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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

ruby Posted on November 21, 2018 13:36

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7 Reasons Why You Should Sleep On Your Left Side

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ruby Posted on November 21, 2018 13:20

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Manchester United fixtures

The next five for the Red Devils…

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

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

Dec 1: Southampton v Man Utd (Premier League)

Dec 5: Man Utd v Arsenal (Premier League)

Dec 8: Man Utd v Fulham (Premier League)

jmparker Posted on November 21, 2018 13:12

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

Goyard Saint Louis

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

Gucci Soho Small Leather Disco Bag

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

Chanel Caviar Single Flap Bag

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

Kate Spade Cameron Street Jensen

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

MCM Reversible Liz Shopper in Visetos

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

Longchamp Le Pliage Neo Nylon Tote

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

Tory Burch Ella Tote

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

Versace Palazzo Empire

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

Hermès Birkin

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

Prada Promenade Saffiano Leather Bag

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

ruby Posted on November 21, 2018 13:11

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

jmparker Posted on November 21, 2018 13:08

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ruby Posted on November 21, 2018 12:57

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ruby Posted on November 21, 2018 12:41

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

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


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

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

Trek through a National Park

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

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

Sweeping views from the cliffs

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

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

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

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

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

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


ruby Posted on November 21, 2018 11:14

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

jmparker Posted on November 21, 2018 11:12

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Fake 'Durex' factory recycling USED CONDOMS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

jmparker Posted on November 21, 2018 11:05

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Sexiest nightwear EVER?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wondering what other style is trending this winter?

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

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

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

jmparker Posted on November 21, 2018 11:00

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ruby Posted on November 21, 2018 10:56

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“Filth that is,” one supporter said. 

Another commented: “Great finish.”

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

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

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

And a fourth added: “Goalanke!”

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

jmparker Posted on November 21, 2018 10:48

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

jmparker Posted on November 21, 2018 10:43

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

jmparker Posted on November 21, 2018 10:36

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

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

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

Lucha bosses called an ambulance which ferried Cuervo for hospital. 

He was knocked unconscious by the initial blow.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

"Cuervo was knocked out, regained consciousness quickly after.

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

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

jmparker Posted on November 21, 2018 10:28

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Is James Hewitt Prince Harry’s dad?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(Pic: GETTY)

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

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

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

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

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

(Pic: GETTY)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


jmparker Posted on November 21, 2018 10:17

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JFK murdered 'by Mafia boss'

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Carlos Marcello died aged 83 in his family home.

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

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

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

jmparker Posted on November 21, 2018 10:04

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ruby Posted on November 21, 2018 08:53

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Shopping centre apologises for 'polar bear sex' Christmas display

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

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

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

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

"Much better than the John Lewis ad." 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ruby Posted on November 21, 2018 08:36

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ruby Posted on November 20, 2018 15:14

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Are defenders football's least appreciated players?

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

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

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

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

'The celebrity nature of football'

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

'No chance to show how good you are'

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

And he's not alone.

'Less of a place for hard men'

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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ruby Posted on November 20, 2018 15:04

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

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

The Twins’ Early Arrival

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

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

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

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

What exactly were the strangers saying?

Everyone Said The Same Thing: They Should Be Models!

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

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

Modeling Was Too Much To Juggle With Three Kids

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

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

Leading A Normal Life

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

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

What Do The Girls Want?

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

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

Waiting For The Right Moment

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

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

Lucky Number Seven

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

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

Giving The Girls The Idea

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

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

How do you think the girls responded?

Ready For Action

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

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

And The Modeling Kicks Off Again

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

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

Starting Off Slow

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

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

Some Wrinkles To Iron Out

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

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

Getting Back With An Agency

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

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

The Double Agency Dilemma

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

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

Social Media Explosion

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

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

Jaqi’s Instagram Learning Curve

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

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

Why 2017 Was Their Year

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

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

All In The Family

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

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

Job Offers Everywhere

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

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

The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

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

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

One of The Hardest Challenges

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

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

Finding The Right Guidance

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

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

Trying To Ignore The Negativity

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

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

“They Look Sad”

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

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

Stance On Makeup

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

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


ruby Posted on November 20, 2018 13:25

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

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





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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

England are enjoying their football again (Pic: GETTY)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

jmparker Posted on November 20, 2018 12:56

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ruby Posted on November 20, 2018 12:56

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N’Golo Kante to Man Utd

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


jmparker Posted on November 20, 2018 12:49

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“The team showed character. We kept going.

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

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

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


jmparker Posted on November 20, 2018 12:46

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In the piece, Lee wrote:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

jmparker Posted on November 20, 2018 12:26

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Even Bette Midler wasn't holding anything back.

This GOP tweet has aged well.

View image on Twitter

ruby Posted on November 20, 2018 11:57

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I'm not a disrespectful type of person.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ruby Posted on November 20, 2018 11:47

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Gunman 'kills girlfriend and cop'

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

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

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

The dead police officer has been named as Samuel Jimenez.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


HOSPITAL: The gunman reportedly shot his girlfriend outside before storming the hospital (Pic: NBC)

CHICAGO PD: Local sources are reporting the gunman is dead (Pic: NBC)

She hasn't been named.

One of the nearby high schools was locked down during the incident as cops maintained a “tight perimeter”.

All pedestrians and all vehicles were told to stay away from the hospital, as reporters were moved back from the cordon. 

Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi‏ said: "Reports of multiple victims from incident at 26th and Michigan. Please avoid area.

