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Government statistics have shown 1,500 potential abuse cases had links to belief in possession and witchcraft.
“These beliefs are very real and on occasion people are going to take this to extremes where a child can be murdered,” Inspector Allen Davis, who leads the Metropolitan Police’s response to the issue, told the Independent.
“There are a number of ways that an adult will try to rid the child of the evil they believe is within them. They might try to burn it out, cut it out, strangle it out, drowning can be involved, or starving and beating.”
Within Britain there are a number of communities with a “genuine belief” in possession and witchcraft. High-profile cases have emerged in recent years, including the killing of Kristy Bamu and Ayesha Ali.
Bamu, 15, was found dead in 2010 after staying with his sister Magalie Bamu and her partner Eric Bikubi, who were obsessed with witchcraft. He was starved for days and beaten with hammers, floor tiles and bottles for wetting his pants and “spelling” his siblings. He drowned in the bath on Christmas Day during a “cleansing” ritual.
Polly Chowdhury and lesbian lover Kiki Muddar killed Ayesha Ali, eight, in August 2013. The pair believed she was possessed by the devil and forced her to endure beatings and abuse. She was found dead in her room in Chadwell Heath, east London, after a fatal blow to the head but evidence of bite marks and other abuse were found on her body.
Dr Lisa Oakley, chair of the National Working Group for Child Abuse Linked to Faith or Belief, told the Independent: “We know these practices are occurring so we want to be acting now so we don’t have another high-profile case.
“You’ve then got a child who is severely damaged or not here anymore, and that’s a high price to pay. We’re saying we don’t want to get to a point where there is another high-profile case.”
Inspector Davis stated that “this is not a black African problem,” stressing that the issue “is far broader.”
“The beliefs in witchcraft and spirit possession are very broad and go across a far larger swath of the world than you would expect,” he said. “These beliefs are common within both Christianity and Islam and we get victims from both.”
Evidence suggests that areas of Africa are affected by it but 1,460 potential cases found in the 2017/2018 Children in Need Census were branded an “underestimate” by some experts, who said the practices and signs are simply not identified by neighbors and people in authority positions.
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According to the Sun, Corbyn was passing information to communist Czechoslovakian agents in the 80s. Former Czechoslovak spy Jan Sarkocy (or Dymic) claims the now-Labour leader — and at least 15 other Labour figures — passed information on to the Soviet Union.
Labour sources have vehemently denied the allegations, stating that the claims were “entirely false” and insisting Sarkocy/Dymic has “no credibility at all.”
A representative for Corbyn called the story a “smear,” adding: “Like other MPs, Jeremy has met diplomats from many countries. In the 1980s he met a Czech diplomat, who did not go by the name of Jan Dymic, for a cup of tea in the House of Commons.
“Jeremy neither had nor offered any privileged information to this or any other diplomat.”
Some are questioning the Sun’s ‘expose’ – just because he met with a seeming diplomat does not mean he was colluding with spies… perhaps the story was in need of a fact Czech.
However, this is not the first time Corbyn has faced some far-fetched accusations — here’s the latest (and best) rumors swirling about the Labour leader.
Corbyn and the ‘war criminal’
Here we can see Corbyn photographed with a “war criminal”… aka former Labour Prime Minister Tony Blair.
Blair has been accused of inciting war crimes for triggering the UK’s involvement in the Iraq war, deliberately using bogus intel to rush into combat. According to a YouGov poll in August 2017, 33 percent of respondents said the former Labour leader “knowingly misled Parliament and the public” and should therefore be prosecuted as a “war criminal.”
Corbyn and the weather
According to Meteorologist and Chief Scientist of Weather.us Ryan Maue, there’s a storm a-brewin’.
“Next 2 weeks will see brutal winter conditions across much of Europe,” Maue reports.
“Cold temperatures and snowfall along the Mediterranean as strong easterly flow from Russian Arctic arrives… blame -NAO, the stratosphere #PolarVortex split, and the calendar.”
Maue forgot one more to point the finger at though… Jeremy Corbyn. Luckily, Twitter user Neil Russell was there to correct him.
Corbyn and the body thief
Not only will he ruin the weather, divulge your private information on what you had for breakfast, lunch, dinner and tomorrow’s planned outfit (no, really: Apparently this was the information Corbyn was feeding to Russia about Margaret Thatcher during his time as a backbencher in the 80s). On top of that, now Jeremy Corbyn will swipe your sweet physique.
