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White Widow Sally Jones 'could still be alive and fighting with ISIS in Syria’

BRITISH ISIS poster girl Sally Jones could still be alive and fighting with extremists in Syria, according to a terror expert.The terror suspect, dubbed the “White Widow”, is believed to have been killed in a US drone strikealongside her son near the Syria-Iraq border in October 2017. The 50-year-old former punk rocker became one of the most notorious British ISIS members after joining her husband in Syria, where she called for attacks in the UK. But Jones, originally from Chatham, Kent, is thought to have survived the airstrike and gone into hiding, an captured ISIS member has revealed. The Canadian ISIS fighter, who was captured by Kurds in Syria, told terrorism researcher Amarnath Amarasingam that Jones is still alive.

Amarasingam, a research fellow at the University of Waterloo, said Muhammed Ali, also known as Turab, claimed she fled to north-east Syria to hunker down with remaining ISIS militants.Amarnath told the Mirror: “Turab claimed she was still alive and probably in final ISIS holdouts of Hajin or As-Shafah.
"If true, we may find her captured soon.”

Jones, also known as “Mrs Terror”, worked to indoctrinate men and women in the UK and the US – encouraging them to launch attacks on the West.

She travelled to Syria in 2013 to marry terrorist Junaid Hussain, who was killed in a drone strike in 2015.

She is claimed to have lead a group of English speaking jihadi recruiters known as “The Legion” or the “Raqqa 12”.

SALLY JONES: Mrs Terror plotted to kill the Queen and allowed ISIS to make JoJo a soldier (Pic: NC)

Cyber experts at GCHQ believed that Jones was creating an “army” of white Muslim women to attack Britain.
The British government confirmed Jones’ death last October.Her son Joe “JoJo” Dixon, aged just 12, is believed to have been blown up by the same US drone strike ordered by the Pentagon.

jmparker Posted on October 25, 2018 10:42

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Teen stripper, 19, defends pole dancing job and says it makes her more 'body confident'

A TEEN stripper has slammed protests to ban a lap dancing club near her hometown and says she finds it "empowering". Abbi Gallagher, 19, from Auchertool in Fife, Scotland, says women should be free to make choices for themselves. There has been outrage in the quiet Scottish town of Kirkcaldy after a strip club Sin was scheduled to open. Protests have been held calling for the club to be banned, branding it as "slave labour" and claiming it's exploitative. But Abbi and several others were part of a counter-group who showed up to support the club.

The teenager, who has an HNC in animal care, successfully auditioned for a job pole dancing at the bar to help her pay off her student debts.

Her main job involves working with animals, but she said she wanted to earn extra cash to get her own place.

She told The Scottish Sun: "My work doesn't allow me to do another job but this is the only job I could fit around it.

"When I saw it was opening I just thought 'you know what, this is the perfect way to make extra money'."

STRIPPER: Abbi Gallagher, 19, defends her pole dancing job (Pic: FACEBOOK/ABBI GALLAGHER)

HIRED: Abbi has just got a new job at a strip club in Kirkcaldy, Fife (Pic: FACEBOOK/ABBI GALLAGHER)

AMBITION: Abbi says she wants the extra money to pay off student loans and buy a house (Pic: FACEBOOK/ABBI GALLAGHER)

Abbi — who has been a dancer for 3-4 years — said her time working with lap dancers as a dancer had encouraged her to try it for herself.

She went on: "Most people I know who do it are so body confident and I just think it must be so empowering."

On Tuesday, protestors from Women Together, a women's rights group, demonstrated a week before Sin is set to open.

Group founder Marie Penman pointed to Scottish Government guidance which classifies stripping as a form of violence against women and girls 

PART TIME: Abbi's main job is working with animals (Pic: FACEBOOK/ABBI GALLAGHER)

INDEPENDENT: She claims women should be allowed to strip and pole dance if they want (Pic: FACEBOOK/ABBI GALLAGHER)

Marie claims some strippers and pole dancers are often paid by customers in 20p pieces. "That's not a job, that's slave labour," she said. "You get whatever money is shoved at you or stuffed in your underwear at the end of the night." Mario Caira, owner of Sin, said he was "disappointed" over the row.

jmparker Posted on October 25, 2018 10:02

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Gorgeous Siblings You Didn't Know These Celebrities HadHooch

When you’re a star as big as Eminem or Steph Curry, you might cast a shadow that is too big to get away from. That is especially true for their siblings. Did you even know the real Slim Shady had a brother? Be prepared because this list of celebrities with siblings you hardly hear about will surprise you.

J-Lo’s Sister Lynda Lopez

The stunning entertainer Jennifer Lopez doesn’t have a hard time staying in the spotlight. One seductive post on Instagram and boom, the star is once again the topic of every conversation. However, have you heard of her sister, Lynda Lopez? Lynda is two years younger than Jennifer and was a former New York television journalist who is also a single mom.

That’s one thing that Jennifer praises her younger sister about, how great of a parent her sister Lynda is. “I just love and respect her so much. She’s a single mom but not like I’m a single mom,” Lopez told US Magazine. “I have a lot of help — she doesn’t.”

Not A Twin But Still Looks The Same

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen have been stars since they were toddlers starring in Full House. But even some of their biggest fans may not know about their sister Elizabeth Olsen! Elizabeth started making more of a name for herself as an actress in 2017, making it easier to step out of the shadows of her more successful sisters.

They even gave her advice on dealing with the press. “They’d say, ‘You know, even if you don’t think anyone’s going to read this article, someone might pull the quote later for [something else].’ It’s all part of how you hope someone interprets you, and how they frame who you are and the work you do,” Elizabeth said. Up next, it was supposed to be just the two of them but that isn’t the case.

The First Smith Son

Long before Willow Smith was whipping her head back and forth and Jaden Smith was doing his rendition of Karate Kid, there was the first son that Will Smith became a parent to, and his name is Trey Smith. Born in 1992, the 25-year-old isn’t in the limelight as much as Willow and Jaden.

We first saw Trey when he was in the “Just The Two Of Us” music video. He was a star football player in school and was even offered a scholarship but chose to pursue a career in music like his father and other two siblings did. Trey has released some of his own music but he hasn’t found the same success as his siblings or father.

This Wizard Has A Brother

Ever since Emma Watson came into our lives as a young and zesty wizard on Harry Potter, she has amassed a huge following. While her biggest fans might be aware, others may not have a clue that Emma has a brother named Alex Watson.

Alex is a model who has done campaigns for Burberry. The two share similarities in appearance, so maybe Emma could step into some modeling as well? Alex was also an extra in one of the Harry Potter films. You get extra points if you know which one.

The Pitt We Don’t Hear About

Brad Pitt probably gained more clout to his name by being with Angelina Jolie than his brother Doug Pitt has accumulated in his whole career. We hardly, if ever, hear about Doug and that isn’t by accident. He likes to stay out of the attention of media and lives in his home state of Missouri. One thing he isn’t fond of is questions about his brother.

“I appreciate the interest [in Brad]. I understand why people want to ask about him,” he told NOVA FM. “But I’ve answered the same question for 25 years. And so, you do go a little bit on autopilot… Again, I appreciate the interest. I’m really proud of him.”

Rihanna’s Brother Rajad Fenty

That’s right, the island queen has a younger sibling that rarely is talked about. Rihanna AKA Robyn Fenty has a younger brother by the name of Rajad Fenty. Being that the singing sensation is always working hard whether it be with music or her makeup line, she hardly gets to spend time with family.

When she does have time for the family, you can catch her living it up with her mom and dad she loves dearly and her younger brother, Rajad. The two are really close despite the restricted amount of time they get to spend together. Next in line, the rap god has a brother?

The Real Slim Shady?

When it comes to Eminem, there are three truths. One is, he grew up on 8 Mile in Detroit, he and his mother had a strange relationship when he was growing up and he can rap circles around anyone. Something that many are unaware of is that Eminem has a brother.

His brother is also a rapper but clearly, not on the same level as Marshall Mathers. His name is Nathan Kane Mathers and was taken away from his mother when he was ten years old and sent to live in foster care. Trying to make it as a rapper when your older brother is arguably one of the best can be a tough task.

Steph Vs. Seth

Steph Curry, who hasn’t heard of the MVP and NBA champion? The guy can literally shoot from anywhere and when he shoots it, the chances of him making it are higher than most. Curry has played on only one team for his entire career and is a staple in the NBA. But did you know he has a brother who also plays in the NBA?

Seth Curry, the younger brother of Steph, currently plays for the Dallas Mavericks. He isn’t as freakishly talented of a player as his brother Steph, but he has the same shooting touch. They briefly played on the same team before the Warriors decided to cut him.

Tom Cruise Has A Sister?!

Due to the obscurities surrounding Tom Cruise’s religious beliefs as a Scientologist, some matters in his personal life are not put on full display. We know Cruise is a great actor and that he is apart of the cultish religion but something most have not known about is his sister. Who you see above is Lee Ann Mapother DeVette.

When Tom’s very first girlfriend was interviewed she was asked about his family and siblings. “I think he grew up too fast but he was very close with his three sisters. One time he said he’s so close to them they taught him how to kiss,” she told the Daily Mail.

Would You Get Them Confused?

Actor Josh Hutcherson who all of you are most familiar with his role as Peeta from the Hunger Games series isn’t the only child his parents produced. After gaining much acclaim for playing a part in Katniss Everdeen’s love triangle, Hutcherson became a product of fan love.

But something fans might not have even realized is that he has a younger brother, Connor Hutcherson. “I am more handsome than Josh is, well jokes apart; it is ironic how people get confused with me and him, we don’t look alike at all,” Connor said. No jokes coming up next, they are really related!

No, You’re Not Getting Punk’d

Ashton Kutcher is a funny guy that gets much love. From his days on That 70’s Show to his work in films, Kutcher has made a huge name for himself and even has one of the more gorgeous women in Hollywood, Mila Kunis. Did you know that he has a twin brother?

His twin brother’s name is Michael and he has cerebral palsy. He also had a heart transplant when he was younger. Michael currently is a spokesperson for the advocacy organization Reaching for the Stars. They support people with cerebral palsy.

Captain America Has A Brother

Being one of the most famous superheroes is a not a task easily handled. Especially for one that likes to take his shirt off with a body of an Olympian. For Chris Evans, he is used to the attention, however, for his brother Scott Evans, he receives a different type of attention due to his sexuality.

Chris’ brother Scott is gay, and Chris encourages others to see and embrace other lifestyles different from your own. “It’s important to understand, whether it’s growing up with women, whether it’s growing up with other ethnic groups… it’s important to experience anything different from what you know. To encourage and cultivate compassion and understanding,” Chris said.

A Cruz Of A Relationship

Penélope Cruz was signed by an agent at 15 and made her acting debut at 16. She’s always had the good looks and acting skills to pair with it and clearly, she’s always had a sister who is equally as charming. She just isn’t on the same level of Penélope.

Her sister’s name is Monica Cruz and she is also following in her sister’s footsteps. Why not, right? Monica is a Spanish actress and dancer. The two sisters have started a clothing line together as well. A gorgeous sister with a good looking brother up next.

Scarlett Is A Twin

Here we have another Marvel superhero and she goes by the name of Scarlett Johansson. Another Hollywood beauty who many probably had no clue is a twin! They aren’t identical but still, having a fraternal twin is something anyone could enjoy.

Hunter should be amused that practically every guy finds his sister to be one of the hottest women on Earth. Hunter is also an actor, at the start of his career. The twins shared the screen in a film called Manny & Lo.

Nothing Wrong With Being Protective

High School Musical actress, Vanessa Hudgens is not the only Hudgens blessing others with her beauty. Something fans may be unaware of is her younger sister that she is apparently really close with. Her name is Stella Hudgens and Vanessa is worried about her growing up.

In an interview, Vanessa was asked about her sister and this is what she had to say: “She’s 15 and I’m kind of terrified and I feel like a mother, ‘call me when you get to the movies,’ it’s bad.” Another Hunger Games participant is up next, you won’t want to miss.

The Lawrence Siblings

Jennifer Lawrence displays her sense of humor whenever she gets the chance. Her fans know how funny she is and so do the casual fans who watch the award shows. She is a great entertainer and she also has two bearded brothers. Their names are Blaine and Ben Lawrence.

They for sure know what their sister does for a living but if you ask Jennifer what either of them do, she is at a loss for words. “God, I don’t know,” she answered. “It’s something with computers… It’s something called Louisville Geek I think. I think he goes to an office?”

Give Me Some Advice, Bro

A brotherly bond is a bond that can’t be duplicated. Once the two of you become close, it’s like you have another brain on your side. You can go to them for anything, especially advice. Can you believe that Zac Efron has a brother named Dylan? They actually live together too!

“If I’m dating someone, one of the few people I need to weigh in on the situation is my brother,” Zac told Cosmopolitan. “We live together, and we’re different in a lot of ways, but he’s really grounded. He lived a more normal life than I did growing up, so he’s a great barometer for me.”

The Other Michael Jordan Has A Sister

Yet again another Marvel actor, Michael B. Jordan has been making waves in the entertainment world ever since his breakthrough performance in the film Fruitvale Station. Jordan acts in all types of films and doesn’t like to be put in a box but he is also very particular about the roles he picks. One thing he isn’t particular about is showing love to his sister.

“I have a sister. I never really wanted to do females wrong. You can’t act like that,” the actor told Oprah. “So, you don’t want to treat any woman any differently than you’d want a man to treat your sister,” Oprah says. “One hundred and ten percent,” Jordan agrees.

The Stallone Brothers

Although most of us know Sylvester Stallone for his roles as the Vietnam War veteran or boxing champion, not everyone knows about Stallone’s younger brother Frank. Frank is also an actor, yet has not been nearly as successful as his older brother. he has played small roles such as a singer in the Rocky franchise, and other films such as Return of the Roller Blade Seven and Zero Dark Thirty.

Although he doesn’t take his acting career to seriously, he has a successful singer-songwriter career, and his track “Far From Over” earned him a Golden Globe nomination for Best Original Song from a Motion Picture.

Colin Firth Has a Brother

As it turns out, our favorite English chap Colin Firth has a brother. His name is Jonathan, and he as well loves wearing costumes and acting in drama, yet hasn’t been on screen in for quite a few years. Although he, unfortunately, starred in The Prince and Me 4: The Elephant Adventure, he is actually a well-experienced and trained actor.

After training at the Central School of Speech and Drama, he toured with the Royal Shakespeare Company. In 2003, he was awarded the CTF Excellence Award for Best Actor in a Motion Picture for his role in Luther.

Buscemi’s Other Acting Brother

Although the well-known actor Steve Buscemi has a total of three brothers, his brother Michael is an actor as well. Although not as popular as Steve, Michael has been involved in a variety of projects ranging from television to movies and even voice acting.

Recently, he has been working on the hit television show Gotham and has made appearances in other shows such as Nurse Jackie, Blue Bloods, and is expected to be in an episode of Orange is the New Black in the next season. He was also in films such as I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry and Lonesome Jim.

Noah Cyrus

Noah Cyrus is Miley Cyrus’ 17-year-old younger sister. Although she may have been out of the limelight for most of her life, she has recently launched a surprisingly promising pop and acting career. In 2009, she voiced the title role in the English version of the film Ponyo, and in 2016, she released her debut single “Make Me (Cry)” which featured vocals from Labyrinth.

She began her acting career when she was just 2 years old on the television show Doc and was on six episode of Disney Channel’s Hanna Montana. Since 2016, her music career has been on its way up and she’s opened up for artists such as Katy Perry.

The Lost Skarsgard Brother

The Skarsgard brothers all come from an acting family with their father being the renowned Stellan Skarsgard. We also already know Alexander from his numerous star roles and now the other brother Bill from his performance as Pennywise in the newest remake of It. Yet, people often forget that there is a third acting Skarsgard brother named Gustaf.

He is a Swedish actor that is best-known outside of Scandinavia for his role as Floki in the History Channel series Vikings and for his roles in the films Evil, The Way Back, and Kon-Tiki. His acting career began when he was nine and as continued all the way up until present day.

Hayden Panettiere’s Younger Brother

Jasen Panettiere is the younger brother to actress, model, and singer Hayden Panettiere. Although he is far less well-known than his older sister, he has still managed to make a name for himself.

Born in 1994, Jasen is a television, film, and voice actor. He is best known for his roles in The Perfect game, Ice Age: The Meltdown, and The Martial Arts Kid. He has appeared on screen with his sister twice and even lent his voice in the film Racing Stripes in which Hayden appeared. As of late, he has been rather low-key, except he has two films both in pre-production at the moment.

The Leto Brothers

Although we are all familiar with the famous actor and singer Jared Leto, most people are unaware that he has an older brother named Shannon. Shannon is also a founding member as well as musician and songwriter for the band 30 Seconds to Mars where he plays the drums and Jared sings.

The band has sold over 15 million records worldwide and has been received well by the public. Shannon has also been in numerous other side projects during his drumming career from other rock bands to street drum corps. he has also acted in minor roles for a few films and television shows throughout the years.

The Styles Siblings

Gemma Styles is pop star Harry Styles 27-year-old older sister. She was essentially unknown until Harry gained fame as a member of One Direction. She now has over 4.1 million followers on Instagram and is currently a contributing writer for U.K.’s The Debrief and writes for blogs such as “Could You Handle Dating a Royal?” She also writes for MTV U.K. and covers topics through the eyes of a young Millenial.

In 2013, she graduated from Sheffield Hallam University and is a well-known fashionista. She also is attributed to starting the #GirlCrush movement which is about pushing women to appreciate “the substance of a person – not just their Instagram pictures.”

Jude Law’s Big Sis

Natasha Law is famous actor Jude Law’s older sister. She is a professional artist who was introduced to the creative world at a very young age and quit her education at the University of Warwick studying history to study art at Camberwell College of Arts in South London.

Since then, Natasha has had a career packed full of graphic illustration, photography, and stying. She now has many admirers of her work such as Gwyneth Paltrow Jo Whiley and more. Many of her clients are also quite impressive such as Vogue, Max Mara, Samsung, and more.

Eddie Redmayne’s Successful Younger Brother

Tom Redmayne is the younger brother to actor Eddie Redmayne. Eddie is known for his role in films like Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, The Theory of Everything, and The Danish Girl as well as a handful of television shows and plays.

While Eddie’s resume may be impressive, so is his lesser-known brother’s. Tom is the former Assistant Surveyor at Cushman & Wakefield, which is a commercial real estate services firm with locations worldwide. Today he spends his days at the Director of Business Development for Wired.

Ariana Grande’s “Big Brother”

Frankie James Grande isn’t a household name like Ariana Grande, but it may be someday. Frankie is an actor, dancer, singer, producer, television host, and a YouTube personality. As if that wasn’t enough, he’s also the older half-brother to the “One Less Problem” singer.

Although he might not be as famous as his little sister, he has made a name for himself as a contestant on Big Brother. These siblings are super close too and regularly post photos and inside jokes on their social media channels.

Nicole Isn’t The Only Richie Daughter

Sofia Richie has earned her spot in a slew of tabloids thanks to mingling with Kourtney Kardashian’s ex and baby daddy, Scott Disick, although she can’t even legally drink yet. Yet despite being in the spotlight, many people don’t realize that Sofia is the younger sister of Nicole Richie.

Yep, Sofia is the biological daughter of music legend Lionel Richie and Diane Alexander. Although the sisters, who aren’t biologically related, are rarely pictured together, Sofia was featured on an episode of Nicole’s new series, Candidly Nicole.

The Levine Brother You Never Knew About

Michael Levine is the brother of Maroon 5 frontman, Adam Levine. When Michael came out, the Levine family rallied behind him. “We all really wanted to provide some cushion for him and constantly let him know that it’s OK,” Levine told OUT.

“A lot of people don’t want their kid to be gay and will fight it at all costs. But I’ve got news for you — it’s a losing f–king battle. The more you fight it, the more f–ked-up your kid’s gonna be. You’ve just got to embrace it from the beginning. That’s the only way to deal with it as a family,” the Maroon 5 frontman added.

Mandi Gosling Stole The Show At The 2017 Oscars

When Ryan Gosling took his little sister, Mandi, as his date to the 89th Academy Awards, the internet lost its mind. It wasn’t the first time his older sister accompanied her A-lister brother out, but her flawless outfit landed her amongst the headlines.

