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United States mix in english 100 articles, created at 2016-04-29 10:28
901 Nigerian Shiite group demands exhumation after
deadly clashes
The mass grave lies just outside the city of Kaduna in northern Nigeria, but apart from
the recently turned ochre soil there's nothing to indicate what might... 2016-04-28 21:15
5KB www.dailymail.co.uk
902 Liv Tyler shows off her bump with chic ripped
dungarees
On Thursday the daughter of Aerosmith rocker Steven Tyler looked especially well
dressed as she hid her bump in a ripped pair of denim overalls. 2016-04-28 21:14 3KB
www.dailymail.co.uk
903 Mexico charges 4 detectives with holding foreigners
MEXICO CITY (AP) — A judge in Mexico has ordered two federal detectives and two
ex-detectives to stand trial on charges of kidnaping for extortion for allege...
2016-04-28 21:13 1KB www.dailymail.co.uk
904 Police investigate social media threats at Glen Ellyn
high school
Police are investigating violent threats made on social media against students at a west
suburban Glen Ellyn high school. 2016-04-28 21:13 1KB chicago.suntimes.com
905 Should you hug your dog? Expert claims controversial
study is WRONG
Earlier this month, a study set dog-lovers in a frenzy after it revealed that hugging your
pet may actually be causing them stress. But, not all experts agree that you should
stop hugging your dog. 2016-04-28 21:13 7KB www.dailymail.co.uk
906 Klopp on quest to rid Liverpool of 'Nearly Men' tag
Can you transform The Nearly Men? It's a question Jurgen Klopp will have been asked
when Liverpool's owners made a beeline to recruit him last October. 2016-04-28 21:12
5KB www.dailymail.co.uk
907 Edwina Bartholomew slips in to gym gear for Women's
Health party
The 32-year-old slipped in to some patterned leggings, a vest-top and a body warmer
to attend the Women's Health party in Sydney, joining scores of other starlets who had
turned out for the event. 2016-04-28 21:11 2KB www.dailymail.co.uk
908 Ed Balls bakes an Ed Balls cake
The ex Labour MP was determined to share in the fun of Ed Balls Day by recreating his
infamous tweet in painstaking detail. His Twitter followers reacted with glee at the
concoction. 2016-04-28 21:11 2KB www.dailymail.co.uk
909 Donald Trump adviser Paul Manafort victorious in
campaign power struggle
D onald Trump's first major foreign policy address marked a victory for his adviser
Paul Manafort in the internal war that has consumed the... 2016-04-28 21:11 4KB
www.telegraph.co.uk
910 Facebook and St. Jude Medical surge, GNC and
AbbVie skid
NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Thursday on
the New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq stock market: NYSE St. Jude
Medical... 2016-04-28 21:09 2KB www.dailymail.co.uk
911 Israel treads carefully with claim to Golan
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has sparked a new
diplomatic brushfire by declaring that the Golan Heights, seized from Syria in t...
2016-04-28 21:08 7KB www.dailymail.co.uk
912 Federal appeals court hears religious freedom in the
military case
On Wednesday, a federal appeals court heard the case of a former North Carolinastationed Marine who was court-martialed for hanging a Bible verse on her desk.
2016-04-28 21:08 4KB www.dailymail.co.uk
913 NFL notebook: Fans question Goodell on head
injuries
The Chargers' fate and foreign based teams are also topics in a season tickhet holder
Q&A. 2016-04-28 21:07 4KB www.pressherald.com
914 How the Dow Jones industrial average fared on
Thursday
U. S. stocks took their biggest loss in three weeks on Thursday after a late sell-off.
Apple, which is mired in a slump, fell to its lowest price in about two... 2016-04-28 21:05
1KB www.dailymail.co.uk
915 Panama: 2 Colombian drug suspects killed in border
firefight
PANAMA CITY (AP) — Panamanian authorities say two suspected Colombian drug
traffickers were killed and two more wounded in a shootout with border agents. The...
2016-04-28 21:05 1KB www.dailymail.co.uk
916 Flint residents tell civil rights panel of fear, distrust ::
Half a century after a civil rights panel investigated Flint's segregated housing, the
commission held its first hearing Thursday into whether city residents again faced
discrimination or racial bias — this time related to the city's crisis over lead-tainted
drinking water. 2016-04-28 21:04 5KB www.wral.com
917 Prince's will saga: dramatic but not surprising
Prince's lack of a will, while a dramatic twist in his death saga, shouldn't be surprising,
writes Danny Cevallos, because most Americans will die without one. 2016-04-28 23:06
1KB www.cnn.com
918 Mom convicted of creating public nuisance for
Facebook post
ROSWELL, N. M. (AP) — A New Mexico woman has been convicted of creating a
public nuisance by posting an online comment about the possibility of a shooting at ...
2016-04-28 21:04 2KB www.dailymail.co.uk
919 Goat nibbles on girl's hair when she tries to feed his
friend
The girl's father showed her how to hold the food for her first time feeding the farm
animals. But when the girl held out the grub for only one of the goats, his jealous friend
chomped on her locks. 2016-04-28 21:04 2KB www.dailymail.co.uk
920 Bezos Reaps $6 Billion Gain on Amazon Results to
Displace Slim
Jeff Bezos has toppled Mexico's Carlos Slim as the world's fourth-richest person.
Again. The net worth of the 52-year-old Amazon.com Inc. founder rose to $60 billion as
the online retailer's shares jumped 13 percent in extended trading. Amazon posted
first-quarter sales and... 2016-04-28 21:03 1KB www.newsmax.com
921 Taxing meat for its toll on climate urged in Denmark
A government think tank says a sliding-scale tax should be imposed on foods that is
proportional to their "climate impact. " 2016-04-28 21:01 1KB www.pressherald.com
922 Teen devastated after being barred from prom for her
'revealing' dress
Tiffani Taylor, a mother from Tennessee, took to Facebook to share a photo of her
daughter' Bronte's friend Amy Steverson in her prom gown, claiming that she was
'shamed for having breasts'. 2016-04-28 21:01 5KB www.dailymail.co.uk
923 UN says 9,333 killed since Ukraine conflict began
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U. N. says nearly 10,000 people have been killed and
more than 20,000 injured since the Ukraine conflict begin in April 2014. Assist...
2016-04-28 21:01 1KB www.dailymail.co.uk
924 Critics of $1 billion NFL concussion deal seek court
review
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Critics of the proposed $1 billion settlement of NFL concussion
claims want a full U. S. appeals court in Philadelphia to review a recent ...
2016-04-28 21:01 3KB www.dailymail.co.uk
925 Chasing Asylum first look review – asylum seeker
documentary is vital and gut-wrenching
This viscerally intense exposé of Australia’s asylum seeker policy will make audiences
feel like a brick smashed to pieces with a sledgehammer 2016-04-28 21:00 6KB
www.theguardian.com
926 Canadian woman murdered in LA identified 46 years
later
A Canadian woman stabbed to death in Los Angeles around the time and place of the
infamous Manson murders has been identified 46 years later, authorities and...
2016-04-28 21:00 3KB www.dailymail.co.uk
927 WHAT BOOK does author Freya North
Freya North is reading Sweetland by Michael Crummey. It focuses on one man as he
tries to save his tiny, endangered Newfoundland community from being lured to the
mainland. 2016-04-28 20:59 1KB www.dailymail.co.uk
928 Carrabassett Valley gets $135,000 grant
Carrabassett Valley is one of seven Maine towns awarded money under the federal
Community
Development
Block
Grant
program. 2016-04-28 20:58
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www.pressherald.com
929 PICTURE THIS: For the love of style
This book, For The Love Of Style, showcases the designers who shape a genre, as
well as the looks that make fashion houses iconic. The pictures act as a go-to guide for
the fashionista in a crisis. 2016-04-28 20:58 1KB www.dailymail.co.uk
930 Britain’s first dating agency knew the secret of happy
marriage
This book tells the story of matchmaking agency the Marriage Bureau. It was started in
1939 by Mary Oliver and Heather Jenner. Ginny Dougary thinks Penrose Halson is a
gifted storyteller. 2016-04-28 20:58 6KB www.dailymail.co.uk
931 Lawsuit: 2 Missouri school officials slammed girl to
ground
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) — A lawsuit says two white school officials in southeast
Missouri slammed a black teenager to the ground three times, injuring her n...
2016-04-28 20:58 4KB www.dailymail.co.uk
932 Thorpe got away with it - but the Establishment never
forgave him
This books tells the story of Jeremy Thorpe's sex scandal. Told with masterful skill by
John Preston, it grips like a detective story. Tony Rennell believes it to be a wonderfully
woven tale. 2016-04-28 20:58 7KB www.dailymail.co.uk
933 Whatever will 'whatever it takes' mean in Japan?:
James Saft
By James Saft April 28 (Reuters) - The Bank of Japan's Haruhiko Kuroda may learn
that if action doesn't work and inaction doesn't work, the phrase "whatever...
2016-04-28 20:58 5KB www.dailymail.co.uk
934 Five Rounds: Was the UFC justified in pulling Conor
McGregor?
The UFC chose to penalize Conor McGregor for his refusal to promote UFC 200 by
removing him from the card. Was it the right move? Former UFC champion Rich
Franklin joins Brett Okamoto to discuss. 2016-04-28 20:57 10KB espn.go.com
935 Indian school has 28 pairs of twins enrolled at the
same time
This is the amazing image of 28 pairs of twins sitting down outside the Camford English
Medium High School in Chittoor in Andhra Pradesh in South India during a special day
celebrating the siblings. 2016-04-28 20:57 3KB www.dailymail.co.uk
936 The man who became a goat (no kidding!)
Looniness has abounded in this countries for centuries. Thomas Thwaites wanted to
take some time off from being human. He became a goat, walking on four legs and
wearing a goat bell. 2016-04-28 20:56 5KB www.dailymail.co.uk
937 Why there is no such thing as natural talent
This book answers the question of whether talent is innate or learnt. Swedish
psychologist Anders Ericsson thinks it's the latter. Nick Rennison concludes that we all
have the potential for greatness. 2016-04-28 20:55 4KB www.dailymail.co.uk
938 Broncos fans start petition to bring back Tim Tebow
Seeing mediocre options at their quarterback spot, Broncos fans have started a
petition to bring Tim Tebow back to Denver. 2016-04-28 20:53 2KB espn.go.com
939 Brett Rossi's temporary restraining order against
Sheen is thrown out
A hearing date of May 18 was set to look into the potential of a permanent restraining
order. 2016-04-28 20:53 4KB www.dailymail.co.uk
940 Wife admits killing New York farmer who was buried in
manure
WARSAW, N. Y. (AP) — The wife of a New York farmer who was hit with a pitchfork,
shot in the head and then buried in manure has pleaded guilty to manslaughter...
2016-04-28 20:53 1KB www.dailymail.co.uk
941 PSYCHO THRILLERS
Mr Straitley, a Latin teacher at a boys’ school, is doing his mischievous best to
undermine the system imposed by a trendy new headmaster. 2016-04-28 20:53 3KB
www.dailymail.co.uk
942 RETRO READS
Though I was pleasantly gripped by the ITV series it’s not a patch on Trollope’s
wonderfully comic novel. 2016-04-28 20:53 3KB www.dailymail.co.uk
943 MUST READS
On a summer’s evening in 1990, Cathy Rentzenbrink and her younger brother, 16year-old Matty, decided to go to a snooker club. 2016-04-28 20:52 1KB
www.dailymail.co.uk
944 Fiat Chrysler, Google in partnership talks
Fiat Chrysler and Google's self-driving car project are in advanced talks to form a
technical partnership, it has been claimed. 2016-04-28 20:51 4KB www.dailymail.co.uk
945 Shares of Amazon jump on 1Q earnings beat
SEATTLE (AP) — Shares of Amazon.com Inc. surged Thursday after the e-commerce
powerhouse reported better-than-expected first-quarter results fueled by a 28 p...
2016-04-28 20:51 2KB www.dailymail.co.uk
946 Italy nabs four suspected in ISIS plot to attack Israeli
embassy, Vatican
The four arrested Thursday include a man and wife living near Lake Como.
2016-04-28 20:51 1KB www.jpost.com
947 Megan Fox allows a glimpse of her expanding
waistline while out in LA
The pregnant Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles star was still glowing as she stepped out to
run errands with her son Noah on Wednesday. 2016-04-28 20:51 3KB www.dailymail.co.uk
948 Scientists reveal the perfect way to cook rice,
Cooking expert Dan Souza is bringing science to the kitchen to explain how to make
better rice, and he says the key is to minimize evaporation. Through trial and error, you
can optimize the ratio. 2016-04-28 20:50 5KB www.dailymail.co.uk
949 Biggest brain study of murderers suggests people are
born killers
Kent Kiehl, a psychologist who works at the Western New Mexico Correctional Facility
claims at least 50 per cent of brain abnormalities in murderers is caused by genetics.
2016-04-28 20:49 10KB www.dailymail.co.uk
950 #7minutos1denuncia: raising voices about violence
against women in Brazil
Launched in March for International Women’s Day, a project led by FCB Brazil
continues to put the issue of violence against women... 2016-04-28 20:48 2KB
www.thedrum.com
951 Outside experts blast Mexican prosecutor in students
case
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Outside experts criticized the head of Mexico's criminal
investigation agency Thursday for what they called missteps in the investigation...
2016-04-28 20:47 2KB www.dailymail.co.uk
952 SHORT STORIES
Darkness runs through this brilliant collection from the author of The Curious Incident
Of The Dog In The Night-time. 2016-04-28 20:47 3KB www.dailymail.co.uk
953 Israeli officials respond to uproar over Netanyahu’s
statements on ‘sovereignty’ over Golan Heights
The officials say Netanyahu's statements had been misconstrued and that a 1981
decision to apply Israeli law to the strategic plateau fell short of annexation.
2016-04-28 20:46 4KB www.pressherald.com
954 Judith Miller to Newsmax: GOP Establishment in Third
Stage of Grief Over Trump as Nominee
The Republican Party is "pretty much in the third stage of grief" over the possibility of
Donald Trump being the presidential nominee, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Judith
Miller told Newsmax TV on Thursday. 2016-04-28 20:45 3KB www.newsmax.com
955 Samsung angles for spot at heart of connected life
South Korean consumer electronics giant Samsung on Thursday wooed app makers
as it pursued a vision of being at the heart of life in a hyper-connected world....
2016-04-28 20:45 4KB www.dailymail.co.uk
956 Rescuers search for missing in deadly Guatemala
trash slide
GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Hundreds of rescuers picked through a Guatemalan
garbage dump Thursday looking for bodies or possible survivors a day after a massive
s... 2016-04-28 20:43 4KB www.dailymail.co.uk
957 Antisemitism has rocked Labour’s self-belief
Party members assumed they were the good guys, incapable of prejudice. But now
Ken Livingstone and Naz Shah have laid bare the left’s capacity for racism
2016-04-28 20:41 7KB www.theguardian.com
958 Carl Frampton vs Leo Santa Cruz for WBA
featherweight title
NEW YORK (AP) — Undefeated Carl Frampton of Northern Ireland will fight Leo Santa
Cruz for the WBA featherweight title July 30 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn...
2016-04-28 20:40 1KB www.dailymail.co.uk
959 Busty Jessica Wright supports Georgia Kousoulou at
swimwear launch
Jessica Wright opted to cover up on the night as she attended the launch of Georgia
Kousoulou’s swimwear line. 2016-04-28 20:40 3KB www.dailymail.co.uk
960 Vote leave to avoid conflict in Europe, minister warns
Penny Mordaunt, the Armed Forces minister, said austerity in Eurozone states could
lead to civil unrest. The Brexit campaigner also insisted that the momentum was on the
side of Out. 2016-04-28 20:39 5KB www.dailymail.co.uk
961 Cheerful Jennifer Garner runs errands in LA before trip
to UK with Ben
The 44-year-old will apparently soon be travelling to the UK with her estranged
husband while he films Justice League. 2016-04-28 20:39 2KB www.dailymail.co.uk
962 Daly set for Champions Tour debut after turning 50
April 28 (Reuters) - Long-hitting John Daly celebrated his 50th birthday on Thursday,
the official stamp of approval to earn him a spot at next week's Insper... 2016-04-28 20:39
2KB www.dailymail.co.uk
963 Gardena’s iconic Normandie Club poker room folds its
cards
Normandie Casino, the state’s oldest card club and one of Gardena’s original six poker
rooms when the city was known as the “Poker Capital of the World,” is closing in the
wake of its owners felony money-laundering convicti 2016-04-28 20:38 5KB
www.presstelegram.com
964 What’s the latest with Enrique Marquez, alleged
conspirator with terrorists
While Enrique Marquez Jr.’s Russian wife appeared before a judge Thursday, April 28,
he remained in a federal detention center waiting for his next day in court. Mariya
Chernykh, a 26-year-old Ontario resident, made her first appearance i 2016-04-28 20:38
3KB www.presstelegram.com
965 Prince tribute tops the list of weekend events in SF
The weekend is just around the corner. Looking for something fun to do? We've has
partnered with the team at Hoodline - the hyperlocal neighborhood website, to help you
plan your weekend. 2016-04-28 20:38 2KB abc7news.com
966 Slain teen's dad, stepmom arrested on domestic abuse
charges
WYTHEVILLE, Va. (AP) — Authorities say the father and stepmother of a slain Virginia
teenager have been arrested after a domestic violence incident. Wythevil...
2016-04-28 20:37 1KB www.dailymail.co.uk
967 Slate : Manafort’s Work for Tyrants Prepared Him for
Trump
Slate : Manafort's Work for Tyrants Prepared Him for Trump 2016-04-28 20:36 2KB
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968 Reagan's children lash out at Will Ferrell over
Alzheimer's comedy
The children of Ronald Reagan are voicing their outrage one day after it was reported
that Will Ferrell would be playing their father in a comedic film about his battle with
Alzheimer's disease. 2016-04-28 20:36 7KB www.dailymail.co.uk
969 Brother, Sister, Third Man Arrested On Heroin Charges
In Bethpage
A sister and brother, along with a third man, were arrested on drug charges during a
traffic stop in Bethpage, Long Island this week. 2016-04-28 20:34 1KB
newyork.cbslocal.com
970 Nevada gambling revenue down 3 percent in March
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada gambling revenue dropped 3 percent in March compared
with last year, weighed down by bettors playing less baccarat and casinos having...
2016-04-28 20:34 2KB www.dailymail.co.uk
971 Pippa Middleton stuns in grey gown at snow ball
Pippa, 32, attended a fundraising event for disabled athletes on Thursday, wearing a
sweeping grey gown with monochrome collar detail. Sporty Pippa has just returned
from the Alps. 2016-04-28 20:34 7KB www.dailymail.co.uk
972 Watchdogs worried about Comelec's readiness
Labing-isang araw bago ang halalan, naglalabasan pa rin ang ilang problema ng
Comelec. 2016-04-28 20:32 823Bytes news.abs-cbn.com
973 LITERARY FICTION
Lionel Shriver is fast becoming the go-to novelist for some of the big issues of the day.
2016-04-28 20:32 4KB www.dailymail.co.uk
974 Two Palestinian teens attempt to stab IDF soldier at
West Bank checkpoint
Security forces shoot and subdue one attacker; the second fled the scene but was
eventually apprehended. 2016-04-28 20:31 1KB www.jpost.com
975 Tennessee 'religious freedom' bill makes it legal for
mental therapists to refuse service
A week after failing to make the Bible its official state book, Tennessee enacted a
"religious freedom" law that lets mental counselors deny service to anyone.
2016-04-28 20:29 4KB www.upi.com
976 Charlotte Knights bullpen can’t hold late leads against
red-hot Columbus
Colin Cowgill’s single in the bottom of the ninth inning Thursday gave the Columbus
Clippers to a 5-4 Class AAA International League baseball victory over Charlotte in the
finale of the three-game series from Huntington Park. 2016-04-28 20:29 2KB
www.charlotteobserver.com
977 Amazon, the FTC and the dark art of corporate secrecy
in court: Fra...
By Alison Frankel April 28 (Reuters) - * The court system in this country is supposed
to be open to the public. That's a core principle, codified in the Firs... 2016-04-28 20:28
7KB www.dailymail.co.uk
978 Lawsuit accuses PwC of discriminating against older
job applicants
By Daniel Wiessner April 28 (Reuters) - A lawsuit accusing PricewaterhouseCoopers
LLP of violating U. S. discrimination law by hiring a "stunningly low" numbe...
2016-04-28 20:27 3KB www.dailymail.co.uk
979 Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore: 'Atheists,
Homosexuals' Behind Ethics Complaints
Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore on Wednesday addressed ethics complaints
brought against him, saying his views have been mischaracterized. 2016-04-28 20:27
1KB www.newsmax.com
980 Malta minister loses portfolio over Panama Papers
VALLETTA, Malta (AP) — Maltese Minister Konrad Mizzi has been relieved of his
duties in energy and health after he acknowledged opening a company in Panama w...
2016-04-28 20:27 1KB www.dailymail.co.uk
981 Georgia Kousoulou cuts a glamorous figure in green
bodycon dress
Georgia Kousoulou, 24, drafted in a host of glamorous girls to model her new Summer
Dreams
swimwear
collection
on
Thursday
night. 2016-04-28 20:26 7KB
www.dailymail.co.uk
982 Rock Hill violence: Guns plus felons equals to prison
or death
A couple hours in a York County, South Carolina courtroom shows that in Rock Hill the
mathematics suggests: Guns plus felons equals prison or death. 2016-04-28 20:26 5KB
www.heraldonline.com
983 UVU graduates charged with cultivating 'love of
discovery'
In its 75th commencement Thursday, Utah Valley University awarded 5,409 degrees,
up from 5,143 degrees last year. 2016-04-28 20:25 4KB www.deseretnews.com
984 Oxygen levels in some of the world's seas are
dropping
Climate change is not only a major issue in the world today, but we are beginning to
experience the results of the change at a seemingly alarming rate. 2016-04-28 20:24 4KB
www.digitaljournal.com
985 Voters urged to support pro-environment candidates
Iboto ang kandidatong maka-kalikasan. 'Yan ang panawagan ng grupong EcoWaste
Coalition sa mga botante. 2016-04-28 20:24 911Bytes news.abs-cbn.com
986 Drew Barrymore announces she'working on a dating
show
Barrymore has signed up for an NBC dating show with Ellen DeGeneres called First
Dates, according to a Thursday report from Deadline. The 41-year-old actress will not
be starring on the series. 2016-04-28 20:23 2KB www.dailymail.co.uk
987 Trump attacks Clinton on gender, risking backlash
from women
By Doina Chiacu and Megan Cassella WASHINGTON, April 28 (Reuters) - Republican
presidential front-runner Donald Trump waded into politically risky territory...
2016-04-28 20:23 6KB www.dailymail.co.uk
988 Montana county wants to dispose of Cold War
commode kits
BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) -- A Montana county plans to dispose of more than three dozen
Cold War-era sanitation kits meant to provide makeshift bathroom faciliti 2016-04-28 13:16
2KB mynorthwest.com
989 A playoff twist: Ruff coaching Stars vs. Hitchcock's
Blues
FRISCO, Texas (AP) — The irony is not lost on Lindy Ruff as his Dallas Stars prepare
for their second-round playoff series against Ken Hitchcock and the St. ...
2016-04-28 20:22 5KB www.dailymail.co.uk
990 Coffee, wine good for healthy gut, sodas may be bad
The food you eat and the medicines you take can alter your gut bacteria in ways that
either help or harm your health, two new studies suggest. 2016-04-28 20:20 4KB
www.upi.com
991 Cristiano Ronaldo is happy at Real Madrid, says his
mother
Cristiano Ronaldo is happy at Real Madrid and wants to finish his career with the club,
according to his mother. Rumours had been rife during the first-half of the season, that
he was on his way out. 2016-04-28 20:20 3KB www.dailymail.co.uk
992 Grain Belt beer gets more of the Minnesota treatment
There is a thing called “Minnesota Nice,” for good reason. The people of my native
state are overwhelmingly pleasant,... 2016-04-28 20:20 2KB www.thedrum.com
993 Drake's "Views" is now available on Apple Music,
iTunes
Just a week after the total-pop-music-system-meltdown of " Lemonade ," Drake has
rolled out a major album of his own. 2016-04-28 20:20 1KB www.latimes.com
994 Africa's longest-serving leader re-elected with 94
percent of vote
Africa's longest-serving leader, Equatorial Guinea's President Teodoro Obiang
Nguema, extended his 36-year rule Thursday after being re-elected with 93.7 per...
2016-04-28 20:20 3KB www.dailymail.co.uk
995 Adam Sandler discovers a lookalike and invites him to
his premiere
While many people may claim to look like a famous movie star, rarely are the
similarities as striking as the 49-year-old star's doppelganger Max Kessler.
2016-04-28 20:20 3KB www.dailymail.co.uk
996 Oklahoma legislators seek change in sodomy law after
ruling
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — After Oklahoma's highest court dismissed a criminal charge
against a 17-year-old boy accused of forcing a heavily intoxicated girl to pe...
2016-04-28 20:20 2KB www.dailymail.co.uk
997 'The woman's card'
With the general election shaping up to be a contest between Hillary Clinton and Donald
Trump, we're witnessing certain members of the political industrial complex convince
themselves it's going to be a close race. 2016-04-28 20:17 802Bytes www.msnbc.com
998 For black voters, gun violence a more serious problem
than police misconduct
Polls find that African American voters think violence within the black community is a
bigger problem than racial prejudice in criminal justice system 2016-04-28 20:17 9KB
www.theguardian.com
999 Port of Long Beach claims top spot in port rankings
The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach will likely be able to continue growing despite
the soon-to-be-completed Panama Canal expansion and last year’s labor strife that
diverted cargo away from West Coast, according to real estate firm CBRE.
2016-04-28 20:17 5KB www.presstelegram.com
1000 Border Patrol Agents Want More Fencing, Better
Radios and Drones
Federal agents who patrol the U. S. border with Mexico want 23 more miles (37 km) of
fences, better radios and more aerial drones to tighten the southern frontier, according
to an unpublished U. S. government study that influences budget requests. The
modest scope of the... 2016-04-28 20:17 5KB www.newsmax.com
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Nigerian Shiite group demands exhumation after deadly
clashes
The mass grave lies just
outside the city of Kaduna in
northern Nigeria, but apart
from the recently turned ochre
soil there's nothing to indicate
what might lie beneath.
This is where public officials
and human rights groups say
the bodies of some 350
people, including women and
children, were dumped by the
military under the cover of
darkness.
Even now, as one of several public inquiries hears evidence about what led to their deaths,
there are claims the number buried may be a gross underestimation.
Members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria pray at a mass grave on the outskirts of the
northern Nigerian city of Kaduna on April 26, 2016 ©Aminu Abubakar (AFP/File)
"The (Kaduna state) government claimed they buried 347 people here but we know the actual
number is far more than that," Mohammed Mustapha told AFP.
Mustapha and Nura Adam joined fellow members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) at
the burial ground in Mando on Tuesday to pray for the dead after a visit by inquiry officials.
Amnesty International last week accused the Nigerian Army of deliberately shooting dead
members of the Shiite Muslim group during clashes 80 kilometres (50 miles) away in Zaria in
December.
Most of the evidence of the military action -- the destruction of the IMN cultural and religious
centre, and the house of the group's leader Ibrahim Zakzaky -- was "meticulously destroyed", it
added.
- Exhumation calls Mustapha recalled how earth-moving equipment was brought in to the cemetery near the
Nigerian Defence Academy on December 14 to dig a pit for the burial.
At about 11:00 pm (2200 GMT) armed soldiers cordoned off the narrow path leading to the
burial ground, an hour before trucks filled with bodies arrived, he added.
"I counted six huge trucks and several military vans laden with dead bodies driving into the
cemetery for the mass burial which residents were not allowed to witness", said Adam.
"It took them five hours to finish the burial, which was an indication that the bodies were more
than 347 because it doesn't take that long to thrown in such a number of bodies into a pit. "
Pointing to the mound of earth the size of a badminton court, Adam called for the bodies to be
exhumed to confirm the exact number of dead.
The world would be "shocked by the true number of those buried", he added.
But Abdulhakeem Mustapha, counsel to the Kaduna state commission of inquiry probing the
incident, said: "This is an investigative committee. It doesn't have powers to issue orders.
"It is going to make its recommendations to the government on what it believes are the best
ways to resolve the problem based on its findings," he told AFP.
Amnesty International's report, "Unearthing the truth: unlawful killings and mass cover-up in
Zaria", also called for exhumation and included an account corroborating Mustapha and Adam's
claims.
"There were five or six large trucks and several smaller military vehicles and they spent hours
digging and unloading the trucks' cargo into the hole they dug and then covered it again with the
earth they had dug out," one witness was quoted as saying.
A medic at Zaria's Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital told AFP in January he counted
at least 400 bodies in the morgue while other witnesses said as many again littered the streets.
- Military denial The clashes in Zaria on December 12 and 13 were sparked after IMN supporters blocked the
route of Nigeria's chief of army staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai.
The military maintains its soldiers acted according to the rules of engagement and did not use
excessive force but were responding to "a criminal and enemy of the state".
The IMN denies army claims its followers attempted to assassinate Buratai.
What is clear is the massive destruction caused by the operation -- one of several claims of
excessive force and human rights abuses by the military against civilians around the country.
In Zaria, Zakzaky's compound and the religious and cultural centre lie in ruins. Blocks of
shattered concrete lie where the buildings once stood. Once-occupied IMN houses are
ransacked and empty.
Amnesty accused the military not just of taking away the bodies but razing the buildings,
removing the rubble, washing off the bloodstains, and recovering bullets and spent cartridges.
Zakzaky -- who has previously fallen foul of Nigeria's secular authorities by calling for an
Iranian-style Islamic revolution -- remains in custody and partly paralysed and half-blind.
Hundreds of his supporters are still missing, presumed dead or in custody, with dozens facing a
possible death sentence for killing a soldier in the initial stages of the clashes.
A vehicle drives past a sign post outside the northern Nigerian city of Zaria, where around 350
members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) were killed before being secretly buried in a
mass grave outside the city of Kaduna ©Aminu Abubakar (AFP)
Policemen walking in the rubble of the destroyed religious centre of the Islamic Movement in
Nigeria in Zaria, Nigeria on April 26, 2016 ©Aminu Abubakar (AFP/File)
2016-04-28 21:15 Afp www.dailymail.co.uk
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Liv Tyler shows off her bump with chic ripped dungarees
Liv Tyler's style standards
have
not
dipped
since
becoming pregnant with her
third child as she often heads
out in New York City with chic
maternity wear.
On Thursday the daughter of
Aerosmith rocker Steven Tyler
looked especially well dressed
as she hid her bump in a
ripped pair of denim overalls.
The brunette beauty, 38, also
had on a black T-shirt, fitted
blazer and cute scalloped flats, rounding out an urban casual look.
Tres bon: Pregnant Liv Tyler looked nicely dressed in overalls as she headed out in NYC on
Thursday
A black purse with brass fixtures was draped over the Stealing Beauty star's left shoulder and an
oversized pair of Ray-Ban Wayfarers were smart accessories.
The Lord Of The Rings vet also wore her long brown locks down over her shoulders.
There was no sign of her fiance David Gardner or her sons Sailor and Milo.
Classic: The brunette beauty, 38, also had on a black T-shirt, fitted blazer and cute flats,
rounding out an urban casual look
She did it right: A black purse with brass fixtures was draped over her left shoulder an an
oversized pair of Ray-Ban Wayfarers were smart accessories
Crossing the pond soon: Liv recently revealed her plans to permanently move to the UK in
September; here she is seen with her family in NYC in October
The Leftovers actress was seen last week visiting her UK football agent fiance, Dave, in London.
Liv recently revealed her plans to permanently move to the UK in September after sharing her
time in the states while filming and the remainder of her days in London to be with her future
husband.
In January the engaged pair announced that they were expecting a second child together.
She nailed it the day before as well: The Armageddon star in all black on Wednesday
After revealing her baby news the blue-eyed beauty posted a bare-belly snapshot to her
Instagram with the caption: 'LA afternoon walks with ma-baby and my frank.'
This will be the third child for Liv and her second with Dave.
This pregnancy comes less than a year after she gave birth to their first child together, Sailor
Gene. Tyler is also mom to 11-year-old Milo, from her previous marriage to Royston Langdon.
Not shy: The former model flashed her naked belly in this Instagram post with Frankie Rayder
2016-04-28 21:14 Heidi Parker www.dailymail.co.uk
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Mexico charges 4 detectives with holding foreigners
MEXICO CITY (AP) — A judge in Mexico has ordered two federal
detectives and two ex-detectives to stand trial on charges of kidnaping for
extortion for allegedly holding 15 South American women briefly to
demand a bribe for not reporting them to immigration authorities.
Mexico City police detained the detectives last week after receiving a plea
for help from one of the women.
The detectives claimed they were investigating the 15 women from Venezuela, Argentina and
Paraguay in a human-trafficking case. Such cases often involve prostitution in Mexico.
But officials allege the four men actually held the women briefly and demanded one million
pesos (about $58,000) for not deporting them.
Local media reported the women were apparently working at a nightclub and may have held
only tourist visas.
2016-04-28 21:13 Associated Press www.dailymail.co.uk
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Police investigate social media threats at Glen Ellyn high
school
Police are investigating violent threats made on social media against students at a west
suburban Glen Ellyn high school.
Authorities received reports Thursday that a student at Glenbard West High School, at 670
Crescent Blvd., was threatening violence against other students, according to Glen Ellyn police.
Investigators soon concluded that no one at the school was in danger but will continue to follow
up on the incident, police said. No arrests were made.
“Unfortunately, incidents like these occur in schools today,” Dr. Peter Monaghan, principal of
Glenbard West, said in a statement
on the school’s website. “Be
assured, every rumor is treated
seriously. Please understand that in
any situation such as this, our
primary focus is on working closely
with law enforcement and keeping
students and staff safe while we
determine the credibility of a threat.”
Monaghan said authorities “have
identified the source of the post, and
have taken the necessary steps to
ensure the safety of our students and
staff.”
Classes will be be in session Friday and there will be additional officers on and around campus,
Monaghan and police said.
2016-04-28 21:13 chicago.suntimes.com
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Should you hug your dog? Expert claims controversial
study is WRONG
Earlier this month, a study set
dog-lovers in a frenzy after it
revealed that hugging your
canine
companions
may
actually be causing them
stress.
Dogs despise being held close
by their owners because their
first line of defense is to run
away, the research explained,
and
suggested
humans
choose other ways to show
their affection.
But, not all experts agree that you should stop hugging your dog.
Earlier this month, a study set dog-lovers in a frenzy after it revealed that hugging your canine
companions may actually be causing them stress. The research suggested humans choose
other ways to show their affection. But, not all experts agree that you should stop hugging your
dog. Image posed by a model
Signs of canine stress include when the dog has its ears down.
So-called half moon eyes, in which the dog looks down with its eyes up, are another sign, as is a
head turned away to avoid eye contact.
If the dog has its eyes closed or is licking its lips it may be stressed out too.
Yawning or raising a paw is another warning sign that your pet is uncomfortable.
'Shaking off' the hug after the dog has been released, similar to what they do after a bath to get
rid of water.
In the study, Dr Stanley Coren, a canine expert and professor of psychology at the University of
British Columbia examined 250 dogs being hugged by adults and children and analysed them
for signs of stress.
Coren found that 81 per cent of all dogs being hugged were uncomfortable, suggesting they
wanted their owners to put them down.
On the other hand, these stress signals may be prompted by something else, according to Corey
Cohen, a companion animal behaviour therapist at A New Leash on Life in Pennsylvania.
The dogs in the photos may have been anxious because they didn’t like having their picture
taken, Cohen told The New York Times , or the person involved may have been trying to pose
them.
If a dog trusts the human who is giving the hug, Cohen explains that a dog could be comfortable
with this gesture.
Cohen’s own dogs love to be hugged, he tells NYT, a reaction which he determines based on
the slowing of their breathing and softening of the gaze.
Some dogs may even tilt the edges of their mouths up in an expression similar to a smile.
‘The truth is, if you have a decent relationship with your dog, it releases oxytocin,’ he told The
New York Times, referring to the ‘love hormone.’
‘I don’t think there is any other creature on the earth that will do this.’
But while it may be alright to hug a dog in some cases, Erica Lieberman, a dog trainer and
behaviour consultant with Pawsibilities Pets in New York City agreed with the message of
Coren’s research, telling NYT that people should be cautious.
Dog owners going in for a hug should always look for ‘cutoff signals,’ Lieberman explained,
including the distress signs noted in the study and a ‘shaking off’ gesture similar to what a dog
does after a bath.
If none of these are present, then the dog may not mind the hug.
