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Chinese Man Who Murdered Schoolchildren Executed By Firing Squad



A Chinese man who killed nine schoolchildren and injured many more has been executed by firing squad, according to a court.

Twenty-eight-year-old Zhao Zewei went on a stabbing spree at Number Three Middle School in Mizhi County in China's Shaanxi Province back on 27 April. The attack is thought to have been motivated by revenge.

He was convicted of intentional homicide at the Yulin Intermediate Court and sentenced to death by shooting in July. That sentence has now been carried out.

Zewei is thought to have been bullied during his time as a pupil at Number Three Middle School and harboured a deep resentment that eventually led to him committing the brutal assault on the current crop of students at the school.

Credit: Yulin Court

He is thought to have bought several knives online before bringing three of them to the school and running at students as they left, according to a statement from the court.

That statement also said that the nature of his crimes warranted the use of the death penalty. They said: "The goal of the crime was clear, the murderer's methods were despicable, and the consequences were extremely grave."

Chinese news agency Xinhua reported that Zewei's sentence was carried out at an execution ground in Mizhi County.

The court said that Zewei had not appealed against his sentence, and that the application of a death sentence had been approved after review by the Shaanxi High People's Court and the Supreme Court of China.

Credit: Yulin Court

This latest report follows several instances of the death penalty being used on high profile criminals.

Just under a week ago a nanny who deliberately burned out the house of the family that employed her, killing the whole family of four, was executed in Hangzhou.

Thirty-five-year-old Mo Huanjing was found guilty and sentenced to death for theft and arson by the Hangzhou Intermediate People's Court in Zhejiang Province, Eastern China.

Back in June, two well-known drug dealers also suffered the same fate after being found guilty. In this case the sentence was given on a sports ground in front of hundreds of people, including many young students.

In this case the sentence was carried out immediately after the sentence. The young students who were present are thought to have been brought by their school to show them justice in action, as well as to act against a deterrent against them becoming involved in drug-related crime.

kabby Posted on September 27, 2018 13:24

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Massive iPhone Gravestone Spotted in Russian Cemetery Complete With Screensaver of Deceased

A 25-year-old woman has had a massive iPhone headstone placed over her grave - leading one mourner to think he was hallucinating.

The 5ft gravestone was placed in a Russian cemetery in memory of Rita Shameeva, who died in January 2016.

It is believed to have been erected by her father Rais Shameev long after she died, but he has not commented on the grave.

The authentic tombstone includes all features you'd expect from an iPhone; home and volume buttons, a camera, and even an Apple logo on the back.


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But the most eye-catching part of the memorial, without question, is the full length photograph of Rita emblazoned across the front of the stone.

Is it what she would have wanted? Hard to say.


Needless to say, mourners at the cemetery in Ufa were stunned when they spotted the huge iPhone while they were paying their respects to loved ones.

It certainly stands out.

Nikolay Yevdokimov told newspaper ProUral: "I thought I was having hallucinations.

"How could an American smartphone suddenly appear at our cemetery? And such a huge one. I came closer and was surprised.

"I've seen many gravestones, but to make one in the form of iPhone - this is the first time, to be honest.

"It was made for a young woman from black basalt most likely. Very unusual."

Rita's father has not commented on the headstone and local maker Ilgam Galliulin denied he was responsible for its design.

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He said: "My father and I make monuments to order," he said. "But I saw this unusual one for the first time last week."

According to reports, the grave is believed to have been commissioned from a Siberian company which offers "death accessories".

Designer Pavel Kalyuk built a similar headstone as an advertising gimmick.

He said: "We began to make monuments just to attract attention."

However, after he showed his designs at a funeral exhibition in Novosibirsk, he began to receive some bizarre orders.

Whatever next..?

kabby Posted on September 27, 2018 13:07

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Mum ‘Faints’ As Daughter Spends Her Own Money On Shopping


Having kids has got to be one of the most expensive things you can do in your life. Rewarding? Absolutely. Expensive? Definitely. So I can’t imagine the relief when they start spending their own money.

Nicole Brown, from Scotland, was shopping with her friend and decided to buy some cosmetics with her own money, and when she told her mum, she was not expecting the response she got.

Her mum sent her a hilarious photo and the 16-year-old couldn’t stop laughing when she saw it, and neither could Twitter after she shared it.


Speaking to UNILAD about when she got the text, Nicole said:

I was in town getting food with one of my friends and then I went into Superdrug and saw fake tan and teeth whitening on sale which I planned to order that night online but it was on a discount so I just bought it in the store.

So I text my mum to tell her I’d bought it and she got my dad to take the picture of her on the floor fainting because I’d spent my own money.

The farcical photo shows her mum splayed on a marble floor as if she had just fainted followed by texts saying ‘sorry fainted, can’t believe you bought something with your own money’.


After seeing the photo, I can’t stop imagining the moment before the photo was taken. The excitement when her mum had the idea to send the photo, the planning behind the shoot, and the moment Nicole’s dad took the photo.

I wonder how much planning was put into the pose, and how many takes she had to do. I reckon she’s a seasoned meme machine and only needed one take.

Without knowing it, she became a meme, with commenters on Twitter tagging their mates saying ‘me when you spend your own money’, giving mums out there a picture worth a thousand words.


Nicole posted the image to Twitter captioned ‘when you buy something with your own money’, and it received over 3k retweets and 21k likes.

There were many cry-laughing emojis, and most people were tagging their daughter, mums, or partners. She really brought everyone together beautifully through passive aggression.

Talking about the reaction the photo got, Nicole said:

When I told her she loved it and kept making jokes like ‘has anyone asked for my autograph yet’ and just finds it so funny and I wasn’t expecting it to get that many likes or retweets.


One commenter explained the difference between parent’s money and your own:

When you have £5 you really want to keep it but if it’s your parents £5 it’s nothing and it’s gone in minutes.

Another tagged their friend saying ‘Me the day I found out you actually owned a bank card/purse’.


Nicole’s mum has given me inspiration for how I want to be as a parent.

If you can’t find joy in making small and hilarious digs at your kids, why even have them?

kabby Posted on September 27, 2018 12:50

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PM Pat and Rosie and Jim creator John Cunliffe dies.

"Even the skies wept": Tributes are being paid to John Cunliffe, creator of Postman Pat and Rosie and Jim, following his death.

John Cunliffe, the creator of beloved children's characters Postman Pat and Rosie and Jim, has died.

The author's agents David Higham confirmed the news following a death notice and poignant obituary in his local paper, the Ilkley Gazette.

"Left his Ilkley home in a deluge of rain on Thursday, September 20, never to return," the obituary reads. "Even the skies wept for John the gifted creator of 'Postman Pat', 'Rosie and Jim' and author of many earlier published collections of poetry and picture story books for children.

"John's last poetry collection, significantly entitled 'Dare You Go', has now come to fruition for John has dared to go and he has gone."

Image: As well as creating the show, Mr Cunliffe also appeared in Rosie and Jim

Best known for Postman Pat and Rosie and Jim, Mr Cunliffe was the author of about 190 books for young children, including five volumes of poetry, as well as picture books and collections of stories.

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His famous creations were loved by generations of children, who grew up on the tales of Pat and his black and white cat, Jess.

