worth of Bitcoin.

 

The Catch

According to a  report by Delawareonline, undercover U.K. officials caught West last year while he was traveling by train. West was convicted of fraud, in addition to other crimes.

 

Catching West “was the first time London Metropolitan Police arrested a cybercriminal” reports Delawarenewsonline. This case dates back to activity in 2015, with West hacking over 100 different companies.

The same report also uncovers the U.S. Secret Service of Delaware having a part in West’s capture. Roughly one year ago, Delaware helped British police uncover some of West’s stolen capital, finding an account with close to $217,000,000 of value in Bitcoin.

 

“Delaware for years has been the site of large numbers of government seizures of dollars from the bank accounts of suspected criminals because so many banks keep their central servers in the First State. Now, that has expanded to include bitcoin and other cryptocurrency”, reported Delawareonline.

 

Grant West – A Formidable Opponent

According to a report by CCN earlier this year, West – aka Courvoisier, hacked “websites of companies such as Sainsbury’s, Uber, Ladbrokes and others. After gaining access into the companies’ websites, he would then obtain personal information of customers for companies”.

 

West stole the private data of these companies’ clients, via phishing emails, and then proceeded to sell that information online.

A separate  report by Delawareonline explains that West was able to cover his tracks by storing his stolen funds in Bitcoin  and spreading them out into multiple wallets. During West’s capture, authorities were also able to apprehend his computer, which contained many of the pertinent passwords and information needed to access the stolen funds.

 

West had stolen private information from close to 165,000 different people, including specifics from 63,000 different payment cards, detailed one BBC  report.

 

One of West’s most notable scams were his phishing emails, disguised as emails from the popular online food service Just Eat. West’s efforts were so vast, that the judge on the case described West as “a one man cyber crime wave” according to BBC. West’s efforts led him to accrue the equivalent of over $2 million in cryptocurrency.

West was given 10 years and eight months in jail for his criminal activities, as stated by computing.co.uk.

 

The public continues to see repeated news of criminals apprehended in the cryptocurrency space this year. Chinese police arrested hackers guilty of $87 million in stolen crypto funds, stated by an August report from CCN. July also saw CCN reporting on Russian agents hacking emails, in hopes of Bitcoin keeping them anonymous.

https://www.ccn.com/delaware-helps-catch-british-hacker-holding-over-200k-in-bitcoin/

KaroA Posted on October 27, 2018 10:02

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North Korea Enablers in Singapore Operated Crypto Scams to Fund Regime: Report

Cybersecurity company Recorded Future has released a lengthy expose claiming that North Korea uses cryptocurrency to skirt U.S.-imposed economic sanctions alongside a shady network of collaborators and enablers in Singapore.

 

The company claims that in addition to mining coins like bitcoin and monero, North Korean leaders have also been involved in promoting cryptocurrency scams that have bilked investors around the world of millions of dollars.

 

North Korea’s Technology-Backed Evasion of Sanctions

North Korea’s use of cutting edge technology to get around the effects of economic sanctions imposed on Kim Jong Un’s regime is well documented. In September, CCN reported that Washington-based financial experts Lourdes Miranda and Ross Delston accused North Korea of using crypto mining and coin scams as means of generating revenue. Earlier this month, CCN also reported  that a notorious North Korean hacker group called “Lazarus” is responsible for the theft of more than $571 million in cryptocurrency.

 

The Recorded Future report claims that North Korean leaders mine bitcoin and monero at a relatively small scale, with the bulk of their efforts in the cryptocurrency space from the first quarter of 2018 to date now focused on exploiting growing worldwide crypto awareness for the purpose of launching investment scams. Two coins in particular are identified as North Korean scam projects, namely HOLD coin and Marine Chain.

HOLD Coin, also previously known as Interstellar, HUZU and Stellar (not to be confused with XLM) used a fraudulent staking scheme to collect investor money, having been variously listed and delisted across a number of exchanges before disappearing with all funds.

 

Marine Chain on the other hand, was part of a more sophisticated scam that runs right to the heart of the North Korean government’s ability to consistently diminish the effectiveness of UN-imposed economic sanctions that would ordinarily cripple the regime. Billed as a tokenisation framework for maritime vessels, an investigation by Recorded Future into Marine Chain revealed a complex network linked to Singapore with potentially far-reaching implications for cybersecurity in Southeast Asia.

 

The Singaporean Connection

According to information gleaned from LinkedIn, an advisor called HyoMong Choi and the CEO of Marine Chain, Captain Jonathan Foong Kah Keong are the key figres in Marince Chain’s fradulent activities. Capt. Foong reportedly has connections to Singaporean companies that facilitate North Korean activities designed to circumvent U.N. sanctions. Activities these companies have been involved in include manipulating flag registries for three countries to give prohibited North Korean vessels the ability to sail under flags of convenience.

 

This means that more than just being a run-of-the-mill cryptocurrency scammer, Capt. Foong is actually part of the key strategy employed by the North Korean regime to skirt sanctions that should ordinarily make it the most isolated regime on earth, and keep itself in power. The appearance of Capt. Foong in the context of North Korean crypto scams is significant of a wider pivot in the regime’s criminal activities as it looks to harness the possibilities presented by a new wave of technology including blockchain technology.

https://www.ccn.com/north-korea-enablers-in-singapore-operated-crypto-scams-to-fund-regime-report/

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Florida man to be charged over mail bombs; Booker, Clapper latest to be sent packages

Cesar Sayoc, Jr., 56, who officials say has been previously arrested on unspecified charges, is currently in custody.

 

Special Report: Trump makes remarks following pipe bomb arrest

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Oct. 26, 2018 / 1:55 PM GMT+1 / Updated 5:15 PM GMT+1

By Pete Williams and Elisha Fieldstadt

A man in Florida was taken into custody Friday and will be charged in connection with the series of bombs found this week addressed to critics of President Donald Trump, law enforcement officials said shortly after the latest two devices were found.

Cesar Sayoc, Jr., 56, who has been previously arrested on unspecified charges, is currently in custody, law enforcement officials said. DNA evidence played a role in the arrest, law enforcement told NBC News.