The study was carried out by Dr Stanley Coren, a canine expert and professor of psychology at
the University of British Columbia. Signs of canine stress include when the dog has its ears
down. So-called half moon eyes, in which the dog looks down with its eyes up, are another sign,
as is a head turned away. Stock image
In the initial study, Dr Stanley Coren examined 250 dogs being hugged by adults and children
and analysed them for signs of stress.
He found that in 81.6 per cent of cases, the dogs had at least one sign of discomfort, stress, or
anxiety.
Only 7.6 per cent showed comfortable dogs whilst the remaining 10.8 per cent were either
neutral or ambiguous.
This is because 'dogs are not human children,' Coren explained.
Dogs are technically cursorial animals, indicating that they despise being held close because
their first line of defense is to run away.
Cutting off their ability to run away may increase the dog's stress level.
Instead of a hug, the expert suggests showing your dog affection with a pat, kind words, or a
treat.
But, the expert also says dogs have learned that certain actions, like hugging, make people
happy, so in some cases they may be putting up with contact that they don’t like, according to
The New York Times.
As much as they may jump up at you, lick your face and seemingly crave attention, hugging your
dog can actually make it stressed, Coren's study explained.
At an extreme end, when dog is especially anxious it bares its teeth or may bite, but Dr Coren
said there are 'subtler indicators' that it may be uncomfortable.
Signs of canine stress are when the dog has its ears down, half moon eyes or his head turned
away to avoid eye contact.
If the dog has its eyes closed or is licking its lips it may be stressed out too.
Yawning or raising one paw is another warning sign.
In the article published in Psychology Today ,, Dr Coren only used images where the dog's face
was clearly visible and did not use pictures where the dogs were in situations which might be
independently stressful.
He found that in 81.6 per cent of cases, the dogs had at least one sign of discomfort, stress, or
anxiety.
Only 7.6 per cent showed comfortable dogs whilst the remaining 10.8 per cent were either
neutral or ambiguous.
Canines despise being held close by their owners because their first line of defence is to run
away, a study has found. By depriving them of that, you are making them miserable and
anxious. Stock image pictured
Dr Coren wrote that 'the results indicated the internet contains many pictures of happy people
hugging what appear to be unhappy dogs'. The key to understanding why is that, quite simply,
'dogs are not human children'
Dr Coren wrote that 'the results indicated that the internet contains many pictures of happy
people hugging what appear to be unhappy dogs'.
The key to understanding why is that, quite simply, 'dogs are not human children'.
Dr Coren said: 'Dogs are technically cursorial animals, which is a term that indicates that they
are designed for swift running.
'That implies that in times of stress or threat the first line of defense that a dog uses is not his
teeth, but rather his ability to run away.
'Behaviourists believe that depriving a dog of that course of action by immobilizing him with a
hug can increase his stress level and, if the dog's anxiety becomes significantly intense, he may
bite'.
Dr Coren added: 'The clear recommendation to come out of this research is to save your hugs
for your two-footed family members and lovers.
'It is clearly better from the dog's point of view if you express your fondness for your pet with a
pat, a kind word, and maybe a treat'.
2016-04-28 21:13 Cheyenne Macdonald www.dailymail.co.uk
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Klopp on quest to rid Liverpool of 'Nearly Men' tag
Can you transform The Nearly
Men? It's a question Jurgen
Klopp will have been asked
when
Liverpool's
owners
made a beeline to recruit him
last October.
And it is a question they will
have asked with good reason.
When they bought Liverpool in
October 2010, Fenway Sports
Group declared that their
intention was not just to win
once but 'to keeping winning'
and uphold the club's past tradition.
So far, they have been unable to deliver on that promise. Liverpool's financial affairs have
dramatically improved under FSG but the long held belief they would oversee a period of the
club gathering cups in May has disappeared.
Villarreal players celebrate wildly after Adrian Lopez netted a stoppage-time winner against
Liverpool
Liverpool winger Jordon Ibe cuts a dejected figure after the Merseysiders conceded an injury
time goal
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp roars at his players as he attempts to guide his men to the Europa
League final
This, to date, has been an ownership period in which Liverpool have been unable to make a
compelling final step; a number of times they have manoeuvred themselves into a promising
position but, more often than not, they have faltered when it matters most.
'When I look at the timeline, there have been some improvement,' Tom Werner, Liverpool's
Chairman, said after Klopp was unveiled. 'We came into this project with great ambition. Until we
win more trophies, we won't be satisfied.'
The last time they reached such an advanced stage of European competition, in April 2010, the
atmosphere around the club was toxic; the threat of financial combustion under the doomed
reign of Tom Hicks and George Gillett was real and the squad was horribly bereft of quality.
To jog your memory, David N'Gog – once voted into a list of the Premier League's worst ever
strikers – led the attack and was replaced by Nabil El Zhar, a Moroccan journeyman. Liverpool
were toothless in that first leg against Atletico Madrid and eventually tumbled out on away goals.
Villarreal supporters pay their respects to the 96 Hillsborough victims with a large yellow banner
That defeat brought an era to a crashing halt. Success in Europe under Rafa Benitez had almost
been taken for granted and looking back on the first 10 years of this century, Liverpool
supporters may not appreciate how well they had it.
Think about it: during that decade, Liverpool won four European trophies – a pair of Super Cups
to sit alongside the Champions League and UEFA Cup – not to mention two FA Cups and the
League Cup twice. There were also two Community Shields. They don't count? Tell that to Jose
Mourinho.
So that's 10 trophies in 10 years. Compared to Manchester United (16), Arsenal (seven) and
Chelsea (12) in the same period, the total is extremely healthy but since then, the final hurdle
has been the one to spell danger, the one most likely to see them thrown into the turf.
Reds playmaker Philippe Coutinho attempts to block a forward ball from Villarreal defender
Juame Costa
Other than the League Cup in 2012, this decade has been one of angst; two finals have been
lost – the most recent against Manchester City in February – so have two semi-finals and it is
almost two years to the day since Liverpool went from the brink of the title to the emptiness of
second place.
You can see, then, why so much was at stake in an industrial city whose biggest claim to fame is
its production of Porcelanosa ceramics. This is not one of Europe's most charming venues but its
significance for Klopp and Liverpool was huge.
Put simply, the Europa League has given Liverpool's season purpose and momentum and it has
been responsible for sparking a run of form that, until tonight, has seen them lose only one of
their last 18 matches in all competitions. Without it, things would have simply fizzled out.
Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana is challenged for the ball during Thursday's Europa League
clash in Spain
Borussia Dortmund, of course, is the standout memory but what of the last 16 clash with
Manchester United? An elimination at the hands of their most bitter rivals would have
guaranteed a meandering end to the campaign but it was effectively the tinder-lighting spark.
Now, though, they find themselves back in a familiar situation. Adrian Lopez's injury time strike
makes next week's second leg at Anfield horribly problematic and Liverpool will require a
performance every bit as explosive as the one that toppled Dortmund to progress.
The only solace Klopp will take is that one goal is not insurmountable. Liverpool remain 90
minutes from the Europa League final but the moment has arrived for The Nearly Men to rid
themselves of that irritating tag. They need to leap over that last hurdle.
2016-04-28 21:12 Dominic King www.dailymail.co.uk
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Edwina Bartholomew slips in to gym gear for Women's
Health party
Viewers are used to her smart
on-air looks.
But Sunrise presenter Edwina
Bartholomew swapped her
sleek wardrobe for some tight
workout gear on Thursday.
The 32-year-old slipped in to
some patterned leggings, a
vest-top and a body warmer to
attend the Women's Health
party in Sydney, joining scores
of other starlets who had
turned out for the event.
Scroll down for video
Ready for action! Sunrise's Edwina Bartholomew slipped in to her runners and some leggings
for Women's Health Fit Night Out in Sydney on Thursday
She wore her blonde hair neatly styled into a ponytail and appeared to opt for light make-up for
the event.
Edwina put her toned arms on display in her sleeveless get-up which zipped up the middle.
Her leggings featured an eye catching black and white pattern and she finished the look with
some colourful sneakers.
Let's go! The 32-year-old seemed eager to get started as she pretended to jog on the spot
Jumping for joy: The event is a annual and promotes women's fitness, with a string of starlets
turning out for the occasion
Also at the event was model and former Miss World Australia Erin Holland, who was more
daring in a cut-out workout top.
She had styled her hair into tight braids for the event and was sporting fresh make-up.
Erin added some tight workout leggings to her look, flexing her muscles for the camera as she
posed outside the event.
Energetic: Edwina was only too happy to perform some on-the-spot jumps before heading
inside
The Bachelor's Tim Robards was also in attendance at the event held in Sydney's Town Hall.
Guests took to workout mats for a group session at the glittering party to promote fitness.
They were offered braids by hairdressers on hand at the event which was co-organised by
Priceline Pharmacy.
Active: At the event guests enjoyed a group workout on mats at Sydney's Town Hall
2016-04-28 21:11 Jennifer Smith www.dailymail.co.uk
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Ed Balls bakes an Ed Balls cake
Ed Balls has made a cake
referencing his own infamous
tweet
The former shadow chancellor
was told by his wife, MP Yvette
Cooper, to make the cake
Today is the fifth anniversary of
Mr Balls sending the tweet
And the cake even had five
candles
to
mark
the
anniversary of the inadvertent
tweet.
Mr Balls' wife, former Labour leader candidate Yvette Cooper, said that they 'insisted' that he
bake the cake.
And Mr Balls' Twitter followers gave the bake a rapturous reception.
His Twitter followers reacted with glee to the cake
One said of the bake: 'We live in a golden age'
One user, Emily, alluded to Mr Balls' cake as a positive for the Labour party, which has
undergone plenty of conflict in the past few days
Earlier this year, Ed appeared on the Sport Relief Celebrity version of the Great British Bake Off
He was narrowly pipped to the post of star baker by former Girls Aloud star Kimberly Walsh
Mr Balls made muffins on the BBC1 show, and followed up with a show-stopper cake shaped
like a ski slope.
Mr Balls appeared on the show alongside former Girls Aloud singer Kimberley Walsh, presenter
Victoria Coren-Mitchell, football pundit Chris Kamara and last year's winner Jennifer Saunders.
Although it was the beef pie in the technical round which was his downfall, Mr Balls almost
pulled it back with his 'show stopper' cake, which had to be based on a sport.
Mr Balls chose ski jumping and went the whole hog with his elaborate ski slope including a
landing pad and a miniature jumper.
He was pipped to the post by winner Kimberley, who created a Kilimanjaro cake which wowed
judges Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood.
The former Morley and Outwood MP was arguably the highest profile member to lose their seat
at last year's general election.
He lost his seat to the Conservative party candidate, Andrea Jenkyns.
Mr Balls is now the chairman of Norwich football club.
2016-04-28 21:11 Victoria Finan www.dailymail.co.uk
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Donald Trump adviser Paul Manafort victorious in
campaign power struggle
D onald Trump's first major
foreign policy address marked a
victory for his adviser Paul
Manafort in the internal war that
has consumed the Republican
front-runner's campaign.
Mr Manafort, who was brought
on
board
recently
to
professionalise
Mr
Trump's
approach, has been tussling with
the
candidate's
long-time
manager Corey Lewandowski
who presided over a freewheeling, spontaneous operation.
While Mr Lewandoski introduced the campaign motto "Let Trump be Trump," Mr Manafort has
sought to make the candidate more "presidential," urging him to hire speechwriters and use
teleprompters rather than ad-libbing off hand-scrawled notes.
Mr Manafort has recentlty been touring Washington think tanks, meeting members of Congress,
and trying to recruit experts to bulk up the campaign's policy-making staff.
That included consulting the Heritage Foundation, a policy think tank that was a key player in
the presidency of Ronald Reagan.
Mr Trump's speech on Wednesday was the first in what is expected to be a series of detailed
addresses as Mr Manafort aims to convince establishment Republicans that the billionaire is
"Oval Office ready".
It had mixed results with some senior Republican figures praising Mr Trump, and others
accusing him of contradicting himself, being overly simplistic, and failing to to give specifics,
particularly on how he would eradicate Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.
Senator Bob Corker, Republican chairman of the Senate foreign relations committee, said: "It
was very good foreign policy speech. I look forward to hearing more details. "
But Senator Lindsey Graham, the former Republican presidential candidate, said: "It was
pathetic in its content and it was scary in terms of its construct. Ronald Reagan is rolling over in
his grave. "
The speech was noticeable in its enthusiasm for working positively with Russia in the fight
against global terrorism, and the Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak was seated in the front
row.
Afterwards, he said Mr Trump "made some intriguing points but we need to understand what is
meant in the implementation".
Mr Manafort's past clients have included former Ukrainian president and Kremlin ally Viktor
Yanukovych.
He managed to soften Mr Yanukovych's image using tactics including changing his clothes and
hairstyle, and having him talk publicly about his childhood in poverty.
Some saw the hand of Mr Manafort in Mr Trump's pro-Russian stance.
Carl Bildt, a former Swedish prime minister, said: "Trump had not said a word against Russian
aggression in Ukraine. "
But Mr Manafort said: "The speech is his (Mr Trump's) words and his thoughts. " Many US allies
expressed concern about Mr Trump's use of the term "America first" which they read as a threat
to retreat from the world.
The same phrase was used in the 1930s by isolationists who sought to keep the United States
out of the Second World War. Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Germany's foreign minister, said: "The
world's security architecture has changed and it is no longer based on two pillars alone, it
cannot be conducted unilaterally. 'America first' is actually no answer to that. "
A senior EU official said a Trump presidency would be a "disaster". The official added: "I don't
think we understand Donald Trump and he has no understanding of the delicate, complex
nature of foreign policy on Europe's doorstep. "
Madeleine Albright, the former US Secretary of State, who is supporting Hillary Clinton, said: "He
just underscored the fact that he is running the most reckless and dangerous presidential
campaign in modern history. "
2016-04-28 21:11 Nick Allen www.telegraph.co.uk
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Facebook and St. Jude Medical surge, GNC and AbbVie
skid
NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily
Thursday on the New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq stock market:
NYSE
St. Jude Medical Inc., up $15.84 to $77.79
The heart device maker agreed to be acquired by Abbott Laboratories in a $19.3 billion cash
and stock deal.
GNC Holdings Inc., down $10.28 to $25.32
The nutritional supplement company reported weak first-quarter results, including lower vitamin
sales.
Hanesbrands Inc., up $1.74 to $29.53
The maker of underwear, T-shirts and socks, said it will buy Pacific Brands, the biggest maker of
underwear in Australia.
AbbVie Inc., up 50 cents to $61.20
AbbVie is buying Stemcentrx, which is developing a drug that uses stem cells to treat small cell
lung cancer, for $5.8 billion.
Nasdaq
Facebook Inc., up $7.84 to $116.73
The social network hit an all-time high after its first-quarter profit tripled and revenue was
stronger than expected.
PayPal Inc., up 6 cents to $40.07
The online payments company's net income and revenue surpassed analyst estimates.
Medivation Inc., $4.12 to $56.17
French drugmaker Sanofi went public with an offer to buy the cancer drug maker for $9.3 billion,
or $52.50 per share.
DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc., $7.75 to $39.95
Comcast's NBCUniversal unit agreed to buy the movie studio for $3.55 billion, or $41 a share.
2016-04-28 21:09 Associated Press www.dailymail.co.uk
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Israel treads carefully with claim to Golan
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has sparked a new diplomatic
brushfire by declaring that the
Golan Heights, seized from
Syria in the 1967 Mideast war,
is and should remain "under
Israel's
sovereignty
permanently. "
But
following
tough
international criticism, Israeli
officials
said
Netanyahu's
statements
had
been
misconstrued and that a 1981
decision to apply Israeli law to
the strategic plateau fell short of annexation.
The debate offers a window into a more nuanced Israeli perspective that, despite statements
from the country's hard-line political leadership, continues to leave the door open, just barely, to
a peace deal when Syria's civil war finally winds down.
File - In this Sunday, April 17, 2016 file photo, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu,
center, poses with ministers prior to the weekly cabinet meeting in the Israeli controlled Golan
Heights. Netanyahu has sparked a new diplomatic brushfire by declaring that the Golan
Heights, seized from Syria in the 1967 war, is and should remain sovereign Israeli territory. But
following some tough international criticism, Israeli officials have begun to backtrack, saying that
a 1981 decision to apply Israeli law to the strategic plateau fell short of annexation and implying
that Netanyahu misspoke. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner, File)
For now, the debate is largely academic. Syria has been engulfed in civil war for nearly five
years, and there is no end in sight. With Syria, and the Syrian side of the Golan, divided between
Syrian troops and various rebel forces, there is nobody to talk to, even if Israel decided to open
negotiations.
But the Golan remains central to any future peace deal with Syria, and its fate is a key part of a
2002 Saudi initiative that offered Israel peace with the Arab world in exchange for a full
withdrawal from all territories captured in the 1967 Mideast war. While that offer is usually
connected to areas sought by the Palestinians, the Golan is also considered occupied land by
the international community. Past Israeli leaders, including Netanyahu himself, have held talks
with Syria about control of the Golan.
So when Netanyahu convened his Cabinet for a first-ever meeting in the Golan on April 17, he
triggered an international uproar by calling it "sovereign" Israeli territory.
"The Golan Heights will forever remain in Israel's hands," he declared. "After 50 years, the time
has come for the international community to finally recognize that the Golan Heights will remain
under Israel's sovereignty permanently. "
The U. S., Israel's closest ally, quickly criticized Netanyahu, saying the Golan is "not part of
Israel. " Germany and the European Union also rejected his statement, as did the Arab League,
57-member Organization of Islamic Cooperation and the Syrian government. And early this
week, the U. N. Security Council took issue with him.
"Council members expressed their deep concern over recent Israeli statements about the Golan
and stressed that the status of the Golan remains unchanged," said Council President Liu Jieyi,
China's ambassador to the U. N. He noted a previous 1981 resolution that said Israel's decision
to impose Israeli law on the Golan is "null and void. "
Alan Baker, a former legal adviser to Israel's Foreign Ministry, said the parliamentary decision to
impose Israeli law back in 1981 was "merely a means of governing" the territory. He said that
previously, Syria had deferred to the local Druse population, whose secretive religion and
customs were difficult to apply after Israel took over.
He said Israel was careful not to annex the territory — a decision that would require additional
parliamentary action — in order not to "prejudice" future border negotiations with Syria.
"Israel has never claimed the Golan to be part of its sovereign jurisdiction," said Baker. "That's
why in my opinion, the statement that was made was somewhat ill-advised. "
In reality, Israel has in effect already annexed the territory and any thought of returning it to Syria
is deeply unpopular with Israelis. More than 20,000 Israeli settlers now live in settlements on the
Golan, according to official Israeli statistics.
The territory, with its rugged terrain, open spaces and sweeping vistas of Syria and northern
Israel, is a popular tourism spot that is home to high-end wineries, rustic restaurants and cattle
farms. The native Druse population, who also number about 20,000 people, mingle freely with
Israeli Jews and are eligible for Israeli citizenship.
The system in the Golan is part of a legal kaleidoscope that Israel has created since the 1967
war. Shortly after the war, it annexed east Jerusalem, home to the city's most important holy
sites, in a move that also has not been internationally recognized. Under interim peace accords,
military rulings and special stipulations, West Bank settlements are subject to Israeli jurisdiction,
while Palestinians are subject to a combination of their own municipal and family laws, as well
as Israeli military law for security offenses.
In a statement this week, Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon accused the
Security Council of "ignoring reality" with its criticism.
"With whom is Israel supposed to negotiate the future of the Golan — Islamic State? Al-Qaida?
Hezbollah? The Iranian and Syrian forces that slaughtered hundreds of thousands of people? "
he said. "The suggestion that Israel will withdraw from the Golan is not reasonable. "
Still, he acknowledged that the Golan Heights is not part of "Israel proper," even if Israeli law is
enforced there.
Netanyahu's spokesman, David Keyes, said the prime minister's comments "were a description
of the reality on the ground," and the Golan's legal status has not changed.
"The territory must remain under Israeli control for a simple reason. When Syria ruled the Golan,
it was used as a staging ground for attacking Israeli civilians. It was mined and crisscrossed with
barbed wire. It was a place of war. In the nearly five decades since Israel liberated the Golan, it
has been used for agriculture, tourism and great wine. It is now a place of peace," Keyes said.
It remains unclear why Netanyahu decided to drag his Cabinet to the Golan, a three-hour trip
from Jerusalem. It may have been a message to international negotiators not to forget Israeli
interests as they try to end the Syrian war. It also may have been meant as a show of strength to
domestic critics.
Moshe Maoz, an expert on Syria at Israel's Hebrew University, said the prime minister's tough
stand was "an affront and chutzpa" to the international community.
"In my assessment, any government in Syria which will emerge after this mess will demand the
Golan Heights," he said.
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Federal appeals court hears religious freedom in the
military case
A federal appeals court is
deciding a case that could
change the military immensely
- possibly giving soldiers,
marines and sailors alike the
ability to disobey orders if it
conflicts with their religion.
On Wednesday, the U. S.
Court of Appeals for the Armed
Forces heard the case of
Monifa Sterling, a former lance
corporeal in the Marines who
was court-martialed in part
because she refused to take down a biblical verse she had hanging at her desk.
Supporters of Sterling say that the military's punishment was an infringement of Sterling's
freedom of religion, but military lawyers argue that the case is simply a matter of
insubordination.
The U. S. Court of Appeals for Armed Forces is deciding a case pertaining to the court martial of
Monifa Sterling, who was punished for hanging a biblical verse at her work station at North
Carolina's Camp Lejeune
Above, a view of the verse that Sterling had hanging at her desk that her staff sergeant ordered
her to take down. She has since left the military
The incident the case is based on happened back in May 2013, when Sterling hung a biblical
verse up in the desk area that she shared with another Marine at North Carolina's Camp
Lejeune.
The verse was based on Isiah 54:17, which reads 'No weapon formed against thee shall
prosper'.
Sterling's superior initially asked her to take the verse down, telling Sterling 'I don't like the tone'.
Sterling refused, so the staff sergeant took it down and threw it in the trash. Sterling responded
by printing off a new version and hanging it back up. This happened again on another occasion
when the staff sergeant saw the new version hanging in Sterling's work space.
But this incident was just one of two that led to her court martial. According to military records,
she was written up for disrespecting a superior officer, disobeying lawful orders and failing to
report to an assigned duty.
She was reduced in rank, given a bad-conduct discharge and has since left the service.
This is the first time any such case has come to the court - the highest in the military - and the
decision handed down by the five judges could set a new precedent expanding freedoms for
members of the armed forces.
'This is a historic moment for military religious freedom,' Mike Berry, an attorney with First Liberty
Institute, a religious liberty advocacy group told Fox News . 'This case will determine whether
our service members’ constitutional right to practice their faith will be protected by the law as
they serve in the Armed Forces.'
During the hearing on Wednesday, the five-judge panel pushed the lawyers representing
Sterling, pointing out the fact that Sterling did not register her complaints about her religious
freedom with her superiors when the sign was first taken down.
'The military is a structured society,' said Chief Judge Charles Erdmann of the U. S. Court of
Appeals for the Armed Forces. 'How can we hold the military at fault when no request for an
accommodation was made?'
'They are supposed to be neutral' on matters of religion, said Judge Scott Stucky. 'Does throwing
a cloak of religion over this case excuse it from a court-martial?'
But the judges also questioned the military's lawyers, asking whether enough respect was paid
to her religious rights when they brought her to court martial.
The court's decision is due sometime this summer. After that it may go on to the Supreme Court.
Sterling has not commented on the case.
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NFL notebook: Fans question Goodell on head injuries
CHICAGO — The floor belonged to Philip Feliciano, and NFL
Commissioner Roger Goodell waited patiently for his question.
Given an opportunity to ask Goodell about anything he wanted, Feliciano,
a 55-year-old vascular surgeon from Bellevue, Washington, wanted to
know about the league’s efforts to help prevent head injuries. Even for the
NFL’s most ardent fans, head injuries remain one of the biggest concerns.
“I think it threatens the viability of the game if we can’t make it safe,” Feliciano said.
Feliciano is one of 32 season ticket holders who traveled to Chicago this week to join the NFL
for a variety of activities surrounding the draft. The fans and their guests had breakfast Thursday
before participating in a question-and-answer session with Goodell.
The league allowed The Associated Press to watch as Goodell fielded questions on topics
ranging from the Chargers’ future in San Diego to the number of preseason games to the
possibility of putting a team in another country.
Feliciano said he was watching the Seahawks’ game at Dallas on Nov. 1 when Ricardo
Lockette suffered ligament damage, a disk injury and a concussion in a collision late in the first
half of Seattle’s 13-12 victory.
Head injuries also were on the mind of Terry Broyles, a season ticket holder for the Chargers.
“Very concerned about that,” Broyles said. “I’m concerned about the mothers and their kids and
letting kids play football and get into the sport, and I think it’s something that’s very alarming and
concerning.”
A federal court this month upheld an estimated $1 billion plan by the NFL to settle thousands of
concussion lawsuits filed by former players. Critics of the proposed deal appealed the decision
Thursday, contending the lead players’ lawyers negotiated away compensation for chronic
traumatic encephalopathy because the science is still being developed.
The settlement would cover more than 20,000 NFL retirees for the next 65 years. The league
estimates that 6,000 former players, or nearly three in 10, could develop Alzheimer’s disease or
moderate dementia.
Goodell said making the game safer is the league’s No. 1 priority, and then pointed to rule
changes, improving equipment and investment in research as signs of the NFL’s commitment.
“And I think the last is just what we do from a medical support standpoint,” Goodell said. “There’s
greater awareness, which I think we’re a large part of that because we brought that on, and I
think we’ve promoted that. We said ‘You have to manage injuries properly,’ and it’s affected not
just football, but all sports.”
Feliciano seemed satisfied with Goodell’s answer.
“We all want the league to make it safe for the players, and I think they’re doing everything they
can to do that,” Feliciano said. “But it is a violent game.”
Broyles asked Goodell about the future of the Chargers, who are trying to get an initiative on the
Nov. 8 ballot that calls for an increase in the hotel tax to help pay for a $1.8 billion stadium and
convention center annex in downtown San Diego.
If the measure fails, the Chargers have the option of moving into a stadium with the Los Angeles
Rams in Inglewood in 2019.
“I think your community is better off with the Chargers. I believe the Chargers are better off with
San Diego, too,” Goodell told Broyles. “We need to make that point, and I would tell you I think
communities that have lost a team … there’s a lot of regret that comes with that.”
Cardell Hayes was also indicted for attempted second-degree murder because police say he
wounded Smith’s wife in the shooting. Hayes and Smith got into an argument after Hayes’
Hummer hit Smith’s Mercedes SUV from behind on April 9, police said. Smith’s wife was in the
passenger seat at the time.
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How the Dow Jones industrial average fared on Thursday
U. S. stocks took their biggest loss in three weeks on Thursday after a late
sell-off. Apple, which is mired in a slump, fell to its lowest price in about
two months and dragged tech stocks sharply lower.
On Thursday:
The Dow Jones industrial average sank 210.79 points, or 1.2 percent, to 17,830.76.
The Standard & Poor's 500 index slid 19.34 points, or 0.9 percent, to 2,075.81.
The Nasdaq composite closed lower for the sixth day in a row, falling 57.85 points, or 1.2
percent, to 4,805.29.
For the week:
The Dow is down 172.99 points, or 1 percent.
The S&P 500 is down 15.77 points, or 0.8 percent.
The Nasdaq is down 100.94 points, or 2.1 percent.
For the year:
The Dow is up 405.73 points, or 2.3 percent.
The S&P 500 is up 31.87 points, or 1.6 percent.
The Nasdaq is down 202.12 points, or 4 percent.
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Panama: 2 Colombian drug suspects killed in border
firefight
PANAMA CITY (AP) — Panamanian authorities say two suspected
Colombian drug traffickers were killed and two more wounded in a
shootout with border agents.
The National Frontier Service says the gunfight took place Wednesday in
the eastern province of Darien, which borders Colombia.
It says a group ignored a police order to stop and shooting broke out.
Agents seized sacks containing an unspecified amount of cocaine and marijuana.
The service said Thursday in a statement that a fifth suspect was detained nearby carrying
$15,000 in cash.
Panamanian authorities say the jungle border region with Colombia is a corridor for illicit transit
of drugs, people and weapons.
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Flint residents tell civil rights panel of fear, distrust ::
Posted 9:04 p.m. yesterday
Updated 9:07 p.m. yesterday
By JEFF KAROUB, Associated
Press
FLINT, Mich. — Half a century
after a civil rights panel
investigated Flint's segregated
housing, the commission held its
first hearing Thursday into
whether city residents again
faced discrimination or racial
bias — this time related to the
city's crisis over lead-tainted drinking water.
Dozens of Flint residents spoke before the Michigan Civil Rights Commission about their anger,
fear and distrust, two years after the financially strapped city switched its water source while
under state control to save money. Some residents in the largely minority city said the
contamination wouldn't have occurred in a wealthy, predominantly white community.
A mention of the previous investigation by the commission's co-chairman resonated with Jonnie
Faye Townsend, 52, who said she suffers from ulcers, diabetes and other problems. She
suspects the water contributes to her health problems and has "psychologically tampered with
me. "
"We have been and continue to be discriminated against — classism, ageism and systemic
racism," she said. "Fifty years of complaints... and no one cared enough to put a stop to this
systemic racism. I know it can't be done in one day but we have to do our best by (holding)
conversations to resolve this. "
Flint is under a state of emergency after improper treatment allowed lead from old pipes to leach
into the Flint River water the city was using. Residents have been told to use water filters and
pregnant or nursing women and children under age 6 should use bottled water.
"When we get up in the mornings, we have to think about every movement we make," said
Elaine Connor, 66, who tested positive for lead and suffers from chronic health problems that
she says have been exacerbated by the problems with the water. "How we brush our teeth,
when we wash our face — we need to be careful not to get it into our eyes. ... You have to
mindful when you bathe your children. "
Commission co-chairman Arthur Horwitz said while two more hearings are planned, the board
has come to the "inescapable conclusion that this is a case of environmental injustice. " He said
that's based on the findings of a report released last month by a bipartisan task force created by
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, as well as prior testimony at the state capitol by Flint residents.
The commission decided in January to hold hearings. If it finds violations, it can order the
violator to stop and take corrective action. That order can be appealed to circuit court.
Horwitz had noted that the commission first conducted hearings in Flint 50 years ago to
investigate problems associated with urban renewal, particularly access to decent housing.
The 1966 probe found a "rigidly segregated" city with people living in "squalid conditions. " It
also called for an investigation into "the harmful effects of fumes and deposits from industrial
operations on property and public health" in a mostly black section of the city.
President Barack Obama plans to visit Flint next week. He's due to receive a briefing on the
federal effort to assist in the cleanup and to hear directly from Flint residents about the toll the
contamination has had on their health and their lives.
Michigan State Police Capt. Chris Kelenske told the commission that roughly 11 million liters of
water — equal to about 927,000 cases of bottled water — have been distributed to residents,
and the state has coordinated the distribution of 116,000 filters and 47,000 water-testing kits. He
adds that officials have visited all homes of active water customers.
Yaquelin Vargas, 21, said she and her father moved to Flint six years ago from San Antonio,
Texas, after successfully bidding on a home. They had no connection to the Michigan city other
than finding a small house on the city's east side that was "affordable," she said.
Vargas said having their own home was a "dream come true," but now they struggle in in it: Her
father has become too ill to work — problems she says are worsened by the water — and she
must care for him and her 7-month-old daughter, Lydia, who has tested positive for lead.
Although the public health emergency was declared last October, she said she didn't learn her
water required a filter until January, and that word came from a community volunteer.
She broke down crying before the committee, and tried to regain her composure.
"I'm sorry, but it is very painful," she said.
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Prince's will saga: dramatic but not surprising
Danny Cevallos is a CNN Legal Analyst and a personal injury and criminal defense attorney
practicing in Pennsylvania and the U. S. Virgin Islands. Follow him on Twitter @CevallosLaw.
The opinions expressed in this commentary are his.
(CNN) As the entire world knows, Prince died last week at the age of 57, leaving behind an
estate worth millions of
dollars, along with music
and
other
intellectual
property of inestimable
value.
Danny Cevallos is a CNN
Legal Analyst and a
personal
injury
and
criminal defense attorney
practicing in Pennsylvania
and the U. S. Virgin Islands.
Follow him on Twitter
@CevallosLaw.
The
opinions expressed in this commentary are his.
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Mom convicted of creating public nuisance for Facebook
post
ROSWELL, N. M. (AP) — A New Mexico woman has been convicted of
creating a public nuisance by posting an online comment about the
possibility of a shooting at her son's middle school.
Jeanette Garza Alvarez of Roswell was given a 30-day deferred sentence
and ordered to pay $29 in court costs after she was convicted Tuesday of
a petty misdemeanor following an hour-long trial in Municipal Court, the Roswell Daily Record
(http://goo.gl/TwXFTU ) reported.
Defense attorney Luke Ragsdale said Thursday that Alvarez's First Amendment free-speech
rights are being violated and that her conviction will be appealed to state District Court.
A criminal complaint filed by police said Alvarez posted Jan. 29 on her Facebook page that her
son told her that several eighth-graders were planning to take guns to school and have a
shootout.
The complaint also said Alvarez told investigators that her post was intended to gather
information but that there were 160 student absences the next school day, most resulting from
her post, in addition to at least 100 phone calls to the school about the post.
Tom Burris, superintendent of the Roswell school district, said Alvarez's Facebook post was an
alarming and inappropriate online comment by a parent and led to the spread of rumors.
"I think that the things that are on Facebook can be very disruptive to school," he said. "It's the
(old) rumor mill issue that I say one thing and then it gets taken by somebody else in another
way, and then in another way, and then another way, and pretty soon you've got a problem. I
think it started out as inappropriate. "
Burris encouraged anyone hearing about possible school threats to contact school officials
rather than posting something online.
Ragsdale, the defense lawyer, said Alvarez didn't do anything wrong. "She didn't tell anybody to
not go to school. She didn't even tell her own child to not go to school," he said.
It's legally "completely incorrect" that Alvarez had to contact school officials rather than pose
questions online, Ragsdale said. "There's no law that requires that," he said.
Roswell schools have been plagued with bomb threats and other threats in recent months, the
Record reported.
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Goat nibbles on girl's hair when she tries to feed his
friend
This adorable little girl found
out that even a cute goat can
turn into the green-eyed
monster when she tried to feed
one – and got his jealous
friend’s revenge instead.
The girl’s first experience
feeding the farm animals starts
smoothly enough.
Her father shows the girl how
to cup her hand so the food
doesn't fall out, although it
takes a few times before the
youngster stops hopping around with excitement and pays attention.
This little girl found out the hard way that while she gave one goat all the food in her friend, his
friend was glaring at her from the sidelines - planning his revenge
Realizing there's no dinner left for him the goat goes for the next best thing he can find, the girl's
golden locks
The girl then finally grabs the seeds and both of the goats immediately turn to her hand – ready
to dig in.
She holds out the food to one of the goats, who happily licks up her hand as his friend realizes
there won't be any left for him.
So the goat goes for the next best thing he can find - the young girl’s golden locks.
He takes a bite and sends the girl crashing to the floor, grabbing her head and staring at the
goat in anger as she begins to cry.
The girl's hair remained undamaged...but her love for goats was surely challenged.
He takes a bite and sends the girl crashing to the floor, grabbing her head and staring at the
goat in anger as she begins to cry
2016-04-28 21:04 Anneta Konstantinides www.dailymail.co.uk
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Bezos Reaps $6 Billion Gain on Amazon Results to
Displace Slim
Jeff Bezos has toppled Mexico’s Carlos Slim
as the world’s fourth-richest person. Again.
The net worth of the 52-year-old Amazon.com
Inc. founder rose to $60 billion as the online
retailer’s shares jumped 13 percent in
extended trading. Amazon posted first-quarter
sales and earnings that topped analysts’
estimates and pushed shares as high as
$683 from a close of $602.
Carlos Slim’s fortune fell $3.4 billion to $55
billion Thursday when his phone company
America Movil SAB plunged the most in eight
years after saying profit margins in Mexico
continued to shrink. Bezos passed Slim for the first time in November 2015 and ceded the
position to him again in February.
The gain for Bezos tops the $3.6 billion rise for Facebook Inc. Chief Executive Officer Mark
Zuckerberg Thursday. Zuckerberg’s jump came after a strong first-quarter earnings report from
the world’s largest social network that pushed the shares to a record. He’s the world’s eighthrichest person with $51 billion.
