Monday, 18 December 2017
Nearly a month ago, Sarah Idan was in a hand-beaded Swarovski crystal gown representing Iraq in the Miss Universe pageant. It was the first time in 45 years that Iraq had a contestant in the pageant.
"I was on cloud nine, I had been dreaming of that forever," said Idan, 27, an aspiring singer/songwriter.
But all of that suddenly changed. And it was all over a selfie. A selfie seen around the world. Idan and Miss Israel, Adar Gandelsman, took the picture during a pre-pageant photo shoot in Las Vegas.
"I said 'let's take a picture so our people can see we don't have a problem and we're actually ambassadors for peace.'"
Former Brazilian World Cup champion Kaka announced his retirement as a player on Sunday (Dec 17), suggesting that a management career at his old club AC Milan could be on the cards.
"I am preparing to continue in football and to have a different role, but I will no longer be a professional player, an athlete," the 2007 Ballon d'Or winner told Globo television.
"I would like to take part in a club in a role more like... a manager, a sporting director - someone between the field and the club."
20-year-old Eniola Balogun jailed for 21 years for raping five teenage girls in the UK, placed on sex offenders register for life
A 20-year-old man has been jailed after being convicted of multiple rapes following two trials in the UK. Eniola Balogun was sentenced at Wood Green Crown Court on Friday, December 15, to a total of 21 years' imprisonment Balogun, of no fixed address but from the Tottenham area pleaded guilty at Wood Green Crown Court on 19 September to four counts of rape on four separate teenage girls, aged between 13 and 16 - he also pleaded guilty to the possession of indecent images of child.
Balogun had been found guilty of a further three counts of rape following an earlier trial at the same venue on 30 March. These offences related to one victim - a 16-year-old girl.
Girl missing after father left her in wooded area as punishment for embarrassing him in front of his friends
A father was arrested after placing his daughter in harm’s way as punishment. 5-year-old Mariafe Eranzo went missing in a jungle in the Philippines after her father left her there as punishment for embarrassing him in front of his friends. Her father Felipe admitted to beating his daughter and knocking her unconscious before taking her to the forest, 60 miles east of Manila, to teach her a lesson.
But when he returned to the same place, he was unable to find his daughter. Felipe called the police for help, which led to a major search operation.
Felipe told the police that he had been drinking before carrying out the harsh punishment. A video of the search shows a handcuffed Felipe walking in the forest accompanied by officers as they were trying to retrace his steps in hopes of finding the missing child.
The Belvedere Palace, which dates back to 1484 and houses precious art of the Vatican Museums, is currently being re-painted with milk. It's an ancient recipe that has proven more lasting than any modern synthetic paints: "We're not nostalgic for the past," said the Vatican's chief architect, Vitale Zanchettin.
"The point is that we think these solutions age better. They are tried and tested."
At least 27 people have died this weekend in the Philippines as a result of landslides caused by Tropical Storm Urduja, the state-run Philippine News Agency (PNA) reported Sunday. Another 24 people have been reported missing, the news agency said. The deaths occurred in the Biliran Province, PNA reported. The storm has caused massive flooding that has destroyed bridges, leaving several towns isolated.
Nearly 87-700 residents of the Visayas region have been forced to evacuate because of the rains, CNN Philippines reported. At least nine houses were destroyed in the landslides on Saturday.In a separate report, PNA said Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte would travel to affected areas on Monday.
A power cut at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson international airport on Sunday led to a partial shut-down, affecting tens of thousands of people. The airport is the world's busiest, handling more than 250,000 passengers and almost 2,500 flights every day. Passengers were left in darkened terminals or on board planes. Power is now restored at the airport, but over 1,000 flights were cancelled with hundreds more cancellations scheduled for Monday. Many flights scheduled to arrive from other airports were being diverted elsewhere or held at their departure airport.
In a statement, the airport confirmed they had suffered a power outage shortly after 13:00 (18:00 GMT) on Sunday. Flights are expected to resume at 06:00 on Monday (11:00 GMT). Georgia Power, which supplies the airport's electricity, said it believed a fire at an underground electrical facility was to blame for the outage. Officials said a piece of its switchgear could have failed and started the fire, causing cable damage.
