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Frail football great Jimmy Greaves remarries his ex-wife
England football legend Jimmy Greaves has remarried his ex-wife in an emotional ceremony - 59 years after first tying the knot in 1958.Jimmy and his wife, Irene, divorced in 1977 only to get back together a year later.The couple, who have four adult children together, finally re-tied the knot in front of family at a church ceremony near their Essex home on Thursday.Jimmy, a 77-year-old former England and Spurs striker, said he was 'delighted' to remarry Irene.The football legend has been wheelchair-bound since suffering a massive stroke in 2015, which initially left him unable to speak.But Irene said that he did 'brilliantly' and was able to say 'most of what he needed to say' through the wedding ceremony last week.'It was a lovely day, very poignant and very emotional for the children,' she told the Sunday People. 'When we turned around I said, 'Come on then, husband', and everyone roared with laughter.'Irene has been nursing Jimmy, who was part of England's 1966 World Cup-winning squad, since his release from hospital in 2015.The football legend, who scored 266 goals in 379 appearances for Tottenham, had previously recovered from a minor stroke in 2012 but the 2015 prognosis was far more damning.Irene, also 77, said remarrying was something she and Jimmy 'never thought about', because 'as we were concerned we were always married'.She joked that she'll likely keep their first wedding date as their anniversary because next year will be the diamond celebration.Their first big day was on a Wednesday, because Jimmy 'was always playing football on Saturdays'.This time around they chose a Thursday and went to the local church with their family. Their two daughters served as witnesses.The family then went to celebrate at a nearby restaurant, where they had a 'good time', Irene said.'Jim was offered a brandy but he wouldn't take it,' Irene said. 'He wanted a cigarette but I had to remind him he couldn't smoke in a restaurant and that we'd have to go outside. It really wasn't the weather for it though.'No speeches were given, but grandson Harry raised a toast to 'Nan and Granddad' during the meal.Jimmy was just at the start of his career as a footballer when he and Irene first wed in 1958 - he signed with Chelsea the previous year.As well as representing Tottenham and England with distinction, Greaves also played for Chelsea, AC Milan and West Ham during his time in professional football.He's still fourth on the list of England's top scorers, behind Wayne Rooney, Sir Bobby Charlton and Gary Lineker.After retiring from the game, Jimmy, who battled alcoholism late in his career became an award-winning journalist and broadcaster.The former striker spoke about his illness last year. 'I remain in a wheelchair and it's now likely I will stay this way for the rest of my life,' he said.'The doctors have told me I won't walk again and that I will always need ongoing care.'It was devastating to hear them say that but I will never stop trying to get better - and the main thing is that I'm still here fighting all the way.'I'm not feeling sorry for myself, I'm just taking each day as it comes and trying to make small improvements all the time.'His family said shortly after the stroke that the former forward was on 'a long hard road' and thanked the football fraternity for their continued support before his release from hospital in June 2015. -------------------------------------------------- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4870170/Frail-football-great-Jimmy-Greaves-remarries-ex-wife.html
Cambridge study says early humans knew of inbreeding risks
Prehistoric humans avoided inbreeding as they knew of its dangers at least 34,000 years ago, a study has found.They developed surprisingly sophisticated social and mating networks, and deliberately sought partners beyond their family, research suggests.The findings could explain why modern humans proved more successful than other species, such as Neanderthals, that did not avoid inbreeding.Researchers from Cambridge University and the University of Copenhagen examined genetic remains of four anatomically-modern humans from Sunghir, an Upper Palaeolithic site in Russia.The burial contains one adult male, two younger individuals, the incomplete remains of another adult as well as an array of grave goods.Unusually for finds from this period the people found buried appear to have lived at the same time and were buried together.To the researchers' surprise, the individuals were not closely related in genetic terms; at the very most, they were second cousins.This is true even in the case of two children who were buried head-to-head in the same grave.'This goes against what many would have predicted,' said lead author Dr Eske Willerslev.'I think many researchers had assumed that the people of Sunghir were very closely related, especially the two youngsters from the same grave.'Objects and jewellery found buried with the remains suggests they may have developed rules, ceremonies and rituals to accompany the exchange of mates between groups which perhaps foreshadowed modern marriage ceremonies.Researchers believe ornaments may have been used to establish distinctions between bands of early humans, providing a means of identifying who to mate with and who to avoid as partners.This data was compared with information from a large number of both modern and ancient human genomes.'What this means is that even people in the Upper Palaeolithic, who were living in tiny groups, understood the importance of avoiding inbreeding', said Dr Willerslev.'The data that we have suggests that it was being purposely avoided. This means that they must have developed a system for this purpose.'If small hunter-gatherer bands were mixing at random, we would see much greater evidence of inbreeding than we have here', said Dr Willerslev.Researchers believe the people at Sunghir lived in fairly small groups of about 25 people, but were are also less directly connected to a larger community of perhaps 200 people, within which there were rules governing with whom individuals could form partnerships.The researchers suggested they may have been part of a network similar to that of modern day hunter-gatherers, such as Aboriginal Australians and some historical Native American societies.'Most non-human primate societies are organised around single-sex kin where one of the sexes remains resident and the other migrates to another group, minimising inbreeding', said Professor Marta Mirazón Lahr, from the Leverhulme Centre for Human Evolutionary Studies at the University of Cambridge .
11 family members in Lincolnshire jailed in 'chilling' slavery case
Eleven members of a Lincolnshire family have been jailed for violently exploiting at least 18 victims of modern slavery in offences described as “chilling in their mercilessness”.The Rooney family, who were based on Traveller sites in Lincoln, targeted homeless people and men with learning disabilities to work and live in squalid conditions for up to 26 years.The victims were kept in caravans without running water or toilet facilities, Nottingham crown court heard, while their captors wore Rolex watches, drove expensive cars and lived in gleaming homes that were “palatial in comparison” with their workers’ conditions.The judge, Timothy Spencer QC, said the difference in their lives was “akin to the gulf between medieval royalty and the peasantry” as he jailed 11 members of the family for up to 15 years on Tuesday.Martin Rooney Sr, 58, the head of the family, was jailed for 10 years and nine months, for orchestrating what the judge described as a “criminal culture” at Drinsey Nook, the Traveller site where they were based. His twin sons, John and Patrick Rooney, 32, were both sentenced to 15 years in prison. The judge said the pair were “clearly the most culpable” of those in the dock as their father was not leading the operation when police swooped. A further eight of their relatives were handed jail terms of up to seven years.A series of trials heard how the Rooneys targeted men who were homeless, alcoholic or with mental health problems, often picking them off the streets outside hostels or night shelters. Their victims, who were aged between 18 and 63, were lured with promises of work, money, shelter and food, the court heard.Once taken to Drinsey Nook, they were put up in “broken-down, ill-equipped and dirty” caravans without running water, heating or toilet facilities. Then they were put to work laying tarmacked drives, “dawn to dusk, seven days a week in all weather” and usually without a break, and only rarely were they provided food or drink, the judge said.“Sometimes payment was not monetary but by cheap cider which promoted a dependency upon alcohol, which provided another means of control over them,” Spencer added.Their victims lived in constant fear of violence, the court was told. One man, who was exploited by the family for at least 12 years, was brutally beaten by a “Rooney lynch mob” when a car he was driving ran out of petrol. By the time they were arrested, the family had plundered £36,000 worth of this man’s income support and disability living allowance.Spencer told the Rooneys: “Your victims had reached a position where they were cowed into submission. Any resistance, they knew, was futile. It would have been met by you recruiting other family members and delivering more violence.“You knew they would offer no resistance at all – nor did they. These offences are chilling in their mercilessness.”Detectives said the Rooneys were living a life of luxury in stark contrast to the squalor of their victims. They enjoyed holidays to B -------------------------------------------------- Source: https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/sep/12/family-members-lincolnshire-jailed-chilling-slavery-case-rooney
What does the 'SSSS' on your airplane boarding pass mean?
Airline passengers who find 'SSSS' stamped on their boarding passes will face extra security checks and delays, it has been revealed.This is because the innocuous looking code, which applies to travellers flying into the United States, stands for 'Secondary Security Screening Selection'.It means the pass holder has been selected to undergo a more extensive security screening process before boarding their flight that can take up to half an hour.The screening process, which may include bag searches, pat downs and validating identity, is conducted by the Transportation Security Administration.The TSA insists travellers who receive the 'SSSS' are selected at random, but some have claimed they are pulled aside most times they travel, according to mamamia.com.Buying one-way tickets or paying in cash could land passengers on the TSA's secret list and lead to frequent 'SSSS' checks, the publication said.Apassenger may be able to tell they will have to undergo additional checks if they are unable to print their boarding pass at the airport's self-check-in.According to Seth Weinstein, a U.S.customs attorney, the Department of Homeland Security and and Customs and Border Protection use the Terrorist Screening Database maintained by the Terrorist Screening Center to determine who qualifies for Secondary Security Screening Selection.Failure to take part in the enhanced security screening will result in the traveler being denied boarding.The scheme was introduced after the 9/11 terror attacks, to help security officials monitor potentially dangerous individuals from entering or leaving the U.S.But travelers can request to be removed from the Secondary Security Screening Selection List by submitting documentation and evidence to the Traveller Redress Inquiry Program.Annoyed passengers have complained about the length security process on social media.Frequent traveller Touring Tony said on Twitter: 'TSA, why do you SSSS me every time I travel to the Mideast? Come on already, can't Americans travel freely without harassment?'.
Arabian show horse described as 'horrific' by experts
The 'king of horses' has been born in America leaving veterinarians horrified at the increase of extreme breeding where horses are bred to have concave faces, creating 'cartoon-like' animals.El Rey Magnum, an Arabian show horse, is said to be at risk of breathing problems because of his unnatural face.His parents have similarly concave faces. Owners have said he is worth millions of pounds, but pedigree horses bred to have a concave face has been described as ‘horrific’ by veterinary experts.The colt is the latest example of extreme breeding, more usually seen in cats and dogs, and is the subject of an article in a British journal condemning the practice.Equine expert Tim Greet said: ‘The deformity is even more significant for a horse than for a dog.‘Dogs, like man, can mouth-breathe, but horses can only breathe through their nose.I suspect exercise would definitely be limited for this horse. ’The owners of El Rey Magnum, at a specialist horse farm in the US, have defended the appearance of their nine-month-old colt, which resembles cartoon horses in Disney films Sleeping Beauty and Aladdin.However, Jonathan Pycock, president of the British Equine Veterinary Association, said: ‘This is incredible – it’s almost cartoon-like.Quite freakish. ’Writing in the Veterinary Record, the horse reproduction expert added: ‘The problem comes when you breed for particular looks and when those looks are detrimental to the horse’s health.In my book, that is fundamentally wrong. This is a worrying development. ’The Arabian horse pedigrees dates back around 3,000 years.Horses must have a ‘dished’, or concave, face as well as a long, arching neck and high tail.Doug Leadley, manager of Orrion Farms in Washington, which owns the horse, said he had no breathing problems, adding: ‘We think he is the most beautiful Arabian in the world – we think he is a king.’Regency Cove Farms, in Oklahoma, which bred the horse, said he had been bred to be a ‘very unique animal’ which was ‘a little bit different’.But Roly Owers, an equine vet and chief executive of the World Horse Welfare charity, said: ‘In a word, this looks horrific.‘This appears to be breeding in a weakness that could severely affect future generations – and if there is not a restriction to the airway in this animal already, then there will be in future generations.’However, Wayne McIlwraith, director of the musculoskeletal research programme at Colorado State University, said there was ‘no evidence’ that the skull shape caused breathing problems.
Lost city of Alexander the Great is found in Iraq
Alexander the Great's 'lost city' was a magical place where people drank wine and naked philosophers imparted wisdom, ancient accounts claim.Now, nearly 2,000 years after the great warrior's death, archaeologists believe the city may have finally been discovered in Iraq.Experts first noticed ancient remains in the Iraqi settlement, known as Qalatga Darband, after looking at declassified American spy footage from the 1960s.The images were made public in 1996 but, due to political instability, archaeologists were unable to explore the site properly for years.Now, using more recent drone footage and on-site work, researchers have established there was a city during the first and second centuries BC, which had strong Greek and Roman influences.They believe Alexander the Great founded it in 331 BC, and later settled in the city with 3,000 veterans of his campaigns.Undefeated in battle, Alexander had carved out a vast empire stretching from Macedonia and Greece in Europe, to Persia, Egypt and even parts of northern India by the time of his death aged 32.Researchers believe Qalatga Darband - which roughly translates from Kurdish as ‘castle of the mountain pass’ - is on the route Alexander of Macedon took to attack Darius III of Persia in 331 BC.The city may have served as an important meeting point between East and West.It is 6 miles (10km) south-east of Rania in Sulaimaniya province in Iraqi Kurdistan.Researchers at the British Museum first explored the site using spy footage of the area from the 1960s.An archaeological dig was not possible when Saddam Hussein controlled Iraq.But more recently improved security has allowed the British Museum to explore the site as a way of training Iraqis to rescue areas damaged by Islamic State.As well as on-site work, the Museum has also been able to capture its own drone footage of the area.'We got coverage of all the site using the drone in the spring — analysing crop marks hasn't been done at all in Mesopotamian archaeology', lead archaeologist John MacGinnis told The Times.'It's early days, but we think it would have been a bustling city on a road from Iraq to Iran.'You can imagine people supplying wine to soldiers passing through', he said.'Where there are walls underground the wheat and barley don't grow so well, so there are colour differences in the crop growth'.From the excavation work, they discovered an abundance of terracotta roof tiles and Greek and Roman statues, suggesting the city's early residents were Alexander’s subjects.Among the statues they found was a female figure believed to be Persephone, the Greek goddess of vegetation, and the other is believed to be Adonis, a symbol of fertility.They also discovered a coin of Orodes II, who was king of the Parthian from 57 BC to 37 BC.On its western flank, the city was protected by a large fortification which ran from the river to the mountain.It is situated on a large open site around 60 hectares (148 acres) large on a natural terrace.The 1960s Corona spy satellite footage showed a large square building, potentially believed to be a fort, according to aBritish Museum blog.Farmers in the area had also found remains of big buildings and a large fortified wall.There were a number of limestone blocks, believed to be wine or oil presses.Meanwhile, excavation of a mound at the southern end of the site revealed a monument which could have been a temple for worship.Fieldwork started in the autumn of 2016 and is expected to last until 2020.The project, which was part of the government-funded Iraq Emergency Heritage Management Training Programme, has been possible due to improved security in the country.It is part of a £30 million ($40 million) government plan to help Iraq rebuild historical sites destroyed by Islamic State.This fund is designed to counter the destruction of heritage in cultural zones from Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.The programme involves bringing groups of Iraqi archaeologists to London for eight weeks of training at the British Museum.They are then sent to excavations in the field for six additional weeks where they learn how to do drone surveys and 3D scanning.The team now want to find linguistic evidence to confirm their findings.Earlier this year archaeologists believe they found the last will and testament of Alexander the Great - more than 2,000 years after his death.ALondon-based expert David Grant claimed to have unearthed the Macedonian king's dying wishes in an ancient text that has been 'hiding in pla
'Off-grid' Brighton parents kicked out of family home
'Off-grid' parents who sat back while their toddler took a wee on the studio floor live on This Morning have revealed that they have been evicted from their family home.Matt and Adele Allen, from Brighton, said they were asked to leave their one-bed flat in Brighton after a row over a buggy left in the hallway.It comes after the couple were reported for child cruelty by 'vindictive' trolls after their appearance on ITV in July last year.They shocked the nation with their hands-off approach to parenting their children Ulysses and Ostara, then aged 5 and 1, who were branded 'feral' online.Viewers watched on as Ostara urinated on the floor and Ulysses jumped on the show's famous sofas in front of a shocked Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford.In a Facebook post, Adele told her followers that the family had been told to leave their flat.She wrote: 'So we are being evicted due to certain resident's concerns over their insurance and our pushchair occasionally drying out in the hallway so it doesn't cause damp in our small flat.'She then added a photo which the words 'How do you get them to buy insurance? By making them worry about everything'.The family's appearance on ITV proved controversial, with Adele revealing that they were reported to the authorities shortly after.The 32-year-old told That's Life! magazine: 'Viewers were appalled, calling our children "feral" and "out of control".'Vindictive trolls reported us to social services. "Come in", I told the social worker when she made a home visit. "I’ve nothing to hide".'She left, satisfied they were happy and healthy.'Their parenting style came under fire from viewers after Matt failed to intervene when he spotted his daughter going to the toilet on the floor.They believe in an all-natural approach to bringing up their children - so much so they refuse modern medicine and traditional schooling.But viewers were not impressed to see Ulysses jumping around on the sofa, while Ruth Langsford looked distinctly unimpressed.Excusing her children's behaviour on the ITV show last year, Adele said she cannot discipline her eldest as he is 'too sensitive an individual'.During their This Morning spot, Adele revealed she was still breastfeeding Ulysses up until the age of 5, but had now stopped as 'he decided it was the right time'.She added: 'When September came, I didn't drop Ulysses at the school gates like other mums.'Instead we spent the day foraging in the garden. I was delighted when he pulled up a handful of mint and chewed on it happily.'I smiled at Matt, "Being out here in the fresh air is much more inspiring than being in a stuffy classroom."'The couple came under fire once again when it was revealed that they had set up a GoFundMe page, asking for £100,000 to relocate the family to Costa Rica.In the bio for their fundraiser they explain that they wish to move their family to the country to achieve their parenting dream of 'self-sustainability'. -------------------------------------------------- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4873370/Off-grid-Brighton-parents-kicked-family-home.html
Las Vegas: Man who protected woman is a US Army soldier
The mystery man at the center of one of the most haunting images from the Las Vegas massacre has been revealed as a young US Army soldier who bravely ran into the danger zone to help others.Matthew Cobos was photographed on Sunday night lying on top of a young woman in an attempt to shield her from the barrage of bullets tearing through the air around them.The powerful image quickly went viral as news spread that a gunman had opened fire on the 22,000 country music fans at the Route 91 Harvest festival.Cobos and the young woman ended up on the ground when panicked concert-goers tried to escape the deadly gunfire pounding down on them as the gunman fired from across the street on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay casino.Amidst the terror, Cobos tried to protect the woman by bravely shielding her body with his own.DailyMail. com understand Cobos also covered the blonde woman's eyes in a bid to stop her from seeing the carnage around them.The photo shows the moment his hand attempted to protect her face. Moments later, Cobos and the woman got up and they ran to safety behind a nearby car.When the photo first emerged, it wasn't clear if the woman was dead or seriously injured.But the man who took it, Getty photographer David Becker, revealed on Tuesday that the couple had managed to run away seconds after the photo was snapped.However, DailyMail. com has since learned that once Cobos got the woman to safety, he then ran back into the danger zone to help others who had been injured.He is understood to have used his belt as a tourniquet to stop people bleeding and even put his finger in bullet holes of some who had been shot.Cobos has since told family and friends that he could hear and see the bullets ricocheting off the ground in front of him as he ran.He is understood to be back home now with family in California. Cobos lives in Hawaii where he is a cavalry scout with the US Army.The stories of bravery continue to emerge days after the deadly massage unfolded with reports of people fashioning stretchers out of fence posts and tarps and those who made tourniquets out of belts.The staggering number of people injured in the shooting means their recoveries are likely to be as varied as the victims themselves.Some injuries are as simple as broken bones, while others are gunshot wounds involving multiple surgeries and potential transplants.All come with the added emotional scars of enduring the deadliest shooting in modern US history that left 59 dead, including the gunman.At least 130 people remained hospitalized on Tuesday, with 48 listed in critical condition.At Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center alone, the count of those treated included 120 people who were struck by gunfire, a glimpse of the amount of ammunition unleashed in the attack.