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Taxing meat for its toll on climate urged in Denmark
The meat industry contributes more to greenhouse gas emissions than
the combined exhaust from every form of transportation on Earth – a
whopping fifth of the total. Beef is the biggest culprit, and it requires almost
30 times as much land and 11 times as much water to produce as pork or
chicken.
Denmark’s Council of Ethics, a government think tank, said that in light of these facts, Danes are
ethically obligated to change their eating habits and that a sliding-scale tax should be imposed
on foods that is proportional to their “climate impact.”
The proposal now goes before lawmakers. Under the plan, a tax would first be imposed on beef,
then would be expanded to all red meat, and possibly further food sources based on the slidingscale model. Denmark is a small country, and the effect of a tax on climate-change mitigation
would be negligible, but the nation’s size allows for “greener living” to be built into people’s
lifestyles more easily. More than a third of the residents in Copenhagen, Denmark’s capital, bike
to work, and only 29 percent own a car. The government has a comprehensive plan to make the
country independent from fossil fuels by 2050.
Americans eat about 200 pounds of meat per capita annually, which is more than double the
global average, although overall meat consumption is increasing worldwide.
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Teen devastated after being barred from prom for her
'revealing' dress
A teen girl was reportedly left
in tears after she was 'shamed
for having breasts' by school
faculty members who told her
they couldn't allow her in to
prom because her dress was
'too revealing'.
Tiffani Taylor, a mother from
Tennessee, took to Facebook
on Monday to share a photo of
her
daughter
Bronte's
friend Amy Steverson in her
prom gown, claiming the
student at Maryville High School wasn't allowed into the senior dance until she put on the vice
principal's tuxedo jacket.
'She spent time looking for the perfect dress, got her hair done and was meticulous in putting her
make up on. It's an exciting time. She proudly had her pictures made, and why wouldn't she?'
the concerned mom wrote. She looks like a princess.
Shattered dreams: Tennessee student Amy Steverson reportedly cried in the restroom at the
Maryville High School senior prom after she was initially denied entry into the dance because
her dress was 'too revealing'
'Arriving at the prom, she was stopped at the door. She would not be allowed in because her
dress was "too revealing". After spending some time in the restroom crying, she was told she
could go in if she wore the vice principal's tux jacket, which mind you, did not cover her chest.'
Tiffani went on to say that a teacher repeatedly told Amy that 'us big girls gotta cover up'.
'This young girl was shamed for having breasts,' she continued. 'Her excitement during this
memorable time of her life turned into embarrassment at the hands of adults who are supposed
to be leading her.
'Shame on you, Maryville. I think you look amazing, Amy.'
Accusations: Tiffani Taylor, a mother of one of Amy's friends, claimed that the teen (front left) was
asked to put on the vice principal's tuxedo jacket and told by a teacher that 'us big girls gotta
cover up'
Tiffani's post has been shared more than 19,000 times and liked over 87,000 times, with many
people commenting that Amy looks beautiful and shouldn't have been told that her dress was
too revealing.
However, Amy's father told WATE 6 that an alteration to the front of her dress broke after the
picture was taken, causing the gown to be far more revealing when she had arrived at the
dance.
In the photo shared by Tiffani on Facebook, the front of Amy's dress features a piece of black
lace on the sweetheart neckline.
According to Amy's parents, the neckline became several inches lower and wider after the lace
broke off, and that is when a teacher asked her to wear a jacket.
Personal opinion? In her Facebook post, Tiffani insisted that Amy was 'shamed for having
breasts' and called out the administrators for singling her out at the dance
Wardrobe malfunction: Amy's parents explained that an alteration on their daughter's dress
broke and the neckline on her gown became several inches lower and wider than it was
pictured in Tiffani's photo
A photo collage from that night sees Amy donning a men's jacket over her dress as she happily
poses with her friends.
Sharon Anglim, a representative of Maryville City Schools, told WATE 6 that there is no specific
prom dress policy in place and noted that there weren't any other girls at the event who were
called out over their gowns.
She went on to point out that neither Amy nor her parents complained to the school district about
the incident at prom.
However, Tiffani is standing by her original post. The mom took to Facebook on Thursday
afternoon to tell people to stop sending her photos of one of Amy's Snapchat photos from prom
night.
Singled out: Sharon Anglim, a representative of Maryville City Schools, said there weren't any
other girls at the event who were called out over their dresses
Won't give up: Tiffani maintains that Amy shouldn't have been singled out at the dance over her
wardrobe malfunction
'I've seen it a million times over. I'm not sure whether it's the hand gestures, F bomb or the fact
that her dress alterations were missing that you want me to be offended by, but I'm not [sic],' she
wrote.
'I see a young girl with tear smudged prom make up standing up for herself saying, "I feel good. I
look good. " I'm sorry that you don't see the same.
'Maybe you didn't see the other girl's prom dresses that I saw,' she continued. 'I stand by my
original thought process that one person shouldn't be singled out. Maybe Maryville should think
about applying a dress code for necklines next year for everyone so this doesn't happen again.'
Daily Mail Online reached out to Amy and Sharon for comment.
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UN says 9,333 killed since Ukraine conflict began
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U. N. says nearly 10,000 people have
been killed and more than 20,000 injured since the Ukraine conflict begin
in April 2014.
Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs Taye-Brook Zerihoun told
the Security Council on Thursday that the total number of casualties now
stands at 30,729 including 9,333 people killed and 21,396 injured.
He said the latest incident occurred on April 27 when shelling killed at least four civilians and
injured at least eight people in Olenivka near the city of Donetsk.
Zerihoun said that fighting has escalated in recent weeks to levels not seen since August 2014,
when it was at its most intense and he called on all parties to cease hostilities.
Thursday's Security Council meeting was the first to address the situation in Ukraine since
December 2015.
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Critics of $1 billion NFL concussion deal seek court
review
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Critics of the proposed $1 billion settlement of
NFL concussion claims want a full U. S. appeals court in Philadelphia to
review a recent court decision that upheld the deal.
The challengers believe the lead players' lawyers negotiated away
compensation for the key complaint in the original lawsuit, a brain disease
known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy, because the science is still being developed.
In their appeal Thursday, they said the lead players' lawyers traded away the CTE issue in
exchange for higher awards for less common problems, such as Parkinson's disease and
dementia. CTE can currently only be diagnosed at autopsy, although some researchers hope to
diagnose it in the living within 10 years.
"Rather than ... deleting the CTE claims from the complaint, however, class counsel proceeded
to settle those claims for no compensation, while obtaining recovery for other, rarer, conditions
that are not exclusively associated with head trauma," lawyer John J. Pentz wrote in asking the
entire 3rd U. S. Circuit Court to rehear the case.
A three-judge panel unanimously upheld the settlement earlier this month, finding it perhaps
imperfect but nonetheless reasonable. A majority of the court's 13 active judges would have to
vote to rehear the case.
The lead players' lawyers, in response, said further appeals delay payments to ailing players
and their families, including that of former Philadelphia Eagle Kevin Turner, who died last month
at 46 after battling Lou Gehrig's disease.
Senior U. S. District Judge Anita Brody first approved the settlement last year after twice sending
it back to lawyers for revisions. Individual players could receive up to $5 million in the case of
severe brain trauma, which could result in NFL payouts over 65 years totaling more than $1
billion, including interest and lawyer fees.
The first concussion lawsuits, filed in 2011, accused the NFL of concealing known links between
football and brain injuries and failing to properly address the headaches, dizziness and
dementia reported by players and retirees.
The NFL has long denied any intentional misconduct. Last month, a league official testifying
before Congress acknowledged for the first time a link between football and CTE.
Also Thursday, in what may be a sign of things to come given the huge legal fees at stake,
former Chicago Bears star Gale Sayers and six others sued their original lawyers in the case. As
first reported by The Legal Intelligencer, they said the firms have improperly put liens on their
future awards.
The settlement includes a potential $112 million in legal fees for the lead players' lawyers.
2016-04-28 21:01 Associated Press www.dailymail.co.uk
925 /100
Chasing Asylum first look review – asylum seeker
documentary is vital and gut-wrenching
I f the debate about asylum
seekers attempting to come to
Australia has made your heart
a little heavy over the years,
be prepared for it to feel like a
brick smashed to pieces with a
sledgehammer.
The
full,
muscular weight of the feature
documentary format has finally
tackled the subject with
Chasing Asylum, a viscerally
intense exposé given gravitas
by Academy and Emmy
award-winning film-maker Eva
Orner.
Orner won an Oscar for producing 2007’s Taxi to the Dark Side, documentarian Alex Gibney’s
fastidious investigation into torture practices conducted by America in the name of the “war on
terror”. Like Gibney’s film, Chasing Asylum paints a sobering overall picture of a government
that asks its citizens to abide by rule of law, but shows little obligation to do so itself ( Australia’s
treatment of asylum seekers has been found to violate the United Nations Convention Against
Torture and has recently been ruled illegal by Papua New Guinea).
Also like Taxi to the Dark Side, it’s the small details rather than the broad brushstrokes in this
grim but important film that are breathtakingly inhumane. In the director’s chair for the second
time (following 2013’s The Network, which documents Afghanistan’s first independent television
station) Orner doesn’t debate whether the boats have stopped. Her stance is they have; her
remit is to examine the human cost.
Early moments in the film include vision of the obligatory Citizen Kane of Australian xenophobia
speeches: John Howard huffing and puffing about who arrives and the circumstances with
which they come. Chasing Asylum is largely comprised of news clips, text inserts, talking heads
and secretly recorded, previously unseen footage. It’s the sort of film that, as they say, only
comes together in the editing room; some fine forensic assembling here by editor and coproducer Annabelle Johnson.
Low-fi phone-recorded vision bobs around Manus Island detention centre beds and
thoroughfares. The place looks like a militarised tent city, or a collection of temporary edifices
Walter White might spend an afternoon in. Splotches of graffiti here and there – words such as
“welcome to coffin” and “kill us” – hint at the horrors inside, of things we mostly cannot see.
Social workers and support workers recount their stories. One remembers a sign announcing
that staff needed to know how to use a Hoffman knife. When asked why, she was told they were
the knives used to cut ropes after hangings. Another recalls living quarters infused with the
stench of faeces and daily self-harm: detainees cutting themselves, burning themselves,
starving themselves, stitching their lips and eyelids shut.
A former Manus Island safety and security officer, Martin (who quit the job after receiving death
threats) says he was shocked to see people living in a renovated second world war shed: a
huge hot tin hut in thick, humid, tropical conditions. Orner also visits the home countries of
asylum seekers to examine the harsh or harrowing circumstances that prompted them to leave.
Chasing Asylum is a 90-minute compendium of shame, captivating for the wrong reasons. At
times it is so sad that your eyes well and chills run down your spine. Hot-button Australian
documentaries that feel so urgent are rare; when they are made well they come on like cattle
prodders to the senses.
Last year the coal seam gas exposé Frackman arrived, a terror-inducing polemic with a premise
like a B-grade horror movie: the ground beneath us has literally been sold and filled with poison.
The heart of director Tony Krawitz’s 2011 film Tall Man, which examines circumstances
surrounding the death in custody of Cameron Mulrunji Doomadgee , wept with a sense of
injustice.
In Orner’s documentary we are exposed to many injustices experienced by many people; the
Australian dream inverted and thrown to the dogs. With scant access to material that could
depict the detainees’ physical and emotional journeys in detail, the director is forced to take a
snapshot approach. The film becomes a string of heartbreaking vignettes, matched to a basic
timeline of events and facts.
Orner allows her subjects to speak for themselves, in their own voice. Her clearly anti-detention
centre stance is communicated through the film’s configuration rather than in front of the camera
or by voiceover (a Moore or Pilger-esque onscreen presence would surely have felt selfindulgent).
A balance of sorts is established in visions of chest-beating politicians, all of whom refused to be
interviewed (save for Malcolm Fraser – in one of his last interviews – to whom the film is
dedicated). Arguments from ministers that stopping the boats saves deaths at sea is touched on
but given short shrift; cut to David Marr saying that the government claiming a humane
approach, given the circumstances, is “profoundly hypocritical”.
The counter argument is straight out of high school philosophy: the idea one immoral act can be
committed in order to prevent a worse one. More could have been made of how this kind of
reasoning is used in the ping-pong of political discourse; some more meat on the bones about
how Labor became wedged and backflipped. Or why Middle Australia – most of whose recent
forebears are immigrants – don’t seem to have qualms in backing a now bipartisan approach.
But perhaps Chasing Asylum wasn’t the best platform for that. Its remit, after all, was to examine
the human cost of stopping the boats. On those terms it is not just successful, but awfully and
unforgettably effective: vital, evocative and gut-wrenching.
2016-04-28 21:00 Luke Buckmaster www.theguardian.com
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Canadian woman murdered in LA identified 46 years
later
A Canadian woman stabbed to
death in Los Angeles around
the time and place of the
infamous Manson murders has
been identified 46 years later,
authorities and her family said.
Known for nearly half a century
only as "Jane Doe 59," the
murder victim was publicly
identified Wednesday by Los
Angeles police and her sister
as Reet Jurvetson.
Her body was discovered in
the brush off Mulholland Drive in Los Angeles mid-November 1969, shortly after she arrived in
the city.
California Highway Patrol officers are seen on the 405 freeway, near the Mulholland overpass
on July 16, 2011 in Los Angeles, California ©David McNew (Getty/AFP/File)
The 19-year-old had been stabbed over 150 times in the upper torso and neck, according to
police.
Her identity remained a mystery until a family friend in June 2015 recognized her photograph
while browsing the US national database for unidentified missing and deceased persons.
A test comparing the victim's DNA to Jurvetson's sister living in Canada confirmed her identity.
Her sister Anne described Reet as a young woman who had "developed a taste for adventure
and freedom, all the while being naive and trusting of others. "
"Reet was a lovely, free-spirited and happy girl. She was very artistic, drew well, and liked to
sew her own clothes," said Anne, who is also the last living member of Reet's immediate family.
Her wanderlust brought her to California as the 1960s were coming to a close.
"Initially, we believed that Reet was probably in search of more autonomy, and therefore we
waited for her to get in touch with us," Anne said.
"As months and then years passed, we imagined that she was making a new life for herself.
"However, not once did we suspect that she had been killed. "
Reet Jurvetson was born in Sweden, the youngest child of refugees who fled Estonia during the
Second World War and later moved to Montreal.
Because her body was found only a few miles from and a few months after the infamous
Manson murder spree, police interviewed Charles Manson in prison to try to "rule out any
possible connection" to Reet's killing.
"Their encounter with Manson did not produce anything fruitful and the investigation remains
open and ongoing," the Los Angeles Police Department said in a statement.
Authorities are now asking the public for help in identifying a friend of Reet Jurvetson whom she
met in Montreal and traveled with to the United States. His name is John or Jean, police said.
2016-04-28 21:00 Afp www.dailymail.co.uk
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WHAT BOOK does author Freya North
Freya North’s The Turning
Point
is
published
by
HarperCollins at £7.99
. . . are you reading?
Sweetland
by
Michael
Crummey. It focuses on one
man as he tries to save his
tiny,
endangered
Newfoundland
community
from being lured to the
mainland and losing their
island and history.
. . . would you take to a desert island?
Jane Eyre is just so devastatingly romantic — they literally go through fire for love. I read that
you won’t understand true love until you’ve read it.
. . . gave you the reading bug?
Carbonel by Barbara Sleigh was the first time I experienced how books can truly create a
parallel universe. It’s an exhilarating story about a young girl who goes on an errand for her
mother, but comes home with a fabulously aloof black cat. I loved reading it to my spellbound
children.
. . . left you cold?
Miss Smilla’s Feeling For Snow by Peter Hoeg. There were too many cul-de-sacs and it was
soon boring. I asked a friend how it ended, and they said they thought it had something to do
with a prehistoric but radioactive worm.
Freya North’s The Turning Point is published by HarperCollins at £7.99.
2016-04-28 20:59 Daily Mail www.dailymail.co.uk
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Carrabassett Valley gets $135,000 grant
Carrabassett Valley will get a $135,000 grant from the Maine Department
of Economic and Community Development, one of seven towns that have
been awarded money under the federal Community Development Block
Grant program.
The funding includes money from the Micro-Enterprise Assistance grant
program, according to a news release Thursday from the department.
“These awards have a direct impact on the economic stability and sustainability of Maine’s small
businesses,” DECD Commissioner George Gervais said.
“The investments made in these communities not only benefit the individual businesses, it also
helps create new career opportunities for Maine people. The grants represent the LePage
administration’s commitment to becoming better partners with the private sector, leveraging new
private investment to achieve greater prosperity across Maine.”
The money for Carrabassett Valley will go to four businesses:
Other communities and businesses getting the grants are:
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2016-04-28 20:58 Morning Sentinel www.pressherald.com
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PICTURE THIS: For the love of style
FOR THE LOVE OF STYLE
by Corinna Williams and Nina
Zywietz
(teNeues £29.95)
FOR THE LOVE OF STYLE by
Corinna Williams and Nina
Zywietz
U. S. Editor at large of Harper’s
Bazaar, Corinna Williams, and
creative director Nina Zywietz
navigate
the
agonising
process that is finding a
signature style.
Their book, For The Love Of Style, showcases the designers who shape a genre, as well as the
looks that make fashion houses iconic. From the feminine frocks of Alexander McQueen
(pictured) to the denim jackets that keep Levi at the cutting edge, the inspirational pictures act as
a go-to guide for the fashionista in a crisis.
For even the most clued-up style icon, this book provides a fabulously illustrated insight into how
individual style is shaped.
2016-04-28 20:58 Daily Mail www.dailymail.co.uk
930 /100
Britain’s first dating agency knew the secret of happy
marriage
History
MARRIAGES ARE MADE IN
BOND STREET
by Penrose Halson
(Macmillan £16.99)
Before there was internet
dating, there were newspaper
lonely hearts columns - and
before that, there was the
Marriage Bureau.
This is the story of the bureau and the enterprising young women who started it in 1939, Mary
Oliver and Heather Jenner - one a serial altar bolter, the other a divorcee.
Before there was internet dating, there were newspaper lonely hearts columns - and before that,
there was the Marriage Bureau, which helped people to find love in the 1940s
It ends with its tenth anniversary celebrations.
The pages in between are full of true tales (though they sometimes read a touch floridly farfetched) of the match- makers and their appreciative clients, from a society with a class system
more multi- layered than a mille-feuille.
Both women changed their names - in part, because their venture was considered so odd and
risque at the time. Mary was a farmer’s daughter, nee Audrey Parsons, whose parents were
desperate to get her married off.
And, boy, did she try to please them - but with each impending wedding, she found herself
unwilling to forfeit her freedom for the respectability of marriage with a suitor who didn’t suit her.
It was while visiting her Uncle George in India that her life took off, with his suggestion that she
find a way of introducing the lonely young men on colonial postings to ‘marriage-minded’ young
women during their leave in England.
Back home, Mary met Heather at a party in Chelsea. Also 24, she was a striking, 6 ft part-time
model, film extra and former debutante. Mary put forward the idea that had been planted by her
Uncle George and proposed the outlandish, but rather brilliant, scheme of starting up a marriage
agency.
The two young women had no model to draw on, relying instead on their common sense,
combined, as Heather later said, with ‘good taste, and our certainty that we were doing
something which was needed’.
Registration forms would be filled, a modest registration fee (five guineas) applied for a year’s
worth of introductions and, if a couple married, a larger (ten guineas) After Marriage Fee.
Increase in the cost of a wedding since the Fifties
It’s thrilling to read how the fledgling businesswomen find a grotty office space they can just
afford, up an unpromising flight of stairs, but in salubrious Bond Street. They transform it with a
bright sheen of paint, bring in furniture and flowers and, almost immediately, their applicants
start to come in.
Heather’s Rita Hayworth looks and bold manner - as well as the whole idea of matchmaking for
money (initially, the duo have to explain the bureau is not a cover for a brothel) - mean reporters
are always keen to write positive stories about the pair and interview couples who have married
through the Bureau.
In one week in their first year, the marriage mavens were responsible for 40 weddings (i.e. 80
satisfied customers). Some years on, they have 8,000 people on their books and as many as
300 applications in a single day.
What was the secret of a perfect match? Tender-hearted Mary would feel in her ‘sagacious
bones’ that two applicants were just made for one another. But mostly, the pair rarely deviated
from a code of their own devising.
Their top tier was Lady and Gent - defined as ‘upper class, not necessarily titled, but definitely of
superior breeding’. Then it was ‘Near Gent’ and ‘Near Lady’ (upper middle class, middle class
with a professional background), ‘Gentish’ and ‘Ladyish’ (lower middle) and WC (working class).
This was later re-categorised as MBTM (Much Better than Most), a smidgeon lower was MBTS
(Much Better Than Some) and so on.
All these different class levels are represented in the book, and one hopes the funniest stories
are true. Nowhere is there a disclaimer that some names have been altered to protect identities so we must assume that a ‘superior-bred’ tricky customer really was called Etheldreda de
Pomfret.
There is the tragic story of Ivy and Archie. At 22, Ivy, with sad, green eyes, lost her parents,
grandmother, sister and many friends in an air raid while she was at work.
She earned a meagre salary as a nurse in an East End hospital and later as a shop girl in
ladies’ fashion in a department store.
Enter Archibald Bullin-Archer, a fragile, 38-year-old former prep schoolteacher, who had been
damaged by the war.
After a brief courtship, Archie proposed to Ivy, but the engagement ended in tragedy. His ghastly
parents had intervened and insisted he could not marry a shop girl. He hanged himself on a
lamp-post and left a note and an emerald ring for Ivy.
There are a number of affecting stories such as this in between the general high jinx and
merriment.
Halson - who wrote and edited before her husband persuaded her to go into the marriage
business - is a gifted storyteller, with a slight stylistic weakness for over-long adjectival lists.
The book is a period piece in some ways but, away from the different clothes and customs, it has
a contemporary ring because, fundamentally, people don’t change. Be it 1946 or 2016, we still
worry about money, ailing parents, loneliness and finding someone to love.
The makers of Call The Midwife need look no further for their next television project.
2016-04-28 20:58 Ginny Dougary www.dailymail.co.uk
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Lawsuit: 2 Missouri school officials slammed girl to
ground
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) — A lawsuit says two white school officials
in southeast Missouri slammed a black teenager to the ground three
times, injuring her neck and back and requiring hospital treatment.
Judge Craig Brewer granted a change of venue Wednesday in the lawsuit
against the Cape Girardeau School District after attorneys for Ta'Brea
Harris and her mother, Terri Harris, argued that a fair local trial was impossible since many
potential jurors are graduates of the district.
The new venue hasn't been determined, but the teen's attorneys have asked for the case to be
heard in Mississippi County or St. Louis County. The venue change request also raised the
issue of the lack of diversity in the judicial district that includes Cape Girardeau. About nine in 10
residents of that area are white.
Details of the case were first reported Thursday by the Southeast Missourian.
The lawsuit alleges that after Ta'Brea Harris was involved in a verbal argument with another
student while waiting for a school bus on Dec. 11, 2014, then-assistant Cape Girardeau Central
High School principal Chris Kase grabbed her and slammed her to the ground. She was 14 at
the time.
Athletic director Lance Tollison later approached the teen from behind and slammed her to the
ground, grabbed her when she tried to get away and slammed her down again, the lawsuit says.
Kase is now the principal at the high school, and Tollison remains as athletic director. Neither
has a listed phone number. A district spokeswoman referred calls to district attorney Rebecca
Cary, who declined comment Thursday.
Attorneys Daniel Statler and Matthew O'Brien, who are representing the teen and her mother,
also declined to comment on the lawsuit.
The suit says Ta'Brea Harris was treated at a hospital and incurred medical expenses due to her
injuries, and continues to suffer from stress and anxiety. It seeks unspecified compensatory and
punitive damages.
The incident was captured on surveillance video, which the judge has temporarily sealed. No
hearing has been scheduled over access to the video.
The Associated Press has requested the video through an open records filing.
Students in communities outside of Missouri have alleged they were physically assaulted by
authority figures at school in recent months.
In October, cellphone video showed a school resource officer in Columbia, South Carolina,
flipping a teenage girl out of her desk and tossing the student across the classroom floor.
Another student recorded the high school incident. The officer was fired, and the U. S.
Department of Justice has launched a civil rights investigation.
Last month, two Baltimore school police officers were charged with assault against a 10thgrader. One of the officers is accused of slapping and kicking the student while the other stood
by. That incident also was videotaped on another student's cellphone.
A high school teacher in Beaumont, Texas, was fired earlier this month and arrested on
misdemeanor assault charges after cellphone video surfaced showing a woman sweeping
papers from the top of a student's desk, slapping him five times and scolding him for being a
disruption.
In the Missouri case, Cape Girardeau police Sgt. Adam Glueck said the teen and her mother
filed a police report on the day of the incident. A school resource officer investigated and sent
the case to the Cape Girardeau County prosecutor for review, but no charges were filed,
according to online court records.
The county prosecutor did not immediately respond to phone and email messages seeking
comment.
2016-04-28 20:58 Associated Press www.dailymail.co.uk
932 /100
Thorpe got away with it - but the Establishment never
forgave him
Book of the week
A VERY ENGLISH SCANDAL
by John Preston
(Viking £16.99)
The whispered conversation in
the MPs' private dining room at
the Commons turned from
politics to the unparliamentary
subject of sex - how much
each was getting and of what
variety.
Peter Bessell, a somewhat dodgy self-made businessman newly arrived as a Liberal MP, had
found himself sitting with suave fellow Liberal, Jeremy Thorpe, an arrogant and ambitious
product of Eton, Oxford and his own massive ego, a man about to become the next party leader.
Over the port, it was confession time.
Jeremy Thorpe waving his hat as he drives away from the House of Commons after being
elected the new leader of the Liberal Party in January 1967
The canny Bessell knew the rumours about Thorpe's sexual preferences and was determined to
wheedle out the truth.
His own hobby, he confided, was 'screwing', and that meant boys as well as girls. It was a lie Bessell was an inveterate womaniser - but Thorpe was hooked. Admitting his own
homosexuality, he declared with a grin: 'We're just a pair of old queens.'
Bessell pressed for more detail. He was 20 per cent gay, 80 per cent heterosexual, he lied again
- how about you? 'It's the other way with me,' said Thorpe, though, of course, it was a massive
secret. If his constituents found out, he'd be finished. He might even end up in prison:
homosexuality was a criminal offence in 1965.
'Then we shall have to see to it that no one ever finds out,' replied Bessell.
The problem was that Thorpe was being pursued by an unstable young man he'd had a fling
with, by the name of Norman Josiffe, aka Norman Scott.
He had written to Thorpe's mother, blaming her son for 'infecting' him with 'this vice' of
homosexuality - his own words, expressing sentiments not unusual in those unenlightened
times - and asking for money.
A VERY ENGLISH SCANDAL by John Preston
Thorpe's plan was to deny everything and threaten Scott with a libel writ. Not a good idea, said
Bessell. Oscar Wilde ended up in Reading Jail when he sued over allegations of sodomy,
remember?
They would have to find another way to silence the troublemaker.
And so began the chain of events that would lead to one of the 20th century's most riveting
political whodunits - a botched assassination attempt on a remote moorland road, an innocent
Great Dane named Rinka shot dead instead, a cover-up involving politicians, police, MI5 and
even a prime minister or two, the drip-drip of newspaper disclosures, toe-curling disclosures
('Bunnies can - and will - go to France'), culminating in a sensational Old Bailey trial in 1979 that
kept the nation agog for weeks.
Now, it's all re-told with masterful skill by author John Preston. It grips like a detective story, as
compelling as BBC2's Line Of Duty and every bit as dirty in what it exposes about the upper
echelons of society in the Sixties and Seventies.
Of course, we know whodunit, as we all did at the time, but no one could say out loud because
Thorpe was sensationally acquitted (along with the other defendants). But his fingerprints can
be found all over the crazy conspiracy to dispose of the troublesome Scott.
Only with the former Liberal leader's death in 2014 at the age of 85 can the full story be told.
Drawing on a private account left by Bessell, Preston quotes occasion after occasion when
Thorpe tells his frankly inept acolytes that killing Scott - who blabs his story of buggery and
betrayal by the Liberal Party leader to anyone who will listen - is the only permanent way out of
his predicament.
He speaks often of the 'ultimate solution' and insists - ironically, given the fate of poor Rinka that killing Scott 'is no worse than shooting a sick dog'. He proposes getting rid of the body down
a tin mine. Or dropped, Mafia-style, into the fast-setting concrete of a new motorway. Or fed to
swamp alligators in Florida.
In the end, through intermediaries, a would-be gunman is hired, with £10,000 Thorpe diverts
from Liberal Party funds. Scott is lured to what is supposed to be his death - but the gun jams
and he escapes.
The police are called in. Bit by bit, the plot unravels, leaving a wriggling Thorpe to dump on all
those who had befriended him - notably Bessell - to try to save his own skin. Thorpe, as Preston
demonstrates, was, indeed, guilty of conspiracy and incitement to murder as charged.
The mystery is how the hell he ever got away with it and was spared the 15 years in prison his
conviction would have brought.
The answer is the brilliance of his lawyer, the then unknown George Carman, who made his
name in this case and went on to become a top QC.
First, he systematically and brutally destroyed the credibility of the principal prosecution
witnesses, Scott and Bessell. Then, he produced his masterstroke: not putting Thorpe in the
witness box.
Carmen reckoned the grandstanding Thorpe would talk his way into trouble, catching himself
out with his own cleverness. The less he said, the better.
So he produced no defence witnesses, but argued simply and persuasively in his closing
speech to the jury that the prosecution had failed to prove its case.
He was aided by a snobbish judge whose summing- up was riddled with bias against Scott
('hysterical', 'spineless', 'neurotic', 'warped personality', 'crook', 'fraud', 'sponger', 'whiner',
'parasite') and almost obsequious deference to the 'unblemished' Thorpe with his 'very
distinguished public record'.
The jury deliberated for two-and-a-half days, then acquitted all the defendants, to the
astonishment of many observers convinced of Thorpe's guilt.
But if a triumphant Thorpe thought that meant he was exonerated, he was mistaken. He'd
already lost his parliamentary seat, voted out at the General Election just before the trial.
Now, his good name had gone the same way.
He discovered his refusal to explain himself in the witness box did not sit well in the court of
public opinion.
In his local parish church, the vicar organised a thanksgiving service, but - Thorpe, his wife and
son apart - it was largely journalists who filled the pews. The village hall to which the service
was piped in expectation of an overflow congregation was eerily empty.
The Establishment may have found a way to let its errant son off the hook, but it wouldn't forgive
his lies, evasions and general sleaziness. All honours and positions of prestige were denied
him.
He was an outcast until his death, never allowed back inside its fold. Justice, of a sort, prevailed.
As for Scott, he survives. 'At the time of writing,' Preston informs us in the finale of his wonderfully
woven tale, 'he is 75 and lives in a village on Dartmoor with 70 hens, three horses, a cat, a
parrot, a canary and five dogs.' Now that really is an unexpected ending.
2016-04-28 20:58 Tony Rennell www.dailymail.co.uk
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Whatever will 'whatever it takes' mean in Japan?: James
Saft
By James Saft
April 28 (Reuters) - The Bank of Japan's Haruhiko Kuroda may
learn that if action doesn't work and inaction doesn't work, the
phrase "whatever it takes" loses meaning and hence power.
And I don't mean loses meaning in a gnomic Alan Greenspan
way. There is very little of the power and magic of the unknown
here. We, and very possibly Japanese monetary policy, are
veering towards the realm of homeopathy.
Speaking after a lack of new measures by the BOJ prompted a
large sell-off in Japanese stocks and a spike in the yen
, Kuroda echoed the more successful verbal intervention of
peer Mario Draghi, of the ECB:
"There's absolutely no change to our stance of aiming to
achieve two percent inflation at the earliest date possible, and
to do whatever it takes to achieve this," Kuroda told a news
conference. "If needed, we can deepen negative rates much more. "
He could, but he didn't, and there is good reason to believe
he won't any time soon.
Kuroda was, after all, speaking after he decided not to cut
rates further into the negative, and pushed back, yet again, the
bank's prediction for when it will ultimately achieve its 2
percent inflation target, a consummation he now thinks he'll
reach by March of 2018. Remember that action in January, when
Japan went negative with rates, didn't work too well either.
The BOJ, despite data showing that core consumer prices are
contracting at a 0.3 percent year-on-year rate, also elected to
leave its asset purchase and monetary base expansion plan where
it was, adding only a small loan pool for banks in an area
recently hit by an earthquake.
The rest of the data out yesterday was also, taken together,
sobering. Household spending fell 5.3 percent from a year ago
and retail sales are down 1.1. percent. While industrial
production rose last month, the index is lower than it was in
1988, a long generation ago.
As for "whatever it takes," the only thing we did learn is
that Kuroda thinks that helicopter money, the raining of cash
down on households directly and a move many expect to be his
last best option, is illegal under Japan's constitution.
"Helicopter money is a policy where monetary and fiscal
measures become one," Kuroda said. "But developed countries have
learned through history to keep monetary policy and fiscal
policy separate, with the central bank taking charge of the
former and the government the latter. "
REASONS TO SIT TIGHT, REASONS TO PANIC
Giving people money directly may be illegal, but it
certainly seems a bit more direct than some of the BOJ's current
policies, such as buying up and seeking to inflate the prices of
stocks in companies which give wage hikes. Yes, that's true.
Index and ETF firms have rushed to create investment products
that meet the BOJ's physical and human capital stock criteria,
spelled out in March, which include salary increases.
The real difficulty with taking more steps along the lines
of those the BOJ already has is not simply that they've in the
past brought on negative market reactions, but that those market
reactions are grounded in growing doubts that QE-style policies
can be scaled up from here.
"This is because the monetary policy is coming close to its
limit, taking into consideration the large amount of Japanese
Government Bonds and ETFs that the BoJ is purchasing (the high
percentage of BoJ's holdings of JGBs; the BoJ has become a large
shareholder of major companies due to aggressive ETF
purchases)," Takuji Aida and Kiyoko Katahira of Societe Generale
wrote in a note to clients.
"When the next opportunity for additional QE is taken, the
market is likely to feel that a limit has been reached once
again. "
As for going deeper into negative rate territory, that too
would be a decision fraught with difficulty and danger. Recall
that Japanese banks, which absolutely need to play a central
role in any recovery, saw their shares sell off sharply on the
back of negative rates, a phenomenon also seen in Europe.
Negative rates are toxic to the banking business model,
which depends on a healthy margin between what banks pay to
raise funds and what they can charge. That math breaks down as
rates fall, not least because bank risk premia charged by their
lenders may increase.
The most charitable interpretation of all this is that the
BOJ is keeping its powder dry, able to step in later with
"whatever it takes" should events make that necessary. And it is
true that the international financial situation, by which we all
mean China, has stabilized in recent months.
The loss of faith, and face, is the real risk, as Kuroda
debases the currency of "whatever it takes. "
(At the time of publication James Saft did not own any direct
investments in securities mentioned in this article. He may be
an owner indirectly as an investor in a fund. You can email him
at [email protected] and find more columns at http://blogs.reuters.com/james-saft)
(Editing by James Dalgleish)
2016-04-28 20:58 Reuters www.dailymail.co.uk
934 /100
Five Rounds: Was the UFC justified in pulling Conor
McGregor?
Each week, ESPN.com
writer and MMA Live Extra
analyst
Brett
Okamoto
provides his take on the
hottest topics in the world of
mixed martial arts.
This
week,
Okamoto
squares off with former
UFC
middleweight
champion Rich Franklin to
debate the latest news and
trends. Franklin (29-7), 41,
retired from the UFC in
2012, and is the current ONE Championship vice president.
1. Was the UFC justified in pulling Conor McGregor from UFC 200 over his refusal to fly to Las
Vegas to film a commercial?
Rich Franklin: Obviously, there are certain media days you have to attend, but we live in a social
media age where there are creative ways to do things. I've been on those media tours where
you're flying from city to city and it's not easy and it can derail your training. You just have to
creatively think of doing things in ways that minimize the amount of time he has to spent out of
camp. There has to be flexibility. Now, I don't know the terms of Conor's contract and I don't know
the conversations that were had but if I, as a promoter, had an agreement with a fighter to do a
certain set of media and as the fighter got to thinking about it and said, "I don't want to disrupt my
camp," then we'd have an issue. The way Conor went about it, basically announcing his
retirement -- once the UFC pulled him and made that statement as the promoter, it's kind of like
disciplining a child. Once you've made a statement, consistency is probably the most important
thing.
Editor's Picks Dana White: McGregor kept himself off UFC 200
UFC president Dana White said Wednesday it ultimately was Conor McGregor's decision to not
fight at UFC 200, as he was aware of the demands.
Brett Okamoto: Justified? Yes. Should they have stuck to the decision? It's not black and white.
