Sunday, 28 May 2017

The tell-tale signs of a stroke: A crease in your ear lobes


Having diagonal creases across your ear lobes may mean you are at increased risk of suffering a stroke, according to new research. Scientists who examined 241 people who had experienced a stroke found more than three-quarters of them had the mark, known as Frank’s sign, on their ears. It’s thought that clogging of the arteries, which increases the risk of a stroke, also leads to poor blood supply to the ear lobes. This would cause a loss of elasticity and, in turn, the visible creasing. The Israeli researchers who uncovered the findings said doctors should consider adding the ear lobe crease to the list of ‘classic risk factors for the development of stroke’. But other observers think the feature could be little more than a sign of advancing years.

Ben Stiller & wife ends their 18-year marriage


Actors Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor have called it quits after 18 years of marriage. The shock split was reported, with the pair announcing the news in a joint statement.
'With tremendous love and respect for each other, and the 18 years we spent together as a couple, we have made the decision to separate,' Stiller and Taylor told ET.
'Our priority will continue to be raising our children as devoted parents and the closest of friends. We kindly ask that the media respect our privacy at this time.'

20-year-old girl sets boyfriend's house ablaze


Priscilla Berfi, a 20-year-old Ghanaian girl has rendered her boyfriend homeless after she recently set his house at Deduako in the Oforikrom Constituency of the Ashanti Region ablaze for allegedly cheating on her. Pulse Ghana reports that there were no casualties recorded but the fire destroyed several properties. Narrating the shocking incident, the boyfriend, Kofi Adusei said he had ceased taking care of Priscilla, who is pregnant due to her bad attitude and lack of respect towards him. He said Priscilla visited him on the night of the incident but they had a misunderstanding so he decided not to spend the night in the same room with her. According to him, he left the room and went to sleep in another where a second girlfriend was waiting for him.

Woman 'marries' train station she's loved for 36 years


A woman has "married" a train station she's spent 36 years in love with and says they have sex - mentally. Carol Santa Fe, 45, claims she has been in love with Santa Fe train station in California since she was nine years old. The volunteer support worker from San Diego takes a 45 minute bus ride to the station every day to spend time with the building, which calls Daidra. Although the 'marriage' is not legally binding, Carol states it was the happiest day of their lives when theytied knot in 2015. She celebrated the one year anniversary last Christmas. Carol says she has 'sex' with the building mentally and identifies herself as an objectum sexual - a person who is sexually attracted to inanimate objects and structures. Carol didn't discover this until she was 40 after she searched online 'I am in love with a building.'
It is a worldwide debate whether the phenomenon is a sexuality, fetish or mental condition.

Borussia Dortmund wins German Cup


Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's penalty won the German Cup for Borussia Dortmund as they beat Eintracht Frankfurt 2-1 and ended a run of three final defeats in a row. Ousmane Dembele’s strike in the eight minute was cancelled out by Ante Rabic in the 29th-minute before Aubameyang then chipped his 40th goal of the season from the spot after Christian Pulisic was brought down.
Victory provided a positive finish to a difficult season for Dortmund, who finished third in the Bundesliga, and suffered trauma when their team bus was damaged by an explosion before a Champions League quarter-final match against Monaco on 11 April.

Mo Farah wins Diamond League 5,000m in Oregon


Four time Olympic gold medallist Mo Farah ran the fastest time of the year to win the 5,000m in the Diamond League meeting in Eugene, Oregon. The 34-year-old Briton led at the bell and kicked clear to win in 12 minutes 00.70 seconds. Ethiopian teenager Yomif Kejelcha was second in 13:01.21, with Kenyan Geoffrey Kamworor third in 13:01.35. Olympic silver medallist Paul Chelimo was seventh in 13:10.11, with GB's Andrew Butchart eighth in 13:11.45.
It was an accomplished final track performance in the US from Farah, who plans to retire from track racing after the World Championships in London this summer.

Wenger's future to be decided on Thursday


Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger said his future would become "very clear" by Thursday, after guiding the Gunners to another FA Cup success. The Frenchman became the first manager to win the FA Cup seven times as his side beat league champions Chelsea 2-1. The 67-year-old's contract expires this summer, and there has been much speculation about whether he will stay.
"I have kept my medal so that means it is a special night," he said. "For the rest, we will see what happens."
Wenger said he knew what he wanted to do, but added: "Let us enjoy this win and not worry about the future."
"We have a board meeting on Tuesday, and on Wednesday or Thursday it will be very clear."
It is understood Tuesday's gathering is not a formal board meeting, but Wenger's future will be discussed by the club's directors.

Federal officials in Alaska probe 2 plane crashes that happened simultaneously


Federal investigators say 2 planes crashed more than 600 miles apart in Alaska almost simultaneously Saturday, killing a total of four people. KTUU-TV reports the National Transportation Safety Board said two died and a third person was injured when their Piper PA-30 went down nine miles southwest of Haines at around 11 a.m. The injured person was flown by helicopter to Juneau for medical treatment. Authorities said witnesses reported seeing the twin-engine plane crash shortly after takeoff. Meanwhile, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports two people died when a single-engine Arctic Aircraft S-1B2 crashed east of Fairbanks, also at about 11 a.m. Alaska State Troopers reported late Saturday that both the pilot and passenger died in the crash.

Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte jokes to soldiers that they can rape women with impunity

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Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has sought to reassure soldiers who might be accused of committing abuses under martial law and jokingly said that if any of them were to rape three women, he would personally claim responsibility for it. Duterte is notorious for comments often deemed offensive and made the remark as a joke, reiterating that only he would be liable for any backlash over military rule on southern Mindanao island. He has, however, said he would not tolerate abuses.
“If you go down, I go down. But for this martial law and the consequences of martial law and the ramifications of martial law, I and I alone would be responsible, just do your job I will take care of the rest,” Duterte said on Friday, according to a president’s office transcript.
“I’ll imprison you myself,” he said, referring to any soldiers who commit violations, then he joked: “If you had raped three, I will admit it, that’s on me.”

Dozens dead in Afghanistan violence as Ramadan begins


A suspected suicide bomber killed as many as 14 people in Afghanistan on Saturday and fighting between militants and security forces left at least 36 people dead on the first day of Islam's holy Month of Ramadan. In eastern Khost province, a Taliban attacker detonated a car bomb near a football field that is close to a military base, officials said. At a local hospital, doctors received at least 14 dead bodies and eight wounded people, said Gul Mohammaddin Mangal, head of the public health department in Khost.
"The bodies are not recognizable and it is hard to say if they are civilians or security forces," he said.
Najib Danish, spokesman for the Afghan Interior Ministry, put the death toll at 13 killed and eight wounded, including two children. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claimed responsibility for the Khost attack, saying it was aimed at members of the Afghan security forces. A Reuters witness at the scene did not observe any military or police vehicles among those destroyed in the blast.

Muslim man sues pizza chain for $100 million after being served 'Halal' labelled pizza with pork pepperoni


A Muslim man is suing America’s third largest pizza chain for $100 million (£78 million) after being served a pizza labelled halal which was topped with pork pepperoni. Mohamad Bazzi ordered two halal pizzas twice from Little Caesars branch in Dearborn, Michigan.   The boxes were labelled halal but were topped with pork, a food which is banned under Islamic law. Mr Bazzi and his wife were halfway through eating the pizza when they realised they had been eating pork pepperoni, he said in the lawsuit. Having previously worked at a pizza restaurant Mr Bazzi realised it was pork pepperoni, rather than a sausage made from an alternative meat. His wife, who converted from Catholicism, could recognise the taste. They became “sick to their stomach” and three days later filed a complaint with the police.

British Airways cancels all flights from Gatwick and Heathrow due to IT failure


British Airways cancelled all flights from Heathrow and Gatwick on Saturday due to a major IT failure causing severe disruption to its global operations that is expected to run into Sunday. The airline said its terminals at Heathrow and Gatwick became “extremely congested” due to the computer problems. It decided to cancel all flights from both airports before 6pm UK time on Saturday, then extended this to include all the day’s remaining flights from the UK’s largest two airports. BA said the delays could continue into Sunday, but most long-haul flights should be able to land as normal in London. A BA spokeswoman said: “We are working hard to get our customers who were due to fly today on to the next available flights over the course of the rest of the weekend. Those unable to fly will be offered a full refund.”

Barcelona crowned Copa del Rey champions 2017


Lionel Messi produced yet another masterclass as Barcelona marked the end of Luis Enrique’s Camp Nou reign by lifting the Copa del Rey. Barcelona became the first team since the early 1950s to lift the cup three seasons running as Messi masterminded a 3-1 victory at the final game to be staged at Atlético Madrid’s Vicente Calderón home. Messi set Barcelona on their way with his 54th goal of the season and Neymar and Paco Alcácer were also on target in the first half, with Theo Hernández offering Alavés brief hope with a wonderful free-kick. Alavés had waited 96 years to reach a Copa del Rey final, and they did not disgrace themselves at the end of a season in which they finished ninth in La Liga after winning promotion.

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick’s mum killed in California boating accident


The mother of ride-hailing firm Uber's chief executive has died in a boating accident near Fresno, California on Friday, the Fresno County Sheriff's Office said on Saturday. Uber CEO Travis Kalanick's parents Bonnie Kalanick, 71, and Donald Kalanick were on Pine Flat Lake when their boat struck a rock and sank, it said, adding that an autopsy is planned for Sunday. Donald Kalanick was being treated at an area hospital for what were described as moderate injuries. Uber officials were not immediately available for comment.
The sheriff's office, however, posted a statement from Uber that read: "Last night, Travis and his family suffered an unspeakable tragedy."
"His mother passed away in a devastating boating accident near Fresno and his father is in serious condition. Our thoughts and prayers are with Travis and his family in this heartbreaking time," the statement said.

Death toll rises to 122 as floods and landslides hits Sri Lanka


Floods and landslides in Sri Lanka's southern and western regions have killed at least 122 people and damaged more than 1,700 homes, officials said on Saturday. Ninety-seven people were also reported missing, at least 40 others have been hospitalised, and over 400,000 people have been displaced after unusually heavy rain on Friday triggered a string of mudslides and caused rivers to burst their banks, according to the country's Disaster Management Centre (DMC). Indian medical teams and emergency relief arrived in the capital, Colombo, on Saturday to help Sri Lanka deal with the worst flooding in 14 years.
"Many thousands are displaced and are trying to come to terms with what has happened with this huge deluge of water," Al Jazeera's Minelle Fernandez, reporting from the southern town of Agalawatte, said.
"Some places received a year's supply of rain in 24 hours. It has taken everyone by surprise."
In Agalawatte, some 100km south of Colombo, rescuers pulled at least 11 bodies out from the mud and earth, while one person was found alive.
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