Chinese government ‘hacks into White House office in charge of the nuclear launch codes’ (Oct 2012 Re-Post)

 Editors note: (Ralph Turchiano) Requested Re-Post from 2012

  • White House  confirmed the hack but downplayed it, saying no damage was done and it was  unsuccessful
  • Military  Office targeted which controls the President’s travel, interoffice  communications, and nuclear codes

By Meghan Keneally

PUBLISHED:08:16 EST, 1  October 2012| UPDATED:11:54 EST, 1 October 2012

The White House revealed today that cyber  attackers linked to the Chinese government attempted to hack into a computer  system in the White House Military Office.

While the official statement down played the  attack, saying that it was aiming for an unclassified ‘isolated’ network, one  report claimed that the hackers targeted the White House Military Office which  safeguards sensitive data like the nuclear launch codes.

‘This was a spear phishing attack against an  unclassified network. These types of attacks are not infrequent and we have  mitigation measures in place,’ a White House official told MailOnline.

Spear phishing is a common form of hacking  where a cyber attacker will send an email to it’s target and hope that the  recipient clicks on the links of downloads the attachments enclosed in the email  in order to allow their malicious software to infiltrate the recipient’s  computer and data.

White House officials confirmed that a hackers did try  to ‘phish’ into the Military Office server but said there was no damage done

‘In this instance the attack was  identified,  the system was isolated, and there is no indication  whatsoever that any  exfiltration of data took place. Moreover, there was never any impact or  attempted breach of any classified system,’ the  White House official  continued.

A conservative newspaper that has been  regularly critical of the Obama administration, called The Washington Free Beacon,  first published the report on Sunday and said that the attackers were linked to  the Chinese government.

They wrote that the attack, which allegedly  occurred earlier in September, was yet another example of the ‘failure of the  Obama administration to press China on its persistent cyber attacks’.

In response to the article, an unnamed White  House official contacted Politico to clarify the story, saying that  while the ‘attempted’ hack did take place, it did not cause any damage because  the targeted system did not contain any sensitive data.

The breach occurred using a ‘spear phishing’  tactic, in which a hacker sends uses common phrases or inviting subject lines to  draw the recipient in and attract their attention in hope of gaining access ot  their computer.

Sensitive: The Military Office, which was targeted in the attack, is in charge of securing the 'nuclear football' which is the black briefcase (pictured) that contains the nuclear launch codesSensitive: The Military Office, which was targeted in  the attack, is in charge of securing the ‘nuclear football’ which is the black  briefcase (pictured) that contains the nuclear launch codes

Once those steps are taken- and it is unclear  whether they were in this case- the links or attachments enable the hacker to  download their malicious software, also known as malware.

HOW CHINESE CYBER-HACKERS ARE  TARGETING AMERICA

While the attacks on government officials  provides the greatest risk in the political realm, private American businesses  have also been the target of Chinese hackers.

In November 2011, the National  Counterintelligence Executive  released a report detailing the extent of damage done by Chinese and Russian  hackers on various companies.

One example was that of a paint company  called Valspar Corportation, which had a number of its proprietary paint  formulas stolen. The move cost the company $20million.

Foxconn, a Taiwanese electronics manufacturer  that produces products sold in America including iPhones, was hacked in February  by a group called Swagg Security which then obtained and released the email and  credit card data for banking information for American companies including Apple  and Microsoft.

The state-run Medicaid system in Utah was  hacked last month, prompting calls for tightened security around any government  health databases that would be implemented in accordance with the Affordable  Care Act. Administrators claimed that no personal medical data was removed from  the site but it was not operational for ten days.

Though the political slant of the Free  Beacon reporting is clear, it is also true that this is not the first  time  that Chinese hackers have gotten unnervingly close to White House  communications.

The New York  Times reported that in June 2011,  Google and FBI officials confirmed that a  wide-ranging phishing attack had  taken place after the hackers had  directed malware towards the personal Gmail  accounts of an unknown  number of White House staffers.

The FBI never released the names, or even t  he number of staffers who were thought to be targeted in the attack.

In the latest hacking, however, the target  was much more clear and focused solely on the White House Military Office.

The Military Office is in charge of arranging  the President’s travel, coordinating inter-office conference calls between top  government officials, and most notably the security of the so-called ‘nuclear  football’, the nickname for the suitcase that contains and controls all of the  nuclear launch codes.

The Free Beacon, which Politico points out  published a story about a Russian submarine trolling in North American waters  which was flatly denied by numerous government agencies, says a breach in this  office would be devastating to the country’s security.  ‘This is the most  sensitive office in the U.S. government,’ an unidentified former U.S.  intelligence official told the paper.

‘A compromise there would cause grave  strategic damage to the United States.’

The threat of a damaging cyber attack has  raised the alarm in the highest levels of government, as President Obama penned  an op-ed in the Wall Street  Journal last year pushing for more  dedication to digital security.

‘So far, no one has managed to seriously  damage or disrupt our critical infrastructure networks. But foreign governments,  criminal syndicates and lone individuals are probing our financial, energy and  public safety systems every day,’ he wrote

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‘In many cases Americans can do better on benefits than in an entry level job’: Data shows more than a THIRD of the U.S. is on welfare handouts

 

Around 110 million Americans are now on government welfare benefits
This equates to more than one third of the country relying on handouts
At least 51 million are using food stamps and 83 million are on Medicaid
Analysts are calling for the minimum wage to be increased to $10.10 an hour

By Jenny Awford for MailOnline

Published: 11:24 EST, 29 August 2014 | Updated: 14:54 EST, 29 August 2014

Around 110 million Americans are now receiving government assistance, one third of the country

A third of Americans are now on welfare benefits, prompting calls to raise the minimum wage and encourage more people to stay in work.

New census data has revealed that around 110 million Americans are receiving government assistance of some kind.

The number includes people receiving ‘means-tested’ federal benefits and subsidies based on income.

Federal welfare was administered through the n...

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‘Alien’ life form is grown in a lab: Scientists add unnatural DNA strands to the genetic code of bacteria to create a new strain

 

  • Researchers at the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California, introduced DNA molecules not found in nature to a common bacterium
  • The E. coli bugs are able to grow and reproduce as normal despite containing two extra letters in their genetic code
  • Research involved overcoming a billion years of evolution to get the expanded genetic alphabet into living bacteria
  • In the future the research could lead to creation of microbes capable of manufacturing entirely new proteins that could be used in medicine
  • Some people are worried that the rapid advance of ‘synthetic biology’ could lead to the worrying prospect of new life-forms escaping from labs

 

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Could studying the universe DESTROY it? Changing our perception of the cosmos could end it if quantum theories are correct

  • This is based on strange way quantum states are affected when observed
  • In Schrödinger’s cat experiment, a cat in a box, whose fate is decided by subatomic particles, is both alive and dead until someone looks at it
  • According to two U.S. scientists, the same thing could happen to the universe, causing an irreversible shift in the universe’s energy
  • Some scientists think universe is overdue for a quantum energy change
  • If shift occurs, it won’t exceed the speed of light, so we’ll see it coming

By Ellie Zolfagharifard

UPDATED:          08:59 EST, 5 February 2014

Knowledge is power – or at least that’s what we’ve been led to believe.

But knowing too much could accidentally trigger a countdown to Armageddon, according to a two U.S. physicists.

The scientific theory suggests we may have nudged the universe closer to its death just by looking at it.

U.S. researchers argue that continuous observation of the universe might put it into a state that will destroy us

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Missed call from someone you don’t know? Phishing scam sees cell phone users charged if they call back numbers they don’t recognise

  • Conmen ring and hang up hoping a victim will call back
  • Victim is charged sky-high international rate to be connected
  • Calls tend to originate from the Caribbean, according to experts
  • Scam is on the rise, according to experts

By Tom Gardner

PUBLISHED:          09:07 EST, 3 February 2014       | UPDATED:          11:14 EST, 3 February 2014

 

Scam: A phishing scam in which conmen leave a missed call and charge high rates when a victim calls back is on the rise (Stock picture)

Scam: A phishing scam in which conmen leave a missed call and charge high rates when a victim calls back is on the rise (Stock picture) Continue reading “Missed call from someone you don’t know? Phishing scam sees cell phone users charged if they call back numbers they don’t recognise”

ATM security alert as Microsoft prepares to kill off Windows XP

  • Microsoft to cease support for Windows XP on April 8th
  • Experts believe only 95% of ATMs run the software
  • Could leave machines vulnerable to hackers

By Mark Prigg

PUBLISHED:          19:42 EST, 17 January 2014

Cashpoints around the world could be left vulnerable to hacker attacks.

It is believed millions are still running Microsoft’s Windows XP, first introduced 13 years ago.

However, on April 8th, Microsoft will stop issuing securoty updates, in a bid to get people to upgrade.

Bill Gates at the Microsoft XP launch in New York October 25, 2001: The firm will finally stop supporting the software on April 8th.

Bill Gates at the Microsoft XP launch in New York October 25, 2001: The firm will finally stop supporting the software on April 8th.

 

THE CASHPOINT OF THE FUTURE

Cumbersome and slow cash machines with clunky buttons and tiny hard-to-see screens could soon be a thing of the past thanks to a range of next-generation ATMs. Continue reading “ATM security alert as Microsoft prepares to kill off Windows XP”

The tiny drone that lets anyone be a SPY: Pocket-sized aircraft lets people film from the air – and it can even automatically follow someone for you

  • $450 tricopter will fold up to become handbag sized
  • Has a high definition camera that can send back live pictures
  • Controlled via a phone or tablet app – and can even be programmed to follow someone

By Mark Prigg

UPDATED:          15:32 EST, 16 January 2014

It is small enough to fit into a handbag, yet can give anyone the ability to spy from the air.

The Pocket Drone this week smashed its funding target on Kickstarter.

It can be controlled from a mobile phone, and beam back live pictures to the mobile phone it’s being flown from.

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The tiny drone unfolded and ready for flight. It is controlled via a smartphone app, and can even be set to follow someone

The tiny drone unfolded and ready for flight. It is controlled via a smartphone app, and can even be set to follow someone

HOW TO FLY IT

The Pocket Drone is piloted with a standard radio control unit, on a tablet with virtual sticks or by pre-defined GPS waypoints. Continue reading “The tiny drone that lets anyone be a SPY: Pocket-sized aircraft lets people film from the air – and it can even automatically follow someone for you”

Goldman Sachs made more money from its investment banking division in 2013 than any point in its 145-year history (except 2007 when the credit crunch hit)

EEV : To my Greek friends: It is time to bring forward legal action against Goldman Sachs for the debt manipulation that magnified your financial hardship.

  • The boost fuelled an average gold-plated payout of £234,000 per worker
  • The bank plans to pay staff even more in light of European bonus laws
  • New rules state bankers can receive bonuses equal to their salary

By Becky Barrow

PUBLISHED:          14:32 EST, 16 January 2014       | UPDATED:          15:13 EST, 16 January 2014

Goldman Sachs made more money from its investment banking division last year than any point in its 145-year history, except 2007 when the financial crisis struck.

The $6billion (£3.6billion) bonanza helped to fuel an average gold-plated payout for its workers of £234,000 each. The average full-time salary in the UK is £27,000.

To add to their good fortune, it emerged Goldman Sachs, yesterday dubbed ‘Sacks of Gold’, plans to pay its workers even more to get round controversial new European bonus laws.

Goldman Sachs (Chief Executive Lloyd Blankfein pictured) made more money in its investment banking division in 2013 than in any other year in its history

Goldman Sachs (Chief Executive Lloyd Blankfein pictured) made more money in its investment banking division in 2013 than in any other year in its history Continue reading “Goldman Sachs made more money from its investment banking division in 2013 than any point in its 145-year history (except 2007 when the credit crunch hit)”

More Americans than ever before are not working with 92 MILLION people out of the workforce

  • The share of Americans in the workforce has sunk to its lowest point in 35 years
  • Experts say it’s a sign of both an aging population and of unemployed people who have given up on their dispiriting job hunts.
  • Congress is debating whether to renew for a sixth year an emergency program that paid benefits averaging $256 a week

By Ap

UPDATED:          02:41 EST, 11 January 2014

 

The share of Americans in the workforce has sunk to its lowest point in 35 years. It’s a sign of both an aging population and of unemployed people who have given up on their dispiriting job hunts.

The drop could accelerate in the months ahead because Americans who have been out of work for more than six months have lost their unemployment benefits. Congress is debating whether to renew for a sixth year an emergency program that paid benefits averaging $256 a week. Continue reading “More Americans than ever before are not working with 92 MILLION people out of the workforce”

Austria to conduct search for secret Nazi nuclear weapon laboratory hidden underneath concentration camp complex

  • Readings at site of Gusen camp near St  Georgen show elevated levels of uranium – indications of  subterranean implosions seven decades ago
  • 15 miles of tunnels lie under Gusen, a sub-camp of Mauthausen  where tens of thousands of people were murdered 
  • Hunt to find evidence  of atomic research after documentary by Andreas Sulzer unnerved  locals 

By Allan Hall

PUBLISHED:          08:09 EST, 27 December 2013       | UPDATED:          08:14 EST, 27 December 2013

 

Austrian authorities have ordered a search of secret tunnels beneath a former concentration camp complex where Nazi scientists are believed to have conducted nuclear research in a bid to build an atomic bomb.

The probe was triggered by a TV documentary which accessed wartime archives containing blueprints and eyewitness accounts of frantic attempts to beat the Americans in the race for the weapon to win the war.

And recently, readings were taken of the area at St Georgen showing elevated levels of uranium  – indications of subterranean implosions seven decades ago.

Readings taken at the site of the Gusen concentration camp near St Georgen, Austria show elevated levels of uranium  - indications of subterranean implosions seven decades ago. There are 15 miles of tunnels under Gusen, a sub-camp of Mauthausen (above) where tens of thousands of people were murdered

Pregnant nurse, 29, is FIRED after she refuses to have flu shot to protect her unborn child

  • Dreonna Breton from Pennsylvania, became alarmed after the packaging for a number of major brands of the flu vaccine warned it ‘should be given to a pregnant woman only if clearly needed
  • She showed no symptoms of having the flu and has suffered two miscarriages in four pregnancies so rejected the vaccine
  • But because the shot is compulsory for all staff at her workplace, Horizon Healthcare Services, was told to leave
  • It’s common for hospitals to enforce mandatory flu shots in an effort to prevent  staff spreading the bug to patients but they often allow exemptions for religious or medical reasons

By Helen Pow

PUBLISHED:    19:20 EST, 22 December 2013

 

A pregnant nurse in Pennsylvania has been fired after she refused a mandatory flu shot to protect her unborn baby.