In a picture to rival that of ex-Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s actual body (see above), Corbyn’s head appears to have been photoshopped onto the body of some babe. We aren’t complaining.
Corbyn and the hamster
Not a recent accusation, but definitely a weird one that deserves mention. According to (satirical) news site Daily Squat in 2015, good old Corbs got a little peckish at one of Tony Blair’s dinner parties and ate Tony Blair’s hamster.
Now the story has come back to life, with a fake front page of the Sun circulating on Twitter.
Corbyn and the cannabis
Stop the presses people — not only will he steal your body and tell the Russians all about it, now Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is also a drug addict. This probably explains why he’s been up to so many kooky shenanigans lately.
Admittedly, this one may not have stemmed from the allegations made against Corbyn — but it was too good not to include. Seems like #CorbynSmear is here to stay.
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On Sunday, its price rose to $11,328 following news that an unknown investor had bought $344 million worth of bitcoin between February 9 and February 12. The purchase was preceded by a huge sell-off that had erased more than 50 percent of the cryptocurrency market value amid speculation of growing regulation and security fears.
Bitcoin fell from $20,000 in December to below $6,000 on February 4. However, after the news of the huge buy, other investors poured money into crypto-assets.
“Not sure who that big buyer was but many have bought this dip and have added since the rebound and additional regulatory clarity in the US and Asia,” Alex Sunnarborg, founding partner of Tetras Capital said, as quoted by Marketwatch.
More than 80 percent of cryptocurrencies from Coinmarketcap’s 100 list were trading higher on Monday. Vitalik Buterin, founder of ethereum, the second-largest cryptocurrency and the largest platform for Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs), has warned that digital money remains a very risky asset.
“Reminder: cryptocurrencies are still a new and hyper-volatile asset class, and could drop to near-zero at any time. If you’re trying to figure out where to store your life savings, traditional assets are still your safest bet,” Buterin wrote on Twitter.
Historical data suggests that total search volumes of “buy bitcoin” is three times more popular than “buy gold” was during the financial crisis of 2008, when people rushed to buy gold in an attempt to save their cash.
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The clasp at the neckline of the skater’s dress came off just several seconds into the pair’s short dance performance, meaning the couple spent the rest of the time concentrating on keeping the top from falling down, rather than pulling off the technical elements of their routine.
Despite Papadakis’ efforts to prevent further embarrassment, her left breast was exposed at the end of the program with millions of people watching the incident as the competition was broadcast live on TV.
“It was pretty distracting, kind of my worst nightmare happening at the Olympics,” Papadakis said.
“I told myself, ‘I don’t have a choice. I have to keep going,’ and that’s what we did. I think we can be proud of ourselves being able to deliver a great performance with that happening.”
The French couple managed to complete their short dance and remarkably received the second best score from the judges, who placed them two points behind the reigning world champions and current leaders Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada.
Papadakis and Cizeron, who claimed their fourth straight European title a month ago, are making their Olympic debut in PyeongChang with hopes to win the first ice dance medal for France since 2002, when Marina Anissina and Gwendal Peizerat took gold at the Salt Lake City Olympics.
Why go now?
Greece’s relaxed and profoundly historic second city is both the gateway to some fascinating parts of northern Greece and a worthwhile destination in its own right. Thessaloniki is more accessible from Britain this summer – with easyJet’s new route from Manchester offering excellent weekend connections to add to the existing services from London.
The main airline is easyJet (0843 104 5000; easyJet.com), with five weekly flights from Gatwick and two from Manchester. BA (0844 493 0787; ba.com) competes from Gatwick four times a week, while Ryanair (0871 246 0000; ryanair.com) flies thrice weekly from Stansted. The airport is 15km south-east of the city.
Bus 78, an express service, departs from the airport every half-hour or so, covering the 30-minute journey to town for a reasonable €0.80. If you don’t want to wait for a direct bus, then take the next one to Ikea (Greek for Ikea, the homeware store) and change to any northbound bus; €0.90 including transfer.Buses run to the main railway station (1), calling at several stops in the city centre. Returning to the airport, the city’s complicated one-way system and building works for the new Metro mean it is difficult to find the right stops – locate the most convenient one before you need to head home.
Get your bearings
Thessaloniki sprawls around an arc of coastline at the top of the Thermaic Gulf. The main area of interest to visitors is along the shore between the ferry port (2) and the city’s emblem, the White Tower (3), and in the area that rises inland from here to the ancient city walls.