"Officers are doing a methodical search of Mercy hospital. At least one possible offender is shot. Please avoid the area."

jmparker Posted on November 20, 2018 11:42

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Military Official Worries Terrorism Could Spill into Liberia


The acting Sergeant Major for Armed Forces Liberia says he is concerned about terrorists in neighboring countries spilling into his homeland.

Speaking in an exclusive interview with VOA, Command Sgt. Maj. Karmoh Duke Freeman said the "worrisome" terrorism developments outside Liberia must be deterred with additional forces.

"We asked our partners to get involved immediately so that we'll curtail the situation," Freeman said, "because we need more than what we have at our border points."

The Liberian army of about 2,000 was built "from scratch," Freeman explained, after the Second Liberian Civil War ended in 2003.

The U.N. peacekeeping mission that helped develop Liberia's military formally withdrew earlier this year, potentially leaving the nation vulnerable to threats.

Freeman recommended routine military patrols around the border, along with recruitment expansions for military, police and immigration officers.

FILE - U.S marines disembark upon their arrival at the Roberts International airport in Monrovia, Liberia, Oct. 9, 2014.

Liberia also receives support from the United States and African countries such as Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Ghana and Benin.

"We're there to help coach, teach, assist, advise and let them know we have their back. We're not going away. We're going to be there even in crisis," U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Michael Stone, the commanding general for the Michigan National Guard's military police, told a small group of reporters Friday at the Pentagon.

Michigan National Guard has partnered with Liberian forces since 2009, as part of the National Guard's State Partnership Program.

The state has sent over military police to conduct specialized training, as well as provided engineers for construction. National Guardsmen teach critical military skills like marksmanship, Stone said, but they also go a step further, providing Liberian forces with the knowledge of how to transport a unit to a range and run a range properly.

He added that Liberia's forces have come a long way since the Michigan-Liberia partnership began, growing from a force of a couple of hundred to a couple of thousand. Liberia's military's commander was not even a Liberian until 2014.

"They weren't professional enough, and there was such a fear because of the civil war, there was such a distrust … that they took a while to get a professional military where a Liberian officer could be vetted, trained, and have enough respect where the president was comfortable," Stone explained.

While Freeman describes the Liberian military as an "offspring" of the U.S. military, the Chinese military is spreading influence in the country via contributions in logistics support. The acting command sergeant major conceded that China was a logistics "partner" and educator, but denied the Liberian military was cooperating further.

"No, we don't work with the Chinese military," Freeman said. "We need the American military most."

Stone said the Chinese and the U.S. have very different approaches in Liberia, with the Chinese focusing on economic connections, while the Americans focus on personal connections.

"They'll [the Chinese] offer economic assistance to build something, but there's no sustainment model. There's no ongoing relationship," he said.

sarah Posted on November 20, 2018 11:37

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Domino’s launches new CHEESEBURGER pizza across UK – would YOU try it?

DOMINO’S has rolled out a bizarre new cheeseburger pizza across the UK.

The mash-up comes with the best bits of a classic cheeseburger – cheese, beef, tomato, onions and gherkins.

The cheeseburger and pizza hybrid comes on top of the pizzamaker’s vine-ripened tomato sauce and freshly handmade dough.

Ian Straughan, official cheeseburger pizza spokesman, told Daily Star Online: “Pizza is the most popular food in the world, and the cheeseburger isn’t far behind.

“This is clearly a match made in heaven.

“The Cheeseburger pizza combines the wondrous flavours of 100% mozzarella and freshly seasoned beef with the unrivalled taste of Domino’s.

“What’s not to love?”

Domino’s launched its new dish across the UK and Ireland on Monday.

A medium pizza for sharing costs £16.99 and will be included in various deals including Two for Tuesday tomorrow.

YUM: Insiders described the mash-up as a 'match made in heaven' (Pic: DOMINO'S)

Daily Star Online previously reported how the pizza giant took on an extra 3,000 staff ahead of the World Cup.

Bosses took advantage of football fever by adding “The Meatfielder” pizza to its menu.

The World Cup special consisted of pepperoni, ham, chorizo, pork meatballs, smoked bacon, and Domino's secret sauce.

Figures show pizza fans were ordering six pizzas a second across the UK during the tournament - with over 60million slices eaten.

jmparker Posted on November 20, 2018 11:33

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Stormy Daniels blames conservative opposition to sex education for abortions and STIs

Stormy Daniels, who is currently embroiled in a legal dispute with president Donald Trump relating to an alleged affair, has blasted the state of America’s sex education in a speech to the Oxford Union. Because 2018 wasn’t weird enough already.

The adult film actress—real name Stephanie Clifford— cited a lack of advice as a reason why so many young people fall pregnant accidentally or contract sexually transmitted infections.

She said that people who stand in the way of an “open and well-rounded sex education” are “fuelling the very social problems they say they are trying to prevent”.

Daniels was speaking at an event entitled “Sex, Guns and Other Fluff: How Porn Can Set You Free”.

She continued:

Don't want abortions? Then help prevent unwanted pregnancies by teaching young people about their bodies in an honest, open and shame-free way.

As a matter of fact, open, factual discussion about sex is the best way to prevent a whole bunch of social problems: STDs, assault, sexual dysfunction. Maybe [even] having Donald Trump as president.

I support freedom of religion. But I think there are ways to do it...Maybe just stick to medical facts. Like hey, if you don’t put a condom on you could make a human that you have to feed for a very long time.

The porn star also criticised society for considering sex more controversial than violence.

At a mainstream movie theatre we can watch every other aspect of life including gruesome, violent death, but sex is the one thing too taboo to even talk about?