He also appeared in Rosie and Jim as the pair's boat driver, who they referred to as "Fizzgog".

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Before becoming a full-time writer, Mr Cunliffe worked as a librarian and a teacher. His first book, Farmer Barnes Buys A Pig, was published in 1964.

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AlbertaU Posted on September 27, 2018 12:15

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Obinim Convicted.

Bishop Daniel Obinim

An Accra Circuit Court (Domestic Violence and Gender-Based Division) has convicted Bishop Daniel Obinim, Founder of International God’s Way Church, for lashing two minors in his church on live television.

Bishop Obinim, who initially pleaded not guilty to the charge of assault when he first appeared before the court, changed his plea to guilty yesterday when the case was called.

His conviction brings an end to the over two years’ trial, which made the prosecution handicapped, as the whereabouts of the victims was unknown.

Eyebrows were raised when Daniel Obinim decided to change his plea as he consistently denied the offence, and at a point in the trial denied stating that in his caution statement.

Appearing before the court, presided over by Abena Oppong Adjin-Doku yesterday, Bishop Obinim and his associate pastors pleaded guilty with explanation.

He was subsequently sentenced to a fine of GH¢4,800.00 or in default spend six months in prison.

The other accused persons who are all his associate pastors are Kingsley Baah and Solomon Abraham.

They were also sentenced to a fine of GH¢3,600.00 or in default spend four months in prison.

In addition, Bishop Obinim and his other two pastors are to sign a bond to be of good behaviour and a breach of that bond would land them in jail for three months.

Explaining Bishop Obinim’s action, his lawyer, Ralph Poku Edusei, stated that it is a well-known fact in Ghana that when a child goes off track, he or she ought to be scolded.

He said Bishop Obinim, however, chose the wrong means and venue to do so.

He added that the accused persons had promised not to repeat the act and therefore pleaded with the court to tamper justice with mercy.

Bishop Obinim, together with two of his pastors, was facing trial for assaulting his adopted children – a 14-year-old girl and 16-year-old boy in the presence of his congregants.

Prior to their conviction, Bishop Obinim on many occasions failed to appear before the court which was often told that he had been admitted at the hospital.

The second accused person, Kingsley Baah, also stopped appearing before the court which informed that he was no longer with the International God’s Way Church and that nobody knew of his whereabouts.

The case then took a different twist when the two victims could not be located.

This forced the prosecution, led by DSP George Amega to bring its case to a premature close, paving way for Bishop Obinim to open his defense.

There was some disagreement between Bishop Obinim and the police over the authenticity of investigative caution statement he gave to the police.

Although the prosecution, led by DSP George Amega, maintained that the pastor signed the statement, Obinim denied the allegation.

Obinim said that he gave a caution statement to the Tema Police, but the one presented to court by the prosecution did not bear his signature.

Subsequently, the court gave an order for the signatures of Bishop Obinim to be taken to the forensic lab for examination.

The results of a forensic test on the signatures were not ready at the time he changed his plea and was convicted.

AlbertaU Posted on September 27, 2018 11:26

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Selfie Quadcopter Conquers Ghana. The Idea Is Genius...

This Ghana Selfie trend is going viral worldwide...

Phone selfies are boring. People aren't doing them anymore and they've become unpopular...

First, there was the standard selfie, then the selfie stick, and now the next evolution of the selfie has arrived!

Nobody knows who did it first, but soon thousands of people in Ghana started uploading incredible selfies from insane angles. They uploaded them to social media and soon EVERYONE wanted to do the same! 

Now, this new type of selfie has taken off - Literally - across the world! 

What are we talking about?

It’s the new Drone X Pro, a brand new type of drone made so that anyone can fly it. It's perfect for making the ultimate selfies! 


The Drone X Pro was designed by two German engineers who love drones. They found that the drones they had were very bulky, heavy and difficult to travel with. 

So, they designed this ultra-compact, light drone, and all without sacrificing any of the main benefits of a top HD model. 

It’s firm, it’s easy to control and it can live-stream and record to your phone!

People are using them to take 'the ultimate selfies' - the results are incredible...


How does it work?

We were surprised by how easy it is to set up! First, you have to install an app (just scan the QR code in the manual). It’s all very easy.

Once you have done that, just plug in the battery, connect to your drone and start up the app. In less than 10 seconds you’re ready to fly your drone!

And then the best part comes: flying is so incredibly easy. The controls are just superb, really intuitive. Flying the drone feels natural. A colleague’s kids happened to be at the office, and they figured it all out in seconds—on their first drone flight ever. It’s Just amazing how easy and smooth the controls are!

Once you’re in the air, it’s time to use the built-in camera. You can take the most stunning pictures and videos. Take videos from otherwise impossible angles and impress your friends with the coolest selfies!

See Drone X Pro in action:


How Much Is It?

That’s what we all want to know, right? I guessed it would be like $300 to $400, but I was wrong. They sell it for only $99, (deal only available online, $150 in shops) which is tremendously cheap for a drone of this quality!

How to buy a Drone X Pro

That’s super easy. You can buy it from the official website.

This drone is perfect because...


What makes this drone so special?

The main benefits of the Drone X Pro are its portability, price, camera and its ease of use.

The drone is the same size as a large smartphone. Combine that with its foldable rotors and you probably have the world’s most portable drone. It will comfortably fit in any pocket or bag!

Absolutely, anyone can easily fly this drone! Its controls were designed to perfection. The Drone X Pro also has an incredible hovering capability. No need to focus on the height; just steer and enjoy the flight!

A drone with this name needs a quality camera of course. This drone is just perfect to take awesome pictures and videos.

When flying is so easy, you can fully concentrate on taking stunning shots. Film nature, friends and even yourself in amazing quality!


And so far, we have not even mentioned that the drone is made of ABS plastic. This makes the drone much lighter and stronger.

Last but not least, the price is just amazing. It’s less than $100 for a drone of this quality. This must be the single best price-quality drone there is!

Conclusion: Is it worth it?

Such a quality drone for this price makes us definitely say yes! Just think of the amazing pictures and videos you can take with the Drone X Pro. Even just the fun of flying a drone already makes this worth it. If you’ve never flown a drone, this is the moment you should start!

How To Get A Drone X Pro?

Now that you are aware of this amazing new drone, and if it’s still in stock, here is how to get one:

1) Order the Drone X Pro from the official website.

2) Download the Drone app and connect to your smartphone (Android and iOS)

3) Start making amazing footage of you and your friends or family!

ruby Posted on September 27, 2018 11:18

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New asteroid rover images released

Japan's space agency (Jaxa) has released new images from the robot rovers it has deployed to the surface of an asteroid.

The photos reveal new details of the surface of the space rock, which is known as Ryugu.

On 21 September, the rovers were released on to the surface by the "mothership", Hayabusa 2.

Hayabusa 2 reached Ryugu in June after a three-and-a-half-year journey.

The pictures show in clear relief the rough, boulder-strewn landscape of this unusual Solar System body.

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seth Posted on September 27, 2018 10:54

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Mirrorless cameras: Photography's new decisive moment

Nearly 200 years after the birth of photography, the art form is experiencing a technological revolution.

