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Newly crowned Miss Ukraine yanked of title after pageant officials discover she is a divorced mom

Veronika Didusenko, who was named Miss Ukraine, was recently stripped of her title after officials discovered she lied about being a divorced mother.  (Instagram)

Veronika Didusenko, who was recently named Miss Ukraine at the country's national beauty pageant, was stripped of her title after pageant officials learned that she lied about being a divorced mother in her application.

Didusenko was crowned the winner of the Miss Ukraine pageant in the country's capital of Kiev on September 20. But her reign as queen didn't last long after the pageant committee decided that she was to be disqualified on Monday.

 

The Miss Ukraine organization released a statement regarding the 23-year-old's disqualification which said, "In accordance with the Rules for conducting the National Beauty Contest Miss Ukraine, a person who wishes to take part in the National Beauty Contest 'Miss Ukraine' must comply, among other things, with the following requirements (valid for the period of the Contest): – not / was not married; – has no children."

 

The pageant statement continued,  “The same requirements are indicated in the official form, which is contained in the unified rules and conditions of participation in Miss World contest 2018.”

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According to the statement, Didusenko, who works with children in Ukraine's Young Einsteins program, failed to mention that she had a 4-year-old son and has previously been married -- both are against the pageant organization rules for contestants. 

The young pageant contestant recently took to Instagram to thank fans for their support "at such a difficult time." 

Many Instagram users reacted to the model's post. One user sided with the former queen and wrote, “I do not think that the child and the family should be an obstacle to their dream."

 

While another disagreed and stated that the rules were rules for a reason. 

“The rules are the same for all, and Ukraine did not come up with them, but the founders of this world competition," another user said. 

As of now, a new Miss Ukraine to take Didusenko's place has not been announced, but a new queen will reportedly be chosen on September 30 in a special television broadcast, according to a press statement released on the pageant's organization website

http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2018/09/26/newly-crowned-miss-ukraine-yanked-title-after-pageant-officials-discover-is-divorced-mom.html

khojho Posted on September 26, 2018 15:36

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Spurs' new stadium 'will be greatest ever built' says chief engineer.

Tottenham's new stadium will be "the greatest that's ever been built", says one of the chief engineers working on the delayed project.

The new 62,000-seat arena was due to open on 15 September.

It means Spurs play Watford in Milton Keynes on Wednesday because their usual temporary home - Wembley Stadium - is not ready after last weekend's Anthony Joshua fight.

"We've tried to do something in double time," engineer Nick Cooper said.

"If you look at any other project of this nature you wouldn't have achieved as much as we've achieved with the stadium.

"Be patient with us, we understand the frustrations."

Contractor Mace has claimed faulty wiring is behind the delay, while Spurs have not given a new completion date. Manager Mauricio Pochettino said he is "confident" it will be ready this year.

"It's been radio silence from the club," says Pete Haine, secretary of the Tottenham Hotspur Supporters' Trust in reference to the lack of an official date for the first game.

"I can understand their point of view. I can understand the fact they don't want to commit to another date and then fail to meet it.

"As fans we'd like to know, we'd like some certainty. If it's going to be next year then fine. Tell us. We can plan for that."

The situation has been compounded for season ticket holders due to incompatible ticketing systems between the new stadium and Wembley - requiring fans to claim a refund from the club for games that have moved and then having to buy a new ticket for the game at Wembley.

Last month the Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy said that he hoped to announce an opening date as soon as possible.

"We are all focused on ensuring contractors deliver our new stadium in the shortest possible period of time and opening our stadium at the earliest opportunity," Levy said.

"We are now being regularly updated on progress and as soon as we have confidence in our project managers' and contractors' ability to deliver against the revised schedule of works, we shall be able to issue dates for test events and the official opening game."

Cooper said the pitch will be laid next week, indicating that the stadium could be nearly ready.

Built in virtually every corner of the UK - how Tottenham's ground is coming together

  • The stadium will feature the world's first dividing, retractable grass pitch built by a Leicester-based firm. Underneath will be an artificial NFL surface - all part of Spurs' grand plan to provide a world-class venue for both sports.
  • The Sky Walk, a unique visitor attraction which will allow people to climb the exterior of the stadium up to 40 metres high, has been manufactured by a Midlands-based construction company.
  • Six 70-metre trusses capable of extending across the pitch will suspend 950 powerful lights to help grow the grass. The trusses then all fold away, collapsing under the subterranean NFL pitch.
  • The three pitch trays which form the retractable grass pitch were manufactured across Yorkshire by a Sheffield engineering specialist firm.
  • The stadium steel works were made by a Lancashire-based company who also worked on the Olympic Stadium.
  • The concrete panels featuring the club crest, positioned at the north entrance of the stadium, were cast in Scunthorpe.
  • Spurs claim the local economy will be boosted by £293m each year and 3,500 jobs created across the entire stadium scheme to handle an expected two million visitors per year.
  • 258 affordable homes have been built nearby and money has been ploughed into a partnership with nine independent schools to create the London Academy of Excellence, which is connected to the building that houses the club's new offices.

https://www.bbc.com/sport/football/45586929

AlbertaU Posted on September 26, 2018 14:33

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Delta flight blows tires during emergency landing at JFK airport

The plane blew two tires during landing.  (Port Authority PBA‏ @PAPD911)

A Delta flight from New Jersey’s Newark Liberty International Airport to Paris, France, on Monday evening deflated multiple tires during an emergency landing at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, after the plane experienced hydraulic failure, according to officials.

The plane “landed heavy,” Port Authority Police said on Twitter, causing the brakes to smoke and a mechanism on the aircraft to deflate two tires.

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Mon., 9/24, JFK Airport; #PAPD ARFF with Delta Flt 20 that departed NWK & had hydraulic failure. Diverted to JFK, landed heavy on R/W 4L resulting in smoking, hot brakes causing two tires on each main gear to rupture. #PAPDPROTECTSNYNJ #jfkairport

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Delta confirmed the incident to Fox News in a statement.

"Delta flight 20 from Newark to Paris, France diverted to JFK due to a maintenance issue. The flight was subsequently towed to the gate and Delta dispatched an alternate aircraft to continue the flight to Paris-Charles de Gaulle. The safety of Delta’s customers and crew is always our top priority.”

The plane departed from Newark just before 6:30 p.m. with 205 passengers onboard. The flight was forced to make an emergency landing into JFK airport around 8 p.m.

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The flight was delayed nearly eight hours from the 6:28 schedule takeoff time. The new plane departed for France from JFK at 3:13 a.m. Tuesday.http://www.foxnews.com/travel/2018/09/25/delta-flight-blows-tires-during-emergency-landing-at-jfk-airport.html

Dominic Solomon Posted on September 26, 2018 12:31

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Man kicked off Indian plane after trying to charge his phone in the cockpit It comes a few days after a passenger on another Indian flight tried to open the plane's doors thinking it was the toilet.

A passenger was removed from an Indian aircraft after trying to enter the cockpit to charge his phone.

The man, who was drunk according to some reports, attempted to enter the cockpit on 24 September as it prepared to leave Mumbai for Kolkata.

He was thrown off the flight "on the grounds of a security violation" and handed over to police.

"While an IndiGo aircraft was on the ground, an unruly passenger tried to enter the cockpit stating that his mobile needs to be charged", an airline spokesperson said.

Image: A passenger tried to open the exit of a GoAir plane, thinking it was the toilet

"Following standard operating procedures the captain operating 6E-395 flight from Mumbai to Kolkata initiated the offloading of the passenger on grounds of security violation", they added.

Local media reports say the man, believed to be about 35, was questioned at a police station and later released without charge.

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In another incident this week, an Indian passenger tried to open a plane door in mid-air, apparently mistaking it for the toilet.

The man, believed to be a first-time flyer, was on a GoAir flight from New Delhi to Patna on 22 September when he tried to open the plane's rear door, the airline said.

Another passenger noticed what the man was doing and alerted the plane's crew, according to a GoAir spokesperson.

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The man was handed over to police after the plane landed safely in Patna.

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It is believed he would not have been able to open the door due to air pressure in the cabin.

In another incident last week, more than 30 passengers were hospitalised with nose bleeds, headaches and ear pain after crew on a Jaipur-bound flight forgot to pressurise the cabin.

https://news.sky.com/story/man-kicked-off-indian-plane-after-trying-to-charge-his-phone-in-the-cockpit-11509160

AlbertaU Posted on September 26, 2018 12:26

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Father of missing boy Maddox Ritch 'started panicking' after he got out of sight.

Ian Ritch says he and his son often go for walks in North Carolina's Rankin Lake Park like they did Saturday. Maddox, 6, will regularly run ahead of his father, then slow down and wait for him to catch up.

But on Saturday, the boy, who has autism and is nonverbal, got too far ahead of Ian and hasn't been seen since. Ian says he "started panicking" when his 6-year-old son did not slow down and disappeared from view.

"We were walking on a track around the lake and he decided to take off from me. ... I didn’t think nothing of it and he got a little too far away from me," Ian Ritch told "Good Morning America" in an exclusive interview Wednesday. "As soon as I got to the point where I couldn’t see him anymore, I started panicking. I couldn’t see him anywhere."

 

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Carrie Ritch, the mother of missing 6-year-old boy Maddox, speaks at a press conference in Gastonia, N.C., on Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018.

 

Hundreds of officials from the FBI, Gastonia Police Department, Gastonia Fire Department and other agencies have scoured the park around the clock since he was reported missing Saturday. Tips have flooded the tip line set up to assist in finding the young boy, and authorities continue to interview the hundreds of people who were in the park on a beautiful early fall day.

"After the first day I thought they would have found him," Ian told "GMA."

 

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The Gastonia Police Department spent another day searching for missing 6-year-old Maddox Ritch in Rankin Lake Park in Gastonia, N.C., on Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018.more +

 

 

(MORE: 'I just want my baby home': Mom pleads for help in desperate search for missing 6-year-old Maddox Ritch)

 

"I feel like I should’ve caught him, not let him get too far," Ian said. "That’s what upsets me."

Ian said he continues to be eaten by guilt over letting his son get out of his sight.

 

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The Gastonia Police Department continued its search for missing 6-year-old Maddox Ritch on Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018. The boy went missing in Rankin Lake Park in Gastonia, N.C., on Saturday.more +

 

"It's hard to sleep. I feel guilty because I can go to a house and lay down on the bed," Ian said, "and he's out there in the woods sleeping on the ground and that’s very upsetting."

Maddox's mother, Carrie, spoke during an emotional news conference Tuesday afternoon, begging for any tips that might help bring her son home.

"Maddox is my whole world and my reason for living," Carrie Ritch said during the press conference.

 

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Maddox, who is described as nonverbal, was walking near a North Carolina lake when he disappeared on Saturday.

 

The FBI is offering a $10,000 reward for information that leads to the discovery of Maddox. Thousands of acres have been searched by foot, ATVs and boat.

Maddox has blond hair and blue eyes, weighs 45 pounds and is 4 feet tall, police said. He was wearing black shorts, closed-toe sandals and an orange T-shirt that reads "I am the Man" at the time he went missing, according to police.

 

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Drone photos from Gaston County Emergency Management Services in the search for Maddox Ritch, 6, at Rankin Lake Park in Gastonia, N.C.more +

 

 

(MORE: Divers, drones and parents' voices used in search for missing 6-year-old)

 

"It's been nearly 75 agonizing hours since 6-year-old Maddox Ritch disappeared," Gastonia Police Chief Robert Helton said Tuesday. "We do not want another hour to pass without finding this child and bringing him home. All the help has been humbling."

Ian did not attend the press conference Tuesday with officials saying he was taking part in the search effort.

"I'm going to do all I can do to make sure he gets back home," Ian said. "I'll be out there searching, waiting, hoping, praying, everything I can do to get him home."

https://abcnews.go.com/US/father-missing-year-boy-started-panicking-sight/story?id=58088620

AlbertaU Posted on September 26, 2018 11:54

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Wildfires cause evacuations in Croatia and Italy Huge fires take hold in southern Europe forcing more than 700 people from their homes.

A wildfire whipped by strong winds has forced dozens of people to evacuate part of a peninsula in southern Croatia as the army joined local efforts to fight the flames.

Authorities said the wind prevented firefighting planes from helping ground teams and pushed the fire toward the village of Mokalo on the Peljesac peninsula.

Croatian TV said about 40 residents and tourists staying in two camping areas had to evacuate.

Strong winds also disrupted ferry traffic between the Croatian islands, and on bridges and highways along the coastline.

Authorities say they are searching for a Mexican woman who went missing while surfing in rough seas near the island of Brac.

Tinder dry conditions on the other side of the Adriatic Sea have caused similar problems in Italy. A huge forest fire which broke out in northern Tuscany on Monday night forced the evacuation of around 700 residents from their homes.

The blaze started around 2100 GMT on Monday, and by Tuesday had already consumed 250 hectares of forest.

The fire, which broke out near Pisa was thought to be most critical near the towns of Calci, Montemagno, San Lorenzo, Zambra, Caprona and Noce.

By Tuesday daytime, it was said to be under control as firefighters and volunteers, assisted by two water-dropping planes, tackled the blaze.

Firefighting helicopters were unable to take off in the area due to strong winds.

While rain is not expected over the next few days, the winds are forecast to ease down so which should allow further progress to be made.

SOURCE: AP news agency

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/09/wildfires-evacuations-croatia-italy-180926082648688.html

AlbertaU Posted on September 26, 2018 11:03

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Cosby camp: Once-beloved actor a victim of racism, sexism.

A publicist for once-beloved actor Bill Cosby complained that his conviction and three- to 10-year prison term for sexual assault Tuesday stem from a racist and sexist justice system, as the defense vowed to appeal the first celebrity trial of the #MeToo era.

Cosby, 81, was spending his first night alone in a Pennsylvania prison after being accustomed to a life filled with handlers and household help.

Cosby spokesman Andrew Wyatt said that Cosby was "one of the greatest civil rights leaders in the United States for over the past 50 years," while decrying the trial as the "most sexist and racist" in the country's history.

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The judge, prosecutor and jury saw it differently.

"No one is above the law. And no one should be treated disproportionately because of who they are, where they live, or even their wealth, celebrity or philanthropy," Montgomery County Judge Steven O'Neill said in sentencing Cosby to an above-average sentence for a 2004 sex assault.

Cosby's defense team has raised the racial issue before, in 2016, before quickly scrapping it.

"We prosecute where the evidence takes us and that was done in this (Cosby) case. When (U.S.) Judge (Eduardo) Robreno released the deposition and said that this is perhaps criminal, we're obligated to look at that and we did and we worked through the case and we got to where we are today."

Cosby broke racial barriers in the entertainment world in the 1960s but later became the first celebrity of the #MeToo era to be convicted. He was found guilty in April of drugging and sexually assaulting a woman at his gated estate in 2004 after being barraged with similar accusations from more than 60 women over the past five decades.

"It is time for justice. Mr. Cosby, this has all circled back to you. The time has come," O'Neill said. He quoted from victim Andrea Constand's statement to the court, in which she said Cosby took her "beautiful, young spirit and crushed it."

Cosby declined the opportunity to speak before the sentence came down, and afterward sat laughing and chatting with his defense team. His wife of 54 years, Camille, was not in court. Constand smiled broadly on hearing the punishment and was hugged by others in the courtroom.

In a blistering statement, Cosby spokesman Andrew Wyatt said the comedian was subjected to the "most racist and sexist trial in the history of the United States." Wyatt said all three of the psychologists who testified against Cosby were "white women who make money off of accusing black men of being sexual predators."

Cosby's lawyers asked that he be allowed to remain free on bail while he appeals his conviction, but the judge appeared incredulous over the request and ordered him locked up immediately, saying that "he could quite possibly be a danger to the community."

Cosby — who is legally blind and uses a cane — removed his watch, tie and jacket and walked out in a white dress shirt and red suspenders, his hands cuffed in front of him. He appeared downcast, his eyes failing to meet the camera, in a mug shot released by authorities.

Cosby must serve the minimum of three years before becoming eligible for parole.

"For decades, the defendant has been able to hide his true self and hide his crimes using his fame and fortune. He's hidden behind a character he created, Dr. Cliff Huxtable," Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele said at a news conference, referring to Cosby's best-known role. But "now, finally, Bill Cosby has been unmasked, and we have seen the real man as he is headed off to prison."

Constand stood at Steele's side but shook her head to say she had no comment.

Former model Janice Dickinson, who accused Cosby of violating her, looked at him in the courtroom and said: "Who gets the last laugh, pal?"

Another accuser in the courtroom, Lili Bernard, said: "There is solace, absolutely. It is his fame and his fortune and his phony philanthropy that has allowed him to get away with impunity. Maybe this will send a message to other powerful perpetrators that they will be caught and punished."

Cosby's punishment, which also included a $25,000 fine, came at the end of a two-day hearing at which the judge declared him a "sexually violent predator" — a modern-day scarlet letter that subjects him to monthly counseling for the rest of his life and requires that neighbors and schools be notified of his whereabouts. A psychologist for the state testified that Cosby appears to have a mental disorder characterized by an uncontrollable urge to have sex with women without their consent.

Once known as America's Dad for his role on the top-rated "Cosby Show" in the 1980s, the actor was convicted of violating Constand, Temple University women's basketball administrator, at his suburban Philadelphia mansion in 2004.

Constand testified that Cosby gave her what she thought were herbal pills to ease stress, then penetrated her with his fingers as she lay immobilized on a couch. Cosby claimed the encounter was consensual, and his lawyers branded her a "con artist" who framed the comedian to get a big payday — a $3.4 million settlement she received over a decade ago.

Five other accusers took the stand at the trial as part of an effort by prosecutors to portray him as a predator.

Cosby faced anywhere from probation to 10 years in prison. His lawyers asked for house arrest, saying he is too old and vulnerable to go to prison. Prosecutors asked for five to 10 years behind bars, warning that he could still pose a threat to women.

The sentencing came as another extraordinary #MeToo drama unfolded on Capitol Hill, where Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh stands accused of sexual misconduct more than three decades ago.

Women's advocates hailed Cosby's sentence as a landmark #MeToo moment.

Sonia Ossorio, president of the National Organization for Women of New York, credited Cosby's accusers with helping pave the way for the movement.

"Bill Cosby seeing the inside of a prison cell sends a strong message that predators — no matter who they are, from Hollywood to Wall Street to the Supreme Court — can no longer be protected at the expense of victims," she said.

Steele said Cosby could be sent to Laurel Highlands , a state prison for lower-risk inmates on the other side of the state, about 70 miles southeast of Pittsburgh. It serves inmates with special needs and has separate housing units for geriatric prisoners and programs for sex offenders.

In a statement submitted to the court and released Tuesday, Constand, 45, said that she has had to cope with years of anxiety and self-doubt. She said she now lives alone with her two dogs and has trouble trusting people.

"When the sexual assault happened, I was a young woman brimming with confidence and looking forward to a future bright with possibilities," she wrote in her five-page statement. "Now, almost 15 years later, I'm a middle-aged woman who's been stuck in a holding pattern for most of her adult life, unable to heal fully or to move forward."

She also wrote of Cosby: "We may never know the full extent of his double life as a sexual predator, but his decades-long reign of terror as a serial rapist is over."

The AP does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they come forward publicly, which Constand and other accusers have done.