Although Mandi leads a relatively private life, she’s very talented in her own right behind the scenes. Her YouTube channel includes clips from California State University Northridge’s TV shows OnPoint and Valley View News. Even more impressive, she has assisted and produced episodes of Dateline and Miss Advised, and cast the people in Pharrell’s viral music video for “Happy.”

When Two Become One

Louise Adams is the younger sister of Victoria Beckham, also known as Posh Spice. While Victoria may be known for her sharp sense of style, Louise isn’t to be overlooked. She has been photographed all over the world wearing chic fashions and even has her own small boutique called Hidden Closet in Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire.

Louise even playfully admits she got into show business before her sister. In an interview with Daily Mail, she said, “I was in the children’s TV programme Dramarama and played a member of a gang. But I got sick of auditions and modeling in magazines and decided to quit. Victoria carried on and went to theatre school. If people think I’m just cashing in on my sister’s success, I don’t care because I know it was me that did it first.

Rashida Jones’ Big Sister

Kidada Jones is Rashida Jone’s older sister. Born to legendary composer Quincey Jones and actress Peggy Lipton, Kidada grew up in Bel-Air with Rashida. While Rashida may spend more time in the limelight for her work on Parks and Rec and a slew of other on-screen features, Kadida is also very successful.

Kadida began working as a celebrity stylist for Vibe magazine and received a ton of publicity when she styled Michael Jackson for the cover in 1995. Following the shoot, she was recruited by Tommy Hilfiger and became his muse for nearly eight years. She’s also designed a clothing line for Snoop Dogg and has her own line with Disney called Kidada for Disney Couture.


ruby Posted on October 25, 2018 09:55

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Advertisement Diddy jumps out of his seat as he gets scared by clown while appearing on The Ellen DeGeneres Show

Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Thursday.

The 48-year-old rapper talked about his summer stays in Amish country as a child and refused to admit he was afraid of clowns.The 60-year-old host later gave a large donation to his charter schools.

Early in the episode, Ellen teased Diddy for not including her on the list of his famous friends to receive a bottle of his new CI?ROC Black Raspberry, which he explained was because he wanted to deliver it personally.He went on to explain that the new flavor of his drink was inspired by a childhood stay in Amish country for three summers when he was around the age of eight.

During his stays, 'as a hobby, something to pass the time, us children used to go and pick berries,' explained Diddy.

'Raspberries and black raspberries, and that's how I came up with the flavor,' he added.

Childhood inspired: The 48-year-old rapper talked about his summer stays in Amish country as a child and refused to admit he was afraid of clowns

Giving: The 60-year-old host later gave a large donation to his charter schools

Later, Ellen asked the I Need A Girl rapper if the rumor about his fear of clowns was true.

Diddy denied the gossip, saying it was 'impossible' because he 'is a black man' and he has 'so many other things to be scared of that a clown is not going to scare' him.

But then, a red-headed clown jumped out of a box and scared him completely out of his seat.

'You're really, really affecting my street cred with that Ellen,' he told the host followed by a grin and a laugh.

Terrified: Later, Ellen asked the I Need A Girl rapper if the rumor about his fear of clowns was true

Out of his seat: Diddy denied the gossip, saying it was 'impossible' because he 'is a black man' and he has 'so many other things to be scared of that a clown is not going to scare' him

Scared dance: But then, a red-headed clown jumped out of a box and scared him completely out of his seat

High kick: 'You're really, really affecting my street cred with that Ellen,' he told the host followed by a grin and a laugh

Finally, they discuss Diddy's charter schools and that he is opening his third school in 2019, this time in the Bronx.

Ellen then gave $50,000 to the charter school and presended the rapper with a giant check.

He thanked the host and the held the giant check over his head.

Presentation: Finally, they discuss Diddy's charter schools and that he is opening his third school in 2019, this time in the Bronx.Diddy jumps out of his seat as he gets scared by clown while appearing on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

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EXCLUSIVE: The World's Hottest Grandma Gina Stewart, 48, says she's 'honoured' to make Maxim's Hot 100 list and wants to use her success to 'give back to sick children'

The World's Hottest Grandma reached another huge career milestone on Thursday after being included in Maxim Australia's annual Hot 100 list.

Gina Stewart, who placed No. 90 on the list, told Daily Mail Australia that she was 'honoured' to be included.'I can’t believe I would be on such a list with truly famous people,' the 48-year-old exclaimed. 'I’m honoured and in shock.'

'I’m honoured and in shock!' The World's Hottest Grandma Gina Stewart, 48, told Daily Mail Australia that she was shocked to make it onto Maxim magazine's annual Hot 100 list 

'I’m just going to continue spreading positive messages and being myself.'

The mother-of-four first shot to fame earlier this year when she entered an online Maxim modelling competition in a bid to win money for a close friend who suffered a stroke.

Despite failing to win, Gina was able to raise $4,700 for her friend through a Go Fund Me page.

'I’m just going to continue spreading positive messages and being myself,' said the busty star

The Gold Coast grandmother is now competing in the Maxim Cover Girl Competition for a chance at covering an upcoming American edition of the magazine, as well as to win a $25,000 cash prize.

If she wins, Gina has vowed to give up a portion of the prize money to charity. 

'I’m now focused on winning the Maxim Cover Girl Competition and donating to the Starlight Foundation for sick children and the Wounded Warrior Project for veterans,' she told Daily Mail Australia.

Good cause: The mother-of-four first shot to fame earlier this year when she entered an online modelling competition in a bid to win money for a close friend who suffered a stroke

'I’m now focused on winning the Maxim Cover Girl Competition and donating to the Starlight Foundation for sick children and the Wounded Warrior Project for veterans,' she said

'I firmly believe that with success you should always help others and give back.'

The busty blonde has previously stated that one of the other reasons behind her Maxim campaign is to fight ageism in the modelling industry.

'I'm so excited to be able to make history and I think the modelling industry needs more age diversity,' she wrote on Instagram last week.

'I want to set an example for other mothers and more mature women that you can be sexy at any age,' the 48-year-old continued.

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The moment the relationship crumbled: Strictly's Seann Walsh looks glum as he is driven away from studios with fuming girlfriend after his cheating was revealed - hours before she dumped him by Twitter

  • Seann Walsh was seen kissing his married Strictly Come Dancing partner Katya
  • The comedian, 32, was dumped by his actress girlfriend Rebecca Humphries 
  • Images have now emerged of the pair rowing hours before her official statement
  • Miss Humphries told Twitter she has officially dumped Walsh and took their cat

Seann Walsh's ex-girlfriend Rebecca Humphries was pictured delivering what appeared to be an emotional telling off to the cheat just hours before she publicly announced she has dumped him.

Images have now emerged from Saturday evening when the pair were seen in the back of a car together, leaving the BBC One studios where comedian Seann is competing in Strictly Come Dancing.

Over the weekend, photographs emerged of him kissing his Russian dance partner Katya Jones - who is married to another dancer on the show.Rebecca dumped Seann and released a fierce statement on Twitter on Monday, in which she revealed she had suspected an affair for three weeks.

Seann Walsh looked glum as his now ex girlfriend Rebecca Humphries leaned towards him in the back of a car

The pair looked visibly distressed as they left the studios on Saturday evening after pictures emerged of the kiss between Sean and his dance partner

Rebecca gazed out of the window with a troubled look on her face as she left the studios with her boyfriend 

The stage star who has appeared at playhouses across the city also announced her boyfriend of five years labelled her a 'psycho' and said she was 'nuts' when she questioned him earlier.

However, her fears were proven on Sunday when images of him kissing Katya in steamy scenes on a London street were released.The pictures were taken on Wednesday, October 3 - Rebecca's birthday. 

The pair were reportedly at the Duke Of York pub in Marylebone in Central London at around midnight.

An onlooker who witnessed Seann and Katya's kiss, told the Sun they were 'snogging like a pair of teenagers' and 'didn't seem to care who might see them'. 

Miss Humphries said in a statement on Twitter she is 'not a victim' and has left Seann, but taken their cat.

She said: 'Those pictures were taken on October 3rd. It was my birthday. I was alone at home when Sean texted at 10pm saying the two of them were going for one innocent drink. 

 'We spoke and I told him, not for the first time, that his actions over the past three weeks had led me to believe something inappropriate was going on. He aggressively, and repeatedly, called me a psycho/nuts/mental. As he has done countless times throughout our relationship when I’ve questioned his inappropriate, hurtful behaviour.

Meanwhile dancer Katya Jones was seen with husband Neil Jones leaving the studios cuddled up to one another 

Rebecca's statement: The actress said she is not a victim and has left Seann and 'took the cat' after he kissed his dance partner in London - on his girlfriend's birthday

‘But- this whole business has served to remind me that I am a strong capable person who is now free; and no victim. I have a voice and will use it by saying this to any woman out there who deep down feels worthless and trapped with a man they love:

'Believe in yourself and your instincts. It’s more than lying. It’s controlling. Tell some very close friends who, if they’re anything like my wonderful network, will swoop in and take care of the logistics and of you.'She also revealed she believes when a person cheats they have a 'need for control comes from a place of vulnerability'. 

Seann and Katya both had haunted expressions on Monday morning as they emerged for the first time since pictures emerged of their drunken yet passionate kiss on a London street.

Hours after the images emerged in the Sun on Sunday Katya was pictured with her husband

A year ago: The couple were pictured on Miss Humphries' birthday on October 3, 2017. This year Mr Walsh was kissing another woman in the street

Hard times: Rebecca Humphries’ mother Anne is said to be in 'shock' over Seann Walsh's kiss with married Strictly Come Dancing partner Katya Jones last week (pictured left)

The couple's beloved pet Winston is featured often on their social media - he has been taken by Miss Humphries during the split

Walsh, 32, appeared with baggy eyes outside his home just before 11am after his actress girlfriend Rebecca Humphries hinted she had 'binned' him following his betrayal.

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'A disgrace': BBC attacked over how it pays its staff

The BBC has been criticised by MPs for paying female staff less and employing people on contracts that ended up having "life-changing consequences".


A report on pay equality by the digital, culture, media and sport committee (DCMS) found the corporation has been failing female employees.


The broadcaster was branded a "disgrace" for allegedly coercing staff to take on work with no rights to sick pay, maternity leave, pensions or other benefits.


The investigation by the committee was prompted by the resignation of the BBC's China editor Carrie Gracie, who quit after finding out she was paid two-thirds less than North America editor Jon Sopel.


MPs concluded that salaries at the BBC were set by "an opaque system of discretionary decisions by individual managers" who have "devolved powers to make their own personal choices on staff pay".




Former China Editor for the BBC, Carrie Gracie

It stated: "The Equality Act 2010 states that men and women must be paid the same for doing the same work, like work and work of equal value.


"Our evidence suggests women within the BBC are working in comparable jobs to men but earning far less.


"The corporation was unable to give us a good reason for why or how pay discrimination has been left unchallenged for so long.


"The BBC must take urgent action to remove discriminatory pay practice and its legacy from the organisation."


The report also criticised the BBC's own internal investigation that found there was no "evidence of gender bias" in BBC pay, and its grievance process, which was failing to address employees' concerns.




Jane Garvey says the new pay framework does nothing to help women

Woman's Hour presenter Jane Garvey, who has been outspoken on the issue of women's pay, said: "MPs on the committee sound as frustrated by the pace of change at the BBC as we are.


"The grievance process is complicated, stressful and time consuming, and the new pay framework does nothing to help women compare salaries to men doing the same work."


A group representing women at the BBC said the report reveals a lack of "transparency" and "independent oversight".

BBC Women, which represents female journalists and producers, said the corporation must fulfil its "moral duties", adding: "BBC management should lead by example, implement the recommendations made by the select committee immediately, meet its legal obligations on pay - and its moral duties as an organisation funded by the licence fee payer."




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The report also tackled the BBC's use of personal service contracts (PSCs), which involve people setting up their own companies and then working as contractors without the usual benefits offered to staff.


The alleged cost-saving practice left presenters without sick pay, maternity leave and other employment benefits.


The committee's report carries allegations that the BBC coerced some employees to give up these benefits and work as freelancers, saving the broadcaster tens of millions in National Insurance contributions.


Some of those who were on PSCs have now been ordered to repay tax that HMRC says should have been paid at the time.


DCMS chairman Damian Collins said: "Many are now facing bills of hundreds of thousands of pounds in unpaid income tax and National Insurance contributions. These are life-changing consequences.


"Where there's evidence that people were coerced into setting up these companies so they could carry on working as presenters, the BBC should offer compensation to cover their losses."


A Deloitte review found no evidence of staff being forced to move to PSC arrangements.

The BBC said in a statement: "While we still have more to do, much of this report is already out of date.


"Recent disclosures by other media organisations show that the BBC's gender pay gap is amongst the smallest and well below the national average. But we do hold ourselves to a higher standard.


"That is why our action on pay has seen the BBC make real progress in addressing equal pay cases; carry out an independent audit of equal pay overseen by a former Court of Appeal judge; introduce independent oversight so that disputes can be resolved; take clear steps to rebalance top talent pay; reform our pay structure to ensure fairness and give an unprecedented level of transparency and information about pay ranges for all staff; and, set up independent reviews to see what further steps should be taken on pay transparency.

"That's why so many colleagues have contributed to projects we're doing - on gender, ethnicity, disability, LGBT and socioeconomic diversity. We all want to make this a great place to work, where people are properly rewarded for their expertise and experience."


HMRC is yet to comment

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German Court Ruling Raises Questions about Bitcoin’s Legal Status

Until recently, Germany’s Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (BaFin) classified bitcoin as a financial instrument, but a subsequent court ruling disclaimed this categorization and decided that the cryptocurrency does not meet this definition under the terms of the German Banking Act (KWG).


Bitcoin Unrecognizable to German Legal Framework

The Berlin Court of Appeal in September dismissed a criminal proceeding against the operator of a local bitcoin trading platform. The German enforcement had arrested the administrator for facilitating the trades of financial instruments like bitcoin without obtaining a BaFin permit. While the Berlin-Tiergarten had sentenced the accused for providing financial services, the Berlin Regional Court reversed the judgment, stating that BaFin misinterpreted the legal status of bitcoin. According to Mondaq, The 4th Criminal Division of Berlin Court of Appeal favored the regional court’s ruling, confirming that the German regulators extended the scope of criminal law to bitcoin without synchronizing it with the banking acts.


Citing Section 1(11) of the KWG, the appeal court stated that neither the central bank nor any public authority issues bitcoin. The digital currency lacks general recognition and a stable value that could allow its use to compare goods or services. Therefore, it cannot gain the status of units of account – or financial instruments — contrary to what was enforced by the BaFin in May 2018.


The judgment also shed light on the matters related to the sale and purchase of bitcoin in Germany. The court, reading Section 1(32), ruled that bitcoin trading is not subjected to permits or licenses, and consequently – per Section 1(54) – was not a criminal offense. Due to these facts alone, BaFin couldn’t extend the scope of criminal penalties on the accused.


The appeal court also criticized the financial regulator for crossing the boundaries of federal authorities, stating that it was not their responsibility “to exercise a modifying influence (in particular) on criminal laws.”


Regulatory Inconsistencies Deepen


BaFin had classified bitcoin as a financial instrument. Following a recent court ruling, however, its legal status is less clear.

The court ruling has deepened the inconsistencies in the ways each European country interprets bitcoin law. The European Union has passed a motion in 2016 that enabled taxation of cryptocurrency holdings, investments, and profits. The provision, however, didn’t settle any definition for cryptocurrencies as a whole. Individual countries in the Eurozone awarded bitcoin a legal status in their jurisdictions, but the digital currency never attained a particular Europe-wide regulatory framework for itself.


Jörg von Minckwitz, President of Bitwala, a blockchain banking service based out of Germany, believes each European country should get on the same page before writing the first bitcoin bill.


“In the past years, Bitwala has repeatedly spoken out in favor of legal clarity and a regulatory level playing field in the EU,” he said in a statement provided to CCN. “As digitization affects society across borders, this can only be done in unison. Currently, every EU country seems to have their interpretation, which results in regulatory arbitrage to the detriment of German consumers and innovators.”


BaFin, after the court ruling, cannot penalize people holding or trading cryptocurrencies unless it joins hands with lawmakers to create new legal provisions to modify the KWG. As for now, bitcoin and similar digital assets will be subjected to European regulations.

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Paradise Threatened: Fiji’s War Against Climate Change

Between the international airport in Nadi, Fiji, and the capital city of Suva, the coastal road on the island of Viti Levu is lined with resorts and clogged with tour buses. It’s a route I took several times this spring when I visited friends in Suva, a bustling port city where cruise ships drop anchor year-round and deposit thousands of tourists.

The steady stream of hulking ships is emblematic of Fiji’s popularity, and a major source of income. But the country’s reliance on tourism, combined with vigorous development and the effects of rising global temperatures, have conspired against Fiji’s fragile environment.

The country now faces major environmental challenges, including deforestation, unsustainable fishing practices, and the introduction of invasive species, such as the crown-of-thorns starfish, that have led to the destruction of coral reefs. Rising sea levels has led to the erosion of Fiji’s coastal areas, and the intrusion of saltwater has destroyed farmland and forced residents to move to safer ground.

Before I arrived, I had read that Pacific Island nations were threatenedby rising temperatures and sea levels, but it wasn’t until my fifth day there, when my friends and I flew 45 minutes on a small prop plane to the island of Kadavu, that the threat came into full view.



Outside the shack that doubled as the terminal, we climbed into a pickup truck for the bumpy ride to a boat landing. There, we boarded a banana boat for a one-hour ride past shallow reefs and gumdrop specks of land until we reached a lagoon and Matava, a minimalist resort where we planned to stay two nights.


Ethan Aceni, a hotel worker at the Matava resort, picks basil leaves on Kadavu island.CreditAsanka Brendon Ratnayake for The New York Times

Walking around the grounds, which were built on a steep hill, the damage from Tropical Cyclone Keni, which had swept through the islands in mid-April, three weeks before our arrival, was obvious. Boats in the lagoon were out of commission. A pool that was under construction was a mess. A tree had fallen on top of the dive shop and hit one of the compressors. A path to a nearby village had disappeared in a landslide.

The storm had packed winds of more than 75 miles per hour and dropped nearly a foot of rain on Viti Levu. Kadavu was more directly in the storm’s path, and more than 800 homes were damaged. The storm came just a week after another cyclone, Josie.







Outrigger Fiji

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Keni and Josie were not as strong as the fierce Winston cyclone, which hit Fiji in 2016. But what surprised islanders was that the storms arrived weeks after the cyclone season was supposed to have ended. Although there is still much scientific debate about the impact of climate change on tropical cyclones, to many islanders the timing of the storms are evidence that warming temperatures are leading to shifting weather patterns and leaving the island increasingly vulnerable.



“We literally said, ‘Let’s build the pool because the cyclone season is over,’ and then we got hit,” Luke Kercheval, one of the owners of Matava, told me, adding that the storms had scared off visitors. “We got more rain in a week than some countries get in a year. That’s not normal.”

“Donald Trump might not agree, but it’s 100 percent about climate change,” he added. “I don’t need to be a scientist to figure this out.”


At Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort, Sakiusa Raiyawa shows tourists how to place coral stems into a rejuvenation cone made from sand and cement.CreditAsanka Brendon Ratnayake for The New York Times

The topic of climate change was everywhere in Fiji, even at the airport in Nadi, where a billboard read, “Airports Addressing Climate Change.” Fiji’s prime minister, Frank Bainimarama, is the current president of COP23, the United Nations Climate Change conference. In November, he brought two Fijian children with him to a conference in Bonn to remind delegates that the future of Fiji depends on action against the effects of climate change. Already, one-quarter of the country’s bird species and two-thirds of amphibians are threatened or endangered because of rising sea temperatures and overfishing.

A billboard I spotted captured the mood well: “We are all in the same canoe rising up against climate change.”

The ever-present discussion about Fiji’s fate gave me pause. Would Fiji’s stunning islands look the same in a decade or two? The soft breezes and gentle sunsets and crystal blue water at Matava made it hard to muster alarm. It also made me recall a conversation I had a few days before with Dick Watling, the founder of Nature Fiji, an environmental conservation group.