Smartphones are using multiple cameras and software-based smarts to deliver images that seemingly transcend the limits of their small lenses and sensors.

And while handsets have devastated sales of point-and-shoot cameras, the prospects for more advanced models are seemingly bright thanks to an innovation of their own.

In recent weeks, the industry's biggest two manufacturers - Canon and Nikon - have both unveiled their first full-frame mirrorless cameras, having already seen Sony have great success with the format.

Getting rid of the mirrors traditionally placed inside high-end cameras gets the lens closer to the sensor and paves the way to several innovations.

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Image captionSony announced its first full-frame mirrorless cameras in 2013, and has dominated the format until now

And on the eve of Photokina - the industry's giant trade fair in Cologne - Panasonic has just unveiled a body that could prove the most disruptive of all.

Dedicated digital camera sales grew by 5% in 2017 to $9.9bn (£7.5bn), according to market research firm Futuresource, the industry's first gain since 2010.

It was driven in large part by demand from enthusiasts and professionals for existing mirrorless models costing upwards of £1,000.

With a rush of new models - and their accompanying native lenses - manufacturers have an opportunity to prosper if they can convince consumers that the technology is worth the investment.

What does mirrorless and full-frame mean?

Mirrorless refers to the fact that the device does not include the flippable mirror found in digital single-lens reflex cameras (DSLRs) to show what the lens sees through the viewfinder.

Instead, a small digital display is used to preview the image.

In the past, using such a display involved lag - meaning the image was slightly delayed - and appreciably lower resolution than an optical viewfinder.

But modern viewfinder displays have mostly addressed these issues, while also offering the benefits of being able to preview the effects that changes to camera settings make, as well as showing 100% coverage of the scene rather than the partial view shown by many DSLRs.

The downside is that using an electronic display eats into battery life - reducing the number of shots possible on a charge.

There are other benefits to mirrorless.

  • Camera bodies are typically smaller and lighter than DSLRs
  • There is scope for manufacturers to offer higher-speed burst modes, in which images are quickly taken one after another
  • DSLR lenses can be adapted for use on mirrorless bodies - but the reverse is impractical
  • Cameras can be operated more quietly than most DLSRs, which can be useful at weddings
  • The viewfinder can be used in video mode

Full-frame refers to the fact that the imaging sensor is about the same size as a frame of 35mm format film.

For comparison's sake, the full-frame Sony A7 III's sensor is more than 18 times the size of that of the rear camera on the Galaxy S9 handset.

The principal benefit of making a sensor larger is that it captures more light.

This can be used to

  • produce higher-resolution images
  • offer better low-light capabilities
  • deliver shallower depth-of-field pictures - where the background has a pleasing-looking blur - without having to simulate the effect via software

The downsides include cost and the fact a larger sensor means a bulkier camera.

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Image captionFuji has a new medium-format 100-megapixel camera for those looking beyond full-frame capabilities

So, what's the appeal of dropping thousands of pounds on a mirrorless camera and associated gear when a smartphone can capture perfectly decent snaps and auto-enhance them?

There are clear advantages for professionals - sports photographers need high-quality zoom lenses, for example.

Commercial photographers depend on the extra resolution required for large ad printouts.

Fashion specialists rely on the cameras' superior colour science.

And architectural specialists appreciate the extra dynamic range - which helps avoid details being lost in the shadows and brightest parts.

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Image captionYouTuber Kaiman Wong was one of the first to test Canon's forthcoming EOS R camera

"Pros will use whatever is the best tool," said Kaiman Wong, a self-declared photography nerd and YouTube reviewer.

"They don't seem to care about brands, so long as it gets them the shot, and some I know have already gone mirrorless."

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But for manufacturers to justify the R&D costs required to drive mirrorless cameras forward, they also need to attract a lots of hobbyists.

Kim Stone is one early adopter.

Two years ago, the North Devon-based resident bought a Canon EOS M3 - a mirrorless camera but one with a smaller sensor than the forthcoming EOS R.

She uses it to take landscape photographs for her Instagram account despite the extra steps involved in getting them online.

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Image captionThese are among the images Ms Stone has taken with her mirrorless camera

"It's the ability to be able to adjust the precise settings in the picture set-up," she explained.

"Phones on the market don't offer you as much ease of control over the ISO [light sensitivity], white balance, shutter speed, and aperture. Smartphone lenses are also more restricted.

"Ultimately, you can still only get such good results from a dedicated camera."

Competing cameras

Photokina offers the chance to compare the latest full-frame mirrorless models, several of which have yet to go on sale.

Nikon's Z7 offers a class-leading 45.7 megapixels - useful for delivering huge prints or to tightly crop into an image after it is taken.

When it comes to autofocus, Canon's EOS R may have the upper hand, thanks to its 5,655 manually selectable focus points.

Both firms, however, have been criticised for providing only a single card storage slot. That prevents owners being able to create back-up copies of their photos and videos on the fly, which could be a problem if the data gets corrupted or lost.

Panasonic, however, is teasing a model that promises to combine several cutting-edge features.

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Image captionPanasonic S1R includes several features not found on other cameras of its class

The S1R's specs include

  • 47MP resolution
  • two storage slots - one for SD cards, the other XQD
  • in-body image stabilisation that works in combination with lens stabilisation
  • 4K video at 60 frames per second
  • an LCD screen that can be tilted across three axes, helping owners compose portraits as well as landscapes

"Panasonic's move into the full-frame mirrorless segment is particularly interesting because of its collaboration with Leica and Sigma - both companies with a strong photographic heritage," Futursource analyst Arun Gill told the BBC.

"By adopting Leica's L-Mount, Panasonic's cameras will have an immediate advantage of being compatible with several existing high-quality lenses."

However, the firm has yet to say how much it will cost and the product will not go on sale until "early 2019".

That leaves Sony.

Its A7 III has been a runaway success, managing to hit a feature-price sweet spot. Indeed, the biggest complaint has been a lack of stock.

Many thought the Japanese firm might unveil a video-centric A7S III at Photokina, but the highlight of its press conference was instead the promise of automatically focusing on animals' eyes in the future,

Rumour sites, however, suggest Sony is biding its time ahead of an October event.

Video and stills

But while there's much to be excited about with mirrorless now, the format may take some time to deliver on its true potential.

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Image captionSony's eye autofocus mode is currently limited to humans, but it plans to change that

One tantalising possibility is that it will eventually become possible to take photos in much quicker succession for longer periods of time, without having to sacrifice autofocus or picture quality.

"If you can get 25 to 30 frames per second in full resolution, that's basically video," Mr Wong explained.

"There will probably come a point when we are just taking video.

"You'll take a frame out of that, and that will be the photo."

seth Posted on September 27, 2018 08:14

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China coal power building boom sparks climate warning

Building work has restarted at hundreds of Chinese coal-fired power stations, according to an analysis of satellite imagery.

The research, carried out by green campaigners CoalSwarm, suggests that 259 gigawatts of new capacity are under development in China.

The authors say this is the same capacity to produce electricity as the entire US coal fleet.

The study says government attempts to cancel many plants have failed.

According to this study, there was a surge in new coal projects approved at provincial level in China between 2014 and 2016. This happened because of a decentralisation programme that shifted authority over coal plant construction approvals to local authorities.