Investigators in the Plantation, Florida, parking lot where Sayoc was arrested could be seen placing a tarp over a van with windows covered with dozens of pictures of Trump and decals, one of which appeared to be a version of a presidential seal.

Authorities investigate a van belonging to the suspect in custody in Plantation, Florida.NBC News

Two more packages containing explosive devices were discovered Friday, one in Florida addressed to Sen. Cory Booker and another in New York addressed to former U.S. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, officials said.

The package addressed to Booker, D-N.J., was discovered at a postal facility in Opa-locka, Florida. On Thursday, investigators said they believed some of the packages may have passed through that mail sorting facility. The packages listed Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz's address in Sunrise, Florida, as the return address. Sunrise is adjacent to Plantation and less than 20 miles north of Opa-locka.

The package mailed to Clapper was addressed to CNN's New York offices, according to a picture obtained by NBC New York, and discovered at a postal facility in Midtown Manhattan.

Image obtained by WNBC of the package found at NYC post office on the morning of Oct. 26,2018.WNBC

The New York Police Department said Friday morning that they were responding to a possible device at the postal facility at 52nd St. and 8th Ave. in Manhattan, about six blocks away from the Time Warner Center, where CNN is located. The explosive device is the second to be addressed to news network this week.

Buildings near the post office, including a high school, had been evacuated.

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Police said later Friday morning that the package had been removed and would first go to an NYPD facility in the Bronx before it would be sent to the FBI's lab in Quantico.

 

On CNN, where Clapper works as a contributor, he called the series of mailed explosives "domestic terrorism."

"I think anyone who has in any way been a critic, publicly been a critic of President Trump needs to be on extra alert and take some cautions, precautions, particularly with respect to mail," he said.

Clapper stressed that he wasn't "suggesting a direct cause-and-effect relationship" between anything the president has said or done and the sending of the packages, but "I do think he bears some responsibility for the coarseness and un-civility of the dialogue in this country, and that he needs to remember that his words count."

After Friday's bombs were discovered, Trump tweeted, "Republicans are doing so well in early voting, and at the polls, and now this 'Bomb' stuff happens and the momentum greatly slows - news not talking politics. Very unfortunate, what is going on. Republicans, go out and vote!."

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters earlier that “the President is receiving constant information as it is available.”


Mail bombing targets:

  • Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
  • Former President Barack Obama
  • Former CIA Director John Brennan
  • Billionaire George Soros
  • Former Attorney General Eric Holder
  • Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif. (two )
  • Actor Robert De Niro
  • Former Vice President Joe Biden (two)
  • Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J.
  • Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper

A spokesman for Booker declined to comment and referred all questions to law enforcement.

The 10 previous packages, all of which contained pipe bombs, have been addressed to former Vice President Joe Biden, actor Robert De Niro, Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., former Attorney General Eric Holder, former CIA Director John Brennan, former President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

The package sent to Brennan was also addressed to CNN's offices in New York and led to an hours-long evacuation of the building Wednesday. Brennan does not work for CNN. He serves as an analyst for NBC News and MSNBC.

Both Biden and Waters received two packages. On Thursday, packages addressed to Biden and De Niro were discovered in Delaware and New York respectively.

At least some of the devices sent were flawed in varying ways and would not have exploded, investigators said Thursday. But it's unclear whether the deficiencies were intentional or the result of faulty construction, and officials urged the public to remain vigilant.

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10 Things A Woman Will Do Only When She’s Truly In Love

here are different types of love and as you go through relationships you learn to differentiate them. With some men you feeling yourself more like a friend with great benefits, while others treat you like a princess in constant need of attention. Men are different, women are different, so no wonder the relationships vary, too! But when you truly fall in love all that doesn’t really matter that much. The roles you play or the intricacies of your characters aren’t that important when your heart is filled with pure, agonizingly bright love. That’s when you start doing the most remarkable (and sometimes silly) things. Here are 10 things a woman will do only when she’s truly in love.

She becomes romantic in a cheesy way
You know how all those Valentine Day’s heart-shaped presents and date ideas for love birds used to make you cringe? Well, all of that changes once you fall deeply in love. Okay, maybe not all, but a considerable amount for sure. You start looking at things from a different perspective and sometimes you don’t mind getting all cheesy romantic, buying your boyfriend sweet little presents or surprising him with a romantic venue for your dinner. Guys get like that, too! Those romcoms aren’t based on fantasy alone.

She travels more because of his wanderlust
And vice versa! Yes, falling in love doesn’t mean that your personality changes. But it does a little bit, at least at first. You might be a home girl fond of spending quiet evenings with books, and then you meet this wonderful guy who’s really into adventure and suddenly you find yourself hiking somewhere in the mountains in full gear. Things like that happen all the time! And they’re not necessarily bad because you become more open to new opportunities and experiences with the person you truly care about.

She’ll learn to cook (or at least try to)
Cooking may not be your thing and it may remain totally not being your thing, but you’ll definitely have the urge to at least to try and cook something for your boyfriend. Taking care of your partner is one of the most basic relationship rules we start following on a subconscious level. We care about what he eats, how he sleeps, and whether he gets enough rest. It’s totally natural! But if your partner is a better cook than you, feel free to lend him your helping hands and not play the chef yourself.

She’ll move into his place
Moving in is a great game-changer at any stage of relationship. Both men and women like their own space and once you start living together there becomes naturally less of “I” and more of “Us”. This is an amazing thing and a next step in your relationship, but it can also be stressful for both you and your partner. That’s why if you’re willing to move in, it means that things have finally gotten serious.

She eats everything he makes
Your boyfriend might not be the greatest cook in the world, but he cares about you and makes all his food with love. That’s why you’ll gladly eat it even if it doesn’t taste like something made in a restaurant. This shows him that you really care and appreciate his efforts. This also means that you’re truly-madly-deeply in love!

She texts him all the time
It becomes so hard to stay away from each other that you continue your communication during the day with all those little Iloveyou’s and various casual stuff you feel like discussing at the moment. You probably used to think that such people were quite annoying, but now you are that person! And you think it’s the sweetest thing in the world to be able to talk to him even when he’s not around. Yep, that’s what true love does to a person.

