Manchester United are to hand trials to MK Dons teenagers Luke Tingey and Kyran Wiltshire. Central defender Tingey, 18, became a hit on YouTube last month when he scored a sensational 40 yard free-kick against Swindon in a 5-3 win for MK Dons Under-18s. Wiltshire, also 18, is a lively centre midfielder who was included in Karl Robinson's first-team squad for friendlies last pre-season. Kyran Wiltshire is pictured in action for MK Dons in their pre-season friendly against a Tottenham XI in 2013 . Their U18 side have been crowned Youth Alliance South Cup champions for this season and face Oldham in the national final on Monday, April 27. United are looking to bring in some talented younger players to boost squad numbers ahead of next season's UEFA U19 Youth League competition. Tingey and Wiltshire are expected to spend a few days at Carrington as coaches assess whether they can prove useful additions to United's squad.
Luke Tingey and Kyran Wiltshire to spend time at United's Carrington HQ . Tingey, 18, became YouTube sensation after stunning 40-yard free kick . Wiltshire, a central midfielder, was involved in MK Dons' pre-season squad . United keen to bring in talented younger players to boost squad numbers ahead of next season's UEFA Under-19 Youth League competition . READ: What has Louis van Gaal changed since Man Utd sacked Moyes? READ: Manchester United Gareth Bale to give his side needed dynamism .
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Diesel model Winnie Harlow, who suffers from vitiligo, the same rare skin condition that singer Michael Jackson was diagnosed with, has been pictured enjoying a cozy night on the town with albino fashion star Shaun Ross. The pair attended a launch event for Popular magazine at Siren Studios in Hollywood, California, on Tuesday night, and were snapped holding hands while making their way into the venue. Winnie, 19, who was unveiled as one of the newest faces of fashion label Diesel earlier this year, was wearing a short and simple black and gold mini dress, which she accessorized with a pair of gold strappy heels. Scroll down for video . Looking cozy: Winnie Harlow, 19, who suffers from the same rare skin condition as Michael Jackson, was pictured hand-in-hand with albino model Shaun Ross on Tuesday night . Out on the town: The duo were attending the launch for Popular magazine at Hollywood venue Siren Studios . Skingraft black and gold dress . Get it from Pasar here . Visit site . This look is all types of yes. Winnie Harlow looks incredible in her leather tunic dress which features striking gold trims on the sleeves and hemline. The loose fit creates a flattering silhouette too. Winnie's dress is from LA-based fashion house Skingraft, and you can still buy it by clicking right to Paser's website now. It'll be your go-to party piece! It is however, slightly pricey coming in at $750, so if you want to add a golden standard to your style for less, why not check out these various finds below? We are particularly dazzled by this Mynt 1792 number at Nordstrom. A pair of strappy metallic heels will finish off your look to perfection! Choice's black and gold stamping dress . Visit site . Mynt 1792 color block dress at Nordstrom . Visit site . Maykool black and gold dress . Visit site . Dailylook fit and flare dress . Visit site . Meanwhile Shaun, 23, opted for a more low-key look, wearing an all-black ensemble, which he topped off with a unique tall baseball hat and a pair of leather sneaker-style boots. And while it appears to be the first time that the duo have been spotted enjoying an evening out together, it is likely not the first occasion that they have met. Both stars have made regular appearances on the catwalks at various Fashion Weeks, while Shaun has also starred in campaigns for the likes of Alexander McQueen and Givenchy. Coincidentally, the models also each had a helping hand from fellow fashion star Tyra Banks. Fashion stars: While Evan opted for an all-black ensemble, topped off with a bizarre baseball cap, Winnie wore a black and gold mini dress and strappy sandals . Rising stars: Both Shaun and Winnie have each achieved global recognition in the fashion indsutry, appearing in numerous high-profile fashion campaigns . Strut your stuff: Both Winnie (L), pictured at the Desigual fall/winter 2015 show, and Shaun (R), pictured on the catwalk in February, boast impressive runway credentials . Winnie, whose real name is Chantelle Brown-Young, was one of the contestants on Tyra's hit reality series America's Next Top Model, while Shaun made an appearance on the former model's eponymous talk show in 2009. Despite their cozy appearance, it's not thought that the two are dating - however Shaun did take the time to post a heartwarming message to the model on his Instagram account, just hours after the pair attended the Popular magazine event. Alongside an image of the two of them, Shaun wrote: 'So much fun last night @winnieharlow keep up the good work. From an original believer in you.' And it seems his sweet sentiments were reciprocated by Winnie, who posted a similar image on her own account, saying: 'Sweet nothings with my fly friend @shaundross'
Winnie, 19, was diagnosed with the rare condition when she was four-years-old . Condition causes a lack of melanin which forms white patches on the skin .
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A former Eurovision contestant running for parliament could still be elected as an MP despite dying two days ago. Ronnie Carroll died just days after successfully getting on the General Election ballot paper for Hampstead and Kilburn, where his name will remain for the election. Due to stand as an independent, Mr Carroll was 80 and had contested elections before, winning 29 votes in the Haltemprice and Howden by-election - despite campaigning for a record score of 0. Former Eurovision contestant Ronnie Carroll (pictured with his second wife June Paul) has died aged 80, just two days after successfully getting on the election ballot paper . An Electoral Commission spokesperson told The Sun Mr Carroll could still potentially win, although the vote would be declared void and a new candidate sought. He died following a battle with cancer, during which a friend handed in his election nomination papers as he was too ill to do so himself. Mr Carroll was on the statement of nominations as 'The Eurovisionary Carroll'. Sophy Dury and Bill Dury were listed as nominees for his candidacy. He contested the 1962 and 1963 Eurovision Song Contest, making him the only Briton to compete two years running. The seat is the most marginal in England, won by Labour's Glenda Jackson by just 42 votes in 2010. Mr Carroll's fame peaked in the 1950s and 60s, when he dated a string of women and raised hell with Sean Connery . Mr Carroll came fourth in the 1962 and 1963 Eurovision contests, with the songs Ring-a-Ding Girl and Say Wonderful Things respectively. He fame peaked in the 1950s and 60s, when he dated a string of women and raised hell with Sean Connery,The Guardian reported. Nominations closed on April 9. Tulip Siddiq is bidding to hold the seat for Labour, Simon Marcus is running for the Conservatives, Maajid Nawaz for the Liberal Democrats, Magnus Nielson for Ukip, Rebecca Johnson for the Greens, and Robin Charles Ellison for the U Party.
Ronnie Carroll placed fourth in the Eurovision contest in 1962 and 1963 . He died in London two days ago, aged 80, following a battle with cancer . Mr Carroll was running in the General Election for Hampstead and Kilburn . He remains on the paper and he will be elected if he gets enough votes .
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(CNN)When Melissa Atkins Wardy, author of "Redefining Girly" and a passionate advocate for fighting gender stereotypes, heard from a frustrated mom on Facebook, she knew she needed to do something. So she shared the mom's story. In a blog post, Wardy told how the mom, Veronica of Richland, Washington, wanted to buy "Big Hero 6" fabric to make pillows for her two children. The problem? The fabric didn't include two of the heroes from the movie: the female characters, Honey Lemon and GoGo. So Veronica decided to send an email to Springs Creative, the company that makes the fabric, saying that as a woman and an engineer, she was offended. She got an answer from the company but it didn't help. Girl empowerment ads like GoldieBlox: Do they work? A licensing manager for Springs Creative responded that the company has found that boys don't want girl characters on their things. "Eeeww girls! Yuck! Haha," the licensing manager wrote. It will come as no surprise that Veronica was none too pleased to receive that response. "I was frustrated and disgusted that a manager, and a female manager too, would laugh off my initial contact with the company. It was unprofessional. So I responded," Veronica told CNN. She asked that we not use her last name, in order to maintain her privacy. In an email back to the company, Veronica wrote, "By eliminating the women in your fabric design, you are telling boys that it's OK to think girls are yucky, unworthy and less than a boy. "You are also telling girls they are unworthy, unwanted and that it's un-cool to be smart and confident." What happened next shows that parents, aided by social media outrage, may have more leverage to combat gender stereotyping in our culture than they realize. And the "Big Hero 6" example -- along with a similar recent one involving TOMS, the shoes retailer -- suggests that manufacturers may be finally getting it, too. First, the rest of the story about Springs Creative and the "Big Hero" fabric: After sharing Veronica's story with her readers and her 6,700 Twitter followers, Wardy encouraged people to give Springs Creative a piece of their mind. She also invited them to tweet their own stories with the hashtag #IncludeTheGirls. Women responded in droves, pointing out how Black Widow, the female character in the popular "Avengers" superhero movie franchise, is often excluded from merchandise and how cereal boxes rarely include female characters. "This sends the direct message to both boys and girls that females are forgettable, unimportant, undesirable. What a horrible thing to teach our children!" said Wardy, who is also the founder and chief executive officer of Pigtail Pals & Ballcap Buddies, a company that makes empowering clothing for boys and girls. "The prevailing theory is, 1. boys are the default audience, and 2. boys won't want an item with a girl on it," Wardy said. "Yet, I talk with thousands of parents every week who say otherwise." Why trying to make our kids happy can backfire . Those parents are clearly making their voices heard. Because not too long after Veronica received her initial response from Springs Creative, Wardy said she got a call from the company, asking her to post a statement from Springs Creative on her site. "It is sometimes difficult to hear negative feedback but the message was clear and we intend to act upon your message," the statement read. "Most importantly, Springs Creative does not condone sexism in any shape or form and does not design products to shine a negative light on females OR males." The company said it would be talking with Disney "immediately" about additional designs for "Big Hero 6" that would incorporate all the characters. "We would never intentionally offend any segment of the population. We are a strong company with positive morals and values and we respect and see both genders equally," said the statement. Springs Creative told CNN it would have no further comment. Veronica said she was surprised the company responded so quickly. "I do not believe this would have happened without the Pigtail Pals and Ballcap Buddies community also raising their voices." The real March Madness: When will women's teams get equal buzz? Around the same time, Wardy heard from another follower about an issue with TOMS and wrote about it on her site. On the normally progressive retailer's Web landing page for kids were photos that some parents felt played into gender stereotypes. One photo suggested "Playtime Approved" shoes for boys, and the other, this one on a pink background, included the caption "Little Ladies: adorn their feet for spring." "Really, TOMS? Girls are not ornaments we adorn. Girls play, too!" Wardy wrote on her Facebook page. Two hours later, Wardy received a comment from TOMS on her Facebook page, saying that the company completely agrees and that the wording has been changed to now say "new arrivals for kids." "We're really grateful whenever our community brings something like this to our attention," said Doug Piwinski, senior vice president, global marketing and communications for TOMS. "Perhaps as much or more than any other brand, I mean we really listen to our customers in our community." So, here's my question: Are the two speedy responses from companies after women spoke out on social media more a sign that companies are truly getting it about gender stereotypes and girl and boy empowerment, or more a sign of the power of parents? Or are they a mixture of both? How to Super Bowl #LikeAGirl . Wardy said there's no doubt that companies are in business to protect their bottom line, and that will always be a motivator. But she said these back-to-back incidents show what can happen when parents make it clear they won't buy products from companies that sell gender stereotypes. " 'Be not silent' is my mantra. Speak up!" Wardy said. "The success with Springs Creative and TOMS and other wins we've had in the past is an example of the power of parents (moms and dads) and children's advocates aggregating their voices to say, 'Enough is enough.' " Veronica said it's a sign of the power of parents becoming "more aware, reactive and using social media to make their voices heard by companies that market to children." She added, "One voice can be dismissed; the hailstorm of voices collectively cannot be ignored so easily." It is clear, from these two examples, that parents using their voices online and with their wallets can encourage companies to change. There's no question that raising awareness about stereotypes helps, said Wardy. "If companies aren't paying attention by now, they most certainly should be." Pink, princess-y and sexy too soon . Do you think more companies are getting the message to include girl characters on merchandise? Share your thoughts with Kelly Wallace on Twitter or CNN Living on Facebook.
A mom of two got upset when "Big Hero 6" fabric didn't include the two female characters . Another mom called attention to gender stereotypes on a TOMS Web page . In both cases, the companies responded quickly to answer parents' concerns .
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Teaching assistant Phil Smith, 25, (pictured) died after trying to climb through an upstairs window . A primary school teaching assistant who forgot to take his keys on a night out died after trying to climb through an upstairs window. Phil Smith, 25, scaled a fence to try to get in his flat in Cottingham, Hull, but fell and hit his head. The 25-year-old, who worked at a school for disabled children, fractured his skull and suffered a bleed on the brain and a blood clot in the fall. He was placed in a medically induced coma at Hull Royal Infirmary, but died five days later on April 9. Mr Smith's parents have paid tribute to their 'lovely son' who had a 'natural talent with children'. His mother Lisa Darnbrough, 49, said: 'Phil was such a lovely lad. You could not ask for a better son. 'He fought like a hero in hospital for five days after the fall, surprising us and the hospital staff. Sadly, he lost his battle but he gave us five days to come together and have time to say our goodbyes. 'We are so proud of Phil and we will make sure our hero gets the send-off he deserves.' His father, Nick Smith, 50, said: 'He just had such a positive outlook on life, we called it 'Phil's bubble'. 'He found out ways to bring out love in other people which is a rare quality to have.' The 25-year-old was found by his housemate Kris Lake who tried to resuscitate him. He gained a degree in sports science at the University of Hull and worked as a teaching assistant at Riverside Special School in Goole, Yorkshire, where he met his girlfriend Eve Netherwood. Ms Darnbrough said: 'His eyes lit up when he talked about his job. 'I saw him in the classroom and he just had a natural talent with the children. It was effortless. He was so amazing at interacting with his students.' His mother Lisa Darnbrough, 49, (pictured together) paid tribute to their 'lovely son' who had a 'natural talent with children' He was placed in a medically induced coma at Hull Royal Infirmary, but died five days later on April 9 . Eve, 28, said: 'Phil was simply amazing and a wonderful boyfriend. We had so many good times together.' Phil played football for Haltemprice in the East Riding County League and a minute's silence will be held at the next game. His manager, Rob Kennington, said: 'He was a manager's dream. He was always the first to training and used to text me constantly to see if he was playing. 'He was very determined and wanted to improve and get better at everything. 'We will do everything we can to make sure people remember him and we are trying to get promoted this season as a legacy for Phil.' The 25-year-old, who also coached young children, was found by his housemate Kris Lake who tried to resuscitate him .
Phil Smith, 25, forgot his keys and scaled fence to try to get in his flat . But teaching assistant fell and hit his head while climbing through window . He fractured his skull and suffered a bleed on the brain and a blood clot . Parents paid tribute to 'lovely son' who worked at special needs school .
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Alan Gordon scored a first-half winner for LA Galaxy as they got over their nightmare start to the season against Seattle Sounders to move off the foot of the Western Conference in Major League Soccer. Robbie Keane and Clint Dempsey were both left out of their sides through injury but despite the absence of their Irish designated player - who was sat in the stands alongside David Beckham, the Galaxy were able to find just their second win of a difficult campaign so far. Gordon found the net with just his second goal of the season and it proved enough despite the Sounders having plenty of chances to equalise at the StubHub centre. Chad Marshall gets to the ball ahead of LA Galaxy striker Alan Gordon, who scored the opening goal . LA Galaxy (4-5-1): Penedo; Gargan (Meyer 86 mins), Gonzalez, De La Garza, Rogers; Ishizaki, Garcia, Husidic (Villarreal 83), Juninho, Zardes; Gordon. Unused subs: Dunivant, Jamieson, Maganto, Rowe, Vayrynen. Booked: Gargan, Husidic, Juninho, Gordon. Manager: Bruce Arena. Seattle Sounders (4-4-2): Frei; Mears, Evans, Marshall, Remick; Roldan (Aaron 85), Rose, Alonso, Pappa (Mansaray 89); Neagle (Barrett, 74), Martins. Unused subs: Azira, Gonzalez, Perkins, Scott. Booked: Martins, Marshall. Manager: Sigi Schmid. Referee: Mark Geiger. Both sides started strongly, but it was the Sounders' Lamar Neagle had the first chance of the game after nine minutes, flicking on from a cross that was tipped over the crossbar by Jaime Pendeo. Neagle again saw a header blocked by the keeper after 21 minutes and though it was the visitors with the best of the early chances, one minute later the Galaxy were ahead. Juninho sent a cross dep into the penalty area and centre back Omar Gonzalez rose to direct it back across Stefan Frei's goal. The Swiss goalkeeper scrambled to re-adjust but was beaten to it by Gordon who could hardly miss and duly put the Galaxy into the lead. Neagle had a third chance on the stroke of half-time but couldn't find the net having exploded through the Galaxy defence only to place his shot too close to Penedo who saved easily, diving to his right. The home side went in at the break ahead, and they came close to doubling their lead almost immediately after the break when Robbie Rogers shot low, forcing Frei into a sharp save at his near post. Juninho fired wide from distance moments later. Brad Evans of Seattle Sounders wins a high ball against Galaxy goalscorer Gordon in the first half . But back came the Sounders, and they should have levelled when Andy Rose latched on to a low cross but fired straight at Penedo from point-blank range when anywhere else would have led to a goal. The remainder of the game saw few clear-cut chances. Obafemi Martins had an effort easily saved from distance and while the home side looked dangerous on the break they often failed with the final ball. And so Gordon's strike proved enough as Galaxy claimed just their second win of the 2015 MLS season.
