English student fell 200ft to her death at Seven Sisters clifftop while jumping up and down for a photo

An English student plunged 200ft to her death at Seven Sisters after she hopped into the air for a photo just inches from the edge of the scenic cliffs, an inquest heard.

Hyewon Kim, 23, had seconds earlier asked a passer-by to take her picture at the beauty spot in East Sussex – and then jumped up and down in “enjoyment” while focused on the camera.

Witnesses told how the South Korean suddenly fell and moments later they heard a bang.

Rescue workers discovered her afterwards face down at the foot of the cliffs with fatal head injuries.

Ms Hyewon had travelled to Britain to improve her English and had gone to the tourist attraction alone on a trip there in June.

Detective Sergeant Tod Stewart from Sussex police gave details of the tragedy at the inquest in Eastbourne, the Mail Online reported.

He said: “There were six photos of her close to the cliffs. They were showing her jumping in the air extremely close to the edge.

“Her concentration is not on anything other than what she is doing. The expression on her face shows nothing but enjoyment.”

Young Choi, 24, revealed in a statement how she was at Seven Sisters when Ms Hyewon, whom she did not know, asked her to take her picture.

She said: “As I was taking photos, she fell down.”

Jin Gyeong Jang, another witness, said: “I saw her standing then heard sound of a bang, then she was not there. At the space where she was standing, there was just a bag.”

Coroner Alan Craze recorded a death by misadventure.

Mark Webb from East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service spoke out after the inquest about the dangers at the cliffs.

He said: “This was an incredibly sad incident leading to the unnecessary loss of a very young life.

“What we would say is to urge people to stay well away from cliff edges.

“The day before this incident we had a very severe rock fall in the same sort of area, so it’s clear some of these cliff edges can be very unstable.”

Councillors in nearby Seaford town weeks later discussed having warning signs for visitors at Seven Sisters translated into languages other than English at the spot popular with tourists.

But they ruled against the move which they believed could be confusing to visitors and instead told coach and tour companies to warn their clients of the perils before they travel there.

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Bromances are jeopardising heterosexual relationships, scientists warn

Strong bonds between men are posing a threat to heterosexual relationships, social scientists at the Universities of Winchester and Bedfordshire have found.

A study, published in the journal Men and Masculinities, revealed that young heterosexual men find bromances more emotionally satisfying than romantic relationships with women.

Whilst the increasing prevalence of the bromance boasts a number of scientifically-proven benefits for men, co-author Adam White explained that they “may well be disadvantaging” women by exacerbating sexist behaviour.

Scientists gathered their data through a series of in-depth interviews with 30 male undergraduates studying sport degrees, each of whom had engaged in at least one romance and one bromance in the last 12 months.

They found that the modern bromance offers men “a new social space for emotional disclosure,” with participants revealing that they feel less judgement from their male friends than they do from their girlfriends.

28 out of 30 confessed that they would rather discuss their personal issues with a male friend than with a girlfriend.

“Our participants mostly determined that a bromance offered them elevated emotional stability, enhanced emotional disclosure, social fulfilment, and better conflict resolution, compared to the emotional lives they shared with girlfriends,” the study states.

The results led researchers to theorise that the bromance might soon become a domestic normality, with two heterosexual men living together and enjoying the benefits of a traditional relationship but without intimacy.

The study follows the team’s preliminary findings published in the journal Sex Roles in May, which explored the definitions of the bromance outside of cinematic representations.

They found that men were embracing more tactile and emotionally-open relationships with one another, crediting the decline in homophobia for a rise in deeper male-to-male expression.

However, the new research has provoked concerns at the ways in which the rise of the bromance could negatively impact how women are perceived by heterosexual men.

“What happens in 50 years, say, if these bromantic relationships really take off and men decide, ‘Hang on, we really enjoy these. These are much better. We can gain more emotionality from it. We’re less regulated, we’re less policed and therefore women actually just become the sexual fulfillers of men and nothing else,” White told National Post.

“That’s the worrying aspect,” he added.

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Brexit: Ministers try to push through plans for £100m royal yacht as EU talks remain deadlocked

Senior Conservative Ministers have reportedly endorsed the prospect of a new royal yacht, just as the European Union has warned the UK that Brexit talks are deadlocked

Pro-Brexit politicians believe commissioning a £100m boat, ostensibly a “floating palace” for the Queen but also to be used to showcase the “best in Britain”, at the same time as the Royal Navy is facing severe cuts.

The privately funded “Brexit-annia” would be employed in a bid to secure the numerous trade deals the UK must win after leaving the EU.

It would display “the soft power of our nation around the world,” Northern Powerhouse minister Jake Berry told The Daily Telegraph

The minister said he and International Trade Secretary Liam Fox thought the boat would be a “great thing”.