On one hand, if anyone has earned the right to sit out one press event, it's McGregor. He has
saved events in the past by accepting short-notice fights. Last year, the UFC put together the
biggest world media tour in company history for a fight between McGregor and Jose Aldo , and
McGregor carried that thing. So, it's reasonable to suggest he deserves some goodwill. On the
other hand though, he missed a commercial shoot. UFC 200 needs a commercial and it needs
to feature both participants of the main event. The argument that McGregor's "retirement" tweet
promoted the fight better than any commercial ever could is, in some ways, irrelevant to me.
Even if McGregor's tweets get a billion "likes" on social media, the UFC asking him to film a
commercial three months out from a fight seems like a reasonable request. Hate to sit on the
fence here, but I can see both sides. But to answer the question, yes, the UFC's stance is
justifiable.
2. Now that McGregor won't fight on July 9, should his next bout be a defense of his
featherweight title or a welterweight rematch against Nate Diaz?
Franklin: As a fan, I'm more interested in seeing Conor defend his title against Frankie Edgar or
Aldo. As a promoter, you're going to sit back and keep in mind what makes sense as far as what
fans are interested in and what drives pay-per-view ratings. But I believe Conor fighting Frankie
or Jose would draw the same PPV numbers as a rematch with Nate would. Once you've won the
title, you have that belt around your waist, it doesn't give you the right to say, "OK, this weight
class is mine and I can treat it how I want. " There is a responsibility to that belt, in my opinion. I'll
be honest, as a promoter, if for whatever reason there was a No. 1 contender that people just
aren't interested in, I could see myself going with a fight for the champion outside his weight
class, but that's not the case here.
Okamoto: This all comes down to timing. If the UFC and McGregor can resolve their differences
relatively quickly and re-book the Diaz rematch by, say, August, then by all means go ahead.
Edgar and Aldo are fighting for a vacant title on July 9. The winner likely wouldn't be ready to
compete by August anyway, so giving McGregor the fight he wants against Diaz is no problem. If
it takes longer for the UFC and McGregor to settle their differences, however, then his obligation
to defend the title has to be considered. If he ends up not fighting until late 2016, then I do
believe he should have to defend the belt against Edgar or Aldo if he wishes to hang on to it.
3. Is UFC 200 as big of an event with Jon Jones - Daniel Cormier headlining, rather than DiazMcGregor?
Franklin: Yeah, probably. Just because the history between Jones and Cormier, how much
those two guys don't like each other -- I believe they can turn this into as big of an event as it
would have been with the McGregor fight.
Okamoto: No. It's still a massive event and an outstanding card top-to-bottom, but the new main
event is not as big. Outside of perhaps Ronda Rousey's return from her first loss, nothing is
bigger than McGregor right now. His past three fights stand as the highest live gates in Las
Vegas history for mixed martial arts. According to UFC president Dana White, the last pay-perview he headlined (which featured him in a non-title fight) broke "so many records" for the
company and produced 1.5 million buys. McGregor's star power coupled with the landmark
effect of UFC 200 would have been an absolute grand slam. Without McGregor, it's just a home
run.
4. How would you grade Jones' performance against Ovince Saint Preux at UFC 197 last
weekend?
Franklin: I didn't watch the entire fight; I saw the highlights. With Jon, I don't see ring rust as much
of a problem as him having his head in the right place. When you look at some of the training
videos, it's obvious that in his down time, it's not like he walked away from the game. The time he
took off is not that significant. He's in the prime of his career. So, none of that ring rust stuff is a
factor for me. But where is his head at? Jon Jones is one of the most talented fighters to ever
step into the cage. He has always been in that position, this guy coming up who was going to be
a champion someday. I knew it the moment I saw him. When I met him, I said, "Big fan of your
work. " He had only had a couple fights in the UFC, and I said, "Keep your head on straight and
you're going to be a champion some day. " Now, after the trouble he got in last year, this is the
first time in his career where he's in a position to have to prove himself.
Okamoto: "S" for satisfactory. Was it a performance we'll remember for all time? No. But the
reality is that it didn't really have to be. Jones just needed to come back from the mess he
created in 2015 and get a win. That's it. He needed to preserve a rematch against Cormier by
getting his hand raised. I've seen plenty of talk about how Jones was "lucky" that Cormier got
injured and wasn't able to fight him last weekend, but we'll never know if that's true or not. My
guess is that it's not. Had Cormier been in the Octagon, the fight would have been completely
different. I think Cormier would have pushed Jones in ways Saint Preux didn't and history tells
us that when Jones is pushed, he rises to a whole other level. Fighting an opponent who
seemed to be a little in awe of him actually appeared to throw Jones off against Saint Preux. I
will agree with those who have said Jones didn't look as confident as usual, but still, he
dominated the fight.
5. Is there reason to believe Jones-Cormier II will look any different from their first meeting in
January 2015, which Jones won via unanimous decision?
Franklin: This ties in to what I was saying before. Jon came off the allegations of last year and
got himself back on track, but then you see a video of him getting pulled over by a police officer.
[Note: Jones was cited for drag racing in March, he has pled not guilty and denied all
wrongdoing.] I wasn't there that night and I'm not here to pass judgement, but you see something
like that and it's enough to make you think, "Have you really redirected your life, or are you going
down the same path and fooling everybody? " Jon Jones is the only person that knows the
answer to that question. He's the only one. He's at a point where he has to prove he's back on
track because facing a guy like Cormier is no joke. If you don't have your house in order, it's
going to be costly. So, yeah, I do believe there could be a different outcome in this rematch.
Okamoto: I agree with Franklin's assessment that we really don't know how much Jones has
changed in his personal life. Where I guess I would disagree with him is whether or not the
answer to that has any impact on his rematch against Cormier. Whether Jones is living a
squeaky clean life or not, why would it matter when it comes to July 9 inside the Octagon? Jones
has already proved he can dominate the game regardless of what his extracurriculars are. I
have always felt Cormier fought well when they met in a title fight 15 months ago, and he still lost
four out of five rounds to Jones. I'm not expecting a ton to change in the rematch, but I've
certainly been wrong before.
2016-04-28 20:57 Brett Okamoto espn.go.com
935 /100
Indian school has 28 pairs of twins enrolled at the same
time
A tiny school tucked away in the hamlet town of Chittoor in Southern India boasts an incredible
28 sets of TWINS on its rolls.
Camford English Medium High School, in Andhra Pradesh state, has twins aged between four
and 16 on its small campus.
'These twins are studying from grade one to high school here, and it is a unique feature. It all
started a few years ago, when we identified 16 pairs of twins in the school,' said C Mahesh, the
school spokesman.
Camford English Medium High
School in Chittoor has an
incredible 28 paris of twins on
their books with 10 sets of girls
and 12 boys
The school, which is based in
Southern India also has six
pairs of mixed twins according
to staff at the 1070 pupil
school
All 28 pairs of twins got
dressed up for the special
occasion celebrating the siblings who all wore matching brightly coloured clothes
The school has 28 pairs of twins aged between four and 16 on the small campus of 1070
students although not all of them are identical
Among the twins, there are 10 pairs of girls, 12 pairs of boys, while six pairs are mixed in the
school of 1,070.
The school decided to celebrate this unique feat and organised an event to bring all the twins
together.
'This unique presence of twins prompted the management to have a special day for them. All the
28 twins participated,' said Mahesh.
Each set of twins were seen wearing matching and colourful outfits.
However, having so many twins in the school has its own problems. Many teachers say that they
sometimes have trouble identifying kids in the class.
'Some of these twins are identical ones, so teachers are left in the lurch a lot of the time as they
can't tell who's who,' said Mahesh, who also teaches at the school.
However, some teachers have complained that they have a difficulty in identifying the the
different twins if they are identical
The school said they have no special policy about admitting twins but when they are born their
parents tend to seek out Camford School
'But we have now gotten used to these kids. And many of them are non identical twins, so that
helps.'
The authorities clarify that they don't have any special policies in place to attract twins. They
believe that twins coming to Cramford is a mere coincidence.
'Whenever twins are born in Chittoor and surrounding areas, their parents invariably think of
Camford School. It has now become more of a local sentiment,' he said.
All of the 28 pairs of twins decided to participate during the special celebration which marked
the the unusual quirk in the school
Sometimes the teachers have found it difficult to identify some of the children especially if they
look remarkably similar
Camford English High School claims it imparts a 'complete and allround education' based in
Chittoor, southern India
2016-04-28 20:57 Darren Boyle www.dailymail.co.uk
936 /100
The man who became a goat (no kidding!)
GOAT MAN
by Thomas Thwaites
(Princeton
£14.99)
University
Press
As we all know, Britain has
more than its fair share of
eccentrics. Indeed, looniness
has abounded
here
for
centuries. But does it any
more?
I have heard it said that
eccentricity is increasingly confined to older generations of Britons, that the young are a much
more conformist, homogenous lot. If you believe that, you won’t after you have read Thomas
Thwaites’s slightly deranged book.
Thomas Thwaites’s book is slightly deranged and discusses his ambition to cross the Alps as an
elephant
Thwaites is in his early 30s, a designer by trade and an individual by instinct.
His previous book, The Toaster Project, recounted his determination to build a toaster from
scratch. Along the way, he learned that a toaster has 404 separate parts, and ended up having
to build a crude foundry in his mother’s back garden.
All to avoid popping down to John Lewis and shelling out £20 like everyone else. This is a man
apart.
But, like all of us, Thwaites worries. Mostly, he worries about how much he worries. How
wonderful it would be to take some time off from being human, from fretting about the past and
obsessing about the future. If you’re an animal, there is only now.
You and I, faced with such feelings, would probably book a holiday. Thwaites decides that he
wants to become an elephant.
Well, not become an elephant, exactly, more impersonate one. He wants to build an
exoskeleton that will undo five million years of human evolution and adapt his bipedal anatomy
to that of a quadruped.
Also to develop an artificial prosthetic stomach that would enable him to eat and digest grass.
And to use transcranial magnetic stimulation to switch off the forward planning and language
centres of his brain, so as to really experience life from an elephant’s perspective.
And then, while being an elephant in his exoskeleton, cross the Alps.
Having applied for a grant to do this and actually got it, Thwaites realises that he has bitten off
more than he can chew. On expert advice from a Danish shaman, he decides, instead, to
become a goat.
Elephants are far too large, and the human body cannot begin to adapt to their elephantness,
while a goat is within the bounds of technical possibility.
So he speaks to goat experts, visits goat sanctuaries and generally immerses himself in all
things goat. In the wild, he learns, goats hang out in sex-segregated groups, all the males in one
place, all the females in another. The dominant male or female goat gets to sleep in the best
places, eat whatever food it wants and guide the movement of the herd.
The expert asks Thwaites whether he was planning to be a male goat. Thwaites says yes,
though he hadn’t given the matter much thought. Goats have sex, says the expert. Thwaites is
getting nervous. ‘Honestly, this project has not been some terrific ruse to justify interspecies
“canoodling,” ’ he writes. Did we ever doubt that?
Thwaites starts designing prototypes for the goat exoskeleton, most of which prove
impracticable.
All his mighty ambitions - the prosthetic stomach, the switching off of the brain’s language centre
- are gradually scaled back, but he remains determined to cross the Alps as a sort-of-goat,
eating grass, avoiding randy goats and wearing a goat bell.
He stops short of bedding down with goats, but only just.
His quest, though clearly bonkers, teaches us a lot about goats. Though everyone thinks goats
eat anything, they are actually very pernickety.
Dried pasta is their favourite, but if you drop any on the farmyard floor, they won’t touch it unless
you go and rinse it for them. In Saudi Arabia, they host goat beauty contests. An unusually
handsome goat can be worth tens of thousands of pounds. (I’m not sure I want to think too much
about this.)
Goats have no collarbone, which helps if you do a lot of jumping down off ledges headfirst.
Thwaites is discouraged from trying to gallop as a goat, as he will surely break bones and rip
tendons doing so.
When he achieves a reasonable trot, he feels as though he has won the Grand National.
Thwaites writes with a puppyish humour and an unquenchable enthusiasm. His book is
beautifully designed, with thick, glossy paper and loads of colour photographs of a man in a
goat costume clambering over alpine rocks.
‘You’re from the city,’ says a Swiss goat farmer. ‘That’s why you’re crazy.’ It’s probably the most
sensible thing anyone says in this peculiar, but highly enjoyable, piece of work.
2016-04-28 20:56 Marcus Berkmann www.dailymail.co.uk
937 /100
Why there is no such thing as natural talent
PEAK: SECRETS FROM THE
NEW
SCIENCE
OF
EXPERTISE
by Anders
Robert Pool
Ericsson
and
(Bodley Head £18.99)
Why are some people so
astonishingly good at what
they do? In most fields of
human endeavour, from music
to sports, there are a few
individuals who are dazzlingly
better than the rest of us.
The Mozarts and the Messis force lesser mortals to wonder how they do what they do. Is it
because of their innate abilities? Or is it mostly because they have put in thousands and
thousands of hours of carefully targeted practice?
In most fields of human endeavour, from music to sports, there are a few individuals who are
dazzlingly better than the rest of us - as violinist Vanessa Mae demonstrates
Swedish psychologist Anders Ericsson, a professor at Florida State University, thinks it's the
latter. Together with science writer Robert Pool, he's written this book to prove that to the rest of
us. His belief is that it's a particular type of training - what he calls 'deliberate practice' - rather
than inborn genius, which is crucial.
His insights originally date from experiments he conducted 30 years ago with an ordinary
undergraduate named Steve Faloon.
Like most people, Steve could repeat seven or eight-digit numbers after they were read out to
him. That's no more than the length of an average phone number. And yet, after 200 sessions
with Ericsson and his training methods, Steve could consistently remember and immediately
regurgitate 82-digit numbers. This seemed remarkable at the time, but the bar for similar
memory feats has now been set much higher.
At the 2015 Taiwan Open Adult Memory Competition (who knew such events existed?),
Mongolian Tsogbadrakh Saikhanbayar was able to recall a 432-digit number.
Targeted practice, it turns out, can actually change the structure of the brain. Work with London
cabbies has demonstrated what many of us have long suspected. Their brains aren't quite like
those of other people.
All the training required for The Knowledge increases the size of parts of the hippocampus, a
seahorse-shaped structure in the brain involved in the development of memories.
Other experiments with professional string players have proved that the region of the brain
controlling the left hand is often significantly larger in them than it is in non-musicians.
The exceptional control they need to develop as their fingers move up and down the necks of
their instruments has altered their grey matter.
Like all too many academic psychologists, Ericsson rarely shies away from stating the blindingly
obvious. 'Purposeful practice is, as the term implies, much more purposeful than . . . naive
practice,' he solemnly states. Well, it would be, wouldn't it?
As he continues to extol the benefits of 'deliberate practice' and dispense his often inarguable
advice ('If you find that something works, keep doing it,' he suggests. 'If it doesn't work, stop.'), it's
difficult not to get a bit exasperated with him.
However, his ultimate message is an uplifting, optimistic one and should be applauded. The
best in any given field don't owe their achievements to inborn genius.
They have put in the effort and taken advantage of the adaptability of the human brain and body.
There are no 'special ones' out there. We all have the potential for greatness.
2016-04-28 20:55 Nick Rennison www.dailymail.co.uk
938 /100
Broncos fans start petition to bring back Tim Tebow
It was bound to happen
sometime.
With the defending Super
Bowl champion Broncos in
need
of
a
starting
quarterback and former
Denver signal-caller Tim
Tebow in need of an NFL
job, it was only a matter of
time before fans in the Mile
High City started a petition
to bring Tebow back.
The online petition, which was started on Change.org two months ago just before Peyton
Manning's official retirement, had just less than 3,500 supporters as of early Thursday afternoon
.
Tebow hasn't played a down in the NFL since 2012 but was in training camp with the
Philadelphia Eagles last season before being cut in September. He was soon picked up as an
analyst with ESPN on the SEC Network.
"Coach Gary Kubiak's offense would thrive with Tebow under center," the petition reads. "He
and the legendary John Elway can make this happen. We dont (sic) need a subpar throwaway
from some other team, we need an original Bronco who has the fire, desire, and love of the
game to play as a Bronco again! As a bonus the Bronco fans would be ecstatic! He just wins, we
all know this! #TebowTime"
The 28-year-old Tebow had his best season with the Broncos in 2011 (after fans demanded the
team give him the starting job), leading an underdog 8-8 team to the playoffs and upsetting the
Pittsburgh Steelers in the first round.
Since then, he's played in just 12 games (with the New York Jets in 2012) and was cut by both
the New England Patriots (2013) and Eagles after training camp stints.
The Broncos, meanwhile, have a hole at the quarterback spot after Manning retired and Brock
Osweiler signed with the Houston Texans. Denver signed Mark Sanchez and has flirted with
trading for Colin Kaepernick but is anything but settled at the quarterback spot.
It's unlikely they'll give Tebow another shot, but that's not stopping a rabid fan base from wanting
to relive the glory days of #TebowTime.
2016-04-28 20:53 ESPN.com espn.go.com
939 /100
Brett Rossi's temporary restraining order against Sheen
is thrown out
A Los Angeles judge has
thrown out a temporary
restraining order filed by Brett
Rossi - real name Scottine
Ross - against her ex-fiancée
Charlie Sheen.
TMZ reported on Thursday that
a judge deemed Sheen posed
no imminent threat to Rossi,
who was granted a temporary
restraining order against the
actor last month after a tape
emerged in which he appears
to threaten her life.
'We're pleased that the court vacated the restraining order,' Sheen's lawyer Andrew Butler told
The Hollywood Reporter on Thursday.
The way they were: A Los Angeles judge has thrown out a temporary restraining order filed by
Brett Rossi - whose real name is Scottine Ross - against her ex-fiance Charlie Sheen, according
to reports (the former couple pictured in Toronto in 2014)
'It was obvious that there wasn’t enough there for the restraining order to stay in place,' he
added.
A future hearing for May 18 was scheduled.
On Monday, Sheen's attorney urged a judge to reject a request by the actor's ex-fiancée to
extend a temporary restraining order, calling the filing a publicity stunt intended to keep an
unrelated civil case in the news, according to the AP.
Rossi did not appear in court on Thursday, and Sheen's lawyer was 'incredulous' to discover it
was due to an upcoming appearance at the Pink Pony strip club in Atlanta, according to TMZ.
Meanwhile: On Monday, Sheen's lawyer urged a judge to reject a request by the actor's exfiancée to extend a temporary restraining order, calling the filing a publicity stunt intended to
keep an unrelated civil case in the news, according to the AP
Charlie's ex, who dated the actor in 2013 and 2014, was granted a temporary restraining order
earlier this month after a secret recording obtained by the The National Enquirer purported to
show the 50-year-old actor threatening to pay to 'have her head kicked in'.
After reading the story the porn star - who was briefly engaged to the actor - filed the order with
police in Van Nuys, revealing she was 'obviously' in fear for her life.
Her lawyer told Fox News : 'Ms. Rossi is terrified after listening to the recording of Mr. Sheen
apparently threatening her life. She takes the threat as being serious, given what she knows
about Mr. Sheen.
Legal woes: Rossi, pictured in January in Las Vegas, previously filed a $5million lawsuit
against Sheen in December for assault and battery after first claiming Sheen did not disclose his
HIV status
'She will take all necessary steps with law enforcement and the courts to protect herself.'
Earlier in April it emerged that the Los Angeles police had opened a criminal investigation of
Sheen.
The LAPD served a search warrant on the New York City office of Radar Online and The
National Enquirer in order to obtain a recording of Sheen where he allegedly says he would pay
$20,000 to have Rossi killed.
Previously: Charlie's ex, pictured in August in Los Angeles, was granted a temporary restraining
order earlier this month after a secret recording obtained by the The National Enquirer purported
to show the 50-year-old actor threatening to pay to 'have her head kicked in'
The recording also allegedly includes a segment in which the actor admits that he did not
disclose to her that he was HIV positive after his diagnosis.
Radar Online has said it believes the warrant is illegal.
Rossi previously filed a $5million lawsuit against Sheen in December for assault and battery
after first claiming Sheen did not disclose his HIV status
Sheen fired back by filing court documents claiming Rossi not only knew that he was HIVpositive, but also was the one who 'insisted' that the couple have unprotected sex.
The lawsuit has been sent to arbitration, where it will be decided if a judge or arbitrator will hear
it out, according to The Hollywood Reporter .
2016-04-28 20:53 Christine Rendon www.dailymail.co.uk
940 /100
Wife admits killing New York farmer who was buried in
manure
WARSAW, N. Y. (AP) — The wife of a New York farmer who was hit with a
pitchfork, shot in the head and then buried in manure has pleaded guilty
to manslaughter.
Charlene Mess of Attica faces up to 25 years in prison in the April 2015
death of Douglas Mess, her husband of 30 years. She entered the plea
Thursday in Wyoming County Court.
District Attorney Donald O'Geen says the Mess family supports the lengthy prison sentence.
Authorities say Charlene Mess hit her 52-year-old husband with a pitchfork and shot him in the
head with a .22-caliber rifle before burying his body in a manure pile on the family dairy farm.
One of his sons reported him missing, setting off a seven-hour search.
Charlene Mess is scheduled to be sentenced June 23.
2016-04-28 20:53 Associated Press www.dailymail.co.uk
941 /100
PSYCHO THRILLERS
Mr Straitley, a Latin teacher at
a boys’ school, is doing his
mischievous
best
to
undermine
the
system
imposed by a trendy new
headmaster
DIFFERENT
Joanne Harris
CLASS
by
DIFFERENT CLASS
by Joanne Harris
(Doubleday £18.99)
Mr Straitley, a Latin teacher at a boys’ school, is doing his mischievous best to undermine the
system imposed by a trendy new headmaster.
The story is told through his diary and reveals him to be a sort of Mr Chips on steroids. (The
claret tones of Julian Fellowes would be perfect for the audio version.)
The plot involves everything from sexual abuse to modern teaching techniques, false memory
syndrome and murder. In less accomplished hands, it could become absurd.
But Harris magnificently manages every minute thread of the story, and even makes us laugh
along the way.
A second diary, written by an anonymous former pupil, provides an exquisitely sinister counternarrative and a dilemma for the reader. Who are we to believe?
Part black comedy, part thriller, and totally enjoyable, this is better than Chocolat — the book
that made Harris a household name.
GIRLS ON FIRE by Robin Wasserman
GIRLS ON FIRE
by Robin Wasserman
(Little Brown £12.99)
Wasserman is an American writer of Young Adult fiction, but this is her first book for ‘old’ adults.
It sets out to tell the story of two feral teenage girls who terrorise a small town.
There are parts of the obsessive friendship of Dex and Lacey that are convincing and harrowing,
and there is a lot of vividly detailed violence. Kurt Cobain keeps cropping up.
But even when the plot succeeds, the dialogue is lame.
The Young Adult category has been criticised for being merely an echo chamber for the fears
and fantasies of immature minds. That’s probably harsh.
But this book certainly lacks any genuine insights that might promote it out of that genre.
THE SWIMMING POOL by Louise Candlish
THE SWIMMING POOL
by Louise Candlish
(Michael Joseph £12.99)
Teacher Natalie is having a mid-life crisis. Her antidotes to this are getting involved in a
dangerous game of social climbing and having a girl crush on the glamorous but louche Lara
Channing.
The story centres on the re-opening of the local lido in an affluent part of London and the
aquaphobia of Natalie’s daughter, Molly. There are gory flashbacks to Natalie’s troubled
adolescence.
The relationship between Natalie and Molly is a powerful study of the strangely similar anxieties
of the middle-aged mother and teenage daughter: shifting friendship groups, the importance of
appearances and identity crises.
Candlish also asks questions about the ability of contemporary mothers to meet the needs of
their daughters.
Fans of her previous books — such as Other People’s Secrets and The Sudden Departure Of
The Frasers — might find the plot a little disappointing, but they, and new readers, will delight in
the raw honesty with which she writes about being a middle-aged woman in turmoil.
2016-04-28 20:53 Christena Appleyard www.dailymail.co.uk
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RETRO READS
DOCTOR
THORNE
Anthony Trollope
by
DOCTOR THORNE
by Anthony Trollope
(Oxford £9.99; 1858)
Though I was pleasantly
gripped by the ITV series —
scripted by Julian Fellowes —
it’s not a patch on Trollope’s
wonderfully comic novel.
Reading it made me laugh out loud and admire Trollope’s wit, literary wizardry and hilarious
digs at the debt-ridden gentry’s snobbish obsession with pedigree, money and the marriage
market.
It’s the 1850s and kindly Dr Thorne is guardian to his illegitimate niece, Mary. Since childhood,
she’s been patronised by the toffs in the local Big House, but when their son and heir, Frank,
falls in love with her, all communication is suspended. Frank’s ghastly mama orders him to
marry for money but, love-smitten, he rebels.
Three stingy TV episodes can never do justice to the book’s entertaining twists, flirtations,
jiltings, broken hearts, crafty cash negotiations and tedious toff house parties. Wicked!
THE LONG VIEW by Elizabeth Jane Howard
THE LONG VIEW
by Elizabeth Jane Howard
(Picador £8.99; 1956)
In Fifties West London, Antonia endures indistinguishable days of stultifying boredom and
loneliness. Her adult children have left and her unfaithful, domineering husband leads a selfish
life and is rarely at home.
Dull dinners where affluent female guests wear evening dresses, powder their noses and pick
languidly at oysters and grouse fuel Antonia’s ennui.
Howard’s eloquent, brilliant depiction of the beginning and end of a marriage, written in five
parts, takes us back through Antonia’s life to 1926.
The ingenuous, trusting beauty is deceived by a charismatic seducer who, it transpires, is
enjoying a fling with Antonia’s sexually voracious mother.
In shock, Antonia sleepwalks into her sad marriage.
One critic considered this to be one of the great novels of the 20th century. It deserves a
rediscovery.
MY SON, MY SON by Howard Spring
MY SON, MY SON
by Howard Spring
(Apollo £10; 1938)
The author’s hefty family sagas were much loved by mums in the Forties and Fifties.
This mesmerising rags-to- riches page-turner demonstrates how the best-laid plans of two
caring fathers for their sons go tragically wrong.
It’s the 1890s and two struggling working-class boys are growing up in Manchester. Aspiring
and adventurous, they become successful and wealthy.
Through marriage, doting fatherhood and shared family holidays, they will remain close friends
for life.
However, little could these young fathers imagine, as together they proudly pushed their baby
sons’ prams, that one would turn into a heartless, spoilt brat and the other into an Irish patriot
fanatic.
Almost 600 pages of astute observation about social division, loveless marriage, the Troubles,
the errors of over-indulgent fatherhood and the upheavals of World War I make for a hugely
irresistible and satisfying read.
2016-04-28 20:53 Val Hennessy www.dailymail.co.uk
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MUST READS
THE LAST ACT OF LOVE by Cathy Rentzenbrink
THE LAST ACT OF LOVE
by Cathy Rentzenbrink
(Picador £7.99)
On a summer’s evening in 1990, Cathy Rentzenbrink and her younger brother, 16-year-old
Matty, decided to go to a snooker club.
It was the last ordinary day of
their teenage years.
On his way home, Matty was
knocked down by a hit-and-run
driver and suffered a serious
head injury.
In hospital, a surgeon removed
a clot from his brain. ‘I’ve
saved your son’s life,’ he told
Matty’s parents, Kevin and
Margaret. ‘We don’t know yet
whether that was the right
thing to do.’
Devotedly cared for by his family, Matty survived for eight years in a persistent vegetative state,
until a court gave permission for him to be allowed to die.
The driver who knocked him down was fined £180.
Rentzenbrink’s tender and beautifully written memoir describes with unsparing courage how her
family’s life was changed for ever in a terrible, irreversible instant.
2016-04-28 20:52 Jane Shilling www.dailymail.co.uk
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Fiat Chrysler, Google in partnership talks
Fiat Chrysler and Google's
self-driving car project are in
advanced talks to form a
technical partnership.
The talks were confirmed
Thursday by a person familiar
with the discussions.
The person asked not to be
named
because
the
discussions are private.
The partnership would be the
first to match an automaker
with Google's 7-year-old autonomous car project, which is now part of the so-called X lab at
Alphabet, Google's parent company.
Google's new self-driving prototype car: Fiat Chrysler and Google's self-driving car project are
inow n advanced talks to form a technical partnership.
Details haven't been revealed.
But Google has repeatedly said it doesn't intend to make self-driving cars and would prefer to
license its technology to carmakers.
Google has been testing versions of self-driving cars on highways since 2009 and on city streets
since 2014.
It has a fleet of Lexus SUVs specially outfitted with autonomous software as well as a pod-like
prototype vehicle it designed.
'We want to partner to bring self-driving to all the vehicles in the world,' Google co-founder and
Alphabet President Sergey Brin told media at a self-driving car event last spring.
Last fall, Google hired John Krafcik, an auto industry veteran and former executive at Ford Motor
Co. and Hyundai Motor Co., to be the CEO of its self-driving car project.
Google said Thursday that the company doesn't comment on speculation.
Fiat's 500 car looks uncannily similar to Google's prototype vehicle, sharing the same rounded
design.
Fiat Chrysler — which has lagged bigger, richer rivals like Volkswagen AG and General Motors
Co. in the development of self-driving cars — might welcome the chance to test Google's
technology. The Italian-American automaker also has manufacturing expertise and factories that
Google lacks.
Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne has been vocal about seeking a partner to share the cost
of research and development.
But other automakers, including GM, have so far rebuffed him. A tie-up with Google would help
his company leapfrog competitors in the race to develop self-driving cars.
Google has set a goal of having self-driving cars in the public's hands by 2020.
Earlier this year at the Detroit auto show, Marchionne said, 'Consolidation, in my view, is
unavoidable, especially if you lend any credence at all to all this noise and buzz that has been
created about the fact that we're really not into the car business anymore we're all transportation
companies who are interested in connectivity and autonomous driving.'
Google's prototype two-seater 'bubble' cars have buttons to begin and end the drive, but no
other controls.
An on-board computer uses data from sensors, including radar, a laser and cameras, to make
turns and negotiate its way around pedestrians and other vehicles.
Under the vision unveiled by Google, passengers might set their destination by typing it into a
map or using commands.
The cars are also expected to be electric, capable of going 100 miles (160km) before needing to
be recharging.
The front of the vehicle has a soft foam-like material where a traditional bumper would be and a
more flexible windscreen, in an attempt to be safer for pedestrians.
A Google patent recently revealed that the firm's self-driving cars will be able to detect and
respond to a cyclists' and signals. Its computers compare the distance between the cyclist's
hand and head to decide whether a cyclist is turning or stopping, the patent said
The prototypes are restricted to speeds of 25mph (40 km/h) and the ability to self-drive will
depend on specifically designed Google road maps tested on the company's current fleet of
vehicles.
But ultimately the vehicles will be faster and will be able to use Google's extended maps service,
using GPS technology to locate the vehicle's exact position on an electronic map.
A combination of radar, lasers and cameras sitting on top of the roof give the car a 360-degree
'view', with sensors linked to computer software able to 'see' and identify people, cars, road
signs and markings and traffic lights.
2016-04-28 20:51 Associated Press www.dailymail.co.uk
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Shares of Amazon jump on 1Q earnings beat
SEATTLE (AP) — Shares of
Amazon.com
Inc.
surged
Thursday
after
the
ecommerce
powerhouse
reported better-than-expected
first-quarter results fueled by a
28 percent jump in revenue.
The Seattle-based company's
net income totaled $513
million, or $1.07 per share,
compared with a loss in the
same period a year earlier.
The average estimate of 14
analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 61 cents per share.
In a statement, CEO Jeff Bezos said sales of Amazon devices such as the Echo smart speaker
and the Fire TV stick were strong, although the company does not break out specific sales
figures.
FILE - This June 4, 2014, file photo, shows Amazon boxes in Phoenix. Amazon reports financial
results Thursday, April 28, 2016. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)
Amazon's cloud-based services, called Amazon Web Services, remained another bright spot,
with revenue up 64 percent to $2.57 billion.
The online retailer's revenue rose to $29.13 billion in the period, also exceeding Street
forecasts. Ten analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $27.94 billion.
For the current quarter ending in July, Amazon said it expects revenue in the range of $28 billion
to $30.5 billion. Analysts surveyed by Zacks had expected revenue of $28.14 billion.
Amazon shares jumped $75.50, or 12 percent, to $677.50 in extended trading following the
release of the earnings report.
Through the close of regular-session trading Thursday, the company's stock was down 11
percent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard & Poor's 500 index has climbed
almost 2 percent.
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2016-04-28 20:51 Associated Press www.dailymail.co.uk
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Italy nabs four suspected in ISIS plot to attack Israeli
embassy, Vatican
Italian police on Thursday arrested four
people suspected of conspiring to carry
out attacks on behalf of Islamic State in
Italy.
The Israeli embassy in Rome and the
Vatican were among the alleged
targets,
Newsweek
cited
Milan
prosecutor Maurizio Romanelli as
saying.
“I want to hit Israel in Rome,” one
suspect
named
as
Abderrahim
Moutahrrick was said to have told
another suspect in an intercepted
conversation, according to the report.
Investigators believe one of the suspects asked another to plan an attack in Italy and mentioned
Rome.
As part of the same investigation, police also issued arrest warrants for two fugitives - a
Moroccan man and his Italian wife who left Italy and headed towards Iraq and Syria last year.
The four arrested Thursday include a man and wife living near Lake Como -- a 23-year-old
Moroccan man, and a female relative of the fugitive couple.
Italy has been spared deadly attacks by Islamist militant groups such those seen in France and
Belgium. Authorities are nevertheless on high alert, carrying out regular arrests of people
suspected to have ties to Islamic State.
2016-04-28 20:51 Jpost Com www.jpost.com
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Megan Fox allows a glimpse of her expanding waistline
while out in LA
Megan Fox enjoyed a romantic
holiday in Hawaii with her onagain husband Brian Austin
Green last week, a strong sign
that
they're
giving
their
marriage another go.
The
expectant
Teenage
Mutant Ninja Turtles star was
still glowing as she stepped
out to run errands with her son
Noah on Wednesday.
Megan, who is pregnant with
the
couple's third
child,
showed off a visible bump beneath a loosely fitting blue shirt and an army green jacket.
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Foxy mama: Pregnant Megan Fox looked happy while showing off her growing bump during an
errand run in LA on Wednesday
The 29-year-old actress was comfortably clad in stretchable blue leggings and a pair of flip
flops.
She was smiling as she strolled, her dark-chestnut hair loose and slightly tousled in the breeze.
Despite the growing girth, Megan had no qualms picking up her three-year-old boy when he
grew sleepy.
Casual maternity chic: The 29-year-old actress - who is expecting her third child with on-again
husband Brian Austin Green - sported comfy leggings, loose blue top and a green army jacket
Sleepy boy: Megan had no problem carrying her three-year-old son Noah around even with that
expanding waistline
The curly-haired tot appeared to be resting comfortably against Megan's shoulder as she
continued on down a sidewalk.
Megan and 42-year-old Brian appeared lovey-dovey during their Hawaiian vacation a few days
ago, kissing and holding hands as they strolled along the shore.
The pair had decided to return to the island of Maui almost six years after they married there in
June of 2010.
Post-holiday glow: The third-time mom-to-be recently returned from a romantic vacation in Maui,
HI with Brian
Since word spread that the actress is pregnant with their third child there had been conflicting
reports on whether the stars still planned on ending their marriage.
Megan filed for divorce last August, six months after they split, but the impending arrival has
brought them back together.
Megan gave fans an eyeful when she showed up to CinemaCon in Las Vegas with a prominent
baby bump earlier this month.
Besides Noah, they also have a two-year-old son, Bodhi.
They are currently renting a home together in Bel-Air, a posh gated enclave in Los Angeles.
Is the divorce off? Megan filed for divorce from Brian last August but things seem to be back on
and going better now; the couple was pictured on April 24 strolling around LA's Studio City
2016-04-28 20:51 Jennifer Pearson www.dailymail.co.uk
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Scientists reveal the perfect way to cook rice,
It may come as no surprise to
some to hear you’ve probably
been cooking rice the wrong
way.
From the burnt layer stuck to
the bottom of a pot to a watery
mixture rife with undercooked
bits, many people have
encountered these common
consequences of misjudging
the water-to-rice ratio.
Now, a cooking expert is
bringing science to the kitchen
to explain how to make better rice, and he says the key is to minimize evaporation.
It may come as no surprise to hear you’ve probably been cooking rice the wrong way all along.
Now, a cooking expert is bringing science to the kitchen to explain how to make better rice, and
he says the key is to minimize evaporation
A quick look on the side of a bag of rice will reveal the recipe commonly used to cook a standard
serving – two cups of water per one cup of rice.