Doctors find 26 year old woman's IUD in her bladder
Doctors in China solved the years-old mystery of why one 26-year-old patient was experiencing abdominal pain when they found her IUD in her bladder.The patient got the IUD inserted in 2011, but got pregnant months later and gave birth February 2012.But when her child was born via a c-section doctors found no trace of the IUD and assumed it had become embedded into her uterus.However, an x-ray of the woman's pelvis finally explained why she had become pregnant despite having taken the preventative measure: the IUD had perforated her uterus and traveled to her bladder, which was causing urinary tract complications.The woman's case has been published in the journal Medicine, which states that uterine perforation is among the most hazardous complications that can come with an IUD.The report states that this happens to one in every 1,000 women who receive an IUD.But because the condition does not always cause symptoms, this number might be far higher, the report's authors warn.Anumber of factors can affect whether or not an IUD punctures a woman's uterus, including the type of device she has inserted, when she has it inserted and the way her doctor does the insertion procedure.But after it pushes through the organ, it can roam to areas of the body far from where it was intended to stay.'Once an IUD perforates the uterus, it can move freely into many places, not only in the pelvic cavity, but also in the abdominal cavity,' the report says.This can result in chronic pelvic and abdominal inflammation, other organs being perforated and intestines being obstructed.The woman whose case is featured in the new report experienced pain in her abdomen and waist, the sensation of having to pee urgently and frequently and blood in her urine.'These symptoms were absolutely caused by the migrated MCu IUD, but the specific reason is still unclear,' the report said.The report also said doctors should followup with patients after their IUDs have been inserted to make sure they have remained in place.While some IUDs that drift out of place will not harm the body, it is best to remove them, the report stated.'Although some perforated IUDs do not cause clinical symptoms, it is better to properly remove them to avoid the damage of other organs,' the analysis said.The report also said that IUDs should be removed from menopausal women immediately and that the type of device a woman should get depends on her uterus.
Mysterious condition left Cardiff girl mute and in nappies
A mysterious condition has left an 11-year-old girl bed bound, mute, unable to read or write and back in nappies.Her mother, Emily Smith, 30, said her daughter was a 'happy and healthy girl' until she was struck by the illness, which doctors have been unable to diagnose.She said Kaci has lost 'everything' and has been left unable to communicate with anyone since February.Emily, from Morganstown, Cardiff, said: 'Kaci started slurring really badly and within three days she could not say a word. She has not spoken for months.'Since February she has lost everything. She can't read, she can't write, she can't walk or go to the toilet. She is back in pads. She literally can't do anything on her own.'She can't use a knife or a fork. She doesn't eat. She can't play with anything. If you give her something she gets aggressive. It's frightening for her and it's frightening all of us.'It's no quality of life for anyone. It's absolutely heartbreaking. Watching her melt away and missing life, I'm not sure how much more we can take. Everyone is devastated.'I have wished so many times that it happened to me instead of her.'Mother-of-three Emily has had to quit her job to work as a full-time carer for Kaci who now relies on her for everything.But frustratingly, doctors have so far been unable to pinpoint what has caused Kaci's illness.Emily and her husband Jon, who works at Tesco, are now waiting for an appointment with a specialist at London's Great Ormond Street Hospital but have been told the waiting list is at least six months long.Emily says she is now living in 'hell' waiting for a diagnosis and fears Kaci's condition could deteriorate further if she isn't treated soon.So far, the illness has left Kaci so distressed she refuses to go out and tries to harm herself.Kaci now frequently shuts herself in her room and refuses to see her friends.Emily said: 'She doesn't want any contact with her parents. We are all just nonexistent. She has completely given up and gone into herself.'We can't communicate with her. She is not in there she is someone else.'Looking back Emily said there were signs something was wrong from around Kaci's eleventh birthday in October 2016. It was around this time her hearing and behaviour started to worsen.But it wasn't until her speech failed that the condition fully set in and left Kaci house bound.Kaci was due to start Radyr Comprehensive Secondary School on Tuesday, leaving her family devastated that she is missing milestones.Now they are hoping to raise enough money to get Kaci private treatment, in the hope it will speed up a diagnosis.Emily said: 'I do accept that we are lucky to have the NHS but it seems like it's taking ages.'She is getting worse. Two weeks ago could choose what she wanted and now that has gone.'Her brother Jaxon is scared it could happen to him.I can't tell him the truth because I don't know what it is.'Even if it was something sinister I would rather know.'The family have been told it could cost up to £250,000 to get private treatment for Kaci. -------------------------------------------------- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-4865560/Mysterious-condition-left-girl-bed-bound-nappies.html
Experts find graveyard of 60 preserved ancient shipwrecks
preserved due to the lack of oxygen in the Black Sea's 'dead zone'Dozens of perfectly preserved ancient shipwrecks have been found at the bottom of the Black Sea.A total of 60 wrecks were discovered dating back as far as 2,500 years, including galleys from the Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman empires.Scientists stumbled upon the graveyard while using underwater robots to survey the effects of climate change along the Bulgarian coast.Because the Black Sea contains almost no light or oxygen, little life can survive, meaning the wrecks are in excellent condition.Researchers say their discovery is 'truly unrivalled'. Many of the ships have features that are only known from drawings or written description but never seen until now.Carvings in the wood of some ships have remained intact for centuries, while well-preserved rope was found aboard one 2,000-year-old Roman vessel.The project, known Black Sea Maritime Archaeology Project (Black Sea MAP), involves an international team led by the University of Southampton's Centre for Maritime Archaeology.Ed Parker, CEO of Black Sea MAP, said: 'Some of the ships we discovered had only been seen on murals and mosaics until this moment.'There's one medieval trading vessel where the towers on the bow and stern are pretty much still there.'It's as if you are looking at a ship in a movie, with ropes still on the deck and carvings in the wood.'When I saw that ship, the excitement really started to mount – what we have found is truly unrivalled.'Most of the vessels found are around 1,300 years old, but the oldest dates back to the 4th Century BC.Many of the wrecks' details and locations are being kept secret by the team to ensure they remain undisturbed.Black Sea water below 150 metres (490 ft) is anoxic, meaning the environment cannot support the organisms that typically feast on organic materials, such as wood and flesh.As a result, there is an extraordinary opportunity for preservation, including shipwrecks and the cargoes they carried.Ships lie hundreds or thousands of metres deep with their masts still standing, rudders in place, cargoes of amphorae and ship's fittings lying on deck.Many of the ships show structural features, fittings and equipment that are only known from drawings or written description but never seen until now.Project leader Professor Jon Adams, of the University of Southampton, said: 'This assemblage must comprise one of the finest underwater museums of ships and seafaring in the world.'The expedition has been scouring the waters 1,800 metres (5,900ft) below the surface of the Black Sea since 2015 using an off-shore vessel equipped with some of the most advanced underwater equipment in the world.The vessel is on an expedition mapping submerged ancient landscapes which were inundated with water following the last Ice Age.The researchers had discovered over 40 wrecks across two previous expeditions, but during their latest trip, which spanned several weeks and returned this month, they uncovered mo
iOS phishing attack tricks you into giving your Apple ID
iPhone users have been warned of a new type of phishing scam that tricks you into giving away your Apple ID.Malicious iOS apps can easily create fake login pop-ups that look exactly like the ones used by Apple, an expert cautioned.The login boxes usually appear when you try to install or update an app, and ask you to enter your Apple ID password before you can continue.If you input your password into one of the fake boxes, the attacker could steal it and use it to access your credit card information.HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF  You can protect yourself from the fake pop-up scam by never inputting passwords into an Apple pop-up.Instead, you should go into your iPhone's settings menu and enter it there to confirm it's a real request from Apple.You can also click the home button whenever a pop-up is shown. This will close the app if it is a phishing scam, but the pop-up will remain if it is a legitimate Apple ID request.You should also always have two-factor authentication activated on your Apple account for an extra layer of security.Mobile app developer Felix Krause, based in Vienna, Austria, published a proof-of-concept on his blog on Tuesday that showed how easy it is to copy Apple's 'Sign In to iTunes Store' prompt to take a user's password.Mr Krause said malicious developers can turn on alerts inside their apps that look almost identical to Apple's pop-ups using a simple bit of code.'Users are trained to just enter their Apple ID password whenever iOS prompts you to do so,' Mr Krause wrote in his post.'However, those popups are not only shown on the lock screen, and the home screen, but also inside random apps, e.g. when they want to access iCloud, GameCenter or In-App-Purchases. This could easily be abused by any app.'Hackers who access your Apple ID password could make fraudulent purchases and potentially steal your payment information.The login boxes usually appear when you try to install or update an app, and ask you to enter your Apple ID password.If you input your password into a fake box, the attacker could steal it and use it to access your credit card information.Pictured is a scam Apple ID notificationIf you use your Apple ID password elsewhere, like your online banking service, cyber criminals could use it to crack your accounts.You can protect yourself from the fake pop-up scam by never inputting passwords into an Apple pop-up.Instead, Mr Krause said, you should go into your iPhone's settings menu and enter it there to confirm it's a real request from Apple.You can also click the home button whenever a pop-up is shown. Mr Krause said this will close the app if it is a phishing scam, but the pop-up will remain if it is a legitimate Apple ID request.You should also always have two-factor authentication activated on your Apple account for an extra layer of security.
National lottery players claim fix during £4.5m live draw
Lotto players claimed they spotted a fix in last night's £4.5million TV draw after a ball appeared to have two different numbers on it.Aphotograph which was uploaded on Facebook seemed to show the red number 38 ball also having a number 33 printed on it.When the 38 ball was revealed during Ireland's Lotto Plus 1 draw on Saturday evening, viewers were quick to spot it and questioned whether it was a 'fix'.But organisers today dismissed the claims and simply said it was an 'illusion' caused by a 'brief reflection of light'.Live footage on RTE showed the 38 ball roll into its slot after being drawn as the second number.When it came into shot, viewers were able to see the number 38 printed on the ball several times.But they were left perplexed after seeing what they believed was a number 33 in the middle of the ball.The 38 ball was drawn along with 1, 4, 29, 45, 46 and the bonus ball, 26. David Connolly, from Dublin, uploaded a photograph on Twitter and suggested it could be a 'fix'.He wrote: 'Fixed Irish lotto, look at 33 & 38 on the same ball??'Another social media user wrote: 'Fixed Irish lotto, look at 33 & 38 on the same ball??'Another person said: 'How are chances in the Lotto fair when you put two different numbers on one ball what kind of stunt is this?'A spokeswoman for the Irish National Lottery said the 'illusion' was caused by a 'brief reflection of light'.She said: 'The National Lottery would like to assure its players of the integrity of Saturday night's Lotto Plus 1 draw.'A brief reflection of light during filming caused an illusion and some players to think there were two numbers on ball 38.'This was not the case. The weight and size of all Lotto balls, and the numbers, are strictly checked in advance of each draw.'This process, as well as the draw itself, is independently observed by our auditors KPMG.
Experts believe they have found tomb of santa in Turkey
Archaeologists may be on the cusp of finding ruins beneath the ancient church that could house the remains of the saint behind Santa Claus.Located in the Antalya province in southern Turkey, Demre is known to be the birthplace of the much-revered Christian saint St Nicholas.During electronic surveys researchers found there were gaps beneath the ancient St Nicholas Church.They now believe it could contain an undamaged grave and bones of the revered saint.If they're correct, it could settle a long-running debate about the where he was laid to rest - as well as dash the hopes of millions of children.During electronic surveys researchers found there were gaps beneath the ancient St.Nicholas Church and now believe it could contain an undamaged grave of the apostle.If they do find the 1,674-year-old remains it would contradict locals' narratives which suggest the relics are in Italy.After his death in the year 343, Nicholas was buried in his hometown of Myra. Arab forces who occupied Myra in the 11th century excavated the bones and brought them back to the Italian port of Bari where they are buried to this day, it is widely claimed.However, these Turkish archaeologists are now suggesting the wrong bones were removed - and the ones that went to Italy belonged to an anonymous priest.Known for his gift-giving and charity to the poor, the fourth-century saint was the inspiration behind the legend of Santa Claus.Records say St Nicholas was buried at the church built in his name. However his body's exact whereabouts has always been a mystery – until now.The latest discovery support claims St Nicolas was born in the third century and lived and died in Turkey.However, the tomb lies beneath a mosaic so the tiles will need to be removed carefully.'We believe this shrine has not been damaged at all, but it is quite difficult to get to it as there are mosaics on the floor,' head of Anyalya's Monument Authority Cemil Karabayram told Hurriyet Daily News.'We have obtained very good results but the real work starts now,' he saidThe temple is currently inaccessible due to the stone reliefs blocking it.'We will reach the ground and maybe we will find the untouched body of Saint Nicholas', he said.Researchers now believe at the time of his death in 343 A. D. ,Saint Nicholas was interred at the church in Demre, where he lay undisturbed until the 11th century.Previously, it was believed the 1,674-year-old remains were smuggled to the Italian city of Bari by merchants in the year 1087.However, Turkish archaeologists are now suggesting the wrong bones were removed - and the ones that went to Italy belonged to an anonymous priest.Dr Karabayram suggests the wrong bones were taken when the church was burnt down and then reconstructed.He says he optimistic about finding Santa's corpse in the new crypt.