Dreonna Breton, 29, learned she was pregnant with her second child in October, a month before all staff at her Lancaster employer, Horizon Healthcare Services, were required to have had a compulsory flu shot.

But she became alarmed after the packaging for a number of major brands of the vaccine warned it ‘should be given to a pregnant woman only if clearly needed,’ and other notifications highlighted that it’s unclear whether the shot can harm an unborn child.

She showed no symptoms of having the flu and having suffered two miscarriages since her son, Westen, was born 18 months ago, she didn’t want to take the chance so rejected the vaccine. But she was subsequently told to leave.

Fired: Dreonna Breton, pictured with her son Westen, was fired after she refused a mandatory flu shot to protect her unborn baby 

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Colorado sheriffs refusing to enforce state’s new strict gun law branding it ‘unconstitutional’

By  James Nye

PUBLISHED: 02:18 EST, 16 December 2013 |  UPDATED: 06:32 EST, 16 December 2013

All but seven of Colorado’s 62-elected sheriff’s are refusing to enforce a law they have sworn to uphold by failing to enact universal background checks and a ban on ammunition magazines that hold more than 15 rounds.

Despite failing last month in their bid to sue the state over the new firearm restrictions as unconstitutional, Sheriff’s such as John Cooke of Weld County have taken the unprecedented step to ignore the laws – calling them too vague and a violation of Second Amendment rights.

Despite their introduction in the wake of mass shootings in Newtown, and Colorado’s own massacres at Aurora and Columbine in 1999, Cooke and 55 other sheriff’s have designated the new laws ‘very low priority’.

Not enforcing: Weld County Sheriff John Cooke holds up two identical rifle magazines, one obtained legally and one obtained illegally, while making a speech to supporters of the recall election to oust Senate President John Morse in Denver 

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From Rich Kids of Instagram to kings of cable TV? Six wealthy social media stars turn lives of leisure into television career

By  Snejana Farberov

PUBLISHED: 11:48 EST, 14 December 2013 |  UPDATED: 12:43 EST, 14 December 2013

All those who have enjoyed hate-browsing the popular Tumblr account ‘The Rich Kids of Instagram’ will soon be able to hate-watch it on E!

The network has signed up five uber-wealthy and attractive 20-somethings who gained notoriety after shamelessly flaunting their luxury cars, designer duds and extravagant meals online.

The new reality show, which premieres next month, will star Dorothy Wang, Morgan Stewart, Brendan Fitzpatrick, Roxy Sowlaty and Jonny Drubel, with frequent appearances by Magic Johnson’s son, E.J.

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Going mainstream: E! network has created a new reality series starring five uber-wealthy and attractive 20-somethings who have been posting photos of their extravagant lifestyles on the Tumbler account Rich Kids of Instagram 

Going mainstream: E! network has created a new reality series starring five uber-wealthy and attractive 20-somethings who have been posting photos of their extravagant lifestyles on the Tumbler account Rich Kids of Instagram. Continue reading “From Rich Kids of Instagram to kings of cable TV? Six wealthy social media stars turn lives of leisure into television career”

Dozens of G20 diplomats had computers hacked after clicking on an attachment labelled ‘To see naked pictures of Carla Bruni click here’

  • Security breach was first discovered at the G20 summit in Paris in 2011
  • Message sent to those attending including finance ministers
  • The former supermodel became President Nicolas Sarkozy’s third wife
  • She was well known for taking her clothes off in her early career

By  Peter Allen

PUBLISHED: 11:56 EST, 11 December 2013 |  UPDATED: 19:13 EST, 11 December 2013

Nude pictures of former French first lady Carla Bruni were used to break in to the computer systems of dozens of diplomats, it emerged today.

The shocking security breach was first discovered at the G20 summit in Paris in February 2011 and may be ongoing.

‘To see naked pictures of Carla Bruni click here’ said a message sent to those attending, who included finance ministers and central bank representatives.

Model Carla Bruni walks the catwalk at a Christian Lacroix High fashion show (circa 1995) in Paris, France.

Hacked: Nude pictures of former French first lady Carla Bruni were used to break in to the computer systems of dozens of diplomats, it emerged today.

Ms Bruni, a former supermodel who became President Nicolas Sarkozy’s third wife in 2008, was well  known for taking her clothes off in her early career.

This prompted many to open an attachment which turned out to be a ‘Trojan Horse’ with an embedded virus, although all recipients could see were the X-rated photographs.

Once accessed, it infected the computers of senior officials as well as forwarding the offensive email on to others. Continue reading “Dozens of G20 diplomats had computers hacked after clicking on an attachment labelled ‘To see naked pictures of Carla Bruni click here’”

Sign language translator at Nelson Mandela’s memorial was a FAKE: South Africa’s deaf federation confirms his movements had ‘no meaning’

  • Standing on stage during televised event at the FNB stadium
  • Some members of the deaf community took to Twitter to express outrage

By  Jill Reilly

PUBLISHED: 06:12 EST, 11 December 2013 |  UPDATED: 09:08 EST, 11 December 2013

An interpreter who was seen by millions of television viewers worldwide translating Nelson Mandela’s memorial service into sign language was a ‘fake’, according to South Africa’s deaf federation.

The unidentified man, who was broadcast standing alongside world leaders including US President Barack Obama, was making up his own signs, according to the Deaf Federation of South Africa.

With the eyes of the world watching the FNB stadium in Johannesburg, the interpreter was ‘moving his hands around but there  was no meaning in what he used his hands for,’ claimed Bruno Druchen, the  federation’s national director.

The embarrassing claim comes after yesterday’s ceremony which saw crowds in the third empty stadium boo the country’s president Jacob Zuma.

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Accusations:  

Accusations: The sign language interpreter at Nelson Mandela’s memorial has been accused of being ‘a fake’ because he was not signing properly Continue reading “Sign language translator at Nelson Mandela’s memorial was a FAKE: South Africa’s deaf federation confirms his movements had ‘no meaning’”

Disabled man banned from Walmart for life for trying to price match

  • Joe Cantrell used to shop twice a day at his favorite Arizona Walmart
  • He scoured circulars for lower prices that he thought Walmart would match
  • He instead was cuffed and served a notice banning him from all Walmart, as well as criminal charges

By  Ryan Gorman

PUBLISHED: 15:58 EST, 10 December 2013 |  UPDATED: 17:57 EST, 10 December 2013

A disabled Walmart customer has been banned for life for trying to get the retail giant to honor its price-matching policy.

Joe Cantrell, 49, of Queen Creek, Arizona, shops at Walmart because he is disabled and unable to earn a living. When he tried to save a few more bucks by matching prices, he was banned for life.

Mr Cantrell was banned during a recent stop at the Sun Tan Valley Walmart while trying to buy ornaments for his family’s Christmas tree, he told ABC 15.

Loyal shopper: Joe Cantrell used to shop twice a day at Walmart 

Loyal shopper: Joe Cantrell used to shop twice a day at Walmart

 

‘I was handcuffed, humiliated and embarrassed in front of everybody at Walmart,’ the loyal shopper recalled.

The former professional wrestler told the station he used to visit Walmart twice a day.

‘I just love Walmart and that’s why I go,’ he added, before pausing to gather himself and apologizing. ‘Sorry I get a little emotional about this, because I’m disabled.’

Mr Cantrell sustained a number of serious injuries in the ring that prohibit him from being able to make any significant income, ad matching was just another way to stretch his precious pennies even further.

Banned: This is the notice Mr Cantrell received telling him he is banned from all Walmart stores worldwide 

Banned: This is the notice Mr Cantrell received telling him he is banned from all Walmart stores worldwide

 

Charged: The price matching guru now faces criminal charges for trying to save a few dollars 

Charged: The price matching guru now faces criminal charges for trying to save a few dollars

 

Walmart employees told him price matching wasn’t allowed in the store, soon the police arrived.

‘When I left, he turned around and called the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office and said he felt intimidated and threatened,’ he explained.

‘I was upset, but never once did I say anything to the gentleman.’

A return visit three days later resulted in the penny pincher being handed a court summons and a notice from Walmart headquarters banning him from any location worldwide – all while he was in handcuffs.
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‘Smashed teeth £900. Broken limbs £1,800’: Russian rent-a-killer website still running despite official claims it had been banned

EEV: As of this posting it is up… Current screen shot – Translated through Bing

“We offer several options for contract killings:

Death from natural causes or an accident. The best way to take the life of this man, as a registered death everything will be planned in such a way that after the order, there will be no suspicion. (For example: Man accidentally hits a car, he suddenly falls into the sewers and valid wrestles, drowns in the River, heart attack, drug overdose, and so on.) Not on you, not on us not fall any suspicions.”

 

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  • Russian Interior Minister claimed site was blocked but it is still accessible
  • Website offers services such as physical elimination or ‘a talk in the forest’
  • Clients guaranteed ‘no problems’ with police who ‘have links’ with company

By  Will Stewart In Moscow

PUBLISHED: 13:45 EST, 8 December 2013 |  UPDATED: 13:49 EST, 8 December 2013

A ‘rent-a-killer’ website was still operating in Russia today after officials claimed it had been banned.

The sinister site offers ‘assassination services’ and breaking the bones of targets in a catalogue of services said to be suitable for wives seeking revenge on cheating husbands.

One option is throwing targets in a car boot and driving them to a remote location where they are threatened and attacked.

Shocking: Zakazat-killera.com offers services such as 'physical elimination' on their site which was live tonightShocking: Zakazat-killera.com offers services such as ‘physical elimination’ on their site which was live tonight

The Russian Interior Ministry told a senior lawmaker that the site had been blocked, but tonight it was still accessible both in Russia and abroad.

‘The website contained commercial offers of illegal services – physical elimination or transportation to a forest for a talk,’ complained Ruslan Gattarov, a Russian senator, who called for its blacklisting.

‘There is a detailed description of every service, such as the restraint of a target with ropes, handcuffs or sticky tape, the transportation of the target to a remote place and his beating with clubs, legs or fists.’

The attacks are carried out by mafia gangsters, or ex-soldiers or sportsmen, it is claimed.

‘Ideal for angry wives’: The header touts the company’s services as a good service for jealous wives

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How long before YOU are eating frankenfish: It grows at terrifying speed and could wipe out other species. The GM super salmon muscling its way onto your plate

  • GM salmon  which grow twice as fast as wild fish have been developed
  • Eggs given  go-ahead in Canada while meat to be approved for sale in US
  • If they  escape from farms they could breed and wipe out wild fish
  • Imported  canned products could be in the UK within years

By  David Derbyshire

PUBLISHED: 18:15 EST, 2  December 2013 |  UPDATED: 18:15 EST, 2 December 2013

As they splash around in their tanks, they  look like any other healthy Atlantic salmon. Their eyes are bright, their skin  is gloriously silvery and their fully grown bodies exude power.

It’s only when you look closely at their  hatching dates that the alarm bells start to ring. A normal Atlantic salmon  takes 30 months to grow to maturity . . . this variety took just  16.

The majestic specimens are ‘frankenfish’ —  genetically modified salmon created in a secretive research base in the Panama  rainforest.

'Frankenfish' are genetically modified salmon created by company AquaBounty which grow at twice the rate of wild Atlantic Salmon, and are constantly hungry‘Frankenfish’ are genetically modified salmon created by  company AquaBounty which grow at twice the rate of wild Atlantic Salmon, and are  constantly hungry (file picture)

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Scrooged: Wisconsin governor asked parents to make campaign contributions INSTEAD of buying their children gifts on Black Friday

  • Scott Walker campaign fundraising email  said his re-election would be a better gift to children than toys or election  gadgets
  • President Obama’s 2012 campaign pioneered  the idea of a political donation ‘gift registry’ for birthdays, weddings and  anniversaries
  • Conservatives spoofed the Obama effort at  the time with fictitious registries based on funeral cremations and baby  naming
  • Walker is thought of as a likely GOP  presidential candidate in 2016
  • His opponent has her own ethical cloud  related to labor practices when she was a mountain bike company  executive

By  David Martosko, U.s. Political Editor

PUBLISHED: 21:54 EST, 2  December 2013 |  UPDATED: 22:04 EST, 2 December 2013

Republican Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s  re-election campaign risked a Scrooge image last week with a Black Friday  campaign asking parents to make campaign contributions instead of buying their  children Christmas presents.

‘Instead of electronics or toys that will undoubtedly be outdated, broken, or lost by the next Holiday Season,’ a Walker  re-election campaign email instructed, ‘help give your children the gift of a  Wisconsin that we can all be proud of.’

It was ‘a Black Friday special that is better  than any deal  found in stores,’ the campaign claimed: ‘Donate $5, $10 or $25 to  help Governor Walker get  reelected and save your children from a future of  double-digit tax  increases and billion dollar budget deficits.’

Walker is riding a wave of popularity in his  home state that has political wags speculating about a presidential run in  2016.

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker's re-election campaign asked moms and dads to raid their children's Christmas gift funds for political contributionsWisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s re-election campaign  asked moms and dads to raid their children’s Christmas gift funds for political  contributions

Continue reading “Scrooged: Wisconsin governor asked parents to make campaign contributions INSTEAD of buying their children gifts on Black Friday”

Revealed: ‘Non-partisan’ charity received $1.1M grant to ‘produce’ Obamacare success stories amid litany of setbacks and glitches

By  Snejana Farberov

PUBLISHED: 10:54 EST, 28  November 2013 |  UPDATED: 11:03 EST, 28 November 2013

A self-described non-partisan organization  promoting affordable health care has received a $1.1million grant to create a  database of Obamacare success stories, it was revealed today.

The Washington, DC-based non-profit group  Families USA was awarded the grant October 4 by The Robert Wood Johnson  Foundation.

On the foundation’s website it states that  the money was made available to Families USA ‘to publicize the available  insurance options under the Affordable Care Act.’