Katy Perry knows how to make her mom feel special on her birthday -- get an entire concert audience to sing to her live on a huge phone. Katy or "Feather" as her mother, Mary, calls her took some stage time during her show in Tampa Friday night to call up Mom for her 70th birthday and it was a hit.
Mary then gave the crowd of 10,000 something to look forward to when they get to her age.
Sadly, Katy's mom's birthday turned out to be not so great, the singer says she called her again Saturday, only to find out she was being evacuated from her home due to the California wildfires. Katy's family joins the list of celebs who've been affected by the Thomas Fire, now the third largest in CA's state history.
Two brave veterinarians treated an injured huntsman spider after the giant animal was found stuck to a sticky-paper mousetrap. The animal docs were especially called after a homeowner found the huntsman spider - or heteropoda venatoria - trapped on the flypaper-like substance while trying to catch a cockroach. The homeowner, who had set up the sticky board to catch mice and rats, brought the entire trap to the rescue centre and the vets began working on freeing the spider . They used flour and vegetable oil to free it, very carefully pulling off each of its limbs so as not to injure it any further.
Britain has lost 65,000 retail jobs since it voted to leave the European Union, a decline fueled by increased online competition and a Brexit-induced wage squeeze. Employment data published Wednesday show the number of jobs in the sector dipped below 5 million in September. Weak consumer spending suggests more pain to come over the holiday season.
"It reflects the pressure on the [retail] sector," said Howard Archer, an economic adviser to EY. "Consumer spending has been softer for most of this year and retail sales have been lower."
Real Madrid wins FIFA Club World Cup for the third time, becomes first team in history to retain the title
Real Madrid have won their third FIFA Club World Cup, matching Barcelona's record and taking their tally of intercontinental titles to six. The Spanish football club also made history by becoming the first team to retain the title after they defeated Gremio 1-0 in Saturday’s final in the United Arab Emirates. All thanks to five-time Ballon d'Or winner and Portuguese striker, Cristiano Ronaldo who was the hero of the night, after netting a free-kick to open the scoring in the 53rd minute, which became the only goal in the game.
Sunday, 17 December 2017
Raheem Sterling has been racially abused and kicked repeatedly outside Manchester City's training ground, according to reports. The footballer was allegedly called a 'n*****' by a man who appeared to be waiting for him at the players' entrance. Sources said the 23-year-old had arrived in his car when he was confronted by a volley of abuse. When the footballer got out of his car to ask what the problem was, the man is said to have repeatedly kicked him in the leg.
According to The Telegraph, the incident was reportedly caught on CCTV but it is not known whether officials at City have filed a report with Greater Manchester Police. The alleged attacker is not thought to have been known to the footballer. Sterling went on to score twice in City's 4-1 victory over Tottenham and the alleged incident was not mentioned in manager Pep Guardiola's post-match press conference. Sterling's two goals put him above Sergio Aguero as the club's top goal scorer this season.
Mysterious dinosaur-like creature discovered with flesh still on its bones leaves scientists baffled
The discovery of a mysterious creature resembling a dinosaur with flesh still on its bones has left scientists baffled. The partially-preserved corpse was uncovered by an electrician cleaning out a sub-station left untouched for 35 years. The creature – which was found in Jaspur, a small city in Uttarakhand, India – has now been sent for analysis, including carbon dating, which will reveal its age. Experts say that although it looks like a small dinosaur that could be near impossible as flightless dinosaurs have been extinct for 65 million years.
Dr Parag Madhukar Dhakate, a Conservator with the Indian Forest Service, said that the creature would remain an enigma until scientific analysis had been completed.
A family of four went public with their life-changing experience, which they said has made them all very happy. The family of Queen Creek, Arizona, may look like any other family, a father, a mother, a daughter, 13, and a son, 11. However, they are unique as they all identify as transgender and they now live as the opposite sex of which they were born. Daniel Harrott, 41, who was born a woman and now identifies as a man, said that he always struggled with gender identity.
A police sergeant became extremely angry with his son for drinking his vodka and replacing it with water, according to police in Illinois. Chicago police said that they have arrested 48-year-old Raymond Leuser after being accused of shooting his 22-year-old son 4 times. Leuser has been charged with attempted first-degree murder and aggravated battery discharge of a firearm.