Sue Radford gives birth to baby number 20
Britain's biggest family has grown again after Sue Radford gave birth to her twentieth baby - but promised this is her last child.Mrs Radford, 42, has welcomed her 11th son Archie on Monday after an hour's labour but her husband Noel, 46, revealed he still won't get a vasectomy.The grandmother said she is happy to stop on a 'nice even number' after she held her 8lb 6oz son in her arms at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary.She wrote online: 'We are so thrilled to announce our precious new addition has arrived.We'd like you all to meet Archie Rowan Radford.'The couple, from Morecambe, Lancashire, had their first child, Chris, 28 years ago and have gone on to have 19 others.Mrs Radford told The Sun: 'I'm just chuffed he is here safe and sound.It's strange knowing you're not going to have any more.'Her husband, who runs a pie company, added: 'It was going to end at some point.We both think this is it.I feel sad in a way but now we can get on and enjoy the kids.'The pair announced earlier in March that they are expecting a new addition to their mammoth family tree by posting an ultrasound picture on social media.They posted a picture online and wrote: 'Boys - 10, Girls - 9 and BABY makes it 20.Arriving Sept 2017.'Just over a year ago, they welcomed baby number 19, Phoebe, and well-wishers sent the couple kind messages to congratulate them.Their new son joins Chris, 28, Sophie, 23, Chloe, 22, Jack, 20, Daniel, 18, Luke and Millie 16, Katie, 14, James, 13, Ellie, 12, Aimee, 11, Josh, 10, Max, eight, Tillie, seven, Oscar, five, Casper, four, Hallie, two, and Phoebe, 13 months.They became grandparents when their daughter Sophie gave birth and she has gone on to have three children.In 2014, Mrs Radford - who does not receive state handouts apart from child benefit, lost a boy, called Alfie, when she was 23 weeks' pregnant.The family spend £300 a week on food shopping, with 18 pints of milk, three litres of juice and three boxes of cereal being consumed every day.When it comes to celebrating their children's birthdays they have a budget of £100 for presents, while at Christmas they set aside between £100 to £250.Her husband had a vasectomy during his wife's ninth pregnancy but had it reversed when they decided to have more children.In 2013, the couple starred in the Channel 4 show, 16 Kids and Counting and were filmed in their ten-bedroom home.
Female Egyptian mummy turns out to be a castrated priest
It has been held in a Russian museum for over a century, but scans have revealed that a 2,500-year-old Egyptian mummy may not be all it seems.The scan suggests that the mummy, which was thought to be a female, is in fact the remains of a castrated man.Experts now think their famous exhibit is the mummy of a man named Pa-kesh, a former priest and head of the pharaoh's gatekeepers - although they are 'bewildered' as to why his testicles had been removed.The swaddled corpse has been in Russia since long before the Bolshevik Revolution a century ago.The aim of the scan was to discover the cause of death, any diseases, and what organs were removed during embalming.They had expected to see evidence of a noblewoman - reputed also to be a singer - called Babat from the city of Thebes.Instead, they saw clearly the remnants of a severed male sex organ, and believe now that the noblewoman's mummy was swapped either at the time of its purchase in the 1860s in Egypt or later in Russia.The experts now think their famous exhibit is the mummy of a man named Pa-kesh, a former priest and head of the pharaoh's gatekeepers.The swaddled corpse has been in Russia since long before the Bolshevik Revolution a century ago but the Hermitage Museum decided to learn more by conducting an tomographic scan.They had expected to see evidence of a noblewoman - reputed also to be a singer - called Babat from the city of Thebes.Instead, they saw clearly the remnants of a severed male sex organ, and believe now that the noblewoman's mummy was swapped either at the time of its purchase in the 1860s in Egypt or later in Russia.The experts now think their famous exhibit is the mummy of a man named Pa-kesh, a former priest and head of the pharaoh's gatekeepers.But they are 'bewildered' as to why his testicles had been removed and unclear if this happened before or after death.Yakov Nakatis, chief doctor at St Petersburg Hospital Number 122, said: 'We realised that it was a man when we saw (on the scan) the mummy's primary sex attribute.'We saw rudiments of wisdom teeth in his lower jaw which helped us identify his age from 20 to 30 years old.His death was not violent. 'I must say that our "patient's" teeth were preserved far better than those of our contemporaries, they are absolutely healthy.'Hermitage Museum expert Andrey Bolshavov said: 'Castration was unexpected indeed.'There are two options, one that the person was castrated when still alive, but this was not typical for Egypt.'We know about only one case of deliberate castration in young age. 'The second option is that theoretically testicles could have been removed during embalming, but this is not even a rarity, it would be something totally unique.'We are quite bewildered by this. 'Radiologist Vyacheslav Dekan, agreed: 'The two questions that we could not answer were: was this man a eunuch when he was alive? Or were the organs removed during embalming?'Mummies from two sarcophagus complexes were brought to Russia in the 1860s and the collection included the swaddled remains of both the singing noblewoman Babat, and Pa-Kesh, the gatekeeper.'We know the ancestry of both Babat and Pa-kesh. Both of them belonged to a highly prosperous part of Ancient Egyptian society at that time,' said a spokesman for the museum.The aim of the scan was to discover the cause of death, any diseases, and what organs were removed during embalming.Experts wanted to study the techniques used to preserve eyeballs to 'they kept the shape of those of a living person'.'The examination was carried out on the hospital's most up-to-date equipment using the methods of computer and magnetic resonance tomography, making it possible to see inside the ancient body wrapped in multiple layers of cloth without harming it.'Further results from the exercise will be announced later. Bolshakov said the mummies may have become muddled during Russia's turbulent past.'The mummies made it to the Hermitage only after the 1917 Revolution, and it is not quite clear how they were kept and passed on,' he said.'It was quite a murky time. So we do have Babat somewhere, but this mummy wasn't her.It's good that we figured it out. '.
The plants that NASA says you need in your bedroom
They may look pretty in our garden but scientists maintain that we can reap plenty of health benefits of plants by bringing them indoors.While experts have long preached the benefits of house plants, scientists are now saying that popping some greenery on your bedside table can boost your sleep and health.The presence of plants reduces stress, anxiety and helps with the removal of airborne pollutants.Elle Decor and The Joy of Plants delved into research from NASA and the American College to determine which houseplants are best suited to your bedroom - and the benefits they provide.1.Areca Palm: Madagascan areca palm leads the way in efficiency at 'mopping up' pollutants.Researchers say that the palm is brilliant for anyone prone to colds and sinus problems because it releases moisture into the air.This, in turn, makes it much easier to breathe so will help you nod off quicker.2.Aloe Vera: Easy to keep and aesthetically pleasing in any home, the aloe vera plant has been named as one of the best plants for air purification by NASA.Why? It releases oxygen continuously throughout the night, making it an ideal bedroom addition.It also fights benzene (which is found in detergents and plastics) and formaldehyde (in varnishes and floor finishes) so helps keep the air super pure.3.English Ivy: More commonly associated with Christmas, the ivy that grows up your house is actually perfect for your bedroom.Indeed, researchers at the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology found that English ivy in particular removes 78 per cent of airborne mould in just 12 hours.4.Dwarf date palm: This plant is hardy, drought-tolerant and long-lived and it's brilliant at removing indoor air pollutants - especially xylene.5.Boston Fern: This attractive plant has graced indoor landscapes since Victorian times - and for good reason.The plant ranks ninth in NASA’s list of 50 air-purifying plants, being particularly adept at removing formaldehyde.6.Chinese evergreen: This has been dubbed the easiest houseplant because it grows well in low light and areas of the home where other plants won't grow (like a dark bedroom).The best part about it is that it removes more toxins as time and exposure continues.7.Peace lily: This beautiful plant can cleanse air and improve it by 60 per cent. It also absorbs mould spores through its leaves and circulates them its roots to use as food.8.Spider plant: This houseplant grows super quickly and can remove up to 90 per cent of the toxins from the air in your bedroom in just two days.It's especially great for people with dust allergies.9. Lady palm: This houseplant is one of the most effective plants at cleansing the air of formaldehyde, ammonia, xylene and toluene.10.Weeping fig: This houseplant is the best at beating pollutants that are emitted from carpeting and furniture such as formaldehyde, benzene and trichloroethylene.BRINGING THE OUTSIDE IN: OTHER BENEFITS OF HOUSE PLANTS City dwellers today spend an average 90 per cent of their time indoors - but experts from the Royal Horticultural Society say that ‘bringing the outdoors inside’ can recreate some of the natural benefits lost in the process.Plants reduce stress levels, improve mood and filter polluted air, they say. A review of the scientific evidence suggests that workers are more productive when their office is filled with greenery - and hospital patients are even thought to tolerate pain better if there is a plant on the ward.Perhaps most importantly, plants also trap and filter pollutants that are linked to thousands of deaths a year.Writing in the horticultural journal the Plantsman, the group said: ‘Indoor plants can also elicit a number of physical health benefits, including the removal of airborne pollutants, both particulate and gaseous, which lead to better indoor air quality and associated improvements in physical health.
Sardinian region selling houses for as little as 90p
If you've ever wanted to live in a picturesque Italian village, now's your chance – you can buy a house in one for less than £1.Ollolai, nestled in the mountain region of Barbagia on the island of Sardinia, is offering 200 abandoned stone dwellings for the bargain price of just €1 (90p) each.The town’s population has halved over the past three decades, with just 1,300 people – mostly middle-aged childless couples – left, according to thelocal.it.With just a small number of babies born each year, Ollolai’s mayor decided to prevent the population plummeting further by launching the ‘houses for €1’ scheme in 2015.But there is a catch – as well as purchasing costs, buyers must commit to refurbishing each dwelling, which are all in a poor condition, within three years at an estimated cost of up to €30,000 (£26,000).They can sell their home after five years if they wish.Despite the extra costs, Ollalai's mayor is confident that the town's beauty and past will lure people in.'My crusade is to rescue our unique traditions from falling into oblivion,' Efisio Arbau said, according to CNN.'Pride in our past is our strength.We've always been tough people and won't allow our town to die.' Once the capital of Barbagia, Ollolai's once-buzzing piazzas are now much quieter after families abandoned their homes and younger residents left for big cities.Many of the homes have been left unoccupied, falling into ruin, for decades.So Mr Arbau contacted former homeowners, including shepherds and farmers, and asked them to sign their properties over to the town's authorities.After approving a special decree, the homes were placed on the market.His plan to bring 'our grandmas' homes back from the grave' and revive the local economy appears to be working.The first to snap up a two-storey home for less than the cost of a loaf of bread was retired builder Vito Casula and his wife in the spring of 2016.The couple, who lived nearby in Sardinia but often visited Ollolai, grabbed the opportunity after spotting an ad in a local newspaper.He's refurbished it with environmentally friendly materials, but retained the original décor.And Mr Casula recommends the town highly to anyone to looking to leave behind stress for a 'peaceful, healthy life.' He added that the town also boasts delicious food and friendly, welcoming residents.Following media reports, authorities the town started to receive applications for houses from all over the world.By late 2017, they’d received 120 applications from countries including the United States, Australia and Russia – with Mr Arbau saying many of them came from second-generation immigrants who wanted a home in their native land.The high interest has led to a deadline of February 7 being set for applications, after which they will be assessed in order in which they were made.But unsuccessful applicants have another option – a number of others towns threatened by depopulation are running the scheme, including Montieri in Tuscany, Patricia in Lazio and
Devil letter written by 'posessed' nun finally translated
A 17th century 'letter from the devil' written by a Sicilian nun who claimed to be possessed by Lucifer, has finally been translated thanks to the dark web.The coded letter was written by Maria Crocifissa della Concezione at the Palma di Montechiaro convent in 1676, and she claimed it had been scribed by Satan using her hands.Some 340 years later, a group of Italian computer scientists unscrambled the code using decryption software they found on the dark web, and found it does carry a devilish message - describing God and Jesus as 'dead weights'.Sister Maria Crocifissa della Concezione was born Isabella Tomasi in 1645, but was rechristened once she entered the Benedictine convent at Palma di Montechiaro aged 15.One morning in 1676, she awoke covered in ink with the mysterious letter in front of her, telling her sisters she had been possessed by Satan and that he had forced her to write a message.The nuns believed her, and while they - and the generations of nuns who came after them  - could not make sense of the code, they displayed it at the convent.Many people have tried to decode it over the years, but no one has succeeded - until now.A team at the Ludum Science Centre in Catania, Sicily, used a program they found on the dark web to unscramble the letter.'We heard about the software, which we believe is used by intelligence services for codebreaking,' said Daniele Abate, director of the centre told The Times.'We primed the software with ancient Greek, Arabic, the Runic alphabet and Latin to de-scramble some of the letter and show that it really is devilish,' he said.Sister Maria had become very adept at linguistics during her years at the convent, and scientists believe the letter is in fact written in a language of her own invention - a mishmash of the alphabets she had come to know.Using that theory as a base, the team loaded the software with any language she might have come across: Latin, ancient Runic Greek, modern Greek and even that of the Yazidi people.By identifying characters in the letter similar to those of the alphabets that Sister Maria would have known, scientists could start making sense of her words.The group translated 15 lines of the letter and found that it discusses the relationship between humans, God and Satan.They say the letter is rambling and not entirely consistent and understandable. This supports the theory held by modern scientists that - rather than being 'possessed by the devil' - Sister Maria suffered from schizophrenia or bipolar disorder.It describes God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit as 'dead weights', and says 'God thinks he can free mortals'.It also says God was invented by man, adding that 'this system works for no one'.Another sentence reads: 'Perhaps now, Styx is certain', referencing the River Styx that separates the Earth and the Underworld in Greek and Roman mythology. -------------------------------------------------- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4864708/Devil-letter-written-posessed-nun-finally-translated.html
The hi-tech future of farming in the Netherlands
Dutch farms also lead in seed production - seeds accounted for $1.7 billion worth of exports in 2016.For example, Rijk Zwaan, a Dutch seed breeder, sells high-yield seed varieties in more than 25 groups of vegetables, many of which can defend themselves naturally against pests.Heleen Bos, who runs the company's organic accounts and international development projects, has worked in some of the world's poorest countries including Mozambique, Nicaragua and Bangladesh, and has become aware of the threat of famine.She admits that while they cannot immediately implement the same level of high-tech agriculture seen in the Netherlands, medium-tech solutions such as plastic greenhouses, which have tripled some crop yields compared to crops in open fields, which are more susceptible to pests and drought.While the Netherlands faces its own famine and the end of World War II, WUR’s Rudy Rabbinge, professor emeritus of sustainable development and food security, helped devise extensive changes to transform the Dutch research institution into what he calls 'a university for the world, and not simply for the Dutch.'This is reflected in the institution's student body - 45 per cent of its graduate students are recruited abroad, and WUR alumni work in agricultural ministries across Africa, Latin American and Asia.Students at the institution, for example Leah Nandudu from Uganda, who obtained a scholarship to attend the school, wants to help change the perception of people in her country and about the crisis they face, and what they must do to address it.Alongside WUR's role in educating people from around the world, private Dutch firms are also helping to empower farmers outside of Europe.For example, SoilCares, a Dutch agricultural tech firm, has been working with a family-owned bean field in Africa's Eastern Rift Valley to explain how to use a small device that, alongside a cell phone app, analyzes soil properties and sends the results to a database in the Netherlands, returning a detailed report on what fertilizers and nutrients the crop needs.This process, which takes less than ten minutes, costs just a few dollars and can help farmers who have never had access to soil sampling reduce their crop losses. -------------------------------------------------- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-4863106/The-hi-tech-future-farming-Netherlands.html
Hampshire python found near dead owner under investigation
An experienced snake handler was found dead in his bedroom just yards away from his pet python that had escaped from its pen.Animal enthusiast Dan Brandon, 31, suffered 'serious injuries' and died at his home in Hampshire, where he lived with his parents along with an array of exotic pets.Nearby to Mr Brandon's dead body was one of his pythons - whose name is not known but is likely to be dubbed Monty -  that authorities are now investigating.His social media profiles reveals photos of him with his pets, including one of a huge Burmese python draped over his body.While pythons have killed humans before, experts believe this would be the first ever case in Britain.Asource told The Sun: 'It is under investigation whether the snake was involved.The death is in an investigation stage between natural causes and an inquest.'Investigators are waiting for the full toxicology results and reports to come back from a post-mortem.Depending on the results, an inquest may be opened.'A spokesman for Hampshire Police said: 'We were called to an address in Church Crookham.A 31-year-old man had suffered serious injuries and died at the scene.'The death is not being treated as suspicious at this stage.A file will be prepared for the coroner.'Despite being found nearby its owners body, a friend of Mr Brandon's believed the snake had nothing to do with his death.Pythons have been known to be deadly however.A man was killed by a python in Indonesia earlier in year, while two boys died in Canada after one escaped from a pet shop in 2013.Aspokesperson for Surrey and Hampshire Reptile Rescue said last night: 'There's never been a case of a python killing someone in Britain before.They only kill what they eat.'A JustGiving page for Dan is raising money for the charity World Wide Fund for Nature.It says in the bio:  'He was obsessed with snakes, spiders, birds and all wildlife.We will all miss you so much.'.