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At the Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort, guests help maintain a "coral garden" that the hotel built with the help of a Japanese aid organization.CreditAsanka Brendon Ratnayake for The New York Times

Mr. Watling arrived in Fiji about 35 years ago and was an astute observer of local politics and the issue of climate change. Over coffee at Cappuccino Republic in Suva, Mr. Watling said that Fiji’s leaders, like those elsewhere in the Pacific region, have become expert at extracting donations from wealthier nations. So he was not surprised that many of Fiji’s problems were being blamed on climate change because it might help attract foreign aid, while also letting lawmakers sidestep thornier issues like unbridled development and lax environmental regulations.

“The government sees this as a major opportunity,” Mr. Watling said. “COP23 is the best tourism marketing program we have ever produced by a country mile.”

Signs of eco-tourism were certainly evident in Fiji. At Matava, solar panels generated most of the electricity, including the lights and fans in our huts. The fruit and vegetables we ate were grown locally and the fish was caught nearby. The eggs came from the chickens at the resort. Bottles, cans and other recyclables were sent back to Viti Levu.

Living off the land did little to protect against Cyclone Keni, though. One of the resort’s boats had flipped upside down and its outboard motors were damaged. The chickens were swept away and the vegetable gardens were destroyed. Several workers at the resort lost their homes. The damage to the reefs made finding fish harder.

More on the environmental challenges facing Fiji and other island nations

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I chatted with Maika O’Conna, a boat captain who grew up on Kadavu who said traditional fishing grounds were under attack from poachers, too.



Overfishing and the destruction of the reefs was something I heard discussed back on Viti Levu. One day, I took a trip with my friend Sharon to the Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort, about a two-hour drive from Suva. There, the reef had been damaged by repeated storms and polluted runoff from a nearby stream. With the help of a Japanese aid organization, the hotel built coral gardens that its guests help maintain.

The gardens consist of large metal grates, or propagation racks, placed in the water about 100 feet from the shore. Jonacani Masi, one of the hotel workers, took us out to see them. He brought a dozen cones made of sand mixed with concrete that were the size of my hand. When we reached the grates, he dove underwater and returned with a healthy piece of brown spiky coral that looked like a deer antler. He broke it into smaller, finger-length pieces, and placed each one in a cone packed with quick-drying cement.

Snorkels and masks on, we swam down to the grates and placed the cones in the openings. We saw dozens of other cones with healthy-looking coral stems already there. Together, they created a small reef where none had existed. Fish nipped at my legs, protective of their newly claimed territory. When the coral fingerlings were big enough, they were replanted in the natural reef elsewhere.

“The reef was there for the taking, but it was also abused,” Kinijoji “Kenny” Sarai, Mr. Masi’s boss, said over a lunch of Spanish mackerel marinated in coconut milk, lemon and vinegar. Overfishing by locals depleted the reefs’ aquatic population, and forests cleared by developers led to more pollutants being dumped into rivers that flowed into the ocean, damaging the reefs. “We’re trying to bring the coral back to life.”


Young children from the village of Rukua sit on the tip of the boat as they head back to the village after replanting mangroves stems on the island of Beqa.CreditAsanka Brendon Ratnayake for The New York Times

Mr. Sarai, who grew up in a nearby village, said the locals are concerned about the damage to the reef. Part of its restoration included helping the reef regenerate, and also trying to convince locals not to fish in reefs being repaired. Though they were reluctant to see restrictions on their fishing rights, many villagers work at the Outrigger and other resorts and recognized that restoring the reef was a key to attracting tourists and, ultimately, preserving their jobs.

“People in Fiji know tourism is the big money earner,” he said. “There’s a national conversation around eco-tourism.”



The next day we set off for Beqa, an island six nautical miles offshore, to meet Sefano Katz. An Israeli by way of Australia, Mr. Katz is a marine biologist and an expert in coral ecosystems. He arrived in Fiji three years ago with the nonprofit group Pacific Blue Foundation to help the locals on Beqa preserve their reef, which is 10 miles wide and one of the largest in Fiji.

He lives in a village of about 200, where he teaches children about composting and restoring mangrove forests, which help protect the coastline from erosion caused by storm surge. He works with the elders to improve the sewage treatment so that polluted water doesn’t seep into the ocean. Villagers are also removing the crown-of-thorns starfish, which eat coral, from the reef.

Mr. Katz said he focuses on steps the villagers can take on their own rather than broad concepts like fighting climate change. He pointed to a study that showed that 48 percent of the damage to the Great Barrier Reef in Australia was from tropical storms and cyclones, and another 42 percent from crown-of-thorns starfish, whose population has exploded because of an increase in phosphorus runoff from sewage, and other issues. This, he said, was similar in Fiji.

“People protect what they understand,” he said. “That’s the way to make change.”

Mr. Katz took us to meet Filipe Kirikirikula, the 60-year-old head of the council of elders. We sat outside his home in the middle of the well-kept village by the beach. He supported Mr. Katz’s mission, which he said required changing age-old habits. “Most of the people just abuse the environment,” he said. “It’s quite difficult to teach them about conservation. People here have their own freedom.”

The days of going out on the reef with a spear to catch dinner were disappearing, he said. So he supported a plan to create an area to raise clams and fish that would be protected from poachers. It would also repopulate the reefs, which in turn would attract more divers who could be charged a fee, he said.

As the afternoon waned, Mr. Katz took us back to the mainland on his boat. Beqa, which legend has it, is home to the Fijian shark god, Dakuwaqa, faded from view as we skipped over the waves and around the swells.

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Ken Belson covers the N.F.L. He joined the Sports section in 2009 after stints in Metro and Business. From 2001 to 2004, he wrote about Japan in the Tokyo bureau.

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World’s longest sea bridge finally opens

THE world’s longest cross-sea bridge will soon connect Hong Kong and mainland China. But critics say it has one glaring problem with no easy solution.

Staff reporter and AFP

News Corp Australia NetworkOCTOBER 24, 20187:08AM

The Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge is seen in Hong Kong. Picture: APSource:AP

THE world’s longest sea bridge will open this week, finally connecting Hong Kong, Macau and mainland China after nine years of construction, but critics say not many people will be able to use it.

The opening comes at a time when Beijing seeks to tighten its grip on its semi-autonomous territories.

Chinese President Xi Jinping was expected to officiate at an opening ceremony in the mainland city of Zhuhai on Tuesday morning, but details of the event have been kept secret.

The 55-kilometre crossing, which includes a snaking road bridge and underwater tunnel, links Hong Kong’s Lantau island to Zhuhai and the gambling enclave of Macau, across the waters of the Pearl River Estuary.


An aerial view shows a van being driven on a section of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge (HKZM). Picture: AFPSource:AFP

A section of the Bridge seen from Lantau island in Hong Kong. Picture: AFPSource:AFP


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It is the second major infrastructure project tying Hong Kong to mainland China to launch in a matter of weeks, after the opening of a high-speed rail link last month.

Critics say the multibillion-dollar bridge is one more way to integrate Hong Kong into China as fears grow that the city’s cherished freedoms are being eroded.

The mega bridge will open to traffic on Wednesday, a day after the ceremony. Building began in 2009 and has been dogged by delays, budget overruns, corruption prosecutions and the deaths of construction workers.

The launch ceremony was hastily announced last week by mainland authorities with Hong Kong politicians and transport companies complaining they had been left in the dark.


Supporters of the project promote it as an engineering marvel that will also boost business and cut travel time, while others see it as a politically driven and costly white elephant.

The main bridge section is considered mainland territory and Hong Kong cars and drivers travelling over it “must comply with the laws and regulations of the mainland”, according to the city’s transport department.

An aerial view shows a section of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge. Picture: AFPSource:AFP







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Hong Kong residents will only be granted a licence to cross into Zhuhai by car if they meet highly selective criteria, including holding certain mainland government positions or making major contributions to charities in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong.

Most people will need to travel the bridge on private coaches and buses. Drivers of private cars will only be able to use it if they successfully apply for a special permit and the bridge won’t be served by public transport.

Hong Kong residents have criticised the bridge saying it’s a waste of tax payer funds.

And conservationists say the construction has led to falling numbers of the threatened Chinese white dolphin.

Towers above the bridge have been designed to look like dolphins, in honour of the white dolphin. The bridge’s curves are meant to resemble a snake, according to the designer.

Pro-democracy politician Eddie Chu told The Guardian the bridge was “basically redundant” after officials claimed traffic on the bridge would see about 25 per cent less traffic by 2030 because of another competing bridge.

Online commenters in Hong Kong complained about the bridge’s restricted access ahead of the launch.

Chinese security checks guest seats prior to the opening ceremony of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge. Picture: AFPSource:AFP

“Such a huge investment using the Hong Kong taxpayer’s money … yet basically it is not open to us at all,” said one comment on the South China Morning Post website.

Some Hong Kong media reported that the physical condition of drivers on the bridge would be monitored by cameras, including an alert sent if a driver yawns more than three times in 20 seconds.

A general view taken from Hong Kong shows a section of the bridge. AFPSource:AFP

The opening of the high-speed rail link also sparked criticism as it saw Chinese security stationed on Hong Kong soil for the first time at the city’s terminus.

Critics accused the Hong Kong government of giving away territory to an increasingly assertive Beijing.

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Passenger accused of groping woman on flight offers strange excuse

A MAN who allegedly grabbed a woman’s breast on a flight and was arrested found a strange way to defend the behaviour.

Kathleen Joyce

Fox NewsOCTOBER 25, 20188:30AM

A man has been accused of groping a female passenger mid-flight.Source:istock

A MAN accused of groping a female passenger on a Southwest Airlines flight allegedly told authorities US President Donald Trump “says it’s OK” to grab women by their private parts, according to a criminal complaint.

Bruce Michael Alexander, 49, of Tampa, Florida, made his initial appearance in federal court on Monday in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on a charge of abusive sexual contact following Sunday’s incident. It was not immediately clear if he had a lawyer, Fox News reported.

Mr Alexander was accused of grabbing a woman’s breast without her permission while on a flight from Houston to Albuquerque.

The woman told authorities she fell asleep on the flight when “she felt her clothes move and touching of fingers on her right side at and around her ‘bra line’,” according to a criminal complaint.

The alleged incident happened on a Southwest Airlines flight from Houston to Albuquerque. Picture: AFP/Daniel SlimSource:AFP






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She believed the touching was an accident until 30 minutes later it happened again. The woman said she turned around and told the passenger sitting behind her to stop and asked the crew to change her seat.

The woman described in detail what the suspect’s hands looked like.

“She saw a hand that had thick fingers, were hairy and dirty fingernails,” the criminal complaint stated.

Mr Alexander recalled in a written statement only that the woman in front of him had spoken to him and then changed seats.

Mr Alexander may have been referring to Donald Trump’s comments in an infamous Access Hollywood segment.Source:Supplied








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The criminal complaint stated when Mr Alexander was placed in handcuffs and taken in a vehicle, he stated: “The President of the United States says it’s OK to grab women by their private parts.”


Mr Alexander was presumably referring to the Access Hollywood tape from 2005 which emerged during the 2016 presidential campaign. In the recording, Mr Trump was heard talking about fame enabling him to grope women, a discussion he later apologised for and dismissed as “locker room” banter.

Mr Alexander remains in custody pending a preliminary hearing and a detention hearing scheduled for Tuesday.

Southwest Airlines told Fox News in a statement: “Customer Service Supervisors and local law enforcement officers were requested to meet flight 5421 upon arrival in Albuquerque from Houston due to reports of a customer’s alleged inappropriate behaviour on-board.”

— The Associated Press contributed to this report

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Inside the tiny African fishing island that’s half the size of a football pitch

THIS is one island where you will need to get on with your neighbours.

Migingo Island, on the border of Uganda and Kenya, is packed with tiny huts, four bars, a hair salon and several brothels, according to The Sun.

Migingo Island in Lake Victoria on the border of Uganda and Kenya. Picture: Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFPSource:AFP




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The fishing community is so heavily packed that homes overlap on the rocky outcrop.

More than 500 people live on the island, which is barely 2000sq m.

The East African nations are even in conflict over who owns the land — dubbed “Africa’s smallest war”.

Migingo — which is less than half the size of a standard soccer pitch — sits in Lake Victoria, the continent’s largest lake.

The island rises out of the waters of Lake Victoria like an iron-plated turtle. Picture: Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFPSource:AFP




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Fishermen mainly catch Nile perch. Picture: Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFPSource:AFP





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A woman cleans her items on Usingo island next to Migingo island on October 5, 2018. Picture: Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFPSource:AFP

At day, fishermen cast their nets to land Nile perch.

By night prostitutes from Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda arrive, and the workers drink at makeshift bars.

Ugandans and Kenyans now share the space after tensions threatened to escalate.


The densely populated island is barely a quarter of a hectare in area. Picture: Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFPSource:AFP

Residents are crammed into a hodgepodge of corrugated-iron homes, with seemingly little but a few bars, brothels and a tiny port. Picture: Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFPSource:AFP





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A woman holds her baby. Picture: Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFPSource:AFP

Kenyan and Ugandan fisherman don’t mix. Picture: Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFPSource:AFP

But fishermen from either nation refuse to mix with the other, and won’t go with their women.

Now photographer Yasuyoshi Chiba has caught stunning images revealing what life is like on the tiny island.

One picture shows villagers navigating tiny alleyways between corrugated iron homes.

A man uses his mobile phone on the tiny island. Picture: Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFPSource:AFP





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A woman cleans her bar. Picture: Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFPSource:AFP

Fishermen prepare their nets aboard their boats. Picture: Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFPSource:AFP

Nile perch being prepared to be cooked. Picture: Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFPSource:AFP

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DEATH OF MALARIA: British university uses gene tech to stop female mosquitoes laying eggs


SCIENTISTS at a British university were celebrating major breakthrough in WIPING OUT MALARIA today after successfully altering the genes of mosquitoes which carry the deadly illness to stop females from reproducing.


Malaria is carried by the Anopheles gambiae mosquito (Image: GETTY)

Researchers from Imperial College London managed to wipe out an entire population of caged mosquitoes using a form of genetic engineering referred to as a gene drive, during a series of laboratory experiments.

If applied successfully malaria will go the way of smallpox and rickets.

The findings of their study, which is published on yesterday in scientific journal Nature Biotechnology, reveal their efforts to eliminate the insects in less than 11 generations.

Lead researcher Professor Andrea Crisanti, from the Department of Life Sciences at Imperial, said: “2016 marked the first time in over two decades that malaria cases did not fall year-on-year despite huge efforts and resources, suggesting we need more tools in the fight.”

It was the first time gene drive had been able to suppress a population completely, overcoming resistance issues previous approaches have faced, Professor Crisanti explained.

He added: “This breakthrough shows that gene drive can work, providing hope in the fight against a disease that has plagued mankind for centuries.

“There is still more work to be done, both in terms of testing the technology in larger lab-based studies and working with affected countries to assess the feasibility of such an intervention.

“It will still be at least 5-10 years before we consider testing any mosquitoes with gene drive in the wild, but now we have some encouraging proof that we’re on the right path. 

Scientists tweaked the mosquito population's genes to produce infertile females which did not bite (Image: GETTY)

“Gene drive solutions have the potential one day to expedite malaria eradication by overcoming the barriers of logistics in resource-poor countries.”

Gene drives alter DNA, achieving genetic changes through multiple generations by overriding the biological processes which normally apply.

Malaria, which is carried by the Anopheles gambiae mosquitoes, killed between 445,000 and 731,000 people annually in 2016.

The vast majority of these people lived in Africa, according to World Health Organisation estimates.


Malaria kills hundreds of thousands of people annually – mostly in Africa (Image: GETTY)

In total, the figures suggested a total of 216 million cases worldwide.

The new technique specifically target Anopheles gambiae by altering a region of a so-called 'doublesex gene' in the mosquitoes, which is responsible for female development.

Males carrying this modified gene showed no changes, and neither did females with only one copy of it.

However, females

with two copies had both male and female characteristics – they did not bite, but did not lay eggs either.

As a result, the populations collapsed as a result of a lack of offspring.

One of the reasons doublesex was picked for the gene drive target was that it was thought not to tolerate any mutations, overcoming this potential source of resistance. 

In the study no functional mutated copy of the doublesex gene arose and spread in the population.

Professor Crisanti said the discovery offered hope to those battling the disease.

However, he added: “There is still more work to be done, both in terms of testing the technology in larger lab-based studies and working with affected countries to assess the feasibility of such an intervention.”


Prynx Posted on October 25, 2018 02:54

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Friends star David Schwimmer films hilarious spoof over Blackpool beer thief resemblance

Friends actor David Schwimmer has posted a video "proving" he was not behind an alleged theft carried out by a lookalike in Blackpool.


The footage shows him leaving a shop carrying a crate of cans, in an exact copy of the alleged theft.


He wrote on Twitter: "Officers, I swear it wasn't me. As you can see, I was in New York. To the hardworking Blackpool Police, good luck with the investigation."


Lancashire Constabulary continued the banter, replying with a tweet saying: "Thanks for being there for us," a reference to the long-running sitcom's theme tune.

Police posted a picture of the suspected thief, who bears a striking similarity to the actor, on Facebook asking the public for help identifying him.



The suspect was pictured leaving a restaurant in the town carrying what appeared to be a crate of cans after the alleged theft on 20 September.

Police were subsequently swamped with replies from people saying he looked like Ross Geller, the character Schwimmer played in Friends.


Their post was shared more than 40,000 times - and has attracted tens of thousands of likes from fans of the long-running US sitcom.


Schwimmer's response also proved popular, with many social media users re-tweeting it.



@Dave_O_Sullivan summed up the feelings of many, tweeting: "David Schwimmer just won the Internet 2018 Award. Well played."



@nattybstokie agreed, tweeting that "David Schwimmer has officially won the internet! Love him so much for this."

But @jocelynaspa was a little less kind, calling it the "best thing" Schwimmer has ever done.

In response to the original Facebook post, one user, referencing the Friends theme song, wrote: "I don't think it's been this guy's day, his week, his month or even his year....."

KaroA Posted on October 24, 2018 23:55

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A white couple's 'Kidnapped in Congo' wedding photo is causing controversy online

It’s as bad as it sounds.

A white couple decided to create a weird photo shoot for their wedding, complete with fake Congolese militia.

The bizarre photos feature a white bride in a whole host of awkward poses including being held at gunpoint by a black soldier and walking down a dirt road with little black children following.

Another had the bride standing in front of a crowd of Congolese adults and children with the caption: “Just cruising thru the ghetto in Congo in a wedding dress."

A different photo has a close up shot of what looks like her diamond wedding ring curled around an AK47 with the caption “Blood Diamonds".

American travel photographer John Milton and his wife had their wedding in the Democratic Republic of Congo back in 2017.

Congo has suffered through a number of civil wars in the past few decades, the result of which have been the death of hundreds of thousands of people and the displacement of more than four million refugees.

The civil wars gave birth to horrific forms of violence perpetrated by militia gangs, and the reverberations of the deadly conflicts are still felt in the country today.

What in the fresh yt hell is this mayo encrusted bullshit?

There are literally too many things wrong, here...

What in the fresh yt hell is this mayo encrusted bullshit?

There are literally too many things wrong, here...

the audacity of the caucasity

In light of such facts, people thought the photo shoot was…insensitive. And, well, racist.

The photos were uploaded to Facebook by an English teacher called Cecilia Christin. She told Business Insider she found the images on her Instagram Discover page as she runs a travel-themed Instagram.

I decided to share these pictures in order to foster discussion with my friends and following, specifically about the accessorisation of black bodies for this couple’s photo shoot.

Foster discussion she did.

The post was shared more than 8,000 times. One person wrote:

I do not claim these Caucasians. This just Screams [sic] distasteful and the 'ghetto' caption and the photo is just so wrong.

Another tagged a friend and said, “Look at this dumpster fire.”

Shortly after his images when viral, Milton seemed to have deleted his Instagram account, 30.raw.