She posts about him on social media
Yes, it may annoy some people, but you’ve gone past caring about that. You are in love and simply want to share it with the world. You post pictures, romantic photos, and even change your status on Facebook. It’s important to show that your life has changed and he is the exact reason of that change.

She starts thinking about the future together
Naturally, when you’re in love you feel like this could go on forever and there’s no reason in the world why it shouldn’t! You might not plan your future wedding (yet), but you already so into him that you want to travel together, try new things, eat new dishes, and, well, simply enjoy your life. Being truly in love makes you dwell on good things, which turns you into a really happy person in general.

She has the urge to try new things
New relationships mean new interests, hobbies, and possibilities. All those new experiences come into your life with that wonderful man you chose. Naturally, you get more curious and adventurous, although you may have been more reluctant to try new things before. He might offer you to take up a new hobby together and you’ll gladly agree because it promises to be so much fun.

She moves to another city for him
One of the biggest tests in relationship is when you don’t live in one city or, what’s even more challenging, one country. There just comes a point when you need to decide whether you try to maintain a long-distance relationship or you love him enough to change your whole life and move into a new place. Well, you boyfriend can do the same for you, it all comes down to which one of you is more flexible with work. If you find yourself willing to leave everything you know behind to go and be with him – this is definitely true love.

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Lost Tapes’ from Bill Clinton, Monica Lewinsky years reemerge in new documentary By Stephanie Nolasco | Fox News Facebook Twitter Flipboard Comments Print Email

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'Lost Tapes' from Clinton impeachment emerge in new Doc

A new documentary series by the Smithsonian Channel attempts to shed light on the jaw-dropping impeachment crisis that rocked the Bill Clinton presidency and made a White House intern one of the most talked-about women in the world.

Featuring never-before aired tapes with Clinton confidant Taylor Branch, “The Lost Tapes” is sure to reignite the 20-year-old watershed scandal.

 

Branch made the recordings on his drive home from the White House late at night after meeting with a frustrated Clinton.

The series utilizes recordings featuring Monica Lewinsky, then 22, first-hand audio tapes of many of those involved in the political soap opera, and rediscovered news footage.

Series producer Tom Jennings told Fox News the recordings offered a fresh perspective on how Lewinsky was suddenly thrust into the media spotlight at such a young age and quickly became a late-night punchline.

“I don’t think she coped with [the media scrutiny] very well,” said Jennings. “I don’t know if anybody would have had the skills to deal with what she was going through. She was derided by so many people for causing so much destruction, which was perceived as political destruction at the time.

“It’s odd to think about how young she was, how she became the most famous person in the world. How would anyone of us deal with becoming the most famous person in the world?”

President Bill Clinton shakes his finger as he denies improper behavior with Monica Lewinsky, in the White House Roosevelt Room. "I did not have sexual relations with that woman," Clinton said. First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton stands by her man.

As the documentary reminds us, in 1998 special prosecutor Kenneth Starr requested permission to widen the scope of his Whitewater investigation to include whether Clinton had lied under oath in his deposition for Paula Jones’ sexual harassment lawsuit. After a federal court dismissed Jones’ suit, her lawyers appealed and submitted a list of other alleged victims, including Lewinsky. Both Lewinsky and Clinton denied they had a sexual relationship, but the evidence indicated otherwise.

Starr then began to investigate the possibility that Clinton had committed perjury. After receiving immunity, Lewinsky turned over evidence of the affair, and Clinton admitted he indeed had inappropriate relations with her. The House of Representatives approved two articles of impeachment against Clinton. In 1999, the Senate acquitted Clinton on all charges and he was able to finish his term.

Lewinsky, who for years kept quiet about the relationship, came forward in February for a Vanity Fair essay in which she described her ordeal as “a living hell,” adding that the experience of being publicly outed and ostracized back then resulted in her being diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder. Lewinsky also shared that what transpired was not sexual assault, “although we now recognize that it constituted a gross abuse of power.”

Jennings suspected Lewinsky had no idea how much her reputation would be torn apart by the press if word of the affair was leaked, even during a time before social media. The Telegraph added the affair reportedly lasted “on and off” for two years.

“She was very young,” said Jennings. “Impressionable. She obviously had a lot of feelings for the president. I think she got swept up in things. You hear her being young and giddy in her descriptions of her feelings towards the president… And then the whole thing switches when Linda [Tripp] is basically being holed up… [by an ] investigatory committee. She’s telling Monica she’s not going perjure herself. And Monica realizes she’s in a very bad space. She goes from a young girl in a relationship to someone who’s extraordinarily panicked and thinks her world is going to come to an end. It’s fascinating to listen.”

Lewinsky moved to London in 2005 after struggling to find work and began working on her Master’s degree in social psychology at the London School of Economics, Time magazine reported.

Monica Lewinsky in 2016. (Reuters)

Lewinsky, 45, now serves as an anti-bullying advocate.

“Somehow she survived,” said Jennings. “And I think it’s a full circle journey for her… It appears that she’s trying to make a positive out of what she went through.”

As for Clinton, based on his conversations with Taylor Branch, Jennings believed he may have viewed the ongoing investigation as a “political witch hunt.”

“I don’t know if he used that exact phrase, but that’s my memory of what Taylor was saying that the president said,” explained Jennings. “That it’s politically motivated. There was one part of his description about what the president said about Paula Jones, that people had come along and given Paula Jones a makeover to make her appear more attractive. The president felt that was a part of that right-wing conspiracy… That it was part of a story being manipulated behind the scenes.

(2014 Getty Images)

“You get to hear through Taylor Branch’s words that point of view the president expressed. I would say in general the president was very frustrated about the process in what he discussed with Taylor Branch.”

Jennings said neither Lewinsky nor the Clintons have reached out to the Smithsonian Channel about the documentary being aired. He added Branch, who was interviewing Clinton for a possible book he was going to write, donated his tapes and papers to the University of North Carolina. The Smithsonian Channel was granted access to the tapes for their special.