The report says that at present China has 993 gigawatts of coal power capacity, but the approved new plants would increase this by 25%.

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Image captionHuadian Nanxiong power station seen in January 2017

China's central government has tried to rein in this boom by issuing suspension orders for more than 100 power plants but this analysis suggests that these efforts have been significantly less effective than previous news reports had indicated.

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Image captionThe same coal plant at Huadian Nanxiong showing new buildings seen in February 2018

In this study, the researchers used satellite photos to examine every power plant that was subject to a suspension order. They found construction ongoing at many locations.

For instance, in September last year, China's National Energy Administration ordered a group of plants - that together could produce 57 gigwatts of electricity - to slow down construction. The organisation also prohibited them from connecting to the grid in 2017.

However the satellite data suggests that half of this capacity appears not to have slowed down at all.

"This new evidence that China's central government hasn't been able to stop the runaway coal-fired power plant building is alarming - the planet can't tolerate another US-sized block of plants to be built," said Ted Nace, from CoalSwarm.

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Image captionA coal plant at Huaneng Daba-4 seen in June last year

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Image captionCoal plant at Huaneng Daba-4 in February 2018

"It's not too late for the central government to fix the problem, but they have to start cancelling projects, not just rescheduling them."

If this extra capacity was operational, it would make it much more difficult for the world to limit CO2.

According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), for the world to limit warming to below 1.75C above pre-industrial conditions, China would have to close all its power plants that don't have carbon capture and storage facilities within 30 years.

"Avoiding dangerous climate change requires essentially phasing out coal plants globally by 2045," said Christine Shearer, lead author of the report. "China needs to begin planning for the aggressive retirement of its existing coal fleet, not building hundreds of new coal plants."

However, some researchers believe that the building of these plants has more to do with boosting the local economy in China than with boosting emissions.

"Coal power plants run only about half the time in China, and one could argue the new capacity is not needed," said Glen Peters, from the Centre for International Climate Research in Oslo, who was not involved with the report.

"The new coal power plant builds are most probably about keeping the economy ticking along, particularly from a provincial government perspective, rather than being needed for future electricity generation."

seth Posted on September 27, 2018 07:33

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Facebook denies claim that Instagram is 'open market' for drug dealers

By Alexander J Martin, technology reporter

Facebook has hit out at claims that its platforms and algorithms support drug dealing, with the problem alleged to be rife on Instagram.

The post was made in response to a report by the Washington Post which claimed Facebook-owned Instagram was functioning as an "open market" for drug dealers.

According to reports, searches on Instagram for terms such as #oxy and #percocet often reveal accounts belonging to drug dealers offering illegal substances.

While those hashtags have now been removed, Sky News found dozens more search terms for drugs with slightly misspelled names or common nicknames which continue to return results.

Based on research by a company called GIPEC, following or liking these posts on Instagram causes users' timelines to be filled with further advertisements by drug dealers.

Facebook said the findings were misleading, stating: "GIPEC created an artificial Instagram feed by following only objectionable content and some brand accounts."

It added that "this kind of manufactured feed is not a real representation of what most people see on Instagram".

Image:Facebook said there is no room for drug dealing on its services

Monika Bickert, Facebook's vice president of global policy management, said in her previous career as a prosecutor she saw "first hand the damage these drugs can inflict on communities and families".

Ms Bikert said there was "no place for this on our services. It's bad for society, bad for people, and against our values".

She stressed that Facebook blocks and filters "hundreds of terms associated with drug sales" and investigates material which is reported to them.

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"This kind of content is also not in our commercial interests. Our business is advertising, and no advertiser wants their ads shown alongside these types of posts," Ms Bickert added.

The report follows an investigation by Sky News in July 2017 which revealed powerful prescription drugs being illegally offered for sale on Facebook.

Sky News found drugs including Valium, Xanax and Pregabalin, an increasingly popular sedative linked to several deaths in the UK, were on offer.

At the time, Sky News flagged up the accounts using Facebook's own reporting tools - just as Ms Bickert says is possible on Instagram - but they stayed up.




Video:Facebook relies on users to flag inappropriate content but it has been criticised for failing to remove offending accounts.

Messages from Facebook Support said: "We've looked over the profile you reported, and although it doesn't go against any of our specific Community Standards, we understand that the profile or something the person shared may still be offensive to you."

Sky News then contacted Facebook's press office to ask why the accounts did not apparently breach their community standards, even though they broke British law.

After we contacted Facebook for comment, all the drug dealing profiles were removed. The company refused an interview but gave a statement:

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"Buying, selling, or trading prescription drugs isn't allowed on Facebook and we urge people to use our reporting tools if they come across this kind of activity, so we can investigate and take swift action.

"We're grateful to Sky News for flagging this content to us and have removed the pages for breaking our standards."

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seth Posted on September 27, 2018 07:18

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Alan Hogg: Three men charged with murder of British man and wife in Thailand

By Siobhan Robbins, southeast Asia correspondent

Three men have been charged over the murder of a British businessman and his wife in a suspected contract killing in Thailand.

Alan Hogg, 64, originally from Edinburgh, and his Thai wife Nott, 61, were reported missing by friends last week after failing to arrive at an appointment.

Two bodies were later discovered buried near a stream in the garden of their property in Phrae province, northern Thailand.

Initial examinations found that Mr Hogg had been shot, his wife had been bludgeoned, police said.

Image:Alan Hogg, 64, and wife Nott, 61, with their brand new pick-up truck, which was stolen when they disappeared. Pic: Viral Press

Three men, including Mr Hogg's brother-in-law, Warut Rattanasajakit, 63, have been charged with premeditated murder, detectives told Sky News.

Officers are investigating whether the couple were victims of a contract killing.

Police say two of the suspects allegedly confessed to the killings, claiming Rattanasajakit paid them about 50,000 baht (£1,172) to do it because of a family feud.

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Rattanasajakit was initially arrested and charged with burglary after the Hoggs' pick-up truck was found hundreds of miles south in Ayutthaya.

Image:The home of Alan Hogg and his wife Nott

CCTV images show Rattanasajakit entering and leaving the property, where he also worked, after the couple went missing.

When first questioned he denied any involvement in their disappearance.

Major General Praputsra, commander-in-chief of Phrae police, said officers were continuing to look into reports that Mr Hogg and his brother-in-law did not get along following the former's arrival in Thailand several years ago.

He explained friends raised the alarm after the couple failed to meet them on 19 September in Chiang Mai, adding it was therefore possible that they may have been harmed the previous day.

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Image:The pick up belonging to Alan Hogg

Investigators found traces of blood in the garage of Mr Hogg's home.

Police are still awaiting for the results of a full post-mortem but say next of kin in Scotland have been informed.

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Richard Glossip: Death row inmate who survived botched execution getting married

By Ian Woods, senior news correspondent

A prisoner who survived an execution attempt because of a mistake with a lethal injection drug is getting married today - almost three years on from his brush with death.

Richard Glossip's bride-to-be is 33 years younger than him, and admits that her family initially opposed the wedding.

Glossip was due to die on 30 September 2015 - his third execution date that year.

