Woman who escaped Las Vegas shooting left helpless watching her home burn down

A woman who survived the mass shooting in Las Vegas returned to California to discover that wildfires had destroyed her home in Santa Rosa

“Last Sunday, I was running from bullets,” Michella Flores told a television channel. “This Sunday, I was running from fire.”

Ms Flores, 51, had been outside the perimeter of the Route 91 Harvest festival in Las Vegas, watching the country music performers from outside the fence, when Stephen Paddock opened fire, killing 58 people and injuring more than 500.


Ms Flores, who has worked as a firefighter and paramedic before taking up her current job as a part-time flight attendant and customer service representative at Kaiser Air in Santa Rosa, told KTVU she returned to California and headed to her parents’ home. She has been staying there while she moved to another apartment in the west of the city.

It was as she was driving home that she saw an orange glow on the hillside. The network said she told her parents to pack emergency bags, grabbed the dog and told them to evacuate.

She picked up a garden house and worked alongside two firefighters to try and keep the encroaching flames from their home and others on the street.

Later that evening, when she headed for work at the airport, she was hopeful the property would escape the blaze. When she returned the next morning, she found it had been destroyed, along with all its contents.

“Right now, I’m in this space where things need to get done,” she told KTVU. “And I’ll deal with the rest later on.”

The fires that swept through California wine country and other parts of the state were the worst in decades. At least 40 people have been killed and hundreds remain unaccounted for. A total of 75,000 people remain under evacuation orders.

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Donald Trump wants Hillary Clinton to run against him in 2020

Donald Trump has said he wants Hillary Clinton to run again for president.

In a morning tweet, the President said: “I was recently asked if Crooked Hillary Clinton is going to run in 2020? My answer was, I hope so!” 

Ms Clinton has said she is “done with being a candidate”.  

However, she has expressed that she would remain active in national politics, telling CBS in September that she believed “our country’s future is at stake.” 

Prior to her 2016 bid for the White House, Ms Clinton ran for the Democratic nomination for President in 2008, eventually losing to Barack Obama.

Following her loss to Mr Trump last year, Ms Clinton mostly disappeared from the public eye. But in recent months, while promoting her new book What Happened, the former senator and Secretary of State has been candid about her thoughts on Mr Trump and the events that transpired during the presidential campaign. 

While speaking on Sunday at the Southbank Centre’s London Literature Festival, Ms Clinton said she was worried that Mr Trump could in “a moment of pique” launch a nuclear missile. She also accused the President of “picking fights” with North Korea and Iran for the sake of “point scoring.”

Earlier this year, Mr Trump warned that threats from North Korea would be greeted with “fire and fury like the world has never seen”. The Trump administration is currently engaged in a standoff with North Korea over the regime’s expanding nuclear weapons programme. 

On Friday, Mr Trump struck a blow against the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement by choosing not to certify that Tehran is complying with the deal. In the Obama-era accord, Iran had agreed to restrict its nuclear programme for at least 10 years in exchange for the loosening of economic sanctions.  

Along with calling the deal merely a “temporary delay” on Iran’s “path to nuclear weapons”, Mr Trump said the removal of sanctions was giving the Iranian “regime” more funds to support terrorism. 

In July, Mr Trump joked that Russian President Vladimir Putin would have preferred Hillary Clinton to be in the White House. 

“[I]f Hillary had won, our military would be decimated,” Mr Trump said in an interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network. “Our energy would be much more expensive. That’s what Putin doesn’t like about me. And that’s why I say, why would he want me?”

“We’re going to be exporting energy – he doesn’t want that. He would like Hillary where she wants to have windmills,” the President added. “He would much rather have that because energy prices would go up and Russia, as you know, relies very much on energy.”

Mr Trump is expected to seek re-election in 2020. 

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Black Friday 2017: How to get the best deals online and on the high street? What are the opening times?

It might be a few weeks away but nonetheless the clock is ticking and the countdown to Black Friday has begun. 

