Express Digest http://expressdigest.com News, Culture & Society Tue, 25 Sep 2018 16:57:14 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.3 http://expressdigest.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/cropped-ExpressDigest_favicon-32x32.png Express Digest http://expressdigest.com 32 32 Woman, 92, dies after waiting three hours for an ambulance http://expressdigest.com/woman-92-dies-after-waiting-three-hours-for-an-ambulance/ Tue, 25 Sep 2018 16:57:14 +0000 http://expressdigest.com/woman-92-dies-after-waiting-three-hours-for-an-ambulance/

A pensioner has passed away after emergency services took more than three hours to arrive – despite the nearest ambulance station being only 400ft away.

Olive Nutt, 92, was found hunched over her walking frame in cardiac arrest when a paramedic finally reached her flat in sheltered accommodation in Pimlico, London.

Despite their best efforts, Mrs Nutt could not be resuscitated.

Olive Nutt, 92, was found hunched over her walking frame in cardiac arrest when a paramedic finally reached her flat in sheltered accommodation in Pimlico

The call to emergency services was made by a member of staff at the housing association in Pimlico, London, at 5.31pm on January 28 after Mrs Nutt, who lived along, pressed an emergency pendant around her neck.

However 999 call handlers did not priotise her call, meaning help did not arrive until 8.48pm – three hours and 17 minutes after the first call.

Westminster ambulance station is less than a two minutes’ walk from where she collapsed, although there are said to have been no paramedics there at the time.

Changes to ambulance dispatch times require patients most in need to receive care within seven minutes, but this has resulted in many callers waiting hours to receive help. 

Malcolm Alexander, chairman of the London Ambulance Patients Forum, said: ‘The forum was told by NHS England that the [new dispatch system] would extend waits for less seriously ill patients, not for patients who need a rapid response to save their life.’

The circumstances around Mrs Nutt’s death were revealed when a coroner’s prevention of future deaths report was made public.

Russell Caller, assistant coroner for Inner West London, said: ‘The LAS failed to make a relevant and proper note of the symptoms of the deceased when these were phoned through to the LAS, and as a result the clinicians at LAS made an incorrect priority decision which caused significant delay in a timely attendance being made on the deceased.’

He added the LAS call centre failed in their responsibility to make a follow up call to Mrs Nutt within 90 minutes of their initial 999 call – something which is in their protocol.

The call from emergency services on behalf of Mrs Nutt was wrongly categorised as 'category four' - meaning that her case required assessment by phone within 90 minutes

The call from emergency services on behalf of Mrs Nutt was wrongly categorised as ‘category four’ – meaning that her case required assessment by phone within 90 minutes

An inquest into Mrs Nutt’s death in June heard that she passed away from natural causes at the Anchor Trust block in Pimlico. It also heard that Mrs Nutt had heart disease.

LAS today apologised and said it had been facing a high call demand.

The call to emergency services from carers at Mrs Nutt’s carehome was initially classified as ‘category 4’, which requires assessment by phone within 90 minutes. 

A paramedic from the LAS call centre had contacted Mrs Nutt after about two hours but she could not hear the paramedic and ended the call. The paramedic called again but received no answer. A third call was made from LAS to the care line. The care line made another 999 call at 8.39pm, and a paramedic arrived nine minutes later.

Paul Woodrow, LAS director of operations, said all call handlers had attended a core skills refresher course.

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Patches the nine year-old dachshund gets a life saving 3D printed skull http://expressdigest.com/patches-the-nine-year-old-dachshund-gets-a-life-saving-3d-printed-skull/ Tue, 25 Sep 2018 16:50:47 +0000 https://expressdigest.com/patches-the-nine-year-old-dachshund-gets-a-life-saving-3d-printed-skull/

Patches the nine year-old dachshund has made medical history in a major breakthrough in cancer research.

Surgeons removed a large cancerous tumour growing on her skull and replaced it with a 3-D printed custom implant that surgeons fitted in place ‘like a puzzle piece’ in a pioneering operation.

The custom made skull piece could also help human patients, the researchers hope.

 

Canadian surgeons removed a large cancerous tumour growing on Patches the nine year-old dachshund’s skull and replaced it with a 3-D printed custom implant.

Oblak and Hayes had to replace about 70 per cent of the top surface of the dog's skull, which left the brain unprotected over a large area

Oblak and Hayes had to replace about 70 per cent of the top surface of the dog’s skull, which left the brain unprotected over a large area

‘The technology has grown so quickly, and to be able to offer this incredible, customized, state-of-the-art plate in one of our canine patients was really amazing,’ said Ontario Veterinary College’s Dr. Michelle Oblak, assistant co-director of the U of G’s Institute for Comparative Cancer Investigation.

Oblak and Cornell small-animal surgeon Dr. Galina Hayes removed a large cancerous tumour growing on the dachshund’s skull on March 23rd and replaced it with a 3D printed custom implant that fit in place like a puzzle piece.

The dog’s tumour, a multilobular osteochondrosarcoma that had grown so large that it was weighing down the dog’s head and growing into her skull, pushing dangerously close to her brain and eye socket. 

'She was asleep for about five hours, and within about half an hour after surgery, Patches was alert and looking around. It was amazing,' said Oblak.

‘She was asleep for about five hours, and within about half an hour after surgery, Patches was alert and looking around. It was amazing,’ said Oblak.

The dog's tumour, a multilobular osteochondrosarcoma that had grown so large that it was weighing down the dog's head and growing into her skull, pushing dangerously close to her brain and eye socket.

The dog’s tumour, a multilobular osteochondrosarcoma that had grown so large that it was weighing down the dog’s head and growing into her skull, pushing dangerously close to her brain and eye socket.

‘We called her our little unicorn because she had this bump on her head, but it would have killed her,’ Danielle Dymeck, who is from Willamsport, Pa, told CBC.

‘It’s pretty amazing what they did for my girl.’

Oblak and Hayes had to replace about 70 per cent of the top surface of the dog’s skull, which left the brain unprotected over a large area.

‘She was asleep for about five hours, and within about half an hour after surgery, Patches was alert and looking around. It was amazing,’ said Oblak. 

During the five hour operation, doctors removed the tumour, and replaced 70% of the skull with their 3D printed version. Pictured, the 3D models surgeons used to plan the operation next to the tumour they removed

Patches is now cancer-free – although in a separate incident a week after the surgery, suffered a badly slipped disc in her back which left here hind legs paralyzed. 

‘She has a wheelchair that she refuses to use, so she pulls herself around on her two feet, but she’s pretty fast,’ Dymeck said.

‘I feel lucky to be her owner, and she’s still the boss of the house.’

The procedure not only marked a veterinary first in North America, but it also signalled a potential new breakthrough in cancer research.

Doctors worked with an engineer from Sheridan College’s Centre for Advanced Manufacturing Design and Technologies to create a 3-D model of the dog’s head and tumour so doctors could ‘virtually’ perform the surgery and see what would be left behind once the growth was removed.

‘I was able to do the surgery before I even walked into the operating room,’ said Oblak, holding the small 3-D printed model of Patches’ skull with a detachable model of the tumour.

Doctors worked with an engineer from Sheridan College's Centre for Advanced Manufacturing Design and Technologies to create a 3-D model of the dog's head and tumour so doctors could 'virtually' perform the surgery and see what would be left behind once the growth was removed. Pictured, Ontario Veterinary College's Dr. Michelle Oblak.

Doctors worked with an engineer from Sheridan College’s Centre for Advanced Manufacturing Design and Technologies to create a 3-D model of the dog’s head and tumour so doctors could ‘virtually’ perform the surgery and see what would be left behind once the growth was removed. Pictured, Ontario Veterinary College’s Dr. Michelle Oblak.

Once she could determine the dimensions of the portion of skull she’d need to replace, she worked with ADEISS, a 3-D medical printing company in London, Ont., to adapt software designed for human medicine. Together they created a skull plate to replace the part she planned to remove from Patches’ head.

Typically, she said, surgeries of this kind take a long time, as once the portion of skull is removed, surgeons must assess the damage and shape titanium mesh over the spot. 

Oblak and Cornell small-animal surgeon Dr. Galina Hayes removed a large cancerous tumour growing on the dachshund's skull on March 23rd and replaced it with a 3D printed custom implant that fit in place like a puzzle piece

Oblak and Cornell small-animal surgeon Dr. Galina Hayes removed a large cancerous tumour growing on the dachshund’s skull on March 23rd and replaced it with a 3D printed custom implant that fit in place like a puzzle piece

For Patches, the 3-D printed plate fitted into place perfectly, and for future canine and human surgeries, the approach will eliminate the need to model an implant in the operating room and reduce patient risk by shortening the time spent under anesthesia.

‘This is major for tumour reconstruction in many places on the head, limb prosthesis, developmental deformities after fractures and other traumas,’ said Oblak, adding that she sees tremendous potential for 3-D printed implant technology to be transferred to humans. 

‘In human medicine, there is a lag in use of the available technology while regulations catch up. 

‘By performing these procedures in our animal patients, we can provide valuable information that can be used to show the value and safety of these implants for humans. 

‘These implants are the next big leap in personalized medicine that allows for every element of an individual’s medical care to be specifically tailored to their particular needs.’

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Google to allow certain cryptocurrency ads in U.S., Japan http://expressdigest.com/google-to-allow-certain-cryptocurrency-ads-in-u-s-japan/ Tue, 25 Sep 2018 16:49:44 +0000 https://expressdigest.com/google-to-allow-certain-cryptocurrency-ads-in-u-s-japan/

Google to allow certain cryptocurrency ads in U.S., Japan

Sept 25 (Reuters) – Alphabet Inc’s Google said on Tuesday it would allow certain regulated cryptocurrency exchanges to advertise in the United States and Japan, easing an earlier ban on all cryptocurrency ads.

The changes will take place in October and advertisers will need to be certified with Google for the country where the ads will appear, the search engine giant said in a blog https://support.google.com/adspolicy/answer/9142422 post.

The company said in March it would ban advertisements for cryptocurrencies and initial coin offerings, starting June.

Google’s action follows a similar move by Facebook Inc . The social media giant has allowed certain ads promoting cryptocurrency and related content from pre-approved advertisers, while banning those tied to binary options and initial coin offerings.

Google’s move to ban such ads in March had sent the price of the best-known cryptocurrency, bitcoin, down more than 10 percent.

(Reporting by Sonam Rai in Bengaluru; editing by Patrick Graham and Sriraj Kalluvila)

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Trump: ‘Missiles and rockets are no longer flying’ from North Korea http://expressdigest.com/trump-missiles-and-rockets-are-no-longer-flying-from-north-korea/ Tue, 25 Sep 2018 16:49:23 +0000 https://expressdigest.com/trump-missiles-and-rockets-are-no-longer-flying-from-north-korea/

President Donald Trump is boasting that, thanks to him, ‘missiles and rockets are no longer flying in every direction’ from North Korea although he warns economic sanctions will remain in place until there is denuclearization on the Korean peninsula.

In his 34-minute speech to the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday, Trump bragged that his meeting with North Korean President Kim Jong-Un in Singapore in June resulted in a ‘bold and new push for peace.’ 

He said that was ‘a moment that is actually far greater than people would understand.’ 

President Trump said missiles are no longer flying from North Korea but economic sanctions will remain in place until denuclearization occurs 

Trump bragged about his accomplishments with North Korea in a speech to the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday 

Trump bragged about his accomplishments with North Korea in a speech to the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday 

‘The missiles and rockets are no longer flying in every direction,’ Trump bragged. 

He also outlined what else has happened since June: Nuclear testing has stopped, some military facilities are already being dismantled, U.S. hostages have been released, and the remains of American service members who died in the Korean War are being returned.

He did acknowledge ‘much work remains to be done’ as his administration works to set up another meeting with Kim.

And he added he would keep sanctions on Pyongyang.

‘The sanctions will stay in place until denuclearization occurs,’ he said.

The original Singapore agreement was criticized for its lack of specific, measurable outcomes for North Korea and for not having a timetable on when denuclearization would occur.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has been in negotiations with Pyongyang and plans to make another trip there before the end of the year, he told reporters in New York on Monday.      

Trump said on Monday his next summit with Kim Jong-un will be ‘most likely in a ‘different location’ than it was before, seemingly ruling out Singapore out as an option. 

Trump said his second summit with Kim will be similar to the format they had before at a ‘location to be determined’ that will be ‘announced within a fairly short period of time.’

‘We are in no rush. There’s no hurry. We got back three months ago or so,’ he said of their summit in June. ‘We’ve made more progress than anybody’s made in –  ever, – frankly, with regard to North Korea.’

Donald Trump says his next summit with Kim Jong-un will be 'most likely in a 'different location' than it was before, ruling out Singapore out as an option

Donald Trump says his next summit with Kim Jong-un will be ‘most likely in a ‘different location’ than it was before, ruling out Singapore out as an option

The U.S. president declared that ‘in some ways’ he has an ‘extraordinary’ relationship with Kim.

‘I really believe North Korea has tremendous economic potential, and I believe that Chairman Kim and the people of North Korea want to see that potential arrived at, and we’ll help them to that end,’ he said as he met with the South Korean president. ‘The relationship is very good. in fact in some ways it’s extraordinary. we’ll see what happens. But we will be having a second summit in the not too distant future.’

Trump on Monday boasted that his administration has made ‘tremendous progress’ in the dispute with North Korea in the year since he called Kim Jong-un ‘Rocket Man’ and placed heavy sanctions on the isolated regime for its illicit nuclear activities.

He said on his way into the United Nations that talks were ‘moving very well’ with the hermit nation and ‘the relationships are very good.’

‘We have many things in store, looks like we will have a second summit quite soon,’ he said. ‘As you know, Kim Jong-un wrote a letter – beautiful letter – and asking for a second meeting, and we will be doing that.’

Trump also boasted Monday that his administration has made 'tremendous progress' in the dispute with North Korea in the year since he called Kim Jong-un 'Rocket Man' and placed heavy sanctions on the isolated regime for its illicit nuclear activities

Trump also boasted Monday that his administration has made ‘tremendous progress’ in the dispute with North Korea in the year since he called Kim Jong-un ‘Rocket Man’ and placed heavy sanctions on the isolated regime for its illicit nuclear activities

MAN OF THE HOUR: President Trump is seen here departing a counter-narcotics event at the United Nations General Assembly on Monday 

MAN OF THE HOUR: President Trump is seen here departing a counter-narcotics event at the United Nations General Assembly on Monday 

Trump talked briefly about the 'critical steps to combat the global drug problem' that the U.S. and its allies are taking at the televised session

Trump talked briefly about the ‘critical steps to combat the global drug problem’ that the U.S. and its allies are taking at the televised session

President Trump confers with U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley during the 'Global Call to Action on the World Drug Problem' event at the United Nations this morning. He has an open afternoon before he meets with South Korean President Moon Jae-in

President Trump confers with U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley during the ‘Global Call to Action on the World Drug Problem’ event at the United Nations this morning. He has an open afternoon before he meets with South Korean President Moon Jae-in

'We have many things in store, looks like we will have a second summit quite soon,' Trump said on his way into the UN. 'As you know, Kim Jong-un wrote a letter - beautiful letter - and asking for a second meeting, and we will be doing that'

‘We have many things in store, looks like we will have a second summit quite soon,’ Trump said on his way into the UN. ‘As you know, Kim Jong-un wrote a letter – beautiful letter – and asking for a second meeting, and we will be doing that’

Pompeo said later, at a White House briefing, that he expects to make his next visit to Pyongyang before the end of the year and a meeting with Trump is likely to follow. 'Lord willing, I’ll be traveling before the end of the year,' he told reporters

Pompeo said later, at a White House briefing, that he expects to make his next visit to Pyongyang before the end of the year and a meeting with Trump is likely to follow. ‘Lord willing, I’ll be traveling before the end of the year,’ he told reporters

Trump said that U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will ‘work that out in the immediate future.’

He added: ‘Looks like its moving very, very well, tremendous progress on North Korea.’

‘Since we got here, it was a different world. That was a very dangerous time. This is one year later, a much different time,’ Trump said.

The president briefly spoke to press about North Korea on his way into the United Nations on Monday for his first meeting of the day, a U.S.-led forum on counter-narcotics efforts around the globe. 

He commented on his way out about his under-fire Supreme Court nominee who was hit with two new sex assault allegations on Sunday night.

‘We should look into the lawyers doing the representation. Judge Kavanaugh is an outstanding person and I am with him all the way,’ he told press. ‘And for people to come out of the woodwork from 36 years ago and 30 years ago and never mentioned it. All of a sudden it happens. In my opinion, it’s totally political. It’s totally political.’

Pompeo said later, at a White House briefing, that he expects to make his next visit to Pyongyang before the end of the year and a meeting with Trump is likely to follow.

‘Lord willing, I’ll be traveling before the end of the year,’ he told reporters.

He declined to detail ‘reciprocal action’ to DailyMail.com that the U.S. would be willing to take to secure a nuclear deal during the briefing while asserting that sanctions will stay on Pyongyang until it completely and verifiably ends its nuclear program. 

‘We’re not going to talk about the state of the negotiation — it would be inappropriate for us to do that or our North Korean counterparts to talk about particular deal points, things we’re working on,’ he stated.

‘But the fundamental principles remain the same. We expect the full, complete, verified denuclearization of North Korea,’ Pompeo added. ‘And until such time as that occurs, the economic sanctions — the sanctions that have been put in place by the United Nations Security Council — will remain in place.’ 

Trump said that U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (pictured, center right) will work out a time for him to meet with Kim Jong-un again soon

Trump said that U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (pictured, center right) will work out a time for him to meet with Kim Jong-un again soon

Trump is meeting later on Monday with South Korean President Moon Jae-in to get a readout of his meeting last week with Kim

Trump is meeting later on Monday with South Korean President Moon Jae-in to get a readout of his meeting last week with Kim

TALK TO THE HAND: President Trump refused to answer questions about Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh on the way into the United Nations. He commented on the sexual assault allegations against on the way out

TALK TO THE HAND: President Trump refused to answer questions about Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh on the way into the United Nations. He commented on the sexual assault allegations against on the way out

Trump is meeting this afternoon with the South Korean president. In addition to North Korea, the two leaders will discuss trade. 

The U.S. president had a working dinner with the Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe as soon as he arrived in New York on Sunday evening in the building that was once his office and residence. 

The meal was closed to press from both sides, but pictures distributed by the U.S. and Japanese governments later showed Abe and Trump shaking hands in the president’s lavish penthouse.

Trump said in a tweet on Sunday night, before the meeting, that they’d be talking about the military and trade, in a nod to Japan’s long sought after agreement for a formal economic relationship with the U.S.

‘We have done much to help Japan, would like to see more of a reciprocal relationship. It will all work out!’ Trump said. 

Tump met Japanese prime minister, Shinzo Abe, and had a working dinner at Trump Tower on Sunday night. The dinner, at which North Korea was a likely topic, was closed to press. Abe shared a picture of the pair on Facebook

Tump met Japanese prime minister, Shinzo Abe, and had a working dinner at Trump Tower on Sunday night. The dinner, at which North Korea was a likely topic, was closed to press. Abe shared a picture of the pair on Facebook

Donald Trump arrived on Marine One in Downtown Manhattan Sunday with a luxury motor waiting for him

Donald Trump arrived on Marine One in Downtown Manhattan Sunday with a luxury motor waiting for him

The American leader returned to New York Sunday to attend the United Nations General Assembly

The American leader returned to New York Sunday to attend the United Nations General Assembly

The billionaire president was spending his first night in New York since September of 2017. He also slept in his apartment in August of 2017 during a working vacation, making this week just his third visit to his Manhattan apartment since the beginning of his term.

Heavy security and traffic closures were expected across New York City all week to accommodate Trump and other visiting leaders. 

Trump is making his second appearance at the United Nations this year, where he will deliver a speech and preside over a Security Council meeting in addition to one-on-one sessions with world leaders. 

Trump's grand arrival in New York was the beginning of several days of important meetings

Trump’s grand arrival in New York was the beginning of several days of important meetings

His vehicle at Downtown Manhattan Heliport was decorated with flags and was parked beside a Fire Department New York truck

His vehicle at Downtown Manhattan Heliport was decorated with flags and was parked beside a Fire Department New York truck

The motorcade carrying US President Donald Trump could be seen moving along the FDR Drive on Sunday ahead of the United Nations General Assembly in Manhattan on Tuesday

The motorcade carrying US President Donald Trump could be seen moving along the FDR Drive on Sunday ahead of the United Nations General Assembly in Manhattan on Tuesday

The president is staying at Trump Tower, which was his home before he moved into the White House for four days until Thursday when he goes to DC

The president is staying at Trump Tower, which was his home before he moved into the White House for four days until Thursday when he goes to DC

Police stood guard Sunday night and dump trucks were parked in front of Trump Tower as a security measure against protesters during the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly

Police stood guard Sunday night and dump trucks were parked in front of Trump Tower as a security measure against protesters during the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly

TRUMP’S WEEK IN NY

September 24:

President Trump will make a ‘Global Call to Action on the World Drug Problem’ at a counter-narcotics event that he’s co-hosting with United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

Later he will host a reception for heads of state visiting his home city for UNGA.

September 25:

The U.S. president will deliver remarks at the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly.

He will also have a ‘pull-aside’ with Guterres before attending a luncheon hosted by UN Secretary General.

President Trump will have another pull-aide that afternoon with this year’s UNGA President Maria Fernanda Espinosa before he attends U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley’s Security Council Presidency Reception.

September 26:

The president will chair a United Nations Security Council briefing, where members will discuss their counter-proliferation efforts.

 

Shinzo Abe holds a special place on the list of leaders that Trump will meet with, having been the first head of government to fly to New York to meet him at Trump Tower after the real estate tycoon’s 2016 election .

Japan is also a key partner for the United States in the Asia Pacific, where the United States is engaged in an escalating trade dispute with China while navigating a tricky disarmament agreement with North Korea.

