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Amy Jackson has given birth to a baby boy named Andreas as she shares sweet breastfeeding picture with fiancé George Panayiotou by her side

Amy Jackson has given birth to a baby boy, named Andreas.

The actress took to Instagram on Monday morning to reveal her happy news with a heartwarming photograph of herself lying in a hospital bed breastfeeding her newborn, while being kissed on the head by her fiancé George Panayiotou.

The Supergirl star, 27, appeared overwhelmed with happiness as she closed her eyes and smiled with joy, captioning the snap: 'Our Angel, welcome to the world Andreas.'  

Soon the comments section of her Instagram was flooded with well-wishes from fellow celebrities.

'Congrats girl!' wrote Made In Chelsea star Louise Thompson, while Kimberley Garner added 'Congratulations' alongside many heart emojis. 

Rochelle Humes gushed: 'Congratulations beauty,' with Millie Mackintosh simply posting love hearts. 

Amy had revealed she was expecting a baby boy with a sweet gender reveal video on social media at the end of last month. 

The actress shared the moment she found out that she was having a boy by posting a video of her extravagant baby shower on her Twitter page. 

Amy looked stunning at the special event, as she wowed in a pale blue form-fitting dress with decorated jewelled off-the-shoulder sleeves. 

After the day, Amy posted a snap of herself wearing the stunning ensemble as she posed in front of an array of heavily-decorated tables, flower arrangements and a balloon wall. 

She posted alongside the image: 'The most beautiful afternoon celebrating my Baby Boy with best friends and Family. He’s one lucky boy to have so many amazing women in his life. Feeling very blessed.'

Amy also shared a clip of the moment her baby's gender was revealed, as blue confetti began to fill the room at her baby shower. 

Amy first announced that she was set to welcome her first baby in a candid Instagram post on Mother's Day.  

Taking to the social media platform Amy wrote: 'I’ve been waiting to shout it from the roof tops, and today, being Mother’s Day, it couldn’t be a more perfect time.

'I already love you more than anything in this world, the purest most honest love. We can’t wait to meet you our little Libra one.'

The beauty queen confirmed her engagement to the son of British business tycoon Andreas Panayiotou on January 1.

The couple are believed to have embarked on a romance last year, with their love going from strength to strength ever since.

Just a few months prior to her epic love story, the Liverpudlian actress declared a romantic relationship was not her main focus in an interview with You Magazine.

She previously told the magazine: 'The good things in my life are family and my work. The other stuff – relationships – I can stop worrying about because right now it is not meant to be. ' 

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-7494221/Our-Angel-Amy-Jackson-gives-birth-baby-boy-Andreas-fianc-George-Panayiotou.html

stella Posted on September 23, 2019 18:02

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Michael Jackson’s secret girlfriend convinced she could have saved star but he died

Speaking ahead of the 10th anniversary of the King of Pop’s death, Shana Mangatal revealed how she was due to visit the singer on Friday June 26th, 2009 where she was going to plead with him to get help for his prescription drug problems and other issues.

Tragically, Shana’s planned meeting never took place as Jacko died from an overdose of propofol - a powerful anesthetic drug - at his home in Los Angeles one day before - on June 25th.

The shock of his death led Shana, now 48, to be diagnosed with PTSD - and she says even 10 years on she still lives with regret at not reaching out to him sooner. 

In an exclusive interview, she told Sun Online: “It was a huge shock because I was supposed to go see him that week at rehearsal.

“That whole week I was preparing to see him. I'd gone to the mall to find an outfit to wear.

"And I was trying to think of what to say to him because a couple of the people who were close to him had been calling me frantically, telling me that he was in trouble and he needed help.

“One of the people was his nanny and she called me crying one day and begged me to go to rehearsal to go see him and tell him that I was here for him if he needed anything and offer to help with the children. 

“She really wanted me to go there and offer my help to him because she knew that he needed it but I couldn't think of what to say to him.

“It was going to be hard for me to go to rehearsal and bring this up so I had been procrastinating all week.

"I could've gone any day that week but I thought I'll just go on Friday and that will give me time to find the perfect outfit to wear and figure out what to say.

“I thought I'd write a letter and I was trying to formulate the words to give to him on Friday - and Friday never came.

“He passed away on Thursday, June 25th.”

Shana first met Jackson aged 17 after one of his shows, but said she didn't develop a "love connection" until she began working as a receptionist at his management company in Hollywood in her 20s.

After months of flirting, the couple shared a passionate kiss - but Shana was left heartbroken when Jackson married Lisa Marie Presley in 1994.

After his divorce from Lisa - the pair rekindled their passion during the summer of 1996 and Shana fell "madly in love".

They remained friends even after their relationship ended - although Shana says she never stopped loving him - and no man has ever compared to him since.

She says his death devastated her so much - she couldn’t hear his music or watch his videos for years without breaking down. 

“It was devastating for years after I kept thinking, ‘What if I had gone to see him on Wednesday? Would that have changed anything?" she said.

“Could I have somehow changed the state of mind to make him be able to stay around a little longer? I don't know. 

“I guess we can never know, but part of the thing that haunted me all of these years was that I had an opportunity to see him at least one last time and to possibly help him and I put it off by procrastinating and I never did."

She added: “I’m not God. I couldn't have saved him probably but you can't help but think what would have happened differently if I had just seen him in that week? 

“Maybe something would have changed. And those events of the  final month, they keep replaying in my mind. I think it's hard to stop those thoughts.”

Shana revealed how she and many of those in Jackson’s inner circle were worried about the impact his prescription drug problem was having on his health even in the nineties. 

She believes the star began to misuse the drugs to deal with the aftermath of the accusations by Jordy Chandler - the first young boy to come forward and accuse the singer of molesting him.  

She said everyone around him knew the signs of his drug abuse - and knew that he needed help in the weeks before his death.

"In 2009, it had got to a bad point again. And the fact that he had children now, it was even more dire because, he needed someone to help them. And he really didn't have anybody.

Shana still wishes Jackson had a competent medical team around him during his last days - who could have helped him get off the strong sedative drugs he was reliant on - or at least administered them safely.

Jackson’s death was recorded as acute propofol and benzodiazepine intoxication and the doctor who administered the drugs Conrad Murray was jailed for involuntary manslaughter after it emerged he was negligent.

“He had started taking propofol during the late nineties during the History tour," Shana revealed.

“It was difficult for him to sleep because whenever he did a show, he would have all this adrenaline and then he'd come back to the hotel room and he would be bouncing off the walls and not able to sleep.

“All those other times he had competent doctors administering it to him and they would stay with him through the night and monitor him, which is what you are you are supposed to do. And Conrad Murray didn't do that.

“He went off and talked on the phone and when he came back Michael was dead. 

“If he had had a competent doctor doing this, he would okay - like he had been in the years before.

“Of course it wasn't a healthy thing for him to do in the first place but he could have got some help with that."

Now 10 years on, Shana says it’s only in the last few years she’s been able to share her memories of Michael without getting upset. 

She said her fondest memories of Michael were when she starred alongside him in the videos for Ghost and Is This Scary. 

“What a lot of people don’t know about Michael is that he was just a really normal guy," she recalled.

"For example his favourite thing to eat was Tic Tacs and Bazooka bubble gum - he always had like a pocket full of Tic Tacs and his mouth filled with three or four lots of bubble gum.

“When we were on the set, if we were standing around and got bored, he would start throwing the Tic Tacs at people.

“They would be looking around wondering where are the Tic Tacs coming from and it would be Michael throwing them - he was a funny guy.

“Once I asked him for one and he said, ‘Yeah, you can have one if you reach in my pocket and get it'. So that became our thing - every day I would reach in his pocket and get a tic tac.

“One of the other things that showed me how human he was when his mom would come to the set of the videos that we did.

“I noticed Michael would have this nervous energy whenever his mom was there.

“He just wanted to make her proud and at those moments he wasn't the King of Pop any more he was just little Michael from Gary, Indiana up to wanting to make his mother proud and that would touch my heart.”

Shana’s last meeting with Jackson before his death was backstage on the New Year's Eve to welcome in 2007, while she worked as an assistant to magician David Copperfield in Vegas. Jackson attended the show with his kids Paris, Prince, Blanket. 

“When I saw him that New Year's Eve and he was just like I remembered him 10 years ago, my heart melted and I did start thinking, maybe we can get back together again," she said.

“The hope came back and the fire was lit again.

"After the show was over, he walked back stage and came right over to me and gave me the longest hug ever. And he gave me a peck on the lips. 

“It felt like he knew that would be the last time he saw me.”

Shana says she doesn’t think recent child abuse allegations made against Jacko by Wade Robson and James Safechuck in the documentary Leaving Neverland have damaged his legacy. 

She does not believe the Michael she knew would ever harm a child - and she said she and his fans will always stand by him.

"He was just magical. He had this thing about him that was different from every other human being I've ever met and I really miss that," she said.

“He had his power about him that drew you in and made you fall in love.

He did some things sometimes that would upset me - like disappearing and marrying Lisa Marie Presley! But when I spoke to him, he knew exactly what to say to me to make me melt and forget about the bad stuff. 

“I don't think his legacy has been affected that much at all by Leaving Neverland. The people who loved him and believed him before, they still do. The people who think he was guilty before still do. 

“All as I can do is remember the Michael that I knew, how he treated me personally and what I witnessed of him interacting with children. Never at that time did it cross my mind that anything bad was going on - it was all innocent.”

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/9357765/michael-jackson-secret-girlfriend-save-him-last-days-10th-anniversary-death/

stella Posted on September 23, 2019 17:56

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Coroner links deaths of FIVE women who suffered from eating disorders

The deaths of five women who suffered from eating disorders are set to be investigated by a coroner amid fears they may be linked to the care they received.

University student Averil Hart, who had anorexia, died aged 19 in December 2012, which an Ombudsman report described as an ‘avoidable tragedy’.

Her death and that of four other women – mother-of-one Amanda Bowles, 45, student Madeline Wallace, 18, Emma Brown, 27, and Maria Jakes, 24 – are now set to be investigated by a coroner.

All five women were reportedly under the care of Cambridge and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust.

Sean Horstead, the assistant coroner for Cambridgeshire, who will preside over the inquests within the next few months, has said the ‘potential’ for themes common to one or more of the cases is ‘obvious’.

It follows a briefing report from earlier this year which looked at Norfolk Community Eating Disorders Service, managed by Cambridge and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust.

The service was said to have had ‘significant difficulties’ recruiting specialists in treating eating disorders.

Last November, the trust raised its threshold for accepting referrals to only those with ‘severe’ eating disorders or in need of ‘priority’ treatment. 

This decision was taken for safety reasons, as a high number of patients were said to be waiting ‘considerable periods of time between the assessment process and starting active treatment’.

Miss Hart was let down by four NHS bodies, according to the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman.

The former grammar school pupil was found collapsed in her university room after losing two stones – nearly a third of her body weight – in less than three months.

The Ombudsman said that there was not a robust or explicit enough plan from the trust about giving warning signs if Miss Hart deteriorated and what action was to be taken if that happened.

It also held the trust responsible – as it oversaw Norfolk Community Eating Disorders Service – for failure to ensure ‘adequate surveillance’ which would have spotted that her condition had deteriorated.

Miss Hart’s father, Nic Hart, said that his daughter’s NHS care had been ‘third world’, stating: ‘They left a high-risk patient to fend for herself.’

Speaking two years ago, Mr Hart said: ‘It’s pretty clear to us that there have been systemic failings. Services are worse than when Averil died, not better.’

The four other women died between September 2017 and September 2018.

The father of Emma Brown, Simon Brown, 56, said: ‘Clinicians, GPs, private institutions... it carries on all the way through.

'In short, there is a massive failure in the system to deal with this illness and people are dying as a consequence.’

He said it was the ‘sincerest hope’ of himself and Emma’s mother, Jay, that the inquest would provide knowledge to ‘prevent similar suffering and death in other young people’.

Nadine Dorries, the mental health minister, said: ‘The NHS is learning from times it has previously failed patients and, following avoidable tragedies, we have made great strides in transforming the nation’s mental health services.

While progress has been made, I’m not so naive as to not realise we still have a long way to go to ensure no one struggling with an eating disorder slips through the net.

‘I vow to do all I can to ensure we see real change towards helping people to ultimately lead healthier and happier lives.’

Pre-inquest review hearings have been heard for each of the five cases.

A spokesman for Cambridge and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust told the Sunday Telegraph that the death of any patient was a ‘tragedy’.

But the spokesman added that, at the recent pre-inquest hearings, the coroner had yet to make ‘findings, determinations or conclusions with respect to any of the five inquests – let alone with regard to any definitive links between them.’

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7491553/Coroner-links-deaths-FIVE-women-suffered-eating-disorders.html

stella Posted on September 23, 2019 17:45

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Ayesha Tan-Jones protested while modelling for Gucci at Milan Fashion Week

When Ayesha Tan Jones walked down the catwalk for Gucci at their Milan fashion week, the model made an impromptu protest. After featuring in a segment with models wearing clothes based on straitjackets, Ayesha, who identifies as non-binary, held up the words ‘mental health is not fashion’ on their hands. Gucci defended the show, saying the jackets, designed by creative director Alessandro Michele, won’t be sold but were meant to represent ‘how society today can have the ability to confine individuality and how Gucci can be the antidote.

’ The models stood on a conveyor belt that moved them along the catwalk as they stared straight ahead, each dressed in a take on the straitjacket. After the show, Ayesha posted a video on Instagram and said: ‘As an artist and model who has experienced my own struggles with mental health, as well as family members and loved ones who have been affected by depression, anxiety, bipolar and schizophrenia, is hurtful and insensitive for a major fashion house such as Gucci to use this imagery as a concept for a fleeting fashion moment’

Ayesha later added: ‘It is in bad taste for Gucci to use the imagery of straitjackets and outfits alluding to mental patients, while being rolled out on a conveyor belt as if a piece of factory meat. ‘Presenting these struggles as props for selling clothes in today’s capitalist climate is vulgar, unimaginative and offensive to the millions of people around the world affected by these issues.’ Ayesha’s followers responded to their post and thanked them for speaking out. One said: ‘This is so brave of you. I love Gucci as a brand and I appreciate Alessandro’s work but as someone who lives with anxiety disorder, I will think twice before purchasing anything from the house again. Thank you for raising up your voice.’ Another added: This was such a brave & meaningful thing to do, and I have so much respect for your message and the risks it must have taken for you to speak this truth.

Straitjackets have been used to oppress our most vulnerable people, and fashion continues to oppress so many people – from starved models to slave labour. Thank you for standing up for what you believe in!’ A Gucci spokesperson said: ‘The show presented how society today can have the ability to confine individuality and how Gucci can be the antidote. ‘It was a journey from conformity to freedom and creativity. Uniforms, utilitarian clothes, such as straitjackets, were included on the catwalk as the most extreme version of restriction imposed by society and those who control it.

The white outfits were a statement for the fashion show and part of a performance, in the sense of setting the context for what followed.’ It’s not the first time the fashion house has faced controversy this year. In February, they were forced to pull a £688 balaclava jumper because people said it looked like blackface.

https://metro.co.uk/2019/09/23/gucci-model-protests-milan-fashion-week-show-featuring-straitjackets-10791754/

stella Posted on September 23, 2019 17:39

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Woman who was lost by her family aged four when her father fell asleep on a train in Belarus is reunited with her parents TWENTY YEARS later after new boyfriend Googled 'train girl'

A woman whose father lost her on a train as a four-year-old has been reunited with her parents two decades later.

Yulia Gorina, 24, was raised by adoptive parents after she mysteriously managed to cross from Belarus into Russia, and her real family could not be traced.

Twenty years later she found her parents after her new boyfriend Ilya Kryukov, 31, did a simple internet search.

Heartwarming pictures show Yulia after she was reunited with her mother and the father who lost her when he dozed off to sleep on a 60 mile train journey from Minsk to Asipovichy.

A DNA test has now proved that she is the daughter of Viktor and Lyudmila Moiseenko - and her father has 'begged her forgiveness' for losing her.

Her parents now in their late 50s searched frantically for their lost child at the time, as did local police, but ended up under suspicion of killing the girl.

As recently as 2017 when police reopened the case, they underwent lie detector tests which they both passed.

It remains unclear how Yulia got from Asipovichy to Ryazan, except she has a memory of a train journey.

A couple - who possibly kidnapped the lost girl - was believed to have been involved. 'I do believe it's all true now,' said Yulia after finding and hugging her real parents.

'It was proved by a DNA test, but it was clear even before, we are so much alike, as soon as we saw the photographs of each other.

'Nobody had any doubts – we are one family.

'I found not only my mother and father in Belarus, but also brother Dmitry and elder sister Nadezhda (Nadya).'

Yulia still lives in Ryazan where she was found on a railway siding in 1999. It is some 550 miles from Asipovichy where she was lost.

Her real mother Lyudmila said: 'Twenty years is like a whole life, but we never lost hope, we believed – and so we found each other.'

The reunion was in a police station in Marjina Horka settlement. 'We were all in tears,' said Yulia.

'We could not even talk, we only cried and hugged each other.

'My parents have told me that they were searching for me for a long time, that they believed they would find me one day.

'My mother could not stop hugging me, she made me sit on her lap as if I was a little girl.

'We were chatting till 3 am, and then Ilya and I had to go back to Russia – my daughter was waiting for me.'

Before leaving she walked with her father around the station where the train ended its journey in 1999.

'Father begged me to forgive him for what happened,' she said.

'Of course I do.

'We were at the station where I went missing, we all walked around it, in floods of tears.'

There were three weeks between Yulia being lost and her discovery by a policeman in Ryazan on 21 October 1999.

She recalled as a child how she was travelling with a man and woman who were hiding from police.

'We slept in some abandoned houses,' she said.

'I do not remember all this now.

'I was told I did speak with a Belarus accent, using local words for vegetables like potatoes and onions but I do not know why Russian policemen did not pay any attention to it when they were searching for my family.'