But, following these seemingly simple instructions doesn’t always lead to perfectly cooked rice.
To get to the bottom of this problem, researchers designed an experiment to determine what the
ratio should really be, Business Insider reports.
The team including Dan Souza, senior editor of Cook’s Illustrated from America’s Test Kitchen
and one of the authors of The Science of Good Cooking, placed sealed bags filled with one cup
of water and one cup of rice into boiling water.
With this method, it took just a single cup of water to produce a perfectly cooked cup of rice.
An ideal method would limit evaporation entirely, but not even a rice cooker is capable of doing
this
Cooking the perfect pot of rice isn’t likely to be achieved using a standard 2:1 water-to-rice ratio.
Instead, Dan Souza, senior editor of Cook’s Illustrated from America’s Test Kitchen and one of
the authors of The Science of Good Cooking, suggests perfecting a personalized ratio through
trial and error.
In an experiment using a sealed bag containing one cup of water and one cup of rice (1:1), the
researcher found that this ratio produced a perfectly cooked cup for all types of rice.
This is because the key to making the best rice all boils down to evaporation, he explains.
When cooking rice at home, a pot with a tight lid is ideal as it will reduce the amount of
evaporation.
It’s also important to know the humidity in your environment, lid tightness, and the diameter of
the pot you’ll be using.
These factors all affect the outcome of your rice, so getting to know how they influence
evaporation will help you create the perfect ratio for the specific conditions of your kitchen.
This held true for long grain, brown rice, white rice, and more.
The answer revealed by this small experiment, according to Souza, lies in the possibility of
evaporation.
Sealed bags used by the researchers eliminated evaporation, while the pot you use at home
may allow more water vapour to escape.
‘Evaporation isn’t a consistent thing, cook to cook, kitchen to kitchen,’ Souza told Business
Insider.
‘If you have a pot with not a very good lid, you’re going to get more evaporation. If it’s really tight,
you’re going to get less evaporation.’
An ideal method would limit evaporation entirely, though not even a rice cooker is capable of
doing this.
In order to make the best rice, Souza suggests getting to know the conditions under which it will
be cooked. This means you must consider the diameter of the pot, lid tightness, humidity, and
the number of times you lift the lid. Through trial-and-error, you can perfect a ratio based on your
own kitchen
As you try to cook larger volumes of rice, it’s especially important to keep evaporation in mind,
Souza explained.
Doubling the amount of water to make two cups of rice may not be the best way if you’re using
the same pot used for a single cup.
‘If you have a ratio of 1:2 and you double that to 2:4, you’re saying you’re going to get double
evaporating because you doubled it and that’s not true,’ he told Business Insider.
‘If you’re using the same pot with the same diameter lid and the same heat you’re going to have
the same amount of evaporation as you did the first time. So you end up with an extra cup of
water in there.’
So, in order to make the best rice, Souza suggests getting to know the conditions under which it
will be cooked.
This means you must consider the diameter of the pot, lid tightness, humidity, and the number of
times you lift the lid to see if it’s finished.
Through trial-and-error, you can perfect a ratio based on your own kitchen.
2016-04-28 20:50 Cheyenne Macdonald www.dailymail.co.uk
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Biggest brain study of murderers suggests people are
born killers
Understanding what motivates
serial killers to murder many
times over can be difficult to
grasp.
Over the past few decades,
scientists have begun building
a clearer picture of the minds
behind some of the most
shocking crimes.
According to the largest
forensic neuroscience library
in the world, there are
surprising similarities between
the abnormal brains structures of mass murderers.
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Pictured left is James Eagan Holmes, who was convicted on 24 counts of murder and 140
counts of attempted murder forr the 2012 Aurora shooting a movie theater. On the right is Dylan
Roof, an American suspected of perpetrating the June 17, 2015 Charleston church shooting
What's more, the differences are 'at least 50 percent caused by genetics', raising the disturbing
possibility that people can be born killers.
The discovery follows research that claims there are certain genetic triggers than can create a
murderer.
One of them is a variant of cadherin 13 (CDH13), which is involved in neural connectivity, and
has been linked to impulse control in extremely violent offenders.
Previous studies have linked other genes to violent crime, including a gene called monoamine
oxidase A (MAOA) that contributes to less recycling of the neurotransmitter, dopamine.
Lois Parshely, writing in Popular Science , says research such as this raises worrying questions
of Nazi-like eugenics as well as hopeful ideas of screening and treatment.
Parshley's visited Kent Kiehl, a psychologist who has been interviewing and brain-scanning
imprisoned psychopaths for decades.
He works inside a portable trailer on the grounds of the Western New Mexico Correctional
Facility, which houses 440 inmates.
Over his career, Kiehl has collected brain-imaging data from more than 4,000 criminals at eight
prisons in two states, in the largest study of its kind in the world.
He has found that psychopaths tend to have less gray matter and smaller amygdalas.
In 2012, Kiehl, then a neuroscientist at the Mind Research Network in Albuquerque, studied a
group of 96 male prisoners shortly before they were due to be released.
His team scanned prisoners brains while they were carrying out computer tasks in which
subjects had to make quick decisions and inhibit impulsive reactions.
Adam Lanza fatally shot his mother and killed 26 people at Sandy Hook Elementary School in
Connecticut in 2012 before committing suicide
Scientists have studied the brain and genome of Adam Lanza.
Lanza fatally shot his mother and killed 26 people at Sandy Hook Elementary School in
Connecticut in 2012 before committing suicide.
The massacre prompted President Obama to look into new gun controls and banning assault
rifles such as AR-15 Bushmaster used by Lanza in his rampage.
It was the first time a mass murderer’s genome had ever been studied.
The study of the killer's DNA was ordered by Connecticut Medical Examiner H. Wayne Carver
who carried out the post mortems on all the victims.
He contacted geneticists at University of Connecticut's to conduct the study.
Geneticists said they were looking at Lanza's DNA to detect a mutation or abnormality that could
increase the risk of aggressive or violent behavior.
They wanted analyse Lanza's entire genome in great detail and try to find any unexpected
mutations.
However, despite formal requests, neither the medical examiner nor its geneticists would
release the report’s findings.
The researchers used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to focus on activity in a
section of the anterior cingulate cortex (ACC) - a small region in the front of the brain involved in
motor control and executive functioning.
They then followed the subjects for four years.
Among the ex-criminals studied, those who had lower ACC activity during the quick-decision
tasks were more likely to be arrested again after getting out of prison.
This was even after the researchers accounted for other risk factors such as age, drug and
alcohol abuse and psychopathic traits, according to a report in Nature.
Dr Helen Morrison studied and interviewed 135 serial killers and has found many of them share
surprising similarities (illustrated). Perhaps most intriguingly she has identified chromosome
abnormalities such as an extra X Chromosome or Y Chromosome during puberty may act as a
trigger for their later behaviour
Men who were in the lower half of the ACC activity ranking had a 2.6-fold higher rate of rearrest
for all crimes and a 4.3-fold higher rate for nonviolent crimes.
Kiehl admits low ACC activity could have a variety of causes — impulsivity, caffeine use,
vascular health, low motivation or better neural efficiency — and not all of these are related to
criminal behaviour.
Kiehl isn't the only one to believe there are born killers out there.
Dr Helen Morrison, a forensic psychiatrist based in Chicago, has studied and interviewed 135
serial killers, according to an infographic compiled by the website Best Counseling Degrees .
She believes that in many cases the killers suffered a chromosome abnormality that led them to
have an extra chromosome in their DNA.
For example, Bobby Joe Long, who is currently on death row in Florida for sexually assaulting
and murdering at least 10 women in the Tampa Bay area, had an extra X Chromosome.
According to Dr Morrison this led to excessive amounts to oestrogen which began to cause him
embarrassment and anger during puberty as he developed breasts.
Research has suggested many serial killers suffer a sense of detachment from the world around
them that means they struggle to empathise with their victims. Professor Jim Fallon discovered
that he himself had the brain of a psychopath (right in the picture above) which has dark patches
on the orbital cortex behind the eyes
Similarly Richard Speck, who tortured, raped and murdered eight student nurses in Chicago,
had an extra Y chromosome.
Dr Morrison has also said serial killers tend to develop a sense of detachment from the rest of
the world from a very early age. This ultimately leads them to feel a lack of empathy for their
victims.
Research by Professor Jim Fallon, a neuroscientist at the University of California, Irvine, has
also been studying the brains of psychopaths using brain imaging.
He found low activity in the orbital cortex seems to be involved in sociopathic behaviours and
have trouble suppressing rage and violence.
His work has shown that some people's brains appear to be predisposed towards violence.
Perhaps most surprisingly he found that his own brain scans show the same low orbital cortex
activity as a serial killer. Scans of his son's brain showed normal orbital cortex activity.
The number of serial killers whose crimes are known about appears to have spiked during the
1980s but still remains disturbingly high, as the graph above illustrates
Serial killers like David Berkowitz (left), known as the Son of Sam, have been notoriously difficult
to predict and so to catch, but new research may make it easier to identify them in the future.
Bobby Joe Long (right) killed 10 women but was found to have an extra X Chromosome that
scientists say could have been a trigger
Professor Fallon has also tested the DNA of his family for genes associated with violence and
identified a gene known as the MAO-A gene.
Responsible for producing an enzyme called monoamine oxidase A, it is also known as the
'warrior gene' and regulates levels of the mood hormone serotonin in the brain.
Professor Fallon's discovery about his own brain led him to change his thinking about whether
genes and brain function were the only pieces of the puzzle.
He now believes childhood experiences may also act as some sort of trigger that combines with
these other factors to turn someone into a serial killer or a psychopath.
Writing in The Guardian , Professor Fallon said: 'Why, in the light of the fact I have all of the
biological markers for psychopathy, including a turned off limbic system, the high risk genetic
alleles, and the attendant behaviours, including well over half of those listed in the psychopathy
tests and low emotional empathy, did I turn out to be a successful professor and family man?
'One most likely reason is that although I have the genetic makeup of a 'born' psychopath, some
of those very same 'risk' genes in someone showered with love (versus abuse or abandonment),
from childbirth through the critical first few years of life, appear to offset the psychopathyinducing effects of the other 'risk' genes.'
It is hoped that such research may make it easier to identify and catch serial killers in the future.
In her feature, Parshley doesn't answer the question of whether genes can make you kill.
Instead, she makes clear that this is an ongoing question and environmental factors are also
important.
She quotes Deborah Denno, director of the Fordham University Neuroscience and Law Center:
'While genes influence behavior, they do not govern nor determine it.'
Serial killer Ted Bundy (pictured) was one of the most notorious in American history. He brutally
murdered at least 30 women, confessing to the homicides shortly before being put to death in
1989
2016-04-28 20:49 Ellie Zolfagharifard www.dailymail.co.uk
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#7minutos1denuncia: raising voices about
against women in Brazil
violence
Launched in March for
International Women’s Day,
a project led by FCB Brazil
continues to put the issue
of violence against women
front and center in Brazil.
#7Minutes1report
is
a
sobering campaign that
raises awareness of the
prevalence
and
seriousness of violence
against women in the
country — and encourages
women to speak out and report incidents of violence and abuse.
"The only way to fight violence is by talking about the problem, which is frighteningly prevalent,”
said Joanna Monteiro, chief creative officer of FCB Brasil. “Estadão’s positioning is to promote
debate on the subject today in order to create a better future. This action helped mobilize people
against this extremely relevant issue.”
Using the hashtag #7minutos1denuncia, Estadão, one of Brazil’s top newspapers, tweeted out
one real report of violence against women every seven minutes for the entire day. Some of the
reports were particularly graphic — one report included a pregnant woman who was “brutally
beaten” and another described a man who tried to choke his wife and, in the process, struck her
with a machete.
“This effort used the power of social media to draw attention to an important issue. It's a different
way to approach one of the subjects Estadão has been covering in its editorial content,” said
Marcelo Moraes, Estadão's director of publicity marketing.
According to the Secretariat of Policies for Women, in the first ten months of 2015, the women’s
help hotline received 63,090 reports of violence against women, which is 205 reports per day or
an average of one report every seven minutes. By comparison, more than 20,000 calls are
placed to domestic violence hotlines each day in the United States, according to the National
Network to End Domestic Violence.
The campaign itself gained a great deal of exposure and traction, with 977m hashtag
impressions. It also garnered support from the broader community, including politicians and
celebrities.
More importantly, though, it encourages women to share their stories in an effort to end violence
against women.
2016-04-28 20:48 Doug Zanger www.thedrum.com
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Outside experts blast Mexican prosecutor in students
case
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Outside
experts criticized the head of
Mexico's criminal investigation
agency Thursday for what they
called
missteps
in
the
investigation into the fate of 43
students who disappeared in
2014.
The group of experts from the
Inter-American Commission on
Human Rights said prosecutor
Tomas
Zeron
did
not
adequately
document the
discovery of charred bone fragments in a river where the students' remains were supposedly
dumped.
The experts don't agree with that hypothesis, and say the bones were not properly documented.
Family members of 43 missing teachers college students carry pictures of the students as they
march with supporters to demand the case not be closed and that experts' recommendations
about new leads be followed, in Mexico City, Tuesday, April 26, 2016. The U. N. Office of the
High Commissioner for Human Rights said Tuesday that it is troubled by a group of international
experts' complaints of obstacles to their investigation into Sept. 26, 2014 disappearance of the
students in southern Guerrero State.(AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)
Even Zeron acknowledges some bone fragments were registered as being found a day before
they actually were. One of the bone fragments was later matched by DNA tests to one of the
students.
The experts on Thursday criticized Zeron's trip to the river in 2014 with a detained suspect who
was allegedly tortured.
Zeron has defended his actions and said the suspect was not tortured.
The experts said Zeron's trip to the town of Cocula, Guerrero on Oct. 28, 2014, should be
investigated.
But they said Zeron's agency shouldn't be involved in that investigation.
2016-04-28 20:47 Associated Press www.dailymail.co.uk
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SHORT STORIES
THE PIER FALLS by Mark Haddon
THE PIER FALLS
by Mark Haddon
(Vintage £16.99)
Darkness runs through this
brilliant collection from the
author of The Curious Incident
Of The Dog In The Night-time.
The title story recounts, in slow
motion, a pier — possibly
Brighton — falling into the sea,
every death illuminated in
seamless prose. The stories
are immensely varied, yet falling is a recurring motif: falling in love, into water or from grace.
Bunny, about a dangerously overweight agoraphobic who finds love with an old schoolfriend, is
juxtaposed with Wodwo, a Faustian tale with a supernatural element about the downfall of a
cocksure executive.
Another story follows the diary of a young explorer, the last to survive a jungle expedition;
another, the complications following a man rescuing a girl who falls into a weir. It feels as though
Haddon is leading you into the deepest underworld of human endeavour and behaviour, yet
holding your hand gently as he guides you into the labyrinth. Outstanding.
GODS AND ANGELS by David Park
GODS AND ANGELS
by David Park
(Bloomsbury £16.99)
In the opening story of the acclaimed Irish author’s dazzling collection, an academic who can’t
swim finds himself embroiled in the love tangles of a Belfast gangster whom he meets at a
suburban hotel swimming pool: an unlikely tale brought masterfully to a poetic ending.
Park consistently invents intriguing scenarios such as this, including a ‘battle of the blogs’
between a divorcing couple and a story about a science teacher and a registrar of Births,
Marriages and Deaths who take a trip to see the Northern Lights on their 25th wedding
anniversary.
Park appears to write effortlessly, with one foot planted firmly in the canon of traditional Irish
lyricism and another flirting with modern parlance, his prose studded with contemporary cultural
references.
His emotional intelligence is remarkable. Boxing Day, the tender story of a 17-year-old making
annual visits to his mentally disturbed mother, will move you to tears.
TALES OF PERSUASION by Philip Hensher
TALES OF PERSUASION
by Philip Hensher
(4th Estate £14.99)
Hensher is a long-standing contributor to national newspapers. He writes novels and short
stories, edited last year’s The Penguin Book Of The British Short Story, and has won myriad
prizes and been nominated for many others, including the Man Booker.
He is an expert writer, and an expert tone runs through this vigorous collection. Hensher
observes all human life with the detachment of a scientist.
The opening story concerns the sexual fantasies of a middle-aged gay writer in South London.
Another explores the petty snobberies and cruelties perpetuated by a group of schoolchildren
upon each other.
A third sees a cuckolded wife stuck on a train with her husband and his new woman.
Hensher pins down each bourgeois character like a lepidopterist skewering a butterfly. He nails
lust, hypocrisy, regret and hopefulness with an exquisite eye for detail.
Unromantic, and dark at times, this collection is always interesting.
2016-04-28 20:47 Imogen Lycett www.dailymail.co.uk
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Israeli officials respond to uproar over Netanyahu’s
statements on ‘sovereignty’ over Golan Heights
JERUSALEM — Israeli Prime Minister
Benjamin Netanyahu has sparked a new
diplomatic brushfire by declaring that the
Golan Heights, seized from Syria in the
1967 Mideast war, is and should remain
“under Israel’s sovereignty permanently.”
But following tough international criticism,
Israeli
officials
said
Netanyahu’s
statements had been misconstrued and
that a 1981 decision to apply Israeli law to
the strategic plateau fell short of
annexation.
The debate offers a window into a more
nuanced Israeli perspective that, despite statements from the country’s hard-line political
leadership, continues to leave the door open, just barely, to a peace deal when Syria’s civil war
finally winds down.
For now, the debate is largely academic. Syria has been engulfed in civil war for nearly five
years, and there is no end in sight. With Syria, and the Syrian side of the Golan, divided between
Syrian troops and various rebel forces, there is nobody to talk to, even if Israel decided to open
negotiations.
But the Golan remains central to any future peace deal with Syria, and its fate is a key part of a
2002 Saudi initiative that offered Israel peace with the Arab world in exchange for a full
withdrawal from all territories captured in the 1967 Mideast war.
While that offer is usually connected to areas sought by the Palestinians, the Golan is also
considered occupied land by the international community. Past Israeli leaders, including
Netanyahu himself, have held talks with Syria about control of the Golan.
So when Netanyahu convened his Cabinet for a first-ever meeting in the Golan on April 17, he
triggered an international uproar by calling it “sovereign” Israeli territory.
“The Golan Heights will forever remain in Israel’s hands,” he declared. “After 50 years, the time
has come for the international community to finally recognize that the Golan Heights will remain
under Israel’s sovereignty permanently.”
The U. S., Israel’s closest ally, quickly criticized Netanyahu, saying the Golan is “not part of
Israel.” Germany and the European Union also rejected his statement, as did the Arab League,
57-member Organization of Islamic Cooperation and the Syrian government. And early this
week, the U. N. Security Council took issue with him.
“Council members expressed their deep concern over recent Israeli statements about the Golan
and stressed that the status of the Golan remains unchanged,” said Council President Liu Jieyi,
China’s ambassador to the U. N. He noted a previous 1981 resolution that said Israel’s decision
to impose Israeli law on the Golan is “null and void.”
Alan Baker, a former legal adviser to Israel’s Foreign Ministry, said the parliamentary decision to
impose Israeli law back in 1981 was “merely a means of governing” the territory.
He said Israel was careful not to annex the territory – a decision that would require additional
parliamentary action – in order not to “prejudice” future border negotiations with Syria.
“Israel has never claimed the Golan to be part of its sovereign jurisdiction,” said Baker. “That’s
why in my opinion, the statement that was made was somewhat ill-advised.”
In reality, Israel has in effect already annexed the territory and any thought of returning it to Syria
is deeply unpopular with Israelis. More than 20,000 Israeli settlers now live in settlements on the
Golan, according to official Israeli statistics.
In a statement this week, Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon accused the
Security Council of “ignoring reality” with its criticism.
“With whom is Israel supposed to negotiate the future of the Golan – Islamic State? Al-Qaida?
Hezbollah? The Iranian and Syrian forces that slaughtered hundreds of thousands of people?”
he said. “The suggestion that Israel will withdraw from the Golan is not reasonable.”
Still, he acknowledged that the Golan Heights is not part of “Israel proper,” even if Israeli law is
enforced there.
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2016-04-28 20:46 By www.pressherald.com
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Judith Miller to Newsmax: GOP Establishment in Third
Stage of Grief Over Trump as Nominee
The Republican Party is "pretty much in the third stage of grief" over the
possibility of Donald Trump being the presidential nominee, Pulitzer
Prize-winning reporter Judith Miller told Newsmax TV on Thursday.
"I think they've given up the ghost," she told "The Steve Malzberg
Show" in an interview.
A former investigative reporter for The New York Times, Miller's latest
book, "The Story: A Reporter's Journey," was released last week in paperback.
"People now understand that it's going to be very hard to deny him the nomination because of
his enormous showing — especially here in the Acela primaries," Miller said, referring to the
contests Trump swept in five Northeastern states on Tuesday.
"He just blew everybody away. He won every category — including women, which shocked me,
moderates, every age category.
"How do you say after a showing like this: 'Let's say he's 100 votes shorter or less than that, no, I
know our rules say we don't have to give it to you?' " the Fox News commentator posed. "I don't
think there's enough left of the Republican establishment and the Republican Party to deny him
the nomination. "
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Miller slammed Ted Cruz — he "was so disliked in the Senate" — and his "bizarre" choice of
Carly Fiorina as a running mate should he win the nomination.
Former House Speaker John Boehner's harsh attack Thursday on Cruz "reflects what we all
knew and had forgotten about as Cruz became the acceptable alternative to Donald Trump for
the Republican establishment," Miller began to Malzberg.
"Cruz was so disliked in the Senate and Boehner was a charter member of that club. You could
just see the politicians hated Cruz for reasons … that still have yet to be fully reported.
"What I'm hearing is that he was not a man of his word," Miller offered. "That you thought you
have made a deal with Ted Cruz and then he would back away and do his own thing or stab you
in the back.
"That's why you get someone like John McCain, who does not speak ill of fellow Republicans.
He abides by the Reagan rule — and, yet, he's made an exception for Ted Cruz.
"You see a lot of ill towards the man," Miller said.
The Texas senator's selection of Fiorina, the former Hewlett-Packard CEO, who quit her own
failing campaign for the nomination two months ago, only raised questions, she told Malzberg.
"What was he doing? What was he thinking? He was going to get her one delegate? What does
she bring to this?
"It was so bizarre — and it came across to most reporters covering the campaign as an act of
desperation," Miller said.
But Fiorina's singing to Cruz's two young daughters — a lullaby she created based on the Irving
Berlin classic "You're Just in Love" from 1950 — during Wednesday's press conference was "a
moment that is going to reverberate from now until forever," she said.
"There's just things you don't do as a candidate," Miller added. "Unless you're Maria Callas or
somebody like that, you don't sing unless you sing so badly that you can make fun of yourself. "
2016-04-28 20:45 Todd Beamon www.newsmax.com
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Samsung angles for spot at heart of connected life
South
Korean
consumer
electronics giant Samsung on
Thursday wooed app makers
as it pursued a vision of being
at the heart of life in a hyperconnected world.
"Coding is the key to the
future," Samsung Electronics
mobile
communications
business president Dongjin
Koh said at the company's
annual developers conference
here.
"Software is everywhere. "
A visitor tests a Samsung Gear VR during the opening day of the 2015 Mobile World Congress
in Barcelona on March 2, 2015 ©Lluis Gene (AFP/File)
Samsung executives depicted a future in which everything was connected with the Internet, and
the company's platform, devices software and services were key parts of that scenario.
"We are already imagining the next step beyond the smartphone," Koh said.
Steps laid out at the conference included ramping Samsung's own Tizen operating system
which has failed to gain momentum in a market dominated by free Google-backed Android
software.
- Smartphone success Samsung is the world's leading maker of smartphones powered by Android.
The world's largest smartphone maker reported a better-than-expected jump in net profits
Thursday, boosted by the successful early release of its new flagship Galaxy handset run by
Android.
In an effort to defend its smartphone share, Samsung rolled out the latest version of its Galaxy
S7 smartphone in March -- ahead of new launches by its competitors.
The strong Galaxy S7 performance came in the face of a flattening global smartphone market
that saw arch-rival Apple on Tuesday report its first-ever drop in iPhone sales since launching
the handset in 2007.
According to research firm IDC, the worldwide smartphone market saw its slowest growth on
record of in the first quarter, expanding just 0.2 percent.
The more than 4,000 developers at the gathering in San Francisco were assured that
Samsung's vision went far beyond smartphones to wearable computers, smart household
devices, digital wallets, virtual reality and more.
"We can't do it alone," Koh said during a keynote presentation. "We need you. "
- Heading for the 'holodeck' Samsung has a healthy "ecosystem" that is growing fast, executive vice president of research for
software and services Injong Rhee said during the keynote.
"In the past five years, we have changed from a hardware company to a software company, I
think," Rhee said.
And, by building its own Tizen platform, the company has the control to tightly integrate software,
services, hardware, and security, he reasoned.
Bets being placed by Samsung included some on virtual reality, with the company fielding
specially-designed cameras for capturing imagery, an online venue for content, and its Gear VR
headsets that uses its smartphones as screens.
"Virtual reality is amazing, but the industry is still in its infancy," Rhee said.
"Remember the holodeck experience on 'Star Trek?' he asked rhetorically. "That is the kind of
virtual reality we are trying to create. "
Holodecks in the hit science fiction television and film series allowed people to move about and
interact with virtual worlds as though they were real.
Samsung is working on wireless virtual reality devices that let people move about freely without
necessarily relying on smartphones, according to Rhee.
Samsung is the world's leading maker of smartphones powered by Android ©Lluis Gene
(AFP/File)
Samsung rolled out the latest version of its Galaxy S7 smartphone in March -- a month earlier
than the previous year and ahead of new launches by its competitors ©Lluis Gene (AFP/File)
2016-04-28 20:45 Afp www.dailymail.co.uk
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Rescuers search for missing in deadly Guatemala trash
slide
GUATEMALA CITY (AP) —
Hundreds of rescuers picked
through
a
Guatemalan
garbage
dump
Thursday
looking for bodies or possible
survivors a day after a massive
slope of trash collapsed, killing
at least four people.
The National Civil Police
reported that 18 people may
still
be
missing,
while
Guatemala's national disaster
response agency put the figure
at five.
Dozens of people seeking loved ones who were unaccounted for were also at the scene.
The relative of a missing garbage-picker cries as she waits for information at the entrance of the
city garbage dump in Guatemala City, Thursday, April 28, 2016. Rescue workers are picking
through garbage looking for bodies or possible survivors a day after the massive slope of trash
collapsed, killing at least four people. Authorities say about 1,000 people worked in that area of
the dump. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)
Marta Julia Davila, 21, said her 60-year-old grandfather, Hugo Leonel Perez Alonzo, works as a
"guajero," or garbage picker, who looks for recyclable materials. Perez's family had not seen him
since before the slide, and workers reported that he was last spotted sitting down in the area
where the collapse happened, she added.
"We are sure he is there because yesterday he left for work and last night he did not return to his
home," Davila said. "There are a lot of people buried. "
Recent rains may have contributed to the slope's collapse.
Authorities say about 1,000 people worked in that area of the dump and had been asked to
evacuate after an earlier slide, but some resisted.
About 3,000 tons of garbage from the capital and surrounding areas are handled daily at the
dump.
A woman walks on the outskirts of the city dump one day after trash collapsed on workers in
Guatemala City, Thursday, April 28, 2016. Rescue workers are picking through garbage looking
for bodies or possible survivors after the massive slope of trash collapsed, killing at least four
people. Authorities say about 1,000 people worked in that area of the dump. (AP Photo/Moises
Castillo)
Isabel Vicente Lux shows a photo of her husband, garbage picker Pedro Chivalan, who's
missing after a massive slope of trash collapsed on workers at the dump in Guatemala City,
Thursday, April 28, 2016. Rescue workers are picking through garbage looking for bodies or
possible survivors after the trash collapsed, killing at least four people. Authorities say about
1,000 people worked in that area of the dump. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)
Rescue workers search the city dump for survivors one day after trash collapsed on workers in
Guatemala City, Thursday, April 28, 2016. Rescue workers are picking through garbage looking
for bodies or possible survivors after the massive slope of trash collapsed, killing at least four
people. Authorities say about 1,000 people worked in that area of the dump. (AP Photo/Moises
Castillo)
Garbage-pickers, known locally as ¿Guajeros,¿ watch rescue workers search the city dump for
survivors one day after trash collapsed on workers in Guatemala City, Thursday, April 28, 2016.
Rescue workers are picking through garbage looking for bodies or possible survivors after the
massive slope of trash collapsed, killing at least four people. Authorities say about 1,000 people
worked in that area of the dump. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)
Garbage-pickers, known locally as ¿Guajeros,¿ wait for information about fellow workers after a
fatal trash slide, at the entrance of the city dump in Guatemala City, Thursday, April 28, 2016.
Rescue workers are picking through garbage looking for bodies or possible survivors after the
massive slope of trash collapsed, killing at least four people. Authorities say about 1,000 people
worked in that area of the dump. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)
2016-04-28 20:43 Associated Press www.dailymail.co.uk
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Antisemitism has rocked Labour’s self-belief
A ctually, you’re just like a
concentration camp guard.
You’re just doing it because
you’re paid to, aren’t you?” If
you’re Jewish, and live in
London, you might dimly recall
those words. But if not, here’s
a clue. They were spoken to a
Jewish reporter a decade ago
by the man who today
indignantly described himself
as having fought a lifelong
battle against discrimination –
shortly
before
being
suspended from the Labour party for potentially bringing it into disrepute with clumsy references
to Hitler.
Rereading the transcript of that 2005 exchange between Ken Livingstone and a hapless
Evening Standard reporter today, what takes the breath away isn’t the rather tasteless
suggestion from London’s then mayor that anyone working for a paper whose owners he
disliked was probably “a German war criminal” in a previous life. It’s that when the reporter
explained he was Jewish and was offended by the Nazi reference, Livingstone didn’t stop. He
doubled down on the concentration camp stuff, took his spade and kept digging. And he got
away with it. There were calls for his resignation, of course, but he got away with it.
He carried on being mayor for another two years, and has carried on ever since being feted by
people who would have bayed for the blood of any Tory making racially insensitive remarks to a
black reporter. He went on blithely to suggest that Jews have stopped voting Labour because
they’re rich, and still didn’t really seem to see what the problem was; but then, he was
surrounded by people who didn’t seem to want to see the problem either.
And that’s one explanation for how a politician as naturally gifted as Livingstone could ever think
it a good idea to summon Hitler as a witness for the defence, when defending his party against
allegations of antisemitism.
Perhaps he has simply lost sight of how it looks, outside the circles – once fringe, now
mainstream in the Labour party – in which he moves. You could see today’s extraordinary day of
bloodletting – which saw first the suspension of the Labour MP Naz Shah for pre-election
Facebook posts suggesting Israel be forcibly transported to the US, and then that of Livingstone
for only making matters worse – simply as payback for all the times someone got away with it.
Fail to challenge dubious attitudes and they quickly seep into the mainstream.
But there is another possible explanation, and that’s the belief found close to many leftwing
hearts that they, and they alone, are the good guys – the champions of equality and fairness –
and therefore incapable of prejudice. They don’t need to question their assumptions, or take a
long hard look in the mirror, because the racists are the other guys.
As Ken explained in injured tones to the BBC’s Martha Kearney today, real racism is when
you’re rude to your neighbour’s face in Stoke Newington, which he’d never do. And anyway,
racists would hardly be attracted to Labour, would they? To which one could almost hear his
colleagues screaming at the radio; well if they weren’t before, mate, they might now.
The ferocity of the backlash against Livingstone from left to right of the party is a measure of
MPs’ deep frustration and shame that a party that prides itself on fighting discrimination should
have come to this. It’s not about factional infighting any more, rightwingers finding excuses to
snipe at Jeremy Corbyn and his Stop the War mates. This is about a party trying desperately to
stop itself being dragged into the gutter, and to assert values it once thought people took as
read.
There is prejudice in all parties, from the Tory golf club bores who used to mutter that Michael
Howard couldn’t be leader because of what was euphemistically called his “background” to the
shaven-headed thugs of the far right. But for some time now it’s been clear Labour too had a boil
to lance.
There were too many stories piling up; lurid although unproven allegations about Labour
students using “Zio” as a routine term of abuse for Jews; a dismal string of councillors and
activists peddling anti-Jewish conspiracy theories on social media; prominent Jewish leftwing
figures saying they no longer felt comfortable in what the party had become. Ritual sacrifice was
required.
But God, it’s depressing that it had to be Shah, on whom so many other women’s hopes were
pinned after she famously survived a violent childhood, forced marriage at 15, the jailing of her
mother for killing an abusive partner, and then a viciously dirty election campaign in order to
reach parliament.
What a dismal way to end a career, over a motley collection of dubious posts shared on
Facebook before she was elected; an “#apartheidIsrael” hashtag, some dark-sounding stuff
about how the “Jews were rallying”. To be honest, I really didn’t want her to lose the whip any
more than Corbyn did.
But there was no alternative, for all the reasons the frontbencher Lisa Nandy gave when she
broke ranks to call for the suspension. It can’t be one rule for obscure councillors and activists
and another for popular MPs. And besides, the blunt truth is that having under-reacted for so
long to this creeping cancer spreading through the party, nothing but radical surgery now will
do.
Some will see in this a chilling of debate over the Middle East, a silencing of pro-Palestinian
voices in the Labour party. But that’s a mirror image of the eternal rightwing grumble that they’re
not “allowed” to talk about immigration any more thanks to political correctness, and about as
well founded.
Here’s a clue, for those confused about how to champion Palestinian rights or condemn an
oppressive regime without overstepping the line: just treat Israel as you would any other country
guilty of human rights abuses.
There’s nothing inherently antisemitic about seeking economic sanctions against Israel,
supporting an oppressed minority’s right to self determination, condemning a government, or
anything else you’d do if this was Burma.
But calling for its people to be swept into the sea, or forcibly transplanted somewhere else, or in
any other way denying Israel’s right to exist, is crossing a line because that simply doesn’t
happen to other countries no matter how oppressive their regime. No other nation state on the
planet is constantly asked to prove itself morally worthy merely of being allowed to exist.
We don’t argue that the civilian population of Syria, or 1930s Germany for that matter, should
have been forcibly removed from their homes and their nation states obliterated because of
abuses committed by governments and condoned by some if not all of their citizens. Activists
direct their fire at governments and political movements, people with the power to change. But
there’s an uglier name for those who single out and target a race, religion or group of people;
who talk about “the Jews” in a way they’d never talk about “the blacks”.
The wider lesson from Labour meanwhile, from what has been a dark and depressing week
even by current standards, is that the trust of minorities is not given as of right to progressive
parties but must be earned. For too long, Labour hasn’t done enough to deserve it.
2016-04-28 20:41 Gaby Hinsliff www.theguardian.com
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Carl Frampton vs Leo Santa Cruz for WBA featherweight
title
NEW YORK (AP) — Undefeated Carl Frampton of Northern Ireland will
fight Leo Santa Cruz for the WBA featherweight title July 30 at Barclays
Center in Brooklyn.
Cyclone promotions announced the bout Thursday.
Frampton (22-0, 14 KOs) dethroned WBA super bantamweight champion Scott Quigg on Feb.
27 in Manchester, England, to unify the title at that weight.
Santa Cruz (31-0-1, 17 KOs) is a three-division champion from California. In his last fight, he
stopped Kiko Martinez in the fifth round.
2016-04-28 20:40 Associated Press www.dailymail.co.uk
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Busty Jessica Wright supports Georgia Kousoulou at
swimwear launch
Jessica Wright opted to cover
up on the night as she
attended the launch of Georgia
Kousoulou’s swimwear line.
The former TOWIE star was on
hand to support her friend for
the press launch of Summer
Dreams By Georgia K at the
event held in London on
Thursday evening.
Jessica, 30, sported a white
blouse which she teamed with
distressed denim skinny jeans
and high heels.
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Wright on trend: Jessica Wright opted to cover up on the night as she attended the launch of
Georgia Kousoulou’s swimwear line
Her simple look was completed with flawlessly applied make-up and glossy locks as she had a
look at Georgia’s collection.
Jessica then went on to attend the Zeynep Kartak catwalk show which was in support of the
Syrian children refugee crisis charity Turk Kizilayi.
Jess recently revealed that she still messages ex-boyfriend Pete Wicks.
Showing her support: The former TOWIE star was on hand to support her friend for the press
launch of Summer Dreams By Georgia K at the event held in London on Thursday evening
Simply stylish: Jessica, 30, sported a white blouse which she teamed with distressed denim
skinny jeans and high heels
The 'Only Way is Essex' star may be head over heels in love with his co-star Megan McKenna,
who he has been dating for just over a month, but that doesn't mean he's decided to cut all
contact with his former flame.