Abe was just reelected himself in the past week – a feat that Trump congratulated him for on Twitter. 

But Trump also signaled that he wouldn’t let their friendship or security relationship get in the way of trade rules he believes are fair to the United States. He has taken the same approach to his talks with with Xi Jinping of China.

Trump and Abe have much to discuss since their last meeting at the G7 summit in Canada in June. Trump traveled straight to Singapore to meet with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un. 

A year ago at the general assembly gathering, Trump derogatorily referred to Kim as ‘Rocket Man’ in comments that critics of the new president’s in-your-face style worried would start a nuclear war. He introduced tough new sanctions on North Korea at the conference, as well, and vowed to keep maximum pressure on Kim’s government until it stopped building nukes.

In a major turnaround, Kim and Trump signed an informal pact for North Korea to completely and verifiably end its nuclear program in Singapore. 

‘Prior to my coming into office, a lot of people thought we were going — it was inevitable — we were going to war in North Korea. And now we’re — the relationships, I have to tell you, at least on a personal basis, they’re very good. It’s very much calmed down,’ Trump asserted last week at the White House. 

So far, the tete-a-tete has not produced significant results on the nuclear front, although North Korea has not conducted missile or nuclear tests since and followed through on a pledge to return the remains of American soldiers.

Talks reached a total standstill in late August as North Korea failed to make good on its promises to Trump at the nuclear summit. They were considered back on track by the administration this month after North Korea opted not to use its founder’s day parade to show off its arsenal as it had done in year’s past.

‘The fact that the two leaders in Korea both shook hands and said they want to denuclearize and they want peace, that’s no small thing. I think the fact that their parade, they didn’t show off nuclear weapons for the first time is a major accomplishment,’ U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley told CNN on Sunday.  

Trump announced that he would be having a working dinner with Japanese Prime Minister Abe on Sunday night in Trump Tower

Trump announced that he would be having a working dinner with Japanese Prime Minister Abe on Sunday night in Trump Tower

Japan is also a key ally for the United States in the Asia Pacific, where the United States is engaged in an escalating trade dispute with China 

Japan is also a key ally for the United States in the Asia Pacific, where the United States is engaged in an escalating trade dispute with China 

Abe was just reelected himself in the past week – a feat that Trump congratulated him for on Twitter last week

Trump otherwise received a letter from Kim that he says revealed the ‘tremendous progress’ the nations have made in the past year.

His senior aides like Haley and Pompeo are optimistic yet cautious of the overtures from Kim.

‘Look, we are far from reaching the end of this,’ Haley said Sunday. ‘We have to both make sure that North Korea knows what we mean by denuclearization. We have got to make sure we enforce sanctions, because that’s what brought them to the table in the first place.’

Her comments echoed State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert’s proclamation on Thursday that ‘in order to get to the denuclearization of North Korea, sanctions must be enforced. We cannot let our foot off the gas.’

Pompeo was expected to meet with his North Korean counterpart, Ri Yong-ho, this week in New York. A second summit between Trump and Kim, he says, is soon to follow.

‘It’s in the works. We’re hoping everything falls together and it makes good sense here before too terribly long,’ he told the BBC in an interview on Friday.

Trump will in the meantime meet with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who is fresh off his own summit with Kim.

The leaders of the two Koreas clasped hands victoriously, shared hugs and announced a joint bid for the 2032 Olympics at the conclusion of a meeting last week in Pyongyang.

Kim credited Trump for generating regional stability at the finale of his three-day summit with Moon, their third set of talks since South Korea hosted the Winter Olympics in February. The countries’ athletes entered the arena under one flag at the Opening Ceremony.

Moon and Kim agreed at the summit to new steps that the North would take to denuclearize, specifically the closure of the Tongchang-ri facility, which the U.S. says would be independently supervised. Kim said he would be willing to close a second site, at Yongbyon, if Trump takes ‘reciprocal steps’ that were left unspecified but are assumed to be referring to sanctions.

Moon reported after the summit that Kim is eager to meet with Trump again. 

He’ll reveal more of his conversation with Kim during his meeting with Trump on the sidelines of the United Nations.

Trump will also hold private talks with French President Emmanuel Macron, British Prime Minister Theresa May, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi while he is town. 

The president is meanwhile avoiding sit downs while he’s in New York with U.S. allies from around the globe such as Germany, which he knocked over the summer at the North Atlantic Treaty Organization summit for a Russian pipeline deal, as Angela Merkel skips the conference.

He’s bypassing Canada, another country which the U.S is currently engaged in a messy trade negotiation, as well, even though the neighboring nation’s prime minister will be in New York. 

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Steve says he lost 7 kilos after his 40 days and night’s eating only rice and coconut on Survivor http://expressdigest.com/steve-says-he-lost-7-kilos-after-his-40-days-and-nights-eating-only-rice-and-coconut-on-survivor/ Tue, 25 Sep 2018 16:44:50 +0000 http://expressdigest.com/steve-says-he-lost-7-kilos-after-his-40-days-and-nights-eating-only-rice-and-coconut-on-survivor/

Steve ‘Commando’ Willis was booted off Australian Survivor on Tuesday night.

And speaking to the The Daily Telegraph on Wednesday, the 42-year-old opened up about his time on the grueling show. 

The personal trainer said he was surprised to have only lost 7kg during his time in the jungle, having lived off just rice and coconut.

‘You start to look quite withdrawn and gaunt’: Steve ‘Commando’ Willis (R) reveals he lost seven kilos after eating only rice and coconut on Australian Survivor… after the personal trainer was booted off the show

‘Seven kilos doesn’t sound like a lot, but I was quite surprised that it wasn’t more for me,’ Steve told the publication.

‘You start to look quite withdrawn and gaunt,’ he revealed.

The Biggest Loser star went on to say: ‘The lack of food didn’t challenge me as much as I thought it would.’

Skinny: 'You start to look quite withdrawn and gaunt,' he revealed

Skinny: ‘You start to look quite withdrawn and gaunt,’ he revealed

Weight loss: 'The lack of food didn't challenge me as much as I thought it would,' he added

Weight loss: ‘The lack of food didn’t challenge me as much as I thought it would,’ he added

Meanwhile, the candid interview comes after Steve revealed the one ‘controversial’ rule partner Michelle Bridges had for him before he filmed the show.  

In August, Commando discussed his ladylove’s strict rule during an appearance on The Living Room.   

‘Actually, it wasn’t no cuddling, it was no spooning!’ the 42-year-old clarified to the show’s host Amanda Keller.  

‘So with no spooning, I was like, “OK, I can deal with that.” But I gave out plenty of cuddles and hugs!’ he stated.

'No spooning': Meanwhile, the candid interview comes after Steve revealed the one 'controversial' rule partner Michelle Bridges (pictured) had for him before he filmed the show

‘No spooning’: Meanwhile, the candid interview comes after Steve revealed the one ‘controversial’ rule partner Michelle Bridges (pictured) had for him before he filmed the show

‘For body warmth, of course!’ joked The Living Room’s co-host Dr. Chris Brown. 

Commando then explained that he gave his teammate, Olympic legend Shane Gould, a big bear hug when she beat a rival in a wrestling challenge.   

‘I gave her a cuddle and a kiss on the cheek for a job well done in one of the challenges. You know, Shane, is 61 years of age and she took out a girl in her 20s,’ he explained. 

'It becomes a bit of a groundhog day': Commando said that mental challenges were the hardest part of filming Survivor

‘It becomes a bit of a groundhog day’: Commando said that mental challenges were the hardest part of filming Survivor

Elsewhere in the interview, Commando revealed that the most grueling part of Australian Survivor was not the physical challenges or going without adequate food. 

Rather, it was the mental anguish that proved to be the toughest part of the experience.   

‘It (the experience) just gets to your mind. It becomes a bit of a groundhog day. It takes a bit to pull yourself out of,’ he reminisced. 

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Unemployed worker’s touching HANDWRITTEN resume goes viral after he couldn’t afford to print copies http://expressdigest.com/unemployed-workers-touching-handwritten-resume-goes-viral-after-he-couldnt-afford-to-print-copies/ Tue, 25 Sep 2018 16:38:14 +0000 https://expressdigest.com/unemployed-workers-touching-handwritten-resume-goes-viral-after-he-couldnt-afford-to-print-copies/

An unemployed worker, who didn’t even have enough money to print his resume, has shown that a little determination mixed with social media goes a long way. 

Carlos Duarte, 21, who is hunting for work approached cafe worker, Eugenia Lopez, in Cordoba, Argentina. He explained he couldn’t afford the minor expense of printing his resume so she had an idea: scribble it on a piece of paper.

He closed the resume by thanking Lopez for accepting it and asked if she could forgive him for turning in the resume on a the handwritten note.

Impressed by Duarte’s penmanship, Lopez, shared her fellow Argentine’s resume on her Instagram and Facebook account. 

It has since gone viral and Duarte’s phone has not stopped ringing with countless job offers.

Carlos Duarte’s handwritten resume went viral over the weekend after he told an employee of a local Argentine cafe he couldn’t afford the minor expense of paying for printed copies

‘It caught my attention that he did not have [money] to print and the sheet was so neatly written on, with two pens,’ Lopez told Todo Noticias.

‘I never thought the post that I published was going to be shared so many times and that today Carlos has a job interview.’

As of Tuesday, her Facebook post has generated over 9,000 shares and more than 9,000 likes.

Duarte, who lives with his aunt, had previous experience as a waiter, dishwasher, masonry and added that he had worked in sales before.

Carlos Daurte, a 21-year-old in Argentina, has seen his handwritten resume go viral after he couldn't afford to pay for a printed copy

Eugenia Lopez was impressed with the eagerness demonstrated by a local Argentine. who was seeking employment and submitted a handwritten resume.

Carlos Duarte (left) was discouraged since he couldn’t afford to pay for resume copies. Eugenia Lopez (right) had an interesting idea, write it on a piece of paper, and it went viral

Feeling a bit discouraged because he was not in possession of a properly formatted resume, Duarte was still motivated before taking on his most recent job seeking journey.

‘I woke up and said, ‘I don’t have a resume but I am still going to try,’ he recalled.

‘With enthusiasm, like always, I said, ‘today I am going to find a job.’ But I was a bit shamed that I did not have a resume. I felt uncomfortable.’

Duarte’s eagerness to join find employment coupled with Lopez’s self-responsibility to help the young man led to two job interviews on Monday, at local bar and a window manufacturing company.

‘I gave Eugenia my resume and she posted it on social media,’ Duarte said. 

‘Now she is my angel.’

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Sam and Phoebe Burgess WON’T be attending the Dally M Awards http://expressdigest.com/sam-and-phoebe-burgess-wont-be-attending-the-dally-m-awards/ Tue, 25 Sep 2018 16:37:45 +0000 http://expressdigest.com/sam-and-phoebe-burgess-wont-be-attending-the-dally-m-awards/

Sam and Phoebe Burgess have been fixtures at the annual Dally M Awards in recent years.

But the couple will be a no-show at the 2018 event, which will be held in Sydney on Wednesday night.

News of their absence comes just days after South Sydney Rabbitohs star Sam, 29, was cleared of any wrongdoing in NRL’s lewd sexting scandal.

Staying out of the spotlight? According to The Sydney Morning Herald, Sam and Phoebe Burgess WON’T be attending this year’s  Dally M Awards, to be held on Wednesday evening. They are pictured at last year’s ceremony

According to The Sydney Morning Herald, Sam will skip the ceremony, along with his twin brothers and teammates, George and Tom. 

An NRL spokesperson told the publication that invitations to the Dally M Awards were only issued to ‘positional nominees and club captains’. 

The Sydney Morning Herald states that ‘in past years, players who were not eligible to win have still attended the event’.

Red carpet regulars: Phoebe and Sam have attended the Dally M Awards three out of the past four years. They are pictured at the 2016 Dally M Awards

Red carpet regulars: Phoebe and Sam have attended the Dally M Awards three out of the past four years. They are pictured at the 2016 Dally M Awards

Phoebe and Sam have attended the Dally M Awards three out of the past four years.  

It comes just five days after Rabbitohs officials cleared stars of any wrongdoing after a complaint was made by a woman alleging club players exposed themselves to her via Facebook in May.

Afterward, Sam took to Twitter to say that he was exploring legal avenues over the saga.

Cleared of wrongdoing: An emotional Sam fronted the media last week, where he thanked his wife and family for their support

Cleared of wrongdoing: An emotional Sam fronted the media last week, where he thanked his wife and family for their support

‘I have not sexted anyone. I fully cooperated with the inquiry as I said I would. I have engaged lawyer Chris Murphy to pursue my remedies and he has retained defamation lawyers,’ he said.

‘I have given a full account to the Inquiry and answered every questioned asked. It’s now in Mr Murphy’s hands. The next move is up to him. I have nothing more to say at this stage.’  

It was widely reported that Sam’s social media account was used to communicate with a 23-year-old woman following a win over the Warriors  back in May.

Two players – not Sam Burgess – were believed to have exposed themselves to the woman, who then complained to the club via an anonymous email over a period of three months. 

The woman, who was believed to be on holiday in South Africa, was this week interviewed by NRL integrity unit investigator Karyn Murphy but declined to be quizzed by a five-person panel.

Moving forward: A spokesman for the NRL said based on the information available, the NRL was satisfied with the position the panel has reached with respect to the allegations against players

Moving forward: A spokesman for the NRL said based on the information available, the NRL was satisfied with the position the panel has reached with respect to the allegations against players

‘Based on a thorough review of the available evidence before it, the panel was not satisfied that any South Sydney player engaged in any actionable misconduct resulting in a breach of their NRL playing contract, the NRL rules or the SSFC code of conduct,’ the club said in a statement on Friday.

A spokesman said that based on the information available, the NRL was satisfied with the position the panel has reached with respect to the allegations against players.

‘If any additional information emerges it will be considered,’ the spokesman said. 

An emotional Sam fronted the media last week, where he thanked his wife and family for their support and said he was ‘happy for the truth to come out’.

'Happy for the truth to come out': Sam stated that he had not sexted anyone, and he has been cleared of wrongdoing. He is pictured with wife Phoebe

‘Happy for the truth to come out’: Sam stated that he had not sexted anyone, and he has been cleared of wrongdoing. He is pictured with wife Phoebe

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Model Michelle Hunziker’s bizarre cult made her think she was Jesus’ sister and a Nazi bride http://expressdigest.com/model-michelle-hunzikers-bizarre-cult-made-her-think-she-was-jesus-sister-and-a-nazi-bride/ Tue, 25 Sep 2018 16:36:44 +0000 http://expressdigest.com/model-michelle-hunzikers-bizarre-cult-made-her-think-she-was-jesus-sister-and-a-nazi-bride/

An Italian model and TV presenter has revealed she was part of a cult which stopped her having sex and made her believe she was the sister of Jesus and a born-again Nazi bride.

Michelle Hunziker, 41, was a member of a sect called Warriors of Light for five years from the age of 20. 

She was lured to join after meeting the cult leader, a therapist called Clelia, who had cured her Italian singer husband Eros Ramazzotti of a sore throat.

Michelle Hunziker (pictured in Italy last summer), 41, was a member of a sect called Warriors of Light for five years from the age of 20

She was lured to join after meeting the cult leader, a therapist called Clelia who had cured her Italian singer husband Eros Ramazzotti (pictured together in Italy in 1999) of a sore throat

She was lured to join after meeting the cult leader, a therapist called Clelia who had cured her Italian singer husband Eros Ramazzotti (pictured together in Italy in 1999) of a sore throat

Hunzika in 2015

Her in 2009

The group would meet at least once a week where they would sit in a circle, with the leader in the middle, and discuss their issues, lie down or meditate. Left: Hunzika in 2015. Right: Her in 2009

The group would meet at least once a week where they would sit in a circle, with the leader in the middle, and discuss their issues, lie down or meditate. 

Hunziker said she would call Clelia almost every day because she made her feel ‘special, unique, and important.’

She had to follow a strict vegan diet and abstain from drinking, smoking, sex and masturbation to keep ‘pure.’

Hunziker was banned from eating foods that contained raising agents and told ‘pizza was nothing but a concentration of demonic powers’.  

In her new autobiography titled A Seemingly Perfect Life, which has been serialised by Bild, the model shares intimate details of her five years as a member of the Warriors of Light. 

Hunziker at the San Remo Music Festival on 10 Feb 2018

Michelle Hunziker in 2018

Hunziker said she would call cult leader Clelia almost every day because she made her feel ‘special, unique, and important.’ Left: Hunziker at the San Remo Music Festival in February 2018. Right: Hunziker at a gala in Germany in 2018

‘Before the meetings we had to shower and put on white clothes,’ she said. ‘We always had to take off our shoes on the threshold. 

‘Then we had to wash our hands again and sit in circles on the sofas or cross-legged on the floor before starting the sessions of lying down or meditating.’

The front cover of the model's new book

The front cover of the model’s new book

She said she was so obsessed with Clelia that she fell out of touch with family, friends and colleagues, endangering her career. 

‘She helped me develop my weak self-esteem, making me feel special, unique, and important. But then she started rejecting me, making me want to go back to her,’ she said.

Talking about the the strict rules of the cult, Hunziker added: ‘According to Clelia, sexuality was an animalistic instinct and therefore dirty and low.  

‘We had to lift that instinct to a higher level, sublimate it, and turn it into inner energy.’ 

She said she was not allowed to even think about sex and abstained from masturbation.

Hunziker, who was born in Switzerland and acquired Italian citizenship when she married, eventually left the cult aged 25 in the same year she split up with Ramazzotti. She said she believes she would have got too ill and died if she stayed.

Last year, she blamed her divorce with Ramazzotti on the cult, saying it tried to convince her was a bad influence on her. 

She is now married to fashion heir Tomaso Trussardi and together they have two daughters, Sole, five, and Celeste, three.

She is now married to fashion heir Tomaso Trussardi (pictured together) and together they have two daughters, Sole, five, and Celeste, three

She is now married to fashion heir Tomaso Trussardi (pictured together) and together they have two daughters, Sole, five, and Celeste, three

Hunziker at the Green Carpet Fashion Awards Italia, Spring Summer 2018

The model at San Remo Music Festival in February

Left: Hunziker at the Green Carpet Fashion Awards Italia, Spring Summer 2018. Right: The model at San Remo Music Festival in February

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Take Me Out contestant’s get matching tattoos on their first date http://expressdigest.com/take-me-out-contestants-get-matching-tattoos-on-their-first-date/ Tue, 25 Sep 2018 16:34:11 +0000 http://expressdigest.com/take-me-out-contestants-get-matching-tattoos-on-their-first-date/

It was the moment everyone was waiting for, when Take Me Out’s Mallory Sedger finally scored a date with Post Malone lookalike Nelson Thane.

And on Tuesday night’s episode, the pair certainly struck up quite a bond on their date, with Nelson tattooing her name on his derriere.  

It came after the pair only knew each other for an hour, with Mallory also getting a love heart on her derriere to remember the occasion. 

Tatt’s a bit quick! Take Me Out contestants Nelson Thane and Mallory Sedger (pictured) get matching tattoos during their first date… after knowing each other for an HOUR

‘I’m going to get your name tattooed on me,’ Nelson first told a shocked Mallory.

‘I’ve never had a guy do this for me before, how exciting!’ she said afterwards. 

‘That’s amazing! We should get matching tattoos,’ she added to Nelson.

Is this for real? 'I'm going to get your name tattooed on me,' he told a shocked Mallory

Is this for real? ‘I’m going to get your name tattooed on me,’ he told a shocked Mallory

Tatt's keen! Nelson is pictured 

Tatt’s keen! Nelson is pictured 

You’re mine now,’ she tells him while writing her name on his behind.

Meanwhile, taking to Twitter on Tuesday, show host Joel Creasey confirmed the pair did in fact get real tattoos, after a viewer questioned whether it really happened.

‘Yes… Yes he got her name tattooed on him on their first date,’ he confirmed to Twitter fans.  

Confirmation: Meanwhile, taking to Twitter, show host Joel Creasey confirmed the pair did in fact get real tattoos, after a viewer questioned whether it really happened

Confirmation: Meanwhile, taking to Twitter, show host Joel Creasey confirmed the pair did in fact get real tattoos, after a viewer questioned whether it really happened

Their tattoo date comes after Mallory opened up to New Idea on Monday about her unique date experience. 

‘He told me we were going to get tattoos and he was going to get my name tattooed on him. I thought he was joking,’ she told the magazine. 

The 22-year-old added: ‘But he did it! He lay there like a champ and got my name in my handwriting tattooed on him. I think that by far is the most romantic thing that has ever happened to me.’

'I thought he was joking!' Their tattoo date comes after Mallory opened up to New Idea on Monday about her unique date experience

‘I thought he was joking!’ Their tattoo date comes after Mallory opened up to New Idea on Monday about her unique date experience

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Argentina’s unions stage nationwide strike to protest… http://expressdigest.com/argentinas-unions-stage-nationwide-strike-to-protest/ Tue, 25 Sep 2018 16:31:48 +0000 https://expressdigest.com/argentinas-unions-stage-nationwide-strike-to-protest/

Argentina’s unions stage nationwide strike to protest crisis

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) – A nationwide strike to protest the Argentine government’s handling of the country’s economic crisis is grounding flights and paralyzing bus and train lines.

Many workers stayed home Tuesday as the strike made commuting a puzzle, and some demonstrators blocked highways.

Banks, courts, and many schools and shops were closed. Many hospitals offered only emergency services, most Argentine flights were canceled and garbage wasn’t being picked up.

The stoppage is led by labor unions protesting austerity measures ordered by President Mauricio Macri.

Argentines are frustrated with high consumer prices and a sharp devaluation of the peso currency.

Many also oppose the government’s decision to strike a financing deal with the International Monetary Fund because they blame the IMF for Argentina’s worst crisis in 2001.