Leuser was booked into jail and he is being held without bail.
At least five people were killed and 15 wounded when two suicide bombers attacked a church in Pakistan during a service Sunday, just over a week before Christmas, police said. The attack took place at the Methodist Church in the restive southwestern city of Quetta in Balochistan province.
Senior city police official Abdul Razzaq Cheema gave the toll, which was confirmed by Balochistan home minister Sarfraz Bugti. Bugti said police intercepted and shot one bomber outside but the second attacker managed to reach the church’s main door where he blew himself up.
Grieving Debra Parsons will have her mum Doreen for Christmas dinner this year – by scattering her ashes on the turkey then tucking in. And for dessert she’ll enjoy Christmas Pud...with a dusting of her mum’s last remains too. Debra, 41, has felt the urge to EAT Doreen’s ashes since she died in May and has had a small spoonful most days to feel “as close as possible” to her. But as she faces Christmas without her, the craving has become even stronger.
“It is the only thing that will get me through my first Christmas without mum,” said Debra.
A teenage girl who ran off to join ISIS and become a jihadi bride has been reunited with her mother as she a waits trial in Iraq. Linda Wenzel was just 15 when she left Germany to marry an ISIS militant she met online. When Linda met her mother, Katharina, for the first time in over a year, she told her she had ruined her own life.
Linda, who now faces the death penalty, said: "I do not know how I came up with the stupid idea to go to the Islamic State. I have ruined my life."
Bradley Lowery, the boy whose bravery touched the hearts of many people, will be honoured at Sunday's BBC Sports Personality of the Year show. The Sunderland fan and club mascot, who died aged six from a rare form of cancer, has been named the winner of the Helen Rollason Award. The award, for achievement in the face of adversity, is in memory of the BBC presenter who died of cancer in 1999. It will be presented to Bradley's parents, Gemma and Carl, in Liverpool.
Canadian police hunted for clues Saturday after the pharmaceutical billionaire Barry Sherman and his wife Honey were found dead in the basement of their Toronto home, in what investigators reportedly suspect was a murder-suicide. Investigators were still at the scene in the evening hours, a sprawling home in a tony neighbourhood of Canada’s largest city, with post-mortem examinations under way to help determine how the couple died.
A 22-year-old Virginia woman was mauled to death by her dogs while walking them in the woods near her home, authorities said Friday. Bethany Lynn Stephens’ body was found “guarded by two very large, brindle-colored pit bull dogs” Thursday, Goochland County Sheriff James L. Agnew said during a news conference, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported. Agnew said the dogs belonged to Stephens and suspected that they had been bred to fight, according to the report.
Reports from the medical examiner’s office said Stephens’ cause of death was “consistent with being mauled by these dogs,” the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported.
The ex-wife of a slain NBA player has been arrested in connection to his murder, according to reports. Sherra Wright was arrested in Riverside, Calif., on Friday night more than seven years after Lorenzen Wright’s bullet-riddled body was found decomposing in a Tennessee suburb, Fox13 reported. It remains unclear what charges she faces since the indictment is still sealed.
Billy Turner — a deacon at the church Lorenzen and Sherra Wright attended — was arrested and charged with first-degree murder on Tuesday. He pleaded not guilty.
Social media user Esther Ayomide, has penned down just how happy she was upon reuniting with her father who was deported to Nigeria 15-years ago.
Drinking a cup of tea a day could prevent a leading cause of blindness, a study has discovered.
Researchers at the University of California Los Angeles found tea-drinkers were 74% less likely to suffer glaucoma. In Britain, about 2% of the population over 40 have the condition - which leads to a million NHS visits per year. The study asked 1,678 participants how often and how much they had drunk of caffeinated and decaffeinated drinks, including soft drinks and iced tea.
Professor Dr Anne Coleman said: "Individuals who consumed hot tea daily had reduced odds of having a diagnosis of glaucoma. Interestingly, this association was not observed with the consumption of iced tea or decaffeinated hot tea."
She said tea has flavonoids associated with the prevention of cancer, cardiovascular disease and diabetes. But other experts have criticised the study.