Constand went to police a year after waking up in a fog at Cosby's estate, her clothes askew, only to have the district attorney pass on the case. Another DA reopened the file a decade later and charged the TV star after stand-up comic Hannibal Buress' riff about Cosby being a rapist prompted other women to come forward and after a federal judge, acting on a request from The Associated Press, unsealed some of Cosby's startling, decade-old testimony in Constand's related civil suit.

In his testimony, Cosby described sexual encounters with a string of actresses, models and other young women and talked about obtaining quaaludes to give to those he wanted to sleep with.

Cosby's first trial in 2017 ended with a hung jury. He was convicted at a retrial that opened months after the #MeToo movement had taken down such figures as Hollywood studio boss Harvey Weinstein, NBC's Matt Lauer, actor Kevin Spacey and Sen. Al Franken.

"We are the floodgates," said Victoria Valentino, who has accused Cosby of drugging and raping her. "We gave the women who opened their mouths about Harvey Weinstein courage."

Cosby, whose estimated fortune once topped $400 million, broke barriers in the 1960s as the first black actor to star in a network show, "I Spy." He went on to superstardom as wise and understanding Dr. Cliff Huxtable on "The Cosby Show," a sitcom that showed America a new kind of black TV family: a warm and loving household led by two professionals, one a lawyer, the other a doctor.

He also found success with his Saturday morning cartoon "Fat Albert," appeared in commercials for Jello-O pudding and became a public moralist, lecturing the black community about young people stealing things and wearing baggy pants. He won a Presidential Medal of Freedom and countless Emmys, Golden Globes and Grammy awards.

As the allegations mounted, his career all but collapsed, "Cosby Show" reruns were taken off the air, and one college after another stripped him of his honorary degrees.

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Associated Press reporter Claudia Lauer contributed to this story.

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AlbertaU Posted on September 26, 2018 09:49

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Ghana-U.S. reach diplomatic agreement to deport 7000 persons

Ghana’s Ambassador to the United States has reached a diplomatic understanding with authorities to deport 7000 Ghanaians from the country.

Dr. Baffour Adjei-Bawuah said there is no longer any dispute with the nationality of the affected persons which had been a bone of contention earlier.

He said American immigration office has every documentation and information that allows the person to be brought into the country so they do not need confirmation from the Ghanaian Embassy.

“All that we were talking about was for a certain fairness to be applied and the Embassy not necessarily pressured to agree to see some people deported. This is where we had a difference of opinion with the US authorities,” he said.

Speaking to journalists on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York, he added that “it’s not a matter of agreeing to deport people without their endorsement but we have had enough discussion for a certain sanity to prevail.”

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Dr. Baffour Adjei-Bawuah who had refused to endorse the deportation forms despite the insistence of US authorities disclosed that the US threatened Ghana with visa restrictions.

Dr Adjei-Bawuah and the U.S. President Donald Trump

           In May this year, the Ambassador who was caught in a cat and mouse game with the American authorities told Joy News “it leaves me with difficulty to sanction the deportation of my citizen and I have been trying hard to explain this to the authorities.” Appalled by the Ambassador’s latest stance, the minority in parliament slammed the government for not telling the House about the development especially the Foreign Affairs Committee.

       A member of the Committee, Dr Clement Apaak said they were disappointed to have heard about the issue in the media. The Builsa MP said although he was disappointed with Dr Adjei-Baffour’s stance, he understands the difficult place he finds himself and the decision he has to take.

“I can sympathize with him because it has not been the most pleasant experience as far as he is concerned,” he said.

       He added that “in terms of the Americans now taking full responsibility of the 7000 persons and having the documentation to show those involved are Ghanaians who have violated their immigration laws there is no way to fight it.”  Mr Apaak said it is still an issue of concern, however, to find out the kind of violation those affected are said to have committed against their host country. He is interested in knowing what will happen to the families and properties the 7000 persons may have acquired while in the United States.

          “Every human being regardless of whatever infraction committed must be treated with dignity and their rights must be respected. Whatever they did does not give the US authorities the right to simply just deport them without taking due cognisance of all other factors,” he argued.

According to him, the other relevant issue government must address is to put in place a contingency plan for those affected when they arrive in Ghana so they do not become a burden on the society. 

“If for nothing at all the government led by Nana Akufo-Addo who used to be a Foreign Affairs Minister should have conveyed to parliament and the Foreign Affairs committee about this new arrangement,” he said. 

 

https://www.myjoyonline.com/news/2018/september-25th/ghana-us-reach-diplomatic-agreement-to-deport-7000-persons.php

 

sarah Posted on September 26, 2018 09:36

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'A Million Little Things' premiere: 5 things to know about the new ABC series.

There are a lot of new TV series premiering over the next few weeks, but few have gotten as much buzz as ABC's "A Million Little Things."

For some time, the network kept details of the series under wraps, but it was recently revealed that the plot centers around a group of friends trying to reconcile the shocking suicide of their friend, played by Ron Livingston. If it sounds similar to "The Big Chill" -- it kind of is.

“I watched ‘The Big Chill’ before I should have been allowed to,” creator D.J. Nash said, according to the Los Angeles Times. “It really influenced my life.”

 

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Scene from "A Million Little Things."

 

However, he added, unlike in the film, which focused on a group of friends who reunite for a friend's funeral, "we’re going to stay and watch the transformation take place.”

 

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Of course, there's plenty more to know about the series before the premiere tonight at 10 p.m. ET/9 p.m. CT. Among them:

1. The show will not glamorize suicide: After the suicides of Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade this past June, Nash called ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey to ask that the network include a public service announcement at the end of the pilot, the L.A. Times reported. In addition to three cast members, the PSA will include Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda and the band's late frontman Chester Bennington's widow, Talinda Ann Bentley. Bennington died by suicide last year. “I think there’s absolutely nothing romantic about suicide -- it’s a real conscious thing in our [writers’] room,” Nash said, according to the newspaper. “We’re not romanticizing the story; we’re telling it in an authentic way...If you watch the show, you’ll see that these people’s lives are changed because of this. I don’t think [people] will watch the show and say, ‘Oh, I should do that too.’ If anything, it’s a cautionary tale of what can happen. It is something we take unbelievably seriously.”

2. It's based on a real-life experience: According to Variety, Nash lost a friend to suicide, and that experience inspired him to write "A Million Little Things." However, he added, "people grieve in different ways," which is why he wanted it to be an ensemble drama. “The friends move on different levels with regards to losing their friend,” he said. “That’s what’s interesting, I think, about death: every time you lose someone, it goes back to the other losses you’ve had.”

 

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3. It's going to take a hard look at male friendships: "The show is very life-affirming in that we all experience a tragedy that's completely unexpected and it forces us to take stock of our lives," David Giuntoli, who stars as Eddie Saville in the series, told "Good Morning America." "We're four dudes who hung out all the time and we know nothing about what's going on internally in each other's lives." Romany Malco, who plays a character named Rome Howard, added that it's important to discuss loneliness and depression. "The show is helping us look at -- and helping the characters understand -- that strength comes in vulnerability," he said.

4. The main cast is not all male, of course: Though Giuntoli, Malco, Livingston and James Roday star as the show's big foursome, each has his own personal life as well. Giuntoli's character is in a complicated marriage with Katherine Kim, played by Grace Park; Malco's character, who was also suicidal, is married to a chef named Regina Howard, played by Christina Moses; Livingston's character's devastated widow and the mother of his children is played by Stéphanie Szostak; and James Roday's character, who battled cancer, is in a relationship with a therapist, played by Allison Miller.

5. Life on set can get pretty silly: Malco and Giuntoli told "Good Morning America" that while the subject matter on the show can be heavy, behind-the-scenes, there are plenty of light moments. For example, Giuntoli said, during one recent shoot, Malco, who'd had an especially busy day, fell asleep in the middle of shooting a scene. "It was really funny: his eyes [snapped open] and he was downloading his entire life. 'Where am I?' he said," Giuntoli said. "I'm like, 'Stop, grandpa! Don't talk at least!’" Malco was tickled. "Dave might be funnier than a lot of the comedians we spend an hour, hour and a half watching," he responded.

https://abcnews.go.com/GMA/Culture/million-things-premiere-things-abc-series/story?id=58049259

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Dad left infant in bathtub while he played video game, authorities say; child dies at hospital

ordarius Cotton, 23, allegedly forgot his 5-month-old son in a bathtub while he left the room to play a video game, resulting in the infant's death, police said.  (Jefferson County Sheriff's Office)

A 5-month-old boy likely drowned in a bathtub this week after his father left the room to play a video game and forgot about the infant, authorities said Tuesday.

Cordarius Cotton, 23, told the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office that when he returned about an hour later, the infant was unresponsive.

A dispatcher gave CPR instructions over the phone while paramedics were en route, AL.com reported. First responders performed resuscitation efforts on the child as they rushed him to a hospital, but the boy was pronounced dead shortly after arriving.

 

"This will be heart-wrenching for all involved. God be with them."

- Chief Deputy Randy Christian

"I can’t imagine how hard this is going to be on that child’s family," Chief Deputy Randy Christian said in a news release obtained by Birmingham's WIAT-TV. "This will be heart-wrenching for all involved. God be with them."

The infant’s mother wasn’t home at the time, AL.com reported. The two other children living at the residence were placed in the care of a grandmother.

Cotton was charged with reckless manslaughter, and could face up to 20 years in prison, the Ledger-Enquirer of Columbus, Ga., reported. He was being held at the Jefferson County Jail with bond set at $15,000.

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2018/09/26/dad-left-infant-in-bathtub-while-played-video-game-authorities-say-child-dies-at-hospital.html

khojho Posted on September 26, 2018 09:15

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Loss to Derby, Paul Pogba drama create tense times at Old Trafford for Jose Mourinho

MANCHESTER, England -- It was a coincidence that as Paul Pogba, dressed in a white tracksuit, flashed up on the television screens at Old Trafford on Tuesday night, the Manchester United fans started to sing "Jose Mourinho."

Most of the supporters inside the stadium will not have seen the Frenchman, tucked away in a private box in the Sir Alex Ferguson stand after being rested in Tuesday's Carabao Cup loss to Derby County, but it did serve as a reminder that, in this increasingly messy power struggle, most fans have now sided with Mourinho.

On Tuesday afternoon, Ed Woodward seemed to take his side, too. In a call with investors to reveal fourth quarter financial results, United's executive vice-chairman suggested the club were committed to winning trophies with Mourinho. It was not a vote of confidence but, then, Woodward makes so few public statements it was as close to a show of support as you're likely to get.

It was particularly significant that it came three days after the latest set-back in the Premier League -- a 1-1 draw with Wolves that saw United slip eight points behind Liverpool after just six games.

"It's easy to get caught up in the game-by-game fluctuations of our season but I would like to take this opportunity to take a step back and look at the bigger picture," said Woodward. "Our board, our investors and everyone at the club are aligned with the fans about what we need to do on the pitch, and that is to win trophies. It is one of the reasons we hired Jose Mourinho and we have already won three with him."

If that was strengthening his position in the board room, at the same time, Mourinho was making sure he was doing the same in the dressing room. Ahead of Derby's visit, the 55-year-old told Pogba he will not captain the team again. It could have been in response to any number of things. His lazy jog back towards his own goal after losing the ball in the build-up to Wolves' equaliser on Saturday, perhaps, or his comments after the game when he suggested Mourinho was behind a lack of attacking football.

Jose Mourinho started a drama-filled Tuesday with his position at Old Trafford strengthened. It ended with a loss to Derby County -- and far more questions than answers. Getty

Mourinho might also have got fed up with Pogba refusing to put to bed stories that he wants to leave Old Trafford. It has become a long-running saga. The Portuguese coach refused to expand, confirming only that the 25-year-old was no longer "second captain."

"The only truth is that I made the decision of Paul not to be the second captain anymore," he told Sky Sports. "But no fall-out. No problems at all. The same person that decides Paul is not second captain anymore was exactly the same person that decides that Paul was the second captain, myself.

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"I am the manager, I can make these decisions, no fall-out at all, no problems at all, just one decision that I don't have to explain."

But if Mourinho spent most of Tuesday coming out on top in his personal battles with Woodward and Pogba, he didn't against Frank Lampard and Derby County. It undermined it all. Ultimately, Mourinho's position will only be secure when United are winning games and, against the Championship side, they did not. It is not the end of the world because, as Mourinho said himself after the penalty shoot-out defeat, the Premier League, Champions League and the FA Cup are bigger competitions.

What is worrying, though, is that the same thing is happening again and again and again. Mourinho's pre-game programme notes got lost in all the furore surrounding Pogba but they were fiercely critical of his players.

"I hope we can look back on Saturday's game against Wolves for an important lesson; a lesson that I repeat week after week after week, a lesson that some boys are not learning; every team that plays Manchester United are playing the game of their lives and we need to match that level of aggression, motivation and desire -- 95 percent isn't enough when others give 101 percent."

 

Against Wolves, United began to lose their way after taking the lead. It happened again against Derby and, considering what Mourinho had written in the programme, Ashley Young's post-match interview was startling.

"They had more intensity than we did," he told MUTV. "When you're playing these games you've got to show that intensity and go further than the opposition. We didn't do that, we got punished and they won the game."

On Saturday, Mourinho had called desire and commitment "the basic laws of football" and, according to Young, they are still missing. Tactics, transfers, captains and second captains are fairly trivial issues in comparison.

It looked for much of a day of drama at United that Mourinho would end it with his position strengthened. It ended with far more questions than answers.

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khojho Posted on September 26, 2018 08:16

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Woman Pours Bleach And Water On Men’s Groins To Stop ‘Manspreading’

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A law student from Russia has been pouring water mixed with bleach onto men’s groins in order to stop ‘manspreading’. 

20-year-old Anna Dovgalyuk has been pouring the substances onto men while on the metro in St Petersburg, Russia, as she believes they’re guilty of ‘gender aggression’ on public transport.

Anna accuses Russia of being slow to deal with the problem, saying manspreading – men sitting with their legs spread – is being ‘fought around the world – but hushed up here’.

Take a look at her dramatic actions here:

Instead, she decided to take matters into her own hands and has been targeting men who sit with their legs spread wide while on the train.

The social activist mixed 30 litres of water with six litres of bleach and poured it into the laps of the men who were performing the ‘disgusting act’ of sitting with their legs spread, which Anna deemed offensive.

The feminist explained the solution leaves permanent stains when she pours it on the men, saying:

This solution is 30 times more concentrated than the mixture used by housewives when doing the laundry.

It eats colours in the fabric in a matter of minutes – leaving indelible stains.

We not only cooled the manspreading down but also marked them with identification spots!

Anna shared the video of her targeting men on the train and explained it was directed at all men who manspread often. She said it was ‘so everyone can immediately understand which body part controls the behaviour of these men’.

Anna added the video was ‘on behalf of everyone who has to endure the manifestations of you declaring your macho qualities on public transportation’.

Anna has previously brought attention to her activism by flashing her underwear to commuters to raise awareness for upskirting laws in Russia.

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She explained:

I am a social activist who advocates for women’s rights and against discrimination in any form.

Rumours circulated how Anna’s video of her pouring bleach on men was staged, and she’d used actors, but the feminist denied the claims.

The 20-year-old said:

My action is absolutely real.

The student added none of the men she targeted have taken legal action, saying:

I don’t think people are going to go to the police to file a report about jeans.

https://www.unilad.co.uk/news/woman-pours-bleach-and-water-on-mens-groins-to-stop-manspreading/

kabby Posted on September 26, 2018 07:43

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Europe's Ariane-5 rocket primed for 100th flight

It has been two decades of operation for the Ariane 5

Europe's Ariane 5 rocket is set to make its 100th flight on Tuesday.

It will lift two big satellites into orbit from its operating base in Kourou, French Guiana.

Conceived originally to launch a European space shuttle, the rocket was adapted instead to put up the heaviest telecommunications spacecraft - a market it dominated for many years.

But the emergence of cheaper US rockets means the Ariane 5 must soon give way to a more competitive successor.

To be called, predictably, Ariane 6 - this vehicle should make its debut in mid-2020.

A backorder of Ariane 5s ensures the old workhorse will continue to fly for some time yet, however.

Two of its remaining missions include sending Europe's BepiColombo probe to Mercury next month, and putting up the $10bn James Webb Space Telescope - the follow-on to Hubble - in 2021.

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Image captionA key part of Ariane's business is built around the launching of telecommunications satellites

"Ariane 5 has been a great success, and it's not over; we still have four or five years left with this product," said Alain Charmeau, who runs the rocket manufacturer ArianeGroup.

"And even though this is the 100th flight, we continue to improve the product. We continue to grab a few extra kilos in payload performance we can offer to our customers," he told BBC News.

Tuesday's telecoms "passengers" tip the scales at a combined weight of over 10 tonnes. Ariane will place them on a path that takes them up to a position some 36,000km above the Earth.

From this vantage point, the Horizons 3e spacecraft will be able to deliver connectivity services across the Asia-Pacific region, and the Azerspace-2/Intelsat 38 platform will be able to do the same over Africa, Europe and Central Asia.

Lift-off from Kourou is expected at 18:53 local time (21:53 GMT; 22:53 BST).

What is the record of the Ariane 5?

The Ariane 5 had a false start to its career when it broke up 37 seconds after leaving the Kourou launch pad on its debut flight in June 1996. The failure was put down to an error in control software.

There was one further outright failure, in 2003, but since then the rocket has earned great respect for its reliability and precision.

For a long period, it would launch at least half of all the major telecoms satellites in any one year.

The more than 200 payloads launched over 22 years include the comet mission Rosetta, space telescopes, weather satellites, Galileo sat-nav platforms - as well as the many telecoms spacecraft.

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Image captionThe $10bn James Webb Space Telescope will be entrusted to an Ariane 5

Where's the competition coming from?

Europe's past dominance is been eroded by SpaceX, the California manufacturer, which can build and sell its Falcon vehicles on the commercial market at a price that substantially undercuts Ariane.

And SpaceX promises to drop its costs still further as it routinely flies rockets that are reusable.

Jeff Bezos, the boss of online retail giant Amazon, is planning a similar approach with a forthcoming vehicle he calls New Glenn.

At the same time, a lot of spacecraft are getting smaller. Many are now shoebox-sized.

A swathe of start-ups are developing more modest rockets to try to match this shift in scale.

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Image captionSpaceX has pioneered the recovery and re-use of rocket segments

What is the future for Ariane?

Ariane's response is the introduction of a launcher that is simpler to build and operate, and which maximises the use of next-generation fabrication techniques, such as 3D printing.

This Ariane 6 rocket is well along its development path, with all its engines currently being tested.

It will still be a one-flight-only, expendable rocket; it will not be reusable. But the European Space Agency, which has overseen the design process, hopes the 40-50% reduction in unit cost will keep Ariane in a competitive position.

"We are in a very particular time when there is a lot of uncertainty," observed Jacques Breton, senior vice president at Arianespace, the company that markets and operates Ariane vehicles.

"Is the future small satellites; is it big satellites; is it constellations of satellites? Nobody really knows. But with Ariane 6 we will have a launcher which is versatile, that can adapt itself to any of these solutions. And it will be as reliable as Ariane 5 because it is the same European industry that is developing it."

The market for rockets is complex. It is skewed by geopolitical considerations. There are national security missions, for example, that are only ever likely to be launched on a home rocket.

