Saturday, November 28, 2015

Australia’s ‘rent boys’: Male prostitution is ‘everywhere’, sex industry boss says

A “rent boy” chats to a prospective customer in a car.
A “rent boy” chats to a prospective customer in a car.Source:News Corp Australia

WHEN *Christopher was growing up in a small NSW country town, strangers would stop his mother in the street and comment on his big blue eyes and curly blond hair.
Fast forward 15 years and Christopher was cashing in on those same charming boyish looks, listing them as his best features in online advertisements where he pimped himself out for sex.

Russian MP died when husband set off grenade during sex in car

A GLAMOROUS Russian politician and her husband died semi-naked in the back of their 4x4 when he set off a bomb in a jealous rage, police said.
Oksana Bobrovskaya, 30, a member of Vladimir Putin’s United Russia Party, was killed alongside hubby Nikita Bobrovsky.

‘Bankrupt’ 50 Cent stashes wads of $100 bills in his refrigerator

RAPPER 50 Cent says he’s penniless — yet keeps a dozen bundles of $US100 bills in his fridge.

Man kills Mississippi Waffle House employee over smoking policy

A Mississippi Waffle House customer shot and killed an employee early Friday after she has him not to smoke, police said.
Biloxi police Sgt. Donnie Dobbs said a call was received about the shooting at 1:11 a.m. The customer, Johnny Max Mount, had argued with an employee after being told that he couldn’t smoke, Dobbs said.

10 deadly foods you probably have in your kitchen

Humans are one of the few creatures on this planet who have the capability of ignoring our basic survival instinct. We jump out of perfectly good airplanes — something that still sets off alarms

Smoking potent marijuana may mess up brain signals

A new study raises concerns for those who indulge in potent forms of marijuana. Researchers out of King’s College London and Rome's Sapienza University studied brain scans of 56 patients who had reported an episode of psychosis and 43 healthy volunteers.

What to do in a roadside emergency

If a flat tire, mechanical breakdown, or empty fuel tank forces you to stop driving, the most important thing is to take actions that ensure your safety. Here are some tips from the auto experts at Consumer Reports.

Daniel Sturridge: Injured player must manage pain - Klopp

Daniel Sturridge

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says Daniel Sturridge must learn "what is serious pain and what is only pain" in order to overcome his injury problems.

Planned Parenthood: Three die in shooting at Colorado clinic

Suspect is taken into custody outside a Planned Parenthood centre in Colorado Springs, Colorado November 27, 2015

A shooting at a family planning clinic in Colorado Springs has left two civilians and a police officer dead, with the suspected gunman under arrest.
Nine other people were injured during the standoff at the Planned Parenthood clinic, which lasted five hours before the suspect surrendered.

Paraguay head of indigenous affairs sacked over 'kick'

Demonstrators on International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women in Asuncion, 25 November

The president of Paraguay has fired the head of the country's indigenous affairs office after he apparently kicked an indigenous woman.
A social media video shows Jorge Servin lift his knee and connect with the woman in the stomach.

Pope Francis celebrates Mass for martyrs in Uganda

People react as they wait for the arrival of Pope Francis for an open mass in Kampala, Uganda, on Saturday

Pope Francis is celebrating Mass in front of an audience of hundreds of thousands of Ugandan faithful.
He is speaking at a Catholic shrine dedicated to Christians martyred for their faith in the 19th Century, on the second stage of his three-country trip to Africa.

India schoolboys arrested for gang-raping classmate

Anti-rape protest

Four schoolboys in the western Indian city of Mumbai have been arrested for allegedly gang-raping their classmate.
Police said the boys, reported to be between 15-16 years old, also recorded a video and circulated it on WhatsApp.

Chinese activist Yang Maodong jailed for six years

Picture of Guo Feixiong presented at a hearing of a House Foreign Affairs Committee subcommittee in Washington, DC, on October 29, 2013.