Facebook has hit back against scientific researchers and tech industry insiders who have said the social media network is 'destroying society'. Facebook said that social media can be good for people’s well-being if they use the technology in a way that is active, such as messaging with friends, rather than passive, such as scrolling through a feed of other people’s posts. It was the second time this week that Facebook had published such a rebuttal.
Madonna may be one of the succesful singers of all time but her four youngest children only have eyes for one performer; Justin Bieber. The singer, 59, shared a photo of son David, 12, daughter Mercy, 11, and five-year-old twins Estere and Stella all rocking matching white and red Belieber hoodies on Friday.
It’s good to start the day off with Unity! 😂😂😂😂! We are all Beliebers!
Tiwa Savage appears to disagree with MTV Base after she was ranked no 17 on the top 20 hottest naija tracks 2017 list. The list, put together by a panel, ranked her track ''All Over'' at No 17. Sharing a screenshot of her streams on Instagram,she threw subliminal shots with quite a number of hastags. She wrote:
Saturday, 16 December 2017
Hilda Hernandez, sister of President Juan Orlando Hernandez, and five other people were killed in a helicopter crash Saturday on a mountain near the Honduran capital. Hernandez, 51, was an agronomy engineer who served as communications minister under her brother and as minister of social development during the previous administration of then-President Porfirio Lobo.
Residents piled into cars and fled on Saturday, turning downtown Santa Barbara into "a ghost town" as surging winds drove one of the biggest fires in California's history toward the city and the nearby wealthy enclave of Montecito. The mandatory evacuations around Montecito and neighboring Summerland came as winds that had eased a day earlier roared back at around 30 mph (48 kph), with gusts to about 60 mph (97 kph). Firefighters sprayed water onto hot spots sparked by wind-blown embers. Firefighters also drove to the historic San Ysidro Ranch in yellow fire trucks as heavy smoke rose from the coastal hills, blotting out the blue skies.
The European Union is set to defeat Cambridge’s 300-year-old “class list” tradition as incoming regulation has forced the climbdown that “snowflake” students could not. The lists – where students’ names are displayed alongside their degree grade on a board outside the university’s main building Senate House – now face abolition due to new data protection laws which will come into force next year.
Nigeria had the second largest HIV epidemic in 2016, with over 196,000 adolescents representing 10 per cent of the global burden said to be living with HIV/AIDS, according to a World Health Report. The report was given by Mrs Esther Samuel, The Chief Matron, Lagos State Ministry of Health, at a programme by a Non-governmental Organisation (NGO) Lisa Demi Project, in Lagos.
The all year banger, “If” by David Adeleke, aka Davido has topped the MTV Base Roundtable hottest Naija tracks chart and has been selected as the hottest song of 2017. Boasting of over 54 million views on youtube, “If” was produced by Tekno. The song spurred trends and memes on social media because of Davido’s jaw dropping claim of having “30 billion in his account”. After careful consideration and debate by the panelists, it was considered the song with the most buzz, impact and longevity.
A mudslide on Saturday tore through a small village in southern Chile near a popular national park, leaving five people dead and at least 15 missing after a night of torrential downpours, authorities said. A video taken from a helicopter by Chilean police showed a vast swath of the remote town of Villa Santa Lucia, near Chaiten in coastal Patagonia, buried beneath the mud as the landslide plowed its way down a flooded river valley. Four Chileans and a male tourist whose name and nationality have not been disclosed were died in the mudslide, authorities said. Rescue workers were continuing to search through the debris for at least 15 people.
The Walt Disney Co. has set a $52.4 billion, all-stock deal to acquire 20th Century Fox and other entertainment and sports assets from Rupert Murdoch’s empire. The deal between Disney and 21st Century Fox marks a historic union of Hollywood heavyweights .
The stock deal, which Disney announced Thursday morning, represents Disney’s boldest acquisition yet. If regulators approve it, Fox would take over the prolific 20th Century Fox movie and television studio, Fox’s 22 regional sports channels, cable entertainment brands FX and National Geographic, and Fox’s portfolio of international operations, including a fast-growing pay-TV service in India.