But after all legal appeals were exhausted, and an hour after he was scheduled to be put to death, the execution was called off because a pharmacist had supplied the wrong drug.

Image:Leigha Jurasik is to marry a man on death row

It was the latest in a series of botched executions in Oklahoma, and the state has now abandoned lethal injections as its preferred method of execution.

Work is now under way to start using nitrogen gas to kill death row prisoners. If it succeeds in perfecting the process, Glossip would become the first prisoner in the US to die using this method.

Glossip was convicted of arranging for an employee to murder their boss, motel owner Barry Van Treese. He has always maintained his innocence, and there was no forensic evidence to prove his guilt.

Several appeal court judges agreed with his lawyers' submissions, but a majority of judges voted to uphold the sentence and rejected clemency.


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Today, his 21-year-old fiancee Leigha Jurasik will be escorted into the death row section of Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester.

The prison staff will supervise a brief ceremony in which they will be allowed to touch for the first time. Previously they've been separated by bars and thick glass.

After the wedding they will have 30 minutes together, overseen by guards.

Miss Jurasik, a student from New Jersey who is training to work as an undertaker in a funeral home, began writing to Glossip having read about his case.

She says neither the age difference nor his pending execution were obstacles.

She said: "When you love someone, you love someone, trivial stuff like that doesn't bother you. He's innocent he should not be there, but it's never been a deterrence in our relationship."

Image:The 21-year-old started writing to Richard Glossip after reading about his case

Of her family's reaction, she said: "They were shocked about it at first especially given his notoriety and all the publicity that's followed his case. The age difference was a thing, but over time they've come to accept it.

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"My mom has probably been the most accepting and she wrote to him herself and wanted to get to know him better and ask him questions.

"They've come to accept it but of course there are family members who don't agree with it but that's pretty much in any relationship."

Speaking from his prison cell, Glossip called his future wife "an incredible person".


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He added: "She's been there through all the tough times. I'm in one of the worst places a human being could ever be put, and yet she somehow gave me one of the best years I've ever had in my life."

When asked why anyone would want to marry someone on death row, he replied: "I don't know how to explain it because I've asked her a million times, why would she be interested in somebody like in me when she could have anyone out there?

"But to her it's not about the freedom, it's the connection that she and I have."

In his first public comments since Oklahoma decided to pursue nitrogen gas as a way of resuming executions, Glossip told Sky News: "A lot of people say it's going to be more humane, but not everybody is going to lay down and let it happen to them, especially people who are innocent.

"No innocent man is going to lay on a table and say 'go ahead and kill me, I'm cool with it'. If you do, you were never innocent in the first place."

Image:Glossip was due to be killed by lethal injection in September 2015 but it did not go ahead due to an execution blunder

Oklahoma's attorney general Mike Hunter says it's a well-known method of assisted suicide, but Glossip says that is very different to an execution.

"Using gas is no different than suffocating somebody, or drowning somebody. It's the same thing.

"When they use the example of assisted suicide, that's somebody who wants to die because they're very sick and they're tired of being in pain.

"There's a difference between somebody who wants to die, and somebody who doesn't want to die," he said.

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Adultery no longer a criminal offence in India

Under the law the woman could not be punished as an abettor - the man was considered to be a seducer

India's top court has ruled adultery is no longer a criminal offence.

The 158-year-old colonial-era law said any man who had sex with a married woman, without the permission of her husband, was guilty of the criminal act of adultery.

It is not clear how many men have been prosecuted under the law since its inception - there is no data available.

A petitioner had challenged the law saying it was arbitrary and discriminated against men and women.

This is the second colonial-era law struck down by the Supreme Court this month -it also overturned a 157-year-old law which effectively criminalised gay sex in India.

While reading out the judgement on adultery, Chief Justice Dipak Misra said that while it could be grounds for civil issues like divorce, "it cannot be a criminal offence".

Who challenged the law?

Last August, Joseph Shine, a 41-year-old Indian businessman living in Italy, petitioned the Supreme Court to strike down the law.

"Married women are not a special case for the purpose of prosecution for adultery. They are not in any way situated differently than men," his petition said.

The law, Mr Shine said, also "indirectly discriminates against women by holding an erroneous presumption that women are the property of men".

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Image captionPrevious pleas were dismissed by the court in the interests of 'stability of marriages'

However, India's ruling BJP government had opposed the petition, insisting that adultery should remain a criminal offence.

"Diluting adultery laws will impact the sanctity of marriages. Making adultery legal will hurt marriage bonds," a government counsel told the court, adding that "Indian ethos gives paramount importance to the institution and sanctity of marriage".

What did the adultery law say?

The law dictated that the woman could not be punished as an abettor. Instead, the man was considered to be a seducer.

It also did not allow women to file a complaint against an adulterous husband.

A man accused of adultery could be sent to a prison for a maximum of five years, made to pay a fine, or both.

And although there is no information on actual convictions under the law, Kaleeswaram Raj, a lawyer for the petitioner, said the adultery law was "often misused" by husbands during matrimonial disputes such as divorce, or civil cases relating to wives receiving maintenance.

"Men would often file criminal complaints against suspected or imagined men who they would allege were having affairs with their wives. These charges could never be proved, but ended up smearing the reputations of their estranged or divorced partners," he told the BBC.

Interestingly, Indian folklore and epics are full of stories about extra-marital love. Most love poems in Sanskrit, according to scholar J Moussaief Masson, are "about illicit love".

But Manusmriti, widely regarded to be the most important and authoritative book on Hindu law and dating back to at least 1,000 years before Christ was born, says: "If men persist in seeking intimate contact with other men's wives, the king should brand them with punishments that inspire terror and banish them".

Where else is adultery a criminal offence?

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Image captionThe latest challenge was made in view of the 'changed social conditions'

Adultery is considered illegal in 21 American states, including New York, although surveys show that while most Americans disapprove of adultery, they don't think of it as a crime.

"The criminal statutes remain in force for largely symbolic reasons, and there isn't enough enforcement risk for anyone to incur the political costs of repealing them," Deborah Rhode, a a professor of law at Stanford University and the author of Adultery: Infidelity and the Law told the BBC.

Adultery is prohibited in Sharia or Islamic Law, so it is a criminal offence in Islamic countries such as Iran, Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan Pakistan, Bangladesh and Somalia.

Taiwan punishes adultery by up to a year in prison and it is also deemed a crime in Indonesia. In fact, Indonesia is drafting laws that prohibit all consensual sex outside the institution of marriage.

In 2015, South Korea's Supreme Court struck down a similar law where a man could be sent to prison for two years or less for adultery. The court said the law violated self-determination and privacy.

More than 60 countries around the world had done away with laws that made adultery a crime, according to Indian lawyer Kaleeswaram Raj.

In UK, adultery is not a criminal offence and like many other countries, one of the main reasons given for divorce.

Couples cannot use adultery as a ground for divorce if they lived together as a couple for six months after the infidelity was known about.

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The Apprentice: 'Not one candidate is actually stupid'

L-R: Candidates Jasmine Kundra, Daniel Elahi, Sarah Byrne, Kurran Pooni and Sabrina Stocker

The Apprentice is back for another series. And, fortunately, so are the ridiculous introductory statements from the candidates.