While the money for its construction will come from private donors, there are anticipated to be around £10m in annual running costs. 

The previous royal yacht, HMY Britannia, was decommissioned under the Labour government in 1997. 

It required hundreds of Royal Navy personnel to crew and a platoon of Royal Marines for security when the Queen was on board. 

Government financial difficulties mean the prospect of cutting 1,000 marines and two amphibious assault ships has also been raised in recent days. 

But Mr Berry said: “It would be a fantastic opportunity to show the best of British manufacturing on a global scale.

“Anything we can do to support the conception of global Britain, do free trade deals, support businesses across the north of England and elsewhere, I do think we should give consideration to.”

Senior ministers have been touting the prospect of a new royal yacht since last year’s vote to leave the EU.

In March, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson told the newspaper: “It is my view that it would indeed add greatly to the soft power of this country, a soft power which is already very considerable.

“The new Britannia should not be a call on the taxpayer, if it can be done privately I am sure it would attract overwhelming support.”

Critics have called it a “colossal waste of money”.

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Hyperloop One: 'London to Scotland in 45 minutes' promises Sir Richard Branson

Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group has invested in technology that the billionaire entrepreneur claims can transport passengers between London and Scotland in just 45 minutes.

The company has invested an undisclosed stake in Hyperloop One, now rebranded as Virgin Hyperloop One, an LA-based company that makes use of the revolutionary transport concept made famous by Elon Musk.

Although Musk is not directly involved in the company, Hyperloop One is already ahead of the curve, having become the first company in the world to test a full-scale Hyperloop back in May on its 500m Development Loop (DevLoop) in Las Vegas. 

Hyperloop technology is based on the idea of using an electric motor to accelerate an electromagnetically levitated pod through a low-pressure tube, which could theoretically reach speeds of up to 670mph with no turbulence. The fastest recorded speed using Hyperloop so far is 220mph.

Sir Richard said: “After visiting Hyperloop One’s test site in Nevada and meeting its leadership team this past summer, I am convinced this groundbreaking technology will change transportation as we know it and dramatically cut journey times.

“Virgin has been known for investing in and creating innovative companies over the years, and I look forward to making history together as we bring Hyperloop to the world as Virgin Hyperloop One.”

He added: “Virgin Hyperloop will be able to transport people from London to Scotland in 45 minutes.

“I have a funny feeling that I’ll get a lot of satisfaction from people saying it’s transformed their lives.”

The fastest train from London to Edinburgh is currently the new high-speed Azuma, which took four hours to complete the journey on its test run in August. Virgin plans to roll out a 65-strong fleet next year across its east coast route. 

Hyperloop One says it aims to deliver a fully operational Hyperloop system by 2021.

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Donald Trump's 'largest tax cut in US history' claim shot down by Republican senator

President Donald Trump is going around mischaracterising his tax plan as the largest tax cut in US history and a Republican senator is calling him out on it. 

Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley tweeted on Thursday, as if speaking to Trump, “Ur tax cut will not be ‘largest in history of country,’” and proceeded to offer a fact check “my own self.” 

Grassley then laid out Bush-era tax cuts that were worth more, using nearly incomprehensible Twitterese. 

A look at the matter:

“I’m giving the largest tax cuts in the history of this country,” Trump said on Tuesday after meeting Henry Kissinger

The truth is that is tax plan is, at most, fifth-largest in its estimated cost, says Marc Goldwein, Senior Vice President and policy director at the nonpartisan Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget. It could well end up being even lower on the ladder historically. 

The estimated cost of the tax plan has dropped by half or more since the spring, when only the contours were known.

In an analysis in April, Goldwein’s group found that the $5.5 trillion plan that was then expected would have been the third largest since 1940 as a share of GDP, behind President Ronald Reagan’s package in 1981 and tax cuts enacted in 1945 to phase out revenue generated for the Second World War

But, citing estimated costs of $1.5 trillion to $2.5 trillion for Trump’s plan now, Goldwein said several other historically significant tax cuts also would surpass Trump’s: from 2013 and 1964. 

Trump frequently overstates the size of his tax plan, though on some occasions he’s called it one of the largest. Grassley tweeted on Thursday:

That statement is in the ballpark, if migraine-inducing.

Combining three rounds of tax cuts under Bush yields a package bigger than Trump’s would be even if it tops out at $2.5 trillion. It’s also conceivable that the first round of Bush tax cuts alone, worth over $1.3 trillion in 2001 dollars, would be bigger than Trump’s package.

Grassley is “basically in the right,” Goldwein said. 

Having worked to pass the Bush tax cuts as chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, Grassley wished to set the record straight.