Speaking to BANG Showbiz, Jessica said: ‘I do still text Pete. We're friends, so yeah we talk a
lot.’
However, the brunette beauty - who split from the heavily-inked hunk late last year following a
few months of dating - is adamant their texting will never turn into anything sexual.
Cheers: Her simple look was completed with flawlessly applied make-up and glossy locks as
she had a look at Georgia’s collection
Busy night: Jessica then went on to attend the Zeynep Kartak catwalk show which was in
support of the Syrian children refugee crisis charity Turk Kizilayi
Well-heeled: The reality star had her waterfall coat slung over her shoulders while she carried a
nude handbag
She added: ‘I definitely wouldn't sext [sexy text] Pete. I wouldn't do that to Megan. I knew Megan
from years ago - she was in my band Lola and Pete, obviously, I love to bits. He's a lovely guy, it
just wasn't to be with me and him - they obviously must suit better. I'm really happy with it.’
Meanwhile, although Pete has wasted no time moving on, the reality TV star is still trying to find
her Mr. Right.
She said: ‘I am very single. Don't get me wrong I am talking to some guys but, to be honest, if
anything did come up I probably wouldn't tell because I am trying to keep things private for a
while in that sort of area.’
On the hunt: The reality TV star is still trying to find her Mr. Right as she said, ‘I am very single.
Don't get me wrong I am talking to some guys'
Fashion fan: Jessica added, 'If anything did come up I probably wouldn't tell because I am trying
to keep things private for a while in that sort of area’
2016-04-28 20:40 Nola Ojomu www.dailymail.co.uk
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Vote leave to avoid conflict in Europe, minister warns
Penny Mordaunt (pictured)
said the EU can only be saved
from the ‘disaster’ of conflict
between its member states by
Britain voting to leave
The EU can only be saved
from sleepwalking into the
‘disaster’ of conflict between its
member states by Britain
voting to leave, the Armed
Forces Minister warned last
night.
In a dramatic intervention,
Penny Mordaunt said the austerity programme required to keep the euro alive had created
‘tremendous potential for civil unrest’ across the continent.
She said that, unless the EU’s leaders woke up to the danger by Britain walking away from the
Brussels club, there could be ‘unrest between cultures, between nations’.
Interviewed by House magazine, the Brexit campaigner also insisted that the momentum was on
the side of Out – with the public not being taken in by the ‘hysteria’ generated by the
Government machine.
Miss Mordaunt said: ‘One reason why I decided to Leave is because I think it’s the only route
open to us to get both the better deal that we need to thrive – but also to try and wake up the EU
from what it’s currently sleepwalking into, which is a disaster.
‘The suffering that it is putting on certain member states because it can’t get its act together over
the euro, that forced harmonisation, is horrific, and is just the sort of thing that is going to lead to
those countries not thriving, but failing.
‘Take a look at what’s happening on the continent now. The tremendous potential for civil
unrest. The tremendous ill feeling built up in Spain, Portugal, Italy, Greece, because of the
forced harmonisation in the eurozone, the tremendous austerity.
‘Now with the migrant crisis added to that and the behaviour of particular nation states you have
a real unrest, a political reaction to that with the rise of far-right parties, again causing further
unrest – between cultures, between nations.
The Armed Forces minister insisted that the momentum was on the side of Out – with the public
not being taken in by the ‘hysteria’ generated by the Government machine
‘The continent is fragmenting. People are taking back control against the EU’s rules to try and
get some control over the situation, to try and protect their state’s interests.
‘So it is fragmenting now. The dominoes are already tumbling. And we need to help Europe
realise this and get a grip.
‘I think us leaving will not just make us safer more secure and give us what we need to thrive, it
will enable Europe to really start to reform. And without that it is going to end very badly indeed.’
Miss Mordaunt said the campaign fight was ‘unfair’ - with the ‘entire weight of the government
machine and taxpayers’ money on the Remain side.
She said: ‘The Remain campaign is being deeply patronising to the public. I think that they
underestimate the grit and determination of the British people, and I think that that is what we are
tapping in to.
‘There is a sort of hysteria, and language that has undermined our country, our businesses, our
services, our capacity in all areas - which fundamentally has undermined the people that work in
those areas.
‘I think is quite wrong. But it has been a huge own goal by the Remain campaign. I think that it’s
not appealing to the public.’
The minister insisted, however, that the ‘momentum’ was with Brexit.
She said: ‘I think that the public are really realising what a seismic moment this is.
Miss Mordaunt cited the migrant crisis as a possible source of civil arrest. Pictured: armed forces
personnel speaking to migrants that landed at the RAF air base at Akrotiri in Cyprus last year
‘People respond to optimism and aspiration, and when they’re told that their country can’t do
something, or is too weak or too poor or too inept, they get quite cross about that. I think that’s
why the momentum is with us at the moment.
‘The nation is conservative with a small “c”. I’m under no illusions. The last two referendums
we’ve had the public voted for the status quo.
‘But I think the nation is ambitious, it has optimism about what we’re capable of. We risk very
little to gain a huge amount, and I think the public, once presented with the facts, will see that.
‘I think it could be a really positive and exciting moment for the country. I think the mood is out
there, and I think with Leave we are really tapping into that with optimism and pragmatism.’
2016-04-28 20:39 James Slack www.dailymail.co.uk
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Cheerful Jennifer Garner runs errands in LA before trip
to UK with Ben
Jennifer Garner will apparently
soon be travelling to the UK
with ex Ben Affleck while he
films Justice League.
And the 44-year-old certainly
doesn't seem to be having any
reservations
about
the
extended trip across the
Atlantic.
Jennifer looked extremely
cheerful as she ran errands in
Santa Monica on Thursday,
before meeting up with a
female friend and her daughter.
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A ray of sunshine: Jennifer Garner looked cheerful as she ran errands in Santa Monica on
Thursday
The actress was dressed casually for the outing but looked great in a boxy black three-quarter
length sleeved top, matching loafers and skinny jeans.
Jennifer wore her brunette locks down and sported a touch of natural make-up, finishing off her
look with a pair of large sunglasses.
The 13 Going On 30 star turned 44 earlier this month and celebrated with a dinner at home with
estranged husband Ben and their three children Violet, 10, Seraphina, seven, and Samuel, four.
Gearing up for a big trip: The actress will apparently be travelling to London with her estranged
husband Ben Affleck soon while he films Justice League
In fine form: Jennifer looked great while casually dressed in a black top and loafers and skinny
jeans
'Ben and Jennifer are a very strong cohesive unit. They have created a new normal, which will
continue while they are living in London,' a source told The Sun 's Dan Wootton.
'Ben wants his family close when he's working, and staying together in a new country will be a
great experience, despite himself and Jennifer being no longer a couple.'
Girl time: The 44-year-old met up with a female friend and her daughter, whose toy she dutifully
helped to fix
Natural beauty: Jennifer wore just a touch of make-up under her sunglasses, and left her
brunette hair down
Making it work: The Miracles From Heaven star and her ex Ben have been maintaining an
amicable relationship while co-parenting their three children
The Afflecks: The former couple were seen with (L-R) Seraphina, seven, Violet, 10, and Samuel,
four, while leaving church on Sunday
2016-04-28 20:39 Iona Kirby www.dailymail.co.uk
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Daly set for Champions Tour debut after turning 50
April 28 (Reuters) - Long-hitting John Daly celebrated his 50th birthday on
Thursday, the official stamp of approval to earn him a spot at next week's
Insperity Invitational at The Woodlands in Texas for his debut on the over50s Champions Tour.
A prodigious driver of the golf ball with a magician's touch around the
greens, the 'Wild Thing' has been one of the sport's biggest drawcards since he turned
professional in 1987 and is certain to attract fans in droves on the seniors circuit.
Daly, a five-times winner on the regular PGA Tour where two of his victories came in major
championships, readily admits his game is in rusty shape but he is eagerly looking forward to
once again competing against some of his long-time friends.
"It's a new chapter," Daly said in an interview with pgatour.com while preparing for the May 6-8
Insperity Invitational. "It's going to be kind of a year of testing the waters.
"I'm looking forward to it and seeing some of my old buddies out there. Fuzzy (Zoeller) and
Hubert Green were my favourites. Ben Crenshaw, Craig Stadler. Tom Watson always took me
under his wing.
"It's great that I'm going to be able to come out and play golf with them again. "
Daly has not won on the PGA Tour since the 2004 Buick Invitational in San Diego and has relied
mainly on sponsor's invites in recent years to play tournament golf.
"It's not good," he said when asked about his form. "I'm working on everything. My driving is
really, really good. It's just that my putting really isn't where I want it to be. My wedges aren't
really dialled in right now.
"This has been a crazy seven years, just not being able to play as much as I want to, not being
able to get into many tournaments. So I'm going to have really work my butt off to get it back. "
Daly claimed his first major title at the 1991 PGA Championship after finding out just a day
before the tournament began that he would be playing, then followed that with a victory at the
British Open in 1995.
However, he has not won anywhere since 2004, has slipped steadily down the rankings to 987
and has rarely been out of the headlines while spending much of his adult life struggling with
alcohol, anti-depressants, gambling and divorces. (Reporting by Mark Lamport-Stokes in Los
Angeles; Editing by Frank Pingue)
2016-04-28 20:39 Reuters www.dailymail.co.uk
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Gardena’s iconic Normandie Club poker room folds its
cards
By
Sandy Mazza , Daily Breeze
Posted:
04/28/16, 8:38 PM PDT | Updated:
37 secs ago
Normandie Casino, the state’s oldest
card club and one of Gardena’s
original six poker rooms when the
city was known as the “Poker Capital
of the World,” is closing in the wake
of its owners felony moneylaundering convictions.
This week, the California Gambling Control Commission indefinitely revoked the owners’
licenses but allowed them a four-month reprieve to complete a pending sale of the property at
Rosecrans and Vermont avenues, said commission spokesman Eric Patoski. He said felony
convictions disqualify anyone from holding a gaming license.
The casino has been in the Miller family since 1947, when Russ Miller bought the Western Club
— the state’s first card room — and reopened it as the Normandie.
In January, the four Millers who own it in a joint partnership pleaded guilty to federal charges
that the club helped high-rollers launder $1.38 million by not reporting several large cash
transactions.
The Millers notified the state’s Employment Development Department last week of 380 pending
permanent layoffs. They did not return calls for comment Thursday, but several sources said
publishing mogul Larry Flynt plans to scoop up the property, which is just down the street from
his card club, the Hustler Casino. Flynt could not be reached for comment.
Robert Turner , a Downey-based professional poker player and former casino manager, said
Flynt likely will buy the club and expand it in the style of Las Vegas casinos, with an attached
hotel, retail shops and entertainment options that draw nongambling customers.
“It makes a lot of sense for Larry Flynt to (buy the Normandie) because he has a parking
problem at the Hustler, and the Normandie sits on 17 acres if you include the corner,” Turner
said. “If they build a hotel and convention area with a larger casino, they could give Hollywood
Park some competition. Hollywood Park is going to dominate the west side. What’s happening
there brings unbelievable potential to the area.”
California card clubs, legally barred from having slot machines and designed as simple poker
rooms, have struggled to keep up with Indian resorts and commercial casinos that offer a variety
of amenities.
The Hollywood Park Casino, once adjacent to the legendary racetrack, is in the midst of major
renovations on the grounds and eventually will be part of a complex with a new hotel, homes
and shops. By 2019, the Los Angeles Rams will relocate to an adjacent NFL stadium that is now
under construction.
The Gardens Casino in Hawaiian Gardens announced earlier this month the soft opening of its
$90 million new facility designed to be the largest card club in the world, with more than 300
gaming tables. The two-story card club offers conference rooms, amenities, events and other
nongambling opportunities.
The Bicycle Casino in Bell Gardens last year embarked on a major expansion that includes a
hotel, fitness center and outdoor bar. Other local card clubs are similarly expanding to include
resort-style attractions to keep customers coming in the doors.
Gardena’s two card clubs, the Normandie and the Hustler, together will deliver more than $10
million in tax revenue to the city in the current fiscal year that ends in June, according to the
city’s budget. Gambling income is the city’s second-largest source of revenue.
The Normandie has been on the market for years. The club suffered debilitating losses during
the recession and struggled to keep up with the Hustler, which opened in 2000 with flashier,
more modern facilities. But, in recent years, profits have bounced back. In 2014, Turner said he
worked with a group of real estate investors who offered to buy the Normandie to build a hotel
and convention area. The Millers declined to sell at that time, he said.
“If the Normandie is sold, it marks the end of an era,” Turner said. “I think it’s sad, but life moves
on. It’s the changing of the guard.”
The U. S. Attorney’s Office announced in January the results of its roughly two-year investigation
into money laundering taking place at the club. Investigators found that the club owners hired
promoters to attract high-rolling gamblers and then offered to help them sidestep federal tax
reporting requirements.
That investigation announcement followed a December 2015 federal grand jury indictment that
uncovered $10 million of laundered proceeds from illegal games funneled through the Village
Club, also known as Seven Mile Casino in Chula Vista, and the Palomar card room in San
Diego. More than two dozen operators were charged in that scheme.
Reporter covering Carson, Hawthorne, Hermosa Beach and the environment. Reach the author
at [email protected]
or follow Sandy on Twitter: @SandyMazza .
2016-04-28 20:38 By www.presstelegram.com
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What’s the latest with
conspirator with terrorists
Enrique
Marquez,
alleged
By
Gail Wesson , The Press-Enterprise
Posted:
04/28/16, 8:38 PM PDT | Updated: 56 secs ago
While Enrique Marquez Jr.’s Russian wife
appeared before a judge Thursday, April 28, he
remained in a federal detention center waiting for
his next day in court.
Mariya Chernykh, a 26-year-old Ontario resident,
made her first appearance in the same federal court
where her husband has appeared.
She was arrested Thursday in an immigration and marriage fraud case along with her sister,
Tatiana Farook, a 31-year-old Corona resident — who also came from Russia — and husband
Syed Raheel Farook, a 31-year-old Corona resident.
The trio is accused in a marriage fraud conspiracy that involved making false statements under
oath to obtain immigration benefits for one of the defendants.
Marquez, who is accused of supplying rifles and explosive powder used in the San Bernardino
attack, was indicted in December in connection with the alleged marriage fraud.
Marquez is charged with entering into a sham marriage with Chernykh in November 2014 and
illegally signing an immigration document for falsely declaring he was living with her. Neighbors
said he never lived with her and authorities allege Marquez received $200 a month for a year
from Chernykh to marry her.
The federal indictments assert the couple claimed they lived together when they did not.
Marquez lived with his parents in Riverside, while Chernykh lived in Ontario with her boyfriend
and their child.
Marquez’s friend Viviana Ramirez has said he told her he was trying to earn enough money at
WalMart and a tavern so he and his wife could get their own place. She didn’t know if the
marriage was arranged by the sister or if they got married without knowing each other.
“He never really talked about the marriage,” Ramirez said in December. “He said they just didn’t
have the money to move in together.”
The marriage fraud claims were almost a footnote to the headline-grabbing indictment.
It alleged that Marquez, 24, a Riverside neighbor of San Bernardino shooter Syed Rizwan
Farook — Syed Raheel Farook’s brother — had purchased rifles and explosive powder when
he and Rizwan Farook plotted in 2011 and 2012 to carry out terrorists attacks at Riverside City
College and on the 91 Freeway during rush hour. The plans never were carried out.
But federal authorities have said the weapons and explosive powder were used in the Dec. 2
San Bernardino attack by Syed Rizwan Farook and his wife, Tashfeen Malik.
A federal prosecutor has said Marquez did not participate in and wasn’t aware of the San
Bernardino attack.
Marquez is accused of one count of conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists, two
counts of lying on federal forms for gun purchases and two counts of marriage fraud. He faces a
status conference and motion hearings June 27.
His trial date is set for July 19 in U. S. District Court in Riverside.
He pleaded not guilty in January and faces up to 50 years in federal prison if convicted.
Reach the author at [email protected]
or follow Gail on Twitter: @PE_GailWesson .
2016-04-28 20:38 By www.presstelegram.com
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Prince tribute tops the list of weekend events in SF
The weekend is just around
the corner. Looking for
something fun to do? We've
has partnered with the
team at Hoodline - the
hyperlocal neighborhood
website, to help you plan
your weekend. Get out your
"Raspberry Beret" Saturday
night because fans will be
turning out to honor Prince
in San Francisco and
you're invited. The event is
called " This Thing Called
Life: A Celebraton of Prince at the Mezzanine. " It's free if you RSVP. The Mezzanine is
accepting donations at the door to be given to charities of causes Prince supported. If you want
to be featured in a new ABC miniseries, then this weekend is your chance. "When We Rise" is
about the LGBT rights movement in San Francisco. The director and writer are already known
for their Oscar-winning work in the movie "Milk. " They're filming from Saturday at 8 p.m. to
Sunday at 7 a.m. in the Castro and they want extras with 1970's-style hair. Saturday is also the
third "Independent Bookstore Day. " ABC7 News stopped by The Booksmith , an Upper Haight
staple for 40 years now. Swing by from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday to see printmaking in action
and learn how to make your own greeting cards. Keep checking back here for more upcoming
events! Click here to visit Hoodline.
2016-04-28 20:38 abc7news.com
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Slain teen's dad, stepmom arrested on domestic abuse
charges
WYTHEVILLE, Va. (AP) — Authorities say the father and stepmother of a
slain Virginia teenager have been arrested after a domestic violence
incident.
Wytheville Police Chief Ricky Arnold said Thursday that David Madison
Lovell and Terri Surratt Lovell have been arrested and charged with
unlawful wounding against each other.
Arnold declined to provide further details about the incident.
David Lovell's daughter, Nicole Lovell, was found dead in January. Two former Virginia Tech
students have been charged in connection with the girl's slaying.
Karen Akers, clerk of the Wythe Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court, said they're
being held at the New River Valley Regional Jail. Akers said a $10,000 bond has been set for
David Lovell. A bond hearing hasn't yet been held for Terri Lovell.
Their attorneys didn't immediately return requests for comment.
2016-04-28 20:37 Associated Press www.dailymail.co.uk
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Slate : Manafort’s Work for Tyrants Prepared Him for
Trump
Franklin Foer writes at Slate:
M ar-a-Lago, Donald Trump’s palace, is
impressive by the standards of Palm Beach
—less so when judged against the abodes
of the world’s autocrats. It doesn’t, for
instance, quite compare with Mezhyhirya,
the gilded estate of deposed Ukrainian
President Victor Yanukovych. Trump may
have 33 bathrooms and three bomb
shelters, but his mansion lacks a herd of
ostrich, a galleon parked in a pond, and a
set of golden golf clubs. Yet the two
properties are linked, not just in
ostentatious spirit, but by the presence of one man. Trump and Yanukovych have shared the
same political brain, an operative named Paul Manafort.
Ukrainians use the term “political technologist” as a favored synonym for electoral consultant.
Trump turned to Manafort for what seemed at first a technical task: Manafort knows how to
bullwhip and wheedle delegates at a contested convention. He’s done it before, assisting
Gerald Ford in stifling Ronald Reagan’s insurgency at the GOP’s summer classic of 1976. In the
conventions that followed, the Republican Party often handed Manafort control of the program
and instructed him to stage-manage the show. He produced the morning-in-America convention
of 1984 and the Bob Dole nostalgia-thon of 1996.
Given Manafort’s experience and skill set, it never made sense that he would be limited to such
a narrow albeit crucial task as delegate accumulation. Indeed, it didn’t take long before he
attempted to seize control of the Trump operation—managing the budget, buying advertising,
steering Trump toward a teleprompter and away from flaming his opponents, appearing on air
as a primary surrogate.
[…]
The genesis of Donald Trump’s relationship with Paul Manafort begins with Roy Cohn. That Roy
Cohn: Joe McCarthy’s heavy-lidded henchman, lawyer to the Genovese family. During the ’70s,
Trump and his father hired Cohn as their lawyer to defend the family against a housing
discrimination suit. (Cohn accused the Feds of using “Gestapo-like tactics.”) But Cohn and
Trump became genuine pals, lunching at the Four Seasons and clubbing together at Studio 54.
It was Roy Cohn who introduced Stone and Manafort to Trump.
You can read the rest of the story here.
2016-04-28 20:36 by Breitbart feedproxy.google.com
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Reagan's children lash
Alzheimer's comedy
out
at
Will
Ferrell
over
The
children
of Ronald
Reagan have voiced their
outrage after it emerged that
Will Ferrell would be playing
their father in a comedic film
about
his
battle
with
Alzheimer's disease.
Patti Davis and Michael
Reagan both lashed out at
Ferrell on Thursday, with
Michael writing on Twitter;
'What
an
Outrage....
Alzheimers is not joke... It kills..
You should be ashamed all of you.'
Patti meanwhile spoke of watching her father slowly drift away over the 10 years he fought the
disease, and said she now runs a group called Beyond Alzheimer’s that provides support for
caregivers and family members dealing with the disease.
'Perhaps you would like to explain to them how this disease is suitable material for a comedy,'
Patti wrote to Ferrell in an open letter.
It was announced earlier this week that Ferrell would star and produce Reagan, a Black List
script from writer Mike Rosolio about the actor turned president's second term.
A description of the film when it was named to the Black List said; 'When Ronald Reagan falls
into dementia at the start of his second term, an ambitious intern is tasked with convincing the
Commander-In-Chief that he is an actor playing the President in a movie.'
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Mixed reaction: It was announced earlier this week that Will Ferrell (above as George Bush on
Saturday Night Live) would star and produce Reagan, a comedy about Ronald Reagan
Not happy: Reagan's daughter Patti Davis (left in 2013) and son Michael Reagan (right in 2011)
are lashing out at Ferrell for agreeing to be in the film
Tough subject: The film is about Reagan (above in 1982) falling into dementia during his
second term as president
'I watched helplessly as he reached for memories, for words, that were suddenly out of reach
and moving farther away,' wrote Patti in her letter .
'For ten long years he drifted - past the memories that marked his life, past all that was familiar…
and mercifully, finally past the fear.
'There was laughter in those years, but there was never humor.'
Patti went on to say; 'Alzheimer’s is the ultimate pirate, pillaging a person’s life and leaving an
empty landscape behind. It sweeps up entire families, forcing everyone to claw their way
through overwhelming grief, confusion, helplessness, and anger.
'Perhaps for your comedy you would like to visit some dementia facilities. I have - I didn’t find
anything comedic there, and my hope would be that if you’re a decent human being, you
wouldn’t either.'
President Reagan died in 2004 as a result of pneumonia that was complicated by his
Alzheimer's
Patti and her parents had a complicated relationship, which was not helped by the release of
her memoir The Way I See It.
The book, released in 1992, painted her mother as a remarkably cruel woman and her father as
a man who emotionally abandoned his children.
Davis also wrote that her mother relied heavily on sleeping and prescription pills during her
years in the White House despite her 'Just Say No' campaign.
Reagan was also accused of hiding her husband's two children from his first marriage from
Davis and her brother in their childhood years.
She reportedly received a $500,000 advance for the book, which her parents responded to by
releasing a statement saying; 'We have always loved all of our children, including our daughter,
Patti. We hope the day will come when she rejoins our family. Toward that end, we see no useful
purpose for further comment.'
Davis also did not make her mother very pleased when she posed naked for Playgirl in a 1994
issue of the magazine.
Dear Mr. Ferrell,
'I saw the news bulletin — as did everyone — that you intend to portray my father in the throes of
Alzheimer’s for a comedy that you are also producing. Perhaps you have managed to retain
some ignorance about Alzheimer’s and other versions of dementia. Perhaps if you knew more,
you would not find the subject humorous.
'Alzheimer’s doesn’t care if you are President of the United States or a dockworker. It steals what
is most precious to a human being — memories, connections, the familiar landmarks of a
lifetime that we all come to rely on to hold our place secure in this world and keep us linked to
those we have come to know and love.
'I watched as fear invaded my father’s eyes — this man who was never afraid of anything. I
heard his voice tremble as he stood in the living room and said, “I don’t know where I am.” I
watched helplessly as he reached for memories, for words, that were suddenly out of reach and
moving farther away.
'For ten long years he drifted — past the memories that marked his life, past all that was
familiar…and mercifully, finally past the fear.
'There was laughter in those years, but there was never humor.
'Alzheimer’s is the ultimate pirate, pillaging a person’s life and leaving an empty landscape
behind. It sweeps up entire families, forcing everyone to claw their way through overwhelming
grief, confusion, helplessness, and anger.
'Perhaps for your comedy you would like to visit some dementia facilities. I have — I didn’t find
anything comedic there, and my hope would be that if you’re a decent human being, you
wouldn’t either.
'Twice a week I run a support group called Beyond Alzheimer’s for caregivers and family
members of those with Alzheimer’s and dementia. I look into haunted eyes that remind me of my
own when my father was ill. I listen to stories of helplessness and loss and am continually
moved by the bravery of those who wake up every morning not knowing who their loved one will
be that day, or what will be lost.
'The only certainty with Alzheimer’s is that more will be lost and the disease will always win in
the end.
'Perhaps you would like to explain to them how this disease is suitable material for a comedy.'
Awful: Reagan was diagnosed with Alzheimer's in 1994 and passed away a decade later
because of the disease (l to r: Ron, Nancy, Patti and Michael at his funeral)
There was a live reading of the script last March in Los Angeles with Lena Dunham, Dennis
haysbert and James Brolin, who played Reagan.
Brolin previously played the president in the television miniseries The Reagans.
Ferrell has yet to respond to these attacks from the Reagan children.
2016-04-28 20:36 Chris Spargo www.dailymail.co.uk
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Brother, Sister, Third Man Arrested On Heroin Charges
In Bethpage
BETHPAGE,
N.
Y.
(CBSNewYork) — A sister
and brother, along with a
third man, were arrested on
drug charges during a
traffic stop in Bethpage,
Long Island this week.
Nassau
County
police
Criminal Intelligence Rapid
Response Team officers
pulled over a 2001 Nissan
Altima on Collector Lane in
Bethpage around 10:05
p.m. Wednesday, police said.
The officers allegedly saw the rear passenger, identified as Steven Scheufler, 24, of Queens,
trying to hide several glassine envelopes full of heroin in his pants, police said.
Police went on to search the vehicle and allegedly found more than 100 decks of heroin, along
with six pills identified as Zolpidem, police said.
Schuefler was arrested, along with the driver – Mandy Kougianos, 28 – and her brother –
Nikolas Kougianos, 25, both of Bethpage, police said.
The suspects were all charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, and were
arraigned Thursday in Nassau County First District Court in Hempstead, police said.
2016-04-28 20:34 newyork.cbslocal.com
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Nevada gambling revenue down 3 percent in March
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada gambling revenue dropped 3 percent in
March compared with last year, weighed down by bettors playing less
baccarat and casinos having a less-lucky month in slots and sports
betting.
The Nevada Gaming Control Board reported Thursday that the state's
casinos won $922 million in March, down from $951 million in March 2015. Las Vegas Strip
gambling revenue was down 4 percent to $487 million last month, and downtown Las Vegas
winnings were down 4 percent to $51 million.
"I think we expected a little bit more this month, but it didn't happen," said Michael Lawton, senior
research analyst with the Gaming Control Board.
March brought big events to Las Vegas including a UFC 196 fight and a Justin Bieber concert,
and March 2015's gambling revenue wasn't particularly impressive as a comparison month. But
casinos were up against a less-favorable calendar last month that included one less Sunday.
The picture was rosier in the smaller markets up north. Reno casino revenue was up 1 percent
at $47 million, and South Lake Tahoe revenue was up 23 percent with $17 million in March.
Casino winnings were down both in the slots and in the tables and games categories. Baccarat
revenue was down 3.5 percent as players put out the lowest amount of money on the game
since April 2013, but casinos kept a higher share of it compared with last year.
Baccarat, which is favored by high rollers from Asia, has been declining lately amid an anticorruption campaign in China.
Sports books faced the opposite problem as baccarat. Players bet a record $458 million in
March, mostly on basketball, but sports books kept only 2.1 percent of that, compared with the
4.5 percent they kept last March.
Casinos won about $617 million on slot machines last month, which was down about 3 percent
year-over-year mostly because machines kept less of the money than they did last March.
Bettors wagered $9.3 billion in slots in March, down about half a percentage point from last year.
The state collected almost $73 million in tax money based off the winnings. That's down 8
percent from the same time last year.
2016-04-28 20:34 Associated Press www.dailymail.co.uk
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Pippa Middleton stuns in grey gown at snow ball
She's a passionate skiier, and
tonight
Pippa
Middleton
showed her support as she
attended a ball held in aid of
disability snow sports at an
exclusive social club in
London.
The 32-year-old spent the
evening rubbing shoulders
with the great and good of the
sporting
world
at
the
ParaSnowBall at Fulham's The
Hurlingham Club on Thursday
night.
She wore a sweeping grey gown with a patterned collar and cut-out shoulders. The floor-length
skirt with pleating detail accentuated Pippa's slender frame, and she finished off her formal look
with a chic leather clutch.
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Pippa Middleton (pictured with Fiona Young) spent the evening rubbing shoulders with the great
and good of the sporting world at the ParaSnowBall at Fulham's The Hurlingham Club
Pippa wore a sweeping grey gown with a patterned collar and cut-out shoulders. The floorlength skirt with pleating detail accentuated Pippa's slender frame, and she finished off her
formal look with a leather clutch
Pippa kept with the winter wonderland theme by adding a pair of shimmering silver drop
earrings. She wore her hair straightened and tucked back behind her ears.
And it seems guests were falling over themselves to get a photo with the Duchess of
Cambridge's sister, as she posed for a picture with a range of sporting bosses including Fiona
Young, who is the Chief Executive of Disability SnowSport UK.
She also chatted with Tamsin Todd and Mathew Prior of Crystal Ski Holidays as well as top
coach Mike Dixon. The annual ball is a fundraising event to raise funds for disabled skiiers, with
tickets costing £185.
Sporty Pippa has just returned from a skiing trip in Zermatt, Switzerland, where she took part in a
53km ski race.
Guests were falling over themselves to get a photo with the Duchess of Cambridge's sister, as
she posed for a picture with sporting bosses including Tamsin Todd (left) and Mathew Prior
(right) of Crystal Ski Holidays
Pippa chats to coach Mike Dixon. She has just returned from a skiing trip in Zermatt,
Switzerland, where she took part in a gruelling 53km ski race
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adding a pair of shimmering silver drop earrings. She wore her hair straightened and tucked
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Highly-experienced hiker-skiers trekked across the Haute Route along the Swiss-Italian border
from Zermatt to Verbier.
The race covers heights of 3994m to 4090m and a distance of 53km by foot and ski, which is
equivalent to 110km without altitude.
The trip was Pippa's third visit to Switzerland this year having holidayed in both January and
then later on in March.
Pippa is a regular on the slopes around Europe, most recently being pictured in Switzerland and
Norway and is no stranger to skiing races.
The annual ball is a fundraising event to raise funds for disabled skiiers, with tickets costing
£185
In January she completed in the Inferno Cross Country race, oozing glamour in her fetching
number in Murren, Switzerland.
And just a month later the 32-year-old took park in the Birkebeiner Ski Race in Norway - a 54km
cross-country course from Rena to Lillehammer.
Joined by boyfriend James Matthews, she was in her element as she eagerly waited for the race
to begin, putting on an affectionate display with her City trader partner at the starting line.
The gruelling event tested not only the author's skiing skills, but also her strength and stamina,
as the rules of the Birkebeinerrennet race dictate that each of the 16,500 competitors must carry
a 3.5kg rucksack.
Pippa kept with the winter wonderland theme by adding a pair of shimmering silver drop
earrings. She wore her hair straightened and tucked back behind her ears
Keen skiier Pippa has just returned from the slopes. The trip was Pippa's third visit to
Switzerland this year having holidayed in both January and then later on in March
Pippa Middleton showed her support as she attended a ball held in aid of disability snowsports
at an exclusive social club in London
The event originated in honour of the 1206 rescue of 18-month-old Prince Haakon Haakonsson
- who was carried across the mountains to safety in Trondheim as an infant before he grew up to
become king and unite Norway after 1000 years of civil war.
Competitors carry the rucksack in honour of the story and to signify the prince's weight during
the journey.
Along with the Race Across America, she has also taken part in the GE Blenheim Triathlon and
the Bosphorous Cross-Continental Swim.
Last year she also cycled the 54 miles between London and Brighton on behalf of the British
Heart Foundation, of which she is an ambassador.
She is often spotted running through Central London, heading to her local gym or cycling in the
countryside near her parents’ Berkshire home.
She recently said: ‘Exercise is a massive part of my life and a very personal thing for me; it’s so
important for both the mind and body.’
2016-04-28 20:34 Unity Blott www.dailymail.co.uk
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Watchdogs worried about Comelec's readiness
Labing-isang araw bago ang
halalan, naglalabasan pa rin ang
ilang
problema
ng
Comelec.
Samantala, ang ilang election
watchdogs, nag-aalala na rin sa
ilang isyung makaka-apekto sa
halalan. Bandila, April 28, 2016,
Huwebes
2016-04-28 20:32 ABS-CBN news.abscbn.com
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LITERARY
FICTION
THE MANDIBLES: A FAMILY,
2029 TO 2047 by Lionel
Shriver
THE MANDIBLES: A FAMILY,
2029 TO 2047
by Lionel Shriver
(HarperCollins £16.99)
Shriver is fast becoming the
go-to novelist for some of the
big issues of the day: recent
books have taken on the U. S.
healthcare system and our problematic relationship with food.
In this speculative dystopia, it’s financial systems under scrutiny as the American economy goes
into freefall after defaulting on its debt obligations and refusing to trade in a new currency
favoured by Mexico and China.
Four generations of the Mandible family, headed by the nonagenarian patriarch Douglas, see
their inheritance crash to the ground overnight. Soon, they’re on the streets alongside their
fellow New Yorkers as the now lawless city suffers food shortages and a spate of housenappings.
Shriver eschews the portentous atmosphere beloved of many a dystopian novel in favour of a
breezy, mordantly comic tone as the years fast-forward to 2047 and a new, scary, heavily
controlled America emerges. One admires Shriver’s easy, lucid explanations of complex
monetary systems, even while wishing her expositions weren’t so heavy-handed.
Yet Willing, the Mandibles’ precocious, prescient teen son, is one of her most memorable
creations and, if the test of a futuristic novel is its eerie proximity to the present, this passes with
flying colours.
THE LUBETKIN LEGACY by Marina Lewycka
THE LUBETKIN LEGACY
by Marina Lewycka
(Fig Tree £14.99)
What would the modernist architect Berthold Lubetkin, designer of visionary Thirties housing
estates, make of the state of social housing in the 21st century?
That’s the implicit question in Lewycka’s madcap new caper, set on a Lubetkin estate in London
and featuring a colourful cast of mostly vulnerable outsiders, each affected in various ways by
austerity era politics and the new inequality reshaping city life.
Fiftysomething loner and unemployed actor Berthold is terrified he will lose his mother’s twobedroom council flat now she is dead, so desperately needs a flatmate who can impersonate
her.
Diabetic Len can’t afford the electricity following cuts to his benefit, thanks to the bedroom tax,
while Violet, who is starting to question the moral implications of her job at an investment bank,
has realised there may not even be an estate for much longer after discovering the council plans
to sell it to a developer.
Lewycka deals more in caricatures than characters (Berthold’s Ukrainian flatmate Inna is a stock
Eastern European comic figure) and her plotting can go awry.
But she is terrific at channelling a bleak, hapless, quintessentially English form of comedy in
what is a very angry novel posing as a warm, cuddly one.
NOW AND AGAIN by Charlotte Rogan
NOW AND AGAIN
by Charlotte Rogan
(Fleet £16.99)
There is a faint whiff of Erin Brockovich in Rogan’s new novel, set in an Oklahoma town during
the Iraq war.
Maggie works at the munitions plant, but when she discovers a report suggesting the factory is
involved in a contamination cover-up, she abandons her job on principle for a new position at
the local prison.
But she is aghast to discover that many prisoners are there on dubious-looking charges, with
evidence to suggest the prison has a dodgy link with the factory. She embarks on a zealous dogooding mission that places her relationship with her son and husband under strain.
At the same time, a traumatised returning soldier, haunted by a mistake he made on tour, has
hooked up with fellow veterans with a view to exposing some of the lies regarding America’s
involvement in Iraq.
Rogan’s novel is big and smoothly written, but for a book concerned with the challenge of how
to live a moral life in a world dominated by the faceless machinery of political and bureaucratic
institutions, it’s a pity so many of her characters feel so thinly drawn.