Planes sit grounded at the airport where hundreds of flights have been canceled due to a nationwide strike, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018. Argentine labor unions staged a general strike to protest recent government measures and demand solutions to the country’s economic crisis. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

A police walks through the Retiro station, left empty due to a nationwide strike, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018. Argentine labor unions stage a general strike Tuesday, to protest recent government measures and demand solutions to the country's economic crisis. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

A police walks through the Retiro station, left empty due to a nationwide strike, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018. Argentine labor unions stage a general strike Tuesday, to protest recent government measures and demand solutions to the country’s economic crisis. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

A man sleeps in front of a closed shop at the Retiro station, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018. Argentine labor unions stage a nationwide general strike Tuesday, to protest recent government measures and demand solutions to the country's economic crisis. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

A man sleeps in front of a closed shop at the Retiro station, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018. Argentine labor unions stage a nationwide general strike Tuesday, to protest recent government measures and demand solutions to the country’s economic crisis. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

As part of a nationwide strike protesters block a main highway in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018. Argentine labor unions stage the general strike Tuesday, to protest recent government measures and demand solutions to the country's economic crisis. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

As part of a nationwide strike protesters block a main highway in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018. Argentine labor unions stage the general strike Tuesday, to protest recent government measures and demand solutions to the country’s economic crisis. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

A guard leans on a check-in counter at the airport where hundreds of flights have been canceled due to a nationwide strike, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018. Argentine labor unions staged a general strike to protest recent government measures and demand solutions to the country's economic crisis. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

A guard leans on a check-in counter at the airport where hundreds of flights have been canceled due to a nationwide strike, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018. Argentine labor unions staged a general strike to protest recent government measures and demand solutions to the country’s economic crisis. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

A guard walks past a picture window at the airport where hundreds of flights have been canceled due to a nationwide strike, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018. Argentine labor unions staged a general strike to protest recent government measures and demand solutions to the country's economic crisis. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

A guard walks past a picture window at the airport where hundreds of flights have been canceled due to a nationwide strike, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018. Argentine labor unions staged a general strike to protest recent government measures and demand solutions to the country’s economic crisis. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

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Expert: ‘Massacre of Ohio family had signs of a professional hit’ http://expressdigest.com/expert-massacre-of-ohio-family-had-signs-of-a-professional-hit/ Tue, 25 Sep 2018 16:30:13 +0000 https://expressdigest.com/expert-massacre-of-ohio-family-had-signs-of-a-professional-hit/

The 2016 massacre of eight members of the same Ohio family had signs of being a ‘professional hit’, an expert has claimed.

The victims, seven adults and a 16-year-old boy, all members of the Rhoden family, were found dead in their beds in Pike County on the morning of April 22, 2016.  

To this day, there are no suspects in the Rhoden case and nobody has been arrested over the murders.

Autopsy reports released last week revealed that each victim has been shot in the head, many of them multiple times.  

Hanna May Rhoden was also killed, but her five-day-old child was spared

Christopher Roden Jr. (left), 16, was the youngest victim of the killings, and was with his mother when he died. Hanna May Rhoden, 19,  (right) was also killed, but her five-day-old child was spared

Husband-to-be Clarence 'Frankie' Rhoden and his fiancee Hannah Hazel Gilley, both 20, were among those killed

Husband-to-be Clarence ‘Frankie’ Rhoden and his fiancee Hannah Hazel Gilley, both 20, were among those killed

Dr. Jennifer Murray, an associate professor at Indiana State University whose research focuses on mass killings, has analysed the autopsy reports.

‘It has aspects of a professional hit,’ Dr. Jennifer Murray told WLWT-TV. 

A ‘drug turf war’ has been touted as a possible motive, after revealed that three of the four properties where the bodies were found had been used for large-scale marijuana production.

However, Dr Murray noted that the Rhoden family murders did not have the characteristics of a drug cartel massacre. 

‘They’re not usually this cleanly done. Usually, you can see right away who did it.’

She also noted that several of the murdered family members appears to have been shot post-mortem or after fatal shots had been fired. 

‘When you get that after they’re dead, that’s showing even more aggression,’ Dr Murray said. 

Her ex-husband Christopher Rhoden Sr was also killed in the 2016 massacre

Dana Rhoden, 37, (left) was killed along with seven other relatives – including her ex-husband Christopher Rhoden Sr, 40 (right). All of the victims sustained gunshots to the head, with all but one suffering multiple wounds

Kenneth Rhoden was murdered execution-style - with a single shot to the head

Gary Rhoden (right) was also killed after he was  shot twice in the head and a third time in the face

Kenneth Rhoden, 44, (left) was murdered execution-style -with a single shot to the eye. His cousin found his body with dollar bills strewn from his knees to his feet. Gary Rhoden, 38, (right) was also killed after he was  shot twice in the head and a third time in the face

More than two years later, police have not identified who was behind the killings, but autopsy reports suggest the murders were calculated and brutal, the Chillicothe Gazette reported.

Christopher Rhoden, 40, his ex wife Dana Rhoden, 37 and their children Christopher Jr, 16, Hanna May, 19, and Clarence ‘Frankie’ Rhoden, 20, were all shot, as was Frankie’s fiancee Hannah Giley, 20, Christopher Sr’s brother Kenneth, 44, and their cousin Gary Rhoden, 38.

All of the victims were reported to have been asleep when they were shot, except Christopher Sr, who is now understood to have been awake. 

The father-of-three sustained nine gunshot wounds, in his forearm, torso and cheek. One bullet was shown to have shot through his bedroom door.

Sharing a trailer with Christopher Sr was his brother Gary, who was shot twice in the head and a third time in the face. His autopsy report says a ‘muzzle stain’ was left on his head, suggesting at one point a shot was fired while the gun was pressed against him.

Dana Rhoden was carefully shot four times around her head, and a fifth time from under her chin. 

She was sharing a trailer with Christopher Jr and Hanna, both who were shot in the head multiple times. 

Hanna was in bed with her five-day-old child, who was spared from the cruel and calculated murders.  

Dana Rhoden (back row, left) was murdered but the killer spared grandchildren (left to right) Brentley Rhoden, Ruger Lee and Sophia Wagner. The Wagners insist they are innocent and claim they are being turned into 'scapegoats' by police

Dana Rhoden (back row, left) was murdered but the killer spared grandchildren (left to right) Brentley Rhoden, Ruger Lee and Sophia Wagner. The Wagners insist they are innocent and claim they are being turned into ‘scapegoats’ by police

The murders of of the Rhoden family have led to the biggest murder investigation in the state of Ohio's history. The Wagner family claims they are innocent

The murders of of the Rhoden family have led to the biggest murder investigation in the state of Ohio’s history. The Wagner family claims they are innocent

The killer also shot Frankie Rhoden and Hannah Gilley in the head, sparing the life of their six-month-old child who slept between the two.

Hannah was shot five times in total, with one shot hitting her left eye.

Kenneth Rhoden was shot only once, with the bullet entering his right eye. His cousin earlier claimed he found his body with dollar bills strewn from his knees to his feet.

Police are still hunting for their killers and have yet to make a single arrest in the case.

The Wagner family, who lived nearby and whose son fathered a child by Hanna May Rhoden, moved to Alaska after being questioned over the killings multiple times.

They took the then two-year-old Sophia Wagner with them.

Anyone with information related to the case is asked to call Southern Ohio Crime Stoppers at 740-773-TIPS. 

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Angelina Jolie PICTURE EXCLUSIVE: Actress is seen in full costume as Rose on the set of Come Away http://expressdigest.com/angelina-jolie-picture-exclusive-actress-is-seen-in-full-costume-as-rose-on-the-set-of-come-away/ Tue, 25 Sep 2018 16:21:20 +0000 http://expressdigest.com/angelina-jolie-picture-exclusive-actress-is-seen-in-full-costume-as-rose-on-the-set-of-come-away/

Angelina Jolie is pictured for the first time filming her new fantasy drama Come Away.

Despite her ongoing divorce negotiations with Brad Pitt, it was back to work for the 43-year-old as she got into character wearing a period costume on set in Hollywood on Monday.

Angelina stars alongside David Oyelowo in the adventure movie which is a prequel to Alice In Wonderland and Peter Pan.

In character: Angelina Jolie is seen in costume on the set of her new movie Come Away in Hollywood on Wednesday

Re-imagining: The movie is a prequel to the stories of Peter Pan and Alice In Wonderland

Re-imagining: The movie is a prequel to the stories of Peter Pan and Alice In Wonderland

Angelina’s outfit consisted of a white blouse tucked into a long olive green skirt along with a half apron tied at the waist.

She wore a wavy blonde wig which was pinned up elegantly at the back in perfect keeping with her early 1900s look. 

The storyline follows Alice before she went to Wonderland, and Peter before he became Pan, as brother and sister who live an idyllic childhood with parents Jack and Rose (Oyelowo and Jolie) and older brother David. 

Fate turns their games of tea parties, pirates and lost boys upside down, setting the stage for their iconic journeys into Wonderland and Neverland.

Storytelling: The 43-year-old actress was seen in period dress with white blouse and long flowing skirt

Storytelling: The 43-year-old actress was seen in period dress with white blouse and long flowing skirt

Storytelling: The 43-year-old actress was seen in period dress with white blouse and long flowing skirt

1900s chic: Angelina wore a half apron over her billowing skirt along with some flat tan pumps

1900s chic: Angelina wore a half apron over her billowing skirt along with some flat tan pumps

Prequel: Angelina plays Rose opposite David Oyelowo who plays Jack - parents of Alice and Peter

Prequel: Angelina plays Rose opposite David Oyelowo who plays Jack - parents of Alice and Peter

Prequel: Angelina plays Rose opposite David Oyelowo who plays Jack – parents of Alice and Peter 

Ready to go: Jordan Nash will play the part of Peter and was also seen on set and in costume on Monday

Ready to go: Jordan Nash will play the part of Peter and was also seen on set and in costume on Monday

Ready to go: Jordan Nash will play the part of Peter and was also seen on set and in costume on Monday

The movie, which started filming in the UK in August, will be the live-action debut of Brave director Brenda Chapman and is scripted by Marissa Kate Goodhill. 

Keira Chansa and Jordan Nash, both newcomers, have been set to play Alice and Peter.

Jordan, 10, was also spotted on set on Monday wearing a smart shirt tucked into grey shorts and carrying a book in his hand.  

The London born actor, a former contestant on Britain’s Got Talent, made his feature film debut in 2013 in Dom Hemingway opposite Jude Law and has also had a recurring role in Hulu series Harlots.

Fresh faces: Keira Chansa and Jordan Nash, both newcomers, will play Alice before she went to Wonderland and Peter before he became Pan

Fresh faces: Keira Chansa and Jordan Nash, both newcomers, will play Alice before she went to Wonderland and Peter before he became Pan

Fresh faces: Keira Chansa and Jordan Nash, both newcomers, will play Alice before she went to Wonderland and Peter before he became Pan

British star Oyelowo, 42, is also co-producing the fantasy drama along with Jolie

British star Oyelowo, 42, is also co-producing the fantasy drama along with Jolie

For Keira, Come Away will be her first movie role.

Sharing snaps to Instagram from set earlier this month Oyelowo posed next to co-star Michael Caine, whose role in the movie has not yet been revealed.

‘Walking with giants. Sir Michael Caine came to play on COME AWAY. #legend’ the 42-year-old British star wrote next to the selfie.

Meanwhile, it was reported last week that Angelina has reached out to her ex Brad for a secret meeting amid their divorce battle.

'Legend': Sharing snaps to Instagram from set earlier this month Oyelowo posed next to co-star Michael Caine, whose role in the movie has not yet been revealed

‘Legend’: Sharing snaps to Instagram from set earlier this month Oyelowo posed next to co-star Michael Caine, whose role in the movie has not yet been revealed

‘Brad and Angelina actually set up a secret meeting at her house. It’s the first time they have truly gotten together to make things work since their group therapy with the children,’ a source told ET on Wednesday.

‘Brad and Angie’s meeting was a success. They are going to stay with the plan set forth through the courts,’ the insider continued.

‘Angelina decided it was time to try to make things work and Brad was relieved and very ready for the offer.

‘Brad has been dedicated to making peace throughout the process and now it finally seems like they are at a point where they can create a calmer situation for the kids,’ the source added.

The former mega-star couple – who split in 2016 – share six children: Maddox, 17, Pax, 14, Zahara, 13, Shiloh, 12, and twins Vivienne and Knox, 10.

'Great actors': In another image Oyelowo posed with co-stars Clarke Peters and David Gyasi (left)

‘Great actors’: In another image Oyelowo posed with co-stars Clarke Peters and David Gyasi (left)

Back on set: Angelina is back to work amid her ongoing divorce from Brad Pitt who she shares six children with

Back on set: Angelina is back to work amid her ongoing divorce from Brad Pitt who she shares six children with

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Wales has the highest rate of 100 year olds in the UK http://expressdigest.com/wales-has-the-highest-rate-of-100-year-olds-in-the-uk/ Tue, 25 Sep 2018 16:21:19 +0000 http://expressdigest.com/wales-has-the-highest-rate-of-100-year-olds-in-the-uk/

If you want to reach your 100th birthday and receive a telegram from the Queen, your best bet could be moving to Wales. 

Official figures have today revealed the nation has the highest rate of centenarians across the UK.

For every 100,000 people, there are 26 who have reached the milestone in Wales, according to data released today. 

In contrast, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) data shows the rate in England is 22, Scotland 17 and just 15 in Northern Ireland.

An analysis of the data showed the number of centenarians across the home nations has risen by 85 per cent over the past 15 years. 

For every 100,000 people, there are 26 who have reached the milestone in Wales, according to data released today. In contrast, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) data shows the rate in England is 22, Scotland 17 and just 15 in Northern Ireland

But the total number of people aged over 100 in the UK has this year fallen for the first time in decades.

It comes as separate shock ONS figures today showed that life expectancy is stalling in England and falling across many parts of the UK. 

The home nations are near the bottom of the league table of Western countries for life expectancy – behind Switzerland, Italy and New Zealand.

Statisticians say the overall increase in number of people living until they are 100 is because of improvements in mortality stretching back decades.

And they added the 2017 total ‘reflects low numbers of births during World War One, but is expected to continue to increase again from 2019’.  

There were 14,430 centenarians living in the UK in 2017 – and 579,776 nonagenarians, people over the age of 90.

There were 579,776 nonagenarians, people over the age of 90, living in the UK in 2017

There were 579,776 nonagenarians, people over the age of 90, living in the UK in 2017

However, 2017 was the first year the total number of centenarians living in the UK had declined, down from the 14,510 recorded in 2016.

Despite the slowdown, the figures did show there were more people over the age of 105 across the home nations than ever before (860).

Many more women than men live to a very old age, with five over-100 females for every male one.

The ONS said healthier lifestyles for men meant a greater number of men survive into their nineties but the number has leveled off for women.

Nigel Coombs, of the ONS, said: ‘We are continuing to see higher numbers of people aged 90 years and over in the UK due to improvements in mortality going back many decades.

‘While we have seen growing numbers of centenarians in recent years, there has been a slight decrease between 2016 and 2017.

‘This is due to lower numbers of births during WWI. The number of centenarians is likely to increase again from 2019 in line with historic birth patterns.’

When King George V sent out the first 100th birthday congratulatory telegrams in 1917, only 24 were dispatched. 

In comparison, at least 5,000 have been sent by the Queen every year since 2012 – although the rate has declined in the past four years. 

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Trump attacks SECOND Kavanaugh accuser saying ‘she admits she was drunk’ http://expressdigest.com/trump-attacks-second-kavanaugh-accuser-saying-she-admits-she-was-drunk/ Tue, 25 Sep 2018 16:21:03 +0000 http://expressdigest.com/trump-attacks-second-kavanaugh-accuser-saying-she-admits-she-was-drunk/

President Donald Trump is attacking the second accuser of his Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh as admitting to being drunk and raged against a ‘con game’ Democrats are playing with the confirmation process.  

The president was visibly frustrated with the situation surrounding his Supreme Court nominee and repeatedly dinged the Democrats for holding up the process around Kavanaugh, whom he described multiple times as a ‘high quality’ person.

And when asked about the allegations revealed by a second accuser in an article in The New Yorker on Sunday, the president dismissed them.

He noted Debra Ramirez said in the piece she was drinking at a college party when she and Kavanaugh were students at Yale. She claims Kavanaugh took down his pants and thrust his penis in her face. He denies the allegation.

‘The second accuser has nothing,’ Trump said. ‘The second accuser doesn’t even know – maybe it could have been him, maybe not. She admits she was drunk. There are time lapses.’

President Donald Trump is attacking the second accuser of his Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh

Trump says Brett Kavanaugh is a 'high quality' individual

Trump says Brett Kavanaugh is a ‘high quality’ individual

He also turned his fury onto Democrats, charging them with running a con game and noting they were beating Republicans in it.

‘I think it’s horrible what the Democrats have done,’ Trump told reporters in New York during a bilateral meeting with the president of Colombia.

‘They’re playing a con game and they’re playing it very well,’ he said of the Democrat. ‘They play it better than Republicans.’

‘They’re good at one thing – obstruction and cons,’ he added of Democrats.

Debbie Ramirez (above), a resident of Colorado, has come forward to accuse Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct. She says the incident took place during their freshman year at Yale University 

Debbie Ramirez (above), a resident of Colorado, has come forward to accuse Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct. She says the incident took place during their freshman year at Yale University 

He argued here have been no other charges like this against Kavanaugh. 

He went back to slamming Democrats. 

‘This is a con game being played by Democrats,’ he said, handing waving in the air as he complained about Kavanaugh’s treatment. ‘They know it’s a con game and they know he’s high quality.’

‘It will be a horrible horrible thing for future political people, judges,’ he noted.

He argues his nominee is highly qualified to be on the Supreme Court. 

‘He has a chance to be one of the greatest judges in the United States,’ Trump said. ‘What a shame.’

 

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Labour infighting as Starmer says Brexit vote could have Remain option http://expressdigest.com/labour-infighting-as-starmer-says-brexit-vote-could-have-remain-option/ Tue, 25 Sep 2018 16:17:00 +0000 http://expressdigest.com/labour-infighting-as-starmer-says-brexit-vote-could-have-remain-option/

Keir Starmer was cheered to the rafters by Labour activists today as he insisted a Brexit referendum could include an option to Remain in the EU.

The shadow Brexit secretary was given an ovation by delegates in Liverpool after using his speech to deliver a pointed rebuke to John McDonnell. 

The shadow chancellor caused fury among pro-EU members yesterday by playing down the prospects of a referendum – and insisting that even if one happened it would not offer the public the chance to reverse Brexit altogether.

The remarks sparked an extraordinary public squabble as Sir Keir contradicted his colleague.

And in his conference speech this afternoon, Sir Keir doubled down on the row, diverting from his official script to say: ‘If we need to break the impasse, Labour campaigning for a public vote must be an option.’

Meanwhile, in an interview this afternoon Mr Corbyn refused to say which way he would vote if a Brexit referendum was held again. 

Shadow Brexit secretary Keir Starmer was given an ovation by delegates in Liverpool after using his speech to deliver a pointed rebuke to John McDonnell.

Sir Keir was cheered to the rafters by Labour activists today (pictured) as he insisted a Brexit referendum could include an option to Remain in the EU

Sir Keir was cheered to the rafters by Labour activists today (pictured) as he insisted a Brexit referendum could include an option to Remain in the EU

Mr McDonnell (pictured delivering his conference speech yesterday) fuelled growing splits by insisting a second referendum should not include an option to Remain in the EU

Mr McDonnell (pictured delivering his conference speech yesterday) fuelled growing splits by insisting a second referendum should not include an option to Remain in the EU

Earlier, Sir Keir had risked fuelling tensions with Mr McDonnell – Jeremy Corbyn’s closest ally – by jibing that he had initially misrepresented the situation because he was ‘up early’ and badly briefed.

Emily Thornberry threatened to raise tensions further with a call for Labour to extend the Article 50 negotiation if it wins the snap election it is demanding. 

Labour conference is due to vote later on a motion that would keep the option of a referendum ‘on the table’.

But after a fraught five-hour meeting of officials on Sunday night the text was fudged to avoid binding the hands of the leadership.

In a round of interviews yesterday, Mr McDonnell repeatedly stated that if a referendum was held, staying in the EU should not be on the ballot paper. 

‘We argued for remain in the past but we lost that vote so we have to respect that,’ Mr McDonnell said.

‘All the polling that we have seen is that the country is still pretty split down the middle.’ 

He added: ‘We’re respecting the referendum. We want a general election. If we can’t get that, we will have a people’s vote.

Activist is BANNED from flying EU flag at Labour conference

Palestinian flags were flown at Labour conference today  despite a ban on EU flags

Palestinian flags were flown at Labour conference today  despite a ban on EU flags

A Labour activist was banned from flying the EU flag in the Labour conference today – despite hundreds of people unfurling Palestinian flags.

Delegate Paul Wilkinson raised a point of order to protest the ‘double standard’ from party officials. 

He said he was told in ‘no uncertain terms’ he was not allowed the flag inside the main conference hall in Liverpool.

Pro-Palestinian activists have handed out thousands of flags for a heated foreign policy debate. 

Mr Wilkinson said: ‘This morning a colleague and I unfurled an EU flag. We were told in no uncertain terms to take it down.

‘There are double standards here as we have seen banners all over the place.’  

‘The people’s vote will be on the deal itself, and whether we can negotiate a better deal.’

The comments sparked an extraordinary public squabble, with Sir Keir responding to anger from pro-EU MPs by insisting that a Remain option could feature in a referendum.  

Asked on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme this morning why he thought Mr McDonnell had managed to get the position wrong, Sir Keir suggested he might have been overtired. 

‘Well, we finished our meeting about one in the morning. And then John was up early doing the media round,’ he said. 

Sir Keir also made clear that Labour will reject any deal Theresa May secures from the EU, and pointedly refused to rule out extending the Article 50 process.  

Labour has set six ‘tests’ for any Brexit deal, including one which states it must deliver the ‘exact same benefits’ as being in the EU.