The police sent her to an orphanage and after a fruitless search in Russia for her family, she was given up for adoption by March the following year to Irina and Oleg who had two sons and wanted a daughter.

Yulia says now: 'I was always searching for my family, checking internet, trying to browse…but I found nothing.'

She told Ilya about her story - and miraculously he found details of a girl lost in Belarus shortly before Yulia was found in Russia.

'I began to read and realised that so many facts were the same, so my tears were running,' she said.

'When I was found, they put 1 October as my birthday in the documents – it was the day when I was lost.'

After several false starts they made contact via police in Pukhovichesky.

She tried to contact her father on social media - but he didn't reply. She didn't know this was because he didn't know how to text.

'Why didn't I call them? I knew that by then police told them about me but I was still so deeply worried about the first chat. For me and for them it was nerve-wracking.

'So I messaged Dad and sat down waiting for his reply. Minutes turned to hours but he stayed quiet.

'I was dying from worry that he wasn't replying, but later I learned that he simply didn't know how to text.'

Then a woman called saying: 'Hello, my name is Nadya.

'I am your big sister and I am so happy that we found you.'

Yulia said: 'Then she passed the phone to Mum, who burst into tears straight away.

'She asked me to say the biggest possible thank you to my foster parents for taking care of me during all these years.

'We are now constantly in touch with my big sister, we are messaging each other and sending pictures.'

She said; 'I knew that they were desperate to hear me calling them 'mama' and 'papa', who wouldn't want it.

'I am a mother myself, and I can feel completely what heartbreak they went through. I wouldn't wish this to anyone.'

Yulia said a catastrophic combination of coincidences led to her not being found.

'They were looking for me in Belarus and didn't think that I might have been in Russia.

'In Russia they didn't think that I could have been from Belarus.'

She crossed a border where at the time passports were not required.

'It's a great pity that people who found me and were walking me around before I was taken into foster care didn't report their find to police,' she said.

'I'v no clue how I got to Ryazan, I simply can't imagine it. I remember going on a train but all memories are vague.'

Nothing is known about the couple who presumably took her to Russia rather than report her to local police.

Lyudmila told how she and Viktor had hunted for their missing daughter.

'For days we were searching ourselves, taking every train from Minsk to Asipovichy and back, asking passengers if they had seen Yulia, checking wells, shops, deserted houses, everything.,' she said.

'It was impossibly painful to live all these years with the heartache of not knowing what happened to our daughter. It was beyond awful.'

They eventually moved house.

'We couldn't stay in the house where just days ago she was laughing and playing.

'We couldn't walk the same roads and hated to be anywhere near the railway. We both hate seeing trains.

'In the end we moved the house because staying there in the same place by that railway.

'Two years after she went missing we left to another area where there are no trains and no stations.'

A report in 2017 quoted Lyudmila saying: 'We were asked to go through a lie detector test to avoid any suspicions.

'We did so. I am waiting for Yulia, she is now 22 years old, I believe that she is alive and that we will see her again.'

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7422099/Woman-reunited-parents-TWENTY-YEARS-later-new-boyfriend-Googled-train-girl.html

stella Posted on September 23, 2019 15:37

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A little piece of joy on a tragic day': Tennessee woman gives birth to a 9-pound, 11-ounce baby girl on 9/11 at 9.11pm

When the clock struck 9 hours, 11 minutes on the evening of September 11, 2019, a family in Tennessee welcomed their baby daughter, who just happened to weigh 9 pounds, 11 ounces. 

Christina Malone-Brown was born by cesarean section at Methodist Le Bonheur Germantown Hospital in Germantown on Wednesday night, which coincided with the 18th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. 

Christina's father, Justin Brown, said bystanders joked his family should play the lottery, given the highly improbable coincidences surrounding his daughter's birth. 

The proud dad recalled that the doctor performing the C-section kept saying, 'Oh my goodness, I've got a 9/11, 9/11, 9/11.'

A photo of baby Christina shows her asleep in a clear hospital bassinet, wires connected to her torso and a blue band with a flower wrapped around her head.

'She comes in on 9/11, there was so much devastation but she's bringing all this joy and life into the world, because everybody's been waiting on her,' Christina's mother, Cametrione Malone-Brown, told The Commercial Appeal.

The parents also have two older daughters and a son together. Malone-Brown said that with a birth weight of 9lbs, 11 ounces, Christina was the heaviest of her children. 

Malone-Brown and her husband, who live in Southaven, raced to the hospital on Wednesday evening after she started having contractions.

At 8.55pm, she went in for surgery, and exactly 16 minutes later the doctor performing the C-section incision announced the baby's time of birth as 9.11pm, reported ABC7.

When the newborn was placed on the scales to measure her birth weight, the screen read 9 pounds, 11 ounces. 

'When I heard the numbers go across, I was like, 'Man, it's weird, it's crazy,' Brown said. 

Her parents were teenagers when terrorists flew commercial planes into the World Trade Center in New York City, the Pentagon building in Washington DC and a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, killing 2,977 people.

 

Christina remained in the neonatal intensive care unit on Friday to be treated for minor problems with her lungs, but she is expected to recover.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7461893/Tennessee-couple-welcome-9-pound-11-ounce-baby-world-9-11-9-11pm.html

stella Posted on September 23, 2019 15:15

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Woman finds 26 year old Lucozade bottle in bedroom - and drinks it

A woman who found a bottle of Lucozade from 1993 in her childhood bedroom told how she drank it - although it was 26 years old.

Paula Peacock, 43, was a teenager when she hid the tiny glass bottle in the back of a wardrobe, in case she had a diabetic hypo.

But 26 years later, she was astonished when she found the bottle, and out of curiosity decided to try it.

After cracking it open discovered it tasted just the same - only flat

Mum-of-two Paula, of Clarkston, East Renfrewshire, once relied on the fizzy drink to help manage her Type 1 diabetes.

The old bottle, which is no longer on sale, contained 19g of carbohydrate per 100g, although Lucozade on shelves now contains less due to the sugar tax.

The best before date was February 1994 - the same year that Paula moved to Glasgow.

She discovered the bottle hidden in her parents' home in County Armagh, Northern Ireland, and roped her dad, Jim Martin, 67, into doing a taste test too.

Paula said: 'We both agreed it tasted the same but a bit flat. 

'When I found it, I was like 'oh my word' - they don't even do the glass bottles anymore.

'My room has been painted with a new floor put down, so somebody has obviously taken it out and put it back in again.

'I did feel nostalgic, I keep looking at it - it's quite dinky.

'It looks like a pot of gold.' Along with the once-fizzy drink, Paula discovered her prized Levis denim jacket and a lot of schoolwork in the wardrobe.

But she was so excited by the bottle of Lucozade that she carefully packaged it in a coolbox and took it in the ferry back to Scotland.

She had been visiting her family for a short break with husband Richard, 40, and their twins Sarah and Luke, aged three-and-a-half.

The 250ml bottle, with a bright pink metallic label, is now kept in her bedroom at home, for sentimental value.

Paula said: 'My husband couldn't believe it.

'It's funny that it's vintage.

'My dad was surprised, I said 'come and look what I've found in the bedroom'.

He had a little taste and we both agreed it tasted good, it was just like the original recipe but without the bubbles.'

When she was first diagnosed with diabetes, aged 12, medics told Paula that a small bottle of Lucozade would help her if she had a hypo.

The bottle would have gone out of circulation around 1998. In 2016, before the sugar tax was introduced, Lucozade halved it's sugar content.

Paula believes the introduction of the sugar tax was a 'nanny state' move, which restricts freedom to choose.

The community nurse said: 'I think it's a bit nanny state, we're all adults and can make our own decisions.'

A spokesman for Lucozade said: 'A drink this old has well surpassed its shelf life and so we wouldn't recommend drinking it.'

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7466039/Woman-finds-26-year-old-bottle-Lucozade-childhood-bedroom-wardrobe-DRINKS-it.html

stella Posted on September 23, 2019 15:04

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Singer Adele files for divorce from husband

Adele has filed for divorce from her husband Simon Konecki five months after they separated. The Hello singer, 31, announced in April that she and charity entrepreneur Simon had split after three years of marriage. And she has now officially called time on their marriage by lodging divorce papers at a court in Los Angeles on Thursday. Adele and Konecki began dating in 2011 and welcomed their son, Angelo, in 2012. They tied the knot in a secret 2016 ceremony, with Adele publicly addressing the wedding for the first time during an acceptance speech at the 2017 Grammys.

After she collected the Album of the Year gong, the Someone Like You singer said: ‘Grammys, I appreciate it. The Academy, I love you. My manager, my husband and my son you’re the only reason I do it.’ Speaking after their separation was confirmed Adele’s rep said the exes were dedicated on ‘raising Angelo lovingly’. ‘They are committed to raising their son together lovingly. As always they ask for privacy. There will be no further comment,’ her spokesperson said. The divorce news comes after sources claimed the Make You Feel My Love is feeling ‘perky as hell’ after a ‘difficult year’. Some questionable wording there, but we’ll take it.

She is definitely getting ready both mentally and physically to promote new music. It seems it will happen later this year,’ a source told People in September. ‘She talks about last year as a very difficult year, and she’s said in the past that creating new music is almost like therapy. You can tell that she is ready to share with her fans.’ Tottenham-born Adele has been pretty much the reigning queen of the music world since releasing her debut album, 19, in 2008.

Her eagerly anticipated follow-up, 2011’s 21, brought even more success thanks to the singles Someone Like You, Rolling In The Deep and Rumour Has It. Adele released her most recent album, 25, in 2015, which contained the single Hello and goddamit now it’s in our heads again.

https://metro.co.uk/2019/09/13/adele-files-divorce-husband-simon-konecki-six-months-separated-10734133/

stella Posted on September 23, 2019 14:57

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Mother breaks down as she meets the bereaved father who paid for her daughter's birthday cake in memory of his own little girl - after This Morning answered her plea to be introduced

A bereaved father who paid for a child's birthday cake in memory of his baby daughter has met with the family he helped for the first time, during an emotional segment on This Morning.  

Léá Ní Bhríaín, from Northern Ireland, last week launched an appeal to find the stranger who had paid for her niece's first birthday cake, and left a note explaining his own daughter had died when she was eight days old. 

Today Léá, her sister Shannon and her niece appeared on This Morning, where they were finally introduced to kind-hearted stranger Gareth Bronte and his wife Kirsty. 

Shannon broke down in tears as she spoke to Gareth, whose 'random act of kindness' had touched her heart. 

Speaking on the ITV daytime show, Gareth explained how he came to pay for the birthday cake. 

 'In the lead up to what would have been Hannah's birthday my wife and I wanted to do something to mark it,' he said.

'Our little boy [Khalid] came up with the idea of letting a balloon go. He thought it would make it's way up to heaven.

'I had said to Kirsty I wanted to do something different, just a random act of kindness.'

Kirsty added: 'He just mentioned it in passing, and I said, "I don't think so".' 

Despite his wife's hesitation, Gareth went ahead with his plan. 

'I just wanted to buy a cake and I thought it would be nice for someone,' he continued. 

'I asked at the bakery if there were any cakes, preferably a girl. They said it's a little girl's first birthday and I said that's perfect I'll pay for that.'

When Shannon and Léá arrived at Windsor Bakery, in Banbridge, to collect the Peppa Pig cake, they were handed a card from Gareth and told the cake had been paid for. 

The card read: 'In honour of what would have been my little girl's 1st birthday, I have chosen to pay for your birthday cake. I am unable to buy my daughter a cake of her own today, but I hope you enjoy this one and have a fantastic birthday.'

The card was signed 'God bless, Hannah's Daddy.'

Speaking on This Morning, Gareth said putting pen to paper was the hardest part.

He said: 'It was hard writing the card knowing I wasn't going to buy a birthday cake for my daughter again ... or walk her down the aisle. I signed it Hannah's daddy because I don't often get called that.'

Léá was so touched by the stranger's act of kindness that she took to Facebook to share a post of the card and the cake - and asked for help meeting the man behind it all. 

Her post received 20,000 comments and more than 8,400 shares, as people tried to find the bereaved father. 

Gareth continued: 'Later that day a friend Whatsapped me a picture of the post and said "That is you, isn't it". He outed me. Then we were found.'

Aunt Léá told how Gareth's act of kindness prompted her to do the same and she spent the same amount of money on another child's first birthday cake.  

ITV decided to return the good deed for Gareth and his family. 

Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby revealed they were treating the Brontes to a trip to the UK, as well as tickets to watch their favourite football team Manchester United at Old Trafford. 

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-7468699/Mum-baby-meet-mystery-man-bought-daughters-birthday-cake.html

stella Posted on September 23, 2019 14:50

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Abusive thug fractured girlfriend's face by smashing her head through car window

A victim of domestic abuse has bravely decided to share pictures of the horrific injuries she was left with at the hands of her violent ex-boyfriend. Leon Thompson, 39, viciously attacked girlfriend of two years Danielle Perry, 27, outside his home, smashing her head through his car windscreen. As she lay on the ground bleeding from multiple facial fractures, Thompson continued to pummel her in the head by kicking and stamping on her. Hours before the violent attack in Chelmsley Wood, Solihull, in the early hours of 17 February, Thompson had told friends: ‘I’d never hit a woman.’ After his arrest he told police her injuries were ‘self-harm’. The couple had gone to a friend’s house earlier in the evening when the conversation turned to domestic violence. Danielle reminded Thompson how he had previously slapped her in the face − almost breaking her nose − to the shock of others in the group. During the drive home, Thompson flew into a rage over the disclosure in front of their friends.

Once outside his home, he punched his girlfriend in the face before grabbing her head and shoving it through the back window of his Peugeot 207. Danielle later told hospital staff how she had been injured, who alerted police. Thompson was arrested by West Midlands Police at Heartlands Hospital on the same morning. In interview, unemployed Thompson claimed Danielle had broken the window with her bag and could offer no explanation for her injuries, even claiming she might have self-harmed. Police charged him with wounding and on Friday he was jailed for eight years having been found guilty by a jury at Birmingham Crown Court. Danielle bravely chose to release disturbing images of her injuries in the hope it will encourage other survivors of domestic abuse to seek help. She said: ‘He’d hit me about eight or nine times before. ‘I’d been given a fat lip and bruises but each time the following day he’d always plead for forgiveness, cook me a meal and say how it’d never happen again. But it always did. ‘Looking back I wish I’d left after the first time but my head was all over the place with mixed emotions. I wanted to believe in his promises and that he’d change. 

But there were times he’d also threaten me and even said he’d blow up my house if I ever told anyone about the abuse. ‘Even on the night he told me to tell hospital staff that I’d been attacked from behind by a group of people. ‘I couldn’t maintain the lie any longer, though, and realised I had to get help and get out of the relationship. ‘In my experience the abuse and the violence will get worse. He has ruined my life, I’ve been diagnosed with PTSD and rarely leave the house now; it’ll be a long road to recovery. ‘My advice to anyone suffering domestic abuse is to seek help at an early stage… don’t wait like I did or there is a risk you could be seriously injured or worse. ‘There are lots of support groups and charities you can speak to, plus the police.

I don’t think I’d have been able to get through everything had it not been for Clive (the investigating officer) and the support from his team.’ Det Con Clive Leftwich said: ‘The judge described Thompson as a danger to women. The horrific injuries suffered by Danielle are the culmination of a long suffering and violent relationship with Thompson. ‘Danielle showed great bravery in speaking out against him and his eight-year jail sentence reflects the anguish and physical pain she’s endured. ‘She is still suffering from the physical and psychological effects of the attacks. We all wish her well in her recovery.’

https://metro.co.uk/2019/09/15/abusive-thug-fractured-girlfriends-face-smashing-head-car-windscreen-10745485/

stella Posted on September 23, 2019 14:25

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Amazing ultrasound images show 'angel' watching over unborn baby in the womb

Days after an image of a 'demon' bending over an unborn child went viral a mother has righted the balance between good and evil in her own baby scan.

Kelly Lewis, 26, shared the picture which shows what looks like an angel bending over her child, with a cherub's face smiling above.

The mother of one said a friend of hers had spotted the heavenly figure in the scan and pointed it out to her.

She said: "My friend saw the scan of the demon and it reminded him of my baby scan taken in 2012.

"It looks just like an angel is leaning over my baby, with a cherub face as well hovering over the baby. It's so clear, no one could believe their eyes when they saw it."

In a strange coincidence she called her little girl, who is now three, Harper meaning someone who plays the harp.

She added her pregnancy had been "amazing" and she had been made to feel her daughter had been "blessed".

The Cardiff resident said: "People said it looked like someone leaning over her keeping her safe. She is such a well behaved little girl, it's like she has been blessed.

"When I saw the demon pictures I wanted to share the angel as an antidote. It's a lovely thing to have."

Last week an ultrasound picture of an unborn baby went viral after being shared on imgur under the heading "A friend's ultrasound. When you see it...".

At first, the scan looked like a fairly innocuous picture of an unborn child resting sweetly in their mother's womb.

But if you look to the right of the picture, you might see something altogether more disturbing.

A grainy outline of what looks to be a woman has been spotted by many people who have looked at the picture.

Opinion is divided as to what the figure looks like, with the most popular choices being a Hindu Goddess, a mermaid or a demon.

One commentator said: "Does no one else see the demon on the right?"

But another responded: "Hindu goddess on the right side of the image."

To sum up the disagreement, subtlemrs simply wrote: "I'm seeing a friendly mermaid. Everyone else is seeing a demon. We're all weird."

The picture has been viewed more than 500,000 times since being uploaded yesterday.

This creepy occurrence isn't the first time strange things have been spotted on ultrasounds.

Last year we reported how a woman was shocked to see what she believed was her dead Granddad kissing her unborn baby in a 4D scan.

And in another similar incident, parents-to-be Yvonne Spence and John Reynolds were shocked to spot a strange face in a six-month scan.

Unlike previous images, the couple said they could not recognise the ghostly face in the print out but couldn't deny that it was "as clear as day."

And its not just human apparitions that make appearances on ultrasound scans.