Alan Gordon put LA Galaxy into the lead after 23 minutes with a header . Robbie Keane and Clint Dempsey both missed the game through injury . Lamar Neagle had a number of chances to score for the visitors . David Beckham was present to watch the MLS clash at the StubHub Arena .
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(CNN)Blinky and Pinky on the Champs Elysees? Inky and Clyde running down Broadway? Power pellets on the Embarcadero? Leave it to Google to make April Fools' Day into throwback fun by combining Google Maps with Pac-Man. The massive tech company is known for its impish April Fools' Day pranks, and Google Maps has been at the center of a few, including a Pokemon Challenge and a treasure map. This year the company was a day early to the party, rolling out the Pac-Man game Tuesday. It's easy to play: Simply pull up Google Maps on your desktop browser, click on the Pac-Man icon on the lower left, and your map suddenly becomes a Pac-Man course. Twitterers have been tickled by the possibilities, playing Pac-Man in Manhattan, on the University of Illinois quad, in central London and down crooked Lombard Street in San Francisco, among many locations: .
Google Maps has a temporary Pac-Man function . Google has long been fond of April Fools' Day pranks and games . Many people are turning their cities into Pac-Man courses .
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(CNN)Would you want a TV program about your family history to include details of a distant, long-deceased relative who had owned slaves? Seriously, who in their right mind would want to be tarnished by the sins of an ancestor you had no connection to other than a remote bloodline? I wouldn't, and neither did Ben Affleck, who lobbied producers of a PBS show, "Finding Your Roots," to remove any reference to his great-great-great grandfather Benjamin Cole, a Georgia slave owner in the mid-1800's, in an episode that looked at Affleck's family history. (Affleck revealed Cole's name Wednesday night.) Here's the thing that might surprise many, given the tendency of the media to exploit any potentially scandalous material: The show's producer, Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr., apparently acquiesced to Affleck's request, because when the episode aired in October 2014, there was no mention of the star's slave-owning ancestor. Affleck's attempt to alter the content of the program only publicly became known a few days ago after WikiLeaks released hacked emails revealing an exchange between Gates and Sony Pictures chief Michael Lynton. When Gates asked how he should respond to Affleck's request to delete the material, Lynton responded, "all things being equal, I would definitely take it out." And on Tuesday, Affleck, via Facebook, admitted that he had urged Gates to excise any reference to his slave-owning relative. Affleck explained, "I didn't want any television show about my family to include a guy who owned slaves. I was embarrassed. The very thought left a bad taste in my mouth." Now Gates has publicly denied that he made his decision about the content of the program based on Affleck's request, but it seems likely that he did. After all, Affleck noted as much in his Facebook post, writing that Gates "agreed with me on the slave owner but made other choices I disagreed with." And three other celebrities profiled on the series last season were shown to have been related to slave owners. So it's unlikely that it was simply happenstance that it left out any reference to Affleck's familial slave ownership connection. In any event, PBS has launched an internal review to determine if the show violated its own editorial standards. Whatever the results of the review, Affleck and Gates did the right thing. Let's be clear: "Finding Your Roots" is not an investigative news show; it's an entertainment program. In fact, as Affleck noted, much of the material is provided directly by the celebrity being profiled. It's not "60 Minutes" but more in the nature of a sophisticated profile of celebrities, using their marquee names to attract viewers. There's not even a hint that Affleck strong-armed the producers or made any type of threats against them if they included the information. In the emails between Gates and Lynton, which they presumably believed at the time were confidential and would remain so, there was no mention of undue pressure by Affleck. Instead, Gates simply noted that Affleck "asked us to edit out something." After the emails were revealed, Gates issued a statement, saying, "Ultimately, I maintain editorial control on all of my projects and, with my producers, decide what will make for the most compelling program. In the case of Mr. Affleck we focused on what we felt were the most interesting aspects of his ancestry -- including a Revolutionary War ancestor, a third great-grandfather who was an occult enthusiast, and his mother who marched for civil rights during the Freedom Summer of 1964." My view would be different if Affleck had a history of uttering racist remarks or engaging in racist conduct. That would have made the information truly newsworthy. But instead we have a man known for championing progressive causes, which I'm sure made him even more acutely sensitive that some on the right might possibly use this information against him in the future. Perhaps that's what Affleck meant in his Facebook post when he wrote that this information made him feel "vulnerable." Affleck has noted that he regrets asking PBS to not include information about his "distant relative." That's a nice gesture, but it was not needed. Affleck had every right to ask for the information about a long-deceased distant relative to be left out of the show. And PBS had the choice to include it or leave it out. I applaud PBS for doing the right thing at a time when media outlets rarely show any restraint on the lives of people in the public eye.
Ben Affleck admits he asked PBS show "Finding Your Roots" to avoid mentioning his slave-owning ancestor . Dean Obeidallah says the actor and the show were right to leave the detail out .
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The future of AC/DC is again in doubt, after drummer Phil Rudd pleaded guilty in a New Zealand court, to charges of threatening to kill and of possessing drugs. Rudd, 60, was charged with two counts of threatening to kill and possession of methamphetamine and of cannabis, which stem from a police raid on his waterfront North Island mansion on November 6. The veteran rocker had originally pleaded not guilty to the charges. But with his judge-alone trial due to begin on Tuesday, in the Tauranga District Court, his lawyer changed his plea to guilty. Scroll down for video . Veteran AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd arrives at court ahead of changing his plea to guilty on charges of 'threatening to kill' and drug possession . AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd climbs out of his car as he arrives to face charges at the District Court in Tauranga, New Zealand. The 60-year-old Australian, who has lived in Tauranga for over 30 years, hit the headlines last November when he appeared in court accused of attempting to hire a hitman to kill two people. Phil Rudd arrives at court to change his plea to guilty but the maximum sentence for threatening to kill is seven years in jail. The case has been adjourned until June 26 when Rudd's lawyer will apply for a discharge without conviction . Phil Rudd, 60, appears in court on Tuesday on charges of threatening to kill and possession of meth and marijuana at Tauranga District Court. He changed his plea to guilty ahead of sentencing . One 'threatening to kill' charge has been dropped and he has been remanded Rudd on bail, with existing conditions, until sentencing on June 26. Rudd was also initially charged with "attempting to procure murder", but it was dropped after prosecutors decided there was insufficient evidence to proceed. The court had earlier heard that Rudd wanted a former security guard 'taken out'. The case has left Rudd's position with the top-selling band in doubt. Drummer Chris Slade replaced him for a performance at the Grammys in Los Angeles. Phil Rudd (drums) performing in Germany in 2009 with the Young brothers Malcolm (left) and Angus (front) Blast from the past. Phil Rudd with AC/DC in 1979. Despite the serious charges hanging over his head the 60-year-old says he wants to join the band again on their world tour . Brian Johnson and Angus Young caught in typical pose during AC/DC's performance on day one of Coachella, as the band gets used to life without Phil Rudd and Malcolm Young . While Slade suggested he would also play in the upcoming "Rock or Bust" world tour, Rudd said last year that he wanted to keep his job. A summary of facts released by prosecutors last year alleged that Rudd threatened to kill a man and his daughter in a phone call in September. He also allegedly called a business associate and detailed what he wanted done to the man. The document alleged that when police raided Rudd's home they found 0.71 grams (0.025 ounces) of methamphetamine and 130 grams (4.5 ounces) of cannabis. Threatening to kill charges carry a maximum jail term of seven years in New Zealand. Australian-born Rudd, has lived in the North Coast seaside town of Tauranga since 1983. AC/DC will bring their 'Rock or Bust' world tour home to Australian in November after kicking off proceedings at the Coachella festival in the US and moving onto Europe . The highly anticipated Rock Or Bust tour will head Down Under in November. The group, which began in 1973, kicked off the gigs at Coachella in California. From there it's onto Europe where they play Holland, Germany and Austria. The band has not only had to deal with Phil Rudd's absence but also that of Malcolm Young, replaced by his nephew Stevie, after he retired because of dementia.
Veteran rocker's surprise guilty plea at the eleventh hour . Phil Rudd was set to stand trial on 'threatening to kill' and drugs charges in NZ court on Tuesday . In the worst case scenario the 60-year-old could face up to 7 years jail . He has already been replaced by Chris Slade on the group's 'Rock or Bust' world tour due in Australia in November . Rudd will be sentenced on June 26 .
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The biggest fight in boxing history has sold out within a minute of going on sale with tickets for Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on May 2 being snapped up on Thursday evening. Just minutes after 8pm UK time (12 noon in Las Vegas), tickets for the richest bout in history began appearing on the secondary market with one ticket going for a cool $128,705 (£85,508) on StubHub. After weeks of wrangling and accusations between Mayweather Promotions and Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum, a batch of between 500 and 1,000 tickets were made available to boxing fans for the mega-fight in May. Late last night, a ticket priced at $128,705 (£85,508) appeared on the StubHub website after all tickets on public sale were snapped up inside a minute . One lucky English fan managed to snare a ticket for $7,924 (£5,265) and tweeted his booking confirmation . Mayweather and Pacquiao strike their poses during a news conference in Los Angeles last month . Less than a minute after 8pm, the Ticketmaster website announces that no tickets are available . Fight fans were able to purchase the tickets through mgmgrand.com and ticketmaster.com - although those precious seats certainly came at a cost as prices began at $1,500 (£1,000) leading all the way up to $7,500 (£5,000) per seat. Prospective buyers were limited to four tickets per person. The mgmgrand.com website experienced issues minutes before the 8pm start time due to high traffic. Those lucky enough to secure a seat for the mega-fight via Ticketmaster will have to collect them in person from Wednesday, April 29 from a designated collection point in Las Vegas. One lucky English boxing fan managed to snare a ticket for the big fight at a cost of $7,924 (£5,265) and tweeted his booking confirmation on Thursday night. Super-ringside tickets costing $10,000 (£6,600) were not released for public sale with several reports suggesting those seats would exchange hands on the 'black market' for upwards of $200,000 (£133,000). Just minutes after 8pm, tickets for the richest bout in history began appearing on StubHub . One ticket for the May mega-fight was advertised for $70,790 (£47,000) on the secondary market . If you were lucky enough to progress on the Ticketmaster website, this is what you would have seen . A pair of tickets for the Las Vegas showdown was posted on eBay at a cost of $12,600 (£8,300) per seat . Mayweather vs Pacquiao is advertised by an escalator at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Wednesday . The MGM Grand marquee is lit up with the boxing pair ahead of the mega-fight on May 2 . The capacity of MGM Grand is 16,800 seats with the remaining seats set to be divided up between the two promoters, the two cable networks sharing the pay-per-view broadcast and the MGM hotel group for their clients and high rollers. MGM also announced the sale of around 50,000 tickets for closed circuit seats at its various properties at £100 ($150) per head. Priced at $150 (£100), these tickets also went on sale on Thursday. Media interest in the eagerly-anticipated bout has been staggering with almost 15,000 accreditation requests submitted from news outlets across the globe. Tickets for the weigh-in go on sale on Friday at 3pm from the MGM Resorts Box Office at a cost of $10 (£6.50) per head with a limit of 10 per person. Proceeds from the ticket sales will go to charity. Floyd Mayweather (left) trains with his uncle Roger during a media workout in Las Vegas last week . Manny Pacquiao takes on the pads with trainer Freddie Roach in front of the watching media . Mayweather and girlfriend Doralie Medina chilling out at home days before the fight . 'Thank you Keanu Reeves for visiting me and my wife. God bless you always' wrote Pacquiao . Pacquiao also wrote on instagram: 'I'm ready to rumble. Nine days to go' ahead of the clash . The WBC title belt that will be presented to either Pacquiao or Mayweather at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas .
Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao meet on May 2 in Las Vegas . Tickets for the fight in Las Vegas went on sale at 8pm on Thursday night . Between 500 and 1000 tickets were released priced between $1,500 (£996) and $7,500 (£4,982) each . The MGM Grand has a capacity of 16,500 but most of the tickets will be split between Mayweather and Pacquiao's camps and the TV broadcasters . Up to 50,000 tickets for closed-circuit viewing were also sold on Thursday . One ticket was being sold on StubHub for $128,705 (£85,508) WATCH: Pacquiao stars in hilarious advert ahead of Mayweather fight . CLICK HERE for all the latest Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao news .
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Kell Brook has finally landed the Battle of Britain he craved, but will take on Frankie Gavin rather than bitter rival Amir Khan. Just sixty four days after the first defence of his IBF belt against Jo Jo Dan, Brook will return to action on a packed pay-per-view show on May 30 at the O2 in London. The welterweight bout has been added to a card that includes world title challenges for Kevin Mitchell and Lee Selby while Anthony Joshua faces his toughest test to date against Kevin Johnson. Kell Brook poses outside London's 02 Arena where he will fight Frankie Gavin on May 30 . Brook posing on the train as he headed to London for the announcement of his fight . Brook (left) was back in action as he beat Jo Jo Dan for the IBF World Welterweight title in Sheffield last month . Brook poses with Gavin inside the O2 arena after announcing their world title fight . Brook had been desperate to face Khan at Wembley in June but his compatriot ruled out a fight until at least later in the year. Such was the Sheffield welterweight’s desire not to rest on his laurels however, that he demanded a quick turnaround. 'I never expected to be out again so quickly but I can't wait,' Brook said. 'I respect Frankie for stepping up, he has called for this fight for a long time. I feel like I'm unbeatable right now and Gavin isn’t going to be able to cope with my speed and power on fight night. The O2 is one of the best arenas in the world and it’s an honour to headline a card like this.' Gavin had been due to face South African Chris van Heerden in Birmingham on May 9 but has jumped at the chance to fight for a world title. Brook will fight Gavin (pictured) during an action-packed pay-per-view show in London next month . Gavin (right) beat Bogdan Mitic of Serbia on the same night in Sheffield as Brook's return last month . The 29-year-old switched to Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom outfit earlier this year, making his debut on Brook’s undercard in March. He was previously with Frank Warren who guided him to the British and Commonwealth titles but he came unstuck when suffering his first defeat against European champion Leonard Bundu last August. 'These are the fights you want to be part of and are where I belong,' Gavin said. 'I’ve dreamt of a world title and I will be 100 per cent ready physically and mentally for Kell Brook. 'Of course it’s going to be tough but I believe Kell is beatable and I've always felt that I have got the skills and the team to cause an upset.'
Kell Brook will make the second defence of his title in just over two months . He will take on fellow Brit Frankie Gavin at the O2 Arena on May 30 . Brook stopped Jo Jo Dan in the fourth round in Sheffield last month . Anthony Joshua, Lee Selby and Kevin Mitchell will also be on the card . CLICK HERE for all the latest boxing news .
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(CNN)Most companies in South Korea have hoesik at least once a month and sometimes every week. Literally, this means dinner with co-workers. In practice, it means official eating/drinking fests involving multiple rounds of alcohol at multiple venues. For the foreign business traveler, using foreignness as an excuse to bow out of the action only goes so far. The pressure to participate is intense. Drinking etiquette is the first thing you teach foreign guests," says Bryan Do, a Korean-American director at the South Korean branch of a U.S. company. "It was shocking when I first arrived in Korea. "My boss was a graduate of Korea University [renowned for its hardy drinking culture] and at my first hoesik, we started out with everyone filling a beer glass with soju, and downing it on the spot. That was just the beginning." For Koreans, drinking is considered a way to get to know what someone is really like. "I didn't really like it in the beginning," says Charles Lee, a Korean-Canadian who came to Seoul to work for a South Korean company. "I was like, 'Why are you making me drink something when I don't want to?' But once I understood the meaning behind it, I appreciated it more. "There are just some things you can't say at work or talk about over lunch -- people who talk about work at lunch are losers. But when someone offers you a glass of soju, it's an invitation that means that they want to listen to you. "I thought Koreans were impersonal before I drank with them, so the whole context is important." Drinking is such a big part of Korean life that Seoul traffic is said to correspond with the city's drinking culture. Mondays are a big night for hoesik, so there are fewer cars during evening rush hour, as most office workers leave them at work so they can go drinking. Tuesdays are a rest day, while Wednesday and Thursday nights are also big nights for company drinking. Fridays have the worst evening traffic, as everyone is taking their cars home to use with their families over the weekend. So how do you avoid offending someone (worst of all, a superior or client) at a Korean drinking extravaganza? Follow these seven handy rules. Koreans always identify the "higher" person in the relationship, and defer to them accordingly. One of the first things Koreans often ask when meeting someone new is their age. Even someone just a year older is afforded a language of respect, though age is always superseded by a higher position. It's considered rude for anyone to have an empty glass. If a senior person is pouring -- this usually pertains to hard liquor only -- others shouldn't drink until someone has poured the senior a shot. After all glasses are full, everyone says "Gunbae!" and chugs -- usually "one-shotting" the entire glass in one go. While downing alcohol, you should turn your body away from senior figures so that your body visually blocks your drinking action from your senior. Always hold bottles or shot glasses with both hands. By raising your glass or pouring alcohol with one hand, you are establishing yourself as a senior person. If you're not, well, you've just breached protocol. It's always a good idea to find out people's drinking habits beforehand. It shouldn't be difficult to find out what people like to drink or how they behave when intoxicated. Hoesik usually involves changing venues for a different type of alcohol -- i.e., round one is dinner, accompanied by beer, round two is soju, round three is for whiskey, and so on. Be ready for each. Unless you have an airtight reason, refusing alcohol is considered a mood killer and deemed rude. Sorry, but "I don't like soju" doesn't qualify as a good reason not to punish your liver. Neither would "I've been on the wagon for three years." In fact, unless you're pregnant or already puking, what might be a "good reason" not to imbibe elsewhere often won't fly here. It's generally best to accept and discreetly get rid of unwanted alcohol (under the table, into your water cup, out the window) than to refuse it. One of the most popular venues in Korea for business drinking is the karaoke bar. Koreans love singing, as evidenced by the country's staggering number of karaoke bars, as well as the rush of audition programs on Korean television. Your companions won't rest until you sing. They'll coax, threaten, push and cajole until you finally take that mic. Be prepared to crack under the immense peer pressure. If you simply cannot take any more, you can call a black knight (male) or a black rose (female) to your rescue. This entails a person of your choosing drinking your glass for you, but it also means they get a wish. As in, you might soon wish you'd just taken that last shot as you're spelling your name out with your butt in front of your client. Bottoms up. Christopher Cha is a Korean-American writer based in Seoul.