ArianeGroup is looking for firmer guarantees from European governments that they will use Ariane 6 for all their institutional payloads.

This would help close the business case for Ariane 6, said Mr Charmeau.

"It's good to have many people supporting Ariane 6, but there is a nuance between 'support' and 'commitment'; they are not the same. And if I can get the commitment, I would be extremely happy."

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Image captionArtwork: The Ariane 6 is scheduled to be introduced in 2020

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seth Posted on September 25, 2018 22:42

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Manchester United revenues hit record of £590m

Revenues made by Manchester United have hit a record as the football club earned more money from TV rights.

The club reported revenues of £590m in the year to the end of June, up 1.5% on the prior year, and forecast they would top £600m next time

TV revenue rose 5.2% to £204m after the club finished second in Premier League last season, against sixth before.

But there was a big revenue fall in the final quarter due to United's poor showing in a key European competition.

Revenue for the three months to 30 June fell 16% to £147.6m, as United failed to make it through to the quarter-finals of the lucrative UEFA Champions League.

With the New York-listed club back in the competition this year, United is predicting that revenues will be between £615m to £630m in the current financial year.

Executive vice chairman Ed Woodward said: "Our increased revenue expectation for the year demonstrates our continued strong long-term financial performance which underpins everything we do and allows us to compete for top talent in an increasingly competitive transfer market."

'History demands'

The club is currently seventh in the Premier League, eight points behind early leaders Liverpool and six behind cross-town rivals and reigning champions Manchester City.

There have been media reports of behind-the-scenes discord between Mr Woodward and manager Jose Mourinho over the club's player recruitment policy.

Mr Woodward said: "Everyone at the club is working tirelessly to add to Manchester United's 66 and Jose's 25 trophies. That is what our passionate fans and our history demands.

"We are committed to our philosophy of blending top academy graduates with world class players and are proud that, once again, last season we had more academy graduate minutes on the pitch than any other Premier League club."

Total commercial revenue for the year was £276m, up 0.2%, although within that, sponsorship revenue was £173m, a 1% rise.

https://www.bbc.com/news/business-45641326

seth Posted on September 25, 2018 22:27

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'Reckless' tourist filmed sitting on 5m-long crocodile in Australia.

"It was dangerous, I know. It is a scary feeling sitting on something that could kill you in a fraction of a second," he says.

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Video: Niels Jensen, from Denmark, climbed on a 650kg crocodile after feeding it a wallaby in a wildlife park in Australia's Northern Territory.

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A "reckless" Danish tourist has admitted he took his life in his hands by sitting on a large crocodile in Australia.

Niels Jensen, 22, was on safari in a wildlife park east of Darwin in northern Australia when he encountered the predator, estimated to be 4.7m (15ft) long and weighing 653kg (1428 lbs).

The wildlife management graduate is filmed enticing the large reptile, which had been relocated to the park after it was caught preying on livestock, with a wallaby carcass.

Image: Niels Jensen prepares to sit on the crocodile

After leaving the bait on the ground and waiting for the crocodile to start eating, he astonishingly straddled the reptile's back, sitting just behind its rear legs.

He touched some of the scales on the animal's back, and, after a few moments, rose and walked away.

But a man out of shot told him to get back and give a thumbs-up, so he approached the animal for a second time, sat down again, turned towards the camera, smiled and put this thumb in the air.

Image: Mr Jensen touched some of the scales on the animal's back

Mr Jensen admitted he took life in his hands by sitting on a live crocodile for the first time.

"After seeing what a crocodile is capable of doing I don't think it was dangerous, I know [it was]," he said.

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"Even with a crocodile like this that are used to humans it is a scary feeling sitting on something that could kill you in a fraction of a second," he added.

Niels, who travelled to Australia after completing his studies, admits his friends call him 'Danish crocodile Dundee' for his daring social media posts with infamous wildlife.

Image: Mr Jensen enticed the reptile with a wallaby acrcass

"In my opinion I am just doing what I like. But not many people understand why I'm doing it. Most of them call me a little crazy for travelling Down Under to wrestle with crocodiles."

Tracey Duldig, of the department of tourism and culture, said: "The behaviour shown in this video is dangerous and reckless and we do not support this type of interaction with crocodiles."

"Saltwater crocodiles are large and potentially dangerous animals and we encourage everyone to be crocwise at all times," she added.

However, the threat posed by crocodiles is often overstated Between 2005 and 2014, 14 people died from crocodile attacks in the Northern Territory, compared with 10 deaths in the 33 years to 2004.

In the last 10 years there have been six crocodile-related deaths in Queensland.

https://news.sky.com/story/reckless-tourist-filmed-sitting-on-5m-long-crocodile-in-australia-11508454

Albert Ulebe Posted on September 25, 2018 17:37

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College president apologizes for viral video of him drinking from beer bong while tailgating

Dr. Carlos Vargas, president of Southeast Missouri State University, apologized after video surfaced of him drinking from a beer bong.  (Southeast Missouri State University/Twitter)

A college president has apologized for drinking from a beer bong while tailgating before last Saturday’s football game, promising that it “will not happen again.”

Dr. Carlos Vargas, Southeast Missouri State University President, said in a statement to colleagues and students that his actions projected an image “I am not proud of, is not flattering, and certainly not expected from the president of Southeast Missouri State University.”

“During my attendance at a tailgate party prior to the Southeast football game on Sept. 15, I was observed being offered and accepting to drink beer from a beer bong, a device normally associated with excessive or binge drinking, which is conduct I do not condone,” his statement read.

 

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The video of Vargas taking a knee and downing the beer was posted by Barstool SEMO on Twitter with the caption, “THATS MY PRESIDENT”. It has been viewed over 136,000 times, and received praise from students in the video as well as online.

The Board of Regents wrote in a joint statement with Vargas that while Saturday’s actions represent a “lapse in judgement,” Vargas has their full support and backing going forward.

The president of the board, Donald G. LaFerla, said he spoke with Vargas and called it a “teachable moment.”

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The public school highlighted last Wednesday commendable actions from Vargas that make him stand out as a college president, cheering with fans, instead of watching from one of the luxury boxes, and another instance of him helping a student study in the library.

“I think some of us take Vargas for granted, because I can’t name a single President out of any big organization that tries to go out and meet people like that,” a student wrote on Facebook.

Caleb Parke is an associate editor for FoxNews.com. You can follow him on Twitter @calebparke

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2018/09/25/college-president-apologizes-for-viral-video-him-drinking-from-beer-bong-while-tailgating.html

khojho Posted on September 25, 2018 17:07

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Beluga whale spotted swimming in the Thames

The RSPCA is heading to the scene after video footage of the animal cruising down the Thames appears on social media.

16:14, UK, Tuesday 25 September 2018

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  • British Divers Marine Life Rescue says sighting is "concerning"
  • RSPCA also investigating 
  • Beluga whale said to be "swimming strongly and feeding"

 

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Children coming home from school try to catch a glimpse of the beluga whale after it was spotted swimming solo in the Thames, reports Sky News correspondent Emma Birchley...

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A picture from 2006 shows rescuers soothing a stranded whale with water after it spent two days in the Thames.

Rescuers placed the 16-18ft (5m) northern bottle-nosed whale on a special pontoon to tow it to safety. 

The whale appeared to have been lost and it was the first time the species had been seen in the Thames since records began in 1913.

She died from convulsions as she was being rescued.

 

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Beluga whales typically feed on fish, crustaceans, and worms.

They are related to the tusked “unicorn” whale known as the narwhal and can live up to around 30 yearsold in the wild...

 

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Wildlife author Hugh Harrop shared a picture from 1996 when he spotted a beluga whale in Shetland, Hoswick Bay...

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WDC, a global charity for the conservation of whales and dolphins, said while belugas do tend to swim up rivers in shallow waters, they don't usually go this far south or alone...

 

 

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John Wright, from Southend, said he heard about the whale sighting on late Tuesday morning on Twitter and Whatsapp.

He told Sky News: "I came down as soon as I could and saw him a couple of hours ago.

"I've seen him really well, 10 to 20 times coming up for air".

 

 

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Beluga whales are also called white whales and are social animals, ranging from 13 to 20 feet in length.

They are very vocal communicators that employ a diversified language of clicks, whistles and clangs. 

 

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Aspiring marine biologist Beth Clyne, 20, of East Yorkshire, expressed her shock at the beluga whale sighting on Twitter...

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Ecologist Dave Andrews first shared the footage of the sea mammal onto social media and said it was swimming in the river off Coalhouse Fort, Essex.

He added the beluga had been feeding around barges on the river for around an hour and had not moved more than 200m either direction on the river...

 

 

 

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It is not the first time a beluga has been spotted in UK waters in recent years.

"In the summer of 2015 two were spotted off the Northumberland coast and one in Northern Ireland," Danny Groves, from Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC) said.

 

 

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Danny Groves, from Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC) said: "This is a High Arctic species thousands of miles from where it should be in Greenland, Svalbard or the Barents Sea, they are usually associated close to the ice.

"He or she is obviously very lost and quite possibly in trouble."

He urged people to give the whale "space and minimise disturbance".

 

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Photographers are on standby hoping to get a shot of the beluga whale, which is normally found in the High Arctic and could be lost or in trouble...

 

 

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A spokeswoman for the British Divers Marine Life Rescue organisation said the whale sighting is a "very rare occurrence".

She urged people not to go out in boats to get a close look at the whale, but to watch it from the shore.

 

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The beluga whale is hundreds of miles from its normal Arcitc habitat, naturalists said... Pic: Rob Powell/LNP

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"This is the most southerly sighting of a beluga we have ever seen around these shores," said Lucy Babey, head of science and conservation at the ORCA charity.

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One Kent resident shared a picture of the beluga whale onto Twitter...

 

 

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The RSPCA has said it is "working with other agencies to monitor the situation" after the whale was caught on camera in a rare sighting in the Thames...

 

 

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Victoria Bird, field editor for Sky News, is in East Tilbury hoping to catch a glimpse of the beluga whale... 

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A crowd gathers to see the beluga whale in the Thames after it was first sighted near Gravesend...

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In 2006, an 18ft (5m) northern bottle-nosed whale died after becoming stranded in the Thames following a seven-hour rescue attempt...

 

 

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The whale charity ORCA says the animal should be given "plenty of space"...

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Sightings of Beluga whales are extremely rare on the coasts of the UK.

They are typically spotted off the coast of Scotland, as this is closest to their native waters.

Beluga whales usually travel in groups or "pods".

A sighting of a whale on its own could indicate it is lost.

 

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The RSPCA said in a statement: "We are looking into reports of a possible sighting of a whale in the River Thames and are sending an officer to investigate further."

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Rare white whale in London's river

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Key points: 

  • British Divers Marine Life Rescue says sighting is "concerning"
  • RSPCA also investigating 
  • Beluga whale said to be "swimming strongly and feeding"

 

 

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The British Divers Marine Life Rescue said it is a beluga whale, which was spotted the River Thames in Kent.

It added that the sighting is "concerning as it's not a common species, however it's swimming strongly and feeding".

 

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Photographers on the banks of the Thames...

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Beluga whales, also called white whales, are most commonly seen in shallow waters in the Arctic close to the coast.

https://news.sky.com/story/live-beluga-whale-spotted-swimming-in-the-thames-11508334

Albert Ulebe Posted on September 25, 2018 17:04

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GoAir passenger and first-time flier tries to open emergency exit door thinking it was the bathroom

A passenger on a GoAir flight from Delhi to Patna, India, created “pandemonium” when he tried to open the emergency exit door midflight, claiming he mistook it for the lavatory.

Other passengers onboard the Saturday flight said the man, a first-time flier in his late 20s, began tugging on the door and said he “needed to use the washroom urgently,” the Independent reported.

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When people realized what he was trying to do, they alerted crew members, who persuaded him to return to his seat for the remainder of the flight.

Sanowar Khan, the officer in charge of the local police, told the Times of India there was “pandemonium” as the man attempted to unlock the exit door. Some passengers reportedly even wrestled with the man and were injured in the struggle.

Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), a branch of the Indian military in charge of airport security, told the Times that the man was able to get the door unlocked, but was unsuccessful at opening it due to the cabin pressure. However, a spokesperson from the airline said he wasn’t able to unlock it, either, according to the Independent.

Once the flight landed safely, the man was taken into custody and questioned by authorities, who deemed the incident to be a genuine mistake. “There was no ulterior motive behind his act,” Khan told the Times.

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This isn’t the first time a passenger has tampered with the emergency exit door on a flight. Earlier this year, a 25-year-old man who had just flown from the island province of Hainan in Southern China to Sichuan, China was preparing to deplane when he deployed the aircraft’s emergency exit.

A passenger in China claimed he opened the emergency exit door by accident.

He said he was feeling hot and pushed down on the window handle, not realizing it would open the door. The man was fined more than $11,000 and was reportedly detained for 15 days “for the unauthorized removal of aviation facilities.”

http://www.foxnews.com/travel/2018/09/25/goair-passenger-and-first-time-flier-tries-to-open-emergency-exit-door-thinking-it-was-bathroom.html

khojho Posted on September 25, 2018 16:44

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The U.S. Government Has Spent Millions Trying to Track Cryptocurrency Users.

If you’ve ever wondered whether Uncle Sam is spying on your cryptocurrency transactions, a new report reveals that, if you reside or do business in the United States, the answer is probably yes.

U.S. Govt. Goes All in on Tracking Cryptocurrency Usage

Citing public records, research firm Diar reports that U.S. government agencies have collectively spent $5.7 million hiring contractors who perform blockchain analysis, which involves linking an individual’s identity with their cryptocurrency funds.

Though there are tools and even individual cryptocurrencies that purport to allow users to send funds anonymously, the vast majority of cryptocurrency users leave enough of a trail that, equipped with the right tools, investigators can determine to whom a particular wallet belongs.

Once a cryptocurrency user exposes their pseudonymous cryptocurrency address to a service or individual who could identify it as belonging to their real-world identity, they run the risk of having their entire wallet (and any other of their wallets with which that wallet has transacted) exposed as belonging to them — once a blockchain forensics expert takes the time to aggregate the data.

Frequently, these privacy lapses occur when a user deposits or withdraws funds at a cryptocurrency exchange that requires users to undergo identity verification, though they may also be the result of posting their cryptocurrency address online under their real name or an identifiable pseudonym, or even transacting with someone else who has been unmasked.

IRS Accounts for 38% of Blockchain Analytics Spending

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Unsurprisingly, the top spender among U.S. government agencies is the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), which is responsible for collecting federal income tax. The IRS has signed nine contracts with cryptocurrency forensics providers, together worth just under $2.2 million and representing 38 percent of the government’s total spending on these services.

CCN reported last year that the IRS had contracted with blockchain-tracing firms to help unmask investors who have not been accurately reporting their cryptocurrency investment income on their tax returns, and the agency has subsequently ramped up enforcement of alleged violations related to this asset class, even going so far as to take Coinbase to court in an effort to force it to hand over customer data.

However, the second-largest spender in the U.S. government comes as much more of a surprise. One might expect that either the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), or Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) would be the agency next in line in spending on tracking cryptocurrency use.

Instead, the second-largest blockchain analytics client was Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), who enforces the government’s immigration policies and investigates criminal activities involving foreign nationals living in the United States. ICE had taken out nine contracts amounting to $1.5 million, while the FBI came in third with 12 contracts worth more than $1.1 million.

Meanwhile, the SEC, which polices the securities markets and has filed charges against a variety of cryptocurrency fraudsters and initial coin offering (ICO) operators, has spent less than $185,000 on tracing the flow of funds.

Blockchain-Tracing Spending Soars as Crypto Prices Decline

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Notably, spending has ballooned in 2018, even as the cryptocurrency market has declined around 70 percent from its all-time high and interest among retail consumers has waned.

Per the report, Chainalysis is the preferred blockchain analysis contractor of the U.S. government, having received $5.3 million — 93 percent — of the $5.7 million paid out to these firms.

These lucrative government contracts have also made blockchain-tracing firms increasingly attractive to investors. Startups operating exclusively in this field have collectively raised nearly $29 million. The most well-funded firm — once again Chainalysis — has raised more than $17 million by itself.

https://www.ccn.com/the-u-s-government-has-spent-millions-trying-to-track-cryptocurrency-users/

Albert Ulebe Posted on September 25, 2018 16:15

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Guy Gets Girlfriend’s Name Wrong On ‘Perfect’ Birthday Card

 

 

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While some say cards are both pointless and a waste of money, others put time, thought and effort into the ones they pick or even make.

Which is exactly what Ryan promised his girlfriend Laura he would do this year, saying it will be ‘a good one’, having been late with a card her past two birthdays.

To be honest, Ryan it does sound like 2018 was the time to up your card-game!

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Having been together since fourth year at school, Laura and Ryan have plenty of cute photos together… one in particular that sparked an idea in his head.

Going on Moonpig’s website, Ryan chose a template and uploaded some photos into a collage which he knew Laura would love.

Unfortunately, Ryan didn’t get the delighted reaction he was expecting due to one small but crucial mistake – he forgot to change the default name of ‘Georgia’ to ‘Laura’.

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Going in with full confidence, Ryan handed the card over to Laura thinking this year he had smashed it.

Speaking to UNILAD, Laura said he really did have no doubts she would love it:

Every year he books a night away somewhere and writes where we’re going in the card but the past two years he’s just told me where he’s booked because the card is always late.

So the weekend before my birthday he’s banging on about this card and how much of a ‘good one’ it is this year.

Don’t get me wrong, the pictures he’s picked are my favourite ones of us so I can see why he was excited to give me it.

So he hands me it in the same envelope that it got delivered to his house in – even although it comes with two as you’re meant to open it, CHECK IT and put it in a fresh envelope.

Might I add when it got delivered to his house, his mum said to him maybe you should check it but he was adamant it was perfect.

Well, let this be a lesson to us all that listening to our mothers is paramount in not making stupid mistakes because, and as unfortunate as it is to admit, they do know best.

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Opening it, Laura was understandably less than impressed thinking she had missed a joke, asking ‘are you kidding?’

Poor Ryan was immediately confused as he had used her favourite photos but bewilderment turned to sheer embarrassment when Laura pointed out his error.

Repeatedly emphasising he didn’t notice there was writing on the card as he was too busy focusing on the pictures, luckily Ryan was quickly forgiven.

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As Laura told UNILAD she wasn’t even really angry because she ‘wouldn’t expect anything less from him’.

As she says and has been made clear from the card incident, Ryan doesn’t exactly have much ‘common sense’:

He does try his best with absolutely everything but sometimes his lack of common sense gets in the way.

This is the most him thing possible. He was so excited to give me the card and it was just so funny because he tried so hard. I couldn’t even be angry at him.

I shouted my mum in and told her about it and she couldn’t stop laughing. It’s up on my window ledge because I love the pictures on it.

I don’t think I’ll ever part with it. It’s a keepsake for sure.

So all’s well that ends well then Ryan as your cock up made the card even more special!

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I also wouldn’t worry too much as hundreds of others have made the same mistake as Laura found out when she posted about the card on Twitter.

Sharing photos of it, she wrote:

Right SO Ryan’s just came in with my birthday card (1 day late let me tell u) and he’s been concentrating so hard on the f*cking pictures the c*nts forgot to CHANGE the writing ???????????????????????????????? who the F*CK is Georgia?