Money trail: The self-described non-partisan not-for-profit group Families USA was awarded a $1.1million grant October 4 by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to collect Obamacare success stories  

Money trail: The self-described non-partisan  not-for-profit group Families USA was awarded a $1.1million grant October 4 by  The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to collect Obamacare success stories

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Iran says Obama administration LIED about details of nuke deal, claiming uranium enrichment will actually INCREASE

  • The White House published its ‘fact  sheet’ on the nuclear agreement a day before the text of the pact was officially  released
  • The Obama administration claimed the  agreement ‘halts the progress of Iran’s nuclear program’
  • Iran insists that it hasn’t given up its  right to enrich uranium
  • The Islamic republic’s chief nuclear  scientist now says enrichment will actually increase
  • Obama claimed Saturday that Iran ‘will  halt work at its plutonium reactor’
  • But Iran now says work at that facility  ‘will continue’
  • ‘Nothing is agreed until everything is  agreed,’ says a National Security Council spokeswoman

By  David Martosko, U.s. Political Editor

PUBLISHED: 08:14 EST, 27  November 2013 |  UPDATED: 10:15 EST, 27 November 2013

When President Obama announced the landmark deal with Iran, he included some points that the Islamic republic says it never agreed to
When President Obama announced the landmark deal with  Iran, he included some points that the Islamic republic says it never agreed  to

Iranian officials claimed on Tuesday that the  Obama administration concocted a fact sheet on a landmark nuclear agreement that  doesn’t match what they endorsed over the weekend.

Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham  said the version of the pact released by the White House ‘is a one-sided  interpretation of the agreed text in Geneva and some of the explanations and  words in the sheet contradict the text of the Joint Plan of Action.’

At issue are several differences between the  White House’s summary of the accord and the plain text of  the agreement between Iran, the U.S. and five other industrialized nations –  specifically the administration’s claim that Iran has agreed to stop enriching  uranium for the next six months.

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Top secret document reveals NSA spies on porn habits of suspected terrorists in bid to discredit them

  • Document  was revealed by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden
  • It shows  agency spied on suspected radicalizers to  harm their reputations
  • Civil liberties  campaigners have voiced concerns about the revelations
  • One says:  ‘NSA surveillance activities are  anything but narrowly focused’

By  Daily Mail Reporter

PUBLISHED: 04:50 EST, 27  November 2013 |  UPDATED: 05:58 EST, 27 November 2013

National Security Agency spies have been  tracking the online sexual activity of suspected terrorists in a bid to expose  them as hypocrites, it emerged today.

A top secret document revealed by NSA  whistleblower Edward Snowden shows the agency monitored suspected  radicalizers in a bid to harm their  reputations.

Six  targets, all Muslims, are identified as  ‘exemplars’ of how electronic  surveillance can be used to find ‘personal vulnerabilities’ to discredit  them.

The document revealed by Edward Snowdon says evidence of 'viewing sexually explicit material online' could call into question a radicaliser's devotion to the jihadist cause 

The document revealed by Edward Snowdon says evidence of  ‘viewing sexually explicit material online’ could call into question a  radicaliser’s devotion to the jihadist cause

 

The document says none of the six individuals targeted by the NSA is accused of being involved in terror plots and all are believed to currently reside outside the U.S. 

The document says none of the six individuals targeted  by the NSA is accused of being involved in terror plots and all are believed to  currently reside outside the U.S.

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Illegal immigrant held in Arizona ‘choked and stomped his cellmate to death so he could stay in custody because he likes it in prison’

By  Snejana Farberov

PUBLISHED: 13:41 EST, 26  November 2013 |  UPDATED: 17:47 EST, 26 November 2013

Arizona authorities say a prison inmate who  was in the U.S. illegally killed his cellmate because he wanted to remain behind  bars.

The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office has  recommended that prosecutors charge 43-year-old Roberto Venegas-Fernandez with  first-degree murder in the November 16 killing of 55-year-old Michael Patrick  McNaughton

Both men were prisoners of the U.S. Marshals  Service, which has said they were from the San Diego area and housed at a  Corrections Corp. of America prison in Florence pending their transfer to the  Bureau of Prisons.

 Roberto Venegas-Fernandez, 43. Arizona authorities say the killing of a prison inmate resulted from Venegas-Fernandez's desire to remain in custody Roberto Venegas-Fernandez, 43. Arizona authorities say the killing of a prison inmate resulted from Venegas-Fernandez's desire to remain in custody

Devious plan: Roberto Venegas-Fernandez (left), an  undocumented immigrant from Mexico convicted of a sex crime in the U.S., told  detectives he killed Michael McNaughton (right) to avoid release and deportation

Sheriff Paul Babeu said Venegas-Fernandez  told investigators that he choked and stomped McNaughton because he likes it in  prison and was afraid of being released since he has nowhere to  go.

McNaughton’s death was initially believed to  have resulted from a jailhouse fight, but Venegas-Fernandez later told  investigators that he choked his cellmate while he was sitting on his  bunk.

The 43-year-old Mexican national, who is an  undocumented immigrant, then stomped on McNaughton’s head and bit him in the  groin, telling officials he did all that so he could remain in prison, CBS5AZ.com reported.

‘Fairy godmother’ to military brides allegedly stole more than $5million from a nonprofit by directing funds to fake companies

By  Daily Mail Reporter

PUBLISHED: 11:46 EST, 25  November 2013 |  UPDATED: 11:48 EST, 25 November 2013

A woman who donated wedding dresses to  military brides has stolen $5.1million from a medical non-profit company.

Ephonia Green worked at the Association of  American Medical Colleges while also owning her own bridal dress salon outside  of Washington, D.C.

By registering fake companies and then  sending invoices for millions of dollars from the non-profit to those companies,  Green was able to pocket $5.1million since 2005.

Not so charitable: Ephonia Green, who runs this Maryland bridal store stole $5.1million over the course of several years while at the same time arranging to giveaway wedding gowns to military bridesNot so charitable: Ephonia Green, who runs this Maryland  bridal store stole $5.1million over the course of several years while at the  same time arranging to giveaway wedding gowns to military brides

 

The Washington Post reports that the details  of her embezzlement scheme have been revealed since she is expected to go into a  district court today for a plea deal hearing.

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The ten unhealthiest fast food options for children: From a 980-calorie Dairy Queen kid’s meal to Sonic’s fat-filled grilled cheese

By  Margot Peppers

 

It’s no secret that most fast food is  unhealthy, but it’s the sheer amount of calories and sodium in many  ‘kid-friendly’ fast food meals that is a real cause for concern.

The unhealthiest kids’ meals at ten leading  fast food restaurants, according to the Daily Meal, is headed by a Dairy Queen  cheeseburger meal with French fries, milk and a soft serve ‘Dilly Bar’, which  all add up to a whopping 980 calories, 1,655 milligrams of sodium and 49 grams  of fat.

The other meals on the list include the  McDonald’s Happy Meal, a very calorific kids’ meal at Jack in the Box and a  sodium-loaded grilled cheese and tater tots from Sonic.

Unhealthiest kids' fast food mealsUnhappy meals: Among the unhealthiest kids’ fast food  meals is Sonic’s 790-calorie grilled cheese meal (pictured), which comes with  tater tots, chocolate milk and almost a day’s worth of sodium

Unhealthiest kids' fast food mealsWinner: Number one on the list is a Dairy Queen  cheeseburger meal with French fries, milk and a ‘Dilly Bar’ (pictured), which  add up to 980 calories, 1,655 milligrams of sodium and 49 grams of fat

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Father sues child shrink after she labels him an unfit parent for not taking his son to McDonald’s

  • New York attorney David Schorr, 43, says  his son Max demanded to go to McDonald’s recently and ‘threw a tantrum’ when he  said no
  • He says he refused because the boy had  been eating ‘too much junk food’
  • The boy later tattled to his mother, Bari  Yunis Schorr, who reported the incident to psychologist Marilyn  Schiller
  • Dr Schiller later told the court the  father was ‘wholly incapable of taking care of his son’ and should be denied his  weekend visitation
  • The couple, who split in 2011, are in the  midst of a custody battle

By  Helen Pow

PUBLISHED: 16:01 EST, 7  November 2013 |  UPDATED: 17:59 EST, 7 November 2013

An outraged father is suing a child  psychologist after she dubbed him an unfit parent because he refused to take his  five-year-old son to McDonald’s.

David Evan Schorr, 43, an attorney from the  Upper East Side, says in a civil lawsuit that he planned to take his son Max to  their ‘usual restaurant’ on a recent custody visit but the child demanded to go  to McDonald’s and ‘threw a tantrum’ when he said no.

The father drew the line at the unhealthy  burger joint because he felt Max had been eating ‘too much junk food,’ the court  papers state, so Schorr gave the boy an ultimatum: dinner at any other  restaurant, or no dinner at all.

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McDonald’s: Schorr drew the line at McDonald’s,  pictured, because he felt his son had been eating ‘too much junk food,’ the  court papers state

 

‘The child, stubborn as a mule, chose the “no  dinner” option,’ the suit states.

Not wanting to reward his bad behavior,  Schorr stood his ground but when he dropped the hungry boy home later that  night, he apparently tattled.

The child’s mother, Bari Yunis Schorr, with  whom Schorr is in the midst of a bitter custody battle, immediately called their  court-appointed psychologist Marilyn Schiller and reported the incident,  according to the suit.

The Schorrs married in a lavish ceremony at  the St. Regis Hotel in Manhattan but just four years later, in 2011, Mrs Schorr  sued her husband for a divorce.

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Lawsuit: Child psychologist Marilyn Schiller, pictured,  is being sued after she allegedly dubbed New York father David Schorr an unfit  parent because he refused to take his five-year-old son to McDonald’s

 

She recently filed motions asking the judge  to punish her ex for flouting court orders and for a judgment on nonpayment of  child support, according to The New York Post.

After Dr Schiller heard about the McDonald’s  incident, she demanded Schorr submit to a forensic examination before a custody  trial with his estranged wife, the suit states.

Dr Schiller allegedly only interviewed the  child and his mother then told the court the father was ‘wholly incapable of  taking care of his son’ and should be denied his weekend visitation.

The furious father says he’s had partial  custody of his son for two and a half years and it’s always ‘run smoothly  without incident.’

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Custody battle: After dropping his son home hungry,  Schorr’s ex-wife, Bari Yunis Schorr, pictured, reported the incident to the  court-appointed shrink, the papers state

 

He says in the suit that he wished ‘mightily  that he had agreed to McDonald’s in the first place’ but believes he needed to  set an example.

Schorr is now demanding the shrink return the  $2,750 he paid for the evaluation he claims was a sham and based entirely on the  McDonald’s incident.

Dr Schiller told the New York Post she could  not comment on the details of the incident, saying only: ‘I am conducting a  forensic evaluation on this matter. I will be issuing a confidential report to  the court and the matter will be tried by the court.’

Bari Schorr’s attorney, Louis I. Newman, said  the litigation did not involve his client and refused to comment.

The custody trial resumes in  December.

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‘I’m really good at killing people’: New book claims President Obama bragged to aides about using drone strikes

  • Claim comes from new book ‘Double Down:  Game Change 2012’ about Obama’s re-election campaign
  • Obama Administration has not commented on  the report
  • Remark was made while discussing drone  strikes with aides
  • President won the Nobel Peace Prize in  2009

By  Michael Zennie

PUBLISHED: 16:51 EST, 3  November 2013 |  UPDATED: 17:20 EST, 3 November 2013

President Barack Obama bragged to his aides  that he’s ‘really good at killing people,’ according to explosive claims in a  new book about the 2012 presidential campaign.

The revelation comes at a time when Obama,  who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009, has faced increasing criticism for his  use of drones to target insurgents and terrorist suspects, particularly in  Pakistan and Yemen.

The London-based Bureau of Investigative  Journalism estimates that Obama has authorized 326 drone strikes. Since 2004,  CIA unmanned aerial vehicles have killed 2,500 to 3,600 people – including up to  950 civilians.

President Obama, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009, had ordered an estimated 325 drone strikes against suspected terrorists and insurgents 

President Obama, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009,  had ordered an estimated 325 drone strikes against suspected terrorists and  insurgents

 

Obama was given the Peace Prize in 2009, less than a year into his presidency, for his aspirations of nuclear disarmament  

Obama was given the Peace Prize in 2009, less than a  year into his presidency, for his aspirations of nuclear disarmament

 

Double Down: Game Change 2012, will be  released on Tuesday, but at least one early review points out the shocking  detail included by authors Mark Halperin and John Heilemann.

A Washington Post report makes passing  reference to the anecdote, saying that while speaking with his aides about the  drone program Obama bragged that he was ‘really good at killing  people.’

The Obama Administration has not responded  specifically to reports of the alleged boast from the President.

However, Obama adviser Dan Pfeiffer told  ABC’s ‘This Week’ today that ‘the president is always frustrated about  leaks.

‘I haven’t talked to him about this book. I  haven’t read it. He hasn’t read it. But he hates leaks.’

Deadly strikes with the MQ-1 Predator drone and other unmanned aerial vehicles have grown considerably under the Obama Administration - and the President has defended the use of the tacticDeadly strikes with the MQ-1 Predator drone and other  unmanned aerial vehicles have grown considerably under the Obama Administration  – and the President has defended the use of the tactic

 

The Obama administration also disputes drone  casualty figures – though it has not released any numbers of its own to counter  the independent studies.

 

 

Obama has defended his use of drones as being  necessary for stopping terrorists in remote places before they can attack  civilians.

‘Let us remember that the terrorists we are  after target civilians, and the death toll from their acts of terrorism against  Muslims dwarfs any estimate of civilian casualties from drone strikes,’ he said  in a speech at the National Defense University in May.

In October 2009, the Norwegian Nobel  Committee – appointed by the Norwegian Parliament – gave Obama the Peace Prize  for his ‘extraordinary efforts’ to strengthen democracy, specifically citing his  goals of nuclear disarmament.

 

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‘Noxious odor’ that hospitalized eight students turned out to be six-grader’s AXE body spray

By  Ashley Collman

PUBLISHED: 08:56 EST, 1  November 2013 |  UPDATED: 08:57 EST, 1 November 2013

Let this be a lesson to young men: Any more  than a spritz of AXE body spray and you’re more likely to actually hospitalize  girls as opposed to attract them.