Hoesik is the Korean tradition of eating and drinking together . Anthony Bourdain travels to Korea for the season five premiere of "Parts Unknown"
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(CNN)It's only June, but 2015 may be remembered as the year the term "transgender" fully entered mainstream consciousness. In January, President Obama condemned the persecution of "people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender," becoming the first president to utter the word in a State of the Union address. "Transparent," about an aging father who begins living as a woman, won two top awards at the Golden Globes, while transgender actress Laverne Cox of "Orange is the New Black" -- who made the cover of Time magazine last year -- was just cast in a new CBS drama. The May issue of Vogue has a photo spread with transgender model Andreja Pejic, who said on Instagram this week that she "was told by various people many times over that the chances of me ending up on these pages were slim to none." A transgender character had a recurring storyline on the just-wrapped final season of "Glee," while transgender activist and YouTube star Jazz Jennings will star in a reality show debuting on TLC this summer. And then there's Bruce Jenner, whose physical appearance has become more feminine in recent months as the Olympic hero turned reality TV star underwent a very public gender transition. Jenner ended months of speculation in an interview that aired April 24 on "20/20" with Diane Sawyer. "Are you a woman?" Sawyer asked. "Yes," Jenner replied. Now comes the new issue of Vanity Fair, with Jenner on the cover in makeup and a skimpy dress, along with a new name: Caitlyn. It's more obvious than ever that transgender people, long relegated to society's shadows, are finally stepping into the light. "We are at a social inflection point on transgender issues," says Riki Wilchins, a former transgender activist and author of three books on queer theory, who believes all the attention could have a positive impact. "Civil rights for minorities come in fits and starts. We're on an upswing now." Opinion: Why we need to listen to Bruce Jenner's story . Transgender is an umbrella term for people whose gender identity -- their internal, personal sense of being a man or a woman -- differs from what's typically associated with their sex at birth. Some transgender people alter their bodies through hormones and or surgery, although many don't. A 2011 study estimated that 700,000 American adults, or roughly 0.3% of the population, identified themselves as transgender. For decades, trans people, as many transgender people like to be called, rarely saw themselves represented in popular culture. But recent years have brought the "Dancing with the Stars" contestant Chaz Bono; filmmaker Lana Wachowski, formerly known as Larry Wachowski, a co-director of "The Matrix"; Jared Leto's Oscar-winning role in "Dallas Buyers Club"; and of course, "Orange is the New Black," whose cast is a mix of ethnicities and sexualities. Now, between "Transparent" and other shows, recognition from Obama and tabloid headlines about Jenner, the national conversation around gender identity appears to have reached a new level. All this makes transgender advocates cautiously optimistic. Hayden Mora, deputy chief of staff at the Human Rights Campaign and a transgender man, remains hopeful that the growing number of transgender faces beaming weekly into America's living rooms can only have a positive effect. "I believe that the more people who know transgender people, the more they will understand, accept and support us," Mora says. "That happens only if they acknowledge our humanity, and not treat us like tabloid fodder." The transgender life: What to know, say and understand . Still, activists agree there's a long way to go before transgender people stop facing discrimination or worse. For relatives and friends who are used to seeing someone as male or female, gender changes can be hard to accept. Transgender people have long been misunderstood and persecuted -- as recently as 2012, the American Psychiatric Association classified them as having a mental "disorder." A recent report by the Human Rights Campaign found that transgender people in the United States are more likely to face discrimination from employers and the effects of unemployment and poverty. Many also are denied services from safety-net providers such as emergency shelters. A poll last year found that 59% of Americans believe transgender students should use the bathroom of their birth gender. In December, Attorney General Eric Holder announced that transgender people will receive federal protection from discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. But violence against trans people -- especially transgender women of color -- remains a national plague. According to recent statistics from the Human Rights Campaign, at least 13 transgender women were slain last year in the United States and at least seven have already been killed this year. Of those 20 victims, all but one were black or Latina. "We are definitely in a critical moment for the trans movement. Over the last year we have ... seen an increase in visibility that was unimaginable even just a few years ago," said Kris Hayashi, executive director of the Transgender Law Center. "At the same time it is clear that visibility is not enough." In one case that made national headlines, a transgender Ohio teen committed suicide in late December after her parents refused to acknowledge her wish to live as a girl. "Transgender people are still subject to profound discrimination and violence," said Wilchins. "Greater acceptance is really needed, and long overdue." When your young daughter says 'I'm a boy' So what impact will Bruce Jenner's story have on all this? Gender-rights activists are reluctant to speculate. Some fear the media firestorm around Jenner, fueled by ties to the camera-loving Kardashian clan, trivializes what is a wrenching personal journey for many people. "You want to wish Bruce the best. But at the same time, you wish it wasn't being played out for reality-TV entertainment," said Wilchins, the gender-rights advocate. "Yes, it's great that we're educating people. But we're talking about a civil rights issue that keeps getting recast as entertainment." As a much-hyped TV event, the Jenner interview gave millions of viewers their first exposure to gender-identity questions and put a sympathetic human face on an issue that remains perplexing to many people. But it could also trigger a backlash, some say. Amy Stone, associate professor of sociology and anthropology at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, fears Jenner could provoke those who already are averse to gay or transgender people. Such people "tend to use these moments to frighten the general public, relying on fears about trans women in bathrooms or locker rooms," said Stone, author of numerous books about queer politics and culture. "Usually these moments tap into pre-existing panics about gender or sexuality, not necessarily spawning new ones."
Olympic hero Bruce Jenner appears on Vanity Fair cover as "Caitlyn" Transgender people in the United States are riding an unprecedented wave of visibility . Shows such as "Transparent," "Orange is the New Black" have raised awareness .
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I spoke to Carl Froch for an hour this week and we have talked long and hard about what he is going to do next. Needless to say, we were disappointed to see Julio Cesar Chavez Jnr lose at the weekend against Andrzej Fonfara. It wasn’t a result we were expecting and it also blows away the chance of Froch and Chavez fighting in Las Vegas – a fight Carl wanted. Now we turn to three big fights in the next two months to see what Carl does next. I have held talks with Gennady Golovkin’s manager and there is also the possibility of Bernard Hopkins, but there are three fights coming up where the winner could work for Carl. Carl Froch (left) has not fought since beating George Groves at Wembley last May . Froch has kept in shape and weighs 12st 7lbs - despite being away from the ring for nearly a year now . Froch had hoped to meet Julio Cesar Chavez Jr, but he lost to Andrzej Fonfara last week . There is the possibility of Paul Smith-Andre Ward in the pipeline, Anthony Dirrell versus Badou Jack for the WBC world title and Andre Dirrell’s IBF world title fight against James DeGale, which is the biggest bout of this trio. Anthony Dirrell’s people have already been in touch with me about a Froch fight in the event that he wins, but I wonder if it is big enough. A fight against DeGale still feels to me like the most probable, if he comes through against Dirrell on May 23. That is a huge fight, a proper 50-50, but I fully believe he can do it. For me, from talking to Carl, I think he needs to fight again in 2015 if he is to ever return. If doesn’t come back this year, I don’t think he will. He has been a year out of the ring so let’s see. I know he is going to have an eagle eye on all these fights. The possibility of him retiring is very high but he is still training hard. He is walking around at 12st 7lbs and in the gym four to five days a week. The guy has the hunger but it has to be for the right fight and the right money. My belief is still that it might be DeGale. DeGale has looked sensational in camp and is improving at a brilliant rate – if he wins the title over in the US he will be in a great position. I mentioned Golovkin before. When I was on the phone to Carl he spent 20 minutes talking about the guy. He is a fighter that absolutely fascinates him; it’s a fight that would get everyone talking. I am looking at it. It would have to be at 168lbs and it would be special. I wouldn’t want to be the one to find out how Golovkin punches at the weight but Carl has a sick mind like that. I’m not going to rule that one out. James DeGale (right) has now emerged as the most likely next opponent for Froch on his return . Another option for Froch could be a rematch with Ward, should the American beat Paul Smith . After a disappointing couple of weeks it seems that my hopes to stage Carl Frampton-Scott Quigg this summer are dead in the water. We received no offers from their side and made three of our own – we offered a 50-50 split, a 60-40 in favour of the winner and also a £1.5m guarantee to Frampton. I sent that last offer in writing to them and had no response. You ask yourself who is making these decisions? It is life-changing money for Frampton that has been offered. Let’s hope they don’t spend the rest of their lives kicking themselves. Scott will move on and fight on July 18. I can guarantee that in his next fight he will fight a tougher opponent than Frampton will. Scott Quigg (right, in action against Hidenori Othake) will fight on July 18 against an unnamed opponent . Carl Frampton's team failed to make an offer to fight Quigg, according to his promoter Hearn . Hearn went live on Sky Sports to offer Frampton and his team £1.5m to fight Quigg . Anthony Joshua has been added to my May 9 show in Birmingham, where he will fight Rafael Zumbano Love, the South American champion. He is 6ft 4ins and this will be a good test for Anthony against a big man before he then has his 02 fight against Kevin Johnson on May 30. We are keeping him busy, which is what he wants. I saw him in the gym this week and he is looking awesome. After the Johnson fight he will be out again on July 18 in Manchester and then in September in a big fight. Watch this space. Anthony Joshua (left) beat Jason Gavern (right) last time out and will now face Rafael Zumbano Love .
If Carl Froch doesn't fight in 2015 I'm not sure he'll be back at all . A blockbuster with James DeGale is most likely after Julio Cesar Chavez Jnr defeat - but Anthony Dirrell has made contact . Scott Quigg-Carl Frampton summer fight is dead in the water .
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Two jaguar cubs were proudly unveiled to the public for the first time at a Russian zoo yesterday. The month-old cubs, born March 11, were captured on video sitting before press and public at Leningrad Zoo in Saint Petersburg while photographs were taken of the pair. From the same litter, the two cubs – one black, the other spotty – are the fifth brood of mother and father Agnes and Rock. The cubs were month-old when they were unveiled to press and public on Wednesday . According to the zoo, the two young cats have both reached an ideal weight of 3kg and their teeth have already started to grow. The jaguars are featured in the video away from their parents, and their father will not be involved in the upbringing of the cubs. Jaguars are solitary animals and only see each other while mating, so zoo keepers intend on keeping Rock in a separate enclosure. The two cubs - one black and one spotty - are the fifth brood of mother and father Agnes and Rock . The two young cats have both reached an ideal weight of 3kg and their teeth have already started to grow . Svetlana Shelgunova, Head of the Department of Predatory Mammals at Leningrad Zoo, features in the video. She says: ‘Now they manifested their playful behaviour. Now you can see how jaguar cubs climb on the back of their mother. ‘They often play with their mother and with each other. They will begin to come out of their dens soon.’ The two jaguars are placed into a bucket full of hay to keep warm while one practises its roar . According to the zoo's Head of the Department of Predatory Mammals, the cubs often play with their mother and with each other . Captured in the clip is the two jaguars being placed into a bucket full of hay to keep warm – one can be seen practising its roar. The video concludes with mother Agnes looking out from her den while she waits the return of her babies.
The cubs were a month-old when they were presented to public . According to the zoo their teeth have already started to grow . The two cubs have also reportedly reached ideal weight of 3kg . Jaguars are the fifth brood of mother and father Agnes and Rock .
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This is the shocking dashcam footage which shows a Halford's mechanic taking a customer's car for a joyride at almost double the speed limit when he took it in for an MOT. Shaun Ingram booked his Ford Focus ST in for a major service and MOT at Halfords Autocentre in Plymouth last month, costing £255. But when he went to collect his car, he was shocked to discover that a mechanic had taken it for a spin after his dashcam recorded footage of it being driven at 57mph in a 30 mph zone. Scroll down for video . Footage taken by a dashcam fitted by Shaun Ingram to his Ford Focus ST, which showed a mechanic taking a customer's car for a joyride at 57mph in a 30mph zone . Shaun Ingram, from Saltash in Cornwall, who discovered the footage, says it shows it was a pre-planned thing, not spur of the moment . Mr Ingram, 50, of Saltash in Cornwall, said that his camera recorded almost seven hours of footage, which included the mechanic swearing and boasting about test-driving the car. He explained: 'When I saw the footage I was left open-mouthed. The mechanic was abusing my car and my trust. 'As a nationwide company I thought I had nothing to worry about. But I feel very let down. 'From now on I will always wait by the car whilst it is being serviced.' Mr Ingram, who is a married father-of three and works as a large goods vehicle assessor for Dairy Crest, said that the dashboard camera was not switched but was on standby mode on a motion sensor. He said: 'I was not trying to catch anybody out. I bought the camera- ironically - from a Halfords store in Plymouth last year. The dashcam captured seven hours worth of footage after Mr Ingram left his car at the Plymouth branch of Halfords . Footage showing the car being taken out on a test drive captured by the dashcam. It also showed included the mechanic swearing and boasting about test-driving the car . 'I have it in for road safety purposes because of the way some people drive. 'I did not look at the footage on the Friday afternoon when I picked the car up. 'I saw it the next day and I almost choked on my pasty. The biggest file on there was the road test where the mechanic was doing nearly twice the speed limit. 'I then decided to look at all the footage. There was one clip of him reversing the car off the MOT bay and leaning over to tell a colleague ‘you wait til I road test this later.’ 'That shows that it was something that was pre-planned and not a spur of the moment thing when he was driving my car. Mr Ingram says the dashcam had been switched to standby mode and came on due to its motion sensor . 'There is another clip of him constantly swearing when he can’t find the key sensor. 'I have not been given his name and I don’t need to know unless I get a speeding ticket. 'There is no point getting really angry about it. But it is fair to say I was open-mouthed when I saw the footage. 'I took the laptop in on the Monday morning and the manager was very non-plussed when I showed him the footage. 'Had he apologised then I would have left it. But I have now spoken with the head office and the regional manager and still not received an apology. At least they have started to take it more seriously though. 'I look after my car - it is my biggest asset and cost me nearly £10,000 and it is disgusting that someone like him treats it like this. 'I would never have known about it if I did not have the camera. I did not know it would pick it up but it has proved to be well worth the money.' Halfords have explained that the mechanic who drove the car was a temporary employee at the branch in Plymouth, who has since been removed from this role. The company described his behaviour as “appalling” and offered to refund the cost for the MOT and service. The regional manager for Halfords Autocentres, Darren Stone, also told Mr Stone in an email that the mechanic’s behaviour was unacceptable. He said: 'He drove your car in what I can only describe as an appalling manner. 'I do not and will never condone that level of pure neglect which is why the mechanic in question has been removed from working within the Halfords Autocentre Group.' Meanwhile a spokesperson for Halfords head office said: 'We were really disappointed to find out that this had happened and that we have let the customer down. 'We are treating this isolated incident as a priority and can confirm that the mechanic no longer works at Halfords. 'Please rest assured that we take issues like this very seriously ensuring that our 300 Halfords Autocentres always adhere to all road test procedures.'