With an estimated £1.27bn spent in the 24-hour period last year, there’s no denying that for many shoppers, it’s the best day of the year to get your hands on something you’ve been saving up for or a bargain just in time for the gift-giving season.

So, when is it, which shops are getting involved and what deals can you expect?

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What is Black Friday?

Whether you’re in the US or the UK, Black Friday is fast becoming the biggest and best day in the shopping year to hunt for a bargain. 

Though its roots lie in America, the pre-Christmas shopping frenzy made its way to the UK back in 2010 and while the discounts are traditionally on for one day only, some shops such as Amazon, extend their discounts during the week too. 

When is Black Friday?

Black Friday is always the day after Thanksgiving. This year that falls on Friday November 24.

Why is it called Black Friday?

While nobody is entirely certain of where the name comes from there are a couple of potential explanations. 

For some it marks the day that retailers books go from red to black as they make their biggest profit of the year.

But others say that the name originated from the American police during the 1950s and 1960s to describe the chaos that ensued as Thanksgiving shoppers poured into town causing terrible traffic jams.

What deals can I expect?

As you’d expect, brands remain fairly tight-lipped about which products they will be discounting, but looking back on past Black Friday’s you can expect to find deals on everything from TV’s and laptops, to clothes, make-up and homeware.

Online retailers like Amazon typically go all-out, while others – like Apple – typically discount fewer items.

Which shops are doing Black Friday?

Still  to be confirmed, not all stores take part in Black Friday but judging by last year you can expect to pick up some great bargains from the following – 

Amazon – The brand that bought Black Friday to the UK in 2010 you can expect to nab some serious steals from Amazon. The web giant has its own dedicated Black Friday deals page where you will be able to find offers on everything from gaming and tech to fashion. 

Argos – Last time the retail giant recorded 8,000 visits a minute within the first hour of opening and with discounts on toys, tech and household appliances you can expect the same turn out again this year.

Asos – One for the fashion fans, last year the site offered a simple 20 per cent discount across the entire site and while it’s yet to be confirmed, we predict a similar offer on both men and women’s clothes. 

Boots – A go-to for gifts, we predict the high street retailer will launch hundreds of deals on make-up, perfume and electrical goods this time round. 

Currys PC World – Dropping its prices once again you’ll be able to pick up a host of gadgets from top brands – think televisions, tablets and even laptops. 

Game – If you’re a gamer you’re going to want to pay a visit to Game, be it online or in-store. Here, we predict huge discounts on console bundles, accessories and the latest games.

Harrods – A department store synonymous with luxury, a visit to Harrods this Black Friday will mean you can pick designer garb for a fraction of the price. 

John Lewis – Here you can expect deals online and in-store across tech, home and fashion lines. Plus, with the brand’s ‘Never Knowingly Undersold’ tag line you can expect the retailer to be price matching on pretty much everything. 

Selfridges – Get your Christmas shopping wrapped up early with impressive discounts on high-end make-up and designer fashion.

Tesco – You won’t want to miss Tesco’s Black Friday discounts which expect to cover everything from electricals and toys to home. 

Topshop – One of Britain’s favourite high street stores, last year Topshop offered 50 per cent of selected lines including dresses, bags and footwear.

Very – Last year Very reported an average of 1.7 orders every second and it looks like this Black Friday could do even better with discounts on tech, toys, furniture and fashion. 


How to get a Black Friday bargain 

Whether you’re one of many brave sale-seekers hitting the high street or you’re staying in and surfing the world-wide-web there are few things to keep in mind when hunting for the best bargains. 

Firstly, many of these deals are only available for a limited time so it’s important to be prepared and prioritise your shopping time accordingly. 

And, while it can also be tempting to buy things on a whim, try to plan what you want beforehand so you don’t overspend too much. 

Last of all, make sure you know your return rights. While most stores don’t change their policy for the sake of a few days, it’s best to check it out in advance so you’re not stuck with spur of the moment buys you don’t really want. 