"I'm the Beyoncé of business," claims one in the opening episode.

"Money doesn't buy happiness," says another, "but I'd rather cry in a sports car than an old banger".

Such claims are likely to go down in the show's history along with the likes of "everything I touch turns to sold", and "I'm not a one trick pony - I've got a whole field of ponies."

Now in its 14th year, the BBC One show never fails to deliver several contestants who are bigger on arrogance than they are on ability.

But, Lord Sugar says, he "takes exception" to the suggestion that candidates on the show are "stupid".

"The programme itself is an entertainment programme as well as a business programme," he tells journalists at the launch of this year's series.

"Those stupid people you're talking about run six very successful businesses, one of which has made a million pounds this year, and the others are close behind them."

It's true that six former winners of the show have gone on to successful business ventures since the 2010 rule change, which saw Lord Sugar invest in a business idea rather than hiring an apprentice for his own company.

Despite their somewhat over-confident claims, Lord Sugar says: "The whole point of the process is that you do find a winner in the end.

"The people try to fight for their position in the early stages, they say some things which sound a bit silly, but they're not that daft really."

"Can I also interject here," picks up Claude Littner, "and just say, not one of them is actually stupid."

It's perhaps a surprising defence of the candidates from Lord Sugar's sidekick, who doesn't exactly go easy on candidates on the show.

"They're all working very, very hard, and the tasks - you may be watching the TV thinking 'I can do that', I assure you, you can't," he says.

"It's a lot more complex than you think. And they're really trying hard, and it's very, very difficult.

"You get a group, they don't know each other, they're fighting for a position - it's much, much harder than it looks, believe me."

The behaviour and claims of the candidates often bring them notoriety and a brief spell of social media fame.

But that is arguably a drawback - as it could mean the show is more likely to attract people who are fame-hungry rather than those who possess genuine business skill.

"That's a very good point," says Lord Sugar. "I do worry a lot. In the selection process, sometimes I worry that people are there for the wrong reasons.

"And if I do come across them, they don't tend to last too long, let's put it that way.

"Having said that, a lot of the contestants come with the intention of winning the prize and getting the job.

"And what happens is they get fired, and there's that kind of withdrawal symptom after the show ends, where they're not spotted in Tesco anymore.

"They then want to do something else, because they got a flavour of being on TV.

Image captionCan you spot the Photoshop fail in this image? Scroll down to find out what it is

But Steve Tappin, head of Xinfu - a CEO coaching and leadership consultancy - told BBC News that he "would challenge the idea that the show is a credible route into business".

"The Apprentice often features inexperienced people who are very focused around building their own brand and reputation as opposed to having genuine commercial entrepreneurial skills to scale-up a major business," he said.

"Many of them lack the leadership abilities to connect, unite and grow a business."

Tappin was personally mentored by Sir John Harvey-Jones, who presented Troubleshooter, another BBC business series, broadcast in the 1990s.

"Historically, Troubleshooter did have credible leaders involved, and I believe it's less so now," Tappin says.

"My challenge to Lord Sugar is how many of his alumni are on track to run a FTSE 100 company, or comparable-sized exciting private company?"

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Eagle-eyed Apprentice fans spotted a little error in the press shots which went out to journalists on Tuesday.

One of the new candidates, 26-year-old Kayode Damali, appeared to have sprouted an extra hand as he folded his arms.

It's the latest in a delightful string of image editing mishaps in the last year - such as Vanity Fair giving celebrities extra body parts on its cover and Alicia Vikander's extra-long neck on the Tomb Raider poster.

Lord Sugar defended the show on Tuesday, commenting: "I have to say, with the exception of only one that I can recall, that [the fame-hungry contestants] don't get very far.

"They get used as dummies in quiz shows in things like that and get made fools of, and then fall away."

The exception he's referring to is probably Katie Hopkins - whose controversial opinions helped her maintain a high public profile after leaving the show via newspaper columns and radio shows.

Hopkins recently had to apply for an insolvency agreement to avoid bankruptcy, after the food writer Jack Monroe won her libel action against her.

Asked what advice he would give Hopkins now, Lord Sugar says: "She's made her bed, she's going to have to lay in it.

"It's one of life's lessons that she's learnt. Maybe it might be a wake-up call for her. She's got to solve this thing and move on. There's no advice really that I can give her because she made her own problems. So I hope she's learnt from it."

Image captionLord Sugar chose two winners last year instead of one - Sarah Lynn and James White

This is the first series of The Apprentice to air since Lord Sugar apologised for tweeting a photograph which compared the Senegal football team to beach sellers in Marbella.

He doesn't address this directly at the launch, but acknowledges when asked by BBC News that the advice he gives apprentices about their online behaviour has changed.

"The thing is that when we started 14 years ago, there was no such thing as social media, so things change as we go through," he says.

"The candidates of the programme are briefed at a very early stage that they have to be very careful what they do as far as social media is concerned.

"And social media can be their enemy really, because before we select some of the candidates, we use it ourselves to find out what they've been up to. So it's an era we're running through at the moment."

Pressed on the backlash he experienced on social media in the last year, he says: "You just have to take the rough with the smooth really, it's as simple as that."

The new series of The Apprentice begins at 21:00 BST on Wednesday 3 October on BBC One.

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Bill Cosby’s first prison meal revealed

Disgraced comedian Bill Cosby had meatballs and rice, along with mashed potatoes and green beans as part of his first meal in a state prison after being sentenced three to 10 years on Tuesday, Fox News has learned. 


Bill Cosby taken from courthouse in handcuffs

Cosby, 81, now known as Inmate No. NN7687, will serve his sentence at SCI Phoenix, a new state prison in Schwenksville, Pa.



It was previously reported Cosby's first meal included vanilla pudding for dessert. However, a spokeswoman for the corrections department said there was no dessert on the menu.


The former television superstar, who traded on a squeaky clean, fatherly image, was sentenced after being found guilty of three counts of felony aggravated indecent assault in April in one of the most widely publicized trials in modern history.

The once revered comedian was found guilty of sexual assault in April for drugging Andrea Constand, a former Temple University employee, in his Philadelphia home in 2004.

Bill Cosby was sentenced to 3 to 10 years in prison for sexual assault.  (Pennsylvania Department of Corrections via AP)

Fox News’ Kaitlyn Schallhorn and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Police seek more cash in Madeleine McCann search.

The Home Office says it has received a request for more money, following reports the investigation was due to run out.

Police have applied for more funding to continue the search for Madeleine McCann.

The Home Office has confirmed it is considering the application, which follows speculation over the future of the investigation after it emerged that funding would run out at the end of September.

In a blog on Wednesday, the Home Office said: "We have received and are considering a request from the Metropolitan Police Service to extend funding for Operation Grange until the end of March 2019.

"The Home Office maintains an ongoing dialogue with the MPS regarding funding for Operation Grange."

Madeleine McCann's disappearance

A timeline

Madeleine was three when she disappeared during a holiday with her family in Praia da Luz in Portugal in May 2007.

In 2013, with the Portuguese police appearing to have made little progress, the Met began its own investigation - Operation Grange.

Image: Madeleine was three when she disappeared

In March this year, police were given a further £150,000 to continue the investigation and this money was due to run out at the end of September.