‘If Theresa May brings back a deal that fails our tests – and that looks increasingly likely – Labour will vote against it. No ifs, no buts.

‘And if the Prime Minister thinks we’ll wave through a vague deal asking us to jump blindfolded into the unknown she can think again. We will vote down a blind Brexit.’

Meanwhile, in an interview with the BBC, Mr Corbyn refused to say which was he would vote if another referendum is held again.

He said: ‘Well we don’t know what the question is going to be in the referendum so that is a hypothetical question. I can’t answer that question because we don’t know what the question is going to be.’ 

And he refused to rule out delaying Brexit and extending the Article 50 deadline – which sets the clock ticking on the UK’s departure.

He said: ‘That is not in our hands. Article 50 can only be extended by the agreement of the entirety of the European Union.’ 

Mr Corbyn risked further inflaming the spat today when he hugged an activist who had condemned the EU as a ‘capitalist club’ and rejected the idea of a second referendum.

Mr Corbyn (pictured at a fringe 'bingo' event last night) is a long-standing Eurosceptic and has been trying to avoid alienating Labour's Brexit-backing voters

Mr Corbyn (pictured at a fringe ‘bingo’ event last night) is a long-standing Eurosceptic and has been trying to avoid alienating Labour’s Brexit-backing voters

Sir Keir Starmer (pictured at conference in Liverpool today) responded to anger from pro-EU MPs by insisting that a Remain option could feature in a referendum

Sir Keir Starmer (pictured at conference in Liverpool today) responded to anger from pro-EU MPs by insisting that a Remain option could feature in a referendum

Shadow Brexit secretary Keir Starmer (pictured in Liverpool today) jibed at Mr McDonnell as he tried to quell mounting fury from activists over the party's policy

Shadow Brexit secretary Keir Starmer (pictured in Liverpool today) jibed at Mr McDonnell as he tried to quell mounting fury from activists over the party’s policy

Blyth Valley Labour Party member David Mallon also told the party’s Brexit debate: ‘I am against having a people’s vote on the basis that in my constituency we voted overwhelmingly to Leave.

Corbyn embraces Labour activist who slammed Brexit referendum plan  

David Mallon shared a few words and a warm embrace with Mr Corbyn before leaving the stage

David Mallon shared a few words and a warm embrace with Mr Corbyn before leaving the stage

Jeremy Corbyn risked further inflaming Labour’s Brexit splits today when he hugged an activist who condemned the EU as a ‘capitalist club’ and rejected the idea of a second referendum.

Blyth Valley Labour Party member David Mallon told the party’s Brexit debate: ‘I am against having a people’s vote on the basis that in my constituency we voted overwhelmingly to Leave.

‘My worry is if we go against the people’s will, we’ll lose those voters – I implore you all, come to Blyth Valley.’

He urged people to see areas where buildings are crumbling, adding: ‘Tell them why you want us to Remain.’

Mr Mallon said he would have voted Remain in 2016, but is now against it as he believes the EU is a ‘capitalist club’ which is using free trade to ‘take advantage’ of eastern Europeans.

He shared a few words and a warm embrace with Mr Corbyn before leaving the stage. 

‘My worry is if we go against the people’s will, we’ll lose those voters – I implore you all, come to Blyth Valley.’

He urged people to see areas where buildings are crumbling, adding: ‘Tell them why you want us to Remain.’

Mr Mallon said he would have voted Remain in 2016, but is now against it as he believes the EU is a ‘capitalist club’ which is using free trade to ‘take advantage’ of eastern Europeans.

He shared a few words and a warm embrace with Mr Corbyn before leaving the stage. 

Asked on LBC Radio whether the Article 50 deadline could be extended, Sir Keir said: ‘Well the answer is it depends, because we don’t know when we’re going to get a deal. 

‘The October deadline might slip to November, November might slip to December. I don’t know, I’m not conducting the negotiations so the timeline is not in our control.

‘I don’t think at this stage anybody is talking about extending article 50 but if it has to be extended quite frankly it will be because of the collapsing failure of the discussions and the negotiations.’ 

Shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry backed an extension to give a new Labour government time.

Speaking on the conference fringes she said: ‘We should have a general election and on our manifesto we should say ‘we will abide by the results of the referendum’, we cannot obviously leave in current circumstances, we need to extend article 50 – to pre-empt your next question I don’t know how long it will take.

‘But we need to extend article 50 and essentially turn up in Europe and say the ‘grown ups have turned up now, let’s sit down and talk. ‘

Emily Thornberry threatened to raise tensions further with a call for Labour to extend the Article 50 negotiation if it wins the snap election it is demanding

Emily Thornberry threatened to raise tensions further with a call for Labour to extend the Article 50 negotiation if it wins the snap election it is demanding

In further signs of divisions last night, shadow international trade secretary Barry Gardiner said the idea that Mrs May might call another election was ‘Looney Tunes territory’.

Labour’s official position is to push for an election if Brexit talks fail. But, speaking at a fringe meeting at Labour’s conference in Liverpool, Mr Gardiner said it was time to ‘inject some realism into the debate’.

Mr Gardiner said Commons officials had warned him there was little MPs could do to force the PM’s hand in the event of the Chequers deal being rejected.  

A senior union leader said today he loathed Margaret Thatcher so much he set his alarm clock an hour earlier so he could ‘hate her for an hour longer’ each day.

Tosh McDonald, president of train drivers union Aslef, told the Labour Party conference he stopped the practice after the former prime minister’s death in 2013 but still wakes early.

Tosh McDonald, president of train drivers union Aslef, told the Labour Party conference he set his alarm clock an hour earlier so he could 'hate' Margaret Thatcher for an hour longer'

Tosh McDonald, president of train drivers union Aslef, told the Labour Party conference he set his alarm clock an hour earlier so he could ‘hate’ Margaret Thatcher for an hour longer’

Delegates booed at the mention of Baroness Thatcher, who Mr McDonald said came to power a month before he started work on the railway in 1979.

Speaking in Liverpool, he said: ‘I hated her. I wish I could be like Jeremy and rise above it but I can’t…

‘I did set my alarm clock an hour earlier than I needed just so I could hate her for an hour longer.

‘Since she died I don’t do that anymore, I just set my alarm at the right time, but I still wake up an hour earlier – I can’t help it.’

How has Labour’s position on Brexit shifted since the election?

Critics say Jeremy Corbyn is even more determined than the government to have his cake and eat it on Brexit

Critics say Jeremy Corbyn is even more determined than the government to have his cake and eat it on Brexit

Labour’s Brexit stance has undergone so many changes it can be difficult to keep track.

Even during the referendum in 2016 Jeremy Corbyn was accused of half-hearted campaigning and hedging his bets – admitting he was only ‘7 out of 10’ in favour of Remain.  

SInce then the leadership has been trying to maintain ‘constructive ambiguity’ so it can keep hold of heartland voters who often back Brexit – without alienating the party’s largely Remainer members and MPs.

But critics say Mr Corbyn is even more determined than the government to have his cake and eat it, and has no real answers to what shape Brexit should take.

The latest version of Labour’s Brexit policy is due to be voted on at the 2018 conference. Official policy says there should be a new general election but if this is impossible, the party could back a new referendum. 

SECOND REFERENDUM

Last September Mr Watson said the party was ‘not ruling it out, but it’s highly unlikely’.

But in November, letters emerged from shadow home secretary Diane Abbott to constituents saying she would ‘argue for the right of the electorate to vote on any deal that is finally agreed’.

In December, Mr Corbyn said ‘We’ve not made any decision on a second referendum.’

But by January this year he was stating: ‘We are not supporting or calling for a second referendum. What we’ve called for is a meaningful vote in Parliament.’

Numerous backbenchers have said they want to see a second referendum on a Brexit deal. 

By conference 2018 internal debate over a second referendum prompted more than 150 different motions on the issue. A ‘composited’ version invites members to back a new general election but leave a ‘People’s Vote’ on the table.

Senior Labour figures have split on what any second referendum should mean – with some, such as Len McCluskey and John McDonnell insisting remaining in the EU cannot be on the ballot – but Sir Keir Starmer has said the motion means it could be. 

In December last year, Sir Keir Starmer said he would like a 'Norway-style treaty' and as a result 'there may have to be payments to be negotiated'

In December last year, Sir Keir Starmer said he would like a ‘Norway-style treaty’ and as a result ‘there may have to be payments to be negotiated’

SINGLE MARKET

After the election in June last year, Mr Corbyn sacked three frontbenchers for voting in favour of a Commons motion calling for the UK to stay in the single market.

The same month shadow chancellor John McDonnell said: ‘I think people will interpret membership of the single market as not respecting that referendum.’

However, the following September Labour’s deputy leader Tom Watson said single market membership was possible ‘if the European Union wanted to talk about reform of freedom of movement rules’.

Sir Keir Starmer has said the party wants ‘a partnership that retains the benefits of the single market and the customs union’.

Labour whipped its peers to abstain from a vote in favour of the single market earlier this month, but the instructions were largely ignored and many backed the idea. 

Mr Corbyn briefed MPs on his single market stance at a behind closed doors meeting on May 14. But they did not seem entirely clear on his position, with one backbencher emerging to say he had left the prospect open, but another saying he had made clear the option was ‘dead’.

A massive rebellion is expected in a Commons vote that could happen next month.

CUSTOMS UNION

Shadow trade secretary Barry Gardiner said in July 2017 that staying in the EU customs union would be a ‘disaster’ as it would entail an ‘asymmetrical relationship’ and damage Britain’s ability to make deals with other countries.

But in February this year Sir Keir confirmed that the party wants to stay in a customs union with the bloc – although not the current one because that would mean EU membership. He said ‘the only way realistically’ for the UK to get tariff-free access to the EU.

The following month Emily Thornberry said Labour wanted to maintain the existing customs union.

Last month Barry Gardiner was caught on mic giving a withering assessment of Labour's six tests for approving a Brexit deal, saying they were 'b*****cks'

Last month Barry Gardiner was caught on mic giving a withering assessment of Labour’s six tests for approving a Brexit deal, saying they were ‘b*****cks’

‘What we want to do is we want to remain in the customs union,’ she said. ‘We don’t want any faffing around with any of the nonsense that the Government is coming up with in relation to alternatives to the customs union. We want to remain in the customs union.’ 

Last month Mr Gardiner was caught on mic giving a withering assessment of Labour’s six tests for approving a Brexit deal, saying they were ‘b*****cks’.

‘We know very well that we cannot have the exact same benefits,’ he said.

Mr Gardiner has also suggested that fears over the Irish border are being whipped up for ‘political’ reasons. 

PAYING FOR ACCESS TO MARKETS

In December last year, Sir Keir said he would like a ‘Norway-style treaty’ and as a result ‘there may have to be payments to be negotiated’.

However, in January this year, John McDonnell said ‘I don’t understand why we would have to pay’ for access to the single market.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Drug company claims fish oil cuts stroke and heart attack risks by 25% – but doctors are skeptical http://expressdigest.com/drug-company-claims-fish-oil-cuts-stroke-and-heart-attack-risks-by-25-but-doctors-are-skeptical/ Tue, 25 Sep 2018 16:16:25 +0000 http://expressdigest.com/drug-company-claims-fish-oil-cuts-stroke-and-heart-attack-risks-by-25-but-doctors-are-skeptical/

A fish oil derivative may cut risks of major cardiovascular problems like heart attack and stroke by as much as 25 percent, preliminary results announced by its manufacturer suggest. 

Vascepa is a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved prescription fish oil. 

Its maker, Amarin, has been conducting a large global study on the drug since 2011. 

The results are due to be presented at the American Heart Association meeting in November, but Amarin did not wait to announce REDUCE-IT’s surprising top-line results.

Capsules of fish oil derivative are low-risk, and even a pricey $311 bottle of 120 capsules is cheap compared to a heart attack, so the findings could be game-changing, but cardiologists remain skeptical of the rushed announcement. 

A drug company is claiming that Vaspeca, its fish oil derivative drug, can reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke by a quarter – but cardiologists are dubious of its early study report

Heart disease and the disastrous cardiovascular events it causes are the leading cause of death in the US, and have been for 90 years.  

So-called ‘bad’ cholesterol – low-density lipoprotein (LDL) – and another form of fat called triglycerides are among the major culprits in the development of heart disease. 

These stubborn fat cells build up in the arteries, making passageways for blood more narrow. 

The heart has to work much harder to muscle blood through the clogged-up arteries, which can eventually even become completely blocked. 

Heart attack, stroke and heart failure risks are much higher among patients who have high LDL cholesterol. 

Cholesterol is also a risk factor that we can exert some control over, however – unlike genetics. 

LDL comes from foods that are high in saturated fats, including dairy, red meat and fried foods or trans fats, found in many sweets and baked goods. 

Exercise helps to burn these off, and diets high in fiber and healthy fats, like the omega-3 fatty acids found in oily fish, may help to keep cholesterol and  triglycerides from being absorbed into your blood stream. 

And some studies – and many supplement companies – suggest that you can skip the fish dinner and just take capsules of fish oil to get these benefits.  

The American Heart Association (AHA) does not endorse an either-or approach, but rather suggests that medications like statins and fish oil prescriptions or supplements may be useful in addition to diet and lifestyle changes for those whose cholesterol remains high.  

Most studies have shown that fish oil is useful for lowering triglycerides, but not so much LDL.  

Amarin claims that its fish oil ester, Vascepa does so well enough to drastically reduce the risks of heart attack or stroke.

Vascepa is one of two FDA-approved, prescription omega-3 acid drugs. Both it and Lovaza are ethyl esters, meaning they are derived from fish oil but are not themselves pure fish oil. 

The value of Amarin stock more than quadrupled overnight after announcing the top-line result of the REDUCE-IT trial, spiking from where its hovered around $3.00 to more than $12

The value of Amarin stock more than quadrupled overnight after announcing the top-line result of the REDUCE-IT trial, spiking from where its hovered around $3.00 to more than $12

For some people, fish oil can actually raise LDL levels though it may reduce triglycerides. 

Amarin boasts that its drug drug can reduce by triglycerides by a third, without touching LDL levels.

In a test of Vascepa’s power, Amarin began conducting the REDUCE-IT study in 2011. 

The study, overseen by steering committee chair and Harvard University cardiology professor Dr Deepak Bhatt at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, involved more than 8,100 high risk heart patients from around the world, according to Amarin’s announcement. 

All of the the study participants were already taking statins, the most commonly prescribed drug to help control cholesterol levels. 

But only half of them were also given Vascepa. 

According to Amarin, the study has at last concluded, and those that got both medications were 25 percent less likely to have a heart attack, stroke or other major cardiovascluar problems, be hospitalized or die from these problems. 

However, that’s about as much information as the company is offering at this time, ahead of the study’s official presentation at the AHA meeting in November. 

And that raises more questions that hopes for Dr David Brown, a cardiologist with Washington University, St Louis. 

‘I’m not sure why this was released early, there’s no scientific reason to do so,’ he told Daily Mail Online. 

‘Frequently, in these studies, the composite endpoint’ – the top-line result Amarin is announcing – ‘is driven by components that are less meaningful, but more common,’ he explained. 

In other words, if (for example) measures like deaths were only reduced by a small percentage, but hospitalizations were significantly less common among those taking the capsules, that drive the overall result to 25 percent – and Amarin can say that all of those measures were driven down in their advertising. 

‘It happens all the time,’ Dr Brown said. 

The study itself, of course, will have to disclose those specific numbers, but that won’t come out for more than a month. 

‘So I’m assuming this was done to manipulate the stock, which I think leaves a bad taste in everybody’s mouth,’ said Dr Brown. 

Whatever Amarin’s intentions were, that is exactly what happened: Its stock value more than quadrupled overnight, from $3.03 to $12.47 a share, on the heals of its Vascepa announcement.

‘Until we really know what differences were driving [the result of the study] … there’s not a lot that can be deduced from the small amount of information from the company,’ Dr Brown added.   

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Girl, 7, swinging from hammock at Virginia farm is fatally crushed by the tree she was hoisted in  http://expressdigest.com/girl-7-swinging-from-hammock-at-virginia-farm-is-fatally-crushed-by-the-tree-she-was-hoisted-in/ Tue, 25 Sep 2018 16:08:06 +0000 https://expressdigest.com/girl-7-swinging-from-hammock-at-virginia-farm-is-fatally-crushed-by-the-tree-she-was-hoisted-in/

Girl, seven, is killed swinging from a hammock when tree collapses and crushes her

  • Sabina Henderson, the seven year old from Ashburn, Virginia, was identified by her parents on Monday night
  • Loudoun County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the a call at the Seven Elms Farm on St. Francis Court at 6pm on Saturday 
  • Her father shared that he and his family were attending a retirement party for his father in Purceville when the accident occurred
  • Sabina and an eight-year-old boy had been swinging from a tree in a hammock, when the tree fell on the two 
  • They were both rushed to a local hospital but Sabina succumbed to her injuries 

A young girl died over the weekend when she was swinging from a hammock at a family gathering in Virginia and a tree fell on her.

Sabina Henderson, the seven year old from Ashburn, was identified by her parents on Monday night.  

‘Sabina was smart, witty girl who loved to tell jokes and make other people laugh,’ parents, Ben and Monica Henderson, said in a statement to the Loudoun Times-Mirror. 

Sabina Henderson, the seven year old from Ashburn, was identified by her parents on Monday night

‘She was a powerful personality that lit up the room and was a memorable force for all those that met her. She was amazingly kind and thoughtful to her friends and family. 

‘Sabina was genuinely and completely loved by all that knew her. Her loss tore a giant hole in our lives that will never be mended. We will never recover from this, we will only survive.’

Ben shared that he and his family were attending a retirement party for his father in Purceville when the accident occurred. 

Loudoun County Sheriff's deputies responded to the a call at the Seven Elms Farm on St. Francis Court at 6pm on Saturday

Loudoun County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the a call at the Seven Elms Farm on St. Francis Court at 6pm on Saturday

Sabina (center right) was attending a retirement party for her grandfather (left) at the farm. Also pictured is her father Ben (right), grandmother and an unidentified woman believed to be a family member 

Sabina (center right) was attending a retirement party for her grandfather (left) at the farm. Also pictured is her father Ben (right), grandmother and an unidentified woman believed to be a family member 

Loudoun County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the a call at the Seven Elms Farm on St. Francis Court at 6pm on Saturday. 

They were told that two children had been swinging in a hammock when the tree that it was attached to, fell on top of the children.

Both children were airlifted to the Inova Fairfax Hospital but Sabina succumbed to her injuries. 

Sabina had been sitting in a hammock with an eight-year-old boy when a tree fell on them

Both children were airlifted to the Inova Fairfax Hospital but Sabina succumbed to her injuries

 Sabina had been sitting in a hammock with an eight-year-old boy when a tree fell on them

The other child, an eight-year-old boy, was treated for minor injuries.  

Investigators have determine that the incident was a ‘tragic accident.’ 

The family has prepared to have a memorial for the girl on Friday at the Brambleton Corner Clubhouse, 42255 Palladian Blue Terrace, at 6pm.

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Primary school headteacher,47, accused of sexually assaulting married mother http://expressdigest.com/primary-school-headteacher47-accused-of-sexually-assaulting-married-mother/ Tue, 25 Sep 2018 16:01:41 +0000 http://expressdigest.com/primary-school-headteacher47-accused-of-sexually-assaulting-married-mother/
Thomas, head at Glan-yr-Afon Primary school in Llanrumney, Cardiff, is said to have bought his alleged victim white underwear after having a sordid dream about her

Thomas, head at Glan-yr-Afon Primary school in Llanrumney, Cardiff, is said to have bought his alleged victim white underwear after having a sordid dream about her

A sex-pest primary school head teacher bought knickers for a woman, sent her sexually suggestive emails, and sexually assaulted her, a court heard.

Kevin Thomas, 47, who joined Glan-Yr-Afon Primary School in Cardiff as headmaster in 2012, denies the charges against him and is on trial at Newport Crown Court.

The two counts of sexual assault relate to the period between May and August 2015.

In a recorded statement to police played to the court, the alleged victim – who cannot be named for legal reasons – said: ‘He would always put his arms around me.

‘I remember a few occasions where he would surreptitiously move me out of the way.

‘His hands would be past my lower back but I never used to think about it. I would just get out of the way.’

She added that Thomas ‘seemed quite touchy feely’ which ‘seemed his nature’.

The complainant said Thomas saw her as his ‘stress ball’ and that over time his behaviour became more ‘amorous’ and ‘flirty’.

In her statement she said: ‘At first I did not know how to respond. I did not want this man to fancy me. I most certainly did not fancy him.’

She said that ‘alarm bells started to ring’ after one incident in May 2015.

The court heard she asked him: ‘What are you doing?’

He held his hands up and replied ‘I did not do anything’ while looking ‘gormless’.

The court heard Thomas also sent the victim several emails from his work and personal account.

The victim said: ‘Over time they became more and more explicit, more daring.’

In one email the defendant told the woman he had a ‘lovely dream’ about her wearing white knickers.

She told the police he later bought her a pair of white knickers.

The woman said: ‘He said they will look lovely on you. I just remember closing my eyes and gritting my teeth.

‘I said “give them to your wife”. 

‘I walked away and thought: “I can’t believe he’s bought me knockers and that he thinks it’s okay”.’

After discussing the emails in person Thomas dismissed one sexually suggestive email as ‘only a laugh’, according to the alleged victim.

The court also heard how Thomas is alleged to have groped his victim when she was in his office

The court also heard how Thomas is alleged to have groped his victim when she was in his office

The alleged victim said on one occasion Thomas phoned her and said he was near her home and that he wanted to come inside.

She said it made her feel ‘scared’ and ‘unsafe’. The second alleged offence took place at a party.

The complainant said Thomas approached her ‘rocking his pelvis’ and then pulled her close.

She told the police she pushed him back with both hands and screamed.

She said he later told her: ‘All I was trying to do was tell you how lovely you looked.’