Medgar Evers College Preparatory School in  Brooklyn, New York was temporarily shut down yesterday after eight students were  hospitalized after being exposed to AXE body spray in a sixth-grade classroom.

In addition to the eight students transported  to the hospital by EMS, two other students were taken to personal doctors by  their parents and one student declined medical attention.

Powerful stuff: Eight sixth-graders at a school in Brooklyn were hospitalized yesterday when a student released AXE body spray in a classroom
Powerful stuff: Eight sixth-graders at a school in  Brooklyn were hospitalized yesterday when a student released AXE body spray in a  classroom

Administrators are investigating the incident  and disciplinary action is pending, according to a statement released by the school.

This isn’t the first time that the male  deodorant has caused problems in schools.

Last March, a Pennsylvania high school banned  the substance after one of their students was hospitalized after being exposed  to AXE.

One student turned out to have a ‘potentially  life threatening’ allergy to the spray and so the administration asked students  to stop wearing it.

In May 2012  a fire alarm was triggered  at a Connecticut high school when an ‘overabundance’ of AXE was sprayed in a  locker room.

Victims: Two other students at Medgar Evers school were taken to the doctor by their parents and another refused medical attention
Victims: Two other students at Medgar Evers school were  taken to the doctor by their parents and another refused medical attention

Apparently misusing the product has become a  real problem. On the company’s website they have a page on ‘responsible use’  which cautions users against huffing the product.

In a video, a guy and girl present a public  service announcement saying it’s cooler to ‘Keep AXE on you, not in  you’.

They also warn against igniting the spray on  fire.

‘Bottom line: AXE smells great when you’re  wearing it, not when you’re lighting it on fire,’ the girl spokesman says.

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Is your favorite skin remedy BAD for you? How petroleum jelly can ‘suffocate pores, aggravate acne and cause pneumonia’

By  Sadie Whitelocks

PUBLISHED: 08:20 EST, 25  October 2013 |  UPDATED: 17:19 EST, 25 October 2013

Petroleum jelly is widely considered a  bathroom cabinet essential for its skin-soothing properties, but one New York  dermatologist warns that it could be doing more bad than good.

Dr. Alan Dattner, founder of  HolisticDermatology.com told the Huffington Post that the ointment – a  by-product of the oil industry – can suffocate pores, aggravate acne and even  cause a rare form of pneumonia if inhaled.

He points out that of all the petroleum  jellies on the market, Vaseline is probably the safest as it is  ‘highly-refined’, whereas cheaper alternatives are more likely to contain  cancer-causing chemicals.

Bathroom cabinet essential: Petroleum jelly is known for its skin-soothing properties, but one New York dermatologist warns that it could be doing more bad than good 

Bathroom cabinet essential: Petroleum jelly is known for  its skin-soothing properties, but one New York dermatologist warns that it could  be doing more bad than good

 

‘Vaseline supposedly has all of these  [components] removed,’ Dr. Dattner says.

‘But there are probably plenty  of petroleum  jelly imitators, and one doesn’t always know the extent  that they’re removed.’

Indeed, a spokesperson for the Vaseline,  which launched in Brooklyn, New York, in 1870, told MailOnline that it only uses  FDA approved-petroleum jelly.

‘The brand prides itself on its rich skin  healing heritage. For over 140 years, Vaseline Petroleum Jelly has helped heal  and protect millions of people and families around the world.’

Its website states that applying Vaseline on  a regular basis will help ‘heal dry skin’ as well as ‘protect minor cuts’ and  ‘reduce the appearance of fine, dry lines.’

Some  products are absorbed into the skin, so it’s nice to use something that you  wouldn’t mind putting into your body’

However, celebrity make-up artist Katey  Denno, whose clients include Christy Turlington and Amanda Seyfried, is  not a  fan of petroleum jelly, whatever the brand.

‘It’s an inexpensive way for a formulator to  offer the appearance and immediate feel of hydrated skin,’ she said.

Like Dr. Dattner, Ms Denno claims, if used to  often, the gel can irritate the skin because of its thick texture that merely  ‘seals in the dirt.’

She recommends always washing and cleansing  the skin before applying any form of moisturizer to avoid  breakouts.

Giving his verdict, Dr. Dattner says it is  best to opt for more natural products. His top skin healing ingredients include  beeswax, coconut oil, olive oil, shea butter and cocoa butter.

‘Remember that some of these products are  absorbed into the skin, so it’s nice to use something that you wouldn’t mind  putting into your body.’

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Are these the most terrifying trousers ever? The 17th century NECROPANTS made from corpse legs – and are supposed to be lucky

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  • The Museum of Icelandic Sorcery &  Witchcraft in Holmavik houses the only known intact pair of necropants 
  • In order to make the necropants, or  nábrók, an individual had to get permission from a living man to use his skin  after his death
  • According to legend, the trousers brought  their wearer wealth and luck, but had to be passed on to a future generation  before his own death

By  Sarah Griffiths

PUBLISHED: 07:33 EST, 25  October 2013 |  UPDATED: 10:18 EST, 25 October 2013

Many people will be planning scary costumes  for Halloween, but nothing is likely to compare to this pair of macabre  trousers.

In 17th century Iceland, sorcerers wore  ‘trousers’ made of a dead friend’s skin that were said to bring them  wealth.

According to legend, a morbid deal was struck  between two friends to arrange who became the trousers or ‘necropants,’ which  were used for purposes of traditional magic at the time.

Scroll down for video and an audio  explanation of the trousers…

The only surviving pair of Necropants (pictured)The only surviving pair of Necropants (pictured). They  were made by skinning a dead man and according to legend, were worn by a friend  to bring him wealth and luck. The coin and piece of paper with a magical symbol  drawn upon it is shown to the right of the ‘trousers’

The Museum of Icelandic Sorcery & Witchcraft in Holmavik,  Iceland, houses the only known intact pair of necropants, that were meant to be  worn day and night by their owner.

In order to make the necropants (called  nábrók in the naive tongue) an individual  had to get permission from a living man to use his skin after his  death.

The surviving member of the pact had to dig  up his dead friend’s body and peel off the skin of the corpse from the waist  down in one piece without any holes or scratches, to make the magical  trousers.

nábrókarstafur

The wearer of the pants had to steal a coin from a widow  and place it in the scrotum of the trousers, along with the magical sign called  nábrókarstafur, (pictured) drawn on a piece of paper

As soon as they stepped into the pants, the  skin of the corpse stuck to theirs own, according to the museum, which documents  17th century occult practices.

A spokeman for the museum told MailOnline:  ‘They would immediately be stuck with your own flesh and be part of your  body.’

To make the grim garment, the wearer of the  pants had to steal a coin from a poor widow at Christmas, Easter or Whitson and  place it in the scrotum of the trousers, along with the magical sign called  nábrókarstafur, which is drawn on a piece  of paper.

The coin is a ‘tool to gather wealth by  supernatural means,’ according to the spokesman.

It drew money into the scrotum from living  people so ‘it will never be empty’ as long as the original coin is not removed,  according to folklore.

The spokesman told MailOnline the wearing of  the necropants was ‘unusual behaviour’ and reports are ‘pure folklore’ but the  stories say that people could wear them for as long as they lived – but had to  pass them on to a willing recipient before they died.

If the sorcerer wearer of the pants did not  pass them on before his own death, it was said that his body would be infected  with lice as soon as he passed away, but if the trousers were passed on, they  could bring wealth to future wearers.

To ensure the transmission of fortune, the  future wearer of the pants had to put his leg into the right leg of the  necropants before the original owner stepped out of the left one.

According to the legend, the necropants  would keep the money-gathering nature for generations and produce an  endless  flow of coins.

HOW NECROPANTS WERE MADE

  • An individual was granted permission from a  living man to use his skin after his death
  • The surviving individual dug up his dead  friend’s body and peeled off the skin of the corpse from  the waist down in one  piece
  • He stepped into the necropants, which stuck  to his own skin and then stole a coin from a poor widow to keep in the scrotal  area of the trousers, along with a piece of paper bearing a magical  sign
  • It was thought the ‘trousers’ brought their  owner luck and prosperity

The spokesman said: ‘People would be  able to use them as long as they lived, but they would have to get rid of them  before they die. If they would find someone to take them over the could last  forever.’

17th century Iceland was a tough place as it  suffered harsh trade restrictions from Denmark as well as natural disasters  including a huge volcanic eruption that killed half of the country’s livestock  in years that followed and led to widespread famine.

Coastal settlements were also raided by  pirates, locals sold into slavery in the Arab world, while a giant smallpox  epidemic in the 18th century wiped out a third of the struggling  population.

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Secret tomb belonging to an Ancient Egyptian ‘Priest of Magic’ discovered 4,500 years after it was sealed off from the world

  • Archaeologists at Abusir Archaeological  Cemetery at Giza have found the tomb of Shepseskaf ‘ankh
  • The vast tomb belonged to the Head of  Physicians of Upper and Lower Egypt in the Fifth Dynasty of the Old Kingdom –  4,500 years ago
  • A large door covered in hieroglyphs  revealed that its occupant was the ‘Priest of Khnum,’ or ‘Priest of  Magic’

By  Sarah Griffiths

PUBLISHED: 08:35 EST, 24  October 2013 |  UPDATED: 10:15 EST, 24 October 2013

A ‘huge’ limestone tomb belonging to an  important Egyptian physician has been discovered.

Archaeologists at Abusir Archaeological  Cemetery at Giza have unearthed the final resting place of Shepseskaf ‘ankh  that has been undisturbed for 4,500 years.

The generous size of the tomb, which is 69 by  45 feet long and 13 feet high, indicates the importance of the ancient medical  professional, who was Head of Physicians of Upper and Lower Egypt in the Fifth  Dynasty of the Old Kingdom.

Archaeologists at Abusir Archaeological Cemetery at Giza have unearthed the final resting place of Shepseskaf 'ankh  

Archaeologists at Abusir Archaeological Cemetery at Giza  have unearthed the final resting place of Shepseskaf ‘ankh that has been  undiscovered for 4,500 years. The generous size of he tomb indicates the  importance of the ancient medical professional

 

Vice head of the Ancient Egyptian sector, Ali  ALasfar, said a large door covered in hieroglyphs revealed that its occupant is  the ‘Priest of Khnum,’ or ‘Priest of Magic’.

The false door with the name and title of its  owner is located inside a chapel where the tomb itself was found, Fox News reported.

The door in the eastern part of the tomb also  says that the medicine man was one of the most important royal physicians in  Ancient Egypt at the time.

The large door covered in hieroglyphs  

The large door covered in hieroglyphs revealed that its  occupant is the ‘Priest of Khnum’ or ‘Priest of Magic’

 

It is the third tomb of a physician  discovered in Abusir Cemetery, which is an enormous necropolis close to modern  Cairo and served as an elite burial place for the Ancient Egyptian capital of  Memphis.

Antiquities Minister Ibrahim Ali, said: ‘This  discovery is important because  this is the tomb of one of the greatest doctors  from the time of the  pyramid builders; one of the doctors closely tied to the  king.’

The necropolis where the tomb was found is  part of a vast pyramid field that stretches from north Giza to Saqqara and was  designed to supplement Giza, which was already filled up with funeral monuments  of the 5th Dynasty pharaohs, Heritage Daily reported.

The physician’s tomb makes up part of a 21 by  14 metre plot surrounded by walls four metres tall that is thought to belong to  a family.

The archaeologists must have been relieved to  find the tomb and highly-carved door intact, as parts of the site, along with  Saqqara and Dahshur was damaged by looters during the Egyptian protests in  2011.

Ancient Egyptian physicians used numerous  methods to heal patients but many of their techniques were also based on  religious beliefs and most physicians were also priests.

It was common for different priests to  act  as specialist medics, as they believed that different gods  governed different  parts of the human body.

Much of what is known about the priests and  doctors comes from ancient papyrus manuscripts that reveal the cures they used  as well as how they performed operations and used surgical implements to remove  cysts and tumours.

Some of the ‘cures’ composed of 600 drugs and  800 procedures, developed by the ancient physicians – such as applying direct  pressure to cuts – are still used today.

It is the third tomb of a physician discovered in Abusir Cemetery 

It is the third tomb of a physician discovered in Abusir  Cemetery (excavations are pictured), which is an enormous necropolis close to  modern Cairo and served as one of the most elite burial places for the Ancient  Egyptian capital of Memphis

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One in three women remove wedding rings fearing they will ‘damage employment prospects’

  • A third of women remove rings when it  isn’t necessarily normal to do so
  • Of those, 35% remove them at work and 29%  at job interviews
  • 22% do so when out  socialising
  • More than half who ditch ring when  socialising do so to appear single

By  Deni Kirkova

PUBLISHED: 10:57 EST, 18  October 2013 |  UPDATED: 11:00 EST, 18 October 2013

One in three married or engaged women in the  UK admit to remove their wedding or engagement ring in certain  situations.

The top reason for removal is ‘fear of  damaging employment or job progression prospects’, while alarmingly for their partners, wanting  to appear single was also a motivating factor for many.

The married and engaged respondents, who were  all aged 18 and over, were asked to  exclude practical, every day reasons for having to remove their jewellery – such  as when showering or doing housework.

 

Hiding a relationship: Many women fear an employer will judge their marital status  

Hiding a relationship: Many women fear an employer will  judge their marital status

 

Just over a third of the 1,712  women questioned said they removed their wedding or  engagement rings when it  wasn’t necessarily normal to do so.

When asked to elaborate on what  exactly  these situations causing ‘ring removal’ were, the most common  situations were  at work (35 per cent), when attending job interviews (29  per cent), and when  out socialising (22 per cent).

Of those who claimed to remove their wedding  or engagement ring at work 62 per cent explained they did so because  they were  afraid that the ‘signal of my relationship status would harm  my career or job  prospects’.

Jewellery free for an interview: 71 per cent thought showing they were engaged or married would hinder their chances of getting the job 

Jewellery free for an interview: 71 per cent thought  showing they were engaged or married would hinder their chances of getting the  job

 

The same went for those who removed their  rings when attending a job interview, with 71 per cent admitting they felt the  ‘signal of my relationship status would harm my chances of getting the job.’

Even in modern  times, many women still firmly believe that they are pigeon-holed by their  relationship status

The majority, 55 per cent, of those who had  removed their ring in these work-related situations claimed their employer or  interviewer was a woman.