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In May Madeleine's parents marked the 11th anniversary of her disappearance and thanked the public for their continued support.

Kate and Gerry McCann said they would persevere in their mission to find their missing daughter.

Image: Kate and Gerry McCann say they still have hope

A Facebook post written on behalf of Mr and Mrs McCann, said: "It gets harder to know what to say or write as each anniversary of Madeleine's abduction approaches then passes.

"Life is full and busy which helps but Madeleine is still missing and she is still dearly missed.

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"Information continues to come in (incredible as it may seem after so long, although we are grateful for that) and work goes on. Perseverance and hope remain."

Operation Grange has cost £11.6m so far

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Babies Born With Big Heads Are More Likely To Be Successful, Study Finds

Growing up, you may have been teased by your siblings for your large head; suffering cruel nicknames such as ‘Melon head’ and ‘Lollipop’.

However, now you can hold your head up high (if your neck can take the weight) with the knowledge your big head holds the secret to your inevitable dizzying success.

Researchers have suggested babies born with large noggins are more intelligent, with a greater chance of becoming educated and living a successful life.

Your mum was right all along (as per usual). Those pea heads are all just jealous of you and your fabulous coconut, which is literally brimming with brains.

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Research conducted by UK Biobank – a biobank study which investigates the relation of genetic predisposition and environmental exposure to developing diseases – has suggested higher intelligence is connected to a large head circumference and brain volume.

UK Biobank monitors half a million UK residents to determine the link between their genes, their physical and mental health, and the direction their life will take.

For this study, researchers from the UK, Germany and the US, led by the University of Edinburgh, analysed UK Biobank data from 100,000 Brits between the ages of 37 and 73. Over half a million samples were used from previous studies.

Participants had been examined in various ways, with researchers testing factors including their verbal and numerical reasoning skills, reaction time (RT), memory and educational attainment.

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The resulting paper, which was published in the Nature journal, Molecular Psychiatry, concluded:

Highly significant associations were observed between the cognitive test scores in the UK Biobank sample and many polygenic profile scores, including […]intracranial volume, infant head circumference and childhood cognitive ability.

As reported by the Independent, the average head size for a newborn baby is 36 cm for boys, and 35 cm for girls.  Babies with bigger than average heads are more likely to become boffins.

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The findings of this study are said to be so accurate, the size of a child’s head can even predict the likelihood of him or her entering higher education. Crikey.

UK Biobank has claimed:

Over many years this will build into a powerful resource to help scientists discover why some people develop particular diseases and others do not.

Director of the Centre for Cognitive Ageing and Cognitive Epidemiology (CCACE) at Edinburgh University, Professor Ian Deary, told Neuroscience News:

In addition to there being shared genetic influences between cognitive skills and some physical and mental health states, the study also found that cognitive skills share genetic influences with brain size, body shape and educational attainments.

Researcher Dr Sarah Harris added:

The research highlights the importance of investigating biological pathways that influence both cognitive function and health related traits.

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So go forth and be proud of your gigantic head, and wear all the eye-catching, bonce-enhancing hats you can.

But don’t get too proud, otherwise, you might not be able to fit your already humungous head through the front door…

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Man With Rare Condition Explains How He Died For Six Minutes

23-year-old Tyler has the energy, humour, and dreams of any able-bodied twenty-something, but he has the rare condition of spinal muscular atrophy (SPA).

Despite meaning that he can’t move around on his own or lift anything that weighs more than three ounces, the resilient guy from Omaha, Nebraska, is eager to not let the degenerative motor neuron disorder get in the way of his aspirations.

Tyler’s SPA means that his armpit touches his hip, and he describes his body as a ‘boomerang’ due to how his spine and ribs are bent.

Here is a video of our interview with Tyler:

Man With Rare Condition Reveals How He Died For Six Minutes




SPA is a genetic rare neuromuscular disorder characterised by loss of motor neurons and progressive muscle wasting.

As well as suffering with this disease, Tyler had an incident where he died for six minutes.

Explaining the situation, Tyler said to UNILAD:

It was a very odd situation, we went to hospital and they said ‘you’re very nauseous, there is a black liquid in your stomach, we’re going to have to pump that out’, and I said okay.

As they were doing that, I blacked out, and I woke up 40 minutes later and the room was full of people.

I was like ‘well, this isn’t good’, and yeah so the next day my aunt asked me if my chest hurt, and I said ‘yeah, how do you know?’ and she said ‘well, you had CPR’.

I was like ‘what now?’ I said for ‘how long?’ and when she told me six minutes I was like ‘HUH?’.

I wasn’t aware of it, but I was having some very odd visualisations and they made a little bit more sense as I was told that.


Tyler has turned this traumatic situation into a really strong example of his resilience.

He said:

The fact that a 65 pound 20-year-old endured CPR for six minutes and is still living.

I think that is a testament to how stubborn people with disabilities can be. How resilient they are.

As well as being physically resilient, Tyler’s mindset is inspiringly positive.

He explained that he feels he was blessed with a “‘If I can’t fix it, why be upset about it?’ kind of attitude” which has served him well.

After losing a bet with a friend, he actually ended up doing a stand-up comedy show and enjoyed every second.

Stand-up comedy is a terrifying thing, but Tyler explained:

It was a dare at first, my friend said ‘you’ve got social anxiety haven’t you?’ and I said ‘yeah’, and they said ‘Why don’t you do comedy?’.

So I did it and honestly loved it. The fact that I can take something so negative and make people laugh about it.

I think it’s a classic cry or laugh situation.


He explained how comedy is his way of fight public misconceptions about disability:

The public mostly has misconceptions about disability in general. They just kind of look at you and dismiss your cognitive abilities because of your physical ones.

Now that I’m in comedy, it’s fantastic because I get to be all creative with them and point it out in various ways and make people embarrassed.

In terms of a reaction to my comedy, I get everything from ‘Oh my god why did you say that?’, to people laughing.

People don’t know if they can laugh at my comedy show. It’s like ‘no why are you guys saw aw, I’m on a stage’.

The main concern about Tyler’s health is that his lungs are okay, but his diaphragm is affected so what the doctors worry about is the muscle responsible for controlling his breathing will get worse.

Though the condition is degenerative, Tyler’s type two has the largest age range. He recalled knowing someone who passed away younger than him, but also someone who was 20 years his senior.


Looking to the future, he dreams of continuing comedy, but also starting a non-profit organisation to create a transportation device for disabled people that goes the extra mile.

He explained his idea:

There’s a dream non-profit that I’m going to start, I just need to have the right ears and eyes on it, because once I start it, I want to make sure it’s effective.

What I want to do is create a transportation for the disabled that doesn’t just restrict them to going to a doctor appointment or the grocery store, but independence beyond that.

24/7 operation, because as is now in the States, you’re subjected to public transit times.

It’s like being told ‘hey at 9pm you can no longer use your legs’. When you get to a certain age, your life becomes more than just school and doctor’s appointments.


The heart-breaking fact about Tyler’s degenerative condition is that there is a cure, but it costs well over a million pounds.

Tyler explained that for the first year of seven shots of Spinraza, a treatment that addresses the underlying cause of motor neuron loss, costs an outrageous $750,00.