The court heard the defendant’s wife accused them of having an affair.

After Thomas, Fairwater, Cardiff, had been suspended he continued to email the complainant.

The woman initially reported the incidents to Cardiff council in March 2016 and contacted South Wales Police in November 2016.

Thomas, represented by Byron Broadstock, denies he committed either of the alleged sexual assaults.

The case, presided over by Judge Thomas Crowther, is before a jury of six men and six women and is expected to last for five days.

The trial continues. 

Court continues.  

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Famous 450lbs silverback gorilla ‘goes into retirement’ in Paignton Zoo http://expressdigest.com/famous-450lbs-silverback-gorilla-goes-into-retirement-in-paignton-zoo/ Tue, 25 Sep 2018 15:53:28 +0000 https://expressdigest.com/famous-450lbs-silverback-gorilla-goes-into-retirement-in-paignton-zoo/

A silverback gorilla in Paignton Zoo has lost his position of Alpha male having been ousted by three teenagers who went on a rampage last year after escaping the ape enclosure. 

Pertinax, who is 36, has been forced into ‘retirement’ to prevent a bloody confrontation with the three younger apes. 

Last year, N’Dowe, 15, Kiondo, 16, and Kivu, 15, managed to escape from their enclosure causing thousands of pounds worth of damage. 

Pertinax, the 36-year-old silverback gorilla has been forced into retirement at Paignton Zoo

Pertinax's role is being taken over by three teenage gorillas, including N'Dowe, pictured

Pertinax’s role is being taken over by three teenage gorillas, including N’Dowe, pictured

Kiondo, pictured, was also involved in the plot to topple Pertinax, who was the alpha male in the Devon zoo for the past 20 years

Kiondo, pictured, was also involved in the plot to topple Pertinax, who was the alpha male in the Devon zoo for the past 20 years

The three teenage apes ripped out electric cables and water pipes during their rampage. 

Nic Dunn of Paignton Zoo said Pertinax dominated the enclosure for 20 years but is no longer the leader. 

Mr Dunn told The Express: ‘We have to manage Pertinax separately from Kiondo, Kivu and N’Dowe as the old boy has effectively gone into retirement.

‘The dominance in the trio is fairly fluid as they’re still young silverbacks. They are yet to fully mature. Pertinax has been managed away from the others for a while. He is 36 now, and we would consider 40 or 50 to be a typical age for a male gorilla in a zoo.

‘He has a few health issues. He’s got bad feet, colitis and he’s not as active as he used to be, but he has a good life, and we’re always striving to make it better. For now, Pertinax’s health issues don’t cause him too much trouble but we keep a close eye on the old boy.’

Keepers at the zoo said Pertinax has become more relaxed since he was separated from the rest of the apes.

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Meghan Markle fans whip up dishes from Grenfell charity cookbook http://expressdigest.com/meghan-markle-fans-whip-up-dishes-from-grenfell-charity-cookbook/ Tue, 25 Sep 2018 15:50:43 +0000 http://expressdigest.com/meghan-markle-fans-whip-up-dishes-from-grenfell-charity-cookbook/

Meghan Markle fans are already whipping up dishes from the charity cookbook she launched to support families affected by the Grenfell Tower inferno.

The Duchess of Sussex has inspired a wave of home cooks to try their hand at some of the recipes, and they’ve been sharing snaps of their efforts on Instagram using the hashtag #CookTogether, inspired by the book. 

Together: Our Community Cookbook, which was produced by cooks from the Hubb Community Kitchen based near the site of the tower in West London, and features a foreword written by Meghan, hit shops on Thursday.  

And already pictures of her admirers’ attempts at the coconut chicken curry, or the avocado dip Meghan says has quickly become a personal favourite for her and Harry, are cropping up on social media.  

Meghan Markle wrote the foreword to Together: Our Community Cookbook, a charity recipe book that will raise money for the Hubb Community Kitchen, pictured, that is based near Grenfell Tower in west London

This weekend her fans have been trying their hand at some of the recipes, which come from communities across Europe, the Middle East, North Africa and the eastern Mediterranean. Pictured: Dee Burke tried the coconut curry and encouraged others to 'buy the book and support the #Grenfell women'

This weekend her fans have been trying their hand at some of the recipes, which come from communities across Europe, the Middle East, North Africa and the eastern Mediterranean. Pictured: Dee Burke tried the coconut curry and encouraged others to ‘buy the book and support the #Grenfell women’

Before launching the cookbook, the Duchess of Sussex made several secret trips to the Al Manaar cultural centre. She helped out in the kitchen there and said she 'immediately felt connected' to the community. Pictured: Susane Barsby created this cake from the book

Before launching the cookbook, the Duchess of Sussex made several secret trips to the Al Manaar cultural centre. She helped out in the kitchen there and said she ‘immediately felt connected’ to the community. Pictured: Susane Barsby created this cake from the book

Several home chefs have attempted the simple chocolate cake, while one particularly ambitious blogger whipped up 10 different dishes from the cookbook over the weekend – including spiced potato kibbeh and kofta kebabs. 

Susane Barbsy wrote: ‘Together is a lovely book written by, and with proceeds going to, a community kitchen of women in Grenfell. 

‘Today we made our first recipe from it. E dropped an egg on the floor, I set the oven glove alight and put the dirty measuring spoons in Simon’s tea but the cake is lovely.’ 

Another user wrote: ‘After reading an article on the Duchess of Sussex and her involvement with the Hubb Community Kitchen, I was able to get my hands on a copy of the recipe for Aysha Bora’s Kuku Paka Coconut Chicken Curry from their new cookbook, “Together: Our Community Cookbook” 

‘It looked delicious in the article and it’s freakin amazing “in person”.’

One individual said: ‘Spent the day making recipes from Together: Our Community Cookbook!’   

Last week at the launch of the cookbook, Meghan described it as a 'labour of love'. It is her first solo project as a member of the Royal Family. Pictured: Food blogger Food Fash Fit created several dishes including hummus and koftas

Last week at the launch of the cookbook, Meghan described it as a ‘labour of love’. It is her first solo project as a member of the Royal Family. Pictured: Food blogger Food Fash Fit created several dishes including hummus and koftas

In the foreword for the book, Meghan said: Melding cultural identities under a shared roof, it creates a space to feel a sense of normalcy - in its simplest form, the universal need to connect, nurture, and commune through food, through crisis or joy - something we can all relate to...' Pictured: Coconut chicken curry

In the foreword for the book, Meghan said: Melding cultural identities under a shared roof, it creates a space to feel a sense of normalcy – in its simplest form, the universal need to connect, nurture, and commune through food, through crisis or joy – something we can all relate to…’ Pictured: Coconut chicken curry

Jason & Joe's kitchen therapy tried Sanna Mirza's Persian lamb and herb stew from the cookbook

Pictured: Sanna Mirza's Persian lamb and herb stew

Jason & Joe’s kitchen therapy tried Sanna Mirza’s Persian lamb and herb stew from the cookbook

For her first solo project as a member of the Royal Family, Meghan made several secret trips to the kitchen of the Al Manaar cultural centre after an initial visit in January. 

On her visits to the Hubb Community Kitchen, the Duchess donned an apron and helped cook meals using the women’s personal recipes from across Europe, the Middle East, North Africa and the eastern Mediterranean.

In the foreword, Meghan said: ‘I immediately felt connected to this community kitchen; it is a place for women to laugh, grieve, cry and cook together.

‘Melding cultural identities under a shared roof, it creates a space to feel a sense of normalcy – in its simplest form, the universal need to connect, nurture, and commune through food, through crisis or joy – something we can all relate to…

‘Through this charitable endeavour, the proceeds will allow the kitchen to thrive and keep the global spirit of community alive.’

Now her self-described ‘labour of love’ has come to fruition and the proceeds of the book will support the kitchen as well as related projects helping those affected by the blaze which killed 72 on June 14 last year. 

Lauren Parkinson baked the simple chocolate cake from the book which helps those affected by the blaze which killed 72 on June 14 last year

Lauren Parkinson baked the simple chocolate cake from the book which helps those affected by the blaze which killed 72 on June 14 last year

Blogger Food Fast Fit tried 10 of the recipes in Together: Our Community Cookbook over the weekend

Blogger Food Fast Fit tried 10 of the recipes in Together: Our Community Cookbook over the weekend

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Mortgage calculator: Compare the true cost of rates and fees http://expressdigest.com/mortgage-calculator-compare-the-true-cost-of-rates-and-fees/ Tue, 25 Sep 2018 15:49:07 +0000 http://expressdigest.com/mortgage-calculator-compare-the-true-cost-of-rates-and-fees/

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World order is in chaos, warns UN chief http://expressdigest.com/world-order-is-in-chaos-warns-un-chief/ Tue, 25 Sep 2018 15:48:55 +0000 https://expressdigest.com/world-order-is-in-chaos-warns-un-chief/

The world order is in chaos and trust between countries is at breaking point, the UN secretary general declared today. 

Addressing the opening session of the UN General Assembly in New York, Antonio Guterres said trust in the rules-based global order and among states was ‘at a breaking point’ and international cooperation was becoming more difficult.

‘Today, world order is increasingly chaotic. Power relations are less clear,’ Guterres told the 193-nation assembly just minutes before President Donald Trump was to take the podium.

World order is in chaos and trust between countries is at breaking point, the UN secretary general declared today

‘Universal values are being eroded. Democratic principles are under siege.’

Guterres did not single out a country for criticism, but there are fears among UN diplomats that the world is being carved up into spheres of influence and a return to great power rivalry.

Trump’s administration has made clear its distrust of international treaties, having scrapped the Iran nuclear deal, the Paris climate agreement and cut funding to the United Nations.

UN diplomats say the US stance has emboldened Russia and China to push their view of the global order in which human rights take a second seat to development and sovereignty rights.

‘Today, with shifts in the balance of power, the risk of confrontation may increase,’ warned Guterres.

The human rights agenda is losing ground and ‘authoritarianism is on the rise,’ he said

Guterres urged world leaders to renew their commitment to a rules-based order, with the United Nations at its center to confront ‘massive, existential threats to people and planet.’

‘There is no way forward but collective, common-sense action for the common good,’ he said.

Drawing a list of global problems, Guterres acknowledged that peace efforts were failing and that respect for international humanitarian norms was unraveling.

United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres speaks to open the General Debate of the General Assembly of the United Nations

United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres speaks to open the General Debate of the General Assembly of the United Nations

‘There is outrage at our inability to end the wars in Syria, Yemen and elsewhere’, he said.

‘The Rohingya people remain exiled, traumatized and in misery, still yearning for safety and justice.’

The two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has become ‘more and more distant’ while the nuclear threat ‘has not eased’.

Guterres zeroed in on climate change as an urgent priority, warning that if no concrete action is taken in the next two years to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the world risks facing runaway climate change.

‘Climate change is moving faster than we are – and its speed has provoked a sonic boom SOS across our world,’ he said.

About 130 world leaders are attending this year’s annual session including Trump and Iranian leader Hassan Rouhani who also speaks on Tuesday. France’s Emmanuel Macron, a champion of multilateralism, also has his turn at the podium on Tuesday. 

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The airlines that are top for tech including Wi-Fi, live TV and USB ports http://expressdigest.com/the-airlines-that-are-top-for-tech-including-wi-fi-live-tv-and-usb-ports/ Tue, 25 Sep 2018 15:48:27 +0000 https://expressdigest.com/the-airlines-that-are-top-for-tech-including-wi-fi-live-tv-and-usb-ports/

The airlines with the best on board tech have been revealed – and it’s Qatar Airways that is top.

The state-owned flag carrier narrowly beat Emirates, which came second in the ranking.

US-based Delta is rated third while British Airways came fourth.

The airlines with the best on board tech have been revealed – and it’s Qatar Airways that is top 

The study was carried out by travel booking platform Traveloka, which ranked the top 50 most ‘tech friendly’ airlines in the world.

It rated the carriers on on-board Wi-Fi, power connections and how connected passengers can stay to those on the ground via text messages, phone calls and live TV.

Top-rated Qatar Airways was praised for launching ‘super Wi-Fi’ earlier this year, which boasts speeds of up to 50 Mbps.

Passengers on board are also offered their first hour of high-speed broadband access for free or can buy unlimited usage for the duration of their flight for $10 (£7.60).

Tables created by travel booking firm Travelok, showing the top ten ranked airlines for Wi-Fi, power and connectedness

Tables created by travel booking firm Travelok, showing the top ten ranked airlines for Wi-Fi, power and connectedness

Second place Emirates was also singled out for its selection of in-flight entertainment, which the study found includes 3,500 channels of movies, TV shows, music, games and live TV from CNN International, CNBC, BBC World Service and Sport24.

The Dubai-based carrier provides 20MB of free Wi-Fi for passengers that has to be used within two hours.

Delta Air Lines secured its spot near the top of the ranking after the study found it offered free mobile messaging via WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger and iMessage.

The research showed that it also offered all-day Wi-Fi passes from $16 (£12) and recently rolled out new seat-back screens — something many airlines are choosing to remove.

Caesar Indra, SVP for business development at Traveloka, said: 'It's not unreasonable to assume the airlines with the best reputation or most expensive seats will offer the best in-flight entertainment and Wi-Fi, but our research proves this isn't always the case' 

Caesar Indra, SVP for business development at Traveloka, said: ‘It’s not unreasonable to assume the airlines with the best reputation or most expensive seats will offer the best in-flight entertainment and Wi-Fi, but our research proves this isn’t always the case’ 

Following British Airways, low-cost carrier JetBlue Airways is fifth after the study revealed it offered newly-released movies and TV channels such as CNN, Fox and ESPN via seat-back screens on all flights longer than two hours.

Customers can also access the internet via its Fly-Fi system and streaming via Amazon Video free of charge.

In sixth place is Cathay Pacific, followed by Alaska Airlines in seventh and Turkish Airlines in eighth. Scraping inside the top ten is Etihad Airways followed by Eva Air.

However, the world’s best carrier, Singapore Airlines, only came 14th in the study on connectivity.

Researchers found that although the carrier has a glowing reputation, more could be done in terms of its Wi-Fi and connectivity offerings, to help cement its positioning.

Indra added: 'Across the board, we're seeing airlines striving to gain a competitive edge by making improvements to their tech offerings'

Indra added: ‘Across the board, we’re seeing airlines striving to gain a competitive edge by making improvements to their tech offerings’

Caesar Indra, SVP for business development at Traveloka, said: ‘It’s not unreasonable to assume the airlines with the best reputation or most expensive seats will offer the best in-flight entertainment and Wi-Fi, but our research proves this isn’t always the case. 

‘In fact, some budget-friendly carriers, such as JetBlue Airways, are going above and beyond to guarantee their customers reliable connectivity.

‘Across the board, we’re seeing airlines striving to gain a competitive edge by making improvements to their tech offerings. 

‘From Qatar Airlines’ “Super Wi-Fi” which was launched earlier this year to Delta’s free mobile messaging perks, we hope to continue to see more of the same in the coming months and years.’ 

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NFL faces backlash from defensive players over new roughing penalty described as ‘soft’ http://expressdigest.com/nfl-faces-backlash-from-defensive-players-over-new-roughing-penalty-described-as-soft/ Tue, 25 Sep 2018 15:47:17 +0000 http://expressdigest.com/nfl-faces-backlash-from-defensive-players-over-new-roughing-penalty-described-as-soft/

Ostensibly aimed at protecting quarterbacks, the NFL’s new roughing-the-passer rule has been thrust into the spotlight after Week 3, when several questionable flags were thrown and one player suffered a season-ending knee injury trying to avoid the penalty that’s been described as ‘left wing’ and ‘soft.’

Miami Dolphins defensive end William Hayes is out for the season, coach Adam Gase confirmed Monday, after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his right knee while sacking Oakland quarterback Derek Carr in the second quarter of Sunday’s win over the Raiders.

According to Gase, Hayes got his foot ‘caught in the ground’ while ‘trying not to put body weight on the quarterback,’ which is a response to the NFL’s emphasis on roughing-the-passer penalties this season. 

That penalty has existed for years because, as the rule book states, ‘the act of passing often puts the quarterback (or any other player attempting a pass) in a position where he is particularly vulnerable to injury.’

However, a new wrinkle was added before the 2018 season: ‘… a defensive player must not unnecessarily or violently throw [the quarterback] down or land on top of him with all or most of the defender’s weight.’ 

Miami Dolphins defensive end William Hayes is out for the season, coach Adam Gase confirmed Monday, after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his right knee while sacking Oakland quarterback Derek Carr in the second quarter of Sunday’s win over the Raiders. According to Gase, Hayes got his foot ‘caught in the ground’ while ‘trying not to put body weight on the quarterback,’ which is a response to the NFL’s new ‘roughing’ rule 

Miami's William Hayes appeared to attempt to pivot his lower body to the right while taking down Carr, with his right leg extended away from Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr

Miami’s William Hayes appeared to attempt to pivot his lower body to the right while taking down Carr, with his right leg extended away from Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr

Hayes appeared to attempt to pivot his lower body to the right while taking down Carr, with his right leg extended away from the QB.  

The new rule is obviously confusing for pass rushers, who are paid to sack the quarterback but must now do so without the full weight of their own body.  

RULE 12, SECTION 2 ARTICLE 9: ROUGHING THE PASSER

(Source: NFL rule book) 

SUBSECTION 2: A rushing defender is prohibited from committing such intimidating and punishing acts as ‘stuffing’ a passer into the ground or unnecessarily wrestling or driving him down after the passer has thrown the ball, even if the rusher makes his initial contact with the passer within the one-step limitation provided for in (a) above. When tackling a passer who is in a defenseless posture (e.g., during or just after throwing a pass), a defensive player must not unnecessarily or violently throw him down or land on top of him with all or most of the defender’s weight. Instead, the defensive player must strive to wrap up the passer with the defensive player’s arms and not land on the passer with all or most of his body weight.

Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews, who has been flagged for roughing in each of his first three games this season, called the new rule ‘soft’ while ESPN announcer and former Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten called it ‘left wing’ during Monday’s Pittsburgh-Tampa Bay game.

NBC’s Rodney Harrison, who played safety for the San Diego Chargers and New England Patriots, begged the NFL to ‘change the rule, please.’ 

San Francisco 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman tweeted in response to Hayes’s injury, writing, ‘They don’t care about the rest of us getting hurt. Long as the QB is safe.’

Miami defensive lineman Akeem Spence voiced frustration Monday over his teammate’s injury, saying players don’t know how to properly sack the quarterback given the wealth of flags being thrown around the league.

‘It sucks because he was trying to protect the quarterback while still trying to make the play, and it’s a double-edged sword,’ Spence said. ‘What do you expect us to do? We know the rule, but we don’t know the ins and outs. 

‘And then I saw Clay Matthews, he had another [roughing-the-passer penalty] yesterday,’ he continued. ‘What do you want the guy to do? You gotta put the guy down. How much is too much weight? What technique do you use? How do you go about it? We are still asking questions just like y’all [the media] are.

‘Let’s be honest, that’s a difficult rule to gauge.’

Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews, who has been flagged for roughing the passer in each of his first three games this season, called the new rule 'soft'

Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews, who has been flagged for roughing the passer in each of his first three games this season, called the new rule ‘soft’

ESPN announcer and former Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten called the NFL's new roughing-the-passer penalty 'left wing' during Monday's Pittsburgh-Tampa Bay game

ESPN announcer and former Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten called the NFL’s new roughing-the-passer penalty ‘left wing’ during Monday’s Pittsburgh-Tampa Bay game

And it’s not only coaches and defensive players who have complained about the rule. 

Even quarterbacks are confused. 

‘There’s a lot of them,’ Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said after the Buccaneers were flagged for roughing him twice on Monday night. ‘I don’t want to criticize the officiating, especially when you’re talking about a penalty that helps the quarterback out.   

‘I was surprised at the first one. The second one I thought was legit. He hit me in the helmet. It was kind of like hearing that loud ring when your helmet gets hit.’

The Steelers, meanwhile, were flagged three times for hits on quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick.  

‘There are sure a lot of them,’ he said of the penalties. ‘I can’t imagine the fans at home are enjoying it too much.’

Steelers defensive end Cam Heyward was called for unnecessary roughness after taking down Fitzpatrick. 

‘I want guys to be violent and fast,’ Heyward told reporters ‘It’s so hard to do that. You can’t hit them, you can’t go down with them, then you put yourself in jeopardy for either reversing or getting shrugged off. That’s not football to me. I’m just being honest. What are we really teaching here?’ 

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Spice Girls post reunion FaceTime picture without Victoria Beckham http://expressdigest.com/spice-girls-post-reunion-facetime-picture-without-victoria-beckham/ Tue, 25 Sep 2018 15:39:40 +0000 http://expressdigest.com/spice-girls-post-reunion-facetime-picture-without-victoria-beckham/

It’s no secret that Victoria Beckham isn’t keen on taking to the stage again with the Spice Girls. 

But it still seemed a little harsh when Mel B, 43, shared a picture of herself with the other four girls, leaving the fifth former member out. 

In the Instagram image, both Mel B and C, 44, and Emma Bunton, 42, could be seen FaceTiming Geri Horner, 46, as she sat in front of a clothes rail. 

Where’s Posh? The Spice Girls posted a reunion FaceTime picture on Instagram on Monday but Victoria was missing… just days after Mel B said a tour will go on ‘with or without her’

Mel captioned the snap with the words: ‘Nothing like a spice girls face time #friendshipneverends #girlpower #chitchat yipppeeee.’ 

While Victoria may have simply been busy with her fashion commitments, it seemed a little off that she wasn’t mentioned at all in the picture which garnered 61,825 likes.

MailOnline has contacted representatives for The Spice Girls and Victoria Beckham for further comment. 

Moreover, Mel B told James Corden on his Late Late Show on Thursday, that the Spice Girls tour will go ahead with or without Posh Spice, 44.