Leading Chinese rights activist Yang Maodong has been sentenced to six years in jail for disturbing public order.
Mr Yang, 48, better known by his pen name Guo Feixiong, had been detained since organising a week-long peaceful protest outside a newspaper office in the southern city of Guangzhou in 2013.

Burundi police 'seize weapons cache'

grendades recovered

Burundian police say they have recovered a large number of weapons following an attack on the home of an adviser to President Pierre Nkurunziza.
Automatic weapons and rocket propelled grenades were among arms found when they intercepted the attackers' truck, police in the capital Bujumbura told the BBC Great Lakes Service.

Suicide attack hits Nigeria Shia march

Injured man

A suicide bomber has killed at least 21 people in an attack on a Shia Muslim procession in Nigeria's Kano state, eyewitnesses and organisers say.
The bomber ran into the crowd and detonated his device before he could be spotted, an organiser told AFP.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Pope Francis denounces slum conditions in visit to Nairobi

Pope Francis denounced the conditions slum-dwellers are forced to live in during a visit to one of Nairobi's many shantytowns Friday, saying that access to safe water is a basic human right and that everyone should have dignified, adequate housing.

Worst celeb diets of 2015: Why you shouldn’t take diet advice from Elle Macpherson

WITH Christmas just around the corner, we are gearing up for a season of eating, drinking and overindulging.
And as the festive season takes its toll on our waistlines, many of us are already formulating our master plans to shed those pesky kilos in the New Year.

Eight-year-old girl from Utah diagnosed with breast cancer

AN eight-year-old girl from the US has been diagnosed with a rare form of breast cancer and will have to undergo a mastectomy.
Chrissy Turner, from Utah, found a lump in her chest last month, which turned out to be a “one in a million” type of cancer called secretory carcinoma.
“She came to us on a Sunday afternoon, she said, ‘Mummy I have been scared and I have this lump,’” Chrissy’s mother Annette Turner told ABC4 News.
“It had been there for a while. She is the youngest that they’ve run across having this particular type of breast cancer.”
The youngest known sufferer of secretory carcinoma was a three-year-old Korean girl, according to medical literature from 2000, who was operated on after a chest growth was discovered.
In 2009 a 10-year-old American girl became the youngest person in the US to be diagnosed with breast cancer.
Chrissy will have a mastectomy next month and is determined to get well again.
“I was scared to figure out what it was,” she said. “But I knew I could fight it off and I hope that I can fight it off.”
Chrissy will undergo a mastectomy next month.
Chrissy will undergo a mastectomy next month.Source:Supplied
The Turner family has had a run of bad luck — Annette has suffered from cervical cancer and her husband Troy was diagnosed with non-Hodkin’s lymphoma in 2008.
“My heart and thoughts are on my daughter and having her get better,” said Mrs Turner.

Bulletproof blankets rolled our for schoolkids in America

BULLETPROOF blankets made specially for schoolchildren are being rolled out in America.
The Bodyguard Blanket, produced by ProTecht, is made from the same materials worn by US soldiers while in battle and is “equal to or exceeds the protection” used by police departments.

Amazing mum finishes university exam while giving birth

Tommitrise Collins completing her university exam whilst in labour

An American woman has become a social media hero after completing her online psychology exam while in labour.

American man ‘stabbed parents over fast food order’

A MAN has allegedly killed his father and stabbed his mother after they ordered fast food but didn’t get any for him.

Los Angeles man exonerated after 16 years in jail over ‘Teardrop rapist’ attacks

HE MAY have looked like a killer to a jury, but it turns out that a man who served 16 years in jail for three sexual assaults was actually innocent.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Texas authorities recover possible remains of missing girl, 25 years after her disappearance

Texas authorities have uncovered the possible remains of a 15-year-old girl who was missing for 25 years, after they family of a suspect in her death came forward with a tip, sheriff’s officials said Wednesday.

Laquan McDonald case: Obama 'disturbed' by dashcam video

Police and protester

President Barack Obama has said he is "deeply disturbed" by a police video that shows a white officer shooting a black teenager 16 times in Chicago.
Officer Jason Van Dyke is charged with the first-degree murder of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald, who was stopped by police after slashing car tyres.