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A patient is being treated for suspected rabies in a Northern Ireland hospital. The Public Health Agency (PHA) confirmed the person had recently travelled in an area affected by the disease. They are being assessed in accordance with the 'national risk assessment protocol' at the Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast, the PHA added. A patient at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast is being tested for suspected rabies . Lisa McMurray died at the Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast, in 2009 after contracting rabies while working in South Africa . 'The patient is currently being treated in the Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast, and is being tested for a number of diseases including rabies,' said a spokeswoman. The results of the 'complex' series of tests are not expected to be known until early next week. The PHA refused to reveal any details about the patient, including their gender, age or their condition. Transmission is generally through the bite of an infected animal, usually dogs, but also cats, bats and other wildlife. In the UK, the viral infection that attacks the brain and nervous system has been largely eliminated from the animal population. The NHS website states infections are mostly picked up during travel abroad and are almost always fatal unless early treatment is received. Animal career Lisa McMurray died at the same Belfast hospital in 2009 after contracting rabies. It was thought she contracted the infection while working at an animal sanctuary in South Africa. Ms McMurray had told friends she had been injured while separating two fighting dogs. Today the PHA said there was no increased risk to the wider community as a result of the latests possible case. They stressed that a course of rabies vaccination could prevent infection. Rabies can spread to humans from infected animals through a bite, a scratch, or a lick to broken skin or the eye. You may also be at risk if an animal spits in your face. In very rare cases, rabies can be spread during an organ transplant. Once it enters the body, the rabies virus multiplies before spreading into nerve endings. It then travels to the spinal cord and brain (the central nervous system). Once the virus is in the central nervous system, it multiplies rapidly and spreads to the salivary glands, lungs, kidneys and other organs. Symptoms include high temperature, fear of water, and sensitivity to light. Rabies is almost always fatal unless treated very early. (Source NHS)
Public Health Agency confirm patient is being tested for rabies in hospital . Say that the person had recently travelled to area affected by disease . Rabies is a viral infection that attacks the brain and nervous system .
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Her neighbour’s leylandii hedge stands 40ft tall and, says Audrey Alexander, has left parts of her garden in deep shade. What’s more, it now seems likely to remain that way. Despite a 35-year fight to get the trees cut down to size, the council has ruled they can stay. It is the final defeat in a battle that involved two generations of Mrs Alexander’s family. It kicked off 35 years ago when Mrs Alexander’s aunt found her vegetable patch at the property would not grow anything worth eating because of the leylandii. A row between neighbours over a 40ft high leylandii hedge (pictured) has finally come to and end after 35 years . The battle between the neighbouring properties started in 1980 when the owner planted a vegetable patch which withered and died in the shade of her neighbour's massive hedge . Then, 23 years ago, single mother Mrs Alexander bought the house and asked her neighbour Jeanette Robinson to trim the hedge. She claims Mrs Robinson refused and declared: ‘I would rather move than touch these trees.’ The dispute rumbled on, with Mrs Alexander, 54, claiming that the trees knocked £20,000 off the value of her property. She sensed an opportunity, however, with the passing of the High Hedge Act in Scotland in 2013 which allows local authorities to take action in such cases. Stirling Council has finally ruled that the hedge can stay, despite claims it has knocked £20,000 off the value of neighbour Audrey Alexander's house (pictured) The situation came to a head in 2008, when a 65ft section of hedge is said to have fallen and demolished a neighbour's garden shed . Audrey Alexander (pictured) also claims other neighbours have had to move their children from their bedrooms at night for fear of the falling branches . But her council has ruled that Mrs Robinson can keep the hedge, although it has to be cut to 20ft. Mrs Alexander said the ruling made ‘no difference’. The High Hedge Act 2013 allows neighbours to complain to the council when a hedgerow blocks sunlight from reaching their garden. Complainants and the hedge's owner are encouraged to resolve the issue between themselves and councils should only be called in to help as a last resort. Because the effect the hedge has is not always clear, disputes can last for years before an agreement can be reached. The local authority can either issue a high hedge notice, which orders owners to cut the hedge back, or decide not to act. The local authority cannot make any orders about the roots of the hedge. She added: ‘The whole situation is appalling – the legislation is about giving people the right to sunlight. ‘It’s a disgrace and I feel extremely let down.’ The neighbour refused to comment. Mrs Alexander’s only option is the courts which she cannot afford to do. Over the years she had used the mediation services of Stirling District Council to try to resolve the issue. The situation came to a head in 2008, when she claims a 65ft section of hedge fell, demolishing a neighbour’s garden shed. Following the introduction of the High Hedge Act, Stirling Council found in her favour but the neighbour appealed and won the 20ft ruling. Dr Colin Watson, of Scothedge, a group which demands the end of ‘high hedge tyranny’, said that the council’s decision was ‘pretty crazy’. A council spokesman said the decision was made ‘after carrying out a site inspection and considering all the evidence’. Mrs Alexander said her aunt, now 87, had moved to France to enjoy ‘sunshine and gardening’. Ms Alexander called in Stirling District Council to try to solve the quarrel, but no solution could be found and the feud continued . The council ruled that the hedge should be cut to about 20ft, a height which Ms Alexander claims will still block most of her sunlight .
Audrey Alexander wanted her neighbours to chop down their huge hedge . She claims the 40ft leylandii was blocking sunlight from reaching her home . Feud started in 1980 when it blocked light from reaching a vegetable patch . Council finally rules that the hedge can stay - but must be cut back to 20ft .
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Harry Panayiotou has scooped the Barclays Premier League Player of the Month award after impressing for an in-form Leicester City side in March. The striker, 20, scored three goals, including those in impressive victories against Sunderland and reigning champions Chelsea, and has been chosen ahead of all the players in Division 1 and 2 based on his performance statistics. Panayiotou also netted a hat-trick in his third game for St Kitts and Nevis on international duty, and is looking to make an impression under Nigel Pearson at the King Power Stadium. Sportsmail held an exclusive Q&A with the forward after he found out about the accolade. Harry Panayiotou has scooped the Barclays Premier League U21 Player of the Month award for March . Congratulations, Harry. How would you describe your style of play at Leicester? Hold up play, roll the defender. And I've got a good burst of acceleration! Who do you look up to in the first team? Jeff (Schlupp). I grew up with Jeff so to see him come through the youth ranks, he's definitely my role model. Do you train with them often? I do, but not as much as I'd like to. Your record at Leicester reads one game, one goal. How did that come about? I was a first year and I scored 20 goals that season. They had nothing to play for [against Leeds] so they chucked me up there, and I came on and scored! How often do you speak to Nigel Pearson? Not too much this season, he's a busy guy! But when he has a chance to come talk to me, he comes and talks to me. Is your goal to make it at Leicester next season, or go out on loan? I'm Leicester born and bred and my goal is to make the first team, that's all I've ever wanted to do, it's not about going anywhere else to me. I'd love for us to stay in the Premier League, and I believe I can handle it. Panayiotou hopes to make Leicester City's first team in the Premier League and has grown up nearby . How do you relax away from football? Chill with my friends, I'm around some really good people. On to that international hat-trick... how did you get to play for St Kitts? My mum and grandma are from St Kitts, and my grandma passed away when I was younger - so making the choice to play for them came from the heart. What was the reaction when you came back? Everyone's jealous when I go away (laughs), but they were still really happy. U21 manager Steve [Beaglehole] couldn't stop looking at me for a week! Where did you play, and what was it like? Turks and Caicos. It was really hot!  When you go to the Caribbean, you either have to train at 7am or at night time. The players in the Caribbean are much stronger and really quick, so you have to think quick - that's all it is. Some of them aren't the best players but they have certainly got a lot of strength so you've got to adapt to that. Any St Kitts players you would tip to make it? Romaine Sawyers from Walsall, he's technically brilliant. I think he'll get a move this summer because he's really good. And our captain is doing great with FC Dallas in the MLS right now, Atiba Harris. There's a few others from England, who could definitely be higher up but they just haven't been seen. Panayiotou posted this picture on Twitter with the caption 'motherland' while he was away on international duty . Last album you listened to? I went to the Nicki Minaj concert the other day [in Nottingham[ so has to be The Pink Print . Last film? Fast and furious 7... emotional to be fair. Last holiday (apart from your international break!)? Egypt . A player you would tip to make it at Leicester? Ben Chilwell (England U19 international) Best advice you've received from a first team player? I remember Andy King once speaking to me. He said when you come and make an impression, don't worry about what anyone has to say and just make sure you're seen. Keep working hard, going to the gym, keep practicing. Best player you've ever played against? Sammy Ameobi, he's got great feet, we played him a tournament a couple of years ago. For how tall he is it's actually amazing, and his finishing is on point! What would you be doing if you weren't a footballer? I've always seen myself as a footballer. Nothing else. Maybe I'd be in the Caribbean, it's just peaceful. The striker battles with Everton's Ryan Ledson during an Under 21 Premier League game in January . The award has been established to recognise the next generation of players coming through, coinciding with Barclays' own work to encourage the next generation of fans, which will see thousands of tickets and unique football experiences given away via the Barclays Spirit of the Game website. A winner will be selected every month for the rest of the season, as well as the Barclays Under 21 Premier League Player of the Season being unveiled in May.
Harry Panayiotou selected from 24 teams in Division One and Two . 20-year-old scored in Leicester City wins against Sunderland and Chelsea . Also netted a hat-trick in his third game for St Kitts and Nevis . Under 21 Premier League Player of the Month award based on statistics . Sportsmail held an exclusive interview with young striker .
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English cricket’s new bosses flexed their muscles when Paul Downton paid the price for a humiliating World Cup by being sacked as managing director. Downton was fired by new ECB chief executive Tom Harrison, in conjunction with chairman-elect Colin Graves, after a ring-round to each of the 14 members of the governing body’s management board ahead of their spring meeting today. The decision to sack a man who has endured a traumatic 14 months since succeeding Hugh Morris after England’s Ashes whitewash was unanimous, with one board member saying Downton was just ‘too accident prone’. Paul Downton has left his role as managing director of England and Wales Cricket Board . Downton leaves his role as ECB managing director following England's shameful performance at World Cup . It was Downton who took the huge call to sack Kevin Pietersen and then re-appointed Peter Moores, calling him ‘the outstanding coach of his generation’. He also oversaw the sacking of Alastair Cook as one-day captain. Former England captain Michael Vaughan immediately said he would like to speak to the ECB about the newly created job of director of England cricket and Andrew Strauss is another possible candidate. Ultimately it was England’s failure to negotiate the first round of the World Cup after an embarrassing defeat by Bangladesh and crushing reverses against Australia and New Zealand, coupled with disenchantment at their management style from many supporters, that did for former England and Middlesex wicketkeeper-batsman Downton. ‘The England Cricket Department needs to deliver performance at the highest level and our structure needs to be accountable for reaching the standards we aspire to,’ said Harrison in an ECB statement. ‘The new role we are putting in place will deliver an environment where world-class performance is at the heart of everything we do.’ Michael Vaughan (left) immediately threw his hat in the ring to replace the departed Downton . Vaughan's successor as England captain, Andrew Strauss (centre), is also thought to be a contender . That new role will be director of England cricket, a subtle but crucial change of title which will take the business aspect of the role away from the new man and effectively make him a supremo and, possibly, head selector. That makes James Whitaker, now the national selector, extremely vulnerable even though England won the last three Tests they played last summer and he could leave as soon as today’s board meeting at Lord’s. Yet Harrison played down any suggestion that this makes Moores, still with much to prove in his second coming as England coach, more vulnerable and that the door could now be nudged further ajar for the return of Pietersen, who has rejoined Surrey after being apparently encouraged by Graves. ‘This doesn’t impact on Peter Moores’ position at all,’ Harrison said later on Sky. ‘This is with respect to delivering an environment for the future.’ Downton's job description has been abolished as a result following England's dismal World Cup showing . England selector James Whitaker (left) and former managing director Downton during a nets session . Moores (from left to right), Downton and England captain Alastair Cook during the press conference . OCTOBER 2013 . Downton, a former England wicketkeeper, is appointed managing sirector of England and Wales Cricket Board, with his position taking effect from February 1, 2014. FEBRUARY 2014 . After the Ashes whitewash, Kevin Pietersen and head coach Andy Flower are sacked. After days of silence, the official line on Pietersen’s dismissal is that the ECB wanted to ‘create a culture’ in which captain Alastair Cook had ‘the full support of all players’. MARCH 2014 . England suffer a humiliating 45-run defeat to Holland in the World T20. Ravi Bopara top-scored for England with just 18. APRIL 2014 . Downton appoints Peter Moores, who had spent the previous four seasons as head coach at Lancashire, for a second spell as England head coach. MAY 2014 . Downton and the ECB issue an apology to Pietersen for claiming he appeared ‘disinterested’ and ‘distracted’ during the fifth Ashes Test in Sydney. JUNE 2014 . England lose a Test series at home to Sri Lanka. The south Asian side had previously won on English soil in 1998 — in a one-off Test match. JULY-AUG 2014 . England lose the second Test against India, but come back to win the home series 3-1. In the fifth Test, England inflict upon India their third heaviest defeat in history. DECEMBER 2014 . Cook is sacked as one-day captain and replaced by Eoin Morgan, marking the end of a sorry year for England in which they won just 18 of their 48 matches across all formats. FEBRUARY-MARCH 2015 . England endure a dreadful World Cup campaign, failing to advance from the group stage and finishing behind Bangladesh, who sealed their exit with a 15-run victory. APRIL 2015 . Downton departs as ECB managing director. The ECB are to create a new role of ‘director of England Cricket’ ahead of the Ashes series.
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Terry Richardson is both one of the most famous and most controversial photographers in the fashion industry. Known as much for his racy - often pornographic - photo shoots as he is for the sexual assault allegations that have been made against him. And this week he faced accusations from the model Kate Upton that he had released footage of her dancing in a bikini without her permission. Scroll down for video . In a new interview with Vogue Kate Upton has revealed that the photographer Terry Richardson released footage of her dancing in a bikini in a video called 'Cat Daddy' without her permission . In an excerpt from an interview Kate did with Vogue in June 2014, it was claimed that Kate was not happy with Terry for releasing the 'Cat Daddy' footage which has been viewed more than 22 million times. In the one-minute-long film, which played a huge part in Kate's rise to fame, and which was uploaded to YouTube two years ago, Kate is seen dancing seductively in a tiny red string bikini - the model says the film was not meant to be for public consumption. Alexa Chung writes in Vogue: 'Terry Richardson found himself on the receiving end of her wrath in May 2012, when he uploaded his now infamous video of Upton in a teeny-weeny bikini doing the Cat Daddy, a dance craze that appears to involve a lot of grinding, "paws" aloft. 'The video received millions of hits on YouTube - not to mention a number of slow-motion versions for the more discerning customer - but, at the time, Upton was horrified because the behind-the-scenes video had been filmed for fun, not something she expected would make the final cut.' Terry has worked with Miley Cyrus (left) and Kim Kardashian (right) shooting them in his New York studio . Terry sat front row at the Alexander Wang fashion show in September 2013 alongside Kanye West . When asked about the situation Kate said: 'I was like, "That was disrespectful, you could have told me!''.' But Upton also adds that there's no bad blood over the YouTube video anymore. 'Now, obviously, it's fine.' However this is not the first time that the 49-year-old photographer who has shot everyone from Miley Cyrus to Kim Kardashian in his New York studio has faced controversy. In fact, to say Richarson's reputation precedes him would be an understatement. He is the man who the Guardian once referred to as 'fashion's shameful secret'. Known to many as 'Uncle Terry,' one of his more controversial shots includes a woman giving a man - thought to be Terry - fellatio whilst he is dressed as a horse. Further sexual shots show Richardson completely nude dressed as the devil and with models who are sexually stimulating him with their hands or mouths. Terry is a regular on the red carpet at some of the biggest event sin the world, he is pictured here heading into the Vanity Fair Oscar's party . Indeed it's been more than ten years since Terry first hit the headlines for his questionable behaviour. In 2004 an intern named 'Alex' was photographed performing oral sex on the photographer while wearing a tiara labelled 'slut', something which the Terry described at the time as, 'It's Sesame Street!' Then in 2009, a model called Sena Cech claimed that Terry's assistant had asked her to give him a handjob, apparently telling her: 'Sena, can you grab his c*** and twist it real hard? He likes it when you squeeze it real hard and twist it.' In 2010 a model named Rie Rasmussen confronted Terry at a party in Paris after he placed pictures of her next to underage models in his book - in America, models under the age of 18 are considered underage. She said: 'He takes girls who are young, manipulates them to take their clothes off and takes pictures of them they will be ashamed of. 'They are too afraid to say no because their agency booked them on the job and are too young to stand up for themselves.' Terry poses with Pharrell Williams (left) and James Franco (right) doing his signature thumbs up pose . Terry is good friends with Lady Gaga who has previously starred in his risque shoots - the pair were spotted hanging out together in New York in 2010 . Furthermore in 2010 one of the most disturbing allegations was made against Richardson. One model named Jamie Peck revealed that when she was 19 she worked with the photographer on two separate occasions. Jamie said that the second time she had her period and Terry asked 'to take my tampon out for him to play with. "I love tampons!" he said, in that psychotically upbeat way that temporarily convinces so many girls that what's fun for Uncle Terry is fun for them.' She refers to the fact that Terry wanted to make 'Tampon tea,' with her used sanitary product. Jamie revealed that she also sexually stimulated the photographer with her hand and was encouraged to do so not only by Terry but by his team after he took all of his clothes off. Terry once told the Observer of his shoots: 'A lot of it starts with me saying to a girl, "Do you want to do nudes?" And they're like, "I don't want to be naked". 'So I say, "I'll be naked and you take the pictures. You can have the camera. You can have the phallus".' Despite the allegations which have been levied against him Terry remains popular within the fashion industry pictured here with Ralph Lauren and Emmanuelle Alt . Last year model Sara Ziff spoke to Huffington Post Live about working with Terry and said: 'You are going to a casting to possibly shoot with him for Harper's Bazaar, whose one of his clients. 'That's a legitimate job, and he will ask you to take your clothes off for the casting and in some cases give him sexual favors. 'I have spoken with other models who have been in these situations, and he makes you feel like you're being a prude or you are somehow weird if you are not willing to just go with the flow because it's all cool. It's all fine.' She also revealed that there is a, 'ring of silence,' in the fashion industry as young women feel pressured to keep quite in order to further their careers. Richardson rarely responds to the allegations levied against him, but in March 2014 - after a model posted a piece on Reddit including a string of sexual assault accusations he wrote an open letter for Page Six. Charlotte Waters claimed that during her shoot Terry became aggressive and it 'became sexual act after sexual act.' Terry poses with Hilton sisters Paris (left) and Nicky (right) at the opening of his Terrywood exhibition in 2012 . In the letter, posted by the US gossip website, Richardson said that the accusations were 'false,' 'hate filled libelous tales.' He said: 'Enabled and protected by the freewheeling and often times anonymous nature of the Internet, people have become comfortable concocting hate-filled and libelous tales about my professional and personal lives. 'In writing this, I make a humble attempt at correcting these rumors, because I have come to realize that absent my voice in the conversation, all that remain are the lies.' He said: 'I have never used an offer of work or a threat of rebuke to coerce someone into something that they did not want to do. 'I give everyone that I work with enough respect to view them as having ownership of their free will and making their decisions accordingly, and as such, it has been difficult to see myself as a target of revisionist history.' The model Daisy Lowe has previously defended Terry saying: 'He just exudes this sexual energy, so he doesn't need to ask girls to take off their clothes. Honestly, they just do it.' Terry poses with troubled actress Lindsay Lohan . Terry's lost numerous over the years and there are many people in the fashion industry who no longer work with him. These include shopping giants Target and H&M and brands such as Vogue, the New York Times and Equinox. The model Coco Rocha said in 2010: 'I've shot with [Terry Richardson], but I didn't feel comfortable and I won't do it again.' However Richardson remains popular within the celebrity circuit and is often seen partying with the likes of Kanye West and Pharrell Williams. And he still works with the likes of Harper's Bazaar and brands such as Supreme and Yves Saint Laurent. Designer Marc Jacobs once defended Terry as being, 'not ill-spirited.' Terry's career as a photographer came after he failed to make it as a punk rock musician. He got his first big break in 1994 with a shoot for Vibe magazine. Since then he has enjoyed a stint living in London working for publications such as The Face and Arena but now shoots mainly from his studio in New York. The photographer has also directly music videos in his time. One of the most controversial was for Lady Gaga. Terry shot the video for Do What U Want a collaboration between Gaga and R Kelly last year, however, the project was later scrapped. TMZ later obtained a clip of the highly sexualised film which one anonymous source told the New York Post was, 'literally an ad for rape.' The clip shows Gaga lying on a hospital bed, she is put under anesthetic by R Kelly who then fondles her body along with a series of models. MailOnline have contacted a representative for Terry for comment.