“The network’s position is that this is living history and we are using primary sources to allow viewers to relive it,” said Jennings. “It’s like a time machine. There are no big surprises here, even with the Taylor Branch material. It’s just him commenting on what’s going on behind the scenes at the time. As far as I know, no one has reached out to the network.”

Earlier this month, Hillary Clinton stirred headlines when the former first lady told CBS’ “Sunday Morning” show that her husband’s affair with Lewinsky was not an abuse of power because the former intern “was an adult” at the time.

Hillary Clinton (AP)

Jennings hopes the documentary will give audiences a fresh perspective of what really occurred behind closed doors.

“I hope they’ll get a better understanding of what went on back then,” he said. “… History repeats itself and we have short memories.”

"The Lost Tapes: Clinton's Impeachment" premieres Oct. 29 at 9 p.m. on the Smithsonian Channel.

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Questions arise over politics, motivation of caravan organizers

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What can US do to stop migrant caravans?

As several thousand Central Americans and Mexicans continue to march toward the United States in the migrant caravan, more questions are being asked about how the effort was brought together, who is behind it, and what prompted the movement to this point just weeks before critical U.S. elections.

While some claim the caravan began organically, others argue opponents of President Donald Trump's immigration policy have played a key role in the movement, with the aim of embarrassing the U.S. administration, and its supporters in Central American countries like Honduras.

 

“This caravan was initially organized by Bartolo Fuentes, a known leftist activist and former member of the national Congress in 2013, representing the political party of deposed Honduras president Manuel Zelaya," Johan Obdola, president of Latin America-focused global intelligence and security firm IOSI, told Fox News. "Now, this is not new, but is the first time it gets a high level of international media attention. And the reasons are beyond the political.”

Obdola argued it's in the interest of Honduran opposition members like Zelaya to “actively create violent acts and destabilization in Honduras," and said the caravans are part of a plan to keep the region "in constant chaos." He also argued the former Honduran leader – who served as president from 2006 to 2009 – is closely allied with the Venezuelan regime of Nicolas Maduro, and questioned that conflict-riddled nation’s role in fostering mass migration in an effort to embarrass the current, pro-U.S. Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez.

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Honduras has been plagued by discord since its election last November of Hernandez, who defeated Zelaya. Many Zelaya supporters protested the results, claiming they were fixed in favor of a U.S-approved leader. The subsequent unrest has been cited as a key factor for Hondurans wanting to leave their country.

Fuentes, a former Zelaya government legislator and host of the migration-focused radio show “Without Borders,” is often characterized by Honduran government figures as a "coyote," or human trafficker. To others, he is a social activist. Fuentes himself last week was pulled from the main caravan group in Guatemala and deported back to Honduras.

Zelaya staunchly denied any link to the caravan, or any effort to push Hondurans toward the United States.

“This apocalyptic exodus is due to the disgraces that the people are living,” he told Fox News in an exclusive interview Thursday. “The caravan is a natural process of unity. It is self-summoned, and there is no organization assembling this quantity of immigrants in the country. It is a reaction from the people to the problems they are living in our countries.”

The former president also accused the U.S. of “maintaining a socialist dictatorship” in its support for the “illegitimate” Hernandez leadership, but denied any other governments – including Venezuela – were behind the caravan.

“No leftist government has come here to promote immigration to the U.S., nor has it financed it. No one needs to pay Honduras to leave. They leave voluntarily,” Zelaya continued, adding that while he has personally worked with Bartolo Fuentes in the past, immigration has long been his most important issue of advocacy.

“Fuentes has worked with the immigrant community for 20 to 30 years – well before entering politics – and that he receives no money for this work nor has he given out money to anyone,” Zelaya insisted.

The Honduras Embassy in Washington and Fuentes did not immediately respond to request for comment. Fuentes wrote on Facebook this week that the migrants are in need of basics like ointments for blisters, socks, shoes, diapers, and umbrellas. He thanked the help of pastors and churchgoers for food and other supplies.

While Fuentes had much to do with helping bring to life and expand the presence of the caravan, others contended he was not the first. Rather, social media platforms like Facebook and WhatsApp laid the first foundations that made it easy to draw in Hondurans looking for an easier path to the U.S.

“They had been unable to afford coyotes, so they viewed joining this caravan as their opportunity to flee turmoil in much of Central America,” said James Hyde, an analyst and member of the Electromagnetic Pulse Task Force on National and Homeland Security. “When Honduran TV picked up the posts and the reactions to it, the number of people swelled from hundreds to thousands.”

Hiring coyote smugglers for the perilous journey can cost up to $5,000, more than double what most Hondurans make in one year.

Central American migrants walking to the U.S. start their day departing Ciudad Hidalgo, Mexico, Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018. Despite Mexican efforts to stop them at the border, about 5,000 Central American migrants resumed their advance toward the U.S. border early Sunday in southern Mexico. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

Small groups started to talk among themselves about making a journey last month, sources said, while Fuentes got on-board to help mobilize the migrants – just as he had with another caravan in April – this time urging the group to meet up at the San Pedro Sula bus station.

“It’s very well-organized by those who started the social media campaign. It gained momentum when Bartolo Fuentes got involved and the movement stirred up lawyers group funded with dark money, who teach those headed north what to say for asylum,” Hyde said. “Joining the massive group is simple. People decide to cast away their current lives and jump into the opportunity to join.”

Word spread with media attention and a local news coverage. And soon Hondurans from across the country, who saw it as an opportunity to relocate cheaply and under the guise of “safety in numbers,” allowing them safe passage from dangerous drug cartels and smugglers along the dangerous roads.

Estimates on the size of the current caravan vary. And while there are signs the Mexican government is taking steps to better control or reduce the number of migrants, El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras seemed unwilling or unable to take much action. Some two-thirds of those in the caravan are Hondurans, according to estimates, with the remainder from other Central American countries and Mexico.

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The motivations for those in the group also vary. Many are seeking better economic opportunities. Others are members of persecuted groups who say they're unable to live safely and openly in their home countries. Some were previously deported from the U.S., and are trying to get back to family members who remained behind.