Africa child bride numbers 'may double' by 2050 UN warns

Uganda child brides

The number of child brides in Africa will more than double to 310 million by 2050 unless urgent action is taken, the UN's children's fund Unicef has warned in a new report.

Paris attacks: Away fans banned in French football until mid-December


Away fans have been banned from all football matches in France until mid-December following the Paris attacks.

Tanzania civil servants locked up for lateness

John Magufuli, then the CCM party's presidential candidate in Tanzania - July 2015
Rights activists in Tanzania have condemned the decision of a district commissioner to lock up civil servants for coming to work late.
Paul Makonda ordered police in the Kinondoni area of the main city, Dar es Salaam, to detain 20 workers after they turned up late for a meeting.
Mr Makonda said the officials had failed to explain their actions.

Israel to build new fence; 2 Palestinians die in West Bank

Two Palestinians were shot and killed in separate incidents Thursday in the West Bank as Israel announced plans to build a new fence near the flashpoint city of Hebron in an effort to contain a two-month spate of violence.

Dad demands abortion after surrogate learns she's having triplets

man who paid a surrogate to have his baby became overwhelmed when he learned she was having triplets — and demanded the woman abort one of the fetuses while threatening her with financial ruin, she claims.

T.D. Jakes: 'Stick Together': Thankful for the lessons I learned from my parents

Stick together” my mother whispered as she ebbed between life and eternity, uttering the very last words I would ever hear from the matriarch who’d raised me singularly since my father’s passing decades earlier.

Indiana man gets four-year sentence for stealing brains from museum, selling them

An Indiana man who admitted stealing human brain samples and other tissue from a medical museum and selling them received a four-year jail sentence Wednesday. 

Lead poisons '100,000 birds annually'

Lead poisoned duck (c) WWT

About 100,000 wetland birds are killed every year from poisoning by discarded lead ammunition, say scientists.
This is one of the conclusions of a report published on Thursday by the University of Oxford.
The report also suggests that the consumption of game shot with lead ammunition has a greater impact on human health than previously thought.

Black widow spider web gives up DNA secrets

Black widow spider

Spiders can be identified from the DNA they leave on webs, say US scientists.
Analysis of genetic material stuck to spiders webs also reveals what they have eaten weeks after catching their prey.

The trouble with saying you don't want children

Holly Brockwell

When Holly Brockwell spoke to the BBC about her decision not to have children, she knew she might be criticised on social media. But the attacks went far beyond what she had expected - accusations of selfishness soon turned into vitriolic abuse that made her deactivate her Twitter account.

Russia sends clear message to Turkey: Don't try it again

Russians protest the downing of a Russian jet outside the Turkish embassy

"A stab in Russia's back by the accomplices of terrorists."
President Putin's phrase leapt from the front pages of Russian newspapers on Wednesday morning, along with furious commentary on Turkey's downing of a Russian fighter plane.

Kunduz bombing: US attacked MSF clinic 'in error'

An employee of Doctors Without Borders stands inside the charred remains of their hospital after it was hit by a US airstrike in Kunduz

A US aircraft attacked a Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) clinic in the Afghan city of Kunduz because of "human error", a US military inquiry said.
The investigation found the crew of the AC-130 gunship mistook the clinic for a nearby government building that had been seized by Taliban fighters.

Facebook photo murder: Derek Medina convicted in Florida

A Florida man who killed his wife and posted a photo of the body on Facebook has been found guilty of murder.
Derek Medina admitted taking the picture on his phone and uploading it on to the social media site.
He failed to convince the jury that he had shot Jennifer Alfonso eight times in self-defence after years of abuse.

Ukraine closes airspace to all Russian planes

Aeroflot airliner

Ukraine has banned all Russian planes from using its airspace and exports of Russian gas to Ukraine have been halted by state-controlled giant Gazprom.
The decision was announced by Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk at a televised government meeting.