Children know how their grandfathers were brutally killed in the war, but still think their baby sister was brought by a stork. What the f**k?

Daniels also discussed her attorney Michael Avenatti, who faces domestic violence allegations. She said if the allegations turn out to be true, she will seek alternative representation.

ruby Posted on November 20, 2018 11:33

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Police officer among 4 dead in 'horrific' Chicago hospital shooting


 CHICAGO – A Chicago police officer and two hospital workers were killed Monday by a gunman who carried out a grisly assault at a city hospital.

               Police identified the fallen officer as Samuel Jimenez, a young cop with less than two years with the department. Hospital officials said emergency room doctor Tamara O'Neal and first-year pharmacy resident Dayna Less were the other victims in the afternoon shooting at Mercy Hospital on the city's South Side. The shooter, who has not been identified, also was killed in the incident. He was previously engaged to O'Neal, according to family members who spoke with reporters.

            Mayor Rahm Emanuel called it a devastating moment for a city that for years has endured daunting levels of gun violence. It was a bleak end to a day that started with the city celebrating the graduation of the newest class of 88 police officers and the promotion of 275 newly-minted detectives, sergeants, lieutenants, evidence technicians and field training officers.

           “The city of Chicago lost a doctor, a pharmaceutical assistant, and a police officer all going about their day, all doing what they love,” Emanuel said. “This tears at the soul of our city.”The top prosecutor for the Chicago area, Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx, called the violence at the hospital senseless.

       “The violence that occurred today at Mercy Hospital is horrific,” Foxx said on Twitter. “The County mourns the victims who lost their lives, including CPD Officer Samuel Jimenez for making the ultimate sacrifice to save the lives of others. May we uplift the families of those harmed and our city.”

Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said the incident was spurred by a domestic altercation that started outside the hospital between the gunman and O'Neal.

An acquaintance of O'Neal arrived at the scene, and the gunman lifted his shirt, displaying a handgun before shooting at O'Neal, Johnson said.

Johnson said the gunman, who was armed with a lone handgun, also fired shots at officers who had arrived at the scene and struck their squad car before running into the hospital. Additional officers arrived at the scene and engaged the gunman for several minutes inside the hospital.

Less, the pharmacy resident, was shot as she walked out off an elevator, Johnson said. 

"That woman got off an elevator and was shot, why?" Johnson asked.

Patrick Connor, who is head emergency medicine at Mercy, said O'Neal, 38, who grew up in nearby Portage, Indiana, was "simply one of the most fascinating, hard working people." Less, a recent graduate from Purdue University, had been at the hospital since July, Connor said.

Johnson said it was not clear if the gunman was killed by police gunfire or a self-inflicted wound.

Steven Mixon, an emergency room clerk, told the Chicago Tribune that he was waiting outside the hospital for an Uber when he saw O'Neal “being harassed by some gentleman." He said she waved to him to come to her.

Mixon said he didn't make it to her before the gunman began shooting. 

“I guess it wasn’t my time to go because if I had made it to her, I would have been dead too,” Mixon said.

Jimenez, who was married and a father of three, had just ended his required probationary term with the department.

Another officer was hit by a bullet in his holster during the chaotic exchange but was not seriously injured, police said.

Kevin Graham, president of Chicago’s Fraternal Order of Police union, praised the fallen officer.

“Today, the Fraternal Order of Police lost a valued brother — a courageous police officer who got up this morning, went to work and wanted to protect the city of Chicago,” Graham said. “He did just that, but he did so with his life.”

Johnson said he was certain the police’s quick response saved many lives. Jimenez and his partner were not assigned to the call but responded anyway.

“There is no doubt in my mind that all those officers who responded are heroes,” Johnson said.

Steven White, a patient at the hospital who had been waiting to be discharged, said the shooting started near the emergency room entrance.

“It was, 'Pow, pow, pow,' '' said White, who was treated for dehydration at the hospital.

White said he could see through the window the woman lying on the ground.

"You see stuff like this on TV, but to see someone so coldhearted,” White said. “It was like he had no remorse.”

The gunman ran into the building, and a police officer chased him. As bystanders took cover, White said, he heard the gunman fire at least six shots.

          Pharmacist Joan Fortune said she and colleagues were talking to a patient near the emergency room entrance when the gunfire erupted.

A technician immediately pulled down security shutters and barricaded several people in their work area, Fortune said.

“We heard more gunshots and arguing,'' Fortune said. “We stayed barricaded for about 30 minutes until the police (arrived), and we ran out a back (exit).”

Monique Hubbard, a technician in the pharmacy, said she heard several gunshots before and after she and others barricaded themselves.

“At one point, we could hear him shake the security shutters,” Hubbard said.

Mercy Hospital officials said that employees went through an active shooter drill just last month. 

"A hospital should be a safe place," Connor said. "Every shooting in America is a tragedy. It is a national tragedy. It is especially senseless when a shooting occurs in the healing space of a hospital."

Chicago recorded 762 murders in 2016 and 650 in 2017. The city had recorded 488 murders for 2018 as of Nov. 11, more than any other U.S. city but an 18 percent decline from last year.

Jimenez was the second Chicago Police officer to be slain in the city in 2018, and the 48th officer shot and killed in the line of duty across the country this year,  according to the Officer Down Memorial Page, which tracks such deaths.

             In February, Cmdr. Paul Bauer, a veteran of more than three decades in the Chicago force, was fatally shot while confronting a man who had run from police officers, during an incident in downtown Chicago.

Mercy Hospital and Medical Center is a 292-bed surgical Catholic teaching hospital that was established in 1852. 

sarah Posted on November 20, 2018 11:32

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EastEnders' Kat Slater DEAD after Albert Square crash?