In July, 29-year-old Leanne Sullivan was shocked to discover what appeared to be a dinosaur photo-bombing her unborn baby girl.

The image was particularly startling as it coincided with the release of hotly anticipated dinosaur sequel, Jurassic World.

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/weird-news/heartwarming-picture-shows-angel-watching-7114469

stella Posted on September 23, 2019 14:15

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Wife who killed her controlling husband admits she still loves him

A wife who battered her controlling husband to death with a hammer has admitted she still loves him. Sally Challen, 63, was jailed for life in 2011 after being found guilty of murdering 61-year-old Richard at their £1 million Surrey home. She spent nine years behind bars before her conviction was finally quashed following a rule change which saw coercive control criminalised in a landmark ruling for victims of domestic abuse. Now, months after her release in June, Ms Challen spoke to the Daily Mail about the decades of psychological torture and sexual abuse she suffered at the hands of her husband. But despite that, she still describes him as the ‘love of my life’ and to this day wears a gold necklace he bought her.

In the interview with the newspaper Ms Challen details how she was cheated on, raped and gaslighted throughout her 30-year marriage. The pair met when she was only 15 after 21-year-old Richard popped into the newsagents she was working at. Shortly after leaving school, aged 17, she fell pregnant. But she says she ‘didn’t think Richard would like it’ and so ‘an abortion was the only option’. They married in 1979 and the high-flying salesman soon made it clear that his new wife should do all the housework, cleaning, cooking and washing – despite Ms Challen having a full-time job of her own.

Sex was also on his terms and she recalled how her husband would order her upstairs to ‘get ready’, meaning she had to ‘get clean and put on some decent underwear’. But that did not stop him ridiculing her in front of friends for having ‘thunder thighs’ or mocking her over the ‘size of her arse’. She became so convinced of his cheating that she ended up hacking Richard’s email and phone accounts. Yet when she tried to confront him over his infidelity, such as on one occasion when she found stubs to the London Eye in his coat pocket, he simply accused her of planting them ‘because you’re mad’. ‘I used to think I was going mad, and ask myself, ‘How can I prove anything? Am I reading too much into this?’ she said.

It was a similar stand-off which would eventually lead to his death in August 2010. Ms Challen recalled how her husband sent her out to the shops because he wanted a cooked breakfast, something she described as an ‘excuse’ to be rid of her. When she got back she spotted ‘that the phone handset was now on the sofa’ and dialled 1471. She recognised the number as belonging to a woman he had met through a dating site.

The breaking point came when she asked Richard if she would see him the following day, only to be chided: ‘Don’t question me, Sally, don’t question me.’ She said: ‘And it was the way he said it, and it was what he used to say to me always, “Don’t question me, because you’re not going to get an answer, so don’t even bother going there.” And that was it . . . I just flipped.’ Taking a hammer from her handbag she walked up behind Richard as he ate and hit him 18 times over the head with it. ‘I can’t believe that — it didn’t feel like that,’ she recalls. ‘It felt like I was on some sort of autopilot. Richard was on the floor. I knew that he was dead because I felt his skin. He wasn’t breathing.’

https://metro.co.uk/2019/09/14/wife-killed-controlling-husband-admits-still-loves-10743449/

stella Posted on September 23, 2019 14:08

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Mum of girl, 16, 'who had womb removed by doctors after she died' confronts doctors

This is the moment a grieving mum attempted to confront doctors whom she accuses of removing the womb of her 16-year-old daughter after she died.

Sofya Lanshakova died of suspected peritonitis after suffering excruciating pain in her tummy during a holiday in Turkey.

Since then, her heartbroken mother Tatiana has alleged "organs", including the womb, were removed illegally and sold on the black market.

But new footage shows Tatiana was detained by police as she sought to confront medics at Ya?am Hastanesi, a hospital in Ankara, Turkey, this week.

She was reportedly held for 12 hours.

The mother, from Russia, was told by a hospital representative: "We did not take any organs.

"It was (done by) police at the autopsy."

Journalists accompanying Tatiana were told to stop filming, it is said, and the police were called.

"I could never think that I would stand at my daughter's grave," Tatiana said after her ordeal.

"She had so many plans.

"This wound will never heal.

"Exhumation - we are ready to go to the end, however painful.

"We we need the truth."

Speaking about the teenager's case, Alexey Erkhov, the Russian ambassador to Turkey, said: "We deeply sympathise with the grief of the mother who lost her daughter.

"Russian diplomats will continue to assist in resolving this issue."

A representative of Siedra clinic - where the girl was initially taken - strongly denied any wrongdoing and blamed the mother.

"I believe that the mother is to blame - she did not sound alarm on the first or second day (when the girl felt abdominal pains)," said Asya Batcheva.

"What proof do they have that something was done wrong? Or some organs taken?

"Yes, the girl was dissected here (in Turkey), checked and (her body) sent home.

"If something was missing, any crimes committed against that girl, I think that the criminal case would be initiated."

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/mum-girl-16-who-womb-20054986

stella Posted on September 23, 2019 13:43

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Man who fell to his death from scaffolding was free runner

A man who plunged to his death from scaffolding in central London was an accomplished free-runner who had scaled many of the capital's most iconic landmarks. 

Johnny 'Snyper' Turner, a renowned parkour enthusiast and member of London's 'urban exploration' community, fell to his death from a block of flats in Waterloo on Friday night.

The 28-year-old had used his parkour skills to climb many of London's most well-known buildings, including Battersea Power Station and the Barbican, to capture extraordinary photographs of the city from above. 

Tragically, Turner - described as a 'pioneer' of the community - was found at the foot of Windmill House in Wandsworth, having reportedly fallen eight-storeys. 

His best friend and fellow urban explorer Harry Dibsdale paid tribute to the free-runner in a raw and emotional Facebook post.

'I f*****g love you man. Still can't believe this. No one saw the significance in what we were doing as much as you. 

Your attitude to life helped me through so much shit and you knew how much I valued everything we did together. 

'More memorable moments with you than anyone else, the things we saw and did together are some of the best memories in my entire life.' 

Friends and well-wishers also paid tribute to the late free-runner while donating money to help with funeral costs. 

Aiste Karnisauskaite said: 'Johnny was truly one of a kind. One of the most wonderful and kindest souls I have ever met. A creative pioneer as well as inspiration. Love and strength to his family and those who lost a brother. You'll be greatly missed bud.'

Kevin Barthelemy said: 'Johnny, your open mindedness, positive energy, love and presence will be truly missed but you will live in our hearts forever ! Grateful to have shared such unique moments with you. Big love and strength to your family.'

Mr Turner's uncle, Ralph Phillips, told the Evening Standard: 'He was a great boy, really nice to be around. His mum and dad knew what he did and obviously worried about it as any parent would.

'His parents have been to see us after what happened. For a parent to have a child die before them is something hard to comprehend. They are devastated. He was a talented artist and caring person with lots of friends.'

Mr Phillips said Mr Turner's parents, who were away in Germany when the accident happened, want a thorough investigation to find out what took place.

More than 40 members of the free-running community came together at Windmill House, where Mr Turner died, to pay their respects on Sunday. 

This is not the first time a free-runner has died while urban exploring.

In 2017, Nye 'Frankie' Newman, 17, from Hampshire, suffered 'catastrophic' head injuries after he stuck his head out between the carriages of a Paris Metro train to take a selfie.

Newman and a group of friends were on the Paris Metro traveling to a New Year's Eve fireworks display at the Eiffel Tower when one friend unlocked one of the carriage's adjoining doors.

An inquest heard Nye, full name Aneuryn Newman, was a talented daredevil who enjoyed free-running all over the world, then climbed out onto the wiring.

Nye, whose full name was Aneuryn Francis Newman, climbed up between the carriages and was struck by an object when he popped his head up for a moment which tragically cost him his life. 

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7470475/Free-runner-fell-death-Waterloo.html

 

stella Posted on September 23, 2019 13:37

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Lawyer killed in apartment fire with wife, sister and children

A Massachusetts lawyer is thought to have killed his high school sweetheart wife and their three children, then set their Berkshire home alight before taking his own life, authorities say.  

High flying attorney Justine Wilber and her husband Luke Karpinski, both 41, died on Wednesday in the Sheffield, Massachusetts home along with their seven-year-old twins Alex and Zoe and a three-year-old Marek, officials said.

The case is being investigated as a murder-suicide by police. CBS Boston reports Karpinski stabbed his wife Justine, who was found on the first floor of the home. 

Karpinski was found on the second floor along with their three young children after reportedly using gasoline to start the blaze. The two family dogs also died. 

District Attorney Andrea Harrington said Thursday: 'At this time, the evidence indicates that Luke Karpinski was the assailant. 'The scene is secure and there is no reason to believe that the public is endangered at this time.' 

Wilber was a patent attorney working for a law firm in Albany, New York, while her husband was believed to be a patent analyst for the federal government.

The couple were high school sweethearts, attending Wahconah Regional High. Teachers there described them as 'two outstanding student citizens'. 

Retired Principal Tom Callahan told The Berkshire Eagle: 'I remember them very well. My memory of them is just two outstanding student citizens. It was a heck of a group of kids in that graduating class.

'That was a happy class. We had a good time with them. It's just, obviously, a tragedy. I feel just awful for them, their whole family.'

They started dating as seniors in 1996 and were high achievers who went off to college after graduating. Wilbur's sister, Kristen said they started their careers in Alexandria, Virginia before returning to Massachusetts around seven years later. 

'It is with grief and immeasurable sorrow that we learned of the death of our friend and colleague Justine M. Wilbur, who died with her family yesterday,' the law firm of Hoffman Warnick said in a statement to DailyMail.com. 

'Justine was a talented attorney who joined our team in 2017 after having built a reputation both domestically and internationally as a patent expert. Her work was both meaningful and challenging having encompassed topics ranging from cancer treatment and nanotechnology to advanced materials.

'Justine was smart, knowledgeable, dedicated and hardworking. She was a devoted mother to her wonderful children, and a true friend to everyone in our firm.

'We are each devastated by loss and extraordinary sadness, but are comforted and grateful for having shared Justine's infectious spirit and energy.

'We pray for her family and those who loved her.' 

Before becoming an attorney, Justine was a scientist focusing on cancer research, reports say. 

Karpinski and Wilbur purchased the lot that the home was later built on in June 2016 for $105,000, records show.

Federal records show that a Luke E. Karpinski was employed as a Patent Examiner at the Patent and Trademark Office in Sheffield, with a salary of $109,116 in 2017.    

Fire crews responded to reports of the house fire at around 7.50am on Wednesday, finding one body initially and then four others during a secondary search.

On Thursday, Harrington said that Wilbur's body was the first to be found, on the ground floor, and that the other four bodies were found together on the upper floor. 

The home was fully engulfed when fire crews arrived, taking nearly an hour to extinguish and allow for the searches. 

Speaking Wednesday Wilbur's sister Kristen said: 'They were smart, intelligent, good people — and good parents. And the kids were so cute. 'It's very sad. My father passed away five years ago, so that just leaves me and my mother.'

DA Harrington would not specify the causes of death or answer reporters' questions at an initial press conference, saying only that the investigation was 'complicated.'

'This is an ongoing, extensive investigation with multiple local and state agencies, including the State Police,' Harrington said, according to the Berkshire Edge.

In addition to local fire crews, spotted at the scene were several specialized criminal forensic units with the Massachusetts State Police.

They included the Crime Scene Services Section, forensic scientists assigned to the Crime Laboratory, and the Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section. 

The fire occurred on the 1300 block of Home Road, a thinly settled country route.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6811211/Police-suspect-murder-suicide-husband-death-attorney-wife-three-young-children.html

stella Posted on September 23, 2019 13:31

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The booming frog business in Kaduna

MUHAMMAD SABIU writes on a market in Kaduna where frogs are now attracting buyers from far and near, an item that is now a delicacy in most part of the North and a clear departure from what it used to be years back.

MANY Nigerians who were in secondary school in the 70s and 80s would easily remember the novel authored by Chukwuemeka Ike entitled Toads for Supper. However, it is a delicacy that many people would not touch even with a long spoon much less having it for supper.

Long time ago, in the Northern part of the country frogs were only seen during the rainy season. Whenever it rained, just like everywhere surrounded by ponds, cacophonic sound of frogs dominated the space at night. It is most often not pleasant to the ears.

When residents wake up in the morning, they sometimes find out that some of the frogs had entered their house. It is also not uncommon to hear housewives and children raising the alarm and asking the man of the house to come and remove the amphibians from their doorstep and other parts of the compound.

A housewife, Hajiya Rabi Abdulsalam recalled to Arewa Live how as a child she and her siblings used to jump at the mere sight of a frog. “It was our father who usually removed the frog before we could continue with the house chores,” she said.

However, today, the story is different. There is a booming frog market in the Northern part of the country.

Located at Unguwar Gwari, Kaduna North area of Kaduna State, the frog market is often besieged by hundreds of youths bringing the frogs they had caught from surroundings ponds.

Investigations by Arewa Live indicated that the soaring number of the unemployed people in the country had contributed to the booming trade in frogs. It has also been discovered that some parts of the frog are medicinal and traditional healers come to the market to obtain them for their clients.

Some of the frog traders whose ages range between 26 and 34 in an interview with Arewa Live attributed their interest in the frog business to poverty.

One of the frog traders who pleaded for anonymity remarked that he was idle and having nothing to do, hence he decided to join others in the business.

“We are five in the family and we were finding it difficult to have three square meals per day,” he said adding: “when one of my siblings fell sick and nobody could pay for his medical bills it dawned on me to look for something to support my dad’s income.”

Today, according to him, the story has changed because on a daily basis, he smiles home with at least N8,000 which he uses to support his age parents.

For Felix Peter, one of those who ply their trade at the Unguwan Gwari frog market gave a graphic account on how he started the business three years ago.

According to him, “it was lack of employment that made me to start this business, and I have enjoyed it because there is big market for it all over the 19 northern states including Abuja.

“It was a difficult business for me in the beginning, but now I have become very versed in the business, because every day, I usually go to the pond to catch some frogs which I normally bring home and preserve for sale.

“After catching them from various places, we dissect and roast them, and then we package them inside the carton. We put some in some bags for sale to our marketers who usually come from various states.

“I was a mechanic before I abandoned it and joined this one. Our customers told us that frog meat is delicious and that is why we like eating it always. We sell each frog at the rate of N100, but we sell three for N200.”

Felix also told Arewa Live that through the business he has become a more responsible man by being able to take care of his wife and children. He added that he makes at least N5,000 daily and that makes him happy.

Felix however expresses fear over the issue of insecurity in the state as it indirectly affects those in the business because they are always in the bush. He therefore called on the state government to provide all the needed security in the bush.

Abubakar Shelang is also one of the frog traders. He was also into another vocation before changing to his present business.  He said he had to switch business because the frog business was booming and that means more income.

“I was a bricklayer and I also repair bread mixing machines, but the business was not moving, that is why I left it and joined this one.

“We take our roasted frog meat to many places across the entire North because the demand for it is high and we are making money every day through this business. Every day I go to catch frogs. I make good money and that takes care of all my needs,” Shelang said.

He, however, called on youth to shun idleness and embrace skill acquisition and other forms of creative vocations so as to reduce dependency on their parents and guardians.

Felix also appealed to government to help them with modern equipment for catching frogs so as to overcome the challenges they face when catching big frogs and other aquatics animals in the river.

“There are millions of youths that are wasting their time looking for white-collar-jobs, but I am advising them to be creative and fight poverty,” he said.

A woman, Madam Mercy John trades in frogs. She buys them from the youths and transports them to many places across the entire north.

She has the youths to thank for the business she is into. They not only make the product available they also link her with customers from many places including some from neighbouring countries. The business of frog trading is so good for mercy such that she has built her own house in Abuja.

She is of the opinion that government should support the youth with capital so as to enlarge the business and make it more profitable. She also advocated for frog farming just like we have fish farming.

“I am calling on women like me to come and start this business so as to stop disturbing their husbands,” she said.

For many people eating frogs may sound unsavoury but for Musa Dan Auta who buys frogs from those catching them for food at home it is a familiar delicacy that he has come to love including other members of his family.

According to him, eating frog is not strange to him because he has been eating them since he was a youngster. He would like others to try it too

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stella Posted on September 23, 2019 13:23

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I sacrificed a limb to save my baby

Texas woman who was in a horrific motorcycle crash when she was pregnant opted to have her leg amputated rather than save it to protect her unborn baby from the dangers of multiple surgeries.

Caitlin Conner, 29, was riding on the back of her then-husband Jaylon's motorbike in May 2014 when a texting driver changed lanes without looking and hit the pair. 

Conner was rushed to the hospital with several serious injuries including broken bones in her feet, a severed artery and friction burns from the skidding on the road.

Her left leg was also severely mangled from the crash. 

Hours later, a nurse delivered the news that Conner was four weeks pregnant, meaning she would could only have minimal anesthesia and pain medication as she endured reconstructive surgeries to try and save her leg. 

After six surgeries, Conner decided to amputate her left leg below the knee because she wanted to protect her unborn baby, who was also facing the effects of surgery.

Since giving birth to her daughter in February 2015, Conner discovered her passion for sports for people with disabilities, and now competes in para-cycling, running and swimming.  

Conner said she and her ex-husband were on the way to his parents' house when the accident occurred.  

'The light turned green and we got into the left lane of a two-lane road,' she said.

'There was a young woman driving a white car who was angled across the entire lane in a way that made it seem like she was turning into the left lane.

'I flew off the back of the bike, Jaylon went with the bike. I remember rolling and skidding to a halt. I sat up and looked at my leg and my left ankle was turned inward.'

Conner was rushed by ambulance to a local emergency services station then airlifted to the hospital.

While on her way into emergency surgery, she told doctors that she and her husband had been trying to have a baby.

'The last question I remember before passing out on the way to surgery was if I was pregnant,' Conner said.

'I replied: "I don't know, we've been trying but the tests have said no." Then, [it was] lights out.' 