Steroid free cream helps clear up scaly skin of psoriasis
Anew treatment for the skin condition psoriasis can reduce the often distressing symptoms without the side-effects associated with standard therapies.More than two million Britons have psoriasis, where skin cells are replaced every few days, instead of three to four weeks.It’s thought to be due to the immune system mistakenly attacking healthy cells. As a result immature cells move up too quickly to the skin’s surface, forming raised patches of silvery scales known as ‘plaques’ which can become inflamed and painful.The first line of treatment is steroid creams which reduce inflammation and itching and help slow the production of skin cells, but these can thin the skin over time.The new treatment, Soratinex, can reduce redness and scaling skin within weeks — even banish them in some cases — without such side effects.The twice-daily, three-step treatment combines a salicylic acid gel to remove dry skin, a moisturising cream and oil, including lavender and rosemary oil.Results from the first UK trial involving 20 patients at Ealing Hospital in West London and at The Marylebone Clinic in Harley Street found that three in five had a 50 per cent or more improvement in symptoms in eight weeks.(The researchers used a system called the Psoriasis Area and Severity Index, PASI, to grade the psoriasis before and after treatment.)A third of participants, who had previously tried other topical medications with no success, found their symptoms virtually disappeared with Soratinex.The findings of this one-year trial were similar to previous Europe-wide trials involving 2,500 people, which found four in five patients experienced a 50 per cent or greater improvement in symptoms after using the treatment.Professor Anthony Chu, a dermatologist who led the UK trial, says Soratinex offers new hope for patients who have not responded well to existing treatments.‘The fact Soratinex doesn’t contain corticosteroids is particularly exciting because a lot of patients are scared of their long-term use,’ he says.‘Nearly all patients experienced some improvement and — in some cases — these were quite miraculous.These results should be attracting the attention of the NHS,’ says Professor Chu, who has no financial interest in Soratinex.The lotion has been developed for plaque psoriasis, accounting for 80 per cent of cases.Typically plaques form on the elbows, knees, scalp and lower back. If steroid creams don’t work then in severe cases doctors may offer methotrexate, a chemotherapy drug that suppresses the immune system.Although effective, it can damage the liver long-term. Another option for severe cases is ciclosporin, which also works on the immune system.However, this increases the risk of high blood pressure and kidney disease. Patients may be offered biologics, via injection or drip, to prevent the immune system producing chemicals that trigger inflammation.But biologics carry a raised risk of infection and are expensive (some cost £1,000 a month).Soratinex — created by an Australian biochemist — is cheaper, at £121.05 for a large pack (containing 250g cream, 200ml gel and 200ml oil) which can last patients with mild to moderate symptoms up to three months.The three-step regimen involves a gel to remove flaky skin, a cream to reduce inflammation and a moisturising oil that creates a protective layer.The theory is that getting rid of the scales allows the cream to penetrate the skin and reduce inflammation.The oil seals in the gel and the cream. Within days of starting the treatment in August, Greg Pittard, 47, a commercial director of an ice sculpture company, says his red patches were beginning to clear up.‘They are continuing to improve and I’m seeing good, clear skin,’ he says. ‘It’s not cleared up completely but I’m hoping it will.’Greg, from North-West London, has had psoriasis covering a quarter of his body, including his arms, chest and back for 18 years.He stopped swimming because people stared but is now hoping to get back in the pool.Carla Renton, from the Psoriasis Association, says everyone’s psoriasis is different and a treatment that works for one will not necessarily work for another.‘Because of this, it’s important that new and varied treatments for psoriasis are developed and made available,’ she says.‘Small-scale trials such as this are useful to highlight interesting treatment possibilities, but more research is needed to determine this product’s potential.
Armenian billionaire's son marries in lavish ceremony
From the canopy made up of hundreds of flowers to the four-tier cake draped in fresh blooms, no expense was spared when the son of an Armenian billionaire tied the knot with his glamorous fiancee over the weekend.Karen Karapetyan and his bride, social media star Lilit, exchanged vows at the Armenian Apostolic Church in Moscow before celebrating their union with 200 guests at the Safisa banquet hall, one of the city's most prestigious venues.Guests walked beneath a ceiling draped in hundreds of crimson flowers before posing in front of a photo wall featuring large 'K' and 'L' initials in honour of the bride and groom.A crew of videographers was also on hand to capture every moment of the celebrations.Karen is believed to be the youngest son of real estate mogul Samvel Karapetyan, 52, whose estimated $4.6billion (£2.9billion) fortune places him in 32nd place on Forbes list of Russian billionaires.Samvel, who lives in Moscow, but originally hails from Armenia, owns real estate firm Tashir Group which possesses 33 shopping enters, four office complexes, and eight hotels across Russia.Meanwhile Social media star Lilit entertains more than 11,000 Instagram followers with photographs of her jet-set lifestyle.It is not known when the couple met but they were photographed together at the equally lavish wedding of Karen's older brother Sargis in June last year.Samvel Karapetyan splashed out $2million (£1.3million) when his eldest son married Georgian bride Salome Kintsurashvili at the same Moscow venue last year.So it is perhaps of little surprised that nothing was too much when it came to his youngest child's wedding, either.Notable guests including members of Russian President Vladimir Putin's inner-circle. His press secretary Dmitry Peskov, 49, attended with his wife, Russian Olympic medal-winning ice dancer Tatiana Navka.His family friend, Russian socialite Ksenia Sobchak, compared part of the evening.President of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan, 63, who succeeded Karen's uncle, also called Karen, in the post, was also invited.The bride and groom were greeted by dancers and well-wishers in the courtyard outside the church as they made their way arm-in-arm down the aisle.Once inside the church, high-profile guests watched as the bride and groom walked arm-in-arm down the aisle lined in artificial candles and lavish bouquets.A magnificent heart-shaped floral archway formed the centrepiece of the church.Afterwards the couple were captured gazing lovingly into each other's eyes as they arrived at the ballroom to start the evening of festivities.Guests walked into the venue beneath a canopy of thousands of flowers before making their way up a staircase lined with flowers.Inside they were given the opportunity to pose for photos against a flower wall made up of dozens of crimson blooms.Large 'K' and 'L' initials completed the backdrop.Stars including Italian musician Eros Ramazzotti, Russian singer Alla Pugacheva and singer Vera Brezhneva were among those invited to entertain the guests as they partied the night away.
Virgin announces its investment in Hyperloop One
Sir Richard Branson is leading a £65 million ($85 million) investment in a Hyperloop firm which he claims will transport passengers between London and Scotland in 50 minutes.The billionaire's Virgin Group has formed a partnership with Los Angeles-based Hyperloop One, which is developing a method of propelling passengers and freight in pods through low pressure tubes at high speed.Virgin described it as 'the world's most revolutionary train service'. The company will be re-branded as Virgin Hyperloop One and Sir Richard will join the board of directors.It is aiming to achieve speeds of up to 670mph (1,000 kph) and have 'operational systems' ready by 2021.Hyperloop is a proposed method of travel that would transport people at rapid speeds between distant locations.The idea was first launched by Tesla boss Elon Musk in August 2013, who released the plans for free.He is not associated with Hyperloop One, but has urged interested parties to develop the technology.Last month, Hypleroop One announced it had raised £65 million ($85 million) in funding from a number of undisclosed investors, taking its estimated value to over £530 million ($700 million).It has now been revealed that Virgin led the investment, though other parties involved in the deal have not been divulged.Sir Richard said: 'After visiting Hyperloop One's test site in Nevada and meeting its leadership team this past summer, I am convinced this groundbreaking technology will change transportation as we know it and dramatically cut journey times.'Virgin has been known for investing in and creating innovative companies over the years, and I look forward to making history together as we bring Hyperloop to the world as Virgin Hyperloop One.'Sir Richard, who is currently developing commercial space travel through Virgin Galactic, went on: 'Virgin Hyperloop will be able to transport people from London to Scotland in 50 minutes.'I have a funny feeling that I'll get a lot of satisfaction from people saying it's transformed their lives.'Sir Richard told CNBC people could see a Hyperloop developed in the US in the next two to four years.Shervin Pishevar, co-founder and executive chairman of Hyperloop One, said the partnership 'feels like a natural fit.''Virgin is an iconic brand and having Richard as an ally will help strengthen our mission to spread Hyperloop One throughout the world,' Mr Pishevar said in a statement.Trains between London and Edinburgh currently take around four hours and 20 minutes, with flights lasting one hour and 20 minutes.Hyperloop One is in the early stages of making the technology commercially viable after completing a full-scale test in Las Vegas.In the system, passengers and cargo will be loaded into a pod, and accelerated gradually via electric propulsion through a low-pressure tube.The pod quickly lifts above the track using magnetic levitation and glides at airline speeds for long distances due to ultra-low aerodynamic drag.During its second phase of testing, Hyperloop was able to reach speeds of 192 miles/hour (310 kilometres/hour) – although it was only able to maintain this for 10.6 seconds.Projected journey times in the final system are expected to include Edinburgh to London in 50 minutes, and LA to San Francisco in 30 minutes.The technology is currently being tested at the DevLoop site, just outside Las Vegas.Sir Richard said: 'The total 'DevLoop' tube length is 500 metres [1,600 ft] and the tube's diameter is 3.3 metres.'The maximum length of propulsion segment used is 300 metres, with an advanced proprietary levitation system throughout the DevLoop Tube.'Hyperloop One, which has previously raised more than £120 million ($160 million) in investments.After a year-long search for the most promising Hyperloop routes, the firm looking to bring Elon Musk's radical idea to life has finally announced the winners.Among thousands of applicants, Hyperloop One has chosen 10 routes in four countries including the US, Mexico, India, Canada, and the UK.In total, they would cross 53 urban centres and span a total of 4,121 miles (6,600 km), connecting almost 150 million people.
