Sunday, October 15, 2017
Saturday, October 14, 2017
Dubai Police, already home to Lamborghini patrol cars, self-driving robots and android officers, has decided to take to the skies in what can only be described as a flying motorbike.
The vehicle, called the Scorpion and designed by Russian tech company Hoversurf, relies on four propellers to stay airborne, with the rider crouched precariously close to the exposed blades. Capable of 40 mph and a travel time of 25 minutes, the single-seat craft, which can carry 600 lbs, can also operate autonomously.
After appearing at tech shows earlier this year, Dubai Police has decided to add one to its list of cutting-edge gadgets, all part of the force's "smart city" plans.
For half a century, Jimmie Smith has tried his luck with lottery tickets. He would buy them in New York City and in his home state of New Jersey, but never hit the jackpot — not knowingly, anyway. “A lucky New Yorker has a $24 million Lotto payday just waiting — but the winner has to act fast as time is running out,”
Gweneth Dean, director of the New York Gaming Commission’s Division of the Lottery, said in May. The winning ticket for the May 25, 2016, New York Lotto drawing was about to expire, and the gaming commission was making a final push to locate the lucky, unknown winner.
Nelly's attorney Scott Rosenblum tells us ...the accuser's "reckless accusation, once investigated thoroughly, was exposed for what it was-a fabrication. A fabrication that has caused Nelly and his family to suffer emotionally and financially." He's not satisfied though, and says he wants a public apology from the woman, and will recommend Nelly consider taking legal action against her.The woman who accused Nelly of rape is refusing to testify, and wants the whole matter dropped ...
Some of the worst wildfires ever to tear through California have killed 32 people and torched a vast area of the state’s north this week, but the reach of the blazes is spreading dramatically further by the day, as thick plumes of smoke blow through population centers across the Bay Area.
Everything now smells burnt. Hills and buildings are covered in a haze. Residents nowhere near the front lines of the fires now venture out wearing air masks. On a hillside above the Russian River, a broad and menacing band of fire is turning a blue sky into a gray miasma of soot.
Air-quality, based on levels of tiny particles that can flow deep into the lungs, is rated “unhealthy” across much of Northern California, and smoke has traveled as far as Fresno, more than 200 miles to the south. The effects are many: schoolchildren are being kept inside during recess, the Oakland Raiders canceled their outdoor practice on Thursday to prevent players from breathing in the bad air, and doctors are reporting an increase in visits and calls from people with lung and heart trouble.
Thursday, October 12, 2017
Over the past week, a wave of sexual harassment and assault allegations against movie producer Harvey Weinstein have emerged through a series of investigations published by The New York Times and The New Yorker.
Following the reports, more and more women have spoken publicly about their experiences with Weinstein.
Most of these alleged encounters follow a similar pattern, of "business meetings" turning into a proposed massage and hotel room sexual harassment or assault. These accusations start as early as the 1980s and include actresses, assistants, and other employees of Weinstein's companies.
With the catalog of alleged abuse growing, women like Gwyneth Paltrow, who accused Weinstein of touching her inappropriately in 1995, want to support women in similar situations by coming forward.
“We’re at a point in time when women need to send a clear message that this is over,” Paltrow told The New York Times. “This way of treating women ends now.”
President Donald Trump is considering reversing course on one of the biggest planks of his tax reform plan, according to a new report.
Bloomberg's Kevin Cirilli and Sahil Kapur reported Thursday that Trump may keep the state and local tax (SALT) deduction in place after calling for its elimination in the most recent framework released on September 27.
The SALT deduction allows people to slice off what they pay in state and local taxes from their federal tax bills. The benefit for the tax primarily goes to states with high-income taxes. Notably, people in New York, New Jersey, and California receive about one-third of the total benefits from the deduction.
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Want to send your name to Mars? NASA is offering another chance to do so.
When the InSight lander launches to the Red Planet next year, it will contain the names of members of the public, and you can submit your name for it to be included.