KAT Moon isn't have the best of times on EastEnders.

Last week on EastEndersKat (Jessie Wallace) was reunited with ex Alfie Moon (Shane Richie).

Things didn't go well for Kat though, as Alfie told her he wouldn't be letting her see their kids.

Last night, she was still reeling from the snub and downed some vodka at the Queen Vic.

It looks like that was just the start of a downward spiral, as Kat's troubles continue next week.

The fan-favourite will cause a road accident after she hits an old man on her moped and knocks herself out.

Kat is feeling the pressure trying to memorise roads and routes so she can become a black cab driver.

She goes off to her dad Charlie's old work place and meets his pal Tony, who begins thinking back to working with Charlie.

They soon move things to a local pub that Charlie used to frequent, where they meet another old friend Maurice.

But Kat's instantly on guard with him when she notices Maurice's negative attitude.

When Tony heads off, Kat confronts Maurice and he drops a major bombshell that leaves her gobsmacked.

It's not yet known what he tells her, but Kat makes a dramatic exit and speeds off back to Albert Square.

CLASH: Maurice tells Kat something she doesn't want to hear (Pic: BBC)

OUCH: Kat knocks herself out after the crash (Pic: BBC)

It's there that Kat will hit an OAP and fall from her moped – but will she survive?

The episode is set to air next Monday, and the cliffhanger will leave fans questioning Kat's fate.

EastEnders continues tonight at 7.30pm on BBC One.


jmparker Posted on November 20, 2018 11:12

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WW3: Vladimir Putin summons Russia's war chiefs amid US nuclear tensions

VLADIMIR Putin has summoned Russia’s war chiefs amid renewed nuclear tensions with the US – warning Moscow could “retaliate” to Washington.

Putin met with senior officials from the defence ministry today to discuss the US’s possible withdrawal from a key nuclear weapons treaty. Russia and the US have signed up to a number of accords since the Cold War designed to reign in their nuclear arsenals. 

Stockpiles have been being reduced by both Moscow and Russia but there are now fears of a new arms race.

US officials are reportedly ready to withdraw from the 1987 Intermediate -Range Nuclear Forces treaty signed during the Cold War.

It guarantees Europe will be free of land-based nuclear missiles – with the US accusing Russia of breaking the pact.

Putin discussed possible Russian retaliation to the US withdrawal from the key agreement.

It is designed to keep missiles out of Europe in a bid to curb the threat of World War 3.

"Naturally, the United States’ decision to withdraw from this treaty can not be left unanswered on our part,” Putin said.

Tensions between Russia and the West have reignited amid the poisoning of Sergei Skripal, Moscow’s ongoing intervention in Syria, and rumbling military build-up on its frontier with NATO. 

Donald Trump’s administration has accused Russia of not complying with the 31-year-old treaty. 

White House officials warned they could pull out of the deal, which critics have warned could trigger than arms race.

Russia denies violating the pact, and have denied any aggressive intent to the West. 

European leaders worry any collapse of the INF treaty could lead to a new Cold War. 

RUSSIA: Vladimir Putin met with his defence chiefs at the Kremlin (Pic: GETTY)

NATO and Russian envoy addressed the dispute during rare talks on October 31.

Secretary general Jens Stoltenberg urged Moscow to make quick changes to comply in full with the treaty. 

He said Russia's development of the land-based, intermediate-range SSC-8 cruise missile posed "a serious risk to strategic stability".

The US should “treat this issue with full responsibility”, Putin warned – adding he hopes Trump treat the issue with “common sense”.

NUCLEAR WAR: Russian missiles roll through Moscow (Pic: GETTY)

Russia and the US have been at each other’s throats of the ongoing row over allegations of election interference.

Putin denies attempting to sway the election in favour of Trump, and the White House deny an “collusion” with the Kremlin.

Fears of a military clash between NATO and the Kremlin have loomed amid near misses in Syria and eastern Europe.

Royal Navy warship HMS St Albans intercepted a Russian vessel in the English Channel. 

jmparker Posted on November 20, 2018 10:55

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Britain's Got Talent's Connie Talbot

CONNIE Talbot won over the nation when she appeared on Britain's Got Talent in 2007.

The little superstar stunned Amanda Holden, 47, Piers Morgan, 53, and Simon Cowell, 59, with her rendition of Over The Rainbow. At just six-years-old, Connie Talbot reached the final of Britain's Got Talent, going on to release five albums in the later years.Today, the singer is celebrating her 18th birthday, making an appearance on ITV's Lorraine to share an update on her life now.The songstress unveiled her child star-to-adult transformation, wowing viewers with her grown-up appearance.

Connie looked stylish in a knitted jumper dress and high heels, with her long, brunette locks styled poker-straight.

Looking back on her now-infamous BGT audition, the recording artist admitted: "It doesn't feel like me, it feels like a little girl."

Talbot also told Lorraine Kelly, 58, she was "in love" with head judge Simon as a youngster, revealing they still see each other at charity events.

And although it's been a few years since Connie released an album, she is planning on making a comeback next year.

Revealing her musical influences, the 18-year-old told Lorraine: "I've been writing a lot of soul/pop. Adele, Sam Smith and Alicia Keys type of things.

Needless to say, it wasn't long before viewers took to Twitter to comment on Connie's appearance on the show.

One fan quipped: "Nothing has made me feel older than finding out that little six-year-old Connie Talbot who was on Britain's Got Talent in 2007 is now 18 years old."

They continued: "I am ancient. Where is my carer?"