The city is walkable, with cheap buses and efficient taxis offering respite from the heat.
Official tourist information is a problem, especially at weekends; the main tourist office (4) on Tsimiski opens only 9am to 3pm, Monday to Friday, while the kiosk (5) in Aristotle Square looks permanently abandoned. Only the airport tourist office opens on Saturdays (9am-2pm).
The best address in town is the five-star Electra Palace Hotel (6), with a commanding presence over Aristotle Square (00 30 2310 294 000; electrahotels.gr). Summer rates online are outstanding value, with opulent doubles for €110 including an ample buffet breakfast.
A seafront alternative with boutique style and superb views across the gulf can be found at the Daios (7) at 59 Nikis Avenue (00 30 2310 250 200; daioshotels.com). Chic doubles are available for €115 to €135, with breakfast and complimentary mini-bar.
For three-star, old-school hospitality in a good location, opt for the Hotel Luxembourg (8) at 6 Komninon Street (00 30 2310 252 600; hotelluxembourg.gr); €80 doubles with breakfast.
Start early at the 34m-high White Tower (3), where no more than 75 visitors are allowed at any one time (8.30am-3pm daily except Monday, free). Its present name arose in the 19th century when a convict whitewashed the tubby 15th-century fortification in return for freedom. It has now reverted to its original honey-coloured stone. Nearby, the splendid archaeological museum (9) at 6 Manoli Andronikou Street (00 30 2310 830 538; amth.gr; 8am-3pm daily; €6) is also best seen early before the crowds. The grounds are strewn with classical fragments and elegant sarcophagi, while inside are finds from the Royal Tombs at Vergina, 80km south-west of Thessaloniki. The pottery and jewellery are particularly fine.
For a couple of euros more, you can buy a combination ticket that includes the adjacent Museum of Byzantine Culture (10) (same hours), which has some notable icons.
The main shopping street is Tsimiski, with the Plateia Mall (11) at the centre. For specialist and independent stores, browse Smyrnis Street (12), where original crafts and charms are on sale in 7wishes at No 7 (00 30 2310 227 117), and cutting-edge design in the 2nd FLooR architectural showroom (00 30 2310 266 931; 2ndFLooR.gr), confusingly displayed in its ground-floor shop.
The main city market is Modiano (13), which sprawls across a couple of city blocks and is full of life until around noon from Monday to Saturday.
Lunch on the run
You can put together a picnic at the market (13), or opt to join the queue at a Thessaloniki institution: Papadosiako (14), on the corner of Tsimiski and Aristotle. It serves wraps, sandwiches and sweet cakes – plus excellent ice-cream.
Take a view
Even if you are not staying at the Electra Palace Hotel (6), you can go to the top floor for a coffee in the open-air roof terrace – with views across the gulf as far as Mount Olympus on a clear day. Not all of
Thessaloniki’s many fine views are from high altitude: for a sea-level prospect, walk east to the port (2) and look inland to the urban embroidery draped across the hills.
Take a hike
From the ferry port (2) head inland – pausing to see if the waterside Olympic Museum is open (hours are erratic). Head away from the sea along the café-strewn street of Katouni (15) and through the narrow lanes of the old Turkish quarter around Vilara (16). Aim south-east along Ermou, with some handsome mid-20th-century structures, to Agia Sofia (17) – an always-busy church with 8th-century roots and a fabulous dome.
Proto Patoma (18) occupies the first floor of an Art Nouveau building at Tsimiski 19 (00 30 2310 223 331; protopatoma.gr). For a swift ouzo in the company of locals playing dominoes, try Café Diogenis (19) just off Agiou Dimitriou.
Dining with the locals
Thessaloniki has lots of great-value restaurants. One of the best locations is Mangio (20), on the corner of Nikis and Smyrnis (00 30 2310 263 730). The upstairs terrace faces south-west, so you can take in the last of the sun while enjoying good taverna fare.
Sunday morning: go to church
Start the day at the viewing platform at the Kastra (21), the ancient citadel, which you can reach on bus 22 to Tsitsania or bus 23 to Platanos. From here, the city unravels beneath you towards the sea.
Walk west beside the wall to the first theological location of the day: the Vlatadon Monastery (22), with a tiny chapel (7.30 -11am and 5.30-8pm) amid modern structures.
Then head downhill, following the sporadic signs to the Temple of Osios David (23), open 9am-noon and 6pm-8pm daily (but not Sunday evenings). Peek inside to see the vivid 12th-century frescos.