Terry Richardson is accused of releasing film without model permission . The minute-long footage shows Upton dancing in a skimpy bikini . The photographer has long courted controversy . He has previously been accused of sexual assaulting young models . Richardson has previously denied the allegations made against him .
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The continents of North and South America came together much earlier than previously thought, according to researchers who found evidence in rock deposits from ancient rivers in Colombia of the land bridge that connected the long-isolated landmasses. The two continents are linked at Panama, but there has been a debate about when this land bridge first appeared, with most experts placing its formation at about 3 million years ago. The new study, published on Thursday in the journal Science, presents evidence that the Panama land bridge formed at least 10 million years earlier. Before the Isthmus of Panama rose from the sea by tectonic and volcanic action, the Central American Seaway linked the Atlantic to the Pacific as one great ocean. The various continents, sitting atop huge plates akin to jigsaw puzzle pieces sliding over Earth's mantle, have slowly moved around the globe during the planet's history. They have separated, drifted and joined numerous times in a process called plate tectonics. South America became an isolated landmass when it separated from Africa. Likewise, North America broke apart from Europe and headed on a gradual collision course with South America. Until then, a deep water channel called the Central American Seaway separated the continents. The researchers base their estimate on the presence of small grains of a mineral called zircon unearthed in ancient river bedrock in northern Colombia that originated in Panama and were 13 million to 15 million years old. These grains suggested the land bridge must have existed at that time, they said. 'We contend that a bridge, perhaps a transient one, was present since 13 to 15 million years ago,' said geologist Camilo Montes of Universidad de los Andes in Bogota, who led the study. 'Beds younger than about 13 to 15 million years contain abundant zircon grains with a typically Panamanian age,' said Montes. 'Older beds do not. 'We think these zircons were deposited by rivers flowing from the Isthmus of Panama when it docked to South America, nearly 10 million years earlier than the date of 3 million years that is usually given for the connection.' The various continents, sitting atop huge plates akin to jigsaw puzzle pieces sliding over Earth's mantle, have slowly moved around the globe during the planet's history. They have separated, drifted and joined numerous times in a process called plate tectonics. South America became an isolated landmass when it separated from Africa. Likewise, North America broke apart from Europe and headed on a gradual collision course with South America. One of the most dramatic results of the joining of the two Americas was the mixing of the animals living on the respective landmasses, with various creatures crossing the land bridge to invade the other continent. The event is known as the Great American Biological Interchange. After the Isthmus of Panama formed, animals and plants could move back and forth between continents, the Great American Biological Interchange. Smithsonian scientists are debating when this happened. South America had a unique animal population, with exotic marsupials including saber-toothed predators, as well as elephant-sized ground sloths, car-sized armadillos, camel-like creatures with elephant trunks and giant flightless, carnivorous 'terror birds.' North America had a quite different and impressive array of placental mammals including saber-toothed cats and other feline predators, huge short-faced bears, wolves and various herbivores including big elephant relatives and horses. The two continents continue to move together. 'Yes, the plates are moving today,' Montes said. 'They never stop.' Sorry we are not currently accepting comments on this article.
Researchers had previously believed continents connected 3m years ago . Deep water channel called Central American Seaway separated continents .
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Hundreds of explorers, theorists and fantasists have spent their lives searching for the infamous 'big-foot'. But a leading geneticist believes he has found evidence to prove that it - or rather she - could have been more than a myth. Professor Bryan Sykes of the University of Oxford claims a towering woman named Zana who lived in 19th Century Russia - and appeared to be 'half human, half ape' - could have been the fabled yeti. Witnesses described the six-foot, six-inches tall woman discovered in the Caucasus mountains between Georgia and Russia as having 'all the characteristics of a wild animal' - and covered in thick auburn hair. Scroll down for video . Historic: A leading genetecist claims a towering woman named Zana (artist's representation) who lived in 19th Century Russia - and appeared to be 'half human, half ape' - could have been the fabled yeti . Proof: DNA evidence from Zana's granddaughter (left) and the remains of her son Khwit (right) seemed proved that Zana was of African descent even though she lived in the wild Caucusus . Wild: Zana was discovered and trapped by a local merchant who hired a group of hunters to hunt her down in the region of Ochamchir - and she was eventually tamed by a nobleman on his estate in Tkhina . Treacherous: It is thought Zana roamed the remote Caucusus mountains, where Sykes says her African ancestors lived for many generations . Trapped: A merchant found Zana in the Ochamchir region of western Georgia and after hunters caught her, they placed her in a ditch surrounded by sharp spikes . Mythical: Witnesses described the six-foot, six-inches tall woman as having 'all the characteristics of a wild animal' (fabled 'big-foot' pictured) Experts believe the wandering 'Wild Woman' was found lurking in the remote region of Ochamchir in the Republic of Abkhazia. She was captured by a local merchant in the 1850s who hired a group of hunters to subdue and shackle her in the mountainous terrain. Professor Sykes claims Zana was kept in a 'ditch surrounded by sharpened spikes' and sold from owner to owner until she came to serve nobleman Edgi Genaba as a servant. Famously known as the ape woman, Zana had at least four children by local men and some of her descendants still live in the region, the Times reported. Sykes made an astonishing discovery when he carried out saliva tests on six of her living relatives and the tooth of her deceased son Khwit. The DNA analysis revealed that they all contained the right amount of African DNA for Zana the ape woman to be '100 per cent African' but remarkably she did not resemble any known group. Discovery: Professor Bryan Sykes of the University of Oxford analysed the DNA of her living relatives in the Caucuses region and found west-African genes . Myth? The first accounts of the Yeti emerged before the 19th century from Buddhists who believed that the creature inhabited the Himalayas . Her resemblance was that of a wild beast - 'the most frightening feature of which was her expression which was pure animal,' one Russian zoologist wrote in 1996. The man who organised various eyewitness accounts of Zana wrote: 'Her athletic power was enormous. Evidence: In his book 'Nature of the Best', Sykes argues that Zana could be the yeti . She would outrun a horse and swim across the Moskva river even when it rose in violent high tide.' Some have argued that she was a runaway Ottoman slave but Professor Sykes says her 'unparalleled DNA' refutes that theory. He believes her ancestors came out of Africa over 100,000 years ago and lived in the remote Caucasus for many generations. Zana was eventually 'tamed' by the nobleman who bought her as a servant and kept her on his estate in Tkhina in the Republic of Abkhazia. Accounts from the time claim she was incredibly muscular, slept outdoors and ran around naked until she died on the estate in 1890. Some of his colleagues doubt his other findings - which include a claim that an unknown species of bear might account for yeti sightings in Bhutan. Despite the lack of hard proof from the analysis of the alleged 'yeti hairs', he says he has developed a strong sense that 'something is out there' after speaking to dozens of witnesses. Professor Sykes could not say if the yeti, bigfoot or the Russian almasty is the best candidate for a surviving race of human 'apemen'. He said: 'Bigfoot has many more people trying to find it. But I suppose either the yeti or the alma / almasty, which live in inaccessible and very thinly populated regions, is the most likely.' The first accounts of Yetis emerged before the 19th century from Buddhists who believed that the creature inhabited the Himalayas. They depicted the mysterious beast as having similarities to an ape and carrying a large stone as a weapon while making a whistling sound. In 1832, an explorer who had his account of trekking in Nepal published in the Journal of the Asiatic Society of Bengal spoke of seeing tall, bipedal creature covered with long dark hair, which seemed to flee in fear. The term Abominable Snowman was developed in 1921 following a book by Lieutenant-Colonel Charles Howard-Bury called Mount Everest The Reconnaissance. Popular interest in creature gathered pace in early 20th century as tourists began making their own trips to the region to try and capture the Yeti. They reported seeing strange markings in the snow. Mystical: Hundreds of explorers, theorists and fantasists have spent their lives searching for the infamous 'big-foot' The Daily Mail led a trip called the the Snowman Expedition in 1954 to Everest. During the trip mountaineering leader John Angelo Jackson photographed ancient paintings of Yetis and large footprints in the snow. A number of hair samples were also found that were believed to have come from a Yeti scalp. British mountaineer Don Whillans claimed to have witnessed a creature when scaling Annapurna in 1970. He said that while searching for a campsite he heard some odd cries which his guide attributed to a Yeti's call. That night, he saw a dark shape moving near his camp. In recent times, there have been more reported Yeti sightings and at a conference in Russia in 2011, scientists declared they were 95 per cent certain of the existence of Yetis. In 2013, a scientist claimed that the Yeti was a distant relative of the polar bear, which is thought to have died out more than 40,000 years ago. But researchers have shown that the two hair samples analysed actually originated from a modern polar bear, and a type of rare bear native to the high mountain ranges.
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Swansea manager Garry Monk insists Newcastle's players will not be affected by any supporters' protests at St James' Park on Saturday. The Magpies have lost their last six Barclays Premier League games under caretaker manager John Carver and more demonstrations are planned for the visit of Swansea after a significantly smaller crowd than usual saw last weekend's 3-1 home defeat to Tottenham. Campaign organisers protesting over Mike Ashley's ownership have said they will support anyone who wishes to boycott once again and have asked fans to stand up on 34 minutes inside St James' Park on Saturday - to reflect the £34million the club left in the bank during the last financial year rather than investing in the squad. Newcastle United fans have planned a mass protest against owner Mike Ashley on Saturday afternoon . At least 10,000 supporters stayed away from St James' Park for the club's last home game against Spurs . Fans are unhappy at the club's lack of ambition, despite owner Ashley having £34million in the bank . But Monk claims the backdrop to the game will have no bearing on the actual 90 minutes, saying: 'As a player there's nothing you can do about that - you have to concentrate on your football. 'No player goes out on the pitch without the intention of giving his best and I'm sure all the Newcastle fans will be thinking that. 'They'll want to put on a display and do well in front of their crowd and bounce back from recent results, and as a player you are there to perform.' The supporters' group have asked fans to stand in the 34th minute of Saturday's match against Swansea . Carver was handed the Newcastle reins until the end of the season after Alan Pardew quit the club in late December to become Crystal Palace boss. And Monk sees similarities between himself and Carver as he became Swansea manager in February 2014 with the Welsh outfit involved in a relegation battle at the time. 'I was in that position at the end of last season, although maybe it's a little bit different because John's been a coach for a number of years and has got that experience,' said Monk, whose side have equalled Swansea's best ever Premier League points total with five games still remaining. Fans boycotting the Spurs match hold banners demanding the resignation of Ashley as Newcastle director . 'But in terms of taking over at a difficult moment for the club and trying to get results straight away, it's similar. 'The times I've met him, he's a fantastic guy with a lot of experience, he speaks well and is pushing his players to get the best. That's in his character, and you see that in his interviews. 'I have sympathy for him in a way because as a manager you have to get results, but I'm sure he is giving 100 per cent and putting all his knowledge and experience into it.' Newcastle supporters have also been asked to take part in peaceful protests outside Sports Direct stores . Swansea are unbeaten on their three Premier League visits to Newcastle, winning twice and drawing once, and secured their top-flight status last season by winning 2-1 at St James' Park towards the end of April. 'We've done well there over the years and it's a great place to go and play your football,' Monk said. 'You're in the game to play in those big stadiums and our players are used to those arenas now as they are established Premier League players. 'Hopefully we can use the crowd against the team if we perform well, but the idea is to focus on ourselves and put our best football on the pitch.' Swansea boss Garry Monk (right) insists Newcastle's players will not be affected by the protests .
Newcastle United face Swansea at St James' Park on Saturday . The Magpies have lost their last six Barclays Premier League games . Fans group AshleyOut.com have asked supporters to stand in 34th minute . Swansea are unbeaten in their three Premier League visits to Newcastle .
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Victoria Beckham might be one of the world's most successful fashion designers, but she still can't seem to pip her husband at the style stakes. A new poll of the most fashionable Brits puts David at number three, with Victoria trailing behind at number nine. Movie great Audrey Hepburn beat stiff competition from members of the Royal Family and the Beckhams to be voted the most stylish Brit of all time, according to the poll. David Beckham and his wife Victoria both . Victoria Beckham strapless dress . Show off your figure . Visit site . Victoria Beckham as always, looking sleek and sophisticated wearing one of her own designs to the Vanity Fair Oscar party in February 2014. And while this dress might have been from VB's AW'13 collection, a year later it just goes to show how timeless Victoria Beckham's designs really are - they look better if anything. A bit like David Beckham, really. Show off your shoulders and look effortlessly stylish in a long figure hugging shape, so simple you barely need accessories, if anything a hint of red lipstick to add a pop of colour. Although this dress is skintight, it’s extremely flattering for curves and will emulate an hourglass shape. Accentuate your waist by adding a belt and add a slick of black nail polish like Victoria to complete the outfit. Sadly this dress is no longer available but check out her current designs at Neiman Marcus or check out our favourites from the high street that will be perfect for party season. Coast Ciella silk maxi dress . Visit site . Line & Dot grey back line dress from Shoptiques . Visit site . Dessy Collection strapless crepe dress in dove grey at Nordstrom . Visit site . Topshop mesh skater dress . Visit site . The survey of 2000 people revealed that 'Breakfast at Tiffany's' star Audrey Hepburn is Britain's number one style icon with over a quarter of the vote. Princess Diana came second just ahead of former England captain David Beckham, who was the highest placed male in the list. The Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton came fourth in the British style stakes with 1960's fashion icon Twiggy completing the top five. The poll, which was commissioned for the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S6, saw a major victory for the women in the style stakes as they take seven spots in the top ten. Audrey Hepburn won the poll, while supermodel Kate Moss came in at number 10 . 1. Audrey Hepburn (27 per cent) 2. Princess Diana (23 per cent) 3. David Beckham (17 per cent) 4. Kate Middleton (15 per cent) 5. Twiggy (10 per cent) 6. Queen Elizabeth I (10 per cent) 7. Sean Connery (9 per cent) 8. David Bowie (8 per cent) 9. Victoria Beckham (8 per cent) 10. Kate Moss (8 per cent) Bizarrely, just outside the top five was Queen Elizabeth I, with James Bond actor Sean Connery coming seventh in the poll. Music legend David Bowie came in eighth place, just beating former Spice Girl turned fashion designer, Victoria Beckham. Despite being at the forefront of British fashion for the last two decades Kate Moss only just scraped it in to the poll in tenth place. The study also revealed the biggest fashion faux pas once over the age of 30 - hot pants were voted number one for women and ponytails for men. Other no-no's past the age of 30 were mini-skirts and boob tubes for girls and skinny jeans and football shirts for men. But it's not all bad news as 37 was voted as the most stylish age for men and it was age 36 for women. The royal family got a good show - Princess Diana came second, Kate Middleton came fourth and Queen Elizabeth I came sixth . David Bowie came number eight on the poll, while Twiggy came fifth . The lucky celebrities currently at the height of their fashion peak include TV presenter and model Myleene Klass, Gone Girl actress and recent Oscar nominee Rosamund Pike. For the men, one of the UK's biggest rising acting stars Tom Hardy. The survey also showed that nearly one in five would scrap a potential second date with someone they did not think was stylish. It also pays to look good when trying to influence people -  nearly half of those questioned said they agreed that stylish people seem more powerful or authoritative. Women:                                                            Men: . 1. Hot Pants - 31%                                           1. Ponytails - 34% . 2. Mini Skirts – 25%                                         2. Baggy, worn below the waist jeans – 23% . 3. Tube tops – 20%                                         3. Dropped crotch trousers – 22% . 4. Leopard print – 11%                                    4. Skinny jeans – 17% . 5. Crop tops – 10%                                          5. Football shirts – 11% .