Those who admitted to removing their ring  through fear of damaging work or employment prospects were asked why they felt  this way.

Three quarters said they feared having an  engagement or wedding ring on show  would make employers think they wouldn’t  stay in the job long because they planned to start a family.

A fifth removed their ring in order to avoid  their age  being assumed by employers – which they felt could lead to ‘limited  progression prospects’.

Cheating in mind: Most of those who remove ring when socialising do so as they 'want to appear single' 

Cheating in mind: Most of those who remove ring when  socialising do so as they ‘want to appear single’

 

Almost two thirds admitted they felt a  women’s career progression was often hindered by their relationship status,  should they get married or start a family.

Of those who claimed to remove their ring  when out socialising, 59 per cent, confessed they did so to appear single. Just  8 per cent claimed the reason was fearing they would lose their ring.

Of those who wanted to appear single, 56 per  cent explained that they didn’t want members of the opposite sex to ‘treat them  differently’ when out, and so removed their ring to avoid this.

But more than one in ten, 11 per cent, openly  admitted that they did so in order to cheat on their partner.

‘Engagement and wedding rings signify so much more than  simply a marriage – they’re a signal of our life plan’

And of all respondents who claimed to remove  their wedding or engagement ring, just 9 per cent claimed that their partner was  aware of them doing so.

Ali O’Neill, from comparejewellery.com who  conducted the survey, said of the findings: ‘It seems that a fair few women in  the UK are “ring removers”, but the reasons why were incredibly interesting –  with fear about the connotations that the ring holds when it comes to employment  prospects being the most common factor.

‘Even in modern times, many women still  firmly believe that they are pigeon-holed by their relationship status – fearing  fewer opportunities should they be viewed as likely to swan off to start a  family, and so take their ring off to avoid this happening.’

She added: ‘Whether this be the case or not,  it’s clear that these kind of stereotypes are still a problem in the workplace.  It’s clear from our results that engagement and wedding rings signify so much  more than simply a marriage – they’re a signal of our life plan. Whether or not  others take note of the rings, as many women believe, remains to be  seen.

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Why you can’t trust the wide boys: Men with broad faces like North Korean leader are more likely to cheat on their partners and lie

  • Study shows men wide-faced are less  trustworthy than thinner counterparts
  • They also tend to be aggressive, violent,  bigoted and exploitative
  • But the research also shows they are  likely to be more successful

By  Stuart Woledge

PUBLISHED: 05:00 EST, 19  October 2013 |  UPDATED: 07:56 EST, 19 October 2013

It is an established fact that someone with a  long face is probably feeling a bit sorry for themselves –  but scientists  say people with wide faces are untrustworthy.

Research has shed new light on the motives of  ‘wide boys’ who are more likely to lie and cheat than their thinner faced  contemporaries.

But the study also showed that those with  larger faces, such as former Prime Minister Gordon Brown and  disgraced former US President Richard Nixon, were more cut-throat and therefore more  likely to be successful, particularly in business or in politics.

Untrustworthy: New research has revealed men with fat faces, such as Gordon Brown (left) and former US President Richard (right) tend to lie and cheat more than those with thinner facesUntrustworthy: New research has revealed men with fat faces, such as Gordon Brown (left) and former US President Richard (right) tend to lie and cheat more than those with thinner faces

Untrustworthy: New research has revealed men with fat  faces, such as Gordon Brown (left) and former US President Richard (right) tend  to be less trustworthy then those with thinner faces

 

Psychologists from Canada gave 150 men an  exercise to complete where they had to roll virtual dice on a screen and then  manually write down their score.

They were told that the number they recorded  would correspond to the number of tickets they received in a lottery. The  researcher then left the room while they completed the task.

But software secretly recorded the real total  allowing the psychologists to compare it with what the respondent had  entered.

About 20 per cent – or one in five – of the  men who took part cheated, all of whom had wide faces, according to The Times.

The results of the survey, by Canadian psychologist professor Cheryl McCormick,  provides further evidence that those carrying extra weight around their faces  tend to display antisocial personalities.

Wide-boy: North Korean tyrant Kim Jong-un is definitely a man to be wary off, according to Canada's research 

Wide-boy: North Korean tyrant Kim Jong-un is definitely  a man to be wary off, according to Canada’s research

 

Past research has suggested men with fat  faces tend to be more aggressive, violent, bigoted and exploitative of their  fellow man than those with slimmer cheeks.

Prof McCormick, from Brock University in  Ontario, argued they should not consider themselves less worthy.

She said: ‘We  were measuring within the general population. We have to keep in mind this is  something that doesn’t work well at the level of individuals.’

Past research she has carried out revealed  people do consider men with wide faces to be more unpleasant, but generally only  when making instant judgements.

‘This may only be useful to consider when you  are encountering strangers and have to make a snap judgment.

‘Actual experience of people tells us much,  much more than this trait alone.’

However, she also investigated which certain  psychopathic personality traits correlated with width of face, and found  ‘fearless dominance’ – where someone has low levels of anxiety while being  socially dominant – tended to reflect facial width.

She added: ‘There are gains and risks to marrying a man with a wider face.

‘Among chief executives dominant traits lead  to success in business, even if they may not have behaved in the most ethical  fashion. So you could have a wealthier life.

‘We have found no relationship between how  attractive men are rated and their facial width.

‘This could be because there are also certain  risks associated with marrying aggressive, dominant men.’

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Blank check: The U.S. government borrowed $328billion on the first day after a debt deal without a debt ceiling was agreed upon

  • The new debt deal has no debt ceiling,  giving the federal government a blank check until February
  • The previous one day borrowing record was  $238billion

By  Ryan Gorman

PUBLISHED: 23:27 EST, 18  October 2013 |  UPDATED: 23:27 EST, 18 October 2013

U.S. government jumped $328billion on  Thursday, setting an all-time record on the first day the government was able to  borrow after a last-minute debt ceiling deal was reached the previous  day.

The shockingly high number came as the  federal government was looking to replacing ‘extraordinary measures’ funds it  had been borrowing from as it approached the borrowing limit and appeared to  take advantage of no debt ceiling being enforced until at least  February.

Total federal debt now adds up to  $17.075trillion, according to the Treasury Department. The previous single day  borrowing high was $238billion, set in 2011, according to the Washington Times.

No limit: The federal government's spending limit has been suspended until at least February 7, 2014No limit: The federal government’s spending limit has  been suspended until at least February 7, 2014

As pointed out by the Times, the first  borrowed funds once a debt limit is lifted go to replenishing the ‘extraordinary  measures’ fund.

Under an unusual arrangement, the federal  government has no spending limit – a hard date of February 7 has been set for a  new agreement to be reached. Debt deals usually include a spending limit known  as a debt ceiling.

The federal debt will now rise as high as the  government sees fit between now and then, which the Times noted might be upwards  of $700billion, based on recent spending trends.

Aside from the fight over the Affordable Care  Act, derisively referred to as Obamacare, Republicans wanted to reign in the  government’s spending by cutting funding to various programs seen as  wasteful.

Backed by President Barack Obama, Democrats  refused, insisting on a blank check, and won. They insist government spending  will not increase, and that the extra wiggle room will only be used to pay for  bills already past due.

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Why the Germans can’t help being rude: Historic divisions mean they are used to being surrounded by enemies

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  • Germans  like ‘stability and structure’ because of nation’s fractured  past
  • Respected German institute produce video showing the difference between them and their foreign counterparts

By  Hayley O’keeffe

PUBLISHED: 23:40 EST, 17  October 2013 |  UPDATED: 07:20 EST, 18 October 2013

As the old stereotype goes, German people are  always first to bag the sun loungers, and always last to say thank  you.

The Goethe Institute, which is Germany’s  equivalent of The British Council, claims that a number of factors could  explain away the  stereotype.

Famed for their punctuality, they also have a  reputation for getting straight to the point – which can be perceived as rude by  the British.

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Germans are stereotypically thought of as the first with their towels on the sunloungers (posed by models)Germans are stereotypically thought of as the first with  their towels on the sunloungers (posed by models)

 

 

The explanation is that the country’s  centuries old divisions may make some feel like they are ‘surrounded by  enemies’.

Because of the nation’s fractured past,  Germans hold stability, structure and order in high regard.

The Goethe Institute have produced a video  which explain the misconceptions – and how Germans differ from people of  different nationalities.

In the clip, a German man is seen standing  upright and to attention with a handful of documents while the foreigner –  possibly British – sits in a slouched position.

Christine Jansen of the Amsterdam branch of  the Goethe Institute told website The  Local: ‘We  produced the films as a starting point of a discussion about cultural  differences when doing business with Germans.’

She added: ‘The video-makers attribute  Germans’ tendency to avoid personal matters in favour of getting straight to the  point to history.

‘They say the historic division of Germany  into several smaller states meant Germans were constantly surrounded by enemies  and they kept themselves to themselves.’

But Jansen told The Local that the mention of  Germany being surrounded by enemies was not a reference to the Second World War  and that there had been some criticism of that part of the video.

 

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Walmart fires employee for coming to the aid of woman being assaulted by her boyfriend in the parking lot

By  Daily Mail Reporter

PUBLISHED: 00:36 EST, 18  October 2013 |  UPDATED: 00:59 EST, 18 October 2013

Kristopher Oswald says he was doing the right  thing when he jumped to the aid of a woman being assaulted in the parking lot of  the Michigan Walmart where he worked.

Walmart says he violated company policy and  fired Mr Oswald the next day.

The 30-year-old stock clerk in Hartland,  Michigan, was punched six times in the head by the woman’s furious boyfriend,  but he says he never thought the incident would cost him his job.

Jobless: Kristopher Oswald says he never thought he'd be fired for coming to the aid of a woman in distress 

Jobless: Kristopher Oswald says he never thought he’d be  fired for coming to the aid of a woman in distress

 

‘I never expected all of this. And the least  I expected was to not have a job,’ Mr Oswald told WXYZ-TV.

But Walmart says corporate rules demanded  that Mr Oswald not intervene in that circumstance. Mr Oswald’s manager wrote he  was fired ‘after a violation of company policy on his lunch  break.’

‘We had to make a tough decision, one that e  don’t take lightly, and he’s no longer with the company,’ company spokeswoman  Ashley Hardie told the Associated Press.

Mr Oswald said he was in his car on his break  from his job stocking shelves about 2.30am Sunday when he saw a man grabbing a  young woman. It appeared that he was trying to stop her from leaving the parking  lot, Mr Oswald said.

He said he asked her if she needed help and  the man started punching him in the head and yelled that he was going to kill  him. Mr Oswald said he was able to get on top of the man, but then two other men  jumped him from behind.

The assault happened about 2.30am on Sunday in the parking lot while Mr Oswald was on his meal break 

The assault happened about 2.30am on Sunday in the  parking lot while Mr Oswald was on his meal break

 

Livingston County sheriff’s deputies arrived  and halted the fight.

The woman was not seriously hurt.

Police investigated, but could not track down  the suspect.

Mr Oswald had worked for Walmart for about  seven weeks and said he would not have been considered a permanent employee  until after his 180-day probation.

 

 

 

 

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New and more virulent strain of HIV is spreading rapidly through Russia, claim scientists

  • The HIV subtype 02_AG/A  is spreading rapidly and is now thought to account for more than 50 per cent of  new HIV infections in Siberia
  • It is thought to be the most virulent  subtype of the virus in Russia
  • Infections have also been reported in  Chechnya, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan

By  Emma Innes

PUBLISHED: 06:42 EST, 17  October 2013 |  UPDATED: 06:51 EST, 17 October 2013

Russian scientists believe they have  identified a new and more virulent strain of HIV.

The subtype, known as 02_AG/A, is spreading  rapidly and is now thought to account for more than 50 per cent of new HIV  infections in Siberia.

The virus was first seen in the city of  Novosibirsk in 2006 and is thought to be the most virulent subtype of the virus  in Russia.

Russian scientists believe they have identified a new and more virulent strain of HIV. The subtype, known as 02_AG/A, is spreading rapidly. Image shows mature HIV virus infection 

Russian scientists believe they have identified a new  and more virulent strain of HIV. The subtype, known as 02_AG/A, is spreading  rapidly. Image shows mature HIV virus infection

 

It was discovered by scientists at the State  Research Center of Virology and Biotechnology VECTOR in Siberia, The Moscow News reports.

Natalya Gashnikova, head of the retroviruses  department at Vektor, said 02_AG/A could spread through the population much more  quickly than the current main HIV strain found in Russia.

The number of HIV positive people in  Novosibirsk has jumped from 2,000 in 2007 to 15,000 in 2012, according to  Russia’s Federal AIDS Centre and 50 per cent of the new cases have been caused  by 02_AG/A.

The newly identified subtype is not confined  to Siberia – cases have also been reported in Chechnya, in the south of Russia,  and Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan.

HIV can be divided into two main types –  HIV-1 and HIV-2. HIV-1 is the more virulent of the two and is, therefore,  responsible for the majority of cases.

HIV-1 can also be divided into subgroups and  the newly discovered 02_AG/A is a subgroup of HIV-1.

All of the subgroups are transmitted from  person to person through the same transmission methods – including unprotected  sex and sharing needles – but some are easier to pass on than others.

02_AG/A is thought to be easier to transmit  than some other subtypes.

The virus was first seen in the city of Novosibirsk in 2006 and is thought to be the most virulent subtype of the virus in Russia 

The virus was first seen in the city of Novosibirsk in  2006 and is thought to be the most virulent subtype of the virus in Russia. It  is now thought to account for more than 50 per cent of new HIV infections in  Siberia

 

UN figures show that the only regions where  the number of HIV infections is increasing are Eastern Europe and Central Asia –  52 per cent of people with HIV in this area live in  Russia.

This is  believed to be partly because there  is little awareness of HIV in many  parts of Russia and because Russian school  offer very little sex  education.

The number  of new HIV infections globally  has plummeted by a third since 2001 and  more than halved among children, the  United Nations recently revealed.

Globally, 2.3 million people contracted the  AIDS virus last year – down 33 per  cent from 2001, while 260,000 children  became infected – 52 per cent  less than in 2001.

‘The annual number of new HIV infections  continues to decline with especially sharp reductions in the number of children  newly infected with HIV,’ UNAIDS executive director Michel Sidibe  said.