It was Facebook user Lisa Leflore who nailed it with her reaction:

I don't...I just... what does one say here? I got nothing.


ruby Posted on October 24, 2018 18:35

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Woman horrified after receiving bridal party invite with VERY ‘rude’ requests

FACEBOOK users were quick to brand this bride-to-be as ‘rude’ and 'tacky'. The anonymous woman said the invitation asked guests to bring a salad or dessert, but also hinted it would be an “envelope party”. While giving money at a wedding is common, the Australian woman was baffled that the bride-to-be was asking for cash at her bridal shower.  Describing the demands as “classless”, the post sparked a furious debate on Facebook, with nearly 500 people leaving comments.

“To me, that’s just tacky and then to tell me and my mum what to bring as our dish. No thank you,” she wrote on Facebook.

The woman also revealed the mother-of-the-bride had also been hosting “flower making parties”.

She explained these events were to give family and those in the bridal party the opportunity to “go over and make their flower decorations for the venue”.

SLAMMED: The guest said the bride was asking for money at her shower (Pic: GETTY STOCK IMAGE) Unsurprisingly, the post sparked a furious debate online with many branding it “horrifying” and “tacky”. One wrote: “They should at least feed you if you are asked to bring money to an envelope in a shower. I’m happy to bring a dish, especially if it’s a close friend but… I’m feeling a strong NO!” Another added: “Don’t throw a party if you can’t afford to feed your guests AND if you can’t afford to feed your guests don’t ask them to bring food AND money.”  A third slammed: “So they want your money and they also don’t want to supply the party and expect the guests to do that too? I would laugh at this and the person who gave it to me.”

Previously, another bride was slammed for making a “rude” wedding invite mistake. A woman, who had been asked to attend the hen do, was upset to be snubbed from the actual wedding day. She shared her misery on popular parenting site Mumsnet. The woman explained: “I noticed on Instagram a few weeks ago she made her wedding invitations and thought oh how lovely, then noticed some mutual friends posting they received theirs. “Still not received mine but again I thought the wedding isn’t until early next year so maybe she’s sending them out in bunches?  “The group chat has resurrected and a date for the hen do confirmed. “All the hens discussing how excited they are and how lovely they thought the home made wedding invitations are. Everyone has had an invite but me!”

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Unocoin Co-Founder Arrested Over Non-Functional Bitcoin ATM in India

Indian authorities have arrested the co-founder of Unocoin, an upstart Bitcoin exchange in India.


According to Times of India, Harish BV, co-founder of Unocoin, was taken into custody for illegally operating the “first” Bitcoin ATM in the world’s second-largest nation, located in Bangalore. The BTM was located in the Kemp Fort Mall.


Bitcoin ATM Not Even Working At Time of Arrest

As earlier reported, Unocoin had been taking baby steps in the implementation of its cash-to-coin (and vice versa) operations. They wrote on Twitter:


Our Machine didn’t go well with few mainstream media reports who projected it under a negative light. The machine is still under final testing mode and it will be up and running in the upcoming week.


People in the cryptosphere are no strangers to the dangers of toxic misinformation. Another founder of Unocoin, Sathvik Viswanath, told the media that the BTM was not actually even running at the time of Harish BV’s arrest. It was in “final testing mode.” A likely source of the police involvement was mall management, as according to Viswanath, the mall’s management had recently become uneasy about the BTM’s presence.


The reason for panic is because of fake videos on Kannada and English channels. Due to this, our kiosk is not operational. We’ve been trying actively to get these videos pulled down.


The Struggle Ahead for Crypto India

Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are hardly new, but every country and culture have taken their own paths to adoption and acceptance. Government policy on the subject is extremely important in this regard, and the Indian government appears to be like most governments: decidedly not in favor and in some ways vehemently against. Viswanath pointed to specific remarks from earlier this year from the Indian Finance Minister Arun Jaitely specifically stated that bitcoins are not “legal tender” in India and that the government would work diligently to prevent cryptos from being used in “illegitimate” activities.


Viswanath is quick to point out that not qualifying as legal tender does not make Bitcoin an illegal asset.


The minister’s statement was clear: cryptocurrencies are not legal tender in India. He did not say ‘illegal tender.’ There’s a huge difference. It means you bear the risk of your investment and there’s no regulation for the industry.


Nevertheless, a crypto businessman sits in jail today, with local police using the media to discourage people from engaging in Bitcoin activity and promising more arrests. His firm offers an Android wallet, a liquid market for Ether and Bitcoin, and it is with some degree of irony that as recently as June they were writing in defense of US regulatory practices as regards Bitcoin.


Like anything else, government over-reaction to cryptocurrencies and bullying leads to black markets, which are exactly the sort of thing the government has promised to mitigate. As such, the Indian LocalBitcoins market appears strong, with apparently better rates for acquisition. LocalBitcoins is more of a “gray” market, with peers incurring their own risk in making in-person trades on a daily basis the world over.

KaroA Posted on October 24, 2018 16:28

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CNN's New York office receives suspicious package similar to those sent to Clintons, Obama

The New York Police Department urged people to avoid Columbus Circle, where CNN's offices are located.


Live Coverage: Suspicious packages intercepted addressed to Obama, Clinton

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Oct. 24, 2018 / 3:50 PM GMT+1 / Updated 3:53 PM GMT+1

By Elisha Fieldstadt and Jonathan Dienst

CNN's New York office was evacuated Wednesday after a package arrived that was similar to suspicious packages found near the New York home of Bill and Hillary Clinton and another sent to former President Barack Obama in Washington, D.C., a senior law enforcement official said.

The New York Police Department urged people to avoid Columbus Circle, where CNN's offices are located. The entire Time Warner Center, which houses the CNN newsroom, was evacuated, according to a memo sent to staff.

Jim Sciutto, a CNN correspondent, tweeted that the bomb squad responded. "We’re told of explosive device received," he wrote. Sciutto and Poppy Harlow were on air at approximately 10:09 a.m. when a fire alarm went off.


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The package sent to Hillary Clinton was discovered on Tuesday in Westchester County, New York, and a second in Washington, D.C., the FBI and Secret Service said in a statement.

"The packages were immediately identified during routine mail screening procedures as potential explosive devices and were appropriately handled as such. Both packages were intercepted prior to being delivered to their intended location. The protectees did not receive the packages nor were they at risk of receiving them," the statement said.

Luke Posted on October 24, 2018 15:02

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Suspicious packages sent to Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, Secret Service says

The first package was recovered on Tuesday in Westchester County, New York, and a second in Washington, D.C., the FBI and Secret Service said in a statement.

Secret Service intercepts suspicious packages sent to Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton

Oct. 24, 201803:38

Oct. 24, 2018 / 2:20 PM GMT+1 / Updated 3:16 PM GMT+1

By Minyvonne Burke

The U.S. Secret Service is investigating a suspicious package found near the New York home of Bill and Hillary Clinton and one sent to former President Barack Obama in Washington, D.C.

The first package was discovered on Tuesday in Westchester County, New York, and a second in Washington, D.C., the FBI and Secret Service said in a statement.

"The packages were immediately identified during routine mail screening procedures as potential explosive devices and were appropriately handled as such. Both packages were intercepted prior to being delivered to their intended location. The protectees did not receive the packages nor were they at risk of receiving them," the statement said.

The Clintons' home in Chappaqua, New York on Jan. 3, 2017.WNBC

"The Secret Service has initiated a full scope criminal investigation that will leverage all available federal, state, and local resources to determine the source of the packages and identify those responsible.”

The New York bureau of the FBI tweeted that they are aware of the situation and are working with other law enforcement agencies to investigate.

“We condemn the attempted violent attacks recently made against President Obama, President Clinton, Secretary Clinton, and other public figures," said White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders. "These terrorizing acts are despicable, and anyone responsible will be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law. The United States Secret Service and other law enforcement agencies are investigating and will take all appropriate actions to protect anyone threatened by these cowards.”


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Live Coverage: Suspicious packages intercepted addressed to Obama, Clinton

The package was located around near the Clintons' home in Chappaqua, New York, a suburb of New York City.

This comes days after an explosive device was found in the mailbox of George Soros' New York home.

Law enforcement officials said that device "had the components" of a bomb and contained explosive powder. It was detonated as a precaution, and no one was injured.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

Luke Posted on October 24, 2018 14:59

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Turkish police shoot driver near Israeli ambassador's residence

Police in Ankara shoot a tractor driver in the leg after he refuses to stop his vehicle and crashes into cars; the driver says he planned to hit the Israeli embassy in the Turkish capital; Israeli official: 'this has nothing to do with the embassy.'

Police in Ankara shot a driver of a tractor Tuesday that struck a series of cars in the Turkish capital and appeared headed for the Israeli embassy.The driver told police in his initial statement that he planned to drive to the Israeli embassy in Ankara and stage a protest, state-owned Anadolu news agency reported.

Turkish police shoot tractor driver.

The man, identified as a 45-year-old farmer, was eventually stopped in an area close to the Israeli ambassador's residence. It was unclear whether the driver mistook the residence for the embassy.

The Ankara governor's office said the man had been under treatment for psychological problems since 2007.

Anadolu Agency said police guarding the parliament building fired warning shots into the air to stop the tractor on Ataturk Boulevard that is lined with government buildings and embassies. The report said the tractor continued on its way, hitting and crushing cars on the route.

The tractor was eventually stopped on a street some two kilometers away from the Israeli residence. The tractor crashed into parked cars before coming to a halt, according to an Associated Press journalist who rushed to the scene.

An Israeli official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said he believed the incident was not linked to the Israeli mission."To the best of our knowledge this has nothing to do with the embassy. He was on his way to demonstrate outside a (Turkish) government ministry. The incident happened near the ambassador’s residence, and not the embassy," the official emphasized.

Israel's Ambassador to Ankara, Eitan Na'eh, was expelled from Turkey in May, following severe crisis with Turkey over the death of 61 Palestinian protesters during the "March of Return" riots.

Prior to his return to Israel, Na'eh was humiliated at the Istanbul International Airport, as he was made to undergo a strict security screening in front of media cameras.,7340,L-5372348,00.html

ruby Posted on October 24, 2018 12:34

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Mysterious gold relic finally identified after baffling scientists for almost 150 years

The origin of a mysterious golden relic has been identified after leaving archaeologists baffled for almost 150 years.

The small, flat golden plate was uncovered alongside a female skeleton and a coin at a grave site beneath York station in 1872.

After more than a century of intrigue, a team at Yorkshire Museum - alongside experts from around the world - have revealed it is a Roman mouth plaque dating from the third century.

The 1,800-year-old plaque is the only example of its kind in Britain, and one of only 23 discovered worldwide.

The plaque would be used to cover the mouth of a dead body, and experts said it would usually be used by a person of high status.

But mystery still surrounds how and why it was used, with theories including it being a magical or medicinal amulet to protect the person in death, or a sinister talisman to silence or restrain them.

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Yorkshire Museum assistant curator of archaeology Adam Parker said he is planning to carry out more tests on the female skeleton to shed more light on the mouth plaque itself.

This could include ancient DNA testing and stable isotope analysis to try to establish where the woman was from.

Mr. Parker said most of the other mouth plaques were found in the far eastern parts of the former Roman Empire in Syria, Turkey and Crimea, apart from one found in France.

He added: "The hope is if the skeleton could be proved to have an eastern link, where the other examples of the practice are, that would show a level of mobility of this unusual practice from one end of the empire to the other."

The woman is believed to have been between 18 and 30 when she died, and along with the mouth plaque she was buried with a fake silver coin dated between 202 to 210.

The coin, which was made of copper with a silver wash over the top, had the face of Septimius Severus on one side and Fortuna, the goddess of luck on the other.

Severus was Roman Emperor from 193 until his death in York in 211, but it is not clear whether the woman was buried during this period or later.

khojho Posted on October 24, 2018 12:25

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Teenager's Reaction To Girl Getting Her Period On A Bus Is Going Viral

A young boy is receiving praise all over the internet after a parent shared the kind-hearted thing he did for a girl on the school bus.

The girl in question was on the school bus home when, unknown to her, she started her period - a pretty difficult thing for girls to deal with anyway, so adding in the school bus, in front of all her peers, must have made it even more difficult.

For the girl though, her uncomfortable situation was eased when a boy was quick to help out.

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Her mum posted in the Gurgaon Moms Facebook group, saying: "My daughter started her period on the bus ride home today. A boy a year older than her... that she doesn't really know... pulled her aside and whispered in her ear that she had a stain on the back of her pants and gave her his sweater to tie around her waist so she could walk home off of the bus."

The mum went on to praise not only the youngster for the help he gave her daughter but, the boy's mum too for 'raising him right'.

She continued: "She said she was kind of embarrassed and originally said it's okay... but the boy insisted and told her 'I have sisters, it's all good!' If you are this boy's Mom... I want to say thank you and that you are raising him right!!

"We hear so many bad things about today's youth, and I wanted to share something positive!"


People have left comments praising the boy and his kindness.

One person said: "He's a star not many would of [sic] done this I'm sure he become a gentleman in years to come and he will treat a woman how she should be treated."

Another said: "Good on him. And a very well done to his parents. What a lovely young man he is guna grow up to be. If my son turns out like this I'll be more than happy and proud."

A third person posted: "Well done to this boy for doing this I hope more boys take note and behave in the same way towards any girl in the same situation in the future."

This boy's actions are enough to warm hearts but also put faith into the next generation of youngsters - because it's good to look out for other, isn't it?


Featured Image Credit: PA

khojho Posted on October 24, 2018 11:50

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Now Is The Perfect Time To (Re)Play Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare

That tension in the air? That fizzing, crackling expectation? It might have something to do with the imminent release of Red Dead Redemption 2, undoubtedly this year's most anticipated game.

You can bet that when Rockstar Games' Wild West adventure is released for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on 26 October, more than a few duvet days are getting taken. (Glances around office; fixes likely candidates with a knowing stare.)

And if it's anything like its predecessor, 2010's superlative open-worlder Red Dead Redemption, it's a game that'll race straight to the top of countless critics' end-of-the-year lists.

Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare

But if you simply cannot wait until Friday to get yourself some gun-slinging satisfaction, and what with it being late October, may we point you in the direction of Red Dead Redemption's devilishly supernatural DLC, Undead Nightmare.

Originally released a few months after its parent game - and readily available today as a standalone (no original Red Dead Redemption necessary) disc for Xbox 360 (backwards compatible on Xbox One) and PS3 - Undead Nightmare takes the map of the main game, its protagonist John Marston and his family, and delivers a zombies-everywhere campaign into insanity.

It plays like Red Dead Redemption, right down to some of those weirdly floaty controls you might remember. But instead of blasting holes through cowpokes and bandits, Undead Nightmare lines up an array of ghoulish undead nasties for John to put down.


Kill the head, and the body will die: words to remember, right there, because it's only by popping brains that the slavering masses, desperate to get their gobs around your noggin, will finally be laid to rest. Alternatively, you can set fire to these skull-munchers with a flaming torch - but not all of these unholy horrors are classically sluggish, so it's often better to deal with them from a safe distance.

Really, what more could you ask for with the next Red Dead on the horizon, and the small matter of Halloween looming, next week?

And if you start tonight, you could have Undead Nightmare finished in time for Red Dead Redemption 2 - the DLC should take nine or ten hours to get through, which is pretty manageable over a couple of evenings, and rather less than the reported 60 hours that it'll take to complete the new game.

Regarded as one of the greatest DLC (downloadable content) releases of all time, Undead Nightmare takes a lighter tone than Red Dead Redemption proper, and no doubt its sequel. But while the very nature of a zombie outbreak makes for some bloody good fun, and instances of gory comedy, it's not without its serious and tender moments.

Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare

I've been replaying Undead Nightmare this week, in preparation for Red Dead Redemption 2, and was surprised by how respectfully it (occasionally) treats the passing of zombie-turned characters from the main game, foremost amongst them the father of a fan favourite. That was a quiet scene of real dramatic weight, unexpected so soon after a healthy dose of undead slaughter.

And then there's the mission that takes John into Sasquatch country, up in the Tall Trees area of the map. No spoilers here, but if you can go through with the final act of questionable mercy, you're a colder-hearted player than me.

After Grand Theft Auto V featured no single-player, story mission DLC, we're not holding any breath for Red Dead Redemption 2 being followed by something in the model of Undead Nightmare. But, if Rockstar wanted to surprise us with a grisly treat, sometime in 2019, we'd welcome it like your garden-variety zombie does an all-day brain buffet, with a side of finger foods. Made of real fingers, obviously.

Featured Image Credit: Rockstar Games

khojho Posted on October 24, 2018 11:25

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All the Hidden Ghosts You Missed In The Haunting Of Hill House

Halloween is nearly here, and for those of who you who just don't quite get the same rush you used to from trick or treating, there is a new series on Netflix that will help you cack yourself.

The Haunting of Hill House was released on the streaming service almost two weeks ago and there have been reports of viewers passing out and vomiting from watching the show, which is surely the ultimate seal of approval for any horror... Even the cast said they were seeing things when they made the series.

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The horror is based on Shirley Jackson's 1959 novel of the same name and uses flashbacks to tell the story of the five Crain family siblings, each of whom are dealing with repressed trauma and PTSD following their childhoods growing up in the super creepy Hill House.

But beyond all the unavoidable pass out/puke up/shit yourself moments, there are also 'dozens' of ghosts looming in the background throughout the show, series creator Mike Flanagan has revealed - adding to the near constant sense of dread and creepiness.

Speaking to Vulture, he said: "We actually hid dozens of ghosts throughout the series, in plain sight, in the deep background of shots. We don't call any attention to them, but they're there.

"If you look in a door frame, or under the piano, or behind a curtain in a lot of otherwise ordinary scenes, you'll see someone there."

So whereabouts are these hidden spectres? Time to play a ghostly game of where's wally; look away now if you don't want to know where they are (or just miss them again).


Episode 1

Even if you only managed to get through the first minute of the first episode, then you were faced with a ghost. Before a character has been introduced, a glimpse of a face can be seen lurking by the stairs.

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Did you notice this blurred figure in the background while Steven (and probably you) were panicking about the rattling door knob?

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When you're running for your life, it's probably best not to look back - but did you?

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Who's this cheeky fella behind the clock?

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Episode 2

Did you know there were two kids in this shot?

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This one's quite tricky - three ghostly where's wally points if you spotted it.

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Episode 3

This ghost is particularly sneaky. If you did spot it then no doubt it would have given you the heebie jeebies.

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By contrast, this ghost is doing a shit job of being a ghost. It doesn't even look like a ghost and it is just stood there, semi-obscured. They're also stood right in front of the kids, who don't even bat an eyelid, meaning the children are either really rubbish at spotting ghosts, or this ghost is just so rubbish that they aren't even remotely terrified by it.

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This is a very hard one. Four ghostly where's wally points for spotting it. Clue - the child is looking in the wrong place.

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This ghost is way less see through than the glass it is stood behind. Silly ghost.

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What ya doing down there?

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She's behiiiiind youuuu

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Is this one scarier because the ghost is bald? Yes. Are all ghosts bald? No.

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Apparently there is a mysterious face way in the background in this one.

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'Wait for me!'

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Episode 4

Did you notice this fuzzy headless chair-dweller?

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How about this rare sighting of a blonde ghost?

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All the ghostly where's wally points if you spotted the face in this cabinet.

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Episode 5

This ghost is in its familiar haunt by the stairs.

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They're waaaatching...

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Ewwww this one is horrible. What on earth is it doing there with its horrible hands? Yuck.

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This one's a bit boring.

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Episode 7

It's behiiiind you agaaain...

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Ewwww agaaain. Get your hand off that wall; why are ghost hands so scary?!

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The blondie returns.

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Episode 9

They're often behind you, turns out...

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This one's face is horribly clear.

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The old haunt.

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Episode 10

Once again - they, are, behind, you.

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Featured Image Credit: Netflix/The Haunting of Hill House

khojho Posted on October 24, 2018 11:21

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Peter Crouch And Abbey Clancy To Star On 'Celebrity GoggleBox'

Celebrity Gogglebox is back for another year and this time we'll see none other than the Stoke City footballer Peter Crouch take to the couch with his wife, model and TV presenter, Abbey Clancy and her dad, Geoff.