“For most of these people trying to reach the USA, and fleeing violence and poverty, they are the ones paying the highest price as many of them are victims of crime, torture and sexual abuse," said Obdola. “There are some humanitarian and social groups assisting the caravan along the way. Some with only a humanitarian interest, some with more of a political interest who see the USA and Trump as the enemy.”

Sources said the caravan is being supported and nourished in part by an array of Mexican church and human rights organizations, as well as locals on the streets.

“It’s a weird mishmash of people involved. Small amounts of money have been handed out, but it is not clear from who and where,” said one Mexico-based law enforcement source. “It isn’t a cartel operation and cartels aren’t involved. The cartels are very nervous about what is happening, the last thing they want is attention on the border which only makes their job harder.”

Some have strongly argued the issue should be viewed in humanitarian rather than national security concerns.

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“We need to focus on the human aspect of this and consider what is driving this migration; violence, corruption, economic limits or degradation, and the effect of climate change,” said Michael Scadden, Geopolitical Risk and Corporate Security Advisor specializing in Latin America. “Food and water security is a major factor in many migrants’ decisions to take the risk of this journey.”

A caravan migrant stops for a break in Mexico on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

Others contend that whatever the legitimate asylum claims of those in group, international law dictates caravans should not make it to the United States border.

“International law on asylum is that the asylum seeker is supposed to present themselves to the authorities of the first international border they reach upon fleeing their countries," said Dennis Santiago, a global risk and foreign policy analyst. "For Central Americans fleeing north from their governments, that country is Mexico; specifically, the southern border of Mexico.”

Santiago explained that Mexico, with aid from the international community, should have set up refugee camps at the borders to handle the migrant flow. That would have then triggered the involvement of the U.N. High Commission on Refugees (UNHCR).

"It is from these camps that other organizations such as the U.S. Office for Refugee Resettlement are supposed to process persons to qualify eligible refugees for movement from the camps to a third host nation,” he said.

Santiago also asserted the U.S., Mexico and the U.N. have the money and resources to support the refugee camps.

"We’re talking 1,500 people per caravan, which is a drop in the bucket compared to the 11 million Syrians, Kurds and Yazidis displaced in the Middle East,” he continued. “But most of these people are refusing to go into camps and process as refugees. Somebody’s giving them a better deal than the internationally sanctioned solution set. Instead, they are marching towards the U.S. border. Are these people really legitimate refugees from their own governments?”

Joseph Fallon, a research associate for the U.K. Defense Forum, also argued that “if fear of violence in their country was their primary motive, they could have traveled to neighboring Costa Rica.”

Central American migrants, part of a caravan trying to reach the U.S., cross the Suchiate River to avoid the border checkpoint in Ciudad Hidalgo, Mexico, October 20, 2018. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido 

Under pressure from the Trump administration, Mexican officials have been desperately urging caravan members to stay in Mexico and be processed there. Yet the vast majority have remained steadfast in their endeavor to get to the United States. Migrants in the past have complained that applying for asylum in Mexico is a demoralizing process, which can take more than a year, and even then routinely results in a rejection.

For the first time ever in 2016, Mexico deported double the number of Central Americans than did the United States. That has at least in part what has motivated many to head north.

Yet at least some of those seeking asylum also appear to have been "coached," according to several sources, and have memorized scripted stories that would make them more sympathetic to U.S. immigration officials.

Migrants bound for the U.S.-Mexico border wait on a bridge that stretches over the Suchiate River, connecting Guatemala and Mexico, in Tecun Uman, Guatemala, Friday, Oct. 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Oliver de Ros)

“Caravans didn’t exist before 2010. Trips are carefully planned and coached. Aliens removed do share their experiences back home and that presents lessons learned for a return trip for others planning their first run,” Gabriel Ruiz, a California border-based deportation officer with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), told Fox News. "Almost all have birth certificates and identity documents, but establishing the validity of those documents is time-consuming and difficult because a processing officer doesn’t have that sort of time to investigate identities in detail.”

Hollie McKay has a been a Fox News Digital staff reporter since 2007. She has extensively reported from war zones including Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Burma and investigates global conflicts, war crimes and terrorism around the world. Follow her on twitter and Instagram @holliesmckay

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Suspect arrested in Florida in connection with suspicious packages sent to Democrats

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Timeline: Suspicious packages to Democrats and media figures

A timeline on a number of suspicious packages sent to to Democrats and media figures.

A suspect was arrested in Florida on Friday morning in connection with the rash of suspicious packages sent to prominent Democrats nationwide, law enforcement sources confirmed to Fox News.

A news conference was set for 2:30 p.m. ET.

 

Federal authorities had been focusing on Florida as the location where the majority of packages originated.

“Some of the packages went through the mail,” Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen told Fox News. “They originated, some of them, from Florida. I am confident that this person or people will be brought to justice.”

Several of the packages went through a U.S. postal facility in Opa-locka, Florida. The Miami-Dade County Police Department confirmed Thursday it was helping federal agents who were at the facility as part of the ongoing investigation.

The USPS operates an innovative imaging system that photographs each piece of mail processed throughout the country. Investigators were likely relying on that system to pinpoint where some of the packages were mailed.

The FBI says the packages each consisted of a manila envelope with a bubble-wrap interior containing potentially destructive devices. The packages were addressed with a computer-printed address label and six stamps.

A government source told Fox News the stamps are being analyzed by the FBI in Quantico. The source also said the investigation had progressed “significantly” and that the FBI is reaching out to retailers to zero in on where the elements of the bombs were made and where they were sold.

The envelopes and packaging materials were being closely analyzed and likely contain a treasure trove of DNA information. Tiny bits of genetic material – traces of sweat, skin cells, saliva, hair or fingerprints – are typically used as a roadmap to the suspect’s door, investigators and bomb experts say.

Currently, the Washington, D.C., field office and the FBI headquarters have 24 teams in place and on the hunt for the culprit.

Forensic investigators at the FBI Laboratory in Quantico, Va., have been sifting through the packages addressed to former President Barack Obama, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, liberal billionaire George Soros, former Attorney General Eric Holder, former CIA Director John Brennan and California Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters.

The devices are thought to have been fashioned from crude, bomb-making designs widely available on the Internet. Authorities haven’t said whether the devices were built to explode and kill or simply sow fear.