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To Laura’s surprise the tweet went viral receiving over 36,900 likes as people shared their stories of making the same mistake in the replies.

To be honest Ryan, this mistake couldn’t have led to a better ending. Internet fame, a happy girlfriend and memorable card, you really smashed it this year!

https://www.unilad.co.uk/featured/guy-gets-girlfriends-name-wrong-on-perfect-birthday-card/

kabby Posted on September 25, 2018 15:56

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300,000 sign petition backing bus driver who slapped child, 12, for running into street

A French bus driver for Paris transit authority RATP faces disciplinary action for slapping a boy who walked in front of his bus. A petition in support of him has gained over 300,000 signatures as of Friday.  (Facebook via RATP)

petition supporting a French bus driver who faces disipline for slapping a 12-year-old boy who ran into the street has gained more than 300,000 signatures as of Friday, reports said. 

The bus driver was forced to "sharply hit the brakes and rough up customers inside" to avoid striking the boy Sept. 13 in the Greater Paris area, the petition said, according to Euronews.com.

The driver also yelled at the boy to pay attention, to which the 12-year-old yelled back, "Shut up, go on, move on," the BBC reported

 

In a video that has since gone viral, the driver exited the bus, approached the boy and slapped him across his face. 

The video, first posted on Snapchat, has been uploaded on Facebook and viewed more than 1.2 million times as of Friday. 

The driver reportedly called out the youth "like any parent would have done." 

But the boy's mother has filed a complaint against the driver, according to Tribune Media Wire.

RATP, the Paris transport authority, condemned the driver's actions and launched disciplinary procedures against him, the report said. 

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La #RATP condamne ce geste, qui est contraire aux principes et aux valeurs d’une entreprise de service public. Le salarié a été reçu par la direction du centre bus pour s’expliquer et lui signifier la mise en œuvre d’une procédure disciplinaire. https://www.francetvinfo.fr/faits-divers/val-de-marne-un-chauffeur-de-bus-de-gifle-un-collegien-la-ratp-ouvre-une-procedure-disciplinaire_2943015.html …

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Une pétition sur internet prend la défense du chauffeur, décrit comme "reconnu pour sa gentillesse et sa patience". Il a giflé l'adolescent, qui l'aurait insulté, après que celui-ci a traversé la rue...

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Il sera bien sûr pris en compte que le salarié regrette son geste et dit avoir agi sous le coup de l’émotion alors qu’il venait d’éviter de percuter le jeune, qui a traversé de façon dangereuse et qui a insulté le conducteur. #RATP

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The agency said the driver, a father of two teens, expressed regret for "reacting emotionally," according to the Wire. 

The petition describes the driver as "known for his kindness, Olympic calm and patience," Euronews.com reported.

Supporters on social media said the boy exhibited "bad behavior" and disrespect, the BBC reported. 

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2018/09/21/300000-sign-petition-backing-bus-driver-who-slapped-child-12-for-running-into-street.html

khojho Posted on September 25, 2018 14:35

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The Latest: EU says Libya responsible for rescue ship

  • A Syrian woman with her children disembarks from a ferry, at the port of Piraeus, near Athens, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018. About 400 migrants and refugees arrived at the port from the island of Lesbos as authorities have been moving hundreds of migrants deemed to be vulnerable from the overcrowded Moria camp to camps on the mainland. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

PIRAEUS, Greece –  The Latest on Europe's migrant crisis (all times local):

4:25 p.m.

The European Union says it is not legally responsible for dealing with an NGO rescue ship in the Mediterranean Sea with 58 migrants aboard and has not been asked to help find safe harbor for the vessel.

 

EU Commission spokeswoman Natasha Bertaud said "this is not a boat with an EU state flag, and it was also operating in the Libyan search and rescue area, so as such it does not engage European responsibility."

In a tweet earlier, the humanitarian group Medecins Sans Frontieres, which jointly operates the ship the Aquarius 2, said the vessel was headed north toward France.

Bertaud said "we sympathize with the people aboard and hope that a solution can be found" but underlined that "the sole legal responsibility lies with the Libyan authorities, who coordinated the rescue operations."

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A rescue vessel carrying 58 migrants pulled from the Mediterranean north of Libya is heading toward France and an uncertain welcome.

In a tweet Tuesday, the humanitarian group Medecins Sans Frontieres, which jointly operates the Aquarius 2, said it was "headed north towards France."

On Monday, the ship asked French authorities to let the migrants disembark in the southern city of Marseille. France deflected the request, saying there were closer ports and a need for a European solution.

Humanitarian boats loaded with rescued migrants are increasingly shunted between European governments under political pressure to stem newcomers. The EU has trained Libya's coast guard in sea rescues, but aid groups say Libya in no way meets the definition of a safe harbor.

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12:20 p.m.

About 400 asylum-seekers who had been held in the severely overcrowded Moria migrant camp on the Greek island of Lesbos have arrived in Greece's main port of Piraeus to be transferred to other camps and residences on the mainland.

The asylum-seekers, mainly families from Syria, Afghanistan and African countries, arrived Tuesday onboard an overnight ferry from Lesbos. They are among around 2,000 people whom the government has pledged to move out of Moria, a facility built for 3,100 people but which is at nearly three times capacity.

Charities have slammed conditions in the camp, citing cases of sexual attack, deplorable sanitation and an increase in suicide attempts among residents. The local regional governor has threatened to shut the facility unless the government improves conditions.

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2018/09/21/300000-sign-petition-backing-bus-driver-who-slapped-child-12-for-running-into-street.html

khojho Posted on September 25, 2018 14:33

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$230 Million: Mt. Gox Trustee Confirms Past Bitcoin Sell-Off.

Bitcoin investors who have dutifully monitored cryptocurrency wallets associated with defunct bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox for early warnings of a possible sell-off have been proven justified in their paranoia.

Mt. Gox Trustee Confirms $230 Million Bitcoin Sale

According to a document published on the Mt. Gox website, Nobuaki Kobayashi, the exchange operator’s trustee, sold approximately 24,658 BTC and 25,331 BCH between the last creditor’s meeting on March 7 and the June 22 court ruling allowing the estate to exit bankruptcy and enter civil rehabilitation.

Altogether, the estate garnered just under 26 billion JPY, worth more than $230 million, recouping an average of about $8,100 per bitcoin and $1,190 per bitcoin cash compared to their current values at $6,420 and $438, respectively.

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Kobayashi said that the purpose of the sale was to secure the interests of all bankruptcy creditors, which was required before the estate could enter civil rehabilitation.

He wrote:

“Due to the Sale, the bankruptcy trustee has already secured a suitable amount of money to secure the interests that are expected to have obtained by BTC creditors under the Bankruptcy Proceedings in connection with BTC claims to be treated as non-monetary claims under the Civil Rehabilitation Proceedings. Accordingly, the bankruptcy trustee has determined that the interests expected to have already been obtained in the Bankruptcy Proceedings can be secured without taking the profit-securing measures under the Trust Agreement and Guarantee Entrustment and Guarantee Agreement for the BTC claims, and the BTC claims are not included in the subject protected claims under the Trust Agreement and the Guarantee Entrustment and Guarantee Agreement.”

Past Transfers Likely Connected to Sell-Off

Kobayashi had previously disclosed selling more than $400 million worth of bitcoin and bitcoin cash over a six month period that correlated with the cryptocurrency market’s descent from its all-time high.

He incurred significant criticism for the manner in which he conducted those sales. Rather than use an over-the-counter (OTC) broker like most large-scale buyers and sellers, he sold the funds on order-book exchanges, magnifying the impact that the sales would have on the spot bitcoin price.

Following those sales, CCN reported on several transfers out of Mt. Gox wallets, transactions collectively amounting to more than 24,000 BTC and BCH. Based on today’s disclosure, it is now safe to conclude that those transfers were likely made as part of the sale.

According to the MtGox Cold Wallet Monitor, estate-controlled wallets are currently holding 137,891 BTC and BCH, worth $945 million at the present exchange rate. These funds were recovered after the exchange went bust in 2014 following a ~$470 million theft that remained the largest such incident until the Coincheck hack earlier this year.

Traders who held funds on the exchange at the time of its demise must submit claims by Oct. 22 to be considered for compensation from the estate. Now that the estate has entered civil rehabilitation, most creditors are hopeful that they will be paid in cryptocurrency, rather than the fiat proceeds from another massive sell-off. However, compensation will ultimately depend on the rehabilitation plan approved by the court.

When Mt. Gox entered civil rehabilitation, Kobayashi said that there were not currently any more plans to liquidate the estate’s remaining cryptocurrency holdings.

https://www.ccn.com/230-million-mt-gox-trustee-confirms-past-bitcoin-sell-off/

Albert Ulebe Posted on September 25, 2018 14:00

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The 5 most anticipated new TV shows premiering in October.

The new TV shows premiering in October include series like Netflix's dark "Sabrina the Teenage Witch" prequel "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina," and The CW's supernatural drama series "Legacies."

With the fall TV season underway, a few anticipated new shows are premiering next month. To find out which series audiences are anticipating the most for October, the TV tracking app TV Time analyzed data from its 13 million global users to see which upcoming TV series viewers had followed the most frequently on its app.

Its list includes shows like Netflix's dark "Sabrina the Teenage Witch" prequel, "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina," and The CW's supernatural drama series "Legacies."

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Here are the 5 new shows viewers are anticipating the most for October, according to TV Time:

5. "The Rookie" — Premieres October 16 on ABC

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Summary: "Starting over isn't easy, especially for small-town guy John Nolan (Nathan Fillion) who, after a life-altering incident, is pursuing his dream of being a Los Angeles police officer. As the force's oldest rookie, he's met with skepticism from some higher-ups who see him as just a walking midlife crisis."

 


 

4. "Elite" — Premieres October 5 on Netflix

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Summary: "When three working-class teens enroll in an exclusive private school in Spain, the clash between them and the wealthy students leads to murder."

 


 

3. "Charmed" (Reboot) — Premieres October 14 on The CW

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Summary: "Follows the lives of three sisters who, after the tragic death of their mother, discover they are powerful witches."

 


 

2. "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina" — Premieres October 26 on Netflix

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Summary: "As her 16th birthday nears, Sabrina must choose between the witch world of her family and the human world of her friends. Based on the Archie comic."

 


 

1. "Legacies" — Premieres October 25 on The CW

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1. "Legacies" — Premieres October 25 on The CW

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Summary: "Hope Mikaelson, a tribrid daughter of a Vampire/Werewolf hybrid, makes her way in the world."

https://www.pulse.com.gh/bi/tech/the-5-most-anticipated-new-tv-shows-premiering-in-october-id8899542.html

Albert Ulebe Posted on September 25, 2018 13:40

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Do You Care: 20 Facts About Rihanna .

Whether she’s singing about diamonds in the sky or her umbrella, ella, ella, eh, eh, eh, eh, eh, eh, Rihanna has certainly made a name of herself. She is one of the most successful R&B/Pop singers on the planet today – having topped the Billboard charts 30 times – second only to Madonna, and has a networth of around $250 million. But in spite of her fame, there is plenty about Rihanna that you might not know about. With that in mind, here are 20 facts about your favorite singer that will make you slightly more knowledgeable.

 

 

 

Rihanna holds the Guinness World Record for most digital singles sold at 58 million and counting.

 

 

She was the first female artist to have a single top the UK charts for five consecutive years (2007 – 2011).

 

 

Believe it or not, she has never worn makeup a day in her everyday life.

 

 

Her rider contains a few quirky requirements. For instance, the air conditioning in her room must be set at 73 degrees, her pet unicorn gets its own separate hotel room, and she demands gobs and gobs of gummy bears.

 

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She never graduated from high school, which just goes to show how worthless a formal education is.

 

 

She actually auditioned with two other high school classmates as part of an R&B trio, but according to the American record producer who discovered her, once Rihanna entered the room it was as if the other girls had disappeared.

 

 

When she auditioned for Jay Z, he was so impressed that rumor has it he wouldn’t allow her to leave the building until she had signed a contract. Sounds a bit like kidnapping to us. But, hey, the strategy obviously worked.

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Albert Ulebe Posted on September 25, 2018 13:19

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Ancient Egyptian 'magic spell' decoded.

An ancient Egyptian papyrus with an image showing two bird-like creatures, possibly with a penis connecting them, has been deciphered, revealing a magic spell of love. 

"The most striking feature of [the papyrus] is its image," wrote Korshi Dosoo, a lecturer at the University of Strasbourg in France, who published the papyrus recently in the Journal of Coptic Studies.

Dosoo estimates that it dates back around 1,300 years, to a time when Christianity was widely practiced in Egypt. [Cracking Codices: 10 of the Most Mysterious Ancient Manuscripts]

In the image, the winged creature on the left seems to be poking its beak into the open beak of its counterpart on the right — which also seems to have a nail through its head. A person's outstretched arms surround the creatures. 

Both creatures are connected through what Dosoo said could be chains, bonds or a penis. The creature on the right has two ears (or horns), and both creatures have what look like feathers or scales on the front of their bodies. The small differences between the two creatures may be an attempt to show sex differentiation, Dosoo said, noting that the creature on the right may be a female and the one on the left a male.

magical spell written in Coptic, an Egyptian language that uses the Greek alphabet, surrounds the image. Just fragments of text have survived over the years, with part of the deciphered spell reading, "I call upon you … who is Christ the god of Israel …" The next part of the spell includes the words "you will dissolve" and mentions "every child of Adam…," who according to the Hebrew Bible was the first man on Earth and lived with a woman named Eve in the Garden of Eden before being expelled by God. The fragmented text also mentions Ahitophel, a man who betrayed King David, according to the Hebrew Bible.

What was it used for?

The papyrus seems to have been one page of a larger text, possibly a handbook that was used by a magician, Korshi said.

The hypothetical magician's clients may have been impressed by the image on the papyrus. "From an observer point of view, we could say that the image might have enhanced the performative aspect of the spell — the client might find the weird drawings an impressive addition to the overall atmosphere and impression created by the ritual," Dosoo told Live Science. [7 Amazing Archaeological Discoveries from Egypt]

The fragmentary text makes it hard to determine what exactly the spell was used for, but Dosoo said he believes that it may have been related to love, possibly in cases where there was a complex situation such as a love triangle, or where a man was in love with a woman he couldn't marry.

"Christian literary texts from Egypt which mention love spells often imply that the problem is not that the woman doesn't love the man per se, but that he does not have access to her, because she is a young unmarried girl protected and secluded by her family, or already married to someone else," Dosoo told Live Science.

Mysterious origins

The papyrus is at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia, but how it got there is a mystery. The university has no records indicating who sold or donated the papyrus, or when the acquisition occurred, Dosoo said.

The university has a collection of about 900 papyri, the bulk of which were purchased by or donated to the university between 1972 and 1985; it wasn't until 2007 that the university stopped purchasing papyri or accepting them as donations. Many of these 900 papyri were purchased from Anton and Michael Fackelmann, who were antiquities dealers that were active in Austria in the 1970s and 1980s. Among these papyri is a "Handbook of Ritual Power" (as modern-day researchers call it), which is a lengthy magical text that also dates back around 1,300 years. However, while that handbook is from the Fackelmanns, it's not clear if the newly published magical papyrus is also from them.  

The university's collection history poses a problem for scholars. In 1972, a UNESCO treaty banned the sale of antiquities that were removed from their country of origin after 1972. It's not certain when this papyrus, and other papyri in the collection, were removed from Egypt.

With the ongoing looting that has ravaged Egypt's archaeological sites, many scholars are not comfortable working with material that may have been taken out of Egypt after 1972. Part of the reason is that some scholars believe that publishing such material may help those trying to loot and sell archaeological remains from Egypt. There is also the question of ownership since, if an artifact was taken out of Egypt after 1972, then it's possible the legal owner could in fact be the government of Egypt.

Many of the university's papyri are not published. Despite the lack of information on when the recently deciphered papyrus was acquired, or who it was acquired from, the committee decided to publish the papyrus, noting the uncertain provenance in the journal article.

http://www.foxnews.com/science/2018/09/25/ancient-egyptian-magic-spell-decoded.html

Albert Ulebe Posted on September 25, 2018 12:54

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MH370 'wreckage' found on Google Maps in jungle matches last satellite 'ping,' sleuth reportedly claims.

A satellite communicated with the doomed MH370 jet close to where a "plane wreckage" has been spotted on Google Maps, it has been claimed.

The Malaysian Airlines plane vanished on March 8, 2014, en route to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur sparking one of the greatest mysteries in aviation history.

Satellite company Inmarsat continued to exchange signals, known as “handshakes”, with the aircraft every hour before it crashed.

The firm has now released data which maps out two radius zones – spanning thousands of miles – where MH370 could have traveled.

One of the areas – known as the northern corridor – is where the satellite exchanged its last handshake with the troubled plane, reports the Daily Star.

This vast radius zone runs through Cambodia – along with several other countries.

The image from the Cambodian jungle is where data from data from satellite firm Inmarsat maps shows where MH370 could have traveled.  (Google Maps)

Earlier this month, British sleuth Ian Wilson believes he found the wreckage of MH370 using Google Maps - despite millions being spent on the search for the jet.

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Video producer Wilson believes the plane is lying in a high-altitude area of the Cambodia jungle - 60 miles west of Phnom Penh.

The Brit, who says he found the image of the plane after spending “hours” searching on his own computer, now wants to visit the site himself.

After learning about Inmarsat’s data, Wilson told the Daily Star: “Initially I thought it crashed into the sea.

Malaysia issues a safety investigation report with detail analysis after a renewed search by a private U.S. firm for missing Flight 370 in the southern Indian Ocean ended two months ago without finding the wreckage.  (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

"But then there's the northern and southern corridors. That seventh ping is almost exactly where the plane is."

The northern corridor runs from southern China to Uzbekistan – a zone which spans over 1,400 miles – while the southern arc runs through the Indian Ocean where parts of the plane have been found.

Wilson's images from Google Maps show the outline of a large plane in a remote part of southern Cambodia  – which could simply be an aircraft flying directly below the satellite which photographed it.

The image from Google Maps appears to show a large plane in the jungle in Cambodia.  (Google Maps)

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Following the Brit's revelation, and with a $69M finder's fee up for grabs, a group of experts hired a helicopter to scour the area highlighted by Wilson.

However, on September 13, it was reported that the group had failed to find anything in the zone where Wilson believes the plane crashed.

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New questions over the hunt for MH370

The Chinese government also used observation company Space View to focus in on the high-altitude area of the south east Asian country.

However, the firm claim there was no sign of any plane, least of all the Malaysian Airlines aircraft.

In a tweet, Space View wrote: “Stakeholders and bystanders plead Space View to shoot at the site.

"So we found out three images, shot in 2015, 2016 and 2018 from our archive.

"Sorry, no plane found there."

In July this year, the Malaysian government released the findings of their investigation admitting they still do not know what happened to the passenger jet.

In this March 22, 2014, file photo, flight officer Rayan Gharazeddine scans the water in the southern Indian Ocean off Australia from a Royal Australian Air Force AP-3C Orion during a search for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370.  (AP Photo/Rob Griffith)

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Albert Ulebe Posted on September 25, 2018 12:50

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Hugh Jackman Biography, Background, Film Roles, Relationships and Net Worth

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Hugh Jackman is an Australian actor, singer, and producer. He is both a screen and stage actor, having appeared in a variety of Hollywood genres as well performing on Broadway in theatre productions. Jackman also hosted the 81st Academy Awards on February 22, 2009.