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The trio will be reviewing - in other words gawping and gossiping - at the week's TV highlights in a special edition of the show as part of Channel 4 and Cancer Research UK's Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C).

Both Peter and Abbey said they were huge fans of the TV review programme and the campaign SU2C.

They said in a statement: "We are such huge fans of Gogglebox so being able to take part in it together is amazing, especially when it's for such a brilliant cause. The work being done by the Stand Up To Cancer campaign is phenomenal and we are thrilled to be able to play our part."

Along with looking forward to seeing if the famous couple gossip and slag off some weeknight TV, the show will also feature some of the genuine Gogglebox households including Giles and Mary, Jenny and Lee and the Siddiquis - all of who have gained a form of mini-celebrity status since joining the show.

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This isn't the first time the BAFTA award winning show has broadcast in support of SU2C with celebrity guests - in recent years the show has had some rather unlikely celebs share the sofa.

From Naomi Campbell and Noel Gallagher to Jamie Dornan and Nick Frost, Ed Sheeran, Liam Gallagher, Jeremy Corbyn and Boy George to pop stars Olly Murs and Niall Horan and comedian Miranda Hart (along with her real-life mother, Diana) - all have featured on the show all in the name of charity.

Last year Liam Gallagher appeared on the show with his son, following in the footsteps of his older - and almost as outspoken - brother Noel.

Noel appeared on the show, giving his opinion alongside 90s pals and models, Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell, in a 2014 episode of the TV show.

SU2C launched back in the UK back 2012 as a joint campaign between Cancer Research UK and Channel 4 in order to raise funds for translational research, accelerating new cancer treatments and tests to UK patients to save more lives, more quickly.

So far, the campaign has raised more than £38 million in the UK to date - this has allowed funding 35 trials and projects involving more than 8,000 cancer patients and supporting one international Dream Team.

Featured Image Credit: Channel 4

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khojho Posted on October 24, 2018 11:11

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Second migrant caravan in Guatemala heads toward Mexico

A group of more than a thousand Central Americans in Guatemala headed toward the Mexican border on Tuesday as the first caravan of migrants paused in southern Mexico on its planned journey toward the U.S. border.

U.S. President Donald Trump has vowed to begin cutting millions of dollars in aid to Central America and called the caravan in Mexico a national emergency as he seeks to boost his Republican Party's chances in the Nov. 6 congressional elections.

The caravan, which has been estimated at 7,000 to 10,000 mostly Honduran migrants fleeing violence and poverty in their homelands, is currently in the town of Huixtla in Chiapas state around 31 miles (50 km) north of the Guatemalan border.

Mexico's government said in a statement on Tuesday that it had received 1,699 requests for refugee status, including children. The government estimates there are around 4,500 people in the group.

Hundreds of migrants were resting in Huixtla on Tuesday, as religious groups and companies donated clothes. Local authorities provided vaccines, food and drink.

"When we heard the caravan was coming (we joined)...people in Guatemala are also suffering from poverty. So this is an opportunity to improve my family's life," said Elsa Romero, a Guatemalan mother of four.

Migrant Alexander Fernandez said the column planned to move again early on Wednesday morning.

Related slideshow: Photos of the Central American Immigrant Caravan (Provided by The Atlantic)

Separately, Casa del Migrante, a migrant shelter in Guatemala City, said more than 1,000 people who set out from Honduras were moving through Guatemala toward the Mexican border. Some local media said there were more than 2,000.

Trump and fellow Republicans have sought to make the caravan and immigration issues in the election, which will determine whether their party keeps control of the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives.

Honduran authorities say that at least two men have died so far on Mexican roads during the advance of the caravan. One of the men fell off a truck in Mexico, and the other died trying to get onto a truck in Guatemala, authorities said.

The caravan in Mexico is still far from the United States border - more than 1,100 miles (1,800 km).

Mexico, which has refused Trump's demands that it pay for a border wall between the countries, tries to walk a fine line between showing solidarity with the Central American migrants and responding to Washington's demands to control its borders.

Mexico hopes to disperse the convoy long before it can reach the border, telling migrants to register with authorities in order to submit applications for asylum in Mexico.

That process can last weeks, and migrants are supposed to stay where they register while applications are processed. If they violate those rules, they face deportation.

(Reporting by Delphine Schrank and Sofia Menchu; editing by Grant McCool)

khojho Posted on October 24, 2018 11:06

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Grandfather Was Left Fighting For His Life After 'Developing Sepsis From Biting Nails'

A grandfather was left fighting for his life after he developed sepsis from 'biting his nails'.

Ricky Kennedy believes he's lucky to be alive after contracting the infection which is renowned for being a 'silent killer'.

The 57-year-old claims that the sepsis started after he nibbled his nail down too far and a blister ended up appearing on his thumb.

Ricky Kennedy and his wife Ghislaine. Credit: Media Scotland

He was given a 50 percent chance of surviving the terrifying ordeal and spent months in hospitals battling the disease.

Sepsis kills around 44,000 people in the UK every year and occurs when the body reacts to an infection by attacking its own organs and tissues.

He eventually went to see the GP as he was growing concerned about the blister. He was prescribed antibiotics to clear a suspected infection but when it began to spread to his arms and chest he was rushed to hospital.

Mr Kennedy, from Dumbarton in Scotland, told the Lennox Herald: "I didn't think for a second that the cut on my thumb was the cause of it all. It was tiny.

"I had bitten my nail like that hundreds of times before so to think it almost killed me is terrifying. I was in so much pain, I couldn't move. I thought I was having a heart attack and I really did think I was going to die.

Credit: Media Scotland

"If it wasn't for Ghislaine [his 65-year-old wife] phoning an ambulance I would be dead."

He was diagnosed with sepsis after Mrs Kennedy called the doctor to visit their home, the pair were then told it would be a matter of life or death.

Mr Kennedy's wife explained: "By the time the doctor got here it was all spreading down Ricky's arms and chest. He was absolutely delirious - he didn't even know what age he was and he could barely breathe or stand up. I didn't think he was going to make it."

Mr Kennedy endured months of hospital stays in the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital - the first of which remain a blur.

He continued: "I don't remember a thing from when I was first taken to hospital. All I can remember is asking a nurse if I was going to die.

"It was a terrible time and you sink into a depression being stuck in hospital for that long. I just wanted to come home but we were so lucky to have so many people visit and help us through it."

Credit: Media Scotland

Mr Kennedy now faces major surgery on his collarbone to replace the eroded bones and is still in excruciating pain but added: "I'm lucky to be alive. I may never be as healthy or as strong as I was, but I'm still here with my family and that is very precious to me."

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khojho Posted on October 24, 2018 10:59

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BREAKING: Cops searching for mum missing for 15 days treating disappearance as 'MURDER'

COPS searching for a Brit mum-of-five who has been missing for more than 15 days have said they believed she may have been murdered. Sarah Wellgreen's car was left at her home and her bank and credit cards have not been used since she vanished on October 9.  The 46-year-old has not been in contact with her family since. Despite extensive searches in the countryside and roads around her home in New Ash Green, Kent, no sightings of Sarah have been reported and police admit they now think the mum-of-five might have been murdered. Detective Superintendent Paul Fotheringham said today: "Detectives are investigating the disappearance of 46-year-old Sarah Wellgreen from New Ash Green. "The disappearance is being treated as suspicious and a potential murder.

"Sarah Wellgreen was last seen in the Bazes Shaw area during the evening of Tuesday October 9 and she has not been in contact with her family since." 

Sarah's car was left at her home and there as been no activity on her bank or credit cards since she vanished. 

Police said it is "entirely out of character for her to go missing". 

"Having conducted extensive inquiries and searches, this case is now being treated as a potential murder," the detective said.

(Pic: PA)

MISSING: Sarah's disappearance is being treated as a possible murder (Pic: PA)

"Sarah has disappeared without a trace, the only item missing from the home is her black iPhone 4.

"Officers have conducted extensive searches in New Ash Green and surrounding rural areas.

"While we continue our investigation and inquiries, I would urge anybody who saw anything suspicious in the New Ash Green area at around the time Sarah went missing, that is overnight from the evening of Tuesday October 9, into the morning of Wednesday October 10, to contact us.

"We have experts with specialist technology and forensic scientists working with us to try and find Sarah."

SEARCH: Sarah Wellgreen has been missing for 15 days (Pic: LNP)

Police are asking locals to check CCTV cameras and for anyone with information to come forward.

"Residents, businesses and landowners in the rural areas around New Ash Green are asked to check their outhouses and areas surrounding their properties.

"We are particularly interested to hear from anyone with fixed CCTV cameras within a five mile radius of New Ash Green, whether this is residential or commercial CCTV to come forward.

"Likewise, anyone who was out on the evening of the October 9 to the morning of October 10 in that five mile area who has dashcam in their vehicle, please contact us.

"We are also appealing to those living and working in the area bordered by the A2, M25, Meopham, Cobham, Horton Kirby and Darenth to check their sheds, outbuildings and areas of rough ground or woodland for any sign of Sarah.

"Dog walkers and anyone out in rural areas should also call us if they see anything that seems suspicious.

"If you think you may have seen Sarah or something suspicious but are not sure, please do not hesitate to call and let us know.

"I would like to take this opportunity to thank those who have already called us, assisted with searches or sent messages of support to family who have been badly affected by Sarah's disappearance," he added.

jmparker Posted on October 24, 2018 10:53

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Peruvian archeologists discover pre-Columbian statues

Archeologists in Peru have found 20 800-year-old wooden statues in the largest pre-Columbian site in the Americas, Culture Minister, Patricia Balbuena and researchers revealed on Monday.

The statues, all but one of which were in a good condition, were found in the Chan Chan archeological site: a city that was once the capital of the Chimu Kingdom and pre-dated the Inca Empire.

Located close to the north Peruvian modern city of Trujillo, Can Chan was comprised of 10 citadels, or walled palaces, in its six kilometer squared (2.3 square miles) center of a wider city that measured 20 square kilometers.

Each statue measures 70-centimeters (27.5 inches) in height and they were aligned in niches in the wall of a ceremonial corridor decorated with high mud reliefs in a thousand-year-old building.

The corridor where they were found, buried in earth, was only discovered in June in the Utzh An or Great Chimu palace.

"It's an important discovery for its age and the quality of its decoration," said Balbuena while visiting the site.

© Provided by AFP The wooden statues are painted black with beige clay masks and a circular object, possibly a shield, on their backs The statues, discovered in September, are black with beige clay masks and "would be the oldest sculptures known to date in Chan Chan," said archeologist Arturo Paredes, who is leading the dig.

Each sculpture is standing with a circular object on its back, perhaps a shield.

The corridor is decorated with squares, like a chessboard, and waves in high relief, while there are also images of the "lunar animal," a mythical symbol common in pre-Hispanic cultures along the north Peruvian coast, according to archeologist Henry Gayoso.

The Chimu culture flourished between 900 and 1450 AD on the northern coast of Peru and at its apogee, Chan Chan, which means resplendent sun, had 30,000 inhabitants.

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Only 14 square kilometers of the original complex remains but even that is under threat from the climate, looting and residential encroachment.

It attracts thousands of tourists from all over the world every year.

Some 500 people, including 50 archeologists are working on investigative and preservation projects in Chan Chan, which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1986.

khojho Posted on October 24, 2018 10:42

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Angelina Jolie jets off to Peru to address Venezuelan refugee crisis

Angelina Jolie is working with Peru's Foreign Minister, Nestor Popolizio, to seek aid for refugees arriving in the country from Venezuela.

The Oscar winner and United Nations ambassador met the politician at the Government Palace in Lima, Peru on Tuesday (23Oct18) for a brief photo opportunity before the pair sat down to discuss the refugee crisis.

Jolie also met with the migrants arriving in the country.

"Every Venezuelan I met described the situation in their country as desperate," Angelina told Popolizio. "I heard stories of people dying because of a lack of medical care and medicine, cancer patients whose chemotherapy was abruptly stopped, diabetes sufferers without access to insulin, children without basic antibiotics, people starving, and tragic accounts of violence and persecution.

"None of the Venezuelans I met want charity. They want an opportunity to help themselves. The message that I heard consistently was, 'We didn’t want to leave, we had to leave'. After having spoken to so many people, it is clear to me that this is not movement by choice."

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Angelina's work with refugees and aid volunteers around the world landed her a special position with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in 2012, when she was made a Special Envoy to represent the U.N. at the diplomatic level.

Earlier this year (18), she visited the devastated city of Mosul in Iraq, less than one year after its liberation from ISIS occupation, and met many displaced locals.

It was her 61st mission in her role for the UN.

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"This is the worst devastation I have seen in all my years working with UNHCR," the actress said at the time. "People here have lost everything. Their homes are destroyed. They are destitute. They have no medicine for their children, and many have no running water or basic services. They are still surrounded by bodies in the rubble.

"The girls I met talked about the years of not being able to go to school, and of seeing people killed, and of feeling too afraid to leave their houses. It is deeply upsetting that people who have endured unparalleled brutality have so little as they try, somehow, to rebuild the lives they once had."

khojho Posted on October 24, 2018 10:40

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Will the Saudi King Fire His Own Son?

How do you dethrone your favorite son?

This is the excruciating dilemma facing Saudi King Salman, who must soon decide whether to fire his chosen successor, Crown Prince Mohammed, to preserve the kingdom’s good standing in Washington.

The chilling tale told by the Turkish and U.S. media of the murder of Mohamed’s most prominent critic, Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul is leading inexorably closer and closer to the crown prince’s doorstep. After 18 days of denial, the Saudis finally confessed Friday to his murder there on Oct. 2, but insisted it was a rogue operation about which the crown prince knew nothing.Few are buying it.

Republicans and Democrats in Congress alike are calling for sanctions, an end to U.S. arms sales, or even Mohammed’s dismissal. The king now faces the very real prospect that his son will become persona non grata in Washington—outside the White House at least—for years to come. Already, there are credible reports that the Saudi ambassador to Washington, Khalid bin Salman, who is the crown prince’s younger brother, has left for good.

The crown prince still has the backing of President Donald Trump, who was even the first to suggest a “rogue operation” as a credible cover-up story the king and crown prince have now put forward to preserve their mutually highly valued personal relationship—and the overall U.S.-Saudi one— from looming devastating fallout. The United States, after all, has been Saudi Arabia’s most important foreign ally and source of arms and security since World War II.

The Khashoggi affair is thus forcing Salman to decide whether the kingdom can afford to see his beloved son and king-to-be become a virtual pariah in Washington, a lightning rod in Congress and the U.S. media, and an obstacle to continuing American political and security support for the kingdom.

The Saudis have arrested 18 unidentified individuals and removed five high-ranking officials in response to lurid reports in the Turkish media, based on leaks from Turkish officials, of how Kashoggi was tortured, killed and his body dismembered. Two of the dismissed officials are among the crown prince’s very closest associates, Saud al-Qahtani, his main public relations strategist, and Maj. Gen. Ahmed al-Assiri, his deputy intelligence chief.


ruby Posted on October 24, 2018 10:16

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Unocoin Rolls Back First Crypto ATM in India Amidst Controversy

Indian cryptocurrency trading platform Unocoin has found itself amidst heated controversy over the launch of its first cryptocurrency kiosk in Bengaluru. While the existence of the machine had already been  leaked prior, the company officially unveiled it roughly ten days ago, on October 14. This is the first time that a physical machine has aided the purchase and sale of cryptocurrency in India.


Unlike other Bitcoin ATMs installed around the world, the kiosk is only accessible by users that have previously registered with Unocoin’s trading platform. As long as that requirement is satisfied, users can use the machine to deposit or withdraw a minimum of 1,000 Indian Rupees (INR) per transaction. In the case of cash deposits, these funds can be used to trade or purchase digital currencies on Unocoin or the company’s crypto to crypto trading platform, Unodax.


Crypto Kiosk or Bitcoin ATM

Shortly after the kiosk went live, however, questions regarding the machine’s legality began pouring in from local publications and social media. Most of the concerns had some merit, given the Indian financial regulator’s strict stance on cash handling, ATM establishment and cryptocurrency trading. However, other rumors were vaguer and alleged that the machine was being investigated by the Indian cyber cell division.


The sudden influx of criticism naturally did not go unnoticed by the company. A Twitter statement published October 21 read:


“Our Machine didn’t go well with few mainstream media reports who projected it under a negative light. The machine is still under final testing mode and it will be up and running in the upcoming week.”


Following this, the company proceeded to move the machine to an undisclosed location, presumably to avoid further backlash in the interim.


We reached out to Unocoin CEO Mr. Sathvik Vishwanath to understand the company’s position on the matter and how it has managed to stay within the confines of the law. He responded that the machine has been intentionally designed to not function as a typical automated teller machine (ATM). He instead believes that the term ‘kiosk’ would be better suited for Unocoin’s installation. According to Vishwanath, the distinction allows the machine to fall outside the scope of the banking network and by extension, the regulation on ATMs.

Vishwanath chose to not comment on the rumors, asserting that they were unsubstantiated and were not grounded in reality. When asked about plans for expansion in other parts of the country, he said that Unocoin will look into adding more kiosks in Mumbai and Delhi in due time.


The Revival of Crypto Trading in India

Digital currency trading was effectively dealt a huge blow earlier this year by the Indian central bank, Reserve Bank of India (RBI). After issuing several cautionary circulars  between 2013 and 2017, the regulator directed all financial institutions operating in the country to cease relationships with cryptocurrency companies within a three month time frame. Since the ban came into effect on July 6, Indian cryptocurrency exchanges have not had access to banking services or a way to process crypto-fiat transactions.


Unocoin was one of the several cryptocurrency exchanges affected by the ban. Shortly before the regulation was fully imposed, however, it announced the launch of Unodax, a crypto-crypto trading platform that eliminates the need for fiat currency. However, other exchanges decided to introduce peer to peer trading to continue providing fiat liquidity. Structured similarly to LocalBitcoins, both WazirX and Koinex Loop offer users the ability to buy and sell cryptocurrency directly from each other. Notably, both platforms require their respective users to complete KYC verification.

KaroA Posted on October 24, 2018 09:27

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Twitter Locked Elon Musk’s Account after ‘Buy Bitcoin’ Tweet

Twitter took the unusual step of locking Elon Musk’s account yesterday after the billionaire Space X and Tesla founder posted a lighthearted tweet asking a follower if they would like to buy bitcoin. Revealing this in  a tweet posted earlier today, Musk said:



CCN reported yesterday that Musk made the tongue-in-cheek quip about offering bitcoin for sale in response to a question from a follower about whether Tesla accounts would soon begin utilising 2-factor authentication for added security. The joke was made in reference to the 2-factor authentication security protocol commonly deployed by crypto trading platforms like Coinbase and Circle, but Twitter apparently did not see the funny side of it. His account was temporarily locked on suspicion of being hacked while the platform investigated and eventually unlocked it.


Elon Musk and Twitter

Over the past few months, Musk has faced a series of controversies linked to his activity on Twitter. His declaration that he could take Tesla private for $420 a share which he made on Twitter ultimately landed him in trouble with the SEC, leading to a $20 million fine and an order to step aside as Tesla chairman for at least 3 years. He also famously got into a war of words with a diver involved in the Thai cave rescue, describing him as a paedophile – an action that led to legal action on the part of the diver.


Earlier in October, following the settlement of his case with the SEC, Musk also took a dig at the agency, describing it as the “Shortseller Enrichment Commission”.



A number of people, ranging from  Tesla investors to fellow billionaire  Richard Branson have publicly urged Musk to stop tweeting, believing that his sometimes erratic behaviour on the platform could have a significantly negative investment impact on them. Indeed, it is estimated that his tweet that originally drew the SEC’s attention ultimately led a Tesla share price loss of more than 10 percent in the space of just one day. His followers however generally like engaging with him on the platform and he currently has more than 20 million mostly millennial  followers, making him one of the most influential tech personalities on social media.


Against this backdrop, Twitter is understandably keen to avoid having his account being used as a megaphone by cybercriminals promoting shady investments or crypto giveaway scams. CCN reported in May that the Vertcoin ICO’s twitter account was successfully hijacked by criminals promoting a fraudulent crypto giveaway scheme, and since then several celebrities have been targeted either by hijackers or by botnets using account cloning techniques.