Disney would also assume about $14 billion in debt, resulting in a total deal value of about $66 billion. Following the transaction, Fox shareholders would make up about 25% of the bulked-up Disney.
A 23-year-old British woman has to sleep next to her freezer due to a rare, incurable condition that causes pain “worse than childbirth”. Paige Howitt, from Birmingham, England, constantly suffers from excruciating pain which she says often feels like she’s being “burnt alive”. Paige, who’s a trade analyst, was diagnosed with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), an uncommon form of chronic pain that usually affects an arm or a leg and is caused by damage to the central nervous system, according to the Mayo Clinic.
Rwanda has announced ban on importation and smoking of water-pipe tobacco popularly known as “shisha’’ on Friday. The use, advertisement and import of water-pipe tobacco are banned on Rwandan territory with effect from Dec. 15, 2017, a statement issued by Ministry of Health said. The ban is in line with World Health Organisation tobacco guidelines underlining smoking health effects such as being damaging, addictive and dangerous on human lives, the statement said. It said that failure to comply with the directive would attract sanctions as provided by the country’s laws.
The smoke that emerges from the water-pipe is said to contain numerous toxicants known to cause lung cancer and other heart diseases, according to the ministry of health. The ban comes about a decade after the government banned public cigarette smoking.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will marry on Saturday, May 19 at Windsor Castle, as against May 26th that was widely reported, Kensington Palace revealed today. The couple have chosen FA Cup Final day to walk down the aisle even though Harry's best man will be Prince William, who is also the FA's President.
But crucially May 19 ensures that their wedding will not overshadow the birth of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's third child in April.
German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier has confirmed a total of 1,500 Gambians who landed in Germany without documentation will be deported, a joint news conference in Banjul stated on Friday.
Steinmeier said this during his official visit to the West African country that emerged from a tense political standoff early this year.
“There are over 35,000 Gambian migrants in Germany, out of whom 1,500 are undocumented and awaiting deportation,’’ Steinmeier said at a joint press conference with Gambian President Adama Barrow in Banjul.
Steinmeier said the two countries will bring technical experts to work on the problem, including providing skill training to Gambians.
“Europeans do not have answers to Africa’s problems, the problems need African solutions,’’ he said.
Steinmeier arrived in Banjul on Wednesday on a one-day whirlwind visit. He was the first European head of state to visit Gambia since Barrow assumed office after winning the presidential election.
Just like during the original Christmas, Jesus' birth will not be celebrated in Nazareth this year -- though this time, it's being blamed on President Trump. Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel has caused a backlash in the region, particularly among Muslims, and the reaction's reverberated to Nazareth, where the town's mayor, Ali Salam, announced Thursday that all planned Christmas events would be canceled.
North Korea appears to have inadvertently revealed a never-before-seen photo of one of its first atomic bombs while broadcasting footage of a conference. The snap - previously unseen in the West - shows former leader Kim Jong-il inspecting a possible weapon of mass destruction. The photo was hanging on a wall in the background as state TV showed footage from an arms and munitions industry conference attended by current dictator Kim Jong-un. It shows the new leader's father, who died in 2011, looking at a large globe-like object with other officials from the regime.
Friday, 15 December 2017
The gala dinner which will be hosted at Tshwane Show Grounds on 23 December is not an affair for the poor. The ticket prices range from R1000 to R25 000 for those who want to share the table with their favourite prophet.
“I was doing laundry when I heard a gunshot coming from my neighbour’s house. I went there to investigate and found the lady lying on the floor. Her husband explained what happened and then disappeared,“ she explained.
“Apparently the money was for their yearly vacation in Cape Town. The woman wanted to sit next to Bushiri at the gala dinner and she spent the money without discussing it with her husband. He lost it and shot her,“ she added.
|Pictured together in 2014|
A key member of Kim Jong Un’s inner circle touted as a powerful military figure mysteriously vanished from public life recently, sparking rumors he was executed by a North Korean death squad after allegations of bribery, recent reports indicated. Hwang Pyong-so, a Vice Marshall who held the most senior position in North Korea’s military, hasn’t been seen in public since October 13, sparking rumors of his death. Kim has previously dispatched his enemies via a variety of gruesome methods, including shooting them with anti-aircraft weaponry at a close distance and feeding them to a pack of ravenous dogs.