Treasure-hunter discovers rare 2,000-year-old Roman coins
An amateur historian using a metal detector in a farmer's field has told how he found a once-in-a -lifetime hoard of 2,000-year-old silver Roman coins - worth up to £200,000 ($267,000).Some of the metal disks were minted during the era Roman general Mark Antony was allied with his lover Cleopatra in Egypt and experts said a find of this size and variety is very rare.Asingle coin can sell for up to £900 ($12,000) so fisherman Mike Smale, 35, was astonished when he uncovered one pristine coin after another dating back to 32BC.The coins will be handed over to the coroner for valuation and then likely sold to a museum, with the profits split between the farmer and Mr Smale.WHAT ARE THE COINS? An expert who has examined photos of the coins said some feature Gods, and were issued by the Roman Republic in the centuries before the birth of Christ.Some of the metal disks were minted during the era Roman general Mark Antony was allied with his lover Cleopatra in Egypt and experts said a find of this size and variety is very rare.They would have circulated widely in the Roman Empire and travelled a long way. Republican coins and those of Antony were issued before the Roman Invasion of Britain in AD 43, and would have drifted over in the pockets of Roman soldiers and citizens alike, according to an expert.Other coins were issued by emperors who ruled during the first century AD.One of the coins celebrated the ill-fated emperor Otho, who only ruled for three months in (January to April AD 69), during the civil wars which followed the assassination of the notorious emperor Nero.Mr Smale, 35, found the hoard of 600 rare ancient coins in a farmer's field in Bridport while hunting with friends from the Southern Detectorists club.Father-of-one Mr Smale, a fisherman from Plymouth, Devon, said: 'It was incredible, a true once-in-a-lifetime find.'I had a good idea about what it was - I had already found one or two Roman denarii that morning.'It's a great find, my biggest one, but I shan't be giving it up.It's great fun and I'm sticking with it', he said.The astonishing find was made at an undisclosed farmland location in Bridport at the detectorists annual event, attended by 300 people.'When I found it everyone came over to have a look and find out what it was', said Mr Smale.'It's impossible to say what it's worth, it all depends on too many factors.How rare they are, what condition they are in, things like that.'But it is a substantial find, and whatever I do get I'm going to split with the guys I went up there with.'Just a few hours in, Mr Smale's detector started beeping manically and he quickly discovered a few coins, before he called over the officials who sectioned off the area.They believe it was a pot of coins which had been hit by a plough and spread across the area.The event was organised by Sean MacDonald, 47, who admits he would have paid 'good money' just to witness the find.He added: 'Bridport is a cracking area anyway, it's very rich in history, but a find like this is unprecedented.'I've never seen a hoard of this size before.We found one in Somerset last year but there were just 180, and they weren't of the same calibre.'Mr MacDonald said he was elated he was shaking when he saw the find.'The archaeologists excavating it couldn't believe what they were seeing because these coins are so rare', said Mr MacDonald.'I personally think a find of this size and variety will never be found again.'An expert who has examined photos of the coins said some feature Gods, and were issued by the Roman Republic in the centuries before the birth of Christ.'Others, which feature a distinctive galley - a type of Roman vessel - were minted by Mark Antony while he was allied with his lover Cleopatra in Egypt, between the Autumn of 32 BC to the Spring of 31', said Dominic Chorney of A.H.Baldwin & Sons.These coins each celebrated the various legions under his command, Mr Chorney explained.They would have circulated widely in the Roman Empire and travelled a long way.'Republican coins and those of Antony were issued before the Roman Invasion of Britain in AD 43, and would have drifted over in the pockets of Roman soldiers and citizens alike', said Mr Chorney.Other coins were issued by emperors who ruled during the first century AD.'One I can see in the photograph was struck for the ill-fated emperor Otho, who only ruled for three months in (January to April AD 69), during the civil wars which followed the assassination of the notorious emperor
Thousands of Mayan pyramids and palaces found in Guatemala
More than 60,000 previously unknown Mayan structures - including pyramids, palaces and causeways - have been revealed under jungle foliage in Guatemala in what has been hailed as a 'major breakthrough'.Researchers used laser technology to look beneath the forest canopy in northern Peten - an area close to already-known Mayan cities.The lasers revealed the 'breathtaking' remains of a sprawling pre-Columbian 'megalopolis' that was far more complex than most specialists had ever believed.The discovery suggests that Central America supported a civilization that was, at its peak 1,500 years ago, more advanced than ancient Greek and Chinese cultures.The landscape may have been home to up to 15 million individuals and the abundance of defensive walls, ramparts and fortresses suggests that warfare was rife throughout their existence and not just at the end.'I think this is one of the greatest advances in over 150 years of Maya archaeology,' said Stephen Houston, Professor of Archaeology and Anthropology at Brown University told the BBC.'I know it sounds hyperbolic but when I saw the [Lidar] imagery, it did bring tears to my eyes.' Scientists made the discovery using Lidar technology, which is short for 'light detection and ranging', Aircraft with a LiDAR scanner produced three-dimensional maps of the surface by using light in the form of pulsed laser linked to a GPS system.This technique allowed researchers to map outlines of what they describe as dozens of newly discovered Maya cities hidden under thick jungle foliage centuries after they were abandoned by their original inhabitants.As well as previously unknown structures, the images show raised highways that linked together urban centers and quarries.They also found advanced irrigation and terracing systems that supported agriculture in for a civilisation that was one of the most advanced to arise in Mesoamerica.Mayans are known for their sophisticated mathematics and engineering that allowed it to spread throughout present-day Central America and southern Mexico.'Now it is no longer necessary to cut through the jungle to see what's under it,' said Marcello Canuto, one of the project's top investigators.'The fortified structures and large causeways reveal modifications to the natural landscape made by the Maya on a previously unimaginable scale,' said Francisco Estrada-Belli of Tulane University.These findings are a 'revolution in Maya archaeology,' said Dr Canuto.The team of archaeologists surveyed more than 810 square miles (2,100 sq km) of the Peten jungle which borders Mexico and Belize.They found some 60,000 structures were found over the past two years.The new discoveries include urban centres with sidewalks, homes, terraces, ceremonial centres, irrigation canals and fortifications.Their findings revealed a pyramid in the heart of the ancient Maya city of Tikal, a major tourist destination in northeastern Guatemala.Also discovered in Tika were a series of pits and a 14 kilometre-long wall.The p
Kim Kardashian horrified at bikini images in KUWTK teaser
In April Kim Kardashian was seen wearing a bikini on the beach in Punta Mita, Mexico.The 36-year-old TV star's bottom looked bigger than usual and it also appeared as if she had cellulite.Haters cried this was the real Kim and that previous flawless photos  of the siren were 'airbrushed.'As a result, Mrs Kanye West lost 100,000 Instagram followers. On Wednesday the Keeping Up With The Kardashians star's reaction to first seeing the alarming images is shared by E! in a teaser for Sunday's new episode of the series.'Oh my god. Like, I don’t get it. I literally DON'T look like this!' the mother-of-two cries after her assistant Stephanie Shepherd hands her a cell phone to look at the images online.Kim is wearing a pink bikini and reclined on a lounger outside her Mexico rental. A towel is under her bottom.She is also with Larsa Pippen. The Revenge Body guest star is so upset she decides to do something about it immediately.'I need to untag myself in everything. I’m literally going to go inside and just start untagging,' she said.The pinup is angry but also seems like she could be on the verge of crying. Later Kim is seem in a sexy black outfit next to sister Kourtney back at a studio in Los Angeles as she discusses how she felt.'I'm already having this anxiety attack over security and I’m already on high alert,' the beauty, who was robbed at gunpoint in Paris a year ago, said.The Vogue cover girl added: 'Just the scrutiny that we get all the time - we try to avoid that.'So I’m doing all the steps to try to be as private and discreet as possible, and then you take pictures.'And if they’re not perfect, people just body shame and criticize you. For people just to think that’s okay is so frustrating.'In June Kim talked about the photos on The View. 'I saw these awful photos of myself when I was on a trip in Mexico and people were Photoshopping them and sharpening them.I mean, I definitely was not in my best shape — I hadn’t worked out in 12 weeks. I had two surgeries on my uterus,' she said.'I was already not feeling like myself. And then when people were sharpening them and making them look way worse, and then those were going around.I was like, "Okay. I’m gonna get it together. "'Keeping Up with the Kardashians airs Sundays 9 pm ET on E!.
Shocking footage emerges of mutant Hulk-like boars
Shocking footage has emerged of mutant Hulk-like pigs which are being bred by Cambodian farmers.The company, called Duroc Cambodia, appear to have genetically modified the animals who were kept in cages and the results have appalled critics.Videos of the pigs show that they are unable to walk properly because of their freakishly large muscles.The mutant pigs are understood to be being reared in the Banteay Meanchey province of the country and the farmers' Facebook page is littered with worrying photographs and videos.They show the animals' bulging muscles and promote a range of services from buying pigs for pork to kits to start your own farm.Duroc Cambodia offers a pair of prosthetic penises and boar semen to artificially induce a sow to those looking to create their own freak animals.Concerned animal lovers have been left disgusted by the footage on the page and voiced their anger at the farmer.Janice Short wrote on the page: 'This is grotesque.Obviously bred like this.Are there no laws to stop this sort of thing?'Ric Tucker echoed her comments and said: 'What are you trying to show here? How much meat you can produce, or how badly these animals are treated? Whoever is looking after these should be locked up for ever.'Katherine Loweparker agreed and said: 'Not only is it animal cruelty, but people are eating this garbage and feeding it to their children.What a mess.'Animal right group PETA have also condemned the practice, and said: 'Hulk-like pigs are the stuff of nightmares, not meals, and those who are genetically engineered are also likely to be born with painful health issues.'PETA said the pigs were deliberately bred to grow to an enormous size with 'heaping knots of muscle mass'.By making the pigs bigger, the farmer can sell off more meat and ultimately make more money, but at the cost of the animal's welfare.It bears a striking resemblance to a 2015 incident in South Korea and China when scientists created 32 double-muscled piglets.PETA said: 'Pigs suffer even without this "Frankenscience".On typical pig farms, their tails are cut off, their sensitive teeth are ground down, and the males are castrated, all without so much as an aspirin.'Then, even though we have a wealth of nutritious plant-based foods to eat, these intelligent, playful, sociable animals' throats are slit and their bodies are turned into pork chops or sausages.'It comes as an investigation revealed 'monster foxes' being bred on fur farms in Finland in deplorable conditions.Footage from five fur farms across Ostrobothnia in western Finland show foxes with huge pelts and rolls of fat folded over their bodies and almost covering their eyes to increase the amount of fur on their bodies.The animals can weigh up to five times their normal weight and become so bloated they can barely move in their cages.
Arsenal star Lacazette and his girlfriend pop to Tesco
There is a widely-held stereotype that Premier League footballers are far-removed from reality, but Alexandre Lacazette is looking to disprove that.The Arsenal superstar, who earns in the region of £200,000 a week in north London, took a trip to Tesco with his partner on Wednesday to pick up some essentials.Lacazette is not in the Gunners' squad to face BATE Borisov on Thursday, so while his team-mates headed to Belarus, he ran some errands with his girlfriend.The Frenchman arrived at the supermarket in a bright red Ferrari 488GTB, worth in the region of £250k, parking at the side of the street before heading inside.He and his partner grabbed their shopping, including two cucumbers, before queuing to pay in the Hampstead Express store.Lacazette then headed back to his supercar, with a 10p bag for life in hand, before driving home - perhaps to enjoy a night of Champions League action.The Arsenal man will surely be desperate to play his own part in Europe's premier competition next season, but for now the Gunners will have to make do without.Arsene Wenger's side face BATE Borisov on Thursday in their second Europa League tie of the season, following on from a 3-1 home victory over Cologne last time out.In the Premier League, the north Londoners are three games unbeaten, recording two wins and a draw - against Chelsea - in their previous fixtures.With Lacazette playing a vital role in his side's recent matches, he has been afforded the luxury of staying home this week.Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil, Aaron Ramsey, Granit Xhaka, Laurent Koscielny and Hector Bellerin are also still in London, while a number of youngsters boarded the plane.Young prospects Reiss Nelson, Eddie Nketiah, Josh DaSilva and Joe Willock were among the travelling party leaving Luton Airport on Wednesday.
'Pyramids' spotted at the bottom of the Atlantic ocean
Speculation that there are mysterious pyramids at the bottom of the Atlantic is circulating online.Conspiracy theorists have been debating whether a video posted to YouTube shows two ancient structures off the coast of The Bahamas.Believers argue that they are proof of inhabitance of the region by an ancient race of people, similar to the Aztec culture of South America.The video was posted by SecureTeam10's YouTube account, which has become a household name in UFO and paranormal circles.Scott Waring, who created the UFO Sightings Daily website, is a regular contributor to the channel.He was using Google Earth to scour the ocean floor for anomalies, when he came across the strange shapes.Speaking in the SecureTeam10 video, Mr Waring said: 'I found these two pyramids on the ocean floor near New Providence island, it is not far from Florida.'The lines on the pyramids are easy to make out and are proof that the nearby island was once inhabited by an ancient man or Aztec-like people.'Narrator Tyler Glockner agrees with Mr Waring's assessment, adding: 'I have to say these do look like pyramids, obviously ancient pyramids that would have some weathering over the years.'One thing about the ocean is that it actually preserves things much better, because you're not out there in the open air where things can rust and deteriorate.'If these are pyramids, they could be much much older than, say, the ruins found on Earth that are barely still there and have nearly crumbled to dust.'The pair point out that the two pyramids are not the same, with one appearing to be a perfect three sided structure, like the Great Pyramid of Giza.The other has a step-like design, which they compare this the famous Mayan temples, like Chichen Itza.The reaction from viewers of the video on YouTube has been mixed, with some buying into the elaborate explanation on offer.Referencing a theory about an ancient alien race, Bartofilms said: 'Do these underwater pyramids intersect one of the lay lines?'There are these lines that intersect the the great pyramids in Giza, as well as the Inca and Maya pyramids.'Some think the Pyramids may have been navigation waypoints for the Annunaki'Others took a more cynical view.Lo Value said: 'IF they were pyramids that WOULD be proof. 'Someone get down there and prove it then.'This is not the first time that pyramid-like structures have been claimed to be seen in the region, which is part of the mythical Bermuda Triangle.Reports circulating online in 2012 suggested that a scientist, called Dr Meyer Verlag, discovered a crystal pyramid, which was 'three times the size of the Great Pyramid of Giza,' 6,500 feet (2,000 metres) below the sea.Conspiracy theorists believe that the crystal pyramid is to blame for the disappearance of several planes and ships in the area.The theory re-emerged in October 2016, when  reports on the Before It's News website claimed that Dr Verlag presented her findings at a press conference held in the Bahamas, where she revealed the exact coordinates of the pyramids.Despite these claims, there is no evidence that Dr Verlag exists, and no record of the coordinates she is claimed to have announced.On the other side of the continent, deep below the Pacific Ocean lies what one Martian researcher has deemed 'a perfect pyramid'.Using Google Earth, the massive structure appears to be 8.5 miles (13.7 km) across and some say it could be a UFO parked underwater or an enormous alien base.Marcelo Igazusta, a researcher in Argentina, was the first to lay eyes on the mysterious underwater structure, which was discovered in May 2016.Using the coordinates 12 ° 8'1.49 'N 119 ° 35'26.39' W, Mr Igazusta claims to have spotted a beam of light shining from the darkness of the Pacific Ocean just west of Mexico, leading him to this 'monumental discovery'.Scott Waring, of UFO Sightings Daily, claimed at the time that the structure is a parked UFO or massive alien base.Mr Waring said that this 'perfect pyramid' is adjacent to the ancient Mayan and Aztec pyramids in Mexico.Although the ancient pyramids were constructed by humans, Mr Waring says 'Only aliens could accomplish makings such a massive structure'.
Hugh Hefner's wife Crystal Harris 'will inherit nothing'
Hugh Hefner's wife Crystal Harris will inherit nothing after signing an ironclad prenup before their wedding and was never added to his will, it has been reported.The couple, who shared a 60 year age gap, tied the knot on New Year's Eve in 2012 at the Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles.Before the nuptials, Harris was said to have signed an 'ironclad' prenuptial agreement.Asource told US Weekly that while the blonde beauty will be taken care of, she has not been added to his will.Instead, his fortune, then estimated at $43 million, will be divided among his four children, the University of Southern California and a list of charities.The Playmate of the month infamously ran from the altar in June 2011, reportedly because she got cold feet.The wedding was called off just five days before hand with over 300 guests set to attend.'Last time it turned into a big ordeal and then it all fell apart,' she said.She also publicly shamed her now husband, saying that the she had only been intimate with him once - and very briefly.She admitted sex with the octogenarian lasted 'like two seconds', adding: 'Then I was just over it.I was like, 'Ahhh.'I was over it.The pair reconciled and Hugh recently said that he wanted to stay with Crystal until he dies.Hugh also insisted that he didn't care about the 60 year difference between them.'The dramatic age difference between difference & Crystal & me really doesn't matter,' he tweeted.'Whatever time I have left, we want to spend together.'What made this time around different was the fact that Crystal felt more confident about their relationship and was 'excited' to tie the knot on New Year's Eve.'This time around is amazing.I'm very happy and Hef's very happy and we're excited,' she said ahead of the nuptials.She has already changed her name on the social networking site to Crystal Hefner.Crystal is the tycoon's third wife.He married Mildred Williams in 1949 before divorcing 10 years later.In 1989 he married Playmate Kimberly Conrad and they separated in 1998.Hefner has four children: Christie, David, Marston and Cooper.During an appearance on the Huffington Post Live in 2013, the model, 26, was asked why she decided to marry the 86-year-old, to which she replied for 'more security'.'Well for me it meant more security, knowing that I am the one for him,' she explained.'Like we were talking about, there are always girls in and out and always the feeling of maybe being replaced.And he made sure I didn't feel that way anymore and that was what the wedding was all about.'Crystal says she fell for Hefner because she finds him fascinating.'When I first met him, I had never even met a celebrity in my life before.I was like "Oh my gosh Hef" and then we started talking,' she explained.'And I love learning about all the history.Just being more involved in his life and learning about Playboy and all the things he has done to change the world.
£1.7m Georgian mansion up for prize in £25 raffle
Abreathtaking £1.7 million six-bedroom Georgian mansion boasting a nine-hole golf course and helicopter landing pad is being offered as a competition prize.Donna Pirie, 54, is hoping to raise £1 million for charity by offering a lucky winner her stunning home for just £25 a ticket - with the prize including a housekeeper, groundsmen, utility bills paid for a year, stamp duty and £2,000 towards solicitor's fees.Johnston Lodge in Laurencekirk, Aberdeenshire boasts some 32 acres of grounds, four reception rooms, six en-suite bedrooms, two cloakrooms, tennis courts, a gym and a half-mile private drive with electric gates.Entrants for the draw simply need to complete a Christmas-themed crossword and pay £25.The fully-furnished dream home built in 1780 also comes complete with a snooker table, wine cellar, hot tub and log-burning stove, with everything from Le Creuset cookware to White Company bed linen thrown in.Some £5 from each ticket will go towards The Yard, a charity which runs adventure play services for youngsters with disabilities and their families in the east of Scotland.Every bedroom in the home is en-suite with a bespoke kitchen complete with top of the range appliances.And outdoors there is a BBQ grill ideal for al fresco dining under the canopied back terrace, with a giant fire pit in the secret garden.Ms Pirie bought the home eight years ago but decided it was too big for her after her children Lauren, 28, and Hollie, 31, moved out.The businesswoman said: 'I've worked hard all my life, I had a few gift businesses.I'm a generous, kind individual and I'm able to make a difference. 'She is now retired after building up her gift businesses and has no firms plans after she finds a winner for her house.Ms Pirie said she may travel and plans to spend time with her married daughter Hollie, 31, in New York, but at the moment she's not looking to buy another home.She added: 'I just thought that I have the chance to do something for charity here.'If you get an opportunity to make a difference then it makes life worthwhile. My kids had moved out and I obviously considered selling the place but I changed my mind.'I wasn't really sure what to do. I then saw a story down in England about a man who raffled off his property.'Cash paid through the entries will mean Ms Pirie will recoup the value of her home and furnishings before any excess is given away through donations.She added: 'I had the idea that I could do a prize competition and also help out a charity.It's all being done with good intentions. 'Once the value of the prize has been deducted from the total entries, the residual money will be given as a donation.£5 from every entry will be given to The Yard, while it is intended that any remaining balance will be given as private donations.'I wanted to do it for a small charity and a Scottish-based charity so that's why I've chosen The Yard.'The money will go towards projects they are working on which will be fantastic. 'Ms Pirie is hoping for 150,000 entries before the competition closing date on December 1, meaning she will be able to hand at least £1 million over to The Yard.If she receives fewer than 150,000 entries, she will then decide whether to reformat the competition to offer only cash as prizes, rather than her home.She added: 'To be able to raise £1.25 million in just six weeks is amazing.