KaroA Posted on October 24, 2018 08:03

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South Carolina woman convicted of kidnapping husband's alleged ex-mistress

A South Carolina woman was sentenced Tuesday to 60 years in prison for kidnapping her husband’s alleged former mistress, who went missing nearly five years ago.

Tammy Moorer, 46, was convicted of kidnapping and conspiracy to kidnap Heather Elvis, a 20-year-old hostess who disappeared from Myrtle Beach in December 2013, The Post and Courier reported.


A judge sentenced Moorer to 30 years in prison for each charge.


Elvis was allegedly having an affair with Moorer’s husband, 42-year-old Sidney Moorer — who investigators said plotted with his wife to abduct Elvis.

Prosecutors alleged that the Moorers drove around looking for Elvis the day she went missing and bought a pregnancy test, which they intended to use to determine if Elvis was pregnant with Sidney’s baby.

In February 2014, Sidney and Tammy Moorer were both arrested and charged with kidnapping and murder in connection with Elvis’ disappearance. The murder charges were later reportedly dropped. (Horry County Detention Center)

The couple, according to prosecutors, then lured Elvis to a boat landing in Socastee around 3:30 a.m. — where phone records reportedly showed the 20-year-old called Sidney’s phone four times.


Roughly 15 minutes prior, Elvis and Sidney spoke on the phone for four minutes, according to The Sun Times. Tammy Moorer, however, reportedly testified she didn’t think much of the phone call, and argued that she and Sidney didn’t leave the house after that.

Days later, Horry County police found Elvis’ car at the boat landing.

In February 2014, Sidney and Tammy Moorer were both arrested and charged with kidnapping and murder in connection with Elvis’ disappearance. The murder charges were later dismissed, according to the newspaper.

Elvis' body has not been found since she went missing.


Senior Assistant Solicitor Nancy Livesay compared Tammy Moorer to the "Evil Queen" in Snow White.

“When you mix jealousy, deceit and just an absolute crazed woman so worried about (Elvis) stealing her husband, that is when unnatural things happen,” Livesay said.

Heather Elvis’ family Tuesday said the Moorers “stole” Elvis’ life, and “ruined” theirs. Her father said “no one seems to want to take the blame” for Elvis’ disappearance. (Facebook)

Tammy Moorer’s attorney argued investigators lacked a crime scene and physical evidence to tie the allegations together.

Elvis’ family Tuesday said the Moorers “stole” Elvis’ life, and “ruined” theirs. Her father said “no one seems to want to take the blame” for Elvis’ disappearance.

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South Africa shocked by live rape trial of Nigerian past

A televised rape trial in South Africa has prompted a furious public backlash after a witness - who says she was raped by her pastor from the age of 14 - was subjected to a lengthy and, at times, aggressively intimate cross-examination by the lawyer representing a 60-year-old Nigerian televangelist, Timothy Omotoso, who denies the allegation.

Warning: This piece contains graphic content which may upset some readers.

Over the weekend, Mr Omotoso's church, in the coastal city of Port Elizabeth, was forced to shut its door after angry crowds besieged the building, while a Sunday newspaper reported that the woman who gave evidence against him - Cheryl Zondi, now a 22-year-old student - had received death threats ahead of the trial.

The trial - the first prominent rape case to be broadcast live in a country where more than 100 rapes are reported to the police each day - has attracted huge interest, and raised difficult questions about victims' rights, impartiality and whether justice is best served by having television cameras in courtrooms.


Anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela's granddaughter, Ndileka Mandela - who said in 2017 that she had been raped by a former boyfriend - is one of many South African women who have voiced support for Ms Zondi, linking her experience to the global #MeToo movement.


Image captionMany South Africans have rallied around Cheryl Zondi

Ms Mandela argued that the student's treatment during three days in the witness box helped explain why so many rape victims stay silent in a nation with notoriously high levels of sexual violence.


Miracles and prophecies

"I really feel pain for this young woman and I am so proud to see how courageous she's been on the witness stand," Ms Mandela told South Africa's Sunday Times newspaper.

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Image captionSouth Africa has one of the highest rates of sexual violence in the world

Mr Omotoso and two female co-accused, from the Jesus Dominion International church, based in South Africa's Eastern Cape, are facing 97 charges, ranging from sexual assault to rape and human trafficking. They deny all the charges.


The church - one of a growing number of evangelical ministries in the country, promising miracles and prophecies for its followers - is known for its videos of uniformed young women singers, some of whom have appeared on the Idols SA television contest.

Since it began last week, the nation seems to have stopped in its tracks to follow the trial, and social media erupted in support and sympathy for Ms Zondi.

She was the first prosecution witness and told the court, with great composure, that Mr Omotoso - quoting the psalms and threatening God's anger if she did not comply - had allegedly repeatedly raped her a year after she had joined his church as a child.


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But public sympathy soon turned to fury when Mr Omotoso's lawyer, Peter Daubermann, sought to challenge her account.

Shouts in the courtroom

"You're a good actress," he said.

"I put it to you that you are lying about what happened to you.

"You were prepared to let him rape you?

"You basically consented?" he asked, referring to later alleged incidents when Ms Zondi was an adult.

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Image captionThe televangelist has a huge following among women

South Africa's justice system is deliberately confrontational, and lawyers are expected to challenge witnesses robustly - perhaps the most famous instance being prosecutor Gerrie Nel's explosive quarrels with disgraced Olympic and Paralympic star Oscar Pistorius during his murder trial.

But in this case, according to the opinion of some experts and ordinary South Africans, Mr Daubermann appeared to cross a line.

"How many centimetres? Do you know?" he asked Ms Zondi, after she had described how the pastor had allegedly partially penetrated her, at the age of 14.

There were cries and shouts in the courtroom.

"How would she know that?" Judge Mandela Makaula interrupted, visibly angry.

"She could have felt it," suggested Mr Daubermann.

"And measured it at the same time? No. I will not allow that question," declared the judge, who went on to thank Ms Zondi for her testimony and to wish her good luck in the university exams she had interrupted in order to attend the trial.

"This is not about you. This is about justice," he told her.

"Cheryl has set a precedent and we can only pray other victims will be encouraged by this. We salute her," a local spokesman for the National Prosecuting Authority told journalists.?????

But Mr Omotoso's defence team has since hit back, accusing the judge of showing bias and asking him to recuse himself from the trial.

"You aligned yourself with her cause. You have already accepted her version," Mr Daubermann told Judge Makaula, arguing that the trial should start again from scratch, and bitterly condemning the media coverage of the case and the social-media frenzy it has triggered.

"I've been vilified in the media for my cross-examination. I've been accused of adopting questionable methods of examination. That is blatantly false. I have to test the veracity of the evidence. I can't allow sensibilities to get in the way of my duty," said the lawyer after he had been followed and harangued on the street outside the courthouse by an angry crowd.

Judge Makaula refused to recuse himself, saying: "The application has no merit."

Trials on TV

The Pistorius trial was the first to be broadcast live and in full in South Africa.

Since then, the courts have allowed television cameras into a succession of high-profile trials, but while supporters argue that it is important for the population of a young democracy to see the workings of its legal system, critics argue that the presence of cameras inevitably distorts the process and brings unfair pressure on those involved - in the Omotoso trial, for instance, potentially inflaming xenophobic attitudes towards Nigerians.


Image captionBoth the preacher and his co-accused say they are innocent

Ms Zondi, who has since thanked the public for their support, could have chosen - like some witnesses in the Pistorius trial - to give her evidence without the cameras rolling, but declined to do so.

Many more witnesses are now expected to testify against the televangelist, who was dramatically arrested at an airport last year as he sought to leave the country.

He maintains his innocence and continues to enjoy the support of many members of his predominantly female congregation.

In court, his wife has been criticised by the judge for appearing to laugh and comment on Ms Zondi's evidence, while Mr Omotoso himself has appeared relaxed, often smiling, and sporting an array of brightly coloured suits as South Africans wait to hear his version of events.

What to do if you are raped:

  • Get to a safe place - do this as soon as possible
  • Tell someone - the person can back you up in court
  • Do not wash yourself - there might be hair, blood or semen on your body or clothes that can be used as evidence
  • If you are injured - go to a doctor or health centre
  • Report the rape - ask a relative or friend to accompany you to the police station
  • Get treatment - within 72 hours take the Morning After Pill, an HIV test and antiretroviral treatment and antibiotics to prevent a sexually transmitted infection.

Source: Rape Crisis

Luke Posted on October 24, 2018 06:33

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Champions League horror: Football fans crushed in escalator horror - 20 injured

CHAMPIONS League football fans have been injured, some seriously, after an escalator carrying CSKA Moscow supporters malfunctioned in Rome.

The escalator of the metro station Repubblica in Rome, Italy, has been closed following a terrifying malfunction of its escalator, which came ahead of CSKA's clash with Roma. 

A video, posted on social media, shows the shocking moment Champions League CSKA Moscow fans were scattered at the end of the long escalator at a terrifying speed.

Emergency services have rushed to the scene and confirmed twenty people have been injured in the incident.

About 80 people are believed to have been jumping on the escalator singing football chants causing it to collapse.


Champions League CSKA Moscow fans on the malfunctioning escalator in Rome (Image: TWITTER)

The accident caused panic in the station as other passengers believed a terror attack was taking place.

At least five people are reported to be in critical conditions.

One man's foot was partially amputated in the crash.

Many were trapped between the metal steps of the speeding escalator.

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Emergency services are working to extract people from the escalator engines.

The station has now been closed. Trains continue to travel through the station without stopping. 

At the same time, one CSKA fan was stabbed and two have been injured in a clash with Roma fans outside the Olympic stadium.

Police forces have resorted to water cannons to control the fights.

15 Roma fans have been stopped and identified by the police.



Prynx Posted on October 23, 2018 20:57

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14 and alone: The girls risking everything to get to America

by Stuart Ramsay, chief correspondent, and Tom Acres, news reporter

Singing happily into the wind, 14-year-old Karla Vazquez looks like a carefree teenager embarking on a day trip.

It is an exciting moment after all - it's the first time the youngster has ever left home and the first time she has travelled alone.




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But the reality is chilling - she may not know it, but Karla is embarking on a path that for many young women ends in rape, abuse and forced prostitution.

She is no longer free - she is now "human cargo" under the control of a people smuggler who is guiding her group on a truck from Guatemala to Mexico, with the US border their ultimate destination.

But she does not appear to be perturbed as she braves the perilous mountain paths in the naive hope of securing a better future for her family.

Image:The river crossing between Guatemala and Mexico

"We are risking our lives," Karla told Sky News - granted exclusive access to the never-before-seen smuggling route.

"I know that it is dangerous, but if God helps us, thanks to him, we will make it and we will be able to help our parents because they are struggling to give us a good life."

Alongside Karla in the truck otherwise filled with men is 16-year-old Daniella Velazquez.

For Daniella, that sense of obligation to seek out a better life for herself and her family is much the same.

Image:Karla Vazquez wants to give her family a better life

She knows she may never see her parents again, and admits they are worried for her safety, but has shown little hesitation so far in joining the increased numbers of migrants and refugees willing to pay hired agents working within a lucrative criminal operation promising to provide customers with a safe route to the border.

The operation is run by cartels, which use their expertise in transporting illegal drugs into the US to achieve the same results with people hoping to find a new home and make a good living.

Evelio Lopez is the smuggler tasked with ensuring Karla and Daniella are successful in reaching Mexico, one of a network of so-called "coyotes".


According to the latest Global Study on Smuggling of Migrants published by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, they generate demand for their services through deception and manipulation, often recruiting desperate and vulnerable migrants in towns and villages.

Those who make the longest journeys are often passed between several agents over the course of their trip, with each of them carrying a password to hand over to the next courier to lead the travellers to their next destination.

Image:Sky's Stuart Ramsey travelled with Karla and Daniella on the back of a pickup truck

"You hear that Mexico is very dangerous, but when you make a deal with a coyote, and if he is well connected in Mexico, it is not a problem because he is paying the mafia, the federal police, immigration officers," Mr Lopez explains.

"He talks to every criminal involved. He talks to them and pays them and this is why the travel is expensive - because all the money that is made has to be shared.

"If they don't pay or they travel on their own without a coyote they could get kidnapped and killed - easy."

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Risking it all on the world's unseen smuggling route

This harsh campaign takes in precarious mountain terrain and deadly jungles, and claims the lives of many

But hiring a coyote is no guarantee of making it to your ultimate destination, with many hopeful women and young girls like Karla and Daniella never making it out of Mexico.

Carolina is a prostitute from Honduras, now based in the Mexican border town of Tapachula, having been trafficked at the age of 19. That was 15 years ago.

She is legally living in Mexico because her second child was born there, but she never meant to stay.

"I wanted to go to America to have a better life because my family is very poor in Honduras," she told Sky News.

"Like everybody else, I wanted to travel, to know a bit more, I wanted to work. But it is very hard to get there."

Image:Carolina works as a prostitute in Mexico, having been sold into trafficking

Carolina was first sold into the sex trade upon reaching the Guatemalan border with a friend and her sister, having been offered a lift to a place she thought might provide food, water and shelter to recharge after a gruelling trip.

Instead she ended up being sold to a brothel and was told she had to pay off her travel debts.

She and her sister escaped after five months and made it to Tapachula in Mexico, where they met lorry drivers who they were forced to have sex with in return for passage to the border.

They did not keep up their end of the deal, forcing the sisters to instead attempt to find their own way. They took a train north, on which they were raped repeatedly until they disembarked at the port city of Veracruz.

Image:The brothel in the Mexican border town of Tapachula

"I didn't know that it was so dangerous until I was there and started to see things," she recalls of the train, which some illegal immigrants jump on board while in transit in a bid to get into the US.

Carolina has since made peace with her life, choosing to continue to work as a prostitute and committed to making a living for the sake of her two children - the other of whom is with her mother back in Honduras.

But her advice to others dreaming of a new life in the US is to reconsider.

"I would want to tell them think about it because this is not what the people said," she says.

"What happened to me happens to lots and lots of people. Some of them are alive, some of them are dead."

Despite her warning, the number of people risking everything to reach the US is likely to continue to grow. It has become a global epidemic, with criminal syndicates the only ones guaranteed to profit.

Karla and Daniella did make it to Mexico, but where they are now is not certain.

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They could have become just another statistic of trafficking crime.

:: Watch Stuart's 30 minute special programme Smuggled To America: Human Cargo on Sky News at 8.30pm

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Emmerdale spoilers: Debbie Dingle stirs huge rift from Cain Dingle as Sarah Sugden dies?

EMMERDALE’S formidable Dingle family are set to be blown apart this Christmas, with a huge rift changing the face of the clan forever, the new ITV soap boss has revealed.

Sarah Sudden (played by Katie Hill) is still waiting for a lifesaving transplant operation on Emmerdale, after being diagnosed with heart failure easier this year.

With Debbie Dingle (Charley Webb) anxiously waiting for her daughter to be offered a life-line, her father Cain Dingle (Jeff Hordley) could make matters worse.

The father and daughter have a history of lying and deceit, so could he jeopardise Sarah’s health in a shock turn of events?

With plans for the Christmas episodes seeming to picture a peaceful village for the festive period, Jane has revealed the Dingle family will bring the drama back to the fold.

Teasing what’s to come, Jane told What’s On TV: “We have got huge rifts coming up in the Dingle clan that will blow apart two of our most loved characters.”

Although the circumstances around the explosive separation remain a tightly-guarded secret, the show runner has hinted major repercussions for the mystery pair.

“Who knows if they will ever get back to where they used to be?.” Joe teased.

Cain’s history of dodgy dealings with Debbie could resurface over the coming months, as the two previously lied to Ross Barton (Michael Parr) about who organised the acid attack which left him scarred.

As Debbie continues to wait by Sarah’s bedside, Cain could pull the mother away to help him with another disastrous plan.

Emmerdale spoilers: Debbie Dingle turns on Cain Dingle as Sarah Sugden dies? (Image: ITV)

Emmerdale spoilers: Debbie Dingle has been at Sarah Sugden's bedside waiting for the transplant .

With Debbie heavily involved in the plan, Sarah’s opportunity of a heart transplant could arise but with no one being able to get hold of Debbie, Sarah loses her fight.

Learning the heart-breaking truth about her daughter’s death, Debbie could draw the line with her father for the final time, blaming him for her not being there to give the go ahead for Sarah’s operation.

Emmerdale viewers will have to keep their eyes peeled to see what blows the family apart towards the end of the year, with 2018 bowing out in true explosive soap style.

Not only will there be a rift with the Dingle’s but another wedding is planned to air amongst the festivities.In the coming weeks, Aaron Dingle (Danny Miller) will wed his partner Robert Sugden (Ryan Hawley) in a hugely anticipated ceremony for soap fans.

Emmerdale spoilers: Will Cain Dingle get Debbie Dingle involved with his dodgy dealings?

Emmerdale spoilers: Charity Dingle and Vanessa Woodfield could marry as Christmas approaches.

Wedding bells will be ringing out once more before the year is out, with show runner Jane teasing the Christmas nuptials.

Jane said: “We have got a wedding at Christmas. I’m not going to tell you who, but let’s just say it will bring a different flavour to the village than you’ve had before.”With Charity Dingle (Emma Atkinson) confessing her love to Vanessa Woodfield (Michelle Hardwick), the pair could make things official by the end of the year.For now, the drama continues to flow in the Dales with Kim Tate (Claire King) returning to the soap next week, but what does she have in store for the villagers?

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NASA spots mysterious near-perfect rectangle iceberg in Antarctic

A scientist from the US space agency believes it is more than a mile long - and only 10% visible.

14:50, UK,Tuesday 23 October 2018

Image:The near-perfect rectangle was spotted near the Larden C ice shelf. Pic: @NASA_ICE





By Aubrey Allegretti, news reporter

A bizarre iceberg has been spotted by NASA scientists - in the shape of a near-perfect rectangle.

The oddly satisfying phenomenon was discovered near the Larden C ice shelf in the Antarctic Peninsula.

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From yesterday's #IceBridge flight: A tabular iceberg can be seen on the right, floating among sea ice just off of the Larsen C ice shelf. The iceberg's sharp angles and flat surface indicate that it probably recently calved from the ice shelf.

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A photo shows a thick block of ice up to a mile long dramatically protruding from a sea of thin frozen water, thought to have recently splintered off.

Scientists took the snap from a plane used to monitor changing land and sea ice in the South Pole.

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From yesterday's #IceBridge flight: Heavily crevassed land ice in the northern Antarctic Peninsula.

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Many have remarked about its peculiar shape, with some suggesting the work of Photoshop or aliens.

But NASA ice scientist Kelly Brunt explained the process that caused it is fairly common.


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There are two types of iceberg, she said.

The most familiar are those that look like prisms, such as the one that sank the Titanic.

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The second are called "tabular icebergs", Ms Brunt said, comparing their formation to a fingernail growing too long and breaking off at the end.

"What makes this one a bit unusual is that it looks almost like a square," she told the LiveScience website.

Image:A triangular iceberg was also spotted nearby. Pic: @NASA_ICE

The size was hard to guess, Ms Brunt said, but suggested it was likely more than a mile long.

And as with all icebergs only 10% of it is visible; the rest is buried below the surface of the water.

That was not the only shape that scientists spotted last Wednesday.

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A triangular iceberg was also seen nearby, surrounded by several different types of sea ice.

Sea ice comes in many types and forms, depending on the stage of development and the meteorological, atmospheric, and other physical conditions.

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Jamal Khashoggi: Saudi journalist's body parts found, say Sky sources

Body parts belonging to murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi have been found, according to two Sky sources.

The sources have told Sky News the writer had been "cut up" and his face "disfigured".

One source also suggested Mr Khashoggi's remains were discovered in the garden of the Saudi consul general's home - situated around 500 metres away from the consulate.

It contradicts the explanation being made by Saudi officials that the body was rolled up in a carpet and handed to a local collaborator who was tasked with disposing of the evidence.

:: Jamal Khashoggi: How journalist met his death

Image:Jamal Khashoggi was last seen entering the Saudi consulate on 2 October

Theresa May's spokesman said reports of Mr Khashoggi's body parts being found were "deeply disturbing".