When she woke up the next morning, with her family beside her, Conner discovered that she was four weeks pregnant.  

The surprise pregnancy meant that Conner had to have minimal anesthesia during the reconstructive surgeries she endured to try and save her leg, as well as limited pain medication.   

The operations she needed included reattaching tendons and muscle, straightening broken bones, and taking a bone from her hip to fill a hole in her left ankle  

After two weeks and six surgeries, she decided against trying to save her leg, and it was amputated in June 2014.

'As soon as I learned I was pregnant, I had someone else to take care of, so I didn't focus on myself,' she said.

'Everything was about the baby. My leg didn't define me as a person, but the baby would in a way.'  

Conner admits that learning to walk with a prosthetic was difficult as her body was changing with fluctuating weight and the effect of pregnancy on her spine impacted her balance.

But she said her goal was to walk before her daughter was born - and she welcomed Tinley on February 13, 2015, weighing eight pounds and eight ounces.

Not long after, Conner started doing CrossFit to build muscle and become stronger to care for her daughter.

'I started doing as many sports as possible just to see what I could do and I found a love for triathlons, swimming, cycling, skiing, figure skating and boxing,' she said.  

Since becoming a competitive para-athlete, Conner has founded a non-profit called Be More Adaptive which provides resources for adaptive sports.

She said she wants to inspire others to try things that scare them.

'The best thing you can do in life is try!' Conner said. 'I was so complacent in life before and it shouldn't have taken the losses it did to start living life.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-7461049/Woman-29-opted-amputate-leg-crash-protect-unborn-child-multiple-surgeries.html

stella Posted on September 23, 2019 13:16

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Bride plans entire fake wedding so she can propose to the best man

A woman surprised her partner in the most elaborate way possible.

Paul Schoproni, 40, thought he was on best man duty when his girlfriend arrived and walked down the aisle in a wedding dress.

Guests at the wedding were all in on the secret, while Paul was led to believe he was best man for the couple's friends on their big day.

Aleasha Pilawa told how Paul had been asking her to marry him for years, so thought she'd surprise him by proposing herself.

In a video shot by a wedding guest, Aleasha can be seen dancing down the aisle in a bridal gown while belting out a rendition of 1978 Motown hit it Should've Been Me.

It takes a moment for Paul to realise what's happening and when he does he punches the air with joy.

When she reaches Paul, Aleasha gets down on one knee and asks: "Will you marry me?"

Paul is unable to resist getting his own back and replies "no" before pretending to run away, however, he quickly returns and accepts Aleasha's proposal.

According to Wales Online , the surprise took place in Bargoed, Wales.

Speaking about her elaborate plan, Aleasha said: "For the last two years he’s proposed to me about 30 times a day.

"I’m doing a degree in HR management and running two tyre repair garages so having someone asking to marry you all the time can be exhausting.

"Besides I’ve been married twice already and was a bit reluctant to go through all that again."

She added of Paul who also works at one of the garages: "He used to do things like stand outside there in the morning as I drove past holding a billboard saying ‘Will you marry me?’ – proper embarrassing.

"So I thought I’d finally put him out of his misery."

Paul, who believed he was attending a vow renewal for his friends Kevin and Heidi, was shocked Aleasha had planned the whole thing without him knowing.

He said: "My mate Kev’s a goth and the minister was there in all this dark clothing so I never suspected for one minute the day wasn’t for him.

Then in she came singing our song – I thought it was a joke at first.

"And even now, despite the fact I’ve probably watched the video a hundred times, I still can’t quite believe it.

"Fair play – I have to say I’m pretty impressed she managed to do all that."

https://www.dailystar.co.uk/real-life/bride-plans-entire-fake-wedding-19567740

stella Posted on September 23, 2019 12:44

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Mother, 25, gives birth in a COMA after suffering a catastrophic brain bleed at 32 weeks pregnant

A woman has given birth while in a coma after she suffered a catastrophic brain bleed while she was 32 weeks pregnant.

Caitlin Stubbs was rushed to Royal Brisbane Hospital on July 23 when she suffered the bleed as a result of an Arteriovenous Malformation in her brain, meaning her blood vessels had become tangled. 

The 25-year-old fell into a coma, so a day later doctors had no option but to remove the baby via caesarean.

Ms Stubbs is yet to find out that she gave birth to a healthy baby girl, named Quinn, as she continues to fight for her life.

Quinn spent the first three weeks of her life in intensive care but Ms Stubbs' fiance, Jonathon Welsh is caring for the newborn while staying by his partner's side.

The young mother first suffered a smaller brain bleed in November with plans to undergo radiation treatment to help with her condition.

The radiation had to be put off as Ms Stubbs then realised that she had fallen pregnant. 

But on July 23 the young mother began to feel unwell, vomiting and complaining of a neck ache. 

When her condition worsened, Mr Welsh called an ambulance for his partner who fell into a coma before she even made it to the hospital.

Mr Welsh had gotten down on one knee and proposed just weeks prior.

When Ms Stubbs got to the hospital, doctors made the decision to perform the emergency c-section as they held grave fears neither her or the baby would make it through the night.

Luckily, Quinn is now a healthy baby and her mother is also making slow progress.

'They said they didn't think she'd make it through the night, and everything was pretty negative but I knew she would make it,' Mr Welsh told Nine News.

She is slowly regaining consciousness, but doctors say she has a long road of recovery ahead of her.

When he visits, Mr Welsh often puts Quinn on her mother's chest in the hopes the two can bond. 

Mr Welsh said the biggest issue is his fiance's memory as some days are better than others.

'I bring the baby to the hospital every day and sometimes she whispers to me that she wants Quinn, and sometimes she asks whose baby it is,' he said. 

GoFundMe page has been set up to help the family, which states that Ms Stubbs has been making slow but significant progress.  

Caitlin's beloved fiancé Jonathon has been by her side watching hopelessly and trying to find moments when baby and mother could spend some time together,' the page reads.  

'She will require intensive Physiotherapy, OT and Speech Therapy among other remedial therapies.'

'Caitlin’s family have started this Go Fund me page in the hope that kind and generous donations will help ease the pressure on this young devastated family.'  

'Funds will be used to cover medical costs, treatments, a wheelchair and home modifications needed to get her home eventually.'

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7427369/Mother-gives-birth-COMA-suffering-catastrophic-brain-bleed-32-weeks-pregnant.html

stella Posted on September 22, 2019 20:10

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Teacher unexpectedly gives birth on sidewalk outside middle school, principal coaches her through it

A Denver middle school teacher kicked off the new year in dramatic fashion by giving birth on a campus sidewalk. 

Lindsay Agbalokwu, 33, welcomed her daughter Zara on Tuesday outside DSST: Conservatory Green in Stapleton, Colorado.  

She had woken up that morning with cramps but wrote them off as Braxton Hicks contractions, also known as false labor pains, because she wasn't due until September 17. 

Unfazed by the pain, the sixth grade reading teacher went to work at DSST: Conservatory Green in Stapleton, Colorado, and carried on with her busy day.   

Agbalokwu made it through an awards assembly before the cramps worsened to the point that she realized she was in labor.  

'In the classroom, the pain went from zero to 100,' the mother told Yahoo

Fellow teacher Marissa Kast stepped in to cover Agbalokwu's classroom as Principal Natalie Lewis and Dean of Students Chris Earls escorted her outside.

They put a sleeping bag on the ground for Agbalokwu to lie on while she waited for an ambulance arrived, but her newborn daughter wasn't in the mood to wait. 

A 911 dispatcher gave delivery instructions to Lewis and Earls, who coached her through several 'terribly painful minutes' as baby Zara came into the world.  

'I was in so much pain, I didn't care that these people are my bosses — they are both parents,' Agbalokwu said. 'They were my support people.'  

Lewis and Earls were relieved of their duties a few minutes later when first responders arrived to finish the unusual delivery and bring Agbalokwu and Zara to the hospital.  

The pair are now back at home with Agbalokwu's husband and their 17-month-old son. 

The mother said she believes the dramatic birth is a sign of Zara's feisty spirit. 

'When she was ready, she just said: "Boom. I'm coming out,"' Agbalokwu told The Denver Channel.

'I think it will be indicative of her personality to come. That she will be a firecracker. She's going to do great things.' 

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7440629/Sixth-grade-teacher-gives-birth-sidewalk-outside-Denver-middle-school.html

stella Posted on September 22, 2019 19:58

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Mum's boyfriend admits killing Alfie Lamb, 3, who was crushed to death by car seat

A man has pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of Alfie Lamb who was crushed to death by a car seat.

Stephen Waterson, 26, admitted to killing the three-year-old son of his girlfriend Adrian Hoare at an appearance at the Old Bailey this afternoon.

A jury was unable to reach a verdict on the same charge in a trial which ended in March.

Alfie was killed in February 2018 when he was fatally crushed after being placed in the rear footwell of Waterson's Audi convertible. 

He collapsed by the time the car reached Croydon and died in hospital three days later.

Afterwards, Waterson, adopted son of former Tory minister Nigel Waterson, orchestrated a cover-up to avoid being implicated in the death.

In March Alfie's mother, Adrian Hoare, was cleared of manslaughter but found guilty of child cruelty and assaulting another witness 19-year-old Emilie Williams.

Hoare and Williams had been in the Audi along with Waterson and Marcus Lamb when Alfie was fatally crushed.

They had been on a shopping trip in Sutton.

Jurors were shown CCTV of Alfie running to keep up with his mum moments before he was put in the car.

In a police interview played to the court, 19-year-old Ms Williams said Waterson's seat "was right back... because he said he had to stretch his legs right out".

"Alfie was kicking the chair, asking him to move it forward" but apart from shifting it "for a few seconds", Waterson refused, the jury heard.

It was alleged Waterson, a nightclub worker, became annoyed at Alfie's crying and twice moved his front passenger seat into him as he sat at his mother's feet.

When Alfie sobbed he did not have enough space Waterson was alleged to have said: "I'm not being told what to do by a three-year-old," and pushed the seat back again 'in a fit of childish temper'.

Despite Alfie's distress, Hoare said the boy was "getting himself worked up" and she told him to "shut up", Ms Williams said.

Ms Williams added that when the boy was lifted from the car by Waterson, he looked "pale" and was not moving.

Afterwards Waterson orchestrated a cover-up to avoid being implicated in the death which included selling the car and pressuring witnesses to lie.

As police closed in, Waterson gave officers a false name and false statement, and sold the Audi.

He threatened to make Hoare and the other witnesses "disappear" if they did not stick with their fake stories.

Hoare eventually broke her silence and told her half sister Ashleigh Jeffrey what happened in a taped conversation handed to police.

But Waterson blamed Mr Lamb, who he regarded as a step brother, for being a "grass" and put his foot on his head during a violent assault in Crystal Palace Park which was filmed on his mobile phone.

Ahead of his fresh trial, Waterson, of Croydon, changed his plea and admitted Alfie's manslaughter by gross negligence.

As part of his basis for entering a guilty plea to manslaughter, Waterson maintained he only pushed the seat back one time.

A pathologist found Alfie died from crush asphyxia caused by the car seat.

The injuries he had suffered are more typically seen in a road traffic accidents.

The man believed to be Alfie's father, Hoare's ex Richard Lamb, was jailed for three years in April 2017 for arson after setting fire to the flat where she and Alfie were living.

Hoare is currently serving two years behind bars.

Waterson will be sentenced a week today.

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/breaking-alfie-lamb-man-26-19171096

stella Posted on September 22, 2019 19:41

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Man, 41, who has THREE wives says monogamy made him 'insecure'

A retired firefighter and former bouncer who has three wives and eight children has said that he abandoned 'insecure' monogamy because he 'loves everybody' and wanted to build a family his own way. 

Jermaine Roquemore, 41, who lives with first wife Angelica, 41, second partner Leighanne, 36, and third partner Maria, 41, along with his nine children in Bakersfield, California, started his family when he was 16-years-old.

And it has just kept growing and growing since, with a current age gap of 23 years between the oldest and youngest sibling.

'We were taught to be monogamous and I feel like that just makes us become insecure', he said

'We're told to go out there and find the one, the perfect love, the perfect mate and spend the rest of our lives on this earth with just that one person. 

'To me that was very unideal because I love everybody.

Polyamory has opened that door and that opportunity for us to expand our horizons.

'But to expand it together instead of being a broken home and me having multiple partners all over the world, we combined ourselves mentally, physically, emotionally, financially and have built this empire.'

Jermaine met his first wife, real estate worker Angelica, when they were both 19 years old. After getting married she did not demand monogamy, and asked her husband to respect her and her well-being.

Three years later he met the woman who was to become his second partner, retail manager Leighanne, 36, in an online chat room. They fell in love and in September 2001 she moved in with Jermaine and Angelica.

And, in 2015, Jermaine met his third partner, analyst Maria, 41, on a dating app. They met several times before deciding they wanted to spend the rest of their lives together. She moved in with the rest of the family.

Jermaine and Angelica have three children called Hennayee Janiverly, 19, Jermaine Deon, 17, and Lodum Quinton, 14, while he has four sons with Leighanne called Braylon Lee Anthony, 15, Aniken Raz, 13, Izan Marcel, 11, and Holden Jermaine, 9.

He also has a daughter with his third partner Maria, two-year-old Amelia, and a 25-year-old son that he had when he was 15 years old.

It's like having a team of warriors that constantly have your back and support your well-being', he said describing what it's like to have three wives.

'This combination of love we built has allowed me the opportunity to love unconditionally and learn the differences it takes to emotionally, mentally and physically support each of them in their and my own way.

'I look at these women as a piece of my body. An extension of my love. This is our normal and because we don't live what this world calls a normal life, one husband, one wife. 

'We are doing just as fine living the way we are in this situation just as good as one on one partnership. One on three is fine with us.

'It's our life decision and we wouldn't change it for this world. We used to share the same room at one time but now the adults are divided up into three rooms and I get to take turns sleeping in three different beds.'

His wives also have the option of taking another partner as well, if they would like to

His wife Angelica said that she was not sure what she wanted in a family but, after seeing friends with large families, she felt she wanted a 'bigger' one. 

'Being in a polyamorous relationship means having the extra support within our household to be able to achieve what most other families cannot. 

'Our plan is to continue to build our empire and become successful along the way of teaching our children to be successful.'

The family have a strong presence on social media,  and regularly post updates for their followers.

'Don't judge us for who we are because this is the only life we have. If you want to love more, that's great for us', said Jermaine.

'If that's not how you want to live, we're not going to judge you. Just allow us the opportunity to love the way we choose to love.

'I'd rather promote healthy, happy relationships rather than cheating and lying relationships because then it turns into a tragic situation.'

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-7455935/Man-41-THREE-wives-says-monogamy-insecure.html

stella Posted on September 19, 2019 11:05

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The Husband Who Left His Wife in a Capsized Ship for a Lifeboat

Words of Wisdom aims to highlight important morals, which we feel our readers will benefit from reading. We hope you enjoy this fable.

What would come to your mind if you heard that a man jumped onto a lifeboat and left his wife behind on a capsized ship? It’s heartless? Selfish? Well, the reason behind his actions is something you might not expect.

This is a story that has been circulating on the internet about a life lesson that one teacher taught to her class. The lesson was about a cruise ship that capsized at sea and how a couple was forced to make a decision about who they should leave behind, as the life boat only had space for one person.

At that critical moment, the man pushed his way through and jumped onto the lifeboat, leaving his wife standing on the sinking ship. She then shouted something to her husband.

The teacher stopped the story to ask the class, “What do you think she shouted?” The majority of the students said that the woman shouted, “I hate you!”

It does not come as a surprise to us that the students would think this way. Most of us would have thought the same, as the answer seems logical, considering that the man left her behind to die alone. But there was one boy in class who didn’t speak, and the teacher noticed his quietness.

She asked him for his answer and he said, “Miss, I believe she would have shouted, ‘Take care of our child!’”

The boy’s answer surprised the teacher. She asked, “Have you heard this story before?”

He shook his head and said, “Nope, but that was what my mom told my dad before she died.”

“That answer is right,” the teacher told the class.

After the ship sank with his wife, the man went home to bring up their daughter by himself. The daughter later found her dad’s diary one day while tidying his belongings many years after his death.

She discovered the reason that her mother was left behind—her mother was diagnosed with a terminal illness, and therefore her father had to save his own life in order to raise her.

“How I wished to be at the bottom of the ocean with you, but for the sake of our daughter, I had to let you lie forever below the sea alone,” he wrote.

Everyone was silent by the time the teacher finished the story.

Though this might not be based on a true story, it does teach us never to judge someone by looking at things from the surface, and this is something that we should always remember.

https://www.theepochtimes.com/life-lesson-the-husband-who-left-his-wife-in-a-capsized-ship-for-a-lifeboat_3076325.html

stella Posted on September 19, 2019 10:17

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Devastated couple move wedding to say vows before terminally-ill husband dies

A newlywed mum has spoken of her devastation after her wedding was brought forward when her husband was given a heartbreaking diagnosis.

Debbie Cooper, 45, was shocked to learn that her partner of 11 years, Mark, 47, had a life-limiting illness and had been given a maximum of two years to live.

Mr Cooper began to feel unwell in August 2018 after returning from a family holiday and went to get checked out.

But his health continued to decline and he was told by doctors in May he had motor neurone disease.

Mrs Cooper told Hull Live : "Mark was always a fit and healthy man and cycled and played golf every weekend and even used to play for Hull City.

But Mark started to become unwell after we came back from holiday last August and said he felt 'funny' and had aches and pains and sounded slurred and drunk when he spoke.

"He got checked out and doctors thought he'd had a stroke but was treated for that and still got worse.

"He lost a lot of weight and started Googling his symptoms. He already had an idea of what it might be but didn't want to frighten me.

"When Mark went to the hospital again and was told that he had motor neurone disease, it was just the worst news as there is no cure."

She added: "The diagnosis was devastating and it was something that I thought happened to other people, but that it would never happen to our family.