But he went on to praise Trump’s initiative, in his distinctive Twitter style, saying “regardless ur tax framework sets out badly needed cuts REFORM SIMPLIFICATION TO CREATE JOBS/ move byond ObamaSTAGNATION.” 


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George Osborne: Theresa May's leadership dominates conversations among Cabinet ministers

The Tories must “confront” the issue of Theresa May’s leadership which is dominating conversations among her top team, George Osborne has said.

The former chancellor turned newspaper editor said the Government faces “very serious challenges” as the weakened Prime Minister attempts to keep Brexit on track.

Ms May claimed to have the full support of her Cabinet in the wake of a difficult few days, marred by her disastrous party conference speech and an aborted plot led by former party chairman Grant Shapps.

However Mr Osborne, who was sacked by Ms May when she became Prime Minister, reportedly told a Spectator event in London that speculation over her leadership overshadows conversations with Cabinet members.

Asked if the party should support the Prime Minister to ensure Brexit remains on track, Mr Osborne said: “I don’t think you do a service to the party that I’m a member of and I’ve been a member of for 25 years of my life, working for and promoting, by pretending there aren’t some very serious challenges that the Government faces and the leadership faces.

“You’ve got to have a clear plan and attempt to lead in pursuit of that plan and that is what the Conservative government needs to do,” he said in remarks reported by PoliticsHome.

He added: “It’s no good the Conservatives saying ‘well I wish we would stop talking about it’ – you can’t talk to a member of the Cabinet without talking about it and so we’ve got to confront that.”

The London Evening Standard editor, who stood down as an MP earlier this year, refused to rule out a return to politics and said he had moved into newspapers as he “couldn’t quite walk away from the debate about our country’s future.”

Mr Osborne said: “The question for me for at the age of 46 is do I go on staying in the political system fighting for these things, when frankly my party has moved away from the positions that I think are most likely to succeed or do I try something new in life, that it turns out that editing a newspaper is both challenging and fun.”

It comes amid reports of further rifts between Ms May and her Chancellor over Brexit after Mr Hammond refused to spend millions preparing for an exit from the EU with no deal.

Former Chancellor Lord Lawson urged the Prime Minister to sack his successor for behaving in a “grossly irresponsible” way over Brexit.

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Samsung CEO announces surprise resignation as profits rise

Samsung said on Friday its CEO and vice chairman Kwon Oh-hyun plans to step down from management, deepening concerns over a leadership vacuum at the tech giant after group scion Jay Y. Lee was jailed for bribery.

The surprise resignation of Samsung’s chip and display head came as he was expected to take a bigger role following Lee’s arrest in February and the departures of other key executives in the wake of the bribery scandal.

The move came on the same day the South Korean smartphone maker forecast record third-quarter operating profit on the back of the memory chip business, which Kwon was instrumental in building into the world leader.

“The timing is nonsensical. Samsung tipped record earnings, it’s going to be better in the fourth-quarter, and all that’s been driven by Mr Kwon’s components business,” said Park Ju-gun, head of research firm CEO Score.  

Mr Kwon, 64, is seen as Samsung Group No. 2. As well as being chairman of the board and a board director, he heads the components business – including memory chips – and the display business.

In a statement, the man known as “Mr Chip” said the time had come to “start anew with new spirit and young leadership”.

“We are fortunately making record earnings right now, but this is the fruit of past decisions and investments; we are not able to even get close to finding new growth engines by reading future trends right now,” he added.

The world’s biggest maker of memory chips, smartphones and TVs is set to smash its annual profit record this year, thanks partly to soaring demand for memory chips. Semiconductors were Samsung’s top earner in the three months through June, making a record 8 trillion won (£5.40bn).

The global chip industry is undergoing a major shift with Japan’s Toshiba partnering with home rival SK Hynix, and other firms consolidating in search of new growth areas like artificial intelligence and automobiles.

Shares in Samsung, worth about $310bn, fell 1.5 per cent on Friday after hitting an all-time high earlier in the day.

The departure of 32-year Samsung veteran Mr Kwon, after five years in the top job, comes at a time of leadership uncertainty at the company

hoi Gee-sung, Jay Lee’s mentor, quit earlier this year for his alleged role in the bribery scandal, and Samsung Electronics now needs to fill several more key roles with Mr Kwon’s exit.

Mr Kwon would serve out his term as chairman of the board and board director until March 2018, the company said. He is also not stepping down immediately from his two other roles.

A Samsung Electronics spokeswoman declined comment on the exact timing of succession and potential successors for Mr Kwon’s roles.

While Samsung Group is South Korea’s top conglomerate with businesses ranging from smartphones to hotels – it has had no ‘Plan B’ for taking big decisions following Mr Lee’s arrest, people familiar with the matter have said.