What's going on? While Victoria may have simply been busy with her fashion commitments, it seemed a little off that she wasn't mentioned at all in the picture which garnered 61,825 likes

What’s going on? While Victoria may have simply been busy with her fashion commitments, it seemed a little off that she wasn’t mentioned at all in the picture which garnered 61,825 likes

Saying it’s ‘100% happening’, Mel implied that Victoria was easily replaced, saying: ‘Katy Perry would be good, wouldn’t she.’

Emma Bunton, Mel C and Geri Horner are all set to return, but when asked on whether David Beckham’s wife would be joining them, Mel B replied: ‘Well, we’ll see about that one.’

Mel revealed that the successful fashion designer might join the group on a few select shows. 

If the girls finally do decide to fill arenas once more, it will be their first tour since their 2007 Viva Forever reunion. 

Spice Up Your Life: Mel B revealed that she wants Katy Perry to replace Victoria on the Spice Girls tour during an appearance on  The Late Late Show With James Corden on Thursday 

Spice Up Your Life: Mel B revealed that she wants Katy Perry to replace Victoria on the Spice Girls tour during an appearance on The Late Late Show With James Corden on Thursday 

New spice girl?: The Spice Up Your Life singer, 43, also used the CBS chat show to insist that the tour is '100 per cent' happening with or without the fashion mogul, 44 (Katy Perry pictured earlier this month performing)

New spice girl?: The Spice Up Your Life singer, 43, also used the CBS chat show to insist that the tour is ‘100 per cent’ happening with or without the fashion mogul, 44 (Katy Perry pictured earlier this month performing)

The band last performed together at the opening ceremonies of the London Olympics in 2012. 

Since then Posh Spice has repeatedly shot down reports that the popular group would be reuniting. 

‘I’m not going on tour,’ Victoria told Vogue earlier this year. ‘What does that look like in the future? It’s not me in a catsuit.’   

In contrast, Mel B is wildly enthusiastically about her old costumes, having built a shrine in her bedroom to honour her Spice Girls days.

‘I couldn’t leave all my Spice Girls clothing in a box,’ she said on the show. 

‘It sounds real self-involved, but I’m actually real proud of what us five girls accomplished. 

‘So I’ve got it in my bedroom in the corner. When my friends come over we play dress up.’

Together again: The band last performed together at the opening ceremonies of the London Olympics in 2012

Together again: The band last performed together at the opening ceremonies of the London Olympics in 2012

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Illegal immigrant accused of murdering crew mate on fishing boat http://expressdigest.com/illegal-immigrant-accused-of-murdering-crew-mate-on-fishing-boat/ Tue, 25 Sep 2018 15:39:17 +0000 http://expressdigest.com/illegal-immigrant-accused-of-murdering-crew-mate-on-fishing-boat/

Franklin Freddy Meave Vazquez, 27, is charged with murder in Sunday’s attack

A Mexican national who was living in the US illegally and free on bond in a prior domestic violence incident has been charged with murder in an attack on his fishing crew mates off Nantucket.

Franklin Freddy Meave Vazquez, 27, is charged with murder in the Sunday attack on board the Captain Billy Haver, which was trawling the waters about 55 miles off Massachusetts.

Prosecutors say that the vessel had seven crew members on board, including Vazquez, when he charged at a shipmate wielding a hammer in one hand and a knife in the other.

The victim said that he fought Vazquez off and then looked down to see another shipmate lying on the deck in a pool of blood. 

Vazquez allegedly struck a third crew member before scaling the ship’s mast in a bid to escape as the crew tried to subdue him.

A crew member on the Captain Billy Haver (above) says that Vazquez charged at him wielding a knife and hammer, before climbing the mast in a bid to escape

A crew member on the Captain Billy Haver (above) says that Vazquez charged at him wielding a knife and hammer, before climbing the mast in a bid to escape

The Virginia-based fishing vessel put out a call for help, and first to respond was the German cruise ship Mein Schiff 6. Two of the victims were brought aboard the massive cruise ship for medical treatment, and one was pronounced dead by the ship’s doctor. 

A Coast Guard vessel also responded to the scene, escorting the Billy Haver and Mein Schiff into port in Boston, where Vazquez was taken into federal custody.

On March 9, Vazquez was arrested in Newport News, Virginia on a charge of abduction by force, intimidation, or deception.

Lindsay McDannald, Vazquez’s soon-to-be-ex mother-in-law, told WCVB that the charge related to an attack on her daughter. 

She says that Vazquez is a heroin addict and that he ‘assaulted her, strangled her and held her against the wall.’

German cruise ship Mein Schiff 6 (above) was the first to respond, and took on two victims for medical treatment before the ship's doctor declared one of them dead

German cruise ship Mein Schiff 6 (above) was the first to respond, and took on two victims for medical treatment before the ship’s doctor declared one of them dead

Vazquez was released from the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement on April 23, records show.

‘I think it’s a travesty, I think that the court system failed and that they should do a better job in terms of releasing these people,’ McDannald said. 

Vazquez is charged with one count of murder within the special maritime and territorial jurisdiction of the US, and one count of attempted murder within the special maritime and territorial jurisdiction of the US.

If convicted on all counts he faces a sentence of up to life in prison and a fine of $250,000, and would be subject to deportation upon release.

Vazquez is due to appear in federal court in Boston at a time yet to be determined. It was unclear whether he had at attorney who could speak on his behalf.  

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Mesmerising footage captures moment snake eats egg whole without cracking it http://expressdigest.com/mesmerising-footage-captures-moment-snake-eats-egg-whole-without-cracking-it/ Tue, 25 Sep 2018 15:38:27 +0000 http://expressdigest.com/mesmerising-footage-captures-moment-snake-eats-egg-whole-without-cracking-it/

Open wide! Mesmerising footage shows a snake swallowing a whole egg without cracking the shell

  •  Homeowner captures enthralling footage of a snake eating an egg whole
  • The eastern rat snake steals eggs from nests and break them in their throat
  •  Time warp footage shows the serpent swallow egg until it’s a bulge in it’s throat

A homeowner has captured mesmerising footage of a snake eating an egg whole in a living room in Fort Benning, Georgia.

The video shows the eastern rat snake swallowing what appears to be a chicken egg on a carpet without cracking the shell.

The video begins as the snake has already partly enveloped some of the egg, using time warp, the video speeds up to show it gradually swallowing the whole thing.

When he has swallowed it, you can see the large bulge as he prepares to digest it. 

The footage was posted on social media with the caption: ‘Watching This Snake Work Its A** Off To Swallow A Chicken Egg Is Oddly Mesmerizing.’

The footage was posted online and watched over 2,000 times. 

Eastern rat snakes is a nonvenomous colubrid species endemic to North America. 

The video begins as the snake has already partly enveloped some of the egg, using time warp, the video speeds up to show it gradually swallowing the whole thing

The snake swallows the egg without cracking the shell. The eastern rat snake is known for swallowing eggs whole

The snake swallows the egg without cracking the shell. The eastern rat snake is known for swallowing eggs whole

The snakes can grow up to 68 inches long and have an irregular black and white checkerboard pattern.

They are known for eating eggs from nests, swallowing them whole and breaking them in their throat. 

They wrap an animal in their coils and squeeze until the animal suffocates. They then swallow their meal whole.  

The serpent will break the egg in it's throat. Eastern rat snakes is a nonvenomous colubrid species endemic to North America

The serpent will break the egg in it’s throat. Eastern rat snakes is a nonvenomous colubrid species endemic to North America

 

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Emily Thornberry says anti-Semites must be kicked out of Labour http://expressdigest.com/emily-thornberry-says-anti-semites-must-be-kicked-out-of-labour/ Tue, 25 Sep 2018 15:33:38 +0000 http://expressdigest.com/emily-thornberry-says-anti-semites-must-be-kicked-out-of-labour/

Emily Thornbery today angrily demanded that ‘sickening individuals’ who voice a ‘despicable hatred’ for Jews are kicked out of Labour amid the anti-Semitism crisis.

The shadow foreign secretary used her speech at the Labour Party conference in Liverpool to lash activists who use the issue of Palestine as a ‘cloak’ to hide their racist views.

And she said the anti-Semites lurking in Labour party branches must be booted out just as Oswald Mosley was in the past. 

Her outspoken intervention on stage came after her party has been plunged into a protracted and bitter civil war over the anti-Semitism crisis.

Jeremy Corbyn – who sat on stage as Ms Thornberry spoke – has been accused of being an anti-Semite and allowing the racism to fester among his supporters.

In a sign of how poisonous the issue has become for the party, the conference chairwoman took the highly unusual step of warning activists not to use anti-Semitic language when debating the topic of Palestine.

And hundreds of party activists unfurled Palestinian flags and waved them in the conference hall in a protest viewed as inflammatory.

 

Emily Thornbery (pictured today at the Labour Party conference) angrily demanded that ‘sickening individuals’ who voice a ‘despicable hatred’ for Jews are kicked out of Labour amid the anti-Semitism crisis

The shadow foreign secretary (pictured at Labour conference today) used her speech at the Labour Party conference in Liverpool to lash activists who the issue of Palestine as a 'cloak' to peddle their racist views

The shadow foreign secretary (pictured at Labour conference today) used her speech at the Labour Party conference in Liverpool to lash activists who the issue of Palestine as a ‘cloak’ to peddle their racist views

In a fiery speech to the conference hall, Ms Thornberry said: ‘We all support the Palestinian cause, we are all committed to recognise the Palestinian State, and I stand here with no hesitation when I condemn the Netanyahu government for its racist policies and its criminal actions against the Palestinian people.

Corbyn sued by British Jew who he accused of not understanding English irony 

Jeremy Corbyn is being sued by the British Jewish blogger he accused of not understanding ‘English irony’, MailOnline can reveal.

Richard Millett, 50, instructed solicitors after Mr Corbyn made further comments about him on Sunday that he views as defamatory.

During an interview with Andrew Marr on BBC One, the Labour leader painted a picture of Mr Millett as ‘incredibly disruptive’, claiming that the police wanted to throw him out of Parliament until Mr Corbyn said he could stay.

Mr Millett, whose father fought for Britain in WWII, says that the allegations are entirely untrue and have caused lasting damage to his reputation. He is suing Corbyn for £100,000.

He said: ‘Jeremy Corbyn has constantly been trying to paint me as some aggressive traitor who has brushes with police.

‘Listening to his interview, you’d have thought that the police were on the verge of hauling me out of parliamentary events and it was only saintly Corbyn who stopped that happening.

 ‘It’s totally untrue. It’s preposterous. I think he just said it on the hoof, under questioning on the BBC on Sunday. He can’t actually back it up.’

‘But I know as well, and we must all acknowledge, that there are sickening individuals on the fringes of our movement, who use our legitimate support for Palestine as a cloak and a cover for their despicable hatred of Jewish people, and their desire to see Israel destroyed.

‘Those people stand for everything that we have always stood against and they must be kicked out of our party the same way Oswald Mosley was kicked out of Liverpool.’ 

Her punchy intervention came immediately after an incendiary stunt which saw hundreds of activists wave Palestinian flags in the middle of the conference hall.

They staged the protest as the conference debated a motion about palestinian rights.

Unite general secretary Len McCluskey was among those seen to be holding one of the flags, which have been handed out at conference today.

And the party has been wracked by in-fighting over the anti-Semitism crisis.

Rhea Wolfson, who chaired the debate in the conference hall, took the highly unusual step of warning speakers not to use racist language.

She said: ‘The party is totally and completely committed to protecting the freedom of our members to discuss and debate and condemn the actions of the Israeli government and the situation of the Palestinians.

‘We’re also committed to our conference being a safe, welcoming space for all religions and ethnic minority groups.’

She added: ‘Please think carefully about the language you use and how you express yourself, and please ensure that every speaker is made to feel welcome and nobody is booed and heckled for having a view you may disagree with.’

Mr Corbyn has been accused by the ex chief rabbi Lord Sacks of being an anti-Semite, while one of his own MPs has said that under him Labour has become an institutionally racists party.

Jewish Labour MPs who have spoken out against his inaction, have faced abuse and threats.

Luciana Berger, a Jewish Labour MP, has been forced to have police protection accompanying her at her own party conference after she received abuse after speaking out on anti-Semitism.

She joined half a dozen other Labour MPs at a highly charged fringe meeting this week to speak out about the fear which many British Jews now experience. 

She said: ‘This year, more than ever, we have experienced attacks from the left – from people who claim they share our values, who wear the same rosette as us.’

She added: ‘What maters now is draining the swamp. We need to see the Labour Party step up the investigations into complaints of anti-Semitism and get a faster, fairer, more transparent system of internal party justice.

‘The party’s new general secretary said this is her top priority and it would be dealt with by July. We are now in September and there is still that backlog.’

Mr Corbyn has faced mounting pressure to apologise over the anti-Semitism scandal – but invited to do so in a TV interview on the BBC’s Andrew Marr show on Sunday, he refused.

He said: ‘I’ll simply say this – I am an anti-racist and will die an anti-racist. 

‘Anti-Semitism is a scourge in any society and I will oppose it all my life and I will continue to oppose it all my life.’    

Unite leader Len McCluskey was among the hundreds of activists who waved a Palestinian flag in the conference centre

Unite leader Len McCluskey was among the hundreds of activists who waved a Palestinian flag in the conference centre

Timeline of anti-Semitic scandals which have erupted under Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership

Jeremy Corbyn (pictured) has been accused of failing to tackle the racism among his supporters 

Jeremy Corbyn (pictured) has been accused of failing to tackle the racism among his supporters 

The anti-Semitism scandal has dogged Labour since Jeremy Corbyn was elected leader  in 2015.

Here is a timeline of the controversies: 

April 2016:

Labour MP Naz Shah is suspended for anti-Semitic posts – including one in which she appeared to endorse calls for Israelis to be deported to the US. 

She apologised and was given a formal warning.  

Ken Livingstone goes on the radio to defend Ms Shah – but sparks fresh controversy by claiming that Hitler supported Zionism. 

He is suspended by Labour but refuses to apologise and has repeated the claim many times.

He eventually quits Labour two years later, saying his suspension has become a distraction.

June 2016: 

A two-month inquiry by civil liberties campaigner Shami Chakrabarti finds that Labour is not overrun by anti-Semitism. 

But the launch is overshadowed when Jewish Labour MP Ruth Smeeth flees it in tears after being accused by Corbyn supporter Marc Wadsworth of colluding with the press.

Critics accuse the report of being a whitewash and Ms Chakrabarti is widely criticised for accepting a peerage from Jeremy Corbyn shortly afterwards.

October 2016: 

The Home Affairs Select Committee says Labour is guilty of incompetence over its handling of anti-Semitism and of creating a safe space for people with ‘vile attitudes towards Jewish people’.

March 2018: 

It is revealed that Jeremy Corbyn defended an artist who painted an anti-Semitic mural and said the offensive art should be removed.

He apologises saying he did not properly look at the picture before he made the post.

Jewish leaders take the unprecedented step of holding a demonstration outside Parliament protesting Mr Corbyn’s failure to tackle anti-Semitism.

Several Labour MPs address the crowds.

April 2018:

Marc Wadsworth is expelled from Labour after being accused of anti-Semitism. 

Meanwhile, Labour Jewish MPs tell of the anti-Semitic abuse they have suffered in a powerful parliamentary debate – and round on their leader for failing to tackle it. 

July 2018:

The Labour leadership sparks fresh anger by failing to fully adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s definition of anti-Semitism

Peter Willsman, a strong ally of Jeremy Corbyn, is secretly taped ranting that Jewish ‘Trump fanatics’ invented the anti-Semitism storm engulfing Labour. 

In an angry diatribe at a meeting of Labour’s ruling executive committee, he said he was ‘amazed’ there was evidence party members hated Jews.

He claimed ‘some of these people in the Jewish community support Trump – they are Trump fanatics’ before shouting: ‘So I am not going to be lectured to by Trump fanatics making up duff information without any evidence at all.’

August 2018:

Jeremy Corbyn issues a video insisting he is committed to tackling the racism – but it is panned by Jewish leaders.

Corbynistas mount a social media campaign to get deputy Labour leader Tom Watson to quit after he criticises the party’s handling of anti-Semitism. 

The Daily Mail exclusively publishes photos of Jeremy Corbyn holding a wreath at a ceremony where a terrorist linked to the Munich massacre was honoured.

The Labour leader insists he was there to honour others killed – but faces fresh calls to quit over the scandal. 

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China accuses Trump of ‘holding a knife to its throat’ with tariffs http://expressdigest.com/china-accuses-trump-of-holding-a-knife-to-its-throat-with-tariffs/ Tue, 25 Sep 2018 15:32:41 +0000 https://expressdigest.com/china-accuses-trump-of-holding-a-knife-to-its-throat-with-tariffs/

China accuses Trump of ‘holding a knife to its throat’ with tariffs and refuses to enter trade negotiations until they are lifted

  • Wang Shouwen, China’s deputy trade negotiator, made the comments Tuesday 
  • He argued the US would have to be the one to deescalate the current trade war 
  • Trump imposed 10 per cent tariffs on $200billion of Chinese imports this week
  • China responded with its own 5-10% tariffs on $60 billion of US goods Monday
  • The President has previously accused Beijing of stealing countries’ technology  

China has accused that the US is ‘putting a knife to its neck’ with sanctions and argued that resuming trade negotiations is almost impossible in the current circumstances.

Deputy trade negotiator Wang Shouwen made the comments at a press conference in Beijing at which a Chinese government published a policy paper accusing the US of ‘trade bullyism’.

The paper’s release coincided with President Trump’s imposition of a fresh tranche of 10 per cent tariffs on $200billion-worth of Chinese imports.

 

Deputy trade negotiator Wang Shouwen (right) made the impassioned comments at a press conference on Tuesday

A new policy paper published by the Chinese government on Tuesday accused the US of 'trade bullyism' over the fresh sanctions

A new policy paper published by the Chinese government on Tuesday accused the US of ‘trade bullyism’ over the fresh sanctions

China retaliated Monday with its own 5-10% tariffs on $60 billion worth of American goods.

‘How could you negotiate with someone when he puts a knife on your neck?’ Wang complained at the press conference.

‘If this continues, it will destroy in an instant the gains of the last four decades of China-US relations.’ 

Wang concluded that it was ‘entirely up to the US’ to broker a truce over the current trade war.

The conflict stems from U.S. President Donald Trump’s complaints Beijing steals or pressures foreign companies to hand over technology.

American officials say Chinese plans for state-led development of global competitors in robotics and other technologies violate its market-opening obligations and might erode U.S. industrial leadership.

head to head: Donald Trump is targeting Xi Jinping's China with $200 billion of tariffs in the latest escalation of his trade war

head to head: Donald Trump is targeting Xi Jinping's China with $200 billion of tariffs in the latest escalation of his trade war

Donald Trump announced he would be targeting Xi Jinping’s China with $200 billion of tariffs in the latest escalation of his trade war on Monday

Trump said inflation due to tariffs has been 'almost unnoticeable,' although agricultural producers in the heartland have complained of the pain of counter-tariffs 

Trump said inflation due to tariffs has been ‘almost unnoticeable,’ although agricultural producers in the heartland have complained of the pain of counter-tariffs 

China’s leaders offered to narrow their politically sensitive, multibillion-dollar trade surplus with the United States by purchasing more natural gas and other American exports.

But they have rejected pressure to change industry plans the communist leadership sees as a path to prosperity and global influence.

Monday’s tariff hike follows a report by The Wall Street Journal that Chinese officials pulled out of a meeting to discuss possible talks proposed by Washington. The Chinese government had given no public indication whether it would accept the invitation.

Envoys last met August 22 in Washington but reported no progress.

With no settlement in sight, forecasters say the conflict between the two biggest economies could trim global growth through 2020. 

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We’re willing to hear from SECOND Kavanaugh accuser in public says White House’s Sarah Sanders http://expressdigest.com/were-willing-to-hear-from-second-kavanaugh-accuser-in-public-says-white-houses-sarah-sanders/ Tue, 25 Sep 2018 15:25:44 +0000 https://expressdigest.com/were-willing-to-hear-from-second-kavanaugh-accuser-in-public-says-white-houses-sarah-sanders/

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said the White House is ‘open’ to having Brett Kavanagh accuser Deborah Ramirez testify at a blockbuster Judiciary Committee hearing set for Thursday.

The hearing at present only includes testimony from two people: President Trump’s Supreme Court pick Kavanaugh, and accuser Christine Blasey Ford, who claims Kavanaugh groped her and tried to rape her at a house party in the 1980s.

On Sunday, Ramirez came forward with her own allegations that Kavanaugh exposed himself to her at a Yale University dorm party in college. Kavanaugh strongly denies both claims. 

‘Certainly we would be open to that and that process could take place on Thursday,’ Sanders said in an appearance on ABC’s ‘Good Morning America.’

The White House is open to second Brett Kavanaugh accuser Deborah Ramirez (center, pictured with Denise Ramirez and a brother) appearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thurdsay

‘Again, the president’s been clear, let them speak but let’s also let Brett Kavanaugh speak and let’s let him tell his side of the story before we allow allegations to determine his entire future,’ she said. 

Senate Republicans are calling for a vote on Kavanaugh immediately after Thursday’s hearing. 

Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, a critical vote that Republicans need to get Kavnaugh’s nomination through confirmation, has said she wants to hear from Ramirez under oath.

The Republican chairman of the panel, Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa, has reached out to Ramirez. He also has exchanged letters with Ford. 

'Certainly we would be open to that and that process could take place on Thursday,' Sanders said in an appearance on ABC's 'Good Morning America' 

‘Certainly we would be open to that and that process could take place on Thursday,’ Sanders said in an appearance on ABC’s ‘Good Morning America’ 

Ramirez lives in Boulder, CO, with her husband Vikram Shah, an Indian-born software engineer who studied at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and who works for wireless networking firm FreeWave. Among its customers are the U.S. Army. 

Her sister Denise, an executive at Madison Square Garden in New York, also attended Yale and has shared messages on social media about date rape at the university. Ramirez attended Catholic school in Trumbull, Connecticut. 

