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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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!"

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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?

 

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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

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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).

*WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD, EPISODE BY EPISODE*

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

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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)

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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.


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"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."


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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."

Featured Image Credit: Media Scotland

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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.

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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.

https://www.msn.com/en-xl/latinamerica/top-stories/peruvian-archeologists-discover-pre-columbian-statues/ar-BBOLtyf?ocid=SK216DHP

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."

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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.

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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.

https://www.ccn.com/unocoin-rolls-back-first-crypto-atm-in-india-amidst-controversy/

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.

https://www.ccn.com/twitter-locked-elon-musks-account-after-buy-bitcoin-tweet/

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.

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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.

SOLDIER, MISTRESS ARRESTED AFTER WIFE'S BODY FOUND IN TRUNK, AUTHORITIES SAY

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.

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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.

Nicole Darrah covers breaking and trending news for FoxNews.com. Follow her on Twitter @nicoledarrah

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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.

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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.

 

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"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.

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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.
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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.

 

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https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/1035476/champions-league-cska-moscow-fans-escalator-roma-rome

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."

https://news.sky.com/story/14-and-alone-the-girls-risking-everything-to-get-to-america-11526712

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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?

https://www.express.co.uk/showbiz/tv-radio/1027048/Emmerdale-spoilers-De.

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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.

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

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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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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

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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.

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"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.

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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 www.independent.co.uk/rules. For further information, please write to Customer Care, The Independent, Northcliffe House, 2 Derry Street, London, W8 5TT. Promoter: The Independent.https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/food-and-drink/campo-viejo-a-wine-

 

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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.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/crime/south-carolina-deputy-dies-nearly-three-weeks-after-being-injured-in-a-standoff/ar-BBOLqBc

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 Morningstar.com.

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.

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KNUST Closed Down Indefinitely; Students Asked To Vacate By Noon Tuesday

Peacefmonline.com 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.

Background

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.
 More pictures from the scene:

Source: http://www.peacefmonline.com/pages/local/education/201810/365956.php

 

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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Dominic Solomon Posted on October 23, 2018 16:47

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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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Prynx Posted on October 23, 2018 16:45

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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.

https://www.msn.com/en-xl/africa/top-stories/price-of-soya-beans-still-high/ar-BBOEWgA?ocid=SK216DHP

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.” 

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Dominic Solomon Posted on October 23, 2018 15:55

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How this ex Sudanese child soldier was inspired by P. Diddy to become a hip-hop artist

Emmanuel Jal doesn't know how old he is. He tells people he's 38.

"I don't know exactly when I was born, just because I was born when my country was at war," says the chart-topping hip-hop musician, who is from South Sudan, Africa. "There's no birth certificate so it was put first of January 1980," Jal tells CNBC Make It during the Oslo Freedom Forum, a conference of human rights advocates, artists, tech entrepreneurs, and global leaders.

Today, Jal is a recording artist, actor, entrepreneur and peace activist, but between 1983 and 2005, Sudan was ravaged by civil war and Jal was a child soldier conscripted to the Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA), Christian insurgents fighting against the country's military regime imposing "sharia," or Islamic religious law, on the nation.

"My desire was to kill as many Muslims and Arabs as possible," Jal says, speaking at the Oslo Freedom Forum in New York. He says that anger was born from a hatred that started when he was very young.

He remembers an early incident vividly: Jal and his family were traveling to stay with his grandmother in the south, according to his memoir, "War Child: A Child Soldier's Story." Some Arab men from the north on the same transport stole his family's food, and when his uncle attempted to get it back, the men beat him.

"My mother tried to separate the fight. They beat my mother. As a little kid, I jumped on one of the men foot and I bit him. He held my neck. I blacked out. When I came back to life there was blood on my chest. The people I was with were mashed up. Everybody has been beaten," Jal says at the Freedom Forum.

"That was the place where the seed of bitterness and hatred was planted. As a kid, I didn't understand what it was. I didn't know what to call it, but it was planted."

Life in Sudan during the civil war was violent and hard. Jal watched his aunt being raped in front of him when he was 5 years old. "Walking around dead bodies, seeing the soul of your village roped away from you," says Jal. "All my aunties died during the war. All my uncles except two."

Jal's father sent him to Ethiopia where he thought his son would be safer and perhaps receive an education; there was a refugee camp there that taught the children, Tania Campbell-Golding, Jal's manager explains.

However, the SPLA had stationed themselves outside the camp to recruit young boys to become child soldiers. "The ethos was everyone was needed to defend their land," Campbell-Golding says.

The SPLA ran its training camp for child soldiers savagely. "They would pick a kid who did not listen to the rules for some time ... and beat them. Sometimes they beat them to death," Jal says. "From there every kid see this as serious."

Jal was made a soldier at age 8. He carried an assault rifle, because "8 years old can fire an AK-47," he told NPR's Scott Simon in 2015.

For the first two years, he was trained and did chores. But as he got older, he fought on the front lines in three major battles in South Sudan. Jal does not know for sure if he killed anyone, because often firing the gun was indiscriminate and the child soldiers "weren't sure who their victims were," says Campbell-Golding.

As the war raged on, "the movement that we're struggling in became tribal and so, you know, you see soldiers who are turning on each other. And so we decide, look, I rather go and die where my family members are," Jal told NPR.

So he planned an escape. "It was really, really dangerous," he said. "We were, like, around — between [200] to 400, I think, and only 16 people survived. And the way some died of starvation, dehydration and a lot of things that attacked us on the way that we weren't prepared for."

The group of escapees thought it would take them three weeks to get to Waat, a town in South Sudan, but the journey took them three months, Campbell-Golding says.

Jal met a British aid worker, Emma McCune, who smuggled him into Nairobi, Kenya, and put him in school. "So she disarmed me," Jal told NPR. He is not sure exactly how old he was then; he thinks about 11 or 12. In Nairobi, Jal was in and out of secondary schools. He made it to the University of Westminster in the United Kingdom, but only stayed for one semester due to visa issues.

Growing up in Nairobi, Jal found music in church and while hanging out with friends, Campbell-Golding says.

"Life was difficult then, you know, but music became the place I was able to see heaven again. So through music I was able to dance, through music I was able to become a child again. And I did not know that I was going to be a recording artist. I was just doing it for fun because it gave me — it kept me busy," Jal told NPR.

In particular, Jal was influenced by P. Diddy, Sean Diddy Combs.

"The person actually trigger me rapping was somebody called 'P. Diddy,' 'Puff Daddy.' So I heard him, he sung the song 'Jesus, my best friend.' And I said, 'Oh, gangsters sing about God too?' And I said, 'Ok.'" Jal tells CNBC Make It. "And what interests me about American hip hop is the stories they tell."

Jal learned to be a professional musician via trial and error and asking questions.

In Kenya, he went to a music studio to record songs. "Well the first time I entered a studio, I was kicked out," Jal tells CNBC Make It. He just wasn't good enough. "So I just ask questions and look around — 'How do they do it?' ... I watch American hip hop — how they rap, I say, 'Oh, they just talking.' But I didn't know there is art to talking in the beat. So I go to studio, 'Yo!' I do my thing. I was kicked out."

Gradually, Jal improved. "It took me a while to develop my style. I would say this also used to listen to Lost Boyz and this Tupac [Shakur] that you know I was introduced to my other people and I just kept on loving the stories and there's Biggie [Smalls, aka Christopher Wallace] and then there's Run-DMC. And you could go the old school guys."

Eventually he even succeeded. Jal released a couple of his own tracks and caught the attention of British musician and humanitarian Peter Gabriel, who brought Jal to the United Kingdom to perform at a Live 8 Africa Calling concert in 2005, Campbell-Golding says. The BBC took notice.

"Gua" became his first hit, Campbell-Golding says. (The album, with the same name as the hit song, was released in 2004. The music video for "Gua" was released in 2005.) It is a dream of peace in his home country. The chorus, translated into English, is as follows: "I will be so happy, When there's peace in Sudan, When people come back to Sudan, My heart will be filled with joy, When people can go back home, When people will be able to support themselves in their homeland."

The popularity of "Gua" got recognition in Kenya and he went on to record an album, Ceasefire, in 2005 with Abdel Gadir Salim from the North of Sudan. The record received critical acclaim.

Today, life looks radically different for Jal than it did when he was a child: He lives in Toronto, Canada, and has released another four albums (Warchild in 2008, See Me Mama in 2012, The Key in 2014 and Naath in 2018).

"I feel like I'm dreaming where I am now," Jal told NPR in 2015.

More universally, though, Jal says his mission is to help others by sharing his own story.

"I'm a recording artist, but a storyteller — so I share my experiences for social emotional learning to create conscious global awakening. That is through the arts, business and philanthropy," Jal tells CNBC Make It.

He has told his own story in multiple ways. In 2008, "War Child," a documentary about Jal, was released. He gave a TED Talk in 2009. He also published his autobiography in 2009. Jal even co-starred with Reese Witherspoon in 2014's "The Good Lie," a movie about four refugees from Sudan who win a lottery to move to the United States.