"The location of Mr Khashoggi's body is just one of the questions we need answers to and as such we await the full results of the Turkish investigation," he said.

It has been another day of fast-moving developments in the case:-

:: Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan called Mr Khashoggi's killing a premeditated "murder"
:: Mr Erdogan demanded Saudi officials reveal the whereabouts of Mr Khashoggi's body
:: The dissident's son met Saudi ruler, King Salman and crown prince Mohammed bin Salman, in Riyadh
:: Turkish media said Mr Khashoggi's belongings were found in suitcases in a Saudi consulate car
:: Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said he was "deeply concerned" to hear Mr Erdogan call it a premeditated murder

Mr Erdogan became the first Turkish politician to describe Mr Khashoggi's killing as "murder", adding that it was premeditated and planned days before.




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In a speech to the country's parliament, he demanded Saudi Arabia hold those responsible to account and asked: "Why has the body of someone who was officially said to be killed not been found yet?"

He did not mention an alleged audio recording that Turkish authorities claim to have of Mr Khashoggi's death that supposedly confirms he was tortured, killed, had his fingers cut off and was dismembered.




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Turkish political analysts believe the Saudis would prefer to perpetuate reports that the body was not disfigured or cut up to avoid more uncomfortable questions and explanations about how the body came to be defiled.

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The apparent discovery of Mr Khashoggi's body parts - and Mr Erdogan's version of events based on what he described as "new evidence and information" - both contradict Saudi Arabia's explanation for his death.

It has said Mr Khashoggi died in a "fist fight" at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on 2 October.




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Mr Khashoggi was a known critic of the Saudi government and crown prince Mohammed bin Salman.

The Turkish president, who had promised the "naked truth" about the killing, did not mention the crown prince in his speech, though officials linked to the royal have been implicated in it.




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Saudi Arabia has said the heir-apparent of the world's top oil exporter was not involved, but any major decision must be signed off by the highest powers within its ruling Al Saud family.

It came as video was published showing a meeting between the journalist's son, Salah Khashoggi, the Gulf kingdom's ruler, King Salman, and his son crown prince Mohamed bin Salman, at the Yamama Palace in Riyadh on Tuesday.




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Mr Khashoggi's brother, Sahel, was also at the meeting at which the king and crown prince expressed their condolences over the Washington Post columnist's death.

A family friend told the AP news agency Salah Khashoggi had been under a travel ban and barred from leaving the kingdom since last year as a result of his father's criticism of the regime.

Saudi authorities have not confirmed the restrictions.

Image:Investigators search suitcases and possessions believed to belong to Jamal Khashoggi

Turkish media reports that could not be verified said investigators had found Mr Khashoggi's belongings in a number of suitcases found in a Saudi consulate car discovered in a car park in Istanbul.

Local broadcaster Ahaber aired video showing crime scene investigators searching what appeared to be the contents of cases.

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Cameroon's Paul Biya wins seventh term in office

(CNN)Cameroon's President Paul Biya has been re-elected for a seventh term, the country's constitutional council said Monday, extending his 36-year rule over the nation.

The 85-year-old president won 71.3 percent of the vote, beating nine other candidates in an election marred by violence and low voter turnout.

Biya was announced the winner of the tensely-contested election amid high-security presence in Yaounde and other major cities.

Riot police and security personnel were deployed to major streets in Douala ahead of the announcement.

Security operatives surrounded the homes of two opposition leaders Sunday, preventing them from attending a planned protest calling for the annulment of the polls.

"We heard gunshots all through the day," says Cameroon voter

Biya's win follows protests and petitions by opposition candidates, who alleged the October 7 polling was rigged in the leader's favor.

Many voters in Cameroon's troubled north and southwest regions stayed away from polling booths as violence broke out between security forces and armed separatists.

Ballot boxes in the southwest were half-empty as voters stayed away in droves.






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Biya has often recorded a landslide victory in past elections. He was declared the winner of the 2011 elections by the Supreme Court, which found that he got 77% of the vote, beating out 22 other contenders.

Biya maintains his iron grip on the Central African country despite a growing secessionist movement, which has worsened security in the nation.

He has been accused by rights groups of presiding over a brutal regime, characterized by human rights abuses, particularly toward residents of Cameroon's English-speaking provinces.

Images from Amnesty International of men it says were interrogated by police in Cameroon.

People in the country's Anglophone provinces, who make up 20% of the country's population, say they have been marginalized by a Francophone-dominated government that can be traced to Cameroon's post-colonial era.

But tension deteriorated into a full-blown crisis last year after protests in Anglophone regions turned violent, with armed separatists calling for a country of their own.

Biya's government has been accused of using its military to crack down on armed separatists. Secessionist fighters also stand accused of kidnapping and killing soldiers and civilians.

Amnesty International says 400 killed in 'escalating violence' in Cameroon's Anglophone regions this year

Amnesty International, in a report last month, said it had recorded 260 security incidents, including kidnappings of civilians and violence between Cameroon's soldiers and armed Anglophone separatists this year.

The human rights organization said 400 civilians have been killed since January in escalating attacks between armed separatist groups and security forces in Cameroon's English-speaking regions.

Biya, in the past, has condemned all "acts of violence regardless of their sources and their perpetrators."

Journalist Eyong Blaise reported from Yaounde and Bukola Adebayo wrote from Lagos.

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Campo Viejo: a wine that brings family and friends together

Born from a desire to create a drink for sharing, Campo Viejo blends traditional methods with vibrant flavours.

From humble origins in 1964 in Rioja, three Spanish entrepreneurs wanted to create a wine that would bring families and friends together around a table to share food, drinks and conversation.

In an era when the people of Spain only drank wine from their local region, the founders of Campo Viejo had the vision to share their creation with the inhabitants of towns and villages throughout Spain – and ultimately the world.

Their dream was to bring people together with the wine they created, envisioning a bottle of Campo Viejo on every Spanish table.

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While modern life is increasingly busy, Campo Viejo stays true to its origins and still takes time to share experiences. This is reflected in its wine-making, which blends traditional heritage with bold innovations that appeal to modern palates.

To make the most of Rioja’s signature grape, Campo Viejo grows and harvests Tempranillo under three subtly different climates. When expertly combined, these grapes (Mazuelo, Graciano and Tempranillo) collaborate to create the authentic taste of Rioja. Campo Viejo has committed to the strictest of quality standards in order to preserve these lands for future generations to enjoy. From the vine to the bottle, it adheres to sustainable wine-making practices and the winery has been carbon neutral since 2012.

Win a wine-lover’s hamper courtesy of Campo Viejo

We’ve teamed up with Campo Viejo to offer readers the chance to win a hamper containing foodie treats, wines and more. Gather your friends or family to enjoy an evening of food, drink and games – take time to share an experience and create memories that last.

Terms & Conditions 18+. Promotion closes at 23:59 on Sunday 23 September 2018. There is one prize of a Campo Viejo hamper consisting of: 1 x Moroccan shopping basket, 1 x 250ml La Grama extra virgin olive oil, 1 x truffle and jamo crisps duo, 1 x Ferrer tomato, pepper and cucumber gazpacho soup, 1 x 80 grams hand-carved Iberico ham de Bellota, 1 x rosemary candle, 1 x wine IQ game, 1 x bottle of Campo Viejo Tempranillo Blanco Viura, 1 x bottle of Campo Viejo Reserva and 1 x bottle of Campo Viejo Cava Reserva. The promotion is open to readers of The Independent, and readers of its sister site The Evening Standard. The winner will be the first entry selected at random after the closing date and will be contacted by 7 October 2018. The prize is non-transferable and there is no cash alternative. Campo Viejo is solely responsible for the prizes. Winners should contact Campo Viejo with any issues over fulfilment. One online entry per person. Usual promotion rules apply, see For further information, please write to Customer Care, The Independent, Northcliffe House, 2 Derry Street, London, W8 5TT. Promoter: The Independent.


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South Carolina deputy dies nearly three weeks after being injured in a standoff

South Carolina is in mourning after a sheriff's deputy died nearly three weeks after she was wounded in a standoff, the Florence County Sheriff's Office said.

Deputy Farrah Turner, who passed away on Monday, was one of seven officers who were shot when authorities tried to serve a search warrant on Oct. 3.

Another officer, Sgt. Terrence Carraway, was also killed when officials say 74-year-old Frederick Hopkins opened fire on them.

"Farrah was the ultimate professional, excelling at everything she did," Sheriff Kenney Boone said in a press release. "She dedicated her life to serving the victims of the worst crimes imaginable. Please pray for Farrah's family, our FCSO family and for our community as we mourn her loss."

Hopkins was charged with murder after the shooting.

Three Florence County sheriff's deputies went to Hopkins' house to interview his adopted son, 28-year-old Seth Hopkins, and serve a search warrant, as part of an investigation into criminal sexual assault, according to Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott, whose office is conducting the investigation.

Officials say they didn't realize how much fire power Hopkins had.

"The way the suspect was positioned, his view of fire was several hundred yards, so he had an advantage. And the officers couldn't get to the ones that's down," Boone told CNN affiliate WMBF.

© Tonya Brown/WPDE The home in Florence, South Carolina, where the shooting took place on October 3.

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster tweeted he will be ordering flags be flown at half-staff beginning at dawn o until the day of Turner's internment.

Deputy Turner had been in critical condition in the hospital, and her entire community was rooting for her recovery, using #FightFarrahFight on social media.

Students at Lake City High School, where Turner graduated in 2000, wore "#FightFarrahFight" T-shirts during homecoming, according to Turner's cousin, Rhonda Dollard, who spoke with CNN affiliate WBTW on Friday. Dollard is a teacher at the school.

Dollard described her cousin as funny, laid-back and with a faith in God that was unmatched, WBTW reports. She said Turner had always wanted to go into law enforcement and had a heart for people, especially children.

One time, Turner prayed with a man she had arrested, and he eventually became a law enforcement officer, Dollard told WBTV. Upon the news that Turner had been injured, the man flew from Texas to South Carolina to meet with her family and pray for her, Dollard recalled.

CNN's Nick Valencia and Kaylene Chassie contributed to this report.




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Japanese journalist held in Syria believed to be freed

A Japanese journalist kidnapped in Syria more than three years ago is believed to have been released, the government said Tuesday.

Jumpei Yasuda, a 44-year-old freelancer, was seized in the war-torn country in June 2015, and appeared in a rare video released by a militant group over the summer warning that he was in a bad situation.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a late night press conference the government was trying to verify information from Qatari authorities but it was "highly likely" Yasuda had finally been freed.

"The Qatar government informed us that Jumpei Yasuda has been freed and is now at the immigration centre in Antakya" in Turkey, Suga said.

"We're now verifying the information... but it's highly likely it is Jumpei Yasuda himself," he added.

A jihadist group in August released videos of the Japanese journalist and Italian national Alessandro Sandrini, in which they appeal for their release.

Both men were wearing orange outfits with armed, masked men standing behind them.

The videos did not identify which group was holding the men or include specific demands.

Yasuda is thought to have been seized by the group previously known as the Al-Nusra Front, a former Al-Qaeda affiliate, in northern Syria.

But with the shifting territory of Syria's complicated conflict, it is unclear whether he is still being held by his original abductors or has been transferred to other captors.

In the video, he identified himself as Korean and gave a different name, but spoke in Japanese.

He gave the recording date as July 25, saying he was in a bad situation and asking for help.

His wife said she had no idea why Yasuda had identified himself as Korean in the video, but confirmed it showed him and that he is Japanese.

In 2015 militants from the Islamic State group beheaded Japanese war correspondent Kenji Goto and his friend Haruna Yukawa in Syria.

The Japanese government was criticised for what detractors saw as its flat-footed response to the crisis at the time, including apparently missed opportunities to free both men.





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The 10 Most Legendary Investors Who Have Ever Lived

Just like every other industry of our modern life, the financial sector has its role models and superstars – the kind of success stories that wannabe investors dream of. Since the inception of entrepreneurship, there have been a ton of men and women that have managed to put small amounts of capital into projects that end up ballooning into several times their original investments.

We always want to know how our heroes worked their way up from the bottom. When it comes to investing, we want to know how the biggest players got to where they are now – how we can imitate their techniques to grow our own piles of cash. Sadly, Warren Buffett-level success won’t reach the vast majority of our lives – but that can’t stop us from taking as much inspiration from some of the top investors in history. Here are the ten most legendary investors who have ever graced this planet.

Bill Gross

Famous Quote:
“Finding the best person or the best organization to invest your money is   one of the most important financial decisions you’ll ever make.”

Age: 74 , Cofounder of PIMCO
Assets Under Management (AUM): $1.75 trillion

This heavy-hitter is known as “the King of Bonds” – referring to his wild success in fixed-income investments that has led to him becoming known as one of the best investors of all time. Bill Gross founded a little investment management company called PIMCO, which currently has $1.77 trillion in assets under management (AUM). At one point in time, Mr. Gross was the biggest bond fund manager (by value) at one point in time, and PIMCO actually sunk when he moved to work for Janus Capital Group back in 2014.

Bill Gross is a different kind of big-time investor, and warns would-be capitalists against investing in “zombie corporations” – by putting money into the real economy with corporations that you feel good about both ethically and financially. He also stressed diversification and taking chances that are rooted in exhaustive research, as well as maintaining enough liquid cash on the side.

Peter Lynch

Famous Quote:
“Your investor’s edge is not something you get from Wall Street experts. It’s something you already have. You can outperform the experts if you use your edge by investing in companies or industries you already understand.”

Age: 74 , Managed Fidelity Investments
Assets Under Management (AUM): $2.4 trillion

When it comes to playing it safe, index funds that encapsulate the market as a whole have been very solid investments over the years. For decades, diversified portfolios have been fattening up a lot of people’s retirement funds – thanks to the overall global growth that we’ve witnessed (interrupted by some sporadic recessions). The S&P500 Index has done very well, and only some of the most talented investors around have managed to generate better returns – and you can include Peter Lynch in that list.

Lynch is known mostly from his management of the Fidelity Magellan fund, where he beat the S&P500’s annual growth for 11 of the 13 years that he was there (up until 1990). He consistently achieved more than double the index’s yearly returns and helped lift the organization’s assets from $18 million to $14 billion in value. This legendary investor coined the phrase “invest in what you know” – which I bet you’ve heard before!

Warren Buffett

Famous Quote:
“We simply attempt to be fearful when others are greedy and to be greedy only when others are fearful.”

Age: 87 , CEO of Berkshire Hathaway
Assets Under Management (AUM): $702.1 billion

Twitter: @WarrenBuffett (1.4 m followers)

This is a name that you’ve certainly heard before: Warren Buffett. Across the globe, he is widely known as being the most successful investor in history – mostly because of the small amount of money he started out with (he is currently worth close to $85 billion). Mr. Buffett is referenced constantly in all sorts of financial publications, and investor hopefuls take his advice extremely seriously.

If you open up the front pages of news sites like Business Insider or Forbes, you are likely to see a link with Buffett’s name mentioned – and there is a reason for that. He heads Berkshire Hathaway, and literally makes markets move wildly in either direction by just making a simple comment. His students have learned to understand the value of companies by paying attention to earnings conference calls and understanding their balance sheets – as well as only evaluating the price of a share after properly having confidence in the organization.

John “Jack” Bogle

Famous Quote:
“The grim irony of investing is that we investors as a group not only don’t get what we pay for, we get precisely what we don’t pay for.”

Age: 89 , Founded The Vanguard Group
Assets Under Management (AUM): $5.1 trillion

This investor is an absolute legend in that he founded a company that is essentially a household institution at this point in time: The Vanguard Group. Most Americans at least recognize this name as a source of low-cost mutual fund investments, but John “Jack” Bogle is known for so much more than that. In fact, Fortune magazine named him as one of the “four investment giants of the 20th century” back in 1999, and his book “Common Sense on Mutual Funds: New Imperatives for the Intelligent Investor” is a widely-read classic that’s highly regarded in the investment community.

Bogle is perhaps most noted for founding the first index mutual fund that was available to the general public – which happened in 1976 when he founded the Vanguard Investment Trust, which would later become the Vanguard 500 Index Fund.

Bill Miller

Famous Quote:
“Value investing means really asking what are the best values, and not assuming that because something looks expensive that it is, or assuming that because a stock is down in price and trades at low multiples that it is a bargain”

Age: 68 , former Chief Investing Officer of Legg Mason Capital Management
Assets Under Management (AUM): $752.3 billion

One short phrase comes to mind when one thinks of Bill Miller: track record. When it comes to winning streaks, Mr. Miller is one of the most widely-known successes in the investment community. For 15 solid years, between 1991 and 2005, his Legg Mason Value Trust beat the S&P500’s yearly return. Back in 1999, he was named the “Fund Manager of the Decade” by

Miller successfully grew his fund from a measly $750 million to over $20 billion (assets under management) up until 2006. Even last year he was cranking out similar success: his Opportunity Trust beat the S&P500 by nearly double at certain points last year. He is considered to be a value investor, but heavily believes that any stock has the potential to be a value stock “if it trades at a discount to its intrinsic value.”

Hui Ka Yan

Famous Quote:
“We should focus investment on youth development.”

Age: 59, Founded Evergrande Real Estate Group
Assets Under Management (AUM): $275 billion

Moving to a more modern investing giant, let’s take a trip to China to focus on one of the richest people in the entire East Asian nation: Hui Ka Yan (Xu Jiayin in Mandarin). Currently worth over $30 billion USD, he is the chairman and largest shareholder of China Evergrande Group – a massively successful Chinese property develop that has constructed over 500 projects in 180 Chinese cities.

Hui Ka Yan generated unbelievable profits from both residential and office building projects, and a year ago it boosted its share price by a staggering 469%. He was the richest man in China last year, and in 2017 he was the leader of the 26% overall boost in the mainland’s top 400 fortunes. Now, he has slipped to 3rd place – which still isn’t too shabby at all when you think about it.

Benjamin Graham

Famous Quote:
“In the short run, the market is a voting machine but in the long run, it is a weighing machine.”

Lived: 1894-1976 , Founded Graham-Newman Partnership
Mostly known for his academic work

Known as the “Father of Modern Investing,” Benjamin Graham was actually a mentor of Warren Buffett’s. In fact, he is the very investor that is credited with coming up with the concept of “value investing,” which essentially boils down to the idea that we should buy securities that are currently underpriced as to maximize the profit that you can generate when they become fully-realized and profitable organizations.

Graham’s uber-renowned neoclassical investing texts, Security Analysis and The Intelligent Investor are historically important in the world of investing – focusing on investor psychology, concentrated diversification, activist investing and minimal debt. Numerous students of Grahams have garnered incredible success, like Buffett, Irving Kahn, Walter J. Schloss and William J. Ruane.

Carl Icahn

Famous Quote:
“In takeovers, the metaphor is war. The secret is reserves. You must have reserves stretched way out ahead. You have to know that you could buy the company and not be stretched.”

Age: 82 , Founder of Icahn Enterprises
Assets Under Management (AUM): $33.3 billion

Twitter: @Carl_C_Icahn (354k followers)

Carl Icahn built his reputation as what’s called a corporate raider – an investor who infiltrates a mismanaged company’s board of directors by purchasing enough shares to get voting power. Successful raiders then use their leverage to rearrange the organization in an attempt to make it profitable, or just strip their assets – which Icahn famously did after his hostile takeover of the American Airline TWA back in the 80s.

Icahn was the 26th richest person on the Forbes 400 last year, not to mention the 5th richest hedge fund manager. He also very briefly worked with the President of the United States, Donald J. Trump, as a Special Advisor on Regulatory Reform, for a brief stint in 2017. He is currently worth double-digit billions. This legendary corporate raider has his successful finger prints on conglomerates like Yahoo, Time Warner and Blockbuster Video too.

Charlie Munger

Famous Quote:
“It’s waiting that helps you as an investor, and a lot of people just can’t stand to wait. If you didn’t get the deferred-gratification gene, you’ve got to work very hard to overcome that.”

Age: 94 , Vice Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway
Assets Under Management (AUM): $702.1 billion

Here’s another highly successful investor that was mentored by the “Father of Modern Investing,” Benjamin Graham. His name is Charlie Munger, and he is currently Vice Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway – which is currently the 8th-largest private employer in the United States. The CEO of the organization, Warren Buffett, has often described Munger as his partner.