A walk in the park
Keep heading downhill towards through the straggle of lanes. The father of modern Turkey, Kemal Ataturk, was born in Thessaloniki before the wholesale population transfers that saw many Turks and Greeks change places. His birthplace is the well-guarded Turkish Consulate (24) at Agiou Dimitriou 151. It is closed for renovations, but you can visit the gardens.
Walking straight towards the sea, you encounter a couple more open spaces: the vast Rotunda (25), shaded by trees, and the tiny Church of St Panteleimon (26) that stands in a pretty garden in the city.
Out to brunch
Over at the port (2), the exuberant Kitchen Bar (00 30 2310 502 241) serves salads, grilled meat and elaborate desserts all day, every day, at outdoor tables that line the quayside.
Take a ride
One of Greece’s more unusual transportational phenomena is Thessaloniki’s free harbour cruise. Frequently through the day and evening, motor boats dolled up in the manner of ancient triremes, depart from the waterside adjacent to the White Tower (3) for one-hour tours of the harbour. The understanding is that you will buy a drink or two during the voyage; coffee is €3, a glass of wine €6.
Icing on the cake
Where other cities have ordinary squares, Thessaloniki has two astonishing sets of ancient ruins planted in the middle of the city. To the north, the foundations of the Roman Agora (27) fill Dikastirion Square; 1km to the south in Navarinou Square (28), the Arch of Galerius, celebrates victory over the Persians in 279AD – and is planted amid the ruins of a palace. Opening hours are short (8am to 3pm, Monday and Thursday only), but you need not get close up for the sense of antiquity enduring so spectacularly amid modernity.
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Whether you go for a kebab, cheesy chips or chicken nuggets, there’s nothing like end-of-the-night-out food.
When it’s 3am and you’re drunk, most of us crave greasy, salty, delicious carbs – even if we don’t always remember what we ate the following day. (Unless our meal decides to make an unfortunate reappearance.)
One woman, however, last weekend managed to capture her drunken kebab shop visit for posterity by conducting an impromptu photoshoot with the eatery’s staff.
Moya Lothian-McLean, a journalist based in London, ended her Saturday night at Ali Baba’s in Dalston.
Despite not remembering even going there the next day, when she woke up she found “a full photoset” from the kebab shop.
Lothian-McLean, 22, explained to The Independent that she had “absolutely no recollection” of taking the photos.
“I woke up the next day and read a message from my friend who complimented me on my ‘good kebab pics,’” she said. “I had no idea what he was talking about until I opened Instagram and saw I’d uploaded a full-on shoot.
“I usually always remember my nights, however messy, so I was pretty shocked I’d managed to delete such a huge chunk from my memory but found it really funny, especially because they were actually decent photos.”
Featuring photos of the staff giving thumbs-ups to the camera and handing over the kebabs, many people have remarked on the incredible quality of the photos.
“These are amazing,” one person wrote.
“This is like something from a national geographic article,” added another.
“This is bloody majestic,” someone else agreed.
Lothian-McLean says she even surprised herself by the quality of the pictures. “When I found the pics, I couldn’t stop laughing – they’re good! If someone else had taken them, I’d be retweeting them for sure. I’m just annoyed I don’t seem to show that kind of talent when 100 per cent sober.”
Many asked what phone Lothian-McLean had used, to which she replied: “Google Pixel 2 XL! The camera is INSANE”.
Others suggested she expand the project into a series which could involve chippies, pizza joints and curry houses.
Some people noticed how willing the staff clearly were to get involved, which can’t be said for every employee at a late night fast food establishment.
“The kebab guys were the Ali Baba boys in Dalston who are usually up for everything,” Lothian-McLean added.
“The photos seem to show they weren’t too perturbed by an idiot shoving a phone in their faces and they always remember their customers, so I wasn’t some complete random to them. They call me ‘chips with cheese’ because I always get that.”
And Lothian-McLean says she never expected the pictures to garner such a huge reaction on Twitter: “I thought people might like them but I never expected them to spread so wide. It’s the kebab factor – big up the bossmen who are there for us through thick and thin.”
Britons are consuming 50 per cent more calories than they think they are, according to new research from the Office for National Statistics.
Men typically consume 1,000 more calories a day than they believe and women eat roughly 800 extra calories more, with estimates becoming less reliable the more people eat, the study showed.