David Beckham has come third in a poll of most stylish Brits . Audrey Hepburn scooped the top prize and Princess Diana came second . Bizarrely, Queen Elizabeth I featured at number six .
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Reaching out: Third-grade teacher Kyle Schwartz devised a lesson plan last month, which has spread to classrooms across the nation via Twitter . A third-grade teacher in Denver, Colorado has sparked a sensation on Twitter, after asking her students to open up about their personal struggles. Kyle Schwartz has been a teacher for three years, and says that many of her students at Doull Elementary School come from underprivileged backgrounds, with 92 per cent of the student body qualifying for free or reduced lunch. Seeking to understand a bit more about their lives, Schwartz last month thought up a lesson plan called 'I wish my teacher knew...' She asked all for he children to write down one thing they wanted to tell her, but wouldn't normally in the classroom situation and the results were heartbreaking. The first note that Schwartz shared on twitter was from a student who said they didn't have pencils at home to do their homework. That note especially touched Schwartz. 'I care deeply about each and every one of my students and I don't want any of them to have to suffer the consequences of living in poverty, which is my main motivation for teaching,' Schwartz told ABC News. Another, spoke about missing her father, who was deported back to Mexico six years ago. Hoping to learn more about her students' personal struggles, Schwartz asked them to answer the qestion 'I wish my teacher knew...' on a piece of paper and turn it in to her anonymously or share it with the class. Schwartz sais she found the above note from a student who didn't have pencils at home to do homework especially heartbreaking . Alone: After trying out the lesson plan, Schwartz says she not only learned more about her students, she saw a change in how they interacted with each other. For example,  a group of girls invited one student to play at recess after hearing in class that they felt they had no friends . Heartbreak at home: One student wrote about missing her father, who was deported six years ago back to Mexico . Language barrier: Another student in Schwartz's class wrote about a challenging aspect of being bi-lingual . Busy parents: Schwartz shared many of these notes on Twitter, and soon teachers across the nation started trying out the lesson themselves and posting their own results online . 'I wish my teacher knew I don't have [a] friend to [play] with me,' another note read. Schwartz said that she gave her children the option to answer the question anonymously, but found that most signed their name and were even willing to share their story with the class. After sharing some of the notes on Twitter, Schwartz said she started getting responses from teachers across the nation who tried out the lesson. 'It's hard to stay asleep at night': Rebecca Shoniker, a middle school teacher in North Carolina, shared these responses from her class on Twitter . 'I think it caught on so fast because teachers are highly collaborative and freely share and explore resources,' Schwartz said. 'In the end, all teachers want to support their students, and #iwishmyteacherknew is a simple and powerful way to do that.' Since trying out the lesson plan, Schwartz has not only learned more about her students, she has seen a change in how they interact with each other. 'After one student shared that she had no one to play with at recess, the rest of the class chimed in and said, 'we got your back.' The next day during recess, I noticed she was playing with a group of girls,' Schwartz said. Stressful: Dawn King, a fourth grade teacher, shared this letter from a student who was worried about a sick parent . Sadness: Another student in King's class wrote about a fear of having depression. That student was open enough to share those fears with a parent . Bullied: Mary Lou Shuster in South Portland, Maine, shared this note about a student who is being bullied .
Kyle Schwartz, a third-grade teacher in Denver, Colorado, devised a new lesson plan last month . Hoping to learn about her students' struggles outside the classroom, Schwartz had them answer the question 'I wish my teacher knew...' After posting some of the affecting responses on Twitter, teachers across the nation started trying out the lesson and posted their own responses .
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Washington (CNN)Washington was rocked late Thursday by shootings -- one at the gates of the U.S. Census Bureau's headquarters and another in a popular area packed with restaurant patrons. The shootings were connected, authorities said. They began with what authorities believe was a domestic kidnapping incident, according to D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier. The suspect's vehicle was spotted outside the Census Bureau, which is in Suitland, Maryland. A guard apparently approached the vehicle and saw two people arguing. That guard was then shot at least once in the upper body, said Prince George's County Fire Department spokesman Mark Brady. The guard was in extremely critical condition, according to Brady. The police chief said the suspect then fled the scene. Officers picked up the chase, and the suspect fired gunshots at multiple locations, Lanier said. The chase ended in a crash on Washington's busy H Street. A shootout ensues, Lanier said. An officer and the suspect were wounded, according to the police chief. Both were conscious and talking when they left the scene. "Right now, we have every reason to believe that the car that we have in this last incident here is the same car involved and the same person involved in the kidnapping," she said. Lanier told reporters the kidnapping victim was located and is in good condition. She did not identify the suspect, nor the guard, nor the officer who were injured. Steve Brusk reported from Washington. Dana Ford wrote from Atlanta. CNN's Greg Botelho also contributed to this report.
Authorities believe the two shootings are connected . A suspect leads police on a wild chase, firing at multiple locations . A Census Bureau guard is in critical condition, a fire official says .
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Still employed: Rolling Stone is not expected to take any action against Sabrina Rubin Erdely, whose reporting was roundly discredited . An independent review of Rolling Stone's story about an alleged violent gang rape at the University of Virginia said the story fell apart because of 'basic, even routine' failures of journalism. Professors at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism issued a 12,000-word autopsy of the discredited story Sunday night, going through its shortcomings step by step. Rolling Stone bosses commissioned the review after the story, by contributing editor Sabrina Rubin Erdely, was called into serious question. However, despite the uncompromising conclusions of the journalism experts, nobody will lose their job over the story. Jann Wenner, the publisher of Rolling Stone, confirmed to the New York Times that everybody would remain in their positions. He defended her reporting, and described the supposed rape victim as 'a really expert fabulist storyteller'. Erdely, who went to ground as the row over her article erupted, issued an apology in the wake of the review, admitting 'I did not go far enough'. Her piece credulously recounted the story of an anonymous student - referred to as Jackie - who said she was lured to the Phi Kappa Psi house and raped by a gang of seven men. It described the ordeal, during which Jackie said she was passed from man to man in an excruciating three hours of pain, during which she was also supposedly penetrated with a beer bottle upstairs during a pledging event. The article recounted the event in vivid, graphic detail based on Jackie's account. It said: 'There was a heavy person on top of her, spreading open her thighs, and another person kneeling on her hair, hands pinning down her arms, sharp shards digging into her back, and excited male voices rising all around her. 'When yet another hand clamped over her mouth, Jackie bit it, and the hand became a fist that punched her in the face. The men surrounding her began to laugh.' Scroll down for video . Report: The Columbia Journalism School is expected to release a review of the botched story Sunday night . Describing the moment she supposedly passed out from pain, it continued: 'Someone handed her classmate a beer bottle. Jackie stared at the young man, silently begging him not to go through with it. 'And as he shoved the bottle into her, Jackie fell into a stupor, mentally untethering from the brutal tableau, her mind leaving behind the bleeding body under assault on the floor.' The review spelled out extensive contact between Erdely and Jackie, spanning eight interviews. Erdely wrote 405 pages of notes about the story. Jackie also spent four hours speaking to a Rolling Stone fact-checker. Anonymous: Jackie has never been identified. Police officials say she refused to be interviewed in the course of their investigation . Erdely had asked repeatedly for the name of the supposed attacker, but Jackie said she was not 'comfortable' with the idea of him being contacted for the story. But they ultimately decided to rely on her for virtually all the information in the account, which led to inconsistencies not being discovered until after publication. Erdely asked Jackie again for the name once the public interrogation of her account began. This time she agreed - but it emerged she did not even know how to spell the surname of the man, referred to as 'Drew' in the story. Experts at Columbia concluded that Erdely, her editors, and the fact-checking department all failed to try hard enough to speak to the accused, and other people mentioned in the story. And, they said, when they did speak to organizations, including the fraternity and UVA, they provided so little information that there was no way for them to check the events themselves and flag any inconsistent information. They said that had they reached out to some people named - specifically friends whom Jackie spoke to immediately after the supposed rape - her credibility would have collapsed in time to ditch the story. Erdely asked to speak to one of the friends - fellow student Ryan Duffin - using Jackie as a go-between. Jackie told Erdely he refused and was 'incredulous' at the request, calling the Rolling Stone article a 's*** show'. Duffin later said that Jackie never spoke to him at all. Erdely admitted that if she had spoken to Duffin and realized the inconsistency, she would likely have dropped Jackie's story. Claims: The story published in November focused on a University of Virginia student named  Jackie who claimed to have been gang raped by seven men at the campus' Phi Kappa Psi fraternity two years ago. Above, the frat house on January 15, 2015 . Another possible way Erdely could have found out inconsistencies in the story would have been giving fuller details to the fraternity and UVA when asking them for comment, the review said. Stepehn Scipione, the chapter president of Phi Kappa, was asked to comment on the allegations without being given dates of the supposed attack or any details about who was involved. He told the review: 'It was complete bull***t. They weren't telling me what they were going to write about. They weren't telling me any dates or details.' When the full story was published, Phi Kappa Psi responded by pointing out there had been no party on the date Jackie gave. They also said that - despite claims of a pledging ritual taking place at the time - the fraternity house was then home to no pledges. The review concluded: 'Rolling Stone's repudiation of the main narrative in A Rape on Campus is a story of journalistic failure that was avoidable. 'The failure encompassed reporting, editing, editorial supervision and fact-checking. 'The magazine set aside or rationalized as unnecessary essential practices of reporting that, if pursued, would likely have led the magazine's editors to reconsider publishing Jackie's narrative so prominently, if at all. 'The published story glossed over the gaps in the magazine's reporting by using pseudonyms and by failing to state where important information had come from.' It recommended that Rolling Stone tighten its procedures around fact-checking and offer more details when requesting comment from subjects. It also questioned the use of pseudonyms, and said the magazine should consider banning them. At the same time as publishing the review, Rolling Stone announced that it was 'officially retracting' the story, which has amassed more than 2.7million views online. The page where the story was hosted until Sunday night now redirected to the Columbia review, which has the subtitle 'An anatomy of a journalistic failure'. Sean Woods, one of Jackie's editors, described the scandal over the article as 'It's been an extraordinarily painful and humbling experience'. He later added: 'Ultimately, we were too deferential to our rape victim; we honored too many of her requests in our reporting. 'We should have been much tougher, and in not doing that, we maybe did her a disservice.' In a personal statement released online, Erdely said: 'Reading the Columbia account of the mistakes and misjudgements in my reporting was a brutal and humbling expereince. 'I want to offer my deepest apologies: to Rolling Stone's readers, to my Rolling Stone editors and colleagues, to the UVA community, and to any victims of sexual assault who may feel fearful as a resolut of my article. She said that as a reporter she must: 'weigh my compassion against my journalistic duty to find the truth. 'However, in the case of Jackie and her account of her traumatic rape, I did not go far enough to verify her story. 'I allowed my concern for Jackie's well-being, my fear of re-traumatizing her, and my confidence in her credibility to take the place of more questioning and more facts. These are mistakes I wlll not make again.'
Magazine published A Rape on Campus in November 2014 issue . Graphically recounted supposed gang-rape of University of Virginia student . Sabrina Rubin Erdely wrote article based on interviews with victim 'Jackie' She claims she was raped by seven men and penetrated with a beer bottle . Jackie's account soon fell apart, and Rolling Stone commissioned review . 12,000-word account published Sunday, and recounted failures in depth . Rounded on Erdely and editors for not probing the account more deeply . Erdely is expected to apologize - but will get to keep her job .
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A pensioner who went into hospital and came home to find her possessions had been cleared out has criticised her son who she says 'didn't think I was going to make it'. Pamela Clothier was admitted to hospital forcing her to leave her bungalow in Battle, Sussex. But the 92-year-old's family was under the impression she planned to sell the house and allowed charity Age UK to clear it out. Her beloved dog Mitzy was also taken to a local animal sanctuary and later re-homed. After returning to find the house empty, the great-grandmother has criticised the charity and her family. Scroll down for video . Pamela Clothier had to retrieve her possessions after she returned from hospital to find her house cleared . The 92-year-old says the worst thing was losing her dog, Mitzy, who was given to a local animal sanctuary . Mrs Clothier said: 'My son Peter didn't think I was going to make it, so he just upped and tried to sell everything. I can't believe he could be so cruel.' She added: 'They left me with nothing. All my furniture was gone, all my diaries, books, clothes, everything. The worst thing is that I can't get my dog back either.' She spoke about the incident after Age UK offered her an 'insulting' £1,000 compensation. She said: 'They did get me some of my furniture back, and I have been able to get more things from my friends, but I still feel like it's not my home any more. 'In my day I would have knocked the spots off anybody, but now I'm absolutely demolished.' Mrs Clothier has lived alone since her Bomber Command hero husband Clyde passed away in 1991. The fiercely independent nonagenarian added: 'I loved my home - it had masses of memories. I've got nothing now, not even my dog. 'Peter made up his mind that selling my property was the thing to do, and he got rid of the furniture that was clogging up the place. I was left effectively having to start my life over again.' Pamela Clothier says she was horrified when a charity cleared out her belongings without her permission . She said she did not explicitly permit the organisation to remove her belongings and wanted them back. The pensioner is calling for a change in the law to make it more difficult for charities to act in such a way without the homeowner's permission. 'I'm 92-years-old and I'm in a house which is almost empty,' said Mrs Clothier told the BBC's South East Today. 'All the work I've done, all the knitting and sewing I've done,all the things I've made are gone. It's just like I didn't exist,' she added through tears. Mrs Clothier's son Peter insists she knew what was happening and he saved many of her things . She said she was horrified the charity had carried out her son's instruction without checking with her first. 'I think they should be absolutely certain that the person who's holding the key has the right to be doing what they're doing.' Her son, Peter Clothier, said his mother knew to expect her things would be cleared as they had made arrangements for her to move out of the home. 'Everything was done in negotiation with her, while she was in hospital I would visit with an iPad to show her the rooms and we negotiated what was going to be done, what would be kept and thrown out,' Mr Clothier told MailOnline. 'She was going to move into a home temporarily and then she was going to move into a flat. 'While she was in hospital I redecorated the house and she put it on the market but when she returned she decided she would rather stay. I did in fact save a lot of her things.' While Mrs Clothier was in care two years ago a driver from Age UK visited the property to collect her things. The charity has apologised for her ordeal and said it had reviewed its procedures since. 'We were advised that Mrs Clothier wanted to make a donation of furniture, small items and clothing, as she was moving into a nursing home and her property was to be sold,' a spokesman told MailOnline. When they learned she wanted her possessions back, Age UK say they invited her to collect them. 'Mrs Clothier attended our premises and took back the items she wanted. We feel we acted fairly in this situation and received donations in good faith at the request of her family member. 'We have never had an incident like this before or since. However, since this incident we have reviewed our procedures to minimise this happening again.' The 92-year-old said her home in Battle, East Sussex now feels empty with so few of her possessions left . Charities are legally able to remove the contents of an elderly person's home without checking with them if they have been expressly told to do so by a relative. But critics say more should be done to protect the elderly and their assets. 'We share Ms Clothier's outrage that her lifelong possessions have been stripped from her home without her permission,' said John Beer, chairman of Action on Elder Abuse. 'This is yet another example of the sickening financial abuse that older people in the United Kingdom face day in, day out.'