An Indiana fertility doctor who used his own sperm on dozens of patients without their consent won't face jail time as part of a plea deal. Dr. Donald Cline, 77, is accused of fathering at least eight children with different women who came to his office in the 1970s and '80s for fertility treatment. It's believed that he could have more than 20 children, Fox 59 reports.
At least four children have died and several others were seriously injured when their school coach was 'cut in half' after colliding with a train in the south of France today. The horrific accident happened close to the town of Perpignan when the vehicle 'was caught between barriers' shortly after 4pm. A TER commuter train travelling at around 50mph ploughed into the bus, causing carnage among the party from a high school in nearby Millas.
A witness who was on the train, named as Barbara, said "it was a very violent crash - it seemed as if the train would derail". Casualties are being rushed to hospital in Perpignan. Police and emergency medics are at the scene.
Transport Minister Elisabeth Borne called the crash a "terrible accident" and said on Twitter that she was going to the scene, about 850km (530 miles) south of Paris.
A group of women were filmed having a bizarre mass wedding where they wore white dresses to marry trees. The ceremony was organized by nature activists. During the ceremony, which held in the Peruvian capital Lima, they pledged to look after the trees until they were parted by death.
The wedding was organized by Peruvian artist and activist Richard Torres, who is famed internationally for his pro-tree performances. At the ceremony, leaves were used instead of confetti and brides kissed the tree trunk after taking their vows.
Romanian wife caught on camera pushing her husband's pregnant side chick on railway track just as train came by and crushed her to death
A disturbing video showing the moment a woman pushed another woman onto the path of an oncoming train, instantly killing her, has surfaced. The incident reportedly occurred on December 12, 2017, in Bucharest Romania, and CCTV at the train station captured it. According to reports, the killer is 36-year-old ?erban Magdalena while her victim is a 25-year-old pregnant woman.
Some reports speculate the victim was a mistress to Seban's husband and Seban lured her to the train station under the guise of having a conversation but as a train came by, she pushed her onto the railway tracks. In the video shared online, the victim can be seen trying to quickly get out of the tracks as the train approached but Serban kicked her back to the track and the train crushed her. Serban reportedly has mental issues. She was arrested after a failed second attempt at pushing another person in another station.
Music mogul, Russell Simmons has taken a lie detector test to prove that the sexual assault allegations against him are false. The 60-year-old took the test on Wednesday, December 13 as can be seen in a photo obtained by TMZ. The test he took was to prove he did not sexually assault Keri Claussen Khalighi, and his lawyers claim he passed it "with flying colors, and plans to repeat the test for allegations made by four other women."
Award-winning American actor and movie producer, Mark Wahlberg, has been named the most overpaid actor of 2017 by Forbes. The 46-year-old actor was reportedly paid a whopping $68 million this year, before taxes. His estimated salary for the year was over $10 million more than the worldwide gross of his Boston Marathon bombing film, "Patriots Day."
The United States is suspending food and fuel aid for most of Somalia’s armed forces over corruption concerns. The announcement comes at a critical time for Somalia as African peacekeepers start to withdraw this month. The AU force – with troops from Burundi, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda – is scheduled to leave by 2020. The first 1,000 soldiers will go by the end of 2017. African Union (AU) troops landed in Mogadishu a decade ago to fight al Shabaab Islamist militants and Somali forces are supposed to eventually take over their duties.
In the second poorest municipality in one of Mexico’s poorest states, girls under the age of 15 are being sold by their fathers as virgin brides for 180,000 pesos (US $9,400), or in many cases even less. In the last 17 years, more than 300 young women have been forced into marriages of that type in Metlatónoc, Guerrero, according to a human rights center in the Montaña region where the municipality is located.
In most cases, the fathers of prospective grooms pay the fathers of young daughters so that their sons can have a teenage, virgin girl as a wife. If a higher price is quoted, the typical response is “they don’t want her as a whore,” Melitón Hernández, a police chief in the town of Yuvi’nani, told the newspaper El Universal. A local lawyer and advisor to the municipal trustee said that the tradition is engrained in society, above all among the indigenous Mixtec Tu’un Savi people.