Britain's best fish and chip shops are revealed
Up and down the country, purveyors of one of the nation's favourite dishes have been standing at their chip fryers with 'baited' breath awaiting the results.Now, the UK's top 10 fish and chip shops have been revealed as part of the 30th anniversary National Fish & Chip Awards - regarded as the 'Oscars' of the industry.To make this final stage of the Fish and Chip Shop of the Year, the shops have had their frying skills put to the test as well as being assessed on sustainable sourcing policies, and menu development and innovation.Only two questions remain: who will be crowned No. 1... and are they near where you live?The 10 businesses have been shortlisted for the Fish and Chip Shop of the Year Award, one of 15 categories in the 2018 National Fish & Chip Awards.Marcus Coleman, Chief Executive at Seafish, which has organised the contest, said: 'Having watched our 10 finalists progress through the competition, I can safely say that their skill and dedication is outstanding - they are a true representation of the crème de la crème of our industry and sum up perfectly why British fish and chips are, and will always be, the best in the world.'Speaking of their success in last year's awards, reigning champions Nikki Mutton and Craig Maw of Kingfisher Fish & Chips in Plympton, Plymouth, Devon, added: 'We were absolutely elated when we won the title of best fish and chip shop as part of the 2017 National Fish & Chip Awards.'We've been so busy serving our brilliant customers that we've actually had to hire more than 10 new members of staff since winning the title in January.'The overall winner of the Fish and Chip Shop of the Year Award will be announced at The National Fish & Chip Awards' 30th anniversary ceremony in London on January 25, 2018.
Boston hit by invasion of gangs of turkeys
Not everyone is celebrating the return of the wild turkeys. After being wiped out from New England in the 1800s, the birds have stormed back in what's considered a major success story for wildlife restoration.But as they spread farther into urban areas, they're increasingly clashing with residents who say they destroy gardens, damage cars, chase pets and attack people.Complaints about troublesome turkeys have surged in Boston and its suburbs over the past three years, causing headaches for police and health officials called to handle problems, according to city and town records provided to The Associated Press.It's a familiar dilemma for some other U. S. towns from coast to coast that have been overrun by turkeys in recent years.Boston city officials say they received at least 60 complaints last year, a threefold increase over the year before.Nearby Somerville, Belmont and Brookline have seen similar upticks, combining for a total of 137 turkey gripes since the start of last year.'Several years ago it was more of an isolated situation here and there,' said David Scarpitti, the wild turkey and upland game biologist for the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife.'Now it's starting to spread into communities all around Boston. 'Often the grievance is little more than a wayward turkey blocking traffic, but in at least five cases turkeys became so aggressive that police said they had to shoot them as a matter of public safety.Some area residents have suffered minor injuries from the birds, including a 72-year-old woman who told police she was bruised in August after a gang of turkeys scratched and pecked her during a walk.Turkeys in the wild are far stronger and faster than the ones that land on Thanksgiving tables, experts say.Males in particular are driven to show physical aggression as a way to climb the social pecking order, and they sometimes view humans as potential competitors.'Turkeys don't really mean to harm people - it's just tied to their social dynamics within the flock,' Scarpitti said.'They lose perspective that humans are humans and turkeys are turkeys. They just want to assert dominance over anything.'Even the earliest Americans picked up on that characteristic, with Ben Franklin famously writing that the turkey is a 'Bird of Courage, and would not hesitate to attack a Grenadier of the British Guards who should presume to invade his Farm Yard with a red Coat on.'In the town of Brookline, Tess Bundy has come to loathe the turkeys that roost behind her home and often come charging when she leaves.She called police in April after a big tom repeatedly launched itself at her and her infant daughter, backing down only after Bundy whacked it several times with a shovel.'They're terrible. Every year they're worse,' said Bundy, a history professor at Merrimack College.'I really do think that they're a menace to the town. 'The complaints have sent some cities searching for answers, including in Cambridge, where the City Council says it's working on a plan.Officials in Brookline issued new guidance for fowl encounters in August, telling residents to 'step toward the turkey and act confidently.'Wildlife experts say much of the problem can be blamed on residents who leave out food for turkeys, which entices flocks to settle in and helps them survive winters.Towns with similar problems in New Jersey, Iowa and Oregon have banned turkey feeding in recent years, and Montana enacted a similar statewide ban in May.But the idea hasn't spread to the Boston area, where some residents say they enjoy the return of native wildlife.Not far from two sites where turkeys were shot by police, Brookline resident Suzette Abbott says she's had no problems with the turkeys that roam her block.'In the spring they look pretty amazing when the males are displaying their colors.I think they're quite beautiful if you actually look at their feathers. '.
Hole the size of Maine opened in the Antarctic sea ice
Ahuge hole nearly the size of the state of Maine or Ireland has opened up in the thick sea ice blanketing Antarctica’s Weddell Sea.The strange ice-free area was first spotted in the 1970s in the midst of the harsh Antarctic winter, despite frigid temperatures – and now, 40 years after it closed, the so-called Weddell Polynya has returned.Scientists are now working to understand how often the massive hole appears, and how climate change could affect it.The Weddell Polynya was first spotted in satellite observations during the mid-1970s.After closing back up, and remaining that way for roughly 40 years, it has re-opened.A ‘polynya’ is a large ice-free area that develops in an otherwise frozen sea, and this particular formation is situated in the Weddell Sea, east of the Antarctic Peninsula.At its peak, the Weddell Polynya measured a staggering 80,000 square kilometers (roughly 31,000 square miles).It’s larger than The Netherlands, and nearly the size of Lake Superior and the state of Maine.A‘polynya’ is a large ice-free area that develops in an otherwise frozen sea; the features are commonly seen in both the Arctic and Antarctic sea ice.As these ice gaps typically form in coastal regions, however, the appearance of a polynya ‘deep in the ice pack’ is an unusual occurrence, according to Motherboard.‘It looks like you just punched a hole in the ice,’ atmospheric physicist Kent Moore, a professor at the University of Toronto Mississauga, told Motherboard.‘This is now the second year in a row it’s opened after 40 years of not being there,’ Moore explained.‘We’re still trying to figure out what’s going on. ’Researchers, including a group at the GEOMAR Helmholtz Center for Ocean Research Kiel, have been closely monitoring the polynya since it first reappeared in the satellite data.Studies led by the Kiel team previously suggested the feature was a long-term natural variability – meaning it would come back sooner or later.And now, it has. ‘For us this ice-free area is an important data point which we can use to validate our climate models,’ says Dr Torge Martin, meteorologist and climate modeller in the GEOMAR Research Division ‘Oceans Circulation and Climate Dynamics.’‘Its occurrence after several decades also confirms our previous calculations. ’At its peak, the Weddell Polynya measured a staggering 80,000 square kilometers (roughly 31,000 square miles).It’s larger than The Netherlands, and nearly the size of Lake Superior. While its reappearance has spurred some questions, the experts say the processes driving it are relatively well- understood.‘The Southern Ocean is strongly stratified,’ says Professor Dr Mojib Latif, head of the Research Division at GEOMAR.‘A very cold but relatively fresh water layer covers a much warmer and saltier water mass, thus acting as an insulating layer.‘This is like opening a pressure relief valve – the ocean then releases a surplus of heat to the atmosphere for several consecutive winters until the heat reservoir is exhausted.’Still, it’s unclear how often the Weddell Polynya re-emerges, and how long it will linger now that it’s opened back up.Experts say it’s too early to know how climate change has affected the formation of the huge polynya, if it’s to blame at all.But, with new observations using technology far more advanced than that available when it first appeared 40 years ago, they’re hoping to uncover some answers.‘Global warming is not a linear process and happens on top of internal variability inherent to the climate system,’ Latif says.‘The better we understand these natural processes, the better we can identify the anthropogenic impact on the climate system.
UK gives Sir John Franklin shipwrecks to Canada
The UK Government is giving the shipwrecks from Rear-Admiral Sir John Franklin's ill-fated expedition in search of the Northwest Passage to Canada.Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon said that handing over HMS Erebus and HMS Terror will 'recognise the historical significance of the Franklin expedition to the people of Canada, and will ensure that these wrecks and artefacts are conserved for future generations'.Although Canada will now own both ships, a small number of artefacts on board will remain UK property.Sir Franklin led two British ships, HMS Terror and HMS Erebus, in search of the last section of the Northwest Passage in 1845 - the sea route from the Arctic to the Pacific Ocean through the Canadian Arctic Archipelago.When both ships became stuck in ice near King William Island, he and all 128 of his crew members tragically died - but exactly how they met their end has long been a mystery.Canadian researchers in the 1980s said the remains of expedition members found on Beechey Island indicated they had died of cold, hunger and lead poisoning from canned food.The loss of the two vessels and their crew prompted one of the largest searches in history.The wrecks were designated as a national historic site in 1992, despite the fact that neither shipwreck had been found at that time.The UK and Canadian governments signed an agreement in 1997 giving 'custody and control' of the wrecks and their contents to the Canada, while still remaining the property of the UK.The wrecks of HMS Erebus and HMS Terror were finally found under relatively shallow Arctic Waters to the south of King William Island in 2014 and 2016 respectively.The momentous discovery was the result of traditional Inuit knowledge and state-of-the-art technology.To mark the event the UK government suggested an update of the 1997 agreement, transfering ownership of the wrecks to Parks Canada, while retaining a small sample of the artefacts on board.Future generations will be able to see items from the wreckages in both Canadian and UK museums.Mr Fallon said: 'During her recent visit to Canada, the Prime Minister emphasised the importance of recognising our shared past with Canada as we seek to reinvigorate our already strong bilateral relationship.'This exceptional arrangement will recognise the historical significance of the Franklin expedition to the people of Canada, and will ensure that these wrecks and artefacts are conserved for future generations.'The ownership transfer is expected to take place over the coming weeks, the Ministry of Defence said.THE ARCTIC EXPEDITION THAT ENDED IN THE DEATH OF SIR JOHN FRANKLIN AND ALL 130 OF HIS CREWMAN   HMS Erebus and HMS Terror were abandoned by their crews after a failed attempt to complete a crossing of the Northwest Passage - a sea route through the Arctic connecting the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.Soldier and explorer Sir John Franklin sailed in Erebus and took overall command of the expedition.The two state-of-the-art ships were heralded as 'unstoppable' when they were launched in 1845 under Sir John's command.They were last seen entering Baffin Bay, on the southwest coast of Greenland in August 1845.Both ships later became icebound and were abandoned by their crews, in total about 130 men, all of whom subsequently died from a number of causes, including hypothermia, scurvy and starvation, while trying to trek overland to the south.The disappearance of the Franklin expedition set off a massive search effort in the Arctic.The broad circumstances of the expedition's fate were first revealed when Hudson's Bay Company doctor John Rae collected artifacts and testimony from local Inuit in 1853.Later expeditions up to 1866 confirmed these reports. On September 7 2014 Erebus was finally discovered near King William Island in the eastern Queen Maud Gulf, Canada, using a remotely operated underwater vehicle.Two months later's the ship's bell was recovered from the wreckage. The discovery this month of the HMS Terror is expected to lead to further finds.
Girl is 'kicked off' bus after trying to pay with old £1
An 11-year-old schoolgirl was 'kicked off' a bus after she tried to pay her fare with an old pound coin - six days before it ceases to be legal tender.Armani Taaffe had been given £1.50 by her mother to catch her usual number 16 bus to Moorside High School in Werrington, Staffordshire, at 8am yesterday.But the driver told Armani he couldn't take the old pound coin and drove off with her at the bus stop, leaving her 'upset' and 'embarrassed' by the side of the road.Armani still managed to get to school on time after phoning her grandmother for a lift, but transport operator D&G has apologised for the 'misunderstanding'.She said: 'The girl in front of me had an old £1 coin and the driver asked her to swap it which she did.I knew then that there might be a problem when I went to pay. 'I told him straightaway that I had the old £1 coin and he said "I'm sorry but we can't take it" and that I couldn't go on the journey.He drove off with me at the bus stop. 'Her mother Janice Taaffe, a 52-year-old care support worker who was at work at the time, has complained to D&G.She said: 'I was at a client's house on Monday morning when I received a call from Armani saying she had been kicked off the bus because she had the old £1 coin.You've got until Sunday to use your old pounds  After 23.59pm this Sunday, the round pound will lose its legal tender status, meaning stores cannot hand out old pound coins as change and can refuse to accept them as payment.People have been urged to rummage through their wallets, coat pockets, piggy banks and sofas so that they can spend them, bank them or give them to charity before this date.But Tesco has confirmed it will continue accepting old round pound coins for a week after the deadline imposed by the Royal Mint.It follows a similar announcement by Poundland, which will be accepting round pounds until October 31.Major banks have said that while they encourage customers to allow enough time to hand in their old coins, they will continue to accept deposits of round pounds from after this Sunday.'I was stuck because I was caring for a vulnerable lady but my vulnerable daughter was left at the bottom of Werrington Road on her own.Her nan had to take her to school eventually. 'I rang D&G because I was absolutely horrified.The person on the phone apologised and said it was because the company was banking this week.'I think the bus driver should have taken her regardless. It wouldn't surprise me if other children have been affected.She was upset and it made her feel stupid. She was very embarrassed that it happened in front of everyone.'The round £1 coin will no longer be legal tender from Monday. About 1.2 billion of the old coins have been returned - but about 500million are still in circulation.AD&G spokesman said: 'We are aware of an issue with one of our drivers on Monday morning.This was caused by a misunderstanding of information which we provided regarding the old £1 coin.'We have since spoken to the driver to ensure this will not happen again and we apologise for any inconvenience caused.'** Have you had trouble with the new or old pound coins? Please email: mark. [email protected]
The building society that lets you take a 40-year mortgage
National mortgage lender Teachers Building Society has extended its maximum mortgage term from 35 years to 40 years to help those on lower incomes afford to buy.Historically, borrowers typically took a mortgage over a 25-year term but as house prices have risen steadily and wage growth has failed to keep pace, more and more borrowers are opting to spread their repayments over a longer time frame.This has the advantage of reducing monthly repayments, even on bigger mortgages, but it does mean that borrowers pay far more interest on the principal balance as it takes years longer to pay off.Andy Yates from Teachers Building Society said: 'Increasing the maximum term to 40 years will help bring down the monthly mortgage costs for people buying a home.'With high house prices and an increasing cost of living, saving money on monthly mortgage payments remains important to people buying a home.'First things first, Teachers Building Society restricts who it will lend to - you're only eligible for a mortgage from it if you're a teacher or you work in education in England or Wales.They will consider newly qualified teachers, teachers on supply, contract teachers and those teaching or working in further education.Because the lender is based in the South West, it will also lend to local residents in Dorset, Hampshire and Wiltshire - even where they don't work in education.The 40-year term is applicable on all of the society's mortgages and borrowers must earn a minimum annual salary of £13,000 or, if self-employed, have two years or more of tax years' accounts or SA302s to be considered.The lender's best buy rate is 2.39 per cent on a two-year fixed rate up to 80 per cent loan-to-value with a £899 fee plus a £99 application fee.Taken over 25 years, a £150,000 on these terms would have monthly repayments of £665 and a total repayment of £200,293.If borrowers opt to take the same deal over the full 40-year term, monthly repayments drop to £486 but the overall repayment total rises to £233,991.How does it compare?Teachers is not the only lender to go up to a maximum term of 40 years - both Halifax and Nationwide will let borrowers extend their mortgage over this period within their normal criteria rules.Borrowers aren't charged more for the longer term, so rates from Teachers should be compared to these.Halifax currently offers a two-year fixed rate at 1.46 per cent with a £995 fee for borrowers with between 15 and 25 per cent equity or deposit to put in.Over 25 years on the same mortgage as above, monthly repayments would be £597 and the overall repayment £180,122.Taken over 40 years, monthly repayments are £413 and the total repayment over the full term is £199,123. That's almost £35,000 less than the Teachers deal.Nationwide's most comparable deal is a two-year fixed rate at 1.44 per cent with a £999 fee. On the same mortgage as above, over 25 years monthly repayments would be £596 and the total repayable would be £179,705.Over 40 years, monthly repayments wo -------------------------------------------------- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/mortgageshome/article-4865048/Teachers-BS-let-40-year-mortgage.html
True face of North Korean army revealed in smuggled photos
The true face of Kim Jong-un's army has been revealed in pictures smuggled out of North Korea showing ancient wood-powered trucks and exhausted soldiers asleep on the roadside.In the photos, taken by a tourist between Mount Kumgang and the port city of Wonsan on North Korea's east coast, Kim Jong-un's troops are seen laboring over broken trucks.One photo shows a female soldier on duty in high heels, while another shows at least 14 men crammed onto a vehicle that seats six.Some trucks even appear to be powered by wood gas generators – a technology not commonplace in Europe since the end of the Second World War.The photographer, who asked not to be identified, said the few soldiers he saw appeared unready for action – even at the South Korean border.'We didn't see many soldiers apart from what you see in my pictures,' he said. 'And no-one looked combat-ready.'At DMZ there were of course soldiers but those we saw were all 'guides' in one way or another.'North Korea is famously strict about photography and visitors often have their pictures deleted by their chaperons.However these pictures were taken on a camera with two memory card bays, meaning any photos deleted would be backed up.But the photographer did not need to worry – he says his guides were 'very liberal' and his cache of photos was not even inspected once.'I read a lot on the internet about the guides looking through your camera every day and even some times when you leave the country,' he recalled.'So I bought a camera with twin memory card bays, so even if I had to delete a picture I had one left.but my guides were very liberal and never inspected my photos. 'Experts say North Korea's army is significantly less capable than that of neighboring South Korea, but that Kim's forces are not to be underestimated.Malcolm Chalmers, who advised foreign secretaries Jack Straw and Margaret Beckett, said Northern troops could wage guerrilla warfare.He said: 'Fundamentally the North Korean conventional military capability is much weaker than that of South Korea and the US.'They have very little in the way of air power and air defense capabilities. They exist, but again, they're not very powerful.'But once they hide out in the cities and the countryside and wait to do damage for invading forces, I think it could create quite a lot of difficulty.'The photos were shot en-route to Mount Kumgang and the port city of Wonsan on North Korea's east coast, the city of Nampo on the west coast and in the capital Pyongyang.