"If Mark had been told he had cancer, I think I'd be able to deal with that as both my parents died of cancer so I can understand it more, and at least there are some cures for cancer, but MND is incurable."

Faced with Mr Cooper losing the ability to walk and talk, the couple decided to move their wedding and honeymoon forward to ensure that he would still be fit enough to walk down the aisle and say his vows.

The day was bittersweet for the couple, but they both enjoyed their day and the family holiday in Turkey that doubled up as a honeymoon.

Mrs Cooper added: "It was a fabulous but emotional day. We've both been married before but this time the wedding was everything we wanted and more. My 12-year-old son gave me away as I've lost both parents and that in itself was emotional.

"Mark was shattered by the end and we had to go to bed early, but the day itself was amazing and as happy as much as it was sad."

The couple has launched a fundraising drive to convert a bedroom and wet room downstairs.

"Mark is a proud man and doesn't want to ask for charity but we don't have the money for all the home adjustments," she added.

"Every little helps and anything we can raise is amazing - I feel quite embarrassed asking for money but it's my only option and it's hard but I need to do it in order to give Mark the quality of life that he needs."

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/devastated-couple-move-wedding-say-20055853

stella Posted on September 19, 2019 10:10

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Fiancee of murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi could also have been victim

The fiancee of murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi may have escaped being a second victim of the killing, according to Turkish police.

Investigators said the writer's killers were most likely unaware his fiancee, Hatice Cengiz, was waiting for him outside the Saudi consulate, where he was killed on October 2 last year.

The 59-year-old had gone into the consulate in Istanbul to collect divorce papers for his upcoming wedding to Ms Cengiz.

She was left waiting outside for him and his remains have never been found. Turkish police now think if she had entered the embassy she too would have been murdered.

Khashoggi, a critic of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, was killed by a 17-man hit squad of Saudi operatives.

Turkish police believe his dismembered body may have been disposed of in a cooking furnace on the grounds of the Saudi consul's nearby residence and burned, according to Turkey's state-run news agency, Anadolu.  

Police believe Khashoggi's dismembered body could have been carried from the consulate where he was murdered to the consul general's residence nearby where his remains were burnt. 

The consulate had two wells and a gas and wood floor furnace that could reach heat of over 1,000 degrees, destroying any DNA traces, Anadolu said today, quoting a report by the Turkish police. 

After making numerous contradictory statements about Khashoggi's fate, Riyadh said he had been killed and his body dismembered when negotiations to persuade him to return to Saudi Arabia failed.

Police believe information obtained in the investigation indicated that the dismembered remains of Khashoggi may have been burned, Anadolu said.

Despite Turkey's investigation looking at the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul, the consul's residence and several other locations, Khashoggi's remains have not been found.

Khashoggi's killing has severely strained ties between Turkey and Saudi Arabia, although Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has good ties with the Saudi monarch, King Salman.

Erdogan has said Khashoggi's killing was ordered by the highest level of Saudi leadership and has repeatedly called on Saudi officials to identify a 'local cooperator' involved in the killing. Riyadh has rejected accusations that the crown prince was involved.

Footage from the police report shown on Turkish televisions showed a man believed to be a Khashoggi impersonator walking alongside a man police say is the 'local cooperator' in the case. The identity of the man was not immediately clear.

Last week a UN human rights expert said Khashoggi was murdered in a 'brutal and premeditated killing' carried out by Saudi officials.

Agnes Callamard, the UN special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, made her assessment after visiting Turkey.

Callamard also said that Saudi Arabia undermined Turkey's efforts to investigate the death and that the killing was carried out 'by officials of the State of Saudi Arabia'.

Turkish officials have been frustrated by what they say is a lack of cooperation by Riyadh and have called for an international inquiry.

After denying Khashoggi was killed in the consulate for several weeks, Saudi Arabia indicted 11 people in the killing and is seeking the death penalty against five of them.

Turkey says Saudi Arabia must reveal the identity of a person who is thought to have disposed of the journalist's body and hold all involved accountable.

Khashoggi's killing provoked widespread revulsion and tarnished the image of Crown Prince bin Salman, previously admired in the West for pushing deep changes including tax reform, infrastructure projects and allowing women to drive. 

US intelligence agencies believe the crown prince ordered an operation to kill Khashoggi. 

CCTV footage emerged in December allegedly showing Jamal Khashoggi's body parts being carried into Saudi Arabia's consul residence in bags and suitcases on the day he was murdered.

The images feature three men carrying five suitcases and two large black bags into the home of the Saudi consul general in Istanbul, Turkey.

The residence lies a short distance from the Saudi consulate where Khashoggi was butchered in a killing that has tested Riyadh's relations with the West.

Saudi Arabia has also repeatedly rejected Turkish demands to extradite suspects connected to the murder of the journalist, a critic of the crown prince. 

The journalist had decided to leave his native Saudi Arabia for the US in September 2017, but was lured to the embassy in Istanbul on in October this year to collect papers for his upcoming marriage. 

Listening devices planted inside the building by Turkish intelligence captured the 'kill squad' planning the murder in the days before and carrying it out.

A report by the Washington Post, to which Khashoggi was a contributing columnist, says that when he arrived at the consulate a member of the team asked 'whether he would take tea'.

The paper reports that there was an 'edge' in Khashoggi's voice when he accepted the drink that betrayed his sense of unease.

Shortly afterwards, a member of the Saudi 'kill squad' chillingly told the journalist he would be 'going back to Saudi Arabia', before injecting him with a lethal dose of sedative. 

Khashoggi's final gasps for air are audible on the tape recordings, officials told the Washington Post.

They added that there was nothing to suggest that the team had any intent to take Khashoggi alive.

Further reports quoting those who have listened to the recordings claim Khashoggi's last words were to tell his killers 'I can't breathe'.

Just moments after his gasps faded, the silence on the tape gives way to the sound of an electric saw, consistent with reports that Khashoggi's body was dismembered. His remains have never been found. 

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6705267/Jamal-Khashoggis-fiancee-narrowly-missed-killed-alongside-journalist.html

stella Posted on September 19, 2019 10:02

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Mother Of Two Ties Knot With Tree

A woman has exchanged wedding vows with a tree in an attempt to bring attention to the destruction of green spaces near where she lives. 

Kate Cunningham, 34, from Melling, Merseyside, tied the knot with an elder tree in Rimrose Valley Park, in Litherland, as family and friends watched on this weekend.

The mother-of-two, who wore an olive green dress, a home-made skirt and green pumps for the event, also announced that she would be changing her name by deed poll to Kate Rose 'Elder', after the species of tree to which she is now married. 

She said: 'At first it was just an idea. Then we decided that we were going to make it happen.

'It's a great day for all the local community to come together. It's our day.'

The symbolic ceremony, which was attended by dozens of guests and was performed by local actor, musician, and poet, Davy Edge, is the latest attempt by local residents to halt plans to build a new bypass through Rimrose Valley.

The bypass, proposed by Highways England, is a three-mile long dual carriage intended to ease traffic congestion into the Port of Liverpool.

Miss Cunningham said that she was inspired by female activists from Mexico who held similar ceremonies to bring attention to illegal logging and land clearing, and that she hoped to draw attention to the campaign to save Rimrose Valley park. 

The former primary school behaviour support assistant said her family and boyfriend were supportive of her decision. 

She said: 'My boyfriend is very supportive of my decision. He's even helped make props for the ceremony.

'My oldest son was initially embarrassed when I told him I was going to do it, but he decided to come to the ceremony. It means a lot to him to be there. 

'My dad has been very supportive. He's been out in his van helping to organise everything for the big day.' 

Wishing to get the full bridal experience, Miss Cunningham added that she also treated herself to a hen party the night before her big day.

She continued: 'We had a little hen gathering in Rimrose last night by the tree to mark the occasion.'

The environmental activist said she felt that she needed to take more of an unconventional approach to raising awareness of the fate of Rimrose Valley.

She added: 'The spark for this idea came when it was announced that road was going to be built.

'I've been a protester marching in street demonstrations with thousands of other people but it doesn't attract enough attention from people.

'I want people to engage with the campaign and raise questions about the destruction of our green space. There are plenty of local people who aren't even aware of what is happening.

'This is particularly close to my heart. My mum died of an asthma attack and I suffer from a lung condition called bronchiectasis which means that my own lungs are prone to infection.

'Plans to bulldoze this beautiful place for yet another busy road makes no sense and are an attack on our health.

'There is already too much pollution in our region and we desperately need a solution which addresses this; not one which will make it even worse.'

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-7443367/Mother-two-marries-tree-changes-surname-deed-poll-Elder.html

stella Posted on September 19, 2019 09:54

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Weddings Don’t Have to Be Expensive – British Couple Gets Married Wearing Jeans and T-Shirts At Their £250 Wedding

A bride and groom decided to wear T-shirts and jeans when tying the knot, and are sharing photos to show weddings don’t need to cost loads of money to be magical. Rebecca Maxwell, 26, and Glen Maxwell, 30, wore jeans, personalised ‘bride’ and ‘groom’ T-shirts and trainers for both their ceremony and reception. The newlyweds bought similar personalised tops for the bridal party, best man and mother and father of the bride and asked their 40 guests to wear jeans and t-shirts too. Rebecca and Glen got engaged back in August 2016, and quickly started planning a massive white wedding. The more they planned, the more they realised a posh wedding just wasn’t right for them. Totting up the costs of the occasion only caused the couple stress and they were fed up of agonising over a budget instead of being excited about the romance. One evening Glen told Rebecca: ‘We could get married in jeans and T-shirts and I’d still love you.’

Cute, right? They chose to take that idea to its natural conclusion and have a casual wedding that was all about their relationship, not spending loads of money. They’re sharing their story to encourage other people to ditch the pressures of a big wedding and focus on having a day that’s special to them. Rebecca, of Blyth, Northumberland, said: ‘When we were planning our wedding, we started doing everything to please other people. ‘Our guest list was getting out of hand. You feel like you have to invite people because you don’t want to upset them rather than because you want them there. ‘We had spent hours looking through Pinterest at all the dresses, cakes and decorations and you do get sucked in.

‘But at the end of the day me and Glen just really weren’t bothered about all of that. ‘I had even bought a wedding dress but after having [my daughter] Eleanor I went to try it on again and I ended up crying. It just was not what I wanted at all.’ The couple’s original wedding was planned to take place at a farm at Christmas time, set to cost them £14,000. Instead they said their vows at the town hall in Darlington on 26 April with 40 of their closest friends and family. The ceremony cost just £250. After doing the official wedding bit, Rebecca and Glen took their guests to Center Parcs Whinfell Forest in the Lake District for a carvery dinner costing £400. Instead of a pricey wedding cake, they spent £35 on a selection of Morrisons cupcakes and a sheet cake with a photo of the couple printed on top. With T-shirts and jeans for the wedding party coming in at £150, £200 spent on flowers and £70 for Rebecca’s hair and makeup, the couple’s big day cost just £1,105 in total.

Saving so much on their wedding meant Rebecca and Glen were left with £6,000 savings, which they used to treat their wedding party to a weekend at Center Parcs. Rebecca and Glen say the lowkey day was perfect for them, as they ‘just like simple things’, preferring a night in to a posh holiday away. ‘We just love each other’s company,’ said Rebecca. ‘What was special was that we were going to join together and I was going to have the same surname as my little girl. ‘A big dress or fancy day, that all paled into insignificance.

I want to show other brides that if they don’t have a big budget, it doesn’t matter. They don’t have to spend a fortune or put all that pressure on themselves. ‘As long as you marry the person you love, surrounded by people you love, your day will be special. ‘Me and my husband are still married just like all those people who are in £20,000 debt. ‘I do really believe that so many people lose sight of the real reasons to get married. ‘It becomes like a big expensive show, a production for everyone else and the real reasons are lost in all that. ‘It should be about how in love you are. I don’t know anyone who gets married just because they think their partner is alright.’

https://metro.co.uk/2019/09/11/couple-get-married-jeans-t-shirts-show-weddings-dont-expensive-10720871/

stella Posted on September 19, 2019 09:47

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'Mother and daughter' roll around on the floor in bitter street fight in front of jeering crowd of baseball bat-wielding neighbours

A shocking video captures the moment a 'mother and daughter' fight each other in the middle of a housing estate in front of horrified children. 

The battling pair were filmed on an estate in Grangetown, Middlesbrough, North Yorkshire, as a neighbour armed with a baseball bat jeers them on.  

Footage shows one woman, in black-striped grey joggers and a grey t-shirt, run over to a house on the estate where a woman in wellies is seen smoking.

The woman in the black-stripped joggers shouts and tries to budge past a neighbour in the front garden who is standing in front of the woman in wellies. 

As the woman in wellies finishes her cigarette, she shoves the neighbour out of her way and confronts the woman shouting at her.

In dramatic footage, the woman in striped jogging trousers launches into the other woman and the pair begin throwing punches at each other

Go on Trish' can be heard as the woman in wellies knocks the other woman to the ground and punches her repeatedly in the head.

A man then comes over and lifts the woman in wellies off the other woman, and places her on the ground. 

A woman wearing a red hoodie is then seen kicking out at the woman lying on the ground while the pair continue to scrap before someone can be heard saying: 'Let them get on with it'.

Larger crowds begin to gather, including two young children, before a man with a baseball bat appears on the scene.

The neighbour in the red jacket approaches the baseball-wielding man as he swipes the bat through the air.  

A man is then seen appearing to try and break the fight up by bending down, which led to Facebook users to suggest the man is wearing a 'thong.'

After a few scraps and kicks, which leads to the fight being taken onto a footpath, the pair are eventually broken up.

They continue to shout at each before one woman is taken into a house and the other taken into a car.       

Zara Davison posted the footage on her Facebook page on September 5 and has since racked up more than 358,000 views. 

The post has also received more than 1,500 comments, most of which are outraged this took place in front of children.

Emma 'rosey' Robertson said: 'Disgusting behaviour this in front of kids. Wouldn't even dare. Not something kids need to see at all!'

In response to Emma's comment, Vicki Hammond added: 'That's mother and daughter fighting, she's hitting her own f****** kid. They need help honestly.'

Natalie Kristina Tillson-Hill said: 'Going on like that in front of kids and everyone's buzzing, yeah cause that's really clever.'

Melanie Gibson commented: 'And this is the wonderful world we're living in right there, what chance do the kids have if grown adults are behaving like that.' 

However others appeared to be drawn to one of the men who appeared to be wearing a 'thong.'

Taking a screengrab of the clip, Andrew Simon Cope said: 'Is he wearing a thong?' 

Nicky Marshall also noticed the lingerie and commented: 'Watch this. I'm sure he's wearing a thong'. 

Cleveland Police say they received a report of an ongoing fight, but no crime was reported.

A spokeswoman said: 'Police received a report of an on-going fight in the street on Eglington Road in Grangetown at around 11am on Saturday 31 August.

'Officers attended, however, no one came forward with any injuries and no crime has been reported at this time.'

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7468617/Mother-daughter-roll-floor-bitter-street-fight-jeering-crowd

stella Posted on September 19, 2019 09:42

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Homeless parents forced to live in tent with six kids after being refused help

A homeless couple with a child as young as three have been raising their kids in a tent for a month. Joanne and Daniel Foster resorted to desperate measures after the pair fell ill and could no longer afford to rent. They appealed to their local council for help in March but were classed as ‘intentionally homeless’ – meaning they would not be prioritised for emergency accommodation. They pitched up tent in Daniel’s mum’s back garden in Kent, but fear their kids could catch pneumonia after waking up ‘absolutely freezing’ each morning. Joanne said: ‘The mornings at the moment are absolutely freezing – the kids wake up and you can hear the sniffles.

We don’t know how cold it’s going to get. Pneumonia, it can kill a child. ‘It’s horrible knowing that instead of going into their beds, they have got to go into a tent. ‘Putting them to bed in a tent – there are just no words at all. ‘Getting them ready for school out of a tent has been an absolute nightmare because they used to take so long anyway. ‘So trying to get them up and getting them ready with breakfast – waking up and it’s cold as well – it’s not nice at all. ‘It’s disgusting. Their human rights have been taken away from them and they haven’t done anything wrong.’

Before being made homeless Daniel worked as a French polisher at the houses of A-list celebs such as George Michael, while Joanne worked as a part-time barmaid. However, things quickly spiralled when they both contracted arthritis, forcing them to quit their jobs and switch over to benefits. Joanne said: ‘My husband was working, he had a brilliant job. ‘We were both really happy just plodding along, we didn’t have any worries. ‘Everything just got so behind that we just couldn’t get out of that situation, as much as we tried we just couldn’t.’ Thanet District Council are searching for emergency accommodation for the Fosters’ and their kids, who are between 3 and 14.

Joanne said she would take even a one bedroom property to give them a roof over their head -but claim the council have refused this option. She claims the local authority won’t give her a one or two bed because they say her eldest daughter needs her own room. Joanne said: ‘They say because my eldest daughter is 14 she’s got to have her own room. ‘But she hates sleeping on her own anyway so I’d happily take a three-bedroom house. ‘I’ve got three girls and three boys and they’ve all shared rooms. ‘I’d even take a two-bedroom and sleep in the front room – anything will do just to put a roof over my kids especially when it’s getting colder. ‘Even a one-bedroom – just anything that I can put my kids into.

Kent County Council, which runs social services for the area, was unable to comment on the case. A Thanet District Council spokesperson said they couldn’t comment on individual cases. The issue has now been brought to the attention of Anne Longfield, Children’s Commissioner for England. She said: ‘Regardless of the specifics of a case, for children, there should be a general and vital principle is that it cannot, in this country, at this time, be right that six of them live in a tent in a garden as their home. ‘Children need stable, safe and permanent homes within which not only to live, but to thrive and get the best start in life. A tent does not fulfil that. ‘Once families reach a crisis point, there are often a number of things that they and the authority could and should have done earlier to resolve the issue, but at this point this cannot be the end, or even a short term, solution’.

https://metro.co.uk/2019/09/12/homeless-parents-forced-live-tent-six-kids-refused-help-10731108/

stella Posted on September 19, 2019 09:35

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Four kids almost killed when an iPhone charger burst into flame and engulfed their home

A mother-of-four says her children are lucky to be alive after an iPhone charger exploded in her Perth home, leaving them just minutes to run for their lives.