منبع مطلب : http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/black-friday-2017-how-get-best-deals-online-high-street-opening-times-john-lewis-argos-asda-shops-pc-9882739.html

Black Panther trailer: Marvel promises a revolution in incredible new look at Wakanda

A full trailer for Black Panther has been released the Marvel superhero, played by Chadwick Boseman, in his first lead outing.

Black Panther, the character of whom made his debut in Captain America: Civil War, has been in development for some time kick-starting what many believe to be the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s second phase.

Ryan Coogler (Fruitvale Station, Creed) is in the director’s chair having co-written the script alongside Joe Robert Cole.

Other cast members to be glimpsed in the trailer include Lupita Nyong’o, Martin Freeman and Michael B. Jordan as the film’s lead villain.

Black Panther will further explore the history of Boseman’s T’Challa, the warrior king of Marvel’s fictional country Wakanda.

The film will be released 18 February 2018.

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Chechnya's 'gay purge' victim speaks out over torture ordeal

He had arrived in Chechnya on business in 2015. A small-scale entrepreneur from Omsk, Siberia, and openly gay, Mr Maxim Lapunov, 30, had little idea of what lay ahead. Within two years, he would be arrested, thrown into a blood-soaked cellar, repeatedly beaten, before being released 11 days later. Mr Lapunov had been caught up in the whirlwind of Chechnya’s “gay purge,” which would later made headlines around the world. 

On Monday, he became the first man to go public with his story in Russia. Speaking at a press conference organised by journalists and activists, the details of which were hushed at last moment, Mr Lapunov said he had been moved to act by the lack of progress made in the formal investigation, which began in April. 

Speaking at the press conference, Igor Kalyapin, head of the Committee against Torture NGO said: “In simple Russian, there has been no investigation.”

News of the arrests and disappearances of gay men in Chechnya came to light in April this year. It is believed the men were first targeted by Chechen law enforcement officials in February. They were, it is alleged, held in unofficial prisons, beaten and tortured. The campaign of arrests lasted a few weeks, before pausing, and then resuming in March. 

Mr Lapunov says he was arrested on March 16 by plain clothed officers. He was, he says, released on 28 March on the condition that he did not speak to anyone about his experience, and signed a blank confession. 

“The only charge they made was that I was gay,” he told journalists at the press conference. “I could hardly walk. I was sure they were going to kill me, I was preparing for that.” 

According to Tanya Lokshina of Human Rights Watch, and author of a new report into the “purge” says the approximately 100 men were caught up in the actions. 

Journalists have reported three men died as a direct result of the campaign, with one man killed in what is believed to be an honour killing. Ms Lokshina said that her organisation had been unable to confirm these numbers independently. Speaking at the press conference, gay rights activist Igor Kochetkov stated that witnesses had told his organisation of at least 15 men who had been handed back to their families, and have since disappeared without trace. 

Chechnya’s irascible President, Ramzan Kadyrov, has responded to the claims by stating there were “no gays in Chechnya.” Speaking to journalists from the HBO channel in July, he went further: “If there are any gays… take them away from us. To purify our blood, if there are any, take them.” 

​Chechen Muslim clerics meanwhile turned their fire on journalists, threatening Elena Milashina, the investigative journalist who broke the story, with “retribution.” She spent some time in hiding, but was present at today’s press conference. 

While Russia itself is not known to be especially friendly to LGBT communities, a vibrant gay scene exists in Moscow and St Petersburg. In the largely Muslim republic of Chechnya, however, homosexuality remains taboo. 

As such, the men caught up in the anti-gay purge are at risk as much for their own families as from the local authorities. “That’s what makes their situation so utterly desperate,” says Ms Lokshina. 

Mr Lapunov is exceptional in being the only non-Chechen believed to have fallen victim to the anti-gay campaign. He has no immediate Chechen family who would be put at risk. This is what allows him to come forward, despite the dangers, said Ms Lokhsina at the press conference. It seems that local security officials were alerted to his presence in Chechnya through links he had made with local gay men. They were apparently unaware he was not Chechen. 