Jal is also an entrepreneur.

In 2013, he launched a nutritional supplement powder, Jal Gua, a blend of powder from the moringa tree and sorghum, a grain that is a commonly eaten in many African countries, Sudan among them.

Jal used Kickstarter to raise funds to help launch Jal Gua. Today, the powder nutrient is available for sale in health food outlets throughout Canada including Whole Foods, Campbell-Golding tells CNBC Make It. (The brand is not carried in the United States but there are sales in 14 Whole Foods stores in Canada, Matthew Young, spokesperson for Whole Foods, tells CNBC Make It.)

Jal also has a life-coaching business, My Life Is Art, through which he teaches workshops and leads retreats, and record label, Gatwitch Records.

Through his manager, Jal declines to share revenues for his companies.

Jal also has a charity, Gua Africa, which helps refugees from South Sudan get professional job training. Founded in 2008, Gua Africa has charity registration in both Kenya and the United Kingdom, according to Campbell-Golding.

Indeed, Jal has been widely recognized for his efforts at building peace, receiving numerous awards including the Desmond Tutu Reconciliation Award 2017, The Hunt Humanitarian Award, The Dresden Peace Prize as well as being a Young Global Leader for the World Economic Forum in 2012. He has codified his efforts as the "We Want Peace" movement.

"My purpose is to be part of solution. My purpose is to contribute to restore balance, give without expecting anything in return. For purpose is the surrendering of yourself to a cause bigger than you," Jal tells CNBC Make It.

And that is his advice for others, too.

"Once you identify what your purpose is, your purpose will teach you to create beautiful things. Your purpose is the only thing that can take you beyond what you couldn't possibly imagine....

"How you find your purpose is easy," he continues. "If you have made all the money you need in the world, where would you want to help people? Now, if you think through it, it will just register."

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Arrow season 7 UK release date: When does Arrow start in the UK?

ARROW season 7 is back in the US with Stephen Amell back as Oliver Queen. But when does the DC Comics series start up again in the UK? Here’s what you need to know.

Arrow fans rejoice, the much loved DC Comics series is back for its seventh run.

The season premiered on The CW in the US on October 15.

It will continue to air every Sunday night in the States.

Here’s when it’s due to hit screens in the UK and Ireland.

When does Arrow season 7 start in the UK?

Arrow season seven is making its UK premiere tonight, Tuesday, October 23, on Sky One.

The series will air weekly on Tuesday nights at 8pm.

It is currently two weeks behind the US schedule but will likely catch up when some mid-season breaks disrupted regular scheduling over the year.

Episodes will also be available to stream on Sky’s streaming service, NOW TV, after broadcast.

HOW MANY EPISODES ARE IN ARROW SEASON 7?

Arrow season 7 starts on Sky One on October 23 (Image: Sky)

How many episodes are in Arrow season 7?

There will be 22 episodes of Arrow this season, one less than usual.

Here are the episode titles released so far.

  • Episode 1: Inmate 4587
  • Episode 2: Longbow Hunters
  • Episode 3: Crossing Lines
  • Episode 4: Level Two
  • Episode 5: The Demon
  • Episode 6: Due Process
  • Episode 7: The Slabside Redemption
  • Episode 8: Unmasked
  • Episode 9: Hour Two
  • Episode 10: TBA

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Arrow season 7 starts on Sky One on October 23 (Image: Sky)

What is the plot of Arrow season 7?

The official synopsis for Arrow season 7 reads: “There has been no shortage of close calls for Oliver Queen (Played by Stephen Amell) when it comes to protecting his superhero identity, but in the season six finale, he was finally backed into a corner and forced to reveal himself to the world as the Green Arrow.

“Now, Oliver will come face-to-face with many of the criminals he placed behind bars, as he makes a new home for himself at Slabside Maximum Security Prison.

“Oliver will find himself vulnerable in a way unlike ever before when a mysterious new enemy begins to unravel his work as Green Arrow, challenging him to redeem his name or risk losing everything.”

WHO IS IN THE CAST OF ARROW SEASON 7?

Arrow season 7 starts on Sky One on October 23 (Image: Sky)

Returning this season is David Ramsey as John Diggle and Emily Bett Rickards as Felicity Smoak.

Rick Gonzalez reprises his role as Wild Dog alongside Echo Kellum as Mr Terrific.

Juliana Harkavy is back as Black Canary and Katie Cassidy as Black Siren.

Arrow season 7 starts tonight on Sky One at 8pm

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University of Utah student killed outside dorm identified, gunman found dead

The 37-year-old registered sex offender believed to have shot and killed a University of Utah student outside a dormitory on campus Monday night was reportedly found dead in an off-campus location early Tuesday morning, the university confirmed.

Melvin Rowland was reportedly found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound several hours after the body of a female student was discovered near the medical towers.

 

University President Ruth Watkins confirmed in a campus-wide message that Lauren McCluskey, a senior from Pullman, Washington, was the student killed Monday night.

Lauren McCluskey, a senior at the University of Utah, was found dead in a car outside a dormitory. (Photo / Steve C. Wilson / University of Utah)

“Lauren was a highly regarded member of the university’s track and field team and an outstanding scholar, a senior majoring in communication,” the letter said. “Several members of our university administration spoke with Lauren’s family last night and I have also reached out to them. Her family is understandably in shock at this news about their daughter. They are heartbroken. We have and continue to offer our full support to them at this terrible time.”

In the note, Watkins confirmed Rowland was found deceased at an off-campus location. FOX13 reported Rowland was found dead inside the Trinity AME Church, about four miles away from the scene of the shooting.

“As a campus community, we share grief over this tragic loss of life. Our deepest sympathy is extended to Lauren’s family and friends,” Watkins added.

Lt. Brian Wahlin with the University of Utah Police Department told reporters McCluskey had a “previous relationship” with Rowland and they are believed to have had an argument at about 9 p.m. Monday night.

Several students on campus reported hearing the fight and later gunshots, the Salt Lake Tribune reported.

At 1:47 a.m., the university sent an alert that Rowland was no longer a threat and all classes had been canceled Tuesday.

A spokesperson with the University of Utah’s police department did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.

According to the Salt Lake Tribune, Rowland was convicted of attempted forcible sex abuse and enticing a minor over the Internet in 2004. He was released from prison in 2013.

"It was really scary to look out the window and see. I saw 15 to 20 police officers right where we're standing right now," Tyler Olsen, a student who lives in family housing near the shooting scene, told the Deseret News. "I mean, you're in your home, but nowhere feels safe in that moment."

Last month, an ex-convict pleaded guilty to killing a University of Utah student from China using a gun stolen after another slaying. Austin Boutain, 24, was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Boutain and his wife were charged with hatching a carjacking plot that led to the October 2017 death of 23-year-old Chenwei Guo, whose parents live in Beijing.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Lucia I. Suarez Sang is a Reporter for FoxNews.com. Follow her on Twitter @luciasuarezsang

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Austin water warning: Residents warned to BOIL water before drinking

RESIDENTS in Austin, Texas have been warned to boil their water before consuming it for the first time in the city’s history.

A citywide boil water notice has been issued for residents in Austin for the first time ever in the city’s history. 

Austin and several other areas are being warned to reduce their water use and boil any water used for consumption following silt infiltrating water supplies. 

Flooding caused by heavy rainfall throughout September and October has caused silt to enter water supply lakes. 

Austin City released an emergency notice to residents saying: “Historic flood waters flowing into our water supply lakes contain very high levels of silt that makes it challenging for the water plants to produce the volume of water needed to supply customers at this time. 

“The high level of debris, silt and mud requires extended filtration that slows the process of getting treated water into the system.”

"The city-wide boil water notice is in addition to actions taken by the City over the last week to ensure the health and safety of our community during this flood event.

"These have included activating the Austin-Travis County Emergency Operations Center to closely monitor the evolving conditions, closing the City’s waterway, closing Parks and Recreation facilities along City waterways, monitoring and managing low-water crossings.

"And working with our neighbors to the west of Austin to respond to their own flood emergencies."

Flooding in Austin, Texas has caused silt to enter the water supply (Image: EPA)

The areas affected told to boil water that is used for drinking, cooking or ice for three minutes are - 

- Austin
- Travis County Water District 10
- Wells Branch MUD
- North Austin MUD #1
- Northtown MUD
- West Travis County PUA
- Sunset Valley
- Rollingwood
- Mid-Texas Utilities public water system in southwest Austin

WATER BOILING: Austin residents have been warned to boil water for three minutes before consuming (Image: GETTY)

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has issued recommendations for when a boil water notice is in effect, including the need to boil water for at least three minutes.

The scientific body warns that even if using a water filter, it is still important to boil as most household water filters do not remove bacteria or viruses.

The Central Texas Red Cross warned residents relying on hand sanitiser alone during the boil water notice are at risk of cryptosporidiosis - a diarrhoea causing disease which comes from parasites. 

Vigorous washing with soap and not hand sanitiser is recommended. 

Flooding has damaged roads and destroyed this bridge in Kingsland (Image: EPA)

As well as this, residents have been urged to cut back on their water usage as water reservoirs are reaching critical minimum levels. 