Ryan Morris, founder of Tripwire Operation Group, a company that provides explosives training to law enforcement and military officials, called the devices “Mickey Mouse” bombs that were meant to be found. He told Fox News he believes the primary motive is fear. The packages were sent about two weeks ahead of the midterm elections.

Regardless, investigators are treating the devices as “live” explosives New York City Police Commissioner James O’Neill said.

Larry Johnson, a former head of criminal investigations for the U.S. Secret Service who also served as a special agent in charge of the presidential protective detail, agrees that bomb makers usually leave evidence – and their signature- behind.

“If there is a human involved, there is a high probability you’re going to get somewhere investigatively,” he told The Associated Press. “There will be no stone left unturned.”

Johnson believes it’s “highly likely” the person who built the bombs will have been previously flagged by law enforcement. The Secret Service maintains a wide database of groups and individuals who have made threats in the past against presidents or other top political leaders and activists via email, letters or on social media.

James Fitzgerald, a retired FBI profiler and forensic linguist who, in 1996, helped catch "Unabomber" Ted Kaczynski -- who killed 3 people and injured 23 in bombings between 1978 and 1995 -- told Fox News on Wednesday that the letter sent to John Brennan, the former director of the CIA and a staunch Trump critic, reminded him of something the Unabomber would send because of the amount of stamps used on the package.

“The linguist in me noticed that Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the last name is spelled missing a ‘c’ and John Brennan’s name is spelled missing an ‘n’ and that kind of surprised me and I have a feeling that was done on purpose to make this look like somebody who doesn’t really know who these people are and that it wasn’t an honest mistake. If he had this much anger and vitriol against these people, you would think he would know how to spell their names.

Fitzgerald said that “almost all bombers in the past have been single bombers”, but he added what stood out to past campaigns, including Kaczynski and Mark Conditt, the bomber who terrorized Austin, Texas, earlier this year, for the most part mailed their package bombs separately.

Fitzgerald also said further evidence may present itself.

“There may be some sort of a letter or social media aspect or video tape, or something equivalent to that comes in the mail, a DVD or whatever that claims responsibility for this, but we’re too early, this person had a point they had to make with these devices and quite frankly they’ve made it.”

Fran Townsend, former Homeland Security Advisor in the George W Bush administration, and now CBS News’s security analyst, said the bombs were “not a standard recipe”.

“He didn’t go on the internet and just pull down the standard Al Qaeda recipe which we’ve seen before, so he’s left his own signature, there’s something unique about the way this has been put together which will be very helpful for investigators," she told CBS News.

Fox News' Brooke Singman and Catherine Herridge contributed to this report

You can find Barnini Chakraborty on Twitter @Barnini.

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Luke Posted on October 26, 2018 15:24

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7 TV Stars Who Outgrew Their Show

In the career of every TV actor there comes a time when you have to ask the hard question: am I okay with living in this small pond or should I take a risk and swim into the ocean? Just like that small screen actors can become major players in an instant!

1. George Clooney “ER” (1994-2009)
Remember the days when young Clooney rocked his ER scrubs and flirted with the nurses? Me either, I was only 7 and didn’t care for all that medical mumbo-jumbo. ER was Clooney’s big break and opened a lot of doors for him, like “From Dusk Till Dawn”, “Ocean’s Eleven”, and, like it or not, “Batman and Robin”.

2. Will Smith “The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air” (1990-96)
Today you know Smith for his music, acting, directing, producing, and probably a line of sneakers… He’s a very busy boy! And, apparently, he’s always been the go-getter, ever since he blew up on “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.” While doing that show he managed to release three albums! So it’s no surprise that using his charisma and good looks, Will Smith easily entered the top tier with “Hancock”, “Independence Day” and “Men in Black”.

3. Jennifer Aniston “Friends” (1994-2004)
Did you know that if it wasn’t for a couple of romcoms (namely “Office Space” and “The Break-Up”), Rachel from Friends would probably still be a B-list actress? Talk about luck. Out of all 6 friends she’s the only one still actively taking roles in movies. That has to stand for something.

4. Donald Glover “Community” (2009-15)
Throughout the years Don Glover has had many roles, and even written quite a few scripts for “30 Rock”, but you probably know him best as either Troy form “Community”, or Childish Gambino the rapper. He started out as a writer, then got a role of Troy, then produced his own show “Atlanta”, and even won a Grammy for “Redbone”. Bravo, Donny!

5. Steve Carell “The Office” (2005-13)
Now, I’ve personally never watched the Office but Steve Carell is still my spirit animal. People like me who saw Carell “The 40-Year-Old Virgin”, immediately googled him, which drew more attention to the mockumentary. He’s juggled his TV and movie careers for 7 long years, and finally decided to go full in on the movies, like the Academy nominated “Foxcatcher”.

6. Jason Segel “How I Met Your Mother” (2005-14)
Most of TV actors keep it nice and simple, milking their show for as long as possible. “How I met Your Mother” lasted for 9 long years, and aside from Neil Patrick Harris, only Jason Segel has made a name for himself. After a few years on the show Jason wrote and starred in his own movie, which by the way, got an 85% on RT! “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” showed the Hollywood he was quite bankable.

7. Chris Pratt “Parks and Recreation” (2009-15)
Everyone loves Chris Pratt now because of his breakout roles in Guardians of the Galaxy and Jurassic World, but nothing will replace the dorky, lovable Andy Dwyer from “Parks and Recreation”. I’m telling you, his career is only just starting to blossom. Expect no less than a dozen more billion-dollar hits for this bad boy!

https://brainberries.co/movietv/7-tv-stars-who-outgrew-their-show/3/

ruby Posted on October 26, 2018 15:01

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European Crypto Mining Firm Bitfury Considers Going Public

Blockchain technology company Bitfury is considering a potential Initial Public Offering (IPO), which could reportedly become the first major public listing in the crypto industry in Europe, Bloomberg reported Oct. 25.

People familiar with the matter reportedly told Bloomberg that Bitfury is examining a range of options including raising debt financing or selling a minority stake. Should Bitfury go public in the following two years, its value could reach from $3 billion to $5 billion. However, the numbers could change depending on the markets and the health of the industry, purported sources told Bloomberg.