ALL GROWN UP: The starlet is planning on releasing new music next year (Pic: ITV)

Addressing Connie's official Twitter account, another wrote: "Great to see you on Lorraine today.

"I remember thinking eleven years ago that you would be a success when you reached your adult years.

"Keep up the hard work and I look forward to your album."

Never one to let an occasion go by unnoticed, Lorraine ended Connie's interview by gifting her a bouquet of flowers for her birthday.


jmparker Posted on November 20, 2018 10:51

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A plaque 'in loving memory of Saddam Hussein' has appeared on a bench and people are outraged

In 'news-you-definitely-didn't-think-you'd-read-today', a plaque dedicated to Saddam Hussein has appeared on a bench in the middle of a busy high street in east London. 

The bronze plaque, which reads 'In loving memory of... Saddam Hussein, 1937 - 2006', was noticed by residents of Wanstead, and has caused considerable outrage. 

One journalist, Victoria Richards, took to Twitter to post a picture of the plaque with the caption: 

So this has just appeared on a bench on my local high street.

So this has just appeared on a bench on my local high street.

The plaque has also been fixed in place with anti-theft screws meaning it is difficult to remove, and that the eulogy to one of the world's most brutal oppressors will stay in place for the foreseeable future. 

The dates included for the birth and death of Hussein, who brutally oppressed Iraq with violence and fear for 30 years, before he was hanged in 2006, are correct. 

Melissa Munday-Chanin, 38, who lives in the area, told The Independent

I was horrified. My mum was over visiting and pointed it out to me and was utterly shocked - so I checked it immediately.

I thought she surely must’ve been mistaken but to my horror she was right. I think someone celebrating the life of a man who’s caused such terror is outrageous. And if it’s a joke, it’s not remotely funny.

A picture of the bench plaque was also posted onto the Facebook page 'S*** London' with the caption: 

Wanstead High Street. Commemorating a thoroughly decent chap.

One Facebook user, reports The Sun, hoped it was a coincidence: 

Same years of life too, coincidence? I hope so. Unfortunate one though if it is and of it isn't it shouldn't be allowed but I hope it is and that it's a decent chap being remembered and not the dictator.

Another thought it was a very high level of trolling: 

Someone either screwed up royally or this the most epic level of trolling I’ve seen so far. 

Many people on Twitter were also quick to share their amazement at the bizarre plaque, and to say they assume it's a prank. 

Kind of a low benchmark to set...

Hoax, surely?

Secured with non returning screws. Professional.

 inclined to think "weird sick joke"!

That’s a tad inappropriate

A Redbridge council spokesman told The Sun

We didn’t give permission for this to be put up and it has been removed.

ruby Posted on November 20, 2018 10:40

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Texas schools finally make slavery a 'central' fact of the Civil War

Students in Texas will learn that slavery played a “central role” in the American Civil War in what will be a refocusing of the conflict.

The Texas Board of Education voted Friday, and beginning in the 2019-2020 school year, teenagers will be taught the new curriculum.

Previously, the state’s social studies standards claimed there were three causes for the Civil War in order of importance: sectionalism, states’ rights and finally slavery, npr reports.

However Democratic board member Marisa Perez-Diaz pointed out that the main issue that caused the civil war, slavery, wasn’t being given enough focus.

She said: “What the use of ‘states’ rights’ is doing is essentially blanketing, or skirting, the real foundational issue, which is slavery.”

Many universities’ curriculum teaches that slave-owning states like Alabama and the Carolinas went to war with the North over the right to own slaves, given that much of their industry relied on slave labour.

Republican board member David Bradley argued against this.

“Each state had differences and made individual decisions as to whether or not to join into the conflict, correct?” he said.

“I mean, that’s the definition of states’ rights,” he added.

The board member decided on a compromise, which is that students will be taught:

The central role of the expansion of slavery in causing sectionalism, disagreements over states' rights and the Civil War.

The board’s only African-American member, Democrat Lawrence Allen Jr, helped create the new wording:

I don't think we really have that as a consensus in our state. And so if we can't drive it to a consensus in our state, we need to let our students look at it from all points of view.

Additionally, the board has restored Hillary Clinton and Hellen Keller to the state’s history curriculum.

ruby Posted on November 20, 2018 09:40

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Spain is a destination close to many British holidaymakers’ hearts, thanks to the sunny climate, vibrant lifestyle and beautiful stretches of beach.

Yet the country still has hidden gems to offer visitors in search of something different, including a host of wine-producing regions – the best-known of which is La Rioja.

Synonymous with Spanish wine production, La Rioja borders the Basque region in the sun-drenched north of Spain, with its regional capital, Logroño, housing Campo Viejo, the UK’s number one red wine brand.

Less than two hours inland from Bilbao, the winding, cobbled streets of Logroño have provided the inspiration behind every bottle of Campo Viejo, with the town’s rich history and vibrant culture offering the perfect backdrop for holidaymakers to explore authentic Spanish life.

Thousands of tourists visit the area each year, with more than 11,000 taking a trip to Bodegas Campo Viejo to taste the produce and see the workings of the environmentally sustainable winery. August to October is the optimum time to visit the area as guests can experience local harvest celebrations and enjoy the best of the weather.

Elena Adell, Campo Viejo’s chief winemaker, and wine ambassador Maria Huete have compiled their top tips for a trip to the region, ensuring a voyage of discovery to some of the area’s lesser-known highlights.

From Elena’s ultimate tapas tour (below), taking in mouth-watering Basque cuisine, to Maria’s tips for sightseeing off the typical tourist trail (above), it’s the perfect inspiration for your next trip.