Austin City has asked customers to reduce personal water consumption by up to 15-20 percent or risk water supplies running out completely.

Customers are not allowed to run water for outside usage, so washing vehicles, pavements, filling pools or operating ponds or fountains are prohibited. 

Reducing water usage will also give water treatment plants the time to stabilise and begin to reduce the high levels of silt in the supply

 

Prynx Posted on October 23, 2018 15:04

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Bible SHOCK as oldest fragments in the world are FAKE valuable scrolls WORTHLESS

FIVE of the most valuable exhibits at an American museum believed to be part of the oldest copies of the Bible ever found turned out to be fake.

The Museum of Bible, based in Washington DC, thought to possess some of the world’s most famous and valuable scrolls.

But the academics who tested the fragments of what they believed to be part of the historic Dead Sea Scrolls were badly disappointed when they discovered they were not original.

The museum admitted the tests run found that the exhibits “show characteristics inconsistent with ancient origin”.

As a consequence, the Museum of the Bible decided to remove the scrolls from display. 

Jeffrey Kloha, the chief curatorial officer for Museum of the Bible, said in a statement: “Though we had hoped the testing would render different results, this is an opportunity to educate the public on the importance of verifying the authenticity of rare biblical artefacts, the elaborate testing process undertaken and our commitment to transparency.

“As an educational institution entrusted with cultural heritage, the museum upholds and adheres to all museum and ethical guidelines on collection care, research and display.”

The Dead Sea Scrolls are among the world’s most valuable manuscripts.

The Dead Sea Scrolls possessed by The Museum of Bible are fake (Image: GETTY)

The are the oldest copies of Bible text ever found, and they include passages of the Old Testament which is believed to be 2,000 years old.

The museum is thought to have coughed up millions of dollars to buy the scrolls.

Despite that, the museum had already faced questions over the authenticity of the fragments even before the site opened in November 2017.

The museum sent five fragments to a German institute for analysing materials, the Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und-prüfung (BAM) to have their ink and papyrus analysed. 

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The 3.60-metre-long Dead Sea Temple Scroll were presented in a major exhibition in Israel (Image: GETTY)

The report that followed raised “suspicions about the authenticity of all five fragments”, as conceded by the museum.

The museum’s founder, Steve Green, also owns the arts and craft Hobby Lobby chain, which had faced scrutiny in 2010 for purchasing more than 5,500 artefacts from Iraq.

Following allegations the object had been illegally smuggled into the US, the chain agreed with the Department of Justice to settle the case by paying a $3m fine. 

The Museum of the Bible removed the scrolls from display after it was revealed they are fake (Image: GETTY)

Most of the Dead Sea Scrolls are currently housed in the Shrine of the Book, a section of the Israel Museum in Jerusalem.

The excavation and selling of these precious fragments have been prohibited by a UN convention on cultural property.

The move, however, doesn’t forbid the selling of items removed before 1970, which allows private sellers to fight over the few remaining.

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Identical Triplets Take a DNA Test and The Results Are so Unexpected.

Nicole, Erica, and Jaclyn Dahm are identical triplets born on December 12, 1977. Ever since their birth, they were a sensation wherever they went. Their parents were thrilled, and all the other people were too, seeing them all together, identically stunning, with their blue eyes and blonde hair. It's not that often that we see identical triplets anyway.

Nicole, Erica, and Jaclyn Dahm are identical triplets born on December 12, 1977. Ever since their birth, they were a sensation wherever they went. Their parents were thrilled, and all the other people were too, seeing them all together, identically stunning, with their blue eyes and blonde hair. It's not that often that we see identical triplets anyway.

Identical

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In order to be able to tell them apart, their parents had to tattoo small dot marks on their bottoms - Nicole, the firstborn, has one dot. Erica, born second, has two. The youngest triplet, Jacklyn, has no dot. This was necessary as they not only looked identical but also were inseparable all the time.

A Triple Threat

Image by @Jaclyn Erica Nicole Dahm / Facebook

They grew up in Jordan, a small town in Minnesota. They went to a public high school where they got a lot of attention. With less than 30,000 people living in the town as they were growing up, you can only imagine how much of an attraction they were. The modeling agencies quickly realized these girls are stunning.

Everything Times Three

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The Dahm girls stayed together whenever they could. Many years later, in an interview with Playboy, Nicole said: "We rarely hold our own identity. We were always known as ‘You three’ or ‘The Triplets.’" They shared toys, clothes, friends. Basically, they held together through thick and thin.

Model Behavior

Modeling agencies are always searching for the next beautiful girl. Imagine the interest they had for these three gorgeous ladies! Aged 16, the triplets were featured on the cover of Teen Magazine as they won the Great Model Search. This was just the first of their many successes in the modeling industry, creating the path towards one of the biggest magazines in the world.

They Never Expected This

Image by @Jaclyn Erica Nicole Dahm / Facebook

However, the Dahm triplets planned on becoming nurses. All three of them were attending the University of Minnesota with one goal in mind - to work as nurses one day (perhaps in the same hospital?). While they were at the campus, they noticed a Playboy ad for new models to include in their "Girls of the Big Ten Special Edition".

Easy Access

Image by @Jaclyn Erica Nicole Dahm / Facebook

The triplets applied, but never expected this would turn their lives upside down. The casting agent got them a test shoot. It was time for a big decision - will they get naked in front of the Playboy cameras? Naturally, the decision had to be joint. After some debate among three of them, they became the first triplets in Playboy's monthly centerfold.

They Would Have Never…

Image by @Jaclyn Erica Nicole Dahm / Facebook

Since Nicole, Erica, and Jaclyn didn't have a modeling career as their priority, this was a risky decision. In 1998, Jaclyn told Playboy Magazine that they "would never have done this as individuals." What they didn't know at the time was that this step would open many doors for them, and even lead to a surprising DNA test.

The Centerfold

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Dahm triplets actually had big opportunities in front of them after the Playboy feature. Erica once said that the Playboy issue was what started the lives for her and her sisters. She speaks of it as an “amazing experience,” something she wouldn’t ever change. Eventually, the three of them dropped out of the nursing school to pursue careers in the fabulous entertainment industry in Los Angeles.

Triplets Meet World

Boy Meets World

It was as if the L.A. was just waiting for them to appear. They had opportunities everywhere – they appeared on Boy Meets World and Family Feud, and basically were the perfect and unique choice for identical triplets – as that’s what they were.

Famous Bodies

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They got cast for an episode of House Wars, after which Fox hired them for Renovate My Family. That’s where their personal lives started changing too. The show was hosted by Jay McGraw, Dr. Phil’s son, who fell for the middle triplet, Erica. She admitted what she felt for him as he got to her trailer and asked her to watch a movie was “love at first sight.”

Triplets and Doctors

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It was this meeting with Jay McGraw that led the triplets to eventually take a shocking DNA test. McGraw’s dad, Dr. Phil, is one of the executive producers on the show The Doctors, where a panel of doctors discusses various medical issues. From time to time, they feature celebrities on the show and discuss their own medical issues.

Health Issues

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McGraw had an idea to feature the Dahm triplets on The Doctors since he met Erica in 2006. He wanted to discuss the details about their lives as triplets. The public loved it, as they loved everything these girls ever did. In fact, Jaclyn, Erica, and Nicole started appearing on the show regularly and talked about everything, including their medical similarities as triplets. That gave the producers an idea – a really good one, something that’s never been seen on the television before.

Adding Three More

Image by @Jaclyn Erica Nicole Dahm / Facebook

While they were on The Doctors, the triplets helped the ratings rise, but one particular happening helped boost the show even more. All three of them got pregnant at the same time. People went crazy about that, not believing they had to do everything together, even get pregnant together. As for the producers of The Doctors, they saw this as the perfect opportunity to feature the girls even more and do a crazy experiment with them.

An Investigation

Image by @Jaclyn Erica Nicole Dahm / Facebook

In 2010, within weeks of each other, Nicole, Erica, and Jaclyn gave birth. What’s more incredible, they all welcomed beautiful baby girls! As Jaclyn said, “it must be that triplet bond”, as she explained how lucky they’ve all been. In March 2017, the producers called the triplets with a unique idea.

A Strange Request

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The triplets received a strange request from Jay McGraw and the rest of the crew. They wanted to introduce them to Lisa Guerrero, a journalist from Inside Edition, who would investigate the reliability of DNA and ancestry tests. The identical triplets served as a perfect example for testing how reliable these tests actually are.

DNA Chocante

 The popuplarity of the DNA test at home has risen over the past couple of years. Many people are willing to pay a fee in order to learn more about their ancestors and heritage. The leaders in the industry, 23andMe and Ancestry, provide people the opportunity to see where exactly they come from at a reasonable price.

Willing to Bare It All

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The process is fairly simple. The customer receives a saliva kit and provides a sample of their DNA, then sends it to the DNA decoding companies. The tests can reveal interesting and shocking results and even lead to lost relatives. The Dahm triplets did the test and waited for the results to arrive. Little did they know that the results would shock the world.