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Questionable hairstyles are not a new phenomenon in modern day football, but Brazilian player Ratinho has taken ridiculous barnets to a whole new level with his latest effort. The Remo midfielder sported his new hairdo during his side's Brazilian Cup clash with Atletico PR on Thursday night. Very much an ode to the beautiful game, the 35-year-old had hexagon panels shaved into his head to resemble a football. Remo midfielder Ratinho sported his new hairstyle in the Brazilian Cup on Thursday night . The 35-year-old had hexagon panels shaved into his head to resemble a football . Ratinho's side secured a 1-1 draw on the night thanks to a 76th minute strike from Igor Joao . Remo certainly drew plenty of attention during the game with the veteran midfielder copping a number of heavy challenges during a physical first half. For the record, Ratinho's side secured a 1-1 draw on the night. Felipe put Atletico PR just after the break before Igor Joao salvaged a draw in the 76th minute at the Estadio Olímpico do Para. Ratinho is left reeling on the deck after the veteran midfielder cops a heavy challenge in the first half .
Ratinho was playing for Remo in the Brazilian Cup on Thursday night . Remo salvaged a late draw against Atletico PR . Igor Joao struck in the 76th minute for Remo .
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The savages of Islamic State have stepped up their use of teenage suicide bombers in recent weeks, even using their leader's alleged cousin to blow himself up at a checkpoint in Iraq. Named as Abu Hafs al-Badri, the youthful teenager is claimed to be the cousin of Abu Bakr al-Bagdadhi, the extremist group's self-styled caliph. It appears ISIS's growing strategy of using teenage suicide bombers indicates their continued focus on indoctrinating impressionable local teenagers and turning them into deadly bombers. Not even old enough to grow a beard, teenage suicide bomber Abu Hafs al-Badri is claimed to be one of the cousins of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Abu Basir al-Shami (left) and Abu Yaqoub al-Iraqi (right) both blew themselves up in Iraq. Both boys appear to be be older than 16-years-old. al-Badri's martyrdom photo was released recently alongside fellow teenage suicide bomber Abu Yaqoub al-Iraqi. The teenage duo carried out joint suicide missions in ISIS's latest offensive on the Baiji oil refinery in Salahuddin province, Iraq. Little is known about Abu Yaqoub al-Iraqi except like Abu Hafs, he was an Iraqi national. Both fighters appear to be little older than 16-years-old. Another teenage suicide bomber Abu Basir al-Shami blew himself up in Anbar province, near the Iraqi city of Ramadi. Wearing a ISIS branded hat and awkwardly holding an AK 47 in his hands, the teenager stares emptily into the camera. Abu Qaqa al-Shami (left) and Abu Hassan al-Shami, (right) both Syrian nationals, carried out suicide lorry attacks in Iraq last month. Abu Qaqa al-Shami appeared in an ISIS video, shouting a torrent of jihaid slogans and practicing his shooting with an AK 47. al-Shami blew himself up at a checkpoint in North Baghdad. The teenager is shown singing as he drives a vehicle packed full of explosives towards a military checkpoint in Iraq. The trio of teenage suicide bombers come after another teenager was shown in a video, criticising the West before he carried out a suicide bomb attack. Known as Abu Qaqa al-Shami, the Syrian national drove a truck laden with explosives into a checkpoint in northern Baghdad. The boy has been named as Abu al-Hassan al-Shami, a Syrian fighter who appears to be no older than 14 years old. In a photo series, entitled 'Battle of Vengeance for the Mother of the Believers (Aisha)', the youngster is thought to be one of two Syrian fighters, who carried out a suicide truck bombings in the Iraqi province of Salahuddin. He is shown sitting in the driver's seat of the large lorry filled with barrels of explosives. The vehicle has been reinforced with plated armour, leaving the young driver with only a small rectangular window to navigate the final journey for his deadly vehicle. Abu al-Hassan al-Shami, who appears no older than 14, is thought to be the Islamic State's youngest suicide bomber . In a series of pictures, the young fighter appears to be playing with a hand grenade before the huge explosion of the lorry in January 2015. In his hands, the young fighter appears to be playing with a hand grenade and the barrel of his AK-47 rifle can be seen resting near the steering wheel between his legs. A final image shows a huge explosion after the detonation of the lorry, killing him and a number of Iraqi security forces. The attack happened near the ancient Iraqi city of Samarra, currently still held by the Iraqi army. It also shows a big ball of fire erupting into the orange sky, with pieces of shrapnel flying in all directions across the arid landscape. One ISIS supporter on social media commented: 'Abu al-Hassan al-Shami the martyr. His youth doesn't stop him from supporting his religion.' Australian fighter Jake Bilardi, 18, from Melbourne, detonated a van filled with barrels of explosives near Iraqi armed forces in Ramadi last month. Bilardi's suicide mission reportedly failed to hit its intended target with General Tahssin Ibrahim confirming that no one had been killed and just a few vehicles had been damaged by the attack. ISIS have not just used local teenagers as suicide bombers in Iraq. Australian fighter Jake Bilardi, 18, from Melbourne, detonated a van filled with barrels of explosives near Iraqi armed forces in Ramadi. The attack was reported as a rare failure, with General Tahssin Ibrahim confirming that no one had been killed and just a few vehicles had been damaged by the attack. Islamic State supporters on social media later paid tribute to the Australian teenage fighter, with one blogger writing: 'He started fighting in Baijī against the ISF Rāfidha and was a lion on the battlefield although he was at a young age and with a weak body, he was like a mountain.'
Teenage suicide bomber Abu Hafs al Badri is referred to as the cousin of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi . In January, a 14-year-old fighter Abu Hassan al-Shami, blew himself up in Salahuddin province, Iraq . The rise in ISIS teenage suicide bombers could indicate how much the jihadi group is struggling to keep territory .
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(CNN)An unmanned Russian spacecraft originally bound for the International Space Station will re-enter the Earth's atmosphere after flight controllers lost contact with it, American astronaut Scott Kelly said Wednesday. The spacecraft that lost contact with flight controllers will re-enter the Earth's atmosphere in about a week, Roscosmos, the Russian Federal Space Agency, said Wednesday. "Roscosmos (the Russian Federal Space Agency) announced that the Progress will not be docking and will re-enter the Earth's atmosphere," Kelly said from the space station. The Progress resupply vehicle will come off its orbit and will begin its combustion in the atmosphere between May 5 and May 7, according to Roscosmos. The Progress vehicle does not present any danger to the International Space Station due to a significant difference in orbit, Roscosmos added. The Russia space agency said it is working on its next supply flight to the ISS and expects to launch a new Progress ship in the third quarter of this year. Russia lost contact with ISS Progress 59 during a resupply mission to the International Space Station. The ship is now spinning out of control, NASA said. Even if Russia hadn't lost contact with the craft, the original plan was for Progress to burn up re-entering Earth's atmosphere -- albeit with garbage rather than a full load of equipment for the space station. According to NASA information on the Progress resupply vehicle, "After the cargo is removed and before the Progress undocks, the crew refills it with trash, unneeded equipment and wastewater, which will burn up with the spacecraft when it re-enters the Earth's atmosphere." The cargo spacecraft launched successfully early Tuesday from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. But after it separated from the Soyuz booster rocket's third stage, Russian flight controllers were unable to confirm the health of all the spacecraft's systems, including the deployment of navigational antennae, NASA said. "The spacecraft made another pass over Russian ground stations and continued to experience telemetry problems regarding the deployment of navigational antennas and the pressurization of the manifolds in the propulsion system," the American space agency said in an update. A planned rendezvous with the ISS six hours later was initially postponed to Thursday but has now been canceled, NASA said in its latest update. "Docking has been called off for the Progress 59 spacecraft," it said. "Russian flight controllers are continuing to assess the vehicle and what the plan going forward will be. Additional information will be provided as it becomes available." Few details have been forthcoming so far from Roscosmos. According to NASA, the cargo ship is carrying more than 3 tons of food, fuel, oxygen, spare parts and scientific experiment hardware for the space station. But the hitch will not put the six ISS crew members at risk, NASA said. "The spacecraft was not carrying any supplies critical for the United States Operating Segment (USOS) of the station," a statement said. "Both the Russian and USOS segments of the station continue to operate normally and are adequately supplied well beyond the next planned resupply flight." That next flight, which will be the seventh SpaceX commercial resupply services mission to the space station, is not scheduled to take off before June 19, NASA said. Meanwhile, Russian flight controllers continue their efforts to make contact with Progress 59 as it passes over Russian ground stations. NASA said Tuesday that Russian flight controllers had "confirmed that the vehicle had entered into a slow spin and have issued commands to attempt to control it." According to Russian state news agency Tass, six attempts to make contact were to be made Wednesday. The U.S. supplies on board the spacecraft include spare parts for the station's environmental control and life support system, backup spacewalk hardware and crew clothing, "all of which are replaceable," NASA said. U.S. astronaut Terry Virts, from Maryland, is the current space station commander. CNN's Eliott C. McLaughlin, Suzanne Presto and Amanda Barnett contributed to this report.
Progress 59 spacecraft will re-enter Earth's atmosphere in a week, Russia space agency says . NASA: Russian flight controllers have been trying to make contact with the unmanned space freighter . Space station crew can manage without supplies carried by the spacecraft, NASA says .
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Crystal Palace co-chairman Steve Parish described a 'great moment' as he basked in the glory of his club's 2-1 win over champions Manchester City. After the game, Parish posed for a picture at Selhurst Park with Palace manager Alan Pardew, England boss Roy Hodgson and Bill Wyman - one of the original members of The Rolling Stones and avid Palace fan. Parish posted the picture on Instagram, writing: 'Great moment for me , AP, the England manager, one of the original @RollingStones @bill_wyman.' Writing in his FourFourTwo column broadcaster Geoff Shreeves, who was also in the Palace boardroom after the game, said: '(Bill Wyman) has been an avid supporter for 68 years, having attended his first game aged 10. 'He can name virtually every player in that period, despite having spent 30 of those years in The Rolling Stones. 'Bill Wyman is not only a charming man but also somebody with a genuine passion for the game and its traditions. Wyman (back right) with fellow members of The Rolling Stones back in 1964 . 'Given Bill’s rock-star status, Steve Parish overlooked his normally strict rule that you must wear a shirt and tie in the boardroom.' Hodgson, who was a youth team player for Palace in the 1960s and is from the area, will have been casting his eye over a host of English players. Pardew used seven Englishmen including matchwinner Jason Puncheon, while England No 1 Joe Hart and utility man James Milner both played for City. Jason Puncheon (right) celebrates his goal with fellow Englishman Wilfried Zaha .
Crystal Palace beat Manchester City 2-1 on Monday night . England boss Roy Hodgson and ex-Rolling Stone Bill Wyman were there . Chairman Steve Parish posts picture with them and Alan Pardew .
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Edinson Cavani found a novel way of burying bad news, as the PSG striker overcame another disappointing night's work against Barcelona with a day out at the zoo. The Uruguayan has struggled in the shadow of Zlatan Ibrahimovic during his time in the French capital, and continued to toil at the Camp Nou, as Laurent Blanc's side went down to a comfortable 2-0 second-leg defeat. But rather than wallow in self-pity, the 28-year-old put on his cardigan and headed for a local zoo. Edinson Cavani strokes the head of a male goat at the animal sanctuary he visited after Barcelona defeat . Cavani perches himself on a wooden fence for a photo opportunity with the llamas his South American friends . The PSG striker beams in a selfie taken with a nonchalant brown bear on his day away from the training ground . Cavani was all smiles as he posed for pictures with goats, bears and perhaps found solace in paying a visit to his fellow South American llamas. The former Napoli forward has registered 18 goals for the Ligue 1 side this season in all competitions, but it hasn't stopped the pedigree of the £55million signing being questioned by the national media. Cavasni has expressed his desire to stay at the Paris club for the duration of his contract, but Manchester United are said to be monitoring his situation closely, with Louis van Gaal not expected to take up the option of signing Radamel Falco on a permanent deal.
Edinson Cavani pays visit to local animal zoo day after Camp Nou defeat . PSG striker was virtually anonymous in both legs against Barcelona . Cavani has been linked with a move to Manchester United this summer .
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Daniel Sturridge is well-known for showing off his dance moves, but the striker's shapes were no match for a young Liverpool fan. The Reds frontman was challenged to a dance-off by Kop Kids presenter Paisley back in February and duly obliged only to be left red-faced by the talented youngster. Before the pair showed each other their moves, Paisley sat down with the former Chelsea man to ask him how important dancing and music is in his lift. Daniel Sturridge poses with Kop Kids presenter Paisley ahead of their dance-off in February . The pair shake hands before sitting down for a quick interview before showing off their moves . 'Dancing is more from my childhood,' said Sturridge. 'I always used to dance. Where I grew up was a Caribbean area, so dancing was a huge part of my upbringing and music was exactly the same. 'I listen to music before every game but it's the dependent on the mood I'm in and what kind of vibe i want to get into. The 25-year-old then revealed that he wasn't a fan of pop group One Direction despite posting a picture of himself with band member Louis Tomlinson in March. He added: 'I'm not a 1D kind of guy. I'm not a fan of them, I'm a fan of their story. It shows anything in life is possible.' The Liverpool frontman throws some shapes after being challenged by the young Liverpool fans . The 25-year-old tried his best but looked slightly less confident away from the Anfield pitch . The former Chelsea striker hinted that this move called 'feed the ducks' could be his next celebration . Renowned for being one of the world's best young hip-hop dancers, Paisley wasted no time in showing off her trademark moves while Sturridge attempted a few of his own including his signature goal celebration moves. Despite failing to get the better of Paisley, Sturridge did hint that his next goal celebration would be a new move called 'Feed the Ducks'. He joked: 'This is my next thing. You're going to see this. It's called feed the ducks.' Kop Kids presenter and renowned hip-hop dance Paisley shows Sturridge how it's done . Sturridge looks concerned as he realises his moves don't quite match up to Paisley's . Sturridge has played only twice since suffering a hip injury against Manchester United on March 22 .
Daniel Sturridge has dance-off with Kop Kids presenter Paisley . Liverpool striker shows off new dance move called 'Feed the Ducks' 25-year-old reveals his passion for music and dancing . READ: Sturridge fitness our main concern says Liverpool boss Rodgers . READ: Sturridge heads back to the US to see specialist .
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The Hobart International Airport website has been shut down after it was hacked and defaced with a statement supporting the radical Islamist group ISIS, also known as Islamic State or IS. Tasmania Police are investigating and have been monitoring activity at the airport after becoming aware of the statement about 5.30am on Sunday. 'A message placed on the site contained a statement supporting ISIS,' a police statement said. 'There were no threats made towards the Hobart Airport or flight operations to and from the airport.' An excerpt of the message supporting ISIS which was left on the Hobart International Airport website . Police said they were supporting airport security arrangements and were 'prepared to provide an appropriate response'. An excerpt of the message which hackers posted on the website read: 'A message to all peoples of the world and especially to governments.' 'Islamic State Lists to restore the rights of Muslims who have been killed by your governments.' The message also proclaimed that the website had been 'hacked by Team System DZ.' Airport management has disabled the site. A message (pictured) is all that pops up when people visit the site. Customers are advised to visit airline websites for flight information . The website for the Hobart International Airport (pictured) has been shut down after it was hacked and defaced with a statement supporting the radical Islamist group ISIS . Airport management has disabled the site and customers are advised to visit airline websites for flight information. 'We're sorry, the Hobart Airport website is not currently operating,' a message on the site reads. 'We are working to get it back up and running as soon as possible.' Daily Mail Australia contacted Hobart Airport for comment.
Hobart International Airport's website hacked by Islamic State supporters . Tasmanian Police were made aware of the incident at 5.30am on Sunday . The website is temporarily shut down, police are monitoring the airport . No threats were made towards Hobart Airport or flight operations .