Last year, 1.6 million people died of  AIDS-related deaths, down from 1.8 million in 2011 and 2.3 million in  2005.

The report showed that 9.7 million people in  low and middle-income countries, the bulk of those infected, had access to HIV  drugs last year, compared to only 1.3 million seven years  earlier.

While the hike is impressive, it falls short  of a UN target announced two years ago to reach 15 million people by  2015.

Some 35.3 million people were living with the  virus last year – about 70 per cent of them in sub-Saharan Africa – up from 30  million in 2001.

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Ew! Injectable antibiotic ( VOLUNTARY ) recall prompted by floating bits of hair, cotton and metal inside drug vials

  • The FDA  announced a recall of cefepime, an intravenous drug used for pneumonia, urinary  tract, skin, and abdominal infections
  • The visible  particles in the drug, which was distributed nationwide, can cause blood clots,  strokes, and heart attacks, among other catastrophic  issue

By  Daily Mail Reporter

PUBLISHED: 08:14 EST, 16  October 2013 |  UPDATED: 10:04 EST, 16 October 2013

 

 

Recall: Drug maker B Braun has recalled its 1 gram dose antibiotic cefepime after they were found to contain dangerous particles of hair, cotton, and metal 

Recall: Drug maker B Braun has recalled its 1 gram dose  antibiotic cefepime after they were found to contain dangerous particles of  hair, cotton, and metal

 

U.S. government health officials are alerting  doctors to the recall of an injectable drug after vials of it were found to  contain bits of metal, cotton, and hair.

B. Braun Medical Inc. issued the voluntary  recall for its cefepime and dextrose antibiotic suspension used to combat  pneumonia, urinary tract, skin, and abdominal infections.

The Food and Drug Administration warned  Tuesday that the visible particles could cause catastrophic problems including  blood clots, stroke, and heart attack if injected.

The drug was distributed to hospitals,  pharmacies and medical suppliers nationwide, between February 4, 2013 and March  1, 2013.

The product affected by the recall comes from  lot H3A744.

While cefepime is generally administered to  hospitalized patients, some  patients may continue to receive the drug at home  after they leave the  hospital.

Patients  experiencing health problems should  contact their physician. B. Braun  asks that all quality issues of its product  be reported to the FDA’s  MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program.

This is the first recall of cefepime, but it  is not the first warning issued by the FDA concerning the drug.

In June 2012, the agency released an updated  safety warning concerning the drug after research showed an increase risk of  seizure in users with  impaired kidney function.

The FDA suggested a cefepime dosage  adjustment for such patients.

Dangerous: The drug is used for infections such as pneumonia and was distrubted nationwide. Catastrophic events like heart attack and stroke could occur from using the tainted drug 

Dangerous: The drug is used for infections such as  pneumonia and was distrubted nationwide. Catastrophic events like heart attack  and stroke could occur from using the tainted drug

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Middle class poverty, USA: Women forced to sell their own hair, breast milk and eggs to make ends meet as economic recovery fails to raise wages

  • The top Google results for ‘I want to  sell my…’ have been ‘kidney,’ ‘eggs’ and ‘hair’ since 2011
  • Websites have sprung up that allow women  to post their hair and breast milk for sale online
  • Long locks of hair can fetch up to  $1,500
  • Breast milk can sell for $5 an ounce  online
  • Egg donations nets up to  $8,000

By  Michael Zennie

PUBLISHED: 18:25 EST, 15  October 2013 |  UPDATED: 18:31 EST, 15 October 2013

Thousands of women across the country are  turning their bodies into ATMs, selling their hair, eggs and even their breast  milk to make ends meet as the economic recovery fails to bring wages and job  opportunities back to pre-recession levels.

Many of the women who are auctioning off  pieces of themselves are middle-class mothers who are struggling to maintain the  same standard of living for their children five years after the biggest economic  crash since the Great Depression.

Online market places have sprung up, making  it easy for women to make up to $1,500 selling their locks and $5 an ounce for  breast milk.

Online marketplaces like Only the Breast have sprung up to allow women to sell their breast milk for up to $5 an ounce 

Online marketplaces like Only the Breast have sprung up  to allow women to sell their breast milk for up to $5 an ounce

 

The site buyandsellhair.com features hundreds of women, and a few men, who want to sell their locks 

The site buyandsellhair.com features hundreds of women,  and a few men, who want to sell their locks

 

Selling eggs, which is a much more  complicated and intrusive process, can net up to $8,000 per donation.

Bloomberg reports that since 2011, the top Google auto-completion results for ‘I want to  sell my…’ have included ‘hair,’ ‘eggs’ and ‘kidney.’

Google’s fill-in results reflect the most  popular searches by Google users.

‘The fact that people even explore it  indicates that there are still a lot of people worried about their financial  outlook,’ Nicholas Colas, who tracks economic indicators for ConvergEx Group,  told Bloomberg.

‘This is very much unlike every other  recovery that we’ve had. It’s going to be a slow-grinding, very frustrating  recovery.’

Selling kidneys is illegal in the United  States, though evidence suggests that black market organ sales exist. A  University of Chicago study suggested that kidneys could be worth more than  $15,200 each, if sales were legalized.

Egg donation, which is much more complicated and requires several trips to donation clinics, can bring $8,000 per donation 

Egg donation, which is much more complicated and  requires several trips to donation clinics, can bring $8,000 per  donation

 

April Hare, a 35-year-old mother of two who  has been out of work for two years, resorted to selling 18 inches of her auburn  hair to help support her family.

She told Bloomberg she cut off her long locks  and posted them on the website buyandsellhair.com for $1,000.

She had several responses within hours.

Hare, who has a four-month-old son and a  seven-year-old daughter, said she is also looking into selling her breast milk.  A similar site, onlythebreast.com, allows mothers to list their milk for sale  online. It can go for up to $5 an ounce.

‘These are tough times. The rich are getting  richer and everybody else is losing their jobs and their homes. It’s just  terrible,’ she said.

She previously worked as a sales manager  before losing her job in 2011.

Bridie MacDonald, from the wealthy Detroit  suburb of Farmington Hills, Michigan, cut off her red locks and posted them  online for $1,500 after she lost her job last month.

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The original USB stick? 5,500-year-old clay spheres containing Mesopotamian code could be the ‘first ever data storage’ devices

  • CT scans  and 3D modelling have now shown what is inside these  spheres
  • The spheres  are hollow and contain geometric shapes named ‘tokens’
  • The tokens  are thought to be the first evidence of numerical literacy
  • Researchers  believe these clay devices served as receipts for various economic  transactions

By  Ellie Zolfagharifard

PUBLISHED: 06:46 EST, 15  October 2013 |  UPDATED: 11:05 EST, 15 October 2013

A lost code used to keep records 200 years  before the invention of the written word has been found inside clay balls in  Iran.

The balls were created about 5,500 years ago  at a time when early cities were  flourishing in Mesopotamia, and could have  been used to record economic  transactions.

Christopher Woods, a professor at the  University of Chicago’s Oriental Institute,  said the spheres represent the  world’s ‘very first data storage system’.

Iran Clay Balls 

A lost code used to keep records 200 years before the  invention of the written word has been found in clay balls from Iran. Pictured  is a broken clay ball with ‘tokens’ inside

 

The balls, also called ‘envelopes’, are  hollow and contain different geometric shapes or ‘tokens’.

‘These envelopes likely represent the  earliest known – at least to our current  knowledge – efforts to humans to  permanently record data,’ Professor  Woods told MailOnline.

‘They may also be the earliest evidence of  numerical literacy.’

Researchers used CT scans and 3D modelling to  look inside more than 20 examples  that were excavated at the site of Choga  Mish, in western Iran, in the  late 1960s.

Iran Clay Balls 

Only about 150 complete structures survive today and  they range from the size of a golf ball to that of a baseball. This intact ball  was found in Choga Mish in Iran

 

Iran Clay Balls 

The line drawings reveal the seal impressions of the  above clay ball. All of the clay balls contain, on the outside, one seal running  through the middle and usually two seals, running above and below

 

WHAT WERE THEY USED FOR?

Researchers believe these clay balls served  as receipts  for various administrative duties in Mesopotamia.

This could have been for tasks such as  monitoring the flow of  materials, controlling various commodities and  organising the workforce.

The tokens inside the balls represent  specific measuring systems. For instance a pyramid shape may have represented  the number 20.

All of the clay balls contain, on the  outside, one seal running through the middle and usually two seals, running  above and below.

Researchers believe the seal in the middle  represents the ‘buyer’ or recipient. The polar seals would represent the  ‘seller’.

 

They believe these devices served as receipts  for various administrative duties such as monitoring the flow of  materials,  various commodities and labour.

‘The tokens represent  numbers of specific  metrological (measuring) systems – not words – and the envelopes  themselves are  receipts for the disbursements of various commodities and goods,’ said Professor  Woods.

Museums, understandably, are typically reluctant to open these clay balls as doing so would destroy them and  the seal  impressions that most of them bear.

Only about 150 complete structures survive  today and they range from the size of a golf ball to that of a baseball.

CT  scans, however, revealed that some of the balls have tiny channels, 1-2 mm  across, criss-crossing them.

Iran Clay Balls

 

Iran Clay Balls 

This CT image of a clay envelop has a digitally applied  false-colour ‘surface’. CT scans revealed that some of the balls have tiny  channels, 1-2 mm across, crisscrossing them

 

 

MESOPOTAMIA: THE ‘CRADLE OF CIVILISATION’

Mesopotamia is an ancient Greek term meaning  ‘the land between rivers.’

The region was the name for the  Tigris–Euphrates river system, corresponding to modern-day Iraq, northeastern  Syria and southeastern Turkey and smaller parts of southwestern Iran and  Kuwait.

Mesopotamia has been called the ‘cradle of  civilisation’ because agriculture and domestication developed there earlier than  anywhere else, around 8,000 years ago.

Bronze Age Mesopotamia included Sumer and the  Akkadian, Babylonian, and Assyrian empires. By 3,000 BC, the Mesopotamians had  already invented the wheel, developed writing, and created the world’s first  cities.

Researchers aren’t certain what they were  used for, but speculate the balls  contained fine threads that connected  together on the outside.

The  tokens within the balls come in 14  different shapes, including spheres,  pyramids, ovoids, lenses and cones, the  researchers found.

One pyramid, for instance, might mean a  certain unit, such as 20, which was used while counting a certain type of  commodity.

All of the clay balls contain, on the  outside, one seal running through the middle and usually two seals, running  above and below.

Professor Woods believes the seal in the  middle represents the ‘buyer’ or recipient.

The polar seals would represent the ‘seller’  and perhaps  third parties who would have acted as witnesses.

Clay envelopes such as this have also been  found in Mesopotamia, particularly the city of Uruk, by German  excavators.

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The right image shows a radiograph of Choga Mish clay  envelope showing the token within, while the left image reveals a CT scam of the  same envelope

 

But many questions still remain unanswered.  Scientists hope to crack the code of exactly what these clay spheres mean by  uncovering how  token types vary.

‘We need to study, and hopefully CT scan, the  sealed envelopes in other collections,’ said Professor Woods. ‘There are approximately 150 known world-wide.’

Professor Woods plans to put the images and  3D models of the clay envelopes and their tokens online as they become  available.

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The tokens within the balls come in 14 different shapes,  including spheres, pyramids, ovoids, lenses and cones

 

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Charity really does begin at home for these men: Meet the CEOs of non-profit organizations who are making more than $1 million a year

  • Eleven American charity CEOs earn more  than $1 million a year, according to the latest Charity Navigator  study
  • The charity watchdog said  CEOs may work hard managing  multi-million dollar institutions, but seven-figure payments ‘do not seem warranted’
  • Top earners included Metropolitan Museum  of Art’s Thomas Campbell ($1.5m) and Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s James  Clark ($1.8m)
  • All are men

By  Daily Mail Reporter

PUBLISHED: 19:38 EST, 14  October 2013 |  UPDATED: 02:20 EST, 15 October 2013

 

Their job is to serve the disadvantaged, yet  an elite list of nonprofit sector CEOs is earning more than $1 million a  year.

The latest Charity Navigator study shows 11 nonprofit chiefs across America command a staggering seven-figure salary – well  above the sector average. All are men.

While the charity evaluator noted  that the highest-paid  CEOs oversee multi-million dollar operations, it still  considered some of the paychecks ‘excessive’ and ‘outrageously high’.

Metropolitan Museum of Art Director and CEO Thomas Campbell John Ryan, Chief Executive Officer of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

High earners: Metropolitan Museum of Art  head Thomas Campbell (left) and National Center for Missing and Exploited  Children CEO John Ryan (right) earn more than $1 million

The 2013 Charity CEO Compensation Study analyzed the 2011 IRS returns of 3,929 mid to  large-size US-based charities that rely on public  support.

It found Metropolitan Museum of Art head  Thomas Campbell’s annual salary of $1.5  million — $655,932 in  base pay and $840,800 in ‘other’ compensation – put him  near the top of the highest-paid list.

The father of two, who manages the Met’s $386  million budget, was the highest paid executive in the ‘arts, culture and  humanities’ category, where the US  median pay came in at $159,650.

National Center for Missing & Exploited  Children’s CEO John  D. Ryan reaps $1.2 million a year to  manage a $42 million budget. His peers in the ‘public benefit’ category earn a  median of $142,661.

Michael SalemJames Clark, president and CEO-elect, Boys & Girls Clubs of America

Big wigs: National Jewish Health’s Michael Salem (left)  and James Clark of Boys & Girls Clubs of America (right) earn nearly $3  million between them

 

Icahn School of Medicine CEO Davis pulled in  $1.3 million, while Rockefeller University’s new CEO, Marc  Tessler-Levigne, makes $1.3 million, according to  the New York Post.

Meanwhile, Michael  Salem of National Jewish Health pulled in just over $1 million, including $648,286 base  compensation, $361,756 bonus and incentives, and $16,500 ‘other’ income. The  ‘health’ sector median was just $137,919.

In the ‘human services’ category, Boys &  Girls Clubs of America’s president and CEO, James Clark, earned $1.8 million –  substantially higher than the $114,000 median.

Other top earners include Heritage  Foundation President Jim DeMint, National  American University CEO Dr. Ronald L. Shape,  Oklahoma Medical  Research Foundation President Dr. Stephen Prescott and the chiefs  of Goodwill Southern California and Miami Jewish  Health Systems.