Human rights activists say they do not expect ethnic Chechens to follow Mr Lapunov’s lead. That will not happen until adequate security guarantees have been made for victims. So far, these guarantees have not been forthcoming. 

Russian authorities have been sluggish in their response, emphasising the lack of formal witnesses to the crime. 

On Friday, the Kremlin’s Human Rights Ombudswoman Tatyana Moskalkova made a surprise statement confirming that a man had come forward. “I confirm there is a man, a complainant,” she told the Interfax news agency. “As soon as we complete our investigations, I can give more information. 

It is believed Ms Moskalkova was prompted to make the statement in the knowledge of today’s press conference. 

In private, human rights activists say they have been impressed by Ms Moskalkova’s dedication to the case. However, they say she is hamstrung by a limited mandate. 

“She cannot provide guarantees — that is the remit the security services,” said one, speaking off the record. “And they are less keen to help.” 

منبع مطلب : http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/chechnya-gay-purge-maxim-lapunov-press-conference-homophobic-anti-gay-torture-beatings-ramzan-a8003051.html

Ophelia: Ex-hurricane kills person 'after tree falls on car' in Waterford, Ireland

A driver has died after a tree fell on a car as ex-hurricane Ophelia sweeps across Ireland.

The woman, reportedly in her 50s, was killed in Waterford after gusts of 92mph (148kph) hit the country’s south-west coast on Monday morning.

Her car was travelling close to the village of Aglish when the tree fell on to it.

Authorities have urged the public to stay indoors until the “very dangerous” storm has passed, with forecasters warning stronger winds were expected.

“Please avoid driving today unless an emergency due to dire weather conditions,” police told drivers on Twitter.

Around 120,000 homes and businesses have been left without power and all schools and colleges in the Republic of Ireland were shut on Monday.

ESB Networks, which provides Ireland’s electricity supply, warned more outages were expected and said repair operations would take several days.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar urged the public to stay safe, warning: “The advice is: stay indoors until the storm passes.

“Whether that is at work, in their home or some other home, stay indoors. Check on neighbours and relatives.

“Bear in mind it is coming your way and it is a national red alert.

“It is a very dangerous storm. The last time there was a storm this severe 11 lives were lost.”

Mr Varadkar added that the National Emergency Co-ordination Group will be meeting throughout the course of the day.

The Republic of Ireland’s Met Office has issued a red severe warning for Wexford, Galway, Mayo, Clare, Cork, Kerry, Limerick and Waterford.

Around 120  flights were cancelled at Dublin airport.

Schools were also closed in Northern Ireland, where the Met Office issued covered with an amber warning – meaning there is a “potential risk to life and property” – and forecast gust of up to 75mph.

Around 200 properties in Wales suffered power cuts, a number of schools closed early and the Cleddau Bridge was shut to tall vehicles as remnants if the hurricane reached Britain.

Flood warnings are also in place along the Pembrokeshire coast, parts of west Scotland, north-west England and Cornwall.

Planes were grounded at Manchester Airport, with 20 flights cancelled and passengers warned to check ahead.

The storm was expected to move into Scotland on Tuesday.

“It will be gradually easing up into Scotland overnight and into Tuesday morning, it’s weakening as it goes,” said Met Office spokesman Grahame Madge.

“Parts of England, areas like the north west, are covered by a warning.

“The impacts will be felt in northern England into Tuesday.

“Winds will be 50 to 60mph, possibly gusting to 70mph, even in the yellow warning areas.”

The storm hit the British Isles exactly 30 years after the Great Storm of 1987 killed 18 people.

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Huawei Mate 10: Price, release date and everything else you need to know

Huawei has just unveiled three new high-end smartphones: the Huawei Mate 10, Huawei Mate 10 Pro and Porsche Design Huawei Mate 10.

The handsets are designed to go head-to-head with the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Note 8, the iPhone 8 and Google Pixel 2.

