Thursday, 19 April 2018
An international spiritual organisation that believes Jesus was an extraterrestrial being from Venus is planning its next pilgrimage - at a 'holy mountain' in Devon. The Aetherius Society was founded in the 1950s by George King who says a voice told him he was to be the earthly representative of an inter-planetary parliament. Cabbie Mr King, who died in 1997, claimed to have had an unusual encounter with "Master Jesus" at Holdstone Down near Combe Martin in 1958.
The cult, which is described as a 'growing religion' with a global following now has groups in several countries around the world. And it is now organising a pilgrimage to its 'special' place on Saturday, July 28 for what is called "Operation Prayer Power".
Heavy winds have caused a Southern California town to become deluged with tumbleweeds. In Victorville, Calif., tumbleweeds accumulated so much, entire driveways and front sides of homes were covered in the dry, detached diaspores.
"Normally you get a few flying down the street or whatnot, but never this many that will stack up even this much," Victorville resident Tanya Speight told KABC-TV, referring to the hill of tumbleweeds in front of her home. "And this is mild compared to what it was actually in the back yard and in the front of the house. So no, it's never been this bad."
WWE Hall of Famer and Italian wrestling legend, Bruno Sammartino, has died at the age of 82. Sammartino, who was the longest reigning champion in WWE history passed away at his home in Pittsburgh, after battling health issues for a long time. Sammartino who made his professional debut in Pittsburgh on December 17, 1959, knocking out Dmitri Grabowski in 19 seconds, and also defeating Buddy Rogers in 1963 to become the second-ever WWE Champion.
Wednesday, 18 April 2018
Newly elected Myanma President Win Myint granted amnesty to more than 8,500 prisoners Tuesday, including dozens of political prisoners. In a statement, the presidential office said the move was to "bring peace and pleasure to people's heart and for the sake of humanitarian support."
The Myanma representative for Assistance Association for Political Prisoners said the organization petitioned for the release of 44 political prisoners and 36 were released.
The Zimbabwean government on Tuesday fired more than 10,000 nurses who were on strike, saying they will be replaced by newly-trained nurses and those recalled from retirement. According to government officials, the nurses, who went on strike Monday over poor pay and working conditions, reneged on an agreement to return to work after the government agreed to release $17 million to meet their demands.
Vice President Constantino Chiwenga said their decision to continue with the strike was politically motivated.
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A 37-year-old pastor, Masimba Chirayi, has allegedly killed one of his members during baptism session claiming she was a vampire. Chirayi who is a reverend at New Johanne Masowe, Zimbabwe, killed one Wendy Thinnamay Masuka over the weekend after he mistook her for a vampire. He appeared before a Zimbabwean magistrates’ court answering to culpable homicide charges.
According to Iharare, Chirayi told the court that he did not kill Masuka on purpose adding that she appeared like a dangerous creature to him.
“In my eyes she was like a vampire possessed by demons, she was violent and I thought she was going to kill people so I kept her submerged in water until I overpowered her,” he said.
According to court papers, Chirayi was conducting a cleansing and baptism session. He was released on bail and the date for trial fixed for May, 2018.
China has long censored what people can read and watch online, but the increasingly heavy hand of the regulator threatens to disrupt growth in the country’s vibrant tech sector. In the current campaign to "clean up" the country’s online space, Beijing hasn't just focused on removing politically sensitive information. Authorities are now going after what they consider to be content that violates “core socialist values,” and these values include anything from patriotism to a positive lifestyle. To some of China’s most valuable tech companies -- especially startups -- this means risking alienating users by removing popular themes that have helped them grow large audiences in the first place. If the trend continues, some analysts believe the value of these companies will take a hit as user numbers start to fall off.
Starbucks says it will close its 8,000 company-owned stores in the United States for one afternoon to educate employees about racial bias. The announcement follows an uproar over the arrest of two black men who were waiting for a friend at a Philadelphia Starbucks last week. The store manager called the police.
A lawyer argued that his client should not be jailed for groping a woman in a store because he did not understand that his actions were not allowed in the United States. 43-year-old Azadeen Altom, who now lives in Logan, Utah, was arrested after walking up to a woman in a supermarket and groping her buttocks while she was shopping. Altom pleaded guilty to one count of forced sexual abuse, reduced to a third-degree felony.