Bitfury has reportedly contacted global investment banks ahead of a potential IPO in London, Amsterdam, or Hong Kong next year.

Bitfury was founded in 2011 and is recognized as the largest non-Chinese company that develops Bitcoin (BTC) blockchain software and provides infrastructure for BTC mining. The company also developed a more efficient algorithm for routing on the Lightning network called Flare, which operates as a secure off-chain channel for faster transactions with less commissions.

Last month, Bitfury launched a new generation of its BTC mining hardware based on an Application-Specific Integrated Circuit (ASIC) chip, Bitfury Clarke. The chip is sold individually in addition to being integrated into Bitfury’s other BTC mining hardware. Bitfury is planning to implement the new ASIC in its mining centers in Canada, Iceland, Georgia, and Norway, where the company received governmental approval in March.

In July, Toronto-based BTC mining company Hut 8 announced the completion of its second mining facility in Canada, claiming to have become the world’s “largest publicly-traded” operator by capacity. The project was launched through a partnership with BitFury, which provided the company access to mining hardware and other necessities.https://blog.cofredcoin.com/2018/10/26/european-crypto-…ers-going-public/

Dominic Solomon Posted on October 26, 2018 14:23

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CIA director briefs president on audio purportedly capturing the killing of Jamal Khashoggi

By: Karen DeYoung, Tamer El-Ghobashy, Kareem Fahim

CIA Director Gina Haspel briefed President Trump on Thursday about her trip this week to Turkey, where she listened to audio purportedly capturing the killing of Jamal Khashoggi, as Saudi Arabia appeared to acknowledge that its agents had murdered the dissident Saudi journalist in a “premeditated” operation.

A statement issued by the public prosecutor in Riyadh, citing shared Turkish evidence of premeditation, marked the latest reversal in the Saudi version of events and put the focus directly on the question of who ordered Khashoggi’s death.

U.S. intelligence officials and lawmakers have said that the killing, in a foreign country, of a critic of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was unlikely to have taken place without the knowledge of the kingdom’s most senior leaders.

Khashoggi was last seen entering the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2. Saudi authorities, who insisted for weeks that he had left the building after a meeting and that they had no information on his whereabouts, said Saturday that their investigators had determined he was accidentally killed there during a brawl with Saudi agents. The authorities said the agents were there to discuss his desire to return to the kingdom, but offered no indication of who had sent them.

The Saturday statement said that 18 unnamed Saudis had been arrested and that five senior officials had been fired. It also said that a high-level committee to restructure Saudi intelligence agencies — headed by Mohammed — had been formed and that a joint Turkish-Saudi investigation into Khashoggi’s death was underway.

Mohammed and his father, King Salman, have both repeatedly assured Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who traveled to Saudi Arabia last week, that they had no knowledge of a plot to kill Khashoggi.

Trump initially described the Saudi explanation Saturday as credible. But in recent days he has expressed doubt, calling it “the worst coverup ever,” although he has not directly pointed the finger at the Saudi leadership. Instead, Pompeo announced that visas held by the arrested Saudis were being revoked, and the White House on Monday dispatched Haspel to Turkey.

On Tuesday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said publicly for the first time that there was evidence the killing had been “planned” — presumably including the audio reportedly recorded inside the consulate by Turkish intelligence.

The recording is the central piece of evidence Turkey has used to assert that the killing was planned. After listening to it and talking with Turkish officials, Haspel returned to Washington. The White House declined to provide details of her Thursday briefing, saying only that she had informed the president on her “findings and discussions.”

The briefing, which the State Department said Pompeo attended, coincided with the new statement by the Saudi prosecutor, which appeared designed at least in part to jump ahead of any conclusions the administration might draw from the new information.

Egyptian politician Ayman Nour talks to the media as friends of Jamal Khashoggi hold posters and banners with his pictures during a demonstration outside the Saudi Arabia consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, on Oct. 25.

The Saudi statement said that the preliminary results of the joint investigation with Turkey had yielded “information from the Turkish side . . . suggesting that suspects in the incident had committed their act with a premeditated intention.” A translation of the statement, published in Arabic, was provided by the Saudi Embassy in Washington.

“The public prosecution continues its investigations with the accused in light of the information it has received and the results of its investigations to clarify the facts and complete the course of justice,” the translated statement said.

It was not immediately clear how Haspel’s report and the announcement from Riyadh would affect the administration’s thinking amid bipartisan demands from Congress for severe punishment of Saudi Arabia — the nation at the center of Trump’s Middle East policy. Trump has publicly resisted calls to end weapons sales to the Saudis, the world’s largest purchaser of U.S. defense equipment, saying that it would cost American jobs.

But the succession of events this week has underscored the rapidly mounting pressures on Saudi Arabia to fully illuminate Khashoggi’s killing, amid increasing global skepticism.

U.S. and foreign officials and experts with knowledge of the kingdom have said that such an operation was virtually unthinkable without the knowledge and approval of the highest levels of the Saudi government, particularly the powerful and ambitious crown prince. But Salman’s appointment of Mohammed to head the committee revamping the intelligence apparatus, and the prince’s appearance this week to host global government and industry leaders at a Riyadh investment conference, has all but ended speculation that his position was threatened.

Appearing at the conference Wednesday, Mohammed called the journalist’s killing “a heinous crime.”

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman speaks during a session of the Future Investment Initiative conference in Riyadh on Wednesday. (Saudi Royal Palace/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock)

In another sign that the kingdom is seeking to contain the widespread fallout, Salah Khashoggi, the eldest son of Jamal Khashoggi, has left Saudi Arabia, two people close to the family said Thursday. The son, a dual U.S.-Saudi citizen who was photographed receiving condolences from Salman and Mohammed on Tuesday, had previously been restricted from leaving.

Salah Khashoggi was headed to the United States to join his three siblings, who are already here, according to one of the people. 

The photos and video footage of him meeting with the king and crown prince were released by the Saudi government in an apparent effort to showcase their sympathy. Instead, the images elicited scorn on social media, with critics accusing the leaders of exploiting a grieving son.