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Leighton Aspell became the first jockey in more than 40 years to win back-to-back Grand Nationals when Many Clouds galloped to a famous victory in the Aintree sunshine. The 25-1 shot, who was sixth in the Cheltenham Gold Cup, is the first Hennessy Gold Cup winner to land the prestigious prize and in the process ended his trainer Oliver Sherwood’s wretched record in the race. The Lambourn handler had previously saddled four National runners and non of them had even completed the course prior to his eight-year-old’s hard-fought length-and-three quarter defeat of the gallant Saint Aire. Many Clouds won the Crabbie's Grand National at Aintree for trainer Oliver Sherwood (centre) and last year's winning jockey Leighton Aspell . Winning jockey Aspell kisses the Grand National trophy as the 38-year-old celebrates another famous victory . Aspell, riding National winner Many Clouds (right), goes toe-to-toe with second placed Saint Are (centre) along the final straight . Many Clouds (far right) leaps over the water jump during the Grand National at Aintree on Saturday afternoon . Many Clouds and Aspell jump a fence on the way to winning the 2015 Grand National at Aintree . Last year's winning jockey Aspell celebrates his victory as Many Clouds slows to a halt after the race . Many Clouds owner Trevor Hemmings (centre) celebrates after victory in the Crabbie's Grand National Chase . Tony McCoy on Shutthefrontdoor congratulates the winner of the 2015 Crabbie's Grand National at Aintree Racecourse . Winning horse Many Clouds is doused with water shortly after winning the Grand National in Liverpool . 'I just can’t believe it,' said a visibly shocked and elated Sherwood, who along with his wife Tarnya, had ridden in the race prior to taking up training. 'I was watching and I thought after the first few fences he’s some spin. 'All I wanted was the horse to come back in one piece. 'He was foot-perfect, I don’t think he made a mistake. Hennessy winner and a National winner – it sounds good doesn’t it!' The victory continued a remarkable comeback tale for rider Aspell who won the world’s most famous steeplechase 12 months ago aboard Pineau De Re, just a matter of years after he had announced his retirement from the sport. For a long way it appeared Shutthefrontdoor could provide McCoy with a fairytale second National triumph before his retirement . Veteran jockey McCoy looks dejected after earning a fifth-place finish in his last ever Grand National . The runners are seen off the mark by a capacity Aintree crowd on Saturday afternoon . A group of finely dressed female racegoers pose for the cameras on a sunny day at Aintree, Liverpool . The excited masses turned out in full force for all the action at the sun-soaked Aintree venue . The ladies were not afraid of showing a bit of skin in the warm spring sunshine ahead of the festivals final race . The Irishman’s historic achievement mirrored those of Brian Fletcher who partnered the legendary Red Rum to back-to-back triumphs in 1973-74 and his mount also carried more weight than any horse since Ginger McCain’s triple National winner. Aspell said: 'It is wonderful. Many Clouds has given his all and it is a wonderful training performance by Oliver (Sherwood). 'He is all heart and gave me the best ride I have ever had over these fences. 'He was awesome and I was just hoping the battery life would last.' A panoramic view of the iconic Aintree Racecourse is seen during the Silver Cross Stayers' Hurdle Race earlier on Saturday afternoon . Three glammed up crowd members make it a day to remember as they pose for a selfie . The crowds were in high spirits throughout the day in anticipation for the big race . A picture of legendary jockey A.P. McCoy is seen as racegoers strategise their afternoon's betting . McCoy is greeted by adoring fans as he arrives at Aintree for his final Grand National . For much of the race, Tony McCoy looked poised to go close aboard 6-1 favourite Shutthefrontdoor who travelled and jumped like a dream behind the leaders. However, the petrol gauge began to flicker late on and the 19-time champion jockey was forced to settle for an honourable fifth aboard the eight-year-old. 'He ran a blinder, he was just a little bit fresh and didn't get home. I'm delighted with him,' reported McCoy on dismounting. Monbeg Dude, seventh last year, stayed on gallantly into third place to give the race’s youngest trainer Michael Scudamore another big day in the sun, while Alvarado finished in exactly the same position as 12 months ago to complete an incredible seven timer for rider Paul Moloney who has now finished in the first four in the last seven Nationals. The fancied Balthazar King crashed out at the Canal Turn on the first circuit, bringing down Ruby Walsh Ballycasey and although there were initial concerns for both horses as the field were waved around the fence on the second circuit, they emerged unscathed as did the rest of their rivals with no fatalities reported. The Druids Nephew was another to crash out when moving strongly at the head of affairs with Valentines Brook second time round claiming Neil Mulholland’s charge, while Rocky Creek was never really travelling with any fluency and faded into 17th. Bookmakers write out the odds for the horses competing in the Grand National race on the final day of the festival . It was a day out for the whole family for this group as racegoers young and old enjoyed their day out during Grand National Day .
Many Clouds wins the 2015 Grand National after leading AP McCoy's Shutthefrontdoor with one furlong to go . However Shutthefrontdoor tired on the final straight and McCoy was forced to settle for fifth on his swansong . Saint Are came in second after a hard-fought final straight but it was Oliver Sherwood's horse that took the glory . Jockey Leighton Aspell took his second consecutive National title after his 2014 win with Pineau De Re . 40-1 shot Monbeg Dude, ridden by Liam Treadwell came in third after a thrilling race .
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The company which owns the Hogwarts Express and offers steam train excursions across some of Britain’s most picturesque routes has been temporarily banned from operating following the ‘most serious’ case of a near collision so far this year. Services by West Coast Railways have been suspended following the incident on March 7 in which a train failed to stop at a signal. According to reports, a 100mph collision between a steam excursion and a First Great Western high speed train was missed by barely a minute. Scroll down for video . Fanfare: Actor Mark Williams aka Arthur Weasley in Harry Potter films, unveils the Hogwarts Express train at The Harry Potter Studio tour at Leavesden, where it is business as usual this Easter. But West Coast Railways, which own the train that was used in the films, have had services suspended after near miss . The nationwide ban by Network Rail is the first since privatisation, indicating the gravity of the incident. WCR, based in Carnforth, Lancashire, owns a fleet of steam locomotives including Olton Hall, the train used as the Hogwarts Express in the Harry Potter films. The 78-year-old steam train that operated throughout the film franchise was installed at a new extension of the Harry Potter tour at Warner Bros Studios in Leavesden last month. Platform 9 ¾, which gives Harry Potter fans the chance to climb aboard the train’s carriage and to pose with a luggage trolley as it disappears through the platform wall, is operating as normal. The Network Rail ban means chartered services, including those on the West Highland Line taking in Fort William, and Settle to Carlisle line in the Yorkshire Dales, cannot run until May 15. In the meantime WCR needs to take a number of steps to address Network Rail’s concerns. The suspension notice states: ‘Network Rail has had concerns about WCR’s performance of its safety obligations for some time, and recent events lead Network Rail to believe that the operations of WCR are a threat to the safe operation of the railway.’ Network Rail told RAIL magazine that WCR had ‘demonstrated that its controls, communication and commitment following the recent [incident] were inadequate’. 'This ranked as the most serious Signal Passed at Danger SPAD that has taken place this year when the industry risk ranking methodology was applied.'
West Coast Railways services suspended after train failed to stop at signal . 100mph collision with steam train missed by barely a minute . WCR must take steps to address Network Rail's concerns . The company owns the Hogwarts Express now at Warner Bros Studios .
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Michael Schumacher's daughter Gina Maria has revealed her impressive riding skills at a horse show in Germany. The 17-year-old was one of the participants in the NRHA European Futurity Horse Show in the Bavarian town of Kreuth and looked every inch the professional rider throughout the tournament. Dressed in a variety of elaborately decorated cowboy-style outfits and wearing a brown stetson hat, Miss Schumacher was seen riding a number of different horses as she took part in what is known as the 'First Go-Round 2nd Section' yesterday afternoon. The NRHA European Futurity Horse Show continues until Saturday evening, when Miss Schumacher is expected to take part in the grand final of the tournament providing she isn't knocked out of the competition over the course of the week. Impressive: Gina Maria Schumacher is photographed taking part in the week-long NRHA European Futurity Horse Show in the Bavarian town of Kreuth yesterday afternoon . Smart moves: Miss Schumacher was seen riding a number of different horses during yesterday's event . Halt: Gina Maria Schumacher wore a variety of elaborately decorated outfits and a brown stetson hat . In control: Gina Maria Schumacher, 17, leads a horse by the reigns at the NRHA European Futurity show . Miss Schumacher's impressive performance at the horse show comes just days after her 16-year-old brother Mick returned to the racing circuit just weeks after he was involved in a 100mph crash - and once again ended up going off the track. He made his pre-season test debut in Formula 4 at the Oschersleben circuit in Germany - but at one point was pictured accidentally driving through gravel. Mick, whose father Michael won the Formula 1 championship seven times, reached the new category after seven years of karting in what is seen as a stepping stone for junior drivers hoping to reach the top. Michael Schumacher, 46, remains under the care of medics at his home on Lake Geneva following his catastrophic ski accident in the Swiss Alps in 2013. One-handed: The 17-year-old was one of the participants in the NRHA European Futurity Horse Show in the Bavarian town of Kreuth and looked every inch the professional rider throughout the tournament . Miss Schumacher revealed her impressive riding skills at the horse show in the Bavarian town of Kreuth . Trotting along: Miss Schumacher's put in an impressive performance at the horse show yesterday afternoon . Gina Maria Schumacher and boyfriend Riccardo are pictured at the NRHA European Futurity Horse Show . Michael Schumacher spent months in a coma following the accident before being transferred to a rehab clinic in Lausanne, Switzerland. He was then moved to a medical suite built into his mansion last September. Since being transferred to the medical suite built into his home, a news blackout has fallen over his condition, but insiders report he remains mute and unable to move. In February, it was revealed that Schumacher had sold his Norwegian mountain holiday home for £2million as he continues to recover from his horrific ski injuries. The sale of the retreat, in Trysil, north of Oslo, comes after it emerged last year that his family was planning to build a £10million 'hospital' room for the star at their home in Switzerland. Road to recovery: Michael Schumacher (pictured with wife Corinna in 2004) was holidaying with family and friends in Meribel, France when the catastrophic accident happened in December 2013 . Liquidating his assets: Michael Schumacher's family has sold his Norwegian mountain holiday home (pictured) for £2million as he continues to recover from his horrific ski injuries . Schumacher, a very competent skier, was holidaying with family and friends in Meribel, France, where he owns a chalet when the accident happened in December 2013. He was skiing with then 14-year-old Mick on a red piste, which is classed for intermediate skiers. But shortly after 11am, he left the piste and skied on to an off-piste area located in between the red run and a blue run, for beginners to intermediates. It was here that he struck a partially-covered rock. He was not skiing fast but he lost control and catapulted 34 feet on to another rock. He smashed his head on the bolder. The force of the collision shattered his helmet. The footage recorded on a camera attached to his helmet was undamaged. Laughing: Gina Maria Schumacher's impressive performance at the horse shows comes after her 16-year-old brother Mick (left and right) returned to the racing circuit just weeks after being involved in a 100mph crash . Back in action: The protege was back on the circuit just weeks after a 100mph crash at the Lausitzring speedway in Brandenburg, eastern Germany . The film, which included audio, captured the crash in full horror and was analysed by police who investigated the accident. Two months later, on February 17, the head of the inquiry, Prosecutor Patrick Quincy, closed the case. He announced that any criminal wrongdoing had been ruled out. He cleared the ski resort, stating that the piste had been marked correctly and that Schumacher 'deliberately' left the ski run. At the end of January it was announced that doctors had begun the process of gradually awakening him from his coma. Since September last year he has been looked after by medical experts at his home in Gland, Switzerland.
Gina Maria Schumacher took part in an event in the German town of Kreuth . She appeared at the 2015 NRHA European Futurity Horse Show yesterday . Rode several different horses and wore a variety of cowboy-style outfits . Her father Michael remains under the care of medics at his home on Lake Geneva following a catastrophic ski accident in the Swiss Alps in 2013 .
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Former soldier John Young, 66, has been left blinded in one eye after thugs through a brick at him through his front door when he confronted them about throwing stones at his property in Oldham . A newlywed pensioner has been left blinded in one eye after being hit in the face with a brick hurled into his home by vandalising yobs. Former soldier John Young, 66, and his new wife Elaine, 54, were sat in the front room of their home in Oldham, Greater Manchester, when thugs began pelting his front window with stones. When one brick smashed the glass, Mr Young went and opened his front door to remonstrate with the attackers only to be struck in his left eye by another brick. He suffered an open wound to his forehead and a serious injury to his left eye and was taken to hospital. However, despite undergoing emergency surgery, doctors were unable to save his eyesight meaning he is now blind in one eye. The retired HGV driver, who formerly served with the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers during the Irish troubles, said he now 'doesn't feel safe in his own home' following the attack last Friday. He said: 'I have lived here nearly all of my life and never had any problems before and I just don't understand why these people have targeted us. 'We just cannot believe what has happened.' Police have launched an investigation into the attack but said there appears to be no motive and it could be a case of yobs 'messing around'. The attack occurred just three weeks after the couple, who have no children and who met just 14 months ago, got married. They were writing thank you cards for the wedding gifts they had received when their home was targeted at around 11pm on April 18. Mrs Young, who works for The Alzheimer's Society charity, said: 'We were sat down writing all of the thanks you cards. 'It was the first time we had been in the house since our wedding and it was getting late, around 11.20pm. Mr Young and his wife Elaine, 54, were sat in the front room of their home in Oldham, Greater Manchester, when thugs began pelting his front window with stones. He was targeted when he went to confront them . The offenders threw stones at the living room window (pictured) before targeting the front door of the house. Mr Young was hit by the brick when he opened to the door to question why they had smashed his windows . The glass panel on the front door of Mr Young's house was smashed when bricks were thrown at the property last Friday. Mr Young was taken to hospital after being hit with a brick but doctors could not save his left eye . 'We did see a man outside and then there was a crash as a brick hit the window. The glass shattered. The next minute we knew there was glass shattered all over the hall because a brick had hit the door. 'John opened the door and the man was standing there shouting 'come on, come on'. The next minute John is covered in blood. 'I just wish he had never opened the front door. I had already called 999 and for him to go out was a mistake but it obviously was a natural reaction to what was happening. 'We don't have any idea why it happened. We feel like it must have been wrong place, wrong time. John has never had trouble before and neither of us can understand why these people would do something as low as this. 'I have got a flat in Southport so we are moving there now. I don't think either of us want to come back after what's happened. We are just too scared to live in this neighbourhood.' Detective constable Gareth Gwilliam, of Greater Manchester Police, said the second brick was thrown 'directly' at the man but wouldn't reveal how many offenders were involved in the incident. He said: 'At this stage, there appears to be no known motive for this attack. 'It might be there is no motive other than the culprits were messing around and for whatever reason thought it would be funny to throw bricks at someone's house. The attack occurred just three weeks after Mr Young married his partner Elaine, who he met just 14 months ago. The couple are pictured on their wedding day at Gretna Green in Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland . The couple had been sat quietly in the living room of their Oldham home writing thank you notes for the gifts they received on their wedding day - just three weeks ago (pictured) - when the attack occurred last Friday . Police said the brick was thrown 'directly' at Mr Young when he answered the door of his home (pictured). Officers said there appeared to be no known motive for the attack and said it could be yobs 'messing around' 'However, there is absolutely nothing funny or clever about what they did and as a result of their wanton and reckless actions, this man has been left with a permanent disability and a loss of sight in one eye. 'Understandably, he is a mixture of angry and devastated so we need to establish who was responsible for this senseless incident and bring them to justice. 'I would therefore urge anyone who saw anything, or if you suspect who may be involved, to call us immediately.' Anyone with information about the incident should contact police on 101.
John Young, 66, struck in eye by brick hurled through front door by thugs . Ex-soldier was sat in living room of Oldham home when stones hit window . Pensioner opened front door to investigate and was hit in face with a brick . Left blind in one eye and said he now 'doesn't feel safe in his own home'
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US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents in Colombia were taking part in alleged 'sex parties' with prostitutes funded by drug cartels years earlier than previously known, U.S. lawmakers said on Tuesday. Several DEA agents were taking part in these parties in Bogota as early as 2001, said a summary of a DEA report released by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform at a hearing on the misconduct. 'This new internal report describes not one or two isolated incidents, but literally dozens of parties with prostitutes,' Democratic Representative Elijah Cummings said at the hearing, where lawmakers grilled DEA Administrator Michele Leonhart. Scroll down for videos . Several DEA agents were participating in alleged sex parties in Colombia starting in 2001 according to a new report . This news comes two weeks after a report found that at least 7 agents admitted sleeping with prostitutes while on overseas assignments . The hearing came on the heels of a separate, March 26 report by the Justice Department's Office of the Inspector General that described similar allegations between 2005 and 2008. That report said 10 agents - an assistant regional director and nine special agents - had alleged sex parties on government-leased property and used taxpayer money to pay for the prostitutes. After investigation, seven of the agents admitted attending the parties and were suspended for between two and 10 days. One special agent was cleared of all wrongdoing, the report said. None of the agents was named in the report. The inspector general said it investigated allegations of sexual harassment and sexual misconduct between October 2008 and September 2012, though they declined to confirm where the alleged 'sex parties' took place. The DEA declined to comment. That report cited 'repeated allegations of DEA Special Agents ... patronizing prostitutes and frequenting a brothel while in an overseas posting.' It came in the wake of a prostitution scandal involving Secret Service agents in Cartagena, Colombia, in 2012 that damaged the agency's straitlaced reputation. Where there was alleged high-risk sexual misdeeds, security agency personnel often were not told 'until long after they occurred or were never informed, even though such behavior presents significant security risks,' the report said. The inspector general found a wide range of sex-related offenses in the case files of the FBI, DEA, ATF and US Marshals Service, including sex with prostitutes and sexual assault of minors in a report two weeks ago . House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz called the allegations regarding the DEA agents 'stunning' and urged action. Inspectors also criticized the FBI and DEA for initially refusing to provide unredacted information requested, and then providing information that was "still incomplete." Department of Justice spokesman Patrick Rodenbush said the department is already working with the agencies 'to ensure a zero tolerance policy on sexual harassment and misconduct is enforced and that incidents are properly reported.'
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