They’ll hit the market in two waves, and will be available for between €699 and a staggering €1,395.

The three phones, all of which run Android Oreo, are largely the same, with the most obvious difference coming in the screen size department. 

The Huawei Mate 10 has a 5.9-inch, 2,560 x 1,440 display, while the Pro and Porsche Design models instead using a slightly larger but less sharp 6-inch, 2,160 x 1,080 display.

The smaller handset also packs less of a punch, featuring 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. The Pro model is IP67 water- and dust-resistant and has 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, while the Porsche Design model features 6GB of RAM and 256GB of storage.

All three are powered by the Kirin 970 chip, which Huawei has dubbed an “AI processor”. According to the company, the chip helps the phone work faster “for AI-related tasks”.

The phone uses it to recognise a range of objects through the camera, such as animals and food, and learn your usage habits. 

One of the Mate 10’s other headline features is the Leica dual-camera setup on the back, which combines a 20-megapixel monochrome lens with a 12-megapixel colour sensor.

The system is designed to let you easily play with effects and adjust the level of bokeh in pictures, making the subject stand out. 

Huawei has been offering this functionality for some time, and other manufacturers, including Apple and Google, now do something similar with their flagship phones. 

On the front of the Mate 10 is an 8-megapixel selfie camera.

All three models are also powered by a 4,000mAh battery, which looks very generous on paper. They can be recharged quickly via the USB-C port too, because of the inclusion of Huawei’s SuperCharge technology.

Something that’s likely to divide opinion, however, is the phone’s design. The Mate 10 has a highly distinctive rear, thanks to an unusual reflective band that has been designed to attract attention to the camera.

It’s certainly very noticeable, but we don’t think it’s the most aesthetically-pleasing design move.

All three handsets have a glass body, but will be available in a different range of colours.

The Mate 10, which will come out in “late” October and cost €699 (£620), will be available in Mocha Brown, Black, Champagne Gold and Pink Gold colour schemes.

The Mate 10 Pro, meanwhile, will cost €799 (£710) when it hits the market in mid-November. It will be available in Midnight Blue, Titanium Grey, Mocha Brown and Pink Gold colour options.

The Porsche Design Huawei Mate 10, meanwhile, will cost an astonishing €1,395 (£1,240) when it comes out next month, and will only be available in Diamond Black. 

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Manchester City's Raheem Sterling never considered Arsenal transfer this summer

Raheem Sterling has revealed he never even considered a move to Arsenal this summer and is fully committed to Manchester City.

The England winger was linked with a move to the Emirates that could have seen Sergio Aguero go the other way but a transfer was never forthcoming and Sterling has gone on to start the season well as Pep Guardiola‘s side have swept all before them in moving top of the Premier League.

Guardiola has always insisted he had no intention of ever letting Sterling go and the man himself is choosing not to waste any time on such speculation either.

“I didn’t need to speak to Guardiola because I already spoke to him in the summer about pre-season,” he said at a press conference ahead of City’s Champions League clash with Napoli on Tuesday. “I didn’t have any negative thoughts or anything about it, I just woke up one day with England and didn’t believe a word of it, and I wouldn’t have until I spoke to the manager.

“It wasn’t something that I was worried about because Pep is an honest guy and he would’ve spoken to me before that [if City wanted to sell me], so I didn’t need to worry about it and I didn’t think about it for one minute.”

With City challenging for honours domestically and in the Champions League and with a World Cup in Russia at the end of the campaign this has the potential to be a defining season for Sterling.

“I signed for five years. I have two and a half years left and I see myself here, playing football here under a great manager and with a great team, so of course [I want to stay],” he added.

“It’s a massive year for me, massive year for the team, I just need to keep building, keep working hard and go to the World Cup on a positive.”

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Eating placenta after birth 'borders on cannibalism', says top gynaecologist

It’s a stomach-churning trend which is justified by its purported health benefits.

But a leading gynaecologist says that eating placenta provides no obvious health boost – and the practice borders on cannibalism.