Melodie Gangell, 39, and her family lost everything they owned in the fire which started when an extension cord was plugged into the wall socket, and linked to an iPhone charger.  

Within minutes, flames filled their home in Noranda, about 10km north of the Perth CBD.

Now she is urging people to learn from her near-fatal mistake.  

'I do it all the time, my 15-year-old daughter does it... the phone wasn't even plugged in at the time,' she said. 

'We all do it... we plug things in, think "oh that doesn't reach, I'll just get an extension cord" - how many times have we plugged our phone in then grabbed it and just left?'   

Ms Gangell was at work and her four children, aged 9-18, were at home when the blaze broke out.

She said her eldest child had heard two loud popping noises coming from their front lounge room and gone to investigate. 

Her son Kale, 18, headed in to check on the noise, but before he got there, a third pop sounded and the wall socket burst into flames. 

'He knew straight away the fire was electrical and he couldn't put it out,' Ms Gangell said. 

'He grabbed my nine-year-old son and basically threw him out the door.'

Her two daughters, aged 15 and 12, were also able to escape, with one forced to climb out her brother's bedroom window when the smoke became too thick to navigate. 

Firefighters told Ms Gangell they could not see any source other than the socket in their front room, which only had an extension cord linked to an iPhone charger plugged in. 

'Whether it overheated or anything, I don't know,' she said. 

'From what I've heard from the neighbours, it was literally five minutes and the whole house was engulfed.'

Ms Gangell and her children have not yet been able to access the property, but photographs taken by her partner Ben, who was able to quickly walk through before the property was fenced off, show the utter devastation. 

Paint on the walls - where they still exist - has turned black, and the floor is covered in roof tiles and a thick layer of soot. 

Ms Gangell said she is still processing all that has happened, and said while using an extension cord for a phone charger is not uncommon, she won't be doing it again. 

The family of five are currently squeezed into Ms Gangell's partner's home, which he shares with a housemate, and are desperately fundraising to be able to afford to start over from scratch. 

'Like lots of others doing it tough as a single parent, they could not afford and did not have contents insurance,' their GoFundMe page reads.

'They now have nothing other than the clothes they had on today and their two dogs.'

The mother-of-four said she has been overwhelmed with offers of free furniture and clothing collections set up for her family through local community and single parenting groups on Facebook. 

Despite the help, Ms Gangell said there are some things that can not be replaced. 

'It really hit me - I have a blanket from my grandma, and I know that's gone and that was the only thing I have of her left,' she said. 

'I've stayed really strong and really calm and just kept going, because that's what you do when you have children, you stay strong and you don't break.

'It may seem silly, but when it's the only thing you have of someone and you just think - oh my god it's gone.'

Ms Gangell said the experience had left her committed to being more vigilant when it comes to safety, and warns everybody should take the same approach. 

  

'I guess just monitor [power cords] - don't leave it turned on, plugged in and just sitting there,' she said.  

'Turn everything off - take the extra two seconds. 

'And make sure you tell people you love them and you care about them, and don't worry about the silly stuff - this has been a big eye opener.'

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7446761/Four-kids-killed-iPhone-charger-burst-flame-engulfed-home.html

stella Posted on September 19, 2019 09:04

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Policewoman jumped in river to try and save drowning baby thrown off bridge

A policewoman who raced to save a baby allegedly thrown from a bridge into a river later tweeted about her "worst shift" ever.

Constable Jessica Voiels, 24, was one of the first to arrive at the scene to try to rescue Zakari Bennett-Eko.

The 11-month-old had allegedly been thrown into the water. His father Zak Bennett-Eko, 22, has been charged with murder.

The baby died despite frantic efforts of emergency crews to save his life.

Miss Voiels took to Twitter to describe the horrific incident at the River Irwell in Radcliffe, Greater Manchester, saying "Had my worst shift yesterday. I can't see many things being as bad as that in the future."

The police officer's mother Julie McCormick later said her daughter had leapt into the water on Wednesday afternoon in an attempt to save the child.

Mrs McCormick said: "She jumped into the river to try to save the baby. It is awful.

"Her sergeant sent her a text saying not many people go through that in a lifetime.

"People have been texting her saying that they hope she is OK. They are so proud of her and she has handled it really well."

However, Greater Manchester Police denied any officers had entered the water, saying it would have been unsafe to do so. On her Twitter feed Miss Voiels, who describes herself as a "response cop in Bury," received messages of support from colleagues and friends.

Inspector Jim Jones posted a tweet praising the officer, who graduated from Liverpool University with a criminology degree.

"Many cops will never deal with that in 30 years," he wrote. "Proud of you." The baby was rescued from the water by firefighters before being rushed to hospital by ambulance. Yesterday Bennett-Eko was remanded in custody at Manchester Magistrates' Court. He is due to appear before a judge on Monday.

The child's mother, Emma Blood, 22, issued a tribute to her son, describing him as a "cheeky chappie" who had everyone wrapped around his little finger.

She said: "On Wednesday afternoon my life changed forever. "Zakari was my life for 11 months and will be the heart of our family for many years to come. He was a cheeky little chappie with a smile that melted hearts. He was the youngest of five generations of our family and was loved beyond belief.

Zakari wrapped everyone around his little finger. He was a happy and content baby with a gorgeous little smile and a head full of curls. Everyone that met him fell in love with him instantly.

"It's hard to comprehend that I will not get to see my baby grow up to be the handsome decent man I knew he would become."

Zakari was rescued by fire crews around 100 yards from the bridge and paramedics tried to revive him.

Police initially said he was in a critical condition but his mother was told he was dead when she arrived at A&E.

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=12267720

stella Posted on September 19, 2019 08:38

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Father-of-two who lost his sight in horrific London acid attack 20 years ago finally has his vision restored after undergoing pioneering stem cell treatment

A father's eyesight has been miraculously restored through a clinical trial of stem cell treatment more than two decades after losing it in an acid attack.

James O'Brien, 44, was sprayed with ammonia by a younger student at his school on his way home from the cinema at 18 years old in Sutton, London - leaving him blind in his right eye. 

In the moment his 'face felt like fire' and he thought he was going to die with acid pouring into his nostrils and mouth. He was then rushed to hospital where he spent two weeks on eye drops and other medications.

But the father-of-two went on to become one of the first patients to undergo life-changing £92,000 eye surgery on the NHS as he 'felt like (he) had nothing to lose'.

The stem cells from his healthy left eye were grown in a lab for six months in Modena, Italy, around a year ago, as part of the trial. 

Surgeons at Moorfields Eye Hospital in London then replaced the scar tissue from his right eye with the lab-produced stem cells, last year.

They gave the cells one year to adjust before inserting a cornea and the medical procedure was completed in June. 

The success of the surgery 'means the world' and has 'definitely improved (his) life' as he is a keen cyclist. More importantly it has had a 'really positive' impact on how he feels about himself.

James, who lives in York with his wife Lisa, said: 'It's the little things I've appreciated the most, like being able to see my wife and children clearly for the first time. 

'Before I could barely see the chart with all the letters on, now I can see the third line down and it's only going to get much better.'    

Dr Sajjad Ahmad who performed the surgery said James 'kindly accepted to be the guinea pig' for the treatment and because of the result, they can offer it to 'everyone who needs it. 

He hopes to develop the treatment for people blinded in acid attacks and suffering degenerative diseases.

'This is going to have a huge impact. A lot of these patients are young men so it affects their work, their lives, those around them.'

James has a six-year-old daughter and a four-year-old son with his wife - and there were instances where other children would 'recoil in horror' at his right eye's heavy scarring. 

James has said a passerby who rushed over and poured some of the ammonia away might have saved his left eye. 

However, doctors told him early on he was likely to have suffered permanent damage.

'It was a traumatic thing to go through, particularly at such a young age,' James added, and was a case of being 'in the wrong place at the wrong time'.

 

He went on to identify the attacked who he claims has spent years in a Young Offenders Institute.

Prior to the surgery James's right eye was heavily scarred but part of the operation involved surgeons smoothing out the scarring and making the damage there before far less pronounced.  

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) have approved the treatment for all eligible patients.        

https://www.msn.com/en-nz/news/world/father-of-two-who-lost-his-sight-in-horrific-london-acid-attack-20-years-ago-finally-has-his-vision-restored-after-undergoing-pioneering-stem-cell-treatment/ar-AAHl25V

stella Posted on September 18, 2019 14:18

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Man breaks silence on wife's 'unforgivable' attempt to have him killed

A Gold Coast mechanic whose crazed wife hired a hitman to have him murdered has broken his silence about her conviction.

Malcolm Stewart, 64, was married to air hostess Theresa Dalton for 25 years but when the marriage broke down, she did the unimaginable and conspired to have him killed.

“It’s unforgivable, what she’s done to me,” Mr Stewart told A Current Affair.

“I organised a bullet-proof vest through a friend that I had to wear 24/7 night and day for 14 months and I only took it off to shower,” he said.

Mr Stewart says he felt a “huge sigh of relief” when 67-year-old Dalton was convicted in the Brisbane Supreme Court of attempting to commission Malcolm’s murder.

“Right throughout her life, Theresa has got away with everything,” he said.

“Teflon Terry, nothing sticks.”

Ms Dalton was remanded in custody awaiting sentence in April.

Mr Stewart says he now hopes that maybe he can get his life back after living in fear for a decade.

“Even now I'm still alert, I don't know whether I'll ever get rid of that," he said.

“It’s changed me, I'm not like a normal person where they can totally relax.”

Since the murder plot was enacted 10 years ago, Mr Stewart has suffered a heart attack, lost vision in both eyes for a month and is now suffering kidney failure.

“She's destroyed me mentally and financially and my health has deteriorated very fast,” he said.

Before enacting her plans to have him killed, Theresa Dalton came to Malcolm Stewart’s mechanic business at Nerang and delivered a chilling threat.

“She came in here with no warning, opened the door and said to me, 'I'm going to mentally destroy you, I’m going to financially destroy you and then I’m going to have you killed',” he said.

“I was terrified and I knew she was capable of doing it.”

The former air hostess tasked her new boyfriend Anthony Werner with trying to find a hitman to have Malcolm killed to prevent him getting any assets.

"She just said, 'Malcolm's gotta go'. She wanted to get rid of him. She didn't want to share the assets they owned,” Anthony Werner told a Supreme Court jury during Dalton’s trial.

He hired Mathew Neels to carry out the hit for a sum of $20,000 upfront and another $20,000 on completion.

Police found Theresa Dalton had withdrawn $45,000 from her bank account in the months prior to Neels being hired.

But Mathew Neels turned out to be a thief not a hitman, taking the $20,000 and instead of murdering Malcolm Stewart he rang him to warn him.

“He said 'I'm just ringing to let you know that Anthony Werner is going to kill you. I'm just ringing to warn you, get out of where you are because you're going to die',” Mr Stewart said.

That was followed by calls from police offering assistance to help him hide but Malcolm refused as it would mean a change of identity and losing his business.

“I'd lost enough and I thought, if I lose my business for Theresa that’s the end of everything and I chose to get the bulletproof vest and just live through the rough ride that I had,” he said.

He started noticing strange cars sitting outside his workshop and people following him when he left.

“I had eyes in the back of my head, I had to pull the curtains in the house I couldn't have the place opened up because I feared a drive-by shooting,” he said.

The long-running saga has not only cost him financially and mentally but he also hasn’t spoken to their only daughter for almost a decade.

“I just hope my own flesh and blood that maybe we can talk again one day before I die,” an emotional Mr Stewart told A Current Affair.

“That’s all I ask for,” he said.

https://www.msn.com/en-au/news/australia/man-breaks-silence-on-wifes-unforgivable-attempt-to-have-him-killed/ar-BBUUjlt?li=AA4Znz&%3Bocid=spartanntp

stella Posted on September 18, 2019 13:25

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Health care worker, 32, is found dead inside her home hours after sending her shattered family a baffling final text - as murder probe is launched and man is questioned by police

A woman found dead in a Perth home has been identified as a 32-year-old healthcare worker, as her shattered family reveal the baffling final text she sent.

A murder investigation is underway after Jessica Bairnsfather-Scott's body was found at a home on May Drive in Nollamara, in the north of the city, on Sunday morning.

A man known to Ms Bairnsfather-Scott was being questioned by police on Sunday night.

  

'There is no known ongoing risk to the public at this stage,' a police statement read. 

Earlier that day, Ms Bairnsfather-Scott's family said she had texted them photos showing a car crash, but when they tried to call her she didn't answer, according to Nine News

The woman's family later broke into the home through the roof, finding her body. 

A neighbour reported hearing screaming coming from the home on Friday night, but police were not called. 

Ms Bairnsfather-Scott's sister Alison Gibson told Nine: 'Just check on someone. Like look how close these houses are, they are literally wall to wall.

She was always smiling, she always made everyone happy around her. She was really kind, the life of the party,' Ms Gibson said.

'We are a really close family.'

The family stayed outside the family for 16 hours as police investigated.  

Distraught relatives were seen comforting each other outside the home on Sunday. 

'We are shattered. We are a really close family. She was so loved,' one said.

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stella Posted on September 18, 2019 12:45

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Baby beats cancer after mum donates part of her liver

A mother saved the life of her baby daughter who had been diagnosed with cancer, by donating her own liver. Despite a one in 200 chance of not making it through the operation, Sophie Barr, 25, says she ‘didn’t think twice’ about putting herself forward when she found out her daughter needed a transplant. At just three and a half months old, doctors found a tumour in baby Patricia’s liver.

She began chemotherapy in January, but her condition deteriorated and she ended up in intensive care. Parents Sophie and Andrew, 38, were told the best course of action would be a transplant, and Patricia was put on an emergency donor list at Leeds Children’s Hospital. After an agonising wait for the family, a suitable liver was found in March – but doctors cancelled the operation in the theatre because it turned out to be damaged.

However, test results came through the same day showing Sophie, from Sheffield, South Yorkshire, was a suitable match. She immediately agreed to donate 20 per cent of her liver. She said: ‘You don’t think about the risk to yourself, you just think that you could save your child’s life. I didn’t even think twice about it. I would do it again.’

Days later she underwent the six-hour surgery. She said: ‘I was put under anaesthetic at St James’s Hospital then part of my liver was transferred to Leeds Children’s Hospital to be given to Patricia.

‘Her operation began a couple of hours after mine. I couldn’t see her for three days but I think it was hardest on Andrew as he had us both in surgery at the same time.’ Patricia underwent her last round of chemotherapy in April – and a few months later her family were told she will need no further treatment. The youngster, who celebrated her first birthday last Tuesday, is now ‘loving life’. Sophie added: ‘We saw a difference in Patricia a week after her transplant. She was a different baby. ‘Our hope is she can go on now and live a normal, happy, healthy life.’

https://metro.co.uk/2019/09/15/baby-beats-cancer-mum-donates-part-liver-10748285/

stella Posted on September 18, 2019 12:33

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Alabama cop, 40, who was also dad of two girls, is shot in the face and killed during a gunfight with a wanted felon

An Alabama police officer from Tuscaloosa was shot dead while pursuing a wanted felon.

Dornell Cousette, a 40-year-old who served 13 years with the department was killed during a gunfight between the suspect and the officer. 

'Heroes come in many different forms,' said Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox. 'Tonight, one of our heroes has died in the line of duty.' 

Tuscaloosa Interim Police Chief Mitt Tubbs said Cousette received a tip a wanted suspect wanted on outstanding warrants for failure to appear on felony crimes was at his home.

When Cousette arrived, he saw the suspect on the front porch at which point the suspect ran inside.

As the officer followed the suspect, gunshots rang out and both the unidentified suspect and officer were wounded. 

Cousette was fatally shot in the face and died a short time later on the way to hospital. 

The 20-year-old suspect left the home after the shooting and also ended up in a nearby hospital where he was arrested.

The suspect had been previously arrested in 2017 on charges of robbery and assault.  

Cousette was a veteran of the U.S. Army and joined the police force in 2006. 

He is the fourth police officer to be shot to death in the line of duty in Alabama this year.

'It's terribly difficult,'' Chief Tubbs said. 'Every time you hear the phone ring, you just hope it's not this call. And unfortunately today it was this call.'

'We are a family, and it's very difficult to take,'' he said.

 

Cousette had two daughters and was engaged to be married.

'He was a great officer. Everybody loved him,' Tubbs said. 'You can tell by the number of people who arrived at the hospital when we got the news. He was well thought of throughout the department and he was a hero. He was a hero.' 

'Alabama has already lost three police officers to hostile fire during 2019 - the greatest amount due to gunfire in a single year in our state since 2009,' Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall told AL.com

'The violence that law enforcement faces is a significant issue, but it is also a reflection of a rise in violent crime being felt across the nation.' 

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7471881/Alabama-cop-40-dad-two-girls-shot-killed-gunfight.html

stella Posted on September 18, 2019 12:15

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Man loses 130lb in a year, watch his parents' reactions when he returns home

For some people with obesity, the prospect of losing weight might seem quite dim. The longer it goes on, the less they feel they have control of their increasing weight and the more likely they are to give up.

But there is always a way to get healthier, and when people do, they’re not just doing something great for themselves; they’re doing for it everyone they love and hold dear. Lucas Irwin is a young man from Bayfield, Ontario, who lives and works in the United Kingdom. He only gets to see his parents a couple of times a year, once in summer and once over the Christmas holidays.

However, Irwin’s weight had suddenly gotten out of control and this once-slender kid had reached over 300 pounds (approx. 136 kg).

But when the New Year’s Eve rolled in, Lucas decided enough was enough. His New Year’s resolution was to change his life, one pound at a time. So how did he face such a massive challenge? He started by keeping a food diary, writing down everything he ate for the day, and setting a 1,350 calorie limit for each day.