Once again the unjust pharmaceutical companies are allowed to charge extortionate prices that most people simply can’t afford.

That is only for the first year, you then need three shots in the spine per year, costing a whopping $125,00 per shot.

Hopefully they make treatment more affordable for inspiring people like Tyler.

The aspiring NPO-owner also said he’d be looking for any business advice and guidance to help him.

If you have a story you want to tell send it to UNILAD via [email protected]. To license this article contact [email protected]

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

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

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

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


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


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



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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

AlbertaU Posted on September 26, 2018 14:33

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Delta flight blows tires during emergency landing at JFK airport

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

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

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

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

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Delta confirmed the incident to Fox News in a statement.

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

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


The flight was delayed nearly eight hours from the 6:28 schedule takeoff time. The new plane departed for France from JFK at 3:13 a.m. Tuesday.

Dominic Solomon Posted on September 26, 2018 12:31

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Video: Cabin crew aboard the Jaipur bound flight forgot to pressurise the cabin

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

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

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

AlbertaU Posted on September 26, 2018 12:26

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

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

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

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



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


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

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


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



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

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


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


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

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

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


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


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

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


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



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


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

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

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

AlbertaU Posted on September 26, 2018 11:54

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SOURCE: AP news agency

AlbertaU Posted on September 26, 2018 11:03

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

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

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

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

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The judge, prosecutor and jury saw it differently.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Associated Press reporter Claudia Lauer contributed to this story.


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AlbertaU Posted on September 26, 2018 09:49

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


sarah Posted on September 26, 2018 09:36

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

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

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

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


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Scene from "A Million Little Things."


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


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

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

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


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

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

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

AlbertaU Posted on September 26, 2018 09:33

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

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

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

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

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


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

- Chief Deputy Randy Christian

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

khojho Posted on September 26, 2018 08:16

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

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

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

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

Take a look at her dramatic actions here:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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She explained:

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

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

The 20-year-old said:

My action is absolutely real.

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

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

kabby Posted on September 26, 2018 07:43

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

It has been two decades of operation for the Ariane 5

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

What is the record of the Ariane 5?

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

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

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

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

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

Where's the competition coming from?

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

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

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

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

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

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

What is the future for Ariane?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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seth Posted on September 25, 2018 22:42

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Manchester United revenues hit record of £590m

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

'History demands'

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

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

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

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

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

seth Posted on September 25, 2018 22:27

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

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


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





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

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

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

Image: Niels Jensen prepares to sit on the crocodile

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Image: Mr Jensen enticed the reptile with a wallaby acrcass

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

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

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

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

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

Albert Ulebe Posted on September 25, 2018 17:37

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

khojho Posted on September 25, 2018 17:07

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Beluga whale spotted swimming in the Thames

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

16:14, UK, Tuesday 25 September 2018


Video: Rare beluga whale spotted in river Thames.





Key points: 

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



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





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

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

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

She died from convulsions as she was being rescued.




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

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



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



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





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

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

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





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

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





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



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

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






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

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







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

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

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




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





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

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



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


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



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







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






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


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



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




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



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

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

Beluga whales usually travel in groups or "pods".

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



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




Rare white whale in London's river



Key points: 

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





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

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



Photographers on the banks of the Thames...


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

Albert Ulebe Posted on September 25, 2018 17:04

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

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

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



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

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

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

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


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

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

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

khojho Posted on September 25, 2018 16:44

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

IRS Accounts for 38% of Blockchain Analytics Spending

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

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

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

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

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

Blockchain-Tracing Spending Soars as Crypto Prices Decline

Source: Diar

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

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

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

Albert Ulebe Posted on September 25, 2018 16:15

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




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

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

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


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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Sharing photos of it, she wrote:

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


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

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

kabby Posted on September 25, 2018 15:56

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

Groupe RATP?@GroupeRATP

 · Sep 16, 2018

La #RATP condamne ce geste, qui est contraire aux principes et aux valeurs d’une entreprise de service public. Le salarié a été reçu par la direction du centre bus pour s’expliquer et lui signifier la mise en œuvre d’une procédure disciplinaire. …

Val-de-Marne : un chauffeur de bus gifle un collégien qui l'aurait insulté, la RATP ouvre une...

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

Groupe RATP?@GroupeRATP

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

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

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

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

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The Latest: EU says Libya responsible for rescue ship

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

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

4:25 p.m.

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


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

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

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


1:05 p.m.

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

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

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

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


12:20 p.m.

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

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

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

khojho Posted on September 25, 2018 14:33

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

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

Mt. Gox Trustee Confirms $230 Million Bitcoin Sale

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

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

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

He wrote:

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

Past Transfers Likely Connected to Sell-Off

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

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

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

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

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

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

Albert Ulebe Posted on September 25, 2018 14:00

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The 5 most anticipated new TV shows premiering in October.

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

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

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



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

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


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



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



4. "Elite" — Premieres October 5 on Netflix


4. "Elite" — Premieres October 5 on Netflix



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



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


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

(The CW)


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



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


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



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



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


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

(The CW)


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

Albert Ulebe Posted on September 25, 2018 13:40

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Do You Care: 20 Facts About Rihanna .

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




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



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



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



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


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



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



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

Albert Ulebe Posted on September 25, 2018 13:19

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Ancient Egyptian 'magic spell' decoded.

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

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

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

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

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

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

What was it used for?

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

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

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

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

Mysterious origins

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

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

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

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

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

Albert Ulebe Posted on September 25, 2018 12:54

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Expert speculates MH370 entered ocean gently as fuel ran out

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


New questions over the hunt for MH370

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

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

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

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

"Sorry, no plane found there."

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

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

Albert Ulebe Posted on September 25, 2018 12:50

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


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

Who is Hugh Jackman?

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

What are Hugh Jackman’s best film roles?

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

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Does Hugh Jackman have cancer?

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

Was Hugh Jackman in Neighbours?

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

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Why is Hugh Jackman retiring as Wolverine?

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

What is Hugh Jackman next movie?

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

How did Hugh Jackman meet his wife?

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


How much can Hugh Jackman bench?

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

What did Hugh Jackman do with Daniel Craig?

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

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

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

Does Hugh Jackman like sports and soccer?

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

kabby Posted on September 25, 2018 12:48

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




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

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

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

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


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

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

Check out an early interview with the pair here:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

Will and Jada started dating, and married in 1997.


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

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

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

Take a look at his most memorable roles here:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Happy Birthday Will Smith!

kabby Posted on September 25, 2018 12:40

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Image captionLiz Hurley in "That Dress" - with Hugh Grant - at the Four Weddings and A Funeral premiere

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

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

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

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

The Versace deal adds significantly to Kors' luxury portfolio.

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

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

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

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Image captionGianni and Donatella Versace in 1996 - the year before the designer was murdered

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

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

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

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

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

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

The situation could have been worse.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Image captionUK sailor Tony Bullimore survived for four days when his boat capsized in 1997

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Image captionThe Thuriya was damaged in a storm late last week

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

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

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

Image captionPlaces don't get remoter than Cape Nemo

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

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

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

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

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

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Children to be banned from cycling to school without number plates

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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