For a real taste of Rioja, why not share a bottle of Campo Viejo with friends? For more inspiration, visit and follow on Facebook and Instagram @campoviejouk.

ruby Posted on November 20, 2018 08:40

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People have been sharing what they had in 1998 and don't have in 2018 and it's hilarious

1998 was a simpler time. Camera phones weren’t a thing, Trump was just an obnoxious hotel owner and social media? No chance.

Given that we now live in such, shall we say, stressful times, a nostalgic tweet has been gaining attention on social media.

The tweet, from @EricVBailey, asks other users to say one thing that they had in 1998 that they no longer have two decades later.
What did you have in 1998 that you no longer have in 2018?

Needless to say, some of the responses have been hilarious, starting with politics.

The belief that America was a democracy.

A waistline

A sane president

Single friends.

Whereas some were straight up joyous nostalgia.

A Walkman with a digital AM/FM tuner. I loved that thing and my sister's mix tapes were the shit

I LOVED my Sony Walkman! No charging (AA batteries), it played music/NPR/books-on-tapes with no distractions.
Mine got stolen (!) in 2011, found a new one on ebay.
Pried it from my cold hands in 2015 (when I gave up my flip phone for a soul-sucking smartphone)
Now I love podcasts.


A pager, hotter body, a lot of hair, Pitas at @Wendys, 49¢ tacos at Taco Bell, JNCO jeans, portable CD player, an actual stereo at home, Greyhound buses nationwide was $68 or less, McDonald's burgers were around $2 and less, idealism, optimism, Clinton presidency, better music

Finally, some responses were nothing short of inspirational.

An abusive husband, big student loan debt, and a thoracic aortic aneurysm.

Now I have a loving husband, a PhD (debt paid off), and a small scar.

My future daughter was born in Romania 1/21/98. She’s now a college junior studying Civil Engineering.

The weight of being in a dysfunctional relationship. The emotional weight was lost in 2002.


ruby Posted on November 19, 2018 16:51

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Teenagers in Indonesia are reportedly getting high by drinking boiled tampon juices

Here is something that you definitely didn't expect to read today, tomorrow or ever: teenagers are getting high by drinking boiled tampons and sanitary pads. 

Yes, this is a trend that is reportedly popular amongst the teenage population of Asia who has been drinking the juices extracted from used and unused tampons and pads in a bid to get a cheap and legal high.

Local newspapers in the East Asian country, including the Jakarta Post, Jawa Pos and Pos Belitung have all reported on the phenomenon in recent weeks.

According to the Indonesia National Drug Agency (BNN), drinking this bizarre 'sanitary pad formula' gives the consumer a feeling of flying and hallucinations, mostly thanks to the chlorine in the product.  

Senior Commander Suprinarto, the head of the BNN, is quoted by Vice as saying:

The materials they're using are legal, but they're not being used in a way that's intended, so it ends up being used like a drug.

We need to take steps to educate people that there are materials that aren’t classified as drugs or psychotropics in the eyes of the law, but can still be misused.

The report states that several teenagers have already been arrested on the island of Java, which is home to the capital, Jakarta, who had gotten drunk on the sanitary pads.

A 14-year-old boy from Belitung Island told a local paper that the drink is created by removing the pad from its wrapper and boiling it for about an hour, then the liquid is squeezed into a container.

It is said to taste bitter but is consumed at all times of day by local teens and reportedly happened before, back in 2016, with nappies also said to have been used in a similar method.

Jimy Ginting an advocate for safe drinking in Indonesia is quoted by Straits Times as saying:

 I don't know who started it all, but I knew it started around two years ago.

There is no law against it so far. There is no law against these kids using a mixture of mosquito repellent and (cold syrup) to get drunk.

Vice adds that sadly most of the children who are engaging in this activity are from impoverished areas and in some cases live on the streets. 

Previously sniffing glue was said to be their drug of choice but they have since moved on to more creative and unusual substances, which they have apparently learnt about on the internet.

Sitty Hikmawatty, a commissioner for drugs and health with the Indonesian Committee on Child Protection (KPAI), is quoted as saying:

A lot of these kids are smart, and with the internet they can make new variants and concoctions.

This is where the risk factor goes up because they’re only concerned with one substance in a mixture, ignoring the other substances, leaving open the possibility of fatal side effects.

More than a billion tampons are reportedly thrown away in Indonesia every month, mostly due to a belief in the country that a woman who uses a tampon is no longer a virgin. 

Regardless, Indonesian's Ministry of Health has vowed to investigate what chemicals are in the tampons and pads which would result in such vivid highs.

ruby Posted on November 19, 2018 16:44

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The child who won everyone's hearts as 'Batkid' is now cancer free

You might have noticed that the world is a bit of a mess at the moment. 

The British government is in absolute chaosDonald Trump's presidency continues to be a farce and the actual planet is in dire straits

If we've ever needed a feel-good story it's right now and who better to provide that story than a superhero?

Cast your mind back to 2013 and you might remember 5-year-old Miles Scott, a leukaemia patient who won the world's heart when he got to be Batman for a day.

The youngster was treated to a very special day by the Make-A-Wish Foundation, who turned San Francisco into Gotham City and allowed Miles to rescue citizens and defeat villains like the Riddler and the Penguin. 

It was a huge story and even Barack Obama thanked Miles for his heroic actions. 

If that story wasn't great enough there is an even better sequel.

Miles is now 10 and Make-A-Wish has confirmed that his leukaemia is now in remission and he no longer has cancer.