The act of consuming placenta after birth has been popularised by celebrities such as Kim Kardashian and Coleen Rooney.

The placenta, which is also known as afterbirth, connects the foetus to the uterine wall and is the barrier through which nutrients and waste pass via the mother’s blood supply.

Some believe that its nutrition levels can help boost the mood and milk production of new mothers.

But gynaecologist Alex Farr, from the Medical University of Vienne, said: “Medically speaking, the placenta is a waste product.

“Most mammals eat the placenta after birth, but we can only guess why they do so.


The placenta is typically processed then consumed in pill form

“After the placenta is genetically part of the newborn, eating the placenta borders on cannibalism.”

Dr Farr added that “presumed nutrients” like iron, selenium and zinc are not present in particularly high concentrations.

Worryingly, concentrations of heavy metals have been found to accumulate in the placenta during pregnancy.

Dr Farr’s comments were made as part of a study into the rise of placenta consumption – known as placentophagy – published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

The placenta is typically consumed by processing it into capsules – but some have been known to actually cook it and eat it.

Earlier this year the US Department of Health raised the alarm after a mother who’d eaten placenta capsules suffered life-threatening blood poisoning.

The bacteria – part of the streptococcus group – was likely transmitted via breastfeeding from the placenta capsules.

Eating afterbirth has been shown to have some benefits in animals.

A female dog may be able to reduce its labour pains as its remaining puppies are being born by eating the placenta during the birth.

It can also encourage some animals to bond with their newborns.

منبع مطلب : http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/placenta-eat-after-birth-cannibalism-gynaecologist-post-pregnancy-a8003041.html

Ophelia: Islamic centre in Dublin opens doors to homeless as storm hits

An Islamic Cultural Centre is opening its doors to the homeless and anyone in need during ex-Hurricane Ophelia.

The centre in Clonskeagh, Dublin, is welcoming neighbours during one of the worst storms to hit Ireland in half a century. Ophelia is expected to pummel the country with sustained winds of more than 50mph and gusts of around 80mph.

Malek Madani, who works in administration at the centre, told The Independent that the building was “open 24 hours for everyone”.

“We provide food and soup,” he said. “It’s the minimum that we can do as humanitarians. We try to contribute along with council organisations, who have helped us with beds, too.”

The category 1 storm, which was a category 3 hurricane over the weekend as it moved over the Atlantic, made landfall in County Kerry early Monday morning.

All schools have been closed for the day, motorists have been warned to keep off the roads and around 1,200 army personnel have been sent to help impacted areas with storm-related contingencies.

The Islamic Cultural Centre of Ireland wrote on Facebook: “Please stay safe everyone, especially during the times that the storm hits and its aftermath. Check in on your elderly and vulnerable neighbours, bring in your pets and make sure your bins and any other items that can be blown away are secured or brought in.”

Mr Madani said he expected other cultural centres in Dublin to open their doors.

“They are part of society and they should too,” he said. “We never know [who will come during the storm] but we try to do our best.”

Local Aoife O’Riordan wrote on Twitter she had been to the centre several times “Cause they make the best damn schwarma [sic] in south Dublin and they’ve a lovely wee shop too”.

The Capuchin Day Centre in Dublin has also provided an extra 120 beds during the storm.

More than 100 flights have been cancelled from operators like Aer Lingus, and train and bus and tram services have been suspended.

Ophelia is expected to cause “potential risk to lives”, according to the national weather service, and could cause structural damage. One woman was killed when a tree fell on her car in Waterford.

Close to 100,000 homes and businesses were without power Monday morning. Footage and photos of the storm have shown the roof of Douglas Community School in Dublin being ripped off in high winds, as well as dozens of fallen trees across roads and downed power lines in County Kerry.

Ophelia comes more than 50 years after Hurricane Debbie, which killed 12 people in Ireland. Ophelia has also surpassed Hurricane Frances in 1980 as the most eastern storm on record in the Atlantic Basin.

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