The Big Reveal

The Doctors

The results come after a couple of weeks. The idea was that, in theory, as identical triplets they would all have to share the same DNA. However, Lisa Guerrero, the Inside Edition journalist, had her doubts about these at-home kits and was very curious to see the results of the triplet experiment.

A Long Way

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It goes without saying that Jaclyn, Nicole, and Erica never expected to end up here when they first applied for Playboy modeling ad. But here they are, taking a DNA test for a TV show and waiting to see if they are really identical. The three young girls from a small Minnesota town are now on the popular show, waiting impatiently to learn more about their ancestry.

Surprising Results

The Doctors

On the other hand, it’s not that surprising. Back when they wanted to be nurses, the triplets were fascinated with biology and genetics. They were grateful for the opportunity to help improve the genetic testing system, but the end result shocked them. A special episode of The Doctor was scheduled for March 2017 in which the results would finally be revealed.

How Could This Be?

The Doctors

The first results surprised nobody – they showed the girls were completely identical. Fun fact: Erica can even open Nicole’s safe, as their fingerprints are as identical as possible in two human beings. Ok, so the first test told them something they already knew – that they are identical. What happened next?

A Second Test

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The second test was more comprehensive and detailed. It showed each of the girls’ ancestry to see their ethnicity. Needless to say, the Dahm sisters expected to get the same results. However, something was not right.

A Strange Breakdown

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All three of them were 99% European, as for their DNA. Good start. However, when the results were broken down further, the differences started emerging. Erica was said to be 16% Irish and British, while Nicole was 2% more Irish and British. As more results were revealed, the triplets and the audience were more and more confused.

A Bizarre Discrepancy

at home has risen over the past couple of years. Many people are willing to pay a fee in order to learn more about their ancestors and heritage. The leaders in the industry, 23andMe and Ancestry, provide people the opportunity to see where exactly they come from at a reasonable price.

Willing to Bare It All

The Doctors

The process is fairly simple. The customer receives a saliva kit and provides a sample of their DNA, then sends it to the DNA decoding companies. The tests can reveal interesting and shocking results and even lead to lost relatives. The Dahm triplets did the test and waited for the results to arrive. Little did they know that the results would shock the world.

The Big Reveal

The Doctors

The results come after a couple of weeks. The idea was that, in theory, as identical triplets they would all have to share the same DNA. However, Lisa Guerrero, the Inside Edition journalist, had her doubts about these at-home kits and was very curious to see the results of the triplet experiment.

A Long Way

Image by s_bukley / Depositphotos

It goes without saying that Jaclyn, Nicole, and Erica never expected to end up here when they first applied for Playboy modeling ad. But here they are, taking a DNA test for a TV show and waiting to see if they are really identical. The three young girls from a small Minnesota town are now on the popular show, waiting impatiently to learn more about their ancestry.

Surprising Results

The Doctors

On the other hand, it’s not that surprising. Back when they wanted to be nurses, the triplets were fascinated with biology and genetics. They were grateful for the opportunity to help improve the genetic testing system, but the end result shocked them. A special episode of The Doctor was scheduled for March 2017 in which the results would finally be revealed.

How Could This Be?

The Doctors

The first results surprised nobody – they showed the girls were completely identical. Fun fact: Erica can even open Nicole’s safe, as their fingerprints are as identical as possible in two human beings. Ok, so the first test told them something they already knew – that they are identical. What happened next?

A Second Test

The Doctors

The second test was more comprehensive and detailed. It showed each of the girls’ ancestry to see their ethnicity. Needless to say, the Dahm sisters expected to get the same results. However, something was not right.

A Strange Breakdown

The Doctors

All three of them were 99% European, as for their DNA. Good start. However, when the results were broken down further, the differences started emerging. Erica was said to be 16% Irish and British, while Nicole was 2% more Irish and British. As more results were revealed, the triplets and the audience were more and more confused.

A Bizarre Discrepancy

 More and more difference were shown as the results came in. All three of the Dahm sisters had different percentages of German and French heritage in their DNA – Erica had 22.3%, Jaclyn 18%, and Nicole 11%. Strange! Both the girls and The Doctors were very confused with the data they just read. The audience was in complete awe.

Scandinavian Genes

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The Scandinavian part of the test was even more shocking. Erica and Jaclyn were identical here, with 7.4% of Scandinavian ancestries, while Nicole was found to be 11.4% Scandinavian. Nobody knew how any of this was even possible. They were supposed to share identical results.

Something Doesn’t Match

The Doctors

The girls admitted they were surprised. Who wouldn’t be? They were born from the same egg and clearly have the same DNA, according to any biology law. In fact, didn’t the first test prove that? The Doctors host, Dr. Travis Stork, had his opinion about this type of tests. He said that they shouldn’t be taken too seriously and that they are more of a “home entertainment” tool than a real evidence for finding out about your heritage.

The Big Surprise

The Doctors

While the sisters sat on the live set of The Doctors, they could not control their reactions to the shocking results. Nicole was first to admit to the audience, “I’m surprised because we came from the same egg and we have the same DNA.” Dr. Travis Stork, The Doctors’ host, chimed in about the results too. The physician told the Dahm triplets and the audience that these types of genetic tests should be used for “entertainment” instead of as the real evidence of DNA heritage.

How is it Possible?

The Doctors

Dr. Stork explained that home DNA tests are still not developed enough to be 100% correct. You can always expect some flaws in the results. As he said, “you can’t just spit in a cup and have every single answer that you are looking for,” the tests are simply not evolved enough for something like that. But does this mean that the doctor and Lisa Guerrero, the journalist, disapprove of these tests?

Where Do We Come From

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While Guerrero had some doubts about the reliability of these tests, she admitted it would be fun to take one herself some time. She knew she had a Latino heritage from her mom’s side and English genes from her dad, but it would be fun to know how much of each she got. “It’s piqued my curiosity,” she said. And while the tests are not 100% accurate, they still provide some fun insights into DNA, ancestry, and genetics.

Doctor Recommendations

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Lisa did admit that she’d prefer to do a more advanced test with a doctor instead. This kind of test is more expensive, but provides much more accurate and detailed results. The journalist and the doctor agreed they understand the craze for these at-home tests – they provide interesting results at an acceptable rate.

After DNA Testing

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Though the triplets were shocked by the test results at first, they are now glad they are helping raise awareness about these kinds of DNA tests. Since their appearance on the show, their lives have drastically changed. They started out at a small town in Minnesota, had their pictures taken for Playboy, and took part on the popular show The Doctors. What are they doing these days?

Where Are They Now?

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With so many changes, one thing hasn’t changed – their beauty. They are still as identical and as beautiful as they always were. Their daughters are growing up into happy kids, and the three of them are happily married and enjoy family lives. You don’t really need a DNA test to prove they are truly identical.

Divorce Rumors

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Being in the spotlight has its downsides sometimes. Erica and Jay McGraw, being a public couple, had their share of rumors and hurtful news stories. The rumors about their divorce appear all the time – that’s why tabloids exist. It’s just a price public personalities pay. Living a private life is a mission impossible.

An Expensive Affair

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In August 2006, Erica and Jay got married at a gorgeous wedding ceremony in Beverly Hills, at the property of his father, Dr. Phil, and his wife Robin. The couple exchanged their own intimate vows in front of 400 guests. Robin, Dr. Phil’s wife, remembers the ceremony as emotional and beautiful.

Asking the Big Questions

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Jay shared the details about how he proposed to Erica on an episode of Dr. Phil. The two of them went to Dallas, Texas, and he got down on one knee and asked her to spend the rest of her life with him. Classic and romantic. The five-carat platinum ring had diamonds and two green emeralds. Not every girl is lucky enough to get such a giant rock!

Bridemaids

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Probably the most special and unique thing about the wedding was the fact that Erica had her sisters as bridesmaids. Their dresses were designed by Bradley Bayou and the girls looked stunning. Erica wore a Chado Ralph gown, specially made for her, and blew everyone away with her beauty.

The McGraw Kids

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Sounds incredible, but all three sisters have one daughter and one son! Erica and Jay are parents to Aver Elizabeth and London Philip. They share plenty of photos of their kids on social media, and it seems like the family life is more than good for all of them.

Dr. Phil’s Involved

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Jay’s father, Dr. Phil, has been involved with their romance practically from the very start. He was thrilled when Jay was about to propose to Erica, and when the happy day came, he was Jay’s best man. There’s hardly anything more special a father and a son can share! Jay once said that his parents love Erica “almost as much as I do.” What a wonderful family.

Jaclyn’s Main Man

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As for Jaclyn, she married a man of her dreams, Billy Dolan. The couple can’t resist sharing beautiful pictures of their family on their social media profiles and they often hang out with Erica and Jay, even going to holidays together. The four of them often post pictures where they are hanging out at the beach or going to some concert.

Playboy’s Opportunities

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The girls consider themselves blessed for all the opportunities they’ve had over the years. They like to remember when they were young girls growing up in Minnesota, but everything that’s happened since is amazing. “It’s something you never experience when you’re from a small town of 2,000 people, and all of a sudden you’re in a magazine all around the world,” they said. And the best part is, as Erica said, that they stayed together all this time.