In 2015, the space agency invited people from around the world to add their names to a silicon chip that will be affixed to the InSight Mars lander. With nearly 827,000 individuals already signed up, NASA is now adding a second microchip, giving members of the public another chance to put their names on Mars.
"Mars continues to excite space enthusiasts of all ages," Bruce Banerdt, the InSight mission's principal investigator, of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, said in a statement. "This opportunity lets them become a part of the spacecraft that will study the inside of the Red Planet." [NASA Mars InSight Lander Mission Gallery (Images)]
Eminem decimated Donald Trump during a freestyle rap that was shown at the BET Hip Hop Awards on Tuesday evening and it has gained some praise from the entertainment industry and scorn from Trump supporters. It's safe to say that the Detroit rapper does not have any Trump supporters in his corner after the passionate and frustrated anti-Trump freestyle rap went viral. As it turns out, that was exactly Eminem's intent, he made it abundantly clear that if his fans support Donald Trump, that he doesn't want them to be his fans any longer.
The anti-Trump freestyle is entitled "The Storm," which is a reference to Donald Trump's vague comments about the "calm before the storm" that he made late last week. Many believe that Trump is inching us closer to World War III every day and view his comments about the "calm" to be in direct reference to conflict with North Korea. Eminem spit out verse after fiery verse with venom and contempt for Trump, calling out his reactions to the Las Vegas massacre, Puerto Rico, the NFL, Charlottesville, Racism, and more as he goes through his freestyle rap.
More proverbial shots were fired in the Fast and Furious Spin-Off feud between Tyrese Gibson and Dwayne Johnson today, with Tyrese Gibson revealing that he thinks The Rock is being "selfish," because this spin-off was moved forward while Universal pushed the Fast & Furious 9 release date by a full year to 2020, to make room for the spin-off. Here's what Tyrese Gibson had to say, clarifying that he's not mad The Rock actually got a spin-off, but because it caused the Fast & Furious 9 release date to be pushed.
"I don't know what they're doing. Everybody's coming at me, like I'm hating on Dwayne for his spin-off. I'm not. I just wish he was releasing it at a different time. It's not a conflict, but Fast & Furious is like a holiday. Fast & Furious family, the fans, the tribe, the people who have been rocking with us for 16 years... you know, pushing our release date back, it's only happened one time in the history of Fast & Furious, when we lost our brother Paul Walker. So, what's the reason we're pushing the release date back now? I've just got a problem with Dwayne... it appears that he's being selfish. It appears that he's so focused on furthering his own self interests that he's making decisions from the seat that he's sitting in. Fast & the Furious 9 isn't coming out until 2020. It's f---d up."
The currently untitled Fast & Furious Spin-Off was announced in April, not long after the eighth franchise installment, The Fate of the Furious hit theaters, which will bring together Luke Hobbs and Deckard Shaw, played by Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham. This feud turned public last month, when Tyrese posting a public message on one of Dwayne Johnson's Instagram posts, where it was speculated that he was signing his contract for this spin-off. Tyrese said that he only went public because The Rock apparently wasn't responding to Tyrese's text messages.
Gwyneth Paltrow claims shamed media mogul, Harvey Weinstein made moves on her and Brad Pitt confronted him
Last week, the New York Times published a piece outlining the sexual abuse accusations leveled against the movie mogul, Harvey Weinstein. Now, more celebrities who were his victims are now speaking up, including Gwyneth Paltrow.
Gwyneth Paltrow claims she was sexually harassed by Harvey Weinstein at age 22 and her then-boyfriend, Brad Pitt confronted him about it but he became aggressive towards Pitt.
Gwyneth told the New York Times the incident happened in the mid-'90s. Weinstein had just cast her in a role in the movie "Emma" and she had a meeting scheduled with Weinstein at the Peninsula Beverly Hills Hotel.
Music artiste, David Adeleke, aka Davido is under fire for lying to the police that he did not know how his deceased friend, Tagbo Umeike, got to the Lagos General Hospital’s premise.