For moral support, Lucas leaned on the Reddit “Lose It” community. As Irwin told TODAY, “you can post your progress and they would help with diet tips and that sort of thing.”

As for his family, one of the things that Lucas decided early on was to catch them off guard. Instead of returning home over the summer, he made up an excuse to stay in the United Kingdom, saving his visit for Christmas.

As the months passed by, Lucas began to shed his excess weight. As he wrote on Reddit, “after I lost 100 pounds I started walking to work (5 miles) for about 2 months until it got too cold outside,” but he attributes almost all of the weight loss to his diet.

“No foods were off limit, but I survived mostly on tuna salad, chicken with salsa, frozen vegetables, beans and rice, turkey/roast beef sandwiches, spinach, and eggs,” he posted on the “Lose It” forum

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After losing an incredible 130 pounds (approx. 59 kg), it was finally time to reveal his miraculous progress to his parents and family. Irwin flew to Canada in 2013 and arrived at the house where the whole family would be spending Christmas ahead of their arrival. When they got to the house and he came down the stairs, the reunion definitely made all those months of hard work and determination worth it.

As Lucas padded down the stairs, “I was really nervous,” he told TODAY. “I was shaking and… it was very surreal.” His dad, Jeff Irwin, called up eagerly, “Hey buddy, how are you?” But then he saw the massive transformation and had to do a double-take. “Oh my God!” Then it’s Irwin’s mom’s turn, “Oh my God!”

His parents are clearly blown away by their son’s great new look. “I don’t even recognize you!” As his stepmom Susan Irwin said, “Doesn’t even look like Lucas. Sounds like Lucas!”

But most of all, as his parents told TODAY, they were proud of their son. “He looked just fantastic. I was more stunned than anything else,” his dad said. “Inside, I was just beaming. I was just… I was over the moon.”

Since then, Lucas has kept up the good habits and started gaining weight back, but in muscle not in fat. His online community and parents remain incredibly supportive of his healthy lifestyle.

“Just picturing it in my mind again, it brings back tears to my eyes again,” his stepmother said. An amazing year for this young man, whose simple decision to change his eating habits changed his life forever.

https://www.theepochtimes.com/man-loses-130lb-in-a-year-watch-his-parents-reactions-when-he-returns-home_3041272.html

stella Posted on September 16, 2019 22:51

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NFL Star Chris Smith Breaks His Silence After Girlfriend's Tragic Death: 'She's in a Better Place'

Cleveland Browns defensive end Chris Smith's girlfriend Petara Cordero died in a car accident on Wednesday

Cleveland Browns defensive end Chris Smith dedicated a touching message to honor his girlfriend Petara Cordero, who died in a car accident on Wednesday, weeks after the couple welcomed daughter Haven Harris Smith.

Alongside a slideshow of images highlighting some of the couple’s happy memories together, Smith shared that while he might not understand why Cordero was taken from him, he understands she’s “in a better place now.”

“God has a plan for all of us we can’t understand but she is in a better place now and she can rest easy,” he wrote, calling Cordero “my wifey, my best friend and the mother of my beautiful daughter.”

“Love you baby,” he added, including the hashtag “stay strong,” which appeared to be a reference to a tattoo Cordero had inked on her chest.

Smith also revealed on his Instagram Story that he had gotten the same words inked on himself along with several of their loved ones.

Cordero was a passenger in Smith’s Lamborghini when a tire blew out, causing their vehicle to swerve and hit a median on I-90 West in Cleveland, according to a statement from the Cleveland Browns.

Cordero got out of the car “without significant injuries,” only to be struck by an oncoming vehicle. After being taken to Cleveland Clinic Fairview Hospital, she was pronounced dead, local station News 5 reported.

The driver of the oncoming vehicle admitted to drinking before the accident, and a toxicology report is pending, Cleveland police told CNN. Smith was not impaired, both the Browns’ statement and CNN reported.

Freddie Kitchens, the head coach of the Browns, has said that the team is “going to support Chris,” who will be excused from team activities to grieve “as he sees best fit.”

“This goes beyond football. This was a 26-year-old young lady at the highlight of her life. Not to get too personal about it … Chris is a good dude. She was a good girl. We just want to support him in any way we can,” Kitchens said at a press conference on Thursday.

Smith and Cordero had announced their daughter Haven’s arrival on social media less than a month before her sudden and tragic death.

On Aug. 27, Smith shared photos of the new mom and baby, writing in the caption, “I’m so thankful to have another beautiful gift in this world my daughter Haven Harris Smith. You are such a blessing to me and your mother!! Love you Petara and Baby Haven??????.”

Cordero also shared photos of their baby on Instagram, writing, “This little girl has filled my heart with so much joy and love !! I’m so thankful that God chose me to be her mommy!! So excited for this life journey with you!!! Haven Harris Smith.”

https://people.com/sports/chris-smith-girlfriend-in-better-place-tragic-death/

stella Posted on September 16, 2019 22:45

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A WOMAN told she was in the menopause and that her partner had a low sperm count gave birth naturally – to twins.

Michelle Murray had been desperate to start a family with her car mechanic partner Michael Locker, 45. Her only hope was a fertility clinic, but just three weeks before going Michelle, 43, found out she was pregnant naturally. She gave birth to miracle babies Jackson and Melissa in June 2016. 

Michelle, a full-time mum, said: “Michael and I had thought there was no hope at all.

"I was in the menopause and he had a low sperm count, and the doctors told us it was not going to be possible for me to fall pregnant naturally. 

“Michael had come from a large family and we were both desperate to have a baby together, but it looked like it was never going to happen.

“When I found out I had fallen pregnant naturally, just before my appointment at the fertility clinic we were amazed.Then to find out it was twins, it was a real double miracle.” 

Michelle, who has sons Harry, 10, and Charlie, eight, from a previous relationship, wanted to start a family with Michael after meeting five years ago.

But after a few months of trying the couple from Hamilton, South Lanarkshire, went for tests and doctors discovered their fertility problems. 

Her twins were delivered by emergency caesarian at 32 weeks. “It was an amazing feeling to bring them home.

They have done really well since, and we feel like the luckiest parents in the world. Every day I look at them and feel so blessed. To think that I had twins when in the menopause is remarkable.” 

https://www.express.co.uk/life-style/life/1178103/michelle-murray-menopause-twins-pregnancy

stella Posted on September 16, 2019 22:33

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Woman desperate to become a mother reveals she lost 3st and underwent SIX rounds of IVF to realise her dream of starting a family

A woman has finally realised her dream of starting a family after losing 3st and going through six rounds of IVF treatment.

Marie Hooper, 33, from Sheffield, was devastated when doctors told her she would never have children, and that her weight was stopping her from being eligible for IVF.  

Despite having already lost three stone, taking her weight from 18st to 15st, doctors said she would need to lose another three in order to have IVF treatment. 

The determined Marie managed to lose the weight, dropping her weight to 12st, and went through six rounds of IVF to welcome two children  and completing her dream family-of-four. 

The couple were brokenhearted six years ago when, after nine months of trying, doctors said they wouldn't be able to conceive naturally.

The couple describe being 'shocked' to hear the 'devastating' news they'd 'never have kids', which is what some experts told them.

The 33-year-old former hairdresser was then advised by someone at work to look into IVF treatment and she booked a consultation in September 2013.

But Marie's renewed hope turned to heartache once again when a doctor said her weight would prevent her from undergoing the treatment.

Marie had already gone from 18 stone to 15 stone since the start of the year but she was told to lose another three before being eligible for an NHS IVF. 

'It was so frustrating to hear I needed to do more, especially because exercising wasn't something I enjoyed doing,' she said.

'But I was really motivated, I knew it was what I had to do in order to give me and my husband a baby, which is all we wanted.'

Marie continued to swap pizzas for peanuts and kebabs for kale, as well as using an exercise bike at home, to eventually reach her target weight of 12 stone at the start of 2015.

She credits much of her success to Slimming World, which she joined in 2013 when her weight loss journey begun.

The couple had their first attempt at IVF treatment in March that year but tragically it failed.

Marie said: ' That was a really awful thing to go through but I knew it was a possibility so we decided to try again really soon.'

Just two months later she found out she was pregnant following a second attempt at treatment.

In February 2016 the couple's first child, James, was born in their hometown of Sheffield, South Yorks.

Marie and Steve, a 35-year-old bus driver, say James's arrival was a 'dream come true' following three years of suffering.

Marie said: 'We had both been through so much to get to that point so to finally have had a baby felt amazing.'

'It was the end of a really long and difficult journey but I knew that I wanted to give it another go and try for a second.

'I wanted James to have a sibling. A sibling is like your best friend and I wanted to have that for him.'

But the process second time round proved to be even more painful than the first.

On Marie's third and fourth attempts at treatment her body failed to respond to the drugs and her fifth, in 2017, resulted in a miscarriage.

She said: 'After the fifth attempt, that was the worst month of my life. I was devastated. I felt so depressed I didn't want to be with anybody.

But after a few days, I decided I wanted to do it again. I was determined.'

The couple had already spent £9,000 on IVF and didn't have any money left so crowdfunded for financial support.

To their surprise the public donated a whopping £6,000, which enabled them to give treatment another go.

In March 2018, Marie got the brilliant news she was pregnant again and that December her youngest son Jack was born.

Marie said: 'Going through IVF is like going through the world's longest labour. It's so, so difficult because of the dramatic ups and downs.

'We'd hear good news one day then have it taken away the next, so it was hard to ever be happy.

'I felt like I had been cheated because all I wanted to do in life was to be a mum and I had to fight for it.'

She added: 'Looking at the family I have now makes me so, so happy.

'It's taken a lot of blood, sweat and tears but in the end it's all been worth it.

'My family are my everything, as long as my two sons and my husband are happy then I am too.'

Despite the immense toll the process has taken Marie wants her story to inspire other women to stick with IVF.

She said: 'I had so many setbacks but I stuck with it because I was so desperate for a family.

'I hope other people going through the same difficulties can see what's happened to me and be encouraged.' 

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-7434821/Mother-two-reveals-dream-family-losing-six-stone-going-six-rounds-IVF.html

stella Posted on September 16, 2019 22:26

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Hoarder jailed and fined £50,000 for leaving 100 dogs in utter squalor

A woman who left more than 100 dogs to suffer in crowded cages and no fresh drinking water has been ordered to pay £50,000. Lynn Stoker, 62, was breeding dogs but struggled to sell them on and ended up with a house full of animals. She initially asked for help re-homing the pets but began behaving ‘evasively’ and ‘aggressively’ so a search warrant was issued in May 2018. RSPCA inspectors found the dogs were found in shocking conditions at he home in Byrness Village, Northumberland.

During her trial, the court heard how two dogs had fractured jaws and many had obvious disease symptoms and were being kept in crowded cages. The animals didn’t have fresh drinking water and some animals were in such a bad state they needed to be put down.

Many of the dogs hadn’t had veterinary treatment in years and some were ‘at an advanced stage of suffering’, the court heard. Stewart Haywood, prosecuting, told South East Northumberland Magistrates’ Court Stoker had refused to co-operate with the RSPCA. She accused them of a ‘conspiracy’ to remove the dogs in order to make a profit for themselves. Paul Blanchard, defending, said: ‘It’s fair to say circumstances had got beyond my client. ‘She has the traits of a hoarder, which is a personality disorder. This wasn’t a deliberate act, it’s a reckless act.

She was not dealing with matters as she could have done, she closed her eyes to the reality of the situation.’ Sentencing, District Judge Bernard Begley said Stoker had ‘not a shred of remorse’ and repeatedly denied any fault. He added: ‘I really can’t find any redeeming features in your case.’ Stoker was led away in handcuffs after being handed a 21-week prison sentence. She was also disqualified from keeping or breeding animals for at least 15 years. The judge ordered her to pay £50,000 in costs after an initial application from the RSPCA asking for her to pay more than £290,000.

https://metro.co.uk/2019/09/13/hoarder-left-100-dogs-suffer-squalid-home-fined-50000-10738536/

stella Posted on September 16, 2019 22:05

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erminally ill dad and partner celebrate 'fairytale wedding' after thousands raised through fundraising appeal

A dad with incurable cancer and his partner celebrated their dream fairytale wedding after kindhearted family, friends and M.E.N readers donated thousands to a charity appeal.

Jack and Amber-Jay Taylor, of Newton Heath, tied the knot at St Mary's Church in Failsworth followed by a reception at Holy Family, also in Failsworth, on Saturday.

A total of £2,800 was raised through an online fundraising appeal set up by Amber's cousin to help the couple fulfil their final wish of getting married.

The wedding cars were donated by a complete stranger, while a 17-year-old boy donated his make-up and hair services for the bride and bridesmaids.

Room decorations and photography services were also given free of charge.

Amber's cousin, Gemma Blackhurst, created a GoFundMe page for the couple who were forced to delay wedding plans after Jack, 28, was diagnosed with acute myeloid cancer two years ago.

Jack was diagnosed with the disease while Amber, 23, was pregnant with their daughter Zelda two years ago.

He has undergone chemotherapy and intense stem cell treatment, but doctors told him the cancer was 'incurable' after Jack relapsed in July 2019.

The couple have been described as being 'madly in love' and they told family they wanted to get married as their final wish.

They said they felt 'overwhelmed' by the support given following the fundraising appeal and described the wedding day as 'perfect'.

Gemma, 34, from Failsworth, said: "The couple had an amazing day and would like to thank everyone for their support.

"We honestly could be there all day thanking everyone and especially the public who donated money.

"It paid obviously for the room hire and buffet etc, but for luxuries like a photo booth for the extra special memories to be captured and all the stunning outfits.

"Jack's doing ok - in actual fact he is an amazing young lad the strength and determination is unreal.

"He’s had the odd bits of sickness here and there as he’s started chemo injections and they will give them as long as they are keeping things at bay."

Gemma added medics are now looking into a donor lymphocite infusion and clinical trials to treat the cancer.

She said: "We still haven’t been told that Jacks' cancer can be cured, but there’s now new avenues to explore which has given us as a family a whole new lease of hope and for the couple that is the best wedding present ever."

https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/couple-dream-wedding-cancer-donations-16892560

stella Posted on September 10, 2019 13:32

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Student in critical condition after 41-day fasting

LAGOS-(MaraviPost)-A Nigerian student who is a student of Ebonyi State University (EBSU) has been reported to have been hospitalized after allegedly engaging in fasting and praying for 41 days.

The identified as Ikechukwu Oke was said to have been hospitalized by his schoolmate. His mate revealed that he engaged in the 41-day fast because of the challenges his family has been facing lately.

The mate also identified as Christian Nwaokpa told reporters that;

“He is from Ebiaji in Ezza North LGA. It is his nature.

As it stands now, men of goodwill and ambassadors are on the way conveying him to the Accident and Emergency Ward in Federal Teaching Hospital in Abakaliki.”

http://www.maravipost.com/nigerian-university-student-oke-in-critical-condition-after-41-day-fasting/

stella Posted on September 10, 2019 13:25

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Man disguised bombs to look like teddy bears then left them in the road

The FBI has released a photo of a disturbing teddy bear bomb a man left on a road where children could find it. Wesley Dallas Ayers, 27, is currently serving 30 years in prison for planting three real bombs and three fakes ones across South Carolina. One of the bombs went off and injured a man in the leg when he went to investigate. The bombs were all left in Anderson County during January and February last year. Around the same time, he planted three hoax bombs along with threatening messages that more powerful devices were to come. The viable bombs were ‘dangerous and lethal’, a judge found, ‘weaponised with shrapnel, concealed in household items, and publicly placed in or near roadways,’ the Department of Justice said.

Judge Henry Herlong said it was only by the efforts of police and sheer good fortune that more people were not seriously harmed or killed. The man injured was driving with his daughter when he spotted glowing wicker basket in the middle of the road. The man stopped to examine the package and it exploded, causing minor burns to his leg. Police investigating found a piece of paper with Arabic writing referencing Osama bin Laden.

A week later on February 4, a bomb-like object was found, placed in a black box with a letter that pledged allegiance to the Islamic State and said the community was no longer safe. On February 15, a bomb placed in a teddy was found.

Special Agent Christopher Derrickson, an FBI supervisor, said: ‘This was deliberately placed where a child or passerby could have found it.

Fortunately, someone saw it and knew to call us.’ Ayers was caught after a witness told police he had been talking about building bombs at home. A judge approved a search warrant and police found bomb components and copies of the writing found at the crime scenes. They also found two guns and a type of vest used by suicide bombers. Ayers’ search history showed he had viewed terrorist material from Anwar al-Awlaki, Osama bin Laden, and others. He was jailed on February 8.

https://metro.co.uk/2019/06/18/man-disguised-bombs-look-like-teddy-bears-left-road-9993069/

stella Posted on September 10, 2019 13:18

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Prison officer locked up for compiling 'fake' report in bid to get violent robber's sentence reduced

A former prison officer has been locked up for what police called an 'outrageous but clumsy' attempt to pervert the course of justice after trying to secure a reduced sentence for a 'dangerous' Manchester criminal by compiling a bogus report.

Danielle Ashton, 30, wrote the report on behalf of violent robber Niall Kiernan ahead of an appeal court hearing despite not having the 'credentials, training or authority' to do so, police said.

In the five-page report, which was handed to Kiernan's legal team and titled 'Risk of Serious Harm Assessment', Ashton praised Kiernan's 'exceptional behaviour' behind bars.

It concluded: "It is in my opinion that current evidence does not indicate a likelihood of Mr Kiernan causing serious harm."

Kiernan - from Middleton - was jailed at Manchester Crown Court in 2017 for conspiracy to commit robbery and perverting the course of justice after a string of armed robberies described in court as 'highly sophisticated' in which victims were threatened with crowbars, axes and machetes.

A bank in Oldham and another in Heywood were robbed and a couple left terrified in their own home in Littleborough, Rochdale, by three men who burst inside and stole cars.

He was handed an extended prison sentence of 27 years.