Reality Stars

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The audience loved them ever since they debuted in Playboy. Whenever they appeared on TV, many people would watch them. And once you get in the spotlight, there’s no running away from it. They recently appeared on Relic Hunter, a Canadian TV show. The triplets agree they would love to feature in Playboy again.

They Have One More Skill!

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And since they love being on camera so much, but also have other skills than modeling, the triplets started their own YouTube channel about cooking. So there you have it… Three identical sisters, gorgeous, blonde, with blue eyes, who know how to cook. Sorry guys, they are taken! But you can still watch them cook on their channel TripletsGourmet.

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What are they up to these days? Erica and her husband Jay McGraw, Dr. Phil's son, are celebrating their 10th marriage anniversary. They look beautiful and happy together like they did when they first met, despite some divorce rumors from the past.

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The couple first met on Fox's reality show Renovate My Family back in 2004. McGraw was the host, and Erica and her sisters were featured as construction experts. After dating for a while, they celebrated their love with a beautiful wedding.

The Doctors

The fact that all three of the Dahm sisters got pregnant within months from each other and had their babies nearly at the same time was interesting for the whole nation. The Doctors featured a piece on the nurseries they made for their babies.

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Naturally, they went shopping together. Picking the cute little details for their babies' rooms was exciting enough, but with these three beautiful women, everything is three times better and three times more fun.

The Doctors

Given that they were all having baby girls, numerous decisions needed to be made. Pink, not so pink, traditional, modern… The unlimited choices. And what about the storage? And did you see that gorgeous crib? Even Erica, who was still pregnant at the time of the shooting, admitted this shopping day made her feel more realistic about her baby coming up soon.

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As it usually happens when you move into a new home, a lot of things had to be fixed to achieve that perfect result. The 'before' versions of the rooms didn't look appealing at all. Luckily, the creative triplets took the matter in their own hands.

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Pink all around! This room certainly belongs to one lucky girl! A comfy crib and a cute chair for mommy provide a great environment for many happy moments to come.

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The triplets realize how incredibly lucky they are to have an opportunity to raise their children together. The happiness can be seen on their faces; it would be impossible to hide it.

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Another room was decorated with a pink palette in mind. Lovely striped wall looks like it came out of a candy store - sweet and delicious!

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The third sister decided to go with something a bit more of the champagne color. The crystal chandelier makes this baby glamorous from day one.

The Triplets as Babies

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Yellowstone volcano eruption: When are scientists predicting next Yellowstone eruption?

YELLOWSTONE volcano is one of the most dynamic sites on earth and speculation the volcano could explode some time soon was sparked after a dormant Yellowstone Geyser recently erupted. When are scientists predicting the next Yellowstone eruption?

The Yellowstone supervolcano last erupted 664,000 years ago, but scientists still consider it worth monitoring constantly.

Three eruptions at Yellowstone appear to have occurred on a 600,000 to 700,000 year cycle starting 2.1 million years ago.

The most recent took place 664,000 years ago and some scientists suggest this means Yellowstone is overdue for an eruption.

A supervolcano is thousands of times more powerful than a regular volcano and could result in changes felt across the globe.

In March, the Yellowstone based Geyser Steamboat began a series of eruptions for the first time since 2014 - further sparking fears the Yellowstone volcano may erupt soon.

But the USGS has noted the hydrothermal changes in Yellowstone's geysers are not linked to any increased volcanic activity in Yellowstone’s super-volcano.

So despite fears an eruption could be imminent, there’s no need to worry at the moment.

YELLOWSTONE VOLCANO: LONG-DORMANT GEYSER ERUPTS NEAR OLD FAITHFUL

Yellowstone volcano eruption: The volcano last erupted 664,000 years ago (Image: GETTY)

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) said the odds of Yellowstone erupting are 0.00014 percent — lower than the odds of getting hit by a civilisation-destroying asteroid.

In fact, some say the supervolcano may never erupt again.

The majority of geologists have also dismissed any concerns and said the geyser eruptions does not increase the chances of new volcanic activity.

So far in 2018, Steamboat has erupted 23 times, the latest being October 15.

Steamboat Geyser can scatter water and steam 300 to 400 feet up in the air.

The geyser does not erupt on a predictable schedule, with recorded intervals between major eruptions ranging from four days to fifty years.

Steamboat Geyser was dormant from 1911 to 1961.

Few environments on our planet are as extreme as the chambers of Yellowstone.

The Yellowstone volcano is thousands of times more powerful than a regular volcano (Image: GETTY)

Yellowstone volcano eruption: Some say that the supervolcano may never erupt again (Image: GETTY)

If Yellowstone volcano were to ever blow again, the consequences would be catastrophic.

In 2014 a team of scientists publishes a paper exploring what a Yellowstone super-eruption might look like.

In the hypothetical report, the scientists found the eruption would be preceded by massive, unmissable warning signs.

The volcano would eject at least 240 cubic miles of material - and lava wouldn’t be the problem.

A pyroclastic flow would cause volcanic ash to be ejected miles into the air and scattered across the whole of the United States.

This could conceivably bury the northern Rockies in three feet of ash and devastate the states of Wyoming, Idaho, Colorado, Montana, and Utah.

Millions of people would be killed, along with plants and animals dying and buildings being crushed.

 

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Prynx Posted on October 23, 2018 14:40

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RADIOACTIVE WARNING: Glaciers Russia used for Cold War nuclear tests MELTING into ocean

ARTIC glaciers used by the former Soviet Union for nuclear testing are radioactive - and melting into the ocean, a new study has shown.

The Novaya Zemlya archipelago was the site of regular nuclear tests (Image: GETTY)

And if nothing is done to reverse the process, deadly radioactive material will be dispersed into the world’s seas and oceans, with disastrous consequences for the Earth’s delicate ecosystem, especially in the Arctic.

Scientists from the Russian Institute of Oceanology travelled the the sea of Kara, in the Russia Polar circle, sometimes referred to as the “Russian nuclear cemetery”.

Scientists studied the Nally glacier, on the Akademik Msticlav Keldysh, as well as cataloguing potentially hazardous radioactive material dumped by the USSR.

The project clearly showed the glaciers of the Novaya Zemlya archipelago, which contain radioactive material dating back to the Cold War, are melting as a result of global warming

The scientific ship spent a month between August and September collecting radioactive samples in the "cemetery" archipelago of nuclear tests during the Cold War.

In 2014, ice from the glacier stretched two miles further into the sea than it does now, the institute’s deputy director Mikhail Flint said.

He said “large concentrations of radioactivity” had been brought to the glacier by winds from the south over the years.

These are the legacy of dozens of nuclear tests in the archipelago over a period of decades as the Soviets competed against the USA throughout the Cold War.

The Kara Sea in the Russian Arctic circle (Image: GETTY)

Among them was the so-called Tsar Bomba on October 30, 1961, which measured 58 megatons, the largest nuclear device ever detonated, with the final test occurred in 1990.

A report published by the Russian Federation has warned of 17,000 containers and 19 vessels with radioactive waste which lie on the seabed, 127 metres below the surface.

Given the remoteness of the location, visiting the area is problematic, as would be any operation to remove such material.

There are also 14 nuclear reactors, as well as the shell of the K-27, the first nuclear-powered submarine in its class.

 

 

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Prynx Posted on October 23, 2018 14:32

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Shipwreck from 2,500 years ago discovered INTACT with even FOOD preserved

THE World’s oldest shipwreck has been discovered intact at the bottom of the Black Sea, with archaeologists dating it back to 500BC.

The shipwreck was found in the Black Sea (Image: Rodrigo Pacheco-Ruiz)

Archaeologists have discovered an intact ship at the bottom of the Black Sea and have carbon dated it to 500 BC and believe this is the “first time it has been since it was afloat.”

The 23 metre (75ft) vessel is thought to be ancient Greek and was discovered with the mast still standing and the quarter rubbers in place.

It has been so well preserved due to the lack of oxygen in the Black Sea. 

The ship has been so well protected that even the monkfish bones that the sailors would have been eating on deck were found intact

It is thought to be the first time the ship has been seen since it was afloat.

The discovery was made as part of the Black Sea Archaeological Project, a year-long scientific investigation led by international institutions with the goal of exploring and understanding the way the Black Sea has changed and affected human civilisation.

Dr Kroum Batchvarov who worked on the project said: “It is the first of its kind, an absolutely incredible find, it is unique.”

The ship is thought to have been used as a trading vessel.

 

The ship dates back to 500BC (Image: Rodrigo Pacheco-Ruiz)

Even some food onboard was preserved (Image: Rodrigo Pacheco-Ruiz)

This is the first time that these boats have been seen since they were afloat

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Edward Parker CEO of Black Sea Maritime Archaeology Project, said: “Some of these ships have never been seen besides on murals and paintings.

“This is the first time that these boats have been seen since they were afloat.”