Who is Hugh Jackman?

Hugh Jackman was born October 12, 1968 in Sydney, New South Wales, to Grace McNeil (née Greenwood) and Christopher John Jackman, a Cambridge-trained accountant and was one of five children. His parents were English and moved to Australia in 1967. His parents divorced when he was eight, and Jackman remained in Australia with his father and two brothers, while his mother moved back to England with his sisters.

What are Hugh Jackman’s best film roles?

Jackman is best known for his long-running role as Wolverine in the X-Men film series, as well as his lead roles in films such as Kate & Leopold (2001), Van Helsing (2004), The Prestige (2006), The Fountain (2006), Australia (2008) and the film adaptation of Les Misérables (2012), for which Jackman picked up an Academy Award for Best Actor.

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Does Hugh Jackman have cancer?

Yes. In November 2013, Jackman announced he had basal-cell carcinoma removed from his nose. He had a second carcinoma removed from his nose in May 2014, telling Associated Press that he expected to have future recurrences. He also had further surgery in February 2017. This resulted in Jackman attending the various worldwide premieres of X-Men: Days of Future Past with a bandage on his nose. After six cancer scares, Jackman posted a picture of himself on holiday, fully clothed and wearing a hat, to warn against the dangers of sun damage, which is thought to have triggered his cancer. Speaking to Yahoo Be in December 2017 the star said: ‘Don’t be like me. Wear sunscreen, I’m the idiot who didn’t wear sunscreen at all.’

Was Hugh Jackman in Neighbours?

No, but he was offered a role on the long running Australian soap in 1992 and turned the job down, saying that he wanted to concentrate on his studies. Jackman said that during the very same weekend, he had been offered a place at prestigious West Australian Academy of Performing Arts.

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Why is Hugh Jackman retiring as Wolverine?

In interview, Jackman said he wanted to end Wolverine at his best by putting his heart and soul into helping James Mangold make Logan the best Wolverine movie yet. He felt that it was better to end Wolverine on his terms, rather than fans growing tired of him or the character becoming stale.

What is Hugh Jackman next movie?

As reported in March 2018, Hugh is reportedly eyeing a role in Bad Education, which is being produced by La La Land’s Fred Berger. Other than that Jackman, who was busy between 2015-2017, with Logan (2017) and musical The Greatest Showman (2017), will appear in The Front Runner and is rumoured to appear in 2019’s The Good Spy.

How did Hugh Jackman meet his wife?

Jackman met wife Deborra-Lee Furness, who is 13 years his elder, 21 years ago when they starred in Australian prison drama Corelli. Together they have two adopted children, Oscar (born 2000) and Ava (born 2005), and reportedly all travel together wherever Hugh’s work takes them.

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How much can Hugh Jackman bench?

Hugh Jackman, weighing in at between 195-205 pounds and with a height of 6ft 2″, can reportedly deadlift 400 pounds. He released a video of himself working out where he deadlifted 435 pounds. In another video, Jackman was inaugurated into the exclusive 1,000-pound club, for a 355-pound squat, followed by a 235-pound bench press and finally a 410-pound deadlift. All three need to be completed within three hours to become part of the club.

What did Hugh Jackman do with Daniel Craig?

Jackman and fellow actor Daniel Craig made a unique place for themselves in the history of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS fundraising on 8 December 2009, when it was announced that they had raised $1.5 million (£1.3 million) in the 21st annual Gypsy of the Year competition, from six weeks of curtain appeals at their hit Broadway drama, A Steady Rain.

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What’s going on between Hugh Jackman and Ryan Reynolds?

We’d say there’s something of a bromance between the Australian and Canadian actors, Jackman and Reynolds appeared together in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and have since been best of friends. Deadpool appeared in Hugh’s hotel room serenading him with a song from The Greatest Showman. Jackman appeared on Good Morning America asking Ryan to stop his Twitter trolling. Hugh even told UNILAD Film Reynolds was so desperate for him to appear in Deadpool 2 he camped outside his house playing Wham’s Careless Whisper. Unfortunately it didn’t work with Jackman announcing Wolvie’s retirement.

Does Hugh Jackman like sports and soccer?

Yes. In high school, Jackman played rugby union and cricket, took part in high jumping and was on the swimming team. He enjoys basketball and kayaking and has an interest in football and has pledged his support to Norwich City F.C. He is also a fan of Major League Soccer (MLS) in the US and supports its official body, the Philadelphia Union of Major League Soccer.

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Will Smith’s Incredible Journey From West Philadelphia To Becoming A Millionaire At 20

 

 

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In West Philadelphia, born and raised… Yes, the intro to what is possibly the catchiest theme tune ever, but also the real start of Will Smith’s very fruitful life.

Will was born on this day, September 25, in 1968, meaning he is celebrating the big 5-0 today, and I don’t think anyone could argue that he’s achieved some incredible things with his life.

But of course, he didn’t just wake up a huge Hollywood movie star. Will entered the entertainment industry step by step – and that first step was labelled ‘rapper’.

The I Am Legend star grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, a place where he has previously explained ‘everybody is a rapper’. As such, the environment no doubt influenced his decision to get into the music scene.

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Will met Jeff Townes at a party when he was 16, and from there the pair launched their hugely successful rap career, crowning The Fresh Prince.

Appearing as DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince, the duo subverted more typical ‘gangster rap’ lyrics and instead chose to express their thoughts on a wide range of topics, for example life as a teenager and fighting Mike Tyson, with clean and relatable lyrics that audiences went wild for.

Check out an early interview with the pair here:

Will and Jeff’s interview appeared on a show called Switchback, a talk show which ran from 1981 – 1990. Despite it being one of their earlier interviews, the pair actually didn’t appear that determined to promote their music, and instead just seemed really chilled out about the whole thing.

Explaining the origin of DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince, Will said:

He threw a party on my block and we hung out together and played around, stuff like that.

I grabbed a mic and he was on the turntables and we started doing shows and things like that around the city.

In Philly [rapping] isn’t really something you have to look for. Everybody’s a rapper.

The pair’s first single was Girls Ain’t Nothing But Trouble, which appeared on their 1987 debut album Rock The House.

The album reached number 83 in the Billboard Top 200, resulting in a wave of wealth that turned Will into a millionaire at the very fresh age of 18.

 

The successful musicians went on to release their second album He’s The DJ, I’m The Rapper just eight months later in January 1988, which featured the hugely popular single Parents Just Don’t Understand – a song which no doubt appealed to the majority of teenage listeners, because who doesn’t get frustrated when their parents buy them ‘bell-bottom Brady Bunch trousers’ and ‘double-knit reversible slacks’?

Check out The Fresh Prince and DJ Jazzy Jeff at work at the He’s The DJ, I’m The Rapper release party:

In 1989, 31 years after the Grammy Awards began, the ceremony introduced a new category; Best Rap Song. Parents Just Don’t Understand made history by becoming the first rap song to win the category, when Will was just 20 years old.

It would be the first of many awards he would go on to lift.

The money kept rolling in, and Will lived his best life buying motorcycles, cars, and designer gear, as I’m sure any 20-year-old would, if they suddenly had millions of dollars.

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Unfortunately, Will’s bubble of riches soon burst. The rapper came face to face with huge tax payments, and the IRS took all of his shiny new expensive things in order to get what was owed to them. Will suddenly became a very famous person with very little money.

Luckily the next step into the world of entertainment lay in wait; ‘TV star’.

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Will shared a video on YouTube telling the story of how he moved from being The Fresh Prince the rapper to The Fresh Prince of Bel Air.

The Hollywood star explained he was motivated by his girlfriend at the time to ‘go where people is doing it’ instead of laying around the house all day.

Taking her advice, Will went to The Arsenio Hall Show, a late night talk show that ran from 1989 – 1994, where he met music producer Benny Medina.

Medina pitched the idea for the TV show that would later become The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, and introduced Will to Quincy Jones, who would produce the show.

Jones took a liking to Will’s rap name, and decided that the series would be named after him. After having 10 minutes to prepare for an audition, the megastar wowed his audience and was handed a contract for the show that started his huge acting career – or rather, the show that made his life flip turn upside down.

The Fresh Prince of Bel Air began airing in 1990, just before the actor’s 22nd birthday. The role made him even more widely known through the entertainment industry, and no doubt changed the course of his life by building his acting career.

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As well as fuelling his rise to Hollywood, The Fresh Prince of Bel Air gave Will some hints as to what his future family life would look like.

According to Biography, Will first met his wife Jada in 1995 when she auditioned for the role of Will’s girlfriend on the sitcom. While she didn’t get the part, she got the real life one.

Will and Jada started dating, and married in 1997.

 

Will’s circumstances and successes in life seem to have had a domino effect which has allowed him to turn into the man we know and love today.

Growing up in Philadelphia inspired The Fresh Prince’s rapping, which made his name known and allowed him to land his TV break with a show named after his musical persona.

The TV acting career lead Will to his next step of entertainment, the big screen, where he has excelled. Will is currently the only actor to have eight consecutive films gross over $100 million in the US domestic box office.

Take a look at his most memorable roles here:

Moving from strength to strength, his role in movies gave Will the power to influence others and express more of his own ideas behind the camera.

Will has worked as a film producer while continuing to keep his foot in the music industry, producing the well known theme song for his 1997 movie Men In Black and still putting on impressive musical performances when he has the chance.

Check out Will with his son Jaden and former Fresh Prince co-star on The Graham Norton Show:

The Seven Pounds actor has climbed to the top and stayed there, so much so that Newsweek’s judgement of him being ‘the most powerful actor in Hollywood’ in 2007 still has some weight today.

Will has definitely had an outstanding life, and it doesn’t look like he’s planning on slowing down anytime soon.

In fact, to celebrate his 50th birthday the actor will be bungee jumping out of a plane over the Grand Canyon in a stunt that sounds like a blockbuster movie all by itself – Will Smith: The Jump.

That’s certainly a memorable way to kick start your 50th year!

Happy Birthday Will Smith!

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kabby Posted on September 25, 2018 12:40

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Versace fans vent fury over $2bn sale to Michael Kors

The expected $2bn takeover of Versace by US fashion giant Michael Kors has upset some fans of the Italian fashion house.

Creative director Donatella Versace's social media accounts have been swamped by loyal fans pleading with her to keep the brand independent.

One said they would "end it all" if the sale went ahead.

Donatella has run Versace since the 1997 murder of her brother Gianni, who founded the firm four decades ago.

Twitter and other social media is seeing some strong opinions about the move:

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Many of the comments are unrepeatable, but one common theme is a fear that the brand they revered would lose its unique quality.

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Its distinctive brand of glitz has been worn by some of the world's highest-profile stars and graced the pages of newspapers and magazines more often than almost any other luxury fashion brand.

A key moment came in 1994 when the unknown Elizabeth Hurley accompanied boyfriend Hugh Grant to the premiere of Four Weddings and a Funeral. The tabloids could not believe the sight.

Versace, until then just another Italian fashion brand, became synonymous with "That Dress".

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The brand is most valued by the glitzier ranks of the famous, with Michael Jackson and Princess Diana among its fans. She attended Gianni Versace's funeral, along with Elton John, who has also been a keen wearer of Versace.

The newer generation include Nicki Minaj, a clutch of Kardashians and Jenners, and the Beckham family, who are among the mere 161 people Donatella follows on Twitter.

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But those fearing a despoiling of the Versace magic may be worrying unnecessarily.

Michael Kors has gained new experience handling other luxury brands. Last year it bought Jimmy Choo, another tabloid fashion favourite, the luxury shoemaker founded in London, for almost £900m.

The Versace deal adds significantly to Kors' luxury portfolio.

The Versace family owns 80% of the company, with the remaining 20% owned by the private equity firm Blackstone Group.

It reported sales of €686m for 2016 and chief executive Jonathan Akeroyd said earlier this year that annual turnover was soon expected to exceed €1bn.

If Donatella herself stays on it is possible fans will not notice any change. After all, why buy a well-loved business and tear up what makes it appealing?

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seth Posted on September 25, 2018 12:06

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Reality Check: The worst place to be stranded at sea?

Indian yachtsman Abhilash Tomy has been rescued after his boat was severely damaged nearly 2,000 miles (3,200km) off the coast of Western Australia. Is there any worse place to get stranded?

The southern Indian Ocean is vast and largely free of humans. Abhilash Tomy got a reminder of this when his boat, the Thuriya, had its mast damaged during a storm last Friday.

The organisers of the Golden Globe solo round-the-world race, in which he was competing, said Mr Tomy had been stranded 1,900 miles off Australia - "the extreme limit of immediate rescue range".

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority, which co-ordinated the effort to bring back Mr Tomy, called it "one of the most remote areas on the planet, almost equidistant from any of the search-and-rescue facilities".

But French fishing boat Osiris was nearby (in relative terms) and on Monday it rescued Mr Tomy.

The situation could have been worse.

The US National Centers for Environmental Information puts the surface area of the Indian Ocean as a whole at 70.6 million sq km (27.2 million sq miles).

"There are large areas of ocean where not much happens, in human terms, from one year to the next," says David Jardine-Smith, mass-rescue operations manager at the International Maritime Rescue Federation. "It's difficult to comprehend the sheer size of it."

Image captionThe approximate location of the Thuriya at 02:28 GMT on Saturday

When vessels get into trouble as far from inhabited land as the Thuriya did, national coastguards are unable to help because the location is not within range of rescue boats, Mr Jardine-Smith says. Instead, they have to rely on shipping in the area.

"If you can't get to people fast, they die of the cold or they drown," he says.

Under international law, captains of vessels have to "assist persons in distress at sea", regardless of the nationality of those on board, if they are in a position to do so.

The section of the Indian Ocean where Mr Tomy got into distress does not contain a busy shipping lane.

"It's sporadic there," says Stuart Carruthers, cruising manager of the Royal Yachting Association. "It's completely unlike the Atlantic, where some of the lanes are so busy that, if you get into trouble, you'd almost be able to stop a ship by sticking your thumb out."

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Once a rescuer gets to a stricken vessel, sea conditions can hinder efforts. "The differential movements caused by waves can make it hard to get someone in a stretcher across," Mr Jardine-Smith. "It's a very precise manoeuvre. The rescuers in the case of Mr Tomy's boat seem to have done an excellent job."

Fortunately for Mr Tomy, the 14m (46ft) waves and winds of up to 70 knots subsided before the French boat arrived.

Loneliness is part of being a long-distance yachtsman, but the spot where Mr Tomy was stranded was not the most isolated in the world's oceans, in terms of distance from any land.

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In 1992, Croatian-Canadian survey engineer Hrvoje Lukatela worked out that the so-called "oceanic pole of inaccessibility" was in the southern Pacific.

Since named Point Nemo, it's 2,688km (1,670 miles) from Ducie Island, part of the Pitcairn Islands, to the north; Motu Nui, in the Easter Islands, to the north-east; and Maher Island, part of the Antarctic, to the south. No-one lives on them.

By contrast, the fishing boat that rescued Mr Tomy was taking him to Amsterdam Island, a small French territory in the area where he got into trouble. It's home to temporary workers at a volcanic research facility and has a hospital.

After treatment for back injuries, Mr Tomy is expected to be transferred from there to an Australian naval ship. His onward journey will take a while, too.

In 2015 volcanologist Erik Klemetti called Amsterdam Island "staggeringly far from anything". But then again, it could be worse.

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Children to be banned from cycling to school without number plates

Head teacher Amit Amin says the policy will help people report pupils who cycle dangerously

Children have been told they will be banned from cycling to their south London school if they do not put number plates on their bikes.

Teachers at Stanley Park High, in Carshalton, are introducing the scheme so members of the public can report pupils cycling dangerously.

The secondary school said the main aim was to keep children safe.

Charity Cycling UK questioned why Stanley Park High "want to make cycling to school more difficult".

On the school's website, head teacher Amit Amin wrote: "All students who cycle to school will be required to display a school-issued bicycle number plate when riding to and from school.

"Students without a number plate will not be permitted to cycle to school, or lock their bicycles on school grounds."

Mr Amin said the measure was in response to incidents of children cycling in a way that "endangers themselves and others".

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A school statement added: "Our absolute priority is the safety of our students, and the aim of this initiative is simply to ensure their safety as they travel to and from school."

The plates are being introduced on 1 October as part of a scheme to encourage cycling, which includes subsidised bike lights and maintenance workshops.

Duncan Dollimore, of Cycling UK, said Mr Amin's actions were "part of a trend of head teachers trespassing on parental responsibilities".

Mr Dollimore said schools should focus on encouraging local authorities to adopt 20mph speed limits and traffic-calming measures instead of making "cycling to school more difficult".

Schools across England have imposed various restrictions recently, including cycling safety tests and mandatory helmets.

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Another critic of Stanley Park High's policy is Chris Boardman, former professional cyclist and Greater Manchester's cycling and walking commissioner.

He wrote on Twitter: "If I was one of the school governors, I'd be stepping in about now."

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seth Posted on September 25, 2018 11:15

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Scammers steal half-a-billion pounds from UK banking customers

More than £500m was stolen from customers of British banks in the first half of 2018, figures have shown.

Industry group UK Finance said £145m of that was due to authorised push payment (APP) scams, in which people are conned into sending money to another account.

But £358m was lost to unauthorised fraud, which includes transactions made without account holders' knowledge.

Unauthorised fraud victims are usually refunded by their banks, but most victims of APP fraud do not get their money back.

This is because current legislation means they are liable for any losses incurred if they authorise a payment themselves.

"Purchase scams", in which people are duped into paying for products or services that do not exist, were the most prevalent form of APP fraud reported in the first six months of 2018.

These scams often happen online, and examples include payments made for cars or holidays that are never delivered or provided.

There were also 3,866 reported cases of impersonation scams, in which criminals pretend to be from a financial institution or law enforcement, and trick account holders into transferring money.

During the first six months of 2017, APP scams led to £101m in losses, but UK Finance said this year's £44m increase was partly down to four more banks reporting data.


How to protect yourself against fraud

When you transfer money from your bank account, you are asked to enter three pieces of information: the name of the payee, their account number, and the sort code.

However, only the last two are cross-checked by the bank. So putting in the correct name is no guarantee that person will get the money.

UK Finance offers the following advice:

  • Never disclose security details, such as your PIN or full banking password
  • Don't assume an email, text or phone call is authentic
  • Don't be rushed - a genuine organisation won't mind waiting
  • Listen to your instincts - you know if something doesn't feel right
  • Stay in control - don't panic and make a decision you'll regret

The group's managing director for economic crime, Katy Worobec, said the new figures underlined that fraud was a "major threat" to the UK, and added that the "proceeds go on to fund terrorism, people smuggling and drug trafficking".

Ms Worobec also emphasised that two-thirds of all unauthorised fraud was successfully thwarted by UK financial institutions.

But Gareth Shaw, of the consumer group Which?, said the banks' efforts to tackle fraud had been "woefully insufficient".

APPs were the subject of a "super-complaint" made in September 2016 to regulators by Which?, which has been calling for banks to shoulder more responsibility when victims are tricked in this way.

"They have not done enough to protect their customers, who continue to lose life-changing sums of money to ever-more sophisticated crooks," Mr Shaw said.