Charity Navigator noted in its report that  charities with total expenses of $13.5 million and higher pay their CEOs upwards  of $250,000.

These top nonprofit leaders are typically  hired for their ability to manage multi-million institutions and therefore can  command high salaries. The report also noted leaders in the nonprofit sector  earn far less than their private sector colleagues to do the same  job.

But the watchdog group challenged the  financial viability of such high payments in a sector mostly reliant on  donations.

‘In our opinion, it is evident that  seven-figure salaries do not seem warranted, even in the largest sized  charities,’ the report said.

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Soviet spy ‘copied risque pictures of a young Prince Philip partying with elite drinking club’

  • Images from the Thursday Club, of which  Duke of Edinburgh was a member
  • Regulars at the Soho haunt included  actors David Niven and Peter Ustinov
  • A programme on Russia’s REN TV describes  the photos as ‘scandalous’

By  Will Stewart

PUBLISHED: 17:50 EST, 12  October 2013 |  UPDATED: 18:02 EST, 12 October 2013

Private photographs of a young Prince Philip  were obtained by a Russian spy during the Cold War as part of a bid to discredit  the Royal family, a television documentary will claim this week.

The pictures, which remain potentially  embarrassing, allegedly show the antics of the Thursday Club, a drinking and  social set of which the Duke of Edinburgh was a member.

The club, whose regulars included actors  David Niven and Peter Ustinov, met weekly in Soho and was described in BBC  presenter Andrew Marr’s book The Diamond Queen as ‘a cheerfully louche group of  men, artists and actors, photographers and aristocrats’ which took the Prince  ‘to the edge of a gamey, and indeed seamy, set’.

'Antics': A young Prince Philip is supposedly captured in 'scandalous' images in Soho's Thursday Club 

‘Antics’: A young Prince Philip is supposedly captured  in ‘scandalous’ images in Soho’s Thursday Club

 

There were plans to reveal the photos in a Russian documentary on Wednesday but this has been retracted 

There were plans to reveal the photos in a Russian  documentary on Wednesday but this has been retracted

 

The programme on Russia’s REN TV says the  images are ‘scandalous’.

They were taken in the 1950s by the Duke’s  close friend and fellow club member, photographer Baron Nahum.

According to the programme, the legendary  Soviet spy Yevgeny Ivanov used a special camera to take copies of the photos  from an album in the possession of Stephen Ward, the high-society osteopath  central to the Profumo scandal, who was also associated with the club.

The Duke of Edinburgh, shown here in 1936, joined actors David Niven and Peter Ustinov in the exclusive club 

The Duke of Edinburgh, shown here in 1936, joined actors  David Niven and Peter Ustinov in the exclusive club

 

Author Gennady Sokolov, involved in the show on REN TV, said some of the images are 'certainly embarrassing' 

Author Gennady Sokolov, involved in the show on REN TV,  said some of the images are ‘certainly embarrassing’

 

Ivanov is believed to have sent them to his  spymasters in Moscow.

Despite a plan to reveal the pictures in  Wednesday’s documentary, called Operation Royal House, a source at REN TV  indicated yesterday that the photos would not now be shown.

Author Gennady Sokolov, who wrote a book used  in the making of the programme, said some of the pictures were ‘certainly  embarrassing’ and that Ivanov called them his ‘royal porno collection’.

Prince Philip is understood to be fully  dressed in the pictures which might be deemed risque rather than pornographic by  today’s standards.

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Rise of the DIY satellite: Company launches initiative allowing ANYONE to send a probe into space – but it’ll cost you £12,000

  • Alba  Orbital sells parts for satellites small enough to fit into your  pocket
  • Satellites  built to the ‘PocketQube’ standard will be launched in  November
  • These  include Morehead State University’s BearkerSat and the University of Maryland’s  QubeScout-S1

By  Ellie Zolfagharifard

PUBLISHED: 08:01 EST, 11  October 2013 |  UPDATED: 08:04 EST, 11 October 2013

Space exploration is no longer the preserve  of huge agencies who can spend up to £280 million on a single satellite  launch.

Now amateur engineers – working in bedrooms,  basements and garages – have the chance to launch their probes into space for  just £12,000.

For the price of a car, anyone who can send a  tiny 5cm cube satellite into orbit to take pictures of Earth and perform cosmic  experiments.

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For the price of a car, anyone who can send a tiny 5cm  cube satellite into orbit to take pictures of Earth and perform cosmic  experiments

This has all been made possible by  Glasgow-based start-up Alba Orbital who has recently begun creating and  selling the building blocks for tiny satellites named ‘PocketQubes’.

Founder Tom Walkinshaw told MailOnline that he  was inspired to launch the company after being rejected for a job at local  company, Clyde Space.

‘My skillset at the time didn’t meet what  they needed so I had to essentially create a company if I wanted to be involved  in the industry,’ he said.

Clyde Space supplies CubeSats- a type of  miniaturised satellite for space research that usually has a volume of exactly  one litre and a mass of no more than 1.33 kilograms.

Despite CubeSats’ small size, they can still  cost more than $100,000 (£62,300) to launch, compared to the £12,000 it costs to  launch a PocketQube satellite.



The smaller size of Walkinshaw’s PocketQube  has driven down the cost of launch, and elements of a PocketQube can be stacked  up to create a larger satellite.

‘We believe small satellites are on the cusp  of a major breakthrough much the like personal computers were in the late  70’s/early 80’s,’ the company said on its website.

While space research is currently dominated  by large agencies, the ability to launch satellites on the cheap could open up a  host of opportunities for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs).

‘Small companies have short chains of  commands, ideas can be implemented straight away and there is less bureaucracy  and schedule slips,’ Walkinshaw said.

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The PocketQube deployer, named the MR-FOD, will next fly  on the Unisat-5 flight on a Dnepr rocket

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PocketQube has teamed up with an Italian company called  GAUSS which has brokered launch opportunities with a Russian rocket called  Dnepr

‘They also have the freedom to try new  things. Agencies may tend to stick to the popular choices as opposed to try  something high risk with a low chance of success.’

PocketQube even helps find a launch vehicle.  The group has teamed up with an Italian company called GAUSS which has brokered  launch opportunities with a Russian rocket called Dnepr.

This wasn’t what Walkinshaw initially set out  to do when he started a company.

Alba Orbital wanted to sell people the  opportunity to have a space burial, with capsules of cremated ash being launched  into orbit aboard a satellite.

But they had to change course due to some  legal challenges with the UK Space Agency.

‘We have a really difficult environment for  space startups to succeed in the UK which has forced us to change the plan more  than once,’ he said.

‘Startups in general have lots of challenges  and it is a constant battle to raise funds and sell products, hence why we are  focused on this Kickstarter.’

The company, who is based in a MakLab in  Glasgow, has developed a number of prototypes and is looking for Kickstarter  funding to develop commercial structures that people can buy.

A number of satellites built to the  PocketQube standard will be launched in November. These include Morehead State  University’s BearkerSat and the University of Maryland’s  QubeScout-S1.

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Hard-up Italy to sell 50 historic sites in bid to raise £425million to pay off government debt

  • A fortress, a palace and an island will  be auctioned to tackle the deficit
  • Economy minister Fabrizio Saccomanni  hopes to make £425million
  • The sale will be followed by a further  £1billion of austerity measures

By  Daily Mail Reporter and Hannah Roberts

PUBLISHED: 19:23 EST, 11  October 2013 |  UPDATED: 05:03 EST, 12 October 2013

The Italian government is to sell scores of  historic properties to help it tackle its huge budget deficit.

A haunted fortress, a cardinal’s palace and  an island in the Venetian lagoon are among 50 sites for sale.

The move recalls 2012, when Greece was forced  to sell off some its beautiful islands to foreign buyers, to chip away at its  enormous debts.

The Italian government hope that the nation’s  treasures will be bought by private businesses and converted into hotels,  restaurants and museums, bringing much needed employment and international  investment.

Minister for the economy Fabrizio Saccomanni  aims to make £425million from the sell-off.

Historic: Orsini Odescalchi castle in the lakeside town of Bracciano, 27 miles from Rome, is up for sale 

Historic: Orsini Odescalchi castle in the lakeside town  of Bracciano, 27 miles from Rome, is up for sale

 

It was approved as part of an emergency  decree aimed at keeping Italy’s 2013 budget deficit within 3 per cent to avoid  corrective action by Brussels.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Enrico Letta is  planning a further £1billion of austerity measures.

Italian property expert Rupert Fawcett said  the scheme made ‘logical business sense’.

The idea was first mooted last year by Mario  Monti, the technocrat who took over as Prime Minister in December 2011, when  Silvio Berlusconi took public debt to unsustainable levels.

The ‘Kill Public Debt’ plan originally listed  350 properties but officials now deem that some assets, such as military  airbases, are poorly suited for the commercial market.

The properties are to be marketed through a  state-run fund who will advance the money to the Treasury, selling off the  assets as buyers are found, the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera  reported.

 

The properties include Orsini Castle, which  sits above its own feudal village near Viterbo, about 60miles from Rome.

The medieval fort was built for Pope Nicholas  III in the 1270s and has a Euro 15 million price tag. Said to be haunted, it was  used as a prison from the mid-19th century to 1989 and has since been an art  gallery.

In Venice the properties on offer include the  Island of San Giacomo in Palude, north-east of Murano. The island was  inhabited by monks and friars from the 11th century before it became a military  base in the 1800s.

Since it was abandoned in 1961, it has fallen  into ruin but could appeal to international investors as a luxury  resort.

Other national treasures to go under the  hammer include the 18th century palace, Villa Mirabello.

The frescoed villa, set in parkland near  Monza, close to Milan, was built in the 18th century by Cardinal Durini, the  Inquisitor of Malta.

Property expert Rupert Fawcett head of Knight  Frank Italy said the scheme made ‘logical business sense’.

Tackling deficit: Prime Minister Enrico Letta will follow the sale with £1billion of austerity measures next year 

Tackling deficit: Prime Minister Enrico Letta will  follow the sale with £1billion of austerity measures next year

 

He said: ‘The reality is that any government  in Europe is looking to raise funds where they can. The cost of running these  properties can be huge and the sheer upkeep of them can be  unmanageable.

‘If properties can be bought by private  investors, restored to their former glory it’s good for everyone. It benefits  local communities and puts some money in the state coffers.’

Head of the Italian employers federation  Confindustria, Giorgio Squinzi, said to cut the deficit Italy’s needed ‘drastic  action’.

‘Continuing with the status quo our country  will remain, at zero or low growth.’

It is not the first time Italy has sold off  assets. Last year a succession of lighthouses on the island of Sardinia were  sold off to private businesses and converted into hotels, galleries, and  museums.

The island’s autonomous government could no  longer afford the cost of maintaining and restoring them.

Greece’s sale last year of 70,000 lots  included beaches, ski resorts and islands.

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Do you really need a helmet to play soccer? New Jersey school district says all students must wear headgear to prevent concussions

By  Michael Zennie

PUBLISHED: 11:19 EST, 9  October 2013 |  UPDATED: 16:30 EST, 9 October 2013

A New Jersey school district is ordering all  students who play soccer – and other non-contact sports – to wear helmets on the  field.

The Princeton School District’s new rule is  causing many parents – and even some doctors – to question whether soccer is  really dangerous enough to warrant mandatory headgear to protect children from  concussion.

However, school administrators are moving  forward with a plan to purchase $70 soft helmets for every athlete grades six  through 12 who plays soccer, field hockey or girls’ lacrosse.

Too much protection? Parents are questioning whether high school soccer is dangerous enough to require the use of helmet. (Pictured, Chelsea goalkeeper Goalkeeper Petr Cech) 

Too much protection? Parents are questioning whether  high school soccer is dangerous enough to require the use of helmet. (Pictured,  Chelsea goalkeeper Goalkeeper Petr Cech)

 

The Times of Trenton reports that concussions and head injuries are not common among Princeton  schools student athletes, but coaches and members of the school board say that  doesn’t alleviate their concern.

‘We’re very aware that for players in all  sports there’s a risk of  head injuries and we’re just trying to do whatever we  can to prevent  them,’ Princeton school board president Timothy Quinn  said.

Judy Goldstein, the field hockey coach at  neighboring Hamilton High School West, says some of her girls have suffered  concussions in the past – but she thinks requiring helmets is  overkill.

‘Accidents are going to happen. I don’t know  if we can protect these kids with every single step,’ she said.

‘I just think it’s too much for the headgear  in field hockey. I have a feeling that the more you load onto the kids, the less  likely they are to play the sport.’

The only problem, several experts say, is  that soft helmets won’t  prevent concussions and they are actually likely to do  more harm than  good.

This is the $70 helmet that Princeton schools will be buying for all students who play soccer, field hockey and girls' lacrosse 

This is the $70 helmet that Princeton schools will be  buying for all students who play soccer, field hockey and girls’  lacrosse

 

Pediatric neurosurgeon Dr Alexander Post,  with the New Jersey Pediatric Neuroscience Institute, told the Times: ‘You can  get a concussion from pretty much doing anything. Any activity carries a certain  degree of potential risk and you have to weigh that risk.

‘In general, the headgear is good for  reducing abrasions and lacerations, but not for protecting against concussions  to any significant degree.’

Other experts say the headgear is likely to  give student athletes a false sense of security – causing them to play more  aggressively and without as much regard for their safety.

Princeton schools currently require headgear  for all sixth graders this year and allow parents of older students to opt their  children out of the project. However, the program will grow – adding a grade a  year, until the headgear is mandatory for all middle and high school  students.

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X Factor producers are deliberately creating crueller twists because viewers are becoming ‘immune to the sob stories’, claims psychologist

By  Anna Hodgekiss

PUBLISHED: 11:29 EST, 8  October 2013 |  UPDATED: 14:03 EST, 8 October 2013

The X Factor producers are forced to create  cruel twists to the competition because viewers are becoming immune to sob  stories, a psychologist has claimed.

Chartered psychologist Dr Rick Norris  believes that programme makers have to keep shocking the audience to keep up  high viewing figures.

The X Factor has been heavily criticised for  introducing a new ‘musical chairs’ style selection process to the  competition.