Democrats meanwhile are fuming that Grassley won’t schedule an appearance by Kavanaugh pal Mark Judge, who according to Ford was present in the bedroom where the alleged high school attack occurred.

Ford was spotted recently in a Delaware beach town near where Kavanaugh and friends partied in high school. He wrote a semi-autographical book about his boozy high school years. 

Asked by host George Stephanopolous why not let the FBI get involved interviewing witnesses to the alleged crimes, Sanders said: 'Because we have a process in place.

Asked by host George Stephanopolous why not let the FBI get involved interviewing witnesses to the alleged crimes, Sanders said: ‘Because we have a process in place.

Debbie Ramirez with husband Vikram Shah

Debbie Ramirez with husband Vikram Shah

Ramirez lives in Boulder, CO, wit her husband Vikram Shah, an Indian-born software engineer who studied at the University of Colorado, Boulder

Ramirez lives in Boulder, CO, wit her husband Vikram Shah, an Indian-born software engineer who studied at the University of Colorado, Boulder

Sanders, like congressional Republicans, dug in against allowing the FBI to investigate the charges before the confirmation goes forward.  

Asked by host George Stephanopolous why not let the FBI get involved, she said: ‘Because we have a process in place. They have a Senate process and we think it should be done through that.’

She continued: ‘No one is trying to hide from this. In fact, Brett Kavanaugh’s been leaning in. He’s been begging to come and tell his story and be able to do that, whether it’s publicly or privately, he’s asked for that opportunity and he’s been perfectly open for others to have the opportunity to share their side as well.’

‘But let’s be clear. From the very beginning, he has been strong and unequivocal in his denial that anything like this happened,’ Sanders continued. ‘He also has a lifetime of a record of empowering and respecting women and you have seen hundreds of women that know him and know him well come out and say exactly that.

Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) has set up a hearing that only includes Kavanaugh and Ford, although he has reached out to Ramirez

Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) has set up a hearing that only includes Kavanaugh and Ford, although he has reached out to Ramirez

The host also grilled Sanders on why the president ‘consistently every single time takes the side of the man.’ Stephanopolous brought up Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, accused wife abuser Rob Porter, the late Fox News exec Roger Ailes, whose network paid out huge settlements, and Kavanaugh. 

‘You know, it’s interesting that you say that. It’s a lot of Democrats that like to ignore Keith Ellison and Cory Booker they love to fight and champion women until they disagree with them,’ she said. 

Stephanopoulos pointed out that former Democratic Sen. Al Franken lost his job after accusations of inappropriate conduct came out.

‘And a number of other Democrats should have the same type of scrutiny,’ said Sanders.

Ellison is a Democratic House member running to be state attorney general in Minnesota. Two women have accused him of abusive behavior during relationships. He has denied the charges.

Booker, a New Jersey senator, wrote a column while a Stanford University student about groping a woman’s breast when he was 15 on New Year’s Eve in 1984 after the two had kissed. He called the incident in a ‘wake-up call’ in a column he wrote about date-rape and consent.

Collins said she was ‘appalled’ by Trump’s tweet that asked why if Ford’s accusations were true she didn’t bring them up long ago.

‘Look, the president once again has said on a number of occasions that he thinks everybody’s voices should be heard and let’s let this process play out. It’s the Democrats who have been halting it from the beginning and not allowing this to go through the process because they want this to be a political game and I think that the way that they have operated in this is absolutely appalling,’ Sanders said.

‘What I know is the truth, and the truth is I’ve never sexually assaulted anyone,’ Kavanaugh told Fox News’ Martha MacCallum in an interview Tuesday where he was seated alongside his wife, Ashley.

Kavanaugh also denied the accusation by Deborah Ramirez that he exposed himself to her at a Yale dorm party in college decades ago.  

‘I never did any such thing – never did any such thing,’ Kavanaugh stressed.

‘The other people alleged to be there, don’t recall any such thing. If such as thing had a happened, it would’ve been the talk of campus,’ he said.

‘Again, again – just asking for a fair process where I can be heard and I can defend my integrity,’ Kavanaugh pleaded.

 

 

 

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Is this the world’s most picturesque airport? New Indian hub has been carved out of a mountainside  http://expressdigest.com/is-this-the-worlds-most-picturesque-airport-new-indian-hub-has-been-carved-out-of-a-mountainside/ Tue, 25 Sep 2018 15:18:44 +0000 http://expressdigest.com/is-this-the-worlds-most-picturesque-airport-new-indian-hub-has-been-carved-out-of-a-mountainside/

Is this the world’s most picturesque airport? Stunning new Indian hub has runway that has been carved out of a mountainside

  • Pakyong Airport near Gangtok is India’s 100th airport and the first to open in Sikkim state in north of country
  • The airport is nestled in a deep valley close to the Himalayas and at 4,500 feet, is one of the highest in India
  • Engineers spent nine years working on the project in monsoon rains, rocky slopes and seismic activity

India has a lot of airports, but few can match this one for views. 

In fact, few anywhere can.

The Pakyong Airport near Gangtok is India’s 100th airport and has been carved out of the mountainside.

The runway at Pakyong Airport in northern India, which could be the world’s most picturesque. The runway has been carved out of a mountainside 

The Pakyong Airport near Gangtok is the first to open in the Sikkim state in the north of India, close to the Himalayas

The Pakyong Airport near Gangtok is the first to open in the Sikkim state in the north of India, close to the Himalayas

The terminal building has capacity for up to 100 passengers at a time and will offer commercial flights to a variety of destinations

The terminal building has capacity for up to 100 passengers at a time and will offer commercial flights to a variety of destinations

The airport – the first to open in the Sikkim state – is close to the Indian Himalayas and is very near to Tibet, Bhutan and Nepal. It is nestled in a deep valley and at 4,500 feet, is one of the highest airports in India.

It is set across 990 acres and engineers spent nine years working on the project in difficult conditions. They toiled on rocky slopes in monsoon rains and during seismic activity and brought equipment up precarious mountain roads.

The entire airport is built on land that was created by building an embankment wall that is 263 feet deep. According to the BBC, this is one of the tallest ‘reinforcement’ walls in the world.

The terminal building has capacity for up to 100 passengers at a time and will offer commercial flights to a variety of destinations.

Engineers spent nine years working on the project in difficult conditions including monsoon rains, narrow roads, rocky slopes and seismic activity

Engineers spent nine years working on the project in difficult conditions including monsoon rains, narrow roads, rocky slopes and seismic activity

The first flights from the brand new airport will start next week with the first plane to take off heading to Kolkata

The first flights from the brand new airport will start next week with the first plane to take off heading to Kolkata

The front of the terminal building. The airport was officially inaugurated by Indian Prime Ministe Narendra Modi last week

The front of the terminal building. The airport was officially inaugurated by Indian Prime Ministe Narendra Modi last week

The airport was officially inaugurated by Indian Prime Ministe Narendra Modi last week.

The first flights will start next week with the first plane to take off from the airport heading to Kolkata.

Photographer Rajiv Srivastava was one of the first people to get a sneak peek at the airport ahead of it opening to the public.

He told MailOnline Travel: ‘Pakyong Airport is indeed an engineering marvel set in the heavenly abode of the Himalayas.’

The entire airport is built on land that was created by building an embankment wall that is 263 feet deep

The entire airport is built on land that was created by building an embankment wall that is 263 feet deep

A luggage carousel and baggage trollies are lined up ready for the start of commercial flights from the airport next week

A luggage carousel and baggage trollies are lined up ready for the start of commercial flights from the airport next week

 

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Dazzling neon-coloured fish discovered by deep sea divers in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean  http://expressdigest.com/dazzling-neon-coloured-fish-discovered-by-deep-sea-divers-in-the-middle-of-the-atlantic-ocean/ Tue, 25 Sep 2018 15:16:03 +0000 https://expressdigest.com/dazzling-neon-coloured-fish-discovered-by-deep-sea-divers-in-the-middle-of-the-atlantic-ocean/

Dazzling pink and yellow neon striped fish have been discovered by divers deep at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean. 

First spotted at a depth of 400 feet (120m) beneath the ocean’s surface, this cryptic fish lives in the rocky crevices of ‘twilight zone’ reefs, where sunlight is scarce

The deep-diving team was so captivated by their finned find that they didn’t notice a massive sixgill shark hovering above them – a moment they captured on camera. 

Named after the Greek goddess of love, Aphrodite, is found nowhere else in the world, other than these reefs 600 miles (965km) off the coast of Brazil.

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Dazzling pink and yellow neon striped fish have been discovered by divers deep at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean (pictured)

APHRODITE’S FISH

Experts at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco have scientifically described the new species they discovered.

Tosanoides aphrodite – named after the Greek goddess of love for their enchanting effect on the people who found them – are found nowhere else in the world.

Males are outfitted with alternating pink and yellow stripes while females sport a solid, blood-orange colour. 

Using a microscope, the team counted fins and measured spine length. 

DNA analysis revealed the new species is the first Atlantic-dwelling member of its genus – a rank in the biological classification that can include more than one species.

The find was made by experts at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco on a recent expedition to the remote archipelago of St Paul’s Rock.

The sixgill shark stretched nearly ten feet long and cruised overhead as doctors Luiz Rocha and Hudson Pinheiro delicately collected the fish for further study back at the academy.

Behind the camera, the team’s diving officer Mauritius Bell enthusiastically announced the visitor to the duo, but to no avail.

The aptly named, Tosanoides aphrodite enchanted its discoverers much like Aphrodite, Greek goddess of love and beauty, enchanted the ancient Greek gods. 

That is why they chose to honour the new species by naming it after the mythological figure.

‘This is one of the most beautiful fishes I’ve ever seen,’ said Dr Rocha, the academy’s curator of fishes and co-leader of the Hope for Reefs initiative.

‘It was so enchanting it made us ignore everything around it.’   

First spotted at a depth of 400 feet beneath the ocean's surface, this cryptic fish lives in the rocky crevices of 'twilight zone' reefs, where sunlight is scarce

First spotted at a depth of 400 feet beneath the ocean’s surface, this cryptic fish lives in the rocky crevices of ‘twilight zone’ reefs, where sunlight is scarce

The new denizen of the deep is a remarkable testament to the vast ocean habitats that still remain unexplored. 

Rocha and Pinheiro are part of a deep-diving research team that ventures to twilight zone reefs – mysterious coral habitats stretching across a narrow band of ocean 200 and 500 feet (60 and 150m) beneath the surface. 

In these deep reefs, animals live in partial darkness beyond recreational diving limits, yet above the deep trenches patrolled by submarines and remotely operated underwater vehicles.  

‘Fishes from the twilight zone tend to be pink or reddish in color,’ added Dr Pinheiro. 

‘Red light doesn’t penetrate to these dark depths, rendering the fishes invisible unless illuminated by a light like the one we carry while diving.’

Back at the academy, experts helped the diving duo describe the new species.

They found that males are outfitted with alternating pink and yellow stripes while females sport a solid, blood-orange colour. 

Using a microscope, the team counted fins and measured spine length. 

DNA analysis revealed the new species is the first Atlantic-dwelling member of its genus – a rank in the biological classification that can include more than one species.

The full findings of the study were published in the journal Zookeys.

WHAT IS THE TWILIGHT ZONE?

The middle zone of Earth’s oceans is known as the ‘twilight zone’ and receives only faint, filtered sunlight during the daytime.

Also known as the mesopelagic zone, it typically between 660 to 3,300 feet (200 to 1,000 metres) below the surface.

Because seawater absorbs sunlight, the region lacks enough light for photosynthesis to take place, so no plants live in the zone.

Animals in the region are adapted to life in near-darkness, cold water and high pressure.

Many of the animals in this zone have large eyes, helping them see at dark and murky depths.

Most are small, dark and thin to help camouflage them, and many have large teeth and jaws.

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Sheffield school sees ‘mass brawl break out between more than 100 pupils’ http://expressdigest.com/sheffield-school-sees-mass-brawl-break-out-between-more-than-100-pupils/ Tue, 25 Sep 2018 15:08:32 +0000 http://expressdigest.com/sheffield-school-sees-mass-brawl-break-out-between-more-than-100-pupils/

A Sheffield school has been put on lock-down following a ‘mass riot’ which broke out earlier today and poured onto the streets. 

Emergency services rushed to Fir Vale School in Sheffield after scores of children were seen congregating outside its gates following what police described as ‘reports of an altercation between a group of students’. 

More than 15 police cars, including dog teams, were on the scene, and three ambulances were parked outside a separate entrance to the secondary school.

A police helicopter was also heard hovering above the school.   

Police officers have been called to Fir Vale School in Sheffield following ‘reports of an altercation between a group of students’

A large group of children were seen congregating outside Fir Vale School in Sheffield, which had to close early today following a 'riot'

A large group of children were seen congregating outside Fir Vale School in Sheffield, which had to close early today following a ‘riot’

Pictures and videos of the mass brawl on social media showed a line of police cars outside the secondary school earlier today

Pictures and videos of the mass brawl on social media showed a line of police cars outside the secondary school earlier today

More than 15 police cars, including dog teams, were on the scene, and three ambulances were parked outside a separate entrance to the secondary school. A helicopter was also heard hovering above

More than 15 police cars, including dog teams, were on the scene, and three ambulances were parked outside a separate entrance to the secondary school. A helicopter was also heard hovering above

A spokeswoman for South Yorkshire Police said on Tuesday: ‘At around 12.55pm this afternoon, police were called to Fir Vale School on Owler Lane, following reports of an altercation between a group of students.

‘ Officers were deployed and on arrival found that a large number of people had gathered at the gates. 

One witness told The Sun: 'I'd say there were about 100-150 people rioting and there was chaos on both sides of the fence'

One witness told The Sun: ‘I’d say there were about 100-150 people rioting and there was chaos on both sides of the fence’

‘The crowds have now dispersed and officers remain in the area, liaising with the school. No one is believed to have been injured.’

One witness told The Sun: ‘We drove past and all hell was breaking loose.

‘We saw two police riot vans and police dogs. We saw parents and pupils trying to climb over the fences.

‘I’d say there were about 100-150 people rioting and there was chaos on both sides of the fence.’

A notice on the school’s website reads: ‘An incident in school has meant we will be closing at 2pm.

‘All pupils are safe.

‘Any child who should not leave early will be supervised on site in our library.’ 

A spokeswoman for South Yorkshire Police said: 'At around 12.55pm this afternoon, police were called to Fir Vale School on Owler Lane, following reports of an altercation between a group of students' 

A spokeswoman for South Yorkshire Police said: ‘At around 12.55pm this afternoon, police were called to Fir Vale School on Owler Lane, following reports of an altercation between a group of students’ 

The spokeswoman added: 'Officers were deployed and on arrival found that a large number of people had gathered at the gates'

The spokeswoman added: ‘Officers were deployed and on arrival found that a large number of people had gathered at the gates’

No one is believed to have been injured during the fight outside the secondary school 

No one is believed to have been injured during the fight outside the secondary school 

  

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Sex offender, 27, stabbed jogger to death while feeling ‘lonely’ after group therapy session http://expressdigest.com/sex-offender-27-stabbed-jogger-to-death-while-feeling-lonely-after-group-therapy-session/ Tue, 25 Sep 2018 15:07:20 +0000 http://expressdigest.com/sex-offender-27-stabbed-jogger-to-death-while-feeling-lonely-after-group-therapy-session/

The sex offender who killed a woman as she jogged in Connecticut in 2014 told police last week that he attacked her while feeling lonely after a group therapy session. 

William Winters Leverett, 27, walked into a police station last Thursday with people from his church to confess to killing Melissa Millan, a 54-year-old insurance executive, in Simsbury, Connecticut, in November 2014. 

She was found stabbed to death by the side of the road the next day. 

The case remained unsolved for four years until Leverett, a convicted sex offender who moved to Connecticut from Colorado in 2011, suddenly confessed. 

On Monday, as he was arraigned in court, new details about the grisly crime, and his background, emerged. 

William Winters Leverett, 27, confessed to murdering Melissa Millan, 54, in November 2014 on Thursday night. Leverett is a convicted sex offender who had gone out looking for 'someone to talk to' when he saw the woman and decided to attack her after becoming angry that she was 'way out his league'

William Winters Leverett, 27, confessed to murdering Melissa Millan, 54, in November 2014 on Thursday night. Leverett (seen left in his Thursday mugshot) is a convicted sex offender who had gone out looking for ‘someone to talk to’ when he saw the woman and decided to attack her after becoming angry that she was ‘way out his league’ 

According to police, on the night of the attack, he had left a group sex offenders therapy session when he decided to go out ‘looking for someone to talk to’. 

He drove from his barn to Iron House Boulevard where he saw Millan running along the path next to it. 

Charging documents reveal that he was immediately drawn to her ‘features’ but became angry when, he said, he realized she was ‘out of his league’. 

Leverett was on the sex offenders register for assaulting a child in 2009 in Colorado when he was 19. He is pictured in his mugshot from that crime. He was spared jail in that case and moved to Connecticut, where he attacked Millan, two years later 

Leverett was on the sex offenders register for assaulting a child in 2009 in Colorado when he was 19. He is pictured in his mugshot from that crime. He was spared jail in that case and moved to Connecticut, where he attacked Millan, two years later 

He thought to himself: ‘I can’t have her’ and ‘she’s way out of my league,’  according to the court documents. His anger ‘escalated’, he said, ‘into a frenzy’ and he decided that he would attack her instead of trying to talk. 

He retrieved a knife from his car then started walking towards Millan, he said. 

Without saying anything, he intentionally ran into her, causing her to stop in her tracks. He then plunged his knife into her chest without explanation, he said. 

She pushed him away which caused the knife, which he was still holding, to withdraw from her body, then she fell backwards over a guardrail and onto the road, he said. 

Leverett then got back into his car and watched Millan as she lay on the road screaming: ‘Oh my God, oh my God,’ he said. 

He said he thought to himself, ‘Oh my God, what have I done?’ but he sped away, ‘shaking and crying,’ he said. 

On his way home, he tossed the knife out of his car window on a different road. He retrieved it days later and used a trash compactor to destroy it, he said. 

Once he got back to the barn he was living in on the night of the murder, the man wrote confession notes to police but hid them in a crevice in the house, he said.  

On Sunday, police found the notes along with a glove he used in the attack. They say both his DNA and Millan’s were on it.  

Leverett was charged with first degree murder and was held on a $2million bond. 

In 2009, he was convicted of sexually assaulting a child in Colorado but he was let off with a $438 fine, according to The Hartford Courant. 

This is where Leverett, who was 23 at the time of the attack, confronted Millan by running into her then stabbing her in the chest. She fell backwards over the guardrail and onto the road where her body was found the next day

This is where Leverett, who was 23 at the time of the attack, confronted Millan by running into her then stabbing her in the chest. She fell backwards over the guardrail and onto the road where her body was found the next day

Leverett walked into a police station on Thursday night, almost four years after the killing, to confess to it. He was surrounded with people from his church. On Monday, he was arraigned on a single charge of murder (pictured) 

Leverett walked into a police station on Thursday night, almost four years after the killing, to confess to it. He was surrounded with people from his church. On Monday, he was arraigned on a single charge of murder (pictured) 

Instead, he was put on the sex offender’s register and given probation. He moved to Connecticut in 2011. 

The police department which handled his 2009 conviction would not share details of it on Tuesday. It remains unclear why he was not put behind bars. 

On Monday, Leverett did not enter a plea. 

Millan was a divorced mother-of-two and an insurance executive. Her death remained unsolved for four yeara

Millan was a divorced mother-of-two and an insurance executive. Her death remained unsolved for four yeara

The public defender representing him asked that he be put under a mental health watch.

Millan was divorced from her husband, William Hodkin, and had two children, who were 15 and 12 when she died. 

She was a senior vice president at MassMutual Financial Group, a life insurance company.

The company released a statement that read: ‘Melissa Millan was an incredible person and outstanding leader, and we were fortunate to have her as a part of our MassMutual family for more than a decade. 

‘We are encouraged to learn that there are developments in her case, and continue to keep Melissa and her family in our thoughts.’

Her family said: ‘The family, friends and coworkers of Melissa Millan are thankful for the outpouring of love and support we’ve received since Melissa’s death in November 2014. Melissa was a loving mother, a devoted daughter, a witty and compassionate sister, a loyal friend, an intelligent, successful businesswoman and mentor to many. 

‘The arrest and arraignment of the suspect brings renewed grief, heartache and the knowledge that justice can never be served for the senseless act that robbed us of Melissa’s beautiful presence.

‘We extend our gratitude to the Simsbury Police Department and other participating law enforcement agencies for all of their work.

‘Now as we confront our individual and collective grief and sorrow, we humbly request respect for our privacy during this difficult and emotional time.’   

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Lily Allen reveals Alfie got his penis caught in his zip when he met Diana http://expressdigest.com/lily-allen-reveals-alfie-got-his-penis-caught-in-his-zip-when-he-met-diana/ Tue, 25 Sep 2018 15:02:22 +0000 https://expressdigest.com/lily-allen-reveals-alfie-got-his-penis-caught-in-his-zip-when-he-met-diana/

Lily Allen has revealed the mortifying experience her brother Alfie suffered when the siblings met Princess Diana as children.

Alfie, who was only five at the time, got his privates caught in his trouser zip just moments before he met the royal at the premiere of his mother Alison Owen’s film Hear My Song in 1992. 

The Game Of Thrones actor, now 32, burst into tears, which spurred Diana to ask him what was wrong.

Writing in her new memoir My Thoughts Exactly, Lily, who was six at the time, revealed that Alfie tearfully said to Diana ‘my willy is caught in my zip’.

Lily Allen has revealed that her brother Alfie suffered an unfortunate wardrobe malfunction when they met Princess Diana when his privates got caught in his trouser zip. Pictured: Lily (middle) and Alfie (bottom left) meet Diana at the London premiere of Hear My Song in 1991

Writing in her new memoir My Thoughts Exactly, Lily (left) said that Alfie (right) had the tearfully told the late princess of his problem during their brief meeting 

Writing in her new memoir My Thoughts Exactly, Lily (left) said that Alfie (right) had the tearfully told the late princess of his problem during their brief meeting 

The siblings were due to present Diana with gifts at the London premiere of the film, which was the first film their mother Alison, 57, produced.