Aaron Hernandez did have CTE
Aaron Hernandez had chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a football-linked brain disease which triggers aggression, suicidal thoughts and dementia, according to test results released by his lawyer on Thursday.The former New England Patriots star was serving a life sentence for murder when he killed himself in April at the age of 27.Now, his family is suing the NFL team as tests on his brain have shown he had the most severe forms of CTE ever detected in someone of his age - stage three out of four, with stage four being the most severe.The analysis was performed by two neuropathologists in Boston University's high profile investigation into football-linked brain injuries.His brain scans reveal huge clumps of tau protein in Hernandez's frontal lobes, and in the nerve cells around small blood vessels, a unique feature of CTE.These proteins, also seen in dementia, disrupts the normal functioning of the brain, triggering aggressiveness, explosiveness, impulsivity, depression, memory loss and other cognitive changes.Announcing the results at a news conference on Thursday, his lawyer Jose Baez said the family is set to file a lawsuit against the NFL and the Patriots on behalf of Hernandez's four-year-old daughter Avielle.The lawsuit will allege that by the time Hernandez reached the NFL in 2010, the league was already well aware of the dangers football could have on the brain but neglected to protect players.The disease, which can only be diagnosed post-mortem, is believed to be linked to repeated clashes to the head, for example in contact football - though no studies have been able to confirm it.Hernandez is one of hundreds of former players - alive and dead - being studied Boston's research team to confirm whether the sport causes the crippling and life-threatening disease.Aspokesman for the NFL refused to comment on the findings.The report comes at a heated moment for the NFL:The neuropathological examination of Hernandez’s brain was conducted by Dr Ann McKee, director of Boston's CTE Center.Based on characteristic neuropathological findings, Dr McKee concluded that Hernandez had CTE, stage three out of four, (stage four being the most severe).Aspokesman said this diagnosis was confirmed by a second neuropathologist.The tests showed Hernandez also had early brain atrophy and large perforations in the septum pellucidum, a central membrane.The disgraced star had a $41 million NFL contract when he was arrested at his home in June 2013 and charged with the murder of a semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd.Lloyd was the boyfriend of Hernandez's fiancee's sister.He was found dead in an industrial park on June 17, 2013, riddled with bullets.Surveillance footage showed Hernandez at the scene an hour before, then arriving at home minutes after gunshots were fired.In April 2015, Hernandez was convicted of first-degree murder, and sentenced to life in prison.While in prison, Hernandez was charged with another killing - a double murder committed by a drive-by shooting.But in April this year, he was acquitted of both charges.The next day, he took his own life.Prosecution witnesses at his two trials painted a picture of a troubled man with a history of drug use and paranoid tendencies.Brain researchers say these sound like the hallmarks of football-linked disease.Boston's ongoing investigation into football-linked brain injury is studying hundreds of former players' brains, including Aaron Hernandez, Junior Seau, Dave Duerson, and Andre Waters - all of whom committed suicide and had CTE.Seau and Duerson both shot themselves in the chest with the expressed intention of donating their brains to scientists to examine them for disease.As expected, tests subsequently showed that both men and Waters, who were all over the age of 40, had CTE.Hernandez, however, was in his mid-20s - with a far more severe pathology.Last month, Boston's team sent shockwaves through the industry with an explosive report showing 110 of the 111 players' brains they studied had signs of CTE.And earlier this week they released new research showing that football players who start practicing tackle football from at least age 12 have impaired emotions and behaviors later in life.That followed previous research from the BU CTE Center that examined former professional players.In those studies, the former NFL players who started tackle football prior to age 12 had worse memory and mental flexibility, as well as structural brain changes on MRI scans, compared to former
Tom Petty off life support after suffering cardiac arrest
Tom Petty has been removed from life support at the age of 66. The move came after tests confirmed the Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers lead singer had no brain function on Monday morning, hours after he suffered a devastating cardiac arrest.The veteran star had been found unconscious and not breathing at his Malibu home on Sunday night, as first reported by TMZ.Responding to a 911 call, emergency services resuscitated Petty before rushing him to hospital in nearby Santa Monica.Los Angeles police initially confirmed Petty's death to CBS News on Monday, although later tweeted an apology.'The LAPD has no information about the passing of singer Tom Petty. Initial information was inadvertently provided to some media sources,' they tweeted.Representatives for the singer have yet to respond to requests for comment. TMZ reported that the singer had a current Do Not Resuscitate order and both his family and a chaplain were at his bedside when life support was removed.On Monday afternoon, TMZ posted an audio recording of the 911 emergency call Petty's wife Dana made after finding her husband unresponsive.She tells the dispatcher that Petty wasn't breathing and was lying on the floor. The dispatcher tries to talk her through performing CPR before Dana says that Petty was breathing 'very shallow breaths' at which point she was instructed to stop CPR, place him on his left side and wait for paramedics to arrive.There was also a man, not identified, who was with her at the time and who also briefly spoke with emergency services.Rock 'n' Roll Hall Of Famer Petty first found fame in the 1970s with his band releasing hits including Breakdown, American Girl, The Waiting, Free Fallin', Stop Draggin' My Heart Around and Listen to Her Heart.He had success both as part of The Heartbreakers - with whom he worked on and off for 40 years - and as a solo artist.He also formed part of the 1980s supergroup the Traveling Wilburys alongside Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Jeff Lynne and Roy Orbison.Petty continued to work as a popular musician up until his death. His most recent album, 2014's Hypnotic Eye, was the first Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers to top the charts in the U.S. The artist had just completed a 40th anniversary 53-date tour with The Heartbreakers, winning rave reviews with his final performance at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles last week.His influence was widespread, and could be seen as stars From LeAnn Rimes to Sheryl Crow and Bryan Adams rushed to pay tribute on social media.'Thank you for giving so much, a lifetime of inspiration and love,' wrote Ryan Adams.However Petty had recently talked of cutting back his work schedule to spend more time with his young granddaughter.Talking to Rolling Stone in December, he said: 'I have a granddaughter now I'd like to see as much as I can.I don't want to spend my life on the road. This tour will take me away for four months.With a little kid, that's a lot of time. 'Petty was the father of daughters Adria and Kimberly from his 22-year first marriage to his teenage sweetheart Jane Benyo.Petty is also survived by second wife Dana York Epperson. The two first met at one of his concerts in 1991 and married in 2001.
Andrea McLean confidently flaunts age-defying frame
She underwent a life-changing hysterectomy in September last year. And Andrea McLean has proved she would not let her surgery defeat her as she posed for a sensational shoot for the new issue of Fit & Well, in which she discussed her recovery and how she sprung back into shape.The 48-year-old Loose Women star sported a long-sleeved swimsuit under which she wore a zip-fastened bandeau while another shot saw her lift weights while sporting tiny shorts and a figure-flashing vest top.Andrea looked incredible as she posed for the shoot while confidently displaying the figure - which she admits is the result of extremely hard work.In the most striking shot of the series, she wore a blue swimsuit with the neckline unzipped to near her naval while protecting her modesty with a colourful bandeau.Her hair was perfectly coiffed in the shots while her make-up was flawlessly applied - making her look worlds away from the sweaty confines of the gym.The other image saw her sit with her legs astride while beaming into the camera, with tiny shorts and a cut-out vest top flashing her slender sides.Andrea revealed the news of her operation on Loose Women in September last year, as she said: 'Just to let you know, don’t worry if you don’t see me for the next month or so.I am actually going to be off at home convalescing. 'I'm having a hysterectomy tomorrow – lots of personal reasons for that.I did go to the doctor’s and talk about it. 'Returning to the daytime series in November, the Scottish star reflected on the decision to have her uterus removed, admitting she was left with no alternative after being diagnosed with endometriosis.Andrea discovered her condition – where tissue that behaves like the lining of the womb is found outside the womb - had spread to her bladder and large intestine.'It's just coming up to six weeks now, there's physical things to get over but my biggest fear was mentally falling over a cliff because that's menopause,' she said of her recovery.Now speaking out again, she told the fitness magazine: 'I’d lost all my strength so I had to start very gently.I was lunging from one side of the room to the other, stopping, gasping for breath and hanging on to the wall.'I took two months off exercise and found it frustrating and depressing – I hadn’t realised how important exercise was to me mentally'.Of her post-operation work-out routine, she said: 'Slow, steady weight training worked best.I had to build up very gently after the op. But actually I think women of my age are fitter than younger women because we’re doing it sensibly.'You’re focusing on the inside and the bonus is that the outside looks good. I have cellulite, I have grabby bits, I have scars, but I think I’m in great shape.I’m two years away from 50 and I look fabulous for my age. I’m really proud of myself, which is a nice place to be.’She admits she must be cautious of what she eats due to previous complications as she said: ‘I’ve suffered with shingles-like viruses throughout my life, so I looked into what foods are good for your immune system, metabolism and menopause.'A vegan diet had everything I wanted – I can digest it all properly, as I get irritable bowel when I’m stressed, and I’m intolerant to milk.But I’m not vegan. I’ll happily have a steak! I call myself vegan-ish!’Read the full interview in the new issue of Fit & Well magazine, out now.
Rep. Jim Jordan defends Trump budget deal with Schumer, Pelosi, blames GOP leaders
One of the GOP's toughest budget hawks on Sunday defended President Trump for striking a funding deal with Democrats, saying Republican leaders left the commander in chief no “good options.”Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, told “Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace he was not a fan of the deal Trump cut last week with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. But he recognized Trump had to strike a bargain to pay for Hurricane Harvey aid and raise the federal debt limit.“Frankly, what options did the president have?” asked Jordan, arguing Republican leaders of the GOP-controlled Congress didn’t have a better plan.Jordan, a founding member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, noted GOP leaders allowed Congress to adjourn for a lengthy August recess instead of making members stay to craft plans on the debt ceiling, tax reform and dismantling ObamaCare.“We should have stayed. … When you fail to prepare, you get a bad outcome,” said Jordan, who wanted to raise the debt ceiling is exchange for a measure to cap federal spending as a percentage of the country’s gross national product.Trump agreed to raise the debt ceiling enough to fund the federal government for the next three months. Republican leaders wanted it raised sufficient for 18 months of funding, in order to avert budget wrangling before the end of the year.Trump, knowing Huricane Harvey relief had been tied to the measure, took the Democrats' offer of a shorter funding deal.“I think the president is focused on doing what he told Americans he was going to do,” Jordan said in defending Trump.Jordan dismissed claims Trump has empowered congressional Democrats, saying the deal struck Wednesday with Schumer and Pelosi was a “unique situation.”“We get another bite at the apple,” Jordan said. “We have a chance to put together a plan [and] take that to the American people early, not like we did before.”Jordan also dismissed reports that the Freedom Caucus is trying to force out House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., like the group did in 2015 to Rep. John Boehner when the fellow Ohio Republican was House speaker and occasionally struck legislative deals with chamber Democrats.“No one’s talking about changing the leadership,” Jordan said Sunday. “What we are talking about is just what I said -- what was the agenda the American people voted for in November. -------------------------------------------------- Source: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/09/10/rep-jim-jordan-defends-trump-budget-deal-with-schumer-pelosi-blames-gop-leaders.html
Anatolian stone slab tells of Trojan prince and Sea People
A3,200-year-old Anatolian stone slab that describes a warring Trojan prince has finally been deciphered more than 135 years after it was first discovered.The inscription tells of the rise of a powerful kingdom called Mira, which started a military campaign spearheaded by a prince called Muksus from Troy.The story details a time when a confederation that modern-day scholars call the Sea People laid waste to cities and civilisations across the Middle East.The kingdom of Mira, which joined this military conquest, seems to have been part of the seafaring group.According to the cryptic symbols, the kingdom had a decisive hand in the Sea Peoples' invasions, and so helped end the Bronze Age in the eastern Mediterranean.However, several scholars have raised concerns that the inscriptions might be fake.Because the slab itself was destroyed in the 19th Century, the modern deciphering is based off of copies supposedly drawn by scholars at the time.The inscription tells of how Mira, which was located in what is now western Turkey and controlled Troy itself, was ruled by a King Kupantakuruntas.Prince Muksus, a Trojan prince, led a naval expedition for Mira that conquered Ashkelon, now in modern-day Israel, and built a fortress there, the inscription claims.The text tells of King Kupantakuruntas' rise to the throne of Mira. After a Trojan king named Walmus was overthrown, Kupantakuruntas' father King Mashuittas seized control of Troy.Mashuittas quickly reinstated Walmus to the throne of the Bronze Age city in exchange for his loyalty to Mira, according to the inscription.Once his father died, Kupantakuruntas became king of Mira, though he was never the official king of Troy.The ancient leader instead describes himself as a guardian of Troy in the text, asking future rulers to 'guard Wilusa [an ancient name for Troy] (like) the great king (of) Mira (did).'The stone inscription, which was once 95 feet (29 meters) long, is written in an ancient language called Luwian that only a handful of people can read today.Some estimates list that just 20 scholars today can read the ancient Anatolian writing system, which uses complex hieroglyphs to depict stories.Independent Dutch linguist Dr Fred Woudhuizen, based near Amsterdam, has now worked with other researchers to decipher the text 139 years after it was first discovered.Live Science spoke to several scholars not affiliated with the research, and some expressed concern that the inscription is a modern-day forgery.But Dr Woudhuizen and his associates claimed it would be it 'extremely difficult, if not impossible' for someone to create such a long and complex fake because so few people can read the ancient language.The inscription tells of how Mira, which was located in what is now western Turkey and controlled Troy itself, was ruled by a King Kupantakuruntas.Prince Muksus, a Trojan prince, led a naval expedition for Mira that conquered Ashkelon, now in modern-day Israel, and built a fortress there, the inscription claims.The text tells of King Kupantakuruntas' rise to the throne of Mira. After a Trojan king named Walmus was overthrown, Kupantakuruntas' father King Mashuittas seized control of Troy.Mashuittas quickly reinstated Walmus to the throne of the Bronze Age city in exchange for his loyalty to Mira, according to the inscription.Once his father died,
Scary sea creature washes up on a Texas beach after Harvey
Hurricane Harvey didn't just displace people, it displaced sea creatures too.Last week, Preeti Desai of the National Audobon Society took to Twitter for help identifying a mysterious creature she found washed onto a Texas City beach after Hurricane Harvey.The apparently eyeless dead animal sported a mouth of razor-sharp teeth and a large cylinder-shaped body.'On first glance it looked like something from the deep sea to me,' Desai told Earth Touch News Network. 'My initial thought was it might be a sea lamprey but when I got close I realized there was no way that was what it was, particularly based on the mouth.'We squished it around a bit, and even turned it over but couldn't come up with any other ideas.'So Desai posted the pictures on Twitter and asked biologists for help.'This is the kind of thing that's perfect for Twitter - there are so many scientists and researchers on the platform and they're very willing to jump in and figure out things like this,' she said.The biologists who responded to Desai's post believed that the sea monster was some type of eel, but they had a hard time pegging just what kind.'I mentally smacked my forehead, because once that was suggested I could absolutely see the eel shape,' Desai said.The most popular opinion was that the animal was a fangtooth snake-eel, also known as the tusky eel, which is native to the Gulf of Mexico.Tusky eels live in waters about 30 to 90 meters deep and spend most of their time hidden away, but do occasionally venture into shallows.Tusky eels also have eyes, but they are small and could have decomposed by the time Desai found the creature's body.Dr. Kenneth Tighe of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History believes the dead creature is a tusky eel, but he said that it could also be in another eel family - either the garden or conger eels.However, it's large teeth rule out most species in those two families.'It might be Bathyuroconger vicinus or Xenomystax congroides,' he said. 'All three of these species occur off Texas and have large fang-like teeth.Too bad you can't clearly see the tip of the tail. That would differentiate between the ophichthid and the congrids.