Acting Police Commissioner Imohimi Edgal, Wednesday, told reporters that Close Circuit Television (CCTV) footages from the hospital proved that Umeike was brought in dead (BID) by Davido’s escort driver, Tunde Usutu and two of his (Davido) friends, Agbeje Olaoye and Idris Busari.
He said the men abandoned the deceased inside his ash Toyota Camry LSD378EL on the instruction of Davido.
According to Edgal, Davido, his friends and the escort driver were being questioned by the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) Lion Building.
He said: “On October 3, at about 9:20am, the Chief Security Officer (CSO) of General Hospital Lagos, Oparanti Moshood, alerted the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) Lion Building that an unidentified male was brought in dead (BID) in an Ash Toyota Camry Saloon car marked LSD378EL by two unidentified males.
“From the international passport found in the deceased’s car, the DPO gave his identity as Tagbo Umeike. Immediately after, one Caroline Danjuma, an actress and the victim’s fiancee, published on her Instagram page that her boyfriend died in the company of one David Adeleke, alias Davido and friends.
“To be objective and verify facts, I called for a pre-investigation meeting in my conference room. In attendance were all parties including family, friends of the deceased; those of Davido; Caroline Danjuma; the DPO and investigating officers.
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
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When they met last month in New York, President Trump hailed what he called his “personal relationship” with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and said the United States and Turkey were “as close as we have ever been.”
Erdogan called Trump “my dear friend Donald.”
Close observers of Ankara and Washington would have been forgiven for rolling their eyes. For the past several years, the ties between them have repeatedly frayed to near the breaking point, only to be temporarily patched. On Sunday, they snapped.
Following the arrest last week of Metin Topuz, a Turkish employee of the U.S. Consulate in Istanbul, the United States announced that it was immediately suspending the issuance of non-immigrant visas in Turkey. Ankara quickly responded with identical restrictions, suddenly upending the plans of countless Turkish and American tourists, students, businesspeople and others who did not already possess the necessary travel documents.
Deadly wildfires roared across California on Monday, forcing evacuations and destroying homes and businesses in their paths. The biggest fires burned in the wine country of Napa and Sonoma counties.
Here's what we know so far, according to California authorities.
• Ten people have died and the number is expected to grow.
• More than 100 people were being treated at Napa- and Sonoma-area hospitals for fire-related injuries or health issues including burns, smoke inhalation and shortness of breath.
• An estimated 1,500 structures have been destroyed and 57,000 acres burned in eight counties.
• A wildfire in Anaheim, in Southern California, has spread to 4,000-5,000 acres and burned at least six buildings.
The fires ignited Sunday night and Monday and spread with alarming speed because of dry conditions, Cal Fire Director Ken Pimlott said at a news conference. More than 20,000 people evacuated, some with little notice.
Monday, October 9, 2017
Gay fitness instructor 'killed 18-month-old daughter he called 'Satan in a baby grow' just two weeks after formally adopting her with his company director husband'
A stay-at-home father accused of murdering his adopted baby daughter referred to her as 'Satan dressed up in baby grow,' a court heard.
Matthew Scully-Hicks, 31, is accused of killing 18-month old Elsie after 'assaulting and abusing' her over several months.
The couple first adopted Elsie in September 2015 and the process was finalised nearly eight months later.
But less than two weeks later little Elsie died after suffering traumatic head injuries.
She died at University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff, after the decision was taken to switch off her ventilator when doctors decided she would not survive her traumatic head injuries.
After Elsie's tragic death police examined electronic devices owned by Matthew Scully-Hicks - including his iPad.
The court heard on September 22, 2015 - just 12 days after having Elsie - he sent a message to a friend saying: 'I'm going through hell with Elsie!
'Mealtimes and bedtime are like my worst nightmare at the moment.
'She's been up there screaming for 10 minutes non stop. She's just stopped but I doubt that's the last I'll hear tonight.'