Since his crime-fighting day five years ago, Miles has returned to being a typical kid—playing little league, going to school, helping his family farm, and even selling his first market goat in the local fair! Now 10 years old and in fifth grade, Miles loves science and robotics.

After fighting his own heroic battle with leukaemia since he was a year old, Miles visits his oncologist once a year and has been in remission from leukaemia for the past five years.

This piece of good news has understandably touched a lot of people's hearts and there was an outpouring of emotion and goodwill for Miles and his recovery.

Not only was Miles incredible story turned into a documentary, appropriately named Batkid Begins,  he also managed to put a huge spotlight on the foundation who saw donations and volunteers increase.

We saw an increase in offers of help across all areas, including donations, volunteers, referrals and other services.

In fact, the volume of traffic on our servers caused our system-wide websites to go down for several hours on the day of his wish.

Great job Miles! If we are ever kidnapped by the Joker we'll know who to call.


ruby Posted on November 19, 2018 16:26

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If this man's letter to a woman he followed to her car doesn't give you chills, nothing will

Feeling like you’re being followed on the street is horrible. But sadly it’s one that many people, particularly women, have to put up with far too often.

The cliché of the television show featuring a vulnerable young woman alone on a street almost always ends badly. Women spend more money on transport like cabs to make it home safe, with some even packing different clothing to walk home in.

Some women even carry pepper spray, a whistle or rape alarms – it’s just not good enough. Sadly, constantly questioning men walking behind them is an everyday reality.

Because of this, a Reddit post written by a man about a woman he followed has been sending goose bumps through everyone who reads it – for an unexpected reason.

Read the post in its entirety here, but prepare to be amazed:

We were walking in opposite directions near the new student accommodations, you briefly looked at me and kept walking and a couple of seconds later I turned around and started following you, I notice the moment you realised that I was following you by how your pace changed, your shoulders squared and you grabbed your phone. That didn't stopped me, you just kept walking and I maintained the distance (some 50 feet behind you) pretending to talk on my phone, I thought a couple of times on closing the distance and introduce myself, talk to you, but I didn't, so you kept walking, throwing glances to check where I was. I could also tell you that once you turned around the corner to the dead end street next to the motorway (the only one near the city centre were parking is not measured) were your car (and mine) was parked that if you had being wearing tennis shoes you would probably have started to run, but wisely you kept you pace in your high heel boots. I stopped by my car, yours was further down the street, and used my phone again, and I saw you taking a picture or video of my when you passed by my side in your car.

What you probably never noticed was the other two guys, the ones in the other sidewalk, the ones that pointed at you and started to follow you before we crossed the first time, you didn't notice how they looked at you or the fact that they seemed to be on drugs, or a bit drunk, or maybe both. You also didn't notice when you passed me in your car that they were in the corner of the dead end street, looking at you in your car passing by and then at me. You also missed the next ten minutes while I waited in my car for the police to arrive (that I called while you were getting into your car), the 15 minutes of questions that followed and me showing them the picture of the two guys that I took while I was following you.

I really sorry that I scared you, but to be completely honest, I was really scared myself, I'm no hero by any means and my instinct was telling me to get the f*** out of there, but you could have been my wife (she parks in the same street) or my daughter and I wouldn't forgive myself I something happened and I did nothing to stopped it.

He later edited the post for clarity:

1 I shared this because the situation scared me, and if a similar situation happened somewhere else I wish that the situation is not ignored or shrugged off. Do I have any advice? Dunno, probably just this: if you think that you are being followed or that something is wrong, don’t wait to see what happens, call the police, call a friend, a family member, knock on a door or get into a shop, worst case scenario you’ll look a bit paranoid.

2 She was carrying some sort of briefcase alongside her purse and was well dressed, I think that the briefcase was what called those guys attention.


ruby Posted on November 19, 2018 15:45

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Rogue turkey appointed mayor of Wisconsin village it was terrorising

For months a village in the US state of Wisconsin, a wild turkey has terrorised residents and motorists with a string of mischievous antics.

The bird, which is reportedly called Smoke, has a habit of standing in front of traffic and chasing school children in the village of Ashwaubenon, near Green Bay.

To date though, the rogue fowl has avoided all attempts to capture him by the authorities, who were hoping to put him in a local wildlife sanctuary.

So, rather than continue to fight him, the residents of the town have sought to appoint Smoke as their mayor, or at least an honourary one.

A popular Facebook group called Smoked Turkey - Mayor of Ashwaubenon has seen locals flood the group with pictures and videos of the bird. 

It's all done in an ironic but affectionate way, with people displaying genuine care for Smoke and his well being as well as making him a local celebrity.

A report from The Washington Post on Smoke shows how much joy and community spirit he has brought to the town, despite being a terror.

Andrew Nowakowski, a local resident told The Post:

Life is hard and people are just trying to get by and go to work and pay their bills. To have something like this that you encounter on a daily basis that just brightens your day, it’s nice.

It’s something you can find commonality around, regardless of your political affiliation or what you do for a living. Everyone gets a kick out of the turkey.

Whilst the group is just a bit of fun in tribute to Smoke, Ashwaubenon Public Safety have been prompted to put out a notice on Facebook telling people not to feed the bird or face a fine for doing so.

Speaking to The Post, Randy Tews, a local Public Safety Commander said that although Smoke has been hard to capture they will be sad to see him go.

Our animal control officers are pretty good, but he has some ninja-like moves. They have a hard time getting him.

I think some folks will be sad to see him go. He’s brought a lot of smiles to people’s faces here.