Donald Trump under fire for mocking disabled reporter

Donald Trump mocking New York Times reporter

Republican presidential contender Donald Trump has been criticised for mocking a disabled New York Times reporter.
Mr Trump performed an impression of Serge Kovaleski, who suffers from a congenital joint condition, at a rally,

Pope Francis celebrates rain-soaked Mass in Kenya

Catholic followers attend a mass by Pope Francis at the University campus in Nairobi, Kenya, 26 November 2015

Many thousands of people have been celebrating Mass with Pope Francis at a university campus in Kenya.
Pope Francis made a plea for traditional values, saying "the health of any society depends on the health of its families".

Dikembe Mutombo: Atlanta Hawks retire number 55 shirt

Dikembe Mutombo

Former NBA basketball player Dikembe Mutombo has been honoured by the Atlanta Hawks by retiring his shirt number 55.
Retiring a number is a mark of respect and means no player from that team will wear 55 in the future.

Gambia's Yahya Jammeh bans female genital mutilation

President Jammeh

The Gambia's President Yahya Jammeh has banned female genital mutilation (FGM) saying it is not required in Islam.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Scientists have developed a pioneering ‘smart glass’ material to replace the screens on phones

RUNNING out of battery and charging your smartphone every night could soon be a thing of the past.
Brit scientists have developed a pioneering ‘smart glass’ material to replace the screens on phones, smartwatches and tablets which uses no power.
The discovery is significant as illuminating the display on a device currently drains around 90 per cent of its battery.
Oxford University engineer Dr Peiman Hosseini, 32, told a Sunday newspaper: “You have to charge smartwatches every night.

But if you had a smartwatch or smart glass that didn’t need much power, you could recharge it just once a week.”
With the growing popularity of smartwatches, gadget firms are desperate to solve the age-old problem of limited battery life.

Condom Challenge: Social media finds another use for condoms

Dangerous? ... Some people have warned that the Condom Challenge could be fatal. Picture: Supplied
Dangerous? ... Some people have warned that the Condom Challenge could be fatal. Picture: SuppliedSource:Supplied
Viral hit ... The Condom Challenge has taken off online. Picture: YouTube
Viral hit ... The Condom Challenge has taken off online. Picture: YouTubeSource:Supplied
FORGET the ice bucket challenge. People are taking to social media to take part in the ‘condom challenge’ ... and the results are pretty funny.

Bushfires burn out of control in South Australia

TWO people have died in the horror bushfire that engulfed parts of South Australia.
Premier Jay Weatherill confirmed the deaths this evening.

Victorian government releases new guidelines for teaching religion

VICTORIAN students can make Christmas decorations and sing carols in class but hymns are forbidden.
This is one of the new rules put in place by the Victorian government to tackle how religion is taught in schools.

Mother charged after toddler J’zyra Thompson burns to death in oven

A COUPLE has been charged over the death of a 19-month-old girl who was burned alive in an oven.
Toddler J’zyra Thompson was shut in the cooker by her two three-year-old siblings when they were left home alone in her mum Racqual Thompson’s apartment in Houston, Texas.

What to do after a car accident

Whatever your reactions after a car accident (cursing might be the first), it’s vital to keep a clear head. These 10 steps could reduce the risk of further damage or injury, prevent hassles, and save you money later on.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Chelsea move joint top of Group G in the Champions League after a comfortable win at Maccabi Tel Aviv.


League after a comfortable win at Maccabi Tel Aviv.
Gary Cahill poked home the opener after his initial header was saved, before ex-Chelsea player Tal Ben Haim was sent off for a wild lunge on Diego Costa.

Barcelona celebrated Champions League Group E qualification with victory over Roma.

Luis Suarez scores with a volley

Suarez tapped home the opener and then Messi finished off a sublime move, before Suarez volleyed in his second.
Gerard Pique made it 4-0 from close range and Messi poked in another.

"mungo park" by Coredo Bello