2016-04-28 20:32 Claire Allfree www.dailymail.co.uk
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Two Palestinian teens attempt to stab IDF soldier at
West Bank checkpoint
Two 14-year-old Palestinian girls attempted to stab an IDF soldier stationed at a military
checkpoint near the Palestinian village of Beit Ur al-Tahta in the West Bank on Thursday night,
the military reported.
The assailants did not succeed in
stabbing any soldiers in the attempted
attack.
Security forces shot and subdued one
of the attackers. She was wounded in
moderate-to-serious
condition,
according to initial reports.
The second assistant fled the scene but
was later apprehended without being
fired upon.
The wounded attacker was evacuated
to Israel's Shaare Zedek Medical
Center in Jerusalem while the other was transferred to the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) for
questioning.
There were no injuries on the Israeli side.
2016-04-28 20:31 Jpost Com www.jpost.com
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Tennessee 'religious freedom' bill makes it legal for
mental therapists to refuse service
NASHVILLE, April 28 (UPI) -- One
week after lawmakers failed to make
the Holy Bible the official state book
of Tennessee, the state enacted a
"religious freedom" law that lets
mental health counselors deny
service to anyone they want if it
conflicts with their beliefs.
Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam signed
Senate Bill 1556 Wednesday night,
making it a state law effective
immediately. Critics, who have
weighed in on numerous similar
laws recently, argue the new law ultimately reduces mental health access for certain sectors of
the population, like the gay and lesbian community.
Haslam, who vetoed the Bible bill earlier this month, tried to deflect some of the criticism by
pointing out some of the law's specifics.
"There are two key provisions of this legislation that addressed concerns I had about clients not
receiving care. First, The bill clearly states that it 'shall not apply to a counselor or therapist when
an individual seeking or undergoing counseling is in imminent danger of harming themselves or
others,'" he said in a statement. "Secondly, the bill requires that any counselor or therapist who
feels they cannot serve a client due to the counselor's sincerely held principles must coordinate
a referral of the client to another counselor or therapist who will provide the counseling or
therapy. "
Further, Haslam said the law doesn't target any specific group of people.
"The substance of this bill doesn't address a group, issue or belief system. Rather, it allows
counselors -- just as we allow other professionals like doctors and lawyers -- to refer a client to
another counselor when the goals or behaviors would violate a sincerely held principle," he
added. "I believe it is reasonable to allow these professionals to determine if and when an
individual would be better served by another counselor better suited to meet his or her needs. "
Some critics, though, believe the language of the law is irrelevant because they say it legalizes
fundamental discrimination.
"We are disappointed that the governor has chosen to sign this troubling bill into law," American
Civil Liberties Union-Tennessee Executive Director Hedy Weinberg said in a statement. "This
measure is rooted in the dangerous misconception that religion can be used as a free pass to
discriminate. "
Weinberg, whose reaction came under the headline, "Governor Signs Bill Allowing Counselors
to Discriminate," pledged to continue fighting for equal rights for the people of Tennessee.
"Allowing counselors to treat some potential clients differently from others based on their
personal beliefs defies professional standards and could cause significant harm to vulnerable
people," she continued. "This law is yet another attack on the LGBT community in the wake of
marriage equality -- but we will continue to fight until LGBT Tennesseans are treated fairly and
equally in every part of their lives and in the greater community. "
"In our 60-plus year history, this is the first time ever in either the history of the country, or of the
association that any legislative body -- local, state, or federal -- has ever passed a piece of
legislation specifically targeting the American Counseling Association and its code of ethics," Art
Terrazas, director of government relations at the American Counseling Association, said.
"Nobody has ever done this. "
Two weeks ago, Haslam vetoed a bill to make the Bible the official state book, saying he
believed such a declaration would marginalize the religious text. Days later, lawmakers failed in
an attempt to override the veto.
2016-04-28 20:29 Doug G www.upi.com
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Charlotte Knights bullpen can’t hold late leads against
red-hot Columbus
Colin Cowgill’s single in the bottom of the ninth inning Thursday gave the
Columbus Clippers to a 5-4 Class AAA International League baseball
victory over Charlotte in the finale of the three-game series from
Huntington Park.
Danny Hayes had doubled home Daniel Fields to give the Knights a 4-3
advantage in the top of the ninth. .
So with Charlotte leading, Brad Goldberg (0-1) was called on to close the door. The first batter
up in the Columbus ninth was Eric Stamets, who was hit by a pitch. Stamets quickly scored the
tying run on a Michael Martinez triple. With the score knotted, Cowgill stepped to the plate. On a
3-0 pitch from Goldberg, Cowgill’s single to right drove Martinez home from third for the winning
run.
Right-hander Austin Adams (2-0) got the win despite allowing one run in the ninth, and the
Clippers ran their winning streak to eight straight. In fact, Columbus won all eight games on its
homestand.
The loss spoiled a solid outing from Charlotte starter Chris Volstad, who allowed just two runs
on eight hits over six innings. Volstad left the game with a 3-2 lead. Reliever Blake Smith
allowed a run in the seventh on a Giovanny Urshela single, which tied the score.
Offensively, Tim Anderson, Andy Parrino, and Omar Narvaez each had two hits on the afternoon
for the Knights. Anderson has 17 hits in 16 games this year.
The Knights will head back to uptown Charlotte to open a six-game homestand at 7:05 p.m.
Friday against Toledo.
2016-04-28 20:29 Observer News www.charlotteobserver.com
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Amazon, the FTC and the dark art of corporate secrecy
in court: Fra...
By Alison Frankel
April 28 (Reuters) * The court system in this country is supposed to be open to
the public. That's a core principle, codified in the First
Amendment and centuries of common law. Yet American corporations
constantly push to restrict access to court records.
Once in a while, media organizations or public interest
groups get involved and orders to seal turn into First Amendment
blowouts, but those cases are increasingly likely to be
exceptions. Far more often, no one stands up in opposition when
a corporation asks to seal or redact court filings.
A summary judgment opinion issued Wednesday in a Federal
Trade Commission case against Amazon is the latest example of
what these routine deletions cost the public.
As my Reuters colleagues Diane Bartz and Dan Levine
reported, U. S. District Judge John Coughenour of Seattle
determined that Amazon is liable to the parents of children who
bought items like "a boatload of doughnuts, a can of stars, and
bars of gold" while playing supposedly free apps.
Exact damages are still to be decided, the judge said, "but
the millions of dollars billed to Amazon customers without a
mechanism for consent, the thousands of customers complaining
about unauthorized charges, and the time spent seeking refunds
for those charges, all demonstrate substantial injury. "
"LOW-HANGING FRUIT"
And Amazon's strategy was no accident, according to the
opinion. When it developed the Kindle Fire tablet, Amazon
targeted "soccer parents" as a key customer base, describing
them as "low-hanging fruit. "
In a marketing document discussing in-app purchases, which
the opinion cites, Amazon admitted it knew children were
spending their parents' real money on in-app purchases without
their parents' knowledge. "As one Amazon employee explained, 'If
a parent gives the device to a child and the child is playing
the game and they - they just decide, you know, outside of the
parent's view or whatever, to purchase, they could do that,'"
Judge Coughenour wrote.
Within a couple months of Amazon's launch of in-app
purchasing in late 2011, parents were complaining in droves.
Amazon fielded 11,110 requests for refunds, the opinion said,
prompting an Amazon employee to state the obvious: "We're
clearly causing problems for a large percentage of our
customers. "
You wouldn't know any of the details in the preceding three
paragraphs if you just read the public version of the opinion
Judge Coughenour issued Wednesday. They've all been blacked out.
It's only because of a glitch in the execution of the
redactions that we're able to see the text beneath the black
redaction tape. (As other sites have explained, the redacted
text appears if you copy the opinion and paste it into a Word
file.) After word of the glitch got out, the judge's chambers
pulled the redacted opinion from the court's electronic docket.
I could not ascertain who decided what to black out in Judge
Coughenour's opinion. I emailed FTC counsel, Amazon lawyers from
Venable and Perkins Coie and Judge Coughenour's courtroom deputy
to ask; I heard back only from J. Douglas Baldridge of Venable,
who declined to comment.
EMBARRASSING FOR AMAZON
Several months into the case, which was filed in 2014,
Amazon and the FTC jointly proposed an order to keep supposedly
confidential discovery materials under seal. The judge signed
the order in January 2015.
Later in the case, when both sides filed motions for summary
judgment, Amazon and the FTC each asked the judge to keep some
accompanying exhibits confidential. Both requests involved
material Amazon wanted to keep under wraps; the FTC doesn't seem
to have protested Amazon's assertion that internal corporate
memos cited in the government's summary judgment brief should be
sealed.
Judge Coughenour's sealing orders duly noted the presumption
of public access but nevertheless granted the Amazon and FTC
confidentiality motions. Corporate "strategic planning and
financial information," he said, is "of a sensitive enough
nature that it outweighs the de minimus public interest in
access. "
Really? A "de minimus public interest" in the details of
Amazon's corporate strategy to entice children to spend millions
of dollars of their unwitting parents' money in order to play
supposedly free games?
Amazon has now eliminated unauthorized in-app purchases on
all devices except its obsolete first-generation Kindles, as
Judge Coughenour acknowledged when he said the FTC is not
entitled to an injunction against Amazon.
Corporate documents debating a now-abandoned strategy don't
reveal anything useful to Amazon competitors. They are just
embarrassing for Amazon.
PUBLIC'S RIGHT TO KNOW
The 4th U. S. Circuit Court of Appeals said in its
magisterial Company Doe ruling in 2014, a corporation has no
right to claim secrecy just because court filings might damage
its reputation - no more than, say, the would-be adulterers who
wanted to keep their names out of a class action against the
Ashley Madison website.
Amazon and the FTC are at odds over the FTC's damages model,
which estimated Amazon's revenue from unauthorized in-app
purchases to be $86 million, based on an extrapolation involving
failed password entries. Amazon says that model is completely
unreliable. The judge has ordered additional briefing. But he
has already concluded - in words the public was not intended to
see - that Amazon caused millions of dollars of injury to
thousands of customers. That seems like more than a "de minimus"
public interest.
Amazon competitors Google and Apple stayed out of court when
the FTC accused them of similarly luring kids to buy fake
glittery game currency with real money. Apple settled for at
least $32.5 million in January 2014; Google consented to a $19
million settlement the following September.
The FTC filed its complaint against Amazon in July 2014,
between the Apple and Google settlements. It's a safe assumption
that Amazon and the FTC also had pre-suit settlement talks but,
unlike Apple and Google, decided to take its chances in court.
Had Amazon settled with the FTC before its case went to
litigation, it could have kept its awkward documents out of
public view. The company wanted to have things both ways - to go
to court and keep ticklish materials under seal. It very nearly
got what it wanted.
The Knight Foundation reported earlier this month that the
journalism industry is too financially strapped to lead the
First Amendment fight for access to court records. Public
interest groups also have limited resources. That leaves judges
as the guardians of the public's right to know - a burden too
many judges shrug off.
(Reporting by Alison Frankel.; Editing by Alessandra Rafferty.)
2016-04-28 20:28 Reuters www.dailymail.co.uk
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Lawsuit accuses PwC of discriminating against older job
applicants
By Daniel Wiessner
April 28 (Reuters) - A lawsuit accusing
PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP of violating U. S.
discrimination law by hiring a "stunningly low" number of people
over the age of 40 to maintain a youthful culture has been filed
in San Francisco.
The lawsuit, filed on Wednesday in federal court, said the
London-based accounting company does virtually all of its
recruiting for entry-level jobs on college campuses to stock its
workforce with millenials. Federal law bars employers from
discriminating against workers and job applicants who are 40 and
older.
The lawsuit was brought by Steve Rabin, 53, a certified
public accountant who said he was turned down for an accounting
job at PwC because the company uses recruiting programs that
weed out older applicants.
"PwC's culture and practice has distributed the benefits of
its enormous success unequally - systematically favoring younger
applicants at the expense of their older counterparts," the
lawsuit said.
The company did not immediately return a request for comment
on Thursday.
Rabin is backed by the group AARP, which often gets involved
in age bias cases. William Rivera, the group's senior vice
president for litigation, said in a statement that "there is no
justification for hiring based on unfounded age stereotypes. "
Rabin is seeking to represent a class of PwC job applicants
that could include thousands of people. The company has more
than 46,000 U. S. employees, according to its website.
The average age of a PwC worker in 2011 was 27, according to
a report the company released that year, and two-thirds of its
workers were in their 20s or early 30s.
The median age of U. S. accountants and auditors is 43,
according to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The number of age discrimination lawsuits filed spiked
during the recession when many companies laid off workers who
claimed they were targeted because of their age, and has fallen
in the last few years. The issue has been a particular concern
for tech companies.
Facebook Inc in 2013 agreed to settle claims by a
California state agency that it violated the law by posting job
ads seeking recent college graduates. Lawsuits making similar
claims are pending against Google Inc and Twitter Inc
.
IBM lost a bid in November to dismiss a proposed
class action lawsuit claiming it lied about needing to downsize
so it could replace older workers with recent graduates.
The case is Rabin v. PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, U. S.
District Court for the Northern District of California, No.
3:16-cv-02276.
(Reporting by Daniel Wiessner in Albany, New York; Editing by
Alexia Garamfalvi)
2016-04-28 20:27 Reuters www.dailymail.co.uk
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Alabama Chief
Justice Roy Moore:
Homosexuals' Behind Ethics Complaints
'Atheists,
Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore on Wednesday addressed ethics
complaints brought against him, saying his views have been
mischaracterized.
"This is not about any wrongdoing I've done. This is not about ethics.
This is about marriage, and it's about my legal judgments which I've
issued in administrative orders which is in my capacity as chief justice,"
Moore said at a press conference. "This is about legalism, this is about
what the law is. "
The Southern Poverty Law Center filed a complaint with the Judicial Inquiry Commission of
Alabama after Moore ordered county probate judges in the state to stop issuing marriage
licenses to same-sex couples.
Moore on Wednesday said the complaint is politically motivated and was filed by "atheists,
homosexuals and transgender individuals," AL.com reported.
Moore's lawyer, Mat Staver of Liberty Counsel, said he was not anticipating a ruling soon from
the JIC, but wanted to have a chance to clear up what he said were mischaracterizations of
Moore, who said he never told probate judges to defy a federal order.
2016-04-28 20:27 Greg Richter www.newsmax.com
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Malta minister loses portfolio over Panama Papers
VALLETTA, Malta (AP) — Maltese Minister Konrad Mizzi has been
relieved of his duties in energy and health after he acknowledged
opening a company in Panama which is held by a trust in New Zealand.
Prime Minister Joseph Muscat announced Thursday that Mizzi will retain
the title of minister and will work on special projects. Muscat has taken
over the responsibilities of the energy sector while the health portfolio has been given to another
minister.
Mizzi had been asked to resign as deputy leader of the ruling Labour Party, a post to which he
was elected in February, before the Panama Papers were revealed.
He has commissioned an independent tax audit to prove he has done nothing wrong, and has
said that the company will be closed after the tax investigation is concluded.
2016-04-28 20:27 Associated Press www.dailymail.co.uk
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Georgia Kousoulou cuts a glamorous figure in green
bodycon dress
She's not shy when it comes to
showing off her curvaceous
body in stylish swimwear.
But Georgia Kousoulou, 24,
drafted in a host of glamorous
girls to model her new
Summer Dreams swimwear
collection on Thursday night.
The TOWIE stunner instead
put on an eye-catching display
of her own in a figure-hugging
dark green bandeau dress
with an usual choker collar cut.
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Feeling wild: Georgia Kousoulou, 24, launched her new Summer Dreams swimwear collection
on Thursday night
She finished her simple yet classy look with a pair of elegant golden heels, and she got into the
party spirit with a multi-coloured floral lei hung around her neck.
Cutting a relaxed figure, Georgia held an ice-cold cocktail while posing for pictures. The blonde
beauty scraped her hair back into a ponytail and in true Essex style applied a full face of makeup for added glam.
The reality star-come-designer was supported by her boyfriend Tommy Mallet, who was all
smiles as he posed his girl in a cream blazer, plain brown tee, skinny jeans and suede boots.
Sharing the spotlight: The Essex girl drafted in a host of glamorous girls to model the saucy
range
Scantily clad: Georgia proudly showed off her designs by posing with the models
Partytime: The TOWIE stunner put on an eye-catching display of her own in a figure-hugging
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It's the launch of her new swimwear line, Summer Dreams by Georgia K, and rightly so Georgia
was keen to stand out as the star of the show at this evenings bash.
The TOWIE favourite stunned in a chic khaki midi dress and matching choker, throwing her hair
into a bouffant quiff and finishing off her look with a pair of statement gold metallic heels. The
blonde beauty looked gorgeous and could have even been channeling a Kim Kardashian look
for the evening in this sexy tube dress.
Khaki is still big news at the moment in both day and eveningwear and choker style strapless
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Georgia's range, which is available in sizes six through to 16, certainly looked to be varied with
the models wearing bikinis, a revealing one piece and beach cover-ups.
She was well-supported on the night by her TOWIE co-stars with James Lock, Danielle
Armstrong, Jess Wright, Nicole Bass and Miss Great Britain Zara Holland.
James and Danielle looked thrilled to be at the event, flashing bright white smiles and putting on
a close display as they posed for pictures.
Jess cut a classy figure in a high-collared white shirt with ripped jeans and towering heels, while
Nicole opted for a thigh-skimming black lace number which showcased her lithe limbs.
In an exclusive interview with MailOnline Georgia opened up on being bodyshamed by online
trolls.
He said: ‘I don’t agree with bodyshaming at all. I think it should be illegal. I think there should be
a law where people shouldn’t be allowed to comment on people’s appearances and slate them.
Cute couple: The reality star-come-designer was supported by her boyfriend Tommy Mallet, who
was all smiles as he posed his girl in a cream blazer, plain brown tee, skinny jeans and suede
boots
Glamorous: She finished her simple yet classy look with a pair of elegant golden heels, and she
got into the party spirit with a multi-coloured floral lei hung around her neck
Variety is the spice of life: Georgia's range, which is available in sizes six through to 16, certainly
looked to be varied with the models wearing bikinis, a revealing one piece and beach cover-ups
Beach chic: The models wore teetering heels with their swimwear, a move probably not
recommended for the beach
Take a seat: Georgia found time to unwind, sipping a cocktail at the exotically-themed bar
‘Young girls often feel insecure in themselves anyway. There’s all these diet pills, shakes,
pressure on girls to be skinny. I hate that.
'I’ve always promoted eating carbs, going to the gym, being healthy, everything in moderation. I
would hate to see a young girl see us getting hate and worry about their looks.’
Georgia spoke about her recent experience of bodyshaming, revealing that trolls will latch on to
anything, even poking fun of something as random as her feet.
Happy to be here: James Lock and Danielle Armstrong turned up to support their pal on her big
night
Jess Wright cut a classy figure in a high-collared white shirt with ripped jeans and towering
heels, while Nicole Bass opted for a thigh-skimming black lace number
Keeping refreshed: Nicole and Zara Holland put on a close display as they sipped on their
cocktails
Picture perfect: Jess looked sensational with not a hair out of place for her pal's big night
Gal pals: Georgia and Jess were all smiles throughout the celebratory event
The 24-year-old is keen to promote a healthy figure and revealed she loves working out – doing
a mixture of cardio, upper body, abs and boxing routines with her personal trainer – something
she hopes to pursue further in future.
‘I’ve been into the fitness for the last year. I love doing fitness videos and I get a lot of feedback
from it, so I’m going to be starting doing more plans, tips and videos for people on my blog’, she
said.
Blissfully happy in the romance department, Georgia revealed she and boyfriend Tommy Mallett
are ‘stronger than ever, just like a little team’.
Man in the middle: James placed an arm around Danielle and Georgia while posing for the
cameras
Work it: Zara, 21, showed off her shapely figure in a silver and pink bodycon dress
2016-04-28 20:26 Dan Cain www.dailymail.co.uk
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Rock Hill violence: Guns plus felons equals to prison or
death
Courtrooms late Wednesday in York County served as the backdrop for an unyielding and
inevitable truth: Guns plus felons
equals prison or death.
Into court shuffled a young man,
age 18, named Quinteris Miller,
who wanted to fire his courtappointed lawyer. The lawyer’s
name is Mindy Lipinski and her
skill and passion are legend as
both a defense lawyer the past
decade and former prosecutor.
But it was said in court that Miller
– accused of murder in August
2015 of a man named Anthony
Hart and accused of shooting into a home occupied by at least 10 people just days before that
where he piled up an even 10 counts of attempted murder – was unhappy with plea
negotiations with prosecutors.
Miller also is accused of beating up an inmate in jail since his arrest and even tearing off
sprinkler heads in the jail.
“Mr. Miller is not happy with the plea negotiations,” said prosecutor Willy Thompson in court.
In court in February, it was revealed that Miller took the gun used in the killing of Hart from
another felon as payback for being hit in the head with a brick. Yet, prosecutors say, Miller shot
the wrong man. Miller killed an innocent person who had nothing to do with the feud.
Lipinski, citing the media’s presence in the courtroom, declined to say to the judge what the plea
offers had been. But if Miller does not like what has been offered thus far, it’s likely he will not
leave prison –ever – if he pleads guilty.
Judge Dan Hall, a prosecutor and public defender for 25 years before becoming a judge last
year, refused Miller’s request to fire his lawyer and explained, patiently, that Miller is entitled to a
lawyer because he is poor. But he is not entitled to any plea deal. Prosecutors do not have to
offer anything. Murder carries up to life. Attempted murder times 10 means something far worse.
Miller went back to jail under the courthouse where his 19 felonies are pending.
Next up was Quintonio Porter, 23, a convicted drug and weapon felon barred from having a gun.
Porter and two others were in a car March 4 in Rock Hill when they were ambushed,
prosecutors say. The car was shot at several times, Porter was hit, and then Porter pulled out his
illegal gun but got tangled up with the seat belt. He fired anyway and one of his bullets,
prosecutors say, struck his friend in the back seat. Jarrius Harding, 18, died.
Police say the shootout was with another convicted felon with a gun named Keenan Miller who
remains in jail charged with three counts of attempted murder.
Prosecutors agree Porter shot in self-defense but say he has a “dangerous nature” of guns and
bullets after felonies.
Judge Hall did not stop for even a sip of water when Sylvester Thrower was brought into court in
chains and leg irons. He wore horned-rim glasses and spoke with great respect and looked as if
he should be on a college campus.
Yet his campus is a jail cell. Thrower is 18 years old and already a convicted felon. Prosecutors
said Thrower hid the gun he used in a book bag.
Like Quinteris Miller, Thrower is accused of breaking a sprinkler head in jail under the
courtrooms while trying to flood the place – he protected his stuff first with a sheet.
Thrower also is accused of firing shots on a street and at a lady’s house last year.
Thrower’s sisters were targeted by a “gang” of juveniles, testimony showed and even
prosecutors agree, so Thrower, a felon who still had an illegal gun, started shooting in the
middle of a busy Jefferson Avenue at the fleeing teens. He allegedly sprayed bullets all over
including into the home of a woman nearby who let out a shriek and called police to stop the
mayhem on her street.
Thrower’s shooting into homes, at fleeing teens long after the initial incident, showed “an utter
disregard for human life,” said longtime 16th Circuit Assistant Solicitor Misti Shelton, who has
prosecuted gun felonies for almost as long as Thrower has been alive.
The woman in her home could have been killed, Shelton said in court. Anyone on the street, a
bunch of people, could have been hurt.
Thrower was offered a 5-year plea deal. He was facing far more and would have gotten far more
if anyone was hurt.
Thrower’s lawyer, 16th Circuit Chief Public Defender Harry Dest, who spoke about Thrower’s
intelligence as among the best he has ever met in a client, laid it out plain in court that defending
your sisters with a gun is a poor choice.
“Street justice is not the same as legal justice,” Dest said.
Hall, the judge, told Thrower that he had been given many chances after convictions and chose
instead to stand in a busy street and shoot into homes. So Hall gave Thrower the max under the
deal: five years in prison.
The court of gun violence ended for the day.
The tally: two dead, some wounded and more terrified victims of gun crimes.
2016-04-28 20:26 By Andrew www.heraldonline.com
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UVU graduates
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In its 75th commencement Thursday, Utah Valley University awarded 5,409 degrees, up from
5,143 degrees last year.
OREM — Scott Krage began his
college career at BYU at the
recommendation of his brother. But
he soon changed course after
sitting in a class at Utah Valley
University that was "different. "
"I really enjoyed the way of how we
had more application work, rather
than some hard book work," Krage
said. "I really felt that the
experience from my professors
really kind of stepped up above the
other classes, so I switched over here.
"We have this theme of engaged-type learning, and that's really what caught my attention, and I
thrive with it," he said.
Three years later, the accounting major joined more than 5,000 of his classmates for one last
walk down the halls at UVU.
In its 75th commencement ceremony, UVU awarded 5,409 degrees Thursday, up from 5,082
degrees last year. Among this year's graduating class, 185 students earned certificates or
diplomas, 2,039 earned associate degrees, 3,079 bachelor's degrees were awarded, 99
students earned master's degrees and seven graduate certificates were given.
The Orem university this year awarded the largest number of bachelor's and master's degrees in
its history.
Last fall, UVU became the largest university in Utah, with enrollment totalling 33,211 students, a
6 percent increase from the year before. The institution also accounted for more than half of the
growth in public college enrollment across the state last year.
UVU's class of 2016 heard from keynote speaker John Quiñones, an award-winning ABC News
anchor and host of newsmagazine franchise "What Would You Do? "
Quiñones recalled growing up in a poor neighborhood of San Antonio, Texas, working on cherry
and tomato farms across the Midwest with his father, and not being able to speak English when
he entered school. But education, as well as encouragement from his parents, became "my
ticket out of the barrio" toward a career in broadcast journalism, he said.
"I learned some valuable lessons. First, you must take advantage of every single thing that
makes you who you are, that makes you unique," Quiñones said. "I also learned that so much of
success, so much of making it, is a state of mind. Always keep reminding yourself that you are
worthy. You are unique. There is no one else in this world quite like you. "
Quiñones was given an honorary doctorate of humane letters during Thursday's
commencement ceremony. UVU also awarded an honorary doctorate of law to Utah Supreme
Court Justice Christine Durham. Vivint SmartHome CEO Todd Pedersen received an honorary
doctorate of business, and John Valentine, chairman of the Utah State Tax Commission,
received an honorary doctorate of public service.
UVU as an institution was officially established 75 years ago as the Central Utah Vocational
School, providing trade services locally and operating on a budget of a few thousand dollars,
according to President Matthew Holland. Since then, the college has grown to fill a 200-acre
campus, operating on a $220 million budget and serving one of the fastest-growing areas in the
country.
Holland said the institution's growth over the past 75 years parallels that of its graduates, who
often start with few resources and growing to exceed expectations.
"What has happened to this institution between tonight and 1941 has been aptly called 'a
miracle in the valley,'" Holland told the graduates. "And what I want to suggest to you tonight is
this: What has happened to UVU can happen to you. "
UVU now has four colleges, three schools and its university college, awarding degrees and
certificates ranging from aviation to modern dance. Quiñones urged the crowd of graduates to
cultivate their "love of discovery" and "the joy of adventure" in whatever field they choose to
enter.
"Whatever profession you pursue, make sure it's not just a job, but rather a career for which you
have a real passion. Chase that dream because there's a fire in your belly that burns for it,"
Quiñones said. "Choose a profession that you would work at, even if you weren't getting paid for
it. That will bring you true happiness and satisfaction. "
Email: [email protected]
Twitter: MorganEJacobsen
2016-04-28 20:25 Morgan Jacobsen www.deseretnews.com
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Oxygen levels in some of the world's seas are dropping
Oxygen levels in some of the world's
seas are dropping Climate change is
not only a major issue in the world
today, but we are beginning to
experience the results of the change
at a seemingly alarming rate. The
consequences of a warming ocean
are already being seen, in the
bleaching of our coral reefs,
particularly Australia's Great Barrier
Reef. We have also seen the die-off
of innumerable sea creatures due to
the warming waters encouraging the
growth of toxic algae and the
northward movement of many ocean creatures looking for colder waters. Since the Industrial
Revolution, reports Emerging threat from climate change: ocean oxygen levels are starting to
drop. Lead author of the study, Matthew Long, is a scientist with the National Center for
Atmospheric Research in Colorado. He told the "Oxygen is a necessary ingredient for marine
life, for all sorts of marine organisms," Said Dr. Long, adding, "The extent we care about marine
ecosystems for their intrinsic value, we should care. We're also reliant on these systems for food
- fisheries will be vulnerable. " According to A turtle swims over bleached coral at Heron Island
on the Great Barrier Reef Without a doubt, anthropogenic (man-made) climate change has
created massive changes in the Earth's environment, and the changes don't affect just one
variable, but many. Dr. Long is demanding that governments make long-term investments in
ocean management and research so we will know the impacts of warming oceans. This
research paper was published in the journal New research on oxygen levels in the world's
oceans has just been published, and with sea waters warming, it was noted there has been a
drop in the oxygen levels in a number of oceans. This is not good. The consequences of a
warming ocean are already being seen, in the bleaching of our coral reefs, particularly
Australia's Great Barrier Reef. We have also seen the die-off of innumerable sea creatures due
to the warming waters encouraging the growth of toxic algae and the northward movement of
many ocean creatures looking for colder waters. Since the Industrial Revolution, reports the
Inquisitr , our oceans have become 30 percent more acidic, and in what seems like a vicious
cycle, as our more acidic oceans continue to warm, they absorb less oxygen at the surface.
Added to less oxygen being taken up at the surface of the seas, this means that less oxygen is
reaching further down in the water column. Lead author of the study, Matthew Long, is a scientist
with the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Colorado. He told the Sydney Morning
Herald that deoxygenation poses a major threat to marine life and is one of the most serious
side-effects of global warming. "Oxygen is a necessary ingredient for marine life, for all sorts of
marine organisms," Said Dr. Long, adding, "The extent we care about marine ecosystems for
their intrinsic value, we should care. We're also reliant on these systems for food - fisheries will
be vulnerable. "According to the study, regions of the southern Indian Ocean and parts of the
eastern tropical Pacific and Atlantic basins are already under threat, with changes becoming
evident as soon as 2030. Oceans in eastern Africa, eastern Australia, and southeast Asia may
not be impacted until the next century. Without a doubt, anthropogenic (man-made) climate
change has created massive changes in the Earth's environment, and the changes don't affect
just one variable, but many. Dr. Long is demanding that governments make long-term
investments in ocean management and research so we will know the impacts of warming
oceans. This research paper was published in the journal Global Biogeochemical Cycles under
the title, "Finding forced trends in oceanic oxygen. "
2016-04-28 20:24 www.digitaljournal.com
985 /100
Voters urged to support pro-environment candidates
Iboto ang kandidatong maka-kalikasan. 'Yan ang panawagan ng grupong EcoWaste Coalition
sa mga botante. Hamon din nila sa maihahalal na manindigan para sa pangangalaga ng
kalikasan sa harap ng banta ng climate change. Bandila, April 28, 2016, Huwebes
2016-04-28 20:24 ABS-CBN news.abs-cbn.com
986 /100
Drew Barrymore announces she'working on a dating
show
She only announced in late March that she was splitting from husband of three years Will
Kopelman.
And already Drew Barrymore has
signed up for an NBC dating show
with Ellen DeGeneres called First
Dates, according to a Thursday
report from Deadline .
The 41-year-old actress will not be
starring on the series, however.
Rather she will be providing the
voiceover.
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Working on a love show: Drew
Barrymore has signed up for an NBC
dating
show
with
Ellen
DeGeneres called First Dates,
according to a Thursday report
from Deadline; here she is
seen on Monday in NYC
Done: The mother of two
announced in late March that
she was splitting from husband
of three years Will Kopelman;
here they are seen in October
Ellen is executive producing
the series. Shed Media, which
is part of Warner Bros. TV’s alternative department, is producing.
The reality series, which will have eight episodes, is based on the hit UK format (First Dates
aired two installments on the UK’s Channel 4) but will be set in Chicago.
Each episode will be an hour long.
She is busy: Ellen, seen here with Julia Roberts on her Thursday show, is executive producing
the series
It has been called an 'observational documentary series' that takes a look at a variety of real first
dates happening over one night at the same restaurant.
Drew also has another series lined up. She will be starring in Santa Clarita Diet, a new comedy
series for Netflix that will roll out in 2017.
And she has been busy promoting her line of wines, makeup as well as a new book, Wildflower.
So much going on at once! And she has been busy promoting her line of wines; here she is
plugging her brands on Instagram
2016-04-28 20:23 Heidi Parker www.dailymail.co.uk
987 /100
Trump attacks Clinton on gender, risking backlash from
women
By Doina Chiacu and Megan Cassella
WASHINGTON, April 28 (Reuters) - Republican presidential
front-runner Donald Trump waded into politically risky territory
this week when he accused Democrat Hillary Clinton of exploiting
her gender to win votes and said she would have little support
if she were not a woman.
As Trump and Clinton, fresh off big wins in five
Northeastern state primaries on Tuesday, circled each other for
a potential matchup in the Nov. 8 U. S. presidential election,
his comments portended what could be an unusually nasty
campaign.
Like other controversial remarks during his White House
campaign, Trump's comments drew criticism from a wide spectrum
but also reinforced his image - which has been attractive to
some supporters - for plain talk that defies political norms.
"The only thing she's got going is the fact that she's a
woman," Trump, 69, said on Thursday on NBC's "Today" show,
refusing to back down from targeting Clinton, 68, for what he
called "playing the woman's card. "
Trump's remarks, reaching into an area of gender attacks
that is conventionally seen as off-limits, energized Democrats.
"Keep talking, Donald Trump," Democratic Committee National
Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz told CNN on Wednesday.
"Every single day when Donald Trump opens his mouth, he does
more to alienate women. "
Trump, unfazed by the criticism, told supporters in
Evansville, Indiana, that he has gotten a bad rap.
"Nobody cherishes and nobody respects women more than Donald
Trump," he said after being introduced by famed former Indiana
University basketball coach Bobby Knight. "I will be so much
better to women than Hillary Clinton. "
Trump, who can be as free with his personal attacks on men,
has consistently polled poorly with women. Democrats and
Republicans both accuse Trump of sexism over verbal insults
lobbed at Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly and former Republican
presidential candidate Carly Fiorina.
On Wednesday, Trump's closest Republican rival, U. S. Senator
Ted Cruz of Texas, named Fiorina, 61, as his running mate should
he win the party's nomination, a move that could help him draw
women's support.
"Donald has a problem with strong women," Cruz, 45, told
reporters in Fort Wayne, Indiana, before a rally. "This is not
subtle, it's not complicated. "
U. S. Democratic Senator Barbara Boxer, who fended off a 2010
Senate challenge from Fiorina, said Trump is insulting all women
when he attacks Clinton and other prominent women, such as
Kelly, in this way.
"Either Trump has spent too much time in his Trump Tower and
has no clue about what's happening, or he truly dislikes women
and are quite threatened by them," Boxer said on MSNBC.
'BREAKING ALL THE RULES'
But Trump said women would support his positions on security
and jobs. U. S. Representative Renee Ellmers, a Republican who
has endorsed him, said she believed Trump could overcome his
unpopularity with women voters with his straight talk.
"To me, this is breaking all the rules, this is going
against any of the typical history books and elections of the
past," she said.
Trump's top aide and other supporters said focusing on
Clinton's gender was part of Trump's emerging strategy for the
general election and that he had no intention of hewing to
traditional rules.
"When he is attacked, he will respond," Trump's campaign
manager, Corey Lewandowski, told Reuters. "The campaign is going
to proceed under the mantra, which we've had in this campaign
from Day One, which is: Let Mr. Trump be Mr. Trump. "
A Reuters/Ipsos poll this month showed a big gender gap in
opinions about Trump. About two-thirds of women had an
unfavorable view of the billionaire businessman and former
reality TV star, while 54 percent of men had a negative view of
him.
In her political career, Clinton has sometimes benefited
from missteps by male candidates. Her 2000 U. S. Senate rival,
New York Republican Rick Lazio, was seen as a bully when he
stepped close to her on stage during a debate to demand she sign
a pledge.
Early in her first presidential campaign in 2008, Clinton
accused her male opponents of "piling on" and said that would
prompt more women to support her. Then-Senator Barack Obama's
comments during a debate in New Hampshire that year that she was
"likable enough" were seen by some as patronizing, and as
helping her win the state's primary.
If Trump wins the nomination, his willingness to raise
Clinton's gender and other issues could make for one of the most
contentious general election campaigns in recent history.
"I don't think there's going to be any taboos with Donald
Trump," said James Pethokoukis, a scholar with the conservative
American Enterprise Institute. "He's not going to treat her with
any sort of kid gloves. "
Retired U. S. House Speaker John Boehner, a Republican,
weighed in on the presidential race during a talk at Stanford
University on Wednesday, according to the student newspaper,
saying he could vote for his golfing and "texting buddy" Trump
but harshly criticizing Cruz.