But he welcomed plans by the Payments System Regulator to introduce a reimbursement scheme for victims of APP fraud.


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seth Posted on September 25, 2018 11:06

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US man, 74, found alive days after fire in Washington DC

Fire officials believe the blaze began in the roof of the senior community building

A 74-year-old man has been found alive and in good spirits five days after a fire broke out at his assisted-living complex in Washington DC.

Workers found him inside his apartment on Monday morning, where he is believed to have been trapped since Wednesday.

More than 100 senior residents were evacuated, but it was believed everyone had been accounted for, according to Mayor Muriel Bowser.

She said the man was taken to hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

Workers were checking the structural integrity of the building, which had collapsed in parts, when they heard the man shout out.

"He had a sense of humour," structural engineer Allyn Kilsheimer told reporters Monday. "When I said, 'We're coming to get you,' he said, 'I'm not going any place.'"

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They then forced open the man's apartment door, to find him sitting on his couch, officials said.

Mayor Bowser said: "The workers helped him into a chair and out of the building." He has not been named.

Fire officials believe last week's fire broke out in the attic of the Arthur Capper Senior Housing Center.

Ten people were injured and a huge plume of black smoke was sent into the air.

Residents complained that they did not hear any alarms after the fire started. Instead, residents were alerted by US Marines and neighbours who banged on their doors.

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Bruce DarConte was one of those neighbours, and he told local media: "As we saw the fire alarms, we were pulling them - nothing. So we just kept going. It didn't pay for us to stand there."

Mayor Bowser said an investigation is underway to determine how the man was missed by both fire fighters who conducted searches in the building and a management company.

"We are rechecking to assure that [all residents] are accounted for," she said.

Fire officials are also investigating the reports that fire alarms at the building were not working.

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seth Posted on September 25, 2018 11:00

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Portuguese 400 year old shipwreck found off Cascais

The find is part of a 10-year archaeological project

Archaeologists have found a 400-year-old shipwreck off the coast of Portugal, in what one specialist called the "discovery of a decade".

Spices, ceramics and cannons engraved with Portugal's coat of arms all lie around the wreck, found near Cascais, close to the capital Lisbon.

The team believe the ship was returning from India when it sank sometime between 1575 and 1625.

This was at the height of Portugal's spice trade with Asia.

Lying 12m (40ft) beneath the surface, project director Jorge Freire told Reuters news agency the wreck was very well-preserved.

"From a heritage perspective, this is the discovery of the decade," he said, calling it "the most important find of all time" for the country.

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Chinese porcelain from the late 16th and early 17th centuries was also among the wreck, as were bronze artillery pieces and cowry shells - a currency used in the slave trade.

Cascais municipal council said the ship was found at the start of September while dredging the mouth of the Tagus river, which runs past the resort town through Lisbon.

Mayor Carlos Carreiras told the Guardian newspaper it was an "extraordinary discovery", which will reinforce their "collective identity and shared values".


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The find is part of a 10-year archaeological project supported by the town of Cascais, the Portuguese government and navy, and Nova University in Lisbon.

The Minister of Culture, Luis Mendes, said the mouth of the Tagus river was considered a "hotspot" for wrecks.

"This discovery came to prove it," he said.

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Young Ghanaian midwife delivers pregnant woman of her baby on a moving bus (Photos).

A young midwife has become an internet sensation after she helped a woman in labour deliver her baby safely while on board a commercial bus on Sunday, Septemeber 23. The midwife, YEN.com.gh gathers, was a passenger on a Bolgatanga bound bus. Midway through their journey, a co-passenger who was pregnant went into labour. The midwife sprang into action and with the help of two other nurses on board, the baby was safely delivered at about 3:34am after the driver stopped the moving bus somehwere along the Buipe road. Young Ghanaian midwife delivers pregnant woman of her baby on a moving bus (Photos) Sophia Safia Sulemana Source: Facebook After the delivery, the newly-born baby and her mother were reportedly handed over to the husband who is said to have taken them to the West Hospital in Tamale for further care. READ ALSO: Mahama takes Abronye DC to the cleaners for alleging he spent Ghc1m on son’s birthday According to a social media user, Mawunyo Bubutor, who shared the story on Facebook, the beautiful midwife is Sophia Safia Sulemana of the Kunkwa Health Centre in the Maprugu District of the Northern Region. Posting photos of Sophia and the baby, Mawunyo said: "Nursing is said to be a science, skills and an art. At 3:34am of 23rd September, 2018. Whilst travelling to Bolgatanga, a lady was in labour on the bus whilst the bus was still moving. It took the intervention of this spectacular angel and who is a practicing midwife on board to deliver this woman in the bus. The driver has to stop for the midwife and two other female nurses to help deliver this woman on the Buipe Road. I just wanna celebrate staff Midwife by name Sophia safia sulemana of Kunkwa health centre in the Mamprugu moaduri district of the Northern Region. The child and the mother was later handled over to the husband who took the wife to West Hospital in the tamale metropolis.God bless you. Please let us share this good story." Sophia's extraordinary sense of duty has not gone unnoticed as many Ghanaians have been showering praises and blessing her. READ ALSO: Menzgold London office without the usual highly visible displays the company is known for in Ghana Adisa who noticed Sophia's beauty asked for God's blessings for her: Remie also blessed her: Ahenkan shared a similar post: Vida was impressed that Sophia went the extra mile: Winnie asked for God's strength to save more lives: Meanwhile, YEN.com.gh has sighted a video of something unusual which happened in a Christian church. A pastor has given away offering received during service to a needy church member. READ ALSO: Popular radio presenter loses his life In the video, it could be seen that many church members were taking turns to give their offering but after some time, the head pastor announced that God had told him to give away the offerings to one member. He thus called a woman 'living in lack and sadness' who brought with her a big polythene bag to start packing the plenty money amid sobs.

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The Indian policewoman who stopped WhatsApp mob killings

Rema Rajeshwari revitalised the village police to forge stronger ties with communities

Something unusual happened when dusk fell in early summer in more than 400 villages in the southern Indian state of Telangana.

Men and women raced home from their farms earlier than usual, bolted the front doors, turned out the lights and stayed in. Children, used to playing outdoors until late, were the first ones to be herded home. The streets emptied, and an eerie calm swiftly descended upon the area.

This was far from normal behaviour: during the dry, searing summers, many villagers slept outside on rope-beds in breezy, open courtyards.

In March, village policemen - the state has more than 4,000 such policemen for grassroots policing and intelligence collection - first reported this unusual behaviour to their superior.

Back in the district town of Gadwal, the local chief of police, Rema Rajeshwari, listened to her puzzled constables.

"They said life in the villages had come to a virtual halt after sundown. They said they had never seen anything like this before," Ms Rajeshwari told me.

For the next few days, policemen tried to find out what was happening.

What they discovered was startling. Most villagers had received a video and an audio recording on WhatsApp that had kept them on tenterhooks.

There was a grisly - and evidently doctored - video of a man being disembowelled. And there was an audio recording in the local Telugu language where a male voice said a gang of tribespeople, who were involved in highway robberies and burglaries decades ago, had returned, this time, to "steal" human organs.

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When police began checking the villagers' phones, they found between 30 and 35 videos and photos that had gone viral in the area. One video which was being widely shared was supposedly of a child being kidnapped. In reality, it was a cleverly edited version of a child safety film from Pakistan, designed to create awareness. It was also followed by an audio message.

"The child kidnappers are coming to our villages," the message said. "They will throw stones at your door. Don't step out and let your children out. Please circulate this and make it viral."

The villages of Jogulamba Gadwal and Wanaparthy districts are part of a region that was once counted among the 20 most disadvantaged districts of India. Rice and cotton farms dot a largely arid landscape. Most people are landless, and migrate to cities in search of work.

Barely half of the people can read or write. But every home has at least one smartphone, usually a second-hand Chinese one, costing as little as 2,000 rupees ($27; £21). Cheap data means that people with little access to education have the fullest access to technology.

Media literacy is low. Villagers are glued to material circulating on WhatsApp for news, viral videos and social conversations. Every village has more than two dozen WhatsApp groups, carved along community, caste, kinship and social interest lines. They are among 200 million Indians who send more than 13 billion messages every day, making India the biggest market for WhatsApp.

It was March, and the videos were going viral in the two districts. Ms Rajeshwari decided to revitalise the village policing to combat fake news. A constable assigned to each village began going door-to-door showing people the fake videos and messages. They asked people not to believe in rumours, and warned them that sharing fake news was a punishable offence. Night patrolling was intensified. The phone numbers of the village constable and the police chief were distributed to villagers, and inscribed on walls.

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For more than a month-and-a half, Ms Rajeshwari slept fitfully as rumours of child kidnappers and organ thieves spread like wildfire through WhatsApp and an Indian messaging service called ShareChat. More than 54,000 children were abducted across India in 2016-17, but when police checked the records, they found no recent history of kidnappings in these parts.

But the phones kept ringing. One night, a villager called, hysterically reporting that some people were throwing stones at his door, and that the child snatchers had arrived. The local constable reported back that there was no such incident and all was quiet.

Ms Rajeshwari decided to find out on her own. "What I found was some drunk villager was hallucinating about child snatchers after watching the video and calling the police up."

In April, in a remote village, residents retired for the night after a religious function. Two women singers who had performed at the function had missed the last bus home and decided to spend the night in a local temple. Around midnight, a drunk man spotted them. He woke up his village, saying he had spotted "child kidnappers" sleeping in the temple.

A mob descended on the shrine in no time and dragged out the women. They were tied to a tree and beaten up. An alert villager phoned the village constable. Four policemen rushed to the area and rescued the women in the nick of time.

A few weeks later, in another village, a man was hiding in the fields waiting for his lover when some locals spotted him. Word got round that a kidnapper was hiding in the fields. A mob gathered, surrounded the man and thrashed him. Again, a panicky villager rang to alert the police, who took the man to safety.

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Around the same time, in another village, a shepherd had a quarrel with two teenage friends. The friends circulated his picture on WhatsApp with a message that he was a "child snatcher".

The same day, while grazing his animals, he was chased down and attacked by people in a neighbouring village who had seen his picture on their phones. When the police picked up the teenagers, they said they had sent out the picture to settle scores. "We thought let's make this viral," they said," and teach him a lesson."

Thirteen such incidents were reported over April and May. Things turned so bad that panic-stricken villagers formed vigilante squads and patrolled the villages with sticks and stones.

Ms Rajeshwari says the village policemen worked continuously with elders and village council leaders to raise awareness about fake news. The constables added themselves to village Whatsapp groups to keep a watch on the material being shared. The village drummer - a modern-day town crier who performs at weddings, funerals and makes public pronouncements - was mobilised to go around and talk about rumours. Policemen formed cultural groups and travelled to villages, singing songs and performing skits that they had composed about the dangers of fake news.

Beginning a month later, in April, mobs went on to lynch at least 25 people across India after reading the same false rumours spread on WhatsApp. India's government asked WhatsApp to act urgently to halt the spread of "irresponsible and explosive messages".

Far away, in more than 400 villages of Telangana, where the same rumours had sparked tensions earlier in the summer, no lives were lost.

Facts were getting heard, and rumours were being buried.

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Bodyguard most watched BBC drama since 2008

The Bodyguard finale saw David Budd (Richard Madden) bloodied but not bowed

Hit BBC drama Bodyguard kept an average 10.4 million viewers on tenterhooks as the series drew to a close on Sunday.

The audience reached its peak - 11 million - in its final five minutes.

The overnight ratings make the show - the brainchild of Line of Duty creator Jed Mercurio - the most watched drama of the year so far.

In fact, it is the biggest overnight drama figure since 10.5 million saw Downton Abbey's series two finale in November 2011.

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No BBC drama has drawn a bigger audience since Doctor Who, whose Christmas Day episode in 2008 was seen by 11.7 million people.

The most watched programme of 2018 so far is ITV's broadcast of England's World Cup semi-final against Croatia, which drew an average audience of 24.3 million.

That figure did not take into account the number of people watching in pubs or on outdoor big screens.

On the iPlayer, episode one of The Bodyguard had received 7.3m requests by Monday lunchtime, a record for any programme on the BBC's catch-up service.

The series finale helped drive BBC iPlayer's biggest day ever with over 12.6m requests on Sunday.

Second series?

Without giving anything away, it's fair to say the Bodyguard finale served up a big helping of shock and suspense.

Writer Jed Mercurio told the BBC he was "humbled, delighted and grateful" at the show's success and credited "the magnetism of the leads".

He added: "I don't think you can plan for success, all you can do is create something you think people will be interested in."

On talk of a second series, he said: "We're just starting those talks, it's still too early to say."

Star Richard Madden - who played the show's ex-soldier turned protection officer David Budd - retweeted a thank you from the BBC to everyone who was watching the "epic finale".

Anjli Mohindra, who played suicide bomber Nadia, praised Mercurio for putting so many female actors in powerful roles in the show.

"I do believe Jed Mercurio wrote a list of those roles as gender neutral and the right person with the right energy got the job," she told the BBC.

 

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Director John Strickland had whipped up fans ahead of the broadcast by tweeting lyrics from Frank Sinatra's My Way.

He posted: "For what is a man, what has he got? If not himself, then he has naught. To say the things he truly feels and not the words of one who kneels.

"The record shows he took the blows and did it his way."

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Mercurio also offered his thanks on Twitter to the show's makers, stars and fans.

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The Line of Duty writer also found time to set his followers right over some "Bodyguard pedantry".

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#Bodyguard pedantry - It’s only in matters of police professional standards that officers are interviewed by someone at least one rank senior. If an officer has been arrested for a criminal offence, they’re treated like anyone else.

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The director of BBC content, Charlotte Moore, praised the finale for the way it "gripped the nation and got everyone talking... in a display of masterful storytelling".

Simon Heath the CEO and creative director of World Productions said: "At a time when we're told that linear TV is dying, it's been thrilling to see the number of viewers flocking to watch Bodyguard live. We're so grateful for all their support."

So what did the critics make of it all?

Sara Wallis, Daily Mirror

"If the nation's heart rate could have been monitored during the mind-blowing finale of BBC1's Bodyguard, it would have been off the scale."

Andy Halls, The Sun

"There were moments last night where, for a good 30 seconds or so, I genuinely held my breath... Don't get me wrong, there were moments of genuinely ludicrous action... But is it the best new drama we've had in years and the best thing on TV in 2018? Yes, ma'am."

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Jan Moir, Daily Mail

"There is a fine line between great drama and absurdity, and there were moments when Bodyguard and its bloodied Caped Crusader nearly fell into total farce. Yet it never did. The tense scenes managed to be both gripping and touching."

Bryony Gordon, Daily Telegraph

"Watching the final episode unfold felt a bit like witnessing a grade-A student open up their envelope on exam results day to find a string of Bs. It had tried too hard to impress, and ended up collapsing under the weight of its own expectations."

Carol Midgley, The Times

"Hallelujah for that last cracking 10 minutes of Bodyguard. Because up until then - sorry - I was finding this climax a touch underwhelming. There were many plot holes here but this was event TV and Mercurio, skilled at wrongfooting his viewers, gave us two final twists."

Lucy Mangan, The Guardian

"It has all been a retro-rush. Weekly episodes parcelled out like old times. Cliffhangers you talked about next day by the new watercooler, Twitter."

Mike Ward, Daily Express

"Bear in mind the story still has several tantalising loose ends... Not wishing to put pressure on Mercurio, but series two can't come quickly enough."

Bodyguard has also been a major talking point on social media, with many users wondering about obscure story points and dangling plot threads.

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Some also felt the final episode - which went out at 21:00 on BBC One on Sunday - did not live up to what had gone before it.

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Poet Pam Ayres, though, spoke for the majority of viewers after the series came to an end.

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Woman Says Drinking Her Own Urine Every Day Keeps Her Healthy

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How do you start your morning? With a strong black coffee? Milk, two sugars? Maybe with a glass of warm piss? No? Well, that's what Kayleigh Oakley does, and she said she's never felt better.

Kayleigh, 33, says since drinking her own urine her has helped boost her low immune system, give her more energy and left her with clear skin.


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She says that prior to knocking back her wee, she was often left bed-bound for days, but now that's all changed.

"It was almost instant," she said.

"Drinking urine can't harm you and I view it as a medicine. We don't think twice about taking drugs bought over the counter, with side-effects, yet urine has no side-effects and it works really well.

"A lot of expensive skin brands contain urea, which is excreted in urine, so I have also got a really expensive product for free."

Kayleigh says she was just four when doctors diagnosed her with a low immune system as she grew older she continued to struggle with constant tiredness and pain in her muscles. Aged 15 she was told she had Hashimoto's diseases, an autoimmune condition which causes an under-active thyroid.


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And that wasn't the end of her health problems, two years later she was diagnosed with fibromyalgia, which causes pain all over, and chronic fatigue.

After living feeling tired and pain for years, Kayleigh decided on a new regime, which included a raw vegan diet, yoga and drinking urine, and within days she said she felt a lot better.

She said: "I heard that urine can reset the immune system, promote general good health, and is good for the skin.

"It is also an ancient yogic technique, so thought I would give it a go.

"I had an extreme amount of energy, it was amazing."

Adding: "I have never been horrified by the thought of drinking it and my friends and family accept what I do. We are conditioned to think drinking urine is unclean, but it's just a sterile filtration of the blood."

She even uses her pee as a skin treatment.

"Urine works really well to clear your skin up," she added. "If you have any hormonal issues with it. So, I use it as a moisturiser, just putting some on a cotton wool and popping it on my skin before I jump in the shower. It moisturises and helps exfoliate too."

So, every morning, Kayleigh collects some of her mid-flow urine in a glass and drinks it. She gets rid of the first and last parts, as she thinks that it can contain toxins and sediment.

She continued: "We are exposed to so many external environmental toxins, if you have ill-health it's about trying to find a more natural health to improve it.

"Now I need less sleep and wake up naturally at 5am without an alarm. A combination of my diet and yoga practice, as well as drinking urine every day, has helped to cure me."

But, never mind all of that, what does it actually taste like? Well, according to Kayleigh, not that bad.

She said: "It doesn't taste of much. It's a bit salty and you can taste some minerals, but because I have a vegan diet, it isn't strong."

However, not everyone is on board with the idea, Aisling Pigott, a dietician and spokesperson from British Dietetic Association, said: "There is no evidence or advice which would encourage anybody to drink their own urine. The body, in particular the kidneys, does an effective job at removing toxins and excretes urine.

"Therefore, drinking this again is not beneficial, could potentially be harmful and could cause infection."

I reckon I'll stick to black coffee then.

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Jose Mourinho v Frank Lampard: Master against apprentice as Man Utd face Derby

Manchester United host Derby in the Carabao Cup third round, live on Sky Sports on Tuesday night

Jose Mourinho and Frank Lampard face each other on Tuesday

Jose Mourinho and Frank Lampard enjoyed huge success together at Chelsea but they will be in opposite dugouts when Manchester United face Derby in the Carabao Cup, live on Sky Sports on Tuesday night. From then to now, here's the story of their relationship.

The Chelsea glory years

Lampard credits Jose Mourinho for taking his career to the next level after he arrived at Chelsea from Porto in 2004. He was already a key figure for the side, of course, featuring in every one of their Premier League games in the previous season under Claudio Ranieri, but he hit new heights under Mourinho's stewardship.