13 Creepy Historical Photos That Will Haunt Your Nightmares
1. The Collector Just imagine the home tour: “This is the living room, and down the hall is the kitchen. Oh, and this is my wall of severed heads.” The good news: British Army officer and artist Horatio Gordon Robley had nothing to do with the severing of the heads captured in this 1895 shot. He was a collector of the macabre, though, and that included this assortment of preserved craniums of New Zealand’s Maori people.. 2. Way Too Life-Like This isn’t a scene from a zombie movie. As frighteningly real as these figures look, they’re actually just melted mannequins that were damaged during a 1925 fire at Madam Tussaud’s Wax Museum in London. Witnesses said they could hear the mannequins sizzling.. 3. Man’s Usefulness Ends Not In Death This is a hell of a class photo. Shot in 1901, this image of an anatomy class depicts students casually posing with a cadaver … with a fitting quote inscribed across the bottom.. 4. Time for a Trim This chilling photo isn’t of a werewolf caught on camera. It’s actually a shot of a patient suffering from polytrichia, or excessive hairiness.. 5. Smile–or Else French neurologist Guillaume Duchenne de Boulogne broke new ground in the science of electrophysiology—and he did so through practice, practice, practice. In this wince-inducing photo, the good doctor conducts facial experiments on a live patient, triggering forced expressions with electrical shock. That is one contorted face we won’t soon forget.. 6. Demonic Dummy While all ventriloquist dummies are unsettling, this one from the 1800s is particularly creepy. Is it us, or does that dummy’s face look like it was stitched together from actual human skin? We don’t even want to think about it “talking.” . 7. House of Meat In theory, a house made of meat is a dream come true—especially when we’re craving bacon for breakfast. In practice, it looks like this nightmare. Taken in 1937, this photo depicts an English butcher’s delicious idea for attracting new customers: fresh meat hung from his shop exterior in the midday sun. It’s enough to have us considering vegetarianism.. 8. Android Operation? Look closely—you’re not seeing a dissection of some terrifying robot/human-hybrid. It’s actually a 1964 photo of two engineers fixing a Disney caveman robot.. 9. The Isolator It’s so hard to concentrate when your smartphone is just a few feet away, or when it’s 1925 and you’re not wearing your isolation hood that blocks all outside sound.. 10. Frozen Nightmare Forget snowmen. This winter, build yourself a terrifying snow monster, like this 1902 photo depicts.. 11. Trick or Treat Before there were store-bought Donald Trump Halloween costumes, there was something much creepier … these homemade children’s costumes in the early 1900s.. 12. Join Us One Mickey Mouse? Adorable. An auditorium full of ‘em? Terrifying. Before it was a TV show, the Mickey Mouse Club toured theaters across the country. This photo from the 1930s depicts one such meeting, with apparently zero regard for the nightmares it would inspire.. 13. Shell Shocked This soldier may be smiling, but it’s clear his mind is far from untroubled. The man in this war photo from 1916 is experiencing shell shock, an expression coined by soldiers to describe the hysterical paralysis, confusion, and dazed stares often seen on the battlefields of WWI..
WhatsApp to let people ‘unsend’ embarrassing messages
Many of us have sent at least one text or image we later wished we could take back.But thanks to a new WhatsApp feature, the days of regretting an embarrassing message will soon be a thing of the past.The messaging service is releasing a new 'Delete for Everyone' feature that will let you unsend messages.Users will only have five minutes from when the message is sent to delete it, and only messages that haven't been opened by the recipient can be removed.THE 'DELETE FOR EVERYONE' TOOL  Delete for Everyone will work on all types of WhatsApp messages, including texts, images, videos, GIFs, documents, quoted messages and Status reply. Users can delete these messages within five minutes of sending them.  But if this time window is missed, the message will stay. Users will not be able to delete any messages that the recipient has opened, even within the five-minute limit. WhatsApp will shortly roll out an update with the new feature to Android and iOS users globally, reports suggest.WhatsApp will soon roll out an update with the new feature to Android and iOS users globally, reports suggest.WABetaInfo, a London-based Twitter account that tests WhatsApp update early, announced that Delete For Everyone is in the final stages of testing and will be 'available soon'.WABetaInfo said: 'WhatsApp is finally testing the Delete for Everyone feature: The server finally works and it successfully recalls the message.'Also if the server works, this does not mean that the feature is currently enabled.'It will be remotely enabled later, and seen that WhatsApp 'enabled' their servers for the Delete for Everyone feature, it may really be enabled soon.'Delete for Everyone will reportedly work on all types of WhatsApp messages, including texts, images, videos, GIFs, documents and Status reply.Users can delete these messages within five minutes of sending them, but if this time window is missed, the message will stay.Rumours suggest users will not be able to delete any messages that the recipient has opened, even within the five-minute limit.The highly anticipated feature, originally called 'Recall', was first seen in April, when it was tested in a Beta version of the app.The feature was included in the code for version 2.17.30 of the app, but Whatsapp has still to enable it.The beta version tested in April also had other changes, including a new 'change number' feature, which allowed users to more easily recognise a contact if they've got a new number.This feature could be released alongside Delete for Everyone in an update soon.WhatsApp has not officially confirmed the new feature, and is yet to respond to MailOnline's request for comment.
Google Earth reveals 400 mysterious stone structures
Archaeologists have discovered 400 mysterious stone structures on the edge of volcanoes that could be thousands of years old in a remote desert area in Saudi Arabia.The stone structures- which were found using Google Earth - have been dubbed the 'gates' because they appear to look like field gates from above.Built across ancient lava domes, some of these strange features are more than four times the length of a football pitch, and experts believe they may be up to 7,000 years old.WHAT DO WE KNOW ABOUT THE 'GATES'? The stone walls have been dubbed the 'gates' because they appear to look like gates in a field from above, although their purpose remains unknown.The strange cluster 'appear to be the oldest man-made structures in the landscape' and some are up to 1,700 feet long and built across old lava domes.The smallest gates are 43 feet (13 metres) in length while the longest are 1,699 feet (518 metres) long.Experts say that thousands of years ago this area would have been much more hospitable than it is now.There is 'no obvious explanation' of why they were built. David Kennedy of the University of Western Australia said the purpose and age of these structures, found in the Harrat Khaybar region in Saudia Arabia, remains unknown.'Gates are found almost exclusively in bleak, inhospitable lava fields with scant water or vegetation, places seemingly amongst the most unwelcoming to our species', he wrote in a paper due to be published in November in the journal Arabian Archaeology and Epigraphy.The gates are 'stone-built, the walls roughly made and low', he said. Remains of lava flows can be seen on top of some of the gates, suggesting that they are older than some of the lava flows.The strange clusters 'appear to be the oldest man-made structures in the landscape', Dr Kennedy wrote.The smallest gates are 43 feet (13 metres) in length while the longest are 1,699 feet (518 metres) long, writes Live Science.Dr Kennedy said 'no obvious explanation of their purpose can be discerned'. Many of the structures have multiple stone walls that form a rectangular design whereas others - called 'I' type gates - have one stone wall with piles of stones at the ends.Most of them were discovered through satellite surveys and no archaeological fieldwork has yet been carried out.Previous research has found thousands of stone structures that form geometric patterns in the Middle East.These include two wheel-shaped patterns date back some 8,500 years. Anumber of the designs, found in Jordan's Azraq Oasis, appear to have an astronomical significance, built to align with the sunrise on the winter solstice, according to LiveScience.Other types of stone structures such as 'kites', were used to hunt animals and wheel-shaped objects have also been discovered in the lava fields.They were found on top of the gates - suggesting the gates pre-date them. In the 1980s before the discovery of the gates two volcanists, Vic Camp and John Roobolmapped, visited the area.They mapped an area that included a lava done with gates and other stone structures.They estimated that some of the gates around the lava domes they looked at were built 7,000 years ago.Dr Kennedy said archaeological fieldwork is necessary to determine exactly when they were constructed.
World's first child car seat with airbags launched in UK
The world's first child car seat with built-in airbags is being launched worldwide today.It detects a collision in 0.05 seconds and instantly inflates bags in the shoulder pads of the harness - protecting toddlers' heads from snapping forward.The £550 ($730) device more than halves jerking forces on the neck and head compared to other forward-facing car seats.In a frontal collision, children in forward-facing seats are at risk of severe spinal and neck injuries or traumatic 'chin-to-chest' strikes.Maxi Cosi's new 'Air Technology' uses an accelerator sensor and trigger installed in the back of the seat to set off a CO2 air cartridge.This inflates a pair of small airbags around the child's shoulders and chest. The system detects a collision in 0.05 seconds - inflating the two airbags in the shoulder pads 'within the blink of an eye' to cushion the head softly.In tests the seat reduced the forces acting on the neck vertebrae and the head in the case of a frontal collision by up to 55 per cent.The system will be released in selected stores worldwide, and is suitable for children from four months to four years of age.The seat, which can be used facing forward or backward, can also be used in the front passenger seat, manufacturer Maxi Cosi said.Its shoulder pads automatically deflate one second after impact. In a frontal collision, children in forward-facing seats are at risk of severe spinal and neck injuries or traumatic 'chin-to-chest' strikes.Maxi Cosi's new 'Air Technology' uses an accelerator sensor and trigger installed in the back of the seat to set off a CO2 air cartridge.This inflates a pair of small airbags around the child's shoulders and chest. In the UK child seats must be used by law until children reach age 12, or 135cm (4ft 5in) tall.They must also be rear-facing until they are at least 15-months-old but can be forward-facing after this age.Last year, 69 children were killed in road accidents in Britain - with a further 156 seriously injured.Andrew Ratcliffe, managing director of Maxi-Cosi, said: 'A few years ago, we investigated if and how airbags could better protect a child's head and neck in forward-facing car seats.'Successful applications in airbag technology gave us inspiration, such as the airbag jackets for motorcyclists and airbag seatbelts in aircraft that inflate during a collision.''Our Maxi-Cosi Air Safety technology® will lower the impact of an accident to a child's neck and head in a forward-facing child car seat, resulting in better safety for toddlers.'The system detects a collision in 0.05 seconds - inflating the two airbags in the shoulder pads 'within the blink of an eye' to cushion the head softly.Mr Ratcliffe said in tests the seat reduced the forces acting on the neck vertebrae and the head in the case of a frontal collision by up to 55 per cent.He said: 'Cars are not designed to protect our children best. 'That's why we keep innovating to ensure that children are transported by car as safely as possible.'The first child car seat that will include the airbag is the AxissFix Air and will be available in selected stores from October 17.It features a 360° swivel which can be used for both rear and forward-facing travel and is suitable for children whose height is between 61 and 105 cm (2ft and 3ft 5in).
Chris Eubank Jnr hits back at Lily Allen in ring girl row
Chris Eubank Jnr was embroiled in a Twitter spat with former pop singer Lily Allen over a video showing his father telling off two ring girls.Eubank Jnr had originally posted the video on Monday morning, in which Eubank Snr tells two girls to get out of the camera shot during as his son was giving a post-fight interview following his victory over Avni Yildirim in Stuttgart.The post, which received over 12,000 likes and 3,800 retweets, was picked up by Allen, who took offence to the way the boxer's father had behaved towards the women by shooing them away from the camera.Chris Eubank Jnr and his younger brother Sebastian were adopted by Irene Hutton in 2006.The pair flew out with their father in September of that year to stay with Hutton, whom their father had met at a bar in Paris.Eubank Snr and his wife have claimed they allowed the paperwork in order to help their sons sporting careers and help them gain dual citizenship.The documents signed in Nevada suggested their mother Karron, was struggling to raise four children by herself after a bitter divorce.Eubank Jnr posted the clip along with the message: 'To all ring girls. Do not photobomb me as my dad has a very particular set of skills.He will look for u, he will find u & he will pie u. 'Allen responded to the tongue-in-cheek post on Tuesday morning stating: 'They are doing their job.Your dad went bankrupt and gave you to a stranger in Vegas, the only photobomber here is him.#respectwomen. 'Eubank Jnr moved to Las Vegas in the US in 2006 and was formally adopted, along with his younger brother Sebastian, by divorcee Irene Hutton.However, the pair's father, and mother Karron, have always insisted both were allowed to be adopted to enable them access to dual citizenship, as well as to further their sporting careers.Eubank Jnr did not take kindly to the jibe aimed at his father by Allen and hit back, saying: 'Its called banter Lily.You’re well known for abusing drugs & alcohol so maybe focus on respecting yourself 1st before worrying about others.'Allen stood her ground and responded 'I'm actually sober, but thanks,' and came back again in the spat, calling Eubank Snr misogynistic for his handling of the situation in the ring in Germany.'It’s called misogyny,' she replied. 'Are you saying people with addiction and mental health issues issues have no self respect ? #BIGMANTALK.'Allen's past problems with addiction have been well documented and has previously stated she is not ashamed of taking drugs in an interview with GQ magazine.'I've taken drugs. I found them and find them fun and I don’t think I’m a bad person because of it,' she told the magazine back in 2009.At last year's Notting Hill Carnival she was seen slumped behind a DJ set after an afternoon of heavy drinking at the annual street festival.