Researchers believe the type of ships discovered have only been seen on the side of ancient Greek pottery such as the ‘Siren Vase’ in the British Museum.

The Siren Vase displays Odysseus, hero of homer’s epic poem The Odyssey, bound to the mast of a vessel as Sirens try to lure sailors on to the rocks with their sweet songs.

More than 60 shipwrecks were discovered by the international team of maritime archaeologists with the second oldest being carbon dated to 200 AD.

Professor John Adams, Black Sea Map’s principal investigator said: “A ship surviving intact from the Classical world, lying in over 2km, is something I would have never believed possible.

“This will change our understanding of shipbuilding and seafaring in the ancient world.”

The team that made the discovery have also made a two hour-long documentary that is due to be shown at the British Museum on Tuesday.

More than 60 shipwrecks were discovered by the international team of maritime archaeologists with the second oldest being carbon dated to 200 AD.

Professor John Adams, Black Sea Map’s principal investigator said: “A ship surviving intact from the Classical world, lying in over 2km, is something I would have never believed possible.

“This will change our understanding of shipbuilding and seafaring in the ancient world.”

The team that made the discovery have also made a two hour-long documentary that is due to be shown at the British Museum on Tuesday.

More than 60 shipwrecks were discovered by the international team of maritime archaeologists with the second oldest being carbon dated to 200 AD.

Professor John Adams, Black Sea Map’s principal investigator said: “A ship surviving intact from the Classical world, lying in over 2km, is something I would have never believed possible.

“This will change our understanding of shipbuilding and seafaring in the ancient world.”

The team that made the discovery have also made a two hour-long documentary that is due to be shown at the British Museum on Tuesday.

More than 60 shipwrecks were discovered by the international team of maritime archaeologists with the second oldest being carbon dated to 200 AD.

Professor John Adams, Black Sea Map’s principal investigator said: “A ship surviving intact from the Classical world, lying in over 2km, is something I would have never believed possible.

“This will change our understanding of shipbuilding and seafaring in the ancient world.”

The team that made the discovery have also made a two hour-long documentary that is due to be shown at the British Museum on Tuesday.

More than 60 shipwrecks were discovered by the international team of maritime archaeologists with the second oldest being carbon dated to 200 AD.

Professor John Adams, Black Sea Map’s principal investigator said: “A ship surviving intact from the Classical world, lying in over 2km, is something I would have never believed possible.

“This will change our understanding of shipbuilding and seafaring in the ancient world.”

The team that made the discovery have also made a two hour-long documentary that is due to be shown at the British Museum on Tuesday.

 

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South Africa shocked by live rape trial of Timothy Omotoso

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.

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Many 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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South 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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The 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.

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Both 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.

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Salty waters on Mars could host Earth-like life

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Mars is an unlikely place for life as we know it to thrive. The surface is bombarded by DNA-damaging radiation. Water has only been confirmed on the frigid landscape in the form of ice and hydrated minerals. And there's barely even a wisp of oxygen in its paltry atmosphere.

But the case for life on the red planet just got a little stronger with a new study that suggests salty waters thought to potentially exist near the surface could hold enough dissolved oxygen to support familiar forms of microbial life. In some special cases, there would even be enough of the element to harbor basic oxygen-loving animals like sponges.

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This certainly doesn't mean there is life on Mars—scientists aren't even sure if liquid water flows on or near its surface. However, the surprising research, published on October 22nd in Nature Geoscience, hints that perhaps the modern Mars environment is not quite as inhospitable as we once thought.

“That's the thing of habitability; we never thought that environment could have that much oxygen,” says the study's lead author Vlada Stamenkovi?, a planetary scientist and physicist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. “It completely changes our understanding of the potential for life on current-day Mars.”

The manganese mystery

The thin atmosphere that blankets the red Martian landscape is mostly made of carbon dioxide, with traces of nitrogen and argon gas. Measurements from rovers and orbiting spacecraft suggest that a mere 0.145 percent of the air is oxygen, which thought to be released as sunlight breaks apart some of the carbon dioxide molecules.

Although this is a pitifully low amount of oxygen compared to the nearly 21 percent in modern Earth's atmosphere, there are hints something strange has been going on with the life-giving gas on the red planet.

© Photograph by NASA/JPL/Malin Space Science Systems A new look at Mars' chemistry suggests that oxygen-loving microbes and, in some cases, even simple animals like sponges could thrive in any potential brines on the red planet's surface.

In 2014, researchers were excited to discover manganese oxide on Mars' surface. Manganese is tough to oxidize, and unlike the oxidized iron that gives the rusty red planet its signature look, forming manganese oxide requires the presence of either oxygen or microbes, explains Kirsten Siebach, a planetary geologist at Rice University who was not involved in the work.

Researchers have previously suggested that this compound points to an ancient Martian atmosphere flush with oxygen. But Stamenkovi? and his colleagues thought there just might be another way.

Oxygen tug-of-war

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With an average surface temperature of -81 degrees Fahrenheit, Mars doesn't readily sport vast flows of liquid water. To date, there are no confirmed discoveries of Martian puddles—only hints of water deep underground. But scientists believe that water might exist near the surface as a brine, which is essentially very salty water.

When you add salts to water, it slightly lowers the point at which the water freezes. So the addition of salts to Martian ice—including the magnesium and calcium perchlorate salts widespread in Martian dust—will let that frozen water turn fluid.

Related: Spectacular photos from space (Photo services)

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But then salts pose another problem: The more salt that's present, the less oxygen the water can hold. At the same time, the colder the water, the more oxygen it can dissolve. It's a game of oxygen tug-of-war, with salts pushing out the dissolved gas and the cold temperatures pulling it in. To figure out which effect might win, the researchers turned to mathematical modeling.

They crafted a model that tests out this idea for six salts at concentrations high enough to keep the water liquid at temperatures from -208 degrees Fahrenheit to 80 degrees Fahrenheit. The model also included the average Martian air pressure at various locations across the red planet. (Explore what Mars was like across billions of years with our interactive planet.)

Flabergasting fluids

According to their results, hypothetical brines that are colder than the freezing point of pure water offer much more oxygen than what's needed for aerobic microbes to thrive. What's more, their best estimates with perchlorate salts suggest that the water would have enough oxygen to support more complex life like sponges. (Similarly, the under-ice waters of Jupiter's moon Europa may hold enough oxygen to support fish-size life.)

The team also calculated a “worst case” scenario, providing a little wiggle room for error in their model's calculated factors. Even then, the salty solutions all harbored enough oxygen to support basic microbial life.

“We were absolutely flabbergasted,” Stamenkovi? says of the team's initial reaction. “I went back to recalculate everything like five different times to make sure it's a real thing.”

The concentrations now possible on Mars are even higher than what was likely present in Earth’s waters prior to 2.35 billion years ago, when microbes breathed oxygen into the atmosphere and Earthlings proliferated. And these concentrations of oxygen on Mars could have persisted for millions of years.

Related: Hollywood stars who've played real-life astronauts (Wonderwall)

Such briny solutions would be "really good soup for organisms to grow in,” says the University of Washington's Jodi Young, a biological oceanographer who was not involved in the study. On Earth, she explains, chilly oxygenated brines exist in the network of fissures in sea ice, where a diversity of life can be found.

And the dissolved oxygen in the water could have caused Mars’ manganese oxides to form even without an oxygen-flush atmosphere. “Our explanation doesn't need any special magic—it works on Mars today,” says Stamenkovi?.

Siebach praises the idea behind the research as clever, but she also cautions that similar concentrations of oxygen would need to have been present in the Martian atmosphere billions of years ago to create some of the ancient oxides seen today.

“It's tricky to say how far back in time this would go,” she notes.

Hidden habitable hollows

Of course, before getting too excited about modern Mars microbes, scientists first need to confirm whether pockets of liquid water actually exist on the planet today.

“We go back and forth a lot as a scientific community on that,” Siebach says with a laugh. Any such puddles would be small and possibly only present during parts of the day or during certain seasons, she says.

If scientists do identify potentially habitable environments, they also can't rush straight to them, she notes. The most oxygen-flush liquids would be present in the coldest water at the poles, where it's a challenge for even rovers to stay warm enough to function. And researchers will have to be methodical in preventing contamination of Mars with earthly microbes.

© Getty A photo, covered by The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, shows craters of Mars during an exciting traverse of Mars on September, 2015. Curiosity was exploring the boundary between two rock units: the light-toned Murray Formation and the overlying and darker-toned Stimson unit. (Photo by NASA/JPL-CALTECH/UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA / HANDOUT/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

“If we think that Earth life can survive in that brine, that's exactly when we have to be most careful about approaching it,” Siebach says. Still, the new work offers the tantalizing possibility that we may discover something alive on Mars in the near future.

“On the Earth, oxygen was a big driver for evolution,” Stamenkovi? says, so perhaps its presence on Mars could have given life a boost in an otherwise inhospitable place.