Lampard was Chelsea's top scorer in the 2004/05 and 2005/06 title-winning seasons and clinched a host of individual accolades, too. In 2005, he won the PFA and FWA Footballer of the Year awards and came second in the Ballon d'Or voting behind Ronaldinho. He later credited Mourinho for instilling him with the self-belief he needed to get to that level.

Frank Lampard and Jose Mourinho enjoyed great success at Chelsea

"He made me believe I was better than I was at the time," he said in 2013. "I thought I was a decent player, but he said to me 'listen, you can really get to the top' and he made me believe it. I tried to take it on and do it. Mourinho was the best, for me. He brought my confidence to a level it had never been."

The admiration was mutual - so much so that Mourinho tried to sign Lampard during his spells in charge of both Inter Milan and Real Madrid. "Everyone knows I was very close to joining Inter," Lampard said in 2010. "But the loss of my mother marked me, I didn't know what to do."

The reunion

In the end, Lampard and Mourinho had to wait until 2013 for their reunion. Chelsea had just come through a turbulent period under Rafael Benitez, and Lampard was delighted to welcome his old boss back to Stamford Bridge.

"It's good to have the manager back," he said. "He's demanding on the training ground, which is the best way to be. He's easy to talk to, off the pitch, lets you know what he wants. He can be light-hearted at times, can be hard when he needs to be - any player, whether you're young or old, enjoys playing under that.

 

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"There's a real freshness about the place at the minute, he's the same man. Obviously, he's a bit more experienced. He knows the club inside out, he knows some of the players already. He has been very good to work with some of the young players that we have got. I have seen the reaction of players in training already - we now need to show that on the pitch."

Lampard was in his prime during Mourinho's first spell at Chelsea but he had just turned 35 at the start of the 2013/14 season and this time it was down to Mourinho to convince him that he would no longer play every game.

Mourinho and Lampard were reunited at Chelsea in 2013

"Frank's intelligent, he's open and he has a very good relationship with me," Mourinho said that summer. "He knows that I'm very experienced and he knows what I did, for example, with Makelele here in the last two years he played. He knows I know how to do it with players of his age, because we have to be clever. Performance is how good you are, not your birth certificate."

Lampard went on to play a reduced role that season, scoring eight goals in 42 appearances in all competitions as Chelsea finished third in the Premier League and missed out on silverware in the cup competitions. It soon became clear that he would not be signing a new contract at Stamford Bridge, but Mourinho predicted he would one day return as the club's manager.

"It's not the end of Frank's career at Chelsea - it's just a little break," he said. "It's the end of his career as a Chelsea player, but he will be back for many, many years because he's one of the most important players in the club's history.

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"You can't imagine how difficult it was for him to leave but at the same time I can feel some happiness about the process because for sure he comes back to Chelsea one day. For sure. Everybody wants it, Mr Abramovich - the No.1, the most important person - wants very much Frank to be back, I want him to be back, the staff want him back, so he comes back for sure."

The managerial inspiration

Mourinho's tone changed after Lampard decided to join Manchester City - "When he decided to go to a direct competitor then the love stories are over," he said after a 1-1 draw between the two sides in September 2014 - but there was no lasting animosity. In fact, Mourinho talked up his close relationship with Lampard when he confirmed his retirement in 2017.

Mourinho and Lampard were reunited at Chelsea in 2013

"Frank's intelligent, he's open and he has a very good relationship with me," Mourinho said that summer. "He knows that I'm very experienced and he knows what I did, for example, with Makelele here in the last two years he played. He knows I know how to do it with players of his age, because we have to be clever. Performance is how good you are, not your birth certificate."

Lampard went on to play a reduced role that season, scoring eight goals in 42 appearances in all competitions as Chelsea finished third in the Premier League and missed out on silverware in the cup competitions. It soon became clear that he would not be signing a new contract at Stamford Bridge, but Mourinho predicted he would one day return as the club's manager.

"It's not the end of Frank's career at Chelsea - it's just a little break," he said. "It's the end of his career as a Chelsea player, but he will be back for many, many years because he's one of the most important players in the club's history.

What's up with Sanchez?

Alexis Sanchez's poor form for Manchester United is becoming a major concern for Jose Mourinho.

"You can't imagine how difficult it was for him to leave but at the same time I can feel some happiness about the process because for sure he comes back to Chelsea one day. For sure. Everybody wants it, Mr Abramovich - the No.1, the most important person - wants very much Frank to be back, I want him to be back, the staff want him back, so he comes back for sure."

The managerial inspiration

Mourinho's tone changed after Lampard decided to join Manchester City - "When he decided to go to a direct competitor then the love stories are over," he said after a 1-1 draw between the two sides in September 2014 - but there was no lasting animosity. In fact, Mourinho talked up his close relationship with Lampard when he confirmed his retirement in 2017.

On a personal level, [he is] a manager that was hugely influential on my career twice, but particularly the first time. I respect him completely for that.

Frank Lampard on Jose Mourinho

"I am really sad," he said. "It's the reality of life but I am really sad. I rate him as one of my best players, one of my best friends in the game. It doesn't matter what he chooses for the rest of his life, he is going to be successful."

By that point, Lampard had already begun taking his coaching badges with a view to moving into management. He even spent time working with Chelsea's youth teams before his appointment by Derby at the end of last season. Just two months into the season, and he is relishing the prospect of facing his former mentor.

Frank Lampard's Derby sit sixth in the Championship

"I'm looking forward to seeing him," he said this week. "On a personal level, [he is] a manager that was hugely influential on my career twice, but particularly the first time. I respect him completely for that. It will be nice to see him and go up against one of his teams. You will find Jose Mourinho players being managers all over the place because he has been so successful in his career."

Mourinho is similarly enthused by the encounter. "I don't think it's strange, it's nice," he said when the draw was made. "My first generation of players at Porto and Chelsea have finished their careers and many of them have become managers. Frank is the first that I'm going to play against and it's not strange at all. He always wanted to be a manager."

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6 Kenyans among 115 people recognised by Facebook globally and set to be awarded $1,250,000.

Business Insider SSA caught up with Pamellah Oduor, one of the Facebook 2018 winners and founder of Let’s Cook Kenyan Meals.

  • After months of waiting, Facebook has announced 100 groups globally which have been chosen for its 2018 Facebook Community Leadership Program, a global initiative that invests in people building communities.
  • Six Kenyan Facebook groups made it to the list, making Kenya the only country in Africa with the highest number of groups chosen.
  • Out of the 100 Facebook fellows, five Kenyans were selected and will be awarded up to $50,000 each for their various community efforts.

Six Kenyans are set to walk away with millions of shillings and effectively become the new millionaires in town after they were recognized and chosen by Facebook to serve as community leaders in residence, fellows, and youth participants.

After months of waiting, Facebook has announced 100 groups globally which have been chosen for its 2018 Facebook Community Leadership Program, a global initiative that invests in people building communities.

Six Kenyan Facebook groups made it to the list, making Kenya the only country in Africa with the highest number of groups chosen.

play Mark Zuckerberg (Medium)

 

There were two categories of winners, community leaders in residence and fellows.

Out of the 115 participants selected, Facebook granted the role of community leaders in residence to five people who will each receive up to $1,000,000 in funding to build communities.

Kenyan entrepreneur, Noah Nasiali, who built a community of 100,000 farmers in Africa through his Facebook group called Africa Farmers Club is the only African who made it to the prestigious list.

play One of the five community leaders in residence selected is Kenyan Noah Nasiali, who built a community of 100,000 farmers in Africa through his Facebook group called Africa Farmers Club. (Facebook Newsroom)

 

Out of the 100 Facebook fellows, five Kenyans were selected and will be awarded up to $50,000 each for their various community efforts.

The five Kenyans are Pamellah Oduor, Let’s Cook Kenyan Meals Founder whose aim is to promote healthy living by cooking healthy homemade meals, Truphosah Monah, founder of Women and Realities of Disability (WARD), a Facegroup  which  seeks to create awareness in Kenya about the lives of disabled women, Caroline Kihusa, founder  of Still A Mum Trust whose aim is to create an Africa where bereaved parents get outstanding support, Felista Wangari, admin at 52-week money challenge, Kenya, a place to share knowledge and ideas on being an entrepreneur, investing and money management and Asha Mweru an admin at #WomenWorkKE!, a group which brings together driven, like-minded Kenyan women with various business and career ambitions.

Also read: 14 Africans set to walk away with $50,000 each after making it into the 2018 Facebook Community Leadership Program

play Kenyan entrepreneur, Noah Nasiali. (Facebook)

 

Business Insider SSA caught up with Pamellah Oduor, one of the Facebook 2018 winners to get a glimpse of behind the scenes action of how the she came to be the winner and millionaire all while sitting down and clicking away.

“I am extremely excited and humbled, how many billions of people are in Facebook (lets out a celebratory laugh) we are many so the fact that you can be recognized by Facebook and even go to their head office and have a sit down with the owners it is a very nice recognition  and I am extremely happy,” She said.

While Pamellah is over the moon now and can afford to rest easy, the process was not a walk in the park and she had to go through a meticulous process each one harder than the last one. Facebook announced the launch of the program early this year and then called for applications from all over the world.

play Pamellah Oduor, Let’s Cook Kenyan Meals Founder whose aim is to promote healthy living by cooking healthy homemade meals. (courtesy)

 

Over 6,000 people applied for the program and after a laborious scrutiny, Facebook employees and external community experts selected the 100 community leaders

“First we had to apply, after applying we were notified by Facebook that we had been shortlisted and then we had to go through another series of interviews where you send a short Video showing what your group is all about and what you do with your group etc. after that there was vetting whereby you had to go through all relevant authorities for background and security checks and get clearance from Criminal Investigations Department to make sure you had good conduct,” Pamellah explained.

That was not all however; Pamellah then had to undergo a lifestyle audit too to ensure that she was running her group in an honest and legal manner.

There were auditors who were involved who were supposed to confirm your lifestyle, that is go back and collaborate what you had stated you were doing to earn a living in your application was indeed true, since they didn’t want someone whom they could not tell where they were getting their source of funds and financial activities,”

play Truphosah Monah, founder of Women and Realities of Disability (WARD), a Facegroup  which  seeks to create awareness in Kenya about the lives of disabled women. (Facebook)

 

For months Facebook officials covertly checked group activities by joining the groups and within the safety of their offices quietly observe how group admins were running the group, how they were shaping discussions to how they handed members who had violated the group’s policy.

Months later after gathering enough data they would then either advice the admins to apply for the program or simply post the information on the group.

play Felista Wangari, admin at 52-week money challenge, Kenya, a place to share knowledge and ideas on being an entrepreneur, investing and money management. (Potentash)

 

After a rigorous and extensive monitoring backed by online and offline activities, Facebook was convinced Let’s Cook Kenyans Meals indeed met the par and had even exceeded their expectations.

One of the main criteria used to select the 100 global groups was checking the impact the group was having in the society, online and offline.

 “it was mainly about how much impact you are creating in a society and how focus a group towards its theme if for instance you are the admin of 52-week money challenge are you actually getting Kenyans to save, if you are the admin of Let’s cook Kenyans meals are you actually getting Kenyans to cook homemade meals?  And apart from cooking what other thing are you doing to positively impact the society, that was what Facebook was considering in their search for  the 2018 Facebook Community Leadership Program,” Pamellah divulged.

play Caroline Kihusa, founder  of Still A Mum Trust whose aim is to create an Africa where bereaved parents get outstanding support. (Mummy Tales)

 

Over the years Let’s cook Kenyan meals Facebook group while at the heart of it has stayed true to its cause that is promoting healthy lifestyle by eating healthy foods, the group has also evolved to undertaking  a number of charitable activities from coming to the aid of Kenyans whenever a tragedy occurs such as Garissa Terrorist Attack, Flooding at Reuben Kwa Njenga Slums, Huruma Building Collapse, Kilifi Drought, Fire at Langata Kijiji and more recently advocating for the rights and dignity of the boy child, all which played to Facebook’s heart of what a community ought to be online and offline.

“They have been following very closely what we have been doing over the past years, I remember when there was flooding in South C estate  in Nairobi some time back we marshaled our members and raised the issue until it was given airtime on Citizen TV, so they were just checking the impact groups and communities have in societies”

play #WomenWorkKE!, a group which brings together driven, like-minded Kenyan women with various business and career ambitions. (Facebook)

 

Having been recognized as one of Facebook’s 2018 Community Leadership Program leaders, Pamellah is determined to fly the Kenyan flag high on the international stage.

“I am sure it will open doors for me because I am going to meet other people there, get a chance to sample other cuisines from different parts of the world but more importantly market and popularize Kenyan dishes abroad  so I am very delighted,”  Said Pamellah.

She will be flying out of the country on 7th October to attend the 2018 Community Leadership Program summit at Facebook Head Office at Menlo Park, California to be held from 9th – 12th October 2018.

https://www.pulse.com.gh/bi/tech/5-kenyans-set-to-be-awarded-sh5-million-each-by-facebook-id8897774.html

Albert Ulebe Posted on September 25, 2018 08:26

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Judge Judy on Brett Kavanaugh confirmation: 'They're supposed to listen to evidence'

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Judge Judy explained her thoughts on the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearings.  (AP)

As the country continues to follow the careening drama of Brett Kavanaugh’s contentious confirmation to the Supreme Court, one of America’s most popular judges, Judge Judy Sheindlin, is weighing in on the matter.

TMZ caught up with the 75-year-old TV personality in Beverly Hills, where its photographer asked for her thoughts on the situation.

As previously reported, President Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court was nearing a key vote from the Senate Judiciary Committee when Christine Blasey Ford came forward with allegations saying he forced himself on her during a party in the early 1980s. Kavanaugh has strongly denied the accusations.

'There’s always the hope that reasoned people will listen to both sides of an argument'

- Judge Judy

Ford has agreed to testify, as has Kavanaugh, and Judge Judy seems to think that’s the best thing for the wheels of justice to keep spinning.

“One hopes that people wait and don’t rush to judgement and listen to both sides of an argument before they make a decision,” Sheindlin said. “That’s what’s supposed to happen in a fair judicial process.”

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Trump says Kavanaugh allegations are 'unfounded'

She continued: “There’s always the hope that reasoned people will listen to both sides of an argument before they make a judgment call. That’s what people are supposed to do. They’re not supposed to rush to judgment on either side. They’re supposed to listen to evidence and then make a judgment. And if that doesn’t happen, then the end result is not fair.”

However, the popular judge stopped short of saying whether or not she thought either Kavanaugh or Ford are getting a fair deal from Democrats and Republicans.

President Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court was nearing a key vote from the Senate Judiciary Committee when Christine Blasey Ford came forward with allegations saying he forced himself on her during a party in the early 1980s.  (Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

On Monday, another accuser came forward in an article co-authored by Pulitzer Prize winner Ronan Farrow and Jane Mayer from The New Yorker, in which Debbie Ramirez claims Kavanaugh exposed himself to her while they were students at Yale University.

President Trump has voiced his support of his nominee.

“I am with Judge Kavanaugh,” Trump declared. “For people to come out of the woodwork from thirty-six years ago, and thirty years ago, and never mentioned it, all of a sudden it happened … totally political.”

http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2018/09/24/judge-judy-on-brett-kavanaugh-confirmation-theyre-supposed-to-listen-to-evidence.html

kabby Posted on September 25, 2018 08:05

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Celine Dion announced she's ending Las Vegas residency after eight years

By Antoinette Bueno‍ | ET Online

Celine Dion, pictured here in 2017, announced on Monday that she's ending her Las Vegas residency after eight years.  (Reuters)

It's the end of an era.

On Monday, Celine Dion announced she's ending her Las Vegas residency at Caesars Palace after eight years. Her last show will be on June 8, 2019.

"I definitely have mixed emotions about this final run," Dion said in a statement posted on Facebook. "Las Vegas has become my home and performing at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace has been a big part of my life for the past two decades. It's been an amazing experience and I'm so grateful to all the fans who have come to see us throughout the years. Every show we do at the Colosseum throughout this fall, and right up until the final one, will feel very special."

Katy Perry Hangs Out With Celine Dion Backstage And Couldn't Be More Excited About It -- Pic!

An exclusive Team Celine pre-sale for the final shows (Feb. 26 to June 8) will start on Tuesday, Sept. 25 at 10 a.m. PT, before the public on-sale date of Friday, Sept. 28 at 10 a.m. PT.

In May, the 50-year-old singer triumphantly returned to her residency after canceling three weeks of shows in late March to undergo and recover from ear surgery. Dion was at the top of her game, and shared how excited she was to be performing again.

See Celine Dion Slay in Red Plaid Dress and OTK Boots as the Reigning Queen of Fashion Lewks

“You know, it’s been a while since we’ve done a show. I had a little health issue -- don’t we all,” Dion told the audience at the time. “But I have to tell you, I’m extremely happy to be back. The stage is kind of my home away from home and I have to admit I can barely stand on my feet tonight as I am a little bit nervous.”

Celine Dion Looks Nearly Unrecognizable With Her New Fringe Hairstyle

“It doesn’t matter how long you’ve done a show. Every time you do a show you get nervous and I do have butterflies tonight," she continued. “You wonder, 'Will the people still come? Are they gonna say, 'What if she cancels tonight?' Will they stay home?' I don’t take anything for granted. You can see so many shows in Vegas and I’m so very grateful.”

http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2018/09/24/celine-dion-announced-shes-ending-las-vegas-residency-after-eight-years.html

kabby Posted on September 25, 2018 08:03

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'Big Bang Theory' star Kaley Cuoco says she would stick with the show for 20 years, is willing to do a spinoff

By Tyler McCarthy | Fox News

Kaley Cuoco arrives at the 22nd Annual Critics' Choice Awards in Santa Monica, California, U.S., December 11, 2016.  (Reuters)

“The Big Bang Theory” actress Kaley Cuoco was as surprised as the rest of the world to find out that Season 12 will be the long-running comedy’s last. However, that doesn’t mean she’s fully ready to hang up her character, Penny, for good.

Speaking to Extra, the star echoed previous statements that the news of the cancellation was very sad for her and the rest of the cast and crew to process.

“It’s broken my heart,” she confessed to the outlet. “I am so sad that it’s ending. For the record, I would have done 20 more years.”

The star went on to note that both she and the rest of the cast were moved to tears by the news, saying that most of them thought that they were the victims of some elaborate prank.

“I think we were all hoping for a giant ‘bazinga!’” she joked, invoking one of the sitcom’s catchphrases.

However, for fans that are sad about the end of “The Big Bang Theory,” Cuoco gave them a shred of hope that they haven’t heard the last of the intrepid gang of nerds. Rumors have swirled for a while that co-creator, writer and producer Chuck Lorre may be eyeing a potential spinoff a la “Frasier” and “Joey.”

While Cuoco admitted that she hadn’t heard anything about a potential spinoff with her character, she made sure to let it be known that she would be on board if offered.

“If he called me and said ‘let’s do something’ tomorrow, I would.”  

According to E! News, Cuoco’s immediate plans following the end of Season 12 are simply to enjoy married life. The actress wed Karl Cook in July and the two have been enjoying being newlyweds ever since. She also noted that she’d like to take on some larger projects with her production company, where she’s started to dip her toe into the waters of producing.