“I‘m worried about a leadership vacuum at a time when Lee is absent from management,” Chung Sun-sup, chief executive of research firm Chaebul.com, said following Mr Kwon’s announcement.

The leadership changes also could be an opportunity for a new generation to emerge, he added.


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Newcastle sign Mikel Merino on five-year deal after making loan move permanent

Mikel Merino has completed a permanent move to Newcastle from Borussia Dortmund after an impressive start to his career in England.

The 21-year-old midfielder arrived at St James’ Park on loan in July with the possibility of a full transfer included in the deal, and has done so well on Tyneside that the club has handed him a five-year contract.

“I’m really pleased we have been able to bring Mikel to the club permanently. He has played very well since he joined us,” manager Rafael Benitez told NUFC TV. “He has settled in quickly, has a lot of quality on the ball and is keen to learn – that is a crucial part of his future development.”

The man himself is delighted to have committed his future to the Magpies.

“I’m really happy to be here, and for this part of the contract to finally be official,” Merino added. “I’m focused on my displays and improving myself, and I’m really happy to have signed this contract.”

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Quentin Tarantino breaks silence on Harvey Weinstein allegations: 'I'm stunned and heartbroken'

Quentin Tarantino has finally spoken out against longtime collaborator Harvey Weinstein after multiple women came forward accusing the Hollywood mogul of sexual harassment,

Actress Amber Tamblyn — who worked with Tarantino on Django Unchained — posted the director’s statement on social media.

Tarantino’s statement reads: “For the last week, I’ve been stunned and heartbroken about the revelations that have come to light about my friend for 25 years Harvey Weinstein. 

“I need a few more days to process my pain, emotions, anger and memory and then I will speak publicly about it.”

Before Tweeting the statement, Tamblyn noted how the pair “had a long dinner” where Tarantino asked her to share the statement.

The Weinstein Company — from which Weinstein has since been fired — has produced all of Tarantino’s films since Pulp Fiction. Two of the company’s five highest grossing films were directed by Tarantino: Django Unchained and Inglourious Basterds.

Last week, the New York Times said Weinstein paid settlements to eight women to deal with allegations of sexual harassment. The report was followed by claims from more women — including Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Beckinsale, and Angelina Jolie — that Weinstein had harassed them too. 

In a statement issued on Tuesday, Weinstein’s spokeswoman, Sallie Hofmeister, said: “Any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein. Mr. Weinstein has further confirmed that there were never any acts of retaliation against any women for refusing his advances.”

She added: “He will not be available for further comments, as he is taking the time to focus on his family, on getting counselling and rebuilding his life.”

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Housing benefit cuts making system 'irrelevant' as families battle soaring rents

Low-income households are battling soaring private rents while “substantial” cuts to housing benefit have made the system “increasingly irrelevant” as a means of providing adequate housing, according to new research.

The Institute for Fiscal Studies said that rent took up 28 per cent of the earnings of low-income households between 2013 and 2015, up from 21 per cent in the mid-1990s. In London the same group spent 40 per cent of their income on rent between 2013 and 2015. Low income was defined as those on the bottom 40 per cent of incomes.

The proportion of people living in private, rented accommodation more than doubled to 19 per cent in the two decades to 2015, while among 25 to 34-year-olds it trebled to 37 per cent, according to the report. Average private rents rose by a third in real terms over the same period.

The research, which was funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, found that in the private sector, low-income working-age renters with children have been particularly badly affected by these trends.

Around 600,000 people in the private rented sector – 500,000 of whom are living in families with children – will face shortfalls between their housing benefit and their rent, due to cuts introduced in 2011, the IFS said.

It also said that around 4.8 million people in 1.9 million households are entitled to less housing benefit than they would have been without the cuts, by an average of £24 per household per week.

Brian Robson, acting head of policy and research at the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, called on the Government to increase housing benefits in line with local rents in next month’s Budget.

“These worrying figures show how families with children are being hit hard by the crippling cost of housing and cuts to housing benefit, leaving them struggling to make ends meet,” he said.

“Even with housing benefit, people on the lowest incomes are still seeing more than a third of their remaining income eaten up by their housing costs.”

He said more homes must be built to fix the root cause of the “broken housing market” but added that many families need help now, in the form of increased housing benefit payments.

Agnes Norris Keiller, a research economist at IFS and an author of the report, said: “The current approach effectively places most of the risk of further rises in costs onto low-income tenants, and little on the housing benefit bill.

“While containing the cost to taxpayers, it leaves housing benefit vulnerable to becoming increasingly irrelevant with respect to its purpose – maintaining the affordability of adequate housing for those on low incomes.”

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