We’re a divided country, and here this turkey is directing traffic for folks on their way to work, and it gives them something to cheer about.

ruby Posted on November 19, 2018 15:41

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Support pours in for Stacey Abrams as she refuses to concede but admits she has lost

Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams has refused to give a concession speech after acknowledging that her rival, Republican Brian Kemp, will be Georgia’s next governor.

Abrams, the Democratic challenger, said this was not a "concession" but an acknowledgement she had not won. She also announced that she would file a federal suit against the state for "gross mismanagement" of the vote.

This is not a speech of concession, because concession means to acknowledge an action as right, true or proper. 

In the coming days, we will be filing a major federal lawsuit against the state of Georgia for the gross mismanagement of this election and to protect future elections.

Georgia’s contentious gubernatorial race was seen as the epicentre of voter suppression, after civil rights groups accused Kemp of removing thousands from voting rolls. On election day, several polling stations in areas with high black populations had malfunctioning voting booths and were not given enough ballots.

Stacey Abrams: "To watch an elected official who claims to represent the people in this state baldly pin his hopes for election on the suppression of the people’s democratic right to vote has been truly appalling. So let’s be clear: This is not a speech of concession." (via ABC)

Responding to Abrams’s speech, Kemp said:

We can no longer dwell on the divisive politics of the past but must focus on Georgia's bright and promising future.

Following Abrams’s non-concession, she has received wide praise for her handling of the situation and advocating for civil rights.

I’m watching Stacey Abrams deliver her non-concession speech and have decided that I want her to give all the speeches from now on.


This brilliantly smart women ran the most inspiring campaign.

This is only the beginning. You can’t suppress true leadership. It will ALWAYS find a way to guide us through the darkness.

Thank you for continuing to give us something to believe in, 

Thank you, @StaceyAbrams, for fighting for Georgia and for the integrity of our elections. Everyone should be able to exercise their right to vote. Every vote should be counted.

Shoutout to @staceyabrams & @AndrewGillum for their courageous campaigns for change in the south. They are both forces that cannot be erased by voter suppression & corruption. They are the future, & no matter how much REPs cheat, they can’t change what you evoke from the people.

ruby Posted on November 19, 2018 15:38

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BBC 100 Women has revealed its list of 100 influential women from around the world for 2018.

From #MeToo to Northern Ireland’s abortion vote and the unprecedented number of female candidates in the US midterms, the last 12 months have seen women achieve great things against the odds.

To honour this, the BBC has launched its annual #100Women season today, which aims to inspire people by sharing the stories of trailblazing women across the globe “who are using passion, indignation and anger to spark real change”.

This year, the list includes a diverse range of female figures from leaders in politics, arts and business to everyday heroes fighting for what they believe in.

Spanning more than 60 countries in total, the women chosen for 2018’s offering range in age from 15 to 94 and will use the next three weeks to share their inspiring stories.

Among those who made the cut this year are Jameela Jamil, who launched the social media platform @i_weigh; Svetlana Alekseeva, a Russian model who, after surviving a fire that burned almost half her body, is helping people with scars feel positive about their bodies; and Shaparak Shajarizadeh, an activist who publicly removed her headscarf to oppose the compulsory hijab rule for women in Iran.

Alina Anisimova, a 19-year-old student who leads the Kyrgyz Girls' Space School also features on the list alongside Chidera Eggerue, the best-selling author and activist behind the social media movement #saggyboobsmatter.

The list also features authors, photographers, lawyers, mothers and teachers who are all standing up and speaking out.

Here are the first 20 women to be named on the BBC 100 Women list for 2018: 

(Ordered, in alphabetical order, by name, age, profession, country of birth, biography)

  • Judith Balcazar, 65 - Retired fashion designer, UK - Judith ran several fashion companies before going on to co-found the company Giggle Knickers, which makes special underwear for women who suffer from urinary incontinence. 
  • Cindy Arlette Contreras Bautista, 28 - Lawyer, Peru - Arlette became the face of the NiUnaMenos (Not One [woman] Less) movement against domestic violence in Peru after a video of her being attacked by her boyfriend went viral. 
  • Leyla Belyalova, 61 - University lecturer, Uzbekistan - Leyla is a university lecturer working to preserve Uzbekistan's mountain ecosystems and protect bird species, including raptors.
  • Analia Bortz, 51 - Doctor, rabbi and bioethicist, Argentina - Analia is a doctor and bioethicist dedicated to the holistic treatment of women struggling with infertility.
  • Fealofani Bruun, 35 - Yachtmaster, Samoa - Fealofani is the first Samoan and the first Pacific woman to hold the position of yachtmaster, and looks after a traditional voyaging canoe.
  • Raneen Bukhari, 31 - Curator and social media manager, Saudi Arabia - Raneen is a curator and art consultant, who also works for her family's design business.
  • Joy Buolamwini, 28 - AI artist/researcher, Canada - Joy is a 'poet of code', using art and research to illuminate the social implications of artificial intelligence.
  • Barbara Burton, 62 - CEO of BehindBras, UK - Barbara set up BehindBras, giving women prison leavers skills to start careers in the fashion industry, after finding herself behind bars in her late 50s.  
  • Tamara Cheremnova, 62 - Author, Russia - Tamara lives with cerebral palsy, and writes fairy tales, earning her the nickname of “Storyteller of Siberia”. 
  • Chelsea Clinton, 38 - Vice-chair of the Clinton Foundation, US - Chelsea is the author of numerous books and the vice-chair of the Clinton Foundation, where she works on many initiatives, including those that help empower the next generation of leaders.

ruby Posted on November 19, 2018 14:50

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