State Department deputy spokesman Robert J. Palladino told reporters that “we made it clear that we wanted him to be able to return [to the United States], and are pleased that he’s been able to do what he so desires.” Asked if the son had faced obstacles in leaving Saudi Arabia, Palladino said he was “not aware” of any.

Jamal Khashoggi, 59, was a contributing columnist for The Washington Post who was living in Virginia after leaving Saudi Arabia because of fear about his safety. He had been planning to settle in Istanbul and marry his Turkish fiancee when he was detained and killed in the Saudi Consulate.

In this photo released by Saudi Press Agency, SPA, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, right, shakes hands with Salah Khashoggi, a son, of Jamal Khashoggi, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on Oct. 23.

Also Thursday, the European Union issued a fresh condemnation of Khashoggi’s killing and reiterated its skepticism that it could have been carried out without Mohammed’s knowledge.

The European Parliament passed a nonbinding resolution urging a European Union-wide arms embargo on Saudi Arabia in response. The resolution came several days after Germany became the first Western government to suspend arms sales to Saudi Arabia, the world’s largest arms importer.

French President Emmanuel Macron and British Prime Minister Theresa May both spoke via telephone with Salman, according to a statement issued by the Saudi Foreign Ministry late Thursday, hours after the European Parliament’s resolution passed.

According to an Elysee Palace readout of the conversation, Macron pressed the Saudi king for more clarity on what happened to Khashoggi and told him France considers freedom of expression and freedom of the press an “essential priority.”

But Britain and France have both stopped short of suspending arms sales to the desert kingdom.

European Parliament members vote on a motion on the killing of Khashoggi in Strasbourg, France, on Thursday. (Jean-Francois Badias/AP)

Through a steady stream of leaks to Turkish and foreign media outlets, Turkish officials have mounted a compelling case that the Saudi agents planned all along to kill Khashoggi, dismember him and dispose of his remains. The Turks have identified a Saudi forensics specialist who is an expert in mobile autopsies and traveled to Istanbul the day Khashoggi was planning to visit the consulate. They also photographed Saudi diplomatic vehicles scouting wooded areas in the days before Khashoggi disappeared.

In addition, the leaks have featured surveillance pictures of a Saudi agent wearing Khashoggi’s clothes and a fake beard and leaving the consulate, in what appears to be an orchestrated bid to fool investigators into thinking the journalist had safely left the diplomatic mission, as the Saudis initially claimed.

Although the Turks have mounted an extensive search of the consulate and other areas in Istanbul, they have released no information indicating his remains have been found.

El-Ghobashy and Fahim reported from Istanbul. John Hudson and Josh Dawsey in Washington, James McAuley in Paris and Quentin Ariès in Brussels contributed to this report.

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A still image taken from CCTV video and obtained by A News claims to show Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi and his fiancee entering their residence on the day he disappeared in Istanbul, Turkey, on Oct. 2.

President Donald Trump talks to reporters about the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Turkey during a bill signing ceremony at the White House in Washington, on Oct. 23.

Led by activist Medea Benjamin (C), about 17 protesters from Code Pink: Women for Peace demonstrate against U.S. involvement in the Saudi-led war in Yemen in the offices of Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI) in the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill Oct. 22, in Washington, DC. Sparked by the apparent murder of Saudi dissident and Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, the Code Pink activists called on senators to support Senate Joint Resolution 54, war powers legislation that would end U.S. support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen.

Protesters with the group Code Pink march outside the White House in the wake of the disappearance of Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi on Oct. 19, in Washington, DC.

 

Sources: https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/saudi-arabia-says-khashoggis-killing-was-premeditated-in-latest-reversal/2018/10/25/d517f406-d7c4-11e8-8384-bcc5492fef49_story.html?utm_term=.b28a17bf83de

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joewalash Posted on October 26, 2018 13:18

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Inside the bookshops and libraries of Scotland

Scotland in Books is a photographic survey of second-hand bookshops, libraries, and private collections across Scotland by photographer Celeste Noche. In an increasingly digital age, the series documents the importance of the physical book - how people continue to make space for books, and conversely, how books create space for people.

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The front desk at Voltaire and Rousseau in Glasgow, where books overflow from shelves into piles on the ground around the shop. The owner, Eddie McGonigle, sits behind the counter while the shop cat, BB, sleeps.

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A 16th century book on palm reading at Innerpeffray Library, Scotland's oldest free, public lending library, founded in 1680. Although the library no longer lends out books, all books are available for viewing to the public and the Borrowers' Register holds a complete record of the locals who have borrowed from the library since its opening.

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David Buchan stands in front of his free lending library in Kinnesswood, Perth and Kinross.Upon learning that BT was decommissioning the phone box, he adopted it for £1 through the local council and converted it into a book exchange.

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Volunteers Julie (left) and Houida (right), with volunteer co-ordinator Gabrielle Macbeth (centre) at the Glasgow Women's Library which specialises in books, music, and art by and about women. A total of 30 libraries closed in Scotland last year, up from 15 the year before.

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The libraries at Haddo House (above) and Castle Fraser (below), properties owned by the National Trust for Scotland. Some of the country's oldest formerly private libraries have been preserved through the National Trust and are available for public viewing and tours.

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Booksellers Ian and Joyce Cochrane perform in their shop, Old Bank Bookshop in Wigtown.

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This year, Wigtown celebrates 20 years as Scotland's national book town. It is home to more than a dozen bookshops and its annual literary festival generates an estimated £3m for the regional economy each year.

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On the Isle of Skye, Celeste Noche fell upon Gilleasbuig Ferguson Books by way of a small sandwich board on the side of the road.

The bookshop itself is a bothy next to Ferguson's home, where he houses his collection of Gaelic, Highland, and antiquarian books. Here, his daughter Peggy reads a Gaelic children's book on the steps of Ferguson's bothy on the banks of Loch Snizort.

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Leakey's Bookshop in Inverness is based in a former cathedral.

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Mobile libraries play a critical role in the Outer Hebrides.

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jmparker Posted on October 26, 2018 13:09

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