Analysis of the National Diet and Nutrition survey revealed 79 per cent of the 4,500 respondents claimed to be eating less than the requirement for their age and sex.
It found people are eating the equivalent of an extra Big Mac a day, with men consuming 3,119 calories and not the 2,065 they claim. Women consumed 2,393 calories instead of 1,570.
The study followed 200 people using the “gold standard” monitoring technique for calorie intake.
Researchers used the doubly labelled water (DLW) method which requires participants to drink water with isotopes of hydrogen and oxygen inside, allowing for a more precise analysis of energy expenditure over 24 hours.
Overall, the study found self-reported calorie estimates were 32 per cent lower than DLW measures.
UK news in pictures
18 February 2018
Allison Janney, Daniel Kaluuya and Gary Oldman clutching their BAFTA awards
17 February 2018
Lizzy Yarnold of Great Britain celebrates after winning the gold medal during the Women’s Skeleton on day eight of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games
16 February 2018
Models walk the runway at the Richard Malone show during London Fashion Week
15 February 2018
Dame Vivienne Westwood walks the runway to model in the #INEOSVTHEPEOPLE catwalk presentation outside fracking giant INEOS’s headquarters in London
14 February 2018
Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson delivers his speech: Road to Brexit, a United Kingdom, as part of the Government’s road map on Brexit, at the Policy Exchange, London
13 February 2018
England and Durham cricketer Ben Stokes, 26, leaving Bristol Magistrates’ Court, where he was told he will face a crown court trial over an altercation outside a nightclub
12 February 2018
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn meets with local party supporters and residents in Penicuik, Midlothian, before speaking at a campaign rally at the town’s Miners Welfare Hall
9 February 2018
Volunteers create a heart shaped collection of plastic bottles littering the foreshore of the River Thames at Queenhithe Dock in central London, in an event organised by the #OneLess campaign and Thames21 to draw attention to the impact that single-use plastic water bottles are having on the environment.
8 February 2018
Florist Hank Roling poses with a Vanda orchid during a press preview of the Thai Orchid Festival at Kew Gardens, London
7 February 2018
A staff member poses behind a moon jellyfish tank during the annual stock-take at London Zoo.
6 February 2018
Prime Minister Theresa May joins female Members of both Houses at the Palace of Westminster, to mark the 100th anniversary of the passing of the Representation of the People Act, which gave certain women over the age of 30 a vote and the right to stand for Parliament.
UK Parliament/Jessica Taylor/PA
5 February 2018
Lauri Love outside the Royal Courts of Justice after a judge ruled against extraditing him to America in a case where he was accused of hacking thousands of US government computers.
4 February 2018
A statue of suffragette Alice Hawkins being unveiled in Market Square, Leicester. Ms Hawkins, a shoe machinist, was jailed five times while leading the Suffragette campaign in the city in the early 20th Century.
3 February 2018
Demonstrators gather on Gover Street in central London ahead of a march towards Downing Street to protest against underfunding and privatisation of the NHS and demand an end to the winter crisis in the health service.
2 February 2018
Millicent Fawcett by Annie Swynnerton, newly on display at Tate Britain. Fawcett was a leading figure in the suffragist movement and campaigned relentlessly to get the vote for women in this country. The portrait of her is on display at Tate Britain to mark the centenary of the Representation of the People Act, which gave women over 30 the right to vote.
1 February 2018
British Prime Minister Theresa May and husband Philip May visit the Forbidden City in Beijing during her three-day visit to China.
31 January 2018
A super moon rises behind blocks of flats in north London.
30 January 2018
Members of the Jarl Squad dressed in Viking suits after marching through the streets in Lerwick on the Shetland Isles during the Up Helly Aa Viking Festival.
29 January 2018
Travis Frain (left) and Dan Hett from the Survivors Against Terror Group talk to students at Manchester Enterprise Academy. Frain survived the Westminster attack in March 2017, while Hett’s brother Martin was one of the 22 who died in the Manchester attack in May 2017.
28 January 2018
Members of the English Civil War Society take part in the King’s Army Annual March and Parade, in London, as they commemorate the execution of Charles I. The route follows the route taken by Charles I from St James Palace on the Mall to the place of his death at the Banqueting House in Whitehall.
27 January 2018
Will Grigg celebrates scoring Wigan’s second goal from the penalty spot during the Emirates FA Cup, fourth round match against West Ham at the DW Stadium. League One Wigan knocked out the Premier League side 2-0.