Apart from Berkshire Hathaway fame, Mr. Munger is held in high regard for his success as chairman of Wesco Financial Corporation – a diversified financial institution that he led from 1984 to 2011. He focuses his strategy on investing in a concentration of high-quality companies with products or services he personally believes in. Charlie is also lauded by the investing community for his philanthropic efforts – having donated hundreds of millions to universities around the country, both public and private institutions.

Geraldine Weiss

Famous Quote:
“Never is there a better time to buy a stock than when a basicallysound company, for whatever reason, temporarily falls out of favor with the investment community.”

Age: 92 , Founder of Investment Quality Trends
Known for academic work

While it has, indeed, undergone a very positive-trending evolution in recent years, the investing world was traditionally very much a boy’s club – so it’s refreshing to add a woman investing legend to this list. Geraldine Weiss is known as the “Queen of Blue-Chip Dividends”, having invented a quite genius strategy for investing. While Warren Buffett’s focused on his four principles of investing as a checklist for picking stocks, Weiss only focused on one single metric – which would have generated more profit for Buffett had he followed her game plan.

Even more amazing: She used the name G. Weiss for about a decade before revealing she was a woman, due to the initial rejection her work faced.

She focused on simply dividend yield, buying stocks when they are within 10% of their highest dividend yield and unload them when they get within 10% of their lowest. While her beginnings in investing were heavily influenced by Benjamin Graham’s 10-point checklist, she departed with her own technique and really became successful when she embraced her own instincts. Weiss will always be a true investing legend, and a role model for women investors back in the day.

ruby Posted on October 23, 2018 17:41

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KNUST Closed Down Indefinitely; Students Asked To Vacate By Noon Tuesday can confirm that students of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology [KNUST] have been asked to vacate the school premises by midday on Tuesday, October 23, 2018.

By Isaac Kwame Owusu

This follows an order by the Ashanti Regional Security Council (REGSEC) to the University to close down indefinitely in the wake of the unrest.

A 12-hour curfew on the campus from 6:00pm to 6:00am has been imposed which takes effect today, Monday.

The decision, which was announced by the Ashanti Regional Minister, Simon Osei-Mensah, excludes foreign students who will be given full security protection and a reserved hall until they are able to leave to their respective countries.

The decision was taken in consultation with the management of the school.

Too late?

Meanwhile, a delegation from the Ministry of Education, led by the Minister, Hon Dr. Mathew Opoku Prempeh will be at KNUST campus to meet the university authorities and the students on Tuesday at 10 am.

Vincent Ekow Assafuah, Director of Communications at the Ministry, said in a statement released on Monday afternoon, that the ministry notes with concern, developments on the KNUST campus with regard to bodily injuries and detention of some students, as well as the destruction of public properties.

The statement however appealed for calm on all sides as a first step to resolving the fracas.


A protest by the students against the school’s authorities over what they describe as an unfair treatment meted out to them turned violent on Monday.

The School’s security on Friday [October 19, 2018] pounced on unarmed students who were having a peaceful vigil at the forecourt of the hall in protest of management’s freeze on “morale”, a usual Friday night jamboree in all the halls at the school.

Barely a week ago, the University in a communique signed and posted both the Continental Hall and University Hall Management, asked the student body to cease their usual ‘Friday Night Morale’ as the school has suspended the activity.

The notice read “Notice is hereby given that all forms of “morales” in and around the University Hall are suspended with immediate effect. This decision was taken in view of several negative issues encountered recently with respect to morales in the hall. Any person who flouts this directive shall receive the necessary sanction and response”.

A group of security men who were said to be acting based on orders from the authorities, allegedly manhandled students who reportedly flouted the rules and held a mini vigil and in the process one student sustained severe head injuries, bleeding profusely.

The injured student was immediately admitted to the KNUST Hospital for treatment on Friday evening.

KNUST authorities justify students’ arrest

KNUST Management further justified the arrest of some students of the University saying the students did not seek permission before undertaking the activity contrary to the rules of the university.

The university thinks certain activities in the night should not be entertained. Some other activities are permitted because the students applied for permission. But there was no permission for last Friday’s activity. The students decided to go their own way. They decided not to obey any rules or regulations on campus; and the law doesn’t permit that. So when it happened, the police were brought in,” the University’s Public Relations Officer, Kwame Yeboah told the media.

Reaction Extreme?

On the morning of Monday, Ocotober 22, 2018, students of the University embarked on a violent demonstration against the University authorities.

The Students' Representative Council (SRC) of the KNUSTSRC Executive Council in a statement titled: ACTION NOW, ENOUGH IS ENOUGH, implored students to abandon the lecture halls today (Monday, October 22, 2018) for the demonstration against police brutality of students, and in solidarity with their 11 arrested colleagues of the University Hall (Katanga Hall) during the "illegal" Friday Night Morale which included drumming during a hall week celebration. 

The students thronged the streets on campus in their numbers, clad in red and amidst the protest vandalized several properties including the office and car of the Vice Chancellor, Professor Kwasi Obiri-Danso.

The students are also protesting against a decision by the Vice Chancellor and the authorities to turn the all-male Katanga Hall into a mixed hall with females.

The campus of KNUST has been relatively rowdy following the conversion of some all-male halls into mixed ones.

There were disturbing scenes on campus as the students destroyed and burned down some properties, ranging from cars to motorbikes.

Calm Restored

The operation ‘Calm Life’ unit of the Police Service was sent in amid the unrest. Later, the military was also deployed after tensions increased to calm the situation. 

In a related development, the National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO) has begun an assessment of the level of destruction caused by the students.
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joewalash Posted on October 23, 2018 17:16

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Manchester United vs Juventus: When Cristiano Ronaldo first returned to Old Trafford

Cristiano Ronaldo will be back at Old Trafford on Tuesday night, hoping to fire his Juventus team-mates to a Champions League victory, just as he did on his first return to Manchester United with Real Madrid five years ago.

The 33-year-old became a star at United during a six-year stay from 2003, winning three Premier League titles and the Champions League in 2008, before joining Real in an £80m move.

So it was an emotional night for the forward when he came back for a Champions League last-16 tie in 2013. But, despite making his respects for his former club clear, Ronaldo delivered the match-winning blow for the visitors after a controversial red card for his compatriot Nani.

Here, ahead of Juventus' group-stage clash with United, we look back at Ronaldo's previous return to Old Trafford…

Manchester United 1-2 Real Madrid (Real win 3-2 on aggregate)

Evenly balanced after the first leg and Ronaldo's first intervention

Real Madrid and Manchester United were drawn together in the last-16 of the Champions League in 2013 and the stage was set for a mouth-watering clash between the Spanish champions and a United team on their way to reclaiming the Premier League crown.

Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho described the tie as "the match the world wanted to see - the only shame is that it is not the final".

The first leg at the Bernabeu lived up to the billing, with Ronaldo scoring a towering header to cancel out Danny Welbeck's opener. "I don't think there's another player in the world who can do that," Sir Alex Ferguson said of Ronaldo's goal.

I don't think there's another player in the world who can do that.

Sir Alex Ferguson on Cristiano Ronaldo's first leg goal

There was a certain inevitability about Ronaldo scoring against his old side but David De Gea was in fine form to ensure the visitors left Spain with a 1-1 draw and a real chance at making the quarter-finals.

Advantage United after Ronaldo's big reception - until Nani's red

Manchester United fans welcomed Ronaldo back warmly

The focus was fully on Ronaldo at Old Trafford three weeks later. The forward received a huge ovation from the home supporters when his name was read out and touched his chest in appreciation but his team were soon on the back foot and fell behind when Sergio Ramos diverted the ball into his own net.

Cristiano Ronaldo shows his appreciation to the United fans

The match and the tie turned, though, when Nani was shown a controversial red card for a high challenge on Alvaro Arbeloa by referee Cuneyt Cakir on 56 minutes. "The decision seemed very harsh, possibly incredible at that moment in the game," said United assistant manager Mike Phelan afterwards, with Ferguson too incensed to speak to the media.

Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho consoles a shocked Nani after his red card

Modric magic and then Ronaldo's decisive blow

With a man advantage Real put on the pressure, with substitute Luka Modric whipping in a superb equaliser from the edge of the box.

Just three minutes later, Ronaldo came up with the winner, sliding in to convert Gonzalo Higuain's cross-shot at the back post.

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As Ronaldo's slide took him behind the net and in front of the United supporters his response was muted, his hands raised above his head apologetically while his team-mates and the travelling fans celebrated wildly.

A couple more chances fell his way, with De Gea doing well to keep him from scoring another, but Ronaldo had made his mark. As he left the pitch at full-time, despite their disappointment and anger with the referee, the United supporters again showed their respect.

The aftermath

Ronaldo and Nemanja Vidic after the second leg

"It was unbelievable," Ronaldo reflected after the match when asked about the reception he'd received from the United supporters. "It was an emotional moment for me, for both games, but especially tonight.

It was unbelievable. I do not have words to explain how I feel.

Cristiano Ronaldo on his return to Old Trafford

"I do not have words to explain how I feel. The supporters made me feel shy. I did not play how I play all the time."

Ultimately, Real's own run in the competition came to an end at the semi-final stage, when they were beaten by Borussia Dortmund. But while Ronaldo would go on to win four Champions League titles with Real Madrid, that night at Old Trafford during the course of an unsuccessful campaign, will no doubt stand out as a fond memory.

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Titanic II to retrace journey the original Titanic took across Atlantic 100 years ago

A REPLICA of the Titanic, dubbed Titanic II, is to set sail in 2022 and it will embark on the same route across the Atlantic the original ship took in 1912 on that ill-fated journey.

Titanic II is set to take her maiden voyage in 2022 – 110 years after the ill-fated original ship (Image: BLUE STAR LINE)

Australian businessman and politician Clive Palmer confirmed the Titanic II project had restarted after a financial dispute halted construction in 2015.

The Titanic II’s maiden voyage is scheduled for 2022, 110 years after the ill-fated original ship took sail, Cruise Arabia Online reports.

Blue Star Line chairman Mr Palmer said: “In 1912 the Titanic was the ship of dreams. For over a century Titanic’s legend has been powered by mystery, intrigue and respect for all she stood for.”

Titanic II, which is being built in China, will outfitted like the original 1912 ship but with additional modern safety features – including more life boats

The ship’s hull will also welded not riveted and the Titanic II will be decked out with modern navigation and radar equipment – so potential icebergs will spotted well in advanced.

The nine-decked ship will accommodate 2,435 passengers across 835 cabins.

Passengers will be able to first, second and third-class tickets just like on the original Titanic.

Mr Palmer added: “Blue Star Line will create an authentic Titanic experience, providing passengers with a ship that has the same interiors and cabin layout as the original vessel, while integrating modern safety procedures, navigation methods and 21st century technology to produce the highest level of luxurious comfort.

Titanic II will feature the sam interiors as the original Titanic including the grand staircase (Image: BLUE STAR LINE)

Titanic II will have modern safety features added including more life boats and a welded hull (Image: BLUE STAR LINE)

“The ship will follow the original journey, carrying passengers from Southampton to New York, but she will also circumnavigate the globe, inspiring and enchanting people while attracting unrivalled attention, intrigue and mystery in every port she visits.”

The original Titanic voyage ended in tragedy after the ship hit and iceberg, splitting the vessel in two.

More than 1,500 people were killed.

The wreckage of the original Titanic still lies more than 12,000 feet (3,700 m) beneath the surface on the seabed off the coast of Newfoundland.


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Price Of Soya Beans Still High

Prices of soya beans which had been on the high side since early this year are yet to record a significant decline. The commodity appeared to be mostly consumed by children and the elderly because of the nutritional value.

Consequently, despite the unfavourable prices, loyal lovers have not abandoned the commodity. But then, the situation has seen some traders reducing their normal purchases owing to the exorbitant prices.

Likewise, consumers’ especially nursing mothers who could no longer afford the commodity had to switch to an alternative cheaper grain thus affecting patronage level adversely.

During the week, findings from a market survey by the Business and Market Intelligence Unit of DAILY INDEPENDENT, revealed that prices of the commodity still remained relatively high in almost all the markets visited, despite the minimal reduction in few markets.



Many of the traders interviewed blamed the situation to shortfall in supply emanating from the North owing to the activities of insurgents, lack of purchasing power and high cost of distribution/logistics and seasonal factors.

At the Achau Market, Kaduna, prices of a 100kg bag of soya beans which had remained stable at between N17,000 and N17,500 since  August declined by 6 per cent , currently ranging from N16,000 to N16,500 depending on haggling power of the buyer.

Mallam Yisau Abdul, a grains trader, at the Achau Market, Kaduna, linked the situation to improved supply as some farmers have started harvesting the grains, being its season of plenty.

But, Maina Isa, another trader of the same market said in spite of the slight drop, prices of the commodity were on the still high side, connecting the situation to unavailability, because some farmers have stopped going to their farms to plant and harvest for fear of being killed by the insurgents.

The same could not be said for that of Dawanau Market, Kano, especially with the price of a 100kg bag of soya beans decreasing marginally to between N15,500 and N16,000 from N16,500 sold initially, of which many of the traders attributed to poor sales.

That of Gombe Main Market, Gombe, was not favourable either, increasing greatly to between N22,500 and N22,800  from N19,000 sold previously. Thus, indicating a whopping variance of between N3,500 and N3,800  signifying a 19 or 20 percent rise.

For that of Wuse Market, Abuja, prices of a 100kg bag of soya beans which previously attracted between N15,500 and N16,000  currently goes for between N16,500 and N17,000.

Egbuna Patto, another trader at the Wuse Market, Abuja, connected the persistent rise to scarcity arising from restiveness in Northern Nigeria.

Checks at the Ogbeogologo and Igbudu Markets, Delta State, indicated that prices of a 100kg bag of the commodity declined slightly from what was previously sold. For example, a 100kg bag of soya beans that earlier went for between N21,500 and N22,000  at the Igbudu Market, fell by 5 percent to N21,000.

That of Umuahia Main Market was also at a downward trend, reducing to between N19,000 and N19,500 from N20,000 initially sold.

Maria Uche, who came to shop for the commodity and other food items at the Umuahia main market, said the price was still outrageous despite the slight drop, which she attributed principally to gradual onset of the season of abundance.

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Mr. Chukwudi Amadi, a trader at the same market, debunked her claim, connecting the situation to inadequate supply.

He, however, opined that prices of soya beans would fall further, particularly with the commencement of its season of plenty approaching next month.

Still, at the Oba Market, Benin City, prices of the commodity, although relatively high, still remained stable at between N20,000 and N21,000 as at October 19, 2018.

For that of Lafewnwa Market, Ogun State, prices of soya beans dropped to N18,500 from N19,000 sold before, a situation which a large proportion of traders attributed  to low patronage.

The situation was different from that of Bodija Market, Ibadan, as the prices were quite higher than that of Ogun State.

For instance, a 100kg bag of soya beans that was formerly sold for between N22,000 and N22,500 reduced to between N21,000 and N21,500, a 5 percent drop.

Madam Ibidun, a trader at the Bodija Market, told DAILY INDEPENDENT  that the high cost of logistics coupled with seasonal factors were responsible for the steady rise.

She was, however, optimistic that prices of soya beans would certainly crash the more during its season of plenty commencing in November.

This is just as Mr. Ayinla, another trader of the same market, shared a contrary view, stressing that prices of soya beans ought to have reduced sharply by now since its season of harvest commences from October.

He however, blamed the situation to the state of the economy.

For that of Lagos State visits to popular Iddo and Mile 12 markets showed that prices of the commodity witnessed a marginal decline.

For example, prices of a 100kg bag of soya beans which went for as high as between N21,500 and N23,000  finally fell, currently ranging from N19,000 to N20,000, depending on the market, situation  which many of the traders ascribed to on season -effect.

Mr. Uchechi Victor, a trader at the Iddo Market, Lagos, told DAILY INDEPENDENT that prices of the commodity would crash further especially with the gradual approach of its season of plenty.

Consumers who purchased the commodity in smaller quantities appeared to be adversely affected as the marginal drop in prices did not increase their procurement.

For example prices of paint bucket measurement still remained at between N900 and N1,200 depending on the location and bargaining power of the buyer.

Dominic Solomon Posted on October 23, 2018 16:05

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Stolen daughters: what happened after #BringBackOurGirls?

In 2014, the #BringBackOurGirls social media campaign transfixed people around the world concerned about the plight of 276 schoolgirls kidnapped by the terrorist group Boko Haram.

More than four years later, the spotlight shines back on their plight, and that of thousands of women like them, in the documentary Stolen Daughters: Kidnapped by Boko Haram, premiering on HBO.

The wrenching film follows two Chibok girls freed in 2017 and two women who, like thousands of others, were kidnapped but are known as “forgotten girls” because they weren’t captured in a high-profile event.

Karen Edwards, a writer and producer of the documentary, told the Guardian that the Chibok girls were a symbol for a much larger problem in north-east Nigeria.

“Most families have been touched by Boko Haram, nobody is immune from it,” said Edwards. “It’s so widespread, there is fear they’ve [people kidnapped] been radicalized but there is also an element of commonality that if it hasn’t happened to them it is only by the grace of God.”

Boko Haram has killed more than 20,000 people and displaced at least 2 million. Mines laid by Boko Haram killed 162 people in two years and wounded 277, according to a report released last month. This week, a Boko Haram faction killed an aid worker. And 112 Chibok girls are still missing.

The girls released last year are the focus of the documentary, which provides an exclusive look at the safe house where they have lived, their first time being reunited with family and the moment they meet their former classmates, who continued their studies while they were in captivity.

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The Forgotten Girls, meanwhile, try to recover their lives in Maiduguri, a city targeted repeatedly by Boko Haram, scraping by on support from aid groups. They must also confront a community worried that the women, as well as men and children kidnapped by the group, have returned radicalized.

“The community in Maiduguri has been really stoic in opening up their doors to refugees and providing shelter,” said producer Sasha Joelle Achilli. “There’s a bit of both: there’s the fear and stigma attached to the people who have been living with Boko Haram and there’s also just great openness and generosity to help the other.”

The stories and scenes from Maiduguri provide a less varnished look at terrors Boko Haram is still carrying out against Nigerians, while the Chibok girls story is more focused on rehabilitation.

This is largely because of restrictions Nigeria’s government put on the production.

In an early scene, the head teacher at the safe house gathers the Chibok girls to announce the film crew has arrived. She explains to the girls that the film-makers have been told not to ask about their experience with Boko Haram. “Do not tell them about what happened in the forest,” she warns.

© Getty Images File Photo-Protesters demand the releasing of female students abducted by militants of Boko Haram, in Abuja, Nigeria

Despite those warnings, a sliver of their experience comes through from anonymized diaries girls shared with the film-makers.

“The fact that the Chibok girls were kept for three and a half years is an embarrassment to the Nigerian government,” Edwards explained. “They don’t want the world thinking too much about that or what might have happened to them … They want the world to see the Chibok girls are being looked after, want for nothing, they get food and dresses made for them, that they are very safe and secure, and that’s what they want the world to see.”

Margret, who features in Stolen Daughters: Kidnapped by Boko Haram.Photograph: HBO

Edwards said the girls did say they felt safe there and were grateful for the government’s protection because they are still scared of Boko Haram. “It’s a complex situation but we made sure we were honest with the audience that this is the condition and this is how they’re being told not to talk about it,” Edwards said.

Because the Chibok girls are warned away from disclosing what happened to them at the hands of Boko Haram, it’s the Forgotten Girls who offer a glimpse of what happened in the forest.

A woman called Zahra, whose name was changed for safety reasons, explains what responsibilities Boko Haram gave women in the three months she was there: caring for the sick, helping those who were pregnant and helping to kidnap more women.

It’s the latter activity that appears to have shaken Zahra most, as she describes a violent attack that happened during a kidnapping she was enlisted to help with under the threat of death.

Zahra tells the story of what happened to a 14-year-old kidnap victim in a few sentences, each worse than the one that came before, then concludes: “I will never forget her all of my life.”

Dominic Solomon Posted on October 23, 2018 15:55

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