That evening he also sent a message to husband Craig calling Elsie 'a psycho.'
Great-grandmother is reunited with her long-lost brother after 60 years apart - and finds out he is one of the world's richest men
A great-grandmother has been reunited with her long-lost brother after being split up 60 years ago - to find out he is one of the richest men in the world.
Ida Wilde, 83, never thought she would see her adopted brother Asgar Patel after he was forced to leave her Glasgow home and return to India.
Mrs Wilde's aunt looked after him during India's turbulent Partition period in 1947 and young pair grew very close.
After leaving the adopted family in Scotland, Mr Patel, now 78, returned to his homeland and built up one of the largest logistic companies in India.
His successful career catapulted him into a six-figure salary and he is now a multi-millionaire and number 45 on Forbes' list of top 100 Indian business owners 2017.
Bentley has updated its flagship sedan, the Mulsanne, with a few styling changes and some new tech. There's nothing to get excited about when it comes to the engine, but the Mulsanne does get an extended wheelbase version.
The Mulsanne represents the pinnacle of Bentley craftsmanship and it requires 400 hours to be assembled and painted. All by hand. It takes 12 hours just to get the car polished, so you can get a sense of the amount of dedication that goes into making such a vehicle. Bentley has a reputation to protect and the Mulsanne has to be perfect in every way.
In the state morgue here, in the industrial maze of a hospital basement, Dr. Thomas A. Andrew was slicing through the lung of a 36-year-old woman when white foam seeped out onto the autopsy table.
Foam in the lungs is a sign of acute intoxication caused by an opioid. So is a swollen brain, which she also had. But Dr. Andrew, the chief medical examiner of New Hampshire, would not be certain of the cause of death until he could rule out other causes, like a brain aneurysm or foul play, and until after the woman’s blood tests had come back.
Whether you like comic books or not, the movie still looks like it's going to be at least a great action flick. And how else could it be when you have people who can fly, run at the speed of light, command the sea currents or who, you know, can do all these things because they're Superman?
Busy taking over the North American market, Mercedes-Benz couldn't afford to miss a glorious occasion such as this, so it immediately jumped on board. But since Iron Man already drives an Audi and he's busy doing things in another universe anyway, how could the German brand squeeze its products in without being too obvious or annoying?
Saturday, October 7, 2017
"Ralphie had been battling pneumonia and had canceled a handful of dates over the last month in an effort to recover," his manager Judi Marmel says in a statement to Us. "Earlier this morning at a private residence in Las Vegas his body was discovered, cause of death is cardiac arrest."
The comic won the Casino Comedian of the Year award at the Global Gaming Expo just two days before his death.
May's career kicked off in 2003 when he finished in second place behind Dat Phan on season 1 of Last Comic Standing. He went on to make appearances on The Wayne Brady Show and The Tonight Show With Jay Leno.
As the saying goes, you never forget your first time. But for Russell Brand, the memory of his first encounter with heroin at 19 is too agonizing to dwell on.
“I can’t think about it too much because I start to miss it,” Brand, 14 years sober, exclusively tells Us Weekly. "If you're in pain, psychological pain, you feel like you have a knot in your tummy. If pain is a fist, heroin dives into it, opens it up and relaxes you. It feels so beautiful. It feels like a cuddle, like comfort, like being in your mother's arms. It's so sweet and perfect."
But that sensation is fleeting. Quickly. Already "smoking too much, drinking too much, doing cocaine, taking quite a lot of acid and looking at too much porn," the comedian, 42, says his world began to unravel. "There were terrible, terrible moments of loneliness in a flat where all I had were drugs," he recalls. "That was all I needed. I had a job at MTV. It went. I had a radio show. It went. Everything was going. My friends left me. Girlfriends left me. It was very scary."
But fear only drove him further into his abyss. Every day for nearly fours years, heroin was the staple holding his life together. That is, until his then-manager and also his friend Chip Sommers stepped in to help.