26 January 2018
US entrepreneur and co-founder of the Microsoft Corporation, Bill Gates and Britain’s International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt meet vet Andy Hopker and students Vanya Lalljee and Jennifer Hunt during an event to launch the Global Academy of Agriculture and Food Security at the University of Edinburgh.
25 January 2018
President Donald Trump meets with British Prime Minister Theresa May at the World Economic Forum in Davos.
24 January 2018
Alun Wyn Jones of Wales, Guilhem Guirado of France, Dylan Hartley of England, Rory Best of Ireland, John Barclay of Scotland and Sergio Parisse of Italy pose with the trophy during the 6 Nations Launch event at the Hilton in London.
23 January 2018
Kyle Edmund reacts after winning his men’s quarter-final match against Grigor Dimitrov at the Australian Open. He will play sixth seed Marin Cilic in the semi-final.
22 January 2018
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson next to US Ambassador to Britain Woody Johnson on a visit to the new embassy in London, a discreet move after criticism of US President Donald Trump who refused to inaugurate it.
21 January 2018
Women’s rights demonstrators hold placards and chant slogans during the Time’s Up rally at Richmond Terrace, opposite Downing Street. The Time’s Up Women’s March marks the one year anniversary of the first Women’s March in London and in 2018 it is inspired by the Time’s Up movement against sexual abuse. The Time’s Up initiative was launched at the start of January 2018 as a response to the #MeToo movement and the Harvey Weinstein scandal.
20 January 2018
Britain’s Penny Coomes and Nicholas Buckland perform in the pairs ice dance free dance event at the European figure skating championships in Moscow.
19 January 2018
Sheep graze in a field in Thornhill, Scotland. Forecasters have issued a new warning of snow and icy conditions in Southern Scotland with the police advising people to leave work early in affected areas.
18 January 2018
French President Emmanuel Macron and British Prime Minister Theresa May look up at a military fly past at Sandhurst Military Academy in Camberley. Theresa May is expected to make an announcement as part of the Anglo-France Summit at The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, where she will discuss Britain’s strong and wide-ranging bilateral relationship with President Macron.
17 January 2018
A jackknifed lorry is recovered on the M74, following motorists spending the night stranded on the motorway in Abington, Scotland. Mountain rescue teams spent the night helping drivers following heavy snowfall in the Dumfries and Galloway region.
16 January 2018
Carillion, which has a variety of private and public service contracts in Britain and employs 43,000 staff worldwide, announced its immediate liquidation on Monday after the heavily-indebted company failed to secure a last-ditch financial rescue from the government and banks. Carillion held a £335 million contract to build the new Liverpool city hospital, the delivery of which was already delayed by the time the company went into liquidation.
15 January 2018
Dolores O’Riordan, frontwoman of the iconic Irish grunge-rock band The Cranberries, died suddenly at the age of 46. A spokesperson for O’Riordan said she died “suddenly” in London, where she had travelled for a short recording session.
14 January 2018
Glen Durrant celebrates with the trophy after victory during day nine of the BDO World Professional Darts Championship 2018 at The Lakeside.
13 January 2018
The Whittlesea Straw Bear festival in Cambridgeshire celebrates the old Fenland plough custom of parading straw bears around the town every January. This Festival happens on the first weekend after Plough Monday. The procession, led by the Straw Bear, has over 250 dancers, musicians and performers. They perform traditional Molly, Morris, Clog and Sword dancing.
12 January 2018
Workers look at the Madame Tussauds wax figure of US President Donald Trump outside the new US Embassy in Nine Elms, London, after Mr Trump confirmed he will not travel to the UK to open the new building – and hit out at the location of the 1.2 billion dollar (£886 million) project. Writing on Twitter, Trump said he thought the embassy’s move from Grosvenor Square in the prestigious Mayfair district of central London to Nine Elms, south of the Thames, was a “bad deal”.
11 January 2018
British Prime Minister Theresa May watches birds from inside a bird hide with school children at the Wildfowl and Wetland Trust’s (WWT) ahead of a speech to launch the government’s environment plan in London.
Campaigners on January 11 criticised Theresa May’s plan to eliminate all avoidable plastic waste within 25 years, calling it a “missed opportunity” that lacked the necessary urgency. The government will extend a charge on plastic bags to all businesses and encourage supermarkets to introduce plastic-free aisles, May said in speech.