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The X Factor producers are forced to create cruel twists  to the competition because viewers are becoming immune to sob stories, a  psychologist has claimed. Pictured are judge Nicole Scherzinger and contestant  Hannah Barrett

 

 

The new format sees 100 contestants battling  it out for just 24 places where each of the four judges give their favourite  contestants one of their six seats.

But in a cruel twist they are allowed to  replace them later in the show with a better singer.

The new format was blasted by a number of  viewers, with some branding the system as “cruel” and “disgusting”.

Dr Norris, author of Think Yourself Happy,  said: ‘These type of shows are playing with people’s emotions, hopes and  expectations.

‘On the X Factor, all of the contestants are  asked ‘how much does this mean to you?’ and almost every contestant cried when  answering.

 

“It’s actually an irrelevant question and it  seems as though we’re becoming obsessed with a sob story rather than someone’s  genuine talents and passion to become a singer.

“Some people do have incredibly harrowing  stories but after a while you are less likely to sympathise with them because  you’ve heard so many.

“This is why TV producers keep upping the  ante and adding these cruel twists to their shows.

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Psychologist Dr Norris said: ‘These type of shows are  playing with people’s emotions, hopes and expectations,’ such as 16-year-old  Nicholas

“Television programme makers are placing an  emphasis on getting high viewing figures and distasteful acts like this will do  just that.

“The viewing figures don’t lie. This is what  people want to watch.

“We’re constantly seeing people being put in  awkward situations and that evokes certain emotions within us as an  audience.”

The psychologist cited a number of other  shows, including Big Brother and I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here, where set  ups are used to provoke arguments between contestants.

Dr Norris added: “Big Brother is a classic  example. In the earlier years everyone got on very well and it made for some  pretty dull viewing.

“As a result, producers started to set up  situations that would provoke arguments between contestants and these set-ups  get worse every year.

“The Apprentice is just the same. Contestants  slag each other off just to avoid being fired.

“We have found that there is a lot of  entertainment to be had in watching things that are quite cruel and distasteful  which is why ideas are getting worse every year.”

Only Fools and Horses star  Nicholas Lyndhurst recently voiced his concerns for the state of British  television, condemning the “cruel bedlam” of reality TV shows.

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The average chicken nuggets is only HALF meat.. and the rest is fat, bone and nerve endings

  • Researchers in Mississippi examined  chicken nuggets at two different fast food chains and found that only about half  of the nuggets were made of muscle meat
  • The rest of the nuggets were made of  other chicken parts like fat, blood vessels, nerves, bones and  cartilage
  • A representative for the National Chicken  Council said it’s no mystery what’s in chicken nuggets since nutritional  information is often available online or on the packaging

By  Daily Mail Reporter

PUBLISHED: 08:24 EST, 5  October 2013 |  UPDATED: 10:21 EST, 5 October 2013

Chicken nuggets are definitely made of  chicken – just maybe not the parts you want to eat.

Researchers in Mississippi conducted an  ‘autopsy’ of chicken nuggets from two fast food chains in Jackson and confirmed  what we all suspected about the mystery-meat medallions: they aren’t too meaty.

The first chicken nugget tested was made up  of about 50 per cent muscle tissue from the breast or thigh and the rest was  made up of unpalatable parts: fat, blood vessels, and nerves.

What's in a nugget? Researchers in Mississippi examined two fast-food chains' chicken nuggets and found that half or less than half of the nuggets were made of meat. The rest was made of high-fat chicken parts 

What’s in a nugget? Researchers in Mississippi examined  two fast-food chains’ chicken nuggets and found that half or less than half of  the nuggets were made of meat. The rest was made of high-fat chicken  parts

 

The second chicken nugget was even worse with  out 40 per cent muscle, with the rest being made up of fat cartilage and bone.

The researchers decided not to name the fast  food chains.

Dr Richard D deShazo, the study’s lead  researcher, encourages his patients to eat white chicken meat and while chicken  nuggets may look white on the inside, looks can be deceiving.

‘What has happened is that some companies  have chosen to use an artificial mixture of chicken parts rather than low-fat  chicken white meat, batter it up and fry it and still call it chicken,’ Dr  deShazo told Reuters. ‘It  is really a chicken by-product high in calories, salt, sugar and fat that is a  very unhealthy choice. Even worse, it tastes great and kids love it and it is  marketed to them.’

While it’s OK to indulge in the junk food  every so often, the problem for deShazo is that some people eat them multiple  times a week.

Don't make it a habit: Dr deShazo, the lead researcher of the study, said it's OK to eat chicken nuggets every once in a while but he's concerned for the people who eat them multiple times a week  

Don’t make it a habit: Dr deShazo, the lead researcher  of the study, said it’s OK to eat chicken nuggets every once in a while but he’s  concerned for the people who eat them multiple times a week

 

Ashley Peterson, a representative of the  National Chicken Council, a non-profit trade group which represents the U.S.  chicken industry, argued that consumers weren’t being mislead.

She pointed out that nutritional information  for most fast food chains is available online, and that anything for sale at the  grocery store has a list of ingredients.

‘Chicken nuggets tend to have an elevated fat  content because they are breaded and fried. But it’s no secret what is in a  chicken nugget,’ she said.

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Saudi court jails four young men for up to TEN YEARS and sentences them to thousands of lashes for naked dance on car

  • One of the men was jailed for 10 years  and sentenced to 2,000 lashes
  • Another got seven years and 1,200 lashes  while two others received three years and 500 lashes

By  Daily Mail Reporter

PUBLISHED: 08:30 EST, 4  October 2013 |  UPDATED: 09:01 EST, 4 October 2013

A Saudi Arabian man has been jailed for 10  years and sentenced to 2,000 lashes after a film of him dancing naked on the  roof of a car was posted online.

Another man, who is believed to have made the  film, received seven years in prison and 1,200 lashes.

Two others were jailed for three years and  sentenced to 500 lashes each.

 

The incident took place in Borayda, the capital of al-Qasseem province, north-west of the capital Riyadh (pictured) 

The incident took place in Borayda, the capital of  al-Qasseem province, north-west of the capital Riyadh (pictured)

 

The public prosecutor in the case reportedly  objected to what he described as ‘light sentences’.

The four men men were charged with ‘dancing  on a vehicle in public’ and ‘violating public morals’, following the incident in  Borayda, the capital of al-Qasseem province, north-west  of the capital Riyadh.

A video of the incident was posted online,  media reports say. It is not clear whether the men were caught in the act or  traced by the video.

All have been given the right to  appeal.

Al-Qasseem province is notoriously  conservative and religious police there are said to be the most strict in the  kingdom.

Under Saudi Arabia’s strict interpretation of  Islam, instances of public indecency are considered serious offences,

The law prohibits the playing of music,  dancing and many movies also are a concern for hard-liners who believe they  violate religious and moral values.

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Obamacare activists STRIP to their underwear in taxpayer-funded, PETA-style stunt to persuade young Coloradoans to ‘get covered’

By  David Martosko, U.s. Political Editor

PUBLISHED: 15:53 EST, 3  October 2013 |  UPDATED: 16:25 EST, 3 October 2013

Obamacare organizers in Colorado are taking  Obamacare promotion to a new low – at least in terms of their dress  code.

A health insurance provider is sending  20-something activists out on the streets of Denver in their underwear to  persuade young people to ‘get covered.’

The resulting photos and video footage, which  the organization published on Instagram this week, has a protest flavor that  comes complete with a Twitter hashtag: #getcoveredCO.

And U.S. taxpayers are footing the bill for  the risque street performances through a federal government loan.

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Cheeky: Denver's Generation Y is being treated to a gander at healthy bodies while they decide whether they like Obamacare

Cheeky: Denver’s Generation Y is being treated to a  gander at healthy bodies while they decide whether they like Obamacare

The message, 'Without health insurance, you're exposed,' was likely cooked up in a late-night college dorm bull session

The message, ‘Without health insurance, you’re exposed,’  was likely cooked up in a late-night college dorm bull session

ColoradoHealthOP, a statewide insurance co-op  that favors full enrollment in Obamacare and sells the policies through the  state’s exchange, says it  was ‘approved for federal funding within the  Affordable Care Act in July 2012.’

The group’s Instagram photos show a cadre of  five college-age activists in their skivvies, carrying strategically placed ‘Get  Covered’ signs while they talk to their recruitment targets.

The Affordable Care Act’s coverage model  depends on enrolling 7 million Americans, including at least 2.5 million young  people.

Without the insurance premiums from the young  and healthy to offset the higher costs associated with being old and sick, the  Obamacare system won’t be funded enough to sustain itself.

The Associated Press reported in July that Connect For Health Colorado, the state’s Obamacare  exchange, is spending more than $21 million to promote enrollment, and that the  funds are coming from federal government grants.

About $17 million of that money has gone to  58 separate Colorado organizations that are making person-to-person pitches and  helping people – especially young people – sign up for Obamacare.

ColoradoHealthOP CEO Julia Hutchins confirmed  that her organization was formed to sell insurance policies  via the Connect for  Health Colorado marketplace. But she denied that any money changes hands between  the two.

‘We, as a co-op health plan, received our own  federal loan money to start a health insurance company that is member-governed,’  she said.

‘And part of the plan we submitted to apply  for the loan money included outreach expenses, and that promotion, the underwear  thing, was part of it.’

Hashtag fun: A clothed Amy Poehler joined other celebs to encourage a mass rush to Obamacare on its first day of open enrollment -- a strategy that hasn't worked so far

Hashtag fun: A clothed Amy Poehler joined other celebs  to encourage a mass rush to Obamacare on its first day of open enrollment — a  strategy that hasn’t worked so far

This pair flashed their skin Tuesday on Denver's 16th Street pedestrian malll, but the photo suggests they didn't have many takers

This pair flashed their skin Tuesday on Denver’s 16th  Street pedestrian malll, but the photo suggests they didn’t have many  takers

Hutchins said that while she wants to sell  insurance plans to young Coloradoans, the stunt’s stripped-down nature was  equally aimed at the older set.

‘Surprisingly, they really did catch the  attention of everybody,’ she said. It was amazing … Our board members, who are  mostly in their 50s and 60s, would have loved to be there.’

The scantily clad Denver street team handed out brochures to anyone who would come within arm-s reach

The scantily clad Denver street team handed out  brochures to anyone who would come within arm-s reach

Colorado policy experts who don’t agree with  the concept of Obamacare, or the use of their tax dollars to promote it, aren’t  impressed.

‘It’s a bad day for Obamacare when proponents  have to hire models to dress like Miley Cyrus to walk the streets of Denver,’  said Compass Colorado executive director  Kelly Maher.

‘These PETA-style stunts show how truly  desperate they are to get people to sign up for these plans.

Compass Colorado is a conservative group that  argues for fiscal responsibility and smaller government.

PETA, or People for the Ethical Treatment of  Animals, is a group that promotes the improbable and unpopular position that  food, laboratory and fur-bearing animals should have legal rights. Its most  famous for its naked protests that draw attention to its cause.

Jon Caldara, president of  the libertarian-leaning Colorado think tank the  Independence Institute,  told MailOnline  that taking off your clothes isn’t the best way to sell the  merits of the president’s health  insurance overhaul.

‘There  are people who need better health  care in America,’ Caldara said, ‘and what are we  saying to them – that we’re  spending taxpayer money selling these plans  the way a beer company advertises  their product?’

‘This money could be  spent on actual health  care. Give me the hot chicks without the bad  policy and maybe I could be  sold.’

Stripping down is part of the toolbox at PETA, where grabbing attention is the #1 priority

Stripping down is part of the toolbox at PETA, where sex  sells and grabbing attention is the #1 priority


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MailOnline reported  yesterday that some state-level health exchanges have seen fewer than 1 out of  100 website visitors signing up for their insurance plans since they launched  Monday at midnight. Colorado’s exchange administrators didn’t respond to a  request for statistics for that story.

The White House insisted on Wednesday that it  doesn’t have data showing how many Americans have signed up for health insurance  through the federal government’s flagship website, healthcare.gov. The Obama  administration did, however, publish the numbers of Web hits the site received,  along with state covering phone calls and online chats it conducted.

And a Washington Post blogger  pleaded Thursday morning with members of the public who have successfully signed  up for Obamacare coverage to come forward.

‘As of yet, we haven’t tracked this person –  or these people – down,’ the Post writer explained.T’his is not for lack of  effort. Reporters here at The Washington Post and at other publications have  been on the hunt for this mythical creature.’

Connect For Health Colorado, the official  Obamacare insurance exchange in the state said it’s not affiliated with the  nearly-naked stunt. ‘This is not our promotion,’ Bragg-Gamble said in an  email.

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It’s ILLEGAL for federal employees on furlough to check their work email during the government shutdown

By  Daily Mail Reporter

PUBLISHED: 16:04 EST, 1  October 2013 |  UPDATED: 16:37 EST, 1 October 2013

Federal employees who have been furloughed  could lose their jobs if they check their work email during the government  shutdown.

The prohibition comes from an obscure law  known as the Antideficiency Act that was first passed in 1884, the  Washington Post reports.

Federal agencies say a violation of the law  could result in a termination of employment.

Oklahoma National Guard human resource specialist Major James R Baxter II calls up the notice he was tasked to send to federal employees slated for furlough 

Oklahoma National Guard human resource specialist Major  James R Baxter II calls up the notice he was tasked to send to federal employees  slated for furlough

 

The law bars the government from funding  certain services during a shutdown, which includes government-issued email  addresses.

Agencies could go so far as to take away  staff BlackBerrys, but most have instructed employees to power off their phones,  instead.

‘Due to legal requirements, working in any  way during a period of furlough (even as a volunteer) is grounds for  disciplinary action, up to and including termination of employment,’ reads a  letter from the House Administration Committee that was obtained by Politico.

‘To avoid violating this prohibition, we  strongly recommend that you turn your BlackBerrys off for the duration of the  furlough.’

A man tries 

A man tries to get into the closed Internal Revenue  Service’s offices in Midtown after nonessential work was halted due to the  United States federal government shutdown in New York, New York

 

The prohibition against using work email goes  into effect the moment that a furlough begins.

That means that if employers haven’t had a  chance to notify employees that they have been furloughed before a shutdown goes  into effect, they can’t resort to using work email as a means of  notification.

The Office of Personnel Management recommends  using ‘800 numbers and emails to home email accounts’ once a furlough begins.

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