In other words, it seems that she’ll have a lot of time on her hands that could easily be filled with a spinoff, should Lorre, CBS or someone else with the power decide to push forward with one.

http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2018/09/24/big-bang-theory-star-kaley-cuoco-says-would-stick-with-show-for-20-years-is-willing-to-do-spinoff.html

kabby Posted on September 25, 2018 08:01

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Newly engaged runner stabbed to death in DC to be buried in wedding dress

By Amy Lieu | Fox News

A photo of Wendy Karina Martinez. Police say Martinez, an avid runner who was killed in a residential neighborhood in the nation's capital after recently getting engaged, was likely a random target.  (Martinez family via AP)

A recently engaged runner who was brutally stabbed to death last week will be buried in the dress that she was set to wear at her wedding in two months, her mother said.

“When I saw my daughter … trying out her dress, I never imagined she was buying the dress for her burial,” Cora Martinez told WRC-TV.

Martinez was stabbed six times in the head and neck, and once in the back Tuesday while running near her apartment in a residential neighborhood in Washington, D.C. Police said she stumbled into a takeout restaurant, where customers attempted to save her life. She died at a hospital.

“She understood that she had to fight and she got up and she ran into this restaurant and she asked for help, so that makes us so proud she had the energy, the strength and the audacity to fight,” her mother told WRC-TV. 

Police have charged Anthony Marquell Crawford, 23, with first-degree murder in her death.

Crawford approached detectives the next day and said officers were accusing him of stabbing a "little girl," according to records, WTOP-FM reported. Officers hadn't mentioned the slaying, records said. 

Police have called the crime an apparently random attack and have not found a motive, the report said. 

Crawford has a history of paranoia and drug use, records said. 

Martinez's mother said she forgives Crawford, according to the reports. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2018/09/25/newly-engaged-runner-stabbed-to-death-in-dc-to-be-buried-in-wedding-dress.html

kabby Posted on September 25, 2018 07:51

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Letter from Africa: Why I was sentenced to 5,000 years in jail

In our series of letters from African writers, Rodney D Sieh, editor of Liberia's FrontPageAfrica, reflects on what his career says about the state of journalism in West Africa.

My claim to infamy was being sentenced to 5,000 years in prison for failing to pay libel damages of $1.6m (£1.2m) won by a former minister who sued my paper after we published the findings of a government audit.

It had found that funds worth $6m intended to combat an army-worm epidemic were unaccounted for.

I served four months in 2013 in the notorious Monrovia Central Prison, where I was thrown into a cell with murderers, armed robbers and petty criminals.

The prison, built in the capital city to hold 200 prisoners, has more than 1,000 inmates. Nearly half of them have been detained without trial.

Over the years, it has built a reputation as a haven for hard-core criminals and where critics of government are sent to be taught a lesson.

Image copyright Greg Stemm

Image caption Rodney Sieh was freed after four months following an international outcry

I remember the head of the facility trying to convince me to give the menu of the day a try: a plate of beans and rice with no meat or fish - and maggots squirming around the cart on which the food was stacked.

It took the might of an international outcry, massive protests from supporters and sympathisers and an op-ed in the New York Times to force the government of then-President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to get me out of prison.

Young boys and rifles

My ordeal is just one example of the difficulties journalists face on a continent often dominated by an elite uncomfortable with criticism.

Just look at what has happened over the past few decades: scores of my colleagues have been killed, maimed and persecuted; newspapers have been shut down and fear permeates our work environment. Others live in exile, disconnected from their families.

As a youngster growing up in Monrovia's hard-knock neighbourhood of Broad Street Snapper Hill, I saw a lot of events unfold.

Whether it was the rice riots of 1979, or the bloody coup one year later that brought Master Sergeant Samuel Kanyon Doe to power, images of violence defined my adolescence.

This backdrop was just one of the motivations that helped to prepare me for life as a journalist.

What happened in Liberia's civil war?

Image copyright Getty Images

1989: Charles Taylor starts rebellion against President Samuel Doe

1990: Doe horrifically killed by rebels

1997: Civil war ends after death of some 250,000 people. Taylor elected president

2012: Taylor convicted of war crimes in neighbouring Sierra Leone

My late grand-uncle Albert Porte was a pioneering pamphleteer, crusader and journalist who is famously remembered for standing up to a corrupt system and engaging in a now historical series of letter exchanges with late President William VS Tubman - taking him to task for purchasing a personal yacht at a time when many were struggling to feed themselves.

When Charles Taylor started his rebellion on the eve of Christmas in 1989, I watched as friends, families and loved ones I grew up and went to school with died like flies around me.

I saw young boys holding rifles bigger than themselves and streams of families carrying what they could as they fled their homes. Some of our neighbours who stayed behind to protect their homes and belongings lost their lives - killed for either belonging to the wrong ethnic group or simply because they were in the wrong place at the wrong time.

The following year, not long after Doe was captured and killed by rebels, I joined my uncle Kenneth Best in The Gambia, where he had started the Daily Observer newspaper.

Image copyright AFP

Image caption Yahya Jammeh was intolerant to criticism when he led The Gambia

In 1994, when Yahya Jammeh seized power in The Gambia as a 29-year-old army lieutenant, everything again came crashing down.

Now a working journalist, I did manage to score the first interview with Mr Jammeh, in which he brushed off comparisons to Doe and pledged that there will be no dictatorship in The Gambia.

He went on of course to rule for 22 years until his fall at the ballot box, going into exile in January 2017 after regional troops made his attempt to hold on to power untenable.

Not long after the 1994 coup, I watched as Mr Jammeh deported my uncle following a controversial interview with the New York Times. Later, I too became a target and had to go into hiding before fleeing to the UK and then the US, where I honed my skills working for several newspapers before starting the online FrontPageAfrica.

Tackling the FMG taboo

I soon realised that my country needed me back home.

With the war over and the holding of a successful election in 2005 that brought Ms Sirleaf to power, I returned to Liberia in 2007 to launch the print edition of FrontPageAfrica.

It appears that many of those who had been held to account by our work saw my return home as an opportunity to take revenge. I survived arson attempts on my newspaper's office and a slew of lawsuits followed, two of them landing me in jail.

Image copyright Getty Images

Image caption Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, in power for 12 years, outlawed FGM on her final day in office

Running a daily newspaper comes with great risks, even when it comes to reporting issues such as female genital mutilation (FGM), prostitution, and human rights.

Mae Azango, one of our fiercest journalists, best known for her reporting on FGM, went undercover in 2010 to expose the traditional practice, which is often conducted in secret on young girls.

FGM is now been banned in Liberia - outlawed by Ms Sirleaf on her last day in office in January.

Azango, and another female reporter, also braved the night to shadow prostitutes, who shared their ordeals about the dangers that come with giving up their bodies for as little as five Liberian dollars ($0.03, £0.02) a time.

'I refuse to back down'

The challenges of bringing these stories to light are enormous. Reporters take risks for little pay as newspaper owners struggle to pay staff and keep the generator running because of an unstable electricity supply.

Image copyright AFP

Image caption Papers often rely on advertising for their revenue - and the government is the biggest advertiser

Advertising is the biggest revenue earner, but the government is often the largest advertiser - and can boycott outlets at whim.

Over the years, I have worked under several West African regimes, so I know first-hand how authoritarian leaders bully and undermine the media.

Had I succumbed, I would by now have been among the hundreds of journalists in the forgotten pages of the Committee to Protect Journalists' annual press report.

Had I backed down, perhaps I would still be serving a 5,000-year jail sentence for criminal libel, a law I intend to fight for as long as I live.

I have come this far because I refuse to back down and I refuse to give in.

Rodney D Sieh is the author of of the forthcoming book Journalist on Trial - Fighting Corruption, Media Muzzling and a 5,000-Year Prison Sentence in Liberia

 

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-45607713

kabby Posted on September 25, 2018 07:49

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Dallas officer fired for killing innocent man in his own apartment.

A Dallas police officer who fatally shot a black man inside his own flat, saying she confused it for her own home, has been fired.

Amber Guyger "engaged in adverse conduct when she was arrested for manslaughter", police said in a press release on Monday.

Botham Shem Jean died on 6 September, after Ms Guyger entered his home in the building where they both lived.

Ms Guyger, 30, is currently out on bail, pending a criminal trial.

Officer charged over 'wrong flat' killing

Police 'trying to smear' shooting victim

Dallas Police Chief U Renee Hall terminated her employment during a hearing on Monday, police said, adding that she has the right to appeal.

She had been on administrative leave, as activists called for her immediate firing.

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Court records show Ms Guyger had just finished a 15-hour shift when she parked in the wrong garage before making what was apparently a tragic error.

Ms Guyger entered the apartment after finding the door ajar, and saw Mr Jean, 26, in the darkness as a "large silhouette", according to the arrest warrant affidavit.

She said she gave verbal commands that he ignored, so she fired her weapon.

The arrest warrant affidavit, written by the Texas Rangers, differs slightly from the search warrant affidavit by Dallas police, local media report.

The search warrant statement says Mr Jean "confronted the officer at the door".

Neither document specifically states how close Ms Guyger was to Mr Jean when she shot him.

Police have been criticised for not immediately identifying the officer that killed Mr Jean, whom the Dallas mayor called a "model citizen".

After revealing that they had found marijuana at his home, a lawyer for his family accused the police force of trying to "smear" his reputation.

S Lee Merritt, a lawyer for the Jean family, told reporters on Monday that they viewed Ms Guyger's firing as a "victory", the New York Times reported.

Mr Jean grew up on the Caribbean island of St Lucia and went on to work for the professional services giant PricewaterhouseCoopers.

A state funeral for Mr Jean was planned for Monday in St Lucia.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-45632941

Albert Ulebe Posted on September 24, 2018 20:26

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Green Energy Bitcoin Mining Will Have ‘Insignificant Environmental Impact’

As the Bitcoin network grows, so too does the concern around its environmental impact, and with good reason. Bitcoin consumes more electricity than the entire island of Ireland, and that power consumption is set to steadily rise in the coming years. Beyond the electricity required to run the network, there are the materials required to make ASIC miners and GPUs as well as air conditioning, etc.

 

So what does this mean for planet Earth? Is Bitcoin a godsend or an environmental disaster?

 

 

 

The person with all the answers is Hass McCook, a civil engineer as well as a Bitcoin researcher and advocate who has done the deepest investigation into Bitcoin’s energy requirements that’s ever been carried out. His recent 39-page report which was continued from his 2014 research which revealed the following findings:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

McCook’s new 39-page report is a thorough exploration of the subject matter with updated info. He also has a ten-part Youtube series  explaining his findings.

 

McCook spoke to CCN about the environmental impact of Bitcoin and the future of money.

 

What led you to become interested in the environmental impact of Bitcoin? Would you describe yourself as an environmentalist?

 

What got me interested in my original career in Civil Engineering, was that I naively believed that physical infrastructure was the key to delivering economic justice and empowerment to the “bottom of the pyramid”.

 

From basic water and sanitary needs, all the way to highways, airports, and railroads – the Civil Engineer contributes towards keeping us civilized and surviving. But infrastructure comes at an environmental cost. Of which I know quite well through professional experience and study. Now for the part about Bitcoin! I believe that it is the only form of infrastructure, physical or digital, that matters in the fight for global economic freedom and fairness.

 

 

 

You’re one of the few Bitcoin maximalists who openly acknowledges that while fiat is very harmful to the environment, Bitcoin is problematic as well, and your investigation into Bitcoin’s energy use is the most comprehensive one there is. In your opinion, is there room for both fiat and Bitcoin in the future, or does something have to give?

 

In my opinion regarding room for two, in the short term, i.e., the next 10 to 15 years, yes. In the long term, 25 to 50 years, no. The market will decide either way – but I’d say that there would only be room for Bitcoin around the end of this century.

 

How would you describe the results of your findings briefly to our readers?

 

To dangerously explain by analogy – I’ll express things in infrastructure asset analogy. It was the lens I first took when trying to understand Bitcoin as a beginner. To analyse the impact of a highway for example, we first must understand the design, construction and operation of the highway. In Bitcoin’s case, you need to understand Bitcoin mining economics, and the construction and operation of all of the ASIC units that power The Blockchain. From there, it’s simple to get the numbers on costs and impacts.

 

The summary is that Bitcoin mining uses a LOT of energy (power). That said, its environmental impact is 100% attached to the “green performance” (or lack thereof) of the global energy grid. If the global grid isn’t almost emission-free by 2050, the renewable energy industry should be ashamed at the lack of their market success. But if the grid is emissions-free, Bitcoin will have insignificant environmental impact.

 

I also compared Bitcoin and Gold Mining’s environmental impacts – and the results were ugly for Gold. After seeing the data, no true environmentalist should be happy to support the jewellery industry any longer. Over 40% of the overall damage done by gold is done for gold jewellery alone. This is also all before we get into the impact of mining other precious metals.

 

 

 

What measures can and should be put in place to lower the negative impact of Bitcoin in terms of energy consumption?

 

Placing measures on Bitcoin is like trying to herd cats. Things will flow naturally based on market incentives and the rules of the game. The energy consumption issue will never be solved, nor do we want it to be, as Proof of Work and the monetization of Energy is fundamental to Bitcoin. The problem is emissions and environmental impacts of the power plants that power the manufacture and operation of the mining hardware.

 

What are your thoughts on proof of stake alternatives?

 

For me, “If it’s not Proof of Work, it isn’t money.” I do envisage many good uses for proof of stake in the form of 2nd layer solutions or utility tokens though.

 

What does Bitcoin and Bitcoin maximalism mean to you?

 

Everything. Enough meaning to do dozens and dozens of stories. I believe that physical civil (roads, rail, sanitation, fibre and communications networks, etc.) and digital (Internet, Bitcoin) infrastructure are the only things that will stop the rot of inequality – which is predominantly a side-effect of the root-cause problem; the “printing” of money.

https://www.ccn.com/green-energy-bitcoin-mining-will-have-insignificant-environmental-impact/

Albert Ulebe Posted on September 24, 2018 20:16

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Vitalik Says Ethereum Can Scale to 500 tx/s Using Zcash Technology.

Ethereum co-creator Vitalik Buterin has a plan to scale the Ethereum network to accommodate a ~3,200 percent increase in transactions without the use of second-layer technologies such as Plasma.

 

Buterin: ZK-SNARKS Could Help ETH Scale to 500 tx/s

Writing on an ETH research forum in a post originally published on Saturday, Buterin said that Ethereum can borrow a technological innovation from privacy-centric cryptocurrency Zcash to “mass-validate” ETH transactions.

 

That technology, ZK-SNARKS, allows relaying nodes to “verify the correctness of computations without having to execute them” or “learn what was executed,” per a post on the Ethereum Foundation blog. Buterin elaborates that relayers can batch transactions together and then publish a ZK-SNARK to prove their validity, greatly compressing the amount of data stored in the blockchain while keeping all transactions on-chain.

 

He wrote:

 

“There are two classes of user: (i) transactor, and (ii) relayer. A relayer takes a set of operations from transactors, and combines them all into a transaction and makes a ZK-SNARK to prove the validity, and publishes the ZK-SNARK and the transaction data in a highly compressed form to the blockchain. A relayer gets rewarded for this by transaction fees from transactors.”

 

Buterin estimates that the integration and adoption of ZK-SNARKS could allow Ethereum to process a maximum of around 500 transactions per second, up from the current cap of approximately 15. That not only represents a 3,200 percent increase in network capacity but also accomplishes this feat apart from Plasma and other second-layer scaling solutions that increase network capacity by moving the majority of transactions off the main blockchain while retaining its security. If used in tandem with second-layer technologies following their eventual launch, the scaling improvement would be even more pronounced.

 

ETH Must Scale to Make dApps Mainstream

 

CryptoKitties contributed to ETH network congestion last December when its daily user base peaked above 14,000.

Such scaling improvements are crucial if Ethereum hopes to achieve mass adoption. As CCN recently reported, decentralized applications (dApps) that run on Ethereum have struggled to achieve widespread adoption, and only a few projects (mostly decentralized exchanges) have more than 500 daily users.

 

If one or more dApps does build a large user base, it would rapidly clog the Ethereum blockchain and send gas fees soaring. This already happened last December, shortly after the launch of CryptoKitties. At its peak, the dApp had around 14,000 daily users, a minuscule number compared to traditional web applications but enough to visibly disrupt  the ability of users to transact on the Ethereum network. One startup even postponed its initial coin offering (ICO), citing CryptoKitties-linked congestion.

 

 

 

Buterin isn’t the first developer to suggest that adapting Zcash-based technology to Ethereum could make the latter’s protocol more robust. In early 2017, CCN reported that a group consisting of researchers from both organizations had launched “Project Alchemy,” an initiative to add zero-knowledge proofs to Ethereum to help anonymize the protocol, with a particular eye toward ensuring that smart contract applications such as electronic voting can be executed transparently without sacrificing user privacy. Previously, the group had teased plans to build a decentralized cryptocurrency exchange (DEX) that would allow transactions between the two blockchains.

https://www.ccn.com/vitalik-says-ethereum-can-scale-to-500-tx-s-using-zcash-technology/

Albert Ulebe Posted on September 24, 2018 20:08

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1 in 3 Londoners Plan to Invest in Crypto, Twice the National Average: Survey.

A recent  survey reveals that 30% of Londoners plan to invest in cryptocurrencies, over twice as much as the national average of 13%.

 

The survey was carried out by Atomik on behalf of Rathbone Investment Management and had a sample size of 1503 adults throughout the UK.

 

 

 

Rathbone IM investment director Robert Hughes-Penney attributed the increased public awareness and the 2017 bull run to the sudden interest:

 

“Lucrative returns made by the early adopters of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies have been widely publicised. These early investors have been followed by others looking to make similar gains.”

 

The survey found that 37% of adults under 35 were interested in investing in digital assets, while only 4% of people over 45 would consider making an investment. While digital assets are obviously very popular among London investors, more people had money saved in traditional investments like savings accounts or stocks and shares. It also found that one in eight cryptocurrency investors in London in the capital attribute their current wealth to digital currencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum compared to just four percent in other parts of the UK.

 

He added:

 

“These figures suggest there are a number of investors in London with shorter investment goals who have been more susceptible to the so-called bitcoin craze, while outside of the capital investors have mostly stayed clear of what is a high-risk asset class.”

 

A June survey also revealed that a quarter of UK millennials prefer Bitcoin to real estate investment, viewing the digital asset as a more promising opportunity than purchasing physical property, with a clear preference for Bitcoin over stocks, government bonds, and gold demonstrated in a separate survey by Blockchain Capital this year as well.

 

As citizens of an international hub of fintech and finance, it’s promising to see Londoners show such firm support for cryptocurrency investment. The city itself is home to many crypto projects and firms, with TransferGo  remittance service recently opening crypto trading in response to strong demand for digital assets and East London launching its own cryptocurrency called the Local Pound to encourage spending in local businesses – meanwhile, CoinBase recently enabling British Pounds as a payment option on the platform to make the purchase of cryptocurrencies easier and cheaper for UK customers.

 

 

 

A July survey by securities trading platform SharesPost found that 72% of cryptocurrency investors plan to buy more cryptocurrency this year with the majority expecting mass adoption by 2025. 66% of investors also expect prices to rise in the coming year.

https://www.ccn.com/1-in-3-londoners-plan-to-invest-in-crypto-twice-the-national-average-survey/

Albert Ulebe Posted on September 24, 2018 20:05

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