10 January 2018
Cirque du Soleil ‘OVO’ dress rehearsal at the Royal Albert Hall.
9 January 2018
Prime Minister Theresa May leads her first cabinet meeting of the new year at 10 Downing street.
8 January 2018
Journalist Carrie Gracie speaks to the media outside the BBC in London after she turned down a £45,000 rise, describing the offer as a “botched solution” to the problem of unequal pay at the BBC. Gracie said she told the corporation she wanted equality, rather than more money, and was determined not to help the organisation “perpetuate a failing pay structure by discriminating against women”.
7 January 2018
A man reads a newspaper as he takes part in the annual ‘No Trousers On The Tube Day’ (No Pants Subway Ride) at Liverpool Street Station. Started in 2002 with only seven participants, the day is now marked in over 60 cities around the world. The idea behind “No Pants” is that random passengers board a subway car at separate stops in the middle of winter, without wearing trousers. The participants wear all of the usual winter clothing on their top half such as hats, scarves and gloves and do not acknowledge each other’s similar state of undress.
6 January 2018
League Two side Coventry City celebrate victory over Premier League side Stoke in the FA Cup third round.
5 January 2018
A commendation ceremony takes place at Manchester Town Hall to recognise the actions of police and rail staff following the terrorist attack at Manchester Arena in May 2017.
4 January 2018
Stuart (no surname given) with his possessions in a bus stop near Windsor Castle, Berkshire. Prime Minister Theresa May has said she disagrees with Tory council leader Simon Dudley, who called on police to clear rough sleepers from Windsor before the royal wedding.
3 January 2018
Storm Eleanor lashed the UK with violent storm-force winds of up to 100mph.
The suggested ruling, which may come into effect in March, would limit breakfasts to 400 calories and lunches and dinners to 600 each.
The plan is intended to combat rising levels of obesity in the UK, with the latest NHS figures showing more than half of the British population as overweight or obese – 65 per cent of men and 58 per cent of women.
Feb. 19 (UPI) — China’s “Belt and Road” initiative to build economic networks around the globe may be being challenged in Australia.
Canberra is in discussions with the United States, India and Japan with regards to an alternative “Belt and Road,” the Australian Financial Review reported Sunday.
But politicians in Australia could be divided over whether or not to join Beijing’s gigantic multi-billion dollar infrastructure project.
Australia’s opposition Labor politicians have said they are ready to participate in China’s plans, and join the “increased embrace of Asia,” according to AFR.
Nearly 70 countries have already signaled an interest in joining China, including New Zealand and several European countries.
Australia’s caution could be being encouraged by the United States, which wants to make investments that actually work, according to the Australian press report.
“China might build a port which, on its own is not economically viable. We could make it economically viable by building a road or rail line linking that port,” AFR’s U.S. government source said.
Japan, one of the four nations who agreed to restore the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue that excludes China, has long been suspicious of Chinese motives.
Experts in Japan warn the Chinese military could expand with the Beijing’s network that include plans to build a “Polar Silk Road,” the South China Morning Post recently reported.
“It is an open secret that the Chinese have long wanted to use the Arctic Ocean for military purposes,” said Yoichi Shimada, a professor of international relations at Fukui Prefectural University. “It would be naive for anyone to think they are purely motivated by economic considerations because they used a similar rationale to seize the South China Sea islands.”
He did so while guarded by Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo Sunday at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Irving bounced the ball with his left hand in the first half, just outside of the 3-point line on the left side of the court. He brought the ball out wide, looking like he was about to crossover behind his back. Irving even pushed his right hand back to sell the move.
Instead of firing the ball to his other hand, Irving turned his left hand around the basketball and dribbled straight down on his left side, momentarily fooling the Greek Freak. Irving then ran around Antetokounmpo. But the Greek Freak caught up and knocked the ball out of bounds.
Irving scored 13 points and had nine assists in Team LeBron’s 148-145 win against Team Stephen. Cleveland Cavaliers star and team captain LeBron James won MVP honors, posting 29 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists. Sunday marked Irving’s fifth All-Star appearance.
While the dribbles were pretty, one of Irving’s biggest plays of the night came on an assist to James.
Oklahoma City Thunder star Russell Westbrook dribbled into the paint with 38 seconds remaining in the game and his team trailing 145-144. Before reaching the rim, Westbrook faked a pass to James and fired a feed to Irving, who was driving on the baseline. Irving caught the ball and fired it back to James for the go-ahead lay-up.