The Court of Appeal in London sitting in May last year however smelt a rat over Ashton's report, which was on official headed paper but hadn't been requested, and the hearing to consider Kiernan's appeal was adjourned.

An investigation was then ordered, which a court heard found Ashton had met Keirnan when she was working at Strangeways prison in Manchester, where he was a serving prisoner.

"The nature of their relationship remains unknown, but the investigation revealed that Ashton did not have the credentials, training or authority to complete the report on Kiernan, and had never been responsible for his welfare," said the North West Regional Organised Crime Unit.

Their relationship was described in court as 'improper'.

Ashton, of Vauxhall, Liverpool, had no working contact with Kiernan since September 2017, when she transferred to HMP Styal, a women's only prison in Cheshire.

The National Probation Service later said Ashton's report was not reflective of the risks posed by Kiernan.

They described it as inaccurate, selective and 'flawed at best', NWROCU said.

At the time, Kiernan was serving his sentence at HMP Dovegate in Staffordshire.

Detective Chief Inspector Michael Ankers said: "This was an outrageous but clumsy attempt to pervert the course of justice and try to hand a dangerous offender a reduced sentence.

"Due to diligence and knowledge shown across various law enforcement agencies, Ashton was identified and will now have to reflect on the consequence of her actions and the impact it will have on her future.

"We know the vast majority of prison officers are dedicated professionals who carry out their duties with integrity and professionalism.

"But this is another positive step in tackling prison corruption and we will continue our efforts to bring offenders to justice."

Ashton, a single mum-of-two who had got her 'dream job' as a prison officer in 2014 after obtaining a degree in criminology, was arrested last November on suspicion of misconduct in a public office and attempting to pervert the course of justice.

She later pleaded guilty to both offences and at Liverpool Crown Court, was jailed for two and a half years

Louise McCloskey, prosecuting, said Ashton 'did not have the expertise or authority to complete such a report'.

Judge David Aubrey QC, said: "The Court of Appeal (Criminal Division) was concerned about the authenticity of the report. They were right and thus an investigation began.

"It was a false and bogus report compiled and concocted by you at home and I am satisfied it was done out of misguided loyalty to the prisoner.

"It is crucially important that all judges are able to rely on documents placed before the court….you were attempting to subvert the due process of law and the offence perpetrated by you was a gross breach of trust as a prison officer."

The report made reference to Kiernan as being 'best-behaved' and working in the 'most trusted' of jobs within the prison.

Miss McCloskey said the governor at HMP Manchester was asked to investigate the report after it was put before the Court of Appeal on May 1 last year.

Kiernan had been classed as 'a high risk of harm and a dangerous offender' by a probation officer which resulted in the extended sentence being imposed.

"As a result of the contents of this report, defence counsel advanced that the extended sentence imposed on Mr Kiernan should be revised," Miss McCloskey said.

"She had began working at HMP Manchester in April 2015 but she had some difficulties with other staff members whilst at HMP Manchester and it was this along with an intelligence report noting suspicions of an improper relationship which led to her transfer to HMP Styal in September 2017.”

Liverpool Crown Court heard that during the investigation, it was revealed there were several reports from 2016 and 2017 of an inappropriate relationship between her and Kiernan while they were both on G wing, which she denied when confronted by a senior officer.

Following the investigations, Kiernan’s legal team abandoned the challenge and the appeal was dismissed.

Ashton's barrister, David Toal, said: "For any officer to feel qualified to compile such a report when having no qualifications to do so is quite simply bewildering."

She would not be sent to Styal prison where she used to work and would instead go to a prison out of the area, he added.

https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/prison-officer-jailed-danielle-ashton-16888485

 

stella Posted on September 10, 2019 13:07

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Parents thought children died in 2004 tsunami, reunited with them 10 years later

The 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami that struck Indonesia was one of the biggest natural disasters in history. That year on Dec. 26, one of the largest earthquakes ever recorded triggered devastating tsunamis across Asia, destroying communities and claiming unprecedented casualties in its wake.

At least 230,000 people across 14 countries died in the tsunami, and thousands of others went missing.

The epicenter of the earthquake was the province of Aceh, Indonesia, which was hit the worst with 170,000 casualties.

Many families were caught in the chaos, including a woman named Jamaliah, her husband, Septi Rangkuti, and their two young children. When the tsunami suddenly struck their home in West Aceh District on Dec. 26, 2004, they couldn’t outrun the waves and were swept into the water—and had to improvise to survive.

The father grabbed a wooden board that was floating by, along with his two children, Raudhatul Jannah, then 4, and Arif Pratama Rangkuti, then 7. They all held on for dear life.

But as the tsunami waves ravaged on, the family became separated. The two children were suddenly out of their parents’ sight.

As the tsunami later subsided, Jamaliah and Septi desperately searched for their children—but there was no sign of them anywhere.

The parents continued to look, but as time went on, the tragic resignation set in. They believed their children were just two of the thousands of casualties of the tsunami.

A decade passed. Jamaliah and Septi accepted their fate and tried to move on. They never expected a miracle.

One day in 2014, Jamaliah’s brother spotted a girl on the street walking home from school—and there was something familiar about her.

She had striking features and bore a strong resemblance to his long-lost niece. She also seemed to be about 14, the age Raudhatul would now be.

It seemed impossible—but he couldn’t ignore the similarities. So he inquired about the girl.

Jamaliah’s brother learned the girl was swept to the neighboring Banyak Island in the tsunami 10 years ago. A fisherman rescued her and brought her to his mother, who has raised her ever since—80 miles away from where she was separated from her family.

The uncle was stunned. It defied all odds, but it was really true. It was Raudhatul.

He told Jamaliah—and the family finally made an unlikely, tearful reunion in June 2014, 10 years after the deadliest natural disaster.

Jamaliah couldn’t hold back her emotions when she finally saw the girl.

“My heart beat so fast when I saw her,” she told AFP. “I hugged her and she hugged me back and felt so comfortable in my arms.”

The mom knew the girl was her long-lost daughter the moment she set eyes on her. “If anyone is in doubt, I’m ready for DNA tests,” she said, according to news.com.au.

Jamaliah called it “a miracle from God.”

“My husband and I are very happy,” she added. “I am so grateful to God for reuniting us with our child after 10 years of being separated.”

The family says they will continue to have a close relationship with the foster parents who saved Raudhatul.

It was a life-changing discovery for the parents, who not only had their daughter back but had renewed hope they might find their son as well. Raudhatul informed them that he made it to the same island that she did.

Sure enough, the media attention the family received made it possible to reunite with Arif as well. It turned out their long-lost son had been living as a street orphan for years, sleeping in outdoor markets and abandoned shops.

A decade after a devastating tragedy, hope had finally returned.

https://www.theepochtimes.com/parents-thought-children-died-in-2004-tsunami-reunited-with-them-10-years-later_3048403.html

stella Posted on September 09, 2019 20:19

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Boy, four, has a rare condition which means he is extra sociable

With his beaming smile, Alex Vasey is a bright and friendly little boy.

But the four-year-old has a rare medical condition which means he is extra sociable – and has no fear of strangers.

Alex suffers from Williams syndrome, a genetic disorder, which causes a range of health and developmental problems, including being over-friendly.

So, when he started nursery this summer, his parents Don and Bethan had no worries about him making friends because he will speak to everyone he meets.

But he has no understanding of when people are being unkind.

Mr Vasey, from Aberdeen, said: 'Alex will speak to anyone in the street. He's not shy. But he won't comprehend certain things like stranger danger.

'He is generally so happy and loving and caring. He sees the good in everyone. He's also very empathetic. If another kid starts crying, he wants to know they're okay and make them happy.

'He's very friendly and outgoing, and that's the thing – he could easily be taken advantage of. He lacks social awareness.'

His verbal skills are also greater than his nursery peers - another characteristic of the syndrome - which can often mask that there is an issue. 

But Mr Vasey, who is 40 and studying for a psychology doctorate, explained that Alex has no concept of when words are being said to upset someone, leaving him vulnerable.

He said: 'He picks up words from the environment he is in. He repeats them but he doesn't necessarily understand the concept of them.'

Mr Vasey and his 38-year-old wife Bethan, an engineering project manager, had never heard of the condition until Alex, who is also sensitive to loud noises, was diagnosed at a year old.

But the most visible sign of the disorder occurred months earlier.

Mr Vasey said: 'His eyes have a starburst pattern around his iris. Everyone kept saying "He has beautiful eyes", but that's a feature of Williams syndrome.'

For ten months, Alex, who has a two-year-old sister, Agatha, had appeared in perfect health.

But then he became ill with a cold and his mother took him to the GP, who found he had a slight heart murmur.

Alex was referred to the city's Royal Hospital for Children, where medics discovered he had a heart defect called supravalvular aortic stenosis, a narrowing of the main blood vessel that carries blood from the heart to the rest of the body. 

It is a common anomaly in patients with Williams syndrome, which affects one in every 18,000 people worldwide.

Scans so far have shown that his heart is functioning well enough without treatment, but his parents know that he could eventually need surgery.

Mr Vasey, who is UK fundraising officer and Scottish co-ordinator for the Williams Syndrome Foundation, said: 'When they told us, it was life-changing. What you imagined for your child is going to be suddenly changed.'

But the condition, which also causes mild to moderate learning difficulties, does not stop Alex from enjoying his love of music and dancing, and he shines at his regular ballet classes.

Mr Vasey said: 'At nursery, if they have to do a dance or sing, he's always the first one up. He is a funny, friendly, cheery little boy and he keeps us happy.'

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-7442993/Boy-four-rare-condition-means-extra-sociable.html

stella Posted on September 09, 2019 20:13

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Mum died of drugs overdose while her young children played just a few feet away

A mum died after taking a cocktail of drugs while her children played just a few feet away.

Taylor Parsons was found seemingly asleep on her sofa by Clair McKune on the morning of February 8, 2019.

The neighbour and friend, who had noticed Taylor's car was still parked in the street, had been let into the house by one of Taylor's children, 

She took the two of them to one side before looking for the mum, who she found on the sofa in her dressing gown.

Realising the 25-year-old was not simply asleep, Clair called 999 and performed CPR on advice of the paramedics.

Despite her best efforts Taylor could not be revived.

The night before her death the mum had told Clair that she was going to take her "sleepers" and go to bed.

An inquest into her death at Plymouth Coroners' Court found the Torquay woman had had a number of different substances in her body at the time of her death, including two drugs prescribed to her.

A pathologist report suggested that the combined effect of all these drugs had acted together to target the central nervous system, making it increasingly hard for her to breathe.

Taylor had been prescribed drugs for depression, anxiety and back pain she had suffered following childbirth.

In the months running up to her death she had missed five meetings with the Torbay Depression and Anxiety Service, either because she had to cancel or the service did.

Just nine days before her death her GP had noted that she was studying a GCSE course and that she was concerned it would interfere with her looking after her children.

The doctor offered to up the doses of her medication, but she declined.

At a different point however, Taylor had impersonated her mother in a bid to get painkillers

Just a few days before her death the young mum had spoken to her grandmother, who said she was "a bit low".

During the inquest Clair McKune revealed that Taylor had supplemented her sleeping medication with Valium she bought from street dealers.

She said: "A couple of times I had to go and wake her.

"She suffered back pain from the birth of her youngest child".

Despite her struggles with medication and pain, Taylor had kept her house in order and was by all accounts a very good mother.

Det Sgt Andy Penhalligan, who carried out the investigation into her death, described the house as "very clean, very tidy... the two young children were very well cared for with all the equipment and toys you would expect".

When asked by assistant coroner Michael Bird if it was true that one description of the property was that it was "immaculate", Det Sgt Penhalligan replied "yes sir".

Police found a snapbag of pills which Taylor had not been prescribed.

Det Sgt Penhalligan suggested they had been "street bought".

He confirmed there was nothing at the property to suggest her death was intentional

Mr Bird said: "This was a very tragic set of circumstances. A young mum, with two children who she was devoted to, who had her struggles, doing something she shouldn't do and knew she shouldn't do.

"A sad and sorry situation like this turned into tragedy and children lose a devoted mum. You have my condolences for your loss."

He confirmed Taylor's cause of death as mixed drug toxicity and recorded a verdict of drug-related death.

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/mum-died-drugs-overdose-young-19391629

stella Posted on September 09, 2019 20:08

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Paedophile' football coach killed himself by deliberately crashing into tree

A former youth football coach and scout facing historic child sex abuse charges took his own life, a coroner has ruled. Michael ‘Kit’ Carson, 75, crashed his car off the A1303 and hit a tree while on his way to Peterborough Crown Court, where his trial would begin that day. He was facing 12 counts of indecent assault and one of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, all of which he denied. The allegations involved 11 boys under the age of 16, and took place between 1978 and 2009. Cambridgeshire assistant coroner Simon Milburn has now recorded a conclusion of suicide at an inquest in Huntingdon, stating that Carson steered deliberately into the tree and ‘intended to take his own life’.

Carson’s wife Pauline said in a written statement that her husband had been ‘concerned because he was running late’ on the morning of January 7. He had wrongly believed the trial to be starting on January 9, and had called his barrister at about 9am to discuss where to meet two days later, the inquest heard.

Mrs Carson said her husband was then ‘stressed and confused’ when he learned he needed to go to court that morning instead. The inquest heard the barrister did not want Carson to be stressed and told him to take his time, but the route he took to Peterborough was described as being not the ‘most logical’. He died at the scene in Bottisham, near Cambridge, with his cause of death confirmed as a traumatic brain injury.

The coroner stated that there was no evidence whatsoever of Carson, of St Bartholomew’s Court, Cambridge, taking ‘avoiding action’ before he crashed into the tree. He said there was also no evidence to suggest the former coach was travelling at excess speed, was under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or had experienced a medical emergency. There were no mechanical faults in the vehicle, and collision investigator PC Sean Redman said there was no evidence of skidding. PC Redman also said the weather was calm and overcast that morning and described visibility as good. Carson, who worked as a football coach and scout for youth teams at Norwich City, Peterborough United and Cambridge United, was on bail at the time of his death.

https://metro.co.uk/2019/09/09/paedophile-football-coach-killed-deliberately-crashing-tree-10711355/

stella Posted on September 09, 2019 20:02

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Aides Say Grandma ‘Fell Out of a Chair,’ but Family’s Hidden Cam Footage Tells Another Story

Black eyes, bruises, and split lips are the products of bar brawls, not nursing homes, aren’t they?

Nearly 2 million Americans are living in nursing homes. But are they all receiving expert, compassionate care? The short answer is no.

One in three U.S. care homes was flagged for abusive behavior toward its residents in a 2013 Families for Better Care report that has impacted the lives of thousands. Minnie Graham, a 97-year-old great-great-grandmother living just outside Dallas, Texas, was one such victim.

Graham suffered from dementia and had been living at Winters Park nursing home in Garland, Texas, for roughly 12 months. Her family began noticing suspicious bruises on Graham’s face; two black eyes followed.

“They said she fell out of her wheel chair,” Graham’s granddaughter Shirley Ballard told CBS News. “She was a fine Christian woman and very loving. She would do anything for anybody.”

Graham’s family suspected foul play. Wishing to confirm their suspicions, they placed a clock with a tiny hidden camera in Graham’s bedroom at the nursing home and left it recording; this is not illegal, says ABC 13. The footage they accrued left Graham’s family stunned.

In their footage, the family witnessed their usually gentle elderly relative resisting her aides’ assistance in changing her clothes; the nursing aides, rather than exercising patience, mocked the elderly woman, pulled her by the hair and arms, slapped her, and called her names.

“I just don’t know how people can be so heartless and careless,” Ballard told Fox 4 News. “Clearly it hurt when they pulled her by the arm; clearly it hurts when you yank someone by the hair.”

Minnie Graham died within weeks of the footage being collected. She “just gave up on life,” her family said, with regret.

“She didn’t want to live anymore,” Ballard explained, “and then to be treated like that in her last days …”

The elderly woman’s heartbroken family turned their efforts toward advocacy for better care in nursing homes. They shared their shocking footage with Brian Lee, executive director of non-profit elder advocacy group Families for Better Care.

“That should never happen to people ever, in nursing homes, anywhere,” Lee responded in an interview with CBS News. “You’ve got to be able to have a good vetting process to be able to determine which people, the caregivers, are going to treat the residents with dignity and respect.

“You’ve got to hire the right people, and nursing homes need to hold themselves accountable and step up and start providing better care.”

Nursing home abuse is not a new phenomenon. In 2012, the family of 96-year-old Erytha Mayberry hid a camera in her room, suspecting that their elderly relative was being abused. “We didn’t like what we saw, of course,” said Mayberry’s daughter Doris Racher, according to ABC 13.

The family witnessed Mayberry’s aides shoving latex gloves into the elderly woman’s mouth and pressing on her chest. She died soon afterward, and one aide was sent to jail.

In response to growing concern, Families for Better Care ranked state services from grades A to F based on their staffing, inspections, deficiencies, and complaints. Texas, Louisiana, Indiana, Oklahoma, Missouri, New Mexico, New York, Michigan, Nevada, Illinois, and Iowa were sadly ranked F.

“We’re at the bottom of the barrel,” Amanda Fredriksen, associate state director for Outreach and Advocacy for AARP Texas, admitted to KVUE. Texas issues the lowest fines nationally for nursing home violations; “It sends the wrong message,” Fredriksen said.

Alaska, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Hawaii, Oregon, Maine, Utah, Idaho, South Dakota, and North Dakota, on the other hand, scored an A. Only seven states, however, provided their nursing home residents with more than one hour of professional nursing care each day.

According to Fox 4 News, both of Minnie Graham’s allegedly abusive nursing aides at Winters Park in Garland were arrested. However, their employment resumés remained active and both continued to work in the field.

As the country’s nursing home population is only expected to increase, a solution is more imperative than ever.

https://www.theepochtimes.com/aides-say-grandma-fell-out-of-a-chair-but-familys-hidden-cam-footage-tells-another-story_3059246.html

stella Posted on September 09, 2019 19:56

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