During sentencing, defense attorney Bryan Galloway asked the judge for leniency, saying that Altom, who is originally from Sudan, does not understand the culture here and needs more education to live in society.
The chief executive of Starbucks on Monday called for "unconscious bias" training for store managers and apologized for what he called "reprehensible" circumstances that led to the arrest of two black men at a Philadelphia store last week. Kevin Johnson said in an interview on "Good Morning America" that the company was reviewing the actions of the store manager who had called the police. Johnson said that "what happened to those two gentlemen was wrong."
The deadliest prison riot in the United States since 1993, sparked by a gang-related dispute has claimed seven lives in a South Carolina prison. State officials identified the slain inmates as Raymond Scott, 28, who was serving a 20-year sentence for crimes including assault and battery; Michael Milledge, 44, serving 25 years for drug trafficking; Damonte Rivera, 24, serving life for murder; Eddie Gaskins, 32, serving 10 years for domestic violence; Joshua Jenkins, 33, serving 15 years for manslaughter; Corey Scott, 38, serving 22 years for kidnapping; and Cornelius McClary, 33, serving 25 years for burglary.
Apple warned employees to stop leaking internal information on future plans and raised the specter of potential legal action and criminal charges, one of the most-aggressive moves by the world's largest technology company to control information about its activities. The Cupertino, California-based company said in a lengthy memo posted to its internal blog that it "caught 29 leakers," last year and noted that 12 of those were arrested. "These people not only lose their jobs, they can face extreme difficulty finding employment elsewhere," Apple added. The company declined to comment on Friday.
The world's largest Lego replica of the doomed Titanic liner was built over 700 hours -- 11 months -- by a 10-year-old boy from Reykjavik, Iceland, who is on the autism spectrum. It will make its American debut Monday at the Titanic Museum Attraction in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Brynjar Karl Bigisson, now 15, built the replica with 56,000 Lego bricks. It's 26 feet long and 5 feet tall.
Brynjar remembers playing with Legos for hours when he was 5. "I sometimes built from instructions, and sometimes, I used my own imagination," he said.
A nanny, Fatimah Yakubu, who allegedly burnt an eight-year-old girl’s buttocks on a stove, was Monday brought before an Igbosere Magistrates’ Court in Lagos, Nigeria. Yakubu, 37, of No. 15, Ologolo Street, Lekki Lagos, is facing a one-count charge of assault occasioning grievous harm before Mr B. I. Bakare. Prosecuting Sergeant Friday Mameh told the court that the defendant committed the alleged offence last Tuesday, at about 11am, at her residence.
Mameh said: “The defendant grievously harmed the eight-year-old girl by burning her buttocks with a burning stove which caused her bodily harm”.
The offence, Mameh added, is contrary to Section 245 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
Yakubu pleaded not guilty. Magistrate Bakare granted him N500, 000 bail with two sureties in the like sum. The case continues on May 5.
British man has been arrested in Thailand after allegedly kicking his young Thai wife to death after accusing her of having an affair. Kevin Smitham, 51, reportedly flew into a jealous rage and fatally stamped on his wife Kandra, 29, after she refused to have sex on Sunday evening. The couple, who have two young children, had been staying with Mrs Smitham’s parents in Ubon Ratchathani, in the northeast of the country, for the Songkran New Year festival.
Jerome Hamon is getting used to his new soubriquet "the man with three faces". He remains in a Paris hospital, three months after undergoing his second face transplant, but has quickly accepted his new "identity". His new face remains smooth and motionless, with his skull, skin and features yet to be fully aligned, a gradual process reliant on immunosuppressant drugs which, hopefully, will prevent his body rejecting the transplanted material.
It narrowly escaped being melted down after the French Revolution, but a 16th century gold case containing the heart of the only woman to have twice been crowned queen of France has now been stolen. The theft of the reliquary containing the heart of Anne of Brittany, who was briefly betrothed to the Prince of Wales, has provoked outrage over the loss of an object of enormous historical value.
An Army hero has bravely shared her incredible story of survival after being sex-trafficked as a teen. Amber Causey was just 16 when she was taken in by a manipulative pimp who forced her to sell sex. She was raped hundreds of times and spent a miserable existence sleeping between crack houses and buses just to say warm. Now aged 29, Amber is a celebrated US Army veteran and has completely transformed her life.