“We have no clue," he says, "but it gives me hope to go and explore.”https://www.msn.com/en-xl/northamerica/northamerica-tech-science/salty-waters-on-mars-could-host-earth-like-life/ar-BBOKRtM?li=BBJDXDP&ocid=SK216DHP

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DJ Khaled and Floyd Mayweather Sued Over Involvement in Centra Tech ICO

As warned earlier in the year by legal experts that celebrity ICO endorsers could face court action in future, it has now come to pass as a lawsuit has been filed against two of the more prominent ICO social media influencers of last year.

 

According to celebrity news publication TMZ, a class action lawsuit has been slapped against music producer DJ Khaled and boxing champion Floyd Mayweather. The suit has been filed by individuals who lost their money by investing in the Centra Tech initial coin offering. The two prominently endorsed the Centra Tech ICO on social media platforms with Khaled calling it a ‘game changer’ while the boxing champ even nicknamed himself ‘Floyd Crypto Mayweather’, ostensibly fully convinced of the ICO’s prospects.

In their suit, the plaintiffs allege that partly as a result of the efforts put in by Mayweather and Khaled, Centra Tech managed to raise approximately US$32 million in the ICO which was floated last year. The plaintiffs are now seeking to be compensated for their losses plus damages by the founders of Centra Tech as well as by the celebrity endorsers and promoters.

 

ICO Operators Indicted

The class-action lawsuit now raises the stakes for the founders of Centra Tech who were indicted with four counts of fraud (securities fraud, conspiracy to commit securities fraud, wire fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud) in May this year by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York.

 

In the indictment citation, the operators and founders of Centra Tech namely Raymond Trapani, Robert Farkas and Sohrab Sharma were accused of making material omissions and misstatements with a view of deceiving investors:

“…the defendants conspired to capitalize on investor interest in the burgeoning cryptocurrency market. They allegedly made false claims about their product and about relationships they had with credible financial institutions…”

 

From US$67 million to US$18 million…

When the Federal Bureau of Investigation arrested the three men behind Centra Tech, around 91,000 ether was seized. At the time this was worth approximately US$67 million but with the bear market the value has now plunged to about US$18 million.

 

The class-action lawsuit against DJ Khaled and Floyd Mayweather does not come as a complete surprise as the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) had already warned last year that celebrity ICO endorsements could be considered unlawful if they failed to meet certain standards.

 

 

According to the SEC, celebrity ICO endorsements were potentially in violation of the federal securities laws if they failed to explicitly disclose the arrangement the endorsers have with the ICO companies.

 

“These endorsements may be unlawful if they do not disclose the nature, source, and amount of any compensation paid, directly or indirectly, by the company in exchange for the endorsement,” read an SEC statement as CCN reported at the time.

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7 Small But Significant Habits That Can Improve Your Relationship

Elaborate romantic gestures and effusive Instagram posts aren’t necessary ingredients for a strong, happy relationship.

Rather, it’s the small, simple habits ? like getting enough sleep and kissing hello and goodbye, for example ? that have a major, positive effect over time. 

Below, marriage therapists reveal what you can do to make a big difference in your relationship.

1. Get a good night’s sleep.

We’re not at our best when we’re exhausted. Lack of sleep can leave us cranky, short-tempered and unable to focus. Conversely, getting sufficient rest ? when possible ? can improve our mood and overall well-being and, in turn, make us better, more loving partners. 

“No matter what is going on in a relationship, sleep should be the number one priority, even over sex,” psychologist and sex therapist Shannon Chavez said. “Sleep is essential for good health. Being well rested and healthy is important for self and the partnership.” 

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What’s more, going to bed at the same time as your partner promotes intimacy and closeness. Those few minutes of togetherness before your heads hit the pillow offer a small window for bonding after a busy day apart. Plus, hitting the sheets at the same time opens up the opportunity for cuddling and/or sex. 

2. Do thoughtful little things for each other, just because. 

Small, simple acts of kindness or thoughtfulness show your partner you care. No grand gestures necessary! It could be making your wife’s coffee in the morning, leaving a love note on the nightstand or surprising your husband with his favourite snacks. 

“When both partners make the effort to do little intentional acts of kindness, particularly without prompting by Hallmark or a holiday telling you to do so, the caring multiplies throughout the relationship,” said Kurt Smith, a therapist who specializes in counselling men.

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3. Compliment and thank one another.

When we’re stuck in our routines, it’s easy to start taking the little things our partners do for us (or the kids, or around the house) for granted. Sometimes we forget to say thank you.

When we do remember, we offer a quick, “Thanks, babe” and move on with our day. But acknowledging what you’re grateful for specifically can be more effective.

“Highlight what you are showing appreciation for,” advised marriage and family therapist Spencer Northey. “As in, ‘Thank you for tidying the living room,’ or ‘I really appreciate you picking me up.’ Praise helps your partner feel loved and appreciated, and labelling the praise lets your partner know that you notice the little things they are doing. This also helps a person know exactly what you like, so they can do more of it!”

The same applies to the positive things we often think about our spouses but don’t always say out loud. 

“The next time you notice, ‘I really liked the way you gave me that advice, it was helpful and you’re so smart,’ say it aloud,” said couples therapist Kari Carroll.

4. Squeeze in hugs, kisses and other displays of affection.

Physical touch is an important part of a romantic relationship. That doesn’t mean you need to get hot and heavy every time you see each other; little touches here and there will help keep the physical spark alive.  

“If you put your hand on their arm when you greet or sit down with your partner, this will increase oxytocin and you will both experience a decrease in stress,” Carroll said. “It says, ‘I care about you’ and it shows vulnerability and openness.”

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If you’re not already in the habit of hugging and kissing hello and goodbye, consider incorporating that into your daily routine. Most will probably be a quick squeeze or peck on the cheek. But renowned relationships researcher John Gottman recommends that couples share a kiss that lasts for six seconds or more at least once a day.

“He calls this creating a ‘kiss with possibilities,’” Northey said. “And, yes, to begin this habit you may have to start counting in your head 1-2-3-4-5-6 until you get into the rhythm. Making your kisses last reminds you that your partner is so much more than your roommate.”

5. Apologize when you’ve screwed up.

Sometimes it stings to admit we’re wrong. But a genuine apology goes a long way toward mending your partner’s hurt feelings. (And FYI: “Sorry if you feel that way, but...” does not cut it.)

“Sorry has become a forgotten word today,” Smith said. “Acknowledging mistakes or regretful words is a huge component in keeping your relationship on track and moving forward.”

6. Ask for what you want instead of blaming your partner for not giving it to you. 

Psychotherapist Elisabeth J. LaMotte says her couples therapy clients have told her that one of the most useful tools they’ve learned in counseling is to ditch “you” statements and change them into “I” statements.

So what does that mean? Rather than telling your partner, “You obviously care more about your work than you do about me,” it might be more effective to say, “When you check your work email during date night, I feel lonely and disappointed.”

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“This shift completely changes the narrative,” said LaMotte, founder of the DC Counselling and Psychotherapy Center. “It pitches to the best in the other person and it organically communicates that you are willing to make yourself vulnerable and take ownership of your part in the relationship. It takes some practice to get into the habit, but it is worth it.”

7. Schedule time to have real conversations.

When life gets busy, it’s easy to get caught up in to-do lists, only giving attention to the most pressing matters of the day. But setting aside time for you and your partner to have intimate conversations ? not just about the grocery list and the kids’ math homework ? is essential. 

“I can’t tell you how many couples I counsel who say they never have time to talk,” Smith said. “Obviously, they’re talking about who’s taking the kids to the dentist or soccer practice, but not about each other or their relationship. Most of us are so busy we have to put it on the calendar, and that’s OK, because what’s most important is that it happens.”

Also, regularly discussing finances ? that is, before some type of budget-related disaster occurs ? could prevent arguments or more unpleasant conversations down the line. 

“Many partners don’t say anything about money until there’s a problem ? big credit card bill, spending they don’t approve of, bank account balance is low,” Smith said. “Money doesn’t have to always be a negative subject or a cause of conflict, but it will be when it’s avoided and only brought up in such circumstances.”

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Scientists Have Confirmed That Humans Are Becoming Polluted With Plastic

Rebecca Shepherd in  News

Plastic straws are diminishing by the day, we're being told to use bamboo toothbrushes and McDonald's have ditched plastic toys. This is all well and good for the environment but it could also be damaging to us humans too. No, not because your nibbling on the latest Angry Birds figurine out of your Happy Meal... probably avoid that.

Scientists have confirmed for the first time that our bodies are becoming polluted with plastic as tiny pieces have been found in samples from all eight participants in an pilot study.


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We never intentionally consume plastic - well the majority of us don't that's for sure - but sources have suggested the finding is coming from eating fish or drinking water from plastic bottles.

The research was focusing on how much plastic we eat and drink every day and found that some pieces can get lodged inside our bodies. Nice.

Campaigners have said that the scale of the plastic crisis means it's 'impossible' for us to avoid eating, drinking and even breathing it in...


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According to the MailOnline, plastic consumption can come with harmful effects including the risk of bacterial infections, introducing harmful chemicals to the body, irritating the gut lining, and affecting immune responses.