Lily, now 33, was tasked with giving Diana flowers while a young Alfie was meant to present her with handkerchiefs, but suffered the wardrobe malfunction just moments before.

Lily explained: ‘Diana the Princess of Wales came to the premiere. I was a flower girl and gave her a posy, Alfie had a box of handkerchiefs to give her but somehow he got his k*** caught in his trouser zip moments before meeting her.’

Clearly concerned about seeing a child crying, Diana asked Alfie what the matter was and he told her exactly what happened.

According to Lily, a concerned Diana asked Alfie what was wrong and he told her 'my willy was caught in my zip'. Pictured: Diana at the premiere of Hear My Song in London in 1992

According to Lily, a concerned Diana asked Alfie what was wrong and he told her ‘my willy was caught in my zip’. Pictured: Diana at the premiere of Hear My Song in London in 1992

The siblings were attending the premiere of their mother Alison Owen's film Hear My Song in 1992. Pictured: Lily (left) with her mother Alison (right) in London in 2014

The siblings were attending the premiere of their mother Alison Owen’s film Hear My Song in 1992. Pictured: Lily (left) with her mother Alison (right) in London in 2014

Lily continued: ‘He was crying when she approached him. “Are you ok?” she asked him. ”No,” he replied ”I’ve got my willy caught in my zip.”’

Sadly Lily didn’t reveal what the royal’s reaction was.

Her book My Thoughts Exactly has caused a stir due to her claims that she had sex with Liam Gallagher in a plane toilet, employed female escorts to help her through her marital strife and her dad Keith’s ‘cocaine-induced’ heart attack.

Lily’s book is laden with candid confessions, with her sex life being the focus of much of the book – including her admission about not having pleasurable sex until her Thirties as well as her many infidelities to now ex-husband Sam Cooper.

Lily's new book has caused a stir due to her shocking claims; including that she had sex with Liam Gallagher in a plane toilet, employed female escorts to help her through her marital strife and her dad Keith's 'cocaine-induced' heart attack. Pictured: Lily at Loose Women on Monday

Lily’s new book has caused a stir due to her shocking claims; including that she had sex with Liam Gallagher in a plane toilet, employed female escorts to help her through her marital strife and her dad Keith’s ‘cocaine-induced’ heart attack. Pictured: Lily at Loose Women on Monday

In the book, Lily has claimed she had sex with her dad Keith’s ‘TV star’ friend when she was just 14 and he was 19, before alleging her father joked about he scenario.

She claimed that after a charity football match she was sent to the friend’s hotel room only for the mystery man to invite her up to his room.

After attending a charity football match with her dad, Lily revealed: ‘After the match, the TV star left his football gear in my dad’s car, and I was dispatched to his hotel to return it. We arranged to meet in the bar there.

‘He bought me a couple of drinks, then took me up to his room and had sex with me. I was 14. He was 19, but to me he seemed like someone from a different generation. Afterwards, I felt funny about it. I knew what had happened wasn’t right…’ 

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Edinburgh Bourbon nightclub photo becomes internet’s most relatable meme and goes viral http://expressdigest.com/edinburgh-bourbon-nightclub-photo-becomes-internets-most-relatable-meme-and-goes-viral/ Tue, 25 Sep 2018 15:00:58 +0000 http://expressdigest.com/edinburgh-bourbon-nightclub-photo-becomes-internets-most-relatable-meme-and-goes-viral/

A hilarious picture has gone viral of a man on a night out desperately shouting into a woman’s ear as she blankly stares ahead looking bored. 

The pair were caught on camera on a Milk Tuesday at Bourbon nightclub in Edinburgh earlier this month.

The man in the picture, Patrick Ritchie, who appears to be in his late teens or early twenties, is wearing a red checkered shirt and is leaning over to shout something in his friend Lucia Gorman’s ear. 

She is wearing a red dress and appears to be extremely unimpressed with the conversation.

Commenting on the nightclub’s Facebook page, user Alex Hall branded the image the ‘the most relatable nightclub photo in the history of art’. 

Patrick Ritchie and Lucia Gorman were caught on camera on a Milk Tuesday at Bourbon nightclub in Edinburgh earlier this month

The young man and woman in the picture have revealed themselves as Patrick Ritchie (pictured) and Lucia Gorman

Pictured: Lucia Gorman

The young man and woman in the picture have revealed themselves as Patrick Ritchie (left) and Lucia Gorman (right). They are old school friends and can’t remember the fateful words said on the night out in Edinburgh 

His witty observation has since been liked 19,000 times and shared more than 11,000.

Mr Ritchie told Capital Radio it was ‘weird’ seeing an image of himself re-tweeted as far away as Australia.

He admitted neither he nor his friend could remember the fateful words he was shouting in her ear.  

He told the station: ‘She’s one of my pals from school so she’s probably fed up. She looks like the most bored woman in the world.’ 

Miss Gorman, who is a student at Strathclyde University in Glasgow, told Capital: ‘I wasn’t having it.

‘I don’t remember (what he was saying). Patrick always talks rubbish so it could have been anything.’

Alex Hall's witty observation on the picture of Mr Ritchie and Ms Gorman went viral 

Alex Hall’s witty observation on the picture of Mr Ritchie and Ms Gorman went viral 

She added: ‘Someone sent me the tweet and it had 40 likes at the time and I was like ‘this is funny’, and at the end of the day it had 14,000.’

The image has been edited online to create a side-splitting collection of memes. 

Matt Cleland commented saying he thinks Mr Ritchie was asking about the furry accessory his friend Miss Gorman had in her hand.

He thinks the man is saying: ‘How’d they let you in wae a hedgehog?’

Another person joked he was imparting some scientific knowledge on her, writing: ‘And that’s why Einstein’s theory of general relativity is flawed’. 

On Twitter the image has had more than 44,000 likes and 9,000 re-tweets.   

The hilarious image was taken at Bourbon nightclub in Edinburgh earlier this month 

The hilarious image was taken at Bourbon nightclub in Edinburgh earlier this month 

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Mother-of-two, 36, offers life-saving kidney to a stranger just two hours after meeting him in a bar http://expressdigest.com/mother-of-two-36-offers-life-saving-kidney-to-a-stranger-just-two-hours-after-meeting-him-in-a-bar/ Tue, 25 Sep 2018 15:00:51 +0000 https://expressdigest.com/mother-of-two-36-offers-life-saving-kidney-to-a-stranger-just-two-hours-after-meeting-him-in-a-bar/

It only took two hours of talking to a stranger at a bar for Kristin Day to decide that he needed help – and to offer him her kidney.

Day, a mother-of-two from Pine River, Minnesota, said she saw the unnamed man had a port in his arm used for dialysis.

He told her that for the last two years, he’d been on dialysis every other day after health issues left him with failing kidneys.  

Doctors had told him that he would need to remain on dialysis until a kidney transplant could be arranged – so Day, 36, proposed that she be the donor.

Kristin Day, 36, of Pine River, Minnesota, offered to donate her kidney to a man she met at a bar after just two hours of talking to him. Pictured: Day on the day of the transplant

Day (pictured), a mother-of-two, said she realized he had a port in his arm used for dialysis

He told Day (pictured) his kidneys were failing and he was on a waiting list for a kidney transplant

Day (left and right), a mother-of-two, said she realized he had a port in his arm used for dialysis. He told her his kidneys were failing and he was on a waiting list for a kidney transplant

‘It was just kind of crazy,’ Day, an office manager, told the Grand Forks Herald. 

‘We were at Nimrod at a bar. That’s just how it happened. We were in the right place at the right time.’ 

Without telling her new friend her plans, Day secretly decided to undergo months of testing.

After the donor’s and recipient’s blood are proven to be compatible, there are two more blood tests, according to Allina Health. 

The first is tissue-typing, which looks at the number of antigens, or genetic markers, the donor and recipient share.

The second is cross-matching, which is to ensure the recipient will react to the new kidney.

These are followed by a physical exam, a chest X-ray, a CT scan of the abdomen, a follow-up blood test within a week of the scan, and a 24-hour urine collection.

Day told the newspaper that when she learned that she was a match for blood type and a cross match, she needed two hours to calm herself.  

Day relayed the news herself of the match results to the man, who said he wanted to make sure she understood the implications of kidney donation.

‘I honestly had no fear about the surgery,’ Day said. ‘I felt well-informed. I felt so sure about my decision. I think that’s why I didn’t feel scared about it.’

Almost six months to the day after the two friends met, they were admitted into the Sanford Transplant Center in Fargo, North Dakota, for the surgery.

There are currently more than 114,500 patients on the national transplant waiting list, 93,000 of them for a kidney transplant.

Day secretly underwent months of testing and, when she was found to be a match, she delivered the news herself. Pictured: Day with her family in the hospital before the procedure

Day secretly underwent months of testing and, when she was found to be a match, she delivered the news herself. Pictured: Day with her family in the hospital before the procedure

Almost six months to the day after meeting, Day donated her kidney to the man. Pictured: Day's surgical scar

Almost six months to the day after meeting, Day donated her kidney to the man. Pictured: Day’s surgical scar

Day (pictured) said recovery was hard because she had a bad reaction to the pain medication

Despite the discomfort, Day (pictured) said she hopes sharing her story encourages more people to consider organ donation

Day (left and right) said recovery was hard because she had a bad reaction to the pain medication. Despite the discomfort, she said she hopes sharing her story encourages more people to consider organ donation 

According to the United Network for Organ Sharing, about 20 people die every day waiting for a transplant.

Mary-Beth Miller, the living donor coordinator at Sanford, told the Grand Forks Herald that there were only six live donors within the Sanford network in 2017.

‘[The number of live donors] varies from year to year,’ Miller said. ‘I would say 15 [live] donors is a high number. Our goal is to do more each year.’

Day spent four days in recovery before she was sent home, where she experienced side effects from the medication.

‘Wednesday to Saturday into Sunday were horrible. Nothing anyone could predict,’ she said.

The pain meds just set me back. The first week home was very hard.’

Despite that discomfort, Day says she hopes sharing her story encourages others to consider organ donation.

‘If you are healthy enough to give back, and you are able to and have people who would take care of you, I strongly suggest it,’ she said.

‘You feel good. I feel happy and I’m so happy he’s doing well. He gets his life back. That’s a pretty cool deal.”  

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Big names hit the course in Paris for the Ryder Cup Celebrity Match http://expressdigest.com/big-names-hit-the-course-in-paris-for-the-ryder-cup-celebrity-match/ Tue, 25 Sep 2018 14:52:31 +0000 http://expressdigest.com/big-names-hit-the-course-in-paris-for-the-ryder-cup-celebrity-match/

Before the biggest names in golf take to Le Golf National this weekend, notable figures from the world of sport, music and entertainment have strutted their stuff.

The Ryder Cup Celebrity Match takes place on Tuesday afternoon on the course in Paris, with 20 famous faces – 10 Europeans and 10 from the USA – competing in a nine-hole tournament.

Among those representing Europe are ex-footballers Luis Figo and Alessandro Del Piero, as well as One Direction singer Niall Horan and 50 Shades of Grey star Jamie Dornan.

John McEnroe tees off in the Ryder Cup Celebrity match at Le Golf National in Paris

The Americans had serious star power with actors Samuel L Jackson and Luke Wilson

The Americans had serious star power with actors Samuel L Jackson and Luke Wilson

Europe meanwhile were represented by footballing icons Luis Figo and Alessandro del Piero

Europe meanwhile were represented by footballing icons Luis Figo and Alessandro del Piero

Del Piero proved adept on the course as he did on the pitch, here chipping out the bunker

Del Piero proved adept on the course as he did on the pitch, here chipping out the bunker

Irish rugby legend Brian O'Driscoll formed a formidable pairing with comedian Dany Boon

Irish rugby legend Brian O’Driscoll formed a formidable pairing with comedian Dany Boon

One Direction star Niall Horan (left) also represented Europe, alongside actor Jamie Dornan

One Direction star Niall Horan (left) also represented Europe, alongside actor Jamie Dornan

Dornan, star of the 50 Shades of Grey series of movies, hugs Europe captain Thomas Bjorn

Dornan, star of the 50 Shades of Grey series of movies, hugs Europe captain Thomas Bjorn

THE EUROPEAN CELEBRITY TEAM 

Jamie Dornan – actor 

Luis Figo – ex-footballer 

Guy Forget – ex-tennis player 

Alessandro Del Piero – ex-footballer 

Dany Boon – comedian

Laura Flessel-Colovic – former French sports minister

David Ginola – ex-footballer

Yannick Noah – ex-tennis player

Brian O’Driscoll – ex-rugby player

Niall Horan – singer 

THE AMERICAN CELEBRITY TEAM 

Kelly Slater – surfer

Condoleezza Rice – former US secretary of state 

James Blake – ex-tennis player 

Samuel L Jackson – actor

Greg Kinnear – actor

John McEnroe – ex-tennis player

Michael Phelps – ex-swimmer

Kurt Russell – actor

Luke Wilson – actor

Nick Jonas – singer 

The American team is likely to be fiery, with tennis star John McEnroe and Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time, among their number.

The match, which will be played over holes one to five and 15 to 18, will kick off the week’s festivities as the first match on the course this week.

The format saw the 10 celebs on both sides split into five pairings who faced up, with whichever team had the most winning pairs claiming the bragging rights.

McEnroe acknowledges the Parisian crowd as he partnered James Blake on the course

McEnroe acknowledges the Parisian crowd as he partnered James Blake on the course

Pulp Fiction and Avengers star Jackson waves to the crowd as he is welcomed to the course

Pulp Fiction and Avengers star Jackson waves to the crowd as he is welcomed to the course

Jackson provided Hollywood glamour as he paired with Hateful Eight co-star Kurt Russell

Jackson provided Hollywood glamour as he paired with Hateful Eight co-star Kurt Russell

Jackson was chauffeured along the Ryder Cup course on a buggy as he played

Jackson was chauffeured along the Ryder Cup course on a buggy as he played

Russell fires off a tee shot, however he and Jackson fell behind early on in their pairs match

Russell fires off a tee shot, however he and Jackson fell behind early on in their pairs match

Olympian Michael Phelps walks the course with his opponent, actor Jamie Dornan

Olympian Michael Phelps walks the course with his opponent, actor Jamie Dornan

Phelps, partnered with singer Nick Jones, retrieves the ball after sinking an early putt

Phelps, partnered with singer Nick Jones, retrieves the ball after sinking an early putt

Ex-secretary of state Condoleezza Rice of Team USA walks to the tee before her match

Ex-secretary of state Condoleezza Rice of Team USA walks to the tee before her match

Figo and Del Piero of Europe bump fists after taking an early lead in their pairs match

Figo and Del Piero of Europe bump fists after taking an early lead in their pairs match

There was an all tennis clash between Yannick Noah and Guy Forget, two former French players, against McEnroe and James Blake.

Figo and Del Piero paired up against actors Luke Wilson and Greg Kinnear, while Kurt Russell and Samuel L Jackson, who starred together in Quentin Tarantino film The Hateful Eight, partnering again, versus Irish rugby legend Brian O’Driscoll and French comedian Dany Boon.

Another former football, ex-Newcastle and Spurs man David Ginola, paired with politician Laura Flessel against unlikely couple ex-US secretary of state Condoleezza Rice and surfer Kelly Slater. 

Horan and Dornan faced Phelps and singer Nick Jonas in the final pairing in the cold September sunshine of Paris.

In the early stages, the sides proved evenly matched – teams Figo-Del Piero and Boon-O’Driscoll went 2-0 up, while McEnroe-Blake and Phelps-Jonas gained early advantages for the Americans. 

However Team USA gained the lead when Slater-Rice went ahead, while Wilson-Kinnear managed to pull a game back. 

More to follow. 

French ex-tennis players Guy Forget and Yannick Noah were a popular pair with the crowd

French ex-tennis players Guy Forget and Yannick Noah were a popular pair with the crowd

Another Frenchman, ex-Spurs and Newcastle star David Ginola, ponders his next move

Another Frenchman, ex-Spurs and Newcastle star David Ginola, ponders his next move

Ginola has a team talk with his golfing partner, French politician Laura Flessel-Colovic

Ginola has a team talk with his golfing partner, French politician Laura Flessel-Colovic

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Niger hit by unprecedented spate of child deaths: MSF http://expressdigest.com/niger-hit-by-unprecedented-spate-of-child-deaths-msf/ Tue, 25 Sep 2018 14:47:15 +0000 https://expressdigest.com/niger-hit-by-unprecedented-spate-of-child-deaths-msf/

Niger hit by unprecedented spate of child deaths: MSF

Children in Africa are the biggest victims of malaria

Medical charity Doctors Without Borders warned Tuesday over unprecedented levels of child mortality in southern Niger during the past month, with 10 children dying per day.

Most deaths are linked to surging cases of malaria or malnutrition that have forced the intensive paediatric care unit in the city of Magaria to fill up, said the charity, which is known by its French acronym, MSF.

“We have never seen anything like this before and we fear it’s just the tip of the iceberg,” Dorian Job, the Geneva-based head of MSF’s Niger programme, said in a statement.

Malaria cases normally rise this time of year because of the season, but the number this year is extraordinary, the charity added.

“MSF medics believe they are only seeing one sixth of the children who are in need of care,” the statement further said.

The hospital in Magaria serves a population of up to one million, 20 percent of whom are under five.

MSF already provides support to Magaria but has in response to the surging deaths dispatched an additional 243 medical staff and set up mobile clinics to try to reach children currently not getting care.

There were some 216 million cases of malaria worldwide in 2016, an increase of five million from the year before, according to World Health Organization (WHO) figures issued in April.

Around 90 percent of the 445,000 malaria-related deaths in 2016 occurred in Africa. Seventy percent of fatalities occurred among children under five.

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Utah boy, 14, is fatally shot in the head by a stray bullet fired from target shooters http://expressdigest.com/utah-boy-14-is-fatally-shot-in-the-head-by-a-stray-bullet-fired-from-target-shooters/ Tue, 25 Sep 2018 14:44:58 +0000 http://expressdigest.com/utah-boy-14-is-fatally-shot-in-the-head-by-a-stray-bullet-fired-from-target-shooters/

Zackary Kempke, 14, died on Sunday after he was shot in the head by a stray bullet fired by target shooters hundreds of feet away

A 14-year-old Utah boy has been tragically killed by a stray bullet fired by target shooters hundreds of feet away.

Zackary Kempke, 14, of North Ogden, was in the car with his family driving through a remote dirt road in the Monte Cristo mountain range when he was fatally shot in the head as he was siting in the back seat. 

Kempke died immediately after he was shot on Sunday around 3pm, according to Rich County Sheriff Dale Stacey. 

His family was horrified to look towards the back of their Jeep after hearing the deafening shot and find Kempke dead. 

The bullet had somehow flown through the car window.

‘My brother-in-law heard an explosion in the back seat and turned around and realized his son was gone,’ the boy’s uncle Cory Hopkins said to Fox 13. 

Cops said the killing of the North Ogden Junior High freshman was ‘unintentional’.

The 14-year-old had been out with his family the entire day. They attended church in the morning then took a drive through the Monte Cristo Range to take photos in the autumn colors, according to Deseret News. 

Kempke, of North Ogden, was driving with his family through the Monte Cristo mountain range earlier in the day on Sunday to take family pictures. Kempke pictured far left 

Kempke, of North Ogden, was driving with his family through the Monte Cristo mountain range earlier in the day on Sunday to take family pictures. Kempke pictured far left 

As they were driving away on a remote road in the mountain range, the stray bullet somehow flew through the family's Jeep window and struck Kempke in the head in the backseat. Kempke pictured above on Sunday before he was shot

As they were driving away on a remote road in the mountain range, the stray bullet somehow flew through the family’s Jeep window and struck Kempke in the head in the backseat. Kempke pictured above on Sunday before he was shot

Rich County Sheriff's Office reported that the death was 'unintentional' 

Rich County Sheriff’s Office reported that the death was ‘unintentional’ 

Cops say an individual target shooting in the area fired and missed a target several hundred feet from the Jeep.  The shooter and witnesses told police they didn’t realize there was a road down the shooting range area. 

Kempke’s family is heartbroken in light of his sudden death.  

‘They’re just an emotional wreck. They are blaming themselves, like, “Why, what if we wouldn’t have gone down this road,”‘ Hopkins said. 

The family hopes that Kempke’s death can serve as a reminder to gun owners to be careful. 

‘Know where that bullet is going to be when it leaves the barrel of the gun, where its going to end up. None of this would have happened if they had,’ Hopkins said. 

Kempke's uncle Cory Hopkins said the family looked to the back of their car after hearing the explosion in the back seat and found the 14-year-old boy dead 

Kempke’s uncle Cory Hopkins said the family looked to the back of their car after hearing the explosion in the back seat and found the 14-year-old boy dead 

The shooting took place on a rural road in the Monte Cristo mountain range, pictured above. The target shooter said they didn't know there was a road near the shooting area 

The shooting took place on a rural road in the Monte Cristo mountain range, pictured above. The target shooter said they didn’t know there was a road near the shooting area 

So far no charges have been filed and the investigation is ongoing. 

‘The boy was riding in the back seat of a vehicle with his family, driven by his Father, when he was struck in the head by a bullet fired at a target several hundred feet from the vehicle,’ the Rich County Sheriff’s Office said in a statmennt. 

‘The individual involved as well as witnesses stated that they did not know there was a road down range and could not see the vehicle as it traveled on the road due to thick brush and trees,’ the statement added. 

Following the investigation, information and evidence will be turned over to Rich County Prosecutor for further action or charges.   

Kempke’s family has set up a Zackary Kempke Memorial Fund and donations can be made through the America First Credit Union.  

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