"Lucifer in the flesh," Boehner said of Cruz, who is a
staunch fiscal conservative and who angered many of his
colleagues in Congress by leading a government shutdown in 2013.
"I get along with almost everyone, but I have never worked
with a more miserable son of a bitch in my life," Boehner said.
Cruz said Boehner was allowing "his inner Trump" to come
out.
"What made John Boehner mad is that I led a movement of the
people to hold Washington accountable," Cruz told reporters.
(Additional reporting by Chris Kahn in New York and Ginger
Gibson and Susan Heavey in Washington; Editing by Caren Bohan,
Peter Cooney and Frances Kerry)
2016-04-28 20:23 Reuters www.dailymail.co.uk
988 /100
Montana county wants to dispose of Cold War commode
kits
BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — A Montana county plans to dispose of more
than three dozen Cold War-era sanitation kits meant to provide makeshift
bathroom facilities for fallout shelters.
Forty-two fiberboard drums labeled “SK IV Sanitation Kit” were shipped to
Gallatin County in January 1964, the Bozeman Daily Chronicle
(http://bit.ly/24mUN5C) reported.
The kits contain a toilet seat, commode liner, 10 rolls of toilet paper that people were cautioned
to “USE SPARINGLY,” along with commode chemical. The seat fits on top of the lined drum.
The kits are a reminder of “the subtle but real fear of a nuclear World War III,” said Shane Hope,
an archaeologist in the county’s Historic Preservation Board.
After county officials determined they didn’t need the kits any more, they found out the
Department of Defense didn’t want them back. The Federal Emergency Management Agency
had no use for them, either.
The county has offered some of the kits to museums. The rest may be sold at auction. A value
and date haven’t been set.
The kits include instructions for setting up and using the commodes. When the waste reaches
“the level of the sanitary fill line on the drum,” users are instructed to put on the included rubber
gloves, use the included wire tie to close up the liner and put the lid back on the drum.
“DO NOT REMOVE THE FILLED BAGS FROM THE DRUM,” the instructions caution. And if you
need to move the drum, it is preferable to slide it across the floor instead of tilting or lifting.
The drums, which were furnished by the Office of Civil Defense, also included drinking cups and
a can opener to open metal cans of food or to pry lids from water-storage drums.
___
Information from: Bozeman Daily Chronicle, http://www.bozemandailychronicle.com
Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published,
broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
2016-04-28 13:16 By mynorthwest.com
989 /100
A playoff twist: Ruff coaching Stars vs. Hitchcock's
Blues
FRISCO, Texas (AP) — The irony is not lost on Lindy Ruff as his Dallas Stars prepare for their
second-round playoff series against Ken Hitchcock and the St. Louis Blues.
These coaches have a much
different relationship after two
Olympic gold medals together
with Team Canada.
"I learned a lot, learned
actually at the end to like him,"
Ruff said, acknowledging the
two had some philosophical
arguments when they roomed
together in tight quarters.
Dallas Stars head coach Lindy
Ruff, top, whistles to his
players during the second period of Game 6 in the first round of the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs
against the Minnesota Wild in St. Paul, Minn., Sunday, April 24, 2016. The Stars won 5-4 to
advance to the second round. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)
Long before they were on their home country's coaching staff for the 2010 and 2014 Winter
Olympics, Hitchcock was coach of the Stars when the franchise won its only Stanley Cup in
1999, complete with a disputed clinching goal in triple overtime of Game 6 against Ruff's Buffalo
Sabres. Then came a first-round playoff series in 2006, when Hitchcock was with Philadelphia,
when they two had a spat after a fight-filled Game 2. Ruff accused the Flyers of playing like
"idiots" and Hitch responded with some expletives.
"We had a rough start with the Stanley Cup Final there and smoothed it over," Hitchcock said.
"We became good friends through two Olympic games. Being roommates with a guy for two and
a half weeks, you get to know a lot about a guy. "
Ruff is now in his third season coaching Dallas, the top seed in the Western Conference just
ahead of the Blues. The Stars are hosting a second-round opener for the first time since 2003, a
year after Hitchcock was fired during a season in which they missed the playoffs. Game 1
between these two fast, hard-hitting teams is Friday night.
"Yeah, it's a full about-face. I like where our team is at, I like where our team has got to and I'm
sure he's sitting in the same place," Ruff said. "It's not about him or I. It's about how the teams are
going to play. "
Dallas survived a frenzied finish for a 5-4 win in its Game 6 clincher at Minnesota after taking a
4-0 lead into the third period last Sunday. The Blues are in the second round for the first time in
four seasons after a seven-game thriller against the Chicago Blackhawks, the defending Stanley
Cup champion.
"Just think what this team is capable of," Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo said. "Whether it
was Chicago or anybody else, I think we showed a lot of resilience out there in that series. "
Some things to watch in what the Stars expect to be a physical series against the bigger Blues:
DALLAS DOMINATED
St. Louis won four of the five regular-season matchups, though two of the victories were in
overtime and a third came in a shootout. Each team also posted a 3-0 victory.
GOALIE WATCH
Dallas and St. Louis both routinely used two goalies in the regular season, and all four goalies
won at least 23 games. The Stars have kept that pattern in the postseason, switching goalies
after both first-round losses. But the Blues have gone exclusively with Brian Elliott, who had at
least 30 saves in six games against Chicago.
"It's experience. I think you soak it in through osmosis," Elliott said. "It's not the kind of stuff you
can write down. It's those feelings, it's those rising to the occasions. "
The Stars' Kari Lehtonen had a 2.27 goals-against average and .911 save percentage in four
games against the Wild; Antti Niemi had a 3.36 GAA and .877 save percentage in two games.
"Both goaltenders got us wins inside the series, a lot like the regular season," Ruff said. "They
both held up well when it comes right down to it. "
OTT TO KNOW
Left wing Steve Ott, in his third season with the Blues, played 566 of his 795 career regularseason games and 34 of his 51 playoff games while with Dallas for 10 years (2002-12).
"I have friends over there," Ott said. "It's no hidden message, but there's no friends when the
playoff series starts, and I would expect the same thing from them. "
NICKED UP
Dallas All-Star center Tyler Seguin still isn't skating after missing the last 10 regular-season
games and playing only Game 2 against Minnesota. Seguin had his left Achilles tendon cut by a
skate March 17, and apparently suffered a different but related lower-body injury when getting
back in a game after missing a month.
STARS TO WATCH
Jamie Benn, the Stars captain and their other All-Star center, led all NHL players with 10 points
(four goals, six assists) in the first round of the playoffs. Jason Spezza, another Stars center, was
second with nine points (four goals, five assists). Left wing Jaden Schwartz led the Blues with
seven points (three goals, four assists). St. Louis star forward Vladimir Tarasenko will be closely
watched after his ice time was down against Chicago; he appeared to confront Hitchcock at one
point, though the coach shrugged it off and said simply that Tarasenko plays a demanding
game.
2016-04-28 20:22 Associated Press www.dailymail.co.uk
990 /100
Coffee, wine good for healthy gut, sodas may be bad
Foods like fruits, vegetables, coffee, tea, wine, yogurt and buttermilk can
increase the diversity of bacteria in a person's intestines. And that
diversity can help ward off illness, said Dr. Jingyuan Fu, senior author of
one of the studies.
"It is believed that higher diversity and richness [in gut bacteria] is
beneficial," explained Fu. She is an associate professor of genetics at the University of
Groningen in the Netherlands.
On the other hand, foods containing loads of simple carbohydrates appear to reduce bacterial
diversity in the gut, Fu and colleagues found. These include high-fat whole milk and sugarsweetened soda.
In addition, medications can also play a part in the makeup of your gut bacteria. Antibiotics, the
diabetes drug metformin and antacids can cut down on gut bacterial diversity, the researchers
found. Smoking and heart attacks also can have a negative effect, the team said.
Each person's intestines contain trillions of microorganisms, which doctors refer to as the "gut
microbiome," said Dr. David Johnson. He is chief of gastroenterology at Eastern Virginia
Medical School in Norfolk, Va., and a past president of the American College of
Gastroenterology.
The gut microbiome plays an essential but little-understood role in human health, said Johnson,
who was not involved with the new studies.
"It's the largest immune system in the body," Johnson explained. "These bacteria have a very
dramatic and prominent role in determining health and disease. "
To study the effect of lifestyle on the gut microbiome, Fu and her colleagues collected stool
samples from more than 1,100 people living in the northern Netherlands.
The samples were used to analyze the DNA of the bacteria and other organisms that live in the
gut. In addition to stools, the study collected information on the participants' diets, medicine use
and health.
In the second study, researchers with the Flemish Gut Flora Project performed a similar analysis
on stool samples taken from 5,000 volunteers in Belgium.
Both studies concluded that diet has a profound effect on the diversity of gut bacteria, although,
Fu said, the "underlying theories of these dietary factors remain largely unknown. "
Johnson added that medicines can have the same effect, and antibiotics actually can kill off
some important strains of gut bacteria. "One dose of an antibiotic may disrupt your gut bacteria
for a year," he said.
Both sets of researchers emphasized that their studies only help explain a fraction of gut
bacteria variation -- roughly 18 percent for the Netherlands study, and about 7 percent for the
Flemish study.
However, the findings from the two groups overlapped about 80 percent of the time, indicating
that they are on the right track, the researchers said.
The Belgian researchers estimated that over 40,000 human samples will be needed to capture
a complete picture of gut bacteria diversity.
Johnson noted that other research has shown that poor sleep, obesity, diabetes and the use of
artificial sweeteners also can interfere with gut bacteria.
"The general rule is a balanced diet with high fiber and low carbs tends to drive a better gut
health overall," he said.
According to Fu, once researchers have a clearer understanding of the gut microbiome and its
effects on health, doctors could be able to help prevent or heal illness by reading or influencing
the bacteria within people's bodies.
"The personalized microbiome may assist in personalized nutrition, personalized medicine,
disease risk stratification and treatment decision-making," she said.
Both studies were published in the April 29 issue of the journal Science.
Visit the European Society for Neurogastroenterology and Motility for more on diet and gut
bacteria .
Copyright © 2016 HealthDay. All rights reserved.
2016-04-28 20:20 www.upi.com
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Cristiano Ronaldo is happy at Real Madrid, says his
mother
Cristiano Ronaldo is happy at
Real Madrid and wants to
finish his career with the club,
according to his mother.
Rumours had been rife during
the first-half of the season, that
the Portuguese superstar was
on his way out of the Bernabeu
and his frosty relationship with
then manager Rafa Benitez who
was
subsequently
replaced by Zinedine Zidane
in January, hardly helped to
defuse the situation.
Former side Manchester United - where Ronaldo spent six trophy-laden years, winning eight
major honours and French champions PSG have both been linked with a move for the 31-yearold, who despite missing the midweek Champions League draw with Manchester City, remains
content in Madrid, his mother Dolores Aveiro insisted at the launch of her new biography.
Cristiano Ronaldo is happy at Real Madrid and wants to finish his career with the club insists his
mother
Dolores Aveiro, who is launching her own biography has said her son is happy and wants to
remain in Spain
Former side Manchester United have been linked with Ronaldo who spent six glorious years at
Old Trafford
'Cristiano is happy here, he would like to finish his career at Real Madrid,' she said.
A five-goal haul in a 6–0 win over Espanyol took his tally in La Liga to 230 in 203 games,
helping him to surpass the club's previous record-holder, Raúl and 11 goals in the group stage
of Europe's elite club competition, point to another fine season for the forward, who has 47 goals
thus far.
The Real Madrid superstar was absent from the midweek draw with Manchester City in the
Champions League
With 360 goals since arriving at the club in 2009 Ronaldo has surpassed Raul as their all-time
top-scorer
Given his rare absence at the Etihad, the question was put as to whether the player should
sometimes agree to be rested or substituted occasionally, but this suggestion was quickly
rebuffed by the 63-year-old, who says he has inherited her 'strong' character.'
'Ronaldo is a person who always wants more. He is like his mother. He has a strong personality,
he is very proud and he always demands more. This is his worst defect.'
2016-04-28 20:20 Daniel Sandford www.dailymail.co.uk
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Grain Belt beer gets more of the Minnesota treatment
There is a thing called “Minnesota
Nice,” for good reason. The people of
my native state are overwhelmingly
pleasant, friendly, kind and, dare I
say, nice. Nice to the point where, at a
four-way stop, everyone waves each
other on to go ahead. The kind of
“nice” where a group of ten people
simultaneously say “bless you” to a
woman who sneezed at MinneapolisSt. Paul International Airport. (Both
have happened to me, by the way.)
Minnesotans
are
hard-working
people as well. A full day of getting things done is rewarded with a fresh, cold beer,
accompanying North Star State staples like hot dish and lutefisk (the latter may not be true,
lutefisk requires a certain “getting used to” quality).
To that end, Colle+McVoy has done a masterful job in leveraging the “power of nice” and hard
work, both a source of civic and state pride, for Grain Belt Beer, an iconic American beer brand,
based in New Ulm, Minnesota, that opened for business 125 years ago.
The “nice” part began with “The Friendly Beer,” a brand campaign launched in early 2014. Now,
the Minneapolis-based agency has helped create a new brand extension with Lock & Dam
Lager. The new beer pays homage to the Mississippi River, with its always-running lock and
dam system, epitomizing Minnesota’s work ethic and the original power source for the Grain Belt
brewery.
Colle+McVoy, an MDC Partners shop, was tasked with the full suite of creative responsibility,
from bottle caps to billboards — all done with a similar spirit to “The Friendly Beer” campaign,
adding a modern twist to a revered, historic brand.
According to the agency, the beer “combines old-world techniques with a hint of hops to bring
the traditional American lager into the 21st century.”
"It's great to work on an iconic, beloved brand,” said Mike Caguin, Colle+McVoy chief creative
officer. “It’s not every day that they launch a new beer. Our design aspires to merge Grain
Belt's sessionable beer heritage with evolving trends. "
2016-04-28 20:20 Doug Zanger www.thedrum.com
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Drake's "Views" is now available on Apple Music, iTunes
Just a week after the total-popmusic-system-meltdown
of
"
Lemonade ," Drake has rolled out a
major album of his own.
The rapper's new album "Views" (a
title truncated from its old, more
Toronto-centric "Views From The 6")
was made available on iTunes and
Apple Music on Thursday night. The
record also streamed live on his
show for Apple Music's Beats 1
station starting at 10 p.m. EST.
It's the second time Drake's debuted
an album this way (he launched his Future collaboration "What A Time to Be Alive" on the same
station in September). The album hits traditional retail at midnight on Friday.
Drake recently previewed the album's tracklist, which sports previously-released singles "One
Dance" and the Jay Z/ Kanye West-featuring "Pop Style," as well as the ubiquitous single
"Hotline Bling" as a bonus track.
The Times will have our take on the album soon, but in the meantime, his upcoming tour with
Future has some fairly spectactular merchandise to tide you over.
2016-04-28 20:20 Los Angeles www.latimes.com
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Africa's longest-serving leader re-elected with 94 percent
of vote
Africa's longest-serving leader, Equatorial Guinea's President Teodoro Obiang Nguema,
extended his 36-year rule Thursday after being re-elected with 93.7 percent of the vote,
according to provisional results.
The results announced by the
National Election Commission
showed his two closest rivals,
Bonaventura Monsuy Asumu
and
Avelino
Mocache
Mehengap, trailing far behind
with 1.5 percent each in last
Sunday's vote.
Turnout in the oil-rich west
African country was also 93.7
percent, according to the
results which are subject to
confirmation on May 2 by the
constitutional court.
Equatorial Guinea President and candidate Teodoro Obiang Nguema (C) at the polling station
on April 24, 2016 in Malabo
Seven candidates ran for the top job but 73-year-old Obiang, who has ruled with an iron fist
since 1979 when he ousted his uncle Francisco Macias Nguema and had him shot by firing
squad, was seen as a shoo-in.
Commission chief Clemente Engonga admitted to anomalies in some of the results, with the
number of votes cast in some areas exceeding the number of registered voters.
Engonga explained this by saying some voters had "probably" been travelling on election day
and voted outside of their constituencies.
- 'Worst elections ever' "These were the worst elections ever organised in this country," unsuccessful candidate
Bonaventura Monsuy Asumu said, adding that the vote had been marked by widespread fraud.
Running for the fourth time, he told AFP he had visited polling stations where no ballot slips
were to be found on polling day.
The Democratic Opposition Front (FOD) coalition of dissident groups had boycotted the vote,
saying it would be rigged.
Obiang, heading a coalition of 10 parties that includes the ruling Democratic Party of Equatorial
Guinea, had said on Sunday that his country was "a benchmark in democratic terms".
At the last election in 2009, he claimed 95.37 percent of the vote.
Initially planned for November, Sunday's election had been delayed by presidential decree, with
no explanation.
Another unsuccessful candidate, Gabriel Nse Obiang Obono, told AFP on Tuesday that he and
200 of his supporters had been barred from leaving his residence in the capital Malabo since
the previous Friday.
The army and police had launched an assault on Obono's house in southern Malabo on
Thursday night, using live ammunition against supporters of his Citizens for Change (CI) party,
the opposition and local residents said.
Some 15 of his supporters were arrested in the economic capital Bata and Obono had not heard
from them in several days.
Obiang's regime has frequently come under fire from human rights groups for suppressing
dissident voices and the media, as well as for widespread corruption.
Equatorial Guinea has become sub-Saharan Africa's third biggest oil producer in recent years,
with oil revenues accounting for more than 70 percent of national income.
But the wealth has not trickled down. While per capita national income stands at over $10,000,
more than half the population lives on less than two dollars a day.
Election officials count votes at a polling station on April 24, 2016 in Malabo during the
presidential election
2016-04-28 20:20 Afp www.dailymail.co.uk
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Adam Sandler discovers a lookalike and invites him to
his premiere
While many people may claim
to look like a famous movie
star, rarely are the similarities
as striking as Adam Sandler's
doppelganger Max Kessler.
The actor was so taken aback
by
the
23-year-old's
resemblance to himself that he
reached out to him through
social media and invited him to
his movie premiere next
month.
And in a crazy twist, Max
Kessler just happens to be the name of Sandler's character in his new movie The Do-Over.
Scroll down for video
Striking resemblance: Adam Sandler has discovered he has a lookalike in the form of
accountant Max Kessler after the 23-year-old's pal posted a side-by side shot that went viral on
Reddit
Kessler, an accountant from New York, has been told for as long as he can remember that he
looks like the 49-year-old Happy Gilmore star and even has similar mannerisms to the funny
guy.
'As I am getting older [close to Sandler’s age when he played Happy Gilmore in 1996] people
are noticing it more and more,' Kessler told ABC News .
'People say I look like him, act like him and sound like him. The amount of people that are
freaked out when they first meet me is crazy.'
Kessler's friends were the first to tell him that Sandler's new character was also named Max
Kessler and that's when he decided he had to take action to get the actor's attention.
Freaky coincidence: Kessler started communicating with the actor through captions when he
realised that Sandler's character in The Do-Over is also called Max Kessler
Up to the challenge: Sandler put the 23-year-old through his paces to make sure he was really a
doppelganger
'I thought it was fake at first,' Kessler said. 'I called my mom and said this has to be a prank, but
soon realized it wasn't. I started laughing.'
Kessler then posted side-by-side photos of the duo on Reddit which soon went viral and has
more than 5 million views.
Soon enough the Grown Ups star himself saw the post and was super excited to find out about
his young lookalike.
The actor reached out to Kessler via a series of photos of him holding up caption cards and the
duo communicated back and forth that way.
Let's meet! Finally the 49-year-old happy Gilmore star invited Kessler to the premiere of his new
movie The Do-Over next month
Uncanny: In a clip produced by student Samara Abramson and posted to Youtube, Kessler talks
about growing up looking like the movie star
In one image, Sandler pulled a funny face and challenged Kessler to do the same.
Finally, Sandler invited Kessler to the premiere of The Do-Over next month where the duo will
finally get to meet face-to-face.
'Ok! You can come party with the better Max Kessler at The Do-Over premiere on May 16th!
Rock 'n Roll!' Sandler wrote on a piece of paper in the invite snap.
Kessler revealed to ABC he is excited to meet the star and is very keen to offer himself to star in
Sandler's next movie as the actor's son.
Taking it easy: Sandler was pictured out in Los Angeles on Saturday enjoying some beach time
with his family
2016-04-28 20:20 Dailymail.com www.dailymail.co.uk
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Oklahoma legislators seek change in sodomy law after
ruling
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — After Oklahoma's highest court dismissed a
criminal charge against a 17-year-old boy accused of forcing a heavily
intoxicated girl to perform oral sex, outraged lawmakers vowed Thursday
they'll move quickly to fix an apparent loophole in the state's forcible
sodomy law.
The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals' unanimous ruling, first reported by Oklahoma Watch,
a nonprofit journalism corporation, said last month that while Oklahoma's rape law addresses
unconscious or intoxicated victims, the forcible sodomy law does not. The court said it could not
expand the "fair meaning" of the law to justify someone's prosecution.
"The Legislature's inclusion of an intoxication circumstance for the crime of rape ... is not found
in the five very specific requirements of forcible sodomy," the court wrote.
The teen suspect was initially charged in 2015 in Tulsa County District Court. A lower court
judge had dismissed the case last year, but the state appealed.
State Rep. Scott Biggs, a former prosecutor, said he was "horrified" by last month's decision and
is drafting language that legislators could consider as early as next week.
"I think the judges made a grave error, but if they need more clarification, we are happy to give it
to them by fixing the statute," said Biggs, R-Chickasha.
Although several key legislative deadlines have passed, Biggs said he intends to amend an
existing bill that deals with the same section of law to expand the definition of forcible sodomy.
"That was one of the only Title 21 bills available, so we gutted all that language and inserted the
new language to fix this issue," Biggs said.
___
Follow Sean Murphy at www.twitter.com/apseanmurphy
2016-04-28 20:20 Associated Press www.dailymail.co.uk
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'The woman's card'
With the general election shaping up to be a contest between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump,
we're witnessing certain members of the political industrial complex convince themselves it's
going to be a close race.
2016-04-28 20:17 All In www.msnbc.com
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For black voters, gun violence a more serious problem
than police misconduct
Black voters think most Americans simply do not care about urban gun violence, according to a
new phone survey by a
prominent
Democratic
polling firm. But for them,
it’s an crucial issue – and a
more serious one than
police misconduct.
In a February poll, 80% of
the registered black voters
surveyed described gun
violence in communities of
color as an “extremely
serious”
problem,
compared with only 50%
who called police misconduct
an
“extremely
serious”
problem, and 69% who called
the incarceration rate an
“extremely serious” problem.
The majority of the 600
registered
black
voters
surveyed said they believed
that most police officers are
professionals who do the right
thing, and that only a few “bad
apple” officers discriminate
based on race. But nearly one
in four said they believed that racism is a pervasive problem in policing, and that “most police
officers in America discriminate and profile on the basis of race”.
The poll found that registered Latino voters viewed both gun violence and police misconduct as
much less serious problems than African American voters, with only half judging gun violence
as a “extremely serious” problem, 24% seeing police misconduct as an “extremely serious”
problem, and 15% believing that “most police officers in America discriminate and profile on the
basis of race.” Only 45% of Hispanic registered voters thought that most other Americans did not
care about gun violence in communities of color.
80% of Hispanic registered voters said that they believed that police make their communities
safer. In contrast, 62% of African Americans agreed with that statement.
The poll , conducted by the Benenson Strategy Group, the firm of Barack Obama’s campaign
pollster, was commissioned by the Joyce Foundation, the Urban Institute, and the Joint Center
for Political and Economic Studies, as part of a new report on the intersection of gun violence
prevention and police and criminal justice reform in communities of color.
A similar online survey conducted by YouGov, a research firm, found African Americans more
narrowly divided when asked to choose which they felt was “a bigger problem”: violence within
the black community or racial injustice in the criminal justice system.
42% of black Americans said violence within the black community, “often known as ‘black on
black crime’,” was the bigger problem, while 36% chose racial injustice in the criminal justice
system. The margin of error in the poll was 4.4%.
White respondents in the YouGov poll, in contrast, overwhelmingly said violence within the
black community was the bigger problem, with 71% choosing that option, versus only 17%
saying racism within criminal justice was a more serious problem.
As enormous protests over police violence and racism have played out across the country in the
past year and a half, white conservative commentators have repeatedly suggested that African
Americans should care more about violence within the black community than about incidents
where police officers kill unarmed black citizens.
The results of the Benenson poll suggest that, in fact, many registered black voters do see gun
violence as a more serious problem than police violence, though they see both as serious
problems.
In total, 91% of African Americans saw gun violence as a serious or extremely serious problem,
and only 1% saw it as not a problem at all.
In contrast, 69% saw police misconduct as a serious or extremely serious problem, 20% saw it
as a problem halfway between “not serious” and “extremely serious” and only 3% saw it as not a
problem at all.
Conservative pundits who criticize black Americans for putting too much emphasis on police
violence often fail to recognize the existence of ongoing gun violence prevention efforts in
communities of color.
“The danger to a black child in America is not a white police officer. That’s going to happen less
than one percent of the time,” former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani said in a widely
criticized interview in 2014. “The danger to a black child – if it was my child – the danger is
another black.”
“Blacks are basically killing other blacks, and these people are spending millions and millions of
dollars demonstrating. They have every right to do it. Why don’t they spend an equal amount of
time trying to figure out that horrendous crime problem that exists?”
Giuliani’s comments made no reference to the $12.7m New York City had invested just three
months before to expand a gun violence prevention program in neighborhoods of color, or the
dozens of New York City organizations focused on the problem.
Michael McBride, an Oakland pastor and the leader of Live Free, a faith-based campaign to end
the mass criminalization of black and brown Americans, said it was “not surprising” that African
Americans in the survey saw gun violence as a more extreme problem than police misconduct.
“Gun violence is the most disruptive and traumatic expression of human misery,” he said.
He saw the two problems as deeply connected. “Police violence is still a terrible concern,
because if half the community believes the police aren’t there to protect them, it breeds
lawlessness. We need constitutional policing to ensure public safety.”
At a Thursday press conference, Joel Benenson, the polling firm’s CEO, said it was “disturbing”
that 57% of African Americans – and 64% of African Americans 18 to 29 years old – believe that
most other Americans do not care about gun violence in their communities.
“That is a staggering statistic,” he said. “There is an epidemic of gun violence in communities of
color, and the people who live in those communities believe that most Americans don’t care.”
Violence, incarceration and police mistreatment were personal issues for many of the 600
African Americans surveyed in the Benenson poll. Roughly 40% – and 48% of younger voters
aged 18 to 29 – said they or someone close to them had been affected by gun violence. 75%
said they personally knew someone who had been incarcerated.
More than 80% said they “frequently worry about interactions between the police and young
men of color”. More than half said they or someone close to them had had a negative interaction
with law enforcement.
Both African American and Hispanic registered voters expressed overwhelming support for
requiring background checks on all gun sales, including sales online and at gun shows, with
more than 92% of African Americans and 94% of Hispanics supporting or strongly supporting
the policy.
More than 80% of African Americans and the majority of Hispanics supported increased funding
for support services for people returning home from prisons; more community investment in
mental health, job training and youth programs; stronger accountability measures for police
departments, including body cameras for police officers; and requirements that citizens report
lost or stolen guns to the police.
The majority of both African Americans and Hispanics agreed that having a gun in the home
was more likely to protect people there than to be used to harm someone, either accidentally or
on purpose. But they also agreed that the proliferation of guns on the street was related to
police-community tensions, with 61% of African Americans and 59% of Hispanics agreeing that
“fewer guns on the street would improve the relationship between the police and the
communities they serve”.
In an email, Benenson said the voters’ prioritization of gun violence as an extremely serious
problem reflected their “nuanced view” of the relationship between black Americans and the
police.
“They see police misconduct as a serious problem and they worry about interactions between
police and young men of color, but they also see the police as making communities safer,” he
said.
Benenson wrote that “there’s no reason to believe” that the opinions of black Americans who
were not registered voters would be significantly different.
In the Thursday press conference, Benenson noted there was a striking and consistent
difference between Hispanics and African Americans when it came to their levels of concern
about both police interactions and gun violence. He said that African Americans’ levels of
concern about these issues might be the result of the structural racism that African Americans
face or other differences between the African American and immigrant experiences.
2016-04-28 20:17 Lois Beckett www.theguardian.com
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Port of Long Beach claims top spot in port rankings
By
Andrew Edwards , Press-Telegram
Posted:
04/28/16, 8:17 PM PDT | Updated: 36
secs ago
The ports of Los Angeles and Long
Beach will likely be able to continue
growing despite the soon-to-becompleted Panama Canal expansion
and last year’s labor strife that
diverted cargo away from West Coast,
according to real estate firm CBRE.
But the East and Gulf coasts are gaining clout.
Whereas West Coast ports accounted for 57 percent of shipping container traffic in 2010, that
share slid to 52 percent as of last year, according to CBRE.
The Los Angeles-based firm on Thursday published its second annual report that analyzes
trends affecting U. S. seaports and ranks ports by factors such as container volume,
infrastructure that allows the movement of goods and the health of nearby industrial real estate
markets. In the rankings, the Port of Long Beach claimed the No. 1 spot; it was second behind
neighboring Port of Los Angeles in the last report.
The Port of Los Angeles, meanwhile, slid two slots from first to third place, while the Port of New
York and New Jersey took second.
The Ports of Savannah and Houston both rose in CBRE’s rankings to claim fourth and fifth
place.
The report’s authors determined that the work slowdowns of early 2015 related to labor strife on
the West Coast likely accelerated the diversion of goods from West Coast to Gulf and East Coast
destinations that had been anticipated to accompany upgrades to the Panama Canal.
Nevertheless, CBRE also reported that West Coast ports have performed well during the early
months of this year, and a senior managing director at CBRE said the Los Angeles and Long
Beach ports are well-positioned to unload cargo from increasingly massive ships carrying goods
from Asia.
“Certainly, we lost that market for a bit, but the cargo has slowly been returning to the West
Coast ports,” said CBRE senior managing director Kurt Strasmann.
For several years, companies like Wal-Mart and Macy’s, referred to as “beneficial cargo owners”
by those in the shipping industry – or, as Strasmann, called them, “people you buy your T-shirts
from” — have sought to diversify their trans-Pacific imports in order to reduce their dependance
upon the Los Angeles and Long Beach ports.
That’s not the only trend affecting the global shipping industry. Cargo vessels have been
growing bigger. The CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin, capable of carrying some 18,000 container
units and heralded as the largest cargo ship to call upon a North American seaport, traveled to
the Port of Los Angeles last December before calling upon the Port of Long Beach in February.
Strasmann said local ports are better capable than competitors on other coasts to handle such
large ships that need deep water berths and other accommodations to deliver their goods. That
means that shippers may be inclined to send inexpensive products — Strasmann used the
example of toilet paper — through the Panama Canal, but those sending high-value goods
across the ocean will still want to take advantage of the economies of scale and reduced
carrying costs that would be expected by sending goods on big ships across the more direct
route from Asia to California.
The CBRE report cited major infrastructure projects at both local ports. Those included the
expansion of TraPac’s terminal and road improvements in Los Angeles and the Gerald
Desmond Bridge replacement and Middle Harbor projects in Long Beach
The TraPac project, for example, is a five-year $692 million project expected to be completed
this year. The work includes longer wharves, deeper berths and an automated on-dock rail
system. Arley Baker, the port’s senior director of communications, said the port is paying for
$510 million of that work and that testing of the on-dock rail system is expected to take place this
summer.
Michael Keenan, the Los Angeles port’s director of planning and economic development,
contended the CBRE rankings put too much weight on what he considered to be short-term
market conditions measured by cargo volumes instead of placing more weight on factors such
as the number of cranes a port has that can unload shipping containers from large vessels.
In Long Beach, the Gerald Desmond Bridge replacement project and Middle Harbor project are
part of a $4 billion infrastructure plan, port director of commercial operations Noel Hacegaba
said.
The new bridge, expected to be completed as a link between downtown Long Beach and
Terminal Island, has been designed to a 205-foot clearance over a port channel to allow large
ships to reach their destination. The bridge is expected to be completed in 2018.
Middle Harbor’s scope includes a major expansion of Long Beach Container Terminal’s
complex. Plans call for new dredging, renovating Pier E’s container terminal and in its second
phase, linking Pier E to Pier F and expanding an on-dock rail yard. Hacegaba said Phase One
went live a few weeks ago.
“They received their first vessel and everything went very smooth,” Hacegaba said.
Reach the author at [email protected]
or follow Andrew on Twitter: @AndrewEdwardsLB .
2016-04-28 20:17 By www.presstelegram.com
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Border Patrol Agents Want More Fencing, Better Radios
and Drones
Federal agents who patrol the U. S. border with Mexico want 23 more miles (37 km) of fences,
better radios and more aerial drones to tighten the southern frontier, according to an
unpublished U. S. government study that influences budget requests.
The modest scope of the
requirements, details of which
were contained in internal
emails seen by Reuters and
described by Border Patrol
officials
in
interviews,
contrasts sharply with calls by
Republican
presidential
candidates for more drastic
measures to secure the
border. Front runner Donald
Trump and rival Ted Cruz
have both pledged to build a
border wall, a project that
could cost several billion dollars.
The extra fences sought by agents in Texas and California would be the first major fencing
addition to the nearly 2,000-mile-long southern border in five years. They would cost about $92
million based on the costs of previous fences, though experts say that cost has risen.
Border Patrol has not asked its parent agency, U. S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), to
request funding for any new fences so far.
Border Patrol Chief Ronald Vitiello told Reuters that he is aware that some of his agents require
"handfuls" of miles of additional fencing, though he declined to comment on the number of
additional miles required.
The 653 miles of fencing currently along the southwest border is a mix of wall-like fences and
more basic vehicle barriers. About half of it was built for $1.2 billion in the four years after 2007,
when Congress gave the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) a mandate to fence the most
vulnerable sections of the 1,954-mile border.
Building those fences required the department to waive 36 environmental and tribal sovereignty
laws, including the Safe Drinking Water Act and the American Indian Religious Freedom Act,
and mired the government in costly litigation with property owners.
The CBP has for the past three years used the internal study to gauge border agents' most
urgent needs and inform Border Patrol funding requests, though the agents' specific
requirements are not spelled out in budget documents.
The study also uses a border visualization and threat simulator built by Johns Hopkins
University researchers who have run similar programs for the U. S. military, according to Vitiello.
The new fencing that agents require is for three sectors of the border, and would mainly consist
of metal or concrete bollards clustered closely enough to prevent people from squeezing
through, according to a March email between Border Patrol officials.
Apprehensions of people trying to cross illegally into the United States over its southwest border
have mostly declined since the 1980s and 1990s, and they hit a nearly four-decade low in 2011.
After a small rise, they dipped to near 2011 levels again last year.
Agents have also identified more reliable radios, handheld surveillance drones and all-terrain
vehicles as resources they need urgently to close border security gaps, Vitiello said.
VIRTUAL BORDER
The Border Patrol has been doubling down on a "virtual wall" of drones, blimps and towermounted cameras, an approach that has produced mixed results.
The bulk of the CBP's current $447 million annual budget for fencing, infrastructure, and
technology goes toward surveillance towers, unmanned aircrafts, retired military blimps, and
other advanced technological equipment.
After jumping to $1.5 billion in 2007 following the Congressional mandate to build hundreds of
miles of new fencing, that budget decreased for several years, but has been rising steadily since
2013.
A Senate appropriations committee spokesman confirmed that "border security remains the
biggest investment area" in the DHS appropriations bill, but he and his House committee
counterpart declined to speculate on future funding levels.
The DHS, which oversees the CBP, had taken ownership of more than 3,900 items of excess
equipment from the U. S. Defense Department as of a year ago, according to a U. S. Customs
and Border Protection presentation obtained by Reuters. That included "Marcbots" - wheeled
robots that detect tunnels - and advanced radar surveillance systems.
But watchdog agencies and the Border Patrol agents' union have criticized DHS and CBP for
neglecting their stocks of basic equipment, such as radios, and not effectively demonstrating
how new acquisitions improve border security.
DHS pledged to improve its equipment investment policies following several such reports. A
senior official with the department's inspector general said the internal review of border security
gaps will help CBP "re-assess where all the risk is and then re-allocate the resources to the
greatest risk areas. "
The Government Accountability Office said it is about halfway done reviewing Border Patrol's
ability to address border security gaps as part of a review requested by U. S. lawmakers on
homeland security committees. It expects to release those findings in the latter part of the year.
2016-04-28 20:17 www.newsmax.com
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