Lead researcher Dr Philipp Schwabl said: "This is the first study of its kind and confirms what we have long suspected - that plastics ultimately reach the human gut. Of particular concern is what this means to us, and especially patients with gastrointestinal diseases.

"The smallest microplastic particles are capable of entering the bloodstream and lymphatic system and may even reach the liver.


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"Now that we have first evidence for microplastics inside humans, we need further research to understand what this means for human health."

Dr Stephanie Wright, a research fellow at King's College London, added that it's possible for larger plastic particles to pass through but 'smaller particles could potentially cross the gut wall'.

Researchers monitored participants from the UK, Finland, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Poland, Russia, and Austria. The results showed every sample tested positive for the presence of microplastics - with the most common being polypropylene and polyethylene-terephthalate (PET).

They might sound alien to you and me but basically they're both commonly found in food and drink packaging.

The research was a pilot study involving eight participants. Each kept a food diary for a week which showed that they had all eaten food wrapped in plastic or drunk from plastic bottles.

Well, that's me going buying a stainless steel water bottle. Maybe I'll grab myself one with a whale print from Chilly's to remind myself I'm saving me and the ocean at the exact same time.

LADbible has claimed the world's first country made entirely of trash to highlight the issue of plastic pollution in our oceans.

Get involved and ensure the world's first country made of trash is its last. Find out more here

Become a citizen of the Trash Isles here

 

Donate to our charity partner, Plastic Oceans Foundation here

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khojho Posted on October 23, 2018 09:10

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Why this mom was hanging on a ladder under a bridge between Guatemala and Mexico

Tapachula, Mexico (CNN)Rosalin Guillermo climbed through a hole in the fence of the bridge and took hold of the ladder.

The solid, hard concrete of the crossing held no promise of a future for her. Instead, she'd decided it was better to be lowered down, down to the fast-moving waters of the Suchiate River where people pulled her onto a raft of wood and inner tubes.

A man helps three-year-old Carlitos off the bridge and be lowered down to his mother, waiting on a raft on the river below.

There she'd watched as her children -- one as young as 3 -- were gripped by strangers to follow her on the same journey from apparent order and safety to seeming uncertainty and peril.

It was so different from 24 hours earlier when the mother was at the front of the line of the thousands of Central Americans in the so-called migrant caravan as they waited to leave Guatemala on their journey north -- aiming first for Mexico and then, perhaps for some, the United States.

 

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After the caravan formed in Honduras and gathered strength on the weeklong hike across her native Guatemala, Guillermo tells me she sold everything, gathered her three children and decided to "complete my dream" of moving to the United States.

"I want them to study, have a good future," she says, touching the heads of her children. "My husband is dead so I do this for my kids. I ask you with all my heart, wouldn't your mother do the same for you?"

A young boy named Carlitos plays with a Mexican federal police officer as he waits with his mom on the bridge from Guatemala.

The small family was at the front of the pack when the caravan crashed through the Guatemalan gates and rushed across the bridge to Mexico.

During the melee, Guillermo and her 3-year-old son, Carlitos, were pulled inside the Mexican line. When order was restored, a kindhearted officer let the little boy play with his riot helmet and it appeared that they would be among the lucky few allowed through the gates for processing.

Five-year-old Candy became separated from her mother in the chaos when tear gas was fired on the bridge.

But her 5-year-old daughter had become separated and was caught on the other side. Guillermo had to go back to find Candy.

 

 

 

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As Mexican officials stopped the flow across the bridge to a relative trickle, most of the caravan detoured back to Guatemala to swim the river or buy a ride on the flotilla of inner tube rafts that serve as water taxis to the porous border town of Ciudad Hidalgo.

Helpers reach out to Candy as she nears the raft.

Guillermo calculated that her best chance would be to hold her place near the front of the line but when they ran out of food a day later, she decided to follow the young men who had pried a hole in the bridge fence and jumped into the shallow Rio Suchiete. With borrowed rope and a ladder, the teens fashioned the crudest of elevators and one at a time, lowered the Guillermo family to a waiting raft.

"This bridge, this river, they can't stop me," she says as she reaches the Mexican river bank. "I am an all-terrain woman."

The Guillermo family nears Mexican soil.

Guillermo has no passport. Unlike many other caravan members, she is not fleeing the violence of drug cartels or the political oppression of the Honduran government so it is unlikely that she will qualify for refugee status if she ever reaches the United States.

On Sunday, as the caravan marched north through southern Mexico with official numbers topping 7,000, President Trump tweeted another promise to turn them away. While there may be strength and safety in numbers, the sight of so many migrants marching north only serves as visual red meat for Trump and his supporters who are convinced by the claim that they are an invading horde, "full of hardened criminals."

Carlitos, 3, in the safety of a shelter on the Mexican side of the border.

"We did not come to rob or kill anyone," Guillermo says. "All we want to do is work and start a new life."

 

She has heard of President Trump's threats and his "zero tolerance" policy of family separations. According to unpublished Department of Homeland Security statistics obtained by The Washington Post, the U.S. Border Patrol arrested 16,658 family members in September, the highest one-month total on record and an 80 percent jump since "zero tolerance" was suspended in July. Trump has hinted that he might bring it back just as Guillermo, Carlitos, Candy and Guillermo's older son Miner, reach northern Mexico.

The Guillermo family pose for a photo, moments after reaching Mexico. Rosalin stands with her son Miner, 16, three-year-old Carlitos and Candy, 5.

"I know about this," she says. "But I have faith in God. He has the final word."

The migrant trail through Mexico will have people walking through jungles and across deserts, hopping freight trains and dodging brutal gangs.

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Honduran migrants leave Guatemala City, Guatemala, at sunrise on Thursday, October 18, 2018, as they make their way north toward the United States. Many of the more than 2,000 Hondurans in a migrant caravan trying to wend its way to the United States left spontaneously with little more than the clothes on their backs and what they could quickly throw into backpacks.

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The people around Guillermo have been on the road for 10 days and still have over 2,000 miles to go.

 

The eventual success of the "caravana migrantes" may rest in the hands of politicians in Washington and Mexico City, but no one should doubt the grit and determination shown by Rosalin Guillermo and the Central Americans heading north.

 

Sperm-inspired robots could be the next big thing in drug delivery

These flea-sized drones would swim through patients' blood vessels to deliver life-saving medication.

by Brandon Specktor, Live Science / Oct. 2, 2018 / 10:47 PM GMT+1

It turns out sperm like these are the perfect shape for speedy drug delivery.Sciepro / Science Photo Library/Getty Images

Scientists in the United Kingdom have turned to the humble human sperm in their quest to design the ultimate swimming robot.

Made of a tiny magnetic head and squiggly elastic tail, the flea-size drones look and swim much like their spermy counterparts, with a few big differences: These swimmers are guided by shifting electromagnetic currents, controlled externally by scientists. Oh, and also: They won't get you pregnant.

According to Feodor Ogrin, a lecturer at the University of Exeter in England and co-author of a new study published Sept. 4 describing the swimmers in the journal Physics of Fluids, robo-sperm like these could provide a cheap, efficient template for drug-delivery systems in human patients.

"The swimmers could one day be used to direct drugs to the right areas of the body by swimming through blood vessels," Ogrin said in a statement. "Developing this technology could radically change the way we do medicine."

The idea of designing sperm-inspired robot swimmers has been tested in several previous studies, but Ogrin and colleagues believe they've hit on an inexpensive design (the tails can be made with simple, 3D-printed molds) and the perfect head-to-tail ratio.

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In their new study, the team of Exeter scientists built several swimmer prototypes with tails ranging from 0.04 inch to 0.5 inch (1 to 12 millimeters) long. The team set these swimmers loose in fluids of varying viscosities, then coaxed them forward with electromagnetic currents of varying intensities. Just as a sperm cell whips and undulates its tail (or "flagellum") to propel itself forward, these magnetic swimmers followed the path of the current with tails whipping behind them.

Ultimately, the researchers found that swimmers with 0.15-inch-long (4 mm) tails moved quickest and with the best control.

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With the perfect sperm-tail-dynamics settled, the team tested a second hypothesis: If these sperm-like swimmers were fixed in place in a narrow channel (like an artery, for example), could they use their tail motion to pump fluids forward through that channel? To find out, the researchers attached a swimmer to a post at one end of a small, rectangular trough inside a petri dish, then filled it with fluid. Sure enough, when the team turned on an electromagnetic current to stimulate the swimmer, the little drone's tail movements were powerful enough to pump fluid continuously through the trough. (You can see this part of the experiment in action in a video taken in the lab.)

That's great news for tiny, sperm-inspired robot enthusiasts everywhere. The next step, the researchers wrote, will be going even smaller. While a 0.15-inch-long (4 mm) robot could swim comfortably through an adult's aorta (a blood vessel with a diameter of about 1 inch, or 25 mm), according to "The Oxford Companion to The Body," many human capillaries are only about 8 micrometers wide — about 3,000 times smaller than the aorta and 500 times smaller than the current swimming spermbots. With an average length of 50 micrometers, it seems the humble human sperm cell still has a lot to teach us.

Originally published on Live Science.

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